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sarah

wynkenhimself@bookwyrm.social

Joined 1 year, 5 months ago

dorking around with old books for work and reading new books for fun; you can find me anywhere as wykenhimself; she/her

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2022 Reading Goal

16% complete! sarah has read 8 of 50 books.

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Old books, rare friends (Paperback, 1998, Main Street Books/Doubleday) 4 stars

You'd think a book about antiquarian bookselling wouldn't be loaded with suspense or keep us …

Charming and insidery

4 stars

I’m pretty taken with these women, important rare book dealers and a tightly bound pair of friends. They’re the ones who dug about Louisa Alcott’s sensational pieces! Leona traveled to Strasberg by herself in 1936 to study books after Columbia refused to grant her a PhD! Their accounts of book rummaging and feminist takes on history are fun. Their family stories and their devoted friendship are delightful. Apparently they have a number of other co-written books that cover similar terrain. Good for book nerds and for asexual (and maybe aro?) companionship.

Homicide in hardcover (2009, Wheeler Pub.) 3 stars

murder is always a bestseller...first in the new bibliophile mystery series!The streets of San Francisco …

Ridiculous but fun for bibliophiles

3 stars

Ok I made fun of the glitches but also I had fun reading the book, and that’s the big thing. Details into conservation work! A faux Huntington Library! A commune that sells wine! Ridiculously handsome and gorgeous people! Next up she goes to Scotland so I am of course reading that.

Homicide in hardcover (2009, Wheeler Pub.) 3 stars

murder is always a bestseller...first in the new bibliophile mystery series!The streets of San Francisco …

She just referred to a forgery of “the Marlowe folio” and that isn’t a thing? There’s no Marlowe folio, never has been. This is even worse than perfecting your lipgloss before eating breakfast

Homicide in hardcover (2009, Wheeler Pub.) 3 stars

murder is always a bestseller...first in the new bibliophile mystery series!The streets of San Francisco …

ok this has some real ridiculousness so far but of a way more fun kind (except who puts on lip gloss and then eats their breakfast?? I feel like even if you're not a makeup wearer someone should catch that?)

The Truants (Paperback, 2021, G.P. Putnam's Sons) No rating

A thrilling debut novel perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and The Secret History, exploring …

I'm truly hating this! It's not that it's bad but the depiction of university life is just weird and am I supposed to be heartbroken for the white South African journalist whose paper refuses to print his story about a massacre of minors? Not even sure that has anything to do with anything, tbh. But 1/4 in and this book is zero fun so I'm just going to quit

replied to loppear's status

@mouse @quaad @loppear ahahahaa this is the million dollar question and the basic answer is everything is hung up on printing presses and the West. BUT! Staring at my shelves there are two possibilites, maybe? One is the short and gorgeous Books as History by David Pearson; it's got beautiful pics and is fun to read as well as smart. The other is really geared toward academics: Information: A Historical Companion, edited by Ann Blair (<3), Paul Duguid and more. It's a mammoth compilation of longer and a ton of shorter pieces covering a huge range of topics, definitely expanded beyond printing and much closer to being global. It's not cheap though, maybe $60?

Women Talking (2019, Bloomsbury Publishing) 4 stars

Gorgeous and complex on an unimaginably horrid situation

5 stars

I’m still wrestling with this! She writes so sensitively and often affectingly obliquely about the tragedy that was forced on these women and their efforts to work through agency and safety and faith and love. I would not recommend this for anyone who has suffered sexual abuse without a great deal of preparation ahead of time