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Caroline2

Joined July 2016

If I'm hiding books under the bed, does this mean I have a problem???
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The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Jake Gyllenhaal does a fantastic job. Loved every minute of it and I didn‘t speed it up once! (Always a good sign 😂)

IMASLOWREADER this was a good one 3d
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The Alternatives: A Novel | Caoilinn Hughes
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This ticks all the literary boxes:
beautiful writing ✅
Not much happens/“quiet” ✅
political ✅
Format change halfway through/“experimental” ✅
It stops rather than ends. ✅
I loved it at first then I got restless. Overall I really liked it but I‘m always left a bit unsatisfied by these types of novels?! 🤷‍♀️ maybe it‘s just me. (Audio version was brilliant tho!) #camplitsy24

squirrelbrain Thanks for letting us know your thought - I don‘t like unresolved endings either, so we‘ll see! 2w
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain It‘s a great book for Camp Listy and I can‘t wait to hear everyone‘s thoughts about the ending and the format change. 😃 (I had to read it early as I was on the waiting list on borrowbox then it just became available?! Now there‘s a massive waiting list again!) 2w
squirrelbrain I‘m looking forward to hosting it! ❤️ 2w
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BarbaraBB I very curious about this one. I didn‘t like this one much 2w
Caroline2 @BarbaraBB Hmm, after reading your review it might be worth borrowing and not buying 😂 2w
Megabooks Very interested to try this in August! Great review! 2w
BarbaraBB I know @TheKidUpstairs loved it so it‘s probably me! 2w
TheKidUpstairs Sounds like exactly my type of novel! @squirrelbrain and I tend to agree on a lot of books, except for those unresolved endings - I love them 🤣 2w
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB hopefully this one works better for you! 2w
rockpools Audio it is, then! Thanks 😊 2w
squirrelbrain Oh well, we definitely can‘t be friends then! 🤣🤣 @TheKidUpstairs 2w
BarbaraBB @TheKidUpstairs I hope so and expect too. It was really me and my mood, not the book I think! 2w
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BarbaraBB All sound absolutely great! 1mo
lazydaizee I have read Mania and enjoyed it, 1mo
squirrelbrain Some great choices here! ❤️ 1mo
Megabooks I am very interested in Mania! So glad you picked it. Great choices! 1mo
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My Name Is Barbra | Barbra Streisand
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At 48hrs this is a longgg audiobook. I loved the first half; her childhood in Brooklyn in the 1950s, trying to make it on Broadway then working with Gene Kelly in big MGM musicals in the 60s. The second half was more of a slog. It‘s exhaustive and exhausting at times. Still… it‘s Barbra Streisand so what did I expect?! 😂

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The List | Yomi Adegoke
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I started this late last night and ended up reading wayyyy past my bedtime! 😂 I thought this was a riveting and gripping read and it really kept me guessing! Loved it. Thank you for getting this for me @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Glad you loved it - I did too and really didn‘t expect to! 2mo
BarbaraBB I am about to start this one and was given it too by @squirrelbrain ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain I bought it for a few friends @BarbaraBB as I liked it so much! 2mo
Jeg It‘s lovely to see all those hard backs standing in a row. We hardly get hard backs here , books come out as trade paper backs. I‘ve often got favourite books in hard cover as remainders. Years ago my daughter worked for a book seller here. She did a buying trip to the US and shipped back tons of hard backs that had been remainered. ( if that is a word) . 2mo
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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@Birdsong28 Reminded me of your earlier post. 😂

annahenke Dobby! The spitting image! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Hahaha! Amazing 2mo
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Cor, I‘m kinda addicted to memoir audios at the moment! 😂 (This is my 7th so far this year!!) But this was utterly fascinating. A real fly on the wall look into life in parliament.

vlwelser I love him. 2mo
youneverarrived I think memoir is my favourite genre for audio! 2mo
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My Name Is Barbra | Barbra Streisand
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48hrs?! Ok Barb, let‘s do this! 😉

CoverToCoverGirl I‘m on the library audio wait list.. it‘s gonna be awhile. 2mo
Caroline2 @CoverToCoverGirl yeah I was on the waiting list for about 2mths I think. 2mo
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There‘s currently a kindle deal on this book (set in Naples during WWII) if anyone is interested? It‘s on the International Booker Prize longlist even though I said I wasn‘t going to look at any more longlists and I certainly wasn‘t going to buy any more. 🤦‍♀️ 😂 #internationalbooker

BarbaraBB I bought this one too, I loved his earlier book 2mo
Caroline2 @BarbaraBB oh good to know. 😉 2mo
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A soft pick. Loved the first half then it switched to 2nd person perspective and all the you youing did my head in! 🙄 but a really good ending (for a change!!) and I loved all the Mohawk stories and history. #womensprize

BarbaraBB Interesting! 2mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this… I think! 🤔 2mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Hmm it‘s a tough one to “recommend” as it‘s a difficult read (it‘s mainly about post natal psychosis.) 2mo
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A true crime story of the penultimate woman hanged in Britain in the 1950s. It kept me guessing right up to the end. Fascinating and gripping. Thanks for getting this for me Helen @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Glad you loved it too! 2mo
Tamra Thanks for posting - sounds great! 2mo
Breanne1 Just bought this bc of your review. Also it‘s currently $1.99 for those interested. 2mo
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Third Gilmore Girl | Kelly Bishop
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Ohhh 😮 👏 “She gets it from me!” 😉 💃🏻 🍉

Suet624 What? I had no idea this book was a thing! 3mo
rubyslippersreads I need this! 3mo
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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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It feels awful to say I loved this because it‘s so heartbreaking. Michelle Williams does a hell of a job! I knew it was going to be sad but Britney does not hold back. It is a crime what her family and the paparazzi put her through. I can‘t stop thinking about it. As soon as I finished, I wanted to go right back to beginning and read it all over again!

KLyn1 I'm listening to on audio - almost done and I can't tell you how many times I've been shocked by what her family did to her. Dang!! 3mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I really don‘t like it in books when we, the readers, find out information before the characters. We‘re then left reading pages and pages waiting for the characters to catch up!! Plus way too predictable. (The octopus didn‘t add much to the story, even though I loved him, it felt like a trend ticking exercise. He was not in the story nearly enough!!)

IuliaC I would've liked more of the octopus in the story, too 3mo
Chelsea.Poole I agree with you! I didn‘t like finding out the “big reveal” so soon and waiting for everyone else to catch up. 3mo
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Fifteen Wild Decembers | Karen Powell
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I sobbed my heart out finishing this last night. It‘s a fictional story of the Brontë sisters, told from Emily‘s perspective. I knew it was going to be sad but it was so much more than I expected. The writing is so beautiful and their lives were so hard. Thank you for getting this for me Trish. Absolutely loved it! Best book I‘ve read so far this year.

TrishB So glad! It has popped up everywhere since. I‘ve just got the kindle version thanks for pointing out! 3mo
rockpools Oooh. Also, admiring your blue-green shelf. I got a right telling off from a customer at work the other day, for never having read the Seven Sisters series (“but why not? I can‘t believe it. Surely you‘re supposed to…” ??!) 3mo
julesG @rockpools Haven't read the Seven Sisters series either. You're not the only philistine 😁😁 3mo
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rockpools @julesG Thank you for your support 😂😂. I get told off for the most bizarre things! 3mo
julesG @rockpools Maybe choose an obscure series you've read and ask patrons why they haven't checked out that series yet? 3mo
rockpools @julesG Murderbot perhaps 🤔 I mean, not obscure, but… 3mo
julesG @rockpools Good choice! 3mo
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This was just the right side of charming for my frazzled brain. I love this author‘s style (she‘s Ann Patchett‘s mother and it shows in her insightful descriptions). It is fun and easy to read but never so sweet it made me roll my eyes. A dance teacher, looking forward to retirement, has her sister move in and her grown up children getting up to mischief. A comforting, easy read.

MaureenMc I had no idea Ann Patchett‘s mother was also an author! 3mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I enjoyed this cozy mystery. Lots of likeable characters to root for and baddies to boo with plenty of twists to keep ya guessing.

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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Don‘t you just love it when a book lives up to the hype!! I absolutely loved this. The audio was seriously addictive.

batsy It was surprisingly good! So brutally frank and sad, despite the dark humour. 4mo
Caroline2 @batsy Definitely. I welled up several times. 😢 4mo
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Marmee: A Novel | Sarah Miller
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I was nervous going into this as I love Little Women but it did not disappoint! It‘s a retelling from Marmee‘s PoV but it‘s also so much more than that. There‘s lots of history and the family‘s backstory (which is largely based on Louisa May Alcott‘s real life family history). It is fascinating and beautifully written. Defo one of my fav books of the year. ❄️ ❤️ 🌲

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Marmee: A Novel | Sarah Miller
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These are my 5 star reads for the year! 🌟 #top23of23

squirrelbrain Fab list! 5mo
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Marmee: A Novel | Sarah Miller
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Don‘t you just love it when you completely forget you preordered a book then it suddenly appears on your doorstep like a gift from the book fairies! 🧚‍♀️ 🪄 💫

TrishB Lovely ❤️ 6mo
jlhammar I really enjoyed this. Hope you do too! 5mo
UwannaPublishme Cool! 5mo
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The Square of Sevens | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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I loved this! If Dickens and Sarah Waters had a child… it would be this book! It had Bleak House/Fingersmith vibes with a twisty, turning plot and fiendish characters galore! I would recommend binge reading tho as there‘s lots to keep track of. (I‘ve had a busy week so I‘ve only been reading a little bit each night and it was hardwork to remember everyone and their connections etc) Defo one of my top reads of the year. 👍

RaeLovesToRead This is my book of the year for sure!!!! Although I also read The Secret History for the first time too... I need to come up with a top 5... or perhaps 10 6mo
julesG I think it's in my top ten books of the year, too. 6mo
Caroline2 @RaeLovesToRead Yes! This book and The Secret History are in my top five too. 👍 6mo
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MicheleinPhilly Sarah Waters??? *gasp* *adds to cart* 6mo
batsy Sounds great! 6mo
Caroline2 @julesG It‘s so good, isn‘t it. 6mo
Caroline2 @MicheleinPhilly yeah ignore what they said on Between the covers! 😂 it‘s a great read. 👍 (there‘s no magic in it at all!!) 6mo
squirrelbrain Great review! (Even if I didn‘t love it as much as you!) 😃 6mo
Ruthiella Sarah Waters and Charles Dickens? Say no more! Stacking! 👍 6mo
AlaMich Your description sounds very intriguing! 6mo
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Thank you so much ladies for my birthday books! They sound so good! I can‘t wait to read them all! 😃 📚 @TrishB @squirrelbrain @quietlycuriouskate

quietlycuriouskate Have a wonderful day, Caroline! 🎂🎁📚 6mo
TrishB Have a fabulous day ❤️ 📚 6mo
youneverarrived Happy Birthday 🥰 Our Souls At Night is so good! (edited) 6mo
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squirrelbrain You‘re welcome! Have a lovely day! 6mo
Birdsong28 Happy birthday 🎉🎊📚📖 6mo
AmyG Happy Birthday 🎂🎉🎁 6mo
Tamra Happy Birthday to You! I‘m anxious to read 15 Wild Decembers - enjoy! 😁 (edited) 6mo
jlhammar Our Souls at Night is wonderful! The Powell sounds fantastic. Happy Birthday! 6mo
TheBookgeekFrau Happy Birthday!! 🎉 6mo
jhod Happy birthday! Gift winging it's way to you :-) xx 6mo
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Not quite 99p kindle deal but almost! 👍

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When your TBR stack accidentally colour coordinates itself!! 😀 ❤️ 🤍

julesG 😍 7mo
Caroline2 @julesG And let me know when ya fancy a Confidence Men buddy read! 😃 7mo
RaeLovesToRead 💃💃💃💃 7mo
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julesG As soon as I find my copy? 🙈🙈🙈 It's here somewhere, I know I have it. I think tomorrow is a shelf-organising day. 7mo
Caroline2 @julesG 😂 no worries, there‘s defo no rush. 👍 7mo
squirrelbrain Lovely! ❤️ 7mo
Velvetfur So pretty! 😁 7mo
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The Haunting Season: Nine Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights | Andrew Michael Hurley, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Laura Purcell, Jess Kidd, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins, Sara Collins
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99p on kindle at the mo. This is a good collection of short spooky stories. 👍

ju.ca.no Loved it! 8mo
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Here‘s my #top10summer2023reads. I‘ve had a lot of bails but some really good books too. 👍

youneverarrived Plainsong is one of my favourite books. A few here on my tbr 👍 8mo
Amiable @youneverarrived Agreed—“Plainsong” is wonderful 8mo
sarahbarnes I reread Secret History this summer - so good! 8mo
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Cinfhen Loved some of these as well 😁 8mo
steph_phanie I love Plainsong! ❤️ 8mo
squirrelbrain I‘m glad Mary Jane made your list! ❤️ 8mo
quietlycuriouskate Plainsong ❤️ 8mo
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I'm Not Scared | Niccol Ammaniti
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I loved this. Set during a heatwave in 1970s rural Italy, a young lad stumbles across a boy trapped in a hole. I don‘t normally like books from kids points of view but this was done so well (like Lord of the Flies or Mockingbird). This will stay with me a long time.

La_Cori This is one of my favourite books.. I'm always happy to see someone enjoying this as much as I did! 🙂 9mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too. Thanks to Between the Covers for putting it on our radar, hey?! 9mo
Itchyfeetreader This looks interesting 9mo
Caroline2 @La_Cori loved it ❤️ 9mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Defo! I‘d never heard of it before. 9mo
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Mary Jane | Jessica Anya Blau
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Set in the 1970s, this is a Judy Blumesqe coming of age story. Charming, nostalgic and easy to read this was just the palate cleanser I needed. I loved it! Thank you so much for sending this to me @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it and, you‘re right, it‘s the PERFECT palate cleanser. ❤️ 9mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain It really was, esp straight after Animals!! 😂 I now feel reenergised. 👍 9mo
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This is dark, gritty and bleak. I absolutely loved it. It ticked all the dystopian boxes for me. I went in with v low expectations so I was pleasantly surprised.
Really enjoying campy litsy. What am I gonna read when it ends?!?! 😟 #camplitsy

Ruthiella You get a brief break and then we gear up for the real Tournament of Books starting in November/December! 😂 9mo
Christine Yay, I really enjoyed this too! Was wondering if I‘d have any fellow likers at #CampLitsy ! 😄 9mo
Caroline2 @Ruthiella Oh Yay! Can‘t wait. 😀 👍 9mo
Caroline2 @Christine I know right?! I was shocked when I looked on litsy and saw loads didn‘t like it. It still amazes me when people have different reactions to books than me. You would have thought I‘d be used to it by now!!! 😂 9mo
Christine LOL yes! I do love how Litsy reminds me daily that there‘s no such thing as a “bad” book and how any can be the right one for the right reader at the right time! 9mo
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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I really enjoyed this. It was a book of two halves for me tho and I defo enjoyed the first half more than the fantasy/romance heavy second half. Not as good as American Wife but Curtis is a fav author now and I want to read all her books. 😁 #camplitsy23

rockpools Oooh, good! I‘ve just started the first bit. 10mo
squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it! Looking forward to our discussions at the weekend! 10mo
Megabooks I‘m a sucker for epistolary bits so chapter 2 was my fav, but I‘m glad you enjoyed it! Once I finished, I picked up this at the used bookstore. 10mo
Megabooks I loved Rodham and thought Prep was okay. I‘m excited to try more of her backlist too. 10mo
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99p kindle deal. Sounds charming. 😁 ⛪️ #nunlit

jlhammar That sounds delightful! Thanks for sharing. It‘s not available in the US, but I might need to add it to my next Blackwell‘s order. I guess there‘s also a follow-up out this fall 10mo
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I am loving the TV show The Bear. Can anyone recommend a good book about a family run restaurant please?? (I‘m more interested in the family run business drama side of things than the cooking side 😉)

julesG @TrishB recommended Marrying the Ketchups 😁 10mo
Caroline2 @julesG Got it. 👍 10mo
TrishB @julesG @Caroline2 I recommended in the art of mime 😁 10mo
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julesG @TrishB 😁😁😁 10mo
Itchyfeetreader Not a restaurant but there is. A restaurant in the family run hotel in 10mo
Larkken Have you tried Manansala‘s mystery series? Lots of family drama in these with much description of yummy Filipino food! 10mo
peaKnit I was going to mentioned the tagged book. 10mo
jlhammar Such a great show! 10mo
jlhammar Have you tried J Ryan Stradal yet? All of his books are about food and family. His latest features a family-run supper club 10mo
Tamra Loving the show! 10mo
Caroline2 @Itchyfeetreader oh this sounds perfect, thanks. 😀 10mo
Caroline2 @Larkken I‘ve added to the list, thanks. 👍 10mo
Caroline2 @jlhammar I haven‘t but this sounds great, thank you! 😁 10mo
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Chain-Gang All-Stars | Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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So excited to read this!! Which means I‘ll either read it next week or in the next 2-3 years! 👍

Ruthiella Yup! Bookworm time is different from normal time! 😂 10mo
LaraReads 🤣🤣 10mo
RaeLovesToRead 2-3 years is still pretty recent. I have hardbacks from a decade ago 😬😬😬😬 10mo
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Caroline2 @RaeLovesToRead me too! 🤦‍♀️ 😆 what are we like?? 10mo
Caroline2 @Ruthiella I like that! 👍 10mo
RaeLovesToRead We are terrible, neglectful readers! 😆😆 10mo
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Happy Anniversary | Wulf Stapelfeldt
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Wow! Has it really been 7 years?! So grateful to have met you lovely bunch of book pals! Such a lovely platform and I‘ve made some truly fantastic friends (GladstoneNerds!) and especially enjoying the Camp Litsy reads and discussions this year. 👍 😉 📚

julesG Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉 10mo
TrishB Woohoo 🎉 🎉 10mo
squirrelbrain Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
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JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 10mo
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 10mo
Mollyanna Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎈🎉 10mo
Daisey Happy Litsyversary! 🎉 10mo
wanderinglynn Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🥳 10mo
AmyG 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚 10mo
eeclayton Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
batsy Happy Litsyversary! 🎉 10mo
Gissy Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎊📚📚📚👏👏👏👏👏❤️ 10mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Happy Litsyversary 🎉🥳🎈📚 10mo
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 10mo
fredamans Happy Litsyversary! 10mo
Caroline2 Thanks everyone!! 😀 ❤️ 📚 10mo
LeahBergen Happy Litsyversary! 10mo
bthegood happy litsyversary - 10mo
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The Cloisters | Katy Hays
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Disappointing. When I hear the words Dark Academia, it sets my expectations sky high. Which doesn‘t help. I liked the location but there wasn‘t enough atmosphere or interesting plot for me here. I found the tarot cards stuff frankly boring. At one point, she says that the history of tarot cards is often left out by historians… I think there‘s a reason for that!!! I liked the ending tho, good twist. 👍

marleed I read this a few months back and can‘t recall the story. What stays with me though is the actual physical place and gardens maintained with historic seeds. I want to visit those gardens! 11mo
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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Disappointing! The writing is very literary (No chapters, really long sentences and paragraphs) it feels ranty and smug. We are given so much background for the characters, pages and pages, yet they‘re still stereotypes (the evil billionaire, the idealist eco youngster, money grabbing baby boomers). The set up and some of the plot is interesting but then there‘s too much tomfoolery. #camplitsy23

TrishB Now tell us what you really think 😁 11mo
Caroline2 @TrishB AND, to add insult to injury, the ending happens off screen!!! We‘re just told what happened in a couple of sentences!? What a cop out! 🤬 11mo
squirrelbrain At least you finished it! 🤣 11mo
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Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Yep! I nearly gave it a so-so but the ending annoyed me too much. 😆 (how it was written rather than what happened). 11mo
Megabooks I see what you‘re saying even if I don‘t agree. I‘m glad you‘ll be joining the discussion! 11mo
BarbaraBB Oooh I see what you mean too but I loved the book. So interesting what effect her writing has on each of us! Lots to discuss! 11mo
CoffeeK8 Oh boy! We‘re supposed to read this for my book club and I usually am not a big literary fiction reader. Thanks for the helpful review! 11mo
Vansa Thanks for this,so it's as unreadable as The luminaries then! 11mo
Caroline2 @Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I just bought Animals! 😀 Loving Camp Litsy!! It‘s so much fun. Thank you all so much for organising it. 😘 👍 11mo
BarbaraBB You‘re very welcome. It‘s so fun indeed! 11mo
Megabooks You‘re welcome! So glad to have you at camp! 👍🏻🏕️ 11mo
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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I absolutely devoured this book! It was so entertaining, in a Fatal Attraction kinda way. You know it‘s going to end bad but you can‘t look away! Loved it!! Can‘t wait to discuss with #camplitsy23 👍 💛

Megabooks Yay! So excited about this one! 👍🏻 11mo
BarbaraBB I am super excited for this one too! Can‘t wait for July! 11mo
Tamra Yay! Picking up from the library today! 11mo
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American Wife | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Cor I devoured this! I got completely immersed in the story and the characters. I now want to read everything Curtis has ever written. Fantastic!

squirrelbrain I loved this one, and Prep too. Are you going to join in with Romantic Comedy for #camplitsy? I‘m hosting at the start of August. 12mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain yep! Got my signed hardback edition ready to go! 😆 12mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain I have Prep and Rodham on my kindle in the meantime!! 12mo
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squirrelbrain I have a signed hardback edition too! And I also have Rodham on my Kindle too…. 12mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain 😮 you know what that means… it‘s been agessss since we‘ve done a buddy read. Weren‘t we supposed to be doing The Change?! 😆 12mo
squirrelbrain Yes, we were….! And I still haven‘t read that one either. We could do one (or both) at Gladstone‘s. I know it‘s a long way off (actually, not *that* long!) but wouldn‘t it be fab to discuss face to face?! 12mo
Caroline2 I haven‘t either 😆 sounds like a plan. 😉 👍 11mo
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In the Blink of an Eye | Jo Callaghan
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I really enjoyed this. Everything you want from a thriller: interesting murder plot, depressed yet brilliant detective, fast paced but then there‘s a little splash of sci-fi with an AI assistant also on the case. 😯 So much fun! Loved it. 👍

youneverarrived Sounds good! 12mo
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This is such a lovely, lovely book. She‘s an expert but also a Mum so she just gets it. It‘s all about acceptance and making reasonable adjustments. But she also gives examples of how unhelpful CAHMS/schools/docs can be. I found it comforting and validating. Highly recommend. 👍 ❤️

squirrelbrain Sounds really useful, but comforting too. 12mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Wow, just wow. I bailed on this book years ago, I thought it was just about a bunch of pretentious, snobby students killing their mate. And it is about that but sooo much more. I‘m so glad I gave it another go when I was in the right mood because I got completely sucked into their world to the point were I now feel listless and I don‘t know quite what to do with myself.

Caroline2 @RaeLovesToRead what did you think Rae? I absolutely loved it. One of my all time fav books ever! 😁 👍 12mo
RaeLovesToRead Book 2 is so compelling!!!! I'm not finished yet, but wow... this book!!!! 12mo
Caroline2 @RaeLovesToRead It is relentless isn‘t it! In a good way!! The twists and hits just keep coming!!! The tension and suspense that she maintains throughout the whole book is so impressive. It‘s so readable and easy to read but it‘s so immersive and thoughtful too. God knows what I‘m going to read now?!?!? 🤦‍♀️ 12mo
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TrishB I‘m still in the minority then 😁 12mo
julesG @TrishB Me too. 😁 12mo
TrishB @julesG 😁 we have a small gang! 12mo
batsy It's one of my faves! How cool that it worked for you on this try. Books are so surprising this way 🙂 12mo
CaramelLunacy I bailed on this one ages ago, but kept it...this may be the push I need to try again 12mo
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For anyone doing #authoramonth #99pkindledeal

Soubhiville Great! I‘ll try to remember to tag everyone this afternoon. 13mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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This was hard but here‘s my final six nominations for Camp Litsy! #camplitsy23

squirrelbrain I see someone‘s been getting ideas from Between the Covers on BBC! 🤣 13mo
Megabooks Oooo!! Great choices!! 😁🏕️ 13mo
Caroline2 Defo!! 😀 Altho I bought Hungry Ghosts before BtC and in the last episode it seemed v marmite. Some loved it tho so fingers crossed 🤞 😬 @squirrelbrain (edited) 13mo
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BarbaraBB Wow, great choices! I loved Birnam Wood and wouldn‘t mind reading the rest of your nominations! 13mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t love Hungry Ghosts, I have to say. 😬 13mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain ah man!! 🤦‍♀️ 13mo
Ruthiella Nice list! Hungry Ghosts looks intriguing. I think we should all buy our copies of Birnam Wood now. It seems to be a sure thing. 🥳 13mo
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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I enjoyed this. I don‘t normally like dual timelines (or triple in this case) but all three storylines were interesting and I liked all the characters. It‘s very readable.

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This was a mixed bag for me. I loved the premise (I‘m a sucker for a good old fashioned revenge plot) and the writing was refreshing and so funny at times. But other times it was long winded and dragged?! Not sure about the ending either…! Bit disappointing.

julesG Perfect book to casually leave on a side table. 😈 14mo
Caroline2 @julesG Ha!! Defo! 😆 14mo
jamield1911 Oh, I loved this one! It's definitely my sense of humour 🤣 I also really enjoyed leaving it on the coffee table or in the car when my other half annoyed me 😆 14mo
BookNAround I gave this to my sister for Christmas (after pre-reading it, of course). I told her not to get any ideas. 14mo
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Walmer Castle and Gardens | Rowena Shepherd, Jonathan George Coad, Virginia Hinze
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I was dead chuffed to find a secondhand bookshop in the basement of Walmer Castle! 😁

Oryx That is so cool. Did you get anything? 14mo
TheBookHippie 😍😍😍😍 14mo
AvidReader25 What an awesome spot for a bookstore! 14mo
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TrishB Ohhh lovely ♥️ 14mo
LeahBergen Ooo! 👀 14mo
squirrelbrain Oooh nice! 🏰 14mo
Meshell1313 LOVE 😍😍😍 14mo
Clare-Dragonfly 😍😍😍😍 14mo
batsy Oh wow, that's fab! 14mo
Gissy 📚😍 14mo
Jeg Wow. 😍 13mo
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Operation Moonlight | Louise Morrish
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I should have bailed! Really disappointing. The modern storyline was too long, boring and by the end quite depressing. The wartime storyline was really good at first, I liked the sections on her training as a spy but her actual mission is really brief with too much attention given to the love story and the end of that plot line… really? It just didn‘t ring true for me. Not what I was hoping for.

TrishB 😞 14mo
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This was just the sort of palate cleanse I needed. Easy to read and charming, it was a delight and just what my frazzled brain needed right now. 👍

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The Haven | Amanda Jennings
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Totally engrossing! A young couple buy a farm in Cornwall to start a commune with a group of friends and live sustainably but then things take a turn for the worst….!
This is so gripping, I loved living their idyllic life on the farm then it went really dark and sinister! Absolutely loved it.

rockpools That sounds really disturbing (and probably quite realistic 🤣). Stacking! 1y
RebelReader That sounds great! Stacking! 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 1y
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