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LizzieK'sBookishWays  “Fiction completes us, mutilated beings, burdened with the dichotomy of having only one life and the ability to desire a thousand." M.V. Llosa

It just feels right to read a western in the desert.
Or is this an anti-western?
In any case, John Williams, whose Stoner I loved, isn’t letting me down.
My first #buddyread with @alexkennedyfishing 🌵🏜
Have I mentioned how much I love NYRB books?
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#butcherscrossing #johnwilliamsauthor #bibliophile #westernliterature #nyrb #coverart #bookstagrammer #whatiread #bookclub #bookaddict #desert #readinglife

This morning as I scanned my Lit Hub Daily email an article titled “Who is the Most Instagrammed Writer of All Time” caught my eye. What curious bookstagrammer could resist following that link? I clicked and ended up reading an informative and visually pleasing piece at electricliterature.com.
Spoiler alert: the most instagrammed writer is William Shakespeare. Are you surprised?

The article actually got my brain buzzing in the exact opposite direction. Which deserving authors seem to have very little exposure on Instagram (to my eyes at least)?
One author popped into my head immediately: Shirley Hazzard.

I read The Transit of Venus a few years ago at the recommendation of a friend. I don’t know if I would have come across Hazzards’s work without this recommendation. I loved the book, giving it 5 stars on Goodreads.

I think what sets The Transit of Venus apart for me is Shirley Hazzard's mastery of the English language. This woman can write, and she writes in a voice and style I haven't encountered before. I don't think her writing would be everyone's cup of tea, but it suits my taste. Her word use is precise, yet not simple and rarely easy. I wanted to slow down to enjoy her sentences. Truthfully, I often also had to slow down to make sense of them. I like to be slowed down. Too often I tend to rush (after all, there are stack of books I want to read before I die). I found huge payoffs in pleasure and insight by reading slowly and carefully.

Overall, The Transit of Venus is a pretty dark and gloomy take on romantic love. This book was recommended to me because I like Thomas Hardy. I did sense that Hardy vibe, although I can't quite articulate why. Maybe an overriding sense that if something bad could happen it would? Maybe a sense that the characters were fated to certain outcomes and there would be no escaping these fates?

If the above intrigues you, let me introduce you to Shirley Hazzard.

Which under exposed authors do you recommend?

Shirley Hazzard was Australian. Who else among Australian authors should I read?

I plan to read The Bay of Noon very soon.

My #tbr D-E



Between reading challenges and book clubs, the rest of my reading year is all planned out. Is it too early to think about 2019?🤔
Anything here I should make sure to read next year?



If only I was as enthusiastic about planning out other parts of my life 😂



#booknerdproblems #booklover #bookstagram #bookstack #bookworm #readinglife #booksbooksbooks #bibliophile #homelibrary #whatiread #neverendingtbr #bookaddict

#septemberwrapup



White Noise 5⭐️
The Sisters Brothers 5⭐️
The Godfather 4⭐️
Middlesex 4⭐️
Harbor Me 3⭐️
Where We Must Stand 4⭐️
Bibliophile 4.5⭐️
Dark Places 🎧 3⭐️



I love a month with two 5 star books🙌
If you are craving some bookish eye candy with fun, informative text, check out Jane Mount’s Bibliophile. I inhaled it in one day! Happily it is one of those books about books that can be revisited again and again.



#reading #wrapup #whatiread #bookstack #septemberbookstack #bookworm #bibliophile #literature #bookstagram #booklover

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I have always noted that Goodreads defines a 5 star rating as “It was amazing!” rather than “I loved it!” even though a 4 star rating is defined as “I really liked it.”
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Sometimes I give a book 5 stars because I loved the book, but every once in awhile 5 stars really does mean amazing (and sometimes this means challenging and not as obviously lovable as other 5 star books). Every once in awhile a book startles me with a uniqueness that sets it apart. White Noise is just this type of book. Everything from the witty, black humor (a professor of Hitler studies?!? a teacher of correct posture and how to sit and stand?!?), the sharp dialogue, the unusual, specific and yet oddly relatable characters (his kid characters are the best), and a feeling of a world hovering between reality and the surreal struck me as something unusual and new. Published in 1985, White Noise is still fresh and relevant now.
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Thinking back over my reading of the last few years, two other “amazing” books immediately spring to my mind: The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro and Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. The Unconsoled completely sold me on the mastery of Ishiguro. The Unconsoled is completely different from The Remains of the Day or Never Let Me Go, yet just as (or more) excellent. I am convinced the man can write anything.
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What books would you rate as amazing?

The A,B,C of my to-read (someday) stacks.
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I started counting my to-read stacks. When I got to 319 I stopped😬
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I keep my immediate to-read books in my bedroom separate from my basement stacks(partially shown in this photo).
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Do you have a shelving/storing system for books you haven’t read yet?
Anything here I need to move to my immediate to-read stack ASAP?
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#readerproblems #bookstack #bookstagram #neverendingtbr #bookpile #bookaddict #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #booksbooksbooks

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The Sisters Brothers gave me all of the feels.
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I was surprised by this, really, considering that it is so dark and funny. Yet it is also oddly, endearingly tender. The writing is immaculate.
All the feels I tell you.
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I’m developing a love for westerns. In my stack are a few favorites, minus Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell (must have read a library copy, definitely need to own it!).
My book buddy, Priscilla @shereadsalotofbooks and I just had a brilliant chat about literary westerns. Is there such a category? Priscilla pointed out that the books in my pile suggest that there must be, especially in comparison with more formulaic westerns (I won’t name names).
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Next up for me in the literary western category is Butcher’s Crossing. Not only did the #realreadersbookclub give it a thumb’s up, but it’s by John Williams. I will read anything by the author of Stoner!
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#whatiread #literarywestern #books #bookstagram #western #literature #utahbookstagrammers #bookworm #thesistersbrothers #patrickdewitt #butcherscrossing #truegrit #blood meridian #alltheprettyhorses #lonesomedove #cormacmccarthy #larrymcmurtry

August #wrapup



A Short Stay in Hell☀️☀️☀️☀️
Beartown☀️☀️☀️
Sophie’s Choice☀️☀️☀️
A Walk in the Woods☀️☀️☀️
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest☀️☀️☀️☀️
The Last Man☀️☀️☀️
You Will Know Me🎧☀️☀️☀️
Sharp Objects🎧☀️☀️☀️



An average reading month overall 🤷🏼‍♀️
The stand out was the shortest: A Short Stay in Hell, a funny, dark look at living for eternity.
Runner up goes to Cuckoo’s Nest- another dark and funny one. Despite feeling a bit misogynistic and racist (if you’ve read it, do you agree or disagree?), it’s well written, entertaining and stimulated a lively book group conversation.



#reading #bookstack #bookstagram #augustwrapup #whatiread #bookworm #booknerd #literature #ashortstayinhell #stevenpeck #oneflewoverthecuckoosnest #kenkesey #maryshelley #thelastman #beartown #billbryson #sophieschoice #williamstyron #bookclub

📦📚Book Mail! 📦📚



My winnings from the #slightlyfoxed #GetFoxed60 #giveaway have arrived!



These goodies are too numerous and lovely to be crammed into one photo. I am so delighted by the beautiful details of each item, from the #litemporium pin and reading journal to the #bookbag, quarterly issue no. 40, #bookmarks and Gwen Raverat memoir, Period Piece. Check out Raverat’s wonderful illustrations! Thank you so very much @foxedquarterly @litemporium



Now to find a quiet corner to settle into for a good read...#goawayimreading

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If you ever see a book quiz posted by @covertalks be sure to respond. You may win a lovely book prize you didn’t expect!
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Isn’t this cover beautiful? The author, Tarjei Vesaas, is new to me. Karl Knausgaard calls him “the best and most interesting Norwegian writer after the Second World War.” Most appealing and intriguing to me, @covertalks recommends this book to readers (like me) who enjoyed John William’s Stoner.
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#thebirds #tarjeivesaas #stoner #johnwilliams #bookcover #coverart #bookworm #booksbooksbooks #literature #norwegianliterature #reading #bookishfriends #bookstagram

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