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TheCuriousHousecat

TheCuriousHousecat

Joined August 2018

I love to read ❤️❤️❤️
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A psychological thriller that if it hadn‘t have been well written would have been a dud. It certainly kept me wondering but in the end it seems it was a game and unfortunately the woman was the one being played with. It was definitely a story I hadn‘t heard before. ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛from me.

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Specimen Days: A Novel | Michael Cunningham
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I did not like this book. And I‘m disappointed. This is the second book I‘ve read by this author and the first one “A home at the end of the world” was brilliant. Such a shame. Anyway a ⭐️ for trying.

BarbaraBB I have that same feeling about him and this book. But I loved 4w
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Snow Falling on Cedars | David Guterson
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Wow. This book is brilliantly written, provokingly real and stunning in its insight into the drama of the human condition. Captures the chaotic nature of this life. The last lines are poignant and beautiful. Would have to be one of my favourite books. I read this because I was travelling to this part of the world. So thankful for the splendour of meeting the characters in the story along with experiencing the beauty of this part of our world.

Cathythoughts Wonderful review ♥️👍🏻 4w
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Mehso-so

It took me so long to read this book that I‘d forgotten some of the characters and plot lines by the end. But I guess that says it all. It was t riveting reading. ⭐️⭐️from me.

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The World Without Us | Mireille Juchau
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This book was about grief. Losing a child and it‘s affect on a family runs parallel to the loss of bees from the environment. It‘s a stunning book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛from me.

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Family Next Door | Sally Hepworth
Mehso-so

This book had so much promise and just turned into a suburban melodrama. There was little reality and lots of overblown plot. Like I said it hooked me in the beginning but quickly disappointed. ⭐️⭐️🌛 for trying.

AntoinetteBuchanan I didn‘t enjoy it either. Have read 3 of hers now and they were all underwhelming 3mo
TheCuriousHousecat @AntoinetteBuchanan oh in that case I don‘t think I‘ll bother with any more of her books. I need more from a story than what this book has to offer. 2mo
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Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t give two hoots how these boring men spend chunks of their lives pursuing women in a dishonest immoral way. Get a life you pack of morons. Bailed for sure.

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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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What a tedious pile of pages. I was so looking forward to a Karin Slaughter but her style is not for me. ⭐️⭐️ for trying.

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Good In Bed | Jennifer Weiner
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Bailedbailed

I grabbed this book from our local little free library thinking “I loved Jennifer Egan‘s book A Visit from the Goon Squad”. Yes I know. I had my Jennifer‘s mixed up. I worked this out about 70 pages in when I was thinking the story isnt that riveting and the writing nothing special. Anyway I ditched it. So I can‘t very well rate it now.

JacqMac I have done this. I hate it when I confuse my authors. But I‘m so terrible with names. (edited) 3mo
TheCuriousHousecat @JacqMac easy done. I won‘t confuse these Jennifer‘s anymore though. Such different writers. 3mo
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Praise | Andrew McGahan
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A book about substance abuse and easy access to the dole in the 90s. It‘s sure not that easy to get social security benefits anymore in Australia. This is an excellent book if you want to see how a life can spiral out of control. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me.

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Hilarious ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me.

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Amnesia: A novel | Peter Carey
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In future I need to read a Peter Carey novel rather than listening. They‘re too convoluted and plot driven, full of diversions and twists so a light listen is not adequate. Anyway this is a good book about cyber terrorism and what drives the them to do the extreme. I liked it ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛from me,

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The Yoga Body | Lola Berry
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Full of recipes that I didn‘t make but I‘m sure were absolutely fine. I enjoyed the bits about yoga mainly but there‘s also some info about eating well and looking after that body we should worship. On the whole not bad.

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The Wife: A Novel | Meg Wolitzer
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This book by the end made me angry. I wanted Joe exposed for the fraud he was. It didn‘t quite happen like that but in my imagination I have Joan writing and being published long after Joe is dead. An exposure of sorts. You‘ll know what I mean if you‘ve read the book. I haven‘t seen the movie yet but it‘s on my list to watch. I hope it doesn‘t disappoint but alas most movies aren‘t a patch on a brilliant book. I‘m giving this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛.

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This was one of my lunchtime arty reads. Rather good and learnt a lot. Who knew that Louis XIV had a favourite pair of red high heels. Wish that would come back in fashion for men. Anyway ⭐️⭐️⭐️from me.

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This is a sad book about an unfortunate child who struggles in the world with undiagnosed autism. Bullied from his school days and through his adult life, he responds with guile and childish pranks. The consequence of this behaviour is a devastating bush fire that destroys many lives. Really good. It‘s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Washerwoman's Dream | Hilarie Lindsay
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Excellent book about adversity. I‘m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Out There | Kerri Sackville
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Honestly this made the dating game seem futile. If it could be treated like a game all the better for everyone but if not it would be heartache. I listened to this book just because and although the jokes fell flat it was decent enough. I‘m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Land Before Avocado | Richard Glover
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This is hilarious. I‘d really recommend the audio book with Richard narrating. He brings out the many nuances. I‘m giving this ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛

CarolynM Is it intended to be funny? Most of what I've heard about it made me think it was serious. Maybe I just got the wrong end of the stick🤔 5mo
TheCuriousHousecat @CarolynM There are definitely serious bits in it. The last section when he delves into statistics is definitely meant to be analysed. But on the whole it‘s a light hearted look at the 70s. His belly flop into the pool was a laugh. I could see those teenagers sitting about the pool. (edited) 4mo
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It‘s rather apparent from reading this book that some people have difficult lives. Oh boy! The adoptive parents of the protagonist of this story were despicable. I also realise that although I don‘t particularly agree with the whole Marie Kondo decluttering bug that‘s claimed the world this book has made me want to have a good clean out. Anyway good book ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛

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Mehso-so

I‘m giving this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the images of Edouard Vuillard‘s paintings. Other than that this book would be going in the op shop bag.

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Due Preparations for the Plague | Janette Turner Hospital
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This is a brilliant book. The characters develop along the way, the story is intriguing and the plot just gets thicker. Who ever knows really what‘s fake news? I‘m giving this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛. Brilliant.

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Excellent 3rd book by Jane Harper. Set in the Australian outback this haunting scene is a perfect backdrop. Characters are well drawn, plot races along and the story feels real. Look I think it‘s her best novel yet. I‘m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛

Bklover I can‘t wait!!!!! 6mo
MyNamesParadise I preordered it on amazon and it will be at my house tomorrow! (The release date in the states). I‘m so excited!!! 6mo
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Informative and slightly disturbing. It‘s a mystery the chemicals that go into making a fragrance but this book somewhat enlightens the reader. Lots of alcohol and esters and no wonder some people feel unwell around them. Anyway ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me.

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Autumn | Karl Ove Knausgeard
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This is an excellent read. Although it‘s only a few weeks into the new year it will have to end up on my fave list for the year surely. I‘m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛

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Preaching to the converted is the outcome of this book. But it‘s worth a read if you want to go down the second hand track. I‘m dubious about whether the upcycled clothing actually gets worn or ends up in landfill. Some of it just looks cumbersome like jean dresses. It has inspired me to make some of my own clothing without a pattern though. I‘ve done this before with varying degrees of success. Anyway ⭐️⭐️⭐️from me.

SailorMoon If you are interested in the subject of fashion awareness, I'd suggest you read "Overdressed", a book I reviewed on my page (so you can check the author, because I can't remember her name). It tells the real story of what's hidden behind let's say the t-shirt you are probably wearing: is it ethical? Does it really cost what we pay or don't pay for it? Who worked to realize the finished product? It's such an interesting reading, in my opinion. 6mo
TheCuriousHousecat @SailorMoon I‘ll look into that book. It‘s daunting what we‘re to this planet on so many levels. The fashion industry is just too ridiculous. Thank you for letting me know about ‘overdressed ‘ 6mo
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Cousins | Salley Vickers
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Has to be a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ because of all the great references and messages. Possessions possess the possessor is just one of them I loved.

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I‘m not a believer in karma. I know that if you‘re nice to people more than likely they‘ll respond nicely in return but as far as the universe rewarding you for a life well lived, well that‘s hilarious. It‘s all random and chaotic. And this book reiterates that in a rather readable way.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me.

MrsMalaprop 👍 I‘m with you on the karma. 6mo
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Fave books of 2018.

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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This book needs to be read by those of us in our comfortable western lives who are dogmatic about who should come to our country and how. It‘s truly a beautiful book. A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛from me. #LitsyLove19

BarbaraBB I agree with you, a great book about an urgent subject 7mo
LazyDays Thanks for entering and good luck!💜 7mo
TheCuriousHousecat @BarbaraBB my only lament is the ones that should have a read of this book probably won‘t. 7mo
BarbaraBB You‘re probably right 😬 6mo
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Berthe Morisot | Jean-Dominique Rey
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Not my cup of tea but it is well written. I‘ve wanted to read it for a while and have now but probably won‘t go back to read the rest in Rice‘s vampire series. It‘s a ⭐️⭐️🌛 from me.

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Adultery: A novel | Paulo Coelho
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A dud as far as I‘m concerned. Didactic and instructional with a couple of really awkward sex scenes thrown in. ⭐️⭐️

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Love in a Cold Climate | Nancy Mitford
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This book is hilarious, ridiculous and indeed intent. An old classic of course that I would definitely recommend. I‘d give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Here‘s an image I‘ve drawn with the book of CDs featured in it. Have a great Christmas 🎄🎄🎄

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Becoming O'Keeffe: the early years | Sarah Whitaker Peters
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Some of my top picks for 2018. Also have to include “Sing unburied sing”, Alias Grace, All the Birds Singing, The Beach, My name is Lucy Barton, Lincoln in the Bardo, Choke, The Rain Queen, A Visit from the Goon Squad and Seven Types of Ambiguity.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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This really was a stupid story. I‘m giving it ⭐️⭐️ for effort but really I think I‘m done with Liane Moriarty. Junk!

Purrfectpages Couldn‘t agree more. Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
Book_Fairy_Mary Agreed! I was SO disappointed in this stupid mess of a novel! 7mo
Purrfectpages I gave it one star, and I felt like that might have been generous! 7mo
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Rain Queen | Katherine Scholes
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This is a really good book. I learned to much about Africa. I‘d give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Mummy Bloggers | Holly Wainwright
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I listened to this one. It was a good story for the car. Not too heavy that I‘d lose interest but not too silly that I‘d roll my eyes (though there was a bit of eye rolling at times). It‘s a reminder that every social media platform is an opportunity for sponsorship by the incessant marketers out there. I‘d give this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛

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As always Harrower is brilliant. She can certainly write the evil controlling human character well. It‘s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me

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This was a good book. It‘s magic realism was the aspect that captured me as the story was a little melodramatic for my taste. It‘s a 3 and a half from me. Check out my tumblr site in the same name as my Litsy. #australianauthor #aussieread #aussiereader

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Becoming O'Keeffe: the early years | Sarah Whitaker Peters
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I‘ve enjoyed reading this book over the past few months. It‘s an insight into the beginning years of this historic artist and also delves into what inspired her. Photography was a massive influence and her partner Alfred Stieglitz provided much opportunity for her to explore this medium. Im giving this book a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ because it‘s been an inspiration to me.

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Alias Grace | Margaret Eleanor Atwood
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Excellent listen. I‘m keen to try more of her books now. I was a tad wary I must admit after reading ‘the handmaids tale‘ twice and not really liking it but this was brilliant. Now I can see her narrative much clearer, that being the plight of woman through history. Oppression seems to be a theme. Anyway it‘s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me. #aussiereader

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I miss the Atwood that wrote beautiful historical fiction like this. It's mostly be dystopia for ages now. 😟 But others like this one would be The Robber Bride and The Blind Assassin. 9mo
TheCuriousHousecat @Penny_LiteraryHoarders thanks for letting me know about the two historical fiction books of Atwood‘s. I haven‘t read much of hers but I wasn‘t keen on The Handmaids Tale which is the dystopia genre. I‘ll keep these others in mind. 8mo
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The Choke | Sofie Laguna
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This book was so good I have to rate it a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Brilliant book. Loved the snippets of writing delving into the future of some of the characters. It‘s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me.

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Well I can‘t say I didn‘t enjoy this book because I really did it‘s just there was something silly about it. It came across at times as trite and unbelievable or was that the humour and I just didn‘t find it funny.
But if you love finding humour in the big issues in life I think you‘d love this book.
Its a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ book from me.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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Well finally finished. I think I spent the entire book waiting for the twist but in the end I missed it and realised it was a series of pops not the explosion I expected. As usual with a Picoult there was not a lot of nuance but a large dose of corny. No not a big fan but they‘re always good for there ease.

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This is a wonderfully disturbing read. Oh how dreadfully the young girl was treated in this novel. There‘s plenty of melancholy and beautifully sketched scenes. It‘s hugely recommended by me.

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Seven Types of Ambiguity | Elliot Perlman
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Great read. Or I should say listen. It took me about 4 months to finish listening to in my car but it was worth it. I need a breather for at least a week though now. Full of wise insights and curious tales. I‘d definitely give it the thumbs up. Keen to see the mini series now.

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I‘ve spent the last month yoga-ing through this book and it‘s been fine. I‘ve learnt along the way endeavouring to be grateful for my world and me. Perhaps this is the essence of the book. Be grateful.

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This is my latest audio book from BorrowBox and I almost gave up after the first chapter due to the disturbing domestic violence. Thankfully I persisted because although I‘m only about an hour in I‘m kind of hooked. The description of flowers at the beginning of each chapter is just wonderful but the little girl Alice is resilient and strong and so far exquisitely drawn. ❤️