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ephemeralwaltz

Joined September 2016

✨She/her ? "They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered." ? Currently reading...
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Completely forgot to review this after finishing it last week! This was recommended to me by one of my professors and although I had heard of it I had no idea how vast this memoir was.
It's written as a (love?) letter to his mother, both a perpetrator of violence against Laymon and at the same time his only protector. Laymon explores what violence (domestic, racist, systemic) does to a non-normative, black, obese body in America.

ephemeralwaltz It is devastating and brilliant, an unknown to me and unique voice. I recommend checking out his interviews and other events on YouTube. He is critical and intricate in both his thinking and writing. A real pleasure to have read! 4d
merelybookish I just finished this too! It was really powerful. And feels like required reading, especially for people in the US! 4d
readordierachel Great review 4d
ephemeralwaltz @merelybookish very! I'm glad you liked it. @readordierachel thank you!❤️ i hope you like it if you decide to read it. 4d
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August 2020! *screams*

Kalalalatja Fingers crossed it is good 🤞🤞🤞 2w
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja I hope it is 😭 4d
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The Queer Art of Failure | Judith Halberstam
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My nails are such a mood today 💛💛💛
#currentlyreading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love them 💛💛💛 2w
ephemeralwaltz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I never thought I'd wear this color! 2w
Kalalalatja I have a dress in this color, which I wear on the really dark, cold and energy lacking days. It is amazing what a pop of color can do for your mood 💛 2w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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All cozied up to beat this rainy day before going to work ☕

Sace Lovely! 3w
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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A YA that I actually enjoyed! A fast-paced thriller about Sadie, a girl who sets out to find the man that killed her younger sister, Mattie, after the hard life circumstances they've had to endure. At the same time, readers get a different perspective of the story, in the form of a true-crime podcast, whose host becomes obsessed with the girls' story and finding out what happened during Sadie's hunt... Beware, it gets dark.

Hollie I enjoyed this one also. The audio version was cool because they had a different person voice each character so it was easier to keep track. 3w
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@Reggie I loved this! @scripturient get ready.
An uncanny collection of unexpectedly interconnected stories that left me creeped out!! But they are as beautiful as they are unsettling and I'll be mesmerized these next few days, thinking about the talent behind this apparent simplicity. 🤯🤯🤯
#ScreamsbyMail #horrorpost #round2 @teebe

ephemeralwaltz Also, lovely to see it was on Carmen Maria Machado's list of recommended reads shared by Strand bookstore --> https://www.strandbooks.com/carmen-machado-bookshelf?utm_content=bufferaa895&utm... 4w
Reggie Yayyy!!! I‘m so glad you liked it!!! 4w
ephemeralwaltz @Reggie very suprising! 4d
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Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Getting my Halloween on! 👻 I just breezed through this MG part-graphic novel part-diary novel in which two timelines, two formats and two lonely girls converge. Mary, in 1982, is a lonely orphan at Thornhill Institute whose troubles stem from something far worse than ghosts... Ella, in 2017, moves into a new house near the abandoned Thornhill but is sure that someone still lives there...
It's sweet, sad, creepy, beautiful 💔

ephemeralwaltz For more info, this awesome review article in the NYT --> For more info --> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/books/review/thornhill-pam-smy.html 4w
Sace I think this was a #blameitonlitsy purchase I made last year (or the year before?) I should try to find my copy. 4w
ephemeralwaltz @Sace definitely! 4w
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rather_be_reading ohhhh 😍 4w
Kalalalatja Sounds interesting! 4w
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, I don‘t usually like dual timelines like this but everything else sounds exactly up my alley. I‘ll have to give it a try! 4w
ephemeralwaltz @Clare-Dragonfly one is told solely through illustration and the other through diary entries so it makes it all the more gripping! 😘 4w
BekaReid This sounds intriguing! 4w
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Well, well, well! Congratulations to the winners. And congratulations especially to Evaristo for being the first black woman to be awarded the prize. I'm surprised that they broke the rules set 30+ years ago to not have any more joint prizes....
I'm really looking forward to reading Evaristo's work but did Atwood really deserve it this time? I haven't read The Testaments but I'm skeptical... Something smells fishy.
#BookerPrize2019

JacqMac I don‘t think she did. This surprised me. 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @JacqMac she didn't seem like a clear winner this year. Why they would decide to announce a joint prize just baffles me. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m skeptical too! 1mo
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Reviewsbylola Then again, I haven‘t read either one. 1mo
Kalalalatja I have read the Atwood, and while I enjoyed it, it didn‘t deserve to win 1mo
BarbaraBB I am VERY skeptical too. Like @Reviewsbylola I haven‘t read them but it feels like a set up from the beginning - the nomination of a not-yet-published book and all the buzz around it. 1mo
Cinfhen Disappointed that Atwood won. Evaristo deserved to be the sole winner 1mo
ephemeralwaltz Absolutely, I've been reading more about this and a lot of ex-Booker judges have commented on how much of a fail this year was. Why demerit Evaristo's work by splitting the prize with a (less-deserving, from what I've read/heard) novel that has sold enough copies on it's own after 30 years of picking just one winner? I'm very disappointed. 4w
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It's here! It's slim and it's calling to me so I hope to get to it this week 😍
#ScreamsbyMail #horrorpost
@danibolahood @Reggie @GatheringBooks @scripturient @BookishTrish @kamoorephoto

cathysaid When the first line in the description reads, “It‘s not just Murakami...” then I‘m sold! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm This is a good read 👍 1mo
GatheringBooks awesome! i breezed through the books i received from @scripturient but don‘t have the time to send them yet to @kamoorephoto probably early next week! :) enjoy the book! 1mo
Reggie I hope you like this!!! 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @Reggie I'm loving it! Literary fiction is more my thing :) 1mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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I think the time has come to finally read Beloved after loving so many other Toni Morrison novels... #currentlyreading

CarolynM I'm supposed to be reading this for my book group but I am putting it off 1mo
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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
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I finally picked this up because we talked about it in one of my American Studies classes that I'm taking and wow, was this an experience. A blending of poetry, visual collage, prose, memoir that takes a look at the problems that still permeate race relations in the 21st digital century in a society that boasts about calling itself and being "post-racial." A punch to the gut ?

ju.ca.no I‘m intrigued! 1mo
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Although incredibly written, these stories just didn't do it for me. Some of them were just a little too weird... but not is any way bad, I will still read anything she puts out there. These stories focus on the outcasts, those ostracized and alienated (however, always privileged) who are left in the margins to desire and long for "another world"...
Still a fan, still recommend!

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The Origin of Others | Toni Morrison
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Hooray! I got showered in confetti yesterday 🎉🎉🎉 I can't believe I've already finished my reading challenge in October- this has NEVER happened before 🎉

Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🥳🥳 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏👍🎉 1mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 1mo
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Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊 🎉 📚 📖 1mo
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Kalalalatja Woohoo! 🙌🙌 1mo
Andrew65 🙌🙌🙌👏👏👏👏 🍾 🥂 🥳😊👍 1mo
rather_be_reading congrats!! 👏👏🎉 4w
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My instagram feeds off of her energy. I need to read her soon #TBR

MrsMalaprop Oh my word, how have I not heard of her? Going to find her on Insta now. 🙏 1mo
DrawingSustenance Wow, she looks so alive! 1mo
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University | Bentley Little
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Hi everyone! I know my posting had been a bit on and off these last months and I just wanted to let you all know that I'm really sorry to have been so disconnected from Litsy. It's in moments like these, when my insecurities about the future flare up, that I realize how therapeutic being on this platform had been for me. So I'm hoping to be more engaged in the near future ❤️
I'm actually going through one of the best times of my life.. Cont. Below

ephemeralwaltz With 2 jobs in the bookworld, amazing support from friends old and new and I officially started a master's degree yesterday, in cultural studies and literature 🎉 It's been good to go back to school, and feel like there are exciting projects in the future. Sometimes these past months have been too much so I've also tried to focus mainlt on me and myself and self-care. I'm really grateful for all of my Litsy friends so thanks for sticking with me 1mo
ephemeralwaltz ❤️❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen That‘s so good to hear! 😘😘 1mo
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kamoorephoto Be good to yourself!!! I hope studies go well! 💓💓💓💓💓 1mo
rather_be_reading congrats on starting your Masters! 1mo
Stacypatrice 🥳💛 1mo
CarolynM Good luck with your studies. Keep taking care of you💕 1mo
Kalalalatja There‘s nothing wrong with taking a little break, as long as you come back 💕 good to hear things are going well! 1mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Tanisha_A Eeeee ❤️ 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @Stacypatrice @CarolynM @Kalalalatja @JoScho @Tanisha_A thanks for the love, darlings ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
ju.ca.no Congrats on starting your master‘s!! Sounds like something I would love to study as well, I‘m sure it will be super interessting and exciting! Enjoy😍😍 1mo
ephemeralwaltz @ju.ca.no Julia, thanks so much!❤️❤️❤️ it's officially called Representation of Cultural Identities - I'll keep sharing along the way! 😍 1mo
ju.ca.no @ephemeralwaltz that sounds so great!! Yes please do, I‘m looking foward to hearing more about it! 1mo
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The Origin of Others | Toni Morrison
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Anything Toni Morrison has written leaves me in awe. This was the first non-fiction of hers that I've read and I encourage you to pick it up because it is very slim and accessible. I would read it as a work of literary criticism though, she moves through Flannery O'Conner, Faulker, and her own work, among others to explore how the "other" has been narrated and constructed throughout space and time.
Coates' foreword is also brilliant.

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Reusing the photo for my last post for #covercrush 🔥 #7days7covers #day7
(I enjoy the cover way more than I did the actual book....)

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Approaching Eye Level | Vivian Gornick
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A beautiful collection of essays by the glorious Vivan Gornick. She doesn't stray too far from the topics that permeate her other texts: relationships between women and men, solitude, alienation, writing and communication. I flew through this, through her fresh prose, savoring each and every word.
⭐⭐⭐⭐

AlaMich It‘s a gorgeous cover! 1mo
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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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Lot: Stories | Bryan Washington
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#covercrush #7days7covers #day3
(If anyone who hasn't been tagged yet feels like playing along, consider yourself tagged. Just post a favorite cover every day for 7 days, no explanation needed!)

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Sharing some inside shots 😍

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Kalalalatja Pretty! 2mo
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Yesterday, waiting to hear Graeme Macrae Burnet talk about His Bloody Project. It was a fascinating conversation and he was so lovely!

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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By now you all know that an unknown bookshop displayed The Testaments by Atwood with "Booker Prize Winner" stickers a couple of days ago, when the prize winner is yet to be announced (mid-october)
I'm just sitting here, still wondering, how does this even happen though?! ?

mcctrish They are very hopeful 😆 2mo
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A Skinful of Shadows | Frances Hardinge
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#covercrush #7days7covers #day1
This is the Catalan edition for a Skinful of Shadows but I'm pretty sure this is the same cover as one of the English versions :) gorgeous!
#currentlyreading

@Kalalalatja @cleoh and @ju.ca.no thank you for tagging me! :P

cleoh Wow 😍 2mo
Jas16 I love this cover so much I am afraid to read the book in case it isn‘t worthy. 2mo
Kalalalatja Love this cover! 2mo
Tanisha_A Intricate! 2mo
ju.ca.no Really pretty! 2mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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My first read by Colson Whitehead. I was so drawn to the subject matter that I couldn't resist buying this one when it came out. Whitehead takes an infuriating piece of American history and fictionalizes it with respect, sensibility, and justice.
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thebluestocking Nice review. 💙 2mo
Tanisha_A Great review. 💜 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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😂😂😂😂😂

Tanisha_A Hahahah! 2mo
vivastory 😂😂😂 2mo
Trollkonstnaren Guilty as charged 🤐🤐😜😜😆😆😆 2mo
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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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Beginning so many and not finishing any #oops
#mygame #currentlyreading

Crazeedi I'm guilty🙄 2mo
AmyG Ha...I do that, too. 2mo
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SaturnDoo 🙈🙉🙊I'm guilty. 🤔 I need to have a personal readathon and challenge myself to finish them 🤣😂 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 2mo
ephemeralwaltz 💗@LeahBergen aaah thank you so much! 💗 2mo
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would but it is an impressive debut (@GatheringBooks I can see why you enjoyed it that much😍).
I admire the raw writing in this one on the forging of identity in relation to experience and pain. It is mystical and magical and tough.
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GatheringBooks i only saw the tag now!!! huhuhu. too bad it didn‘t resonate with you tho. i found it immensely powerful, and moving in a way that was unapologetic and alive. the pages breathed for me. 1mo
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A Child of Books | Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
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My #highlightoftheday for you (I just decided I'm going to make this a recurring hashtag)
I love everything that Oliver Jeffers creates. Art like this makes me happy to work in the children's section. This isn't just a picture book, it is so much more. A love letter to books, stories and the neverending world of imagination ❤️ *crying*

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I need this! 2mo
Tanisha_A ❤️ 2mo
Kalalalatja This is such a lovely book ❤️ 2mo
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I've been splurging too much this month but I regret nothing 🤗 #TBR

youneverarrived This is worth it. Such a good book. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @youneverarrived so glad to hear that! 2mo
Weaponxgirl I have this and I need to read it! 2mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Behind the scenes! 😂😂 #currentlyreading

LeahBergen 😆😆 3mo
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The Argonauts | Maggie Nelson
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I had a feeling I was going to devour this. Maggie Nelson journeys into the depths of self-awareness, and more importantly, self-examination to explore the limits of language and desire, the unconscious, deep-spread binaries we abide by, and the joys and fears about motherhood, family-making and queer identities. From Sedgwick and Winnicott to Preciado and Lacan, she uses the work of philosophers and artists to complete her personal reflections.

ephemeralwaltz Impressive! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 3mo
Bibliogeekery I love this cover! Mine is different (and not as nice). #queerbooks 3mo
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The Argonauts | Maggie Nelson
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This text is giving me so much.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Two more treats 😋

Tanisha_A 😍 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Tanisha_A that color combo! 3mo
Weaponxgirl Bastard out of Carolina, yet another of my owned tbr 😆 you always give me a stupid amount for my tbr and remind me of what I haven‘t been reading 2mo
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Finished this in the sun a few hours ago. I took my time with this one because I wasn't fully invested in it but I think I needed to read it in longer sittings than I did :( I didn't enjoy it as much as My Year of Rest... but Moshfegh is incredibly talented in atmospherically crafting peculiar protagonists. I can't wait to get to her short stories.
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readordierachel I felt the same about this one 3mo
Reggie So I put this on a lot of Eileen reviews but I just couldn‘t believe how deplorable she made her. Like when she says how interested she was in the boy‘s isolation waste bucket and then the next page talks about popping zits on her ex bf‘s back. Like was Eileen the prototype for the garbage pail kids?!!! Lol 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Reggie oh god I know 😂😂 I actually admire how deplorable the author actually made her. Sorry for the late reply lol!! We should do more literary buddy reads together - we have similar tastes! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @readordierachel we are bookish soulmates, I'm telling you! 2mo
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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My views while reading this were much better than the book itself. This was a rollercoaster for me: at times I thought it was enthralling and at times I thought it was bland and lacking. This wasn't the journalistic, feminist text I was expecting on female desire, although I admire the bluntness with which Taddeo writes. I also found the stories' weight in the book to be uneven, Maggie's stood out for me. Beware of VERY graphic sexual content🔞😂

britt_brooke Nice review! I agree; Maggie‘s stood out for me too. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @britt_brooke It was great, but it felt out of place with the other too. I don't fully understand the criteria she used to choose her three women.... And Maggie's story wasn't about her desire nor sex life lol 3mo
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squirrelbrain I agree with your review entirely. I felt that Maggie‘s story could have been a standalone book. And, being the accountant that I am, I worked out the split of the three women in the book - I just didn‘t want to own up to it before! 🤣 Maggie 45%, Lina 30%, Sloane 25% @britt_brooke (edited) 3mo
britt_brooke @ephemeralwaltz Great points! 3mo
britt_brooke @squirrelbrain 😆👏🏻 Accurate! 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @squirrelbrain I knew it!🤣 And Sloane's story could've been so good. @britt_brooke 3mo
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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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#beachread
Unpopular opinion: I always slightly struggle with McEwan's style but I'm glad I'm finally getting into and finishing this one.

scripturient I really liked this one. 😊 BTW, the #screamsbymail book got here on the weekend. Thank you!! 😘 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @scripturient yay!😘😘😘😘 3mo
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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"After Saachi left, the Ada sank even more into her books, by instinct, separating herself from this world and disappearing into others." #currentlyreading

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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RIP my queen ❤️ The tagged book opened a whole new world of literature to me and I will be forever grateful to be able to cherish her words. She is, above all, immortal.

Julsmarshall So true! 3mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️💔 3mo
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Tanisha_A Immortal. I have only read The Bluest Eye yet, but I am going to read everything by her, I know. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Tanisha_A I am so excited for you! The Bluest Eye is fantastic but her writing only gets better from there, like TBE on speed. It might be interesting to read her work in chronological order. Enjoy! We can buddyread sometime. I still have a few left :) 3mo
Kammbia1 I'm going to read Song of Solomon as a buddy read next month in honor of her passing. Looking forward to it....as this novel will be a re-read for me. 2mo
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This is so representative of my life lately 🤣🤣

Crazeedi ❤❤❤❤ 3mo
UnidragonFrag Yeah, pretty much! 3mo
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Beautiful! But how is it August already? 😱

PurpleyPumpkin I have been asking myself the same question all day! Honestly, I don't know where the year has gone so far.😳 3mo
Tanisha_A I know. 😱😭 3mo
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Closeup of the annotated Alice I got 😍😍

Tanisha_A Soooo pretty! 😍 3mo
ju.ca.no Oooh😍 3mo
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Second-hand haul from yesterday 🤗🤗 I already own Of Mice and Men but I couldn't resist this edition! + An ANNOTATED Alice 😍
Have you read any of these?

erzascarletbookgasm Loved the Steinbeck! ❤️💔 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice stack! 💕📚💕 3mo
Kalalalatja Great haul! 3mo
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Tanisha_A Ooh! Lovely! 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @erzascarletbookgasm too much 💔💔 3mo
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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This is exactly the kind of read that I needed. A flawless, original, daring narrative from multiple perspectives that explores too much for me to sum it all up here. I'm currently listening to a 2 hour interview with the author (from the podcast Between the Covers) and it is all the more rewarding to get a closer, intimate look into the intricacies of this read!
Outstanding ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kalalalatja Great review! 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja it doesn't tell you much, but thanks!! Enjoy! 3mo
Tanisha_A Ahhh! Great review. Going to buy this soon. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz @Tanisha_A excited for you!! 3mo
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Treated myself again with a most-anticipated read! Cover too gorgeous to resist. Will share my thoughts soon.

squirrelbrain @TrishB just sent me this one (but because she bailed on it 😬) so I shall be reading it soon too.... 3mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain the loves seem to be winning now 😁 3mo
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