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Sapphire

Sapphire

Joined September 2016

My passions are books, travel, my dogs, theatre and fine dining.
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Valentine by ELIZABETH. WETMORE
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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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Doa Barbara: A Novel by Rmulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy
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Claire of the Sea Light | Edwidge Danticat
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She could not be dyaspora. She liked her ghosts nearby. #foodandlit #haiti #foodandlit2022

Catsandbooks Excellent 🇭🇹 12h
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The Pages: A novel | Hugo Hamilton
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I had hoped to finish The Pages today. I will admit that I find the multiple time frames and characters hard to follow. Much of the same complaints folks had about Cloud Cuckoo Land, which I loved. Audio May be a factor. Interesting this is the third book I‘ve read this year where the book itself is a major character/narrator/author. It‘s not the best of the three to use that approach. Loving both Dona Barbara on kindle, Clare in Print.

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I am sitting in awe having finished this beautiful brutal and bewitching book. The authors note says it is a paean to books. It is the story of a tale, a book and three loners who find meaning and connection to humanity because of their interactions with it. Four people, really. Intricate and brilliant, this one will stay with me in images. Some of the simplest and most complex ideas have already shaped my thinking about my own life and choices.

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He that knows all that Learning ever writ, knows only this-that he knows nothing yet.

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The Pages: A novel | Hugo Hamilton

He has the elsewhere inside him: a different “here”

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I bought this when it was first released and am just now getting to it. I am utterly amazed at its brilliance and it‘s readability. Everything I hate about the overdone shifting timelines and narrators, is done here so beautifully. Once again, Doer‘s work takes something familiar (like WWII in atlwcs) and reinvents it and we say, now that is how the tale should be told; that is how writing works.

Sapphire 183 pages in and loving every word. 2w
Megabooks 💯💯 agree with your assessment! 2w
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31 Nights of Halloween | Lyle Perez-Tinics
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How do prize drawings work on Litsy? If I want to host one for 2023 how would I get started? There are so many fun ways that I see folks keeping their reading lives fresh that I don‘t know how to jump in- e.g. I can‘t figure out bingo, double spin thing. But in 2022 I did join a couple discussions, group prompts, and read alongs. I have never had such a great reading year. I think I want to host something next year and a giveaway sounds fun.

Lizpixie I usually keep a list of peoples usernames that have entered then at drawing I write each one on a slip of paper and have the hubby draw one out. I‘ve also put a number next to each name then uses number generator online to choose. Either way works great👍 2w
Lizpixie You can have a theme for each month so when a person reads a book corresponding to that months theme & posts it with your tags, it‘s an entry? 2w
Liz_M The people that host #Booked2022 do a quarterly drawing. @BarbaraTheBibliophage, @Cinfhen, @alisiakae can you offer advice here? (edited) 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Hi @Sapphire - we use two Google Forms to track our challenge and its drawings. First, one form to collect signups. Then a second form to collect entries into our drawings. You can email me to discuss further. Barbara the Bibliophage at Gmail dot com. 👩🏼‍🦳 2w
Sapphire Thank you all. I have a couple ideas bubbling. When I have it a bit more formed I will reach out to see if it makes sense or the best way. Plan on starting small - Like a short time frame of a month and the give away is a gift certificate to an Indy bookstore. Just something fun and easy. 2w
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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It was a poor choice on my part. Clearly the spy novel genre is not my bailiwick. #foodandlit #kenya

Texreader I‘m not a fan of John LeCarre‘s writing. I think he writes for a very niche audience 3w
TrishB I love spy novels but as @Texreader says LeCarre has a particular style that I can never get into. 3w
Sapphire Good to know! I have a few detective novel series I like. But other than Our Man in Havana which is more satire, this was my first spy novel I think. It was also pretty dated I think. 3w
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Kiss, Kiss, Little Fish | Sandra Magsamen
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This was a hit!

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Still plugging along. It was rather a slog till about page 150. Seems to be improving

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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. An ordinary life told and worth every word.

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Starting my September #foodandlit #kenya book at my favorite reading spot in the world.

Catsandbooks So fun!! 1mo
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The True Deceiver | Tove Jansson
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Juxtaposition

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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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Probably the best book I have read in years. That is saying something in one of the best reading years I have had since I started keeping track in 1999. It was just a fun, mr toads wild ride. I don‘t know what to say that won‘t give away one layer or another. It‘s like that painting with all the stairs that go in different directions. But fun. And makes you google things.

Sapphire While most of my friends would probably hate it, it‘s one of those books I want to buy everyone a copy and say- you have to read this! (Again, trigger warning for 3 brief mentions of child abuse). 1mo
TheKidUpstairs This sounds like an absolutely delightfully wild ride! Stacked! 1mo
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The True Deceiver | Tove Jansson
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Stormy day at the beach. Reading wrapped in towels till it passes. Still one of my favorite places in the world to pass a day with a good book.

BarbaraBB It still looks good 🤍 1mo
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When I first started dating my now husband, he described me in an email to a friend as a “sapphire eyed beauty”. I fell in love with him; possibly in part because I liked me through his eyes. Definitely in part because he speaks like that. I also love the tagged book and author. #littenswanttoknow Please play if you have interest. I really do want to know!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww I love it!! ❤️❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s lovely! 1mo
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Too Loud a Solitude | Bohumil Hrabal

Two things fill my mind with ever new and increasing wonder—the starry firmament above me and the work I do, which is so terrifying it requires a divinity degree.

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Too Loud a Solitude | Bohumil Hrabal

Deep in thought, I walked to Charles Square, where I tore up the thank-you note, knowing it was the last, because the days of small joys, small pleasures had come to an end: my press had tolled their knell, it had betrayed me.

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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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I haven‘t had this much fun and excitement from a book since Mr. Penumbra or Harry Potter. Plus, this is smarter and more literary. Love it! Must read. #roadtrip #readaloud

Sapphire Trigger warning, one of the back stories involves child abuse. 1mo
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Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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Starting our road trip to the beach. Tagged book is our chosen read aloud for 1200 miles.

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Too Loud a Solitude | Bohumil Hrabal

hostile sorrow lingering under the ashes.

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Too Loud a Solitude | Bohumil Hrabal

smiling, because my briefcase is full of books and that very night I expect them to tell me things about myself I don‘t know.

kspenmoll Like this very much! 1mo
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Too Loud a Solitude | Bohumil Hrabal

I am a jug filled with water both magic and plain;

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The Aosawa Murders | Riku Onda
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I am still riddling out the end. Since the book is about people being poisoned, not sure what dish I will make. #foodandit #foodandlit2022 #Japan.

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“There is no place for idealism in government service”. 25 years a fed and this made me laugh!

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The Aosawa Murders | Riku Onda
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Arrived at National Airport to start my trek home. Settling in for a bite and hoping I am not too tired to make progress on this title. Sat next to a lovely talker on the flight out. This has been a good book trip but not great for actual reading.

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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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Book haul from politics and prose in DC. Great groupings on tables and staff recommendations.

vivastory These look great 📚 2mo
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Politics and Prose | Washington, DC (Bookstore)
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Enjoyed the stop here (and spent way more) than at The strand. Still a weekend trip with visits to two iconic indies. It‘s all good.

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A good girls trip to NYC.

LeahBergen Lucky you! 2mo
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The Aosawa Murders | Riku Onda
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This weekends slated plane reading. Heading to NYC to see Tina Turner the Musical and celebrate my best friends half century birthday.

Liz_M Enjoy NYC! I hope you have time to visit a bookstore (or several) 📚 2mo
kspenmoll Have a wonderful time!! 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Have a great weekend! 2mo
Sapphire Thanks! 2mo
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The Radiance of the King | Laye Camara, James Kirkup
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I get some of my best reading done in travel status. Hoping this one grabs me. @vivastory described it as Kafka in Africa. I respect his taste a lot. However, At only 38 pages in, it‘s feeling more Toole and confederacy of dunces to me. I really disliked COD. Still this feels like an important read and it ticks boxes in several challenges/ groups so I am pressing on.

vivastory Thanks for the kind words! I can see the COD comparison. The second half of the book it becomes disorienting & stranger than in the first half. I'll be curious to see what you think. Safe travels! 2mo
BarbaraBB I agree with you although I liked the book better than CoD 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown

I have to give a shout out to Story Graph. I started using it this year. Today I finished my 50th read and met that goal! In prior years I was reading 24-36 books a year. The best year since I started keeping track in 1999 has been 48. It‘s also the first year I really got into challenges because StoryGraph keeps track so easily. GoodReads never really worked for me. So happy with StoryGraph. Keeps me focused and motivated to move on!

sprainedbrain I love Storygraph! The stats especially are so fun. Good for you making your goal! 🎉 2mo
Sapphire Thanks! 2mo
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I enjoyed this book more than the first, but probably because this wasn‘t really a stand alone sequel. The preachy aspects that brought me near a so-so rating on the first books were absent and the characters are more developed with this second part. Honestly, this felt like an arbitrary editing or marketing decision. Like someone didn‘t trust the reader to cross genre. The author attempts to play with big questions of humanity and makes us 👇🏻

Sapphire Makes us care about the characters. But it seems someone in the publsishing chain either thought it was too long for a fantasy or YA audience or that audiences interested in esoteric questions of humanity or sociopolitical structures wouldn‘t read books with the gender fluid pronouns or some Huey. 2mo
Sapphire I mean this isn‘t great literature, but the characters do have a great development arc. And the ideas about need and want, social and ecological responsibilities, and a sense of purpose are meaningfully presented in fresh ways if you read books 1 and 2 together. 2mo
Sapphire And I hope publishers give the reading audience credit for wanting our literature to stretch us and not being limited in ways that the average non reading social media or tv consumer might be. 2mo
Sapphire Books are the last best hope we have for breaking out of echo chambers. So please let the brave and talented authors push the boundaries of their target audience. I mean if food solid literature with mass appeal doesn‘t break the echo chamber, what will? 2mo
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Welcome comfort. Without it, you cannot remain strong.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Which audiobooks should I start next? (Context my current print read is The Radiance of the King, and my current digital read is Dona Barbara)

LiteraryinLawrence I say either Cerulean Sea or Anthropocene, depending on whether you need fantasy or reality! 2mo
jlhammar Anthropocene and Horse are both wonderful! I read them both in print though. Enjoy! 2mo
Sapphire Thanks all! Ultimately I went for the shortest choice. I can finish it on my commute into Dallas on Friday and be ready to start the next one if needed during weekend travels! 2mo
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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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I listened o. Audio and really enjoyed this book until about the last hour. It felt as if the author just ran out of steam ms wrapped up a major loose end by just saying so after a fever pitch of build up. But until that last hour, I was fully intrigued.

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Both hubby and I fully appreciated this book. I chose Berry Clafoutis from the foods mentioned in the novel. #foodandlit #foodandlit2022 I admit, I wasn‘t going to but after finishing, I did order the authors family cookbook.

Catsandbooks Oh wow!! Looks fabulous! 2mo
Texreader Dang that looks so good. How was it? 2mo
Sapphire So good! And really easy. 2mo
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Really enjoying the tagged book for #foodandlit #france. It has beautiful prose and gorgeous scenery despite the depressing topics of war, poverty, and illness. But also so many food references to choose from to make. While I was considering a galette Breton or a fish stew, right now I am leaning toward Berry Clafoutis! Hope I finish in time to cook before the end of the month as I am traveling next weekend.

Catsandbooks Yum!! 2mo
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Iza's Ballad | Magda Szabo
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I first discovered this classic Hungarian author in 2014 when I read The Door. I found it jolting and unusual as well as humorous. I enjoyed the #nyrbbookclub discussion of Katalin Street this year, though it‘s storyline darker in its historical tale. But @vivastory was right when he suggested I might like this one best. Infinitely sadder in its intimacy. This book found me at the moment I have brought my own elderly mother into my home.

Sapphire I see myself in Iza s attempts to care for her mother. Hopefully, having encountered Iza I can be more compassionate and flexible. 3mo
batsy ❤️ I'm drawn to books about the complexities of the relationship between a child and an aging parent these days, too. This was one really good. 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one so much. But I still need to read 3mo
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BarbaraBB @batsy Same! 🤍 3mo
Liz_M This is also my favorite of the three you mention! 3mo
vivastory I'm so glad that this one impacted you. I go back & forth on if I like this or Katalin Street more. They're both stunning & unforgettable in their own ways. I still need to read The Door! 3mo
vivastory @batsy When we read the Manawakan books last year, did you read The Stone Angel? 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I think you'll love KS 3mo
vivastory @Liz_M Have you read Abigail? 3mo
Sapphire I ordered the Manawakan books after you all were talking about them. Well 3 of the 5. A couple of them are hard to find in paperback. 3mo
Liz_M @vivastory No, I haven't read Abigail yet. I'm saving it for a rainy day. 😊 3mo
batsy @vivastory No, that's the one I missed out on sadly! I hope to get to it this year at least. 3mo
vivastory @batsy I mention it bc of your comment about being attracted to books about complex parent/offspring relationships. It immediately came to mind. It's one of my favorites of the entire cycle of books. 3mo
vivastory @Liz_M Good idea. I'm doing the same with The Door. 3mo
batsy @vivastory Yes! It sounds right up my street. Plus I remember all of your rave reviews. 3mo
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Iza's Ballad | Magda Szabo

The poor woman believes that old people‘s pasts are the enemy. She has failed to notice how those pasts are explanations and values, the key to the present.‘

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Doomsday Book | Connie Willis
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The beginning was interesting and I liked the characters. Reading about the plague and a future “post pandemic” that was written in 2005 was also interesting on its own. But it was too long and just slugged through the second half, particularly the Oxford in the future dealing with a brief viral outbreak.

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Mother was a force of nature, bestowing her favors as she pleased, leaving no insight as to the workings of her peculiar logic

CoffeeNBooks This is next on my TBR stack! Have you read the Chocolat series? 3mo
Sapphire @CoffeeNBooks I have not. I have heard of it for years. Not sure why I never picked it up. 3mo
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | Jean-Dominique Bauby
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I am not sure how I came across this title, but I am glad I did. Reading it for #192025, first published in French in 1997 it tells the story of Bauby who at the height of his career and prime of life suffers a stroke. His mind recovers but his body never does. He dictated the 88 page book by blinking his eyes to the alphabet. Both horrifying and uplifting of a life cut short but fully lived.

vivastory I always meant to watch the adaptation 3mo
Librarybelle Great review! I was unfamiliar with this title, so thanks for reading this one! 3mo
Dragon The movie 🎥 is very good but I‘m not sure how it compares to the book. 💚🐉 3mo
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This May be the best book I have read in a long time, and it‘s been a year of pretty good books. I get how it might not be for everyone and Ozeki is already one of my top 10 fav authors. But explaining what mental illness looks like from the inside by using a book as the narrator is ingenious. Plus I totally got sucked into the is she/he real or not twists without feeling duped. So so good! Ozeki tackles hard topics in fresh and inventive ways.

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I have been sick with a virus (Covid neg) for a week now. With all the rest and fluids, I had hoped to read more. But alas a stuffy head does not cooperate. First actual full day off work and am finally making progress. Ozeki is profound but reads easy. She remains one of my favorite authors, yet each of her books is so different from the rest.

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Another, I think easier request for recommendations. Hubby is retiring and wants some fun easy sci do reads. He loves Dune and the Dan Simmons Hyperion series. Wants something Not dystopian with good world building. I think he most recently liked sleeping Giants. Is currently binging lost in space on TV. Hit me up! Thanks in advance. This is not my genre so I am lost!

Dragon Hail Mary and the Martian and my absolute favourite is The Murderbot Series by Martha Wells 3mo
Dragon Another series I enjoyed is Ann Leckie‘s Imperial Radh Trilogy- tagged the first book 3mo
Dragon Ancillary Justice then Ancillary Sword then Ancillary Mercy 3mo
Sapphire Thank you @Dragon !! 3mo
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Recommended for You | Laura Silverman

I have a rather specific request for help/recommendations. My very hard to buy for husband has asked for audiobooks in French for his birthday. He enjoys intelligent mysteries or non fiction like history or biography. He wants books originally written in French, not English in translation. Anyone got some favorite French authors/titles for me? Thanks!

LiteraryinLawrence One of my favorite mystery authors is Michel Bussi. I‘ve only read his work (about 5 of his novels so far) in the English translation but I assume they‘ve got to be available in French too, right? My absolute favorite was After the Crash. Just awesome! 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Looks like it‘s Un avion sans elle in the original. 3mo
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The Chateau | William Maxwell
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