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Joined September 2016

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Notebook | Agota Kristof
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How I spent my day. 😬 What happens when you have lockdown boredom + cold weather + a Visa gift card.
I'll be getting shipments from three different places. 😂
#sorrynotsorry 🤷‍♀️

Leftcoastzen Ok ! I will!😃 1h
LeahBergen I can‘t wait to see the spoils! 👏👏 1h
PurpleyPumpkin Sounds like a day well spent!👍🏽📚 (edited) now
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I got boosted yesterday and it's -25 C so all I'm doing today is reading.
📘 Goodbye Without Leaving by Laurie Colwin
🎧 The Tides by Sara Freeman
#weekendreading @Andrew65

Andrew65 Have a good weekend of reading. 10h
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from "A Woman Alone" by Denise Levertov
#mirror #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

charl08 ❤ this. 12h
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Jean Rhys, the writer of discarded women. The novella begins as Julia must figure out her next step. Her most recent gentleman/companion has ceased payment on her hotel. On a whim she returns to England where she faces various indignities. Julia wanted more than respectable impoverishment, but in her 30s, as her beauty fades, is paying the price. Her scraping by is hard to read but this is a sharp indictment on the coldness of society. Rhys's 👇

merelybookish prose is beautiful and penetrating. I was struck at her ability to represent the mental toll life has taken on Julia. Writing depression, dissociation, and trauma in such an accurate way. Also her survival skills. It's a powerful piece of writing! 1d
merelybookish Have now read both my #bookspin and #doublespin for January. @TheAromaofBooks 1d
Leftcoastzen It‘s been on the pile for years , need to get to it! 23h
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14h
merelybookish @Leftcoastzen It's a short read and well worth it! 11h
batsy Excellent review! 10h
readordierachel "the writer of discarded women" I love that! 4h
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"She was crying now because she remembered that her life had been a long succession of humiliations and mistakes and pains and ridiculous efforts. Everybody's life was like that."
No toxic positivity here.

batsy That's a bracing dose of Rhys 😭 And a lovely Penguin edition! 2d
Chrissyreadit And very very different from the tagged cover image @batsy 🤣 there isn‘t much of a synopsis but I swear it seems like two different books. 2d
batsy @Chrissyreadit Haha! Yes, the cover does seem at odds a bit with the bit @merelybookish quoted. 2d
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merelybookish @batsy @Chrissyreadit Arguably both covers capture something of the book but I vastly prefer the Penguin! Visually, and the mood is more accurate. 2d
merelybookish @batsy This is my second Rhys. Only ever read Wide Sargasso Sea. 2d
batsy @merelybookish Me too! I just follow a Jean Rhys bot on twitter that tweets quotes daily (that sound like this) and I definitely should read more of her. 2d
merelybookish @batsy Her insight into human character is brilliant albeit bleak. But I've been meaning to read her for years too! I will try to read more but she's definitely not a mood lifter. 2d
LeahBergen I love this cover! 1d
merelybookish @LeahBergen Yes me too! The covers for this one really range! 11h
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Gorilla, My Love | Toni Cade Bambara
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A two book day! One print & one audio. Both ⭐⭐⭐
I liked them both but didn't love.
Gorilla, My Love - short stories by a trailblazing African American writer. Examplers of voice. Each one brings a specific character and their truth to life. Some are brilliant.
Bibliolepsy. Written in 1997 & first time in English. Would be better in print. Fascinating portrait of a reader who loves books so much she becomes obsessed with having sex with writers.

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Selected Poems | Pablo Neruda
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TheSpineView Beautiful poem! 💙 5d
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Morning in the Burned House | Margaret Atwood
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Leftcoastzen Beautiful 6d
sarahbarnes Beautiful ❤️ 5d
TheSpineView Wonderful poem! ❤ 4d
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Bibliolepsy: a novel | Gina Apostol
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I finished my puzzle!! 🎉🎉
Now what? Lol.

RaeLovesToRead Woohoo! 🎉🧩🎉🧩🎉🧩🎉🧩🎉🧩🎉 6d
Tamra 🏆🥇 6d
SRWCF 💯💯💯 6d
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KellyK Sweet! 6d
vivastory Wow! This is impressive! 6d
DivineDiana Love it! 6d
MaureenMc 👏👏👏 6d
Cathythoughts Well look at that ! You finished 😍👏👏👏 6d
batsy Well done! 😍 6d
janeycanuck Amazing! I have a 2000 piece I‘ve been avoiding for literally years, you may have inspired me to take the plunge. 6d
merelybookish @janeycanuck That's fun! Although be forewarned, it's easy to become obsessed! 5d
janeycanuck @merelybookish I go through fits & spurts where I‘ll do five or six in a month and then not touch one for a while.BI have never tackled anything over 1000 pieces but the 2000-piecer has been in my puzzle cupboard for years……… 5d
merelybookish @janeycanuck I did a 2000 piece last year and it was ok. The challenge was space more than anything, having room for the puzzle and the pieces. I don't think I'd do 3000 again. It was too overwhelming! 5d
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Bibliolepsy: a novel | Gina Apostol
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New audiobook. Couldn't resist the title.

Megabooks I almost bought this 1w
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I started this 3000(!) piece puzzle on Boxing Day. It's ridiculously big. It's driving my family crazy, and me too. But I am close...I hope. 😆 Tagged book is keeping me company. #joyousjanuary #readathon @Andrew65

ErinSueMreads Omgggg I thought it was a tablecloth 1w
RaeLovesToRead Wow! I wish I had a big enough table to do puzzles like that 😍😍 1w
batsy Oooh that is impressive! 1w
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Tamra Yikes! 1w
vivastory That is seriously impressive! 1w
SRWCF Gorgeous!!! 1w
Soubhiville Wow! 😮 1w
merelybookish @ErinSueMreads It spreads over the whole table! 1w
merelybookish @RaeLovesToRead This is our dinner table which is part of the reason why my family hates the puzzle so much. 1w
merelybookish @batsy @vivasstory I think this will be the first and last time doing a puzzle this size. 1w
merelybookish @SRWCF The picture is very bookish and pretty! 1w
kspenmoll Wow! But it is beautiful!!! 1w
SRWCF @merelybookish Yes! I've never really been into doing puzzles, but I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy that one! 😉 1w
AlaMich I got some of those trays when we did a 1000 piece puzzle (for the first time) over our winter break. My wife made fun of me until she saw how useful they were. 1w
Flaneurette Love this! 1w
DrexEdit Wow! Amazing! 😍 1w
merelybookish @AlaMich Yes! I got them for Xmas with the puzzle. With soooo many pieces, they helped A LOT! 1w
merelybookish @Flaneurette @DrexEdit You are all so much nicer than my family! 😄 1w
MaureenMc Wow! 😳🤩 1w
Andrew65 Wow! Love this. 1w
EvieBee Okay wow! This looks amazing! 7d
Cathythoughts It‘s a big one alright 😳... you‘re flying it 👏👏👏 7d
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Gorilla, My Love | Toni Cade Bambara
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Current mood. Province announced today we are going to code yellow which means single family bubbles and most things closed till Jan 31st. 😞 So I guess I'll be joining the #joyousjanuary #readathon. I'd like to knock off my #bookspin (tagged book) & #doublespin books and start to tackle the Canada Reads long list.
From today's walk to the nearby graveyard. It's very wintry here and more ❄️❄️❄️ ❄️ is on its way.
@Andrew65

Suet624 I wish people where i live would just stay home for a while and stop spreading this blasted virus. 1w
vivastory @Suet624 I'm back to pre vaccine safety measures 1w
Suet624 @vivastory I've been wearing a mask for 2 years now. In the past few months I've started to double-mask. Of course I'm vax'd and boosted. Vermont cases have exploded this winter. People don't even talk about essential workers anymore, but apparently I am one. Only five of us in a three story City Hall, helping customers obtain marriage licenses, birth certificates, vote in a current election, etc. I'm tired and grumpy.
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vivastory @Suet624 I hear you. Things have been pretty grim at my job. We've been wearing kn95 masks for over a year now, but since the holidays we had to either double mask or wear a n95. And we're all vaccinated and boosted in my department. 1w
merelybookish @vivastory @Suet624 As depressing as another near lockdown is I realize a complete absence of precautions is not good either. 1w
vivastory Another near lockdown would be really difficult & depressing.. 1w
Suet624 I hope you both stay safe. 😍 1w
rabbitprincess I hope the books are exactly what you‘re looking for to get through this, and that things get better soon. It is exhausting. 1w
readordierachel That's rough. Sending good thoughts to you 1w
TrishB Take care ♥️ it‘s all so exhausting! 1w
Andrew65 In this country unbelievably removed all controls and cases rampant. 😡 Good luck with the lockdown and the reading. 1w
LeahBergen I wish MY province would institute a few more restrictions. 😡 1w
batsy Oh gosh. I understand that tough place of wishing more people observed precautions and not wanting enforced lockdowns, either. It *is* exhausting, as @TrishB says. Hope there's some good books to cheer you up and that it's not too long this time 💜 1w
Hooked_on_books Stuff sucks right now, doesn‘t it? I was supposed to be visiting my mom next week, but we‘ve cancelled it because she‘s so afraid of all this (despite being vaxxed and boosted). It‘s been hard to see her so little these last two years. Hopefully we will all get to a new normal soon. 1w
merelybookish @Suet624 Thank you! And you too! 1w
merelybookish @rabbitprincess Thank you! I am okay really.and fortunate and all that. But yes, it is exhausting. 1w
merelybookish @readordierachel Thank you Rachel! 1w
merelybookish @TrishB Indeed. It's been a long few years and who knows when it will end. 1w
merelybookish @Andrew65 Thank you! And no restrictions is bonkers. 1w
merelybookish @LeahBergen Yes, Alberta does seem to like to go rogue. 1w
merelybookish @batsy Thank you! It's so hard to know what to want except for it all to be over. Between living ones life and being safe and thinking of others safety...it is exhausting 1w
merelybookish @Hooked_on_books I'm sorry you had to cancel your trip. We moved home to be closer to family in part because the pandemic made it so hard to be so far away. And now we still can't see them all the time. 1w
Andrew65 @merelybookish It‘s totally idiotic! 1w
Centique The photo is gorgeous! But I am so sorry you have another lockdown. It is such a weight on our shoulders these things - and yes like the others we all want to be careful and protect our community, but it‘s so hard and it‘s been so long. We have a high vaccination rate here but our hospital system is so underequipped for this so I‘m sure we will be back in restrictions again too. 😩 Fingers crossed the next variants become less dangerous 🤞🤞 5h
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A fun, feminist middle grade fantasy! Recommend if you enjoyed Nevermoor or Uprooted.

Centique I loved Nevermoor AND Uprooted so thanks for the recc! 1w
merelybookish @Centique It's fun! I think you'll enjoy. 6d
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from "Advice to Myself" by Louise Erdrich. I love, love, love this poem. And return to it often. Read it to the end. The last line is killer!
https://therapoetic.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/louise-erdrich-advice-to-myself/
#mend #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

slategreyskies I‘ve never heard this one before. I love it! Thank you for sharing it!! 💕 1w
TheSpineView Love.. love!!💜 1w
BiblioLitten Brilliant! 1w
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merelybookish @slategreyskies @BiblioLitten I read it every few months..it's a good reminder! 1w
slategreyskies @merelybookish I ended up driving to the next town over to get my county‘s only copy of one of her books of poems today. I‘m excited to read it, as I didn‘t even know she wrote poetry. :) 1w
merelybookish @slategreyskies oh wow! I'm impressed. This is the only poem I know by her. Obviously it's great so will be curious to hear what you think of the others! 1w
Centique That is fabulous! Erdrich is a queen. (Although I can‘t function well if I know things don‘t match or mold grows in the fridge, but that‘s just my one of my foibles 😂) 1w
Suet624 Have you ever read The Blue Jay's Dance? It's non-fiction. I read it a long time ago and loved it. 1w
merelybookish @Suet624 No but I will check it out! Thanks for the recommendation! 6d
merelybookish @Centique Haha yes that is a bridge too far perhaps but I am happy for any permission to care less about cleaning my house. 6d
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"how the natural world comes to
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if you go out to #meet it" ?
"Winter Grace" by Patricia Fargnoli.
#poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Love! Nature's beauty is transcendent. 💜 2w
Graywacke 💜🤍 2w
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In the Freud Archives | Janet Malcolm
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Started the #NYRBbookclub pick last night. Took a bit to get oriented but then ended up reading til 1 am. Why is fighting amongst academics and intellectuals so entertaining? Hopefully I'm not the only one who feels this way. 😅
It's reads like a meaty New Yorker article, which is what it was before becoming a book. And it does feel outside of our usual purview so will be interested to see where we land with it. @vivastory

BarbaraBB Sounds very promising! 2w
readordierachel I'm very intrigued! Still tracking down a copy 2w
batsy I enjoy academic drama so really looking forward to this! 2w
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Centique I enjoy that whole college/academic staff setting too. I don‘t know why because I can‘t remember being at all interested in that when I was at University. 😂😂 1w
merelybookish @Centique @batsy @Centique I think how there can be such a gap between their education and the way that they behave! 6d
merelybookish @Centique @batsy @Centique I think how there can be such a gap between their education and the way that they behave! 6d
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In some ways this felt like a combination of her two previous novels, focusing simultaneously on the complications of friendships and romantic relationships. It felt like she was experimenting more with description and setting. It also felt more ambitious in position, if not scope, like she's defending her art and why, as a serious person, as civilization is ending, she writes about relationships. I bought it, but I am also an ardent fan.

vivastory Great review! I still need to read this one. This was one of my fave covers of last year. 2w
britt_brooke Agree with your review! I loved this one. 2w
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! The inside covers are really cool too! Have you liked her other books? 2w
merelybookish @britt_brooke Nice! 🙂 She really is talented! 2w
vivastory I read Normal People & greatly enjoyed it. At the time I had read several other “millennial“ novels“ around the same time & Rooney's was the one that spoke to me the most. Although I'm Gen-X, the concerns of her characters are common with many millennials, but they also seemed to transcend generations. I think that she is willing to be more vulnerable, less steeped in irony, than her contemporaries & that's very refreshing. 2w
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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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I recommend memoirs most often, and these are my go-tos:
In the Dreamhouse
Priestdaddy
Heavy
I recommend fiction less but a few novels I have suggested:
Normal People
Fleischman is in Trouble
American Wife
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Brown Girl Dreaming
Thanks for the tag @TheLudicReader 🙂
#sundaysoapbox @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Nebklvr Brown Girl Dreaming🥰 2w
merelybookish @Nebklvr Such a beautiful book! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚🙌🏻 2w
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Wonder Cabinet: Poems | David Barber
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TheSpineView Great poem! 😍 2w
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Saturday morning vibes. 😺
(Finally reading tagged book and my Sally Rooney crush is still going strong.)

Graywacke Happy gorgeous kitty! 2w
Tamra 😹 What a life. 2w
Simona Perfect weekend 😻 2w
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TheLudicReader Those feet. 😍 2w
AlaMich Man, cats have it MADE! 😻 2w
Liz_M Cat belly! Is it a trap, though? (My mum's cat will present it's belly and then go after your hands if you actually attempt to rub said belly) 2w
batsy Aaah! Snuggly cat. Life is good 😁 2w
readordierachel Awww. I wish I could be that comfortable! 2w
Suet624 Contentment 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke He is pretty happy! And not very smart. 😸 2w
merelybookish @TheLudicReader I know. Just complete surrender. 2w
merelybookish @Liz_M It can be a trap but sometimes he just sleeps so deeply he will let you pet it. He's funny. And trusting. 2w
merelybookish @Suet624 Absolutely! 😌 2w
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The Sky, Head on | Cathy Grindrod
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Smrloomis I love this 😍 2w
TheSpineView Great poem! 🤩 2w
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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There is such daring to Awad's writing I cant help but admire it. Because this novel (like Bunny) is unapologetically nuts. Painridden drama professor Miranda, makes a proverbial deal with the devil, not unlike a certain doomed Scottish king. And then strange things begin to happen. Playing with fantasy lets Awad explore how crazy pain can make us and the lengths we would go to avoid it. Tying it all to Shakespeare is just plain clever. As 👇

merelybookish With Bunny, I found the first 2/3 much more engaging and then my interest lagged as the resolution seems to require a lot of action along with a suspension of disbelief. I end up unsure as to what exactly happened. 3w
vivastory Great review 👏👏 I really do need to read this, as I did really love Bunny 3w
Alfoster It was unusual but interesting!👍 3w
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merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! There is definitely a similar manic energy and a sense of things getting out of control. I probably preferred Bunny as that creative writing cohort was just too enjoyable. But Awad has fun skewering academia in this one too. 3w
vivastory I will adjust my expectations, but I think her writing about Shakespeare will be really interesting too. 3w
thebluestocking I really liked this one too. I haven‘t read any of her others, and I‘m thinking I need to read Bunny. 💙 3w
Ruthiella Unapologetically NUTS! This is what I have loved about the two Awad titles I‘ve read. And she can write. The first part was so hard to read because of all the pain. 3w
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to it- despite Bunny 😀 3w
merelybookish @vivastory I would say all the things that made Bunny are in this one too. 3w
merelybookish @Alfoster Haha.😁 Indeed! 3w
merelybookish @thebluestocking If you liked this one then yes, you should definitely read Bunny! 3w
merelybookish @Ruthiella Yes, she can write. Like she has a style that is all her own. And I caught myself like others in the book, just wishing Miranda would pull herself together. So she did a good job writing pain and how unsympathetic we can be to people in pain. 3w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I am excited to see what you think! 3w
readordierachel Yay! I loved Bunny and am really looking forward to this one especially after this review. 2w
merelybookish @readordierachel I am excited to hear what you think! 2w
BiblioLitten ‘Unapologetically nuts‘ perfectly sums up Awad‘s writing. 2w
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How I Discovered Poetry | Marilyn Nelson
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"Moonlily" by Marilyn Nelson
#mane #poetrymatters.@thespineview

TheSpineView Love this one! It perfectly describes children at play!💜🐎 3w
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Gorilla, My Love | Toni Cade Bambara
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My #bookspin and #doublespin. I'm happy with these!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
Billypar Nice outcome! I'll be interested to hear what your favorites are from GML. 3w
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Collected Poems | W H Auden
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Excerpt from Night #Mail by W.H. Auden. Full poem at
https://allpoetry.com/Night-Mail
#poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Great poem! 💜 3w
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My teetering stack for #bookspin. All from my shelves, many recycled from previous bookspins. Hoping to read mostly from my shelves this year. #Bookspin always helps with that!
@TheAromaofBooks

Lcsmcat Bless Me Ultima and Crow Lake are both wonderful ! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
merelybookish @Lcsmcat I hope to get to both soon!! 3w
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BiblioLitten I have Crow Lake planned next. 2w
merelybookish @BiblioLitten I look forward to hearing what you think! I hope to get to it soon. 2w
Centique Oh wow Bless Me Ultima and Women of Brewster Place were both top ten books for me the years I read them. And there are so many here that look really interesting. I am all agog to read your reviews 😍💕 (edited) 2w
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I am opting for intentions over resolutions this new year. And one of my reading intentions is to do a deeper dive into some poets I like but only know a little. I'm starting with Audre Lorde. No real plan or goal, just seeing where it takes me.
Here is the full text of Lorde's poem
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/Poems/42583/a-woman-speaks
#magic #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Lovely! I love the line, "my magic is unwritten". ? 3w
Lesanne I really like opting for intentions as opposed to resolutions! I think I will adopt that as well 😊 3w
merelybookish @TheSpineView Yes! Magic was a fun prompt. 🧙 3w
merelybookish @Lesanne Lovely! I like that intentions are less pressure. 3w
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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How I'm spending the evening. Happy New Year everyone! 🥂🎉🎊 Wishing us all lots of peace, joy, and good books in 2022!

RaeLovesToRead Happy New Year!!! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
Ruthiella Happy New Year!🥳🥂 3w
thebluestocking I‘m diving in to this one tomorrow! 💙 3w
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MaureenMc Happy New Year! 🎆 3w
vivastory Happy New Year 🎉🍾📚 3w
Reggie Happy New Year! 3w
CarolynM Happy New Year 3w
readordierachel Happy New Year! (I love this cover 😍 Hadn‘t seen this version before) 3w
Cathythoughts Happy New Year ❤️ 3w
batsy That's my kind of NYE! Happy New Year, Margot! ❤️ 3w
youneverarrived Happy New Year 🥂 3w
merelybookish @thebluestocking I'm 100 pages in and enjoying so far..waiting for things to get weird, as they tend to do in Awad's novels. 3w
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 3w
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I was torn between a pick and a so-so, so rounded up. The world it inhabits is lush, languid, hypnotic. That makes for some beautiful writing and a slow reading experience. There is a lot here about time, loss, knowledge, magic, and the connection between this world and the next. All bound up with colonialism and its inner and outer effects. It's the kind of book I didn't necessarily enjoy but am glad I read.
#nyrbbookclub @vivastory @Liz_M

batsy Lovely review. I've got a bit more to go. It's a strange book, and not in a bad way at all. Something about the mood and the shifting scenes stick with you. 3w
merelybookish @batsy Yes. I had read Scott's review so was prepared for the shift in scenes so I think it bothered me less. Plus it made me think about why the writer did that. And I think that is answered (to a certain extent) by the end. 3w
merelybookish @batsy Also, thank you. ☺️ 3w
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vivastory Great review! Did you get a kindle for the holidays? Looking forward to the discussion tomorrow. 3w
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! No I got a Kindle a few years ago. I'm not a fan but sometimes resort to it when books are hard to find. 3w
vivastory Same here. I'm using the same Kindle that I bought 5 years ago... 😂 I actually use the Kindle APP a lot more since I spend a lot of time in waiting rooms for my job. I often get on my phone & read via the app. 3w
merelybookish @vivastory yes. I usually use the app too but I find it affects my reading experience. Like I don't read or absorb with the same attention. So I dug out my actual Kindle. 3w
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George & Rue | George Elliott Clarke
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I have had some serious envy the last few days seeing people's Xmas and after-Xmas book hauls. Who are these relatives that give books?!
So I stopped into a new-to-me used bookstore after running errands today and treated myself. Merry Christmas to me from me. 🥰😁

Tamra Good for you!! 👍🏾 3w
LeahBergen Nicely done! And a green Virago. 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Suet624 Yay!!! 3w
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Reggie Lol, awesome! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Nice treat to yourself.👏 “Who are these relatives who give books?” I can relate! 3w
Cathythoughts What a lovely Christmas present to yourself ❤️📚 3w
batsy Yes ❤️ I can also relate so hard to you and @erzascarletbookgasm ! 3w
merelybookish @Tamra @Suet624 @readordierachel @Reggie Thanks! 😁 Good to know there are always people here who will support me in my book buying. 3w
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy I think this is the fate for many bookworms! 3w
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Thank you! I quite enjoyed it! 3w
Tamra @merelybookish Mrs. Claus and all kinds of other fantasy gift givers have to step in for me too all year. 😄 3w
merelybookish @Tamra Right! It was absolutely Mrs Claus who told me to go to the bookstore! Bless her! 😁 3w
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My last will probably be the tagged book for #NYRBbookclub.
My first will be Sally Rooney's Beautiful World, Where Are You for my IRL book club.
#lastfirst @BookNAround

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Come, Thief: Poems | Jane Hirshfield
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And that's a wrap on #CloakandDaggerChristmas. I managed 7/9 prompts! It was a fun December project! Turns out my favourite mystery books are not really about the mystery. The tagged book was definitely my favourite of the bunch, although I do very much enjoy Flavia. Thanks to everyone who joined me!

RaeLovesToRead Nice work! I'm on 4.5 prompts! Do I have until the end of December? If not, I'm going to pretend I have til the end of December 😄 4w
Ruthiella Good job! I managed two. I think it‘s interesting, your observations on what kind of mystery you like. I‘m tempted to recommend Tana French‘s books to you. They are mysteries, but really more characters studies than anything... 4w
merelybookish @RaeLovesToRead I think you can take as long as you want! I've just had my fill of mysteries for now. 😉 4w
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merelybookish @Ruthiella Thanks! I definitely prefer a more character driven story. I tried reading one Tana French, but I baile. It was just too long. But it was one of her later ones and I wondered if her earlier books would be better. In general I don't love super plotty and mysteries by default are pretty plotty. 😁 This is the Tana French I tried. 4w
Ruthiella @merelybookish French‘s novels do tend to move slowly. Maybe take it under advisement and try her first book when you are next tempted to read a mystery 4w
batsy Well done! I'm almost finished with my last book and might not have hit all my prompts but it was fun. 4w
BiblioLitten The tagged book was one of my top reads from last year. Brilliant writing! 4w
merelybookish @BiblioLitten I loved it. I loved all her theories and the way her mind worked! 4w
vivastory I'm thrilled you loved Drive Your Plow etc It's a personal favorite 3w
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Women of Brewster Place | Gloria Naylor
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Thank you Mindi! You've spoiled me! A whole box of Godiva chocolates plus a book! Best kind of present!Thank you!! Thank you!! And thanks again @MaleficentBookDragon
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LeahBergen Lovely! 😍 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm A whole box?! 🤤 Merry Christmas! 🎄 1mo
Bookishgal71 My pleasure!! Enjoy your book and chocolates. 💗 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 🤩 1mo
Liz_M Fantastic book! Have a happy Christmas 🕯️ 🎄 🕯️ 1mo
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Unfathoming | Andrea Cohen
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TheSpineView Great choice! 🤩 1mo
Cathythoughts I love it ❤️ 1mo
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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Decided to ignore all theses boxes with presents in need of wrapping to finish this book instead. It was okay. The mystery was interesting and connected to the crimes of the Bosnian War which I lived through but know shamefully little about it. I learned from this book. But the internalized misogyny was uncomfortable and distracting. No aspect of a female's body was left undescribed. And all the 'bad women' had big boobs and were oversexed.🙄

merelybookish This was for the Tommy and Tuppence prompt. Ive now completed 5 of the #CloakandDaggerChristmas prompts! 🎉 1mo
vivastory 5! Impressive! Are you going for 6? 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! Yes, I can definitely make 6. I still have the Colombo prompt. 😉 But I think I should be able to read one more too. I don't think I'll make it to 9 tho. 1mo
Centique I really notice body descriptions these days - particularly of women and particularly when I‘m reading older books written by men. It stands out now where previously I must have learnt to ignore it. 4w
merelybookish @Centique Once you start seeing it, it's impossible to miss. 4w
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Well colour me shocked, but I LOVED this book! 🙌 Just like Marie the character at its center, this book burns. I was swept up in that radiating brilliance that pulsed throughout. It was so immersive and rich and I loved Marie, the nuns, and the abbey. Groff did her homework but to call this historical fiction feels limiting. This is not about recreating a world from the past but imagining something new entirely. Amazing!

vivastory I'm hoping to make this my first book of the new year. Your review has me even more excited to read it 1mo
AmyG Exactly! I felt the same way. 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory I am kind of shocked at how much I liked it. But it was really powerful, but I can see how if it doesn't connect right away, a person might find it meh. Will be interested to see what you make of it! 1mo
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JamieArc I really hope I‘m in the same camp with this one. Looking forward to getting to it early next year. 1mo
merelybookish @AmyG Yay! It has a powerful spell, kind of like Marie. 1mo
Ruthiella Excellent review! I am super curious if this will be the book that makes me stop hating Lauren Groff? 😆 I hope so. 🤞 1mo
merelybookish @JamieArc I hope so too! 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella I think you'll know in 20 pages. If it doesn't catch you right away, I don't think it will. And I get it. I hated Fates and Furies. Maybe Groff commits so wholeheartedly to a vision that you either get on board or you don't. 1mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish That‘s a good way of thinking about her writing! All in or nothing. 🤔 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella I just came up with that theory. 😆 Trying to make sense of what I hated about F&F but loved about this. 1mo
BarbaraBB Fantastic review. I wish I had loved this book as much as you did. But I was in the meh-camp! 1mo
TrishB I loved this too ♥️ 1mo
merelybookish @TrishB It was so good! 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Thanks! I think I was in the right mood to be swept away. 1mo
batsy Superb review! I've been meaning to read it but you and @Cathythoughts have really sold me on it :) 1mo
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! It definitely qualifies as #spinsterlit. 😁 1mo
Centique I am looking forward to this! Sounds like my kind of book. 💕 4w
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Pericles | William Shakespeare
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Act V and to quote Helicanus, "twould be too tedious to repeat" (V.i.27). ? Just kidding! We get a happy ending! Marina, that paragon of virtue and beauty, is sent to visit the grief-stricken mute Pericles to try to lure him out of his silence. And she does! Father and daughter are reunited! And then with the help of a vision from Diana, the whole family is reunited! The just are rewarded and the evil are punished. Huzzah! #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish Welp, I found this play ridiculous. I didn't care much about any of the characters and I found the scope of the story too vast. What am I missing? Is this a play about faith? Loyalty? Turns out the best part for me were the sailors back in Act II. And Gower. I liked his stilted speeches. And so like him, my sand has run out. ⌛ Thanks to everyone who read this bizarro play. You guys rock! Cheers to another great year of #shakespearereadalong! 1mo
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TheBookHippie I‘m with you phew this was something 😅 I didn‘t know if it was me and being so harried this time of year or the play itself. I‘ve loved our year of Shakespeare RICHARD III was my favorite for the year! 1mo
vlwelser This play was definitely something else. This was giving me Offenbach opera vibes in the last act. Like totally ridiculous. 1mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie Thanks for those links! I was wondering about how the play begins with incest and how that might connect to an overarching 'theme'. Agree that there is something 'plastic' about the happy ending. And all the emphasis on chastity. 1mo
merelybookish @TheBookHippie Thanks for being such a great member! One of the OGs! 😀 1mo
TheBookHippie @merelybookish 🥰 I love this group. 1mo
merelybookish @vlwelser Yes, everything was done in very broad strokes ( which is how I would think of opera). It lacked the human scale which is what makes me love Shakespeare. 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish begins with incest and ends with daughter awakening dad - I really hope I‘m misreading the implication…or did the bard have that kind of a sense of humor!! (His inner Nabokov?) 1mo
merelybookish @vlwelser Glad you joined us! I hope you'll stick around for a *better* play. 1mo
TheBookHippie @merelybookish the web search started because the incest in the beginning, I kinda remember talk about this play-then found the links and went OH YAH 😵‍💫. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke I was trying to figure that out! 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish your one quote in the main post - perfect. Love it. And I agree and @vlwelser - yeah, ridiculous. But… see next post 1mo
Graywacke So, Signet-compromised peeps 😁 - There are two main sources for this play. One, where act v comes from, is John Gower‘s Confessio Amantis (and English epic poem). Gower was a contemporary and acquaintance of Chaucer. Signet excerpts the act v equivalent and its really wonderful. Far better than anything in the play. I really enjoyed that window. (Actually the play may get points just for the Gower excerpt.) 1mo
Graywacke *it‘s 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke I'm curious what is lost in the adaptation? And I hadnt thought of the subtext of Marina getting her father to 'speak'.😳 This play is so weird. 😆 1mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie Wow. Interesting articles, especially the New England Review. Thanks for sharing. 1mo
batsy @Graywacke Oof, didn't think about the implications of Marina awakening the father, so to speak! But it is interesting that this play ends with another kind of riddle/question bit to counter the one in the first act but in a happy ending, proper way i.e. the answer in the last act isn't incest 😳 1mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat ♥️I was like OOOFFF. Wow. I figured it‘d help a little😵‍💫 1mo
TheBookHippie @batsy 😵‍💫 I had that thought 1mo
TheBookHippie @merelybookish it‘s so weird!! 1mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Oh I think you hit the (Nabokov) nail on the head! 1mo
batsy Definitely bizarro! I did however sort of like the levels of bizarro in the last two acts, which felt more poetic whereas the first two acts were an awkward kind of weird? I'm not sure if that makes sense. I did also kind of appreciate the ideas being worked out (the act of creation, lost at sea, rebirth of sorts) that come up in Tempest and Winter's Tale. 1mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookHippie It really helps the play make more “sense.” If that‘s possible. 1mo
Lcsmcat The deus ex machina bit reminded me of Cymbeline. You can see how Shakespeare used bits in his later plays. 1mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie that second link is fascinating and makes the play a whole lot more interesting. Thanks for sharing. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Lcsmcat That was my thought as well. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke It helped me that‘s for sure! And I have a signet 😂 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish the main thing lost in the adaptation is the language. Gower‘s original is something of a classic. I found it elegant and moving (despite the plot). Gower here is, in comparison, like a mother goose rhyme. He rhymes, has rhythm, but that‘s all the language has. It doesn‘t have whatever that extra moving thing is good (er traditional?) poetic language has. 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat Lolita…before this discussion I hadn‘t thought of it. That article (thanks again @TheBookHippie ) 1mo
Graywacke @batsy i like those ideas too. Act 3 was the enjoyable for me because of the language and that kind of exploration. (But now I‘m rethinking all that.) 1mo
Graywacke @TheBookHippie one thing to add - the article shows it‘s not just here. All these father-daughter-missing-mother relationships in Shakespeare suddenly get very … well, bizarro. That‘s a kind a wow 1mo
TheBookHippie @Graywacke My thoughts exactly! Wow. 1mo
Graywacke Regarding the Gower original, Confessio Amantis, Signet quotes Book viii, lines 1607 to 1886. You can find the original text here, but unfortunately without the helpful translation-notes (which i was dependent on): https://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/peck-gower-confessio-amantis-book-8 (edited) 1mo
GingerAntics I agree. It is too tedious in places to repeat. 🤣 Actually, it‘s oddly not tedious where it‘s less than Shakespearian. The first half just isn‘t good. It‘s hard to describe it. It‘s just not Shakes. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Is this play weird or melodramatic or problematic? Take your pick, I‘ll say.😅 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Graywacke now that you‘ve highlighted the probable incest theme undertone (the beginning and ending) the play seems eerie! 1mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm LOL. Exactly pick one or all! 1mo
batsy @Graywacke Thanks for the tip about the Gower original; I need to read that! 1mo
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#Top21of21. Lots of good reading this year. Loved all these books (even Matrix by Lauren Groff 😮 ).My most MOST favourites are An Episode of Sparrows; Ducks, Newburyport; The Street; Wayward, and I Am I Am I Am. Oh, and The Cazalet Chronicles and all the titles in Laurence's Manawaka series.🙂
Thanks for the tag @Ruthiella @Centique @Nute @Graywacke And thanks @Cinfhen for getting it going!

Graywacke 🦆🦆 !! And Nora Ephron was a voice. Fun list. 1mo
vivastory Wonderful list! I have Ducks on my TBR for next year 1mo
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Ruthiella I loved Ducks, Newburyport too! 🦆 🦆 1mo
merelybookish @JamieArc I meant to tag you too! 🙂 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Ephron is funny. And that's not easy! 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! Ducks is totally worth the effort! 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Reading Ducks is an experience! 1mo
Megabooks I am is an all time fav of mine! 1mo
LeahBergen I think I‘ll just cheat and add the Manawaka series to my list as one book 😆 1mo
merelybookish @Megabooks It was so compelling! Like from the first encounter on! 1mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Haha, yes that was my intention too. Because they are all so good! 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish i think I deleted my adjective before I clicked “send”. ☺️. it was a positive one. She was a special voice - Nora Ephron. 1mo
sarahbarnes Such a great list! So many of my favorites in here. ❤️ I‘m starting Wayward tonight! 1mo
Liz_M 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆! 1mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Thanks! Let me know what you think of Wayward! There are some flaws but I loved the main character. 1mo
MaureenMc Fantastic list! 1mo
merelybookish @Liz_M 😄 it's like being in a club! 1mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc Thank you! Let's talk about Villy sometime! I feel like she got some redemption in the end, but I felt she was treated unfairly by the storyline. 1mo
MaureenMc @merelybookish I 100% agree re: Villy! She did have a bit of a martyr complex, but it didn‘t seem fair how all of her family essentially abandoned her. 1mo
Crazeedi I enjoyed cazelet chronicles! Nice list! 1mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc Thank you! She was made out it be such a pill and it seemed cruel..and I didn't like what happened to Diana's character either. She was having an affair but she wasn't evil but then she married Edward and becomes a witch. I really did love the series but felt the treatment of some characters was bizarre. 1mo
batsy A great list! You had a pretty wide-ranging reading year 🙌🏽 1mo
Cinfhen What a marvelous list!! I‘ve taken the screenshot so I can study up on the books I‘m not familiar with!! Thanks so much for sharing and tagging me♥️ 1mo
GatheringBooks I want to read them all! Thank you for the tag. 1mo
MaureenMc @merelybookish I‘ve heard that there‘s quite a bit of autobiographical details included in Howard‘s fiction. I wonder if Villy‘s & Diana‘s arcs contain some of those? 🤔 1mo
TheLudicReader I so admire you for reading Ducks, Newburyport. There‘s no part of me that wants to give it a go, but yay you. 1mo
merelybookish @batsy Yes, in spite of not meeting my Goodreads challenge. 😜 1mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Thank you! And thanks again for keeping Litsy fun! 😘 1mo
merelybookish @GatheringBooks Thanks! I look forward to your list! 1mo
merelybookish @MaureenMc Interesting! Maybe I'll do some background reading. I did mean to look up reviews to see what others had said about it. 1mo
merelybookish @TheLudicReader Haha. It is a commitment to read 🦆🦆 so I understand! And I meant to tag you. 🤦‍♀️Would love to see your Top 21. 🙂 1mo
BarbaraBB That‘s some list you share here 😍 1mo
HardcoverHearts What a phenomenal list!! So many of my favorites are here. 🙌🏻 1mo
LitStephanie Thanks for the tag! What a great way to share our favorites to help each other find good books to try. 1mo
merelybookish @HardcoverHearts Thank you! I remember you commenting when I was reading The Street. It's such an amazing novel! 1mo
merelybookish @LitStephanie Yes, it's a quick way to build up your TBR! 😬 1mo
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#lesson #poetrymatters @TheSpineView

kspenmoll Just woke up - what a beautiful greeting to start my day.💕 1mo
TheSpineView Beautiful! 1mo
merelybookish @kspenmoll Oh, that made my day! 🙂 1mo
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Poems by Emily Dickinson | Emily Dickinson
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Dickinson is a poet I'm growing to like more as I get older. Maybe because I'm less worried about trying to understand her.
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TheSpineView She is one of my favorites! 1mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Next up and a break from mysteries. Based on my previous experiences reading Groff, I will either love it (Arcadia) or loathe it (Fates & Furies).

sarahbarnes I‘ve been avoiding this one since I remembered you saying how much you hated Fates and Furies. Good to know you liked another of her books! 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I loathed Fates and Furies as well, but LOVED The Monsters of Templeton. Hoping I love Matrix as well. 1mo
BarbaraBB I just posted my review…. Was no fan of Fates and Furies either. I kind of liked Florida but not that much. 1mo
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merelybookish @sarahbarnes And some people love that book. It seems to hit one way or the other. I found it ridiculously over written. But I read Arcadia for the TOB one year and it was my favourite of that tourney. So we shall see. 1mo
merelybookish @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Haha. Yes. I feel like Fates & Furies was a concept book and eventually the concept got tired. 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I see you're not a fan. 😂 I went in knowing I might bail. I don't plan to stick with it if it annoys me. 1mo
Megabooks Probably my fave fiction this year! 1mo
Cathythoughts Interesting! I loved Fates … and I loved this one. I must read Arcadia soon. Looking forward to your thoughts 1mo
merelybookish @Megabooks Wow, high praise! And you read a ton! 1mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts I am liking it so far. 🤞 1mo
Cathythoughts A Bookclub friend just texted me to say it‘s on Barack Obama‘s 2021 list 😁 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @merelybookish nice summary!! Yes!! 1mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Yes I saw that! He also picked Fates & Furies when it was out so he's a Groff fan! 1mo
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The author clearly loves re-creating Jane Austen's world and seemed to put more effort into describing Regency Christmas traditions than in creating a mystery. But it eventually got going and nothing was too obvious. It was pleasant and seasonal if a bit too slow and too long. Between a so-so and a pick.
Fulfills the Agatha Raisin/amateur sleuth prompt for #CloakandDaggerChristmas

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Selected Poems | Eavan Boland
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"Legends" by Eavan Boland. It was one of the "Poems on the Underground" in London, but I cropped it to make it fit here.
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TheSpineView Interesting poem. Thanks for the background info! 1mo
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The Daughter of Time | Josephine Tey
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Finished tagged book today -- which I thoroughly enjoyed -- for Hercule Poirot/Golden Age mystery prompt.
Next up the The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan for Tommy & Tuppence prompt and a bingo. 🙂
#CloakandDaggerChristmas

LeahBergen I loved the tagged book when I read it years ago and need to read more Tey soon. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Woo!🥳 1mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen It was great! Such a fun twist on a mystery novel! 1mo
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Ruthiella Well done! 😃 1mo
kspenmoll What a fun bingo game!!! 1mo
batsy Nice! Glad you enjoyed the Tey. I'm moving on to the Tommy & Tuppence prompt today too (The Thin Man :) 1mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Thanks! I should have another done soon. 1mo
merelybookish @kspenmoll It's an Instagram mystery reading challenge for December. I decided to do it on a whim and it is fun! 1mo
merelybookish @batsy I'm curious to read more. Her writing was beautiful! 1mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Look what was waiting for me when I got home from my walk. 😍🎉 Thank you Mindi!
@Bookishgal71 @MaleficentBookDragon #jolabokaflodswap

Bookishgal71 Yay!! You‘re welcome! 1mo
Bookishgal71 Everything is wrapped, so you can open the box @merelybookish 😁 1mo
merelybookish @Bookishgal71 Yes, I did open it and put them under the tree til Christmas Eve. 😀 1mo
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Made in Detroit: Poems | Marge Piercy
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Tiny print but the last two stanzas are worth it. ❤️
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TheSpineView Love it! So moving! And you are right... it all comes down to the last couple of lines!❤❤❤ 1mo
LitStephanie OMG this is so good. Who is this poet? 1mo
LitStephanie P.s. sorry @TheSpineView but no, the whole thing is good. :-) 1mo
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merelybookish @LitStephanie I'm glad you love it too! Marge Piercey is a fairly prolific poet and novelist, active during the 60s-80s maybe? I usually want to like her poetry more than I do, but this one hit me right in the heart. 1mo
BiblioLitten It‘s really good💕 1mo
merelybookish @BiblioLitten So glad you enjoyed! 🤗 1mo
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Pericles | William Shakespeare
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Act IV is about Marina. Cleon wants to kill her since Marina outshines her own daughter. The murder attempt is foiled when pirates kidnap her, but would-be assassin Leonine pretends the deed was done. Marina is set up in a brothel yet somehow manages to outsmart any would-be clients. Her "jewel" remains in tact. She bribes a pirate to help her. Pericles sails in ⛵and sails out ⛵ devastated to learn Marina is dead. #shakespearereadalong

merelybookish I don't really understand how Marina has remained a virgin but I do feel Shakespeare had loads of fun writing scenes about a brothel and the people who work there. Cleon turns evil stepmother and other fairy tale elements. Maybe the play should have been called Marina since we learn more about her in one act than we have learned about Pericles in four. 1mo
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vlwelser It seems like Act IV is where this is getting interesting. And I agree that Cleon is definitely giving off fairy tale vibes. There's something vaguely Snow White about this. Obviously not the watered down Disney version. 1mo
Liz_M I am usually completely on board with accepting the plot as is, but this play I just can't! Why on earth doesn't the wife send a messenger to find Pericles and her baby? And really, every person is persuaded by Mariana's goodness and leaves her intact? In a brothel? But it does give the playwrights a lot of room for some earthy humor. Thank goodness footnotes explain all the double entendres I would otherwise miss. 1mo
batsy This act felt more familiar, like we were on regular Shakespearean ground. The whole Marina thing made me ? Otoh the casual suggestion of violence in how a woman should be made available for sex; otoh the absurdity & capacity for humour. I laughed! (But I also felt bad!) Just how Marina launches into speech & keeps converting people & the Bawd saying, "She's born to undo us" & Boult whining, "What would you have me do? Go to the wars, would you?" 1mo
Graywacke I enjoyed this act. Shakespeare is so happy to present worst people doing the worst stuff, and yet here they are undermined by their immorally deficient servants. Lots of fun banter. I‘m not sure Marina pulls off a convincing win-over-the-sinners act, but it‘s a good effort and entertaining idea. She‘s won over pirates, pimps, horny lowlifes and a horny governor. 1mo
Graywacke @batsy does feel familiar. 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish a correction or maybe a question: my copy has Dionyza as the evil queen/stepmother not Cleon - who is present as her insecure king. 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Yes! I got names mixed up. 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
Graywacke …oh, and she kind of won over a would be assassin… 1mo
merelybookish @vlwelser I also got Snow White vibes. Really changes things if you think of Snow White as being kidnaped by pirates...as opposed to living with some child-like dwarfs. 😳 1mo
merelybookish @Liz_M I feel your exasperation with this play is 💯 valid! It's nuts...and as @vlwelser pointed out, it's like the first 3 acts were just background to get us to Act IV 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish 🙂 i was wondering because sometimes different editions have different characters names… anyway, no worries. We appreciate your leadership! 1mo
merelybookish @batsy I understand! I was horrified for Marina while also finding the the frustration of the characters pretty funny. It was confusing. Also I just hate all the emphasis on virginity. Obviously I don't want Marina to be a victim of sexual violence but I also don't want a woman's worth to be attached to her purity. 1mo
merelybookish @Graywacke Her noble nature cannot be denied. Even by lowlifes. 1mo
Graywacke @merelybookish @vlwelser Well, that idea changes Snow White a bit … 1mo
vlwelser @merelybookish @Graywacke and sold to a brothel! And I apparently went right along with the name change. 1mo
Graywacke @vlwelser can‘t stop there. Rethinking the names of those seven dwarves… 1mo
Lcsmcat This play feels like all plot to me. Even Marina. I‘d like more 3 dimensional characters. 1mo
Daisey I was behind on reading and just got caught up through Act IV. I don‘t get too caught up in analysis of the writing, but I‘m finding the story in this one rather unbelievable while also highly amusing. Overall, I‘m thoroughly enjoying it. 1mo
jewright I love that Marina escapes everything by using her words. I‘m guessing Shakespeare really believed in the power of words. The whole emphasis on her virginity is so icky though. She triumphs though! I had to laugh when she is saved from death by Pirates. That really is out of the frying pan and into the fire. 1mo
Lcsmcat @jewright I like the power of her words too, although like @Graywacke says, it‘s a bit unbelievable that they would be converted. 1mo
GingerAntics The conversions are quite odd, completely unbelievable. Is it supposed to be some sort of mystical power or divine intervention? At least this act was far more bard-like. 1mo
GingerAntics @Lcsmcat I‘m so glad it‘s not just me. That may be that Shakespeare didn‘t actually create these characters (or these versions of them). I think the early characterisations from George Wilkins were so flat, Shakes could only do so much to round them out. 1mo
batsy @jewright @Lcsmcat I liked the idea of the power of Marina's words, too. Though it was also amusing in how it panned out in a comedic sense, but the gift of her speech seemed like a nice touch in the vein of Shakespeare gifting some of his heroines with this—in a totally different context, but Juliet being one in our recent reads. 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘m catching up! What a week at school so many new cases and extra security with all the threats just exhausting! Now I‘m winter break I‘m reading and catching up to finish. It‘s an odd play like oh there‘s Shakespeare and then oh maybe not 😂🤦🏻‍♀️🙃 1mo
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Checkout 19: A Novel | Claire-Louise Bennett
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A portrait of the artist as a young woman. Not so much a story as a journey to understand how she became the artist she is. Reading features largely throughout. This is not a straightforward tale but one that spirals as particular books, ideas, interactions, and events are revisited. Bennett writes autofiction that is specific, intense, layered. The prose is brilliant, but you have to trust it will take shape. For me, it did. I loved it!

batsy Nice review! She sounds like someone I'd really enjoy. Have you read Pond? I read excerpts and I've been meaning to get to it 🙈 1mo
merelybookish @batsy 💯 percent she would be up your alley!! I did read Pond, twice. I loved it so much I ordered this one early from the UK before it was released in North America. I am a fan! 1mo
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Who Said | Jennifer Michael Hecht
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Excerpt from Jennifer Michael Hecht's "Not Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening." A play on Frost's original. #leap #poetrymatters @TheSpineView
Full poem here:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57684/not-stopping-by-the-woods-on-a-snow...

TheSpineView Great imagery and I loved that it an adaptation of Frost's poem. Great find!❤ 1mo
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