Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Emilymdxn

Emilymdxn

Joined March 2018

Bi hufflepuff who believes in a better world 💛💖💜💙 insta @emilymdxn goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/30587927-emily
reading now icon
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
reading now icon
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
reading now icon
The Enigma of Arrival by V.S. Naipaul
blurb
Emilymdxn
Wednesday's Child | Shane Dunphy
post image

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

1. 21 including the uk! Lots more to get to

2. Maybe mountains but I‘m not picky I love both

3. Japan

4. Maybe the American plains

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #1 that‘s awesome!!! 14h
Eggs Ooooo Japan 🇯🇵!!! 7h
47 likes2 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
post image

#7days7covers #covercrush

I couldn‘t choose between these two by Marilynne Robinson so I went for both!

@KathyWheeler have you already been tagged to join in? 7 covers you love in 7 days no need to explain yourself

Crazeedi I loved Gilead, havent read the other yet but heard its excellent 14h
60 likes1 comment
review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

I could read Margaret Atwood for years without getting bored and I always love her short stories. Different from the novels I‘ve read, kind of starker and quieter, but she‘s an absolute short story master. I really recommend them if you haven‘t tried them!

Cathythoughts I really liked The Blind Assassin... But havnt like one as much sinse 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2d
Molly_the_mezzo Margaret Atwood is one of the few people whose short stories I will read. One of the others is Octavia Butler. I really liked this collection. 2d
BookieBiker I love MA as well. That said, have you read The Heart Goes Last? Oh man, it had the bones of an amazing read but ... oh it was a doozy for me. I hate criticizing what I could never do myself. Thankfully so many other brilliant reads by her! 2d
77 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
post image

#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

@Weaponxgirl would you like to join in? Seven covers that speak to you in seven days and tag some folks, no need to explain your choices!

Cathythoughts Nice ✨✨✨✨✨ 2d
79 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Emilymdxn
A Closed and Common Orbit | Becky Chambers
post image

#7days7covers #covercrush day 3

@guinsgirlreads want to join in? 7 covers you love in 7 days no need to explain them!

@Hooked_on_books @moll @TheEllieMo

Hooked_on_books Great choice. I love it. 3d
Oryx 👍 3d
guinsgirlreads Ok!! 👏🏻 3d
Ruthiella Another set I almost chose for this prompt! I love the simplicity of the UK covers!😍 3d
82 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

I‘d say this is essential reading for anyone living in the UK - dispels so many myths and illustrates so much we need to know about how our criminal legal system works differently than we think (not like American tv!) and the state of the legal profession today. I did jury service age 19 and was absolutely shocked by what I saw, and while I don‘t agree with every single opinion this barrister holds, I‘m so so glad this book has been written

70 likes4 stack adds
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

Very happy with my local bookshop expanding the teen section moving it next to adult fiction and poetry, and expanding children‘s fiction to include the space teen fiction used to have! I remember feeling I had so little choice when I started reading YA and now there‘s been this massive renaissance in publishing amazing quality stuff for young adults in so many genres. Happy that young people in my town are gonna have the choice I wished for

Megabooks So true! I don‘t like that every YA seems to have a romantic/sexual subplot, but the choices are so much better! (Sex is just because I‘m asexual, and that kind of YA romance/sexuality exhausts me to read, but I know I‘m in the minority. I realize most young adults need to see that part of themselves reflected in what they read. 👍🏻) 4d
Emilymdxn @megabooks I find that frustrating too - I still read YA books occasionally and while I‘m not against romantic and sexual plots I normally find them SO samey, like you get a really interesting original book and then the romance plot is so tropey and almost always the worst bit of the book. I wish authors would just consider if they genuinely have a good interesting idea for how to include romance. But then I get im not the target audience 🤷‍♀️ 4d
Megabooks @Emilymdxn Yes! I feel even when a queer relationship is explored, it‘s still written the same as a hetero one. But, like you said, I try not to be too hard on them because I‘m not the target audience. I just pick and choose carefully! 4d
87 likes3 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
Hawksmoor | Peter Ackroyd
post image

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book, The Enigma of Arrival by VS Naipaul and The Secret Barrister

2. Hmm probably The Testaments which I pre-ordered ages ago but I was charged for it this week but I‘m counting that!

3. Warm for September! Autumnal in colour but summery temperatures, I walked to the gym in just a sports bra and leggings

blurb
Emilymdxn
Street of Thieves | Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell
post image

#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2

My pick for today is literally any blue Fitzcarraldo Edition 🥰🥰🥰

@TheEllieMo If you haven‘t already been tagged want to take part and show us your 7 cover picks??

@Hooked_on_books @moll

Cathythoughts 👍🏻💙 Blue is the colour 4d
71 likes1 comment
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

That‘s a wrap for #bfcr3 and thank you more than I can say to @wanderinglynn for all her hard work. Bfc has changed my life so much.

Books: 32/28
Steps: almost every day over 10k
Workouts: good amount of gym and yoga when I‘ve been in the country
No lifts and escalators: almost every day
Food: incredible profess, more fruit and vegetables than ever in my life

Thank you to my team who have supported me so much #goteam forever

Megabooks Congratulations Emily! 🥳🎉🥳 You‘ve been a great captain even when I haven‘t been a good team member! 4d
Emilymdxn @megabooks you‘ve never been a bad team member!! Not even one time. I‘ve valued having you here so much every single post and you‘ve done AMAZING 4d
See All 6 Comments
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Amazing 6 weeks! 🎉 4d
cobwebmoth Great job! 4d
tjwill Awesome! And thanks for being so encouraging! 4d
54 likes6 comments
review
Emilymdxn
The Lessons | Naomi Alderman
post image
Mehso-so

Some oxford novels make me feel weird, even though Alderman went there lots rankled with me, yet more gorgeous aristocrats doing cocaine. The writing was good but James was whiny (his parents pay his bills but he has an existential crisis about not having a trust fund and having to work for his degree). For the author of The Power and Disobedience, I wish the women had had more to do, just being stoic and getting cheated on.

Hooked_on_books The cover of this one is kind of fascinating while also slightly nauseating. 4d
CarolynM I didn't think much of this one either. 4d
Emilymdxn @CarolynM glad I wasn‘t the only one! 4d
Emilymdxn @Hooked_on_books yeah I can‘t put my finger on why it weirds me out so much but I can‘t stop looking at it, very successful at being unsettling! 4d
60 likes4 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
The Enigma of Arrival | V.S. Naipaul
post image

#7covers7days #covercrush

Day 1

Thank you for tagging me @Hooked_on_books I thought i‘d start with my current read which I find incredibly gorgeous! I love this wistful minimalist cover, I like white books a lot I‘ve realised thinking about this challenge.

@moll care to join? 7 covers you think are beautiful, one a day for 7 days 🥰

BarbaraBB Gorgeous indeed! 5d
Moll Nice!! Does it have to be books I've read? 5d
Emilymdxn @moll don‘t think so! Just things you like the covers of! 5d
youneverarrived Stunning! 4d
Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! And I love this choice—it‘s beautiful. 4d
66 likes1 stack add5 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. Canada is one of my favourite places in the world!

2. It was a lovely crisp autumn day, medium cold and bright really perfect exactly what you picture from September.

3. I went on one where the other person‘s mum came by mistake and then we ran into our school librarian :/

4. Neither but I‘d love to get a pet!!

5. Will do!

LeahBergen 🇨🇦👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5d
52 likes1 comment
review
Emilymdxn
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
post image
Pickpick

I was worried it wouldn‘t live up to the hype, so I‘m so grateful it did! I don‘t wan to spoil but the worldbuilding was incredible, it tied into the Handmaids Tale so well without straightforwardly picking up where it finished, I adored Aunt Lydia (never thought I‘d say that) and Becka particularly so much. The ending had me tearing up. A book this powerful about hope, resistance and the idea of empires ending was so necessary an wonderful

lilistar I'm glad you liked it I can't wait to get my library copy 5d
82 likes1 comment
review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

A new fave Jeanette Winterson and one of my fave Hogarth Shakespeares! I loved the changes she made to make a very odd plot make sense in the modern day, Leontes and Polixenes‘ relationship, everything about Paulina (Paulina is one of my all time darlings), and everything she wrote about time. This did justice to one of the weirdest and best Shakespeares so well

review
Emilymdxn
Sputnik Sweetheart | Haruki Murakami
post image
Mehso-so

One of my fave Murakamis. Often his relationships between men and women feel hollow but this had some lovely quite universal exploration of longing and emotion and wasn‘t just horny men focusing on their erections instead of the dreamy magic realism I want from murakami. Better than I expected, but unfortunately still murakami so it gets a soso not a pick for having so many strange awkward sex scenes and descriptions of penises I had to skip.

60 likes1 stack add
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

After all that hassle it‘s finally off! So pleased this got done after all those delays - better late than never. Once we got behind and then I was out of the country I was worried I‘d never catch up 😨 but we got there. Should be with you in a few days Jennifer! @jenniferw88 @Lel2403

58 likes1 stack add
blurb
Emilymdxn
The Secret History | Donna Tartt
post image

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Tagged!

2. Not so far. I travelled a whole lot in summer so I‘m happy just to be around England in autumn, I may take small trips to Cardiff or Cambridge to visit friends if I manage to organise it.

3. Nope, I‘m a ways off having kids! I have a few friends starting grad degrees this autumn tho

Eggs Thanks for playing 🧡🍁🧡 1w
41 likes1 comment
review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

@jenniferw88 @Lel2403

Finally managed to finish annotating this one! So sorry it took me a million years, between being sick and being out of the country almost al the summer I was never able to read physical books really but better late than never and it‘ll be in the post tomorrow with Mango Street!

81 likes4 stack adds
review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

Strongly recommend this poetry collection! It did so well at being ‘very 2019‘ but also using the cultural references to go deep on some very timeless themes and issues, and while it was very playful and funny sometimes it also knew how to rip at your heart strings and make you angry. Never cliche or cheesy at all. Some of the best poetry I‘ve read this year for sure

54 likes5 stack adds
blurb
Emilymdxn
The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
post image

It‘s here! So excited to read this, it feels like the whole bookish world has been buzzing since it was released. I haven‘t read the handmaid‘s tale for around ten years so im going to do a little revision and then dive in

85 likes1 stack add
quote
Emilymdxn
post image

Another page from this stunning collection, I could genuinely post every page from it it‘s that good. Can‘t recommend enough

ReadingEnvy She‘s so amazing 1w
68 likes1 comment
quote
Emilymdxn
post image

Best poetry I‘ve read in a long time, this collection keeps genuinely stopping my breath.

review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

I didn‘t know if this book could survive the anticipation I had for it, but it met even my very high expectations. I‘m not sure when I last read prose this beautiful, every single page could have been a poem in its own right. So soft and tender and sad, I think this was even better than night sky with exit wounds somehow.

BarbaraBB Quite a recommendation! 1w
Ruthiella It‘s fantastic when a book lives up to the hype! 😀 1w
Leftcoastzen A stunner!Beautiful and heartbreaking. 1w
Brozen Wow! After that review, I can‘t wait to read it! 1w
72 likes5 stack adds4 comments
review
Emilymdxn
Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
post image
Pickpick

#bookerprize2019 5/6

I‘m head over heels for this book. It did SO much, but pulled together so well and I never had difficulty following it. A retelling of Don Quixote, about an old tv obsessed Indian American man in love with a talk show host, his cousin fuelling the opioid crisis, on a road trip across America with his imaginary son, and the personal troubles of the author who writes him. Weird but beautiful, hopeful, so individual.

Kalalalatja I‘m currently reading it at the moment, and I agree with you completely 🙌 1w
64 likes5 stack adds1 comment
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

#bfcr3 week 5! My first full week at home and not ill since right at the start of the challenge and it‘s been good for fitness, less good for reading but eh.

Workouts: 1 gym and 1 yoga (see gym selfie)
No stairs or escalators: pretty good, took the lift at work a couple times
Steps: better in the second half of the week
Food: very good, really proud of myself on the fruit and veg front! 5 a day warrior 💪

cobwebmoth Good work! 2w
Megabooks Awesome!! 👍🏻🎉 2w
See All 8 Comments
TheSpineView Great job! 2w
Meaw_catlady You look super cool!! Also great job! 👏 2w
bromeliad Awesome week!! 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2w
tjwill Great job! 1w
61 likes8 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book and Quichotte by Salman Rushdie, also annotating Underground Railroad for lmpbc

2. Maple I guess, but i don‘t really drink coffee or hot drinks with lots of syrups etc in so I‘ve never had a psl even though I love autumnal basic things, I only really drink black coffee

3. ‘I hate and love your battered hands‘ from tagged book, it‘s absolutely beautiful and very harrowing

review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

A forensic pathologist‘s memoir about her relationship with corpses didn‘t seem very me to begin with but I‘m so glad I read this book and I absolutely loved it. So philosophical, so compassionate, and so optimistic even though it was inescapably about the fact that we‘re all going to die. It broke down a lot of taboos about death I unthinkingly had and has helped it feel a bit less confusing. I really recommend this peaceful, introspective book

SW-T Great description. I enjoyed this one also. 2w
xxDragonfly This has just made the To Read pile, thanks for sharing!! 2w
70 likes14 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

1. This one and every other one about the climate crisis

2. Hmm parks and rec maybe, M*A*S*H maybe, the good place is probably in the top spot tho

3. Today I had a kind of fruit and veg bar which was quite nice

4. Greenwich Meridian Time pride 4 eva. London 😎

5. Blue Remains or Blue Quichotte - I like both!

@howjessreads #friyayintro

Crazeedi Agree w number 1 2w
45 likes1 comment
blurb
Emilymdxn
Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
post image

#bfcr3 I‘m getting back in the swing of the challenge this week now im not sick and not travelling. I‘m focusing on exercise and healthy eating and enjoying it! I‘m trying rly hard to get my five a day with mixed success but I‘m doing really well compared to how much fruit and veg I‘d eat if I weren‘t trying. How we doing team? @Megabooks @TheEllieMo @KathyWheeler @cobwebmoth @cewilf @bromeliad @Tineke @tjwill @guinsgirlreads @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Glad you‘re feeling better. 💚 2w
Megabooks Glad to have you back!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
bromeliad We're happy you're back! :) 2w
KathyWheeler I‘m glad you‘re feeling better! Being sick really messes up everything. 2w
63 likes2 stack adds4 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
post image

Omg I was so busy recently I didn‘t even notice the shortlist came out! How did I miss this??

Overall I‘m happy tho I haven‘t read Rushdie or Atwood yet - started Quichotte this morning and have Testaments on preorder. Ducks Newburyport is my clear absolute fave, tho I also love the other three so there aren‘t any I dislike here. What do you guys think?

Megabooks You‘ve really made me want to read Ducks! 2w
Ruthiella I‘m curious about Ducks now too! But I will probably only read the winner. 😀 2w
BookwormM Can you tell me what it is you love about Ducks? I am 41% in and I hate it with a passion only finishing as it made short list 2w
See All 6 Comments
Emilymdxn @megabooks @ruthiella I hope you like it! Probably not for everyone as it‘s so long and slow but I‘m a die hard fan. It‘s a great one if you like chunksters and slow meditative prose 2w
Emilymdxn @bookwormm I guess it‘s a bit of a marmite! I loved the pace, how vivid the main character was, how it handled so many themes and showed them all interrelating and how thoughts appear in someone‘s brain so quickly. I felt like it covered such a broad expanse of stuff but also so much in terms of one person‘s brain and life. I agree it‘s not for everyone tho, j adapted to the style very quickly but I can see why some people wouldn‘t like it 2w
AkashPhoenix 10 Minutes is an amazing read! Keeps you engrossed! Will surely give a go at Ducks! 2w
72 likes1 stack add6 comments
review
Emilymdxn
Humboldt's Gift | Saul Bellow
post image
Mehso-so

I really liked this to begin with, and I loved the writing style, but I got a bit lost in what was going on and felt like good writing had to be backed up by more happening, or me being prompted to think about more things. I felt like we circled around the same themes a lot and I‘d have liked some more development. #1001books

Oana7 I read the book too... I didn't like it so much... I felt as which something was missing 😊 2w
Ruthiella Just so so for me too. I‘ve only read two books by Bellow but they were both overly full of detail and erudition IMO, it became wearying to read. I did like some of the characterization though...particularly Rinaldo. He kept off the page so to speak. (edited) 2w
69 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
Wednesday's Child | Shane Dunphy
post image

#wondrousWednesday @Eggs

1. Some faves were The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Dragon of Lonely Island, and the Spiderwick Chronicles

2. Snobs by Julian Fellows or Cold Comfort Farm

3. Gone Girl

4. All Of Them. American pancakes, full English or Irish potato farls which I just tried for the first time! How international

5. Everyone that takes time out of their day to care what I think about books is my fave so you‘re all tagged

Eggs 💖👏🏻🤗🥳 2w
Cathythoughts Gone Girl 👍🏻 2w
51 likes2 comments
review
Emilymdxn
Shylock Is My Name | Howard Jacobson
post image
Bailedbailed

I try to never bail on books but I have to this time. I got partway through on audio from the library, but then I was sick for a week and then away from home for weeks and didn‘t do any listening. It auto returned to the library, and I have no idea how far through I was and honestly wasn‘t enjoying it at the time. I just don‘t see myself getting it back out and trying to work out how far through I was, so it‘s a bail from me.

RachelO No shame in bailing! Frees up time for books you‘ll get more from. Hope you‘re feeling better now. 2w
60 likes1 comment
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

#bfcr3 #goteam So this week was the last of my busy travelling weeks this August, it‘s all back to living and working and being around London now for September - attempting to move flat too so that‘s my main focus now. I‘ve done a lot of walking in Ukraine and ready to get back to yoga and living a bit quieter now!

bromeliad Awesome!! How was Ukraine? I've always wanted to go! 2w
Megabooks Glad you had a good time and got home safely! Good luck with moving! That can be a bitch. 2w
See All 7 Comments
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And good luck with moving. 2w
TheSpineView Great job! 👏👏👏 2w
tjwill Great job! 2w
cobwebmoth Nice job! 2w
52 likes7 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

I‘ve had a very busy month in August traveling to three different countries and being run off my feet so I did a good amount of reading! Some really great books - Ducks Newburyport, To Be Taught If Fortunate and Year of Magical Thinking were all 10/10 perfect books so it‘s been a brilliant month overall for books

review
Emilymdxn
The Frolic of the Beasts | Yukio Mishima
post image
Pickpick

Reviewing from a few days ago - just got back from Ukraine!

I love Mishima‘s style and this was so slow, meditative but passionate underneath. I love the sense of huge emotions under careful, controlled exteriors that he gives. I‘m absolutely going to read more by him.

55 likes3 stack adds
review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

Definitely a pick of the year for me. This meditation on grief and its impact on your thought processes and your whole life was so important and special I‘m going to buy a physical copy so I‘ll have it when my mental health is bad next. I saw so much of my own way of thinking in Joan Didion‘s struggles following the death of her husband and I see myself rereading this over and over again.

Cathythoughts Such a good book ♥️💔I see in the first year of grieving so much magical thinking ... such a helpful book as a therapist too (edited) 3w
Billypar I just read this, and felt the same: she provided nuanced sense of what grief is actually like, beyond just the sadness and distress. Also read the audio, but probably would have been better in print given how good she is at the sentence level (didn't stop me from placing a hold on the Blue Nights audio though). 3w
Emilymdxn @Cathythoughts that‘s really interesting to hear! I once described to a therapist how I felt about lots of things in my life (not specifically in response to grief I guess more generally) and she said what I was describing was magical thinking but I struggled a lot with what that term meant, this book has helped me understand those thoughts. I feel like maybe it‘s easier to get your head round when you see it happen to someone else 3w
Emilymdxn @billypar I read blue nights on audio and thought it was incredible but I agree with you about Joan Didion‘s writing being so suited to reading in print. I‘d really like to get a physical copy and reread it that way. I quite rarely read paper books, I have issues with my hands that make it painful to do regularly, but I can do it sometimes, but Joan Didion seems so worth it I want to make her one of those writers 3w
Blaire Agree. @cathythoughts @billypar I read this years ago and then read it again after my dad died and it really helped me process his death. I‘ve recommended multiple times. It was the book that seemed to get it. 3w
69 likes5 stack adds5 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

I was so lucky to get to visit Pripyat the biggest abandoned town in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. I was expecting it to be so sad looking round and it was sad, but I was so surprised by how beautiful the forest has become so quickly. It‘s incredibly calm and quiet, and bears from Belarus have moved in and started living there. It was poignant but it made me think about nature‘s ability to rebuild from the worst disasters humans can make.

Megabooks What an incredible experience! I‘m glad you are having a good trip. 💜 3w
julesG Amazing! 3w
Centique That is incredible. I had seen a documentary about the forest returning and you‘re right it is such a poignant image 🌳🌱🌿 (edited) 3w
squirrelbrain How lucky you are, and what a lovely description! 💚 3w
8little_paws Omg this is my husband's dream to visit pripyat. He's been obsessed with this disaster for decades. 3w
75 likes1 stack add5 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
Lonely Planet Ukraine | Lonely Planet, Leonid Ragozin, Marc Di Duca
post image

Ukraine tomorrow! WiFi will probably be limited to the hotel and I won‘t have mobile data so I won‘t be around as much as normal (probably). I‘ll be in touch with my #bfcr3 team when possible and I‘m back for good (for a while...) next Sunday! I also wanted to let @Lel2403 and @jenniferw88 that I‘m still ploughing on with the Underground Railroad the few days I‘m at home and will be sending it on once it‘s finished and I‘m back in the country

cobwebmoth Enjoy your trip! 3w
Megabooks Have fun and travel safe!! #jealous! 3w
See All 14 Comments
ephemeralwaltz Safe travels and have fun!!😍 3w
squirrelbrain Have a great trip! 😁👍 3w
youneverarrived Have a great time 😘 3w
wanderinglynn Have an awesome trip! 😀 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Have fun!!!! 3w
jenniferw88 That's ok with me - I'm on holiday 3rd-10th September so won't be in to collect any parcels anyway. Tagging @Cathythoughts @kaysworld1 & @TCLinrow for their info too. 3w
Itchyfeetreader Amazing trip stay safe and have fun 3w
tjwill Have a fun trip! 3w
BarbaraBB Have a great trip! 3w
LeahBergen How cool! Have a wonderful holiday!! 3w
andrew61 Wow have a great time. Look out for penguins attending funerals. 3w
78 likes1 stack add14 comments
review
Emilymdxn
Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
post image
Pickpick

I enjoyed this a lot though perhaps I felt a bit let down by the enormous hype around it. I studied bog bodies and bog body poetry a fair bit at uni so maybe my expectations were too high. I loved the atmosphere and setting, I‘d have lived a bit longer in the world to develop Silvie more, though some of the other characters were a little one dimensional. I rly need to read books early and not let the hype become unmanageable

TrishB I hear you! I need to read at the beginning or ages after! This I read right at the beginning and loved it as it hadn‘t been hyped up in my head. But it‘s a real thing definitely! 3w
CharismaRaven13 I am not familiar with the term big body.. what exactly it that? 3w
Emilymdxn @CharismaRaven13 some human bodies which were in peat bogs hundreds or thousands of years ago got preserved incredibly well because of the soil chemicals so when people found the bodies they‘d call the police thinking someone had just died when it was actually thousands of years old - I find it super interesting! Seamus Heaney wrote some cool poetry about them one is called Bog Queen and I really recommend it! 3w
CharismaRaven13 Thank you so much for your explanation!! 3w
82 likes2 stack adds4 comments
review
Emilymdxn
post image
Mehso-so

I wanted to like this but feel like I didn‘t really get it? I was confused most of the time, all the drawings of penises made it awkward to read on the train, and the disturbing bits just felt disturbing to me without illuminating me about anything in particular. I hate to dislike a book I‘ve been told so much is a feminist classic but I didn‘t enjoy reading it. I liked the conceptual bits at the end once we were out of the ‘real world‘.

BarbaraBB This was such a harsh read! I was often wondering what the f*** am I reading!!? 3w
66 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

#bfcr3 I‘ve been a bit absent this week as I was run off my feet around Edinburgh - didn‘t do lots of reading or a proper workout but I was active overall, lots of walking. Climbed Arthur‘s Seat which isn‘t technically a mountain but is definitely a big hill, here‘s the view! I ate well enough, I wasn‘t a paragon of healthy eating but I wasn‘t aiming for that anyway. Ukraine next week so will be another odd one, I‘m still doing good tho.

Megabooks Sounds good to me!! Great job!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3w
44 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

A fascinating look at how mindfulness gets corrupted when it gets parcelled up with corporate capitalism. I loved all the background and interviews with Buddhist thinkers talking about mindfulness today departing from the original Buddhist ideas that underpinned it. Also really interesting to see how it gets used in organisations like google and the army who now do mindful killing (that‘s literally true 😕). I recommend!

KathyWheeler This looks fascinating. 3w
SharonAlger This sounds like a thought provoking read. 3w
Weaponxgirl I downloaded this and really need to get to it. It‘s looks like it could help me explain why I‘ve often been iffy about how mindfulness and motivational stuff is presented to me 2w
See All 24 Comments
Emilymdxn @weaponxgirl I loved it so much. I think it‘s helped me get more into mindfulness and be clearer in my head about what I want mindfulness to be and what I want to learn from it, and avoid being sold random crap. I love that it‘s not anti mindfulness it‘s anti mindfulness being used for capitalism and the presentation of it 2w
Weaponxgirl That sounds like exactly what I‘m looking for. I feel like the self care movement has also been co opted recently too. Capitalism really can get its teeth into anything can‘t it. 2w
Emilymdxn @weaponxgirl yeah it concerns me so much. I find self care and spirituality really important for my wellbeing, they‘re a big factor in my mental health doing well atm, but it‘s so hard to avoid getting marketed a million expensive ‘mindful colouring books‘ and ‘mindful candles‘ and made to feel like im ‘bad at self care‘ according to others cause I‘m not spending a fortune, just trying to take time to be mentally physically and spiritually healthy 2w
Weaponxgirl @Emilymdxn yes, I feel the same. Some areas have turned it into just a big old treat yourself mentality and the things they recommend you need are never cheap really. My self care will be completely different from someone else‘s. I‘m also like you getting concerned with how spirituality is becoming so consumerist. I‘ve been making a concerted effort to not getting drawn in thinking I need for example a certain crystal or type of incense 2w
Weaponxgirl Especially since there are now lots of ethical issues around some so called essentials that are pushed for being a more spiritual person. It sucks as its something that used to be calming for my wellbeing but now it‘s as fraught as other areas in my life. Sorry for the essay btw 2w
Emilymdxn @weaponxgirl no I love the essays! I feel exactly the same and it‘s so refreshing to hear you feel the same. Spirituality is very important to me and self care matters hugely to me, but it‘s not something I really want to spend money on. Walking, yoga with a free YouTube video (tho admittedly I paid for the workout clothes and mat), cooking etc. are all free and I don‘t want spirituality - religious or otherwise - to become... 2w
Emilymdxn @weaponxgirl ...another bit of capitalism that makes people stressed and guilty. It‘s easy to feel like I‘m not ‘good enough‘ at self care or being spiritual which is such a bizarre concept but I have felt that sometimes. 2w
Weaponxgirl @Emilymdxn whenever we have one of these conversations I always think I‘d love to go to the pub with you! But I have felt those exact same feelings, I don‘t even have a bath in my flat and so many things are like do this in the bath and a shower really isn‘t the same at all 😆 2w
Weaponxgirl I‘ve been reading articles on cultural appropriation in the self care and spirituality communities and at how to decolonise my own practices. This has helped me a lot in not getting drawn into must haves ect. I‘ve also been looking at environmental impacts of certain things, stupidly such as candles and how lots are made from petrochemicals. I‘m looking at making my own with soy wax and some essential oils as I enjoy making things anyway 2w
Emilymdxn @Weaponxgirl absolutely! I‘d love a pub trip. So many suggestions don‘t take into account how difficult it can be to do with little money. I went to a very positive vibes salad place for lunch the other day but it‘s hard to feel zen when you‘re panicking over how much money you‘ve spent when a salad is £ 2w
Emilymdxn @Weaponxgirl I got some lovely natural candles from the amnesty international shop once but it‘s hard to find everyday cheap accessible candles that are ethical and okay for the planet. 2w
Weaponxgirl @Emilymdxn yes! Money is a huge issue for me too and some stuff comes off as way too privileged. I like colouring books but the setup for nice pencils ect doesn‘t come cheap and some people just don‘t acknowledge this. I also steer clear of the mindfulness ones, they don‘t do it for me. I have a Disney villains one I got cheap that I‘m in love with instead 2w
Weaponxgirl So if I remember correctly you live in London and I may be coming down to London in January to see a show. If you were up for it and about I‘d love to do a mini Litsy meetup? 2w
Emilymdxn @weaponxgirl yes I‘m in London! Would be delighted to meet up any time you‘re around! It can be quite disability exclusionary too - I have to be so specific pointing out I really really can‘t do colouring with chronic pain in my hands, or knitting or anything like that, it‘s just never going to be spiritual or relaxing for me and some people just won‘t get it. And the expensive notebooks and planners and apps and food is just so much, it makes... 2w
Emilymdxn @weaponxgirl ...you feel less good at it if you don‘t have money and that guilt is just the opposite of what I want self care to be. I agree that cultural appropriation is such an issue too particularly with yoga and other spiritual practices from other cultures 2w
Weaponxgirl @Emilymdxn that‘s such a good point, I‘m lucky in many ways but I have a friend who has chronic pain and an invisible illness and she has to do so much planning to do the things she wants to do and hope she has a good day even with all her planning in place and a lot of things just aren‘t feasible for her. Things like taking a walk, if she isn‘t careful she will set off her symptoms and be out of action for the next day. 2w
Weaponxgirl https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/commercialization-of-self-care-wellness I think you‘ll find this article interesting. It‘s one of my fave places on the internet for making me think more thoughtfully and coming at angles that aren‘t my own 2w
Emilymdxn @Weaponxgirl thank you so much I‘ll read them after work! Love being able to share and discuss stuff like this with you on Litsy 2w
Weaponxgirl I look forward to hearing what you think! 2w
72 likes9 stack adds24 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

Train home from Edinburgh! Catching up with Litsy as I haven‘t read or been online much this week. The festival was crazy, I saw some amazing shows, some godawful shows, went on in an improv show to fill in for a friend with 10 hours notice, ate gorgeous food and had a lot of pints. Two days to recover before Ukraine now I‘m definitely doing a lot this month! Full #bfcr3 update this eve as I don‘t have my notebook of what I‘ve read with me 💖

bromeliad Please take pictures of Ukraine! I have always wanted to go! 3w
74 likes1 comment
blurb
Emilymdxn
post image

Edinburgh Fringe has somehow been even more wild than I expected! This is my first time sitting down with a book for over three days, I think that‘s some kind of record for not-reading for me. Seen some amazing shows and spent a lot of time with my bf‘s family (his dad lives here and al his cousins etc. have come up too). Got about an hour with coffee, a book and the new Taylor Swift album now

Cathythoughts All sounds good there 👍🏻👍🏻 4w
Reading_in_the_meadow How exciting!! I performed in the Fringe Festival in the early 00s. Such an amazing experience. Enjoy your time! 4w
77 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Emilymdxn
post image
Pickpick

Becky Chambers knocks it out of the park again. This is up with Long Way for my fave of hers - I don‘t want to give away plot but it‘s cinematic, philosophical, intimate. A perfect slender book that packs so much imagination, character and so many big questions into a tiny space, and ends on a huge question - I really hope we get an answer one day. Casual representation of trans and asexual ppl in the midst of glorious sci fi an added bonus.

saresmoore I didn‘t know this existed! I really adore her books for filling a very specific void in my reading life I didn‘t know I had until I read them. 1mo
Ruthiella Yay!😃 Looking forward to this one! 1mo
84 likes13 stack adds2 comments
review
Emilymdxn
The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
post image
Pickpick

Rare and impressive for a book to be both timely and timeless. Reading about the Great Depression and the lengths a family has to go through to maintain any dignity, keep their bodies going and keep themselves human was harrowing to read, particularly as the UK heads where it‘s going. Steinbeck is just an absolute master, this definitely deserves to be called a classic.

Megabooks Totally agree! 1mo
angielackswings I‘ve heard about this book, I mean to read it someday! My opinion of John Steinbeck is derived from my reading of Of Mice and Men, so I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 3w
85 likes5 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
Perfect Day | Sally Malcolm
post image

Thanks @jenniferw88 !

My perfect day would probably involve travelling to a million countries so I confined myself to my perfect day in UK to narrow the possibilities! Breakfast in borough market, Tate Modern, reading on the south bank (my fave place), a trip to Foyles and dinner in Chinatown, theatre and then some cocktails

Tagging my bfc team @Megabooks @TheEllieMo @KathyWheeler @bromeliad @tjwill @Tineke @cewilf @cobwebmoth @guinsgirlreads

julesG 👏👏👏 1mo
Freespirit ❤️London 1mo
Megabooks I loved the Tate Modern when I was in London! 1mo
KathyWheeler This sounds like a wonderful day! 1mo
tjwill Sounds like a great day! 1mo
76 likes5 comments
blurb
Emilymdxn
The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
post image

Hello all! Just got on the train to Edinburgh for some fringe goodness. Will be spending my four hour train with Steinbeck and snacks, mainly just enjoying the chance to be sitting down! Anyone else in Edinburgh for fringe??

squirrelbrain Have a fab time! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 1mo
Bklover What is fringe? Have a great time! 1mo
Emilymdxn @squirrelbrain thank you! 1mo
Emilymdxn @bklover Edinburgh Fringe Festival! It‘s the biggest theatre festival in the uk, takes place in Edinburgh the whole month of August, thousands and thousands of cheap and free theatre, comedy, circus, children‘s shows it‘s very cool! 1mo
64 likes4 comments