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MinnieTimperley

MinnieTimperley

Joined January 2020

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Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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This book is powerful in its exposure of the conflict between the Greeks and the Turkish in Cyprus. There is ingenuity with a central voice being given to a fig tree whom is able to observe human folly whilst themselves being uprooted and scarred by the machinations of men. The wider ecological disaster that looms for all of humanity casts a onimious shadow over the Cypriot conflict and it fallout on the lives of the central characters.

MinnieTimperley We experience short visits to 1970s and 1990s in Cyprus and England in 2010. There are some interesting characters, but we don't spend enough time with them to be fully drawn and realised. This is a rare comment to make, but the book would have benefitted from being longer to enable me to know and understand the characters better and make more of an emotional connection with them. (edited) 4w
MinnieTimperley The whole way through reading, I could not help making comparisons with Richard Powers' Overstory. Knowing that Shafak shared a Booker stage with him the same year she was on the shortlist for 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, made me think his work had inspired her exploring the world of trees, their ability to communicate and their importance. (edited) 4w
LiteraryinLawrence Awesome review! 4w
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This novella made me consider a side to social media that I had not given much thought to previously: the psychological effects on the content moderators that are employed by these organisations.

Protagonist Kayleigh is vulnerable to the manipulations of others in her personal life. Through her eyes, we witness the insipid effects of the content and judgements that she and her workmates engage in daily.

Thank you Netgallery for the opportunity

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Until the End | Derek Landy
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My eldest got to meet his favourite author today. Derek Landy really took the time to talk to his fans.

Moony Wow very cool! 2mo
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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Well this has been on my TBR pile since publication, I have Young Mungo awaiting collection at Waterstones and Shuggie Bain has been listed on the Platinum Jubilee Reading List. I am hoping after just finishing The House in the Cerulean Sea that I have enough warm feels to face this.

TheNeverendingTBR Loved this book, I'm from Glasgow so it made me like it even more 2mo
MinnieTimperley @TheNeverendingTBR my paternal grandfather was from Glasgow and my dad used to disappear there for Hogmanay when I was younger. 2mo
TheLudicReader It‘s such a good book. 2mo
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A heartwarming cuddle of a book. Klune skillfully and seamlessly transports you to a somewhat dystopian and magical realm.

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Picked this up at a charity shop for £1. An enjoyable cosy read although I am not sure what I thought about the ending.

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The House of Spirits is generationally epic. Allende weaves a story riding on the backbone of a protagonist you should hate but can't (the way you would a troublesome grandfather). She tells rich stories of minor characters in paragraphs and sets the whole thing against an impressioniat painting of real world events and political upheaval. A masterpiece.

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This is a tongue in cheek dig at Gabriel García Márquez, isn't it?

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This was highly recommended on the second series of The Graham Norton Book Club. 156 pages in and loving it.

jen_the_scribe This is my favorite book ever. I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it 😊 2mo
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Third in the Freida Klein series. I listened to Tuesday's Gone on audio and forgot to post about it.

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Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
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It's rare to get a story told in the second person because it is so hard to pull off. Caleb Azumah Nelson displays his dazzelling talent in doing so. His writing is deeply poetic; it has rhythm. He deftly paints the streets of South London and the experience, hopes and fears of its young black protagonist through vivid vignettes resulting in a novella that will leave you as full as much longer novel.

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Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
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Started this today, recommended by a Waterstones bookseller. It's written in the second person, a rare approach, and the writing is beautiful.

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I love Jen Campbell's booktube and she has spoken really highly of husband and wife team Nicci French. Jen recommended reading 'The Red Room' as it would be a great litmus test to see if you would like them. Well I did, and I have just finished Blue Monday which is the first in their Freida Klein series. There's great writing, plot, and characterisation. French satisfies with twists but also gives the reader enough to solve parts of the crime.

TrishB Love this series ❤️ 4mo
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House of the Spirits | Isabel Allende
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If it wasn't for Graham Norton's Book Club, I know this would not have been on my radar. I don't know how I have somehow never come across Allende, but after hearing such rave reviews I can't wait to begin.

BkClubCare Graham has a book club?! 4mo
MinnieTimperley Yes @BkClubCare on Audible. There are two series. 4mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Lockwood is a poet. If you don't want lyrical, abstract, snapshot imagery and thought this won't be the book for you. The first half where our narrator is very much in the portal does make you feel sick and disoriented like too much screen time. And then in the second half things get real, in the way they only can if someone has experienced what actually occurs to the family in these pages.

MinnieTimperley This is sold as a novel but it is very much heartbreaking, fictionalised autobiography. 4mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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What did we have a right to expect from this life? What were the terms of the contract?

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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After reading the almost chunkster, Fingersmith, it's time for a slenderer read.

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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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Twisty, twisty! Waters weaves great plot, characters and intrigue in a brilliant piece of historical fiction.

Emilymdxn One of my absolute favourite novels! 4mo
Ruthiella My favorite Sarah Waters book! 😃 4mo
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The novella could be seen to take place on just one day: Mothering Sunday 1924 but although the central narrative is the dominant majority, we get glimpses into the entirety of the life of Jane Fairchildes, orphan, lover and more than maid. Post War, death is a secondary character stalking the pages of Jane and those around her.

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The Driver's Seat | Muriel Spark
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Excuse the pun but Spark certainly takes the reader for an anxiety inducing ride as we follow the increasingly erratic Lise in an unnamed Mediterranean city in her search for a boyfriend who may or may not exist.

BarbaraBB Such a fun read. 5mo
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Listened to the audio: obviously laugh out loud funny, but open, honest and philosophical.

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A cracking little set of short stories. Davies crafts puzzles with gradual and some jaw dropping reveals. There is an impressive selection of settings and the writing skillfully transports you to these locations and time periods with a sparsity of words.

BookNAround I am not usually a big fan of short stories but I absolutely loved this collection. 5mo
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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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I have had this on my shelf for 10 years and recently it has been mentioned on the Graham Norton book club, by Savage Reads and Jen Campbell so I think the universe is saying get on and read it.

BookBosomed1 So good! 6mo
Ruthiella I also really enjoyed this book! 6mo
Cathythoughts You are in for a treat 👍😄 6mo
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Gripping and heartbreaking. About the good in people and the light that can be found in times of darkness.

BayouGirl85 This read has forever stayed with my in the years since I have read it. It‘s a pick for my 2022 Great ReRead challenge. 6mo
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Well this has been on my TBR pile for far too long.

BookwormM Great book 6mo
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My book haul from the Waterstones half price hardback sale.

Jedi_Bruno Looks like a great haul! 6mo
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The Descent of Man | Grayson Perry
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Should be required reading in schools. I came to this thinking it would be about his art work but it is a manifesto for man. Loved it.

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A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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Right. Now to tackle this brick which has been on my TBR shelf since 2003!

RaeLovesToRead I was supposed to read this for #pop21 (longest book on your TBR) but haven't got round to it... probably because it's the longest book on my TBR! 😄 8mo
BarbaraBB It‘s so good! 8mo
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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Now all signed. Such a great evening.

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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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At the Booker Readings 2021. Very excited.

julesG Enjoy! 8mo
DrexEdit 😲 Nice! 😀 8mo
BarbaraBB So cool!! 8mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Flowers for Algeron is explicitly referred throughout and the comparison is clear. As in The Overstory, Powers uses fiction to explore the very real ecological destruction being wreaked on the planet. Told from the point of view of Theo, astrobiologist widowed father of 9 year old Robin whose autism acts as the catalyst for the plot, the scientific terms and world creation passages sometimes distracted otherwise vivid writing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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"But we might never find them?"
#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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And Away... | Bob Mortimer
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Bob Mortimer's autobiography is wonderfully structured, hilariously but also beautifully told. He's extremely humble and his gratitude means he shares openly and honestly with his readers. Multiple references to pocket meats and his involvement in the Michael Jackson/Jarvis Cocker Brits debacle are a couple of the many highlights. I will definitely listen to this again. Warning: quite sweary! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

CarolynM My favourite Would I Lie To You guest - the crazier the story the more likely it is to be true🤣 8mo
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After devouring this wonderful book last week, I snapped up a last minute ticket to hear Amor Towles speak about the book and his writing. I could have listened to him talk for hours. He's wonderful!

BookBosomed1 Awesome! 8mo
Crazeedi So cool, lucky you! 8mo
Brimful Just bought this in the Waterstones half price sale. It‘s going to be my first read of 2022! 6mo
MinnieTimperley @Brimful Enjoy! It's one of my favourite reads for 2021 6mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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I am looking forward to next Sunday when I will get to hear Richard Powers read from this along with the other authors from the Booker shortist.

JamieArc Is there a Booker nominee that you are rooting for to win? 8mo
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In a Gentleman in Moscow, Towles transported us to Communist Russia and the life of a central character who couldn't leave a hotel. With The Lincoln Highway, we anticipate a lengthy road trip and are rewarded with as rich cast of characters as you could wish for. Towles writing is wonderful and enables the story to cinematically play out in your head. There's a 1950s caper feel but it's unlined by the humanity and frailty of its cast. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Crazeedi I've been seeing all wonderful reviews of this book, and I loved his previous, cant wait to read! 8mo
MinnieTimperley @Crazeedi It just kept surprising me. I hope you enjoy it. If you've read his first novel Rules of Civility - there's a link. 8mo
DivineDiana Excited to learn about the Rules of Civility link! 8mo
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"I was only reading.

Ah, I thought, seeing the corner of the book poking out from the folds of his sheets. I should have known. The poor chap, he suffers from the most dangerous addiction of all."

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Overstory | Richard Powers
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1. In our bell tent.
2. Camp Night Owl
3. The Overstory by Richard Powers
4. To finish The Poisonwood Bible. Enjoying it, but it's taking me a while to read. I have just over 3 hours remaining according to Kindle and the next book on my TBR pile, Still Alice, is 7 hours so I am going to aim for 10.

Thank you @ImperfectCJ for the idea. I have been away from Litsy for months and this is the perfect return event.

#LitsySummerCampReadathon

RenePenn I really enjoyed Still Alice. 11mo
Larkken Love the camp name! 11mo
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...finding the familiarity of captivity more reassuring than the strange call of freedom.

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They respected him the way cruel and powerful people have been respected since the dawn of time - with abundant fear and not a speck of love.

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#popsugarreadingchallenge2020: A book by or about a journalist

Kelsyereadsbooks I LOVED this book so much! 2y
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"This desert upon which so many have been broken is vast and calls for largeness of heart but it is ultimately empty. It is hard, it is barren. It's very nature is stone." This book is brutal.

AmyG I find with some books...I can remember where and when I read them. This is one of those. It never left me. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Best book I've read this year! 2y
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Butterfinger I read his All the Pretty Horses for the same prompt. His writing just stays with you. 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Best book I've read this year, McCarthy is such a excellent author. 2y
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