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Vansa

Vansa

Joined September 2016

To paraphrase that ABBA classic, “Mother said I would read long before I could talk!“
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#WeekendReading @Andrew65
I'm taking leave on Monday, and hoping I can read these 4 books! Super ambitious, I know!!
What's everyone reading? Happy weekend!!!

Andrew65 Sounds some good reading ahead. 7h
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl
Most of Teheran was asleep when an odd caravan set out through the darkness shortly before midnight on August 15, 1953.

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The preface,and I'm already coming across passages I want to screenshot

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#ProfessionalBooknerdsChallenge clockwise from topright
Historical fiction set during the first Chozha Empire in Tamil Nadu-can't stop recommending it!
Tim Walker's lovely,moving,profound collection of profiles-been gifting it to my friends!
Allegra GOodman's fantastic retelling of 'Sense and Sensibility',and skewering of tech bros is a must read.
One of my favourite Indian books to gift!Do watch the tv show adaptation-Dil Bekarar,on Hulu.

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Faisal I of Iraq | Ali A. Allawi
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Very rarely does one finish a nearly 700 page book and wish it were longer. I am so genuinely sad that this book is over. What a swathe of history, and what a tragedy that mistakes made keep getting repeated in the Middle East

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Faisal I of Iraq | Ali A. Allawi
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What an absolutely powerful memory. What a life. Saw the end of the nearly half a millennium Ottoman Empire,and the formation of so many new countries. Incredible. I'm glad King Faisal got to sit on the Ottoman throne!

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#ProfessionalBooknerdsChallenge
Tamora Pierce is brilliant.This quartet should be among the best-regarded in fantasy,and excellent female rep(yes,I'm looking askance at you,Ursula leGuin)
Precious Ramotswe is delightful and so human.
Tallis' detective series set in fin-de-siecle VIenna is a must-read,traces the gathering clouds of fascism.So timely.
Harry Potter.Need I say more.THere might be imitators,but there's only one,with its humour and fun

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The Far Pavilions | M.M. Kaye
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#ProfessionalBooknerdsChallenge
The first one helped me so much when I was ill with dengue last November, it would be perfect for a road trip too.Bill Nighy is just perfection.
The Far Pavilions soundtracked my husband's and my commute, absolutely gripping,and welldone, would work really well with a road trip!

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Scandalous Alchemy | Katy Moran
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@Eggs #wondrouswednesday
1.Tagged book is the Georgette Heyer/Stella Rimington crossover everyone should read.Every character is complex.for once,people's valets and maids aren't just there to comment on how beautiful the protagonists are.FUll review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4049290037?book_show_action=false&from_rev...
2.The last temptation is unfairly controversial for such a moving book.
3.Biography and history!

Eggs Well done🙌🏻📚👏🏻 4d
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1.Very much so! Specially when I'm at work and waiting for some file to upload!
2. My trusty Kindle. I absolutely love it, the interface, the ease of use, how easy it is on the eyes- absolutely everything. I als use my old but still reliable Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to read protected epubs from libraries

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Have a great day! 💙📖 5d
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Faisal I of Iraq | Ali A. Allawi
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Absolutely fascinating. To think he had to deal with all this at 38. That's my age and I can barely decide if I should clean the house today or tomorrow 🤦🏾‍♀️

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The Candy House | Jennifer Egan
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #SundaySoapbox
Visit from the GOon Squad is one of my favourite books, and I can't wait to read this one.SImilarly with Jess Walter-I loved Beautiful RUins so much! Free Love sounds so interesting.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!! 🙌🏻📚 5d
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Ennemonde | Jean Giono
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@rachelsbrittain 1. FInished 2 of these over the weekend,continuing with the third!Full reviews here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4483190399
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4474903672?book_show_action=false&from_rev...
2. It's weird weather,it's cold(by tropical standards)but also humid,and it's not helping my recovery from Covid at all!
3.Shut all the windows,wear my warmest clothes,and drink coffee!
#WeekendReads

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Ennemonde | Jean Giono
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl
This book starts with quite a paragraph. Set in Provence, it's as un-Peter Mayle as possible. Still processing my thoughts about this strange, powerful, lyrical book.

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#WondrousWEdnesday @Eggs
1.Litsy! I absolutely adore Crimereads and LIthub as well,spectacular articles.
2.To stick to my reading schedule of one ARC,one own book,one library book!
3.Tagged book was absolutely beautiful and unputdownable,full review here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4464256654?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
Also COnquering the Pacific is a great account of the successful navigation of the Pacific-unmissable.

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Murder in Retrospect | Agatha Christie
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView thanks a lot for the tag @Eggs !
1. I would say fast moving for modern authors,too many of them adopt the slow burn,too few of them are able to pull it off.
2.I think Agatha Christie's an absolute queen at plotting,tagged book is one of my favourites of hers, though there are so many that are wonderful.
These are fascinating questions,consider yourself tagged,everyone!!Would love recommendations for well plotted books.

TheSpineView Agatha Christie's books are well done! Thanks for playing! 2w
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Short History of Byzantium | John Julius Norwich
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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz
1.The Byzantine EMpire
2.THis was an empire that lasted nearly a millennium,and I know barely anything about it!The Ottoman Empire and the GOlden Horde are other fascinations of mine.
3.Tagged book was recommended to me by a fellow quizzer.
Other people's answers have been so interesting,such a huge TBR now!!

MadelineMcCrae Those are all such interesting topics! I hope to learn more too! 2w
ozma.of.oz Wow! The Byzantine Empire sounds really cool! Thank you for sharing! 2w
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #SundaySoapbox not Sunday,but me and give up a chance to evangelise about my book recommendation?!NEVER.
'Those pricey Thakur girls'is an excellent P&P retelling,set in Delhi in the 80s.If you can't read,I cannot recommend the TV show made of it highly enough-it's called 'Dil Bekarar;', available on Hulu,I think-please do watch it.CHarming,moving and well acted.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for playing!! I have on my shelf! 2w
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Faisal I of Iraq | Ali A. Allawi
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain
1.Tagged book,The Lost Daughter and Conquering the Pacific,where the quotes from.Didnt know a message in a bottle was a real thing!
2.To not stress out if i don't get a particular ARC I really want.
3.The man who died twice- absolutely fantastic

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This book. Such exquisite writing,it moves you to tears

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What a punch to the gut. Terrific writing

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@Readergrrl #ProfessionalBooknerdSChallenge #Day6 CLockwise from top-left:
Absolutely heartbreaking and harrowing story of lives torn apart by war.
Incredibly powerful account of the last days of Trujillo.
Lovely moving account of the immediate aftermath of the Russian revolution.Very autobiographical.
Sons in search of lost fathers,and childhood.
Made me cry when I was 9!
Visceral,always relevant account of caste in India.And a tragic love story.

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I cannot possibly imagine anyone apart from Sir Anthony Hopkins in that sublime movie. I wonder what one starring Lee would have been like- would he have the nuance to show the humanity behind the facade? We'll never know!

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@MoonWitch94 #THoughtfulTHursday
✨Definitely to balance among ARCs,own books, library books.I've decided to read in turns,not stress out about not getting approved for “must-have“ ARCs!!
✨Anxious!Still at around 50% of the country fully vaccinated,and no more work-from-home,and hospitals filling up!Hope things go off not horribly!
✨I can't stop posting about this fascinating maritime non-fiction,about the explorers who tried to cross the Pacific.

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Ha. Nice insight!

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@Readergrrl #ProfessionalBookNerdsChallenge #Day5
Classics and just one?Impossible!Hard enough narrowing it down to 6!Tagged book is the first in an absolutely excellent swashbuckling historical fiction series set during the Chozha Empire(10th Century CE) in Tamil Nadu,India.Can't recommend it enough!

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Arctic Dreams | Barry Lopez
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
1.Read the tagged book just last year.Absolutely dream-like and poetic in its descriptions.Also givenwhat we're doing to the Arctic wastes,this might be the only record we'll have of that in 10 years!
2.Big house shift happening in a month, hoping to get through that with sanity and health intact!
3.A work call went better than expected!
Post your responses, everyone!!

Eggs Thanks for playing 💙❄️ 3w
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The Snow Queen | Hans Christian Andersen
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView @Eggs thank you so much for the tag!
1. I've seen it only twice in my life! It looked beautiful but I have no idea what it would be like to live with a snowy winter!
2.Winter is the absolute best time of year in India.Pre-covid,my favourite winter activity used to be a yearly trip to Delhi,eat my favourite lemon pancakes at Elma's,buy books at the excellent bookshops,and walk down Rajpath and Lodhi Gardens.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! ❄❄❄ 3w
Eggs 💙❄️💙 3w
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@Readergrrl #ProfessionalBookNerdsChallenge #Day4
All caught up now! A selection of the books I read over and over and OVER again, when I was a kid!

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100 Years of Solitude | Gabriel García Márquez
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@Readergrrl #ProfessionalBooknerdsChallenge #Day3
I've often felt the title of the novel would be the conditions under which I would be able to finish this book! Magical realism just does not do this for me, and this novel in particular!

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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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#ProfessionalBOokNerdsChallenge #Day2 @Readergrrl Can't just pick one!3 of my favourite writers,I absolutely LOVE Fever Pitch though I'm not a football fan-it's a book about fandom in general, and being human.There are so many Pratchetts that could be the best,I picked this one-I really like the books where Moist features, they're lovely allegories of the modern world.Adichie is a genius,enough said.

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#ProfessionalBookNerdChallenge #Day1 @Readergrrl
I'm quite a fan of the Bond books,and this is my favourite in the series-a thrilling card game,a diabolical villain,a completely outlandish plot,and best of all,one of my favourite Bond companions-Gala Brand.Full review here-https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3752491689

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This is incredible.

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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz
1.Tagged book,photo is a spectacular picture from it,of the meridian line drawn to divide the world between the Spanish and the Portuguese Empire.
2. I'm hoping to move to a different house! Fingers crossed.
3.Balance ARCs and my own books.

ozma.of.oz Good luck with three! That‘s something I‘ve struggled with last year. Thank you for sharing! 3w
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The names Bond.James Bond.#December21 #12booksin2021 read all the Bond books again to prepare for a quiz,and thoroughly enjoyed all of them,again.Fleming is not given enough credit as a writer.Singer's book is a hilarious,moving account of trying to find oneself.Muriel Spark,needless to say,this book captured being a restless teenager so excellently.A good reading month,as the others were!

Ruthiella I read the Bond books many years ago and thought they were a lot of fun. And so different from the films for the most part! 3w
Vansa @Ruthiella exactly, they're very different from the movies in very good and unexpected ways!! 3w
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#12booksin2021 #November21
Thank you,romance novels,for getting me through reading slumps,a difficult year,a terrible 3 weeklong bout of dengue.Youre wonderful.Also the tagged book,the Georgian era and it's diversity through the lives of 12 individuals,stellar writing.First time reading Henry James-genius.Loved Levy's evocation of the Swinging 60s,and Kalifa's examination of the powerful hold the Belle Epoque has on the French imagination.

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Happy new year, to all the lovely people I follow on Litsy. I hope you and your families have a wonderful year,and I hope all our countries do better too. Stay healthy, and I hope you get everything that you want! Thank you for all the amazing prompts, photo challenges-they make me engage with books so much more actively.this is the only social media I'm active on,and it's so so rewarding, unlike most of the Internet.Read on, everyone!

Ruthiella Happy New Year! 🥳🥂 3w
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The Grand Anicut | Veena Muthuraman
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#October21 #12booksin2021 horrible month,terrible bout of dengue.But what spectacular books.Historical fiction set in Chozha times in Tamil Nadu,an absolutely wonderful exploration of the Beatles,a work on the oceans that brings it to brilliant life,a clever satire on perfect Stepford husbands,a lovely memoir of an author's life in Shanghai,that memoirises the city itself

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#September21 #12booksin2021 2 of my favourite books were to do with music!One a masterly exploration of the evolution of music,and humans,and how nature has evolved music of its own.Giles Terera's memoir of his turn as Burr in Hamilton at the West End is delightful.Honourable mentions are on spying in the 20th century,covering both the usual& several unusual suspects,and long overdue recognition for an instrumental nuclear physicist, Lise Meitner

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#August21 #12booksin2021 I absolutely LOVED Charmain Clift's memoir of La vie boheme in the 60s in Hydra,where no amount of a prelapsarian lifestyle will make housework go away!Ben Schott's excellent Jeeves-Wooster pastiche was a delight,as was a great book on Monet's last years.

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Jezebel | Irne Nmirovsky
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#12booksin2021 #July21 was also a starry month,but the one that shone the brightest for me was the absolutely delightful book on the historic Savoy.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4138001519
I also loved a delightful book on a storied bookshop in Algiers,a book of essays on 80s that explored the entertainment explosion,a haunting work on a woman's obsession with preserving youth.

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#June21 #12booksin2021
1.The White Guard is spectacular historical fiction,Ukraine post Russian Revolution,through the ideas of a White Russian family.
2Snowflake is the book Sally Rooney wishes she could write.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4073786004
3.Jill Lepore on a pioneering analytics firm..in the 60s.Plus ca change and so on.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4412956267
4.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4038797653

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In a month of several good books,there were obvious stars.
1.Still life is a beautiful book about found family,the power of art, resilience and friendship.Delightful.
2.Excellent collection of short stories,each one deeply memorable.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3989624618

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Three-Fifths | John Vercher
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#April21 #12booksin2021 April wasnt the cruellest month,the 3 starred ones were the best
1.Greek tragedy in its rendering of a friendship Riven by race.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3958151814
2.The deeply relatable account of a daughter's complicated relationship with her mother. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3939953451
3.A whodunit set in the dying days of the Habsburg Empire. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3931510122

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#12booksin2021 #March21 can't pick just one!(clockwise from top left)
1.Delightful sequel to Dear MrsBird,that explores the unequal treatment of women's contribution to the war effort
2.Haunting account of the Irish famine,through multiple players,landowners,farmers,everyone in between
3.Important investigation of a complicated case that explores the condition of women in India,forensics,patriarchy.
4.Alison Bechdel.enough said

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#12booksin21 #February this duology was absolutely excellent.A dystopian future that felt very real and immediate,and yet provided hope

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#Onthespot
1.Definitely from the tagged book-one of the first spy novels to have such a startling twist and set it up in such a good way.
2.So difficult to pick just one!I'll go with Raiders of the hidden ark by Graham Addison,evocative of not just a time but also explores a contested city,the reasons behind archaeology.
3.It would have to be Subterranean Homesick Blues, available on audible,helped me when I was sick with dengue.
4.Gala Brand!

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Mythago Wood | Robert Holdstock
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#January #12Booksof2021
This was such an excellent fantasy novel,compelling and moving.Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3819223404
Also Red Fortress by Catherine Merridale was a spectacular read that looked at the history of Russia,through the perspective of the Kremlin.Beautifully written,fascinating throughout, Catherine Merridale is now one of my favourite writers.I also binged Kresley Cole's Immortals after dark!

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Lovely. What a clever literary reference.