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Redheadrambles

Joined April 2016

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️

I must admit to struggling with this one. It is a quick read, well written has some nice music references and a lyrical nostalgic air about it. I found it very much out of my comfort zone in terms of writing style, it seemed melodramatic and overwrought in places and there was a frustrating plot point I will not give away.
Still worth a look if, like me, you are new to this author and want to decide for yourself if she is for you.

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Here, The World Entire | Anwen Kya Hayward
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I don't normally go for novellas but this was suggested to me and it really is very good. It could go toe to toe with “Medusa”the short story Pat Barker published in The New Yorker earlier this year. Retellings ! they are everywhere, this one is a happy addition to the pile I am collecting up and an exceptional writing debut.

Certainly worth brushing off the Kindle for ;)

Redheadrambles #Readharder2019 - Self published novel 2d
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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An exceptional novel, this story is told plainly, with few narrative tricks and embellishments but it retains Whiteheads deft touch with changing perspectives and idiosyncratic phrasing. It demands and deserves a close read, shining a light on a portion of history that could too easily become buried.
Whitehead is one of the most interesting contemporary authors dealing with the ongoing legacy of slavery and racial inequality.

Redwritinghood Glad you liked this one. I‘m so behind right now. I haven‘t even started it yet. 19h
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood no rush I think several of us are running behind on this one. I needed to get it read for my IRL bookclub this month 11h
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In a Lonely Place | Dorothy B. Hughes
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I was a little surprised by how much I liked this. Noir is all a little melodramatic for me usually and this 1947 rediscovered classic does have its moments of swelling waves and “the thunderous ecstasy of the hungry sea” not to mention fog ! . However it is very good. There is plenty of tension filled moments here and it‘s a solid portrait of toxic masculinity and maybe one could go as far as saying predictive of the rise of “Incels”

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Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine, Stephen Sachs
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I think this is probably excellent and I enjoyed most of it but my caveat needs to be I am inept at appreciating poetry. I nearly always would rather spend time with a novel. I can only point feebly at bits I liked without having the language to say why. Predictably, my finger hovers over sections that are more like prose than poetry ( that bit on Serena was a highlight).
#readharder2019 - Poetry

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Cherry: A novel | Nico Walker
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

An incredibly tough read and impossible to review because it feels akin to reviewing someones life. This is auto-fiction and as such I am fighting my nature to want to untangle the fact from the fiction. If there is one reason to pick up this novel then, it is for the sections set in Iraq. Walker gives a very believable, no frills account of the life Iraq circa 2005. The picture he paints is ugly but entirely believable.

Redheadrambles #Readharder2019 - Book written in prison 1w
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Whatever You Say, Say Nothing | Patrick Radden Keefe
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A work of narrative non fiction I wish I had read prior to reading Milkman and For the Good Times. It‘s just a stellar bit of work that manages to convey the complexities of “The Troubles” while not letting the weight of all that history bog it down. By allowing the reader a hook with the story of Jean McConville it is constantly reminding you of the cost of political violence and asking you does the ends justify the means.

Redheadrambles #Readharder2019 Journalism prompt (edited) 2w
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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September Reads :- Almost the entire month spent chipping away at Ducks and it feels good to have that one done ✅. However my standout for September is the tagged book, from the Booker shortlist and I have already raved about that extensively. I enjoyed my time spent with the Atwoods but I think October needs to be a refocus on #ReadHarder another 6 books to go !

Cathythoughts I was wondering about Quichotte .... I‘d like to give it a go. Must read The Testaments as it‘s our next Bookclub book 3w
Billypar I've been meaning to ask someone- have you read Don Quixote, and if so, is there a lot to appreciate in Quichotte as far as DQ references that make it a better reading experience? 3w
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thebluestocking You‘re a machine for making it through Ducks! 💙 3w
Redheadrambles @billypar I had not read it but yes I would say if you had you would get even more out of this book but there is plenty to grapple with anyway- it is a mental workout! 3w
Redheadrambles @thebluestocking i decided to tackle it at 25 pages a day and it took me a month - it‘s totally doable 😉 3w
Billypar That makes sense- thanks! 'Mental workout'- yeah that sounds about right for Rushdie 😁 3w
thebluestocking @Redheadrambles Ooh. I love the slow and steady approach. 3w
ClairesReads Solid month friend! 2w
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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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For the most part I really enjoyed this, I have always loved Atwood and she hardly ever lets me down. However, I would have to say the last third of this seemed a tiny bit rushed ? It‘s a shame because even though I was one who doubted the need for a Handmaids Tale sequel, in the end I was won over by how she approached this. I just wish the ending was as solid as the start.

Cinfhen Stunning photo and great review. I‘m finding the middle section to be a little bogged down and the writing a little juvenile 😬😬😬 (edited) 4w
Cinfhen That‘s not to say I‘m not enjoying the book; I was just expecting something of a higher caliber (edited) 4w
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Redheadrambles @Cinfhen Yes, I think that‘s a fair analysis. I still found it quite propulsive for the most part but the very end was quite convenient? It‘s easy to think it is YA I guess because the protagonists are younger women. I am not sure she differentiated the voices enough? 4w
Redheadrambles @Cinfhen pretty sure it‘s not going to be considered her best work unfortunately:( 4w
Cinfhen I haven‘t gotten to the end yet, but I definitely think her younger voices are the weaker points of this book. 4w
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Started reading this 1 month ago and chipped away at it slowly. I certainly don‘t regret the experience but on the other hand it is decidedly not in my reading comfort zone. Long stretches of movie, music and other references that I couldn‘t relate to plus a mind-numbing amount of repetition - despite this it is does have its moments of fun. Maybe it‘s a book I will appreciate fully once we are out of these dark ages ?

AceOnRoam I was worried that you would bail. So glad you hung in there 👏👏 4w
Redheadrambles @AceOnRoam thanks Ace - no I never considered a DNF, for the most part I liked it 4w
ClairesReads Omg I can‘t wait to get into this 3w
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A beautifully illustrated graphic novel version of The Handmaids Tale provided me with a useful refresher on the story prior to picking up The Testaments. I thought this tale worked very well in this format but it will never be a replacement for reading Atwood‘s classic novel.

AceOnRoam Gorgeous 💕❤ 4w
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This unsettling book is referred to as “The great unread NZ novel” in the introduction to this rerelease by Text classics. First published in 1968 it seems to have long fallen by the wayside and I had never heard of it until a copy began circulation in my book club.
I have mixed feelings on this one but it is certainly a story that is very hard to shake off and also one that needs multiple reads. Perplexing retro NZ storytelling.

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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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My first experience with Rushdie and I was quite taken by this one. It‘s a crazy, sprawling meta-fictional ride with a little sci-fi / absurdist bent. It does traverse a porous line between fiction and reality, there are Mastodons as a kind of social metaphor, alongside stinging indictments of aspects of modern day America, Britain and India. This novel has such breadth and yet remaIns funny, propulsive and grandly risky. Loved it !

Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked 1mo
Emilymdxn I loved this too! 1mo
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ClairesReads I‘ve got this lined up too- buoyed by this great review 3w
Nute Fantastic review! 3w
andrew61 Great review, im halfway through and if I'd have applied the 50 page test id have abandoned it but as I have persevered it is becoming really absorbing. 3w
Redheadrambles @andrew61 great 👍🏻 I hope you ended up liking it in the end @Nute thanks 🙏🏻 3w
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I have been tricked into reading a surreal allegory and it has left me discombobulated.
It became obvious by halfway that answers for my many questions were not going to be forth-coming and as elegant as this writing is, there wasn't sufficient oomph to prevent me side-eyeing other more exciting novels. I was left grappling with allegory and the deviances of the worlds creepiest typing teacher.

( That cover though, it promises much ! )

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1mo
aeeklund Excellent review!! I‘ve been curious about this one, but what you‘ve said here makes me think that it‘s probably not for me. Thank you! 1mo
Redheadrambles @TrishB @aeeklund thank you ! It still an exquisite piece of writing it just very languid a not really a dystopia in my mind but an exploration of memory/ loss and death. 1mo
Nute Wow! I dig this review! I‘m gonna give this go, but at least I have been forewarned.😳 3w
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Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
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August was all about getting through as many Booker Longlisters as I could manage and I surprised myself by how enjoyable this has been. I liked them all with the possible exception of the Obioma, however my top read for the month was the tagged book which reminds me I need non-fiction occasionally:)
September it is going to be all about the Atwood and playing catch-up on #Readharder2019

Cathythoughts I have that tagged book on kindle, but I‘m avoiding it... sounds good , must read soon 2mo
Tamra I‘m anxious to read 2mo
Nute Excellent reading accomplishments! 3w
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Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
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I was predisposed to enjoy this one and it was everything I had hoped for. I knew this story from listening to a podcast called “The Dropout”. However to read the story told in all its excruciating detail from the WSJ investigative reporter John Carreyrou was still riveting. Just walk away Walgreens ! I cannot wait for the film version.

Redheadrambles #readharder2019 - Non violent true crime 2mo
cjk Stranger than fiction. 😳 2mo
BarbaraBB I am just listening to the podcast! 2mo
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Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB it‘s a good podcast I think, it‘s always good to hear people‘s voices and I think it helped me solidify who was who in the book. 2mo
Cathythoughts Good to know. I‘ll have a listen to the podcast first 👍🏻 2mo
ClairesReads So glad you loved this one too 1mo
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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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Kevin Barry is a new author for me and I am keen to try his other novels. For some reason I went into this thinking “action novel” but it is a lyrical character study of two aging criminals and their reminiscences. The chapter entitled “The Judas Iscariot All Night Drinking Club” is a masterpiece of mood and slow building tension. There might be an argument to be made that this is more style over substance but I admired it tremendously.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻. Looking forward to this one 2mo
charl08 I agree, I'd not read anything by him and hadn't recognised his name. 2mo
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charl08 And I'm still amazed at calling a club that! 2mo
Redheadrambles @Cathythoughts I hope you enjoy it 2mo
Redheadrambles @charl08 it‘s a fun and also appropriate name I think ;) 2mo
Redwritinghood Yay! This may be an #indiebuddyreads favorite. Glad you enjoyed it. 2mo
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Nearly a one-sitting read but one I believe would be enhanced by a second go through. It‘s a little creepy and fever-dreamy. Some elements are not entirely in my reading comfort zone but the author is having such fun with language you can‘t help but admire the originality. I enjoyed this rather a lot but I did not fall entirely in love with it.

Redheadrambles #Bookerprize2019 ( 7 / 13 ) At the halfway point ! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review and picture. Halfway! Well done. I just started my fifth one! 2mo
Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB I think I have all the big books still to go but I am enjoying myself and just started “Night Boat to Tangier” which I sense I am going to love 2mo
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BarbaraBB I just started that one as well! 2mo
BookwormM Loved Night Boat I am on my final 2 as Testaments is not released yet. Ducks on Kindle and Girl Woman Other hardback 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review ... love ‘ fever dreamy‘ great description 👍🏻♥️ I loved this one (edited) 2mo
Tamra I‘m intrigued! 2mo
Redheadrambles @Cathythoughts thanks - I like it more with distance and certainly it would make my own shortlist alongside FrankissStein, Lost Children Archive and most likely The Night Boat to Tangier that I have just started. 2mo
ClairesReads Glad you liked this one Trudie- I still need to read it! 2mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I think you might really like it and it is a fast read ! 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I feel like I keep saying soon but I do mean it! 2mo
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I am probably about to damn this one with faint praise. It was a perfectly fine read. I enjoyed it. It just didn‘t really nourish me much. A short, sharp, punchy novel about sisters, one of whom is a serial killer. An excellent and solid debut however I remain perplexed ( as I nearly always am ) about why it is on literary prize lists....Braithwaite is good but I think and hope more accomplished novels are in her future.

Cathythoughts Good review 👍🏻. I agree , not nourishing- well put 2mo
mklong Great review! Couldn‘t agree more. 2mo
Redwritinghood Agree. It was fun, but nothing special. 2mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

This ended up being ok despite all indicators to the contrary. It might not be a literary prize-winning effort and as a dystopia it takes a fairly minimalist approach to world-building. Take one big wall, add water, baby politicians and some "Others" and that is your backstory. However, I approached this as a type of team-bonding novel; a low-key version of Platoon, set in England with tea and biscuits and as such I enjoyed it

Redheadrambles #booker2019( No. 5 / 13 ) (edited) 2mo
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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Booker 4 / 13

I am going to assume this novel is an exposé of toxic masculinity rather than the alternative read : one that is asking me to sympathise with this man's actions.

The fact that I remain unsure after 512 pages, concerns me.

Redwritinghood I‘m struggling with this one. 2mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood well I would love to say it is worth it but .... there are some positives but I might not be the best reader to ask about them :) Good Luck Jerrie ( the middle is very good ) 2mo
BookwormM I liked the beginning when things were simple and the chickens were all important but the end that was so bleh 2mo
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Book 3/13 from the 2019 Booker longlist and I keep being delighted ! ( my luck is going to run out eventually). I have never read Shafak before but I certainly will be seeking out more of her novels. Leila‘s story is a sad one but it is told with such love and humanity. I got a real taste of the complexities of Istanbul- it‘s history and diverse people. I doubt the prose is the strongest on the list but it might be the most “readable”

BarbaraBB Great review. It sounds promising. 3mo
Redwritinghood I‘m looking forward to this one. I‘ll read it if my BD order ever gets here. 🙄 3mo
mklong I‘m reading this one now and loving it so far! 2mo
Redheadrambles @mklong yes ! I think it‘s rather endearing on many levels 2mo
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Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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A little late on the #julystats. A solid but maybe not outstanding reading month. Two books from the Miles Franklin long list but I still haven‘t read the winner ! A couple with beautiful covers that otherwise didn‘t click with me. Really enjoyed this tagged book the winner of the #MBI2019 prize.
August is all about #Booker2019 fever so looking forward to it.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 💖📚💖 3mo
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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Positives - lovely cover, interesting characters, Florida vibes.

Ultimately, though this is not my jam. One of my biggest hurdles was the focus on detailed description over narrative advancement. Whenever a character defining moment threatened to appear, the author would bury me in an avalanche of sensory details - stinky cushions, zits, dust and grime. I just don‘t need this hyper-real level of detail in my fiction.

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The Lebs | Michael Mohammed Ahmad
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Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, this is a confrontational book about growing up “Leb” in Australia. I don‘t think there is another author writing this frankly about these issues and in such a punchy style. This book will be offensive to some, I felt uncomfortable about plenty of things here, yet it got me to ask myself why and to consider how you might see the world when you grow up branded by the horrific actions of others.

Redheadrambles #readharder19 - Own voices Oceania 3mo
CarolynM I've been wondering about this one, thanks for the encouragement to pick it up. Have you read the one I'm hoping will win 3mo
Redheadrambles @CarolynM I actually did start it but for some reason I couldn‘t get into it but everyone else who read it loved it so I will pick it up again 3mo
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ClairesReads Great review- absolutely excited to read this one 3mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yes it so thought provoking. Keen to see what you make of it 3mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it sounds right up my alley 3mo
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Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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I enjoyed this years Booker International prize winner much more than anticipated. It‘s a very good introduction to the lives of women in Oman. It gives you a little bit of history in amongst the family saga but I still needed to do some background reading. I found it refreshing to read a book from this part of the world but the structure and the very confusing inter-relationships are a big stumbling block to full immersion.

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The Lucky Galah | Tracy Sorensen
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This is not terrible but it is a little bit tricksy for its own good. The highlight was the Galah, an impressive amount of imagination is involved in this narration. I didn‘t find the communication between bird and satellite dish to add anything at all to the book apart from confusion. Plotwise it‘s pretty thin and structurally it‘s a little messy. What it does do well is small town Australia circa 1960.

Redheadrambles #readharder19 Animal as POV character 3mo
ClairesReads Not quite a win, but always good to tick another one off 3mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5

I didn‘t enjoy this as much as I thought but it is still an outstanding piece of work.

The complex Mother-Son-Grandmother relationship was a highlight. Cruel, tender, funny, heartbreaking - it was a kind of melancholy portraiture done in prose and poetry.
Moving forward in time, things started to tumble out of control, heavy themes unfolding in erratic time jumps. The poetic interludes started to fuddle me ....
Excellent in parts.

LapReader Prettiest cover I‘ve seen yet. 3mo
Becker I‘m struggling with it right now. The writing is lovely in places but it is very hard to follow and I‘m not really enjoying it. 3mo
Redheadrambles @Becker that was essentially my struggle, although I did enjoy the first half, things fell apart for me in the end 3mo
Redwritinghood I‘m still working on it. I like it, but I‘m not eager to jump back in after I put it down. 3mo
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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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A little late to my June summary as I wanted to include the James door stopper. Overall a solid month of reading with one great 5⭐️ and a new author to investigate further - Jeanette Winterson‘s Frankisstein is great ! I enjoyed everything to some degree with one notable exception that I have already posted about ;)
#junewrapup #junestats

Emilymdxn Great books this month! 4mo
ReadingOver50 I hated Black Leopard, Red Wolf and I am upset with myself for buying it. The description sounded so good but the execution was awful. 4mo
Redheadrambles @ReadingOver50 I know I feel exactly the same way - I don‘t mind fantasy but this .... phew. 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A wonderful month! 💖📖💖 4mo
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Ahhhh that‘s 9 days of good reading time I will never get back. I should have bailed but a slogged it out so I could have this opinion.
This is such a mess, a story that meanders and dodges, monsters that just appear with little sense of tension. I am not even touching on the oft mentioned violence - it exudes a smug air of if you can‘t handle it then your not cool enough for Marlon James. I would say “kill your darlings” James.

BookwormM What was it with that hyena scene I mean really 🤮 4mo
ReadingOver50 I hated it. 4mo
Kalalalatja Yes to everything 👆 4mo
Redwritinghood I quit after the first part, but plan to take it up again later. Not sure that‘s the right choice. (edited) 4mo
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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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Yes ! Finally a book I feel justified in dancing around and declaring my book of the year. I laughed so much while reading this, every page with Ron Lord on it is an absolute riot. This book is so many things - a homage to Frankenstein, a thought experiment in what it means to be human and post human ? A history lesson on just about everything including famous woman scientists. It has some challenges but I adored it !

BarbaraBB Okay this intrigued me although I‘ve ‘given up‘ on Winterson years ago! 4mo
ClairesReads Ooooo glad you enjoyed this, I‘m really keen to read it xx 4mo
Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB this is actually my first from her so I can‘t compare but it seems like she has a certain style that may work for you or not. She does love rhetorical questions and repetitions / echoes of phrases. (edited) 4mo
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Spring | Ali Smith
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Somehow this one did not make any connection with me, maybe it is my mood or my expectations were too high. I have enjoyed the previous books of the quartet but this was just too fragmentary for me. Just when I thought I had hold of a story strand we would digress into some other topic. It is like the reading equivalent of staring at imagery that is far too busy, there is no where for the eyes to rest and it starts to give you a headache

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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“ She was old. So old she was colorless. So old only her mouth and eyes were distinguishable features in her face. Nose, chin, cheekbones, forehead, neck all had surrendered their identity to the pleats and crochetwork of skin committed to constant change “

Marvellous.

AceOnRoam Lovely ❤ 4mo
AceOnRoam I need to start this one very soon! 4mo
Cathythoughts I loved the couple of Toni Morrison‘s I‘ve read ♥️💔 4mo
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ClairesReads Looking forward to getting to this one 4mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I hope you do get to it as would love your thoughts 💭 4mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I‘m on holiday in 2 weeks so it‘s on lock for the break 4mo
Kammbia1 I'm going to read this one as a buddy read next month in honor of her passing. Looking forward to it....as this novel will be a re-read for me. 1mo
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Edible Woman | Margaret Atwood
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“trailing herself, like a many-plumed fish-lure with glass beads and three spinners and seventeen hooks, through the likely looking places, good restaurants and cocktail bars with their lush weed-beds of philodendrons, where the right kind of men might be expected to be lurking, ravenous as pike, though more maritally inclined “

Atwood‘s debut novel is as superb as you would expect and now being adapted for TV 😁

Redwritinghood Didn‘t know about the tv adaptation. Do you know if it will be in the US? 4mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood - there is an article in Variety on this, so far the rights have been acquired and a producer attached so it early days but I imagine it will be shown worldwide like the Handmaids Tale ? 4mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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May was a little bit of a meh month of reading for me. The theme being one of books I expected to be great turning out to be a series of disappointments. The exception being the wonderful Lost Children Archive. As a result I am trying to stack June with as many sure things as possible!
#monthlywrapup #mayreadingstats #indiebuddyreads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Still a good month! Hopefully you enjoy June's reading more though. 😊💖📚 5mo
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Flames | Robbie Arnott
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This tipped too far into Neil Gaiman's world in the end there. However, it is a lovely celebration of everything Tasmanian. The section about the seal/tuna hunting is stunning, I was hoping the entire book was going to be in this vein.

shawnmooney I hoped so too and bailed early, once I could see how Gaimaney it was going to be. 5mo
Redheadrambles @shawnmooney yeah I am not the worlds biggest Gaiman fan here. I hung in for Tasmania as there are some nice resonances with a trip I did there but .... I can see the appeal just not for me 5mo
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The Force | Don Winslow
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⭐️⭐️ 1/2

I thought initially I was going to rate this higher as the setup is strong and I was having flashbacks to one of my favourite TV series - The Wire. Unfortunately the middle third bogged down in complicated plotting and by the end pretty much every character was loathsome to me.
I will keep trying with Winslow and try The Cartel series next.

ClairesReads Oh bummer! 5mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I think I prefer my crime on film ? This book sidetracked me into watching The Godfather trilogy again and well it suffered by comparison! 5mo
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This probably deserves more than the 3-star rating I have given it. I came to view this as a quaint picturesque type endeavour, more artistic feeling than plot. Open any page and you will be well rewarded with some elegant and delicate prose, some lovely impression of 16th century Constantinople and the workings of Michelangelo but ( and here I lower my voice to a whisper ) it was just a teensy-weensy bit ... dull ?

ClairesReads Just getting started 5mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads it is a complete 180 from Machines like me ! 5mo
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It pains me to pan this one because McEwan is one of my favourite authors but this is a colossal hodgepodge of balderdash unfortunately. The least of its problems is the engorged robot shenanigans much more irksome to me was the poorly handled “moral dilemma” and the absolutely appalling characterisation.
Obviously, this one rankled me !

Redheadrambles #readharder2019 - Alternate history 5mo
Redwritinghood Not surprised by this based on your updates! (edited) 5mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood yep - it is somehow much more disappointing when I usually love this author 5mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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I think this is stunning. It is so many things - a story of child migrants but also of parenting, it‘s about a relationship in breakdown but also how we record history. It is a conversation between this book and other works fiction dealing with journeys. It‘s eclectic and digressive yet also “page-turning”. One of only a handful of novels that really capture this moment in time for me ( the other being the eminent Ali Smith)

ClairesReads I one hundred agree although I‘m not quite done 5mo
mklong @ClairesReads @Redheadrambles Same here. It‘s the first Indiespensible book I‘ve gotten in a while that I am thrilled to have a signed copy of. 5mo
Redheadrambles @mklong yes agree we have had a few so-so‘s recently but this makes up for it. 5mo
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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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Nobody could have been more surprised than me to discover I was going to struggle mightily with this writing style. Right from the start words like wooden, blank, monotonous and yes pocourante crossed my mind. I tried to engage but frankly the entire enterprise bored me silly, minus a few grimly memorable acts of violence and bad luck.
Some kind of point beyond an arch subversion of the Western myth would also have been welcome.

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For The Good Times | David Keenan
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Well the good news is my reading was certainly more enjoyable than last month ! Six books and I mostly got something out of them all. The stand-out was my bookclub read - For The Good Times - that‘s a book that is hard to shake off and hard to recommend! Onwards into May !
#Aprilreads #Aprilstats #Monthlywrapup

ClairesReads A good month mate! Yass 6mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads it was and I have some fun reads ahead - Spring/ Song of Solomon / the new McEwan hopefully... 6mo
mklong Can‘t wait to hear what you make of the new McEwan! And of course, I‘m ready for Spring to take its place in the Hall of Fame. 6mo
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ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yessss I am getting excited for Song of Solomon, and can‘t wait to discuss Spring with you! I am eyeing up the new McEwan too. So much to read. I‘m diving into The Lost Children Archive tonight. 6mo
ClairesReads @mklong yasss Spring for Hall of Fame! 6mo
Redheadrambles @mklong I just need to get out from under the worlds slowest Western and then these lovely exciting reads can be mine ! 6mo
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This was a pretty fun read in the end, once I found my groove with it. After the first few chapters I wasn't sure I had it in me to continue, it did feel like I was hurtling through the cosmos at light-speed dodging asteroids.

Much of what I liked about this book was the general scientific perspective on life, the notion that we are less important than we think we are in the greater scheme of things.

Redheadrambles #ReadHarder2019 - Book about space (edited) 6mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I read this one almost entirely because the author is coming to the Auckland Writers Festival otherwise I might have skipped over it and that would have been a shame ! It is a delightful diversion. I fell for the bumbling charms of Arthur Less while not always sharing his humour. What I liked a lot were the astute musings on ageing and the complexities of relationships, plus all the travel was fun.

CarolynM I agree, I loved Arthur Less. There was a lovely article about Greer in the Good Weekend section of The Age on the weekend. It's on the website, if I knew how I'd link to it but I'm not that clever🙂 6mo
Redheadrambles @CarolynM thanks I will go check that out 6mo
Redwritinghood Glad you enjoyed it! It was a fun book. 6mo
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I appreciated the unique perspective this book gave into the authors experiences but I have to admit I struggle to embrace this writing style. Not that “enjoyment” here is a goal, this is a traumatic story. The first 50 or so pages were really great but then I found myself bogged down at times in a mystical spirituality which as an agnostic person of science is a struggle to read through. An impressive first novel but just not for me.

ClairesReads I totally get this- you are very right that the balance was out. Sorry it didn‘t fire for you! 6mo
mklong Uh oh, I am venturing into the bit that bogged down for you now. 6mo
Redheadrambles @mklong how are you going with it - I am so curious! 6mo
mklong Ach! I had to put it down to finish How to Be Both for book club tonight. I‘ll be back at it tomorrow though. 6mo
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For The Good Times | David Keenan
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

This book is a wild ride - violent, hallucinatory and elusive to define.
Keenan writes like his mind is on fire. Interweaving a story of violent thuggery, with Irish jokes, reverence for Perry Como, a comic book side-story and digressions into what is Art. Yet that hardly seems to describe the reading experience.

There is ALOT going on here and it is one that would benefit from multiple readings. I think it is brilliant.

Redwritinghood Sounds interesting. Great review. 6mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood yes it is an interesting potentially polarising book 6mo
ClairesReads I see they have Severance up next! 6mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I know ! Lucky for me as it gives me some breathing room to catch up on some Read Harder e.t.c 6mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Well this was fine, I guess.

The title was cool, I was preparing for something a little more perturbing like say Fever Dream, something creepy with Bog people.

I place this book alongside The Water Cure and The Natural Way of Things in all three novels, women are repressed by tyrannical men and I struggled to admire them because they lacked nuance. However Sarah Moss is an engaging writer and I would try her again.

nomadreader I need to buckle down and finish this one, but my first impressions are in line with yours. 6mo
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New Animals | Pip Adam
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I had been warned the last third of the book was a little different from the first part of the novel. However, I wasn't prepared for a perfectly ok story about Auckland hairdressers to just end with no resolution and a weird Waterworld inspired short story to appear in it's place. Did the author lose the entire last section of her novel in some unfortunate mishap ?
As a reader I was utterly at sea ( haha !).

Redheadrambles #readharder2019 - Woman Prize winner from 2018 (NZ Ockhams) (edited) 6mo
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Really a tough book to both love and review. I certainly pushed hard against it to begin with. I didn‘t like the people, I didn‘t like the central premise, it seemed all a little “upper middle class problems” however.... the writing is very good, so much so I was making plenty of use of the Kindle highlighting function. In the end the writing sustained my interest rather than the plot.

Redwritinghood Glad you enjoyed it! 6mo
merelybookish Agree wholeheartedly! 6mo
ClairesReads Good and fair review 👌🏻 6mo
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I don‘t know what happened in March as only four books read seems like a very stately pace for me .... I do believe I started and DNF‘ed a few additional books. Without question Silence of the Girls and The Sellout were the standouts.
Better luck in April ??!

#Marchstats #Marchwrapup #Marchbooks

Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood tell me about it !! I feel trapped in a sort of insufferable dinner party 7mo
Redwritinghood Here‘s hoping! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I feel, though, like I‘m never going to get through 7mo
BarbaraBB Wasn‘t Subutex Vernon 2 good? 7mo
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ClairesReads Aw- even if it wasn‘t a prolific reading month, at least you had a couple of awesome reads? I‘m enjoying The Hadley even though it‘s a bit slow 7mo
Redheadrambles @BarbaraBB I have to say it was only just ok for me. I still enjoyed it but no where near as much as the first novel:( 7mo
BarbaraBB That‘s a pity. I still need to read the first but I heard such good things about it and had high hopes for the series. 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Good job! 📖💖 7mo
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