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CarolynM
The Trick to Time | Kit de Waal
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Thank you so much, Cathy, your parcel arrived at last! You are too good to me. I remember how much you liked this book and I think I will too. We are planning a week away in June, I am going to put it aside for then.

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Showing my age here, but there's no doubt my #1stcartooncrush was Roger Ramjet ❤️ sigh...

Love this idea @rohit-sawant

#GailSimone

And I'm claiming it for #MayMovieMagic #OriginsOfLove

Leftcoastzen So cool! 21h
Cathythoughts I realize I do remember Roger Ramjet .... he‘s our hero fighting for our nation .... 🙃that is so fun to remember 😂 21h
Cathythoughts Excellent pic 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 21h
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CarolynM @Cathythoughts As soon as I saw Rohit's post I started singing the song🎤 Not just my first cartoon crush, my first crush of any kind 😊😂 20h
LeahBergen I don‘t know Roger Ramjet (and I‘m your age 😆😆). I‘ll look him up. 19h
CarolynM @LeahBergen I took him completely seriously as a child - as an adult he's hilarious😂 19h
rohit-sawant Awesome! This is the first I've heard of him and will be looking him up likewise. 18h
Cinfhen Ha!!! Love your #originsOfLove but I don‘t recall this character 🤷🏼‍♀️ 16h
rretzler Never really watched that show. I was more into Johnny Quest. 15h
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CarolynM
Into the Fire | Sonia Orchard
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This is a brilliant novel. I am really struggling to find the words to adequately describe it. At its core it is about the friendship between two women, but it is also about friendship more broadly, the consequences of disfunctional families and toxic relationships between men and women. Presented in the form of an intriguing mystery and cleverly laced with ideas from psychological and feminist theory, I couldn't put it down. #ozfiction

CarolynM @JennyM Thank you for pointing me towards this one. I loved it. I'm going to add some more in a spoiler. 4d
batsy Sounds so good! Stacked :) 4d
BooknerdsLife Wow! That‘s sounds terrific 👍🏼😍 4d
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CarolynM Crow was quite a piece of work! I like that she didn't shy away from addressing Lara's attachment to him as well as to Alice. I also like the way Christian was so different from Crow in so many ways, but ultimately his treatment of Lara was so similar to Crow's treatment of Alice. I have a friend who endured the same kind of treatment - this all rang very true. @JennyM (edited) 4d
JennyM @CarolynM it‘s fantastic isn‘t it!!! I was so impressed with it, and am surprised that‘s it not had more praise here in Aus. I thought it was a great book club read. 😘 4d
JennyM @CarolynM it was very real in its telling. She definitely took on the big issues. 4d
CarolynM @JennyM There are some great novels from the small publishing houses that don't get anything like the attention they deserve. Another one I loved 4d
JennyM @CarolynM such a shame. I‘ll put this one on my list 😊 4d
LeeRHarry I have this one in my TBR pile after @JennyM gave it thumbs up and now I will stack the other one you suggested @CarolynM 😊 4d
ElishaLovesBooks Sounds great! Stacked! 4d
Cathythoughts Sounds brilliant! Stacked 4d
JaclynW Great review! I'm intrigued. 3d
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CarolynM
The Lost Life | Steven Carroll
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This is the first book in what is currently a trilogy revolving around TS Eliot (I see them now being numbered as books in the Eliot Quartet so I assume another is coming) I've read them out of order, but I don't think it matters. This is a delicate and beautifully written story about first love, both the transient and the lasting kind. It isn't fictionalised biography, rather it presents Eliot obliquely as observed by others. #ozfiction

Cathythoughts Sounds good ♥️👍🏻stacked 6d
Cathythoughts Hi Carolyn I did send you some post almost 3 weeks ago ... I hope it gets to you 🤞🏻 5d
CarolynM That's so kind of you, Cathy. Thank you. I'll certainly let you know when it arrives. You've cheered me up - I was feeling rather down right now because it doesn't look like we will be getting the change of government we were hoping for @Cathythoughts 5d
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Cathythoughts @Carolynm I‘m sorry to hear that ... I hope all will be well 🤞🏻😘 5d
Cinfhen Just thinking I haven‘t seen you around much. Hope all is well 4d
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thanks Cindy😘 All good at a personal level, not so much existentially following last night's very disappointing election result, but I'll get over it. I've been lacking imagination for the challenge prompts, I'll try to do better this week. 🙂 4d
Cinfhen Sorry about your election results. It‘s hard not to allow those results to effect your overall mood. And I get the lack of inspiration and creativity too. I‘m just glad you‘re ok. Missed you! (edited) 4d
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The Lost Life | Steven Carroll
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Two different responses to literary criticism. I understand both points of view.

Trashcanman Hugs to you 6d
CarolynM @Trashcanman Thanks, friend. 6d
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Looking for Alibrandi | Melina Marchetta
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StarTrekSummerMay #Manhunt

Either of my most recent review posts could have doubled for this prompt, but I'm going with this story about a teenage girl discovering her father.

Megabooks Sounds good!! 🖖🏻🖖🏻 1w
Centique I loved the movie of this so much, have yet to read the book but it‘s on my TBR. 6d
BooknerdsLife Awww I loved this book! 6d
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Game Changer | Rachel Reid
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I've been indulging my puerile tastes in m/m #romantsy this weekend. Plenty of hockey here and 🔥🔥🔥🔥🙀🙈

LeahBergen What? Are you part Canadian? 😆 2w
CarolynM @LeahBergen No, 100% Australian - I just like violent sports😂 2w
Rissreads And abs by the looks of things! 🤣😆 2w
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writerlibrarian Abs are essential to enjoy 🏒 Ty Seguin comes to mind somehow 🤣🤣🤣 2w
GlassAsDiamonds There‘s a hysterical sci-fi dystopian romance set in the Blue Mountains if you run out of hockey.... 😂😂😂 1w
LaraReads I really liked Heated Rivalry, but I didn‘t read book 1. Hockey & Russians, yum! 😂💕 1w
CarolynM @Rissreads Ab-solutely😉😂 1w
CarolynM @writerlibrarian Pity about all that gear they wear😂 1w
CarolynM @GlassAsDiamonds Tell me more! 1w
CarolynM @LaraReads I think I might have liked the first book best. Russians only on the background in that one, though🙂 1w
LaraReads Oh yeah? That‘s good to know. Maybe I‘ll give it another look! 1w
GlassAsDiamonds @CarolynM these ones. Also dinosaur aliens 😂😂😂😂😂 Puerile tastes indeed but fluffy easy reads with fun Aussie references (although if you read the whole series, she does massively overuse “badass”) (edited) 1w
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Museum of Modern Love | Heather Rose
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Cathythoughts Perfect 👍🏻♥️ 2w
Cinfhen This was such an interesting novel!! Good choice 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Freespirit One of my favourites in 2017. Loved it! 2w
Henrik_Madsen Cool cover! 2w
rohit-sawant 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
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Top Secret | Elle Kennedy, Sarina Bowern
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Enjoyable m/m #romantcy, but I didn't think it was as good as the other collaborations by these authors. Maybe I just missed the hockey #YouNeverCanTell #MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen You‘re quite the eclectic reader😉and who knew you were into hockey ?!?? 😂😂 2w
Cinfhen Wait, US hockey ( stick & puck) or is this Australian hockey ???? 2w
CarolynM @Cinfhen US hockey - I'm watching right now. We would call it ice hockey, but I've mostly learned not to🙂 2w
Cinfhen Correct, according to my hubby the ONLY REAL hockey is the one played on ice!!!!! 2w
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1. Wow, that's a good question! I have to completely believe in the characters and situations, there can be nothing that makes me go "huh?" Some humour and a nice turn of phrase helps and if I learn something, or there's a perspective I hadn't considered before, it's a winner.
2. Souvenir fridge magnets and pens
3. Tagged and also the AWW New Cookbook
4. Too many to list
5. @LeeRHarry @JennyM @Freespirit

#wondrouswednesday

LeahBergen I collect those souvenir “floating action” pens when I travel - the uglier, the better. 😆 2w
CarolynM @LeahBergen Oh yeah - they're the best! 2w
Eggs Great responses!! Thanks for joining in 🤗💗 2w
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Building the Dream: The Realisation of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's House for an Art Lover | Graham Roxburgh, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Anthony Jones
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#GimmeShelter House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland
#MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen I love these photos 2w
ferskner Oh my gosh, those light fixtures!!! 2w
LeahBergen Just ... wow. 2w
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Heideschrampf I love charles rennie mackintosh! Those chairs!! 2w
rohit-sawant 😮💜💜 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Wow, the grandeur! 2w
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The story of the end of a relationship told with dispassionate wit. Very enjoyable.

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Honk If You Are Jesus | Peter Goldsworthy
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#HowFarIllGo is a question that confronts a world leader in in vitro fertilisation when a new job involves a program that has cloned a Tasmanian Tiger from DNA in a museum specimen and her boss holds a DNA sample taken from the Holy Nail of Monza. #MayMovieMagic. #ozfiction

Cinfhen I like the sound of this one!!! 3w
CarolynM @Cinfhen It's a very long time since I read it but I enjoyed it a lot at the time.🙂 3w
Cinfhen I can‘t remember half the books I read in March 😝I‘m amazed at others capacity for recall!!!! 3w
gradcat Omigod...this one sounds nuts 🥜 😂 in a good way! 2w
CarolynM @Cinfhen Some books stick in my memory - plenty of others are completely lost!🙂 2w
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#Brothers #StarTrekSummerMay

I remember enjoying this book a lot, but I don't remember anything about the story😂

Megabooks Happens to me all the time!!! 3w
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Another book for my IRL book group's Graham Greene month. Intriguing story about a group of strangers on a long train journey as they reveal themselves to one another and form relationships. There is racism, sexism, homophobia and even classism, both in the story and the writing, although I felt that Greene was trying, at some level at least, to challenge preconceptions and stereotypes.

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Is this an interesting idea or a literary joke?

tournevis It's legit, asaik. 3w
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The Place on Dalhousie | Melina Marchetta
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I confess the only other Melina Marchetta book I've read is Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil and I was not impressed, but I absolutely loved this tale of families lost, found and created. I'm going to have to read Saving Francesca and The Piper's Son now. #ozfiction

rretzler 😻 3w
MrsMalaprop I heard her interviewed about fostering a child on Radio National the other day. Fascinating. 3w
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop That does sound interesting. Have you read this one? There's a thread about fostering/adoption. 3w
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MrsMalaprop No I haven‘t read this one I‘ve read Alibrandi & Pipers Son. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I have one of hers to be read 3w
JennyM I think I might have to give this one a go. I liked Tell the Truth, but couldn‘t get into any of her others, particularly Jellicoe Road. But this sounds good - great review 3w
CarolynM @JennyM I just didn't believe in Tell the Truth, although it was clear the woman can write. I found this one completely convincing and very easy to read. 3w
Dragon 😻 3w
Jovy I loved Jellicoe, Francesca and Piper‘s Son! Her fantasy series is one of my faves 3w
CarolynM @Jovy You need to read this one, characters from Francesca and Piper reappear🙂 3w
Jovy @CarolynM 😯How did I not know that!? Stacked!! 👊🏼 3w
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Breathing Lessons | Anne Tyler
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Maggie and Ira set out on a road trip to attend the funeral of an old friend and on the way a lot is revealed about them, their marriage and their family. I absolutely loved it. In my memory Ira spends a lot of the book #BehindTheWheel #MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen This sounds really good even though I‘m not a big fan of her storytelling. I think I might try it one day 😊 3w
rohit-sawant Nice one! Stacking this! 3w
gradcat I like Tyler, but haven‘t read anything by her in a long while...haven‘t read this one, though. 3w
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Squeeze: Song by Song | Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, Jim Drury
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Squeeze is one of my favourite bands and #Eastside Story is one of my favourite records. The book provides some interesting background for all the songs.
#AMonthOfSongs

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🎶 3w
Purrfectpages One of my favorites as well! 3w
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The Family Story | Alfred Thompson Denning Baron Denning
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When I was a law student Lord Denning was everybody's favourite #Justice
#StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks I have to admit I don‘t know much about British law, but it‘s great to have things in academics that you enjoy!! 🖖🏻 3w
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Crossing the Lines | Sulari Gentill
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Madeleine is writing a novel about a writer named Edward who begins a novel about a writer named Madeleine. Who is in fact writing who? It's #AMatterOfPerspective but the story is taking them on a #HighwayToHell

#StarTrekSummerMay #MayMovieMagic

Megabooks This sounds awesome! #stacked Great prompt use! 🖖🏻 3w
rohit-sawant This sounds interesting! Great pick! 3w
Cathythoughts Nice one 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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CarolynM @Megabooks @rohit-sawant I liked it a lot. 3w
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thanks😘 3w
Centique Yay! And I‘ve got this to read too 💕 3w
Lizpixie Oooh, I live this author! This one is definitely #stacked 3w
CarolynM @Lizpixie Just so you know, this is nothing at all like the Roland Sinclair series. 3w
Cinfhen Interesting! I‘m getting @TrishB vibes!!! 3w
TrishB @Cinfhen stacked 👍🏻 3w
gradcat This sounds great! Stacked, & thank you!! 🙏 😊 📚 3w
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All That's Jazz | Sammy Stein
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I'm proclaiming #AllMyLove for jazz on International Jazz Day. #AnglophileApril

Thanks, lovely hosts, for another fun month of prompts😘😘😘😘

Cinfhen Thank you!!!! Loved seeing your posts and thanks for letting me know about international Jazz Day 😁 3w
Mdargusch Thanks for playing along! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
emilyhaldi What perfect timing!!! Love this 🙌🏻 and loved seeing your posts all month 😄 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Oh! Happy International Jazz Day! 👏 🎷 3w
Reviewsbylola 🎶 🎼 3w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Cassandra is absolutely an #OwnerOfALonelyHeart #AnglophileApril

Cinfhen Are u enjoying this book??? 3w
CarolynM @Cinfhen I read it a few months ago. I liked it a lot. 3w
Cinfhen Good to know!! 🙏🏻 3w
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emilyhaldi Love this cover! 😍 3w
Cathythoughts Listening to it presently on Audible... I‘m liking it a lot too 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Mdargusch Sounds like a good book choice. Now I need to read it for the #NYRB book discussion. 3w
Reviewsbylola I got my copy, now I just have to read it! 3w
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Saving Agnes: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Cathythoughts This sounds good 👍🏻stacking 3w
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Mehso-so

This is an easy and entertaining read, but it's pretty forgettable. I found it difficult to believe in the band. I've read a lot of magazine stories in that format so that didn't bother me one way or another. There was a lot of "Insta" here (love, musical skill, song writing, success) that was unconvincing. If they make a movie I bet they'll make at least one very significant change to the story (see spoiler in comments)

CarolynM I bet there's a Billy and Daisy sex scene and some sort of huge emotional scene where they agree they have to part. 3w
BarbaraBB I agree with all you say (including the spoiler 😂😉): it‘s amusing yet forgettable! 3w
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batsy Awww! 4w
JennyM Gorgeous fluff ball 🐈 4w
overtheedge ❤❤what a doll!!❤❤ 4w
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Cathythoughts Tooo cute 4w
Crazeedi Precious kitty!!😻❣ 4w
WorldsOkayestStepMom Sweet baby! 💖💖💖 4w
Cathythoughts It has been on my mind to drop you a line ... just been very busy ... will do so soon 👍🏻♥️ 4w
youneverarrived Aww 😻 4w
Rissreads Love your cat 🐈🧡 4w
Cinfhen Sweet!!!! 4w
Mdargusch Love! 😻😻😻 4w
Reviewsbylola How could you give up that sweet face! 🥰 4w
emilyhaldi Wow that's a cute cat 4w
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Hinterland | Steven Lang
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erzascarletbookgasm I have read none of these! 😄 4w
Cathythoughts Me neither @erzascarletbookgasm 🤦🏻‍♀️ 4w
Freespirit I haven't read any of these either! I have Possession in my TBR pile 4w
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Lcsmcat I‘ve read Possession but none of the others. 4w
youneverarrived Love Possession 🖤 4w
LeeRHarry Love Possession 💕 and enjoyed Disobedience 😏 4w
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Adelaide | Kerryn Goldsworthy
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Even though I never want to live there again, there is a sense in which Adelaide will always be home
#TakeTheLongWayHome #AnglophileApril

Cinfhen There is something about a certain place that will ALWAYS feel like home 😌 4w
Cathythoughts Yes I think our first real home , where ever & when ever that is .. goes very deep. ♥️👍🏻 4w
Mdargusch I love the cover though. Sounds like a good southern narrative. 4w
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CarolynM @Mdargusch It's actually one of a series of books about the Australian capital cities, all by different authors. They each have some history, geography and cultural discussion and try to capture something of the character of the city. The cover photo is very recognisable to anyone who knows Adelaide. (edited) 4w
Lizpixie I‘ve had the Sydney one on my Booktopia wishlist for awhile. There‘s also ones about the Bridge & the Opera House too. On another note, I‘ll be visiting Adelaide next January(fingers crossed my health improves)The hubby has a lot of family there including his Nan & it‘s her 90th birthday so we‘ll be going for a fortnight🤞 4w
Mdargusch Ha! I really misread that blurb. I guess I saw peaches and deduced it was about the south. 😜 4w
CarolynM @Mdargusch I've just read the blurb - I'm not surprised you were misled! I think you would need to know about Adelaide to make sense of it! 🙂 4w
CarolynM @Lizpixie I've got the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra ones as well. I think you need to be properly familiar with the city to get the most out of the books. I hope you'll be feeling a lot better by January and you enjoy some time in Adelaide. At least the beaches are nice when it's hot. 4w
Reviewsbylola This one sounds really good. 4w
emilyhaldi I don‘t know anything about Adelaide but this series sounds really cool! 4w
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The Adulterants | JOE DUNTHORNE
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Mehso-so

I'm glad this was a short book, or I think I would have bailed. For most of the novel I was feeling that I was too old to have any sympathy for the characters, particularly the immature and irresponsible MC narrator, but by the end I found myself saddened by the situation he found himself in. There is some amusing social satire along the way but overall it only rates a So-So.

BooknerdsLife Great review 👏🏼💓 4w
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Mullumbimby | Melissa Lucashenko
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There is a lot to digest in this story of modern Aboriginal life. The people and situations Lucachenko creates are so very believable and relatable, even though they are living experiences that are a very long way from my own. I didn't find this book as satisfying as Too Much Lip but it's still very good. #ozfiction

MrsMalaprop I agree! Liked Too Much Lip more 👍. 2w
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Peter Morrow is missing. Clara calls on the help of Gamache and Beauvoir to find him. I enjoyed the way they followed the trail, and the people and places along the way were interesting, but I found the solution unsatisfying and the end a little rushed. I'm left with quite a few questions. Maybe they'll be answered in the next book. This isn't one of the best books in the series but it's still a pick.

Crazeedi Some of them weren't as good as others, stick with it they do get better, and might I say a bit crazy too. Lots of stuff happens 1mo
CarolynM @Crazeedi I'll definitely keep going with this series, I couldn't possibly stop now!🙂 1mo
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Rake's Progress | M. C. Beaton
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Some light relief

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 4w
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Now and Then | William Corlett
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The story of a boys' school love affair and it's continuing effects on the life of one of the parties. It's quite a melancholy book, but I enjoyed it.

Centique Melancholy sounds good to me too 😊 1mo
Jeg I‘ve just ordered this. A present for my brother which I will carefully read first.😊😊 1mo
CarolynM @Jeg Hope you and your brother like it. 🙂 I'll look out for your review. 1mo
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The Quiet American | Graham Greene
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As a comment on global politics, a window onto the reality of war, a character study and a story of a love triangle, this is a novel that works on every level. It may have been written in the 50's about a conflict happening then, but its themes are still very relevant. I wish I'd read it years ago.

Freespirit Great review! 1mo
MrsMalaprop We have this exact edition on our shelves. My husband read and loved it. Might need to get to it myself... 1mo
gradcat Such a great book...I‘m a big Graham Greene fan...some of the movie adaptations are great as well. 📚 🎥 👍 1mo
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writerlibrarian Yep. I had the same reactions when I read it a few years ago. Great review. 1mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I'd certainly encourage you to give it a go. I think you'd like it🙂 1mo
Centique Excellent review! 1mo
CarolynM @Centique Thank you 1mo
Severnmeadows I loved the book, and really loved the film. 1mo
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The Quiet American | Graham Greene
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My IRL book group is having a Graham Greene month - each of us reading the Greene book or books that take our fancy. I'm starting with The Quiet American and hoping to read at least 2 more.

JennyM Grahame Greene is one author that weirdly always gets mentioned by MCs in the books I read 💁‍♀️ I‘ve never read any by him, so will be curious to see how you find him. (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @JennyM I read Our Man in Havana last year, my first Greene ever, and really enjoyed it. So far so good with this one🙂 1mo
quietjenn I really enjoyed Travels With My Aunt! Need to read more Greene. 1mo
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Paperback.Propensity Cool covers! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve only read one Greene and it‘s not in the pile. 😁 I need to read more of him. 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve read some for the #1001books list. My favorite is the one @erzascarletbookgasm mentions ☝🏼 1mo
batsy This is the only Greene I've read; didn't know what to expect and found it so unexpectedly good. 1mo
LeahBergen I felt much the same as @batsy . 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts I think I read a Graham Green a million years ago & cant even remember !! 😬 ... not good enough, will have to read one. I have The End of the Affair on my kindle 👍🏻. What a great idea !! An author‘s month 👍🏻♥️... I think I will be suggesting this idea to our Bookclub XX 1mo
Cathythoughts Look forward to your reviews 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
andrew61 Great idea, look forward to seeing your comments 1mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts @andrew61 We've never tried it before. Hopefully it will work😬 (edited) 1mo
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The traveller's guide to Singapore | Harry Miller (journalist.)
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#CarelessWhisper
A university friend of mine had family in Singapore. In January 1985 I went with her to visit them. Everywhere we went this wretched song played. I got so I could recognise the first 2 bars and I'd be out the door before I was forced to hear any more. I hadn't minded it before we left home. To this day the song drives me mad, but it always reminds me of having fun in Singapore.
#AnglophileApril

Cinfhen And I LOVE this song!!! For happy memories I associate with this tune 🥰 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen It is possible to have too much of a good thing! 1mo
LeahBergen 😆😆That‘s awesome! 1mo
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TrishB Love the story ❤️ 1mo
Libby1 Wonderful. 1mo
batsy How fun 😁 1mo
Tanisha_A 😆 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😆 I love how memories are associated with songs, especially happy memories! 1mo
JennyM I love it! Fun memories 1mo
Mdargusch So funny how music brings back those kind of memories. 1mo
emilyhaldi Lol, once you get sick of a song it's hard to EVER come back from it!! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m not really a fan of this song either but my husband and kids love it. 😆 1mo
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O Pioneers! | Willa Cather
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What fabulous descriptions! I can see these people!
#catherbuddyread

catebutler I agree! She is so good at descriptions! 👏🏼 1mo
Lcsmcat My mother had a set of dried apple dolls, whose faces were made from dried apples. That‘s what I thought of when I read her description of Ivar‘s withered cheeks. 1mo
Graywacke These are great. She has a way a capturing visuals, atmosphere, personality... 1mo
readordierachel Wow. Fabulous indeed! 1mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Mehso-so

I don't know what to make of this. On face value the parents are alternately neglectful and abusive to their children, probably as a result of mental illness, yet ultimately they run a thriving business. The family suffer an extraordinary number of serious accidents from which they recover without medical attention. Tara receives the barest minimum of home schooling, yet apparently achieves mainstream academic excellence with little effort.👇

CarolynM It doesn't quite add up. It's not that I disbelieve her exactly, but I think that she has left so much out of the story that it doesn't feel entirely true. At the very least she must have worked really hard for her PhD, but she gives no sense of this. Similarly her relationships with people outside her family must have contributed to her decision to breakaway, but the story gives only the vaguest sense of this. 1mo
Cinfhen Perfect review!!!! YOU captured MY exact feelings about this memoir. It‘s s great read but seems a bit disingenuous. I don‘t always get that sense but this time I did. 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thank you. I feel quite conflicted about it in a way that's hard to put into words. I'm glad I read it, though. 1mo
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Cathythoughts Yes ! I agree , great review 1mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thank you 1mo
Cathythoughts I think the general feeling at our IRL Bookclub was that the structure of the book didn‘t work or flow ... many were disappointed 1mo
Amiable Excellent review 👍🏼 1mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts I'll be talking about it with mine tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to the discussion. I think I know what at least one of them will say about it - something like your group🙂 1mo
CarolynM @Amiable Thank you 1mo
Cinfhen Curious what bookclub said.... 1mo
Megabooks @CarolynM thank you for pointing me in Carolyn‘s direction @Cinfhen ! I agree 100%! There was a lot left out. As a doctor, it was the injuries that got me. I want to see the scars, strangely enough. The no school to complete and utter success in school shocked me as well. It‘s just a little too unbelievable! 1mo
Cinfhen I agree @Megabooks I had a hard time with those crazy medical miracles. I‘m sorry, but those were life threatening injuries 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen So true! I stopped my relisten when I got to the point where she was picked up in a bulldozer and dropped on a pile of scrap metal and didn‘t need major medical attention. 🙄🙄 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen It was quite a wide spectrum of opinion, although everyone agreed there was a lot missing from the story. She was in Australia for some writers' festivals recently and was interviewed on some popular podcasts, so that coloured people's thinking. Those more familiar with abuse found it easier to understand how conflicted she was about her family and her faith. We all thought there was probably more to the brother's abuse than she wrote. 1mo
CarolynM @Megabooks I found it hard to believe they always healed, no infections, no real ongoing incapacity. Also, how can you keep having the same sort of accidents? Wouldn't one serious burn make you really careful about that sort of thing? Not to mention falling off moving equipment and driving all night. I know Dad was crazy, but even so... 1mo
hjreviews Late to the conversation… but what really got me on the abuse aspect was it went from 0-100 real quick. As someone who has taken classes and training sessions as well as spoken with numerous people who has experienced abuse, there is always a slow progression that you later pick up on 1mo
CarolynM @hjreviews That's a good point. I think it's part of the she left so much out problem. I suspect that her relationship with her abusive brother was a lot more complicated than she was prepared to talk about, so there are only a few instances of abuse described. 1mo
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CarolynM
Seeing a Large Cat | Elizabeth Peters
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I didn't think I'd have many #YellowSpines (forgetting all about the Text Classics) and then I turned up a few more
#SpringIntoReading

GatheringBooks that looks delicious!!! 1mo
Kaye Have you read all the Elizabeth Peters series ? I started it a long time ago but only got to book 4. I don‘t think I‘ve ever completed an entire series yet 😮 1mo
CarolynM @kaye I've read all of Elizabeth Peters's books and quite a few Barbara Michaels too (her other pen name). I love her🙂 1mo
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Kaye Yes I‘ve read some of the Barbara Michaels too. I thought they were very good. 1mo
Rissreads My fav colour! 💛⭐️☀️🐤🌼🍌🧀 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 💛💛 1mo
vkois88 💛💛💛 1mo
Nute 💛Nice!💛 4w
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Ginger: My Story | Ginger Rogers
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#SpiceUpYourLife with a bit of Ginger (Rogers)
#AnglophileApril

TrishB Good one 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Perfect!!!! 1mo
emilyhaldi Way to take a different twist on the prompt 💃🏻 1mo
Reviewsbylola Perfect! 1mo
Mdargusch Love those old movies with the dance scenes! 1mo
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CarolynM
Spring | Ali Smith
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Pickpick

Breathtakingly good - I read it in one sitting. The first part so cleverly and wittily parodies film, television and literary culture (is it just me or was that 2+ page paragraphless extract from the novel being adapted a pastiche of Milkman?) while the later parts take a more serious tone in addressing our treatment of refugees. Ali Smith, like Paddy, knows stuff ("years of reading") and her literary and artistic references are always on point.

JennyM I CANNOT wait to read this! So glad you enjoyed it ♥️ 1mo
CarolynM @JennyM Don't wait - it's fabulous! 1mo
Cathythoughts I didn‘t really like Autumn... 🤔but I might try Spring 👍🏻 1mo
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CarolynM @Cathythoughts There's more traditional story in this one than either Autumn or Winter and it's less overtly political. I think you might like it🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts Ok then ! Stacked 1mo
Freespirit I have Autumn to read..do I need to read them in any order @CarolynM ? 1mo
CarolynM @Freespirit No, they're completely stand alone 1mo
KateFulfordAuthor Great review 1mo
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I'm still walking @kaye but not posting about it. It was such a lovely morning this morning I stopped to take a photo of the city from Rucker's Hill. The doctored poster has been there for a while , but now the federal election has been called it seems an appropriate time to post it. Gotta love Northcote, I don't think Clive's candidate will get many votes in this electorate! The books were $3 each - how could I resist? #LitsyWalkers

Freespirit Bargain with the books! Can't believe Clive is still around..misery to think we've got five weeks of listening to politicians....lovely picture of the city😊 1mo
Kaye Yes, I‘ve walked every day , too and haven‘t posted. Thank you for the tag and the photos. Interesting ! I‘ll try to find something to take a picture of today on my walk. 1mo
LouiseWalters Urghhh five weeks of mindless electioneering. Unfortunately Clive makes sense in a Trump sort of way. Heaven forbid!!! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @LouiseWalters Only 5 weeks??? That seems heavenly!!! I wish the U.S. would take a hint but unfortunately there is BIG money in campaigning for 2 years. I hate it. 1mo
LouiseWalters Totally different system - we vote for the party. The party chooses its leader. Has been a bit diabolical over the last 10 years or so - party‘s dumping leaders and selecting new ones based on perceived voter appeal. 1mo
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Lady Caroline Lamb may have called Lord Byron "mad, bad and dangerous to know" but he had the last word. #Remember #PoetryMatters
Do you think she's made him #paranoid? #AnglophileApril

TheSpineView 💜 1mo
Reviewsbylola Lord Byron is one of the poets I really like. 1mo
Mdargusch Ha! Most likely. 1mo
emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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CarolynM
1983: The Unknown Season | Tobias Maxwell
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1. I wasn't going to do this but then I got curious about the popular songs from the year I was 18 (1983) and it was too good not to share with the other Australian Littens. It's not actually a song, but the best selling single in Australia in 1983 was Australiana by Austen Tayshus. Don't look it up if you are of a sensitive disposition😂
2. Pisces
3. C.P. Snow
4. Anyone who hasn't posted yet.

#wondrouswednesday

Freespirit It was amazingly popular😂😂😂 1mo
Eggs ❤️ Pisces ♓️❤️ 1mo
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If you are interested in British theatre and/or film from the mid 20th century you need to read John Mills's delightful autobiography. The title comes from a director's instruction to the actors for one of his war films, but unfortunately I can't remember which one.
#Clouds #SpringIntoReading

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15 year old Judith isn't interested in school heart-throb Larry until he starts appearing in her #Dreams. A sweet YA romance.
#AnglophileApril

Cinfhen Angst!!! 1mo
Cinfhen And I think Dreaming of Dean sounds sexier than Larry 🙄 1mo
Reviewsbylola That cover. 😆 1mo
Mdargusch Ha! Those teenage romances! 1mo
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CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm Do you know the poem? I'd have loved to post it all, but it's a bit long🙂 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm No I didn‘t. I looked it up after seeing your post. I like the message..about love and peace over war..or something like that 😅 1mo
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm Yes, exactly. And I love the rhyme scheme - so unusual. 1mo
TheSpineView Very powerful!💜 1mo
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CarolynM
French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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It was difficult to warm to Frances, the central character in this story - #ShesSoCold
#AnglophileApril

gradcat This book sounds very interesting...is it a dark comedy or a humorous tragedy? 🤔 1mo
CarolynM @gradcat That might depend on your point of view. I saw it as a dark comedy, the writing is very sharp. 1mo
gradcat Thanks for answering! 🥰 1mo
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Reviewsbylola I really liked this one. 1mo
Mdargusch Stacking! I like dark humor. 👍🏼 1mo
emilyhaldi this has been on my tbr for so long and now I NEED this edition 🖤 #blackcatsforlife 1mo
BiblioLitten The dialogues were funny but am not sure I liked the novel as a whole. 1mo
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CarolynM
Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I'm reading this for my IRL book group. I'm amazed that Tara and her #Siblings survived their childhoods. I'm finding the insanity difficult to deal with.
#SpringIntoReading

PS I posted this before for the wrong challenge so I've deleted that one. Sorry if you're seeing this twice

Cathythoughts We read this for IRL Bookclub too. I was struck by the power the family had over her .... 1mo
Jeg I read this a while ago and wondered too how did they survive. What lives some people have. (edited) 1mo
LeeRHarry This was a fascinating read but definitely quite disturbing in parts. 1mo
vkois88 It's on my TBR! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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CarolynM
Amsterdam | Ian McEwan
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I've been a #BadGirls buying books again. Spelling OK today, but my grammar has gone to pot 😉
#AnglophileApril

Cinfhen I‘m loving the purchases!! 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Readings had a 3 for 2 on Ian McEwen and since I've only read a couple of his books I had to take advantage. The other books just fell into my bag somehow🤔 (edited) 1mo
TrishB Great haul 👍🏻 1mo
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Cathythoughts These look great 👍🏻 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Liking those Vintage white editions. I still need to read Amsterdam. 1mo
Jeg Love Ian McEwen. 1mo
Theaelizabet Nice stack. I thought On Chesil Beach was heart-breaking. 1mo
emilyhaldi Lolol I love it (edited) 1mo
Mdargusch 😂😂😂 perfect! 1mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s hard to be good when buying books is involved! 1mo
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