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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Finally finished this one. I found it a little tough to wrap my head around at first but I'm eager to read the next in the trilogy now. Solid 4⭐️.

Crocodile on the Sandbank was a pleasant discovery for #Foodandlit22 but the end blew it big time. Overall a good listen 3⭐️.

Library hold on Death on the Nile is about to lapse so I'm hustling on that one.
Tempests and Slaughter I may DNF audiobook because I'm just not that into it, even at 63%.

Read-y_Picker @wideeyedreader I'm glad I stuck with Gideon! I had been wanting to read it for so long it was just so complicated to get into. Tempests and Slaughter is not working for me though. Maybe because I'm listening while I work, I just keep glazing over whole parts and it's not really sticking. #NYWD2022 @monalyisha 6mo
wideeyedreader @Read-y_Picker I‘m so glad you like Gideon!!! It‘s one of my all-time favorites already, lol. Tempests and Slaughter is different, lol. No shame in leaving it! 6mo
Andrew65 Great progress 👏👏👏🙌 6mo
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tenar
Crippled | Frances Ryan
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Crippled, recording the extreme impact of Britain‘s welfare cuts on its disabled population, is the kind of reporting that‘s so damning it should‘ve changed everything.

The UN has called the situation “a human rights catastrophe”, and this short book illustrates clearly, with both personal stories and data, that when a range of services are cut, it creates a cumulative effect in which the most in need will experience the greatest deprivation.

tenar Key to the story is how the gutting was paired with a narrative pushed by members of the government and media to vilify disabled benefits recipients, leading to an increase in hate crimes against the disabled and greater public tolerance of the “catastrophe”.

I learned so much about how welfare is eroded & what kinds of supports can be crucial to independent living. Thank you for the suggestion, @jenniferw88! Book 2 for #newyearwhodis #nywd2022
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Bookwomble It's heartbreaking to see the devastation caused to the vulnerable in this country by a political party which just doesn't give a shit ☹ 7mo
tenar @Bookwomble It truly is. The stories in this book touched me! An interesting point made was how some of what we think of as natural vulnerability is created by policy - when stronger supports are in place, many more disabled people and their family members are able get an education and to work, which greatly lowers their economic vulnerability. 6mo
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Bookwomble @tenar Blaming the disenfranchised for their own difficulties is a favourite Tory tactic. It's weird that individual Tories can be really nice people, and then vote for such horrible policies 🤷🏻‍♂️ Saying that, I think it's an unfortunate human trait, rather than a specifically political one. 6mo
tenar @Bookwomble I agree. The book briefly touches on Labour‘s lack of counter-narrative to the “benefit scrounger” myth, and I read it like they don‘t know enough to have one. There‘s a lack of interest in learning about disabled people‘s needs across the board, and the disability rep in government is so low. Taking seriously a book like this, I think, would lead to improved policy ideas from all parts of the political spectrum. (well… I‘d hope🤞🏻) 6mo
Bookwomble @tenar I hope so, too 🤞🏻 (though it's telling that this is something we actually need to hope for). 6mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I liked this. It was very interesting to hear the cultural expectations on marriage, family and career but also the routine measures Keiko went into daily to create an appearance of "normalcy" in society while knowing that she is perfectly happy where she is in life.

#NYWD2022 #jumpstart2022 #bookspinbingo #20in4 #aestheticallymatched
@TheAromaofBooks @MaleficentBookDragon @monalyisha @Clwojick @Andrew65

MaleficentBookDragon Yay! I‘m glad you liked one. I‘m way behind in books but hopefully I‘ll have some if yours read soon. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
Andrew65 Great👏👏👏 7mo
Clwojick Great match! 6mo
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FantasyChick
The Drowning Kind | Jennifer McMahon
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Really enjoyed this. Probably my favourite from the author so far. Altogether creepy, unsettling, sad and desperate. The dual timelines were an excellent choice here!

#NYWD2022 #aestheticallymatched #bookspinbingo #jumpstart2022 #20in4
@monalyisha @MaleficentBookDragon @Clwojick @Lizpixie @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks

Clwojick Ooooh. Yes. I love this match! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon Yay!!! You are booking through my list. 7mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 7mo
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Readathon storybook: Oshindonga & English | Dorian Haarhoff, Linekela Shipindo Moshindonga, Sarie Maritz
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It's time for my favourite reward at the end of a long month: 20 hours of reading time!! 📚🎁

#20in4 #Readathon
@Andrew65

Goals:
Finish my #NYWD2022 selection for January - Gideon the Ninth
Finish The Crocodile on the Sandbank for #FoodandLit22
Then read some more...!

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Untitled | Unknown
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I don't know if January passed slowly or quickly but as people are already posting their February TBRs, here's mine.

Many MANY selections rolled over from January.
@wideeyedreader I've got another spot reserved for #NYWD2022 because you gave me such a great list and also library holds can be mighty unpredictable.
I'm struggling through Gideon still but it's starting to pick up and my only remaining goal is to finish it!

#Bookspin #Bookspinbingo

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FantasyChick
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It's entirely possible that I may have already read my most disappointing book of the year. I look forward to Sager's latest every summer and I tried with this, I really did. The twists weren't bad but predictable and kind of cheesy. The slow, SLOW pace couldn't keep me interested. The characters were very bland. What I did like was the style...which I didn't understand until the end. But that was fun. I hope his next one's better 🤞

Lizpixie Yeah, his books are always hit or miss for me too. Can‘t stop acquiring them though! I may have a problem🤔 (edited) 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I still haven't read any of his books, although I have several of them on my TBR. I'll probably not start with this one, though haha 7mo
monalyisha Yikes! I have faith in others on your list! Good luck. 🍀 7mo
MaleficentBookDragon Oh no! Sorry. I agree some of his are much better than others. 7mo
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Emilymdxn
MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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Thank you @LapReader for this #nywd2022 rec! @monalyisha

Hard to review. This book is clearly incredible, important and beautifully written, but I also can‘t say I ‘enjoyed‘ reading it. I like dark books but… wow. Having said that, the ending which I won‘t spoil was simple and cathartic enough that I‘d say it made it worth it. Now time to go read something very light and frothy with absolutely no important themes.

monalyisha Oof! It sounds like you can be proud of yourself for having consumed “L”iterature…and that the author can be proud for having created something so crafted and of such substance. Now, something sweet! 📖✨🍬 7mo
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BarbaraJean
Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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“…through the act of reading my words, the patterns that form your thoughts become an imitation of the patterns that once formed mine. And in that way I live again, through you.”

#NYWD2022 #NewYearWhoDis

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BarbaraJean
Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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“If our lives are tales that Allah tells, then we are the audience as well as the players, and it is by living these tales that we receive their lessons.”

I‘m really enjoying these stories—Chiang is such a fantastic, fascinating writer.

#NewYearWhoDis #NYWD2022

Blaire So happy you‘re enjoying it. His writing is so creative and really made me think in a different way. 7mo
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