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Centique

Joined September 2016

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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Two thirds through this audio #chunkster which I‘m thoroughly enjoying and 100% through the chocolate berry waffle that my daughter bought me for lunch 😂😂 As good as it looked!

Cinfhen OMG!!! That looks SO DELICIOUS 😋 ENJOY 2d
Ruthiella 😋 yum! 2d
batsy I love this book ❤️ 2d
LeahBergen I loved this book! 1d
Centique @LeahBergen @batsy I loved it too! Just took me thirty years to get around to reading it 🤪 12h
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This was a great fantasy romp, with a lot of drama to propel the plot along. The set up is enticing with an unusual almost orphaned girl, the ward of a rich man in a house full of artefacts who discovers a special power. A great one day read but I really felt this could have been a 5 star book but missed the mark. In comparing it to Addie LaRue I think, for me, it‘s a lack of complexity in the characters. ⬇️

Centique It makes it feel intended for a younger audience. But for fantasy fans it is a fun, fast read with great magic and world building. This was a debut so I‘m excited to see what her second novel is like. 1w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1w
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Emily Dickinson Letters | Emily Dickinson, Emily Fragos
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This little book is really for the super fans of ED (as I am!) It takes a handful of themes and then gives you sections of EDs letters that relate to the theme. The difficulty is there is very little biographical information in here so you don‘t really understand who she is writing to or what her relationship is with that person. It was nice to get a feel for the domestic details of her life - but I think this is best read alongside a biography.

Centique @Cinfhen I achieved some #fridayflowers despite it being winter here! 2w
LeahBergen Gorgeous! And I have this little book, too, cuz I‘m also a super fan. 😆 2w
Centique @LeahBergen I‘ve got one of her bios to read soon and I‘ll keep this out to refer back to. Cos there is no such thing as too much Emily Dickinson!! 😍 2w
Cinfhen Those are WORTHY!!! I love the colors 🥰and roses are such a classic/ perfect pairing for some Emily Dickinson ❤️🧡💛💚 2w
batsy Never too much ED! Lovely photo 😍 2w
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My first Elizabeth Taylor and it was marvellous. And it fits with my unexpected theme this year of reading about women in retirement! I worried that I might have read too many takes on this theme but Mrs Palfrey was quite different. I won‘t say much because it is quite little and I don‘t want to spoil it, but it really touched my heart. 5 stars 😍

Tamra Definitely want to read! 2w
EvieBee I loved this one; it was funny but heartbreaking. I‘ve been wanting to watch the film for some time, now. 2w
LeahBergen On my shelves! I‘m reading her books in order of publication. 2w
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Tamra @EvieBee I‘ll look for the film! 2w
Centique @EvieBee @Tamra I‘m going to look for the film too. The casting looks perfect 😍 2w
Centique @LeahBergen that‘s a great idea. I picked this one quite randomly but now I‘ll have to look out for her others. 😍 2w
Centique Have you read this @Cinfhen ? Because I think I will send it to you if you haven‘t. 💕 2w
Ruthiella My first too (and so far only) E. Taylor novel. I thought it was brilliant. Not a word too many, but every sentence spoke volumes. 2w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, that is beyond lovely!!! I‘d love to read it but im soooo worried about our recent post fiascos 😥 2w
Centique @Cinfhen I know right?? What the heck is going on in the mail system. 🙄 It‘s not like we‘re sending diamonds, you mail thieves, they‘re just books! 2w
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 so true!! I just saw your email ❤️ 2w
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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Mehso-so

I really liked Batuman‘s writing and many of the protagonist Selin‘s reflections on the world, and the way she articulated her awkwardness or lack of fit with it. I also liked the absurdist feel to much of this (and isn‘t life truly absurd?!) However the amount of time spent on the obsession element of the novel just made me feel tired! It felt repetitive and maybe that was the intention. A so-so but I‘m still interested in this author

Centique Photo taken at the art gallery inside Te Papa Museum, Wellington NZ. 2w
batsy The photo 😍 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful photo 💫 2w
Centique @batsy @Cathythoughts I love that they displayed the art on a red wall! And there are touchscreens by the seats where you can read the notes for each piece, rather than using space on the wall. 2w
LeahBergen Gorgeous photo! 😮 2w
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You Sexy Thing | Cat Rambo
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Well this was everything I needed - an adrenaline filled, diverse, good guys versus bad guys space adventure. Imagine Firefly but most of the crew are aliens. Or Becky Chambers Wayfarer series with the adrenaline amped up. Or Murderbot with more aliens and no cyborgs. And the crew are currently running a gourmet restaurant. What more enticement do you need?

Centique PS “You Sexy Thing” is the name of a ship. No characters were harmed by being labelled “sexy things” in the course of this adventure 😂 2w
rockpools Yet again, you‘re making me want to read something I can‘t possibly actually want to read! I think it was the gourmet restaurant that sold it… 2w
Soubhiville Yeah I‘m going to have to find a copy of this 😆 2w
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Clare-Dragonfly Sign me the heck up! 2w
TrishB Love that! 2w
Ruthiella WOT? Murderbot, Firefly AND Becky Chambers vibes? SIGN ME UP! 😆 2w
Centique @rockpools awww it‘s like when @Reggie almost convinced me to try a horror novel 😂😂 2w
Centique @Soubhiville @Clare-Dragonfly @Ruthiella it‘s good to know who shares my wheelhouse on this stuff! 😍 2w
Twainy I bought this in the last Audible sale 😈 2w
rockpools @Centique That is EXACTLY what it‘s like! 2w
Centique @Twainy ooh I‘ll be interested to hear what the audio is like (When you get to it!) 2w
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Awww! Look what came in the mail 😍 Thank you so much Carolyn @CarolynM The book looks lovely and it‘s exciting that it‘s the inaugural winner of the Novel Prize. Your card is beautiful and the chocolate looks so good. It‘s named for the Mornington Peninsula and I have been there when my sister used to live in Mount Eliza. What a lovely surprise and today I went for a belated birthday lunch with a few friends so it felt like a second birthday 😘

LeahBergen The chocolate and the card are so pretty! 3w
Hooked_on_books I‘m having trouble looking past that chocolate! 😋 3w
batsy That chocolate is so pretty and I love the card 😍 3w
Centique @LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books @batsy I can confirm the chocolate tastes as good as it looks! 😍 2w
CarolynM You‘re very welcome and I‘m sorry it was late. Hope you enjoy😘 2w
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Greta and Valdin | Rebecca Reilly
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This was sarcastic, quirky and adorable in equal measure. Such a change for me to read a book set so definitively in my own city - it places action on specific streets, references NZ brands, uses Kiwi slang & a little Maori.
Greta and Valdin are a mid twenties, angsty, brother and sister living in central Auckland. They‘re both queer, part Maori, part Russian, and part of a chaotic and complex family.⬇️

Centique They‘re both feeling romantically incompetent. And they will make you LAUGH. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I don‘t know how hard US readers will find the “kiwiness” factor, Aussies and UK readers will be fine I think. (edited) 3w
TrishB Lovely review 😁♥️ 3w
squirrelbrain Great review - stacked! 3w
CarolynM Sounds good to me🙂 Stacked. 2w
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Greta and Valdin | Rebecca K. Reilly
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I don‘t usually read the acknowledgements but these are brilliant. 😂😂
“Thank you to the surprisingly high number of people who have approached me to enthuse about my illustrious poetry career. I don‘t know who you have confused me for but I am happy for them, their publications and the great performance at the gallery”

BiblioLitten 😂😂 3w
CarolynM 😂 I love a good acknowledgment. 2w
Centique @CarolynM it sure gives you a taste of her sense of humour. I wish more writers used acknowledgements like this 😜 2w
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This is a difficult book to describe so here is the start of the New Yorker review for it back in 2005 to help me out!

There is something about John Bergers writing that is contemplative, perceptive but kind. The way he connects with the world and shares it has a kind of grace. Here he is an elderly man and using the contrivance of meeting and conversing with different ghosts to work out some philosophy or life lessons. ⬇️

Centique But it is more subtle than that, he is interacting with the places he visits and capturing all manner of detail. It is a strange little creature this book, a series of impressions and conversations but it appeals to me a lot. 3w
charl08 I love your description but my attempts to read Berger have not been successful! 3w
Centique @charl08 I think his novel is much more readable if you ever want to try that! 3w
charl08 @Centique thanks for the recommendation, I'll add it to the TBR. 3w
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Slippery Creatures | KJ Charles
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Well this was a lot of fun as my friends @batsy and @CarolynM had said it would be! A mystery romance starts in a bookstore (what could be better!) with a post WW1 London setting.
I love KJ Charles but my favourite is still The Magpie Lord - I do love a bit of magic with my historical romances! If you haven‘t tried KJ Charles and don‘t mind the 🔥🔥you should try one of these #romantsy

batsy I have The Magpie Lord to try next after your rec the last time! I'm glad you enjoyed this one, too 💜 3w
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed. And there are 2 more adventures with Will and Kim for you to look forward to🙂 3w
CarolynM And after you‘ve read those, this one is a hoot too 3w
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Me trying to do an arty shot of my #bookhaul from Unity Books. 😂(No plants were harmed in the making of this photo) The tagged book has so many beautiful illustrations and Aroha has some really thought provoking Maori proverbs for me to learn about.

LeahBergen It‘s a lovely photo! 3w
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TrishB It is a lovely pic ❤️ 3w
Smrloomis Love that plant! 🌿🌿🌿 3w
Dragon Pretty book covers and photo 🪴 3w
batsy Arty and pretty; well done 😁💚 3w
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Pew | Catherine Lacey
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This is a wonderfully strange little novel. A stranger wakes up in a small church in a small community and the congregation take turns figuring out who this person is and how they can help. In short chapters we end up with sharp insights into each person. A story with no plot but many glimpses of human failings, disconnection, weakness, violence and religiosity. A thought provoking book full of unease. 5 stars for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory I also really enjoyed this one 👏 4w
Centique @vivastory I need to read more Catherine Lacey now 🙂 4w
vivastory I've had this one on my TBR for awhile 4w
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andrew61 Sounds very interesting. 4w
Centique @vivastory wow that does sound mind blowing 🤯 4w
Centique @andrew61 I think you might like it Andrew. It would be a fast read for you! 4w
batsy Thought provoking and unease! Sign me up. Lovely review ❤️ 4w
sarahbarnes Great review! I really loved this one, too! 3w
sarahbarnes @vivastory I will say that for me, The Answers was unfortunately not as good as this one. 3w
vivastory @sarahbarnes That's a shame. Thanks for the heads up! 3w
vivastory @batsy I think you'd really like it. Slight Shirley Jackson vibes 3w
Centique @batsy thank you S 😘 I was thinking you might like this one! 3w
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Black Wave | Michelle Tea
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#rememberingjenny

Nothing better than Jenny‘s own review of this book above.

Well you inspired me to read something completely out of my wheelhouse again. It‘s DARK, drug addled and apocalyptic. It‘s also brilliant. Michelle Tea describes this world in the most unique and visceral ways. I loved it and hated it, was constantly surprised and engaged - and I‘ll be thinking about it forever. (TW: end of the world climate disaster!!)

Ruthiella This book was bonkers. I had no idea where it was going or where it would end up. 1mo
Centique @Ruthiella bonkers is the perfect word for it! 1mo
Leftcoastzen I liked it a lot ! Bonkers definitely fits! 1mo
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CarolynM I‘m convinced. I‘ve just bought it for my kindle🙂 1mo
Centique @CarolynM I‘ll be so interested in your thoughts when you read it! 1mo
batsy I've had this stacked for so long and I'm pretty sure Jenny's review played a part! It sounds super interesting. 1mo
Centique @batsy it‘s really different and she plays with style as she goes. I‘d be so interested in what you think of it! 1mo
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Crossing to Safety | Wallace Stegner
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#rememberingjenny
I discovered that my Litsy friend (& friend to many others) Jenny Colvin of Reading Envy recently passed away at the very young age of 43.
I would like to do something to honour her on Litsy because she was such a great contributor here - and one of the smartest, kindest & most inspirational people I‘ve met (albeit only online & by zoom)
Please join me in reading a book she recommended. There are so many on her Litsy page or 🔽

Centique Her blog http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/?m=1 which also links to her podcast 1mo
Centique Crossing to Safety is a book Jenny recommended to me that I fell in love with. I‘m sure there will be something you‘ve been meaning to read or are inspired to read in her reccs. @ReadingEnvy (edited) 1mo
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Ruthiella Fantastic idea Paula! I‘ll definitely pick something from her list(s) and read it in her honor. Maybe Roadside Picnic? I still haven‘t listened to that episode for fear of spoilers. 1mo
Centique @Ruthiella I remember that episode! That will be a good one. I think I will read Black Wave by Michelle Tea. 1mo
Jas16 I love this idea. I was so shocked by her passing. 1mo
Centique @Jas16 I know, I‘m still in disbelief. 💔 1mo
Centique @Ruthiella oh and feel free to repost! 1mo
Sparklemn @centique What a wonderful tribute. I just purchased End of the World House which was on my wishlist due to her Litsy recommendation. 💙 (edited) 1mo
Billypar This is such a great idea! I think Jenny would love it 💙 I can already think of a few possibilities. We were both fans of Karen Russell, but I never read her favorite collection of hers: 1mo
Centique @Sparklemn oh wow! That‘s a perfect example of her influence 😍 1mo
Centique @Billypar I remember her excitement about how good that is 💕 1mo
Cinfhen Lovely; such a wonderful idea and tribute!!! I need to look through my notes and see which book recommended by Jenny I will choose. I‘m happy to repost and share. 1mo
Megabooks Great idea! What a wonderful tribute to a special woman. 💕💕 1mo
Centique @Cinfhen thank you lovely 😘 1mo
Centique @Megabooks thank you Meg 💕 1mo
Megabooks I‘m also reading this already, but I wanted to pick something specifically for Jenny 💜 1mo
BarbaraJean I love this idea—what a lovely tribute. I have Crossing to Safety on my shelf but haven‘t read it yet—I‘m putting it on my June list to read in her honor! 1mo
Centique @Megabooks that‘s a special one. Gosh each time I‘m reading her review of a book I‘m crying. 😢 1mo
Centique @BarbaraJean oh thank you for joining in. I really hope you like it. It‘s such a quiet thoughtful book with a beautiful sense of place 💕 1mo
BarbaraBB That is a wonderful idea💛 I will dedicate this #CampLitsy read to Jenny; it was a 5 star read for her ✨✨✨✨✨ 1mo
vivastory This is a wonderful idea, Paula. I'm going to read the following. It's the last book that Jenny posted about that we had a conversation about. As someone who reads across several genres, I always appreciated her eclectic tastes 1mo
LeahBergen What a wonderful idea, Paula! Jenny had mentioned on her podcast (years ago) the universal rule of every used bookstore having a cheap copy of an Anita Brookner novel. We would laugh with each other in posts when we found another one. I‘m going to read an Anita Brookner in her memory. ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Centique @vivastory that‘s a great idea Scott 💕 I loved her eclectic tastes too. She was such a sci fi fan as well! (edited) 1mo
rockpools This is a lovely idea Paula. I‘ll definitely be joining you - unsure how yet. 1mo
Centique @LeahBergen aw! Anita Brookners everywhere. And I remember how the word jacaranda always popped up in her books which made me laugh ☺️ 1mo
Centique @rockpools thanks Rachel 😘 join in any way that works for you! 1mo
batsy This is a lovely idea 💜 Like @rockpools I'm not sure which book I'll participate with atm, but I hope to do so after scrolling through her IG and Goodreads. 1mo
Amiable I was always amazed at how many books she could finish in a year. It made me sad when I saw her 2022 GR reading challenge and realized that she wouldn‘t complete it this time. 😕 I‘ll look through her challenge list and pick something from there. 1mo
merelybookish Count me in! I will also review her lists. She was such a generous and inspiring member of this community. Thank you for organizing! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole This is a great way to honor a fellow book lover‘s memory! Thank you for doing this ♥️ I just visited her website and found a list of books she read in January. I think I‘ll read this, she gave it 5 stars 1mo
TheBookHippie Count me in. I‘ll look through her list as well. 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m going to read this one, which I saw on Jenny‘s Goodreads list and is perfect timing for #campToB. 1mo
TrishB What a lovely idea ♥️ I‘m joining @squirrelbrain with the same book. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Count me in. Jenny has had the biggest impact on my Goodreads TBR. She was the one person whose reviews I always read consistently. 1mo
staci.reads I'm so sorry to hear this. Count me in. 1mo
Centique @batsy @Amiable @merelybookish so glad to have you wonderful people join in 💕💕 1mo
Centique @Chelsea.Poole that‘s a brilliant one to read in her memory 💕 1mo
Centique @TheBookHippie @MicheleinPhilly @staci.reads so lovely to have you guys reading in her memory. We are all going to miss her reviews - she was so perceptive and wrote so well 💔 1mo
Centique @squirrelbrain @TrishB even more perfect because she was a TOB uber fan 🙌🙌 1mo
andrew61 Thanks for setting this up Paula. I still can't believe the news and had only messaged jenny a few weeks ago + fixed to talk to her in Nov. It feels so strange to be connected to someone I'd only met virtually but she was lovely and reassuring. I have the last episode on my ipod but don't know yet when I will listen. I feel I should choose some poetry, or something music themed. I'll tag when I've decided. Thanks again. 1mo
Dragon 💔 1mo
Centique @andrew61 I know what you mean Andrew. I can‘t stop thinking about her and what a loss this is. I look up a name in my contacts and Jenny pops up, I look up a book on GoodReads and her review is first up. I know I‘m going to keep looking for her next podcast episode and next Instagram post expecting there to be one 😢 1mo
Centique @andrew61 I love your idea of making it poetry or music themed 💔 1mo
Centique @Dragon aroha nui my friend 💔🐉 1mo
Dragon Thank you @Centique 💚🐉 1mo
Kammbia1 Hello @Centique!

I just found out today about her passing. I wrote a post about my 2 visits on the podcast and the upcoming one that will not happen. She will be missed.
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Centique @Kammbia1 hello Marion! So nice to meet you. I will have to go relisten to your visits on her podcast. It‘s hard to believe that she isn‘t here to finish what you‘d planned. I guess with IRL friends there is some kind of closure or ceremony to go to but it‘s a weird thing with online friendship - you just get this radio silence. 😢 1mo
Kammbia1 @Centique. Hello Paula. You are correct about online friendships and how it can go silent. My episodes on the podcast are 175 & 203. If you click on the link on my post…it will take you to them. 1mo
Kammbia1 I read Crossing to Safety because of Jenny. Glad I did. 1mo
CarolynM I‘m so sorry to see this news. I always enjoyed Jenny‘s posts and though I‘m not much for podcasts I did listen to hers a bit. It‘s lovely of you to start this tribute. I‘ll have a look at her lists and choose something to read in her memory. 1mo
Centique @CarolynM thank you Carolyn! It will be lovely to have you join in. 💕 1mo
LeeRHarry Such sad news 😔 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Omg I had no idea. Devastating news. 😭 1mo
Centique @4thhouseontheleft @LeeRHarry it‘s such a shock - so sad for her family 😥 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 💔 I‘ll love to join in as well. Sweet idea Paula 1mo
DGRachel There are no words. 💔 This idea is such a beautiful tribute, though. 1mo
suvata 😢 1mo
Centique @erzascarletbookgasm thank you Jessie, I‘m so happy you want to join in 😘 1mo
Centique @DGRachel @suvata you‘re so right, there are no words for this 😢 1mo
Bookzombie I‘m so saddened by the news about Jenny. I will miss her posts. This is such a lovely tribute, Paula. I‘m behind but I will take a look at her lists and choose something to read and remember her by. 💕💕💕 1mo
Centique @Bookzombie it‘s lovely to have you join in Margie 💕 I know I needed somewhere to express how shocked I was and what a hole it makes in my little book world - and I hope others can do the same here. 😢 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick What a loss. I'll have to choose a book and write a review she'd be proud of. 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I am just learning of this news and am so sorry to hear about the loss of Jenny. I enjoyed her ratings/posts and participated in her book group from time to time. She will be remembered fondly here. 3w
Centique @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick that would be wonderful 💕 3w
Centique @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks she will be remembered fondly. Thank you for sharing your memories 💔 3w
Merethebookgal What heartbreaking news 💔 This is a great way to remember her and honor her memory. I will miss seeing her pop up on my feed 3w
Centique @Merethebookgal thank you - I know I‘m missing those reviews popping up too 😥 3w
melissajayne I just saw today that she had passed away. 3w
Centique @melissajayne oh no - it is such a shock, and I think a lot of her followers haven‘t come across the news yet. 💔 2w
melissajayne @Centique I think so too; I was wondering why there were no new episodes after mid-May. 2w
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The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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Had a night away in a lodge with my husband as a birthday treat and finished this wonderful book.
This is the best book I‘ve read this year 🙌😍 It was one of those experiences where I‘m aware of loving the way Laurence writes even while I‘m reading it. Astonishing too to feel I was the protagonist Hagar, I shared her regrets and weaknesses, when we‘re truly so different. Laurence almost performs magic to put you inside Hagar‘s head. 🔽

Centique Such an incredible look at approaching death as one become frail. Laurence is so realistic and must have life experience of this I think to get it so right. 1mo
Centique It‘s nice to have read this just after Eudora Honeysett because Eudora gave me enough optimism that this didn‘t feel bleak. 1mo
Centique I seem to be having an unofficial and coincidental theme of #readingoctagenarians and I‘m loving it. Yay for POVs from the elderly 🙌🙌 1mo
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vivastory I'm so thrilled that you loved this one so much! This made me fall in love with Laurence's books last year. If you haven't read the rest of the Manawaka series, I *highly* recommend them!! 1mo
Centique Also kudos to all the Littens who read this as a buddy read and were much more eloquent about it! @CarolynM @squirrelbrain @merelybookish 1mo
Centique @vivastory I am definitely going to read the rest! What an absolute talent she had 😍 1mo
BarbaraBB A wonderful read indeed. And so is your getaway 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful review, Paula. I‘m happy to say I have this book , I‘m looking forward to reading it soon. ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen Eee!! 👏👏👏 I‘m so glad you loved this one; I‘ve been pushing it on people for ages. 😆😆 1mo
Cinfhen Looks like a marvelous getaway and book sounds fabulous 💕 1mo
squirrelbrain Looks like a lovely break! I‘ve just started Eudora on audio, after Cindy‘s recommendation! @Cinfhen 1mo
rockpools Wow! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy you‘re listening to Eudora @squirrelbrain it‘s heartwarming 🥰 1mo
batsy I need to read this! I read all of her others books thanks to a Litsy buddy read. I'm all onboard with #readingoctogenarians and it kinda dovetails with #spinsterlit in a way. 1mo
merelybookish It makes me so happy when people fall in love with Margaret Laurence! She really is special and this isn't even my favorite by her! 1mo
Megabooks Excited that you got to get away. This was on @vivastory ‘s #NYWD list, and I got a copy earlier this month. Excited to read it! 1mo
vivastory @merelybookish I vacillate between a couple of favorites, depending on my mood 1mo
vivastory @Megabooks I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it. Her name popped up during a NYRB discussion, thanks to @leahbergen & after the Stone Angel there was no looking back 1mo
vivastory @batsy Have you read Anita Brookner? I have been meaning to for eons & I know she is a #spinsterlit saint 1mo
batsy @vivastory She is, isn't she 😆 I've only read her first one A Start in Life and I loved it. I plan to go down the list in publication order. Was actually thinking of having a Brookner year in 2022 but I'm already behind, so maybe next year 🙈 1mo
vivastory @batsy It's so funny you mention that one. I added it to my TBR over the weekend after watching a 5 Best English Novels video w/ 2 of my favorite people on BookTube. A Brookner year sounds delightful! I can see her being one of those authors that I want to read everything they wrote 💙 1mo
batsy @vivastory I feel the same! Just the reviews of her work plus a few interviews I've read suggests that she might become a favourite. 1mo
Centique @batsy @vivastory putting my hand up for any Brookner group reads. She‘s so insightful too ✋😘 1mo
TrishB Lovely review and I read this from a copy sent to me by @LeahBergen because she‘s obviously on commission 😁😁 it‘s a great read. 1mo
LeahBergen @TrishB 😆😆 1mo
Centique @TrishB @LeahBergen she should be on commission! 😂😂 (in the best way 😍) 1mo
CarolynM I think you‘re pretty eloquent too😘 I‘m looking forward to reading more Margaret Laurence. Have you read Moon Tiger or Tirra Lirra By The River? Two more elderly ladies on their deathbeds and both excellent. 1mo
Centique @CarolynM I loved Moon Tiger! I haven‘t read Tirra Lirra so I will put that on my list. ☺️ 1mo
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Rabbit Cake | Annie Hartnett
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This came with great reccs. @Cinfhen again! It‘s the story of a quirky kid in an unconventional family dealing with the death of a parent in an unconventional way. Elvis is 10, obsessed with facts about animals, counting down the days on her grief calendar the counsellor gave her & investigating her mothers death. I love a kid that‘s clever & a little weird. This has some dark humour and won‘t be for everyone but I loved it.

Centique Another autumn at the library photo in the background. 1mo
Cinfhen Oh yay!!! This was such a memorable debut!! I loved Elvis 🧡🧡🧡Gorgeous photo 1mo
Lindy Great review — I must get to this book one of these days. Lovely photo too. 🍂 1mo
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LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my friend! I hope you‘ve had a wonderful day! 😘😘😘 1mo
batsy Happy birthday, Paula! I hope it's been a wonderful one 💜🎂🎈📚 1mo
Centique @LeahBergen @batsy thank you both, you wonderful people, it has been a lovely day 😘😘 1mo
Jeg Belated birthday wishes. Sounds like you had a great day.🎂🎂🎂🎂 1mo
Centique @Jeg thank you Joy! I think I had too much cake too - and isn‘t that a sign of a fun birthday! 😂😂 1mo
Nute A very warm belated Happy Birthday wish to you, Paula!🥳 1mo
Centique @Nute thank you Kimberley! 😘 1mo
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This is a book I needed to read, so thank you @Cinfhen for the recommendation 💕
Some of the plot is predictable and it almost felt too sweet in parts, but Lyons brings it back from the edge with her realistic portrayal of the vulnerabilities of ageing and her willingness to look at death and how society avoids addressing it. Eudora is fantastic; blunt, steadfast and with a heart of gold. It made me think and I certainly won‘t forget Eudora!

Cinfhen Yay!!! I loved Rose and Eudora 💕💕I‘m so glad it warmed your heart 1mo
Cinfhen I need to email you xxx happy to hear from u 😘 1mo
Centique @Cinfhen gosh it made me think more positively about old age and death - I really needed that! And sorry I took so long answering your email 💕😘 1mo
CarolynM ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3) | Haruki Murakami
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Dun dah dah! I finished! 🎺🎶🎶
This was a 4 star, 1319 page read. If you‘ve read Murakami you‘ll know his straight forward writing style makes the pages go fast & you‘ll be prepared for fantastical elements popping out of an otherwise realistically drawn setting. You might be prepared for a bonkers plot, which this truly is and some very odd sex scenes. But what this story also has is characters so good you‘d quite happily sit with them 🔽

Centique contemplating a blank wall. (However if you don‘t do weird or fantastical, this wont be for you)
Side note: how much harder it was to stalk someone in 1984! 😬
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sarahbarnes I love this book! Your review makes me want to reread it! 1mo
sisilia I read this 10 years ago, and I still remember the two moons. My favorite part is the rat and the vegetarian cat 😝 1mo
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Megabooks This is on my bucket list! Congratulations! 1mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it, but I don‘t think it‘s for me☹️ 1mo
Centique @sarahbarnes thanks! It was a glorious trip 🥰 1mo
Centique @sisilia ha! I will remember that too 😆 1mo
Centique @Megabooks thanks Meg 😘 1mo
Centique @CarolynM I think you‘re probably right. It‘s a long slog if you don‘t like the weird and wooly plot! 1mo
sisilia If i remember correctly, Murakami won the worst sex scene writer award for this hahaha 1mo
Centique @sisilia I‘m glad to hear that! It made me cringe so much 😂😂 1mo
Nute I keep saying, ‘one day soon,‘ and then I bypass it every time. I don‘t know why because I like Murakami‘s storytelling style. 1mo
Centique @Nute there are so many books like that aren‘t there! But we‘re always picking up some other book that wants us to love it 😍 so we‘re doing okay! 💕 1mo
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#bookhaul
Second hand book sale at the church down the road. I hadn‘t planned to go and may have been quoted as saying “it‘ll be filled with popular books I won‘t want”

Feeling sheepish now 😜

Kavalier and Clay is to replace my copy that a friend borrowed and lost. 🙌

vivastory Great haul! Kavalier & Clay is a favorite. 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence Hedgehog is a favorite of mine! 💗 1mo
AlaMich @vivastory I heartily second this opinion!! 1mo
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LeslieO Nice haul! 1mo
vivastory @AlaMich I definitely need to read more Chabon! 1mo
Dragon Good haul! 👍📚💚 1mo
merelybookish Eye spy a Rumor Godden! 👀 1mo
LeahBergen @merelybookish I spotted that, too! 😆 Nice haul! 👏👏 1mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen Nice! 😁 1mo
Centique @LeahBergen @merelybookish that was the book that changed my whole mood about book buying today! 1mo
Centique @LiteraryinLawrence I‘ve heard so many lovely reviews of it, I‘m excited to read it! 1mo
Centique @Dragon thank you! 😘 1mo
Centique @LeslieO makes a nice start to the weekend 🥰 1mo
BarbaraBB What is the what is excellent too! 1mo
CarolynM Great haul! I loved Run. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wow , nice titles! 1mo
Megabooks Lovely stack! 1mo
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East Coast Bays Library | Auckland, New Zealand (Library)
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Didn‘t know my library was in the Litsy database. Well there you go! It‘s all very autumn at the library today….

TrishB Beautiful ❤️ 2mo
GingerAntics That looks quite beautiful. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🍁 2mo
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merelybookish So pretty! (And still strange to think it's fall there & spring here. 😅) 2mo
sarahbarnes Wow, beautiful! 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 💫 2mo
Centique @merelybookish it throws me too. Most of the stuff I watch or read is from the Northern Hemisphere, so I‘ll find myself obliviously thinking “yay I can‘t wait for the spring bulbs to flower” and then oops, realise I actually haven‘t had winter yet in my real life. 😂😂 1mo
CarolynM What a lovely photo! We‘ve had a few autumn-y days, but overall it‘s unseasonably warm. 20 forecast today in mid May in Melbourne!! And still they deny😡😡😡 1mo
Centique @CarolynM we only just got some cold weather this week! Lately we seem to get a long summer, a couple of weeks of cool weather and then it‘s winter. 😬 By the way I just bought tickets to Melbourne for the first week in October. My family and I will be in the city on the 4th - 6th if you‘re keen to meet me for a coffee somewhere 🤞💕 1mo
CarolynM If you've got a spare hour I'd love to meet up with you.💕 I'm usually pretty flexible so you can let me know when would suit when you're here. Hope there's nothing to disrupt plans this year🤞 1mo
Centique @CarolynM I‘m looking forward to it! I do hope nothing derails plans. I wonder if I will get teary eyed when I get to Bourke Street. 😝 Silly but it is my main memory of visiting Melbourne since I was 15 and my sister moved there. I‘ll email you a couple of weeks before and confirm but maybe pencil in the afternoon of the 5th? 1mo
CarolynM Sounds like a plan👍 1mo
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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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Slowly making progress. I‘m enjoying this but Mr Murakami you have some weird 🤪 going on in your brain!

Maria514626 😆😆😆 That‘s quite the chunkster! 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll never forget those two moons! 2mo
ElizaMarie I really loved this book! 2mo
Megabooks I‘d love to read this someday! 2mo
Jeg Way too thick for me these days. 2mo
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Look what I‘m listening to @Cinfhen ! I wasn‘t sure at first (I‘m very easily put off when narrators do different voices) but I‘m hooked now at 20%. At the moment im loving reading books about elderly people and finding purpose in your later years - I wonder why!

Image is a new sculpture that has popped up beside a small marina I like to walk around.

Cinfhen Ohhh, yay!! Lovely photo 💜I really loved this book & I hope you will as well xxx 2mo
CarolynM Lovely photo 😍 I‘m also listening to this book on my morning walks thanks to @Cinfhen ‘s recommendation. It‘s a good one 👍🙂 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m so happy this little book is getting some Litsy Love @CarolynM @TrishB @Centique 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @CarolynM just finished and really enjoyed it. 2mo
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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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This was a case of right book at the right time. Sometimes reading about unlikeable or very flawed characters who don‘t “give a toss” about what anyone else thinks is refreshing. After setting up Frances and Malcolm as a self absorbed and spoilt mother and son, deWitt does go on to reveal their humanity and painful background so there is depth to this book - but I was glad for that dose of devil may care attitude 🙌

Centique Also, I would like a follow up book about Madeleine! 2mo
rachelm I enjoyed this book a lot 2mo
thegreensofa French Exit was a 5 star for me. So quirky and I loved it! 2mo
CarolynM I loved it, especially the cat🤣 I haven't seen the film yet, but I am planning to watch it soon. 2mo
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Maybe | Kobi Yamada
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Today I bought three copies of this gorgeous book as gifts. It is a picture book with the most beautiful simple words about how unique you are, how much you matter and how there is so much to discover all around you. An incredibly uplifting wee gem with gorgeous illustrations.

TrishB Sounds wonderful 😁 2mo
wanderinglynn Lovely! 2mo
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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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If you haven‘t seen this Netflix series yet, it is so sweet and full of FEELS. Although I‘ve read a lot of LGBTQIA+ books, there‘s something extra I get from a great movie or tv series that makes the difficulties of being a teen dealing with love/sexuality/discrimination so visceral. Excellent casting - I‘m positively smitten with these two. 💕

CarolynM I‘ve been intending to read the books for a while but haven‘t got there yet. I might have to go straight to the TV series, especially after your recommendation 🙂 (edited) 2mo
Centique @CarolynM I hope you like it if you do! 💕 2mo
batsy Super excited after your rec! I really want to read it (at least the first two) before I watch it. 2mo
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Centique @batsy I haven‘t read the books yet but I will for sure. 😍 2mo
Lindy The books are so very charming. ❤️ 2mo
Jeg My brother keeps telling me to watch the series. Might be my afternoon viewing when it gets too chilly out here in the garden. 2mo
merelybookish My daughter loved the books & has opinions about the series. 😁 2mo
Centique @merelybookish did she like the series? It‘s always harder to like the tv version when you have the characters perfect in your head already! 2mo
merelybookish @Centique She did like it but complained about one character who is not in the books but was added to the series. 2mo
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When your library request for a 1959 book comes with old stamps and card pockets …. Ye olde library issuing system 😍😍

squirrelbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
GingerAntics Oh I love seeing the old systems libraries used before everything went digital. 2mo
batsy That is so fun to see! And would have been a perfect excuse to break out a new notebook to keep track of library books and their corresponding cards 😆 2mo
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BethM So cool!! 2mo
tpixie @batsy fun idea 💡 🤩 2mo
tpixie @Centique what a great find ! What book are you checking out? 2mo
CarolynM Love it! 2mo
Centique @tpixie it‘s an old kids book 2mo
Centique @GingerAntics I used to work after school in the public library filing those cards! @batsy 2mo
tpixie Thanks! What a fun classic book! 2mo
Centique @batsy I was thinking how complicated my library book habit would be if I had to colour code it 🤪 - a notebook would do the trick! 2mo
batsy @Centique @GingerAntics Oh how cool! 🤩 2mo
GingerAntics @Centique oh wow! That would be a cool after school job… but probably a bit monotonous. 2mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant ! 2mo
LeahBergen Love it!! 2mo
LeahBergen Ooo, you‘re reading an Antonia Forest! End of Term is up next for me in the Marlows series. 👍 2mo
Centique @LeahBergen it‘s because of you I‘m reading it! I wanted to try Antonia Forrest to see what her writing was like after you posted about her but my library only had this one book 🤪 2mo
Centique @GingerAntics yes it was! Luckily I had some other library tasks on other days. 2mo
GingerAntics @Centique oh that breaks it up then. What a fun after school job. 2mo
Jeg You are lucky your library has kept that book. Where I volunteer books are constantly being discarded . Librarian says the library is not an archive!! 2mo
Centique @Jeg we have miles of discards at our local library too! But there is an archive of old books in the Auckland Central library and just a few of them they let them out on inter library loan. So that‘s where this one came from. I wish they had the rest of the series but no such luck. 2mo
Jeg That pleases me that there is somewhere for old books to live. 🥰 2mo
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Maximum Ride Forever | James Patterson
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Thank you James Patterson for this series that got my 11yo reading again. Nine books in 10 weeks!

(This is a YA series but he is 12 in a couple of weeks and MG books were just not doing it for him) Fingers crossed I can find him some more series he likes as much.

Cathythoughts Nine books in ten weeks is very impressive 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
ClairesReads Awesome! 1mo
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The Death of Vishnu | Manil Suri
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An unforgettable book of fascinating characters and setting. Vishnu is dying on the landing of a small apartment building, where he has lived running odd jobs. Other homeless live on other landings. We experience his memories as he lies dying & the turmoils of the 4 families who live there for whom his death is primarily an inconvenience. Some beautiful writing in here, insightful and moving scenes - and a sad indictment of human pettiness ⬇️

Centique An unrelated photo - a night time walk along the Viaduct Harbour a few nights ago under a full moon 🌕 2mo
TrishB That sounds really sad! 2mo
Centique @TrishB there‘s humour in there as well thankfully - Vishnu is a bit of a mischief 😋 2mo
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DivineDiana Love your photo! 2mo
Megabooks Lovely photo and review! 2mo
Hooked_on_books Sounds like a good but tough read. Love the pic! 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ♥️ fab pic too ! 2mo
EvieBee I read this at 16 and it‘s always resonated with me. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! 2mo
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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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An enjoyable fantasy - as other reviews have said the world building is wonderful but it does feel a little too slow at times. I‘m keen to read the next one - I think it might get faster paced. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator Emma Feeney did a great job. 🙌

merelybookish Ive always wondered about this series. The covers are so pretty! 2mo
Rissreads I didn‘t finish this book. Just couldn‘t connect with it. 2mo
Centique @Rissreads I can understand that. It was quite painful going in parts 😋 2mo
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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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I can‘t help myself, I‘ve fallen into another #chunkster 😂😂

BkClubCare Yea. I have climbed that. 🥴 2mo
Centique @BkClubCare well done you! 😂 2mo
LeahBergen Wow, that IS a biggun‘! 🤣 2mo
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sarahbarnes I loved this book SO much! 2mo
Ruthiella 👍 I love a long book (if it‘s good, naturally!) 2mo
Dragon A strange but wonderful book 👍💚🐉 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s fast paced though! Enjoy! 2mo
squirrelbrain Good luck! 😁 2mo
Centique @sarahbarnes @Dragon @BarbaraBB I‘m really enjoying it so far! (edited) 2mo
batsy That looks fun! I'll look out for your review 🙂 2mo
Jeg Don‘t think I could do it. So look forward to your review. 2mo
Centique @Jeg luckily the font is really big! 2mo
ReadingEnvy I liked this one! 2mo
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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@batsy I saw this at the library and picked it up as I remembered you #furrowedmiddlebrow lot are going to read it soon. And then my other books were bails so I ended up reading it early. (I‘m clearly not cut out for buddy reads 😂) So I‘ll not say a word about it but look forward to hearing you talk about it next month!

CarolynM I'm looking forward to reading this next month🙂 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, lovely! Yes, chime in and comment next month when you see us all reading it. Our tag to follow is #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub 😊 2mo
batsy Yay! I'm keen to read this and we look forward to having you join us in the comments & chat 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts Looking forward to you joining us ♥️ in the chat. (edited) 2mo
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This book is unique and probably always will be…

For a history lover this was a great find. Goddard tells of 34 cases he worked on from the 1820s - 1860s and gives some insight into what it was like to be one of the earliest detectives in London. Editors notes after each case explain some of the historical oddities that might confuse a modern reader. Really enjoyed it but it‘s definitely for history buffs rather than true crime readers

charl08 Sounds fascinating. 2mo
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Went looking for this book after the Bow Street Runners were referenced in a book I read last year. Found this on Abebooks - a 1956 printing of a memoir written in 1875. I‘ve only read the introduction so far but it‘s fascinating - who knew that the novelist Henry Fielding was the one who brought together this first group of ‘constables‘ to deal with gangs in London - and they were the beginning of England‘s first police force

Dragon Looks interesting, great find 💚🐉 2mo
LeahBergen Cool! 2mo
Ruthiella There‘s a mystery series featuring Sir John Fielding and the Bow Street Runners. I‘ve read a few and enjoyed them. The first is 2mo
Centique @Ruthiella that sounds fabulous. I need a new mystery series! (And yes John was Henry‘s brother and took over after Henry died - and made the Runners more professional - sounds like he was an amazing man) 2mo
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Glaciers | Alexis Smith
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This is a moving though quiet novella, a book to read for it‘s beautiful writing & subtlety. Isabella was a quiet thoughtful child now grown into a woman who mends books in a library & scours thrift shops for treasures. The short scenes feel as if her breath is held, there is a beautiful tension as she sorts through her thoughts and memories with new possibilities on the horizon. A tender and thoughtful short read 💜💛

Centique That‘s my favourite second hand shop in the background. 3mo
TrishB Lovely review and photos ❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes lovely review and the picture 💫 3mo
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LeahBergen Lovely review! ❤️❤️ 3mo
batsy I have this on my TBR! Thanks so much for the reminder to read this with this nice review 💜 3mo
Centique @TrishB @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @batsy thank you all, my lovely friends 😘😘😘😘 3mo
Tamra Stacked! 😄 3mo
CarolynM Sounds lovely💕 3mo
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The Children of Green Knowe | Lucy Maria Boston
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There is not much better than a childrens book with a big old country house, a ghostly past that creeps into the present and a lonely child that likes to explore. Thank you to @batsy and @LeahBergen for putting this book on my radar a couple of years ago! It will be a comfort read to keep on my shelves and reread when I want to relive a snowy ghostly Christmas. 💕

batsy So glad you enjoyed it! It's a lovely read and I feel like I might have to revisit it sometime this year :) 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m so glad you liked it as much as @batsy and I did! 🥰🥰 I keep meaning to read more of the series but you know how that goes… 🙄 3mo
Tamra Sounds fun! 3mo
Chrissyreadit I agree with @LeahBergen and @batsy this is just a perfect book to read, especially around Christmas (to me) 3mo
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Look @TrishB I finished the trilogy and I LOVED it. I‘ve been totally immersed in this world for over a week. In the early sections I sometimes felt so anxious for Fitz getting buffeted around by the forces of evil that I had to take a break and read some middle grade fiction to recover! So so good. I do love a really long fantasy book now and then so I can really live in it - it feels like I was there for every minute of Fitz‘ journey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lucy_Anywhere One of my fave series! I need to plan a re-read soon ❤️ 3mo
rockpools One day… 3mo
AlaMich IMO, the Liveship Traders Trilogy is even better! (edited) 3mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd I loved this trilogy! Definitely one I still think about and will hopefully one day reread once I‘ve finished the rest of The Realm of Elderlings books 😋 3mo
TrishB Oh how cool - so glad you liked them! You have so many to look forward to ❤️ 3mo
Ruthiella I‘m hoping to start the first book in the third trilogy this month! 3mo
Centique @Lucy_Anywhere it is so good! 3mo
Centique @AlaMich I‘ll hopefully read that one next year 😍 3mo
Centique @rockpools I know…. my TBR grows at about twice the rate that I read… eek! 3mo
Centique @JuliaTheBookNerd I‘m looking forward to the next ones 😍 3mo
Centique @TrishB it will keep me going for a long time! 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella I love the Fool 😍 Enjoy! 3mo
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Jonathan and the Giant Eagle | Danny Christopher
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Not book related!
I am halfway through two books at the moment so nothing really to report but I thought I‘d show you this amazing giant slide that is also a bird sculpture. My son and his friend were super impressed despite being great big eleven year olds 😂

Wife Where!?!?! Need to see! 3mo
wanderinglynn That‘s amazing! 🤩 3mo
TrishB That‘s so cool 😁 3mo
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Tamra How fun! 3mo
LeahBergen I would totally go down that slide! 😆 3mo
Centique @Wife it‘s in Hobsonville Point, Auckland, New Zealand. I don‘t know how far that is for you but I am always keen to show Litsy visitors around 😍 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen I should have but I was too shy of the other parents! 3mo
Soubhiville Really cool! 3mo
BookDragonNotWorm That is by far the coolest slide I've ever seen! 3mo
elkeOriginal AMAZING! 3mo
CarolynM That looks amazing! 3mo
batsy That is very cool! Also @LeahBergen and I need to visit so we can all of us go down the slide together without any embarrassment (unless we get stuck 😆) 3mo
Centique @batsy yes! Oh that made me laugh. But I can‘t think of anything I‘d like to do more! 😍💕💕 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh that is very cool 👍♥️ 3mo
LeahBergen @batsy @Centique Yes! 🤣🤣 3mo
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This is my second Anne Tyler (I think) and I really enjoyed it. Rebecca is in her mid fifties, a widow, and the cornerstone of a big, noisy, chaotic family. She‘s feeling a bit invisible and doubting some of the life choices that brought her to this point. So it‘s a middle aged navel gazing novel I guess - quiet and thoughtful with lots of domestic detail of food and family and memories. A kind hearted novel ⬇️

Centique that made me feel a little more tolerant of big messy families (as I have one of those myself!) 3mo
KathyWheeler I‘ve been weird about Anne Tyler. I read The Accidental Tourist and Morgan‘s Crossing years ago and really liked them; however, I‘ve not read anything of hers since. 3mo
MrsMalaprop I love her 😍. Haven‘t read this one but it sounds right up my alley 😁. 3mo
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Centique @KathyWheeler me too. I read Accidental Tourist almost 20 years ago and nothing since I think. 3mo
Centique @MrsMalaprop it was pretty delightful! 3mo
Ruthiella I love Anne Tyler. Her books are often quirky and domestic which I think often makes readers underestimate just what a good writer she is. (edited) 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella that‘s a perfect description! ☺️ 3mo
LeahBergen “Middle aged navel gazing” sounds like my life. 😆 3mo
CarolynM I loved this one but not as much as 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen me too! 3mo
Centique @CarolynM ooh that one sounds really good! Stacked 😍 3mo
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I really enjoyed this because I do like a grump with a good heart. It is just a diary of day to day happenings in the store, but I found it restful be to reading vaguely grumpy takes on mundane moments of ordinary bookshop life.
I worked in a bookshop for three years myself and I have fond memories of it so it was probably a bit of a nostalgia trip too.

Cathythoughts Sounds lovely and the memories for you 🥰 3mo
LeahBergen I liked this one (and it‘s grumpy tone), too. 😆 3mo
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Just added 40 books to my TBR while reading this!😳
I do love seasonal books like this filled with descriptions of autumn and winter - at least from an English countryside POV, seasonal ideas that I have long adored from a childhood of reading Blyton, Streatfield etc - and which I don‘t actually ever experience here in Auckland! I have yet to get dewy eyed about my city‘s Spring mud and Summer humidity 😂 I need to visit Europe sometime soon 💕

LeahBergen I really enjoyed this, too! 3mo
TrishB It just rains a lot 😁 3mo
squirrelbrain @TrishB ….whatever the season! 3mo
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squirrelbrain This sounds fab…stacked. 3mo
Centique @TrishB @squirrelbrain 😂😂 Yes lots of rain here too - I just looked it up and one news story reckons Auckland gets twice the rainfall of London. They nicknamed us Atlantis 😂😂 https://i.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/118580126/london-has-better-weather-than-auckl... 3mo
Centique @TrishB @squirrelbrain but then again it doesn‘t get very cold 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BookBabe 😃🙌🏻 3mo
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The Weekend | Charlotte Wood
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The premise of this book really appealed to me, 3 older women (around 70) meeting to pack up their deceased friend‘s beach house. We need a lot more books about the complex lives of older women! I enjoyed that these three women were angry and frustrated with each other, each with their own vulnerability and strength. It suited my mood to read something sharp and insightful, and I enjoyed seeing each character ⬇️

Centique through the others eyes. Definitely need to read more by Charlotte Wood. 3mo
Centique PS my attempt at FridayFlowers from last week @Cinfhen but they shrivelled up in the heat very quickly! 3mo
batsy Gorgeous colours 🧡 And the book sounds good. I've been meaning to read Charlotte Wood! 3mo
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TrishB Lovely review though! 3mo
LeahBergen Lovely flowers! 3mo
Centique @batsy @TrishB @LeahBergen thank you ladies 😘😘😘 3mo
Cinfhen OMG!!! I LOVE your flowers!!!! Gorgeous 3mo
Cinfhen And book sounds good, too!!! 3mo
Jeg Love your flowers and, being a woman in her 70s , I loved the book. Very relatable. One of my best reads. 3mo
readordierachel Lovely review and photo! 3mo
Centique @Cinfhen thank you so much Cindy! I hope you had (are having?) a safe trip home 💕💕 3mo
Centique @Jeg I‘m so glad to hear that you liked it and that it rang true 💕 You have so many wonderful authors in Australia. 3mo
Centique @readordierachel thanks Rachel 😘 3mo
Cinfhen Im back! Landed last night 3mo
Centique @Cinfhen yay! Glad you‘re safely home 💕 3mo
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A Rising Man | Abir Mukherjee
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A murder mystery set in post WW1 Calcutta. I‘m glad it‘s written by Mukherjee who is Bengali, as I don‘t think I could read anything that glorifies the colonialism. It‘s a good start to a series with your war battered but moral protagonist Wyndham and his deputy Bannerjee, who I wish we got to know better. The story shakes up Wyndham (a newly arrived ex Scotland Yard police captain) from a naive idea of the British role in India while ⬇️

Centique trying to solve a murder. A soft pick but I expect it will get stronger as it progresses. 3mo
MamaGina You definitely get to know Banerjee much more as the series progresses and seeing the political and moral landscape of occupied India through the lens of their relationship is the highlight of the series for me. 3mo
Centique @MamaGina that sounds really good! 3mo
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Body & Soul: A Novel | Frank Conroy
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Here I am back in the back list with this book from 1993. It‘s said to capture the feeling of playing and understanding music better than any other book - I‘m not a musician but I can believe that.
Apart from that I‘m torn about how to rate this book. The beginning is fantastic. It‘s a Bildungsroman of a neglected child who turns out to be a musical prodigy. It‘s beautifully written and some of the characters are superb. But… ⬇️

Centique … there‘s no real character arc for the protagonist (imo) who seems to just be lucky in benefactor after benefactor. I thought I understood where the author was going with this but a couple of little surprises at the end fell flat for me and made me cringe a bit in my modern sensibilities I guess 😬 3mo
Centique Still I really enjoyed reading it, particularly the first two thirds. There is a LOT of detail about music, performance and composition if you like that. (Background image from jazzradio.com) (edited) 3mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
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Centique @TrishB thank you Trish 😘 3mo
TrishB I think hubby may like the musical composition/performance parts. He‘s classically trained but was in a rock band (and the song writer) for 30 years! 3mo
Centique @TrishB wow - he‘s a talented man that one! 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review and picture 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB That‘s so interesting , yes as Paula says a very talented man! If our husbands ever met they would have common ground … 3mo
CarolynM I love that background image😍 and the book sounds interesting. 3mo
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And Away... | Bob Mortimer
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Been listening to Bob Mortimer on walks, this shot is from a very windy twilight walk by the beach.

It‘s incredible how such a painfully shy young man became one of Britains most popular comics. Bob is both gentle and a mischief, with a sense of humour out of left field. I‘m so glad he found the friends and support he needed in life. It was just the kind of book I needed to read. Thanks for putting this on my radar @CarolynM

TrishB Lovely review and photo ❤️ 4mo
Nute I like everything about this post! The photo sets the mood, and your review is lovely, Paula. 4mo
Centique @TrishB thank you Trish 😘 4mo
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Centique @Nute awwww you‘re so kind Kimberley 💕 4mo
Megabooks Gorgeous photo! 4mo
Bookwomble Bob's a treasure 🙂 4mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture Paula 💫 twilight 💫 3mo
CarolynM Glad you liked it. I need to search for those TV series he mentioned, I've not actually seen very much of his work with Vic Reeves but I think I'd like it. 3mo
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Ok this made me laugh so hard in places that I cried. And then in one place I just plain cried.
Basically it‘s a series of anecdotes and observations of daily life made by a junior doctor in the NHS who has a biting sense of humour. There are some hilarious patients and staff encounters. His chronicling of the overwork & bureaucracy is shocking but he also loves the job and believes in the necessity of a decent public health system. ⬇️

Centique TW for obstetric and gynaecology trauma. 4mo
BarbaraBB Now I want to read it too! 4mo
CarolynM I enjoyed this a lot too. I hope the TV adaptation does it justice. 4mo
Jeg We did it for book club a while ago. I loved it. Made me laugh a lot. 4mo
Rissreads Yes this was good funny and bad funny at the same time! 4mo
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A Master of Djinn | P. Djeli Clark
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This has it all - urban historical steampunk gender queer fantasy 🙌 Set in early twentieth century Cairo we follow Fatma, (agent for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities) hunt down a dangerous imposter stealing magical artifacts. Egypt is a global power that kicked out the British with the help of djinn and suffrage is bringing women into traditionally male roles. The city is still not ready to accept Fatma‘s ⬇️

Centique sexuality/gender but I loved the fact that a more religious conservative character is shown able to be both devout and open minded. ⬇️ 4mo
Centique The writing is beautifully descriptive, so a great one to escape into a different world. This is the third in the series, the first two are novellas starting with 4mo
CarolynM Even though I'm not usually keen on fantasy, this sounds interesting. How are you getting on? I heard the case numbers are high in NZ right now. 4mo
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Centique @CarolynM yes really high! 22000 today. Three of my extended family have it but so far not my immediate family. It‘s quite strange having no lockdown but so many people off work at one time - but not too many in hospital so we‘ll muddle through. How are you? Did you get a bout of it? 4mo
CarolynM Good to hear the hospitalisation rate is low. We have all avoided it so far. It's probably just a matter of time though. 4mo
Ruthiella I know I‘m gonna love this book too! 😃 4mo
Reggie In January with the Omicron variant, in the department I have been loaned to out of the 15 of us, 7 of them had it at various stages of the month. It was crazy. I hope your family stays safe and healthy, Paula. 4mo
Centique @Reggie I‘m all prepped with cupboards full if (when!) it happens - and lots of books of course. You stay safe too my friend 💕💕 4mo
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Its taken me 5 years to get to this Pulitzer Prize winner - I finally felt like I could go into it fresh, forgetting all the reviews. I found it both compelling and insightful. All the different places Cora encounters on the railroad speak to different aspects of racism and slavery - the engine and the fuel of an economic machine, even in the states she ran towards. I loved the twist to make the railroad physical, ⬇️

Centique it gave it a different heft and value, and a new perspective when you thought of it as something tangible that had been built through toil and craftsmanship and needed to be hidden. A lot to think about and unpack. 4mo
Centique I listened to the audiobook narrated by Bahni Turpin which was wonderfully done ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️ 4mo
Suet624 I put off reading this as well until I could read it without thinking of the reviews. 4mo
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My first experience of Colm Toibin (apart from the movie Brooklyn) and wow, he can write very believable, complex characters! It‘s the 90s and Helen‘s busy family life is suddenly split open with the news that Declan, her brother, is dying of AIDS. In rushing to his side she is forced to reunite with her estranged mother and grandmother in her old home town. Old wounds come to the surface. I loved that Toibin doesn‘t have any easy answers but ⬇️

Centique …I so wanted to stay with Helen and stay with Declan that the abrupt ending was hard to accept. I‘m sure it serves the authors intentions but not mine! 5 stars but I feel hard done by 😥 4mo
Reggie That 2%!!!!!! Strikes again. 4mo
Centique @Reggie I feel like I left a friend alone in hospital - feeling book character guilt in the last 2% 4mo
Reggie Big oof! 4mo
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Fraud | Anita Brookner
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Anita Brookner manages to do solitude and even gloominess in such a way that it is DELIGHTFUL. She‘s a magician! In this novel she painstakingly dissects the quiet lives and thoughts of a very well behaved spinster who seems to have missed out on love and friendship and a curmudgeonly widow. It is also a close look at a few parent and child relationships and tensions and how others expectations may ensnare us. #spinsterlit for sure

Centique I saw that you liked this too @Cathythoughts 💕 4mo
batsy Lovely review. I really need to read more Anita Brookner and soon! 4mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 4mo
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LeahBergen Wonderful review! I just went to check my Brookner shelf to see if I own this one (as I‘ve amassed quite the little collection from snapping them up at charity book sales over the years 😆). 4mo
MaureenMc I‘ve been wanting to read some more Brookner this year, and I‘ve got this one on my shelf. Thanks for helping me decide! 😁 4mo
Centique @batsy you can count on her to always transport you in a different time and place. 😍 4mo
Centique @squirrelbrain I‘m so glad 😘 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen I aspire to have a Brookner shelf of my own and keep my eyes open for them! 😍 4mo
Centique @MaureenMc I so hope you like it! Definitely a quiet little book with lots of pondering 💕 4mo
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