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Mayflies | Andrew O'Hagan
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#popsummer20 #summerbeforecollege
A bittersweet story of lifelong friendships, nostalgia for youth, love and devastating loss, written with such heart, compassion and sensitivity.
It‘s the summer of 86, as a gang of young Glaswegians take a road trip for the ‘Festival of the 10th Summer‘. These lads are full of bravado and exuberance, formed by the books and music they love and the movies they endlessly quote..... (continued below 👇)

KarenUK Through the eyes of quiet Jimmy, and the charismatic Tully, we spend a wild weekend with them, as they dance, drink and joke the time away.
Jump forward 30 yrs and this friendship is no less significant to these men, as they face Tully‘s terminal illness and his final months.
Funny, moving and ultimately so heartbreaking, I loved it.
KarenUK @TrishB I think you might really like this one... 2y
LeahBergen This sounds good! 2y
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Soubhiville Ooo, sounds like something I‘d love! (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Oh, this sounds fabulous 💕 2y
TrishB Stacked, this sounds great, not out here until 1 September. 2y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB It‘s not out here until March! Thank goodness for transatlantic 1-clicking! 2y
KarenUK @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly It‘s on NetGalley as “read now” if that helps.... 2y
TrishB @KarenUK @MicheleinPhilly I don‘t do netgalley.....too scared of all the books piling up and not wanting to read them 😱 2y
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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast

So busy at work this week, so not my best reading week, but I loved what I read! Two coming of age novels, one new and one classic..... both for #popsugarsummer challenge.

Just started an #ARC called Mayflies, and so far so great! Works for #popsummer20 too! 😊👍
Also re-reading Cheryl Strayed on audio for a bookclub next week...

Next up, one I didn‘t get to this week, and another #ARC that comes in September..🎧💕

squirrelbrain The only one I‘ve read is Bonjour Tristesse..... I should start a #booktwin TBR list! 2y
Cinfhen You‘re becoming a #NetGalleyNerd xx 😘 just like the rest of us ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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KarenUK @squirrelbrain I love that idea! 💕😂 2y
KarenUK @Megabooks I loved it..... hence making my book club read it too 😉! 2y
KarenUK @cinfhen I‘m trying to be really well-behaved and not request too many, because I know I‘ll get easily overwhelmed! 💕🤦‍♀️ 2y
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#popsummer20 #update @Cinfhen

Progress so far is 13/20.... so 7 more to go....

Next up is the tagged book for #abookinvolvingasummerromance

Soubhiville Wow! You‘re doing great! 2y
Cinfhen Lovely collage💗💗💗You got this 🙌🏻😘 2y
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#popsummer20 #nostalgia

My favorite Nicholls yet. I love that perfect blend of funny, cringy, sad, snarky and sentimental that he has, this one particularly full of nostalgia for first love, capturing that summer between school and college, so bittersweet and life changing.
It‘s 1997, in an unnamed commuter town in Sussex (it could be my hometown.) Charlie is both lonely and bored, and has a pretty troubled home life...(continued in comments)👇

KarenUK ...He ends up joining a theatre group that is performing ‘Romeo & Juliet‘ (hence the title) and falls head over heels for the lovely Fran (who plays Juliet, though he is NO Romeo!) I love how Nicholls writes his characters with such affection. Charlie in all his teenage boy stupidity and awkwardness, and Fran is just so kind and grounded. No manic-pixie-dream-girl here! It‘s that perfect coming of age story, when boys mature later than girls.👇 (edited) 2y
KarenUK .... and “To not be a d*ck”, as Charlie puts it, “that was the greatest rite of passage”.
Warm, charming and addictive. Loved it!
(Did a print/audio combo and actor Rory Kinnear (pictured above) was a fabulous narrator) 💕
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Cinfhen I think you sold me!!!!! #stacked ♥️🎧 2y
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I‘ve completed my #PopSummer20 #ReadingChallenge 🎉💕📚🎉💕📚
My favorites were Summer of 69, Florence Adler Swims Forever & The Kiss Quotient💋

MicheleinPhilly Who are you and what have you done with Cindy? 😉 2y
Cinfhen I know @MicheleinPhilly #SappyCindy is here to stay....at least for a little while 😉😂😘 2y
KarenUK Wow! That‘s awesome! 👍💕.... I still have a way to go! I‘m at 13, so 7 left.... 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @KarenUK it was a fun challenge and it definitely had me reading books I normally would never pick up. 💞💞💞 2y
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This is a real life WOW. Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. He swore from the first moment that he was innocent and that one day justice would prevail. Justice came, but at such a price. Bryan Stevenson is a true hero, both men inspirations, voices for those silenced. Fantastic audio narration 🎧”Why does innocence have a price?” Our system is broken 💔

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At the half way point....Thank God I know this book ends well, because right now my blood is boiling 🤬The systemic racism is sickening 🤯😢#PopSummer20 #BookSpinBingo

LeeRHarry It‘s a rollercoaster alright! 2y
CuriousG I'm in the middle of listening to this one on audio. I find I need to take breaks as it can make me so mad!! 2y
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Sweet Sorrow | David Nicholls
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#bookreport & #weeklyforecast

A fun week of reading....
- Pew was subtle and strange, with beautiful language.
-Bunny was 🍌👖 in a really fun way!🐰💕
- Loved the brother sister story of The Dutch House... did a print/audio combo and Tom Hanks was outstanding as a narrator...

-In progress on a nostalgic David Nicholls for my #popsummer20

- My #litsytravellingbook and a Matthew Dicks #ARC up next (whose 2 previous books I‘ve really enjoyed) 👍

Cinfhen What a wonderful week and a good one coming up!!! I read BUNNY yesterday ~ so whacked 🤯🪓😆 2y
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How to Make a Book Report | Shirley E. Myers
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I had an awesome first week of August 🎉📚
One bail and I read 9 books!!!
Two ARCs for #NetGalleyReviewathon
Two more prompts for #PopSummer20
My favorite of the week was RODHAM

Crazeedi Wow, great job Cindy!!👏💖 2y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Crazeedi I think you would really like both Florence Adler & 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I have Florence Adler on my kindle but havent read yet. And I will definitely look for the other! Thanks for the recommendations! 2y
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TrishB Fab week 👍🏻 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I have 3 or 4 pandemic books on hold right now too! 😁 2y
Kdgordon88 What a great reading week! Lots of books I am interested in. 2y
squirrelbrain Wow! So many books! 📚📚📚 2y
Cinfhen It‘s all those audiobooks @squirrelbrain I‘m addicted @Kdgordon88 2y
Centique You‘re turning into SuperBookWoman - faster than a sped up audiobook, stronger than a library security guard, able to leap TBRs in a single bound! 😂 2y
Nute Dang, Girl! You move me!😁 @Centique Your last post is a perfect description for my girl! And so funny!😂 2y
Hollie I want to read Rodham- I got it on Libby but ended up sending it back for a better time when I‘m not knee deep in getting classes ready and can enjoy it. 2y
Megabooks Wow!! So impressed and Rodham was a top of last month for me! 2y
BarbaraBB So many books! With Self-Portrait and the Strout among them, I think there‘s no avoiding Rodham. Stacked! 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha @Centique @Nute Just don‘t expect me to get into those skimpy outfits 🦸I‘m too busy reading to hit the gym 🙄😂😂 2y
Cinfhen I really loved RODHAM, which I wasn‘t expecting @Hollie @Megabooks @BarbaraBB 2y
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I think I‘ve found my nostalgia pick for #popsummer20 😊💕👍
The Guardian review says.... “Sweet Sorrow is typical Nicholls: a little bit funny, a little bit sad with lashings of nostalgia” so it sounds perfect. 👌
I‘ve just started the audio and already loving it... and the era is perfect. It‘s ‘97 and the last day of school at a school disco, where “the Spice Girls playing is a kind of musical water-cannon to get the boys off the dance floor” 😂

KarenUK Also just realized that this is my 5th Nicholls novel and that I‘ve read all his books... who knew?🤷‍♀️... I guess I‘m a fan! He has the perfect blend of snark and sentimentality for me. 💕 (edited) 2y
mcctrish Stacking this, One Day is one of my top ( not sure of the number) books in my lifetime of reading 2y
Cinfhen Yay!!! Sounds like it could be a real winner🎶💘😊 2y
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