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squirrelbrain
Bellman & Black: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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I wouldn‘t normally choose to read a ‘ghost story‘ but I‘m really glad this was on your #nywd @LeeRHarry . It‘s the sort of book that works really well (for me anyway) on audio; kind of meandering and unhurried but with lots of beautiful prose and detail.

Have you read Once Upon a River, Lee? That‘s the only other Setterfield I‘ve read and I enjoyed this one just as much.

LeeRHarry No I haven‘t Helen - I did read The Thirteenth Tale and wasn‘t much of a fan. But I‘ll definitely check out this one if you enjoyed it as much as B&B 😊Yet again it puts a big smile on my face to see that you are enjoying the books on my list 😃💕 (edited) 2h
squirrelbrain That was the last one on the list Lee - going to post my ‘wrap up‘ shortly…. 😁 @LeeRHarry (edited) 2h
LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain yay! Looking forward to the wrap up 😊 2h
Readergrrl Bellman & Black was one of my favorite novels the year that I read it. I still think about it and it‘s been years. I loved the writing style and it‘s general ambiance! 1h
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Chelsea.Poole
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This is why #NYWD is so grand — I‘ve discovered an excellent read that was completely unknown to me prior to appearing on @Mitch ‘s list. Memory is an inmate in a Zimbabwean prison. She‘s writing her life story to someone who may be able to help her out of her situation, which allows readers to gain insight into her tragic childhood, and series of events that led Memory to where she is now. Tragic. My second read for #NewYearWhoDis

vlwelser It even matches your decor. 😍 10h
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Jerdencon
What Comes After: A Novel | JoAnne Tompkins
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About it 50 pages in and hooked! #newyearwhodis
@Kangaj1 @monalyisha

JamieArc I put this on my #NYWD list as well! 15h
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Chelsea.Poole
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Meant to post yesterday, but 3 day weekends = “what is time??”
Read some excellent books last week #bookreport
♥️the Franzen, can‘t wait for the rest of the series
👄My Body - great!
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Fault Lines - #doublespin
😢The Book of Memory - 2nd #NYWD
#weeklyforecast
Starting To Paradise and Oddball today in physical book format. Currently listening to Breezy St., and then The Plot, Intimacies, Just Mercy on deck 🎧

vivastory I've never read Franzen but I've heard so many great things about the new one that I'll definitely be reading it 20h
Linsy Loved Oddball! Sarah's Scribbles is always so fun 19h
Cinfhen I‘m eagerly awaiting your thoughts on To Paradise!! What do you think about Breezy Street??? I laughed and cried multiple times 19h
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Cinfhen Just Mercy was INCREDIBLE and I liked both Intimacies & The Plot. 19h
Cinfhen Enjoy your day off 💝 19h
Chelsea.Poole @vivastory his characters are real people, more than any other author I‘ve read. I loved Freedom, Purity and The Corrections. Hope you enjoy this new one. 18h
Chelsea.Poole @Linsy glad to hear you loved it! I‘m looking forward to a bit of light reading and Sarah‘s Scribbles are exactly what you said, fun! 17h
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen oh my Brenda is a hoot! She‘s been THROUGH IT! but her storytelling is great. Definitely rough, but also loving the humor as well. 17h
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen oh good, sounds like my forecast will delivery some good ones 😊 17h
Chelsea.Poole @cinfhen and thank you! We are buried under a pile of snow and the boys are loving it! ❄️ 17h
ChasingOm I ask myself “what is time” nearly every day at this point. 🤣 17h
rmaclean4 Loved Intimacies, hope you also. 15h
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Kdgordon88
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#BeginsWith #Book

This one is on my #NYWD list. I probably won‘t get to it in January but intend to read off my list throughout the rest of the year.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve heard good things! 📚🙌🏻 11h
Eggs Sounds so good 😊 10h
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Chelsea.Poole
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Finished this heartbreaker last night while the kids had movie night and the snow fell. It was a perfect cozy evening which only highlighted the devastating circumstances of Memory‘s life. #NYWD

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squirrelbrain
The Yellow Bird Sings | Jennifer Rosner
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A very powerful novel following Roza and her daughter Shira as they flee from the Nazis. I found the first section, as they hide in a barn for months, particularly claustrophobic. It is clear from the afterword how much research the author did and the care she took to intertwine real people‘s stories into her novel.

Thank you for including this on your #nywd list @LeeRHarry - I had never even heard of it before so wouldn‘t have read it otherwise.

LeeRHarry Glad you liked it 😊 I read it last Feb and I still remember it well. I felt it was quite different to a lot of WWII fiction I‘ve read previously. 5h
LeeRHarry I also really liked the way it ended 😊 5h
squirrelbrain Yes, I felt it was a different perspective @LeeRHarry and also liked the way it ended; positive, but still left open to interpretation. 2h
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CarolynM
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Mehso-so

Seeing all the glowing reviews makes me wonder if I read the same book as everyone else. I thought the set up was contrived and the whole thing could have done with a serious edit. And while the resolution of the central murder was good, a lot of the explanation of the surrounding circumstances was hard to credit. Thanks @TrishB for sending this to me. I'm glad I read it even if its not a favourite.
#nywd @AmyG @monalyisha

Amiable I had the same feeling. I liked it OK but didn‘t have the same love for it that others seemed to have. 2d
CarolynM @amiable Glad it wasn't just me🙂 1d
AmyG Oh well. I guess you never know unless you give it a try. 1d
TrishB Sorry it didn‘t work out for you- agree with @AmyG you never know! 1d
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JamieArc
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I often need to be dragged into books that have domestic hardships and are going to rip my heart apart, like this book. I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it, in part due to the writing style, but the plot drove me forward and the characters drew me in. And indeed, I shed tears through the last pages, for Robin and Duchess, for Vincent, Walk, and even Darke. Strong start for #NYWD

JamieArc Also, do NOT look at videos for the search “blond cowgirl” 😳😵🙈🙈🙈 2d
monalyisha Ha! The follow-up comment. 😂 2d
TheBookHippie I‘ve had problems with searching for images for my buddy reads!!! 😝😂🤦🏻‍♀️😱 1d
TheLudicReader I agree that it takes a bit to settle in to Whitaker‘s writing style…but then Duchess just takes you by the hand and you have to go. I think I would have followed that girl anywhere. ❤️ 1d
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DebinHawaii
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A enthusiastic pick! I💙this book, the story, the messages, the characters. It gave me all of the feels & with tough workdays, it was great to read a few chapters each night. I held out reading the last 50-ish pages because I wasn‘t ready for it to end. A big MAHALO to @Chrissyreadit for having it on your #NewYearWhoDis list which finally pushed me to buy & read it. Now I may get the audiobook with one of my Audible credits & listen to it. #NYWD

CoffeeNBooks This was one of my favorite books I read in 2021! 2d
Chrissyreadit Yay!!! I have @CBee to thank for encouraging me to read it ❤️ #blameitinlitsy 2d
Yoricke_SouthAfrica One of the most amazing books I read ever, and my favourite book of 2021! 2d
CBee @Chrissyreadit you‘re welcome!! So cool it ended up on your #NYWD list ♥️♥️♥️ 2d
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