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Eva2

Eva2

Joined September 2016

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I devoured this one! I really enjoyed it. I am curious to know when Atwood started to write this one. And how much influence she had on the TV Series and vice versa. I‘ve avoided looking into this as I was avoiding spoilers. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and couldn‘t put it down.

therealdealbeall I was wondering that too! The names she used made me wonder if she had chosen those because of the show or if she had told the writers of the show to use those. As soon as I remembered that Agnes is Hannah's new name in the show, I was able to guess the relationship between Agnes and Nicole in this book. 7d
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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After recently re-reading ‘The Handmaid‘s Tale‘, I am now getting stuck into this one. 100 pages in and I am struggling to put it down! I already know I am not going to get anything else done until I finish this book!

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Not surprisingly, this one is a definite pick!

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Just picked these up from the library! The plan is to re-read ‘Handmaid‘s Tale‘ before I launch myself into ‘The Testaments‘. Looking forward to it!

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Those People | Louise Candlish
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I thought this book was great. I‘m surprised by the not-so-great reviews. I thought it was a clever page turner. I will be reading more books by this author

AmyG I liked this book, too. 2w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Mehso-so

Sadly, I am in the ‘don‘t understand the hype‘ camp about this one. It was an ok read, but not one of my faves.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I deliberately took my time reading this book. I love the way Elizabeth Gilbert writes. I wanted to savour and prolong the experience of reading it for as long as I could. I really enjoyed this book. I found it a bit ‘lighter‘ than some of her other books, but still wonderful.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Yay! I put a reservation in for this book at the library as soon as I knew it was coming out. And,now, It‘s my turn! Love Elizabeth Gilbert. Can‘t wait to get started.

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Girl from Munich | Tania Blanchard
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This is what I call a ‘Comfortable Old Pair of Slippers‘ kind of book 😀. It‘s fairly predictable, comfortable, doesn‘t make you think too much, and is an easy read. I read it in a day and enjoyed it. A well written, easy, page turner.

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Mehso-so

This book was clinical and fairly bland. I only picked it up from the library because I wanted to know more about the historical figures Heloise and Abelard. This fictionalised version of their lives was just ‘meh‘. All I got from it was that Abelard was not a likeable person. That‘s putting it politely 😀

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This is somewhere between a ‘Pick‘ and a ‘So-So‘ Anyone who was a child or teen growing up in early ‘90s Australia will enjoy the depiction of that time. Very spot on. The book kept me engaged but I can‘t divulge my reservations without spoilers. So, you‘ll need to read it for yourselves 😀

CarolynM I've looked at this but decided against it. I'll have to look again. 1mo
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I usually find the comedian Wil Anderson annoying but I have to totally agree with his quote on the front cover of this book. It truly is ‘Wucking Funderful‘ 😀 Whilst there are no real surprises in this book, reading about the blatant misconduct, arrogance and total disregard for the best interest of customers is appalling. The humour that the author injects in such dire circumstances makes this a really good read.

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Mehso-so

I can see why teens enjoy this, but it was all a bit ‘clunky‘ for me. Just didn‘t read smoothly. And little things annoyed me. Apparently, Faeries can‘t lie....yet they are all scheming, backstabbing and lying their way through the entire book!. Bizarre

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Another YA read. Haven‘t read this author before. Hope it‘s a good one!

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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This book was GREAT! If you love a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end, then READ THIS! A well written page turner. I will be reading more by this author. For the record, I love my mother-in-law. I‘m one of those lucky people who has a wonderful mother-in-law. 😊

ljuliel I was a bit mixed up when I saw the 👎🏼 but you said it was a great book . Maybe clicked the wrong rating ? I did that once . 2mo
Eva2 Thank you @ljuliel! I don‘t know how I managed to do that! It is definitely a PICK! Thanks for pointing that out. I‘ve changed it now 😀 2mo
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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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I visited the local library just to pick up one book I had reserved....and true to form.... I borrowed three more! This being one of them. 50 pages in and it is really good so far.

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Scar Tissue | Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
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Well, the good news is, I still love the Chili Peppers music after reading this 😀. And I really enjoyed this book. Kiedis doesn‘t hold back and the insights he shares about his addictions are truly horrific. He comes across pretty selfish and immature and a carbon copy of his father. But, I guess that is the way he was raised and the industry/world he lives in is just like that. I didn‘t find myself disliking him though. Interesting character.

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Scar Tissue | Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
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Just starting to read this very battered library copy of a book I have put off reading for years. I love the music of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I‘m always a bit hesitant to read biographies of artists. I‘m scared it will colour my view of the music I love. Let‘s see what happens with this one.

Hooked_on_books I‘ve had that experience with hearing authors speak—in both directions. 2mo
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Use It or Lose It | Paul McIntyre
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This book was an ok read. It was really all just common sense. Keep your mind and body active people! And enjoy the life you live.

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Use It or Lose It | Paul McIntyre
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Reserved this brand new book through the library and it has arrived! As it says ‘Stave off dementia, preserve a healthy body, age well‘. Sounds good

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Mehso-so

I was sadly disappointed with this book. I loved the idea and was looking forward to it. The descriptive writing was beautiful but the plot was really weak. The story just didn‘t flow well at all. It was a bit choppy and sometimes didn‘t make any sense. I found it a little frustrating.

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Richly written YA retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights. Has me hooked so far!

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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I can see why lots of teens love this book. I am not surprised to hear that there is a movie on the way. The book is a bit like Hunger Games, but not quite as action packed or fast paced. Overall, I did enjoy it, but I didn‘t love it. I liked the names the scythes chose for themselves though. I hope it inspires readers to look up who these people were in real life.

Lovesbooks87 I didn't know it was being made into a movie! I really enjoyed these books and can't wait until the last one comes out this fall! 3mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Every teenager I know that has read this book has raved about it. So, I‘m looking forward to getting started with it.

Bianca It‘s so good! 3mo
Lovesbooks87 It was really good. Not something I would normally read but it hooked me right away. Can't wait for the third book to come out this fall! 3mo
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Mehso-so

This was an OK read but very predictable. I worked out very early on what was really going on. I was just reading it to get to the end rather than being riveted by the suspense. I did ,however, like the main character and details of her life were well written. The old black and white movie references were really good too,

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Starting this one today in my sunny reading spot by the window. I guess that makes me ‘The Woman in the Window‘ too 😀

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M Train | Patti Smith
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I don‘t think I was in the right mood to read this book. Patti Smith loves her coffee and I found myself drinking a lot of coffee whilst reading it! Apart from this, it sadly didn‘t have much of an impact on me.

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M Train | Patti Smith
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I would love to be in New York right now....but I can‘t be there....so I am just going to have read about it through Patti Smith‘s eyes 😀

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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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This book will make you rethink your use of social media. The irony of me posting this comment on Litsy is not lost on me 😀
Very clever, disturbing and thought provoking read. Don‘t bother watching the movie on Netflix. It is completely different from the book and not very good either.

ShyBookOwl I haven't read this yet but I watched the movie. It wasn't great, but it did make me think "this is why I don't do social media" lol Litsy is my only exception because, y'know, book love ??. I've never had anything else 4mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked this book, too. 4mo
Feenbraut Forget the movie. This book not only made me think but it gave me the creeps. 2mo
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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Only 100 pages in and I‘m anticipating sinister goings on ahead. Very cleverly written so far.

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Out of the Cages | Penny Jaye
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This book covers the awful reality of human trafficking. I can‘t say I enjoyed the book. It was a difficult read. It is a YA novel. However, I would be wary of giving it to anyone under 15. Whilst it is important to promote awareness of the terrible circumstances that trafficked children face, I‘m not sure if a lot of teens would cope with some of the content.

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Just Kids | Patti Smith
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A beautifully written book. This is not surprising considering Patti Smith is a great poet. It is essentially the story of her relationship and deep connection with Robert Mapplethorpe. The book delves into the lives of other artists and an odd assortment of characters living in New York of the late 60s to early 70s. I loved her interactions with Janis Joplin, Hendrix, Sam Shepherd and all the Andy Warhol hangers on. A really interesting read.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Firstly, I loved that this book was set in Alaska. The descriptions of how to survive in such a remote environment were great. I just didn‘t love the storyline. There were some inconsistencies that an editor or proof reader should have picked up. Plus (without spoiling anything) the way one character kept appearing at every worst possible moment felt a bit implausible and just annoyed me.

marleed I felt the same way. As much as I really liked aspects of the book, other parts just bothered me. But my favorite line: I‘m suspect of people who decorate with dead animals. Every time I walk by my physical copy of this book that line pops back in my head! 5mo
Eva2 @marleed that is a great line.....and I agree....dead animals aren‘t really my thing either 😀 5mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I really wasn‘t that sure about this book at first. I was compelled to finish it and was glad I persisted. It went from being a ‘So-so‘ to a ‘Pick‘ by the end. I also found myself listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac when I wasn‘t reading it 😀

marleed It would be completely wrong to not follow up this book with a bit of Fleetwood Mac! 5mo
Eva2 Glad you agree @marleed! 😀 (edited) 5mo
BooknerdsLife Same😆 Was listening Fleetwood Mac from the Publishers playlist on Spotify while reading it and love it so much! 4mo
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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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Brilliant book! I love the way this book slowly meandered along but still managed to keep my enthralled. Highly recommend this one.

MrsMalaprop It‘s ace 👌. #ozfiction 5mo
BooknerdsLife Great review! 😍 it‘s been on my TBR for ages! 🙈Time to push it up a bit! 4mo
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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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Started this one yesterday and I am flying through it. Great read so far

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I loved this book! It was kooky, funny and enjoyable. I liked the format in which it was written too. I‘ve read reviews where people were disappointed in the ending. I didn‘t have a problem with it. Well worth reading!

marleed I finished it this week - I thought it was kooky fun as well. I read knowing Cate Blanchett is set to play Bernadette and Kristen Wiig as Audrey. Somehow that made it even funnier. 5mo
Eva2 Oh wow! Thanks @marleed I had no idea that there was going to be a movie! They are good choices to play those characters. Although, I could see Toni Collette as Bernadette too. 5mo
marleed Ohh Toni would be a good Bernadette! 5mo
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Set in one of my favourite cities! Seattle! Great, quirky read so far.

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Dog's Way Home Movie Tie-In | W Bruce Cameron
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I interrupted my dog‘s nap to take this photo 😀. This was a good, engaging read. Dog lovers will love it.

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Dog's Way Home Movie Tie-In | W Bruce Cameron
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I feel like reading some light fiction...so here goes. Plus the cute dog on the cover helps 😀

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Some Luck: A novel | Jane Smiley
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When I started this book I was a bit disappointed and was thinking I would not finish it. I am really glad I stuck with it! I ended up really enjoying it. It is a slow meandering story of one family. Each chapter is a snap shot of a year between 1920 and 1952. I ended up loving the way it was written and the descriptions of farming life. Not action packed but a lovely read

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Some Luck: A novel | Jane Smiley
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Goodreads tells me that this has been on my ‘To Read‘ list for the last four years! It‘s time to get it started then! 😀

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Moxie | Jennifer Mathieu
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I flew through this one! Overall, a really good book that teenagers will love. A nice intro to feminism for teens. It was, however, a bit cliched. I found the depiction of the teachers a bit annoying and unrealistic. I don‘t think anyone who works in education can really be that clueless. Well, not all of them at least!

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Moxie | Jennifer Mathieu
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It‘s time for another teen read!

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This book was great and a really important read. I have just finished it and feel like I want to re read it again. I am going to have to buy a copy as this copy needs to go back to the library.

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Just started this one. I am expecting it to be as powerful as its cover.

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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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I did enjoy parts of this book. But, overall, it was just OK. I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed by it. Saying that, the writing was lovely. The book just didn‘t really grab me.

MelissaSue81 I felt the same way. The writing was great, but I honestly don‘t remember much about the story now a few months after I read it. 7mo
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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I absolutely loved ‘The English Patient‘ when I read it years ago. However, I have not read another book by Michael Ondaatje....until now! This one has taken me ages to get into but a major incident has just occurred at the end of Part One. Now I am eager to find out what the hell is going on!

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Wow! This book was great! I believe that critical thinking and checking out the facts are vital to understanding the world we live in. This book really does make you feel better about the world. Well worth reading!

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Hmm...love a book with graphs!. This is not as boring as it looks 😀. This book comes highly recommended by a friend of mine. It was also on Barack Obama‘s summer reading list in 2018.