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Victoria_Clyne

Victoria_Clyne

Joined January 2017

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The Weekend by Charlotte Wood
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Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell
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Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende
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The Other by David Guterson
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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
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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 Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I added this my TBR ages ago and I shouldn't have left it for so long.

It is the story of Star as she tries to live her life in two worlds, one the 'hood' where she lives and the other the fancy suburban school she attends. Her life is thrown off balance when she witnesses the death of Khalil at the hands of a policeman.

Descriptive and well told. I did this as an audio book and think the narrator really added to the experience.

CarolynM I totally agree about the audio. I'm so glad I did it that way. 7h
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I wasn't very successful at keeping up with my reviews last year. Here's hoping I'm more successful this year.

I'm a huge fan of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series so I thought I would give her Corrina Chapman series a go. I wasn't disappointed. Like Phryne it was a good fun read, yet it was different. It's full of quirky characters which I hope a recurring. Really looking forward to the next one.

Jeg I love this series. Wish there were more. I wrote to her once saying how much I loved them. She send a reply telling me about a mistake in one of the recipes. Delightful . 8h
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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I'm a huge Jane Harper fan. I love her writing style and the images it invokes. The stories are wonderful mysteries that slowly unravel the truth told by characters that are flawed and dealing with their emotions. The Lost Man did not disappoint.

Cameron is found dead at a gravesite in an isolated corner of the family's outback property. His car is not nearby, what is he doing there? And how did he get there?

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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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I looked at the pile of books on my bedside table and realised they were mostly crime fiction. As much as I enjoy crime I felt the need to break it up with a bit of fantasy. Coraline has been on my TBR for ages.

It's a lovely story of a girl who finds another world behind a locked door in her new home. She must save her parents and the other trapped children. An intriguing and well told story that I found really easy to visualise.

MrsMalaprop No way! I picked up a copy of this book today when I saw it was being discarded from the school library collection! My older son loved the movie & hopefully my 12yo will enjoy the book 🤞. 2mo
Victoria_Clyne @MrsMalaprop it's funny how a certain topic (well in this case, book) will keep popping up. I'm hoping my kids will enjoy it in the future. 2mo
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This is my first Poirot. I love a bit of crime fiction and I'm on a real streak with them. I was wondering how accessible this would be given it was written 100 years ago but I found just as compelling as more contemporary mysteries.

I loved that it was told from Hasting's point of view. A great mystery.

SolaRaynor I just finished “The ABC Murders“. It was really good! 1mo
Victoria_Clyne @SolaRaynor something to look forward to. I have a compulsion to read books in order. 1mo
SolaRaynor @Victoria_Clyne I wish I would've done that with the Poirot mysteries. I've been sort of grabbing them off the library shelf when they come available, and I accidentally read the last book in the series!! 1mo
Victoria_Clyne Oh no @SolaRaynor I hate it when that happens 1mo
SolaRaynor @Victoria_Clyne At least there are plenty more Poirot books to read :) 1mo
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Scrublands | Chris Hammer
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Journalist Martin travels to Riversend with the intention of writing an article that tells how the town is coping one year after the shooting. Instead he finds himself with unanswered questions and being the man on the ground when a new incident occurs.

I love reading stories that are set in Australia and this one had echos of my childhood. I really enjoyed this read, the characters and descriptions were fantastic. However it was a bit too long.

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A magical shop arrives in Boonah and sets up overnight. Enoch and Ann are both heart broken and trying to deal with their own grief and guilt. Maybe the shop can help.

This is a beautiful, emotive book that talks about grief both spoken and unspoken. I loved the characters, setting and imagination and compassion the author needed to write this book.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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This is the story of Sanja who started life in a Korean fishing village in the early 1900s. After finding out she's pregnant by a wealthy but married man, she marries a minister and moves to Japan.

I found the descriptions to be evocative and the setting to be interesting but in the end I found it to be too long. I'm glad that I did this as an audio.

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I've been doing some easy reading of late and, this for me often means a bit of a cozy crime. Something that is not to grizzly with lovely characters that returning to is like visiting with old friends. Phryne Fisher is definitely one of those characters for me. How I love her for her intelligence, bravery, wit and strength.

This one didn't disappoint. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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Tierney lives in an isolated community where every year all the 16 year old girls are banished so that they can rid themselves of their magic. This is the Grace Year.

A riveting read that has wonderful descriptions making it very easy to picture. This book reminded me of A Handmaid's Tale. I'm sure that is something to do with red but also because this book is also about a world where men decide women's fates and the rebellion against it.

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I have a couple of mystery series that I'm slowly working my way through. I read one or two each year. The Agatha Raisin series is one of them. I really enjoyed this one and read it in two days, something I haven't done in years.

I find Agatha in the books to be quite different from the TV series but despite her gruff exterior I still find her endearing. A great fun read.

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This one has been on my TBR for such a long time. I'm so glad that I took the Litsy recommendation for it.

Noah has written a wonderfully descriptive book about his childhood. I love that he appears to tell his story honestly, the good and the bad and all with humour. His story makes me appreciate how lucky my childhood was.

Suet624 His mother! Amazing woman. 4mo
Smrloomis @Suet624 oh my gosh, so true! 4mo
Victoria_Clyne @Suet624 Totally agree. 4mo
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BkClubCare AND, it is absolutely incredible via audio. He does so many accents and languages! A top 3 audiobook ever, for me and the one I recommend the most. 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement I listened to the audiobook about five years ago. Still the best audiobook I‘ve ever heard. I‘m currently listening again with my teen. So good. 4mo
Victoria_Clyne @BkClubCare and @CogsOfEncouragement I did this as an audio book too. And it is an amazing audio. I love listening to authors read their books especially when the involve other languages. 4mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I think I loved the idea of this book more than the actual book. Arthur is invited to his ex-lovers wedding, rather than go he plans an elaborate excuse involving a round the world trip.

Whilst I enjoyed the descriptions of international travel and experiences I wasn't that engaged by the main character.

TamTracy I wasn‘t a huge fan either. 4mo
Victoria_Clyne @TamTracy Glad its not just me. 4mo
Scochrane26 I liked this one but didn‘t find it as funny as other people did. 4mo
thegreensofa That‘s exactly how I felt about it too 4mo
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I rarely pick pan as my rating but this one really didn't do it for me. I found it long winded, a bit boring and unkind. Not sure if the author was trying to be funny and I didn't get it.

Eva2 I‘ve read his book ‘Diary of a Bookseller‘ which I quite enjoyed. He does have a very dry and sarcastic sense of humour. He comes across as quite grumpy too! 😊 4mo
Victoria_Clyne @Eva2 I definitely picked up the grumpy side. 4mo
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This is a the fourth book in the Millennium series with author David Lagercrantz taking over. I wasn't sure what to expect given how much I had enjoyed the original books but I was thoroughly engrossed.

It's been a while since I read the originals so my memory is fuzzy but it was a thrilling read with great descriptions and the characters carrying on where they left off. Will definitely continue with the series.

Traci1 I feel like his books aren't quite as gritty as Larsson's, but I enjoyed them and am glad he continued the series. 4mo
Victoria_Clyne @Traci1 I'm glad as well. I have to admit it has been years since I read the original three and can't remember enough of the details to be able to do a good comparison. 4mo
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Tidelands | Philippa Gregory
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Believe it or not this is the first Philippa Gregory book that I've read. She's an author I've been meaning to try and just never gotten there. So glad I've given her a try.

Although I found it a bit long I was really invested in the story, oh I was so angry at one of the characters and such great imagery. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Oh I really enjoyed this one. Cute fairy tales from a magical point of you and I really liked the analysis in after each story.

I listened to this as an audio book and loved all the different narrators.

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The White Girl | Tony Birch
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I'm trying to catch up all the books I've read this year. I read this one quite a while ago but it has stuck with me

Odette' daughter disappeared and has left her daughter, Sissy, for Odette to raise. With a new Policeman in town Odette tries to keep Sissy from being removed from her family. Set in the era of the Stolen Generation this is a beautifully told story a family's struggle against prejudice.

MrsMalaprop Heard him talking about his short stories on Radio National yesterday. I really liked his book (edited) 5mo
Victoria_Clyne Thanks for the recommendation @MrsMalaprop I'll add it to my TBR 5mo
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Oh what a gorgeous read. Going into this one I didn't really know what it was about. So I loved the way the story slowly unfolded. It was beautifully descriptive and you couldn't do anything but love and feel for Kya. Definitely going to read more by Delia Owens.

I did this as an audio book and the narrator did a wonderful job.

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Against All Odds | Richard Harris, Craig Challen
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It's the true story of how a group of cave diver's rescued the Wild Boars soccer team, who were trapped in a flooded cave in Northern Thailand.

I got this book in my books club's Kris Kringle so I don't know that I would have picked for myself. I'm so glad I did get it. It is a fascinating and well written read about a highly complicated rescue. It was improbable that they would succeed and yet against those odds they triumphed.

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Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I don't usually read poetry but I found this verse novel amazing. It is a YA about Xiomara who is struggling to find her place in the world until she discovers slam poetry. She expresses her feelings and fears through her written words and as she gains confidence she shares her writing.

This is the second novel that I've read by Acevedo and I've loved both of them. Looking forward to reading more.

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CrossTalk | Connie Willis
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I loved the premise of this book. Get an implant in your head so that you can more easily communicate with your partner only to suddenly have way too much connectivity.

And whilst I enjoyed the book I found it predictable and too long. I'm glad I did this as an audio because of the length and the narrator was great at expressing the different voices.

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This is the tale of a hen who dreams of escaping her coop and hatching a baby of her own. Described as a fable this is a charming story. Beautifully descriptive with gorgeous illustrations.

I bought this book after hearing the author speak, so glad I did.

Tamra Thanks for the reminder - it‘s been TBR for quite awhile! 6mo
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In this book Bill Bryson retraces a trip through Europe that he took as a young man. Whilst I mostly enjoyed this I found it long. I also found some of the depictions of women cringe worthy.

rwmg I enjoyed Small Island and his Australian one but in the others of his I've read including this one I felt he was being mean just for the sake of it, if not downright nasty 6mo
Victoria_Clyne @rwmg Thanks for the recommendations. I've read his book about 1927 which I found fascinating so I will try him again. 6mo
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Re-reading the blurb on the back of this book I'm not sure why I bought it. The pretty cover? The really interesting title? To this day I'm not sure but I'm glad I did.

This book is a series of small chapters each of which features a different animal which through evolution has developed a unique talent. I was fascinated. This is a great book to dip in and out of and then annoy your loved ones with amazing, and at times gross, animal facts.

DivineDiana Intrigued by the cover, the title, and your review!🐛 7mo
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His Name Was Walter | Emily Rodda
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A group of school kids and their teacher get stranded and take shelter in an old house. There they discover an old book that leads them on a magical journey.

I would say that this book is aimed at pre- teens but don't let that stop you. This is a beautiful story which I can't wait to share with my kids when they are older.

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This is the story of Rosemary who's brother and sister have vanished from her life years apart. She has spent years coping with their disappearance and the effect this had on her parents and herself.

I really enjoyed this one. I loved that the story started in the middle and then moved backwards and forwards to explain the story. Really well written with very descriptive language.

EmilieGR I loved this book! Completely unexpectedly. 7mo
Victoria_Clyne @EmilieGR I was surprised about how much I enjoyed this. However I knew the twist before I started as my sister thought I'd already read it. 7mo
MrsMalaprop I have had this on my #tbr for ages. I was put off reading it because I heard someone on Radio National do a massive spoiler 😠. I still need to get to it, one day… 7mo
Victoria_Clyne @MrsMalaprop I still really enjoyed it despite the spoiler. My sister thought I'd already read it. 7mo
CarolynM I loved this one too. I accidentally encountered a spoiler too, @MrsMalaprop It might have more impact if you didn't know, but it's a really good read anyway. 7mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I seem to do this every year. Start the year with the best of intentions, then go MIA and really behind on my reviews. Let's see if I can catch up.

I'm a huge Backman fan and this one didn't disappoint. Similar to A Man Called Ove in that it full of people with their own quirks brought together through circumstances (a hostage crisis after a failed bank robbery) forming at times unlikely friendships.

Backman has become an auto buy author.

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Salt Slow | Julia Armfield
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I'm not a huge fan of short stories and whilst I enjoyed these ones I didn't love them. I like that all seemed to have a slightly dark quirky twist to them. The descriptions were beautiful.

emz711 Oooo. I'm intrigued 9mo
Victoria_Clyne @emz711 My sister read it and really liked it, more than me. 9mo
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This one has been on my TBR for a while. I'm not even sure why I bought it. I decided to start it for my Reading Widely Challenge and one chapter in I'm fascinated.

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Esme grows in the Sciptorium where Oxford's first English Dictionary is compiled by her father one of a number of lexicographers. This story follows both her life as she grows into a woman and the life of the dictionary as it nears completion.

I thought this a beautifully told (if a little long in the middle) story of a piece of history I had very little knowledge about. The pieces about the words and suffragettes were particularly interesting.

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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As a lover of Matt Haig I was really looking to this and to be honest it fell a little flat for me. I'm chosing pick, but its a soft pick. Some of the lives felt too short, others a little repetitive.

I'm not sure about the end either. On one hand I think its good that Nora finds contentment but the other has anything really changed.

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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I love a good mystery. This is Richard Osman's first venture in this genre and it doesn't disappoint. It was a well written mystery with plenty of red herrings and full of quirky characters. The Thursday Murder Club is made up of four unlikely friends who you can't help but to like, who each bring a different skill set to the task.

Osman is apparently currently working on a second book in the series and am looking forward to it.

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This had been on my TBR so long I'd forgotten what it was about. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a Western, something outside my norm. This reminded me so much of an old movie I remember watching. It's the story of Captain Kidd returning Johanna to her family after she is released by Kiowa raiders.

This was a really gentle tale despite being a Western. The characters were well rounded and the scenery was described beautifully.

Suet624 A gentle tale is a great description of this one. 11mo
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I love a bit of Phryne and I haven't read one for ages. She is a great antidote for me. In this one Phryne and Dot travelled to Sydney to investigate a robbery at a university and they end up investigating two other mysterious.

As always a good fun read.

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The Guard Dog | Dick King-Smith
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My five-year old and I actually read Animal Tales which is a collection of five stories about different animals by Dick King-Smith, including Guard Dog. We really liked a couple of the stories but the others took us a while to get through. And one of them was a pretty weird concept for a five-year old.

Not giving up on the author yet. Going to put Pig Dog on our list.

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Bruny | Heather Rose
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Astrid returns home to Tasmania from her work at the UN in conflict resolution to help her brother resolve the conflict between the government and protesters over a new bridge.

I love the way Heather Rose writes, the way she describes people, landscapes, relationships. To begin with I was captivated by the story and characters but it took a turn that was too far for me. Despite that this is still a great read and I was invested in the characters.

CarolynM That's pretty much what I thought too. The last 100 pages were disappointing. 12mo
Victoria_Clyne @CarolynM Couldn't agree more. I liked the ending but the twist was just too unrealistic for me and I'm pretty good at suspending belief in reality. 12mo
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My reading stats from last year.

Happy New Year everyone. Let's hope for better things and great books.

Freespirit Happy New Year😍 13mo
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War and Peace | graf Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
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I listened to the BBC adaptation of War and Peace as my last book of the year. I really enjoyed it and now really want to read the original. The voice cast were fabulous though I did get a couple of the names confused. And I think I'll miss the sound effects when I read it as they really added to the atmosphere.

A great listen.

Lcsmcat There‘s a group of us starting it in January for #chunksterchallenge2021. We‘re reading slowly - a book per week. Feel free to join us if you like. 13mo
SamAnne Just finished War and Peace this week. One of the highlights of my reading year. 13mo
Victoria_Clyne @Lcsmcat Thanks so much for the invite. I'll look into it. I'm in a 2021 Reading Widely Challenge with my library which has 10 prompts each quarter and a monthly bookclub. Trying not to overwhelm myself. 13mo
Victoria_Clyne @SamAnne So good to hear. Makes me more determined. 13mo
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My five year old picked this off the bookshelf to read. He is the third generation to read this as it belonged to my husband and my husband's Aunt previously. I love that the book has been passed down and enjoyed by multiple generations.

A cute story and the language had me smiling at its politeness.

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Wearing Paper Dresses | Anne Brinsden
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Marjorie's family return to her father's family farm in the Mallee. Her mother who is a city person struggles to find her place and fit in which has serious repercussions.

I grew up just South of the Mallee and the descriptions of the landscape, the weather and the community so reminded me of my childhood. It was a great read which I felt dealt with some hard facts with great sympathy.

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Genevieve is the toast of Nazi Paris. This allows her to go undetected as she helps the Allies. When her mother is arrested by the SS she reunites with her estranged sister to break her out.

I'm finishing the year with some great reading, this one had me on the edge of my seat. A little bit predictable but a really well told story. Very suspenseful, had me thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading it.

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Speaking Up | Gillian Triggs
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I found this to be a really powerful book. Gillian Trigg is an inspirational woman, who not only overcame her own gender discrimination but in her role as the President of the Human Rights Commission fought to eliminate discrimination.

She explains legal specifics in relatable terms. And reminds me that we still have a work to do in terms of discrimination.

I did this as an audiobook and loved that it was read by the author.

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I haven't read a Jasper Fforde novel for ages. I love how he takes an out there idea (like human-sized, walking, talking rabbits) and grounds it by using perfectly relatable characters. I find myself suspending all reason and just going with the flow. So much do I found myself worrying about what was going to happen to my favourite characters, which included rabbits.

Well written and very descriptive. A great read.

Cuilin I‘m intrigued. 🤔 Stacking. 13mo
Victoria_Clyne @Cuilin I hope you enjoy as much as I did. 13mo
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Music and Freedom | Zo Morrison
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Alice grows up in rural Australia with her mother teaching her piano. She is sent to school in England where she continues her musical education eventually studying at the Royal College of Music. She meets Edward after a concert and so begins the next stage.

This is Alice's story of her past and her present. I really enjoyed the way this was written with the two time lines weaving together. A little long in the middle but overall a great read.

thegreensofa I enjoyed this one too. Great review. (edited) 13mo
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Anti-Cool Girl | Rosie Waterland
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I did this as an audiobook and I love it when memoirs are read by the author. I didn't know much about Rosie Waterland before listening to this but afterwards I have only respect for the resilience and honesty she has shown. And I love the way that she can write humorously.

Well worth a listen (or read).

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I'm really enjoying this trilogy. This is the second in the Dark Gifts fantasy trilogy. A compelling story that has great imagery.

Can't wait to read the third installment.

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Caleb's Crossing: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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This was my first Geraldine Brooks and I can't believe I've waited so long. I've heard some people say that this isn't her best and if that's the case I'm in for a real treat when I read another.

A really interesting story about a part of history I don't often consider. I found it descriptive and a compelling story.

megnews I love Brooks. And I agree. I liked this but nowhere near her best. The Year of Wonders was excellent!! I felt like I was there. 13mo
Cinfhen My FAVORITE Brooks is 13mo
Victoria_Clyne @megnews and @Cinfhen its good to know good books are to come. I've got People of the Book on my shelf. Hoping to read it this year. 13mo
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Cinfhen I hope you love it half as much as I did!! It‘s one of my favorite books ♥️ 13mo
Victoria_Clyne @Cinfhen I'm looking forward to it but I'm hoping my expectations aren't too high. 13mo
Cinfhen Yes.... that ALWAYS happens to me when I get excited about a book #BookNerdProblems 🤪 13mo
Victoria_Clyne @Cinfhen I've had it happen a few times too and it makes me nervous when I read books that have received a lot of love. 13mo
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Kitty Flanagan is one of my favourite comedians. And this book lived up to my expectations. I did this as an audiobook and am thankful that I did as it was read by the author with all of her nuances.

A fantastic, laugh out loud memoir. Definitely reading more by Flanagan.

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My new bookshelves finished, in place and filled. The photos show the progress. And in the last photo you can see my assistants book stackers. Auntie Jo, the librarian would be so proud.

GypsyKat Very nice!!! 13mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Love these!! 13mo
Nute It‘s always exciting to get new bookshelves! 13mo
Victoria_Clyne @Nute I was pretty excited when they were finished and I could bring them inside and fill them. 13mo
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