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WomanistBibliophile
Praise Song for the Butterflies | Bernice L. McFadden
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‘Scars are proof of survival, they shouldn‘t be hidden—it‘s a story someone may need to see in order to believe that beyond their pain and suffering, there is healing.‘

Reading towards healing
#blacklit #womensprize

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WomanistBibliophile
An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I wanted to love this book. The more I heard about it, the more I thought I might love it. But I didn‘t. The writing is excellent, the idea is important—the plotting and the the characterisation of the protagonists lost me.
I know it‘s a super popular book and am keen to hear what you thought about it? Were you absorbed by the story? Did the characters make sense to you?
#blitsy #womensprize

mc916 Oh this was my favorite read for 2018! I loved all the characters, mostly because they were flawed in ways we would never see. Very relevant to what real people are like! 1w
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jhod
Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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#womensprize shortlist readings in Cadogan Hall

Lovely people and talented writers! All extraordinary!

And the woman who read Milkman (and who did the audiobook) was incredible!
#womensprize2019

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KarenUK
Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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#womensprize shortlist ..... I‘m really sad not to see Sally Rooney on the shortlist 😕 I loved Normal People! But it‘s an interesting list as always...
Only read American Marriage so far, but will be trying to catch up on the rest.... 📚👍

Megabooks It‘s a great list! 2mo
Kalalalatja Not a fan of Milkman or Circe, but loved American Mariage, and want to the read the other three 📚 2mo
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CaroPi
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Just starting this beautiful book that is part of the short list for the #womensprize first 50 pages but so far so good

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charl08
Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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Well, I wasn't expecting that.

#womensprize #shortlist

batsy Me too! 2mo
youneverarrived Me either 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
RidgewayGirl It‘s certainly the first time that they chose mostly books I‘ve already read! 2mo
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charl08 @batsy I never guess it. @youneverarrived 😫 2mo
charl08 @ridgewaygirl one year I'm going to get past 3 books (without reading all of them) 2mo
thebluestocking I was surprised too! I‘ve read and liked four of these. (I haven‘t read Ordinary People or Silence.) 2mo
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youneverarrived
Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Pickpick

Evocative, brutal and atmospheric. It‘s got a lot going on for such a small book; misogyny, nationalism, domestic and child abuse. It has its moments of lightness, too. The ending was a shocker, not what I was expecting. I think it easily could have been made into a full length novel but maybe then the impact would be lessened? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts I havnt read yet , I thought it was a bit too short for my liking. But your review makes an interesting point. ...I really hope to like this writer because my fave Littens love her .... 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 2mo
TrishB This is an awesome read, I loved it too. @Cathythoughts short for me but it‘s brilliant! 2mo
batsy Yes! Great review. I too wanted it to be longer but you're right, the impact probably wouldn't be as strong. 2mo
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JennyM Stacking!!! 😘 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts hope you like her 🤞 first I‘ve read by her but I‘ll definitely be reading more. 2mo
youneverarrived @TrishB it really is! One of those that‘ll stick with me. 2mo
youneverarrived @batsy thanks! 🖤 2mo
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youneverarrived
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Pickpick

I really liked this. From the description I was expecting more about the women & less about the men but it‘s almost as much Achilles story as it is Briseis. However it does powerfully describe how women were treated. Briseis fear & strength is written vividly and her character is well drawn, and it‘s a lot more focused & direct than Circe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 2mo
Heideschrampf Sounds like great concepts and looks beautiful 2mo
Pricel101 Great review! Toby‘s Room stayed with me a long time 2mo
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youneverarrived
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Mehso-so

I wish this had stayed with Romys perspective. It started off really strong but then I didn‘t think the chapters from Doc or Gordon added anything at all. I love that it shows how effed up the prison system in the US is & the themes of choices, crime etc. but there was a disconnect for me in that I felt barely anything for the characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts Interesting review! I have this on my shelf.. it may be There awhile ..... 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts yeah, I‘d say there‘s better books to be reading. Be interested in what you think when you get to it though. 2mo
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youneverarrived
Circe | Madeline Miller
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Mehso-so

You know some books you just HAVE to keep reading even though you‘re tired or busy etc...well this was the opposite of that. I don‘t know how many times I fell asleep reading it 🤭

Some parts I enjoyed more than others. I liked Circe as a character & it was interesting to learn a bit about Greek mythology & the setting was portrayed very well but I was a bit underwhelmed, really. Maybe the hype had me expecting too much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

MelissaSue81 I felt the same way. I listened to the audiobook in my car and while I didn‘t fall asleep.. I would find myself with my mind wandering and not paying attention an awful lot. And then I‘d be even more confused about the story. 2mo
Cathythoughts Well done for finishing 👍🏻♥️. I‘m not drawn to this one at all 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
merelybookish I've read both her novels and liked them okay, but there is an excess to her writing that irritates me. 2mo
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batsy @merelybookish Yes! About her writing—I've only read Achilles, but I feel the same. 2mo
Kalalalatja I feel you! 2mo
youneverarrived @MelissaSue81 yeah, it‘s not a book that really hooks you. I think I would have been the same with the audio. 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts 😘 I was drawn to it after reading lots of good reviews but I‘ll not be in a rush to read her other book, although it has got me interested in Greek mythology. 2mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish that‘s exactly it! I couldn‘t put my finger on what it was that wasn‘t clicking but you‘re spot on with excess. @batsy 2mo
merelybookish @batsy @youneverarrived Glad I'm not the only one to feel this way! 😃 2mo
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