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Brief but salient; the perfect Saunders reminder that kindness is that which really brings us together. It is something that is so easy to lose sight of in the busy, ambitious world, but that is never regrettable.

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George George I love you

Suet624 Exactly right. 4d
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Relevant

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💔

Suet624 💕💕💕 4d
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Relatable

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Well this is really good

readordierachel Hoo boy. That resonates. 1w
ClairesReads @readordierachel doesn‘t it just 5d
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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A final @manbookerprize shortlist effort

Cinfhen I‘m halfway through this book and loving it!! 2w
ClairesReads @Cinfhen awesome! That‘s great news- I‘m just starting 2w
squirrelbrain I just picked this one up at the library yesterday.... @Cinfhen 2w
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ClairesReads @squirrelbrain I hope you enjoy it too 😊 2w
Cinfhen Keep me in the loop @squirrelbrain @ClairesReads I want to hear your thoughts 😁💗 2w
Redheadrambles I can‘t believe the one book I left until last and still haven‘t touched is the winner but I am hopeful I will like it as well. 1w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s really excellent so far 5d
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Quichotte is a sprawling, meta-fictional, auto-fictional, absurdist, deeply real roller-coaster of a read Once/if you can surrender yourself to the, cutting yet comedic tone. what captured me most, was the breadth of social commentary that Rushdie managed to integrate in a meaningful way in this novel. I held back from five stars, because I felt that Rushdie was a bit heavy-handed with his treatment of the meta-fictional elements of the story.

Lindy I‘ve got this queued up in audio format —after I finish Water Dancer and the whole of Frankisstein. 2w
mklong Cute pic! And so glad you liked this one! 2w
ClairesReads @Lindy oh fun- I think it will be quite good in audio. 2w
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ClairesReads @mklong thanks Katie. I thought it was really fun, but also very observant. 2w
andrew61 Great review. 2w
Redheadrambles You know this one is my favourite shortlistee so I am super pumped you liked it as well 😊 1w
ClairesReads @andrew61 thanks Andrew 5d
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it was such a great read! 5d
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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All of us are in two stories at the same time.

LiteraryinLititz Great quote. 2w
Nute Yes! 2w
ClairesReads @Nute so good right? 2w
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Wow.

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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Early days this is already quirky and prescient

ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s sort of great! 2w
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I had so much fun with it but I do wish I had the Don Quixote background 2w
mklong Ooh, I hope you end up on Team Love! 2w
ClairesReads @mklong I‘m enjoying it so far 😝 2w
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Cat and Rushdie

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A great, compelling, holiday read, that melds family, medical and courtroom drama together. Lots of great discussion of the complex nature of family dynamics, and how they bend and behave in extreme conditions. Although not overly challenging or original, this was well-written and I was entertained.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻I thought this a very good book too 2w
ClairesReads @Cathythoughts thank you 😊 2w
Blaire Love your mug! 2w
ClairesReads @Blaire thank you 2w
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Holiday read 🙌🏻

Cathythoughts Really enjoyed this one 2w
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I am convinced that this is a work of genius. Yes, this is a stylistically demanding read; part info-dump, part stream of consciousness narrative. This is overwhelming most of the time, but in my reading that really is the point. Ellmann‘s novel asks big questions of its readers, most significantly how we go on in the face of personal traumas, and national and global crises. All I can really say, is wow. #indiebuddyreads

Graywacke The size itself is a little overwhelming. Encouraging review! Hopefully I‘ll get to this. 3w
ClairesReads @Graywacke i was overwhelmed by it too. It‘s definitely worth it, but I do recommend tackling it when you have a bit of time and headspace 3w
Redheadrambles Wow Claire loving all your selected quotes here 2w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thanks friend- that‘s such a compliment! It was hard to select just a few- so much of it was quotable- especially the stuff about Trump, and gun laws/violence. 2w
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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😍

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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😱😱😱

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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“There will always be monkeys in the zoo,”

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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😬

saresmoore Well that‘s relatable. 3w
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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And this anxiety!

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Wow this is astute

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I‘m sure people haven‘t always lived in such a constant state of alarm.

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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On fire already

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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It‘s time big old book.

gradcat That‘s a chunkster, for sure! Good luck! 👍🍀 😉 3w
rmaclean4 Excited to hear your thoughts when you finish. 3w
ClairesReads @gradcat it definitely is! 3w
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ClairesReads @rmaclean4 thank you- it might be awhile 😂 3w
Smrloomis That sounds really good! Like @rmaclean4 I‘ll look for your review. Shall we say sometime in 2020 😂? 3w
rmaclean4 @ClairesReads you are braver than I am!! 3w
gradcat @Smrloomis Good prognostication! 😂🤣😂 3w
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Ghost Wall is unsettling, claustrophobic, pitch perfect. It is about what motivates our interest in the past; a commentary on how we lay ourselves, our values and our own concerns over the top of what we know. It was at its heart, a story of social class; of different people, who lived different lives, and how hard it can be to bridge that gap and what it‘s like to live under the crushing weight of someone else‘s unhappiness and unrealised dreams.

erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review 👍 3w
batsy I still can't think about it without that combined sense of dread and panic... This book has atmosphere in spades. 3w
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ClairesReads @batsy i absolutely agree! 3w
rmaclean4 This continues to be one of the best books I have read this year. Great review. 3w
ClairesReads @rmaclean4 I‘m glad I‘m not alone in feeling that this really is an exceptional wee read 3w
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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“I do not know what my father thought I might want to do in those days but he devoted considerable attention to making sure I couldn‘t do it.”

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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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After a long period of not reading, I‘ve determined that I haven‘t forgotten how to read and now I‘m back.

Abailliekaras Beautiful cover! I loved this one . 4w
ClairesReads @Abailliekaras it‘s lovely isn‘t it? I‘ve been meaning to read this one for so long- I‘m hoping it helps me gateway out of my slump 3w
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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At it‘s heart I felt this was an inconsistently executed novel- one that was compulsively readable, and is still one of the best books I‘ve read this year. Is it one of Atwood‘s best? Definitely not. It‘s a timely, studied analysis of how a totalitarian regime fragments from within. Certainly a story of our time, but one that lacks the gravitas of its predecessor, and in my opinion is less likely to last the distance.

Redwritinghood Well said. I agree. 4w
Abailliekaras I agree, did not love. 4w
ClairesReads @Abailliekaras glad I‘m not alone- potential but not quite realised 3w
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood thanks Jerrie 3w
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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“You are not unique in the universe. No one has an easy tie in life. But maybe God has effed up- as you put it- your life for a reason.” #indiebuddyreads

Suet624 Yup. 4w
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Atwood. A star. #indiebuddyreads

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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A piercingly truthful observation #indiebuddyreads

Suet624 Truth. 4w
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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This is why I love Margaret Atwood #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles Yes ! I loved that line as well. Excellent. 4w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I found it especially relevant. I‘m finally catching up! 4w
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Turn of the Key is a fun play on the classic Turn of the Screw. It‘s an easy, undemanding read that plays with traditional haunted house, psychological thriller tropes. The narrative is well paced, although at times tried to do too much at once. It was a good time.

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Thrillers in attempt to find reading momentum

Redheadrambles Good plan ! 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s sort of working. Something from the Booker list next I promise 2mo
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Back on the audios and bloody loving this mates

kbuggle This looks good! How‘s the audio version?? 2mo
ClairesReads @kbuggle it‘s great- the version I‘ve got is read by the author 😊 2mo
kbuggle @ClairesReads might make this my next audio read! Thanks for the intel :) was struggling with my next direction! 2mo
ClairesReads @kbuggle awesome. I‘ve been struggling with the audio a bit recently, I‘ve started a few things then haven‘t finished them, but this one is a real improvement 2mo
jillrhudy My daughter who is a UX designer was describing this to me and I was trying to find it. Thanks!
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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They Called Us Enemy is a compelling memoir of a childhood in Japanese American Internment Camps. This graphic novel is an important contribution to the literature about this shameful part of history, which is far too often excluded from the narrative of history. Takei‘s story, is both deeply personal, and broadly representative. It‘s a story that‘s told with sensitivity, and in an especially affecting way. A sad, but rewarding read.

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From Fascism to Populism in History | Federico Finchelstein
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In this book Finchelstein presents a cogent, engaging argument about the relationship between fascism and populism in History. The ideas discussed are reasoned, and clearly illustrated with relevant case study evidence. For my purposes, this was easily the most relevant text I‘ve read on populism, and it was refreshing to read about this concept from a purely historical perspective.

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From Fascism to Populism in History | Federico Finchelstein
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Well if that‘s not a disturbing truth...

Lcsmcat Scary stuff. 2mo
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From Fascism to Populism in History | Federico Finchelstein
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Permanently in work mode #historyteacherlife

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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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Mehso-so

It took me a long time to read this, and I really wanted to like it more than I did. It excels as a Floridian novel, one that brings that very particular place alive. But unfortunately, in spite of being dark and visceral (things I usually love) the rest was just off the mark for me. I liked what I read, but felt there were too many missed opportunities to make this something exceptional. #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I think you are right on the money there. 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles 🙏🏻 thanks for waiting so patiently for me to arrive at this conclusion 2mo
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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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#indiebuddyreads this is also apt

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DNF- not for me. Too didactic, oddly unreasoned for a book about reason. Fundamentally not aligned with my worldview. This is a lesson in always reading the blurb before you borrow a book!

Redwritinghood Live and learn! 3mo
AceOnRoam Is this your first dnf? I'm glad you didn't persist. I read the blurb so its a dns (did not start) for me 😄 2mo
ClairesReads @AceOnRoam not quite but it‘s very rare for me! No regrets though 2mo
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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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Oh yes. This. #indiebuddyreads

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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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Redheadrambles @ClairesReads indeed ! I am trying to get it read over the weekend.... at 150 or so and it‘s very atmospheric but I can‘t figure out where it‘s going. How are you finding it ? 3mo
mklong Eek, all the talk of dirty, cluttered, living spaces has made me apprehensive. I can take all the sadness and death anyone can throw at me, but reading about a messy house gives me anxiety. 3mo
Redwritinghood Need to start this one soon. 3mo
Redwritinghood @mklong Clutter gives me anxiety too. Haven‘t started this one yet but hope to later today. 3mo
ClairesReads @mklong @Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood I‘m only just starting really after a horror week at work...I‘m enjoying the time though. I might be an outlier here... 3mo
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Back on the audios

emz711 I'm in the queue! 3mo
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Apt, and relevant.

jewright I hate essential oils. They bug my allergies and stink in my opinion. I can tell immediately that someone is diffusing them when I walk into a room. 3mo
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