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Andy reads a lot ๐Ÿ“š Bookstagram - UK ๐Ÿ“– Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy - 44/84 ๐Ÿ’ฌ "Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." Omar Khayyam http://www.placesandbooks.com/
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Spoiler alert! if you haven't already done my famous opening lines quiz in yesterday's post, you might want to give it a go before you read the answers, which are below. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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and my pic today, i thought i'd bring out some #spinetinglers - my favourite old hardback spines. hope you like. feel free to have a go at the tag yourself.
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now the answers:
1. a tale of two cities - charles dickens
2. the go between - lp hartley
3. pride and prejudice - jane austen
4. their eyes were watching god - zora neale hurston
5. middlemarch - george eliot
6. brighton rock - graeme greene
7. 1984 - george orwell
8. little women - louisa may alcott
9. metamorphosis - franz kafka
10. wuthering heights - emily bronte
11. the bell jar - sylvia plath
12. rebecca - daphne du maurier
13. i capture the castle - dodie smith
14. oranges are not the only fruit - jeanette winterson
15. peter pan - jm barrie
16. the voyage of the dawn treader (narnia) - cs lewis
17. charlotte's web - eb white
18. harry potter and the philosopher's stone - jk rowling
19. moby d**k - herman melville
20. the great gatsby - f scott fitzgerald ๐Ÿ“š
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how did you do?
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comment 53 star 641 22 hours ago

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a classic novel needs a memorable opening line... ๐Ÿ˜
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abstract concepts section:
1. it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
2. the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.
3. it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
4. ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.
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some are specific scene setters:
5. miss brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
6. hale knew, before he had been in brighton three hours, that they meant to m****r him.
7. it was a bright cold day in april, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
8. christmas won't be christmas without any presents, grumbled jo, lying on the rug.
9. as gregor samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.
10. 1801 – i have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that i shall be troubled with.
11. it was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the rosenbergs, and i didn't know what i was doing in new york.
12. last night i dreamt i went to manderley again.
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and some set the tone beautifully:
13. i write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
14. like most people i lived for a long time with my mother and father. my father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle: it didn’t matter what. she was in the white corner and that was that.
15. all children, except one, grow up.
16. there was a boy called eustace clarence scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
17. where's papa going with that axe? said fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
18. mr and mrs dursley, of number four privet drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
19. call me ishmael.
20. in my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that i've been turning over in my mind ever since.
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how many did you get? (answers in my next post). do you have a favourite opening line?

comment 156 star 690 Yesterday

"the one thing i regret is that i will never have time to read all the books i want to read."
françoise sagan
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i binged on sagan when i was younger, though the first book i read of hers, bonjour tristesse, remains my favourite. written when she was eighteen it has remarkable assurance and world-wisdom. ๐Ÿ“š
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and just because the spine has gone on my bonjour tristesse (second top) don't think i'm getting rid of it anytime soon! it will have to be in a hundred pieces before that happens. ๐Ÿ“š
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from old books to new books. i've just received what is now takes pride of place as my most gorgeous book. it's the @canterburyclassics leatherbound edition of victor hugo's les miserables, and it is awesome. a picture alone can't do it justice, though i'll take plenty of course, so i've put a short video on my story. do go and have a look. ๐Ÿ“š
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do you have a favourite new edition of a book? ๐Ÿ“š
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i'll leave you with another sagan gem (she was eminently quotable):
"money may not buy happiness, but i'd rather cry in a jaguar than on a bus."
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#francoisesagan #victorhugo #frenchliterature #frenchlitfriday #tribandtuesday #literature #oldbooks #vintagebooks #vintagepenguins #paperbacks #booksbooksbooks

comment 70 star 815 2 days ago

Spot any good ones in here? ๐Ÿ“š
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yesterday i had a funny moment where i wondered whether i wasn't being strict enough with myself, and keeping books that i didnt need to keep. this is especially so down the shed, which is an overflow area. ๐Ÿ“š
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so i picked a bunch of books off the shelves at random, stacked them, then asked myself do i need to keep all these? well, yes, i think i do. i can't think which ones i'd get rid of! ๐Ÿ“š
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how strict with yourself are you over keeping books? ๐Ÿ“š
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#picadorbooks #faberandfaber #tonimorrison #pgwodehouse #oldbooks #benokri #woodyguthrie #mikhailbulgakov #monicaali #writingdesk #bookstack

comment 106 star 1,099 4 days ago

Describe the book you're reading in five words. ๐Ÿ“š
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mine are:
1. "psychologically driven russian relationship epic" (tolstoy's anna karenina)
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2. "sharp, unsettling analysis of war." (susan sontag's regarding the pain of others)
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3. uk wild place exploration odyssey (robert mcfarlane's the wild places)
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happy #seabirdsaturday from my penguin poets shelf. i now have forty!
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#penguinpoets #poetry #poems #poets #vintagepenguins #vintagebooks #oldbooks #shelfie #shelfiesunday #bookshelf #bookshelves

comment 105 star 961 5 days ago

"books are funny little portable pieces of thought." susan sontag.
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it's not her best quote - she's come out with some gems like "interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art" but it seemed like the most appropriate for a bookstagram account.
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i've been slowly reviewing my top 100 books, integrating some of the books that i loved last year in my year of reading women writers. shirley jackson, zora neale hurston, ali smith and rose tremain are all new entries, and the male-female balance is a bit healthier now. ๐Ÿ“š
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talking of which thanks so much to @picador books for these gorgeous little editions. i've read mantel and didion before, but i've not read sontag or ehrenreich before. i picked up the sontag first (regarding the pain of others) and it's absolutely top quality writing.
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have you read any/many of them?
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posted for #feministfriday โœŠ๐Ÿผ
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#shelfie #flatlayfriday #susansontag #barbaraehrenreich #hilarymantel #joandidion #booksandtea #bookpics #picadorbooks

comment 50 star 733 6 days ago

What was the last book you bought? ๐Ÿ“š
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i just invested in a cheeky 90p purchase from ebay of shelley's a defence of poetry. i think those with a poetic sensibility often have a lot to say which is worth reading, even in prose. coleridge's correspondence and essays are brilliant for example. sylvia plath and stevie smith's novels are amazing. anyhow, here's some joyous snippets from shelley's a defence of poetry:
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"a poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness, and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds; his auditors are as men entranced by the melody of an unseen musician, who feel that they are moved and softened, yet know not whence or why.".
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"poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar."
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"poetry turns all things to loveliness; it exalts the beauty of that which is most beautiful, and it adds beauty to that which is most deformed; it marries exultation and horror, grief and pleasure, eternity and change; it subdues to union under its light yoke all irreconcilable things. it transmutes all that it touches, and every form moving within the radiance of its presence is changed by wondrous sympathy to an incarnation of the spirit which it breathes: it's secret alchemy turns to potable gold the poisonous waters which flow from death through life; it strips the veil of familiarity from the world, and lays bare the n***d and sleeping beauty, which is the spirit of its forms."
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this edition of shelley's poetry, bought from richard booth's bookshop in hay on wye, has an excellent intro to his works by mary shelley. bonus!
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comment 118 star 1,134 1 weeks ago

Do you read much non-fiction? ๐Ÿ“š
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i have an unwritten rule that i try to have no more than four books on the go at one time, and no more than one from each of the following categories:
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1. a new read
2. a reread
3. poetry
4. non fiction
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it does appear that pelican books through the decades have produced books on just about every arm of knowledge imaginable - from literature to genetics, from bird species to the victorian underworld, and from composers to psychology. ๐Ÿ“š
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but it's not just the subjects that really gets me going, it's the quality of the writers too: virginia woolf, robert graves, arthur c clarke, etc. these are not second rate textbooks, they are fascinating thinkers with fascinating thoughts. ๐Ÿ“š
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this pic is for #woolfwednesday and is taken in my newly shelved shed/summerhouse. i'm still experimenting with angles and light in the shed, hence the curved light effect at the front of the pic, so bear with... ๐Ÿคท‍โ™‚๏ธ
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comment 94 star 1,073 2 weeks ago

Pop quiz! can you put these classic novels in the order they were published? ๐Ÿ“š
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i love a literary classic and i'm having a right year of rereading them this year. so far i've reread the idiot, villette, pride and prejudice, uncle tom's cabin, metamorphosis and now anna karenina. in many ways it feel like a first read though as i last read most of them about 30 years ago. the past is a foreign country, as they say. ๐Ÿ“š
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have you read any/many of the books in the picture? ๐Ÿ“š
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sense and sensibility is my favourite austen, a tale of two cities is one of my top five dickenses, villette is my favourite charlotte. it's a while since i read robinson crusoe though. now, trollope. i liked trollope a lot, but did not love his work as many who go trolloping do. i think it's time i revisited him. ๐Ÿ“š
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and the answer:
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1719 robinson crusoe
1811 sense and sensibility
1853 villette
1855 the warden
1859 a tale of two cities
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were you close?
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and extra points if you picked the quote (on the @obviousstate mug) from the anglo-american poet anne bradstreet from around 1650. she was an interesting character...but that's for another post.
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comment 79 star 812 2 weeks ago

Have you spotted the "deliberate" error in this pic? ๐Ÿคท‍โ™‚๏ธ
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a bit of a sunday shelfie in the background and thinking back to 2017 which was my year of hemingway, so i got out a few hemingway paperbacks, and somehow an orwell snuck in there. dash it all! ๐Ÿ™ˆ
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as you might know, on top of whimsical and random reading, each year i have a theme. 2017 was hemingway. 2018 was my year of woolf and women writers. 2019 is my year of south american literature.
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it's going ok-ish so far but i have a few countries still to go. i've read a couple of brazilians, an argentinian, two chileans and a peruvian. i've still got all sorts of venezuelans, uruguayans and bolivians to go! to be honest the main reason i haven't read more is that i hate following instructions. even my own! ๐ŸŒ
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have you got any reading themes emerging?
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has it suddenly become the year of agatha christie, or the year of russian literature without you noticing?
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#readtheworld #readingnook #teaandbooks #readingchair #booksandtea #ernesthemingway #georgeorwell #bookstack #bookshelf #shelfie #hardcovers #hardbacks

comment 111 star 1,187 2 weeks ago

Hands up who needs a holiday?
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where shall we go? i fancy kayaking down the dordogne, or cycling in majorca. maybe sightseeing in st petersburg, or hiking in the canadian wilds. perhaps snorkelling in the seychelles or lying by a pool in lanzarote. ๐Ÿ–
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heck, i'd take a deck chair on brighton beach right now! i'm done in. working too hard and dreaming about imaginary holidays that i can't afford. ๐Ÿคฃ
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where would you go on your imaginary holiday? ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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pic today is a sort of rainbow to cheer us all up. hang in there everyone. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
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comment 112 star 959 2 weeks ago

"i clung to my ferocious habits, yet half despised them; i continued my war against civilization, and yet entertained a wish to belong to it."
mary shelley, the last man
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thanks mary, that's pretty much nailed how i feel most days. especially when i'm part of the commuter cattle on the train up to london. ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿšƒ
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mary woolstencrsft shelley was a fascinating person. daughter to the renowned thinkers and writers mary woolstencraft and william godwin, wife of percy shelley she moved in astonishing circles. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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i adore frankenstein (1818) - but along with the three musketeers it's probably the most cinematically misrepresented book ever. she wrote many other books including the historical novels valperga (1823) and perkin warbeck (1830) warbeck, the apocalyptic novel the last man (1826), her final two novels, lodore (1835) and falkner (1837) along with plenty of other lesser-known works. ๐Ÿ“š
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i did struggle with, and did not finish shelley's the last man though. i felt it was overblown, florid and lacking a strong narrative thread - very different from frankenstein. have you read it?
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have you failed to finish any classics? ๐Ÿ“š
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#dnf #literaryclassics #literature #classicliterature #maryshelley #georgeeliot #alexandredumas #franzkafka #frankenstein #bibliophile #bookstack #paperbacks #wordsworthclassics

comment 102 star 1,254 3 weeks ago