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Jeg

Jeg

Joined December 2016

I love reading and I love Litsy.😍
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Got to page 80. I‘m finding it too hard to follow the train of consciousness and the no names. I‘m sure it is an award winning read but just not for me. I had to read the blurb and reviews to understand that it was about the troubles in Ireland around the 1970s I think. @MrsMalaprop do you want it or know anyone you might?

Cathythoughts I found the audio excellent 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
MrsMalaprop Thanks Joy, but I‘ve already read it. Left my copy on a plane so if you don‘t find another taker, I‘d be happy to have it. 2w
Rissreads One of my favourites 💛 2w
Suet624 Oh that‘s too bad. I loved this book. 2w
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The Lebs | Michael Mohammed Ahmad
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Wow and wow! Not sure how best to review this book. Except to say read it. Gave me an insight into so much. It might be confronting to some . A brave write. So glad I read it. Again WOW. @MrsMalaprop .
Important Australian literature. Thought Year 11 and 12. So much discussion .

MrsMalaprop Really should get to this one. 👍 2w
Suet624 Stacked! 2w
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Read this on holiday. It‘s the first of books that became a series and a TV series with Inspector Lynley . I love this series so it was great to read the very beginning. First published in 1989. @MrsMalaprop

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Got this when we were in Sweden. What a brave girl. I‘ll be certainly joining in any actions that highlight climate change . People power !!

Centique Looks like you had a fabulous trip! I‘d love to visit Copenhagen one day 😍 3w
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Abide With Me | Elizabeth Strout
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Finished early this morning as we are arriving in Stockholm, day 14. From the ships library. Have to tell you sailing past lots of islands. Beautiful. The book was a good read. Feelings, relationships, religion, God . Well written and speaks to the heart of what it is to be human. @MrsMalaprop

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Finished this yesterday on an unexpected sea day. Too rough to get into Gdańsk. In a couple of days we will be in St Petersburg and touring The Hermitage Museum. Found this book in an op shop. It has been an excellent read to get me in touch with what happened to the art works in WW2 . A thoughtful look at dementia also. At end there is an interesting section about the author and the book. @MrsMalaprop

LeeRHarry I read this just before I headed to St Petersburg in June! Hope you enjoy the city - it is beautiful 😊 1mo
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Another book from the ships library. I don‘t recall ever reading Angela Carter. I loved her writing. Short stories perfect for reading on a cruise. They are sort of retellings of fairy tale like stories perfect for where we are right now — Copenhagen. Young Viking in Aalborg Denmark. @MrsMalaprop

CarolynM Enjoy Copenhagen - it's a fabulous city. I've only read one Angela Carter and I liked it a lot 1mo
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Dogs at the Perimeter | Madeleine Thien
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Without realising it I went from one book about atrocities to another. This time Cambodia and some of the lasting effects on a gentle population. I picked this up in an op shop and didn‘t realise it‘s been signed by the author.
“ in celebration of the lives we find .Wishing you joy. “ @MrsMalaprop

Centique What a beautiful inscription 😍 1mo
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Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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Found this delightful little book in the ships library. It was written a long time ago. It‘s a short but poignant read. At the end a history of how it came to be. Very interesting. @MrsMalaprop

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Finished early morning in Bergen. A very powerful important book. I had heard of the Yazidis but now I understand.
The terrible abuse by ISIS of women and children , along with all the violence , I hope does not go unpunished. The world needs to hear these stories, take notice and act! A very courageous young woman.
Read this book and share. @MrsMalaprop

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The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo today. Saw an exhibition about sexual violence in war. Made me feel sad and angry. This young woman is very brave . I‘m sure it will be an amazing read. @MrsMalaprop

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Finally finished this morning . Jet lag! It has been a good holiday read. Gentle detective story. @MrsMalaprop

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Plane read. So far so good. Waiting at Frankfurt airport for short trip to Oslo. @MrsMalaprop
Long part of trip over. Slept a good part of the 12 hours.

LeeRHarry Enjoy Oslo - I loved it! The Fram and Viking ship museums were excellent! 😊 2mo
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Certainly not as good as Wimmera. Basically a story about two homeless kids with a bit of a mystery. I didn‘t really enjoy it and did the skip reading thing towards the end. @MrsMalaprop #ozfiction

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I‘m sitting outside on a beautiful day, sunny and no wind.Just finished this book for book club tonight. I‘ve read it before and went looking for my comments on here but not here. I am sure I didn‘t quite believe her with my last read.
This time I feel more open and I have to say she is amazing . The power and pull of the family.
Looking forward to discussion tonight. @MrsMalaprop

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His Name Was Walter | Emily Rodda
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From the Aussie Children‘s Book Awards 2019 . I just loved this book. I don‘t think I‘ve read anything before by her . So glad I took the time to read this one. A very worthy winner. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Looks great. Will look out for it for Clem. 2mo
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Two Lives | Reeve Lindbergh
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I got interested in reading this book after reading about the lives of her parents. There is just a little about her parents in this book but mainly about her life in Vermont. I loved the descriptions and it was a gentle reminder of my childhood days in NH before we settled in Australia. @MrsMalaprop

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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Delightful quick, well written read. Very clever modern version Of Taming Of The Shrew. Loved it. Now have to look out the other ones. Wonder if anyone has read any of them. @MrsMalaprop

ImperfectCJ I really like Hogarth Shakespeare! My favorite is Hagseed, Atwood's retelling of The Tempest. In addition to Hagseed and Vinegar Girl, I've read Jo Nesbo's Macbeth and Tracy Chevalier's New Boy (Othello). Gillian Flynn has a Hamlet retelling coming out soon, too, which I'm looking forward to. 2mo
MrsMalaprop Oh now that‘s exciting! I did not know about these. More stack adds 📚📚📚👍. 2mo
CarolynM I liked this one too. Haven't read the others. 2mo
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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Disappointing. Certainly not her best. Hard to keep track of characters and the numerous plots. I felt it was another TV series. I had just rewatched Case Histories and this is taken in part from that and seems like an extension of the series. It wasn‘t just me having trouble following— my partner read it before me and she had a hard time too.
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Follow.my.read I‘m glad I passed on this one!!! 2mo
Centique I have such up and down reactions to Kate Atkinson - I love a couple and then others leave me cold. Case Histories didn‘t work for me but it was a long time ago. I probably shouldn‘t try this one! 2mo
Jeg @Centique —glad to hear that has happened with your reading of her. This book has received mostly good reviews maybe you should try it. Would be interested to see what you think. 2mo
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Borrowed this from the school library where I volunteer. It is short listed for The Children‘s Book Council of Australia award. It‘s in the senior section of our library. I really enjoyed. Needed a tissue or two. With my teacher hat on, I thought it would be a good book for a class study. Lots to talk about. Would love to hear what kids think of it. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop This looks lovely Joy. Might recommend it for Clem. 😊 2mo
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Birthday books today. All look interesting especially the one tagged. @MrsMalaprop

Suet624 Oooh, that looks really good. 2mo
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The Naming of Tishkin Silk | Glenda Millard, Patrice Barton
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Two books from school library where I volunteer. One mentioned this author. I‘d never heard of her so found this book which is first of a small series. Printed 2003. This book is just delightful and so well written. I loved it.
Hippy type family are central characters. A few “ issues” are tackled in such an eloquent way. I admire the way she did this. A quick adult read. Might need a tissue. @MrsMalaprop

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Good Girl, Bad Girl: A Novel | Michael Robotham
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Just finished this morning. A page turner. I‘ve never read him before but after hearing him on the radio and knowing this was the start of a new series featuring a female I decided to give him a go. Glad I did. A few bits annoyed me towards the end but overall a good read. Now I can‘t wait for the next one.
@MrsMalaprop

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Australia Day | Stan Grant
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Excellent, informative and thought provoking. A must read . I‘m going to get my own copy so I can reread often.
Such wisdom. I enjoyed hearing his voice in my head as I read. An amazing man , amazing life.
@MrsMalaprop

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Sign | Colin Dray
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Finding so many Aussie books. It‘s been wonderful. This one got me in but towards the end I skipped read . It was too drawn out for me and I‘m not sure fully resolved for me either. #ozfiction. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop You‘re powering through books Joy 👍. I‘m only half way through my Patrick White tome. 3mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop It‘s the weather for reading. Helps me keep the black dog away, I can get lost in a book. I‘ve just switched to non fiction Stan Grants book —- amazing. I‘m getting to see things differently. Next is a reread of the book for book club. See you soon.😍 3mo
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I‘ve seen this book around for a while and finally I‘ve read it. A delightful read. I learnt a lot about Australian flowers. A lot of research must have gone into this book. Raised a few issues also that got me thinking. Another great Aussie read. #ozfiction @MrsMalaprop

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It‘s finally arrived at our local bookshop. Seems it‘s the second printing. Book shop owner amazed at how fast it got reprinted and out to the world. Lucky you @MrsMalaprop having one from the first printing.
A very important book for everyone.

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The Lucky Galah | Tracy Sorensen
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Timely read. Very Aussie read. Comment by Rosalie Ham “ Subtle , disarming and insightful. “ That sums this read up for me. Also reminded me of the part Carnarvon played in the moon landing. We hear a lot about Parkes but not a lot about Carnarvon‘s part. Her attention to the details of daily Aussie life back then stirred lots of memories for me .I loved this book. @MrsMalaprop @Rissreads #ozfiction

Rissreads I'm so happy you loved it! Hopefully we will get other people reading it. 💛 3mo
CarolynM I've been wondering about this one. You've convinced me. Stacked🙂 3mo
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The Book of Dirt | Bram Presser
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An informative read. The authors grandparents survived the holocaust but didn‘t talk about their experiences. So the author went to find out. He has written a fiction story based on the facts he found. The pages are peppered with real photos and documents. An important story for now and future generations.
Couldn‘t help think about now and the situation in China. 😢. #ozfiction
@MrsMalaprop

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The Best of Adam Sharp | Graeme Simsion
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Another on my list. Loved it. I realised when I got it home that it had one of those stickers saying it was romance! Would not have usually picked such a book up. Through out the book he mentions songs, many from my past. Said Penguin had published a playlist on Spotify. I‘ve heard of this app but wasn‘t sure of it. A few minutes later downloaded and I‘m listening to the playlist . I had a wonderful day reading and listening.
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MrsMalaprop How wonderful 👏📚🎧. 3mo
Suet624 That's lovely!!! 3mo
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Relatively Famous | Roger Averill
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This book was on list of books TBR but I‘m not sure why, however it was a really good read. The 4th book I‘ve read recently that had one chapter in the past, next in the present. This was cleverly done. Another Aussie book for me this year. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop It was great wasn‘t it? You might have heard of it through me & I heard of it through @Rissreads who I think got a copy from @CarolynM 😆. #ozfiction 3mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I loved this book and I'm delighted to have spread the word about it.🙂 3mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop I thought that after I read the other reviews and saw yours . We have so many good Aussie authors. I need to start writing a little reminder beside the books I write down . 3mo
Rissreads Yep, I loved this book! 💙 3mo
Rissreads @Jeg @MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Yes I feel like at the moment that we are so lucky with what's being written by and about Australians. There is just so much out to there that I haven't read or even heard of yet, waiting to be discovered. I can't wait to see what people think of books like The lucky galah and Lambs of god. 3mo
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The Messenger | Markus Zusak
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My second read of this I realised when I started it. I enjoyed it and loved the messages. Heard that a friend‘s daughter studied it at high school . Would be great for that. I can imagine the discussion it could generate. He is becoming another great Aussie writer.👏👏👏 @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop I read and liked this one too 😊👏. 3mo
RaimeyGallant You read such interesting books! 3mo
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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I was going to read this on the plane home but I ended up watching the movie of one of my best reads— the Hate U Give. Fantastic. So this book read at home. Not quite sure how I really feel about it. Kept me reading. Ends tied up but not sure if that satisfied me. Would be a good holiday or plane read. Great first novel though , I thought. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop I still haven‘t seen that movie! 3mo
Suet624 Gah!! I still haven't seen that movie and I really want to. 3mo
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Plane read. Day 4 of short stay in Singapore. Home to rain and cold. 🙃🙃. This was a lovely break. Perfect.

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Rupture | Ragnar Jonasson
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Read here in Singapore. I love everything Icelandic and this book did not disappoint . Not nearly as dark as some Icelandic books I have read. A perfect holiday read. Now I need a book for the trip home. 🇦🇺.
@MrsMalaprop

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Now and Then | William Corlett
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Read most of this on the plane to Singapore. Here for a short break. Just finished this morning. I enjoyed it. The paths our lives can take us. Each chapter alternates between the past and present. Clever and easy to follow.
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CarolynM It's a good one. Enjoy Singapore🙂 4mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Book club read. Must admit I probably would not have picked this book up to read. However that‘s the big advantage of book club , I get to read such books. I learnt a lot about Greek mythology and could not help thinking how we mortals need stories to explain the world, brought to mind the dream time stories, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and so on. Wonderful writing . Thank you @MrsMalaprop a great discussion.

Centique I‘m glad you liked it. I liked it too but it is quite different and I don‘t know which friends to recommend it to! 😊 4mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Finished this morning. I enjoyed reading this book . Made me want to keep reading. Incite into what it must be like to be a narcissist/ sociopath. Now on to Circe which I‘m reading for bookclub on Monday . Picked by @MrsMalaprop .

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Room for a Stranger | Melanie Cheng
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A library book on the new shelf. Australian. I started it one morning and got half way through and was thinking how good a read it was. When I picked it up and continued I was a little disappointed. Ending not completely satisfying.
I learnt about having another person sit your exams! Then I heard on the radio this morning it‘s big business!! Also writing assignments. Wow! Mixed feelings about this book. Can‘t wait to see what other people think.

AntoinetteBuchanan Oh not just me then! I didn‘t review because I thought it was me. Objectively this is the sort of tender intergenerational novel I should enjoy and I just didn‘t engage emotionally with either of the characters or their journeys. 4mo
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Black Diamond | Martin Walker
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An enjoyable read. If you are a lover of all things French , particularly the food, you might enjoy this. I just read a Donna Leon book for book club. I found this read similar. She writes about Venice in a similar way he writes about France.

Crazeedi @Jeg great minds!!!! You just mentioned my 2 favorite series! I love Leon-have read every one of her Brunetti books, and I'm currently devouring Walkers Bruo series, I'm just getting ready to read book 4! The characters, the food, the development of story-❤❤ 4mo
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Love the library I‘m going to now. This was on the new book shelf and though not a graphic novel fan, I decided to try it. I did enjoy reading it. I‘ve read the full novel but I‘ve not seen the series.

LibrarianRyan They did such a good job with this book. 4mo
RaimeyGallant I love that this is a graphic novel now. I may just have to check it out. 4mo
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Hatchet | Gary Paulsen
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My grandson read this at school last year. I hadn‘t read it so had a quick read this morning. Would be a good book for lots of discussion. Now I can talk to him about it.

Tamra Great story! We read it while camping a few years ago. 4mo
Suet624 I loved Winterdance by Paulsen. He talks about dogsledding and running the Iditarod. 4mo
Joanne1 I taught this book at year 7 for many years. It was a great one for discussion and interesting activities. Hint: the sequel is TERRIBLE. 4mo
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The Aviator's Wife: A Novel | Melanie Benjamin
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Finally managed to down load an audio book. It‘s from the library and love how easy it is. I‘ll be doing it again. This book is based on some facts. Has made me want to know more about Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow and their children. I have Anne‘s book Gift from the sea. One copy with my name in it , I let go years ago. Found it again in an op shop far from home. I bought it as I felt it wanted me to keep it! 😊. @MrsMalaprop

CarolynM It was obviously meant to be yours! 4mo
Suet624 How nice that it came back to you. 4mo
Joanne1 What a great story. 4mo
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The Scholar | Dervla McTiernan
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Just finished on a wild and woolly morning here in Perth. I think I liked this better than her first, though both are very good. Look forward to the next one due out in 2020. Love that she lives here now. @MrsMalaprop

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The Island: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Enjoyed the story. Also I love Iceland and loved the descriptions.
Only thing a bit confusing was that two of the characters had similar names.
I read it in a day. Had to know how it ended. Not too bad really . The ending that is.
@MrsMalaprop

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The Lost Girls | Jennifer Spence
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Could not get into this. Not sure why. Maybe too much dialogue.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Heard a lot about this book on here but it hadn‘t jumped out to me on the shelves here in OZ. So I got it via book mail. I finished it this morning and I was not disappointed. It was interesting, well written and kept me reading. A recommended read. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop I read it when it first came out. I liked but didn‘t love it. 5mo
Suet624 @MrsMalaprop I felt the same way 4mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Went to a not so local library to have some papers signed. Just had to have a look at the books. First thing I saw on the staff recommendation shelf was this months bookclub book.👏👏. The other two on the new shelf. I saw many books I wanted to read but had to restrain myself. Now which to read first. 😊. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop 👏👏👏 Decisions, decisions 🤔. 5mo
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Had to read for bookclub. I‘ve read one other of hers and didn‘t like it. Didn‘t enjoy this at all. Long useless descriptions which sounded like a screen script not a novel. However after the discussion I can see why the person who picked this , enjoys her books. Just not for me. Nice feeling after book club when I realise I can start a new book. I did this morning. An American Marriage. @MrsMalaprop

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Thank you @MrsMalaprop . Once again the right book at the right time. A delightful reassuring read for me. I would have loved to have met her. Such a delightful positive honest outlook. Reassuring for me right now at this stage of my life.

MrsMalaprop Feel free to pass it on if there‘s someone you think would like to read it 😊. 5mo
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