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KarenUK

KarenUK

Joined March 2016

British gal living in sunny FL 😎- Bookstore Manager, Bookseller, Book Club lover, Bookaholic, Cookaholic, and proud #starslut !
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Read this in two sittings. Three out of three for me with Emily Henry. And this might just be my favorite! Complicated, believable characters and fantastic banter, which is all I really want from a rom-com. I‘m actually sad it‘s over…..

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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MyNamesParadise I‘m reading Book Lovers now and I remember that quote! Enjoy! 3d
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Magpiegem Yep that‘s me right now! 😂 4d
julesG Loved that line 4d
Dragon Great quote 😃🐉 4d
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I loved ‘Wordslut‘ and liked this one just as much. I love how Amanda makes linguistics both fascinating and fun! This one had the added bonus of being about cults and ‘cultish‘ language, which totally sucks me in. It looks at the use of specific language and at the ‘semantic murkiness‘ of influencing others, from Jonestown and Scientology to MLMs and workout ‘cults‘ and I couldn‘t stop listening to this audio! #booked2022 #aboutacultorreligion

Suet624 I was surprised by the addition of workout groups but it made total sense 5d
Ruthiella I‘m currently reading this for the same prompt! About 1/2 way through and I agree it‘s fascinating stuff! 5d
squirrelbrain This was so good! 5d
Cinfhen This was my pick too for the same prompt!!! She‘s amazing 🤩 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yup, I just finished this. Popular choice for this prompt! And worth the time, for sure. 4d
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Loveless | Alice Oseman
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I loved this so much! I‘m not usually a YA reader but #pop22 had me looking for a novel with #acharacterontheacespectrum and this one caught my eye. It‘s sweet and charming, and sensitively handles Georgia‘s journey as she explores and discovers her aro/ace sexuality. I loved the UK university setting, and the Shakespeare society shenanigans…… (continued in comments)⬇️

KarenUK …. but most of all, I loved all the complicated friendship stuff. Warm-hearted and full of humor, I hope this book finds its way into the hands of young readers that can relate to this story. (edited) 7d
Cinfhen Lovely review 💜 7d
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squirrelbrain Fab review! 7d
4thhouseontheleft I loved this one too! I used it for the #Booked2022 #comingout prompt. 6d
KarenUK @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @4thhouseontheleft I love how these challenges get me reading books I NEVER would have read (not a YA person usually) and end up discovering a little gem! 💎 6d
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Smart, feminist, witty and accessible….I loved this exploration of the Women of the Greek myths. Each chapter focuses on a key female character from mythology (eg. Helen, Medusa, Jocasta), and discusses her portrayal through the ages, misrepresentation and misogyny, referencing not only the classic Greek texts, but modern interpretations, fine art and pop culture. So informative and fascinating, I couldn‘t put this down.

Cinfhen ♥️🙌🏻 7d
BarbaraBB Great! I enjoyed her other book too about women in Greek history 7d
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squirrelbrain I really enjoyed A Thousand Ships too @BarbaraBB 7d
Cortg I haven‘t seen this one around! I appreciate her for highlighting the women of Greek mythology 🙌🏼 7d
KarenUK @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Cortg I really liked A Thousand ships too. And this non-fiction take had similar vibe… 💕 6d
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This graphic memoir of Rhea‘s own journey as they conducted interviews discussing gender identity, was really great.
Nuanced and sensitive, the complexity of the experiences and feelings are depicted with such honesty, and the true diversity of the participants, made for such an informative piece of art. Language is constantly shifting, and every experience is so different. I felt like I learned so much, and have so much more to learn.

KarenUK Thanks Meg for putting this on my radar 💕 (edited) 2w
Megabooks @KarenUK you‘re welcome! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 💜 2w
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Cinfhen Wonderful choice ♥️ 2w
squirrelbrain You‘re racing through these #pop22 prompts! I stacked this one from Meg‘s post but can‘t find it anywhere over here. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
Cortg I love nonfiction graphic novels! Nice choice! 2w
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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Moving, beautiful and just so brilliant. What starts as a lovely story of a community, of the bond of strangers at an underground swimming pool, becomes a devastating portrayal of one swimmer Alice, and her progressive dementia. It‘s a unique way to tell an all-too-familiar story of this terrible condition that slowly steals our loved ones from us.
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KarenUK The rhythmic writing is so clever, each part using repetition in such an effective way, the ‘we‘ of the swimmers, what ‘she‘ remembers, what ‘it‘ (a mysterious crack in the pool) means… and the scathing satire of a nursing home, telling ‘you‘ everything to expect. Definitely right book, right time, right reader. I was blown away by it. As a swimmer, I was captivated from the beginning, and as a daughter of a mother with early onset…… (edited) 2w
KarenUK who no longer knows who she is, I could not relate more to Alice and her daughter‘s story. A Wow book for me. 💔 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful, but tough. Sorry about your Mum 💔 2w
BarbaraBB This must have been a hard read for you. Your review is very thoughtful and I really want to read the book. 🤍 2w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Just spotted this on your feed @Cinfhen and decided to join in! #readingbracket2022 @chasjjlee 💕

BarbaraBB Great choices! 2w
Cinfhen Yay!!! It‘s fun but harder than you‘d think!!! I love your picks 2w
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The Fell | SARAH. MOSS
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Didn‘t like this as much as Summerwater, but still loved the writing. It‘s a pandemic tale about neighbors in the English countryside, as Kate heads out on a hill walk with dire consequences. The loneliness and isolation struggles are so relatable, and the way Moss writes inner monologues, with all the minutiae of everyday lives, always feels so intimate. A quiet, affecting novel by a writer who captures the human condition with subtlety and ease.

EvieBee Great review! 2w
Jas16 I really loved this one. 2w
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The Vixen | Francine Prose
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A Harvard grad gets a job with a failing publisher, whose fortunes seem tied to a salacious novel based on true events, that becomes his to edit. I love the 50‘s NYC setting, the plot twists and humor, and even Simon‘s comical ability to fall madly in love with every woman he meets! And although themes of morality vs. ambition, and the layers of lies and propaganda all became heavy-handed at times, I enjoyed the writing and the overall vibe. Fun!

Megabooks Sounds interesting!! 2w
daisyheadmaesie Adding to my list! 2w
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squirrelbrain It does sound good! 2w
BarbaraBB Sounds fun! 2w
Cinfhen Agreeing with all my peeps 💚 sounds great 😊 2w
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Loveless | Alice Oseman
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#nextup this one for #pop22 #acespectrum
Starts with a Much Ado quote so off to a great start!
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ChaoticMissAdventures This is the same author as Heartstopper! They are so good at being lovely but not too cheesy. 3w
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Deaf Republic: Poems | Ilya Kaminsky
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This ‘parable in poems‘ is a powerful narrative in verse, that serves as a warning on silence in the face of atrocities, sadly so timely. Written by a Ukrainian born poet, this reads as individual poems that tell a complete story of protest in wartime, bravery, love and violence. I loved the use of images of sign language throughout the story, and I can see why this won both awards and rave reviews. Fantastic.
#pop22 #anisfieldwolfawardwinner

squirrelbrain Very timely choice - I read Memorial Drive for this prompt. 3w
Cinfhen I chose the same book for that prompt too!! It was a very moving read. I borrowed from #Scribd @squirrelbrain (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB Sounds wonderful. Thanks for this review 🤍 3w
Megabooks Great review and nice choice for the prompt! 3w
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Sleepless Night | Margriet de Moor
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Gorgeous, melancholic writing translated from the Dutch, a single sleepless night, circling memories of a young widow‘s past, and a day spent in the company of a new man. Heartbreaking, beautifully observed, and at moments hopeful… with ambiguity in the most truthful way. #pop22 #blurbbyafavoriteauthor Blurbed by Claire Fuller and discovered on her Goodreads feed, always a great source of lovely writing….. and I do love a novel set in one day…💕

squirrelbrain Ooh, good pick for the prompt! 3w
Cinfhen Sounds great and very much like a Karen book ♥️ 3w
BarbaraBB How nice! I always like when someone discovers a Dutch author! 3w
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Megabooks Sounds wonderful! 3w
KarenUK @Cinfhen A very Karen read! 😊 3w
KarenUK I loved her writing so much! Have you read her? @BarbaraBB 3w
KarenUK @megabooks @squirrelbrain It was really unexpected. So good! 3w
BarbaraBB Yes I did. I can recommend this one 3w
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Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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Its unimaginable to think about reading this tiny but mighty epistolary novel when it first published in 1938. What starts as a charming correspondence turns quickly chilling. Published first in ‘Story‘ magazine then Readers digest, then as a book that sold 50K copies, a LOT back then! But then almost disappeared. At B&N, we picked this as our ‘Rediscovered Classic‘ recently and its truly an excellent choice. Foreword and Afterword are must-reads.

BarbaraBB I love that B&N does that! 3w
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked. 3w
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Cinfhen I read this tiny little book too….chilling!! 3w
CarolynM Sounds great! Stacked🙂 3w
KarenUK @BarbaraBB It‘s a great program… we do kids books too…. 💕 3w
KarenUK @squirrelbrain @CarolynM it‘s such a quick read, but really packs a punch. 3w
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Completely delightful! Elizabeth Zott is the kind of character you won‘t forget. You‘ll want to hang out with her and her amazing dog Six-Thirty for long after you turn the final page. It‘s a 1960s set story of love, loss and found family, with a good dose of science thrown in. It has laugh-out-loud moments, both heart-warming and breaking poignancy, and a cast of supporting characters to fall in love with. Fresh, fun and feminist. I loved it…💕📚

Laughterhp Sounds good! 4w
squirrelbrain Ooh I used this for the #foundfamily prompt but I may move it as I‘m not sure what else to use for the TV prompt. 🤔 Sounds like you loved it as much as I did! 4w
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Megabooks Fantastic review!! 😀 4w
TrishB Loved it too ♥️ 4w
Cinfhen I‘m not surprised it‘s being made into a TV series….who do you think will play Elizabeth?? 4w
KarenUK @Cinfhen it‘s going to be Brie Larsen apparently… 4w
Cinfhen Ohhh, I could see that!! 4w
Cortg Sounds delightful! 4w
KarenUK Thanks! @Megabooks 💕 I thought it was a really great read! 3w
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#blameitoncindy / #blaneitonmeg / #blameitontrish for my road-trip read! 3 chapters in and totally loving it! 💕

KarenUK And just realized the cover matches my car! (edited) 4w
Megabooks It does! Enjoy! 😘😘 4w
squirrelbrain Loved this one - I think you will too! ❤️ 4w
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KarenUK @squirrelbrain Aww I missed your review! I think you could well be right! 💕 4w
TrishB Enjoy ❤️ hope it‘s fun! 4w
Cinfhen Yay!!! Your #RoadTrippin 🚘Have a wonderful getaway xxxx (edited) 4w
BarbaraBB Happy you love it! Get rid of that slump 😘 4w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Just WOW! Emily‘s novels just get me good!
I love the ethereal quality of her stories, dream-like yet grounded in the essence of what makes us human. This story is hard to pin-point, it has time travel and characters we‘ve encountered in previous novels, yet I just let the beauty and loneliness of this tale wash over me. I don‘t mind an ambiguous ending, but be warned if you need a neat bow! But for me this is my best of the year so far, by far.

Megabooks Love this review!! 🙌🏻💜 1mo
Sophronisba Oh, yeah, I haven't gotten around to a review of this one yet but I just adored it. 1mo
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AmyG Your wonderful review makes me evn more excited to read this! 1mo
BarbaraBB What a great review! I expect my copy any day now too! 1mo
Cinfhen Great review 🫶🏼 1mo
KarenUK Aw thanks my lovelies 💕 @cifhen @Megabooks 💕 1mo
KarenUK @AmyG Hope you love it too!💕 1mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB I think you‘re going to love it 🤞🤞🤞 1mo
LikelyLibrarian Agreed! So good! 4w
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I enjoy Atwood‘s fiction. She‘s always thought-provoking, wryly funny, and often brilliant. I just didn‘t LOVE this collection of speeches and essays on various topics. I think by structuring it chronologically and not thematically, it felt too random? And whilst I loved some essays, the collection as a whole felt too long and the content got repetitive. With so much in one collection, individual pieces lost their power in a sea of great writing.

Megabooks I think I‘ll pass. Thanks 👍🏻 1mo
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Gatsby retelling from Jordan‘s POV if she was a queer Vietnamese adoptee with a talent for the magical. I‘m kinda torn on this one. But I leaned in to what I loved. The writing itself is so lovely-beautiful & lyrical, painting pictures that come alive, and capturing the decadent vibe of the original. The magical elements of Faustian deals, prohibition demon blood and the not fully developed paper magic, didn‘t feel integrated fully into the world

Megabooks Great choice for this! 1mo
Cinfhen I started listening but ultimately I couldn‘t connect 1mo
JazzFeathers I'm so torn about this. I love the concept, but I've read so many lukewarm review 😟 1mo
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This enemies to lovers holiday romance was lovely. There‘s a remote Irish location, a British dating columnist ‘marrying herself‘ for an article, a US photographer with a load of baggage, and a double-booking for the only empty bed on the island. With a cast full of endearing islanders, a complicated holiday romance and hearts being broken all over the place… I shed tears. Good stuff on friendship, found families and choosing a life you want too.

BiblioLitten I enjoyed reading One Day in December. This sounds good too. Stacked. 1mo
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First quarter update for #pop22 is 13 plus 1 for the advanced list…. Not too shabby, but not great either! My slump continues…… 🤦‍♀️
Loved the Italian novel The Women I loved, OlgaDies dreaming and the Island of Missing Trees….. and everything else was pretty good….

Cortg I have Olga on my TBR! 2mo
Megabooks Sorry about the slump but way to push through!! 💜 2mo
KarenUK Awww thanks Meg! I feel like my reading brain is broken! 🤦‍♀️ Just read 2 contemporary romances in a row which is just not like me! 💕 @Megabooks (edited) 2mo
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squirrelbrain Ugh for slumps - hope you get out of it soon! 😘 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘m sorry about the slump. You could maybe try a Persephone, they are so comforting! But you did read some good ones for #pop22! (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Great progress!! Just read what your brain is needing now 😁How much longer until your little getaway??? 2mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain just can‘t face a challenging read right now! 🤷‍♀️💕 1mo
KarenUK @barbarabb Oooh Persephone sounds like a good idea. 💕 1mo
KarenUK 2 weeks Thursday! Cannot wait! Love my job so much…. But definitely need a vacation! 💕 @Cinfhen How is your father-in-law doing? 1mo
Cinfhen Believe it or not, my hubby took him to another oncologist for a second opinion and we got a much better prognosis. He might be a good candidate for a one pill treatment with minimal side effects. They will know more in 2 weeks after his PET scan. Thanks for checking in xxx 1mo
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Ok, so I admit it. I am a ridiculous romantic. Maybe it‘s the eternal optimist in me, maybe it‘s because I have my own far-fetched, soppy, meet-cute and whirlwind love story so the novels don‘t feel unbelievable. Who knows? I just don‘t read much romance, just not my reading preference. But Emily Henry seems to be a winner for me. This ‘friend to lovers‘ story hooked me with the characters, and the past present storyline. Have to say, I loved it.

KarenUK Also needing some 🧠🍭right now! #pop22 going with the Brit interpretation of #setduringaholiday and also #booked2022 #setinaninnlodgeorhotel (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain I don‘t think I‘ve read any Emily Henry….maybe I should try sometime! 2mo
Cinfhen This one worked for me too. A good blend of like-ability and believability 2mo
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft #booked2022
Seven so far…. From all different seasons! I actually really enjoyed all of these, except bibliolepsy was well written but surprisingly not my thing….📚🤷‍♀️

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽 xx 2mo
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What a day on Monday! First I picked up a couple of ARCs from work then I got to catch up with lovely @Cinfhen in Miami, which was so much fun(where she kindly surprised with a couple of books that work for #pop22!) And then I got home to a gift on my doorstep that @Tex2Flo had dropped off after seeing two bks on my GoodreadsTBR!
Totally unplanned #bookhaul and 2 lovely Littens. So grateful for my thoroughly bookish day, and thoughtful friends 💕

BarbaraBB That sounds amazing! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 2mo
squirrelbrain How lovely! I liked Black Vodka… 2mo
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Aims42 I‘m so excited for “Bloomsbury Girls” 🥳 I‘ve got my pre-order in and can‘t wait!! 2mo
Megabooks Fantastic! 2mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Super fun seeing you!! And I‘ve been snacking on your delicious granola the past few days ❣️❣️❣️ 2mo
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Xstabeth | David Keenan
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Gorgeous sentences and paragraphs, but too opaque and experimental for me. Ghostly presences wind their way among some beautiful prose, explicit sex scenes, and lovely musings on music, golf and literature, as an ethereal story of a father and daughter and their ‘ghosts‘, travels from St. Petersburg to St. Andrews. It lost me at times but grabbed me again with phrases that were arresting. Definitely not for everyone, but I‘d try this author again.

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The Arc | Tory Henwood Hoen
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This wasn‘t what I was expecting at all, but ended up liking it anyway! For some reason, the blurb made me think it was going to be much more sinister and possibly a lot more speculative. What I got was a well-written modern romance, that happily lampoons dating in today‘s world, fourth-wave feminism and start-up and branding culture. But it still thoughtfully examined what happily ever after really looks like. Plus a fun little twist at the end.

squirrelbrain I nearly picked this up in the library the other day…. Maybe next time! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead It shows I've been on book social media for too long that I read this as the A.R.C (as in advanced review copy) 😄 2mo
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KarenUK The funny thing is Rae…. Is I did read it an ARC for it! 😂 @RaeLovesToRead (edited) 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Haha... now that's getting meta! 😉 2mo
Cinfhen Great review ♥️ 2mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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The long list is up! 💕 #iwd #womensprizeforfiction

jlhammar Yes! So excited! Lots I haven't read yet. I really enjoyed both The Sentence and The Book of Form & Emptiness. The Great Circle was just okay for me and didn't really get on with Opal & Nev. Look forward to trying some others. 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve read 7 of them, just been to the library to get the 2 that they had… (so eager!). There are only 2 I can‘t (yet) get on Scribd, Libby or at the library and I‘m not so keen on the sound of those so I might wait to see if they make the shortlist. 2mo
KarenUK I‘ve only read the Shafak so far! But own a few others, and on hold for a few more at library! So about normal! 😂 @squirrelbrain 2mo
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RealLifeReading 😍😍 2mo
Ruthiella I‘ve only read two (thanks to the ToB). I might try to read The Great Circle before the shortlist is announced...🤔 2mo
Sophronisba The Great Circle is so good, and I also loved Opal and Nev. 2mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to the Ozeki and the Shafak 2mo
KarenUK Loved the Shafak, and going to try and read as many as I can of the rest…. I loved Tale of the time being, so have high hopes for the Ozeki…. @BarbaraBB 2mo
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O Beautiful | Jung Yun
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This is a beautiful, sparse novel with an unsettling portrait of the underbelly of a ND town in the shadow of an oil boom. Elinor is an ex-model American-Korean woman, beginning a second career as a writer. She is given the story, and a reason to return home, by her ex-lover/professor, and begins to find her own way and new direction with the story. In a town of SO many men and so much toxic masculinity, this becomes a story of so many women. ⬇️

KarenUK So many complex female characters, frustrating and flawed, brought to life as Elinor grapples with the article, her family history and past and present trauma. With themes of race, sexism, abuse, greed and environmental issues, this book has a lot to say about the so-called American dream. I just wish the ending hadn‘t felt so rushed. 4 but could‘ve been 5 stars. #pop22 #misleadingtitle #booked2022 #aboutsisters (edited) 2mo
RaeLovesToRead I've had my eye on this because of its cover... if it's good I might take the plunge... 2mo
squirrelbrain Sounds like my cup of tea - stacked. 2mo
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Megabooks 💯 agree with this fantastic review! 2mo
KarenUK Thanks Meg! @megabooks and I think you‘ll like it Helen @squirrelbrain 💕📚 2mo
KarenUK It is a very pretty cover @RaeLovesToRead #covercrush 😍 2mo
BarbaraBB I love the cover and your review. Stacked! 2mo
Cortg This one sounds great! 2mo
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Anthem | Noah Hawley
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This is a really hard one to rate. I can see why the ‘starred‘ reviews are all over the place. I think for me, it‘s more of a “it‘s not you it‘s me” kind of rating. The writing had me initially hooked, and the first few chapters introducing a teen suicide pandemic, were really fantastic, giving me a bit of a dystopian ‘Euphoria‘ vibe. But as the novel progressed, this genre-bending tale became too fantastical for me. (Continued in comments)

KarenUK And what is rare for me to say, just a bit too depressing. But I still appreciate the author‘s skill and what he was trying to say. Obviously it‘s dystopian, so maybe I‘m at fault for needing a bit more hope, but I just couldn‘t get past how dark and worrying this felt. Wrong time, wrong reader. 3⭐️ #pop22 #foundfamily 3mo
Megabooks I can definitely see how this can be overwhelming/depressing, but I did see hope at the end, both in how the found family (nice prompt choice!) ended up and in Hawley‘s epilogue to Gen Z. Spoiler comments below ⬇️ (edited) 3mo
Megabooks I found the parts about the Jeffery Epstein like storyline especially disturbing. Plus while I thought the suicides were an interesting intro, they were never explained well enough for me. It got a bit too mad max/video game quest towards the end, but it‘s still one I think about. 3mo
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BarbaraBB I am starting this one right now. I wonder where I‘ll end up! 3mo
Cinfhen This one is on my TBR but I might put off reading for a little bit. Curious to see what @BarbaraBB thinks 3mo
Cinfhen And I avoided the spoiler tag!!😉 3mo
KarenUK I totally agree @megabooks - I definitely think I‘ll still think about it…. Which is why I was stuck between a pick and a so-so. I love your Mad Max comparison! Totally fits! I think it was just wrong time for me…. My anxiety stuff has been rearing it‘s ugly head, and I‘m in a bit of a reading slump! 💕 3mo
KarenUK I‘m so interested to see what you both think! I definitely think it was me, not the book! 🤦‍♀️😂 @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 3mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry about the anxiety! 💜 yes, I agree this is probably not the best choice when that is flaring up. I hope you feel better soon. 3mo
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I liked this historical fiction that leans into the fiction of what MAY have occurred during the 11 days Agatha disappeared and never revealed what occurred. Told from the POV of her husbands mistress, a tale of mystery and romance is created of imagined events. Not only do we know that these events are speculation, Nan is also an unreliable narrator, recalling many scenes that she could not possibly have witnessed. Clever premise, well executed.

MatchlessMarie I read The Mystery of Mrs. Christie last year with a similar plot line and I enjoyed it a lot. I will have to check this one out. 3mo
EvieBee I‘m currently listening to this one on audio and really enjoying the slow burn of it. 3mo
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squirrelbrain I really want to read this one! 3mo
Megabooks Hoping to get to this soon! 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow, now I‘m very interested in this book. I didn‘t know Agatha Christie was missing for a while! 3mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @megabooks Historical fiction is not normally a favorite genre for me, but I do like this particular period the most (between the wars). And the tone of the book made this interesting. It had a ‘knowing‘ vibe of this all being speculation which I found fun. 3mo
Cinfhen I really enjoyed this on audio / it was a fun and the right homage to Agatha Christie 3mo
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The Ice Monster | David Walliams
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Completely adorable. Actor/writer/comedian David Walliams has really earned his crown as the much lauded ‘new Roald Dahl‘.
For me,he combines Dahl‘s whimsy and silliness (and fart joke level humor) with the world-building and cast of characters of a Nick Park animation (including Queen Vic!). This middle-grade comedy fantasy is the perfect story for any little reluctant reader. A joy!
#pop22 #setinvictoriantimes
#booked2022 #realorfictionalroyal

KarenUK P.S. The full cast audio is packed with British acting Royalty and runs at a petite 5 hours. People probably thought I was crazy as I was laughing out loud driving to work! (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Sound like a lighthearted joy of an audio 🎧 3mo
Megabooks Sounds really fun! There‘s nothing better than a well done full-cast recording! 3mo
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I wanted to read this not only for personal reasons, but also to help me as a bookseller. I often get asked for books to buy a friend/relative/coworker who is going through grief. And this is exactly what I was looking for. It‘s really quite lovely, and I‘ll definitely order it for my store. It‘ll make a thoughtful gift. It also has great advice on what to do/say and what not to do/say to those who are grieving, and how to be a supportive friend💕

MelAnn This is awesome! I work with grieving and I am gonna make a note of this book. 3mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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My love of this book comes down to one thing….Olga. I loved this character. She‘s driven and messy and real. She‘s a fighter, she‘s complex and she has a huge heart. She makes mistakes and does shitty things, then she tries to fix them. It‘s a story of a brother and sister, their bond, politics and the looming presence of their activist mother. There is also a romance which I kinda loved. And I learnt a ton about Puerto Rican culture. A fun read.

squirrelbrain Great review Karen, stacked! 3mo
Cinfhen Agreed @squirrelbrain I ordered this one from BOTM but it‘s in NY far far away from me. I think it‘s available from #scribd / May go that route 3mo
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BarbaraBB Wow what a review. Stacked too! 3mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It was a great debut. And a really fun read…. 3mo
Cortg Great review. This is on my TBR and I'm looking forward to reading it! Yay!
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Megabooks Glad I picked this from BOTM! ⬆️ the TBR now! 3mo
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Bibliolepsy: a novel | Gina Apostol
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Newly translated into English, this is a coming-of-age/sexual awakening of a woman who has the self-proclaimed obsession with the written word. Set in the Philippines, against the back drop of political unrest, it‘s a stream of consciousness rambling narrative of family stories, musings on literature, and her sexual encounters. The writing is fabulous in places, perceptive and witty, but for some reason it just didn‘t add to the sum of its parts.

Cinfhen Disappointing- it definitely sounds like your jam 4mo
merelybookish I read this last week and waffled between a so-so and a pick. I rounded up but agree with you that it didn't all add up. 4mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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I had some issues with the pacing, but was so glad to read something that took risks, and had something to say. The ‘Devil wears Prada‘ meets ‘Get Out‘ comparisons make sense, and the ending definitely planted it it firmly in the #socialhorror category. Nella was super relatable (for most of the novel 😉) and it handled the issues of code-switching and micro-aggressions really well. Not perfect but would definitely read this author again. #pop22

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 great review and prompt use. I wasn‘t a fan of the pacing either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Cortg Nice! I‘ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this one. Glad you enjoyed it! 4mo
KarenUK @Megabooks Thanks Meg. I think this could have been a great novella, rather than an OK book… 🤷‍♀️but I‘m always glad to read something bit different 😊 4mo
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Cinfhen I liked this until it went a bit off the rails but nice use of prompts!!! 4mo
Cinfhen If you‘re doing #Booked2022 I think it works for #BlackOwnedPublishingHouseBlackCentricImprint 4mo
KarenUK Thanks for the idea, but I don‘t think it does…. ☹️…. Did some research. Looks like it‘s an imprint of Simon & schuster with no black ownership…. But I‘m definitely doing booked2022 ! 💕 @Cinfhen I was going to read one from Roxane Gay‘s tiny press (edited) 4mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Omg!!!!! So excited!!!!!

Suzze Yay!!!! I have an ebook advance of that also. I‘m waiting till it gets closer to release before I read it. 4mo
AmyG Let us know how it is! 4mo
Sophronisba Lucky you! 4mo
Megabooks Wow!! Lucky you!! 4mo
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Loved this. Gorgeous, lyrical writing with a sprinkle of magical realism. It‘s a forbidden love story set against the backdrop of the 1974 Cypriot civil war, and present day London. The descriptions of the island were just gorgeous, and themes of nature, identify, trauma and renewal, handled with such care. Narrated by the two lovers, their daughter and surprisingly by a fig tree at the center of the story, this sad story really captured my heart.

Alfoster It was so interesting and different!😃 4mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous review 💜I‘m looking forward to reading / listening to this book. @Megabooks loved it too!! 4mo
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Cinfhen What‘s the background?? It‘s stunning! 4mo
Megabooks So glad you loved it! 4mo
Kdgordon88 Lovely review! 4mo
4thhouseontheleft Sounds really interesting! 4mo
BarbaraBB I was gifted this book by @Megabooks and have been very much looking forward to it. Now even more! 4mo
Megabooks I hope you love it @BarbaraBB 💜🌳 4mo
KarenUK @cinfhen I think you‘ll really like this one…. 🤞🤞🤞 The background is a pretty illustration of a fig tree I found…. 4mo
KarenUK @Megabooks It was lovely! I am so often on the blah side with Reece‘s picks. But this one was a stunner! I hope you like it @BarbaraBB 🤞🤞🤞💕 4mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Starting this for my #irl but currently #zoom bookclub…. Also hoping it might work for #socialhorror for #pop22 ????

canbku Loved this one! 4mo
Cinfhen I think this would work for #SocialHorror 👍🏽 (edited) 4mo
KarenUK @cinfhen Yay! 4mo
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BarbaraBB Definitely fits the prompt. Looking forward to what you‘ll think. I was a bit underwhelmed but there‘s much Litsy love for it! 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB this was a book that I bailed on which I rarely do. Glad to hear your thoughts on it. 4mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 You hardly bail indeed. I must get bank to your review to see why. But I wasn‘t a fan either. 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I listened to it which is never a good idea for me. Fiction just doesn‘t translate well. But it seemed too predictable. 4mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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“The tell-tale sign you are are at the wedding of a rich person is the napkins.”

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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The Guardian | Jeffrey Konvitz
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I think my #tbr just exploded! 🤦‍♀️💕📚

2022 in books: highlights for the year ahead
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jan/01/2022-in-books-highlights-for-the-y...

EvieBee This one sounds amazing! Might have to preorder. 4mo
KarenUK @eviebee I‘ve just requested a whole bunch on net galley! 4mo
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Helen, this was lovely! @squirrelbrain Kept me occupied while waiting for my mammogram! 🤦‍♀️Thank you for putting it in my hands…. So perfect for me! A humorous romantic little essay, on the joys of picking books you never knew you needed or wanted…. i.e. the total joy of browsing a bookstore. 💕📚
#pop22 #onesittingread #booked2022 #titlerepeats

4thhouseontheleft That sounds like a delightful little read! 4mo
squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it - and it worked for two challenges too…yay! 😁 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Fun!! (Of course … bookshops …) 🤓 4mo
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Cinfhen Oh that‘s just perfect!!! And yay for #SelfCare #GettingSquished 4mo
BarbaraBB This sounds good! I have this one waiting for me too thanks to @squirrelbrain 🤍 4mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen That hashtag! 😂😂😂😂💕💕💕💕 4mo
Cinfhen Xxxxxx 4mo
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Tomatoes for Neela | Padma Lakshmi
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I picked up a signed book of this gorgeously illustrated picture book on Black Friday at B&N (being a total Padma fan girl!) The story is beautiful, touching on themes of family and tradition, shared stories, seasonal and local food and the respect for the farmers hard work. A wonderful message, and a perfect accompaniment to Padma‘s fantastic Hulu series, ‘Taste the Nation‘. What I found most touching was….. ⬇️

KarenUK the memories of cooking with my own mother, mother-in-law and step-mother-in-law over the years. I treasure the recipes, and these moments so deeply. And can‘t wait to try the recipes! #booked2022 #pop22 #includesarecipe @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead @Kalalalatja @Cortg @Laughterhp 4mo
Cortg That's fun! You'll have to share a picture of your cooking adventures from the book. 4mo
Cinfhen This looks AMAZING 🤩 great purchase!!!!! 4mo
Christine What a lovely post! I love Padma, too. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oooh … I loved that series on Hulu, especially the holiday edition she released in 2021. Will have to hunt down this book! 4mo
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead 🥰

- My reading goal is to do my usual #pop22 , #booked2022 and read at least 100 books…. But really, it‘s always just to read things I love, and to seek out beautiful writing that moves me….(and to continue to take pride in my title of #starslut when it comes to books!)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- (Two words) Kindness and Joy… to be, seek, think, find, create…..
- Loving it so far….. 💕📚

#thoughtfulthursday

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This book makes a lovely gift for any reader. Each month, features quotes, beautiful illustrations and lovely short essays on recommended reads that fit the mood of the season, not just the setting or weather. It captures the ‘feeling‘ of reading in a way that speaks to how I feel about my reading life. Perfect for a moody reader! And definitely a book I will dip in and out of often…. And as someone who loves every season for its unique quality…⬇️

julesG 😍😍 4mo
Megabooks Love that cover! 4mo
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KarenUK @Megabooks it‘s pretty inside and out! 😍 4mo
RaeLovesToRead I want... 🥰🥰 4mo
squirrelbrain Sounds lovely! ❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, looks like the perfect accessory for every Litten 😄 4mo
Cinfhen That cover is divine 4mo
LeahBergen Yes! I have this and it‘s lovely. 4mo
Jess_Read_This I have this one as well and can‘t wait to dive into it this year! I love seasonal reading ❤️ Perfect review of it! 4mo
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Thanks @Andrew65 for this fun challenge! My final pick for #12booksof2021 #12thbookof2021 #December is this fabulous short story collection from one of my favorite authors.

These stories absolutely shine…. So full of heart, love, sadness and hope… Lily King‘s writing is so gorgeous, every character so relatable, each story full of beautiful detail and nuance. This is one of the best short story collections I‘ve read in a really long time.

Andrew65 Looks good, thanks for playing along. 😊 4mo
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MacArthur Park: A Novel | Judith Freeman
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This is the only month of the year that didn‘t feature one of my #Top21in2021 so took a bit more thought!
Its about 2 women, and their lifetime of friendship with all it‘s ups and downs, and the man they both marry (at separate times.)The writing is beautiful, and the characters so nuanced, as their lives ebb and flow. I love a novel that seems simple, just a study of three people as they age, but digs so deep. Emotionally complex and engrossing.

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The Women I Love: A Novel | Francesco Pacifico
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#pop22 #abookyouknownothingabout

I seem to be on a roll with Italian novels! Such great writing. It‘s got a very meta/ post-modern style… the main character being an author writing a novel, that is THIS novel. It could have been really pretentious yet the definitely unreliable narrator, manages to be just self-aware and honest enough, to remain compelling. (Continued in the comments….)

KarenUK Each of the five sections focus on significant women in his life - His on-and-off-again lover, his wife, his sister, his sister-in-law and his mother. And these women just come alive off the page, so vibrant and fascinating, so his toxic masculinity is over-shadowed. Whilst plot is scarce, the writing is so gorgeous, I couldn‘t stop reading….Loved it! (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen Sounds fabulous 🙌🏻♥️ 4mo
Megabooks Interesting! 4mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen @megabooks It was one of those randomly picked galleys that ended up being awesome! ☺️ (edited) 4mo
Cortg Nice! You‘ll have #pop22 done before you know it at this rate! 🙌🏼 4mo
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Jacket Weather | Michael DeCapite, Mike DeCapite
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This is one of those surprises. I discovered this novel by accident, just drawn by the title, and for me, it was darn near perfect. A second chance love affair told by Mike, in brief vignettes, about the love of his life, June. It‘s also a love letter to NYC, to music, to the weather. The dialogue is fantastic, the writing is gorgeous, music fills its pages, and friendships, and small talk and food are celebrated. I couldn‘t have loved it more.

Andrew65 I love it when this happens. 5mo
squirrelbrain You had me at NYC…. Was going to stack but noticed I already had - probably from your original post! 5mo
BarbaraBB Happy new year 🎆 5mo
KarenUK I think you did Helen! 😂 @squirrelbrain 4mo
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#Jan2022TBR
My ambitious (for me)reading plan for January!
3 x 2021 #arcs I didn‘t get to, and 5 more for January, my bookclub is reading The Other Black Girl, and 2 short reads that fit challenges…..

I must keep up with my Arcs this year! I‘m always a month behind! 🤦‍♀️

squirrelbrain I really liked the Shafak, and have the Yanagihara on my list for January too. (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB Are you going to read this one for #pop22? Which prompt? 5mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain just started the shafak and loving it! 4mo
KarenUK I don‘t think it fits anything but I‘ll see if I can shoe-horn it in! 😂 @BarbaraBB 4mo
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