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Joined May 2016

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B is for Burglar | Sue Grafton
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I‘m a big fan of the alphabet series and I was heartbroken when Sue Grafton passed away. So I came across @BookwormM ‘s posts on #KinseyAWeek a few days ago, and I mentioned about my short but precious interaction with Sue 8 years ago (!!!) when I did a re-read on “B is for Burglar” 💞 I found that Facebook post and thought of sharing it here

BarbaraBB That is awesome 💕 16h
Bookzombie 💕💕 14h
Reggie Awesome!!! now
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Transit | Anna Seghers
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I loved “The Seventh Cross” very much, so I hope this is as good 🤞🏻

TheSpineView I have not read this one. Look forward to your review. 4d
Anna40 It's better than The Seventh Cross. This is one of my favorite books. There is also a recent movie adaptation by a great German director, Christian Petzold, whose movies are actually all somehow based on Transit. I haven't watched Transit but Barbara and Die innere Sicherheit. Both brilliant 4d
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sisilia Ooohh thanks for the link, @Anna40 I heard about the movie, and will watch it after I finish the book 3d
BarbaraBB I liked this one a lot. And I learned things I didn‘t know about WWII 3d
sisilia I‘m about 20 pages in, and I think i‘m going to love this lots @BarbaraBB 3d
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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4⭐️ It took me 5 weeks to finish this doorstopper; the book cover has turned curly! I did get emotional experiencing the war with the characters, but I found that Grossman over-romanticized the good sides of humanity. Most of the characters are of good personalities, hard-working, and patriotic. Where are the bad guys? All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski is more realistic in picturing the mess that war brought to the people

Cathythoughts Great review! Well done .. that it‘s a big book 👍🏻❤️ 4d
sisilia 😃 Thanks, @Cathythoughts ! I was very patient, plowing through the pages 4d
Tamra I admire your patience! I have to wonder what drives the plot if there are no “bad” guys or at least ambivalent characters. (edited) 4d
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sisilia @tamra How the war changed the civilians‘ lives, and also we followed the soldiers‘ journey marching to Stalingrad and all risked their lives there. No wonder this book could get published in Russia. I‘m curious about Life and Fate now; I want to know why it was banned 4d
Tamra @sisilia I get it, a glimpse in the life sort of book. That is curiosity re: ban! 4d
BarbaraBB Well done!! 4d
arubabookwoman I really want to get to that soon. I loved Life and Fate. I‘m stacking the Kemposki book, which I hadn‘t heard of. 3d
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1. The interaction with Littens! I can post anything here and discuss books with Littens. Litsy is definitely my go-to bookish platform. I‘m also on Instagram, but I find that they are more keen in the aesthetics of the photos than the captions
2. Gift swaps. I used to participate and enjoyed it very much, but it has become very competitive and the drama, omg! 🤯
3. More stickers, please!
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sisilia 4. Hmmm, probably 2-4 posts per week... I think 5. Readalongs!!! I enjoy tackling my TBR with fellow enthusiasts 6. Better UI (edited) 6d
Cinfhen Yes!!!! More stickers- such a simple request 6d
sisilia @Cinfhen Hahaha .. life is much better with more stickers 6d
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Cinfhen That was my suggestion too!!! #GreatMinds and I also mentioned my dislike of the swaps 🤪but hey, that‘s just me....and YOU 😘😘 6d
julesG @Cinfhen I'm with you on the swaps. They have become very competitive indeed. 6d
sisilia @julesG @Cinfhen I‘m scared of the swaps 🤪 If I curated a little package (with friendly postal cost), would I be labelled stingy? 6d
julesG That is exactly my fear too. 6d
Cinfhen I think there are actually many of us who don‘t care for swaps @julesG @sisilia and it‘s fine for those who enjoy them 6d
ljuliel @sisilia @julesG No worries in the swaps. There are those that like them and those that don‘t. I think there are some kinks that need worked out with them but I mentioned those before and it didn‘t really help. I won‘t bring up the situation, but I‘ve had a couple of bad experiences with them, so I choose to participate in Litsy in other ways now. Thankfully the swaps are only a small part of it 6d
julesG @ljuliel I used to like the swaps, until I had a few bad experiences. I'm with you, there are other ways to support Litsy. 6d
ljuliel @julesG 💕💕💕 6d
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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So my plan to finish off Stalingrad over the weekend has failed. I was distracted! There‘s a new season of Midnight Diner on Netflix, and my friend told me about The Morning Show on AppleTV🙃😅 I just had to watch it!

Pruzy The problem with living in the age of peak TV! 1w
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84 Charing Cross Road | Helene Hanff
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Bookish workout!!! 1 hour elliptical with Helene Hanff and FPD 🥰

TheSpineView 👍 2w
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LibraryThing as a library service | Aina Manso Santolaria
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I‘m branching out to Library Thing to keep track of my taller-than-ever Mount TBR. So far, it‘s been confusing! Anyone‘s active there? My handle is sisilia9 and hope to see you there

rabbitprincess I'm on there as well, same username as here! :) 2w
LibrarianRyan I‘m there same screen name. Welcome. 2w
arubabookwoman I'm on Librarything, same user name, active in the 75 Group and Club Read. 2w
Librarybelle I‘m there! Same username. 2w
Chrissyreadit I‘m trying to figure it out too. I would prefer an alternate to the amazon mega industry. 2w
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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So many emotional moments it‘s best not to rush this book

REPollock I look forward to what you think, I read an article about that book and am intrigued! 2w
TheSpineView I have heard good things about it. Though I am not sure I could handle reading it.🤔 2w
Tanisha_A Love this photograph! 🥰 2w
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BarbaraBB Echoing @tanisha 😍😘 2w
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 2w
sisilia @REPollock @TheSpineView I‘m loving it! A bit verbose in certain part, but still engaging 👍🏻 2w
sisilia 😆😆 Thank you @Tanisha_A @BarbaraBB 2w
sisilia Thank you @Redwritinghood 🥳 2w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, friend! 😘😘 2w
sisilia @LeahBergen Thank you, Leah 🥰🥳 2w
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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Slow progress ☺️

Chrissyreadit That looks like quite a bit of progress to me. 4w
BookishTrish You‘re way ahead of me! 4w
readordierachel That is a very substantial tome 3w
Suet624 Quite the door stopper 2w
sisilia @Suet624 Almost 1000 pages 🙈 The next book Life and Fate is also another chunkster 😆 2w
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On Reading | Andr Kertsz
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I‘ve been dealing with lots of Excel spreadsheet at work in the past few months, and I feel that my eyesight has gotten worse. My eyes also get tired when I read for an hour or so.

I went to see an optician today, and it‘s confirmed: it‘s PRESBYOPIA! 😤 I must now wear reading glasses for better focus 🤓

Crazeedi Welcome to the club! 1mo
Liz_M Glad you found a quick solution. And reading glasses are sexy! 1mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm If you can, get some with a blue light filter! The blue light from computers, phones, tv, and any type of screen all strain our eyes. It also effects melatonin production, so it can make it difficult to fall asleep. I‘m getting new glasses next month specifically for the blue light filter. My grandma has a degenerative eye disease (that is genetic) and blue light can exacerbate the problem. 1mo
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sisilia @PerksOfBeingABookworm I did! Yay🥳 The filter should help a lot 1mo
sisilia @Liz_M @Crazeedi I can foresee myself repeating “Where did I put my glassesssssss????” in the near future 1mo
Crazeedi @sisilia omg yesssssss!!! 1mo
Gissy Welcome to my world?I say to myself that is called "development" for not call it age?? 1mo
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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‼️

Suet624 Ugh. 2w
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Modernist Bread: The Art and Science | Nathan Myhrvold, Francisco Migoya
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2300 pages talking about bread!!! 🤯 I just added this set to my wishlist hahaha... it will remain there forever, because... look at the price!!! 🥴 That‘s Singapore dollars, so approx. USD 520 🤦🏻‍♀️

Sace Who wants to make the first joke about 70s slang "bread" = $$? 1mo
Tamra @RestlessFickleBookHoarder 😆 First thing I thought 1mo
sisilia @RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Tamra 2300 pages about $$$ 🤣 I‘m sure there‘s something like that out there 1mo
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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I‘m only 15% in, and I‘m in love with this book 🥰

I imagine all the male characters as Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, and Ed Harris. The ladies are Rachel Weisz and her derivatives. How‘s that for a compelling story? ❤️

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️♥️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Yes to those actors! 1mo
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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It‘s going to take me ages to finish this book, not that I‘m not enjoying it. I‘m facing two major problems now:
1. The Russian names! I have limited memory bytes and it is truly a struggle here 😅 I‘m writing them down and it helps a bit
2. This book smells so good I keep stopping to sniff it 🙈I have book sniffing addiction! 🐽🐽🐽

Wish me luck!

Cathythoughts Good luck 👍🏻♥️sounds great... look forward to your review & might even be tempted ...( . I‘m always writing names down .. I‘ve a terrible memory ) 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🍀🙂 1mo
Leftcoastzen Yay book sniffing!I think there should be a rule that Russian books have a list of all the names , many do . 1mo
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sisilia @Leftcoastzen Oh it has a list at the back... but not in chronological order, so I‘ll keep it for later when most of the characters are introduced 1mo
DrawingSustenance 🤣 Someone needs to set up a BSA (Book Sniffers Anonymous) convention. 📖👃 1mo
Leftcoastzen Oh good! I can understand you setting it up your way , makes sense. 1mo
arubabookwoman I bought that when it first came out but haven‘t gotten to it yet. I loved Life and Fate, also very long. 1mo
sisilia @JulietBooks Hahaha that‘s a good idea 😆 1mo
sisilia @arubabookwoman Simply irresistible 😃 (edited) 1mo
Gissy You are...a normal bookaholic!😌 1mo
sisilia @Gissy 🤗 1mo
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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Intimidating... but my curiosity wins 😆

Leftcoastzen Did you read 1mo
sisilia I have not @Leftcoastzen ☺️ The plan is to read Stalingraad first, and hopefully Life and Fate soon after. I heard that the latter is life changing. My life won‘t be the same after I read these two 😆 1mo
Leftcoastzen I feel bad that I have not read Stalingrad.When I read Life and Fate , Stalingrad had not been translated yet. I would have preferred to read them in order. 1mo
sisilia Aww it‘s never too late @Leftcoastzen It‘s the same translator (Robert Chandler) as the one who worked on Life and Fate; and he said that he did it better with Stalingrad 1mo
Leftcoastzen Good to know ,I definitely need to get to it. 1mo
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Butcher's Crossing | John Williams
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5⭐️ This book is not just about buffalo hunting. Deeper within the story, there is a familiar sense of human ignorance. Motivated by greed, we grit our teeth and endure the worst; we often expect too much and self-destruct when things don‘t work out. Right?!

This is my second Williams after Stoner. It‘s wonderfully written with vivid imagery. I highly recommend this, even to those who are not fans of western 👍🏻

erzascarletbookgasm Fabulous review. Will put this further up my tbr. 1mo
Tamra I‘m so glad you liked it! 1mo
Leftcoastzen You‘re killing me ! Need to read Stoner. 1mo
sisilia @Leftcoastzen 😄 John Williams won‘t disappoint. His writing style is exquisite! 1mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen I‘m with you. 2w
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Butcher's Crossing | John Williams
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It‘s been a busy week!! All the time that I have is for work and gym 😞 I hope that I have a peaceful weekend so that I can finish reading this wonderful story 🤞🏻

erzascarletbookgasm Hope you‘ll find some time for reading this weekend. Look forward to your thoughts on the book. I loved Stoner. 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I have this in my TBR. Can‘t wait to get to it. Stoner was wonderful. 1mo
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School for Love | Olivia Manning
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🎊 A year ago I decided to create a book club. We only read NYRB Classics 😆 #NYRBClassicsReadingSociety

Here‘s to the second year and the year after that, until I read them all (wishful thinking, but still ... 🤞🏻)

TheSpineView 💜Congrats on your anniversary! 📖 1mo
sisilia Thank you, Lisa @TheSpineView ❤️ 1mo
kspenmoll What a wonderful idea! 1mo
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Butcher's Crossing | John Williams
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Fangirling over John Williams now 😍 He wrote with such poise. Gawwwdd!! ❤️❤️❤️

cathysaid ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
sisilia @cathysaid Stoner was an amazing read, and Butcher‘s Crossing is of a totally different theme with the same brilliant writing. I‘d read anything he wrote - even if it‘s a phone book 😆 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I loved Stoner. Need to read his others! 1mo
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Butcher's Crossing | John Williams
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Just started this this morning, and am loving it 😍

Hooked_on_books Beautiful cover! 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve been tempted by this one. Loved Stoner. Look forward to your thoughts 2mo
Anna40 Looking forward to your thoughts too. Stoner is one of my favorite books 2mo
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Tamra 👏🏾 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, good! It‘s sitting on my NYRB shelf. 😄 1mo
Suet624 I really need to read something by him. 1mo
sisilia @Suet624 👍🏻 1mo
sisilia @Cathythoughts @Anna40 @erzascarletbookgasm I just finished it! 🎊 It‘s a must-read! So different from Stoner, and yet is equally brilliant 😍 I‘m now eyeing his last work Augustus ( @Tamra have you read it?) 1mo
Tamra @sisilia yes, I really enjoyed it! 1mo
Cathythoughts Good to hear 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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My Marriage | Jakob Wassermann
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Mehso-so

2⭐️ Ganna Herzog is probably the worst female character that I‘ve ever encountered 🤦🏻‍♀️ She is as annoying as an immortal gnat! The whole book is about her igniting hell in her husband‘s life; and he‘s indirectly encouraging her as he lacks courage to push back. Yeah, double negatives don‘t make a positive here, just a tired reader.

Lindy Well, at least you got through it… 2mo
TheSpineView "Immortal Gant" love that description! ? 2mo
Susannah Terrific review, though! 😊 2mo
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sisilia @Lindy I was so happy when I hit the last page. What an accomplishment! 😅 2mo
Liz_M I read the first sentence and thought "that fits the #nyrbbookclub inadvertent theme of terrible women" ? ? ? 1mo
sisilia @Liz_M Hahaha 😆🙈 More and more of them 1mo
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Day 7 of #7Days7Covers

Tagging @Sarahr875 🤗 7 of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a Litten each day to join i

Suet624 Love this cover. 2mo
Sarahr875 Thank you for tagging me! I‘m sorry I‘m slow! I‘ll get on it 🥰 2mo
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The Star Shepherd | Dan Haring
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Day 6 of #7Days7Covers

Tagging @josie281 🤗 7 of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a Litten each day to join in

Cinfhen Cool cover 2mo
emilyhaldi 🤩 2mo
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This Earth of Mankind | Pramoedya Ananta Toer
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Day 5 of #7Days7Covers

Tagging @haanim 🤗 7 of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a Litten each day to join in

DrexEdit 😍😍😍 2mo
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Fair Play | Tove Jansson
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Day 4 of #7Days7Covers

Tagging @Michelle_mck 🤗 7 of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a Litten each day to join in

batsy Oooh I love this one! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great cover 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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My Marriage | Jakob Wassermann
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I am struggling at 24%! I am not looking forward to opening this book every time I settle down to read it 😭

The drama I had with my ex-boyfriend is much more interesting than this 🙈

TrishB I‘d just bail! 2mo
sisilia @TrishB I wanted to, but I‘m leading the discussion for the bookclub next week 😅 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 2mo
batsy 😂 2mo
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Lindy I would skip to the last chapter and read that. With luck, that would give me enough motivation to go back and read the rest. If it doesn‘t, I would search online for as much information about the author and his writing as I could, with the hope that would inspire me to return to the book with fresh eyes. If I still couldn‘t bring myself to finish the book, at least I would be armed with material to discuss it. 2mo
sisilia Thanks for the tips @Lindy 😘 2mo
Lindy @sisilia 🍀 2mo
Suet624 Great tips, @Lindy 2mo
Lindy @Suet624 Thanks. @sisilia -Have you had your meeting? How did it go? 2mo
sisilia @Lindy Not yet 😆 It‘s this Sunday... 2mo
Lindy @sisilia 💪 2mo
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Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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Day 3 of #7Days7Covers

Tagging @minkyb 🤗 7 of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a Litten each day to join in

TheSpineView That cover makes me think of fall.🧡🍁 2mo
Eyelit Love this! 2mo
minkyb @sisilia I am away for a couple of days but I will start when I get back home. 🤗 2mo
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Day 2 of #7Days7covers

Tagging @Robothugs 🤗 7 of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a Litten each day to join in

ValerieAndBooks I definitely remember Farley 💖!! 2mo
sisilia @ValerieAndBooks My old dog was named after the comic book‘s Farley. A few month after he passed, I made a journal titled “Remembering Farley” ❤️ 2mo
Gissy Lovely cover💛❤️💛❤️💛❤️ 2mo
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John Adams | David McCullough
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Thanks for the tag @Liz_M 😘 #7days7covers

Now tagging @JacintaMCarter 🤗 7 of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a Litten each day to join in

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On Reading | Andr Kertsz
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Books read by publication year 😍 Thanks to #nyrb I have more diverse reading experience now

CarolynM That's an interesting graph. I wonder what mine would look like? I wouldn't be able to do it, I'd never be able to remember when I read what. 2mo
sisilia I got this from Goodreads. They are pretty good with stats 👍🏻 @CarolynM 2mo
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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Immediate TBR stack. Those on the right are books I read this year

Leftcoastzen Life and fate was incredible! 2mo
sisilia @tamra Have you read “Augustus” and “Nothing but the Night”? 2mo
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sisilia @Leftcoastzen ❤️ I hope I do the right thing by reading Stalingrad first 🤞🏻 Keeping the best for last 😀 2mo
Tamra @sisilia I haven‘t. I‘m glad you mentioned them because I had forgotten! I already have “Night” on my Kindle and it got buried. “Augustus” I wouldn‘t have been attracted to before I took my antiquity lit course, but now I am. Thank you for asking! 2mo
Tamra @sisilia beware “Night” has a super creepy cover. 😮 2mo
Tamra I just borrowed the audio version of Augustus. 😁 2mo
LeahBergen The top 3 are on my TBR, too. 👍🏻 2mo
arubabookwoman I loved Life and Fate, and preordered Stalingrad for my Kindle on the strength of that. It‘s been a while, but I haven‘t gotten to it yet. Soon..... 2mo
sisilia @Tamra Oh yes, the eyes on the cover 😱 John Williams is too good to ignore. After Stoner, I‘m determined to read all of his novels. Thankfully, he only wrote four. If he were Georges Simenon, I‘d die and go bankrupt 😅 2mo
sisilia @LeahBergen Yay! 🙌🏻 2mo
sisilia @arubabookwoman I‘m so glad that I hear more and more people loving Life and Fate. I heard that Stalingrad has less impact but is similarly awesome 2mo
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On Reading | Andr Kertsz
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Central Public Library @ Bugis

Spending my lunch hour here to read “My Marriage” 😁

DrawingSustenance What is Pooh Bear looking for? 😀 2mo
sisilia @JulietBooks He wanted to grab them all 😆 2mo
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My Marriage | Jakob Wassermann
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Let‘s see how crazy this lady is 😅 I remember @emilyhaldi saying that she‘s worse than Harriet from After Claude

TheSpineView I have not read yet. Therefore, I am curious what you think about it. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Worse than Harriett??? That‘s a pretty high bar @emilyhaldi! 2mo
LeahBergen I have this one, too. 👏🏻 2mo
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emilyhaldi This is an odd one... Curious to see what you think! And YES @MicheleinPhilly I swear she's worse than Harriet 🖤 2mo
sisilia @emilyhaldi Not easy to get into 😭 2mo
emilyhaldi It's a rough read for sure 😬 2mo
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The Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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I can‘t do this; I just stopped at page 100 😪 Romance is not my favorite genre, and this novel has too much dosage of loving and longing (in repetition!). I‘d probably love this story when I was a teenager, when I was infatuated with my crush 😜

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime wow, really? i loved this book & don't like romance at all. so interesting how every book is different for every person 🙂 2mo
sisilia @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Yeah, different perspectives from different readers make this community a fun place to be in 🥰 2mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @sisilia absolutely, it's why i love it 2mo
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The Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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I‘ve read some amazing books recently. I was in an adventure tracking 7 escapees in The Seventh Cross; rode the anxiety roller-coaster with a mentally-ill lady in The Outward Room; tagged along Stoner from his uni years til his death. All of these left me with deep thoughts & I was emotionally stirred.

Now am reading a story about 2 teenagers falling in love. It‘s nothing so far but “I love you, I desire you” + a bit of drama. It feels so bleah!

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Pompeii: A Novel | Robert Harris
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I have not read any of Robert Harris‘ works yet, and hope to try a few titles soon. Which one is your favorite that you‘d recommend to be my first Harris?

Amiable I have read “Pompeii.” I don‘t remember being very impressed by it, though. 2mo
AlaMich I enjoyed Pompeii quite a bit. The aqueduct premise might sound uninteresting, but don‘t be turned off. It‘s a great book! I also really liked Enigma. 2mo
KathyWheeler I really liked Fatherland. 2mo
batsy I've not read any of his books either but I just stacked his most recent one because a review in Guardian made it sound really good 2mo
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The Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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Currently reading.. I picked this book because of the title 😂 Has anyone read this?

Texreader It looks amazing and I‘d have picked up for that title too. Hope it‘s as good as it sounds. 2mo
Cinfhen Love that cover 🥰 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading It‘s on my tbr but I don‘t know when I‘ll be able to get to it. 2mo
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Stoner | John Williams
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5⭐️ “Stoner is one of the few books which have caused buyers to call us in gratitude for having recommended it.” - John Doyle, Crawford Doyle Booksellers, NYC 👉🏻 my fav bookseller, which sadly closed down a few years back 😿

I‘m so glad that I finally read this book. The prose is elegant and captivating; I felt privileged to get to read this beautiful story of a simple and dedicated man 💕

Tamra My favorite book. 💜 So quietly profound in its glimpse of a life and underread. I hope that changes! I wish Williams had been more prolific. (edited) 2mo
TrishB Loved this one too ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️📚 2mo
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suvata Great book 2mo
zuzia One of my favorites! 2mo
sisilia I read that his four novels are each “strikingly different in subject”, as if they were written by different authors. Next month, I‘ll be reading Butcher‘s Crossing for the local IRL bookclub. @Tamra @TrishB @Cathythoughts @suvata @zuzia @erzascarletbookgasm 2mo
Tamra @sisilia yes, they are very different and good. Stoner is my favorite. 👍🏾 2mo
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Stoner | John Williams
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Hello, Stoner... you are next! 😃

Cathythoughts Such a good book 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too @Cathythoughts ❤️ 2mo
Simona Still in my TBR pile ... 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Ah, Stoner ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Waiting on my shelf! 🙄 2mo
emilyhaldi Oh my gosh this book just blew my mind! 🤯🤯🤯 absolutely brilliant. Surely this will pull you out of that reading slump! 2mo
sisilia @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @Simona @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @emilyhaldi I‘m enjoying the beautiful writing 😍 Definitely a book to savour 2mo
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The Outward Room | Millen Brand
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4⭐️ Escaped from a mental hospital, hopped on a train/walked/hitched a ride to NYC. How‘s that for an adventure? And that‘s only the start of this book. I‘m not a big fan of the writing style, but I love this tender story about self-proclaimed-insane Harriet paving her way to healing and self-acceptance 💞

#nyrb #nyrbclassics

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The Outward Room | Millen Brand
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Next read! It‘s set in NYC - should be a definite cure for a slump 🤞🏻

Tamra 🤞🏾 2mo
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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4⭐️ This novel is deliciously wicked! Sleek and smooth, like a glass of Hibiki 21 🥃 I used to read a lot of crime fictions; most are thrilling and gruesome, but none has the same quality as this old crime noir. The writing is wonderful, and the humor definitely helps the overall tone of the book.

Thank you for the pick, @mklong @vivastory Now I‘m going to check the discussion posts 😆 #nyrbbookclub #nyrb #nyrbclassics

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 2mo
charl08 Sounds fascinating! 2mo
batsy Wonderful review! Deliciously wicked sums it up 🖤 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nice! I notice your pencil matches the title 😉👍 2mo
sisilia @erzascarletbookgasm Oooohhhh now I notice it hahaha... that‘s such a nice match 2mo
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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I totally agree! 😆 Gosh, this book is so good. A few more pages to the end 😭 #nyrbbookclub

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On Reading | Andr Kertsz
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Guess who just reposted my Instagram post, guys! 😍 #nyrbbookclub #nyrb #nyrbclassics

LauraBeth 🙌🙌 2mo
DrexEdit Sweet! 2mo
saresmoore That‘s awesome! 2mo
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Christine Cool! 2mo
batsy Nice! 2mo
AlaMich That‘s cool!! 2mo
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On Reading | Andr Kertsz
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Reading slump hits!!!! 😭😭😭 I haven‘t even finished Black Wings for #nyrbbookclub 😭

DeleteAcct The worst! 😩 I hope it passes quickly. 2mo
Tamra What a perfect pic of expression. Slumps, big or small, are quite annoying. Speedy recovery! 2mo
emilyhaldi Aw man!!! And with so many beautiful #nyrbclassics to read too!! Hope you get out of your slump soon 🙏🏻 2mo
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The Fountain Overflows | Rebecca West
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NYRB Classics Reading Society Aug meet-up: The Fountain Overflows

We have 3 people for today‘s discussion. May and Peter both loved the book, and gave it 4⭐️ Quoting Peter, “it‘s Little Women in much better writing.” 😄
#NYRB #NYRBClassics

Lindy Stacked, thanks to Peter‘s description. 3mo
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The Fountain Overflows | Rebecca West
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2⭐️ I started this book with high expectation, but the whiny start was quite painful that I wanted to bail (I couldn‘t bail because I‘m the organizer of the book club which will be discussing this book tomorrow😅) Thankfully, it got better in the second half as it revealed interesting incidents one after another. I couldn‘t stand the Mother character as she sighed/groaned/cried/wailed so often it gave me headache from excessive eye-rollings

JenniferP After loving Return of the Soldier, I‘ve been really disappointed in Rebecca West‘s other books. 3mo
sisilia @JenniferP My bookclub buddy bailed on this one. She was surprised because Return of the Soldier was such an enjoyable read 😑 3mo
Liz_M @JenniferP I'm sorry to hear this wasn't a good read for either of you. Sigh, it may just have to stay on the shelf, unread, looking pretty. 3mo
sisilia @Liz_M A lot of 4⭐️ and 5⭐️ reviews on Goodreads, though 😆 3mo
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The Fountain Overflows | Rebecca West
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Slowly but surely 😅 I hope to finish this today so that I can read Black Wings before Saturday #NYRBBookclub discussion 🤞🏻

Liz_M You only have about 1/3 left, no problem! 😀 3mo
vivastory You can do it! Black Wings is a quick read. 3mo
sisilia @vivastory 💪🏻😺 3mo
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On Reading | Andr Kertsz
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😱 McNally Jackson has a new store in NYC (4 Fulton Street)! It‘s opening soon and I think it‘s going to be as lovely as their other stores. New Yorker bookworms, you are in for a treat! I wish I could just teleport to NYC 😃

Image is from McNally Jackson‘s Instagram account

cariashley Oooh I need to visit it! 🤗 3mo
Anna40 Spending a weekend in NYC in November! Do you have more bookstore recommendations? 3mo
sisilia @Anna40 Yes! Here are my favorites: The Strand, McNally Jackson @ Prince St, Housing Works, Three Lives & Company, Westsider Books (Upper West). If you look at the tagged book 👆🏻, you can find others that I posted during my previous trip 😀 Enjoy NYC! 3mo
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Anna40 THANK YOU!! 😁💛 3mo
Rachel_nyc Will definitely check this out. Thanks! 3mo
Liz_M @Anna40 Of you branch out to Brooklyn, don't miss Greenlight Books in Fort Greene, Community Bookstore in Park Slope, and Books Are Magic in Carroll Gardens! But also I second Housing Works Bookstore -- it's my favorite treasure hunting place! 3mo
sisilia @Liz_M I‘ll look for you the next time I‘m in NYC. We‘ll have an NYRB party or something 😆🎊 3mo
Liz_M @sisilia That would be most excellent. ☺ 3mo
Anna40 @Liz_M Thank you 💐 3mo
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