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The Master and Margarita: A Graphic Novel | Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov, Andrzej Klimowski
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Lindy @BiblioLitten has a cover crush on this one too. 😊 2d
batsy This is a fantastic cover. 2d
Leftcoastzen Love this cover 2d
Hooked_on_books Great choice! 2d
BiblioLitten It‘s so lush! 😍 1d
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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Ali Smith had her finger on the pulse in one of the first Brexit novels 😬 #GroundsForDivorce #RedRoseSeptember @Cinfhen @arlenefinnigan

arlenefinnigan I liked this, but I find Ali Smith slightly hard workm 3d
Cinfhen I agree @arlenefinnigan I can‘t connect with her books. I just don‘t enjoy reading them #UnpopularOpinion 2d
Moray_Reads She's probably my favourite living author but definitely not for everyone. That cover though! 😍 @cinfhen @arlenefinnigan 2d
Cinfhen Yes!!!! Her cover designs are ALWAYS brilliant ❤️ 2d
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TrishB I really disliked this book - but that cover is great! 3d
batsy Love that cover. All of those editions are so pretty. 3d
LeahBergen So pretty! 3d
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Deeplight | Frances Hardinge
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Frances Hardinge is a queen of beautiful, unsettling stories

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Deeplight | Frances Hardinge
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1. A Cultural History of Twin Beds by Hilary Hinds and Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
2. (Another copy of) Jane Eyre and Midnight in Chernobyl
3. Overcast, turning to rain

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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It's never fun working on a Saturday but at least I have this recently-purchased beauty to gaze upon. Might as well use this as my first #7days7covers #CoverCrush @youneverarrived!

batsy That is a BEAUTY. I've seen these editions pop up on Instagram and every time I have to pause for awhile until my eyes glaze over 😍 4d
Hooked_on_books That‘s so striking! 4d
ju.ca.no Wow! 4d
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erzascarletbookgasm What edition/publisher is this beauty? 😍 4d
Moray_Reads @erzascarletbookgasm It's from Chiltern Publishing. It has gilt edges too 😍 4d
Soubhiville That‘s amazing! 4d
TrishB Lovely 💜 4d
kspenmoll Gorgeous! 4d
emilyhaldi Wow!!! 😍😍😍 4d
Kalalalatja Stunning! 4d
marleed Oh gorge!! 4d
youneverarrived Oh wow that‘s just gorgeous 😍😍 4d
LeahBergen These covers are amazing. 😍😍 4d
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How To READ MORE | Martin Udogie
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1. 2018 was a banner year (475 books) and this year I'm sitting at 99 so I'm abandoning reading goals for now!
2. It would be lovely to get a new job that makes better use of my skills.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView 99 is awesome! Try to remember that we read for fun and not worry about goals. Hard sometimes, I know I fall victim to the pressure of reaching a goal too. 😊 1w
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📚Last week was my niece's first day at school so I got her a book to celebrate, what could be better than Max Haig's The Truth Pixie Goes to School? I love her expression so I tweeted and now the publisher (Canongate) are also sending her a bookmark and a badge to go with it. Bookish people are the best people ❤

Texreader Adorable!! 1w
youneverarrived Aww this is lovely 🥰 1w
batsy ❤️ 1w
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ValerieAndBooks Aww! So sweet 😍 1w
JennyM We very much love the truth pixie at our house. Gorgeous pic. Hope she had a good first day x 1w
LeahBergen Awww! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1w
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Another stadium disaster sprang to mind for #NeverForget, this time a fire that broke out in Bradford in 1985 and left 56 dead. I saw a brilliant play based on the events at the Edinburgh Fringe a few years ago #RedRoseSeptember

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It isn't in the database but there might be a recipe for #chippytea in this cookbook... #RedRoseSeptember

LeahBergen That looks tasty! 2w
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Another enjoyable story from Jaswal. She always shows family and cultural tensions with clarity, complexity and humour and balances every day dramas with big-hitting issues.

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North and South (Revised) | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Margaret Hale realises there's more to #TheNorth than smoke and suffering (there's plenty of that too though) #RedRoseSeptember

readingjedi I had the immense privilege of being taught this book by Patsy Stoneman while at university. It is by no means a favourite of mine but I loved those classes. 2w
Moray_Reads @readingjedi That sounds amazing! Wives and Daughters and Cranford are my favourite by Gaskell 2w
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Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness
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Expect to see a copy of this 16th-17th century ballad appearing somewhere in the new series...

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The Moon | Hannah Pang
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Not exactly a #HarvestMoon (these were taken in January) but this moon replica was spectacular in St Giles Cathedral on Burn's Night. The book by Hannah Pang is beautifully illustrated. #SoulSeptember

Eggs Beautiful moon 🌝 2w
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The Scottish Parliament goes back to work today and there's a big drive for trans rights and resolving the delays to the revised Gender Recognition Act. Hopefully after the activism there'll be reasons for some positive #tubthumping to come #RedRoseSeptember

Lindy 🦋 2w
Cinfhen 💪🏽 2w
gradcat Great! 👍 2w
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The Singing Sands | Josephine Tey
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This was my first by Josephine Tey and probably won't be the last. I'm always on the lookout for good vintage mysteries and this was excellent. Lovely descriptions of Scotland (Tey clearly wasn't a devotee of independence though!) and a slow-burn story that's all about the puzzle. Photo is of the singing sands I visited last weekend in Kentra Bay, Ardnamurchan.

LeahBergen And now I‘m looking forward to this one. 👍🏻 2w
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#Currentllyreading and enjoying this story about three very different #sisters completing a pilgrimage to India for their recently-passed mother and confronting issues of family, marriage, culture, women's rights. It's full of difficult relationships and complex characters. #SoulSeptember

Heideschrampf Did you read erotic stories too? 2w
Moray_Reads @Heideschrampf I did. This one isn't as funny but it tackles similar issues. The family dynamics are very well done 2w
Eggs 💗👏🏻🤗👏🏻💗 2w
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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf's masterpiece follows #ADayInTheLife of Clarissa Dalloway. A modernist classic and one of the best stream-of-consciousness models ever written #RedRoseSeptember @Cinfhen @arlenefinnigan

arlenefinnigan Excellent 👍 2w
Cinfhen Pretty bookmark 🧡 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I love the bookmark! 😍👍 2w
LeahBergen The best 😍 2w
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1. Plus SPQR
2. No long weekend here and some wet weather on the way so indoor activities only. I'll also be introducing my bf to the Princess Bride because he's never seen it 😱
3. Vanilla or pistachio
4. I've never been patient enough to learn!

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TrishB Somehow I‘ve never seen it either! 3w
saresmoore But, Moray, what if he doesn‘t like it?! He will, he will, nevermind. That‘s just silly. 3w
Moray_Reads @saresmoore There could be severe consequences from such a development...now I'm worried, Sara! 3w
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saresmoore I‘ll be waiting on pins and needles for the verdict! 3w
Moray_Reads @saresmoore well, I don't think he loves it with the true love and devotion that it deserves but he did enjoy it, so I'll take that 2w
saresmoore Oh, what a relief. Wuv, twue wuv didn‘t grow in my heart until I watched it for maybe the third time and began quoting it incessantly, so there‘s still hope! 2w
Moray_Reads @saresmoore He particularly enjoyed the song at the end “My love is like a strory-book story, but it's as real as the feelings I feel“. Inspiring vocabulary.
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saresmoore 😂♥️ 2w
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Cousin Kate | Georgette Heyer
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I didn't love this the way I've loved many of her other works but it's a very enjoyable Gothic romp. Like Jane Austen before her Heyer finds all the fun and humour in the sensational, melodramatic elements of the genre and playfully hams it up.

jillrhudy One I haven‘t read! I confess I‘ve read 22... 3w
batsy Oooh! A Gothic Regency romance by Heyer? Sold. 3w
Moray_Reads @batsy As if you needed another reason to love her, right? (edited) 3w
Moray_Reads @jillrhudy I've read 12 so far. They're my go-to fun reading (along with Discworld) 3w
LeahBergen I have this one waiting on my shelf and you‘ve inspired me to choose it next with your “gothic” comment. 😆 3w
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Solar Bones | Mike McCormack
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1. Love this one-sentence marvel.
2. I want to control time (no dreaming small, here)
3. Sagittarius
4. Driving to the west coat of Scotland for the weekend and hoping for fine weather
5. will do!
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saresmoore Your weekend plan sounds lovely! Best wishes for good weather. 4w
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I'm looking forward to it, though slightly daunted by the lack of internet/phone signal! 4w
LeahBergen I‘m jealous of your weekend plans! 4w
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Gavin Francis is a brilliant writer. Shapeshifters covers a lot of different #human transformations, from typical change to disease and pathology but it also moves beyond medicine to consider the philosophy and cultural environment of transformation. #AyUpAugust

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Róisín and François spend a lot of time #UnderTheStars in this beautifully written story that weaves through moments of their lives that occur only when a comet is overhead. #AyUpAugust

Cinfhen This book has been on my TBR for a long time ✨💫✨💫sounds good 4w
Moray_Reads @Cinfhen I absolutely loved it. And I very much recommend her second book The Growing Season. She's a biophysicist by training so her books have some really interesting scientific elements 4w
Melissa_J I bailed on this one, which is a shame because I loved the idea of the story. 4w
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A cultural history of twin beds? Sounds great! And it looked me to the discovery of www.bloomsburycollections.com where many non-fiction books can be read for free. Double yes.

Caroline2 Her face!!!! 😂 love it!!! 👍🏻 1mo
AlaMich Even as a kid watching Dick van Dyke or I Love Lucy, I thought it was weird that they slept in twin beds. I was told by someone that it was a requirement for tv shows. (edited) 1mo
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I saw Sarah Wise give a talk on Victorian “madness“ diagnoses and incarcerations on Wednesday. It was fascinating and painted a picture quite different from what I (and she) had thought. Must read the book now! (She touched on famous literary examples from Wilkie Collins and Charlotte Bronte)

Kalalalatja Sounds great! 1mo
JazzFeathers It does sound very interesting. Incidente, l've recently read two novels, both set in the 1910s, addressing this matter. It's quite upsetting thinking about it. 1mo
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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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Immediately thought of this powerfully unsettling book about cultural appropriation. Two hipster poseurs exploit the legacy of black music and are obsessed with “authenticity“ (and vinyl). Sidenote: At work I used a record player for the first time last week, despite the fact my bf has one. #putyourrecordson #ayupaugust

TrishB The record player is Hubby‘s prized procession. My daughter has one too and her dad buys her all sorts! (edited) 1mo
Moray_Reads @TrishB I don't really like them, that faint hum and hiss of the needle drives me bonkers. He's all for records and I'm a Spotify girl 1mo
batsy Reading Their Eyes Were Watching God at the moment and was just thinking about this book today. So brilliant. 1mo
TrishB @Moray_Reads that‘s what they like, the hiss and the hum and the background noise. 1mo
Moray_Reads @batsy So funny and so dark and so uncomfortable 1mo
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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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A baby goes #missing after the murder of his family and finds shelter in the most unlikely of places #AyUpAugust

vivastory Great choice! How have you been? 1mo
Moray_Reads @vivastory It's one of my go-to books for prompts and I just love this first page. I'm very well. I had an on-going work issue that was pretty distressing for a while but that all came to an end yesterday so I'm feeling much lighter! How are you? 1mo
squirrelbrain Sounds a bit scary! (The book and the work thing but glad you‘ve got work sorted now...) 1mo
vivastory Glad to hear that your unpleasant work situation is straightened out. It really seems to spill over into everything. Work is a bit busy & stressful at the moment, otherwise things are going well for me. 1mo
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The Bestiary | Ann VanderMeer
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You can't beat a medieval bestiary for a weird #animal or two! #AyUpAugust

gradcat Yikes! 😱 (edited) 1mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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I'm puzzled about the hype surrounding this one. Yes, the themes of mass population movent, xenophobia and climate disaster are apposite but the writing is bland and the characters barely hold together. The world-building is sparse, not least because there is no information about what happened during the Change. Sea levels rose dramatically, that's all we know. It's a curiously flat book and I'm surprised it's a Booker long-lister

Kalalalatja Couldn‘t agree more! 1mo
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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This is a powerful and difficult read and I advise caution. There is no sugar-coating here and while I hesitate to use the word graphic the scenes of rape are distressing. The story is distressing and O'Neill handles it with the perfect balance of bluntness and sensitivity. Emma's interior monologue is painfully authentic and her inner conflicts cleverly portrayed 👇

Moray_Reads O'Neill has written a hugely important book here, that looks unflinchingly society's attitudes to women and to rape but one of my biggest takeaways is the internalised misogyny displayed by so many of the female characters. Because we do it too, we judge in precisely the places and ways we would most hate to be judged and, ladies, we need to do better and demand better. 1mo
TrishB Great summary, I love- hated this book. And the parents 😡😡😡 1mo
Moray_Reads @TrishB It's really well done but goodness, it's bleak and everyone's determination to do and say anything that made the situation “easier“ was terrifying 1mo
Kalalalatja Perfect review! This is one of the books that inspired me to write my thesis about rape victims decision to report the rape to the police. I got to tell this to O‘Neill last year at a book festival, and she was so nice! 1mo
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This is definitely one of the most difficult novels I've ever read

TrishB Made me so angry. 1mo
Moray_Reads @TrishB so angry I feel sick 1mo
TrishB Yep, I won‘t say anymore until you‘ve finished though! 1mo
BarbaraBB Sounds horrible. 1mo
Moray_Reads @BarbaraBB it's a very difficult read but I admire O'Neill's unflinching approach. There's no sugarcoating here 1mo
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#TooMuchTooYoung #AyUpAugust It's a terrible admission but I still haven't read the book. Love the film though.

LoveToReadLiveToRead Me too! 🙋🏼‍♀️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I have a more terrible admission..haven‘t read the book or watched the film! 1mo
Kalalalatja I can‘t recommend the book enough, but I still need to see the movie! 1mo
Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja I've heard there are some changes but it's my go-to film when a good cry is in order! 1mo
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Though the opening chapters are a little dry and the progress of bone evolution quite difficult to follow (hopefully this will be mediated somewhat by plenty of diagrams and images when the book is published) there is plenty to intrigue and fascinate. The themes of ownership and identity are particularly deftly handled and the troubled history of science's (and society's) relationship with human remains is interrogated with clarity and insight.

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Kalalalatja Preach! 1mo
squirrelbrain I love this! ❤️😘 1mo
Cinfhen 🙌🏻💋 1mo
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Shirley (Revised) | Charlotte Bront
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Luddite is a pretty pejorative term now but the destructive of new technology in northern English mills into the early 1800s was a protest over working conditions and deskilling during a time of economic upheaval. Shirley is set against this backdrop in West Yorkshire. #ayupaugust #IPredictARiot @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain

saresmoore It was Shirley that really helped me understand Luddite for the first time. History really does repeat itself. 1mo
squirrelbrain I really should reread this one - haven‘t read it since I was a teen and I‘m sure it didn‘t mean much to me then.... 1mo
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North and South | Elizabeth Gaskell
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There are plenty of people telling John Thornton #DontMarryHer in North and South. And just as many saying “Don't marry him!“ #ayupaugust

BarbaraBB I still have this one on my shelves. Is it good? 1mo
Moray_Reads @BarbaraBB Wives and Daughters is my favourite by Gaskell but I really like this one too 1mo
Aimeesue Cranston's my favorite, but only because of cow pajamas. This one's very good, though! 1mo
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saresmoore @BarbaraBB I really like this one. I‘ve reread it a few times now—there‘s just something about it. 1mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @BarbaraBB I always think of Gaskell as a cross between Austen and Dickens, lovely wit and romance but with a commentary on society's ills 1mo
BarbaraBB Thanks. I only read and loved Cranford and recognize your comparison with Austen and Dickens. Real English in any case! @saresmoore @Moray_Reads (edited) 1mo
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In at the Deep End | Kate Davies
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As a long-standing Edinburgh resident in the throes of this year's Fringe I can say confirm that, yes Julia, everyone does hate you.

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National Library of Scotland | Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (Library)
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🎉 🎉On this day in 1925 an Act of Parliament established a public legal deposit library for Scotland, separated from the private Faculty of Advocates and the National Library of Scotland was born. Happy 94th birthday to us! 🎉 🎉

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Probably the closest to a #perfect collection of short stories I've ever read. I can't wait to see what Gilbert does next. #AyUpAugust

Oryx What a beautiful cover 1mo
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In at the Deep End | Kate Davies
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😂 😂 What a lovely liberal-middle-class insult

Megabooks Lolololol!! 1mo
vivastory 😂😂 1mo
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In at the Deep End | Kate Davies
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“the legal way of saying 'You're black.'“ 😡

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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#AvenuesandAlleyways just make me think of the other London in Gaiman's iconic urban fantasy. #ayupaugust

Cinfhen Well played ‼️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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The pacing is a little off but when it's good it's very good. For much of the book I preferred David and Lou's POV to Signe's which tended to big the story down but I enjoyed the way they finally intersected. 3.5 ⭐

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This weekend's reading. #ARC #currentlyreading

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1. One of my favourites
2. Avengers: Endgame
3. Cucumber
4. 12

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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The Farm | Joanne Ramos
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There are some really interesting thoughts about reproductive rights, the commodification of pregnancy and the exploitation of minorities here...and yet it didn't grip me. Each of the characters, Jane, Mae and Reagan, were interesting in their way but somehow not quite as fleshed out as I wanted. The abrupt end to the flow of the story, followed by the epilogue jarred and felt like an anti-climax. Deliberate, I think, but not quite effective

Megabooks I‘m going to try it as an audiobook because the print wasn‘t working for me. 2mo
Moray_Reads @Megabooks A decent narrator might make all the difference 2mo
Kalalalatja I have seen so many meh reviews, but the premise sounds so good! 2mo
Moray_Reads @Kalalalatja it is. Somehow it just doesn't have the power you'd expect. There's definitely pacing issues 2mo
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Today I found out that an issue at work is finally going to be resolved. It's been almost unbearable and I'm so relieved. Now I might manage to be a bit more Litsy-present again, I've missed you all!

Megabooks Yay! 2mo
Sarah83 Great to see you again 🤩😍 2mo
Kalalalatja Woohoo! You have been missed 💕 2mo
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TrishB I‘m hoping for that soon🤞🏻🤞🏻 2mo
wanderinglynn I‘m so happy for you! 🤞🏻🍀 2mo
saresmoore Hooray! @TrishB I‘m rooting for things to work out for you, too! 2mo
TrishB @saresmoore thank you 😘 I‘m nearing end point.... 2mo
Moray_Reads @TrishB I know how hard it can be so I hope your issue gets resolved soon 🤞🤞 2mo
sprainedbrain Great news! 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘m happy to hear that! Good to have you back! 💕 2mo
andrew61 Good news ☺ 2mo
scripturient Yay!!!! 👍🏻 Will you be at #edbookfest this year? 😁 2mo
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel. Beginning with the disappearance of two young sisters it addresses the event through a series of linked chapters focusing on characters on the periphery. It's brilliantly done and the way Phillips pieces together the links builds to a powerful conclusion. I'll definitely be looking out for her future work

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I didn't love this one as much as Normal People but Sally Rooney's strengths are clearly on show. Her characters are brilliantly drawn, only a gifted writer can create people and situations that are so infuriating but so psychologically authentic. They do stupid, sometimes awful things to each other and themselves but they always ring true with their personalities and with human behaviour. Her picture of youth isn't often a flattering one ⬇

Moray_Reads But she captures the vulnerability as well as the self-centredness with subtlety and sympathy. She is also bitingly, brilliantly funny. 2mo
sarahbarnes Great review! 2mo
LeahBergen Nicely reviewed! 👍🏻 2mo
Moray_Reads Thanks @LeahBergen, I'm trying to get back to Litsy but my goodness my reading had taken a hit this year! 2mo
Blaire @Moray_Reads yes! Agree completely. Gets the self-absorption of that far and describes it without judgment. 2mo
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