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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

The best part of having a birthday hot on the heels of Christmas: a big stack of books from family and friends who know the way to my heart. Thank you! ❤️📚
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#januarybirthday #booksarethebestgifts #bookstack #whatiread #homelibrary #bookworm #booklover #bookaddict #bookstagram #reading #wheretostart

😴#myyearofrestandrelaxation 😴
Or, in Martha’s case, my life of rest and relaxation🐶
Who hasn’t daydreamed about sleeping a day, or maybe even a week, or even a season away (#hibernation )?
The unnamed narrator in Moshfegh’s completely consuming and quickly consumable novel skips out on most of an entire year. This is made possible with the aid of a myriad of real and imagined drugs and one of the most kooky, irresponsible and memorable psychiatrists in fiction. The reasons for this extremely unlikable protagonist (antagonist may be a more appropriate description) to escape into sleep stem from a stew of misery: an awful sort-of boyfriend, job discontent, the deaths of her parents, and a lack of any meaningful relationships. And perhaps the fact that she is just sick of herself. Not that the narrator articulates any of this. Moshfegh shows us her life, and we the readers figure it out.
This book is filled with not very nice people. The narrator treats her best (only?) friend terribly, but the friend is not lovable herself. I don’t think there is one happy relationship in the book. And yet Moshfegh made me feel for this spoiled, cruel, damaged narrator. How did she do it? Part of the compassion she generates for this character comes from her back story, especially her relationships with her parents. But I honestly can’t put my finger on the authorial wizardry that let me feel more than disdain for the narrator. Moshfegh has skills.
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I give this novel 4⭐️. That said, it’s not a book I would recommend to most readers. The friend who put it into my hands referred to it as raunchy. It is. Moshfegh doesn’t hold back when it comes to detailing the grosser side of life. I don’t believe the book would have the impact that it does otherwise. Also, at least half a star is earned for me by the setting. I lived in NYC at the same time the book is set, just before 9-11 (at which point the story ends). Although I lived in a different neighborhood than the setting (the narrator rarely strays more than a few blocks from her Upper East Side apartment), I felt transported back to that time in my life. That magical feeling definitely impacted my reading experience

📚📚📚#bookstack 📚📚📚
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My reward for completing the #pioneerbook #2018challenge .
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Swipe to see some of my #bookbesties of the #realreadersbookclub (we missed you @thewoodenword_ofbooks @thebookshelfofemilyjanuary @catebutler ) and to see the 2019 Pioneer Book Challenge.
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Which of these books should I be sure to fit into a slot on the challenge this year?
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#bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookworm #bookaddict #petercarey #joycecaroloates #johndospassos #marydoriarussell #normanmclean #eudorawelty #davidlodge #elizabethhardwick #trumancapote #joanlindsay #elspethhuxley #richardhughes

📚#decemberwrapup📚
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A Town Like Alice 4⭐️
Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm 3⭐️
Sweep: A Girl and Her Monster 5⭐️
The Season of Styx Malone 4.5⭐️
My Year of Rest and Relaxation 4⭐️
The Cider House Rules 3.5⭐️
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Two works of children’s fiction in one month means that Newbery season has arrived.
Sweep has everything. It ticks all of the Newbery boxes: theme, presentation, plot, characters, setting, style - excellence in every category. I hope it wins🤞
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I finished 2018 with a bang: reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation. I downed it in one big gulp. I’m still digesting. I plan to write a separate post once my thoughts have settled.
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#reading #wrapup #whatiread #bookstack #decemberbookstack #bookworm #bibliophile #literature #bookstagram #readingaddict #newbery #jonathanauxier #atownlikealice #ottessamoshfegh #myyearofrestandrelaxation #ciderhouserules #johnirving #stellagibbons #theseasonofstyxmalone #sweep

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“Family time can put a strain on the mentally deranged.”
- Otessa Moshfegh
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Read this line, spoken by the narrator’s kooky psychiatrist (must be the kookiest I’ve ever read) and burst out laughing, Diet Coke spurting out my nose and mouth in the middle of a packed ski lodge.
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This strangely compelling book will be my last read of 2018. Anyone else hoping to finish up one last book before the stroke of midnight?
Happy New Year Bookstagram!
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#myyearofrestandrelaxation #otessamoshfegh #bookstagram #whatiread #bookworm #reading #lastbookoftheyear

🏆2018 Top 10🏆
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In no particular order, my ten favorite reads of 2018 are:
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The Underpainter
North and South
Butcher’s Crossing
Stoner
White Noise
The Sisters Brothers
The Juniper Tree
The Bell
The Black Prince
A Bloodsmoor Romance
Lincoln in the Bardo
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Wait, you count 11? I cheated a little because I couldn’t choose between The Bell and The Black Prince.
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Last night my #bookishbesties of the #realreadersbookclub gathered to discuss our top books of the year. Some of my picks - Stoner, A Bloodsmoor Romance, The Juniper Tree, and White Noise - made it on a few of my #bookbuddies lists as well.
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One of the best parts of the #bookstagram year is seeing all you #bookstagrammers best-of lists.
What did you love reading this past year?
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#bestbooksof2018 #reading #topten #whatiread #bookworm #bookstack #utahbookstagrammers #homelibrary #johnwilliamsstoner #butcherscrossing #whitenoise #thejunipertree #barbaracomyns #irismurdoch #lincolninthebardo #georgesaunders #joycecaroloates #abloodsmoorromance #thesistersbrothers #elizabethgaskellhouse #theunderpainter #janeurquhart

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While I was quite caught up in the narrative of The Cider House Rules, I was often aware of some things that bothered me about Irving’s writing style. He can be a bit heavy handed in his messaging; he is not a subtle writer in this book. He can be a bit repetitive and meandering (I’m surprised an editor didn’t lop off about 100 pages or so). Some of the details seemed pointless and unpleasant (the pony photo comes to mind for those of you who have read it).
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Still, the story engaged me. The characters were well developed for the most part. There were some lovely insights into life and people that were expressed well. The themes of living by rules or not- what rules, whose rules, why those rules - were truly thought provoking. I also really loved the use of David Copperfield, Jane Eyre and Great Expectations throughout the book, particularly since orphans featured so prominently.
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“How we love to love things for other people; how we love to have other people love things through our eyes.”
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“What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us are wrapped up in parentheses.”
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“His exposure to storytelling, through Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte, had ill prepared him for characters who came from and traveled nowhere - or for stories that made no sense.”
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“Homer Wells saw no end to the insights he perceived nightly, in his continuous reading from Jane Eyre, and from David Copperfield and Great Expectations. He would smile to remember how he has once thought Dickens was ‘better than’ Bronte. When they both have such huge entertainment and instruction, what did it matter? he thought - and from where comes this childish business of ‘better’?”
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I believe Irving strived to write a book both entertaining and instructive. That was mostly what I experienced while reading this.
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3.5⭐️
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#bookreview #theciderhouserules #johnirving #bookstagram #whatiread #readfrommybookshelf #bookworm #pioneerbookstore #readingchallenge #nytbestseller #1980s

📚#novemberwrapup📚
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How to Win Friends...3⭐️
Slaughterhouse Five 4⭐️
The Underpainter 5⭐️
Birds of a Feather 3⭐️
American Pastoral 4.25⭐️
Gates of Fire 3.5⭐️
Front Desk 3.5⭐️
Hey, Kiddo 4.5⭐️
Shrill🎧 3⭐️
Big Little Lies 3.5⭐️
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Not a dud in the bunch this month. Even Dale Carnegie’s self help classic (chosen for a reading challenge) included some solid advice despite the fact that it is quite dated in many ways.
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Jane Urquhart does it again. This is my third, and favorite, book by the Canadian author. The Underpainter examines the life of fictional artist Austin Fraser who struggles to forge any intimate relationships. His failure to create human connection is caused in part by his zealous adherence to the philosophies of his teacher, real life artist Robert Henri.
Urquhart writes beautifully. Her words and ideas stimulate both the intellect and the emotions. What more could any reader want?
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#reading #wrapup #whatiread #bookstack #novemberbookstack #bookworm #bibliophile #literature #bookstagram #readingaddict #philiproth #americanpastoral #janeurquhart #theunderpainter #kurtvonnegut #slaughterhousefive

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Something about the artificial nature of Cheetos (my latest snack obsession - I can’t seem to get enough of these) goes well with the surreal quality of Slaughterhouse Five with its alien abductions and time travel.
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The plot elements of this one may be somewhat out there, but I find the prose style to be clean and lucid. I am wishing I were reading this for a book club. I would love to process all the ideas that are rocketing around my brain with a group of thoughtful readers.
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Will my Cheetos addiction be the death of me? So it goes.
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#slaughterhousefive #kurtvonnegut #brainhumbooks #bookstagram #whatiread #readfrommybookshelf #hugoaward #sciencefiction #worldwar2books #bookworm #soitgoes

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J-K-L of my #tbr 📚
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I’m thinking about focusing on authors I’ve never read before in 2019, including Denis Johnson, JM Coetzee, Jan Karon, Jack Kerouac, Mario Vargas Llosa, Ursula LeGuin, HP Lovecraft, DH Lawrence and John Le Carre to name a few and all from this pile.
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Do you ever feel like the more you read the more there is to read?
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#sundayshelfie #bookstack #bookstagram #homelibrary #readfrommybookshelf #bookworm #bibliophile #bookaddict

🦊GIVEAWAY CLOSED🦊
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I am so pleased to have the honor of hosting this week’s #getfoxed60 giveaway!
Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly will be publishing its 60th issue this December. To celebrate 15 years of producing excellent reading material about literature with lasting appeal, Slightly Foxed is giving away one back issue of their catalog each week along with other lovely gifts.
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This week one winner will receive:
🦊 Slightly Foxed Issue No. 57 Spring 2018
🦊Something Wholesale: My Life and Times in the Rag Trade by Eric Newby (Slightly Foxed Editions No. 41)
🦊 A bundle of beautiful bookmarks
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Ever since learning of Slightly Foxed and starting my subscription last year, I have eagerly awaited the arrival of each issue. The Spring 2018 edition is filled with articles certain to delight book lovers. I particularly enjoyed reading about Proust, A.A. Milne and new-to-me Ruth Adam. This mix showcases one of the true wonders of Slightly Foxed - the opportunity each issue offers to learn new things about old friends while meeting new literary friends worthy of getting to know much better!
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