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Libby1

Libby1

Joined September 2016

American living in Northern Ireland. I love historical fiction, classics, and literary fiction.
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The Vanished Bride | Bella Ellis
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This book is so much fun.

It imagines the Brontë sisters as amateur detectives.

I was won over early on when Anne Brontë was recognised as a warrior.

Go, Anne!

#TeamAnneBronte
#PatientRevolutionary

(Excuse my crappy editing.)

EvieBee I am Team Anne as well! Love her! 1w
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“… but then most plain clothes officers aren‘t called upon to face down unicorns, sentient mould and the occasional carnivorous tree.”

I love the random humour in this series.

KathyWheeler My husband and I are listening to this right now,and we were saying that the random humor is one of the things we love about this series. (edited) 3w
Libby1 @KathyWheeler - me too. That and fun cultural references to the Lord of the Rings or Silmarillion (spelling? 🤷🏼‍♀️) and Doctor Who! 3w
KathyWheeler @Libby1 Yes! 😊 3w
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Paul Klee | Susie Hodge
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Even my cappuccino couldn‘t help but smile at this delightful book cover.

At the start of the book, the artist opines that he can‘t seem to figure out how to use colour in his art.

I think he fixed that!

I love finding unexpected gems like this at the library.

#LitsyLovesLibraries

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I have brought a strange combination of books with me this morning! A Children‘s fantasy, Obama‘s autobiography and a book about the menopause. 🤷🏼‍♀️

I wish you were here with me, @Oryx , for one of these fancy scones!

MaGoose That is an unusual combination of books. Hope you enjoy them all. 🙂 4mo
Libby1 Thanks, @MaGoose ! Have a great day. ❤️📚❤️ 4mo
Libby1 I thought I should tag the other two books. 4mo
Oryx Alana's!!! Yum. Wish I was there! Next time I'm home I'll let you know ☺️ 4mo
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Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet | Colin Butfield, Jonnie Hughes
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Prince William writes the introduction of this book, where he provides two helpful equations on how we should view environmental challenges.

The first, which I fear I have fallen into all too often, is:

Urgency + Pessimism = Despondency

The second, which I‘m trying to embrace, is:

Urgency + Optimism = Action

I would also replace Optimism in that equation with Hope.

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Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet | Colin Butfield, Jonnie Hughes
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JFK once called for the “Moonshot”: a dedicated, detailed plan to get humans to the Moon. This book is, instead, an “Earthshot”: a dedicated, detailed plan and series of prizes to help arrest the environmental devastation of our planet.

“It is easy to see humans as a problem, even to see ourselves as a burden on the planet. Please avoid that… We can have a good footprint, too.”

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The Telltale Heart | Edgar Allan Poe
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Try to read it without singing it in your head.

I dare you.

(Sorry I had to crop out pics of a morose looking Edgar and a jolly Dolly.)

Librarybelle Yeah…no, I totally sang it in my head! 😂 4mo
readordierachel Impossible 😂 4mo
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The title of my next chapter. 🤣

I could make a list!

peaknit Totally! I can think of a couple right off the bat lol! 6mo
Libby1 Me too, @peaknit ! 😊 6mo
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Snow: A Novel | John Banville
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Oh, how I enjoyed Banville‘s writing style.

But then he ruined it with a completely unforgivable section that felt like an assault. All the trigger warnings here. It utterly spoiled the whole work for me. I‘m still recovering.

Thankfully, my trusty cat Scully is here to comfort me. Here she is looking particularly fetching and entirely goofy.

rockpools Well that‘s rubbish. I take it Scully has given her opinion on the matter? Hope you get some sleep soon Libby. Good night 😘 6mo
Libby1 @rockpools - Scully just doesn‘t want me to go to bed because then she‘ll have to get up! Good night, dear. 😊 6mo
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Parnassus On Wheels | Christopher Morley
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An utterly joyful book about a horse drawn traveling bookshop and the adventures of its human and animal companions (a dog named Bock - short for Boccaccio!).

This book made me smile.

ravenlee There‘s a sequel of sorts - I haven‘t read Parnassus but found the second one enjoyable if a little silly 6mo
Libby1 Thanks, @ravenlee ! I have the sequel on #SerialReader now. 😊 6mo
ravenlee I hope you enjoy it! There was one section I really liked (and the only one I really remember a decade or so later!) about bookselling as prescription service, like you have to prescribe the right book for your customer/patient. As an on-again, off-again bookseller since I was 16 it really spoke to me. 6mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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I start a new job at Waterstones book shop this morning! I am absolutely bricking it.

If you‘re the prayerful type I would really appreciate your “thoughts and prayers”!

I‘m half an hour early, so I‘m hoping this cozy mystery and some cinnamon on my cappuccino will help.

Cathythoughts Good luck! All will be well , what a lovely job to get 👍🏻❤️ and that‘s a perfect picture 7mo
merelybookish All the best at your new job! 7mo
CarolynM Good luck! I'm sure you'll do well, you know your books🙂😘 7mo
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Amiable Sending “good luck on your first day” vibes! 7mo
LauraBeth That sounds like an awesome job! Have fun! 7mo
kathedron Good luck, Libby! 7mo
squirrelbrain Good luck - you‘ll ace it! 7mo
Jas16 Good luck but you won‘t need it. You are going to be amazing! 7mo
MaureenMc 🙏💗😁 7mo
Bookzombie Good luck!🍀 7mo
rabbitprincess Good luck! ♥️ 7mo
kspenmoll Best of luck! I hope it went well- excited for you! Sending a prayer! 7mo
Leftcoastzen I hope you love it ! 6mo
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The Odyssey | Homer Homer
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Close up of part of my Bookish Cats puzzle.

Some of the other squares had Romeow and Juliet and Charlie and the Catnip Factory. 😻

This cute little Cyclops was my favourite.

Libby1 I forgot to mention Anna Purrenina! 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin Omigosh these puzzle names are so cute! As is this puzzle!😁 7mo
Crazeedi So cute!! 7mo
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The Silmarillion | J. R. R. Tolkien
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My husband has been begging me for YEARS to read The Silmarillon. He has this beautiful and expensive edition that makes it impossible for me to say no.

So far, I‘ve been taking notes to try to keep the characters straight! Some of the writing and ideas are absolutely splendid (Niessa, anyone?), but it is certainly challenging to read.

Any other Silmarillion fans out there?

StaceGhost Yes! A friend gave it to me when I turned 16 and I remember it started out super dense. You're inspiring me to revisit it! I remember my copy was nicotine-stained and smelled awful but I loved it :) 7mo
BookwormAHN I've read it a few times and love it 💚 7mo
ozma.of.oz Yes! Give me all the lore! I have a copy somewhere filled with post it notes! 😅 (edited) 7mo
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Mehso-so

I was disappointed with this book. There were some intriguing characters, (especially Irene and Laura), but I think they book eventually fell flat. I loved Into the Water and enjoyed Girl on the Train, but there were too many story lines that weren‘t properly developed.

I could list many trigger warnings, but in particular there‘s a completely unnecessary scene of extreme animal cruelty.

Essentially, I think it‘s a sadly forgettable book.

Susanita Love the beverage! 7mo
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Apologies if this has been posted, but I think this is hilarious!

Kappadeemom 🤣🤣🤣🤣 7mo
batsy 😂😂 7mo
rwmg I think months could be replaced by years 7mo
Cathythoughts I love it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
JacqMac I feel seen 😂 7mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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What is it about bad parents in Victorian literature?

Poor, put upon Margaret Hale does everything for her weakling of a mother and dithering father.

What are your nominations for bad parents in literature?

Lissa00 This is one of my favorite books! But yes, Margaret has to deal with frustrating parents. 7mo
Libby1 @Lissa00 - that‘s good to know! They‘ve only just arrived at Milton and Margaret is knocking herself out getting everything done while those two simper and dither. I feel her pain! How long ago did you read it? 7mo
Lissa00 @Libby1 I read it earlier this year. It‘s a slow moving book so it took me a while but I really enjoyed it. They have a BBC mini-series that is pretty good. I watched it after reading and I think that made me like it more:) 7mo
rockpools Ooh, I haven‘t read Gaskell in ages. I must fix that - and yes, the mini- series is well worth a watch. Enjoy your weekend Libby! 7mo
Libby1 Hi, @Lissa00 and @rockpools ! I watched the miniseries a number of years ago, and have wanted to read this for a long time. I hope you both have a good weekend! 7mo
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Un Lun Dun | China Miville
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I‘m still trying to teach Scully cat not to chew on my books.

#CatsOfLitsy

ozma.of.oz If you ever figure that out, you‘d probably make a mint on a how to book. I‘d buy one. 😂😂😂 8mo
Libby1 @ozma.of.oz 😊❤️😻🧛🏻‍♀️ 8mo
vivastory I really liked this book 8mo
Libby1 @vivastory - that‘s good to know. I went to my TBR bookcase, closed my eyes, and just picked a book. I‘ve never selected my next book this way. 8mo
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SING FOR ME!!!

I feel like the Phantom of the Opera shouting at Christine when he‘s taken her to his underground lair.

Oryx Took me a moment to see this. I thought maybe you just really liked champ for a second 🎶🎵 8mo
Libby1 @Oryx - maybe it was intentional? 😊 8mo
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Dombey & Son | Charles Dickens
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Good morning, Littens!

I have found an oasis of calm this morning to try to power through the behemoth that is Dombey and Son.

I hope you all have a great day! ❤️📚❤️

Bookwormjillk That looks perfect 👍 8mo
Mandoul Cafe Nero has often been my own oasis 😃 enjoy! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Enjoy!! ❤️ 8mo
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Ben Aaronovitch!

Please please please write a spin-off series focusing on Elsie Winstanley and Dr. Postmartin.

Please please pretty please!!!

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Dombey & Son | Charles Dickens
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Each September I read a Dickens novel, and this year‘s selection is Dombey and Son. I was surprised to realise that I only have one more novel left to read after this, so it‘ll be Martin Chuzzlewit next year!

I love how this coffee shop honours those clever goats and that even cleverer Ethiopian goatherd, Kaldi, who discovered coffee.

Thank you, Goats! ❤️🐐❤️☕️❤️

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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🤣🤣🤣

From the For Reading Addicts Facebook page.

TrishB 😂😂 9mo
CarolynM Thanks for the hugs you sent me on Liz's post. I'm doing fine but she really needs them. How are things in your part of Ireland? 9mo
Libby1 Hi, @CarolynM . It‘s taken ages for me to reply! We‘re struggling to come to terms with how to keep schools running when there are positive cases. I hope you‘re well. ❤️ 8mo
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I hit the Alexander McCall Smith jackpot at the library today!

I lost my job last week and am about to begin my penultimate shift (final shift tomorrow), so I‘m grateful I‘ll have something joyous to read.

I‘m OK, as we‘re not in desperate straits, but it is disappointing that I risk that I took to put myself forward for the job isn‘t working out.

Here‘s to Failing Forward and finding the next adventure! 🥳

katy4peas Oh, I‘m so sorry! Glad to hear you are being positive about it and that you are okay. Stay safe and good luck with the search! 😘🍀💕🤞. I haven‘t heard of these titles by him before. I love his books! 9mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry to hear that. Good luck with whatever comes next. AMS books are sure to cheer you up though. 9mo
TrishB Sorry to hear- I hope you get what opportunities you want next ❤️ 9mo
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rockpools Oh no, so sorry Libby. Wishing you exciting things around the corner 😘 9mo
Jas16 So sorry to hear that but hoping that something even better is right around the corner. 9mo
Reggie Here‘s to doors shutting and windows opening! 9mo
Oryx So sorry this one didn't work out. Hoping that a great opportunity comes up soon. ♥️♥️ 9mo
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Very good indeed.

This book would be an excellent tool for classrooms of middle grade students and teens. By discussing displacement the book gives a greater understanding to the reader of the reasons why people must flee, which I hope would invoke compassion and a sense of identification with people in this position.

The book is well written and thoughtful.

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Tender Buttons | Gertrude Stein
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Totally nonsensical, this book is impossible to rate, or even to understand in any coherent way. However, dipping in and out of the nonsense evokes a strange joy.

I‘ll leave you with the book‘s final thought, and if you figure out what this means you are a genius:

“The care with which there is an incredible justice and likeness, all this makes a magnificent asparagus, and also a fountain.”

Thanks, @SerialReader !

#MagnificentAsparagus

Lindy It combines three things I love—asparagus, fountains and justice—so it sounds joyous... whatever the sentence means. 9mo
Libby1 @Lindy - how wonderful! Your comment brings joy to me. ❤️ 9mo
Creadnorthey Read out load the sense of it is in the beauty of the sounds the words make- and it is beautiful. Sense not so important. 9mo
Libby1 I think you‘re right, @Creadnorthey . I did enjoy that aspect of it as well. Quite often it made me laugh in sheer disbelief, but that is not a bad thing. 9mo
Creadnorthey @Libby1 I know what you mean- it‘s incredible how her book stays with you- I can‘t remember any one line, but have this feeling of joy when I think about the words I read many, many years ago. Like you said it‘s a great book to dip into. 9mo
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Tender Buttons | Gertrude Stein
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A New Yorker article from 1934 describing Gertrude Stein‘s driving ability, (or lack of it!) and comparing it with her writing style.

This gave me a chuckle as these poems are a HOT MESS.

rwmg 🤣 9mo
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Sorry.

I couldn‘t resist. 🤣💀

(From the For Reading Addicts Facebook page.)

Eggs 😂😂😂😂 10mo
Tamra Bahahaha 10mo
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Reggie Totally my type of book!! Lolol 10mo
MariaW 😱 10mo
Bookzombie 😂😂😂 10mo
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My goal for the #20in4 Readathon is 20 half hours, totalling ten hours! At the end of Day 3 I‘m nearly there.

My time was supplemented today by listening to the audiobook of the excellent Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. What a book!

Thanks again, @Andrew65 for organising the Readathon. I hope everyone else is enjoying it as much as I am!

Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 10mo
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The Far Country | Nevil Shute
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This quiet, understated book brims over with rich descriptions of the landscapes and wildlife of 1950s Australia, as seen through the eyes of two recent immigrants. This was a gentle, thoughtful, kind love story that made me feel wistful.

Shute‘s writing is a dream, but his portrayal of post-war England was definitely more of a nightmare, which he oddly blamed on the National Health Service. I‘ll overlook that weird anomaly!

#20in4
@Andrew65

CarolynM His politics were pretty nasty. If you really want to be horrified read this one - I used to like his books but this was the last straw for me 10mo
Libby1 @CarolynM - after posting the review I read a bit more about him. Thanks for letting me know. I liked the protagonists so much and then odd political statements were made… It seemed so discordant. 10mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 10mo
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The Far Country | Nevil Shute
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I‘ve made a good start with the #20in4 Readathon!

I‘m hoping to read for 20 half hours, totalling 10 hours.

I‘m really enjoying this book set in Australia and England, as well as an audiobook by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Thanks for the encouragement, @Andrew65 ! I hope everyone taking part in the Readathon has had a great day!

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 10mo
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Tender Buttons | Gertrude Stein
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This book is STRANGE.

I think I should wander about and randomly spout off lines like,

“The sudden spoon is the wound in the decision.”

🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄

GondorGirl 🤣🤣🤣 10mo
PurpleyPumpkin 😂‼️ 10mo
Lcsmcat I had the same reaction! 10mo
Libby1 @GondorGirl , @PurpleyPumpkin , @Lcsmcat - I‘m not even trying to figure it out. I‘m just going to let it wash over me. 🌊 10mo
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This was absolutely excellent. I learned so much, and have so much left to learn.

I will keep learning, and keep trying to “love fully”, as Jason Reynolds wrote in the Afterword.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I had a little moment when reading this when I read the word “lifeline” as li-FELINE.

#CatsOnTheBrain

wanderinglynn Well cats are a kind of lifeline 🐱❤️😺 10mo
Libby1 @wanderinglynn - they are for me, too. 😻 10mo
rubyslippersreads My cats are definitely my lifeline, especially in all of the pandemic craziness. 😺 10mo
Libby1 @rubyslippersreads - we adopted a second cat a few weeks ago. She‘s a bit odd looking so we‘re calling her Scully, as my husband said she looks like something out of the X-Files! 👽 10mo
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As ever with this author, this book was a gentle, charming read.

Paul and his cousin Chloe are staying in a rural French village with the unlikely distinction of being the home of the second worst restaurant in France. Can Paul become a culinary hero? Can such simple things be considered heroic?

Alexander McCall Smith always paints kindness as a heroic endeavour.

TrishB That‘s such a nice way of putting it. 10mo
Libby1 Thanks, @TrishB . He always writes about kindness, and this makes me happy. I hope you‘re well. ❤️ 10mo
TrishB Hanging on in there! Hope you‘re good ❤️ 10mo
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Underdogs | Chris Bonnello
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Underdogs is an engaging early teen dystopia where the heroes are all neurodivergent kids. Written by a neurodivergent author, Bonnello also leads the excellent Facebook group Autistic Not Weird.

I really liked this book. It had some typical first novel issues (the start was jittery), but it was great to read a book where neurodivergent people are the heroes!

And it had a villain with the unlikely name of Keith.

#OwnVoices
#Neorodivergent

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Simply wonderful.

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The book was just OK but the cover is absolutely scrumptious.

Librariana Agreed! The cover is quite delightful! 🥰 11mo
charl08 Yes. Too grumpy for me, but lovely cover. 11mo
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The Seagull's Laughter | Holly Bidgood
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Having to work today = anxiety last night = very little sleep = a slightly fractious, heartsore me this morning.

I have 30 minutes before I have to leave so I‘m going to savour a tiny Italian pastry on a tiny Japanese plate and begin reading a book with a beautiful cover.

MrsMalaprop That‘s a very beautiful photo. Hope work goes ok. 🙏🏻 12mo
Crazeedi May your day be calm and serene❤ 12mo
Tamra Wishing you a peaceful work day. 😌 12mo
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Lcsmcat There‘s a short story by Leonid Andreyev that explores that thought. If I remember correctly L wasn‘t happy about being called back to earth. 😀 13mo
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My husband is a big Tolkien fan and just took part in a research project for Marquette University.

Are you a fan? Would you like to be part of an oral history project, explaining your thoughts and experiences reading Tolkien? See the link below:

https://eu.jsonline.com/story/news/2019/03/24/marquette-launches-tolkien-fandom-...

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Yinka Shonibare : [Plaything : Muse des beaux-arts de l'Ontario, Toronto, 23 juillet-19 octobre 1997] | Art Gallery of Ontario, Yinka Shonibare, Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto
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A better photo from Yinka Shonibare‘s exhibition of textile covered books at the Tate in London.

#BooksAreBeautiful

Come-read-with-me This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! 14mo
Mrs_B 😍 14mo
Megabooks 😍😍😍😍 14mo
Nute Wow!🤩 12mo
Libby1 Hi, @Nute , @Come-read-with-me , @Mrs_B , @Megabooks ! 😊 12mo
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Yinka Shonibare : [Plaything : Muse des beaux-arts de l'Ontario, Toronto, 23 juillet-19 octobre 1997] | Art Gallery of Ontario, Yinka Shonibare, Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto
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The Tate Gallery in London has an exhibition of more than 6,000 beautifully covered books by textile artist Yinka Shonibare.

The video on their Facebook website is stunning!

#BooksAreBeautiful

BarbaraBB Love this! I think I saw her (or a similar exhibition) in Groningen Museum years ago 14mo
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The very first lines of this book of poetry.

We‘re off to a good start!

Eggs 💛😄💛 14mo
Libby1 @Eggs 😊. I think you‘d like these. 14mo
KathyWheeler The first “nice guy” lament! 😄 14mo
Libby1 @KathyWheeler - you‘re very astute! 👩‍🏫 14mo
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One Thousand and One Nights - Complete Arabian Nights Collection (Delphi Classics) | Andrew Lang, Jonathan Scott, Richard Francis Burton, John Payne
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On @SerialReader , there are these lovely little encouragements each time you finish a section.

This one is my favourite.

Nerd Alert!!!!!! 🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨

#SerialReader

ErinSueMreads Oh dang I forgot about serial reader. That's one of my all time favorite apps! I must have forgotten it when I got thus new phone! 14mo
Libby1 @ErinSueMreads - yes, I really love returning to it. Such a wealth of things to read! 14mo
JazzFeathers Wooooow!!! 👏👏👏💪😃 14mo
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One Thousand and One Nights - Complete Arabian Nights Collection (Delphi Classics) | Andrew Lang, Jonathan Scott, Richard Francis Burton, John Payne
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Can a story save your life?

I was completely unfamiliar with any of these stories, so they hadn‘t lost their power to shock & (sometimes) entertain. I learned about embedded narratives, which is essentially a story within a story within a story.

These are ancient tales, reflecting ancient ideas. Life and especially limb are held quite cheaply, and the racism and sexism are absolutely rampant.

So many amputations!

Thanks again, @SerialReader

ErinSueMreads This is a thoroughly entertaining review 🤣🤣 14mo
Libby1 @ErinSueMreads - thanks! I struggled to condense my ideas and couldn‘t get away from all the amputations. Lips? 🤯 👄🩸 14mo
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Happy St. Patrick‘s Day from #NorthernIreland .

A local independent bookshop has put together a great list of books about Ireland, North and South. Happy reading!

https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/happy-st-patrick-s-day

The book I‘ve tagged here is from one of my favourite Northern Irish authors, David Park.

BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing this! 💚💚 1y
Libby1 @BarbaraBB - 😘 1y
JazzFeathers Thanks, Libby! It's been a long time since last l read any Irish author. And Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!! 😊 1y
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Sunset Over Abendau | Jo Zebedee
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What a great thing it is to discover a local author whose work blows you away!

Jo Zebedee is a writer from #NorthernIreland . The tagged book is a novel of hers that I haven‘t read. This book is a compilation of flash fiction, and it‘s full of wicked, tense, other worldly sci-fi. As with all compilations, some stories are less enjoyable than others, but that didn‘t detract from the overall effect.

I‘m delighted to have found a new local author!

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Tombland | C. J. Sansom
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This is Tombland Alley in Norwich, England, where this book was set during Elizabethan times.

Check out the wonky window on the building!

This series of doorstop sized books represents historical fiction at its finest.

(From the Visit Norwich Facebook page.)

BarbaraBB It looks fantastic ❤️ 1y
Libby1 Norwich is beautiful, @BarbaraBB . ❤️ 1y
RachelAmphlett I adore the Shardlake series but have yet to read Tombland. I must make time! 1y
Libby1 @RachelAmphlett - how exciting! Let me know what you think of it. 😊 1y
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Belfast Central Library - Newspaper Library | Belfast, United Kingdom (Library)
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Hi, @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego !

Here are my choices:

📚Library

📚Read only stand-alone

📚 Read by the fireplace

📚Live in a fantasy book (that‘s a hard one, because my heart says classic, but the misogyny would get to me in a classic book)

📚Signed edition

📚 Read a book with a cliffhanger

📚 Villain in a favourite book

Good game, @DarkMina !

beeweird Same thought for fantasy vs. classic! At least in fantasy there's magic. 🌟 1y
DarkMina Glad you liked it. Thanks for playing! 1y
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