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erzascarletbookgasm

erzascarletbookgasm

Joined May 2016

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The Native Heath by Elizabeth Fair
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The Lost Garden | Helen Humphreys
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Gem of a book with beautiful writing and imagery, as beautiful as the flowers and gardens described in the novel. Set against the war, it‘s quiet and melancholic as the story is about those who are waiting at home..those waiting for return of loved ones; for love; and to be sent off to war. It breaks my heart. There‘re so many great quotes, I took my time with the book. Read it for June‘s #TBRtarot 😅

CBee Sounds lovely 🥰 6d
CarolynM That‘s a seriously lovely cover and a great review. Stacked🙂 6d
LeahBergen Loved this book! 🥰 6d
Cathythoughts Gorgeous book ❤️ 6d
Jess_Read_This I loved this book! Great review! 6d
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The Searcher | Tana French
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In this new series featuring ex-cop Cal Hooper, French takes us to the Irish countryside where the atmosphere of the place is vividly described. It‘s a quieter book, and as always, the characters are complex and richly drawn. I felt let down to discover the mystery is not much of a mystery, but here French tells a heartfelt story of people trying to do right in difficult situations, and that difference between right and wrong is complex..⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm .. I still prefer the Dublin Murder Squad series (Faithful Place my favourite), but this new series is worth checking out, if you like slow burn mysteries. TW minor graphic descriptions of sheep killings, and of a corpse.
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BarbaraBB I have a copy of this one but am a little nervous about it. Your review is encouraging though. 4w
LitStephanie I loved this one and lovrd. I will try Faithful Place sometime. 2w
LitStephanie Oops. Meant to say I loved In The Woods. 2w
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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Mehso-so

I‘m not a big fan of books with paranormal elements but I‘ve enjoyed and liked a couple of her other books, especially The Broken Girls. An unpopular opinion, because I saw many loved it. A quick and entertaining read overall. See why below ⬇️.

erzascarletbookgasm This story started off strong, it was creepy (especially the confrontation scene with the paranormal), and the pacing keeps me on my toes. But the motive, how the murders actually happened, and the parts involving the police..I didn‘t buy it. 1mo
BiblioLitten I really liked 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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If you reside in Chicago, please, please consider helping me out so I can apply for a library e-card, please email me.

erzascarletbookgasm issejchoo@yahoo.com 1mo
BarbaraBB I so hope someone can help you but I don‘t know any Littens living in Chicago by heart. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB Thanks, I desperately hope so too. So far, no one came forward 😔 1mo
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BarbaraBB You can tag @LitsyEvents for a wider outreach? US Littens will definitely know someone in Chicago who is willing to help? (edited) 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Will do @BarbaraBB Thanks for the good idea ❤️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @LitsyEvents please help repost, thank you 🩷 1mo
thebacklistbook According to what I could find online as log as you are over 14 and live in Chicago with valid I'd proving that you should be able to apply for one. 1mo
thebacklistbook Apparently for the eCards you may not need ID. Just your zip code. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm @thebacklistbook Yes they need an address & zipcode. Are you living in Chicago? 1mo
thebacklistbook Nope. Canada. But it says you can get one for a fee if you are a non resident on the website. 1mo
BiblioLitten Ohhh the same thing happened. I moved from Ontario and lost access to my e-library and I have been very sad about that. 😣 1mo
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Kill For Me Kill For You | Steve Cavanagh
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A twisty psychological thriller with an interesting plot. But sadly I didn‘t like it. The short chapters alternating between the few characters and pace of writing made it easy to keep turning the pages though. I kept reading as I wanted to know how the two stories are connected. Some predictable twists, a far fetched story. Read only if you can suspend disbelief on lots of things or can do with a popcorn thriller.

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The Premonition | Banana Yoshimoto
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I‘m fond of Japanese literature but not a fan of this book. Themes of long-buried memories, and childhood are woven into the story with a melancholic, dreamlike tone. The starting was lovely; along the way, I just lost interest in the story and the protagonist. I also didn‘t like the two relationships depicted in the story (can‘t say anymore without spoilers).

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My Husband: A Novel | Maud Ventura
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My, oh my. The wife is nuts! Her all-consuming obsession for her husband, her insecurities, neuroticism, are intriguing and suspenseful to read in the beginning. But the repetition annoyed me. I know it‘s to stress how obsessed she is, but I was impatient to get to the end. And I didn‘t like the twist at the end (I saw many loved it). Giving it a Pick as I found some parts amusing and entertaining.

BarbaraBB She is nuts indeed! 2mo
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A charming story written in a simple, straightforward style. Mrs Harris is a likeable character, who has a lovely adventure in Paris, where she forms friendships with the people she encounters. I immediately watched the film, which has some subtle changes and a different ending. Both book and film put a smile on my face.
#TBRtarot

BarbaraBB Oh I adored this book! 2mo
Cathythoughts I must try and find the film 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
JamieArc I need to read this book. The film was fabulous. Such great imagery. 2mo
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Tamra This was a super cute movie! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts What @JamieArc and @Tamra said! Hope you‘ll enjoy it! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB Me too, a heartwarming story:) 2mo
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I just cringed and my heart was broken when I saw how my boxes of books were being handled 💔😢

Ruthiella 😱😱😱 3mo
julesG No matter what is inside that's not how you handle other people's things. 😱😱😱 3mo
vivastory Oof. That's terrible! 😨 3mo
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TrishB Oh no 🥲 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow, that is unheard of. How disrespectful 😨 3mo
LeahBergen Oh no! Is anything damaged? 3mo
CarolynM Hope the books are ok🤗 3mo
Meshell1313 Terrible! 😢 3mo
batsy Oh no 😥 Hope the books are fine! 3mo
Susanita 😬 3mo
quietlycuriouskate Oh God, no! 😡 3mo
youneverarrived 😱😱 3mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 3mo
Centique That is terrible! I hope nothing is broken 😬💕 3mo
BiblioLitten That‘s heartbreaking! 😥 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @CarolynM @batsy @Centique The books survived, amazingly. Only a few with folded corners. Phew! 2mo
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Ruby Lost and Found | Christina Li
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The author‘s acknowledgment that this book is “a love letter to hometowns, and to the family, friends, and communities that raised us” sums it up. It‘s a beautiful tribute to the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. A relatable depiction of the changes and challenges faced by a 13 year old in middle school. A hopeful story that focuses on healing, dealing with changes, and importance of communication.

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The Widow | Georges Simenon
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The Widow is an interesting, bleak, tension-building story that follows two characters trapped by fate and despair in the French countryside. Simenon‘s writing is forthright and sparse; the story kept my interest throughout, giving an air of edginess. Of the two main characters, the widow Couderc (Tati) - unattractive yet tough- is more interesting and has my sympathies. The 1971 French movie adaptation starring..⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm ..Simone Signoret and Alain Delon has a different ending. #TBRTarot 3mo
CBee Awesome 👏🏻 3mo
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Novelist as a Vocation | Haruki Murakami
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In this series of reflective essays, we get an insight on how Murakami became a novelist; his writing process; views on what it means to be a writer; thoughts on creativity, literary prizes; his relationship with his readers, translators, publishers, and why he writes abroad. From his first novel that he wrote at his kitchen table, to how he closed down his jazz cafe to become a ‘full time‘ writer, these essays are candid, and Murakami comes off⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …as a determined, down-to-earth guy. I found it most interesting that when he struggled on his first novel, he had an unconventional approach - he wrote the book‘s opening in English, then translated it back into Japanese. This, he says, is how he found his voice. A great book to dip in and out of, for his legions of fans and aspiring writers. 4mo
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The Passion According to G.H. | Clarice Lispector
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My 1st Lispector is unlike any novel I‘ve read. The whole book is the interior monologue of the main character, who seems to be on existential crisis as she muses on identity, death, religion,etc. Her complex philosophical ideas on life are perplexing to me; her thoughts are often contradictory & hard to follow, yet hypnotic. Not a book for everyone. For it being hypnotic & provocative merely from an encounter with a cockroach, it‘s not a ‘pan‘.

BarbaraBB I think I didn‘t get this book.. I had no idea what I was reading 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Hahaha. Love your comment. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB I didn‘t get it either 😂. I almost bailed but I was amused with her ‘ramblings‘ and wondered where it was all going…nowhere! 4mo
BarbaraBB Nowhere 🤣🤣 4mo
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Two New Years | Richard Ho
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The author draws inspiration from his personal experience to show the similarities between Judaism and Chinese culture by highlighting the Rosh Hashanah and Lunar New Year traditions. Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards 2024, it‘s a great picture book with vibrant illustrations to share with young readers, to learn about different cultures and reflect on customs that intertwine so beautifully. The back matter is very informative and helpful.

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Heidi | Johanna Spyri
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My second time reading Heidi as an adult and I still enjoy it. I like the descriptions of the beautiful landscapes, the idyllic life on the Alps, and the themes of family, friendship, and kindness. A gentle and comfort read.
#childrensclassicread2024
I read from Gutenberg but found this pretty edition on Pinterest.

batsy I've never read it, except for an abridged version when I was young 😅 Hoping to make time for it this month! 5mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4mo
tpixie Puffin & Penguin have the prettiest covers! 4mo
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Loner | Teddy Wayne
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A disturbing (and sad) read about a freshman‘s year at Harvard. David is academic smart, pathetic, a loner, and is obsessed with a fellow student. His obsession and stalking take a dark turn. The novel is gripping; thought-provoking in exploring obsession, privilege; David‘s interior monologue is at times witty and mostly struck as unhinged; the vocabulary used is good, clever. I‘ll like to read more of Teddy Wayne‘s works.

Amiable Sounds interesting! Stacking 5mo
BarbaraBB Such a disturbing read indeed. 5mo
Ruthiella Very disturbing but well done. 4mo
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Dandelion Cottage | Carroll Watson Rankin
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If not because of #TBRtarot I would not have chanced upon this book or author. A well-written, delightful story of four girls who turned a run-down cottage into their summer play house. I enjoyed the nice humour, and the way the girls are portrayed..reminds us of the simple joys of growing up. Published in 1904, it‘s old fashioned but sweet.

erzascarletbookgasm Have you read this @LeahBergen ? I think you‘ll enjoy it 😊 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen It‘s available on Gutenberg but it‘ll be lovely to own a vintage edition, look at that cover! 5mo
batsy This sounds lovely! 5mo
CBee Looks great 😊 5mo
LeahBergen You know me well! 😆 5mo
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The Thief | Fuminori Nakamura
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The Thief follows a skilful and complicated pickpocket who got mixed up in the criminal world. It lets you glimpse at the dark, underbelly of criminal world, how it can control the politics of a city/country. I was fascinated with the analysis of pickpocketing, and the book comes across as a bit philosophical, and perhaps it‘s an allegory, as I didn‘t understand the appearance of the ‘tower‘. Not a thriller or crime novel, more of a Japanese..⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm ..noir? And the ending.. I wished it was different. I don‘t know if it‘s been adapted to screen yet, I feel it‘ll work better on screen. 5mo
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The Sign of Four | Arthur Conan Doyle
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I enjoyed this more than the first book. The mystery wasn‘t too difficult to guess, but it was fun to see Holmes‘ deductions. A couple of things surprised me - the quick romance and the casual depiction of use of cocaine by you-know-who! And Toby made me smile.

#NoPlaceLikeHolmes

dabbe An almost-love-at-first-sight romance, I'd say! I liked this one better, too! 🤩 5mo
Cuilin Agreed this was a more enjoyable read. 5mo
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I was curious after @Reggie ‘s review…
Whoa! This was one crazy, chaotic story. The pacing was fast, lots of twists, and I felt things could go in so many directions,.. kept me turning the pages. Some parts a bit unrealistic, so if you‘re willing to suspend disbelief, need a quick popcorn thriller, just dive in for the wild, fun ride. 😆

batsy Great review! I liked it, too, thought I felt the author held back a little at times 😆 5mo
Reggie Yay, glad you liked it! Roza Vallo was a lot crazy. Lol 5mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good !! 👍🏻 5mo
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The Sign of Four | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Received my #NoPlaceLikeHolmes Sherlock merch! 🤩🔎
Thank you for all the hard work @dabbe @Cuilin
Will be starting the tagged book for our monthly read 👌.

dabbe Wow! That took a while! Glad you like your goodies and can't wait to discuss our book this Saturday! 🤩 5mo
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This is the 4th in the Detective Kaga series translated to English. I‘ve read Malice & A Death in Tokyo, somehow missed Newcomer. It‘s good if you read them in order, so you‘ll get a little backstory of Detective Kaga, but no matter if you don‘t. You may get confused in the beginning because of the characters‘ names (luckily there‘s a character list) but soon you‘ll be familiar with them. Reading Japanese police procedural..⬇️

#serieslove2024

erzascarletbookgasm .. fiction is so different from others, partly because of the cultural aspect. The Final Curtain shows us the painstaking police work, touches on mental health, family sacrifice, moral complexity and even health risks of workers of nuclear power plants. An intricate plot, a satisfying read. Is this really the last we see of Detective Kaga? I‘ll be so sad. 5mo
TheSpineView Fantastic!👍🤩📖 5mo
batsy I've been meaning to start on this series. Great review! And a very happy new year to you, Jessie! 🐉🏮 5mo
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kspenmoll Great review! 5mo
kspenmoll Great review! I love this author. I am now reading a Detective Galileo novel. 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Suba! Hope you‘re enjoying the long weekend break 😊 @batsy 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @kspenmoll I like the Detective Galileo series too. My favourite of the author is Journey Under the Midnight Sun, a standalone 😊 5mo
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Murder While You Work | Susan Scarlett
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Carolyn, these arrived today. Thank you so much, for your kindness, and for thinking of me, truly appreciate! ❤️ I hope things are going well with you. 😘
#bookmail
#litsylove

batsy How lovely 😍 5mo
CarolynM 😘 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🩷🩷🩷 5mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 🥰🥰 5mo
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A lovely, special tale about how people cope with life in a coastal town after the 2011 tsunami disaster in Japan. It centres around a girl, a young woman, and an elderly woman who met at a shelter. An engaging read, filled with folklore, and written with warmth and understanding. Thanks @batsy putting this on my radar. For an excellent review, look up @batsy ‘s thoughts on this book.

LeahBergen Lovely review! 5mo
batsy Great review! It was so lovely and mystical/fantastical in the best way. I must check out Temple Alley Summer next. 5mo
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The Rescuers | Margery Sharp
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This fun tale follows three courageous mice on a mission to rescue a prisoner (though I never understood why that particular prisoner poet needed to be rescued). I liked all three of them especially Miss Bianca. The illustrations are great and I enjoyed the sly sense of humour. Never read the book, never watched the Disney adaptation, I‘m glad I‘ve read it for #ChildrensClassicRead2024

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
tpixie 😂 I wondered about the prisoner as well! Had to just shake that off and enjoy the ride! What fun characters those mice were! 🐭 🐭🐭 5mo
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Five main characters, who have reached a crossroad in their lives, or kind of lost their way in life, met a mysterious librarian who has a capability of recommending the right book which helps them. I liked that all the characters are connected to the library, though unknown to each of them. This is a heartwarming book which matches the cute cover. It‘s uplifting, and celebrates the power of books/literature & human connection.

sarahbarnes I liked this one too. 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Enjoying this right now!! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @JanuarieTimewalker13 It‘s a light and nice read 😊 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 It really is!! 5mo
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These collection of stories are about Black womanhood, touching on various topics like sexuality, lust, abortion, porn, rape, race, and many others. They‘re insightful however I‘m somewhat disappointed. A handful of them stood out for me - Nineteen Fifty-Five, The Lover, The Abortion, and Laurel; the others weren‘t so impressive.
#TBRtarot

CBee Off the TBR 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Novelist as a Vocation | Haruki Murakami
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Sundays are for pancakes 🥞! Listening to Murakami reflects on his career.

“What I was seeking by writing first in English and then “translating” into Japanese was no less than the creation of an unadorned “neutral” style that would allow me freer movement…Writing in my new style felt more like performing music than composing literature, a feeling that stays with me today.”

Interesting how Murakami developed his own writing style.

tpixie Gorgeous pancakes & berries, & such the perfect beautiful plate for them! 6mo
LeahBergen Yum! That looks lovely! 6mo
TheBookHippie Yum. 6mo
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BarbaraBB That looks delicious! 6mo
batsy That looks yummy! 🥞 6mo
mabell Those look perfect! Yum! 6mo
TrishB Look great 😁 6mo
Reggie Sooo delicious looking! 6mo
Cathythoughts How gorgeous to look at ! And to eat ❤️ 6mo
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A Study in Scarlet | Arthur Conan Doyle
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A reread for #NoPlaceLikeHolmes .
This first novel recounts the initial meeting of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, which I liked. Just as in the first reading, I enjoyed it, although I think the backstory need not be so in-depth. I read from an illustrated copy, artwork by George Hutchinson.

Cuilin Love the illustration 6mo
dabbe Very Sidney-Paget like! 💜🤍💜 6mo
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The Christmas Guest | Peter Swanson
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My library hold just came in 😆. This will be perfect for a cozy festive read.. from the English country house, village pub to Christmas meals, it‘s a great holiday read, with a murder (or more) thrown in! It‘s a quick, engrossing and fun read, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ruthiella I‘m hanging on to this for next year. Hoping to do #CloakandDaggerChristmas again! 6mo
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These are powerful stories, masterfully written with subtle messages on themes of misogyny, examining women-men relationships, and showing how women are looked down upon. 1st story was very good, 2nd stories was even better, and the last one was chilling. Highly recommend!

TrishB Sounds great 👍🏻 6mo
batsy Intriguing! Adding to the ever growing TBR 6mo
sarahbarnes On my TBR! 6mo
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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I found the first part slow, bogged down by the characters‘ backgrounds, motivations and philosophical ideals, which I later understood were essential to the story. It required much concentration; such long sentences, and I was out of air by the end of most paragraphs. I almost bailed out, but I was determined not to, on my first read of the year. Chapter 2 onwards it shifted full gear..it was tense and I was at the edge of my seat…⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm It turned out to be quite a ride, I imagine it played out as an action thriller. And the startling conclusion! It also reminds me a bit of Bel Canto. I enjoyed this! 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review 🩷 I loved this book too. 6mo
AmyG I also loved this one. Great ending! 6mo
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sarahbarnes Great review! Agreed. 6mo
Ruthiella Yes, this does take a while to get going but then WHOOSH! 👍 6mo
BarbaraBB Agreeing with all of you! Such a great read. I am glad you did think so too Jessie! 6mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I agree, the first chapter was a slog but I‘m glad I persevered as the rest of the book was fabulous. 6mo
youneverarrived Great review 🩵 agree with it all! 6mo
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I didn‘t like this as much as The Hours Before Dawn but it was entertaining. Imogen‘s thoughts & perceptive observations are often wryly humourous. There‘s an atmosphere of unease cleverly weaved in throughout. And when the mystery is explained, it‘s so simple yet one couldn‘t possibly have guessed. Brilliant how Fremlin has a flair to “put a plot that is exciting or terrifying against a background that is domestic, very ordinary, humdrum."

batsy Yes, I love that quote... She can really turn the most ordinary thing into something menacing. 7mo
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A great collection of 12 short stories with appearances by Miss Marple, Poirot, Tommy & Tuppence, and Mr. Parker Pyne. These were previously published before, now compiled in a beautiful hardback. I enjoyed some of the stories more than the others, but overall these are entertaining stories to read if you prefer something light and cozy.

LeahBergen I enjoyed this collection. 7mo
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The Faces | Tove Ditlevsen
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Visited a book sale during Christmas Eve. Very quiet, no crowd at all, unlike the previous years. Believe it or not, I only managed to get ONE book. Well, there were more children‘s books than adults, so 🤷🏻‍♀️.
Anyway, I want to wish everyone who celebrates a very Merry Christmas - a Christmas filled with love, peace, and joy. 🎄

LeahBergen Sounds delightful! Happy Holidays to you! 😘😘 7mo
quietjenn Merry Christmas!🎄 7mo
batsy Nice! I was thinking of going but thought it might be too crowded. That Tove Ditlesen is a great find 😍 7mo
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quietlycuriouskate Merry Christmas! 7mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas Jessie🎄💕 7mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas!🎄 7mo
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Tokyo Express | Seicho Matsumoto
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Awesome! 😍 Thank you very much Suba, for my #Jolabokaflodswap package. @batsy I love them all!
I‘m also pleased to know an independent bookstore is being supported. 😊 Merry Christmas! 🎄

Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organising. Happy Jolabokaflod!

batsy You're most welcome and I hope you enjoy the book! Merry Christmas 🎄❤️ 7mo
BarbaraBB Lovely gifts. I loved the book! 7mo
LeahBergen This book sounds good! 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm @batsy Thank you and I hope you‘re having a lovely holiday! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB They‘re great choices 😊. I look forward to reading it. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and your family, Barbara ❤️🎄 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen I love an old fashioned crime/mystery book 🙂. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and your family, Leah ❤️🎄 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Btw Suba, the Cadbury chocolate is heavenly! 😍😋 The Lindt is currently unopened (not for long). Thank you! @batsy 7mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I'm so glad! Hide the Lindt bar 😁 7mo
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Isn‘t that a lovely cover? Book has a good premise..a young woman works at her uncle‘s bookshop for room & board after her breakup with her boyfriend & left her job. I like the message of rediscovering oneself, falling in love with reading, the importance of family. But I did not feel connected with the main character or moved by the overall story. 1st part about the second hand bookshop town, ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm .. descriptions of her uncle‘s bookshop, & the customers was charming. 2nd half felt disconnected. I think I like weird Japanese better. 7mo
LeahBergen Too bad. I was wondering what this one was like! 7mo
TrishB I felt the same! Wondered what all the fuss was about. 7mo
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batsy Think I'll stick to just admiring the cover, in that case 😁 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @batsy Many found this to be a sweet tale, and have given good reviews. So, maybe it‘s me. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB Ha! I‘m not alone to think that! 7mo
kspenmoll I had a similar reaction to the book and actually did not finish it. Pretty cover though. 7mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I‘ve sent off my #Jolabokaflodswap parcel. 🚚
Should reach you tomorrow @Smarkies 😊

erzascarletbookgasm @smarkies Tracking shows parcel has been delivered. Do tell me you‘ve safely received it. 🙏 7mo
Smarkies Got it Jessie! Thank You! Looking forward to opening it :) 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Smarkies Awesome! Happy holidays! 7mo
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I‘m pleased to know Richard Osman said this won‘t be the last we hear of the Thursday Murder Club, though he will let the beloved gang rest for a while and move on to write a new series (which I look forward to). This fourth instalment is probably my favourite. There‘s gentle humour, and sadness. Nicely executed.

Ruthiella Oh, I am glad to know that it isn‘t the last one! 7mo
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It has arrived! So excited! #jolabokaflodswap
@batsy Thank you 😘

batsy Yay! 😃 7mo
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BATTENBERG CAKE. The antique dealer‘s husband in the book makes a terrific Battenberg. I didn‘t know what it is, had to look it up 😂. Looks so pretty. Now I want to taste it! 😋

Julsmarshall I‘m reading this now too and was thinking the same thing! 7mo
BarbaraBB That looks wonderful! I think I saw it on Masterchef Australia! 7mo
AnneCecilie I‘m also reading this now. Thanks for sharing a picture of the cake. I also wondered what it looked like. 7mo
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squirrelbrain Takes me right back to my childhood! The outside ‘icing‘ is marzipan, Jessie, so it all depends on if you like that or not…. 😃 @Julsmarshall @BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie 7mo
quietlycuriouskate I've bought/baked many a Battenburg in my time: my daughter's favourite cake! 7mo
julesG @squirrelbrain My colleague always makes it without the marzipan 🤔 Now I wonder what she uses instead. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @squirrelbrain It sounds delicious, Helen! 😋 I saw a store that sells imported goods here has Battenberg! Mr Kipling mini Battenberg cakes (from US🤔). Hope to try it one day 😊 @BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie @Julsmarshall @quietlycuriouskate @julesG 7mo
squirrelbrain Ah yes, we have Mr Kipling cakes here in the UK too. 7mo
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The Tremor of Forgery | Patricia Highsmith
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In the intro Graham Greene called this her "finest novel". One will either agree, or find it rather dry. Because nothing much ‘happens‘ most of the time, no plot twist, no actual murder..but always, there is a feeling of something not quite right. The protagonist deals with his conscience, and isolation in the heat of Tunisia. We hear his thoughts mostly, and a good insight of world politics of the 1960s through all the characters‘ views. ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm .. I like the detailed descriptions of the place, I could picture the beautiful beaches, the desert, and the locals..and the complex, sympathetic portrayal of the protagonist. 7mo
LeahBergen Great review! I haven‘t read this and you know I‘m a Highsmith fan. 😄 7mo
batsy Nice review! It's not one of her novels that I've heard a lot about, either. Definitely adding to the list. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @batsy Thanks. I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts whenever you get to it. 😊 7mo
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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I‘m glad I finally got round to reading this little gem, thanks to #AuthorAMonth . A quiet, subtle piece of work, I love the way Ishiguro unfolds the story little by little. It has many layers, and so much of what is left unsaid is just as important as what is said. Beautiful, skilful writing. As in Never Let Me Go, it leaves me thinking long after I finished it.

dabbe I loved it, too! 🩵❄️🩵 8mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 8mo
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Home After Dark | David Small
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Set in the 1950s California, this graphic novel touches on the main themes of homophobia, violent bullying, bigotry, abandonment, & isolation. The story is very bleak.The protagonist is going through adolescence phase, & trying to make sense of the world around him, but there‘re times I was frustrated with him for being a coward. The simple black & white artwork is effective in conveying the story..disturbing. TW: animal cruelty, nudity, suicide.

jlhammar Great review! Love David Small. Have you tried his graphic memoir yet? Really good. 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm @jlhammar No I haven‘t, this is my first book by him. Thanks for the recommendation! 8mo
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“Michiko Aoyama‘s “What You are Looking For Is in the Library” centers on a local library where five Tokyoites are gently guided through personal issues by a kindly librarian”.

This book sounds like a celebration of libraries, the power of books..light hearted and heartwarming, just the kind of book I need now. But it‘s ‘several months‘ waiting time! 😂🤣

ChasingOm It‘s so good and sweet!! 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm @ChasingOm Good to know! Look forward to it. 8mo
BiblioLitten I just placed it on hold too! 7mo
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I appreciate the author sharing her emotional experiences as a queer immigrant living in the US, and her strained relationship with her parents, in this comic book, which is a collection from the LGBTQ+ online magazine called Autostraddle (which I just discovered). However, my reading experience was not enjoyable as I was confused in places..it felt disjointed, without a sequence of narrative. It‘s like a diary of random feelings and experiences.

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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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This historical novel about family secrets, war, and its trauma, is the fourth Simone St. James‘ book I‘ve read. The author can tell an engrossing gothic tale with paranormal elements, suspense, and romance. I didn‘t expect how the mystery and family issues played out, but overall it was an enjoyable read. This was supposed to be for last month‘s #AuthorAMonth but my timing is bad.

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The Fledgeling | Frances Faviel
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Hi #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub folks. Here are my picks ⬆️. Please cast your votes for November 2024 read. ❤️

I hope I got everyone in the list. Please add if I left out anyone Leah. @LeahBergen

batsy I liked Thalia and this one sounds similar wrt personal family dynamics and angst, so I'm all for it 😁 8mo
Jess_Read_This Both sound terrific and I‘ll be happy to read either! My vote due to smiling when I read the blurb goes to 8mo
CarolynM I‘m voting for 8mo
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kwmg40 Both sound good but I‘ll vote for 8mo
jlhammar Lovely graphic. Not feeling very decisive this morning, both sound so good. Hmmm, I look forward to reading more Faviell, but I haven't tried Sharp yet so I'll vote for 8mo
Kimzey My vote goes to…. 8mo
Tamra I‘ll go with 🙂 8mo
elkeOriginal I vote Harlequin because I own it! 8mo
quietjenn Just checked the first paragraph of both and will vote for the one that made me laugh 😅 8mo
rubyslippersreads Like @elkeOriginal I‘ll vote for the one I own: 8mo
elkeOriginal @quietjenn I like that method! 8mo
catebutler Both sound so fun! But I will vote for 8mo
quietjenn @elkeOriginal I like to use it in circumstances like this, when I'm keen on both options! 8mo
Ruthiella I‘m going to let my favorite cover decide. I vote for 8mo
LeahBergen Like @elkeOriginal and @rubyslippersreads , I‘ll vote for the one that I own: 8mo
willaful @Jhammar oh my goodness, you are in for such a treat. She has so many fantastic books. I'm “the library still had a bunch of them“ years old. 😂 8mo
julieclair @quietjenn ‘s comment above was a tie breaker for me. I‘ll go with 8mo
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This was a fun trip down memory lane. As a young reader, I remember loving Nancy Drew for her independence and the spirited girl she was. On rereading as an adult, I find the story too predictable but still admire her independence and determination. The fast paced story kept me turning the pages.
Read this for #ChildrensClassicRead2023 and #TBRtarot
Coincidentally it ties nicely with #NancyDrewBR this month. 😊

Librarybelle Totally agree! 8mo
TheBookHippie So agree! It‘s a lovely read! 8mo
CBee Perfect! Love Nancy ❤️ 8mo
Ruthiella I love how second hand furniture was a criminal racket in the‘30s. 😂 8mo
tpixie @Ruthiella lol 😂 8mo
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This historical novel raises the debate about criminality and ‘nature vs nurture‘. Richly woven with details of the Victorian life and times, it discusses themes like mental illness, motherhood, and class. I found this to be an engaging read with interesting twists. A clever debut and worth the read.