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The Line of Beauty: A Novel | Alan Hollinghurst
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I am going to be thinking about this for a long time. The story is deceptively slight. The triumph is in the vivid characters who personify so much about the upper middle class world of the 1980s and its "greed is good" mentality and also its ambivalence towards gay men in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. So many secrets, so much dishonesty, so much sycophancy. It's tragic.

Freespirit Great review. 10h
Crazeedi Thanks for the review!👍 7h
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 definitely looking forward to it even more now! 6h
Reggie There was a 3 part miniseries of this book. I haven‘t read the book but the series was pretty good. Nice review. 5h
Theaelizabet Nice review. 👏 4h
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The Line of Beauty: A Novel | Alan Hollinghurst
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I'm enjoying some holiday time on beautiful Green Island. My internet connection is a bit iffy, so please forgive me if I'm not liking or commenting much for the rest of the week.🙂🌴🌺🌤🍹

LapReader Lucky duck. Have a great time. Now I want some grog 😂 1d
Cathythoughts Have a great time 😘 1d
JennyM Enjoy!!! 😘 1d
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Kalalalatja Enjoy! 1d
TrishB Enjoy 😁 I was going to start this today but it‘s in the spare bedroom and my sons asleep in there! Book dilemma- wait til he gets up (could be hours) or start another one in my kindle!!! 1d
erzascarletbookgasm I just looked up Green Island..happy holidays! 😍 🏝 1d
Freespirit Have a lovely holiday😊 1d
youneverarrived Enjoy 😘 1d
CarolynM @TrishB That is a dilemma! What did you do? 16h
CarolynM @LapReader Your comment appeared just then - weird! It's lovely here, I indulged in a mojito last night. It was delicious! 16h
TrishB I read two other books and now the new Atkinson has arrived and that has to be next! This one will be soon 😁 12h
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Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
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Finally finishing this rather belatedly for the #catherbuddyread. Sorry, friends. What an interesting exploration of the nurturing and development of talent. I really enjoyed the musings on what exactly it is that distinguishes the great artists from the also fans. It is interesting to consider how Thea's journey might have been different if fate had dealt differently with the various men in her life - Fred in particular.👇

CarolynM Would he have supported her career if he'd been free to marry her? Having decided to marry him, and given her views about going back, would she have chanelled her determination into something else as his wife?👇 1d
CarolynM While I enjoyed finally being present in the narrative while Thea performed, overall the last part was my least favourite. I found it a little repetitive. The epilogue was a nice touch. 1d
Cathythoughts Lovely pic 👍🏻✨ 1d
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batsy I wasn't so fond of the last section, either, which is the only thing that kept this book from being 5 ⭐ for me. I think her life would have turned out differently if she didn't have that single-minded determination about her art. And it was such a poignant portrayal of what it takes, especially for a woman. 1d
Lcsmcat I think you‘re absolutely right that, had she been able to marry Fred, her life would have been different! She may not have been able to give up her music, but she couldn‘t have focused on it enough to be as good as she was. 1d
Graywacke Thinking about them tossing rocks and him trying to be affectionate when she was focused. Not entirely sure how his actual availability would have changed her. She was focused on him and marriage before Mexico, so maybe that changes everything. 1d
Graywacke I find that last section interesting in view of what she was doing here. It‘s the most authentic, the most Olive, her real life model. The first section is the most mythic, based on her sense of the prairie culture. The book tries to meld them into one story. Do the young and professionally successful Thea form a consistent whole? I see it as a provoking strain in the books overall structure. I can‘t say I was entirely conformable with her 👇👇 1d
Graywacke ...at the end. 1d
CarolynM @Graywacke I was making the assumption that they would have married if it had been possible and then wondering what that would have meant for Thea. How would each of them felt about her continuing to train and then to perform? I think there was consistency from the young to the mature Thea - her determination and singlemindedness in working at her art having become more and more focussed and draining as she went on. 17h
Graywacke @CarolynM I think Cather would say that too, about the consistency. Maybe the strain is all in my head. I thought she kind of switched it from an open ended independence to zoned-in to conquer. Also in my head: in marriage Fred holds her back without realizing it and without being able to do anything about it. She needed to break free of everything. (It‘s a great question) 15h
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Cinfhen Have this one waiting for me, courtesy of @LibrarianRyan 💕 4d
CarolynM @Cinfhen Hope you like it. I thought it was very good. 4d
TrishB She‘s coming to speak in my local book shop but it‘s a night I can‘t go! 4d
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LapReader She writes much better than she speaks @TrishB You aren‘t missing out on much. 4d
BarbaraBB Great choice. I loved this book too! 4d
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this very much, thank you 😉 4d
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm You are very welcome. 4d
sisilia I gotta hunt for this at the library 4d
bookandbedandtea I really enjoyed this one 4d
BooknerdsLife I‘m still waiting for my turn on this one from my library 😔 4d
CarolynM @BooknerdsLife It's worth the wait🙂 3d
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Dear Me | Peter Ustinov
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I though #J was slim pickings, I was really scratching around for #U #30JuneBooks

howjessreads 😂 I know! 4d
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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I wish I could've sat down and read this straight through, but it's been a busy few days so I had to fit it in where I could. I loved it, of course. In many ways it's another look at the banality of evil, and the myriad ways in which the vulnerable are exploited. The political parallels are there, but with the lightest of touches. Kate Atkinson creates such recognisable characters with just a few details, and frequently subverts stereotypes.👇

CarolynM I think it would help if you've read the earlier Brodie novels, particularly When Will There Be Good News, and it probably won't satisfy from a strictly crime or thriller point of view (too many coincidences and loose ends) but there's a lot to enjoy in being back in Jackson Brodie's company. 5d
BiblioLitten Which one should I start with? This is on my TBR. Good choice?? 5d
CarolynM @BiblioLitten Transcription isn't one of the Brodie books. The first one of those is 5d
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BiblioLitten Thanks 😊 5d
Amiable Great review! 5d
CarolynM @Amiable Thank you🙂 5d
Ruthiella So looking forward to this. I love the Jackson Brodie novels! 😀 4d
CarolynM @Ruthiella I think you'll love this one too🙂 3d
RaimeyGallant Sold! And I also wish there was a crossed-fingers emoji. :) 3d
TrishB Can‘t wait for this to land on my kindle tomorrow !! 22h
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Almost Paradise | Susan Isaacs
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#30JuneBooks #MadeYouCry

This one made me cry buckets. I think I must have lent my copy to someone and not gotten it back. This image is courtesy of Google, hence the blurring.

I've just realised it fits #StarTrekSummerJune #Paradise too 🙂

And #JazzyJune #CryMeARiver 🙂🙂

Eggs Triple play! 5d
Megabooks Nice job! 5d
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🎶I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it🎶

#DreadlockHoliday #WanderingJune

Freespirit Love it too. We have one son in UK at the moment playing. 5d
Cathythoughts I love your little song 😍 5d
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CarolynM @Cathythoughts Just quoting 10cc 🙂 5d
arlenefinnigan I took the same direction with this one! 5d
BarbaraBB Smart one! 🎶 Don‘t like Jamaica, oh no... 🎶 5d
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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I love Kate Atkinson.

LeahBergen Yes! I can wait for this one. 👍🏻 6d
Cathythoughts Looking forward to the buddy read in the Autumn... I‘ve never her. Sounds good 6d
TrishB Can‘t wait to read this 😁 only next week now! 6d
Theaelizabet Sigh. Can‘t wait. 6d
Tungstensmum “Netflix was too good” - art imitating life 6d
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Cinfhen Impressive 🤓 6d
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 6d
batsy 😍😍 6d
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LeahBergen Awesome! 6d
BarbaraBB Great shelf! 6d
Freespirit Some great books! 6d
Ruthiella Perfect pictorial response to the prompt!😀 4d
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I'm a fan of Robert Mapplethorpe. I find his photographs visually #Shocking (and some of them shocking for other reasons 🙈) #30JuneBooks

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Untitled | Unknown
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There are lots of country pubs in Australia called the #GrandHotel. This novel (which doesn't appear to be in the data base) features one of them. I confess I didn't find it very interesting, I bailed on it quite early. #WanderingJune

BarbaraBB That‘s a pity, it looks great (based on its cover)! 1w
Cinfhen It‘s like you‘re inside my brain today @BarbaraBB maybe because we were meant to be together today ☹️ 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I was thinking of that too! 1w
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Cinfhen 😘😘😘 @BarbaraBB but thank God hubby is really improving 🙏🏻 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Really? That is such good news! Amsterdam can wait! 1w
CarolynM @Cinfhen Very glad to hear your husband feeling better🙂 1w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @CarolynM by the way, I emailed you yesterday....not sure if I had your email correct 🤪 1w
CarolynM @Cinfhen I am so behind the times I do email on a PC and I didn't get a chance to look at it today. I'll let you know tomorrow. 1w
Cinfhen That‘s fine, no rush no worries 1w
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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Look what I've got!

So excited! 😃😃😃 I'm going to start reading right now!

Theaelizabet Jealous! Enjoy! 1w
TrishB So jealous!! 1w
CarolynM @Theaelizabet @TrishB I'm lucky enough to have a friend who does some reviewing for the newspaper, every so often she gives me the ARC when she's finished with it. I am super lucky to get this one😛 1w
JennyM 😳😳😳 jealous! 1w
saresmoore Oh! 🙌 1w
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Golden Summers: Heidelberg and Beyond | National Gallery of Victoria, Jane Clark, Bridget Whitelaw
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Cathythoughts Beautiful cover ✨✨✨✨✨ 1w
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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - a novel written in French, set in the USA and contains kissing.
#FrenchKissingInTheUSA #WanderingJune

JennyM ✔️👏🏼 1w
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😁 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I have this on my tbr! 1w
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CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm I read it on a couple of long flights. I didn't think too hard about it and I enjoyed it. I don't know if all the plot twists would hang together if you were reading it more carefully. 1w
CarolynM @JennyM Thank you😘 1w
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thank you. Would you email me with your postal address? I'd like to send you a little birthday parcel. My email is munchenberg at onthe dot net dot au 1w
Cinfhen You‘re so kind, thank you for thinking of me 💋 1w
BarbaraBB I read it under the same circumstances and it‘s a perfect read while travelling! 1w
TrishB Clever 👍🏻 1w
Cathythoughts I think this sounds good ! Stacked 1w
zezeki I loved this one, it was really interesting! 1w
Centique I just noticed yesterday there is an adaption of this on Netflix. Wonder if it‘s any good - will check IMDB. 😊 PS your new photo is lovely! 1w
CarolynM @Centique Thank you😊 I didn't know there was an adaptation. It's the sort of story that could be good on film. I'll have to try it sometime. 1w
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Perrault's Fairy Tales | Charles Perrault
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LeahBergen 😍😍😍 1w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous 1w
BooknerdsLife Sweet these are so gorgeous!!! 😍😍😍 1w
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erzascarletbookgasm Ah, those Andrew Lang‘s Fairy Books! 😍🤤 1w
Lcsmcat What is the set? 1w
CarolynM @Lcsmcat It's Scott's Poetical Works from circa 1835. There are twelve volumes altogether. 1w
Lcsmcat @CarolynM They‘re beautiful! 1w
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Changing Places | David Lodge
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RealLifeReading Nicely done! Circling the sun is also on my tbr 1w
Trashcanman I like the new profile picture! 😊🤗👁️👁️ 1w
CarolynM @Trashcanman Thanks, George🙂 I like yours too, but something tells me that's not you🤔 1w
Trashcanman @CarolynM it's D.B Cooper 😊 1w
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The G-String Murders | Gypsy Rose Lee
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Gypsy Rose Lee and two novels she wrote. Will this do for #GypsyRoad? #WanderingJune

erzascarletbookgasm Not heard of her but those covers are great! 1w
BarbaraBB It does. Those covers 😍 1w
Cinfhen 🏆 1w
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BarbaraBB Also, I like your new profile pic! 1w
TrishB Nice new pic 👍🏻 1w
Cathythoughts Yes ! Love your new pic 👍🏻♥️ 1w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Cathythoughts Thank you ladies. I had my hair cut and thought I'd update my look on Litsy🙂 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Ooo, nice haircut 💇‍♀️. You look good ❣️ 1w
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you 🙂 1w
ladym30 Lovely haircut and I think the G String Murders was made into a movie❤️! 1w
Crazeedi Very racy for her time! Love it! 1w
CarolynM @ladym30 Thank you. I'll look for the movie🙂 1w
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The first Alison Lurie novel I read and I loved it - it's an #OldFavorite #30JuneBooks

Centique I know this is on the TBR list in my physical journal somewhere - should move it up! 1w
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Nothing says #Californication to me quite like the wonderful and eye-opening (for me anyway) Tales of the City series. #WanderingJune

Trashcanman Hugs 2w
Reggie I haven‘t read From Michael Tolliver lives on, are they good? 2w
CarolynM @Trashcanman Back at ya, George🤗 2w
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CarolynM @Reggie I don't think they're as good as the original six, but they bring the characters into the present. Mary Ann in Autumn is the one I thought was most interesting. 2w
Cinfhen I wasn‘t familiar with this series but I see @Reviewsbylola and @squirrelbrain both posted about them 2w
Reviewsbylola I have the first book but haven‘t read it. @cinfhen. I‘ve heard amazing things!! 2w
Centique 😍😍😍 1w
Ruthiella Loved the first six but was a little disappointed in the last three. Still, good fun! (edited) 4d
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Run | Ann Patchett
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I'm going on holiday next week. I won't be taking all of these, but this is the #Bookstack I'll be choosing from.
#30JuneBooks

JanuarieTimewalker13 Oooh, never heard of Australia Day! 2w
Freespirit Some fab books to choose from! Where you off to? 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Some interesting titles there. Can‘t say anything because I‘ve read none of them! 😄 Have a great vacation! 💕 2w
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Graywacke Looks like you‘re in a blue phase 2w
TrishB A great pile to choose from 👍🏻 2w
Cathythoughts I love the last few days before the hols ...the preparations & the build up 👍🏻♥️ 2w
Lcsmcat Take Run. Like all Patchett, it‘s wonderful! 2w
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Night Train to Memphis | Elizabeth Peters
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1. Friends came to stay on the weekend & all our adult children joined us for dinner on Saturday.
2. Tagged
3. Raptors, Australia & St Louis Blues (Melbourne Rebels were so bad on Friday I am not mentioning them)
4. So many! Set texts because I hated them (eg Lord of the Flies, A Patch of Blue), private reading because I was discovering some wonderful writers (eg the Brontes, F Scott Fitzgerald, Margaret Drabble)
5. @Blh87 @seajune
#HumpDayPost

CarolynM @DebbieGrillo Thanks for reviving the Hump Day Post🙂 2w
LeahBergen And now I want to read this book! I read some of her Peabody series and a couple of stand-alone‘s years ago. 2w
Cathythoughts I want to read it too 👍🏻 @LeahBergen 2w
CarolynM @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts All of her books are great, I love the Peabody series too, but Vicki Bliss and Sir John Smythe are just the best. Maybe start with 2w
Cathythoughts Ok Thankyou! I‘ll stack that one so 👍🏻♥️ 2w
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Old Vicarage, Grantchester | Rupert Brooke, Noel Rooke
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An excerpt from Old Vicarage, Grantchester by Rupert Brooke

#PoetryMatters #Tea #JazzyJune #PeacefulPoetry

TheSpineView 😍😍 2w
Eggs I 💗 anything Grantchester 2w
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The Bus on Thursday | Shirley Barrett
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LeahBergen Nice! 😍 2w
Cathythoughts Very nicely put together 👍🏻💚 2w
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TrishB Great graphic 👍🏻 2w
BooknerdsLife Beautiful collection of free books 😍📚 2w
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Standard Deviation | Katherine Heiny
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I hope my current read with a couple of gingerbread biscuits my daughter made will suffice for #booksandpastries
#riotgrams

Victoria_Clyne I'm reading this one at the moment. 2w
CarolynM @Victoria_Clyne Are you enjoying it? It's making me laugh quite a lot🙂 2w
Victoria_Clyne @CarolynM I am. I'm about half way through. It feels a bit like a guilty pleasure for some reason. 2w
Cathythoughts The biscuits look simply divine 2w
CarolynM @Cathythoughts They are delicious - she has it down to a fine art😊 (edited) 2w
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Wimmera | Mark Brandi
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An intriguing and unusual mystery centring on a #SmallTownBoy and his friend. #WanderingJune

BarbaraBB Sounds like a real good thriller! 2w
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 with note to self that it has a different title here! 2w
CarolynM @TrishB I had thought you might like it. What is its UK title? 2w
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TrishB Into the River - do they think the original title is too Australian? 🤷‍♀️ 2w
CarolynM @TrishB I guess so, it's the name of a region in western Victoria so it conjures up a particular landscape and environment for Australians which it wouldn't for most other people. Into the River sort of fits, but it's a bit bland. 2w
gradcat I‘m stacking, too—it sounds really good—but does anyone know the US title? 😂 2w
Cinfhen I‘m intrigued too!!! 2w
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Reading Challenge | Casey Malarcher, Andre Janzen
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I failed so spectacularly on my last attempt at a reading challenge I decided the whole idea was not for me, but this one looks like something I might enjoy so I've signed up. Let's see how far I get! #BBRC

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2w
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I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith
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BarbaraBB My choice too. Lovely book! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, you have the Folio edition 😍❤️ 2w
JennyM ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
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batsy Perfect 💜 2w
gradcat Yaaasss! 👍♥️ 2w
readordierachel What a lovely illustration! 2w
CarolynM @Alex100 Because your account is set to private you have to OK me following you. I look forward to seeing your posts🙂 2w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm @JennyM @batsy @gradcat @readordierachel I kind of thought the book is such an obvious response to the prompt that everyone would choose it. That's why I went for a photo of the illustration. 2w
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Death in the Stacks | Jenn McKinlay
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#StacksOnStacks #Riotgrams

The disgraceful state of my library

MrsMalaprop Oh my word 😱. All those pretties though 📚📚📚🤗❤️. 2w
LeeRHarry Ooh would love to have a rummage through all of those! 😆 2w
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LeeRHarry @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
TrishB I feel much better now 😁 2w
Freespirit Wow.. that‘s fantastic🤣 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Whoa..I can help you arrange the books! 😁 2w
Cathythoughts I love it ♥️👍🏻 2w
BarbaraBB I‘d love to help you arrange them 😀 2w
Crazeedi Mine arent quite like this, but I have piles, and boxes, and....I need a couple bookshelves I think😉😬😍 2w
ladym30 Blissful chaos😍! 2w
Stacypatrice I want to fling myself in those piles and roll around in happiness 😀 2w
ravenlee Just imagine the fun of sorting them all! 2w
Theaelizabet We‘d all love to help you organize them! 😌 2w
BenbowsBK I love it just the way it is. :) 2w
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop @TrishB @Crazeedi In my defence, we are planning to get a lot more book shelves put in sometime soon so I don't have much incentive to do anything about it until then 2w
CarolynM @LeeRHarry @thegirlwiththelibrarybag When I do get to the point of sorting through them I am sure there will be many to discard - I'll give you first refusal🙂 2w
CarolynM @Freespirit @Cathythoughts @ladym30 @Stacypatrice @BenbowsBK You are all people after my own heart❤️ 2w
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB @ravenlee @Theaelizabet I'd love to have your help and you are all very welcome to come and help me sort them when the time comes, but I think the distance might be a bit of a problem...🙂 2w
BarbaraBB Just a minor detail 🤣😘 2w
Reggie I actually dig this pic!!! Good for you!! 2w
Crazeedi @CarolynM actually I think I might find a corner and toss all my unshelved books into it, just for the fun of it! I love it!❤ 2w
BooknerdsLife 😱 Oh I love this!!! Want to go dick around in your pile of books! 😍📚🙌🏼 2w
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I've gone for some #J authors - it was slim pickings so I included some J first names
#30JuneBooks

MrsMalaprop I have that Trollope. Bought it years ago in secondhand shop ‘down south‘ in WA. I recall quite enjoying it. Not sure I‘ve read any of her others 🤔. 2w
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I've only read that one and one other. I liked them, but there are so many other books to read. 2w
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Gotland | Fiona Capp
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Australia Day | Melanie Cheng
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Stories exploring the experiences of Australians from a variety of different cultural backgrounds written by a Chinese Australian woman.

#ChinaGirl #WanderingJune

JennyM It‘s a good read, too! Great pick 2w
BarbaraBB Sounds interesting! 2w
CarolynM @JennyM It's on my TBR, but I haven't got there yet. 2w
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Cinfhen It sounds good!! Let us know your thoughts xx 2w
BooknerdsLife This sounds like a terrific read! 2w
Redwritinghood Sounds interesting. 7d
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Nature of Things | Lucretius
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Close up of the Loeb Classics for @GlassAsDiamonds It was easier than typing out the names in a comment 😂

GlassAsDiamonds Oohhh! SERIOUS LOEBS!! 😻😻😻😻 As as result of picky teachers, I‘m firmly on the green side but always look longingly at the Romans. 😊 2w
CarolynM @GlassAsDiamonds I have to confess they are my husband's books. He had a little phase of learning Latin but has never tried to learn Greek (not yet, anyway) (edited) 2w
GlassAsDiamonds @CarolynM 😂😂 I strictly stick to the English side of the page!!! I toy with trying to learn Latin every once and a while... it usually goes nowhere 😂🤦🏻‍♀️😂 2w
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Curveball | Kate Angell
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#BoysOfSummer #SongsOfSummer

A couple of baseball romances. There don't seem to be any romances featuring cricket players...

OriginalCyn620 Cute covers! 😎 2w
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Acts and Omissions | Catherine Fox
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A trilogy of novels set in the parishes of the diocese of Lindchester, #ImaginaryPlaces largely populated by the sort of Christians I would like to know. #WanderingJune

Cinfhen This sounds very ENGLISH and I mean that in a good way 🥰😘carry on xx 2w
BarbaraBB Are they good? 2w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I like them a lot, but the one I REALLY like is 2w
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BarbaraBB These books scare me to death 😱 but maybe I must overcome my prejudices! 2w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Why do they scare you? 2w
BarbaraBB I don‘t really know; the blurb, the cover! 2w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB You don't need to be scared, they are very readable. I think they do require you to have some sympathy for church life, but Catherine Fox is in the "if it moves bless it" (her words) camp of Anglicanism so I can do that. 2w
BarbaraBB That sounds doable indeed 💕 2w
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GlassAsDiamonds Ooohhh Loebs! And red Loebs!!!! 😻😻😻😻😻 Which ones? Wish I could zoom and read all these titles! (edited) 2w
Nute Great organization! Yay, Minette Walters! 2w
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Summer of Love | Caro Fraser
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OriginalCyn620 😎📚🎶 2w
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The Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
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#30JuneBooks #CurrentReads

Song of the lark for @Graywacke 's buddy read, Standard Deviation in my handbag for any available moment, Private Charter for light reading at bedtime.

JennyM How you liking Standard Deviation? It‘s on my pile for this week or next x 2w
CarolynM @JennyM It took me a few pages to get into the humour, but it is making me laugh out loud now🙂 2w
JennyM @CarolynM sounds good. I read this one of hers a few years back, and I was the same. Some of it was just hilarious 👉 (edited) 2w
CarolynM @JennyM Thanks for the tip😘 2w
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Neon Pilgrim | Lisa Dempster
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Depressed, unemployed and overweight, Australian journalist Lisa sets out to walk the henro michi, or 88 temple pilgrimage, through the mountains of Japan. This book is the fascinating story of her pilgrimage, what she sees who she meets and how she feels. She starts off #BigInJapan but finishes the journey a lot lighter 😂 (sorry). #WanderingJune. 👇

CarolynM The mother in me was very worried about her nutrition. She lived on a diet of rice, miso, canned coffee and the occasional cucumber. I can't help thinking some of the mood swings she experienced were at least partially attributable to her diet! 3w
BarbaraBB 👆 No wonder she got lighter 😉. Did you like the book? 3w
Cinfhen Ha!!! Hilarious 😂 I‘m actually curious about this book 3w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I did like it, there was a lot of interesting stuff about Japan and Japanese culture, but some of it was a bit self indulgent. 2w
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Billie's Kiss | Elizabeth Knox
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Thank you so much Paula, you are too kind. All of these books look wonderful! I remember that you have talked glowingly about all of them. I am very excited to read more #kiwifiction🙂 (and I love Paddington Bear)

Centique Yay! Glad they got there safely 😊👍 Hope you enjoy, whenever the mood strikes you. 3w
batsy That bookmark! ❤️ And I've been meaning to read Janet Frame forever. 3w
LeahBergen How lovely! And that Janet Frame DOES sound good, @batsy 👍🏻 3w
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Cathythoughts These look great. Lovely gifts 👍🏻💕💕💕 3w
TrishB Lovely 💕💕 3w
Tanisha_A Ohh, that bookmark is adorable! 3w
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The Cricket Match | Hugh De Selincourt
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Getting ready for the Cricket World Cup. First game should be good. Best of luck to England and South Africa today.

Cathythoughts Enjoy 3w
arlenefinnigan Have you read? I'm not really interested in cricket but it's a fascinating story. 3w
Andrew65 Game on. 🤞for a great tournament. Not often we‘ve gone into one with a realistic chance of competing strongly. 3w
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Centique Oh boy. *bites nails*. If England outclasses us I will never hear the end of it from my English friends. And I‘m pretty sure that‘s what‘s going to happen 🧐😝😩 3w
Andrew65 @Centique They certainly have a strong chance, for some reason though never been so nervous about a tournament as this one. If they don‘t win it with this team they never will! Unfortunately when it comes to the knockout stage anything can happen. (edited) 3w
Centique @Andrew65 I know what you mean. I‘m more nervous when my team is one of the favourites than when they‘re not! The Rugby World Cup almost makes me feel sick 🤢 3w
CarolynM @arlenefinnigan I know a bit about Dolly's story, he was playing in the years just before I started taking an interest, and it certainly is fascinating. Thanks for the rec, I'm going to track down a copy🙂 3w
arlenefinnigan @CarolynM I think my favourite bit is where the South African PM calls the MCC a 'subversive leftist group' 😂 3w
Freespirit Oooh love the cricket...watching Eng v SA now... Eng off to a great start 3w
CarolynM @arlenefinnigan Nearly as good as the recent fracas between Ben Shapiro and Andrew Neil. Marvellous what the extreme right consider "lefty". 3w
CarolynM @Centique You and me both, but at least you've come out of it well the last couple of tournaments😬 3w
LeahBergen Have you ever seen the Bollywood film, Lagaan? I don‘t know why I suddenly thought about it (well, it‘s about a cricket game 😆). It‘s good! 3w
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I've been in the mood for light and #easy for the last little while. I polished these off pretty fast, they're delightful.
#MayMovieMagic

Freespirit Love those covers! 3w
BiblioLitten I have been looking for something light and easy. These sound perfect! 😊 3w
Cinfhen Calling @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads ❤️ these might interest you 3w
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marleed I‘ve read light and easy almost all year - it‘s been fun! 3w
rubyslippersreads @Cinfhen @LeahBergen Those covers are adorable! 😊 3w
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Cinfhen @rubyslippersreads I‘ve always meant to try some of these! They sound fun. 3w
CarolynM @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads They are fun, but they are very disposable. I only buy them when they are very cheap (these were $3) 3w
rohit-sawant These sound lovely! 3w
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Not very original - I don't read about witches very often. I love the song - I first encountered it in a thoroughly enjoyable stage production of Pal Joey in 1983. Thanks for rekindling the memories.

#BewitchedBotheredAndBewildered #MayMovieMagic

TrishB Great minds 👍🏻 I was about to do this. 3w
rohit-sawant 💜💜 3w
Cinfhen I tried this book but I bailed early on 🤷🏼‍♀️I guess mysterious libraries and witches aren‘t really my thing 😂 3w
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Marrying Harriet | M.C. Beaton
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"New Stock" said the sign outside my local discount book shop. "I'll just go in for a look," I thought. "I won't buy anything." Ha!

And I was #SoClose to going a whole month without buying any books. Would it be a #Disaster #IfIFell off the wagon again? The sound of #Thunder I hear is my bank balance hitting the floor.

#MayMovieMagic #StarTrekSummerMay #BeatleMaynia #AMonthOfSongs

BarbaraBB Great post, great #multitasking 😉 4w
JennyM 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Haha 👏 4w
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Freespirit Ha ha great work...it's a disease...I have it too😄 4w
Megabooks This post is truly awesome!! 😎🖖🏻 4w
TrishB Look at all those though 😁😁 4w
readordierachel Excellent hashtag integration 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 4w
Cinfhen What a great medley of prompts and what an awesome stack of books!!!! #winning 💖🙌🏻 (edited) 4w
Tanisha_A You go girl! 4w
Cathythoughts Nice one for the prompt ! Nice stack for you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
batsy 😆👏🏽👏🏽 4w
LeeRHarry Nice haul - I have the Ayisha Malik on audiobook from the library 😊 4w
OriginalCyn620 Great haul! 4w
RachelO 😂😂😂Nicely done! And impressive haul! 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 4w
rohit-sawant 😂😂 Awesome prompt mashup! 🙌🏼 4w
LeahBergen Oopsie! 😆 4w
Rissreads I love the way you don‘t do things half hearted! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! 4w
DivineDiana Somehow “just looking” never works! 😉📚👏🏻 3w
BooknerdsLife Hahaaaa 🤣🤣 the mighty power of books! Especially if they are on sales 😅🙌🏼📚📚💥 3w
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The Trick to Time | Kit de Waal
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Thank you so much, Cathy, your parcel arrived at last! You are too good to me. I remember how much you liked this book and I think I will too. We are planning a week away in June, I am going to put it aside for then.

JennyM Lovely package to receive from @Cathythoughts. It‘s a good read 👍 4w
TrishB I really enjoyed this too 👍🏻 4w
Tanisha_A Love that postcard! 4w
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Cathythoughts You are so very welcome Carolyn ! Thank goodness! 3 weeks it took 🙄. I‘m so glad it arrived & hope you will like it. I really did 👍🏻♥️ 😘 4w
youneverarrived Lovely postcard 💙 4w
LeahBergen Lovely! 💕 4w
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Showing my age here, but there's no doubt my #1stcartooncrush was Roger Ramjet ❤️ sigh...

Love this idea @rohit-sawant

#GailSimone

And I'm claiming it for #MayMovieMagic #OriginsOfLove

Leftcoastzen So cool! 4w
Cathythoughts I realize I do remember Roger Ramjet .... he‘s our hero fighting for our nation .... 🙃that is so fun to remember 😂 4w
Cathythoughts Excellent pic 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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CarolynM @Cathythoughts As soon as I saw Rohit's post I started singing the song🎤 Not just my first cartoon crush, my first crush of any kind 😊😂 4w
LeahBergen I don‘t know Roger Ramjet (and I‘m your age 😆😆). I‘ll look him up. 4w
CarolynM @LeahBergen I took him completely seriously as a child - as an adult he's hilarious😂 4w
rohit-sawant Awesome! This is the first I've heard of him and will be looking him up likewise. 4w
Cinfhen Ha!!! Love your #originsOfLove but I don‘t recall this character 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4w
rretzler Never really watched that show. I was more into Johnny Quest. 4w
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Into the Fire | Sonia Orchard
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This is a brilliant novel. I am really struggling to find the words to adequately describe it. At its core it is about the friendship between two women, but it is also about friendship more broadly, the consequences of disfunctional families and toxic relationships between men and women. Presented in the form of an intriguing mystery and cleverly laced with ideas from psychological and feminist theory, I couldn't put it down. #ozfiction

CarolynM @JennyM Thank you for pointing me towards this one. I loved it. I'm going to add some more in a spoiler. 1mo
batsy Sounds so good! Stacked :) 1mo
BooknerdsLife Wow! That‘s sounds terrific 👍🏼😍 1mo
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CarolynM Crow was quite a piece of work! I like that she didn't shy away from addressing Lara's attachment to him as well as to Alice. I also like the way Christian was so different from Crow in so many ways, but ultimately his treatment of Lara was so similar to Crow's treatment of Alice. I have a friend who endured the same kind of treatment - this all rang very true. @JennyM (edited) 1mo
JennyM @CarolynM it‘s fantastic isn‘t it!!! I was so impressed with it, and am surprised that‘s it not had more praise here in Aus. I thought it was a great book club read. 😘 1mo
JennyM @CarolynM it was very real in its telling. She definitely took on the big issues. 1mo
CarolynM @JennyM There are some great novels from the small publishing houses that don't get anything like the attention they deserve. Another one I loved 1mo
JennyM @CarolynM such a shame. I‘ll put this one on my list 😊 1mo
LeeRHarry I have this one in my TBR pile after @JennyM gave it thumbs up and now I will stack the other one you suggested @CarolynM 😊 1mo
ElishaLovesBooks Sounds great! Stacked! 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds brilliant! Stacked 1mo
JaclynW Great review! I'm intrigued. 1mo
Centique What a great review! Sounds fantastic 😍🙌 4w
Rissreads I loved Relatively Famous, so I‘ve stacked this one too! 4w
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The Lost Life | Steven Carroll
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This is the first book in what is currently a trilogy revolving around TS Eliot (I see them now being numbered as books in the Eliot Quartet so I assume another is coming) I've read them out of order, but I don't think it matters. This is a delicate and beautifully written story about first love, both the transient and the lasting kind. It isn't fictionalised biography, rather it presents Eliot obliquely as observed by others. #ozfiction

Cathythoughts Sounds good ♥️👍🏻stacked 1mo
Cathythoughts Hi Carolyn I did send you some post almost 3 weeks ago ... I hope it gets to you 🤞🏻 1mo
CarolynM That's so kind of you, Cathy. Thank you. I'll certainly let you know when it arrives. You've cheered me up - I was feeling rather down right now because it doesn't look like we will be getting the change of government we were hoping for @Cathythoughts 1mo
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Cathythoughts @Carolynm I‘m sorry to hear that ... I hope all will be well 🤞🏻😘 1mo
Cinfhen Just thinking I haven‘t seen you around much. Hope all is well 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thanks Cindy😘 All good at a personal level, not so much existentially following last night's very disappointing election result, but I'll get over it. I've been lacking imagination for the challenge prompts, I'll try to do better this week. 🙂 1mo
Cinfhen Sorry about your election results. It‘s hard not to allow those results to effect your overall mood. And I get the lack of inspiration and creativity too. I‘m just glad you‘re ok. Missed you! (edited) 1mo
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The Lost Life | Steven Carroll
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Two different responses to literary criticism. I understand both points of view.

Trashcanman Hugs to you 1mo
CarolynM @Trashcanman Thanks, friend. 1mo
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Looking for Alibrandi | Melina Marchetta
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StarTrekSummerMay #Manhunt

Either of my most recent review posts could have doubled for this prompt, but I'm going with this story about a teenage girl discovering her father.

Megabooks Sounds good!! 🖖🏻🖖🏻 1mo
Centique I loved the movie of this so much, have yet to read the book but it‘s on my TBR. 1mo
BooknerdsLife Awww I loved this book! 1mo
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