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Joanne1

Joanne1

Joined May 2016

Life gets in the way of my reading. 🇦🇺
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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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My view this evening while I enjoy a quiet moment with my book.

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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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I enjoyed it but not as much as I was hoping/expecting to. The whole part where they set sail to chase the octopus completely lost me.

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Mandatory Murder | Steven Schubert
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Interesting Australian true crime story set in the outback town of Katherine and highlighting the extreme injustice of mandatory sentencing. The audiobook was well narrated and had the feel of podcast.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Reading a book called The Library Book in the library ( well the staff lunch room but it‘s still in the building).

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Libraryception! 2w
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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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My latest read and it‘s a bit of a tear jerker.

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Stunning! Such beautiful writing and sense of place. I was right there in the North Carolina marshlands with Kya, my heart aching and breaking with hers. There were parts that I thought a bit unbelievable but that didn‘t even really matter, I couldn‘t put it down regardless of that.

LiteraryinLititz Great description! I was also really captivated by this book. 2w
Cathythoughts Great review! Loved this. I saw somewhere on Litsy that this one is a bit similar...( im getting it ♥️) 2w
Joanne1 @LiteraryinLititz captivated us the perfect word for the experience of reading this! @Cathythoughts thanks for the recommendation, I‘ve added it my to TBR. 2w
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The Place on Dalhousie | Melina Marchetta
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This was a really sweet Australian story by an author I‘ve read a lot and never been disappointed. What I didn‘t realise is this story is the third in a series (though you can read each as a stand alone) of which I‘ve already ready the first. Must chase down The Piper‘s Son now.

CarolynM I loved this one but I haven't read the earlier ones. They're on my list now🙂 3w
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This one has really got me in its grips. Breaking me heart more and more. But can someone tell me what grits are? I‘ve never come across them in Australia.

Maude They are a hot ceral/porridge made with corn meal. 3w
KathyWheeler They generally look like this: https://food52.com/recipes/33556-sean-brock-s-southern-grits. I like them with cheese. 3w
LeeRHarry They are not very tasty😏 3w
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margreads I must read this. Been saying that for a while now 3w
ScrappyMags If you make them right they are very good - with a rich smooth taste. Make them wrong they taste like wet sand. Corn meal is correct and here in the southern US where I moved to 11 yrs ago they take their grits VERY seriously! 😂 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re not missing anything 🤣🤣🤣 3w
Lcsmcat Think polenta, but not as stiff. Shrimp and Grits is my husband‘s favorite. https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/shrimp_and_grits/ If you try any grits be sure you don‘t use “instant” or any other quickie kind. You want the real, stoneground kind or they won‘t have any taste. 3w
Lcsmcat @ScrappyMags You got that right! Don‘t insult our grits. 😀 3w
marleed I love your question!? It‘s a staple breakfast food of the Southern US. I like them. If you are an oatmeal kind of person (like me), they are well worth trying. 3w
ScrappyMags @Lcsmcat lol true! Instant grits are gross! Stoneground grits are awesome!! 3w
Joanne1 Okay, this has been very enlightening. I was thinking something like polenta, but prepaid more like polenta crosses with porridge (which I think is the same as oatmeal). To be honest I‘m not a fan of either but if I‘m ever in southern USA I‘ll look for proper grits. I‘m up for trying anything. Thanks for the education y‘all (did I get that right?). 3w
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Another stellar text from children‘s author Emily Rodda. This plot-driven tale of adventure is a great introduction to the fantasy genre. Ideal for middle grade readers - my ten year old adores it.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I can see why there was so much buzz around this book when it came out and it‘s one I‘d definitely recommend to teenagers if I was still teaching... but I found the language and writing style just too YA for me. Still a pick but not as good as I was expecting.

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It‘s been years (and years and years) since I last read the first Harry Potter book. Listening to Stephen Fry narrate it was just so divine.

Jeg After book week at school I decided I really needed to get into Harry. It has never appealed to me. But I‘m now “ in the loop” 😊. I watched all the movies and I‘m about to read the books. Never done it that way around before. Usually book then film. My grandson will be very happy. And yes I did enjoy the story. 4w
Joanne1 @Jeg I‘d highly recommend the audiobook with Stephen Fry narrating. Welcome to the world of Potter by the way. 4w
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The Enchanted Wood | Enid Blyton
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Such a sweet and adventurous tale which I shared with Miss 8 who doesn‘t normally have the focus to stick at a chapter book start to finish even if it‘s being read to her. I did have to wonder what on earth the parents were doing while their children stayed all night up a big tree with strange folk.

Jeg 😊 yes I wonder? 4w
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Brutal, searingly honest, incredibly sad but ultimately redeeming, the story of Corey Whyte leaves little to the imagination and a deep sense of anger regarding our foster care system. I think I‘ve met my quota for this style of memoir for some time but I‘m glad I read this.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I‘m finding this a little bit too YA for my tastes but I can see why it‘s so popular.

CarolynM I listed to this as a talking book which really made the language come alive. I don't think I would have enjoyed it so much in print. 1mo
Joanne1 @CarolynM I think you might be on to something here. 1mo
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The Sunday Story Club | Kerry Cue, Doris Imber
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I cried in the car during several of these stories and it just illustrates that you never know what‘s happening in other people‘s lives. I found the introduction a bit tedious, and some narrators were better than others but in all I really enjoyed these stories.

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There is something so intimate about Sally Rooney‘s writing. The perspective she offers to the reader has a real voyeuristic quality like you‘re seeing parts of the characters‘ lives that only they should know. I think I shall read everything she publishes.

Leftcoastzen Nice review! Totally agree. 1mo
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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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A bit of a tear jerker but such a beautiful story made extra special by sharing with my gorgeous ten year old daughter. Like so many of the characters in the novel she is ever empathetic and knows the value of both having and being a true friend.

4thhouseontheleft My daughter's 4th grade teacher organized a weekend outing to see the movie with their students when it first came out. A lot of teachers in our area did this, since the book is incorporated into our anti-bullying curriculum. 😍 1mo
Jeg I loved this book and the movie as did my grandson when he did it at school. 1mo
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Breakfast with friends. If there‘s one thing Sally Rooney does amazingly well its writing the awkward moments. It‘s cringe-worthy but fabulous.

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I‘ve always meant to try an Anne Tyler and saw this one on my library audiobook app. It was a lovely story, well told and nicely narrated. What I would call a good palate cleanser. Any other Anne Tyler recommendations?

CarolynM Breathing Lessons is my favourite. Back When We Were Grown-Ups is really good too. 1mo
Blaire Agree with @CarolynM recommendations. I love both of those. 1mo
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Wonder. R.J. Palacio | R J Palacio
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Reading this with Miss10 an we‘re both loving it. She‘s particularly enjoying the changing POV of each section. She‘s been in a bit of a reading slump recently, so where to from here to keep the momentum going?

MrsMalaprop Read Wonder with both my boys ❤️. My Mr10 is reading the Percy Jackson series, and finishing the final HP. Oh, and we started reading Black Beauty together a while ago - need to get back to it! Good luck 😊. 1mo
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The White Girl | Tony Birch
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Loved it! Inspiring, frustrating, at times horrifying and always in awe of the strength of character shown by Odette and Sissy. I am a massive fan of Tony Birch‘s style and this again is one sheds light on the oftentimes forgetter battle of the First Nations people of Australia in the very recent past and the legacy that has continued.

LeeRHarry Stacked! 1mo
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The White Girl | Tony Birch
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Another great, but confronting, book from Tony Birch. Set in the western district on Victoria (Australia) in the years leading up to full recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution. The book focuses on Odette and her granddaughter Sissy as they struggle to live and stay together while under the protectionist rules of police and government authorities.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I have mixed feelings about this novel. I enjoyed parts of the story, but I also found myself bored or confused with other aspects. It seemed to get stuck in the mystical stuff and lost momentum. I also disliked the narrators which can really distort my opinion of a book.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Latest audiobook, not grabbing me as much as I‘d hoped.

Itchyfeetreader I struggled with this one - it really split the crowd at book club 2mo
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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Written by a school librarian I have huge admiration for, this is a guide to getting and keeping kids reading for parents, teachers and libraries. Mostly it‘s gold, but having two children with literacy learning difficulties despite being read to since the day they were born and have huge vocabulary and amazing comprehension, I know only too well that reading doesn‘t always happen as expected. And there‘s nothing like a mother‘s guilt!

CarolynM I feel your pain, neither of my now adult children have ever been readers like their parents are. Sometimes I say it's how they've rebelled against us, but the truth is more complex. My son reads a lot for study but finds it heavy going. My daughter has visual snow and finds print very difficult. 2mo
Joanne1 @CarolynM reading is complex for so many isn‘t it! My two love stories but reading is such a slog, takes the fun out of it for them. Thankfully one loves audiobooks and graphic novels. The other also has sensory issues and she can‘t handle audiobooks at all. I still read to them both and hope I can do that for many more years. 2mo
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The Widow | Fiona Barton
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A dark and gloomy tale for a dark and gloomy day. The Widow isn‘t anything earth-shattering but it‘s a very readable, intriguing mystery that had me flip flopping in my head to nearly the end. Told from multiple POV and both forwards and backwards in time making it structurally interesting.

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The last instalment of the Neapolitan novels takes Lila and Lenu through the tumultuous periods of divorce, parenting teenagers and finding space for a thriving and renewing work life. Add to this their complex web of friendships and family, underworld doings, vanished children, lies, betrayal and murder. After four thick novels you‘d think everything would be answered but that would be far too near for Lila and Lenu.

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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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Life has been very busy recently and I have missed the time reading with my 8 and 10 year old daughters before bed. This weekend we started these two, The Enchanted Wood with the 8 year old and Wonder with the older one. I really do love sharing that quiet time with them at the end of the day.
What are some other great read-aloud books for these ages?

JackOBotts Ronald Dahl is great! 2mo
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Buddha Da | Anne Donovan
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I‘m many books behind on my Goodreads challenge and it‘s partly because of this book. It‘s written in a Scottish dialect making it one requiring me to translate in my head as I read and really take my time. It was almost enough to turn me off, but in the end it‘s what made the book so genuine. I could hear every character and I was in all of their heads. To story is lovely, quirky but it‘s Jimmy, Liz and Anne-Marie that you fall in love with.

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Australia Day | Stan Grant
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Stan Grant holding up a mirror to the dark and often hidden history of colonisation and dispossession of our country. Australia, as a nation, was built on an overtly racist set of policies and we are yet to, as a country, grapple with the consequences of that. A reminder that I, we all, should be reading and listening to aboriginal voices, ones that have been silenced for generations.

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Buddha Da | Anne Donovan
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Weekend away for a special ‘big‘ birthday. Just a quiet read before going out for dinner. This is the view from our room.

CarolynM Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎉 Enjoy! 2mo
Jeg Happy birthday 🎂🎂🎂🎂 2mo
Ddzmini Happy belated birthday 🎂 🎉🎁🎈🎊🥳📖😋 2mo
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I‘ve read quite a few books dealing with mental illness but few focus on young women with truly psychotic episodes of the type suffered by schizophrenics. Lucia experiences this throughout her life and the impacts ripple through to everyone around her in sometimes devastating ways. Read by a full cast, this had real impact on audio.

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Camp Crazy Kids | Kathy Heath
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My life has became busier and crazier in the last few months mostly because I got a new and fantastic librarian position an hour and a half from home. The downside to all this is that I‘ve stopped reading aloud to these crazy and delightful kids. I want to change this but need something that will appeal to both. They‘re ten and eight. One likes challenging books with interesting words, the other needs action and humour. Suggestions?

Megabooks I‘m not super familiar with MG, but congratulations on the job!! 2mo
julesG Just read this with my 9 y/o, she's a mix of your two. It might fit. 2mo
CarolynM That's a challenge! My kids liked Morris Gleitzman's Toad series at those ages, but I don't know how challenging they are. What about Horrible Histories? 2mo
Lcsmcat A Series of Unfortunate Events was a favorite of my kids at those ages. 2mo
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The Erratics | Vicki Laveau-Harvie
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This year‘s #stellaprize winner is a very strange but beautifully (if unusually) written memoir of two sisters dealing with the fall out of ageing parents. Although in this case the mother is bats*$t crazy and at serious risk of killing her dominated husband or send them both broke chasing internet scams.

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The Erratics | Vicki Laveau-Harvie
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It‘s the end of the school holidays here. My kids have been madly building LEGO creations - this one is a boarding school - while I‘ve been reading this remarkable memoir. #stellaprize

LapReader Much nicer rooms than at my boarding school. 2mo
MrsMalaprop We‘re at the end of week one here in WA. I‘d like to read this one. 2mo
Jeg Sounds like something I might like. Shall add it to my list. 2mo
Joanne1 @LapReader they‘re quite lush, clearly boarding school is just a fictional place for them both! @MrsMalaprop good luck with week 2, mine a back at school tomorrow. @Jeg definitely worth a read and it‘s not a long book so you‘ll get through it very quickly. 2mo
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I knew nothing about this book when I downloaded the audiobook. It‘s wonderful! I love stumbling upon unexpectedly great reads.

Rissreads Beautiful cover 🦋 2mo
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Such a tragic story of loss, suffering and escape following the path of a Syrian couple as they flee war with their lives in tatters. An indictment on a world so quick to destroy and so reluctant to help. There is a glimmer of hope in the end.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Great review! ❤️ 2mo
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Finally found a way to watch this series. It‘s been a while since I read the first book but it‘s all coming back.

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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Usually I love working in a public library, today there were just too many creepy people. Think I need to unwind with some reading in bed on this very cold and wet night.

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The third instalment of the Neapolitan saga sees Elena and Lila as wives and mothers, with careers that rise and fall as relationships do the same. I have completely bought into this series and with this one finishing at a critical point I can‘t wait to listen to the final book.

Velvetfur Oohh I've got that one, but haven't read it because I have the trilogy and haven't read any of them yet! I like your review, I'm glad you enjoyed it 😊 3mo
Joanne1 @Velvetfur definitely one to read in order so start with My Brilliant Friend. PS there‘s 4 in the series, not 3. 3mo
Velvetfur @Joanne1 Oops, missed one, thank you! I only discovered them and the TV series at the start of this year, and have only watched the TV series so far. Have you watched it too? 3mo
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Joanne1 @Velvetfur no I haven‘t, the TV series is a bit tricky to get here but I think I‘ve found a way. 3mo
Bindrosbookshelf I still have the first book on my shelf and have never read it! 3mo
Velvetfur @Joanne1 If you've found a way to watch it, I highly recommend it, I thought it was brilliant without even having read the book 😊 3mo
JillR I‘m half way through the final book right now! 3mo
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I really do enjoy these delves into Italian life. The historic context is so interesting and the two MCs are wonderfully complex.

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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Buses are replacing my train today so my usual hour travel time is now two hours. And this particular bus is full of elderly people eating ice cream cones! Strange! Good thing I‘ve got caffeine and my Kindle.

Smrloomis 🤔 What could cause more than one elderly person to eat ice cream on a bus? Are they together? Separate? And why didn‘t they just eat it wherever they bought it? I have so many questions! 😂 Also sorry your travel time just doubled. 3mo
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Brooklyn | Colm Toibin
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I confess I actually watched the movie version of this before reading the book. Both were highly entertaining and heartwarming. And the movie was very close to the book.

MrsMalaprop I did the book then the movie. Liked them both too 👍. 3mo
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Brooklyn | Colm Toibin
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Boy I‘ve discovered some excellent audiobooks lately. This is my latest!

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Islands | Peggy Frew
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It took me a while to warm to this novel but in the end I loved it. Frew‘s writing is exquisite and the way she plays with structure is very clever. It reminds me of a scrapbook, clues to the life lived but relying on the reader to put the pieces together. It is resolutely non-linear and told from a multitude of POVs, most of which I wanted more of. Not a book for everyone but definitely one for me

Lindy The structure sounds like a style I would like. Stacked! 3mo
LiteraryinLititz Cool! I usually like that style too and I‘d never heard of this debut! 3mo
Joanne1 @LiteraryinLititz Peggy Frew has a couple of other books. The other one I read was a great book but a more traditional structure. 3mo
LiteraryinLititz @Joanne1 Ahh, I guess I got confused while reading the Litsy description. At the end when they call it a confident debut they are referring to her previous book! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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Great, well written and witty palate cleanser. I foresee lots of Nick Hornby in my future. Terrific audio production too. Made me miss the days of home-made mixed tapes.

CarolynM I've read a few Hornbys. I like this one best. 3mo
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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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I‘ve never read a Nick Hornby before and have been meaning to for years. So far this audio version is excellent with a perfectly matched narrator. And the story is witty and interesting, nothing high brow but good fun.

AlaMich About A Boy was enjoyable too. 😊 3mo
Leftcoastzen ❤️❤️ 3mo
MrsMalaprop Have read loads of his over the years. High Fidelity & About A Boy would be two I‘d recommend 👍 @AlaMich 😊. 3mo
Joanne1 @Leftcoastzen @MrsMalaprop thanks for the recs. I feel like I‘ve found a new guilty pleasure author good for reading between heavier stuff. 3mo
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Gone by Midnight | Candice Fox
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Another fabulous, gripping tale in the Crimson Lake saga. I didn‘t pick the end which is always a good thing in crime fiction. And a fabulous audio version. Hope there‘s a fourth novel coming!

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Gone by Midnight | Candice Fox
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This has become one of my most enjoyable audio series.

Freespirit I like her books😊 3mo
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I felt like this book really missed the mark, it gave almost no insight into the mind of a triple murderer or his victims or what larger influences impacted on this grisly crime committed in a sleepy, thought drought stricken Australian farming community. Considering the caliber of other recent true crime books, this stands out in its superficialness despite being relatively well written.

Kaye Agree. The author is good. The subject just seemed to fall a bit flat. Sorta hard to explain. Maybe not enough background, or descriptions of the area and people. I‘m not sure what the problem was but it was a bit disappointing. 3mo
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