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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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Mehso-so

The story itself is a gripping, filled with dread, have to keep reading to find out if it‘s all okay kind of story. The mother character is well developed and extremely relatable. I had issues with pretty much everything else. An inauthentic portrayal of neurodiversity, a completely implausible depiction of police investigation, a cast of secondary characters that are one dimensional, stereotypes. The list could go on.

CarolynM 👋Hello! I've missed seeing you around. How are things with you? 10mo
Joanne1 @CarolynM hi! I‘ve been very absent from Litsy lately. I have to do a lot of social media for work now so tend to spend less time on here. But I do miss the positivity of Litsy. I‘ve still been reading lots so I should start adding my reads again. 9mo
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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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A very troubling and disturbing story yet a compelling story. CW for child sexual abuse and rape so one I would be hesitant to recommend.

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The Smell of Other People's Houses | Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
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Absolutely loved the heart in this book. Set in Alaska and focusing on an eclectic bunch of teenagers as their lives intersect, it was an absolute delight to read.

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Panpan

So disappointed with this book. Cliched, predictable and moralistic. Perhaps it‘s supposed to be self help dressed up as fiction but I don‘t think it did that well either. I think I‘m done with Matt Haig.

Cinfhen Second negative review I‘ve seen this week...thanks for sharing your honest opinion 12mo
AmyG I am reading this now and have to agree with you. 12mo
Tamra I was on the fence about this one - I‘m going to cancel my library hold. I doubt it‘s my thing. 12mo
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HOTPock3tt @Joanne1 @Cinfhen @AmyG I finished it last night and I panned it too in my review 😓 just had to be honest about it 12mo
Cinfhen I have a feeling this book is going to be a Pan for me too @AmyG @HOTPock3tt @Tamra I‘m DEFINITELY going to #BorrowNotBuy 12mo
AmyG @Cinfhen Wise choice. 12mo
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The Bluffs | Kyle Perry
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I found this book implausible, ridiculous and unsatisfying. The characters were flat and two dimensional, storyline‘s were introduced but then dropped and the dialogue was clunky and unrealistic. Plus the ending was way to cutesy for me. The only redeeming features were the prologue which was creepy and menacing (holding huge unfulfilled promise) and the twist towards the end which caught me by surprise.

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Really, really loved this one. So much more complexity and nuance than I was expecting.

Suet624 I‘m always so excited when I see that someone has read this book. It‘s one of those books that is so under-read. 🙂 14mo
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Gary Crew is a legend of Australian kid lot and this is a gorgeous junior fiction novel. It‘s very sweet but also a little sad. The forest is so well written you‘ll smell the eucalyptus and hear the gurgling creek. And the characters are all loveable, loyal and a little bit quirky. Such a great read for 8+.

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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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As a long time Patchett fan it was sacrilege that I hadn‘t read this one, I‘ve remedied that by listening to the audiobook on a long car trip this weekend. I can see why so many people list this as their favourite book, it was just divine. Spectacular character development populating an interesting but simple storyline. And of course, beautiful writing!

SamAnne Love love love this novel. 1y
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The Morbids | Ewa Ramsey
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This was purely picked for the cover, I admit it. For some reason I thought this would be a bit mediocre but I loved it! Caitlin was an wonderfully constructed and entirely relatable character who I felt such an affinity with. Best friend, Lina, and love interest, Tom, were full of warmth and kindness. This was a book I tore through because I was so concerned for Caitlin‘s welfare, I had to know she would be alright.

CarolynM Sounds like a fun read. Stacked🙂 1y
Joanne1 @CarolynM there‘s a lot of content related to anxiety and depression but it‘s really authentic and there was such support for Caitlin. 1y
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The Survivors | Jane Harper
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Another ripping read from Jane Harper! She‘s my go to author for an atmospheric setting, interesting well developed characters and an unpredictable plot. Loved this one, perhaps not as much as The Lost Man but it‘s still a solid, keep you guessing mystery.

GypsyKat Ahh! I‘m sooooo looking forward to reading this one! Love all her books! 🙌 1y
vivastory Currently reading, & loving, Lost Man. Really looking forward to this one! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I think The Lost Man is her best and I look forward to read this! 1y
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The Survivors | Jane Harper
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Another ripping read from Jane Harper! She‘s my go to author for an atmospheric setting, interesting well developed characters and an unpredictable plot. Loved this one, perhaps not as much as The Lost Man but it‘s still a solid, keep you guessing mystery.

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I have been tasked with writing a piece on books we‘re looking forward to being released in 2021 for a work project.

These are some i was hotly anticipating this year but I‘m struggling a bit for next years releases. What is on your must buy/borrow list that I should have a look at?

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Next Year, For Sure | Zoey Leigh Peterson
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I‘m working on a publication for work that will include books we‘re looking forward to for 2021. Have you got any books you can‘t wait for with release dates in 2021?

Pictured are some of my recent purchases that I had been hotly anticipating.

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I started this a couple of days ago. So far I‘m finding it a bit of a struggle. I can‘t connect with the characters and it‘s maybe grittier than I can handle just now. The question is, do I push through. Is it worth persevering with? Has anyone here read this?

SamAnne I DNFd the first time but plan to pick it back up. I loved the historical context but it was not a page turner for me. But I do want to try again. 1y
Joanne1 @SamAnne I made that same call this afternoon. 100 pages in and it was still a slog but I know at the right time I‘d enjoy definitely one to come back to. 1y
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Sex and Vanity | Kevin Kwan
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Kevin Kwan has fast become my go-to author when I want to indulge in a fluffy, indulgent escape from reality. Just the way to spend my day off on this very chilly Wednesday.

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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This was a quick, engaging and enlightening read. I really appreciated what it had to say about race and privilege. But for me it was over hyped and didn‘t live up to expectations. I found there were just too many unlikeable characters that I couldn‘t relate to and didn‘t care about. And the ending was rushed and unsatisfying. Still Reid is clearly a good writer and I‘d pick up another one of hers.

LeahBergen What a nice little teapot. 1y
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Every now and then I find a book that seeps into my pores and takes up residence in my body. They are books not to be rushed, but savoured and pondered. The characters become lifelong friends and the emotions I feel when reading are deeply felt. This book did that too me. I wept, how I wept. I wanted everything for Esme. This doesn‘t bode well for my next book... how can it ever live up to this one.

Librarybelle Beautiful review! 1y
meghathecloud Great review😄 1y
Soubhiville Now I want to read it! ❤️ 1y
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CarolynM I've heard lots of good things about this book. 1y
Jeg I‘m about to read it for the second time for book club on Monday. I was overjoyed when it was picked as it‘s been my best read this year. Great review . 1y
Joanne1 @Jeg it‘s been my best read of the year so far too. It‘s going to be hard pressed to beat it. 1y
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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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This is the second in the Dublin Murder Squad series not that you need to read that one first. I enjoy French‘s writing style the storyline was very intriguing, as a mystery/thriller, should be. The characters reminded me of the young people from Normal People but just a little older. But... this was a whopping 600+ pages and IMO needed a brutal edit. I want my mysteries to be sharp and snappy, this was not that.

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Light, hilarious and I agreed with at least three quarters of these rules. A funny thing happened when reading this book. I‘d leave it on the coffee table and either myself or my husband would pick it up and read out rules to the other one.... than chuckle away before reading the next. We are not a ‘let‘s read aloud to each other‘ kind of couple. In the 20 years we‘ve been together we‘ve never done this. I don‘t know what happened but it was fun.

MrsMalaprop They are pretty funny. My sister bought this for my mum who has dementia as it‘s fun to read them aloud when we visit. My mum has a chuckle. 1y
LeeRHarry Last night I was watching an old stand up show of hers that I‘d recorded 😂 read this earlier in the year and like you a lot of her rules are my rules too 😀 1y
Joanne1 @MrsMalaprop what a lovely thing to be able to do with your mum. @LeeRHarry she‘s a very funny woman. Although as a librarian I did not agree with her no talking in the library rule. 1y
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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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Finally some sunny weather and time to read outside. It‘s been a long cold winter. We‘re still in lockdown but at least the sun is shining.

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Companion novels can be hit and miss, this one, a companion to Wonder, is a definite hit. Three different, loosely connected stories that all show heart, strength of character and empathy. Better still RJ Palacio writes the most wonderful note to the reader, never talking down to her young audience.

Also in the Wonder realm is a graphic novel, White Bird, which adds a further layer to the collection.

aprilpohren I loved Wonder!! 1y
Kaylamburson Oh, I haven't heard of White Bird! I'll have to check that out. 1y
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The Book of Chance | Sue Whiting
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Another middle grade/YA cross over novel which has been my reading preference of late. It‘s my second one by Australian author, Sue Whiting. The book of chance is about identity, family, friendship and a life-altering secret. It‘s set against the backdrop of that awkward first year of high school (although this would be middle school in the US) where friendship groups are forming and changing and social media has a powerful and dangerous pull.

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Three Hours | Rosamund Lupton
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I found this viscerally terrifying, edge of my seat suspense. It‘s not my usual fare but I could not put it down. It‘s very plot-driven, again not my usual style, and there were so many twists most of which I did not see coming.
This is my August #doublespin (I‘m still reading the #bookspin book) @TheAromaofBooks

Cinfhen Sounds good #stacked 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Three Hours | Rosamund Lupton
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Oh man, this one has me on the edge of my seat! I was going to Netflix tonight but the internet‘s down. Looks like I‘ll might be finishing this gripping novel. #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Love getting sucked into a book!!! 1y
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The Year the Maps Changed | Danielle Binks
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I could not love this middle grade novel more. There are big, really big issues dealt with in such a kind, gentle and deeply compassionate way. The way the young protagonists discover their own moral compass, sometimes a reflection of their upbringing and sometimes moving away from the bigotry of their parents was incredibly moving. If you‘ve got a 10+ year old in your life put this book in their hands immediately (and you should read it too)!

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It is immense pleasure to be reading so many stellar middle grade fiction with my two tween daughters. There is just so much quality, variety and originality in middle grade fiction. This is one such book. Sweet, very funny, beautifully written and with a lovely message about being kind and trying your best.

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Mehso-so

Loved the concept but overall I found the book a bit meh. Too many cliches and too predictable for my liking as well as the characters being a bit two dimensional perhaps with the exception of Alice. Having said all of that it was light and very sweet so a good antidote to the current global situation.

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Super excited to share my August #bookspin with my nine year old. She lives pranks and this sweet middle grade fiction has a wonderful inclusive and caring theme running through it.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Oh I'll have to check this one out! I have a niece who enjoys playing tricks as well, so this may be a fun way to help her find some balance! 1y
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The author seems to have a minor obsession with this word and it‘s kinda annoying. Anyone else have this feeling when an uncommon word is used repeatedly?

Megabooks Yes!! So annoying. 1y
rockpools Yes! And once you see it, you can‘t unsee it 😬 1y
j.rye I dislike when you can tell an author used the thesaurus way too much! It‘s such a turn off when people try so hard. 1y
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Did all my jobs early today so I could indulge in a reading afternoon guilt free. Being back in stage 3 lockdown (Victoria, Australia) this is about as exciting as life gets at the moment. Hope you‘re safe wherever you are.

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Come in Spinner | D Cusack, F James
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I was going to skip August #bookspin having so many books I have to read already but I‘m so enjoying getting books off my TBR that I can‘t resist. I‘ve recently taken on full time work so my time is limited but hopefully I can squeeze in a few books. To make it easy I‘m using the same list as last month and I‘m definitely just commiting to #bookspin (unless we end up back in lockdown). Thanks for organising again @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Mehso-so

Weird! Weird, weird, weird. This book was like trying to hold onto fog, nothing of substance to grasp. No character or place is named, nothing that happens is definitely real. It was bizarrely interesting enough for me to finish it but it‘s a book that made me feel like I‘m not smart enough to understand what it was really trying to say.

AlaMich That cover is gorgeous, though! 1y
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The first in the Stella Montgomery series, this Victorian era middle grade mystery is full of intrigue and secrets. The gothic setting, grand hotel, creepy marshland complete the abandoned village and crumbling seaside castle adds to the spookiness and suspense. And Stella is gutsy, loyal and fiercely intelligent. A really wonderful young readers mystery, perfect for curling up in front of the fire with on a cold windy night.

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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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This is middle grade fiction perfection. Ivan, the easy-going gorilla learns bravery, strength and determination to save Ruby, the baby elephant, and by turn saves himself. It‘s sad but also hopeful and beautiful. I read it with my 9 year old and she, who usually only reads funny books, adored it.

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Beautiful, melancholy, but ultimately hopeful. The story of farmer, Tom, and Holocaust survivor, Hannah, will live in my heart for a long time.

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Magic Misfits | Neil Patrick Harris
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This book delighted and surprised my difficult to please nine year old. She fist pumped the air when she found out there were two more books in the series.

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Shirl | Wayne Marshall
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I‘ve been having trouble sticking to one book at the moment and have ended up with three physical books on the go plus an ebook and an audiobook. Today I‘m alternating between the three, reading a chapter from each.

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I‘ve had trouble sleeping this week so this delightful, thoughtful and introspective audiobook has been keeping company. Read by the author, Australian journalist, Julia Baird, it‘s the perfect antidote to these troubling times.

Chelsea.Poole Sounds perfect 💙 and that cover! 🤩 2y
Joanne1 The cover is divine, even better in IRL than on the app @Chelsea.Poole 2y
Crisflitz Beautiful memoir. Extraordinary woman, activist, mother, daughter, friend, humanitarian & journalist. I‘ve never written in any book as I have in this.....references, authors, scientists, authors, music, artists, etc. And her love of words introduced me to so many. Published in the nick of time. 2y
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95% chance of rain, below 10C all day calls for a day reading in my world. About to start in my #bookspin book for July. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Wow I love that cover!! 2y
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Here‘s my list for #bookspinbingo, July #bookspin and #doublespin. Not sure how much reading time I‘ll have as I may be starting full time work soon (after working part time for a decade) but I‘m excited to get a few off the TBR. @TheAromaofBooks

annahenke Best wishes on your work change! 2y
rockpools Hope the new job goes well 💐 2y
Joanne1 Thanks @annahenke and @RachelO. It‘s just an expansion of my current role but I‘m very excited to be getting more hours. It might take some adjusting to going to work five days a week. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great list and good luck with the extra hours - I'm not sure I could adjust to full-time after reveling in part-time for so long! 2y
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Wizards of Once | Cressida Cowell
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Mesmerising writing, stunning illustrations, a gripping, twisty storyline with as many unanswered questions as resolutions. This is middle-grade fiction perfection.

Thanks aunty @Victoria_Clyne

JennyM Beautiful pic of a young reader 🥰 2y
Powered_By_Plants Love this pic 🥰 , this one is also on our shelf TBR . Look forward to reading it! 2y
Victoria_Clyne So glad you enjoyed it. Very happy to share with you both. 2y
Joanne1 @JennyM she‘s a very keen reader and still lets me read to her. I‘m hoping that lasts for a while longer. @Powered_By_Plants you‘re in for a treat. @Victoria_Clyne have you got book2? We‘ll need to read that shortly. 2y
Victoria_Clyne Sorry I don't have the second book. Maybe I should order it? 2y
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Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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I‘ve really never read romance fiction before but thought I would give it a go for my library‘s winter readathon and we also picked this one for book club. It took me only two days to get through this one and while I don‘t think I‘ll ever be a devoted romance reader this was a lot of fun. It was quirky but still predictable (in a good way), steamy but also humorous.

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Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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The library I work at is running a winter readathon for the next ten days. You can set any reading goal you want so I went with reading outside my comfort zone by reading romance for ten days. I started this one last night. It‘s steaming but extremely easy to read and I‘m enjoying it more than I expected. Jane in Love is up next. Any other reasonably well written romances I should add to my list?

atla I read a few romance novels last year, and it‘s generally not my thing either - but it was an enjoyable couple of weeks! I loved The Kiss Quotient, and also recommend and The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, The Flatshare by Beth O‘Leary, and Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. That last one is a modern spin on Pride and Prejudice. 2y
Kloves2read I loved this book! ❤️ 2y
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The Confession | Jessie Burton
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Having read both her previous novels and adored them, I thought this was a sure thing. Instead I found it tired, cliched and predictable. The story also, for me rested on an implausible plot element which felt forced so the story would go a certain way. I read through to the end hoping there might be something original in its conclusion. There wasn‘t. Having said all that, Jessie Burton can string a sentence together. @TheAromaofBooks #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Sorry this one didn't play out for you, but another one off the list!!! 2y
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The Confession | Jessie Burton
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When your crochet project matches your book cover 💓

This is my June #doublespin. Very intriguing so far.

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Gathering Dark | Candice Fox
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I listened to Candice Fox‘s Crimson Lake series last year and absolutely loved it so I was excited to see a new title on my audiobook app. Sadly this was very mediocre, much more formulaic (and more like the James Patterson titles she wrote) than Crimson Lake. The characters were less intriguing (or developed) and I wasn‘t as invested in solving the mystery. Disappointing.

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On the Java Ridge | Jock Serong
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Australia has a turbulent history when it comes to the treatment of refugees. I find the current policies reprehensible but in this novel they are even more so. Despite the very difficult subject it was an utterly compelling story, told from the perspective of a politician, a refugee child and an Australian woman unwittingly caught in the middle. This was recommended by a patron at the library I work at and I‘ll be adding his others to my TBR.

Joanne1 June #bookspin completed nice and early this month. @TheAromaofBooks 2y
CarolynM I've just read the Litsy blurb which includes the line "Andrew Bolt would hate it" . Good enough for me! Stacked. 2y
Freespirit I haven't heard of this..thank you..stacked...I am waiting for Andrew Bolt to follow Allan Jones into retirement🙏🏼 @CarolynM 2y
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CarolynM @Freespirit Can't happen soon enough 2y
Joanne1 @CarolynM yes he would absolutely hate it. And I completely agree @Freespirit the sooner he retires the better. I hadn‘t heard of this one either, I love when the library patrons can put me on to something new. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great review!! 2y
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The Book on the Bookshelf | Henry Petroski
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Today was my two children‘s first day back at school after the COVID-19 shutdown. I spent the morning rearranging our books and creating this lovely little book nook. Best thing? I now have room for more books!!

JennyM Hope they had a good day...and you too! 😊 2y
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On the Java Ridge | Jock Serong
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#bookspin (tagged) and #double spin for June. I started the Jock Serong book prior to lockdown but couldn‘t focus once the world fell apart. Life is still mad but I feel more able to tackle both it and reading now than I did three months ago. Plus they‘re both library books due back at the end of the month.

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I think I‘ve found the librarians holy text.... I adored this small collection of letters to the books one librarian loves, hates and loves to hate. It‘s laugh out loud funny at times and I often nodded in agreement when it comes to weeding, library patrons and the world at large (who don‘t always understand the workings of the librarian brain). Fittingly I borrowed this from the library I work at (which reopened this week) but need my own copy.

LiteraryinLawrence I loved this one! 2y
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