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Centique

Joined September 2016

Is it a book? I‘ll probably like it then. NZ 🇳🇿
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Spoonbenders: A novel by Daryl Gregory
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The Story of Alice by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
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My 8yo would like to recommend the Ben Braver series for anyone who liked Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja or The 13 Storey Treehouse series - chapter books with loads of humour - great for 7 - 10 year olds. #kidsoflitsy #chapterbooks

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy154

So I did a thing again. The lovely Jenny @readingenvy let me come on her podcast and talk about books. The photo above shows the books we talked about - you can subscribe to the Reading Envy podcast through any app OR you can listen to it via the website link above.
(look in the archive for lots of other interesting guests like @lindy and @shawnmooney too!)

BookNAround How much fun that must have been! I listen to the podcast but I‘m about 6 months behind at this point so it‘ll be a while before I hear your episode. 😂 (edited) 5d
Centique @BookNAround I have lots of podcasts I‘m like that with! 😂😂Maybe you could think about putting your hand up when she does a call out for guests (towards the end of the year) OR you could get involved on the Best of the Year episode and send a recording of you talking about your best read of the year 😊👍 5d
saresmoore I‘m in the process of listening to it now and loving it! 5d
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Kathrin I adore the Murderbot Diaries and cannot wait for the novel to come out next year. 5d
Centique @saresmoore oh Lordy. I‘m cringing a little thinking about my accent! 😂 You should go on this podcast one day Sara - you are so smart and I‘d love to hear you talking books! 4d
Centique @Kathrin isn‘t he just the best character. Sigh. 🤖❤️ 4d
Cathythoughts I love your accent Paula ♥️♥️♥️ 4d
Centique @Cathythoughts you‘re so lovely 💕Because of course Irish is the best accent ever! 4d
saresmoore I LOVE your accent! You are so refreshing to listen to. And you are too kind! I did an episode a while ago (which, in my estimation, was terrible), but I will be recording again in September and hope it will turn out a bit better this time. 🤞Jenny is just wonderful. 4d
Centique @saresmoore oh wow! I must have listened to it and not realised it was the Sara I follow! I‘ll go see if I can find it again. I‘m sure you were great 😊💕 Yes, Jenny is so good at this 🙌 4d
rohit-sawant That's so awesome! Can't wait to check it out! 💕 3d
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Orlando: A Biography | Virginia Woolf
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#bookmail Got home to find my birthday present to myself had arrived 😍😍😍 YAY! These are all Vintage Classics paperbacks and I fell in love with the covers.

Cathythoughts Beautiful covers ♥️♥️♥️ 1w
Freespirit Great choices..Happy Birthday😍 1w
Tanisha_A Soooo pretty! 😍 1w
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erzascarletbookgasm Such lovely covers! 1w
Moray_Reads Love those Austen covers! 1w
batsy These are splendid! The best treat ❤️ 1w
Aimeesue Beautiful covers! 1w
saresmoore Wonderful! 1w
OrangeMooseReads Love the Woolf covers. The Austen are pretty as well. 1w
ephemeralwaltz Gorgeous! 1w
Theaelizabet Lovely covers and happy birthday! 1w
rohit-sawant So lovely! Happy Birthday, Paula! 🎉🎂🎉 💕 1w
Mdargusch Those Jane Austen books! 💙💙💙 1w
Palimpsest Lovely covers! Happy birthday to you! 7d
Reggie Happy Birthday, Paula!! 7d
LeahBergen Lovely!! I have The Edwardians (same edition) waiting on my shelf. 😃 7d
DivineDiana What a perfect way to celebrate! Wishing you a fantastic year! 🎉🎂📚 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! Is it today? 🎂🥳 6d
Centique @erzascarletbookgasm it was on Sunday thank you 😘 6d
Centique @LeahBergen I plan ( I think - I hope - I will 😂) on reading it this year! 6d
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Burnt Shadows: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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This novel takes on an epic scale, two families, two to three generations that connect the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, the end of British Rule and the beginning of partition in India, through the war against Soviets in Afghanistan and 9/11. A less accomplished writer would have drowned in all that! Shamsie juxtaposes those truly scarred by war with those for whom acts of war are intellectualised and excusable - she does it through a personal lens ⬇️

Centique It is as much about individual relationships and families. So good but I feel emotionally wrung out at the end of it! 4 stars and a broken heart ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💔 1w
Cathythoughts “4 stars & a broken heart “ what a beautiful description 👍🏻♥️💔😘 1w
SoniaC Loved that book so much. 1w
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Reggie Yeeesh!!! What a great review! 1w
Centique Thanks @Cathythoughts @Reggie 💕I think this has taken me to a new level of thinking about immigration and white “fear” Really makes it visceral. Can‘t wait to read more by Shamsie. 1w
rohit-sawant Wow, this sounds intense! Great review! 1w
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Not book related

I‘ve been a little bit lost on Litsy while I‘m having a marvellous weekend in Melbourne. I‘ve visited many times but I haven‘t been around Southbank for years. It is truly gorgeous. This is the Yarra river at night running through Southbank. Now it‘s morning and I‘m off for some shopping and tea and cakes. (Hopefully I will restrain myself around books as I have a package of 8 waiting at home 😜)

SW-T Enjoy Melbourne 😊 1w
CarolynM You've picked a nice weekend weather-wise (pity about the election) Enjoy! 1w
LeahBergen I think you‘ll still need to do a little book shopping. 😆 1w
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saresmoore Oh, that is gorgeous! Enjoy! 1w
Jeg Love visiting Melbourne. Enjoy. 1w
Reggie That looks beautiful!! Have a good time!! 1w
batsy I've only been to Melbourne once and it was lovely. And the bookshops 😍 Enjoy! 1w
rohit-sawant So awesome! 🙌🏼 Love the picture. Enjoy! 1w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 😘😘 1w
batsy Happy birthday, friend! I hope you're having a fabulous time 💕🎈🥂 1w
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Thank you @Reggie and @Cinfhen for encouraging me to shift this book to the top of my TBR. I thoroughly enjoyed it and gobbled it up. I don‘t often read about contemporary relationships so this was fresh and different. There were dozens of moments where Jones nailed a complex emotion to the wall and left me gasping. This is a riveting look at complex people thrown into disarray by a terrible injustice. Spoiler comment below.

Centique Hope the dolls heads aren‘t too freaky. 😆Celestial makes dolls so I thought this photo from my local antique shop would be appropriate (kinda). 2w
Centique I did feel like I missed a beat with Celestial. She seemed to be letting go of Roy so fast in the letters. I didn‘t feel the reader got to follow that arc with her, except maybe in retrospect? That would be my only quibble in giving it 4 stars instead of 5. 2w
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you gobbled and gasped!!!!! And I totally get your quibble😊Doll heads are kind of freaky....I‘m sure @Reggie won‘t think so 😂😂😉 2w
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Reggie @Cinfhen lol, I still get scared no matter the gruesome things I post. My grandma used to have a bedroom that had something like 40 Victorian dolls that all stared at the bed. And NONE of us liked to sleep in there. 2w
Centique @Cinfhen ha! You‘re right. Gobbled AND Gasped - how alliterative am I today? 😋🤪 2w
Reggie @Centique I feel that Celestial represented the choices for women that didn‘t exist 2 decades ago. To be successful. To choose to leave behind a husband in jail. And I think her dad said it best when he told her they did wrong by raising her to believe that everyday was a weekend. I loved that this book had so much about family. About the importance of having a father. A good one. Cause Andre‘s was shit. My favorite scene in here was the Thanks 2w
robinb Yikes! 😳 Just happy not to see Chucky mixed in amongst them! 😱🤣 2w
Reggie Giving dinner where I felt it was like Mt.Olympus and all the gods in this dysfunctional family were fighting because they loved their daughter/niece enough to care. Glad you liked it Paula. Happy Mother‘s Day @Centique @Cinfhen!! 2w
Cinfhen Great analysis @Reggie and thanks for the Mother‘s Day wishes ❣️ 2w
batsy Lovely review. This book is interesting in that people whose opinions I value seem to have varied reactions to it! 2w
Centique @batsy I know what you mean. I saw many different opinions too. I think it‘s quite a varied piece of work in itself too, almost straddling genres? At least I get that feeling. 2w
Centique @robinb oh man that would be bad! 2w
Centique @Reggie that weekend comment really stuck out to me too. I think you‘re so right about her having more choices, and Jones showing the consequences of exercising those choices - and also the importance of good parents as you say is such a strong theme. Gloria is amazing and Olive is having an impact even after her death! 😍 2w
TrishB I enjoyed this one and think it raises many interesting conversation points! 2w
robinb @Centique 👍🤣🙌🏼 2w
readordierachel This image 😱😆 2w
rather_be_reading haha great photo 4d
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#maymoviemagic #modernlove

I‘m shamelessly flaunting my hand-made Mother‘s Day card to make you all smile, I hope. (Not related to the tagged book)

My funny 8yo with his #modernlove likes to let me know the jury is still out on my parenting 😂😂😂 “Thank you for being such a great mum (so far)”

#mylittleEeyore

TrishB 😁👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen Credit for raising an honest (little) man 😜😂❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts Love this ♥️😂 2w
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Oryx Better keep those standards up. No slipping. 😂 2w
Bookwormjillk So far- ha! 2w
Crazeedi Perfect!😉😇 2w
CarolynM My card from my daughter thanked me for "raising such weird children" ? I'll take that as a win. ? 2w
rohit-sawant This is awesome! 😂 💜 2w
saresmoore I love it! 2w
MaureenMc 😄 2w
Reggie Lolololol 2w
MallenNC So far, so good, right? That's cute. 2w
Kaye Sounds like that‘s your grade card. Currently you must have an A. 2w
Christine 😂❤️ 2w
LeahBergen That “so far”! 😆😆 2w
merelybookish Nice! Sweeter than what not daughter wrote: you're the best mother I've ever had. 😆 2w
Swe_Eva 😂😂😂 2w
Centique @TrishB @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts @Oryx @Bookwormjillk @Crazeedi thank you all 😘 he is a character for sure! 2w
Centique @CarolynM that‘s totally a win! I was pointing out Marvel toys to my 14yo yesterday and gushing over them, “you‘re such a nerd” she said lovingly. 😂😂 2w
Centique @rohit-sawant @saresmoore @MaureenMc @Reggie @MallenNC @Kaye @christine @LeahBergen @Swe_Eva he‘ll get such a kick that it made you all laugh! 😍😂 2w
Centique @merelybookish ha! That‘s hilarious! 😂😂😂 2w
CafeMom LOL with the card. My teenager says similar things. 5d
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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Well that was just as delightful as a chocolate layer cake covered in ganache. (Think I‘m hungry)

I gave it 5 stars for the writing and the characters and Seanan‘s gorgeous imagination, but i do agree with another commenter that there was little action in this one. If you like dark fairytales interwoven with the real world try the series - it starts with Every Heat A Doorway

Centique PS there is barely a unicorn in the book but I had to share this photo of toy unicorns anyway 😍 2w
Cinfhen I love the photo 🦄🦄🦄 2w
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Centique @Cinfhen they‘re so cute. I don‘t have any unicorn fans in my life anymore or I‘d buy one! 2w
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻💕💕 2w
rohit-sawant I've been meaning to start with this series for a while now! Hopefully in the next few months 🤞🏼 2w
Centique @rohit-sawant Yay! Compared to some of what you read, this will feel like candy! A sweet treat when you need a change of pace 😍 2w
rohit-sawant @Centique That would be such a welcome change! 2w
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The Good Soldier | Ford Madox Ford
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#maymoviemagic #younevercantell

#younevercantell what‘s at the heart of a novel when your protagonist narrator is naive of the truth himself! John Dowell‘s recollections of his role in the unravelling of a relationship may also be unreliable.

I loved this when I read it many years ago. But you know me, mad for a slow atmospheric classic with some awe inspiring sentences. 😋 I also loved The Fifth Queen. Any other fans out there?

LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 3w
Centique @LeahBergen I almost tagged you to say that probably nobody else would like this except me and @leahbergen 😂 😂 So i hope you do like it! 3w
LeahBergen 😂😂 I always thought it sounded like a book I‘d love! 3w
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emtobiasz I read this one for a British Lit class in college! I remember liking it, but not a whole lot else about it. I‘ll have to revisit sometime! 3w
batsy Long been on my TBR. I think it's because Francine Prose recommended it in one of her nonfiction books for its beautiful sentences 🙂 3w
batsy This Prose book, which I think might be up your alley as well :) 3w
Centique @batsy oh wow! This looks so good. I honestly think this could be the book I never knew I was looking for. In my enthusiasm for reading I usually miss noticing the craft of writing - and I need to pay more attention so I can learn for my own writing. Thank you! 2w
Centique @emtobiasz yay! I‘m glad I‘m not the only fan 😊👌 2w
Cinfhen Nice choice, Jo 2w
Liz_M I remember enjoying this when I read it a couple of years ago. Apparently it was during one of my many reviewing slumps, so I didn't ate or review it. 😕 2w
Centique @Cinfhen at your service m‘lady 😝 2w
Centique @Liz_M I know the feeling! I only started rating books 3 years ago so there‘s So Many I‘ve read and can‘t remember 😬 2w
batsy My pleasure, P! I know that feeling all too well and I appreciated how Prose made me stop and see the structure and construction of these beautiful words/works. 2w
rohit-sawant Interesting! And I'm all for slow atmospheric reads interspersed with brilliant sentences 🙌🏼 2w
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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Seanan McGuire makes me smile, smile, smile. This first chapter is perfection - especially this bit about bookish children. All the love for the Wayward Children series ❤️💚💛💙

CarolynM 🙂 3w
Jeg I can relate. My mum would say “ get your nose out of that book and get outside.” So I would keep my nose in the book , go outside and sit in the tree where she couldn‘t see me. What bliss to read all afternoon. 3w
Centique @Jeg that is such a sweet story! I got in trouble once because I made myself a reading corner behind some bushes, filled it with cushions and books, and of course, forgot about it when it rained. 😮😮 3w
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Reggie Awww, Paula☝🏽 that‘s such a cute story!!! The vampire short story book I‘m reading contains a story by Seanan and even though I don‘t think it‘s a vampire story, I‘ll be damned if she didn‘t write the two most beautiful paragraphs about growing into adolescence that made me tear up. 3w
Centique @Reggie you‘re so sweet. Ok I need to read that story too! She‘s written SO many books. This series is like Hans Christian Anderson fairytales crossed with Frankenstein movies. I do seem to like a good dark fantasy 🧛‍♀️ 3w
batsy Hans Christian Anderson fairytales crossed with Frankenstein movies is a delicious description! And this quote ❤️ 3w
Tonton Wonderful quote! Reminds me of banging into a telephone pole while reading walking home I. 7th grade. 2w
Centique @Tonton ohhhh that‘s so cute! 2w
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The Language of Flowers: A Novel | Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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#maymoviemagic #gimmeshelter

There‘s a point in this novel early on when a character is homeless and living in a local park - I wanted to swoop in and #givehershelter I read this last year but it‘s really stayed with me - it‘s a much grittier read than the cover represents!

Cinfhen I‘m “glad” to hear this book has grit. It‘s on my TBR #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 3w
rohit-sawant @Cinfhen Same! I'd stacked this one earlier. 3w
Kdgordon88 I love this book! 3w
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This novel starts in the late 1830s - the British haven‘t been in New Zealand long and we see them through the eyes of a young Maori boy as he is orphaned. At 15 he has the opportunity to go to London (1846) and be a living part of a NZ exhibition. We get both his coming of age story and his eyes opening to the poverty, racism and gender shame of what he was told was the cream of the civilised world. This is fictional but it was inspired by ⬇️

Centique ...the real life of a young Maori boy taken to Victorian England. Really good and it made me cry 😓⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3w
Tamra 😑 3w
Reggie 😭 it sounds good but I can't. I don't know if I have in me what I need for this book, right now, anyways. 3w
Stephjotsdown This sounds amazing. Into my TBR it goes 3w
Centique @Reggie yes I think that‘s a wise call. I should have said trigger warning for this book. You should maybe read this other one I talked to @ReadingEnvy about 3w
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Running in the Family | Michael Ondaatje
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#maymoviemagic #dontstopmenow #howfarillgo
#twopromptsatonce 😂
“Don‘t stop me now I don‘t know how far I‘ll go” is the kind of thing Michael Ondaatje‘s father might have said when a croquet game went wrong and he started brandishing a gun. This memoir of Michael‘s childhood is full of anecdotes and tall tales - which he admits might have grown taller with telling over the years.

Centique @Cinfhen btw it‘s not my good memory with these backlisters- it‘s cos I went through my old shelves and library records a while ago and made a list 😋 3w
Cinfhen Hahaha!!! Thanks for setting the record straight 😘😘😘 3w
batsy Oh, good pick! I enjoyed this one a lot ❤️ 3w
rohit-sawant Awesome multitasking! 🙌🏼 💜 This one sounds interesting. 3w
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The Beauty Myth | Naomi Wolf
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#maymoviemagic #youngandbeautiful

I read this when I was #young and it made me think differently about the perceived need to be #beautiful. Probably very outdated now - it‘s nearly 30 years old - but back then, this was the first voice I‘d heard questioning the way women were represented in media etc.

I am so so #backlist, I‘m like a deep sea diver for books 😂😂

Liz_M "deep sea diver" Nice! ? 3w
Cinfhen I‘m amazed your memory still holds up! #Impressive 🙌🏻❣️ 3w
GingerAntics Actually, it‘s still remarkably relevant. The situation she talks about is worse now and it‘s on men now too in more ways, but this still holds up. 3w
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Centique @GingerAntics that‘s good to know. 3w
rohit-sawant Wonderful post! And "deep sea diver" is so true ? 3w
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Night Kites | M. E. Kerr
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#maymoviemagic #weveonlyjustbegun

This prompt made me think of an old 80s YA book I loved and I remembered this quote from. As a kid Eric‘s adored older brother takes him out to fly kites at night. Its something he remembers as he‘s becoming an adult, facing up to adult stuff, with his brother far away. He‘s only #justbegun when he learns his brother is very ill, and maybe the difficulties of adulthood are more than he expected.

Cinfhen Awwww 🥰 #Feels 3w
Centique @Cinfhen yeah, it has a lot of those 💕 3w
rohit-sawant Lovely post! 💜 3w
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Not Fade Away | Jim Dodge
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#behindthewheel #maymoviemagic

This is an under the radar book I never would have got to except that it was a favourite of this sweet intellectual guy I used to work with. A young tow truck driver routinely wrecks cars as part of an insurance scam - then one day he‘s told to wreck a beautiful white Cadillac that might have been driven by Buddy Holly. Cue a change of heart, some drugs and a cross country adventure.

Centique Kind of Tom Robbins meets Hunter S Thompson. 🧐 If you like either of those this might be for you. 4w
rohit-sawant Awesome blurb! Perfect pick for the prompt 💜 4w
Cinfhen I feel another @Reggie book match 🥰🥰🥰 4w
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Reggie @Cinfhen I don‘t knowwwww. I‘m stacking but ambivalent. It sounds interesting. 4w
Centique @rohit-sawant thanks R! 💕 4w
Centique @Cinfhen @Reggie she‘s incorrigible! 😂 But in the best way 💕💕 4w
Cinfhen Really @Reggie my #bookadar tells me this one is for you!!!!! And maybe, me too?!???! 4w
gradcat Omigod! This sounds crazy good...sometimes writers‘ plots just amaze the heck out of me...how do they come up with such particular points?!?! Fantastic! ❤️ 4w
Centique @gradcat he has a really distinctive style - you‘d read it for the writing more than the plot I think. Crazy cast of characters to enjoy too, a bit like 4w
gradcat It all sounds very good to me—I crave well written characters! ❤️ 3w
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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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A short, sharp slash of cold water in the face - this book takes you inside the heads of a young man and woman on their wedding day. Different hopes, different backgrounds and different fears but truly in love. McEwan takes one night and two people and everything that lead them to that point. He‘s so good at unfolding hidden motivations, the psychology of a moment, the tiny details that mean so much. I will think about this for a long time.

Leftcoastzen I want to read this! (edited) 4w
Freespirit It‘s a good movie too..although ☹️ sad 4w
Cathythoughts Beautiful post. I read this years ago on holls 👍🏻♥️ 4w
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Reggie This sounds so good!!! 4w
Centique @Reggie I‘ll be so interested to hear what you think of it. 4w
Centique @Cathythoughts thank you lovely 😘 4w
Centique @Freespirit I‘ll have to watch that! 4w
CafeMom I read this book a long time ago. I think my first Ian McEwan. I didn't like the book. I don't know if it was the story or the author. I still need to read Atonement. 5d
Centique @CafeMom it‘s certainly unhappy and people don‘t communicate well. There‘s a lot of that in Atonement too! I loved it but it also made me angry - if that makes sense 😜 5d
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Bone People | Keri Hulme
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#wondrouswednesday

Thanks for the tag @batsy
1) The Bone People - studied it in both high school and Uni
2) Wuthering Heights - read it maybe four times now?
3) I keep a notes page on my phone - not very high tech of me!
4) autumn leaves from my walk yesterday
5) wanna have a go @youneverarrived @Kdgordon88 @Ericalambbrown 😊👍

batsy Autumn leaves 🍁🍂😍 I'm envious of the cooler weather you'll be having 😆 4w
ShyBookOwl Pretty leaves! Where are you? 4w
4thhouseontheleft Love The Bone People! 4w
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Eggs Beautiful leaves 🍁 4w
Centique @ShyBookOwl I‘m in Auckland, New Zealand 😊 4w
Centique @batsy yes it‘s socks and slippers in the evenings already! 4w
Centique @4thhouseontheleft yay! It‘s one of my top ten of all time 😃 4w
Centique @Eggs thanks 😘 4w
ShyBookOwl @Centique Oh nice! I'm in Ontario, Canada and spring is just starting to show itself. 4w
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Sabriel | Garth Nix
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#maymoviemagic #highwaytohell

Ok so this might be the 3rd time I‘ve used this for a prompt but It‘s So Damned Good. My favourite YA fantasy ever - next to no romance, frightening magic, the most sarcastic cat in any book ever & a huge library with forgotten rooms!

But specifically the role of the Abhorsen is to make sure the dead stay dead. When anybody reanimates them or summons demons, it‘s her job to send them back down the #highwaytohell

Cinfhen SOOOOO NOT 4 me but I‘m thinking @Reggie or @Kalalalatja maybe🤷‍♀️ 4w
Kalalalatja I have wanted to read this for so long @Cinfhen but for some reason I keep forgetting it! 4w
Cinfhen See!!! I was right @Kalalalatja 😊 4w
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emtobiasz ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Also, Tim Curry reads the audiobooks! 4w
rohit-sawant I was sold at "the most sarcastic cat." ? This sounds really interesting! 4w
AlaMich I agree! This series is awesome! 4w
Reggie @Cinfhen it does sound good. 4w
Centique @Reggie @Kalalalatja with books @Cinfhen is like that friend that sets you up on blind dates 😂😂😂 love it 💕 4w
Centique @emtobiasz now THAT is something I needed to know! 😍 4w
Centique @rohit-sawant I think you might like this if you were needing something lighter and younger than usual. Perhaps if you liked Northern Lights? 4w
Cinfhen I‘m a book matchmaker 🥰🥰🥰 4w
gradcat Tim Curry reading? Wow! 🥰 4w
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I didn‘t realise this is actually Part 2 of Stephen Fry‘s autobiographies - must go back and read the first now! I loved this but then I love Stephen Fry. It‘s like having him sit down for a coffee and tell you all his stories from Cambridge through to becoming famous. It is FULL of detail about specific theatrical productions, scriptwriting etc so if that doesn‘t interest you, this isn‘t for you. It‘s also full of his particular self loathing 👇

Centique I have enormous sympathy for that struggle he has. Can be hard to read him being so tough on himself constantly. Sounds like the previous book deals more with his mental health and the trouble he got into as a teen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4w
Centique Also - see the autumn leaves! 🍁🍂🍁 4w
ScientistSam Lovely leaves! And I adore Fry so am definitely stacking this! 4w
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Centique @ScientistSam yay! I should note that the first book is 4w
Rissreads I did exactly the same thing as you. It didn‘t matter one bit. Both books are enjoyable 💚 (edited) 4w
CarolynM I adore Steven Fry. It has always made me sad that someone so gifted struggles so much. Pamela Stevenson did an interview with him some years ago that was really hard to watch, but very revealing. I don't know if you could find it on YouTube. 4w
Centique @CarolynM sounds fascinating - I had a look for it but didn‘t find it. I did find a documentary he fronted about his manic depression, so now I‘m watching that! It makes me sad for him too. 4w
Centique @Rissreads oh that‘s good to hear, thanks! 4w
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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#bookmail

Look at the lovely parcel that arrived in the mail last night from @CarolynM 💕💕 I‘m so stoked with all of it Carolyn - I‘ve been lamenting my lack of depth in Australian novels and this great gift is going to improve that! The card and bookmark are super lovely too 😍
I am putting together a little NZ gift for you! Have you read any Janet Frame by the way?

CarolynM I'm happy to see they've arrived safely. Hope there's at least one you really enjoy. I got interested in Janet Frame back when they made the film of An Angel at my Table, but I never did get around to reading her. You really don't need to send me anything, I just wanted to share these books with you 🙂 4w
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Thanks for the tag @Dragon 💕 #whatwouldyoudo

1) I have this really old children‘s bible that I used to get out as a kid when I had nightmares. Gonna need that if I‘m losing my library 😭
2) I‘ll let my newer books go if someone can help me save my classics and first editions shelf
3) never had a s‘more. I think my daughter microwaved something up once but we don‘t have the right biscuits here. Give me a tub of icecream to mourn my books over!

Centique Would you like to have a go at this challenge @fleeting @BooknerdsLife 🤗 1mo
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Pretty much how I feel about leaving my corporate career and All The Pointless Meetings. 😂

Leftcoastzen I love when you have a meeting to set up when all the other meetings will be.🙄I have a friend nearing retirement, he‘s counting down his time by counting the number of all staff meetings he must endure. 1mo
Reggie Omg, we had a supervisor meeting 6 months ago where only one of a hundred things got resolved. They just announced another one where I was like ‘What for?‘ I guess I should consider myself lucky we don‘t have them that often. 1mo
Centique @Leftcoastzen meetings about meetings are the very worst! 1mo
Centique @Reggie that one sounds awful though! I had this particularly banal monthly mgmt meeting where about 40 of us had to take turns describing how far our teams had achieved strategic projects. It was almost exactly the same meeting repeated every month #groundhogday 🤨 1mo
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This was painfully, beautifully sad. A boy brought up in poverty in Switzerland in the aftermath of war, taught to “master himself” to be neutral and controlled as his country has been, to cope even when cold and hungry - and the talented, precocious and fragile friend he cares for so deeply. Through his story and that of his parents we see the legacy of bitterness vs the potential that might remain for hope and passion. 5 stars.

Cathythoughts Beautiful review! This sounds really good 😍 I have The Road Home now & am l looking forward to it. I also got a couple more of hers on kindle recently... I think I have this one too. I know @erzascarletbookgasm is a fan too. I must give her a read soon. 1mo
Centique @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy! I‘m going to have to read her other books now too 😍 1mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I loved this book too. 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review! I loved this book, three! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts I hope you‘ll get to read this beautiful book. I have The Road Home waiting for me too! 😊 1mo
rohit-sawant Wonderful review! 1mo
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Highly enjoyable YA fantasy. It feels a little like Uprooted and Graceling, which I also read this year in my SFF catch up. I foresaw where the plot was going early on but it didn‘t prevent me enjoying the ride. 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sarah1960 Really enjoyed this book also, love the world building. 📚❤️📚❤️📚❤️ 1mo
Centique @Sarah1960 yes I loved the Grishas. Did you read the second book? I heard both good and bad reviews of it? 1mo
Sarah1960 Yes I did @Centique I enjoyed it immensely, I love her writing and the worlds she brings to life. Please try it and let me know what you think. 1mo
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Centique @Sarah1960 excellent! I just needed a little convincing. GoodReads reviews are so confusing 😂 1mo
Sarah1960 Agreed. I find that if I pick my selections on my own think I am happier with the outcome, I like to let myself decide what I like. Happy reading! Keep in touch. 📚❤️📚❤️ 1mo
batsy Ooh the comparison to Uprooted has me intrigued! Have you read her Six of Crows? There's so much Litsy love for it 🙂 1mo
Centique @batsy no I haven‘t - this is my first Bardugo 😊 It does read a bit younger than Uprooted, but some of the same great forest/magic feels - and an easy one evening read. 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! Glad you enjoyed ( I‘m not a fan of YA myself) but that‘s a good pick at 3⭐️s ! 😘 1mo
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Probably one of the last sunny days out on the water. (no filter) This book is So Good. I have to take a break to clear the lump in my throat though - 😢

CarolynM I'm glad you're enjoying this - I have a copy of it in my iBooks library. I'll get around to it one day🙂 1mo
TrishB I enjoyed this book too 👍🏻 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book! 1mo
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School holidays and the rumpus room has been taken over by a huge blanket fort. Or lair. I am being reliably informed that it is a LAIR. 😂

#thingstodowithclothesdryingracks

Kdgordon88 Love the quilts! Did you make them? 1mo
LeahBergen Let the wild rumpus (room) begin! 😆😆 1mo
Ericalambbrown Too cute! 💕 1mo
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GingerAntics Oh a lair. 1mo
Tanisha_A Looks so good! 1mo
Centique @Kdgordon88 No, they‘re left to the kids by my husband‘s grandma. There are also crocheted blankets at the back from my mother - so they‘re playing with heirlooms I guess! 1mo
Centique @LeahBergen my favourite kids book that! I guess they‘re not rumpus rooms in Canada? Maybe rec rooms? 1mo
Centique Thanks guys 💕 @Ericalambbrown @GingerAntics 😂 @Tanisha_A (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant! Kids are fascinated with making lairs & tents ... this one looks quite tidy ( not for long I‘d say 😄😍 1mo
Tamra My kids love to do this too, but then they hate tidying up! 😂 1mo
LeahBergen @Centique We called them rumpus rooms here, too, when I was a kid! 😄 1mo
rohit-sawant This is so awesome! 1mo
Reggie Lololol this is so cool. Ours used to be the corner between the sofa and loveseat. 1mo
readordierachel Ha! This is amazing! 1mo
Centique @Reggie I bet it was a good one! 😊 1mo
Centique @Cathythoughts so true! @Tamra I‘ll be on clean up I‘m sure 😉 1mo
Centique @rohit-sawant quintessential kid fun! 1mo
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The Story of Alice | Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
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Inspired by the LaurenReads booktube video, the kids and I are having a “cosy reading night” to start the school holidays - pjs, books, blankets and snacks 😍😍

Cinfhen Adorable!!!! 1mo
batsy That looks perfect! ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts So cosy .... 💕💕💕 1mo
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rohit-sawant Lovely idea! 1mo
youneverarrived ❤️ this! 1mo
LeahBergen Wonderful! 1mo
Centique Thanks everyone! @Cinfhen @batsy @Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant @youneverarrived @LeahBergen it turned out to be a great way to stay focused on reading - I finished the last book of the Murderbot Diaries 😍😍 (edited) 1mo
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Eve Out of Her Ruins | Ananda Devi
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Mind blowingly good. This reads like poetry. Short, insightful and raw as only the hardest truths can be.

Eve is a child and then later a teenager in a poor and violent place - thin and vulnerable and alone, humanity batters and abuses her. We see her story, her community from her perspective and three others, all of whom are in peril. Devi understands surviving when life is rock hard - this is a unique perspective on poverty and victimhood
*TW*

Cinfhen Gorgeous review 2mo
Centique @Cinfhen thank you lovely 😘 I should say I found this book after reading @batsy GR review. 🙌 2mo
JennyM Lovely review ♥️ 2mo
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TrishB This book has stayed with me ❤️ great review. 2mo
Cathythoughts Excellent review 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Centique @JennyM @TrishB @Cathythoughts thanks guys! 😘💜💚 2mo
batsy Beautiful review. I agree that it reads like poetry. I'm so glad you loved it 😍 2mo
Lindy I loved this too. 2mo
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#anglophileapril #creep

He‘s a #creep who knows how to #creep about. 👍 And a wee standing ovation for Andy Serkis who brought him to life outside of my head. 🙌🙌

Reviewsbylola That‘s definitely creepy af. 😂 2mo
AlaMich Preciousssss.... 2mo
emilyhaldi Yuck 😝 2mo
Cinfhen Nightmares 😫😱😰 2mo
Mdargusch Nightmares and chills here too! 2mo
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#audiowalking Listening to Bookriot‘s SFFYeah and checking out some more of my local beaches. Immediately inspired to read more SFF - it is my year of SFF after all 😂 - so I really want my hold on this book to come in!

merelybookish So pretty! 2mo
Freespirit Beautiful scenery😍 2mo
batsy Lovely 😍😍 2mo
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Centique @merelybookish @Freespirit @batsy thanks guys! I never get tired of these views - I‘m such a shoreline lover - rocks, rock pools, tides and caves - #shouldabeenamermaid 😂 hope I don‘t bore anyone to death with them! 2mo
Tanisha_A Looks so serene! 😍 2mo
Reggie So beautiful and I can‘t wait to hear what you think about this book!! I loved it!! 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful... love the seashore ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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Eve Out of Her Ruins | Ananda Devi
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A delivery from Abebooks - exciting because I couldn‘t find these in NZ or new online. I love this site - and a note if you‘re in the Southern Hemisphere - filter your search to UK bookshops because the postage is so much cheaper than from the US.

@batsy when I first started following you on GR I noted some of your 5 star reads to add to my TBR - so these are two of them. Truly #blameitonbatsy 😂

ReadingEnvy I love the Devi so so much but several people I know felt it was too dark to finish. 2mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy oooh good to know! I will try my best 🤞 2mo
batsy That is such a lovely compliment ☺️❤️ I get nervous about this so I really hope you enjoy them! 😁 Like @ReadingEnvy says the Devi book is dark but it's so perfectly constructed and I love the style. The Ambai stories are unique and beautiful. 2mo
Centique @batsy I‘m reading the Devi now and it is beautiful and horrific and like nothing else I‘ve ever read. It‘s making me see the point of following small presses to get to read truly unique voices 😍 2mo
batsy Yes! Small presses publish some truly remarkable fiction that goes under the radar sometimes (and can be quite hard to access for those of us outside US/UK!) Also, beautiful and horrific sums up this book ❤️💔 2mo
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Her Royal Spyness | Rhys Bowen
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This was heaps of fun. A mystery in the vein of Flavia de Luce or Amelia Peabody. It‘s London in the inter-war years and Georgie (or rather her ladyship Georgiana) might be 34th in line to the throne but she is also flat broke - and dogged by troubles, including a dead body in her bathtub. A deliciously light, tongue in cheek, cosy, with plenty of tea and cakes. 😍

Aimeesue This is a fun series! 2mo
batsy Sounds delightful. Another cosy to add to my comfort read stack! 2mo
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The Awakening | Kate Chopin
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Some books are less about plot than capturing a feeling or illustrating something deeper, beyond feeling, rooted in the soul. This is that type of book
Edna has a seemingly happy life. She has not noticed she is not happy. Something in her awakens. A realisation that her choices have been mapped, that she is caught where she is, being something she never chose to be.
Chopin beautifully portrays her confusion and conflicting desires. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Centique A classic and a short read, this needs to be savoured and thought about, IMO - to get the most out of it. I can imagine it would be a great book club discussion or would be great to hear teaching around it. 2mo
Blaire Yes, we did this one for my feminist book club and we had a great discussion. 2mo
readordierachel Lovely review. I think I'm due for a reread. 2mo
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Reggie I love “the woman who realizes she is unhappy” stories. Stacked. 2mo
Weaponxgirl Great review! 2mo
rohit-sawant Wonderful review! 2mo
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#bookmail

Thank you so much for the book and the pretty card and cool pin #booksaremagic @CarolynM It was so lovely to receive and cheered me up after two weeks of fighting this flu that won‘t go away 🤧🤧🤧 Litsy friends are the best 😘
Onwards and upwards and into the books again!

CarolynM I'm very glad it arrived, I was starting to get worried🙂 Hope you're fully recovered soon. 2mo
CarolynM Thanks again to @TrishB for the book. 2mo
Tanisha_A Lovely gifts! That pin especially. 😍 2mo
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JennyM Flu be gone!!! Feel better soon 😘 2mo
TrishB Travelling book! Hope you like it and are feeling better soon ❤️ (edited) 2mo
Centique @TrishB thank you Trish - it‘s the gift that keeps giving! I‘ll pass it to another Litten when I‘ve finished 😘 2mo
LeeRHarry Ooh this is a good one! Hope you‘re on the mend soon 😊 2mo
Reggie Hope you feel better!!! Watched the first episode of Russian Doll and thought it was hilarious. 2mo
Zelma @Reggie Russian Doll is so good! 2mo
Centique @LeeRHarry thanks Lee, feeling better today 😊🤞 2mo
Centique @Reggie oh good good good! I‘m so glad you liked it. It just gets funnier too. 😁 2mo
Centique @Zelma I loved it! 2mo
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Stitch Head | Bass, Guy
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I‘m so pleased - my 8yos reading has taken off this year. His new teacher has a homework points system so he gets points every night he reads. It was just the extra motivation he needed and now he‘s reading for an hour a day and wanting more and more books 🙌
Three new series he loves. He wasn‘t going to read Nik and Tesla because the cover didn‘t appeal to him but I said just try 5 pages - “this book is actually excellent‘ 😆 #mumwasright

fleeting I really like the "just try 5 pages" ?? 2mo
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Centique @fleeting thanks! Trying to get him to give lots of things a try like that 🤞 2mo
JennyM ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Lindy Way to go! #raisingreaders 💕 2mo
saresmoore How wonderful! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Cool! 2mo
Reggie What a cutie!!!! Nice!!! How could he not be a reader with awesome reader you as a mom? 2mo
Tanisha_A Wish you both a lifetime supply of books and reading! 2mo
batsy Aww, that's awesome! Well done lil guy ❤️❤️ 2mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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This was a lot of fun - made me feel like I was visiting Singapore and being stunned by the opulence of grand homes, couture fashion and meticulously planned parties. I got caught up in the characters and rivalries enough to burn through the pages - which almost never happens to me with lighter fiction. A solid 3.5 stars and I think I‘m gonna be saving for another trip to Asia. 👍

Tanisha_A Nice review! 👌🏽 2mo
AlaMich It‘s a fun movie too! 😊 2mo
BooknerdsLife Lovely review 🤗💕 It was definitely a quick fun read & fun movie! 2mo
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Reggie My favorite part was at the bachelorette party where they‘re trying to bully the girl to break up with her boyfriend cause he only makes 400k a year. Lololol 2mo
Centique @Tanisha_A thanks T! 😘 2mo
Centique @AlaMich have to see it now 😊 2mo
Centique @BooknerdsLife looking forward to the movie! 2mo
Centique @Reggie I know!!! What a hardship that would be 😂😂😂 2mo
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#anglophileapril #closetome

I love the Cure so much, I have to go with something that feels like it‘s in the same gothic family. And the lyrics do say “I‘ve waited hours for this, I‘ve made myself so sick” and Robert Smith said it was about a nightmare. Definitely Edgar Allan Poe territory then!

Studied this short story back in uni and liked it (much better than some others I was reading - I‘m looking at you Fanny Burney 😂)

batsy Perfect! 2mo
Cinfhen Nicely done ✅ gothic tale was a great way to go 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love gothic tales. Great pick. 2mo
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Mdargusch I love this connection. 👍🏼 2mo
Reviewsbylola 🖤🖤 EAP 2mo
emilyhaldi Love it 🖤 2mo
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#90sSpringFling Musical memories from me 😝. I was less rocknroll than I‘d been in the 80s (blame my husband!) and it was mostly pop and dance music, I did a lot of clubbing in the early 90s. But when I was home it was likely to be : Cranberries, Sugar Ray, Travis, Lightning Seeds, Ricky Martin, Sarah McLachlan, Robbie. And not pictured - Jamiroquai, Macy Gray, Bic Runga, George Michael, Eternal, Mavericks, Pearl Jam, Savage Garden, Supergroove

Reggie Oh, I forgot about Robbie Williams and Millenium!!! 2mo
CarolynM I loved that Travis album, especially the hidden track. I wonder how you do that sort of thing these days? 2mo
Centique @Reggie how can you forget ROBBIE?!!! 😂😂😂 2mo
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Centique @CarolynM I played that CD so many times, it‘s probably worn out! Yeah, hidden tracks might be a thing of the past... 2mo
batsy Robbie Williams! Jamiroquai! Savage Garden! Oh man, I've time travelled 🤩🎵🚀 2mo
Cinfhen Robbie & George 🙌🏻❤️🎶gorgeous voices 2mo
Centique @batsy I‘m loving the time travel aspect of this too! @Cinfhen you do an awesome job of making us all laugh and share memories - you‘re a #joycreator 💕 2mo
Cinfhen Awwww, thank you my loveliest and sweetest Jo 😘😘😘😘 2mo
Hooked_on_books Travis! 💙 2mo
merelybookish Oh my! I loved that first Macy Gray album!! 2mo
BarbaraBB George Michael 💔 2mo
readordierachel Haven't thought about Bic Runga in ages! 2mo
booklahoma Lightning Seeds! Just added Cloudcuckooland to my current playlist thanks to this prompt. (edited) 2mo
Centique @booklahoma so nice to meet another fan! I loved them so much 😊 2mo
Centique @readordierachel she was so cool and her sister Boh was in another band I used to listen to a lot at this time. (Stellar) 2mo
Centique @BarbaraBB I know! I still can‘t believe he‘s gone. 😭 2mo
Centique @merelybookish I played that over and over and over.... that voice! 😍 2mo
Centique @Hooked_on_books I loved that album! 2mo
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#90sSpringFling
I turned 21 in 1992 - and looking at my 21st photos it was all about Big Hair, shortish skirts and black stockings. (very corporate look 😛) These girls are all still my friends 20 plus years later. (Best friend who geeked out with me over Anne of Green Gables every week top left) And I started dating my husband in 93 (top right) - we‘re both wearing burgundy jackets 😂😂

Thanks for the blast from the past ladies - so much fun!

batsy Oh I love it! Corporate chic! You look fierce. And nothing beats big hair 😁❤️ 2mo
Centique @batsy you‘re too kind! I‘m claiming fierce though 😉💪🏼 2mo
merelybookish Love it! Miss the 90s. I turned 19 in 1992, drinking age in Canada. 😀 2mo
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Centique @merelybookish well that‘s worth celebrating! It was twenty here back then. 2mo
Cinfhen My young stylish bunny!!! Love the hair and a sneak peek at Mr. Centique 😍😘and how awesome your 90‘s girlfriends are still your besties!!!!!! 2mo
LeahBergen I love it!!!! And I had a burgundy jacket then, too. It was my fave! 😆 2mo
CarolynM You look very smart! Lovely😍 2mo
Reggie Lololol, I love these pics and I can almost hear you say,”if I do not get the votes for me to submit the merger to the appropriate government authorities I shall fire all of you now and replace you with board members who will.”-Alexis Carrington. Lol Love Love Love the big hair. 2mo
Cathythoughts Ahhh Paula ! You are only gorgeous 😍 2mo
Kalalalatja I love that you all are still friends! Great photos 👌 2mo
BarbaraBB So special that you are still friends! 2mo
Centique @Reggie like always you make me laugh till my sides hurt 😂😂 2mo
Tanisha_A Beautiful! 2mo
readordierachel Lovely photos! 2mo
rohit-sawant Wonderful pictures! 2mo
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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Now I‘m a little bit in love with a ship called Art. #scifiproblems
Another definite pick. These are great, one sitting reads. My favourite introvert AI character ever 😍

SW-T 😊😊😊 2mo
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My elderly father has been frail for the last few years and I keep him supplied with books. After a few years of war books, mountaineering books, sea faring books, I‘ve started pushing him a little out of his comfort zone. He turned it back on me by insisting I read this book straight after he finished!
I‘m so glad I did. I had heard Yeonmi‘s speech and been so moved but there is so much more in this book. ⬇️

Centique So much more to understand about dictatorship and brainwashing and about how market forces come to play in human misery. Well written and a page turner as well as heart breaking. 💔 2mo
Reggie My dad who is all about war, horror, and gore (I don‘t want to get into it, but has a chip on his shoulder against Oprah, lol) surprised the hell outta me when he read An American Marriage and liked it. This is cool. And sounds good. 2mo
Centique @Reggie that‘s great! Good on him 😊 Mine won‘t read fiction unfortunately. And I don‘t think he knows who Oprah is. 😂😂 2mo
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It's a Mum Thing | Jan King
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Strawberry and vanilla tea in a mug my 8yo bought me - he thinks it‘s funny - heaven knows what “mum things” he‘s ascribing to me! Now to hydrate while reading (why is it still so hot? 🥵)

batsy That's so cute 😆 2mo
Centique @batsy 😘 2mo
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Thanks so much for this book @batsy I really enjoyed it! I‘m fascinated by this period but I‘d never read about the re-education process. The descriptions of life in the little mountain village were so vivid. The boys were unlucky but also unsubdued, their small rebellions wonderful, but ... I‘ll say something else marked with a spoiler!

Centique (Cont) The best rebellion was the little seamstress! Despite being in an impossible time, the stories she has read give her the belief to transform and move past the story tellers themselves. Wish we had studied this at school - it‘s brimming with imagery and ideas. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review & beautiful cover 2mo
Centique @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy! 😘 2mo
batsy I'm so glad you liked it! I thought the descriptions were so vivid and beautiful as well. And yes to the point about the stories we tell ❤️ When I first read it I knew very little about the Cultural Revolution, so it was really eye-opening. 2mo
Centique @batsy 💕😊 2mo
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After loving Amy and Isabelle last year I was keen to read more Elizabeth Strout. This one doesn‘t disappoint. It‘s quite a different experience, I don‘t think I‘ve ever felt so much weight and pain in what a character doesn‘t say. The truth of Lucy‘s past is like a stone in her throat, an anchor around her neck - she can‘t voice it, and it remains a block between her and the world. The tension of that imbues the whole book with longing.

Centique How can we be nostalgic for a past that was cruel to us? And yet, it was hers, it belonged to her, it was a bond between a family - and Lucy fears being alone almost more than the shame and pain of what went before. A small book but one that will keep me thinking. 2mo
batsy Lovely review! 💜 2mo
merelybookish Beautiful! (Strout's is one if my favourite contemporary writers!) 2mo
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Dragon A great review, stacking. 🐉 2mo
Reggie I‘m gonna have to echo @batsy with what a lovely review!! 2mo
Centique @Reggie thank you both @batsy 😘😘 2mo
Centique @merelybookish @Dragon you‘re both so kind 😘 I hope you enjoy it @Dragon 🐉 2mo
Dragon Thanks 👍😀🐉 2mo
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It seemed appropriate that I was reading this book when we first heard about the massacre taking place in Christchurch. One a literal reaping, direct and visible in the sight of the world - the other that Jesmyn writes about, a gradual reaping, less acknowledged, at the conjunction of racism and class and poverty.
I know nothing about rural poverty in the US and this was illuminating, fascinating and heart breaking.

Dragon Stacking! 2mo
Suet624 This book was devastating. 2mo
MelleDelValle It is such a haunting read and I love the way it‘s written. 2mo
sprainedbrain Such a powerful book. 💔 2mo
Weaponxgirl This book felt so raw, it was amazing to read yet so 💔 2mo
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Evil: An Investigation | Lance Morrow
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Yesterday was a dark day in New Zealand. 49 important, unique, beloved people taken from this life and more fighting for their lives in hospital.

There are no words to express this horror.

We cannot abide, we must root out and stand up against racism and intolerance in its smallest and earliest forms - as soon as we see or hear a sign of it - or we become complicit in allowing this evil to grow in our midst. 😰😰😰

Jas16 Beautifully put. 2mo
TrishB 😢😢 2mo
Librarybelle Well stated ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Caroline2 😔 so awful!!! 2mo
GingerAntics Absolutely infuriated and disgusted by Fraser Anning‘s statement. 2mo
Cathythoughts Terrible loss 💔 2mo
Centique @GingerAntics oh I know 😰 I‘d never heard of him until today. Terrible to have him in a leadership position. 2mo
CouronneDhiver Heartbreaking 💔 2mo
sprainedbrain 💔 2mo
SW-T 😢💔 2mo
Aimeesue 😢 2mo
GingerAntics I‘m just stunned that these types of people that are so filled with hate getting into leadership positions. 2mo
tpixie Yes. And do a better job diagnosing and treating psychiatric patients. This was such a tragedy. So many lost lives. 2mo
JennyM It‘s heartbreaking - sending love to NZ ❤️ 2mo
Tanisha_A I have no words for what the world is coming to. 😥 2mo
Weaponxgirl My sentiments exactly 💔 2mo
youneverarrived Heartbreaking 😔💔 2mo
batsy It's devastating indeed 😔 2mo
CarolynM I have no words💔 2mo
Jeg A very sad day. 😢 2mo
Hooked_on_books Totally agree. I think your PM is handling this with strength and grace. I‘m impressed with her and weep with your country. 2mo
Centique @Hooked_on_books thank you 💕 2mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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You know you‘re onto a good thing when you finish a book in one sitting and immediately order the next. I am officially a Murderbot fangirl. 😍

Have you read this @Reggie ? Feel like falling in love with an introverted AI with built in weaponry? Or is that just me? 😂😂

Alien landscape from reddit Imaginary Worlds u/incredible

AthenaWins She's working on a full length novel of Murderbot. I'm so excited!! 2mo
Centique @AthenaWins oh wow! I‘ll be pre-ordering that! 2mo
batsy The background image is very cool! I'm going to have to read this ... I've heard only good things about this one on Litsy :) 2mo
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Centique @batsy it‘s only 150 pages too, so it‘s a quick evening‘s read 👍👍 2mo
SW-T @AthenaWins A full length Murderbot? How exciting! Love Murderbot 🥰 2mo
JennyM I keep seeing this book on my feed...and you‘ve convinced me to stack 😘 2mo
Dragon I 🖤 Murderbot 2mo
Reggie I haven‘t but Jen and Amanda are always singing its praises and almost everybody who posts on here about it loves it. It‘s been on my radar but my dance card is full at the moment. 2mo
Centique @Dragon I love that I can share sci fi and romance faves with you! ❤️🖤 2mo
Centique @Reggie 😂😂 I love that phrase “my dance card is full” for a TBR. Totally gonna imagine that my novels heroes are waiting for a waltz with me now! 2mo
Centique @JennyM yay! 😘 2mo
Lindy I did the same thing. After finishing the first audiobook, I immediately downladed volume 2 and 3. I‘m now on the waiting list for the 4th. So good! 2mo
Cathythoughts That is the best feeling ... finding that book/series 👍🏻♥️♥️ 2mo
Centique @Lindy I‘m so glad I have more to look forward to! 2mo
Reggie You and your family ok? Just read the news. I know you live way north of there but it‘s horrible when it happens nearby or in your country. Thinking of you and your family. 2mo
Centique @Reggie you‘re so lovely Reggie. We‘re all fine. Just horrified. Watching the news and the evil of it and can‘t look away. So so gutted for the Muslim community in Christchurch. A small community so they will all have suffered multiple losses on this terrible day. 😓😓😓 2mo
Dragon Thanks @Centique 👍😀🐉 I‘m so glad you enjoy romances and Sci-fi too ! 2mo
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The Borrower: A Novel | Rebecca Makkai
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This was a nice read - Lucy, a young librarian, who is herself a bit lost in the world, ends up aiding and abetting a young runaway. I really enjoyed Lucy‘s relationship with her father and their Russian roots - but I struggled with disbelief at times over the runaway plot. Still a very likeable 3.5 stars and I look forward to reading more from Makkai.

Cinfhen I‘ve been on the fence about this book...not sure if I‘ll like it. Maybe I‘ll wait #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 3mo
Centique @Cinfhen I know what you mean! I‘d keep it in mind for a good beach read one day if nothing else was working for you. 2mo
lillypadreads the main character has a great name! 2mo
Centique @lillypadreads she does. If you‘re going to keep using this account Lu you should tell people who you are and make some posts. 😘 2mo
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Elizabeth Berg‘s introduction to the book probably is a better guide to the book‘s tone and content than the description on Litsy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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