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Emilymdxn

Emilymdxn

Joined March 2018

Bi hufflepuff who believes in a better world 💛💖💜💙 insta @emilymdxn goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/30587927-emily
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Pickpick

I try not to overuse the phrase ‘essential reading‘ but this is the definition of essential. From a US writer but containing lots on Europe too, this is a warning against right wing populism and exploration of political issues but most strikingly an ode to the possibilities of what an equitable world can achieve through global movement. Poignant to read on the eve of this election.

#wintergames #merryreaders #impulseread @Clwojick @StayCurious

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘ve had my eye on this one, and I‘ve also mixed it up with This Land Is Their Land, which I also want to read! 5h
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I managed to find a nutcracker in a German deli I was walking past! Wasn‘t expecting to be able to tick this prompt off lol! #wintergames #merryreaders #selfiescavengerhunt @Clwojick @StayCurious

marleed I love watching you tick your boxes! 5h
Clwojick woohoo! 16 pt 53m
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Last Man in Tower | Aravind Adiga
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I didn‘t dislike this but I also didn‘t get into it as much as I hoped, I wasn‘t as big a fan as the white tiger. The ending was poignant, the issues were important but I didn‘t get into the characters very strongly and the attitudes to disabled people made me uncomfortable even tho it was unsympathetic characters saying those things, I just didn‘t want to listen to those remarks.

#tbrread #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 16 pt 54m
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#twofortuesday @TheSpineView

1. Definitely! I‘ve got a lot more into non fiction though I still read over half fiction, and politics has become a lot more important to me which has been reflected in my reading. Maybe that‘s me getting older or maybe it reflects what‘s happened in uk and international politics this decade.

2. Jane Eyre forever. She‘s been inspiring me to be true to my principles since I was about 11yo

TheSpineView Happy Tuesday! Thanks for playing! 😊 15h
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#top10ofthedecade #nfedition

My top ten NF reads of the decade were all books that had the capacity to be too depressing but were too important not to love, and all my hope for the future comes from writers like this speaking truth to power and sharing it with the world. I managed to keep Naomi Klein to just 2 of the 10 but the list was almost only her! Here‘s to another decade of powerful writers changing the world

Suet624 Great list!! 15h
Cinfhen Fantastic list!!! Hoping to get to some of these next year 12h
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One of today‘s #kindledailydeal books in the uk is a good pick with our election just days away. I feel sick every time I think about boris and what he and his cronies have done to us, and what they will do. The fight isn‘t gonna end anytime soon in the uk, or the us or any of the many countries with leaders in the boris mould or worse. I‘m very tired pals. Keeping reading and educating and advocating where we can is all we can do I guess.

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Freespirit I feel for you. I can only hope Boris is voted out. We have problems with poor leadership here in Australia too...can't believe people vote for such destructive leaders! 17h
DGRachel Seeing these waves of nationalist leaders voted into power across the globe makes me ill, but it also makes me wonder when the next round of violent revolutions is going to hit... 14h
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Here‘s my best effort for the happy holidays word finding challenge for #wintergames! Kept me entertained on the bus this morning! I got to 35 which I‘m very happy with! #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

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#xmastreecontest I have a tiny wooden tree and a large cheeseplant (Mr Cheesy) not sure which I should count! When I get to my parents there‘ll be a proper tree, and the one at work is lovely, but I‘m proud of these cause they‘re the first that have ever been mine and my bf‘s. We can‘t afford to decorate and atm were mainly doing election campaigning not Xmas stuff but it‘s still our first one.

#wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Liz_M One memorable Christmas when I was older (pre-teenish) my mum couldn't be bothered with an actual tree and instead put lights on all the houseplants (including one that looked a lot like the guy in your picture). It was lovely. 1d
Tamra Been there! The tinfoil star my husband made with a cardboard toilet paper roll has graced the tops of our Xmas trees for 32 years now. Those are fond memories, enjoy making them! 1d
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Had to get a bit creative with my #selfiescavengerhunt entries as I don‘t have much in the way of decorations myself! These outdoor Christmas lights have been ‘borrowed‘ for the challenge from the lit up wreaths outside one of my fave delis in borough market! Next step: read by light of Christmas tree in my office foyer lol. #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

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Looks what‘s finally ready to go out! Unfortunately I don‘t think I can quite count this as a holiday craft but here‘s all my holiday cards for my #merryreaders team ready to begin their mostly airmail journeys tomorrow. I checked the Royal Mail final delivery dates for Christmas in North America and I think these should arrive in time! #wintergames @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick Can't wait! 1 pt. 1d
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Finally got around to my first #selfiescavengerhunt post for #wintergames! This is my first (and only) Christmas ornament. My boyfriend and I just moved into one room of a quite small flat and didn‘t have room or money for any decorations but my mum gave us this so that we could technically say we have a tree. So this is our Christmas tree for this year... all 25cm of it 💖

EadieB Very cute! 2d
AmyK1 Adorable! 2d
Clwojick I would say that should also count for “standing beside a snowman”too. 🙃 2d
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Emilymdxn @Clwojick if eight very tiny snowmen count! 2d
Bookwomble That's a cute tree 🎄😊 Our first Christmas tree was a coat stand with tinsel and lights wrapped round it! 2d
marleed Cute. It‘s way more fun to enjoy a tree that fits in your space than to walk sideways around a big tree anticipating the day you can toss it out of your space! 2d
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Fantastic book that has got me fascinated by Sufi mysticism - a beautiful, loving, peaceful part of Islam you can go decades in Britain without hearing a word about apparently 🙄 this was such a poignant inspiring story about a woman who thought it was too late to change her life, and the lives of the 13th century mystics who impacted her 700 years later, as well as a gorgeous romance.

#tbrread #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Graywacke I‘ll start her latest on audio soon. Looking forward to finally getting to one of her books. This sounds terrific. 2d
Emilymdxn Hey @Clwojick just checking you got this one for points! You must have so many comments to respond to! 16h
Emilymdxn @Graywacke is that 12 minutes 48 seconds? I read that earlier this year fantastic book! 16h
Graywacke @Emilymdxn yes. Have it downloaded 15h
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My first #festiveread for #wintergames! Even tho I didn‘t love every single story, I‘m very glad I read this collection for such a new perspective on both Christmas stories and African American writing. This had stories from the 1880s to well into the 20th century covering a lot of aspects of black lives in America that I don‘t see represented much, with so many perspectives on Christmas and the holidays.

#merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 21 pt 3d
BookInMyHands Yay! I‘m reading this right now. 3d
Tamra Want to read! 3d
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Ghosts of Christmas Past: A chilling collection of modern and classic Christmas ghost stories | Neil Gaiman, M. R. James, Kelly Link, Muriel Spark, Robert Aickman, E. F. Benson, Louis de Bernieres, E. Nesbit, Jenn Ashworth, Jerome K. Jerome, L. P. Hartley, Frank Cowper, Bernard Capes
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Few minutes with my Becoming journal and a book of Christmas ghost stories I got from the shop at work (I don‘t normally read a lot of Christmas books but the globe is knocking it out of the park with the selection this year!) before meeting a friend for lunch. The becoming journal is great and very thoughtful too - I feared it would be a cynical cash grab but it‘s actually rly lovely.

TrishB That journal is on my Christmas list! 4d
veritysalter I‘ve got Ghosts of Christmas Past in my TBR, I‘m saving it for Christmas Eve 🎅🏻 4d
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Pigeon English | Stephen Kelman
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Mixed litsy rating but I‘d urge you to try it! 11yo boy moves from Ghana and makes sense of London, his housing estate, and a murder the police don‘t care about. This is one of few books that does a child‘s narration in an adult book well, with some magic realism elements that some found odd but I was very here for. The slang could be a barrier to immersion but it works great on audio.

#wintergames #tbrread #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

rachaich I really appreciated this. I believe it's on some GSCE syllabus. 5d
zezeki I've read this one a few years ago, and I absolutely loved it!! Broke my heart a little bit. 5d
Emilymdxn @rachaich that‘s really interesting! I think it would work well for a gcse text (tho I hope there‘d be some discussion around some homophobic language in there in a classroom). 5d
Emilymdxn @zezeki I‘m so glad you liked it too! I‘m a bit surprised the litsy rating was so low 5d
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I love a lot of things about my job including much more serious things than this but the chocolate hazelnut cookies the Globe sells are probably one of the best foods ever created and eating one on bankside in a big coat on a cold day is heaven. So I‘m firmly siding with sugar in #sugarorspice for the #festivephotochallenge

#wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

robinb Yummmm 😊 7d
TheAromaofBooks I wish you could fit one in the Christmas card envelopes!!! 6d
Clwojick Yummmm 2 pt 6d
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Bangkok Wakes to Rain | Pitchaya Sudbanthad
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Magical book from the #tob2020 longlist. I‘ve never read a book from Thailand before but this gave such a vivid, sensory impression of Bangkok I felt like I was living and breathing it so much. Intricate plotting and characterisation and such fantastic description, so many different aspects of life in Bangkok, if you like dense, evocative, melancholy cities this is for you.

#tbrread #merryreaders #wintergames @Clwojick @StayCurious

Billypar Sold! 6d
Suet624 I'm trying to read a bunch of the TOB list but time and money determine what I can get to. Thanks for letting me know this is one to seek out. 6d
Theaelizabet The NYT just named this book to its 2019 Notable Book list. It really sounds fascinating. 6d
Clwojick 16pts 6d
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@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

1. I don‘t really like Christmas music but I do have a lot of time for the Frozen and Frozen 2 soundtracks.

2. Sunset on the Thames yesterday! This is standing just west of Lambeth bridge looking west to Vauxhall. I live near here and got off the bus early to look at the sunset

3. Not one particular one really but I love cooking and baking at Christmas

4. I am this year for #wintergames!

TrishB Lovely pic 💜 7d
Crazeedi Beautiful photo 💞 7d
Eggs Serene-love this pic🥰 7d
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Im not very crafty but I‘ve had a go at something festive for #wintergames! Candles are one of the most important parts of Christmas to me - mum always lights dozens and the smell of candles IS Christmas imho. I used some old sample bathroom tiles in pastel colours and gave them felt undersides so they can be nice pastel candle coasters, you can just see under the tall candle. This is kinda a craft right?

#merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick yay for crafting! 6 pt. 6d
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For today‘s #festivephotochallenge I searched my LibraryThing for ‘naughty‘ and ‘nice‘ and found I‘d got exactly one of each (not including the adapted good omens script book which is kinda the same book) - looks like I‘m exactly balanced between the two!

#wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 2 pt 6d
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Holy privilege batman. Rather than teach me about minimalism, this just made me feel poor. She told me I can be debt free if I put my mind to it 😳 then she spent $3k on new furniture after decluttering cause her Balinese aesthetic wasn‘t working for her anymore. If I‘m positive I‘ll ‘attract money‘. My possessions fit in one room that I share mate. I‘m attracting money as hard as I can.

#tbrread #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

julesG Ouch! I hate such books. 1w
Emilymdxn @julesg it made me roll my eyes so hard 😬 1w
julesG Hope there's no permanent damage now. 🤪 1w
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RachelO Ugh! 1w
TheAromaofBooks I understand the theory of paring down unnecessary possessions, but also feel like a lot of minimalist books seem to think everyone has enough money to just buy new things when they need them - e.g. you don't fit in this shirt so just get rid of it and buy a new one if you lose/gain that 5lbs again... or I could keep it since I know I'll probably fit in it again after Christmas and don't want to spend the money over again?? 1w
Emilymdxn @TheAromaofBooks she also seems to think I‘ve been spending in really REALLY frivolous ways that I can‘t believe most people do. The book suggested I probably have bought 3 identical cheese graters without realising and have never touched 20% of the clothes in my wardrobe which seems really odd to me. 1w
TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, she's totally right! I would have so much more space and freedom if I ditched all of my cheese graters! Best tip ever! 🙄 1w
Emilymdxn @TheAromaofBooks we‘d all be debt free if it weren‘t for the cheese graters 1w
Clwojick 16 pt 1w
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94 points! This was fun lol, if I had kids or a pet I could have made it to 100. I think I have over 10,000 photos on my phone!

#wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

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Straight into my second holiday rom com of the evening! I wasn‘t expecting to fall in love with the princess switch so much?? I‘ve told my parents we have to watch it when im home for Christmas. Moving straight on to A Christmas Prince

#wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Scochrane26 Is the 3rd Christmas Prince on Netflix now? Those are so cheesy, but I like them. 1w
Clwojick 6 pts! 1w
Emilymdxn @Scochrane26 I didn‘t even know there was a second one! That‘s exciting! 1w
NovelGirl82 @Scochrane26 I forgot the third one was coming out!! 1w
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Evening in with The Princess Switch, my first Christmas movie of the #wintergames challenge. My boyfriend is out so I will be eating my microwave meal alone with a cheesy movie!

I think this counts as enough of a sappy romance for the #festivephotochallenge too right??

#merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick For sure! 7pts! 1w
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A truly bizarre book, I can honestly say I didn‘t predict any of the plot turns. I still don‘t know how I feel about the ending but I can definitely say it was a huge surprise. The ending was just... very unexpected and I may genuinely have nightmares about it. Not perfect but then I don‘t really like dystopian novels, and I think I enjoyed this about as much as I could enjoy one.

#tbrread #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 16pts 1w
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I loved this book tho I see why it‘s divided opinions. Part literary criticism of Russian and Uzbek literature, part funny memoir about travel and postgrad study, it maybe has quite narrow appeal but I learned SO much and am really inspired to go read some more Russian literature now. I can see how some things here were developed into The Idiot, which was one of my fave novels last year.

#tbrread #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 16pt 1w
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Well here‘s my this or that choices! Some I couldn‘t resist picking both... I‘ve never seen the grinch or elf, and Black Friday and cyber Monday aren‘t such a big thing in the uk I think. I will not be choosing between coffee and apple cider, I love them both too much.

Something I‘ve always meant to ask Americans... what IS eggnog? Like an alcoholic creamy drink with egg in? For Christmas?

#wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

StayCurious @Crazeedi yup! It‘s coming😋 ya‘ll are too fast for me! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Eggnog is... almost impossible to describe haha It's a sweet, creamy drink that does have eggs in it. It's not necessarily alcoholic, although some people do add brandy or rum or something like that to it. By itself it's thick and very rich. Do they seriously not sell it in the UK?? 1w
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Emilymdxn @thearomaofbooks ive only ever seen it on tv! I always thought it was like a frothy liqueur like baileys with egg in or something and wondered why anyone would ever drink it! 1w
Scochrane26 @Emilymdxn I‘ve never drank eggnog, it just sounds gross to me. You‘re right though, it is shown on tv shows a lot. And you really need to watch the old cartoon Grinch. Elf is pretty good, too. (edited) 1w
Clwojick Whatttt!? You REALLY need to watch Elf! It is laugh out loud funny! Hopefully the #WinterGames will inspire you to watching it this year. 6 pts 1w
TheAromaofBooks It's not bad to drink, but a little too rich for me to drink more than about one glass per year haha 1w
overtheedge I add Southern Comfort to eggnog..... 1w
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This is my first Christmas not living at home. My mum bought me and my bf matching advent calendars for the flat just like the ones I had at home when I was little which is the loveliest gesture ever. She also gave us a little wooden Christmas tree so we can ‘decorate‘ a bit, since we‘re both going back to our folks for Christmas and can‘t afford any decorations.

#wintergames #festivephotochallenge @StayCurious @Clwojick

StayCurious That is a sweet gesture! Don't forget to tag your team captain and your team name so you get your points added up:) (edited) 1w
Emilymdxn @StayCurious thank you! You‘re absolutely right I forgot #merryreaders - I think @Clwojick is my only team captain so that‘s slightly fewer ppl to tag for me 1w
TheAromaofBooks The most stressful part about these Winter Games is remember all the hashtags and tags!!! 😆

The advent calendar is pretty adorable. For several years we've been remodeling and putting up a regular tree and decorations hasn't been feasible, but it's always fun to at least put up a small tree and some garlands to keep things festive!!
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Emilymdxn @TheAromaofBooks I‘m with you on that!! Me and my boyfriend are both going back to our parents for the week of Christmas so we didn‘t think it made sense to spend money on decorating our flat, but I have a mini wooden tree now that will mean I can do a bit! 1w
Clwojick Your mom sounds like she‘s the best! Make sure to tell her she helped you gain an extra 2 points for the team. 😉 1w
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Winter Games | Tim Grundmann, Jim Jinkins
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@Clwojick @StayCurious #wintergames #merryreaders

So excited for this, I‘m so ready to be festive!

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2. 365 but I revised it to 300, which I should manage!
3. A book of Christmas ghost stories I got from the gift shop at work that I‘ve been looking forward to
4. I love cosy evenings, time with family, the food, mulling wine and cider, Christmas party season in glittery dresses, choosing and wrapping gifts, lighting candles, all of it!

StayCurious 289! Colour me impressed! 1w
Rbabyblue Omg that‘s impressive! How did you manage to read that many books? 1w
Jerdencon Oh my gosh! What an impressive number of books!!! 👏🏻 1w
Emilymdxn @staycurious @rbabyblue @jerdencon thank you! I guess I listen to a lot of audio and also I did a degree that meant I had to learn to read very quickly so I kinda kept that skill after I graduated 1w
Clwojick Way to go! I definitely think you‘ll be able to annihilate that revised reading goal. 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻 26pts! 1w
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1. One of the best novels ever written imho

2. Healing powers always, been my answer for years

3. Pisces with Leo ascendant apparently but idk exactly what that means

4. Dinner for my dads birthday at a Thai restaurant I‘ve been trying to get him to go to for ages!

5. Shall do 💖💖💖

OnlyYoo Lol the star, sun and moon signs always confuse me 2w
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Difficult day team. I had the day off work, turned my phone on after cinema to messages asking where I was after a shooting near my work. I wasn‘t anywhere nearby, and as far as I know no one from my work was in the immediate area it happened, so it could have been a lot worse but I‘m still feeling a bit shaken. Never thought I‘d use my work WhatsApp to check on everyone‘s safety. Feeling a bit shaken even tho I wasn‘t even close to any danger.

LiteraryinLititz Oh no, that‘s horrible. I‘m so glad you and your friends are ok, but of course it‘s such a scary and surreal feeling. Be kind to yourself as you get your feet under you again. 💜 2w
Emilymdxn @LiteraryinLititz it‘s really shit, I‘ve always believed and still do that London is a wonderful safe city - I‘ve never felt unsafe walking alone at night anywhere and the area the incident happened is so lovely and one I know so well, it‘s quite easy for British people to read foreign news about attacks and go ‘that doesn‘t happen here‘ and then it‘s such a shock when it does. 2w
TheSpineView That's terrible! Glad that you OK. 2w
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LiteraryinLititz @Emilymdxn Of course. I actually just got home last night from spending my honeymoon in England. We were at that exact spot on Tuesday. London was a wonderful place to visit and I am sending all my love to those of you who are living there and feeling shaken right now. 2w
Emilymdxn @TheSpineView @LiteraryinLititz thank you very much both - and I hope your honeymoon was fantastic! 2w
TrishB Was in London today and will be again tomorrow! It‘s always a worry. Glad you‘re safe ❤️ 2w
youneverarrived It‘s so awful. Glad you‘re ok 💛 2w
BarbaraBB Sounds scary! Glad you‘re safe! 2w
OnlyYoo Happy you‘re safe! Make sure to take care of yourself and I‘m always free to talk if you need it! 😊 2w
xicanti Oh crap. I‘m glad you‘re okay. 2w
CarolynM How horrible for you. Glad to hear you and your colleagues are safe. Take care. 2w
Kalalalatja So glad you are safe! 2w
NovelGirl82 I‘m so sorry. I‘m glad that you‘re safe and that you‘re colleagues are safe. Take care of you. 1w
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Paper Towns | Green, John
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Read my first John green in one day while feeling ill on my day off (which isn‘t fair). It‘s odd finally reading a book that‘s such a big part of pop culture - I feel like I already knew so much of it and almost didn‘t have to read it. But if I think about what it would have been like to read before it was such a big deal and if I‘d been younger I‘d have adored it so it‘s a pick.

Scochrane26 Back when John Green was new, my teens at camp often said this was their favorite of his books. 2w
NovelGirl82 This is my second favorite of his books, and the first one of his that I read. It‘s still an enjoyable re-read for me. 1w
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Two Caravans | Marina Lewycka
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I didn‘t love this as much as the Short History of Tractors but I did really enjoy it - same focus on how absurd Britain is seen from outside, juxtaposing a lot of different versions of Ukraine, same poignant humour. The UK needs more books about life in this country for immigrants, there‘s so little in bookshops about it.

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Amazingly this one absolutely lived up to the hype. A love letter to, dirty joke about, and eulogy for the NHS. I didn‘t honestly believe it could be both as funny and as poignant as people said but it did manage perfectly. I can‘t remember the last time I laughed so much at a book, but so much of it was so harrowing as well. I wish everyone in our government would read this and understand what we stand to lose if the NHS gets any weaker.

squirrelbrain I loved this one too - and your review is just perfect! 2w
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Hi Litsy family, I‘ve been feeling so down about the state of the world recently. Just now I was listening on audio about the state of the NHS in This Is Going To Hurt, while I saw an article about the tipping points we‘ve crossed to climate collapse, while getting ready for an election which I already know is going to be harrowing and I just felt like... how do people live through times like this? I‘m so young and there are littens here from...

Emilymdxn ... so many countries that have been through stuff worse than the uk, but it feels quite apocalyptic here right now. I don‘t know how I get up and go to work after an election where Boris stays prime minister. I‘m trying to keep optimistic like I know Rebecca Solnit and Naomi Klein would want me to, reminding myself my job makes a difference to children 40 hours a week, but living in Britain is just painful and exhausting 2w
Amiable I feel you. Living in America is painful and exhausting as well. Sending empathetic hugs. 😘 2w
MicheleinPhilly Sometimes it is necessary to put yourself on a news diet. I have whole days (usually on weekends) when I completely tune out. It will all still be there tomorrow. Your mental health is more important and constant outrage and despair is extraordinarily unhealthy. And if I‘ve had a particularly trying day at work, I skip the nightly news and watch that day‘s Ellen instead. Be well. xxx 2w
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Kaylamburson Hi Emily, I'm so sorry to hear it's been such a hard time and it continues to be. I'm truthfully ignorant about what's happening in the UK, but when I looked up Boris I was amused to see he looks frighteningly similar to Trump. Living in the US has been difficult, too, but at the end of the day you just have to focus on yourself and how you personally choose to live each day. The difference you personally make on a small scale is what matters. 2w
Bookwomble I remind myself that, despite the bad things, there are good people in the world doing good things: sounds like you are one of them Emily - keep making a difference 💗 2w
ljuliel I don‘t know much about how the government works in the UK. I‘m hoping you‘ll have an opportunity to vote to start making better changes in the future. I know we‘ve got a mess here in our own country. I‘ve done as @MicheleinPhilly . I never watch the news , but once in awhile, I check in for a few minutes online , then click it back off. It wasn‘t doing me any good to see and hear what was happening . A wise man no longer with us said 👇🏼👇🏼 (edited) 2w
ljuliel ☝🏼☝🏼that sometimes you need to “ make your world smaller” . When things become overwhelming by looking at the Big Picture, focus on small things. There are times like these ( for both our countries) , when we are powerless At The Moment. Think about your home, your family, your books, what‘s for supper, what‘s going on in here ..... just the small daily things. It helps a bit if you can do that. Thinking of you. 💕 (edited) 2w
Redwritinghood I know how you feel. 💕💕 2w
Librarybelle The world is so scary. It makes me so sad to see what is happening in the US. I do what others have mentioned - avoid the news and really only check headlines that pop up as alerts on my phone. It keeps me informed, but I‘m not as overwhelmed as I would be if I spent hours reading the news online. It‘s hard for me, but I try to focus on the positives, the small movements and happy stories that show there are still those who care. Deep breath! 💕 2w
arubabookwoman I‘m old- I lived through the riots of the 60‘s, Vietnam, and Watergate (Nixon). This is so much worse. However, I can‘t put my head in the sand, and feel I must keep up with it all and do what I can. I worry most, though, about my children and grandchildren and all the younger folks who I fear are going to see much worse before it gets better. Not very comforting for you I know, but please don‘t give up. The world needs people like you who care. 2w
Tamra @Amiable 👍🏾 2w
Tamra @MicheleinPhilly Facebook was definitely a source of anxiety for me because I had subscribed to so many news related pages. I don‘t use it anymore and it helped a lot. Now I get my news once or twice a day from reputable sources and I don‘t spend hours on it. 👍🏾 Echoing your news diet advice. Today we are simply inundated because of technology. 2w
CarolynM It's the same here in Australia. We recently re-elected a government that doesn't believe in climate change, or at least doesn't believe the scientific explanation for it. Our PM actually said that children shouldn't be caused "needless anxiety" about it! I just remind myself that progress often seems to be 2 steps forward, 1 step back and hopefully we're just in the stepping back part right now with 2 big leaps coming soon. 2w
Tamra @Kaylamburson yes to the small things that we can do in our personal corners of the world. 👍🏾 2w
MicheleinPhilly @Tamra FB is as bad as Twitter nowadays. And I‘m not just talking about your crackpot uncle that you can‘t unfriend. Too much clickbait and nonsense for knee jerk reactions. I have a few sources that I read (and I think READING the news is key) and avoid cable news completely. I‘m a big girl, I don‘t need others to parse and interpret and tell me how I should think/feel. 2w
ljuliel @arubabookwoman I‘m old too and was alive during all that you mentioned. I‘m wondering if things look worse today because we‘re older. When all the stuff you mentioned happened, I was a kid from a small town that had very limited exposure to what was happening news-wise. I was too busy being a kid , so knew those things happened , but they seemed far away. It seems closer now because I‘m older and don‘t have the ability to be distracted as easily 2w
arubabookwoman @ljuliel Maybe, but I was older and closer to some of these events. I was a college student in the late 60‘s. My BF (now husband) and I sweated draft #s. I was opposed to the war, involved in campus protests when Kent State happened. But I met many soldiers visiting my parents in Singapore, and it seemed opposites could talk. I was in law school during Watergate, & what Nixon did seems quaint compared to Trump. & facts were accepted as facts. (edited) 2w
ljuliel @arubabookwoman Yep, you were a bit older during these things. I was born in 58 . Vietnam ended before I was out of high school and we didn‘t know anyone who was sent. Nixon‘s shenanigans was also high school years. I was busy with school and friends and dating. I knew it happened but had my head in the clouds during most of this. As a kid, I seemed to have my head in the clouds most of the time. 2w
marleed I am so sorry. News in the US was also making me anxious. I had to stop cold turkey on cable news pundits who are paid to offer opinion. It‘s so much cheaper for a media stations (I hesitate to call that news) to pay a pundit than invest in research. I now focus on print and research. I tuned in for the impeachment proceeding but muted elected officials and concentrated on fact witnesses. I block politics from my social media. 2w
Megabooks The best thing I did was dump Facebook. Immediate sanity lift. The second thing I did was limit Twitter to 1-2 times a day. Third thing I did was limit my news searches to a few topics a week. Not everything. Fourth thing I did was dump the TV news 24 hour news cycle. They just talk and ramp stuff up. Read a newspaper or news site you trust once daily and leave it. 2w
Megabooks For non political reasons, I became suicidally depressed in 2017. I had to do these things to save my life. For a long time, I only read The Week when it came out. You can‘t be your best if you overwhelm yourself. Pick the issues you care most about and follow those. Take news breaks. Do what works for you and be involved when you can. 2w
Emilymdxn @MicheleinPhilly @Kaylamburson @Amiable @ljuliel @Redwritinghood @librarybelle @arubabookwoman @tamra @carolynm @marleed @megabooks thank you so much for your kind words everybody. It helps so much to know I‘m not alone and other ppl in other countries go through this too. I‘m trying to limit my media diet but it‘s hard when I‘m involved in campaigning with an election just around the corner 😬 I just want to get through it and hide over christmas 2w
Scochrane26 @Emilymdxn I think all these comments are right, & I know I have felt the same as you. I‘m in social work, so it comes up at work. We talk politics more at church, too, although not in sermons. My youth group & my kids in therapy (esp my Hispanic ones) have anxiety about the world. I think we just have to do what we can in our area. In youth group, we talk about what we can do locally. I saw a great quote today that I‘m going to post. 2w
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I‘ve wanted to read this ever since I saw the film and I really enjoyed it! I was surprised by how closely the film stuck to the book which isn‘t normally the case. Saroo was a wonderful narrator and it‘s an incredible story. I learned a lot about Calcutta, international adoption and Australia - a lot for one book! I was hoping for a bit more on Mantosh and his other family members but still a great book

marleed I loved this as a movie! 2w
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Wenceslas: A Christmas Poem | Carol Ann Duffy
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Chocolate cake!

2. I love all Carol Ann Duffy‘s little Christmas poetry books

3. I‘m lucky to say a lot - my boyfriend is the most fun person I‘ve ever met and is endlessly patient with me when I‘m anxious. I have a great relationship with my parents and a lot of friends, a supportive and fun team at work. Having so many people to be grateful for makes me very lucky

Eggs ❤️👏🏻📚💗 2w
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The Way We Eat Now | BEE. WILSON
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Really fascinating, sensitive, well written bit of food journalism about how lots of different bits of modern western globalised food culture contribute to people not knowing how to interact with food. I‘ve always had an odd relationship with food and I found it so helpful listening to this and knowing it‘s not just me being confused for no reason. If you struggle to navigate between ‘clean eating‘ and ‘junk‘ this might help

Lindy I enjoyed this too. There‘s a bit of overlap in the book I‘ve just finished: 2w
Emilymdxn @lindy fantastic! I love food writing like this, I‘ve stacked that and loved your posts about it 2w
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Payday = expensive bougie salad I can‘t afford and reading in the cafe over lunch 🥰🥰🥰 won‘t be able to treat myself like this many days in the run up to Christmas but it was lovely and luxurious today! Back to soup and leftovers at my desk tomorrow

marleed Oh enjoy! I just googled a bougie salad - sounds great! 2w
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I‘m happy with my overall time for #24b4monday - these three days I‘ve worked 8 hours, been to a work drinks, a date with my boyfriend, a bottomless brunch and pub crawl, done three loads of laundry, watched His Dark Materials, been canvassing for the Labour Party for the election for 2 hours, aaaand got fried chicken. Whew where‘s my weekend to recover from this weekend?? Not ready for work

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 Wow! What a weekend! Well done on the reading time you did get in. 2w
Megabooks Oh to be young again! I had that much energy in my 20s, but now, months from 40, I‘m just like yeah, 2 maybe 3 of those things. 😂😂 Seriously though, I hope and I‘m glad you‘re out there living a great life!!! ❤️❤️ 2w
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The Way We Eat Now | BEE. WILSON
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book on audio and The Possessed by Elif Batuman on kindle

2. On litsy Losing Earth and a couple other books about climate change, and in person Bluebeard‘s Egg by Margaret Atwood and a couple other books with fairy tale images for a friend who just loved the bloody chamber

3. Music - Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen or the National. Art - genuinely no idea, I‘m a beginner enjoying all of it atm

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I love the Impressionist period of art... but I also love how much art I‘ve been exposed to on Instagram. I‘ve found so many artists (especially women artists) who are working today through online challenges like #mermay (a mermaid a day in May) and #inktober (a drawing a day in ink in October) - it‘s amazing! 2w
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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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#24b4monday @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

Really valuable book covering a popular topic from a new angle for me. Kendi‘s way of thinking and writing reminded me of 60s and 70s thinkers on racism and it was fascinating seeing it applied to 2019. His writing about racism towards white people was a new way of looking at it that im glad I read, and the final essay I‘m not gong to spoil but it was Unbelievable. Highly recommended!

Andrew65 This is one I want to read seeing this review and a previous one earlier this week. Follows on nicely from Roots which I have just finished. 2w
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Snatching a few mins to read before I go celebrate a friend‘s birthday! It has a low litsy rating which I think is partly because it‘s marketed and promoted as a different kind of book than it is - it goes quite hardcore on literary criticism and is less of a memoir than the blurb wants you to think but if you want some theory combined with some memoir and some cultural criticism it‘s fantastic!

#24b4monday @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Hope you enjoy it and the birthday celebrations. 😊 3w
batsy I loved this! 3w
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#24b4monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

My grand reading total for yesterday - just under an hour lol, but I had an 8 hour workday followed by someone‘s leaving drinks followed by a date with my boyfriend so i did alright I think! Today I‘m going to get a tiny bit of reading in then I‘m heading to bottomless brunch for someone‘s birthday so just a bit today, hopefully more tomorrow 💛

Andrew65 You did well to get an hour in. 😳 3w
tpixie Wow busy, fun days! Enjoy what Reading time you have and enjoy the rest also!!! 🥳📚🥳 3w
jb72 You got more time in than me! So glad you joined us. 🎉 3w
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Bookleah Hi! I‘m new and so happy to find this community! Can someone explain the #24b4monday to my please? 2w
Emilymdxn @Bookleah totally! I think it‘s the last weekend of every month, the rough goal is to aim to read for 24 hours over Friday Saturday and Sunday and post about it using the hashtag. There‘s absolutely no pressure to do 24 tho, I normally aim for 4 or so and I‘ve only ever seen one or two people manage 24! It‘s super chill and fun and you should join in next month! If you follow the three hosts tagged in my post you can find out about the next one! 2w
Emilymdxn @bookleah it‘s a lovely community and I‘m happy to have you around! Comment on any of my or anyone else‘s posts if you‘re curious about more stuff, everyone is super friendly and helpful and we all love getting new people on board 2w
Bookleah Thank you! That‘s an intense goal but I love the motivation! I‘m now following you and the hosts;) Thanks again! Happy reading! @Emilymdxn 2w
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

1. Any type of coffee or tea, and cookies! Chocolate chip ideally but I‘ll take any

2. Know my name by Chanel Miller such a powerful, necessary book done so well

3. I‘m not from the US but I love the idea of celebrating thankfulness! I‘m grateful for having a job I love, for being able to live in London with my boyfriend who I love and have great fun with, and for access to books and new ideas

MoonWitch94 I love all of those! That book is on my list for sure. Those are such great blessings ☺️ 3w
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I‘ve got another very busy weekend on and don‘t know if I‘ll have much time to read, but I always love taking part in readathons so much! I‘m out for the evening on Friday, and at a friends birthday all day Saturday, potentially going to a political event on Sunday so not lots of time! I think I can maybe get to 5 hours so aiming for that!

#24b4monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 I‘m similar to you. Will struggle to fit reading time in. Good luck fir any time you do get in. 3w
sudi I wanted to particpate in the readathon, but i'm not sure i know the rules for it. Do we start new books or can we just read the books we have already started, but have procrastinating on reading them ? 3w
Emilymdxn @sudi hey! I‘ve always interpreted it as just reading whatever you have on at the moment, so my list above is two books I‘m halfway through and an audiobook and physical book I‘ve been meaning to start! I don‘t think there are any hard and fast rules 3w
sudi @Emilymdxn thanks, i've decided to give it a go. I was a little nervous cause i haven't done a readathon before. But that's just me, i'm nervous about everything 😆 3w
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Jazz | Toni Morrison
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As usual, Toni Morrison‘s prose just glitters it‘s so amazing to read. I do wish this had been a bit longer, I would have loved more time to settle into this writing and these people‘s lives but if my only complaint about a book is that it‘s too short it must have been good! The female characters were fantastic, she won the Nobel prize for very good reason.

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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America | Kekla Magoon, Jason Reynolds, Dhonielle Clayton, Tracey Baptiste, Brandy Colbert, Justina Ireland, Rita Williams-Garcia, Rene Watson, Lamar Giles, Coe Booth, Varian Johnson, Ibi Zoboi, Nic Stone, Tochi Onyebuchi, Liara Tamani, Jay Coles, Leah Henderson
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I‘ve never read YA short stories before but this was very enjoyable! As promised, this gave an enormous variety of visions of young black people‘s lives in America. Some were political, some not, some focused on family or romance. I loved how many of them were tiny bildungsromans that took me on a journey with the characters as they learned difficult, important things. I really recommend!

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#booked2020

I‘ve never done a booked challenge before but decided this is gonna be the year I make a start! Is it something i officially sign up for with a form or do I just start taking part in the new year?? I‘m factoring my winter choices into my new year reading planning already 🥰

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

MoonWitch94 I signed up, but haven‘t filled out the choices of my reads bc they need some investigation first. Plus, new books arise that might get filled in. 3w
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Glad you‘re joining us!! I will tag you on the post that has the sign up link 📚❣️🎉 3w
4thhouseontheleft Yep, there is a form! @Cinfhen seems to have you covered but let us know if you have any questions! 3w
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Emilymdxn @MoonWitch94 that‘s really helpful to hear thank you! 3w
Emilymdxn @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft thank you!!! Im really excited for this already I just wanna get started straight away, I love the prompts 3w
Cinfhen There‘s a lot of crossover between #Booked2020 & #PoP2020 so that‘s fun for planning 😉🥳 3w
TheAromaofBooks I've never done a challenge like this either, so 2020 will be a year of discovery for both of us!! 😁 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad you‘re joining in! ♥️👊🏻📚 3w
knt2tg When does this start? I have never done a challenge before. 3w
Emilymdxn @knt2ng hey! I think it started in the new year so January 1. If you go to the page of one of the people running the challenge (linked in my post) there‘s a sign up link and some more information! You should join in! I‘ve never done this challenge before either but it looks fun and you can take it super chill if you want 3w
4thhouseontheleft @knt2tg #Booked2020 is a seasonal challenge that will start on Jan 1 and run through the whole year. I will tag you on the post with the info! 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m going to try again, bc I was a massive fail this year!! 2w
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I don‘t think I have a bookish selfie on hand surprisingly! Here are some selfies of me from the last couple weeks and pics of bookshops I‘ve been to in London recently.

2. The “millennium” edition of Tolstoy fills a hundred volumes and weighs as much as a newborn beluga whale. From The Possessed by Elif Batuman

3. Cold and crisp winter day absolutely gorgeous in London!

Eggs Love the photos❤️❤️Thanks for joining in ❣️❣️ 3w
BarbaraBB Love the photos 😍 3w
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