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Centique

Joined September 2016

Is it a book? I‘ll probably like it then. NZ 🇳🇿
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Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
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Brick Lane: A Novel | Monica Ali
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I loved this book and I‘m surprised it has such a low Litsy score. Perhaps it‘s because this is a very internal novel with a lot of character exploration rather than plot. Ali takes us through Nazneen‘s life from her birth in Bangladesh, her arranged marriage and immigration to England and her life there as a wife, mother and eventually active member of her community. It‘s a book about an immigrant experience but also about relationships ⬇️

Centique ...family and friendships. The story is set in the 90s and touches on the Islam community and the unrest and politics of the time - but through the human impact on individual lives, a multi faceted approach. Ali writes so visually and captures characters with a deft touch, noting the little frailties that make them human. These people are going to live in my brain for a long time! 2d
Centique I think this will stay one of my favourite depictions of a marriage in a novel ever. Something almost satirical and one sided becomes deep and complex with time. It‘s genius. 🙌 2d
LeahBergen I loved this one, too! 👏🏻👏🏻 2d
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CarolynM I'Ve had a copy of this for ages but never get around to it. I'll have to bump it up the priority list 2d
Reggie Is this the one where she starts to have an affair with someone who might belong to an extremist group? Maybe I‘m mixing this up with some other book. Regardless, great review! 2d
Centique @CarolynM it‘s a slow burn but worth it 😊👍 2d
Centique @Reggie yes, that‘s it! To me the affair was only one part of her story but the blurb makes it sound like it‘s the whole story. 2d
ReadingEnvy This is on my TBR explode list for October so I‘ll at least be giving it a try. 18h
Centique @ReadingEnvy I think you would like it. Although with the amount you read you may have read something very similar to it already! Will be interested to see if it grabs you. 17h
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I read this book watching my family on the luge, with Queenstown below me. More #sceneryspam

I really enjoyed this although I‘m fond of the “loner child observes upper class English family” trope. Flora is a neglected child who falls in love with an entire family. Over the years they vary in their treatment of her. Wesley has a sharp eye for showing the flaws in characters without turning them into straight forward villains. ⬇️

Centique It would be fair to say this is a quiet novel - it captures some of life‘s bright moments that become favourite memories and then the quiet disappointments. In some ways a romantic ideology that gets replaced by a more “sensible” one. Wesley‘s writing, characters and setting kept me completely engaged. 1w
youneverarrived Great review and your photo is stunning 😍 1w
Cathythoughts Yes , great review! I‘ve never read anything by this author.... what would be a good one to start with ? Maybe this one ? ! 1w
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CarolynM Love Mary Wesley's books❤️ 1w
Hooked_on_books The area around Queenstown is gorgeous. I went hang gliding there. I highly recommend it! 1w
Freespirit Beautiful scenery! 1w
LeahBergen This sounds great! I have The Camomile Lawn waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 1w
Centique @Cathythoughts thank you! I reckon start with The Camomile Lawn. You need to be in the mood for a meander, they‘re more character explorations than plot driven. Wonderful sense of the period though! 💕 1w
Centique @youneverarrived thank you! 😘 1w
Centique @CarolynM I figured I needed to try another one after The Camomile Lawn being one of my 2018 favourites. I think I‘m officially a fan as well! 1w
Centique @Hooked_on_books hang gliding sounds amazing! 1w
Jeg I‘ve loved her books. Someone recommended them to me years ago and I read all of her books. I could reread them. Just might! 😍 1w
Centique @Freespirit thank you! 😘 1w
Centique @LeahBergen I think you‘ll like it! It has that lovely period feel with a sharp bite at the end 😍 1w
Reggie Sounds The Rain adjacent which means stacked! 1w
Centique @Jeg that is so good to hear. I was wondering if it was worth reading all her books - sounds like she‘s consistently good! 1w
Centique @Reggie I have a type of book right? 🥰 1w
Reggie Totally! 😊 you really had me at “In some ways a romantic ideology that gets replaced by a more ‘sensible‘ one.” 1w
Texreader Great short review! 1w
Centique @Reggie and that sums up my life in many ways! 😂😂 1w
Centique @Texreader thank you! 1w
rohit-sawant Wonderful review! Love the picture! 1w
batsy Great review and gorgeous photo! And like @Reggie I'm drawn to that sentence about ideology. I stacked The Chamomile Lawn after you posted about it and I have a copy thanks to @LapReader I *really* hope to get to it soon :) 1w
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#notbookrelated

Travelling around the bottom of the South Island at the moment and thought I‘d share one spectacular view with you all. Any lighthouse lovers out there? This is called Nugget Point or Tokata. We walked right out to the balcony that hangs over the edge. It‘s amazing to get out and see the lesser known treasures of your own country 😊 hope you all get the chance to see some treasures wherever you are!

Cinfhen Beautiful 💙 1w
Cathythoughts What a sight ♥️ 1w
Centique One day you guys will visit me here! @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 💕 1w
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Cinfhen Hope so 🙏🏻 1w
TrishB Beautiful 💜 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Very picturesque 💙 1w
CarolynM Fabulous! I really need to visit the South Island one day - and see more of the North Island too🙂 1w
batsy Love lighthouses. This is so gorgeous! 1w
Cathythoughts Years ago I answered an add in the paper for ‘ Light House ‘ work .... Exciting, I thought. Only it actually meant like cleaning someone‘s house ( not as romantic as I had hoped ) 🙄 I‘ll never live that one down 😆 (edited) 1w
IndoorDame Beautiful! Love lighthouses! 1w
kspenmoll It looks so beautiful! And I love visiting lighthouses when I can-have ornaments as keepsakes!!! 1w
Librarybelle So pretty! 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That is gorgeous! 1w
Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly 🙄😂😂😂🤣 1w
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts 😂 🧹🧽🧺 1w
Reggie How beautiful! 1w
Centique @CarolynM I am available for trip planning! I spent one Uber trip in Melbourne helping the driver create a 6 day South Island trip! 1w
Centique @Cathythoughts that is the funniest story ever! 😂😂😂 1w
youneverarrived So beautiful! 💙 and @Cathythoughts that has made my day 😂😂 1w
Jeg NZ is so beautiful. I feel another visit coming on. 1w
Centique @Jeg wonderful idea! Make sure you see the South Island but if you do come to Auckland we can have coffee ☕️☕️🍰 1w
Blaire Incredible!! So beautiful. 1w
rohit-sawant Stunning view! 1w
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The Bedlam Stacks | Natasha Pulley
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This is definitely my “flavour” of book - a genre mash of historical/magical/fantasy. It‘s picturesque but a slow moving, character driven plot that isn‘t for everyone. A wounded 19th century explorer is brought out of retirement for a seemingly impossible expedition to smuggle plants out of Peru. His path will lead him to confront an ancient culture and upend many of his assumptions about the world.

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#bookserendipity

When you buy a book from Abebooks for a couple of dollars and it turns out to be signed by the author. 😍

PS this book is well travelled. Seems to have started life in Memphis, then I bought it from a bookshop near Edinburgh and it‘s come now to New Zealand!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! I‘m close to Memphis! Great find!! 2w
LeahBergen Cool! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s so cool! 2w
batsy Wonderful! 2w
Jeg Wow 1w
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Wow.
This book punched me in the guts, stood me on my head and forcibly opened my eyes. I mean I thought I understood quite a lot about racism and slavery and the ongoing impacts in modern times, but I clearly did not. This felt visceral and intellectual both.
I appreciated that Coates takes you through his own progress in investigating, his deeper and deeper understanding - it helped me to get past the easy truths to the harder ones.

Tanisha_A I read this recently too, and like you said it hits hard. One can never be forgiven for what happened and still happens. Great review! 2w
Scochrane26 I listened to this last yr & felt the same way. Then, I read We Were Eight Years in Power, by him & felt the same way. I felt like I finally understood our country. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Great review 👍 2w
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Centique @Tanisha_A thank you! Yes it was eye opening to realise the power structures are still being built to enforce inequality. 😰 2w
Centique @Scochrane26 that‘s a good recc thank you - I really need to read everything he writes, he‘s just so insightful! 2w
Reggie The part about him wanting to apologize to his son because he forgot what world they lived in when that woman pushed his son and then he got mad but when everything was settled people started to get mad at him because he was the “angry black man.” This book was tough and necessary and no one can deny his skill as a writer. Great review!! (edited) 2w
Centique @Reggie thanks buddy! Yes, that part really hit home. Something else he said about monitoring his body language so he always looks reticent - because he knows every move he makes is so readily seen as aggressive. That really got to me too! 2w
ReadingEnvy A good follow up is White Fragility if you haven‘t read it, 17h
Centique @ReadingEnvy I haven‘t read that yet - will make sure it‘s on the list! I‘d like more ideas about how to wake up some white people. 17h
ReadingEnvy @Centique it's very confronting but has changed my perspective on things I didn't know I needed to rethink 8h
Centique @ReadingEnvy wow that sounds really impacting. 😳 2h
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#notbookrelated

I‘ve been in “not reading” mode. First a horrible chest infection - you know when you are actually too sick to read, that sucks - and then four days in Melbourne, a mother daughter treat for her upcoming 15th birthday.
@Reggie here is another pavlova for you! This one is at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, Melbourne‘s oldest tea room 😍
Now I seriously hope my reading mojo is back because 5 books just came in for me at the library!

LauraJ How decadent! 2w
JennyM Enjoy your celebrations with you daughter. And you are making me so jealous with that pav 😋 2w
CarolynM Goodness! Empty tables at the Hopetoun! Whenever I go past it's always jam-packed full! Hope you're feeling a lot better and you and your daughter enjoyed Melbourne😘 (edited) 2w
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Lindy 🍰😁 2w
Centique @LauraJ @JennyM it‘s a beauty for sure! 2w
Centique @CarolynM I know right?! There‘s normally a queue! We got there at about 10am on a Thursday - but even so it was full by the time we left. Next time we‘ll have to meet you for coffee. You would be glad I didn‘t this time - I was still contagious I‘m sure (sorry to the people around me in the tea room!) 2w
Tanisha_A Happy 15th to her! 🥳 2w
Centique @CarolynM my daughter shopped up a storm. The reles took us to Chadstone and to the outlet mall at South Wharf (that place was insane!) 2w
LeahBergen That looks amazing! 😮 2w
batsy Oooh yum! I love pavlova but if my sister sees this she'll go nuts. She's the most pav-obsessed person I know 😆 Happy 15th to your daughter! 🍰🎈 2w
Freespirit That pav looks fab😍 2w
Reggie I hope you‘re feeling better. And that pavlova looks Uh-mazing!!! I hope you have a great time with her. Happy Birthday to her!!!! Happy reading, Paula! 2w
CarolynM Absolutely! Next time you're in Melbourne with an hour to spare just let me know🙂 2w
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

Would you like to play @swishandflick ? Post a favourite cover every day for 7 days and tag someone in if you can.

merelybookish That is pretty! And so different from US edition! 4w
JennyM Oh wow...that‘s stunning 4w
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 4w
Megabooks Love it! 4w
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Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
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Dickens reaches Peak Snark in this novel. He‘s ripping into all manners of bourgeoisie behaviour in nineteenth century London. The chapters about the Veneerings are pretty damn funny! 😂 Here he has Lady Tippins who comes to weddings specifically to sum them up in her caustic manner.

Ruthiella Totally! He‘s ruthless toward those society fakes and hangers-on!😀 4w
Texreader This is hilarious!! 🤣 4w
batsy 😆😆 4w
Reggie Lol 4w
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Small Island: A Novel | Andrea Levy
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 6

@thegirlwiththelibrarybag would you like to play? Post a favourite cover every day for 7 days, no explanation, and tag someone else. No pressure to join in though!

CarolynM That's a fabulous cover! Much nicer than the one I have. 4w
Ruthiella @CarolynM You took the words right out of my mouth! 4w
Centique @CarolynM @Ruthiella it jumped out at me because of the cover and I thought I‘d heard it praised here. Will read it soon! 4w
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CarolynM I loved it. 4w
Cathythoughts Great cover ! Loved this book 4w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I really would like to play! Thanks! 4w
youneverarrived Love it! 4w
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The Story of Alice | Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@kezzlou85 would you like to play along? A cover each day, no explanation, and tag someone new in if you can.

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The Edwardians | Vita Sackville-West
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

@BarbaraTheBibliophage would you like to play? Post a favourite cover a day with no explanation - tag someone in each day if you can.

Cathythoughts Great cover 💙 1mo
LeahBergen I have this edition, too (and also All Passion Spent). Love ‘em! 1mo
jillrhudy I need this book! 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Hi - I did this a while ago. Let me give i some thought to whether I‘ll just repost pictures, or if I have new choices. 😘 1mo
Centique @BarbaraTheBibliophage ha! 🤣 I went to your feed and couldn‘t see anything in the last few days - I should have realised you would have been in the early rounds of this! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Centique No worries. I‘ll have to see if I can find the photos! 1mo
Caroline2 😍 1mo
Aimeesue That's a lovely edition! 1mo
BiblioLitten 😍 1mo
batsy So pretty! I have the green Virago edition. I love this book ❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm How is this book? You‘ve read it? 1mo
Centique @erzascarletbookgasm not yet! Lets ask @batsy 😊👍 1mo
Tanisha_A All the shades of blue. 💙 1mo
batsy @Centique @erzascarletbookgasm The Litsy rating doesn't do it justice! A lovely slow-burn read about the excess and hypocrisies of the aristocrats. I found it very readable and compelling :) 1mo
Centique @batsy this is on my list for next year - it sounds gorgeous. I read a bio of Vita last year and I‘m entranced already 💕 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @Centique great to know! Stacking. I have her other book tbr 1mo
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Ariel: Poems | Sylvia Plath
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

@Oryx would you like to have a go at this challenge? Post 7 favourite covers over 7 days without explanation - just tag a new person each time.

TrishB I have this copy too ❤️ all copies of this are gorgeous! 1mo
Tanisha_A @TrishB I knew you'd have this one too. 🤪 Love it! 1mo
TrishB @Tanisha_A thankfully no one has posted a version I haven‘t got yet! Or else I would have to find. 😁 1mo
Centique @TrishB that sounds like a challenge in itself! I do love a simple full page title in a great font sometimes. 😍 1mo
CarolynM 😍 1mo
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Fry covers the Greek origin myths from creation through the Titans and then the major gods plus a lot of fun smaller ones like the Muses. As always he has a gentle wry style with the odd pop culture reference or double entendre. A light and easy way to read about Greek myths. I think I‘ll get the next one on audio though because his voice is 😍.
3.5 stars. It probably would be 4 except I‘m a little bit in love with Ovid who overshadows this 😜

Cinfhen I own both book and audio and I‘m looking forward to reading/listening in the coming weeks 1mo
LeeRHarry I‘m reading this for my irl book group this month - loving the footnotes 😏 1mo
RamsFan1963 I definitely recommend this on audio. Stephen Fry is excellent. 1mo
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Centique @Cinfhen enjoy! 😘 1mo
Centique @LeeRHarry he‘s the King of Footnotes 😉 1mo
Centique @RamsFan1963 thank you, I will do audio for sure 😊 1mo
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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2

Would you like to have a go at this challenge @Dragon ? Post a favourite cover each day for 7 days and tag someone new each time 😊

merelybookish That is gorgeous! 1mo
Tanisha_A Love this 1mo
readordierachel Oh my 😍 1mo
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JennyM Gorgeous 1mo
batsy It's lovely. I have this one too thanks to @saresmoore ❤️ 1mo
Dragon Thanks for the tag @Centique I‘ll give it a try ! 😀🐉 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm This edition is gorgeous! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, I ❤️ this cover! 1mo
Cathythoughts Very very nice ♥️ 1mo
Centique @merelybookish @Tanisha_A @readordierachel @JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Until I met Littens I never paid attention to which editions of classics I bought - but y‘all inspired me, so now I have some pretty ones - and the dog eared ones are off to goodwill 😊 1mo
Centique @batsy that @saresmoore is a lovely friend with beautiful taste! 1mo
sudi 😍 1mo
batsy @Centique She is 💕 1mo
Lindy What a gorgeous edition! 1mo
Centique @Lindy thank you! 1mo
youneverarrived I love these editions. 1mo
Rissreads This is a gorgeous cover! ❤💚💙💛 3w
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

Thanks for the tag @CarolynM 😘

@Jas16 would you like to have a go? 7 days, 7 covers you love, no explanation - and tag someone new each time.

CarolynM That's gorgeous (and fits the story beautifully)😍 1mo
LeahBergen Lyme Regis! 😍 1mo
Centique @CarolynM thank you! @LeahBergen have you visited here Leah? I haven‘t! 1mo
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LeahBergen No, but I want to! 1mo
batsy It's stunning! And I want to go, too! @LeahBergen #litsyfieldtrip 😆 1mo
Centique @batsy oh man wouldn‘t we have a right old lark of a time 😍 #litsyfieldtrip 1mo
Scochrane26 I‘ve never seen this cover for Persuasion. I‘ve recently realized how many copies of Austen I could have if I buy all the covers I like. 1mo
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Spring is sprung! 🇳🇿 Well here it has. After a month of rain and being cooped up indoors, the smell of flowers on our Sunday walk was heady I tell you! 😍

Trashcanman 👁️👁️🤗 1mo
merelybookish So pretty! (And so different from waiting for the leaves to turn!) 1mo
Reggie How lush looking!!! 1mo
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Ruthiella Beautiful!😍 1mo
Centique @merelybookish @Reggie @Ruthiella we went on a long walk and coming out of dense bush found these. Most cheerful I‘ve felt for weeks. Nature is a great healer 😍 1mo
Cinfhen 🌷🌻🌹 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 1mo
Suet624 Surprise! 1mo
andrew61 As we move into autumn that is a lovely reminder of spring ☺ 1mo
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A Royal Pain | Rhys Bowen
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It‘s been hard to settle down with a book lately. What is it about funerals that bring up old family dramas? 🙄 I am taking no sides, but it seems that means ALL the people want to tell me how awful everyone else is.

Bah humbug. I finally get a chance to avoid the humans. This little book seems like it will do the trick. I can‘t do anything too serious or philosophical this week!

Ruthiella Bummer about the people around you! Enjoy your bookish escape! ❣️ 1mo
Centique @Ruthiella thank you lovely! 😘 1mo
CarolynM Yeah, it's pretty common, I believe. I'm sorry you're having to deal with it. 🤗 Looks like you've chosen a good antidote. Would you like to be tagged for the 7 covers thing, or would you rather be left alone for a bit? 1mo
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Centique @CarolynM oh you‘re so nice to ask 😘 Yes please tag me - I‘m ready to think about books as much as possible from now on! 1mo
JennyM Sending you love xx 1mo
batsy ❤️❤️ 1mo
CarolynM 👍 1mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️ 1mo
TrishB ♥️ I think a lot of family gatherings end up like that. Sending hugs. 1mo
Suet624 Bah humbug indeed. 1mo
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A Canticle for Leibowitz | Walter M. Miller, Jr.
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A 1959 book that was unknown to me, discovered for my year of SFF. It reminded me a little of Foundation and also Fahrenheit 451, with the concept of civilisation destroying itself, rebuilding, only to destroy itself again. The book is told in three linked novellas - each one the forgotten prehistory of the next. For such a serious theme there is also humour and fascinating characters 4.5 stars (pic: piece of a recent New Yorker review)

Ruthiella I loved this book. So pessimistic but I liked how he didn‘t pull his punches. 😀 1mo
Centique @Ruthiella I agree. And yet I didn‘t find it too depressing to read - I think because there were always some good people, some humour. 👍 1mo
Reggie This sounds great!! 1mo
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Centique @Reggie it looks like I‘m going to have to change my stance on “I don‘t read apocalyptic novels” 😋 1mo
Reggie @Centique you‘re only a couple of books away from loving zombies. Can‘t wait!!! 1mo
Liz_M I read this recently and while I loved the first novella, I did not know the structure beforehand and I never forgave the author for switching time periods. 😁 1mo
Crazeedi I forgot this book, read many years ago 1mo
Centique @Liz_M I felt some loss about that too! It happens to me now and then when an author changes time and place just when I was really enjoying it. 🙃 1mo
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Thursday Afternoons | Monica Dickens
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Thursday flowers a la @Cinfhen 💕

Much needed this week. My step sister is in hospice and going through her last days. We weren‘t super close but I‘ve been visiting her a lot and cooking for her over the past three months. It was a gift to have that time in retrospect. She‘s in a coma now so I think she‘s out of pain - we‘re all in this waiting space. 🌸🌼🌻🌷🌹

wanderinglynn Beautiful flowers! My thoughts with your family. 💚 1mo
britt_brooke ((hugs)) 1mo
MaureenMc 💕💕 1mo
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BookNAround So hard. Wishing your family peace. 1mo
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Jas16 Sending you so much love and keeping you and your family in my thoughts. 1mo
cobwebmoth *hugs* 1mo
DivineDiana Much love to you and your family. ❤️🙏🏻❤️ 1mo
LeeRHarry That‘s tough, thinking of you 💕 1mo
MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
batsy Thinking of you and your family ❤️ 1mo
CarolynM Such a difficult time. Thinking of you 💕 The flowers are beautiful🙂 1mo
Ruthiella Sorry to hear that. 😔❤️ 1mo
Reggie Omg, I‘m so sorry to hear this. Thinking of you and your sister. 1mo
Centique @Reggie thank you lovely. It‘s just her kids and husband and my oldest sister in with her now. I‘m just fiddling about at home waiting for news. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry to hear about your step sister but I‘m glad you were able to have this time now and your Thursday flowers are lovely 😊 sending much love ❤️ 1mo
kezzlou85 So sorry to hear that. Thinking of you all. 1mo
JennyM Thinking of you during this very difficult time xxx 1mo
Cathythoughts Thinking of you ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
Tanisha_A Wishing you all love! 1mo
SamanthaMarie I'm glad you were able to have the last three months, though I'm sure you wish the circumstances could have been different. Sending love. ♡ 1mo
Suet624 I‘m so sorry. How wonderful that she had you close by over the past few months. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so sorry for her ordeal, along with the family‘s, including yours. May she find peace. And I‘m glad you treated yourself to flowers. A little beautiful life goes a long way at a time like this. 1mo
Leftcoastzen That is so hard , blessings to you and your family in this difficult time. 1mo
youneverarrived I‘m so sorry. Sending you love ♥️ and those flowers are beautiful! 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry. Sending you ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
rabbitprincess I'm so sorry. Thinking of you and your family ♥️♥️ 1mo
ValerieAndBooks So very sorry— hugs 💖 1mo
kspenmoll So sorry you are losing your sister. Flowers are beautiful. I am glad you were able to become closer to her. Love to you & your family.💕 1mo
CarolynM Still thinking of you. I'm guessing you have had a difficult few days💕 1mo
Centique @CarolynM oh you‘re so kind 💕 Yes she passed on Monday and we have the funeral tomorrow. But I think everyone feels relieved for her to be out of pain and discomfort. 1mo
CarolynM I hope tomorrow isn't too hard. I'll be thinking of you. 1mo
Blaire Thinking of you and your family. 1mo
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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From the first sentence Jesmyn Ward has picked up my heart and is carrying it in her hands. I‘m tense because I‘m not sure if she‘s going to crush it or even give it back to me. I want to protect her 12 year old protagonist Jojo so much that I can‘t breathe in some places. But Ward isn‘t writing a thriller, isn‘t trying to push my buttons, her depiction of a life and a history is made brutal because it‘s authentic and one we rarely hear. 5 stars.

Centique I think Jojo is my favourite character of Ward‘s, but Salvage the Bones is probably my overall favourite of her novels. Both 5 stars though! 1mo
The_Real_Nani This book was so good. Really reminded me of Song of Solomon. 1mo
Centique @The_Real_Nani that‘s a good thought. Reminds me it‘s been over a decade since I read Song of Solomon and must reread! 1mo
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Tanisha_A Gosh! What a review! Going and buying it on Kindle right now. 🧡 1mo
Centique @Tanisha_A oh wow I hope you like it as much as I did! 😍 1mo
Reggie Ughhh, just in a review you gave me the feels😢. I have it but waiting for I don‘t know what will ever be the right time. 1mo
Centique @Reggie I believe in you. You can do it! Lol, I know the feeling. Gotta have the right headspace. When it‘s right it‘ll be right 👍🤞😍 1mo
Suet624 I‘m with @Reggie 1mo
kspenmoll Great review of a beautiful book. 💕 1mo
Rissreads I think I will bump this up my reading pile. Fantastic review! 3w
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I‘ve had a very busy non-reading few days with my great nephews visiting from Melbourne (yes I‘m young to be a great aunt, thank you for noticing 😋) They are so delicious. They have already had a bunch of picture books from me so I‘m now gifting them some chapter books - by the time they start school they‘ll be well set up!

batsy How adorable!!! 😍😍 1mo
TrishB Awww ♥️ 1mo
merelybookish Cuties! 1mo
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Tanisha_A Such cutekins! 😍 1mo
Reggie Omg, the cuteness! It‘s too much! Lol 1mo
marleed Adorable! 1mo
Smrloomis They‘re so cute! 💕 1mo
LeahBergen Awww! 😍😍😍 1mo
GingerAntics They are just precious! 🥰🥰🥰 1mo
Centique @batsy @TrishB @merelybookish @Tanisha_A @Reggie thank you so much 😘 They‘re so happy and easygoing compared to my kids when small. I would quail at the thought of travelling with two under two! 1mo
CarolynM So adorable! I quail at the thought of having 2 under 2 let alone spending 4 hours on a plane with them! 1mo
Centique @CarolynM I know right?!! She deserves a medal - but luckily the baby is super easy going 😍 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. They‘re precious! 1mo
Suet624 So sweet 1mo
kspenmoll Cuties! 1mo
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The Little Book of Lists | Amy Wallace, David Wallechinsky
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I put together my 2020 book list and I‘m sorry, I couldn‘t help it. 😂 But it was so much fun and I‘m looking forward to next year x1000! My list is made up of a challenge I‘ve set myself to read some classics I‘ve never read (like Proust 😬) plus titles from my original, written in a journal, TBR, that are from the early 2000s, a few from my Litsy stack and a few diverse reads that I‘m guilty I haven‘t read yet. How do you plan your reading year?

rabbitprincess I've already started my pool of potential reads for 2020. All four of the books I've picked so far are historical fiction 😅 2mo
GingerAntics I don‘t really. I‘ve tried to make plans the last several years now, and I just end up reading what catches my attention. If I tried to stick to a prescribed plan I‘d end up reading far fewer books per year. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks All the books I want to read are on spreadsheets, and I frequently use a random number generator to decide what's coming up next!! (edited) 2mo
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Lcsmcat Sometimes having a list gives me the push to read something that takes more effort. But if I feel like I _have_ to read something I often don‘t enjoy it as much as if I just read what strikes my fancy. 2mo
batsy Proust! He's on my list of classics to tackle, as well. And newsflash to myself: I'm not getting any younger 😆 Maybe next year I should take the plunge with the first volume ☺️ 2mo
Centique @rabbitprincess oh good - I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 2mo
Centique @GingerAntics ah right. I‘m almost the opposite - without a researched list to choose from (and reserve or purchase in advance), I find myself staring aimlessly at library shelves feeling underwhelmed by what‘s available. 2mo
Centique @TheAromaofBooks that is such a cool idea. I sometimes randomly choose from off my list but a number generator takes that next level! 😃 2mo
Centique @Lcsmcat I must admit I allow myself total freedom to bail. My lists are so long that I‘ll think this is not the right time and put something on the top right back to the bottom “see you in ten years or so book!” 😂 2mo
Centique @batsy if you want to try a buddy read let me know! I‘ve got a copy of the first volume now so I‘m determined to give it a try at least. 🤞🤞 2mo
GingerAntics Then it‘s good you‘ve made yourself a list. I tend to get excited, borrow a book, get on the wait list, buy a book, then I have a million things to read and I just read whatever strikes my fancy at that moment. 2mo
LeahBergen This is awesome! 2mo
batsy @Centique Yes, I'd love that! When I get my copy (and I'm sure I'll manage that this year 😁) I'll give you a shout. Proust has been a reading project I've been meaning to start for awhile. 2mo
Reggie Lolol I can‘t even plan for tomorrow‘s book. Wow, this is impressive!!! 2mo
Centique @Reggie my whole life is full of lists. I don‘t force myself to stick to them but I hate to be stuck for an idea. I keep lists of books for my kids, my dad, lists of movies, lists of school holiday activities, lists of travel ideas, lists of recipes. It‘s just part of my existential fabric 😂😂😂 2mo
CarolynM The only time I plan reading is if my book group plans a month or two ahead (happens occasionally) or if I know there's a Litsy buddy read coming up that I want to be part of. Otherwise it's just whatever takes my fancy when I finish a book and sometimes when I'm only part way through😂 2mo
Centique @CarolynM @Reggie you guys are “living on the edge”! I admire your zest for life and faith in the book gods. 🤟🙌✊ 2mo
Centique @GingerAntics I love how diverse all our book habits are - there are so many kinds of “book worm” and approaches to the bookish life - it‘s awesome 😊 2mo
Centique @batsy I‘ll look forward to it! 👍 2mo
Centique @LeahBergen 😘 it‘s an addiction but a kind of useful one! 2mo
enidkeaner I don‘t plan my reading - I can‘t! For me, making concrete reading plans is pretty much the best way to ensure that I won‘t read 🤣 2mo
Centique @enidkeaner I can understand that! 😊 I definitely can‘t force any kind of order or timeline on myself -that would freeze me up terribly. But having a hundred or so pre-selected options to choose from seems to keep my reading moving steadily. 2mo
rabbitprincess @Centique Same, I like having a little list of options to choose from. My pool of possibilities is put together from monthly challenges set up at the start of the year, but I almost never read the books in the same month as the challenge. 2mo
Centique @rabbitprincess that sounds like a fun way of doing it 😍 2mo
Suet624 @GingerAntics I‘m the same way 1mo
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This was a very enjoyable read. I think this landed on my TBR thanks to you @Crazeedi ? I know you‘ve recommended it to others recently so it was probably one of your posts that did it! Commissario Brunetti is a great character, I like his gentle humour and long suffering patience - and his happy family life makes him so different to most of my detective reads! I like how his wife and kids have their opinions about his case too 😊👍

Crazeedi You've touched on many of the things I love about this series! The secretary's character is awesome too! (Her name is evading me at this moment). I never reread, but I may have to make exception some day for these, I miss him. Have you ever felt like that? Like you miss being there? 2mo
Crazeedi And the only get better, trust me. I went through a period where I got like 6 of them and read them one right after the other. I become very attached to a series if it's good, as you might see from my recent posts, lol 2mo
Centique @Crazeedi oh yes- there are a few series that I miss being there. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch for sure. The Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes. And I miss how The Belgariad felt the first time I read it! Haven‘t been able to tap back into the same space while reading it as an adult. 2mo
Centique @Crazeedi I‘m looking forward to the rest of the series! Comforting to know there‘s a lot to get and a lot of time to be spent in Italy 😍👍 2mo
Crazeedi @Centique the belgariad was one I read a l8ng time ago! And Mary Stewart's trilogy. And others too. Enjoy Venice! 2mo
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Ovid and I are finally finished with each other - between this and Silence of the Girls I feel like I‘ve been vacationing in Ancient Greece 😍 (and a little bit of Rome, yes Ovid, we see you sucking up to Augustus there at the end 😂)
If you like Greek mythology this is actually not a hard read. Although it‘s an epic poem, it was easy to follow and the adventures and tragedies had recognisable beginnings, middles and ends. ⬇️

Centique Now I‘m suitably steeped in mythology I just need Stephen Fry to come in at the library for me. Well, his book, I wish it was the ACTUAL Stephen Fry... 2mo
Ruthiella That would be great if Stephen could come over for tea or a drink and chat about Greek and Roman ancient literature!🤪 2mo
Centique @Ruthiella man that would be a dream come true! 2mo
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Beautifully told and harrowing account of the Trojan War from the perspective of Briseis, a Trojan princess given as a slave to Achilles. The only thing that stopped this being a 5 star read for me was that I didn‘t think the chapters from Achilles perspective were as powerful - I was disappointed to move away from Briseis perspective. That‘s a small quibble though, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Aimeesue I was just listening to a BBC Open Book episode with Barker. 2015, so she was just writing this one. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b067xcy8 2mo
youneverarrived I really liked this, too. Agree about the change in perspective. 2mo
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Story Thieves | James Riley
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I‘ve been hoping my 9yo would someday find a book so exciting that he could live without illustrations or cartoon graphics in the text - turns out this was the book 😍. Before Story Thieves, he would flick through books and assume they were “too hard” or “boring”. For the past cpl years I‘ve been thankful for all the great books with graphic elements on most pages - now I‘m glad he can now choose an all text book too 🙌 #raisingreaders

Centique He recommends this as the Best Book Ever - a title previously held by 2mo
Zelma Best book ever? Added! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 Yay! 2mo
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RealBooks4ever Yaaay! 💜💜💜 2mo
LeahBergen Aww! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Reggie Yayyy!!!! 2mo
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Looks like I needed something else light and fluffy and this was great. I‘d been recommended Tessa Dare and I was impressed. Although simpler than Courtney Milan IMO, it was still very enjoyable. I do like a grumpy hero with a heart of gold and a straight talking, strong minded heroine. Also explicit - so not for the faint of heart 😂😂

Reggie Lol, that last sentence guarantees I‘m gonna put this one on my stack for when I read a “heavy” and need a break. 2mo
Centique @Reggie ha! Yes - and it did the trick. I might even have bought the next one in the series... 🤷🏻‍♀️😍 2mo
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After a week of reading about war atrocities something lighter was called for - this cosy mystery did the trick! I actually ate dumplings today and Did Not Think to photograph them - such rookie behaviour! ?? So these are Googled dumplings, not the cute gyoza with pea purée and fried sugar snaps and roasted almonds I had for lunch ?
This is a cute little book - not much to it, but sweet characters and lots of food. ? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Yum 😋 2mo
batsy I've been curious about this! Sounds like an ideal light read. 2mo
LeahBergen And now I want a dumpling. 😆 2mo
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Centique @LeahBergen exactly! 😆 2mo
Centique @batsy it was - i don‘t know if I‘ll go any further in the series but it worked for the moment ☺️ 2mo
Reggie You have made me hungry! Lol, sounds good!! 2mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Watched this version of Jane Eyre on Netflix this week and god, Mia Wasikowska was amazing! I know she doesn‘t want to be typecast as the nineteenth century literary heroine actress, but I would pay to see her do all my favourites! Also Michael Fassbender... I‘ve never really been a Rochester fan... but Fassbender, I‘m prepared to swoon for Fassbender! 😍😂😂😂

LeeRHarry I loved this version too 😊 2mo
DivineDiana I didn‘t know about this! 😮 2mo
Christy2318 I saw this when it came out in that me theatre and loved it. 2mo
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Ruthiella Who are the other 19th century literary heroines you want Mia Wasikowska to play? Just curious 😀 2mo
DivineDiana Where is your home? Not playing on Netflix in the US. 😕 2mo
Centique @Ruthiella Jo March - although she‘s a little old now!, Catherine Earnshaw, Estella from Great Expectations, Ada in Bleak House... 😍 2mo
Centique @DivineDiana oh what a shame. That‘s what usually happens to me when people say things are on Netflix. I‘m in NZ. 2mo
Tanisha_A This sounds sooo good. Not on our Netflix too, ugh! 🙁 2mo
zezeki I love that adaptation too!! And Michael Fassbender is just 🔥🔥 2mo
DivineDiana That explains it. Hopefully will eventually reach us! 2mo
Reggie Lolol Fassbender........ Le sigh. Lol 2mo
Centique @Reggie he‘s an Irish angel 😍 I love watching him on the Graham Norton show. 2mo
Suet624 Mia is amazing in everything she does. I could watch her all day long. 1mo
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Man, this book. It bears witness to dozens of atrocities, some of the worst things mankind has ever inflicted on mankind. And yet it may be the best book I‘ve read this year. It‘s made me think so hard - about violence and the nature of humanity, government and revolution.
Many people will find this too brutal - but there is something hopeful in knowing that these stories have been captured, their words have been heard all around the world.

charl08 I agree, for me it was just an amazing book! I'm looking forward to reading her book about children next. 2mo
Ruthiella I planning on picking this up next! I already have it out from the library.😀 2mo
Centique @Ruthiella I‘ll be so interested to hear your thoughts! By the way, I found the first chapter/section a bit choppy and difficult - but it gets better - the interviews get longer and easier to follow after that part. 2mo
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This novella is number 7.5 in the Rivers of London series but this time it‘s set in Germany. Much like JK Rowling and Fantastic Beasts, Aaronovitch has gone international. 😉 Unlike FB, although we‘ve got new characters, we‘re not really uncovering any more of the history of this world - same kind of story, different setting.
And... I don‘t care. I still loved it and wanted it to be twice as long. 😍😍😍

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Through a sheer fluke I am reading a woman in translation during Woman in Translation month. Well thank you serendipity 😉

It‘s very good so far - and quite jaw dropping to think that perestroika happened during my lifetime and I know so little about it. My Belarusian friend is going to be a little bit impressed if I finish this chunkster - Alexievich is from Belarus.

Moray_Reads need to read more from Alexeivich. I loved Chernobyl Prayer 2mo
Billypar Read this late last year and was completely amazed. Such a wide range of voices, some with stories of horrible tragedies, and others with widely different views of the cultural moment they were living in. I don't know how Alexievich got so many people to open up to her, but the results are incredible. 2mo
underground_bks This is SO GOOD, but also get yourself a treat, things are dark! 2mo
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Reggie I already have this stacked but it sounds so good!! 2mo
Centique @Billypar @underground_bks I‘m about halfway and completely gripped by it. Definitely traumatic though 😱 2mo
Centique @Moray_Reads haven‘t read that yet but I‘ve heard amazing things about it 2mo
Centique @Reggie it will blow your mind I think - it‘s blown mine 🤯 2mo
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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12257373

Not book related. Just had to show you my favourite news article of the weekend. 😍🙏🥰

Freespirit ❤️❤️if only it would happen more 2mo
GingerAntics We need more of this!!! 2mo
AmyG Heroes are everywhere. 🙌🏻 2mo
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Exbrarian I would have just asked them to exit the train. 😜 2mo
sprainedbrain This is awesome! And @Exbrarian 🤣 2mo
batsy 🙌🏽🙌🏽 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Bravo 👏 to the train conductor! 2mo
Centique @Exbrarian took me a few seconds to get that but yes! Euphemisms-aplenty. 2mo
Tanisha_A Kudos! We need more people like that everywhere! 2mo
Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Trashcanman Hi! Hello! Salutations! Hola! 2mo
Centique @Trashcanman hello hello! Kia Ora e hoa. Hope you are well. 💕 2mo
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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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Wow. I think Sarah Waters must have been possessed by the ghost of Wilkie Collins when she wrote this. It‘s so good. Waters can put you in a mildewing Victorian stately home or a grimy London alley and people these settings with colourful Dickensian characters - and take 500 pages to do it - but she‘ll also give you a plot that jumps and runs and dances about until your brain is addled and you can‘t leave the house until it‘s finished!

Bklover Great review! 2mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review ! I loved this one 👍🏻 2mo
JaclynW Great review! 2mo
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alisonrose One of my all time faves!! 2mo
batsy Beautifully put! I love this book; so glad you enjoyed it, too. 2mo
TrishB Lovely review 👍🏻 a great read. 2mo
youneverarrived Great review 👌 2mo
Velvetfur That's a great review, I enjoyed it 😁 (the review, not the book, which I haven't read!) 2mo
Reggie Wow, sounds good!! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review! 👍 I loved this book too! 2mo
IndoorDame Great review! This one is in my tbr shelf, and now I'm all excited about it again 😊 2mo
Centique @alisonrose @batsy @TrishB it‘s so good - I‘m the last person to read it on Litsy I think! 2mo
Centique @youneverarrived thanks! @Velvetfur I reckon you‘d like it as long as you like any kind of historical fiction. 2mo
Centique @IndoorDame I‘m excited for you to experience it! She really makes you feel swallowed up in that world, I‘m quite missing being inside it now 😍 2mo
Centique @Reggie do you like historical fiction R? It‘s a great plot as long as you like a Victorian setting. 2mo
Centique @erzascarletbookgasm so good to find so many people love it! I‘m late to the party 🥳🥳 2mo
Zelma Great review. I loved this one too! 2mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I‘d heard many good things about this novel but I didn‘t realise how compulsively readable it was going to be. It was almost claustrophobic being inside this relationship for the past two days, a magnetically intense space to be in. At first the issues in the relationship seemed obvious, but black and white soon became grey and murky. A really good read for anyone who enjoys an intense psychological drama.

batsy "Claustrophobic", "magnetically intense"—yes! It was a strange pull this book exerted. I found it difficult to read because of how intensely the book emphasised the pain and anxiety of miscommunication/unsaid feelings (much too real!) but also couldn't stop reading because of her writing. 2mo
Centique @batsy it sure was filled with pain and anxiety 😬. Heart breaking 😢 Between this and the YA novel I just read I think I‘ve reached the upper limit on my angst tank! 2mo
Freespirit Great review😊 2mo
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Cathythoughts Yes ! Intense & a page turner 👍🏻 2mo
Centique @Freespirit @Cathythoughts thank you both! 😘 2mo
Reggie Have you read her first one? Conversation with Friends? I loved it. I have this one and it‘s just been staring me down from my desk. Lol someday. 2mo
Centique @Reggie I haven‘t read it yet but I heard it was good - have to move it up the TBR! 😍 I think you would have some feelings reading this book for sure - I can‘t remember a book that made me feel/remember the intense hurtfulness of high school students as much as this one did. 2mo
merelybookish You captured this book so well! It was intensely readable! I loved it. 2mo
Centique @merelybookish thank you! 😘 2mo
Reggie @Centique @readordierachel @batsy @merelybookish I just finished this. They end up together, though, right? Even if he goes to NYC, he comes back and marries her while writing novels. Right?😭 3w
Centique @Reggie awwww! I had a similar face at the ending. Certain books we need a support group to get through right? 3w
batsy @Reggie @Centique Yup, that's exactly how I felt at the end 😭😭 3w
merelybookish @Reggie I think that possibility exists...their pattern was definitely to keep getting back together...now whether they STAY together...🤷 3w
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Following in @Cinfhen ‘s footsteps with #tuesdayflowers Not bad for a winters day! Cheering me up anyhow 😊

Lcsmcat Pretty! 2mo
merelybookish Lovely indeed! 💜 2mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! I‘m missing my #FridayFlowers so happy to see #TuesdayFlowers and it‘s still Monday here!!!! 2mo
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RealBooks4ever Lovely! 💜 2mo
batsy Seeing this made my dreary day 🌷 2mo
Reggie How lovely! 2mo
Centique @batsy I‘m glad! My day was pretty grim too. Luckily there‘s a supermarket I go to that has cheap flowers - my garden is all agaves and cabbage trees and grasses so that‘s no help 🙃🙂 2mo
Tanisha_A It's really making my Wednesday too! 🥰 2mo
kspenmoll Beautiful!!! 2mo
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Couple more shots from our little cabin retreat on our winter weekend away in Matakana. I finished this YA novel which was a nice change of pace. Very engrossing story of two broken young people drawn to each other and trying to get past their traumas. Lots of angst but well done. A couple of things were problematic IMO, but others were handled well so I‘m not quibbling. I think if you loved Colleen Hoover‘s Hopeless you‘ll love this.

emz711 ....so it's not about the moon landing.... #nerd 2mo
Centique @emz711 😂😂nope! It does mention the SoT and the moon but only in passing. 2mo
JennyM Gorgeous. Glad you‘ve had a lovely time 😘 2mo
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Just had to show you the beautiful little floral touches at the cafe I had breakfast at this morning. So so sweet - the breakfasts and coffees were amazing too. We had a winter weekend away without the kids - I‘ll tell you about the book I finished later! 🤓💕

Cathythoughts Lovely pics 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Texreader Gorgeous 2mo
TrishB This looks lovely ❤️ 2mo
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Tanisha_A Beautiful! 😍 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm It is lovely! 🌸🌷🌹🌼 2mo
batsy So pretty! 2mo
Avanders Ooooh 😍😍 2mo
Reggie This looks so lovely!!! Hope you had a good time!!! I‘m hoping to get to that kinda weather in 2 months. It‘s so hot here!!! 2mo
Centique @Reggie I‘ve been hearing about these heat waves in the northern hemisphere! I can‘t even comprehend how bad that might be where you are - I‘m imagining you‘re not far from the desert? Is it really dry? We usually get humidity here with heat, so dry heat isn‘t something I‘ve experienced much! 2mo
Reggie @Centique I‘m actually being a baby. Where I‘m at we‘re low 90‘s. But is has rained a couple of times so it‘s been muggy. Also, my casino, half the floor doesn‘t have air conditioning right now cause two units broke so that half of the casino is hotter than the outside with all the machines and people. The people who won‘t leave despite it being sooo hot. Gambling, it‘s an addiction. Lol 2mo
Centique @Reggie that‘s still plenty hot! The AC situation sounds awful 😬 2mo
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What an amazing and strange book. If you like science fiction then I‘d highly recommend this as something fresh and new (at least to Western audiences). Take a historical beginning and lead into a huge scientific mystery creating distress amongst the scientists of the world, insert a jaded police officer, a wide eyed physicist, a VR game and the creators of a potential world ending catastrophe - then mix it up violently!

Centique There‘s quite a lot of physics in here - I couldn‘t follow all of it, but I definitely learnt something! 🤓🧐 3mo
Centique And that‘s my #somethingtranslated for @ReadingEnvy #readingenvysummerreading challenge done! 😁 (edited) 3mo
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Reggie Wow!!! Sounds intriguing. 3mo
Centique @Reggie there was even a scene which made me put my hand over my mouth in horror. You wouldn‘t have raised one eyebrow though! 😂😂 3mo
Reggie I liked how you said “and then mix it up violently.” Made me think of a blender, lol, but really how some books do a really good job of crescendoing multiple angles into this awesome moment. You make me wanna read this. And after The Laws of the Skies I don‘t even know who horror-Reggie of yesteryear is anymore. I might just squeeze my eyes real tight.😣. Lol 3mo
Centique @Reggie it‘s changed you permanently! Eek! 😬 I don‘t know whether you‘d like this or not. It‘s sci fi and mystery - lots of explaining rather than lots of action - but I think you‘d enjoy the kind of philosophy it reveals as it goes - really thoughtful politically by the end of it. (edited) 3mo
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Doing this the opposite way to usual! Answers above, questions below...
1) favourite movie soundtrack 2) how many apps on your phone 3) most addictive mobile game 4) apps that have changed your life

5) I tag @rretzler @TheSpineView @Lady_Tigana_20 and @Scash1114 if you‘d like to have a go. If you‘d rather post a photo of the questions check out the original post on @Eggs feed 👍

Tanisha_A Litsy! ❤️ 3mo
Eggs Beautiful!! 3mo
Cathythoughts Litsy 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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julesG Your #1 ❤️ - my kids have it playing on repeat 3mo
Centique @Tanisha_A it‘s the best! 💕 3mo
Centique @Eggs thank you @Cathythoughts 💕 3mo
sudi I agree on #3 , definitely addictive along with the frozen one. 3mo
JackOBotts Yaaaas! To Guardians- such a great soundtrack 3mo
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 3mo
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#chunksteralert

Halfway through this chunkster - although as it‘s an epic poem the book size is deceiving - there‘s not as many words per page as a novel. You‘ve done me a favour Ovid, I appreciate how quickly and simply you tell each myth, but my lord there is a lot of rape and violence in Greek mythology. 😬 Still I‘m hoping I‘ll remember more of my minor gods and goddesses after this 🤞

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Been out for a windy walk and got cold to my bones - home now for Blanket, Tea, this Book and my son is bringing me a hot wheat bag to tuck in beside me 👍👍 Perfection.

If you‘ve been to Auckland, this is along from Mission Bay.

Cathythoughts Looks beautiful... my son is going to New Zealand in August, I must show him this pick 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Centique @Cathythoughts oooh if he wants to ask any questions let me know! 3mo
Cathythoughts Thanks , I will. He is involved in reffing some rugby championship there ... we are busy here working out a schedule to help his wife with the little one while he is away ... 3mo
Avanders Sigh 😊😍 2mo
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I‘m not quite there yet on the #readingenvysummerreading challenge. I‘ve finished something swampy, something true and something blue - and I‘ve just started my something translated. How long have I got left @ReadingEnvy ? And of course for me it‘s winter 😂😂 #readingenvysummerchallenge

ReadingEnvy Technically I think summer goes until fall equinox but most of think it ends September 1. 3mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy excellent I can definitely do that! 3mo
Ruthiella You can do it!😀 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella thank you! 😘 3mo
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Letters to a Young Poet | Rainer Maria Rilke
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It took me a long time to read this slim book. Rilke‘s letters are heavy with quotable advice and beautiful turns of phrase. I had to keep putting it down so I could think on what I had just read. This will be a book I keep turning to and flicking through - the principles of patience and solitude and creativity are much needed in my world right now. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lady_Tigana_20 I love this so much. The Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton Beauty and the Beast tv show released a compilation of poetry and music used in the show. I ended up checking out every author referenced. The librarian thought I was brilliant because I was reading Rilke and Byron while a teenager. 3mo
Centique @Lady_Tigana_20 wow, how cool! I remember being mesmerised by that tv show as well 😍 3mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful edition! 3mo
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Centique @Leftcoastzen it‘s a Penguin Classic (and unfortunately I dripped coffee on the cover - sshhh don‘t tell @LeahBergen 😬) 3mo
Nute Love your review! Love your book edition!💕 I remember taking my time with this book as well so that I could ‘soak‘ in the wisdom and the beauty. 3mo
Centique @Nute beautifully said! 😍 3mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon It‘s been awhile since I read this - your gorgeous edition is making me think I should revisit it! 3mo
Trashcanman I love this book, absolutely love it absolutely beautiful. It makes my chest feel light. 2mo
Centique @Trashcanman that‘s a beautiful description. 😍 it‘s been a turning point for me, I really needed to hear the advice he gives. 2mo
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Wow. I spent a good portion of this book utterly confused - but in a good way! If you love a good mystery novel and can handle some fantastical elements (like waking up each morning as a different person) then this might be for you. Imagine Kate Atkinson‘s Life after Life crossed with Agatha Christie‘s And Then There Were None.
Not sure if it‘s the perfect mystery plot but it was one heck of a roller coaster ride - unlike anything else! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

cathipink I started this but wasn't setting enough long chunks of time to really dive in, so I haven't finished it. Hope to read it some weekend - it's such a fun setup. 3mo
Centique @cathipink it‘s a good idea to save it for a weekend read - i imagine in smaller chunks it would be even MORE confusing! 😂 3mo
Suet624 Thanks for the heads-up. Life after Life baffled me. 3mo
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rretzler Loved it! 3mo
Centique @rretzler so good right? I‘m in a bit of a book funk following that! 3mo
rretzler I call it a book hangover! 🤣 3mo
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A great fantasy - atmospheric and a little witchy, with a wintry Russian feel - would make a great Halloween read. It‘s full of folklore (how authentic I don‘t know). Vasilisa is a special child, at one with the wilderness and the small spirits that guard the house and stables. Her nurse worries that a wild flower like Vasi must leave home and become a dutiful wife and a lady soon. Only Vasi knows she must never leave the forest. ⬇️

Centique Extra photos are from our school holiday trip to the art gallery in the city. Never quite as peaceful when you have children in tow! 3mo
AlaMich This trilogy was great! They‘re definitely some of favorite reads from the last few years. 3mo
Centique @AlaMich yay - I look forward to reading the rest of them 😍 3mo
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Read 400 pages of this yesterday which I think is a record for me. About a quarter of that at the thermal pools (school holidays!) Who else has thermal pools in their city? These ones are pretty dated but my bones enjoyed the heat 🔥

This is a 5 star fantasy. A fully fledged epic, which stands up to the best of my classic reads but also (thank you lord) depicts gender and class issues thoughtfully. ⬇️

Centique It had me wondering for a while as there were no major female characters in the first half of the book - but when they got there, it was 👍👍 3mo
Ruthiella 400 pages in a day. You are on fire!😎 3mo
Jeg A swim looks good to me. 3mo
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Centique @Ruthiella thank you! 🥰 3mo
Centique @Jeg this outside pool was 30 degrees but the inside one was 40 - lovely! 3mo
Cathythoughts Another speed reader ! Well done & the book sounds interesting, I‘ll wait till your final review before I stack 👍🏻 3mo
Crazeedi All I have is a thermospa hot tub and I love it! 3mo
Suet624 I want a thermal pool! 3mo
Nute Wow! You‘re a reading ninja! That‘s the way to do it!! Crush those BIG books in a day!!!🙌🏽 3mo
Centique @Nute thanks! Very unlike me to power through like that. I‘d forgotten how a great fantasy novel can keep me gripped for hours 😁 3mo
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Only one third into this #chunkster but I‘m loving it. What a huge world with its own mythology. I need to read for a couple of hours a day at least if I‘m going to get through it before it‘s due back! #bookwormproblems

Lucy_Anywhere I love this book! 3mo
pppooraikul An absolute favourite! ❤️❤️ 3mo
AmyG The BEST! 💕💕💕 3mo
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ElishaLovesBooks LOVE this book! 3mo
AutumnRLS One of my favorites of all time. Trying to be patient regarding the publication of book three. 3mo
Centique @Lucy_Anywhere @pppooraikul @AmyG @ElishaLovesBooks @AutumnRLS I got in another third today! Didn‘t realise the third book hasn‘t got a release date yet - oh well, I‘ll try and be patient too! 😍 3mo
AutumnRLS @Centique yeah, it's one of those infamously unfinished series (Think George RR Martin or Scott Lynch). Rothfuss is a really complex guy. And he's had a lot of personal stuff to contend with since the publication of that first book. He's brilliant. I will wait as long as it takes and then preorder the final book as soon as it's available. ❤ 3mo
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I really enjoyed this. It‘s not a typical plot heavy page turner apocalyptic novel so be warned. It‘s quiet, thoughtful and almost emotionless. It felt quite real - how would a city unravel slowly in the face of an epidemic with no cure? How would lives ruled by corporations slowly grind to a halt? Candace has become almost an automaton in NY, an orphan and a loner, an office worker following routine. Will she grind to a halt too?⬇️

Centique This made me think about capitalism, consumerism and the loss of individual autonomy. Also the mire that nostalgia can become. Heaps to pick apart for a book club but the loose ends that are left won‘t please a bunch of people! 3mo
Centique Come back @Reggie so we can talk about this book! 3mo
TrishB I really enjoyed this book too and read because of Reggie! Hope he‘s ok. 3mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve been missing @Reggie too!!!! 3mo
Centique I know right @TrishB @Cinfhen I might try emailing him. 😕 3mo
TrishB We‘re eagerly awaiting the reviews of the strange and wonderful books 💕 3mo
Aimeesue I really liked this one! But yes, people who don't like ambiguous endings probably won't like it so much. 3mo
Centique @Aimeesue I‘m super aware now (thanks to my old book club) of the many things people don‘t like. Most of them are things I DO like 😂😂 I‘ve given up on the book club now - they hated so many books! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked this one, too! I listened to the audio and found it fascinating. I just love your cover. UK? 3mo
batsy Such an insightful review! I would add it to that ginormous TBR if it wasn't already there 😆 (I miss @Reggie too!) 3mo
Ruthiella I liked this one too! Agree that it was in part commentary on the insidious consumer culture. 3mo
Centique @Hooked_on_books I just checked, it‘s an Australian edition 😊 3mo
Centique @batsy thanks so much! I‘d be so keen to hear your thoughts once you‘ve read it 😊👍 3mo
Reggie “Also, the mire that nostalgia can become.” That‘s so beautiful. I put this on every post of this book but that little girl behind the curtain. 😭. If you haven‘t read it check out Chemistry by Weike Wang. It‘s totally an unintentional companion book to this one. That MC is also an Asian immigrant and her mother is a huge influence as well. So glad you liked this book!!! 3mo
Centique @Reggie I‘ve got it on my TBR but sounds like I should move it up! Oh lord yes, the girl reading😭😭😭 3mo
essayareayaitch That's a good way to summarize the book. 2mo
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