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gentlepet

Joined December 2016

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The Magicians: A Novel | Lev Grossman
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well that was a bit fun, wasn‘t it? i watched the first season of the show a few years ago & thought it was great - finally got around to actually reading it. nice to read some YA that managed to combine the twee AND the (kinda) gritty successfully.

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Call Me Evie | JP Pomare
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YES YES YES!!! Super engaging structure, had me genuinely tense and worried for the characters. If it had been a movie I would have been covering my eyes in fearful anticipation. Well worth the read, highly recommended.

ClairesReads Ooo glad to hear you enjoyed this. I‘ve been a bit on the fence about whether the hype was real (or just marketing) with this one. I‘ll definitely give it a go now. 3mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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was this the best or worst book i have ever read? i do not know. but never before have i been so bemused by a book in which an animal is murdered.

ClairesReads Cannot wait to read this. 4mo
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The Matriarch | Witi Ihimaera
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Mehso-so

sometimes u read a really long book by an author you have lukewarm feelings for and lo and behold, the book is lukewarm too.

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The Matriarch | Witi Ihimaera
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this was dark, beautiful, sometimes lush, sometimes stark. an extremely satisfying example of picking a book on a friend‘s coffee table at random and ignoring them until it‘s finished.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I LOVED THIS BOOK FROM ITS BEGINNING TO ITS END. one day i hope to be a witch in the wilds & i really hope that “one day” is tomorrow 🔮🏺🕯

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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i wish i could go back in time, not read this book, & retain the belief that mindy kaling was cool.

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Cherry: A novel | Nico Walker
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there are almost no redeeming qualities in this narrator, who is a depressed, misogynistic piece of shit. the book itself is extremely well written without the pacing problems of many debut novels. i LOVED this book. you might hate it. that is extremely valid.

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a couple of first novel hiccups here but overall an impressive debut from an author whose further works i will happily read.

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This is gonna sound so RUDE but I honestly think that sometimes authors are too clever for their own good. The book is well written, often compelling, and immaculately threads together a very complicated plot. Sometimes I got bored by it though, because the conceit of the book feels like it overrides the things I personally am drawn to - and the characters often felt mechanical, rather than fully realised people. OVERALL IT WAS GOOD THOUGH! ♟

tealwish I completely agree!! Also the map was helpful but also turned me around. Maybe my mental map was off, but it felt like any direction he walked in he got to the lake. 🤔 4mo
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I enjoyed this but shit it was bleak.
I mean I don‘t know why that surprised me given the subject, but it was so much darker than I expected. When I finally learned Mabel‘s fate I was so taken aback.
Honestly made my previous read, Anna Karenina, look like #whitegirlproblems. Which, to be fair, it is.

ClairesReads Agree. I thought this was A+ but bleak AF 5mo
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Oh man. When those good girls go bad.

I loved everything about this novel, minus about 35 chapters of Levin‘s innermost thoughts about the best systems of Russian agriculture. Like I am a Well Educated Bitch and I Understand The Import but what an actual drag.

That might sound like a major complaint but this is a long ass book. It was fucking gorgeous. 😍😍😍

Freespirit I loved it also💕 5mo
ClairesReads Stunner. This is a fucking amazing book. So glad you enjoyed queen 5mo
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Heroes | Stephen Fry
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Mehso-so

I FEEL LET DOWN.
Mythos was great, this was not.
Desperately needed less genealogy and more telling great stories. How do you make the slaying of Medusa kind of meh?
WELL? Please explain.

Weaponxgirl That‘s disappointing to hear. The slaying of medusa should always be epic 5mo
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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one of my most favourite novels, as an OUTSTANDING audiobook.

ClairesReads What a narrator! 5mo
gentlepet @ClairesReads it was a test drive - she narrates an unabridged Anna Karenina that I am keen to take on at some point this year. 5mo
ClairesReads @gentlepet oh well that sounds divine too. 5mo
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does lara jean have any discernible personality?
no.
this bitch is one “i‘m so clumsy” away from bella swann.
however: two successfully laid thirst traps.
🤷🏼‍♀️

Weaponxgirl Ok I haven‘t read the book but that review just made me laugh 6mo
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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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Mehso-so

a heartwarming tale about a white child who seriously endangers a group of magical black women without even noticing; civil rights movement used as painted scenery even less effectively than in the help.

yikes.

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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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Room: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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tbh i have been a total hipster about emma donahue... i fell in love with her well before she was in airport bookstores and i don‘t begrudge her any success. but i have been skeptical about room ... not so much because of its commercial success (although that didn‘t exactly help), but because it seemed like such a departure from her normal modus operandi. anyway i finally read it and as per usual ive been a fool. it was excellent.

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Room: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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✔️ have had the ramones stuck in my head for 3 days
✔️a+ diamonds & rust reference
✔️lou creed the rock n roll animal 😂
✔️ya creepy bitch steve honestly where do you get this shit?
✔️your female characters are always the tits

UNCLE STEVE DOES NOT DISSATISFY

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This was an engaging read - I found most of the plot reveals pretty predictable but it was well written and I enjoyed the characters. Fun to get lost in Old Hollywood glam and strong female characters who are allowed to be complex and not always likeable.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Because over half this book is formatted as a true crime podcast I cannot recommend listening to it as an Audiobook enough. Extremely high quality production of an excellent novel.

PS: I STAN THIS BOOK SO FKN HARD.

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Carrie | Stephen King
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uncle steve never disappoints.

BUT CAN I ALSO RECOMMEND THE AUDIOBOOK AS NARRATED BY SISSY SPACEK???!!!!! tres magnifique

ClairesReads There‘s an audio narrated by Sissy?!?! 😱😍 6mo
gentlepet @ClairesReads full, unabridged, with an introduction by Uncle Steve himself. Audible is like a treasure chest. 6mo
ClairesReads @gentlepet good gracious I need that in my life 6mo
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gentlepet @ClairesReads honestly i stopped reading much for a couple years cos of migraines. Audiobooks have totally changed my life and allowed me to read voraciously again. There are some treasures out there. This is one. Sadie is another. I also massively stan Thandie Newton‘s narration of Jane Eyre. 6mo
ClairesReads @gentlepet that is the best. So important that you can get your reads in any way. It‘s essential for the soul. ❤️ Thandie Newton also! 6mo
danx I can‘t do audiobooks, I think just due to my audio time being taken up completely by music and I need ear rest time, but I just picked up Pet Sematary and will keep an out out for some others to try his work again. 6mo
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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I‘m not a science fiction girl so this was a stretch for me even though it‘s only a novella. I found parts of it engaging, but I struggled with descriptions of technology. And aliens. You know, the bits that make it science fiction. I need help y‘all! Doomed to science fiction exile for life.

Weaponxgirl That‘s a pity, but you know sometimes if something just isn‘t for you it‘s cool to say nah not my thing. I always just keep an open mind about my less favourite genres and read the odd thing if it really takes my interest. 6mo
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Pat Barker is kind of the best so it‘s hardly surprising that her latest offering is just mind blowingly, toe curlingly epic. This was one of those books that just overrode all my basic functions and replaced them with a need to know what was coming next. A retelling that does exactly what it should, shifting the perspective of something familiar to show you something wholey new.

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Elizabeth: A Novel of the Unnatural | Ken Greenhall, Jessica Hamilton
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idk much about this book but i felt like it was heavily influenced by the style of shirley jackson (esp we have always lived in the castle) with a hefty dose of 70s freudian pop psychology thrown in for good measure. this isn‘t a complaint - it has a great kitschy vibe & some lovely spooky moments.

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No tea no shade no pink lemonade... if you want a celebrity tell all you could do WAY worse than this tasty little snack

Reviewsbylola Oooooh stacking! 6mo
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Instrumental | James Rhodes
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Instrumental | James Rhodes
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This reminds me of Holden Caulfield: “Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

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Disobedience: A Novel | Naomi Alderman
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i fucking LOVED this book for reasons that i am sure stretch beyond the obvious identity politics of being a jewish lesbian. while superficially dissimilar to the power, i thought there were united themes here about cultural difference, structural oppression, individual choice, and the nature of freedom. PLUS some very emotional kissing, which i am always in favour of.

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Lemme start by saying that despite his charms I often find Stephen Fry to be a pompous, problematic snob. HOWEVER, if I was ever gonna let him give me a lecture it‘d be on this subject. And it‘s a good instinct! Fry loves these stories and his love breathes all the life into them they deserve. Funny, unpretentious, accessible, and entertaining.

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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Anthony Bourdain is probably aware that he was a self styled rebel with incredible charisma and admirable swagger. This translates beautifully in his writing, although this earlier work lacks some of his later-in-life self awareness.

To be honest I could have done with less kitchen and more confidential, but that‘s definitely my problem, not his.

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I honestly wish I had the time and resources to just buy this book for everyone I know & then sit there & make sure they read it.

They‘d all thank me. I‘d get some kind of award I reckon, for services rendered to the common good or something.

This book is breathtaking and if you don‘t like it I‘m not sure we can be friends. The end.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Mehso-so

I mean, sure. This was fine. Neil‘s prose felt a bit self satisfied for my taste.

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The Shining | Stephen King
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SO I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. I am also counting it as my Pop Sugar time travel read bc honestly, I really don‘t fuck with time travel. Or space travel. Stop tryna make me do it. It‘s not gonna happen.

Also: book Wendy kicks movie Wendy‘s ass. Justice for Wendy.

danx I really want to read this now. Do you have a favourite King book? 7mo
gentlepet @danx this was really good you should give it a go! 7mo
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The Shining | Stephen King
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relatable content from uncle steve

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Life of Pi | Yann Martel
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maybe i‘m just a grumpy bitch this week but i feel like .... this is heavy handed, fairly tedious for an averagely-long novel, and not as clever as it wants to be.

pretty sure i enjoyed the movie more (tho to be fair i was stoned when i saw it).

4/10 still don‘t believe in god.

danx I did not enjoy the movie, will avoid the book. 7mo
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How can a book with so much drama and intrigue be so booooooooooooooringgggg? Probably because 90% of it is excruciating, pointless detail.

WHO AMONGST US GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE SPECS OF A MAC AND ITS PROS/CONS COMPARED TO A PC???? Let alone paragraphs of fucks????

The only reason I finished it (or started it, tbh) was popsugar and their damn Nordic noir prompt.

POPSUGAR WE ARE IN A FIGHT.

danx I mostly enjoyed the first and then could hardly crack into the second. Loved the Swedish films more than the books. 7mo
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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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look, i am a very simple bitch.

when i read YA, i want the first kiss to be AWESOME.
it‘s almost certainly the reason i picked up the book to begin with.

10/10 first kiss did not disappoint.

sprainedbrain YES. Love this review! 7mo
Beck_42 I am with you on that. 7mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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JUST READ IT OK?
just put it on your bloody list and read it.
Thanks.

ClairesReads Yes yes yes this book is 🔥 7mo
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Midnight's Children | Salman Rushdie
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so i have tried reading multiple rushdie novels over multiple years and have always lost interest long before i got off the ground. however, it‘s my experience that just because something didn‘t work the first time doesn‘t mean you won‘t connect with it later. that was certainly my experience here... my third attempt at MIDNIGHT‘S CHILDREN & i was completely swept up in it. do i still think Rushdie overwrites? yes. did it matter? not so much.

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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This book got into my dreams. That‘s fairly rare. It‘s quiet meditations on the differences between thought and action, responsibility, and allegiance wove neatly through the narrative without feeling didactic or heavy handed. Easy to read, beautifully written.

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The Whale Rider | Witi Ihimaera
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I mean this can‘t have been too bad because I picked it up off the bookshelf and read it in one sitting. Parts of it I really enjoyed. If you‘re familiar with Witi Ihimaera and you like his style then 1) you‘ve probably already read this and 2) you probably enjoyed it. Personally, although I think his writing is good enough he‘s not like, my FAVE.

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The End of the Affair | Graham Greene
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GG & I go wayyyyy back to university days & I am always down to gobble up one of his novels. On multiple trips to Vietnam I have made pilgrimages to those haunts of his still standing. His voice moves me.

So I don‘t know why it took me until now to get to one of his most well known novels, but gosh it was a treat.

sprainedbrain I‘ve had this book for so long... I really need to get to it! 8mo
danx I‘ll have to check his stuff out. 8mo
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I found it quite unique amongst the swathes of dystopian novels I‘ve read. Queer characters, after the apocalypse! A rare and treasured find.

I offer my recommendation wholeheartedly but with a very clear caveat: this book describes graphic violence, sexual and otherwise, against women and children. It is meaningful, not included for shock value, and is integral to the telling of this story. But be careful with your hearts and your triggers.

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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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so here‘s the thing:

if ur on the lookout for a great, creepy read then u could do way worse than this. it has good atmosphere and compelling female characters and a lovely sort of whodunnit atmosphere.

HOWEVER if ur more than vaguely familiar with lizzie borden u aren‘t really going to find much here u won‘t find elsewhere. is it well executed? yus. is that enough? maybe.

dont regret the time i spent with this book. wouldn‘t insist u read it.

Reviewsbylola I definitely see what you‘re saying about this one. I didn‘t enjoy it but knowing a lot about Lizzie Borden made it really difficult for me to get past the artistic licenses the author took. 8mo
gentlepet @Reviewsbylola totally understand that! i knew enough to be kinda “meh” but i think if i were more invested in the case i would have been really miffed. PLUS she skipped the trial which imho is one of the most interesting parts of the whole saga! 8mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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totally deserved all the hype. hooned thru it in less than 24 hours.

Lisa_lost I LOVED this one. 8mo
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I finished this because I needed to complete the trilogy but holy fuck it was overwritten. Overwrought and overwritten.