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HardcoverHearts

HardcoverHearts

Joined February 2016

Bibliophile, traveler, staunch womanist, used bookstore obsessive, savvy worker. BookTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGNpG_pEmpa3rmQ4obUhh4Q
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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
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Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer
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God in Ruins | Kate Atkinson
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One of my favorite books of the year is on sale today for the digital edition... It‘s remarkable.

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Death in the Stocks | Georgette Heyer
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My weekend outlook seems promising... I‘m reading these two gems as part of the Gone With The Book readathon, creates by Mel of Mel‘s Bookland Adventures BookTube channel.

Becker Georgette Heyer is my guilty pleasure. 🌸 (edited) 4w
LeahBergen Miss Buncle‘s Book! ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Great deal for a great book!

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Enjoying a foggy, cold morning for a lie in with my favorite old lady and a new book for #witreadathon ! .

Ruthiella I recently tried Flights by her and couldn‘t get into it. I think Drive Your Plow is more plot driven? Maybe I‘ll get on better with it.😀 2mo
HardcoverHearts @Ruthiella Same! I‘ve heard that so I‘m giving it a whirl. 😉🤞🏻 2mo
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Just finished my 1st book for WIT month. This was a remarkable story & the audio was sublime. I don‘t often get on with child voice actors, as the precociousness can be a bit much. But this was just the right level of haughtiness in both character‘s voices. If you like really brilliant, difficult women who go deep into observations of the world/ their lives- this may be a book for you. I love the mix of intellectual discourse & heart!

LiteraryinLititz I love this book! Glad you did too! 3mo
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I‘m co-hosting a read along with Juan of Just Juan Reader BookTube channel of The Goldfinch, in anticipation of the upcoming movie. Feel free to join us. The info is in the video: https://youtu.be/0bHOAetpg5Q .

Simona Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about this book! I liked quite a lot, but with the reservations ... Enjoy and happy reading❣️ 3mo
HardcoverHearts @Simona I am right there with you. This is an experiment for me. I loved big chunks of the book and not others at all. I am not a rereader, but thought this might be one that could look different upon a second pass. We shall see. 3mo
DivineDiana Glad I found your post! I knew that I had seen a readalong for this book! It has been on my TBR shelves for some time and this is the motivation that I need to finally read it! 2mo
HardcoverHearts @DivineDiana I have posted my thoughts on the YouTube channel for the first section last week (up to chapter 4) and will post thoughts for this week‘s section this weekend. We are reading up to Chapter 6 for this week. And Juan is doing the same on his channel- Just Juan Reader. Please join us and leave your thoughts in the comments. 2mo
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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I‘m snuggling up as close as our old lady will let me, while I read my last book for Booktube‘s Reading Rush week.

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Kintu | Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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Multitasking Saturday!

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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I wish I could say that all these markers are for brilliant, insightful or lovely passages. For me, the hype on this one is overblown. I‘m finding the writing clunky, the context lacking and the underlying assumptions suspect. I‘m disappointed. I‘ll finish it, but have low hopes for it turning around. 😢

Megabooks I couldn‘t agree with you more. You wrote my feelings better than I did. 3mo
HardcoverHearts @Megabooks It‘s such a bummer because I really wanted a great book on female desire but this isn‘t it. I think Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski or Mating In Captivity by Esther Perel are much better nonfiction reads on this subject. 3mo
Megabooks Plus, I found very little positive in it. The small amount joy these women seem to eek out from sex and intimacy was just sad. I mean one woman fakes her whole life, another was raped and abandoned, a third thinks it‘s good when her lover spends a half hour with her and will do virtually anything to have that half hour. Is real depressing sometimes? Yes. Are there healthier relationships she could‘ve picked? Yes. 3mo
HardcoverHearts @Megabooks I resent her assertions that desire is an overwhelming force that one is powerless to control. I was expecting a feminist romp through the joys of female desire, not a Tyler Perry movie about the perils that will befall you if you partake! 3mo
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2019 on Goodreads | Various Various
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At this pace I am on track for possibly beating my best year of 222 books read! I couldn‘t be happier with the material I am reading, as well as the pace. And joining BookTube has been a great way to engage with other readers for buddy reads. It‘s been lovely to read some intimidating books with other people, analyzing it together as we go.

I hope your reading years are going well, also!

DivineDiana Fantastic achievement! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 3mo
sprainedbrain That‘s awesome! 👏🏻 3mo
Megabooks 🎉🎉🥳🥳 3mo
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I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel, talking about all the books we found on our vacation to Italy. This was the second edition. I am maybe most excited by this edition that I found.

https://youtu.be/NSBUkUWCQF8

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I‘m enjoying this exploration of menopause. The audiobook is read by the author and is compelling. She is completely right that there is a deficit of work based on this time in women‘s lives. It‘s insane to know that every woman goes through it and we know so little about the process.

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No Surrender | Constance Maud
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There is a deal on the ebook of this title in Kindle and iBook formats. This was printed by Persephone Books, but in lieu of having the gorgeous dove cover, you can read the book for cheap. 😉

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In anticipation of the movie release, I‘m teaming up with a fantastic BookTuber, Juan, of Just Juan Reader to host a read along for the book, starting August 1st. Details are on my channel and his.

Theaelizabet I‘ve already read it, but will love hearing/reading comments! 4mo
HardcoverHearts Juan and I have also already read it but the idea of reading it again before the movie sounded too fun. 😉 4mo
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Alert! I read this book for AussieApril and am now in love with this author. I‘ve binged her previous 2 books in May. If you like atmospheric mysteries with great character and plot- this is your book and it‘s on sale for Kindle and Apple Books. I didn‘t check Kobo or Nook. 6/02/19

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I finished Normal People and talked about it in my latest video of weekly reading- Week of Reading- May 31st, 2019 https://youtu.be/oG6N95Cielo

Lindy I‘ve got a copy waiting on hold for me at the library now, so I look forward to reading your thoughts sometime in the next 3 weeks. (Library due dates are excellent reading incentives for me.) 5mo
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It‘s Saturday morning and as usual, I am cursed by abundance and thereby paralyzed with choices. Visit the city, do nature, go book shopping or just fall asleep reading all day?! I could go to the gym. (Just kidding!)

Samplergal I have found in my 63 yrs, sometimes ( most times) the nap/book is what the body and soul need at the time. Have fun with whatever you do. 5mo
HardcoverHearts @Samplergal Thank you! I have had a pot of tea and am now thinking ambitious thoughts of walking to a bookstore, sitting in nature where I can read and nap. 😂 We shall see how far I get on that scheme. (edited) 5mo
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Spring | Ali Smith
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I ❤️ when books activate a curiosity to explore ideas. Or to see what they see, or know more about what they are referencing. This is happening with Spring. I am inspired to pause, look something up on Google, & marvel at her brilliance as she adds these layers into her writing. I‘m only 23% in, but am loving this story of friendship, loss & change in the era of Trump, Brexit, encroaching Fascism which is pulling is back to darker days.

Theaelizabet I‘ve just started this, too. Loving it, so far, as I did the other two. 5mo
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I have so many thoughts about this book. So many that I needed to talk it out. See the discussion here: https://youtu.be/ZDP3tV56Kos

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Continuing my Roman reading, I grabbed this audiobook from the public library‘s digital stack and am enjoying it as much as I did with the first one. It doesn‘t have the seriousness of Bernard Cornwell‘s Fools and Mortals, which I just finished. But I don‘t need it to be. I like being transported to Ancient Rome as a prompt for my imagination for our upcoming trip. ⁣

ladyonequestion Have you read any of Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series? One of my favourite series about Rome. 5mo
CoffeeCatsBooks I also love books set in Ancient Rome. I really like Robert Harris‘ Cicero series. 5mo
HardcoverHearts @ladyonequestion and @CoffeeCatsBooks - these are great recommendations! Thank you both! 5mo
marleed @ladyonequestion I read First Man in Rome years ago and really got into it. I kept a chart of all the names to help. Piles of male names ending in ‘ius‘. Most people assume my cat Marius was named for Les Mis. Nope, this book! 5mo
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Fools and Mortals | Bernard Cornwell
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My husband bought it when we were in London last summer but put it down with a quickness when he realized that it was Shakespeare. 😂 I am loving a peek at London, through the eyes of his wayward younger brother, including dirty handed tricks/ crimes from other playhouses seeking favor of the Queen and her ⁣retinue. The details in here are great and there is a gravitas that elevates the material. I‘m looking forward to reading more of his work!⁣

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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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This is on ebook sale ($2.99) now in some platforms and I highly recommend it! It‘s a well crafted tale of the pressures one couple and specifically one woman faces to have children.

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I love my library holds! There is something almost mystical about how it delivers me the right book for my mood. I was just wanting something historical, sweeping and a little fun. Well done, library gods! Well done.

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Just posted my in depth review to BookTube last night- https://youtu.be/AlA0YY4voSw

LeahBergen Can‘t wait! 👍🏻 5mo
Suet624 Your review was fantastic. 4mo
HardcoverHearts @Suet624 Oh my! Thank you so much!! I appreciate the comment very much. 🥰 4mo
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I‘ve read a lot of Victorian era novels, but not many Edwardian. After Women Talking & Milkman, I was in the mood for something lighter. This is my first time reading this author, though I have watched her Agatha Raisin tv series. The protagonist is Lady Rose Summer, who is wealthy and “over educated”. She marches with the Suffragettes and faces ruin in ch. 1. Checks all my boxes - smart, rebellious women in an interesting time period? Sign me up!

Tamra Sounds fun! 5mo
Tamra I just found it on Libby. 👍🏾 5mo
HardcoverHearts @Tamra You have to keep me posted on your thoughts. I‘m flying through it. I have one morning appointment but I can see this being polished off quickly. 5mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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The form of the book has many detractors for authorial choices of not having people‘s names, & by a stream of consciousness flow of the narrator(Middle Daughter). I have flipped between the audio and written book as I am under a time crunch. The experience is different. I like the audio- the Irish brogue helps with some of the language. And, what language! I‘ll not say anything more so I can share it with my book club first.

SamAnne This is in my short stack. 6mo
bedandabook I listened to this on audio and ended up really invested in it and enjoying it. It‘s stayed in my memory too, which is always a sign of a good book for me. 5mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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I just posted a video of my week review of reading and what‘s on deck plus a vlog on my month of book purchases and unhauls. Link in bio and here: ⁣

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGNpG_pEmpa3rmQ4obUhh4Q ⁣⁣
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Stranger Diaries | Elly Griffiths
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This new book is on sale today in digital form. Not sure if it‘s across platforms or only for Kindle so check your preferred retailer if you are boycotting Amazon. I find that Apple Books tends to match the deal prices almost all the time.

This was a fun read! I like her Ruth Galloway series but this stand alone was 👌🏻.

LiteraryinLititz I‘m only 4 books into the Ruth Galloway series, but if this is a standalone it‘s going on my TBR! Thanks for the heads up! 6mo
HardcoverHearts @LiteraryinLititz My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it. 6mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Oh, this one is exactly what I needed. I‘ve wanted to read a good emotional (but non-sentimental) book for a little while. This is it! And when I googled an image with the phrase “young love” this came up and I feel it‘s quite apropos for the book. I chose this for a work book club to get more engagement from the younger members after the last book was a non fiction slog. Hoping this revives the membership. I know it‘s revived me. ❤️⁣

batsy Emotional but non-sentimental perfectly captures this book! 6mo
HardcoverHearts @batsy ☺️Thank you! I‘m only half way through but have had my heart strings tugged so many times and I am 100% here for it! 6mo
bedandabook I loved this book and I love everything this author has written. Brilliant novel! Hope it does the trick. 6mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Any Bay Area Littens going to see Miriam Toews at Green Apple on the Park tonight? I just saw the post on IG that she will be there and I‘m already changing my plans to make it! (It‘s 5:27 am and I‘m so excited!)

Lindy Toews is a great speaker. Enjoy! 6mo
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I love this time of every month. The BOMC club pick has been made! I‘m a fan of books set in Egypt, so I‘m especially excited for this choice. Plus I missed the boat the first go-round with Miracle Creek. It‘s all the talk on BookTube, so I figured I would grab it. What did you all pick?

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Just uploaded my lasted video about this book and the insane story of the Mitford Sisters! https://youtu.be/bSHUnDe82oc

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Overnight escape to Calistoga! I‘m reading by a lovely water fountain feature, in perfect weather, and couldn‘t be happier. Finishing up The Lost Man by Jane Harper on audio, Women Talking by Miriam Toews, and Milkman by Anna Burns. It‘s so nice to read in a lovely setting.

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The Wicked Cometh | Laura Carlin
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You can see where I get my bookish nature... my mother ( @Mrsemz ) is visiting me leading me up to my birthday! We took a lovely visit to a used bookstore, had lunch and came back to the apartment. When I looked up, she was already in my reading chair, enjoying a book! ❤️

shawnmooney ❤️❤️ 6mo
merelybookish That's lovely! And early happy birthday! 🎉🎉 6mo
HardcoverHearts @merelybookish Thank you! ☺️ 6mo
AntoinetteBuchanan Wishing you a happy birthday! Your mother is adorable 6mo
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Adding a Jane Harper to the Aussie April readthon mix! It just came up in audio from my library hold, and the narration is sublime so far. I also have Boy Swallows Universe queued up on Scribd as soon as I am done with A Few Right Men. I am loving the exposure to so many great books and authors! Well done, Jaclyn and Doris.

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A Few Right Thinking Men | Sulari Gentill
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I have re-establishing my old Scribd subscription for the Aussie April challenge as there are so many Australian authors on the platform. I left Scribd when they throttled the audio options, so now that it‘s unlimited, I am thrilled to be back. I‘m especially excited because this has an appearance of Sir Walter Mosley- the odious fascist who married a Mitford. I filmed a vlog about the Mitford sisters. One word- WOW! That family was bonkers!!!

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The Bay of Noon: A Novel | Shirley Hazzard
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New video up on my YouTube channel. In this video I talk about books I am reading to get ready for an exciting summer trip this year. https://youtu.be/QGtQ6_KgWIM

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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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In this episode, I sneak away from my desk, find a not-so-hidden spot to film my reaction to The Overstory winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. 😂. https://youtu.be/ByDD_oZmluY

LeahBergen 😆😆 6mo
Bklover Well you‘ve made it sound fascinating! Stacked! 6mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen As I did a quick edit I was laughing at how shady I look- furtively looking at people as they walk by but not stopping, as if it was the most normal thing to do! 😂 6mo
HardcoverHearts @Bklover It‘s by no means a perfect books, but I loved it. I would love to know what your experience is when you finish it. And Patricia ! Oh, so much ❤️ for her. 6mo
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Conundrum | Jan Morris
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For my bday coming up-I treated myself to a subscription to Slightly Foxed. It‘s a delightful publishing company that puts out a quarterly journal + old classics. I came across an edition they did of my favorite, 84 Charing Cross Road. Their podcast is also so charming! It‘s makes me want to grab a cup of tea before settling in hear their lovely voices talk about books. It‘s an Anglophile‘s dream. I‘m thrilled with my first installment

DivineDiana It does look thrilling to me as well! ❤️ 6mo
HardcoverHearts @DivineDiana You get me! 😉 6mo
LeahBergen I‘m a longtime subscriber and LOVE them so much (and I have that edition of 84 Charing Cross Road, too ❤️❤️). 6mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen It‘s like we are sisters!! Have you listened to the podcast?! It‘s as perfect as you would expect. I could listen to them all day. 6mo
LeahBergen I could listen to that podcast ALL DAY LONG. 😍😍 6mo
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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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Jumping into #aussieapril with this book, hosted by SixMinsforMe and AllDBooks on YouTube. I was suspicious that it may not be called an Australian book, but Kate at The Novel Nomad on BookTube calls it Australian, so who am I to argue? Really excited to try to read some new -to-me authors from that part of the world. Any Australian authors or books that I simply must read? Anyone else joining in?

umbrellagirl I‘m looking for novels set in Australia to bring when I visit in July. So far I‘ve got 6mo
HardcoverHearts @umbrellagirl I got a lot of great suggestions on my IG account- including Jane Harper (The Dry), Tim Winton, Claire Coleman, and specifically 2 recs for Boy Swallows Universe. Where are you going in Australia? 6mo
Centique Oh wow I must recommend Peter Carey too and an indigenous author‘s memoir for you which is excellent 6mo
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Centique And also @CarolynM is my go-to for all things Australian! Any reccs Carolyn? 6mo
RadicalReader Congrats on your booktube channel wishing you lots of luck on it and filled with memorable content 6mo
HardcoverHearts @RadicalReader Thank you so much! I‘m thrilled that so many Littens have checked it out. I‘m blessed to be a part of two great reading communities. 6mo
HardcoverHearts @Centique - Fantastic! I will check those out. Keep any ideas coming. Only 15 days left! 6mo
CarolynM @Centique you are flattering me again. I've just sent you some books, hope you will like them. There are so many Australian authors I could recommend but I will stick to a few favourites Joan London (especially The Golden Age and Gilgamesh), Helen Garner, Frank Moorhouse, Peter Goldsworthy, Georgia Blain's Between a Wolf and a Dog, Jessica Anderson (especially Tirra Lirra by the River), Gillian Mears, Steven Carroll, Fiona Capp, Melissa Lucashenko (edited) 6mo
CarolynM All the above are at the more literary end. If you like crime try Peter Temple, Garry Disher, Shane Maloney (a particular favourite of mine), Leigh Redhead, Marele Day, Sulari Gentill. 6mo
Centique @CarolynM you sent me some books? Oh gosh I owe you some books! I‘ve been thinking what I should send you 💕 I‘m taking note of all these great Aussie reccs too! 6mo
HardcoverHearts @Centique This list is remarkable. I‘m going to see which ones I can find on Scribd or the library. Thank you so much! (edited) 6mo
CarolynM @Centique You don't owe me anything, it's fun to share books I love. 6mo
CarolynM @HardcoverHearts Let me know if there's something you're interested in but can't get, I'd be happy to send you a copy. Email munchenberg at on the dot net dot au 6mo
HardcoverHearts @CarolynM that is such a kind offer!! I am looking up many of these on Book Depository, Scribd and my public libraries right now. This list is fantastic. (edited) 6mo
Lizpixie There‘s also Favel Parrett, Ruth Park, Colleen McCullough, Joan Lindsay, Kerry Greenwood of course #phryneappreciationclub Kate Morton, the Moriarty siblings, Mark Brandi, Tom Keneally, Markus Zusak, Kate Grenville, Peter Carey, Hannah Kent, Ahn Do(hilarious), Geraldine Brooks, Shaun Tan, Kate Forsyth, Isobelle Carmody, John Marsden, Holly Ringland, Sarah Schmidt & of course the greats, Banjo Patterson & Henry Lawson. 6mo
HardcoverHearts @Lizpixie - thank you! So many new-to-me authors. My TBR is exploding. 6mo
Crazeedi @Lizpixie now I have to look up all the authors I dont know!!is Jane Harper one?? 6mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Well, I‘ve started a YouTube channel to talk about books. I am enamored with the community- so many interesting books being read by interesting people. Apparently, being in multiple book clubs isn‘t satisfying my need to talk about books! I have more that will be released soon. Please wish me luck. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGNpG_pEmpa3rmQ4obUhh4Q

HardcoverHearts @shawnmooney - I‘ve been inspired by you, Doris, Britta, Simon and the lot of you smart, witty and endearing people. So thanks for being a great YouTube role model. I give you a shout out in the Faber 20 video. 😉 6mo
shawnmooney Omg how wonderful!! Off to check out your new channel now! Welcome! 6mo
LeahBergen Ohhh! I can‘t wait to check it out. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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HardcoverHearts @shawnmooney I will be absolutely delighted if you are my first viewer! (Well, my husband was technically, but he has to watch them for quality assurance purposes. Ha!) 🥰 6mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen Oh, this is exactly what I was hoping for- an expansion of the community from Litsy! 🥰 6mo
shawnmooney Loooved your videos and just gave you a shout out on Twitter! 😍 6mo
HardcoverHearts @shawnmooney OMG- thank you so much! 6mo
vivastory Great videos! You convinced me to try 6mo
HardcoverHearts @vivastory How wonderful! Please let me know what you think about it when you are done. 6mo
MrBook WOOHOO!!!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I shall share this glorious development if that‘s okay. Congratulations! 🤗🤗🤗 6mo
HardcoverHearts @MrBook Oh, thank you! That would be wonderful! 🥰 6mo
DivineDiana I just watched and subscribed! 👏🏻📚👍🏻 6mo
HardcoverHearts @DivineDiana Oh, thank you!! 🥰 6mo
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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The weekend can‘t come fast enough. Look at all these amazing library holds that have come in!! The top row are all the ebooks and below are all the audiobooks. I‘m practically sweating with anxiety over this bevvy of riches bestowed upon me! Luckily, the library gives me 20 days for the check outs, and I tend to listen to most audiobooks at 1.5 speed. Should I take bets on how many I can finish? 😂.

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There are times when I develop an aversion to a book only because of the hype. This was one. But a co-worker sang it‘s praises so I grabbed a library copy. I am 73% through it, & am now slowing it down to savor every moment. I just adore Kya, our narrator. I marvel at the real depth in these characters & the overwhelming sense of place with this marsh. I have been assured that this book will stick the landing. I am dreading when it will be over.

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I am enjoying this lush story with a macabre mystery at the center! I‘m trying to work through my backlog of Book of the Month Club books. The writing is evocative and I could see this being optioned into a movie. So far, so good!

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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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I was blessed today with a rare private event with Rachel Cusk, on her tour for the paperback release. Our small talk was quite illuminating. She mentioned how the blowback from her first two books was so intense because of the rage evident in the content and yet this series has the exact same material- but the narrator is “passive” this time & it‘s a critical success. But she purposefully constructed it for that effect. Kudos, indeed, Ms Cusk!

DivineDiana Fantastic! 7mo
merelybookish Wow! Lucky you! I love that trilogy! 7mo
HardcoverHearts @merelybookish Believe me- I know it! To be able to have a conversation with her in a small group was a gift. 🥰 7mo
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I decided to do some library digging for an audiobook about The Mitford Sister. I only have a cursory understanding of their story but it is epic- how 6 sisters not only grew up to be so different, but also spanning the political climate of England/Europe in WW2. I‘ve heard great things about the book of their letters to each other, which I hope to get to soon after this. Are there any famous families that spark your curiosity and interest?

Eggs Dionne quintuplets, the royals 7mo
Weaponxgirl These, the Kennedys, the Romanovs, even the Windsor‘s if I‘m in the right mood. 7mo
LeahBergen They were so fascinating! 7mo
HardcoverHearts @Eggs - I know nothing about the Dionne quintuplets so I am now intrigued. Thank you. 7mo
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This is a good sign- the first page has a map (gold star) and the library is the first room identified! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. But I am stumped by room 7- the Reredorter. I had never heard of it before. Google tells me it‘s a common area latrine, usually found in monasteries. I learned something before really starting the book. This could be fun!

RJHowe And on the subject of monastic bathroom trivia, apparently the Protestant reformer Martin Luther came up with the idea of “justification through faith alone” while sitting in just such a place. He referred to it as the “cloaca”. (edited) 7mo
HardcoverHearts @RJHowe Ha! now that‘s a handy piece of trivia! 7mo
RJHowe My university education has to be good for something. 7mo
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The Faber 20 shorts have blown my mind this month. Only a few were misses for me and some were absolute revelations. I am so thrilled to have broken through my mental obstacle with short stories, especially with so many writers I have always wanted to read. Huzzah!

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Well, even I am stunned at all the books I was able to read in March!
I finished 42 books:
-women writers (30)
-classics (2)
-short stories (17) from the Faber 20 series
-graphic novels (3)
-non-fiction (3)
And 6 of those were 5🌟s!!

readordierachel Hot damn. Nice work! 7mo
HardcoverHearts @readordierachel 😬 (I don‘t really know if I am using this emoji the right way- but I‘m using it for the cheesing smile that I have on my face! ) 😂 Thank you! 7mo
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Pressure! This is the 2nd time I have borrowed this book. I kept putting it off because it‘s so slim that I was sure I could knock it out quickly. So I kept bumping it. I am not known for repeatedly checking out the same book without reading it. So I brewed up a pot of tea, watched the sun rise & spent a little time with an 88 year old serial murderess! She is horrid, but it was oddly satisfying to see what she got up to in her old age.

LeahBergen This was a fun little read. 😆 7mo
JSW I‘m so glad to see this post because I forgot this title and couldn‘t find it again 😂 7mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen - I thought so, too! 😈 7mo
HardcoverHearts @JSW My work here is done! 😂 7mo
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