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rachaich

rachaich

Joined September 2016

book nerd, middle aged cat lover and tortoise owner. Vegan.
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Under A Pole Star by Stef Penney
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Freebie from a neighbour.
I like that its Australian and set in 1940's, so far it reads easily.

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The Murmur of Bees | Sofa Segovia
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I received this through a book club secret swap.
Really gorgeous cover and the blurb reads appealingly.
It's a different type of cover paper, feels odd when you tough it...

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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Oh Elizabeth Strout! How can she write so eloquently and draw me in to these lives. Yet she also writes simply. Sigh. She is superb. I desperately hope she's writing something else 😍😊

squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 1w
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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Jeez, how I adore this woman 😍
Everything she writes is joy to read.
Signed copy too 🤗😆😆

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Belated post of December reads ☺☺🙂🙂

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Mehso-so

Undecided. I see what she wanted to tell, and it's really worthwhile. I felt she rallied against everything and thus seems overly angry.
I didn't find it as funny (see cover review) as Caitlin Moran, or as wise as Lena Dunham.
But interesting facts about women in parliament, about the terrifying anti woman statistics and imbalances.
I'm recommending it to my 21 year old daughter.

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Starting the new year as ever with a selection of essays or letters.
This was a gift from a good friend with whom I share many political opinions. He's going to read it after me...

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Hmm... good to read, really interesting story and precisely written.
Not many of my questions were answered but I don't think that mattered.
I find his books are so varied, I never have a clue what to expect!

annahenke They are all so different - it‘s true! You never know what you‘re going to get! 2w
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Oops, started this and forgot to post!
Library book club for January but limited copies so reading sooner than usual (and keeping a log).
This has thrown up millions of questions but many off then seem to lose importance as I continue.

ItsAnotherJen It seemed to me to be a cross between the movie A.I.:Artificial Intelligence and The Velveteen Rabbit. 3w
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Oooh, advent gift from the boyfriend, maybe a list of places to visit 🤗😍📚

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The Wayward Bus | John Steinbeck
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Superb writing and such depth in the characters. I found I read chunks then left a while, then returned and read more.
I didn't have the same sense of true adoration for this book as I have for some of the others but still a brilliantly written novel.

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The Wayward Bus | John Steinbeck
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Ah, how I love his writing 😊😍📚.
Almost brand new copy from Bookbarn nearby.

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Brilliantly written, as expected, and incredibly interesting to read about his return to the Spanish civil war and all the trouble.
It was such a massively different time, it's hard to realise how much has changed.
I found the young teenage girls, and the sexuality they supposedly portrayed, to be quite uncomfortable to read...

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Super pleased to have received this from my amazing boyfriend as part of our advent calendar gifting.
I've read the previous two and am looking forward to reading this 😊😊😊😍📚

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Light Perpetual: A Novel | Francis Spufford
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Gosh, that felt like a mammoth undertaking although it's not a long novel in terms of pages.
I think it was incredible prose, such fine detail and description yet almost overwhelmed the actual story. I found it challenging to keep up with which character was which and had to keep checking.

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Light Perpetual: A Novel | Francis Spufford
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Having been on the waiting list since the start of October, this one finally popped into my inbox from the library 😊😍. The opening chapter was rather unusual and took me a re read to understand...

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Wow. I delayed reading this as a few friends have said it's tricky to read in the dialect.
Superb story, really absorbed me and read it in huge chunks. Some of the story was deeply moving but throughout it, her spirit is so strong and she has such convictions.

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Interesting read, reinforced my understanding of the inherent rscism in UK in the late decsdes of 20th century.
I liked the families, their individual people and relationships. The ancestral accounts were almost too detailed but still interesting.

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I read Small Island some years ago and didn't realise she's written so many others 😳.
So far this has been keeping me interested and wanting to read more, even though it has historically racist vocab and language which is hard to read.

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Laughter in the Dark | Vladimir Nabokov
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An amusing read which I finished early hours of the morning!
The main characters were very well written and had enough depth to keep them fresh.

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Laughter in the Dark | Vladimir Nabokov
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What a cover!

Charity shop score and have made a good start.
Rather like the air and tongue in cheek style, plus his general prose.

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Arlington Park | Rachel Cusk
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I liked this. Each chapter offered a perspective from one of the female inhabitants and we got to see how they interact, what they think and how they feel.

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Arlington Park | Rachel Cusk
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Started this one first thing... the cover is such a pretty wallpaper then the sinister bird...

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The Lieutenant | Kate Grenville
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Superb read, kept me turning pages without it becoming predictable or twee.
The setting and characters were interesting, and I liked that she'd researched enough to give it depth.
Plus the ending was not what it could have been (a positive observation!) ☺☺

LapReader Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi! 2mo
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The Lieutenant | Kate Grenville
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I've read a few others by this author and like her writing and historical context. I also appreciate the setting if Australia as I rarely seem to read books based or written there.

CarolynM If you're interested in exploring more Australian fiction @MrsMalaprop created the #ozfiction tag some of us use when reviewing books by Australian authors. There are some really good ones out there🙂 2mo
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Looking through the #ozfiction hashtag it looks like it‘s just you, me & @Rissreads that actually use it 😁. Good company though 😘. (edited) 2mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I've seen @Lindy @LeeRHarry use it too. Just adding to the good company🙂😘 2mo
Lindy @CarolynM @MrsMalaprop #ozfiction reminds me that I had planned to read The Swan Book this year. Good thing there‘s still over a month left in 2021. 😉 2mo
rachaich @CarolynM thank, I'll check it out 😍 2mo
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Loving Frank: A Novel | Nancy Horan
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This is a book club choice, the subject of which I have no previous knowledge of.

Unfortunately the only edition in the library is large print so it's a whopper!

JamieArc I think it‘s best you have no knowledge of it. This book stayed with me for a while. 2mo
BarbaraBB I unexpectedly enjoyed this book a lot! 2mo
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Homestead | Rosina Lippi
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Beautiful story, each chapter is about another woman who lives in the village.
Spans much of the 20th century and has a very useful family tree!

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Homestead | Rosina Lippi
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This has been on my wishlist for years and then I spotted it in s charity shop 😍😍🤗🤗🤗

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The Whole Day Through | Patrick Gale
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Excellent book, as always.
Particularly liked the ending as I'd not anticpated it.

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The Whole Day Through | Patrick Gale
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Love his writing, keen to read this one.

TrishB This one is fab 2mo
rachaich @TrishB Yes, loved that one 2mo
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I liked the way in which we find out about those 5 people, and how their lives intersected. The chapters were short and not superfluous in any way yet full of descriptions that built an image.
Not so sure about the ending but still a good book!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Book club for November.
We were all amazed that none of us had read this, hence the choice.
Looking forward to reading it.

MatchlessMarie I read it for the first time last year. I had all kinds of assumptions about this book that ended up not being true (in a good way). Hope it‘s an enjoyable read for you. 2mo
rachaich @MatchlessMarie thanks, that's an interesting thought 🤗😊 2mo
Crazeedi I have never read, but heard great things 2mo
rachaich @Crazeedi it's extremely readable. Plus making me think, always a bonus! 2mo
Crazeedi @rachaich I love books that make me think! Thank you🥰 2mo
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Second Place: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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I chose this as I'm trying to read all the Booker short list.
Whilst I appreciate the writing, I had no investment in the characters at all. I liked the slight references to the pandemic, and some of the musings.

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The Smallest Man | Frances Quinn
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Pretty unique to my previous reads... I liked the relationships he fostered, and the historic aspect.
I think he was also the luckiest man... It's all very positive which makes it a warming read.

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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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My books of October.
Stillife was definitely the best 😍🤗😍, though all were worth reading.

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The Smallest Man | Frances Quinn
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Got to say, I'd never have selected this but it's keeping me turning the pages!
Librarian book club choice.

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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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After really not being sure whether I was interested in reading this, I suddenly became vested in finding out what happened! Slow plot that trickles along then rushes. I disliked many of the characters which fitted with the overall storyline.

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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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Started this strange novel... No clue where it's going!

Crazeedi Hi there! Hope you're doing well, I'm trying to go through my #litsylove list and write to everyone, I've been off my game for a couple months. 3mo
rachaich @Crazeedi I'm ok, taken a while for me to reach a point where I'm content. But I have, and I am. I owe a million letters to beautiful #litsylove folk and feel terrible I've not responded 😫☹😢😧 3mo
Crazeedi @rachaich I know what you mean, but remember it's no stress group, and we can see each other here too 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Beautiful writing, great descriptions of the Spanish region, lots of humorous moments with the undertone of the poverty and lack of opportunities available.

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Loved his As I Walked out book, then spotted this in a charity shop.

Cathythoughts I‘ve only read Cider With Rosie , years ago .. must look up this author again ❤️ 3mo
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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Wow, what a read.
I became rather absorbed in the plot, all the characters were detailed enough to keep me reading.
I'm interested in how much of it might be fact...

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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Now this is a good read so far.
Not as keen on the Hollywood star chapters but made up by the Marian chapters.

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Invention of Wings | Sue Monk Kidd
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Not greatly absorbing, I felt it was too long a period of time but appreciate it needed to be. I've read other fictional accounts of slavery which have struck more of a chord with me.
Having read the notes, I'm glad there were elements of historical fact included.

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The Invention of Wings | Sue Monk Kidd
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Library book club for next week.
I don't have huge hopes for it but happy to make a start.

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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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Oh my, i adored this. Beautiful writing and an intriguing plot which meandered through mid 20th century London and Italy. Made me want to return to Italy. 😍😍☀️🌞.
I think I've read one of her others and now want to read more!

BarbaraBB Read this one, so so good: 3mo
rachaich @BarbaraBB thanks, it looks really good:) 3mo
Oryx I really want to go to Florence after reading this. 3mo
BarbaraBB That‘s my favorite so far and by far. But I haven‘t read Still Life yet! 3mo
Tamra Anxious to read! 3mo
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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Oh, this is good!
I heard bits of it on Radio 4a few weeks ago and then book club chose it to read.
Chunkster but really keeping my attention 😍😍😊😊😉

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September, September | Shelby Foote
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My books from September.
Caitlin Moran and How to be a Heroine were the best 😊😊😊

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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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Brilliant book, I liked the characters very much and became keen to hear more.

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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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The library app has all the Booker 2021 shortlisted titles and I've just got this one.
Told from different perspectives, it's a slow start but seems to trundle along.

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More Than a Woman | Caitlin Moran
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Superb.
Even better than I anticipated.
Some chapters resonate so much that I had to put down the book and contemplate what she said alongside my thoughts.
I've recommended it to my Hag Friends (her phrase!)

Magpiegem Ham tambourines 😂😂 4mo
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