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Is it a book? I‘ll probably like it then. NZ 🇳🇿
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Thank you for putting this book on my radar @Cinfhen I read it in one day and it was so astoundingly perfect.
I have a friend going through this, it‘s the last days now and I‘ve had my final visit with her (didn‘t know it was the final visit at the time😢) Time for the family to gather around her. I really needed to think about it and have a cry and so on and I‘d just had this book turn up at the library. It was messy and real and perfect. ⬇️

Centique This gets my wholehearted recc for anyone to read even if this strikes you as being very sad. There‘s a lot of joy and humour in this book as well. A lot of light. Definite 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4d
Crazeedi Definitely adding, it sounds beautiful 4d
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry to hear about your friend💔I can totally see how this book would both break and heal your heart. It‘s perfect xxxx sending love 💕 3d
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SamAnne I keep picking this up and putting it down. But it sounds like a great book. I have a friend who is terminal, and I‘m in remission. Might be too close to home, but also perhaps the perfect read. 3d
willaful I'm so sorry. I went through my best friend's cancer 30 years ago, and it's still hard to read about, though we were tremendously lucky and she survived. (Never truly recovered though. 😢) 3d
sarahbarnes I agree, this was so good. I‘m so sorry about your friend. 💙 3d
Centique @Crazeedi I hope you love it too 3d
Centique @SamAnne I had cancer back in my 30s, so I empathise. For a long time I couldn‘t pick up a book like this. I think it helps that this one starts at moving into hospice - so there‘s no diagnosis scene etc. Still so sad but sometimes it‘s good to feel seen, that somebody has captured this experience (from the viewpoint of being the friend alongside) Much love and best wishes to you and your friend 💕 3d
Centique @willaful best friends are so precious 💕 Wonderful that she survived but I‘m sorry to hear that she didn‘t recover fully 😢 Best wishes to you both 3d
Centique @sarahbarnes thank you Sarah. I never got her onto Litsy unfortunately but she is a retired librarian and an amazing crafter so this place would have been a wonderful fit for her 💕 3d
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry to hear about your friend. Sending love. 💕 3d
Reggie Oh, Paula, I‘m so sorry. 2d
Centique @Reggie thank you lovely. She passed yesterday. Hard to believe. I don‘t think it‘ll seem real until I visit her house and she‘s not there. We weren‘t super close but she was kind of my role model - the kind of person i want to emulate - just a lovely bookish lady whose home has been this peaceful recuperative space for all her neighbours and her English language and dyslexic students. 💕 2d
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@Reggie thank you so much my friend! 💕 Got a lovely surprise when this arrived in the mail. I have had this on my TBR since @merelybookish posted about how good it was. And it‘s a thing if beauty too! Thank you so much!

AmyG What a nice surprise! 4d
merelybookish Nice! I hope you enjoy it too! 💙 3d
Reggie When I heard book depository was closing I thought oh no! I wanted to do one last book through them and still missed the deadline so I tried these people out. Mental note: 6 weeks. I hope you like the book, Paula! 2d
Centique @Reggie you are a star 😘⭐️🌟⭐️ 2d
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Read this on a whim - found it in a “most anticipated” list It‘s structured like Cloud Atlas, in that we have multiple timelines, Shai, Evelyn, Johann and Linnaeus, and we get half of each of the first 3 protagonist‘s stories, a bit from Linnaeus & then the second half of each of the 3 stories. They‘re tied together by a love of botany, a desire to escape and explore. Lariat writes beautifully & is influenced by Robin Wall Kimmerer ⬇️

Centique But I found the structure really clumsy and it jolted me out of the story. There is a beautiful concept of how to view the natural world in a reciprocating way here so if you like nature writing and historical fiction I‘d recommend it. Only a soft pick for me - strange that it had such an impact, but I would have preferred to read each protagonists story seperately. I‘m really interested in whatever else Pariat writes - amazing writing about place (edited) 5d
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So - bear with me while I explain. I‘m going to reread Murderbot because rereading is my #guiltypleasure (I don‘t really feel guilty but I know it‘s not reducing my TBR!)
Also Murderbot is a character with a guilty pleasure. Yes he‘s hacked his mind control but does he use his freedom to overpower his human masters? - no he uses it to watch 35000 hours of movies and soap operas. I get you Murderbot. And for my song, well you probably don‘t know⬇️

Centique Computer Games by Mi-Sex, it‘s a 1979 NZ hit, a heavy synth pop song about living in a world run by computers. A little bit prophetic for 1979! 😝 #titlesandtunes (edited) 1w
LeahBergen Who cares about your TBR when you‘re reading something you enjoy? Go, you! 1w
Centique You can see the music video here https://youtu.be/gsHYSs_qgmU it‘s kind of a vibe as my daughter would say 😂 (edited) 1w
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Centique @LeahBergen yeah! Rereading is fun 🙌 1w
CarolynM I like that rationale for the book an PERFECT song choice 😆 I think you‘ll like mine too😉 1w
BarbaraBB Such a cool explanation and I love the video! 1w
rwmg I think I might have to re-read at least “All Systems Red“ to check Murderbot's pronouns. In my head Murderbot is a she but I've seen quite a few people use he. 1w
Ruthiella @rwmg I also think of Murderbot as “she”. I‘m not sure why, but that‘s why I skipped the audio, because the narrator was male and it didn‘t line up in my head! 1w
willaful @rwmg @ruthiella I believe Murderbot is canonically “it“ but I also always think of it as she! (edited) 1w
rockpools Just brilliant. And I noticed last week that work had finally bought the Murderbot series - so I reserved the first one last night. Enjoy! 1w
julesG I have the same/similar guilty pleasure for the same reason. 😂😂😂😂 1w
julesG @rwmg @Ruthiella @willaful - yep, it's canonically "it". My son refuses to listen to the audiobooks, because they are read by a man. My son would be fine with a female narrator, he says to him Murderbot feels more feminine. I tend to say "he" when talking about Murderbot in German, but only because the German word for 'robot' is masculine and grammar is an inbuilt system that's very hard to overcome. 1w
julesG @rockpools Enjoy! 1w
batsy Yes to rereading faves! I love this ❤️ Not familiar with the song so looking forward to listening to this and the rest of the playlist 🎶 1w
Clare-Dragonfly @rwmg My book club read “All Systems Red” and we talked for several minutes about Murderbot‘s pronouns and gender! Some of us thought it felt more male, some more female. I thought I had its “it” pronouns firmly in my head but I still found myself saying “she” occasionally. Some book club members used “they.” (edited) 1w
Centique @rockpools I hope you enjoy it! 1w
Centique @Ruthiella yes I just started listening to it on an audio book with a male voice so I think I reverted to “he” without thinking. I could easily see Murderbot as any gender or no gender. 1w
Centique @CarolynM I‘m glad someone knows the song! Looking forward to yours! 1w
Centique @julesG @batsy yay to re-reading faves! 1w
Cinfhen I love your #GuiltyPleasure - i think the focus for all of us is on the pleasure 🥰 (edited) 1w
Bookzombie I love this! 💗 1w
Reggie There was a story today about how they programmed a drone to attack an enemy but there was a human operator to disable it if it went off track. Well when the human operator tried to correct it the drone attacked them because it viewed them as an obstacle to their mission. It‘s good to know there are bots like Murderbot in the future. Nice choices, Paula. 7d
Centique @Reggie thank you Reggie. Yes AI is freaking scary in real life. We are at the mercy of our own hubris when we think our design and programming can make decisions for us. 😫 (My theory is that Murderbot is an enhanced human, a zombie soldier you could say, I think it‘s their human brain that gives them a conscience) 7d
Rissreads I chose the same theme for guilty pleasure! And I loved this song! It brings back some great memories! I must get to this book! (edited) 4d
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Really enjoyed this series (on Apple TV here in NZ). The setting of London and Essex in Victorian era was beautifully portrayed and Claire Danes was fantastic. (Also quite happy to look at Tom for hours 😂) It‘s been a few years since I read the book but the plot was as I remembered. The stand out for me was Frank Dillane as Luke Garrett - god he made every scene he was in so interesting! Must look out for him in future.

Rissreads It sounds really interesting! 2w
Readergrrl I forgot that this was made into a series. I loved this book! I want to watch right now! 2w
Centique @Readergrrl I loved the book too! Hope you enjoy it 🙂 2w
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Centique @Rissreads really good! How are you Nerissa? Hope all is well 💕 2w
Rissreads I‘m loving my new job! How are you? X 2w
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed the series too. Yes Tom looks good 😊 2w
Cathythoughts Claire Danes is brilliant 👍🏻❤️ 2w
Centique @Rissreads all good! Doing a few little trips this year, still working part time in the family business and running around after the kids like an unpaid Uber driver 😂😂 2w
Rissreads @Centique I remember those days well! It‘s a shock when it stops, you don‘t know what to do with yourself. 2w
Centique @Rissreads I have to remind myself of that when I start getting fed up! It‘s another passing stage so enjoy it while it‘s here 💕 2w
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The Nancys | Robert McDonald
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Home with a cold and I just flew through this book. Tippy is still getting over the loss of her dad when her mum goes away & her uncle & his boyfriend move in to babysit bringing their big personalities to a small town near Dunedin. (Ie near a place I have lived - I had no idea it was set here!) it‘s a murder mystery with lots of swears and sequins. And there‘s a spooky old abandoned hospital which I think might be modelled on the one above! ⬇️

Centique Loved it! A little too gruesome to be a “cosy” but heaps of fun, great characters and some sass and push back against racism and homophobia. 3w
Reggie I loved this. Hope you feel better. And there was a truly scary moment in that hospital where I was like,”Get out of there!!!” 2w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2w
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LeahBergen This sounds so good! 2w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Loved this one! 2w
CarolynM It‘s s much fun 🙂 Glad you enjoyed. Picturing that gothic horror would have made the hospital extra scary! Hope you‘re over the cold soon.💐 2w
Centique @Reggie I was the same! 2w
Centique @LeahBergen I think you‘d like this Leah! 2w
Centique @CarolynM I think I picked this up because of you 👍 So good! 2w
Megabooks Feel better soon! 2w
paper.reveries Ohhhh this sounds great! 2w
Centique @paper.reveries it really is! 2w
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Heart That Works | Rob Delaney
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This is Rob Delaney‘s memoir of his one year old son‘s cancer diagnosis, the year of surgery, chemo and hospitalisation and his death at two years old. It is shattering and I am glad I read it - to know a little of his beautiful boy Henry.
Back in 2007 my friend lost her 8yo daughter to cancer. I‘m glad this book exists and I think my friend would be too. It‘s angry and sad and messy and real.

rockpools Just devastating 💔 3w
LeahBergen Oh my! 💔 3w
CarolynM 💔 3w
Reggie Oof. 2w
Suet624 I can‘t even imagine. 1w
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Birthday pancakes and birthday books - I‘ve had a very blessed day. 💕 Thank you for all of your kind birthday wishes.
The biggest and best thing was that today was a follow up appointment for my sister and we found out her cancer is operable and hasn‘t spread. Thank you God 🙏

BarbaraBB That must be such a relief and the best present you could get on your birthday! The books in your photo are my two favorites of the year so far! I hope you‘ll enjoy them too ❤️ 3w
Centique @BarbaraBB a huge relief! Thank you Barbara, and I am sure your book reviews influenced my birthday book choice 😘 3w
MaureenMc Good news! 💗 3w
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AmyG Wow. Glad your sister will be ok. 3w
batsy That must be such a relief for you and your family. Best wishes to your sister. The books and pancakes look amazing 💜 I enjoyed Birnam Wood; look forward to your thoughts! 3w
Tamra Good news like that is the best bday present ever! 3w
Dragon Thank goodness 🙏 - all the best to your sister 💚🐉 3w
TrishB Great news. Have a fabulous birthday ♥️🎉 3w
squirrelbrain Wonderful news! ❤️ 3w
MicheleinPhilly SPECTACULAR NEWS! Happy Birthday!!! ❤️ 3w
LeahBergen That‘s fantastic news! And a big Happy Birthday to you!! 😘😘 3w
Ruthiella Great news and Happy Birthday ! 🥳🥳🥳 3w
willaful What wonderful news! I went through this with my mom last year, so I know the feeling. I hope everything goes great for your sister. 3w
youneverarrived Great news! And Happy Birthday ❤️ 3w
Centique @batsy thank you S. 💕 I am looking forward to Birnam Wood too. Sounds so good 😊 3w
Centique @Tamra the very best! 3w
Centique @Dragon thank you! Very happy dragons today! 🐉💚💜 3w
Centique @MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen @Ruthiella it made more reasons to celebrate! 🍸🍹🥂😘 3w
Dragon 🙏💚🐉 3w
Centique @willaful oh gosh yes, I hope your mum is doing ok now? We lost our step sister to cancer in 2019. Need the rest of my sisters (another3!) to get to grow old together. 💕 3w
Reggie I‘m so glad for your sister. And Hapoy Birthday, Paula! 3w
Rissreads Great news about your sister! Happy birthday, eat cake! 😘 3w
Clare-Dragonfly That‘s a wonderful gift! ❤️ 3w
Bookzombie So great to hear! Happy Birthday, Paula!! 🧁🥳 3w
Megabooks Happy birthday Paula! 🎉🎉💜💜 3w
Megabooks Thank God about her health!! 💕💕🙏🏻 3w
CarolynM That‘s wonderful news💕 3w
Hooked_on_books Great news about your sister! And your breakfast looks scrumptious! So glad it‘s a happy day! 3w
Centique Thank you guys for all your kind wishes 😘 @Reggie @Rissreads @Clare-Dragonfly @Bookzombie @Megabooks @CarolynM @Hooked_on_books (edited) 3w
willaful @Centique Yes, thanks, her surgery went very well. Sending good thoughts for your sister's! 3w
DivineDiana Belated birthday greetings and what a wonderful birthday present! 🥳🎂🙏🏻 2w
Tonton Very belated birthday wishes! Great birthday books❣️ 2w
Centique @Tonton thank you! 😘 2w
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Romantic Poets | John Keats
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When I ordered this book I had no idea it was a kind of leather feel cover with the images and text cut into it. So pretty and the endpapers are gorgeous #teampurple #alsoteamByron #madbadanddangerous

KathyWheeler What a lovely book! 3w
LeahBergen That‘s gorgeous! 3w
Ruthiella Very pretty 😍! 3w
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andrew61 Beautiful book , very jealous. 3w
Cathythoughts That‘s lovely Paula 💜 3w
CarolynM Oh, that‘s gorgeous 😍 3w
Centique Thank you everyone, I‘m really impressed with this Word Cloud series 😍 @KathyWheeler @LeahBergen @Ruthiella @andrew61 @Cathythoughts @CarolynM 3w
batsy Happy birthday, friend! I hope you have fantastic day 🧁💐📚 3w
Centique @batsy thank you so much Suba! There was pancakes and book shopping so it was a good day! 3w
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Romantic Poets | John Keats
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Finally got my last book delivered from my #buybuybookdepository order @Cinfhen
All classics and just a bit inspired by the #furrowedmiddlebrowclub to try Susan Scarlet. I have to do a seperate post on how pretty this poetry book is 😍

LeahBergen I hope you enjoy Clothes-Pegs. It‘s a frothy and lighthearted romp. 😆 3w
Centique @LeahBergen frothy and lighthearted sounds perfect! 3w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, those are all gorgeous 🤩well done ♥️ 3w
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Cathythoughts I loved Clothes Pegs 👍🏻💕 3w
CarolynM Clothes Pegs is a real feel good read. Enjoy! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Great haul 👍 3w
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In this heart breaking audiobook Amy Bloom recounts her husband‘s diagnosis of alzheimers and his decision to research and pursue an assisted end to life. Ultimately this is a celebration of their love but also an insight into early stage alzheimers and the difficulty and grief of being a partner becoming a caregiver, and where and how they found support. Really good as an audiobook and narrated by the author.

TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 4w
Centique @TrishB thank you Trish! 😘 4w
Velvetfur That sounds like a lovely book. My cousin is going through similar - her husband is only 60 and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, it's very sad because we've always loved Sean, he's great ☹️ 4w
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Centique @Velvetfur oh that is so hard 😢 best wishes to you and your family. 4w
Velvetfur @Centique Thank you xxx 4w
SamAnne I recently listened to this one as well. Very powerful. I support people's wish to go out on their own terms. She also did a 20 minute piece on This American Life awhile back that was really great--excerpts from her book. She is a great narrator. @Velvetfur wishing your family strength. So hard. 4w
Velvetfur @SamAnne Thank you xx 3w
CarolynM Lovely review❤️ I have a copy e cause I love Amy Bloom, but I haven‘t been able to bring myself to read it. Too sad💔 3w
CarolynM @Velvetfur I‘m so sorry to hear this. Such a difficult time for your family 💔 3w
Velvetfur @CarolynM Thank you xx Everyone's always so kind on here, it's so lovely 💜 3w
Suet624 My therapist had the same diagnosis and despite the fact that our state allows for assisted suicide, they would not allow her to do so because she did not have a “six month to live” diagnosis. She lived for five years in a terrible state. I still am so mad about what she had to go through. 1w
Centique @Suet624 our new national law is similar in the “months to live” aspect, which really seems harsh. So many people in pain who won‘t fit into that definition. 😢 I am so sorry to hear your therapist went through that 💔 1w
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I can‘t remember how this book came to my attention but I have been enthralled by it all week. Min is a young Korean American man who has moved to Seoul to try and find some kind of connection. He is nearly friendless with just a “low key” relationship with girlfriend Yu Jin. Then he is told that Yu Jin has committed suicide. In total shock he begins to investigate Yu Jin‘s life to find the truth. We also hear from Yu Jin in alternating chapters⬇️

Centique I loved the character of Yu Jin so much and learning a little about South Korea and some of the pressures that can exist for young women. This is a debut novel and while the first 80% of it was excellent, I did find the author spent too much time explaining the character‘s inner thoughts and resolutions at the end, rather than letting the reader do some thinking. Still it‘s an excellent debut. 4w
Reggie Omg, we‘re book twins. I just picked this up at my local indie bookstore like a week ago. 4w
Centique @Reggie synchronicity! I‘m glad we‘re book twinning again! 👯‍♀️Nobody better to have as a partner. 💕 Hope you really like it. 4w
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BarbaraBB This sounds so good. I need a copy! 4w
youneverarrived Great review! Stacking 4w
CarolynM Lovely review. Stacked🙂 4w
Centique @BarbaraBB @youneverarrived @CarolynM I hope you like it too! 😘 4w
Megabooks Stacked! 2w
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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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#Islandvibes Image of my hotel room on Waiheke Island last week.

Oh man this book. I loved Antoinette (the child who grows up to be Bertha in Jane Eyre). Rhys‘ writing is beautiful and although there is violence and tension around Antoinette, I revelled in her survival. And then we spend some time in Rochester‘s head and he made me So Angry. I loved this reading experience and at the same time I want to wring some necks!

Centique @batsy I see what you mean by prickly! I loved this and wasn‘t Christophine amazing 🙌. I will read this again sometime and get even more from it I think - there‘s a lot under the surface. 1mo
Cinfhen Stunning photo!!! Wow, that hotel looks amazing 🤩 so glad the book didn‘t disappoint 🫶🏼 1mo
TrishB Great review and view! 1mo
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LoveToReadLiveToRead That looks beautiful! 1mo
LeahBergen Isn‘t it a great read? And what a view! 1mo
BarbaraBB What a view! And I am glad you loved the book that much! 1mo
mjtwo I loved both Antoinette and this book as a uni student. I need to prioritise reading both it and Jane Eyre again to see if I feel the same way 30 years later. (edited) 1mo
batsy So glad you loved it! And yes, it's a prickly read that kind of gets under one's skin, doesn't it? 🙂 That's a fantastic view, btw 😍 1mo
Centique @Cinfhen thank you. I had the job of organising a night away for a work conference so it was a nice escape - lots of rain again though ☔️☔️☔️ 1mo
Centique @mjtwo I read Jane Eyre again in my 40s and for me, it still was a cracking good read although I wasn‘t so enamoured of Rochester second time around. I want to read it again soon with a different view of Bertha in mind too. 1mo
Centique @batsy I will be thinking about it for a while 🤔 and thank you 😘 1mo
jlhammar Wow, that looks gorgeous! Great book. So glad you enjoyed! 1mo
Cinfhen Too bad about the rain 1mo
mjtwo @Centique I felt that way about Heathcliff! As a teenager, I thought he was so romantic; as an adult, I think he was abusive. 1mo
Centique @mjtwo yes!! I reread Wuthering Heights too and it was a completely different experience the second time. As a teen I was 100% team Heathcliff 😂😂 1mo
Reggie Lololol I thought those were rough waves and was about to say I hope you‘re ok but they‘re just clouds. 4w
Centique @Reggie they do look like waves! 🤣😂 4w
Centique I reckon you would like this book @Reggie this young wild girl in an almost haunted island (wild in the best kind of way) 4w
Reggie I have it stacked but do I need to have read Jane Eyre before reading this one? 4w
Centique @Reggie nah! I mean there are probably two facts from JE that are reflected in the book that make it more interesting just thematically. I‘ll put them below 4w
Centique 1 - that Rochesters house gets burnt down at the end of JE. 2 - at some point in JE Rochester loses his sight 4w
Centique @Reggie also Rhys is wildly different as a writer and what she is trying to do. She‘s basically taking a two dimensional character from a famous novel and giving her a complete back story - it‘s a rebellious act I think, and fascinating. 4w
Reggie Love the passion, Paula. I will definitely check it out. 4w
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I love Garth Nix. This series is so much fun and I hope there‘s more to come (this is book 2 in the Left Handed Booksellers series). If you like Ben Aaronovitch‘s Rivers of London series you might enjoy this - although it doesn‘t have the police side - there is a similar link to historic and mythical magic through England, and here you have a sleuthing force of booksellers with special powers. Huge fun and just what I needed.

monalyisha I haven‘t read YA in awhile but you‘ve convinced me to order the first in the series! This description makes my former bookseller, forever Buffy fan heart flutter! 1mo
Centique @monalyisha oh I hope you like it! It‘s really fun. His other series Abhorsen is also fantastic. It starts with 1mo
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(Not book related)
Ohhh we‘re so cute. No way did we eat mummy‘s referral letter for an X-ray. Nope. Not us. Also haven‘t been stealing dish cloths out of the sink. Nah uh. That lizard? The one without a tail? He just came inside for a rest I think. We were sleeping so we wouldn‘t know.

IndoorDame 🐈‍⬛🖤🐈‍⬛ 1mo
squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww innocent kitties for sure+ 1mo
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Cathythoughts Butter wouldn‘t melt 🥰 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Adorable 🥰 1mo
batsy Oh no... Not the referral letter! 😬😅 1mo
Follow.my.read Oh I love back cats! We have 2! 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛ 1mo
DivineDiana Double trouble! 😻 1mo
Soubhiville My cats think lizards are the best thing ever! But I‘m sure these two are angels. 1mo
Leftcoastzen 👏😄😻😻 1mo
Julsmarshall Sweethearts! 1mo
youneverarrived 😂😂🙈 1mo
TheSpineView ❤️🐾🤣 1mo
Tamra 😻 1mo
TheBookHippie 😂😂😂😂 1mo
AmyG Ha!!!! Troublemakers. 1mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 1mo
dabbe 🙉🙊🙈 Da cutest kitties hear, speak, and see nothin' except 💤. 🤣💙🐾🐾💚 1mo
LeahBergen Nooo! The little rotters! 😆😆 1mo
CarolynM The joys of having cats😉 Then they get old and spend all their waking hours meowing at you to come and sit on the couch with them… 1mo
Reggie Traviesos! 1mo
AlaMich Picture of innocence! 4w
Rissreads @CarolynM mine do that too! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3w
Megabooks Not them! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
Megabooks They‘re awfully cute though! 2w
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Lady Sings the Blues | Billie Holiday
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On the one hand this book is a treasure - Billie Holiday telling her life story in her own words. There feels like very little interference from the “ghostwriter” William Dufty. On the other hand, there is no addition of context from Dufty either - Billie talks about people and places that you‘ll probably need to Google and skips over many incidents with little detail. ⬇️

Centique You won‘t find the full story of her life but you‘ll hear who she is and what she thought about it. I‘ll read a good bio about her soon, and fill in a few gaps but definitely recommend if you love listening to Billie. 1mo
tonymp The movie starring Diana Ross was also very good. It's pretty old but if you can find a copy it's worth watching. 1mo
Centique @tonymp I will look for that 😊 1mo
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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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My pick for #TitlesandTunes #Islandvibes is Wide Sargasso Sea which I‘ve been meaning to read for ages (I‘m on a Jean Rhys kick at the moment). It‘s set in Jamaica and so I chose a song that was written by a Jamaican to go with it. Cherry Oh Baby was written by Eric Donaldson but I grew up listening to the UB40 version. I‘m sure the song and the book have VERY different vibes!

Cinfhen Love EVERYTHING about this post 😍🏝️🍒🌸 1mo
Centique @Cinfhen right back at ya! 😘💕 1mo
batsy I love this book (though it's a prickly kind of book, if that makes sense). I hope you like it! 1mo
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youneverarrived Great choice of book. I went through a Jean Rhys phase too, she‘s brilliant! 1mo
BarbaraBB Perfect book choice! And you can‘t go wrong with UB40 in an #IslandVibe playlist 🩷 1mo
Centique @batsy Prickly sounds wonderful to me! I really enjoyed her book Quartet. 1mo
Centique @youneverarrived thank you, I think so too! 1mo
Centique @BarbaraBB yes! They‘re such an island vibe aren‘t they? 🏝️💕 1mo
julieclair This one has been on my TBR for ages too. 1mo
Reggie Awww UB40 red red wine and I can‘t help falling in love with you❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Centique @Reggie I can‘t help falling in love with you by UB40 is “our song” for me and hub. 🙌 Feels dated now but it was from when we first dated 1993 🥳😂 We‘re so old now! 1mo
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Comfort Me With Apples | Catherynne M. Valente
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Thank you so much for this book @Reggie I absolutely loved it! It‘s such a beautiful object too, I will always treasure it. 😍 A slim 102 pages, I read it in one sitting. A creepy fairytale vibe with a mystery at its heart to figure out. I thought this was very clever and I loved trying to figure out the little clues along the way. 🙌 It‘s a national holiday here today so this was a lovely way to spend my morning.

CarolynM What, you didn‘t go to the dawn service? 😉 I‘ve been very unpatrioticly watching hockey instead of football 😆 1mo
Centique @CarolynM nope! Had some friends round for dinner last night and a few too many wines 🍷🍷 slept in this morning! 1mo
Reggie A few too many wines and sleeping in sounds heavenly. Glad you liked the book, Paula! 1mo
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The Bingo Palace | Louise Erdrich
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I finally finished the Love Medicine tetralogy (apparently that‘s what a 4 book series is called). While still excellent this one has the fewest stars from me - possibly because my favourite older characters aren‘t in the foreground and something in the plot that didn‘t get resolved disturbed me. I think I understand why it ends that way but if anyone else reads this I‘d love to discuss it!
Also here‘s my library in autumn - not spring here 😊🍁🍂

Reggie That pic is such a vibe. I would lay down in the leaves. Lol 1mo
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Severance | Chris Bucholz
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Severance - Apple TV. Not related to this book or to Severance by Ling Ma.

Holy crap this series is So Good! (if you like speculative fiction) It‘s the near future & one company has pioneered a small operation that allows you to split your work self from your outer self. Your work self does the work with no stress from your outside life and vice versa.

I mean it has John Turturro and Christopher Walken 🙌🙌 @Reggie I think you might like this

Centique I‘d class this as a slow burn psychological thriller. Not horror, not gory, it‘s only rated 13 plus. The production design is superb, very stylised 60ish vibe in the office - and just impressive character acting. But definitely for those who like both speculative and slower character drama. 2mo
Centique Right, we‘ll return to book reviews now! 2mo
BkClubCare Thank you 📺 reviews are good, too. I just finished season 1 of Ted Lasso so I am not that “with it” but you captured my attention with Walken reference… 2mo
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EKonrad Cannot wait for season two of this! 2mo
SamAnne I gotta get to this one! 2mo
Centique @EKonrad I have never been so desperate for season 2 of something! 2mo
Centique @BkClubCare I haven‘t got to Ted Lasso yet but now that I‘ve finally caved and got an Apple subscription I will get there! 2mo
Centique @SamAnne I almost never binge tv but I did this in 3 days 😍 2mo
batsy Oh, this has been on my list and I'll try to get to it soon! You definitely sold it with your review 🙂 2mo
Reggie I could use a bit of this premise right now. Thanks for the rec, Paula. I‘ll check it out. 2mo
Rissreads Hmmmm maybe I need an apple subscription? 🤣 2mo
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The Pohutukawa | Alina Arkins
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And I wanted to show you that when you have a protected Pohutakawa on your property, you build your wall around it. Pohutakawa often line the beaches around here with low branches reaching onto the sand - often good for sitting on or under after a swim.

Cathythoughts That‘s lovely to see ❤️ that the wall is built around it. Proper order. 2mo
LeahBergen Wow! That‘s so cool. 2mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2mo
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batsy Amazing! 2mo
andrew61 Love that image Paula. Thanks. 2mo
Soubhiville Beautiful. 2mo
marleed So cool! 2mo
Reggie Very cool! 2mo
Suet624 That wall is gorgeous. 2mo
Rissreads Great for climbing and sitting! ♥️ 2mo
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Hauraki Landmarks | Taimoana T?roa
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A Little Free Library at the end of my windy beach walk on Takapuna beach. 😍 (north shore of Tamaki Makaurau)

UwannaPublishme 😍🙌🏻 2mo
TNbookworm Love this! 2mo
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Woman, Eating | Claire Kohda
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I really enjoyed this. It‘s definitely a slow character study of a book and if you get queasy about blood etc this is not for you. I‘m going to take a leap of imagination (probably unwarranted) and say this is a bit like Moshfegh‘s Year of R&R meets SKJ‘s Mongrels. An isolated young female artist is trying to get along in a world where she doesn‘t seem to fit. Mostly because she‘s a vampire.
I think @batsy would enjoy this and @Reggie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Centique Also! This is a no filter photo. Had to show you that after a couple of weeks of winter weather the weather gods are giving us a slice of summer 🤷🏻‍♀️ I think we earned it - cleaning up after floods and all! @Cinfhen see my tiny peek of sea! 2mo
Centique And yes, who even am I, reading front list titles? Definitely off brand this year. 😂 2mo
Reggie Lol, ‘mostly because she‘s a vampire.‘ Stacked. I hope you‘re doing ok. That weather looks fantastic. 2mo
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Cinfhen Lovely photo and I think @KarenUK might like this one and I‘m definitely intrigued 😁ohhh and maybe @LeahBergen !???! 2mo
Centique @Cinfhen yes! Good idea, I know @LeahBergen can go for a dark novel! 2mo
Centique @Reggie we are all well thanks Reggie. Hope all is good in your corner of the world 💕 2mo
Centique @Cinfhen I think you would like this but maybe not love? It‘s just a short one too, you‘d do it in an afternoon. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ll look to #BorrowNotBuy 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB Fab review 💕 2mo
Centique @BarbaraBB thank you Barbara 😘 2mo
batsy Great review, Paula! Thanks for the mention; I definitely have this on the list. Also that looks like a lovely slice of summer 😍 Although I've just about had it with the sun over here. I thought we were already in the midst of an El Nino but no, apparently the monster El Nino is likely to be later this year or early next year 😭🔥 2mo
LeahBergen @Centique @Cinfhen Haha! You guys KNOW me. My niece was just recommending this one to me! 2mo
Centique @batsy oh no! Such extremes of weather! I hope it doesn‘t get too hot and dry where you are 🤞💕 2mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen I read it and loved it…. You get me! 💕😘 2mo
Cinfhen I really do @KarenUK xxxxx 2mo
Rissreads Stacked! 2mo
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My Belarusian friend told me years ago I should read this 2015 book. Bill Browder lived in Moscow after the fall of communism running a fund for Western investors. He was shocked by the criminal actions of some of the oligarchs and began exposing them through research and the media. He became a target and his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky paid the ultimate price.

Centique This is a compulsive read and illuminates corruption on a scale I couldn‘t believe - even after the more recent news articles I‘ve read. 5 stars for blowing my mind and making me cry. 2mo
LeahBergen I read this with my book club. It‘s quite something, isn‘t it?? 2mo
Centique @LeahBergen yes it is! 2mo
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Biography of X: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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This is a hard book to review because it is so unusual. It‘s going to be interesting to see if it keeps me thinking over time.
This is something of a “concept” book. Fiction written as in the style of non fiction which also reflects the characters skewing of reality. C, the widow of an avant- grade artist/author named X is researching her deceased wife. X tried on many personalities and disguises and it has always been unclear what was “real”. ⬇️

Centique The book follows Cs research process and her own grief and reflections. As we progress we realise the world C and X live in is a different version of America with a different history. Figures we know - Bernie Sanders, David Bowie - appear but some things have changed. These dystopian elements are not fully explained, they‘re presented as widely understood, and I found these fascinating. ⬇️ 2mo
Centique I felt little to no connection to the characters but the ideas are intriguing. I enjoyed much of it but got a little tired of it towards the end. 2mo
Centique @Reggie it is NOTHING like Pew! 2mo
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Suet624 This author is always intriguing to me. 2mo
Centique @Suet624 it‘s definitely intriguing! I think discussing it with someone else would really add to the experience. I‘m reading some GR reviews now which are stimulating new ideas about it for me ☺️ 2mo
Reggie I‘m excited for this. I like these “I need to talk this out,” kinda books. Glad you liked it. 2mo
Centique @Reggie I think you are going to see all kinds of connections and parallels I missed! 2mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I loved Pew and I have this one waiting at the library for me. Your description is very intriguing. 2mo
SamAnne This is waiting at the library for me. 2mo
Centique @sarahbarnes @SamAnne I hope you both enjoy reading it and I‘d love to hear your thoughts when you‘re done. 2mo
Megabooks I just finished this as well. I love how she fictionalized a lot of these interviews/stories from real artists‘ lives/work and the alternate history US she created was really compelling for me. 2mo
Centique @Megabooks I found all of that fascinating too. There is art and books and history mentioned/created in here that I‘d love to see and know more about! Lacey‘s mind is a fascinating place. 2mo
sarahbarnes Update - I loved it. 😁 I agree with your thoughts on it as well as @megabooks. Brilliant all around. I think the best book I‘ve read so far this year. 2mo
Centique @sarahbarnes yay! I keep thinking about it myself and I think I could reread it and get more from it second time around 😊 2mo
sarahbarnes Yes! I‘m thinking I might buy a copy so I can look back at it/reread it. 2mo
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@Cinfhen LOOK what just arrived!!!! It is so beautiful and precious. It‘s a sunny day so I was trying to photograph the beautiful colours in the sun and so you get 4 photos instead of one 😂
Thank you so much Cindy, it is the most beautiful thing, I‘ve always loved coloured glass and I will think of you every time we put up our tree. I‘m so amazed it got here in one piece!!! 💕💕

Suet624 💕💕💕 2mo
Cinfhen OMG!!!! I thought for sure that gift was lost FOREVER- yay 😁 I wanted to send something crafted in Israel and it‘s made in Bethlehem by Israeli Arab Christians. I love all 4 photos 😄I swear, I woke up this morning thinking I need to write to my little flea before the kids arrive later today. I must have felt u thinking about me xxxx 2mo
Centique @Cinfhen amazing! Made in Bethlehem! 😍 That just blows my little antipodean mind! There is no hurry to write back, I took ages to write to you! Enjoy your visit - and I hope you aren‘t too too busy in this festive season. 💕 2mo
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LeahBergen How beautiful! 2mo
Cathythoughts So lovely 💫 2mo
batsy Beautiful! 2mo
CarolynM 😍 Beautiful! 2mo
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The Green Dolphin | Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand (Bookstore)
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Hooray! The Green Dolphin book store is in the Litsy database now. This is my second haul from this second hand store that has such a good children‘s section and has a great section of author biographies. Catnip for me! The Secret Gardens book is a non fiction book about the “golden period” of children‘s books in the late nineteenth century. @LeahBergen

merelybookish What a great haul. And such great covers! 2mo
batsy Such a fantastic haul. That vintage Puffin bottom left 😍 2mo
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Centique @batsy @merelybookish I do love a Puffin! These covers are so nostalgic for me. 😍 2mo
Jeg Love the Moomintrolls. 2mo
LeahBergen What a marvellous haul! I‘ve been wanting to read The Bookshop on the Quay. 👍 2mo
Rissreads Such beautiful covers! ♥️ 2mo
Centique @Rissreads I have to take you to this shop if you come back to visit! 2mo
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On a whim, I chose this book off the International Man Booker long list. I think inspired by @rockpools yearly deep dive into this prize list. Why I chose the chunkiest book? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Masochism? Anyhow, no matter how interesting I make this review sound most of my friends here would hate this book. You have been warned. (Generally my most tepid reviews get the most stack adds 😂😂) I almost gave up on this half way. But I ended up liking it. ⬇️

Centique It has a surreal, farcical side that I liked. The boring bits, for me, were the realistic parts - some of which dragged. A hundred pages shorter would have made a big difference to my 3 star rating I‘m sure. 2mo
Centique Looking at Good Reads this is the kind of book that gets 5 stars or 1 star. A marmite book! 2mo
Texreader It‘s summary sounds really interesting. Trying to decide whether to stack it. 2mo
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rockpools 😂😂😂Apologies for putting you through that. I haven‘t been able to get hold of this one yet - very tempted to stack it though, just to prove your point about tepid reviews😜. (Totally off the point, but Gah! Reviews! I should write some of those!) My question is: IS it joyful? The blurb describes it as joyful, which is not a word I trust on IBP reads… 2mo
batsy From the longlist this is the one that appeals the least. But you've managed to make it sound intriguing, as always. Great review! 2mo
Centique @Texreader I do want someone else to read it so there is another point of view! 2mo
Centique @rockpools that is a really good question! It does celebrate weirdness and a bunch of unusual people although they are all falling apart in their own ways. So yes, but there was quite a lot of ennui from different characters to get through on the way. I‘m sure there‘s a lot more sunlight in this one though than some others! 2mo
Centique @rockpools don‘t apologise though - I‘m glad I read it! 2mo
Centique @batsy thank you. It‘s tricky when a book is a chunkster - I wonder how much my review is influenced by how long it feels when you‘re in the middle. Maybe if I was a faster reader I would feel differently 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
CarolynM I will take you at your word and assume I would hate it. Whew! That‘s one less book for the never ending TBR🤣 (edited) 2mo
Centique @CarolynM 😂😂😂 2mo
Jeg Thanks for your review. Pretty sure I won‘t read , thick books tend to deter me. So I‘m thinking like Carolyn. 😊x 2mo
BarbaraBB Fab review and thoughts. I am on the fence about this one. 2mo
sarahbarnes I love your review of this! I just (finally) finished it tonight and share many of your feelings about it. I also gave it a pick - I liked it even though it dragged on in parts. 2mo
Centique @sarahbarnes that‘s so interesting! Im glad you ended up liking it. I‘m so keen to read your review now 😍 2mo
Rissreads I‘ll skip it! 🤣 2mo
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I really enjoyed this - went in with low expectations as some reviews weren‘t great. I do see that it is long and she does squeeze a lot of current hot topics in there. For a while I thought, oh this is a literary work about a woman in mid life crisis - not a mystery really. And then the mystery ramps up again and becomes the focus. I loved the setting, and the protagonist remembering her old school days. ⬇️

Centique It holds up to light violence against young women, through all the possible perpetrators, and doing this while inside a “mystery genre story” (which so often start with a dead young woman) was an interesting angle. 3mo
CarolynM This is this month‘s book from my subscription service. I had been feeling a bit disappointed. You‘ve made me feel better about it. I‘ll try to get to it soon😬 3mo
Reggie I probably won‘t read this but I have noticed all the pans and soso‘s. I‘m glad you liked it, Paula. 3mo
Centique @CarolynM I hope you like it too. 🤞🤞 3mo
Centique @Reggie I think it helps sometimes to have your expectations lowered! Hope you‘re having a good week 😘 3mo
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Loved this! It‘s set up as a travel guide to the 14th century, so rather than detailing all the events of the century, Mortimer explains what the cities and towns are like, where you might sleep, what you should wear, what you might eat, how you‘ll get around, what you‘ll see on the streets etc etc. Really fascinating & gave me a lot of “did ya know‘s” to bother my husband with 😂 I think even he gasped at the cure for quinsy ⬇️Tw animal cruelty

Centique Take a fat cat, flay it well, & draw out the guts. Take the grease of a hedgehog, the fat of a bear, resins, fenugreek, sage, honeysuckle gum & virgin wax & crumble this & stuff the cat with it. Then roast the cat & gather the dripping & anoint the sufferer with it. 😱 3mo
CarolynM I‘m glad I don‘t have Quinsy🤣 3mo
Centique @CarolynM I know right?!! 3mo
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TrishB This sounds fab- I think I‘ve read one of his other books 🤔 3mo
LeahBergen Ewww! That cure! 😆 3mo
Bluebird I love his travel guides! He makes you feel like you are right there….sometimes that‘s not a good thing! Lol 🤢🥴😷 glad I can ‘visit‘ from the comfort of my sofa in the 21st century. 3mo
Centique @TrishB so good, I‘ll definitely read more from him. 🙌 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen I can‘t help but wonder where or how you get hedgehog grease, and do you just have a pot of bear fat on hand? 😱 3mo
Centique @Bluebird it has been a fun journey to take, and yes, from a safe distance! Will read more of these for sure. 3mo
Rissreads 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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I am so impressed by this memoir in essays that reads almost like connected short stories. I appreciated that Minnie wanted to focus on a few pivotal moments in her life - it seems more the path a writer would take than a conventional “star” and I‘m intrigued to see if she writes something else. There were some little nuggets of wisdom she and her mother came to in later years that really hit home for me - right book, right time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Centique And a photo of a recent day out on our boat - as Minnie so loves the sea. (A sunny day in summer - how rare for us in Auckland this year 😬) 3mo
LeahBergen Boat day! 😍😍 3mo
LaraReads Great review! And beautiful photo! 3mo
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Centique @LaraReads thank you! 3mo
Reggie What a beautiful photo! I loved Minnie in Circle of Friends, Will and Grace, Good Will Hunting, and she did one like 5 years ago where she plays a momager of a pop star who is driven to try to kill herself. It was a great movie. I can‘t think of it. 3mo
Cathythoughts How lovely where you are ♥️💙 3mo
Centique @Reggie I looked it up on IMDB and looks like it‘s called “Beyond the Lights”? (IMDB is my second favourite app after Litsy. I have a Wishlist of like 2K of movies 😂😂) 3mo
Rissreads Gorgeous photo! ♥️ 3mo
ClairesReads Motuihe? 3mo
Centique @ClairesReads good spotting!! Do you know the Hauraki Gulf quite well? 3mo
ClairesReads @Centique relatively- I think we were there on the same weekend 2mo
Centique @ClairesReads ha, what synchronicity! I probably had my nose in a book the whole time 😂 2mo
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Into the Fire | Sonia Orchard
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Finally! @CarolynM thank you so much for gifting me this book a few years ago. I really enjoyed it. Spent half a day gardening in the sun and then sat in the shade and devoured this in one sitting. There is a mystery here as to what happened to two friends who were so close in University, that now, years later one feels some sense of guilt about the others death. The feel of University life from the early 90s was wonderful nostalgia for me ⬇️

Centique Some great stuff to dig into about relationships from friendship to romance and marriage and whether we live up to our youthful ideals. 3mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 3mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked! 3mo
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Ruthiella Yes! Sounds fantastic. 3mo
Centique @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella I think you guys will enjoy this 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts Loving the sound of this one. Stacked. 3mo
CarolynM So glad you enjoyed😀 As you say, there‘s a lot in there. It would make a great book club read. (edited) 3mo
Rissreads I‘ve had this sitting in my shelf for years! Must get to it! 3mo
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The Wedding: A Novel | Dorothy West
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First of all, massive kudos to Dorothy West for her career - and what inspiration to continue your art through your eighties 🙌 (screen shot from The Paris Review)
This novel was heading for 5 stars but ended quite abruptly. I do wonder if West‘s age or health put some pressure to tie things up. Aside from that this was a unique look at an upper class black family in their holiday home organising a wedding in the 50s. It looks primarily at ⬇️

Centique Marriage, race and class (including the bias of light versus dark) as we pivot back from the current family to the last two or three generations and their history. The writing and setting was a delight, and there are some unforgettable scenes in here. It‘s a little treasure of a book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3mo
Reggie Sound great. 3mo
Jeg I‘ve put it on my library list. Sounds a good read. Great review. For some of my childhood in the 50s I was living in New Hampshire. I never saw a person of colour except on the cake mix box. Aunt Jemima . 3mo
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Centique @Reggie when you want a quiet read this is a good one. A lot to talk about - again! - and the rushed ending would be another topic. Also whether she let some of the white people off too easy 😬 3mo
Centique @Jeg wow, what an interesting place to spend some of your childhood! And mind blowing that it was so white there. I think you would enjoy this book all the more with having some of your own history with the setting. 3mo
batsy This sounds great. And the bit about her career and the gap between the books is very inspiring. There's no "proper" way to have a writing career, as it turns out ❤️ 3mo
Centique @batsy exactly! Sounds like she had such an interesting life and I‘m keen to read her first novel and maybe see how her style or themes developed. 3mo
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The Beet Queen: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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I decided I would finish the Love Medicine series - I‘d read two and loved them (Love Medicine and Tracks). I loved being in Erdrich‘s hands again as she unpacks the regrets and secrets of a whole family. In this one, everyone is a little broken and unlikeable but it feels like Erdrich wants to show humans warts and all, and sometimes it‘s mostly warts! 😋 Really enjoyed this and looking forward to the next one.

Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m tempted to start the first one. ♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve never read anything by her. Must look her up now 👍🏻 3mo
Centique She‘s written a lot of stand alones - but these Love Medicine ones are mostly set around a group of Ojibwe families living on or around reservations in North Dakota. There are a lot of characters and it‘s like you go around learning a little about each of them in each book. 3mo
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merelybookish I read this eons ago but don't remember much, if at all. You've inspired me to revisit the series. 3mo
SamAnne I‘ve been meaning to reread these. 3mo
Centique @merelybookish yay! It‘s going to be interesting for me to see if reading them closer together will help me keep all the characters straight in my head! 3mo
Centique @SamAnne she‘s such a great writer 🙌 3mo
Rissreads I have never heard of these! 3mo
Centique @Rissreads I think a lot of people read one of them without realising they‘re a series. At least GoodReads treats them like a series. They‘re about the same area and group of families but each one focuses on different protagonists. 3mo
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The Little White Horse | Elizabeth Goudge
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@LeahBergen posted about Elizabeth Gudge a while ago so I looked at my library for any of her books. They had this title (not this pretty edition though) and it was delightful! Published in 1946 but set in 1842 when an orphaned girl goes to live with a mysterious uncle at Moonacre Manor. It is very whimsical and almost fairy tale like - but what I liked best were the food descriptions - so many suppers and feasts in glorious detail! 😋

mabell @TheAromaofBooks just put Elizabeth Goudge on my radar! This one sounds wonderful, too! I am definitely going to have to find her books! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!! I loved this one too!! And I absolutely LOVE this cover!!! @mabell 3mo
Cheshirecat913 Yes! It was such a pretty book, I loved the descriptions. 3mo
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LeahBergen Oh, I‘m glad you liked this one! It‘s such a sweet tale. You‘ll have to try this one, too 3mo
LeahBergen It‘s also published under this name 3mo
Centique @mabell they are a little trip back in time these books 💕 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen it sounds so good, I will have to find it! 3mo
mabell @Centique @LeahBergen The Runaways was what we talked about! @TheAromaofBooks also highly recommended 3mo
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Loved this, not quite as much as I loved Never Let Me Go, but again Ishiguro has a marvellous skill of dropping the reader into a dystopian world and letting them see it only through the eyes of someone naive who also doesn‘t know exactly what is going on. Little by little you figure a few things out - but I wanted to know more! This time you‘re seeing the world as an Artificial Friend made to support a young teen girl.

Centique So many possibilities as to what has gone wrong in this dystopia - would be great to discuss. 4mo
vivastory I was disappointed when I first read this (July '21) but I have thought about it quite a few times since then. I think I might need to revisit it, I feel like there is a lot of subtext to it. (edited) 4mo
Centique @vivastory yes I think you‘re right. I really thought he was going to make it clearer - but maybe I‘m supposed to piece some of the clues together. 4mo
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Ruthiella I loved this too. I want to become a Ishiguro completist. 4mo
Centique @Ruthiella yes, me too. 😍 4mo
Centique @Ruthiella so far I‘ve read 3 and loved 3, can‘t get better than that! (The 3rd being Remains of the Day) 4mo
Rissreads I loved this too! 🧡 4mo
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Run | Ann Patchett
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My first Ann Patchett! I absolutely loved this and wished it was longer. As others have said, this is a character driven novel - it‘s like you‘re dropped in to a 24 hour period to spend time with a family while they go through a life changing event. You get to know each of them, their worries, their frustrations, their love for each other - but you don‘t get to unpack all the whys and how‘s of how they got to where they are. ⬇️

Centique Instead you feel every moment of those 24 hours and how impactful they are for these characters. Just loved these characters and so enjoyed spending time with them. 4mo
TrishB I loved this one too ❤️ 4mo
ashw21 Love Ann Patchett! 4mo
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Tamra I‘ll have to try this one - I don‘t think I‘ve read any of her work. (Edit: looks like I read Dutch House and liked it.🙃) (edited) 4mo
Megabooks She‘s such a great writer. I‘m excited for this, and apparently Meryl Streep is reading the audiobook! Did you see that announcement re: the audiobook @Cinfhen ?? 4mo
CarolynM This is my favourite Patchett so far. Glad you enjoyed. 4mo
Cinfhen That‘s sooooooo exciting @Megabooks and I loved this Patchett!! I think she might be a new favorite author for me, P!!! 4mo
Centique @Cinfhen yes me too! 4mo
Centique @CarolynM and a favourite of mine now too! 4mo
Centique @Tamra I‘ll have to try that one! I‘ve got Commonwealth on my shelf so that might be next. 4mo
Reggie I love her writing. I love the book with the oranges in the cover. Jeez I can‘t remember the name of it. Hope your‘e doing ok. I read a story about people still without power and looting. I saw in another post that you had power so I‘m glad for that. 4mo
Centique @Reggie we‘ve been completely untouched by all of it so we‘re really lucky. The first floods were down the hill from me but only knew deep and only lasted a few hours, the latest storm and floods have hit 3 regions taking out roads and power (northland, Napier, Gisborne) but left Auckland alone. One valley that was full of homes is now like 8 feet deep in mud. Mind blowing! 4mo
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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It took a few weeks but I finally finished this audiobook. Juliet Stevenson does an incredible job of making each character sound unique. I loved this - more for Eliot‘s social commentary than the plot per se. Eliot‘s thoughtfulness and insight seems remarkably modern at times, the way she shows gossip and group think, women stifled in the narrowness of their roles in some cases, turned prissy and manipulative in others. ⬇️

Centique Some of the characters confounded me extremely. (Look I‘m still speaking Middlemarchian 😂) 4mo
batsy So happy you liked it! This is one of the big Victorian books where the plot feels almost incidental to the intellectual, emotional, and psychological aspects 💜 4mo
Centique @batsy yes! I can imagine she came up with each situation to illustrate particular truths and insights she had about these kinds of lives. I‘m going to return to this I can see 😍 4mo
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CarolynM Great review, Paula💕 4mo
Centique @CarolynM thank you Carolyn! 😘 4mo
Centique @CarolynM and more terrible flooding over here, even worse than three weeks ago - not Auckland this time which is lucky for me - but three regions massively hit and major roads into large towns completely gone. 🤯 4mo
CarolynM It's crazy and awful and now an earthquake as well! Did you feel it? 4mo
Centique @CarolynM nah didn‘t feel it thank goodness! It would be nice if we got a break from all the dramas now! 🤞😬 4mo
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Middlemarch | George Eliot
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A wonderful final paragraph… George Eliot giving kudos to quiet, unheralded lives.

LeahBergen I loved this ending! ❤️ 4mo
batsy 💜 4mo
Ruthiella Knowing a little about Eliot‘s life and what she gave up for both love and a life of the mind makes this novel (at least Dorothea‘s trajectory) even more moving I think. (edited) 4mo
Centique @Ruthiella I need to read a biography. 🙌 I read the Wikipedia entry about her just after I started the book because I already felt I needed to know more about her! 4mo
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Another second hand #bookhaul These were finds at a local charity shop.

So far in my quest to read my shelves, I‘ve read 4 books I own, bought 19 more and been gifted 4. 😂😂 I think I‘m going to have to buy more shelves - that‘s the real answer!

Ruthiella The struggle is real! 😂 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Nothing wrong with that approach! 4mo
squirrelbrain Some good ones there! 4mo
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TrishB Sounds like a plan. 4mo
wen4blu That‘s my kind of math! 4mo
Reggie Lol 4mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed Toast. 👍 4mo
Rissreads You are not alone! 🤣♥️ 4mo
rockpools 😂😂 4mo
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Long Ago when I was Young | Edith Nesbit, Edward Ardizzone, George BUCHANAN
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And book haul 2 - writers autobiographies - Fay Weldon (signed), Agatha Christie and E Nesbit. 😍 #greendolphin #secondhandbooks

Ruthiella Nice! 👍 4mo
Jeg Very envious of the signed Fay Weldon. 4mo
batsy Lovely haul. Have you read much Weldon? I've only read this and I quite enjoyed it 4mo
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LeahBergen That E. Nesbit has me intrigued! 4mo
Centique @Jeg @batsy when I was a teenager Weldon was very popular so it seemed very grown up to read her! I read Puffball and The Heart of the Country back then but I‘m not sure I‘ve read any since. I will look up the one you mention @batsy it sounds good 😊 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen and an introduction by Streatfeild 😍 4mo
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Here‘s the fiction I bought from Green Dolphin books - Joan Aiken, Noel Streatfeild and tiny editions of Baldwin and Buck. #greendolphin

Rissreads Look at those covers! ♥️ 4mo
batsy Omg! Look at those Streatfeilds! The Aiken! And that Baldwin 😍😍😍 4mo
ClairesReads Omg Noel Streatfield- classics! 4mo
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LeahBergen Ooo! I hope you love those Streatfeilds! 👏👏 4mo
Centique @Rissreads I love those 1960s type of covers 😍 4mo
Centique @batsy I had to be restrained, they had SO many 🤯 4mo
Centique @ClairesReads if you come to Auckland Claire, it‘s at the top of Pitt Street. The man said he had an upstairs filled with vintage books he hadn‘t sorted yet - I will have to go back! 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen I am sure I will 😍 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm These covers are great! 4mo
rockpools Oh my goodness! I have that very same edition of Apple Bough, bought as new, backalong. Awww. 🥰 4mo
Centique @rockpools aww! The covers bring back such memories don‘t they? It‘s like time travel, how strongly the illustrations take me back! 4mo
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Second Hand Book + Comic store | Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand (Bookstore)
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I found such a cool bookshop today - stumbled upon it while getting my daughter a bag for University - it doesn‘t have a listing in the database but this is pretty close. It‘s named after the Elizabeth Goudge book @LeahBergen and it‘s got a great selection of vintage childrens books. Book haul to follow! #greendolphin #secondhandbooks

Ruthiella I read The Green Dolphin. 1/2 takes place in NZ, though Goudge had never been there. 4mo
batsy It looks absolutely wonderful! Those vintage editions 💕 4mo
LeahBergen Gahhhh! Look at all those beauties! 😮 4mo
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Centique @Ruthiella wow! I never knew that! Now I have to read it 💕 4mo
Centique @batsy @LeahBergen so many! And I so rarely see these in NZ, I was amazed. 4mo
rockpools Seriously! It looks like my childhood bookshelf transported itself through time and space, and wound up in NZ! (Kind of 😂😂 - but we owned a good few of those, in these editions!) 4mo
rockpools THE PINBALLS! Random fact, if I remember right, they use mayonnaise in their cake-baking. Which always struck me as odd. 4mo
Centique @rockpools there must be a wormhole in this shop! Yes, so much like my childhood bookshelves too. 😍 4mo
Centique @rockpools I think I have a recipe somewhere that does that too! But I haven‘t read The Pinballs, I might go back and get it! 4mo
rockpools @Centique Did you ever read Betsy Byars? She tended to write very ‘issues‘y stuff, so not a barrel of laughs - I think this was set in a children‘s home or the care system. But it definitely stuck! Down to remembering ridiculous details… (I‘m probably thinking of a totally different book now 🤔) 4mo
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Thank you so much for this book @Reggie it was weird and wonderful! I‘m so looking forward to you reading it because many stories could be interpreted wildly differently and I‘m keen to discuss! Ling Ma writes in a very realistic style but in most stories there is one singular element that is surreal, that shocks the reader, but is accepted as rational in the world Ma has created. Some stories seem to be detailing a legacy of trauma or numbness⬇️

Centique from past relationships, some family history, the way personal narrative distorts. There is a lot to be unpacked in them and I haven‘t got anywhere near there yet! 4mo
Megabooks This is high up my TBR!! 4mo
Centique @Megabooks I hope you enjoy them 👍 4mo
Rissreads I loved Severence by her. Stacked! 4mo
Reggie I put it on hold on Libby. I‘m glad you liked this. I‘ve been very lucky with short stories this year. And I loved her Severance. 4mo
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Soapsuds | Finola Hughes
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A little box of goodness arrived on my doorstep the other day. Thank you @Cinfhen ! They look and smell gorgeous! It was good timing because that afternoon a huge downpour began and the low lying areas to the South and West of me all flooded. Worst climate event New Zealand has ever had - ⬇️

Centique 4 lives lost, about 400 homes unliveable, a number of major roads washed out and numerous businesses destroyed - including my local supermarket. My home is completely fine but feel so bad for those who have lost everything. 😢 (edited) 4mo
Centique We all spent Saturday cleaning mud out of our local shops and so I went through some soap afterwards! Now I have some new pretty ones to replace them with. 💕 4mo
wanderinglynn Oh my. So sorry to hear of this devastation. Prayers for recovery. 💚 Is there anything we can do? 4mo
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Centique @wanderinglynn oh no! That‘s lovely of you but honestly it‘s on a par with what has happened in the US and Europe with wild weather. In a first world country you have the resources to recover - it just takes time. 4mo
CarolynM The photos from Auckland airport were pretty astonishing! Glad to hear your house is ok. 💕 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, that‘s terrible to hear! 😞 4mo
Centique @CarolynM yes! Never expected the airport to flood but it sure did 😬 4mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘ve sent another item awhile back….hopefully it arrives as well🫶🏼 sorry to hear about the wild weather 4mo
Cinfhen It‘s scary what nature can do… 4mo
Centique @Cinfhen 😘thank you! And yes, so scary! 4mo
Reggie How sweet. And jeez I‘m glad you‘re ok from after the weather. 4mo
Centique @Reggie thank you 😘 4mo
Jeg Thinking of you. The images keep coming. So devastating. ❤️ 4mo
Rissreads I‘m glad you are still ok x 4mo
Centique @Jeg thank you. It really is an event that has hit some homes very hard - and then a block away, homes are completely fine. Hopefully everyone continues to help the people hardest hit. 4mo
Centique @Rissreads thank you Nerissa 😘 4mo
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Tamarind Woman | Anita Rau Badami
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This 1996 novel was the deepest point of my TBR and I‘m glad I got to it. This was Anita Rau Badami‘s debut novel and I really enjoyed her writing and her characters. We start with Kamini‘s POV, a young Indian woman who has moved to Canada and trying to communicate with her widowed mother Saroja back in India. She remembers fragments of her childhood as they moved around India as her father managed railway development.⬇️

Centique The second half of the book is told from Saroja‘s POV, and as you would expect, she brings a new light to the things her daughter remembered. I would have liked more time spent with Saroja! This is a book about memories and relationships, not about plot or action. A lovely read. 4mo
LeeRHarry Nice review 😊 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m so old that I went to hear the author read from this when it was released. 😉 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen that‘s because you were a very wise 12 year old. 😂 PS I was 25 🤣 4mo
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Thought I‘d give you a look at one of my local cliff top walks - full tide and pretty decent waves so there was no point heading down the stairs today!
I am LOVING Middlemarch. I‘m totally obsessed and listening to it every chance I get. This is definitely going to be one of my most favourite 19th century classics. 🙌

RaeLovesToRead Where is this and how can I teleport there RIGHT THIS MINUTE!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 4mo
Centique @RaeLovesToRead ha! It is called Possums Ladder and it is in Campbells Bay in Auckland, NZ. 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Only 10,000 miles away then 🤔🤔🤔 So beautiful 💕💕 4mo
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Centique @RaeLovesToRead sucks that teleporting is unavailable! 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau Wow! What a beautiful place to walk! 😍 4mo
Megabooks Beautiful!! 4mo
Reggie That is gorgeous! 4mo
batsy So beautiful! 😍 (and feels like the setting of a Gothic melodrama during a rainy, windy day... 😆) I love Middlemarch so much. So glad you're enjoying it! 4mo
Centique @TheBookgeekFrau @Megabooks @Reggie I‘m going to say thank you as if I had some hand in its beauty. 😂 Thank you! 4mo
Centique @batsy just the steps to run down in a long corseted dress as you escape the madwoman your brute of a new husband imprisoned in the old family manor. 😜 4mo
Centique @batsy I can now see why Middlemarch is so often on peoples top books list. 🙌 4mo
LeahBergen What gorgeous surroundings! I loved Middlemarch, too. 😊 4mo
Reggie @batsy does the woman get blown over the railing in this gothic story? Or does she escape? 4mo
batsy @Centique @Reggie She escapes, and then manages to get back one day to ensure she pushes her husband down! 😆 4mo
Rissreads @batsy LOL ♥️ 4mo
sarahbarnes Wow - beautiful! 4mo
Rissreads I‘ve just read that a state of emergency has been issued in Auckland re flooding. You ok Paula? 4mo
Centique @Rissreads all good thanks Nerissa because I live on a hill - but the low lying suburbs around me were all waist deep in water last night. We‘ve been helping our neighbours clean up their shops this morning. It was incredible how fast it happened! 😨 4mo
Rissreads I‘m glad you are ok. It must be devastating for so many people. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sorry about the flooding… but that is a gorgeous photograph.. looks like the perfect vacation retreat. 3mo
Centique @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks Melissa 😘 A lot of the bays here have walkways and these kinds of cliff top stairways. They‘re really cool! They always lead down to the rocky part of the beach but you walk a bit further and you‘ve got sand and swimming. 3mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Thank you so much for this book @Cathythoughts I thoroughly enjoyed it! Read a chunk of it on a boat trip up in the Bay of Islands.
I have never read anything that made prison life so vivid and real. Romy‘s story and those of her fellow inmates were compelling. The POV of her prison tutor was interesting too - but the inclusion of sections from Kaczynski (the unabomber) seemed out of place. ⬇️

Centique I can see why the amount of POVs have made it messy for many readers. But for me, the Inmates stories were so, so fascinating, it more than compensated. I‘ll definitely look for more books from this author. (edited) 4mo
Rissreads This has been on my tbr shelf for years! I will get to it one day! 4mo
Blaire @Rissreads same! I need to bump it up the list 4mo
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Ruthiella I really like her writing. I also enjoyed 4mo
LeahBergen Look at that water! It looks like you‘re having a lovely holiday. ❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts I‘m so glad you enjoyed it Paula ! Looks beautiful where you are ♥️ 4mo
Centique @Ruthiella oh good, I will put that on my TBR too 👍 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen it was wonderful! Home again now but hopefully we‘ll get some more good boating weekends this summer 🤞 4mo
Reggie This picture makes me want to go swimming. Look at you enjoying your weather! This is is right now-🥶. Lol 4mo
Centique @Reggie I wish you could be here and go swimming off an island with me!! We‘d just float and talk about books. (Sometimes we use a pool noodle so we can float and drink a glass of something too!) 4mo
ClairesReads Loved this 4mo
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The Corner That Held Them | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Thank you to @jlhammar & #nunlit for encouraging me to read this modern classic languishing on my TBR. It tells the story of Oby, a convent in the 13th and 14th century, through a few generations of its nuns and prioresses. This is a history told through the small details of lives and we switch from character to character building a sense of the community of nuns and the people that visit them. Just a delight for me as a history lover 😍

batsy Excellent review! So much to chew over in this & a delight to read. 5mo
Tamra I‘m happy you enjoyed it too! 😊 The detail is so rich. 5mo
jlhammar Such a pretty collage and thoughtful review. So glad you‘re part of #NunLitQuarterly. Great point about how she builds a sense of the community. I‘ve got a day of reading ahead of me and can‘t wait to finish this wonderful book! 5mo
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Megabooks This is a great cover! I hope you‘re doing well, Paula. 💕💕 I‘ve been on and off litsy a bit. 5mo
Centique @Megabooks I‘m good thanks Meg. I hope you are doing ok? 💕 My dad was in a bad state over Christmas/NYE and I didn‘t think he would make it. But he‘s surprised us all by bouncing back from COVID plus another small amputation. The relief has been huge. Sending hugs and best wishes to you and your family 💕 5mo
LeahBergen Great review, Paula! I thoroughly enjoyed this one, too. 4mo
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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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I‘m probably the last person on Litsy to read this! I needed to be in the right head space as I‘d heard it was very sad. And yes it is - but I felt like I was learning such a lot about alcoholism and this hard nosed, hard done by, community that Shuggie lives in - that it was also fascinating and that made it a fast read. Stuart manages to show the depths of alcoholism and poverty with great humanity. A 5 star read for me.

psalva You‘re not the last! I still have this on my TBR and I hope to get to it this year :) 5mo
AshleyHoss820 If it makes you feel better, I haven‘t read it yet, but it‘s glaring at me from my bookcase! 🫣 This makes me look forward to it! ☺️ 5mo
Centique @psalva @AshleyHoss820 oh good! I get the joy of recommending it to you! It‘s so good! 5mo
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Leftcoastzen It‘s on my list to read as well , it‘s giving me the stink eye right now! 5mo
andrew61 Great review. A tough read but worth it. 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review, I loved it but it was tough going as @andrew61 said. 5mo
batsy You can always count on me to be that person who hasn't yet read a very popular book 😂 I want to read this! But I keep putting it off because I guess I'm still emotionally preparing myself. 5mo
RebelReader @batsy. I‘m right there with you. I want to read this one but haven‘t yet. 5mo
jlhammar Loved this one. Heartbreaking, but so good. 5mo
Reggie I don‘t know if I‘ll ever be ready for this or the Mungo one. 5mo
Centique @Reggie @batsy it really wasn‘t as bad as I was expecting. There‘s such a lot of love in it and the worst moments are dealt with very matter of factly. He doesn‘t wring the emotions out of you with them. (edited) 5mo
Centique @Reggie the other thing is that it‘s much more the story of the mother than the story of Shuggie. It would be a harder read if it was all told from his point of view but a lot of it he‘s at school and you‘re reading her experiences. 5mo
Rissreads I‘m so glad you loved it! Yay! I loved the scene with the women and the bras when they were playing cards! 4mo
Centique @Rissreads oh Lordy I forgot to tag you Nerissa! Thank you so much for the gift of this book. 💕 I have put a little Book Depository package together for you last week so hopefully that will get to you in February! 4mo
Rissreads I didn‘t mean for you to send me more books but that‘s very kind of you x 4mo
joeymc Definitely not the last as I am still working my way through it. I wouldn‘t say I‘m enjoying it as it‘s so dark and bleak but I can appreciate it. 3mo
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