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Disgrace | J. M. Coetzee
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Walking embodiment of the patriarchy Prof David Lurie creates a situation for which he will pay dearly if not learn. His disgrace sends him to his daughter‘s place in the country where we get to see his racism, too. At once an exploration of attitudes that need to disappear and post-apartheid South Africa, this book is brilliant. Glad I finally read it.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 37m
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This book about the capabilities of plants is absolutely fascinating. I‘m glad to see the western attitude toward our natural world starting to change, with books like this one, Ed Yong‘s An Immense World and Hope Jahren‘s Lab Girl. Imagine how much we can learn about the life around us just by opening our minds. Fittingly, I was listening to this one while harvesting flowers. Thanks @Soubhiville for putting this on my radar!

Soubhiville I‘m so glad you liked it and I can‘t wait to start reading it. 😃 11h
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Loop Tracks | Sue Orr
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Abortion is illegal in New Zealand and clearly sex ed isn‘t the best, as 16 year old Charlie sits on a plane waiting to go to Australia for her abortion. But the plane is long delayed and her choices, which she doesn‘t truly understand, reverberate. Parts of this book were great, but it delved into COVID in a way that felt got it off track from the otherwise tight narrative. Ultimately, I found it uneven.

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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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Set in rural Appalachia, this book follows a woman who feels painted into a corner as she then encounters something completely unexpected. As this event takes hold of her and her small town, she experiences a coming of age as her world opens up. I‘m glad #ReadYourEbooks helped me finally get to this one. If you‘re looking for realistic (rather than dystopian) cli-fi, this is a good choice.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2d
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Disturbing the Dead | Kelley Armstrong
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The third book so far in the Rip Through Time series finds a mummy that isn‘t, launching the hunt for a murderer. This is my favorite of the series so far, in part for a particular choice by the author that I really liked but won‘t spoil. I look forward to reading more of these.

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This is a deeply sobering book about the conditions of cobalt miners in DRC. And we are all contributing to this human rights nightmare by having devices and vehicles with rechargeable batteries, of which cobalt is a vital component. I hope more and more visibility is brought to this issue so that enough pressure can be brought to create change. Thank you for putting this on my radar, @Soubhiville .

Soubhiville Sobering is exactly the right word. I wish every rechargeable battery bought came with a summary of this book, I don‘t think most people know about this issue. 4d
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I like the nonfiction I‘ve read from Ann Patchett thus far, and this one is no different. Despite the title, it‘s not a book about marriage but a collection of her writings on a bunch of topics in short and medium length essays. I particularly liked the ones about bookstores and dogs (of course).

vivastory The Parnassus channel is def a favorite 5d
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Perma Red | Debra Magpie Earling
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I wanted to love this look at a Native woman‘s life, but I just got a little lost in places. I‘m not entirely sure why, and it may have been entirely me, not the book. I do think this would be a good one to try for those who struggled with The Lost Journals of Sacajawea. The writing style here is much more accessible.

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The Challenger explosion is the first major event of my life that I indelibly remember. I was 9. So I was very interested in this book and it is absolutely phenomenal. Higginbotham first goes back in NASA history and sets the stage for both the disaster and other previous disasters that happened. By the time he is approaching launch, I was saying, “No!” out loud to the audiobook. It‘s that good.

RamsFan1963 I need to read this. I loved his book on Chernobyl. 7d
Christine What @RamsFan1963 said. I was a few months shy of 9 and also remember it vividly. I can picture the area of the school hallway where we were sitting, all gathered around the TV on a cart that our teacher had wheeled over. I‘m glad to see your endorsement and hope to get to this soon. 7d
Hooked_on_books @Christine My teacher was Mrs Wolniewicz and someone from the principal‘s office came to the door and whispered the news to her. I remember her saying “oh my goodness” with her hand to her chest, then telling us. It‘s really something to have those childhood memories then learn all the details as an adult. 7d
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Itchyfeetreader This sounds interesting and is also one of my very first memories of world events 7d
sarahbarnes I remember this from my childhood vividly, too. 6d
squirrelbrain Good to know - and I think hubby might really appreciate this too. 6d
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I just saw this deal over at Chirpbooks and I may have to get it. I love a challenge! 🕰️🕰️🕰️😵‍💫

Ruthiella That‘s some deal! 👍 1w
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Sace Oh my! I don‘t think I would have the stamina for that! 😱 1w
Librarybelle Excellent deal! Hopefully the voice narration is a good one…225 hours is a long time to listen to a monotone voice. 😂 1w
Daisey I used an Audible credit for a complete Dostoyevsky collection that clocks in at 264 hours, only because a few are on the 1001 list and I couldn‘t pass up the value for one credit. I do not at all plan to listen to the included books consecutively. 1w
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I thought this would be a fun, nerdy science read and, while it was that, it wasn‘t great on audio. It‘s a series of very short form essays that would probably work for listening in shorter bursts but not for an extended time. Also, because they‘re so short, I didn‘t get much on each topic and it felt a little superficial.

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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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I had thought I would finally read The Road (and maybe use it for a challenge prompt requiring a sticker on the cover), so I put my copy facing out on my bookshelf. I went to grab it yesterday and…it‘s not The Road. So I searched all through my books and came up empty. Then I searched my book database and I don‘t even own it! Oh dear. Has anyone had this experience?

Dilara Yes! I was certain I had Montaigne's essays on my shelves, inherited from my mother, but no: half a dozen pre-19th-century classics, but not that one... (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB Lol yes I can totally imagine that happening! 1w
Graywacke Well, AtPH is better. 🙂 1w
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Book 2 of the Hana Westerman series finds the remains of a 4 years missing high risk Māori teen discovered on the dunes of Hana‘s hometown Tata Bay. I found this book just as satisfying as book 1 and hope to see more. These books are really steeped in Māori culture and I love that. That don‘t strictly have to be read in order, but I think they‘re better if they are.

And that‘s a wrap on #ReadingOceania2024 #NewZealand

Librarybelle Yay! Congratulations on completing the challenge! And, I will have to check out the series. 1w
BarbaraBB You are our world champion 🏆 1w
squirrelbrain Well done for finishing! ❤️ 1w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1w
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB Oooo, I like the sound of that! 🥳 1w
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E Butler
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I heard on a podcast that this book, published in 1993, starts in July 2024. So I figured I‘d give it a try. And yeah, it‘s superb. I think I had written it off before because of the religious elements, but I am so engrossed in the story that you better believe I‘ll be reading book 2.

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The Body of Martin Aguilera | Percival Everett
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Lewis goes to visit his friend Martin one day and finds his body. When he brings the sheriff back, the body is gone, with Martin later found in the river. Lewis starts to notice some other things amiss and the police aren‘t interested, so he starts to look into things himself. Not as bananas as Everett‘s more recent works, this is a well-paced mystery that builds tension beautifully and just keeps getting darker as it goes.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
BookmarkTavern Sleepy baby! ❤️🐾❤️ 2w
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Bad Habits | Amy Gentry
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Mac is from a struggling family and has a sister with significant neurodivergence. She is flabbergasted when the beautiful, wealthy Gwen takes an interest in her and eventually follows Gwen to graduate school to The Program. We see them across the years and know something terrible happened. Really suspenseful book that I enjoyed. There‘s a reveal at the end that I didn‘t entirely buy, but it didn‘t hurt the read.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
Leftcoastzen 🐶👍 2w
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Ultimately, this book didn‘t work for me. While it has some compelling content and some of the writing is beautiful, it‘s written in a stream of consciousness type way that felt chunked together to me. Also, the author tended toward the melodramatic at times, which I never like. And the cover is just awful. It looks like a PowerPoint template. If not for the Women‘s Prize, I likely would have bailed.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
kspenmoll Great review! 2w
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One Perfect Couple | Ruth Ware
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Things are not going great at postdoc virologist Lyla‘s job, so when her struggling actor boyfriend begs her to go onto a couples reality show, she reluctantly agrees. After arrival at the tropical island, things don‘t exactly go as planned. I loved this and could not put it down.

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Soldier Sailor | Claire Kilroy
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This hugely anxiety-producing book sees a woman unraveling as she navigates motherhood of a toddler with not only zero help from her husband but him making things even harder for her. It‘s very well done and reaffirmed my desire to never have children. (If you‘re thinking of having kids and want to be talked out of it, this will be a big help!)

MicheleinPhilly 🎯 Spot on! 2w
squirrelbrain Perfect 👌! 2w
charl08 Wow, what a striking cover. Puts the UK one to shame. 1w
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Seventeen year old Ellie Black disappeared 2 years ago and suddenly reappears in a wooded area, clearly having been abused. We then learn her backstory while a detective tries to learn what happens and find the perpetrator. I liked in the structure of this that we as the reader find things out before the cops. Really satisfying read.

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With the cover image and title, this seemed like it could be a really interesting look at some shipwrecks and the history they illuminate. Instead, it‘s a dry, exceedingly Eurocentric history of communities on land with passing mention of items found in shipwrecks. And the audio narrator should never, ever be allowed in a recording booth ever again (“wooden” would be a kind description).

squirrelbrain Oh dear! 😬 2w
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
RamsFan1963 Yeah I had to bail because of the narrator also 2w
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Here are my books picked for this month‘s #ReadYourEbooks! I‘m glad to have another crack at Flight Behavior, as I almost got to it when it was picked before. But the big question is: Is this the month I will finally read Wolf Hall? We shall see!

TheBookHippie Wolf Hall is on my list. 2w
merelybookish Wolf Hall requires some effort but is worth it. 2w
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This book looks at 29 famous women who lived/live life unapologetically, moving forward the way they choose despite how society tells them to be. There are several I definitely wouldn‘t want to emulate, but there‘s something to be said for living the way you want to. My only quibble is that this could be a bit more diverse.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2w
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Last House | Jessica Shattuck
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This book follows a family starting in the 1950s. The father works in the oil industry and we see greater society‘s growing understanding about fossil fuels through the eyes of the kids in the activist 60s then the generations up to today. I became engrossed with this one quickly and didn‘t want to put it down. Be aware that while the cover is quite pretty, it really doesn‘t reflect the book.

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I think this book is largely about the pressures, from small to cataclysmic, that have impacted animal populations. The reason I‘m not sure is that I feel that the central thesis of this book got lost. It does contain some interesting facts, but mostly it‘s ground I‘ve found covered in other books. And the audiobook has some issues.

Chelsea.Poole I am listening to this now and I agree with your review. 2w
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My Favourite Mistake | Marian Keyes
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I just love the Walsh family and here they‘re back, with the focus on Anna. As the book opens, she‘s feeling trapped: in her relationship, in her job, and quite literally in her boyfriend‘s apartment, as it‘s the pandemic (it‘s not a pandemic novel). Then we get to see her decisions and backstory from there. It‘s so good! And these don‘t have to be read in order, but I challenge you to not love this family. They are so fun and lively!

TrishB They definitely are! 2w
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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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I did well for #ReadYourEbooks in May, reading 3 of the picked numbers and one additional book! Here‘s my June list. I keep recycling the same graphic but using a different color for the numbers for each of the new picks. The blue numbers are the only ones left of the original 20.

CBee Awesome 🤩 2w
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Wall | John Lanchester
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In this dystopia, GB is fully surrounded by a concrete wall, guarded along its length by conscripted citizens to keep “others” out. We start by following a.freshly minted conscript as he adjusts to his new task. I thought this book was fascinating, and a stinging social commentary on everything from attitudes toward immigration, caste structure and climate change. #ReadYourEbooks

TrishB Oh I have this languishing. You may have revived it up the pile. 2w
Leftcoastzen 👍🐶 2w
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Hooked_on_books @TrishB I hope so! It languished for me, too, and I‘m glad I finally picked it up. It‘s a quick read, if that helps. 2w
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Peter Gorman designs creative, minimalist maps and sells prints of them. He‘s collected some together and, alongside his story of how all this came to be, put them in this book. I just loved it and I like his designs. This one is made up of book titles set in New York. He also has an intersections series for various cities and will create some by request. Here‘s his website: https://www.barelymaps.com

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Remembrance | Rita Woods
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I gave this 50 pages and I‘m still not clear what it‘s about. The writing is flat and dull and frankly nothing about it is holding my attention. And Bindi says walkies is a much better idea than trying to continue, so I‘m out.

squirrelbrain She definitely has her walkies face on! ❤️ 3w
dabbe Let‘s go, Mom! 🖤🐾🖤 3w
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I‘ve been meaning to read this one for AGES and I‘m so glad #ReadYourEbooks finally got me to do so! It follows 5 generations of women in a family who are, yes, witches. It avoids the repetition you might get from repeated mother/daughter relationships and makes a known famous figure a witch in the final section in a way I loved. I liked it! (And I love this cover.)

tpixie I think this has also been on my shelf for years! Good to hear you enjoyed it! 3w
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Whale Fall | ELIZABETH. O'CONNOR
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As the drumbeats of an impending WWII are sounding, a way of life is gradually dying on a tiny Welsh island. A dead whale washes up there, a metaphor for island life, while English anthropologist types arrive to write about the people, only twisted in a way they find interesting. I liked but didn‘t love this.

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I had expected a book from one of the earliest women to rise to a leadership position in the CIA to be fascinating, but overall this is repetitive and surprisingly bland. There are moments here and there that are interesting, but the writing just isn‘t engaging. Also, by the end, she is making choices that reinforce the stereotypes she says she‘s railing against and that just bugged me.

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
tpixie What a shame 3w
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This is a fascinating look at Captain Cook‘s final voyage, from inception to conclusion. Using primary sources, it helps clear up some misunderstandings about him and explores some unknowns/remaining questions. (Did you know he never named a place after himself, despite being a prodigious mapmaker? All those places named after him were done by others.) I was riveted by it.

Amiable I just finished this yesterday, too! Great read. Everything Hampton Sides writes is gold. Love him. 3w
Hooked_on_books @Amiable I‘ve only read one other, In the Kingdom of Ice, and it was great. I will definitely be looking for more of his. 3w
Amiable @Hooked_on_books I went on a tear last year and read everything he‘s written (except one book—which is currently sitting in my library stack). This ended up being my absolute favorite book of 2023: 3w
Hooked_on_books @Amiable That sounds incredible! Thanks for putting in on my radar. I read a terrific King biography last year, and that looks like the perfect companion read. 3w
Amiable @Hooked_on_books If/when you do read it, tag me in your review if you remember! I‘d love to hear your thoughts on it. 3w
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I had a great time with this book from comedian Aisha Tyler. She takes stories from her life and tells them with humor. Mostly I smiled or laughed a bit, but there was one in which I was silently laughing so hard, trying not to wake my husband, that I was shaking so much I thought I‘d shake him awake. 😂

#ReadYourEbooks

Deblovestoread I love when that happens 😂 3w
Librarybelle I have this on my bookshelf and keep telling myself I have to read it soon! She‘s wonderful! 3w
Leftcoastzen Doggie side eye!😁 3w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
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From coast redwoods to olives to baobabs, this book looks at (yup) 12 trees around the world, focusing largely on our human interaction with these species. I found this really interesting with cool facts (the baobab has no hardwood) and engaging writing. There‘s no hard science here, so it‘s accessible to the science-averse.

Librarybelle Stacking! 4w
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Another very good book with a bad cover (seriously, was this color green really necessary?) After a dry intro, this book dives into the gross codependent relationship between government and corporations in capitalist societies and how this setup benefits the rich and powerful at every else‘s expense. It ends in a hopeful way, giving real world examples of how this doesn‘t have to be the way it is.

squirrelbrain Hmmm, I may try this again - I just couldn‘t get past the intro. 😬 4w
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain The intro is really unfortunate, as it‘s not at all reflective of the rest of the book. This was definitely a slower read for me, but my eyes usually cross reading about economics and I was fully riveted. Just dive into chapter 1 and if it isn‘t grabbing you, it‘s not for you, but I was pulled right in. 4w
squirrelbrain I‘ll give it another go, as I *should* find it interesting, being a boring accountant-type person! 🤣 4w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4w
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What Happened to Nina? | Dervla McTiernan
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This may well be the most intense thriller I‘ve ever read. It‘s clear from Nina‘s opening chapter what has happened to her, then we hear from her family and the family of the perpetrator as things unfold. The nauseating way people will treat each other is on display here. I‘m sad this fantastic book is saddled with such a bad cover because it‘s SO good.

AudiobookingWithLeah Ugh...I hate the cover, too...so sad since it was such a riveting story. 4w
LeahBergen WHY is the cover so bad?? It‘s mind boggling. 4w
Breanne1 I‘ve ignored this book because the cover is awful and your review is helping remind me not to do that! 4w
Hooked_on_books @Breanne1 I nearly ignored it, too, for the same reason, but I‘ve enjoyed McTiernan‘s other books. Thank goodness for that! I‘m so sad for her that this cover is so off-putting. 4w
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Powell's Books NW Warehouse | Portland, Oregon (Bookstore)
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I am crazy with envy that I‘m not in Oregon. Powell‘s is planning to sell 30,000 books from their warehouse at prices between $1 and $3! I don‘t think they‘ve ever done this before. Did I price flights to see if I could go? Maybe. Will I follow through on that? Probably not. Maybe. I‘m considering it. 🤪

Ruthiella Wow! Those are amazing prices! Hopefully some Oregon Litten will go and report back. 🤞 4w
squirrelbrain Go for it! 🤪 4w
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I was going to reply, “you have no idea how tempted I am!” but realized that was dumb, as you know EXACTLY how tempted I am. 😂 Alas, I fear the only flight with a remotely reasonable cost has such a dreadful schedule that it would make me a zombie, so it‘s not going to be worth it. 4w
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Amiable I would also price flights for that, so I feel you! Will they offer the deal online as well? Not the same as browsing in person, I know —but still … great deal on books! 4w
squirrelbrain Oh, you‘re tempted, alright! Shall I meet you there?! 😜 4w
BarbaraBB I feel you! 4w
LeahBergen Gasp! 4w
Hooked_on_books @Amiable Sadly, no. It‘s in person only. I would be all over it if it was online! 4w
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Bryn is in a terrible car crash that leaves the driver.dead and goes to live with her new husband once she‘s out of the hospital to convalesce. (They live in different towns.) Things seem ok until a local woman is murdered and Bryn learns maybe she doesn‘t know her husband very well. I enjoyed this mystery—I thought it was well-crafted with a good number of red herrings. I would definitely read White again.

Crazeedi Sounds good! 4w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 I can't help but hear The Romantics singing “I hear the secrets that you keep / when you're talking in your sleep!“ 😂 4w
Hooked_on_books @dabbe I hadn‘t even thought of that, but you‘re so right! 4w
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The Vacancy in Room 10: A Thriller | Seraphina Nova Glass
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A middling thriller that somehow manages to try to do too much and also not quite enough. It‘s both wildly unrealistic and bland. I‘m a little surprised I made it through. Not sure I would try this author again. Appealing cover, though.

LiteraryinLawrence Oof, sounds very missable. 4w
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I just started this one last night and am cracking up about how each essay has a related quote from a world figure followed by a funny aside from Tyler. 😆

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You would think this would be a book about trees, but it‘s not, really. While Rawlence does look at the trees of the boreal forest, his focus is more on people. He travels to all the cold, northern places and explores the traditional lifestyles under threat or already victim to climate change. Quite interesting but likely to leave you with sadness and a sense of dread.

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Next of Kin | Kia Abdullah
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Leila‘s brother-in-law asks her one morning in a rush to drop her nephew at daycare, but on the way in she gets an emergency call from work and forgets he‘s in the car, leading to his death. As you can imagine, this is a brutal story with a taut court section. And the ending is a doozy. I have some quibbles with it, but it‘s quite good. #ReadYourEbooks

Amor4Libros Sounds good, stacked! 1mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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A woman applies for and gets a job with few descriptions then discovers she‘s been paired with someone from the past as their “bridge” after a rift in time is found. The best parts of this book are their developing relationship and his efforts to adjust to a wildly different reality. But the author weaves in a thriller component that ends up making the pacing a little uneven and the end‘s a bit of a mess. Low pick for me.

squirrelbrain This is getting a lot of hype over here but I just don‘t quite want to read it. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain Lots of hype here, too but no need for FOMO! You‘ll be just fine skipping it. 1mo
sarahbarnes I may skip this one now, too. 1mo
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The Limits: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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Pia is living with her biologist mom Natalie in Tahiti, but Natalie contacts her ex in NYC asking him to take Pia for a while. The Wi-Fi isn‘t adequate where they are for remote school during the peak of COVID. But when Pia arrives in NYC, it becomes clear she‘s there for another reason and she starts clashing with her stepmom. This is a very good look at family dynamics and failure to communicate. I really liked it.

BarbaraBB Sounds good. I think I‘ve noticed this one on the #CampLitsy longlist as well. 1mo
Megabooks I have this out from the library now, but haven‘t started it. Glad to read a positive review! 4w
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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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This book is completely fascinating. It builds slowly yet manages to be mesmerizing while doing so, leaving you in the dark (though I had thoughts) for almost half the book. And in the second half, those “in charge” made a choice I found curious but was good for the story. This would be a great book club book—there‘s so much to chew on.

jlhammar That‘s great to hear! Reading this with my book club next month. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @jlhammar That‘s awesome! I predict a great conversation. 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve had my eyes on this one since it was published but never got to it somehow. Now I want to! 1mo
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Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB I think you‘ll like it! 1mo
sarahbarnes This sounds fascinating! 1mo
Gleefulreader I loved this book and still find myself thinking about it more than a year later! 1mo
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I loved everything about this book! Reed has the ethos of a Litten and whether she was talking about reading in general or discussing a specific book, I felt so seen! My favorite moment was when she taught one of her students that the public library is free to use and just opened up the world for the girl in the process. Swoon!

Crazeedi Can't wait to read! 1mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
vivastory “Ethos of a Litten“ I 100% know what you mean 👏 💙 Will be checking this out 1mo
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I‘m thrilled by Napolitano‘s recent success, as I think she‘s great. As a result, her debut is back in print. It follows a family, the women in particular, as they try to navigate life and end up making some bad decisions. I liked this, but by the end my attention was waning and I feel like it could have been trimmed up a bit. Low pick.

BarbaraBB I wasn‘t a fan of Dear Edward but loved Hello Beautiful. Can‘t wait to see what she‘ll write next. (edited) 1mo
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Bailedbailed

I love the idea of this book—an exploration of some of the smaller islands around the larger one of Great Britain. But in practice it isn‘t working for me. It‘s too focused on the history of the Romans and saints and despite the author repeatedly asserting that there is so much female influence in these places, at 20% in, she has yet to show that. So, I‘m out.

squirrelbrain I only read the first chapter of this. It felt like hard work. I would have come back to it if it had made the shortlist, but it didn‘t. So I didn‘t. 🤣 1mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I managed to get to page 110. And then I asked myself, if this wasn‘t on the women‘s prize list, would you still be reading? The answer was no and thus I closed the book. I actually read a book recently that I really liked that had the same idea as this one and worked far better for me: 1mo
squirrelbrain That sounds good. I just saw this on BorrowBox. I have too many books borrowed and on reserve so I‘ve just had to save it for now, but I like the sound of it. OK, it‘s not in the database yet so can‘t tag it…Bothy by Kat Hill. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain That one sounds magical! I was able to save it over on Goodreads. 1mo
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