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arlenefinnigan

Joined September 2016

There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more.
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This Book Is Gay by James Dawson
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A Woman's World, 18501960 by Dan Jones, Marina Amaral
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This Book Is Gay | James Dawson
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#ReadHarder challenge 12: a book that‘s been challenged recently in your school district/library OR read one of the most-challenged/banned books of the year by a queer and/or BIPOC author. Borrowed from Oldham Library, who happily don't do censorship.

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A Snake Falls to Earth | Darcie Little Badger
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"Another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family" indeed. The protagonists are very likeable and I found myself rooting for them. I don't read a lot of fantasy/speculative fiction and sometimes struggle with world building but I found the switching between Earth and the Reflective World fairly easy to follow. As with Elatsoe, the pace and action ramps up towards the end and it's pretty gripping. Really enjoyed this.

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Ayiti | Roxane Gay
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Yiirrss. Looking forward to this.

Megabooks Cool!! 1w
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#ReadHarder challenges 10&11: Finish a book you‘ve DNFed; a nonfiction book about BIPOC and/or queer history.

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#ReadHarder challenges 8&9: a novel about a trans character written by a trans author; any book from the Ignyte awards shortlist/longlist/winner list

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This is a challenging but important read, which makes no apologies for how uncomfortable it may make some readers. It highlights how middle class white feminists have often (at best) failed to consider issues of race, homophobia, transphobia, class and poverty, and how the feminist movement needs to do better and challenge its own biases if it really wants to fight for the rights of all women.

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A Woman's World, 18501960 | Dan Jones, Marina Amaral
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This is a brilliant, heartfelt, honest memoir. Alex Scott talks openly about her childhood, her difficult relationship with her father and with previous partners, her struggles with depression, and the importance of learning to allow herself to show vulnerability. She also describes how her determination and willingness to take chances have paid off throughout her career, and it's a great insight into how far women's football has progressed.

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Sundaying #BooksAndBooze

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A Snake Falls to Earth | Darcie Little Badger
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#ReadHarder challenge 7: a YA book by an Indigenous author.

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This was lovely, I enjoyed it far more than I expected to enjoy a webcomic (no I didn't know what that was either, Google it) about college ice hockey. The characters are very likeable, and the friendships between them are very sweet.

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#ReadHarder challenges 4, 5 and 6: an audiobook performed by a person of color of a book written by an author of color; a nonfiction book about intersectional feminism; a book about activism.

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Rewild Yourself | Simon Barnes
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This was well written and witty enough, but to be honest it felt like one long advert - "buy waterproof trousers! Buy binoculars! Buy wildlife identification books and read them every day!" Bit too much like hard work for me.

Bookwomble Subtitled, "Rewilding Yourself through Consumerism"? ? 4w
arlenefinnigan @Bookwomble pretty much! 4w
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#ReadHarder challenges 2&3: a completed webcomic; and a graphic novel/comic/manga if you haven‘t before; or read one that is a different genre than you normally read.

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Inspector Flytrap (Book #1) | Tom Angleberger
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This was really good fun. Really daft and funny, and a surprisingly sweet happy ending.

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Inspector Flytrap | Tom Angleberger
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May as well start the 2023 challenge a couple of days early...
#ReadHarder challenge 1: a comic or graphic novel that features disability representation

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This is an interesting collection of travel stories. I really liked that it gave equal billing to writing about walking from Fleetwood to Liverpool as it did to writing about getting the night train in Iraq - some travel is more accessible than others, and all exploring and taking pleasure in discovery of your surroundings is worthwhile.

And that completes the 2022 @bookriot #ReadHarder challenge for me. With 2 days to spare. Onto 2023....

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Late Christmas present from my husband arrived in the post today - a t-shirt with the reading room at Liverpool Central Library on it 💜
(of course, Andy being Andy, it's quite a snug fit. The dirty old man.)

CarolynM Love it 😍 1mo
rockpools That‘s fabulous! 1mo
arlenefinnigan @CarolynM @rockpools ta. I love it. 💜 1mo
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I really enjoyed this. It's a brilliant history of the club by someone who knows it better than most, our 'fan on the inside' Roy Butterworth. The insights into how bad things were under the Lemsagams are revealing (yes, it was as bad as we thought). Nice mentions of both Push the Boundary ('the Four Musketeers') and the Boundary Park Alert System podcast. It also pays a lovely tribute to the much-missed Gordon Lawton.

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Merry Christmas, everyone 💙

Ruthiella Cheers and merry Christmas to you too! 1mo
Dilara Merry Christmas! Enjoy your book and your beer! 1mo
arlenefinnigan @Ruthiella merry Christmas! 1mo
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arlenefinnigan @Dilara all the best! It's buck fizz 🥂 1mo
rockpools Merry Christmas Arlene! 1mo
arlenefinnigan @rockpools all the best! 1mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas Arlene🎄💕 1mo
arlenefinnigan @CarolynM merry Christmas! 1mo
Eggs Merry Christmas! 1mo
arlenefinnigan @Eggs all the best! 1mo
Dilara @arlenefinnigan Ooops! Of course: Buck's fizz for Christmas 😁 1mo
arlenefinnigan @Dilara I appreciate that most people don't drink it out of half pint glasses 😂 1mo
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#ReadHarder challenge 24: a “Best _ Writing of the year” book for a topic and year of your choice.

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Geek Who Saved Christmas | Annabeth Albert
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This is a lovely festive feelgood story. A sweet, charming and at times steamy romance. Perfect Christmas reading.

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Scraps | Carla Mellor
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This is brilliant, you should definitely all buy it. A collection of spiky, heartfelt poems reflecting on growing up working class, adulting working class, family and having a laugh and embracing life's rough edges.

batsy Love the cover and how it matches with your nail colour and gloves! 1mo
arlenefinnigan @batsy sadly, I left those gloves on the bus last night 😢 1mo
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Rewild Yourself | Simon Barnes
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It's a Wonderful Wife | Camille Pagán
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This is a lovely, charming retelling of It's A Wonderful Life. Perfect festive schmaltz with some dry humour to set off the sweetness.

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The Guts Of A Mackerel | Clare Reddaway
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This short story is a fascinating snapshot of a turbulent period in history - the hunger strikes in Northern Ireland - from the point of view of a 14 year old English girl with an Irish father. It's both a coming-of-age story, and a reflection on how political conflict impacts on ordinary people's lives.

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It's a Wonderful Wife | Camille Pagán
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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This is a lovely, sweet, charming story, and also really sinister and creepy. Classic Neil Gaiman. Listened to the audiobook, great narration by Dawn French.

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This is a great collection of beautiful vivid poems, reflecting on nature, and the beauty and violence of the circle of life.

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Fontanelle | Helen Sheppard
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This is a brilliant, moving collection. The poems reflect on childbirth and motherhood, the joys and trauma of caring, burnout, violence, family and friendship. The writing is vivid, evocative and heartfelt. I absolutely loved it.

TrishB You‘re on a roll with them! 2mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB hehehehe, I'm still 20 books off my target for the year but I'm tearing through the poetry pamphlets! 2mo
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Working Animals | Liam Bates
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This is an interesting, and slightly sinister collection of poems, reflecting on isolation, work, mortality, and, well, insects and mice. Not for the squeamish.

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LibrarianRyan I really like next years challenge. I did more this year than i have any other year I have been participating. I could actually finish 2023 2mo
rockpools Almost definitely not. But it IS tempting! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Eeekkk 😬 so many epic challenges! 2mo
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Scouse Brows | Madelaine Kinsella
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This is a brilliant collection, I absolutely loved it. A vivid, defiant love letter to Liverpool. Death Of A Baroness is especially good, really struck a chord. Made me homesick as fuck.

arlenefinnigan @TrishB i think you'd like this! 2mo
TrishB I hope the Baroness is the one we love to hate! I have a News from Nowhere gift card and it seems apt to use for this 😁 have screenshot to remind me! 2mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB it is, it brought back some happy memories.... 😉 2mo
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Scouse Brows | Madelaine Kinsella
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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Ayiti | Roxane Gay
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This is an excellent collection of stories about the Haitian diaspora. The subject matter is often difficult and disturbing, but the writing is brilliant and vivid.

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Geek Who Saved Christmas | Annabeth Albert
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#ReadHarder challenge 23: a romance where at least one of the protagonists is over 40

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Dawn of the Apocalypse | Phill Higgins
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This is a really gripping story. It's all the more sinister for the mundane everyday reality of how it starts out - doing the school run, getting irritated at the supermarket - and then the disaster happens. A really fascinating novel.

Reggie Stacked, apocalypse in the name, that‘s my book. Lol 2mo
arlenefinnigan @Reggie oh it's apocalyptic alright 😂 2mo
Rissreads My favourite genre! 2mo
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This is a powerful, valuable insight into the reality of living with autism. It's a remarkable achievement, given that Naoki Higashida used an alphabet grid to respond to the questions, and some of the phrasing is strikingly beautiful - "When I‘m jumping, it‘s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”

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This is a powerful, valuable insight into the reality of living with autism. It's a remarkable achievement, given that Naoki Higashida used an alphabet grid to respond to the questions, and some of the phrasing is strikingly beautiful - "When I‘m jumping, it‘s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”

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This is a powerful, valuable insight into the reality of living with autism. It's a remarkable achievement, given that Naoki Higashida used an alphabet grid to respond to the questions, and some of the phrasing is strikingly beautiful - "When I‘m jumping, it‘s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”

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Dawn of the Apocalypse | Phill Higgins
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#ReadHarder challenge 21: any of the previous years' challenges (2016: a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel) #currentlyreading📚 #bookstagram

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This is an excellent, important book. As someone who drinks too much and wants to cut down, this is exactly what I was looking for - someone who enjoys drinking as much as I do saying "you won't be missing out if you drink less; you'll enjoy the drinks you do have more".

arlenefinnigan Adrian Chiles writes honestly (and relatably) about how much he's drunk to excess over the years, how much he's enjoyed a lot of it, and how unnecessary a lot of it was. He focuses on being practical and being forgiving of yourself - don't get too hung up on the 14 units a week guidance, drinking 30 units a week is still much better than drinking 80. It's funny, engaging and has a lot of good practical advice. 3mo
CuriousG Good for you for identifying and goal and especially that it doesn't have to be seen as deprivation. There are so many good drinks to be made without alcohol and there are even some good non-alcoholic spirits that help you get some of the flavors of drinks you like. It makes hanging out with others who are drinking more fun (& less awkward) when you can also mix yourself a drink. 😊 Not sure where it is available, but check out Seedlip. 3mo
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Nebraska: Poems | Kwame Dawes
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Enjoyed this. An interesting collection of poems reflecting on home, memory and conflict.