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Frog Music
Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
From the author of the worldwide bestseller Room: "Her greatest achievement yet...Emma Donoghue shows more than range with FROG MUSIC--she shows genius." -- Darin Strauss, author of Half a LifeSummer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.
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DivineDiana
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Blanche Beunon, a French dancer travels to San Francisco in 1875. She continues to work as a dancer and quite a bit of #frenchkissingintheusa takes place. #wanderingjune

BarbaraBB Good one. I haven‘t read it yet 5d
DivineDiana @BarbaraBB Thank you! It wasn‘t a pick for me! 😕 (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB @DivineDiana i only read Room, that one I liked! 5d
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Rachel.Rencher
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These are the three books that I picked up at the used bookstore! They have a trade in program, so I got these for super cheap.

Geek Love was a recommendation from @Liberty , John Boyne is one of my favorite authors, and I've been wanting Frog Music for a while. I'm going to need more time to read because my TBR overfloweth. 😅📚

Penny_LiteraryHoarders A History of Loneliness is amazing. My favourite Boyne. 4w
Rachel.Rencher @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Really? Wow okay I'm excited for this one! I have loved absolutely everything else he's written so far. 4w
teainthelibrary Geek Love is good! Super creepy though 4w
Rachel.Rencher @teainthelibrary That's what I've heard! 😂 4w
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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

This took me a bit to get in to but turned into a good read. I had no idea it was based on a true story until I turned the last page - sooo interesting!!

Clwojick I always end up picking this up at the library because I LOVE the cover. But I‘ve yet to actually bring it home with me. Thanks for the review! Maybe I‘ll go back for it next week 😉 2mo
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janeycanuck
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Did not do a great job with clearing books off my TBR in March so my #AprilTBR is several books that are in progress, a library book that is due very soon, my #GirlyBookClub book, a bunch of leftovers from March and four new #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks books. Time to get cracking!

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thereadingowlvina
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Mehso-so

I read this book for my #SetInIrelandIrishAuthor #Booked2019 challenge. Donoghue is Canadian-Irish, so I hope this counts? 😐

My thoughts: I did not enjoy this story as much as I thought I would. It feels messy & dissonant. The only consolation for me is I get to learn this part of history - Jenny Bonnet's murder case and the old San Francisco.

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2705290592

Rating: 3🌟

Cinfhen Absolutely counts💚 and you‘re not the first to have mixed feelings about this book 😬 3mo
thereadingowlvina @Cinfhen Yay, great! 😁💕 Yeah, I loved the history part but not so much the out-of-focus plot 🙄 3mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2019Book3
I'm a big fan of murder mysteries. I'm an even bigger fan of historical murder mysteries heavily based on actual unsolved murders. This book was thrilling from beginning to end and written in Donoghue's usual beautifully literary style.

Cinfhen I‘ve seen so many mixed reviews but I‘m glad to see a positive one here on Litsy! 5mo
Crazeedi Hmmm may have to investigate this one 5mo
Hollie This has been on my bookshelf for about a year, it‘s time I get to it! 5mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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A fascinating character study, murder mystery, and atmospheric historical fiction set in 1870s San Francisco. I appreciated how the main character Blanche is made to be neither necessarily 'likeable' nor 'good'; she's an ambivalent but loving mother, a sex worker, a woman who likes to have lots of sex, and sarcastic. The crux of the plot is the unsolved murder of her cross-dressing frog-catching friend Jenny. Fabulous #audiobook performance!

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DivineDiana
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This historical novel takes place during the broiling summer of 1876 in San Francisco. Based on a true story of the shooting of a cocky, young female cross dresser, Jenny Bonnet,who makes her living selling frog legs to a French restaurant. It is a bawdy tale of the friendship that develops between Jenny and a French prostitute and dancer, Blanche. Filled with the musical lyrics of 30 songs. The music is heard on the audio. #california #nofemmeber

Cinfhen I‘ve always meant to read this book, maybe I should try the audio!! It sounds great 🎧 7mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I just tagged you on my review post. I did not enjoy it! 😕 7mo
Billypar Funny, you wrote such a good summary of it that I assumed you liked it, even though you never said so 😂 7mo
DivineDiana @Billypar I know! Just hate to give a negative review. Just wasn‘t right for me! 😉 7mo
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Pandalibrarian
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Finished listening to this as I turned in the driveway - so the timing was perfect. Other than that, I had a mixed reaction to the story. I really didn‘t like Blanche very much - although she did redeem herself somewhat in the end. I did like Jenny‘s character and wished there were more of her. None of the male characters were likable which was kind of refreshing.

HardcoverHearts I love the Barbary Coast backdrop for this book. And yes, Jenny was the hero of the book, without a doubt. 8mo
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Abby2
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Loved it. It did depict a terrible time of racism, small pox and child abuse. San Francisco 1870 pictured real interesting and hard.

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HotTeaGoodBooks
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Second hand store, .50 each for these. Can‘t beat that, not that my tbr needs more books. I‘ve got several going at the moment. You know how you have a car chapstick, purse chapstick, bedroom chapstick, etc? Yeah, I‘ve got that with books.

DebinHawaii Nice haul! 📚👍 14mo
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Chelseabillups30
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Mehso-so

Took a chance on this one because it was tagged satirical and I needed to fulfill that for a book challenge...minimal satire found, unless I just wasn‘t picking up on it...🤷🏻‍♀️

Usually, if a book doesn‘t grab me at the beginning I‘ll bail on it. Somehow, even with the long as hell chapters that often bores me, this one gripped me in the end.

Overall, nothing special, nothing that will stay with me forever, but entertaining to say the least!

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DivineDiana
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Panpan

Blanche is a French burlesque dancer living in San Francisco in 1896 when her friend Jenny is murdered in front of her. With the exception of the historical information about the era: the smallpox epidemic, the prejudice against the Chinese and the plight of orphans, I loathed this book. I did not like any of the characters. Too much love of all kinds of sex. So disappointed because I had recently read her other book “The Wonder” and loved it!

saresmoore I had the same experience! I loved The Wonder with all its subtle tension and lingering eerie atmosphere. But I bailed on Frog Music right quick. Ugh! 1y
DivineDiana @saresmoore So glad I wasn‘t the only one! 1y
Moray_Reads @DivineDiana @saresmoore I found the Winner write frustrating tbh, I found it incredible that an apparently trained nurse even then would be so totally ignorant of basic medicine and the end had my eyes almost rolling out of my head. With that, and your reviews, in mind I think I'll give this one a miss! 1y
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DivineDiana @Moray_Reads I see your point, but I find it so easy to suspend belief for the sake of a story! 😉 1y
Mdargusch Ok. I bought this at goodwill. I guess I will put it in my little free library. 1y
DivineDiana @Mdargusch Well, it‘s only my opinion. 😉 1y
Leftcoastzen Seems like it gets a lot of mixed reviews, yours confirm my gut reaction to skip. 1y
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen I support your decision. 🙂 1y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Wanted you to see my review before you give it a try! 😉 7mo
Cinfhen Oh wow! Lots of trusted Littens panned this one...I‘ll take a pass...thanks 7mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen 👍🏻😘📚 7mo
Avidreader25 I wasn‘t a fan of this one either. I‘m glad to hear Wonder was good. I‘ll have to give it a try. 5d
DivineDiana @Avidreader25 Wonder is very different. 🙂 5d
Avidreader25 @DivineDiana I loved Room, so maybe my expectations were just too high for this one. 4d
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thereadingowlvina
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[March03] These are my #TBR and they fit perfectly for today's photo challenge #redandblack . Anyone read any of these books before? I'm looking forward to Frog Music 🐸🎶

#MarchMadness @josteele

somebooksaround These look so fun! 😃🙌 1y
thereadingowlvina @josteele Thanks! Can't wait to start reading them. Too many current reads now. I'm a greedy reader! 😂 1y
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DivineDiana
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Having my Playaway motivates me to get moving! 🚶🏼‍♀️

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Rainbows4breakfast
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Mehso-so

I went into this book not understand what was happening in 1870s San Francisco. It threw me for a loop reading what it was like. It was an okay book overall.

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Mdargusch
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I don‘t know how long these books have been on my TBR shelves waiting to be read. Should I move any up on my list? #onyourshelfallyear #jingleshelves

emilyhaldi I didn't love Perfect Little World but it's an interesting, thought-provoking premise 2y
Cinfhen I thought Truly Madly was just ok, not her best book and I've seen mixed reviews for 2y
RebelReader Truly Madly Guilty is not her best, but still worth reading. I didn't care for Frog Music. I finished it, but don't recommend it. 2y
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Reviewsbylola Frog Music is definitely not Donoghue‘s best but I liked it. You need to read Room or Slammerkin. PLW is good but not great. I thought the premise was fantastic though. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I haven‘t read any of them... I have heard bad reviews on Truly Madly Guilty tho 😐 (edited) 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Agree with @rebelreader on the Liane Moriarty. 2y
Lcsmcat I enjoyed Truly Madly Guilty and Frog Music, although I agree that neither is the author‘s best work. But if we only read the “best” by each author we‘d really limit ourselves, wouldn‘t we? Not to mention who decides what is “best?” 2y
Mdargusch Ha! I like your way of thinking @Lcsmcat 2y
Mdargusch So so reviews are the reason those books have been on my shelf so long. I think I need another shelf for “maybe TBR‘s” @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen @RebelReader @Reviewsbylola @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @erzascarletbookgasm and that will give me more shelf space for my “must reads”! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lcsmcat you are so right!! I‘ve read books other people hated and vice versa! You never know!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch great idea!! I need to do that too!! “So so reviews “ and must read soon” 2y
RebelReader @Mdargusch I love it! I do know Litsy has moved some of mine up to "must read now" ? 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know we had a conversation about Beatriz Williams books, but I can‘t find it!! 🤷🏼‍♀️ Which ones did you say you have? 2y
Mdargusch Along the Infinite Sea and Tiny Little Things @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks but I have not read either. 2y
Mdargusch Do they have to be read as a series? @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch you understand the sisters better if you read them in order 😊 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Well put, @Lcsmcat . For me it is the mixed reviews that hold me back from reading a book soonish. Especially by an author whose other works I have loved. @Mdargusch @RebelReader @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi 2y
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KerriNTurner
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Today, Australia voted in favour of same sex marriage. Long overdue! In celebration, here's my book rainbow.

tpixie Great stack! Congrats! 🌈 (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Wonderful #LoveisLove ❤️💙💛💚💜 2y
Kalalalatja 👏👏👏 2y
Lmstraubie 🙆🙆🙆 2y
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mrsmamfa
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GinEyre22
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#emojinov Day 8: 🎵🎶🎼
@RealLifeReading

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ptkpepe98
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I listened to this, and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was completely different than "Room," which kept me riveted. And yet, in a way, it is similar as you'll see if you read it. I don't want to spoil anything, which is why I won't go further. I will continue to read what Donoghue writes. 4.5⭐

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ptkpepe98
Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue

Listening to this as I drive from home to campuses. Fascinating tale of women, frogs, and life in a bawdy San Francisco that is wrestling with explosive growth because the new country that is America is wide open.

Completely different than "Room," which I loved, and yet, still featuring strong, capable women. I suspect it is going to end way too soon.

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Clwojick
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I loved Room by Emma Donoghue, and although this one is completely different, I'm thinking it's going to be pretty good too. #LibraryWishlist

Have any of my fellow Littens read this book? Would you recommend? Please let me know. ☺️

LauraBrook Haven‘t read it, but I‘ve almost bought it a million times because I ❤️❤️❤️ that cover! 2y
Hungryincali The cover is so pretty! 2y
ptkpepe98 It's on my TBR, so I'm looking forward to hearing more about it.🤗 2y
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Spiderfelt
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I went to San Francisco this weekend with Frog Music for company. This building is 819 Sacramento, the closest address to Blanche's building. It was a great book to provide some sense of the city as I walked around. While Chinatown appears to be a caricature of itself today, it wasn't difficult to imagine the streets in 1876. Donoghue vividly paints the racial tensions and daily struggle of this time.

Spiderfelt If there any Littens who could use two BART passes, we left the city without using up the money we added to them. I'd love to send them along. 2y
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aplunk
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Happy Saturday! ☕️📚

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RidgewayGirl
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Today's plans.

BarbaraBB Hi Kay! How good to see you here! I am looking forward to your bookish thoughts (I am Simone2 from LT!) 2y
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Pen_Meets_Paper
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Pickpick

A thoroughly researched piece of historical fiction. Donoghue unpacks the murder of Jenny, a real-life event. Jenny, plausibly an early transgendered human being, is shot dead and her friend Blanche, a prostitute and mother plays detective while running for her life.

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cathysaid
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Definite pick! But I have to say...it's rare that I find myself so conflicted about a main character. Blanche is, in equal parts, disturbing and sympathetic. Several times I considered bailing because she behaved so deplorably. But then Donoghue would redeem her main character and once again, I was hooked. At the same time, not a single male character was likable.

Side note - The narrator on this one was delightful.

#audiobooks

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cathysaid
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Listening to this audiobook while doing chores, including bathing Maya. She approves of the book but is not a fan of the bath.

Honestly I didn't have high hopes for this book based on the OverDrive description. But I'm enjoying it! This is my first Donoghue. She's adept with descriptive language while creating anticipation and tension.

#audiobook #DogsOfLitsy #nomorebathpleez

Cathythoughts 📖&🐶✅ 2y
Mdargusch Cute baby ❤🐶. I bought Frog Music on sale and have had it in my TBR pile for months. I just never hear much about it. I'm glad to hear it's on overdrive- that might be my next audio book. 2y
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Pen_Meets_Paper
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Minimalgrl
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Bailedbailed

Yeah .... 100 pages in and don't care about characters at all .... I usually love her books but just couldn't do this one.

Texreader 🤣🤣🤣 2y
WanderingBookaneer I didn't bail, but I wish I had. 2y
Booknerd2 It was definitely a weird one. Finished it but wondered why. 2y
laurenbescoby Got this out the library a couple of years ago and just couldn't get into it. I think I only lasted 50 pages. 2y
shawnmooney I think I bailed long before page 50 so I certainly agree. 2y
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Minimalgrl
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#asidefrombooks

Favorite hobby: writing
Favorite drink: Guinness stout
Favorite food: Lasagna
Favorite color: Green
Favorite city: London
Favorite dream house location: Dublin
Favorite accessory: phone
Favorite tv show: Nova
Last movie seen in theaters: Hidden Figures
Currently reading: Frog Music ... Emma Donoghue

charissharpe I do like a good stout! Nice to meet you 😘 2y
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Minimalgrl
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My weekend read ....

CoffeeCatsBooks I'll be interested to know what you think of it. I really like her books. 2y
Quatrionaa I read The Wonder in one sitting. She's phenomenal! 2y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Here's some #redwhiteandblue from my #TBR! #jubilantjuly

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alisahar
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Pickpick

I picked this amazing picture of a family of acrobats since Frog Music's main mustachioed villains were trapeze artists. This is straight-up mystery melodrama- based on a real life story of the 1876 murder of JennIe Bonnet, a woman who dressed as a man, and the "soiled dove" who was with her when she died. I find Emma Donoghue a little hard to pin down but she walks a very good tightrope of mystery, suspense and real depth of feeling.

Megabooks Great review! 2y
huntersmom1977 Loved this book! What a story! 2y
alisahar @huntersmom1977 it really is! I read an interesting piece about her research for it. 2y
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lynneamch
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Hey #welcomelitten! 👋

1. East Tennessee, USA
2. Author talk by @theladygreer, but I had to wait for the Android app.
3. Brooklyn
4. No, but here's my *pet* frog, named Jaspenor, thanks to @drokka & @maich

Thanks @saguarosally!

drokka 😂😂😂 he's a cute 🐸 2y
lynneamch @drokka And very noisy about 10 p.m. last night. Looking for love, I guess. 💖 2y
merelybookish I had to wait for Android too 2y
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maich Hy!! Nice to meet you😘 I like Jaspenor👍 2y
tjwill Whereabouts in East TN? I live in SW VA, near Bristol! 2y
lynneamch @tjwill About halfway between Knoxville & Chattanooga on Watts Bar Lake. 2y
saguarosally Nice frog! 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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Now that @LeahBergen has opened her copy, I can show off my UK edition. Love the red ❤️ and love the typeface! Those little white bullet holes are actually diecut holes in the cover. Cool but dangerous when shelving!

Arrowhm That cover is gorgeous! 2y
KassKho I didn't realize Canada got the UK edition and not the US :o 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @KassKho You often do! Maybe because you are part of the mysterious Commonwealth? 2y
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KassKho That's my guess! But honestly I never noticed that we got the UK more often. I always thought it was pretty evenly split. Though I think we get a lot more original paperback releases because books are more expensive in Canada 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @KassKho That seems UK-ish too! 2y
KassKho And here they told us it was because we were special 😠😝 2y
Bibliogeekery I love that book and I love that cover (it's the same as my copy) 2y
LeahBergen I like the cover of the one you sent me better - as the red one is the one I can get here in Canada. 😂 Isn't that usually the way? 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @LeahBergen WHEW 😉 And you know I always like the covers from elsewhere so I totally get you. 2y
DeborahSmall I have this edition it's lovely 2y
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alisahar
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I was listening to this audiobook while I was running in the sweltering humidity yesterday and I got to this quote. I had to stop and switch to something else because the heat descriptions were making it so much worse! Does anyone else listen to audiobooks while you run or exercise?

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LeahBergen
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@elkeo I have read 3 other Donoghues and have another one on my TBR but NOT THIS ONE. And this sticker?! He's my spirit animal now. 😂
#NOTSummerSantaGoesPostal
#NOTSummerSolsticeBookExchange

batsy That sticker ❤️ 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Oo - can't believe I got that lucky with the book! Whew! 2y
Caterina What a lovely cover! Much prettier than others I've seen for that book! 2y
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LeahBergen @batsy Isn't it great? 2y
LeahBergen @elkeo It is a feat that many family members and friends have tried and failed at. 😂 2y
LeahBergen @Caterina It is, isn't it? 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Uh-oh, I better quit while I am ahead then 😉 2y
Bindrosbookshelf Yes one of my faves 😍 I love that cover, and I only just took the plunge and ordered another copy a few days ago 🙈 2y
LeahBergen @jadedeverafter Oh, good to hear! 👏🏻 2y
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2BR02B
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Has anyone read this historical novel by the author of Room? The premise sounds fascinating (burlesque lady detectives!) but the Goodreads reviews are lukewarm.

saresmoore I DNF this one, so I can't attest to the integrity of the book as a whole, but I was not a fan of the way this one was written. Even the interesting premise felt forced. And I really enjoyed The Wonder. I'm amazed by how polarizing and distinct one author's books can be! 2y
2BR02B @saresmoore Hmm, looks like it was published only three years ago, as well. So the writing style is more likely an aesthetic choice on her part than a lack of refinement and experience. That's unfortunate. 2y
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janeycanuck
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Almost managed an entire #LGBTQPride stack of books from my shelves but I have very few orange books. In looking at lists of LGBTQ authors, I discovered several philosophers I studied during my BA are LGBTQ, which was a pleasant discovery #riotgrams

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Lcsmcat
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Blanche Beunon is a #blonde bombshell who evolves, by the end of the book,to learn that she is more than her looks. #characters2017 @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

I listened to this on Overdrive. The story held my attention and while in places I thought Blanche was too naive to be believable, I didn't figure the mystery out too soon. My complaint is with the narrator. Her reading was good and her French pronunciation fine, but SHE CANNOT SING. And there are songs all through the book. Sometimes she got tunes wrong, sometimes she just monotoned it. I recommend musicians read, not listen, to this one.

LauraBrook Thanks for the heads up! That would drive me bonkers. 2y
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Lcsmcat
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One audiobook, one eBook, and one paper book. That's #howiread #riotgrams @Liberty

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AmyLarge
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Mehso-so

After reading 'Room', I was very excited to see this at the library. Sadly, not as good as I hoped.

Set in post Gold Rush San Francisco, the story focuses on Blanche, a dancer and lady of purchasable affections, her lover, and his best friend. A chance encounter with Jenny, a suit wearing, penny farthing riding free spirit, causes mayhem.

Convoluted plot with a time line that hops like a frog, characters I didn't warm to and stilted dialogue. 😖

Jerdencon I felt the same way about it 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this amazing book via audiobook. I wish that every book was an Emma Donoghue queer historical fiction (I've made this comment before)! This book evokes San Francisco is 1876 in a very vivid and engaging way. Blanche, a sex worker, meets Jenny, a frog catcher, who is continually being arrested for dressing "as a man". Jenny asks a few pointed questions which calls Blanche's whole life into question. Hijinks ensue. ❤

queerbookreader Wait wait wait. So this is queer wlw historical fic? I have been looking for queer wlw books in all genres omg 2y
queerbookreader Like I want to get into reading fiction again, but I want it very very gay. Wlw sci fi, fantasy, romance, historical fic, aalllllllllll of them. Do you have like a list or something that has a bunch of wlw books like that? 2y
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queerbookreader Does this author write all her books with queer romance? I've heard of her but don't know shit about her writings 2y
queerbookreader Sorry for all the comments I'm just high key flipping out over this 2y
BookMusings @lemonlime799 you might want to look at Sarah Walters' books. Historical fiction. 2y
Bibliogeekery @lemonlime799 Haha! No worries. I totally understand enthusiasm for #queerbooks. Totally my jam! Emma Donoghue is a lesbian and some (but not all) of her fiction features queer storylines. The Sealed Letter and Lifemask are two more of her historical fiction books with queer storylines. All her short story collections have some queer stories and Stirfry and Landing (contemporary) are also queer stories. 2y
Bibliogeekery @lemonlime799 there's an extensive list on Goodreads under "popular lesbian fiction" that has tons and tons of great w/w stuff from different genres listed. 2y
batsy I really like Emma Donoghue! Slammerkin is still a standout for me. I haven't read this one, for some reason it didn't grab me (the cover and title made me think this might be a bit too cutesy for my liking), but your review has convinced me to give it a go ☺️ 2y
Bibliogeekery @batsy slammerkin is my eternal favourite! It's so good! Frog Music is pretty great too! 2y
readinginthedark I'm with @batsy --I keep seeing comments about how good this is, but your review sold me on it! 2y
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Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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Audiobook walk before work! 😍🌸

I-read-and-eat Pretty! Great picture 💕🌻🌼 2y
Reviewsbylola Looks like a very scenic walk! 2y
Jaimelire Beautiful 2y
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BookMusings I really liked this book. It also made me super distraught about baby Arthur and the state of parenting at this time in history. 2y
Suet624 Oh so beautiful 2y
Bibliogeekery @BookMusings Yes!!! It's so terrible - the baby farm! 2y
BookMusings Exactly- I can't even think about the baby farm!! 😰 2y
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Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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Audiobook book morning walk. Soaking in some spring beauty before work! 😍🌸

ElizaTodd Beautiful! 2y
Gezemice Gorgeous! 2y
britt_brooke Lovely! 2y
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Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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In San Francisco, in 1876, Jenny keeps being arrested for wearing pants and non-feminine clothes. Based on a true story.

Really enjoying revisiting this book via audiobook!

#queerbooks

StacksNShelves Wow, so if that way of thinking was still enforced today, I would be locked up every day! Gotta read this, now! 2y
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