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merelybookish

merelybookish

Joined September 2016

Recovering academic. Wannabe writer. Perpetual student. Excellent napper. 2019, my year of reading Woolf. Occasional #shakespearereadalong host.
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Revolver | Robyn Schiff
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A collection of poems that traces the history and impact of the array of new objects (including the #revolver) on display at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Haven't read it but the premise is interesting.
@cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen Very interested premise and poetry 💕 20h
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Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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This books begins with an explosion at MOMA, a dead mother, and the disappearance of a Dutch #masterpiece. The next 100,000 pages (give or take 😏) explore the aftermath of those events on Theo.
I liked this book but would have liked it better if some pages (like hundreds) had been cut.
Anyone see the movie? I'm guessing it was long.
@cinfhen #MOvember

Bookzombie Lol about the page count! 😂😂 2d
Cinfhen Hahahahaha! Is the movie out?? Missed that, I guess. I agree....book was wayyyyyy too long. But it does remain memorable ☺️ 2d
erzascarletbookgasm 😆 I still haven‘t read it. I take it‘s long winded! 2d
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VioletBramble I saw the movie. It was just slightly longer than usual movie time. They left out a lot of the Vegas stuff. I liked it. The kids did a great job portraying young Theo and Boris. 2d
merelybookish @Cinfhen Agreed. I do recall specific scenes and I think Tartt can write a killer sentence. 2d
merelybookish @Bookzombie @erzascarletbookgasm It's a good novel. Especially if you like'em long. 😜 2d
merelybookish @VioletBramble Good to know! I remember finding certain sections particularly interminable such as the time spent in Las Vegas suburbia. 2d
LibrarianRyan I saw the movie but never read the book (I knew it wasn't going to be my thing). It was LONGGGGG. Or it felt long (like 100,000 pages). And a bit boring. Was glad i didn't actually pay to see the movie. 2d
ljuliel I haven‘t read this ( couldn‘t get into it when I first tried and haven‘t tried again). I hear the same comments from everyone about the LV section of the book. It must be everyone‘s least favorite part. 2d
merelybookish @LibrarianRyan Somehow I'm not surprised! 😛 2d
merelybookish @ljuliel Yeah, arguably the main character feels stuck so the experience of reading about it conveys that feeling well. Still...way.too.long 2d
cathipink The book is in my top 3 🙂 haven't seen the movie yet but I will (I've heard it's terrible so I'm scared). The Amsterdam part is what felt long to me 🤣 it takes all kinds, right? 2d
britt_brooke I loved this book, but yeah, it definitely could‘ve lost a few pages. I‘m not keen on seeing the movie. (edited) 1d
merelybookish @cathipink Is Amsterdam where Theo holes up in a hotel room for YEARS?! Because yes, that felt long too! 😆 1d
merelybookish @britt_brooke I don't have any desire either. It has that earnest book adaptation quality that is inevitably disappointing. 1d
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Rooster | Don Trembath
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Oh #luckystar, it's here! 💫🤩💖And I have some reading to do!! #tob
Themorningnews.org/article/the-year-in-fiction-2019
@cinfhen #MOvember
@reggie @BarbaraBB @thebluestocking @Ruthiella @batsy @mklong @zelma @BkClubCare

merelybookish Initial observation. A lot of short story collections! 3d
mklong I am looking forward to spending some time with the list tonight. There are several on that are new to me, and while I love rooting for my favorites, it‘s finding those new gems that is my favorite part of this comp. (edited) 3d
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merelybookish @mklong Agreed! And as usual I haven't read that many on the list! 3d
Cinfhen Waiting to hear what @BarbaraBB thinks!!! Lots of short stories and a few NEVER heard of titles. Happy to see 3d
BarbaraBB I‘ve only read three any have another four on my shelves! Of many I‘ve never even heard. And many short stories indeed. But I‘ve already noticed some I am going to stack! Love it! 3d
Ruthiella I‘ve only read 5 of the 60+. I just put Ducks, Newburyport on hold at the library. I have a feeling it will make the shortlist plus I am super curious about it myself!😀 3d
merelybookish @Cinfhen That's been on my TBR for a while! 3d
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I've read 8. And don't plan to read The Testaments or the Marlon James. But that leaves plenty of options! 3d
merelybookish @Ruthiella I ordered it from the library a while ago but was in no mood to tackle it once it showed up! 🤣 But I might give it another go, maybe over the Xmas holidays. I agree that it seems short-list material. 3d
BarbaraBB What do you think @Cinfhen ? (edited) 3d
BarbaraBB @merelybookish Eight, that‘s good! I am going to read the ones I own and then wait for the shortlist before buying any new books 😉 3d
Emilymdxn Im on 11 plus I‘m currently half way through listening to the water dancer! I‘d love to read all of them cause I love reading lists and comparing them with people but holy budget batman. Home remedies and we cast a shadow are on my library ebook service so I‘ll definitely be able to read those and should be able to track down a couple of others! 3d
merelybookish @Emilymdxn I think I can access most of them through the library but there's always a few obscure titles that are elusive. 3d
Emilymdxn @merelybookish because of my work hours I can almost never get to the library physically, I use library ebooks and audiobooks a lot but that limits my choice a lot more than reading paper books :( 3d
LauraJ That‘s a long list! I‘ve only read two so far. 2d
batsy Haha, well played! And thank you for sharing, going to peruse the list in detail 🧐 2d
Redwritinghood I can‘t believe it‘s out already! It seems like we just finished last year‘s. 2d
Cinfhen I‘ve read 12 @BarbaraBB @merelybookish of the 12 I‘d only like to see 3 continue On Earth, Girl/Woman and Childrens Archive. I own 5 more ( but not sure if I‘ll read MJ or Ducks yet) but will try to get to the other 3: Nickel Boys, Trust Exorcise, Golden State. There are a few I wanted to read regardless but I‘m not planning on buying books just from this long list. BTW: How gorgeous are those field notebooks featuring the National Parks?!?! 2d
BarbaraBB Wow, 12!! I was checking out the reviews of the books and had noticed how many you read but 12 is incredible! On Earth and the Children are faves of mine too. I have a copy of girl/woman and am looking forward to it. I am looking forward to True Exercise and Golden State too, among others. I have stacked many more but am trying to buy no more books this year 🙀 @Cinfhen (edited) 2d
batsy So that list is really interesting. I've read one so far 🤣 I'm worried about all of us who haven't read Ducks... How will we have time for the rest of the books 😅🦆 2d
Zelma I haven‘t read any of them yet, but that‘s not unusual. I love the ToB even when I haven‘t read anything on it. I am just here for the commentary. 🥰 2d
Zelma Slightly disappointed The Testments is on the list but not surprised. I like seeing more obscure titles so I hope it stays off the short list. 2d
merelybookish @Cinfhen That is impressive and makes me want to read Girl, Woman, Other even more. (As opposed to The Testaments..😒) And yes, those field notes are goegeous! 1d
merelybookish @batsy Ducks is a beast! But I'm trapped errr staying with family on a remote island over Xmas. A gigantic book might fit the bill! 1d
merelybookish @Zelma I agree! The commentaries are so nuanced that you don't need to have read the books to appreciate the conversation. 1d
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Enjoying a lazy Monday morning with the cat and this month's #nyrbbookclub pick. Only a chapter in and already hooked. @Leftcoastzen @vivastory

Suet624 I‘m halfway through and feeling so sorry for Miss Hearne that it‘s hard to keep going. I will, of course, but I‘m finding it‘s hurting my heart. 3d
Reviewsbylola I love the NYRB cover but this one is nice too! 3d
vivastory Sounds like a perfect day 3d
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Liz_M I want a lazy Monday. I'm on the third cup of coffee and I still don't feel awake. 😌 😴 3d
merelybookish @Suet624 Oh dear! 🙁 Thanks for the heads up! 3d
merelybookish @Reviewsbylola Yeah, not as pretty as the NYRB but still interesting! It the New Canadian Library version. 3d
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, not bad! 3d
merelybookish @Liz_M I'm sorry! The past week was like that for me so I'm not feeling too bad about a lazy day. I hope you get one soon! 🙂 3d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 We have a way of choosing our main characters don‘t you think? All of them feel like real life persons! 3d
BarbaraBB Enjoy your day Margot, the book is hard to put it down! (edited) 3d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB so true about the characters in these novels we‘re reading. Also true that while my heart aches for Judy, I can‘t stop reading. 3d
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thank you! It was lovely! 2d
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Blue Castle | L M Montgomery
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I remain a #trueblue fan of L. M. Montgomery after all these years. It's been a while since I've read this one. Might be time for a re-read.
@Cinfhen #MOvember.

rubyslippersreads 💙 this book! 3d
Cinfhen #BookishConfession I bailed on Anne and I‘ve never tried any other books by this author 🙈 3d
batsy Yes 💙 3d
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merelybookish @rubyslippersreads I've only read it once for grad school! I need to re-read! 3d
merelybookish @Cinfhen That's okay! We can still be friends! 😀 3d
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen You should try again@! This book is for adults. Or start with my favorite 3d
Cinfhen Ok @rubyslippersreads I will try again...but not today 😉 2d
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen Tomorrow is another day! Oops, wrong book. 😂 2d
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My current audiobook. Irby's essays on topics such as love, weight, and depression sometimes straddle that #borderline between painful hilarity and hilarious pain. @cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen I listened to this one!! Some are very funny others not soooo much but I agree/ it‘s all done with a humorous tone and subtlety! 4d
merelybookish @Cinfhen I agree! Some are definitely funnier than others! I did laugh pretty hard at the one about her cat Helen Keller. 🤣 4d
Cinfhen Me too!!! 4d
readordierachel I love her 🧡 4d
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Last night I went to hear Lindy West at the Tattered Cover. I had bought my ticket back in August, and I won't lie, at 6 pm last night all I wanted to do was put on my pjs and veg on the couch with a book and Jeopardy, not deal with Denver traffic and scanty parking options. But I went. And it was 💯 worth it! She was funny, clever, quick-witted, and kind. We laughed a lot. I even stayed in the giant line to get my book signed.

Leftcoastzen See that‘s the thing ,the older we get this happens. You buy a ticket, look forward to he event, but the day of the event, you just want to go home and give up. Yet every time I go to something like this , it‘s totally worth it! I bet she was amazing! 4d
BarbaraBB Great picture. I don‘t know her or the book. Am I missing out on something? (edited) 4d
MidnightBookGirl I'm listening to this book right now! So good! Glad you resisted the urge to stay in (the struggle is real!) because she definitely seems the type of author to put on a good event. And as a bookseller and occasional events manager, we LOVE when people come out. 4d
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Reviewsbylola I would love to hear her speak! 4d
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen Oh so true! I just get so dang tired by Friday night! 👵 4d
merelybookish @BarbaraBB She's a very topical writer here in the US. She writes for the NY Times about current events from a strong feminist perspective. She's also a proponent for body liberation. And she writes about pop culture too. You could probably find some of her essays online to get a taste but I thoroughly enjoyed her last book! 4d
merelybookish @MidnightBookGirl She read the Ted Bundy essay last night. So good! And there were lots of people out to see her! 4d
merelybookish @Reviewsbylola I would definitely recommend. Even if you're feeling tired and cranky! 😉 4d
KendallHershey I‘m going to see her next week! 4d
merelybookish @KendallHershey Oh fun! You will laugh! 4d
BarbaraBB Thanks for explaining, I will look online for her! 4d
RealBooks4ever Loved SHRILL! I‘m 137th in line for this new book at the library! 💜 4d
sprainedbrain I love Lindy! Glad you went. 😃 4d
cathipink Oh gosh, I was there too 🙂🙂 I didn't wait to have my book signed though. It was such a fun event - I can't wait to read the entire book 🙂 4d
merelybookish @RealBooks4ever I also loved Shrill! And I expect the new one will be worth the wait! 4d
merelybookish @cathipink That's fun! Do you go to readings there often? Maybe we could try to.meet up sometime! 4d
merelybookish @cathipink And not getting your book signed was a wise decision, although she was really nice and made an effort to be personable with everyone! 4d
cathipink I would love to meet up 🙂 I don't go a ton bc I'm trying to limit book purchases 😬 but I enjoy the events at Tattered (and Bookbar). I'm a Friend of TC and go when I can 🙂 4d
merelybookish @cathipink I don't go a ton either just because I've apparently become part hermit. 😆 But let me know next time you're going! 4d
readordierachel So cool! 3d
Reggie How nice!! 3d
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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This "nonfiction novel" as Capote called it was as good as everyone said. It's a riveting story and a fascinating example of how a 'true' story gets written. It has left me with a lot of questions (not about the murder, although WHO was smoking the cigarettes Nancy kept smelling?) but about Capote and his process and his involvement with this topic. In the end, the book got me thinking about (toxic) masculinity which was not what I expected!

Daisey I‘m just over halfway through. I‘m thoroughly intrigued by the story and enjoying the writing. 5d
readordierachel I was wondering about those cigarettes, too! I've fallen way behind (we moved this week) but hope to catch up this week. I will reading with an eye toward toxic masculinity now! 5d
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ljuliel In case you‘re interested in reading more about Capote during the writing of this book. : 5d
BarbaraBB Great review and interesting question. 5d
merelybookish @Daisey Oh good! Look forward to hearing more of your thoughts! 5d
merelybookish @readordierachel Those cigarettes are a red herring, I guess! 🤔 And I don't know...in the last section the masculinity thing came up. I can explain why after you've done. I guess I started to wonder how Capote's position as a gay man also affected how he hells the story. Basically all my questions are Capote related. 😂 (And I hope the move went well! Never easy!!) 5d
merelybookish @ljuliel Thank you for the recommendation! It's exactly what we were hoping existed. 🙂 5d
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thanks! And thanks for encouraging us to read it!! 5d
ljuliel You might want to try locating this book also. Our library used to have a really old copy of it, which they no longer have. There‘s a chapter in here called GHOSTS AND SUNLIGHT. THE FILMING OF IN COLD BLOOD. I think that‘s the story I read. It explains in detail how difficult writing In Cold Blood was, since he got so well acquainted with so many key people, including the killers. I think this was the beginning of his downfall. 5d
youneverarrived The film Capote is worth a watch if you haven‘t seen it already. 5d
batsy Great review! I finished last night & my only complaint is that I didn't find it as gripping as I thought I would. When I put it down, I wasn't really itching to pick it up again. (I think that's just me, tho!) I have the same questions about the cigarettes. I'd love to know more of your thoughts about toxic masculinity. For me the whole experience of reading it was about the senselessness of masculine aggression, a bit like watching Mind Hunter. 4d
batsy @ljuliel Thanks for the tip about that book! I'm super curious about Capote's whole process and will see if I can access that. @readordierachel Hope the move went well and all the best with settling in! 💜 4d
merelybookish @batsy I found the last section a bit of a slog, when he got into the death penalty and so on. But all the profiles of men on death row started me thinking about the kind of toxic masculinity and sense of white male entitlement that leads to domestic violence and.school shootings today. And I'm curious about Capote's perspective as a gay man. 4d
merelybookish @batsy But yes, senseless male aggression pretty much nails it! 4d
batsy @merelybookish Yes, when he talked about Lowell Lee Andrews and the AWOL soldiers George York and James Latham I got the sense that maybe Capote was wrestling with these questions about violence & the formation of a certain type of masculinity, too. I don't know if you've seen Mindhunter but that's what it feels like watching the show—the ever present specter of toxic masculinity. 4d
merelybookish @batsy That's exactly where I first felt it, the section where he describes Andrews killing his family in such a blase way. (it's also where Capote describes his sister Jennie May as "intelligent but rather plain" ?) I have not watched Mind Hunter and Im not sure toxic masculinity is much of a sell. ? 4d
batsy @merelybookish Re: Mindhunter, I hear you! I watched the first season & found it really compelling but it takes a mental & emotional toll. I don't know if I'll get around to the 2nd season. 4d
merelybookish @ljuliel Great! Thank you! I know he became friends with Perry Smith and I felt that in the book. 4d
merelybookish @youneverarrived Good to know! My husband has it so plan to watch it soon! 4d
TheLudicReader The movie Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, is really excellent, too. It takes a look at this period in Capote‘s life. 4d
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Calvin and Hobbes | Bill Watterson
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@batsy posted about Hume, which reminded me of Hobbes, which made me think of Calvin & Hobbes, which often captures #humannature.
@Cinfhen #MOvember

wanderinglynn I love Calvin & Hobbes. ❤️👍🏻 7d
batsy Perfect! 👌🏽💜 6d
Tamra My son. 😆 6d
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Cinfhen Fantastic 🏆 6d
Cathythoughts Brilliant 👍🏻❤️ 6d
Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 6d
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Reading poetry is often #likeaprayer for me.
@cinfhen #MOvember

Emilymdxn What an awesome poetry shelf! 1w
Cinfhen They look like they are beloved volumes 🥰 1w
TheBookHippie I agree. I love it! 1w
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merelybookish @Cinfhen Yes some are well loved! And I bought some second hand. 1w
Cathythoughts Yes poetry is like that ! I agree 👍🏻❤️✨ 1w
kathedron *happy sigh* ❤ 1w
batsy Yes! 💕 1w
britt_brooke 💚 1w
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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MacFarlane explores the underland, the places beneath our feet and in our imaginations, where treasures are hid and secrets disposed. He goes beneath cities, through mines, into caves, and down holes in the ice. It is a fascinating and beautiful journey, even as it becomes clear how nothing remains in the underland forever, especially as our climate shifts. Inevitably the #future of the planet becomes part of this story, too.
@Cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen Sounds really fascinating 1w
Emilymdxn I loved this book! 1w
merelybookish @Cinfhen It was! Dense at times but really interesting! He weaves so much today! 1w
merelybookish @Emilymdxn Me too! Have you read any of his previous books? 1w
Emilymdxn Yes I‘ve read the old ways and lost words both of which were fantastic! 1w
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Well, this is weird. The Clutter house is currently for sale. Maybe I could go to an open house. ( Just kidding. My curiosity does not go that far!)
Link is from realtor.com. Not much of an "untold" story but some info about whose owned the house since the murders.
#readcoldblood @readordierachel @batsy @Texreader @daisey
 @Cathythoughts

vivastory I'd want to visit, but I definitely wouldn't want to live there... 1w
BarbaraBB This house is coming up all the time! Maybe you should visit it, you know it‘s just a few hours away 💕 1w
ljuliel I wouldn‘t mind living there. I might sound like a Fruitcake , ( but I don‘t really care) . The spirits of that poor family have got to still be lingering there. I believe I‘d talk to them a lot , and promise them to take good care of their house. I‘m sure they‘re not “ bad spirits” that‘d cause problems. They died in a violent and unsettling manner , so I think they‘d still be there , lingering............ 1w
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batsy What @vivastory said ... I've started it & really intrigued by how Capote spins the tale like a novel, but also periodically looking up pictures of the Clutter family & feeling sad 1w
merelybookish @vivastory Who would want to live in Holcomb, KS? 😬🤣 1w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thanksgiving holiday is coming up. I have half a mind to propose a road trip...😏 1w
merelybookish @ljuliel The house needs someone like you! Someone who will tend to its spirits...and I agree, it's easy to imagine some energy lingers... 1w
merelybookish @batsy It's hard to resist googling all the "characters" which then reminds you they were real people! ? Glad you started. Rachel and I had a discussion on her post about the writing, how it challenges the idea of "true account." 1w
readordierachel It's making me quite sad, too @batsy I don't think I'd want to visit... 1w
GingerAntics It probably doesn‘t look like it did during the murders. I doubt they‘ve put signs “body found here” and “blood spatter here.” 1w
LeahBergen Yep, I think you should road trip! 😆 1w
Daisey I looked up this article and then I had to read a few more . . . It‘s always fascinating to read a book that makes me want to do other research. 1w
merelybookish @GingerAntics That would be beyond morbid if it did. 1w
merelybookish @LeahBergen Nothing says Thanksgiving like true crime tourism. 🤣 1w
merelybookish @Daisey I know! I keep checking out stuff. Eventually I'm going to need to read more about how Capote wrote the book. 1w
GingerAntics That would be pretty twisted, yeah. 1w
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Rooster | Don Trembath
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Oh Yeah! One of my favorite bookish days of the year! 🎉🎉 I know I'm not alone! @thebluestocking @mklong @barbarabb @batsy @zelma @Ruthiella @BkClubCare
#tob

Zelma 👍👏🎉🎉🎉🎉🥂 Yay! 1w
Ruthiella I know! SO EXCITED 😆 🐔 ! (edited) 1w
mklong Already? Yay!!!!! 🐔📚 1w
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LauraJ Get ready, TBRs everywhere! 1w
Megabooks 🥳🎉🥳 1w
batsy Fun! 🎉 1w
BarbaraBB That is such good news! One more week! Thanks for tagging! Also tagging @Redwritinghood @suzisteffen (edited) 1w
Emilymdxn Oh wow I really want to read all these! I loved the tournament this year 1w
BkClubCare So, do we know when Super Rooster is going to be? 1w
thebluestocking I cannot wait!!!! 💙💙 1w
merelybookish @BkClubCare I don't know! What is the super rooster? 1w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thank you! I couldn't remember all the #tobers on her. 1w
merelybookish @Emilymdxn Yes,.it's always a great list of popular, obscure, and in-between! 1w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish the Super Rooster is a bonus ToB composed of all 16 previous winners. It will take place after the regular ToB I read somewhere @BkClubCare 💕 1w
Reggie Me too!!!! 1w
Zelma I can‘t wait for Super Rooster! 😃😍 1w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB @zelma Wow! That is exciting!! (Early prediction. Cloud Atlas wins it all! 😉) 1w
BarbaraBB That‘s quite a prediction! I have to check out who those 16 were!! But I did love Cloud Atlas 😀 1w
Zelma @merelybookish @BarbaraBB I think I am going with a sleeper. Fever Dream to won and shocks everyone. 1w
BkClubCare @merelybookish - I have 3 yet to read (and revisit a few that I DNF‘d) for #SuperRooster. I have no predictions but I will be such fun! I think my favorite is The Good Lord Bird but I have many favorites. Might have to reread Cloud Atlas. 1w
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The Accidental | Ali Smith
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Another collage of covers for the novel that made me fall in love with Ali Smith. A family of four is on vacation when the #beautifulstranger Amber shows up. Who she is, no one knows but her brief stay has immense impact on each member of the family.
Love, love, love this book! It's bizarre and brilliant and the language is so vivid, it crackles!
@Cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen Ohhh!! What a great blurb. I don‘t have the best track record with Ms. Smith but I‘m very tempted to try this book!!! 1w
MayJasper I need to try an Ali Smith 1w
AnneCecilie This is still on my tbr. Maybe next year? 1w
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emilyhaldi Oh man I need to get my hands on this one!! I ❤️ Ali Smith 1w
merelybookish @Cinfhen I would love you to try it. But it is strange... 1w
Cinfhen I‘ll watch for a used copy or a library loan. It‘s worth a try 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Not #ghosttown but etown in Boulder,.CO. Came to hear a concert. Not Madonna but Valerie June who was AMAZING! Her voice is out-of-this-world!
Sorry, for the cheater post @Cinfhen 🙂
#MOvember

vivastory I saw her open for Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings in Lawrence 2014. One of the best concerts I've ever attended! 1w
Cinfhen Not a cheat!! It‘s using creative licensing 😉😘glad you had a wonderful evening 1w
merelybookish @vivastory Right?! Her voice is crazy! 1w
merelybookish @Cinfhen Thanks! 😊 1w
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The Waves | Virginia Woolf
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This week's #bookreport. I did pretty well.
☂️I finished The Waves and Heavy.
☂️I read an act of King Lear.
☂️I started In Cold Blood in print and Underland on audio
November is proving to be a pretty good reading month so far. 🙂
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TheBookHippie Read King Lear read the news updates 🤯...😳🤣 2w
Joyfulmimi What did you think about The Waves? 2w
Cinfhen I‘m thinking of trying Heavy on audio! 2w
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Cape Breton, part of Nova Scotia, is not typically what comes to mind for #laislabonita, although it is very beautiful in a cold, rocky, rugged, soaring kind of way.
The stories in this collection are set there. MacLeod left as a young man, but Cape Breton haunted his imagination. I'm not a "Caper" but these stories capture life in Atlantic Canada. They amazed me when I read them as an undergrad. I still think about them.
@cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen Sounds like a hauntingly beautiful place 2w
JacqMac I‘m a Caper. I left at 18, but my family is still there. I might have to read this. 2w
merelybookish @Cinfhen It is! A beautiful place to visit in summer! 😉 2w
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merelybookish @JacqMac Oh cool! Do you go back to visit ever? And yeah, I'd loved to hear your thoughts! 2w
JacqMac @merelybookish I go back every year or two to visit family. I miss the ocean the most. 2w
merelybookish @JacqMac Oh me too! I'm hoping to move back in the next few years. 2w
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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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Some recent (and as yet unread) books about women's rage and its power! 😡💪
#expressyourself #MOvember @Cinfhen

Emilymdxn I love good and mad so much!! Rage becomes her is also on my list but not sure exactly when I‘ll get to it 2w
merelybookish @Emilymdxn Good to know! I like her articles but have never read one of her books. 2w
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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Reading an amazing chapter on the history of the Paris Catacombs.
#TIL cataphile - a person who likes to explore, make art, party and/or inhabit the Catacombs
Catacop - the police trained to enforce the laws in the Catacombs. #nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388
And today I surpassed 100,000 litfluence (which I know doesn't matter 😉).🎉🎉 Still, kinda fun. Thanks everyone! 😘

readordierachel Catacop makes me think of a cat in a police outfit 😆 2w
Soubhiville Nice! Congratulations! 2w
vivastory Congrats on the milestone! Celebrate responsibly, otherwise you'll find yourself in trouble with 😺👮🚓 2w
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Bklover Congratulations on your milestone!!! 2w
Daisey Congratulations! 🎉 2w
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 on your milestone 💫 2w
batsy A deserved milestone! 🎉 This calls for a party in the catacombs! (I'm mildly claustrophobic but also eternally fascinated with them) 2w
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, must avoid that! 😀 2w
merelybookish @Soubhiville @Bklover @Daisey Thank you! Love hanging out with all you kind, fun Littens! 2w
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 😘 Your emoji use is on point! 😀 2w
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! I'm good on the Catacombs. Fun to read about. No need to visit! 😯But maybe someday we'll get that Litsy dance party! 💃 2w
veritysalter I had a fantastic afternoon in the Paris Catacombs, there is real beauty in the displays, and a quietness that is fitting. ☠️ I want to visit Sedlec Ossuary in Prague next. 2w
Clwojick 4pts. AND congratulations!!!! 😍 2w
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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You guys were right! Truman Capote's #iconic true crime account is enthralling! And last night, I realized our #readcoldblood buddy read coincides with the 60th anniversary of the murders that inspired the book. 😯
#MOvember @cinfhen
@batsy @readordierachel @Texreader @kspenmoll @Cathythoughts

readordierachel Whoaa. What a wild coincidence! It's fate then 😉 2w
readordierachel I'm second guessing my use of a winky face emoji on a post about murder... 2w
merelybookish @readordierachel Yes, definitely fated. And I didn't read the wink as about the murder. More a comment on our brilliance. 😏 2w
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readordierachel Perfect. As it was intended 😆 2w
batsy Wow, that's wild! And yup @readordierachel winky face for our brilliance 😆 2w
Cinfhen Wow!!! That‘s awesome timing / 60 years isn‘t that long ago 2w
GingerAntics Oh that‘s so cool! I wish I could read it with you guys. I won‘t be able to get a copy in time. 2w
merelybookish Well if you can get a copy, please join. It's a pretty low-stakes buddy read. Basically the only "rule" we have is that we will try to read it in November. I have started reading but I'm the only one so far. 2w
Texreader Husband just got his copy to me. I‘ll start it tonight 2w
Daisey I would really like to join in on this one! Looking to see if I can get a copy and fit it in somehow . . . 2w
merelybookish @Daisey Yes, please do! It's pretty casual. Mostly we agreed to read it in November. 2w
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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Something new on audio. It's good so far! A fascinating mix of nature, science and culture.
#TIL: A ruckle is a space created by a bunch of boulders.
#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

rsteve388 That's cool 4 pts 2w
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#Crave usually suggests taste but can you crave a scent? The main character in this book does! He has a keen sense of smell and it drives him to create the ultimate perfume.
I loved this book. It's so rich, macabre, and riveting. I had fun looking at all the different covers. There's definitely a theme!
#MOvember @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB Great post! 2w
Cinfhen @jenniferw88 told me this book would work for #Booked2020 #GothicHorror so I‘m hoping to read it in the coming year!!! 2w
Cinfhen And the covers are fantastic 2w
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Cathythoughts 👍❤️ 2w
Ruthiella I read this decades ago but want to give it a reread. 😀 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thanks! 😊 2w
merelybookish @Cinfhen Perfect! I do recommend! It's really unlike any other novel I've read! 2w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Yes, would definitely merit a re-read sometime! 2w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Another good'un! 2w
Billypar Can't wait to try this one! I saw the movie in the theater and really liked it- I'm sure the book is even better. 2w
Daisey This one is on my #1001books TBR, and this is one of the first posts I‘ve seen that really makes me want to read it. 2w
merelybookish @Billypar Definitely worth a read! And I'm curious about the movie now! 🙂 2w
merelybookish @Daisey Cool! Was it all those covers? It really is a unique read and so compelling! 2w
batsy Well played again! This book is certainly as you describe it... A great one that I think of often even though I read it sometime ago. 2w
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! I keep saying this but it's really unlike any other novel I've read. And in theory, it shouldn't work but it's actually amazing. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Great images! I‘ll put this further up my tbr pile! 2w
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Apparently it works for a Booked2020 prompt, if you're doing that challenge. 🙂 2w
Cinfhen I‘m trying to get my bookclub to read this one 🤞🏼🤞🏼 2w
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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#TIL It's a 5 hour road trip to visit Holcomb, KS, in case I ever feel like going to see the Clutter family home where the murders took place. #nfnov
@Clwojick @rsteve388

TheBookAddict That‘s a long drive! 😳 2w
Lifeisasnap What a book. It might be an interesting trip. Do you think it‘s still there? 2w
Texreader Wow. There‘s an idea to map the distance to a location in a book! But yikes! This one? 😬 2w
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merelybookish @TheBookAddict I drive across Kansas often to visit friends in Kansas City, so it actually doesn't seem that far. 2w
merelybookish @Lifeisasnap Yes, still there. I guess in the 90s, there were tours. 😬 But it's a private residence. 2w
merelybookish @Texreader I was curious because it was described as close to the CO border. But apparently lots of gawkers go there. I wouldn't be the first. 🙂 2w
Texreader @merelybookish I think that was a very cool idea! I want to read the book but a little scared to do so 2w
merelybookish @Texreader I understand! True crime isn't my usual cuppa either but @readordierachel @batsy and I are trying to read it this November. You're welcome to join us. Pretty low stakes. 2w
Texreader Great idea! Are you all very far along? I‘ll have to find a copy to read. 2w
merelybookish @Texreader I just started tonight. I don't think the others have started yet. It's a pretty loose buddy read 2w
Texreader @merelybookish ok good. Husband is finding his copy for me. 2w
merelybookish @Texreader Sorry, hit send before I was done. So no rush. Really all we said was, let's read it in November. 🤓 Everyone on here sings the book's praises so I'm guessing it's more than a tale of murder. 2w
merelybookish @Texreader Excellent! 🙂 2w
kspenmoll I read it ages ago- my dad‘s copy -so a reread decades later might be fun ! 2w
merelybookish @kspenmoll Yay! Please join us! 2w
batsy Oh, this is very cool! I wish I lived close by so this could be a readalong plus road trip 😆 @readordierachel 2w
BarbaraBB I would love to do that too. Unfortunate I have to stick to google earth 😂 2w
merelybookish @batsy I know! A readalong road trip would be next level! 😀 2w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Should I ever go, I'll be sure to send you a pic! 2w
readordierachel @batsy Sign me up for the read along road trip! Meet y'all there 😆 2w
readordierachel And no, I haven't started yet. But plan to start this week! 2w
GingerAntics Oh that might be worth the drive, though! 2w
merelybookish @GingerAntics I think I could make a little jaunt down there someday! 2w
GingerAntics I don‘t see why not. Maybe make a weekend of it if there is anything else in the area or along the way. Hm. It would be fun to check it out. 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 2w
Graywacke Think I‘ve about done that drive a few times. The Kansas part is ok as long as your not on i-70 (flat! And straight 😴 Not so busy at that time though...1990‘s) 2w
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Okay! Finally diving into this Litsy favourite!
@batsy @readordierachel
#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

batsy Look forward to seeing what you think! I've sort of overbooked myself with multiple group reads 🙈 I hope to start this next week! 2w
merelybookish @batsy I understand! But I feel like it's time for me to *finally* read this book that everyone adores! 🙂 2w
Rachel.Rencher This is such a good one! If you like it, read 2w
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Cathythoughts I look forward to hearing all your thoughts.... I think@it‘s a brilliant book 2w
BarbaraBB So so so good!! 2w
merelybookish @Rachel.Rencher Cool! Thanks! 2w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Not very far but already loving the writing. I really appreciated his description of the eastern Colorado/Western KS landscape. 2w
Cathythoughts Oh no !! I reread it this year ! Now I want to reread again ❤️❤️💔 2w
Cathythoughts Whats yeer time frame ? 2w
youneverarrived I hope you like it! I read it maybe last year or the year before and I still think about it. 2w
Blaire It is so good! As a Kansan it was required reading. 2w
readordierachel 👍🏼👍🏼 2w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts By all means join us for the least structured buddy buddy read ever. 🙂 2w
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Cathythoughts Thanks Margot 👍❤️ 2w
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Poems | William Carlos Williams
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Prompt made me think of this poem. It's kind of an apology but is he #sorry?
#MOvember @cinfhen

batsy Well played! 2w
merelybookish @batsy Love me some WCW! 😊 2w
vivastory The original #sorrynotsorry 2w
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Cinfhen Ha!! 2w
readordierachel Perfect 😆 2w
jewright My favorite poem by him! 2w
Reggie Lololol 2w
jillrhudy Apology NOT accepted, I have thought for 35 years! Go buy more you filcher! 2w
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I've spent most of today in the car. Dropping off and picking up people at school, the orthodontist, and the airport. I'm pooped!
The only upside is all that driving meant I listened to about half of this memoir. It is beautiful, important, and heavy.
#TIL The name Kiese means joy.
#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Blaire I‘ve heard good things about one. 2w
merelybookish @Blaire It's really good! A bit like Coates's Between the World in Me, a very honest and specific story about being black in the US. 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 2w
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"You will do foolish things, but do them with with enthusiasm."
Oh those French women writers, they are their own brand of #girlsgonewild. @batsy posted about Anais Nin. This is Colette who flouted so-called proper female behavior her whole life. A recent article described her as "wild, controversial, and free." I've only read Claudine at School but plan to read her other works... eventually. ?
@cinfhen #movember

Megabooks Nice choice! 2w
youneverarrived I love that quote 🖤 2w
merelybookish @Megabooks Thanks! 😊 2w
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merelybookish @youneverarrived She had a bunch of great lines, especially about cats. 😺 Have you read any Colette? She seems like someone in your wheelhouse. 2w
batsy Love this choice! Was thinking of going with her for this prompt, as well, and tagging this excellent bio. It's more riveting than a lot of plotty novels! 2w
merelybookish @batsy Cool! I will add it to my TBR Collette stack. 🤓 She is pretty fascinating! I know she wrote in bed and had a special desk designed for it, which I admire immensely! 2w
youneverarrived I‘ve only read Cheri and was a bit disappointed but still want to read the Claudine series 🙂 she fascinates me as a person though! 2w
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My #weeklyforecast. Finish a few. Start some others. Mostly trying to read for #nfnov.
@cinfhen @Clwojick @rsteve388

vivastory I hope you like (not sure that's the right word) In Cold Blood 2w
Megabooks Heavy is so good! 2w
Cinfhen Sounds like a sustainable plan!! I‘m trying to read a bit “more” for #NFNovember too 2w
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readordierachel Good plan! 2w
merelybookish @vivastory Everyone sings its praises so I'm going in with high hopes! 🤞 2w
merelybookish @Megabooks Oh my, good and heavy! 2w
merelybookish @Cinfhen We'll see! 🙂 2w
BarbaraBB In Cold Blood is sooooo good! 2w
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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#Rescueme is not an option for the Mennonite women in this book after they realize the ongoing sexual assault in their community. By talking, they try to figure out whether to stay and forgive or to leave.
One of my best reads of 2019.
#movember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Loved THIS BOOK!!!!!! 3w
jillrhudy I thought it was spectacular 3w
EKonrad Loved this book too! 2w
merelybookish @cinfhen @jillrhudy @EKonrad Toews is such an interesting writer! ♥️ 2w
Reggie This is also on my best of this year list!! 2w
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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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This week's #bookreport
🙏 Still loving The Waves
😀 Still enjoying King Lear
😑 Bailed on Doxology
😀 Liking What If This Were Enough
🙉🙈 Still TBR
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen That‘s the #LifeOfAReader I had a bail this week too 😜and I started two books which I wasn‘t even considering 3w
merelybookish @Cinfhen Very true! But I'm excited because after a crazy October, November is seeming less busy. So lots of reading! 3w
Cathythoughts I loved King Lear in school ❤️💔 3w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts One of his best! 3w
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Two new memoirs by women I've been listening to since the 90s. And they still rock! Got to see them each in concert this past year with @sarahbarnes.
(Reviews are mixed but still would like to give them a read.)
@Cinfhen #movember #music

Cinfhen Nice!!!!! 3w
readordierachel Very cool! I would love to see Liz Phair. 3w
gradcat Wow—so many female musicians publishing memoirs now! How to fit them all in my short reading time? 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3w
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batsy Love Liz Phair but a tad nervous about reading Horror Stories because of the mixed reviews. 3w
merelybookish @readordierachel She was great! If you get the chance to see her life, go!
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merelybookish @batsy I know! I might pick up a library copy and skim for the juicy parts. 😁 3w
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Starting #NFNov with this collection. I enjoy Havrilesky's Dear Polly advice column so hoping I'll enjoy her essays.
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

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Doxology | Nell Zink
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I decided to #cherish my time and bail halfway through Nell Zink's Doxology. This big picture, multigenerational novel started out strong but time was moving too fast, historical events were piling up, and I lost interest in the characters. Still points for the Sassy magazine reference. 😉
I'm sure Madonna would support my life is too short decision!
And I LOVED this video back in the day!
#movember @cinfhen

vivastory Have you read any other Zink? I've been meaning to check out her books for awhile 3w
merelybookish @vivastory No first one. I think this is larger scale than her previous works so I might like her earlier work better. She is very good at dialogue and setting a quirky scene. But she was trying to make some kind of meaning out of the about generational shift between Gen X and now. And her characters were sacrificed to that and it just kind of lost me. 3w
Lindy @vivastory I really enjoyed 3w
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vivastory @Lindy I see that has been described as "mordantly funny" Right up my alley 3w
vivastory @merelybookish That can be really tough to pull off for sure. Rushdie manages it, & a few others, but I think it's really hard to maintain memorable characters & engage in grand generational/cultural arguments. 3w
merelybookish @vivastory Agreed! And my own taste runs more "small moments in a life"than to larger sweeping saga. So maybe this book would suit others. The 90s nostalgia was fun, especially the indie music scene she describes. But once we were into 2008 and soil protection in Ethiopia, I was ? 3w
merelybookish @Lindy Thanks! One of my IRL reading pals really like that one as well! So I may give her another chance. 🙂 3w
BarbaraBB I bailed on the tagged book by her for just those reasons. I think she‘s just not for me! 3w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Good to know! I feel we have similar taste. I might give Mislaid a try sometime. But she may not be for me either. :)
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BarbaraBB @merelybookish I think we have similar taste too. I‘d say don‘t bother with Mislaid. It was just okay for me. ☺️ 3w
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The Snowy Day | Ezra Jack Keats
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This is an absolute pity post. It's been snowing here for days...and it' snowing again... and not expected to stop till tomorrow. I don't even dislike winter but this is TOO MUCH, TOO SOON! 😩

DaveGreen7777 🥶🥶🥶 3w
cathipink I'm so over it and hoping this isn't a precursor to the entire winter😬😬😬 3w
Wife Where are you? It‘s supposed to be cold and windy for us on Halloween 🎃🥶in Michigan #MittenLitten I agree that it‘s way too soon for that much snow ❄️ 3w
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Cinfhen Oh no!!! That‘s not fun 😫 3w
merelybookish @cathipink I take it you're in Colorado too! I'm worried as well. In part because the temps seem to be staying low even after the snow stops. 3w
merelybookish @Wife Colorado.🏔️ It's not uncommon for us to get an early snowy day but it doesn't usually last. This feels like it could be January. 3w
cathipink Yes, Denver metro. Spring was so dreary and gray - I need my winter sun! 3w
merelybookish @cathipink I'm in Lakewood. I feel I've been cheated out of autumn. 😕 3w
merelybookish @Cinfhen No it's not! Kids will be trick or treating in snow suits! 3w
Liz_M @merelybookish Welcome to Minnesota weather. Growing up most of my Halloween costumes were adaptable to fit over a snowsuit because there would be snow on Halloween every few years. The year there was an actual blizzard (22 in in 24 hours, visibility less than 1 block) we still had trick-or-treaters, much to my disappointment (mum left me in charge of the candy and I was planning to eat it all). 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❄️⛄️😳 3w
GingerAntics Beautiful photo though! 💙💙💙🥶❄️⛄️ 3w
LauraJ Wow! Everything here is on fire. 3w
Cathythoughts Yes a gorgeous pic ! I love winter ... we almost never get snow.... I love it 3w
kspenmoll Wow!!!! 3w
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A bit late but here's my weekly forecast.
- finish Virginia Woolf's The Waves 🌊🌊 (💙💙)
- listen to Nell Zink's Doxology (enjoying the 90s nostalgia so far) 🎶🎧
- read Act II of King Lear 👑 👴🇬🇧 for #shakespearereadalong.
And then...perhaps something from the library stack...either essays or short stories.
I like this new tag @cinfhen 😘
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Cinfhen So happy to “see” you!!! I like the lineup you‘ve got 🥰 3w
merelybookish @Cinfhen Me too! I feel like I go a long time without "seeing" you! 3w
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Late and Soon | E.M. Delafield
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Thoroughly enjoyed the Diary of a Provincial Lady, so couldn't resist when I saw this pretty vintage volume by the same author at the bookstore.

Leftcoastzen Cool! 3w
veritysalter @merelybookish Stacked this, I loved The Diary of a Provincial Lady too, I‘ve just bought ‘Thank Heaven Fasting‘, it‘s in my TBR hopefully I‘ll get to it soon. 3w
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Doxology | Nell Zink
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Next up on audiobook. First time reading Nell Zink. I hope I like it better than Frankissstein

GingerAntics This sounds interesting. Can‘t wait to see what you think. 3w
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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For #nonfictionovember and because #longoverdue @readordierachel, @batsy and I will be reading Truman Capote's true crime classic In Cold Blood.
If you want to join us, please do! No set schedule. Just the goal to read it and discuss during November.
(Of course it's possible we are the only ones on Litsy who haven't read it yet. 😅)
#readcoldblood

Cathythoughts What a great book ! I reread it this year. Up there in my top 5 - for the last 40 years - 4w
batsy Yay! So glad we're doing this 😁 4w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Wow! That's fun to hear! 4w
merelybookish @batsy I know! It's only taken us a few months. 😉 4w
readordierachel Seconding @batsy ! Looking forward to it! 4w
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Razor's Edge | W Somerset Maugham
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My meagre haul from this year's library sale. In a short story mood, I guess, and couldn't resist the garish cover on The Razor's Edge. I picked up The Professor in hopes we might have another Bronte readalong in the new year.

andrew61 I would definitely like to join another Bronte readalong! 1mo
merelybookish @andrew61 Oh good! Maybe @LeahBergen @batsy @blaire @saresmoore might be interested too. 🙂 1mo
LeahBergen I‘ve read The Professor but it was years ago. I might be ready for a reread! 1mo
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saresmoore I‘m always up for a Brontë readalong! 1mo
Blaire I would love to do another readalong! 1mo
readordierachel That Razor's Edge cover is awesome 😍 1mo
batsy I haven't read The Professor, so yes please! Would love to join a group read :) 1mo
batsy Great haul and the Mansfield cover is gorgeous. 1mo
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This 'n that: A Memoir | Bette Davis, Michael Herskowitz
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Ha! Think how many of us would be divorced! 😅 Kinda makes me like Bette Davis more!
(A friend just shared this on Facebook. I thought some Littens might enjoy it too!)

GingerAntics Her ex husband sounds like a dim wit. 1mo
sarahbarnes 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
charl08 That is such a brilliant headline. I wonder if I could have or turned into a cushion? 1mo
readordierachel Good thing the article specifies that she's a "blonde" film star. Such important info ? 1mo
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Just started listening to this VERY bookish middle grade novel. Tilly lives over a bookshop run by her grandparents. Suddenly her favourite characters are popping up in her world and then Tilly is going with them into books. There's also a growing mystery.
I'm enjoying it EXCEPT the narrator has given Anne Shirley the WORST accent. She sounds like a cowboy. Everytime she says Avonlea, I cringe. 🤪

Paperback.Propensity That sounds really cool! But why does Anne have a cowboy accent?! 🤔😂 1mo
merelybookish @Paperback.Propensity I think the very British narrator might have only one North American accent. And it's so bad..she keeps pronouncing Avonlea as A-Vaughn-lee. 😩 1mo
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Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Act V! The play ends with Prospero, again showing he's the man in charge! He gives up magic but not before dazzling his captives and audience one last time. LOTS of beautiful speeches! I do love this play!
But what say you #shakespearereadalong friends? A satisfying ending? What's to become of Caliban? And Ariel? Does Prospero get what he wants? Who will he be without his magic? Does his brother get what he deserves? And why the epilogue?

merelybookish Thanks again to all of you who read and participated! As always, your comments bring so much to the experience. (And my apologies for being a somewhat absent host. This past month has been busy!) Our next read is the great tragedy King Lear, perfect for darkening days and rainy weather! @GingerAntics will be hosting! 1mo
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merelybookish @sace Sorry for the late tag. Just learned your new Litsy handle! 😀 1mo
Sace No worries! I'm just grateful y'all let me lurk 🤣 1mo
Graywacke Bewildered. First he, Prospero, let‘s it all go after everything goes right, then the Epilogue!, then Harold Bloom‘s afterword tells me “Prospero” in Italian = Faustus in Latin (means “favored one”), and Bloom forces me to reconsider Caliban all over again. Now my wires are crossed. (“And my ending is despair unless I be relieved by prayer which...frees all faults. ?? !!) 1mo
Gezemice It is a nice tying up of everything in a little bow. Prospero shows everyone who is boss then forgives everyone magnanimously. It is all about theatrics. This was my second read and I liked it better this time. Maybe I understood it better. The language is certainly one of his best. 1mo
Gezemice Maybe that‘s why it is considered as Shakespeare‘s self-expression: going out with a bang but not with a vengeance. Leave a legacy behind and hang up the magician‘s robe. 1mo
IndoorDame I‘m wondering if you mailed the last #lmpbc r6 book? I‘m not in a rush. I just don‘t want it to get lost so if I should be looking for it let me know? 1mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I am so with you. I now need to give it another read through! Language wise this is one of my absolute favorites! (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @merelybookish thanks for hosting like I live!!! It works well for all of us I think. The language in this one just stellar! You could fill a book with quotes! I have to say the ending was like a what in the world oh forevermore toss hands up moment!!! 🤣🤣🤣 still not a fan of Prospero 🙄😬🤷🏽‍♀️ haughty haughty.. 1mo
GingerAntics I think I have the rather unpopular opinion that it was just eh. I found Prospero to be annoying. I wanted to slap him most of the time. Not sure if Shakespeare was inventing the anti-hero here and I just didn‘t catch on or what. 1mo
Lcsmcat I agree with @Graywacke that it‘s confusing to analyze. The language is beautiful but Prospero? He wreaks all this vengeance and then at the merest request from Alonso, he kind of shrugs and says “yeah, OK.” And the Epilogue implies the Prospero knows he‘s the one who needs forgiveness, but he‘s asking the audience? Not those he wronged? 1mo
MoonWitch94 @GingerAntics I agree! I found Prospero to be incredibly annoying, but I know most do not agree with us. I had a professor refer to him once as “full of whimsy & sass”. Nope, not me. @merelybookish thank you for hosting this read, it was great! I enjoyed reading it again with fresh eyes. I agree with @TheBookHippie that the language is beautiful & stellar. 1mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie this immediately becomes one of my favorites too (don‘t tell @GingerAntics ☺️) 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat my thought process changes the more I think about it. Maybe he figured out he was wrong the whole time. Maybe he got what he wanted (a royal and upward marriage for his daughter) and so mission accomplished - or mission required peace to really be accomplished. Maybe Caliban taught him the futility of trying to control everything? ????? (edited) 1mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics @MoonWitch94 It is not my favorite, either. This is my second time and I liked it better than the first time, though. I think the story is really convoluted, but the language is definitely one of his best. It probably improves if you already knows the story. 1mo
merelybookish @Sace Lurk away! 😁 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Ignore whatever Harold Bloom has to say, that was my motto in grad school. 😉 But I am curious why it has you rethinking Caliban? 1mo
merelybookish @Gezemice Yes everything is resolved quite quickly! 1mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie I found myself like Prospero more in this final act probably because of the language. And because he wasn't necessarily being a jerk to anyone..but still I get it! He's only being nice because he got what he wanted. 1mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics is is possible we never agree on these plays? 🤔😛 1mo
merelybookish @Lcsmcat Very good point! I did expect a more forceful takedown of his brother! It's also hard.to.imagine Prospero returning to be Duke of Milan. Still in power but without any magic to aid him. Are we supposed to feel he is.weary of the burden? 1mo
GingerAntics @Graywacke lol to each their own. I‘m sure I have some favourites the baffle others. I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 1mo
merelybookish @MoonWitch94 Glad you could join us! To be clear, I liked the play which is not the same as liking Prospero. I get that he is a controlling ass. Still, he's fascinating. And can put together a pretty speech! 😀 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish 😂 I haven‘t read Bloom but it was a good essay. He discards Caliban‘s colonial aspects (which is weird) and focuses in on other aspects. Is Caliban human? Is he Prospero‘s failure since he could be trained in language but not in morality? Is the attempted rape, underplayed by critics, the key aspect of Prospero‘s failure with Caliban? That kind of thing. And he digs into choice parts of the text regarding him. And...👇 1mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice maybe. The language was nice. I guess I was so annoyed by Prospero, any time he speaks is like the teacher on Charlie Brown so I totally lose Shakespeare‘s wonderful writing. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish and Bloom notes that Caliban is one of the bards most distinct creations, along the lines of Falstaff. 1mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish lol could be. I think we‘ve agreed on a few at some point. I think we all end up liking something slightly different about Shakespeare, so in the end we agree sometimes and disagree other times. 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish i‘m remembering more. As Ariel is wind and fire, Caliban is water and earth. And the earth part is in a quote...👇 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish PROSPERO
Shake it off. Come on;
We'll visit Caliban my slave, who never
Yields us kind answer.
MIRANDA
'Tis a villain, sir,
I do not love to look on.
PROSPERO
But, as 'tis,
We cannot miss him: he does make our fire,
Fetch in our wood and serves in offices
That profit us. What, ho! slave! Caliban!
Thou earth, thou! speak.
CALIBAN
[Within] There's wood enough within.
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merelybookish @Graywacke Oh man, OF COURSE Bloom discards the colonial angle! 🙄 Now I remember why we ignored him in grad school. He represented the kind of literary critic who doesn't want to sully art by involving things like politics. It is interesting to see Caliban as one of Shakespeare's most original creations. But I think that's in part because he is writing an other (a colonial subject) and still imbuing him with some complex humanity. 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish hmm Too much posting by me. Sorry. There‘s the curses. Caliban as powerless except for uttering toothless curses. “You taught me language, and my profit on‘t
Is, I know how to curse. ”
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Graywacke @merelybookish 👍 That fits on this Bloom essay and, of course, on Caliban‘s originality (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke right?!?! 🤣 I need to reread with new eyes yet again. 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Hmmm. I do think the attempted rape is important. And I don't know if it's intended to justify how Caliban is treated or to be seen as proof of his savagery. Still it's hard for me.not to read Caliban as a victim too. 1mo
TheBookHippie @merelybookish I did not like him at all 🙄😭🤷🏽‍♀️😜 he is what we call an asshat. Probably why people don‘t like the play he can really grate on one. @GingerAntics 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Never too much posting! I appreciate it. And find Caliban the Crux of this play in many ways. Plus I'm fascinated by how much my own reading of him has changed..I think as an undergraduate, I would have accepted Bloom's interpretation. But now the issue of colonialism is too glaring. Also,.I'm still unclear on Caliban's fate in the end. Does.he get to stay on the island? 1mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics Agreed! Shows there's something for everyone with the old Bard! 😄 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Prospero reminds me of trump 🤮 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish i can‘t overlook the colonial aspect too. It‘s so there. But it‘s hard to see that and other issues too. And for the moment I see Caliban as a victim first, Prospero is the real failure, if you like. And - the bard doesn‘t tell us Caliban‘s fate. 😕☹️ (edited) 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that is a GREAT way to put it. That‘s that best comparison. 1mo
GingerAntics @merelybookish exactly! That‘s why he‘s so awesome! 1mo
batsy Thank you for hosting! It's been a great readalong with everyone's comments and the discussion. That we don't know what happens to Caliban kind of frustrates me, as well. I don't know if Prospero gets redemption, as such, which makes the ending a bit darker than I expected. 1mo
batsy I'm still mulling over the depiction of Caliban & the rape issue, as well. Rape at the time being less about the violation of women & more about the "theft" of the property of another man. The action is vile, but I'm not sure if Shakespeare meant for it to be read as a particular quality of the "native savage", or as a sign of just how disobedient Caliban is to attempt to rape the daughter of his (self-declared) master. Ugh on all counts, tho ? 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love reading everyone‘s comments. Interesting and insightful. On the surface this seems a ‘happy‘ ending? Prospero got back his duke title (or rather demands it) and forgives all his betrayers; Alonso reunited with Ferdinand who will be marrying Miranda.. but we don‘t know the fate of Caliban? I assume he‘ll be free once Prospero returns to Milan. Vague ending. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm One thing that I find ‘weird‘ or caught my attention..why the heck were Miranda and Ferdinand playing chess ♟ of all things?! 1mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Yes! Agreed! When I went looking for artwork for this act, most of the pictures were of them playing chess. 🤷 Is it some reference to them developing the necessary skills as future politicians? 1mo
Gezemice @erzascarletbookgasm Yeah, I thought that was a bit odd, too. I think he was meant to show they were together and playing an innocent passtime - being in love but also obediently virtuous. Chess must have been well known at the time. 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish Harold Bloom passed away yesterday. RIP... 1mo
Graywacke This morning I started reading James Baldwin‘s No Name in the Street and he is describing his perspective of the then French attitude towards Algerians (in the 1950‘s). The language: “unable to civilize”, “couldn‘t trust”, “in a word they were rapists”. Caliban. It‘s somehow more deeply disheartening with this play in mind. 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke That's weird! Haven't thought about Harold.Bloom in years! I went on Twitter and then I read about his sexual harassment. 🙁 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke I can see how that would be jarring..how long those stereotypes live on! 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish per Bloom - oye. 1mo
jewright @Graywacke Wow, I remember citing Harold Bloom in a lot of papers, but I haven‘t thought about him in a long time. (edited) 1mo
merelybookish @jewright I know! @graywacke and I had a conversation him in relation to the Tempest. And next day, he died. But like you, he hadn't crossed my mind in 10+ years.🤨 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish @jewright a strangely timed conversation, indeed. And now I know he‘s both worth reading and really flawed. He‘s not the only one, of course. Authors make a strange bunch. 1mo
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There's a 1930club reading challenge going on among some book blogs. Point is to read a book published in 1930. It's inspired me to finally read this classic that @erzascarletbookgasm sent me a while ago.

BarbaraBB Sounds like a great reading challenge 1mo
Susannah I have this book on my to-be-read list too. I look forward to knowing what you think of it. 1mo
Ruthiella I‘m doing this too! I am currently reading As I Lay Dying. It‘s more like homework than pleasure though. I‘ve only read the first Provincial Lady book and found it delightful!😀 1mo
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merelybookish @BarbaraBB Yes! Fun to research what was published in that year. This was already on my shelf so was an easy pick. 🙂 1mo
merelybookish @Susannah Will do! It's described on the back as the original Bridget Jones! 😀 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella haha. Yes, I read that years ago for a class. Didnt hate it but not exactly a fun read. 1mo
Susannah Wow! My copy doesn‘t say that. Maybe I‘ll be picking it up sooner than planned. 😍 1mo
merelybookish @Susannah it's a pretty good tag line! 1mo
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Aug 9--Fog | Kathryn Scanlan
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Page one of this funny, wise little book.
Scanlon found a diary by an 86 year-old woman at an estate sale. Then she refashioned it, keeping the writer's word but cutting and rearranging her sentences. The diarist notes changes in the weather, illnesses, meals prepared, and a humdinger of a jigsaw puzzle. It is sparse and short, simple and wise. It attests to the complex beauty of life. It made me smile and tear up. Buying a copy for my nightstand

readordierachel What a clever idea! 1mo
batsy Lovely review! I've been curious about this one and you've convinced me. 1mo
LeahBergen This sounds great! 1mo
merelybookish @readordierachel Agreed! The prologue describes her relationship with the diary and how she came to 'refashion' it after 15 years. It was intriguing! 1mo
merelybookish @batsy @leahbergen Thanks! It really is a short book (you can easily read it in a 1/2 hour). But it also feels like a book you could read over and over again! 1mo
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Once upon a time, Howland was peers with Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood. She was mentored by Saul Bellow and won a MacArthur grant in 1983. Then she was forgotten. This collection aims to revive her literary reputation. In her stories, she documents the changing landscape of Chicago, those affected by white flight, particularly the old and the poor. I didn't love all the stories, but 30+ years later, many of them still feel relevant.

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King Lear | William Shakespeare
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What do you do when you have no time to read? Buy more books, of course! Stopped at Goodwill today for boots for my son and instead got the next
📚#shakespearereadalong pick
📚In Cold Blood (in case @readordierachel and @batsy and I get around to reading it. 😁)
📚A pretty copy of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

LeahBergen That IS a pretty edition of Spark! 1mo
Chrissyreadit In Cold Blood is amazing! 1mo
batsy I was just thinking about In Cold Blood today 😁 @readordierachel 1mo
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Aimeesue Lovely Spark! Obviously la crème de la crème. (edited) 1mo
readordierachel Very pretty copy! And, yes, I still want to read In Cold Blood one of these days! 😃 @batsy 1mo
Reviewsbylola In Cold Blood is fantastic! 1mo
merelybookish @readordierachel @batsy Want to try for nonfiction November? 1mo
merelybookish @Chrissyreadit @Reviewsbylola I have only ever heard raves! Need to bump it to the top of the #TBR 1mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @Aimeesue Thanks! Creme de la.creme indeed! 😁 1mo
batsy @merelybookish @readordierachel Yes! Let's do it 🙂🤞🏽 1mo
merelybookish @batsy @readordierachel okay! It's on!! Let's make it loose, anytime in November! I'll make a post and see if anyone else wants to join. Of course, we may be the only people who haven't read this classic yet. 😆 1mo
readordierachel @merelybookish Sounds great!👍🏼 1mo
batsy Wonderful! Thank you :) 1mo
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Tempest | William Shakespeare
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Act IV! Prospero gives Miranda to Ferdinand, but there is to be NO SEX before marriage. Goddesses are conjured to grant their blessings but the ceremony is cut short when Prospero remembers Caliban's vendetta. Caliban leads them to Prospero's cave but Stephano and Trinculo are fooled by Ariel's tricks.
Thoughts #shakespearereadalong folks? We get some patriarchy, some magic, some buffoonery, and the play's most famous line. What else?

merelybookish Apologies for the late post. Busy weekend! 1mo
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TheBookHippie The objectifying of a woman‘s worth via her virginity 🤮. Also I was reminded while reading that Princess Diana had to prove she was a virgin to marry Charles but he was surely not one ... We see how that turned out. 1mo
TheBookHippie Also haughty is a good word to describe Prospero 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
Lcsmcat Never mind the virginity, Prospero flat out sells her: “Then, as my gift and thine own acquisition Worthily purchased take my daughter” 1mo
Graywacke I was thoroughly entertained. A lot going on. Prospero literally puts on a performance of his design and has full control over it, and the players are gods! And yet life interferes. I felt for Shakespeare there. As for all the repulsive 17th-century sexism, it‘s still “in character”, so to speak. 1mo
Graywacke ( Are we such stuff as dreams are made on? ) 1mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie Haughty, yes! Seems Prospero plays every person and spirit like objects to control and design. Not sure he has any sense they have feelings. (edited) 1mo
GingerAntics @Lcsmcat EXATLY!!! He sells his daughter. Ferdinand seems to genuinely love her, but I feel like he should have taken some offence at the “worthily purchased” line. 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie yeah, it‘s stunning how much we still hold on to virgin worship, even today. We never address how this is damaging to women. Supposedly it‘s for their own good and “God‘s will.” I‘m sorry, but that god sounds like a total pervert. Just my opinion. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics So crazy!!! Argh. Because they want to OWN women nothing to do with anything else IMO... 🤮🤮🤮 1mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I‘m thoroughly entertained as well as throwing the book at the treatment of women. It‘s a very well written time held issue still relevant today. This work stands the test of time. So crazy. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics women‘s bodies are not sanctification for men...best quote I saw on twitter today ... 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I totally agree. It‘s ownership and nothing else. That part really annoyed the hell out of me. That is an awesome quote. It works well for this play (along with a lot of other situations). 1mo
batsy It's such a compelling play with so many layers. I enjoyed the "what dreams are made on" speech. Very valid point @Graywacke about Prospero not being able to manipulate everyone like objects. His frustration with Caliban—"a born devil on who nature nurture can never stick"—is so telling. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Finally caught up with the play! Liked Prospero‘s profound speech where the the famous quote came from. I am loving the play with so many key topics to consider. I know Prospero is manipulative, evil, and revengeful but I see his love and protection for Miranda, albeit all the disgusting sexist remarks. 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
Graywacke @batsy I‘m imagining Caliban‘s wildness as the “bug” in his program. (Not easy controlling the world. 🙂) 1mo
Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm I wonder about Prospero‘s love for Miranda. It‘s an odd kind of love. Of course she may end up happy, but who is she outside of his manipulation. (edited) 1mo
Liz_M @Graywacke wrote: “Prospero literally puts on a performance of his design“ I love the meta-ness of this play -- Prospero as playwright/director. (Although the best speech for this is in As You Like It:
All the world‘s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,...“)
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Graywacke @Liz_M (I shouldn‘t be singing the Rush song, right? I do love that line.) It‘s such a cool aspect of this play, that meta-ness. (edited) 1mo
Gezemice @TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat @GingerAntics Miranda fell for Ferdinand first and was going to marry him anyway. I think that in the context of his time Prospero rather behaved like a loving father, approving the choice of his daughter. He engineered the meeting but Miranda is marrying for love, very rare in those days. 1mo
Gezemice @Liz_M @Graywacke The gods play part is my least favorite. There are so many storylines in this play, any one of which could have used more development, yet he throws in some gods. It felt like just filling time with stock-gods that were known to his audience. Maybe it was meant to emphasize Prospero‘s powers - but he barely needs it - the man is as near a god as possible already. 1mo
Gezemice Caliban and the two stooges could have used more time. They were swarted rather fast. And here we have another example of how Caliban is depicted as wanting a new master and be his “foot-licker”. And being called a monster. He has a name and wants to deliver his “master” the island and he still does not call him by name... shows deep seated racial prejudice. 1mo
Graywacke @Gezemice bard‘s thought process: Need to pad time and Falstaff isn‘t in the play. What do I do? Ah, random cameo of a boodle of mythological gods. Perfect! .... (I think the bard was having a little fun. 🙂 ) 1mo
Gezemice @Graywacke Perhaps! They do say Prospero as a stage master is his alter ego... 1mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice I‘m not debating that she married for love. That was actually more common than history textbooks would lead you to believe. In fact, most people married for love then. To say objectifying his daughter was being a good father, I‘m going to have to respectfully disagree with you. 1mo
Gezemice @GingerAntics It was just how it was done back then. We don‘t like it but this was early 1600s. Just saying for the time that was supporting behavior. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I‘m agreeing with you. Just because that‘s how it was doesn‘t make it right. Objectifying is reprehensible, especially by the person viewed as your protector ... 1mo
GingerAntics @Gezemice I‘m not denying it was common practice then. As @TheBookHippie said, just because it‘s the norm doesn‘t make it right. Also, Shakes has this tendency to do his own thing and make women real people. In this case he didn‘t, and he managed to simultaneously make Prospero a real twat. 1mo
Graywacke @Gezemice I‘m reading the whole play imagining Prospero as an alter ego Shakespeare - or at least as a playwright directing his own play. It gives perspective on P‘s control-freak aspects and frustration when things go wrong. In that light controlling the gods is a playwright dream taken to (outrageous) extremes. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke now switching perspective while reading !!! Brilliant! 1mo
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It's been a long, busy week without much reading! So tonight, it's this gentle middle grade novel and the GBBO. And an early bedtime! 😪

ferskner I'm watching GBBO too! 2mo
merelybookish @ferskner I kind of like the one episode a week. Makes me look forward to to Friday night. 2mo
ferskner I'm just starting this season so I have a bit to catch up on, but I agree that weekend episodes adds something. 2mo
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Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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About halfway through, following an incident with a snake, I thought I'm either going to love or hate this book. But in the end, I feel mostly respect for a story unlike any I've read before.
It's about a trio of women survivalists in Applachia who are barely surviving. It's about poverty, and gas pipelines, about trying to resist the system and the systems that still oppress and what it means to build family and community in spite of it all. 👇

merelybookish Snakes feature prominently in the book and the author, who still lives in this part of the country (Appalachia Ohio), must like snakes, as evidenced by this photo. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gosh! I can‘t ‘unsee‘ this pic now! 😨 I‘m definitely NOT stacking this! 😱 (edited) 2mo
Tamra Just, no..... 😦 2mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Sorry! Definitely don't read this book if snakes trigger you! 😰 2mo
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Stay and Fight: A Novel | Madeline ffitch
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My current listen. I can't decide if it's challenging or reenforcing stereotypes about Appalachia. 🤔
Also, who the heck names a boy Perley?

GingerAntics It‘s amazing what some people will name their sons (or even their children!). I hear these names sometimes and I‘m thinking, are you sure that‘s a boy‘s name?! 2mo
lele1432 I think I bailed on this one in the first 5min. I didn't even count it as a bail, just immediately returned it back to the library. It didn't seem like the book for me lol. 2mo
merelybookish @GingerAntics This boy has two mothers, so maybe it's an intentional challenge to gender norms. 2mo
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merelybookish @lele1432 Before starting this book, I bailed on the tagged book after 20 mins. Might have made me feel like I should stick with this one. 2mo
GingerAntics Oh I suppose it could be, yeah. 2mo
lele1432 I think I might have bailed on that one too. 🤔 2mo
merelybookish @lele1432 It started with infants twins making sarcastic comments to each other telepathically.🙄 So it was an easy nope for me. 2mo
lele1432 Lol! 🤣 2mo
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