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Freespirit

Joined November 2018

A lover of books, gardening and craft 😍 🇦🇺
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Victory City: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I‘m late to the party with this….but this book is fantastic. I don‘t think I‘ll ever forget Demon Copperhead. It‘s touched on so many devastating social issues but remained uplifting!
Brilliant writing ❤️
#literature #social issues #fivestars

TrishB A great read 👍🏻 2mo
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Dear Sharni these gifts are so thoughtful! @thegirlwiththelibrarybag
I‘m late posting because I worked Christmas and then my Litsy app wouldn‘t load!
These books look fantastic…I love art, and discovering new authors, and of course historical fiction!! The print and brass blooms are lovely ❤️ I hope everyone had a lovely day!!
@MrsMalaprop @Rissreads @CarolynM @LeeRHarry @kathy88 @Jhullie @Lizpixie @LapReader @Teresereading
#AussieSecretSanta

LeeRHarry I really enjoyed the Kylie Needham book - Sharni rec 😊 - hope you do too! 2mo
Rissreads Merry Christmas 🎄 I hope you get to have a rest now? X 2mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas Sally💕 2mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeeRHarry, it‘s so underrated, I‘m taking any opportunity to get other people to read it 😂 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Merry Christmas Sally! Glad you like the print - I love how whimsical her work is and I thought combined with your interest in gardening - perfect! Happy reading! Hope you have a bit of downtime before your next work day. 2mo
Freespirit Reading Bedlam Stacks now Sheri❤️… @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 2mo
Freespirit Merry Christmas @CarolynM hope you are getting some time to read❤️ 2mo
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Complete Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Some of my favourite reads this year!
Some classics by Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne Du Maurier and Willa Cather…a lot of wonderful Irish stories and some homegrown fiction and non fiction. It‘s hard to pick one favourite…
#favouritebooks2023 #bestbooks

TrishB Some great ones on there 👍🏻 I‘m still deciding on mine. 2mo
Freespirit Looking forward to seeing your choices Trish @TrishB 2mo
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Frenchman's Creek | Daphne Du Maurier
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This past months reading pleasure❤️
Favourite‘s were Frenchman‘s Creek by Daphne de Maurier, Willa Cather‘s Death Comes to the Bishop, another brilliant novella by Claire Keegan and a beautiful memoir of childhood by Alan Garner that made me want to write my own childhood history. So many wonderful writers!!!
I‘m not ready to post my 2023 favourites yet as I still have 3 weeks reading time to go 🤣
#wonderfulbooks #literature #history #memoir

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#AussieSecretSanta gift ready to post to ……
Merry Christmas everyone 🎄😘
Thanks so much to Sharni for organising our gift swap 🎁❤️
Even though I haven‘t been on Litsy a lot lately I love reading your reading recommendations and snippets of your lives❤️
@thegirlwiththelibrarybag @MrsMalaprop @Rissreads @Jhullie @Lizpixie @LapReader @Teresereading @CarolynM @LeeRHarry @kathy88

Rissreads Awwwww, that‘s the best thing about Litsy. You can come and go but you are not forgotten ♥️ 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Beautifully wrapped! 3mo
Freespirit Thanks Nerissa @Rissreads ❤️ 3mo
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Freespirit Ha ha…usually I‘m not a good wrapper Sharni @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 3mo
CarolynM I‘ve not been around much lately either, but it‘s always nice to be here when I am🥰 Merry Christmas Sally💕 3mo
Freespirit It‘s just a nice place..I‘ve never seen a cross word on Litsy. Merry Christmas to you too Carolyn and Sharni @CarolynM @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 😘😘❤️ 3mo
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Resurrection | Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
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Resurrection is Tolstoys final novel. It‘s a glimpse of Russian life…a dark and dreary look at the legal system, incarceration, the divide between rich and poor. This explains for me why the Russian revolution happened!!
I loved it..his writing will be with me for a while!
Something light…Piorot and some short stories by AMS!
And my son‘s beautiful wedding to his soul mate last weekend..and me dancing with mine 🤣
#tolstoy #literature

LeahBergen Gorgeous photos! 4mo
Suet624 Sweet photos 4mo
Rissreads Awwwwww ♥️ 3mo
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Wow it‘s been so long since I visited Litsy. I‘ve been reading some wonderful books..two of my favourite authors John Boyne 5 🌟and Geraldine Brooks 4🌟. Also I loved Shy by Max Port and The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. Missing from my picture is Wifedom by Anna Funder and Jaguar by Sarah Holland-Batt, both 5 🌟 reads for me.
Hope you‘ve been getting some reading time!!
#fiction #literature #greatbooks

Ruthiella Welcome back! 😀 5mo
BarbaraBB Welcome back 🩷 5mo
Freespirit Thanks @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB good to be sharing book-love again ❤️❤️ 5mo
Jeg Good to see you again. Some great reads there 👏 5mo
Freespirit Thanks @Jeg I‘ve missed my Litsy friends 5mo
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Our coffee table is a reflection of us…a love of BOOKS 📚…a love of our farm with books on vegetable gardening, soil, bees, permaculture and bush foods. A love of walking..lots of wonderful walks in our local area..an eagerness to learn more about the indigenous voice to parliament and a new novel by Kate Atkinson.
Happy reading!!
I‘m hoping for a yes vote🇦🇺

CarolynM A yes vote shouldn‘t be in any doubt, but the Liberal leadership and the Murdoch media are spreading misinformation and frightening people, all because they think a no vote will be a loss for Albanese and therefore good for them politically. They‘re disgusting. I‘m going to a rally on the weekend, it will be interesting to see how many people are there. (edited) 8mo
Freespirit I want to attend a Yes rally too Carolyn. I can only see good coming from this change. It shouldn‘t be political, but these days everything seems to be !! 😬 @CarolynM 8mo
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Old God's Time: A Novel | Sebastian Barry
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Here are my favourite reads for the year so far❤️
There seems to be a theme…two wonderful Irish writers Claire Keegan and Sebastian Barry with stories of Irish life, two tales of the American frontier by Willa Cather and Carol Shields, two fantasy novels with strong messages by Robbie Arnott and Salman Rushdie and a wonderful non-fiction with stories of Australian native animals in our suburban backyards!
#literature #fiction #nonfiction

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My Antonia | Willa Cather
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Just finished the final book by Willa Cather in her Great Plains Trilogy. I love these stories of the early immigrants and their harsh environment. Such lovely writing ❤️ Thanks to @CarolynM
Next another recommendation, and so far it‘s lovely. Japanese books always seem to have a quirky cat in them!!
#fiction #americanliterature #japanesefiction

CarolynM Willa Cather is SO good! It‘s sad that so few people in this country know her work. My Antonia is still my favourite, but this one is a close second 8mo
Freespirit I hope you are ok Carolyn. It‘s so difficult watching beloved parents get old 🥲 I am putting My Mortal Enemy on my list!! 😘 @CarolynM (edited) 8mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Some great reading as we do a short road trip through areas west of us. I love Clare Keegans writing. Foster is another wonderful novella by her. I‘m now enjoying Willa Cather‘s 3rd story in her Great Plains Trilogy. I‘ve loved them all!
It‘s a beautiful time to travel watching the leaves change colour, the big clear skies full of stars and the ancient mountains🧡
#booksandtravel #literarure #nswaustralia

CarolynM Beautiful photos and great books! Enjoy your travels😘 9mo
Tamra Awesome reading & sights! 9mo
Freespirit @CarolynM @Tamra thanks Carolyn and Tamra..it‘s always my biggest decision.. which books to take on holidays! In fact I bought the Clare Keegan and a lovely bookshop in Leura called Megalong Books. 9mo
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This is actually a really lovely book. Written around three young people who‘s lives intertwine as they build computer games…(I‘ve never played a computer game..I know it sounds ridiculous)…but it didn‘t matter..I loved the main characters, and the storyline. An unexpected ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#fiction #readingandknitting

CarolynM I keep meaning to read this but I keep picking up other books instead. Now I know you like it I‘ll have added incentive to read it.🙂 10mo
Freespirit I‘ve heard comparisons to A Little Life.. but it‘s much gentler. I hope you enjoy it Carolyn @CarolynM 10mo
ItsAnotherJen This is one of my favorites for the year so far and I'm not a fan of video games either. 10mo
Freespirit Oh Jen I really enjoyed it @ItsAnotherJen 9mo
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Lovely early morning on my verandah with a cup of tea and my book! It‘s only 7 and the mist is sitting in the valley🏡I‘m really enjoying Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow.
Have a lovely Sunday. Hopefully you‘ll get some reading in🤞🏼
#autumnmorning #readinginthesun

JamieArc What a gorgeous view 😍. And I do love some early morning mist. 10mo
kspenmoll What a beautiful place to live & read in. 10mo
Jeg That view and space makes me very envious. Lucky you. 10mo
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Freespirit Thank you @JamieArc @kspenmoll @Jeg I know how blessed I am to live in this valley! It‘s a perfect reading spot❤️ 10mo
CarolynM Looks beautiful 😍 Did you get all the rain that was forecast over the weekend? 10mo
Freespirit Hi Carolyn we haven‘t had any rain this weekend. We have had regular rain over the past month though which has been great for my garden. Hope you are well xxxx @CarolynM 10mo
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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🪴My most healthy habit is having a good work-life balance and spending lots of time reading, gardening and sewing💚
🍰My most unhealthy habit is a love of cake and bread!
📚I love historical or literary fiction the best
Thanks for the tag @Eggs
#WondrousWednesday
Happy reading everyone

Eggs You do have a lovely balance there! 10mo
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Old God's Time: A Novel | Sebastian Barry
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Wow another brilliant Irish author..
Tom Kettle a retired policeman is asked to assist in a case against a catholic priest, accused of multiple cases of child abuse. Tom and his wife are both survivors of abuse. There‘s so much grief and love in this book and it‘s beautifully written. One that will stay with me I‘m sure!!
#irishfiction #literature #enduringlove ❤️📕

TrishB Not got to this one yet, but have loved some of his others, this one 10mo
Freespirit Thanks Trish I shall definitely look for it! @TrishB 😘 10mo
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The Rain Heron | Robbie Arnott
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This is such a wonderful book. I love Robbie Arnott‘s writing. This has a fantasy element but a major theme is the destruction of the natural world. It is a modern day fable, beautifully written. A 5 star read for me!
#fiction #australianfiction #mustread #fable

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The Chestnut Man | Sren Sveistrup
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Easter trip to Sydney! Some book buying of course…walking in the Botanical gardens and laneways and tea drinking in a knitting themed Tea Shop ❤️📚📕
#dymocks #abbeys #sydneybookshops

annahenke The thirteenth tale is such a beautiful book! 11mo
Soubhiville Cool photos! 11mo
Freespirit @annahenke I‘ve had it on my list to buy for a long time! 11mo
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Freespirit Thank you @Soubhiville 😘 11mo
CarolynM I love Abbey‘s. I always visit when I‘m in Sydney🙂 11mo
Freespirit My favourite book shop Carolyn @CarolynM ❤️ 11mo
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Two very quick reads..3 ⭐️ for each! Definitely not literature - but enjoyable🤔and both rate high on Goodreads.
Hope your into a good book at the moment!

CarolynM 👋 Hi Sally. Even though I‘ve been home most of February, I‘ve been super busy and haven‘t got back into my reading routine. Hoping March will be better and I‘ll be more in touch with my friends here on Litsy😘 12mo
Freespirit Hope you get some reading time soon Carolyn. It‘s easier for me now all our boys have left home. I‘ve had a good start to the year so far 🤞🏼😘 @CarolynM (edited) 12mo
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On Reckoning | Amy Remeikis
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Our coffee table reading pile has some serious Australian political commentary on it at the moment!!
Bulldozed by Niki Savva- if you didn‘t dislike and distrust our last PM you will after reading this!!🤬
On Reckoning -sexual assault rage and survival by a journalist I admire
Barrenjoey Road - historical crime that still resonates,
and some wonderfully perceptive political cartoons taken from our newspapers ❤️
#australianpolitics

MrsMalaprop Am reading On Reckoning after seeing Amy speak at the Perth Writer‘s Fest last weekend. 🙌 12mo
Freespirit Serena what a great experience @MrsMalaprop 12mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😘
Mmm top 5 personal values…integrity, empathy, kindness, hardworking, honesty ❤️
What I most admire in others…someone who cares about the planet, enjoys life to the fullest and reads books ❤️❤️
Happy reading 😊
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🌎 13mo
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I just finished The Marriage Portrait. I thought it was great but could have benefited from some editing. I loved the first and the last 100 pages but thought the middle was slow. The story of Duchess Lucrezia is fascinating, all the more because it‘s based on real events. Maggie O‘Farrell is a marvellous writer!
I‘m also reading about The Balkans( fingers crossed my next OS trip) and PIP a wonderful local magazine about veggie gardening ❤️

sarahbarnes That magazine looks fun! I‘m antsy to get to gardening season here! 13mo
Freespirit What sort of garden do you have? Do you grow vegetables Sarah. Such a great hobby ❤️ @sarahbarnes (edited) 13mo
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Liberation Day: Stories | George Saunders
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I loved Lincoln in the Bardo but this book of short stories just didn‘t capture me. The writing is good but I found the stories a bit confusing.
I‘m going to read another writer I love now Maggie OFarrell ❤️
#fiction #literature #ilovereading ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 🪴 13mo
Julsmarshall Love your plants! 🪴 13mo
Freespirit Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Julsmarshall I like quirky plant containers 😊 13mo
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A Brief Affair | Alex Miller
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Perfect day..gardening, reading, coffee..sewing!!
I can‘t believe I haven‘t read anything by Alex Miller before..his writing is beautiful ❤️ An incident on a trip abroad changes everything..with a hint of the gothic.
With my Christmas voucher from my local independent bookshop I have The Marriage Portrait and Liberation Day next up ❤️📚
#literature #fiction #australianfiction

TrishB Gorgeous pics, enjoy ♥️ 14mo
Freespirit Thanks Trish @TrishB 14mo
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Lovely start to my reading year!
A book of friendship, love and dreams.
Oh and wonderful illustrations
Suitable for everyone of every age😊
Happy New Year xxx

CarolynM Happy New Year Sally🥳 14mo
Freespirit And to you Carolyn. Xxx @CarolynM 14mo
Rissreads I‘m late! Happy 2023 ♥️ 14mo
Freespirit Thanks Narissa😊 @Rissreads (edited) 14mo
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs for #wondrouswednesday
Photo taken of me in my vegetable patch this week with Ollie and Reggie❤️ I love growing fresh produce!!
My New Year plans will be an early night then a beach walk with the pups. This photo was taken today at our local doggy beach with Archie in the lead 🐶
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Beautiful place🪴☀️ 🌊 1y
Freespirit Thanks @Eggs reading, gardening and walking on the beach keep me sane! Sort of🤣 1y
Eggs I can see how the beach and gardening could help with sanity🤗 @Freespirit (edited) 1y
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Coffin Road | Peter May
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Hoping to squeeze in one last book for the year and I will have reached my challenge of 40 books 📚 I‘ve read some wonderful books this year..thanks to Litsy recommendations and the ABC Bookclub on Facebook. I‘m so grateful for books and bookish friendships 😊
#litsy #ABCbookclub #readinglove #fiction #ozfiction

TrishB Enjoy 😁 1y
Cinfhen Love your flower arrangement 😍 1y
Freespirit Thanks Trish hope you had a great Christmas xx @TrishB 1y
Freespirit Thanks Cindy they are from my garden, mostly natives and a day Lilly @Cinfhen 1y
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I have finally had a chance to post about my beautiful Christmas swap gift from Julie @Jhullie . Thank you so much Julie. I‘m excited to receive The Silent Companions! The book decoration is adorable and already on my tree. I love the book marks and the book you made to hold the chocolates is amazing❤️ Such a thoughtful gift 💝
Thanks again to @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 😘 and Merry Christmas to everyone
#aussiesecretsanta

Jhullie I‘m glad you liked it. I started shopping as soon as I got the email. I love buying for bookish friends 💛📙💚📗🧡📕 1y
TheSpineView Love the book ornament! 1y
CarolynM Merry Christmas Sally🎄💕😘 1y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag Gorgeous! Merry Christmas 🎄 1y
Freespirit Yes it‘s nice sharing a passion @Jhullie . Hope you have a lovely Christmas break Julie 😘 1y
Freespirit Thanks Carolyn and Sharni..hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year. At least the summer weather has arrived! @CarolynM @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 1y
Eggs Merry Christmas! 1y
Freespirit Thank you Sherri. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. Stay warm xxx @Eggs 1y
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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This years top 12 for me. All wonderful books❤️ Limberlost by Robbie Arnott took my top spot..but I loved the wonderful Irish writing of John Boyne, Audrey Magee and Claire Keegan. Also some wonderful Australian authors of crime and Steven Carroll‘s Eliot Quartet !
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and you get a book or two under the tree! 🎄🎅❤️
#top12books #favourites

Rissreads Great list! 1y
batsy An interesting list! I loved the Shirley Jackson, too 🖤 1y
Laughterhp Oo I can‘t wait to read the Jane Harper and Hayley Scrivenor books! (edited) 1y
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Graywacke I just finished The Colony. It‘s terrific. Still thinking about it. 1y
Freespirit Thanks @Rissreads @batsy hope you get some reading time over the holidays xxx 1y
Freespirit Such great rural crime @laughterhp 1y
Freespirit Lots to think about- wonderful book Dan @Graywacke 1y
BarbaraBB Fantastic list. I loved many of them too. The others I‘ll check out for sure! 1y
Freespirit Thanks @BarbaraBB we have similar taste 👍🏼 1y
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I‘ve just finished The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O‘Farrell. Another wonderful story with twists and turns. I did get confused at times as it‘s told from the perspective of Esme, her sister and her grand niece. Esme was put in an institution at the age of 16 and didn‘t leave till 60 years later. I won‘t say too much incase you read it!!
Next The Colony..and soon I‘ll post my top 10 for 2022😊
#fiction #greatreads #summerreading

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#AussieSecretSanta
My gift is finally in the post🎁📮 Sorry I‘m late
I have also received my gift today… thank you so much to my SecretSanta😘
Thank you again to @thegirlwiththelibrarybag for organising
Merry Christmas to this wonderful group of readers
@MrsMalaprop @Rissreads @Jhullie @Lizpixie @LapReader @Teresereading @Flingogal @CarolynM

Teresereading Hi Mine will be late as I have had to go interstate. 1y
Freespirit Better late than never I think @Teresereading 🤞🏼❤️ I have your Van Gogh print hanging in my bedroom 👍🏼 1y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag You are not late - it‘s not quite the end of the first week of December 😉 (I say that as I have not yet been to the post office myself) 1y
Freespirit It‘s a busy time Sharni @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 1y
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This last week has seen the sunflowers bloom in my garden as summer begins and the beach beckons!! I‘m reading Esme Lennox which I haven‘t found as engaging as Hamnet was, but I‘m only half way through. Hope your getting some reading done during this busy time!
#sunflowers #fiction #literature

sarahbarnes I just listened to this one on audio recently. I liked it but not as much as her others I‘ve read. 1y
Freespirit Yes Sarah I loved Hamnet @sarahbarnes 1y
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Limberlost | Robbie Arnott
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5⭐️‘s from me for Limberlost by Robbie Arnott..such beautiful writing…really a simple story of living on an Apple Farm in Tasmania, surrounded by old growth forests and river estuaries. A coming of age story with gentle references to colonial dispossession and environmental degradation.
I‘m sitting by the roof top pool overlooking Brisbane to start my next book…back to work later in the week so I‘m making the most of the last days of holiday😊

CarolynM I‘m hearing lots of praise of Limberlost, but I really disliked The Rain Herron so I‘m torn about whether I want to read it🥴 Small Things is beautiful, but you might find a bit of an atmosphere clash with the lovely weather it looks like you have in Brisbane. 1y
rubyslippersreads @CarolynM I‘m curious because I understand it references one of my favorite books 1y
Freespirit @rubyslippersreads the main characters mother named their apple farm after this book😊 1y
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TrishB Enjoy your holiday ❤️ 1y
Freespirit Oh I just bought The Rain Heron..I had heard great things about it. Yes Small Things is lovely so far. It‘s getting hot here now so must be time for me to go home 🤣 @CarolynM 1y
Freespirit Thanks Trish. I‘ve had a lovely week here but have to head home tomorrow @TrishB 1y
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The Rain Heron: A Novel | Robbie Arnott
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Travel haul…so far..spending a week in Brisbane,Australia. Living on a farm I love my city visits❤️A week of culture including bookshops, galleries, some stage shows and The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra on Sunday..😊
#travelhaul #literature #brisbane

EvieBee Sounds like an amazing trip! 1y
CarolynM Sounds like you‘re having a good time😁 Some good books there. 1y
batsy Sounds lovely! And great stack 💕 1y
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Freespirit Thanks @EvieBee it‘s a lovely destination 1y
Freespirit Thanks Carolyn I always love visiting the second hand book shops..so many great books!! @CarolynM 1y
Freespirit Hi @batsy I spend a week doing all the things I love about the city, then I‘m very happy to go home🤣 1y
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Exiles | Jane Harper
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My indoor reading spot as the mozzies are starting to bite outside!
Another great mystery from Jane Harper… I enjoy going to the country towns she writes of and hearing the stories, each told from a different perspective.
I have also read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, another book of place.. the deep jungle of the Congo..and now onto the next book by Richard Osman. I‘ve loved his other books 👍🏼
#crime #mystery

Texreader What a cozy spot! 1y
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 1y
ju.ca.no Great spot🥰 1y
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CarolynM That looks lovely, Sally😍 I‘m just about to start Exiles🙂 1y
Freespirit Thanks @Texreader @Ruthiella @ju.ca.no I don‘t let anyone else sit in that seat🤣 1y
Freespirit I hope you enjoy it Carolyn. I like that I can never guess what the final outcome is!! @CarolynM 1y
ju.ca.no @Freespirit haha I wouldn‘t either😁😁 1y
KathyWheeler I love that chair! 1y
Freespirit Thanks Kathy it‘s perfect for a shortie like me! @KathyWheeler 1y
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Here We Are | Graham Swift
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I‘ve been so busy that I have been absent on Litsy but still reading lots🤗
I‘m reading Exiles the latest novel by Jane Harper which is great!!
I‘ve read -Here We Are ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Graham Swift
Untimely Death ⭐️⭐️⭐️ A new author to me
The Evening of the Holiday⭐️⭐️⭐️ Shirley Hazzard
Give Unto Others ⭐️⭐️⭐️ my first Doona Leon novel!
I‘ve got a few weeks off work now so hoping to do lots of reading 🤞🏼Hope your all well and reading lots 😘

LeeRHarry Nice to see you back on Litsy Sally - lots of good reading there - I too enjoyed the new Jane Harper 😊 1y
CarolynM Some great books there 1y
Freespirit Thanks @LeeRHarry hope you are well! JH creates great atmosphere in her books 😊 1y
Freespirit Thanks Carolyn @CarolynM 😘 1y
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New book and new knitting project! Loving this book so far😊 I needed something a bit lighter after The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison. Wonderful writing but very sad!
#knittingproject #craftandbooks

Lizpixie Yay! Beautiful yarn🙌🧶 1y
Freespirit I‘m going to give knitting socks a go @Lizpixie and a scalf🤣 1y
Lizpixie Bonne chance!🙌 1y
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CarolynM I‘ve just finished this. Loved it! 1y
julesG I loved the book and can recommend the yarn. I like making projects out of it. 1y
LeahBergen Beautiful yarn! 1y
Freespirit It‘s great so far @CarolynM Sometimes I need an easy read! 1y
Freespirit Thanks @julesG @LeahBergen it‘s lovely yarn. Great for a small project❤️ 1y
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Grand Days | Frank Moorhouse
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Grand Days by Frank Moorhouse is wonderful. It‘s a chunkster but it kept my interest. Set in Geneva in the 1920‘s, telling the story of Edith Campbell Berry who starts her career at the League of Nations. Edith is wonderful ..naive yet sophisticated, loyal, brave and wise for her years. She‘s also playful and very modern!! Some of the issues she deals with women still deal with today!!

On to The Bluest Eye..
@CarolynM loved it❤️

CarolynM I‘m glad you enjoyed it😀 2y
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Grand Days | Frank Moorhouse
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Next on my list is Grand Days in honour of Frank Moorhouse who recently died. An Australian must read… some say a masterpiece…it‘s been one I should have read years ago! It‘s a chunkster @ 700 pages😊
#australianclassic #fiction #literature

CarolynM How are you finding it? 2y
Freespirit @CarolynM only 2 chapters in but loving it!!😊 2y
CarolynM 👍🙂 2y
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Dirt Town | Hayley Scrivenor
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Cool winter days = lots of reading ❤️
Dirt Town ( Dirt Creek in USA🤷‍♀️) is really good 👍🏼 A slow burn small town Murder mystery told from several view points. The writing is excellent and I didn‘t want to put it down!!!
Paper Palace also a good read.. relationships, family drama mistakes..also well written.. also hard to put down!
I‘m getting nothing else done🙃
#fiction #murdermystery #drama

LapReader Lucky duck. Looks divine xo 2y
Freespirit It‘s nice reading in front of the fire Allissa @LapReader 2y
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The Island: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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This is a solid crime thriller. Four friends visiting a remote island and only 3 return. For me it was the setting that resonated….Iceland. A perfect place for a murder..isolated and beautiful. My last overseas holiday before Covid hit was to Iceland in 2019. Such a wonderful destination!! Oh how I miss travel😍
#iceland #crime #thriller

CarolynM What lovely photos😍 2y
Jeg I‘m with you on Iceland. One of my favourite places. So glad I was able to do so much travelling before covid. Waiting now to see what travel will be like now. 2y
Freespirit Thanks @CarolynM such a great holiday❤️ 2y
Freespirit I‘m waiting too @Jeg I‘m thinking 2024.. if I can wait that long😊 2y
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A World of Other People | Steven Carroll
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My second book in The Eliot Quartet. This is another poignant beautifully written novel. It is based on TS Eliot‘s poem Little Gidding. A War story telling of the Blitz in London, a love story, and like the poem a story of trying to move forward after tragic events. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it but after that…❤️❤️
#theeliotquartet #tseliot #australianliterature #london

CarolynM Glad you enjoyed🙂 2y
Freespirit I‘m going to get the other 2 now @CarolynM 😂😊 2y
CarolynM I think the 3rd one is my favourite 2y
Freespirit Thanks Carolyn I will order it today👍🏼 @CarolynM 2y
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I loved this book. Why…a retelling…a mix of of fact and fiction! The story of TS Eliot‘s wife Vivienne…some early history, an investigation by a wonderful policeman. Beautifully written. It‘s a joy to read. Consequently I have gone straight to another of his Eliot Quartet so I don‘t have a book hangover 😂😂
@CarolynM 👍🏼❤️
#australianfiction #Milesfracklinwinner #literature

LapReader I‘ll bump that up on my list then xo 2y
Freespirit I think you will enjoy it Allissa @LapReader 2y
CarolynM I‘m so glad you liked it too🙂 The World of Other People is the first one I read. Enjoy! 2y
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@CarolynM and I are reading this book together. It‘s about the wife of TS Eliot. She was placed in a private asylum and this is Steven Carrols story…part fact, part fiction. I‘m 1/4 through and already loving it!
It‘s the 4th book in his Eliot Quartet.
Carolyn I also like that it has some early life stories and the police investigation as the story develops. The character of the detective❤️Lovely writing..occasional references to cricket also❤️✔️

CarolynM You must have posted while I was writing my post. I couldn‘t stop reading. Such beautiful writing and such a sad story. “Aunty” was not a friend to Vivienne. 2y
Freespirit Yes I agree.. I wonder if she had endometriosis! @CarolynM (edited) 2y
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First day of winter here and right on cue we have had a cold snap! It‘s 9 degrees C and predicted to be 5 overnight!! So the fire is on and the doggy and I have our seats in front with my book and knitting!
Just starting Goodnight, Vivienne, Goodnight and it‘s lovely writing @CarolynM 📖❄️🧶

Amiable That looks so cozy! 2y
CarolynM It was cold and wet here today too. I‘ve got my copy out, but I haven‘t started reading it yet. Maybe tomorrow🙂 2y
Freespirit It‘s my favourite spot on a winter night @Amiable ❄️❄️ 2y
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CarolynM Week One completed🙂 I‘d like to have spent all day reading this book, the writing is lovely. I‘m intrigued by Vivienne‘s childhood & I wasn‘t expecting the police procedural aspect. 2y
Freespirit Oh I agree @CarolynM I am going to have to read his other books!! 2y
CarolynM I‘ve only read the Eliot ones. I also want to read more. 2y
Gissy Nice cozy reading spot 📚 ❤️ 2y
Freespirit Thank you @Gissy 2y
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Wow We Have Always Lived in the Castle is such a powerful short novel! An atmospheric Gothic thriller..with 2 young women left alone after all other members of the family are murdered..disliked by the community they live in..tragic, strange, and fascinating to read about the author who who suffered from agoraphobia and other physical and mental conditions..and died at 48!
And onto a book about the wife TS Eliot written by a great Aussie author!

Freespirit @jlhammar @LeahBergen loved it girls..brilliant!! 2y
CarolynM I might pick up Goodnight Vivienne next and read with you. Have you read his other TS Eliot books? They‘re so good. 2y
LeahBergen Great review! And I‘m so glad you liked it as much as I did. 😊 2y
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LeahBergen @CarolynM I must get to the Carroll novel you bought for me soon! 2y
Freespirit No I haven‘t Carolyn. I did see this was the last of his TSE books but was ok as a stand-alone. Love to read it with you! I‘m slow..but steady😊 @CarolynM 2y
CarolynM I read the first 3 out of order, I don't think it matters because there's no sense in which it's biography. The one I sent to @LeahBergen is the first of the quartet. 2y
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A sunny reading spot this morning. I‘m starting this Shirley Jackson classic which has been on my reading pile for so long. Hope you are getting some reading time today🤞🏼🙂📖
#autumndayinaustralia

jlhammar Absolutely adored this book. Hope you enjoy! 2y
LeahBergen A favourite of mine! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you‘ll enjoy the book. What a lovely spot to read. 2y
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Freespirit Thank you @jlhammar @LeahBergen I will let you know my thoughts..so far 👍🏼xx 2y
Freespirit Hi @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s a lovely sunny spot on my verandah ❤️ 2y
Jeg Great spot you have there. 2y
Jeg Great spot you have there. 2y
Freespirit Thanks @Jeg it‘s perfect with a good book👍🏼 2y
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Wow I am so behind with reviews and catching up with what everyone is reading!! Hi to all my reading friends! In the past month I‘ve read 4 good books…all different..all well written..top marks for Good Squad and Absolution by Murder and the others not far behind. Hope your all enjoying a good book😘😘
#fiction #literature #reading

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Book mail!!! Some of the books I bought on a recent trip to Melbourne have arrived. These from The Hill of Content❤️ Lots of reading pleasure ahead😊
#bookmail #melbourne #lovebooks

Tamra So much to look forward to! 2y
Lindy Lovely stack. 😊 I‘ve only read two of these—Bel Canto and Essex Serpent—and can recommend both. I‘m curious about the one by Joan London, since I‘ve enjoyed other work by her. 2y
Freespirit Thanks Tamra I will gradually work my way through them 👍🏼 @Tamra 2y
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Freespirit Hi Lindy I will let you know how the Joan London goes when I eventually get to it! @Lindy 2y
TrishB Lovely pile ❤️ 2y
CarolynM I loved The Golden Age, Joan London is a great writer @Lindy 2y
Jeg Just reread Bel Canto and loved it again. Great book haul. 2y
Freespirit Thanks Trish.. to add to my huge pile @TrishB 2y
Freespirit Hi @Lindy @Jeg I might read Bel Canto first! 2y
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Wow I‘ve had a fabulous week in Melbourne! I‘ve visited all the book shops..Hill of Content, The Paperback Bookshop, The Basement and Dymocks😊 I‘ve been to the Opera, the Symphony, Hamlet, The Van Gogh Display, the museum to see Triceratops and the fabulous botanical gardens. I‘m exhausted but happy❤️ and a box of books is on its way home!!
#bookshops #travel #melbourne

LeeRHarry Glad you have had a fab time in my fair city! 💕😊 2y
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed your visit. Pity it was so cold and wet. 2y
Freespirit @CarolynM @LeeRHarry love your city..weather was great as I got to wear a coat and scarf!! Could have easily stayed another week. Xxx 2y
Jeg Envious. Can‘t wait to get across. 2y
Freespirit @Jeg Joy it is a fabulous city ❤️ 2y
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The Islands | Emily Brugman
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The Islands is a beautiful book. A story of Finnish migrants travelling to live on remote Islands off the Western Australian coast. How brave they are to relocate, how hard it is to try to assimilate. This story is based on the authors family who were fisherman from Finland. 4 1/2 ⭐️❤️
The second book a portrait of our PM…who is he..what does he believe..what does he stand for…this book reinforces views I already held…hoping he‘ll be gone soon!!!

CarolynM I enjoyed reading Concetta Fierravanti-Wells's speech, although it's unfortunate she felt able to support him until now. 2y
Freespirit Wow Carolyn she let him have it didn‘t she..and he deserved it!! @CarolynM 2y
LeeRHarry I can‘t believe you have defaced Litsy with a photo of that man! 😱😉 I‘m in the middle of The Islands atm and really enjoying it 😊 2y
Freespirit 😱I didn‘t think of that Lee !!😂 Lovely book.. horrible man 🤨 @LeeRHarry 2y
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