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Joined May 2016

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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales | Margaret Atwood
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Loved it.

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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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Love

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Holidays on Ice | David Sedaris
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I‘ve never met a Sedaris I didn‘t like.

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Couldn‘t put it down.

Kids moving into different family shapes with parents changing relationships.

“Teresa was shocked by the roaming idleness of her mind, as if she were sifting through trash on the side of the freeway and was stopped, enchanted, by every foil gum wrapper.”

Part one of the best present ever, an overflowing bag of books!

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The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
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I was a little hung up on the title but loved it… Heading for Crossroads next.

ponyflorist You don't have to give an end of term mark on this teach.. 🤪 2y
Casmt Haha! I think this is beyond A+ territory. Sometimes my mind just keeps wondering the same thing through a book. 2y
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The Next Best Thing | Sarah Long
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Easy listening bed time stories for Mumma. 🎧💤

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Yes. Why has no one else read this!? I have no interest in nursing but enjoyed her story.

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Got a good laugh 😆

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I enjoyed this more than the other Liane Moriarty books. Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. Different formula.

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Anything is Possible | Elizabeth Strout
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Slightly confused about “pick” or “so-so” for this one! I enjoyed it all the way through but I was awaiting a satisfying weave of characters that never came. I felt ‘so-so‘ after the end but if you enjoy it until you realise you‘re on the last chapter!? ...

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Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty
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Entertaining.

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Honestly, I started this because it was available on my library ap. I knew nothing of Australian journalism. I was thoroughly depressed by stories of women just trying to get shit done in the workplace and having to cop it constantly #metoo I‘m so appreciative of her honesty, from hilarious to disgusting. Please read it.

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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When you have time for novels again.

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Was addicted to this! Beware some quite upsetting domestic violence. Thriller, soap opera, mixed with hilarity! Love the way she writes eg. Madeline‘s PMT! 😂

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A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.
I enjoyed the teachings. The dialogue between the lessons annoyed me. It seemed dumbed down. The guy‘s meant to be a lawyer. Can we give him some credit?

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Untitled | Unknown
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Loved it...
Started it again straight away. Jack Kornfield is a calm teacher of beautiful lessons. Get this audio. May you be happy and loved always.

Sue I really enjoy Sharon Salzburg and Pena Chodron on audio as well 😊 7y
Casmt Yes I‘ll look for Pema Chödrön next. His quotes from her were my favourites @Sue 7y
Sue I‘m sure you won‘t be disappointed 7y
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Untitled | Unknown
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Don‘t seem to be able to find this audiobook in the Litsy list. This is what I‘m into anyway. Loving it. Full of great quotes, stories and how to live a beautiful life. 🙏🏼

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I started reading “Anything is possible” then read it kind of comes after this (seemed like maybe it doesn‘t matter) so ditched and read this first. I enjoyed the story even though it was a little sad. Now I have to wait until December 14 for my hold on Anything is possible! 😊

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55% on reviews seems low for this. Looking back it seems like an average every day story but I was hooked. Love the story going back and forth and coming together in different spots.

ponyflorist I always just get submerged in her stories.. lovely little tales of 'normal' 🤪 2y
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The Dress | Sophie Nicholls
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On the cusp of so-so and pick! I did finish it. (With a toddler and a new born it seems I only do audio books now! Having some trouble finding books from my TBR list on library site.) Kind of YA I think. Magical drama.

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❤️

ponyflorist I liked this whole series. The tension between the two leads is full on... It's all that internal voice from the narrator that keeps ya guessing.. is this a reliable narrator? What's real? 2y
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Enjoyed reading the story of a refugee, wish more Aussies would. Side note: I always expect comedians biographies to be funny and always seem to be disappointed in that regard.

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Anne of Avonlea | L.M. Montgomery
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Easy listening.

ponyflorist Straight up! I re read ..of Green gables last year. It's still good. I picked up ..of Avonlea at port Mac second hand booko.. it's queued up 😁 2y
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I think if you make it to book 3 you are in.

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No doubt this time. Went through it quickly. Ready for book 3!

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Very similar feeling to the other reviews. Seemed a loved book by all but I found the start hard to get through. Is she obsessed with her friend!?? Is it a true story? At some point I got right into it. Have started the second one and feeling a little slow again. I need to follow this and see what happens. Also, good to listen to, not being able to pronounce the Italian words would annoy me!

Joanne1 I feel the same way about this one. It's slow, it raises lots of questions but somehow it's intriguing and compelling. I listened to it as well. 7y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just couldn't understand all the hype with this one. Not interested enough to keep going with the rest of the series. 😕 7y
Casmt I am confused by it so will keep going until I figure it out! @Joanne1 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 7y
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I added this book to TBR months ago but decided I had some homework to do first. I had only read a few of the classics mentioned (looked at chapter headings) so this book feels a little more important than usual. No pressure.
Photo credit: https://www.google.com.au/amp/bookriot.com/2014/01/01/illustrated-guide-buying-c...

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Another win for the Brontës although I may be done with these classics for a while. The formula is a little too repetitive. They are very nice to listen to at night or in the car though when I don't want to concentrate too much. Thoughts?
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minkyb I am way behind on my classics! 7y
Laura317 I understand completely. I will sometime put a few days or even months between some authors' books. Sometimes to spread out the enjoyment and other times because I need to break off and give myself a chance to process/read something modern. 7y
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Lion and the Bird | Marianne Dubuc
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"And so it goes. Sometimes life is like that."

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Kind of hard to find an actual review of Pride and Prejudice amongst the posts on Litsy, lots of hashtags and stories. Is it a satire or just a romance? If she wanted us to know something should it have been more obvious? Have people been 'reading into it' too much? I don't know. You expect a lot from classics. I found a romance, couldn't see beyond that. I didn't dislike it. Help me out if you have the answers!

LyndseyReads I love P&P for its humor, and Austen's send-up of the Regency England patriarchy. I think it also works as a great romance because Austen establishes an idea that is obvious to us but was radical at the time: women should have equal choice in their partner and future. I'm glad you liked it! :) 7y
Casmt I didn't get the humour!? Maybe you have to know a bit more about the genre to get it? @LyndseyReads 7y
LyndseyReads I don't think I really enjoyed the humor until I read several Austen books and read about that time period. Probably the character that makes me laugh the most is Mr. Collins. Have you watched any of the movies? The dinner scene when Mr. Collins first dines with the Bennetts kills me, but I loooove this stuff. 😜 7y
Casmt True, I did find him funny/annoying! I think I'll watch the tv shows from 95, they ok? @LyndseyReads 7y
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All Bronte sisters equally loved now. Also love LibriVox!

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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Not sure why Sweetbitter seems to elicit love or hate reviews. If you've ever or never worked in hospitality, this is it. Food, wine, 'guests', relationships, drinking, drugs, sex. In some places moody and serious and some hectic and gross. I say read it.

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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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I continue to be surprised by loving these classics!! Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and now Anne of Green Gables!! Get into them. ... any hints on where I should go next??
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Casmt Thanks @ReadingEnvy ! I'm on it! 😊 7y
RaimeyGallant The Anne sequels. 7y
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Casmt @RaimeyGallant thanks! I was wondering if it might be a bit much Anne!? There are two more? Same characters? 7y
RaimeyGallant I think there are 8 total, but the last is more about her daughter. 7y
Casmt Weird! Thanks @RaimeyGallant 7y
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Descriptions of India almost made me anxious laying comfortably in my own bed although it was also full of tales of varied spiritual paths. I would never have chosen this if not recommended by my clever Aunty. I guess you can't judge a book by its cover, or its title...

Sue I've been meaning to read this for years! Sarah McDonald was one of my favourite journos on Triple J back in those days! 7y
Casmt That sealed the deal @Sue ! 7y
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I think you need to be a big fan. I got a few smiles that was about it. Can't handle women talking about how fat or chubby they are when they're a size 8 (US). A few fairly juvenile parts.

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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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10th Dec, Had to give this a go! Haven't read many short story books. Great starting a new world every night. Some depressing although made me feel very grateful for my life.

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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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Recommended so I wanted to love it but too slow for me. No chapter breaks. A sad vibe.

BennettBookworm I had to bail, too! So sad! 7y
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I had to pick this book at random after tricking my one year old into walking away from the kids section of the library. Loved it! First book I've been into for months. I was sitting at work thinking about getting home to my book! (And bed😴) Some of it seemed kind of teenage fiction, different threads but I liked it.

Laura317 That sounds good! 7y
Casmt A nice surprise! Now I just need to find another 😣 7y
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood

Struggling... I'm not keen to keep going ... maybe it's not the books?

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The Pilgrimage | Paulo Coelho
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I can't do it!

ReadingEnvy Haha I always feel this way about Paolo. 7y
ReadingEnvy Paulo. 7y
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Had a few good laughs.

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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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New book! Swapped Christmas present ☺️... and someone else's book picks for the morning.

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Zen Reflections | Robert Allen, Andr Sollier
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"Zen is like riding a bike. You don't learn how to do it by acquiring knowledge; you learn to do it by doing it." A good time of year for a calming book.

Laura317 You are absolutely right! This time of year almost demands a calming read. 7y
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The Anti-Cool Girl | Rosie Waterland
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I was laughing but squirming, kept thinking I can't read this. Kept picking it up until it was finished.

MrsMalaprop I liked it too, although "like" is probably not the right word. Gives insight into a tumultuous, tragic childhood with humour. 7y
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I would love to give this out to parents in the maternity ward, at school and to grandparents ... and to anyone else who would take it. Please read it, or better yet, get the audio version and keep it on your phone like I do now!

LA_Mead That sounds neat! 8y
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Disturbing in a number of places. Atwood's writing is brilliant.

LA_Mead This book blew my mind. 8y
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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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Loved the first one, was told not to bother with this one. I was enjoying it and still involved with the character, evidently not enough to care when my loan ran out. (Image from http://wordpress.stuartneilson.com/on-the-non-diagnosis-of-professor-don-tillman...

Casmt A very interesting question: Would Professor Tillman be happier with a diagnosis and a label for his behavioural eccentricities and his obvious difficulties in identifying emotional states in himself and others? Would his quality of life be better? 8y
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Classic for a reason.

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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TheNextBook And it's 2016 and people still think this way... 😒😞 8y
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