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awonderinglife

Joined May 2016

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Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
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Such a fabulous retelling of the Iliad from a woman‘s perspective

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Her best book yet in my eyes - and they have all been great!

Minervasbutler I really enjoyed The Dry. Haven't read this one yet. 14mo
LeeRHarry Ooh good to know it‘s good ! 😊 13mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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Wonderful - a main character I could relate to in so many ways (apart from the being a spy part! 😳🤣). A masterful piece of writing.

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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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Wonderful - a main character I could relate to in so many ways (apart from the being a spy part! 😳🤣). A masterful piece of writing.

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The Death of Truth | Michiko Kakutani
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A book I really needed right now!

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Fabulous Australian YA fiction - nailed the characters and the plot.

CarolynM Sounds good. Stacked. 1y
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A wonderful, painful memoir about a dedicated teacher‘s struggle with an increasingly unsupportive and bureaucratic system.

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I know it‘s the point of these books but this one was possibly a little too introspective for me. Having said that - still so interesting to read about the Obama White House.

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I know it‘s the point of these books but this one was possibly a little too introspective for me. Having said that - still so interesting to read about the Obama White House.

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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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I really don‘t get all the hype for this one. An interesting enough concept but poorly executed - predictable, clunky writing with implausible plot points and character development.

Lauren890 Agree! 1y
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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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Just superb - my fave book of the year so far without a doubt ❤️❤️

Victoriahoperose I have to have this now. I am intrigued. 1y
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The Parentations | Kate Mayfield
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Dark, mysterious, gothic - a great read if a little long...

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Not sure I quite got the concept of this one but loved the writing and the main character

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Eggshell Skull | Bri Lee
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A wonderful memoir looking at the impact of the Australian criminal justice system on survivors of sex assault. Honest, raw and hopeful.

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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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Mehso-so

A very pretty novel that aims to highlight the dangers of becoming fixated on the pursuit of physical beauty at the costs of true internal beauty. Some good moments but over all it left me feeling a little flat unfortunately

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A really insightful and honest overview of this journalists experience following Hillary Clinton in her attempt to be the first woman president of the USA.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Just fabulous - prose like poetry, a compelling story and magical (literally!) characters. Could read it again right now!

Linsy LOVE this cover!!! 2y
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Anything to do with Jane Austen is usually put straight into my reading pile and this was no exception. I loved the style and structure but it really went nowhere - a bit too meandering and purposeless for my liking unfortunately.

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The Outrun | Amy Liptrot
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Gorgeous, painful, hopeful and evocative. Loved this memoir.

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A wonderful story of one man's life in Moscow following the Russian revolution. Engaging from beginning to end.

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A fun, not always flattering, look over the life of Princess Margaret - perfect for Royal obsessives like myself!

emilyhaldi I‘ve been looking forward to this one!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I struggled with the writing in parts - some of the stories of accidents and abuse were labored and rambling but overall that did not stop this from being an amazing story of how education, reflection, support and independent thought enabled the author to create a new life for herself.

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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What a beautiful, strange and completely absorbing book. There were moments when I thought 'what the hell is going on here???!' But they were overcome by evocative, gorgeous writing, engaging and multilayered characters and strong themes. So glad I gave this one a go.

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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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Ordinarily I don't think I would have liked this one but this was a case of 'right book at the right time' for me. Definitely quirky but oh so engaging and enchanting. I loved the main character, Lois, and I could relate to her struggles in a high pressured job that led to her discovering she had a talent for creating beautiful sour dough. Great commentary on the role of technology in our lives and the ending was sublime 💕

britt_brooke Loved the ending! 💚 2y
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Just divine! Worth all the hype it is receiving in my eyes. A gorgeously heartbreaking story of family relationships and how expectations can lead the direction of our lives. There was a plot device and character that didn't ring quite true for me and felt a little forced but it wasn't enough to break my connection with the story and the characters. Loved it!

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I'm not usually a psychological thriller reader but this one was getting so much praise I thought i would give it a go. It was immensely readable and very well written - I'm just not sure this genre is ultimately for me. I felt there were too many coincidences and contrived plot points for me to be able to suspend my disbelief fully!

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I was undecided about reading this one but, like a lot of people, as soon as Trump started making waves to try and stop the publication I was all in! It has a lot of flaws, it's too long, it's repetitive, it needs a GOOD edit but... It was juicy and entertaining! If even half of what it portrays is real Trump is more horrifying than we've previously thought. Scary stuff.

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The Ice | Laline Paull
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My first book of 2018 and what an amazing start! An incredibly written and paced book - the level of tension and suspense was perfectly built and balanced. Also loved her previous book so Paull is a must read author for me.

LeeRHarry Gorgeous cover! 😍 2y
LiteraryinLititz There‘s no Litsy blurb. What‘s the premise? 2y
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For the most part a lovely fictional account of how Dickens created his famous Xmas tale. I felt it got a little lost, and went on for too long, at times but still a nice story - perfect for this time of year. 🎄

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I really enjoyed this deceptively simple, poignant story of family, love, loss and memory. Some standard themes but I thought they were displayed without any sentimental sap - just honesty and simplicity.

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I have avoided reading this book for fear of being flooded with overwhelming emotion - and yes, they definitely came but this book is so powerful it needs to be read. Just incredible.

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Mrs. Osmond: A novel | John Banville
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An amazing sequel to The Portrait of a Lady - exquisite writing - every sentence felt beautifully constructed.

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My first read of Mary Beard and I love her style. This book didn't blow me away as I thought it might but still a great read for inspiring thoughts on how dominant power structures need to be challenged.

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Another fantastic John Green book - this one a wonderfully realistic portrayal of mental illness in adolescence. Some of the plot points didn't quite ring true for me but I could look past that...

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A great, suspenseful holiday read

Cinfhen Both book & view look great!!! 2y
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Beyond amazing and Beautiful and raw. Maggie O'Farrell has always been one of my favourite writers and this memoir is no exception - gorgeous, spare and honest writing that has just left me wanting more!

lynneamch Love her! She is one of the few authors I immediately buy in hardback as soon as a book comes out. Thanks for posting. 2y
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If Harry Potter didn't exist I might have found this book entertaining, enjoyable and magical. Unfortunately for this author Harry Potter does exist and I'm afraid I found Nevermoor just a pale imitation of the real thing...

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While this book doesn't necessarily add anything new to the whole US 2016 presidential election it was a really engaging and interesting review of the events from a person on the front line.

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Such an amazing story and writer. This book is often extremely shocking, painful and confronting but I never once wanted to stop reading. A powerful reflection and observation on the lasting impacts of child abuse and the intergenerational effects of trauma.

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Forest Dark: A Novel | Nicole Krauss
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I am a huge fan of Krauss's writing - thoughtful, empathic, soft yet sharp. This was a deeply philosophical story but also one when I felt very connected to the characters and their outcomes.

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I know this one has a lot of hype surrounding it at the moment but it was really just ok for me. A plot that was simultaneously all over the place and full of coincidence just meant I couldn't fully get on board.

Notafraidofwords Same. Same. 2y
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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I know I am probably going to be cast aside from the book loving community for this but I'm afraid Booker Prize short list or not this one was just not for me! I appreciated the outline of the beautiful, caring relationship between the young woman and her elderly neighbor but apart from that I felt completely confused and distracted! I need a book with a strong, clear, consistent structure I've decided!

Tamra This is what makes Litsy fun! 2y
awonderinglife Very true @Tamra ! 2y
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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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A gorgeous, deceptively simple love story. It took me a little while to warm to this one but once I did I was caught - hook, line and sinker. ❤️❤️❤️

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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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An amazingly told story - Shamsie builds tension through the interactions, current and historical, of the characters. Heartbreaking and thought provoking.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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What an amazing book - powerful and sobering.

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I absolutely loved this honest, reflective, gentle memoir. Looking forward to her future books.

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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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What a beautiful, painful, heartbreaking book. Loved it.

Tamra What a beautiful cover too! 2y
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The Twentieth Man | Tony Jones
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Not my usual kind of read but I love ABC journalist Tony Jones so I thought I would give it a go. It started off well - pacey and interesting but about half way it started to get bogged down - too many characters and not much happening. The ending was also a disappointment 😞

CarolynM Hi there, 👋 I've just started reading this and saw your post. I like to follow all the other Australians on here. Look forward to seeing your next read😀 1y
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A bit too 'blokey' for me but still funny and engaging in parts.

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Anything is Possible | Elizabeth Strout
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One of my favourite authors - she can do little wrong in my eyes! Loved this one - maybe not quite as great as My Name is Lucy Barton but still exquisite writing as always.