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KarenUK

KarenUK

Joined March 2016

British gal living in sunny FL 😎- Bookstore Manager, Bookseller, Book Club lover, Bookaholic, Cookaholic, and proud #starslut !
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Pickpick

A really lovely collection of stories. Almost every story shines. I really get such warmth from Jess‘s writing. There are unexpected human connections, touches of romance and hopeful moments.They are affectionately witty and beautifully poignant. Definitely get warm fuzzy feelings from these….💕📚
#pop22 #advanced #twinnedcities #parisandrome

@cinfen @barbarabb @megabooks @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @alisiakae @cortg @laughterhp @raelovestoread

BarbaraBB Sounds great! 16h
squirrelbrain It does sound good! 15h
Cortg Love it! 12h
kbuggle Just picked this hold up from the library- really looking forward to it! 11h
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Untitled | Untitled
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(Not in database/only available as ebook)

Just freaking gorgeous. A collection of linked, lyrical, super short essays (nano fiction?)that were posted as Craig‘s List m4w Missed Connections from Sept-Nov 2010. Beautifully observant, poignant and moving. Oddly voyeuristic yet strangely romantic. Disappearing after 45 days as they did. Such a unique way to tell a story.
#booked2022 #blackownedimprintorpublisher from Roxane Gay‘s Tiny Hardcore Press

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#letterH @CBee #manicmonday on a Wednesday! 🤦‍♀️

#LetterH
📚The Heart‘s Invisible Furies
✏️Emily Henry
🎥Heathers
📺&📚Handmaid‘s tale
🎤HAIM
🎶Heartbeats -Jose Gonzalez

https://open.spotify.com/track/5YqpHuXpFjDVZ7tY1ClFll?si=CH_PcJK_TCGQR3h_LxoMRA&...

CBee 😊😊😊 24h
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The Men | Sandra Newman
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Panpan

This maybe had ambitions of being the next Station Eleven, but ended up feeling flat and clunky. I didn‘t realize until finishing, that it has been surrounded by controversy with questions of transphobia and it‘s TERF agenda. I am not qualified to judge on this, but I felt that the ‘Y‘ chromosome extinction story was OFF in some way. What could have been interesting in the right hands, ended up feeling shallow and lacking any nuance or complexity.

squirrelbrain Ugh, oh well, another prompt ticked off though! 2d
squirrelbrain Hope you‘re OK over there Karen. I think you‘re East coast rather than West, but will you still get some effects from the hurricane? 2d
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KarenUK @squirrelbrain Aw thanks for thinking of me. Yes, I‘m east coast…… just Tropical storm and tornado warning for us today…. So everywhere is closed (so unexpected day off work!) as it‘s not safe in the roads. We had a couple of tornadoes last night near my house, and a ton of rain. But honestly we‘re getting off very lightly compared to the west coast…. 💕 2d
squirrelbrain Still sounds scary to me though, Karen. Stay safe indoors! 2d
BarbaraBB Thanks for the update. I‘ve been thinking of you too. Stay safe 🤍 2d
Cortg Stay safe! Bummer the book wasn‘t great. 12h
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A lovely read for a very rainy afternoon…. We‘re prepped for Hurricane Ian this week, just in case…. So just working on my rainy reading game! ☔️🌀(whilst also making a list of movies from those I haven‘t seen!)

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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#booked2022 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae
Only two read this quarter…. But enjoyed both very much…. #authorborninafrica #nauticalnovel
8 left for the final quarter…. Hoping I make it!

Cinfhen You can do it!!! Glad you enjoyed the two you read - here‘s the link: You have until Midnight October 3 to submit all books read between July 1-September 30, 2022 🧭 to enter the #ThirdQuarterDrawing:

https://forms.gle/dccxLGKSdpfxVPc26
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@CBee Had to cheat a little on G! I couldn‘t choose! 😂🤦‍♀️📚💕📺 #manicmonday

#letterG
📚The Guncle by Steven Rowley
✏️Lauren Groff
📺Greys Anatomy, Grand Designs, Game of Thrones, Gilmore Girls, Great British Bake Off -(so many of my favorite shows start with G!!)
🎤Melody Gardot
🎶Girl Goin‘ Nowhere - Ashley McBryde https://open.spotify.com/track/2lyEpuvVOnNGzV5c89Vnpf?si=AM0xPFgxReOgZkHvtfazpA&...

Suet624 Groff. 💕💕💕 2w
CBee Thanks for playing 😊 2w
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I‘m registered and open for business…. Day 2 and already had to re-stock! #littlefreelibrary 💕📚

Ladygodiva7 That is so awesome!! I thought about doing it, those little houses are dang expensive!!! I hadn‘t realized! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2w
Bette Ooooh…good titles too! 👏 Congrats! 2w
Ruthiella Nice! 😍 2w
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Deblovestoread 💜💜💜 2w
BarbaraBB This must be so satisfying! 2w
Christine Love it!! Lucky neighbors to have so many great choices! ❤️ 2w
marleed Oh cool. Have fun!! 2w
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Checkout 19: A Novel | Claire-Louise Bennett
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I really loved this…. It felt like stream-of-consciousness (though it‘s not) with self-reassurances and lists, but it‘s really just the story of a young woman getting to grips with her creative self. The writing is consuming, I felt completely absorbed by the account of someone‘s reading and writing life. Mostly plotless, there are stories within stories, numerous switching tenses, and just lovely writing. Can‘t wait to read this author again.

jlhammar One of my favorite reads this year! Happy to see it getting more love. 2w
Megabooks I loved this too! So unique! 2w
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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A beautifully observed story of an Indian-American
Muslim family, themes of faith and identity, seen through the eyes of mother, father, daughter and son. I loved the way we see the same incidents from each POV, altering and bending, as families do. Though I did find the wrangling of the non-linear timeline was not as successful as it could have been. At times it was unclear where we are in time, which POV we are with, which became a bit jarring.

Megabooks Great review! I have apparently already stacked it! 😁 2w
Reggie Oof the end where the dad tells the grandkid to tell his son on the phone it‘s okay to come back, that they could start again. …😭 2w
KarenUK @Reggie Oof indeed! So sad….😢 2w
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Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen 🥰
#manicmonday #letterf @CBee

📚Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger
✏️Claire Fuller
📺Fleabag
🎥Four Weddings and a Funeral
🎤First Aid Kit
🎶Falling Asleep at the Wheel - Holly Humberstone https://open.spotify.com/track/5rqQv5jUcg58xsi1nuZDl9?si=BVMGSZTtRUKlOaZ9m-Gt3g&...

britt_brooke 💚 Franny & Zooey 💚 3w
CBee Love your choices! 3w
KarenUK @britt_brooke I read this originally because you said you loved it! And I did too! 💕 3w
britt_brooke @KarenUK That makes me so happy!! 2w
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Late again! #manicmonday #lettere @CBee

#letterE
📚The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
✏️Nora (& Delia!) Ephron
🎥Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind
📺Elementary (Jonny Lee Miller! 😍)
🎤Eddi Reader
🎶Everlong (acoustic version) - Foo Fighters https://open.spotify.com/track/3QmesrvdbPjwf7i40nht1D?si=50qYxcKbSjiJQxYTlh1GdQ&...

CBee Thanks for playing! 😊😊 3w
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August had an easy choice of favorite, so here‘s my updated #readingbracket2022 @chasjjlee 💕

BarbaraBB Tough choice I guess, between The Professor and Tomorrow! 1mo
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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Mehso-so

I usually love this author but this one was just not for me. Unsurprisingly the writing is great, and the novel well structured….but I just didn‘t connect. The medieval setting, the truly awful characters, lots of religion, the endless icky details of human depravity. Just nope.

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@CBee #manicmonday

#LetterD
📚Daisy Jones & the Six by TJR
✏️Anthony Doerr
🎥Damage (1992)
📺Derry Girls
🎤Nick Drake
🎶Destination Moon- Dinah Washington https://open.spotify.com/track/0pkIyrSYE0BRpw4nNsBlmq?si=oAl1IvYpRJ2qUkmYi2bzhw&...

CBee Nick Drake ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
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#pop22 #featuresaparty
I‘ve been in a huge slump, for various reasons, but this may just have fixed me! I love a perfectly formed novella… and this had the added bonus of embodying an uplifting story of kindness and compassion. An equation of beautifully simple prose, plus lovely characters plus the magic of maths, equals a truly memorable book. Loved it.

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@CBee #manicmonday #LetterC

📚(&📺)Conversations with friends by Sally Rooney
✏️Agatha Christie
🎥Cinema Paradiso
📺Cold Feet
🎤Jamie Cullum
🎶A Case of You - Joni Mitchell https://open.spotify.com/track/7shVwhUdVbHpykOfbzvDc1?si=tj9qyU5uQdSlbADgfEh8Hg

CBee Good choices! Thanks for playing! 😊 1mo
AmyG Excellent song choice. I love Joni. 1mo
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Catching up with #manicmonday #letterA
Thanks for bringing back the fun @CBee 😍!!!

📚All my friends are superheroes by Andrew Kauffman
✏️ Margaret Atwood
🎥 (&📚)Atonement
🎤Amos Lee
🎶Anna Begins - Counting Crows https://open.spotify.com/track/3GwIz1pLK6M2M0qp032McP?si=f5PHOE5iSIyYIrUhR8wINw&...

CBee Counting Crows ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
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#manicmonday #letterB @CBee Joining in late, but so much fun ??

?Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
✏️Julian Barnes
? Beginners (2010)
?Buffy
?Sara Bareilles
?Break my Soul (Beyoncé) https://open.spotify.com/track/2KukL7UlQ8TdvpaA7bY3ZJ?si=I7xjquLBQ-i-Bmm9F3iphw&...

CBee Awesome! Never too late 😊😊 1mo
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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Just like her last couple of books, this was definitely a bit too long…. But you know what? I still always enjoy Liane‘s books with all their complicated relationship stuff, and secrets and lies. This one was no different… tons of red herrings, lots of dry humor, sibling rivalries and just family soap-opera stuff that was fun and fluffy. Not my favorite but I enjoyed it none the less. Excellent audio narration as always 💕🎧

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The Hotel Nantucket | Elin Hilderbrand
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I was really charmed by this! Easy, breezy, fluffy brain candy, with fun characters and a gossipy village feel to Nantucket that hit the spot. Plus an omnipresent ghost narrator from the hotel‘s heyday! Perfect for your beach bag with a couple of caveats. The incessant pop culture reference-dropping was annoying, and fat-shaming terminology and attitudes reared their (sadly not unusual) ugly head a few times. But a 4 ⭐️ heart-warmer non-the-less.

StayCurious Great review! 2mo
Megabooks Great review! 2mo
Cortg Nice! I‘ve given my mom and sister some EH books to read but I‘ve yet to pick one up and read myself. I really should! 2mo
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The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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Mehso-so

Just Ok. Six POV‘s of a group of American girls working as Au pairs in and around Paris, their teacher, a socialite mother and a kind French teacher. The writing is pretty good, and the story is well structured and paced. I just found myself a bit underwhelmed. Not even quite sure why….🤷‍♀️

#advanced #pop22 #twinnedcities #paris @cinfen @barbarabb @megabooks @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @4thhouseontheleft @cortg @laughterhp @raelovestoread

Megabooks I‘ll pass 2mo
Cinfhen Yeah/ im not feeling it 😑 2mo
JamieArc This has been nominated for the American Library in Paris‘ shortlist. Sorry to see it‘s not better liked. 2mo
KarenUK @Megabooks @Cinfhen good plan! 😉 2mo
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#vacationbookhaul I can‘t resist a little book shopping when on holiday and this little trip to Key West, was no exception! Had a lovely tour of the Key West library this morning and picked up the bottom three in the ‘Key West Friends of the Library‘ Sale for just $10! And the top one was a purchase from Judy Blume‘s gorgeous little book shop , from a table of novellas (which I can never resist!) 💕📚😎🌴🌊

TrishB Great haul 👍🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know you were on holiday. Well deserved as far as I can judge! Enjoy! ❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly I LOVE Judy Blume‘s shop! Have not seen her there yet which is probably just as well because I know I would burst into tears! 2mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB just a few days, but it‘s been lovely! 💕 2mo
KarenUK @MicheleinPhilly I know! I was hoping to catch a glimpse, but no luck! (edited) 2mo
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A pick but only just….. I found the premise of this short novella intriguing and unsettling, and tore through it… BUT although I usually don‘t mind an ambiguous ending, this one felt unfinished. A young woman takes a job with questionable working conditions, that‘s also kinda secret, deciding which horrific/offensive/dangerous etc, social media posts, should be taken down, and which remain for our scrolling ‘pleasure‘…. (Continued in comments)⬇️

KarenUK Told from her POV once no longer in the job, and hinting to some ‘incident‘, the story seems to build towards a crescendo that never really happens. The story feels sharp and relevant and a bit icky, but petered out at its conclusion. Still an interesting read. 2mo
BarbaraBB So true. I completely agree with your review 2mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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I found this beautifully haunting. It‘s a strange story, spare writing, told from both wives POV. Miri who was left behind, and Leah, who is gone so long, suffers trauma and returns changed. It really spoke to me about the ‘sickness‘ and ‘for worse‘ parts of marriage vows, about end of life care, and truly being there for someone you love, and the loneliness of how that can feel. Weirdly affecting, I‘ll keep thinking about this for a long while.

squirrelbrain Great review! Looking forward to reading this one soon…. 2mo
kbuggle Great review- glad you enjoyed this one, too! 2mo
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Cortg Great choice! I‘ve added it to my TBR list. 2mo
BarbaraBB Fab review. I love it when I expect a book to stay with me for a while! 2mo
Megabooks Great review! I‘m really excited about it! 2mo
KarenUK @Megabooks @squirrelbrain I have a feeling you‘re both going to like this one….🤞🤞🤞😊 (edited) 2mo
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I found the simple, spare writing of this story quite hypnotic. Told entirely from Mallory‘s POV, a teenage affair with a charismatic unnamed woman, influences her life and choices so entirely, as she embraces her sexuality and finds her path, after the death of her mother. The loneliness of both characters was palpable, and I found Mallory‘s naivity and intensity relatable in a nostalgic way. Lovely writing. #pop22 #sapphic

Cortg This seems to be the big read this month! I think I put a library copy on hold the other day, now I‘ll have to double check! 2mo
Megabooks Truly fantastic review, Karen! 2mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review! I loved it too! And Mallory 😍 2mo
squirrelbrain I need to get to this soon! 2mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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Just getting started…. I have high hopes! 💕🌊 #camplitsy @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @Megabooks

squirrelbrain I have this in my huge library TBR pile..I‘m looking forward to it too - enjoy! 2mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 2mo
Megabooks Same!! 2mo
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This book is a 10 with no caveats. Drop-dead-gorgeous writing, a complex platonic love story between two, no three, friends, and it made me care deeply about a subject I had no interest in (video games.) Through all the ups and downs, a rollercoaster of emotions, this novel spoke so beautifully on friendship, craft, passion and pain (both emotional and physical) and I was blown away. Best book I‘ve read in a really long time. Loved it completely.

KarenUK @cinfen @barbarabb @megabooks @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @4thhouseontheleft @cortg @laughterhp @raelovestoread I‘m cheating a bit 😉but using this for a palindrome title for #pop22 advanced. The words aren‘t palindromes but the title is the same back and forth! 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Laughterhp I just finished this one too! 2mo
Megabooks Stealing this prompt idea!! 💯💯💯 and yes, easily one of the best books of the year! 2mo
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BarbaraBB Great review, I can‘t wait to read it too! 2mo
CarolynM Well, I have to stack it then🙂 Great review! 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I‘m waiting for the library to get this in, and I‘m first on the reserve list…. 2mo
Cortg W😍W, W😍W, W😍W! What a review! Stacking this one, pronto! 2mo
TheSpineView Totally agree! This is one of the best books!❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
RaeLovesToRead I think that's a good idea for the prompt. It's in the spirit of the prompt by any means. Also if you can't be creative, the prompt may as well be "read Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood" ?? 2mo
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#camplitsy. Finally finished! 🤦‍♀️ I really enjoyed this. Not just because of the gorgeous cover and great title (which I adored), but I loved the vibrant writing and language. It‘s a sexy, sultry, messy love story, not for those who find insta-love annoying (I‘m not one of them!) The complicated, intense attraction and connection through personal loss and creativity made sense to me. (Continued in the comments)…

KarenUK ….And I really rooted for Feyi. I connected with all her messiness, her insecurities and self doubt, her walls she put up one minute, only to take impulsive risks the next. Great summery read for me. Seems like I‘m in the minority though! 😂 4 stars for me (but I‘m a #starslut so what do I know! ?🤷‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain It does seem like you‘re in the minority doesn‘t it?! Glad you loved it! 2mo
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Cinfhen You are a #StarSlut but that‘s ok xxx I didn‘t hate this one but it was #MoreMehThanYeah for me 2mo
Megabooks I‘m glad you loved it!! Every book deserves a fangirl! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2mo
BarbaraBB What @Megabooks says 🤍🤍 2mo
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Cortg Awesome! I‘m not even attempting the advanced 😳 3mo
squirrelbrain I‘m not doing the advanced either @Cortg … I came into it late so thought I‘d just do the main ones. 3mo
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#pop22 update at halfway through the year….
26/40 on the main challenge…. Still feels a bit daunting! 🫤

@cinfen @barbarabb @megabooks @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @4thhouseontheleft @cortg @laughterhp @raelovestoread

Cortg You‘re doing great! I‘ve only completed 16 reads 😬 3mo
BarbaraBB Love your graphic! And great progress! 3mo
squirrelbrain Now I need to go check which ones you‘ve read that I still need…..! 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead You're doing fab... I think I'm waiting for the panic to set in haha 😄 3mo
Laughterhp What prompt did you use Sea of Tranquility for? I also read it and am wondering if I can use it for this! 3mo
KarenUK I used it for man-made disaster, because of the ‘climate ravaged earth‘ of the story… @Laughterhp It‘d also work for the advanced prompt of parallel timelines I think… 3mo
Megabooks You‘re doing great! 3mo
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A truly lovely story with a central father-daughter relationship that will make you want to put down the book, but only to call those you love. The time-travel hook really works, not too complicated, with some really fun high school throwbacks. But its Alice and her dad that make this book so special. So beautifully written, with emotional resonance without being sickly sweet. I definitely shed a tear (or two!) Love Straub! #pop22 #parallelreality

squirrelbrain Yay - I‘m looking forward to this one! ❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen Beautiful review!! This one really worked for me too!! 3mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful review, I am looking forward to it too! 3mo
Megabooks Beautiful review!! 💜💜💜 3mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s really quite lovely! 💕 3mo
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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Completely delightful. Narrated by ghosts at the local cemetery, this ‘return to your small home town‘ family story is so charming, so mad-cap and I just loved it. Though it tackles some tough subjects (death and grief, brain disease, addiction, adultery) this had such a light-hearted vibe, I laughed out loud so often, and completely fell in love with the characters (including Moses the dog and Rasputin the fox.) Heartwarming and fun!#blameitonmeg

BarbaraBB Great review! 3mo
Megabooks I loved the mix of what should be serious with the mad cap antics! Glad you enjoyed it too! 💜💜 3mo
KarenUK Your review was so great, I had to read it! @Megabooks 3mo
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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Just 7 prompts this quarter…. So 10 more to go…..
#booked2022
I really enjoyed all of these…. And this challenge always pushes me outside my comfort zone…
3 Non fiction! Some YA! And Fantasy! 😌📚💕

Cinfhen Yay!!! Good luck on the second quarter drawing 💚 Don‘t forget to complete a form submission: Here's the link for second quarter #Booked2022

https://forms.gle/E9QC2c79pDFcUE5Y8

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KarenUK @Cinfhen 😘😘😘 3mo
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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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#unpopularopinion time(at least here on Litsy!) I loved this. The writing is gorgeous and evocative, capturing the summer in the backwoods, creating an atmosphere of sultry heat and the rotting camp perfectly. As family secrets and past trauma are slowly revealed, the urgency of intense emotions play out in the present day over 24hrs. Questionable decisions are made, complex emotions and flawed behavior are abundant. And I couldn‘t stop reading.

KarenUK CW for rape, incest and infidelity. 3mo
TheLudicReader I also loved it. My favourite book last year. 3mo
KarenUK @TheLudicReader Yay! I was questioning how much I loved it! 😌 3mo
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Yet again, I‘m late to the #buddyread party😂🤦‍♀️but better late than never. I loved reading everyone‘s comments from Sunday!
For a romance to be successful, all I need is 3 simple things to be right…Am I rooting for the couple to be together? Is the chemistry/banter great? And are the supporting characters fun and/or interesting? And this was a yes, yes and yes! An enjoyable read, perfect for summer. #summerheat
#pop2022 #romancebyabipocauthor

squirrelbrain Fab review! 3mo
BarbaraBB So true! 3mo
Christine I love your criteria! 3mo
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The Schoolhouse | Sophie Ward
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A little #bookhaul from book depository that I couldn‘t get in the US. 😍

vlwelser Book Depository might be my new favorite thing. And free shipping. To the US! Magic. 3mo
KarenUK @vlwelser I know right?! I manage a B&N so get a 40% discount there, but I always use book depository for things I can‘t get there! 💕 3mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, loved The Exhibitionist and Salt Lick. I‘ve been wondering about Ruth and Pen…. (edited) 3mo
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KarenUK @squirrelbrain that makes me super excited! 📚👯‍♀️💕 3mo
Megabooks Great haul!! 3mo
KarenUK @megabooks obviously the slightly random one at the top! 😉 3mo
Megabooks Lol! 😁 3mo
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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#summerheat Summer music to me is always what I listen to on the patio, cold glass of wine in hand, sun going down….
That ‘golden hour‘ vibe means chilled out EDM for me (mostly….😉💕)
Love seeing everyone‘s playlists! I‘ll be saving them all!
Here‘s my Spotify link…

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5VKWhGGYphpfmvXHXOT5vM?si=nt8ZP4ThQFG7ZGn3XMdC...

Cinfhen How do I ONLY know one or two songs?!?! MUST LISTEN !!! ASAP🎧 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I don't know most of these so I'll be giving them a listen this week. Thanks for the new-to-me music! 3mo
BarbaraBB I know hardly any of them, like @Cinfhen how is that possible? However I‘ve listened to your former playlists on repeat so I am sure I‘ll love this one as well! 😘 3mo
KarenUK @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB That‘s why I love our buddy reads! I‘ll be listening to everyone‘s great music choices this summer on repeat! 💕🎶 3mo
DebinHawaii Love this playlist! I had to stop & add some of these to my “Mood is Chill” playlist! 🤗 3mo
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Summer in Florida is when humidity reaches almost 💯 % and we feel like we spend so much time inside with the AC blasting! So hubby and I have a ritual of coming to our favorite quiet stretch of beach, at the end of a hectic work day, taking a swim, then watching the ocean as we let go of the work day…. #summerheat @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB That sounds awesome. I‘d love to be able to do that! What a way to start the evening 🥰🥰 3mo
Cinfhen Amazing 🤩 I love your evening ritual 💕💕💕#Romantic #SummerHeat 3mo
squirrelbrain Lovely! And what gorgeous piccies! ❤️🌞 3mo
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CoffeeNBooks I stepped outside onto my pool patio at 8:15 yesterday morning (north central FL) and it was already so muggy and hot that I turned right back around and went inside. 😆 An evening trip to the beach sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the work day! 3mo
TrishB Sounds lovely ❤️ 3mo
Sharpeipup (Central FL) This morning the pool felt like a warm bath at 7 am today...ugh. 3mo
CarolynM That sounds wonderful💞 3mo
Megabooks Nice!! 💜 3mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @TrishB @carolynm @megabooks It always amazes me that in this built up busy town, there are still spots of peacefulness. It helps that this spot (in Hollywood)is where a lot of French-Canadian snowbirds live, so summer is much quieter…. (edited) 3mo
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People Person | Candice Carty-Williams
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The prettiest #bookmail !!!! How gorgeous are these sprayed edges! 😍💕

tjwill 😍😍 3mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely! 3mo
MoonWitch94 Beautiful!!!! 3mo
BarbaraBB Wow they are fabulous 😍 3mo
BkClubCare 🌟 3mo
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I found myself completely immersed in a lot this novel of interconnected stories of a post climate plague world. Lovely writing and imagery, quite arresting at times. Full of compassion and a surprising amount of hope, here and there. But as I often feel, some stories spoke to more than others, and the success overall is often tainted by the stories I DON‘T connect with. The story ‘City of laughter‘ stood out for me. #pop22 #manmadedisaster

Megabooks Insightful review! I connected with CoL too. 💜 4mo
squirrelbrain Really insightful review! It seemed as though a lot of people lost their connection with this book in the second half, due to a few of the stories not being as meaningful. 4mo
Cinfhen Fantastic review! I agree with everything you wrote 💗 4mo
Cortg These types of books are always hit or miss for me. 4mo
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The Candy House | Jennifer Egan
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The writing in this novel of interconnected stories is fabulous. And though I was both moved and gripped by many of the threads, I found that I didn‘t connect consistently. Some of these took my breath away, yet others I found cold, keeping me at arms length. But maybe that was the point? The speculative concept of memories and technology combined, was fascinating and unnerving. Challenging, but definitely worth it, as Eagan‘s talent just shines.

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Prawn on the Lawn: Fish and Seafood to Share | Rick Toogood, Katie Toogood
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This is the perfect summer cookbook. Recipes that are perfect to share, minimal ingredients, easy to throw together, bold flavors with Mediterranean and Asian vibes, exactly how I love to cook. Loved it, and will use this all summer!

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Atlas Six | Olivie Blake
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Definitely not my usual thing but that‘s the joy of challenges! There‘s a secret magical library with a strange manipulative competition between the ‘Six‘. Too much world-building, magicy stuff for me, but I did enjoy following the chess-like moves and POVs of each of the six chosen to protect and learn at the library. I love a #DarkAcademia vibe, and the complexity of characters kept me engaged. No.2 of the #duology due in Oct. #pop22 #booked2022

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 4mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I was going to read this one for this prompt, (I think @trishb recommended it - or at least C did! 🤣) but went with this instead… 4mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain definitely C - it‘s one of her fave books. I have the special edition of the second one on order! 4mo
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Megabooks I‘ve been wondering what to do with the duology. Great review! 4mo
KarenUK @Megabooks it‘s one the hardest challenges I think! Particularly when I‘m not a fantasy reader usually! So many duologies are in that genre. This was a #doubledip for two challenges, so I decided to give it a go! The audio is full cast and really well done. 4mo
Cortg Way to keep an open mind! Congrats on finishing a non-favorite genre 🥳 4mo
BarbaraBB It sounds fun! 4mo
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Falling | T J Newman
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Mehso-so

Fast-paced and action packed, it felt like a screenplay, which was why this wasn‘t for me. Don‘t get me wrong. If you love an action-thriller, this is a good one, but it felt like the kind of movie I avoid, and explains my lack of enthusiasm. The characters felt thinly drawn, the flashbacks used to give context seemed lazy, and the descriptive choices, predictable and repetitive. But again, it‘s a me-not-you situation. It‘s a page-turner for sure.

squirrelbrain Great review; sorry the book was meh. 🫤 I did have this on my list of possibles for this prompt and bought it on Kindle for 99p but was never that enthused by the thought of it! 🤣 4mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain I think for action thriller fans this would be a winner…. Just not my jam! 😏 4mo
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Megabooks I DNFed this. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Megabooks Insightful review as to why I probably did that! 4mo
Cinfhen Fabulous review! I also thought this book was written for a big screen and was lacking real depth BUT it‘s a quick and easy read @squirrelbrain and a page turner. Not a bad pick for 99p 4mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll skip this one! Your review made that clear! 4mo
Cortg Action movies are my least liked but kudos for a quick read to cross off a challenge! 4mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Read this in two sittings. Three out of three for me with Emily Henry. And this might just be my favorite! Complicated, believable characters and fantastic banter, which is all I really want from a rom-com. I‘m actually sad it‘s over…..

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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MyNamesParadise I‘m reading Book Lovers now and I remember that quote! Enjoy! 5mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Magpiegem Yep that‘s me right now! 😂 5mo
julesG Loved that line 5mo
Dragon Great quote 😃🐉 5mo
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I loved ‘Wordslut‘ and liked this one just as much. I love how Amanda makes linguistics both fascinating and fun! This one had the added bonus of being about cults and ‘cultish‘ language, which totally sucks me in. It looks at the use of specific language and at the ‘semantic murkiness‘ of influencing others, from Jonestown and Scientology to MLMs and workout ‘cults‘ and I couldn‘t stop listening to this audio! #booked2022 #aboutacultorreligion

Suet624 I was surprised by the addition of workout groups but it made total sense 5mo
Ruthiella I‘m currently reading this for the same prompt! About 1/2 way through and I agree it‘s fascinating stuff! 5mo
squirrelbrain This was so good! 5mo
Cinfhen This was my pick too for the same prompt!!! She‘s amazing 🤩 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yup, I just finished this. Popular choice for this prompt! And worth the time, for sure. 5mo
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Loveless | Alice Oseman
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I loved this so much! I‘m not usually a YA reader but #pop22 had me looking for a novel with #acharacterontheacespectrum and this one caught my eye. It‘s sweet and charming, and sensitively handles Georgia‘s journey as she explores and discovers her aro/ace sexuality. I loved the UK university setting, and the Shakespeare society shenanigans…… (continued in comments)⬇️

KarenUK …. but most of all, I loved all the complicated friendship stuff. Warm-hearted and full of humor, I hope this book finds its way into the hands of young readers that can relate to this story. (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen Lovely review 💜 5mo
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squirrelbrain Fab review! 5mo
alisiakae I loved this one too! I used it for the #Booked2022 #comingout prompt. 5mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @4thhouseontheleft I love how these challenges get me reading books I NEVER would have read (not a YA person usually) and end up discovering a little gem! 💎 5mo
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