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Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann
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Yoga and a bit housework done now time to sit and read 😁

BarbaraBB Sounds perfect! 17h
Pricel101 I sneaky read my mum‘s copy when I was in high school 😈 pretty shocking for the times, enjoy!! 16h
youneverarrived @Pricel101 😂 I can imagine it being really shocking when it first came out! 2h
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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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This was not what I was expecting, for some reason I thought it was going to be more of a ‘tough‘ read. The subject matter is obviously difficult but it was a page turner at the same time. It was very tell not show. Good characters and I loved the premise. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #pocmcparanormal #booked2019

Cinfhen Nice review!! 3d
youneverarrived @Cinfhen thanks 😘 3d
BarbaraBB I‘m going to read this one too for that prompt. Your review is encouraging! 3d
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Cathythoughts Great review! I already have it stacked & your review makes me eager to read this 👍🏻❤️ 2d
Cathythoughts I just picked it up on kindle 👍🏻❤️ 2d
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I really hope you both like it 🤞 2d
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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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The type of read for me that you get cosy on the settee on a Sunday afternoon and just read it constant. It didn‘t wow me but I enjoyed reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️. I‘ve only read The Hand That First Held Mine .... it was really good 1w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks ♥️ I‘ve not read that one but read another of hers that was good too! 1w
JennyM Perfect review and how I felt. Hope you and bump are good 😘 1w
youneverarrived @JennyM thanks Jenny, we‘re good 😘 half way there now! Hope you‘re well 💕 7d
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A vivid read that really takes you to Vietnam and inside the characters minds. It‘s written in small, to the point sentences which when done right (like this) I love. O‘Brien plays with memory & fiction & what‘s real & what isn‘t but it worked so perfectly in putting across the point that you just can‘t know what war is truly like etc. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #soldiersstory #booked2019

Cinfhen This was such a powerful book. I read it years ago and haven‘t forgotten it 1w
merelybookish Great review! Ditto @cinfhen ☝️ The title story in particular has stayed with me. 1w
Liz_M This is one of my all-time favorite books. It was also my first introduction to meta-fiction. 1w
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BookNAround To prove just how old I am, O‘Brien was the writer in residence at my college right after this came out so I got to be in a writing fiction class that he visited for a week or so. 1w
kspenmoll This book has defined Vietnam for so many over the years. Agree with you all; it stays with you. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a good book! 👊🏻♥️📚 1w
youneverarrived @Cinfhen @merelybookish I can see it being one I won‘t forget either 🖤 1w
youneverarrived @Liz_M usually I‘m not a big fan of that but it worked so well here. 1w
youneverarrived @BookNAround ohh that‘s really cool! What college was it? 1w
youneverarrived @kspenmoll @BarbaraTheBibliophage it‘s brilliant 🖤 (edited) 1w
BookNAround @youneverarrived The College of Wooster, a small liberal arts college in Ohio. 1w
IamIamIam I've honestly never read this! *hangs head* I'm not sure how we skipped it in school because I know I had friends who read it. On #mountTBR it goes! 😁 1w
youneverarrived @IamIamIam you‘ll have to let me know what you think when you get to it ♥️ 1w
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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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Total reading time for the readathon. It‘s not loads but the past couple of months I‘ve been reading less so it was good to get back to reading every day, and I seem to have my reading mojo back 😁

Thanks everyone that organised it and congrats again to @MrBook ♥️🥳🥳

#MrBook1inaMillion #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @Lynnsoprano @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher @jb72

MrBook You did phenomenally 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🔥🔥🔥!!! 1w
Lynnsoprano Thanks for being part of the celebration 😘 1w
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UwannaPublishme Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
Jas16 🙌🏽 1w
Andrew65 That‘s a great time, well done and thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏😊👍 1w
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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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I do miss having a glass of wine but non-alcoholic will have to do 😂 I‘m enjoying this book, over halfway now, and wondering where it‘s going.

#MrBook1inaMillion #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2w
BarbaraBB Me too! 2w
Andrew65 Going well 👏👏 2w
MrBook It‘s going to...the place. 😆 I have dad humor, sorry 🙈. 2w
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Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann
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This was one of my #fivestarpredictions books which I‘m trying to make an effort to finally read and it fits a #booked2019 prompt so perfect time to start. It‘s one I‘ve wanted to read for years. #MrBook1inaMillion #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne

Andrew65 Enjoy 😊 2w
MrBook Oh, wow! I need to read this classic. 2w
IamIamIam I loved this!!!! 1w
youneverarrived @IamIamIam I‘m really liking it so far! 1w
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Going to finish The Things They Carried as I‘m at 87% then find a new book to start as well as reading This Must Be the Place. Just shy of 3 hours for yesterday and today but plan on reading for a lot of the evening now 😁 #MrBook1inaMillion #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne

CaitlinR If you haven‘t read O‘Brien‘s IN THE LAKE OF THE WOODS read it next; a great novel. 2w
Andrew65 Good start to the Readathon. 👏👏👏 2w
Kimberlone This is one of my favorite books of all time 2w
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youneverarrived @CaitlinR I‘ll add it to the tbr 👍 2w
youneverarrived @Andrew65 thanks 😁 2w
youneverarrived @Kimberlone I‘ve finished it and I can see why. 5 stars from me. 2w
BarbaraBB Echoing @CaitlinR , I loved that one too. And the Maggie O‘Farrell as well 💕 2w
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB oh that‘s good to know. I will read it at some point as I really liked his writing. 2w
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🔥🔥🔥 1w
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I‘m going to join in the readathon weekend as and when I can 💕 total so far today reading the tagged book and listening to The Dutch House. Going to read for a bit more before going to sleep 💤

#MrBook1inaMillion #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne @MrBook @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @Lynnsoprano @Alisnazzy @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher @jb72

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 2w
Rachel.Rencher How was The Dutch House so far? I want to pick that one up soon! 2w
MrBook I‘m just glad someone as fantastic as you is joining in the fun! Thank you!!! ☺️🤗 2w
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youneverarrived @Rachel.Rencher really good! I‘d recommend it 👍 2w
youneverarrived @MrBook aww thanks 🥰🥰 2w
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The best fiction book about slavery I‘ve ever read. I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn‘t reading it. The writing, the characters, the atmosphere were all just spot on. Obviously not an easy read but I‘m glad I finally got around to reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sace Stacked. 2w
Tamra On my radar! 2w
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Cathythoughts Nice review ❤️. I have it stacked already 2w
batsy Great review! 💜 2w
Tanisha_A Sounds brilliant! Review, 👏! 2w
Reggie This book is part of my- the slavery my education never talked about-trio of books which also includes Kindred by Octavia Butler and Wench by Dolen Perkins Valdez. Nice review!! 2w
youneverarrived @Tamra it‘s brilliant 🙌 2w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks lovely ♥️ 2w
youneverarrived @batsy thank you 😘 2w
youneverarrived @Tanisha_A it is and thanks 😍 2w
youneverarrived @Reggie thanks! Kindred is on my tbr but not heard of the other book, I‘m off to go and have a look. 2w
Joyfulmimi My favorite book about slavery was “Beloved”. Have you read that? 2w
Joyfulmimi Is this male author able to capture the feelings of an enslaved woman like Toni Morrison did for me is what I am wondering. 2w
youneverarrived @Joyfulmimi interesting question actually, I think he did a really good job with that but I‘ve not read Beloved to compare. I need to get to it. 1w
Joyfulmimi Yes!!! Read Beloved and see what you think. Hope you can remember to let me know. Because Beloved is one of my favorite books. Unforgettable 1w
Joyfulmimi Yay!!!! 1w
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This was THE perfect book to read while travelling. As well as detailing her own adventures in Paris, Istanbul, Florence & New York she also gives insights into how to make the best of exploring a new city & how to best savour the experience. I‘m not sure if I would be brave enough to travel alone in a foreign city but I 100% admire her, and others, that do. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks Helen for this @squirrelbrain 😘

Cathythoughts Great review! Sounds lovely 👍❤️ 2w
squirrelbrain Glad you liked it! ❤️ So is NYC better than Paris, in your opinion?! 2w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 💕 I really enjoyed it. 2w
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youneverarrived @squirrelbrain Paris is still my favourite..but NY definitely comes close! 2w
squirrelbrain Ooh interesting... I adore NYC, but it *is* more than 20 years since I visited Paris. 2w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain are you planning on going back at some point? I can see what you mean about falling in love with NY though, I already want to go back 😍 be lovely to go at Christmas I think. 2w
squirrelbrain I‘ll definitely go back to Paris sometime, hopefully soon. We went to NYC at Xmas 6 years ago - loved it but I‘ve never been anywhere so busy.... 2w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain oh yeah I can imagine it being super busy around then. Bet it was amazing though 😃 2w
Joyfulmimi Wow 2w
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Bath and book with my pumpkin bath bomb 🎃 (it smells so good!) then going to settle down with a takeaway and watch something halloweeny.

Cathythoughts Sounds kind of perfect 👍❤️👻 3w
squirrelbrain What @Cathythoughts said! Enjoy.... 3w
readordierachel Sounds lovely! 3w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @ReadOrDie thanks ladies I really enjoyed my night 😊 3w
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There was a thing on Litsy a while back about books you think would be a five star read and this was one of my picks. It‘s definitely living up to expectations so far. I love the way it‘s written.

Cathythoughts It does sound good Katie ! Stacked 3w
MicheleinPhilly I was just looking at that post yesterday! Of the 5 I‘ve only read 2. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts it‘s really good 👍 3w
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youneverarrived @MicheleinPhilly what was the hashtag again? I can‘t find my post but remembered this was on it. Were both of them 5 star reads? 3w
BarbaraBB Oh yes, I‘d like to know the hashtag well! @MicheleinPhilly 3w
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB It took a CRAP TON of scrolling but I found it: #fivestarpredictions 3w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Thanks, I am gonna scroll too! 3w
BarbaraBB Katie I found and screenshotted your post. You want me to share it? 3w
youneverarrived If you don‘t mind @BarbaraBB that would be great! Thanks @MicheleinPhilly 😘 3w
Reggie Top 5 book for me this year. I loved it. Glad you‘re liking it. 3w
youneverarrived @Reggie I remember your review on it 😁 it‘s brutal but not overtly if you know what I mean. So good! 3w
Liz_M Ooooh, I love the mug of famous first lines! 3w
youneverarrived @Liz_M I got it in a swap a while ago. It‘s one of my faves 👍 3w
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Had a fantastic two weeks in America; seen and did so much (my other half will be glad if he never sees another library again 😂) and I definitely have the holiday blues going back to normal life today. Shall catch up on all your posts soon 😘

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic ! So glad you had a good trip 👍🏻♥️ 3w
IamIamIam New York misses you too!!! 🤗 Loved your photos and I'm so happy you had a great time!!! 3w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy ❤️ 3w
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youneverarrived @IamIamIam aw thank you so much ❤️ I will definitely be coming back. 3w
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Love my city! 😎🙌🏻 3w
youneverarrived @MrBook it‘s amazing!! I miss it. I‘m jealous you get to live there 😆 3w
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Chocky | John Wyndham
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Went to Harvard yesterday (amazing!) and bought these two from the Harvard Book Store. They had a great selection of used NYRB books but I was restrained and just got the one 😂 and baby‘s first book ❤️

TrishB A great first book ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Baby‘s first book from Harvard... that‘s cool 💕 1mo
batsy Aww lovely first book 💕 1mo
LeahBergen A lovely first book! 💕💕 1mo
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The Library of Congress | Charles A. Goodrum
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Went to visit this stunning library yesterday. I could have stayed all day. It‘s so beautiful!

Tanisha_A Wow! Where is this? 1mo
youneverarrived @Tanisha_A it‘s in Washington 💛 1mo
jillannjohn On my bucket list ❤️ 1mo
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squirrelbrain Gorgeous! ❤️ 1mo
RachelO How wonderful- have an amazing time! 1mo
batsy Wow 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s beautiful 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
andrew61 Great photo, thanks for sharing. 1mo
merelybookish Oh you're in the US! Hope you're having a great trip so far! 1mo
youneverarrived @jillannjohn it‘s amazing to see in person 🧡 1mo
youneverarrived @RachelO thanks Rachel 😘 1mo
youneverarrived @batsy @Cathythoughts @andrew61 I had to share with you guys 😍💛 1mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish thank you 😘 it‘s amazing! Really enjoying ourselves. 1mo
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I‘ve been saving this one to read on my holiday in America @squirrelbrain and so far I‘m loving it.

Having a coffee and reading a bit before more sightseeing in Washington 💙

erzascarletbookgasm Happy holidays! 😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Have a lovely time Katie X 1mo
Blaire Enjoy! This book sounds lovely. 1mo
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LeahBergen Have a lovely holiday! 1mo
andrew61 Have a great time. 1mo
JennyM Have a lovely time! 1mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 thank you 😊 1mo
squirrelbrain Hope you‘re having a lovely time! Not jealous at all... 😁 ❤️ 1mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thanks lovely, having a great time 😘 1mo
kspenmoll I hope you are enjoying yourself!!! 1mo
youneverarrived @kspenmoll thank you 😘 having a great time! 1mo
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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Summer #Booked2019 complete.

🎁 Book gifted to you - Lanny
🎥 Book to movie - The Bookshop
🤯Genrebusting - The Red Parts
🕌 Muslim author/MC - Sophia‘s Journal
👧 Diverse middle grade - Brown Girl Dreaming
🖊Graphic novel - The Handmaid‘s Tale

Cathythoughts Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Cinfhen Lots of great reads 😀 2mo
Cinfhen Love your emoji‘s 🥰 2mo
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RachelO Wasn‘t this one wonderful? 2mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen thank you ❤️ love this challenge. 2mo
youneverarrived @RachelO yes, it really was. So glad I finally got to it 💚 2mo
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The Red Parts: A Memoir | Maggie Nelson
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A shortish book that packs a lot in. It‘s true crime mixed with memoir but also so much more. Very well written. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #genrebusting #booked2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage Looks interesting. So many interesting books in this prompt!! 2mo
LeahBergen I have this one waiting for me. 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like my cup of tea 👍🏻♥️stacked 2mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I think you both will like it! 2mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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#nyrbbookclub Question 5 of 5.

Would you agree that the novel is “a vision of a radical new kind of writing, one suited to a woman‘s body and language and experience outside of the primarily masculine narrative tropes of the past”?

BarbaraBB No I think that‘s a bit exaggerated. It was 1979. It made me think of works by Simone de Beauvoir written much earlier. I do prefer De Beauvoir though. 2mo
Suet624 Wow! That feels super-exaggerated. I agree with @BarbaraBB 2mo
lele1432 I have no idea lol. I didn‘t really get the feeling it was more “suited to a woman‘s body,” but I did find it unique and refreshing at times. 2mo
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Liz_M @lele1432 Right! I like the idea that it is written to escape masculine tropes, but in this era, I don't think tropes are tied to a physical body -- masculinity is cultural, not physical. 2mo
Liz_M Also, I don't know how "new" it is either. It doesn't feel more radical or experimental than 2mo
Leftcoastzen I agree with @Liz_M and @BarbaraBB Women have been writing their own world view for years forever subverting the masculine cultural gaze. 2mo
lele1432 @Liz_M very true! 2mo
sisilia What?! Lol 😅 No, I didn‘t even find anything special about it. 2mo
merelybookish Wow! I don't even understand that! 😂 It made.me think of Mona Awad's Bunny when people in the MFA program keep talking about how to write the body. And the MC is like WTF? 2mo
Liz_M @sisilia Ha! :-)) 2mo
batsy I do think it's interesting to consider if the style is kind of radical. Was it kind of new & experimental at the time & place of publication? Coz in other times, languages, & cultures women might have been experimenting for a long time (thinking of Clarice Lispector, or even the Tale of Genji!). Like @merelybookish made a good point in the comments elsewhere that Hardwick was doing autofiction before it became the done thing. 👇🏽 2mo
batsy But I agree with others that I don't think it's radically suited to only women's experiences, as such. Or the way women inhabit their bodies. That seems a wee bit hyperbolic :) Is that quote from the NYRB intro to the book? (I read a different edition.) 2mo
batsy @sisilia 😅😅 2mo
vivastory @batsy I think it might be from the appreciation piece by Groff. I recall reading it while researching Hardwick 2mo
batsy @vivastory Thanks! I remember reading that Groff article awhile ago before I read the book; I'll have to give it another close read 🙂 2mo
GatheringBooks Again, this is unappreciative me not seeing what the critics are jubilant about. I understand that it may be somewhat diff compared to other contemporary works published at the time - but @BarbaraBB is right about De Beauvoir. I am sure there are also other female novelists not from the US like @batsy referenced Genji who have also written nuanced narrative but with a semblance of structure. I am actually thinking now of Gertrude Stein & Anais Nin 2mo
BarbaraBB Thanks @youneverarrived and @vivastory for coming up with these great questions and hosting again! 💕 2mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB thanks for joining in 😁 2mo
Billypar Yes, this was a great discussion, well done @youneverarrived and @vivastory 👏👏 A fun first NYRB club discussion for me- looking forward to future months! 2mo
youneverarrived @Billypar I‘m glad you joined in. Great, insightful comments from you and all 😁 2mo
DrexEdit Sorry I missed the discussion! It was a terrific one. I don't have anything to add. I can tell I'm going to have to be better prepared with this group. 😁👍📚 2mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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#nyrbbookclub Question 4 of 5.

Hardwick said, "I remember that I started writing Sleepless Nights because of a single line. The line was: “Now I will start my novel, but I don‘t know whether to call myself I or she.” In autofiction what percentage of the book should focus on the protagonist?

vivastory I think this struggle is present throughout the book. Hardwick doesn't seem as interested in a finished representation, as much as the process. I can see why poetry appealed to her so strongly. There was also the discursive attraction that the essay form offers. 2mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t know the answer but I did think it was an interesting question she asked herself. 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Questions seem to appeal to Hardwick more than any attempt at definitions... that doesn't always work for me 2mo
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lele1432 I would think autofiction would focus mainly on the protagonist, but since this seemed to be more than just autofiction, with her observations and relating stories of others, this didn‘t really follow that format. 2mo
vivastory @lele1432 Completely agree! 2mo
Billypar Yes, good point @lele1432 The Guardian article @BarbaraBB posted mentions her response to an interviewer on the autobiographical feel, stating that it wasn't "entirely taken from life, rather less than the reader might think." So if she chose 'I' over 'she' maybe she acknowledged the extent to which the narrator was herself, but wanted to have freedom to invent as needed when it suited what she wanted to explore. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I almost bailed myself after the first part .I just glanced at it again and still 🙄.When it clicked for me could have had a lot to do with loving the idea , somewhat stereotypical, of the writers and/or artists life, odd and smart people , having interesting conversations in the night, cheap Chianti,scaping by ,etc. (edited) 2mo
lele1432 @Billypar that makes a lot of sense! 2mo
vivastory @Billypar That's a great point. I think she didn't want to be restricted by the purely autobiographical & the novel form allowed her that freedom 2mo
sisilia Good one @lele1432 2mo
merelybookish I think @BarbaraBB mentioned Simone de Beauvoir in another thread which is made me think of her quote about how "one is not born but becomes a woman." So somehow to write the I is to always wrestle or require the writing of the she. 2mo
batsy I'm not sure how to answer this but great points @vivastory @Billypar @merelybookish I agree with Margot that to write in this vein is to ask the question of who is the "I" that writes. The whole book is kind of Hardwick asking that question. I think it's quite fascinating that to ask what makes a person conscious is to bring to the fore how they see the world & people & remember things. To get to know the protagonist through their observations. 2mo
Billypar @merelybookish @batsy That's a whole different layer I never thought about. So instead of writing herself into her memories and looking at her actions (which we can't really step outside ourselves to do in real life), she wants to see how she observes/remembers other people from her life, and find herself through that process. And I suppose that's one reason the narrator stays up all night writing her letters. 2mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @vivastory @Billypar @merelybookish Your observations make so much sense and make appreciate what she was doing so much more. 2mo
GatheringBooks @Billypar @batsy @merelybookish appreciate your thoughts about I and She as the story‘s narrator - which for me also underscores the target “you” or target audience, as I felt that Hardwick was pretty dismissive with the “you” - not really caring whether her reader grasped her nuances, or understood her narrative. it was simply just “I” or “She” in the writing - with little attention on the “target audience/reader” or if there is even one, at all. 2mo
merelybookish @Billypar @batsy I love how you've developed this idea more! Both of your describe this I/she decision so beautifully! I also think gender is important. The I somehow belongs to a man. It is an active, confident stance. The she opens up ways for Hardwick to tell other stories about women that reflect her truth too. 2mo
merelybookish @GatheringBooks I agree that Hardwick doesn't seem too concerned with the you; she is not making it easy for the reader. But part of me wonders if that is complicated by the fact that this is a novel. If it were designated as creative nonfiction or poetry, it might seem less demanding/dismissive of the you. 2mo
GatheringBooks @merelybookish i have been thinking about this the whole day. and I think what turned me off with hardwick is her seeming disregard for the invisible reader. i find that the books i love best are the ones that build connections or attempt a sense of kinship without pandering necessarily to the reader, just an authentic rendering with a genuine affection for the time spent by an invisible other going through one‘s words - which I never sensed in H. 2mo
Billypar @merelybookish Thanks! I was in agreement with the #5 question comments, but I am very interested in questions about gender that this raises, both in terms of I/she and connections to authors dealing with similar themes, such as already-mentioned de Beauvoir and Woolf, and I'd add Doris Lessing to that list. Too much there to cover in Litsy comments though! 2mo
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#nyrbbookclub Question 3 of 5.

How would you categorize Sleepless Nights?

Rachel_nyc I am hoping someone can answer this question for me! Ha ha. Very difficult to categorize which is probably why the descriptions for this book did not prepare me at all for what I ‘d be reading. 2mo
BarbaraBB I think it‘s autobiographical but not in the traditional format. Its stream of conscience character made it more of a literary read imo. 2mo
vivastory I think it's really in a class by itself. Definitely a hybrid novel. Not strictly autobiographical novel, it often borders on prose poetry & her love for the essay form frequently shines through. 2mo
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Aimeesue I wouldn't even know where to begin! Def has a very stream of consciousness feel, as @BarbaraBB notes. 2mo
lele1432 Yes @vivastory! It definitely felt like prose in some instances and essays in others. 2mo
vivastory @lele1432 @Leftcoastzen I'm definitely interested in reading her essays. I believe it was lithub that collected bits of wisdom from Hardwick & several pieces that really stood out to me were from her essays 2mo
Liz_M To me it feels like a literary collage. It has a similiar feel to two other books I am reading, one for the stream of conscious (Pilgrimage by D. Richardson, 1920s) the other for the layering of details to tell a story (Anniversaries, by U. Johnson, 1970) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Two books I still need to read and am not looking forward to... 2mo
sisilia This book is like her journal on-the-go. Whenever she remembered something about her past, she wrote it down. 2mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I am loving Anniversaries. The only downside (which could be a bonus later) is the length. ☺ 2mo
Liz_M @sisilia Another good description. 2mo
batsy I love the answers above. A good question that I don't quite know how to answer. Maybe an essayistic novel? I do like that she's playing with the form of the novel and crafting a hybrid form like @vivastory mentions. 2mo
vivastory @batsy Essayistic novel is a good description! One of my favorite passages was the section about Billie Holiday which had all of the hallmarks of a great lyrical essay 2mo
batsy @vivastory Yes, that was one of my favourites too. It was so perfectly executed with so many layers of observation & feeling. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I am happy to hear that! 2mo
GatheringBooks @sisilia exactly how i felt; it was a “journal-on-the-go” - although the literary craftsmanship and incisive insights and reflections about self and family and moving and celebrities and sense of place all demonstrate dense poetic caliber; yet, while I generally like this kind of writing, this one failed to capture my interest. may just be the time in my life. perhaps if i have read it at another time, it will resonate more tho i doubt it. 2mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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#nyrbbookclub Question 2 of 5.

Did you get a sense of the narrator through the snippets and fragments of her memories? Or did you feel she was more of an outline, with the focus being on her encounters with other people?

Suet624 A great question. My only impression of her was that she was a very observant curmudgeon. That was all I needed to know, though. I never found myself judging her and instead applauded much of what she had to say. 2mo
BarbaraBB I think there was a lot of Hardwick herself in the novel. She was more than an observer I think, helped by this article by Eimear McBride in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/29/eimear-mcbride-elizabeth-hardwick-... 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I loved that article. There is also a great NY Times appreciation piece by Lauren Groff 2mo
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Rachel_nyc Very good question. I think she provided a glimpse of herself through her interactions and musings but I don‘t feel like I got to know her per se as I often feel with characters in novels. @BarbaraBB Thanks for that link I‘ll def check out the article. 2mo
vivastory I agree with @merelybookish review, comparing Hardwick's book to Rachel Cusk's, telling her own story through other people. It's interesting the people she chose to write about too. I had no idea until reading articles afterwards that she was married to Robert Lowell!! 2mo
Leftcoastzen I felt like sometimes her observation had some judgment,sometimes not. In that way you feel you know her a little,not a lot . 2mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I got the same sense. 2mo
BarbaraBB Well said @Leftcoastzen ! 2mo
lele1432 I felt like I got glimpses of her vaguely, but actually got to know, and was more interested in, the people she observed. 2mo
Billypar Agreed with the above comments- every now and then there is something revealing about the narrator's judgments/musings, but not much. Based on @BarbaraBB 's article (thanks for that!) it sounds like Hardwicke included a lot of her actual life mixed in with fictional events, but not sure if it was the kind of project where she wanted to craft a character that was very distinct from herself. 2mo
Liz_M I didn't read this novel with enough focus, so I didn't get any sense of anything -- no sense of character, plot, or narrative arc -- the words melted away as soon as I read them. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I think also these days readers read many books that very plot or character driven. We kind of know what we are in for so to speak. When a novel is more stream of consciousness or impressionistic description,it takes a mental adjustment.I‘m reading Ducks, Newburyport sometimes my brain is not up to it.😂 2mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I recognize that! 2mo
sisilia Haha @Liz_M 😄 Same here. I lost my focus in those snippets 2mo
sisilia @Leftcoastzen My IRL bookclub just talked about it earlier today. Some books are just too quiet with nothing happens; not engaging enough for today‘s readers who mostly demand exciting plot 2mo
merelybookish I felt we did get to know her, or a sense of her took shape through her observations, what she noticed or cared about. I felt like her portraits of small town Kentucky, Billie Holliday, communist heiresses, cleaning women revealed a lot about her or who she did/didn't want to be. 2mo
merelybookish Adding as my thoughts are rolling, I feel like she presented several complex portraits of women who are more than what they seem. 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB I found that McBride essay useful! It was the intro for the Faber edition I read from. 2mo
batsy I like that in coming in late to the discussion I can just sort of say, "what @merelybookish said!" ? I agree that while it seems like one can't quite get a handle on the protagonist, you learn to see what she cares about and pays attention to. Her observations were always surprising. And she seems deeply invested in women's stories. I found the Billie Holiday section & part 9 on the cleaning women she's known very moving. 2mo
batsy I like how Joan Didion put it: "Elizabeth Hardwick‘s radical distrust of romantic individualism" https://bookmarks.reviews/joan-didion-on-elizabeth-hardwicks-sleepless-nights/ 2mo
GatheringBooks @vivastory @merelybookish I am glad you mentioned Cusk (whom I still have not read but know about) because the style that Hardwick used is also one that reminded me of Lucia Berlin who is able to tell her story through other people but with way more effectiveness (I feel) and structure with a sense of the story going somewhere rather than pointlessly and self-indulgently meandering. Oops. Apologies but the narrative while incisive felt lost to me. 2mo
GatheringBooks @batsy am glad you mentioned her notes on cleaning women because again i am vividly reminded of lucia berlin who also wrote about her experiences as a cleaning woman - also reflective, inward-directed, but with a clear storytelling arc that the reader can “ride on,” rather than get lost in which I felt with Hardwick until I simply lost interest. 2mo
BarbaraBB @GatheringBooks @batsy Indeed, she does remind me of Lucia Berlin (whose Manual I too found hard to read). 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB @GatheringBooks I've not read Lucia Berlin but she's on my list—I'm very keen to give her a try. Hopefully soon! 2mo
merelybookish That's sweet @batsy 😊 but whatever I say, you add to and make it richer! And @GatheringBooks I also now need to read Berlin and think everyone (well everyone who didn't hate Sleepless Nights) should read Cusk. I think her trilogy has more story/structure to it. 2mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy I loved the Billie Holiday section! 2mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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#nyrbbookclub Question 1 of 5.

Sleepless Nights is considered a plotless novel. What is the difference between plot & story?

Aimeesue A story's just What Happened, yes? Plot is kinda story dressed up with its hair done - all in the presentation. 😁 (edited) 2mo
Suet624 If I was hoping to understand the plot of this novel I‘d go crazy. 😂😂 A story carries us, hopefully, to a conclusion. 2mo
BarbaraBB I like @Aimeesue ‘s definition. I am often having a hard time reading plotless novels. 2mo
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vivastory I agree with @Aimeesue Plotless novels contain a story, it's like the skeleton of the book. But they tend to propel the story through atypical narrative devices, often relying more on ideas & argument than character development. What is interesting in Hardwick's book is her strong sense of observation is what we typically expect from a novelist. 2mo
LeahBergen I think “story” denotes something more cohesive than “plot”; it‘s something that drives the novel forward. But who am I to comment here? I bailed after Part One. 😆😆 2mo
Leftcoastzen An observational book does tells a story , but, by and large, seldom has a plot. 2mo
vivastory I think plot has to do with the incidents inside of the greater story. Which can sometimes be distracting from the story & sometimes can be equally interesting to, or greater than, the story. 2mo
Liz_M @Aimeesue I'm contrary. 😁 For me it is the opposite -- a plot is what happens (one can summarize the plot of a book or movie in a few sentences), but a story is the whole -- the words, the imagery, the narrative arc and how they work together. (edited) 2mo
Aimeesue @Liz_M You definitely can look at it that way! I tend to think of plot in terms of mechanics, the way the author chooses to relate the story. Unreliable narrator? Surprise twin sister appearing out of nowhere in a twist? Dual timelines converging in the present? That's plot to me. Maybe I conflate plot with map, tho. 2mo
Billypar I like @Aimeesue 's notion of a story as 'what happened' and a plot as having more artifice. It seems like you could characterize this novel as a series of stories behind the narrator's memories (i.e. explaining why she's remembering a person or place). They may not even qualify as stories otherwise, outside of that context. But as @vivastory mentions, she certainly tells the stories more like a novelist in the observational detail. 2mo
lele1432 @Liz_M I like the way you put it! I see them the same way, with the plot being what happens and the story encompassing many more elements. And I agree @Leftcoastzen. The more observational I find a book, the less it seems to have a plot. 2mo
Billypar This is such an interesting contrast @Aimeesue and @Liz_M Do the different usages reveal anything? In "The story of 'x'", x might be a person, people, or event, and could be fictional or true. With "The plot of'x'", x is almost certainly a novel, play, or film. You could say "this novel tells the story of 'x'." But it seems more awkward to say: "This novel's story is as follows..." Not sure what to make of that though ? 2mo
Aimeesue @Billypar I think it's idiomatic usage that's the sticking point. You'd say "Tell me a story," not "tell me a plot." "What's her story," not "What's her plot?" A plot is a design or plan, usually with hidden parts - gunpowder, treason, and plot. I think plotting is active; story doesn't require anyone in particular to direct it, it can just happen. Untangling the two is hard! 2mo
Aimeesue @Billypar After poking around the internet a bit, it appears that E.M.Forster differentiates the two - story = chronological tale of what happens (the king died, then the queen died,) plot = why it happens and how it's presented (the king died, then the queen died of grief.) I'd bet I picked up those ideas in a Lit class someplace, or from Aspects of the Novel itself. (edited) 2mo
sisilia 🤔 I agree with @Aimeesue on this. A story can be told without plot, and that requires a masterful delivery to keep the readers on track 2mo
merelybookish I love plotless novels because I get annoyed by too much plot. Or I get annoyed when I notice plot. When I can feel or see the structure of the story. I find plotless novels to be more character-driven, stories that reside in small moments that aren't necessarily linked or connected. Sometimes nothing happens. 2mo
Billypar @Aimeesue Thanks for those examples! I don't know if I agree with Forster's king and queen analogy, but I get causal links as a defining feature of plot. That anglistick link has a good analysis of the two. Page 2's description about 'space' (setting and characters) being parts of a good story rather than a good plot is very relevant to Sleepless Nights. 2mo
Aimeesue @merelybookish OMG, yes! I have a hard time reading Dickens because he tortures his poor characters to further the plot. I can never forgive him for what he did to Esther Summerson. Being able to see the bones of a story annoys the heck out of me. It's also why I can read formulaic series. 2mo
merelybookish @Aimeesue Right? I hate when characters are sacrificed to plot! And also why I can't read a lot of genre fiction which seems more plot driven. And don't even get me started on mysteries. 2mo
batsy A good question & I've had a hard time thinking about this one. I think @Liz_M describes it best for how I understand plot vs story. Sleepless Nights for example tells us the story of the narrator in an unconventional form but lacks a plot. I love both plotty(? 😅) & plotless novels but it depends on the writing & how the story needs to be delivered. I notice how I read—I turn to the plotty novels, like mysteries, when I want to turn my brain off. 2mo
batsy @Aimeesue @merelybookish You guys make a great point. I've read plenty of books, like thrillers, where the characters & even the story itself are sacrificed for a more "grabby" plot—multiple "twists" upon twists until the reader is bagel-shaped & exhausted. 2mo
youneverarrived @batsy I do the same. If I want something that doesn‘t take much brain power I go for books that have more plot but in general I prefer the ‘plotless‘ novels. 2mo
GatheringBooks generally i dislike plot-driven narratives, preferring introspective, emotionally-nuanced tales with a flair for storytelling. I consider plot as the story‘s blueprint, the bones, the structure, the frame like @Aimeesue and @billypar but again, i am not a writer, this is just me rambling about how the two differ. One can have a great plot but be a poor storyteller and vice-versa. A story is what allows me to connect to the narrative viscerally. 📚 2mo
GatheringBooks @merelybookish oooh i love this description of plotless novels - sums up my preference precisely 👌🏼 but in hardwick‘s case though, the “sometimes nothing happens” just became a little too much that my mind turned away even while I was reading her words. 2mo
Billypar @batsy I too sometimes enjoy 'plottier' novels, as long as the storytelling and characters are good, like the literary fiction novel that has a mystery at its core. 2mo
batsy @Billypar Yes, I meant to clarify also—not all plotty novels are brain candy for me. Sometimes they're just really good, beautifully-executed fiction. I'm thinking of a lot of 19th century novels that I love. Or something more contemporary is Donna Tartt's The Secret History. 2mo
Billypar @GatheringBooks This non-writer thinks your 'rambling' about the distinction is very well-said: I completely agree with how you characterized the difference. Connecting with a story viscerally is definitely the mark of a good storyteller. At one point yesterday, I was literally rambling to myself to try and sort out the difference, but I feel better now 😂 2mo
Billypar @batsy Completely agree, and The Secret History is a great example of the best of both worlds when it comes to plot and storytelling. 2mo
Aimeesue @Billypar @batsy Plottier (great word!) books can be great at times, which is why, I think, airport shops are full of mysteries and romances rather than nonfic and classics. Ain't nobody starting War and Peace on a 6 AM flight! 😋 And I tend toward more predictable books when I'm sick and lacking in energy. That said, Tana French, Donna Tart, Kate Atkinson, du Maurier, etc. have done some GREAT literary mysteries, which I've really enjoyed. (edited) 2mo
merelybookish @Aimeesue @Billypar @batsy Haha, I also wanted to qualify my anti-plot comments from yesterday because I also have books where the plotting wowed me. Kate Atkinson is probably one of my favourites for that. She does new and innovative things with plot. Her most recent Jackson Brodie book was genius. It's only when I start to 'see' plot that I get annoyed. Which is kind of a snobby position I know. 😬 2mo
Aimeesue @merelybookish I equate that kind of plot with really old movies with "special effects" where you can see the wires flying the UFO or the seams on the rubber monster mask. It breaks the illusion and I then have to suspend my suspension of disbelief because now I'm focused on how the filmmaker or author created the effect. That can be interesting, and I've def done it with books I love, just to see how it's done, but usually it ruins things for me. (edited) 2mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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I actually loved this from the opening line; it felt like I was there listening to her talk about her past memories. It‘s fragmented but that‘s what memories are like so I think in that way the form really worked. It builds up an idea of the narrator & her life. Some parts I was more invested in than others but overall it was a brilliant read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nyrbbookclub

batsy Yes! To everything you said :) Lovely review 💜 2mo
youneverarrived Thanks @batsy 😘 2mo
Billypar Nice review! Agreed that it took the form of what real memories are like- fragments that you find yourself assembling into a narrative. 2mo
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merelybookish Great review! And I agree! Some chapters were more enthralling than others but I enjoyed them all. 2mo
youneverarrived @Billypar thank you 😊 thats such a great way of putting it! 2mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish thank you 😊 2mo
vivastory Wonderful review! 2mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Thank you very much @kaysworld1 for gifting me this book. I haven‘t read any of Austen‘s novels so this should give me the incentive to finally read one. It‘s much appreciated 😘

And thank you @squirrelbrain for the lovely card. The Strand is top of my list of places to visit in NY 😍 fingers crossed the weather is nice enough for yous to go camping! I had to show the little squirrel stamp, I love it 🐿 #jbuk

vivastory Hey, I was wanting to post an announcement for the Sleepless Nights discussion. Are you okay with the upcoming Sat or Sun? What time works well for you? We have been having them 1-2 CST which I think is 7-8 your time. 2mo
youneverarrived @vivastory Either day is fine with me and yeah just stick to the usual time as it seems to work for most 😁 2mo
squirrelbrain Always have to get a squirrel in somewhere! 🐿 2mo
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DrexEdit 😍😍😍 2mo
LeahBergen I like it!! 2mo
kaysworld1 Hey there's a parcel heading your way hope you like it, it was on your list ❣️ 2mo
youneverarrived @kaysworld1 thank you for thinking of me 💕💕 I‘ll let you know when it arrives. 2mo
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Tipping The Velvet | Sarah Waters
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Everyone join in that hasn‘t already 💕

merelybookish Such a pretty cover! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I love this cover! 2mo
BiblioLitten Nice! 2mo
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Silence | Shusaku Endo
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Tagging @KirstieE if you want to join in? 7 of your favourite covers each day for a week, no explanation needed. Tag a litten each day to join in.

TheBookDream Wonderful movie 2mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
sudi I didn't know this was a book 😳, i did watch the movie though 2mo
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youneverarrived @TheBookDream I‘ve not seen it, or read the book yet 🙈 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts some lovely covers for this ❤️ 2mo
youneverarrived @sudi I haven‘t seen the film or read the book but both look good 👍 2mo
KirstieE Thanks for the tag !! 2mo
vivastory We need to touch base about the Sleepless Nights discussion. Are you on Goodreads? If not, shoot me an email at vivastory26 (Gmail) & we can talk about the discussion questions & the best date/time for it. 2mo
youneverarrived @vivastory hi I‘m on goodreads same username as on here. I‘ve still not read it but plan on finishing it by the weekend. 2mo
vivastory Sounds good. Just let me know how you want to proceed. I know you have your hands full right now, so if you want I can post the discussion questions. 2mo
Suet624 This book ... so intense. 2mo
BiblioLitten Wow! 2mo
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Babymoon | Hayley Barrett
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My little one due March 26th ♥️

TrishB Awww ❤️ 2mo
BookNAround Congratulations! Enjoy the anticipation. Spring babies are the best. 😊 2mo
Jas16 Congratulations! So exciting! 2mo
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Jenken1998 Congratulations ❤ 2mo
cobwebmoth Aw, congratulations! 2mo
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ReadingOverSleeping Congratulations! 2mo
IamIamIam Wonderful news!!! Congrats and be well!!! 😍❤🤗😘 2mo
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AmyG Congrats! How wonderful!!!!! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Oh my goodness ♥️♥️♥️that‘s lovely news to hear 2mo
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LeahBergen Omg!!!!! Congratulations! 💕❤️💕❤️💕 2mo
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JennyM Argh!!!!! Oh my goodness, that‘s wonderful. Congratulations my lovely. How are you? Hope you aren‘t too tired and no sickness. 😘😘😘 (edited) 2mo
Kalalalatja Congratulations!!! 2mo
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BarbaraBB This is great news! Congratulations!! Your first one? ❤️💜❤️ 2mo
CarolynM Congratulations! Take good care of yourself💕 2mo
youneverarrived @BookNAround thank you so much. I think it‘ll be lovely to have a spring baby 💚 2mo
youneverarrived @JennyM aw thank you so much hun 😘 I‘ve been sick every morning for 5 weeks but at least I get it out the way 😂 and the tiredness is crazy as I‘m sure you‘ll know, it just feels like someone‘s zapped my energy but all worth it xxx 2mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB thank you so much ♥️♥️ and yes, my first one so I‘m all excited about it 🥰 2mo
BarbaraBB Wow, it‘a such a special time. I hope you‘ll feel better soon and will be able to enjoy all that‘s happening ❤️ 2mo
JennyM @youneverarrived oh sickness is no fun! And just sleep as much as you can. I remember those days well - enjoy. Squeeze to you and bump 😘 2mo
andrew61 Brilliant, my oldest was born on 25th march and it is a lovely time of year . Hope you stay well and enjoy this special time. 2mo
BiblioLitten Oh my god! I saw this picture and all those feelings came back to me. Congratulations and hope you are being pampered to the core(pun intended) 😘💕 2mo
vivastory How exciting! Congratulations!! 2mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB thank you 😘 2mo
youneverarrived Thank you @JennyM 😘 2mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 aw how lovely ☺️ thank you so much. 2mo
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youneverarrived @Suet624 @kspenmoll thank you both ♥️ 2mo
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Euphoria | Lily King
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TheLudicReader I started this book a while ago but just couldn‘t seem to get into it. 😕 2mo
youneverarrived @TheLudicReader ah really? I absolutely loved it. 2mo
TheLudicReader Well, I haven‘t totally abandoned it yet, @youneverarrived . I just set it aside and will have another go at some point. 😁 it was probably me more than the book. A timing thing. 2mo
CarolynM I loved this one too. This cover is a lot nicer than the one I read😉 2mo
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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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merelybookish Gorgeous cover! Have you read this yet? I'm intrigued! 2mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish no not yet, but I know @batsy has and she wrote a great review about it. It‘s high up on my list to read soon. 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Great cover ... sounds good , stacked 2mo
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Tanisha_A Beauty! 2mo
squirrelbrain Great cover! ❤️ 2mo
batsy Great pick, I love this cover too 💜 2mo
BiblioLitten I love this cover! 2mo
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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I don‘t know why I kept putting off reading this for so long I loved it 💛 It‘s the authors memories of her childhood and growing up. It really takes you there. Gorgeously written in free verse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #diversemiddlegrade #booked2019

Cinfhen This was my pick to for this prompt! Now read 2mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen sounds really good too! 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s excellent and just as lyrical 2mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen I‘ll have to give it a read 😁 2mo
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Franny and Zooey | J.D. Salinger
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Thanks ladies for the tag @erzascarletbookgasm @merelybookish ♥️

#7days7covers #covercrush

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Leftcoastzen I‘ve never seen this cover ! Nice. 2mo
merelybookish So elegant! I should re-read some Salinger! 2mo
britt_brooke Such a simple, but beautiful, cover. I‘ll join in. Thanks for the tag! 💚 2mo
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LeahBergen Lovely! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love minimalist covers! 2mo
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It feels like it‘s taken me an age to get through this audiobook. I think it‘s great that she wrote about the victims & their lives as they really were and not just how they were portrayed in the press. You can tell she did her research. If you like biographies I‘d recommend it. I think more analysis would have made it more interesting for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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So far this book is as gorgeous as the cover. It‘s written in free verse and I‘m loving it 💛

MrBook Loved this book! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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What a wonderful, intelligent woman. So inspiring to watch and listen to. 💚💚💚

Birdsong28 What did you think? I thought it was really good and felt good to be part of something so special and global. Did you catch Liliy James's slip up? Felt so sorry for her as you could tell she was so nervous and wanted to do it justice. 🤔😘📚📖 2mo
youneverarrived @Birdsong28 exactly 💚 it felt like a special thing to be a part of. I thought it was brilliant. She‘s so articulate and I loved hearing parts of the book read aloud. She did seem nervous bless her. Did she say a word wrong? Ann Dowd was so good 👌 2mo
Birdsong28 Yeah she said straight instead of street and corrected herself @youneverarrived but you could tell that it was wrong as she got a bit flustered after 2mo
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LeahBergen I love her! 2mo
DrexEdit I guess I will be going to the rebroadcast as the show here doesn't start until 7pm US central time. Looking forward to it very much! 😊 2mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen she‘s amazing 😍 2mo
youneverarrived @DrexEdit I hope you enjoyed it 😁 2mo
DrexEdit @youneverarrived I did! Very much! Always a treat to hear Margaret Atwood speak. 😊👍 2mo
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Thank you @kathedron for this one 💙

I‘m impressed by the originality & I liked the collective voices, the small village feel, the writing and the strangeness of it. I appreciate what the author did although the story itself felt a bit lacking for me. I can see why it seems to be a loved book though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bookgiftedtoyou #booked2019

Cinfhen I started the audio yesterday but it was hard to follow the threads of the story. I‘m not sure this book is going to be to my liking. I may try it in print @Lola 2mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen it‘s probs easier to follow in print just because some of the writing is ‘jumbled‘ on the page. I think I‘d struggle with audio too. 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @youneverarrived I‘m starting this in a sec....the words are literally all over the page! I don‘t think I‘d fair well with this on audio. (edited) 2mo
youneverarrived @JennyM yeah, I‘m wondering how they went about narrating all the tiny snippets of conversation on audio. Hope you like the book 👍 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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This just arrived early!!! 😍😍 I‘m tempted to start it but I‘m going to wait until tomorrow.

squirrelbrain Aargh how did you get it early?! 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I‘ve no idea, just got a knock on the door at about half 7 with it. Preordered with amazon. So excited to read it!! 2mo
squirrelbrain So lucky! Mine is coming from Amazon too, but my deliveries go to hubby‘s office, so if they did try there tonight... he was here with me! 🤣 2mo
BarbaraBB Exciting! Looking forward to your thoughts! 2mo
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The Gingerbread Man | Jim Aylesworth
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#wonderouswednesday a day late! Thank you for the tag @Cathythoughts 😘

1. I read the tagged book loads as a kid 🧡
2. Eleanor Oliphant made me laugh
3. Gone Girl (couldn‘t get into the film though)
4. You can‘t beat a fry up 😋
5. Anyone that‘s not done it yet

Cathythoughts I couldn‘t get into Gone Girl film either... fry up 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts it was a bit dull compared to the book. I didn‘t watch it all 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Cathythoughts I didn‘t watch it all either. Book was great 3mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🎈👏🏻🤗 2mo
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Sophia's Journal | Najiyah Diana Maxfield, Maysan Haydar, Muhammad Hozien
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I really enjoyed this YA book about 16 year old Sophia who goes back in time from 2013 to 1857. She settles into a family that live on a prairie in Kansas and it delves into slavery, religion and the treatment of Native Americans. Great story and characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #booked2019 #muslimmc

samanthagutt This sounds really good! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice job and review! 📚♥️👊🏻 3mo
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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A classic for a reason. It‘s got such a sense of time and place but it still feels like quite a modern novel. I loved the writing, so many beautiful sentences. The dialogue took a bit getting used to but it definitely added to the novel. One I won‘t be forgetting in a hurry. Thanks for starting the buddy read @Cathythoughts ♥️ really glad to have read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tamra I love that cover! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Yes I agree some beautiful writing & timeless. I can only take some credit for this ... it was inspired by a gift I received from @erzascarletbookgasm & also it was on my TBR because it‘s one of Sarah Winman‘s favorite books 👍🏻♥️ I‘m so glad we all read it together (edited) 3mo
youneverarrived @Tamra it‘s so lovely 💚 3mo
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youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 I‘m glad we all read it together too 💕 seems like we all really enjoyed it. 3mo
charl08 Gorgeous edition you've got: I have one of these but resisted the rest (kind of wish I hadn't!) 3mo
TrishB It was a wonderful read ♥️ 3mo
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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Not my usual type of read but I enjoyed it. Great writing, well paced and two memorable characters in Tim and Virginia. #nyrbbookclub ⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory Seems to be the general consensus 👍 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I don‘t know when I‘ll get to it ... but everyone likes it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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I seem to have lost my reading mojo this month 😫 it‘s taking me ages to finish a book and I‘m struggling to really get into any. Saying that, I am liking this one so far. I‘ve got quite a bit of it left to read before our discussion tomorrow so this is my plan for tonight. #nyrbbookclub

MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t even started it. I don‘t know what has happened to my brain this summer. 😔 3mo
Cathythoughts This one sounds good ... I have it , but I‘m avoiding it 🤷🏻‍♀️... I hope you finish it soon & love it 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you get back your reading mojo! 🤞💗 I have this one too, @Cathythoughts though not the nyrb edition 😊 3mo
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emilyhaldi Glad I'm not the only one! @youneverarrived @MicheleinPhilly I haven't done much reading in the past several weeks.. too much going on AND I can't focus when I do have time 🤪 But I'm about a quarter of the way through this one and determined to finish today!! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @emilyhaldi It‘s weird - I‘ve had days this summer where I‘ve done nothing but read. But I‘ve also had whole weeks (like this one) where I haven‘t read a thing. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
youneverarrived @MicheleinPhilly same. I‘ve just really slowed down on reading 😕 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy 😘 it‘s not what I‘d usually read but I liked it. 3mo
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie 😘 3mo
youneverarrived @emilyhaldi I‘m the same, just can‘t focus on reading. Hopefully we‘ll get our reading mojos back soon! 3mo
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This is good but too long winded for what I‘m wanting to read at the minute so bailing for now but will come back to it at some point.

Nute I feel that this is an important story. I totally get that a book needs to be calling to you at the time of reading. I‘m happy that you are planning to return to it in the future. I think that you will appreciate it when the timing is right.🙂 3mo
youneverarrived @Nute I think so too 👍 I would rather read it when I have more energy for it if that makes sense. It seems like an important and interesting read. 3mo
LeahBergen I was a bit underwhelmed by this book myself (but I, too, think it was situational for me). 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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squirrelbrain My Mum gave me this one - it‘s on my TBR shelf. I think she struggled with it too, but finished it eventually.... 3mo
Billypar Ah, sorry to hear you didn't connect to it. It's one of my favorite nonfiction reads: hope you return to it at the right time! 3mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen yeah, it seems like the type of book you have to be in the proper mood for. 3mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain can see why.. I think it‘s the writing style. It‘s a bit repetitive and long winded. Still seems a worthwhile read though. 3mo
youneverarrived @Billypar I will definitely go back to it at some point, when I‘m more in the mood for a long, detailed read. 3mo
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Got my coffee now going to sit and read this for a bit 👌

Moray_Reads So good. And I love this cover 3mo
TrishB Same copy as mine 👍🏻 even the introduction is awesome. 3mo
squirrelbrain I‘m about halfway through and loving it! Mine is a boring Kindle version though, as it was cheap! 3mo
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Moray_Reads @squirrelbrain Mine too. Might have to splurge on this lovely though 3mo
batsy This is such a pretty cover! @TrishB I'm reading an older Virago edition with the Zadie Smith intro, it's brilliant isn't it 3mo
TrishB @batsy it‘s amazing. I felt like she was just sharing one of those moments when the light bulb had not only come on but had fizzed to life. You could really feel that it was a literary and life changing point for her, just made me want to dive into the book and I could see how it was so affecting. I kept having to remind myself when it was written. Your point about her just subtly showing you all these things. 3mo
Cathythoughts She completely has me ! A page turner & yes @Trishb I agree with your comments all the way 3mo
youneverarrived @Moray_Reads it‘s cheap on wordery at the minute. Think I got it for a fiver 👍 3mo
youneverarrived @TrishB I loved the introduction. It‘s so pretty this edition 💛 3mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain it‘s really good isn‘t it! I was going to get the kindle version but was only a bit more for the paperback when I looked. 3mo
youneverarrived @batsy I love these editions 💛 Zadie Smith is brilliant, loved the introduction too. 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts it‘s really gripping! 👍 3mo
jenniferheidi Beautiful edition! 😍 I‘ve never read this... 3mo
batsy @TrishB Perfectly put! I enjoyed that aspect of Smith's intro, as well. And thanks to @andrew61 I loved listening to this about Hurston and her impact... The way Solange Knowles describes her response to Hurston is so uplifting https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04zzrsv 3mo
TrishB Thanks @batsy I‘ll have a listen to that later. 3mo
youneverarrived @jenniferheidi isn‘t it ♥️ 3mo
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Excellent collection of short stories by a diverse selection of women writers; they all worked well together and I enjoyed reading pretty much every story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeahBergen I still need to try Angela Carter. 😬 3mo
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My first graphic novel and I loved it! As good as the novel and the TV show. Amazing artwork. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #booked2019 #graphicnovel

RiverKScottWrites What?? I didn‘t know it was a graphic novel too. This is cool. 4mo
Meaw_catlady Such a great graphic novel adaptation!!! Love the color and the art style! 4mo
Cathythoughts Well done ♥️graphic novel ✅. I‘ve never read one - I better get moving on it 4mo
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Cinfhen I‘m totally going to reread this book in GN form!!! Thanks for posting and sharing 😄 4mo
youneverarrived @RiverKScottWrites yeah it‘s so good! 4mo
youneverarrived @Meaw_catlady it‘s brilliant! 4mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts that‘s what I like about this challenge, we read books we might not otherwise 💙 4mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen its just done so perfectly! 4mo
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Basti | Inti??r ?usain
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Hope it‘s ok I‘m posting my choices now. Sleepless Nights has been on my tbr for years but the other two sound so intriguing! Looking forward to seeing what you guys pick 🖤 #nyrbbookclub

Theaelizabet Sleepless Nights. It‘s been on my list, too. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m going to go with 4mo
merelybookish Sleepless Nights is right up my alley. (But others are intriguing!) 4mo
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Suet624 Sleepless Nights. 4mo
GatheringBooks yay! thanks for sharing this early. i vote for 4mo
saresmoore I‘m going for 4mo
mklong I‘m going for 4mo
sisilia I vote for Basti 4mo
Leftcoastzen They all look so good ! 4mo
vivastory Such great selections! 4mo
Rachel_nyc Another difficult decision but I‘ll go with 4mo
emilyhaldi I JUST got Sleepless Nights in my latest NYRB book haul 🤫 so that gets my vote! 4mo
batsy Oooh! I love Hardwick's essays and Basti sounds great but I recently ordered A King Alone so I'm voting for that 4mo
LeahBergen Ooo, great picks! My vote goes to 4mo
BarbaraBB I love this moment, when I read about the three books and have to make my decision. All three seem so good! My vote goes to 4mo
youneverarrived @sisilia @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB that would have been my first choice too, it sounds so interesting and different. 4mo
BarbaraBB Sleepless Nights sounds great too! Thanks for your great selection!! 💕 4mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I‘m LOVING this book 🙌