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eshchory

Joined November 2016

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Scourge: A Darkhurst Novel by Gail Z. Martin
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People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
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I really enjoyed the first half of this book but then the narrative became claustrophobic and seemed to lose pace.
The conclusion was good but just didn't affect me as emotionally as I had thought it would.
I would still recommend it although be warned there are some graphic sex scenes.

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5 stars for this incredibly enjoyable book.
It is difficult to believe this is a debut. The writing was so deceptively simple, just slipping into my mind and creating a connection with the characters.

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As soon as I heard about this book it called out 'read me'
And I am so glad it did.

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Great writing and some interesting stories about uploading human consciousness. But the collection as a whole was strangely organised.
Still very much worth reading.

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A good story marred by too much telling and not enough showing.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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I snagged a sample of Susanna Clarke's new book and it was so enchanting I can hardly wait to read the whole book.
#Piranesi #NetGalley

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Another tour de force from Jasper Fforde.
Brilliant political satire set in a slightly absurd alternate reality that is not so different from our own.

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I am so excited #NetGalley have approved me for #TheConstantRabbit

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My June book club read.

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Short stories from an author I have wanted to try for quite a while.

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I was so excited to be approved for this book on Net Galley and it didn't disappoint.

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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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This started out as a 5 star book but disappointingly failed to achieve its potential.

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The House in Norham Gardens | Penelope Lively
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These arrived and brightened my day.

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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For some reason, and unusually for me, I find myself reading several books at the same time.
I started this last night.

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My Invented Life | Lauren Bjorkman
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I think I may have lost my love for Ya.
This story wasn't awful it just wasn't that much fun to read either.

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My morning read.
About missionaries and set in China.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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I visited Shakespeare & sons, a fabulous bookshop in Prague.
I considered getting a Kafka or something by Vaclav Havel but thought that might be a bit cliché so I chose The Power and this tote.

rather_be_reading awesome! 2y
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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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St Augustine is mentioned a lot in this section of the story which unusually features a strong woman in the ancient world.
This is a slow read but I am savouring every word.

BookwormM I loved this book it‘s one of my favourite ever 2y
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This short story is not even in the Listy database but it is a 5 star gem worth hunting down.

The Lion's Den by Anthony Marra
An Amazon Original.
#TheLionsDen #NetGalley

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In a rare occurrence I interrupted my reading of Gnomon to read this novella for a book club.
It seemed so promising but it may just be too lyrical for me, and where the heck are they hiding the plot?

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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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My new morning read.
At 700+ pages I'm glad this is a Kindle rather than a dead-tree I have to lug along on my commute!

BookwormM One of my fav books ever hope you enjoy it 2y
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The Yellow Wallpaper | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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I am on my short story stint and this didn't disappoint.
This story receives a lot of feminist interest with many interpretations of the wallpaper as a metaphor.
I saw it more as the story of an unreliable narrator: was she being gas-lighted, was she really mad or was she just being driven insane by the restrictive Victorian patriarchy.

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A Brightness Long Ago | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Reviewing my books for 2019 I realise I never mentioned A Brightness Long Ago which is one of my favourite books of the year.
Guy Gabriel Kay is definitely a new favourite author and I am so looking forward to catching up on his back catalogue.

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Halfway through and I am still not sure if I like this book.
Just as I thought we were going to discover something mysterious the story has taken a turn towards more angst for the MC. Not promising.

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The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
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Even though I felt that I was missing a lot of the popular culture references in this book I liked the author's cynical sense of humour and style in which he told the story.

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If this isn't hell, the devil is surely taking notes.

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The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
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I find it kind of ironic that the bookmark TBD sent with The Sellout was designed by someone whose favourite book is Gone With The Wind.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Guess who received a Kindle for her birthday!!

SassyBookworm Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy!!! I ❤️ my kindle!!! 3y
rretzler Happy Birthday. I, too, love my Kindle! My husband claims it‘s my most valued possession (and he‘d be right) 😝 3y
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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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Picked this in the train station library.

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Emily Eternal | M. G. WHEATON
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Following some formatting issues I have a new copy.
Not sure whether I really like Emily but am interested to see where this goes.

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Fools and Mortals | Bernard Cornwell
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Shakespeare - one of my favourite subjects.

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Peril at End House | Agatha Christie
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Still behind on my Christies but making progress.
#AgathaChristie #poirot

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Saturday morning. Reading a childhood favourite on the balcony.

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Dal | E. M. Hamill
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Some coffee with my morning read.

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A book from my childhood: frequently recommended, never read - until now....

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The Sittaford Mystery | Agatha Christie
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This morning's commute read. More Agatha Christie goodness.

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A non-fiction offering from #NetGalley.
I think I should have skipped the introduction.

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Days Without End | Sebastian Barry
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Not so sure about the 'natural' dialog but I do want to find out how it ends.

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The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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Are you sure?

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The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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Back to my Christies.
According to the schedule I should have read this in September oops! I have a bit of catching up to do.

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Waiting rooms aren't so bad when you have an interesting way to pass the time.
#trevornoah #memoir #nonfiction

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I am so behind on my Christie Chronology that it hardly matters if I break out of sequence to read this one for my book club.
Surprisingly, considering all the Christies I have read and all the times I have watched the adaptations, it seems I have not read this one before.
#herculepoirot #AgathaChristie

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A Maigret Christmas | Georges Simenon
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Although I have seen several screen Maigrets it was Rowan Atkinson who came to mind as I read this.
Perfect casting IMHO.

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My Hanukkah present to myself.

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Ender's Game | Orson Scott Card
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My new commute read courtesy of Net Galley.
A little depressing and violent so far but I am interested to see how it develops.
A bit reminiscent of Ender's Game.
#currentlyreading #NetGalley

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This is another non-fiction gem I obtained from Net Galley. Short and to the point, it clearly outlines how we arrived at the Post-Truth era.
For me it helped relieve my sense of helpless at a situation where rational thought seems to have no value.

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The Turn of Midnight | Minette Walters
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My new commute read.
The second in Minette Walters' series about The Black Death and as excellent as the first.

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My latest commute read.
A dystopian future where the elite are super fit athletes but nobody really cares about the actual game anymore, and the energy from all human activity is harvested for the good of the commune.

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Consuming Fire | John Scalzi
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Another 5 star book from Scalzi.
He made me smile and laugh and I was so pleased to be reunited with some of my favourite characters.
I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

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A moment of weakness in the WHSmith in duty-free and these two are now in my possession.