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BarbaraBB
A House and Its Head | Ivy Compton-Burnett
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Sometimes it seemed as if I was reading a Shakespeare play. The story largely consists of (often very funny and sarcastic) drawing room dialogues, in which a chorus of supporting roles comment on what‘s happening in the Edgeworth family.
And a lot IS happening in this family, where no one is what he appears to be. Except maybe for the father. Well done, but a hundred or so pages too long for me.

#NYRBBookClub #ATY2020 week 3

batsy Nice review! I'm properly intrigued now and can't wait to start, hopefully this weekend. 1w
Megabooks Great review! 1w
youneverarrived I was thinking the same. I feel like I‘m reading a play. 7d
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LeahBergen Exactly what I was thinking last night as I read! It definitely has a Shakespearean feel to how the language flows. 7d
Suet624 I‘m hoping to start this tonight. I can‘t tell if I‘m looking forward to it or not but I‘m glad you gave it a 👍🏼 6d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Between a so-so and a pick to be honest! 6d
Suet624 Yes, that‘s what I figured. 6d
vivastory Wonderful review, as always. I'm going to start it next week. 6d
saresmoore Great review! 4d
BarbaraBB @saresmoore Thanks, I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it too! 4d
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BarbaraBB
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Panpan

Professor Martens was a member of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the second half of the 19th century. During a train journey from his home town of Pärnu in #Estonia to Russia he recalls many events of his life and meetings with important people.

Martens did in fact exist but I didn‘t know him before, nor his important friends. And to be honest, I didn‘t care.

#ReadingEurope2020 ?? #ATY2020 week 2 #1001books

Megabooks Get it out girl!! 2w
Librarybelle Sorry it was a pan, but hooray for crossing off Estonia! 2w
arubabookwoman Oh dear. I have that on my shelf to read for Estonia. I think it‘s also a 1001 book. 2w
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BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman It is, therefore I chose it but it was really the wrong book at the wrong time. You might like it though, I hope so! 2w
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I dunno, I think there may not be a right time for that book. I didn't particularly care for it either. 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I am kind of relieved you say that. I felt a bit guilty for not liking it. 2w
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nomadreader
Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Because I am still epically bad at scheduled reading and readalongs, here I am this morning starting this book I've had on my Kindle and TBR for quite some time--just in time for #belowZer00s to begin today! Thanks for reminding me @Cinfhen and finally making me start this one!

Cinfhen Great mug!!!! Glad you‘re still joining us 🥳 2w
BarbaraBB I am going to use this one for the #ATY2020 prompt ‘first in a series‘... I know we are not really allowed to, but week 5 is so close and I had to finish the book just a bit too early, in time for #BelowZer00s 🤦🏻‍♀️😉 (edited) 2w
nomadreader @BarbaraBB I thought about that! I might still, but there are also SO MANY first in a series books on my shelves. 2w
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nomadreader
Topics of Conversation | Miranda Popkey
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Really excited to start this one! And get ahead on #ATY2020 week 3: book you're prompted to read because of something you read in 2019 (this book was on so many 2020 most anticipated lists!) #botm What are you reading for this prompt @BarbaraBB ?

BarbaraBB I read a book chosen in 2019 by my book club.... does that Count you think?! 😉 4d
BarbaraBB Also how did you like this book? I have read only very bad reviews! 4d
nomadreader @BarbaraBB Definitely! I loved this one. It's completely brilliant and my favorite book so far this year. I, am, I acknowledge, the ideal age to fully appreciate it. 4d
BarbaraBB That is good to know! And I love how people differ in their opinion! 3d
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nomadreader
The Lies We Told | Camilla Way
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A delightfully twisted (and twisty) thriller. Thanks for picking it for #botm, @Liberty ! Read for #ATY2020, week 2: author whose last name is one syllable. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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nomadreader
The Lies We Told | Camilla Way
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Next up: this 2018 #botm pick from @Liberty for #ATY2020 week 2: book by an author whose last name is one syllable. What are you reading, @BarbaraBB ?

BarbaraBB Your choice seems better than mine. I chose a tough book by an Estonia writer for #ReadingEurope2020: 2w
nomadreader @BarbaraBB That one sounds interesting! I knew this was a prompt I had lots on my shelves that would work, so it was definitely an impromptu choice! 2w
BarbaraBB These are the best! I hope for a lot of impromptu choices this year 💕 2w
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BarbaraBB
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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Two couples, who have been friends since college, are trying to sort out their relationships now that they are approaching turning fifty. In the mean time their teenage kids are making the same mistakes they did when they were young.

Despite its ridiculous ugly cover and though it is at times irritating prudish, it was an amusing read to kick-off the year!

#ATY2020 - Title without an A, T or Y.

emilyhaldi Unfortunately for me this book was just irritating! Emma Straub's writing style induces major eye rolls for me 🙄 but I seem to be in the minority as most people love her! 3w
Liz_M Nicely done! I am reading the tagged book for this prompt (and another challenge) -- It feels like cheating. 🤓 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Are you doing #ATY2020 too? In order? That would be great! @nomadreader does as well, we can compare notes 😀. Oh and I can‘t wait to hear what you think of G. I‘ve had it on my shelves for years and have never read or heard anything about it! 3w
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BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I know what you mean, I had that too (especially about the parents regarding their kids‘ relationship 😩) but I did like the plot and some things were in a way recognizable for me 👵🏼 (edited) 3w
nomadreader I liked this one when I read it a few years ago. Excited for her new one this spring! And congrats on knocking off read #1 for #AYT2020 3w
Hooked_on_books I love your little shelves! They‘re oddly mesmerizing. 3w
BarbaraBB Thanks! The lights are leftovers from Christmas 😉 3w
Reggie I hated the husband in this one, whata douche bag. I loved the kids‘ storyline in here. 3w
BarbaraBB @Reggie Yeah, that father and his yoga club! I enjoyed the kids sort too and felt the parents were so naive and hypocritical about it. And the police?!?! 3w
Cathythoughts That cover IS off putting... but I‘m going with your review 👍🏻stacked 3w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts If you ever read it, I‘ll be curious to know what you‘ll think of it! 3w
Liz_M I am a dilettante with challenges. That I am reading the appropriate book in the correct week for ATY is pure coincidence. 😁 3w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Ah that‘s too bad. I am still curious about G though! 3w
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nomadreader
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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When your first read of 2020 is a 5-star read, open the sparkling wine #botm #booksandbooze #ATY2020 (Title with no A,T,Y)

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nomadreader
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Happy New Year, Littens! I'm starting my reading year with the first prompt for #ATY2020, a book whose title doesn't have an A, T, or Y. Attempting to tackle all 52 prompts in order this year. If you're reading #ATY2020, please let me know! #botm

BarbaraBB I am! I did them in order last year and will try to again this year. Let‘s tag eachother in our reads? It‘ll be fun to see your choices for the weekly prompts! 3w
nomadreader @BarbaraBB That sounds great! I'm excited to do this challenge more deliberately this year and read with others! 3w
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