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merelybookish

Joined September 2016

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Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
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The Animals by Cary Fagan
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You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays by Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Genevieve West
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The Tortoise and the Hare | Hilary Mantel, Elizabeth Jenkins
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There might not be many more nights I can read on the verandah, so enjoying it while I can.
Finally started this one that I bought 3+ years ago.

EvieBee Stunning VMC cover! 14h
LeahBergen I bought it several years ago, too. 😆 7h
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Small Kindnesses | Fiona Robyn
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Vanity Fair | William Thackeray
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I am giving Vanity Fair a go for Victober. One of those Victorian classics I somehow missed reading. We shall see how it goes.
From today's walk. I headed out into the woods but then got paranoid about bears so headed back out of the woods. 😆

ravenlee I‘m giving it a go this month, too. It came up as both my #roll100 and #bookspin picks, so apparently the book gods think it‘s time. 4d
merelybookish @ravenlee Can't argue with those messages! Well good luck! I just have it on audio so may take me a while. Or I'll resort to getting a hard copy so I can do both. It's long! 4d
ravenlee Good luck to you, as well. 🤞🏻 4d
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Suet624 Are there a lot of bears there??? 3d
BarbaraBB I still haven‘t read that one either. And about the bears, I‘d get paranoid too! 3d
batsy I haven't read it, either! I feel like October should be the length of 3 months for all the themed reading I want to do (spooky, Victober). As for 🐻, eeek! 3d
merelybookish @Suet624 @barbarba @batsy I read a lot of Victorian lit when I was young but never felt drawn to this one..so we'll see. 🤞 As for the bears, yes, lots of black bears but we don't usually see them. But they are getting ready to hibernate so more active right now. I was probably fine, but why chance it? 😬 3d
merelybookish @ravenlee Feel free to tag me in any posts about VF! I will be interested to hear how it's going! 3d
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Family Happiness | Laurie Colwin
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My 4th & probably least favourite Colwin novel so far. Polly has always been a good daughter, good wife, good mother, but an affair with an artist upends all she has believed about herself & her life.
This is hardly new territory and I found Polly's kvetching a bit endless. Plus, she is supremely privileged. Still Colwin always brings such sensitivity to her characters, and the choices they make are nuanced. Her novels are comforting & complex.

Librarybelle Yay for another title read for the challenge! 4d
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Chicago Poems | Carl Sandburg
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excerpt from "Admonitions to a Special Person" by Anne Sexton. Full poem at https://allpoetry.com/Admonitions-To-A-Special-Person
#scream #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

vivastory I read All the Pretty Ones last night. So dark. So wonderful. 🖤 2w
vivastory *All My Pretty Ones 2w
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BiblioLitten Hi 👋🏼 Margot. I hope you and your family are safe. 💕 2w
merelybookish @BiblioLitten Hey! Sorry for the slow replay & thanks for checking in. 🤗 We are okay. Our area was not hit at all so we feel fortunate! The damage in parts of NS & NFLD is horrible. 1w
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Premeditated Myrtle | Elizabeth C. Bunce
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I enjoyed the first installment of this middle grade mystery series about a young girl detective in 1890s England.
Myrtle differs from Flavia de Luce in some significant ways (although they are both motherless), nevertheless, if you enjoy the Flavia, I think you'd enjoy Myrtle as well.

jlhammar This sounds fun. Love Flavia! 2w
batsy Fun! Big Flavia fan here, too. 2w
merelybookish I think you'd both enjoy Myrtle! @jlhammar @batsy 2w
New Kid on the Book This looks cool! 2w
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Margaret Atwood: Conversations | Margaret Atwood, Earl G. Ingersoll
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COVID finally hit our household and along with lots of reality tv, I watched this 1984 documentary about Margaret Atwood. A filmmaker and his crew join Atwood and her family at her family's remote cottage for a few days. What follows are lots of pretty scenery and strained interviews with Atwood who clearly finds the guy's questions idiotic. 😆
Available on YouTube. Learned about it from the IG account @ girlsonthepage

Jas16 Hope that you are all feeling better soon. 2w
fredamans Wish you all a full and speedy recovery! 2w
LeahBergen Speedy recovery! 2w
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batsy Wishing you and all at home a very speedy recovery! 💐 I've been brought down by something that isn't covid but feels pretty nasty, too ... have been watching the BBC adaptation of North and South 🙂 2w
TheLudicReader Hope you‘re feeling better soon. 2w
BookwormM Sounds interesting 2w
merelybookish @batsy I hope you feel better soon too! And maybe I'll check out North & South next. 🙂 2w
Megabooks Hope everyone feels better soon! 2w
vivastory @merelybookish Wishing your family a quick recovery! 2w
vivastory @batsy I hope you feel better soon! 2w
merelybookish Thank you @Megabooks @vivastory Definitely feeling better, although still testing positive.b 2w
batsy @vivastory Thank you, Scott. I am feeling so much better today. Glad you're improved too, @merelybookish and hope you're testing negative very soon. 2w
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I don't read a lot of graphic novels, but this memoir proved perfect for a Friday night. (Back to work means I am pooped by the end of the week. 🥱) I appreciated this smart, honest, at times funny, at other times uncomfortable exploration of growing up & living as a POC in the US. The format took a heavy topic and made it easy to read and entertaining while somehow not sacrificing the complexity. Really well done! 👍

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I loved this 'class' on Russian short stories, the art & craft of writing, and why we read fiction at all. It made my heart expand. I even teared at the end.
It's not an easy read per se, but it's enlightening and appeals to the inner English major. Audio is great. The stories are read by actors but the commentary is read by Saunders himself, which makes it feel like you really are a pupil in his class. I plan to buy a hard copy to revisit.

Graywacke Well, now I‘m ready to get copy, like immediately. 🙂 (I compromised and put it on a wishlist) 3w
merelybookish @Graywacke I think you'd be into it! 3w
vivastory I need to read this one. I saw Saunders read at the Plaza library shortly after winning the Booker for Lincoln etc. One of the greatest live events I have ever been to. 3w
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merelybookish @vivastory First of all, love and miss that library. ♥️ But also, as much as I didn't like Lincoln on the Bardo, I really do like George Saunders. He seems wise and kind and attentive. I'm pretty sure you'd love this book too! 3w
vivastory It's one of my favorite libraries! Did you ever eat at the Mixx right next door? 🥣 Lincoln in the Bardo is still on my TBR. I might have mentioned this before but his upcoming book of stories is one of my most anticipated of the year! I think that you would definitely be satisfied with the physical copy of Swim in Pond etc. From what I understand there's a chart for the stories! 3w
merelybookish @vivastory Yes love the salads at Mixx! And often took the kids to Yogurtini after picking up books at library. Good KC memories. ♥️ 3w
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MoonWitch94 Beautiful 3w
TheSpineView Eloquent. 💜 3w
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Wallace enjoying the new cat tree. 😸
Slowly making my way through tagged book for work.

MoonWitch94 Omg what a cutie! 4w
LeahBergen He approves your purchase. 😆 4w
Ruthiella Lucky Wallace! 😻 3w
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sarahbellum Such a happy kitty 😻 3w
UwannaPublishme 😻😻😻 3w
batsy Wallace 😍 He's got a great view behind him, too! 3w
Leftcoastzen 👍👏😸 3w
merelybookish @MoonWitch94 He would agree! 😸 3w
merelybookish @LeahBergen First he ignored it, of course. 3w
merelybookish @Ruthiella He is well-loved! 3w
merelybookish @sarahbellum Easy to be happy when you're king. 😸 3w
merelybookish @batsy He loves to watch the sun come up over the river. 😹 3w
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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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Winterson's first semiautobiographical novel describes her upbringing wjth a religious zealot for a mother. J doesn't question much about this life until she falls in love with a woman, and is then forced to choose between what she's always known and what she knows to be true. The mother is a force to be reckoned with.😳 Her angry, twisted faith raises a story of self-discovery into a battle between good and evil. It made for riveting reading 👇

merelybookish Winterson is funny in her descriptions of her church life & her grief over losing it comes through too. She recognizes her mother as complicated & cruel but is not without empathy for her. All that said, this is my 3rd Winterson novel and perhaps my last. While I recognize her genius, there is something bloodless about her prose that leaves me a bit cold. Of the ones Ive read, this is by far my favourite. Published in 1985 #192025 @Librarybelle 4w
JamieArc Have you read the tagged book? I don‘t really remember the stories, but I remember her commentaries on the holiday and found it so interesting! 4w
Suet624 I‘ve always meant to read this. (edited) 4w
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BarbaraBB I loved this one too but i read it ages ago. 4w
BarbaraBB My favorite book by her is 4w
Librarybelle I‘m amazed I‘ve not read anything by her! 4w
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IndoorDame I chose this poem too! She‘s one of my favorite poets!!! 4w
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What we carry: poems | Dorianne Laux
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TheSpineView Great choice!🤩 1mo
IndoorDame ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Without the title, this feels like a riddle. (It didn't fit in the screenshot.) Any guesses what the poem's about? 😀
#scant #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

Sapphire Grass? I would have said weeds except for the word blade 1mo
CBee I think it‘s grass too! 1mo
merelybookish @Sapphire @cbee Right on friends! 👍 1mo
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TheSpineView Excellent! 💚💚💚 1mo
LitStephanie I was thinking one of the obnoxious invasive weeds that plague some of the scablands I love, like cheat grass, but sounds like it is grass in general. 1mo
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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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Finally reading book that's probably been on my #TBR since about 1995.

vivastory You added this to your TBR when you were 5?! 1mo
Ruthiella @vivastory She‘s always been a precocious reader! 😂😂😂 1mo
vivastory @Ruthiella I support that!! 1mo
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merelybookish @vivastory @Ruthiella I was a precocious reader but not THAT precocious! 😆👵 1mo
BarbaraBB I really liked this one - back in 1995 😉 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Whoaa that‘s a long time sitting on your shelves 🫡 1mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm I think I bought it for a class when I was in school, but then didn't read it. 🙈 That's not this copy. 1mo
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Shakespeare For Dummies | John Doyle, Ray Lischner
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Graywacke Oh, I think you secretly love KJ. Some of those are really really funny. (Pericles) Thanks for sharing 1mo
TheBookHippie 😂😂😂😂😂😂💀💀💀💀 OHMYLORD. 1mo
DGRachel Now I really want to read Measure for Measure. 😳 1mo
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Meshell1313 This is hysterical!!! (And mine was hilarious accurate!) 😂 1mo
CarolynM Hilarious but sadly inaccurate in my case (I met my partner at the theatre)🤣 1mo
batsy Bahaha! My velvet-choker-owning 90s self feels a tad too seen 🤣 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke I do love is getting the jokes about KJ! 😉 1mo
merelybookish @DGRachel I feel like all the BDSM references said more about the article's author than about Shakespeare. 1mo
merelybookish @Meshell1313 Now I'm curious what's your favorite! 1mo
merelybookish @CarolynM Not on Twitter? 😁 1mo
merelybookish @batsy Ha! Yes some did feel pretty accurate. The history plays in particular. 1mo
Meshell1313 @merelybookish 🤣 titus andronicus! 1mo
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Proofs and Theories | Louise Gluck
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batsy Oh, wow. I need to read more of her. 1mo
TheSpineView Great poem! 1mo
merelybookish @batsy Me too! I always like the poems I read by her but have never read her with intention. 1mo
Suet624 She‘s so right. 1mo
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I love a good memoir, and I love, love, LOVED this one! (Appropriate since most of the essays are about love: young love, disappointed love, queer love, familial love, friend love, changing love, self love, etc.). Told in essays that are distinct but also work to create a larger history of her love life. The writing is beautiful, funny, poignant, and well-crafted. ♥️♥️♥️
If you're not in the mood for love, this is probably not the book for you.

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This is a great book if you like intricate carefully-planned mysteries because this is that x 1000. There are multiple characters, timelines, & clues to track. The plotting is seriously impressive!
Alas, I'm not the right reader for this book. 🤦🤷 I 💯 can appreciate why it is so beloved, but heavily plotted books are not my jam. They feel like work. Still, will be good to discuss with book club as there are plot points I did not understand. 🤔

BarbaraBB Well this is intriguing! I wonder where I‘ll end up with this book! 1mo
BiblioLitten I bailed on it, not because I didn‘t like it but it was too complicated for me. Right book wrong time. But now I know I‘d feel the same if I ever pick it up again. 1mo
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The Complete Poems | Anne Sexton
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Leftcoastzen Love this poem! She‘s so good! 1mo
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My Friday night date. It's already making me mad. 😆 #plotplotplot

Onioons @merelybookish I remember that feeling but it's worth persevering! 1mo
Soubhiville I really liked this one, it sucked me in from the first paragraph! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I LOVE this book 🥰🥰🥰 1mo
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BarbaraBB Ooh I still need to read this one too. I am happy to read your post and all the positive comments here. 1mo
merelybookish @Onioons Good to know!! 1mo
merelybookish @Soubhiville @RaeLovesToRead I'm reading it because a friend loved it too! 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB It is encouraging! People love this book! 1mo
BarbaraBB Can‘t wait for your review! (edited) 1mo
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Poems for a Small Planet: Contemporary American Nature Poetry | Jay Parini, Robert Pack, Axinn Professor of English Jay Parini
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TheSpineView Great choice 👍🤩😊 1mo
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Collected Poems | Czeslaw Milosz
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The Evening Hero | Marie Myung-Ok Lee
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There's a good book & an important story buried in this slog of a novel. I stuck with it for a long time, but when I realized I was just letting the audio run out without listening, I figured I might as well bail.
It's about Dr. Yungman Kwak's experience as a Korean immigrant and OB/GYN in a small MN town. It's also about how the Korean War destroyed Korea (and US complicity). And it's about the US health care system. And it's about...👇

merelybookish It's about too many things and trying to do too much. Dr. Kwak's story would have been enough without a long (albeit important) history lesson, or a parody of where for-profit medicine is going. (Kwak's son takes a job as a MDeity and works in medretail in the mall.) I'm sad I gave up because I wanted to like it. But ready to move on. 1mo
JamieArc That‘s too bad. This does sound like and interesting and important story. 1mo
merelybookish @JamieArc Yes, I feel bad. Like I'm trashing something precious. But it needed an editor. 1mo
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After | Jane Hirshfield
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TheSpineView Interesting way to look at grief. Excellent poem 1mo
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This Is How We Love | Lisa Moore
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A novel about the ties, & how who we are is about individual choices as well as the family we have & the family we find. When the story opens, Jules is flying home from vacay to be with her 21 year-old son who has been hospitalized after a brutal attack. Told from shifting POVs, moving between past & present, we learn what led to this moment & what happens after. Love is complicated.and this novel honours that by not drawing straight lines. 👇

merelybookish And yet, love matters, even if loving can be hard. I especially enjoyed the family histories, the digressions into stories about people not directly involved in the plot. Because in this novel, those stories matter, too. There's a generosity and confidence to Moore's writing. I felt I was in good hands. Just a really good novel about family, relationships, community & choices. #AugustArc #Netgalley. 1mo
kspenmoll Wonderful review; I want to read this now! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked 1mo
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Stoner | John Williams
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Catching up on #Alphabetgame. There were so many #LetterS and #LetterT books that I've loved! So I cheated and picked 2 for each..
📗Stoner by John Williams - an engrossing character study of an average guy
📗Sister Outsider - everything that is said about Audre Lorde's brilliance is true
📗Tempest - Shakespearean romances are my favourite.
📗To the Lighthouse - Woolf had to show up eventually.
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batsy Great picks. Adore 3 of these, and I should definitely get to Stoner. 2mo
merelybookish @batsy IMO, it lives up to the hype of an undersung masterpiece! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read Audre Lorde, great choices to the others! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 2mo
jlhammar I love Stoner! 1mo
vivastory @batsy I second the ringing endorsement for Stoner. It's one of my fave NYRB Classics 1mo
batsy @vivastory @merelybookish I've only heard good things so I really should make the time for it soon! 1mo
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A Poem a Day | Karen McCosker, Nicholas Albery
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"Nothing Wants to Suffer" by Danusha Lameris
#rust #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

Sapphire Beautiful and haunting 2mo
TheSpineView Fabulous 😍 2mo
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This Is How We Love | Lisa Moore
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I get it Violet. So annoying when people talk to you when you're trying to read!

Leftcoastzen 🙄I shake my book at them !😁 2mo
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What makes a classic? Not sure but Robinson Crusoe qualifies for me. I used to teach it, and each time, it gave me something new to think about and/or appreciate about it.
That said, I can understand never wanting to read this book. 🤣
#LetterR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Slim pickings for #LetterQ. I didn't love this one (too long!) but I liked it better than the the other two Q titles I had on Goodreads. 🤣🤷
#Alpahbetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

vivastory I was surprised that I actually had another nominee for Q that I could have happily used 2mo
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Lunch Poems | Frank O'Hara
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I've been doing a low-key version of The Sealey Challenge this month. Instead of reading a collection of poetry a day in August, I'm trying to read a few collections before month's end. This is #6. And what a fun, razzle-dazzle, gee whiz, vibrant bunch of poems, and a real change from the poetry I normally gravitate to.
This was my #jolabokaflod gift from a few years back. Finally getting around to reading it! 🤓

vivastory Lana Turner has collapsed! 2mo
merelybookish @vivastory Apparently he whipped that one off while on the ferry. #genius 2mo
vivastory Absolutely a genius. His spontaneity didn't always land for me, but when it did it really floored me!! 2mo
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Turns out I love a lot of books that start with #letterP (Persuasion, Possession, Pond) but I went this marvel of a novel. Just brilliant! And compact! In a word, perfection! 😉
#Alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

vivastory Have you read all of Spark's novels? 2mo
vivastory She's definitely an author that I plan on reading all of eventually 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 2mo
Graywacke I like your 8 word review in there. It is just brilliant. 2mo
CarolynM ❤️ 2mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Thank you! 🥰 2mo
merelybookish @CarolynM Happy to see you love it too! 2mo
Dragon Great book 📕 💚🐉 2mo
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Blacks | Gwendolyn Brooks
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TheSpineView Love the last line! Great choice!💜 2mo
merelybookish @TheSpineView Yes,last line is what makes the poem! 2mo
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On Beauty | Zadie Smith
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 2mo
batsy I've only read this and White Teeth, but I agree! 😆 2mo
jlhammar Agreed! Love this one. 2mo
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kspenmoll Thank you for this! Read with my morning coffee. 2mo
batsy Lovely 📚💕 2mo
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This Is How We Love | Lisa Moore
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My next #AugustARC. A family saga by a Newfoundland author. So far, so good. 👍
It's already been released in Canada but coming out tomorrow in the US.
@Clwojick

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Middlemarch | George Elliot
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A couple of chunksters for #LetterM and #LetterN
One a very 'me' read. One not. You just never know!
#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

batsy I went with Middlemarch, too! 💜 2mo
merelybookish @batsy If you know, you know. 😉 2mo
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vivastory I haven't read either one of these, but I hope to. There is a Middlemarch street here. 🙂 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I remember saying to myself, I must read Middlemarch soon! That was last year. And I still haven‘t read it. 🙈 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 2mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm To be fair,.it's easy to put off reading an 800+ page.novel. 😄 but I bet you'd like it! 2mo
kspenmoll I loved Middlemarch & would read it again! 2mo
merelybookish @kspenmoll It's the kind of book you can read and read again! 2mo
Graywacke @vivastory @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m seeing a potential buddy read… 2mo
vivastory @Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm I'd be completely open to a Middlemarch buddy read! Having read Moby Dick a few months ago I was hoping to read at least one more brick that has been on my TBR before year's end. 2mo
vivastory @kspenmoll @graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm So, I just looked at the TOC for MM & it seems like it would be easy to split up as almost all of the books are roughly 100 pages. How does 1 book per week sound? We can keep the discussions informal & keep any spoilers under tags. Maybe start in Sep & plan on being done by the end of Oct? I'm open to starting it later in the yr if need be 2mo
kspenmoll @vivastory This sounds doable for me- but I have read it a few years ago. What do others think ? @Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm 2mo
vivastory @kspenmoll @Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm I'm also okay with stretching it out a bit longer if necessary 👍 2mo
Graywacke @vivastory pace sounds great. I would prefer waiting till October, but can probably manage. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @vivastory @Graywacke @kspenmoll Either way is fine with me, either start in Oct or in Sept but stretching it a bit longer. As long as we target to finish before Dec. 2mo
merelybookish @Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm @vivastory @kspenmoll I just re-read it this last spring,.otherwise I'd join you. But I'm excited for you to read/re-read it! 2mo
vivastory @erzascarletbookgasm @graywacke @kspenmoll Why don't we plan on starting the beginning of Oct with the goal of roughly 80-100 pages per week. People can read at their own pace & just put their comments under spoiler tags w/ informal catch-up discussions after each book 2mo
vivastory @merelybookish I remember you making a comment along the lines of the best final sentence in an English novel. I admit, I'm intrigued! 2mo
Graywacke @vivastory Sounds great! 2mo
Graywacke @merelybookish thanks for inspiring this…and also thanks for tolerating our posts. (It will be a fun buddy read) 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @merelybookish I‘m excited I‘m going to be reading it finally! And apologies for hogging your comments section 😆 2mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm @Graywacke Happy to oblige.😀 and I will be interested to read your thoughts as you middlemarch your way through! 2mo
kspenmoll @vivastory October it is & 80-100 pp per week 2mo
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Ti Amo | Hanne rstavik
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A slim a volume about the pain and confusion of living with a dying partner. One night after four years together, Orstavik's husband vomits blood. Soon they discover he has pancreatic cancer and what follows is surgery, treatments, pain meds, and pretending things will get better. The book is an attempt to honour their love, capture what remains of their life together & to say all that goes unsaid. It is very sad and beautifully written.

merelybookish Writing is how Ostravik makes sense of her world, and so she turns to writing in the midst of her grief. And the result is this novel/work of auto fiction. This is not an easy read but it's raw, brave and honest. #netgalley #AugustArc 2mo
BarbaraBB Sounds tough 🖤 2mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Yeah, it's hard to say 'read this!' since it's such a sad topic -- and one that feels could happen to any of us. 2mo
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The Kiss | Kathryn Harrison
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Pick for #LetterK is a shocking memoir written with delicacy.
Pick for #LetterL is the first Alice Munro collection I read that I still think about.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is on my tbr! 2mo
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The Outrun | Amy Liptrot
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This memoir was right book, right time. Like Liptrot, I've moved back to a home I once left for brighter lights. (Although nowhere as cool as London or the Orkney Islands.) I enjoyed her reconnection and (re)discovery of the place she's from, seeing the landscape and the people with new understanding.
This is also an addiction memoir. Part of what drives her home is her recovery from alcoholism, about which she writes with honesty. Next week 👇

merelybookish I start a counseling job at a recovery center for women, which is exciting & scary. So learning what helped Liptrot was interesting to me. This is a #192025 pick for 2015. @Librarybelle 2mo
Billypar Congrats on the new job!! And what an important one too - there are so many substance abuse support needs right now. 2mo
merelybookish @Billypar Thank you! Yes, there is massive need. It is a bit overwhelming. 2mo
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LeahBergen Congrats on the new job! 2mo
Librarybelle Congratulations!! 2mo
Ruthiella I love it when a book fits into a reader‘s life like that. Good luck with the new job! 👍 2mo
batsy Congratulations on the new job! And good luck. What @Billypar said 💜 2mo
TheLudicReader Haha for the gig! That looks like the Old River Road. (edited) 2mo
merelybookish @TheLudicReader It is! We live in Oak Point! 2mo
TheLudicReader @merelybookish haha. My grandparents lived in Morrisdale and my bff has property in Hampstead. I probably drive by your place a dozen times during the summer. That drive never gets old. 2mo
merelybookish @TheLudicReader My dad grew up in Hampstead. 🙂 And you absolutely do pass by our place. We are #6712. Just before the Oak Point wharf. 2mo
Bookwomble Congrats on your new, and so worthwhile, job 😊💖 2mo
kspenmoll Best of everything for your new job. 💕 2mo
Centique What a lovely photo and best wishes for the new job 💕 2mo
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Book 2 of the Alberta trilogy is a heartbreaker. Alberta, her parents now dead, has moved to Paris. She leads an aimless life, fraternizing with artists, staying in seedy lodgings, scribbling on scraps of paper but unable to write in a dedicated way. But what does freedom mean? Is not doing a kind of freedom, especially for a woman? Frustrating and yet powerful too.

merelybookish I forgot to add this fits for #wit month and for the year 1931 of the #192025 challenge. @Librarybelle 2mo
Librarybelle Frustrating and powerful…good description! 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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What else could it be? My first literary true love.❤️ #LetterJ
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TheLudicReader I left The Bobbsey Twins behind forever when I discovered Jane Eyre. 2mo
batsy Mine too. This set the bar for me in some ways 💗 2mo
merelybookish @TheLudicReader @batsy It's interesting how Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are the classics version of YA. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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BarbaraBB I loved both! 2mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Both so inventive and moving! 2mo
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Last year, I joined the ranks of the Laurie Colwin fanclub. Her novels are of the "not much happens/everything happens" ilk. They capture human foibles and relationships with wisdom and grace, all with a light touch. This one is about two couples figuring out love.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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I don't like Carver's fiction but I do like his poetry. 🤷
#rough #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

Graywacke That is terrific 2mo
TheSpineView Wonderful!💜 2mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Any poem I find by him is pretty great! 2mo
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