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User Image jenniferqueenie Posted: Jan 3, 2018 9:41 PM (UTC)
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#bookijustread - In Other Words/In Altre Parole by Jhumpa Lahiri
Described by Lahiri as a ‘linguistic self portrait’, In Other Words documents her experiences as she pivots from writing and reading in English to reading and writing exclusively in Italian - her third language after English and Bengali. The book itself was originally written in Italian and is presented in this edition in a dual language format with the Italian and English texts presented side by side. (This made for some interesting jolts when I turned the page and found myself confronted by a page of Italian!)
There was some really interesting content in here given the perceptual and cultural shifts starting to think in a different language involves and seeing how this impacted not just her writing style but also the subject matter she focussed on. Also some good nuggets about translation
A little nit-pick from me in that there’s a lot of use of the ‘X is Y but is also Z’ stylistic device and this palled for me the more of the book of I read. I might be doing Lahiri a disservice here but for me it feels like quite a ‘cheap’ way of adding (or appearing to add) nuance and complexity to a written thought. (Side note: Geoff Dyer is the absolute supremo at deploying this device IMHO). But overall a great read if you are interested in topics such as language and how it shapes thought, the creative act of writing, translation etc
Thanks to @ttameixa for the recommendation from last year’s #harpiesreadaug
User Image jenniferqueenie Posted: Oct 12, 2017 5:44 AM (UTC)
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#readbeyondbordersoct - Day 12: Death - Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi from @peirenepress
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A repost from #HarpiesReadAug. This book is only 100 pages long and is beautifully translated so the prose skips along. It is the subject matter rather than the style that makes it a challenging read. A troubled mother takes her two sons to the seaside. You know from the first sentence that it won't end well. And it doesn't. . . .
User Image jenniferqueenie Posted: Oct 6, 2017 7:19 AM (UTC)
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#readbeyondbordersoct - Day 6 - Language: In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri (American 🇺🇸 of Bengali 🇧🇩 heritage) . .
This is a repost from @ttameixa except I could not repost it using the app. I have not read this but is has been on my TBR since @ttameixa posted about it. It's about learning to write creatively in another language - in this case Italian - which I think sounds fascinating.
User Image jenniferqueenie Posted: Oct 1, 2017 1:29 AM (UTC)
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Excited to be doing #readbeyondbordersoct as hosted by @nightowlbookreviews and @bookish.hedonist which aims to highlight writers from outside the US - or, for my purposes, the UK. . . .
I haven't sorted my full #TBR for the month but here are 3 that are definitely on it that fit the theme. Am away from the physical copies at the mo! . . .
1. Tales From The Amber Sea - a collection of Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian fairytales in translation. This is a renainder from #HarpiesReadAug! . . .
2. The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstoya - dystopian fiction translated from Russian . . .
3. Comedy In A Minor Key by Hans Keilson - translated from Dutch and a pick inspired by the review from @kyletdugan
User Image nightowlbookreviews Posted: Sep 14, 2017 2:19 PM (UTC)

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This is a sneak peek of the challenge I'll be hosting next month! Recognize any favorites in here?

It will be my first time hosting a challenge and I'm nervous that no one else will play along, but I'm also really excited for how it will stretch me and my literary world regardless. It was inspired by @bookish.harpy and her #harpiesreadaug challenge which really opened my eyes to another world of books. I hope that it will inspire others similarly.

Stay tuned for more details!

I'd also love a co-host to help me spread the word, so dm me if this sparks your interest.

#ampersandsept17 - new
#bookstagrambasics - flip that book
#autumnreadschallenge - 3 letter word

#books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #reading #bookworm #bookish #booklover #bookaddict #bookchallenge #bookstagramchallenge #readdiversebooks #readmorediversebooks
User Image jenniferqueenie Posted: Sep 10, 2017 2:34 PM (UTC)
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#bookijustread - Inferior (How science got women wrong and the new research that's rewriting the story) by Angela Saini . . .
Saini's steely (and often drily witty) book examines how scientific studies have both overemphasised or falsely identified the differences between 'men' and 'women' and yet also have ignored them when it might have been to women's benefit (e.g. in testing the efficacy of new drugs). . . .
Also bonobos and grandmothers RULE. . . .
Thanks to @booksforyears for the recommendation as part of #HarpiesReadAug.
User Image tordotcompub Posted: Sep 7, 2017 1:28 PM (UTC)

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@Regrann from @gwaylereads - Binti was an unpredictable, imaginative, and gripping novella. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, and the third comes out in January. #harpiesreadaug (bite-sized books) #readwomen2017 #bookstagram #booknerd #bookworm #bookrecommendation #bookish #booklover #bonsai #binti #nnediokorafor #tordotcompublishing #trilogy #novella #tornovellas - #regrann
User Image arrynbenson Posted: Sep 3, 2017 6:15 AM (UTC)

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🍂September #TBR 🍂
• Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
• The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
• The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
• Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
• The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
AND I joined a book club with two of my friends and a few other people so I have the first pick for that to read as well: • Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro. I started it this morning and I'm not sure if it's going to be my type of book but we'll see how it goes.

Some of these have been on my TBR shelves for ages but I'm weird and some books give me certain seasonal vibes so that's when I like to read them. A few of these probably would have been great to read in summer as well so they will probably be read first before the weather gets too chilly. A few of these books were recommendations from the #harpiesreadaug bookstagram challenge so thank you @thelastredhead_ and @jenniferqueenie for getting my butt into gear so that I can no longer wait to read The Hate U Give. And to @bookish.harpy for The Days of Abandonment she featured for her book from another country post. There are so many recommendations from that challenge I still need to get. I'll be reading longing into my grave 💀😜
#bookstagram #septembertbr #september2017 #readmore #readdiversebooks #bookish #bibliophile #readabook #autumn #bookworm #readingissexy #tbr #writingbywomen
So here is my September #TBR though it will get expanded at the end of the month to include some more (potentially disposable) holiday reading.
A Killing Winter is a thriller - not a genre I usually read much of - but it is set in Kyrgyzstan (where I will be on holiday) and it is one of the few novels (other than Jamila by Chinghiz Aitmatov w I have already read) I have found in English which are set there. Any Kyrgyz recommendations are welcome though!
The Night Circus comes as recommended by @marthaadam_is.
All Grown Up as recommended by @gwaylereads.
Inferior as recommended by @booksforyears.
Deathless also came via #harpiesreadaug but I cannot find who posted on this in the thread now.
User Image staybookish Posted: Sep 1, 2017 12:50 AM (UTC)

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I managed to snap an August wrap-up shot shortly before a downpour this afternoon! Between audiobooks, ebooks, and good old-fashioned paperbacks/hardcovers, I somehow read 15 books and 3 graphic novels this month:

Crazy Rich Asians 4.5 🌟
ACOWAR 3.5 🌟
Final Girls 5 🌟
Three Dark Crowns 2 🌟
Nyxia 4 🌟
The Crown’s Fate 3.5 🌟
China Rich Girlfriend 4 🌟
Maybe in Another Life 3 🌟
Flawed 3 🌟
Geekerella 3.5 🌟
Wish You Were Here 2 🌟
Paper Girls Vol 1 4 🌟
Paper Girls Vol 2 4 🌟
Wires & Nerve 4 🌟
Truly Madly Guilty 3.5 🌟
Love & Gelato 3.5 🌟
I’ll likely finish the audiobook for Rich People Problems, the last book in Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians series, tomorrow. This series is quite a trip, and is one of my favorite reads of the year — I can’t wait to see what Kevin Kwan writes next!
#ampersandaug17 #circleofbookishfriends #readgushaug17 #allthebooksaugust #booksacrossoceans #bookishdaysofsummer #justmybookbloggerlifeaug #alliwantforaugustisabook #augustlibrary17 #b4booksaugust17 #harpiesreadaug: August wrap-up
#grimdragon: Free day!

QOTD: What was your favorite August read? -Mags
User Image mlp.reads Posted: Sep 1, 2017 12:49 AM (UTC)

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August Wrap-Up 📕📘

I just now finished A Dance with Dragons, so I can officially post about it (full review coming sometime over this glorious three-day weekend!). I know that reading two books by male authors, one of whom you could easily argue is practically misogynistic, runs counter to the #HarpiesReadAug purpose. But, the first book, Killers of the Flower Moon, contained feminist themes throughout, and I needed ADwD for the escape, as August is my busiest month of the year at work. I'll echo the sentiments of others who've posted today -- this challenge was extremely worthwhile and has given me many fantastic feminist titles, and titles by women of color, to add to my TBR. I'm so happy I did it and I'm so happy to be part of the bookstagram community 💕 •

#books #bookstagram #bookish #bookworm #booklover #bookaddict #igreads #igbooks #instabooks #instareads
User Image arrynbenson Posted: Aug 31, 2017 9:47 PM (UTC)

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#HarpiesReadAug Day 31 • August Wrap Up •

I can't believe it's the last day of august already. I had so much fun with this bookstagram challenge! Thank you @bookish.harpy for the wonderful prompts. I have so many books and authors that have been added to my lists and piles. And quite a few new accounts to follow on here as well!
I did pretty good this month with getting everything on the month's #tbr pile read. I have one book from it that I'm still currently reading but I'm planning on finishing that today. I really enjoyed most of the books I read this month. The mixture of novels, comics, short stories, poetry, and essays provided a good range of topics and narratives for the month. I might try to arrange my to be read pile for the next month similarly but I have a lot more novels to read so we shall see how that goes.
#bookstagram #bookstagramchallenge #augustwrapup #readmore #writingbywomen #readdiverse #intersectionalfeminism #feminism #books #bookish #bibliophile #readingissexy
User Image nightowlbookreviews Posted: Aug 31, 2017 9:26 PM (UTC)

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#harpiesreadaug August wrap up.
Hillbilly Elegy - 5/5
Like Water For Chocolate - 3.5/5
Still Alice - 2/5
Interpreter of Maladies - 4/5
When Breath Becomes Air - 5/5

Not pictured:
Last Seen Leaving - 1/5
Between the World and Me - 5/5

I know this isn't the most diverse list, but I have really appreciated this challenge in opening my eyes to how non-diverse my reading is. So many books on my #tbr , especially "classics", are old, dead, white guys who spoke English. I've gotten so many recommendations from this challenge this month and I look forward to reading more diverse books and being more aware of diversity in the literary world in the future.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

#augustlibrary17 #august #hillbillyelegy #whenbreathbecomesair #betweentheworldandme #stillalice #likewaterforchocolate #interpreterofmaladies #readmorediversebooks #feminist #feminism #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #reading #bookworm #bookish #booklover #bookaddict #bookchallenge #bookstagramchallenge
User Image nightowlbookreviews Posted: Aug 31, 2017 9:12 PM (UTC)

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Favorite read this month.

I have been recommending "Hillbilly Elegy" by J. D. Vance to everyone since I read it earlier this month.
It is so timely, I find myself referring to passages from it all the time in discussions with friends, family, and coworkers.

It is nonfiction, an autobiography of a man who grew up in a family of Kentucky hillbillies in a depressed Midwestern town. It chronicles how drug addictions, violence, poverty, hillbilly honor and dysfunctional family relationships effected his personality and worldview. Now a successful investor in the Bay area and a Yale law graduate, he reflects on what it's like to grow up poor and white in the US and the struggles faced especially by those in Appalachia.
I had heard it heralded as an explanation for why Trump got elected in the US but I feel like much of Vance's story transcends political parties and instead really made me think about class and socioeconomic discrimination and what can be done about it.

I found it fascinating. Have you read it? What did you think?

#harpiesreadaug #jdvance #hillbillyelegy #kentucky #appalachia #poverty #uspolitics #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #reading #bookworm #bookish #booklover #bookaddict #bookchallenge #bookstagramchallenge
#nightowlbookreviews #bookreview #bookrecommendations
User Image nightowlbookreviews Posted: Aug 31, 2017 8:52 PM (UTC)

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Playing catch up on the last day of the month for #harpiesreadaug
I haven't been able to get this idea from "the unbearable lightness of being" out of my head.
Any book quotes that have really stuck with you?

I love a book that gets me thinking about life and the way I live it.

#milankundera #theunbearablelightnessofbeing #czechia #prague #life #bookquotes #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #reading #bookworm #bookish #booklover #bookaddict #bookchallenge #bookstagramchallenge
User Image readingismagical Posted: Aug 31, 2017 8:32 PM (UTC)

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Obligatory "how is it the end of August/Summer post". But seriously - what the heck?!😂😬 In addition to these books, I listened to Journey to the Center of the Earth and To Kill a Mockingbird on audio book.

I genuinely loved all of these books in their own way. Besides Journey to the Center of the Earth, everything I read or listened to this month was 4 or 5 stars, imho. Here's to hoping next month's reads are just as satisfying and thought provoking.
#augustwrapup #harpiesreadaug #theardentbiblioreads
User Image jenniferqueenie Posted: Aug 31, 2017 7:18 PM (UTC)
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#HarpiesReadAug - Day 31: August wrap up. . . .
So this challenge inspired me to read a lot. One book from my TBR did not get read but as 8 or so new ones did instead I don't feel too bad about it! Thanks @bookish.harpy for hosting the challenge. . .
Also featured my new brass Eagle bookends from vintage shopping in #stleonards. . . .
#bookstagram #bibliophile #booklover #bookworm #instabook #instabooks #igbooks
User Image psanchez820 Posted: Aug 31, 2017 6:44 PM (UTC)

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August Wrap-up! •Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea ⭐⭐⭐⭐
•Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston ⭐⭐⭐
•The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger ⭐⭐
•Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley ⭐⭐⭐
•The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol 2 by Akira Himekawa ⭐⭐⭐⭐
•My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
•Drink Cultura: Chicanismo by José Antonio Burciaga ⭐⭐⭐⭐
•The Fourth World of the Hopis: The Epic Story of the Hopi Indians as Preserved in their Legends and Traditions by Harold Courlander ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
•Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk ⭐⭐⭐
•The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey by Chris Colfer (Currently reading and loving it! About 50 pages to go... 😄) #harpiesreadaug #grimdragon #girlsofriyadh #rajaaalsanea #micro #michaelcrichton #richardpreston #thecatcherintherye #jdsalinger #worldsofinkandshadow #lenacoakley #thelegendofzelda #twilightprincess #akirahimekawa #mybrothershusband #gengorohtagame #drinkcultura #chicanismo #joseantonioburciaga #thefourthworldofthehopis #haroldcourlander #snuff #chuckpalahniuk #thelandofstories #anauthorsodyssey #chriscolfer #wrapup
User Image themodisher Posted: Aug 31, 2017 5:38 PM (UTC)

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User Image gwaylereads Posted: Aug 31, 2017 5:10 PM (UTC)

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AUGUST WRAP-UP • Gotta get abstract with this photo because I get most of my books through the library as e-books. In the order I finished them: 📖 The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📖 There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📖 The Golden House by Salman Rushdie ⭐️⭐️ 📖 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📖 The Healing of America by TR Reid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📖 The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Safak ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📖 How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 📖 Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Here's to a bookish September 🥂
Thanks to @bookish.harpy for her excellent book challenge this month. No offense intended to others, but colors and chevrons and starts-with-a-letter prompts don't interest me much. But her prompts were thought-provoking and inspiring. I hope to find other challenges of this quality, but based on a cursory search, I'm not holding my breath.
#augustwrapup #harpiesreadaug (august wrap-up) #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #bookish #booknerd #bookworm #booklover #bookaddict #bibliophile #igreads #igbooks #instaread #instabooks #books #readersofig #bookrecommendation

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