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I picked this as we‘re watching The Last Czars on Netflix. I was fascinated by the fate of the Romanovs when I was at school but I‘ve lost touch with the details. This historical fiction is told by Georgy, the bodyguard of the young Tsarvich Alexei, with a shifting timeline that enables Georgy to reflect on his past as well as his present, which was beautifully done. Yes, at heart it‘s a slightly soppy love story but I loved every bit of it 👇

JillR Planning to (slowly) read my way through everything John Boyne has written - I‘ve read The Hearts Invisible Furies, A Ladder to the Sky and The Boy on Top of the Mountain - what shall I read next? (edited) 4d
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TrishB Definitely The Absolutist. 4d
Cathythoughts I loved the Absolutist too 👍🏻♥️ And stacking this one 4d
JillR Thanks @cathythoughts @Trisha @erzascarletbookgasm will put that one to the top of the list :) 4d
JillR @birdsong28 I‘ve seen the film and think my husband has the book in his classroom so need to “borrow” it sometime! 4d
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I couldn‘t resist a picture of this beautiful cover, but I am “pausing” my reading of this. I just can‘t get into it despite recognising it is a well told story. I don‘t think mythology is my thing. But all is not lost as I‘m hoping to read it with my mythology-expert 12 year old at some point... #raisingreaders

ephemeralwaltz What a beautiful edition, though! 1w
JillR @ephemeralwaltz it is very lovely 1w
Cathythoughts Oh dear 🤷🏻‍♀️. Will be fun with the mythology expert though 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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When your boy is old enough to have bookish text chats with you whilst you‘re travelling home on the train😍. Then corrects your understanding of said book. I have to say mythology isn‘t really my thing (not long ago my family trapped me on a long car journey with the audiobook of Mythos and I can‘t say I enjoyed it...) I‘m a few chapters into this and really not sure whether to carry on. Would love to hear if you unexpectedly enjoyed Circe!

readingjedi I loved it but it does start slowly. 1w
Cathythoughts That is a brilliant chat with your son. ♥️.... I‘m not a fan of her books , but I would read Circe for sure just to have that great communication.... ✨ 1w
julesG Sorry, didn't enjoy it either. Not my cup of tea. And, because of your post, I'm going to approach Mythos pre-warned. Also haven't read 1w
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MrsMalaprop It‘s fair to say mythology is not my thing, but I chose Circe for book club this year because I thought I would benefit from having others to help me understand it 😂. I did end up really enjoying it. Hope you do too 😁. 1w
JillR @cathythoughts my feelings about this so far are somewhat Wolf Hall-ish 🤣. But I‘m wondering whether to put it to one side and read with Seth at some point as he can explain who everyone is haha 1w
JillR @julesG please don‘t avoid Mythos because of me - my husband and 12 and 8 year olds loved it! I didn‘t hate it, I‘m just not that into it. Maybe said 12 year olds Percy Jackson years put me off 😂 1w
JillR @readingjedi I‘ve seen a few people saying the same thing so I‘m wondering whether I need to give it more of a chance before I give up... Glad to hear you loved it :) 1w
Cathythoughts Yes! I‘m thinking Wolf-Hall ish too. I DNF .... maybe I can ask Seth a few questions if I ever go back there. 😁😂 (edited) 1w
JillR @MrsMalaprop good plan! I‘m toying whether to put it aside and read it together with Seth at some point... Might give it a few more chapters, glad to hear you ended up enjoying it :) 1w
JillR Haha yes @cathythoughts I‘m sure he‘d be happy at being a Litsy mythology reading guide! 1w
julesG I'll listen to the audiobook. Just because it's read by Stephen Fry 1w
ReadingDownUnder I loved it! Didn‘t know anything about mythology but loved that it‘s all about a female character‘s side of the story. 1w
ladyneverwhere Keep with it, it's a bit slow and even a little off putting at the beginning but it ends up being so very good! 1w
JillR Thanks @ladyneverwhere @readingdownunder - I‘m going to persevere for a little longer! 1w
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Night Waking | Sarah Moss
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Anna, living on an isolated Scottish island with her family, is struggling with isolation, sleepless nights and the loss of herself when she finds the skeleton of a baby in the garden. At heart this is about motherhood, a family emerging from the bombshell of new parenthood, with added layers involving family history, inherited wealth and the power it holds, the mystery of the dead baby and lots of history of the island itself. A great read.

Kalalalatja Love this book 👌 2w
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Janie grows up amidst unemployment, alcoholism, depression and drugs in Scotland in the ‘80s. A vicious circle with endless hopeful new starts and inevitable bad outcomes. Written from the child Janie‘s point of view this isn‘t self pitying, there is often humour - albeit dark - yet as you‘d expect the story is hard to read at times. That said much of it is oddly entertaining. Overall this sad story is told with tenderness and humour.

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Janie grows up amidst unemployment, alcoholism, depression and drugs in Scotland in the ‘80s. A vicious circle with endless hopeful new starts and inevitable bad outcomes. Written from the child Janie‘s point of view this isn‘t self pitying, there is often humour - albeit dark - yet as you‘d expect the story is hard to read at times. That said much of it is oddly entertaining. Overall this sad story is told with tenderness and humour.

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I enjoyed how the walk Lillian takes on New Years Eve 1984 is interwoven with the story of her life in advertising in the 1920s, how she forged her way in a man‘s business and how she felt when that ended for motherhood. Lillian is an intriguing character; formidable, intelligent and enquiring yet with a sadness and a hard edge at times. An unusual read that makes you want to walk New York City, drink negronis and wear bright yellow tights!

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I read Conversations with Friends and wasn‘t absolutely sure I liked it (and I‘m
still not) and nearly didn‘t read this. How I did actually read it on the train to work without collapsing into an emotional puddle on the floor I have no idea. I loved it. Sally Rooney writes so amazingly clearly about confusing, troubled, intense relationships and flawed, lonely people trying to find their way. I can‘t wait to see what she writes next.

Cathythoughts Great review! Yes I‘m with you , I loved this one & was only so-so about Conversations... looking forward to her next book too 3w
TheCuriousHousecat Keen to read this one❤️ 3w
JillR @TheCuriousHousecat hope you enjoy, it really is very good :) 3w
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JillR @cathythoughts does she have another on the way? 3w
Cathythoughts Oh I don‘t know ... but I hope so 😁👍🏻 3w
readordierachel Great review ❤ 3w
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#7days7covers (slightly late to the party 🙈) The illustrations inside are just as gorgeous as the cover. Thanks for the tag @LeeRHarry

Cathythoughts Amazing ♥️ 4w
LeeRHarry That‘s a great cover! 😊 4w
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Like “A Little Princess” but with a fully grown Count and the Bolsheviks. As the Russian Revolution begins Count Rostov is declared a Former Person and sentenced to house arrest in the Hotel Metropol where he is swiftly shifted from his grand rooms to the attic. I‘ve always loved Russian history and it‘s here in spades, but with such a light touch. The Count is noble, accepting, amusing, and completely broke my heart. I absolutely loved this.

LiteraryinLititz Great review! This has been on my TBR for a loooooong time. Maybe it‘s time to read it! 4w
JillR It‘s soooo good @LiteraryinLititz 4w
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The author tracks down the Jewish girl who joined his family after her parents gave her to a non-Jewish family to shelter her during the war. Her parents never returned and Lien is left at the mercy of those who will take her in, never sure of her own identity or whether she is loved. The author gives a balanced view of his own family‘s history and the qualities and faults of all involved. Emotional, but I felt a disconnect with the writing.

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We had a trawl through some secondhand and antique shops today searching for Ercol chairs. I didn‘t find any but I am feeling very pleased with my little book haul - 50p each! The top and bottom books have been on my wish list for ages. Always happy with book bargains 💛

Velvetfur Oohh 50p for Lillian Boxfish, nice! That's on my TBR too, well done with that haul! 👍 1mo
JillR Lovely condition too @Velvetfur, not had bargains as good as these for a while 👌 1mo
Cathythoughts Great bargains 😊👏🏻 1mo
Velvetfur @JillR There's your achievement for the day 😃👍 1mo
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Reservoir 13 | Jon McGregor
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The way this is written takes some getting used to. The book revolves around the disappearance of a 13 year old girl in a rural British village. Each chapter is a year that passes, told by way of the cycle of the seasons, countryside and wildlife. Bubbling away underneath is the mess and mundanity of normal people living life. I can‘t describe how relaxing I found this book to read, but at the same time how drawn into the individual stories I was.

Cathythoughts Great review... 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Ms_T Marvellous review! 1mo
BookwormM This is a great book will you be reading the next one 1mo
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TrishB Great review and my thoughts exactly! 1mo
batsy Nice review and photo! I still need to read this. 1mo
SamanthaMarie Your review made me stack it :) 1mo
JillR @BookwormM I need to check that one out - have you read it? 1mo
JillR @BookwormM having just checked it out I‘m stacking! 1mo
JillR @samanthamarie hope you enjoy it too! 1mo
BookwormM I have read it and I did enjoy it 1mo
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The Year of the Flood | Margaret Atwood
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The second in the trilogy, this follows the Gardeners - a group, or cult - trying to survive in the strange world first described in O&C. I didn‘t enjoy this as much as O&C; it was more about the characters, less of the world building. Still, I enjoyed how it runs alongside O&C and how the ending flows on from the ending in the first book, leaving me intrigued as to how the story will play out in the final book, MaddAdam.

Joyfulmimi I am going to try these for something different. Thanks 1mo
JillR @joyfulmimi I wasn‘t entirely sold by the end of the first book but the series is growing on me. Hope you enjoy :) 1mo
Joyfulmimi Thanks 1mo
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A political thriller in which a racist, misogynist bully of a US President (you know where this is going right?) comes seconds away from launching the nuclear attack that may very well destroy the world. The President himself isn‘t given a lot of space here, the story is about the actions and decisions of those around him. At times daft and implausible, then alternately bone chillingly close to reality, it grabbed me from the first page.

ReadingOverSleeping Too relatable? I'm struggling with books that hit a little too close to our current reality but this subs interesting 2mo
JillR @readingoversleeping It‘s a great read but intentionally hits very close to reality in many aspects 2mo
ReadingOverSleeping @JillR stacking, when my heart feels stronger I'll give it a go! Thanks :) 2mo
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Sunburn | Laura Lippman
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I really enjoyed Sunburn. It had a film noir feel to it; the beautiful, troubled heroine who may or may not have done terrible things, the private eye hired to find her and expose her secrets, the dead end town they both end up in. It wasn‘t overly dramatic, no crazy cliffhangers. A perfect holiday read. Also, the cover. I always fall for a good cover.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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Swan Song | Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
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The story of Truman Capote‘s Swans; the glamorous society women he surrounded himself with and then betrayed, this was difficult to get into - everyone has nicknames, I had no idea who anyone was or what was going on. But then the characters start to emerge, the narrative style makes more sense and I was completely immersed in the whole thing. Ended up not being able to put it down and am now fascinated by the complex character of Capote.

Jaimelire Have you read “Swans of Fifth Avenue”? If not, you might like it. Written by Melanie Benjamin. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
JillR @Jaimelire ooooooh no, thank you for the recommendation :) 2mo
JillR @cathythoughts thank you :) 2mo
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I‘ve read a couple of Kate Morton books and found them a bit same-y. This, though, I really enjoyed. There are numerous stories interwoven from the 1800s to 2017, all circling around a beautiful country house and a mysterious death. Kate Morton‘s writing is lovely and there are echoes of some of my favourite authors; I‘m thinking Sarah Waters, Kate Atkinson, Sadie Jones. It took me an age to get into it, but well worth it once I did.

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Numerous stories, all interweaving, although sometimes in a way you don‘t notice until you‘re way into the next story. The book spans New York, San Francisco, Africa, Italy, over various timelines. No one‘s story is fully complete, not even punk turned music industry executive Bennie Salazar, whose story is perhaps most clearly told. Relationships, businesses, people come and go as time passes. A great read, if you can just go with the flow.

TrishB A great review. This has been on my kindle for ages! 3mo
JillR Thank you @trishb 😊. I‘ve wanted to read it for ages too, also enjoyed Manhattan Beach although very different... 3mo
TrishB I have that one too- unread! 3mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Excited to have an afternoon with my boy spending the @Waterstones vouchers we got for our birthdays 📚 I‘ve read some good books lately but nothing that I‘ve totally loved and has completely consumed me, that I‘d give 5 ⭐️ or more... I‘m thinking of books I‘ve loved like A Little Life, The Goldfinch, The Passage, Tinman. So, before I‘m let loose in the bookshop I‘d love your 5 ⭐️ recommendations! (📷 The British Library)

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JillR Thank you @micheleinphilly - I‘ve seen good reviews for Miracle Creek - I looked for it today but Waterstones didn‘t have the hardback. I think I might pre-order the paperback though :) 3mo
JillR @barbarabb thank you 😊. I‘ve read Conversations with Friends so bought Normal People today. I confess I‘ve had The Luminaries on my stack for a long time but for some reason it scares me 😳. Do I need to be brave?! 3mo
BarbaraBB It scared me too but you‘ll be captured within the first pages! 3mo
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I loved the villain, I loved the earnest teenage hero Pete and I loved the literary backdrop but there was something not grabbing me at the same time. Some great bits, some “meh” bits, still a good page-turning story...

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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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In the years after WWII, Nathaniel tries to piece together a sense of his mother‘s life after her death, and why she abandoned him. This is the sort of literary writing I‘ve not enjoyed in the past but I enjoyed this, although it left me feeling sad. The last few books I‘ve read, whilst each very different, have been about motherhood in some form. This was from the child‘s perspective and the teenage Nathaniel nearly broke my heart 💔

emmaturi I also finished this book recently. I enjoyed it but didn't come away with the feeling of loving it. 3mo
JillR @emmaturi I feel the same - I really wasn‘t sure I wanted to read it after a few chapters, but I‘m glad I carried on and finished it. A like not love though... 3mo
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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I just read a review that said this was dreamlike and I‘m not very good with dreamlike, so now I feel nervous. That‘s why I should never read reviews before I start the book!

Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻♥️ and you‘ve been saying your book taste is changing ... will be interested to see how you get on 3mo
LeahBergen I actually didn‘t find it very ‘dreamlike‘ 🤔 3mo
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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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I‘ve seen mixed reviews of this but I liked it. A sharply observed look at two marriages in crisis, overwhelmed by life with young children. In many ways this was a really perceptive, if bleak, look at the lives of ordinary people although the story does meander and wanders into a slightly odd supernatural storyline for a short time. I liked the sense of place and time with London being a major part of the story, and music references throughout.

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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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Not the whole stack, just the one on the top! Enjoying it a lot already...

Freespirit Some great books in that stack😊 I'm loving A Tree Grows in Brooklyn❤️ 3mo
JillR @freespirit I read it earlier this year after recommendations on Litsy and really enjoyed it 😊 3mo
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It feels an achievement to have finished the Neopolitan Novels. The friendship of Elena and Lila, against the backdrop of the raw brutalities of life in Naples over decades, makes for a story like none I‘ve ever read. Such a frank and truthful depiction of motherhood as well as the complexities of female relationships. No one in these books is always likeable or consistently sympathetic. The lives portrayed are as intense as the story is to read.

Cathythoughts Great review! Yes I found it very intense too ... I like that 👍🏻 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I need to start book three sometime soon! 3mo
JillR @cathythoughts a few years ago I would have given up after the first book for being too “hard” - a couple of years on Litsy, plus Wolf Hall and other authors that scare me conquered and now I‘m annoyed if I read something not intense enough 😆. Interesting how reading tastes change... 3mo
JillR @ValerieAndBooks I‘ve really spaced the series out but enjoyed them more as I‘ve gone along... 3mo
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I‘m feeling very lucky with my birthday book haul - the Margaret Atwoods I asked for, the others were chosen for me by my husband and mum. I admit I‘m a book-control-freak and often panic “but that‘s not on my list!” but so often the books that others choose for me end up being ones I love 💫

Cathythoughts Nice haul & Happy Birthday 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like a great haul! 📚 3mo
JillR Thank you @Cathythoughts ! 3mo
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Finally ready to finish this series.

Cathythoughts Loved this series ♥️ 4mo
JillR I have done so far too :) 4mo
Crazeedi When I started the first book I almost put it down, I'm glad I didnt, because I loved these books 4mo
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Birdcage Walk | Helen Dunmore
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Set in late 1700s Bristol against the background of the French Revolution, and with the presence of main character Lizzie‘s husband who is always watching her, always there when she turns around, there is an undercurrent of menace that gradually builds throughout this book. It is beautifully written and enjoyable for the well drawn characters and sense of place, albeit overall it is slower and quieter than perhaps it needed to be.

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Birdcage Walk | Helen Dunmore
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Loving this sunshine cover ☀️

Robothugs Ooo! How pretty. 4mo
Cathythoughts Its a brilliant cover ✨ 4mo
Libby1 It‘s in my TBR! 4mo
Caroline2 Pretty! 😍 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Just yesterday, a friend on fb was saying she‘s loving her current read, A Spell Of Winter by the same author. Now I‘m seeing her name again! 4mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I enjoyed this - it was very well written; told without drama but having moments of great tension. I spent most of it either anxious about what was going to happen or with a lump in my throat trying not to cry. The alternating narrators are at times unsympathetic and unreliable but those complexities felt real and I couldn‘t shake this one off when I wasn‘t reading it, which is always the sign of a good one I think.

collegecatlady Love that cover! 4mo
Joyfulmimi Hmm...LibraryThing has been keeping this at the top of my Book Recommendations 1mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Next up!

GatheringBooks reading this one too! 4mo
JillR I‘m enjoying so far @GatheringBooks :) 4mo
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Macbeth | Jo Nesbo
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After a slow start when I nearly gave up this suddenly grabbed me hard. I love Jo Nesbo and this didn‘t disappoint; it reads like a speeded up, crazy Harry Hole story. I admit I haven‘t read Macbeth so I came at it purely as a Jo Nesbo fan. I can‘t say whether it worked as a modern retelling of Shakespeare but I can say it worked as the brutal, nasty, gritty crime thriller with so many of the flawed characters that Jo Nesbo does best. A great read

Emilymdxn I felt the same about the slow start and picking up as it got madder later on! Interestingly I‘m a big Shakespeare fan but know almost nothing about Jo Nesbo - read one or two books years ago but don‘t remember much and not a big fan. Cool to see this worked well for Shakespeare and Jo Nesbo fans both! I‘m loving how much these retellings appeal to loads of people across genres 4mo
jenniferw88 Having studied Shakespeare's original 3 years in a row I really enjoyed this retelling as I could easily see the similarities and differences between the two! 4mo
JillR @Emilymdxn it was your review that persuaded me to keep going, thank you! 4mo
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JillR @jenniferw88 that‘s so good to hear, as I was reading it I wondered how it read to those that know the original well. I‘m now inspired to try some of the other retellings... 4mo
jenniferw88 @JillR I wasn't overkeen on Atwood's interpretation of The Tempest, as the characters weren't as clear cut as they were in Nesbø's! 4mo
JillR @jenniferw88 I have Hag-seed in my stack! I was nervous about starting it but this has inspired me to give it a try. Saying that having only ever read Twelfth Night I will continue to have no idea how true to the original the retellings are 😆 (edited) 4mo
batsy I didn't like the one Nesbo book I read but reviews by you and @Emilymdxn have persuaded me to give this a try! I love Macbeth and am always in search of good Shakespeare retellings :) 4mo
JillR @batsy I didn‘t love Jo Nesbo‘s stand alone books but do love his Harry Hole series. Look forward to seeing what you think of this one :) 4mo
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I really enjoyed this coming of age story of Greer who feels her path is set out ahead of her but then meets powerful feminist Faith Frank at which point her life takes a different route. Spanning several decades the book mainly follows Greer but also her best friend, her boyfriend and Faith Frank herself. I was fully absorbed in each character and the exploration of feminism and power but mainly this was just a very readable, well written story.

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This was a strange one; it was compulsively readable, so much so I read it In nearly one sitting, but I felt I was missing something. I realise now that much of the central love story may be an allegory, but it was so lightly done that I didn‘t feel the main character‘s change of heart about America was fully explained or explored. I wanted more from this than it gave and was left feeling unsettled and unsatisfied.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 4mo
JillR Thanks @TrishB :) 4mo
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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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I admit I bought this book based entirely on the cover. I‘m not a huge fan of psychological thrillers and the unreliable female narrator theme, but this was lifted above the routine for me in that the atmosphere of Tangier in the late 1950‘s was as much a character as the fragile Alice and her sinister, mysterious roommate Lucy. In fact, I think it‘s the setting that makes this book. Not fantastic, but a good, quick holiday read.

LeeRHarry Just started reading this one and already I can sense that Tangier is going to be the main character here. Nice review 😊 4mo
JillR Thanks @LeeRHarry , will be interested to see what you think... :) 4mo
Cathythoughts I definitely enjoyed it 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Jane Harper is so good; I enjoyed The Dry, loved Force of Nature and this was unputdownable; I read it in 24 hours. She writes such gripping page turners with a real sense of place. Despite typical wet/cold UK Bank Holiday weather, I could have been in the relentless heat of the Australian outback, her writing is so good. She got me with this one too; I genuinely didn‘t see the twist that was coming.

Freespirit This one was my favourite of hers so far. Hope the weather warms up for you😄 5mo
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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I was brave and tackled #authorswhoscareme and #booksthatwinprizes (or are nominated...) with this and I‘m glad I did; I enjoyed the writing and to an extent the story. I liked the flashbacks, and how the events that led to the dystopian future we find Snowman in are explored, but I‘m not sure this stands out over other dystopian fiction I‘ve read. That said it was just getting going when it ended. So am I invested enough to read the next two?!

Heatherfeather What's interesting about this book is how long ago it was published. I feel like a lot of dystopian literature since then was influenced by it. 5mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ♥️👍🏻Well done 5mo
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m totally scared of Margaret Atwood but I‘m being very brave and giving this a go...

Cathythoughts Good luck ! Look forward to seeing you you get on ♥️👍🏻 5mo
Caroline2 I enjoyed this one but it is hard work at times. 5mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘m hoping that‘s not like a Wolf Hall “good luck”! 😆🙈 5mo
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JillR @caroline2 oh no I don‘t like hard work 🙈🙈 5mo
Cathythoughts 😂😂😂absolutely not. The Wolf Hall “ good luck” is a completely different ballgame 😳 5mo
JillR @cathythoughts both scarred for life 🐺 5mo
readordierachel I love this trilogy. 5mo
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Thank you Littens you were not wrong in recommending this! I really enjoyed it, but I‘ll admit I didn‘t expect to as I didn‘t think fantasy writing was my thing. I love a book where the writing is so good there‘s nothing that niggles at you, or annoys you or makes you question what‘s being said. I just enjoyed being thoroughly immersed in the story, despite it starting very slowly. I‘ll definitely read the rest of the trilogy 💛

TrishB Yay 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Hobb‘s writing transcends genre, she is a wordsmith! You‘re on the journey now, there will be joy and tears 💜 5mo
TrishB There are three trilogies 😁 5mo
JillR @trishb I think you might be right! Yes I‘d realised there were three, it took me ages to figure out which to start with! :) 5mo
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Cathythoughts So glad you found such a good one 🎉 5mo
Cathythoughts I‘m going to try & see how I go 🤞🏻🤞🏻 5mo
squirrelbrain I shall have to give Robin Hobb a go sometime, all Littens seem to love her! 5mo
Kalalalatja Yay, so glad you liked it! 5mo
Melissa_J So glad to see this 😊 5mo
JillR @squirrelbrain that‘s why I gave it a go, glad I did 😊 5mo
JillR @cathythoughts look forward to hearing what you think 😊 5mo
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Book haul with the gift card that‘s been burning a hole in my pocket since January! It was so nice to spend an hour or so in Waterstones, on my own, to buy whatever I fancied, a real treat 💕

cathysaid I really enjoyed A Female Persuasion 👍 5mo
teainthelibrary Beautiful stack! 😍 5mo
JillR @cathythoughts that‘s good to hear, I‘ve nearly bought this a couple of times but wasn‘t sure for some reason... 5mo
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Cathythoughts @JillR 👋🏻hi how are you !♥️. I think you meant @cathysaid 😘 5mo
JillR Haha @cathythoughts I did 🙈😳! (I‘m fine apart from slightly losing my mind, hope you‘re well!) @cathysaid 🙈😳 5mo
Cathythoughts I am well ! Thankyou Jill X 5mo
cathysaid 🤣🤣🤣 All good. Enjoy those 📚 5mo
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I‘ve not read Robin Hobb before; this is a complete #thankstolitsy pick...

Kalalalatja I love Robin Hobb, and hope ypu will too 🤞 5mo
TrishB Hope you like it 👍🏻 this is a slow build up start to the series. 5mo
JillR I‘m enjoying it so far @Trishb @Kalalalatja 😊 5mo
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Melissa_J Such a great series! Hobb is fabulous. I hope you enjoy the book 😊 5mo
Soubhiville Yay! Welcome to Robin Hobb! She‘s great! 5mo
toofondofbooks One of my faves! Enjoy! 5mo
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Little Women | Louisa M. Alcott
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I found this difficult to read as I often do with classics and I can‘t say I particularly enjoyed it but I read it with Bella and she enjoyed it very much - she‘s a sucker for a fiesty girl and a love story it would seem, no matter how it‘s packaged! I‘m proud of her for getting to the end of this one as the language and style was much trickier than The Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables which we‘ve read and loved #raisingreaders

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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I really enjoyed the first half of this book, it was intriguing, infuriating and terrifying. Running through the story is the message that not engaging or participating in what is going on around us, and in our politics, can have devastating results. But then after such an interesting start it lost me as I felt it turned into a thriller, and a bit of a daft one at that. Still a page turner, but this didn‘t live up to it‘s initial promise for me.

minkyb Exactly! 5mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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I‘ve seen mixed reviews of this one and I must admit I‘ve been avoiding it for some reason... Anyway I recently read a good review so am giving it a go...

Cathythoughts Look forward to your review. I‘m the same , seen mixed reviews- avoiding. ♥️👍🏻 5mo
Rachel.Rencher I loved 90% of it. Just remember that it's basically a dystopic satire...the ending was meh for me, though. I'm excited to see what you think. 5mo
Birdsong28 Don't avoid @Cathythoughts 😁📚📖 5mo
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Caroline2 Oh I saw this in the shop the other day and nearly bought it. Be interesting to hear what you think it about it. 5mo
BarbaraBB Great pic! 5mo
JillR @cathythoughts @rachel.rencher @birdsong @caroline2 @barbarabb glad I picked it up so far... 5mo
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A Hundred Summers | Beatriz Williams
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This was a good, quick read; I‘d recommend it as a holiday read. I didn‘t love it though and found some parts irritating and a little contrived. Not sure I‘ll read more Beatriz Williams.

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A Hundred Summers | Beatriz Williams
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I‘ve seen lots of #litsylove for Beatriz Williams so I‘m giving this one a go...

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Loved this one - listened to the audio and the narrator was great! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!!! Love her and this is one of my favorites!! 💚💚💚 5mo
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Whilst I felt I never fully understood Coco Chanel or some of her motives, I thoroughly enjoyed what is a moving story of childhood poverty, sheer determination and, of course, real style. I loved the part Paris played in the story along with a whole host of other glamorous friends and elegant locations. I was also intrigued by her entanglement with the Nazis during WWII which I knew little about. Overall a great, intriguing read.

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My sister is in Paris and I‘m incredibly jealous, so I‘m going to read about it instead 🤷‍♀️

Melissa_J This is a great book! 6mo
Cathythoughts Good idea ♥️ 6mo
JennyM It is a good book - enjoy and think of Paris ♥️ (edited) 6mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I enjoy Kate Atkinson‘s writing and this was no exception. The story follows Juliet, a transcriptionist recruited as a spy in WWII. The cast of characters is great and albeit after a slow start, it nearly reached “unputdownable.” I love Kate Atkinson‘s very British drollness and witticism. It‘s deceptively lighthearted - getting to the end and reading the author‘s note made me want to reread it as I suspect there was a lot I missed entirely!

rretzler I‘m glad it was good - I plan to read it sometime soon. 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review! The second good review in a couple of days !! I have it , must pick it up soon. I love the “unputdownable “ word ♥️👍🏻 6mo
readordierachel I loved Life After Life. Really looking forward to this one! 6mo
JillR Hope you enjoy it @readordierachel @cathythoughts @rretzler! I think I enjoyed it more than Life After Life... 6mo
JillR @cathythoughts “unputdownable” - it‘s the scientific process I apply to decide whether a book deserves 5 ⭐️ 😆 6mo
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