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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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The Grand Anicut | Veena Muthuraman
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1.Definitely,quite fascinating!
2.One of my favourite books,set during the Chola Empire in the 1st century AD,I cannot recommend it enough.Please read it, everyone! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4293918126
Also Agatha Christie's Death comes as the end, spectacular mystery set nearly 4000 years ago!I also like reading about the Roman Empire,so Robert Harris and Colleen Mcullough books are great.
Lovely prompt!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1w
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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So far, the only good line in this book

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The Rainbow | David Herbert Lawrence
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#WeekendReading @Andrew65
AS Byatt 's Frederica Quartet- fierce, immediate,still relevant
The Moon of Gomrath -delightful and thrilling
Tagged book-incredible writing,Lawrence paints a picture with language
Our share of night-way too much woo woo magic for me

Andrew65 A true classic! 1w
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#SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz
No question here, James Bond's flat in Chelsea!! Absolutely love Chelsea as a place,and his house sounds amazing.I won't even mind if he's in it!😉

ozma.of.oz Love it! 😆 Thank you for sharing! 1w
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain
1.Tagged book.I asked for this ARC because I haven't read works of fiction set during the military junta in Argentina,in the 80s.This is way too much magical realism and way too little...realism for me.I find it quite a slog!
2.Filter coffee, made using a South Indian coffee filter!
3.There isn't really fall here in the tropics!Fun plans,yes,visiting my grandmum in her ancestral village next week!

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Fun template! Do play, everyone, would love to know your answers!

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Love In The Afternoon | Lisa Kleypas
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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94
🌻Romance novels are my absolute comfort genre.I read one of them every other week!
🌻I LOVE the tagged book,one of my favourite books by Kleypas.Also Sylvester by Georgette Heyer.The Harry Potter books are also go-to comfort reads.
🌻Just discovered this book which has become my comfort read,full review here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4646622926

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Those Days: A Novel | Sunil Gangopadhyay
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#WeekendReading @Andrew65
Just finished the tagged book, one of the best works of historical fiction I've read. Full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4965191235

Andrew65 Hope you had a good weekend. 2w
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The Diamond Age | Neal Stephenson
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#currentlyreading #littenswanttoknow
Tagged book,it's very Stephenson,so the answer to am i enjoying it is yes and no.As always,there are entire chapters that could be done away with that drag on the story-for instance,does every interaction Nell has with the Primer have to be documented in such detail?(1/2)

Vansa The world building is strange,living in Victorian times wasn't as romanticised as it is in this book.Also reading the excellent Tsarinas lost treasure,about Catherine the Great,The Dutch Golden age and also art collecting. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻 3w
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Hatchards | London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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#Littenswanttoknow
I love bookmarks and tote bags!

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Scandalous Alchemy | Katy Moran
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1.I enjoy both, but maybe a very very slight preference for post apocalyptic books!
2.Cant go wrong with Octavia Butler's Parable duology,Margaret Atwood's absolutely excellent Maddaddam trilogy.Also for alternate history,love the tagged book,full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4049290037

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3w
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The Tsarina's Lost Treasure | Mara Vorhees, Gerald Easter
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The Diamond Age | Neal Stephenson
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Neal Stephenson. Always interesting. This is SO on the nose it might be my favourite description of India ever

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Ravan and Eddie | Kiran Nagarkar
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#Littenswanttoknow This is such an excellent question that I want to keep adding to it!Kiran Nagarkar is one of my FAVOURITE writers,and deserves to be as famous as Rushdie.His duology,Ravan and Eddie, and The Extras is an excellent work that traces Bombay itself,through the eponymous, deeply memorable characters.Its just begging for a great screen adaptation.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚❤️ 4w
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Good Behaviour | Molly Keane
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✨This ferocious book.Absolutely stellar. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4725361918
✨We don't really autumn where I live in India😀 Definitely ready for the ghastly monsoons to end though!
✨Took this pic at the spectacular Colachel Beach when I went there for a wedding!

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The Tsarina's Lost Treasure | Mara Vorhees, Gerald Easter
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@Eggs #WondrousWednesday
👸🧐💰Best I could do!
🦋 Georgette Heyer tends to end her books very abruptly.I would LOVE sequels to all her books, specifically Sylvester.Also North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell-how did they navigate the rest of the Industrial revolution?
❤️5 stars! Full review here of Zola's Ladies Delight https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4785185329

Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Thunderball | Ian Fleming
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1.Jamaica, because I'm a huge Ian Fleming fan! Would love to visit Goldeneye
2.I would take the tagged book!

TheSpineView 👍📖📘📚🏖 3w
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Starter for Ten | David Nicholls
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#Littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
My husband and I are avid quizzers,that's how we met!We go for a quiz once a week,where we meet our friends and have a nice time!apart from that,watching movies, TV shows.

Ruthiella I used to be a regular part of a pub quiz team and it was great fun! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s awesome!!! 4w
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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#Littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Till last year,I absolutely never let a book go unfinished and forced myself to finish it.After a couple of terrible reads, however,in the last 6 months,where I could tell I hated the book but continued and the books didn't improve,I've started stopping because I'm growing older and have no more time to waste!

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The Truth | Terry Pratchett
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#Littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
I read my comfort reads over and over again! Usually Sylvester by Georgette Heyer, Val Mcdermid's retelling of Northanger Abbey and the original,some of Tessa Bailey's books and The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory.Also Guards!Guards! And The truth by Pratchett.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 😍 4w
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#Littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
In Fun Home,Bechdel writes that middle age is when you realise you'll never read In Search of Lost Time.Ive always wanted to read this,never got around to it.Another is Crime and Punishment-Devils is one of my favourite books,I've always wanted to read Dostoevsky's Magnum opus.Should I try these books?!

Ruthiella I‘ve read Crime and Punishment and can recommend it! But I think most readers have some (or many) books like that on their list. 1mo
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The Tsarina's Lost Treasure | Mara Vorhees, Gerald Easter
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Unbelievable. Nothing has changed in that country.

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The Tsarina's Lost Treasure | Mara Vorhees, Gerald Easter
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This explains a lot about art

BarbaraBB I am surprised about this. I know they painted in assignment, so lots of portraits, but other than that there are so many different styles and subjects among them I don‘t think this comment explains anything. 1mo
Vansa @BarbaraBB so this isn't correct ,then? 1mo
BarbaraBB It might be correct but it doesn‘t tell much about the form or quality of the art. I don‘t see why it matters? 1mo
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Vansa @BarbaraBB I'm not being confrontational here!I thought you were Dutch and would have a deeper perspective on the author's submission that the Dutch masters democratised art by centring regular people and not just religious themes, which is why I asked if you didn't think that was correct.Anyway, it doesn't matter. 4w
BarbaraBB I know, I‘m not either!! I did express myself the wrong way I‘m afraid 😧. And if that‘s what the author means to say, about democratizing art, I think he‘s absolutely right. I thought it meant that the working in assignment led to art being subjective and I of less quality while I didn‘t see why that should be the case. I hope I express it well now 💛 4w
Vansa @BarbaraBB sorry!I posted a quote a bit out of context,the authors expand on this later which I didn't post😀I never looked at it this way,and it gave me a great perspective on why the Dutch Masters are considered so path breaking,apart from being exquisite painters.Really makes me want to visit Amsterdam now!!❤️❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB Let me know when you make it to Amsterdam one day! I love across the Rijksmuseum, famous for its collection of Dutch Masters! 3w
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The Tsarina's Lost Treasure | Mara Vorhees, Gerald Easter
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The Tsarina's Lost Treasure | Mara Vorhees, Gerald Easter
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Fascinating. Explains why so many abound

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River Spirit | Leila Aboulela
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Thank you for the tag @Eggs True,it's easy to forget that we have more things to feel thankful about,than not.
After reading this excellent book,as self centred as this sounds,I'm grateful to be quite lucky at the lottery of birth!
Full review:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4965571000
I'm really grateful that my commute this week hasn't been too bad despite the expectations of awful traffic
I'm grateful to have found a new office friend!

Eggs I‘m grateful that you joined us!! 1mo
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Dead Line. Stella Rimington | Stella Rimington
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#Littenswanttoknow I love these prompts!
I love Dame Stella Rimington's Liz Carlyle series,and instead of the quite silly Codename Villanelle series,this one is just crying out for a great adaptation.Great heroine,nuanced villains,thrilling tradecraft-get on this immediately,BBC!
I would love a Ghibli adaptation of Discworld-I don't think anyone else would quite be able to get Pratchett's deep humanism.

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What an exquisite paragraph

BarbaraBB Indeed! 1mo
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River Spirit | Leila Aboulela
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#littenswanttoknow
Very unimaginative, just my name!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty !! 1mo
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Maiden Voyages | Sin Evans
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#Two4Tuesday
1.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4934334020 I loved this beautiful social history of the women who worked, traveled and socialised during the golden age of Transatlantic travel.
2.excellent weaving of lives to explore the economics, attitudes of a generation.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1mo
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#littenswanttoknow @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
I read for the sheer pleasure a beautiful sentence can give you,to expand my horizons and learn about perspectives different from mine,for fun,to relax my mind after a stressful work day by disappearing into the world of the book.
My family are all book readers,so my parents and grandparents inculcated the habit!
Any snatch of time I get!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love your answers ❤️ 1mo
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The Diamond Age | Neal Stephenson
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The Diamond Age | Neal Stephenson
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#Weekendreads @Andrew65
Reading the tagged book, which is typical Stephenson- both interesting but also completely scientifically inexplicable world building.
Also reading the lovely,moving, gripping In the country of men by Hisham Matar

Andrew65 I need to read a book by this author. 1mo
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Hisham Matar's sentences are absolute jewels

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John Vercher's sentences are exquisite

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Last Times | Victor Serge
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
1.Lovely article in LARB about this author and now I want to read all his books. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/victor-serge-the-spirit-of-liberty/
2.This delightful book on women in the golden age of Transatlantic voyages.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4934334020
3.So tough!Tomar,Vienna,London!

Eggs Fantastic review! Stacked 🥰 1mo
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The Lion House: The Coming of A King | Christopher de Bellaigue
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
1.Yes!All the time!Most recently was tagged book,1st in a planned trilogy on Suleman the Magnificent.Im still thinking about the book's cast of characters,and i can see the long shadows cast by the past on that geographic area.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4846394157
2.Best parts are when I listen to something great on the Bbc.Mondays are the worst part!

Eggs I always feel like Mondays and Tuesdays are chaotic 2mo
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Maiden Voyages | Sin Evans
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Kashua is constantly both hilarious and heartbreaking

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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1.People texting me or trying to talk!In a book,I absolutely detest storylines that use sexual assault of a woman as catalysts for male protagonists storylines.
2.This beautiful set of inscribed first editions of the Bond books

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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This entire paragraph is both hilarious and wince-inducing in its description of men and the domestic burden of women.I love her tongue in cheek description of the advantages she sees of marrying Bone-talking to his mother about worms and Jesuits, and figuring out an irrelevant mystery.Not surprised Pym never married!!
Hugely enjoyed this buddy read,so grateful to @Crinoline_Laphroaig for suggesting this.Have enjoyed this #Pemberlittens

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Longbourn | Jo Baker
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What a lovely way to describe human desire. #Pemberlittens #Longbourn

Karons1 Oohh I loved 🥰 that book 📖 enjoy ☺️ 2mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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What a nuanced, lovely conversation. And again, what lovely writing. Rocky isn't a bad guy, or a shallow one. But love can be... disappointing at time.

Brimful I love and share your love of Barbara Pym‘s writing! 2mo
Karons1 Another one ☝️ on my huge TBR 😆 2mo
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Vansa @Brimful this is the first one I've read, I'm so grateful to @Crinoline_Laphroaig for leading this buddy read! I'm planning to read at least one Pym a month now. 2mo
Vansa @Karons1 managed it through the Litsy #Pemberlittens chapter a day read! It's a short book 2mo
Vansa @Brimful any particular reading order you would recommend? 2mo
Brimful Definitely Jane and Prudence next! 2mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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#Pemberlittens #Excellentwomenandboiledpotatoes @Crinoline_Laphroaig
How does she write sentences that are so simple, but so acutely capture a feeling.

Crinoline_Laphroaig Her way with words was amazing. 2mo
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Longbourn | Jo Baker
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This is a rather unfair sentence.Jane Austen herself, for instance,never married.If she had related this to privilege,that would make more sense.What it is to be privileged enough,as a woman in the Regency(or indeed,even now)to have independent means of income and not rely on a man.

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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
1.Chris Pavone, Abdulrazak gurnah,Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,Barbara Trapido,Ma Jian,Ha Jin, Frank Tallis.So many!
2.Tagged book,Abi Morgan's This is not a pity memoir,Two nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone!
3.Posting a bit late-for my office friend Shruti who keeps me sane at work!!

Vansa My reviews of these:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4790788103 3mo
Eggs Thank you 🌹💗! 2mo
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Ex-Libris | Anne Fadiman
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1.Not at all,space is a huge premium where I stay,so there's barely space for books I want to read,let alone decoration!And as this bookshelf shows,not too fussed about organising it decoratively either!
2.Whatsapp!When I read is when my best friend is free to text because of time differences.Also looking up things on the internet from books I'm reading

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
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Bonfire Opera: Poems | Danusha Lameris
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@Eggs @TheSpineView @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #Poetrymatters #Respect #ThinkPositiveBePositive
Thank you for the tag!
I love Danusha Lameris' poems. Simple but pack quite a punch.

TheSpineView Beautiful! 3mo
Eggs Love this-simple graces💕 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!! 💛 2mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Again, previous sentence...pathos. this sentence, hilarity and sarcasm.