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mackelie

mackelie

Joined February 2021

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A Little Life: A Novel by Hanya Yanagihara
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Dominicana: A Novel by Angie Cruz
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The Beach | Alex Garland
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First book to finish this year! Not very wintery but I started it on a holiday so I guess that‘s alright.

Richard follows a secret map to a paradise beach in Thailand. He soon adapts to the life there and tries to protect it at all costs. Unfortunately, it cannot be protected forever…

It started slow but it was captivating as I was living this experience as Richard. Definitely a pick if you haven‘t seen the movie!

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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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It‘s a heartbreaking story of friendship, war and life in Afghanistan. Mariam and Laila are brought together by circumstances and soon become very close. Taliban has taken over Kabul and they need to survive its regime.

It‘s a really captivating story seeing Afghanistan through Mariam‘s & Laila‘s eyes.

Aryan04 is it slow paced ? 1mo
mackelie @Aryan04 I wouldn‘t say so. The story moves quite quickly. 1mo
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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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Such similar covers and coincidence of having two picks for upcoming bookclub selections! I have just finished the ‘The Space Between Us‘ and looking forward to reading ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns‘.

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Bhima works for Dubash‘s household and Serabai is a well-off Parsi housewife. They share a strange friendship due to their close ties, however, not to overcome the social class norms. The story is filled with heartbreak, sacrifices, poverty and domestic abuse. Each woman suffers from their own destinies and circumstances.

I really enjoyed their inner dialogues revealing their thoughts and reasonings to have a better insight into the characters.

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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Thrilling story of a mysterious storm that‘s taken lives of 40 men, leaving women alone on a small island. They are soon joined by a commissioner and his wife. Little that we know that his plan is to hold witch trials.

I liked the focus on the people of Vardø and their lives before and after the storm, rather than the trials themselves; how easy it was for people to look for an escape goat due to their own fears and blaming marginalised groups.

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Impressive writing! We follow Ifemelu‘s transition from being a Nigerian to becoming a Non-American Black in America. The story has many layers including race, identity, relationships as well as a love story between Ifemelu and Obinze.

It‘s hard to rate a book that is so well written. I wanted to love it but I struggled to finish it. I am also not satisfied with the ending either! Prior to that, I enjoyed Ifemelu‘s insights of living in America.

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The Dancing Face | Mike Phillips
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The premise of the book was quite intriguing; a mysterious Benin mask from Nigeria is brought to Britain. A conversation is taken place of stolen African art. When the mask is stolen, multiple people try to get their hands on it for their own agenda.

It was a light thriller, a bit predictable when it came to people‘s motives. Also, I wasn‘t sure what the romantic aspect brought to the overall story as it took a way from the focus of the mask.

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Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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This one was between a Pick and So-So for me.

Margery Benson has set out to find a golden beetle that has never been discovered before. Out of all people, she is joined by Enid Pretty who seems to be the opposite to Margery. The story follows their journey to New Caledonia and female friendship.

It was an interesting read with many unexpected turns but it dragged a little bit while reading.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Very beautifully written story of separation and slavery. Two sisters, Effia & Esi, came from the same mother but are destined to very different lives. The story follows the generations after them providing snippets of their lives and slavery in America.

Very enticing read! So much history, love, pain, separation in one book!

StellaB I keep seeing this in my library app. Thank you for your review, it makes me want to read it, so I‘ve just borrowed it 🙂 2mo
mackelie @StellaB It‘s a really great book! I will definitely read it again at some point! 2mo
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Stella and Desiree are identical twins. Stella lives her life passing as white and has created a new identity for herself while Desiree returns to Mallard with her daughter. At some point, both daughters meet living very different lives due to their racial identities.

I couldn‘t put the book down while reading it but the ending was a bit underwhelming. I didn‘t connect to any of the characters and big aspect of the book were the daughters‘ lives

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Book gifts are the best! I might need time to read this one but it came just in time for Bank Holiday weekend.

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My first story set in Brazil and I loved it! André lives a privileged life in Rio together with his father, brother and two maids (empregadas), Rita and Luana. While Rita is like a mother to him, he desires Luana…

There are clear disparities of class and race in this story. I enjoyed this read as it provided an intimate look into a relationship between the empregadas and the employers, although, the story is explicitly from André‘s perspective.

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I didn‘t really enjoy this book. It has an interesting premise but the execution wasn‘t ‘it‘ for me.

Nora Seed decides to end her life but wakes up in The Midnight Library. She now can revisit many of her regrets and live different lives.

I feel that less lives and more deeper experiences could have made a bigger impact. I felt that the author was jumping from one thing to another. At the end, it didn‘t deliver a meaningful impact.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I ordered this cute bundle from Penguin! Which book should I read first?

Summer in the City by Fiona Collins
The Jettsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Beach by Alex Garland
Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott

Ruthiella I suggest you start with Homegoing! 😀 5mo
mackelie @Ruthiella I guess I have too! 😃😃 that‘s the book I was mostly interested in but The Beach sounds good too! 5mo
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100 Years of Solitude | Gabriel García Márquez
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The story follows the Buendia family over 100 hundred years in a town of Macondo which they have built. It describes the different members of the family through multiple generations and the repeated history of the characters. The stories are also full of magical realism.

I found the book a bit harder to get through due to the very similar names of the characters and the monotonic voice throughout. But I did enjoy it and may need to re-read it!

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Another retail of the events of the Trojan war as told form the perspective of Patroclus, the closest person to Achilles. I really enjoyed the first part of the book, describing the earlier days. I felt that the ending was a little bit rushed, especially, after reading ‘The silence of the girls‘ which had more details on the events involving Briseis.

Still, a great book to read and I found it difficult to put down!

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Briseis tells a different story of the Trojan war events and what it has meant to be a woman during these times. The story follows Achilles‘s life and the quarrel with Agamemnon involving Briseis.

I think the book was well written and had an accurate depiction of Briseis as a bed-slave. Even in this story, the women were just side characters and treated as pawns or war trophies further reaffirming the notion.

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Castle of Water: A Novel | Dane Huckelbridge
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Sophie and Barry find themselves stuck on an island. They don‘t necessarily get a long at first but quickly realise that they need each other for survival.

I felt like I was on an island with the characters while reading this book. There were glimpses of the present day throughout it and I kept on thinking of how it will end…

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Really trying to build a collection of books on Greek mythology!

#tobereadlist

readingjedi Excellent choices! 7mo
mackelie @readingjedi thank you! I don‘t even know where to start! 🙈 7mo
Kdgordon88 I haven‘t read The Silence of the Girls but the other two are both 5 🌟 reads imho (edited) 7mo
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mackelie @Kdgordon88 excited to indulge in all! But I think the reviews were quite good as well. Lots of retelling from women‘s perspectives. There is also another book ‘Ariadne‘. Have you read it? 7mo
Kdgordon88 Not yet but it‘s on my shelf 😁 Have you? (edited) 7mo
mackelie @Kdgordon88 not yet but will probably be adding to my collection! 🙂 7mo
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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First time to attend an online book event! Really intrigued about the book!

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This was a very captivating read! I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this story besides that Eleanor liked to enjoy vodka throughout her weekends.

The way this tragic story was told and wrapped around the themes of loneliness and kindness, really makes this a heart warming story!

TheNeverendingTBR So good!! 7mo
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I really enjoyed the premise of this book and how all the four stories were connected. The past cannot be changed, however, the people themselves were able to revisit the moments they have regretted. Overall, it was quite moving to experience those moments with the characters of the book!

Makes me think if I have any such moments myself that I am regretting and what difference would it make if I could go back to the past!

IuliaC I loved this one 😍 a lot to think about. I also enjoyed the sequel 9mo
mackelie @IuliaC yes, that‘s going to be on my to read list for sure! ☕️ 💗 9mo
TheNeverendingTBR Nice shot of a top-rated book! 👌 9mo
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Yuki_Onna Beautiful review! 👏Makes me want to dive in asap. Btw, may I ask you (please don't answer if it's too personal): Er du norsk? 9mo
mackelie @Yuki_Onna いいえ、リトアニア人です。よろしくお願いします! 9mo
Yuki_Onna @mackelie 😍 Awww, I see! Love your homecountry (but I don't speak a word of your native language...)! Thank you, how thoughtful of you to consider my username! I had to put your answer through a translator, though 😋, I'm German...😝 (I'd love to be Japanese, though) 9mo
mackelie @Yuki_Onna oh, I see! No worries. I need to work on my German, though! 😉😉 9mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Noemi arrives to save her cousin, however, a dark secret surrounds the High Place. The twisted family‘s history unveils itself to Noemi and now she needs to plan her escape.

I wasn‘t sure what to expect going into this one but I was pleasantly surprised! It‘s not your typical ‘haunted‘ novel but it definitely captured my attention.

TheNeverendingTBR Beautiful shot! 😍 10mo
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I wanted to share this amazing & inspiring book I have read back in 2020.

It tells a story of Edna and her life in Somaliland as well as her brief visits abroad. She is truly a woman of many firsts with extraordinary achievements in her home region having overcome many challenges.

Such a great read for #InternationalWomensDay !

Courtesy of #ShelterboxBookClub

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Received another book from #Shelterboxbookclub! Looking forward to this read specially selected for the International Women‘s Day 💝

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Wow! I have read this book in couple of days!

“The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite”.

I was not sure what to expect based on the premise of the book but there are much more than what Piranesi perceives.

I have chosen this book as I have recently read ‘Circe‘ by Madeline Miller. However, it‘s not a mythological story but rather mesmerising in its own right.

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Keeping Faith | Jodi Picoult
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My next set of books has arrived! I will be reading ‘Keeping Faith‘ next as it was chosen by my bookclub at work :)

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I didn‘t know much about this book as I have received it through the Shelterbox Book Club but I‘m glad that I have read it.

I have enjoyed the way the story was told. Learning more and more about the main character as well as what led to that infamous night.

Libby1 Hello from a fellow member of the #ShelterboxBookClub ! This is my first month with the club, and I‘m really enjoying this book. I‘ve been trying to learn more about Malaysia as I read. I‘m about half way through the book. 11mo
mackelie @Libby1 hi there! It‘s nice to have another fellow bookclub member on here :) I really enjoy the unexpected choices and wins for the month. I think this has been my 5th book and it‘s been so far so good. It‘s been really interesting to read about the reality of life in Malaysia, especially, for migrant communities. (edited) 11mo
Libby1 Welcome to Litsy! I see you‘re brand new here. I hope you‘ll love it as much as I do. 11mo
mackelie @Libby1 thank you so much! 11mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I have enjoyed reading about Greek mythology told in a different way while exploring less known characters of the Odyssey.

Mrs_B Welcome to Litsy!!! 12mo
mackelie @Mrs_B thank you! I‘m very new to this but have already noted so many interesting books 12mo
bthegood I just started it and am loving it - glad to see you enjoyed it. Welcome to Listy! 12mo
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mackelie @bthegood thank you! I am happy you like it as well :) (edited) 12mo
AshleyHoss820 My sister loved this one! I have it in my TBR, but school... 😫😄 Welcome to Litsy!! 11mo
mackelie @AshleyHoss820 thank you! It‘s definitely an easy read :) 11mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 11mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳🌹🥳 11mo
mackelie @Eggs thank you 😊 11mo
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