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BekaReid

BekaReid

Joined April 2017

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Beautiful, meditative read about a bookshop owner and those around her making life changes to live fulfilled lives.

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One of my dinner dates this week while traveling for work. Neil Gaiman is always a good choice, and this is one of my favorites.

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Companion Piece | Ali Smith
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“No, I meant why are books important? she said. Apart from that they‘re a pleasure? I said. Because, uh, because they‘re one of the ways we can imagine ourselves otherwise.“

Edgar is a great reading companion.

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“I'd like to write a magic spell. When I finished writing it, I'd break into a million pieces. And you, too, when you finished reading, you'd break into a million pieces. A spell for shattering, so that everyone could live in the world of art.“

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“Her pen had a heart inside, and the nib was wound in a vein. She stained the page with herself. She sometimes forgets what she wrote, save that it was true, and the writing hurt.“

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Saw this in an Edinburgh museum and thought it was neat how books were made available to sailors & soldiers. “Sack for library books made available to sailors on board Royal Navy warships during the Second World War. To the right is a watercolour entitled 'Beachhead Library' This shows soldiers using a mobile library service during the Normandy campaign, 1944. Even on campaign, servicemen were provided with diversion during periods of inactivity.“

Aimeesue When Books Went to War was a really good read about the drive to get troops reading material while deployed. Really interesting, if you‘ve not read it. 1mo
BekaReid @Aimeesue thanks for the rec. I'll have to look it up. 1mo
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I had a delightful, quiet morning reading at a local cafe the last morning in London before setting off for the trek home. This book is excellent reading. Lots to take in.

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The Loving Spirit | Daphne Du Maurier
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Finished reading Daphne du Maurier's first book on the train today. While not my favorite du Maurier by far, I still enjoyed reading it.

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Kazuo Ishiguro's collection of the lyrics of sixteen songs he wrote for Stacey Kent is lyrical and emotive. I enjoyed reading through these this morning before getting out of bed. As a bonus the ebook includes a link to the songs on Spotify/YouTube.

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The Loving Spirit | Daphne Du Maurier
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When you find a Daphne du Maurier not already read, you have to pick it up, right? I found this copy at a local shop in St Andrews the other day and decided I could fit it in my bag. 😉📚🎒🙄

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Reading on the train to Glasgow. This book is excellent!

slategreyskies I checked this out from the library when it came out, but it had such a short window of checkout time, as there was a hold on it, so I couldn‘t renew. I ended up having to return it unread, but now that you‘ve reminded me of it, I‘m going to check it out again. Thanks! 😊 2mo
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Welcoming slow mornings while on vacation with cafe visits full of reading. Picked up this book yesterday while at another local Edinburgh bookstore, The Lighthouse. I'm only 28 pages in but excellent so far.

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“I would go so far as to say that the natural, proper, fitting shape of the novel might be that of a sack, a bag. A book holds words. Words hold things. They bear meanings. A novel is a medicine bundle, holding things in a particular, powerful relation to one another and to us.“

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We enjoyed some book browsing yesterday at Armchair Books. Of course, I'm forced to exercise much constraint when traveling and have limited room in my bag. But I did manage to find a couple of slim volumes including the tagged book. It's one of Penny's early works that I've not read and am curious to check it out.

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I was able to finish this little book up this morning before heading to the train station as we set out for Edinburgh today. Nice overview of several phenomenal writers.

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When you see a bookstore on a boat, isn't it a requirement to visit?

lil1inblue How cool is that?!?! 😎 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Yes it is! 2mo
Aimeesue It absolutely is! Cool! 2mo
Tamra Totally! 2mo
Soubhiville Of course! 2mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Airport reading. We're traveling to London and then Edinburgh over the next couple of weeks, and we pack light so it's time for a reread of the Murderbot Diaries since I have them in ebook format. And they're great fun!

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poyums | Len Pennie
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Len Pennie's poyums is phenomenal! Written in a mix of Scots and English, the collection is hard hitting and emotionally resonant. Truly brilliant writing.
5/5⭐

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poyums | Len Pennie
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Excited to start Len Pennie's Poyums just released in the US yesterday!

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Ghost Pains | Jessi Jezewska Stevens
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Overall I found this collection of stories interesting with the first couple and last three capturing my attention the most. The others made less of an impression on me but still worth reading.

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The Last Sun | K. Edwards
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“I think people make themselves beautiful. I think everything on our outside is a line sketch, and whatever‘s on the inside blows those lines into three dimensions.“

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Finally feels like spring this week! Front porch reading 😊

TheBookHippie Yay!! 2mo
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I've never been so excited for a book release. I raced down to pick up my pre-ordered copy from my local indie on lunch today. Grabbed a coffee at the cafe next door and sat simply staring at the cover almost afraid to open it up. And when I did start reading with held breath, I began to find myself on every page. Joy Sullivan has such a way of bringing beauty to the ordinary. Her poems always connect, and her writing is devastatingly beautiful.

Tamra Love those days! 2mo
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This volume published by Taschen is a stunning volume of the gorgeous artwork of Gustav Klimt.

batsy That looks lovely 😍 3mo
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“This was one of the lessons I kept learning: the difference between the story of love and the texture of living it; between the story of motherhood and the texture of living it, the story of addiction and the texture of living it, the story of empathy and the texture of living it.“

Texreader Great photo for this quote 3mo
BekaReid @Texreader Thanks! I thought so 😉 3mo
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This was a quick, fun read, but only a soft pick as I felt it lacked a bit of depth and background.

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I was surprised at the number of mixed and even harsh reviews I've seen on Land's second memoir, which disseminates how poorly our systems are setup to support the poor. I appreciated her vulnerability in writing and bringing attention to areas needing improvement and being a voice for many that are unable or lack the platform to share, all the while acknowledging her privilege. It's a pick for me. (📷 of NYT article)

Chrissyreadit I was just reading the other reviews in litsy on this book- and wondering if the questioning and judgment are valid or due to the lack of empathy in the US for working class poor- (as someone who grew up working class poor) I should stack this- but also wonder if it will frustrate me because the barriers are real and in some ways worse. 3mo
BekaReid @Chrissyreadit Most of the reviews I read were on StoryGraph. And it's hard to rate/review a memoir in general because it's someone's personal story. While there may be some frustrations in reading this (or any) memoir, I appreciate the voice it does give. 3mo
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Just Kids | Patti Smith
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Beautifully written. I definitely enjoy Patti Smith's writing. Solid pick and Seren-cat approved!

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Girl in Pieces | Kathleen Glasgow
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Edgar has been my reading buddy this afternoon for this heartbreaking book

TheBookHippie That book, and all her books, break one‘s heart. 3mo
Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 3mo
Texreader Darling photo. Reading buddies are the best 3mo
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Just Kids | Patti Smith
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Yesterday was long. Traveling for work. 4 hour flight + 5 hour layover + 2 hour flight = lots of reading time. Finished my audiobook, an ARC, and started a reread of the tagged book, which is excellent. I love Patti Smith's writing.

lil1inblue I am obsessed with Patti Smith. Such a great writer...and artist...and musician. 3mo
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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Took advantage of the absolutely gorgeous evening with a walk through the park and this audiobook ☀️🦆🎧📚

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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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Spending a cozy evening reading with Edgar

RaeLovesToRead Awwww Edgar!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
BookmarkTavern So cozy! 💖 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
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the witch doesn't burn in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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This is definitely a pick! I must admit I was disappointed at first and thought it'd only be a so-so. But by part 2, it became a solid pick. I hadn't realized the level of disrespect vets faced returning from Nam nor did I know how utterly disregarded the women were. Not only was misinformation spread in the US, but the women who served were blatantly told they were never in Nam. I also appreciated the voice given to trauma and it's potent impact.

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Harrow the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I spent much of my time in this books saying “WTF is going on?“ and I think that was intentional (perhaps coupled with too much time passing since I read book 1). This volume was about grief, trauma, and dissociation. It's about the feeling of not being able to trust your own senses and perceptions of what's real. And the second person narration lent itself well to the storytelling IMO. And now I'm going to start book 3!

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An American Childhood | Annie Dillard
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“I began reading books, reading books to delirium. I began by vanishing from the known world into the passive abyss of reading, but soon found myself engaged with surprising vigor because the things in the books, or even the things surrounding the books roused me from my stupor.“

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Just wow. I was absorbed in this from the start an read it in one sitting and had no idea my partner snapped this picture until this morning. I definitely found it to be a powerful and introspective story and recommend (but with a content warning of suicide). Edgar was a great reading buddy. I don't think he moved from his spot until I finished.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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Harrow the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Finally starting this book today. Had to do a quick refresh on Gideon the Ninth first since it's been awhile, but ready or not, I'm diving into this one!

BookmarkTavern You are in for such a treat! 🖤 4mo
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“I was like a woman trying to make spaghetti in the dark, destroying the kitchen as I grabbed every ingredient in the cupboard just in case it happened to be the one I needed. In the midst of my verbal wandering, I inevitably reached for the word “shame”—the box where I had lived for so very long, the box I still find myself tumbling back into with less provocation than I‘d like to admit.“

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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“She has always felt safest surrounded by books.“

dabbe 🤩🐾🤩 4mo
Leftcoastzen I agree!👏😸 4mo
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Come and Get It | Kiley Reid
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Reading time is an essential for my self-care. Paired with coffee and a croissant is a bonus.

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Hooked by the tagline, I was thrilled to get this ARC! “The Dead Cat Tail Assassins are not cats. Nor do they have tails. But they are most assuredly dead.“ Funny and dark, I was fully engaged and immersed in this world immediately. Clark's newest is fast paced with the total badass Eveen, who was also a bit of a book nerd.

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Doctor office waiting means more reading time. This one is soo good too!

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Memory. So incomplete and flawed...
Janet Malcolm's Still Pictures is an autobiographical series of essays or perhaps an annotated photo album. She talks about the power of images, that photographs are more than just still moments frozen in time; they are windows into our history, emotions, and an understanding of the world. She writes about the difficulty we have evoking our former selves, the many ways in which they are strangers to us.

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Seren posing me with a reading challenge

RaeLovesToRead Seren 🥰🥰 5mo
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Leftcoastzen Awww!🥰😻 5mo
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Starter Villain | John Scalzi
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This one was a lot of fun!

Leftcoastzen Aww cute reading buddy 5mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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Starter Villain | John Scalzi
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“We have cats because they amuse us and because otherwise our clothes would lack the texture only cat hair could provide.“

dabbe 😂 5mo
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“The glitter of memory may be no less deceptive. The past is a country that issues no visas. We can only enter it illegally.“

Leftcoastzen I really loved this book! 5mo
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My first SJM sucked me in so I guess I'm reading the rest of the series now.

dabbe 🖤🐾🐾🖤 5mo
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Finally getting to this book after a week of struggling with a head cold and not being able to focus. Now to see if I can get through i
the 800 pages before it's due at the library.