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Twocougs

Twocougs

Joined May 2016

Lover of beautiful prose and big, fat books📚
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Clara Reads Proust | Stephane Carlier
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Absolutely charming- just what. Needed!

tpixie Do you need to know Proust?? 3d
Twocougs I didn‘t and adored it but now I want to read Proust. 3d
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An alternative history, where Al Gore won the presidency in 2000. Things are certainly different BUT are things really better?

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My Favorite Mistake | Marian Keyes
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When you need a little, happy read🥰

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Mehso-so

Charles is an excellent writer and this is the story of his boarding school, Maidwell. It shows the misery and hopeless of his time at the school. It‘s heartbreaking. I gave it a so-so because after a while the cruelty starts to really ware you down.

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Earth | John Boyne
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Quick, sad and sickening read. Worth reading but will devastate.

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Darling | India Knight
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Charming. Just what I needed🥰

tpixie Gorgeous cover 3w
tpixie Oh! I‘ve been wanting to read some Nancy Mitford this will be a good companion novel!! 3w
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Ootlin | Jenni Fagan
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So this book was suppose to come out last year and for some reason it never did. Rumor has it that it will later this year. I knew a few had to be out there and they finally found a copy. Wow 🤯, what a heartbreaking story. Jenny was the in the care system in Scotland for 16 years, with multiple name changes, abuse, moves, etc. and somehow she survived to become an artist, poet, and writer. It‘s a story of hope, even when it looks bleak.

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The Paris Novel | Ruth Reichl
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Sometimes the universe smiles on me and gives a book that I needed right at that time. Thank you, Universe! Charming, hopeful, and essentially a beautiful French dream come true. It‘s exactly what I needed. Merci 😘

Caryl Sounds lovely! 1mo
slategreyskies Stacked! 📚 ♥️ 4w
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Woman, Life, Freedom | Marjane Satrapi
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An important story told in creative and unique ways!

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Until August | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Certainly not his best, but a unique story. I certainly don‘t like the protagonist but she isn‘t boring. And frankly, I was surprised by the ending.

BarbaraBB You make it sound quite interesting 1mo
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Wow 🤩 wow 😮 wow 🤯

TheBookHippie Ack I can‘t wait!!! 1mo
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Out of Love | Hazel Hayes
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Fantastic read. My heart kept breaking. Starting with an event and then going back wards, took awhile to get used to but such an interesting approach!

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Mehso-so

Not a bad book but she spends so much time explaining how different the French are, than the Brits and Americans, that it gets to be too much.

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Wow, this is one of the most honest, intense, and powerful books I have ever read. The story of how a woman from China, her daughter and granddaughter are all connected through trauma. Tessa Hulls‘ story of her family‘s history should be read often and win every award possible!

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I appreciate his honesty about his history. I just got tired of his constant references to drug culture. I know that is an important part of his past but not something I‘m interested in reading about.

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Fayne: A Novel | Ann-Marie MacDonald
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A 700+ page masterpiece. What a story!

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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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I‘m still processing this stunning book but what I can say… it‘s stunning, heartbreaking in many ways.

Megabooks So good to hear! I'm on the list at the library. 2mo
daena I just picked up a copy myself! 2mo
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The Fury | Alex Michaelides
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What a strange and original book. As I read I kept thinking…what kind of mind comes up with a plot like this? Murder, in several different ways.

BarbaraBB Stacked, intrigued by your review! 2mo
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Cold Victory | Karl Marlantes
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Post WWII Finland, two couples, one American and one Russian. A cross country ski race between husbands and wives becoming friends-their only common language French. And then the reality of the early cold war begins. Definitely worth a read.

LeeRHarry You had me at Finland 😊 2mo
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Such a charming story. Makes me miss France 🇫🇷!

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I have seen this since it came out and for some reason had ignored it, until yesterday. Extremely honest, sad but as time goes on Maggie finds peace. Great read.

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A year to explore and learn about witchcraft. I appreciated her honesty with all she experienced. Certainly made me ponder things.

HettyG Did you find it to be a respectful look at the people who practice this faith? 2mo
Twocougs @HettyG she speaks about it often and being respectful to indigenous practices. 2mo
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Change: A Method | Edouard Louis
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As usual Edouard Louis writes a fantastic novel. So much of it comes from his childhood of living in puberty in Northern France, trying to find his authentic self.

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The Distance Between Us | Maggie O'Farrell
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I love Maggie O‘Farrell‘s writing and this one is the most unusual one I‘ve read. Fascinating and unusual plot. Worth a read for sure.

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Bailedbailed

I wanted to like this but it just didn‘t hook me and I got irritated at some of the masculinity that keeps getting brought up.

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Lovely 🥰

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Orbital | Samantha Harvey
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🤩 wow! Some of the most beautiful and deep writing I‘ve ever had the privilege to read.

LeeRHarry Stacked! 3mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 3mo
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Argylle: A Novel | Elly Conway
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Masterpiece? No but a decent spy novel. Yes, there is a film and weird things about who write it.

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Martyr!: A novel | Kaveh Akbar
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This is one of those book…your emotions, your whole being is living with the story. On top of that, when a poet writes prose it‘s a gift. Trust me, read it!

Becker You sold me! Thanks. 4mo
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One on the most beautiful stories I have read in ages! They say this a book for 8-12 year olds but I disagree this book is written for everyone. Hopeful, kind, courageous, it‘s a wonderful reminder of joy. 🥰

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Kids Run the Show | Delphine de Vigan
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What a sad book. All about a family of internet influencers, from their young daughter‘s kidnapping, to her adulthood and their broken family. Certainly many warnings for us all.

BarbaraBB This book made a big impression on me 4mo
Twocougs @BarbaraBB terrifying in many ways! 4mo
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Bournville | Jonathan Coe
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As a life long Anglophile, this book is gold. A story of a British family from m 1945 through the pandemic. The ups and downs of 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England. I loved every page.

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More adventures of Mark and Janine in rural 🇫🇷 France.😍

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Orpheus Builds a Girl | Heather Parry
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Heather Parry can certainly write-wow. The story though😳…based on a true story, which frankly makes it even creepier. This is one dark ass, compelling read.

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In Memoriam | Alice Winn
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What a stunningly beautiful novel. Heart wrenching, but incredible. Please Alice Winn, write more novels, even if it‘s about depressing subjects like war. This certainly helped convince me, that my views of pacifism are correct. War is a terrible, worthless action that should ALWAYS be avoided.

JamieArc I appreciate this review. I often avoid war novels because it feels like they glorify war or try to induce nostalgia. I‘ll give this book a shot though. 5mo
Twocougs @JamieArc this nonbelievers certainly doesn‘t sugar coat the realities but they do mention people‘s reactions during the war that glorify it. 5mo
Twocougs @keithmalek the book sounds interesting. I hate violence and war but am open to looking at a different view. 5mo
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To be honest, I was disappointed. There is potential but it‘s needs better editing. I almost bought the next two in the series, so glad I didn‘t.

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Signal Fires | Dani Shapiro
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Beautiful story of two families and their unique connections. The story sucks you in and keeps hold until the very last page- bravo!

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Interesting and thought provoking. Good read before the new year.

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What a brave and honest book. So glad I read it but sometimes my heart shattered at the pain Juno has been through. An important story and worth reading!!!

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What a joy of a book! It‘s much more than just Bunny learning to use a button to “talk”. Alexis also lets us into both she and Bunny‘s lives. I appreciate her candidness and absolute love of Bunny. Worth reading!!!

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This wasn‘t exactly what I thought I was getting, but certainly an interesting look at crones and Irish heritage of older women.

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What an absolutely charming novel. So many messages that so many of us need to read/hear. My only complaint is that the Hyunam-Dong Bookstore doesn‘t exist because I want to visit. I hope this is the first of many novels for Hwang Bo-Reum.

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Lovely memoir about a woman finding her true self. I learned so much.🥰

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The Future | Naomi Alderman
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So I‘m not sure how I feel about this story. In some ways it feel realistic and terrifying yet what happens later, awesome dream or unrealistic fantasy. Glad I read it but…

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In Ascension | Martin MacInnes
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Loved 🥰

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❤️🥰❤️🥰❤️🥰❤️🥰❤️🥰❤️

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Delightful🥰

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Fantastic and maddening read. Nothing like a man that needs to find ways to blame women. (The book is based on some historical facts about the last woman executed for witchcraft in Scotland).

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All the Rivers | Dorit Rabinyan
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I heard the author speak on the #velshibannedbookclub and the novel seemed so relevant with the war in Israel currently. A Palestinian. man and an Israeli woman meet in NYC and fall in love. Of course, with their backgrounds, things aren‘t simple. And I never saw the ending coming😢. Great read.

BarbaraBB I loved this one so much 💔 6mo
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Enough | Cassidy Hutchinson
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Glad I read it. She‘s a brave young woman.