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Victoria_Clyne

Victoria_Clyne

Joined January 2017

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The Dogs and the Wolves by Irne Nmirovsky, Sandra Smith
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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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The Widow by Fiona Barton
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Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
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Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
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Ache by Eliza Henry-Jones
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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
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4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
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Hold by Kirsten Tranter
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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
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The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
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The Widow Of Ballarat | Darry Fraser
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To be honest I'm not sure why I picked this book, I usually avoid romances. But as romances go this is fairly mild and I found it quite enjoyable. An easy read with clearly defined heroes and villians.

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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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I want to say that I enjoyed this book but it feels wrong to say that about a book on slavery. It was a well told biography. I did this on audio book and the narrator (Hugh Quarshie) was fabulous.

Joanne1 It doesn‘t read like a book written over 150 years ago does it. 6d
Victoria_Clyne @Joanne1 it certainly does not sound like it was written 150 years ago. The language is very accessible. 6d
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IN THIS MOMENT | Karma Brown
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I think this only a So-So for me because I found it a bit long winded at times. I can understand and have empathy for the amount a guilt Meg felt but I did spend parts of the book screaming (in my head) about the choices she was making. I think this kind of investment in the characters is a sign of good writing.

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Mehso-so

I read this at the same time as 'The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters' which I think was a mistake. There are similar elements with both books which made it hard not to compare. And in my opinion Secret Lives was better. Having said that its a good read.

seaves582 It make me feel good you rated this the same as me. I read this not right, but close after another Indian book - The Golden Son. This one just didn‘t hold up. (edited) 2w
Victoria_Clyne @seaves582 that's exactly how I felt. It makes me wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it first. 2w
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This was a good fun read. I loved that it was told from each of the sisters points of view. They all had different and individual voices. The descriptions were great as I visualise what was happening.

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It has been so long since I last posted, I'm so far behind with reviews. Thankfully work seems to be finally slowing down. And hopefully I'm coming out of my slump. Hooray!

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Paper Bag Princess | Robert N Munsch
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And I just love buying books for the kids.

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All I can say is #blameitonLitsy.

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This is a charming novel. Its been years since I watched the movie which I loved and will now have to rewatch. I think having seen the movie made it easier to follow the story given all the jumping in time. Having said that I thought the the author made it very clear where you were in time. I enjoyed all the little side stories that didn't make into the movie and the different devices used to tell the story (newsletter, news paper articles, etc).

Nebklvr This is my bookclub‘s selection for this week. Need to get on it 3mo
Jeg Loved this book when I read it just after it was published. 3mo
Victoria_Clyne I hope you enjoy it @Nebklvr 3mo
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Goodwood | Holly Throsby
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Set in a small country, life is quiet until two residents go missing within the space of a week. How the town copes and mystery unfolds is told from the point of view of seventeen year old Jean. I quite liked the story and way it was told, though there was a bit of teenage angst.

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I Am Brave | Jen Porter
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This little one decided to have a read this morning.

Jeg 😍😍 3mo
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Mehso-so

Sally goes to bed one night and wakes up the next morning in the back of a taxi hundreds of kilometers from home with no idea of how she got there. This sounded like a great psychological thriller but I was somewhat disappointed. I picked the ending early on and it felt too bogged down in domesticity. And if I'm honest Sally being home two young children and fighting to get all the sleep you can for the youngest is a little too close to home.

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My little ones decided they wanted to read this afternoon.

CarolynM 😍 4mo
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I finished this one a while ago (behind again with my reviews), coincidentally I read it whilst the George Pell trial was going on. Father Frank Docherty returns to Australia to speak at a conference on abuse by the clery only to have two victims reveal themselves and their stories to him. An interesting read with being horrific but maybe a bit too light given the subject matter.

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I'm a Dirty Dinosaur | Janeen Brian
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And the kids' book haul. I was fortunate enough to get the tagged book signed up the illustrator.

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My book haul from Clunes Booktown. Only went for a day this year, it was a lovely day.

Suet624 So fun to have a stack of new books. 😊 4mo
Victoria_Clyne I know @Suet624 And I don't do it very often but I always make the most of Booktown. 4mo
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The story starts when Alice leaves her home as a young girl after a family tragedy and follows her as she grows into her own person. Along the way she discovers long held family secrets and strengths she didn't know she had. The descriptions of environment and the flowers were beautiful and evocative. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Will definitely be reading more by Holly Ringland. And I love the cover.

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Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Mehso-so

An interesting novel of an Middle Eastern family told by various members of the family at key historical points in time. I liked reading about their everyday lives and the impact of or reaction to the historical events but overall felt that it was too slow for me.

Kshakal Completely agree 4mo
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Ambulance, Ambulance! | Sally Sutton
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The kids and I went to the library today to swap books over. And whilst we didn't get to see our favourite librarian, Auntie Jo, the kids were so excited by their new books they had to read them on the way home. Lachie was so engrossed in his book he also read it at lunch.

TrishB Lovely ❤️ 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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This is look at the investigation and trial in the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday fires at Churchill. Hooper takes an in depth analysis of incidents in Australia and tries to present both sides. In this one part one is from the point of view of the police, the second the defence attorney and the third is a summary. This is the second book of hers I've read and its just confirmed how much I enjoy her work.

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This is look at the investigation and trial in the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday fires at Churchill. Hooper takes an in depth analysis of incidents in Australia and tries to present both sides. In this one part one is from the point of view of the police, the second the defence attorney and the third is a summary. This is the second book of hers I've read and its just confirmed how much I enjoy her work.

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An utterly charming story of a boy trying to find his way in the world through trying circumstances whilst on a boys own adventure. Not that Alex realises that they are trying, he only seems to see the good. The story is told through a series of audio recordings. I did this as an audiobook and I think it enhanced the experience. A great read.

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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Quincy survived an horrific massacre making her a Final Girl. Final Girls, Lisa is found dead and Sam shows up on Quincy's doorstep. The story of what happened to Quincy is slowly revealed as Quincy gets to know Sam. A real page turner, I did not pick the ending.

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Mehso-so

This is book of email correspondence between Bob and a variety of email scammers. I can't believe how far Bob went in his emails. A funny read if a bit repetitive. I did this as an audiobook and I think the narrator added to the experience.

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Now this was an interesting read. Its set in the future where today's climatical concerns have been realised. Causing the American borders to change and civil war to break out. The premise makes you sit back and take stock of the current situation. It was well told, I loved the descriptions (had very clear images) and found the characters fantastic ( I wss concerned for them).

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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I seem to be on a bit of a thriller bent at the moment. This one is the story two girls from a small town go missing ten years apart. The story is told a day at a time but in reverse order. I really liked how this teased out the details, left you wondering what was going to happen next. A great read.

Joanne1 Audio? 6mo
Victoria_Clyne Yep, borrowbox. 6mo
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The Marriage Pact: A Novel | Michelle Richmond
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The story of newlyweds who join an exclusive group whose intention is support and strengthen their marriage. An thrilling read that had me on the edge of my seat. Will definitely be reading more by this author.

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Shylock Is My Name | Howard Jacobson
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This is part of the Hogarth series where they retell Shakespeare. This one is based on the Merchant of Venice which I haven't read. I'm not sure if its where my mind is at the moment or if its the book but I struggled with this one. It felt very philosophical and I couldn't work out if Shylock was a real person or Strulovitch's conscience. I did it as an audio and loved the narrator.

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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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This is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Whilst I enjoyed it and struggled at times to put it down, to the be honest I think I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't know it was supposed to be a retelling. Personally I didn't agree with some of choices the author made in modernising the classic. Reading reviews there seems to be a real divide between people who loved it and those that didn't. I will be reading more of the Austin Project.

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Breathing Under Water | Sophie Hardcastle
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This is the story of how a family survives the loss of their son and brother. Set in a small Australian coastal town I loved the descriptions. A great read if a little long in the middle.

Lizpixie I loved this book! Made me cry 😢 8mo
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Are You Sleeping | Kathleen Barber
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Oh my gosh this was such a good book. Had me on the edge of my seat, couldn't wait to pick it up to continue reading. I'd borrowed this a couple of times before starting and something else always came up. Can't believe I waited to read it.

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Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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This is the story of Clay. He is the fouth of five brothers, who have to survive life, love and grief. It took me quite a while to get into this but once I was in I was hooked. I loved the characters and the descriptions. It was a beautiful ending and my heart just broke for Clay.

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Breathing Under Water | Sophie Hardcastle
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When I decided on my reading challenge for this year I was taking into account the fact that I had a two and a half year old and would have a newborn within the first week or so. I chose 24 books, that was two a month, I thought I might just be able to manage that. Today I finished Breathing Under Water, which is my 50th book for the year. If I'm honest most were audio, but I'm chuffed all the same.

Macnjen Wow, Congratulations! 8mo
Rissreads You should be happy! Well done 👏🏻 8mo
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MrsMalaprop That is an incredible feat with young kids 👏. 8mo
Tamra With busy lives, reading is reading whatever the format! 😁 (edited) 8mo
Victoria_Clyne Thanks @MrsMalaprop and @Tamra I can't quite believe I achieved it. 8mo
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I'm not sure what to write about this book. Like another review said I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. The premise was interesting but I found it hard to keep the characters straight and as someone said some of the characters were quite vulgar. I'm in two minds about the quotes. They did a good job at painting the picture of the time however they made the audio disjointed by having the reference and there were far too many.

MrBook I had to give up on the audio. It was like GoT on steroids on steroids. 8mo
Victoria_Clyne That's a good analogy @MrBook 8mo
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What an amazing story of love and survival told in a beautiful way. This is based on the real life experiences of Lale and Gita Sokolov. Its the story of how they came to be at Auschwitz, how they met and fell in love despite the horrowing situation and how they survived. This is one of the best books I've read about the holocaust.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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This is a great Australian crime drama. I will definitely be reading more Jane Harper in the future. Elements of the novel remind me of Peter Temple's flawed dectectives with dark pasts. Read this in a week whilst on holidays. Life has become busy for me in the last few years so I don't remember the last time I did that.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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I recently posted a book I've loved every day for a week to Facebook. And because of this a former bookclub of mine decided to reform online. Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers was our first pick. I'm a fan of Moriarty, her books are always a fun read and this didn't disappoint. I liked how it was told from all the different points of view. I also liked how the stories were extended beyond the main event so that you could see the outcomes.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Feeling a bit chuffed. For the first time in I don't know how long I managed to finish a physical book in a week. Thanks in part to being on holidays but largely it was a great book. I'll write a review later when I've caught up on a couple of others.

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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How to describe this one? I don't think I can. It is a fantastic read. The author beautifully reveals the details slowly so that you think you know what's going to happen. And then BAM out of nowhere she hits you with the ending. Totally unexpected.

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The Shanghai Wife | Emma Harcourt
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The story of a newly married woman trying to navigate her way through the international society of 1920's Shanghai. A descriptive novel, I could visualise the environment. I found elements of the story predictable but an enjoyable read.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey | Richard C. Morais
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An utterly charming read about a boy from India becoming a top chef in Paris. I loved the movie as well though the details of each are different the essence is the same. Great imagery and descriptions of food.

CarolynM I loved the early part of this book but was a bit disappointed by the final section 9mo
Victoria_Clyne @CarolynM I didn't have a problem with the final section but I can understand why others might find it disappointing. 9mo
MayJasper Another #coversublime 😍 9mo
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An Iron Rose | Peter Temple
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A flawed ex-cop is dragged into an investigation when his friend apparently commits suicide. I'm a big Peter Temple fan. I love the way he describes place and characters as well as producing a great mystery.

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Ah the little gray cells . . .

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Storyland | Catherine McKinnon
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A story about place told by five different people in five different times. Five separate stories linked by place and repeating motifs that occurr in the environment. I was invested in each of the stories and wanted to know what became of the people. The structure of the story reminded me of Cloud Atlas. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey | Richard C. Morais

My little one is very unsettled tonight, so reading this while getting her back to sleep. Fingers crossed that I can get some more sleep too.

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I so wanted to love this book as much as I loved the movie but I found it too dry and felt like it jumped around too much. Maybe I read this at the wrong time in my life. The women highlighted are amazing and I am in awe of their resilience and achievements.

CogsOfEncouragement I enjoyed the audio version. I listen while driving. I remember liking how the author tied in current events with the personal stories. 8mo
Victoria_Clyne @CogsOfEncouragement Maybe I should have done audio. 8mo
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Didn't know much about Norse mythology before listening to this one and found it very interesting. It was really nice to see the non Hollywood side. Lived the way it was written and as a bonus it was read by the author, Neil Gaiman.

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Watching The Fifth Wave. Quite a good adaption. Mind you its been a while since I finished the book.

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Just a good fun read. Love a bit of Phryne.

Victoria_Clyne @MayJasper I love the cover art for this series. 9mo
MayJasper It is gorgeous. A beautiful cover is part of the reading experience for me. 9mo
Victoria_Clyne @MayJasper I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover but a gorgeous cover does make it so much more attractive. 9mo
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Pretty pleased that this happened todsy. With the arrival of my beautiful girl at the start of this year and with my very active three year old I thought two books a month would be all I could manage this year.

JoScho 💖🎉💖🎉💖 10mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 10mo
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