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Fridayfilms

Joined August 2016

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My Mothers Day gift 🌸💕

Slajaunie Happy Mother‘s Day! 4mo
GripLitGrl Happy mother's day 💐💕 4mo
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Beautifully crafted, though I‘m still unsure what I think about about the final chapters. I guess no ending could feel both genuine and satisfying with this sort of narrative, and maybe that‘s the difficulty the author faced as well. In any case, there‘s a lot to love about this book.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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I‘ve enjoyed a few of her books on audio and thought this would be a safe bet. Maybe setting the scene for nine characters takes a little longer, but I feel like I‘ve invested a lot of time already and so far care nothing about any of the people or the situation. I may come back to this if/when I find myself at loss or the mood strikes, but for now it‘s a bail.

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My go-to place for lunch these days

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The Poetical Works of Robert Anderson | Robert Anderson, Thomas Sanderson
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Hanging near my bed in the guest room at my parents‘ home on Vancouver Island. Only just noticed it.

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Cats | Ariel Books
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I was having THE WORST day so absconded to the British Library to clear my head. How did they know I needed this?

TrishB Love going there 💜 6mo
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Gorgeous writing juxtaposed against a harrowing subject, particularly poignant on this day. I‘ve spent my life avoiding holocaust narratives, simply because it terrifies and hurts me too much to imagine. But the luminous writing and plight of the characters lead me by the hand towards the increasing darkness, and there‘s no turning back.

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Our first book club read of 2019. Reluctant to put down the Murakami, but I‘ve heard good things, so away we go.

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Book igloo in Waterstones Cambridge. H said it was mainly made of Alice in Wonderland pages inside 🐇

kricheal Super cool! 6mo
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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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I‘ve undressed the Murakami, and look how gorgeous 😍🎨. He does not disappoint - in the first pages: a family of cats, a ghostly visitation, women with interesting features, casual sex...no sign of food preparation yet but I‘m sure it‘s to come.

BookHermit The Canadian edition is much less impressive 😕 7mo
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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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New Christmas reads

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Read it and weep (with laughter and tears)

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This book is making me laugh quite a lot. Really highly recommend. Read it now!

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Highly recommend this one. The chapters comprise of short, autobiographical episodes of mortal anxiety. It‘s difficult to imagine anyone having so many close calls in one lifetime, although if you reached far enough into your own childhood memories, and polled a few close family members, it might not be such a stretch.

BookHermit I loved this one on audio. The narrator (who is not the author) did an amazing job of convincing me this was her lived experience. A very weepy listen for me but a great book on which to end the year. 7mo
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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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I had an unexpected stay in hospital, and this book kept me sane. Whenever I was lonely or bored, felt anxious, or got woken in the night by one of my fellow ward-mates, I would put on my headphones and escape.

Tamra I love audio for that! I hope you are out & well very soon. 9mo
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The Number of the Beast | Robert Anson Heinlein
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Badge earned

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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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I listened to this on audible and it ticked every box for audio reads: sadistic, simply written, suspenseful. The last few lines were perfect, and gave me a little thrill.

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Whistle in the Dark | Emma Healey
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It‘s nice to read a book that‘s chosen for you, with no preconceptions about what it will be like. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was something entirely different from what I expected when I finally ventured in. I‘ll say no more.

TrishB I liked this one and I have this edition- it‘s lovely isn‘t it 😁 11mo
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A cheeky murder mystery set in the elite heart of Oxford university. Who murdered the beautiful fresher? Will Nancy snag her Next Duke? Will Ursula ever make it to the library? The book keeps you guessing, laughing, and touring the exclusive buildings, customs, and pass times of high society you‘ve maybe always wondered about.

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I guessed the twists but it was still a highly enjoyable listen. Annette Chown is good company for the bedridden.

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Cold and flu reads. When the Lemsip tablets wear off, I pull the duvet up under my chin and play the crime thriller.

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The Witchfinder's Sister | Beth Underdown
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I love a witchy book, and thought this was a refreshing take on a time, place and perspective - not least of which (witch?) because these events happened in locations that I can picture perfectly, as I‘ve lived near and/or travelled through them.

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I Love You Too Much | Alicia Drake
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Finished this one in Malta. I loved Paul as an uncomfortable protagonist and felt it was a good move to filter things through his perspective. A bit too symmetrical a conclusion, but I put it down to first book cleverness.

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Panpan

I think I pulled a muscle in my face from constant eye-rolling. The idea that any self-respecting undergrad would hero-worship a second-wave feminist in bad footwear (who is somehow famous for running a niche magazine via a poorly branded organisation) is laughable. MW put so much effort into giving irritating names to people, places, video games and book titles, she forgot to develop an actual plot. Even Cory succumbed to her dull fantasy world.

Samplergal I have left it partially read for similar reasons. I‘m an original feminist and this isn‘t cutting it, imho. Someday maybe I‘ll be in the mood to finish. Not now. 12mo
Fridayfilms @Samplergal I think Zadie Smith‘s On Beauty accomplishes everything this book could not. 12mo
Samplergal @Fridayfilms I will look into that. It makes me a bit angry I spent my money at B &N for the book club and then didn‘t finish it. Bleh. lol. 12mo
BookHermit Sounds about right. 8mo
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Mehso-so

For me this was just ok. I‘m not sure if it was because I listened to it in audible, but I felt hyper aware of the cliches (she smelled like home, she opened a door inside her that could never be closed etc.) and sometimes the writing was a bit too on point. I didn‘t feel particularly sorry for Mia or Pearl, or any of the Richardsons (who are all dicks, let‘s be honest). Beebee on the other hand, I have all the time in the world for.

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I Love You Too Much | Alicia Drake
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Speaking of birthdays, I bought this one for my OH on his birthday last week. Feeling a little guilty, as maybe a small part of me wanted him to read it quickly so that I could go next. 😬

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Birthday reads 💙🖤❤️

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Our non-fiction choice for this month‘s book club. It comes out fists flying from page 1 with the helpful assertion that, unless you clock 8 hours of sleep a night, you WILL die.

And before you die of heart failure, or diabetes, or Alzheimer‘s, or that weird middle-age disease where you stop sleeping entirely and no one knows why or can cure you and you die 8 weeks later, you will probably be fat.

Neurotic or nervous dispositions, take heed.

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Mehso-so

A glutton for punishment, or is my short term memory shot to pieces by a relentless day job? (Yes and yes.)

I was partway through this read (listen) when I recognised a turn of phrase because, weirdly, the author of my last read used it too, and - oh.

It won‘t spoil anything if I tell you that a character from this book also “forked her sunglasses” onto the top of her head, or that the twist was equally - if differently - unsatisfying.

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Mehso-so

As an audio book for the train, this was pretty decent. I guessed the twist far too early though, and she neglected to tie-up a loose end, which I think she felt wasn‘t necessary because it was a red herring. So that puts it at so-so for me.

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The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
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I can‘t recommend this book highly enough.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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An uninteresting premise comprised of a series of plot lines that went nowhere. If this hadn‘t been a book club read I would have bailed.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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This was chosen for our next book club meeting. I‘m finding it fairly trite/tedious but want my little project to succeed, so can‘t be too disparaging (5 out of 12 colleagues voted in favour).

Oh and shout out to cold & flu tablets. This always seems to happen when I finally have time off 💊

BookaholicNatty I can‘t wait to read this one!!! There has been a lot of buzz about it. I hope you love it! 💜📚 1y
Fridayfilms @BookaholicNatty Thank you, not loving it yet, but there‘s still time I guess 😋 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I didn‘t love this one. Too much hype and it didn‘t deliver for me. 1y
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The Western Wind | Samantha Harvey
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#TBS A gift on Mothering Sunday

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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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Ludicrous or fun? Either way, it‘s something I‘ve always wanted to try.

BookHermit I think it looks delightful! 1y
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Ugh, my free audible pick for Feb. I thought this would be a mystery with a bit of thriller thrown in but it's just a straight up (dull) narrative about a woman who has a baby out of wedlock. I'm pushing on until the bitter end for whatever reason but don't imagine it will improve.

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Amazons Audible Audio Books | Albert N Thomas
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Cheeky podcast promo! I highly recommend West Cork for true crime fans of Making a Murderer, S-Town and Serial. This has me utterly in its grasp.

BookHermit 😯 Must check out. Thanks! 1y
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The Mystery Bookstore | Gertrude C. Warner
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Any guesses?

Libby1 Rivers of London? 1y
Fridayfilms I've not read it but looked up the description and think you might be right @Libby1 1y
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The Mystery Bookstore | Gertrude C. Warner
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Nights at the Circus?

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The Wicked Cometh | Laura Carlin
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😻📖

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The Secrets She Keeps | Michael Robotham
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This had a few problems - namely that Michael Robotham doesn't really get women.

He vastly overestimates how much someone like Meg would know or care about her husband's work as a sportscaster, for instance.

Meg also refers to a former rival at one point as 'the Italian job', which again, really?

Etc

As an audiobook, repeated internal dialogue like 'she knows...she knows' can only be read with so many inflections.

But on the whole it was fun.

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Just wonderful

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I was recently asked if I would organise and lead discussions for a new book club at work. Would I!

Here's the book that was chosen based on democratic vote (we're alternating fiction with non-fiction).

I've never joined a book club, much less run one. How hard can it be though? 😬

Tips from experienced littens very welcome.

BookHermit I‘m in 3 bookclubs, two postal and one traditional. I love discussing books with my I RL bookclub but I‘m not always enthusiastic about our selections. I suggest having book picking guidelines and a standing meeting date, like the the third Friday of every month. We have someone who‘s in charge of bringing discussion questions so we can get ourselves going when the conversation runs out of steam. 1y
BookHermit Of course food and booze help to ease people into a social event organized around a solitary pursuit 😉 1y
Fridayfilms Thank you! I'm providing nothing as interesting as wine, but they will get sandwiches! 😂 And that's a great idea about picking guidelines. What are some of yours? 1y
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I've been reading this gift, even though normally, perhaps ungraciously, I am deeply suspicious of books I do not choose myself.

I found the first few pages annoying, a feeling only heightened by the juxtaposition of a bare-breasted young woman in repose with the smirking wrinkled face of Graham Swift.

But then it was all quietly confident poetry. I'm partway through, and though I half guessed an early twist, it still shocked me breathless.

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Lullaby | Leïla Slimani
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Very readable, though one thing I would say is that it doesn't go far enough to explain why. Why anything. Characterisation and vague allusions don't quite cut it here. But I did enjoy the read.

BookHermit For some reason the publishers decided to release this as The Perfect Nanny in North America 🙄 1y
Fridayfilms @BookHermit It's odd how publishers think they need to trick audience segments to get them to read a good book. Here it was advertised as the next Gone Girl. 1y
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Lullaby | Leïla Slimani
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New cardi and new read 💙

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The Official Highway Code | Great Britain. Department for Transport, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
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Brushing up for Sunday 😬

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Stranger Child | Rachel Abbott
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Bit disappointed so far with my free credit pick. I thought it would be a crime story from the perspective of a family but it seems to be more of a police/detective narrative. Hopefully I'll enjoy it anyway, as it has good reviews on Audible.

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The Nothing | Hanif Kureishi
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Holiday reads