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bekakins

bekakins

Joined January 2017

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Mehso-so

Really strange premise, so it was hard to get into. Some really good writing though, and some good little factoids about the animals the author was trying to emulate.

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This book is so funny! And also so devastating! Crying with laughter in my garden 😂😂

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A Gift to Remember | Melissa Hill
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Literally me. 😁

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Pickpick

This book was fantastic!! I'm 2 weeks away from my first ever marathon and this book was so inspiring! Made me feel heaps better about the prospect of running 26.2 miles, let's see what I decide to do after that!!

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Radiance: A Novel | Catherynne M. Valente
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The thought of cassowary-esque creatures tracing young children basic Mandarin really tickled me! I've really been struggling with this book but this whole chapter has drawn me right back in!

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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I absolutely loved many quotes in this book, but this was just so harrowing. It's quite saddening that the ferocity of rape only hits home in a gender reversed scene.

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Pickpick

A really interesting insight into modern politics, certainly gave me food for thought. Particularly enjoyed the chapter on India & Pakistan and bolstered my understanding of this region's troubles after reading 'I am Malala' last year.

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Seriously harrowing book.

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This book is devastating!!! Only just halfway through and 2 of my favourite characters are dead... Why Stephen King why?!?!?!

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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jan Fields
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Someone is in the 'good books' tonight... Surprise gift from the SO 😀😀😀😀

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Power | Naomi Alderman
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I have a problem... #bookhaul #bookaddict at least I got a free coffee from @Waterstones for buying their book of the month!!

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Book haul!! Vintage Scifi bundle from @bookishlyuk... So excited to read them all... With great care!

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Woman of the Dead: A Novel | Bernhard Aichner
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Mehso-so

I don't know if some of this novel got lost in translation, but it didn't do it for me. Not enough character development to engage with Blum, and things fell into place a bit too easily. A shame really as the blurb made it sound great, a really good idea not quite executed well enough.

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Wizard and Glass | Stephen King
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Oh my goodness, I absolutely loved this! I felt like I was wasting time every moment that I wasn't reading it, and it's a long time since I've been that wrapped up in a book. Loved hearing more of Roland's story, and finally finding out about Susan, as this grabbed me in the Gunslinger. My favourite in the Dark Tower series so far, looking forward to getting the rest finished before the film is released!

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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Pickpick

So sad, but brilliant. A very interesting take on grief and coping with tragedy. Beautifully written.

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Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel | James Lee Burke
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Mehso-so

This was last month's pick from bookandabrew and I really struggled with it sadly. Oil in 1940s America doesn't really interest me, and I didn't really connect with any of the characters. Luckily this month's book seems like a much better fit for me, so fingers crossed!

BookAndABrew Not me! But I'd love to take credit for it! Maybe you have the name slightly off? 3y
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This was a great exploration of the mind of a manic depression. As someone who has a friend diagnosed bipolar in my early 20s, this provided a fascinating and sympathetic portrayal of suffering from a mental disorder.

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Early One Morning | Virginia Baily
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About to start this one for book club... Bit of a departure from my usual tastes, so interested to see what I make of it. My turn to choose next month, yay!!

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Time to revisit a favourite before I start watching the new TV adaptation...

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The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
Mehso-so

I felt like I wasn't quite clever enough to appreciate this. I found the structure frustrating, why have such long chapters at the beginning and then barely a paragraph for the last few?!? Turns out this is some sort of intentional clever structure by the author, which totally passed me by. I enjoyed the writing style, and story, but the whole thing was just a bit drawn out.

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The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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This was massively depressing, but also strangely uplifting. I loved how the Joads would not give up, no matter what. Also lived the sense of family and community that Steinbeck creates. I'm really glad I didn't read this as a teenager, as don't think I would have appreciated it nearly as much.

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I absolutely loved this. Particularly poignant in the changing US political climate. As a non-US resident I'm sure some points passed me by as I don't have the best understanding of the US government system, but Obama writes in a powerful and passionate way. I'd love to see him release something post-presidency!

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This month's @bookishlyuk haul! Hope the book is more to my liking this time round!!

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Rainy Easter Sunday... Time to start a new book and eat lots of chocolate!!

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I See You | Clare Mackintosh
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Mehso-so

A fast-pace read, in the same ilk as girl on the train or gone girl. You don't know who to trust, and there are plenty of red herrings throughout. Not the greatest, but a good easy Saturday read! Liked the twist at the very end, even though I had guessed it.

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Death to the French | C. S. Forester
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I wish I could give this 2 ratings. I can appreciate that the author is clearly talented, and can write well, but this just wasn't for me. I'm not really interested in military fiction as a genre, and the whole thing was just a bit of a chore for me to finish. Hopefully my next read from @bookishly will be more up my street!

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NW: A Novel | Zadie Smith
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I found this hard to get into, I really struggled with the first section from Leah's perspective. However by Keisha/Natalie's section I was flying through it, read the final 3/4 in an afternoon!

Leannr @bekakins that was my exact experience too! I almost wish the order was reversed so I could have engaged with Leah more. 2y
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Zoo City | Lauren Beukes
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I really enjoyed this, and would love to read more about this world. Plus it's it wrong that i want a sloth companion?!?! Also, absolutely stunning cover, really well designed.

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Stoner | John Williams
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Marathon reading session in my sun-baked conservatory.... Feeling super content!! And what a great read to boot!

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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So glad I gave Gaiman another chance after really not getting along with American Gods. Brilliant dark fairytale, now I finally get to watch the film as well!

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Mehso-so

I seem to be on a run of reading book with unreliable narrators at the moment! I found this a little hard to follow at times, think I would have appreciated it more if not reading on my daily commute, with lots of distractions!

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When We Were Orphans | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I enjoyed this, but it's always quite unsettling to read a book by a completely unreliable narrator, and to not really have a clue of the true version of events. Some of the passages when Christopher returned to Shanghai were very reminiscent of 'The Unconsoled', with settings melting each other, and secondary characters seeming to know more about the narrators goals than he did. A good read, not as great as some of Ishiguro's better known works.

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Cakes and Ale | W Somerset Maugham
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About to start reading this month's @bookishly choice. Beautiful book, so this is not one that'll be taken on my daily commute with me!

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About to start @bookandabrew's February read!!

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I struggled to follow this, but I'm not sure if this was the fault of the translation I was reading.

However, I am a big fan of the dystopian genre in general, and it was great to read one of the foundation novels of the genre.

I enjoyed the characters, and there were some really beautiful sentences. I would recommend to anyone who is a fan on 1984, Brave New World etc.

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The Loney: Costa Shortlisted 2015 | Andrew Michael Hurley
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Book club next week... Really not sure what I think of this currently! Gets rave reviews but less than 100 pages to go and still don't feel like it's going anywhere... Am I missing something?!?

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Three-Martini Lunch | Suzanne Rindell
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Loving this book! Wish I could have been around during this 'Golden Age' of publishing. Eden Katz is becoming something of an idol, although needs better taste in men. Thanks to @bookandabrew for a great choice for January!

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