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AnneCecilie

AnneCecilie

Joined July 2016

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Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St Clair
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir
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This was such a treat. A collection of 12 stories where most of them had me guessing until the very end, one I guessed early and one I guessed right before the solution was revealed.

I‘m ready for the next volume.

#NoPlaceLikeHolmes

Cuilin This was fun. I think the next collection will be even better. Thank you for being a part of our group. 5h
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 2d
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Dominoes | Phoebe McIntosh
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Layla and Andy meet at a party and fall instantly in love. Now they‘re engaged and planning their weeding. Layla is mixed-race but she can pass as white; Black, Jamaican mother and a white dad. Andy is white

One day, Layla‘s best friend, Sera, sends her a link to a documentary. Andy‘s ancestors had slaves in Jamaica and were compensated when slavery was abolished. Was her family slaves under his since that already has the same last name?

AnneCecilie The book shows us Layla‘s search into her ancestry and what she takes from that. Not preaching what is the right choose to make, especially when your friend tells you that you have to choose. I loved this one 2d
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The Murder Room | P. D. James
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Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 3d
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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#WeeklyForecast

I‘ve several books that I want to finish this week
I hope to have a good audio week and finish my listening of How to Say Babylon - I have 3 hrs left

I want to finish The Battle for Spain

I‘m going to go finish Daddy‘s Gone A-Hunting today

I want to read Xiania 1 which I is the 1st book in a new series

I will hopefully get a start on Yellowface, I‘ve had this book out several times and it‘s time to find out if it‘s for me

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Winter in Madrid | C. J. Sansom
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Madrid 1940, what everyone wants to know is if Franco will join the war on Hitler‘s side. Into this British Intelligence sends Harry to spy on his old school friend Sandy. Sandy has discovered gold which Franco is desperate for.

Being in Madrid, has Harry thinking about a trip he and another classmate, Bernie, made in 1931. We also gets Bernie‘s story from 1937.

Naturally, a book about war and its consequences and how people try to survive.

AnneCecilie #foodandlit #Spain @Texreader @Catsandbooks I‘m so happy that this challenge “made” me read a book I bought in 2009 5d
Texreader Oh I have this book and love this author! I need to read it! 5d
Crazeedi I've enjoyed this authors books. Stacking 4d
Catsandbooks Yay! 🇪🇸👏🏼 2d
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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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I continued my listening of How to Say Babylon and continued reading The Battle for Spain

I finished Winter in Madrid and read Dominoes

I‘ve started Daddy‘s Gone A-Hunting

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Anna Karenina | Leon Tolstoi
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If I remember correctly, there‘s some #Theater scenes in this one or maybe I‘m just influenced by the movie featuring Keira Knightly?

#StorySettings

Eggs Have not read this. But now I want to watch the movie😀 5d
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Eggs Beautiful 🌺🩷🌼 7d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf! 💜🖤💜 7d
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The winner of the International Booker Prize 2024 was announced yesterday

One of the few books on the list that I‘ve actually read. I enjoyed it as well.

What do you think of the winner?

Ruthiella I‘ve never read her. My friend in Germany tells me she‘s not that well known in Germany. But I‘ve certainly heard a lot about her in English speaking bookish circles. 1w
AnneCecilie @Ruthiella That‘s interesting. I would have expected her to have been well know there too. Generally speaking, Norwegian authors that get translated into other languages, have sold a lot of books in Norway 1w
Tamra @Ruthiella I enjoyed this one by her, but haven‘t read anything else. Kairos isn‘t really calling to me. @AnneCecilie (edited) 1w
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lil1inblue I *just* finished Go, Went, Gone by Erpenbeck. Her writing is good, and there was a lot I liked about the book. But there was a bit of white saviorism, which I felt hurt the overall messages of the book. I think Kairos would be an interesting read - she touches on the East/West legacy in Go, Went, Gone, and it was really thought provoking. I'd be interested to delve further into that. 1w
Graywacke I wasn‘t enraptured, but I enjoyed it a lot and thought the writing was excellent and interesting in complex ways. It‘s a creepy relationship that ties into the world of East Berlin in the mid-1980‘s - and is arguably beautiful in many ways. And it has an odd prose that emphasizes association. Recommended to anyone curious 1w
BookWrym Still waiting for my library hold 1w
BarbaraBB I am happy she won. Kairos was not my favorite of the shortlist but I loved 1w
sarahbarnes I agree that I was glad to see her win and enjoyed this book quite a bit. I didn‘t read all of the shortlist but I think she‘s a fantastic writer. 7d
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In social media Naomi Klein is sometimes mistaken for Naomi Wolf, and at the start of the pandemic Klein decides to look into that. As the pandemic progresses, Wolf is more and more linked to Brennan and his mirror world. In this world Wolf is an upcoming star

Klein looks at Wolf shift from the left to the far right, what made it happen? What‘s in it for Wolf?

As Klein looks at mirror worlds, she‘s also looking into the anti vaccine camp,

AnneCecilie the treatment of autistic children. She uses litterateur and paintings to show that Dobbelgangers aren‘t anything new. How with social media everyone is becoming their own brand. This book gave me a lot to think about. And her Shock Doctrine that I bought ages ago, is moving up the tbr list. #SheSaid @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 1w
batsy The Shock Doctrine is very good. 1w
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On their way home from the country carnival, Nancy, Bess and George witness the explosion of a country mansion. Nancy‘s instinct is to check if she can save anyone, and as a man is running away she finds a diary.

At the country carnival, the friends had met a mother and her young daughter. The friends decide that they want to do something for the family.

Finally Ned is introduced and help our friends solve the mystery.

#NancyDrewBR

Librarybelle Yay! I like the translation cover. 1w
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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#WeeklyForecast

Continue listening to How to Say Babylon and reading The Battle of Spain

I want to finish Winter in Madrid

Then I‘ll start Dominoes and hopefully I‘ll get a start on Daddy‘s Gone A-Hunting

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover 💙🚂 2w
Eggs Beautiful edition👏🏻 2w
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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#BookReport

I continued my listening of How to Say Babylon and the reading of The Battle for Spain

I read The Clue in the Library

I‘m currently reading Winter in Madrid

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Mad Man | Onley James
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#StorySettings #Office

Another great TV series

Eggs Good one 👏🏻👍🏼👌🏼 2w
rubyslippersreads Loved this show! 2w
Leftcoastzen WooHoo ! Now I want to watch it again! 2w
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#StorySettings #Graveyard
my favorite TV series - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🧛 2w
slategreyskies You know, I‘ve actually never seen this show. I keep meaning to get around to it, but I somehow never do. 2w
Eggs Great choice! 2w
Ruthiella Loved, loved, loved Buffy! 2w
5feet.of.fury ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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A children‘s book about the first year in the life of a deer.

The illustrations are amazing

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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#WeeklyForecast

I want to continue listening to How to Say Babylon

I want to continue reading The Battle for Spain #Spain #foodandlit, right now I‘m confused there‘s so many different fractions involved

I‘m going to read The Clue in the Library #NancyDrewBR today

I hope to get far into Winter in Madrid another #Spain #foodandlit read

Librarybelle My plan is to start the #NancyDrewBR today too! 3w
Sace Battle for Spain has been on my shelf forever. One day I‘ll eventually read it. 3w
AnneCecilie @Sace Mine too, apparently I bought it back in 2009 3w
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Bodie is on her way to Granby to teach how to make podcasts and movie history to some of the school students. The only this is that Bodie herself was a student at the school a long time ago and then her roommate was murdered. So returning to Granby has Bodie thinking about then. Then one of her students in the podcast class decides to look into the murder as well.

Will this reveal anything new? Did they catch the right person all those yr ago?

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Nervous Conditions | Tsitsi Dangarembga
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1968 on the countryside in Zimbabwe, and Tambu grows up on her family‘s farm where women are responsible for the garden, the food and the kids. This year her brother dies, and suddenly a new opportunity opens up for her - attending the missionary school

A book about race, class, the different expectations between the sexes, hierarchy inside a family and friendship.

I loved this so much that I‘m already on the hold list for the next book

Ruthiella I loved this book too! 👍 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3w
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Eggs Fabulous cover 👏🏻🫶🏻🙌🏻 3w
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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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I listened to a little bit more of How to Say Babylon

I finished Dobbelganger and started a new nonfiction book, The Battle for Spain #Spain #foodandlit

I finished The Quiet Tenant and read Nervous Conditions.
And with some intensive reading I hope to finish I Have Some Questions for You today

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The Quiet Tenant | Clemence Michallon
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This book scared me and yes, I‘ll be the first to admit I scare easily.

I saw great reviews for this book, but didn‘t read any, put myself on the waitlist at the library. So I didn‘t know anything about it when it arrived and when I read the blurb it‘s not the type of book I normally read.

A man has kidnapped a woman and kept her in a shed for 5 yrs. Now he‘s moving, and plan to kill her, but she manages to persuade him to take her with him.

AnneCecilie She will be the tenant in his new house, interacting with him and his daughter. The story is told from the POV of the kidnapped woman, a local restaurant owner and sometimes his daughter. 3w
ShelleyBooksie I started it and had to abandon ship - super creepy. 3w
AnneCecilie @ShelleyBooksie I completely understand. I had to read it during the day, when it got to late it got too scary (edited) 3w
emmasm08 It sounds scary but interesting! 3w
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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A house is being built and for the next centuries we follow the house and its inhabitants. I really liked the story about the sisters and about the painter, but after that the story just fizzled out for me, and I lost interest in it.

sarahbarnes I can‘t decide whether I want to read this or not. 3w
JamieArc @sarahbarnes If you do audiobooks, that format is excellent with a wide variety of narrators. 3w
sarahbarnes @JamieArc oh thank you for the tip! I always like to have an audiobook going so I‘ll try it in that format! 3w
AnneCecilie @sarahbarnes @JamieArc I think I‘m in the minority here, every other Litten who has read it seem to love it 3w
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#StorySettings #River

Laing‘s walk down the River Ouse, looking at the roles the river has had through history. This is also the river that Virginia Wolf drowned herself in

BarbaraJean This sounds fascinating! I lived just up the street from the Ouse when I was a child (we lived on “Waterside” and the Ouse was at the end of our street). I‘ll have to check this book out. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 📚 3w
Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 3w
sarahbarnes 🩵🩵 3w
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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#WeeklyForecast

Continue my Women‘s Prize for nonfiction reads; How to Say Babylon and Dobbelganger. I might even finish Doppelganger

I‘ve 3 books that‘s due back at the library on the 12th:
The Quiet Tenant which I‘m about halfway into and had to stop reading last night because it got to scary. Yes, I scare easily
Nervous Conditions that I‘ve wanted to read since I read her essay collection and my May #BookSpin
I Have Some Questions for You

AnneCecilie It‘s Ascension on Thursday and I have Friday of work, so more reading time this week. So hopefully I‘ll get to everything 4w
Ruthiella I thought Nervous Conditions was outstanding. I hope you like it! 3w
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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#BookReport

I kept up with my to shortlisted Women‘s Prize for nonfiction books, How to Say Babylon and Dobbelganger

I finished Forgotten on a Sunday

I read North Woods

I‘ve just started The Quiet Tenant

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Forgotten on Sunday | Valrie Perrin
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I loved this book. A book that sneaks up on you and silently steals your heart

Justine‘s a 21-yr old working at a retirement home. Here she collects the residents stories and particularly that of Helene. At the home some residents are never visited, suddenly these relatives will be getting phone calls that their relative has died. Who is making these false calls?

As a kid, her parents died and she has grown up at her grandparents with her cousin

AnneCecilie Justine starts to look into her parents death and might discover some truths that better be hidden. A book about family, our relationships with other people and how sorrow can influence our relationships. 4w
BarbaraBB I loved this one too. Like I loved all her books 4w
Deblovestoread I've loved all her books, too. 4w
Tamra I love Perrin‘s work! 4w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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May‘s #BookSpinBingo card is ready

My #BookSpin is Dangarembga‘s debut novel Nervous Conditions

My #DoubleSpin is my current audio. I‘m not a fast audio listener so maybe this will help my finish the book this month?

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 4w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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This year is going by too fast. It‘s already May.

Here‘s my #Bookspin, #DoubleSpin and #BookSpinBingo list is ready and I‘m looking forward to the numbers tomorrow

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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This short story collection was as amazing as “everyone” said it was. Traveling from the jails in the Wild West to a meeting with Queen Victoria, from the isolated farms in Australia to a snowy Siberia.

More importantly is the way she sets up the stories and you think they are going in a certain way, for Davies to take them in a different direction, playing with our prejudices and so they never gets boring

1st finish for #AwesomeApril

Tamra Love her short story collections and novels. Auto buy author for me. 😊 1mo
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Monstress Vol. 8 | Marjorie Liu
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The story continues.

I didn‘t remember where we left our friends in the last volume, so was a little lost in the beginning as to where we were. But I wasn‘t the only one.

I liked the change of colors in this one.

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I didn‘t know much about this going in. I just new that the author of Seven Days in June had a new book out and I loved that book. But that prologue pulled me in. I loved Ricki and Ezra.

Ricki travels to Harlem to work for her dream to have her own flower shop. For the first time she makes friends, Tuesday and her chosen grandmother Ms Della.

This was another winner from this author.

And that cover - I love that too

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Restless Dolly Maunder | Kate Grenville
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Dolly is born as the 6th of 7 siblings into a poor farming family in 1881. She‘s also born into a man‘s world where a man‘s word is final, first your father and then your husband because marriage is the only option for a woman. But Dolly what something else, so how do you make that happen within society‘s limits? This is the story of how Dolly managed that

When I finished I liked this, but as some time has passed I realize that I love this one

BarbaraBB Great review. I am about to start it. 1mo
julieclair This sounds really good. And who could resist that gorgeous cover? Stacked. 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good. Stacked 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#WeeklyForcast

I‘ve just started Dobbelganger and want to continue that. I also want to continue my listening of How to Say Babylon

I‘m currently also reading Forgotten on a Sunday and want to finish that. And then I hope to read, or at least almost finish, North Woods

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A book of twos; one part is about the The Golden Age of Dutch art focusing mainly on Delft. And I‘ve been to Delft and I love art so I loved this part. Who knew Dutch Art where so available to its citizens and not something for just the royals and nobility? The other part is about her and her parents. Her father was an artist. I found this part interesting. I loved how she used her own experiences to explain the Dutch artists.

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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#BookReport

I finished The Redemption of Galen Pike and Restless Dolly Maunder

I read A Love Song for Ricki Wilde and Monstress vol 8

I continued listening to How to Say Babylon

I even managed to get a start on Forgotten on a Sunday

So I‘m vey happy about my reading this week

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Tomorrow starts the 9 day readathon #AwsomeApril

I hope to read:
📚 Finish The Redemption of Galen Pile (almost finished)
📚 Finish Forgotten on a Sunday (just started)
📚 Continue with my listening of How to Say Babylon
📚 Start Dobbelganger
📚 Read North Woods
📚 Then I just have to see where the mood takes me, but I have several books due back at the library at the 12th

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65

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The Women‘s Prize for Fiction Shortlist was just announced

I‘ve read 5 out of 6, so I‘m happy about that

Two of my favorites made it: Brotherless Night and Soldier Sailor

I also enjoyed Restless Dolly Maunder, but I haven‘t read anything by her before

I‘ve seen mixed reviews of River East, River West, so I‘m not sure what I‘ll do about that

What do you make of the list?

Gissy I have to read 3 and finish one of them. The Wren, The Wren is in that list, 🤷🏽‍♀️

To me, Brotherless Night was a great story and I liked the writing style and I have heard amazing thing about Enter Ghost.
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AnneCecilie @Gissy I doesn‘t get that either (the Wren, the Wren). Dolly is actually growing on me, and I keep thinking about it. 1mo
Deblovestoread I‘ve read all but The Wren. I‘m sad In Defence of the Act isn‘t on there or Ordinary Human Failings. I liked Dolly, my first by Grenville, too. 1mo
BarbaraBB I really liked River East, I‘d definitely give it a go 1mo
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The Women‘s Prize for Fiction shortlist will be announced tomorrow morning.
I‘ve read 8 of the longlisted books

I would love to see Brotherless Night, Ordinary Human Failings and Soldier Sailor on the shortlist

I‘m not a huge fan of Western Lane, which probably means that it‘ll be shortlisted

Looking forward to the announcement

squirrelbrain I‘m looking forward to the announcement too! 🤞 1mo
BarbaraBB I agree with your three favorites. I do hope In Defence will make it to the shortlist too 🤞🏽 1mo
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Sweet Desserts | Lucy Ellmann
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About two sisters and their relation to each other and their parents. I had some issues with this book. There‘s a lot of sex, nothing graphic, but at times it felt like one of the sisters would have sex with one guy on one page and a different guy on the next. But what really bothered me was that the older sister would send her cast off in her sister‘s direction. And what kind of sisters have this kind of relationship? It‘s just weird.

AnneCecilie There‘s also some fat shaming. The whole family goes on a diet to help the youngest loose weight when she‘s young. And there‘s some casual mention throughout. There‘s also some random questionnaire and such that I never understood the point of. Despite all this I‘m still glad I read Lucy Ellmann‘s debut. (edited) 1mo
Librarybelle That relationship does sound a bit off 1mo
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The Edge of the Ocean | L. D. Lapinski
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The second book in the series and it‘s another winner.

As Jonathan‘s cousin, Avery, comes at a surprise visit, the agency gets an urgent summon from the Pirate Queen Nyfe. Flick, Jonathan and Avery travels to the Pirate Queen world only the learn that the world is falling apart. Is it possible for the Stangwolds Travel Agency to save the people in the world, and what about all the ships?

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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#WeeklyForecast

I want to continue with the listening of How to Say Babylon.

I just read the first story in The Redemption of Galen Pike and it didn‘t go the way I thought, so I‘m looking forward to more stories in this collection

I‘m about halfway into Restless Dolly Maunder and expect to finish it today

Then I want to read A Long Song for Ricki Wilde

And hopefully I also get to start Monstress vol 8

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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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#BookReport

I continued with both Thunderclap and the audio of How to Say Babylon

I finished Enter Ghost
I read The Strangeworlds Travel Agency The Edge of the Ocean and Sweet Desserts

I‘ve started Restless Dolly Maunder

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This was the masterpiece that drew Marcel Proust out of his cork-lined room in Paris for the last time. He had seen it once before, in a visit to The Hague in 1902. It was to him ‘the most beautiful painting in the world‘. Almost twenty years later, suffering from lung disease, he made a shorter but more arduous pilgrimage from his apartment in boulevard Malesherbes, near the Madeleine, across four streets to the Jeu de Paume,

AnneCecilie where it was appearing on its travels in 1921. (Writing about Vermeer‘s View of Delft, pictured) 1mo
charl08 Beautiful painting. 1mo
batsy That's lovely. 1mo
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DebinHawaii Wonderful joy list! 💛💛💛 Long weekends are such a joy! Hope you enjoy yours! Thank you for joining in! 🤗 1mo
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Restless Dolly Maunder | Kate Grenville
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As soon as she could walk, she knew she wanted to be outside, moving

#FirstLineFridays

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Enter Ghost | Isabella Hammad
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Sonia returns to Haifa, Israel, to visit her sister Haneen. While there she gets pulled into a Palestinian theatre production of Hamlet. As the actors learn their lines and get there feel of the play, we get Sonia and Haneen‘s backstory. We also learn about everyday in this region, how it is to pass through checkpoints and being in the hands of the soldier doing the control, sudden demonstrations and reactions.

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On a shopping trip with George & Bess, Nancy visit a perfume place where they‘ve trouble buying a perfume. On the train home Nancy is approached by a man who recognizes the perfume & wants to know if she has a message from the boss. Also on the train they get in contact with Millie. The friends decide to come home with Millie and help get more visitors to the farm she‘s from. While there Nancy learns that part of the land is rented out to a cult

Librarybelle Another interesting cover! 1mo
BarkingMadRead This cover is amazing 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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