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kathedron

Joined May 2017

Ink-thirsty bibliophile and marginal scribbler. Sometimes puts her book down for long enough to get on with her own writing. www.kathedron.co.uk
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I'm beyond dismayed that it's three months since I was last here. 😱
Possibly, maybe, hopefully, I am now back.
(Thank you @Bookwomble and @TrishB for your kind comments.)

Bookwomble Lovely to see you back ❤️ - set your own pace 😊 3w
TrishB Nice to see your post ♥️ 3w
squirrelbrain Lovely to see you Kate 👋 I‘m looking forward to getting stuck into 3w
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LeahBergen Hello again! 👋 3w
Cortg Welcome back!
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BarbaraBB Very happy to see your return! 3w
suvata Welcome back 3w
rabbitprincess Welcome back! 😊 3w
kathedron @Bookwomble @TrishB @squirrelbrain @LeahBergen @Cortg @BarbaraBB @suvata @rabbitprincess Thank you, all, for reminding me what a lovely place this is! ❤️ 3w
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Gloucester Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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It's been AGES since I was last here!
I haven't had the mental bandwidth recently to read much (partly due to my usual summertime dysphoria) which is frankly a horrifying state of affairs. Let's hope this #libraryhaul comes to the rescue.

CatLass007 @kathedron When I first began having depression when I was around 30, I lost the ability to focus enough to read. It made me even more depressed. I used to read 2-4 books per week. Eventually, I decided to give audiobooks a try. I have been hooked on audiobooks ever since. It‘s definitely better to listen to an audiobook than not to read anything at all. I encourage you to try at least one to see how it might help you focus. 3mo
KathyWheeler Audiobooks have helped me through depressive periods as well because I‘ve just not had the mental bandwidth to concentrate on reading, but I could handle someone reading to me. 3mo
kathedron @CatLass007 @KathyWheeler My husband is a (recent) convert to audiobooks, too; I've downloaded the Borrowbox app. 3mo
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CatLass007 @kathedron @KathyWheeler That‘s great! Good for you. 3mo
Bookwomble @kathedron I hope you're coping with this hot weather ok, Kate, and hoping you'll get your bandwidth back soon 💖 2mo
TrishB Hope you‘re doing ok Kate ♥️ 1mo
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Waterstones | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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#bookhaul
Miss K and I carried out a successful raid on Waterstones! "The Luminaries" is mine; all the rest are hers. ?

BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll get to The Luminaries soon, it is so good! 5mo
Cathythoughts Great raid 😁👍🏻 5mo
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Pickpick

Aside from a, frankly, disturbing story about a self-immolating monk, this is a refreshingly sane and helpful book. Yes, it is about being mindful of all the external "noise" in our lives, but the real focus is on the power of tuning out from "Radio NST": non-stop thinking.

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The Gold Bug Variations | Richard Powers
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My third Richard Powers, and the earliest and longest (675 pages) of his that I've read, this one had the least favourable effort to reward ratio. The plentiful, and lengthy, discussions of molecular genetics largely went over my head. (I didn't fare a whole lot better with the Bach.) The fact of someone's thinking to make this a major theme of their novel is strangely pleasing to me, but in practice reading it was hard work. Still a pick, though.

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*Reviewing after an initial read through: I'll need to go back and take my time over the exercises.*
Mr K and I have been together since the Cretaceous and neither of us has stellar relational skills so... the upshot is I made a unilateral decision to "do something" (I know, I know! ?).
The scripted conversations are cringey (can't imagine us talking like that!) but she's given valuable insights into present difficulties and how to solve them.

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Infuse: Herbal teas to cleanse, nourish and heal | Paula Grainger, Karen Sullivan
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Lovely book! Inviting photographs of plentiful recipes for detox, digestion, immune support, stress relief, sleep....
The recipes are easily do-able without heaps of weird ingredients: in the UK, all but a couple of things are available online from Baldwin's (for example) but I was delighted to discover, for the recipes that especially appealed to me, many of them are growing in the wilder edges of my garden. I'm looking forward to a taste test!

Cathythoughts Lovely cover , sounds like fun 💫 5mo
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Gloucester Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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#libraryhaul
Getting my art on! 😄

Moony Oh yeah! I love artbooks, too. Do you already have an idea what you want to paint? 5mo
Cathythoughts You got a great haul of them 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
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🐣 Happy Easter, dear Littens! 🐣
In our house, we don't get eggs: we give each other books instead. I am proper chuffed with mine! 😀

TrishB These look lovely ❤️ I get books too! 5mo
rockpools Nice! 5mo
Dragon Happy Easter 🐣 📚 5mo
Cathythoughts Lovely Kate 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
squirrelbrain Lovely! Happy Easter! 🐣 5mo
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Your Story, My Story | Connie Palmen
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Mehso-so

Ted Hughes reflects in later life upon his marriage to Sylvia Plath.
SP (or "my bride" as she is, distractingly, referred to throughout) is a feckin' nightmare but TH himself doesn't fare much better, coming across as a posturing, self-mythologising, pompous arse. As for the "perfect" marriage... it struck me as a horror-show from the outset. I ended up feeling yucky reading about it, glad not to have to spend time in the company of either party.

TrishB Yeah, I really disliked this book. 6mo
charl08 Passing on this one then! 6mo
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Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Lunchtime #libraryhaul !
I reserved the Asperger's book a few weeks back. The others were simple opportunism 😀.
I couldn't even read the blurb of the Richard Powers one as I'd forgotten my glasses, but no way was I leaving that on the shelf!

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Your Story, My Story | Connie Palmen
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I can only surmise that the acoustics must be amazing. (Why else would he stick his head so far up his backside and throw his voice around like that?)

Suet624 Haha 6mo
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Property: A Collection | Lionel Shriver
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(Anyone else have those little houses as a kid?)
There's two novellas here, bookending a collection of short stories, a couple of which surprised me by being a tad woman's magazine-ish. Let's face it, I don't suppose anyone goes to Lionel Shriver for feel-goods and uplift. None of her characters is revealed by her critical eye to be a shining paragon of humanity: everyone's a bit crap, really. Sharp, incisive, just shy of merciless, it's good.

TrishB Everyone‘s a bit crap 😁 love it. 6mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Really nailed Shriver! 6mo
Suet624 Spot in about Lionel. And yes! My grandparents had these houses. 6mo
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Small Pleasures | Clare Chambers
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It's book-hangover time again!
A reporter on a local paper investigates a claim of immaculate conception in 1950s Sidcup? Well, Clare Chambers, you've a hard sell on your hands there! Or so I thought: I loved it. She wrote her characters with real pathos amidst the shitty compromises of their lives. Not sure how I feel about that ending, though.

jlhammar One of the best books I've read so far this year. Absolutely loved it! 6mo
squirrelbrain The ending was just 😲 6mo
Cathythoughts I loved it too👍❤️ 6mo
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I set an intention, for Lent, only to buy necessities. Honestly, if we were to discuss the relative elasticity of the term, we'd be here all day! 🤔

Tamra In this world it qualifies. 👍🏾 6mo
TrishB Definitely necessity. 6mo
Cathythoughts Enriching and necessary ❤️ 6mo
Suet624 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
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The Son and Heir | Alexander Mnninghoff
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What a deplorable family! If AM was in any way a decent human being, it's no thanks to them. The Old Boss routinely uses his vast wealth and connections to ensure he and his eldest son evade facing the consequences of their actions (circa WW2). As for the way they treat Wera, AM's mother...🤬. I know these things occur, but seeing them put so matter-of-factly made my blood boil. Yet it's written in such a way that I couldn't lob it out the window!

TrishB I‘ve had this one I while! May leave a bit longer for a blood boiling day. 7mo
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I wish I'd had this book 25 years ago: hell, I wish I'd had it ONE year ago! I'd have been much kinder to myself. Written as an insider's take on life diagnosed late as on the autism spectrum, my over-riding response is "oh, thank God!". So many random things I thought were me being weird (e.g the contorted posture I prefer to sit in = seeking proprioceptive feedback!) or just baffling ineptitude (verbal pragmatics, anyone?) now make sense to me.

TrishB That sounds helpful 👍🏻 7mo
Eggbeater 💜 7mo
squirrelbrain Sounds like it‘s been very beneficial. 7mo
CarolynM 🧡 7mo
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I love the sea: I didn't love this book. It reads more like an extended dissertation than a book, per se. It's all beautifully cross-referenced but, ironically enough given the subject matter, rather dry. And I found the suggestions of things to do intolerably patronising. (For the love of God, do not talk to me as if I'm stupid!) I thought the photos were the best bit.

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I loved it until I didn't. 😞 It's like the Lindt chocolate shop but for word-nerds. I loved EW's playfulness with language but I wanted more than confectionery. Some of the plot points came randomly from nowhere, and I still don't get what Sofia's character was all about. And the pelican?
It's good enough for a ⭐⭐⭐ pick, but I'm frustrated that it didn't deliver on its promise.

Lindy Too bad it didn‘t work for you as well as it did for me. I was utterly charmed & I felt more and more engaged as it went on, with the single eventful day in each of the two timelines. 7mo
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Fabulous book! Bird nerd wonderland! So good that I'm willing to overlook the occasional wild anthropomorphism (e.g. referring to bird partnerships in terms of marriage/divorce). It's not all feathered grace and cute chicks: some of the bird behaviour is brutal, though nothing matches the mindless cruelty of some of the human actions cited.

I'm sure my dear ones are delighted with the albatross facts I've been compelled to share with them! 😉

Bookwomble I had this book recommended to me by another passenger on a boat between Seahouses, Northumberland, and the Farne Islands, where we'd been visiting with the puffins, seals and guillemots. Sadly, I haven't read the book yet, but glad to hear it's a good one 😊 Mrs Bookwomble was slightly surprised to find that the 6ft-long puffins of her imagination were in reality somewhat more modest in size, but proportionately cuter 😄 7mo
kathedron @Bookwomble I'd love to visit the Farne Islands one day. Mrs Bookwomble is intrepid, I think: I'd have been a lot more wary of the boat trip around Skomer had I believed the puffins were significantly taller than me! 😄 7mo
Bookwomble @kathedron Mrs B. wants it known that she thought puffins were 3 feet tall, not 6. However, as she also thought moles are the size of badgers, I don't think she's redeemed herself! 😄 7mo
EvieBee My favorite two birds! 7mo
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#bookhaul
I've been spending my birthday money! 😄

(I also got a Kindle book about menopause, but that's a whole other story.)

Lindy That bird anatomy book looks intriguing. 👍 7mo
squirrelbrain Which menopause book did you get? I recently read this one and found it really useful. I used it to frame a (successful) conversation with my doc too. 7mo
kathedron @squirrelbrain That's good to know: I'll have to look it up. I got this one. There's no lack of books out there, it seems, but the blurbs of many assume my primary concern is losing weight and staying "sexy". ? ? 7mo
squirrelbrain That one sounds good too Kate; hopefully it will be useful! 7mo
EvieBee I‘m in a friend group called The Peris. 🤓 (edited) 7mo
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The Power of Art | Simon Schama
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Borrowed from Miss K because I know NOTHING! Either you like Simon Schama or you don't. I like him: he's erudite without a hint of stuffiness and he spins a damned good story.
Caravaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, Rothko. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Rothko chapter: didn't think I "got" that kind of art at all. Thoroughly absorbing book altogether.

Cathythoughts Sounds really good Kate 💫 7mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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I finished this several days ago: it gave me a serious book hangover! While I thought it did tip into sentimentality, RP's fusing of the emotionally involving and intellectually stimulating takes some beating. This is only the second of his novels I've read (the other was The Overstory): now I want to read everything he's written! 😊

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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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📚 Preach! 📚

BiblioLitten The ‘all-you-can-eat buffet‘! I miss the lending histories… libraries don‘t have that these days. Thank you for sharing 💕 8mo
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A chunkster about an overlooked bookworm? Yes, please! Despite its 600+ pages it was a quick, easy read. It soon gets very "tropey" and no spectacles are needed to see clearly where the plot is headed. It could be said that this book is to Pride and Prejudice as Mary is to Elizabeth: verbose and lacking wit and sparkle. On another day, then, it would merit a solid so-so but I wanted something undemanding (for a change) and it delivered.

BiblioLitten I couldn‘t finish it. I was rooting for Mary but I kept comparing it to Pride and Prejudice and that‘s when this wasn‘t enough. I might pick it up again. 8mo
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Birthday #bookhaul ! THIRTEEN new books!
Moomins and memoir, Pema and poetry, harp and Hildegard, swimming and simplicity, not to mention trees, birds and dinosaurs... did I miss anything?

Big thanks to Mr and Miss K, and @squirrelbrain @TrishB @Caroline2 @Cathythoughts ❤️
I am very happy!

Libby1 Happy birthday! 8mo
JamieArc Happy Birthday! I really enjoyed the Swim book. 8mo
TrishB Hope you had a lovely day ❤️ 8mo
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Caroline2 Happy Birthday 🥳 I hope you had a lovely day! 🥂 🎂 🎈 8mo
squirrelbrain What a fab pile! Hope you had a lovely day! 😘 8mo
AmyG Happy Birthday 🎂 8mo
batsy Happy birthday! Lovely book haul 😍 8mo
Bookwomble Happy birthday, Kate 😊📚🎂🥂 8mo
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday Kate. (I was the slim Book Depository poetry book. ) You‘ve got lovely books there 😍 8mo
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I've seen some reviews (not Litsy!) reflecting a wider societal trend where, if a woman seeks to do something extraordinary, she's required to "do it for" or represent all women. That's an unfair burden to place on anyone! This is LJ's memoir: it's personal.
I greatly appreciated her candour, especially in discussing the ways in which her anxiety, 'special interests' and routines impact upon her life and put strain on her marriage. I needed this.

kathedron LJ is a woman of relative privilege (there's mention of a Harley Street doctor and a private members club and she has what she calls a "plummy voice"): I'm inclined to judge myself less harshly, then, as a council-house kid, for pushing 50 before it occurs what's likely been going on for me all these years. She has my gratitude for that. 8mo
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I had a pre-birthday treat yesterday afternoon: Mr K and I went birdwatching. My favourite of the day was a small flock of dunlins: little unassuming things quietly going about their business. 😊

Soubhiville That sounds like a fun day. 8mo
ju.ca.no How cool! 8mo
Chelsea.Poole Lovely 🐦 8mo
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As is often the way with anthologies, there were a handful of outstanding stories, many good ones, and some that made me say, "How did THAT get in?!".
I have two stories in Volume 3 (due out in September)... I truly hope mine aren't in the latter category! ?

TrishB They won‘t be! 8mo
Bookwomble You'll be in the former category, I'm sure 😊 8mo
squirrelbrain You‘ll have to remind us when it gets published, so we can buy a copy. 8mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I've got #squirrelmail ! Thank you, Helen @squirrelbrain 😘. I get to smile at it for a week until opening! 🎁
There's also a slender parcel from Book Depository: I don't recall ordering anything and my dear ones are denying all knowledge so my working assumption is that it's from another Litten.

squirrelbrain You‘re welcome Kate…and a mystery parcel too, how exciting! 😘 8mo
Cathythoughts Oh the Book Depository may be from me ... I certainly have one on the way to you for your Birthday 🎁 8mo
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Thus spoke Elizabeth Bennet!
Ha! 😆

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The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
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Well, that was over-wrought! Granted, Giovanna is a teenager navigating a family break-up. And I've never really got the necessity that most women and girls seem to have, to be considered beautiful in the eyes of others. Given that this is the novel's inciting incident, this book and I were unlikely ever to be a good match. EF writes wonderfully, but so much unnecessary emotional drama gives me a headache. It's good, just not my cup of tea.

Tamra Yuck - not a fan of overwrought & emotionally manipulative drama. I‘ve not read any of her novels, so if this is representative I‘m not likely to pick one up. 8mo
kathedron @Tamra I don't think she's trying to manipulate the reader (I hate that!). I just found it wearing how her characters consistently made a great big emotional splashy mess about all their interactions with each other. I've only read one other of her books: again, good but not really to my taste. 8mo
Tamra @kathedron often why I don‘t care for coming of age novels, though there are the exceptions. 8mo
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I can't say I *enjoyed* this quick read exactly; it made my blood boil (not that endemic misogyny is breaking news...). It's good, though. With its concise, bare facts only, writing style complete with footnotes, was I reading a novel? An academic report? A piece of journalism? It became clear later on! And as for the concluding paragraph! 🤬

KathyWheeler New or not, reading about endemic misogyny can still be infuriating. 8mo
youneverarrived I felt the exact same way 8mo
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How can I put this? The book might be an important document, but that doesn't necessarily make for a great read. It's a book of two halves: short stories (one in particular is gloriously, absurdly funny) and mini-essays recounting MS's experiences of growing up autistic (undiagnosed) and her perceptions of and responses to her daily life now. The chapters started out as blog and Facebook posts: I found them too brief and "choppy" to get into.

kathedron I know this is a particular bugbear of mine but, seriously, would the services of a competent proofreader have broken the bank? 8mo
Texreader @kathedron I hate how everyone has cut back on proofreading. 8mo
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Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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I'm going deep! (No surprises there, then.)
Some I bought, some I borrowed from the library.
#bookhaul

Cathythoughts Very good 👍 8mo
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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This certainly kept me occupied ?. What a fascinating character Thomas Cromwell is! I had moments of confusion (does "he" refer to TC or the person he's talking to? I wonder if HM is deliberately wrong-footing me here.) and felt that something about the writing style was holding me at arm's length throughout (my default position for *people* but I like my books closer!) but it was thoroughly absorbing and I enjoyed it very much.

CarolynM The "he" thing got me too. Quite a few times I had to go back and reread whole pages because I thought she was talking about someone other than Cromwell? Great book, though, and I love Cromwell, so much so that I still can't bring myself to read the 3rd one?? 8mo
kathedron @CarolynM I know! I'm largely ignorant about this period of history but I do know how it ends for TC and I'm in no hurry to get there! 8mo
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This book makes me happy! JZ is genuinely perplexed when birds become a source of compelling fascination to her after going through a difficult time in early middle age. (I'd say it happens to the best of us! 😉) She's a witty and self-deprecating companion: she might consider herself a perpetual beginner birder but, as she's based in Canada and I'm only familiar with UK birds, she's given me a lot to follow up. 🦆❤️

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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I heard Maggie O'Farrell say she'd wanted to write this book for years but couldn't do it until her son was past Hamnet's age. Now I know why. It's very moving. Agnes is a fascinating character, and I appreciated how the playwright is not once named: he's A's husband, the twins' father, the glover's son. I waited *ages* for this book to become available through the library: it was well worth the wait.

TrishB Loved it too ♥️ 9mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know but do understand. Wonderful book. 9mo
readordierachel I just started this and I'm completely enthralled 9mo
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I appear to be gathering a shelf of books that might be subtitled "what other creatures taught me about being human". This time it's bees. It made for the perfect bedtime book. I especially delighted in HJ's propensity for consulting the dictionary whenever her perceptions and experiences of the bees and her keeping of them perplexed her.

TrishB I have this one on the pile 👍🏻 9mo
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All We Shall Know | Donal Ryan
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Wow! I am just in awe of Donal Ryan's ear for voice! Melody is a bitch, frankly, but DR did such a good job of getting inside her head (her loneliness, and the punishment-by-proxy she inflicts on her husband for an awful thing she did as a teenager) that it was impossible to hate her, even if I couldn't like her.
And, oh my word, can he turn a sentence!

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HANDIWORK. | SARA. BAUME
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A lovely, quiet and beautiful book exploring, amongst more emotive matters, the minutiae (the rhythms, precise bodily gestures, and specific domestic locations) of the various stages of the creative process. I wasn't expecting it to be quite so "birdy": that was a nice surprise! This is a book I will surely and gladly return to, especially if I am needing a moment of calm.

Cathythoughts Beautiful picture 💫❤️ 9mo
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There are books that change how you see the world: every now and again there are books that change how you see yourself. I finished this weeks ago but haven't wanted to talk about it. It is GOOD but the thing is, almost everything she described (that led to her diagnosis of Asperger's) I recognised in myself. It was a shock to the system and I don't know what to think or how I feel about this.

LiteraryinLawrence It sounds like reading that book really made you see yourself in a new light. It makes sense that it would take a while to process that, I think. 💗 9mo
squirrelbrain It will take a while to process something like this Kate; hope you can take the time you need. I‘ve stacked the book as it sounds really good. @rockpools - did you have this on your list when you were looking for books about this subject? 9mo
kathedron @LiteraryinLawrence @squirrelbrain Thank you both for your kind words ❤️. I picked up the book because I enjoyed her other one (tagged) and because I didn't know anything about the experience of women on the spectrum... or so I thought! 9mo
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rockpools Hi Kate. That IS lots to process - hang in there and take it easy on yourself! xx 9mo
rockpools If you get the urge to read more, as @squirrelbrain mentioned (thanks Helen) I‘d asked a bit back for books about women our age with autism, as a friend is being steered towards diagnosis by mental health services. Obvs a totally different situation, but if you want to look back at the suggestions I was given at any point they‘re here (There are a lot - feel free to ignore!) https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2306343 9mo
kathedron @rockpools Plenty to be going on with there, then! 😄 Thanks, Rachel, that's really helpful. (I hope your friend is getting on ok.) 9mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Belated Christmas #bookhaul !
I hope that all who celebrate had a fabulous Christmas: I woke to a migraine so had to spend much of the morning sleeping it off (and was thus late getting the dinner under way). Mercifully I felt well enough by the afternoon to enjoy my lovely presents!

Bookwomble Pleased to hear you're feeling better 🙂 9mo
Cathythoughts So glad you felt better. I‘ll be interested to hear your take on Bewilderment 📚😍 9mo
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Sword Song | Bernard Cornwell
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It's that time of year when Uhtred, son of Uhtred, comes to visit for a few days! 😆
He invariably brings an exciting plot, told at a cracking pace (and thus pretty much the antithesis of most of the books I choose to read). Good stuff!
(It's probably wise not to enquire into precisely what it is about Saxon-on-Viking sword action that puts me in a festive mood... but there we have it.)

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Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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A book, a bake, a bevy, and a blaze: it's become a winter solstice tradition of mine 😄. So here's my naked heathen of a fruitcake, a lovely big #libraryhaul, and a bottle of Stone's ginger wine. There's a goodly fire in the wood-burner, too.
(I believe this means I am now officially stepping into Christmas! 😆)

TrishB That looks lovely ♥️ 9mo
squirrelbrain How wonderful! 9mo
BiblioLitten So cozy 💛 9mo
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LeahBergen It all looks perfect! 😍 9mo
batsy That looks splendid! 9mo
Cathythoughts I like the sound of all those B‘s … Enjoy Kate , Thankyou for your card & Happy Christmas to you & yours 🎄😘 9mo
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Sword Song | Bernard Cornwell
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My sword arm is very tender today: I had my booster yesterday afternoon. Not feeling too bad, otherwise, except for being at half my usual energy level. So I am having tea with Uhtred. 😊

TrishB My kids are sat here with the sore arms! 9mo
Bookwomble Kate, you are now fixed in my mind as a sword- wielding warrior. ⚔😄 9mo
kathedron @Bookwomble I'd have to put my axe down first! 😉 9mo
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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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I'm not sure how I hadn't picked this up before now.
JW tells of growing up as the adopted daughter - intended as a missionary - of the fiercely combative evangelist Mrs W... until J falls for one of her female converts. I guess it would be called auto-fiction these days: was it *really* shelved in the cookery section originally?! (That's a great story in itself.) I wasn't expecting the humour. Anyway, I wolfed it down!

Suet624 I had no idea about the shelving! 9mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to read this for years. 9mo
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It begins by discussing four pleaser profiles: classic, shadow, pacifier, and resistor. Subsequent chapters explore, with numerous illustrative case-studies, various pleaser-roles: as child, parent, friend, partner, colleague etc. What lets the book down is the limited solution offered. It never really gets beyond "Notice how you are behaving. Try to trace it back to a pattern learnt in childhood. Now act differently." (See comment below)

kathedron Eg. If someone is a pacifier because the slightest whiff of conflict terrifies them, then even to mildly challenge another can cause their body to respond as if it's an actual threat to life and limb. This is not addressed. 10mo
GingerAntics What a let down. I got excited when I saw the title, but I guess it‘s not worth the read. “Just stop people pleasing” is not helpful advice. 10mo
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Memories of the Future | Siri Hustvedt
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Mehso-so

Mature SH rediscovers a journal she kept as a young woman in New York, writing a first novel. Viewed through the lens of male violence (at times physical amongst the everyday micro-aggressions) I'm disappointed not to have found it more gripping. The proto-novel is uninspiring and while I loved the writing at the level of sentence and paragraph, at the level of chapter and book it left me cold. It was - dare I say it? - long-winded and a bit dull.

Suet624 That's a bummer. :( 10mo
BarbaraBB That‘s a bummer indeed. I mostly love Hustvedt 10mo
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Pickpick

He's done it again, the old rascal!
Through lively retelling and discussion of two folktales, "The Lindworm" and "Tatterhood", MS invites us to embrace the wild twin, that aspect of ourselves that gets thrown out the window when we conform too strictly to societal norms. Here lies the key to recovering our lost (or at least compromised!) vitality and healing our relationship with ourselves, each other and the planet. Much to ponder. Much to enjoy.

Cathythoughts Great review! I love the idea of my wild twin 10mo
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