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MandaChittles

Joined June 2016

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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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Captivating throughout. Australian poverty, drugs, prison, literature, mystery, addressing big questions like “What makes a good man?” And a splash of fantasy (although I don‘t think fantasy is a good enough descriptor).... all set in my neighbouring suburbs so very familiar. I‘ll be recommending this one to everyone and reading Dalton‘s newspaper columns.
#bookstagram #aussiebooks #aussieliterature #read #readinglife #aussiesrule2019

Blaire Where in Australia? My uncle lives in Melbourne. Going to recommend this to him. 5mo
MandaChittles @Blaire - south Western suburbs of Brisbane. 5mo
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Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Book haul from the Lifeline Bookfair - $23 for this lot. Sorry you‘re upside down Allison Pearson!

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Rissreads Bahahaaaa! Your doomed! You wanna hope you live a very long life! 🤣 5mo
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First book of 2019! A space voyage romp with a motley crew. If you enjoy tv shows Firefly & Star Trek (the modern ones) this will be in your wheelhouse. Same sex, inter-species and tech/human relationships were refreshing to see on the page and will also easily tick off one of your reading challenges!

Carolyn11215 I adored this book and can‘t wait to read the rest of the series!! 5mo
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I devoured this in two days. The only reason this is impressive is because I have toddlers and a job 😂 But I was completely invested in each character. I loved their stories. I loved their faults. I cried for them. I cried with them. This one is going to hang around with me for a while.

Kelleyisreading It was so good!! I‘m intrigued the boy wasn‘t given a name by the author and somehow think that was quite clever. 8mo
MandaChittles @Kelleyisreading - I didn‘t even realise this until after I‘d finished the novel. 8mo
MandaChittles @Kelleyisreading - you think it means no one ever really knew him or understood him? 8mo
Kelleyisreading @MandaChittles Perhaps! I was wondering if she was trying to ensure that the boy wasn‘t the main character. Well he was, but not really. His memory was but the real story seemed to be how others perceived him and how he brought them all together. 8mo
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I had a solid crack at this novel and made it past the halfway mark but had to return it to the library after about 9 weeks. The writing has an ‘old school‘ English literature feel to it which I don‘t mind. I enjoyed meeting the quirky characters, including the fantasy creatures which I had no trouble suspending my disbelief to engage with. Ultimately there was something lacking in the relationships and the storyline that discouraged my investment

DivineDiana I have watched the TV series on Netflix and absolutely loved it! There has been only one season, and I desperately want to know what happens! But such a chunkster! 😉 8mo
MandaChittles @DivineDiana - I will see if it‘s on Australian Netflix! I can see how it would work on television!! 8mo
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Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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The Nazi‘s have invaded France and suffering prevails. Some embrace the invaders and the small amount of power and comfort this affords, others fight back. The costs are heavy. This book introduced me to so much I didn‘t know: the German concentration camps for female French rebels, the brutality and sheer indoctrination of ‘good‘ Germans and the overarching fear that grips EVERYONE. This one left me sobbing and I appreciated the female view.

DebReads4fun Great review! 9mo
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Not the genre I usually go for but the good reviews tipped me over. Essentially killer mermaid type creatures from the darkest depths of the remotest part of the Pacific Ocean hunt humans on board a fancy ship. There‘s enough scientific explanation in it to get a non-science person (me) to believe that these things could exist. It read like a YA novel to me and had enough suspense to keep me turning the pages.

jillannjohn Sounds weird. I‘m stacking! 😂 10mo
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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
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Margaret Mitchell broke my heart in the final chapters of this book. I think I‘m still in shock....

jillannjohn One of my all time favs! 11mo
MandaChittles @jillannjohn - I can see why!!! Also an eye opener for me regarding war in the South, the KKK, cotton plantations and slavery 😯 11mo
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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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The last US election was one of the most bizarre experiences I‘ve witnessed as an adult. I‘m thankful to do so from the other side of the planet! Such a complex range of factors impacting the end result: foreign interference, domestic interference, cyber security, media, biased media, private information that shouldn‘t have been published and other information that should have. May the world learn from this experience!! An eye opener for me!

JHSiess Nov. 8. 2016 = the most shockingly disappointing night of my life. I don't even have words. It was my mother's 100th birthday & I thought we would be honoring her memory by electing our 1st female Pres. Instead, it was the beginning of a nightmare & our Democracy is in peril. I lived through Watergate. I thought it couldn't ever be worse. How naive. This makes Watergate look like amateur hour. 😢 🇺🇸 11mo
Tashreads I was heartbroken- and I‘m not even American!! 11mo
Karkar I wish I was on the other side of the world with you, instead of living through this trash fire of an administration. 11mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Karkar Me too! What I wouldn't give to be on the other side of the world some days currently. 11mo
Mcoun @JHSiess, yes, it does! 11mo
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How Hard Can It Be? | Allison Pearson
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An absolute hoot. Love the witty, clever banter of the main character, particularly her inner monologue.
Some elements I struggled to believe, handsome millionaire please???? But overall I could believe the daily grind of survival and so pleased to see this perspective being published.

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Bought a beautiful copy tonight ❤️

LikelyLibrarian Pretty! 12mo
CrowCAH I love this edition; the cover has a funky feel! 12mo
nerdymsft 😍😍 12mo
Liz_M Oooh, I like it a lot! What is the publisher or ISBN? 12mo
Becker I have several of these editions and I love them 11mo
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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My op-shop book haul.
I‘ve had one attempt at Lincoln in the Bardo before but struggled with it in digital format on my phone... I loved Tenth of December - my favourite book of 2018 so far so I‘m crossing my fingers that LITB is just as good!!

Caroline2 I bailed on Lincoln but I loved Wild! 👍🏻 12mo
BookishMe Wild got me hooked on everything PCT! 12mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I think Lincoln would be much easier to read in real book form - give it a shot! Also, Wild is amazing. Good stuff!!! (edited) 12mo
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Jeg I loved Lincoln but could not get into the Shack! 😊 12mo
MandaChittles @Jeg I hear the movie ‘The Shack‘ is really strange! 12mo
SledgeReader I struggled with Lincoln. Good luck! 12mo
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The Light Between Oceans | M. L. Stedman
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I‘m sobbing, rubbing my eyes to get through the final pages. This is heart breaking! What a tale to bring to life.
#aussiesrule2018

MellieAntoinette Oh but didn‘t you just love this book?! So memorable! 12mo
Jeg Wonderful book. 12mo
MandaChittles @MellieAntoinete - 5 stars from me! I haven‘t had a good cry like that in ages!!! Ugly, sobbing, crying... 😂 12mo
Mamashep So. Sad. 12mo
SledgeReader Loved it! 12mo
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Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
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I love Ove and would dearly love to meet him. Maybe cook him a meal and ask him to fix my dodgy light fittings. I find myself worrying about him even when I‘ve finished reading for the day. After Ove and Beartown I‘ve become a huge Backman fan... barely suspending disbelief, effortlessly engaged with the story, invested in the characters. Bravo to you Sir!

TheBookAddict I had the same happen to me. When I would stop reading I would find myself thinking about Ove and hoping he was still ok. So any free time I had was spent reaching out for the book and trying to make sure that he was still ok. This book made me cry, laugh, and angry. A lovely book. 13mo
Dragon Found this book at the used booksale. Looking forward to reading it! 👍🐉 13mo
emmaturi I am reading one of his books Britt - Marie Was Here so far so good! 13mo
KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 12mo
N8ure love Backman! 11mo
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Wake in Fright | Kenneth Cook
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Well this is pretty grim so far....
The dark side of remote Australia. A solid reflection of harsh people living on harsh land.. #aussiesrule2018

CarolynM I had to read this at school - it's a classic, apparently. I HATED it!! 1y
JennyM I only just saw the tv series at Christmas. 1y
KimHM If this doesn‘t work for you but you‘re still interested in dark Australia, may I suggest Janette Turner Hospital‘s Oyster. It‘s profound but also exciting and beautifully written. One of my favorite novels ever. 1y
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MandaChittles @KimHM - thanks for the recommendation! 1y
MandaChittles @JennyM - was it good? 1y
JennyM @MandaChittles it was ok. Was on channel 10. Hope you‘re enjoying it. 1y
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Jasper Jones | Craig Silvey
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All the feels of an Australian country town, the honourable, the racist, the evil and thunderous rain on tin roofs. I thoroughly enjoyed this one although Silvey sometimes took his time getting to the crux of the matter. Very believable. #aussiesrule2018

Jeg I read this a while ago. Loved it. 1y
LeeRHarry Loved this one too 😊 1y
Sue Nice! I need to read this one! 1y
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Gone with the Wind | Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
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Aaaaannndddd I‘ve just been introduced to Scarlet O‘Hara for the first time. I‘m 33 - why did it take me so long to get here?
#yearofthechunkster

Rachbb3 ❤❤ 1y
emilyhaldi So good!! Enjoy ❤️❤️ 1y
Ash.on.the.line I‘m reading this for the first time right now too! 💜 1y
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MandaChittles @Ash.on.the.line - it‘s a huge book but reads really quickly! 1y
Ash.on.the.line My exact thoughts! 1y
AmyG I envy all of you reading for the first time.❤️ 1y
Mdargusch On my top 10 list of all time favorites! Swoon. 💕 1y
azulaco She is such a piece of work. Enjoy the read. Try not to be too shocked by the casual racism. 😟 Honestly, this book is as interesting from a sociological point of view as it is from a storytelling point of view. 1y
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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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Phenomenal read. I can‘t stop thinking about it....

DivineDiana I felt the same way! 😲 1y
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I love this movie but didn‘t really love the book....

AmyG I love this movie, too. Probably better than the book but only because of Meryl Streep. 1y
kathedron I agree! Meryl Streep is brilliant (no surprises there!) and I thought Amy Adams's Julie was a more sympathetic character than she comes across in the book. 1y
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Oh to be as intelligent and witty as Mary North! A girl can dream.
I enjoyed the dialogue throughout this one. It was fast, sharp and engaging. Although set in WWII there wasn‘t any depth or detail to the war or the complexities of how it came to be. No insight into the Nazis, atrocities, camps etc. This is more a take on the war from affluent British society. A messy love triangle, a criticism of class. Mostly fun with an underwhelming ending.

Aims42 I loved this book too!! 1y
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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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Shamsie‘s novel list reads like a poem. ❤️

BookNAround Salt and Saffron was the first one I read. It was beautiful. 1y
Andrew65 I own Burnt Shadows and need to read it. 1y
Lindy @Andrew65 👍It‘s a great book. 1y
Andrew65 @Lindy Good to know 😊 1y
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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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After almost every short story in this collection my heart is racing and I need to take a few deep breaths... How does Saunders imagine these ideas? And then present them so uniquely? I can‘t believe what I‘m reading... I‘m so pleased to have found this.

CarolynM Many of these stories made me really angry. He is a very good writer. 1y
MandaChittles @CarolynM - so good! Impressive stuff! He also wrote Lincoln in the Bardo - which gets rave reviews! 1y
emilyhaldi I don‘t normally like short stories but I loved this book!!! 1y
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Duggan!!!! 😦

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Tenth of December: Stories | George Saunders
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Any parents out there? This quote resonated with me. As have the short stories I‘ve read so far in this collection.

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Underground Airlines | Ben H. Winters
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Just coming up for air after finishing this. It‘s grim, gruesome, heart wrenching and leaves you on the edge of your seat. It is absolutely believable. Winters created an alternative reality where slavery still exists and it is brutal. I wouldn‘t be surprised if this is made into a film. I would watch it.

Zelma I thought this was very underrated. It‘s quite good. 1y
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Winter in Madrid | C. J. Sansom
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Lifeline Bookfest Book haul. A couple from Madrid - my last home city and a few that have been on my ‘to read‘ list for far too long! #needmoretime #yearofthechunkster

Cinfhen Pretty spines 💗great haul 1y
Libby1 Winter in Madrid is really good. 1y
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ReadingOver50 Owen Meany was amazing! 1y
MandaChittles @ReadingOver50 - better than Garp? 1y
Joanne1 That is an awesome book haul. 1y
AmyG @MandaChittles YES...better than Garp. 1y
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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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Call me Ishmael! I conquered Moby Dick and lived to tell the tale!! What a beast of a book! It took an Ahab effort (or just plain lunacy) to finish it. But here I am, equally reminiscing the beautiful passages throughout the novel and the many things they could mean and the detailed references! Melville was a genius. I‘m baffled by his knowledge base.

Libby1 I hope to read this one this year, too. Well done! 1y
MandaChittles @Libby1 - a bucket list read for me. It‘s been on the shelf for years 😐 1y
Blaire Yay!! I conquered this on my last maternity leave...skimmed a bit here and there but overall really liked it and totally understand why it endures as a classic. Tho my favorite Melville remains the short story 1y
MandaChittles @Blaire - I‘ve never heard of it! And yay for mat leave reading! 1y
Blaire @MandaChittles we read it in high school English. It‘s about a clerk who decides he doesn‘t want to do his job anymore and when asked why simply answers “I prefer not to.” It has always stuck with me. (edited) 1y
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12 Aussie Books! http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2016/02/12-books-e... - I enjoyed a few on this list - but wasn‘t a fan of Narrow Road to the Deep North. #aussiesrule2018

Joanne1 I've read some of these, Picnic at Hanging Rock totally creeped me out as a 14 year old. 1y
CarolynM I adore My Brilliant Career. I read it over and over again when I was a teenager. Loved the film too. 1y
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LeeRHarry Jasper Jones! I 💕 Jeffrey! 😊 1y
Joanne1 @LeeRHarry so spider hat or penis fingers (I'm really hoping you get this reference if you're a Jeffrey fan!). 1y
LeeRHarry @Joanne1 oh decisions decisions! 😂 1y
MandaChittles I picked up A Fraction of the Whole at the Lifeline Bookfest today 😊 1y
Sue Decent list, but a shame it‘s so white. I would have loved to see Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe or anything by Kim Scott included. 1y
BookishMe Great list to check out. This is my choice for #LitWorld2018GB 1y
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Great finds at my local op shop!!
I picked up the Allende novels after listening to her interview by Roxanne Coady: https://player.fm/series/just-the-right-book-with-roxanne-coady/isabel-allende-f...
Anyone a fan?

Marchpane Love Roxanne's podcast 👍 Also, you found Norse Mythology at an op shop??? So impressed with your finds! 1y
MandaChittles @Marchpane - only $2!!! 😊 1y
Marchpane Omg 😲 1y
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Zelma I haven‘t read a lot of Allende yet, but I loved Daughter of Fortune. 👍 1y
MandaChittles @Zelma - I had never heard of her before Coady‘s podcast... looking forward to starting. 1y
MandaChittles @Dragon - I‘m a huge fan of the movie but never got to the novel... 1y
LeeRHarry I loved Allende's autobiography 1y
LeeRHarry @MandaChittles thats a steal for $2! 1y
MandaChittles @LeeRHarry - yeeesss!! I managed to find Tana French last time as well. 1y
LeeRHarry @MandaChittles great op shop!!! 1y
Dragon I would also suggest you read Julia‘s book ( the movie is based on both books) 1y
LaurenAsh I love anything Allende! 1y
minkyb Great titles! 1y
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Bookfest: An Introduction to Children's Literature | Carol Lynch-Brown, Carl M. Tomlinson
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@Marchpane can you tag the other Brisbane Litsy folk?? Anyone coming to the Lifeline Bookfest???

mdhughes72 It‘s been 30 years since I was in Brisbane for the World Expo. 1y
Marchpane @Missusb @Mischa @sue @jhullie @thesloanranger @jennym @carlie hope I didn't forget anyone! Not sure if I'll be going yet - this one crept up on me 😳how is that next weekend already? 1y
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MandaChittles @Marchpane - I still have a huge stack of books to read from the last one! 1y
Marchpane Same! I need to do a clear out and re-donate some back to lifeline- it's the circle of life 😂 1y
Sue I will be there! You can find some gems! 1y
Sue @mdhughes72 where did the time go? I was a 15 year old high school kid back then. Our school band played for the opening (and maybe the closing) - I think all the Brisbane schools with bands were there. 1y
Jhullie My TBR pile is sadly low so I think I might pop along... 1y
Carlie I love the bookfest. Can't wait 😀 1y
JennyM I hope to be there! Too tempting 😄 1y
MandaChittles I‘ve also picked up some great books from the RSPCA Op Shops! 1y
TheSloanRanger I'm limiting myself to the records section - I have way too many books to be working through as it is! 1y
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Anyone been through this list?!?!?

MandaChittles I just realised mine is the 2006 edition!! 1y
Yossarian I‘m more interested in the books you must read AFTER you die! 1y
MandaChittles @Yossarian — I‘ve never thought of that 😂 - it‘s not an actual book is it? 1y
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brilliantglow I have a sheet included in my reading log workbook (in excel) to track the books from this list that I've read. 1y
MrsMalaprop Years ago when I met my husband he had this on his shelves. I have used it for inspiration at times. It‘s how I found my way to Sarah Waters 👍📚😍. 1y
MandaChittles @MrsMalaprop - I‘m surprised at how many I‘ve read just through my natural course of selecting books! @brilliantglow - you are far more organised than me! I‘ve just stuck post-it notes on the relevant pages 😂 my only real list is Goodreads 1y
brilliantglow @MandaChittles 😂😂 yeaaahhhh no post it notes in my books lol but I love excel so any reason to use it I make full utilization 1y
MandaChittles @brilliantglow - I call my husband ‘Captain excel spreadsheet‘ so I can appreciate the love 😂😂😂 1y
brilliantglow @MandaChittles lol it's such a great tool! I use it for everything 1y
sprainedbrain I‘m making my way through the list... but I‘m only at 84 right now. 😂 (edited) 1y
Yossarian @MandaChittles It is, but most people won‘t see it, and it reads like stereo instructions. 1y
BarbaraBB To keep track and to see what books are on all editions you can download the 1001 books app. Totally worth the money! 1y
MandaChittles @BarbaraBB - I must admit I did cringe at the $8 price tag 😐 1y
BarbaraBB @MandaChittles So much? It was cheaper a few years ago. I know there is also a spreadsheet with all books on it. I don‘t know where you can download it. Do you, @Liz_M ? 1y
Liz_M The excel spreadsheet is £3.49 and can be found at arukiyomi.com. Look for the link in the page header. 1y
AshleyHoss820 I‘ll be honest, the $5 I spent on the app has actually saved me money. 😄 The further you get into this rabbit hole, the better a resource the app has been for me. I own about 300 books on the list and the app keeps me from re-buying books. I don‘t count books I read before I knew about the list (I‘ve decided to re-read them) & I‘m close to 130. If you start, there‘s a lot of us to share the journey with! We‘d love to have you! 😄 1y
MandaChittles Just finished Moby Dick. Another one off the list! 1y
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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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Half way through this epic tale and I‘ve finally seen the first sperm whale be taken down. It was as brutal as I expected but I feel The North Water prepared me well. This novel is an academic‘s, historian‘s and geographer‘s delight. I am none of these :) The detailed references to ancient explorers, biblical tales, exotic islands, sea channels, shipping, whaling milieu, historical marine artists (I could go on) is truly impressive. ‘Turn to!‘

nofutureparttwo I have a tote bag with this quote on it :) 1y
MandaChittles Fantastic!! I love this quote. I was disappointed the Litsy square photo thing chopped off the last bit... 1y
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Moby Dick: bílá velryba | Melville Herman
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Taking on Moby Dick with Ishmael and Queequeg for my first read of 2018!

Bambolina_81 I love Queequeg 😊 1y
MandaChittles Me too! So far it‘s funnier than I was expecting! 1y
MandaChittles I‘m leaning towards #yearofthechunkster I have a few I‘ve been meaning to get to. The Luminaries, Gone With the Wind, Rebecca.... 1y
PurpleyPumpkin Good for you! I started this in 2016, but couldn‘t finish. But I‘ll definitely return to it at some point. Enjoy!👍🏽 1y
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Outstanding novel!!! Definitely one of my best reads of 2017. Backman gets to the core of every issue, of every feeling, of every character in every single paragraph. He had me in each moment; violent, tender, cultural, athletic, political and I could not look away. I was thinking of the characters between readings, completely invested in each of them. It‘s a difficult subject matter and Backman absolutely masters it! Bravo to you sir!!!

emilyhaldi Great review! I really need to get to this one 1y
Mdargusch I am reading this with my book club next month. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
MandaChittles @Mdargusch - great pick!! 1y
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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I‘m pretty excited about the library haul. What a great Summer holiday reading list! Now just to find the time...

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Tropic of Kansas: A Novel | Christopher Brown
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Great idea but not a great delivery. It has a very busy, disjointed structure which constantly bombards you with new information. Maybe a deliberate tactic to empathise with the characters?? It has moments of inspired phrases and suspense but not enough to carry you through the entire storyline. I had to persevere to finish this one...

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Hilarious moments through this one. Thoroughly enjoying watching a British couple attempt to integrate into Danish culture. Interesting facts to support the anecdotes and ultimately a few take homes for my own life.

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Tropic of Kansas: A Novel | Christopher Brown
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Spot the typo?? Drives me crazy!

BestDogDad Wow. Editor fail. How does that even happen?! 2y
brilliantglow That hurt to read. So bad. 2y
MandaChittles I felt like a bit of a snob posting this one - but it was such a loud error.... How many people read through a novel before publishing?? 2y
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mdhughes72 I had to read it four times before I noticed it. 1y
tpixie @mdhughes72 lol I did too!! I caught it when I wasn‘t reading it- I just looked down at it, then it POPPED out. Before that I guess my brain just kept automatically correcting it. I do hate typos though. ( not a fan of this book either- was doing a buddy read and then got behind and I tried restarting it this morning but wondering whether I really should except only have about 50 pages left to read!) 1y
MandaChittles @tpixie - it was probably one of my least favourite reads of 2017 - although I thought it was a fantastic idea! 1y
tpixie @MandaChittles totally agree! Lol and since I‘m still not done with it, I anticipate it will be my worst read of 2018 as well! 😜😝😆 1y
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Dragonfly in Amber | Bestsellers - Books USA Press
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Undoubtedly a guilty pleasure and a fun way to learn about the Scottish Highlands. I‘m also enjoying the television series where the actor that plays Jamie Fraser is very easy to look at 😂 My only complaint is that the novel was a bit long and the books only seem to get longer in the series. This is number 2 and I believe the author is up to number 9!

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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World War II - in all its gruesome horror... Concentration camps, starvation, torture, surgical experiments, gas chambers... and all the mental and physical anguish that comes with it. The audio version is narrated by three women using accents (German, Polish, French, American) which adds a whole new level of realism. This novel is captivating and impressive - my preferred way to learn about history.

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Such a subtle honesty in this novel. It sneaks up on you and then sits with you for the rest of the day.

Blaire A favorite of mine! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 2y
RebelReader Anything is Possible is even better! Love Elizabeth Strout ❤️💕💖 2y
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Elegance of the Hedgehog | Muriel Barbery
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I needed a highlighter at the ready for this one to mark all of the profound philosophical moments. So many learning moments and a fresh reminder that one‘s ‘position in society‘ does not always accurately reflect their intelligence or appreciation of beauty, art and food. At times I felt the philosophical moments prohibited my investment in the characters but I cared for them in the end.

minkyb Well said. 2y
Shadowfat You did better than me at finishing the book. I had to stop reading because of the writing style. 2y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I may or may not be hiding in different rooms of my house to avoid my infant children and secure some reading time with this novel. Amazing transitions through time in this one with chapters opening with cracking cliff hangers where you desperately want to find out how they got there.

Posemn This was a great read and it would have been tough for me to put it down in the middle of chapters. I think you may be giving your kiddos a small lesson in independence while reading this book in other rooms - always an important life skill! 😉 2y
MandaChittles @Posemn The ending really crept up on me!!! 2y
readinginthedark 😂I do this all the time with my son and husband! 2y
LadyCait84 This book was such a surprise for me...early on, I was struggling to get into it and legitimately considered setting it aside and reading something else. Then, BANG! I was suddenly super invested and desperate to see how the final chapters would unfold. 1y
MandaChittles @LadyCait84 - this was one of my 5 star reads this year! 1y
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Gaudy Night | Dorothy L. Sayers
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While I relished in the truly beautiful paragraphs in this novel and appreciated the early feminism in championing education and equality for women, I still found the read to be quite a slog. A few 100 pages too long. There were some moments of being caught up in the mystery of the 'crimes' but mostly I was not invested in the characters or their odd scenarios. I enjoyed the flirtations and love interests which had a high society British flair.

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As someone who knows next to nothing about art or the art world I was wary about this novel. But now I want to go to art galleries! I want to learn how painters from times gone by made colours. I want to know how art can be valued so highly; artistically and materially. This Aussie author somehow managed to make 17th century Dutch female painters into a page turner. Smith crosses time and country effortlessly. I'm glad to have read this!

Cinfhen This was a really good read😃 2y
MandaChittles @Cinfhen surprisingly good! I would not normally have even considered it (odd title and not my favourite subject matter) but it got rave reviews on the Australian ABC Bookclub. 2y
bedandabook What a lovely review. You've definitely made me want to read it. 2y
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Resurrection Bay | Emma Viskic
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My first Australian crime, murder mystery novel. An absolute fast-paced pleasure. Viskic adds interesting aspects to the traditional genre; the hardened PI is profoundly deaf and more dependent on sign language than he'd care to admit. His romantic partner is a strong, smart indigenous Australian woman #represent. So refreshing to have minority protagonists. I'll definitely be back for more in the series.

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Gaudy Night | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Kicking it old school with the intellectual ladies from Oxford.... I've just hit chapter three and Harriet (the mystery novelist) has just stumbled upon a 'clue' to a mystery in her real life.

Leniverse I love that book. ❤️ 2y
Leniverse Btw. If you're the type to google all Latin and literary references etc, you'll like this link. It's basically annotations for the whole book. http://planetpeschel.com/the-wimsey-annotations/gaudy-night/ 2y
batsy One of my faves 💜 I wasn't aware of the annotations, @Leniverse. Thanks for that! It's an excuse for a reread sometime soon 😊 2y
LizzyM Love these books!! 2y
MandaChittles Should I have started with this one? It was recommended by The Book Club - an Australian television series. 2y
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I have been reading these short stories on the train in the mornings and find that they follow me around for the rest of the day.Each story is so different but still manages to build suspense and leave you hanging to see how it ends. There are some real gems in here! My favourites are the title story, The Quiet, Creed and The Travellers.

MandaChittles A big thanks to @ReadingEnvy for recommending this on her podcast. It's the first book of short stories I've read since high school.... about 15 years ago! 2y
ReadingEnvy @MandaChittles I loved these!! And I'm not much of a short story reader either. 2y
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A distinctly Australian voice throughout this novel drives it forward alternating between an Aussie outback landscape and a cold British island. There is something sinister lurking in each chapter and I'm grateful for the scenery changes that give me a break from some heavy and challenging storylines. This book left me hanging with a few unanswered questions which may be clever but ultimately left me unsatisfied. Regardless, it sucked me in.

MrsMalaprop I liked this one. Can't recall the ending and whether I was satisfied by it though as I read it a while ago. 🤔 2y
Ncostell I listened to this one and really enjoyed it on audio. 2y
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