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ClairesReads

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Kaufman has truly written the cultural history of The Bachelor that we all need in our lives. This book strikes the perfect balance between gossipy discussion of contestants, description of how it all works behind the scenes, and analysis of the show as a cultural phenomenon. Equally an expose, and anthropological study- I couldn‘t have asked for more from this, it had me completely enthralled. Kaufman reads the audio herself and it‘s fabulous.

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Time to see wtf my old mate Ian is up to 😬 #readharder2019 an alternate history novel

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The Erratics | Vicki Laveau-Harvie
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The Erratics is, in my opinion, the best kind of memoir- one that reads like a novel, that when you stop reading you marvel that it is true. Laveau-Harvie‘s tells the story of the psychologically damaging nature of the relationship between parents and children that endured in her family throughout her parents‘ lives. This is an exceptional story, that is told with a level of tenderness, and vulnerable honesty.

McFarchie You couldn't make the characters in this memoir up. I loved it. 2d
ClairesReads @McFarchie I totally agree- it was a great read 1d
Redheadrambles Nice book cover matching to background! 20h
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thank you! This one was hard to find a backdrop for! 13h
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The Erratics | Vicki Laveau-Harvie
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Tackling the #Stellaprize winner this week

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Philipps is is happy to dish the dirt, be honest about her thoughts and feelings about everyone and everything, and at the same time is willing to be vulnerable and tackle some deeply personal events and issues. Equal parts gossipy and percipient, this memoir is an easy, and at times effecting read. Philipps has the extrovert with social anxiety patch covered, and if that sounds like you, this will be a reassuring read.

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The Auckland Writers Festival was an amazing weekend 😍 #awf19

Redheadrambles @ClairesReads looks like a nice haul. It was lovely to catch up 1w
Pricel101 Let us know how you enjoy Brother! 1w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it was! Finally! 1w
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ClairesReads @Pricel101 will do- Chariandy was an excellent speaker 1w
Centique I missed it because I was overseas, darn it! Glad you had fun 😊 20h
ClairesReads @Centique bummer! I hope your trip was good! 13h
Centique @ClairesReads it was! And I finished Burnt Shadows while I was away - coincidentally - it‘s excellent 👍 10h
ClairesReads @Centique excellent news 😊 8h
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On the audios again and this one is SO GOOD

ScrappyMags Oh my god I hate that show. 😂 but my mom loves it so I‘ll tell her! Thanks! 1w
ClairesReads @ScrappyMags hahaha it‘s a weird thing this show. The book discusses all the trashy sort of how it works behind the scenes stuff, but there‘s some great discussion of why it such a cultural fascination too- like WHY in the 21st century are we compelled by something this vacuous? It‘s super interesting. 1w
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The Red Parts: A Memoir | Maggie Nelson
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A compelling, beautifully written memoir. The Red Parts is more than just a narrative of a murder trial. Nelson intersperses this experience, with slices of everyday life, in doing so, effectively showing what it means to grow up in the shadow of such a tragedy; the extensive ripples of violent crime. Although an intensely personal, reflective story, this memoir also explores 'murder mind', and the culture of fascination around dead girls.

Emilymdxn Looks amazing! I want to read this so badly 2w
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn its really well written, I definitely recommend it, especially if you like true crime. (edited) 2w
Centique This one sounds like you might like it @Cinfhen 🤔 20h
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Cinfhen Thanks @Centique definitely in my wheelhouse #stacked 🙌🏻 (edited) 18h
ClairesReads @Centique @Cinfhen it‘s really well written I hope you enjoy it! 13h
Cinfhen Thanks!! I‘m looking to see if it‘s available through my library 12h
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The Populist Temptation | Barry Eichengreen
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The Populist Temptation is a thoroughly researched, clearly reasoned, evidence based analysis of the role of economic grievance/insecurity in creating environments vulnerable to populism. Eichengreen‘s claim is clear, and the comparative case studies of the US and Europe are effectively traced across history to illustrate this. For my purposes, there was a bit too much present focus, but this is a valuable perspective.

Emilymdxn That sounds like a great book! I‘ve been looking for something just like this comparing America and Europe 2w
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn hope you get to enjoy it. It was very interesting if a bit economically dense 2w
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The antidote to the PoliSci work reads

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Woman World | Aminder Dhaliwal
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Men have become extinct. In Woman World, the exclusively female community re-learns how to connect to each other, form and maintain relationships, and manage society on their own terms. Although at times too brief in its exploration of ideas for my liking, Dhaliwal is able to spotlight some really sharp observations about the way women think and act, and the role that our power relationship with men has in developing such patterns of behaviours.

ClairesReads #readharder2019 a self published book- a stretch but this was originally self-published on Instagram. 2w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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One last pitch perfect quote #indiebuddyreads

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Ali Smith describes Luiselli as a “novelist of rare vitality” and this is a perfect description of how I felt about this novel. Lost Children Archive is a nuanced, observational analysis of a family in crisis, juxtaposed against the wider human refugee crisis. Through this narrative Luiselli also explores the nature and purpose of archiving and storytelling. It‘s an exceptional achievement. #indiebuddyreads

mklong Lovely review! I hope to finish today. 3w
ClairesReads @mklong thank you Katie! I look forward to reading your thoughts and discussing xx 3w
BarbaraBB Great review. I‘m really looking forward to this one, even though I‘m not a big fan of Luiselli. The theme sounds so good and makes me want to read it. (edited) 3w
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RidgewayGirl I‘m reading this now and enjoying it, although I had to go buy a copy as I‘m finding it needs to be read slowly. 3w
Redwritinghood Great review. I hope to catch up soon. Started it a couple of days ago and love the writing. 3w
bedandabook Very good review, and I‘ve heard mixed things about this one so it‘s great to hear such positivity. Looking forward to getting to it soon. 3w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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This bit really touched my soul #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles @ClairesReads Tis always a good sign when your doing quoting ! 3w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I fully intend to finish tonight and honestly spoiler alert I love it 3w
Redheadrambles @clairesreads I get such childish glee when we both love a book it is ridiculous;) 3w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles me too- but also when we both hate one Hahahhaa 3w
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The Populist Temptation | Barry Eichengreen
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Work reads be like.... #historyteacherlife #teachersoflitsy

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Um, this appears brilliant so far #indiebuddyreads

readordierachel I just got this from the library. You're making me want to ditch all my current reads and start it! 3w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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This is immensely quotable #indiebuddyreads

merelybookish Yes! So many good quotes! 3w
Redheadrambles Yes! It‘s so smart - I can‘t wait to discuss it more fully next weekend 3w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles same! Gives me a chance to finish reading it 3w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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#indiebuddyreads time again 🙏🏻

Redwritinghood Yay! Hopefully, I‘ll be starting it this weekend. 3w
Redheadrambles Cool Claire - it‘s an interesting one ! 3w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood yay! I‘m looking forward to discussing it with you both 😊 3w
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merelybookish Oooh! I read this! It challenged me but I liked it more than I expected. 3w
ClairesReads @merelybookish that sounds promising! 3w
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I am in the middle of it now and I am becoming more and more impressed- it does edge towards pretension there sometimes but it‘s worthwhile 3w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I‘m only just starting because my week turned out to be more shambolic than expected, but I‘m finding it quote-worthy already which is a good sign. Prevention is usually something I like a bit of (for reasons even I can‘t understand so I‘m quite hopeful). Glad to hear you‘re enjoying it too x 3w
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads it is uber quote worthy ! 3w
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Woman World | Aminder Dhaliwal
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Latest library stack 👌🏻

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The Red Parts: A Memoir | Maggie Nelson
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Just trying again to be an audio book girl. I like podcasts so I suspect non-fiction is the way into this form for me.

Redwritinghood Hope it works for you. This sounds interesting. 4w
Mdargusch I love true crime and this sounds like a good one. I just realized I added this to my GR TBR in 2016! I‘m moving it up on my list now. 😀 4w
readordierachel This is a great read. Love Maggie Nelson. 3w
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The back of my edition of Like Water for Chocolate describes it as a "fairy tale, and a soap opera", and this is 100% accurate. I can see why this novel is as popular as it is. There's a lot to like here, its entertaining, dramatic, fast-moving, and outrageous. What I've realised, or reconfirmed, while reading this is that romance just isn't my genre. I wanted more from the characters, who ultimately seemed a bit superficial #readharder2019

Traci1 I felt the same way. I didn't love this near as much as everyone else seems to. 4w
CorLie The movie came out when I was *exactly* the right age for it. (I knew enough to get swept away, but too little too be too jaded) and I read the book shortly after. I'm not sure I'd like it as much now as I did then. I'd call this more magical realism than romance, though. It has romance in it, but it doesn't have a romance novel feel... 3w
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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This was April (plus Freshwater). School break always makes for great reading months and this was no exception. Still on track with #readharder2019 , a good dose of work reading, and some solid #indiebuddyreads managed to get in there too. Stand outs were easily, Spring, West, and The Lost Man- all of which I loved for different reasons.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 📖💖 4w
ClairesReads @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego thank you- it was a great month 4w
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Spring | Ali Smith
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This has been the school break 🏫

Freespirit Wow great books! 1mo
ClairesReads @Freespirit they mostly were yes 🙂 1mo
BarbaraBB You‘ve read a lot! Favorite? 1mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!!! Great!! What did you think of The Pisces? I purchased that for a friend‘s birthday. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Never mind, I see the review. 1mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB definitely Spring 😍 1mo
ClairesReads @JanuarieTimewalker13 hope it‘s helpful 😊 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Haha!! Yes!! Thank you!! 1mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads such an impressive book stack, hopefully Spring is in my May one ! 4w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I‘m excited to talk Spring with you 4w
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An historical romance by an author of colour #readharder2019

Redheadrambles Oooh this is the tricky task 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yessss. I‘m pretty sure we decided that this would work for it, and I‘ve had it lying around for years, so it‘s very much a kill two birds with one stone situation for me. 1mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yep they are the best situations, getting some old stock off the TBR piles. I might need to consider this one as well. 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yes I love it when read harder gets me to read something I‘ve had around for ages. It‘s very efficient 1mo
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Harper is easily becoming the master of the slow-burn crime novel. The Lost Man has all the hallmarks of her other work- the extreme landscape is foregrounded, and we are humbled by its power over men, she puts small, isolated communities and families under the microscope. Her characters are real, and believably flawed. I didn‘t see the twist coming, and it added to the thematic weight of the novel, as an examination of misogyny and violence.

Freespirit Great review. I thought it was her best book yet. And what a great reading spot❤️ 1mo
ClairesReads @Freespirit I totally agree- easily her best yet. Also, such a stunning reading spot I am very lucky! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review 👏 1mo
ClairesReads @erzascarletbookgasm thank you 🙏🏻 1mo
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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#aussieapril continues (belatedly) with this one I borrowed from my Dad.

erzascarletbookgasm I really liked this! 👍 1mo
ClairesReads @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m enjoying it too. I really liked her other books, but I think this might be better than the second one. 1mo
AntoinetteBuchanan This is my favourite of all her books 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm My thoughts exactly! 😁 May be her best so far! 1mo
Joreads I loved this one as well. She is a great writer 1mo
ClairesReads @erzascarletbookgasm @AntoinetteBuchanan I totally agree- easily her best yet 1mo
ClairesReads @Joreads absolutely- she‘s great! 1mo
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The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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This is a novel that examines tragedy, both large and small in scale. Through these twin tragedies, Gandolfo interrogates some challenging ideas about both human nature, and urban Australian society- social mobility, and immobility, generational change and stasis, it‘s a reminder of the role of chance in determining the outcomes of the poor decisions which we universally make, and that in the face of immeasurable loss and grief that life endures.

Redheadrambles Pleased you enjoyed this one 👍🏻 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thanks for encouraging me this way- I probably wouldn‘t have picked this up without the trusty group 1mo
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The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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I am really enjoying this book but WHHHHYYYY does it have a typo?!

rretzler I hate finding typos in books and it seems to happen more and more often. 1mo
Redwritinghood Oops! And on the same page! 1mo
ClairesReads @rretzler I know it‘s human error and I would also probably miss something like that but UGH it grates me still 1mo
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ClairesReads @Redwritinghood just not ideal hey? 1mo
Joanne1 I‘ve just finished and found at least four typos/errors in it. Every time I read it totally took me away from the story. 1mo
ClairesReads @Joanne1 annoying hey??? It‘s a good read otherwise 1mo
Suet624 I have to type that name when typing the local school board minutes. I can never remember which way to type it. 😂😂 1mo
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The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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I‘ve been looking forward to this #Stellaprize short list read #indiebuddyreads

RadicalReader Beautiful book cover 1mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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Wtf did I just read? I‘m genuinely unsure whether this is the best book I‘ve ever read or the worst book I‘ve ever read. Either way, I loved reading, or hate-reading this outrageous novel. It‘s at times, trashy, pulpy and gratuitous, at others serious and tragic. It‘s absurd, and confusing. It‘s definitely pretentious. But it was a bewildering, hilarious, bizarre reading experience.

merelybookish It is confusing! Part of me was annoyed by it, but then I felt being annoyed was kind of part of the point. Either way, it pushes boundaries and I had to respect that. 1mo
Redwritinghood Nice review. This one is up next for me if I can finish Ordinary People. That is dragging. 1mo
ClairesReads @merelybookish yes! It‘s so gross and, not well written but at the same time compelling. 1mo
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ClairesReads @Redwritinghood good luck Jerrie! This is a crazy time 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I unstacked this one lately but maybe I should stack it again 😉😀 1mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB I‘m still genuinely uncertain if it‘s terrible or genius. You may not know even if you read it 1mo
mklong This is up next for me too, I am so so curious! 1mo
ClairesReads @mklong I can‘t wait to talk to you about it Katie! 1mo
Suet624 Love this review. 1mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 thank you! 1mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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Next up from the #womensprize long list...apparently there‘s fish sex in it 🤷🏻‍♀️🎉

Abailliekaras Ha ha! I haven‘t been tempted, but look forward to hearing your thoughts. 1mo
ClairesReads @Abailliekaras haha I totally understand. It‘s 50/50- I‘m either going to love it, or I‘m going to hate it. I don‘t feel like there‘s a middle ground. 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks I‘m in the “love it” camp! 🙌👏 1mo
ClairesReads @Erinreadsthebooks that‘s encouraging 1mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ An American Marriage was a bit of a flip flop read for me. At times I thought it was incredibly well-executed, insightful and compelling, and at other times I was bored, and the characters and circumstances felt false or forced. As an examination of the complexity of marriages, and familial relationships, of what it is to be African American, and the far reaching consequences of wrongful incarceration- this is an important novel.

KateFulfordAuthor Great review thanks 1mo
ClairesReads @KateFulfordAuthor thank you 😊 1mo
Suet624 Yup, I agree with you. 1mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 glad to hear it 😊 1mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Apprehensively embarking on this... #womensprize made me do it

OneLitChick It‘s so good. 1mo
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The History teacher in me loves a book where the central premise is that History is important and we have a lot to learn from it. On Tyranny is a brief, salient, timely reminder of what we are only ever a few small steps away from tyranny, and that we are all responsible for actively maintaining the social and political freedoms we value. Snyder uses the tyrants from our past to illuminates the potential tyrants of our present.

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THIS

Suet624 YES!! 1mo
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Here I am...on the internet.

tpixie Well this internet space is special!!! 🥳📚🥳 1mo
Chrissyreadit I think Litsy must be the exception! 1mo
QueenJen It is a place top connect with books!😉📚 1mo
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Redwritinghood Easier said than done. 1mo
ClairesReads @Chrissyreadit @tpixie @QueenJen @Redwritinghood I think Litsy and Goodreads must be the exception 😊 1mo
tpixie @ClairesReads yes! ♥️📚♥️ 1mo
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My fave so far

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Next. (School Reading never stops in the holidays) #teachersoflitsy

Emilymdxn Looks great! Important concepts to veg in there at school! What are you planning to use it for? 1mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn I teach a scholarship history course (kind of like AP) at the school I teach at. Each year our qualifications authority assigns a different theme- this year its “the role of populism as a historical force”. I‘m hoping this has some gems for helping students think about why populism emerges and how populist leaders exploit conditions to gain support. 1mo
Emilymdxn That sounds super fascinating! Great topic for young people to be studying. Whereabouts do you teach? 1mo
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ClairesReads @Emilymdxn very relevant! I‘m in Auckland, New Zealand. 1mo
Emilymdxn It‘d be great to have something like that in the Uk! Jealous. 1mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn yes- I‘m not sure what the equivalent is in the UK (or if you even have one). It‘s basically an extra exam for the kids here and the top 3% get an award (and cash) 1mo
Emilymdxn I think the closest we have here is called the Extended Project qualification where you get a year of classes in general academic research (formatting proper bibliographies etc.) and write a project on anything you‘re interested in or build something or put on an event, make a presentation about it and it counts for like 1/2 an a level? They‘re good for learning adult research skills and future job stuff, quite different but closest we have I thin 1mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn oh that sounds interesting too! 1mo
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History Repeating is an accessible examination of populist movements, revolutions, leaders, and regimes which seeks to illustrate commonalities in the way populism appears and acts. Wilkin used these case studies to contextualise the global political events of 2016. The argument that is presented draws on a range of research and thinking, based in the disciplines of Social Science and Political Science. An entertaining and informative analysis.

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Loving Sylvie | Elizabeth Smither
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Shout out to Allen and Unwin NZ who hooked me up with this. It‘s a beautifully written novel (I can tell the writer is a poet) about families and relationships, and the complexity of being an individual within this context. I‘m probably not the target audience, but it‘s the perfect book to buy your mum or grandma. I‘m off to give this to my Nana who I‘m sure will love it.

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Loving Sylvie | Elizabeth Smither
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Current read in exchange for review- I‘ve read about 100 pages and I think I‘m not really the target market for this. If you need a book for your mum or nana, they‘re bound to love this though. It‘s heading straight to my nana when I‘m done because I know she‘ll love it.

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Spring | Ali Smith
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Sometimes there is an author who just speaks to you in a way that others don‘t or can‘t, and Ali Smith is that author for me.
Spring exceeded my super high expectations. In it, Smith is as always, an exceptional wordsmith. She confronts us unapologetically with some of the most real darkness of our times. But within this perfectly crafted reflection of the worst parts of ourselves, there are glimmers of hope. And that is the Ali Smith Magic.

arlenefinnigan I'm finding it a bit of a slog on audio. Can't decide if the more polemical bits are great witty reflections on modern society or a bit smart arse and pretentious. The narrator's attempts at the various accents isn't helping. 1mo
ClairesReads @arlenefinnigan interesting thoughts- I‘m not an audio fan at the best of times, but can‘t imagine this would be particularly gratifying in that form. Much of the genius I think is in the ability to linger over parts of this, or reread bits... 1mo
mklong So glad you loved it! But, of course, I knew you would. 1mo
ClairesReads @mklong haha thanks Katie! What‘s not to love 💚💚 1mo
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Spring | Ali Smith
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Ali Smith is a bloody queen. That‘s all.

mklong ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
ClairesReads @mklong 😍😍 1mo
mklong I have a feeling she may set a record as our fastest IBR Hall of Fame Inductee 1mo
ClairesReads @mklong it would only be appropriate 1mo
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Spring | Ali Smith
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batsy I need this on a t-shirt. 1mo
ClairesReads @batsy right?! 1mo
Clare_Riley Ooh, I just got this out of the library yesterday!! I‘m looking forward to reading it! 1mo
ClairesReads @Clare_Riley honestly it‘s the best one yet I think 1mo
Clare_Riley @ClairesReads I was going to finish my other library book first, but I think I‘m going to have to just get on with Spring! I love Ali Smith books! 1mo
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Spring | Ali Smith
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Yass finally!!

mklong I hope you love it! I‘ve been taking my time with it, but I won‘t be able to help devouring the last 100 pages this morning. My self control has its limits! 1mo
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West: A Novel | Carys Davies
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This novel is slight and quiet, but still manages to discuss big ideas, draw vivid portrait of a place, and construct characters with depth. This is a novel you savour sentence by sentence, and are compelled to read on. In many ways this isn‘t a new story; it leans on the western genre to tell a familiar tale of fated journeys, American exceptionalism, and the arrogance of the white man in the face of nature, and those who have come before.

erzascarletbookgasm Great review and this photo is 👌 1mo
mklong Wow, that sounds great! 1mo
ClairesReads @mklong I mean, it‘s probably not for everyone- it‘s sparse, and sort of leaves a lot unsaid or implied. But that‘s my jam and I really thought it was brilliant. I hope you get to read it and love it too sometime. 1mo
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ClairesReads @erzascarletbookgasm thank you so much. That doormat is great for book photos! 1mo
TheLibrarian Great review!! 1mo
mklong Yep, leaving much unsaid is my jam too 1mo
Gillyreads Sounds really interesting 1mo
NatalieR Awesome review! 1mo
Tamra So glad you liked it! 1mo
readordierachel Sounds very timely. 1mo
Redwritinghood Nice review! With this story, I had only wished that it was a bit longer. 1mo
Suet624 Ooohhh, sounds so good. Beautiful photo. 1mo
ClairesReads @NatalieR @Gillyreads @Tamra @readordierachel thank you- it‘s a great read (IMO) 1mo
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood I totally get that Jerrie, even though I sort of enjoyed its brevity. 1mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 it‘s really good- highly recommended. 1mo
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West: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Um this is quite good aye?

mklong Aye! 1mo
ClairesReads @mklong have you read this one Katie? 1mo
mklong No, but that quote is amazing. One more for the TBR. 1mo
ClairesReads @mklong I loved it WAY MORE than I expected to 1mo
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West: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Recommended by a friend.

Emilymdxn Gorgeous cover! 2mo
Tamra Davies is a favorite author - autobuy for me! 2mo
batsy I bought this recently. Probably because of @Tamra 😁 (yet to read, though!) 2mo
ClairesReads @Emilymdxn it‘s a stunner right? 2mo
ClairesReads @batsy @Tamra I‘ve not read Davies before but excited by this one 2mo
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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This novel, is exceptional, in terms of the scope and ambition of the ideas it explores, and the originality of its expression. It is a dark narrative, one that is awash with intense feelings, passionate deeds, connection, and isolation. Emezi writes about identity, what makes us who we are, and what happens when that identity is fragmented and competing. There‘s a lot going on here, and all of it is good. #indiebuddyreads

Suet624 I LOVED this book. I‘m so happy it‘s getting on so many lists for awards. 1mo
ClairesReads @Suet624 me too- it was excellent. 1mo
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