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pigeonsandcrows
Fire Sermon | Jamie Quatro
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The story of a neurotic middle aged woman who marries the first man she has sex with in college to make up to God for the fact she's fornicated, then 25 years later tiesherself in psychological knots questioning why God is compelling her to have an affair if He is also prohibiting her from doing so. I found everything about this book questionable, and would've bailed on it if it weren't for my book club (continued in the comments)

pigeonsandcrows ... and, sadly, one that I proposed. I couldn't connect with the protagonist, Maggie, at all, despite being a neurotic married middle aged pseudointellectual myself. We're told she has the prototype of the enviable life, with perfect house, kids, more money than she knows what to do with, good looks, brains, "very fit," but is dissatisfied with all that perfection (largely because she really, really doesn't like having sex with her hot husband... 2mo
pigeonsandcrows ...who is an agnostic and she can't talk about God stuff with him). Anyway, Maggie is spineless and never takes personal responsibility for any choice she makes, telling herself that someone (God or her husband, usually) is forcing her to feel or do something. This book is her inner life and thoughts more than it is a traditional novel with things like character development, a plot, or a storyline. 2mo
pigeonsandcrows Perhaps I missed something- in fact, it's clear I did, as there are many rave reviews on Goodreads- but I can't in good conscience recommend this book to anyone. 2mo
Susannah I agree with your assessment 99%. The only point I‘d argue is that you‘re not a pseudo intellectual. You‘re just a regular one. 😊 2mo
Redwritinghood Totally agree. This book was just a whiny woman trying not to take responsibility for her own actions. It was stupid. 2mo
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Lizpixie
Blood & Sugar | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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Bottom half of the right side #stack of my #Scareathlon #TBR has quite a range of titles for #TeamSlaughter including paranormal thriller(Platform Seven, House Of Salt & Sorrow)historical crime(Blood & Sugar, The Murder Of Harriet Monckton)& scary slasher(The Chestnut Man, Too Close To Breathe)See anything you want to read?

Clwojick I haven‘t read or heard of any of these, with the exception of Triptych, obviously. But I‘m the type of person who picks up books based on the cover and spine, so I‘d definitely be interested in a handful of these. Specifically the very bottom one, and the red one. ♥️ 2mo
Clwojick And because the font is so beautiful, also 2mo
Lizpixie @Clwojick I‘m a total #coverlove junkie as well! Blood & Sugar, Too Close To Breathe & The Chestnut Man were all Goldsboro BOTM‘s so they‘re all signed 1st editions too. Platform Seven is also signed from Waterstones though. House Of Salt And Sorrows was last months FairyLoot book but I would‘ve bought it anyway, I love stories set in small Oceanside villages🌊 2mo
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Owlizabeth
The Wolf | Leo Carew
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Aw hell, I went and bought more books. I‘ve been wanting to reread ALL (because my soul needs shredding, apparently), I‘ve been curious about Anne Bishop‘s non-Others work, and The Wolf sounded interesting. Though when I‘ll have time 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ #stacksonstacksonstacks

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Emilymdxn
Sympathy | Olivia Sudjic
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Fascinating opinion piece in the Guardian by Olivia Sudjic about ‘the novel‘ for millennials. Pieces this broad are never going to agree with every last thing I think, and I haven‘t read that many of the books she mentions, but definitely worth reading. Thoughts anyone?

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/aug/17/what-makes-a-millennial-novel-oliv...

Moray_Reads Bookmarking for later. I saw Olivia at edbookfest last year and she was incredible 4mo
sudi I'm currently reading Normal People by Sally Rooney. And Severance had been on my TBR. I haven't heard about the others but they sound interesting. 4mo
TrishB Interesting article, I‘ve read quite a few, some I‘ve liked, some I haven‘t. Which is pretty much the same for any books that are pigeon holed into a genre I think. 4mo
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KarenUK Thank you for sharing... so interesting... 💕 4mo
saresmoore I really like her point about the theme of searching for a safe place—“the combination of homesickness and alienation”—which I‘ve felt consistently in so much writing by Millennials (including my own now I think about it.) I devoured Sudjic‘s Sympathy and it was probably my favorite read of last year. 4mo
Billypar Great article! It's refreshing to see her tackle the qualities of millennial novels with more complexity than the "novels with social media and irresponsible characters" caricature. I agree with her point on the dubious 'voice of a generation' label. I do like having literary books/authors in common with strangers that aren't just what you read in high school, but it needn't be a single author when so many are doing good work. 4mo
Emilymdxn @Moray_Reads so jealous I‘d love to see her live! I just quietly stalk her on Instagram lol 4mo
Emilymdxn @Sudi I absolutely want to read Severance! It‘s one of the ones I most want to get round to this year 4mo
Emilymdxn @TrishB I felt the same for sure. While I absolutely do like Sally Rooney I don‘t think I quite get the hype around her books - they were both solid 7/10s for me but not my absolute faves the way they seem to be for so many people. I‘m a diehard Moshfegh fan tho - I thought it was fascinating to see such diverse books linked this way, are there any you‘d particularly recommend that were mentioned there? Severance is high on my list 4mo
Emilymdxn @karenuk thank you! Glad you liked it, I always worry I‘m annoyingly shoving articles in people‘s faces so great to know people enjoy them! 4mo
Emilymdxn @saresmoore I felt exactly the same so interesting that we both picked out the same thing. I absolutely adored Sympathy too one of the most memorable books I‘ve read this year. Have you read Exposure too? I think her non fiction is every bit as good as her fiction and it‘s quite rare I get to say that about a writer! 4mo
Emilymdxn @billypar I really liked that too - I‘d be wary of anyone picking out one author and telling me it summarised the entire life experience of me and people fifteen years older than me! Insofar as I am a millennial anyway, born 1996 so I‘m the cut off year 4mo
TrishB Severance was my fav on this list. I didn‘t like Conversations....so I haven‘t yet read Normal People - but will eventually! 4mo
Billypar Exactly- another example of how the dialogue about millennials is more revealing than whatever the observation is. I too was born on a cut off year...the other cutoff though 😬 4mo
saresmoore Oh, I will absolutely be reading that. 4mo
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Bibliophile.93
The Wolf | Leo Carew
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OriginalCyn620
Sympathy | Olivia Sudjic
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TrishB
Sympathy | Olivia Sudjic
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Cindy - I‘ve started!! Which basically means I‘ve read the first few chapters in the bath!
Off out to see my boys bring the cup 🏆 home in a bit . Hopefully get a few more chapters in later.

Cinfhen My day got a little crazzy 😩no reading off to see your boys sounds awesome!!!! Enjoy & celebrate 6mo
squirrelbrain Have a fab time! 😁👍❤️ 6mo
TrishB @Cinfhen ❤️💜 xx 6mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain 😘👍🏻 6mo
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Emilymdxn
Sympathy | Olivia Sudjic
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#bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

10k steps (did an extra round of the supermarket to make it 😂), had to do an escalator but I walked so doesn‘t count as taking one I‘ve decided, and my best gym sesh so far!

Finished Sympathy and got over half way through Salt Path.

I love this challenge! Bit of a lonely evening for me otherwise but I feel so proud and connected with all you guys, working on this and starting my notebook has made my day

Leftcoastzen Love the extra supermarket walking! Whatever works!😁 7mo
Megabooks Great job! 7mo
squirrelbrain Well done! And you have beautiful handwriting ❤️ 7mo
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wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 7mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 7mo
dariazeoli Great job! 🙌🏻 7mo
Kaye 🌟 7mo
BethM 👍Litsy is the best for connection! 7mo
Bklover You have lovely handwriting! And great job!!!! 7mo
Caterina Great job!! This challenge has been great for community for me too, especially since I'm between degrees and jobs right now and in recovery from surgery. 😊 Love your handwriting by the way, it's very old-fashioned-talented-poet-y. 😍 7mo
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Emilymdxn
Sympathy | Olivia Sudjic
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Not totally what I was expecting, but this was an amazing character portrait of a bizarre, unpleasant but empathic and recognisable person. I‘d call it a state of the nation novel but it‘s not about one nation, a state of the Internet novel? I rarely feel like novels get social media right, it‘s easy to feel lecturing or cringy, but I thought this really got it right. Instagram was probably my favourite character.

saresmoore Excellent review. I loved this book for just the reasons you mention. I feel like she nailed that dreamlike discomfort that social media brings to our lives. 7mo
Cinfhen Here‘s another suggestion for #socialmediafocus @Kathrin #Booked2019 7mo
Kathrin @Cinfhen This ones sounds good and it's available as audiobook on Scribd. Win win!! 7mo
Cinfhen Oh good!! I‘ve seen good reviews. A few others have read it for #booked2019 @Kathrin 7mo
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Emilymdxn
Sympathy | Olivia Sudjic
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@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

1. Sympathy (tagged) and Nausea. I started Choked but left it at work so guess I‘m taking a break until Monday!

2. Spark Joy - very very green

3. Bluebells, foxgloves and dog violets

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 🌱🌿 7mo
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