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*BLOG TOUR* - thanks @allenandunwin for inviting me to be part of the tour for Josephine's Garden! In her second novel, Parkyn has crafted a sweeping panorama of the lives connected to Josephine Bonaparte by botany, in all their fear, uncertainty, curiosity, passion and warmth. Parkyn is a master of drawing the reader into a fully realised historical world and bringing women's voices out of the woodwork. Read the full review on the blog. Thanks for buddy reading this with me @bookspluscaffeine!
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⭐️Book Review⭐️
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I discovered Amal Unbound via the Diverse Books Club (which sadly is no more) as part of their Modern Slavery month. This is a middle grade novel about a young girl who is taken away from her family into indentured servitude to settle her family’s debt. As she tries to adjust to life in the opulent Khan estate, she becomes aware of their nefarious activities and must work with others to free herself.
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I thought this was a very well-written introduction to a harrowing subject. Designed for a younger audience, middle grade novels also tend to work for adults who want to try a difficult subject without being thrown into the horrors that come with the adult reality. As well as providing an example of modern slavery, it also looked at the overarching picture of gender inequality as Amal becomes increasingly frustrated by the disappointment being expressed towards her mother having given birth to another baby sister.
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Though the DBC is closed, the account is still up so if you would like to find out more about the book and the discussion, head over to @diversebooksclub .
Can we also just take a moment to appreciate this cover? It’s so beautiful I don’t know if I can give it away!
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#TheUnreadShelfProject2019 - 56/60


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“If you’re going to write about race, you have to make sure it’s so lyrical and subtle that the reader who doesn’t read between the lines won’t even know it’s about race. You know, a Proustian meditation, all watery and fuzzy, that at the end just leaves you feeling watery and fuzzy.”
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In contrast to this quote, Americanah allows its reader to know that race and its intersection with culture and place is a central theme of the novel. Through its characters it examines various responses to discussions of race and racism. It describes those who seek to “smooth the scalloped edges of the world with apologies,” to those who are oblivious to their inherent biases and prejudice and those who avoid the subject altogether. Adichie notes in an interview with The Guardian newspaper, that she would “like the discomfort around the subject of race to disappear” and there is a sense of her interrogating her subject with great skill to encourage curiosity and conversation. Interrogation might suggest a novel that is difficult to read, and the story does weave across time and place, but at the heart of Americanah is Ifemelu and Obinze’s love story. Their relationship is messy and real and although I felt that the ending was a little perfunctory, it was their story that kept me turning the almost 500 pages of this book. There’s a quote on the cover of my copy that says “Some novels tell a great story and others make you change the way you look at the world. Americanah does both” and I couldn’t agree more.


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✨REVIEW✨I was absolutely blown away by GHOST WALL. It’s a slight book that packs a punch and creatively explores family, love, and obsession. The novel starts with one of the most unsettling scenes I’ve read this year and then spends its 150 pages detailing how we arrived at this moment. The book’s protagonist is 17-year-old Sylvie who’s spending her vacation living out her father’s fantasy by reenacting life in the Bronze Age with a history professor and his students. While the conditions are miserable, Sylvie bonds with the students and begins to wonder if she ought to expect more from her life. Through this strange little story, Moss comments on class stratification, dangerous obsessions, and the glamorizing of history. While GHOST WALL gets dark, it’s also not without hope and it does a beautiful job of depicting the ways women can support each other. I highly highly recommend this one and I’m sure it will wind up on my best of the year list.
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Thank you @fsgbooks for gifting me a copy of GHOST WALL.
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| @hachettebooks #partner | #minibookreview The Witches Are Coming @thelindywest is an essay collection that addresses a wide range of topics—from pop culture to the climate crisis to the cesspool that is the internet (mostly Twitter). I listened to this on audio and it was narrated by West. (Thanks @librofm for the free audiobook!) I think this is the best way to consume this collection. She fully conveys her tone, and her humor and wit shines through. West addresses many issues that I care about as a feminist and makes valid points. However, I do love dresses with pockets (Sorry, Lindy). The Adam Sandler essay was probably my favorite and I found myself LOLing. I haven’t read Shrill but I’ve already put the audiobook on hold at the library. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Have you read this one? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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Rainy nights mean heading to bed early to read 😴😊 In addition to matching my bed, While You Sleep is the perfect creepy and atmospheric read for this weather! .
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I woke up on a Saturday morning in June 2016 &, while still in bed, clicked on a Buzzfeed article. I was teary, amazed by the article’s striking eloquence, its control over language, its magnitude; amazed that this was written & read by a young woman who was raped, read to her rapist in court. In her statement at a trial that would ultimately find her rapist guilty, she was a lightning bolt. The judge heard this young woman's story & went on to sentence her attacker to a mere 6 months in jail. The rapist Brock Turner only had to serve 3 months.

In KNOW MY NAME, Chanel Miller reclaims her identity & her story. Some of the details are all too familiar as an on-campus rape, familiar because statistically 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted on campus, a staggering statistic that red flags an epidemic of sexual violence. Chanel helped this become a national discussion during her anonymity, holding the public's outrage & attention with the absurd & violating details of the defense’s case. They said she liked it, that she orgasmed, that he got a stomach ache & that’s why he got up to leave. That he was scared when he heard 2 men speaking in a foreign language, so he ran! That it was actually only *outercourse*, not penetration, not rape. They said he suffered, that he had a bright future ruined by “20 minutes of action.”

It culminated in the rapist Brock Turner's unshakeable reputation as a rapist, because he is one. It culminated in our drawing of connections as to why this is an ongoing epidemic, why the white patriarchy lets rapists go free. It culminated in the judge, Aaron Persky, being recalled as an elected official. That little bit of accountability felt so satisfying; I feel in my bones that it's one of those victories that will take us forward, even on the days it feels like we have an arduous forever to go.

Chanel has a clear vision of her voice, of her role as a victim & survivor, & she delivers this stunning testament of her experience, giving a voice to other victims & survivors. If you think you can do it, please read it. She found power in reclaiming her experience & I feel privileged to have read this profound book. Much love to her ❤️


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✨December Book Spoiler 4✨
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I’ve been slightly obsessed with the stickers @lovepipsticks. And so I couldn’t resist including this adorable typewriter sticker in the December Book Box from @lovepipsticks. Just perfect to add a bit of flair to a planner, or a notebook or a journal. A few of you might get the equally irresistible mug duo sticker. I discovered Pipsticks accidentally in a Japanese stationery store and was thrilled to find out that they were practically local (owned by Mo and Nathan Vazquez). And also thrilled that we can feature their work in our book box! .
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Any other sticker lovers out there? And where do you stick your stickers? 😀
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P.S. as you know, the last date to subscribe to the December Boxes has been extended to Dec 20- however we have just a few Book boxes left! .
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Terminando “101 Essays that will change the way you think” de Brianna Wiest. Mi compañero de caminatas #audiobook #readingchallenge2019 #readwomen @audible


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The narrator of this book reminded me strongly of my cat - aging, crotchety, with some very strong opinions and the claws to back them up. I loved Tokarzcuk’s voice in Flights and I love it just as much here. She writes about everything from astrology to animal rights, translation, aging as a woman, the brutality of macho hunting culture in rural towns, and William Blake’s poetry with a keen wit that is sometimes hilarious and sometimes deeply tragic (she even outright defends pathos over cynicism in an age obsessed with the latter, which I love to see). This is a murder mystery with all the right priorities and I loved it.
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#bookstagram #amreading #olgatokarczuk #driveyourplowoverthebonesofthedead #igreads #polishliterature #readwomen #booksintranslation #catstagram #tortietude


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On the blog this week, thoughts on THE DRIVER’S SEAT by Muriel Spark, an unforgettable novel by one of our most remarkable writers. Uncompromising in terms of vision, style and the execution of her art. I can’t quite decide if it’s utterly brilliant or completely bonkers, but I’m leaning towards the former! #MurielSpark #ReadWomen #bookreview #amreading #thedriversseat #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #books #penguinmodernclassics #murielspark100


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I was so engrossed in this book I forgot to take a picture for Instagram apart from this quick snap as I finished it, completely worn out, yet exhillerated. This is an incredible book from the people who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein's decades long abuse of women in the entertainment industry, from A List actresses to assistants in his various offices. I was afraid it would be too upsetting to read a book like this but Kantor and Twohey focus on the case, not dwelling too much on the accounts of the crimes (like the film Spotlight) so instead of being upset I was angry and enthralled at how they built the case piece by piece, and felt like cheering at the end though I knew the outcome. Hungry for more books like this, if anyone has recommendations! #shesaid #megantwohey #jodikantor #nonfiction #bookstagram #bookgram #readwomen #reading #bookreccomendation


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Celeste Ng is so skilled at picking out these subtle unspoken truths that exist within familial bonds that are sometimes so instinctive they feel like non behaviours, or are so painful that all form of scrutiny is avoided altogether. While she excelled at this in her debut novel, this technique felt a little diluted in her second.

Elena Richardson is a well to do woman who has ticked every box that well to do women who live in this Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights require, to do well. The Richardson family is on the outside the American idyllic family household; white, wealthy and always doing things the “right way”. Mia Warren comes to town and while it is clear that she does not abide by the same rules Mrs. Richardson lives by, that doesn’t mean there aren’t pretences happening all the same. Mia's daughter Pearl becomes close with all the Richardson children, intertwining the families without either mother's enthusiasm. A heavily publicised custody battle for an abandoned Chinese-American baby between the birth mother; a poor, Chinese immigrant who works with Mia, and a wealthy white couple who happen to be close friends of the Richardson’s, divides all of Shaker Heights.

Little Fires Everywhere is an exploration of motherhood through multiple lenses, but perhaps due to it's many characters the nuance that was so rich in Everything I Never Told you gets slightly diminished here in favour of the plot. However, I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, Ng's writing already has that feeling of familiarity despite having only read her two works and counting. Ng endeavours to make clear how there is no "right way" to be a mother or even just a person. We fuck up and we should accomodate fucking up because to expect perfection is to ask for a lie. People are complicated and the mould exists only as a pretence of hope for what someone else has designated happiness. Scratch away the surface and we all have our own little fires everywhere that we are more concerned about concealing than healing from.

#littlefireseverywhere #celesteng #readwomen #readwoc #diversebooks #diversereads #bookstagram #bookreview #littlebrown #reading #bibliophile


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Anyone else got the Monday Blues? Send tips for how you are making it through!

Currently Reading: Red at the Bone. I just started it this morning but I’m already loving it so much. This weekend I finished Shrill by @thelindywest and it was amazing!! Each essay was the perfect length and had such a great combination of humor, wit and social critique. I cannot wait for the Witches Are Coming!

I don’t know if anyone here used to read the Toast, but my friends and I were so obsessed with the Hey Ladies emails and I cannot wait to dive into this compilation.

#bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #reading #readersofinstagram #readmore #currentlyreading #igreads #readwomen #philadelphia #philly #blackgirlsread #lindywest #heyladies


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Delivery Up
La Biblioteca de la Universidad del Pacífico, tiene entre otros servicios, el delivery de libros; puedes ingresar a la web, entrar a su catálogo en línea y seleccionar los libros que desees llevar.
Si eres de la #ComunidadUp y quieres llevarte algunos libros para leer en vacaciones, entra a la página para que sepas cómo hacerlo.
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Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Perú)
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The world is a cold and dark place. Read (or watch!) the lighthearted, fun rom-com.

I used to be pretty pretentious with my taste in books and music and everything (I blame AP English), but then I grew up, graduated from college, and realized I really, really like contemporary romances 🤷‍♀️ they're cute, I like them, and I'm just trying to have a good time. I still like my serious 19th-century British lit, but sometimes a girl needs a break.

This year, I've purposely only read books by or about women, and so many of them have been fun reads like @kerrywinfrey's Waiting for Tom Hanks. And starting @veganbookclub helped diversify my reading even more.

In 2020, I still want to read a lot of women, but I'd also love to read more books by and about POC, the LGBT community, and more. So if you have any suggestions (I've gotten some good ones from my story a few days ago), do share!
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#bookstagram #amreading #amreadingromance #goodreads #books #booklover #booknerd #book #bookworm #bookstagrammer #romanticcomedy #romcom #waitingfortomhanks #womenwhoread #readwomen


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"I don't want Christmas season to end, because it's the only time I can legitimately indulge in one particular addiction: glitter."~~Eloisa James
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Happy Monday folks - I cannot believe how quickly December is going in! @pap3rcut__ tagged us to do a #festivestack so this is ours!
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I've tagged some people to do this but please feel free to ignore it if you've already done it or aren't interested!
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I'm sharing an update on Book 5 and a super short video about Books 1 - 4 in this week's blog post. God is Good! You can find a link to my Miraculous Lovely blog at AboundingFaith.com (link in bio). #aboundingfaith #byfaith #crossingyourjordanriver #waitingongodwell #praydreamdorepeat #ibookstagram #blessed #faith #believe #bible #encouragement #Jesus #Christian #evangelism #evangelist #missions #inspiredaily #LiveYourFaith #faithwriter #faithinfluencer #faithblogger #chapel #amwriting


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One of our favourite recent acquisitions: The Female Poets of America by Rufus Wilmot Griswold. With additions by R.H. Stoddard. Carefully revised, much enlarged, and continued to the present time. With portraits on steel, from original pictures.

New York: James Miller. 1873.
8vo. (24 x 16 cm.). pp.486+[1]. Original blind and gilt stamped brown morocco, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Slight crease to lower outer corner of last 6 leaves. Original ownership name of Minnie L. Scheffer in gilt to upper cover, presentation inscription "Compliments of R.D. Peyton, Dec 25 1880" to front blank.
First published 1848. #readwomen #rarebooks #antiquarian #bookstagram #antiquebooks #americanliterature #oldbooks #bookcollecting #oldbooks


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📚BOOK SALE! RADIO GIRLS ebook is at a new low price for a limited time. Please spread the word! Link temporarily in bio.
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Sale is on all platforms but I can only put one link in the bio. 😘
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O Leia Mulheres Joinville se configura como clube de leitura mensal, aberto para toda a comunidade e gratuito. Faz parte do @_leiamulheres, um movimento nacional que existe desde 2015 e objetiva incentivar uma luta, cada vez mais compartilhada, para empoderar mulheres escritoras que sobrevivem a um mercado editorial com preponderância de vozes masculinas. No Brasil, já são cerca de 120 cidades com clubes do Leia Mulheres. Está presente em todos os Estados. ♥️
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🔚 Now that this year’s Guadalajara International Book Fair is over, it’s time to recap on some of the events that took place ✨ 🗣 Our dear Andrea Jeftanovic talked, alongside Pia Barros and Arelis Uribe, about pinoneer Mexican women authors, moderated by Julián Herbert. Exciting but emotional conversations ✊ 📸 @librosdelbibliotafo
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Essas belezinhas estão indo pra SP! 🚚✈❤
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Pode encomendar! Vamos aproveitar o espírito natalino pra fazer a felicidade desta escritora 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️
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Durante este mês, o livro está por R$ 25, com o frete! 😮😮
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Vou parar por aqui, senão fica de graça😅
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#livros #leitura #leiamulheres #readwomen #escrevacomoumamulher #escritoras #josisiqueira #meacusaramdequerermudar #entrega #correios #promocao #poesia #cronica


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What are you currently reading? 📖⁣

I finished Una’s 𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘜𝘯𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 yesterday evening and am now reading Bernardine Evaristo’s 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭, 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯, 𝘖𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, which has completely engrossed me. That’s why when I was ten minutes early for my Spanish class, I decided to read on rather than practice grammar. Ah well! 🤷🏻‍♀️ ⁣

Also: if you’ve read/are reading 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭, 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯, 𝘖𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, I would love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments or via dm! Particularly on (let’s keep it abstract so there’s no spoilers): punctuation. ⁣
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Autumn light on Ali Smith. Smith is one of my favourite authors of all time. I discovered her about ten years ago when I stumbled upon "There But For The" in a vintage bookstore in Edinburgh.
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It's been love at first page, so to speak. She's such an original, humane and generous writer, experimenting with form, time, gender and language. Besides that, she has been tirelessly championing the work of other artists such as Tove Jansson, Pauline Boty, Elspeth Barker and Jackie Kay - to name just a few. -
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A few stories from the end, re-reading White Dancing Elephants x Chaya Bhuvaneswar has been a more intense and intimate experience. I've been in a precarious mood, perhaps more vulnerable and receptive to characters for whom stories, art, and dreamscapes are survival tools.
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Toni Morrison foregrounded it in her approach to writing about her own people and so did Daniel José Older in his interview for Between the Covers with David Naimon when discussing how to write outside of one's own identity and experience: responsibility. He was emphatic about it not being research which is what tends to be the flag waved in these discussions, as if facts are truth's be all, end all, or even the starting point. Morrison pointed out that written history as it was didn't have what she wanted to find. It's not that she didn't do it, of course, but what she really relied on, what gave her primary access, was memory. Zadie Smith, again with David Naimon, speaking on a different topic, said that she'd come to accept that people are fundamentally limited.
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There is a certain kind of writer, and readers drawn to such writers, who will not brook the idea that the writer is anything less than all powerful, all seeing, who can pluck, can access any life's and any experience's truth and place its transcendence on the page. Their cause is power not responsibility.
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In my first "review" post what stood out to me were the range of borders apparent, geographical, personal and otherwise. More specifically, Bhuvaneswar was interested in the borders race, class, nationality and gender amongst POC in particular with stories set in the US; usually between an Indian character, and another who could be Korean USian, Black USian of Ugandan background, or Egyptian etc. My book club remembered "A Shaker Chair" in particular which fted Sylvia, a Black psychiatrist who inherited her father's bigotry against Indians. In the story's 1st page most assumed she was white until it was revealed otherwise. [Continued below ⬇️]
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Currently reading: Humiliation
Thanks for the #giftedbook @catapult
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This is a collection of 9 stories written by Chilean author Paulina Flores and translated by Megan McDowell. MM also translated one of my favorites from this year Mouthful of Birds.
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I went in with expectation of unsettling and eerie stories, yes unsettling but so far these are much quieter stories that unfold in small increments with themes of humiliation, disappointment, and despondency.
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To use @armyofwords verbiage PF is an “unsentimental writer”. I agree and would describe the stories as artistic and minimalist. So far my favorite is Forgetting Freddy.
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This month is slow going with reading. Not going to say I’m in a slump but I do seem to favor holiday romances and inhaled Marvelous Mrs Maisel 🤷🏽‍♀️.
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