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The Perfect Nanny
The Perfect Nanny: A Novel | Lela Slimani
Is The Perfect Nanny the next Gone Girl? This authors book on a killer nanny is next years must-read. The Telegraph Winner of Frances most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourtthe first book by a Moroccan woman to win When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for a caretaker for their two young children. They are thrilled to find Louise: the perfect nanny right from the start. Louise sings to the children, cleans the familys beautiful apartment in Pariss upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late whenever asked, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on each other, jealousy, resentment, and frustrations mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a riveting exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, and motherhoodand the debut in America of an immensely talented writer.
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Hanna-B
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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Compelling and unnerving. I couldn‘t put this down. The author‘s observation of society and modern values is captivating

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GatheringBooks
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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#BookMoods Day 12: Practically all the books I buy have #BeenOnShelfForever - most are still wrapped in plastic from when I bought them.

Eggs I‘m sure you have an extensive library!📚 💚 📖 6mo
Zoes_Human Your books come wrapped in plastic?! Where are you? 6mo
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Rachel725
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
Mehso-so

This was one that was beautifully written but felt incomplete. Felt like things were missing or left out. Well crafted though. A solid 6/10

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klu13
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Easy read

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Librosycafe
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Pickpick

Okay, I enjoyed how the author described this seemingly innocent looking Nanny. If I say more I will spoil the interactions amongst the characters. It had me at the edge of my seat 🛋️

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Rachiiebookdragon
Panpan

(It has a different name in Uk - Lullaby)

A odd and relatively boring book, I was waiting for the twist but it never came.. I was waiting for something to happen but it never did 👎🏻 Luckily I got as an e book from my library but otherwise I‘d be pretty peeved!

3.5/5 Read for #52BookClubChallenge2022

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vlwelser
Chanson douce | Lela Slimani
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This is a tough read. It opens with the nanny killing the children. This is called The Perfect Nanny in the US. And it's Lullaby in the UK, which is actually what the French title is. So after that crazy opening it takes you back so you understand how it all came to happen. This author won the Prix Goncourt and was the first person from the Maghreb to do so. And I'm glad I read it but it's a struggle.

#BookSpinBingo done! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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JillR
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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This book starts with its finale so you know from the start the awful truth of what‘s going to happen. Then it winds back to how the nanny immerses herself in the family‘s lives and the parents‘ delight at handing their children over to such a capable person who reorganises their life. We then start to see snippets of what the nanny might be. This is a short, intense read and I‘m still unsure whether it left too much uncertain and unanswered.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book 12mo
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vlwelser
Chanson douce | Lela Slimani
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#BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo
@TheAromaofBooks

It's a mess. Whatev. Half of it's in pencil anyway.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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vlwelser
Chanson douce | Lela Slimani
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Ordered these online yesterday. Obviously they didn't come directly from France. They came in the regular mail from New Hampshire. I'm feeling really happy right now.

Adventures-of-a-French-Reader Super sélection ;) 12mo
IuliaC Wow, such a delight! 🤩 12mo
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cornfedwellread
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐ Another three star read for me. This French novel inspired by a real life New York crime is about a nanny who murders the two children in her care. From the first page, you know that this will happen. The story is not a mystery, but instead a look inside the lives of the nanny and her employers. For me, this was not a bad book, but also didn't give me much to feel engaged. By the end, I wished that the motivation had been more fully explored.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Mehso-so

Meh. I'm not sure if the writing intended to make this feel like a field observation but that was my experience. I did not feel like I knew or cared about any of the characters. Back to mental illness & crazy woman tropes so that knocked it down for me. Although the presentation of mental decompensation does seem more accurate than most we should remember that mental illness rarely leads to murder. 2.5⭐⭐💫

cornfedwellread I had similar thoughts about the writing style. I expected more urgency from this story given the subject matter and reviews. I wonder if some of the style was lost in translation. 1y
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Tamra
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Audio baking this morning - granola muffins. It‘s a King Arthur recipe and I noticed at B&N they‘ve released a new tome. I‘d like to spend some time thumbing through it.

I‘m curious about the low rating for this novel on Litsy. I stacked it because Harriet and guests on “A Good Read” enjoyed it. We shall see! I agree with the protagonist that it‘s frightening to leave your young children with a caregiver for the first time.

charl08 Yeah, not a fan of this book. The muffins look great though! 2y
Gissy 😋 2y
LeahBergen Yum! 2y
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Ruthiella I‘ve not read the book yet, but I wonder if the low ratings have to do with the subject matter and how it makes the reader feel? 🤔 2y
Tamra @Ruthiella that could very well be. The opening is shocking and the mother confessed her (common) fears about them dying when she sees her children asleep. I remember getting up not too infrequently when my kids were very little to check on their breathing. So, yes the subject is uncomfortable. 2y
Tamra @LeahBergen the kids and husband like them. 👍🏾 2y
Tamra @charl08 messy crumbly things but I got a favorable review from the kids and husband. 😄 I‘m not a huge sweets fan. 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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Hello #LMPBC Group T!!

Do any of these look fun for our thriller round??

@Alfrazier21 @Tattooedteacher @Kappadeemom

Tattooedteacher Any of them sound good !! 2y
Kappadeemom I‘m good with any of them! 2y
Alfrazier21 oooo I‘m good with any of these!! 2y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves @Tattooedteacher @Kappadeemom @Alfrazier21 I think the one I'd like to read the most is The Good House, but it's a LOT over 400 pages.... 2y
Tattooedteacher Nearly 500. Sounds like a good read though. We can handle one longer one. 2y
EliNeedsMoreShelves Alright, I'm gonna go for it! The Good House it is! 2y
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spinedestroyer
Chanson douce | Lela Slimani
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have officially finished a whole book in a foreign language :) i‘m proud of myself. this was a bit of a difficult and claustrophobic read, but enjoyed the language and challenge of it. i probably should have chosen something easier for first read in french.

not sure what i‘m going to read next, probably a novella by annie ernaux or something short by maupassant.

a bit of a bummer that e-reader pics are so boring to look at.

squirrelbrain Well done! Boule de Suif is a good one by Maupassant. Also try Bonjour Tristesse by Sagan, or Antoine Laurain is easy to read. 2y
cornfedwellread Congrats! I keep buying books in French telling myself that I'll read them to brush up on my language skills, but I haven't attempted to read a full French novel yet. I have a copy of L'elegance du herisson that I've held on to for years and need to actually try to read at some point. 1y
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TheBookStacker
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First time reading this highly recommended book.

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spinedestroyer
Chanson douce | Lela Slimani
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reading my first book of the year which is also the first whole book i‘m reading in french! called lullaby / the perfect nanny in english. was first surprised by how uncatchy the title is in the original compared to lullaby (which may be one of the loveliest english words out there). but chanson douce has grown on me because of how evocative it is of the kind of life the nanny wants to live, which is that of her bosses, a much softer song.

catsuit_mango For a bit of contexte 'chanson douce' is also the title of a song about remembering the lullaby the singer's mum used to sing :) 2y
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allureofbeauty
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Mehso-so

Probably the last book I read of 2020 for a book club. I actually already owned it cause it was one of my dollar tree finds. Wasn‘t as good as I‘d hoped. Most of the people didn‘t enjoy it that much. The ending was just so abrupt - we knew the ending from the start but I wanted more details about why things happened.

#theperfectnanny #leilaslimani #thriller #mystery #cookies #bookclub #librarybookclub #virtualbookclub #dollartree

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Blaire
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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@Mitch thank you so much for the lovely birthday gift!! I‘ve wanted to read this one for a while. Also, so cool to get the British version of this novel. It was published as “the perfect nanny” here in the states. Can‘t wait to get this to one! So sweet of you.

Cathythoughts I thought this one was a great read 2y
Mitch Glad it arrived ok. I saw it on your TBR and thought you might like the UK version! Happy Birthday xxx 2y
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Cinfhen
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Here‘s my #3Books...#BasedOnTrueStories (or I guess actual people)
I wasn‘t a fan of the Edna O‘Brien book, but the story about the girls of Boko Haram was really heartbreaking
Tagged book is based on the NY nanny story
Dancer is a fictionalized story based on dancer Rudolph Nureyev ( really good)

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures Curious about Girls I bought it before I realized she was a white British woman with no connection to the girls. Which made me feel a bit weird about it and keeps stopping me from picking it up. 2y
SilversReviews Interesting....I didn‘t know THE PERFECT NANNY was based on a true story. 2y
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Cinfhen @ChaoticMissAdventures I borrowed the audio from #Hoopla and while it was well researched it was off putting knowing Edna O‘Brien‘s background. It felt disassociated, if that makes sense. 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures @Cinfhen makes perfect sense, this was my fear of it. So much trauma that I just wish I had been told by someone within the culture if not the community. 2y
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Tough week! Like others, I had a difficult time thinking of African authors I've read who have been translated from a language other than English. The closest I can think of is Leila Slimani, who is Moroccan but now lives in France. I know I read some short fiction by African writers in French when I was in college; I wish I still had that textbook on hand!

Did find a nice article on African women writers - link in comments.

#integrateyourshelf

WhatWouldJaneDo Many of the authors in this article write in English but there are a few works in translation, and it's an interesting read in general: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/dec/15/novels-african-women-female-author... 2y
WhatWouldJaneDo This list is not limited to women writers, but includes a diverse group of translated work from across the African continent: http://www.bookshybooks.com/2015/06/translated-fiction-courtesy-of-best.html 2y
ChasingOm Thank you for the links! 2y
WhatWouldJaneDo @ChasingOm of course! This week really got me thinking and wondering how much literature from Africa gets a translation if it's not in English to begin with. I didn't dig too deep, but when I searched for African literature most of the results I was getting were for the big hitters like Homegoing. 2y
ChasingOm That‘s been my train of thought too. 🤔 2y
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Clwojick
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Panpan

Really wanted to like this one, but it fell short for me. The start was really intriguing, but it‘s started to drag early on... and just kept dragging straight to the end. I would‘ve bailed if it wasn‘t such a short book.

18h37m for #NutsinMay with @Andrew65
#Book14 for #BookSpinBonanza with @TheAromaofBooks

Cathythoughts I thought it was a good one .... 3y
Andrew65 Oh dear! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Ack, I hate it when a book just needs to pick up the pace! 3y
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Clwojick
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I only read for about 2 hours yesterday, and for less than an hour so far today... but I‘m not too worried about it since I read for close to 10 hours on Sunday. Still, I‘m hoping to finish this one tonight but I‘ve found it to be slow moving so far. #NutsInMay

@Andrew65

Cathythoughts I thought it was a good thriller 👍🏻 3y
Andrew65 Every little helps 😊 3y
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Clwojick
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End of Day 2: #NutsInMay - 14hr43m
Currently reading Lullaby/The Perfect Nanny and Listening to Commonwealth on audio. I‘m only a few chapters into both of them. These are books 14&15 for #BookSpinBonanza

Andrew65 Fantastic! 👏👏👏 3y
TheAromaofBooks So close to your 15 book goal! You may get all 20 done during this readathon after all!! 3y
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Lauranahe
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This was an interesting quick read. These poor baby angels are dead in the first page, then the rest of the book is events leading up the murders. All of it is sad, so it‘s good it‘s so short.

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Lauranahe
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This was an interesting quick read. These poor baby angels are dead in the first page, then the rest of the book is events leading up the murders. All of it is sad, so it‘s good it‘s so short.

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cariashley
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Mehso-so

Very proud of myself for finishing another book! I thought this was ok - intriguing and well written. But I was expecting a lot more out of an NYT top ten book of the year. It felt unfinished, but I‘m also glad it wasn‘t longer. #PercyCat and #SullivanCat are in agreement 🐱🐱 #catsoflitsy #KAL

squirrelbrain 😻😻 3y
kathedron Beautiful cats! 3y
Sace Oh wow! Kitty with the bib looks just like my Ash! 3y
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cariashley @kathedron thank you!! @Sace I just looked back at your last kitty photo and you‘re so right! They‘re twins 😊 3y
Sace @cariashley I hope yours isn't a jerk like mine! 🤣 3y
TheLudicReader I really didn‘t get the hype; I found it slow and kinda boring. 2y
BookishMarginalia Lovely kitties! 1y
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cariashley
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The epigraph of my next read is a little on the nose for right now.

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Abel123
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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Such a clever read- from page one you know the children are dead. The nanny killed them in a brutally and bloody way, but this is just the start of the story which you unravel to find out why?
Throughout the book - the way the children died stayed with me.... lurking in the background, so even the lovely bits, the bits about the family‘s happy times are tainted by the first chapter, the horror you know is to come....

Cathythoughts I thought it was very good too 👍🏻 3y
Abel123 @Cathythoughts it was dark but really made you think... 3y
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AyaOfSiwa
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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Pickpick

This novel hits right where it hurts.

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AyaOfSiwa
Lullaby | Lela Slimani

"Uz djecu se osjećamo sami. Njih ne zanima od čega se sastoji naš svijet. Slute da je surov, mračan, ali ne žele znati ništa o tome."

"We are feeling alone with the kids. They don't care what our world is about. They suspect it's cruel, dark, but they don't want to know anything about it."

#croatianedition

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Curvybookgirl
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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Mehso-so

Wanted to love it but sadly didn‘t

Cathythoughts Oh dear !! It was what it was , I really enjoyed it when I read it... 3y
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AyaOfSiwa
Lullaby | Lela Slimani

"At about 4pm, the days without commitments seem endless. In the middle of the afternoon we become aware that we have wasted time, we start to worry about approaching the evening. At that time of day, one is ashamed of not serving anything."

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AyaOfSiwa
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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Finally in my hands.

#croatianedition

Cathythoughts I thought this one was good 👍🏻 3y
AyaOfSiwa @Cathythoughts I read half a book yesterday afternoon. I could go on into the night without dropping it. 3y
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she.hearts.horror
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But in what black lake, in what deep forest has she found these cruel tales where the heroes die at the end, after first saving the world?

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Kappadeemom
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Up next!

lele1432 This has been on my TBR for too long! 3y
Cathythoughts I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 3y
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Jovy
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Mehso-so

This started out so so good, and then petered out. I do get that it's more a character study than a thriller and I did appreciate the tension resonating from the book. It totally makes you think twice about leaving your kids with just anybody. But the ending lacked resolution for me.

#LitsyAtoZ Letter S
#MMDChallenge A Book in Translation

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ReadingIsMyHobby
Pickpick

So just finished this the other day. I really enjoyed it. I recommend it for people that like thrillers.

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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I found the writing a bit stilted. This is a translation, so that could be the culprit. I didn‘t like any of the characters. I was actually waffling between 3.5 and 4 stars, but the end pulled it down without a doubt. It didn‘t completely seem to finish, or if it did, I didn‘t get it. Now, from my review, even 3.5 might seem a bit high rating, but I was interested to find out what happened (sadly, the end let me down).

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OnlyYoo
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Panpan

Not really much to say about this one. The plot wasn‘t really there and it wasn‘t very suspenseful. The parents were also awful

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OnlyYoo
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Should I be studying? Yes... but at least it‘s only 228 pages hahaha 😂

Meghan1 I liked this one. 3y
OnlyYoo @Meghan1 that‘s good to hear! I‘m only 30 pages in but I like it so far 3y
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Jeannineth
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If you guessed she‘s far from perfect, you would be right. 😂 This was translated from French so it‘s not the best but I think the story hold up pretty well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Cathythoughts I thought it a good read 👍🏻 3y
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

A nanny is accused of killing two of her charges. Through a variety of voices, this novel traces how we got to this point.

The telling is disjointed, we hear from the perspective of too many different characters (too much breadth, not enough depth), and the motives and hangups are cliched. But I like that the novel explores the friction of the employer/employee relationship in the case of childcare and similarly intimate professions.

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ReadingIsMyHobby

Currently on this book, for a book club. It seems really good so far.

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Rieltalk
Pickpick

I read this for a book club, excited that it was something different than my usual go-to genres, and was so taken in by the journey that I didn‘t even show up to the discussion, not wanting to sully the purity of my experience! The subtle dread that gradually builds was done perfectly, and this was my gateway book to the horror genre, which I never knew I‘d enjoy to this extent. A good book to read on long transits in my opinion.

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Clwojick
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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What‘s a book that has continued to get way from you? You‘ve wanted to read it forever, and maybe you even have it sitting on your shelf... but for one reason or another you haven‘t sat down and read it yet....

For me, this book is Lullaby. I‘ve wanted to read it for SO long, and I‘ve even had it for close to a year, and yet it always fall through my fingertips when I go to read it.😅 #SummersEndReadathon is going to change that! I am determined!

Amabear Pride and prejudice! 3y
Hooked_on_books To Kill a Mockingbird. I never read it in school since we moved a lot, so I missed it. I‘ve had a copy sitting on my shelf for 20+ years. I think I‘ll read it soon, since I keep thinking about it. 3y
TheKidUpstairs Jane Eyre. I have two copies on my shelf, I've read a few books that draw heavily on it (Wide Sargasso Sea, The Eyre Affair), but I've just never gotten around to it! 3y
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rretzler Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. I‘ve owned it forever and I love Vonnegut, but just don‘t seem to remember I have it for some reason. I even started planning my reading 2 years ago and it has still eluded me. I‘m putting it on my 2020 planned list right now. 3y
DrexEdit Quite a few of those! Topping the list would probably be Infinite Jest, House of Leaves, and the Neapolitan novels. 3y
tapgurl Truman Capote‘s In Cold Blood 3y
samantha.mlis Rereading books in general for me. I always want to but the lure of new books is stronget 3y
teebe There‘s quite a few but this one has been on my TBR for more than a decade: 3y
Clwojick @Amabear Such a good one! 3y
Clwojick @Hooked_on_books I remember it being a good one, but i'd love to do a reread on it! 3y
Clwojick @TheKidUpstairs I haven't read this one yet either 😆 3y
Clwojick 💝@rretzler 💝 3y
Clwojick @tapgurl Truman Capote 😍 😍 😍 3y
Clwojick @teebe OOOOhhh that ones sounds really good! stacked!!! 3y
alisiakae Catch-22, Hag-Seed, and the Percy Jackson series, which I plan on reading soon for #BBRC. 3y
Clwojick Percy Jackson! I read the first one and remembered enjoying it! I should definitely look into the others. Thanks for the reminder 😉 @4thhouseontheleft 3y
mhillis I think for me it‘s 3y
audraelizabeth For me its the silmarillion by jrr tolkien. I have it as an audiobook 3y
Bookzombie @4thhouseontheleft @Clwojick I enjoyed the Percy series on audio in case you want to check that format out. 🙂 3y
Bookzombie Picnic at Hanging Rock and Matterhorn are two that I plan to read and then never get to. I think there may be a Matterhorn buddy read happening in the fall. I don‘t think I dreamed that, lol. 3y
MrT The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters has been sitting in my TBR for 13 years. 3y
jb72 I have a few I keep moving to the back of the pile. 3y
LeaWin7 Renegades and warcross... I've owned both forever and cant bring myself to pick them up. 3y
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Crazycatlady1
Mehso-so

This book could have been perfect. However, the ending left so many questions. I hope there‘s a part two out there or coming. Otherwise... just uggggggh!

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squirrelbrain
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This is the UK version but in the US it‘s The Perfect Nanny, only she‘s really not....

#perfect
#ayupaugust

*Although now known for writing many of his lyrics based around his home base of Framlingham, Suffolk, Ed Sheeran was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1991*

Cathythoughts Yes ! We sure did post at the same time ... 👍🏻😂 3y
erzascarletbookgasm On my tbr! 3y
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Cathythoughts
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#AyUpAugust this book is also called the #Perfect Nanny. It is very well written, chilling & unnerving. I have Adele by this author on kindle , but I‘m reluctant to start it. Lullaby was good , but unsettling.

squirrelbrain I have just this second posted exactly the same post as you! 🤣🤣 3y
Cathythoughts Oh for heavens sake 😮😂we literally posted together ... 👍🏻😘 @squirrelbrain (edited) 3y
TrishB Great minds you two 😁 3y
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Cathythoughts @TrishB yes! That‘s us 😁great minds 👍🏻 @squirrelbrain 3y
squirrelbrain Of course @Cathythoughts @TrishB - we‘re just so aligned! Or maybe we just like the same books.... ♥️ 3y
Cinfhen Really “enjoyed” this one, even though the story was horrifying 3y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I did too 👍🏻 3y
Cinfhen I didn‘t like Adele 😞 3y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen interesting!! The writing in Lullaby was good. Adele may not be my taste either .... we‘ll see 3y
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Clwojick
Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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Physical books for my #24B4Monday list. There‘s no way I‘ll be reading 3 physical books, 1 Ebook, and 9 audiobooks... but I like to have options. 🤷🏻‍♀️

megnews Me too! 3y
marleed Oh, Flowers in the attic. I was so obsessed with those. At the time I‘d never heard of any of the happenings in this book ever being imagined. 3y
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