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Joined May 2016

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The Woman in the Library | Sulari Gentill
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I‘m a fan of Sulari Gentill‘s Roland Sinclair series and also of her previous standalone thriller Crossing the Lines (retitled After She Wrote Him in the US) and I had a thoroughly good time with this one. It‘s maybe not the most gripping whodunnit I‘ve read, but I enjoyed the way Sulari used the process of writing a novel to frame the mystery and to comment upon the story and the choices she made as she told it. #ozfiction

Cathythoughts Great cover😁 1d
LeahBergen I‘ve been reading good things about this one. 👍 1d
batsy This sounds fun. Great cover, too! 23h
BiblioLitten The premise reminded me of my recent read, Magpie Murders. 16h
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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I like a #romantsy that shows me the developing connection between the lovers - this one told me it happened virtually on sight - I‘m sorry, but I just didn‘t believe it & the sex scenes lacked an emotional depth that might have convinced me. Nor did I believe the obligatory break up at 80% & concluding reunion. I liked the characters & the writing/publishing milieu. I thought the writing overall was pretty good for the genre.
#SummerHeat

BarbaraBB I had been waiting for your review because you read romance more often. It‘s interesting that you enjoyed it less than most of us. I see your point though, that there was little development in the story. The dialogues made up for that I guess. 6d
CarolynM @BarbaraBB The way I felt about this book made me ask myself why some romances convince me more than others & I don‘t know the whole answer but it is at least partly a growing intimacy (& I don‘t mean physical intimacy) between the couple as they get to know each other through conversation & observation. I didn‘t get that here. And a good sex scene shows you something about the characters &/or the relationship - it‘s not just “we‘ve gotta bang”. 6d
BarbaraBB I always love when a growing intimacy is described well and agree that‘s missing here. The sex scenes didn‘t do anything for me either. But I think I liked the book better because I had no expectations and I really liked their relationship (even though it didn‘t grow, which would have been better!) 6d
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Summer Heat | Carly Phillips
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#SummerHeat In my world summer means Christmas and cricket.

Cinfhen That‘s SOOOO NUTTY and I LOVE IT!!!! 1w
TrishB That‘s just so hard to get my head round 😁 1w
BarbaraBB I‘d love to spend Christmas in Australia one day! 1w
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CarolynM @BarbaraBB You should do it! You can come to Christmas lunch at my house and I‘ll take you to the Boxing Day test as well 🦃🏏 7d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I‘d love to!! Australia is high on my bucketlist 🤍 7d
Amiable Both of my sons have January birthdays. They have a pact to one day take a trip together to Australia so they can celebrate their birthdays in the summer. 😀 6d
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Playing the Palace | Paul Rudnick
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I really should have bailed on this, I ended up hate-listening. I mostly don't mind suspending disbelief when I read romance, but this one required much too much of it. There was insta-love, inconsistency in characterisation of the MCs & stereotypes of the supporting characters, then there were all the ways in which the royal & UK stuff rang false. And the narrator's English accents were pretty terrible too.

TrishB It definitely sounds like you should have bailed! 1w
CarolynM @TrishB Yeah, I really should have 🙄😬 1w
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Home Truths: A Memoir | David Williamson
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David Williamson is Australia‘s best known playwright & screenwriter. This autobiography is as readable as you would expect from him. I am more interested in his professional life than his private life. I loved the parts of the book about his early productions & the actors, directors & writers he mixed with. The private stuff was interesting in so far as it inspired his plays, but left me with a less than favourable view of him as a person.

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Home Truths: A Memoir | David Williamson
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1. Home Truths: A Memoir by David Williamson (autobiography of Australia‘s best known dramatist)
2. Tales of Mystery and Romance by Frank Moorhouse (which I read in the late 80‘s - earlier reads with more subtle queer content had largely gone over my head)
3. Here‘s To Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

#WeekendReads

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Danielle, I got your second parcel yesterday. I love the bookmark, stickers and postcards and the book looks most interesting. Thank you so much 🙏💕
#recipeswap

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Home Truths: A Memoir | David Williamson
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David Williamson sums up modern capitalism.

merelybookish That last sentence. 😠😩 3w
Jeg So true. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. 😢😡 2w
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Operation Heartbreak | Max Arthur, Duff Cooper
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I know most of the #PersephoneClub haven‘t finished reading yet & I don‘t want to give anything away, so I‘ll just say I didn‘t know anything about the story when I chose it and I was quite surprised by it. It‘s a great read - I didn‘t want to put it down last night and then I couldn‘t put it down today until I‘d finished. I loved the afterword too - I think my favourite thing about the whole book was Duff Cooper‘s defence for publishing it.

LeahBergen I‘ll come back and read this when I‘m done, too! 😆😆 3w
quietjenn You are certainly making me curious! 3w
LeahBergen I didn‘t know any of the actual history either! I was gobsmacked when he died of pneumonia 😮😮 2w
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CarolynM @LeahBergen That took me completely by surprise too! I had heard the story before (on QI, that great disseminator of eccentric information🙂) but I had no idea that this was the fictionalised version. I loved that he wasn‘t worried about the “secret” getting out since “Churchill would constantly re-tell the story … at dinner parties” 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Sparklemn @CarolynM I loved the Churchill comment as well! 😆 1w
rubyslippersreads I don‘t remember hearing the story before, but my brother (a big WWII buff) remembers our dad telling him about it. So maybe I‘d just forgotten, because I did start to realize what Willie‘s ultimate fate would be. (Also based on knowing the name of the new movie. 😏) However, that in no way spoiled the book for me. 7d
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Operation Heartbreak | Max Arthur, Duff Cooper
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😂😂😂 But how much do you think actually Duff Cooper believed this (or something like it)?

#PersephoneClub

LeahBergen He probably did! 😆 3w
Cathythoughts It‘s quite possible 😂 3w
julesG 🤣🤣🤣 3w
TrishB You mean it‘s not true 😁 3w
Sparklemn 🤣 1w
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Last of the Eliot Quartet is devoted to his first wife, Vivienne, & explores the possibility that she didn‘t deserve to spend the last years of her life in a mental hospital. Imagining that she escaped in 1940 provides a backdrop for reflections on her life & marriage & the policeman charged with finding her comes to his own conclusions about them & about his own situation. So beautifully written I couldn't stop reading - sorry Sally. #ozfiction

Freespirit So glad you loved it..I‘m on a run of night shifts but once I‘m on days off I will plow through it. Lovely so far!! ✔️❤️ (edited) 3w
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m looking forward to checking out this series. 3w
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thank you, I think you might like it 🙂 I‘m going to start our Persephone read now. 3w
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CarolynM @Freespirit Thanks for giving me the shove to get started on it 🙂 I‘m sure it won‘t take you long to finish it. 3w
Crazeedi I've not heard of this series but it sounds very good 3w
CarolynM @Crazeedi I think they are really good. None of the books are really about TS Eliot, they are all other people‘s stories (some real, some imaginary) that he touches to a greater or lesser extent. The first one is 3w
Crazeedi @CarolynM thanks! I'm going to look for it 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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A bit late but here‘s my #bookspin #doublespin list. Thanks Sarah😘

Lindy I don‘t know some of these titles but I do see two that I loved: The Sentence and Companion Piece. Currently listening to Sorrow and Bliss. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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Apple: (Skin to the Core) | Eric Gansworth
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Danielle, your parcel arrived! I love the recipes - I‘ve always wondered exactly what a “pot roast” is, now I can cook one myself😀 and the noodle salad sounds yum😋 The book is beautiful and I‘m delighted with all the lovely extras you included. Thank you so much for all of it and for being such a generous swap partner.😘
#recipeswap

Lindy I listened to Gansworth read his memoir and then went to a website to see his artwork; it‘s better to have it in hard copy, I think, even though I really liked the audiobook. Hope you enjoy the book. 3w
Ddzmini There is another package on the way I‘m so happy you received the first one … enjoy the recipes I‘ll let you know when I get a chance to make your biscuits, soup, and cake 3w
CarolynM @Lindy There are a lot of illustrations. I don‘t think I‘d get their significance if I had to look them up after reading. The book looks fascinating, I‘m looking forward to getting in to it. 3w
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CarolynM @Ddzmini I‘ll let you know when the other one arrives 🙂 3w
Ddzmini Thank you 😊 I‘m still watching it on this side as well 3w
Centique Pot roast was my go to recipe when I was a uni student and had an electric frypan in my flat. I never seem to do it as well these days on the gas hob. Let me know if you make it and the recipe works well! ☺️ 3w
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Getting started on this one @Freespirit

Freespirit 👍🏼let‘s compare notes as we go! 3w
Cathythoughts Sounds great. Stacking. 3w
CarolynM @Cathythoughts In case you're interested in the quartet, this is the first one 3w
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Cathythoughts Thanks Carolyn, I am interest so I‘ll look that up. Stacking. Thanks. X 3w
Centique I love the crocheted blanket. My mother crocheted and that brings back lovely memories 😍 3w
CarolynM @Centique My daughter took up crochet during the lockdowns. She started with the squares, moved on to socks and now she crochets jumpers! She also makes lino cut prints of (mostly dead) musicians & people‘s pets. She doesn‘t get her arty/crafty talents from me, that‘s for sure! 3w
Centique @CarolynM that sounds amazing! What a clever and talented daughter 🙌 3w
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Here's to Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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I wanted to finish this in time for #gaymay but I'm a day late ☹ I had a bit of trouble remembering the details of the first book, What If It's Us, which meant I was a bit lost to start with, but it didn't really matter and overall I enjoyed this sweet and funny sequel.
@xicanti

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#BookReport for May. It‘s hard to pick a favourite this month, all of them were good. The two that are most likely to stay with me are Detransition, Baby and Young Mungo, although for completely different reasons.

Cinfhen Im curious about this one 3w
Cinfhen How similar is Young M to Shuggie?? 3w
Cinfhen I loved SB but not sure if I want to read another heavy story like that 3w
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Cinfhen Great month!! 3w
CarolynM @Cinfhen I liked Sunbathing a lot, but I‘m not sure if it would be your cup of tea. There‘s not really a plot, just the goings on in the head of grieving woman while she visits friends in an Italian village. There are similarities between Shuggie and Mungo, but Mungo is older (15 from memory) so more involved with the world outside home (not always in a good way). It is a lot more violent. (edited) 3w
Lizpixie Well done lovely! I envy you, though fingers crossed I‘m starting to see light at the end of my non reading tunnel💁🏻‍♀️Looks like a great selection. 3w
Freespirit Lovely group of books👍🏼 3w
TrishB Great mix of books 😁 3w
Cinfhen Ohhh, lots to think about / thanks for sharing your thoughts 😘 3w
Cathythoughts Great selection 👍🏻 3w
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A Lady for a Duke | Alexis Hall
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Hall says one of his goals was to write “a historical romance with a transgender heroine in which the fact that the heroine is transgender is not the main source of conflict or narrative tension”. He has succeeded admirably. The MCs are dealing with a lot of baggage besides that. There is a lot more angst than in his more recent books but also flashes of his usual wit. #romantsy #gaymay

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Death in the Stocks | Georgette Heyer
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A fun and tricky golden age murder mystery (I picked the wrong suspect?) featuring a cast of characters who exhibited exactly the kind of upper class arrogance I find amusing in fiction (definitely not in real life). Also, one of them used the word "chicken" as an endearment as my grandfather used to do - it was a lovely reminder of him?

Cathythoughts Sounds good. I have it stacked already 👍🏻 4w
LeahBergen Ooo, I‘ll have to read this one. 👍 4w
batsy I enjoyed this, too! And great point about what's amusing/entertaining in fiction vs intolerable in real life 😆 4w
mabell Heyer writes such awful characters that are just so much fun! Especially Roger 😄 4w
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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I thought Shuggie Bain was hard on my heart - this one is brutal. Abandoned by his mother, bullied by his brother & heartbreakingly cared for by his sister Mungo is a gentle soul alone & unprotected in a violent, lawless society. When he makes a connection with another boy the consequences are vicious & devastating. Stuart writes so well, but his subject matter does not make for pleasant reading. TW: violence, homophobia & sexual assault.
#gaymay

LeahBergen What a great review but … oh my. 💔 4w
CarolynM @LeahBergen Thanks. It‘s good I think, but not a book I would actually recommend to anyone😭 4w
BkClubCare Nope. NOT gonna! 4w
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batsy Love your review. I really need to read Shuggie Bain *and* this! I'm just getting myself emotionally prepared... 4w
Megabooks Moving this to fall because I want lighter summer reading, but I do want to read it. 4w
Megabooks Great review! 4w
CarolynM @BkClubCare No. Don't do it to yourself. 4w
CarolynM @batsy @Megabooks Thanks. I do think both books are worth reading but there is a definite emotional toll. 4w
TrishB Not read either yet due to the suspected 💔 4w
Cathythoughts Great review X. loved Shuggie 💔 , I have this one on the shelf waiting. 4w
CarolynM @TrishB @Cathythoughts 💔 is right, it's impossible not to be moved by it. 4w
MicheleinPhilly Shuggie Bain shattered my heart into a million pieces. I‘m expecting this to do the same but I need to be in a better head space before I tackle it. 3w
TheLudicReader Can‘t wait to read this. I loved Snuggie. 3w
CarolynM @MicheleinPhilly @TheLudicReader For me this was more distressing than Shuggie Bain. I'm glad I wasn't feeling stressed or upset before I started reading it. 3w
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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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There‘s a lot to admire about this slim volume, but it‘s another case where I feel unqualified to speak about the subject matter. I‘ll be thinking about it for a while.

Tamra I tried it on audio, but it‘s one I need in print. I‘m finding that is the case with several recently! 1mo
CarolynM @Tamra I think it‘s too fragmented to work as audio. You should certainly try it in print. 1mo
sarahbarnes I just read this and feel the same way. 1mo
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Here‘s the long list for the 2022 Miles Franklin Award.

I‘ve read and loved After Story and The Performance and 7 1/2 is on my TBR. There are a few books there I haven‘t heard of and will have to investigate. Any thoughts #ozfiction readers?

@MrsMalaprop @LeeRHarry @Jeg @JennyM @Abailliekaras @keepingupwiththepenguins @Freespirit @LapReader @Rissreads

LeeRHarry Have only read After Story and really enjoyed it - must look into the others 😊 1mo
Cinfhen More awards and books to check out! Thanks for sharing!!! 1mo
Rissreads I‘m sorry to say I have not read any! I only have After story sitting on my shelf. I‘ve heard great things about it. 1mo
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LeahBergen These are all new to me! I used to be able to see quite a few Australian authors at our big autumn literary festival here. That was pre-COVID. 😢 1mo
Jeg I‘ve only read After Story which I loved. And 7 1/2 which I didn‘t like. 1mo
MrsMalaprop @jeg and I have read the same two. I agree that After Story was wonderful. 7 1/2 was a pick for me, but I had a few issues with it. My reviews for both are on here. 1mo
Freespirit Hi @CarolynM these are all new for me although I‘ve heard reviews on some of them. Looking forward to reading your reviews and working my way through the pile! 1mo
keepingupwiththepenguins I have a soft spot for Jennifer Down, so I'm quietly crossing my fingers for her - but I am notoriously bad at picking prize winners, I can only recall ONE instance of backing the winner in my entire reading life, so I may be jinxing her 😅 4w
CarolynM @keepingupwiththepenguins That one sounds interesting, I‘m putting it on my TBR🙂 I‘m often disappointed by prize winners too. A few of them I have actively hated! 4w
CarolynM @Freespirit There are at least 2 really good ones there 🙂 4w
CarolynM @jeg @MrsMalaprop 7 1/2 was my book group‘s pick last month, but I knew I couldn‘t make it to the meeting so I didn‘t read it. Apparently all but one of them hated it. I think I will read it sometime but it‘s not high on my priority list🙂 (edited) 4w
CarolynM @LeahBergen Maybe this year 🤞 4w
CarolynM @Rissreads I think you‘ll enjoy After Story 🙂 4w
Abailliekaras I loved 7 1/2! 2w
CarolynM @Abailliekaras I‘ve heard so many different things about it! I will get to it eventually😬 2w
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Oh boy, what to say about this? From my very privileged position I feel totally unqualified to express an opinion about the issues it raises but I loved reading it & being given so many new things to think about in relation to gender identity, concepts of motherhood & the politics of queerness, both internal and external. Reese is such a vivid character she rather overshadowed the others but that is a small complaint.
#Doublespin

CarolynM @xicanti As a piece of queer literature does this book qualify for #gaymay? 1mo
Alfoster Great review! That‘s exactly how I felt about it!👍 1mo
CarolynM @Alfoster There‘s a lot that troubles me, but I keep coming back to the fact that I am & always have always been privileged. My ideas about gender & sexuality are a product of that privilege. I feel kind of humbled by the rawness & honesty of the book. 1mo
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Ruthiella Great review! This book also really got under my skin. I also loved how messy and raw it was. (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella Thanks, Ruth😘 I think it will stay with me for quite a while. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Great review! 1mo
xicanti @CarolynM absolutely! 1mo
LeahBergen What a great review! 1mo
Jeg Sounds very much like something I‘d like to read. 1mo
Cathythoughts I love your review 👍🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain Fab review! I felt much the same about this book, but couldn‘t express myself as well as you do. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1mo
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Desperately hoping for a change of government.

Kayla.Adriena You're picture reminds me of the debate "is a hotdog considered a sandwich ?" ?? 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Not a sausage sizzle in sight when I cast my vote (which is fine, because I‘m a vegetarian and didn‘t want one anyway but maybe would have quite liked some onion in bread?!) fingers crossed too! Hopefully we see some seats flip in Victoria… 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag And all over the country 1mo
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Cathythoughts Looks delicious! I hope you get your wish ❤️ 1mo
batsy I hope you get that 🌷 1mo
julesG Fingers crossed! 1mo
LeahBergen 🤞🤞🤞 1mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts @batsy @julesG @LeahBergen Thanks for your support 😘😘😘😘 1mo
CarolynM @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Hope we're not relying on Qld🥴 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm ✌️❤️ 1mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts @batsy @julesG @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm I'm very happy to report that we will have a new government. Now I'm desperately hoping that they will live up to our expectations 🤞 1mo
batsy @CarolynM 🎉🤞🏾 1mo
LeahBergen Woohoo! 👏👏👏 1mo
Cathythoughts Congratulations 🎉 that‘s great news. 1mo
julesG Congratulations! 🎉🎉 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏🤞 1mo
Nute Congratulations! It seems that fingers must always remained crossed for the hope that government/politicians will stay true to the words/promises stated prior to election.🤞🏽 1mo
Jeg Isn‘t it just wonderful. I just love that so many independent women ousted so many men. 1mo
CarolynM @Jeg I feel a lot better about life than I did immediately after the last time, that‘s for sure 😀 The new independents all look like people who will make a positive contribution. I love that WA & Victoria showed the Liberals exactly how we felt about the way they spoke about us during the pandemic restrictions. 1mo
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It‘s brave to begin a feel good story with an octogenarian contemplating the end of their life, but this book brings it off triumphantly. Sad in places, heartwarming in others, some laugh out loud moments (comparing a baby‘s birth to a the ball popping out of a rugby scrum 😳🤣) & some Richard Osman appreciation. Eudora, Rose & Stanley have been excellent company and I‘m sorry to be leaving them behind. Thanks for the rec Cindy - I loved it.

Freespirit It sounds great..I shall put it on my list!😊 1mo
Centique I loved the shout outs to Richard Osman too! 1mo
CarolynM @Freespirit It‘s lovely and the audio is excellent. Enjoy! 1mo
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CarolynM @Centique But no love for Alexander Armstrong, which seems a bit mean☹️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to getting to this one sometime soon! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m so happy you enjoyed this one too, Carolyn!!! Wonderful review 🧡 1mo
Lindy This sounds so good I went to add it to my “for later” shelf on my public library‘s online catalogue… only to find I had already made a note of it. Maybe I heard about it from @Cinfhen ? 1mo
Cinfhen Maybe ?!? @Lindy it‘s just a sweet read believe it or not considering the topic / planned death ☠️ 1mo
LeahBergen This sounds lovely. 1mo
Centique @CarolynM oh! I don‘t know him but I just googled that is who is on Pointless. I‘ll have to try and find the show. I love a quiz ☺️ 1mo
CarolynM @Centique We watch it on YouTube. It‘s great🙂 1mo
Suet624 I need this book. 1mo
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Lark | E Nesbit
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Orphan cousins Jane & Lucilla have just left school when they discover they have been cheated out of most of their inheritance. Their high spirits & generous natures attract a wide variety of new friends while their efforts to make ends meet don‘t always go to plan. Fabulous characters, gentle humour & a story that resembles old fashioned children-on-summer-holidays type books made for another lovely #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read.

batsy Lovely review 💕 I loved all of those characters. 1mo
Ruthiella I‘ve only read Nesbit‘s The Railway Children before, but I agree that The Lark has a similar kind of “children on summer holiday” feel to it. 1mo
LeahBergen A perfect review! Your notion of a children‘s summer holiday story is spot on. 👌 (edited) 1mo
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Tamra Indeed the humor was delightful. 😄 1mo
quietjenn Hear, hear! As characters, those high spirits and generous natures really do make the story sing. 1mo
Centique Well put! Now that you say that it does remind me of children playing house - that playful nature they have chosen to keep with them. 1mo
elkeOriginal I agree as you note that their spirits and generous nature make this magical - with different attitudes this plot description could easily have gone the opposite way into hardship and depression! The girls bring their own light! 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I have some catching up to do. 1mo
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The Road to Lichfield | Penelope Lively
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While her elderly father drifts in and out of coherence & consciousness in a nursing home, Anne begins packing up the family home. A revelation from the past calls her memories into question & a new acquaintance casts doubt over her future. A quiet story about the ways in which our understanding of the past can affect the present.

LeahBergen Gorgeous photo (and review)! I need to read more Lively. 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Thank you😘 I like her a lot, definitely recommend. 1mo
Tamra Stacked! 1mo
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Graywacke This sounds terrific. 1mo
batsy Yes, this sounds good! Nice review 💜 1mo
Ruthiella I also need to read more Lively! Only two so far. 1mo
Brimful Picked up Passing On at the charity shop today. Looking forward to it! 1mo
Centique Penelope Lively 🙌 I need to read more from her too. Great review! 1mo
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The Road to Lichfield | Penelope Lively
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I can relate.

merelybookish 💚 1mo
LeahBergen That‘s lovely. 1mo
Tamra Yes! ☺️ 1mo
Nute Yes! 1mo
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Fire & Ice | Rachel Spangler
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A sweet F/F romance and more than I ever wanted to know about curling😂 #romantsy #gaymay #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1mo
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Sunbathing: A novel | Isobel Beech
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A few weeks after her father‘s suicide, a woman travels to an Italian village where her best friend is about to marry a local. While this is fundamentally a story about grief, it‘s also an ode to friendship & to the solace to be found in a slow pace of life where domestic chores & preparing & eating food take priority. There are some lovely descriptions & interesting takes on social media, politics & the #metoo movement.
#ozfiction

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 😍lovely review 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thank you😘 It‘s a good book. 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes, lovely review and pic ♥️ 2mo
LeahBergen What they ☝️ said! 2mo
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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Ethan Frome is one of those books I‘ve been aware of for a long time without knowing anything about the story - I don‘t know what I was expecting from it, but it was nothing like what I got! A cold, bleak rural landscape, a claustrophobic poverty stricken household of 3 mismatched people and a desperation in each of them that leads to terrible consequences. It is beautifully written and deeply affecting.
#WhartonBuddyRead

Leftcoastzen Love your review! 2mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2mo
Graywacke How lucky you were to have no expectations. 2mo
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LeahBergen Great review! I loved this when I first read it and need to revisit it soon. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I hadn‘t read it before either .. very powerful book. 2mo
batsy Yes, lovely review! And what @LeahBergen said—I want to reread it at some point because I found it quite affecting the first time. 2mo
CarolynM @Leftcoastzen @TrishB Thank you😘😘 2mo
CarolynM @Graywacke Yes, I think it had such an impact on me because I was so surprised by it. 2mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thank you😘 It was good to read it with you and the group. I enjoyed everyone‘s comments. 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen @batsy Thank you😘😘 I think the surprise of it gave it extra impact for me, but I also think it would repay rereading. I‘ll be interested in what you both think if you do read it again. 2mo
Amiable This is one of those books I‘ve been intending to read forever. 😬 1mo
Suet624 Great review. I always think of Vermont in the winter when I think of this book. 1mo
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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LeahBergen That‘s a nice big stack! 2mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome stack 📚 2mo
Cathythoughts Very nice. I‘ve ordered Young Mungo .. looking forward to it. ❤️ 2mo
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May #Bookspin list. I‘ll try for #Doublespin too, even though I haven‘t managed either for the last 3 months. Thanks Sarah😘

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I also get a complete jolt of surprise every time I remember that May in your half of the world is not about flowers and planting the garden! 😂 2mo
Megabooks Autumn is a great season for reading! 2mo
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@LeahBergen I promised you some pretty spines.

EvieBee Gorgeous! 😍 2mo
Leftcoastzen Yay!Nice ! 2mo
Ruthiella So pretty! 😍 2mo
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batsy Nice 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely 🥰 2mo
youneverarrived So lovely 😍 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, myyyyy! I love these. And especially the Angela Brazil!! 😍😍😍 2mo
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The Long Game | Rachel Reid
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#Book Report for April. My favourite for the month is The Long Game - after so much anticipation it did not disappoint.

Cinfhen Cover is 💥🔥💥 2mo
Cinfhen Hope all is well!! 2mo
LeahBergen Good month! 👍 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen All good, thanks, Cindy😘 I've been spending a bit too much time on screens lately and my reading is suffering☹ 2mo
Cinfhen I know that addiction….that‘s why I try so hard to avoid it😁 2mo
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Dropbear | Evelyn Araluen
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Thought I should finally read this since it‘s just won the Stella Prize. Interesting interplay of Aboriginal, colonial and modern Australian culture. I really enjoyed the pieces about her partner and family which tended to be the most straightforward. While I recognised a lot of the tropes, iconography and literary references, I think I‘d need a more academic understanding of literature to fully get it. Have you read this @MrsMalaprop ?

LapReader Death to the gumnut babies 2mo
CarolynM @LapReader I was a bit horrified to realise the Banksia Men were meant to reference Aboriginal people😡😢 So awful, and it would never have occurred to me. 2mo
LapReader Me either as a child but I get it now. 2mo
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LapReader I was so scared of them as a kid ‘big, bad banksia men‘ 2mo
Cathythoughts Cardigans and cats , looking cosy 🥰 2mo
squirrelbrain Cute floofy cat! 2mo
MrsMalaprop I have seen it around but not read it. Ordered myself a copy yesterday though 🤗. 2mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts It‘s actually quite mild for the time of year but the cat wants the heater on already😂 2mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I‘ll look out for your review. 2mo
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A Great Hope | Jessica Stanley
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I think this book was trying to be a thriller, but it was much too bogged down in the messed up characters and dysfunctional family dynamics to create any tension. I enjoyed the local references and the backdrop of late 2010‘s Australian politics but I would have enjoyed it more without the multiple perspectives and frequent time shifts. I‘m a bit frustrated by it because it could have been a lot better if it were a bit more focussed. #ozfiction

belkel63 Agree. Fairly ordinary. 1mo
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My #RecipeSwap parcel went in the post this afternoon. Fingers crossed it reaches its destination in time for opening day.
@BennettBookworm

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The Long Game | Rachel Reid
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💖 SWOON 💖

I didn‘t think I could love Ilya and Shane any more than I already did.
#romantsy

Nutmegnc OMG I just finished it!! *faints* 2mo
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Light and frothy romantic comedy, just what I was I'm the mood for #romantsy

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Elizabeth Finch: A novel | Julian Barnes
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Julian Barnes writes beautifully & always makes me think. As a mature age students at a tertiary institution the narrator is entranced by Elizabeth Finch's idiosyncratic teaching & her interest in Julian the Apostate. The novel is his attempt to nderstand more about her & to memorialise her by writing an essay on Julian. A review in The Age newspaper asserted that EF is based on Anita Brookner - no idea if that's true, but it's an interesting idea

catiewithac I can‘t wait for this to be published in America!! 2mo
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Elizabeth Finch: A novel | Julian Barnes
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I try to feel pity but the anger overwhelms me.

BarbaraBB Me too. 2mo
LeeRHarry Yikes! 2mo
TrishB I can‘t do the pity. The anger I have finely tuned! (edited) 2mo
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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I'd like to retitle this book "Muriel's Progress". While it is very much about the times in which it was set & the limitations on women's lives then, it is also about what happens when other people's values, expectations & approval are allowed to drive the way you live your life. I was cheering for Muriel as she shook off her upbringing & took control of her own destiny.
#PersephoneClub
I'm off to read everyone else's reviews now.

LeahBergen Perfect review! And she really did ‘progress‘ didn‘t she? I‘m adding more Holtby to my “buy list” now. 😆 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I got the impression from the Vera Brittain books that WH's novels would be rather turgid and dull. No idea why I thought that and obviously I was wrong. I definitely want to read South Riding now. 2mo
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Cathythoughts Great review! Yes, so exciting to see her ‘ take control of her own destiny‘. I thought the writing was lovely too. (edited) 2mo
andrew61 Great review Carolyn, I was really glad I joined the readalong. South Roding is very good and recently there was an interesting episode of Backlisted podcast about it. 2mo
quietjenn Yes, to all the cheering when she took control! This is my third Holtby, although I really feel I should revisit South Riding. 2mo
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Information Received | E.R. Punshon
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A murder, a robbery, a fraud and a suicide present a difficult problem for Scotland Yard, but young Constable Bobby Owen & voluble Superintendent Mitchell crack the case. This Golden Age mystery has plenty of twists & turns & the odd couple detectives are quietly amusing. This no.1 of a series of 35 so I have lots of good reading ahead!
#paskekrim @LeahBergen

LeahBergen Yay for Paskekrim! I‘m glad to hear it was a good one. 👍 2mo
LeahBergen And look at how lush and green your garden still is. Sigh. 2mo
batsy Ooh, I've not heard of this before! Sounds good. Can't have too many Golden Age mysteries on one's list 😀 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Garden looks lovely 💚 2mo
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1. Um, yes. At the moment I'm delaying reading ALL the books I own.
2. No idea, but some of them moved out of my parents' house with me 35 years ago...

Thanks of the tag @thegirlwiththelibrarybag

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy reading! ❤📚❤ 2mo
LeahBergen I‘m quite sure I have unread books that old on my shelves, too. 😆😆 2mo
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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LeahBergen Me, too! Well… not in the sun. 😆😆 I started it today and was surprised how immediately I was sucked in. 3mo
TrishB Lovely pic ♥️ 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Poor Muriel! I know how she feels. 3mo
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CarolynM @TrishB Thanks 😘 3mo
LeahBergen Her poor little self at that party in the prologue! 😩 3mo
BarbaraBB Liking forward to what you all will think ! 3mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic! I‘m enjoying too and I also feel for Muriel … who will walk with her on the school walk 💔I know how she feels too. 3mo
quietjenn Lovely! I've just started as well. 3mo
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Another charming comedy of manners from Barbara Pym. Dulcie, an excellent woman, engages in some borderline stalking, while her friends & family stumble through a series of romantic entanglements. I loved it. Thank you again @LeahBergen

LeahBergen Oh, good! ❤️❤️ I have this one coming up in my sequence of Pym reads so I‘m glad you liked it. 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I look forward to chatting about it when you've read it🙂 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good too 👍❤️ 3mo
Centique Pym never fails! 😍 2mo
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Recent acquisitions

TrishB Lovely acquisitions ♥️ 3mo
LapReader I‘m very jealous xo 3mo
Ruthiella I would love to know what you think of the Mona Awad book. I really liked it, but I know it really didn‘t work for other readers. 🤔 3mo
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LeahBergen Ooo, nice! I must look up that Dean Street Press author. 3mo
Cathythoughts Great looking stack ❤️👍 3mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I liked the weirdness of Bunny so I have high hopes, but I think I need to refresh my memory of All's Well That Ends Well before I start it. 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I'd not heard of him, but Abbey's (my favourite Sydney bookshop which is very good for crime) had a pile of his books, so I'm giving him a try🙂 3mo
vivastory I just finished Alls' Well & I loved it. I haven't read the source material & didn't have any trouble with it. 👍 (edited) 2mo
CarolynM @vivastory Good to know. Thanks 🙂 2mo
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I didn't get to either book last month but I'm going to try again for #Bookspin and #Doublespin in April.
Thanks Sarah😘
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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#BookReport for March. I haven't had a lot of time for reading or Litsying this month. I'm hoping April will be better. Cold Enough for Snow is my standout book this month.
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Hope you were busy with good stuff xx 3mo
squirrelbrain Hope you‘re doing OK Carolyn. I realised I didn‘t get to Theatre of Dreamers in March (as I went a bit OTT with library books!) - should we try for a #buddyread in April instead? 😘 3mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Yes, all good thanks, Cindy🙂 I'm feeling a bit peopled-out, though, I'd like some quiet, alone time for a bit. 3mo
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CarolynM @squirrelbrain No worries, Helen. I've had a busy few weeks and got nowhere near starting it. I'm hoping for less activity and more reading in April🙂 Maybe we could try for our #buddyread after the Easter break? 3mo
squirrelbrain Sounds good to me Carolyn! Hope you get some peace and quiet in the meantime…. 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘m stacking your stand out read 👍sounds good. 3mo
Amiable I love your use of Litsy as a verb. 👍🏼🙂 3mo
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Shenanigans | Sarina Bowen
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I'm a sucker for a hockey romance and I particularly enjoy Sarina Bowen's take on the genre, especially with the addition of the women's team. I had a great time with this story - heart, heat and laughter aplenty. So good. #romantsy