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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.Thirty years after the first incident, as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge . . .
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I don't know how I feel about this book honestly but you can read about it at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3142709172?type=review#...

Rating: 3⭐ (I think it's fair!)

Thank you @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB for hosting this fun #BelowZer00s #buddyread!

Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread
I‘m between so-so & pick but rounding up because even feeling crappy & stuffy🤧I wanted to finish & find out what happened—even if it took all weekend. (I‘ll be answering the discussion ??? tomorrow) I liked the pops of dark humor, liked Brodie & that there were some good twists. Didn‘t like keeping track of so many characters & that it slogged a bit. Max🐱says that he enjoyed the parts with cats but the not missing cats.🙀

batsy Hope you're feeling well soon! 4d
erzascarletbookgasm Feel better soon! 4d
BarbaraBB Feel better soon! The discussion is to be found on my thread and certainly worth a peek! ❤️ 4d
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mabell Great photo! Even under the weather, you‘re so creative! Feel better soon! 4d
CaroPi Recover... Here is virus season and I am also sick lying in bed 4d
Crazeedi Max is a great reviewer! I agree with him!💗🐱 4d
Cinfhen Yes!!!! Max is quite right!!!! Hope that cold is on its way out 🤞🏼🤞🏼 4d
AmyG Feel better! Max is a handsome nurse. ❤️ 4d
rubyslippersreads Cold viruses must travel through the Internet, because I have one too. 🤒 Max looks very regal. 😻👑 4d
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#belowzer00s a few hours late but here's my thoughts on the book! Thanks for hosting Cindy & Barbara! @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen The three cases are not originally connected BUT when Theo has his asthma attack it‘s the homeless girl who saves him. The homeless girl turns out to be the now grown baby daughter of Michelle, the mom who was accused of killing her husband with an ax. 5d
Cinfhen Do you want the next book?? I bought it but I‘m not interested in continuing on with the series! 5d
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen ah ok, thanks (re first comment). I'm currently running very low on physical space for books, so thanks but no thanks to the second book - I'll either wait to see if it becomes a #Kindledeal or get rid of some of my other books first! 😂❤😘 5d
Cinfhen I understand completely 5d
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Thanks to all of you for participating in our #BelowZer00s party 💜

We hope you‘re in for another buddy read! From May 15-17 we will host #MAYbeNow, a throwback to the past decade and of course in our signature party style 🎶💃🕺

Was there a book you meant to read published between 2010-2019 that somehow slipped away?Well, here‘s your chance to nominate it now. After Thursday January 16‬ we‘ll be back to inform you about the voting!

Hooked_on_books I will nominate 5d
readordierachel This was really fun. I'd like to join in again 🙂 I've been meaning to read My Brilliant Friend and The Heart's Invisible Furies, if I can nominate 2? 5d
vivastory I'm going to steal @readordierachel ideas & nominate both of those, as those are both still on my TBR 5d
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Mdargusch Room, pachinko, H is for Hawk, Wild, Salvage the Bones, The Overstory 5d
TrishB Having a think!! 5d
Billypar I'd be interested in this one. 5d
Hooked_on_books I‘ll throw in a vote for @Billypar ‘s choice. I‘ve been meaning to read that for a while. And I‘m not interested in the Boyne. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5d
Cinfhen I‘m excited by your suggestions @Mdargusch and yours too @Hooked_on_books I‘ve read all the other titles but of course this is a democracy ( of sorts😉) (edited) 5d
CarolynM Thanks for the party everyone! Thanks for hosting Barbara and Cindy. Look forward to the next one. 5d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Thanks for participating and your always insightful thoughts! 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Great party! Looking forward to the voting of book for the next party! @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 5d
batsy Thank you for hosting! These are always a lot of fun ❤️ And I'm sorry I missed the discussion but will try to catch up! I love the suggestions above—most I haven't read—and I'll also be back in a bit with a nomination after some "research" ? 5d
bookandbedandtea @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thanks for hosting! These are always fun. I'm probably the ONLY person left who hasn't read this but I nominate 5d
Cinfhen Great nom @bookandbedandtea I haven‘t read it yet either 🙈 5d
Cinfhen Love my original party girls @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM Wouldn‘t be a decades party without you all xxxx 5d
batsy @readordierachel I'm seconding the nomination for My Brilliant Friend 🙂 4d
batsy I'll nominate this, can't believe I haven't read it 4d
bookandcat Thanks for hosting the Case History readalong! Was gonna nominate 2666 but realized that's the decade prior. Since I've read all of the above suggestions I'll throw out 4d
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 5/5

vivastory 😂😂 Probably a bulldog 5d
Hooked_on_books Ha! Funny that you‘d ask this. I think I‘d be a mastiff. A bit lazy, generally healthy, affectionate with my family but a bit aloof around others. 5d
JaclynW Fun question! I would be a king charles cavalier or cocker spaniel. According to Google, their temperament is: Fearless, Affectionate, Sweet Disposition, Sociable, Patient, Adaptable, Playful, and Intelligent. They can also suffer from separation anxiety and they best enjoy being in a household environment around people. This sums me up pretty good. (Although I'm not especially fearless, nor do I like hunting. So except for those 2 things...) 😊 5d
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Billypar Chihuahua? Small, persistent, cold all the time in the winter.. 😅 5d
readordierachel This question is awesome 😆 but I have no idea. Love your thoughtful answer @JaclynW ! 5d
Mdargusch My best friend growing up always said I reminded her of my schnauzer- I do have quite a beard. 🤣🤣🤣 5d
Bklover I‘d be a Maltese. I have two of them and they are the laziest dogs I‘ve ever seen. I also googled lazy dog breeds and there they were. They also like to eat and have their back scratched. Yep. 5d
JaclynW @vivastory @Hooked_on_books @Billypar @readordierachel @Mdargusch @Bklover I'm loving everyone's answers! I feel like I need to go poll my family now.😄 5d
readordierachel @Bklover 🤣🤣 I like the way you think 5d
JennyM Probably a Labrador - loyal, family friendly but tends to eats too much 🤣 5d
BookwormAHN I'd be Lhasa Apso. I've had so many of them that I think they've entered my DNA. 5d
peaknit I‘m a Chow, I think. Fiercely loyal but content just standing by on the ready. And once I don‘t like someone, it‘s over. Takes a long time for me to get frustrated but once I am done I am done like a Chow, they can be a grumpy breed if they don‘t like you 😊 And fluffy, way too much hair, my short hair doesn‘t grow longer, it grows bigger😂 5d
Andrew65 Not well enough up on my breeds of dog! Pretty one off character, so possibly a mix of the features of different dogs. Does that make me a mongrel. 🙄😔 5d
Kalalalatja I‘m not sure about the breed, but something small, protective, a bit of a pleaser and with a temperament 🐶😄 5d
AnneCecilie I have no idea, I‘m not that into different breeds. Something lazy who want to stay inside 5d
Cinfhen Great answers everyone!!! Thanks for cozying up with us @AnneCecilie @Kalalalatja @Andrew65 @peaknit @BookwormAHN @JennyM @readordierachel @JaclynW @vivastory @Hooked_on_books @Billypar @Bklover @Mdargusch Hope you‘ll join us for #MAYbeNow #buddyread coming May 2020 featuring a book from the last decade (2010-2019) 🤓 5d
Bklover @AnneCecilie you can be a Maltese like me. Laziest dogs ever! 5d
SamAnne Border collie! A middle-aged border collie.... 5d
CarolynM I'm a cat 5d
Billypar You raise a good point @CarolynM - I think many of us on this site are closer to the cat spectrum 😸 5d
Billypar Thanks @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB for organizing this fun weekend! Loved the book discussion and trip back in time 👏👏👏 5d
Cinfhen You‘re hilarious @CarolynM 😹😹😹😹😹 (edited) 5d
Cinfhen So glad you were able to join us @Billypar ❤️ 5d
JaclynW @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Thanks for a fun 3 days and a new book introduction! 5d
Mynameisacolour My daughter's are telling me that I would be a poodle🐩🤣 5d
Crazeedi Labrador retriever!! 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! What a fun question and love all the answers! 😁 I don‘t know enough of breeds of dogs, but I guess something loyal and strong willed is close. Thanks for hosting a fun party and great discussion questions @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen (edited) 5d
batsy Fun question that I'm not sure how to answer! I guess I'll be a mixed breed... Confused, not knowing from whence I came or where I'm heading, but with a lot of love and loyalty for all the good people in my life 😁 5d
bookandbedandtea Is there a breed of dog which prefers to be solitary? I can't think of one. I think I'd be a cat, which is weird for me to think as I much prefer to interact with dogs than cats. 🤷‍♀️ 5d
Simona Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Easy going, naturally quiet and pretty lazy. 4d
DebinHawaii I think I lean to the cat side too personality wise but I do love dogs. I guess I would say a Basset Hound lazy, easygoing, people-oriented but would just as soon take a nap most of the time & also a bit stubborn.😉🐶 Big thanks to @Cinfhen & @BarbaraBB for hosting this fun #buddyread 😘 4d
bookandcat Uhhhh I don't really do dogs! I'll ask my husband. Okay just asked and he says I'm a corgi. Idk why. 4d
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 4/5

JaclynW By the end of this book, yes, I felt invested. I am curious to get to know him more. I'm not always good though at finishing a series. I honestly didn't even know this book was a series until I was about halfway through it and I saw someone post something about not wanting to continue with the series. Also police life seems so foreign to me. Which can be a draw AND a turn off. 5d
Hooked_on_books I really liked the book and the humor so I definitely plan to continue. I actually own book 3, so I just downloaded the audio of book 2 from the library. I find Jackson an interesting character, but I don‘t think he‘s fully fleshed out yet. I‘m guessing that a purposeful way to save some of his character development for later books. 5d
vivastory I loved Jackson! I will definitely be reading future entries. Although she published it before Galbraith, I was reminded of Cormoran Strike. 5d
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TrishB Already up to date in the series. I‘ve loved Jackson since this book and have read the books as they‘ve come out! 5d
vivastory Again agree with @Hooked_on_books I think he'll be more fully realized in future books, but he definitely had enough presence in this one to really intrigue me 5d
MicheleinPhilly For sure. I‘ve already read book 2 many moons ago and own 3 and 4. I‘m looking forward to them. 5d
Billypar I thought Jackson was a little 'meh'. I liked his observations, but they didn't seem to coalesce into a fully fledged character as much as Amelia's did. I felt the same way about Caroline. 5d
readordierachel #unpopularopinion but I didn't really like Jackson. He was quite bland and I could have done without his sexual assessments of all the female characters. Everyone was talking about what a good guy he is, but I didn't see that. Maybe Atkinson withheld a lot of depth to his character to get you to read on? Don't know if I will. I did like his interactions with his daughter though. 5d
Mdargusch Yes! I would definitely read the next book in this series! 5d
Bklover I‘ll be interested to learn more about him in the next book. He was interesting but certainly not the most interesting character in the book. 5d
BarbaraBB @readordierachel I‘m with you and @Billypar. He seems to me quite realistic but I don‘t think I‘d much like him in real life. 5d
JennyM Definitely! He‘s is a great character. 5d
BookwormAHN I liked Jackson but not enough to continue. 5d
Andrew65 Most definitely! I‘m waiting for a hold to come in on book 2. Feel like we just skimmed the surface with him so far. 5d
Kalalalatja I‘m not planning on reading any of the other books, but I‘m not surprised by that. This just isn‘t my genre, and Jackson annoyed me to much to convince me otherwise 😅 5d
AnneCecilie Yes, especially the tiny glimpses we got of his past. I will continue with the series in the hope of learning more about him. 5d
jenniferw88 Definitely continuing! 5d
Cinfhen I‘m with @Kalalalatja @BookwormAHN @ReadOrDie @Billypar @BarbaraBB I wasn‘t drawn to Jackson and I‘m not interested in continuing on with this series. This book just wasn‘t for me, but I‘m glad I got to read it with all of you. I happen to own book 2 and I‘m happy to send it to any of you @AnneCecilie @jenniferw88 @JennyM @Bklover @Mdargusch @vivastory @MicheleinPhilly @JaclynW First come first serve 🥳 5d
Bklover I‘ll take it!!! 5d
Bklover Hope the second one has the humor. I thought that the humor carried the book. Otherwise it would have been sort of blah. 5d
SamAnne I will read the next in the series, but not immediately. I enjoyed the story and the characters but not so that I'm going to run out and get the next one. 5d
CarolynM Absolutely! I think he's wonderful. Book 3 is my favourite @Hooked_on_books 🙂 5d
JaclynW @readordierachel I'm in agreement with you about the sexual assessments. I found this in another book with the lead character being a male police officer. I was wondering...is this typical male? Typical police mentality? I still don't have the answer. 5d
Mynameisacolour I found myself more interested in the cases and looking forward to the resolutions more so than the present day characters. I found both Amelia and Julia cringy and Jackson was meh 5d
thereadingowlvina So far, he's an okay character. I would continue this series just to find out how his character develops. Plus, I really like the author's writing 😁 5d
Crazeedi I wasn't necessarily drawn to him, but I would read a sequel 5d
erzascarletbookgasm I did not LOVE Jackson but like him enough to find out how his character develops in the series. I also happen to own book 2 and 3, so will continue. 5d
BookNAround I liked Jackson well enough but I‘m not sure if I‘ll continue the series or not. So many books so little time! 5d
batsy Short answer: No. Like @readordierachel he rubbed me the wrong way and for those reasons. If he is fleshed out and made more interesting in the later books, and less of a typical entitled straight man, I might consider reading more. 5d
batsy @JaclynW @readordierachel Another male investigator character who annoyed me greatly in the same vein is Harry Hole from the Jo Nesbø books... Well I only read this one but it was enough 5d
bookandbedandtea I liked Jackson quite a lot but I don't feel a pull to read more in this series. This book felt like a one- off to me and I think I'm happy to leave it that way. 5d
BarbaraBB @Mynameisacolour I‘m with you on all characters! 5d
Simona I am not interested at all. He was depicted so stereotypically, in very boring way.
@batsy Are you familiar with Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers from Inspektor Lynley series by Elizabeth Georg. I only read the first book, but the characterization is a little more complex and interesting.
Bklover I love the Lynley series (most of them) @Simona ! 4d
DebinHawaii I liked Jackson & believe he has some hidden depths to uncover. I wouldn‘t be opposed to more of the series but I have a lot of books I would rather get to first. That being said, if they were ever really cheap Kindle deals, I‘d load ‘em up. 😉 4d
bookandcat I'd try another book since I liked him well enough but this was a 3 star read for me. I am more attached to and invested in Murder Squad characters (see Tana French) but he was fine. 4d
Simona @Bklover I've saved them for reading slump times 😊 3d
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 3/5

JaclynW I think it helped to lighten the traumatic events of the book 5d
Hooked_on_books I don‘t think she necessarily intended suspense here. And I think the humor as well as the focus on character development shows that. Plus there are awful, dark things happening to people here, so the humor helps lift you away from those feelings. I think that‘s why she made the humor so off-color, to balance the violent components. I loved the humor! 5d
JaclynW Oops. I hit send too soon. If it had been one traumatic thing after another, she may have lost readers because it may have gotten too heavy. 5d
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JaclynW @Hooked_on_books I liked the humourous bits too. 5d
TrishB It‘s very real to me to see humour in very dark situations. Whether it‘s a Brit thing I don‘t know 🤷‍♀️ but this felt very everyday. 5d
vivastory I loved the humor. I felt it alleviated some of the grief, which would have been overwhelming at times, & added extra depth to the characters. It felt very true to life. 5d
Billypar The humor was ultimately what sold me in the end. I agree that it acted as a counterweight to the more depressing parts. It also helped me enjoy the relative slowness in the investigations. Usually with mysteries I'm more ravenous when it comes to having new developments or twists, but I didn't mind the pace as much since she had me cracking up the whole way. 5d
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I agree. I‘ve always viewed it as something of a Scorpio defense mechanism. ☺️ 5d
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly that‘s definitely it! The amount of times I‘ve made inappropriate comments and got the look from family members!! 5d
TrishB @Billypar I think the mysteries in these is always secondary to the characters and the personalities and the humour. 5d
readordierachel Agree with you @JaclynW and @Hooked_on_books that the humor balances out the violence and trauma. The humor was what I appreciated most. 5d
Bklover I found the humor more prominent than the mysteries. Almost as if the mysteries were there to promote the humor. If that makes any sense. 5d
Mdargusch The humor made the book more than a whodunit since it added another layer. I laughed out loud so many times during the chapters on Caroline! 5d
JaclynW @Billypar Very true. 5d
JaclynW @Mdargusch Yes! Layered is the perfect way to describe it. 5d
BarbaraBB It can be a Scorpio thing indeed, I know I use it too 😉 @TrishB and @MicheleinPhilly. It didn‘t do so much for me in this novel though. I admit to laughing about the cat called ‘nigger‘ 🤭 but Julia and Amelia became a bit too grotesque for me and therefore a bit unrealistic. 5d
TrishB @BarbaraBB I now can‘t admit to having any of these characters in my extended family can I!! I think Julia and Amelia are maybe a bit out dated now, but definitely existed.... 5d
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly 😘😘 always being told to watch what people might be thinking 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ whatever that means!! 5d
BarbaraBB @TrishB Haha, it‘s probably fun to have them in your extended family 😀 5d
BookwormAHN I think the humor was definitely needed to lighten up the mood but the cat called "nigger" was too much ??‍♀️ 5d
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Another Scorpio here who uses it too! ♏️ Amazing How humour can get you through difficult situations and times! Also balances out nicely the dark points of the book. 5d
Kalalalatja #TeamScorpio here, too! @BarbaraBB @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @Andrew65 I use humor quite a lot in my therapy sessions with clients, as it helps to get through some of the tougher subjects, so it makes sense to me there is so much of it in the book 5d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja That is very plausible explanation, thanks 🙏 5d
TrishB @BookwormAHN to me this was highlighting racism in older people very well in the U.K. (sadly). I could well have imagined my Nan doing that ☹️ 5d
BarbaraBB @TrishB Oh really? To me it was so absurd that I found it funny 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5d
TrishB @BarbaraBB maybe it‘s a U.K. thing? A lot of my friends (and me!) have horror stories about racist grandparents? 5d
BarbaraBB @TrishB I don‘t know, maybe everyone‘s grandparents here are racist too except mine because they were Indonesian 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 5d
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @BarbaraBB Sadly not limited to the UK. I could see some of my ancient neighbors doing that sort of thing TODAY. 😒 5d
TrishB @BarbaraBB 😂😂 a good reason! My Nan was Irish but still profoundly racist against people coming into the country! 5d
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly ☹️🤷‍♀️ we can only fight back! 5d
Cinfhen I agree the “humor” was meant to lighten the otherwise dark stories but to me the humor seemed more slapstick and unnatural. It just didn‘t work for me @Hooked_on_books @JaclynW @TrishB @vivastory @Billypar @readordierachel @Bklover @Mdargusch @BarbaraBB @BookwormAHN @Kalalalatja I thought the humor sort of out dated the story / 5d
Cinfhen There is no way naming a cat “nigger” in ANY book now (2020) would ever get published!!!!! I‘m still in shock over that 😱 5d
TrishB @Cinfhen very true, thankfully, but sadly wouldn‘t stop it happening ☹️ 5d
CarolynM I agree with @Hooked_on_books I don't think suspense was intended. I think she was using the "detective" format to write about a bunch of traumatised people. I think one of the things she does very well is to show violence and trauma are part of everyday life for some people and humour is also part of everyday life - from observation of the contradictions and absurdities. 5d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I wonder why she used the format, as a writer she has proven she doesn‘t need it and the murder cases were a bit predictable and for me detracting (is that the correct word?) from the overall story. 5d
TrishB @BarbaraBB interesting question! Don‘t know the answer though. 5d
CarolynM @TrishB I thought Binky (and to a lesser extent Caroline's husband and family) was hilarious but I am hugely amused by that stereotype of early 20th century British superiority (the novels of Dornford Yates and PC Wren for example). I think a lot of racism in the past came from a lack of understanding that other cultures were just as valid as (in yours and mine case) Anglo - Irish culture.👇 5d
CarolynM 🖕My grandparents felt so sorry for their Italian and Greek neighbours for their ignorance and backwardness when all they were doing were things that were normal where they had come from. 5d
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I don't know the answer either. Maybe because it provides a reason for her hero to encounter so many people who have been profoundly affected by violence? 5d
TrishB @CarolynM such a good summary! Sadly I think now we‘ve reverted backwards to still thinking that‘s the superior culture (in the U.K. anyway and certainly stirred up by Brexit). 5d
Crazeedi People use humor when uncomfortable with situations, so maybe that's why 5d
erzascarletbookgasm For me, there‘s no suspense, and I went in thinking it‘s a traditional mystery story but found out soon enough the whodunnits are not the main things. I really liked the humour, like what @CarolynM said earlier, not lol but more of ‘smile moments‘. Agree with what others said about the humour as a balance to the dark parts. 5d
batsy I love bleak, dark humour. The Russians especially used it to great effect in their literature. (shoutout to my man, Dostoyevsky! 😆) Sorry to be the party pooper again, but I didn't quite get on with Atkinson's brand of humour. I guess it's a subjective thing and maybe that's why I didn't quite enjoy the book. 5d
BarbaraBB @batsy I‘d prefer Dostojevski any time. Or Nathan Englander, who I just finished a book by! 5d
Simona Well @batsy I have to tag you again, I totally agree with you 😄 Bizarre, dark humor is my kind of humor, but it is ineffective in this story ... as @BarbaraBB said - with the exception of the black cat. 4d
DebinHawaii I liked the humor & for me it is a natural place too go in uncomfortable situations too. (Am I a closet Scorpio? 🤔) i didn‘t think it too much to take away from the story & I liked how the dark sarcasm was a balm to some of the pain. Regarding the cat, sadly I have older relations long gone now that would have viewed it as normal. 🥺I think that was a bit for shock factor though but I did enjoy Jackson & then Howell‘s reaction to it. 4d
bookandcat The humor was fine. I didn't find this book as suspenseful and taut as I would like (I am more of a Tana French fan). This felt more literary strolling through a PI's life for me. The resolutions of most of the cases did not feel too surprising for me. 4d
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread, question 2/5

Hooked_on_books I had noticed this and wondered. I‘m guessing it was a way to unify what could have been disparate plots by giving them a common theme. 5d
JaclynW @Hooked_on_books Good thoughts. I also thought it may be because many readers are parents and can relate to the fear of losing a child. 5d
TrishB Good point, that fear of going something as a parent that put your child in danger is an easy topic to focus on I guess. Agree with @Hooked_on_books it was the thread holding the stories together. 5d
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vivastory I agree with @Hooked_on_books I think that the sense of parents leaving something behind when they're gone was a unique way for Atkinson to tackle the cold cases 5d
Mdargusch I hadn‘t thought about it but I like your idea @Hooked__on__books 5d
Bklover I thought it illustrates how differently we can love our children. That “parental love” is not generic and can those differences can have profound effects. 5d
BarbaraBB I agree with you too @Hooked_on_books but I also thought it was because that way we got to know Jackson better, since he was personally dealing with some major parenthood issues. The cases gave us insight in his way of thinking. (edited) 5d
BookwormAHN Coming from someone without kids, it seems to me it was also about how directly our parent's crap affect who we are. 5d
Andrew65 @TrishB @Hooked_on_books I agree too, felt like it was the thread holding the three different cases together, and provided a link into Jackson too. 5d
Kalalalatja I like both your views @Hooked_on_books and @BarbaraBB - Atkinson needed a theme to tie the stories together, and tie them to Jackson‘s life and situation 5d
Hooked_on_books That‘s definitely a good thought about giving us more access to Jackson. It definitely ties him in, too, along with his ex and her boyfriend. 5d
AnneCecilie I hadn‘t really thought about that but agree with @Hooked__on__books @Bklover and @BookwormAHN 5d
Cinfhen I definitely agree with all of you @Hooked_on_books @Bklover @BookwormAHN @JaclynW @BarbaraBB the theme of parenthood is universal enough and strong enough to bind these stories. And when it comes to fatherhood in particular we got very different perspectives the overprotective father ( Theo) the abusive father ( Victor) and the overworked/ single dad/ trying to figure it all out dad ( Jackson) 5d
CarolynM For me it's not parenthood so much as family that is the theme. The sibling relationships, and the degree of responsibility they feel for one another, were just as central to the book as the parent - child relationships. 5d
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Excellent point. Also the loving but not terribly involved dad in Kevin, for his brief presence. 5d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You are right about that! 5d
Cinfhen Yes!!!!!! @CarolynM definitely about family relationships 5d
erzascarletbookgasm What @Hooked_on_books and @BarbaraBB said. I think the parenthood theme primarily tie the cases to Jackson. 5d
Crazeedi Maybe because Jackson had issues to resolve with his daughter as in being divorced and not in her life etc 5d
BookNAround And more than just parenthood but the issue of missing girls/disappeared daughters. The case highlight Jackson‘s fears for his daughter, the child who was a surprise in his marriage but the best surprise he could have found. 5d
batsy I agree with the thoughtful answers above. It was a unifying theme and also a way to show the various forms of parenting, the good, the bad, the evil and the harmful, and the long-lasting ramifications it has on the psyche of the children. The scars we carry with us or the stuff that makes or breaks us, I think... 5d
jhod Just to say Jackson's back story and how effected he was by his siblings makes me agree that its family relationships that's the unifying theme. (also caroline and shirley, amelia and julia) 4d
DebinHawaii I agree that the parenting & the family relationships were the tie & as @BookNAround & @Crazeedi mention the emphasis on the dangers in the world for women/daughters/sisters as they related to Jackson‘s own worries for his daughter. 4d
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The mysteries were a little thin, as were some of the characters (Brodie included). The heteronormative and racial humor (i.e. the whole cat thing) was cringey. Some of the end resolutions were implausible to the point of absurdity. So why did I like this? I think the dark humor that did land was very funny but also blended with the sadder moments surprisingly well. It was also very self-referential, which I always enjoy 👇

Billypar And unlike most 'literary mysteries' this seemed to fall squarely in between the two genres, which makes it hard to pin down and rate, but fun to watch as it subverts either genre's expectations. Looking forward to the discussion! @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 5d
BarbaraBB You are just in time! Another great review! 5d
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readordierachel Yes, that cat part was awful! 5d
Billypar @BarbaraBB Thanks! I'm glad I finished in time: great discussion! 5d
Billypar @readordierachel Yeah, I know what she was going for, but I can't go along. There are plenty of other good jokes to enjoy! 5d
Cinfhen Great review!!! But all your “negative” points only reenforces why this book didn‘t work for me 😉😂 5d
Billypar @Cinfhen Lol - it's tough one to review 😁 A pick with reservations, which isn't far from the 'so so' you want to like more. 5d
batsy What @Cinfhen said 😂 The cat part legit made me want to throw my book (with the hideous cover) out the window 🙃 @readordierachel 5d
readordierachel @batsy I was listening to the audiobook and thought I must have misheard! Then she just kept going back to that well for a cheap laugh 🙄 5d
Billypar @batsy @readordierachel You'd think it would have raised eyebrows somewhere in the editorial process. Ali Smith was mentioned twice in the acknowledgements - I wonder if she raised any concerns? Maybe there's an awkward email exchange between the two authors about it...🤔 4d
readordierachel @Billypar @batsy I would pay good money to read that exchange. I read that Atkinson almost never reads her negative reviews and thinks that authors reviewing their colleagues work is "a callous art," so perhaps criticism is unwelcome. 4d
Billypar @readordierachel Interesting - I've heard that perspective before: maybe if you've got Ali Smith and a few trusted editors, that's enough. I haven't heard of her trafficking in ill-advised racial humor elsewhere, so hopefully this was a weird one-off thing. 4d
readordierachel Yes, hopefully. I certainly don't remember anything like that in Life After Life 4d
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread is starting right now. This is question 1 of 5!

I have tagged some people who were interested in the book, but of course all are welcome to participate.

jenniferw88 The Lands, and Jackson's back story. I kind of guessed what happened with Olivia, but liked the bit with Binti. (I probably identified most with her as well - I'll probably be a crazy cat lady when I'm older). And I like detectives with a past! 5d
Hooked_on_books I was most interested to find out what happened to Laura, since she died in such an awful way, but I loved the sisters Amelia and Julia. They were just a riot! The contrast between them and their interactions were wildly entertaining to me. 5d
JaclynW I was drawn to Amelia. I felt so sorry for her. I think she was so traumatized by her sister's disappearance. Julia was interesting. Theo was a sad case too. Michelle scared me. Maybe because I could identify with her in some ways. Jackson sometimes got of my nerves, sometimes I liked him. Binti was a quirky, old lady that I can to feel for. 5d
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TrishB It‘s all about Jackson for me and his interactions with people, not really about the mysteries, though you‘re curious to see what happens obviously. 5d
SamAnne A toss up between the Lands and Jackson's backstory, leaning to Jackson as well. I really liked the depth of the character development and stories, and plan to read the rest of the series. 5d
vivastory From a purely "whodunnit" standpoint, I was most intrigued by Laura's case. It was the case with the most eyewitnesses & it seemed unimaginable that the perpetrator hadn't been caught. I was also initially a bit confused by the inclusion of Michelle's case, although it was cleared up. 5d
Billypar I liked the Land and Wyre mysteries the best. @Hooked_on_books I agree about the banter between Amelia and Olivia- I looked forward to their scenes the most. And I liked how we saw Amelia's constant internal questions spiraling in between their back and forths. I also thought the portrayal of the grief Theo was going through was well-done. 5d
readordierachel In terms of mysteries, I was most interested in finding out what happened to Olivia Land. I was also confused by Michelle's storyline @vivastory I suppose it was cleared up but I was left wondering why she included it in the first placeTheo's grief stood out to me too @Billypar He was the most sympathetic character imo. 5d
Mdargusch Olivia‘s story tugged at my heartstrings and I was glad to read answers to her mystery. 5d
Andrew65 Jackson, and his interactions with the cases. Although in terms of the mysteries, what happened to Olivia. Ultimate nightmare for a parent. (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB I had soon figured out what happened to Olivia so that storyline didn‘t do much for me. I agree with @Vivastory that Laura‘s case was the most interesting from a whodunnit point of view. And about Michelle, just like @JaclynW I can relate a bit to her and that‘s scary. I can see how the book is a completely different read when you‘re primarily focussed on Jackson, like @TrishB, @Andrew65 and @SamAnne ! (edited) 5d
Bklover I was probably most interested in the Olivia Land mystery. I also loved Theo‘s version of his daughter- I think a lot of parents see their children that way. 5d
Bklover @JaclynW @BarbaraBB I‘m definitely relieved that I‘m not the only one who related to Michelle. 😳 5d
JaclynW @Bklover You aren't alone. I honestly think any human could get to that point. It's just a matter of what "ingredients" in that particular "recipe" would it take...know what I mean?? When the full story of what happened to Michelle was finally revealed, I have to admit I was stunned. Michelle was courageous in her reaction. I did wonder if she would have actually gone through with it had she been allowed to continue. What do you think? 5d
JaclynW @Andrew65 Ultimate nightmare indeed. 5d
JennyM I was most curious about Laura. But I‘m with @trishb @Andrew65 @SamAnne - it‘s more about Jackson for me. I really enjoyed it, especially the snarky humour! 😊 5d
Bklover @JaclynW Well, I think Michelle definitely would have gone through with it. Or at least tried to. 5d
BookwormAHN I was quite drawn to Amelia. I think her and her sister were really entertaining. I also thought Jackson was great. I did wonder about Lilly Rose and who she really was. 5d
MicheleinPhilly I vaguely recall feeling like the Michelle/Caroline story stuck out like a sore thumb the first time but this time I couldn‘t stop picturing Fleabag and Hot Priest. 😂 5d
Andrew65 @JennyM This was the second time I read the book (previously six years ago I think). The first tine I read the book I thought it was quite strange how it was written! In fact very surprised it was a series because it felt like a one off. This time I knew what to expect - even if I couldn‘t remember the resolution to the mysteries! Therefore o focused more on Jackson. Some great interactions during the book and humorous moments. @BarbaraBB @JaclynW (edited) 5d
Kalalalatja I‘m definitely team Theo. Somehow the other characters felt a bit like caricatures, while Theo and his grief seemed like the most “real” thing in the book. 5d
thereadingowlvina To be honest, I'm only halfway into this book! But I know that I like Theo. He seems to be the more sincere character among all. And I really like how this book is written. I love Atkinson's wtiting style ❤😁 5d
CarolynM It's not the "mysteries" that were interesting to me, but the people and the ways they were affected by what had happened in their families. Because I'd already read the later books I was especially interested in Julia (she is an on-going character) and also the details of Jackson's back story. I found Theo's grief really moving and Shirley - wow, what a piece of work! 5d
Cinfhen I totally agree @Kalalalatja It wasn‘t Laura‘s case as much as it was Theo‘s pain, guilt, trauma that resonated most with me. I guessed very early on what had happened to Olivia and I figured out who the homeless girl was the minute Shirley mentioned Tanya. So I was drawn to Theo and wanted to know how his story would be resolved. Was not happy with Lilly-Rose moving in with him- that became too sappy for me. (edited) 5d
AnneCecilie I was most interested in Jackson and his interactions with the people in the cases. I felt that the ending was a little rushed and weird, one minute Jackson doesn‘t want to spend time with the Land sisters, and then suddenly he invites them to join him on his holiday. 5d
Blaire @CarolynM I want to read more of this series. Interesting to learn that Julia continues to have a presence. I felt the most empathy toward Theo. His reaction and the way he continued on his life. I loved the way Julia and Amelia interacted. Lots of funny lines. 5d
Mynameisacolour I was most interested In the Case of Olivia Land. I held out hope that she would be found 5d
gradcat Really, for me Jackson embodies a sort of “Everyman” for our age: divorcing, kid custody issues, money issues, feeling like a man out of time, and having saddlebags of guilt & pain to carry around on his shoulders owing to issues with his family. I admit I read this many years ago, and to say much more would get into future books, but Jackson is really the main draw for me. Purely existential crises erupting almost constantly—what‘s not to love?♥️ 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Of the three cases, I liked the Land case. The Wyre case is intriguing as I had absolutely no clue ‘whodunnit‘. But what draws me in is mostly Jackson, who is the heart of the story, and the portrayal of grief/loss by the surviving family in each case. I also enjoyed the teasings between the two Land sisters. 5d
Crazeedi I wondered about Michelle/ Caroline daughter, and I was most surprised that her sister was the one who killed her husband, and that she agreed to take the fall 5d
CarolynM @gradcat Exactly❤️ 5d
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm I agree with what you say. Most detective stories are about untangling the events and psychology that led to the crime, I think Kate Atkinson is much more interested in exploring the aftermath of crime than the cause of it. 5d
erzascarletbookgasm @Crazeedi I was surprised it was the sister too! 😄 5d
BookNAround I was most interested in Jackson and his relationships with the people around him, family and clients. The mysteries were interesting and had different twists to them but like others have said, it was more about the impact on those left behind than the actual crime. I liked it a lot more than I expected to. 5d
batsy I liked the sisters the most, Julia & Amelia. And Amelia was my favourite until I felt like Atkinson disappointed me with her characterisation. Like she just became the cardboard sad, desperate spinster figure without any redeeming inner qualities. 5d
bookandbedandtea @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM I agree with both of you that the most interesting aspects were the ways in which the survivors of all these crimes were impacted. 5d
bookandbedandtea I could have done with more of the Michelle/Caroline/Shirley story. Was truly surprised to find out what really happened that day! And, Jackson, of course. I feel that's inevitable as he ties everything together but I just truly *liked* him. 5d
BarbaraBB @gradcat You are so right about the Everyman. I didn‘t think of that. But it might be the reason why I didn‘t like him much. Too much Everymen in fiction - or at least what I‘ve read lately. 5d
BarbaraBB @batsy Exactly. Amelia (and Julia too) became grotesque, which I couldn‘t appreciate at all. 5d
gradcat @BarbaraBB I can understand your opinion. I must like them, because I read so much Updike and Roth and Bellow, and Joyce, for that matter. See—why, they‘re all male! At least Atkinson is a woman. But the Everyman archetype is certainly overused, I suppose, especially when you consider other art forms, like movies.... And I guess novelists are not even bothering to name their Everyman narrators—several contemporary writers do that, I find...♥️♥️ 4d
BarbaraBB @gradcat I was thinking of Roth and Updike too 😀. What contemporary writers are you thinking of? 4d
bookandcat Am still finishing the book (whoops) so will plan to come back to the questions when I'm done! 4d
BarbaraBB @bookandcat No hurry! I hope you‘re liking it! 4d
DebinHawaii Late to the discussion but for characters I am on Team Jackson—I liked his reactions to everyone around him & his dark sarcasm. Story/case wise it was Laura & Theo that story kept me turning the pages to know what really happened & pulled at my heart. I actually kind of liked Lily-Rose moving in with Theo @Cinfhen to give him purpose but I lean to the sappy side sometimes.😉😆 4d
bookandcat Definitely drawn to Jackson most. And also Theo. His chocolate of the month club broke my heart a bit. 4d
gradcat @BarbaraBB Off the top of my head, maybe Paul Auster, Ben Metcalf, Cormac McCarthy—maybe these aren‘t considered contemporary? But they‘re not modern like the others we spoke about. And of course, a lot of dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic novels lend themselves to this sort of trope. I remember reading an article in “The New Yorker” about just this subject several years ago. It was really interesting, so I remember it fairly well. ♥️ 4d
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This is less #StartASeries than #RevisitASeries. I first read this and One Good Turn maybe a dozen years ago. Thankfully I remembered virtually nothing so it didn‘t feel repetitive at all. I think those going into this series expecting excitement and/or suspense are rightfully disappointed but I really enjoy Atkinson‘s characterizations and look forward to continuing the series. #BelowZer00s

SamAnne I enjoyed it but I like character driven/focused stories. 5d
BarbaraBB You‘re right in time for our discussion that stars in 45 minutes 😉 5d
TrishB Definitely don‘t read for the crime or suspense, but the characters and their stories 👍🏻 5d
Cinfhen Glad the reread didn‘t disappoint \ it just wasn‘t the right book for me 😬🤷🏼‍♀️ 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Great advice 👍 5d
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Still time to join!

Are you ready for #BelowZer00s #BuddyRead this weekend? @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB are excited to relive the 00s and discuss the tagged book.
We‘ll kick-off the party ‪on Friday Jan 10‬ by sharing memories of the 00s: food, clothing, movies, books, fads, home photos it‘s  up to you! 
On Saturday it‘s all about music: share you favorite 00s playlist! 
Sunday discussion ‪starts 1pm EST‬ or ‪7pm CET‬ 
Open to all
Join us ??

BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing 😘 5d
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Finish Case Histories and read the first Kepler crime

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Friendly reminder!!!! Discussion TODAY, Jan 12 1pm EST 7pm CET 🎉🤓‼️Questions will be posted by the wonderful @BarbaraBB ( I have a meeting I couldn‘t postpone so I will be joining later on~ sorry ) Can‘t wait to hear what ya‘ll think ❤️#BelowZer00s #BuddyRead #CaseHistories

TrishB I think that‘s 5pm here 😁 5d
BarbaraBB @TrishB I thought so too but when I google it says 7 pm... 🧐 5d
BarbaraBB Have a good meeting Cindy! 😘 5d
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jenniferw88 I'll probably be joining tomorrow - we've got a party starting at 7! 5d
TrishB @BarbaraBB very confused now! I‘ll join in at some point then! 5d
Cinfhen I googled too / odd!! @TrishB @BarbaraBB unless it picked up my time zone???? But 1pm in NYC is 8pm for me 🤪🤪 5d
BarbaraBB @TrishB How late is it now in the UK? 5d
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Have Fun! 5d
BarbaraBB Thanks. In Holland it is 3.47 5d
BarbaraBB So that explains an hour ☺️, UK is probably CET minus 1... (edited) 5d
Cinfhen Well according to IPhone it‘s a 5 hour time difference between NYC and U.K. @BarbaraBB @TrishB so 1pm in NYC would be 6pm in U.K. !!! 5d
BarbaraBB ... And 7 pm CET. We‘ve figured it out 👏👏 @TrishB @jenniferw88 @Cinfhen 5d
ljuliel I didn‘t sign up or read the book. Just dropping in to wish you success and a nice turnout. 📖 5d
Cinfhen Thanks so much @ljuliel 😊we‘re planning on hosting another read in May in case you‘re interested/ I can tag you if you‘d like 5d
ljuliel Yea, give me a holler. Thank you. 💕 @Cinfhen 5d
batsy I'm off to bed over here 😴😴 but hope to catch up tomorrow 🙂 5d
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Lindy 😁 5d
Buechersuechtling Sorry, not sorry, #UnpopularOpinion, but I perfectly see Jackson‘s point. 😊 5d
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Enjoyed the read and the listen. Got me through a white knuckle drive through snow and ice and jack-knifed trucks. Great character development. Looking forward to the Litsy book discussion tomorrow! #CaseHistories

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Enjoyed the read and the listen. Got me through a white knuckle drive through snow and ice and jack-knifed trucks. Great character development. Looking forward to the Litsy book discussion tomorrow! #CaseHistories

Crazeedi Oh no! Stay safe, my daughter is stranded in Seattle, her flight home was canceled, through Chicago to PA, it's a mess! 6d
SamAnne @Crazeedi I was driving from Portland OR to Spokane WA on Friday. Last half of the trip was a bit harrowing at times. And more snow is coming! 5d
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread
Max🐱says that he thinks it‘s a long shot that his mom will be finished & ready to discuss the book tomorrow. His mom is a stuffy, snorty mess🤧 & can‘t even be counted on to wait on him hand & foot as usual since she won‘t get off the couch & keeps falling asleep. (His mom says he is lucky she even fed him dinner & may consider giving him a snack later if he stops nagging & staring at her!)
#catsoflitsy 😽❤️

Cinfhen Hahahaha 😂😂😂not about you not feeling well but baby Max and his comments are priceless. Don‘t worry about finishing the book. You can always check back in at the discussion questions at a later time. 6d
kspenmoll 😂😂 That stare! 😾 Hope you are on the mend soon. Keep sleeping!!! 6d
CarolynM Hope you feel better soon💐 6d
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TheBookAddict 😂 😂 he is not a happy camper. How dare you be sick and not treat him like the king he is!?! 😾 👑 oh Max 🤦🏽‍♀️ #catmomproblems. I hope you feel better soon! 6d
LeahBergen I need more Baby Max. 😂😂 6d
Crazeedi With that look, how can you ignore him? Get well soon! Sorry to hear you're under the weather!😘 6d
Reggie Max!!!!! 5d
ValerieAndBooks Hope you‘re feeling better soon! We all still can‘t help but love Max in spite of his grumpiness 💖 !! 5d
rubyslippersreads Kids hate it when you show off their baby pics. 😹 4d
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I finished my audio, The Beautiful Ones by Prince, and started listening to The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
I finished reading The Ice Princess and have started on Case Histories. I keep seeing negative reviews about that one, and I wonder if I‘ll change my mind as I continue reading. So far I‘m enjoying Case Histories.

Cinfhen Case Histories has been pretty evenly mixed on the reviews so you might end up liking it! Hope you do 🤞🏼 6d
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I just looked back at my review and I forgot to mention the HUMOR in this book! It sneaks up on you and is alternately off-color and snarky. I was snorting my whole way through.

Also, I‘m using this for #ReadingEurope2020 #UK #England

(I gave the book to my aunt and we are headed to the airport, so here‘s a random picture of southern CA.)

TrishB I love the humour, one of my main reasons for loving Atkinson. 6d
vivastory I agree about the humor. Several points I literally loled, which is rare for me with a novel 6d
Librarybelle I still have to reread this for this weekend‘s buddy read. I forgot about the humor in this! @BarbaraBB - I think this book has been a favorite to use for the UK. 6d
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BarbaraBB Lol I know I used it for this prompt and I think many people did 😀 6d
Blaire Yes! The humor struck me as well. Some spot on funny observations. 6d
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB I have SO many books set in the UK, I actually wanted to be sure to read another country first, since this one‘s so easy. And I really feel like the four parts of the UK are really different from each other, so I plan to read one from each place. 6d
Hooked_on_books @vivastory It started for me with the inappropriate name of the missing cat and I laughed several times from there. I found myself reading funny parts out loud to others. And the whole relationship between Amelia and Julia was a riot. 6d
Librarybelle Awesome idea for UK! I too have so many books that fit the UK prompt that it‘s hard to choose which one. Haha! 5d
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This is one of those "What am I missing?" books that didn't land for me as it did for many others. I like the reviews by @readordierachel @Simona & @Kalalalatja to sum up what didn't work for me. After some promising early chapters, it became stale. I love a good mystery so it's not that aspect that bothered me; just wasn't sold on the plot, style, writing, & characterisation. Sadly, I kept waiting for it to end. #belowzer00s @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen I‘m with you guys!! Although @CarolynM and @vivastory wrote compelling reviews in favor of this book so I guess I can appreciate both sides 6d
batsy I ordered a copy via AbeBooks and thought I was getting the red cover with the dog, which is such a great cover, but I got this one instead with the scratched out sticker. The whole return/refund process meant sending it back via international mail that I just didn't bother with it, but maybe my irritation for this book was compounded by having to look at this cover 😬 6d
batsy @Cinfhen Yup, some lovely reviews from those who loved it! 6d
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readordierachel That cover and sticker would bum me out too! 6d
Cinfhen Hahahahaha/ at least your book showed up!!! I‘m still waiting for an order I placed Nov 28 🙄🤪 6d
Tamra I unstacked for reviews like yours that I trust. There are just too many other books on my TBR to spend my precious reading time on! 6d
erzascarletbookgasm This cover is a turn off alright 🙁. 6d
batsy @Cinfhen Oh no! 😕 Hope you contacted them about it. 6d
batsy @readordierachel @erzascarletbookgasm It makes me angry to look at it 😡😂 6d
batsy @Tamra I hope I didn't lead you astray! Very positive reviews from others. But I know what you mean. There's just too many books 😁 6d
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Buechersuechtling So, so true. 6d
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I‘m not a mystery/crime reader, so this review should be taken with a grain of salt. However, this really wasn‘t for me. It hasn‘t aged very well, and I got annoyed again and again with the stereotypical, prejudiced and rather limited view on other humans and their motives for actions. I couldn‘t relate to any of the characters, in spite of it being very character driven, and the only one I actually cared about was Brodie‘s daughter. Not for me!

Kalalalatja #BelowZer00s @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB looking forward to the discussion tomorrow, though! 6d
Cinfhen Ha!!! Awesome review!!! I agree, this book didn‘t age well at all. I wasn‘t a fan either but I didn‘t hate it 😂 6d
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I don‘t hate it completely, but I was annoyed by it more than I was enjoying it, so a Pan rating it gets 😅 6d
batsy I love your review, so eloquently put! I felt like I was annoyed more than anything else, too. And I honestly didn't expect that at all, so it took me aback 😂 6d
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Compiling a list of my favorite songs of the 00s, although I don't share Brodie's overwhelming affinity for country music (there is one song on here that I'm fairly sure would also be on his playlist), we both seem to gravitate towards the depressing. The aughts were a golden age for commercially successful indie pop. If the 90s were angst & quirk, the 00s were doom & gloom.

readordierachel Regina Spektor ❤ 6d
vivastory @readordierachel One of the greatest IMO 6d
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Leftcoastzen Yay ,Wilco! 6d
TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 I put Hurt too and Interpol. 6d
BarbaraBB Lets get Aughty 😂. Yay for The white Stripes (I think) and Interpol! 6d
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A bit meandering in parts but I liked seeing how the different mysteries came together and tied back to their earlier lives. It kept me engaged even when I knew where it was going, and one of the stories took a twist I did not expect. Looking forward to the discussion and glad I was able to finish in time. #below00ers @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Love the photo 🖤glad you were able to finish up book in time 6d
BarbaraBB Me too, what are you eating? 6d
Blaire @Cinfhen @barbarabb thanks!! It‘s a super green spinach soup - it has 20 cups of spinach, and an bunch of parsley and cilantro. Feels very healthy to eat in winter. 6d
Cinfhen Yum!!!!!! 6d
BarbaraBB It looks gorgeous and you‘d description makes it even more attractive 💚 6d
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So I went with the 12 albums I played to death in the 00‘s! My Spotify playlist has one track from each....

Norah Jones, Mumford & sons, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Barielles, Florence, Amy, Ms Dynamite, Adele, Damien rice, Sade, Amos Lee & Lily Allen 💕🎧


This is so much fun, seeing everyone‘s picks! Thank you lovely hostesses! 😘

BarbaraBB Great choices. Sade 💕 Amy 💕 Florence 💕 6d
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to open your playlist 💛💜💚I freakin can‘t believe I forgot Adele!!!!! 6d
batsy Sade and Florence! ❤️ 6d
DebinHawaii Great picks! I wore out my Norah Jones CD. 😉 6d
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She should have done science, not spent all her time with her head in novels. Novels gave you a completely false idea about life, they told lies and they implied there were endings when in reality there were no endings, everything just went on and on and on.

CarolynM I think that quote kind of sums up Kate Atkinson 🙂 6d
Buechersuechtling @AnneCecilie That quote encourages me to one day read a book by Kate Atkinson as well. If only there weren‘t so many books and so little time. 😇 @CarolynM 6d
TrishB @CarolynM it definitely does! Never expect neat, tidy stories or endings! 6d
Blaire I also underlined this sentence! 6d
Reagan I love Kate Atkinson. I think I will move on to the third Jackson Brodie soon! 6d
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Ready to start this.
I hope to finish it in time for the discussion tomorrow

@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 👍🏽 7d
BarbaraBB I hope so. It is a pageturner I think, even if you don‘t like the book much. 6d
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked Brodie and the cases were interesting but the amount of people involved became confusing and the answers weren't always clear. I realize the people were the point of the story not the cases but the lack of full answers still drove me crazy 😾
#BelowZer00s @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen
#BBRC #YeahBaby recommended by a Litten or a bunch of us since we voted on it. @LibrarianRyan
#jennyis30 #Drama @jenniferw88

Cinfhen I felt similar/this book never left me satisfied 🤷🏼‍♀️ 7d
LibrarianRyan Yeahh. Sorry it was soso 7d
BarbaraBB I do like that half of us thinks like you (and me) and half really loves it! Looking forward to our discussion tomorrow! 6d
readordierachel I agree about the cast or characters becoming confusing. It was a so-so for me too. 6d
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Hm. Did I like this? Mystery isn't really my genre, so I appreciated that this had a more meandering feel. It was more about the ripple effects of the crimes than finding out whodunnit. About grief and coping. I appreciated Atkinson's humor. I appreciated the way it was organized, the puzzle fitting together as the novel wore on. I didn't appreciate some of her characterizations, & I didn't really connect with anyone in the book so...I dunno.

readordierachel I am happy that the #BelowZer00s #buddyread got me to pull this off my audiobook shelf. One more step of Mount TBR climbed!
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
batsy Yup! That pretty much sums it up though I think you're nicer than me in your assessment. I'm trying to be less judgmental 😆 I think the first few chapters were the only ones I enjoyed. 7d
BarbaraBB I feel the same and I agree with @batsy that it started out strong and then went kind of meh 6d
readordierachel @batsy @BarbaraBB I'm tempted to try the next in the series, just to see. I loved Life After Life so much, it was odd to feel so lukewarm about this. 6d
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Started Case Histories which is being read as part of #Belowzer00s

Who‘d believe it‘s twenty years since we all worried about the Millennium Bug! I still wear my Millennium Bug tie!

ljuliel Oh, I like that cover. It‘s really nice ! 7d
Andrew65 @ljuliel It‘s my favourite cover for the book. (edited) 7d
BarbaraBB The millennium bug, wow, I forgot all about it 🤦🏻‍♀️ 7d
Cinfhen Great cover design and yes Y2K was a “thing”!!!!!! 7d
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This book starts as what reads like a grouping of short stories before launching into the novel itself. It doesn‘t seem like these pieces have anything to do with one another initially, but then things start to coalesce and ultimately the structure works beautifully. I loved that the mysteries were threaded through the propel the book forward but that ultimately this was about the characters. I thought it was great.

Cinfhen Great review and lovely outdoor photo 😍 7d
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Thanks! That‘s my mom‘s backyard/view in Southern California. I‘m glad I liked this—I kinda hated Transcription, so I didn‘t know what to expect! 6d
vivastory Fantastic review! I hope you are having a great time! 6d
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Thanks! It‘s been a nice break from working so far. Several days with my mom and aunt in So Cal and now we‘re in Oregon to see my in-laws. Hopefully we don‘t get stuck in the coming snowstorm. 🤞🏼 6d
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Because I am still epically bad at scheduled reading and readalongs, here I am this morning starting this book I've had on my Kindle and TBR for quite some time--just in time for #belowZer00s to begin today! Thanks for reminding me @Cinfhen and finally making me start this one!

Cinfhen Great mug!!!! Glad you‘re still joining us 🥳 1w
BarbaraBB I am going to use this one for the #ATY2020 prompt ‘first in a series‘... I know we are not really allowed to, but week 5 is so close and I had to finish the book just a bit too early, in time for #BelowZer00s 🤦🏻‍♀️😉 (edited) 6d
nomadreader @BarbaraBB I thought about that! I might still, but there are also SO MANY first in a series books on my shelves. 6d
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I thought the book was just OK, but I really liked the television adaptation...
Jason Issacs is great in the role of Jackson, and well.... you know.... not bad to look at too! 👁🍭

Cinfhen Totally NOT how I imagined Jackson 😆but I‘m not sorry about it 🤩 1w
erzascarletbookgasm 👀 oooh, not what I imagined either! 👁 🍭 1w
Crazeedi I didn't realize there was a tv adaptation!! 1w
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BarbaraBB Suddenly I appreciate Jackson so much more 😍😂 1w
MaureenMc Well, now I want to watch the series (even though I was lukewarm about the book). 😆 7d
thereadingowlvina 😍😍😍😂 7d
readordierachel Very different than what I've been picturing 😆 7d
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In 2000, at 25, I was running a wine bar in London, visiting Champagne a few times a yr for work, bought my first home on my own, and having a LOT of fun! In 2002 I went to a school friends wedding in Ft Lauderdale, fell head over heels with her lovely brother, 6 wks later we were married, and I was starting my immigration process! I also got my 1st ever dog in ‘05, which quickly turned into two, and now I will never be without one!

KarenUK And I am such a camera dodger there are barely any photos of me from any decade! I didn‘t even have a photographer at my wedding! 📷❌😂 1w
Cinfhen You know how much I love your story ❤️❣️❤️❣️cheers to many more years of joy, happiness and good health 😘 1w
Cinfhen Are you serious???? No wedding photos!?!?! I didn‘t know that 1w
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KarenUK @cinfhen We have friends personal snaps but no formal ones... Posing for a photographer is my worst nightmare! 😂 1w
LiteraryinLititz Wow, what a story! 1w
KarenUK @literaryinlitz And those 6 weeks were spent in different countries! 🤦‍♀️😂 1w
Megabooks Wow! How amazing! I‘m glad you went to that wedding! 🥂🥂 I got my first dog in 04 and will also never be without. 😁 1w
Tanisha_A Beautiful! 😍 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Aww, such a sweet story! 🤩❤️ Love your collage and Atonement is one of my all-time favourite books! 1w
zezeki Wow, that's a fantastic story! 1w
TrishB Wow 🤩 love that story ❤️ talk about grabbing life!! 1w
MeganAnn 😍 What a wonderful story and an amazing part of your life! ❤️ 1w
marleed What a great story and decade! 1w
youneverarrived What a great story ❤️❤️ 1w
LeahBergen I love your story! ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
BarbaraBB What a great story, what a decade. And how lovely you two look ❤️😍 1w
Kalalalatja Lovely story! And owning a wine bar sounds like a dream job 😍 1w
KarenUK @Kalalalatja unfortunately I didn‘t own it, just ran it for someone else, but it was such a fun job! But reeeeaaaallly long hours! 1w
ValerieAndBooks Neat!! Thanks for sharing!! 7d
JennyM What a decade! Gorgeous photos of you and hubby - I love seeing everyone 😘😘😘 7d
Blaire What a fun decade and cool job! 6d
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#detective square completed #jennyis30.

4 1/2 🌟 #belowzer00s @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Fuller review to come later once I've woken up a bit - my new infusion makes me sleepy! Second book #murder2020 @Tove_Reads

#bookswithpet #newyearnewyou @Eggs

TheAromaofBooks Quick question regarding the Family square - is that a specific type of book, or just a book where family plays a significant role in the story? Thank you!! 1w
jenniferw88 @TheAromaofBooks entirely up to you! I'm going down the role route. X 1w
erzascarletbookgasm This is my book for the detective square too! 😊 Question - is Drama a play? 1w
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jenniferw88 @erzascarletbookgasm it can be or the book can have a dramatic twist or event in it. 1w
TheAromaofBooks Thank you!! ❤ 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Got it, thanks! 1w
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I've read the other Jackson Brodies but somehow I'd never read this - part of loving it was filling in some details on things that are alluded to in the later books. It's not about the "mysteries" (usually not very mysterious at all) they are about the people and especially about the way they are impacted by exploitation, violence and tragedy. I love the way the characters free associate - noticing something that triggers a thought or a memory?

CarolynM 🖕that triggers another thought etc. I just love how genuinely decent Jackson Brodie is, for all his world weariness. And I love the understated humour - there were so many quotes I could have posted but I knew if I started I wouldn't stop. Just wonderful. 1w
Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed this one!! It just didn‘t resonate with me in the same way🙄 1w
BarbaraBB Superb review, it explains a lot for me. I really read it like a mystery instead of a character study. I liked the characters but kept waiting and looking for clues I guess. 1w
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BarbaraBB Thanks to what you say this book makes so much more sense to me! 1w
LeahBergen I love these books! I still need to get to the most recent one. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. I like Jackson Brodie and enjoy the humour too. 1w
CarolynM @Cinfhen We can't all like the same things🙂 1w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB The Brodie books are never going to be satisfying from a strictly crime or thriller angle - there are always coincidences and loose ends. It's all about the human element and a degree of social commentary. 1w
CarolynM @LeahBergen I think you'll love that one too🙂 1w
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you😘 It's not really laugh out loud, but a lot of smiles🙂 I don't suppose that parcel I sent you has turned up yet? 1w
Cinfhen I agree @BarbaraBB reading Carolyn‘s review and @vivastory helped me appreciate the nuances of this series more clearly 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Agree, lots of smiles moments. 😊 Nope, nothing yet, the year-end posts always gets congested over here. Soon 🤞 1w
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm Fingers crossed😬 1w
vivastory Wonderful review! Great observation about how the characters free associate. 7d
CarolynM @vivastory Thank you🙂 7d
Rissreads You explained how I felt about this book better than I did! 6d
TrishB I missed your review- it‘s lovely 👍🏻 I loved it too. I never really see these as crime books, they‘re about people and observations. 6d
CarolynM @TrishB I agree - and they're usually on the general fiction shelves rather than the crime shelves in the bookshops I go to. 5d
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Atkinson's book memorably deviates from typical mystery novel territory. The nonlinear style is wonderfully effective as we are introduced to a cast of memorably eccentric characters. A character driven book, the procedural aspect of solving the crime frequently takes a back seat to Atkinson's observations on the various ways people learn to come to terms with unimaginable grief. Although at times it seemed like a lot of loose threads, I trusted👇

vivastory in her ability to bring everything together in the end. I was not disappointed. #belowzer00s @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 1w
gradcat You‘re absolutely correct that the mystery is not the up-front point ofthese books. I think your review is spot on! 👍♥️ (edited) 1w
vivastory @gradcat Thank you! I really enjoyed it & can't wait to read more. 1w
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Cinfhen Can‘t wait for our discussion on Sunday 1w
gradcat @Cinfhen How exactly do you guys have the discussion? Is it here on Litsy? 1w
LeahBergen Great review. I loved this one! 1w
BarbaraBB Great review. I agree Atkinson did a wonderful job bringing it all together. 1w
BarbaraBB @gradcat Sunday discussion ‪starts 1pm EST‬ or ‪7pm CET‬ her on Litsy! Hope you‘ll be there 👍🏼 1w
gradcat @BarbaraBB Thanks for the info, Barbara...it‘s very helpful. One of my old friends is driving in that day; I guess I‘ll have time, but I‘m going to have to play it by ear. I‘m definitely going to be around for the rest of the events beginning tomorrow: I‘m ready with fave books, music, TV & movies of the decade (as well as other stuff 😉)! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Great review. I liked that it‘s character driven too. 1w
Cinfhen Glad @BarbaraBB responded to you @gradcat you can always join in later on / as it happens I won‘t be “around” during discussion time either 😜but I plan on reading all the comments later in the day ( night for me) and of course responding 😘 (edited) 1w
CarolynM Lovely review. I absolutely agree that solving the "mystery" isn't the point - it's all about the impact of violence and the spreading ripples of that impact through families and through time. 1w
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I liked the beginning of the plot, but less its unfolding. When all characters are brought into the story - everything becomes predictable, but my major disappointment was characterization ... all protagonists are very stereotypical and even for this genre just too cliched. 🤷‍♀️
#belowzerOOs @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
#MemoirsAndMysteries #NewSeries @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#ReadingEurope2020 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

batsy Yes... I'm in the last stretch and I feel the same about this. 1w
readordierachel You've hit the nail on the head. Like @batsy I'm nearing the end and feeling similarly about it 1w
Cinfhen Exactly! Very underwhelming but u are much more eloquent (edited) 1w
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Cinfhen Great cover ❤️ 1w
BarbaraBB Amen 🙏 😀. I too felt this way but you express yourself so much better 😘 1w
Librarybelle I love the cover! 1w
Simona @Cinfhen @Librarybelle Is a nice cover, but I'd rather have @BarbaraBB 's book with the dog on the cover ... then I would fulfilled the fourth challenge - Booked2020, Animal on Cover 😅 4d
Simona @batsy @readordierachel We are on the same page with this book 👍 4d
Cinfhen Haha!!! You‘ve made a good point 🐶 4d
BarbaraBB Haha, I think it‘s a very ugly cover and since I read #Booked2020 per season I cannot even use it for the challenge! 4d
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"He drove down Silver Street, listening to Gillian Welch's Hell Among the Yearlings album. His taste in music was getting more depressive by the minute, if that was possible."
I love book synchronicity! I "discovered" this album while at work today. Really enjoyed what I heard. #belowzer00s
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB That is so cool. I loved this part of the book too, so recognizable ☺️ 1w
Cinfhen #BookSynchronicity indeed ❤️I thought it was funny that Jackson Brodie was a fan of country music 🤠 1w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Yes, very relatable! 1w
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vivastory @Cinfhen Me too 😄 1w
LauraJ I live down the street from the mural from the Eliott Smith album. (edited) 1w
vivastory @LauraJ Wow! That's awesome! 1w
Leftcoastzen Hey , did you look at my iPod?😃 1w
Suet624 Oh no. Elliott Smith. I get so damn sad every time I am reminded of him. I listened to him non-stop. When he died I couldn‘t listen anymore. I miss him. 7d
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I went to the bookstore today and got myself a copy of this one so I could try joining in even though I stink at communal reading. I will admit I asked the owner, who is a friend and knows what I can and can‘t handle, if she thought my cowardly little self would be okay. #belowzer00s. *gratuitous picture of Ozzie chewing on his new box.

@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Awwww, your furry friend is adorable 😻and im so excited you are JOINING us!!! Yay 1w
Bookzombie 💕🐱 1w
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Work lunch.

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I'm only 50 pages in, but I'm LOVING this one so far.
@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Hmmmmm, I‘m wondering what I missed 🧐 (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB I‘m happy to hear that! I hope it‘ll stay that way! 1w
TrishB Loved it too 👍🏻 1w
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Hooked_on_books I‘m about halfway through and digging it. I think the unusual structure is working well. 1w
CarolynM I loved the description of Binky too. "Bleck Cets" really made me giggle. I've been fighting the urge to post quotes because I don't think I'd be able to stop? 1w
Hollie Stacked! I‘ll be interested to see your review once you‘ve finished. 1w
readordierachel She's very funny. 1w
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"You would never have taken them for sisters, one tall and heavy, her hair greying and falling out of a kind of topknot, the other short and curvy and - Jackson knew this type too - flirting with anything male and still breathing."

Before I realised who the sisters were, I was reminded of these 2!

Sharing some initial thoughts now so that my review at the weekend doesn't get cluttered!

#belowzer00s @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I loved watching Keeping Up Appearances! 1w
Cinfhen Ha!! Love this image 1w
Lcsmcat Perfect image! 1w
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BarbaraBB Perfect indeed! 1w
jmtrivera I love this show! 1w
LeahBergen 😂😂 Daisy and Our Rose! 1w
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Are you ready for #BelowZer00s #BuddyRead this weekend? @Cinfhen and @BarbaraBB are excited to relive the 00s and discuss the tagged book.
We‘ll kick-off the party on Friday Jan 10 by sharing memories of the aughts: food, clothing, movies, books, fads, personal photos it‘s up to you!
Saturday it‘s all about music: share you favorite 00s playlist 🎶
Sunday discussion starts 1pm EST or 7pm CET
Questions will be posted by @BarbaraBB
Open to all

Reviewsbylola I‘m getting into the groove on accident, since my current book is set at this time. I know you weren‘t a big fan but I‘m loving it so far. 2w
BarbaraBB Yay!! 💕 2w
BarbaraBB Oops the # should be #BelowZer00s! 2w
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Cinfhen Ha!! @Reviewsbylola I can see YOU loving that hot mess of a book xx 2w
Cinfhen Good spot @BarbaraBB 🙌🏻💕💕💕 2w
Cinfhen Sorry @AnneCecilie I left you out 😬🙏🏻glad you‘re joining us 2w
Reviewsbylola It‘s definitely causing a spike in my anxiety. 😅 But what a roller coaster! 2w
vivastory I can't wait! I've finished my playlist, now I have to compile my favorite movies 😂 2w
bookandbedandtea I think I'll be relying heavily on Google for this. My children were born in 97 & 99 and when I look back on the Aughts all I can remember is potty training and trips to the zoo. I can't think of a single cultural reference from that time! 🤪 2w
BarbaraBB @vivastory You have your playlist already? Wow! I need to start thinking of mine too! 2w
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this! 😁👍 2w
DebinHawaii I need to start the book & my playlist! 😬@Reviewsbylola I have that one downloaded on my Kindle & am looking forward to starting it. I think she‘s a millennial author too so I wanted to use it for #booked2020 (edited) 2w
Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola look at above comment from @DebinHawaii 👆🏽 2w
Hooked_on_books I‘m heading to the mainland tomorrow and plan to read on the plane! I won‘t be making a playlist, though. I‘ll wait to see what you all come up with. 😬 2w
Cinfhen Safe travels @Hooked_on_books ❣️❣️❣️ 2w
JaclynW I'm still reading. Can't wait to see what people come up with! 2w
Marina_h I'll have to find time to make a playlist. This sounds like a fun weekend 😊 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I do! Lots of Radiohead on it 😄 2w
BarbaraBB I was thinking of Radiohead too 💜💜 2w
Reviewsbylola Oooh good! I‘m knocking out #booked2020 prompts left and right! 🤛🏻 2w
gradcat @Cinfhen I don‘t have huge memories of things I loved from this time period, but I‘ll see if I can scrape something up. But I‘ll definitely be checking out all of the posts!! Fun times! 😂🤣😂 2w
Cinfhen I just finished my playlist @vivastory @BarbaraBB @Marina_h @bookandbedandtea It‘s very eclectic 🤪My musical tastes in the early aughts were ALL OVER THE PLACE 🤟🏽‼️🎵 2w
Cinfhen I need to weed through some family albums @gradcat @jaclynw @debinhawaii @squirrelbrain 2w
peaknit Just picked up my book today at the library! 2w
Cinfhen Oh good @peaknit it‘s pretty easy to get through 2w
Crazeedi Not sure what I'll come up with from the 00's, my music tastes got stuck further back, 😉 2w
Librarybelle Yay!! 2w
batsy Ooooh, fun! I need to start thinking about my playlist, too 2w
gradcat @Crazeedi Same here! 😂 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Looking forward to see everyone‘s posts! Need to start thinking and searching! 2w
Cinfhen Ha @Crazeedi @gradcat 😎🥳you‘d be surprise, a song or two might sneak up on you.😂no pressure!!! Excited to hear your picks @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy 🎶💃🏼🎤 2w
JaclynW @Cinfhen Can't wait for your playlist! 1w
Mdargusch This book is confusing. Do I keep reading the same thing? 1w
Cinfhen It took me a few chapters, maybe 4 or so before I started to get the flow of the story @Mdargusch but it never won me over 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
Mdargusch I just finished it and I did actually like it! 1w
Cinfhen I‘m glad you liked it @Mdargusch 👍🏽 1w
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I‘m going in! 📖 #BelowZer00s buddy read

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Jeg Love Case Histories. They all look good. Enjoy. 2w
Reagan 😻 2w
Cinfhen Funny how the US covers and European/Australian covers differ 😊Hope you enjoy 2w
Cathythoughts Havnt read an Ann Tyler in years .... I really enjoyed her , must give her another go soon 2w
youneverarrived Giovanni‘s room is excellent 🖤 2w
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#BelowZer00s #buddyread @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Book 4 of 2020
Finished this today so I'm ready for discussion! A very interesting book, set up very differently.

Cinfhen Yea; I‘m still debating what genre this fits?? It was a just ok read for me 2w
Crazeedi I'm not sure either, but I liked the book, not loved the book. It was a bit confusing that she jumped back and forth in tim, and not even in an order. I had to recheck to see if I accidentally went back a couple chapters when I picked it up to read. You know what I mean? And A few things I figured out, a few things were a surprise 2w
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These are the two books I hope to read next week

The Ice Princess is next up in the #NordicNoir buddy reads hosted by @Tove_Reads
And Case Histories is for this weekend‘s #BelowZer00s hosted by @BarbaraBB and @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Excited you‘ll be joining us next week 😊 2w
BarbaraBB Happy you‘re joining 💕 2w
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