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

Liz_M

Joined September 2017

Eliz_M on LT. Somewhat obsessively reading the 1001 books list. When I'm not reading I'm visiting museums or cooking.
review
Liz_M
post image
Pickpick

A story with epic scope told through connected stories of the release, expansion, and aftermath of a plague. In 30-60 pages each chapter captures a particular moment or a particular aspect of the pandemic. Many stories focus on society‘s screw-ups, showing flawed characters as they endure loss, but also find connection. The first chapters are more realistic and set in the near future, then become fantastical with further leaps forward in time.

BarbaraBB Fab review and picture! A 4.5 read for you, that‘s exceptional I think 😀! 2d
Megabooks This was a solid 4.5 for me as well. Great review! 2d
vivastory I was a sobbing wreck while reading this 2d
squirrelbrain Great review - glad you loved it! ❤️ 2d
26 likes1 stack add5 comments
review
Liz_M
post image
Pickpick

It's Alice‘s 40th birthday and she is feeling a little stuck. Decades later she is still working a “temporary” job at her high school, her best friend has a family and lives in NJ and her father is dying. After a maudlin, drunken celebration, she wakes up as her teenage self on her 16th birthday. Instead of time-travel, Straub focuses on Alice‘s two most important relationships, love for NYC, and how changes made on one day can shape the future.

Megabooks Great review! 4d
squirrelbrain Great review and I ❤️ your picture! 4d
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. It must have been a great read for you as a Newyorker! 4d
28 likes2 stack adds4 comments
review
Liz_M
post image
Mehso-so

This book requires context. It‘s written as an interior monologue into which the reader is thrown mid-discussion. The narrator is ruminating on two timelines – her struggle to survive after abandonment in the veld and her life as a slave. the combination of not understanding her current situation, not knowing the history of the time period, and the complex literary language in which it is written made it a more confounding than enjoyable read.

25 likes2 comments
review
Liz_M
post image
Pickpick

A collection of ten short stories, exquisitely told. Most build slowly, with multiple viewpoints and a layer of details of the genteel poor or the starving and all the grinding ordinariness of poverty. Most of the characters are stuck in their lives, with little hope the situation will improve. This is 1950 Ireland so there is a theme of religion. Despite the excellence of the writing a few weeks later, I have no memory of most of the stories.

Leftcoastzen 😻 6d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6d
20 likes3 comments
review
Liz_M
In the Company of Men | Vronique Tadjo
post image
Pickpick

This slim volume details the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As the story of an epidemic, it is told in brief vignettes, loosely following the spread of the virus and narrated by the people effected. With so many brief glimpses into so many lives, Tadjo is able to touch on several issues contributing to the severity of the outbreak, as well as depicting the modernization of African villages and how humans have caused their own destruction.

Liz_M 3.5⭐ #ReadingAfrica2022, @BarbaraBB, @Librarybelle

Photos of my brother and niece on her first NYC trip. The book was read during the times they overslept, missing the planned events. 😂
(edited) 6d
Librarybelle It looks like they had a lovely time! 6d
BarbaraBB Great pics and the book sounds very good too. Could you use it for one specific country? Maybe I can fit it in too. 6d
See All 7 Comments
Cathythoughts Lovely pictures! 6d
Liz_M @BarbaraBB the outbreak described was in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, but none of the countries are named in the text. The author was born in France, grew up in Côte d'Ivoire and lived in many African countries (currently in South Africa). She considers herself pan-African. 6d
Liz_M @Librarybelle Yes we did 😊
@Cathythoughts Thanks!
6d
BarbaraBB Well she sounds like she is! 6d
27 likes1 stack add7 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Untitled | Anonymous
post image

Got my book(s), found the emptiest lounge and am quite content to wait extra long for my flight. (I always get to the airport ridiculously early 😂)

rabbitprincess Me too! On one trip, I arrived at the gate three hours before my flight 🤣 3w
batsy I always have to be super early, too 😆 3w
BarbaraBB Me too! Have a safe trip! 3w
Liz_M @rabbitprincess Um, I was accidentally 3.5 hours early for this as the trains all worked in my favor. 😁 3w
35 likes4 comments
review
Liz_M
Memoirs of My Nervous Illness | Daniel Paul Schreber
post image
Panpan

This is NOT a “must read“ book. The actual memoirs are mainly of interest to those with a background in psychology/interest in Freud and Jung. With no familiarity with the former and no context given it could, perhaps, be of vague interest in a train-wreck kind of way, except, there is a language barrier. Schreber was an intelligent man and a judge so there is a double barrier of the formal, early 19thC language as well as being in translation.

Liz_M @TheAromaofBooks This is my July #BookSpin 1w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1w
24 likes3 comments
blurb
Liz_M
post image

A multi-leveled story formatted as TV script. Although it doesn‘t adequately differentiate between levels of story, it‘s a delightful depiction of the narrator‘s quest to become “Kung-Fu Guy” as it questions the Black/White racial structure in America/who gets to be American. The ending was powerful, building to a pivotal courtroom scene where the format allows the narrator to deliver a fantastic monologue that otherwise would be seen as preachy.

Liz_M 4.5⭐ 3w
BarbaraBB Fab review. I am glad you loved it too! 3w
sarahbarnes Loved this one too! Great review! 3w
36 likes3 comments
review
Liz_M
The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll | Edith Grossman, Alvaro Mutis
post image
Pickpick

Each story begins with how “Mutis” came across the following story about the never-do-well sailor Maqroll – whether through documents found or a story told by a friend or Maqroll himself. This device binds together the stories into a whole. As character that falls into unsuccessful get-rich-quick schemes, I expected more of a realistic, earthy narrative instead of these lyrical and melancholy interior studies of Maqroll and his closest friends.

Catsandbooks Great review and beautiful view! 3w
Liz_M @Catsandbooks annual vacation to see family in MN and spend a few days at the lake. 😊 3w
31 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
Liz_M
Passage of Tears | Abdourahman A. Waberi
post image
Pickpick

It‘s not a “spy novel“ or “political thriller” due to the lack of plot and momentum. Instead, it is a multilayered story told through three texts. The reader is dropped into the world, not really understanding what Djibril is doing there, or the role of the Muslim prisoner. Context is slowly provided through disjointed memories or religious-influenced monologues. I found it intellectually interesting but emotionally flat and bereft of tension.

Librarybelle Great review! 4w
BarbaraBB You have me intrigued anyhow! 3w
28 likes3 comments
review
Liz_M
Katalin Street | Magda Szabo
post image
Pickpick

On Katalin Street in 1930s Hungary, three families are bound by friendship and then tragedy. Iren Elekes, daughter of a headmaster, is the good child. Her younger sister, Blanka, is impulsive and spontaneous. Henrietta Held is shy, delicate. and in need of protection. Balint is intelligent and handsome and loved by all the girls, each in their own way. It‘s a dreamy, nonlinear novel about memory, regret, and the consequences of living in the past.

BarbaraBB I still need to read this too. You didn‘t think it as good as Iza‘s Ballad and The Door? 4w
Liz_M @BarbaraBB It's too muddled at the beginning. Iza's Ballad > The Door > Katalin Street. 4w
BarbaraBB I loved Iza better than The Door too. Curious to see where I‘ll end up with Katalin! 4w
30 likes4 comments
review
Liz_M
The Last Brother: A Novel | Nathacha Appanah
post image
Pickpick

An elderly man reminisces about a young boy that made a brief but pivotal appearance in his life. He developed a bond with an imprisoned boy about his age - despite a language barrier, they share a grief and aloneness that feels like kinship. Told mostly in order, with some flash-forwards, it uses lush language to unfold a little-known moment the country's history, through the eyes of this young boy who was impacted by one of the Jewish refugees.

Librarybelle Kitty picture! ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
20 likes2 comments
review
Liz_M
Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
post image
Pickpick

A quiet novel about two middle-aged Londoners. William has been merely existing as a bookseller since his family left. Neaera is a spinster suffering from ennui and writer's block. It‘s told in alternating diary entries which mirror each other, providing momentum until their lives intersect. As they plot to free zoo turtles, the act gets them out of a rut and forces them, in different ways, to connect, open up their lives, and let go of the past.

vivastory I'm glad that this one worked for you. This is one of the selections that I enjoyed when I first read it, but the more time has passed the more I think about it. 4w
BookwormM Love your ornaments 4w
31 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
post image

Library haul! All the books came in at once, as usual. Ahem, #camplitsy @squirrelbrain, @BarbaraBB, @Megabooks

charl08 Nice haul! 4w
BarbaraBB Two of them are just in time! 4w
Hazel2019 I‘m doing a library haul tomorrow! 4w
See All 8 Comments
squirrelbrain At least, as @BarbaraBB says, two of them are in time! 🤣 4w
Liz_M @Hazel2019 Good luck! 😁 4w
Liz_M @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I did also receive three of them as ebooks -- TTT, HHWGitD, and E/O! By the time I got YMaFoD... I decided I didn't want to read it -- too many lukewarm reviews. 4w
BarbaraBB No need indeed! 4w
Graywacke I recently picked up Bautman‘s The Idiot. Carried around the bookstore a bit and finally, reluctantly, decided I didn‘t need any more books…eventually I did put it back on the shelf and walked out empty handed. 4w
34 likes8 comments
review
Liz_M
post image
Pickpick

For Alinda's family, war is just a series of hardships visited upon them, from the killing of one family member to the amputation needed by a neighbor to the disappearance of some family members and the addition of others. While there seems to be a momentum in the events described, there is no meaning. It is a well-told story of an adolescence lived in anticipation of unpredictable, uncontrollable events and adjusting to circumstances as one can.

BarbaraBB It does sound good and I still need Uganda! 1mo
22 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Liz_M
The Loneliest Americans | Jay Caspian Kang
post image
Mehso-so

Purporting to be a look at Asian-Americanness through both memoir and history, it doesn‘t quite deliver. While the writing in individual chapters is excellent and the real-life answer to issues facing AAPI is “it‘s complicated”, it does not make for a coherent book. it‘s a problem when chapter 6 (of 8) is titled “What are We Talking About?”. It‘s thought-provoking, but should have been a fantastic book of essays instead of mushing it all together.

Liz_M 3⭐ 2mo
33 likes1 comment
blurb
Liz_M
Life, a User's Manual | Georges Perec, David Bellos
post image

Since this may be the only time I use exclusively owned books for #BookSpinBingo, I had to borrow @Hooked_on_books layout technique.

Leftcoastzen I‘ve been meaning to read that one for a few decades now 2mo
Hooked_on_books It looks great! (I‘ll admit, I have sometimes snuck in a book image that is pasted in if I don‘t have it yet, so it‘s possible to do this without all the physical books! 🤫) 2mo
DisneyFan This is awesome! 2mo
See All 6 Comments
Liz_M @Hooked_on_books 😂 Clever! 2mo
Liz_M @Leftcoastzen It's size is daunting! Tall as well as thick and no ebook in either of my library systems. 😑 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace Looks like a lot of quality picks and interesting subjects there. 2mo
34 likes6 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Untitled | Anonymous
post image

I am going to spend almost two weeks visiting family in MN, which typically means days spent in the back yard reading or at the lake reading. I want to knock out at least two of these 1001 chunksters and am using #BookSpin and#DoubleSpin to choose.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Graywacke Wow. They all look great! 2mo
batsy Some great titles there! 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a great stack 🥰 2mo
34 likes4 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Storm King | Brendan Duffy
post image

Not book related.

I spent a lovely, exhausting the day at Storm King Art Center yesterday.

Graywacke Nice! 2mo
SRWCF Cool! 2mo
Billypar That place is the best - it's huge and there's so many interesting works. 2mo
Liz_M @Billypar Huge is right! My feet still hurt. 😆 Have you every been to Grounds for Sculpture in NJ? That is another AMAZING outdoor sculpture garden. (edited) 2mo
Billypar I have and you are correct - also amazing! I've been to both places multiple times. I think it would also be difficult to imagine two sculpture gardens that are more different from each other. But both are a lot of fun in their own way. 2mo
22 likes5 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Colombia | Sarah Woods, Richard McColl
post image

I had a late, but lovely #Colombia lunch while running errands last weekend:

A soursop drink, arepa con queso, a salad with plantain chips and unusual sauces, and yucca fries. The only disappointment was I was way too full to have the coconut flan. 😢

#FoodandLit @Texreader, @Catsandbooks, @Butterfinger

Chrissyreadit It all looks amazing! 2mo
Catsandbooks Looks delicious! 2mo
BarbaraBB Looking good 😋 2mo
34 likes3 comments
review
Liz_M
Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
post image
Pickpick

A woman arrives at a guesthouse, as a first step in moving to the town. But why exactly is she moving…? The owners insist she work on a puzzle in the lobby and somebody does, but who….? Is the reappearing crow watching her…? The town is isolated, and something odd happens on the outskirts…. This ethereal novel follows dream-logic with only the barest hints of the reality the narrator might be escaping. I am not sure what I read, but I loved it.

Liz_M 4.5⭐ 2mo
BkClubCare Yes! This one has stayed with me. 1mo
35 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Liz_M
Havana Year Zero | Karla Surez
post image
Pickpick

In 1993 Cuba is in its worst economic crisis. In desperate times Julia, a young math professor whose career is stuck, hears of a lost scientific document which she believes can bring her renown. Julia‘s search reveals others who seek to rescue themselves with this document. Julia says she is thinking mathematically but I didn‘t see that. Although the plot device is ridiculous, Suárez expertly sets up a fascinating world and realistic characters.

38 likes1 comment
blurb
Liz_M
Untitled | Anonymous
post image

It's been a while since I've done a collage, so here's one for June #BookSpinBingo!

blurb
Liz_M
Untitled | Anonymous
post image

Once again I'm using #BookSpinBingo to help me choose what to read.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
19 likes1 comment
review
Liz_M
Basic Black with Pearls | Helen Weinzweig
post image
Pickpick

“Lola” is living her best life. Having left a husband and two children, she travels the world directed by coded messages interpreted from magazines for assignations with her spy lover. But does she?

As she waits, she reminisces about past meetings and her past life. The narrative is fully interior and dreamy, with a nebulous timeline and hints that not is all as it might seem and the narrator might be even wholly unreliable. Quite fascinating.

Liz_M Digression: The most unreliable omission for me is where does the money coming from to pay for all this travel? 3mo
kspenmoll Sounds intriguing! 3mo
See All 6 Comments
BarbaraBB I was wondering too about the money! 3mo
Liz_M Btw, @TheAromaofBooks, this was my May #BookSpin 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
41 likes2 stack adds6 comments
blurb
Liz_M
No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
post image

I an so looking forward to trying these recipes, @Julsmarshall! I love icebox cookies and risotto! And I;m excited to try some new-to-me Texan food. 😍

I've had my eye on this book for a while, and (if I can wait that long) might save the it for my next plane ride .

#RecipeSwap @Bennett

LeahBergen Those recipes sound fun. 👍 3mo
Julsmarshall I‘m so glad you like everything! I just got home from spending the weekend my my college age daughter and so I‘m about to open mine! 3mo
31 likes2 comments
blurb
Liz_M
post image

I did it! It worked! I applied for Public Service Loan Forgiveness and after 5 months and much bureaucracy and angst, the balance of my outstanding student loans has been forgiven! 🥂💃🎉🤸

https://studentaid.gov/pslf/

wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Congratulations!! That‘s so exciting!! 3mo
ManyWordsLater Wow!! Go buy that book you wanted! You deserve it! 3mo
See All 9 Comments
Soubhiville That‘s wonderful congratulations! 3mo
BarbaraBB That‘s fantastic! Go buy a book. Treat yourself! Join #CampLitsy for some inspiration!! 3mo
Liz_M @ManyWordsLater @BarbaraBB Oooh, I was just going to go out for drinks with coworkers, but that is also a good idea! 😁 3mo
MaureenMc 🙌🥳🙌 3mo
ManyWordsLater @Liz_M do both! But responsibly. ;) (edited) 3mo
Leftcoastzen Yay! 3mo
33 likes9 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Recipes: Blank Recipe Book | Cookbook Publisher
post image

@Julsmarshall It's here! Now to keep it out of reach of the plastic-chewing cat until the 15th. 😼

#recipeswap, @BennettBookworm

Julsmarshall I‘m so glad! 3mo
25 likes1 comment
blurb
Liz_M
Recipes: Blank Recipe Book | Cookbook Publisher
post image

I don't do swaps very often, so of course I forgot to take a photo of the package before mailing it. And it didn't occur to me to wrap the book before putting it in the mailing envelop. 🤦

The good news, @Julsmarshall, is that USPS should be delivering it on Friday.

30 likes2 comments
review
Liz_M
post image
Pickpick

I hoped this much-beloved author would be an engrossing read. It‘s a loose narrative of a small team of astronauts tasked with the survey of four distant planets. This novella has unique ideas and inventive descriptions - each planet vastly different and alien - but the characters are underdeveloped. With the necessary jumps in time and place, the plot is tenuous, but I appreciated that the story ended with the possibility of two or three futures.

Liz_M 3⭐ 4mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read this author and wonder if I should. 4mo
28 likes2 comments
blurb
Liz_M
post image

Got on the subway to head to the airport and upon opening my e-reader discovered it had crashed. Once at the airport, I discovered I can't use wifi to reinstall the software AND I forgot to bring its charging cord. $20 and 30 minutes later, it's still very slowly syncing content through the laptop. 🤞🙏

Graywacke Well that stinks 4mo
Leftcoastzen Gggrrrr! We love them , we hate them. Sorry , it‘s exhausting! 4mo
BarbaraBB That is frustrating! Did you buy a book instead? Safe travels! 4mo
See All 6 Comments
Liz_M @Graywacke @BarbaraBB It's an inconvenience. I mean I do have two physical books (but wanted the library scifi book) and I can get the library books on my phone, but I prefer the larger screen of the ereader. 4mo
Liz_M @Leftcoastzen Exactly. And I'm stubborn and want to solve the problem NOW rather than waiting until I get to where I'm going. 😂 4mo
vivastory That's frustrating! I hope you have a good trip, e reader difficulty aside 4mo
24 likes6 comments
blurb
Liz_M
post image

Photo taken from a hill across from the picnic house in Prospect Park.

BarbaraBB That is so cool!! 5mo
BkClubCare Whoa 1mo
28 likes2 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Untitled | Unknown
post image

So looking forward to Spring, with its longer, warmer days!

@TheAromaofBooks here is my March #BookSpin and #BookSpinBingo list.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
24 likes1 comment
blurb
Liz_M
post image

I finally got around to eating an Argentine meal today. I found a cute little restaurant in Chelsea that served something other than empanadas de carne, steak, blood sausages, and sweat breads 😆

This place had a couple of vegetarian empanadas, Torrontés wine, grilled calamari, and dulce de leche flan.

#FoodandLit #Argentina @Texreader, @Butterfinger, @Catsandbooks

Texreader Fantastic! I‘m anxious to try one of our Argentinian restaurants 6mo
BarbaraBB It looks amazing and I love Torrontés if it‘s not too sweet! 6mo
Dilara It all looks so enticing! 6mo
See All 7 Comments
Liz_M @Texreader I hope you do!
6mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB The wine was lovely, no where near as sweet as the complimentary dessert wine! 6mo
Liz_M @Dilara Yes, the presentation is beautiful! And I love dulche de leche. 6mo
Catsandbooks Wow yum!! 6mo
40 likes7 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Weather: Bringing it Home | Weather Channel
post image

Sunny and 57 F (14 C) to snowing and 30 F (-1 C).

BarbaraBB How extreme. 6mo
30 likes1 comment
blurb
Liz_M
H(a)ppy | Nicola Barker
post image

Just a visually fun book.

BarbaraBB I had no idea! I obviously didn‘t once crack it open to find out! 6mo
vivastory I ordered Barker's book Darkmans last year (still TBR) after reading this amazing profile of her
https://lithub.com/nicola-barker-is-our-great-post-punk-novelist/
6mo
31 likes2 comments
quote
Liz_M
H(a)ppy | Nicola Barker
post image

After they banded together and saved us from the Floods and the Fires and the Plagues and the Death Cults, the Altruistic Powers actively discouraged The Young from thinking about God.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Liz_M Look at the colored font! 🥰 6mo
BarbaraBB That‘s awesome. That sentence too by the way 😱 6mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB It's going to be an interesting dystopic read! 6mo
BarbaraBB I hope it‘ll be good! 6mo
23 likes4 comments
blurb
Liz_M
The Two Gentlemen of Verona | William Shakespeare
post image

Perfect Saturday morning.

#CatsofLitsy

kspenmoll Sweet!!! 6mo
40 likes1 comment
blurb
Liz_M
Untitled | Anonymous
post image

Well, that's my February reading sorted. #BookSpinBingo

#BookSpin = H(A)PPY a book from the 1001-list
#Doublespin = The Last Brother for #ReadingAfrica2022

Also on the board, but not contributing to any bingos 😜
#nyrbbookclub = Katalin Street
#FoodandLit = Heartbreak Tango
real life book club = The Soul of an Octopus

merelybookish My Struggle! What volume? 7mo
Liz_M @merelybookish Vol 1 I've been putting it off and putting in off because it is an awful lot of book (esp. vol 6!) and there are so many other things I want to read.... 7mo
merelybookish @Liz_M I understand! The good news is that you'll know after Book 1 if you want to continue or not. 7mo
BarbaraBB I have H(A)PPY on my shelves too, but it‘s intimidating. Looking forward to what you‘ll think. And My Struggle is soooo good, especially volume 6 😉 7mo
31 likes4 comments
review
Liz_M
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
post image
Pickpick

In twelve interconnected vignettes, Evaristo explores ways to be British-African. The stories reward close reading-- besides the obvious connections, details from one character play out in another‘s story. It also plays with form; each story has moments of fractured prose breaking into fragments of poetry. The one downside of the creative structure is not all characters are well-drawn and the similarly structured stories began to feel repetitive.

41 likes2 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Untitled | Anonymous
post image

My #BookSpin and #BookSpinBingo list for February! @The AromaofBooks

blurb
Liz_M
Untitled | Unknown
post image

I think I'll stay inside and read today.

kspenmoll Good choice!!! I am too! (edited) 7mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a plan 😁👍 (edited) 7mo
maich Good choice. I'm doing the same😊 7mo
Chrissyreadit Hi friend- just sent you an email. 7mo
40 likes4 comments
review
Liz_M
Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
post image
Pickpick

The environment has been irreparably harmed and mass extinction is underway with more and more species vanishing. Franny Stone, as damaged as the world in which she lives, is on a mission to observe the last migration of Arctic Terns. The journey and Franny's past are told in flashes, moving back and forth in time. McConaghy brilliantly builds tension through a slow reveal of the past and her word-prefect descriptions of nature and people.

Liz_M 4.5⭐ #NYWD22 @staci.reads @monalyisha
@TheAromaofBooks This is my January #BookSpin
(edited) 7mo
staci.reads Glad you liked it! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 7mo
Liz_M @staci.reads Best read so far this year 😊 7mo
39 likes1 stack add4 comments
blurb
Liz_M
post image

I had a very lovely meal from this cookbook for #FoodandLit #Egypt! A little fancier prep than I would normally do, but all delicious.

Mom's Lentil Soup (amazing!)
Three Pepper Baladi Salad (very good)
Dehydrated Tomato Tabbouleh (tasty)

@Texreader @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks

LeahBergen I‘ve been wanting to buy this cookbook! 7mo
Tamra Ooooo, need to check out! 7mo
Liz_M @LeahBergen I'm lazy, so this cookbook is a touch fussy for me (really the tabbouleh salad could have been made with regular tomatoes, rather than dehydrating and blending them and spreading as a sauce beneath the salad....). But only a touch. 7mo
See All 8 Comments
BarbaraBB It does look quite professional! 7mo
LeahBergen I can be a pretty lazy cook at times, too. 😆 7mo
Catsandbooks Looks tasty! 7mo
Cathythoughts That‘s the kind of food I love best, I can‘t seem to get lentil soup right !stacking ! (edited) 7mo
43 likes1 stack add8 comments
review
Liz_M
The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz
post image
Pickpick

After “the Disgraceful Event“, Yehia queues outside The Gate to ask for treatment for an injury received. Told from multiple viewpoints, mostly Yehia a doctor, but also Yehia's girlfriend, and other people in the queue. Inspired by post-Arab Spring events, it‘s a clever blend of dystopia, absurdism and Kafka. But it is conveyed dispassionately. We hear the character's thoughts, but don‘t feel their emotions. An intriguing, if not compelling read.

BarbaraBB Clever but dispassionately, that is so true. I wish I could have said it like that! 7mo
Librarybelle Great review! 7mo
See All 6 Comments
vivastory Wonderful review 👏 Between yours @BarbaraBB review I think I'm going to try to squeeze this one in this week 7mo
Liz_M @vivastory 👍 7mo
37 likes6 comments
review
Liz_M
post image
Pickpick

Bennett writes about a complicated situation simply. The story is told through many different viewpoints and while it could have been soap-opera dramatic the it feels true. But, the problem with a multi-view, multi-generational work is how to end. This just petered out; it stops rather than concluding, which I appreciated and yet was disappointed. Very well-written but I expected more - I wanted to feel more, to think more, to be surprised. 3.5⭐

BarbaraBB I assume you‘ve read Passing. That was so much better don‘t you think? 7mo
43 likes1 comment
blurb
Liz_M
The Latecomer | Sarah Aldridge
post image

Although I had my #BookSpin and #BookSpinBingo lists all prepared, I completely forgot to post them. 😳

@TheAromaofBooks

BarbaraBB I‘m gonna read The Queue too! Coincidence 🤍 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB It's like we both wanted to read an Egyptian novel that is not by Mahfouz. 😉 7mo
See All 8 Comments
BarbaraBB That‘s absolutely true. I DiD enjoy Mahfouz though, how about you? 7mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I liked the tagged best, but I've only read three of his books. Just wanted a new perspective. 7mo
Liz_M @TheAromaofBooks Please add me to your tag lists for #BookSpin and #BookSpinBingo 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I've added you to the list!! 7mo
35 likes8 comments
blurb
Liz_M
No Title | None
post image

Please share to spread the word!

LitsyEvents is a sort of Litsy town hall, managed by a group of thoughtful Littens who want to be sure no one misses any of the awesome community activities available.

Follow @LitsyEvents and be sure to tag the account in any Litsy goings-on that need to be amplified. The account will signal boost #ReadingChallenges, #BuddyReads, #Readathons, #LitsySwaps, and any other inclusive, Litsy community-building events.

Chelseabillups30 I didn‘t even know I was already following this page…but I am!! Hopefully that means I‘m gonna feel more in the know about Readathons in the future….I already feel like I miss out on them all!! 7mo
See All 7 Comments
Liz_M @CatsandBooks Hi! I hope it is you that picked up the LitsyEvents posting today. I think you're the only person monitoring the account for March. If you need help a day or week off, let me know & I can step in! 💞 6mo
Catsandbooks @Liz_M yes that was me! Going well so far! Thanks! @Chrissyreadit also offered to help if I need it. I will reach out if something comes up. ❤️ 6mo
Liz_M @coffees @Chrissyreadit Hello friends! you are both scheduled to be LitsyEvents for August. Please let me know if life is too busy or you need a hand and I can step in. Thanks! 💙 3w
Chrissyreadit @Liz_M got it!!! Thanks! 😘❤️😘❤️😘 3w
32 likes7 comments
blurb
Liz_M
Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
post image

As soon as I get that pesky book club book out of the way, I am looking forward to starting a book from the #NYWD22 list I received from the incomparable @staci.reads.

Thanks for this wonderful event, @monalyisha!

BarbaraBB Oooh, Migrations! Looking forward to your review! 7mo
25 likes1 comment
blurb
Liz_M
post image

A belated picture of my (ahem) modest book haul. These past few pandemic years, it has become a birthday ritual to walk to a half dozen Brooklyn bookstores, tagged below. My favorite was closed for the holidays, so I didn't get a chance to visit until today.

Liz_M The Old Drift at 8mo
Liz_M Passage of Tears and Transparent City at 8mo
See All 14 Comments
Liz_M From the tiny store Cups and Books (not in the database), 8mo
Liz_M Corregidora and Migrations 8mo
Liz_M And the rest from 8mo
LeahBergen What a wonderful ritual! 8mo
vivastory Happy belated birthday 🎉📚📚 8mo
batsy That's a great ritual! And fantastic haul. 8mo
Billypar Very nice! I should be reading Kintu this month or next. And I miss NYC bookshops after moving to NJ - I hope to visit more on weekends once Covid cases start going down. 7mo
Liz_M @Billypar I hope you do get a chance to visit soon! 7mo
39 likes14 comments