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edennugget

Joined June 2018

to read or not to read... has never been a question
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The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
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The Lie | Helen Dunmore
Mehso-so

This was okay!

Very atmospheric and a beautiful writing style but honestly, found myself skimming over it a lot as not enough was happening to keep me invested in the story. It is relatively short which probably plays a big part in why I bothered to finish it.

My lack of immense enjoyment may be due to me not being in the mood for historical fiction at the moment. I‘m a big mood reader!

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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I don‘t know if you can hear me through the sobbing but I really really really really loved this. Read it.

More coherent review coming soon... ‘soon‘ being when I can form a sentence to explain how I feel about this beauty...

BarbaraTheBibliophage Same thing happened to me at the end. 😰 😰 3w
edennugget @BarbaraTheBibliophage still in complete and utter turmoil! 😭🙈 3w
BeckyB I really enjoyed this one!! 3w
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Lady_Tigana_20 Read it for my book club—not something I normally read—and I sobbed throughout the book. 3w
edennugget @BeckyB I absolutely adore it too!! 3w
edennugget @Lady_Tigana_20 I never expect war time stories to be happy but I read them and am surprised and cry and sob and love and read more of them regardless every time. 3w
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Circe | Madeline Miller

‘We are not our blood.‘

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Circe | Madeline Miller

“You are wise,” he said.
“If it is so,” I said, “it is only because I have been fool enough for a hundred lifetimes.”

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Circe | Madeline Miller

‘I had been old and stern for so long, carved with regrets and years like a monolith. But that was only a shape I had been poured into. I did not have to keep it.‘

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Circe | Madeline Miller

“You are not frightened?”
“You warned me it was not safe,” he said. “I do not think being frightened will help.”

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Circe | Madeline Miller

‘Some people are like constellations who only touch the earth for a season.‘

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Circe | Madeline Miller

‘That is how things go. You fix them, and they go awry, and then you fix them again.‘

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Circe | Madeline Miller

“It is strange to think of a goddess needing friends.”
“All creatures that are not mad need them.”

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Circe | Madeline Miller

‘But perhaps no parent can truly see their child. When we look we see only the mirror of our own faults.‘

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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THIS WAS SO COOL. Worked wonders for my reading slump!

This was rather difficult for me to stay engaged with due to this being my first time properly interacting with complex Greek mythology, but I‘m glad I hung in there because this just got more and more fascinating to me. I cannot wait to read The Song of Achilles and get more into mythology.

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Toffee | Sarah Crossan
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Brilliant, disturbing, scary, yet moving exploration of sisterly love, troubled families, murder, revenge, and abuse.

The format of this (two timelines and perspectives) was highly effective in keeping me engaged and made this work really well as an audiobook.

Sadie is a truly fascinating character and the slow reveal of information added so many layers to this seemingly simple plot: find Mattie‘s killer and kill him.

Highly recommend.

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Circe | Madeline Miller

‘You threw me to the crows but it turns out I prefer them to you.‘

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King of Fools | Amanda Foody
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Incredible! An emotional rollercoaster...

I adored the girl power in this! Lola, Enne and Grace FTW.

I got frustrated with Levi in this because of his selfishness and ambition, but the character growth in this is insane.

And can I say... Grace is so damn cool.

I did get a little confused with everyone‘s motives and assignments but I think it‘s because I listened to this on audible and I really shouldn‘t for complex, political stories :‘)

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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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Panpan

Fascinating concept, and engrossing. Super easy to read. I loved the relationships between Olly/Maddy, and Maddy/Carla. Also brings awareness to the reality of some people‘s lives.

UNTIL ALL OF THAT CHANGED.

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Blueberry and vanilla ricecakes topped with peanut butter and banana! Strawberries on the side for colour 😉

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An Inspector Calls | J. B. Priestley
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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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Thoroughly adored.

Firstly, I‘d never read a book set in Hawaii before! Loved the cultural exploration in this.

Key themes of grief (teenage and elderly, recent and distant, both painful), family, friendship, sexuality, music.

Definitely taught me that regret isn‘t something you want to hold on to. As soon as you feel it, find a way to fix what‘s gone wrong.

The sisterly bond in this reminded me of me and my sister. Hit close to home!

9/10

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman

‘We shake hands and laugh like the children we are, making promises we don‘t realise we can‘t keep, but making them anyway because we mean every word.‘

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman

‘But this has been a summer of goodbyes - it was never about anything but goodbyes. Maybe there‘s something special in that. Something bittersweet and beautiful, all of these moments coming to an end.‘

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman

‘She tells me that sometimes being angry is easier than letting the sadness in. She says anger attacks like a dagger; sadness is more like a wave.‘

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman

‘You can‘t rush creativity. It‘s like the rain. You wait and wait and wait, and when it finally comes, it soaks the earth and revives all the plants.‘

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman

‘Grief is only a visitor, but it‘s going to stay longer when it sees you hiding from it.‘

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman

‘Don‘t let your anger drive you into solitude. Because one day you‘re going to wake up and find your anger has been replaced with loneliness, and it‘s easier to stop being mad than it is to stop being lonely.‘

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman

‘Grief is a monster - not everyone gets out alive, and those who do might only survive in pieces. But it‘s a monster that can be conquered, with time. And your mum just needed some time.‘

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman

‘There‘s no shame in saying, ‘I can‘t do this alone.‘ There‘s no shame in saying, ‘I‘m not okay.‘‘

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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GondorGirl I adored this book! 2mo
edennugget @GondorGirl I‘m loving it! I adored Starfish - opinions on that? x 2mo
GondorGirl @edennugget I loved that one too! She's pretty much become an insta-buy author for me. 2mo
edennugget @GondorGirl Yesss! Agreed. And it definitely helps that her covers are so gorgeous 😍😉 2mo
GondorGirl @edennugget Yes! The covers are so saturated and lovely! Plus, she's done awesome preorder incentives for both books. 2mo
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I enjoyed this from start to finish!

The characterisation in this is astounding. Felicity is my favourite, defying all the expectations of a lady. Cannot wait to pick up the Lady‘s Guide.

The plot was fascinating too, introducing slight elements of ‘magic‘ which certainly appealed to my penchant for fantasy.

Overall, this was also very informative. Historical fiction is great! Had never heard of the Grand Tour tradition before this.

8/10

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Scriptum in Oxford 😍😍📚

MayaB1226 Excuse me, is that F. Scott Fitzgerald AND Star Trek? Two of my FAVORITE THINGS within INCHES of each other? I AM IN LOVE. 😍 2mo
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This is a moving tale about brotherhood, friendship, family, belonging, and love. A story about violence, abuse, and survival. Of frustration, helplessness, and yet, strength.

Let me preface this by applauding Drews for her representation - disabilities, sexualities, race. This gave me insight into the daily struggles of those with special needs as well as that of their families. I truly feel the frustration of these characters!

8/10

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‘You can do monstrous things and not be a monster.‘

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‘You‘re allowed to hurt. It‘s not a contest.‘

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This really feels like Stevenson. Thrilled to be back in this strange world!
The parallels and echoes of the original classic feed my soul and make me whole! The opening walk with Enfield, the themes of duality and fraud and identity, the dinner party, even some exact same phrasing!
Completely engrossing from page one.
My only criticism, which is rather huge, is the ending. I found it rather unsatisfying given the incredible rest of the story.

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one of those days where I‘m stressed for no good reason! lucky reading for just six minutes can alleviate up to 60% of your stress....

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan
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The characters are my favourite part of this masterpiece! Pino is admirable, truly. A remarkable writing style, and I especially loved the switches between third person limited and third person objective. Really put into perspective the harsh reality of war torn worlds.

7.5/10

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan
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‘He would pursue happiness above all, and he would do so con smania.‘

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan

‘Working a man to death is the same as shooting a man to death. Just a different choice of weapon.‘

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Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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I love stretching but I also love reading.. so why not do both simultaneously?

What a struggle this photo was... nearly snapped my back holding a super heavy book above my head (Beneath A Scarlet Sky) so had to swap out for a lighter one!

Lauram Wow! 2mo
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan

‘The best thing is to grieve for the people you loved and lost, and then welcome and love the new people life puts in front of you.‘