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JHSiess
The Club | Ellery Lloyd
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📬 𝔹𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕄𝕒𝕚𝕝 📖

Savoring the work of talented authors for the first time is a great joy. Thanks to Harper Perennial & Bibliolifestyle, I will be sampling the writing of 𝐄𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐋𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐝, which is, in actuality, the pseudonym adopted by the husband and wife team of Paul Vlitos and Collette Lyons.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛 was the 03/22 Reese's Book Club pick & a bestseller, available now in paperback.

Discovered any new authors recently?

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Jgacreations
The Club | Ellery Lloyd
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Mehso-so

Started slow but got better half way in. Entertaining

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Mirazzles
The Greenhouse | Auur A. lafsdttir, Brian Fitzgibbon
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This makes me wish for Spring…🌿🌼

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Chelsea.Poole
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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Pickpick

This is an absolute gem of a novel. I‘ve seen it described as “quiet” which it is, but also makes its point with a slam dunk! I think many readers will find something to love in this novel, it‘s political, a character study, and features exquisite nature writing. The way Magee inserted the facts of the attacks committed by and on the IRA was jarring, intentionally so, I imagine. A phenomenal read. And spoiler, I suppose but I despise Lloyd.

Chelsea.Poole This review doesn‘t do the book justice…I just read that back and it‘s rambling but that‘s usually how I review books I love 😆 anyway- thanks to @TheKidUpstairs for including this on your #auldlangspine list, I can‘t wait to read the others! 3w
TheKidUpstairs I can not remember the last time I was as angry at a fictional character as I was at Lloyd's decisions with regards to James. He went from being a somewhat bumbling fool, to a horribly insecure ass. I was so heartbroken for James. 3w
TheKidUpstairs I'm so glad you loved it, too! It was one I borrowed, but I think I have to get a copy for my own shelves. 3w
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BarbaraBB Great review! Very true. 3w
jlhammar Couldn‘t agree more - such a good book! Wonderful review. 3w
Chelsea.Poole @thekidupstairs ugh yes!! I think I was taken off guard that Lloyd is the villain because the story starts with him/centers around him which is exactly what colonizers do!! Expertly crafted for the best impact. I‘ll be thinking on this for some time. 3w
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB @jlhammar thank you both! I‘m just so grateful for the opportunity to read it, as it‘s one that got lost in the sea of books floating around in my brain. Thanks to @monalyisha for the magic of #alspine and @TheKidUpstairs for the wonderful taste in books! ☺️ 3w
TheKidUpstairs @Chelsea.Poole yes! The layers to her craft were so impressive. A totally engaging story, but the more you think about the story, the style, the way she circumvented narrative tropes, the interjections of historical facts about The Troubles, it just goes deeper and deeper. I also expected Lloyd to have a redemption arc, because the MC has to be redeemed, right? Showing just how much colonizer thought goes into the idea that history is about who 👇 2w
TheKidUpstairs ... gets to tell the story. (Sorry, that got totally rambling) 2w
Chelsea.Poole @TheKidUpstairs exactly! I was likely, unconsciously, waiting for him to be redeemed. But no he‘s just take, take, take! 2w
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Chelsea.Poole
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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LOVING The Colony from your list @TheKidUpstairs
So so thankful this was on your #auldlangspine list and the push to read it!
Dinner is always better with a side of book. 🥑

Lindy This is one of my favourites of 2022 👍 3w
TheKidUpstairs Your dinner looks delicious! 3w
TheKidUpstairs @Lindy it was so good. I was disappointed when it did not make the Booker shortlist. 3w
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Lindy @TheKidUpstairs me too 😕 3w
RebelReader I‘m looking forward to this one. 3w
BarbaraBB Such a fantastic book! 3w
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Chelsea.Poole
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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@TheKidUpstairs — FINALLY getting to my first #auldlangspine book from your list, and loving it already! I love the writing style, and I‘d love to spend the rest of the day reading it! But…life 😑

Cinfhen This was such a great book 🎉 4w
TheKidUpstairs You picked such a great book to start with! Glad you're enjoying it. 4w
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Laurak0291
The Club | Ellery Lloyd
Mehso-so

3.75/5

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AnneCecilie
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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#12Booksof2022 - day 9

Two men visits a island outside Ireland for different reasons. Their visit causes conflicts among them and the islanders.

Andrew65 A popular choice. 1mo
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vivastory
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#12booksof2022
After I compiled my 25 best of 22 list a couple of weeks ago, I almost immediately started second guessing my choices, due to the exclusion of several titles. High among these would be this lyrical, magical novella by Sjón about a priest hunting a blue fox & an herbalist who rescues a woman with Down Syndrome from a shipwreck. Although I read this in August in KC, this would make a perfect winter read.
@andrew65

Andrew65 Difficult to decide what we leave in and our and as you say second guessing ourselves afterwards. 1mo
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TheKidUpstairs
The Colony | Audrey Magee
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#12Booksof2022 On the eighth day of Christmas my reading gave to me...a month with THREE best of the year reads!

I picked the tagged as tops, because I think it's stuck with me the most, but August was probably the best reading month of the year for me. Three awesome titles from this month:
The Colony by Audrey Magee
The Trees by Percival Everett
Prayer for the Crown Shy by Becky Chambers

@Andrew65

BarbaraBB My favorite for this month too! 1mo
Andrew65 Possibly need to do a top 10 of all the recommendations after the end of #12Daysof2022 1mo
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