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The Heart Goes Last
The Heart Goes Last: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary asThe Handmaid's Taleand as richly imagined asThe Blind Assassin.Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation aroundand fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes. At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.From the Hardcover edition.
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Sharpeipup
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What a lovely giveaway @rachel.rencher
My favorite genre is historical fiction…this week. Ha!

#bookishcouplegiveaway

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GatheringBooks
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TheSpineView We both choose an Atwood poem! I love her poems! 8mo
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Nalbuque
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Pickpick

I once read this was one of the scariest books abt debt… it didn‘t disappoint. Typical Atwood, I‘d say. Def worth a read!

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Jas16
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Pickpick

Unemployed and living in their car, Stan and Charmaine are given the opportunity to live in a new type of community where everyone gets their own home and jobs but spend every month in the town prison. I have heard so many negative things about this book that I didn‘t expect to like it but while it won‘t rank with my favorite Atwoods I was thoroughly entertained. #blackjack21 #booked2021

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booklova007
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This is an interesting one so far... #newread

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bookishbitch
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She never disappoints me. I look forward to digging into this one. #tbrpile

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ilyssa.g
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book and was intrigued by the synopsis. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite writers. However, I was very disappointed. Many parts were cliched and predictable. It seemed very similar to a show I have seen before. I did not like the plot or character development. I did not think Atwood's writing was as eloquent in this one. It's not a book that will stick with me. So far, this is my least favorite Atwood work.

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mollyrotondo
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another great Margaret Atwood book. This one reminded me a little bit of The Giver but with a bit of humor. Atwood really knows how to write disturbing scenarios. In this book she adds humor but that does not make what‘s happening any less gross. I recommend this one if you like dystopian novels. This was my No. 7 #bookspin book.

mcctrish It‘s quite wild how MA can make such disturbing realities that are believable if just the right series of events happen 😬 2y
mollyrotondo @mcctrish I know! She really writes thoughtfully and carefully. It‘s remarkable! I can‘t wait to pick up yet another of her books because she has not disappointed yet. 2y
ChasingOm This was really great on audio. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
mcctrish @ChasingOm that‘s how I ‘read‘ it too 2y
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hes7
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I‘ve got my #BookSpin list for June ready to go.

marleed I am so entertained when these lists scroll on my newsfeed! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And I feel the same way @marleed - I think my favorite part is seeing everyone's list!!! 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @marleed Same here! It's fascinating to see how many books we have in common or how many I've never heard of before. 2y
UwannaPublishme Pippi! 🙌🏻 2y
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Aussie_SFF
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Mehso-so

This was on the no wait list through Borrow Box in my library app and I love Margaret Atwood but this cut too close bone at the moment so it took me longer than usual to get through this. I will not be seeking out the other books in the series at this time because of that reason. Basically unemployment has hit a high and some parts of the US are left to anarchy so when a company comes in offering hope, people flock to it. 3/5 stars.

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magsbooks
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐
Had higher expectations but Margaret is a great writer so for that it's worth it

#books #margaretatwood #bookaddict #booknerd #booklover #bookstagram #bookphoto #reviews

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magsbooks
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How to adjust having to be home all the time. I was used to always being stressful with work and not picking up a book in forever, being home brings some memories of lesser good times but after seven days I'm either adjusting or collapsing. Either way, I finally have time to read! Be safe.

#books #booklover #booknerd #bookaddict #currentlyreading #theheartgoeslast #margaretatwood #thehandmaidstale #bookish #bookstagram #bookphoto

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Tashreads
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Pickpick

Atwood has done it again! She has created a truly terrifying near future. One with sexbots, unauthorised organ harvesting and neurological sex slavery. But ultimately, this is about choices. What happens when your right to choose is taken away from you? And is it better to be free or secure? ⁣I have no idea what this has such low ratings. Yes, all the characters are deplorable and the plot is shocking, but it is such a thought provoking book.

Cinfhen Great review 3y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook I liked this one too! 3y
Lcsmcat I liked this one. As always, Atwood gives the reader so much. 3y
TracyReadsBooks Sounds very interesting and that‘s a fantastic cover! 3y
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Amoon
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Pickpick

The story starts with Stan and Germaine living in their smelly car because times are tough. They get “accepted” into a utopian society that promises work and homes for all. ‘Nuff said you are in for a ride with this one. Great characters, plot twists and at times...scary.

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Buechersuechtling
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Bailedbailed

Yes, maybe it‘s me, but, at the moment, I don‘t seem to choose books I like. Or characters that I can relate to.

This one: Yawn 🥱‼️
Is it really by highly praised queen of creepy, almost-real, dystopian stories Margaret Atwood❓🤔

It‘s booooring. I don‘t like any of the characters and at slightly > page 100 this seems to be a plot stolen of “1984”, of the “Pleasantville”-film, and of Dave Eggers‘ “The Circle”, maybe.

No captivating rehash. 😟

Scochrane26 I haven‘t tried this one. She‘s written so many books. I‘ve read 7-8 of hers but only about half are favorites. 3y
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Buechersuechtling
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Seems, I‘m having slight issues with both of my current reads.

This one I really liked – but then something very foreseeable happened. And now I notice that I‘m reluctant picking it back up, even though Margaret Atwood is an author that gets so much love here on Litsy.

Anyway, I‘ll force myself to put my nose back in and hope that the story will raise my interest again.

(It‘s the first time ever I made muffins. They turned out quite well. 😋)

annamatopoetry Now I want to make chocolate muffins! I don't think my stomach would like that. Maybe blueberry though... 3y
Buechersuechtling @annamatopoetry 🤎 I tried raspberry-oatmeal-muffins yesterday because I felt my chocolate muffins were a bit floury but overall a success. And yeah, my raspberry-oatmeal-muffins are good to. But when it comes to preparing time the chocolate variation definitely wins. Hope your blueberry muffins were delicious, too. 3y
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HeathHof
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Pickpick

Margaret Atwood is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I love her knack for putting unexpected & twisted spins on dystopian tales. This one was hard to put down and full of wtf?! moments!

Djspens This sounds really interesting! Added to my neverending TBR! 😁 3y
Soubhiville I loved this weird book! 3y
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Buechersuechtling
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I‘m spoofing a bit here. I marked it as “Reading” 👓 – but that‘s only wishful thinking. 😑

I so much wanted to start this today but after brunch I decided to quickly add one sentence to the 6-pages-letter I drafted yesterday.
8 hours later I was _finally_ done.
With the letter and with the list of enclosures that contains of more than one page.

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HeathHof
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Finally clocked out for the weekend!! My plans include reading the tagged book on the kindle app & drinking this tinnnnyyy bottle of wine from the comfort of my bed. 🍷📚 🛏

Crazeedi Sounds like a perfect plan! Enjoy!❤ 3y
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HeathHof
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Up next. Margaret Atwood has SO many books and I've only ever read The Testaments & The Handmaid's Tale which I really enjoyed. I hope this one will be good after finishing a 5⭐read today. 😬😬😬

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Bibliogeekery
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Pickpick

This bizarre, disturbing dystopian tale was a great follow-up re-read after the Testaments. Margaret Atwood does totalitarian dystopia very skillfully. I feel like it's hard to say much without spoiling all the wild twists and turns this book takes. Great audiobook!

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Bibliogeekery
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I'm doing a four day intensive trauma therapy course that requires a lot of trave time on the subway. So grateful for audiobooks! 😍📚

JenReadsAlot What training are you doing? I'm a therapist so being nosy! 3y
Bibliogeekery @JenReadsAlot Somatic Experiencing Intermediate 1 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Taking a break between clients to listen to an audiobook and watch the world roll by!

Joyfulmimi What a beautiful view from your office 3y
SW-T Love the plants! 3y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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I'm on a Margaret Atwood kick right now so am re-visiting this one via audiobook!

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Tashreads
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Project TBR 2020: the lowest rated books on my Goodreads want-to-read 😬are these really that bad?

ChasingOm I really liked THE HEART GOES LAST. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
CaroPi Many complain but I agree with @ChasingOm The heart goes last is a good book. Don't get intimidated by the goodreads ratings. We all have different taste. Ratings are very subjective. I also see books I really dislike with high rating.. Just enjoy your TBR! 3y
RainyDayReading I'm reading The Furies right now and I'm rather enjoying it. Granted I'm only about 1/3rd of the way through but I'm planning to keep going with it. So I wouldn't say that it's that bad. 3y
Librarybelle I really liked The Lifeboat, but it‘s a complicated, dark story. It‘s definitely not for everyone, but I seem to like stories involving very unlikeable characters. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

A truly bizarre book, I can honestly say I didn‘t predict any of the plot turns. I still don‘t know how I feel about the ending but I can definitely say it was a huge surprise. The ending was just... very unexpected and I may genuinely have nightmares about it. Not perfect but then I don‘t really like dystopian novels, and I think I enjoyed this about as much as I could enjoy one.

#tbrread #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 16pts 3y
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mcctrish
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Pickpick

My 3rd audio book ( and #67 in total) this year and absolutely crazy town! It‘s set in a dystopian future where an economic collapse has further separated the have and have not classes. Enterprising individuals create jobs and living accommodations for those down on their luck. Then it goes bat shit crazy with sex robots and face transplants and baby blood infusions. What the hell Margaret! What a ride of a novel

Cathythoughts I read this for Bookclub! Pretty crazy alright. What a beautiful house ❤️👍🏻 3y
mcctrish Thank you @Cathythoughts (that must have been quite a book club discussion) 3y
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mcctrish
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The shame. Thank goodness for audio cleaning/purging/organizing

Scochrane26 That looks like one of my rooms. 3y
mcctrish @Scochrane26 of course it was like a game of dominoes because I wanted the 2 fans out of there ( who even put them there 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️) so that meant reorganizing the laundry room shelves. Whoche led to a purge of craft supplies and a reorganization of sports equipment and dusting and vacuuming there. Then moving some out of season sports stuff to the mud room. Then going through hangers in the mud room and checking the boys rooms. And on. And on 3y
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Mitch
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In that first floor bay, of this charming little bookshop (and home of Propolis imprint) - legend has it Margaret Atwood sat and finished the tagged book. It‘s now the fiction section of the shop - so I went in and soaked up the vibes!

MrBook Very cool! I enjoyed that book. 3y
Soubhiville What a cute shop. 3y
Cathythoughts We read this for Bookclub 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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mcctrish
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My next audio read

Cathythoughts I read this one. It good ... look forward to your thoughts 3y
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Meaw_catlady
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Jemmygem
Heart Goes Last | Margaret Atwood
Pickpick

So this was my first Atwood book and I can‘t believe I hadn‘t read any of her books. To be honest I alway thought she wrote scary stuff like Steven king I‘m a wimp. So I was told this is a must read and not scary. Well they were right and I love her books now. I think this was a fantastic one to get started on.

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Soubhiville
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Pickpick

This book is a wild ride! A couple looses everything when the economy tanks badly, and they are living in their car. They hear about a community that is self sufficient, where residents take turns, a month at a time, living in a jail and serving the community, then enjoying a month in the community, like a suburban dream. Then things get crazy.

I loved all the bizarre twists, the mind control and manipulation. Definitely 👍👍.

#AuthorAMonth

Cathythoughts I really liked it when I read it .... ♥️👍🏻 3y
ValerieAndBooks Ooh, this one looks really good!! 3y
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huntersmom1977
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Pickpick

I can not get enough of Margaret Atwood ❤️
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Meaw_catlady
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Pickpick

As expected I enjoyed this Atwood audiobook! I was gonna read the hard copy but I‘m glad I went with the audio. I enjoyed that the way it switched from the male reader to the female reader. I enjoyed the way Atwood showed two sides of the story with through the differing perspectives of Stan and Charmaine. This book is dark, kinky, intriguing. A great story with great characters!

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Bry
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The library at the college I work at is getting rid of most of their fiction collection 😟, so we were all free to take any books we wanted 🙂. I was tempted to just pull my car up to the door and open my trunk...but I limited myself to what I could fit in a small box. #24in48 #hour12 #bookshelfie

rather_be_reading 😂😂 4y
rather_be_reading that was real self control! 4y
Bry @rather_be_reading It helps that I moved to a new place a couple months ago and had just been complaining about how much stuff I had. Books don‘t count as “stuff” though, right? 😁 4y
DocBrown Hopefully it isn‘t one of the colleges that‘s closing! 4y
Bry @mdhughes72 No, all is good on that front! 4y
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Vicki_Call
Panpan

This book had so much potential but fell short. The characters were shallow and all the sex just didn‘t fit into the story. Big disappointment.

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ForeverReading
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Starting this today. Trying to add a quick read before I start ToG! Anyone ever read this. What did you think? My mom passed his on on to me.

MaleficentBookDragon Welcome to Litsy! 📚 💚 4y
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Mamashep
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Had no idea what this was about when I downloaded it. You‘d think I might have guessed it‘d be dystopian, given the author. Interesting idea; not sure how I feel about it, though.

shawncapito I'm reading it now and I'm not sure how I feel about it either. There are definitely some funny parts in it, but I can't tell if they're intentionally funny. 4y
Mamashep @shawncapito right? I mean, I assume so but it kind of runs the gamut so it ends up being odd. 4y
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MissSarahLou
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A rainy evening with Margaret Atwood. I'm not complaining. 🌧

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ViaggiatricePigra
Per ultimo il cuore | Margaret Atwood
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Mehso-so

Un grande NI.
Originale, ben scritto, piuttosto scorrevole,...eppure dispersivo nelle tematiche.
Dopo metà libro in particolar modo la storia amplia i temi trattati, mettendo "troppa carne al fuoco".

Ve ne parlo sul Blog ?
https://viaggiatricepigra.blogspot.com/2018/08/opinione-per-ultimo-il-cuore-di.h...

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ViaggiatricePigra
Per ultimo il cuore | Margaret Atwood
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Ho chiuso questo romanzo poco fa e non so come giudicarlo 🤔
Probabilmente mi ero fatta troppi pregiudizi, immaginando una storia....diversa.
Non è un brutto libro, però mette insieme tantissimi argomenti che confondono un poco il lettore, sopratutto dopo metà romanzo, quando tutto inizia a prendere vita cambiando rotta. Forse troppi argomenti spinosi su cui riflettere, ma sempre al centro di tutto la libertà individuale.

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Lcsmcat
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Two from Margaret Atwood that feature #jail prominently in the plot. #readingresolutions @Jess7

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Valink
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#JB mail in this week and some cards ready to go out. Replies to these will be written soon! Thank you @Theshadedbuffalo @JoScho @CoffeeNBooks and thank you @CareBear for the book!! It‘s going to the top of the stack!

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 4y
Kaye 💖 4y
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coxy
Pickpick

This was intriguing and made me want to read more of her books. Original story and darkly funny. The ending was odd though.

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hwheaties
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Pickpick

GAH ATWOOD AND HER ENDINGS!!!!

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hwheaties
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Current fiction read!!

BookBabe I read this! Interesting book. 😉 4y
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Tashreads
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16| #Readingresolutions

My TBR Margaret Atwood that features a #bookheart. It has not received great reviews. What did you think? (The Sky is Everywhere thrown in for good measure 😆) Have a great weekend!

CoffeeNBooks It wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't my favorite of hers. 4y
Alternative_Mr_Men I started the audiobook and got a bit fed up, but I‘m really fussy with audiobooks. It just felt like it was taking a long time to get going. I might try it in print. 4y
Lcsmcat I liked it, and that‘s an interesting cover. Mine is quite different. 4y
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Tashreads @CoffeeNBooks @Alternative_Mr_Men yes, I‘ve heard it‘s not her best. But I‘d read a telephone directory if Margaret Atwood wrote it 😆 4y
Tashreads @Lcsmcat I love seeing the different covers around the world 🌎 4y
Zelma I liked the concept and first half of the book but then felt like it went off the rails a bit in the latter half. It didn‘t work for me overall. 4y
Cathythoughts It‘s not her best , I. Agree. But it‘s a very good “ easy” read. 👍🏻❤️ 4y
CoffeeNBooks @Tashreads Agreed! 🤣 4y
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