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quietlycuriouskate
This Is Pleasure: A Story | Mary Gaitskill
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Mehso-so

Discomfiting book, this. Not entirely sure what I think about it. I suspect it acts as a mirror for the reader's own beliefs and assumptions around #metoo. I can understand how Margot would want to support her friend but, personally, I thought Quin a slime ball. Is he aware that's how he's perceived by others (women)? I'm not sure. And then the whole thing (tiny as it is) is so arch and distancing that it's just left me rattled.

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quietlycuriouskate
Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Book group #libraryhaul
We had a really enjoyable book group meet-up yesterday. And, as always, there were more books to bring home 😃. The Tana French is next month's book. The others were waiting for me on the holds shelf.

BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on the French! 4d
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quietlycuriouskate
Children of Memory | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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I am so happy to have stumbled upon these books! 😍 Arguably this is the weakest of the trilogy (because it's the most human/planet-bound?) but it does have alien ravens arguing against their own sentience, so there's that.
And then the last quarter or so induced full-on existential vertigo, which delighted me no end!
We went on quite the adventure (iykyk 😆).

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quietlycuriouskate
Untitled | Anonymous
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@DebinHawaii #5JoysFriday

This week has brought a pleasingly eclectic bunch of small joys. 😊

slategreyskies I‘ve never been given a pineapple, but I‘d love for that to happen someday. 🍍 1w
kspenmoll Such wonderful joys! A seagulls nest! 1w
quietlycuriouskate @slategreyskies It was totally random, but how could I not be delighted by such a joyous thing? 🍍 1w
quietlycuriouskate @kspenmoll I'm enjoying watching the seagull chicks. That nest is going to get pretty crowded (and noisy!) before long, though. 1w
DebinHawaii A lovely joy list! 💛💛💛 Pineapples are very joyous!🍍And how fun to watch a seagull nest! Thanks for sharing & spending the joy! 🤗 7d
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quietlycuriouskate
The Muse: A Novel | Jessie Burton
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Mehso-so

It might have been heartbreaking, had I been persuaded to give a damn about the characters but, aside from Odelle, they were for the most part insufferable to varying degrees.
And the familiar tale of women's art being attributed to men only depressed me. 😕

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quietlycuriouskate
Children of Memory | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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"And yet the birds mutter to one another in their own jabber, quote poetry that predates whole civilizations, and refuse to let her in."

Has my book just outed me as an alien raven?! ??

Bookwomble 👽🐦‍⬛👽 2w
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quietlycuriouskate
Untitled | Anonymous
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7 years! How time flies when you are turning pages!
Thank you, all, for making this a rare social space where I actually feel at ease. You're wonderful! 😊❤️

rubyslippersreads Happy Litsyversary! 🎉📚🎉 2w
squirrelbrain Congratulations! Happy that we ‘met‘ on here! 😘 2w
Ddzmini Happy Litsyversary 🎊🎉🥳📚 2w
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Sace Congratulations! 🎉 2w
LiteraryinLawrence 💗💗💗 2w
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽 2w
Suet624 Congrats! 2w
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 2w
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 2w
LeahBergen Happy Litsyversary! 🎉 2w
Chelsea.Poole ♥️📕👏📖 2w
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quietlycuriouskate
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Read for library book group.
First off, I think the title is a misnomer, albeit catchier than "murders based on a list in a blog post".
I was curious at the start, and enjoyed how bookishly meta it was (it's even set in a bookshop) and was looking forward to seeing where it was going but it became increasingly far-fetched and began to hurtle towards the finish as if even the author just wanted it done by that point.
I liked the bookshop cat! ?

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quietlycuriouskate
Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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I went in for ONE book (the Tchaikovsky) that was waiting for me on the holds shelf.
What can I say? I didn't have much time to browse and I panicked! 🤣

#libraryhaul

rockpools It‘s good to have options! And I did like Doggerland - it‘s one of those where I can‘t tell you what happened, but I can still ‘see‘ it very clearly in my head. 3w
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quietlycuriouskate
The Survivors | Jane Harper
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I really enjoyed this!
It put me in mind of the drama Black Snow, with Travis Fimmel: it's Australian, has dual timelines, a young woman is murdered and the past gets raked up again, to the distress of the inhabitants of a close knit town. (Could wish for greater victim-diversity, but, as Kieran observes, "they don't go after men and babies.")

I ended up having several longer than usual cardio workouts because I didn't want to stop listening. ?

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quietlycuriouskate
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I hope this isn't destined to be read only by those who identify as women; it's a fascinating book. I especially enjoyed the chapter on language and speech ('cause words, right?).

I didn't realise it was heading towards chunkster status. A two-week audio loan would not have been my format of choice, but that's what was available. It was a thoroughly engaging if intensive listen.

If ever you are in need of mallard vagina facts, look no further!🦆

TrishB Just got this today on kindle offer 👍🏻 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate
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@DebinHawaii #5JoysFriday
I'm so glad you started this tag, Deb! ☺️

merelybookish Congrats on the 40 day practice! That's awesome. 1mo
quietlycuriouskate @merelybookish Thank you, it feels good! 😊 1mo
DebinHawaii Such a lovely joys list! 💛💛💛 Yay to red poppies & new inks! 🎉 Congrats on the meditation practice! Thanks for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 4w
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quietlycuriouskate
The Absolutist | John Boyne
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God, am I feeling desolate now! 😩
I was audio-crafting, but had to put my things down and give this my full attention.
Also needed to keep reminding myself that these men were actually *teenagers*.

I did find, as with other JB books I've read, that the fore-shadowing was heavy-handed. He writes very affecting stories: I just wish he'd trust his readers to join the dots without his signposting them with flashing arrows.

TrishB This is my fave of his though. 😢 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate
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(Can't find in database)
Well it doesn't lack ambition... not unlike Napoleon in 1812!
I read W&P when I was 20, have seen a TV adaptation since so this caught my eye.
It was massively compressed, of course, but unfortunately to the point that narrative clarity was lost (as was I at times) and, for me, the art style was frequently confusing as it was hard to distinguish between several of the characters.
A case of "I wanted to love this but..."

Cathythoughts Great review Kate ♥️ 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate
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@DebinHawaii #5JoysFriday

Happy Friday, everyone! ☺️

TheBookHippie Sea sounds 💙💙💙💙 1mo
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joy! 💛💛💛 swans 🦢& irises are both so beautiful & inspire joy! Thanks for sharing & spreading joy! 🤗 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate
The Postcard | Anne Berest
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What can I say about this book?! The Littens know what they're talking about. I couldn't put it down until I *had to* because it was so distressing. And then I picked it up again. It's taken me ages to write even this paltry nothing of a review.

What I don't understand is how the whole of Litsy seems to have read it, but I was first in the holds queue at the library. 🤷

TheBookHippie I walked in the library took it off the shelf. Librarians never heard of it. 😵‍💫 1mo
BarbaraBB We‘re ahead of things 😉 or at least on top of them 1mo
squirrelbrain It‘s because we respect and appreciate each other‘s reviews so we know when a book‘s going to be good. Other non-Littens just don‘t have that lovely circle of book-friends. 1mo
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Tamra We have good taste. 😊 1mo
jlhammar What they all said! It really is an all-consuming kind of read. So glad you were able to get your hands on a copy. One of my favorites this year so far 💚 1mo
Suet624 I‘m always thankful to Litsy and all the Littens who recommend books I‘d never have selected on my own. I‘ve read some excellent books as a result. 1mo
Cathythoughts I have this one. Must get to it. Litsy is great ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate
Skin Taker | Michelle Paver
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Lots of love for the "Torak books"! ❤️ I first read the original ones with my daughter when she was a kid.
The world-building is fab, the characters are loveable (Wolf!), there's plenty of jeopardy (this volume even opens with a forest-destroying comet/meteor strike) and you can rest assured that everything will come to the good in the end.
A perfect bank holiday weekend read. ☺️

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quietlycuriouskate
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@DebinHawaii #5JoysFriday

Bonus no.6 Reading everyone else's joys ☺️

slategreyskies I really enjoy reading everyone else‘s joys too! 💕 1mo
MrsMalaprop 🙌 reading the joys ❤️ 1mo
DebinHawaii Reading all the joys gives me so much joy! 💛💛💛 Thanks for sharing this lovely list. I love seeing deer 🦌 they are so graceful & beautiful! 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate
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I made a vegan Victoria sponge cake for Beltane! ?
Is it time for tea yet?

The recipe is from "The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town". (Not sure if this is same-book-different-title as tagged: same author, anyway.) I actually made only half the amount of cake; that's ample for just three of us. ?

Tamra Beautiful! 1mo
Ruthiella Looks delicious! 😋 1mo
Cathythoughts Divine ♥️👏🏻 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate @Tamra @Ruthiella @Cathythoughts It was yummy! Just the job with a pot of Earl Grey. 😋 1mo
Bookwomble Cake and Earl Grey 😗👌 1mo
Suet624 Holy cow, that looks good! 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate
The Postcard | Anne Berest
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I'm going back in.
I had to put this book aside for a few days because it was so distressing, and rightly so.
Picking up another book meanwhile just felt disrespectful.
So here we are...

squirrelbrain Yes, I completely understand your feelings. 💔 2mo
kspenmoll I had to do this as well- this book time for me to read.💔 1h
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quietlycuriouskate
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A day late, but here we are!
#5JoysFriday @DebinHawaii

DebinHawaii A wonderful joy list! 💛💛💛 I‘m so impressed about the harp playing at the library-that is amazing! Thank you for sharing & spreading the joy! 🤗 2mo
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quietlycuriouskate
Day | Michael Cunningham
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Well that was quietly devastating!
It had all the uncannily perceptive interiority that I found so engrossing in The Hours (which I've read multiple times).
If I have a quibble it's that I'd have preferred longer chapters so as to spend more time with each character. Sometimes it felt a bit choppy and briefly disorienting. Deliberately, given the COVID setting? I loved how Robbie - the single brother/uncle/friend - proved to be the family's heart.

MaGoose I read The Hours quite a while ago and so much want to read it again. 2mo
TrishB I loved this one too ♥️ 2mo
Suet624 I agree about Robbie. :) 1mo
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quietlycuriouskate
Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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I am buzzing! I took my harp to my library's social group (we're taking it in turns to "do a thing"). So nervous beforehand I thought I might have to change my name and leave the country but I was canny and made sure I'd primed the holds shelf!
I played with shaking hands but it went well: somehow I seem to have enchanted everyone! Feeling happily overwhelmed now and full of gratitude. ?

TheBookHippie How lovely!!! A harpist (my cousin) played at our wedding -I love it so. Yay for getting through!!! ✊🏼♥️ 2mo
AmyG I bet it was beautiful. I would have been enchanted too! 2mo
TrishB Sounds like you were fabulous ♥️ 2mo
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Soubhiville Oh wonderful! The harp is such a unique instrument. I‘d love to hear you play 🙂 2mo
Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾 take a bow! 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a beautiful instrument! You must have been wonderful 🤍 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh, I bet you were wonderful! ❤️ 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Well done 🥰 2mo
julesG Wish I could have been there to listen. ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Well done! I love the harp , so beautiful ❤️ 2mo
Reggie That‘s amazing! 2mo
Suet624 That's huge. Congratulations. 1mo
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#5JoysFriday @DebinHawaii
Reading goes without saying, right? 😄

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quietlycuriouskate
The Doll Factory: A Novel | Elizabeth Macneal
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Read for library book group: at last, something I could get my teeth into!

Set in the Victorian London shark-tank (that the Tories are intent on dragging us back to), artist's model and aspiring painter Iris seeks to live on her own terms, within the cultural corsetry that is the male gaze.
Personally, I could have done without the romance, but then we'd not have seen how similar Louis's attentions were to Silas's (just a difference of degree?)

Bookwomble Ugh! "Sick Note Culture" now! Do you think that the electorate will finally see that the Tories are abusive gaslighters? ?‍♂️ 2mo
quietlycuriouskate @Bookwomble Oh, I dearly hope so! Though my fear is that they will prove to be invulnerable to any mortal weapon. 2mo
Bookwomble Perhaps bell, book and candle 🔔📓🕯️✝️ would work or, if not, garlic, a heavy hammer and a wooden stake! 🧄🔨🪵🧛🏻‍♂️😄 2mo
quietlycuriouskate @Bookwomble Holy water, perhaps? Not that I move in the right circles to have access to that... I wonder if chlorinated pool water might substitute. 😄 2mo
Bookwomble @quietlycuriouskate Something antibacterial would be good, as long as it's not produced by one of their friend's PPE companies! 🦠😷😅 2mo
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quietlycuriouskate
In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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It feels wrong to use the word "enjoyed" of a memoir of queer domestic abuse but I loved the writing and the framing of her experience through the lens of an exhaustive array of genres. It's as if she's holding it up to the light, to make sense of what was happening to her in the absence of a ready frame of reference. Does this lessen the emotional impact? Possibly. It's awful she endured the abuse. I'm glad she could make this book of it.

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This was waaay too relatable at times: not the domestic squalor, nor the accidentally getting a job in a church, I mean, but the stuff that goes through Gilda's mind. Severe anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts are to the fore throughout but I found it affirming rather than triggering. The dark humour made me snort my tea and cackle (not at the same time)!

If there is such a thing as an anti-villain, I nominate toxically positive Giuseppe.

Suet624 Hmmm. I think I have this on my shelf. I‘ll have to look for it. 2mo
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#5JoysFriday @DebinHawaii

Love this tag!
It's been a challenging week mental health-wise but these things have all lifted my spirits.

DebinHawaii What a wonderful list of joyful things! 💛💛💛 I‘m glad these things lift your spirits! I was journaling about sounds that make me happy this weekend & birds singing in my backyard was one of them! 🐤🐝💛 Thank you for joining in! Hope things feel better soon. 🌼 2mo
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quietlycuriouskate
Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Today's modest #libraryhaul , at book group.
"The Doll Factory" is next month's book.
"Day" was waiting for me on the holds shelf.

Wholly illogical, I know, but the fact that both covers are my favourite colour seems to bode well! ?

squirrelbrain I‘ve just finished the first part of Day - enjoying it so far. 2mo
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And just like that the author knocks all the air out of my lungs.

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quietlycuriouskate
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Bailedbailed

Well, that was a frustrating experience! The cringey title should have told me it would be problematic. There is plenty of useful info here... but there are also multi-page digressions with little to add, and awkward phrasing throughout that became a major distraction.

English is not CL's mother-tongue and she says she's too much of a control freak to work with a translator. Her book suffers for it and is *badly* in need of a good editor.

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quietlycuriouskate
The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
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Read for library's book group.
It's a lemon meringue pie in book form: a tang of sharpness under a mass of sugary fluff.
I couldn't care less about the romance aspect and, as a whole, it was a pleasant but formulaic read.
I'm not saying it's a bad book: I'm saying it's not to my taste.

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quietlycuriouskate
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I've been veggie since I was 15 and vegan for 3 years. There's good stuff here but I think it would be of greater benefit to those more socially-oriented than me (so, most people, then? ?).

I found the quasi-religious language off-putting, and if I never hear the phrase "animal flesh and fluids/secretions" again it will be too soon.

Most troubling was the assumption that "vegangelism" is a must: so private acts of conscience are insufficient?

quietlycuriouskate My own "activism" takes the form of feeding my people good, delicious food, and sharing recipes with those who express an interest. 2mo
Caroline2 Yeah we‘re all veggie here and my husband is vegan (I‘m trying but struggling giving up milk in my tea and coffee) but I hate it when people get all preachy about it. I don‘t think that‘s the way to convince people to eat less meat. 2mo
quietlycuriouskate @Caroline2 Agreed! I admit it took me a *while* to get used to plant milk in tea and coffee. I think the only thing I really miss now is the occasional fresh baguette with proper butter! 😋 2mo
Caroline2 Yeah I miss butter and cheese! I‘m not keen on the fake cheeses or milks. Think I‘ll just go black. 👍 2mo
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quietlycuriouskate
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Published in 2007 (and bought used for 1p!), these days it has rather a cultural historical vibe. Written/made by multiple contributors, it's an art zine in book form: kind of a grown-up version of the things my sister and I used to make in the school holidays ?. I don't really like that messy, mixed media look, but there are several projects I plan to try (and many another that are more "why on Earth would I want to make that?!"). A curiosity!

Caroline2 Gorgeous cover! 🥰 2mo
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quietlycuriouskate
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Panpan

Thank God that's over! It pains me to pan a book but I did not enjoy this one little bit.

Anna is going round the bend with writer's block and keeps multiple concurrent notebooks whilst sleeping with a succession of increasingly dreadful men and agonising over whether to leave the communist party or not. Maybe it's an insightful document of its time but I was in WTF?! mode for most of it.

#sundaybuddyread @TheBookHippie

Balibee146 Read it at uni..... 🤮🤮🤮 3mo
quietlycuriouskate And then, the Golden Notebook itself, that was supposed to somehow pull everything together? She gave it to that monstrous man-child to write a successful novella in! (Consider the camel's back definitively broken.) 3mo
quietlycuriouskate @Balibee146 You have my sympathies! At least I wasn't required to write essays about it. 3mo
AmyG YOU DID IT! 👊🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB Love your review though. And I‘ll donate my unread copy to a free library 😀 3mo
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I'm so glad the library had this in audio: the memoir of queer, Muslim, drag queen Glamrou (with brief detours via marine biology and Eton), it felt only right to hear their story told in their own voice. It's courageous, moving, inspiring, and dark with flashes of humour.

This is what's great about reading: 45+ years with a book in my hand and still I get to be surprised by the paths they lead me along.

Suet624 Your last paragraph: I feel the same way. It‘s pretty amazing. 3mo
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quietlycuriouskate
Children of Ruin | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Oh, this book! 😍 Evolutionarily-accelerated spiders and octopuses in space, you say? Yes, and I loved it! It's exciting, wildly imaginative, and a proper thinky book to get the synapses firing. What more can you ask? A prominent neuro-divergent human character (Senkovi ❤️)? A third book in the series to look forward to? There's that, too. 🕷️🐙💫

Aimeesue I loved this one! 🕷️🐙 (edited) 3mo
Caroline2 Oh I‘ve got the first book on my kindle, sounds like I need to move it up the pile! 👍 3mo
quietlycuriouskate @Caroline2 Do: the first one is fabulous, too! 3mo
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Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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I forgot to post this week's #libraryhaul
The top one is for book group. The other two are my own choosing. (We're not going to talk about the 20 or so books I currently have on hold. 🤐)

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quietlycuriouskate
Life Between the Tides | Adam Nicolson
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The seashore is my happy place and AN always writes lyrically and with precision about sea-related matters. This turned out to be a rhapsodic compendium of natural history, the tides, geology, social history, philosophy... it's all in there! Some might prefer a sharper focus on the creaturely goings-on (which is what I was expecting it to be) but I found it an absolute delight.

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quietlycuriouskate
Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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Well it certainly unsettled me! It's a powerful reminder of how rapidly everything can unravel, in an inescapable disaster-cascade, for people who are already marginal. (The fact that Jeanie and Julius are exactly my age upped the anxiety, too.) I do think it tipped into bathos about three quarters of the way through, and I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but otherwise it was a top-notch read.

Tamra I loved this one! I thought the title was perfect. 👌🏾 (edited) 3mo
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quietlycuriouskate
Landlines | Raynor Winn
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Another series I'm reading out of order: I've yet to read the second one.This is one of those books that has me in awe of "ordinary" individuals and in despair at the human race as a whole. Mercifully, the book lands firmly on the side of hope.
RW is not religious but I was reminded of something Mother Teresa said about knowing God would never give her bigger challenges than she was able to bear: "but sometimes I wish He didn't trust me so much".

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quietlycuriouskate
Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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Well, if you're going to write a pandemic novel it's a good thing to be Ann Patchett, I guess. Oh, you know, the apparent *ease* of the thing!
I was afraid this would be a little too sweet for my taste but there were enough sharp cherries amongst the harvest that I ended up loving it. 🍒
(I especially loved Emily!)

kspenmoll Love your “ sharp cherries among the harvest”! 3mo
Reggie Yes to Emily! I loved her a lot in here. 3mo
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Dave Myers! 😢
May he feast in foodie Valhalla.

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quietlycuriouskate
Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Oh, I love her quiet books! Due to the vagaries of library stock availability this is the first of the Lucy books I've read: it's fine as a standalone but I look forward to looping back for the others.

The minimal plot and deep dive into the hearts of her characters are a welcome respite from the diet of thrillers the library's book group has me on.

ES's books make me more kindly disposed towards people. That has to be a good thing, surely!

squirrelbrain This was my least favourite Lucy book (not that I didn‘t like it - just slightly less than the others) so you‘re in for a treat when you get to the rest. 4mo
BarbaraBB Lucy and William are such wonderful characters! 4mo
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Oof, I found this provocative, humbling, reassuring, and very timely: I am well and truly in the midlife chrysalis!
It's very Jungian, which is fine but it does mean that his one strategy is to get a good therapist.
Hmm... I'm going to be doing a lot of journalling and thinking-walks. 😊

Caroline2 Ohhh 😮 this sounds veryyyyy interesting! 4mo
Suet624 I think I might be in the third part of my life. (edited) 4mo
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Matson Library | Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Today's modest #libraryhaul 😊
I'm focusing on reading my owned books this year but the library gets me out of the house, so what's a girl to do? 🤷

sarahbarnes I‘m trying to focus on that this year, too. But the lure of the library still gets me as well. 4mo
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quietlycuriouskate
Deep State | Chris Hauty
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Is there a Library Service division of the Deep State? I don't know how else to account for this being their book of the month.
I gave it the 50-pages test. Can't. Won't. Nope!
I wasn't thrilled: I was bored.
Maybe pick this up if you fancy an easy game of bad-writing bingo.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
quietlycuriouskate @dabbe I find it SO hard to bail on a book: not this time, though! 4mo
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Oh, I say!
I enjoyed "Gentleman Jack" with the excellent Suranne Jones but rather assumed they'd spiced it up for the sake of drama. Not a bit of it! If anything, it was toned down: Miss Lister apparently withheld nothing from her diary. I can't say that I like her much - she's a snobbish social-climber, and less than honest in her dealings with the women she's after (poor Mrs Barlow!) - but she's certainly a strong and fascinating character.

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quietlycuriouskate
All Among the Barley | Melissa Harrison
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Set on an arable farm in the 1930s, MH's nature-writing is marvellous (as expected!). She got me invested in Edie's coming of age story. I would have loved to see more of Ada's experience and perspective, too. (Constance made my hackles rise from the get-go!). The ending was abrupt and, for me, the epilogue fell flat. In conclusion, I loved it, save for the final 20 pages which fell somewhere between "harrumph!" and "hnnh?".

quietlycuriouskate Do excuse me: I am clearly not at my articulate best today! 😂 4mo
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Deep State | Chris Hauty
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#libraryhaul
I really didn't want to go to book group today (feel more like hiding in my room and not talking to anyone for the rest of the year). But... my books were due back and library fines make me feel like a criminal. 🤣 So, off I went, like a dutiful citizen.
Tagged is next month's book. The Raynor Winn just leapt into my arms.

Bookwomble I hope book club was bearable in the end, Kate 💖 4mo
quietlycuriouskate @Bookwomble Actually I'm glad I went. They are pleasant people and none of us much liked the book so we did some good old-fashioned British bonding over our disgruntlement. 🤣 4mo
Reggie Yay, I‘m glad you showed up and it worked out. 4mo
TrishB Glad it was better than anticipated! 4mo
Bookwomble 😊👍🏻 4mo
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