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Curiouser_and_curiouser

Curiouser_and_curiouser

Joined September 2018

www.goodreads.com/lorenereads I like big books and I cannot lie....reader, maker, knitter, face painter & balloon artist. Melbournian
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Listening to The Giver of Stars whilst I get back into watercolor painting after 4 years break. I was only a beginner back then so still in my learning phase.
Hoping to paint some more interesting subjects in the future. Although not yet finished I gained some confidence whilst listening to this beautiful book and getting familiar with my paints again. What a satisfying evening.

This story is so beautifully told. I'm loving it so far.

Kimberlone Pretty!! 4mo
Lindy Lovely painting! 4mo
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katy4peas Wow! I‘m learning watercolor, but mine is nowhere near as controlled as yours is! Beautiful! 😍 4mo
marleed So pretty! 4mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s incredible—you‘re really good! 3mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm This is lovely! I‘ve always wanted to be able to do watercolors. Every attempt of mine looks like a muddy mess. 😅 3mo
Suet624 Lovely! 3mo
Nute Quite lovely! 3mo
WJCintron Great job! This is beautiful! 👏 👏 👏 😃 3mo
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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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Online schooling ✔
Lunch ✔
Doctors app ✔
Shopping ✔

Now for a bit of reading before dinner....

I'm almost 2/3 of the way into Gone Girl. I'm a bit weirded out by one of the main characters atm.
Enjoying the story so far. This kind of genre is definitely helping to confirm my favorite genre. And it's not this.
I've just finished Verity, & this has a similar feel. I enjoy them but stories which are set further back in history interest me more.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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As our book of the month, my bookclub has chosen Verity for August.
I purchase it online and I'm now 75 pages in.
Not my usual genre but not too bad so far....

My only regret was reading the blurb on the back cover! I felt like it gave away far too much & I was rolling my eyes when the storyline was becoming ambiguous. I was already drawing conclusions.

Tip, don't read blurb on back cover if you like some surprise elements!

Bookwomble Uggh! I hate blurbs and introductions which give too much away! 🤬 4mo
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I've been jumping around a few books this week and tried out this one before it disappears from my audio library in 3 days. Well, I'm loving it so far!

CoverToCoverGirl Such a good book! 4mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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Mehso-so

Just finished this book as part of a bookclub read. It felt like a quick 16 hours on audio.
Not my usual genre but it was ok. I've never read anything by Liane Moriarty before and thought I never would.
I will elaborate more tomorrow.

JamieArc I finished this last week and thought it was just okay. I do think it will translate great to screen and am looking forward to the Hulu adaptation coming out soon. 4mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @JamieArc Yes! I thought the exact same thing after I saw the preview of the series. Can't wait to get access to it. I don't have Hulu but I'll find it somehow. Definitely looking forward to watching it 😁 Hope you enjoy it too. 4mo
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I made some bookmarks recently for family members and I quite enjoyed it so I have decided to make some more. These are the ones I've completed this week as Melbourne is now in it's 5th lockdown. All my work has been cancelled again, luckily I don't have a mortgage!
So I have thought long and hard and decided to dedicate more time to my art to hopefully get me through these unpaid weeks should they continue on in the future.
More to come soon..😊

peanutnine These are absolutely gorgeous 😍 Do you have an online shop? 4mo
Cortg Wow! These are amazing! Do you hand draw the image? I'm very impressed! 4mo
Karisa They are beautiful! 4mo
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Kenziejo Oh, wow. Those are beautiful! 😍 4mo
xicanti These are gorgeous! 4mo
tracey38 Beautiful bookmarks. Goodluck in this ongoing Covid world and your 5th lock down. 4mo
ErinSueMreads These are so gorgeous 4mo
TheSpineView So pretty! 💞 4mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @TheSpineView @ErinSueMreads @tracey38 @xicanti @Kenziejo @Karisa @Cortg @peanutnine Thank you all so very much for your compliments!!! You have lifted my spirits this morning 😊 4mo
KateReadsYA Wow. Beautiful 4mo
CarolynM They're lovely! Are you thinking about an Etsy store? I'd buy them.🙂 4mo
SamAnne Those are so beautiful. 4mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @peanutnine @CarolynM than you for your queries re purchasing my bookmarks online. I am currently in the process of setting all that up. I will keep you updated. Thank you so much for your support 😊 4mo
Nute Whoa! Absolutely amazing! You are very talented! I would definitely purchase these. 3mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Nute thank you so much for the compliment 😊 3mo
WJCintron 😍 😍 😍 3mo
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof | Tennessee Williams
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Found these top four books at a little free library in Brunswick right where I was working on Sunday 😃

I must do the rounds and drop my read books off to these lovely little shared libraries.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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My birthday present to myself.
Normally I scour opshops for my books but there's been a few of which I can't seem to find. My wishlist was growing so, as I had so much work these last couple weeks and it was my birthday I thought I'd order the most prominent on my wishlist from online! I never pay full price for books, so it's quite special

Very excited 😁😁😁

Let's hope I don't find any of these at the opshop for a buck in the near future, lol!

Bookwormjillk Happy birthday 🎁🎈🎉🎊🎂 5mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Happy birthday! 🎉Love picking out books for a birthday present. 5mo
Palimpsest Happy birthday! Looks like you‘ve picked some great books! 🎂 📚 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! Good picks 5mo
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The Land Girls | Victoria Purman
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I'm just over halfway atm
It really paints a picture of the difficult times and uncertainty as well as people's relationships in the early 40's in Australia during the war. Everyone doing their part to help the boys away at war. All the small things not really thought of, like grape picking to make fruit cakes to send over, school rubber drives, sock knitting, etc....
Letter writing also so beautiful between parents, friends, siblings, and lovers.

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Been flat out working over school hols (thank goodness!) & haven't had much time for physical reading, but I've been listening to this fabulous audiobook on my long drives to & from jobs. It's the perfect companion to a lengthy drive & even though I didn't always look forward to listening to it early on, I sure got plenty from it soon after! Infact, I would happily read it again!
So much to think about, so much to learn.
So thought provoking.

MrsMalaprop I liked this one too. 5mo
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Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
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These are the 3 books I am currently reading and coincidentally, I've just realized, they are all because of my 3 children.
Alice in Wonderland I'm listening to each night with my 8 year old girl.
The Hunger Games I'm reading with my 12 year old. It is a first time read for both of us.
Gone Girl I'm reading as my 19 year old wants to watch the movie with me but I'd like to read the book first.
3 great reasons to be reading 😍😍😍

Cathythoughts 3 great reasons indeed ❤️ 5mo
MrsMalaprop Love it 😍 5mo
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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After binge watching the mini series The Beautiful Lie on Netflix recently (based on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina) I've become obsessed with this story. I can't stop thinking about it. I have actually never even known the story before, although aware of the book.
So I've decided to sink my teeth into the novel today. Normally I'd be out at work from sunup til after sundown but once again all of my bookings were cancelled, so another week without pay...

I.be.Stef I didn‘t know about the Netflix series. Gotta check it out :) Did you know there‘s a movie starring Keira Knightley based on the book? 6mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Hi @I.be.Stef , yes I was aware of the movie but I had been avoiding watching it as I hadn't read the book yet, but then I decided to watch The Beautiful Lie. It's an Aussie series, set in modern day Australia so I was pulled in immediately, being an Aussie myself. Now I'm watching the BBC series (Anna Karenina - 2013) on YouTube. Same story of course with a few little changes and totally different time periods to modern Netflix series. 5mo
I.be.Stef @Curiouser_and_curiouser Wow! I didn‘t know there were so many adaptations! Thanks for letting me know. I need to check them out asap. ☺️ (edited) 5mo
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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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Out for our exercise today during Victoria's current lockdown (with another 7 day extension I've just heard).
Got my water, my coffee, my knitting and my book.
My 12 yr old daughter is reading The Hunger Games at the moment so I'm reading along with her. My first time reading. Enjoying it so far 😊

I.be.Stef My sister just finished reading the series. She loved it! I‘m catching up soon 😂 6mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @I.be.Stef cool! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series too 🙂 5mo
I.be.Stef @Curiouser_and_curiouser Nice! ♥️ btw thanks for the likes! Truly appreciate it. 🥰🤗 (edited) 5mo
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The Zookeeper's Wife | Diane Ackerman
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It's day 3 of a 7 day lockdown here in Melbourne & I should be face painting all day at the Royal Melbourne Zoo but instead I'm reading The Zookeeper's Wife in bed.
Yesterday was spent cleaning my garage & preparing for online schooling next week! Keeping busy & productive 😁

This book is incredible in terms of facts in & around Warsaw during the German occupation in Ww2.
Looking forward to watching the movie when I finish.
Only 50 pages left!

CarolynM Better numbers today. Fingers crossed the 7 days is enough. I'm sick of the mask already! 6mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Oh no! Are you still working @CarolynM ? I've got mine on just for a walk to the park atm. I've just heard it's been extended for another 7 days. I'm just going to slowly catch up on work at home and minimize our stuff in general. As well as get started on taxes. Might as well use the time for productivity. 6mo
CarolynM No, not really, just a very little part time work. I don't mind the mask do much indoors, but I really hate it when I'm walking! 6mo
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Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
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I think I read this book at around 12-14yrs. I must admit I was curious about this story but I remember I didn't really find it engrossing.
Reading it again 36 years later I have a completely different perspective & am very much enjoying chipping away at it on audiobook with my 8 yr old.
We listen to about 5 minutes or less before she's fast asleep!!! I am liking taking it slowly & repeating some parts many times with overlapping a bit each night.

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The Zookeeper's Wife | Diane Ackerman
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I've just read chapter 20 about pediatrician Henryk Goldszmit/Janusz Korczak. The saddest chapter so far.

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Between a Wolf and a Dog | Georgia Blain
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I've never read any of Georgia Blain's work.
I actually have this on my shelf, but as I listen I couldn't imagine enjoying reading it although it is written beautifully. I'm listening whilst I pack for a weekend away.
It delves into the few main characters individually. Their lives past, current, their relationships, regrets & reflections. Although not engrossing, sister April totally makes me think of my girl!
Set in Australia. Rose Bay, Sydney.

MrsMalaprop Oh, I adored this one. 7mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I'm glad you both enjoyed this book. I am finding it boring tbh. I've got it on audiobook so perhaps I'm doing too many things whilst it's on but I'm not really invested in the characters enough to care. I'm almost halfway. I hope it gets better soon 🙂 7mo
MrsMalaprop I‘m not sure whether audio could be part of the issue 🤷‍♀️. This book sucked me in and spat me out, and was the reason I‘ve since sought out the rest of her work. How interesting is it that we all have such varied responses to books? I do hope it gets better for you, but maybe it won‘t 🤔? 7mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @MrsMalaprop thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yes, perhaps that could be it that it's on audiobook. I have the book at home so I might give it a go instead of listening. Might be the narrator also? Yes I find it interesting how different our thoughts are. I find I like a book according to what my needs are. Perhaps it's not meeting my immediate needs?? 6mo
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Listening to this inbetween reading The Zookeeper's Wife.
An interesting memoir of two girls from South Africa beginning with the tragic fate of one.

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My Brilliant Career | Miles Franklin
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This was a wonderful story of a young girl's life, her coming of age and a love story wound in, set in Australia in the late 1800's.
I've just finished it on the way home from work, a perfect end to my day :)

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The Zookeeper's Wife | Diane Ackerman
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Reading this amazing true story at the moment!

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Rebecca (Special) | Daphne Du Maurier
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Page 6
"Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind"

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"Mrs. Van Hopper's voice pierced my dream like an electric bell."
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Tera66 Amazing cover! 7mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Tera66 yeah, it is beautiful. One day I shall own my own, but for now I'll just admire the library's copy 😍 7mo
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Just spent the last day, night and now morning finishing The Nightingale.
Wow, surprises all through!
I felt I was right there with these strong characters, more invested always knowing that the setting was very real.
I love the message in the story, the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Heartbreaking times, living lives full of fear, risk, challenge, courage, adventure, survival, love.
Tear jerker.

ReadingisMyPassion Loved this book! 7mo
Koffeejazzandbooks This was a good one 7mo
Louise Yes, this book is so well-written! I listened to the audiobook, and it was excellent. 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Such a good book. I recommend it to everyone. 7mo
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Finding it hard to find the time to read lately with work being so busy, but I'm chipping away at this one.
It actually makes me think of the series 'Allo 'Allo as I'm reading & last night I found a few episodes that I used to watch so many years ago, quite ignorant then of the reality of war. But I'm finding many similarities between the two, albeit very different approaches. Anyway, I've had a good laugh at the series & now back to the book 😍

catiewithac Pretty bookmark 8mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @catiewithac Thank you! It was a Chrissy gift to myself. It came in a bookmark shaped pad of 12, one for every month of the year. Every time I lose a bookmark I tear off another! Lol!! 7mo
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This scorched landscape stretches all the way to Lake Eyre, a salt lake covering around 5800 square kilometers with an annual rainfall of less than 125 millimeters. Surrounded by the Tirari Desert, the area has remained largely immune to the taming of influence of fences, roads and homesteads. Travellers through the ages have found it an unsettling environment. The explorer Cecil Madigan wrote in 1940: (see above)

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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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Part 2 of my splurge at the OP shop recently.
Loving how big and diverse my collection is getting now but I must stick to reading my own books and stop borrowing from the library in order to chip away at my stacks.
So excited about all the possibilities I have to choose from though!

CoverToCoverGirl Choices are important! 📖📖📖📖 8mo
curiouserandcurioser @Curiouser_and_curiouser i love The Secret Garden:) 8mo
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Curiouser_and_curiouser @curiouserandcurioser oh cool, I've got another copy somewhere but this is a Puffin Classics edition and I am slowly building a small collection of these, so I'll be able to donate my other copy. I've never read it so I'm looking forward to reading it soon 😊 8mo
curiouserandcurioser @Curiouser_and_curiouser I hope you enjoy it as much as i do-i love to reread it and revisit a favorite:) Yoyr edition is beautiful:) 8mo
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And yes, I had another book buying spree at my favorite op shop a little while ago.... this is half of it.
But when will I find the time???
Hoping work will die down a little to give me a breather and some reading time. I need some down time!

MrsMalaprop Hope you get some reading time soon. 8mo
Ruthiella I really liked The Persian Boy. I need to read more from Renault! 😀 8mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @MrsMalaprop Thank you! Me too! Looking forward to it. I have set aside 2 hours for myself this morning before Easter clean up and preparations begin, then work again tonight. 8mo
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Curiouser_and_curiouser Thanks for your comment @Ruthiella I love hearing of others recommendations and TBR's. Gets me very excited to read the books I own. I really like to have a ground or a backstory or purpose for reading a book, it creates more meaning for me. Thanks so much x 8mo
umbrellagirl That Ann Patchett was fabulous. It is worth making the time! 8mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @umbrellagirl sure is! I had some time today so I'm feeling almost normal again 😉 And yes, The Dutch House is a fantastic one, I have read it but it was an ebook read on my phone. So happy to have my own copy now. I'd like to read a couple of others of hers I have in my collection too. I've heard great things! 8mo
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Found these 3 in a little free library recently!
My friend has been talking about Women Who Run with the Wolves! So excited I have an opportunity to read it also.

Any thoughts on the other 2 books?

gossamerchild I enjoyed the Alice Hoffman. It's been a while, but I do remember liking it. 8mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @gossamerchild oh cool! Thanks. I haven't read anything of hers yet. Looking forward to it :) 8mo
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I finished this chunkster this week and it's recorded the time I spent reading/listening. Wowsers! 3 days!
That's like almost 80 hours of listening (and rewinding) lol.
That'll gotta be my record.
Well I really loved this one, paired with the hardcover from the library, I found it so fascinating.
Now I'm onto The Dig Tree, same true story, written 15 years earlier by Sarah Murgatroyd.

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"Some believed the Australian interior would reveal nothing more than a vast desert, others fantasised about mountain ranges, fertile plains, lost civilisations and wild animals unknown to science. A few believed the semi-submersible wagon might be needed to sail across an inland sea. The truth was - nobody knew."

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Rebecca | Daphne Dame Du Maurier
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Ok, on the hunt for Daphne du Maurier books, with my heart set on Rebecca, I found 3 of hers in a second hand book shop and my reserve at the library for Rebecca finally arrived.
I only have a few days left to read it for the #authoramonth challenge with @Soubhiville , but if i can't before then, then I'm still happy to read them later on in the year!

Tera66 Aww. Kitty belly!😍 8mo
rabbitprincess 😻😻😻kitty tummy! 8mo
Soubhiville I love this photo so much! 8mo
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Right as I finally come to the close of Burke & Wills by Peter Fitzsimons, a copy of The Dig Tree comes in on reserve at the library for me!
A VERY busy weekend coming up for me with work, but on Monday I'll be snuggled up in bed ready to dig into The Dig Tree, from Sarah Murgatroyd's perspective, written 16 yrs previously to Fitzsimons. (Looks like the tagged book needs the authors name corrected).
So excited! I may just begin it right now 😁

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Woo hoo! They made it! Well almost....the last leg, traveled on foot, Burke and Wills struggled through & were bogged down in the mangroves, only a days trek from the actual sea (the water here was salty at least) & not even a marker was left to indicate the furthest point of their expedition.
A long, difficult trek of 2000 miles across the Australian continent taking 6 months from Melbourne, Victoria to The Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory

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"Beckler is stunned at the humility, the honesty... the humanity. It is the act of a gracious man with a conscience that Beckler had previously not considered the Aborigines capable of. Just like real people!"

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This is such an amazing book.
The story, of course true, documented through journals, letters, news articles, personal recounts, documents & such is full, riveting & easy as well as entertaining to read.
Peter Fitzsimons has done a remarkable job in painting a textured picture of this expedition and breathing life into familiar names us Aussies know so well.
So much going on & much hardship on their journey. Its 4am & I can't put this book down!

wordslinger42 Sounds interesting!! 8mo
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After waiting a week for this book to come in at the library, making a trip (actually 3 trips, it was misplaced & they couldn't find it) to pick it up, then carrying it around all day hoping I would find a moment to read it, which there wasn't, I've sat down ready, responded to a couple of late enquiries on my phone & I look down and see this!
Will I be cruel and move her off, or just wait until tomorrow?
Loving this book so far on audio though!

AmyG Your sweet cat...reminds me of my Hilly. Can I borrow fr a few years???? ( we so need to get a pet) 8mo
Liatrek 😻😻 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl 😻😂 8mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @AmyG Aaawww, I'd love to but who would wake me at 4am with very loud mews for food when there is already some in her bowl? Lol. I was years without a cat due to life circumstances, maybe 10?, so I'm not letting this one go just yet. She is now 4 years old but it feels like we only got her recently. My cat love basket is not yet full. But you are most welcome to visit for some snuggles and pats, she is very friendly, my little Ladybug 🐞 8mo
AmyG 😘 8mo
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World Without End | Ken Follett
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Another stumble into a local op shop, but I only had 30 mins before school pick up to quickly scan the many shelves, I think I got just over halfway. Happy with my finds.
I will save a longer browse, (usually I'm there a minimum of 2 hours) for a day when I have the headspace to stop and relax and the need to feel nourished. These are such special days and I like to stretch them out inbetween and do not ever take them for granted, they are earned.

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So obsessed with every word of this story I seem to have spent 15 hrs just listening to the first 2 hrs 40 mins, writing most of it down from the audiobook, as there are a lot of people in the planning stages of this famous expedition so far.
I have now reserved the paperback (which shows maps, etc..) as I'm finding myself googling maps whilst they are talking of expeditions made prior to this one led by Robert O'Hara Burke.
Utterly fascinating!

Curiouser_and_curiouser @Milara Lol, yes that's me! My husband was just saying this to me yesterday after I was going on and on about the story. I feel a bit cheated that I did not know these details sooner, like 30 years ago in high school. I have kept my old HS text books on immigrants, indigenous people and the colonization of Australia etc..and am very much looking forward to 'studying' them again as a mature age reader 😊 9mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Milara yes, I agree. I'm enjoying learning about these topics so much more at the age I am now. 8mo
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OMG!!
I've just finished the book! Loved it
I'm reeling at the ending & the entire book in fact. No wonder there is so much talk about it
My only regret was that i googled a question when I was about halfway through & amongst it came up some other questions. One of them spoiled the ending. I was waiting for it to come up, but it was the actual ending!!! Waaaahhhh, total spoil. But otherwise I adored the book. Totally!
I heard there will be a movie

Cathythoughts I liked this one too 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
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After listening to the beginning of this book, Im really enjoying the story & want to read rather than listen. I reserved it at the library & picked it up for the weekend, chatting to the librarian. Our girls are best friends.
The next day, the librarian comes by to pick my girl up to go away for the long weekend with them. She says she doesn't have a book for her holiday & the only one I can think of to suggest to lend to her is this one! 😳😩🤣

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Look what arrived at the library for me!
I've started this on audiobook (which I waited 3 or 4 months for) but I feel like I'd like to read it sometimes when I can and listen when I'm on the go.
I've heard so much about it. I'm really enjoying it so far!

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Wow, what a childhood!
What courage & strength Tara needed to finally begin to break away from the tight restrictions of her family's Mormon beliefs & lifestyle to try to find her own path, not to mention the abuse she experienced.
This book has had me engrossed from the very beginning. I also suffered abuse as a child and to read of someone else's experience & how it makes them think & feel really hit home with me.
Only a few pages left...

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The Art of War | Tzu, Sun
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Avoiding all the work there is to do today, I accidentally fell into an opshop this morning and before I knew it I was walking out with these!

AmyG Oops! 🙌🏻 9mo
Come-read-with-me What a great place to fall into! 9mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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Just finished this today.
All I could think of once they had shifted dimensions was that it was all referring to religion and it made me roll my eyes a little.
I was excited for the idea to read it with my girls but I'm not sure they would enjoy it?
It certainly was an adventure & nothing like I imagined it would be. I may have to read it again to slow down & get a better grasp on some of the conversations and topics. I'm left a little puzzled.

tpixie I remember as a child I absolutely loved this book and read it more than once. I loved the science and the time travel and the Mrs. Who, Whatsit , & Which. A couple years ago I reread it and it did not touch my heart in the same way. It made me realize I lost a part of my child. Your children may see the magic in it that we now miss as adults 9mo
LitStephanie I read this as a kid and loved it. Not until I saw the movie that came out a few years back did I even realize that it had religious overtones and, like you, I was rolling my eyes but still enjoyed the story. 9mo
Ruthiella I loved this as a child! I was maybe 8 or 9. Any religious imagery went over my head (same with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). 9mo
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Wow! I've just indulged and read 4 chapters of this in bed this morning. It's grabbed me from the get-go and I have only put it down to eat and tend the kids.
I've had this ebook borrowed on my library app since last Sept but have not got around to reading it til today.
I read yet another positive review and thought, I've been holding out too long. So I just thought I'd have a taste of it, which I often do with my tbr's, and now I'm hooked!

Kloves2read It‘s such a phenomenal book! 🥰 9mo
LeeRHarry I needed several tissues! 😢 9mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Kloves2read and @LeeRHarry Ooooohhh, so I've heard! I am ready with the tissues but I haven't felt able to have a good cry in the last few years so I'm ready for the challenge 😉 I am wondering why I don't cry anymore when even a 2 minute ad or a children's book could often bring me to tears. I am ready. See what happens 😁 9mo
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LeeRHarry @Curiouser_and_curiouser I‘ve become more of a crier this past year and this I read only last year - been accused of being cold hearted as I didn‘t cry at Les Mis 😆 9mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @LeeRHarry oh, well that's understandable, last year was definitely something to cry about. I haven't read Les Mis. I guess something really needs to touch you to cause tears. I think after going through some family issues a few years ago I felt so vulnerable and overwhelmed and it went on for so long that my emotions have shut down. I miss 'feeling' like I used to. Maybe comes with age also. 9mo
tpixie @Curiouser_and_curiouser now this book moved me as an adult & has stayed with me. Can‘t remember if I cried. I used to express more emotions, and really don‘t cry much anymore, either . Sometimes emotions are just exhausting 😀 9mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @tpixie Ok, yes, so far it has moved me also, but not to tears, yet. Yes, agree with you regarding how exhausting emotions can be. Perhaps this is why I have changed. I have also been simplifying everything in my life for this very reason! Thanks for sharing and helping me understand this change 😊 9mo
tpixie @Curiouser_and_curiouser 💖 ( I don‘t think I cried either, but it touched me) Happy Reading! 📖💝📚 9mo
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Villette | Charlotte Bront
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This is the 4th stack from my op shop haul last week.
The top 2 are additions to sets Im collecting.
The Horse Whisperer 💛
Mrs. de Winter (Rebecca pt2)
3 x Jean Sasson books which I once owned but must have lent out. I own them again
Villette! Was on my wishlist!!
Lucy Frost & Georgia Blain. These are 2 authors of which I am looking forward to explore.
The Dutch House! I read the ebook on my phone last year but now I have a physical copy, yay 🙂

tpixie I loved the Horse whisperer! I‘ve never heard of Rebecca pt 2! And I‘ve been wanted to read that Brontë! Oh my! 9mo
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Your Own Kind of Girl | Clare Bowditch
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Loved it all!!
What a brave, honest, talented and vibrant person.
5 stars!

Listening to the audiobook was a real treat! She was able to tell her story in her own way and it really felt like, as a reader, I was experiencing those stories with her.
Made me sometimes laugh and once I sprayed my coffee through my nose whilst driving when I heard that little Jimmy put his hands over his ears when Clare came near him in kinder! 🤣🤣🤣

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Bought myself some lovely bookmarks on a recent holiday to Phillip Island.

AkashaVampie They look wonderful 10mo
NeedsMoreBooks So pretty 😍 10mo
tracey38 Love them. 💗 10mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @AkashaVampie @NeedsMoreBooks @tracey38 Thanks so much. I'm trying to break the habit of just collecting bookmarks and putting them carefully away in a box and I'm actually trying to use them instead. These have a plastic coating to they are more durable and a good choice to start with 😉 9mo
WJCintron Love them all!! 3mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Started this ebook last night and I just can't put it down... but I must as I have work all weekend.
It's so very intriguing. The psychological analysis behind family members whom she describes I'm finding fascinating. My mother had mental health issues (undiagnosed) & I find myself sometimes fighting off my own obsessiveness or laxity with things as well as often overanalyzing my siblings ways.
This is a look at a family shying from conformity