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Emilymdxn

Joined March 2018

Bi hufflepuff who believes in a better world 💛💖💜💙 insta @emilymdxn goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/30587927-emily
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Jazz | Toni Morrison
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As usual, Toni Morrison‘s prose just glitters it‘s so amazing to read. I do wish this had been a bit longer, I would have loved more time to settle into this writing and these people‘s lives but if my only complaint about a book is that it‘s too short it must have been good! The female characters were fantastic, she won the Nobel prize for very good reason.

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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America | Kekla Magoon, Jason Reynolds, Dhonielle Clayton, Tracey Baptiste, Brandy Colbert, Justina Ireland, Rita Williams-Garcia, Rene Watson, Lamar Giles, Coe Booth, Varian Johnson, Ibi Zoboi, Nic Stone, Tochi Onyebuchi, Liara Tamani, Jay Coles, Leah Henderson
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I‘ve never read YA short stories before but this was very enjoyable! As promised, this gave an enormous variety of visions of young black people‘s lives in America. Some were political, some not, some focused on family or romance. I loved how many of them were tiny bildungsromans that took me on a journey with the characters as they learned difficult, important things. I really recommend!

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#booked2020

I‘ve never done a booked challenge before but decided this is gonna be the year I make a start! Is it something i officially sign up for with a form or do I just start taking part in the new year?? I‘m factoring my winter choices into my new year reading planning already 🥰

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

MoonWitch94 I signed up, but haven‘t filled out the choices of my reads bc they need some investigation first. Plus, new books arise that might get filled in. 19h
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Glad you‘re joining us!! I will tag you on the post that has the sign up link 📚❣️🎉 19h
4thhouseontheleft Yep, there is a form! @Cinfhen seems to have you covered but let us know if you have any questions! 19h
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Emilymdxn @MoonWitch94 that‘s really helpful to hear thank you! 17h
Emilymdxn @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft thank you!!! Im really excited for this already I just wanna get started straight away, I love the prompts 17h
Cinfhen There‘s a lot of crossover between #Booked2020 & #PoP2020 so that‘s fun for planning 😉🥳 17h
TheAromaofBooks I've never done a challenge like this either, so 2020 will be a year of discovery for both of us!! 😁 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad you‘re joining in! ♥️👊🏻📚 10h
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I don‘t think I have a bookish selfie on hand surprisingly! Here are some selfies of me from the last couple weeks and pics of bookshops I‘ve been to in London recently.

2. The “millennium” edition of Tolstoy fills a hundred volumes and weighs as much as a newborn beluga whale. From The Possessed by Elif Batuman

3. Cold and crisp winter day absolutely gorgeous in London!

Eggs Love the photos❤️❤️Thanks for joining in ❣️❣️ 22h
BarbaraBB Love the photos 😍 18h
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I‘m astounded by this book. Probably one of my favourite novels about slavery in the US now - I loved how it didn‘t pull its punches about the pain and atrocity and added a dimension of mysticism to everything. I loved Hiram as a narrator and every character brought something different to be picture it built up. Coates‘ writing was astonishingly good exactly as expected. I probably still prefer his non fiction but this was an almost perfect novel

Scochrane26 I love the addition of Harriet. I‘ve always been interested in her as a historical person. (edited) 23h
Emilymdxn @Scochrane26 yes I felt just the same that worked so well! 23h
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It‘s here!! Who else is excited for the #popsugarchallenge 2020?? #popsugar2020

I love all of these prompts. They‘ll definitely prompt me to read outside my comfort zone and learn a lot, and a few I can definitely tick off from my tbr which is great for budget reasons and for grinding through mount tbr. I don‘t even know what a medical thriller is! Going to make a gorgeous plan this week and then probably completely ignore it next year...

Soubhiville It looks like fun! I‘m considering it. 2d
BarbaraBB I am excited for this one too. I might participate in too much challenges next year but I love these prompts too! 2d
sarauscher 2019 was my first year doing this challenge. I really enjoyed doing it. I am very excited to begin the 2020 challenge. I love these prompts!! I think it will be a fun year!! 2d
lele1432 Finally!! I've been stalking Goodreads lol 2d
CaliforniaCay Interesting! I never complete any challenges I start but who knows, 2020 may be a good year to finally complete one! Anyone else have to to Google the definition of a bildungrosman? 😆 1d
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@TheSpineView #two4tuesday

1. Sometimes, even if I love the book - I also love reading journalism and reading the news. I probably read 20+ news stories a day and sometimes I‘ll settle down to read but get distracted by the news

2. Even if I hate a book I finish it - sometimes with skimming or turning audio speed up. If I let myself ever not finish anything I get into a pattern of never finishing anything and I hate leaving things unfinished

TheSpineView I used to always finish. It took me years to allow myself to DNF a book 2d
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#litsyresolutions I LOVE planning out resolutions and goals - I also do monthly goals for myself in my enormous planner, I guess I love having plans to stick to and feeling like I‘m making progress. So I have lots:

- Read at least 50% books by people of colour and women
- Read 50+ books from my owner tbr (books I own as of January 1)
- Participate in more challenges etc but probably not swaps just for budget reasons unless they‘re small ones

Scochrane26 Those are good goals. I‘m with you on the 2nd one. 2d
ljuliel I‘ll bet everyone in here wants to do #2. We all seem to have the same disorder. 2d
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The Tournament | Matthew Reilly
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Excited that the #tob2020 long list is here! 62 books, and I‘ve read 12 (including one im halfway through) which is fewer than I hoped! Some here I‘ve been meaning to read for ages, some I‘ve never heard of. I‘d love to grind through all of them but wow newly released books are expensive. A couple are available in my library as ebooks so I‘ll manage a few more!

https://themorningnews.org/article/the-year-in-fiction-2019

8little_paws I've read 10 of them, and have 2 of them on the immediate TBR on my nightstand, and have a number of others I'd like to read. But I have learned that my tastes and the ToB's tastes rarely align well. 3d
merelybookish I didn't realize you had already posted! 3d
BarbaraBB You‘ve read many already! I read only 3... 😨. But I am looking forward to a lot of them! 3d
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Suet624 This came to me in my email and I got so excited. I love TOB! And here I was thinking i was only going to read books I already owned. Guess that commitment is getting pushed back again. (edited) 3d
Emilymdxn @merelybookish i love how these events and lists get so many people excited and everyone‘s posting and overlapping on discussing the books!! 3d
Emilymdxn @8little_paws yeah I‘ve disagreed with them a lot in the past too! I love the discussions tho even when I don‘t like the results. What‘s your fave that you‘ve read so far?? 3d
Emilymdxn @BarbaraBB which three??? I always love reading your opinions on lists like this! 3d
Emilymdxn @suet624 I‘m in just the same position! I can scale mount tbr more gradually if it means fitting a few of these in! 3d
8little_paws Probably bangkok wakes to rain or nickel boys. Honestly I haven't been impressed with a lot of 2019 literature. 3d
BarbaraBB Thank you 😊. I only read On Earth, The Children‘s Archive and Normal People. I loved all three. Which are your favorites and would you recommend? 2d
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Powerful window into the inner world of a boy with cerebral palsy that kept him from speaking or having a way of communication until he was 8. His memoir of struggle for education and his parents and carers who worked with him to communicate is a story we almost never get to hear from people in their own voices. For someone so young to have made peace with their short life expectancy and write about faith and struggle like this is really rare.

Mishu94 Should I go for it? 3d
sblbooks Thanks for sharing. I have CP, I'm definitely going to read this. 3d
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Really impressive book of short stories translated from Arabic, covering so many aspects of life and relationships. It made me think of the phrase ‘life‘s rich pageant‘ and I was so impressed at how it crammed so many versions of different lives in the Middle East into one book. It absolutely ran the gamut of human emotions, sometimes funny sometimes poignant, sometimes joyful. I really recommend this

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Foyles | London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Quick trip into foyles Charing Cross road - I made my boyfriend duck in with me as we were walking past! Not a super original choice but it will always be one of my fave bookshops in London. When I was younger and it was in different premises my mums day trips there with me as a kid were some of the most exciting days of my life.

Just wish I could afford any of the books... I came away without buying anything but did reserve one in the library

Tamra The constant tension in a book lover‘s life. 4d
Emilymdxn @tamra I bought groceries this morning and my banking app started shouting at me about running out of money 😬😬😬 which helps me keep the book buying ban going for sure 4d
ljuliel The good thing about going into a bookstore is that you might get some good ideas of what to reserve at your library. Just think of the good feeling you‘ll have when you get the book for free , and still have that $25 or $30 in your wallet. You‘ll get both things ! 4d
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Emilymdxn @ljuliel you‘re absolutely right!! I got some good ideas for gifts for family and friends over Christmas and will reserve others in the library. I always love the atmosphere of a gorgeous bookshop, particularly one I have such a connection with, and I‘m learning to appreciate just being there without the pressure to buy things! 4d
ljuliel The last time I was in a big bookstore, it was a bit overwhelming. I honestly didn‘t know where to start. I think I‘ve grown so used to clicking online for a book , it‘s become a habit. I need to try REALLY hard to curb my spending also. I need to focus solely on library books now. I honestly don‘t know why I buy them, as I don‘t keep them once done. It‘s much more sensible for me to use the library. No offense to those that have nice shelves ! 4d
Emilymdxn @ljuliel I recently moved to a new flat that is costing me a lot more money than I was spending before living with my parents, and it‘s quite nice how simple it is now knowing that I CAN‘T spend lots of money on books as opposed to before when it was a bad idea but I could get away with doing it. I still treat myself sometimes but I have a backlog to work through and a very close relationship with my library audiobook app! 4d
ljuliel Yes, it seems most people who buy lots of books are always facing the dilemma : I need to read the books I own ...but at the same time, are always on the lookout for new books. I think all readers are in that boat. Doesn‘t matter how many books we have at our fingertips, we are always looking for new ones. 4d
Emilymdxn @ljuliel yes I know that feeling so well! My head struggles to register that I could probably buy no books and be good for five years of reading... I just always feel i need more 4d
rwmg @ljuliel @emilymdxn As the meme has it, we buy books because we imagine we are buying the time to read them 4d
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Nice quick primer on beginning to live a more plastic free life and encourage others to do the same. This would probably have worked better as a physical than audiobook but that‘s not the book‘s fault. It combined a good sense of urgency with never being preachy or judgmental of people finding it hard to stop using plastic, acknowledging that the way our society is set up doesn‘t make it easy for anyone. Would be great for younger readers too

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#litsylearn @Alora

1. I‘ve seen Bruce Springsteen live 6 times, I‘ve travelled to 18 countries, I‘m allergic to apples

2. Little women and a little life - popular books with little in the title don‘t work for me I guess??

3. Quite a few at book signings and literary festivals!

4. Too cold, I love long winter walks

Amiable As someone who understands the lengths that Superfans will go to (I've seen Billy Joel in concert more than 10 times!), I'm going to go with ... the allergy to apples is a lie? 4d
sudi I think the allergy to apples might be a lie? 4d
Alora Hello Emily!! Thank you for playing! 💙 4d
Alora I‘m going to guess the lie is that you aren‘t allergic to apples?! 😱 🍎 4d
Emilymdxn @amiable @Sudi @alora I AM mildly allergic to apples!! The lie was how many countries I‘ve been to, I think I‘ve been to more than that though counting is nitty gritty and hard and I always end up in arguments about which places I can count as countries 😝 4d
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#bfcr4 wrap up!
@suzie.reads @jessinikkip @Melmar @LauraJ @wanderinglynn

Workouts: goal 2/week, managed 2 or 3 every week
Meditation: started bad but managed every day consistently by the end
Food: healthy on the whole!
Books: 30/20

I‘m probably the most happy with my BFCr4 progress out of all of the fitness challenges! I feel like I‘ve made sustainable changes and I‘m starting to really feel the differences. Thank you Lynn as always 💖

tjwill Great job! 4d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 4d
suzie.reads Well done you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4d
LauraJ Excellent progress! 3d
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#readingeurope2020 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

I‘m so excited for this! European connections matter more in the uk now than ever and I‘m so so excited to learn more about more other countries in Europe. I‘ve done a count and reckon that so far I‘ve read books from 20 countries in Europe (most of the easy ones to tick off from British bookshops‘ selections) so I‘m going to try and focus on the ones I‘ve never read from before to start 💙💛💙💛💙

BarbaraBB That is so cool! I‘ll follow your choices, I want to read more from the less obvious countries as well! 5d
Librarybelle What a great idea! Thank you for sharing! 5d
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Falling into Place | Amy Zhang
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I didn‘t dislike this book but didn‘t love it much either. YA novel about a girl whose life has gone completely off the rails who doesn‘t know how to ask for help getting it back, tackling some very difficult issues. I appreciated the friendships at the heart of it and the issues it confronted but I wasn‘t that into it and didn‘t connect with the characters that much. It didn‘t feel like the type of YA that works for people of all ages really.

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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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Pretty much a perfect memoir. I was expecting this to be powerful but it still took me by surprise. Chanel Miller is such a spectacularly talented writer, she made me feel safe all the time I was reading about these terrible things more than I would have thought possible. I learned so much, and really felt like I got to know Chanel too. Obviously there‘s triggering material in here but if you can take it, i recommend this so strongly.

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#thoughtfuflthursday @MoonWitch94

1. Lots! It‘s a beautiful winter in London, I love my job and coworkers and I‘m also so grateful to be living with my boyfriend, I have a lot to be thankful for 💖

2. “What can I do with the sun?” I answered “Sweep it off the rooftops?”

3. Right now it‘s quite crisp blue sky winter but it‘s been raining a lot the last few days - very picturesque London rain!

MoonWitch94 Crisp winter days are some of my favorites! Thanks for playing along ☺️♥️ 7d
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I‘m posting like mad today! It‘s rare for me to have proper time to sit with Litsy! #wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I have v strong synaesthesia so words with Ws, As and Hs always show up lovely colours for me. Willow and wash are two gorgeous ones, deep black shot through with green or red

2. I prefer standalones so 1?

3. Yes! Short stories. I‘m out of practice but trying to get my confidence back

4. I‘ll tag in comments no space here 💖

Emilymdxn Hi new followers @loveroflearning @coleenv @Dhanya2277 consider yourself tagged 🥰 1w
TheBookHippie #2 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
Megabooks Agree with both of you Emily and @TheBookHippie 🚫 series! 1w
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TheBookHippie @Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
Eggs Is there a downside to your synesthesia? 1w
Eggs And thanks for playing🥳💕🤗 1w
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Just signed up for this! @MaleficentBookDragon #jolabokaflodswap

I cant normally participate in swaps for cost reasons so I‘m very excited to have found this, what a lovely tradition. It‘ll be so lovely to share this with all you guys this festive season

Just checking - was I meant to receive a confirmation email after I clicked submit or is it fine not to have done?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I didn't get a confirmation email either. 1w
Megabooks I didn‘t get one either. 1w
Emilymdxn @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Megabooks that‘s great to know! I was worried I‘d done something wrong 1w
Hazel2019 I didn‘t get a confirmation either. But so excited for this one! 😊 1w
Emilymdxn @hazel2019 that‘s great to know thanks! I‘m so excited too, swaps are often hard for me for budgeting so ones this size are great for me! 1w
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Waiting for a friend in a cosy coffee shop and it‘s dark outside, they‘re playing A Case Of You by Joni Mitchell which is one of my fave songs of all time, and I have an hour to read drink coffee and catch up with Litsy. Then dinner and wine and bus back through lit up London to my boyfriend. Feeling very happy right now!

IndoorDame Sounds perfect! I loved that book! It‘s one I read at least 15 years ago and haven‘t thought about for a long time. 1w
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This has been unread in my room for around ten years I think, which I feel very bad about as I swear I‘ve always been ‘just about‘ to read it. I also promised myself I‘d read 50 books off my tbr back list this year which doesn‘t look all that manageable at this stage in November - nice to get stopping to this one though!

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My Name Is Why | Lemn Sissay
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Harrowing. I knew that Lemn Sissay was a famous poet, probably the most famous black British poet alive rn, but I had no idea about his experiences in care as a black child with no known family in the 70s. Children in care get forgotten about so much in British society and I‘m so grateful for him shedding light on it. I don‘t know if I could have shown the courage he did in those situations, keeping writing through the abuse.

arlenefinnigan I loved this book. 1w
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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How have I not read this before?? Such a perfect novel, potentially a new all time favourite. The writing style was much easier to get used to than I‘d heard and it helped me feel completely immersed in Janie‘s life. Janie has to be a new favourite mc for me as well, seeing how she changed so much over her life and understanding all of it so closely. So many moments will stay with me that I can‘t even list. The ending almost made me cry

Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️💔💔💔 1w
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I wasn‘t sure what to expect as I haven‘t read This Is Going To Hurt but a firm pick! The right mix of respectful in difficult situations (some very painful, but with thoughtful content warnings so I‘d say you can feel safe reading it) and hilarious in light situations. I‘m absolutely going to go read his first book as soon as it‘s available in the library!

Testament to the state our beloved NHS is in at the moment, very important to read about

CourtSmall A particular story and a few other things will make more sense when you read the first book. I work in a hospital in the allied health field and his internal monologue is spot on we all think it but we don't say it. 1w
Emilymdxn @courtsmall that‘s very good to know! I‘ve reserved the first book in the library but it‘s very popular so could be a while before I actually read it 1w
Megabooks I just picked this up based on your review! It‘s coming tomorrow. Always love to see what you‘ve been reading. 💙 2d
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Ultimately a pick though it took me a long time to get into properly. The characters really breathed once I got to know them and it had a very Victorian feel to it, like apart from a few stylistic things it could have been written in the 1870s. The writing about the river was so beautiful, and the drama of the ending got me very involved even if I didn‘t love all of it to begin with.

DebReads4fun Currently reading this. 1w
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Lovely cosy winter day and this book is 5/5 fantastic so far. I can not believe I haven‘t read it before it‘s so perfect and exactly my taste.

I had a lovely veggie sausage pasta lunch, read some of this and then went to meditate on bankside. Holding up as best I can against the dark and the cold!

How‘s Monday treating everyone else? Dark and cold where you are? At least it‘s crisp and gorgeous as well as cold here in London

Caroline2 I loved this book! 🥰 1w
Moray_Reads It's fully dark and sadly quite wet in Edinburgh. I envy your dinner and your book! 1w
TheAromaofBooks It's one of those days where it's getting colder all day instead of warmer!! Your lunch looks delish! 1w
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Scochrane26 As usual in Kentucky, we had at least 2 seasons today. Started out about 55, then rained, then temp has dropped & we may get snow. Supposed to be down to 10 tomorrow. Then back up to 50 on Thursday. 🤦‍♀️ 1w
Emilymdxn @Caroline2 I‘m loving it too! 1w
Emilymdxn @Moray_Reads Edinburgh must be so beautiful this time of year! My bf‘s dad lives there and I always fall completely in love with it when I get to go visit. Never been this late in the year but Edinburgh in October was so so gorgeous when I went! Packed a lot of jumpers 1w
Emilymdxn @TheAromaofBooks absolutely! I walk to work and I am REALLY feeling it at the moment! 1w
Emilymdxn @Scochrane26 that‘s a lot of weather! I‘ve never visited Kentucky but I‘d really like to! I‘ll try to pack appropriately lol 1w
Moray_Reads @Emilymdxn I adore Edinburgh always, even when it's wet. It love a crisp, cold weekend 1w
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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#mrbook1inamillion readathon total: 4 hrs

Not breaking any records but I knew I‘d be busy and just wanted to take part! I was visiting family so I‘ve fitted this in around: 3 meals out across 3 different cuisines, a movie, a sewing lesson, a serious plumbing problem and planning my dads birthday so I think I‘ve done ok.

#litsypartyofone #24b4monday @MrBook @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @Clwojick @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 You‘ve done well to fit 4 hours in. Thanks for playing along. 😊👏👏👏 2w
MrBook Four hours is fanTAStic 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤗!!! I‘m really happy you joined us this weekend. ☺️ 2w
Lynnsoprano Your total is about the same as mine. Thanks for being part of this special celebration. 2w
rwmg With all that going on 4 hours is quite an achievement 1w
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book and once upon a river

2. It was like seeing your sister turn into a ‘gator. A familiar strangeness

3. Nothing that special! I think today I‘ve drunk earl grey tea, a Diet Coke and water. Very exciting day! Yesterday I had a German coke/Fanta mix which I‘m obsessed with and get whenever I eat German food but some people think is awful. Don‘t knock it till you try it!

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Hey team! #bfcr4

I‘ve had some up and down weeks and happy to finally report an up week! I‘ve got back into meditation, done lots of reading, been to gym once and yoga once and been broadly eating in a way im very proud of - lots of getting my five a day. The last two days I‘ve been visiting family so have clearly eaten only mainly ice cream and sausages - exactly as it should be!
@wanderinglynn @jessinikkip @suzie.reads @LauraJ @Melmar

Megabooks Great job! 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 2w
LauraJ You‘ve earned those sausages and ice cream! Well done 😉 1w
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I‘ve wound up at about 3.5 hours so far for the #mrbook1inamillion readathon - I was expecting to have more time but I‘m home visiting my parents and we‘ve wound up having a lot of family things! Few mins with this in the morning before we head to the national gallery together.

#litsypartyofone #24b4monday @MrBook @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @Clwojick @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

youneverarrived Look forward to seeing what you think of this one 💕 2w
Andrew65 If you‘re visiting family you‘ve done well to get to the time you got to. 👏👏👏 2w
Linsy I love that book, and that cover. It‘s the one I have too. Just so pretty!!! 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm What a lovely edition of the book. 2w
Cathythoughts I love this book too ❤️💔💔 2w
Mishu94 Review after you‘re done, please? ☺️ 2w
Rachel.Rencher I love this book! 2w
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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Ficciones/ Fictions | Jorge Luis Borges
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Finished this for #mrbook1inamillion and absolutely loved it! Can‘t believe it took me this long to read. The people who say he‘s the master of the short story are not lying. I‘d love to study these or read some criticism of them, I feel like there‘s so much there that I didn‘t appreciate yet. I see now how many writers I love couldn‘t exist without Borges.

#litsypartyofone #24b4monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @Clwojick @MrBook

Billypar Glad you liked it! I can't wait to read more of his collections. 2w
Andrew65 Well done. 👏👏👏 2w
BarbaraBB I‘m impressed. I think it‘s a difficult read or am I wrong? 🤞 2w
MrBook Added! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
arubabookwoman For the first LMPBC one of our group chose Labyrinths by Borges, and reading it, I fell in love with Borges. If you haven‘t read it you need to do so soon! 2w
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Ficciones/ Fictions | Jorge Luis Borges
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Manages about 2 hours 20 of reading yesterday - not bad for a full workday, evening out with my boyfriend then travelling back to my parents house for the weekend it was quite a busy one! Should manage more today. Very excited to be in a bathtub again, my new flat doesn‘t have a tub! #mrbook1inamillion

#litsypartyofone #24b4monday @MrBook @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @Clwojick @TheReadingMachine @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @jb72

Andrew65 Can‘t beat a book and a bath! 2w
Lynnsoprano Enjoy! 2w
Clwojick 💝 💝 💝 2w
MrBook I‘ve got to read in the tub sometime. 😁 2w
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Greetings from rainy london! I‘m audiowalking at around 2 hours today for #mrbook1inamillion readathon. Got held up at work and out this eve so I think I‘ll only get to around ten hours but still a pleasure to be reading with you all. I love seeing Americans‘ daytime posts when it‘s night now for me

#litsypartyofone #24b4monday @MrBook @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @jb72

LiteraryinLititz I will be visiting there soon! Packing my raincoat and umbrella for sure! 😋 2w
Clwojick I'd love to visit there! looks beautiful - even at night. 2w
Emilymdxn @Clwojick I‘ll try to post some actual pretty bits for you sometime then! This is just Vauxhall bus station (which I don‘t think many visitors spend a lot of time at) 2w
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Scochrane26 I‘ve been wanting to see London since I was a child. 2w
Andrew65 Seen plenty of rain over the last two days, now flooding all round us in South Yorkshire. Don‘t think I‘ve seen it worse. 2w
Hooked_on_books I don‘t know if you follow @LiteraryinLititz , but she is looking for London bookshop recommendations for her honeymoon. Check out her post from today if you have suggestions. 2w
MrBook I love seeing all things London! I was there in 2000. I need to get back to your peerless city in the worst way. ☺️ 2w
Emilymdxn @Andrew65 I‘ve been reading about it it‘s appalling. That mall in Sheffield! Hope where you‘re at is okay. The weather is so messed up (edited) 2w
Emilymdxn @Scochrane26 @LiteraryinLititz @mrbook thank you! It‘s a lovely city. I‘ll post some more pics this weekend 2w
Andrew65 @Emilymdxn Yes missed flooding for us, but loads of flooding in nearby villages. Second time Meadowhall and Doncaster flooded in recent years. 2w
Emilymdxn @Hooked_on_books I do and I‘m always happy to offer my services 🥰 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. Maybe Articulate?

2. I‘d go everywhere if I could. China and Japan, Argentina. I would love if in my lifetime Iran became manageable to go to.

3. Not perfect but not bad, if I hustle a bit I can do it

4. Borges! Reading him now. My mum gave me fictions when I was maybe a bit young and I was too intimidated. Ten years later I‘m loving it.

If you could eat any fictional meal or food, which would it be?

vivastory #5) The tears of my enemy 😈 2w
ljuliel I can‘t think of a fictional food. I‘ll settle for a plate of biscuits and gravy. 2w
Jerdencon I would love the real butterbeer 2w
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TheLibrarian @vivastory What a perfect answer 😂 2w
wanderinglynn Definitely one of the Hogwarts meals. Or all the awesome Hogwarts candy like chocolate frogs. 😋 2w
ImperfectCJ Turkish delight as I imagined it when I read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. The meal-in-a-gum from Willie Wonka's factory (assuming the kinks have been ironed out). 2w
Scochrane26 I agree with hogwarts food. 2w
JessClark78 Almost anything from Harry Potter. That food at Hogwarts always sounds so good. 2w
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Ficciones/ Fictions | Jorge Luis Borges
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Made my start on #mrbook1inamillion challenge! Excited to be sharing this with you all I love group reading challenges like this.

1 hour reading this morning audiobook on way to work, gonna get another half hour in now on my lunch break 😊

#litsypartyofone #24b4monday @MrBook @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @Clwojick @TheReadingMachine @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @jb72

Billypar Loved this collection 🖤 2w
jb72 Looks delicious! 2w
Lynnsoprano Glad you can join in the fun! 🎉❤️ 2w
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Clwojick MMm looks yummy! 2w
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 2w
MrBook I need to read that book 😁! Hey, I see pasta. 😎🙌🏻😙👌🏻 2w
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Becoming Madame Mao | Anchee Min
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Mehso-so

I liked the subject matter, the character of Madame Mao and the chance to learn more about this period of history. I was surprised to find the writing style quite stilted and melodramatic when I had really liked Empress Orchid - I‘m not sure if I remembered the writing of that one wrong or if her style just works better on the page than on audio? I would read more Anchee Min but wasn‘t a huge fan of this one.

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Hey @ljuliel !

This is my emotional book - I actually haven‘t read it yet! But this edition was the first present my partner ever gave me. I couldn‘t read it then cause I was so busy studying. We split up and I gave it to my mum to hide as I was so heartbroken. When we got back together my mum and I couldn‘t find it anywhere. I finally found it in my mums basement earlier this year just in time to bring it when me and Matt moved in together ❤️

ljuliel Isn‘t that the neatest story ever ? I‘m glad you guys were able to get back together and you found the book. I don‘t know a blooming thing about him, other than he has really good taste in books. That‘s a really good one. ! Are you gonna read it now ? 2w
Emilymdxn @Lgugliel I am! Although I really don‘t want to bend or damage it so I keep being nervous to start it! I always worry it‘s gonna get damaged in my backpack or dropped in a puddle 2w
rubyslippersreads That is such an unusual cover. 2w
wanderinglynn What a lovely story to go with the book. ❤️ 2w
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Winter Games | Tim Grundmann, Jim Jinkins
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#wintergames @Clwojick @StayCurious

Just signed up for this! It‘ll be my first challenge of this type so I‘m very excited. I‘m feeling super festive already so I‘m already in the mood for this. 😊😊😊

StayCurious Oh Great! It's going to be Christmas-tacular! 2w
Clwojick Thank you for sharing! Happy to have you join us ! 2w
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#litsyquestionnaire I‘ll have to fill a few comments with this one to give full answers! Great idea thank you to whoever started this, sorry I can‘t work out who to thank!

1. Chatting with bookish people and being part of a community. I don‘t really know anyone who reads as much as me so this gives me a place to be excited about books with people. It‘s become really important to me

2. Things that require me to post stuff - hard from UK when ⏬

Emilymdxn Most users are American, and I don‘t have a lot of money to spend. 3. More irl meet-ups and more activities like the fabulous #newyearwhodis and #bfc to connect with people without needing to spend money or be in the same time zone. 4. At least daily, often more. 5. I love readathons but I have quite a busy schedule so can‘t always join. Swaps aren‘t really for me as international postage and money are issues for me. ⏬ (edited) 2w
Emilymdxn Read alongs I‘m open to but I haven‘t seen many for books I‘m wanting to read right then, I‘m a mood reader and can struggle to match pace exactly with other people so they aren‘t totally me. Questionnaires i like a lot. 6. Id like to see more opportunities to connect and do challenges or activities with people that aren‘t swaps like the ones I mentioned above. I‘m always eager for more ways to get involved that fit my budget! 2w
Balibee146 Great thoughtful responses tagging for you @ljuliel 2w
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BarbaraBB Great answers! 2w
ljuliel Thanks for your replies. I understand completely about the reading at your own pace, etc. I don‘t like my reading to feel too restricted with rules to follow either. It‘s supposed to be fun. Hopefully you‘ll find a book that fits your reading tastes that is having a read along. Thanks for the tag @Balibee146 2w
ljuliel @Emilymdxn I know what you mean. It can get expensive if you get too involved with swaps and some of the other extra things in here. Hopefully you‘ll find more things that are a good fit for you. It is a nice place to meet new book friends. 2w
readordierachel I feel the same way about readalongs. I can almost never keep up, even when I want to read the book! It's fun when they're low stakes (ie, read at your own pace and discuss later). 2w
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Ficciones/ Fictions | Jorge Luis Borges
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“Buckley did not believe in God, yet because wanted to prove to the nonexistent God that mortals could conceive and shape a world.”

How have I not read Borges before??? This is so incredible

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Ficciones/ Fictions | Jorge Luis Borges
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I‘ve finally managed to get back into meditating the last three or four days which is great news for me and my fitness challenge! I‘ve had a horrid cold that‘s put a dampener on a lot of things - you don‘t feel very spiritual when you‘re full of snot 🤷‍♀️ - but just did my fourth day running of meditation on gorgeous bankside and then some reading. Feel like I‘m back on track.

#bfcr4 @wanderinglynn @jessinikkip @Melmar @LauraJ @suzie.reads

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Hope you‘re feeling better. 💚 2w
Suet624 Been struggling for 2 weeks now with an awful virus. I finally discovered NyQuil and had my first good night of sleep in weeks. 2w
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Find Me | Andr Aciman
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Pickpick

Very different from call me by your name - I think some people won‘t like it because of that - but an astonishingly good novel in its own right. Less of a love story almost? More of a meditation on ageing and time, what we remember, the stories we tell about ourselves and two people working their way back together very slowly. I loved it so much as a series of character studies and Andre Aciman‘s style is always perfect.

MellieAntoinette High hopes for this one. Great review! 2w
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Tiny Pretty Things | Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
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Pickpick

I don‘t read a lot of YA but this made me think I should read more! I was looking for books featuring eating disorders written by women of colour and this popped up online so I took a chance. I loved the characters, got completely immersed in the ballet world, it was intense but not quite melodramatic which I loved. The romance subplots didn‘t even annoy me (which they often do in YA), I can‘t wait to read the sequel so it‘s a firm pick

Literary.Gem37 I have this book, but haven't had the chance to read it. 2w
Hoopiefoot It‘s so good! Your review has me thinking maybe I need to reread it again soon. 2w
Emilymdxn @Literary.Gem37 I hope you like it as much as I did when you get the chance! 2w
Emilymdxn @Hoopiefoot awesome! Did you read the sequel too?? Is it good?? 2w
Hoopiefoot @Emilymdxn The sequel is really good too. Enjoy! 2w
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The Weekend | Charlotte Wood
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Im excited for this weekend! I love big Litsy events like this and will read my heart out in honour of the occasion! Well done @MrBook #mrbook1inamillion #litsypartyofone #24b4monday

I‘m at my parents for the weekend but have nothing on Friday night so I‘ll try to fit as much as I can in particularly while travelling!

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Antony Gormley: Blind Light | Susan Stewart, Anthony Vidler, Antony Gormley, W. J. Thomas Mitchell
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Third and final art show of the weekend! Anthony Gormley at the Royal Academy. Loved this, it was my first ever sculpture exhibition but won‘t be my last. Sculptures so big you could walk inside them in the dark, everything in every rook could be seen so many ways from different angels. I learned and thought a lot.

tpixie Amazing!! 3w
Nute Whoa! That is one of the coolest exhibits that I have ever seen. I‘m living through your experience right now. Thanks so much for sharing! 3w
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Emilymdxn @tpixie @Chrissyreadit thank you! @nute that‘s amazing! Did you go to it as well? I can post more pics if there‘s anything else you‘d like to be up there! 3w
Nute I‘ve haven‘t been there. I am totally experiencing this moment through you and that photo you posted. From what I can see in your photo, I can tell that it is amazing!!! 2w
andrew61 Great photo, reminds me of 'another place ' on the crosby coast which is worth seeing. A remarkable artist, if this exhibition tours id love to see it. 2w
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Lucian Freud | Lucian Freud, William Feaver
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Continuing my weekend of filling my time with art, today I went to Lucian Freud‘s self portraits at the Royal Academy. He‘s far from my favourite artist but it was fascinating to learn more about him and why he painted the way he does, and how his perspective on bodies changed over his career. Now I can talk about him with more knowledge at least even if he isn‘t my favourite. Really well curated exhibition.

CarolynM I would love to see this. I really like the unflinching and unapologetic nature of Freud's portraits 3w
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Find Me | Andr Aciman
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book and Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra. I‘ve been waiting for Find Me for so long and it‘s every bit as good as I hoped so far

2. The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane, such a beautiful book

3. How beautiful London looks and how it feels being out on the streets as people get festive and excited but before the Christmas music starts

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@wanderinglynn #bfcr4 @suzie.reads @Melmar @jessinikkip @LauraJ

I‘ve had a cold, not the worst ever, but I‘ve felt gross, been comfort eating and not working out. When it gets cold I start feeling very guilty about food 😕 there‘s so much pressure about ‘temptation‘ and ‘treats‘! I‘m trying to be healthy and intuitive about food but a cold means I only think about chips, comforting but potentially not balanced. Upside, piles of reading.

Emilymdxn Im counting the two and a half hours of walking I did today as one of my workouts cause it definitely felt like a workout! I texted my fitness guru friend who‘s a weightlifting girlboss and she said walking that much counted to her so I‘m counting it. 3w
RachelO That much walking absolutely counts! Hope you‘re feeling better soon. 3w
wanderinglynn Walking is excellent exercise! 🙌🏻 Hope you feel better. 3w
suzie.reads Definitely count walking as a workout, I always do. Keep it up! 🙂 2w
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