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AllDebooks

Joined February 2022

I'm a voracious reader with an appetite for all genres and eternally curious. https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile/alldebooks
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1. Tagged; Wonderland - a year of Britain's wildlife, day by day; Jane Austen at home and Flight behaviour
2. Barbara Kingsolver's vivid novel is intoxicating. You can smell the woods, see and feel the Monarchs delicate movements as they unexpectedly arrive at a new roosting site.
3. All the above, I'm outside every day 😍#happyplace #naturenut

@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

AllDebooks 2. (Cont.)The implications this has for the species could be catastrophic. Kingsolver explores the impact of fossil fuel dependency and climate change on our natural world and humans. An incredible novel that lays bare the scientists struggle to understand the change in behaviour and what it means for the future of the Monarch butterfly. Trots off to finish it.
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My garden is my haven and I would be lost without it.
The tagged book is what first led me to organic gardening 25 years ago. I've gone on to embrace permaculture, forest and wildlife gardening.
Always room to embrace new techniques and knowledge. What books would you recommend?

#happyplace #organicgarden #growyourown #wildlifehaven

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The Woman Warrior: China Men | Maxine Hong Kingston

Historical fiction at it's best. I have approximately half of this list and read about a quarter.

How many have you read? Any recommendations?
#historicalfiction

https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/history/best-historical-fiction-books?fbclid=...

AllDebooks This is exceptionally good. 2w
sprainedbrain I‘ve only read 7 of these, and historical fiction is my favorite genre… so I‘m saving this awesome list! 2w
AllDebooks @sprainedbrain it's only Pan Macmillan books so no Hamnet or Hilary Mantel's Tudor trilogy. Still a great list tho x 2w
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When you grow your own spring bouquets from your very own organic garden/wilderness. Includes bird cherry blossom, parrot tulips, tete-a-tete daffodils and peonies.
#nofilterneeded #gyoflowers #zeroairmiles #happyplace

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗 💐 3w
AllDebooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you, they bring me joy everytime I look at them x 3w
Nute Wow! Absolutely beautiful!🤩 3d
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Catching up on the #SheSaid choice read for May. Already so engaged and enamoured by Alicia Garza and her story. What an amazing woman 😍📚

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April reads summary

I've had to bail on the tagged audiobook despite being fascinated, I found the author'svoice distracting. I will pick it up again but in book format. It is a remarkable piece of work.

I discovered, joined and loved the #pemberlittens April reads.
I completed 2 lines, #bookspin and #doublespin for #bookspinbingo
I joined @Clwojick for her #thingsincommon challenge which was great fun.

AllDebooks Total books read - 13
Fic - 7, non-fic - 4, poetry - 1, essays - 1 My highlights were Queenie and Disfigured by Amanda Leduc
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sprainedbrain That‘s a great month! So happy to have you with the #PemberLittens! 3w
AllDebooks @sprainedbrain thank you, I'm so glad to have joined. Really looking forward to this months reads too. 3w
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The tagged book is the last to finish from April's #thingsincommon challenge Thanks for hosting @Clwojick twas fun 😃❤️

My planned list for May's #bookspinbingo challenge. This time I have some serious chunksters so spread them over a few selections. 500+ pages over 2 choices, 800+ pages over 3 choices. Hope that makes sense @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And I'm all about spreading out those chunksters to make them feel more worthwhile! 😂 3w
Zuhkeeyah Such a great idea to spread out a chunkster! 3w
AllDebooks I do love a hefty book 😃 3w
Clwojick Thanks for joining! Glad you enjoyed it! 💖 3w
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I forgot to post this yesterday for #bookspinbingo
2 completed lines, #bookspin and #doublespin achieved. Another set ticked of the tbr listand challenges.
Love this challenge.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 3w
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Off to enjoy the sunshine with my last 2 reads for the #thingsincommon challenge. I've enjoyed this immensely, thank you for hosting @Clwojick
Common theme - fairytales and folklore. Finishing with my favourite genre.
Wishing you all a great weekend. X 😃🌞📚🍸

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty covers 📚❤️ 3w
Clwojick Thank you for joining! 💖 3w
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Trying to squeeze the last 2 books in before the end of the month. This will give me 2 completed lines, #bookspin and #doublespin for April. Not too bad to say it's been a busy month.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Good luck!!! 4w
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks thank you. 😊 4w
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High expectations for this from the amazing co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza.
I'm thrilled to be reading along. Need to play catch-up first. #SheSaid
@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Glad to have you join us! 1mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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I cannot enthuse about this book enough. It left me speechless and reeling. I loved Queenie so much, I so wanted her to find herself and self-belief. I haven't felt this immersed in a novel for a long, long time. It certainly makes you think on how we talk and treat each other, particularly POC. 10/10

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A Black Fox Running | Brian Carter
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This was such a joy to read, sorry I missed it in my childhood but glad to have come across it now. Brian Carter writes sensitively and lovingly about the English natural world. The fox pov is so well done, you really do feel among the animals with the breeze in your fur and scents on the breeze.
I did find the hunting scenes hard going and had to skip read through those parts. However these were shortlived and didn't detract from the enjoyment.

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I've nearly completed Circus of Wonders, which is amazing btw. I'd like to read the tagged book as the author of CoW used it in her research, when planning to tell the story of the macabre'freak shows' at their zenith during Victorian era. It is already on my tbr list but I'm even more intrigued after Elizabeth MacNeal's empathetic depiction of her characters.
Does this still count as #thingsincommon @Clwojick

AllDebooks This is the one I'm looking at connecting to Disfigured @Clwojick 1mo
Clwojick Yeah! Great match! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
AllDebooks Yes 🙌 1mo
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I didn't manage to complete my goals for #awesomeapril but I did make good progress with my non-fiction choice of Incredible Journeys. I did complete the tagged as my fiction choice. Now moving onto my next fiction read, which is the next in my #thingsincommon thread. Picking up on wonders in the titles of IJ and new read Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth MacNeal.
@Andrew65
@Clwojick

Clwojick 💖💖💖💖 1mo
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I've not been reading much over the last few days. The weather has been glorious, so I've been busy gardening and enjoying family time. I do plan on catching up today alongside Easter celebrations. What are your plans?
Happy Easter 🐣

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I really enjoyed this thorough, well researched natural history of previous and present extinction periods. There wasn't much discussion of what can be done, so I will research another book to cover that. I need hope.
I like the look of this one Dodging Extinction: power, food, money and the future of life on earth by Anthony D. Barnosky.
Any other recommendations would be most welcome.

AllDebooks @RamsFan1963 thanks, I'll look out for it 1mo
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The sixth extinction was so good. On to the next, I've chosen the tagged for #thingsincommon. Both books have white covers. @Clwojick
Progress made on the @readathon hosted by @Andrew65
Both books from April's #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1mo
Clwojick They both have four reviews on the cover, which is rare! I struggled to find a book with 2, for a reading challenge. 1mo
AllDebooks @Clwojick oh yes, well spotted 😁 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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The Heeding | Nick Hayes, Rob Cowen
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I urge you to read this gorgeous, harrowing collection of poems by Rob Cowen, beautifully illustrated by Nick Hayes. I felt really absorbed in the minutiae of daily life during the pandemic movingly portrayed throughout these poems.
My favourites were Matter, This allotment and The Heeding. Last breaths broke me.

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Planning goals for my #AwesomeApril #readathon

I will combine this with my #bookspin bingo challenge reads.

I hope to complete the tagged book, plus 2 non-fiction, 1 fiction and 1 graphic novel. If ok for time, I will add an extra short story collection. No plans but chilling with my children, relaxing and reading.
@Andrew65
@Clwojick
@TheAromaofBooks

Clwojick Woohoo! You‘ve got this! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Good luck!!! 1mo
Andrew65 Good luck, and hope you enjoy it 😊👍 1mo
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Book 3 for #thingsincommon chosen for same name as previous author Elizabeth K. Plus the history element.
@Clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! 😆 1mo
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The Heeding | Nick Hayes, Rob Cowen
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First 2 books completed for #thingsincommon challenge. I started with The Heeding and moved onto The Historian, same initials in title. Both books are in my #bookspin challenge too.
Onto the next pile.
@Clwojick
@TheAromaofBooks

Clwojick Great job! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Always a sucker for a gothic, Dracula tale. See what I did there? 😁🧛‍♂️🦇

Blueberry 😆🧛 2mo
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Moving onto my 3rd book for #thingsincommon and #bookspinbingo. Might as well go for a third challenge and set myself some reading goals for Andrew's #awesomeapril #readathon

Now what to chose? 🤔
@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!! 2mo
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This is an absolute rage against the unfairness of a woman's place in society in the 19th century. It does delve into religion and morals heavily at times but this is no way detracts from the story of Gilbert and Helen. If anything it adds to the tension of their fraught situation and thwarted circumstance.
I couldn't recommend a better social commentary of the time.
#Pemberlittens

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The Heeding | Nick Hayes, Rob Cowen
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This is my first pick and is already a sort of connection. I read Nick Hayes The book of trespass in February, falling in love with his gorgeous illustrations. This book is a collaboration with Rob Cowen. His poems were written during the pandemic lockdowns. He explores the majestic beauty and cruelty of nature.
Image - Cairngorm national park, Scotland - Spring 2017

@Clwojick #thingsincommon #readingchallenge2022

Clwojick 💙💙💙 2mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Beautiful storytelling with genuine characterisations gradually unveiling the difficulties and torment experienced by Sethe and her family.
Highly recommended.

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Beloved | Toni Morrison

Round-up of the books of March.
Fiction - 10
Non-fiction- 5
DNF - 1 - The Astronaut's guide to living on earth by Chris Hadfield (I was inspired by his attitude and commitment but found it repetitive throughout the book. So much so it made me lose interest in the space stories)

#BOTM
The tagged book was my favourite March read by far. Reviewed on book profile.

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The Historian | Elizabeth Kostova
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Here we go, another month spinning. This is such a fun and effective way to finally getting round to those long neglected books on the dusty tbr shelf.
Trying to think of ways to condense reading challenges, so this months picks include ones for my nature writing and read harder challenges.

@TheAromaofBooks
#bookspinbingo #bookspin

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think the only way to condense is planning, research, and more planning. I've found a few that fit prompts in 3 or 4 different challenges. I am a fan of using Goodreads groups & lists for ideas. 2mo
AllDebooks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It really is, I usually wing it as and when I choose a prompt. This year I've really thought about what subjects/genres I want to read and researched appropriate books. I started a book journal. Honestly I've loved that as much as the reading, which surprised me as I always thought it would eat into valuable reading time. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I've also been planning my reading more than I have in the past, and have been pleasantly surprised at how I am actually getting books off the TBR. I chose a few challenges and dedicated them to specific piles of books and it's really helping!! 2mo
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Very compassionate uncovering of Henrietta's story and the impact on sciene and medicine her cells have had and continue to have to this day. It's a very personal, tragic story of the Lack family due to the complete ignorance and shocking disregard they were kept in for decades. This is all the more alarming because of the extraordinary impact Henritta Lacks's cells (HELA) have had in saving millions of lives.

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Hopefully on target to finish 3 bingo lines, including #bookspin and #doublespin picks for March. Need to finish the tagged, North and South for #pemberlittens and start Lark Rise to Candleford for the hat trick by Friday! Getting into reducing that tbr pile nicely. Although like any other bibliophile, they're immediately replaced tenfold. 😂📚📚📚📚

@TheAromaofBooks

What will April bring?

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looking fabulous!!! 2mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve been wanting to read Lark Rise because I loved the TV series. 2mo
AllDebooks @rubyslippersreads it's been on my list for years but never got round to reading it until now. I missed the tv series unfortunately. I do love a good period drama 2mo
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rubyslippersreads @AllDebooks I think all four seasons are on Hulu. 😊 2mo
AllDebooks @rubyslippersreads oh thanks, I'll have a look x 2mo
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks I've had to bail on Lark Rise. It's not for me at this time. So 2 complete lines and so close to a third 😁 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it feels good to bail on a book and move forward!! 2mo
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely!! It took me so long to feel ok about quitting on a book but life is too short. 2mo
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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Life goals 101 😃🙌❤📚😊

julieclair 16. Friends with whom to discuss books. 2mo
AllDebooks Yes, that too xx 2mo
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This is a call for all those struggling with poor mental health, the answers that may help are in this book. Extensively researched, clearly discussed, with extensive successful case studies proving how crucial nature is to both our physical and mental wellbeing.
A must read.

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Oh my, so excited to have got my mitts on this. Time for a bit of Bronte family time
#graphicnovel #brontes #glasstown

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Happy International Women's Day 💖

#iwd #Internationalwomensday

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Matilda | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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Oh happy day
Happy World Book Day y'all

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.” - Descartes

#worldbookday #wob

julieclair Love the Descartes quote. So true! 3mo
AllDebooks @julieclair yes, me too x 3mo
Bklover Matilda❤️! 3mo
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#bookspinbingo picks for March. I have a good feeling about this month. 🤞❤📚😁

#bookspin 19
#doublespin 3

Thank you for all your hard work organising this fun game @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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February review

Books read - fiction - 6; non-fiction - 6; poetry - 0; short stories/essays - 1

#botm
see tagged book. Image is one of authors beautiful illustrations from the book.

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So excited to be joining in with the #Pemberlittens
Not 100% certain what it entails but I'm here for it. Always happy to make new friends 😁😍

StaceGhost I want to be in the club too! Those #pemberlittens are cool cats & I‘ve been lurking their tags for ages 😅 3mo
AllDebooks @StaceGhost lol 😆 3mo
AllDebooks Where are the monthly books posted? I've picked up from various posts, that you're reading - Sandition; The Other Bennet Sister and North and South. Is that all of them for March? Thanks again for including me, looking forward to rediscovering a lot of favourites from back in the day. @sprainedbrain @StayCurious @jenniferw88 3mo
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jenniferw88 @AllDebooks yes, those are the 3 for march/april. Late March/early April @sprainedbrain will tag us all to vote for June/July's books and announce the results a few weeks later. 3mo
AllDebooks @jenniferw88 many thanks for the help (again) 😁 3mo
jenniferw88 @AllDebooks it'll be voting for may/june's books, not june/july's 🤣 3mo
AllDebooks @jenniferw88 was getting a bit panicked there that the year was running away already 🤣 3mo
sprainedbrain Welcome aboard! ☺️ 3mo
AllDebooks @sprainedbrain thank you. I'm ridiculously excited 😊 3mo
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Starting on the tagged book as my last #bookspinbingo of February.
I've been selecting 5 more books from my tbr pile to replace the 5 read for Feb. The rest will carry forward from my Feb choices.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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Completed 20 chapters for #20in4
Added 4 books to boost challenge.
Modern nature - Derek Jarman ✔️ *favourite read*
Tagged - ✔️
The Choice - Claire Wade ✔️
Beak, tooth and claw - Living with predators in the UK - Mary Colwell ✔️
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌 3mo
AllDebooks @Andrew65 thank you, just edited as finished last book. Great reading achieved this weekend. Thanks for hosting. 3mo
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The Choice | Claire Wade
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If you like dystopian fiction sugary sweet, you may like this more tham me. Wade does write well, interesting characters and the plot does move along nicely. However, I struggled with the obsessive recounts of baking and strict diet. I would be more concerned over the surveillance, arrests, disappearances, loss of autonomy, freedoms etc. It just made me think of cake, which was annoying cos I didn't have any. 🤔🎂🙄

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Modern Nature | Derek Jarman
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Woohoo, 1 completed line for February's #bookspinbingo
Don't think I'll have time to finish #5 for a #doublespin but will make a start.
There's always next month, right? @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! Fabulous month!!! And yes, you can totally check off spins in later months as long as you read them by the end of the year!! 3mo
AllDebooks @TheAromaofBooks thanks, it is a great way to relax. 3mo
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The Choice | Claire Wade
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1. Tagged, In the land of giants and Fen
2. The crimson petal and the white by Michel Faber
3. Fiction - Sundial by Catriona Ward
Non-fiction - Burning questions - Margaret Atwood

#weekendreads

@rachelsbrittain

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This really did strike a chord. Over the years I have realised that I need stories, words, pages as much as the air I breathe. They nurture my soul, feed my curiosity and calm my mind. Would be lost without them.
How about you?

TheSpineView Love this! A great reminder that we need to nurture our minds and souls too. 3mo
sprainedbrain So true! ❤️ 3mo
AllDebooks @sprainedbrain I'm so pleased it's not just me that feels this way x 3mo
Nute Yes! 3mo
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I've had a great 2 days of reading and am easily on target for my goal of 20 chapters. I'm going to add a challenge and see if I can finish 4 books too @Andrew65

Already made great progress with Modern Nature - 9 chapters and tagged book - 3 chapters. May choose a bit of fiction to get me through the next few days. 📚😁📚
#20in4 #readathon

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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This is one of those once in a blue moon books where you are really sad to finish it and also envious of anyone yet to discover it. It has absolutely incredible, poetic writing, not just in the characterisations, scenery and weather but overall a complete sense of inclusion with that time period. You actually feel like part of the crowd, or I did. It is one of my all time favourite reads.

AllDebooks Cont - The river Thames is by far the dominant character of the novel and that in itself is an achievement. I believe Setterfield has accomplished a classic story that will be discussed for years.

The character Robert Armstrong caused some serious moments of discomforture for me personally. As a POC who has had a more fortunate upbringing than would be expected for the time, an education and money behind him for a start, I hated the way he acquised himself to accommodate others fear or distrust. However, I think the author is making an important point regarding people's perceptions and judgements and despite how fixed they may seem they can be swayed.

Indeed reading others reviews has highlighted just how contentious this is, including accusations of racism. I thought she handled it really well, because no matter which way it is discussed, it will always be divisive. I think she is to be admired for her bravery in tackling the subject when there was no real necessity for it. Surely, the whole point of good literature is to evoke passion and conversation around literary themes as they echo life and our everyday dealings and experiences. For this reason alone this novel would make an excellent choice for a book club.
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A Book of Silence | Sara Maitland
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I started out engaged and enjoying Maitland's analysis of her search for solitude and silence, particularly her sojourn on Skye. However, halfway through the emphasis becomes more zealous, focusing more on religion than nature. I also found that her conclusions were mediocre and of little insight. Far better were the well chosen quotes and reflection from better writers.

AllDebooks Cont - Maitland does write beautifully on the natural world, this is why marked it up asI enjoyed these parts immensely. If anything this book has prompted me to reread Thoreau and the Romantics. 3mo
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A captivating memoir, exploring the ebb and flow of life in a cyclical, seasonal and responsive way, rather than linear. Extols the virtues of healing oneself, slowing down and taking stock, utilising the restorative, regenerative power of nature and the freedom that acceptings life changes brings. May is an enigmatic, thoughtful writer and her exploration of periods of her life, recognising the cycles had me entranced.

AllDebooks Cont. I adored this book. I will reread frequently as a reminder to myself of the importance of enjoying life in the lows, as well as the highs.
It's the small things of awe and wonder that feed the soul and nurture happiness. My go to is family, nature and reading. What's yours?
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Modern Nature | Derek Jarman
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I'll join in with another readathon @Andrew65

I'm aiming for 20 chapters #20in4

It will spur me on to try and finish a row for #bookspinbingo

Thanks for hosting 😀

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 3mo
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