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LaurenSovarabia

LaurenSovarabia

Joined April 2016

I have incurable tsundoku.
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Course of Love by Alain de Botton
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The Course of Love: A Novel by Alain de Botton
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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
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Just letting this one take me for a ride. Grateful for the pencilled notes in this second-hand copy!

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The Course of Love: A Novel | Alain de Botton
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I am reading this to my husband. Quite lovely.

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It's winter again so I'm busting out the second book!

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I found this on a book swap shelf at uni. A nice, easy and absorbing read for a sick day at home!

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Absolutely ripped my way through this one and enjoyed it even more than the first book! Lila and Elena are endlessly fascinating.

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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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Some achingly beautiful writing here. Helen's way of describing her own and her hawk's place in the natural world is startlingly original at times.

Heidi2 I've heard people absolutely others deeply hating this book... speaking of animal cruelty and such things. I'm still undecided whether I should read it... 3y
WordWaller I can't wait to read this!' 3y
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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As Autumn slowly arrives, I think now is the time for this.

SarahKay I've been debating picking that up. I love Annie Proulx. 3y
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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It took me a long time to read this. I carried it between three countries and will carry Jude's story in my heart for a long while, I suspect. Unforgettable.

Louise Is the uke there to help cope with the book? 🤔 3y
Heidi2 Extraordinairy book! Stayed with me for a long time. Kinda still does. 3y
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Whiskey Dreams | Hilary Storm
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OMG. 🙌🏻 Actually I'm surprised it has taken Melbourne this long. And close by! I can wobble home on tram or bike! 🎉

shawnmooney 👏👏👏 3y
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Sex, erotica, ridiculous dialogue. Misguided ideas about commas and parts of the female anatomy. And, infamously, breasts that hang like pomegranates. Jamie's Dad wrote a porno. Jamie decided that the best way to deal with this would be to read it aloud with some friends and completely rip apart the characters, grammar, dialogue and plot in hilarious fashion. The resulting podcast is "My Dad Wrote A Porno". I like to listen to it on the train.

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Thought I might start reading this the other night. Went to bed in tears. Here is a photo of the book with my weeping cherry tree in the background, which is more apt than I realised. Anyway, I'm hooked.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow | Daniel Kahneman
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I've just started this one and I can see that's it's going to cause me to keep my brain in check in the future! Coffee helps too.

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Madame Bovary (1857) | Gustave Flaubert
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I didn't actually like any of the characters but I enjoyed the story and Flaubert's painting of the deeply flawed characters. I can't quite decide if Emma Bovary got what she deserved because I did understand her fragility and desperation, despite her deplorable actions.

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The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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This started out as a "should read" and I did find it tedious in parts. It did force me to slow down mentally as I absorbed it though. But boy, did it all add up to something spectacularly moving. Truths so humbly yet powerfully written. I found myself stopping to take in enormous nuggets of wisdom many times. The strength and humanity of these characters will stay with me. Not many books make me cry, but this one did, from somewhere deep down.

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Readings was crowned International Bookstore of the Year in 2016 and lucky for me, is only a short bike ride away, nestled in the world's most liveable city! Melbourne is an amazing place to live and a beautiful place to be a book lover!! #getindie

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Madame Bovary (1857) | Gustave Flaubert
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I can't do much reading at the moment unless it is academic journals for my Masters degree, which is heartbreaking. But this one is working for me when I can get in a chapter or two!

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Everywhere I Look | Helen Garner
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I bought this for my mother in law but I'm having a sneaky read first. A book of essays, some of which are making me nostalgic for an Australia I never knew.

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The Plague | Albert Camus
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May not have bee the first "adult" book I read but the earliest I can remember. I read it at 13. My teacher noticed it on my desk and asked what I thought of it. I said it was "very dark". #funfriday (even though it's Saturday and this book is not fun at all)

rachelm I remember this being a world changing book for me too, but I didn't get into Camus until college! 3y
Heidi2 A singer/songwriter that I like very much (his name is Bobby Long) wrote a song that is one of my all time faves (called I Once Knew Her) which was inspired by that book. Camus is his fave author. That was the reason I read the book. And was glad I did. Remarkable piece of literature. 3y
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Enjoying the gentle winter sun and enjoying the journey of the hobbits!

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The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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I'll review this book later. I just need some fermented grapes to get over the emotions that came when I finished it. I have only shed tears over a handful of books, and this is now one of them.

MaryAnn1 This is one that must be read over and over. I've gone back to it over the various stages of my life. It was required reading in my teens. Then as a twenty-something newlywed. I read it again in my thirties as a parent. Each read opens my eyes to new perspectives and emotions. This one's a treasure! 3y
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The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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"No - the stars are close and dear and I have joined the brotherhood of the worlds. And everything's holy - everything, even me."
The more I read this book the more incredible & moving & truthful it gets. One of many paragraphs (and there are many better ones) that just make my head drop back.

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Diving in. Possibly whilst listening to Led Zeppelin.

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Mehso-so

Maybe I would have liked this better in a different frame of mind, but I didn't really connect with these characters and their existential woes. I did, however, enjoy the unusual reunion at the end of Pinball. I thought that was quite beautiful.

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Winter is coming and I can see the point of the whiskey, but I'm not sure what the point of this story is. Yet.

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This one was calling to me from the shelf this week and has made its way to my bedside table. It was interesting to read about how Murakami began writing.

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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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Nice, but The Rosie Project was better. Funny in parts. A bit too cheesy at the end.

Bookgirl Yes! Had such high hopes for this as The Rosie Project was so cute, but this book bugged me. I felt it could have been retitled Rosie is a Bitch 3y
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The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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"The bank is something else than men. It happens that every man in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."

Bookgirl This is one of those classics that I simply could not get into. Maybe I should try again. 3y
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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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A nice light one for when you're working full time and completing a masters degree. Not blown away so far but a nice contrast to Russian masterpieces or academic journals!

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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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This one burned brightly all the way through. Expect a novel within a novel, Devil and Christ-like characters (and Pontius Pilate) that interact in an unexpected way, and the dramatic upheaval of those who encounter them. Weird and wonderful, complete with a bullet-proof talking cat.

shawnmooney I studied it in university, 100 years ago. Loved it then; want to re-read. 4y
Bookgirl I'm making my way through this right now! 4y
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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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So excited to start reading this on my honeymoon! Someone once told me she finishes reading it and then goes right back to the start and begins again.

Bookgirl This has been on my to read list forever!!! I have started it twice and not been able to stick with it, despite the fact that it's not boring. I need to try it again, Goodreads reviews rave about it. 4y
MyBookLife I have to read this soon! Maybe a summer read? It has stood untouched in my bookshelf for way too long! 4y
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Stoner | John Williams
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LaurenSovarabia This book is so beautiful. Written with such quiet gracefulness. 4y
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