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When you buy a book from Abebooks for a couple of dollars and it turns out to be signed by the author. 😍

PS this book is well travelled. Seems to have started life in Memphis, then I bought it from a bookshop near Edinburgh and it‘s come now to New Zealand!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! I‘m close to Memphis! Great find!! 2mo
LeahBergen Cool! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s so cool! 2mo
batsy Wonderful! 2mo
Jeg Wow 2mo
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Reflections | Diana Wynne Jones
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I‘ve been working my way through Reflections a few essays at a time this week, revelling in DWJ‘s writing about her writing. Imagine my delight, then, when I found The Ogre Downstairs in a Little Free Library on our walk this morning! #bookserendipity #lfl #tbr #thanksuniverse

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Cryptonomicon | Neal Stephenson
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Tolkien references are apparently everywhere when you‘re completely immersed in his writing.

#1001books #Reading1001
#YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien #BookSerendipity

JazzFeathers You find Tolkien references everywhere. How is it? 😂 3mo
LiciaAZ I'm a newbie around here. How did you create the pic of your quote? 3mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I think it‘s like @Riveted_Reader_Melissa said, part of it is just being hyper aware. Also, I think I‘ve been reading some quality books and they often tend to make more allusions than lighter fluff reading. 3mo
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Daisey @LiciaAZ This quote is just a cropped screenshot of a highlight in the ebook. I also like to use the apps Typorama and Over when sharing quotes. 3mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Although, come to think of it I found one in the last YA book I read too! Maybe just luck! 🤔 3mo
LiciaAZ Thank you for your help! 3mo
Daisey @LiciaAZ You‘re welcome, and welcome to Litsy. Feel free to ask questions anytime. 3mo
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Songs of a Sourdough | Robert Service
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I had never heard of Robert Service until just about a week ago when I stumbled across his book of poems on Serial Reader. A lot of the poems have a feeling like the Yukon writing of Jack London, often seemingly contradictory while detailing the harshness and the beauty of the place. I thoroughly enjoyed most of these poems about the reality of life in the Yukon. There are also some describing other times and places.

#SerialReader #poetry

Daisey Last night as I started Where the Crawdads Sing, one of the poems I had just read came up in discussion between one of the boys and his dad. #BookSerendipity (edited) 3mo
Lindy @Daisey The Cremation of Sam McGee is available in a charming all-ages picture book: 3mo
Lindy @Daisey Also, you can hear Johnny Cash recite it on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yJNZwuamwj0 3mo
Kimberlone The Cremation of Sam McGee is very well known in Alaska, and there is even a high school named after Service in my city! 3mo
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Thought this quote from Troilus & Cressida was apt for this book about desire & drives. #bookserendipity While I'm always drawn to psychoanalytic theory, the limits of thinkers like Freud & Lacan with regards to gender is something that I have trouble with. Always, the ever-present Father & the inescapable fact of patriarchy even in its "weakened" state. Where love & lust come up, one is bound to land in Freudian hot water. Lol. Lots to mull over.

batsy I found the tone of the first essay flippant in a Dad Joke kind of way & wondered how eye-rolly the rest would be, but the 2nd & 3rd essays were much better when he delved into Foucalt & social history. He looked at changes in the concept of individuality & "sexuality" (the latter a recent coinage) as well as changing ideas of what's moral & ethical from ancient Greece to modern Western society under Christianity. Stuff like that is fascinating. 4mo
Centique Wow! The breadth and depth of your reading is remarkable 👏👏👏 4mo
batsy @Centique Thanks, friend. Every once in awhile I still regret not going to grad school and so dig out some obscure theory book to read 😂 4mo
Suet624 Brilliant as always. 4mo
batsy @Suet624 Thanks ❤️ 4mo
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Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
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It‘s fun listening to them talk about tapes and how once your tape gets stuck, “taking it out was like pulling 60 minutes of wet fettuccine out of a dog‘s mouth. It was as though the tape and tape deck were mad at you for being a careless and impatient teenager.”
We watched Guardians of the Galaxy with the kids over the weekend and when I had to explain what tapes and Walkman. So it was nice #bookserendipity to hear about tapes!

Suet624 Wow. Having to explain tapes and a Walkman. I‘m too old for this world. 😂😂😂 9mo
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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I suppose it‘s to be expected when reading Dickens and other books at the same time, but still...

I‘ve been reading Great Expectations on Serial all month. Just finished The Witching Hour where one of the main characters loved the book and named his business Great Expectations. Currently listening to Unsheltered, and one of the main characters is referencing Miss Havisham. 🤯


Trashcanman How much would it take to make you destroy that book in a pit of flames? 10mo
sprainedbrain @Trashcanman not happening, George. 😂 10mo
readordierachel Love when that happens! 10mo
vivastory This was one of my favorite books of last year 10mo
mabell Worlds Collide! 10mo
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The History of the Hobbit | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, John D. Rateliff
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I am really enjoying some of these footnotes! This one struck me as very interesting since I recently read Kory Stamper‘s book about editing a dictionary and how they research words and entries. I‘ll tag it in the comments below. Word by Word

And some great #BookSerendipity

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks for sharing this one with me @tjwill and the #LPMBC (edited) 10mo
Moray_Reads You might be interested in this, I found it very interesting! 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Moray_Reads I saw that in the notes on this one, I‘ll have to look for it! 10mo
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Daisey I found this interesting as well. I‘ve loved books such as Word by Word the last couple of years. Both The Meaning of Everything by Winchester and the Ring of Words that he mentions are already on my someday TBR. 10mo
Lindy That‘s cool. I enjoyed Word by Word also, and I love to see all the word nerds on Litsy! 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Lindy I know! I love the tribe we‘ve found here! 10mo
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That moment when my fiction read starts to mesh with my nonfiction read. Unsheltered includes a late 19th-century science teacher who finds himself defending the relatively new concepts of Charles Darwin. Sapiens is a 21st-century perspective on the history of humans and the world.

I guess it‘s not surprising that they should have moments of overlap. #bookishsynchronicity #evolutionvscreation #charlesdarwin #scienceFTW

MyBookSwapClub I've been there..this book in particular is very interesting :) 10mo
Amiable I often try to coordinate my fiction and nonfiction reads, actually. I find that it adds unexpected dimensions to both genres. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable I‘ve done that also—pairing is a good thing. This time, I didn‘t make my choices with that in mind. And it‘s all the sweeter to find it happened unexpectedly. 😎 10mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @MyBookSwapClub I am enjoying both of them very much! 10mo
JessNevertheless I also just read these two simultaneously and coincidentally when my library audiobook holds came in. They do pair quite well together! Hope you're enjoying them! 10mo
Megabooks I‘ve noticed that happening to me a lot lately. When you read multiple books at the same time frequently, it‘s fun when it happens! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JessNevertheless That‘s so funny—more synchronicity! I‘m enjoying them both, although the Kingsolver is my fav of the two. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks It‘s not just me! 👊🏻 10mo
sixgun How neat is that! Similarly I always appreciate a fiction author who uses enough factual knowledge and description to make it less than lots of generalizations. I've loved Ken Follett for that reason. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @sixgun I agree. Historical fiction is one of my fav genres, and I love Follett also. 10mo
sixgun @BarbaraTheBibliophage I know some people have said that he's not historically accurate, but I'm pretty sure these are field leading archeologists. I'm happy with what I learn, I don't expect to walk away an expert. My uncle published papers through John Hopkins. It may be incredibly accurate, but that doesn't mean I can or want to read it. LOL I like a good mix. Any historical fiction authors you would recommend? Like Pillars of the Earth epic? 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love it when that happens, a little #BookSerendipity is the best. 10mo
Factaddict73 Obviously, if you like historical fiction, heavy on the history, you could read Diana Gabaldon‘s series.... she knew nothing about Scotland or its history, and already had a Ph D, so she knew her way around research. Try the (“Auto?...I forget) biography of Henry the 8th by Will Somers, his Fool.” The Gabaldon series has been a major hit for some time now; it is well written though, & properly researched. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Factaddict73 Thanks for answering @sixgun — I meant to come back to this and do it myself. But then, life. I second the Outlander recommendation! Is this the other book you mean? 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @sixgun There‘s always the books by James Michener. Another oldie but goodie would be James Clavell‘s Shogun. Or Gone with the Wind. Or anything Herman Wouk. Colleen McCullough, especially The Thorn Birds. I have an Edward Rutherford (Paris) on my list of 2019 plans. Sharon Kay Penman gets a lot of Litsy love too. 10mo
Factaddict73 I see all these wonderful books & series, and am frequently amazed that I have read EVERY ONE! Oh, my!! I guess that factor has more to do with age than anything else: the longer you‘re around on the planet, the more you have time to read ( especially if there‘s a job that affords the time/opportunity... that‘s a REAL bonus!). I guess I‘ll have to revisit some now: it‘s been so long since I read some of them. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Same for me, @Factaddict73 ! 😎 10mo
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Stone Butch Blues | Leslie Feinberg
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I‘m a day late to the #HolidayGratitudeChallenge, but being on break from school makes me want to JOIN ALL THE THINGS! 😂 Day 1 = books that changed our lives: The first time I read Stone Butch Blues, I recognized my gender in a book for the first time ever. That‘s powerful stuff.
(It was also the first book we read for my local queer book club, where I first got to spend time with @brandybear22 in a social capacity) 🤗🤓 #ButchFemme #queerbooks

jmofo 🖤 11mo
LauraBeth 📚 11mo
saresmoore Now that‘s some powerful #bookserendipity! Stacked! 11mo
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AlaMich Love the tail! 😺 11mo
kgriffith @saresmoore can‘t wait to hear your thoughts! It‘s definitely been one where, each time I read it my experience is different, because I‘m so different from one time to the next. 11mo
kgriffith @AlaMich he‘s such a good helper 🙄😻 11mo
kgriffith Whoops, forgot to tag @erinsueg 🤗 11mo
ErinSueMreads Awww that‘s so fantastic!! I totally love that! That‘s a very powerful experience. 11mo
Bklover ❤️❤️ 11mo
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