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Mcoun

Mcoun

Joined May 2016

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Justine by Lawrence Durrell
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Testimony by Scott Turow
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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
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Mehso-so

It was an interesting concept to tie a group of writers to the history of their writing retreat. But, I just don‘t think it worked well. There was a lot of supernatural activity that was really hard to follow and the book was entirely too long.

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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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Oh boy, was this ever a slow burn to an unexpected ending!

andrew61 Put me off sledging for life! 4mo
Liz_M I loved this book -- the ending was so much more tragic/awful than what I expected! 3mo
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Jude the Obscure | Thomas Hardy
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Amazing writing, but what a terribly sad book! Just when you think it can‘t possibly get worse for Jude and Sue, it does.

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Ivanhoe | Walter Scott, Sir
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This was such a tough book to finish. The change in storylines made it hard to keep track of the characters and I was irritated that the title character Ivanhoe was only a minor character until almost the end of the book. I loved the character of Rebecca, though. I think she was really the star of the book!

tournevis I didn't mind it at all, and loved the book as a teen, so I'm thinking translation made it better. 4mo
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Still Alice | Lisa Genova
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I love Lisa Genova‘s books, because you get the perspective of the person with the illness. This story of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer‘s Disease was a tough read for me. I just felt her pain going through this. Still a 5-star book for me though.

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Faceless Killers | Henning Mankell
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I need to read more Scandinavian crime novels, because every time I do I enjoy them. They have a lot of depth and the mysteries are complex. This one also reminded me that anti-immigration sentiment is an issue everywhere and seems to return often in history.

myellenbee I really like the books by Arnaldur Indridason which take place in Iceland, another author from Iceland is Yrsa Sigurdardottir the one I've read is I Remember You: A Ghost story. And of course The 100 Year-Old Man Who Crawled Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. 8mo
Mcoun Thanks for the recommendations, @myellenbee! 8mo
myellenbee I tried Jo Nesbo's the Snowman, it was a bit too intense for me. 8mo
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Satire at its finest! This isn‘t the book for everyone, but there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Dolphins rock!

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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The tale of a family in the years leading up to and during the civil war in Nigeria in the 1960s. This is not a story for the faint of heart, as it spares nothing in its descriptions of what it‘s like to live in a war zone.

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Fathers and Sons | Ivan Turgenev
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This was not my favorite Russian classic, but it had some moments that made it worth reading.

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After months on the wait list, I was finally able to read this. Although much of the book was not new and had already been reported in the media, I‘m glad I was able to read it myself and draw my own conclusions. Bob Woodward does his usually thorough job, but I couldn‘t help but feel that he went for the sensationalism in some places. Overall, though I think it was well-done.

riversong153 I‘m waiting to be far from the Trump presidency before reading anything about it 😩😩 8mo
Mcoun Actually, @riversong153, I think it came out too soon. If yesterday‘s news is any indication, there is going to be sooo much more to write about! 8mo
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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I should know better than to give up on Dickens. About 2/3rds of the way through this book, I was ready to bail. It just didn‘t capture my attention. Then all of a sudden, everything picked up and all the threads started to be tied together. I couldn‘t put it down at that point. I would not say this is my favorite Dickens, but it ended with a solid 4. As always, there are some memorable characters: Pip, Miss Havisham, Mr. Jaggers, Magwitch.

Anna40 Felt the same way about David Copperfield. Even though the first page is already pretty cool:) 9mo
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I loved this book! It was a sad, sad story, even more so because it was based on a true story. But, the ending was beautiful. I highly recommend this one.

jenniferajanes I really want to read this book! I keep hearing great things about it! 8mo
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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An enjoyable parody of stories about rural life popular in the 30‘s. The characters are all memorable and there is even a happy ending.

Laura317 The movie is pretty good, too. 10mo
Mcoun @Laura317, I‘ll have to see if I can find it. 10mo
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Although the movie was slightly different, the message of redemption is still the same. It got a bit long in parts, but overall I still enjoyed it.

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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
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I knew a little bit about this book and I wasn‘t sure I would like it. But, it‘s Dostoevsky, so I had to give it a shot. Wow, what a psychological trip that was! Seeing the crime and its aftermath through the eyes of the criminal provides a unique perspective.

TheAnitaAlvarez Dostoevsky is fantastic! 💙 11mo
RaimeyGallant Good for you for finishing it. I might try again someday. 11mo
Mcoun Oh, @RaimeyGallant, it is worth it! 11mo
MaGoose I read it about 40 years ago. I'll have to put it on my TBR list and read it again someday. 9mo
Graywacke It was a while ago, but I had the same experience - the, Will I even like this... whoa 8mo
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Candide | Voltaire
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A classic satire that is a quick read. I‘m sure some of the jokes were lost on my modern brain, but there was still some obvious absurdity that was quite funny. I am looking forward to seeing the Leonard Bernstein musical later this year.

MaGoose I read it about 25 years ago and wasn't really a fan. 9mo
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Much better than either of the Blade Runner movies, this short novel has many dimensions to it. A very dark tale of a future earth where most species besides humans have become extinct and androids have been developed that are almost indistinguishable from humans.

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Bleak House | Charles Dickens
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This book was a slow burn. Nearly 900 pages long and it wasn‘t until about 400 pages in that the story started to pick up, even though there were little hints dropped all along the way. But, I‘m glad I took the advice of other Littens and stuck with it. Once all the pieces started to fall in place, it was hard to stop reading. I was reminded of Tom Jones, which was similarly long and had a lot of characters and subplots.

Aimeesue I'm currently reading this with a group, in serial, so we read the same # of chapters each week as they were originally published, then talk about that instalment. When i was behind one week, i check LibriVox to see what recordings they had. Version 3, read by Mil Nicholson is absolutely brilliant. The range of different voices she does is truly astounding. Shes done most of the other Dickens novels, too. 13mo
TelevisionNeighbor I have this on my shelf to read soon...hopefully. 13mo
rwmg The bbc's tv serialisation was also excellent 13mo
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1. I donate books unless I think I may re-read them.
2. I read from a variety of genres.
3. Yep, just books.

SilversReviews Thanks for playing. I donate and share. 😊 13mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Readathon final - better than I expected. Sleep and family won out over reading🙁. Finished 1 book, got halfway through another and started an audiobook.

Congratulations to all the readers #24in48

TrishB Well done 👏🏻 13mo
Reggie That‘s still great!!! Good job!! 13mo
Jess7 🎉📚🤗 13mo
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DGRachel Sleep always wins for me! 13mo
tammysue Yay! 👏🏻🙌🏻💜 13mo
Mcoun Thank you, @TrishB, @Reggie, and @Jess7! 13mo
Mcoun @DGRachel, yes, it usually does for me too! 13mo
Librarybelle Good job! 13mo
GypsyKat You did great!!! 🎉🎉📚📚⏱ 13mo
Mcoun Thank you, @LibraryBelle and @GypsyKat! (edited) 13mo
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Bleak House | Charles Dickens
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Alas, I will not quite be able to make it to 24 hours. I guess I will just relax and read as much as I can today.

#24in48

Johanna414 That‘s about where I am too. Better than nothing! 13mo
Allydanielle88 That's where I'm at too. I'm just going to get as far as I can, and have a relaxing day of reading. 13mo
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Cain / Cain | Jos Saramago
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Into my 6th hour of reading and finished my first book. This is a quirky satire about Cain time-traveling through various Biblical events, in true Saramago form. My favorite scene was when the unicorn missed getting on the ark.

“Contrary to popular belief, the future is already written, it‘s just that we don‘t know how to read the page it‘s written on...”

#24in48

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Cain / Cain | Jos Saramago
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Took a break to have breakfast with my sibs. Although I‘m enjoying Dickens‘ Bleak House, I need a break, so I‘m moving to Saramago for a bit.

Hubby keeps interrupting me too! 🙁

#24in48

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Bleak House (UK) | Charles Dickens
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I have to stop for a bit, but I will be back later.

#24in48

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Lauram Me too! Who‘s going to arrange a Litsy Meetup here? 13mo
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I found this to be a very ordinary post-apocalyptic novel. It was written in the 50‘s, so I‘m guessing it has inspired others. Nonetheless, it was a quick read and still enjoyable.

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Barabbas | Par Lagerkvist
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I think this book would best be described as existentialism. It reminded me a lot of Camus‘ The Stranger. The fictional story revolves around Barabbas, the criminal who was released so Jesus could be crucified, and what happened to him after the crucifixion. It‘s a short novel (about 80 pages), translated from Swedish, and can easily be read in one sitting.

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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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I don‘t watch reality TV and I found this to be a very interesting portrayal of how much of a show reality TV is. It was a fascinating story that was well-told from three different points of view.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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Excellent book! I highly recommend it. Definitely was not anticipating the twist at the end. I also recommend reading the Author‘s Note at the end. It answered a lot of my questions about why she wrote this book.

tammysue Really enjoyed this 💛 14mo
BooknerdsLife Oh...Putting it on my never ending the list now! 😄 13mo
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Against the Day | Thomas Pynchon
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Alas, I give up! There are far too many good books waiting for me to continue slogging through 900+ pages that I just don‘t get. Like Ulysses, this book will have to go back to the shelf. Maybe another day...

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2666: A Novel | Roberto Bolao, Natasha Wimmer
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This was a long, very tough read, centered around the disappearances and deaths of several hundred women in St. Teresa, a fictional town in Mexico near the U.S. border in the 90s. It was incredibly gruesome, particularly part 4, and I didn‘t think the gore added to the story. I found part 5 to be the most interesting in the way it tied all the previous parts together.

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I love multigenerational family sagas! This one by a German author did not disappoint. It actually reads a little bit like a 19th century novel - sometimes, a bit too long, but enjoyable on the whole.

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American Rust: A Novel | Philipp Meyer
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I liked this book better than The Son. It is a depressing story, set in a small town in Pennsylvania, after the steel mills have closed. But, there are some deep messages about hope, loyalty, and friendship.

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A Hero of Our Time | Mikhail Lermontov
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Oh, you 19th century Russian authors! You never fail to deliver a dark tale with lots of deep philosophical musing.

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The Woman Upstairs | Claire Messud
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I feel about this book the same way I felt after reading The Emperor‘s Children. It kept me engaged for the most part, although there were parts where I felt it dragged on unnecessarily. In the end, I had very little sympathy for Nora, who was gullible in her neediness.

8little_paws Ditto 1y
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Oh, George Orwell you are brilliant! I loved this book!

GarthRanzz Such a great novel! His best! 1y
DebinHawaii I had that same book edition. 📚❤️ 1y
Melwilk Great book! 1y
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Unseen | Karin Slaughter
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This was a good keep-you-on-the-edge of your seat thriller. I haven‘t read anything else in this series, but I would read another one.

MinnieDaMoocher I love Karin Slaughter, everything I've read of hers has had me hooked 1y
MidnightBookGirl Love her books! 1y
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Fascinating account of inquisitions throughout history and how the principles developed during these historical periods have carried into the modern day.

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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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Delightfully funny 😄. A modern day Don Quixote.

Reviewsbylola Soooo good. 1y
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Crossing Over: One Woman's Escape from Amish Life | Ruth Irene Garrett, Rick Farrant
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The true story of a woman who leaves her Amish community to marry and is excommunicated. The majority of the book is about her life after leaving. I found myself wanting to know more about what it was like before she left.

Aleida Read Beverly Lewis. 1y
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TransAtlantic: A Novel | Colum McCann
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This novel crossed multiple historical periods all the way to the present. The non-sequential jumps in timeframe made this book hard for me to read.

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Congratulations, @Jess7 ! And thanks for doing a giveaway!

#77777giveaway

Jess7 Thanks for entering ! 1y
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Red Moon: A Novel | Benjamin Percy
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A political allegory with werewolves that has a lot of layers to it. It will keep me thinking for awhile. I‘m not usually a fan of werewolf or vampire stories, but this one drew me in right away. Warning: it‘s pretty gory in places!

KathyWheeler I watch werewolf movies but rarely read werewolf books. This one, however, was great! 1y
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Black Otter Bay | Vincent Wyckoff
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This was a debut novel by a guy from my neighborhood that is set in my favorite place on earth the North Shore of Lake Superior. I would highly recommend it if you are a fan of cozy mysteries, even though it isn‘t really classified as such. Great characters and action. My only complaint was that it was a little long.

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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I found this the most difficult of Toni Morrison‘s novels to read. A lot of shifting back and forth in time made it hard to follow. I may need to come back and read it again sometime.

Cortg I read this a couple years ago. I did not enjoy reading it until I finished it and the realized I really loved it. Things Fall Apart did the same thing to me. Weird. 2y
LikelyLibrarian I love Toni Morrison, but I found this one difficult too. I‘ve picked it up and put it down a couple of times. I may try it on audio... 2y
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Anne Frank: The Biography | Melissa Muller, Rita Kimber
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This biography filled in a lot of the historical details surrounding Anne Frank‘s diary. I highly recommend it for a deeper understanding of the Holocaust.

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#friyayintro

1. Figure skating
2. Barbara Kingsolver
3. March
4. The Post

@jesshowbooks

WhatDeeReads How was that? I love Meryl and all, but I feel like I‘ve had my fill of her recreating powerful women on screen. 2y
DebbieGrillo Loved The Post 2y
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Anagrams | Lorrie Moore
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I‘m not totally sure what I think about this book. It is sad, clever, and surprising, all at once. Dancing between reality and imagination, you are never totally sure where you are.

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An enjoyable little adventure story with lots of twists and turns.

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A Room With A View | E.M. Forster
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A satire on Edwardian society in the vein of Jane Austen. With the exception of Mr. Emerson, who I really enjoyed, I found the other characters uninteresting. Maybe that was the point? I‘m not sure.