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Radio Girls
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radioand one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC. London, 1926. American-raised Maisie Musgrave is thrilled to land a job as a secretary at the upstart British Broadcasting Corporation, whose use of radiostill new, strange, and electrifyingis captivating the nation. But the hectic pace, smart young staff, and intimidating bosses only add to Maisies insecurity. Soon, she is seduced by the workgaining confidence as she arranges broadcasts by the most famous writers, scientists, and politicians in Britain. She is also caught up in a growing conflict between her two bosses, John Reith, the formidable Director-General of the BBC, and Hilda Matheson, the extraordinary director of the hugely popular Talks programming, who each have very different visions of what radio should be. Under Hildas tutelage, Maisie discovers her talent, passion, and ambition. But when she unearths a shocking conspiracy, she and Hilda join forces to make their voices heard both on and off the airand then face the dangerous consequences of telling the truth for a living. READERS GUIDE INCLUDED
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SilversReviews
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FEATURING: THE RADIO GIRLS

Before the Internet and cell phones.

Before women were seen as being more than secretar​ies​.

Anyone who enjoys the era between WWI and WWII and sharing the lives of women and their fashionable clothing and lifestyles will thoroughly enjoy RADIO GIRLS.

REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y4notbfv

BethM I really enjoyed this! 3mo
SilversReviews @BethM Yes. It was good. 3mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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I just finished reading this interesting historical fiction about the early years of the British Broadcasting Corporation's radio shows. #LitsyAtoZ #R #AbecedarianTBR @BookishMarginalia

IamIamIam This looks really interesting!! 5mo
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CoffeeNBooks
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Saturday morning #coffeeandabook. ☕📚

BethM Great coffee and good book! 5mo
Aims42 I loved that book, hope you‘re enjoying it ❤️ 5mo
CoffeeNBooks @Aims42 I really like it so far- so interesting! 5mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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I just started this and I really like it so far! #LitsyAtoZ #R

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Sporto
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Love the 20‘s

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SilversReviews
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Featuring: RADIO GIRLS by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Before the Internet and cell phones.

Before women were seen as being more than secretar​ies​.

RADIO GIRLS takes us back to the ​era of the ​wireless ​radio ​and the BBC.​

All the glitz and glamour of the era between WWI and WWII shines through as you learn the history of the BBC. 4/5

Have you read this book?

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y4notbfv

Laughterhp I really liked this book when I read it! 8mo
SilversReviews @Laughterhp Oh yes...it was a great read. Thanks for commenting. 8mo
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Jenken1998
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So this weeks audiobook was to last me all week at the gym.. i I couldn't hold out. Lol. I loved it and listened in two days. Wonderful piece of historical fiction that contains real people, women's rights, Great Britain, WWI , WWII and the history about an emerging technology (radio).. umm yes please! Solid 4 stars for believable characters, authentic time period struggles, and great history lesson. 🎙🎙🎙🎙

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BethM
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I actually really ended up enjoying this. Slow, slow start- give it 6 chapters, if it wasn‘t a book club book I would‘ve bailed too early. The story ended up being an intriguing picture of the BBC and a woman‘s place in the word in the late 20s. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this 3.75/5.

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BethM
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford

I have to be up in just over 5 hrs and hAd to force myself to put this down. Slow start but I'm totally enthralled now! Good night my dear Littens 💗

Bklover Sleep well!!!! 14mo
Callemarie Its 2 am here and I'm now wide awake uggghhhh! Go 14mo
Callemarie *goodnight 14mo
BethM @Callemarie I hope you got back to sleep! 14mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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After reading The Impersonator I feel a 1920s binge coming on. These are the books I have so far.

Aims42 I loved Radio Girls!! Great picks! 14mo
AlaMich A 20s binge sounds fun! 14mo
MeganAnn Ohh Radio Girls sounds fascinating! A 20s binge sounds amazing! I loved this one: (edited) 14mo
rubyslippersreads A 1920s binge sounds wonderful! 😄 14mo
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KerriNTurner
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A fascinating book which picks up the pace as it goes along until you just can‘t put it down. Set in the early days of BBC radio (when they controversially hired women workers and gave them equal pay), it touches on suffrage, espionage, propaganda and love between unequal sexes. Particularly love the real-life character Hilda Matheson, a gay woman who was the Director of Talks and a former MI5 spy. Now I want to read more about her!

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knotmagick
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One down, two to go.

Excellent book, 100% reccomend.

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knotmagick
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I have at least 3 books I want to get through this weekend. Anyone want to join me for a 48 hour readathon?

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CouronneDhiver
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Mehso-so

A light, historic fiction read about BBC, sufferage movement, women‘s rights, etc.

I‘m not sure if I would have liked it in print (lagged a little and requires a certain suspension of disbelief), but the audio was good.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SassyBookworm
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What a great historical fiction about the real beginnings of the BBC radio broadcast. Full of real facts and actual people who worked there! Tying in perfectly with the wonderful fictional character of Maisie, it was a perfect seamless combination of fact and fiction. I loved following Maisie as she worked her way through the BBC and all the issues women faces during those changing times.

#SassyBookworm😏 #HistoricalFiction #RadioGirls🎙

Crazeedi This was an interesting book 2y
Jaimelire I enjoyed this one. 2y
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theladygreer
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Today's #womenshistoryreads guest is Sarah-Jane Stratford, author of RADIO GIRLS. Check out her inspiration, next project & more! Greermacallister.com/blog #historicalfiction #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #herstory #bbc #hildamatheson

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CoverToCoverGirl
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Mehso-so

This was like a lazy river ride... slow and meandering. The plot was thin but the historical details on how women were viewed when they first entered the workplace is eye opening... and the newly conceived BBC was so forward thinking that it was among the first to hire women. The epilogue did give me the feels on Maisie‘s behalf.
#25InFive

RaimeyGallant Great review! 2y
Andrew65 Best of luck with the last day of the challenge. 😊 2y
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CoverToCoverGirl
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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He smiled. Damn he could look awfully attractive,
unpleasant people should look unpleasant.

“Just doing my job sir.”

“Yes and making an effort to look pretty too which is also your job. Bright flowers, that‘s what you girls are and don‘t think we gents don‘t appreciate it!” 👀🤮

Oh.. lucky us.

If this toad spoke to me like that .. I couldn‘t be held responsible for what would ensue! Couldn‘t imagine being female in the 1920‘s...

#Quote

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CoverToCoverGirl
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“Miss Shields looked down her nose at Maisie. Her handsome features unblemished by such frivolities as a smile.”

I‘ve never thought of a smile as being frivolous... 😳 not really sure if I‘m liking this book 📖 but in all fairness The Alice Network will be a tough act to follow.

#CurrentLyReading

Jaimelire I enjoyed it. And I am just starting on The Alice Network now. 2y
CoverToCoverGirl @Jaimelire it wasn‘t as good as The Nightingale but I REALLY liked 2y
Jaimelire @CoverToCoverGirl I will have to read that 2y
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CoverToCoverGirl
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Up next... hopefully this should see me through 🤞

I thought a black and white theme was appropriate for my last communication before the fast approaching #LitsyApocalypse 😳 See you one the other side my lovely #Littens 😘. Deep breathing might be applicable!

#LitsyBlackOut2018

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SassyBookworm
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Congratulations @Librarybelle on reaching 50k w and 1k followers!!! And thank you for the #giveaway #50k1k

The book that I am super excited about on my TBR list is Radio Girls. This book is set in London 1926 and tells about a woman, Maisie, and her time working for the BBC radio program. The radio program was still pretty new so how exciting that would be to see how the effects of their programming effected the nation!

Librarybelle Thank you! This looks very interesting! 2y
SilversReviews It is good. ENJOY!! 2y
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idrinkandiknowthings
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Picked this up as an iBooks deal a few months ago and I'm so glad I did! I was unsure at first but this picked up and became a great story about women working in the BBC when it first started. The author was inspired by the story of Hilda Matheson (a real person) who seems like she was a total badass. The underlined sentence gave me a good chuckle while I read at lunch.

#pop18 "A novel based on a real person"
#LRC "Set in the 1920s"

rubyslippersreads I think I have this as an ebook; I need to move it up my TBR list. 2y
idrinkandiknowthings @rubyslippersreads it was light enough to read at lunch, but still engaging and with interesting historical info! Highly recommend 😊 2y
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Laughterhp
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Finished book 1 of my #LRC. This book was great! I didn‘t know Hilda Matheson was a real person, but she seems like she was a fabulous woman in the 20s. She did so much for the BBC and making sure people were educated and aware of what was going on. This story was a great mix of fact and fiction, but I didn‘t know which was which! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

SilversReviews I liked this book. 2y
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Laughterhp
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How heartbreaking! 💔 I can‘t imagine never owning a book! 😬

Currently 120 pages into this book and loving it!

Ashley_Nicoletto Me either. I can't imagine what it would be like to choose to never read. 2y
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Aims42
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars!!! This book was fantastic!! It was quick-paced and such a delight to read. Anyone interested in 1920‘s/early WWII would definitely enjoy it.

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Aims42
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Loved the magnetic bookmarks my mother in law gave me for Christmas 😍 Got a set of three so I can coordinate them with the covers 😋 Also, LOVING this tagged book SO MUCH!

Reviewsbylola I love magnetic booksmarks. 🐘 2y
Aims42 @Reviewsbylola I‘m a new fan! They‘re so handy 🐘❤️ 2y
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Aims42
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Spending a few days with my sister, brother in law, and their 2 kids (5 and 1 year‘s old). Haven‘t started the book yet, but finished my glass of wine 🧐😋😉

ReadingSusan 🤣🤣 2y
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Laughterhp
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My book purchases from this past weekend! My husband bribed me and I got to go to the bookstore and got books out of the deal! Slowly adding books to my new Agatha Christie collection! 💕

SilversReviews I really enjoyed RADIO GIRLS!! 2y
Laughterhp @SilversReviews Good to know! It sounds really good based on the blurb on the back of the book! 2y
SilversReviews @Laughterhp I hope you enjoy it...I like that time period. 2y
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nickimags
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Saw this coming back into the library when I was standing in the queue to check out my books, and decided to add it to my haul. 😀

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rustoryhuf
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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So in addition to packing up #hygge, #LitsyPenPals and #LitsyGiesPostak, I've gotten a bit of reading done. A good women's historical fiction account of the BBC early days. But I'm tired, I have a toothache, so I'm off to bed. #GoodNightNeverland

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Jaimelire
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It took me a while to get into this one, but I am glad I continued reading. Historical fiction buffs will enjoy this book. Got to learn about Hilda Matheson and get a feel for BBC radio in its infancy. The fictional elements kept it moving and added intrigue.

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Jaimelire
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Current read. Bit slow to start but getting into it now. 😁

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CandycaneBelle
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford

I've never been much of an audio book listener, but I had a long drive this weekend and this one is so good! I have a little bit left! What are some of your favorite audios?

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CoverToCoverGirl
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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Just signed up and these are my selections... can't wait! 📚🍷 #24in48

#Wolfe

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Blood Memory is really good!! 3y
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Meganbub
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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I loved this!! Felt real feels and loved reading about women being awesome! The gender roles and thoughts of the day were quite infuriating. It was nice to see some of that being overcome.

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Meganbub
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Time for some 1920s BBC radio! #R #LitsyAtoZ

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Bookworm83
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Two books from my massive TBR pile with #girlinthetitle. #readjanuary

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Lesliereads
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A fun way to learn about the beginnings of British Broadcasting Corporation (aka BBC) and how enterprising and progressive women shaped its content and popularity before they even had the right to vote in Britain. Before television and the internet there was RADIO! #radio #bbc #technology #suffragettes #radio #antiques

CrowCAH @Lesliereads cool radio! 3y
Lesliereads @CrowCAH I know, right? 3y
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SharonGoforth
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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I love #bookmail, especially on Sunday!

Suzze I've had that on my list. Nice cover! 3y
Jaimelire That looks so good! 3y
SharonGoforth @Suzze Yes, it is! 3y
SharonGoforth @Jaimelire I think so, too! 3y
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maria.adey
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford
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I loved the time period and learning all about the BBC and Hilda Matheson. It was so infuriating how all the women were treated and props to Stratford for making their struggles real and relatable to her readers. However, I didn't love the writing and I found the pace of the book a bit slow.

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ReadingEnvy
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I loved the time period and historical detail but the writing bogs down the story, especially the mundane description and chatter. I found the author's notes to be a more direct and readable style, so I suspect this is her first novel. I also noticed overuse and incorrect use of words like "copacetic" and "atavistic." I'd like to read the actual journal of Hilda, who is a real person.

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ReadingEnvy
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@DeweysReadathon has become finish-half-read-booksathon for me... heading into the second half of this one now, after taking a break to record a podcast

Notafraidofwords 👏🏽 can't wait to hear it. 3y
ReadingEnvy @Notafraidofwords I've had such a bad cold that I kept postponing but it posts Tuesday so it had to be done!! 3y
Notafraidofwords @ReadingEnvy oh no, feel better. Everyone here is sick too. Everywhere you go someone is coughing. 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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"Everyone says the BBC is one of the few places where women can have more than clerical jobs."

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Dvmheather
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I loved this book. Historical fiction about the beginning of the BBC. Review up at http://www.spiritblog.net/radio-girls/

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RoxyWilde
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Post Great War, early BBC days

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TheExpatFiles
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I LOVED this book. It has everything that turns me on : the fascinating history of a major media conglomerate (the BBC), the true story of a queer feminist icon (Hilda Matheson), the social insecurity of Britain as it hung between two World Wars, suffragettes and the men who feared them, and a plot that effortlessly balanced fiction and fact. Someone make a movie about Matheson ASAP please. (Edit : deleted this by mistake hence the repost)

angrylilasian Sounds interesting! I hadn't heard of this book before. Thanks! 3y
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Librarylady
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Enjoying this novel set in 1926 London, but find myself sucked in to the swimming and gymnastics competitions in Rio.

annahenke I'm not even trying to read tonight. Once every two years, I watch sports and get insanely into it. Then I'm good until the next games. ☺️ #Olympics 3y
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emmanoble
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While the first half was a bit slow & the Bolshevik & Nazi espionage didn't necessarily draw me in, Hilda Matheson held my interest & pushed me to finish this. She is the type of person books should written about & I love that Stratford dedicated this novel to her. This is rife with sexism & male chauvinism and I applaud Stratford for making these issues ongoing themes & making my reading experience quite uncomfortable.

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Suzze
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My library hold picked up today. This is a new record for me. 7 holds all came in within 10 days.

DebinHawaii I've heard good things about this one--looking forward to seeing what you think. 4y
Reviewsbylola I just got three holds today. I now have six library books and I am hoping not to get anymore until I finish some of the ones I have. 4y
Suzze @DebinHawaii I'm looking forward to it also. Could be one of my 24in48 reads. 4y
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Suzze @Reviewsbylola Exactly! I think I only have one more hold request right now so maybe I'll get some of my own books read! 4y
ValerieAndBooks Have you read the short story "The Enormous Radio" by John Cheever? If not I bet you'd like it! 4y
Suzze @ValerieAndBooks No! I'll have to look for it. Thanks. 4y
Suzze @ValerieAndBooks Just found it and read it. Very good! Thanks again. 4y
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emmanoble
Radio Girls | Sarah-Jane Stratford

The gender roles in this are actually making me squirm. Maisie's train of thought is excruciating enough without a male implying that female independence is a bad thing every few pages. But all this greatly contrasts with Hilda Matheson's general awesomeness, which is making for an interesting read.