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Leniverse

Joined October 2016

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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This was surprisingly fun and surprisingly grisly. First in a series but works as a standalone. Has both trans and ace rep. And a mad scientist apprentice who is skilled at body disposal and making hot chocolate. Great book for when you want to read a whole story in one go.

ErikasMindfulShelf Love this series. Great on audio as well 4d
BookmarkTavern This whole series is marvelous! 💕 4d
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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Taking a break from my Big Books to find out if this much shorter book is a "one sitting" kind of read. Somehow it is due back to the library in two or three days. How did almost three weeks pass already? What even is time? Almost half the year gone! How?! Where did it go?

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Three pages of just listing types of sandwiches, desserts, cocktails, and artificial additives. Whyyyyy? 😩

#DucksBuddyread

RaeLovesToRead I KNOW RIGHT 5d
RaeLovesToRead But the lists are not as bad as HoL 5d
RaeLovesToRead And at least they aren't upside for NO REASON 5d
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Leniverse @RaeLovesToRead The lists were definitely not my favourite part of HoL. But I wouldn't mind a bit of upside down at this point. Might as well. Might relieve the monotony. 😆 5d
MicheleinPhilly *sits in the corner smiling smugly* Glad I got out as soon as I could! 4d
Leniverse @MicheleinPhilly 😂 Yes, you did the wise thing by taking one look and bailing. After 200 pages I feel invested. Trying not to think about how that leaves 800 pages to go 😵 4d
MicheleinPhilly If I had a physical copy I‘d probably try harder but as it‘s on my Kindle and cost a buck or two it‘s “Outta sight, outta mind!” 4d
RaeLovesToRead Don't miss out on the Creek-listing action later on 3d
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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the fact that, by my calculations, if you removed every instance of the phrase "the fact that" from Ducks, Newburyport the book would be 109 pages shorter

#DucksBuddyread

Sace This book sounds like something I would like, but the fact (🤭) that it 1000 pages and stream of consciousness makes me hesitate. 2w
Sace PS I read a non-fiction that overused “and yet”. It drove me bonkers. 2w
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Caroline2 It‘s driving me insane 🤪 why keep repeating the same phrase through 1000 pages?! It feels v gimmicky 2w
slategreyskies Okay, that made me laugh! 😂 2w
Leniverse @Sace You are welcome to join the buddy read, or just keep an eye on the hashtag and see how many of us bail 😅 2w
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My current #audio
Really interesting and a lot more accessible than I expected.

#WomensPrizeNF

squirrelbrain I really liked this and agree with you - I didn‘t expect it to be so accessible. 2w
youneverarrived I‘m finishing up How to say Babylon on audio then this will be my next listen - glad to hear it‘s an accessible read 👍 2w
Leniverse @youneverarrived I was worried it would be dry and technical, but it is very much about the people 2w
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Mehso-so

Overly long and slow buildup and even when it accelerates towards what looks to be (metaphorically) a four lane pile up with a train hurtling through the crash site, it still manages to give us more flashbacks. Still, it pulled me in and it would have been a pick if not for the ending which is an affront to the reader.

squirrelbrain Ha! Glad you agree with me about the ending! 3w
Leniverse @squirrelbrain I was hopping mad! 😂 3w
Hooked_on_books Totally agree about the ending! I read it a few months ago and I‘m still mad! 3w
ErikasMindfulShelf I threw the book when I read the ending! I was so mad. 3w
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Everett addresses every thought, objection, and want I had when I read Huckleberry Finn. And then some. I wasn't a fan of every choice Everett made, but that just gives me more to talk about in #CampLitsy24 And yes, you can read this without having read Huck Finn first, although I did enjoy seeing the differences in PoV. But the book takes a sharp turn in the second half, a choice I fully endorse!, and becomes its own story.

squirrelbrain Great review! Looking forward to our #camplitsy24 discussions. 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I didn‘t like the original but am very much looking forward to Everett‘s take on the story! (edited) 1mo
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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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Soft pick. Had to ponder my feelings about this one for a while. The writing is gorgeous, but so lyrical and mesmerising that I felt removed from the characters. Which might be a blessing due to the trauma and misery inflicted upon them. I liked the whole spirit angle, but this is another book where I'm not sure about the magical realism label because it could all be in her head. The ending left a lot of loose ends, but didn't feel abrupt.

Caroline2 Hmm, I still need to get to this one. 👍 1mo
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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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The Spouse asked me if we have any plans for the long weekend.
The pic is my plan 😅
All three of these are due back in seven days and can't be renewed. 😬 So I'll be reading James in advance of #CampLitsy

Caroline2 Oh I have Let us descend, Can‘t wait to hear what you think of it. My loan came in so I‘ll be reading The Alternatives early for camp too. 👍 2mo
squirrelbrain Hope you like James! Take lots of notes…. 😃 2mo
Leniverse @squirrelbrain Just need to finish up the last few hours of the Huck Finn audio, then I'll dive in. Taking notes is a good idea. 2mo
Leniverse @Caroline2 I've heard mixed things so I'm not sure what to expect. But I haven't read anything else by her, so at least I won't be constantly comparing it to previous faves or anything. 2mo
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Charity shop find. I love these old dust jackets. This one appears to be from 1948.
And inside I found tucked a page from a letter dated 1959 and a black & white photo of a man in old timey khaki uniform with floppy beret and a woman holding a bouquet of flowers. Since I'm nosy as hell I had to buy the book 🤣

tpixie Great cover & great treasures inside!!! - Lorna Doone- now I will be craving shortbread cookies all day! 2mo
Leniverse @tpixie I guess I should by some shortbread to have on hand when I am reading the book 😂 2mo
tpixie @Leniverse 😂 yes!!! 🍪 🍪 2mo
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LeahBergen What a cover!! 😍 2mo
BekaReid I love those kind of finds! 2mo
Caroline2 Oh I love these old books too. Great find. 👍 🧡 2mo
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Had to google this painting as it isn't printed in the book, and the description fascinated me. Memorial portrait made by siblings Gerard and Gesina Ter Borch after the death of their youngest brother, Moses who fell in battle against the English. Look at that hair! The pose! The pieces of his armour! The time pieces! The snake! The random skull and puppy and huge conch shell. ❤️💔

tpixie Amazing. I love to google as I read- even though it slows me down!!! 2mo
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My top six #WomensPrize2024 fiction books (in random order because I have trouble choosing between them). I think maybe The Wren The Wren will get shortlisted, but the question is will we get a triple Irish? I think no, and went with the other two.

#WomensPrize

BarbaraBB Great choices. I haven‘t finished And Then yet so haven‘t added that to my shortlist. Instead of it I have River. The others are the same! 2mo
Leniverse @BarbaraBB That's one of the two I haven't read yet. Your picks are the same as @squirrelbrain then! 2mo
BarbaraBB Yes! Such a coincidence or probability not 😀 2mo
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In Defence of the Act | Effie Black
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Surprisingly funny and entertaining for a book that's also pretty sad. Also very life-affirming for a story that deals with suicide, eating disorders, domestic abuse, depression, generational trauma and more in a completely non-moralising way.

#WomensPrize2024 #WomensPrize

BarbaraBB Great review. My favorite from the longlist 2mo
Leniverse @BarbaraBB Not my favourite, but in my personal shortlist I think. Maybe top 3 even. But I also have a couple of books left 😅 2mo
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This book stressed me out so much I had to take breaks to calm down. I teared up towards the end, and there were times throughout that scared me more than any other book outside the horror/thriller genre. Absolutely superb. Highly recommend.
A book about grief, identity, mental health, addiction, family, motherhood, indigenous heritage, racism, storytelling, choices, and so much more.
#WomensPrize #WomensPrize2024

TrishB It‘s on the pile to get to. Great review Leni 👍🏻 2mo
batsy If I didn't already have it stacked I would have after this review! 2mo
BarbaraBB Wow what a review. I am about to start it. 2mo
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Summer Camp Adventure | Marsha Hubler
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BarbaraBB Thanks for nominating. Yay for James and Irene seems great too! 2mo
squirrelbrain Great picks! Irena Rey is on my radar after the Women‘s Prize suggestions, as is Remember and I even have that one as an ARC. 2mo
jenniferw88 Stacking Remember, remember! 2mo
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Caroline2 Ohhh I‘m really interested in Remember. Thanks for nominating. 👍 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB agree with you about Irene! Great choices! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Irena is so intriguing! 2mo
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Family buddy read. Finally the series is complete. We've waited years!

#24HourReadathon #Deweys #readathon

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Hangman: A Novel | Maya Binyam
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Mehso-so

This must be the weirdest book on the #WomensPrize longlist. It reads like a Kafkaesque fever dream. When you finally understand what's going on it hits hard, but the way there feels really long for such a short (just shy of 200 pages) book. The humour and the side eye given to everything from missionaries to news stories would have carried the book if the journey hadn't been so confusing and exhausting to both the reader and the MC.
#WomensPrize

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Ice | Anna Kavan
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#Bookhaul
The greyscale miniature edition 😂
I didn't actually realise when I ordered them that White Nights was such a slim volume or that I was colour coordinating my purchases 😆

TheBookHippie Brilliant. 2mo
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Gorgeously written.
I was worried about the subject matter of this book, dead child & child killer, but it wasn't at all what I feared. No trauma porn. Quite the opposite.
"Us Vs Them", gossip and finger pointing, unscrupulous tabloid reporters, and a very human family making bad decisions. Definitely shortlist material.
#WomensPrize2024 #womensprize

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These holds came in at the same time 😱 I read non-fiction at a snails pace, and now I have to read two(!) in three weeks? 😵 (In addition to 7 more fiction longlist books in two weeks 😅)
Well, I hope these read faster than Doppelganger at least. 😂

julesG 🤞🏻 2mo
squirrelbrain Both ‘easier‘ reads than Doppelgänger, for sure. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I just finished Thunderclap and it‘s a pretty quick read. I read the other on audio, so I can‘t tell you how fast the print is, but it‘s good! (Both are.) 2mo
Leniverse @Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I've just started Thunderclap because it's shortlisted so I figure I'm less likely to be able to renew it. And I realised it's shorter than it first appears. The pages are thicker than usual and there's lots of empty space and pictures of the paintings. It's a gorgeous book! 2mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I just got this on BorrowBox as I listened to it on audio. I‘m not re-reading it all but flicking through to look at the pictures and reading the relevant parts. 2mo
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Only marginally a standalone. Readers who haven't read the first two books will struggle to orient themselves or feel invested. Lots of characters from previous books, allusions to events and people that are only relevant if you know the backstory. I read these back to back and I still found it messy. Soft pick for me but fully understand if others bail in confusion.
#WomensPrize2024 #WomensPrize

squirrelbrain Thanks for the (retrospective) permission to bail! 🤣 2mo
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The Galaxy Game | Karen Lord
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Pickpick

Coming-of-age story in time of political upheaval, centered on the nephew of the MC of The Best of All Worlds. More planets, a wider scope, but once again character focused. Features a competitive team sport that's similar to parkour but with gravity that changes direction and strength. Ends with some loose ends that makes me think that the book longlisted for the #WomensPrize2024 is not really a standalone. Soft pick, hint of middle book syndrome

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The 3. book in this series is on the #WomensPrize2024 longlist, and while it is allegedly a standalone I've heard that a lot of the world building takes place in the first 2 books. Book 1 introduces the reader to the different types of humanity in the galaxy through a diplomatic/humanitarian hail mary on a homesteading planet that is a melting pot of cultures. Expect telepaths, empaths, diplomacy bordering on mannerpunk, and a slow burn romance.

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This is the only book I've read from the #WomensPrize non-fiction shortlist, but I wouldn't be surprised if it wins. Important book that attempts to explain the right shift/turn to conspiracy theory that has happened in the Western world. Slow going in parts, because there is a lot to take in. Difficult to summarise.

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The Maiden | Kate Foster
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Mehso-so

Inspired by a real murder case.
A man who had it coming.
Two female suspects.
A supporting cast of bawds, bigots, and shocked relatives.
I found the first half a bit dull, (because you know what's coming and just get on with it already and what a shame the local Reverend didn't bite the dust too) but it then had twists and turns and a solid, if drawn out, ending.

#WomensPrize24 #EasterCrime #WomensPrize

BarbaraBB Great review. I am about to finish this one too. 3mo
Caroline2 Agreed! Defo needed editing more. 2mo
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Soldier Sailor | Claire Kilroy
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An only very slightly exaggerated portrayal of life with an infant. (Her husband was almost unbelievably useless, and she was definitely enabling his behaviour in the worst way.) Emotionally intense, funny in places. Entirely accurate about the equal parts love and terror involved in having a child.

#WomensPrize #WomensPrize2024

BarbaraBB That husband drove me mad!! 3mo
Leniverse @BarbaraBB Right?! I would have either divorced or throttled that guy within the first month 😤 3mo
BarbaraBB Her enabling his behavior was annoying too indeed 😳 3mo
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Eight Detectives | Alex Pavesi
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Starting my Easter crime reading with this book. Join me this Easter, be an honorary Norwegian, do crime (reading)! Tag me in your crime reading and use the #EasterCrime 😄🐣🐇
For info on this Norwegian tradition watch my video here:

https://youtu.be/H8G_88_ufco?si=s-qgCTff9YqjkcyQ

RaeLovesToRead 💃💃💃💃 3mo
julesG 🥳🥳 Or better: 🔎🕵️🔍 3mo
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Mehso-so

Compelling story in a messy format with a superfluous framing device. In parts horrendously brutal with terrible things done to girls and women in war time, but fortunately the book moves on too quickly to linger on graphic detail. While I'm sure some version of everything in this book happened to people, there's no way they all happened to one person. The MC is one badass survivor though.

#WomensPrize2024 #WomensPrize

MicheleinPhilly I‘m going to skip this one for sure (she says like she‘s actually reading the longlist 😇.) 3mo
Leniverse @MicheleinPhilly That's how I think about the non-fiction list and the international booker 😂 3mo
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Prophet Song | Paul Lynch
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I disliked almost everything about this book. I disliked the writing style, the narrative choices, the audio narration, and most especially the main character.
I should have bailed.

#UnpopularOpinion

Ruthiella I haven‘t even attempted this book because I think I‘d feel the same way. 3mo
dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Caroline2 Is the one that won the Booker? I can never remember which Paul won. 😂 3mo
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Leniverse @Caroline2 Yes, that's the one. 😂 I've read one of the other Pauls and wasn't a huge fan there either, but at least I didn't hate it. Waiting for the third Paul from the library so I can make a proper comparison 😆 3mo
Caroline2 Gotta compare all the Paul‘s eh. 😏 👍 3mo
Leniverse @Caroline2 I mean, the judges went to great lengths to ensure we read Irishmen named Paul, seems only right to check if the best Paul won. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Nightbloom | Peace Adzo Medie
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There are (at least) two sides to every story.
The first narrative in this book was entertaining but felt a bit lightweight. The second narrative elevated the story to a critique of sexism and women's standing in the family and in society in Ghana. This book reads super fast, but be aware that Bad Things happen. However, every female character in this book is a powerhouse (for good and for bad).

#WomensPrize2024 #WomensPrize #longlist

squirrelbrain Great review! I have this as a library book and on audio - I‘ll start it soonish I think. 3mo
Leniverse @squirrelbrain Audio would be cool! There are words in Ewe and some names that it would be good to hear spoken. 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh, good to know! I‘m listening to A Flat Place now, from the NF list, but it‘s quite short and I have a fair bit of driving coming up this week. 3mo
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Ruthiella I really liked her debut and have this on hold at the library. 3mo
Leniverse @Ruthiella I haven't read her first novel. Think I probably will once I get this longlist behind me 😅 3mo
Reggie Great review! 3mo
Kristy_K Just stacked. Great review! 3mo
charl08 Brilliant review- totally agree! 3mo
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Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan
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The first unequivocal pick for me from the #WomensPrize2024 #longlist
Read it and weep.
About the Sri Lankan civil war, but with a focus on family and moral dilemmas. The opening draws you in immediately, but then there is a long, slow build-up. It's worth it. The second half I could barely put the book down.
My favourite so far (but plenty to go).
#WomensPrize

BarbaraBB Great review! Looking forward to it 3mo
squirrelbrain My favourite so far too. 3mo
charl08 Just picked this up - looking forward to ir. 3mo
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Restless Dolly Maunder | Kate Grenville
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Fictionalised account of the life of the author's grandmother. Dolly is an unyielding and not very likeable character, but she was a product of her time and circumstances. Made me very happy I wasn't born a century earlier and in rural Australia. A quick read. Plain story and plain prose, but interesting. Lacked that 'little extra' for me, even though it says something universal about being a woman.

#womensprize #longlist #womensprize2024

charl08 I'm hoping to get to this one soon: Library request allowing! 3mo
Leniverse @charl08 Hopefully it won't take too long! My library has been pretty good, although it doesn't have all of them and only one copy of the Nolan book 😒 My hold is number 8. Might have to cave and just buy that one. 3mo
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Generational trauma, daddy issues, unsafe kink exploration and abuse, poetry, birds, flowers, mother-daughter POVs, gorgeous prose, slow, not the most accessible read. Soft pick.

#womensprize #longlist #womensprize2024

squirrelbrain Hmmm, I was going to take this one on holiday but it doesn‘t sound that interesting. I may read it next and save some others for our trip away. 3mo
Leniverse @squirrelbrain It's not a holiday read. It requires a lot of attention. I did like it. I think. It's the kind of book I need to look back on after a month and check if it has grown or shrunk in my mind. 3mo
Hooked_on_books I usually prefer the UK covers to the US ones, but not for this one. I think that cover is dreadful! 3mo
Leniverse @Hooked_on_books Haha, yes, but I think it fits the book better than the one that's just a room with a view and a table or whatever (I don't actually recall the details of that cover, it's so dull). But I like the cover that has just a bird (presumably a wren). 3mo
Hooked_on_books Yes, it‘s the green cover with just the bird on it that I‘ve seen here. Simple but very pretty colors. I‘ve seen the room/table one and I think it‘s a nice image but frustrating that it doesn‘t really fit the book. 3mo
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Bali was ahead. Nell would not ring today. She was lying in the future darkness, sleeping through a night that was moving slowly towards Dublin, that was yet to arrive. Nell had been overtaken by the planet's turning, and Carmel wanted to reach through time itself, to pull her daughter home.

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What I Loved: A Novel | Siri Hustvedt

The recollections of an older man are different from those of a young man. What seemed vital at forty may lose its significance at seventy. We manufacture stories, after all, from the fleeting sensory material that bombards us at every instant, a fragmented series of pictures, conversations, doors, and the touch of things and people. We delete most of it to live with some semblance of order, and the reshuffling of memory goes on until we die.

BarbaraBB This book 🩷🩷🩷 4mo
Leniverse @BarbaraBB It will for sure be on my 2024 favourites list. I wasn't ready for the shock of Part 2 😢 This book hits hard! 4mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll never forget that, so unexpected. Also I love the artworks her characters create! 4mo
Leniverse @BarbaraBB Yes! And they're so well described, I can really visualise the exhibitions. 4mo
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This was exactly as good as I thought it would be.
Grief. Guilt. Wasted opportunities. Redemption through personal growth and vengeance. Great one liners.

Ok, it was a bit over the top with the action movie villains, but whatever, I loved it. I even got really emotional at the end.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one! 4mo
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#weekendreads
The Stand is an on and on-going read. 😅
Razor Blade Tears is due back to the library on Monday ⏳
The ridiculous Ilona Andrews title is a fun sized reprieve from the heaviness of the other two. 😄 🧹

@rachelsbrittain

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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I'm sure I haven't caught half the name jokes in this book, but that one's kinda on the nose. It seems... a bit weird, for a book where the theme is racial (in)justice. 🤨

Ruthiella Oh, the pun is intentional for sure. Just like Agent Hind whose first name can be shortened to Herbie. (edited) 4mo
Leniverse @Ruthiella Yes, everybody stares at her when she says her name is Herbie, but I don't get what the joke is. 😂 It's like when the two MBI agents come across Hot Mama Yeller and they give each other a WTF look. I'm like that with every name in the book. 😆 I mean, Helvetica Quip?!? Ho Chi Minh is the only one I get so far. 😅 4mo
Ruthiella Agent Hind‘s name could be understood as “her behind. 4mo
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Leniverse @Ruthiella Oh, DOH! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Can't believe that didn't click for me 😂 4mo
Leniverse @Ruthiella Or rather, I know why. I read her last name as rhyming with rind, not with find, so I didn't put it together. Thanks. 4mo
Ruthiella I didn‘t get it right away either! 😅 4mo
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Identity, sexuality, family secrets, activism, representation, culture, language. So much is packed into this (mostly) queer coming of age story following 3 gen. of American-Iranian men. We move between LA and Tehran in 1939, 1978, and 2019. I felt like some of the side-characters were a bit 2D stereotypes, but all the MCs are well done and I found all three narratives gripping. Classic YA tropes were deftly turned into something else. Recommended

Reggie Sounds fantastic. 4mo
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Geneva | Richard Armitage
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I absolutely adore Richard Armitage, and I respect his refusal to use a ghost writer, so it is with a heavy heart that I say that maybe he should have taken on a writing partner. This was... not great. I would have bailed but I needed a book set in a landlocked country. Plus RA's voice. Even when he's talking rubbish 😆 It could make an ok-ish mindless entertainment B-movie, I guess, so maybe he should have tried script writing instead.

julesG Just what I thought. 😁 4mo
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Getting a late start on my new SK project this year (due to taking January to finish off last year's project). I still hope to average one a month and get through the 24 books on my extended Dark Tower list by the end of 2025. However, this utter brick of a book will take as long as it takes! I'll catch up later.

Ruthiella Good luck! 👍 5mo
merelybookish Sounds ambitious! Good luck! 5mo
julesG What a doorstopper! Best of luck! 5mo
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sarahbarnes I really loved this book when I read it. 5mo
Reggie Good Luck and if you‘re interested they have the 90s original 6hr miniseries on YouTube of this book. It‘s sooo good. 5mo
Leniverse @Reggie Oh, cool! SK adaptations can be hit or miss. I'll give that a try then, when I finish the book. 5mo
Leniverse @julesG Even the abridged version is a thousand pages. 🤣 At 1400 this seems like it should be a series. But if it made sense to split it up into two or more books, then I guess they would have, instead of cutting 400 pages to keep printing costs down. 5mo
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The short story collection that gave us Brokeback Mountain. And what a bleak bunch it is. Although some of the stories have a bit of humour to them, they're basically showing how many ways you can die by disaster or misadventure in Wyoming. Makes for great reading, but it is definitely not selling Wyoming as a place I'd want to live, or visit, or even pass through 😆

julesG 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
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Numbers | Scholastic
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My #ReadYourKindle selection. Looking forward to @CBee drawing the numbers for February. 😁

CBee 20 was my fave of 2023!! 5mo
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In Memoriam | Alice Winn
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Started this last night and so far it is more than living up to the hype! Finally. I feel like I've gone in with too high expectations on a lot of books lately.
Plan for the afternoon and evening: Finish the whole book so it will count as my "Best of January".

Deblovestoread One of my favorites from last year. It sticks with you. 5mo
TrishB Loved it ♥️ 5mo
squirrelbrain I was planning on starting this last weekend, but didn‘t get round to it. Maybe this coming weekend…. 🤞 5mo
Leniverse @squirrelbrain It reads very quickly! I thought for sure you had read it already though. It's one of those books that it seems everyone was reading last year, I was feeling left out 😂 5mo
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Close Range | Annie Proulx
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Found in a charity shop. Weirdly it doesn't have an ISBN-number, just a CN-number. Supposedly used for book club books etc? There's nothing else to indicate it though, just published by QPD (Quality Paperbacks Direct, London) by arrangement with Fourth Estate Limited.

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I did a Stephen King per month last year (although I got delayed and finished up in January).
Favourite: The Green Mile. Probably followed by Different Seasons.
Least favourite: If it Bleeds. I didn't dislike it, but it was the weakest and least memorable of the bunch.

BarkingMadRead Green Mile is so so good! 5mo
Leniverse @BarkingMadRead Definitely! I'm not putting together a Best of 2023 list, but if I did Green Mile would be on it. 5mo
BarkingMadRead I originally read it when it was coming out serial style. So obnoxious having to wait to read each installment 🤣 5mo
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Leniverse @BarkingMadRead I actually paced myself, to get the serial experience 😂 I waited, not a full week because I was only supposed to spend a month on it, but a few days between each section. 5mo
BarkingMadRead That‘s amazing! 5mo
Leniverse @BarkingMadRead To be fair, I have seen the movie, years ago, so I pretty much knew what was coming. Otherwise I don't think I'd have managed to wait. 5mo
TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 5mo
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Pickpick

I wasn't in a rush to read this because I thought the third book was weak and maybe the series ought to come to an end before it becomes actually bad, you know? Very happy to find that not only is book 4 much better, it might actually be the best one yet. Looking forward to further murders now.

TrishB This one definitely stepped up! 5mo
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Flabbergasted: A Novel | Ray Blackston
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To be published in July. Good to know I can still be surprised, because I did not expect this collaboration ???‍?

"Deftly combining the blockbuster instincts of Keanu Reeves with the cerebral literary style of China Mieville, The Book of Elsewhere tells the compelling story of US special forces operative B through two intertwining plot strands."

RaeLovesToRead It's like when Shaggy teamed up with Sting... 🤯 5mo
AlaMich I was a bit taken aback by this collab my self. 5mo
Leniverse @RaeLovesToRead 🤣 🤣🤣 5mo
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TrishB I‘m hoping for a book signing tour. 5mo
Megabooks That does sound like an interesting collaboration! 5mo
Leniverse @TrishB Ok, yes, that would be something 😂 5mo
julesG @TrishB I would queue for this 5mo
TrishB @julesG I‘ll save you a space! 5mo
julesG @TrishB perfect. I'll bring tea and a folding chair. 🤣🤣 5mo
batsy Omg, how did I not know about this? @TrishB yes please and it needs to be a global tour 😁🤞🏾 5mo
TrishB @batsy I think I‘ll volunteer to be tour manager! 5mo
Leniverse Ok, so it appears that they are not so much writing it together as China Mieville has written a novelisation of Keanu's graphic novel series BRZRKR. Which I also hadn't heard of. @RaeLovesToRead @AlaMich @TrishB @Megabooks @julesG 5mo
RaeLovesToRead So more like Sting singing Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" at a wedding? 5mo
Leniverse @RaeLovesToRead 😆🤣 Now I'm getting flashbacks to Sting, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans performing the I'll Be Missing You/Every Breath You Take mashup. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead I... have not seen this. But I shall be googling it 5mo
Leniverse @RaeLovesToRead It was a memorial to Notorious B.I.G at the MTV awards. Before your time. But yes, watch it. It's like... supposed to be super sad but I challenge you not to laugh when P Diddy starts dancing. Or even just at his 90s pose and white suit. 5mo
julesG The Firstborn read the GN and wasn't impressed. He'd give it 2.5/5 stars. 5mo
Leniverse @julesG I keep coming back to the question of why China Mieville has done this. He must have seen something in the GN that made him excited about the project. 🤨 5mo
julesG The name of the co-author? 5mo
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The Fraud | Zadie Smith
Mehso-so

There were parts of this book that I really liked, but it didn't seem like Zadie Smith could quite decide which (or whose) story she wanted to tell. Halfway through we get a digression (or is it the main event?) that spans 1/3 of the book. The characters and plot seem less important than the message:
We are all frauds in some sense, whether we are actual imposters or find that we are going against our principles.

Caroline2 Argh that‘s disappointing as I have the Waterstones hardback of this but I‘ve heard a few people say the same as you! (I have to stop impulse buying Waterstones hardbacks already!!!) 5mo
Leniverse @Caroline2 To be fair, I almost pre-ordered it myself. It sounded really good. But yes, Waterstones hardbacks, especially the exclusive ones, are an insidious business idea. They're so tempting 😅 5mo
Leniverse @Caroline2 Hopefully you get on better with it. But I didn't dislike it or regret reading it, I just think it was trying to do too much and ended up doing too little. 5mo
Caroline2 “An insidious business idea” 😂 pah!! 😂 I‘m gonna try realllly hard to not buy so many this year….. 5mo
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The Fraud | Zadie Smith
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This confuses me. I wonder if this was actually in the court documents from the Tichborne case or if Zadie Smith made it up. In Victorian literature wealthy people marry their first cousins ALL THE TIME in order to keep the property in the family, and also because it afforded some safety and familiarity (literally) for the woman. And literature aside, it wasn't uncommon in real life either. It didn't become taboo until after WW1.

Caroline2 I think it was Darwin who first introduced the notion of how dangerous marrying cousins can be for offspring from studying pigeons. His daughter died young and he was devastated and blamed himself for marrying his cousin. Or so I heard… 5mo
Leniverse @Caroline2 Could very well be. Makes sense that they wouldn't have known before he conducted his studies! 5mo
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