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Bookwomble
Fluffy | Simone Lia
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This GN about an alienated man & his bunny was heading towards a So-So, but managed to pull some psychological depth out of its hat (see what I did there 🎩🐰) at the end that raised it to a low Pick.
Appearances to the contrary, this isn't a children's book, its themes being existential angst, emotional cowardice/defensiveness/avoidance (depending on how judgemental you're feeling) and adult relationships, with a side-order of cutesy goofiness.

Bookwomble The photo I've taken shows up the dirt on this library book, which makes me feel rather icky! 😬 3d
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rabbitprincess
Death at Windsor Castle | C. C. Benison
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A favourite that I re-read in a day. Love this series!

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BarbaraBB
The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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Mehso-so

Not for me this book. Normally I like travel books and I‘d love to hike across England but this story was just too much. Too many setbacks for the main characters who I cared too little about to feel for them. Bitchy I know, can‘t help it 🤷🏻‍♀️

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emmaturi
The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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Another great story from Beth O'Leary, three women all have dates with Joseph Carter but he doesn't turn up. Each chapter is from the POV of the three women, Miranda, Siobhan and Jane. It funny and sad.

LiteraryinLawrence I was really impressed by this one! 1w
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The Good Immigrant | Nikesh Shukla

"Being a model minority is code for being on perpetual probation," Wei Ming Kam.

"It's easy to cling to a position of privilege when it acts as protection from the ever-present danger of being seen as outsiders, but playing to the myth of the 'good immigrant' does not lead to real equality, or even acceptance. Breaking out of the 'model minority' box and looking beyond that status towards humanity and freedom is the long game."

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RaeLovesToRead
The Good Immigrant | Nikesh Shukla
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This paragraph 💕
Essay by Himesh Patel

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kathedron
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Dystopia? Straight-up horror, more like! Artists and writers who persist in creating are maimed (like some kind of Dantean contrapasso); people who live alone are forced to relocate to windowless, doorless communal "retreats" where the TV is always on; those who show emotion are "cured"; mindless cruelty to animals... thank goodness this disorienting novella in connected stories wasn't any longer 'cause it's given me the heebie-jeebies, big time!

Bookwomble I read this earlier in the year and thought it was fantastic. I got the chills, too 😰 3w
BarbaraBB Intriguing review. I‘ll stack! 3w
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TrishB
The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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This was like a horror story for me: outdoors, insects, camping, walking, wet clothes, dirty hair, weather, no food, no home.
I‘ll be having nightmares. I think they were bonkers and nothing would make me do this.
#booked2022 #involvesanexploration

julesG Ooooh, I should read this. Might give me the creeps I've been looking for. 😁 1mo
TrishB @julesG it gave me plenty! 1mo
Oryx I love this review 😂 1mo
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Deblovestoread Best review ever! 1mo
Lauram 😆 1mo
EvieBee Black platform docs and a whole lot of dirt just don‘t mix. I envision the “Enjoy the Silence” music video; “words are very unnecessary.” 1mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 I am so with you here. 1mo
Cinfhen I really enjoyed this book but I‘m not eager to continue on their journey!! Fantastic review 😁💕 1mo
TrishB @Oryx @Deblovestoread @Lauram @EvieBee @LeahBergen @Cinfhen not having a bed each night is just frightening to me. 1mo
TrishB @EvieBee exactly! 1mo
Reggie Lolol 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Seriously!! I‘m not a camping person either. Give me that luxury hotel EVERY time! 1mo
BarbaraBB 🤣🤣 1mo
Centique 100% 🙌🙌 4w
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Saving Agnes: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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"I always believed there would be a point where I would definitely know if I was happy - when I would become myself, if you see what I mean, instead of just impersonating what I thought I should be. And now I feel as if I've suddenly woken up and things have gone by without me seeing them."

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vivastory
They | Kay Dick
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This strange slim book of linked stories first came to my attention over a year ago on an episode of Backlisted on Hughes' In a Lonely Place. Lucy Scholes' afterword compares They to Kavan's Ice. I was reminded of Kavan while reading They, but I was also reminded of John Wyndham's cosy catastrophes. In villages while friends & romantic partners talk about art & life they also wait for roving anonymous bands of people who sneak in & vandalize👇

vivastory their books & paintings. Subject to anxiety & random acts of violence, they attempt to make meaning of their unusual world. I found this book memorable & the portrayal of other citizens being the looming threat to be sadly relevant. 1mo
Bookwomble I agree with the sad relevance and the Wyndham vibe, as you noted elsewhere 😊 1mo
batsy Great review. Need to read this, Ice (sitting on my shelf for years!), and Wyndham (love the term "cosy catastrophes"!) 1mo
vivastory @batsy I think you'd love Ice. It's one of the stranger dystopian books I've read. Wyndham's Chrysalids is one of my favorites of the year. I was a bit reminded of The Slynx while reading it. 1mo
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