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Ghost in the bookshelf 👻 Malaysia | http://www.goodreads.com/subabat
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Black Light: Stories by Kimberly King Parsons
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A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
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King Lear by William Shakespeare
Klotsvog | Margarita Khemlin
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Klotsvog is translated from Russian by Lisa Hayden & gives a glimpse of how it was to be Jewish in the Soviet Union. Maya is a unique anti-heroine; beautiful, self-obsessed, & difficult. Her struggles as a Jewish woman & mother are both poignant & hard to take: Maya invites drama & grief into her life because of her character. The end is particularly moving & while I found the book's ironic tone compelling, I didn't warm to it totally. #netgalley

batsy Background photo taken from here https://www.meganstarr.com/soviet-kiev/ 1d
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1d
batsy @TrishB Thank you! 💜 23h
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The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction | Pritham K. Chakravarthy, Rakesh Khanna
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? "Oops, I guess I shot ya,
My finger's on the trigger
I had a bullet with your name on it,
Click-click" ?

#revolver #MOvember @Cinfhen

erzascarletbookgasm Great cover! Femme fatale or serial killer? 😁 1d
merelybookish Love the specs! 😄 1d
Cinfhen Awesome!! Madonna would approve ❣️💪🏽💄 1d
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Cathythoughts Love the cover 1d
batsy @merelybookish That's my favourite part, too! 1d
batsy @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts 🤘🏽💄💖 1d
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Headlong: A Novel | Michael Frayn
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Martin thanks his #luckystar when he thinks he has found a Brueghel #masterpiece but it's not long before everything descends into a madcap chaotic farce.

I really enjoyed this novel by Frayn and cackled out loud a few times ... I should read more of his work.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen This sounds great!! Not familiar with title or author 🙊 2d
Cinfhen I also love this picture!!! Very appealing 😍 2d
batsy I knew nothing of him at the time too @Cinfhen picked it up on a whim 🙂 2d
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rwmg Wishlisted 2d
batsy @rwmg 👍🏽 2d
TrishB I think I have a couple on my tbr but not read yet! 2d
Cathythoughts This one sounds good ! I must try a sample on kindle 👍🏻❤️ 2d
Tamra Sounds fun! 2d
arubabookwoman I like Frayn a lot. My favorite book by him is Spies, but Headlong comes in second. 2d
batsy @arubabookwoman That's one of his books that keeps coming up a lot. Should be the one I tackle next :) 2d
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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I can understand why this nonfiction novel broke boundaries & continues to affect readers. Capote's writing is assured & beautiful even for such a heavy subject. Like @merelybookish I'm curious about his writing process. It left me wanting to know more about Capote as a writer & the form of male violence this book looks at. My only issue is that my attention sometimes flagged when reading, but I reminded myself that this isn't "entertainment". ⬇️

batsy True crime always raises these questions for me; as a reader I'm pulled in by the narrative momentum, but then I feel uncomfortable when I think about the implications of reading about what happened to real people as though it's a crime novel. I sense that Capote wrestled with these questions as a writer. Thanks for giving me the motivation to read this @merelybookish @readordierachel #readcoldblood Good to read with a group @Daisey @Texreader 3d
Cinfhen Wonderful review 3d
erzascarletbookgasm You make me want to read this! 👏 Great review, as always. 😘 3d
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twohectobooks I‘ve had this one on my tbr for quite a long time. Good to hear your perspective! 3d
Billypar @batsy Excellent review! I haven't read In Cold Blood, but I felt the same way after Killers of the Flower Moon. I just finished Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts, which raises some interesting questions about the range of responses to violent crime, referencing true crime writing when she refers back to her prior book, Jane. 3d
Oldschool_millenial I read this book senior year of high school and we talked about Capote's process. My English class also watched the movie "Capote" (stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, highly recommend). I think it is mentioned in a note in the book that, remarkably, he didn't use any recording devices nor take notes when he interviewed people. He relied on his (allegedly) remarkable memory. 3d
Texreader I‘ve been “flagging” too while reading it. Glad I am not alone. 3d
Hamlet There‘s an excellent but neglected film with Toby Jones called “Infamous” that covers the same ground as the Philip Seymour Hoffman film. Also, it‘s worth looking at George Plimpton‘s oral biography called “Truman Capote” (which interviews many persons who knew him, supporters & critics) along with Gerald Clarke‘s biography, “Capote.” 3d
Reviewsbylola Your insight is so valuable. As an avid true crime reader, I totally get where you‘re coming from. And ICB is so interesting because of the relationship Capote formed with the murderers and how is suffused itself into his writing. It‘s clear he had a soft spot for Perry, so it leaves questions for the reader to grapple with. Did Perry deserve Capote‘s empathy? 3d
batsy @twohectobooks Thanks! I'd love to know your thoughts when you read it. 3d
Reviewsbylola @bedcloud/the-destructive-bond-between-capote-and-smith-558929e4127a" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@bedcloud/the-destructive-bond-between-capote-and-smith-55892... This is a very interesting read. 3d
batsy @Billypar Thank you! Killers of The Flower Moon is in my list, but I'm steeling myself because I know it's a tough topic. I'm so keen to read The Red Parts as well! 3d
batsy @Oldschool_millenial That is pretty amazing! I've heard a lot of about Capote in relation to this book because of how popular it is, but I realise I don't know many details, as such. I hope to watch Capote at some point. 3d
batsy @Texreader I'm glad to know I'm not alone, too! I think I struggled a bit after the first half. 3d
batsy @Hamlet Thank you for that! I've made note about Infamous but didn't know which books to check out, so I appreciate the recs! 3d
batsy @Reviewsbylola Thank you for that link. I'm going to check that out. I appreciated how Capote tried to humanise people that we might be inclined to think of as pure evil. At the same time, I'm sure his relationship with Perry would have affected how he portrayed him...there's always that risk of getting too close. 3d
Suet624 Didn‘t Harper Lee help him write this book? 3d
youneverarrived Excellent review 🙌 3d
merelybookish Wow! Great review and discussion! 3d
readordierachel Fabulous review, Suba! I'm having that same kind of discomfort. Even as I appreciate what a feat this novel is, I'm reminded of why I don't read true crime. 3d
readordierachel @Suet624 Yes! She help with the research, and I believe she helped edit the book as well. 3d
batsy @youneverarrived @merelybookish Thank you, ladies ❤️ 2d
batsy @readordierachel Thank you! I think this is why I haven't made much progress on true crime myself. I'm fascinated by a lot of true crime books but the ones about murder and rape are tough reads. 2d
batsy @readordierachel @Suet624 I learned on Litsy that this book sheds a bit of light on this 2d
Suet624 Thanks! Stacked. 2d
Daisey @Reviewsbylola Fascinating article! Thanks for sharing. @batsy As always, great review! I also agree I‘m going to be continuing to do some more reading and watching to go along with this read. 1d
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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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Two blue books... The one on the right, Maggie Nelson's Bluets, I loved. The one on the left a gift from the lovely @merelybookish and one that I should read soon.

#trueblue #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I think I need to check out tagged book!!! 4d
erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB also posted the tagged book. I must investigate too @cinfhen! 4d
TrishB Definitely great minds 👍🏻 4d
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Nute I remember discovering Bluets in the bookstore and being intrigued because after reading a few pages I wasn‘t sure what type of book it was. I did purchase it but haven‘t read it yet. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts. 4d
emilyhaldi I‘ve always been curious about Bluets.. 4d
batsy @Nute I'm not sure how to describe it or what it is; either a lyric essay in fragments, or prose poetry, but it made me think and feel and I love Nelson's writing for that. 4d
lele1432 I bought Bluets about 3 years ago and still need to read it! 4d
Cathythoughts Beautiful blues 👍🏻💙 4d
readordierachel Ooh, I love Maggie Nelson. Must read Bluets sometime soon. 4d
batsy @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @emilyhaldi @lele1432 A hard book to recommend, depending on taste, but I loved it 🙂 3d
batsy @readordierachel This is the only one by her I've read & I need to read more ❤️ 3d
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Klotsvog | Margarita Khemlin
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Surprised myself & finished:
A Lost Lady for #catherbuddyread
In Cold Blood for #readcoldblood
Act 4 of King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong.

Litsy University is good for me 😆 Also started the #netgalley ARC of Klotsvog, a bleak yet funny portrait of a self-absorbed Jewish woman in the Soviet Union.


👑 To finish Act 5 & complete King Lear
💄 Continue with Klotsvog
🌸 Start Judith Hearne for #NYRBbookclub

JennyM You‘ve had a great week! Love seeing what everyone‘s read 😘 4d
batsy @JennyM Thank you ❤️ I enjoy seeing everyone's recaps too! 4d
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Cinfhen Me too @JennyM and of course my TBR is growing!!!!!! 4d
vivastory Litsy University 😂 4d
BarbaraBB Litsy University 🤣 4d
BarbaraBB It seems like someone on the other side of the world was thinking exactly the same thing at exactly the same time! 😀 @vivastory 4d
vivastory @BarbaraBB Great minds 🙂 4d
Cathythoughts Great week for you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Litsy University is exactly it. I‘m definitely on a learning curve sinse joining Litsy .... it‘s a blessing 👍🏻❤️ 4d
Cinfhen #LitsyUniversity is priceless and admission costs are beyond reasonable 🙌🏻🤓 4d
squirrelbrain Love #LitsyUniversity and entirely agree, I love being a student here! 4d
erzascarletbookgasm Well done for the week! I love #LitsyUniversity too! I may want to be a student here for a long long time. 4d
batsy @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @erzascarletbookgasm I love Litsy U 😁 It's like being in a fun, extremely motivating and engaging class 💖 4d
fleeting Really interested in that Moore book! 4d
RachelO Isn‘t ‘Surprised myself & finished...‘ the best feeling?! 4d
batsy @fleeting I'm looking forward! 4d
batsy @RachelO Yes! 😁 4d
Daisey I appreciate all the extra learning I get through Litsy University readalongs as well. Great way to put it! I never would have taken such a dive into further reading along with In Cold Blood otherwise. 4d
batsy @Daisey Yup! I've tackled a number of books that have been tbr for years via group reads here. Having others want to read a book is a great motivator, and the chats and posts are great :) 4d
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The Femicide Machine | Sergio Gonzlez Rodrguez
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Double Teenage is about two American girls coming of age in the 90s, in a town close to the US-Mexico border. The reality of the killings of women in Juárez haunt their lives. The Femicide Machine is a searing piece of theoretical nonfiction on the systems in place that enable these murders. Making a Killing is an anthology of academic essays on Juárez covering a wide range of aspects. All are brilliant reads.

#borderline #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🙌🏻💜 5d
BarbaraBB The blurb of the first book reminds me of (edited) 5d
rubyslippersreads That cover on Making A Killing! 😍 5d
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batsy @BarbaraBB Yes! That's a chunkster that's been on my TBR for awhile. 5d
batsy @rubyslippersreads It's a very striking cover! 5d
merelybookish Hmmm. Makes me wonder about the parallels to In Cold Blood... 5d
Centique Wow - I have only vaguely heard about these cases. I need to do some reading! 4d
Reggie I actually went to a panel in Las Cruces at the university where parents who had lost their daughters talked about how their daughters went missing and years later only bones would be returned that were only recognizable because of the clothes they were found with. It was very sad and there was never hope in regards to the government agencies helping them out. They often thought someone in the government was the killer. Back in the early 00‘s 3d
Reggie there had been at least 300 bodies found but I‘m sure it‘s more now. 3d
batsy @Reggie That must have been so difficult to hear. And what those parents and families have endured 💔 💔 It's devastating. All of these books make no escuses about state level involvement ... But sometimes it's like, we can know so much and yet where is the justice 3d
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Treasures of the Snow | Patricia M. St. John
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This book left an impression on me when I was young. The snowy landscape & series of events leading to misunderstanding, heartbreak, & hate made me feel so sad for Lucien. I was looking it up & don't know how I'll feel about it if I read it now because of the religious message. But thinking back, the story affected me & brings back some visceral reactions: the cliffs, accidents, those wooden figures. So many memories! #frozen #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Memories ✨✨✨✨ 6d
batsy @Cathythoughts Yes! The reading we do as kids tends to be so vivid 💕 6d
erzascarletbookgasm The cover reminds me of Heidi! 😁 6d
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batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Can't believe I still haven't read Heidi! 🙈 5d
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Ooh yes, great idea 😘 5d
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"I dine, I play a game of backgammon, I converse, and am merry with my friends; and when after three or four hours' amusement, I would return to these speculations, they appear so cold, and strain'd, and ridiculous, that I cannot find in my heart to enter into them any farther."

David Hume on #PhilosopherProblems ?

Today's prompt apparently took me back to college philosophy class ??

#HumanNature #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Sounds like a perfect day 1w
JennyM Lol...I love where these prompts take everyone! (edited) 1w
batsy @Cinfhen I could do with a day like that 😆 1w
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batsy @JennyM Haha! I was drawing a blank all day for this prompt until I was like, Wait what was that philosophy book with the words "human nature" in the title?!? ? 1w
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻❤️back to philosophy class ..... 🤔ponder ponder 1w
batsy @Cathythoughts Much pondering indeed 😁 1w
merelybookish Nice one! And better than Hobbes and his "nasty, brutish, and short" which is all I remember from Philosophy 101. ? 7d
Billypar I love this quote: it's funny to imagine that Hume may have considered abandoning a now classic text after a few rounds of backgammon and merry making with friends 🤔🍾😃 7d
batsy @merelybookish Ha! I've never read Leviathan and I think I never will 😅 7d
batsy @Billypar Relatable, I have to say 😁 It's hard not to warm to a philosopher who understands that the pleasures of backgammon with friends might exert a greater hold than the labours of reason and thought 😆 7d
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"Enough, my lord.

Invite me over, says Kabir,
Or come over yourself."

I love this book of devotional poetry by a 15th-century Indian mystic of the bhakti movement, rendered in a fresh, modern idiom in the English translation.

#LikeAPrayer #MOvember @Cinfhen

Graywacke Wow... noting 1w
Cinfhen Sounds special 1w
slategreyskies I want this book. This looks amazing! 💕!! 1w
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vivastory Kabir was a much better poet than Rumi IMO 1w
batsy @Graywacke @Cinfhen @slategreyskies It's lovely to dip in and out of ❤️ 1w
batsy @vivastory Shots fired! Haha. I love a bit of Rumi but I think I prefer Kabir, too... There's an edge there & humour that I love. 1w
Suet624 I‘ve never heard of Kabir. I was going to order the December NYRB read today. Looks like I‘ll be ordering two books now! 4d
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I'm not sure what the #future holds—and much of it is too scary to contemplate—but I think this much will remain true... 📚📚📚

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Great post ❤️ 1w
Cinfhen Ha!!! I love this 1w
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CarolynM That cartoon sums up my life! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Sounds familiar! Love it! 1w
Sace Brilliant truth. 1w
vivastory Choose Your Own Adventures: Bookworm Edition 😄 1w
AnneCecilie So true. 1w
ValerieAndBooks Love it! There‘s no way we can resist going in a bookstore (unless it‘s closed of course)! 1w
GingerAntics This is awesome! lol So much fun...and we all know where we‘re headed, really. lol (edited) 1w
LeahBergen 😆😆 1w
youneverarrived Haha always 1w
readordierachel Ha! Yes 😁 5d
Suet624 This is perfect. 4d
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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It's a classic for a reason & a lot different than what I expected! Riveting, cleverly-constructed Gothic fiction that also works as a mystery. Love the forms of text incorporated into the narrative. Underlying it are issues percolating around womanhood, female sexuality, & fear of Others. One of those interesting novels that is a compelling read despite the author's iffy politics (that was in view in full force in The Lair of the White Worm).

batsy Illustration by John Coulthart. More here http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2018/06/01/illustrating-dracula/ Thanks for the buddy read @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @Sace 🖤🦇 1w
Libby1 I agree. This book surprised me. 1w
Cathythoughts Great review! You make me want to read it .... I must do soon 👍🏻❤️ 1w
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batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! Like @Libby1 says it surprised me. Very atmospheric & kind of with a transnational mystery element with the multiple characters & travel, etc. 1w
Cathythoughts Yes, that sounds good .. being surprised! I never knew Bram was short for Abraham ( I heard it on the radio .... must be true 😆 1w
batsy @Cathythoughts Oh, I didn't know that either! Why didn't I think of that ... I was thinking Bram's such a unique name 😂 1w
Cinfhen Beautiful review. I agree this book was a wonderful surprise. BTW: cool tidbit about Bram‘s name @Cathythoughts Abraham makes sense 1w
LauraBeth Always love your reviews. I‘ve never had a desire to read this but you make it sound compelling. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Wonderful review. 👏 Haven‘t read The Lair and I think Bram Stoker has a nicer ring to it. 😁 1w
Earlene I finished this a couple of weeks ago and Inreally enjoyed it. I especially liked that you got so many facets of the story from different characters. 1w
batsy @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the motivation to read this 😘 1w
batsy @LauraBeth Thank you! I wasn't interested in this before but the Litsy love for it made me reconsider and I'm glad I did 🙂 1w
batsy @Earlene Yes! That really kept the narrative momentum going. 1w
Naj Lovely review. I absolutely adore this book. 1w
batsy @Naj Thank you! 🙂 1w
Hamlet Great review... again! 1w
batsy @Hamlet Thanks! 🙂 1w
ctboeheim The original has so much more depth than all of the remakes and adaptations. They‘ve given the story an undeserved reputation. 1w
UwannaPublishme Great review! And thanks @Cathythoughts for the trivia about Bram‘s name. Who knew? 😆 1w
batsy @ctboeheim So true! 1w
Suet624 Okay. Now I have to read this. 4d
batsy @Suet624 It's so bizarre and gothic and lots of weird political undertones and just so very interesting! 4d
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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Not quite apocalyptic fiction, but these two noir novels about intense, doomed love/obsession convey a particular effect, like these couples exist all on their own in a #GhostTown. Both are brilliant reads heavy with mood and atmosphere.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

TrishB I see I‘ve already stacked the tagged one! What a title. 2w
merelybookish Nice analogy! I was just thinking yesterday of the mineshaft in Black Wings. In Cold Blood is set at the same time, and there are some similarities maybe. 2w
batsy @TrishB We did that for #NYRBbookclub and from what I recall it was quite widely liked 🙂 2w
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batsy @merelybookish Thanks! And every so often I find myself thinking about that mineshaft. One of those things that really stick. I've yet to start ICB but it'll be interesting to read a true crime set in that time period! 2w
BarbaraBB Great comparison. Both good as well! 2w
JennyM Great choices! 2w
batsy @BarbaraBB @JennyM Thanks! Two very memorable books. 1w
saresmoore So clever to pair these two! I love the juxtaposition of the covers, too. 1w
batsy @saresmoore Thank you! ❤️ It's fun when inspiration hits for the photo challenges 😉 1w
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Klotsvog | Margarita Khemlin
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Finished Dracula & really enjoyed it! Dense & atmospheric.

Started A Lost Lady for the #catherbuddyread & continued on with King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong


To continue with both the Cather & Shakespeare, & to start In Cold Blood for the low-key buddy read with @merelybookish @readordierachel @Texreader (sorry if I missed anyone!)

Will try to start a Net Galley ARC, the tagged book, *if* I can 🤞🏽 @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB Such great reads! 2w
Cathythoughts Great books ! Look forward to your thoughts on In Cold Blood ... I‘m hoping to read too ( for the 3d time ) 2w
Cinfhen I‘m also hoping to add one ARC a week 🤞🏼glad you enjoyed Dracula 🧛‍♂️ that was a great idea @erzascarletbookgasm xx 2w
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batsy @BarbaraBB All thanks to Litsy group reads 😁 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts 3rd time! That speaks very highly of it. I'm excited to start. Join us! 🎉 2w
batsy @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm Fabulous idea! So glad that I finally got around to it. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen @batsy Yes I‘m so glad to read it with two amazing Littens! 💕 2w
Freespirit Love Dracula ❤️ 2w
DGRachel That‘s an amazing cover for Dracula! 😂 2w
batsy @Freespirit A fun read for sure 👍🏽 2w
batsy @DGRachel Really eye-catching! 😆 2w
readordierachel Loving that edition of In Cold Blood! 1w
batsy @readordierachel I was so happy to find it at the discount bookstore! 1w
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The Tempest | William Shakespeare
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The charms & dangers of Prospero's #laislabonita in The Tempest is sustained by magic & sprites doing his bidding.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🙌🏻❣️🏝✅ 2w
Graywacke Caliban 🙂 2w
batsy @Graywacke He had some stunning lines! 2w
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Some writing and creativity books that I found very helpful in the past. I need to revisit some of these and incorporate some of this advice now. #ExpressYourself #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts I love the covers on those bottom two 👍🏻❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Well done!! Such a clever interpretation 🤓 I‘ve been meaning to read this book forever 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts Fun covers & practical advice ❤️ 2w
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batsy @Cinfhen It's a great book; warm and wise and a bit of a lifeline for people thrashing about in the abyss of writer's block 🙂💕 2w
merelybookish Nice! I was thinking along these lines too! (And I bought The Artists Way a while back but still haven't done. Apparently it includes a week where you're not supposed to read. 😬) 2w
saresmoore @merelybookish Same with The Artist‘s Way. I keep noticing it and thinking, “I should really pick that up...” 2w
Pensandwords The Artists Way helped me so much. I finished it about 8 weeks ago and it‘s still helping. I‘ve read tons of books on writing and process but that one made the biggest difference. 2w
batsy @merelybookish Yes! It really helped me when I committed to it (the week without reading went by really fast back then; now I'm not so sure? :) I found the practice of writing morning pages really helpful. I agree @Pensandwords at first I was skeptical but then it proved super helpful. 2w
Pensandwords @batsy I was skeptical at first as well. Then it started working without my even realizing it lol. 2w
UwannaPublishme Loved Bird by Bird! 🙌🏻 2w
rohit-sawant Oh, this is awesome! I recently added Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Mass to my wishlist and made a mental note to check out more craft related books and these are fantastic additions to the list. 2w
readordierachel I have 2 of these on my tbr and will now add the other 2 ❤ 2w
batsy @rohit-sawant I haven't heard of the 21st century one! I will check it out :) 2w
batsy @readordierachel I really appreciate that all of these managed to break my writing block in small steps. Julia Cameron's system works really well, I think, but it requires that tiny bit of commitment that can be hard to find when life is so full and stressful. I hope you find them of use ❤️ 2w
Suet624 I‘ve read anything that Lamott writes. She is a favorite of mine. Bird by Bird is the one that I open again and again just to receive the comfort she offers 4d
batsy @Suet624 I found great comfort in it too, especially at a time when I needed it. I definitely should get my own copy. 4d
TheLudicReader The only one of these I haven‘t read is Artist‘s Way. Writing Down the Bones was very meaningful to me in my 20s. Have you read 4d
Suet624 @batsy oh my, yes. I hope you do. 💕 4d
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Untitled | Unknown
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#GuessWhat is this #iconic cover?

Cool idea by @BarbaraBB to post a close up detail of a memorable cover to see if we can guess what book it is ... Share your answers with a spoiler tag.
(The answer is below under the spoiler tag.)

Please join in if you'd like to play 🙂

batsy Roald Dahl's Matilda 2w
readordierachel Matilda? ❤ 2w
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RachelO That‘s a good one! 2w
Beatlefan129 Matilda 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @readordierachel @RachelO @Beatlefan129 Instantly recognisable classic 😊❤️ 2w
merelybookish Matilda 2w
Cinfhen Love this cover and book!!!! 2w
veritysalter Matilda - the best book ever 2w
BarbaraBB This one looks so familiar but I can‘t come up with it. I go and peek 😀. Thanks for playing! 2w
BarbaraBB Of course...!! Great choice! 2w
Bookzombie Matilda 2w
LauraBrook Matilda! Such an iconic cover. ❤️ 2w
Kalalalatja I have a feeling it is Mathilda, and that everyone else already guessed it 😅 but I have to post my answer before peeking! 2w
4thhouseontheleft Matilda? 2w
Blaire Matilda! An all-time face 2w
Aimeesue Ronald Dahl's Matilda, illustrated by Quentin Blake.❤️ 2w
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Sherlock Holmes' look—the pipe, the tweeds, long coats, and deerstalker hat—has now become #iconic. But it's less about how Conan Doyle described him and more about how Sidney Paget illustrated him, and the look that developed in the various adaptations that came after. This is a good read about his sartorial style https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/10/the-life-and-fashion-o...

#MOvember @Cinfhen

erzascarletbookgasm 👏 interesting how Paget invented the deerstalker for Holmes! 2w
quietjenn I 💗 a Paget appreciation post 💗 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm The article was so interesting! I've also forgotten that "Elementary, my dear Watson" never appeared in any of the books! 2w
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batsy @quietjenn ❤️ 2w
Billypar I didn't know that about the "Elementary..." quote. I'm glad you mentioned that because I would have picked up my first SH mystery and been expecting it the whole time ? 2w
batsy @Billypar Haha! I've read certain SH stories multiple times and still am shocked anew to realise that this phrase is not in the books 😆 2w
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Villette | Charlotte Bront
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Thanks for the tag @Leftcoastzen !

1. Charlotte Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Fernando Pessoa
2. I'm not sure, but with the first two I'd love to know more about how they've been viewed: eccentric, introverted to the the point of social anxiety, & the thought of whether the drive to monetise oneself & "sell yourself" in 2019 makes them want to run back to their graves. Same for Pessoa, I guess.
3. I honestly haven't a clue.

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Great thoughts/questions!! Thanks for playing 🥰👏🏻🤗 2w
Leftcoastzen Oh my! I love your choices and your insight!👍👏❤️ 2w
Tanisha_A Can i join your meeting? ❤️ 2w
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batsy @Eggs Thank you for the fun questions! ☺️ 2w
batsy @Leftcoastzen 😘😘 2w
batsy @Tanisha_A It wouldn't be a proper meeting without you 😁❤️ 2w
Centique Was it you that posted the article about how ED‘s sexuality/romantic interest had been edited out by her family and peers to re-invent her? If not I‘ll try and find it again. I studied ED back in the early 90s and it was astonishing to realise there was so much that was myth. 🙄 2w
batsy @Centique I'm sorry I missed responding to this, P! I've been thinking about this and it's not coming to mind but it does sound like a fascinating read. If I ever do come across any articles about this, will be sure to share. 4d
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Little Town on the Prairie | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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I #crave the yummy dishes that authors take time and care to describe, and Laura Ingalls Wilder's descriptions of food always makes my mouth water! This description of Ben Woodworth's birthday party meal stayed in my mind for aaaages 😆

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I agree; food descriptions are a good indicator of history, place, time, culture and region 2w
JennyM Descriptions of food are always good 😊 2w
Leftcoastzen My grandma took leftover mashed potato and made yummy patties. 2w
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merelybookish I like the cover on your Puffin edition! 2w
ljuliel @Leftcoastzen Potato cakes ! We had them when I was a kid. I still make them on occasion. Very good ! 2w
batsy @Cinfhen @JennyM Agreed! ❤️ 2w
batsy @Leftcoastzen @ljuliel Yummy! I'm drooling 2w
batsy @merelybookish I love these Puffin editions. Well loved and falling apart! 2w
xicanti I loved her food descriptions so much that I begged my parents to get me the official Little House cookbook. Then I taught myself to cook from it! 2w
batsy @xicanti I love that!! 💜 I hope it was yummy! 2w
rubyslippersreads I assume you‘ve read the food descriptions in 2w
jillrhudy My fave is when the turkey came in on the train after the long winter and they had butter! 2w
batsy @jillrhudy Oh yes! She finally had her Christmas dinner in the spring! 2w
jillrhudy @batsy I haven‘t seen a pat of butter the same since 2w
batsy @jillrhudy I know, right? In section I quoted above in Little Town she also talks about eating an orange, an utter luxury, and I always think about that when I eat oranges 2w
Centique I love her food descriptions too! I‘ve only read the first one of these, must read the rest 😍 2w
batsy @Centique They're all such gems! The craving for a re-read of the whole stories is strong. Alas #somanybookssolittletime 2w
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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It's a bright & sunny morning, & it's back to spending some time with this toothy fellow & his gang. The upside to being a broke freelancer: a tiny amount of downtime in-between assignments. Hope to read quite a bit of this. I think I was expecting a tawdry horror tale, & while there's plenty of heavy breathing in the relations between vampire & vampiree 😆 it's also layered, complex, & cleverly constructed. @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm @Sace

LeahBergen I must say, it was definitely the clever construction that most impressed me on my adult reread. It surprised me anew. 🖤 2w
Tamra I have yet to read. Confession time. 2w
merelybookish I remember loving how all the different texts (diaries, letters, etc.) are used to tell the story. 2w
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batsy @LeahBergen @merelybookish Yes, I love how he uses and incorporates the different texts! And I don't know if it's because contemporary pop culture has managed to make vampires so silly, but in this one there is a visceral, mythic quality to them that's surprising and disconcerting. 2w
batsy @Tamra It's never too late! This is my first time 😁 2w
Tamra @batsy that is enticing! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, you‘re showing off this edition in its full glory! 😂 I think you‘re right in saying how the modern culture, especially movies and Halloween make vampires less scary compared to the book. 2w
Cinfhen Your blurb about Dracula is so on point🧛‍♂️There was nothing really kitschy here. This was a nuanced story told through journals/ news clippings which I really enjoyed and admired. 2w
Cathythoughts Great cover ❤️👍 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Isn't he a looker? 😆 2w
batsy @Cinfhen Yes, agreed! Love how kickass Mina is becoming, too 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts 🧛🏻‍♂️❤️ 2w
paulfrankspencer One of my favorites. So good. 2w
batsy @paulfrankspencer It's very much exceeding my expectations! Enjoying it a lot. 2w
readordierachel "This toothy fellow" ? The best description! 2w
batsy @readordierachel 😆🧛🏻‍♂️ 2w
rohit-sawant Very cool edition! So true about how well crafted it is with a mythic undertone as opposed to the modern watered down vampires. Joe Hill likened vamps to leeches once, saying there's nothing sexy about that, and I think despite some of the melodrama, Stoker never lost sight of that. 2w
rohit-sawant Also, check out this Epic Rap Battle between Dracula and Vlad the Impaler 😆 Been meaning to share it on Litsy for days now but keep forgetting.
batsy @rohit-sawant Yes, well put! And that Joe Hill comment is spot on. Thank you for that link, it has totally made my day ??? "You're losing so bad you should join Team Jacob" bahahaha! I might be biased; my vote's for toothy Draccy ?? 2w
rohit-sawant My pleasure! I pingponged a bit, rooting for Drac before going in then leaning towards Vlad (That reflection line! 😂🤯😱) but the Team Jacob bit won me over 🤣🤣 🧛🏼‍♂️ 2w
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We That Are Young | Preti Taneja
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I'm #sorry that I keep talking about the books I plan to read but don't actually seem to read 😂 But the #ShakespeareReadAlong has been immensely fun and these are four retellings I hope to get around to eventually: the top two based on King Lear and the bottom two on the Tempest.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Lcsmcat I can highly recommend the Atwood and the Smiley. Both are excellent. 2w
Cinfhen No need to apologize for posting about books.!!!! That‘s what we love to see!!!! 2w
Kalalalatja Love the cover of the tagged book 🙌 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm Interesting! 2w
batsy @Lcsmcat Yes, I remember you mentioning that you enjoyed the Atwood! I'm glad to hear the same about Smiley! 2w
batsy @Kalalalatja It's so striking, isn't it 😍 2w
WhatWouldJaneDo I tore through Hagseed, it was fantastic! 2w
readordierachel Hey, if you're sorry about that, we all should be 😆 2w
GingerAntics I‘m going to have to look into these! 2w
batsy @WhatWouldJaneDo Nice! So much love for that one on Litsy; it's high on my list 🙂 2w
batsy @readordierachel I know, right! It's Litsy best practice 😂❤️ 2w
batsy @GingerAntics They're all very tempting! 2w
GingerAntics The fact Hagseed is written by Margaret Atwood really makes me want to start there. (edited) 2w
merelybookish Bad timing to mention I do have the Cesaire version of The Tempest? 2w
batsy @merelybookish 😂 I'm all aflutter this month! Does #ShakespeareReadAlong take a break next month? Would you like to attempt it then? 2w
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🎵I got that burnin hot desire
And no one can put out my fire 🎵

Anaïs Nin's journals are a fascinating read about her desires & passions. It's easy to make fun of her I think but I enjoy the effect of reading her journals. She crafts them like novels; they're propulsive, absorbing & perhaps embellished, but that only makes it all the more interesting.

#girlgonewild #MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🎶Hey, ey, ey, ey ..... I know, I know I know 🎶 2w
twohectobooks The only Anaïs Nin I‘ve read was her intro to Tropic of Cancer, which I have to admit didn‘t really win me over! 2w
Tanisha_A 🔥 2w
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JazzFeathers So interesting. So did she think she would publish them one day? Or was she practicing the art? 2w
batsy @twohectobooks Ah, OK 😆 I haven't read Tropic of Cancer! I kind of want to, but I'm also not sure! 2w
batsy @JazzFeathers I think she definitely had an eye for publication! Perhaps she gets some flak for considering herself the most interesting subject 😆 This is a good read https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/apr/07/anais-nin-author-social-media 2w
twohectobooks @batsy it‘s got beautiful parts amid a lot of nonsense and I‘m very impatient when it comes to that sort of thing. I believe she helped to edit it as well as writing the introduction, which I imagine was a monumental task! 2w
Centique That‘s such an interesting article! 2w
batsy @Centique I enjoyed it, too! Love reading about how writers construct themselves as a subject, whether in autofiction or diaries. 2w
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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It's been a week, so I'm sorry again for my tardiness! Finished my re-read of Tam Lin & loved it even more this time; progressed with the fascinating King Lear & made a tiny dent in Dracula!


💀 To finish Act 3 of King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong
🧛🏽‍♀️ Continue with the Dracula buddy read; I'm getting increasingly nervous for Jonathan!
👛 Read the required sections of A Lost Lady for #catherbuddyread


batsy Found that Wordsworth edition of Dracula at a book sale a couple years back; falls under the "so bad it's good" cover category ? 2w
Cinfhen That cover is pretty perfect 👌🏾 this book is FULL of tension!!! I‘ve been on the edge of my seat a few times already🧛‍♂️ 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not a fan of the Dracula cover! 🙅‍♀️😂 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘m getting nowhere with King Lear! How are you finding it? I haven‘t seen much posts on the read along? 2w
JennyM Hang in there lovely. Hope you‘re ok 😘 2w
sudi I have the same wordsworth edition but it has a different picture, this one feels more suited to this book. 2w
batsy @Cinfhen It is quite gripping even at the start and I'm enjoying the writing so far! 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm 😂 @sudi These black Wordsworth covers are pretty strange but I like this toothy face as well, I have to say! 😁 I realised there was another cover for this edition when I checked Goodreads. 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I'm enjoying it very much! But it requires a lot of concentration. @GingerAntics posts a weekly catch up and discussion :) 2w
batsy @JennyM Thank you, you're too sweet! ❤️ Just a bit busy and hectic, is all :) 2w
Cathythoughts Well done 👍❤️ 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy, happy to be on track a bit 😁❤️ 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I kept searching using the hashtag but couldn‘t find many posts on King Lear or any on the discussions. No wonder..her profile is set private. I need to follow her. 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Oh, I didn't realise that! 2w
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The Terror: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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My face when I realise no one is coming to #rescueme 😬

I liked the first season of TV adaptation of The Terror, a show based on the historical slash horror novel about the doomed 1845 Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Doom, death, ice, & the terror that stalks them.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I LOVE doomed expedition memoirs and novels!! #WhatsWrongWithMe 😝 (edited) 3w
batsy @Cinfhen I love them too! #nothingiswrong #werefine 😎 3w
Cinfhen Hahaha love the hashtags!!! 3w
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The Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
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Gorgeously-written portrait of an artist as a woman and her devotion to a life of #music , inspired by the opera singer Olive Fremstad.

So far, out of the Willa Cather novels I've read, this ranks as one of my favourites.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Nice review. Stacking. I‘ve only read My Antonia ... which I loved. 3w
batsy @Cathythoughts I definitely recommend O, Pioneers and this one! They form part of her Prairie Trilogy, along with My Antonia. Not an actual series, more like thematically linked books. Just beautiful 💜 3w
Cinfhen Lovely post 🎵 3w
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readordierachel Pretty cover 🕊 3w
emilyhaldi I have yet to read Willa Cather 🤭 3w
Latrelwhite I just finished My Ántonia!? (edited) 3w
batsy @Cinfhen 💙 3w
batsy @readordierachel The Vintage editions are pretty :) 3w
batsy @emilyhaldi Plenty of time to discover 😁 3w
batsy @Latrelwhite How did you like it? 🙂 3w
CarolynM Great choice 3w
batsy @CarolynM Thanks! 3w
Latrelwhite @batsy loved it! I plan on reading them all.😊 3w
kspenmoll Beautiful cover 3w
batsy @kspenmoll It's not the one I own but I agree, it's lovely! 2w
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Tam Lin | Pamela Dean
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I #cherish this book & it has held up to several re-readings. It's basically my fantasy of academia. Set in the 1970s in a small liberal arts college, people genuinely quote Shakespeare & Pope & Aristophanes & Keats at each other & discuss books & art with the seriousness they deserve. It's the 70s, so no one suffers from screen damage. They genuinely REMEMBER quotes! To add to that, dark fairy lore & Scottish ballads. Perfect. #MOVember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts This sounds good ... I‘m not into YA ... but I‘ve taken a screenshot as it may come in handy for #booked2020 👍😁... I hear the prompts are coming our way soon (edited) 3w
Cinfhen Did you get a sneak peek @Cathythoughts this book will definitely work for a #booked2020 prompt!!!!! 3w
Cinfhen Great photo and review @batsy 💚 3w
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen No sneak peek 🙈. Glad I mentioned it now though (edited) 3w
Chrissyreadit I read this in the 80‘s, but sadly do not remember the story. 3w
batsy @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen LOL you two 😁 I've been doing buddy reads and no challenges this year but look forward to seeing the prompts unveiled! 3w
batsy @Cinfhen Thank you 😘 3w
batsy @Chrissyreadit The nice part is I always forget certain elements of the plot as well, so it's always a pleasure to rediscover particular aspects 🙂 3w
readordierachel Sold and #stacked 🧡 3w
Centique That sounds fantastic. Stacked! 3w
Graywacke Intrigued... and, for what it‘s worth I‘ve never heard of this and would have glanced past the cover and title without a second thought without your review. But sounds really good... 3w
batsy @Graywacke It's a pretty terrible cover! 😆 There's another edition that's much prettier. The novel is very much in the fantasy vein, but I love it the most for the detailed and obsessive conversations about literature by the undergrads who think reading means something. A novel like that won't be written in 2019, I think. It'll be seen as quaint and way too nerdy! 2w
Graywacke @batsy a novel of its time. The fantasy implication of the cover turned me off. But after reading your review, which was of interest and did not leaveany sense of fantasy, I looked up more info. I‘m definitely interested. Onto the infinite list ...☺️ it‘s a big list...it goes. 2w
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Tam Lin | Pamela Dean
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I'm pretty late with this but I love the idea of a #weeklyforecast @Cinfhen 💜

🎃 I'm hoping to finish my reread of Tam Lin to coincide with Halloween & the end of October. I love this book 🥰

🎃 Need to finish Act 2 of King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong It's dense & complex & good!

🎃 Hoping to welcome November by taking a bite out of Dracula 🧛🏽‍♂️😬😂 My first time reading it & I'm looking forward! @erzascarletbookgasm @Sace @LapReader

Cinfhen Never too late to share your #WeeklyForecast 🧛‍♂️ 3w
RachelO Well that sounds fun! 3w
merelybookish I just ordered a copy of Tam Lin! Read it a few years ago and then purged it in a Kondo fit of tidying up. (I guess it didn't spark joy that day.) But have been wanting to re-read it lately, so purchased a new copy. 😬 3w
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Sace This will be my first time for Dracula too! 3w
batsy @Cinfhen 🙂 3w
batsy @RachelO I'm looking forward to this week of reading :) 3w
batsy @merelybookish I hope it sparks joy this time around! 😆 But I get that it's the kind of book that might drive some people nuts if they don't like the excessive talkiness about literature 😬 3w
batsy @Sace Yay! 🦇 3w
Cinfhen Hahahahaha @merelybookish glad you got your spark back ✨⚡️✨⚡️✨ 3w
merelybookish I did like it. But it didn't seem like a keeper that day...but I've been thinking about it for a while. 🤷 obviously Kondo's method doesn't work for wafflers like me. 3w
merelybookish @Cinfhen Thanks! 😀 3w
Earlene I am trying to finish Dracula before Halloween. First time reading it and I am enjoying it. 3w
batsy @merelybookish I'm too much of a waffler for the Kondo method, as well! That's probably why I need it the most but it's never going to work 😆 3w
batsy @Earlene I'm glad to hear that! I've been keen to read it for so long but didn't manage to fit it in for October. 3w
rubyslippersreads @batsy @merelybookish I‘ve had Tam Lin on my TBR for ages. Maybe in 2020. 3w
batsy @rubyslippersreads 😁🤞🏽 3w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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This is a qualified pick, & a bit of a weird one. I expected to love it when I first started, but like @BarbaraBB I found the writing crowded, or overcooked in parts, with excessive foreshadowing. I saw the 1st twist coming. But I found certain narrative strands & the ending quite brilliant. Not the kind of psychological chills I get from Shirley Jackson or even Henry James, but still, compelling & grotesque. #nyrbbookclub @LeahBergen @vivastory

batsy I will admit that I didn't warm to the frequent references to the sly, up-to-no-good "Asiatic look" ? And on that note, is it just me or does the man on the cover look like a young unsmiling Jamie Oliver? ? ? I'm looking forward to the discussion!
vivastory Great review! I agree about some uncomfortable stereotypes. This was a reread for me & I enjoyed it more the second time around. It does have a very claustrophobic, crowded feeling to it. 4w
pigeonsandcrows @batsy Absolutely about the Jamie Oliver- I thought that when I read this a while back! 4w
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not happy with the ‘Asiatic look‘ reference either and now that you mention about JO...I can‘t get that off my mind! 😆 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Btw, have a great Deepavali ! 💕 4w
LeahBergen @batsy YES! That‘s who that cover reminds me of exactly! 4w
BarbaraBB Great review. And I‘m glad you mention Jamie Oliver, I kept wondering of whom the boy on the cover reminded me! 👨‍🍳 (edited) 4w
batsy @vivastory Thank you! It does seem like the kind of book that will reward re-readings. There's a lot going on even at the level of the language. 4w
batsy @pigeonsandcrows @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I'm glad I'm not the only one who kept looking at it and thinking of it as the Jamie Oliver book 😆 4w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you, friend! ❤️ 4w
Aimeesue I'm def using Jamie's recipe for sandwiches for the discush. 😂 4w
batsy @Aimeesue 😂😂 4w
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A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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Good #bookmail day 🙂 Got my copies for both the #catherbuddyread and #NYRBbookclub

Tanisha_A Oh my god - these editions. 😭 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Soooo pretty! 😍😍 1mo
saresmoore Beautiful! 1mo
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Graywacke Gorgeous pair. (And yay, Cather! 👏 ) 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A @erzascarletbookgasm @saresmoore @Graywacke Was lovely to come home to these 🙂 1mo
readordierachel 😍😍😍 1mo
Centique Ohhh they‘re so pretty! 1mo
LeahBergen Pretty! 😍😍😍 1mo
TrishB They‘re gorgeous ♥️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads Those covers! 😍 I didn‘t even know there was a #catherbuddyread. 4w
youneverarrived Beauties 😍 3w
batsy @youneverarrived They make me happy 😁 3w
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A Double Life | Karolina Pavlova
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I enjoyed this 19th-century comedy of manners about the marriage market. Witty & bleakly humorous with an intriguing style. The prose & poetry sections depict young Cecily's "double life"—her corseted/cosseted real-life, interspersed with the verse that she writes alone at night when she feels free. The comparison to Jane Austen is inevitable, but the anger Pavlova feels about the condition of women is more readily felt in the writing. #netgalley

batsy Translated from Russian by Barbara Heldt, this also has the distinction of being a *short* Russian novel 😆 1mo
readordierachel You had me at "short" ? Also, what a great cover! 1mo
LeahBergen Intrigued! 1mo
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The House Next Door | Anne Rivers Siddons
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I only learned about this book after the author's recent death. It's the perfect follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House. It's unnerving & progressively creepy/sad, & without revealing too much it raises questions about class war & 70s suburbia. It's like WASPy horror/Southern Gothic; the fear of the outside invading a life of comfort. The story is a slow-burn; reads like cosy middlebrow fiction about the well-to-do, then smacks you in the face.

batsy I love the incongruity of this cover and the actual story. 1mo
Cathythoughts Your review has sold me ... stacking 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads I didn‘t realize she‘d died. I read a lot of her books years ago, but I think I missed this one. 1mo
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KathyWheeler Stephen King said this was one of the best haunted house books he‘d ever read. I‘d never heard of it until then. I liked it too. 1mo
cathipink What a fantastic review - never would have gotten any of this vibe from the cover or title. I'll be looking for this one! 1mo
Lcsmcat What @cathipink said. I‘ve read Siddons back n the day too, @rubyslippersreads , but hadn‘t heard of this one. Stacked. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I like the sound of it! 👍 That cover would have fooled me. 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @cathipink @Lcsmcat @erzascarletbookgasm I hope you guys like it if you give it a go! 🙂 One of those stories that kind of stay with you for awhile, and kind of a different take on the haunted house trope. 1mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads I've heard of her but have never read any of her books; I know she used to be very popular. Only found out about this one because of twitter :) 1mo
batsy @KathyWheeler Oh, that's cool! I think I saw a blurb by him on one of the editions I looked at online but didn't know that he said that. 1mo
saresmoore Lady, you know how to make me read a book! 1mo
KathyWheeler @batsy He wrote a non-fiction book about horror fiction — Danse Macabre. He talks about that book in there. 1mo
LeahBergen I read this years ago! And another great review. 😘😘 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you 💜 1mo
Reggie How funny, I was checking out a list of the 10 best haunted house books earlier tonight and this was on there. I admit I laughed a bit because of the cover but now your intriguing review has made me stack it. (edited) 1mo
batsy @Reggie I know, I hadn't heard of this before but now that I've googled it I see that it's very well-regarded. I laughed at the cover too! And then story is just like, WHAM SHIT GOT REAL. Lol 1mo
mcipher I *love* this book - I think I‘ve read it half a dozen times! Her others are pretty standard sweeping Southern family/romance, but this one is so different and so very creepy and unsettling. I really want to read it again now!! 1mo
Sace Your post reminded me I had one of her books on my shelf. Peachtree Road is very different but I read a page yesterday and I loved the writing. 1mo
batsy @mcipher I love hearing that! This seems to be the only horror/creepy book she's written, if I'm not mistaken? It's so well done from start to finish! 1mo
batsy @Sace Yes, it seems like the rest of her oeuvre is pretty different from this one haunted house book ? I enjoyed the slow, meticulous build-up of her writing. Very detailed but not "crowded". 1mo
rohit-sawant This has been on my radar ever since I read about it in King's Danse Macabre and it kinda took a back seat, as often happens, but reading your review has catapulted it to the front again. Wow. 🙌🏼 3w
batsy @rohit-sawant I'd love to know what you think of it! It's just so weird and strange and there's a lot of stuff percolating in the book's "unconscious" mind, if that makes sense. I was thrilled to learn that SK rated it quite highly ? 3w
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A Double Life | Karolina Pavlova
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So says a mother of her daughter of a marriageable age. 19th-century Russian aristocratic mothers give some of the Jane Austen mothers a run for their money!

(The truth about whether Cécile is "exactly what I wanted to make of her" is of course more complicated ?)

Cathythoughts Oh Mother !!! (edited) 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Indeed! 😅😬 1mo
Izai.Amorim I've met quite a few of these mothers in Brazil. 1mo
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batsy @Izai.Amorim Same here in these parts! 1mo
charl08 Yikes! 1mo
batsy @charl08 All of the mother's designs have fallen apart in spectacular fashion and I don't want to say that this is like a Russian Jane Austen, but it kind of is! 1mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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In addition to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, Jane Eyre—one of the greatest books ever—was also published on this day. The 16th of October ... what a monumental day for #spinsterlit 🖤🙌🏽

batsy Obviously I'm ignoring the whole, "Reader, I married him" bit ? 1mo
Sace I came to Jane late in life, but I loved it. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great anniversary ❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Cathythoughts I need to read this again.... 1mo
vivastory Obviously October 16 should be renamed Spinster Literature Day. I'd sign that petition. 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Love love love!! Thanks for posting about this 1mo
LeahBergen What a day, indeed!! 😍😍 1mo
merelybookish Excellent! 1mo
Readswithcoffee @Sace I am reading Jane Eyre for the first time right now, also late in life! 1mo
Sace @vivastory I'd sign it too! 1mo
Sace @Readswithcoffee are you enjoying it? 1mo
saresmoore 🙌 1mo
Readswithcoffee @Sace Absolutely! 1mo
batsy @Sace @Readswithcoffee Happy to hear that! Every age is the right one to discover Jane Eyre, I think, but I might be biased 🙂 1mo
batsy @vivastory I am absolutely on board 😆 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts I need to revisit it again, too 💜 1mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I'm beginning to realise that this is exactly the kind of book I love/crave. Pitch-perfect existential horror. A masterpiece, really. The utter terror of the unknown in every human psyche. That, combined with who knows what exactly is *out there*. I was riveted from start to finish & knew I was in the hands of a master. Family, individuality, guilt, love, burdens. Her writing itself feels haunted, layered with meaning. #spinsterlit #femalegothic

batsy I just learned on twitter that it was published 60 years ago today. Happy birthday to this brilliant mindfuck of a book. 1mo
Billypar After 'We Have Always Lived in the Castle' I'm ready for more Jackson - this sounds excellent. And speaking of existential horror - I'm in the middle of Oyeyemi's 'White is for Witching' and loving it. Scarier to me in many ways than straight horror. 1mo
Tanisha_A Gosh! Just so tempted to buy it right now. Brilliant review! 1mo
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Aimeesue Shirley Jackson! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
emilyhaldi 🖤 1mo
Cathythoughts Excellent review! I loved this too ♥️👍🏻 1mo
Lcsmcat Great review! 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Yes! Such a fan 1mo
batsy @Billypar I loved Castle! These are two masterpieces by Jackson 💜 And that Oyeyemi book sounds like my kind of jam so I'll definitely add it to the list, thank you! 1mo
LeahBergen Wonderful review of a wonderful book!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I‘ve always remembered the sentence fragment, “Hill House, not sane...” 🖤🖤🖤 1mo
andrew61 Great review - i read it last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Reminds me to try and pick up another by her soon in library. Interesting life as well. 1mo
Centique I‘m going to have to read this despite being a terrible sook (is that term known everywhere?) I love creepy and I can do dark - but only if there are some breaks in the atmosphere to allow me to breathe! 🤞🤞 1mo
saresmoore Ooh, such a good review! Must read ASAP! 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you! And yes, great phrase! The way the house itself is characterised is unforgettable. 1mo
batsy @andrew61 Thank you! I loved We Have Always Lived in the Castle as well, if you haven't read that. And I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. You're right about her life being interesting—the Ruth Franklin bio seems good! 1mo
batsy @Centique No, that's the first time I'm hearing it! That's a cool word! I'm going to use it 😆 It's more psychological terror than anything but Jackson is a writer who keeps things weird and strange at all times. There are moments of respite, I think, that makes it all the more compelling/sad/scary. 1mo
batsy @saresmoore Thank you, Sara! 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique Sook is a word I only hear from east coast Canadians, mostly Newfoundlanders. I love it! 😄 1mo
Centique @LeahBergen @batsy and if you want to add some syllables you can say “what a sooky lala” which is more or less the same, probably extra soft and nervous 😂😂 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique I‘m going to use that! 😆 1mo
batsy @Centique @LeahBergen That's perfect! I'm tickled because it's a Malaysian slang thing to end sentences with a "la" for emphasis ? 1mo
Centique @batsy oh yes! I learnt two phrases from my friends mum and they both end in la. I think they‘re both super rude though 😂😂 1mo
readordierachel Love this review! You've inspired me to pick this up next. Tis the season, after all 🙃 1mo
batsy @readordierachel Thank you! And it absolutely is 👻 1mo
Graywacke She really was a master, and she shows it so well here, fully in control. Brilliant book. It's especially good on audio, too. 1mo
batsy @Graywacke Yup, agreed ❤️ I'm not very good with audiobooks because I really struggle to pay attention, but I can imagine it must have been intensely creepy as a listening experience too! 1mo
Graywacke @batsy I was more entertained than creeped out. 🙂 Well, I was a little concerned who would do what. But mainly my inner skeptic demanded rational explanations and, to her credit, it still works that way. 1mo
rohit-sawant 'brilliant mindfuck of a book' should be the official blurb 😄 So glad you enjoyed this! 3w
batsy @rohit-sawant Haha, thanks Rohit! I'm a Shirley girl for life now just on the strength of the two books I've read; she's amazing! 3w
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The Tempest | William Shakespeare
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A marvellous play; it dazzled & enchanted me even if certain parts were frustrating. Many layers at work re: the nature of magic/art, philosophy, politics & underneath it all, the ugly aspects of society that when seen through modern eyes can't be explained away (patriarchal power, colonialism, racism). Shakespeare is always interesting because in a lot of his plays these opposing forces & tensions are constantly in argument. #shakespearereadalong

Cathythoughts Such a lovely review, you have a way with words Suba ♥️beautifully put 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts You're so sweet, Cathy! Thank you ❤️ 1mo
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QuintusMarcus There are some awesome movie adaptations, if you are interested. Prospero‘s Books is superb but hard to find; the 2010 movie with Helen Mirren as Prospero is also excellent. 1mo
merelybookish Wonderful review! As you say, so many relevant themes and SO MUCH brilliant language. The last act blew me away. Thanks for joining us for another #shakespearereadalong! And I'm still up to read the Cesaire version. Just need to get a copy. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Fabulous review! I need to read the last Act but I know I‘m liking it more than Midsummer. 1mo
Graywacke ❤️ your review. Marvelous and frustrating indeed. 1mo
rohit-sawant Been meaning to check out this and King Lear for sometime now. Will definitely try and get to this sooner after your brilliant review! 🙌🏼 1mo
readordierachel Great review 💙 1mo
batsy @QuintusMarcus I'd love to check these out, thank you for the recs! I'd forgotten about Helen Mirren's Prospero! 1mo
batsy @merelybookish Thank you! My copy of Cesaire's play recently arrived so just let me know when you want to read it, I'm good to go. This is one of those plays that's making me seek out supplementary reading. 1mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thanks Rohit, this is to me one of his more memorable ones & it's quite amazing to see how he pulls it off. Join us for the King Lear readalong if you want :) 1mo
rohit-sawant @batsy I'd love that! 1mo
batsy @rohit-sawant It'll be hosted by @GingerAntics next :) Would you like her to tag you for the schedule and updates when she posts? 1mo
rohit-sawant @batsy Absolutely, looking forward to it. 😀 1mo
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“If anyone take away this book, let him die the death; let him be fried in a pan; let the falling sickness and fever size him; let him be broken on the wheel, and hanged. Amen.”

The scribes of yore would have been pleased to find Litsy, I think 😂 An older article on medieval curses to protect one's books, brought to my attention by Vox: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/protect-your-library-the-medieval-way-with...

BarbaraBB Lol 😂 1mo
rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 1mo
Centique And a pox upon my neighbour who hasn‘t returned half a dozen books .... 😂😂 1mo
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Susannah Precisely. This is exactly what I want when I loan a book and never get it back. 1mo
Tanisha_A Bahahaha! I will use that on a note slyly inserted in the book while lending to people. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great post 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
batsy @BarbaraBB @rohit-sawant @Centique @Susannah @Tanisha_A Isn't it perfect! Just a threat like "Let him die the death" sounds so ominous ? 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts 😁😘 1mo
LeahBergen I shall paint this quote upon my library door. 😆 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen 😂😂 1mo
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Sarah Jane | James Sallis
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I didn't know who James Sallis was, but I've learned that he has written MANY books & one was turned into the movie, Drive (haven't seen). It's nice to come out of my cave now & then! The air is fresh! Lol

I requested this on a whim & have no idea how to describe it, but its raw & tender humanity gripped me. Poetic, existential noir minus a conventional crime plot. Vivid characters & a fine slice of small-town USA. Superbly written. #netgalley

LeahBergen 👋🏻 *Waving from my cave 😆😆 1mo
Tanisha_A @LeahBergen Joining @LeahBergen in saying hi from my cave. 🤪 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen @Tanisha_A 👋🏽👋🏽 Hi neighbours! Meet in about an hour to forage for food? 😆😆 1mo
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Cathythoughts Stacked 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
saresmoore I don‘t know about all that fresh air. I‘ve lit a nice candle in the cave and I feel pretty content... The book sounds great, though! 1mo
batsy @Cathythoughts 👍🏽 1mo
batsy @saresmoore Candles and cosy lighting lure me back to the cave, without a doubt 😂 1mo
Tonton James Sallis is so good!One of my favorite authors. 1mo
readordierachel Who knew?? I have seen Drive. It's good, if a little violent. 1mo
batsy @Tonton That's great! I'm looking forward to checking out his other books. Any in particular you'd recommend? 1mo
batsy @readordierachel Drive has been on my to-be-watched forever 😂 1mo
Sace Drive was a great movie. I love my cave and I hate when I have to leave it. 😭 1mo
Tonton @batsy Start with his Lew Griffith series!First one is The Long Legged Fly. Ex-teacher private eye/fixer on the loose in New Orleans. Also has another series (John Turner), first is Cypress Grove、I reviewed on Litsy. Lovely spare writing. (edited) 1mo
batsy @Sace I feel you! 😆 I've heard lots of good stuff about Drive, I will watch it soon. 1mo
batsy @Tonton Thank you! I'm making a list :) His writing is really something. 1mo
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Holy #spinsterlit, Henry James! The Turn of the Screw is definitely not the frightening story I expected it to be, though it was disquieting & troubling in many aspects. Victorian morality, childhood innocence, claustrophobia, hysteria, & displaced feelings all converge in this deliberately cryptic, ambiguous tale. James' ornate, labyrinthine sentences will either drive you nuts or make you ignore your phone & read with rapt attention 🙃

4 ⭐

batsy The intro to this edition says that Oscar Wilde described this as "a most wonderful, lurid, poisonous little tale" which is quite lovely. Lurid & poisonous ... yes. (Pic above because that child on the Cadbury tin disturbs me a little ?) 1mo
TrishB 😂 that child is a bit disturbing!! 1mo
quirkyreader Does this one have the light green spine. 1mo
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Billypar I just finished Daisy Miller, but I think I would have liked this better! 1mo
teainthelibrary Haha I love the hashtag #spinsterlit :) 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll stay away from that child on the tin! 😂 Thanks for reminding me of Henry James..will read it for this month. 🙂 1mo
Nute I must remember to call his sentence structure ornate and labyrinthine...this makes me smile. I love it! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review.... “ ornate labyrinthine sentences “ I love this description. I read Washington Square years ago & put in on kindle to read again .... 1mo
Leftcoastzen I love your review , you nailed his style ,sometimes I have read him, soft smile on my face, wrapped in a blanket of his subtle detailed description of another era, his era, where a touch of a mans gloved hand to the sleeve of a young woman‘s coat held great significance.I have not read everything, love The American ,Washington Square, & The Golden Bowl (it was a wow for me)I have not read “Screw” or “Miller” because teachers make you read those😂 1mo
batsy @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm Something there behind that smile 😆 1mo
batsy @quirkyreader No, it doesn't. Just the same white as the cover. 1mo
batsy @Billypar I need to read that one! 1mo
batsy @Nute @Cathythoughts Haha, yes his sentences are twisty, turny, elaborate things 🙂 1mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen Haha! Assigned reading can be a bummer sometimes 😆 I love your description of how it feels like to read him! ❤️ Every moment definitely feels significant; my brain needs to adjust from the way in which it takes in stuff these days on the internet to a different mode of engagement. 1mo
Ruthiella I‘ve heard his style gets more and more labyrinthine as his books progress in publication. I read The Wings of the Dove a few months ago and had to read it seemed every sentence twice if not three or four times! 😣 1mo
LeahBergen Isn‘t it a bizarre read?? 😮 1mo
batsy @Ruthiella Oh, that seems quite difficult! That's why I've been holding off on the long books. I feel like I will need some undisturbed time. Henry James seems like a vacation read, but not a beach one, more like an isolated cabin by the woods-type read 😆 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen So weird and strange! 1mo
LeahBergen You might be interested in this book I just bought last week. I‘m hoping to get to it soon! 1mo
Graywacke Love that Oscar Wilde quote. Great review. James intimates me. I would need more than a vacation to get to him. (But, I still hope to!) 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Ooh, thank you! Never heard of it & sounds great. Such a shame it seems to be out of print. Look forward to hearing what you think of it. I'm also keen to check out this one 1mo
batsy @Graywacke Thank you! He is intimidating indeed. 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen The Litsy blurb doesn't say it but apparently Florence & Giles is a take on the Turn of the Screw. 1mo
Sace I read this about 20 years ago and I don't remember a thing about it but those long, labyrinthine sentences that drove me nuts. It wasn't a fun experience for me. 1mo
batsy @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I can definitely understand that! I find with him I have to be in the right frame of mind and have lots of uninterrupted reading time. 1mo
twohectobooks Very late to this party but chiming in anyway. I‘ve read five James novels now, plus this and Daisy Miller which I think fall into the novella category. My love/hate is a 50/50 split for what I‘ve read so far, and sadly this one was on the hate side. I ended up reading it twice, first on my own and then for a class. The second time I appreciated it more but still hated it. Glad you enjoyed though! 1mo
batsy @twohectobooks I've only read this one and Washington Square so far, I think! I'm trying to remember if I've read anything else but I don't think so 😆 I enjoyed both. He does seem to be a pretty divisive author. 1mo
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The Hound of Death | Agatha Christie
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I'm continuing on with the #agathachristieclub where I left off. This is a collection of stories about the strange & supernatural. The standout from this is "The Witness for the Prosecution" which deviates from the general spooky theme. My first time reading the story—an excellent example of a tightly-constructed mystery short with a twist. The rest of the stories here often have potential & eerie atmosphere but fall short with silly endings. ⬇️

batsy I mostly enjoyed "The Red Signal", "Wireless", & "The Lamp". The last story, "SOS" started out so well with an off-kilter Shirley Jackson vibe that devolved into B-grade Wilkie Collins ☹️ I think, though I'm not sure, that these are some of Christie's early stories. The Mysterious Mr. Quin still sets the bar for a story collection by Christie that I enjoyed from start to finish. 2mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to watch the most recent TV movie of Witness For the Prosecution. Have you seen it? 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen No, not yet. Now that I've read the story I'm really keen to see how it was adapted! Lots of good reviews, too. 2mo
ferskner This is one not available in the US - the cover is really fun! 1w
batsy @ferskner I'm realising there's several different (perhaps overlapping) UK & US collections of stories! The Facsimile edition cover for this one is really cool 👍🏽 1w
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Trying to sort out my October reading...

Spooky month so want to read ALL of the spooky books.

#Victober & I love Victorian novels & I want to read ALL of Victorian lit.

The Tempest is so interesting for #ShakespeareReadAlong & want to read ALL of the Tempest retellings while it's fresh in my mind.

The Secret Commonwealth comes out & I want to reread the trilogy & FINALLY get around to Book of Dust.

So clearly I'll read none of these 🤣

Cathythoughts 😂 Scary 😱😂I just got this one on my kindle - Litsy recommendation- sounds good too 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Yes, I just added that to my TBR because I saw it here! And when I say added to my TBR I mean that most sincerely 😂😂 2mo
saresmoore 😂😜 I just love this post! And I feel your pain! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Oh yes just looked up The Secret Commonwealth 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. I‘ve only read Northern Lights though .... Victober ... love it 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😄 and the images! 😂 @Cathythoughts I‘ll most probably read that book this month. 🤞 2mo
saresmoore @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I just put This House is Haunted on hold at the library! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Do we ever get to read all the books we want to read in any given month 😂?? 2mo
Tanisha_A Just so apt! 😆 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts The His Dark Materials series is beautiful, Cathy! But I read it so long ago and need a refresher before the new books :) Victober started out on BookTube ... Fun idea for sure 🥳 📚📚 2mo
batsy @saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm @Tanisha_A Those images just speak to my soul when it comes to deciding what the heck to read from my infinite TBR 😅 2mo
batsy @ValerieAndBooks True! 😆 Usually I'm not too fussed about planning my reads for the month but October always rolls around with so many fun challenges and I'm always like yes this this and yes THIS TOO 😂👻📚 2mo
GingerAntics Isn‘t that how it always works out? lol I gave up making plans a long time ago. lol 2mo
batsy @GingerAntics Yup, par for the course where I'm concerned 😂 2mo
GingerAntics I do so well with plans for other things, but with reading they seem to hinder more than anything else. 2mo
LeahBergen What the hell is that thing? 😂😂 2mo
youneverarrived 😂😂😂 2mo
saresmoore Also, what @LeahBergen said! What IS it? 2mo
Redwritinghood @saresmoore @LeahBergen I tried to look it up and I think it‘s a cat, but take it from me - don‘t do a Google search unless you‘re prepared to see even creepier stuff. 😱😱 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen @saresmoore 😂😂😂 This originated on twitter I think and it's good that they have a place to describe where memes come from https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/persian-cat-room-guardian?full=1 @Redwritinghood I used to think it was a monkey 🙈 2mo
Liz_M For Tempest retellings, I recommend Indigo by Marina Warner. 2mo
batsy @Liz_M Thank you! That was one of the books I was interested in. I've read her essays and one of her nonfic books and really enjoyed them. 2mo
sprainedbrain This post is hilarious. You win Litsy today! 😂😂😂 2mo
Centique Yeeessssh that thing is freaky! 😂 I‘m reading The Subtle Knife to my son at the moment, we‘re loving it - my first time reading the series too 😍 I feel your pain about wanting to read All The Things! 2mo
batsy @sprainedbrain thank you! 😂😂 2mo
batsy @Centique The eternal pain of the bookish! ❤️ I'm glad you're enjoying The Subtle Knife with your son! When I read it I just remember being transported, and utterly enchanted... I'm craving that feeling again. 2mo
GatheringBooks currently arranging my bookshelves and keep setting aside books i want to read nownownow until they are enough to fill that shelf. 😱🤷🏽‍♀️ 2mo
batsy @GatheringBooks I feel that! 😆 Good luck with setting up your new home library! 2mo
Graywacke Come on, you have all month. Think of the possibilities! 😂 Reader optimism! 2mo
Graywacke That knowyourmeme page is terrific. !! 2mo
batsy @Graywacke 😂😂 Reader optimism is how I got into this pickle!! Yes, that page is great. I'm officially of the age where I need explainer for memes 👵🏽 2mo
Graywacke @batsy I think I‘m past that age... 2mo
readordierachel This collage is everything 😆 2mo
rubyslippersreads Whatever that thing is, it perfectly captures the feeling of not being able to stick to a reading plan! 😹 I haven‘t even read La Belle Sauvage yet, so I can‘t even think about 2mo
batsy @readordierachel 😼😸 2mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads I haven't read La Belle Sauvage either. I remember buying it when it was released (two years ago I think?) and posting about it here, saying I was going to attempt to read it then 🤣 2mo
britt_brooke 🤣🤣 2mo
Lindy ... 😳that is a scary white creature, perfect for October‘s spooky atmosphere. I‘m not familiar with the Persian cat room guardian meme and I am definitely NOT going googling. I don‘t want nightmares. 1mo
batsy @Lindy 😼😸 1mo
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Shame: A Novel | Salman Rushdie
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Well, that's hurtful 😂

vivastory I feel judged 😂😂 2mo
lovelybookshelf 😂😂 2mo
BarbaraBB Haha! Now I don‘t dare use the expression anymore! While it can be so sincere 😂 2mo
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AshleyHoss820 Aaahahaha!!! I‘m applying aloe to the affected area because I‘ve been burned...😂🤣💀 2mo
Ruthiella Oh no! 😱 2mo
LeahBergen Baha! 2mo
BiblioLitten 😬😆 2mo
Ddzmini Yes🙌🏽 I saw this girl reading the same book I am reading today... I almost said 👋 but I chickened out 😖 2mo
Tanisha_A Love it! 😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB I know right! Here on Litsy we're very sincere about this 😂😂 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB We are! 😀 2mo
hes7 😂😂😂 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I feel personally attacked! 2mo
Owlizabeth Ouch! 2mo
rabbitprincess Ahaha 💯 accurate 😂 2mo
Centique 😂😂 whenever I stack books on Litsy I think - this might just be me being hopeful. 🤣 2mo
rubyslippersreads Sad but true. 😏 2mo
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The Last | Hanna Jameson
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This is an interesting yet frustrating book. It's an apocalyptic locked-room mystery, but the mystery is the least compelling aspect. The most chilling & compelling thing is what's commonplace & human: how to live together after the worst has happened. The trauma, fear, paranoia, & stress were vivid & easily imaginable, seeing where our world is headed. I found the book thoughtful & atmospheric & as expected, filled with persistent dread. ⬇️

batsy I think the mystery was superfluous & the story was already compelling with its focus on the psychological & philosophical aspects of life after the supposed end of life. I gave it 3 ⭐ because of how it tried to do too much to the detriment of its characters & their story arcs, but it's a definite pick for me. I was engrossed & disturbed. And as someone mentioned on Twitter about this book, historiography dies last, so yay for the humanities 🙃 2mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2mo
mcipher You make it sound so compelling! I‘m curious about this one and I‘m stacking it to check out. 😊 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm The power of your review..even though you gave it 3 stars, you make others want to read it! 👏 2mo
batsy @TrishB Thank you! 🙂 2mo
batsy @mcipher It's an interesting read that I'm still thinking about! But it seems to be marketed as a mystery when it's not quite that. I hope you find it worth your while if you give it a try :) 2mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Jessie ❤️ I realise I used the word "compelling" like 5 times, so I guess I found it pretty compelling ? 2mo
Reggie I totally cosign what @erzascarletbookgasm said cause stacked. However, I don‘t know if I can trust you again after The Laws of the Skies. Lol jk. Oof the week long slump was real after that one. 2mo
Cathythoughts Excellent review 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
batsy @Reggie 😂😂 I promise this is nowhere near the territory of Laws of the Skies! 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you ❤️ 2mo
rohit-sawant Obviously stacking this 😄 1mo
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Much like the picture book on Frida Kahlo, the artwork in this book is gorgeous. I love the way van Gogh's art is incorporated into the colourful visual narrative. His story is a sad one of course & though the words are simple, I read the end with a lump in my throat. Suicide is not mentioned at all & I thought the ending was handled well. In the case of questions, parents/caregivers can decide how much to share with the child who's reading this.

Bookwomble Have you seen the animated film "Loving Vincent"? It's a beautifully rendered biopic, each animation cell painted in van Gogh's style. http://lovingvincent.com 2mo
Bookwomble It's on Netflix (in the UK, at least). 2mo
batsy @Bookwomble Thank you for the rec! It's not on Netflix Malaysia unfortunately, but I definitely want to watch it. I've heard only good things and it looks really beautiful 🙂 2mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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I love how @vivastory described this as an "impressionistic scrapbook". Also Susan Sontag's blurb: " a novel of mental weather". I'll borrow from John Berger to subtitle this, "Ways of Seeing". A novel of fragments like prose poetry. Autofiction in which the narrator reveals herself through her moods, memories, & ways of seeing the world, propelled by Hardwick's glinting, probing intelligence. Every sentence a scalpel. I loved it ? #NYRBbookclub

Cathythoughts Excellent review ✨ 2mo
KateFulfordAuthor Great review thanks 2mo
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saresmoore Lovely review! I still haven‘t read it. 😬 2mo
Suet624 Again with a brilliant review! Yes to everything you‘ve described. 2mo
youneverarrived Great review 👌 everything you said is spot on. 2mo
vivastory Fantastic review!! Sontag's description of mental weather really jumped out at me as well. I'm glad you liked it! 2mo
batsy @saresmoore Thank you Sara, I'd love to know what you think of it! 2mo
batsy @Suet624 @youneverarrived @vivastory Thank you! I look forward to our discussion 🙂 2mo
merelybookish She was doing autofiction before it was even a thing! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. You liked it so much more than I did. I read it early September and have a hard time even remembering what she was talking about... 🙈 2mo
batsy @merelybookish She was! It's pretty amazing. 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Haha ? It's a book of moods. I really like Sontag's "mental weather" blurb. Quite hard to remember in terms of characters or events, more like memories and sensations. If that makes sense ? I confess I think I'll find it quite hard to discuss! 2mo
rohit-sawant It's always delightful to catch up on your posts. Terrific review! 1mo
batsy @rohit-sawant Thank you, Rohit! It's good to see you back :) 1mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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It's off to a very intriguing start for me :)

#NYRBbookclub @youneverarrived @vivastory

Ruthiella Totally intriguing! It‘s setting the reader up but what comes next...I‘m stacking this!😀 2mo
vivastory I have to say that I am really loving it so far. I just finished part 3 & there is a lovely meditation/remembrance on Billie Holiday. As a die hard Holiday fan I was thrilled. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I really liked that part too. 2mo
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batsy @Ruthiella It's so far composed of fragments of thoughts, moods, memories, and may not lead to anything, but so far I love the way her mind works through her writing :) @Leftcoastzen 2mo
batsy @vivastory I'm just going into Part 3 & looking forward to that bit. Her writing is winning me over. 2mo
emilyhaldi Yay! Happy you‘re liking it. The fragments were a bit too... fragmented for me 🙃 2mo
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi That‘s how I felt, too! 😆 2mo
youneverarrived Glad you‘re liking it! Have to say I‘m loving it. I‘m on Part 5. 2mo
Suet624 I have scads of post it notes throughout. 2mo
batsy @youneverarrived I think I've moved on to the "love" camp as well ? 2mo
batsy @Suet624 It's impossible not to stop and think at almost every other sentence. Such a slim book but the reading is going slower than I expected, and in a good way. 2mo
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One of Ours | Willa Cather
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Cather's sensitivity & acuteness in portraying individuals at war with the norms of society are as complex & heartbreaking as ever. What draws me to her is the exquisite grace & effortlessness of her prose coupled with that sense of empathy. The first half was a 5-star read. The war section was interesting for how Claude retreated into the background—which I think was a way of showing how he needed that sense of melting into a greater whole. ⬇️

batsy I have some reservations about the war section that I haven't fully figured out. It's less, I think, about the writing of it, but the sensibility. The strange gloss of romance & idealisation of war & the American soldiers felt a bit like propaganda, but is it because it's from Claude's naive perspective? Despite those issues, the beauty & meaning of this book are complex & compelling as it always is with her writing. #catherbuddyread @Graywacke 2mo
Lcsmcat It did feel like two different books, didn‘t it. I had different issues with the last part, but didn‘t find it pro-war. I felt it was Claude‘s idealistic perspective. She kind of spells it out at the very end when his mother is thinking that she‘s almost glad he died in battle rather than coming home, realizing that it wasn‘t a glorious cause, and killing himself like so many others did. I‘m looking forward to the discussion this weekend! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I love that cover! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review & yes, beautiful cover 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow - Willa Cather, WWI - I need this! Stacked! 2mo
Graywacke Always love your reviews. Will be thinking about these as I finish up, especially the “gloss”. 2mo
batsy @Lcsmcat Yes! It did feel like two different halves & that to me was interesting. How inward & unhappy Claude was before he joined the war effort & the communal sense of the narrative, in a way, after he did. You make a great point about Mrs Wheeler's observation at the end. I think the text does show a lot of tension between various positions on the war & the various ways of memorialising. 2mo
batsy @TheAromaofBooks @Cathythoughts Thank you & yes, the Vintage editions of Cather's books are very pretty ❤️ 2mo
batsy @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I'm slowly making my way through her books thanks to the buddy reads & appreciating her writing more & more 🙂💜 2mo
batsy @Graywacke Thank you! I look forward to your thoughts once you're done & to the discussion with the group. 2mo
readordierachel Fabulous review, as always 💕 Once again you've made me wonder why I haven't read her yet. 2mo
CarolynM I'm still catching up, but enjoying the read🙂 Excellent review, as always. (edited) 2mo
batsy @readordierachel Thank you! ❤️ She's been a wonderful discovery for me :) 2mo
batsy @CarolynM Thank you :) I look forward to our discussion! 2mo
Graywacke @batsy @Lcsmcat ( @CarolynM ) These comments mean a lot more coming back to them after finishing. First - Basty - your comments are really elegant. Second, Linda - I totally agree about the end. Third - idealization of war, have thoughts on them. I‘ll come back to that. Need time to work them out. 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying her work so much. 2mo
batsy @Suet624 So glad I'm reading her, thanks to Litsy! ❤️ 2mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

I'm tagging anyone who wants to join in sharing favourite covers 💛

Severnmeadows Magical picture! 2mo
BiblioLitten Very cool! 2mo
Kalalalatja So cool! 2mo
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batsy @Severnmeadows @BiblioLitten @Kalalalatja I love that this challenge has made me "discover" the books that I have ? 2mo
Leftcoastzen I have this book and love the cover! Avon books did a great job in that era. 2mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen I'm not so familiar with Avon covers from that particular era but I'm going to look it up 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
arubabookwoman That was my intro to Latin American literature back in the late 70s/early 80s. I've also read several others by Amado that I liked a lot. 2mo
batsy @arubabookwoman Oh, that's good to hear! I'm embarrassed that I've had this for awhile and still haven't read it 😆 2mo
EricJames Ooh what is this??? 2mo
readordierachel LOVE 😍 2mo
batsy @EricJames A Brazilian novel that I've yet to read 🙈 2mo
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The Game: A Novel | A. S. Byatt
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CarolynM I love it!😍 2mo
LauraBeth This cover is beautiful! 2mo
Amiable Gorgeous one! Even though I have a snake phobia so it also kind of makes my skin crawl a bit. 😬😀 (edited) 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely cover! 2mo
batsy @Amiable I totally get that 😅 2mo
Simona Wow❣️BEAUTIFUL❣️ 2mo
Simona ... and of course - I want it. 2mo
batsy @Simona The detail in this gives me great pleasure ❤️ 2mo
sudi Lovely 😍 2mo
GatheringBooks i didn‘t even know this book by byatt existed! gorge cover indeed 2mo
Nute Amazing! 2mo
Ruthiella Lovely! I have a Byatt cover coming up too!😀 2mo
LeahBergen So pretty! 2mo
batsy @GatheringBooks I think it can be a polarising book for its depiction of vicious human characters, so as usual when it comes to books like that I loved it 😂 2mo
batsy @Ruthiella Ooh, yay! 2mo
Centique Would you look at that! 😍😍😍 2mo
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2mo
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Margaret the First: A Novel | Danielle Dutton
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@twohectobooks please join us in posting favourite covers if you're up for it :)

Lcsmcat Ooh, I like what they did with this one. 2mo
batsy @Lcsmcat Yes ❤️ 2mo
vivastory I feel like a publisher could easily scroll through this hashtag & compile a book of the greatest book designs with our selections. I know I'd buy a copy! Great choice! 2mo
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Cathythoughts ♥️♥️nice 2mo
Leftcoastzen Wonderful cover! 2mo
Moray_Reads Such a beautiful cover 2mo
LauraAndTaraAndBooks Love this cover...I had been planning on doing it tomorrow! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous cover 2mo
Megabooks Great cover! 2mo
batsy @vivastory Right? I'm having such a great time seeing everyone's selections! 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen @Moray_Reads @LauraAndTaraAndBooks @erzascarletbookgasm @Megabooks The delicate detail of the title as a necklace is so perfect 😍 2mo
Nute Yes! So beautiful! I wish that I had remembered this one!😊Perfect choice, Ms. Subashini! 2mo
Tanisha_A I loveeeee that blue feather! 2mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2mo
readordierachel Oh, yes 😍😍 2mo
batsy @Nute Thank you, Kimberley! 🙂 2mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Perfect detail, isn't it 😍 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen @readordierachel I've been coveting this book for so long I was so happy to find it at the discount store 😁 2mo
CarolynM 😍😍😍 2mo
twohectobooks Thanks for thinking of me! Saw this when you posted and have been racking my brain for potential covers. Should have something to post soon. 2mo
batsy @twohectobooks No worries! It should be fun and stress free so I hope I didn't impose :) 2mo
GatheringBooks deceptively simple but truly effective. 2mo
Centique I have this on my TBR - it looks sooooo good! 2mo
twohectobooks @batsy not at all! 2mo
batsy @Centique Right? At some point I should read it 😆 2mo
BiblioLitten There‘s something about that cover.💙💙 2mo
batsy @BiblioLitten I love it so much! 2mo
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