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Joanne1

Joanne1

Joined May 2016

Life gets in the way of my reading. 🇦🇺
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Buses are replacing my train today so my usual hour travel time is now two hours. And this particular bus is full of elderly people eating ice cream cones! Strange! Good thing I‘ve got caffeine and my Kindle.

Smrloomis 🤔 What could cause more than one elderly person to eat ice cream on a bus? Are they together? Separate? And why didn‘t they just eat it wherever they bought it? I have so many questions! 😂 Also sorry your travel time just doubled. 21h
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Brooklyn | Colm Toibin
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I confess I actually watched the movie version of this before reading the book. Both were highly entertaining and heartwarming. And the movie was very close to the book.

MrsMalaprop I did the book then the movie. Liked them both too 👍. 3d
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Brooklyn | Colm Toibin
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Boy I‘ve discovered some excellent audiobooks lately. This is my latest!

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Islands | Peggy Frew
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It took me a while to warm to this novel but in the end I loved it. Frew‘s writing is exquisite and the way she plays with structure is very clever. It reminds me of a scrapbook, clues to the life lived but relying on the reader to put the pieces together. It is resolutely non-linear and told from a multitude of POVs, most of which I wanted more of. Not a book for everyone but definitely one for me

Lindy The structure sounds like a style I would like. Stacked! 5d
LiteraryinLititz Cool! I usually like that style too and I‘d never heard of this debut! 5d
Joanne1 @LiteraryinLititz Peggy Frew has a couple of other books. The other one I read was a great book but a more traditional structure. 5d
LiteraryinLititz @Joanne1 Ahh, I guess I got confused while reading the Litsy description. At the end when they call it a confident debut they are referring to her previous book! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5d
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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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Great, well written and witty palate cleanser. I foresee lots of Nick Hornby in my future. Terrific audio production too. Made me miss the days of home-made mixed tapes.

CarolynM I've read a few Hornbys. I like this one best. 6d
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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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I‘ve never read a Nick Hornby before and have been meaning to for years. So far this audio version is excellent with a perfectly matched narrator. And the story is witty and interesting, nothing high brow but good fun.

AlaMich About A Boy was enjoyable too. 😊 1w
Leftcoastzen ❤️❤️ 1w
MrsMalaprop Have read loads of his over the years. High Fidelity & About A Boy would be two I‘d recommend 👍 @AlaMich 😊. 1w
Joanne1 @Leftcoastzen @MrsMalaprop thanks for the recs. I feel like I‘ve found a new guilty pleasure author good for reading between heavier stuff. 1w
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Gone by Midnight | Candice Fox
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Another fabulous, gripping tale in the Crimson Lake saga. I didn‘t pick the end which is always a good thing in crime fiction. And a fabulous audio version. Hope there‘s a fourth novel coming!

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Gone by Midnight | Candice Fox
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This has become one of my most enjoyable audio series.

Freespirit I like her books😊 2w
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Mehso-so

I felt like this book really missed the mark, it gave almost no insight into the mind of a triple murderer or his victims or what larger influences impacted on this grisly crime committed in a sleepy, thought drought stricken Australian farming community. Considering the caliber of other recent true crime books, this stands out in its superficialness despite being relatively well written.

Kaye Agree. The author is good. The subject just seemed to fall a bit flat. Sorta hard to explain. Maybe not enough background, or descriptions of the area and people. I‘m not sure what the problem was but it was a bit disappointing. 2w
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New week, new audiobook

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Islands | Peggy Frew
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It‘s been a lovely, sunny winter‘s day but boy it gets cold when the sun dips low. Now it‘s time for reading in front of the fire. Even better I think I‘m the first person to get this library book, it‘s so perfect.

JennyM Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. After reaching the halfway mark I have put it aside for now. Not quite hitting the mark for me...even though it should. Not sure why. Hope you enjoy 2w
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If you knew you had 100 days to live hoe would you spend them? Lucio does those last 100 days pretty well, with great humour, humanity and spirit. There is nothing depressing about this story of a dying man and that is something of an achievement. It big-hearted and funny and wonderfully Italian.
I‘ll finish by asking the same question Lucio was asked, if you could live for eternity at one age what age would you pick? Me, 26.

CarolynM There are good things about all the ages I've been so far, but I'd probably choose to something under 50 😂 2w
Joanne1 @CarolynM I agree @CarolynM but I still feel 26 so I went with that. We won‘t mention the ‘big‘ birthday I‘ve got coming up. I definitely don‘t feel that age! 2w
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Both horrifying and fascinating, I am utterly astounded Tara or her siblings managed to make it through their childhoods alive! The callous disregard for the physical safety of their children by both Tara‘s parents left me reeling, and yelling aloud to the audiobook. Her transformation from indoctrinated child to rational and educated Hi adult is remarkable. Brilliant!

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I‘m very sad today. This beautiful boy had to be put to sleep today. He was 20 and very ill. He was my constant reading companion and had trailed me around the house for the last 16 years that we‘ve had him. It was for the best and definitely time but still so sad. The tagged book was the last one I read with his company, now I‘ll have to finish it without him.

jenniferw88 So sorry for your loss. 😥 3w
KarenUK Losing a fur baby is the worst. Biggest of hugs for you at this awful time. So so sorry for your loss 😘💕 3w
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 3w
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Freespirit So sorry...he looks like a lovely companion! 3w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder So sorry 😢 3w
Lcsmcat 😢💔 3w
DivineDiana I am sad to learn of your loss. ❤️ 3w
MommyWantsToReadHerBook So sorry for your loss, Joanne! 3w
ladym30 So very sorry for your loss. 3w
daena I‘m so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you. 3w
AmyG I‘m so sorry. My George was 20, too. 😪 3w
quietjenn I'm so very sorry. 💙 3w
RachelO So sorry. 3w
Leftcoastzen Very sorry,it‘s so hard to say goodbye to sweet four legged family.💔 3w
Melwilk I‘m very sorry 3w
stacybmartin So sorry to hear of your loss. 💙 3w
Eggbeater What a gorgeous baby. My heart goes out to you. I know how it feels. ❤ 3w
BookwormM So sorry for your loss big hugs 3w
MicheleinPhilly I‘m so sorry. ❤️ 3w
JennyM So sorry ♥️ 3w
rabbitprincess ♥️♥️ I am so sorry. ♥️♥️ 3w
CarolynM I'm so sorry. {{hugs}} 3w
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I think just about everybody has read this one except me but I finally started it on audio this afternoon. I was worried the narrator was going to annoy me, but I pretty quickly got used to her voice and am completely engrossed in the story so far.

Freespirit I haven‘t read it yet. Hope to...one day!! 3w
Lindy Add me to the Not Read It list. 3w
DivineDiana Discussing at Book Club this week! 3w
MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t read it yet either. But I have it. #storyofmylife 3w
Joanne1 @Freespirit @Lindy glad I‘m not the only one to have overlooked this one... until now. @MicheleinPhilly mine too! @DivineDiana I‘d love to hear what you‘re book club thought of it. I couldn‘t get out of the car this morning I was so engrossed in it. 3w
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Bluebottle | Belinda Castles
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I really enjoyed this story, I think mostly because the characters were so good. Three siblings growing up with a very unpredictable, probably mentally unwell, father and the resulting impact of that childhood as it reverberated through their lives, each in a different way. It‘s told both from the past and the present and has a sinister mystery threaded through each storyline. #ozfiction #stellaprize

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Bluebottle | Belinda Castles
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Another intriguing #ozfiction read. I feel like there‘s something sinister in this one and I‘m looking forward to watching it all unfold.

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A raw and honest insight into the life of an addict existing on the fringe of the community. Such compelling reading and the voice of the narrator was so clear and strong, it was like being inside her head. But the ending..... so many unanswered questions.

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This is like watching a car crash.... I just can‘t turn away.

Freespirit Stacked...sounds engaging😁 1mo
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An Isolated Incident | Emily Maguire
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I have mixed feelings about this one. I was gripped enough to keep listening and the whole media/journalist angle made it a bit different from most crime novels. But the small country town didn‘t feel authentic to me and some of the characters were under-developed and the ending was super fast.

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There are undoubtedly similarities between the Morrigan Crow series and Harry Potter but there are also distinct differences and I love the both. Wundersmith was just as great as the first book and I can‘t wait til book 3 comes out!

JSW Oooooh book 2!!!!! 1mo
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The Land Before Avocado | Richard Glover
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Laugh out loud funny, enlightening -being a child of the 80s and 90s rather than the 69s and 70s - and really well researched and written. Read wonderfully by the author. Loved it

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The Life to Come | Michelle De Kretser
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I have mixed feelings about this novel. The writing is exquisite and the characters and setting are so precisely observed. All things that would usually make me love a book. But I really didn‘t like the MC and there was not nearly enough narrative to hold the story together. It read more like disparate stories with only the loosest connections. Even so I give it a pick, but only just.

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The Life to Come | Michelle De Kretser
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I‘ve had this on my TBR for quite a while and then it turned up on my audiobook app. I have to admit, though, that I‘m struggling to follow it. Too many characters to get my head around. It might have been better in hard copy as the writing is lovely.

Freespirit It's in my TBR pile too! 1mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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To be honest I would have walked past this book a hundred times and never picked it up if it wasn‘t for a couple of friends/colleagues insisting that I did. I‘m so pleased I listened. This book was unputdownable! Equally devastating, frustrating and heartwarming, I felt utterly immersed in the lives of Marianne and Connor and was desperately hoping good things would come their way. It all ended too soon!

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Bailedbailed

I suspect there is an intriguing story somewhere in this book but it was just too slow and ponderous for me. It‘s a pity because I did genuinely want to know what the deal was with Noah... just not enough to slog through.

AntoinetteBuchanan I bailed as well. For the same reasons 2mo
MrsMalaprop Oh no! I bought it after seeing her speak in Ubud. It‘s waiting patiently on my #TBR. @AntoinetteBuchanan 2mo
AntoinetteBuchanan It‘s interesting, you may just fly through it. I enjoyed the beginning it it slowed a lot in the middle and I lost impetus 2mo
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My #bookhaul from Clunes Booktown. So pretty, now which do I read first.

LapReader Evie Wyld 2mo
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Jeg Boy Swallows Universe. 2mo
Joanne1 @rabbitprincess @LeahBergen I bought that one because it looked so beautiful but I‘m sure I‘m going to love it too!! @LapReader I adored All the Birds, Singing so I have high expectations of this one too. @Jeg I was so excited to find an as-new copy of Boy Swallows Universe for $5 at one of the stalls. I may have done a little happy dance. But I was surrounded by book lovers so they understood!! 2mo
LapReader I loved all the birds too. 2mo
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My lovely book club spend the first weekend in May at Clunes Booktown. This is pit collective effort from Day 1. Should keep us going for a while.

CarolynM What a good book club tradition! Looks like you've done well in the shops. 2mo
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Redemption Point | Candice Fox
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The second of the Crimson Lake series and just as good as the first. The characters are interesting, especially Amanda who continues to intrigue. And the resolution was very satisfying. Looking forward to book three.

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I‘ve had some trouble settling on my next book and in the end have decided on the Potter-esque junior/middle grade fiction. It‘s book two in the Morrigan Crow series and us quite fantastical.

myreadingdays My son and I are reading this together at the moment too. He is absolutely loving it and I am loving watching him travel with Mog through her world. 2mo
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Redemption Point | Candice Fox
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Book two in this crime thriller should make the perfect partner while I give the house a really deep clean. It‘s been needed for a long time and now I actually have time to do it.

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Today is a momentous day... I just submitted my final assignment for a Master if Information Management course. This concludes half a decade of juggling parenting young children, working and studying. So my plan now is devote a fair chunk of my previous study time to reading for pleasure. What joy!! Here‘s a few I need to get read ASAP starting with the tagged book.

Lindy Congratulations. 💐 2mo
Leftcoastzen Congratulations! 2mo
Grrlbrarian Congratulations!!! 🏆 2mo
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kspenmoll Congratulations! It‘s a lot to juggle! 2mo
JennyM Well done. Huge achievement ♥️ 2mo
DarcysMom Congratulations! What a fantastic achievement! 2mo
Freespirit Wow that's fantastic...time to enjoy a novel😍 2mo
CarolynM Congratulations.💐 Enjoy your down time❤️ 2mo
kezzlou85 Congratulations 🎉 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Good for you! Enjoy! 2mo
Itchyfeetreader Well done what a huge achievement 2mo
AntoinetteBuchanan Congratulations- a big task! 2mo
Jeg Good for you. Well done. Enjoy your reading.👏👏👏 2mo
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Three days is all this one took. It‘s a really fun read, but I did blush a few times. Be careful if you‘re reading in public!!

shellleigh33 Currently reading this and it is pretty good so far!!! 2mo
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Very glad to be reading this on my kindle while watching my kids swimming lessons. The cover might raise a few eyebrows from the other parents.

KathyWheeler 😄 2mo
Leftcoastzen 👍😁 2mo
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My next book club read, I think this is going to make for a fun discussion!!

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The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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Apart from a couple of bits that I didn‘t buy or were a bit jarring this was a really good book, my second favourite on the #stellaprize shortlist so far (but I haven‘t read the winner yet). The devastating ripple effects of twin tragedies and the complex nature to teen friendship were both dealt with honestly and with compassion. The familiar setting also made the book more real for me.

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Second instalment in the Neapolitan novels. This one has a huge cast of characters, there‘s plenty of twists and turns, buckets of betrayals. It‘s like an Italian soap opera in book form and is a total pleasure to listen to, especially with all those Italians names that I‘d struggle to read/pronounce. I‘ve heard they‘re making a TV show, I‘ll be signing up for that!!

irre The first season of the tv show (the first book) was great! 2mo
Joanne1 @irre excellent. I wonder if I can get it in Australia. I‘m going to see if I can find it now. 2mo
LeeRHarry @Joanne1 it was on Foxtel 2mo
Joanne1 @LeeRHarry that‘s annoying, I don‘t have Foxtel. I wonder if it‘s on DVD. 2mo
LeeRHarry @Joanne1 I think it probably would be by now - it is an HBO/RAI production. (edited) 2mo
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The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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Despite the fact that this story is set before I was born there is something very familiar about it. Perhaps because I‘ve been driving over the bridge in question since I was a small girl. #stellaprize #oxfiction

CarolynM My next read🙂 2mo
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This was absolutely as lovely as the movie but I think I was able to follow the story better because I knew the basics already. There is a LOT of switching between timelines which didn‘t translate that well in the ebook version so it might have been confusing for someone encountering the story for the first time.

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The Children Act | Ian McEwan
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I really, really enjoyed about two thirds of this very quick read. Then something happened that I just didn‘t buy and it spoilt the last third for me.

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The Children Act | Ian McEwan
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I missed the movie so reading the book instead. Any one catch it? Was it good?

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Want to know too! Haven't seen the movie yet either. 3mo
Lcsmcat Loved the book. Didn‘t know there was a movie. 3mo
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This was fun and a little ridiculous. I loved the storyline about Kitty and also Astrid. It was nice to continue on with Nick and Rachel but also get more of the secondary characters from the first novel. Also the footnotes really add to it. Worked well on audio.

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I enjoyed the first book but I‘ve read some terrible sequels. We‘ll see what this one is like.

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I watched and loved this movie years ago, now I‘m reading the book for book club. So far it‘s every bit as charming as the film. Plus it‘s getting chilly so my very elderly cat and I haven‘t moved far this morning.

Leftcoastzen Awwww , poor kitty. 3mo
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The Boundless Sublime | Lili Wilkinson
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If you‘re into YA and fictional cults you‘ll probably enjoy this. I‘m a fan of both these things.... but there was a little too much teen angst and a few unbelievable plot twists. Still it was pretty gripping (I did have to sneak a look at the end when it got too tense for me) and definitely at page turner.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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This is a bit of a departure from Liane Moriarty‘s usual style with more of a slow-moving implosion than a dramatic twist. I enjoyed it overall and I really liked the ending but the pace was pretty slow at times. To my her last two novels would have been better with some stricter editing.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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As expected this was wise, insightful and fascinating but also brought home that regardless of how intelligent and good at the job Michelle would be she will never run for office. Politics is not her bag. Nevertheless I‘m sure her impact will continue to be nothing but positive. #audiobook highly recommended.

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I‘m two assignments away from finishing my master of information management (library) course and I‘ve hit a major procrastination phase. I just can‘t seem to sit down for any length of time and get them done. This is not at all like me!! I just keep finding myself making excuses to read instead of work. Argh!!

JSW Transitions are hard, and you are coming up on one (finishing your course)! You can do it, but it‘s ok to change your work style up to get there. 30 minutes working, 15 reading or something like that... 😘 (edited) 3mo
Leftcoastzen Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies.You can figure out a way to get it done.Littens are cheering for you ! 3mo
Tamra I can understand that - you‘ll find the mojo when you need to. 3mo
Joanne1 @JSW @Leftcoastzen @Tamra thanks for the words of encouragement! I took your advice and did stints between reading a chapter of my book and actually managed some good progress. With one deadline on a week I‘m confident I‘ll have something passable by then. 3mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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1. Tagged book, plus The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson and Becoming by Michelle Obama.
2. Isn‘t it Romantic (it was terrible!!)
3. Spiced Chai with almond milk and honey.

#weekendreads

@rachelsbrittain

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Rescue | Nicholas Sparks
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Proving that I really don‘t like Nicholas Spark‘s novels I found this to be predictable, overly sentimental rubbish.

sprainedbrain I‘ve not even tried one, because I‘m afraid this will be my experience, too! 😬 3mo
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