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BookwormM

Joined February 2017

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#ReadAroundTheWorld #Liberia

Great book that taught me about a place, a people and a war that I was previously unaware of.

Will check out her other writings

rockpools 👍 I‘m afraid I‘m light years behind on my Read Around The World books this year - sorry! I‘m still part-way through my Czech Republic read! Next month!!🤞🤞 1d
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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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#Netgalley #ARC #Lapvona

One word review - Woah

Reading in some ways as historical fiction and in others as an allegory for our modern life (this was written in the dark days of Covid) Moshfegh explores the ideas of religion, morality, government, power, control, the have and have nots and most of all the unquestioning obedience of a suppressed population.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/06/26/lapvona-by-ottessa-moshfegh/

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#ReadAroundTheWorld #Kenya

Wow this book is amazing from the very beginning I found myself in a magical world of wriggling things, of complex relationships between mothers and daughters and between siblings a world where superstitions are rife and where nothing is what it seems on the surface.

I can see this one making the Booker Longlist this year

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4793377504

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Mehso-so

Another book from my Arthurian phase that has sat unread on my book shelf for years...

While it appears that Geoffrey Ashe is probably one of the most prominent writers setting the Arthurian myth into actual historical detail he is not the writer for me.

Aerosmith sum this reading experience up nicely for me:

I'm as dry as a seven-year drought
I got dust for tears
And I'm all tapped out

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#ARC #Netgalley #SecondSightOfZacharyCloudesley

One word review - Magic

I would recommend this to those who love historical fiction and have an interest in the Levant and in particular trading in automata and clockworks. Anyone who enjoys Carlos Ruiz Zafon works and anyone who needs some magic in their life right now.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/06/19/the-second-sight-of-zachary-cloudesley-by-...

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#Reading1001

Hemingway gives a master class in cutting the narrative to the bone while still maintaining a cohesive story.

I didn‘t like any of the characters and the narrative technique kept me emotionally distanced from the stir but still that ending 😱

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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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#Audio

Well not sure what all that was about as literally nothing happened ok the girls disappeared but then the booked moved onto the school saving it‘s reputation really not sure how I feel about it overall

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Degree of Guilt | Richard North Patterson
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You can‘t see it in the photo but this edition of the book was a freebie from South West Trains 🚂

Interesting look at the American justice system and in particular the treatment of rape victims.

Guilt or innocence don‘t matter just what can be proved

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Main Street | Sinclair Lewis
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#Reading1001 enjoyed this more than I expected to.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/979317867

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Pippi Longstocking | Astrid Lindgren
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#Reading1001 kid me would have loved Pippi adult me found her annoying (sorry) I would not like to have been any of the adults she encounters in this book.

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Corruption at every level interesting read

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Eight Detectives | Alex Pavesi
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#ARC #Netgalley #EightDetectives

This book made me realise that the murder mystery is a book genre I have not actually really ventured into,

I would recommend this to fans of the murder mystery genre I am sure you will recognise a lot more than I did and will also be able to solve the mysteries along the way.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/06/11/eight-detectives-by-alex-pavesi/

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Returned | Jason Mott
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I am back following my latest eye operation all went well and hopefully no more ops for many years to come although I do still have follow up to attend in a few months

I will probably not get caught up on everything I missed but I will try to stay updated from now on

My latest reviews will follow at some point 🤣🤣

mabell Take care! And lovely peonies! 3w
UwannaPublishme Great photo! Glad you‘re doing well! ❤️ 2w
rockpools Glad it went well! I was just wishing there was a chat function on duo - you‘re flying! Hope you‘re back up to full health quickly- and yay for no more surgery!! 2w
CarolynM 💕 2w
BookwormM @rockpools I am catching up on the week I missed 🤣🤣 2w
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#ARC #Netgalley #DictionaryOfLostWords

ARC was provided by Random House UK

Two word review – Loved It!

I believe it is really important to understand how our official use of language has been decided and the limitations of this. Nowadays we have the internet to keep us up to date with evolving language back then they had the voice of a few male scholars

https://thereadersroom.org/2022/06/05/the-dictionary-of-lost-words-by-pip-willia...

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Would I Lie to You? | Aliya Ali-Afzal
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#ARC #Netgalley #WouldILieToYou

This was a complete change of pace for me it has been a long time since I have read anything billed as romance

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about flawed characters doing their best to make sure their flaws are not revealed and for anyone interested in reading about life inside a mixed marriage.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/06/02/would-i-lie-to-you-by-aliya-ali-afzal/

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Blood to Poison | Mary Watson
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#ARC #Netgalley #BloodToPoison

One word review – Fabulous. Two word review- - Absolutely Fabulous

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a rip roaring story with a different background and anyone who wants to understand more about historical anger particularly female anger.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/31/blood-to-poison-by-mary-watson/

BarbaraBB Quite a recommendation 🤩 1mo
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Miss Aldridge Regrets | Louise Hare
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#ARC #Netgalley #MissAldridgeRegrets #CoverCrush

One word review - Lush

I really enjoyed this murder mystery and only managed to guess half of the reveal. This is a sedately paced murder mystery and not a fast paced thriller and for me that really suited the time period and the setting.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/29/miss-aldridge-regrets-by-louise-hare/

SilversReviews This was good. Great review!! (edited) 3w
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Tomb of Sand | SHREE
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Congratulations to Shree for winning #BookerInternational2022 a great book and in my opinion the most fun to read of the shortlist

rockpools Oh! Now that IS good news! I loved this book. It had ridiculously everything, but it was amazing. I deep-down really did think Septology would win though. Are you OK @Simona? Can you live with this 😘? 1mo
BarbaraBB @rockpools I was thinking of @Simona too immediately! And you all convinced me to read this book!! 1mo
batsy All of the books I managed to read from the shortlist had their own immense value; it was a really strong list this year. Happy for Tomb of Sand. So unique and memorable. 1mo
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rockpools @batsy It‘s been by far the most enjoyable IBP list I‘ve read. 1mo
Simona Hardly @rockpools but I have to be fair, because after all IBP it is the prize for translation too, and I guess that the translation from Hindi was bigger and more demanding task as translation from Polish … BUT!!! I still think that Books of Jacob is very complex books (on all literary levels) executed impeccable. I‘m still a little bit sad, but I will survive 😘 1mo
Simona Yes, it was really strong and still enjoyable list to read @batsy @rockpools and I agree about uniqueness of the Tomb of Sand. 1mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It is a good story and written in a very interesting, almost playful way … 1mo
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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#Netgally #ARC #Memphis

This ARC was provided by John Murray Press

In some ways this is a great story of girl power in others it is a painful exploration of race relations in the US from 1943 to 2003.

For a debut novel this one really packs a punch and it does make you think about what it meant and what it still does mean to be a black woman in the US.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/28/memphis-by-tara-m-stringfellow/

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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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#Netgalley #ARC #OurWivesUnderTheSea

One word review: Huh?

I got to the end of reading this and was left thinking what did I just read and what actually happened.

While the book itself left me cold I did appreciate the ending and believe it was really the only way this story could go.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/27/our-wives-under-the-sea-by-julia-armfield/

Simona I‘m very, very intrigued by the story, and at the same time - I now that I will not like it … 1mo
Megabooks Excited about reading this for #CampLitsy. It wasn‘t on my radar at all before that. 1mo
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Tomb of Sand | SHREE
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#BookerInternationalShortlist2022

Delightful word play and for the most part a fun read really glad this one made the shortlist

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4716633828

BarbaraBB What is your favorite? 1mo
BookwormM @BarbaraBB I can‘t get hold of Septology so out of the ones I have read my favourite is Elena Knows 1mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read all of them but so loved Elena Knows too! 1mo
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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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#BookerInternationalShortlist2022

Well that was an intensely bleak experience glad I read all the way to the end for that little hint of hope

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4725351023

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Underworld: A Novel | Don DeLillo
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#Reading1001

Well this great American novel is probably great if you love baseball sadly not being American or interested in sport I found a lot of it deathly boring.

The backwards/forwards narrative technique is what saved this book for me.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4692781547

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#Reading1001

I made it to today‘s years old before I read this American classic.

A sweet story about 4 sisters which does get a bit preachy and saccharine at points but that didn‘t detract much from my enjoyment.

Jo was definitely the highlight of this book although Laurie has his moments.

Hooked_on_books I‘ve still never read it 🫢 1mo
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#Netgalley #ARC #AfterDark
Provided by Random House UK in exchange for an honest review.

The book itself is a definite page turner, a fast read & I had to know what happened ,to who, why and how the way the story is told in switching narratives definitely kept me invested and kept me guessing.

However there is no nuance here female good, male bad that is it.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/13/after-dark-by-jayne-cowie/

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The JOKE | Milan Kundera
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #CzechRepublic

Scary to see how a joke between friends can completely change someone‘s life. Scary that friends can turn against each other due to pressure from an authoritarian regime. Scary that loyalty to a political party means more than anything else.

Nute Stacking! 1mo
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Eyes of a Child | Richard North Patterson
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Been a while since I visited with Chris Paget and I had forgotten that these books are about the court case not the crime.

I guessed the murdered pretty much straight away but I guess that wasn‘t the point of the book.

Interesting to see how the same evidence can be shown in different ways for the prosecution & defence.

Interesting read but maybe a tad too long

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Idol | Louise O'Neill
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#ARC #Netgalley #Idol

This ARC was provided by Random House UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One word review - Intense

A riveting look at the issues that still affect young women today and that society needs to do better to finally overcome.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/08...

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Cold Is the Grave | Peter Robinson
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Another interesting instalment in the Banks series this one is most Interesting for the personal development the resolution of the case itself was wasaay out there

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#ARC #Netgalley #ReturnOfFarazAli

This ARC was provided by Hodder and Stoughton via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

The first but surely not the last an author to watch out for!

Wow for a debut author this novel shows immense talent. The story is immersive the characters flawed but likeable and the corruption all too believable.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/02/the-return-of-faraz-ali-by-aamina-ahmad/

BarbaraBB I‘ve heard good things about this one! 2mo
BookwormM @BarbaraBB think you would like it 2mo
BarbaraBB Thanks, I think so too. I will be on the lookout for it! 2mo
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #SolomonIslands

I was unable to find an own voices book so my choice was this autobiography of a man who gives up teaching in England to take over a project started by a dead Commander he has never met to enable the people of Mendali Village to be self-sufficient.

I loved the descriptions of village life, of the people and of learning Pidgin English. .

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Fragile Monsters | Catherine Menon
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#ARC #Netgalley #FragileMonsters #Malaysia

WFT in a good way.

I loved this book from the opening page the writing had that certain something that I am unable to put into words but that completely transported me to Malaysia. The book moves backwards and forwards in time from 1920 (covering the years in between) to 1985 (the present day).

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/24/fragile-monsters-by-catherine-menon/

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Drunkard | Emile Zola
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#Reading1001

Really appreciated this look at life for the poor working class in Paris a great insight into a different time and place.

Great social commentary on the dangers of alcohol and also how society treats women and men guilty of the same thing differently (no change there)

Will definitely read more Zola

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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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#BookerInternationalShortlist2022 Book 3

Wow this book is devastating I love everything about it my favourite from the list so far.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4679348071

BarbaraBB Mine too! 2mo
sarahbarnes I‘m reading this now and feel the same way! So far I definitely want it to win! 2mo
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Twelve Sharp | Janet Evanovich
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It has been ages since I spent time with Stephanie and the gang and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it.

This did make me 🤣🤣 perfect escapism

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#ARC #Netgalley #TellMeAnEnding

ARC provided by Random House UK for an honest review.

1 word review - Compulsive

This book looks at the moral issues behind erasing memories, who would want to do that, why and what are the possible issues with doing that. It also explores how much our memories make us who we are and how can we live with or without them

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/18/tell-me-an-ending-by-jo-harkin/

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The Echo Maker: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Very interesting book combing themes that Powers has explored in later works the environment and the human brain.

Fascinating science

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4660318630

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The Books of Jacob | Olga Tokarczuk
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#UnpopularOpinion #BookerInternationalShortlist2022 personally I felt every single one of the 992 pages this book is soo long I really struggled with it and was never fully engaged.

I respect the author for the time & research put into the book but I enjoyed her other books a lot more than this one.

BarbaraBB I‘m struggling too… 2mo
BookwormM @BarbaraBB glad to know I am not alone hope it picks up for you 2mo
rockpools Oh no! 2mo
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Daniel Deronda | George Eliot
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#Reading1001

I actually enjoyed this more than I expected to although if I were to give the book a title it would be Dan & Gwen a History.

Most of the story focusses on Gwendolyn and the decisions she makes that keep pulling her into the orbit of Daniel.

I can‘t really say much about the book without giving away spoilers all I can say was that it was an interesting read about family, inheritance, morality & religion.

rockpools I enjoyed this one when I read it as well. 2mo
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#ARC #Netgalley #ThreeAssassins

One word review – whacky

If you are looking for an entirely different look at the life and death from the point of view of hired killers and their victims give this a go. If you want a straightforward fast paced thriller look elsewhere.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/17/three-assassins-by-kotaro-isaka/

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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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#ARC #Netgalley #Booth

1 word review – Tragic. 2 word review – Epic Tragedy

Living in the UK I was aware that Lincoln had been shot but I had no idea where or by who, that has now been rectified. Rather than glorify John Wilkes Booth & his action the author instead decided to explore this historical character his family and what a family he had.

full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/10/booth-by-karen-joy-fowler/

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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #TheComoros

Interesting story about the discovery of living fossil fish believed to be the link between fish and mammals

Loved the change from scientific discovery to preservation of the species

Very interesting story

Simona I still have to read it … 3mo
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Vile Bodies | Evelyn Waugh
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#Reading1001 a fun little read about the bright young things and how things change with advent of war

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In a Dry Season | Peter Robinson
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Enjoyed the historical aspect of this one and seeing how Banks personal life develops

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#BookerInternationalLonglist2022 Book 5

This sounds like a bleak book and in some ways this was, the details of the torture are not graphic or overdone but they are harrowing. It is scary to think that if she hadn‘t believed in her principles Vera‘s life and her daughter‘s life could have been so very different.

A tough read but an interesting insight into a place and time I had no prior knowledge of.

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#Netgalley #ARC #TheFlames

I loved this fictional look at the 4 women who inspired artist Egon Schiele. The author admits there is not much information to be found about each woman but that doesn‘t stop her from writing 4 totally compelling characters (5 if you count Egon but he is a man and the artist who had all the attention in life so who cares LOL)

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/08...

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The Brighton Mermaid | Dorothy Koomson
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#Netgalley #ARC #BrightonMermaid

I apologies to the au thor and publisher for the time it has taken to provide this review all I can say is life.

I really enjoyed this murder mystery, I loved the setting of Brighton & I love both Nell and Macy. I appreciate the way that both girls are damaged by what happened when they were younger and the contrast with the ways they both deal with that.
Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/06...

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The Carnival of Ash | Tom Beckerlegge
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#CarnivalOfAsh #Netgalley #ARC

This ARC was provided by Rebellion (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One word review – Dark. Three word review Dark, Dark, Dark

This book is dark anything evil that can be done will probably be done but in amongst that is an intriguing story that builds up to a complete history of a place and people.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/03/20/the-carnival-of-ash-by-tom-beckerlegge/

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Skin in the Game | Paulo Scott
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#BookerInternationalLonglist2022 Book 3 #Brazil

Really appreciated this look at the question of racial identity in Brazil and what it means to be black.

Loved the afterword by the narrator about the complexities of translating the ideas of Brazilian Black and White into English where the connotations are very different.

Full review here soon https://thereadersroom.org/

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After the Sun | Jonas Eika
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#BookerInternational2022 Book 2

Another short story collection. On the whole I didn‘t mind the stories but honestly can‘t see why this made the Longlist.

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BarbaraBB This will be my next for the #InternationalBooker. I‘m sorry to hear it was a disappointing read for you. 3mo
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