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Onioons

Onioons

Joined May 2016

borrowing worlds one book at a time...
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A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
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Learwife by J R Thorp
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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
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Little Women (Little Women, #1) by Louisa May Alcott
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The Amusements | Aingeala Flannery
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Page 3 and I am IN! This commute just got a whole lot more bearable.

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Nothing on Earth | Conor O'Callaghan
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To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel after this even though I finished it on a single day.

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I feel like Helen & Martina grew up on the land that was later rezoned for this housing estate. And that maybe the land reclaimed them. Or that it's an allegory of the effect of Capitalism, Church & Colonialism on ordinary people. Or maybe it was written without an explanation in mind - and that wrecks my quite literal mind!

May need to reread.

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Dance Move | Wendy Erskine
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Enjoying Wendy Erskine's collection of short stories on this rainy, windy day. An array of moments from "ordinary" lives, told with an unembelished sensitivity. Favourite so far is His Mother.

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None of This Is Serious | Catherine Prasifka
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“My phone is a living creature in my hand, my notifications its heartbeat... scrolling helps me to shut out my gnawing thoughts. It keeps alive the possibility that there might be an answer on the next thread.“ Sophie is struggling to find her place post-college, as her friends and sibling seem to get on with new lives. An interesting, and sometimes raw, look at contemporary challenges for young Irish women.

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Latest book for Read Around The World is from Burkina Faso. Enjoyed Somé's autobiographical novel about being taken away from his village, as a very young child, to be raised in a French seminary. Loved that he read the audiobook himself.

ATW so far: Ireland, England, France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Mali, Cote D'Ivore, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso. Up next: Niger.

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@Ddzmini sorry Im late to this! #two4tuesday Thinking of the last book you read, did the cover accurately reflect the story? Did the cover influence your decision to read the book? A good (or bad) cover can definitely influence me but maybe not so much in this case. The cover is quite subtle, focusing on the coffee-shop meetings of a parents' group. It was the blurb that swung my decision on this one.

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Echoland | Joe Joyce
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I dont usually read more than one book at a time but ended up reading two blinders this weekend! Really enjoying both 📚

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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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Getting started on what looks like an epic... 🤓🐈

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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Looking forward to June's #bookspinbingo and starting with the re-read of this absolute classic. Hoping to see the film, An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl), over the weekend. It's a hard book to measure up to, but the trailer looks like they might have managed it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOLJqEJI_-o) @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson
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Trying to read some more classics via Serial app. Enjoying combining serial issues with free audiobook versions. 30 mins well-spent each morning!

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The Murder Rule | Dervla McTiernan
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Cosy day listening to The Murder Rule. Very different from McTiernan's previous books but properly engrossing so far. That said, one of us is clearly more taken with it than the other 🐾 #catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead Awww snuggly!!! 1mo
Onioons @RaeLovesToRead he is a great snuggle buddy! 1mo
BookNAround He looks so cozy and soft and warm. 1mo
Onioons @BookNAround 😊 he makes the best hot water bottle! 1mo
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The Last | Hanna Jameson
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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl "Nadia once told me that she was kept awake at night by the idea that she would read about the end of the world on a phone alert."

ShyBookOwl Ouf. That's so real 1mo
Onioons @ShyBookOwl It is intense off the bat! But a real page-turner... 1mo
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Life Sentences | Billy O'Callaghan
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"Then, as the hour grew late, she began to sing, something she'd never before done in my hearing, at least not that I could remember Leaning back from the fire's glow and draped in night, she cleared her throat & built an air that was slow in finding its shape Long seconds passed before I recognised the lyrics of her song as Irish & then I could only bow my head, understanding few of the words & let myself be taken along by the lilt of her melody"

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The Deadwood Encore | Kathleen Murray
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Half way through the month and I haven't made much progress on my bingo lines! But really enjoying the books for this month. The Deadwood Encore shares the unique voices of two generations of Whelans, each shaped by the gifts of the seventh son of a seventh son. One struggling to understand his emerging powers and the other looking back from death to the loved ones he left behind. Really original and quirky. @aromaofbooks

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The Deadwood Encore | Kathleen Murray
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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl "And suddenly we know what heaven we're in... So said Perry Como, comrade in arms in the eternal choir of seventh sons, and so say all of us."

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The Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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My guest cat seems to have a different world view. His humans are scattered in different houses around his patch. And he bestows his time generously among his people. I completely understand the disproportinate effect the guest cat had on the lives of the protagonists. Gentle and slow, this simple story rang true for me.

Leftcoastzen I liked it a lot! Cute kitty !😻 2mo
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The Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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Next up!

LoverOfLearning Ha love the cover! 2mo
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Lightseekers | Femi Kayode
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The October sun is as hot as the blood of the angry mob #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Ready for May Bingo - already read #bookspin (The Colony) yesterday. And looking forward to #doublespin (The Art of Falling). But currently enjoying The Murder Box. Every month should start with a bank holiday weekend! @aromaofbooks

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Quirky with a capital Q! Such a fun read too!

LiteraryinLawrence Quirky is right! This was so bizarre but I was there for it. 2mo
Onioons @LiteraryinLawrence yeah, it's hard to be genuinely original & this really was 2mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this turned out to be a remarkable look at the complicated outcomes of colonisation. A small island off the coast of Ireland, with a rapidly diminishing population, is the destination for both an English artist and a French linguist, each with their own ambitions. Looking at how the locals fare with these visitors, their own ghosts, the civil war raging close by. A very well-crafted read.

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The Roommate | Dervla McTiernan
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Quick novella read from one of my favourite authors. Narrated really well & a great introduction to the Cormac Reilly police procedural series, set mostly in the West of Ireland.

LiteraryinLawrence I‘ve never read anything by this author but enjoy this genre. Do you have a book you recommend to start with? 2mo
Onioons @LiteraryinLawrence The Ruin is the first in the series but there are also a couple of prequels. It'd be fine to read them as standalones I think. 2mo
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Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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#readingbracket22 My favourite reads of the year were Brixton Hill (L Moggach), The Lamplighters (E Stonex), Record of a Spaceborn Few (B Chambers) and Glory (N Bulawayo). Special mention to Three Apples Fell From The Sky (N Abgaryan)!

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Duffy and Son | Damien Owens
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“It's hard to know where you should start a story.“ #firstlinefridays Spoiler: Eugene definitely knows how to tell a story!

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The Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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@thearomaofbooks I'd love to join #bookspin for May if it's not too late in the year! Love the idea of getting through some of these books in May.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Never too late to BookSpin!! Glad to have you along - I'll add you to the tag list so you should get a notification when I draw the numbers on Monday morning!! 2mo
Onioons @TheAromaofBooks Thank you, it's such a great idea! Looking forward to it 🙂 📚 2mo
TheAromaofBooks You may also be interested in the #Roll100 challenge hosted by @PuddleJumper - similar concept, bigger list! 😂 2mo
Onioons @TheAromaofBooks followed! Thanks, love a challenge or I'll just read whodunnits all day long 😆 2mo
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The Honjin Murders | Seishi Yokomizo
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Enjoying this short suspense novel. Unusual narrator's voice but engaging all the same...

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Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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When at last the Father of the Nation arrived for the Independence Day celebrations, no earlier than 3:28 in the afternoon, the citizens, congregated at the Jidada Square since morning, had had it with waiting; they could've razed the whole of Jidada with their frustration alone, that is, if Jidada had been any other place.

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On Friday, just past noon, after the sun had rolled past its lofty zenith and begun sliding sedately toward the western edge of the valley, Anatolia Sevoyants lay down to breathe her last. Before departing for the next world, she thoroughly watered the kitchen garden and scattered food for the chickens, leaving a little extra since the birds couldn't go around unfed - how could ahe know when the neighbours would discover her lifeless body?

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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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Knowing the cause of their suffering, the peasants cursed their barbarian emporer in his distant capital in the north. As with any two like things connected by a thread of qi, whereby the actions of one influence the other even at a distance, so an emporer's worthiness determines the fate of the land he rules.

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Daniil works in the Ministry of Food, before the Fall, engineering food packaging to Ministry standards. "The next day, Daniil found another memo on his desk, this one from Sergei Igorovich: To fill unfillable string-bean triangular void, engineer triangular vegetable. Due Friday."

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Love it when your library audiobook turns up early, just in time for the weekend 🤗📖🎧

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Eight Detectives | Alex Pavesi
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Nearly half way and still enjoying this strange meta look at the crime novel...

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Right November 2020, let's be havin ya!

Onioons I picked this book suspecting it would have a strong plot rather than strong characters. It was definitely surprising. But I just didn't like the guy and that always makes it harder for me to care. Marks for originality but the protagonist kinda ruined it for me. 2y
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So it took 608 minutes yesterday & 45 minutes this morning, but I couldn't put this down. Really interesting listen with a bunch of unexpected topics like open access, colonialism, robotics, social politics. All the time with a core cast of four characters keeping the story relatable. Dont understand the low ratings, I really enjoyed this.

Aaronlisa I gave the book a 3.5 star rating and although I couldn‘t put it down, the ending felt far too rushed for me. I felt that the author tried to do too much in too short of a book. But it is still a book that I think about. 2y
Onioons @Aaronlisa yes, that's fair. I think I'm used to dystopian novels that are caught up in their own "epicness" & this felt more grounded somehow. But I see how the ending was a bit too steep of a departure. I get the point he was trying to make but it was quite an academic point now that I think about it & advances the plot much more than the characters. As you say, it's one I'll remember. 2y
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Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Moving and cant always put my hand on the print book I want. But The Essex Serpent is one of those rare books I keep abandoning and then wanting to finish. Trying again with the audiobook. Too good to leave unfinished but so many rivals...

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The Distant Echo | Val McDermid
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An oldie but a goodie, so far...

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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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After a year of study, my time is my own again. So Operation ReadAllTheBooks is underway. I‘ve been looking forward to this gem for ages.

Suet624 Yay!!! 3y
charl08 Such a great feeling! Enjoy! 3y
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Bookly has me pegged for the weekend reader that I am! Must do better. This book deserves better 💪🤓

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The Rule of One | Ashley Saunders, Leslie Saunders
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Lunchtime reading in the sunshine is the best!

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Future Popes of Ireland | Darragh Martin
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She was the thing that got him off the couch. It didn‘t matter how other people looked at him, or how he looked at himself: through Sophie‘s eyes he could rebuild himself #happyfathersday 👨‍👧

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Future Popes of Ireland | Darragh Martin
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So Mary told the story, in the way that stories are often told when sex awaits, elaborations and embellishments expected, the details not as important as the eyes of the person listening,

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The Easy Way Out | Steven Amsterdam
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"Myrna was a photographer who got rich on a book of portraits of children from around the world. Even she ultimately decided that photographs of children were twee. 'If I had the strength today, I'd go back and take pictures of all their grandparents. That would be a different book'". Amsterdam's take on euthanasia is as engaging as his look at climate change in The Things We Didn't See Coming. Thoughtful, quirky, memorable.

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The Easy Way Out | Steven Amsterdam
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It's been too long, Litsy! A reading weekend is long overdue so I'm kicking off my own personal 24in48 challenge by finishing this little gem of a book... Can't do next weekend so for once in my life I'll be ahead of things 🙃

megnews I‘m doing my own 24in48 this weekend too! With 3 days off and up to 10 inches of snow on the way, wild horses won‘t pull me away from my reading. I have lots of books I want to finish up. 3y
Onioons @megnews Whoop! Excellent plan! Keep cosy & enjoy 📚🔥 3y
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Unspoken | Gerard Stembridge
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Gorgeous spot to finish re-reading Unspoken this morning. An absolute favourite that gets better with each read. Francis Strong is perfection; Limerick shines; a re-read of volume 2 beckons. Mr Stembridge, please write volume 3!

Eyelit So lovely!! 4y
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Eggshells | Caitriona Lally
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"There's a sudden smack of blue and the postman comes out of a house further down the terrace. He's moving in and out of houses like a needle stitching a hem." Quirky & quotable. Loving this so far...

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Day3 of my #librarylife black-and-white challenge and Batman features 🦇😁

readordierachel Awesome 😃 4y
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Day 2 of my #librarylife challenge - black & white photos, no people, no explanations 🎥

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The GAA: a history | Marcus De Brca
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I was challenged on Twitter to take photos of #librarylife. So many non-Littens don't know what they're missing out on 😆 Anyway, I'd feel like I was cheating if I didn't also upload here!

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The Twins | Tessa de Loo
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"The life of a soldier was something like a candle in front of Mary - when it had burnt down a new one was put in the holder."
Powerful reference to All Is Quiet On The Western Front

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The Island | Victoria Hislop
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"Today Fotini was going to be her Scheherazade." Struggling to find time to read but excited for Hislop to be my Scheherazade ???