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About bookbii

I'm an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in an ordinary place, and it is quietly wonderful

Findings by Kathleen Jamie

“This is what I want to learn: to notice, but not to analyse.” When I read that line I realised that Jamie had latched on, somehow, to my very thoughts, and I realised that most of my reading this year, … Continue reading

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Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (translated by Jennifer Croft)

“Human life is comprised of situations.” Flights is one of those books which is hard to describe. It is hard to describe and it is even harder to review because reviewing requires some description and the nebulousness of this book … Continue reading

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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

“Freedom is never very safe.” Every now and again I remember that I enjoy science fiction immensely. It is a genre which is as full as rubbish as any other, sometimes descending into space opera, misogyny and trashy space erotica, … Continue reading

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[Interlude] Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

“Keep sharpening your knife And it will blunt.” This is not a regular review, more of a reflection. Outside of my ordinary reading I have been dipping into poetry and other such things and somehow I came across the Tao, … Continue reading

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Bluets by Maggie Nelson

“6. This half-circle of blinding turquoise ocean is this love’s primal scene. That this blue exists makes my life a remarkable one, just to have seen it. To have seen such beautiful things. To find oneself placed in their midst. … Continue reading

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Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

“One is not born a chameleon, one becomes one.” Huzzah! After what feels like months of being unable to read fiction, of picking books up and abandoning them after 50 or so pages, I was beginning to believe that my … Continue reading

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