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MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop

Joined May 2016

Books glorious books. 🇦🇺Australian 🧐School Psychologist. Living on unceded Wadjuk Noongar boodja
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The Gallerist by Michael Levitt
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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The Hours: A Novel by Michael Cunningham
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Eggshell Skull | Bri Lee
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“Fewer than one in five sex offences reported to the police result in charges being laid” 😢😤

LeeRHarry 😤 indeed 1d
Jeg Powerful read. A book I have kept. 17h
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Eggshell Skull | Bri Lee
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The photo is pretty 😍; the memoir is not. Utterly riveting, page-turning, & frequently, stomach-churning. Bri writes about her time as a judge‘s associate on circuit in rural Queensland & the plethora of child abuse & sexual assault cases heard in the country towns she visited. All while grappling with her own childhood trauma & whether to report it to police. The saying, “It‘s a legal system, not a justice system” comes to mind.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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I Never Said I Loved You | Rhik Samadder
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You know when you go down rabbit holes, researching writers and books? And you search for them on social media? And then you find a photo on their Insta page of the event you attended that inspired you to read the book? AND YOU‘RE IN THE PHOTO 😆🤩😍

Glad I wasn‘t the one mooning. Phew 😅

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 2019

julesG 😂😂😂 5d
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mrp27 Neat!! 5d
Jeg Looking great too. 4d
CarolynM 🤣 3d
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I Never Said I Loved You | Rhik Samadder
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I saw Rhik speak at the 2019 Ubud Writer‘s festival and subsequently added this memoir to my #tbr list. I have finally gotten around to reading it. Those in the UK may know who Rhik is, but I hadn‘t heard of him.

There is trauma, there is humour and there are life lessons. @Jeg I wondered whether you might appreciate this one & I‘d be happy to loan it to you 🤔.

Jeg Yes. Xx 5d
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Salma is a formidable young feminist who I‘ve followed on Insta for a few years. When I saw she‘d written a debut novel about 3 Muslim besties I was intrigued. It‘s kinda highbrow chick lit with a feminist twist.
Loved it 😍

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Wildflowers | Peggy Frew
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My second Peggy Frew. I read and loved her novel Islands. When I saw this one emerge in the bookshops I had to have it. A book about adult sisters dealing with ‘stuff‘ by an Australian author I rate is always going to appeal (it might just be that I have my own unresolved issues with sisters & I‘m after a bit of bibliotherapy 😉).

I was not disappointed. This was beautifully written and felt very raw and real. Excellent #ozfiction.

CarolynM On my list🙂 2w
LeeRHarry On my list too - read Hope Farm by this author and I really liked it 😊 2w
MrsMalaprop @LeeRHarry Will have to add Hope Farm to the list 🙏 2w
Rissreads Gorgeous photo! ❤️💛🧡 2w
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I‘ve been devoting professional development hours to learning about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) this year. I completed Russ Harris‘s introductory online course and then purchased this book.
ACT is a form of cognitive behaviour therapy and there is a growing body of evidence of its effectiveness. It also just feels right to me.
The book includes a kid-friendly adaptation of the hexaflex. I highly recommend this practical, useful text.

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Part work-read & part personal-read to support a family member. Evidence based. Easy to follow plan for dealing with binge eating. Recommended 👍🏼.

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Wildflowers | Peggy Frew
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#upnext
I‘m on an #ozfiction roll 🇦🇺

BarbaraBB Great picture! 3w
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Bodies of Light | Jennifer Down
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Just finished this 2022 Miles Franklin Award winner. There is some heavy content, but handled in a way that made it somehow palatable/tolerable 🤔. A character-driven page-turner by a young Australian novelist. Bravo 👏. #ozfiction

CarolynM I think I‘ll need to be in the right mood to start this. I saw someone describing it as trauma-porn the other day, which is what I fear it being. I‘m glad to hear it didn‘t strike you that way. 3w
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Given that I am somewhat familiar with the child protection world, I may be somewhat desensitised. I think Down has written something pretty powerful. (edited) 3w
LeeRHarry I have this on my library stack and I have been nervous to pick it up but I really want to give it a go but 🤔 (edited) 3w
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Wildflowers | Peggy Frew
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Went to an actual indoor, live music concert on Thursday night to see 80s Australian band The Church. There‘s an iconic bookshop nearby, and, well, I had to have a “browse”…

Am getting started on the 2022 Miles Franklin winner first, Bodies of Light. All your fault @Jeg as I saw your recent Litsy review 😆.

CarolynM I‘m seeing them next weekend🙂 I‘ve been wondering about the Frew - I‘ll look out for your review. 1mo
MrsMalaprop @carolynm Steve Kilbey was very entertaining. Hope you enjoy it 😊. (edited) 1mo
Lindy Hope you enjoy Bodies of Light. I‘m looking forward to reading it when my library hold comes in. 😊 1mo
LeeRHarry Picked up Bodies of Light from the library the other day - hoping to get to it soon although having a feeling I am going to have to steel myself to read it. 1mo
Jeg Looking forward to what you think. Sort of think it should have trigger warnings. 1mo
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Bass Rock, The | Evie Wyld
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This was exceptionally good. Gripping, dark and complicated. I absolutely loved it and I almost want to pick it up and start it all over again. Very bleak and with too many trigger warnings to fit in a Litsy review 😱. Do yourself a favour and get your hands on it if you dare. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1mo
jlhammar Yes, agreed! Such a good book! 1mo
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Bass Rock, The | Evie Wyld
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#Upnext for book club. Banh mi accompaniment 😋. #ozfiction

LapReader Keep me updated please. I loved 1mo
TrishB Just finished this one 👍🏻 1mo
batsy Oh, that banh mi looks so yum! 1mo
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MrsMalaprop @LapReader me too. Look out for my review when I finish it 😊. 1mo
MrsMalaprop Just checked out your review @TrishB 👍🏼. Im curious how you came to read it? 1mo
TrishB @Centique reviewed it and I knew I wanted to read 😁 1mo
MrsMalaprop @TrishB @Centique 👍. Am loving it so far. 1mo
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This is a case of, “did I read the same book (that a few others on Litsy did not enjoy)?” @Jeg
A slow, ponderous, literary novel set in Italy & Australia about siblings and parents, lovers & art history and how our family of origin shapes us.
No neat bows. Reminded me a little of fellow Australian Georgia Blain and Rhubarb by Craig Silvey. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#ozfiction

CarolynM I‘ve always been a bit scared of Gail Jones. You‘ve inspired me to try this one🙂 1mo
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM She is quite literary, but I‘ve enjoyed the three I‘ve read 🤷‍♀️. I‘d love to know your thoughts once you‘ve read one. 1mo
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When ‘naive‘ Australian Noah meets erudite Italian Dora.

“Australianness, she‘d implied, was a condition of ignorance and innocence, corrupted by good luck.”

#currentlyreading #ozfiction

CarolynM Well, maybe…🤔 1mo
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“In the coral light of a summer dawn, Martin Glass recalled a tale. Two brothers in their late seventies attended the funeral of their father, aged 42”.

Intriguing, no?

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Jeg I just read it recently. Will be interested to see what you think. 1mo
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I got this book in Ubud, Bali at the Writer‘s Festival in 2018 after seeing the author speak. Then I saw some not-so-positive reviews & pushed it down my #tbr list. A couple of weekends ago I heard someone on the radio (I don‘t even know who it was!) say Gail Jones is an undervalued Australian writer. So, I‘m determined to read it. I have read & enjoyed a couple of her other books, Sixty Lights & Dreams of Speaking. #ozfiction #currentlyreading

Rissreads I have not read anything by this author. Another name on the list! 1mo
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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I loved this book 💕😆. So clever and funny. I can see why it‘s on ‘must read‘ and ‘funniest books‘ lists. I struggled a little at first with the language and tone, but then it really hit its stride and I annoyed my family with my guffaws. I can also see why it‘s a ‘comfort read‘ for some people because I can imagine going back to it (and I‘m not prone to re-reads). Hilarious 🤣👏. Now for the movie 🎥…

erzascarletbookgasm What a lovely cover. And great photo! 2mo
batsy Such a good novel! Glad you enjoyed. 2mo
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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So I‘ve hit page 100 and I‘m laughing out loud at Flora and Mr Mybug‘s first encounter. So wrong, but so funny. 🤭 #currentlyreading

LapReader Love the tights. Where are they from? 2mo
Centique I love this book 😍 and the tights are Awesome. 2mo
MrsMalaprop @lapreader Online from Natopia 😁🪆 2mo
Freespirit Great book and cute tights🧡 2mo
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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*the pictured text is a screenshot of what I found when I googled ‘sukebind‘.

Sukebind? Mollocking? Scranleting? I‘m up to page 78 and have so far found some of the vernacular impenetrable. Then Gibbons adds in these made-up words to further confuse me. I am intrigued and amused though & I shall persist💪📖🤓.

#currentlyreading #classic

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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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I did it. All 154 sonnets, read over the past 7 weeks. I got a little ‘advantage‘ in the end with one of my sons getting Covid. It has meant we are all stuck at home this week.

Thank you for hosting @GingerAntics & for sharing my enthusiasm @Graywacke @batsy @TheBookHippie

But now what will I do with my time? 🤔😆

Graywacke Congrats! 💙 … and I wish your son well, and also the rest of your quarantining family. I have some ideas, if you‘re looking for a book. 😂 2mo
TheBookHippie Sending healing vibes! It has been so much fun reading these! 2mo
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CarolynM I‘ve enjoyed your Sonnets posts🙂 Hope your son is soon well and the rest of you avoid it. 2mo
Jeg 👏👏👏👏👏 2mo
batsy Woohoo! I've enjoyed reading along with your posts 💕 Hope your son recovers well. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely copy. I enjoyed seeing your posts on the sonnets. 2mo
GingerAntics I love that your nails match! 😆 2mo
Rissreads 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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Sonnet 148. I like this one about the madness or rather the blindness of true love ❤️.

Apologies for my prolific posts. I‘ve almost finished the
#shakespearereadalong #sonnets
along with these crazy cats
@batsy @GingerAntics @Graywacke @TheBookHippie

batsy 😸 2mo
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GingerAntics Cats do make everything better! Do your cats seem to have opinions on some of the sonnets like the cat of @Graywacke? 2mo
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Graywacke @GingerAntics lately he‘s left me to read these on my own. 😕 fickle 🐈‍⬛ 2mo
MrsMalaprop @GingerAntics 😹I was speaking figuratively. You all are the ‘crazy cats‘ taking this deep dive into the sonnets with me 😍🙏. I have enjoyed it so much! @Graywacke @batsy @TheBookHippie (edited) 2mo
Graywacke @MrsMalaprop I‘m not here yet, so this is my first look at this sonnet and I love it. Blinded by tears. Congrats on almost completing this pass through! 2mo
Graywacke @MrsMalaprop it‘s an apt metaphor for us doing this. 🙂 2mo
TheBookHippie @MrsMalaprop 😂😂♥️♥️♥️♥️It has truly been so much fun. 2mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke that‘s a cat for ya! 2mo
GingerAntics @MrsMalaprop I will totally be your sonnet cat!!! 🐈 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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😏 Really Shakespeare? 🐥👶

So you feel like a neglected child? If the shoe fits…

Even Patrick Stewart couldn‘t bring himself to read this one #sonnetaday #shakespearereadalong #sonnets

@batsy @TheBookHippie @GingerAntics @Graywacke

batsy Ahahaha! I just read this one earlier and thought poor Shakespeare was really down bad. 2mo
TheBookHippie I read this as pay attention to MEEEEE. Like he‘s having a fit. 😆 Patrick was wise to leave it be. 2mo
GingerAntics First off, how on earth did you find out Sir Patrick wouldn‘t read this one? That is beyond hilarious. Second, I remember “Will” being capitalised in the couplet being important. It‘s Shakes referring to himself (in the third person it would seem). Perhaps after the death of Hamnet, Anne dealt with her grief by focusing on her remaining children or her household concerns, and Will felt a little neglected, causing him to pen this sonnet. 2mo
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GingerAntics Can you imagine Anne‘s eye roll when she read this one?! 😂🤣😂 2mo
Graywacke @GingerAntics Pelican suggests there were two Wills, and the meaning is then four-fold - will, Will Shakespeare, the other Will she‘s chasing after, or, well, Will‘s thingy…his will. 🙂 2mo
Graywacke @MrsMalaprop Oh, I don‘t mind this one so much. He‘s just doing a literary fetal position…but with sexual implications. 🙂 But i do feel his poems chasing after the young man are far more appealing. These sound like clever avoidance to love, the anti-Petrarch, like Ovid‘s Amores, whereas those sounded more about actually liking something. 2mo
MrsMalaprop @GingerAntics I have watched Sir Patrick read almost every sonnet in his #sonnetaday where he read them out in order during Covid lockdowns. There were a number that he missed. Sometimes he would comment and say, “Oh, I don‘t like that one so I‘m not reading it.” But with this one he just skipped it without comment! (edited) 2mo
GingerAntics @MrsMalaprop WOW!!! 😂🤣😂 that sounds so very like him “I don‘t like this one. I‘m not reading it.” 2mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke Will‘s Willy, if you will? 😏 I knew I was missing a turn there. Thanks for reminding me. 🤣😂🤣 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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Sonnet 141 #shakespearereadalong #sonnets
As the Dark Lady sonnets progress we hear about her flaws. He critiques her appearance, her voice & even her smell! “But ‘tis my heart that loves what they (his eyes) despise”.
Not the kind of love poem I‘d want written about me. Did she read them? If so, how did she respond 🤔? And as for smell, I don‘t want to think too much about the smells in the 1590s.

@GingerAntics @Graywacke @batsy @TheBookHippie

batsy If the lady was getting sonnets like this one, it's no wonder she felt she had to cast her net wide, so to speak! She'd need to boost her self-esteem elsewhere. No but honestly, I do wonder if she read them and how, if so, she would have responded... 2mo
TheBookHippie I kept thinking of the lyric I don‘t like you but I love you 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 and oy the smells 😅 2mo
GingerAntics Loved illustrations! 2mo
Graywacke Yeah, those smells… I got this idea in my head that he‘s writing about a common prostitute he got attached to, and I can‘t seem to shake that idea. It seems to fit. (And, yeah, not a wooing poem!) 2mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke that fits for sure! 2mo
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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So it‘s all the blues here today with my #currentreads and my nails. Our 13yo has Covid and I‘ve worked from home for the for the past 3 days. Now it‘s my days off and I have no excuse not to finish these two beauties to meet the #shakespearereadalong #sonnets and my Monday #bookclub deadlines. We have to isolate until Sunday at the earliest so🤞🙏.

batsy Lovely blues! The nail colour! I adored Cold Comfort Farm 💙 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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I like to call this one
‘Shakespeare Keeping It Real‘.
It‘s one of my favourite #sonnets. I remember studying it at school.
I am for some reason reminded of the Bruce Springsteen lyric,
“You ain‘t a beauty, but hey you‘re alright”
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#shakespearereadalong
@batsy @TheBookHippie @Graywacke @GingerAntics

Graywacke That Bruce Springsteen lyric comes to my mind too! I‘m adjusting to this lady. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Thunder Road is one of my favorite poems!😀 2mo
jenniferw88 This is the sonnet I used to have memorized by heart! 2mo
MrsMalaprop @jenniferw88 that‘s cool. It‘s a wonderful sonnet 😍. 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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And so ‘the dark lady‘ enters the fray. Sonnet 127. #shakespearereadalong #sonnets

@TheBookHippie @Graywacke @batsy @GingerAntics

TheBookHippie I just love it!!! 2mo
Graywacke It‘s such a striking sonnet opening to this section. No false borrowed face - he likes the natural look. 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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Sonnet 126 was the final one written to the ‘fair young man‘. Hard to believe the relationship was platonic as some have suggested; close relationships between men that were not romances apparently being a thing at the time. What do others think?
And what about the different rhyme scheme & only 12 lines? Maybe it‘s to signify the end of these particular sonnets 🤔.

#shakespearereadalong #sonnets

@GingerAntics @batsy @TheBookHippie @Graywacke

batsy Yes, was wondering about the 12 lines! And I don't know if it's because we're so 21-st century 😅 but it's really hard for me to read the relationship as platonic. Throughout some of sonnets there's an undercurrent of eroticism, and sexual possessiveness—I feel like it might have started out platonic, with Shakespeare complimenting the youth's beauty as an appreciator of beautiful things, then it got way complex and twisty. #MyIdeaForANetflixDrama 2mo
TheBookHippie @batsy it‘s lust!!! That‘s my 17 year old opinion in my school notations 🤣 2mo
TheBookHippie @batsy yes for Netflix drama and yes he was attracted to him I think! 2mo
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Graywacke @TheBookHippie sounds right to me! 2mo
Graywacke If there were no women in theater, then what can we expect from the nature of an acting crew. It must have drawn men interested in men. I don‘t think this was simply a gay celebration, but I do think these imply that was a part of theater life. 2mo
Graywacke @batsy the dangers of poetry series. 🙂 2mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I agree about the theater world synopsis! 2mo
MrsMalaprop Of course @batsy & @Graywacke. Great points. And yes, yes, yes to the Netflix drama. 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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And so quickly after eternal love in Sonnet 116, he moves to vile & evil men 👿.
‘If you don‘t know me then keep your opinions to yourself‘ seems to be the message here.
I wonder who and in what way he was being judged? His work perhaps 🤔?

#shakespearereadalong #sonnnets

@GingerAntics @Graywacke @batsy @TheBookHippie

batsy I quite liked this one! A lashing out at people who talk and this suggests he's gotten a reputation. I guess the theatre world is a gossipy one to begin with but this feels like he's feeling the effects of celebrity and is also tired of being the subject of rumours... Probably because of his multiple dalliances? As previous sonnets also had him defending himself to the youth. 2mo
Graywacke I like the implication that he might as well do what people say he‘s doing. 🙂 And then he suggests he‘s like god. I find it a wonderfully arrogant rant. 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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One of my favourites and often read at weddings because of its message about the permanence of true love 💕.

#shakespearereadalong #sonnets

@TheBookHippie @Graywacke @batsy @GingerAntics

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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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Up to sonnet 106 (of 154) in the #sonnets #shakespearereadalong. Seems to be another sonnet contemplating the beauty of his muse/friend/lover.

Is the gentleman pictured here supposed to be ‘the fair youth‘ I wonder 🤔?

@GingerAntics @Graywacke @batsy @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie I wonder 🤔🧐 Also—-Do you find that these Sonnets seem more personal and passionate? In a different vein than his plays and histories? I was poundering that last night. 2mo
Graywacke I‘m imagining Madeline Miller‘s Patrocles. 2mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie I want to find every reference to his writing more personal. Which doesn‘t mean it is (or isn‘t). 🙂 2mo
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TheBookHippie @Graywacke 🤣🤣🤣 Probably same thing for me! 2mo
MrsMalaprop @Graywacke that was one of the first books I added to my #tbr when I joined Litsy, but I still haven‘t read it. It‘s waiting patiently on my shelf. Read & loved Circe. 2mo
MrsMalaprop @TheBookHippie yes, definitely, but given they are sonnets you would expect them to be right? He is pouring his heart and feelings onto the page. 2mo
TheBookHippie @MrsMalaprop Absolutly, he‘s quite good at it 🙃. It‘s a different vibe and I am enjoying rereading these decades later than the first go round! 2mo
Graywacke @MrsMalaprop I liked Song of Achilles much better than Circe. Not sure if that‘s the general feeling. SoA put a lot of effort into tying well with The Illiad. (And took tens yrs of writing and rewriting!) 2mo
Graywacke @MrsMalaprop I want to believe that - pouring out his heart. But I‘ve struggled to see it. 2mo
Graywacke @MrsMalaprop i‘ll add, I‘m not convinced it‘s necessary to believe that. Although certainly it‘s very different if he did vs if he didn‘t. 2mo
MrsMalaprop @Graywacke maybe “pouring his heart out” is not accurate, but he does seem to be trying to communicate his feelings about love, beauty, life & death to someone he has feeling for. I guess, in response to @TheBookHippie, this is why they may feel more intimate/personal than his plays. 🤔 2mo
TheBookHippie @MrsMalaprop I agree definitely more intimate. 2mo
Graywacke @MrsMalaprop that makes sense. Especially the love, beauty, life, death. 2mo
Graywacke I read this closer this morning and really took to the beauty of it, the tales “but prophecies”. My Pelican notes imply the word “wights” may be an intended reference to Spenser, since it‘s a pseudo-archaic word he used. It makes a nice, if critical, dialogue, if true. (edited) 2mo
GingerAntics That is a brilliant edition! 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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I am pleasantly surprised how much I am enjoying the #shakespearereadalong of his #sonnets. I‘m sure this beautiful edition is helping.
I‘m into the 100s now. Reading them to myself, then aloud, listening to others read them online & reading analysis of them is helping me process & understand them.
👏💪📖🎉
@GingerAntics @Graywacke @batsy @TheBookHippie

Graywacke Such a powerful and beautiful sonnet. Love all the extra stuff you‘re adding. (I‘m missing analysis in my editions. 🙁). 2mo
batsy That is indeed a beautiful edition! 2mo
TheBookHippie BEAUTIFUL!!!!! 2mo
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Making a start on this at the hairdressers this morning. It‘s this month‘s book club read. #currentlyreading #classics

Ruthiella This book was a lot of fun! 👍 2mo
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Skim read this book I picked up in a little free library. It will be going straight back into my street library as there may be women out there who want basic info on menopause from this accessible book by Australian model (& wife of a Daddo) Alison Daddo. I really just wanted to see whether there was anything new in this one as I‘ve already read a lot on the topic. I might recommend it to non-readers 🤔. #booksnob

CarolynM I‘ve seen a couple of newspaper articles about her and this book - I‘m not surprised to hear it‘s superficial😆 2mo
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#Alphabetgame
#letterA

I just saw that @BarbaraBB posted the tagged book as a 4⭐️ read for her July stats. It reminded me how much I loved this book & Maggie O‘Farrell.

Wanna have a go at posting a book you‘d recommend that starts with ‘A‘ @Rissreads @Jeg ?

Thanks for the tag @Lizpixie ☺️

LeeRHarry This is my favourite of hers - great choice! 😊 2mo
MrsMalaprop @LeeRHarry 🙌 very surprised to see 67% rating on Litsy. I read it years ago, but recall it was exceptionally good 🤷‍♀️. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great choice indeed. You can‘t go wrong with Maggie O‘Farrell! 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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Sonnet 81. How interesting that here Shakespeare seems to be pondering that his muse will live on in the poems but Shakespeare himself will be forgotten.

We don‘t even know the name of the subject of his sonnets, but forever more Shakespeare himself will be known to all.

batsy These sonnets are so complex and rich and I wonder every time who exactly inspired these early ones. I wasn't lying when I said I want a multi-season TV series... 😆 2mo
MrsMalaprop @batsy I‘d watch for sure 📺🙏. 2mo
charl08 Beautiful image / type. 2mo
TheBookHippie These images are wonderful! 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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Catching up on my #shakespearereadalong #sonnets on a winter afternoon here in Western Australia. I enjoyed this one where Shakespeare compares his love to food; both so essential to life. Will he starve himself or be a glutton? Same, same 🤷‍♀️😆

TheBookHippie Same!!!! 2mo
Graywacke So much self torture (I miss winter). 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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#shakespearereadalong #sonnets 73

When 16 year old me analysed this sonnet, I wrote things in the margin like:
“Destruction of the beautiful”
“Death” and
“Will is saying, ‘make the most of me while I‘m here‘”
51 year old me agrees 😂

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TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️I love this!!! 2mo
Graywacke Admiring your 16-yr-old self. Carpe diem 2mo
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Enclave | Claire G. Coleman
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Mehso-so

I love Coleman‘s work & have read her two previous novels & excellent book of essays, Lies Damned Lies. She writes #specfic with a twist & I can‘t recommend her 1st novel, Terra Nullius, highly enough.
It therefore pains me to say I didn‘t love this. It felt unfinished & simplistic. I struggled with awkward sentences like, “Sienna oozed forward, the word ‘hi‘ squeezing out with her breath”. Language evolves & maybe I‘m just too old 🤷‍♀️.

Maria514626 Eew. “Ooze” shouldn‘t be used as an action verb for people. Unless something is coming out of them 🥴. Your photo is beautiful! 2mo
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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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Sonnet 69 sure is resonating with me today. Someone in my life is physically beautiful & admired, but I‘m noticing their less admirable qualities. Unlike Shakespeare in this sonnet, I don‘t think it‘s because of who they are hanging out with. It‘s more that they think they are better than others and go through the world deflecting any evidence to the contrary. Sometimes I think perception is everything. 🤔 #shakespearereadalong #sonnets

TheBookHippie I so agree !! 2mo
Graywacke Perception, and also expression. Quite a commentary. 2mo
batsy Nicely put! I do like that we're getting an impression of the youth that the poet has issues with, despite his devotion ... I'm imagining the youth as an IG influencer with tons of followers 😂 2mo
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Enclave | Claire G. Coleman
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How‘s that for a paragraph 😮👏. Just starting this new release speculative #ozfiction by the masterful Claire G. Coleman. #currentlyreading

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The Parcel | Anosh Irani
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* major trigger warnings*
The Parcel 📦. I guess you have to call a sex-trafficked child this, to entirely strip them of their humanity.
A very uncomfortable but worthwhile read set in Bombay, about the life of Madhu, a ‘hijra‘ “eunuch, people of the third sex”. Madhu lives in a brothel & is given the job of preparing a child to work there.
Irani deftly paints a picture of the circumstances that could lead to such a horrific outcome. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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Shakespeare‘s sonnets for the win on a rainy Sunday #shakespearereadalong
Reviewing my 1988 high school analysis as I read these, whilst I listen to the dulcet tones of Sir Patrick Stewart reading them aloud on YouTube.
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CarolynM My husband just showed me an app he has on his iPad called Sonnets where a pile of eminent English actors (like Simon Callow, Fiona Shaw, David Tennant) read the Sonnets. It's fabulous! 3mo
DivineDiana @CarolynM Thank you for the app information! 🙂 3mo
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Is it just called Sonnets? Looked for it in the App Store but couldn‘t seem to find it. 3mo
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CarolynM Sorry Serena, I misled you. It‘s called Shakespeare‘s Sonnets @DivineDiana 3mo
GingerAntics Oh I love when Sir Patrick read‘s Shakespeare!!! 3mo
DivineDiana Appreciate the update! 🙂 3mo
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The Parcel | Anosh Irani
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#currentlyreading Making a start on this novel which was put in my hand by a friend a couple of years ago. She praised it highly and I am finally picking it up. I am bracing myself for a tough but hopefully beautifully written tale. 🙏

DivineDiana Love the photo! ❤️ 3mo
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The lovely @Jeg passed this on to me. It was interesting to read about the Rhodes Scholarship & how Australia‘s political & education systems reinforce power and privilege. Lee writes very well.
However it seemed somewhat unfocused. There were lots of facts & figures (which I enjoyed), as well as extensive exploration of her own inferiority complex. I learnt about the kyriarchy, which Bri posits is how our system operates. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Scored these on a stroll today from a free street library. Winning 🙌

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The Sonnets | William Shakespeare, Peter Harness
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I found this 1988 illustrated version of Shakespeare‘s sonnets on my bookshelf. I would‘ve been in my final year of high school. I think I bought this book as part of a monthly Doubleday subscription at the time 🤔. Such a book nerd through & through 🤓📖❤️.
Enjoying rereading them now as part of the #sonnets #shakespearereadalong hosted by @GingerAntics
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batsy I love seeing this! To think that it makes appearance again for Litsy uni 😁 3mo
Graywacke That‘s really cool how you have kept that. There something about those physical books from when we so impressionable. 3mo
GingerAntics This looks beautiful!!! 3mo
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Complete Sonnets | William Shakespeare
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#shakespearereadalong @GingerAntics @Graywacke @batsy Here‘s some of my high school English Lit analysis 🧐. When I still wrote in my books! 🫣 #sonnets

Jeg Interesting to see what you wrote , isn‘t it. I found a book the other day that I had underlined ( can‘t believe I did that);and I found it interesting to see my thought processes from back then. 3mo
Graywacke But … her beauty fades…or his. This is cool! 🙂 3mo
batsy Nice! "You perfect all the time" is definitely the subtext for all of the sonnets we've read so far. 3mo
GingerAntics It depends on the book, but I still write in some of mine. It‘s far more efficient when it comes to research. 2mo
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Got home from holidays to find this in my little free library. Gifted by The Book Fairies. Squeee! 🧚‍♀️ 💚🙏.

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Listened to these creepy tales on a road trip.
Mt Barker, Western Australia