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Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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#AyUpAugust A few titles I read this year that have an #animal in the title 🐒🦐🦈 🐯🦔🐲I think my favorites were the tagged book, Monkey God & Moon Tiger. My least favorite was probably the most popular book, Crawdads🤷🏼‍♀️Special shoutout to @BookaholicNatty & @Simona for each gifting me one of these books ♥️

Cathythoughts Nice cover on Moon Tiger ! I need to read that one 5d
Cinfhen That‘s the edition I read @Cathythoughts and it was gifted to me by the lovely @Simona ❤️definitely read it, beautiful writing 🙌🏻 I think it‘s right in your wheelhouse 😊 5d
squirrelbrain Loved Hedgehog! Sounds like I may need to read Moon Tiger as well! 5d
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gradcat Beautiful post! Such a gaggle of great books here!! ♥️ (edited) 5d
KarenUK Hedgehog is a fave of mine, and I just got Moon Tiger on book depository based on your review! 💕👍😊 5d
Cinfhen I see what you did there @gradcat 😉oh no #Pressure #MoonTiger @KarenUK @squirrelbrain Hope you both enjoy it!!! 5d
BarbaraBB Great post! I loved Moon Tiger, but Hedgehog not that much. And I really enjoyed Crawdads... ☺️😊 (edited) 4d
Cinfhen Seems we‘re out of sync recently @BarbaraBB How‘s your jet lag??? 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen it was the worst (I could read Poisonwood Bible all night) but now I‘m back on track. And in sync with you again, I am looooving 4d
Cinfhen Woohoo on LOVING “Rivers” BooHoo on jet lag😩 Did u end up enjoying Poisonwood Bible???? @BarbaraBB Are u back at work??? That must be hard too!!! 4d
BarbaraBB Yes I did enjoy Poisonwood too! And I am back at work. That‘s hard indeed, especially since it is raining all day too. It‘s weird to think that only a week ago I was sunbathing on Hampton Beach... 4d
gradcat @Cinfhen I‘m very punny, you know. By the way, just wanted to add that the tagged book is one of my all-time favorites—I see I‘m in good company, @BarbaraBB ! 3d
Reviewsbylola I loved Hedgehog!! 2d
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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This is a powerful and difficult read and I advise caution. There is no sugar-coating here and while I hesitate to use the word graphic the scenes of rape are distressing. The story is distressing and O'Neill handles it with the perfect balance of bluntness and sensitivity. Emma's interior monologue is painfully authentic and her inner conflicts cleverly portrayed 👇

Moray_Reads O'Neill has written a hugely important book here, that looks unflinchingly society's attitudes to women and to rape but one of my biggest takeaways is the internalised misogyny displayed by so many of the female characters. Because we do it too, we judge in precisely the places and ways we would most hate to be judged and, ladies, we need to do better and demand better. 6d
TrishB Great summary, I love- hated this book. And the parents 😡😡😡 6d
Moray_Reads @TrishB It's really well done but goodness, it's bleak and everyone's determination to do and say anything that made the situation “easier“ was terrifying 6d
Kalalalatja Perfect review! This is one of the books that inspired me to write my thesis about rape victims decision to report the rape to the police. I got to tell this to O‘Neill last year at a book festival, and she was so nice! 6d
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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This is definitely one of the most difficult novels I've ever read

TrishB Made me so angry. 7d
Moray_Reads @TrishB so angry I feel sick 7d
TrishB Yep, I won‘t say anymore until you‘ve finished though! 6d
BarbaraBB Sounds horrible. 6d
Moray_Reads @BarbaraBB it's a very difficult read but I admire O'Neill's unflinching approach. There's no sugarcoating here 6d
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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When Emma O‘Donovan wakes up on her porch, naked and sunburned, #RumorHasIt she acted like a s**t and had sex at a party, while letting the guys take pictures of her. In reality, Emma was taken advantage of, raped, and humiliated, and this book is a look at how a girl reacts to such a treatment.


Cinfhen Sounds like such a hard read!! 5mo
Reviewsbylola Wow, so awful. Sounds like this book packs a punch. 5mo
ShyBookOwl This sounds like an important and powerful read... but that cover throws me 🤔 5mo
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Mdargusch Wow! Sounds devastating! Reminds me of that same type of thing that happened in Steubenville, Ohio awhile back. 5mo
ElishaLovesBooks Wow, that sounds intense! 5mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @ElishaLovesBooks it is tough, heart breaking, and it made me soooo angry! But, now with some professional insight into the subject as well, everything in the book is just way too common. It is sad, just sad... @ShyBookOwl don‘t let the cover scare you! The MC is described as a very popular, kinda mean girl type, which might explain the cover. Also, O‘Neill‘s other book also had a Barbie on the cover 5mo
ShyBookOwl @Kalalalatja interesting. Thanks! 5mo
Kalalalatja @Mdargusch it actually does have a lot of similarities to the Steubenville case, as far as I remember. Definitely a lot of victim blaming, a lot of shame and self blame, and a bit of loss of faith in humanity, as a reader 😔 5mo
Mdargusch I wonder if that incident motivated this author then? 5mo
Kalalalatja @Mdargusch I just found this article, where she, among others, mentions Steubenville as an inspiration https://www.google.dk/amp/s/www.thejournal.ie/louise-oneill-asking-for-it-interv... 5mo
emilyhaldi 😕 5mo
gradcat Again, another great choice. 5mo
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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Books read for this season! #booked2019

Female Detective: Aunty Lee‘s Deadly Specials
Fairytale Retelling: Ash
Reminds you of your Happy Place: From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Related to a Podcast: Adnan‘s Story
Irish Author: Asking for It
New to you Author: No and Me

Cinfhen Yay!!!! Well done 👍🏻 5mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Thanks!! Looking forward to starting the next set of prompts!! 5mo
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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Congrats on your milestone @Moray_Reads ???

I‘m trying not to be a cliché, so I‘m not going with P&P. Instead I‘m going with the tagged book, and its namesake by Kate Harding. I read the two books at the same time, and they motivated me to write my master‘s thesis on rape victims, and fuelled my dream of one day working with treatment of rape victims psychological trauma.


Moray_Reads I have both of these books on your recommendation but haven't been brave enough to read either yet 😣 I really hope they help to start you on your career the way that my choice helped me. Your turn will come. Thanks for entering ❤️ 9mo
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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I have been quiet today because I‘m at BogForum, the Danish book event of the year. And I just saw Louise O‘Neill speak. She was BRILLIANT, and so sweet! She talked about feminism, sexual trauma, eating disorders and politics, and I‘m here for it! 👏👏

TrishB Sounds fab 👍🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts Great picture. She looks really well ❤️👍🏻 10mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @Cathythoughts she was just amazing! And she signed books afterwards, even though it wasn‘t part of the program, and she was so sweet about it 👌 10mo
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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These two #FactFiction books are way too appropriate for today considering all that‘s going on in the American Senate yesterday 😔 #Ibelieveher

To all victims out there, I believe you, I hear you ❤️


Cinfhen So appropriate ~ yesterday was brutal to watch!! 11mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen so painful to watch!!but I fear today may be worse, as I expect them to plow ahead with the nomination. 11mo
ephemeralwaltz 👏👏👏👏👏 11mo
Cinfhen I‘d put money on it that you are right @4thhouseontheleft 🙄 11mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft I‘m hoping for the best, but from my limited knowledge of the American government, it doesn‘t look good 👎 11mo
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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Thank you so much for the birthday love @TrishB @Oryx and @Caroline2 ! I feel thoroughly spoiled and have a big grin on my face! #jbuk Thank you!!!

Caroline2 Happy birthday!!! 🍰🥂🎈 I hope you had a lovely day! 😘 11mo
jhod @Caroline2 I did, thank you! Ate and drank lots of 🐙, 🍦and🍹and did lots of 📚 and 🏊‍♀️. Perfect. Back home tonight and opening up #jbuk parcels made the thought of work tomorrow much easier - thanks again 💕 11mo
TrishB Happy extended birthday 🎉🎉🍰🥂 11mo
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Cathythoughts Happy belated Birthday.. I did send you on something last week .. I hope it makes it‘s way to you 🤞🏻 11mo
jhod Oh thank you @Cathythoughts - I have two redeliveries coming tomorrow. I love extending my birthday - ha!!! Thank you 💕💕 11mo
Oryx Happy birthday! 11mo
squirrelbrain Hi Jess, I too sent you something last week so hopefully that‘s one of your redeliveries..... Sounds like you had a fab birthday! ❤️ 11mo
jhod @squirrelbrain thank you! To let you and @cathythoughts know that royal mail didn't come up trumps today - will see if they do tmrw! Thanks again💖💖💖 11mo
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