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MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop

Joined May 2016

Books glorious books. 🇦🇺Australian 🧐School Psychologist. Living on Wadjuk Noongar boodja
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Stoner by John Williams
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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The Hours: A Novel by Michael Cunningham
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Stoner | John Williams
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Making a start on this. I‘ve had it on my #classics radar for some time. #currentlyreading

jlhammar Love Stoner! Hope you enjoy. 1w
Rissreads It‘s on my shelf looking at me. I‘m looking forward to what you think. 1w
Leftcoastzen I loved this book . 1w
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LeahBergen It‘s waiting on my shelf (with a very judgy look about it). 😆 7d
LeeRHarry I really enjoyed this book so hope you do too 😊 7d
Tamra My favorite! ❤️❤️ 7d
Anna40 Loved it so much 6d
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Dropbear | Evelyn Araluen
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This pretty little cover belies the contents. And maybe that‘s the point? A metaphor for Australia perhaps?

This collection of poems & essays explore Australia‘s colonialist history, stories & literature. New light is shone on iconic stories Australians hold dear, like Gumnut Babies.

I had to work hard to process it & supported my understanding by listening to interviews with the author & reading reviews.

Very clever & thought provoking 🖤💛❤️

LeeRHarry Is this one the Stella Prize winner? I knew nothing about it but thanks to your review now I know I want to read it 😊 1w
Lizpixie Oh I‘ve been wanting to read this! Thanks for the review lovely. Love the title too🐨 1w
MrsMalaprop @LeeRHarry yes it did. I had seen it around beforehand & then when it won decided I needed to read it. I saw @CarolynM review it on here too. 1w
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MrsMalaprop @Lizpixie I found it really taxed my brain, but it‘s worth a read for sure. 1w
CarolynM A lot of it is not easily accessible, is it? Lots to think about. 1w
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None Shall Sleep | Ellie Marney
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None shall sleep alright! At 1.45am 13yo Clem bursts into our room. He can‘t sleep because of his head cold. I drag myself out of bed to get him some meds. He proceeds to tell me that when he found himself unable to sleep he decided to read. He read so much, he finished the book.
Now that he‘s shared the ending with me I can see it might‘ve been more than his cold keeping him awake 😳. This was a Litsy rec 🙏 & it‘s a massive ‘pick‘ from Clem.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 1w
Rissreads Aghhhh Clem, love your work! 🤣 1w
CarolynM Hope he‘s feeling better. 1w
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The Promise | Tony Birch
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Indigenous Australian Tony Birch sure can spin a yarn. Short stories told from the perspective of men and boys on the edges. Gritty, punchy and real. #ozfiction

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The Promise | Tony Birch
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Seems I might be the first person on here to read this 2014 book of short stories by Indigenous Australian writer Tony Birch. I‘ve read one of his novels The White Girl (was OK) & another more recent book of short stories, Common People, which was excellent. I figure more of his short stories might be the way to go. #currentlyreading #ozfiction

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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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Well, I did it. Needed to get this read for BC tomorrow. Like @Jeg I wish I hadn‘t rushed it, because this book is to be savoured. As with any book of essays and stories, I didn‘t love them all equally, but the ones I loved were just stunning. I‘ve read 5 of her books & loved 4. Reckon I‘d better get on & read the rest.

“Death always thinks of us eventually. The trick is to find the joy in the interim, make good use of the days we have left”

Jeg Exactly❤️ 3w
Rissreads Which book of hers did you not love? 3w
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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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I am feeling all the feels with this book.

My mum, who I inherited my love of books from & who now has advanced dementia, made a very similar statement to me a few years ago. I am one of 5 kids & she told me I was the only one she & my dad never had to worry about.

I got to visit her today for the first time in a month, because she (& most other residents in her facility) recovered from a recent Covid outbreak. 🥰💕🙏

Centique Best wishes to you and your Mum! This made me feel the feels too 💕 3w
squirrelbrain Glad to hear your Mum recovered from Covid and that you were able to visit her. (edited) 3w
tpixie So thankful you are now able to visit your mom 💖💖💖 3w
Nute I‘m so happy to hear that you got to resume visits with your Mom. Many prayers for her health.💕 3w
Jeg So much touched me in this book . Now I just have to visit her bookshop in Nashville , a city I‘ve never had any desire to visit!! 3w
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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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Can I get this read in 4 days? Chose this much anticipated read for bookclub and we are meeting Monday night - eeekk! I like to read book club books close to our meeting but this is pushing it. 😆😬
Better get to it. #currentlyreading

LeahBergen I do the same thing. 😆 3w
CarolynM This is me too😬🙂 3w
HeatherBookNerd Great book! 3w
Jeg I‘ve decided not a book to be a fast read. 3w
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Gilead (Revised) | Marilynne Robinson
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A gentle, meditative read. Many reminders to notice & be thankful for all the beauty in the world. Just the ticket 🌅🌿🙏

mcipher And what a place to read! 😍 4w
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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WTF was that I just read 😱😢?

First half felt like I was running. Fast paced; words tripping over themselves. Second half like a hallucination or a really bad dream.

Some clever, poignant stuff here about how we increasingly live our lives online. I don‘t do twitter, but I ‘do‘ just about everything else.

I am confronted, disturbed and self-conscious. So much provocation in one little book. ☄️

CarolynM I wasn't a fan of the first part, but I found the second part deeply moving. She's an interesting writer, that's for sure. 1mo
LeeRHarry I DNFed this in the first half and then was encouraged by some Littens to persevere and I found the second half so emotional - one of the most interesting books I think I‘ve ever read. 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 1mo
Rissreads I loved both parts! This was a powerful book. Great review. 1mo
Jeg Just finished it. Wow. 2w
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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This book is freaking me TF out 😱. #currentlyreading

(The white-out at the beginning is an attempt to avoid a ‘spoiler‘)

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Mehso-so

I was a fan of Normal People. I love quality fiction that is unique and subversive. So I was keen to read Beautiful World.

However this one didn‘t quite work for me. The four main characters weren‘t developed enough for me to know and invest in them. They felt somewhat whiney and annoying. Maybe I‘m just too old to ‘get‘ them?

The writing was good. There was just something missing here for me 🤷‍♀️🤔.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Bloody hell this was good. @Rissreads recommended it ages ago & my husband, a dystopian fiction aficionado, read her copy. He gave it an Ok, but didn‘t share her enthusiasm, so I didn‘t bother to read it, not being a huge fan of the genre.
Then someone chose The Glass Hotel for book club & I liked the writing, so my husband bought me a copy of Station Eleven for my birthday.
The lesson here? Listen to @Rissreads when she recommends a book 😆👍.

Freespirit Yes I enjoyed this also! 1mo
Karons1 Watching on prime at the moment ; the tv version is weird but strangely addictive I think 🤔 the book 📖 would be much better 1mo
LeeRHarry Still one of my faves 😊 and yes @Rissreads has great recs! 1mo
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Rissreads I‘m soooooooo happy you finally read it and loved it Serena! I‘m thinking of revisiting it this year. ♥️ Awwwww thanks @LeeRHarry you have made my day! 1mo
LeeRHarry @Rissreads that makes me happy 😊 Relatively Famous is still one of my faves and I have you to thank for that one 😊 for some reason I haven‘t been seeing your posts on here - why does that happen sometimes? 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Rissreads @LeeRHarry I have been a bit quiet lately 1mo
MrsMalaprop @Karons1 Yes, I had heard it was being dramatised & wanted to read it beforehand. 1mo
Megabooks This is in my top 5 all time and I also loved her latest 1mo
Jeg I loved it too. Not my usual read. Then I watched the series and enjoyed that too. 1mo
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Is there anyone who has read both The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven? I read the former about 6 months ago and am #currentlyreading the latter.

I am feeling a tremendous sense of deja vu reading the scenes with Miranda & Arthur at their house in the Hollywood Hills. Am wondering if there‘s some crossover, like the two Kate Atkinson novels. Maybe Miranda & Arthur are characters in both books 🤔? Or maybe they just feel similar?

Kimberlone I believe that the author has said the two books exist in alternate realities (I think she described it comparing to “sliding doors”). Apparently Vincent will also appear in her new book Sea of Tranquility. 2mo
MrsMalaprop Thanks @kimberlone 🙏 2mo
Kangaj1 Yes, all three books are connected. I skipped Glass Hotel and loved Sea of Tranquility, Now I want to go back and read all three with that in mind. 2mo
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My second audiobook this month! Enjoyed listening to this memoir about Chinese-Cambodian Alice growing up in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

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#audiopuzzling
I have never done puzzles while listening to books before. I don‘t generally ‘do‘ audiobooks. But I recently discovered the free audiobooks on ABCListen and enjoyed listening whilst on a road-trip to Albany, Western Australia (5 hours each way). #currentlylistening #oznonfiction

DogMomIrene 👏🏼They‘ve got you now! 🤣 I started listening to audiobooks on a road trip and I‘m a regular listener now🎧 2mo
MrsMalaprop Haha @DogMomIrene 😀. Maybe that‘ll be me too. 2mo
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Love and Virtue | Diana Reid
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I loved this book 💕. I bought it selfishly to go in our book club Kris Kringle, knowing that if I got it I‘d be happy (I have often either already read the books or snobbishly don‘t want to 😂). I didn‘t get it for Christmas & the person who did hated it 😜. Luckily she was happy to share it around.

Excellent, contemporary, debut #ozfiction about the sexual politics of privileged university college life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

squirrelbrain Sounds good to me - stacked! 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good to me too ! Stacked 2mo
CarolynM I loved it too. I really liked that Mikayla owned her choices. It was refreshing to have a story with these themes that didn't treat the female characters as victims. I can't wait to see what she comes up with when she goes back to play-wrighting. 2mo
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Listened to this free audiobook on a recent road-trip. It‘s available to Australian listeners on the ABC Listen app.

A comprehensive book about anxiety written & read by psychiatrist Mark Cross, who has lived experience of mental health difficulties. What a lovely man he is. This is a very worthwhile book.

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My Little Free Library is open for business 🤗📚👏. My husband and son put the kit together & painted it for me. Today it finally got bolted to our front wall. Yay! It‘s already been raided by the neighbours. #streetlibrary

mrp27 Lovely! 2mo
LeahBergen Love it! 👏👏 2mo
GondorGirl It's beautiful! 2mo
CarolynM That's great! 2mo
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Go, Went, Gone | Jenny Erpenbeck
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A retired German academic finds purpose & meaning by supporting a group of refugees.

An interesting, well-researched exploration of the plight of those seeking asylum, in particular present day refugees from African countries entering Europe.

I‘d like to hope this novel could be read by people who might change their views after reading it. I imagine that was Erpenbeck‘s intention too🤞.

I look forward to discussing it at book club on Monday.

BarbaraBB I loved this book. 2mo
Kammbia1 I totally enjoyed this book. This is definitely a book club type of a book. 2mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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My family get me 🥰📚🙏. This birthday stack is from my husband and son. And a little free library that I‘ll be sure to photograph when it‘s installed out front. Squeeee!

Cinfhen Wonderful gifts!! Happy Birthday 🎊😃💚🎊 3mo
batsy Lovely! Happy birthday 🎊🎂💐 3mo
DivineDiana They certainly do! Happy Birthday! 🥳📚🎂 3mo
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Cathythoughts Happy Birthday 🥳 3mo
JamieArc I am one hour from finishing the Patchett book and it has made me fall in love with her a bit. 3mo
squirrelbrain Lovely gifts - I‘ve just read the Patchett and loved it! Happy Birthday! 🥳 3mo
Tamra Happy BookBirthday! 📚🎈🎉 3mo
CarolynM Happy birthday Serena🎂🎈🥳 3mo
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And here we are at Day Two of the Writers Weekend. Ready and waiting to see national treasure Helen Garner.

So wonderful to share book love with book-loving friends. On the far left is the gorgeous @Rissreads and then me in the blue dress. The rest of our crew are from my bookclub.

We are sitting up the back and social distancing as Perth, Western Australia heads into its first significant community spread of Covid. Wish us luck 🍀🤞.

Rissreads Another fabulous day spent with you! You are a treasure x And I bought the book at the shops so I‘ll start it tonight! Can‘t wait! (edited) 3mo
TrishB Lovely ♥️ and good luck to you all! 3mo
Suet624 Wonderful! 3mo
arubabookwoman What fun! (And I've always enjoyed the books I've read by Helen Garner). 3mo
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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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Saw Hannah Kent speak today at the Perth Writers Weekend. Due to Covid and our travel restrictions she appeared on-screen from her home in Adelaide. I can see the back of my head and @Rissreads in this photo taken by the program curator. 😂🤣😁

Rissreads It was a lovely day spent with you! A picnic, a sneaky drink, a read and a talk! We are blessed! ♥️ 3mo
Jeg She is such a lovely person. Hope those sessions appear sometime online. Great way for friends to catch up. 3mo
MrsMalaprop @jeg it was being recorded to be played on Radio National, so look out for it. Claire Nichols was the interviewer. 3mo
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After Story | Larissa Behrendt
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😭🥰💕 I adored this novel. Yes @CarolynM it was easy to read and yet covered so much ground, exploring some dark terrain. I fell in love with Della and Jasmine. Behrendt cleverly explored their different perspectives of the same events, reminding me to be empathetic. So often we don‘t really know all that others have been through. #ozfiction #bekind ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

squirrelbrain Great review! Was going to stack, but realised I already did! (edited) 3mo
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Jeg I loved this too. Have it on a pile of maybe books for book club. 3mo
MrsMalaprop @Jeg I pondered it for book club too! (But don‘t think I‘ll choose it 😉). 3mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop if you want to pick it, do. I‘d love to read it again and I bet you could lead a great discussion. 3mo
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Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between | Robert R. Ingpen, Bryan Mellonie, Robert Van Mackelenberg, Edgar Metcalfe
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Thank you @Jeg for this beautiful yet simple book for children about the lifespan.

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After Story | Larissa Behrendt
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On eye witness testimony…👀

CarolynM This passage struck me too. Having been in that eye witness situation myself, I can tell you it's damn near impossible to accurately recall details and the pressure you are under to do so does not help. 3mo
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After Story | Larissa Behrendt
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“Life just passes you by and the next thing you know it‘s Christmas all over again.”

Ain‘t that the truth 😂? Loving this book so much, especially Della‘s musings.

CarolynM It's great, isn't it? One of those books that is very easy to read, but still gives you plenty of food for thought. 3mo
Jeg I loved this book to bits. 3mo
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After Story | Larissa Behrendt
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Just a little bit excited to start this #ozfiction by impressive indigenous Australian Larissa Behrendt. #currentlyreading #firstnationfiction

P.S. With matching nails 😉😆

erzascarletbookgasm Pretty nails and cover! 👌 3mo
LeeRHarry Really enjoyed this one - hope you do too 😊 nice 💅🏻 😊 3mo
CarolynM One of my favourites last year. Enjoy! Lovely nails too😍 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍❤️ 3mo
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Finished this historical fiction about Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro‘s mother. This was my first Hoffman & I‘m glad to have read one of her many novels.
However, I‘m not sure she‘s for me 🤔. I don‘t know what it was that made it a bit of a chore at times. Maybe the slightly ‘romancy‘ style? Maybe a case of ‘it‘s not you it‘s me‘? It was evocative of place and time.
Thank you @LeeRHarry for broadening my reading horizons 🙏🤗📖. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeeRHarry You‘re welcome - glad you enjoyed it…sort of 😊 3mo
Jeg I find her difficult to read. I‘ve tried a few times. 3mo
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#wondrouswednesday Thanks for the tag @Lizpixie . You‘ve tagged me in a bunch of these & I am finally posting one. 🙌

1. The tagged soon to be released debut novel by feminist powerhouse Selma El-Wardany.

2. Hmmm, don‘t think so, but Selma‘s book might be my first 22 publication. 🤔

3. I am currently reading my first Alice Hoffman, The Marriage of Opposites.

I tag @LeeRHarry @Rissreads @CarolynM

@Eggs

CarolynM Thanks for the tag😘 4mo
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@LeeRHarry sent me this one as part of our #aussiesecretsanta book exchange. I am making a start on it just as school resumes, in the hope that it will provide the escape I‘ll appreciate in my downtime. #currentlyreading

LeeRHarry Yay! Enjoy! 😊 4mo
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Another Day in the Colony | Chelsea Watego
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This. Book. Just when I think I get it; when I think I‘ve informed myself enough about the first people of (so-called) Australia, along comes another book by an Aboriginal writer that opens up my skull & rummages around in there 🤯. Maybe I‘m a bit slow on the uptake 🤔, but this book has stopped me in my tracks & made me THINK. The last book to do that was Lies Damned Lies by Claire G Coleman. I look forward to many more. 🙏 🖤💛❤️

LeeRHarry Well that‘s stacked! 4mo
Rissreads Fantastic review! 3mo
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Another Day in the Colony | Chelsea Watego
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I was once one of those ‘white kids‘ Watego refers to here. Along with 100s of others in a lecture theatre, enrolled in a compulsory Aboriginal Education unit.

When the ‘angry‘ Aboriginal lecturer shared some information with us about the true history of Australia. When the shock, denial and ‘hysteria‘ kicked in and confirmation bias went into overdrive.

But that lecture on that day was a crucial step in my journey of understanding.
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Another Day in the Colony | Chelsea Watego
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Gulp. As a “whitefulla” and “coloniser” I am apprehensive and yet eager to read this book of essays, understanding that they are not written for me. #anotherdayinthecolony

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Another Day in the Colony | Chelsea Watego
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Making a start on this book of essays. In the lead-up to Australia Day on 26 Jan I try to read a book about the true history of this country from an Aboriginal perspective. This is the book I choose for 2022. #currentlyreading #oznonfiction #notadatetocelebrate

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This is Amor‘s third novel. We read his second A Gentleman in Moscow for bookclub a couple of years ago. It was universally acclaimed, which is unusual in our club.

Amor says he tries to head in a completely different direction with each novel & this is very different to Gentleman. It felt a tiny bit reminiscent of Of Mice & Men 🤔.

Think he might‘ve become a #mustreadauthor for me. Need to get my hands on his first Rules of Civility now.

Rissreads I can lend it to you, it‘s good! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm That endorsement from one of my favourite authors makes me want to read this more! 4mo
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#bookandlunch I have been craving these locally made walnut & honey lavosh with soft cheese. Today I went to my local cheese room (yes cheese ROOM), & here is a photo of the lunch I just devoured 🤤😋.

I am half way through the book & I‘m hooked. #currentlyreading

(Also eaten, but not pictured, giant fresh lychees). #summerfruits

Simona Looks delicious 🤤 😋 4mo
CarolynM Yum! I love a good cheese room😋🙂 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Cheese 🧀 ROOM? I‘ll LOVE to go to one! 😋 4mo
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TrishB That sounds fab! 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, yum!! 4mo
Cathythoughts Great post ❤️ God I love cheese too .... I have cheese every day 4mo
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Time for a #chunkster #currentlyreading

Received this book in our book club Christmas gift lucky dip & would like to have it read before our first meeting of the year in Feb. Enjoying it so far.

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The Hush | Sara Foster
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Not sure how I came to be reading this book 🤔. The writer is from the UK & lives in Western Australia. She is doing her PHD at the same uni my kids attend, 10 minutes down the road. She‘s written other bestsellers. Has anyone read them?

I really enjoyed this speculative fiction, full of female characters and with a YA, handmaid‘s tale vibe. I did have to suspend judgement at times, but it wasn‘t too hard. I happily went along for the ride 😁.

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This was an excellent little read about creativity, with a dedication to Georgia Blain and a chapter about her final and most wonderful book Between A Wolf & A Dog 🥰😭💔♥️.

CarolynM So I have to read it then. 4mo
MrsMalaprop I think so @CarolynM . The first few essays didn‘t grab me, but the latter ones did. It‘s a quick read too. 4mo
Jeg I‘ll have to give it a go soon. Been sitting on my TBR shelf looking at me. 😊 4mo
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On aging and the happiness U-curve. 😁🥰💪🙏

readordierachel Well, that's good to know! 4mo
Jeg Hmmmm! 4mo
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#nextup I seem to be reading about writing ✍️ a lot lately, which is interesting given I am not a creative writer 🤔 (as a school psych I write plenty at work).

But anyway, how beautiful is this cover? 😍☁️

#currentlyreading #oznonfiction

Jeg On my TBR bookshelf. 5mo
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Eucalyptus | Murray Bail
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This copy of the 1999 Miles Franklin winning novel Eucalyptus has been sitting patiently on my #tbr shelf for many years. After several failed attempts at reading it….success! The time was right as I‘ve just read Bail‘s ex-wife Helen Garner‘s latest book of diaries which cover the period when he wrote this, his best-known work. I‘ve been voyeuristically immersed in he & Garner‘s late 90s world. Their marriage failed just as this was released.

MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I realise I didn‘t say what I thought if the book in my review 😆. ‘Like not love‘ I think. An odd, interesting, bleak little fable. @LeeRHarry I think it‘s a favourite of yours? 5mo
LapReader What‘s that snack? I want it. 5mo
MrsMalaprop @LapReader It‘s my favourite summer snack: Walkers Highland Oatcakes with Meredith Dairy Marinated Goat‘s Cheese and sliced nectarine 🤤😋. 5mo
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LeeRHarry Yes it is a favourite of mine 😊 haven‘t read it for an absolute age, I‘m not sure if would hold up if I was to reread it now. And, confession, I had no idea that he is HG‘s ex- husband - I feel I should have known as I have read some of HG‘s non fiction ….anyway 😏 (edited) 5mo
LapReader I didn‘t realise either @LeeRHarry 5mo
MrsMalaprop @LeeRHarry @LapReader Garner is careful about not naming him. She refers to him as ‘V‘. I learnt about it years ago through personal connections: his sister was a friend of a friend of mine. I am also a mega fan of Garner as was my mum. 5mo
CarolynM Hmm, might be worth giving it a try 5mo
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Eucalyptus | Murray Bail
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My final read for 21 was Aussie icon Helen Garner‘s 3rd volume of diaries, covering 3 years (95 - 98) during which her marriage to Murray Bail was disintegrating; the years he was writing the tagged book, a classic I‘ve had on my #tbr for years. I‘ve picked it up many times, but couldn‘t get into it. I am now struck by the biographical elements (knowing what I do from Helen‘s diaries). Fascinating life/art parallels. #currentlyreading #ozfiction

CarolynM Oooh, interesting! I swore never to read another Murray Bail after Homesickness (ugh!) but people tell me Eucalyptus is really good. I look forward to seeing what you think. 5mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM oh yes I bailed on Homesickness - ugh indeed! 5mo
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Christmas present from my husband. Done ✅😊❤️.

wanderinglynn Awesome puzzle! 💚🧩 5mo
Ruthiella Beautiful! 🤩 5mo
Texreader This is awesome!! 5mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s beautiful! 5mo
TrishB That‘s very cool! 5mo
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This is Volume III of Australian writer Helen Garner‘s diaries spanning 1995 - 1998. I adore her writing. Reading about the demise of her third marriage was heartbreaking. In the words of Clive James, such ‘pellucid prose‘ ❤️.

CarolynM She is a national treasure❤ 5mo
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I am in heaven. Helen Garner‘s writing gets me right here 🫀. Her diaries are being published volume by volume. This latest one covers 1995 - 1998 & the disintegration of her marriage (‘V‘ is the author Murray Bail). ♥️💔😍 #currentlyreading

EvieBee Ay caramba. But so true. 5mo
Suet624 So true 5mo
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MrsMalaprop
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My beautiful Christmas book stack from my husband, including a 1000 piece Shakespeare puzzle. 🙏❤️📚

CarolynM Nice haul😍 5mo
Rissreads You are soooooo spoilt! I can‘t wait to see what you think of Station Eleven and I‘ve just looked up The Hush and I‘m stacking it! ♥️ 5mo
Cathythoughts Nice 👌 5mo
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batsy Fantastic gifts! I look forward to seeing the finished Shakespeare puzzle someday 😁 5mo
MrsMalaprop @Rissreads I know you lent Station Eleven to Brett ages ago but I didn‘t read it before giving it back to you. I‘ve heard so much about it since & recently read her latest for Bookclub, so I really wanted it 😊. Getting stuck into Garner first though. (edited) 5mo
Jeg Loved Station Eleven . I also got the Helen Garner book. I‘ve got so many books to read I don‘t know where to start. 5mo
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop @Jeg isn‘t it glorious to have a choice! 5mo
AvidReader25 Station Eleven is SO good!!! 4mo
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Merry Christmas to this beautiful community of bibliophiles, from hot, hot, hot Perth, Western Australia. I am so lucky to be heading to my sister & brother in-law‘s where we will spend the day by the pool eating cold meat, salad, trifle and ice-creams. Oh, and drinking Frogronis made by me (frozen Negronis with macerated strawberries & lemon juice). Enjoy one & all & may all your book wishes come true🍹🎄📚.

CarolynM That sounds like the perfect way to spend such a hot Christmas day. It's cool and cloudy in Melbourne, hopefully we'll get some sunshine this afternoon. Merry Christmas, Serena, to you and your family🎄💕 5mo
Lizpixie It‘s not looking much better here in Sydney, at the moment it‘s sunny but there‘s humidity thunderstorms coming. Yay! Merry Xmas to you & yours!❤️💚❤️💚❤️ 5mo
LeahBergen Merry Christmas! 🎄❤️🎄 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas to you🎄🎅 5mo
BarbaraBB Merry Christmas 💚 5mo
Reggie Merry Christmas! 5mo
Chelsea.Poole Merry Christmas! 🎄 5mo
RidgewayGirl Frogonis sound like a perfect antipodean holiday tipple! 5mo
Jeg Which sister.Sounds like a perfect day. 5mo
MrsMalaprop @Jeg Brett‘s brother & his wife in Como. It was lovely 😊. Hope you are staying cool! 5mo
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This book was given to me by someone who knows Alf Taylor & thought I‘d appreciate this memoir. Alf is a Noongar man who grew up in a Mission for Aboriginal children 130km from Perth, Western Australia.
Stories like this one are so important. They need to be told. We need to read them. So much pain, truth, resilience & hope. 🙏

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