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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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I think the review from @Soubhiville said it best for me - I had this unsettling feeling almost the entire time I was reading this. It‘s good, for sure, but creepy, and thought provoking (which can lead to some scary thoughts!). Ultimately I enjoyed it, but just….holy s*** 😳😳😳 @Cinfhen would this work for #aboutreproductiverights? I‘ll leave my reasoning in a spoiler comment 😊

CBee I was thinking that Martine never had a choice about having a baby - her programming just set it all up and it was, basically, a forced pregnancy (though she does ultimately want the baby, and loves it, but is her programming telling her to?). Thoughts? 4w
Soubhiville I think it works for that prompt. Also the clones are a form of reproduction, and they mostly get no choice about their lives at all! 4w
CBee @Soubhiville right! So many thoughts about this one 😳🤔 4w
Cinfhen Ohhh, interesting question! Yes, I do think it works and I totally love what @Soubhiville wrote!!! Go for it!! (edited) 4w
CBee @Cinfhen awesome! Thanks 😊 4w
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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This books opens with Nadia Turner, a young woman whose mother has committed suicide, + whose father has retreated into his grief and is working for the local Christian Church. When Nadia falls for injured ftball star/son of the preacher she faces a decision
#aboutreproductiverights that impacts on the rest of her life. A compelling story about young lives, religion, grief, and paths taken @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae @booked2023

Cinfhen Great choice and wonderful review 😊 4w
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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What a fascinating if not very pleasant read. The description of Elena‘s illness were so well done and although both Elena and Rita were unlikeable characters, you really felt for them both - heartbreaking, really.

And then the wonder of why Elena was so desperate to make the difficult trip across town to find Isabel, changing the narrative entirely towards the end.

I‘m going for all of the prompts on this one ⬇️

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TrishB Well played 👍🏻 1mo
TrishB And yes, not an easy or pleasant read. 1mo
Librarybelle Look at all of those challenge prompts completed! Yay! 1mo
Cortg You are crushing the challenges this year! Go YOU! 🙌🏼 1mo
Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽🥰 1mo
LaraReads Very nice with the prompts! And great review! 1mo
rmaclean4 You are right, not an easy read but so well done. I am so glad I read this. Almost made my top of 2022. 1mo
Tamra The end was a revelation! So well tied into the theme of women‘s autonomy (lack thereof). 1mo
Ruthiella I love how you hit so many prompts! I might just have to borrow one. I admire writers who write unlikable characters in a compelling way. 1mo
BookwormM Loved this book so well done 1mo
Megabooks Quad play!! Awesome!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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I don‘t think there‘s much I can say about this book that hasn‘t already been said here. It‘s sort of wrung me out. These 3 women will be circulating in my brain for a while.
Hard hitting, realistic look at three women‘s lives. Not an easy read and I‘m glad it was only short.
Using for #aboutreproductiverights #booked2023

squirrelbrain Ooh, good prompt choice! 1mo
batsy Great review! I read it awhile back and still think about it often. 1mo
BarbaraBB Good prompt choice indeed. I can‘t think of one for that prompt (edited) 1mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I didn‘t intend to use it- so a good surprise 👍🏻 1mo
TrishB @batsy yes I can see it definitely having that impact! 1mo
Tamra So good! I keep thinking about it periodically. 1mo
TrishB @Tamra yes I think I probably will too. 1mo
Tamra @TrishB it really is about women trying to control or direct their bodies, minds, destinies etc. So powerful! 💙 1mo
Cinfhen Great use of prompt ❤️ 1mo
TrishB @Tamra yes agreed- packed so much into a short novel- and excellent translation. 1mo
LeeRHarry Ooh I have this on my shelves and was struggling to decide what to pick for this prompt - decision made 😊 1mo
TrishB @LeeRHarry fits well 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts It‘s one to remember 💔 1mo
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Librarybelle This is on my to read list 2mo
squirrelbrain I found this one fascinating when I read it. 2mo
Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽 2mo
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What a magical ride? An urban fantasy 'Minority Report'. Parts are predictable, but in a good way. Left me hanging on a cliff edge. Now I'm dangling here until book 2 arrives.

Works for the following #Booked2023 prompts

#AboutReproductiveRights (I've used this)

@BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Thanks for sharing ALL the options😘 2mo
LeeRHarry I‘m dangling there with you 🤣 2mo
julesG @LeeRHarry I knew it was a risk starting the trilogy early. 2mo
Caroline2 Really looking forward to starting this one. 👍 2mo
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Growing up in the 90s, the issue of coerced surrender and the fight to move towards open adoption was something that was talked about and that I was aware of from a pretty young age even though it didn‘t affect my family directly. Because of that frame, I didn‘t actually learn anything new or unexpected reading this, but I did get to see the issue in more detail, and in a new light. Fessler works hard to ⬇️⬇️⬇️

IndoorDame divorce the women she interviewed from any stigma, and the book presents this whole issue as a problem perpetuated by society, that society as a whole needs to apologize for instead of the more personal individual narratives I‘m used to hearing. #Booked2023 #AboutReproductiveRights #Pantone2023 #FieryRed (edited) 2mo
Clwojick Great job! I might have to pick this one up! 2mo
Cinfhen Great choice and thoughtful review!!! 2mo
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I liked this but didn‘t love it.

I actually listened to the audiobook, and I have to say I don‘t think Erdrich should be narrating her own books. Is it just me? She sounds like she‘s reading, instead of telling it, and it pulled me out of the story many times.

The ending was unexpected for me, not in a great way, so low pick at best.

#AuthorAMonth #Booked2023 #AboutReproductiveRights #DoubleDip 😁

IndoorDame So not just you! I started The Sentence on audio and had to switch over to print because her reading voice was driving me crazy. Now that I‘ve switched I‘m loving her writing voice. Such a difference! 2mo
Soubhiville @IndoorDame I wish I had that one in print. I‘m doing audio on it as well. After this I‘ll stick with print for her. 2mo
IndoorDame @Soubhiville she doesn‘t narrate all her books for some reason. I have a Libby audio copy of The Birchbark House I‘m hoping to get to later this month that‘s done by someone else. Maybe because it‘s a children‘s book? 2mo
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Ruthiella I‘m generally against authors reading their books for audio unless they‘re Neil Gaiman. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I didn't love the narration or story when I listened to this one either. 2mo
SamAnne This is the one novel of Erdrich's that I did not like. 2mo
Cinfhen This had lots of negative reviews when it was first published so I think I‘ll go with a different selection- I have this one on loan 2mo
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