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MommyWantsToReadHerBook

MommyWantsToReadHerBook

Joined September 2016

Mom, translator, editor, always reading something. https://www.goodreads.com/Salome_Smith 🇿🇦
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Euphoria | Lily King
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ As other Littens have commented, the connection with Margaret Mead makes it fascinating and makes me want to read some of her books. The writing is beautiful and excellent and I'm a sucker for a relatable love story. The 1930s attitudes to the people they lived with didn't bother me, because it WAS the 1930s. Recommended!

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Euphoria | Lily King
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So far I'm enjoying this completely random find on Libby. I'm hoping it continues strong!

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Peter Pan | J.M. Barrie
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I never read Peter Pan before or knew the story except for the vaguest ideas. It was the favourite book of the narrator in All my Mothers and I thought I would finally read it today.

Mostly I found it very depressing and quite racist, and the fantasy really strange. Some of the writing is beautiful, I'll give it that. All in all I find it interesting that it became such a classic.

BarbaraJean My husband HATES the Disney version/musical and calls Peter Pan “the little asshole.” 😂 I own the book but haven‘t read it, and have always been curious about it (apparently not curious enough to read it!). Your review piques my curiosity even more, even though it sounds like it won‘t be a favorite! Maybe I‘ll pull it off the shelf so I‘ll SEE it and actually read it sooner rather than later. (edited) 6d
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean I suppose now I can at least say I've read it. Neverland is just such a strange and rather depressing place, Tinker Bell is unpleasant - how Disney ever decided to do something with it boggles the mind 🙂 It's a quick read at least 3d
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All My Mothers | Joanna Glen
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ I think I most enjoyed the child's voice in the beginning of the book, but of course she had to grow up. Pros: I liked the emotional honesty. The setting of Córdoba was beautiful and beautifully done. Cons: I can't help feeling that there was one tragedy too many. I also think that for a book about mothers, it doesn't explore the ways that relationship often looks nothing like this idealisation. A lovely book, despite the caveats, I promise!

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I couldn't put this down! At times it absolutely broke my heart but I couldn't stop reading. I love this man's writing. Beautiful, thoughtful, just wonderful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jeg It‘s on my TBR shelf. My gift from book club Xmas. The person who gave it has raved about it for sometime. Might just read it next. 4w
Megabooks 💯💯💯💯 4w
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Jeg you won't regret it! 4w
Jeg I‘ve nearly finished 3w
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I had a good long walk through parts of the Botanical Gardens I didn't know existed, and now coffee and my amazing book.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I'm glad I finally read this. I haven't really been following what he's up to but of course he continues to be a South African we love and whose success we're proud of. He does an amazing job of describing the hustle in the townships and the near impossibility of pulling yourself up out of that world. I also found his views on crime very enlightening - white South Africans can be so judgemental and racist about crime, so black and white.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I couldn't stop reading - it was sad, it was funny, it was shocking. Highly recommended ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1mo
DivineDiana I loved this book! He narrates the audio, and it is fantastic! 🙂 1w
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @DivineDiana I had/have the audio as my free credit from Audible, but I just never managed to listen to it. I'm sure it must be good though - my loss! 1w
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Late to the party... That's me. But really enjoying this.

This is so true!!

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Gold Diggers: A Novel | Sanjena Sathian
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Forgot to review this. It's not a five-star read and especially towards the end I didn't always enjoy the writing as much. I don't know whether the whole ambition theme succeeded in the end. But overall, it was an enjoyable read that kept me reading. ⭐⭐⭐ and a half

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I learned so much from this book that I never knew! I gasped in shock many times and was completely engrossed. The human toll really was incredible.

Highly recommended to anyone that wants to understand one more corner of the world a bit better. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SamAnne And even if a reader did not have the topic at the top of the list, it will engross them. So well written! 1mo
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Gold Diggers: A Novel | Sanjena Sathian
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I'm not the biggest fan of magicky stuff but I'm glad I picked this up! Hell, when is the subtext of every single Litsy post not going to be "I need something to engage, comfort and distract me during a horrible emotional time"? I really appreciate authors that can pull off a non-realistic premise, and her writing is good, with just a few tiny wobbles here and there.

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Instructions for a Heatwave | Maggie O'Farrell
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I loved this! Each character had these layers that kept tripping up my first impressions of them and I loved how it went deeper and deeper. She manages to be funny and profound. Very enjoyable and meaningful for me ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Instructions for a Heatwave | Maggie O'Farrell
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Picked this up at the farmer's market this morning. I'm having a bit of a panic about feeling like there is so little left that I want to read on Scribd and so much I want to read that's not on there. Alternatives include buying more (secondhand) print books and rereading some stuff on my shelves. Oh and earning lots of money for new print or Kindle books 🤪

RebelReader What‘s on your wish list? Perhaps I can help? I don‘t have as many as I used to, but I‘m willing to pass along any I have that you may want. 😃 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @RebelReader that's so sweet. But it would be an international parcel! On my list is the last 2 Becky Chambers, the new Kate Atkinson, more Agatha Raisin, some Matt Haig, Murakami... I've definitely been so spoiled in the past by Littens but it's a huge ask and I'm not sure I trust our pathetic postal service. 2mo
RebelReader I don‘t have any of these, but I will keep an eye out for them in my scavenging. 😃 2mo
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Donkerdrif | Deon Meyer
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I usually love Meyer's books and since I caught up with all his old work, I eagerly anticipate every new one. This was just okay, however. I don't know, maybe I feel like it's all too easy for him now. The banter between the main characters, the referencing of actual South African events, the perfectly executed Cape way of speaking. I just had a hard time escaping into it, which is pretty much the whole point. I enjoyed the ending, at least! ⭐⭐⭐

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I loved this. It wasn't always a fun read but I'm blessed to not have experienced loss of this kind. Others may find it upsetting, I'm sure. As always, her historical writing is amazingly detailed and exquisitely executed.

megnews This is one of my favorite books. 2mo
DivineDiana On my TBR shelves for too long. Hopefully in 2023! 🤞🏻 2mo
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The Echo Maker: A Novel | Richard Powers
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I finished this a few weeks ago and never posted. It took me a while to digest. At times it made me unbelievably depressed but I also couldn't stop reading. I think he went a little far in giving his character a rare neurological syndrome and having had his dad die of an incredibly rare condition... But be that as it may. I'd like to try something else by Powers.

SamAnne This has been on my TBR list for a long time. Thanks for the review. 2mo
SamAnne The Overstory is one of the best books I‘ve read in the past decade. Really enjoyed Bewilderment as well. 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @SamAnne thanks for the recs. Really want to read Overstory but a bit confined to Scribd offerings 2mo
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Run | Ann Patchett
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I thought I knew all her books but I'd never heard of this one. It was wonderful and moving and I loved it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Penny_LiteraryHoarders This was the very first book I read by Patchett! I picked it up on a whim years ago - loved it too. 2mo
CarolynM This is my favourite Patchett. Loved it. 2mo
DivineDiana She is a favorite author. I listened to the audio of this and it was well done. 2mo
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I was in Cape Town and other areas for the past week. This weekend I started reading this book, thinking it was my one colleague's, and I thought I might borrow it and send it back. Found out it was actually my boss's book 🙈 but then when I got to my friend in Hout Bay for my last day in the glorious Cape, she had a copy 🎉 I'm tired but I have no regrets. I loved this book so so much, it nearly had me in tears many times. Read this!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 📚 2mo
Jeg I loved it. My best read for this year I‘m thinking. 2mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Jeg it's definitely one of the best of the year for me 💜 2mo
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My first Agatha Raisin and I loved it! I like Agatha's emotional ups and downs and realness, and found the writing entertaining and well done. So happy I finally got around to it.

EvieBee Welcome to the Raisinhood! 3mo
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A Man | Keiichir? Hirano
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This book is so hard to describe without giving away the basic premise. It's written by the author of At the End of the Matinee and has the same crisp style of writing that sometimes goes deep into some detail that's clearly important to the author. It's a book about our identities and our families, love over the years, and who we are amid all that. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Thoroughly enjoyed this! Good writing, clear and precise, and the story basically tells itself in all its horrifying details. Topped with a little morbid fascination to see footage of her (and her voice) on YouTube to complete the experience. The psychology behind her ability to string along so many powerful people is fascinating! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I enjoyed the first 35% or so of this book, reading in horrified fascination. But life is too short for this writer's soppy style and it just hasn't kept my interest.

SamAnne She needed an editor. 3mo
marleed I was really glad this book exposed me to this history, but the writing itself was a miss for me. I‘m not a fan of of authors creating naive dialogue for those who came before us. 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @marleed you put it so much better than me 🙂 3mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @SamAnne indeed! Wonder what happened there 3mo
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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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I absolutely loved this book and have to keep reminding myself that I can't go back to it. I loved her style of writing, the power of her description and her real, flawed characters. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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This was a fun, quick but also beautiful read on a low-capacity day. I'm looking forward to the next one! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aimeesue I really enjoyed this one 4mo
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Mockingbird | Walter Tevis
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This was an amazing book. It contains so much on the power of reading and writing, letting ourselves experience emotions, our need for others and for love, and what all these things mean to being human. It's simply wonderful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Mockingbird | Walter Tevis
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Such beautiful writing in this book.

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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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This was one of those books I read with no idea who the author is - do other people do that? 🤔 I only realised at the end that I've read a book by her - Nine Parts of Desire.

I absolutely loved this and it just spoke to my little comparative religion-loving heart.

TW: rape (not too graphic) and torture (had to skip pages). Weak-stomached the author is not.

I loved the exquisite detail and different eras covered. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

CoffeeK8 I loved this book so much, what a wonderful writer 4mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @CoffeeK8 definitely. I want to read the book that won her the Pulitzer 4mo
Susanita This is one of my favorites and one that I often recommend. I especially enjoyed the audiobook. 4mo
BarbaraJean Oh, this was SO good! Even though so much of it was hard to read. Religious persecution is really difficult for me to read about. I also really want to read Year of Wonders by this author, but I don‘t know if it‘s still too pandemic-adjacent for me! 4mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean I put Year of Wonders on my Scribd list but I'll have to see when I'm ready for it. 4mo
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Wilding | Isabella Tree
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This was an incredibly touching and hugely informative book. I learned so much and though of course we have much more space here in South Africa, much of what the author laments is present here. Just on the drive down to my mom, 6 hours from my house, my eyes were open to notice the lack of biodiversity in the landscape we passed 😢 And how many plants, insects or birds can I identify? A great read.

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Wilding | Isabella Tree
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It was all a lie!

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The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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I'm regretting slightly that I stayed up to finish this last night, but I didn't want to interrupt the magic. I loved this book so much! I loved that the characters surprised me, not so much by changing as by changing in ways I didn't expect. It was entertaining and thought-provoking and beautiful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

BarbaraJean Oh, I‘m so glad you loved it! It‘s so thoughtful, and so fascinating. Sad in some ways but also hopeful… such a gorgeous book. 4mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean I'm so glad I caught your review and read it. Would be lovely for a discussion! It really had an effect on me 4mo
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The Sacklers had fascinated and repulsed me since I had first time I read about them, which I now think was possibly a piece in Time magazine around the time they first went to court, 2007? This book is exhaustive, authoritative utterly damning to that whole rotten bunch. I wish every doctor that still believes "some people will abuse anything" could read it. Highly recommended. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Amiable I have been giving this book out to everyone I know since I finished it —such an excellent read. 5mo
AmyG This is always what I tell someone to read when they ask me about non-fiction. 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @AmyG 💜 great recommendation 5mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Amiable I know what you mean, want to recommend it to so many people 5mo
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At the End of the Matinee | Keiichir? Hirano
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book is wonderful not just because of the love story of the immediate and enduring connection between two people, but because of how beautifully it's written (take the highlighted passage as an example), and the subject matter it touches on - the world of classical guitar (Makino) is masterfully handled, as is his writing about Yoko's journalism, Iraq and refugees. It was a joy to read even when it made me sad. Highly recommended.

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At the End of the Matinee | Keiichir? Hirano
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I'm taking a break from Empire of Pain to read this recommendation from my sister. It's quite dense and I've only read 80 pages so far, but it's beautifully written and I'm enjoying its slow, descriptive style.

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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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I enjoyed it, but it won't henceforth be known as my favourite David Mitchell. I think his skill in executing this book about music, writing lyrics, and describing songs is absolutely superb. Maybe I would have simply preferred spending more time with Elf or Jasper and not ending with Dean - although I did like him better by the end. Whatever I think about it, it's still recommended reading for any die-hard David Mitchell reader. ⭐⭐⭐ and a half

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Utopia Avenue | David Mitchell
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A few months ago, I didn't even know who Jimmy Savile was. Thanks to the Netflix documentary, these references in Utopia Avenue are definitely interesting 🙂

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I'm a huge fan of The Bone Clocks and Slade House, so it was great to at last read this book with the first intimations of the storyline/world/reality in those books. It's also a brilliant historical novel, sometimes a bit stomach-churning, about the Dutch and British East Indies Companies and their relationships with Japan. The Dutch East Indies Company is connected with the history of South Africa, so I found all of that very interesting. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

paulfrankspencer 5 stars for sure. Love this one. 6mo
andrew61 I finished utopia avenue earlier this years and there are references to the characters from de zoot in there. 6mo
charl08 Yes I think this might be my favourite of the "series". So much historical detail. 6mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @andrew61 I love how he interweaves his characters. That reminds me to try and find Utopia Avenue to read! 6mo
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Work is stressful right now and I'm very tired. Today I did what I needed for tomorrow and spent the rest of the day relaxing with a good old Agatha Christie, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading again. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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My farmer's market find from Saturday 🥳

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The Burgess Boys: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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At times this book was so depressing, but I couldn't stop reading and it was eventually so beautiful. All Elizabeth Strout's books are just wonderful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I'm late to the party as usual, but absolutely loved this beautiful book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BarbaraJean I‘m late to commenting on your review but I absolutely loved this one, too. 💜 5mo
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This was not what I expected but still good! The jumpy timeline confused me quite a bit. This may be a great read for people who generally like the supernatural and was definitely unique.

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The Aosawa Murders | Riku Onda
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A really interesting read. Sometimes I got a bit confused about who was narrating a specific chapter. It was enigmatic and didn't end with any clear answers. I enjoyed the different perspectives and possibilities! ⭐⭐⭐

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Rebecca | Dame Daphne Du Maurier
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Finally finished this classic a few days ago. I had forgotten how beautifully she could write and although I liked the movie, there were so many treasures in her descriptions and way of putting things that were on a different level than the visual experience. I rather preferred the original ending too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Texreader Yes I was none too pleased with all the changes made in the recent movie. I too very much preferred the original version. I couldn‘t understand why some of the changes were even made. 8mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook More dramatic? I don't know either! I'm so glad I finally read it 8mo
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I loved this and cried A LOT! The writing isn't always amazing but the animals and the people and the gruelling challenges they face are completely captivating and heartbreaking. Highly recommended ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cazxxx I loved this one! 8mo
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Nuns and Soldiers | Iris Murdoch
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This was a wonderful reread for me (even though I did confuse something that obviously happens in another book with this one 😀). I don't suppose Iris will be everyone's cup of tea, but I was once again impressed by her ability to convey in such detail people's emotional states, thoughts, motivations, blunderings... It's very much about love and grief and loving people that don't love us back but not told in a giddy, romantic way. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Rebecca | Dame Daphne Du Maurier
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Daphne du Maurier looms large in my memories of teenage reading, but I think I've actually only ever read Jamaica Inn, The House on the Strand, and a collection of short stories. Rebecca passed me by for some reason. I saw the movie the other day, bought the book at the farmer's market and am rectifying this gap in my literary education!

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An Eye for an Eye | Carol Wyer
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I really can't give a reason for finishing this except stubbornness. It was among those 10 free books from Amazon. The writing is so bad and yet this woman has published more than one book? The character descriptions/motivations are poor, there are huge plot holes. Sorry, Carol, I won't be rushing to read the next in the series. ⭐

MicheleinPhilly Pretty sure I downloaded this too. But I usually never read the Amazon freebies after downloading. I think I‘ve tried 2 and bailed on both. 9mo
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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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This was good - really well written, like his first novel. It was strange though, and I never reached a point where I fully understood it. Not for a lack of trying!

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I blame @BarbaraJean about 90% for this and other Litsy readers the rest 🤪 The rest of the series isn't exactly as dirt cheap as the first one - what have I done?? I now know why this is so popular and I want more! Sometimes it's just a tiny, tiny bit too cute, but mostly I love her writing and cleverness. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BarbaraJean Yaaaaay! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it—these books are such a delight. And you have so many to look forward to! (Sorry to hear the price goes up… I guess they know how it goes, once you get hooked…😆) 10mo
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Nuns and Soldiers | Iris Murdoch
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I'm doing some rereading these days. Got some walking and reading in at the park (not at the same time 🤪) while my girls played (in cut grass, getting terribly dirty).