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@catereads  reader | wife | lawyer | Catholic convert “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -C.S. Lewis 📚31/100

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10 days ago

I haven’t had much time to read this week, but I am loving the bit of In Cold Blood that I have read. I’m hoping to finish it this weekend while I wait for the Game of Thrones premier. . . . . . #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #currentlyreading #instabooks #instabook #booklover #booknerd #literature #literary #bookish #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookcommunity #read #reads #reading #readmore #goodreads #igreads #igbooks #incoldblood #trumancapote #aspynovardpresets #flowers

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18 days ago

I couldn’t finish Becoming Mrs. Lewis - it was just too heavy-handed. I am reading the original book on CS Lewis’s and Joy Davidman’s love story and it’s SO MUCH BETTER. Their love story is so interesting - an Oxford don who is a famous Christian thinker and a loud, former communist poetess from New York. And they originally got married so that she wouldn’t be deported from England, and then they fell in love. The movie that this book is based on is wonderful if anyone is interested but not interested enough to read the book. . . . . #bookstagram #throughtheshadowlands #shadowlands #cslewis #coffeeandbooks #booksandcoffee #readmore #bookobsessed #literaturelove #humansofbookstagram #becauseofreading #readingforfun #keepreading #lovetoread #readinggoals #bookdragon #readingiscool #prettybooks #iamreading #briansibley #coffee #booksbooksbooks #literature #classicliterature #coffeeshop #bookcommunity #bookish #bookishpost #aspynovardpresets

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19 days ago

My Antonia 4/5⭐️ . . This book is beautiful. Right at the end, I noticed how it covers the same themes as The Great Gatsby, another one of my favorite novels. Both novels are about the American Dream, insiders/ outsiders, unrequited love, and they both end with similar quotes about the past influencing the present. Even the narrators are similar - neither are truly the main charcter of the novels - they are within and without (caveat: Jim Burden is a bit more within the story than Nick). The novels are still wildly different though as to settings, the fact that Antonia is nothing like Daisy, and the endings. Definitely recommend, especially if you're a fan of Gatsby. . . . . . #bookstagram #myantonia #willacather #thegreatgatsby #coffeeandbooks #booksandcoffee #readmore #bookobsessed #literaturelove #humansofbookstagram #becauseofreading #readingforfun #keepreading #lovetoread #readinggoals #bookdragon #readingiscool #prettybooks #iamreading #starbucks #coffee #booksbooksbooks #literature #classicliterature #coffeeshop #bookcommunity #bookish #bookishpost #aspynovardpresets

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21 days ago

Love Your Enemies 5/5 ⭐️ . . This is the first “political” book that I’ve ever given 5 stars. This book is fantastic. A couple of years ago, I realized that arguing politics (especially on social media) didn’t make me feel good inside - regardless of who “won” the argument. If anyone else has ever felt that way but also not wanted to give up their convictions, read this book. I would 100% recommend Love Your Enemies to anyone. . . . . . #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #instabooks #instabook #booklover #booknerd #literature #literary #bookish #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookcommunity #read #reads #reading #readmore #goodreads #igreads #igbooks #loveyourenemies #arthurbrooks #bookdragon #unitedbookstagram #cat #catsofinstagram #cats #orangecat

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22 days ago

Three Tang Dynasty Poets 3/5⭐️ . . I read this a few weeks ago but forgot to review it. I loved the themes and content - it was largely nature appreciation poetry (one of my favorite kinds of poetry). I think a lot of the form and beauty of the language was lost in translation, but that’s largely unavoidable when it comes to translations so I tried not to ding my rating for that. . . . . . #bookstagram #threetangdynastypoets #littleblackclassics #poetry #spring #poem #flowers #nature #bookobsessed #literaturelove #humansofbookstagram #becauseofreading #readingforfun #keepreading #lovetoread #readinggoals #bookdragon #readingiscool #prettybooks #iamreading #booksbooksbooks #literature #springtime #bookcommunity #bookish #aspynovardpresets

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27 days ago

Patton: Blood, Guts, and Prayer 3/5⭐️ . . I've been listening to a lot of WWII audiobooks, and this is the latest. It's not a comprehensive biography of General George S. Patton, Jr., but it does a great job of examining who he was as a person. Honestly, it shattered my preconceptions of General Patton. Yes, he was a profane and groundbreaking military leader - but he also wrote two volumes of poetry and studied the Bible, Quran, and Bhagavad Gita. He was deeply Christian, but he also believed in reincarnation. Definitely an interesting read on a complex individual. . . . . . . #bookstagram #pattonbloodgutsandprayer #patton #michaelkeene #coffeeandbooks #booksandcoffee #readmore #bookobsessed #generalpatton #humansofbookstagram #becauseofreading #readingforfun #keepreading #lovetoread #readinggoals #bookdragon #readingiscool #prettybooks #iamreading #starbucks #coffee #booksbooksbooks #literature #classicliterature #coffeeshop #bookcommunity #bookish #bookishpost #aspynovardpresets

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28 days ago

My 100 Essential Novels scratch-off poster - when you read a book, you scratch-off the gold foil to reveal the artwork. I love it! I’m starting at 25/100. Hopefully, I’ll finish The Divine Comedy this week so I can scratch-off another one 😊. . . . . #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #instabooks #instabook #booklover #booknerd #literature #literary #bookish #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookcommunity #read #reads #reading #readmore #goodreads #igreads #igbooks #tolkien #bookdragon #unitedbookstagram #classics #homedecor

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29 days ago

Currently reading Becoming Mrs. Lewis. I love the subject matter, but I’m finding the writing heavy handed. Don’t outright tell me that Joy is frustrated being a woman/ homemaker, make it clear through the story. Too much exposition ruins it. . . . . . #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #instabooks #instabook #booklover #booknerd #literature #literary #bookish #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookcommunity #read #reads #reading #readmore #goodreads #igreads #igbooks #oxford #narnia #unitedbookstagram #joydavidman #cslewis #becomingmrslewis #cat #catsofinstagram #cats #orangecat

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2 months ago

Mere Discipleship 3/5⭐️ . . Alister McGrath is an Oxford scientist that is known for being the antithesis of Richard Dawkins. Mere Discipleship is a collection of his essays and speeches on Christian discipleship. I did enjoy this one significantly more than The Dawkins Delusion, but I didn’t love it. I loved the first chapter - which explicitly rejects anti-intellectualism trends in Christianity. The other chapters were all okay. McGrath repeats himself a bit too much - he uses the same CS Lewis quote in nearly every chapter. Overall, I liked the book, but I can think of a lot of other Christian authors I’d recommend before McGrath. . . . . . #bookstagram #merediscipleship #alistermcgrath #christian #coffeeandbooks #booksandcoffee #readmore #bookobsessed #literaturelove #humansofbookstagram #becauseofreading #readingforfun #keepreading #lovetoread #readinggoals #bookdragon #readingiscool #prettybooks #iamreading #coffee #booksbooksbooks #literature #classicliterature #coffeeshop #bookcommunity #bookish #bookishpost #aspynovardpresets

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2 months ago

Babbitt 3/5⭐️ . . I originally tried reading Babbitt a couple of years ago, but I did not finish it. Admittedly, I was only able to finish it now by listening to the audiobook. Grover Gardner’s narration is fantastic. The book itself is a satiric account of a successful businessman’s midlife crisis. Babbitt starts out as an unlikeable, socially conforming man (pretentious, hypocritical, and kinda racist) and becomes an even more unlikeable socially non-conforming man (cheats on his wife, blindly adopts liberal viewpoints, etc...). Lewis does a great job at making fun of both types of person, and his writing style was great. The main issue I had with the book is that the story wasn’t that interesting. Marital infidelity plots are just so trite. I still gave it 3 stars though because of the good writing and great narration. . . . . . #bookstagram #georgebabbitt #sinclairlewis #babbitt #coffeeandbooks #booksandcoffee #readmore #bookobsessed #literaturelove #humansofbookstagram #becauseofreading #readingforfun #keepreading #lovetoread #readinggoals #bookdragon #readingiscool #prettybooks #iamreading #coffee #booksbooksbooks #literature #classicliterature #coffeeshop #bookcommunity #bookish #bookishpost #aspynovardpresets

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2 months ago

Today is our five year wedding anniversary, and here are some of the books that we read and loved together. When I was 18, you almost forgot Gatsby so I handed it to you through my bedroom window as you snuck out. You gave me The Hobbit our first Christmas together because it was the edition you read as a child. We excitedly read Heaney’s poems together on a rainy morning in Dublin. We both cried reading A Severe Mercy, and we designed and had made “gray goose rings” like the ones described in the book. We visited the graves of many of these beloved authors - Lewis, Heaney, Tolkien, Fitzgerald - together. I love you @jayzachsby - and I can’t wait to rant about books to you and listen to your rants about books some more. . . . . . #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #currentlyreading #instabooks #instabook #booklover #booknerd #literature #literary #bookish #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookcommunity #read #reads #reading #readmore #goodreads #igreads #igbooks #cormacmccarthy #cslewis #sheldonvanauken #aseveremercy #jrrtolkien #cat #catsofinstagram #orangecat #cats #catsandbooks

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2 months ago

A Modest Proposal: 2/5⭐️ . . Swift writes a satirical solution to the Irish famine (eating poor children). At least I hope it was satire. The cover essay was the only one that I liked. His writing style was fine, the content just wasn’t interesting enough for me give it a higher rating. . . . . . #bookstagram #littleblackclassics #amodestproposal #johnathanswift #readmore #bookobsessed #literaturelove #humansofbookstagram #becauseofreading #readingforfun #keepreading #lovetoread #readinggoals #bookdragon #readingiscool #prettybooks #iamreading #latteart #coffee #booksbooksbooks #literature #classicliterature #bookcommunity #bookish #bookishpost #aspynovardpresets

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2 months ago

"A man in the jungle at night, as someone said, may suppose a hyena’s growl to be a lion’s; but when he hears the lion’s growl, he knows damn’ well it’s a lion. So with the genuine inloveness. So with Davy and me. A sudden glory." -A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken. I'm filled with incredulous wonder that you love me and that we've been married for nearly five years. It still seems to me a miracle. . . . #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #currentlyreading #instabooks #instabook #booklover #booknerd #literature #literary #bookish #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookcommunity #read #reads #reading #readmore #goodreads #igreads #igbooks #halfpricebooks #bookstore #usedbookstore #aseveremercy #sheldonvanauken #marriage #youngmarriage

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2 months ago

The Silmarillion 3/5⭐️ . . I love Tolkien, but I did not love this book. It was still good, but I felt like the stories and characters were rushed. It was more like a collection of short stories than a cohesive work. I think if each story had been a fully fleshed out novel, I would have enjoyed it more. That being said, the section on Beren and Lúthien makes the book worth reading. I'll never get over the fact that Tolkien loosely based this mythic, epic love story on his own marriage. I still recommend this book, but if you're new to Tolkien's works, definitely start with The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. . . . . . #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #instabooks #instabook #booklover #booknerd #literature #literary #bookish #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookcommunity #read #reads #reading #readmore #goodreads #igreads #igbooks #tolkien #jrrtolkien #bookdragon #unitedbookstagram #thesilmarillion #lordoftherings #lotr #cat #catsofinstagram #cats #orangecat

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