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rmaclean4

Joined January 2017

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Silverview by John le Carre
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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November 2021 Reading
5 🌟
Hell Of A Book: Jason Mott 🎧
4.75 🌟
Cloud Cuckoo Land: Anthony Doerr 🎧
4.5 🌟
The Promise: Damon Galgut 📖 and 🎧
4 🌟
Taste:My Life Through Food: Stanley Tucci 🎧
3.5 🌟
Mrs. March: Virginia Feito 📖
3 🌟
Leave The World Behind: Rumaan Alam 🎧
2.5 🌟
Zorrie: Laird Hunt 📖
Sweetness of Water: Nathan Harris 🎧

Such a good reading month! December is always my lightest reading month with the holidays.

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A delight of a book made more enjoyable by listening to the author read it. Warning: this book will make you hungry! 4 🌟

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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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Great read. This is a novel that I would love to study in a literature class. Layed and nuanced story telling. 4.5 🌟

Cathythoughts Nice review! I really enjoyed this too & just gave my son a copy for his birthday 🤞🏻😁 2d
Brimful Totally agree. I think instance the role of religion in the book hasn‘t been explored in discussions to date 19h
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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5 🌟 a must read. Amazing structure and powerful story.

BkClubCare NEXT UP; can‘t wait 1w
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#bookspin #DoubleSpin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks . I am ready for the December spin!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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Mrs March | Virginia Feito
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Wonderfully written, delightfuly disturbing read. Such a strong sense of place and time. 3.5 🌟

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed the start , but I still havnt finished this book … 2w
rmaclean4 @Cathythoughts i found myself slowing down while reading this novel also. It is a dark ending. 2w
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Loved this sweeping tale that weaves the lives of people from antiquity to those in the distant future. I was sorry when it ended. 4.75 🌟

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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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For such a short book I found that this novel dragged and was repetitive at times. I am suprised it is on the National Book Award short list. The writing was solid and I loved getting the scope of this woman's life, but I wonder if I will remember this in the long run. 2.5 🌟

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Great atmosphere of building tension. Reminded me of A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet. 3 🌟 #BookSpinBingo

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘ll check out A Children‘s Bible 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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October Reads
4.5 🌟
Matrix: Lauren Groff 📖
Beautiful World Where Are You?: Sally Rooney 📖
Under The Whispering Door: T.J. Klune 📖
Fault Lines: Emily Itami 🎧
4 🌟
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay: Elena Ferrante 🎧
3 🌟
A Passage North: Anuk Arudpragasam 🎧
Great Circle: Maggie Shipstead 🎧
2 🌟
Madame Bovary: Gustave Flaubert 🎧 📖

Great reading and travel month.

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#bookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks what fun! I did not read the #BookSpin nor the #DoubleSpin but read some other great books.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous progress!!! 1mo
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Excited to participate in November #BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo. I have almost gotten a Bingo for October but did not read either of the bookspin books. Hope to do better in November. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!! 1mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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5 🌟 I read this in one sitting. Stunning novel about moyherhood and marraige. Highly recommend. #Bookspinbingo.

Cathythoughts Beautiful cover & sounds good ! Stacked 1mo
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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Well written sweeping epic with two dual narratives. Yet it left me unmoved. 3 🌟

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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I flew through this historical fiction book. I never finished Fates and Furies by Laure Groff but loved this novel. This was a book about loving and caring for women. A novel about taking your power in a society that does not give value to the female life. Highly recommend. 4.5 🌟

Brimful Great review! 19h
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A Passage North: A Novel | Anuk Arudpragasam
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Well written, but I found the pace too slow.

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I loved the structure of this novel. Sally Rooney gave us a conventional story as well as a philosophical debate and had a happy ending all in one book. Highly recommend 4.5 🌟

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Sentimental, hopeful, funny fantasy novel about death. Just a joy to read. It dragged a bit in the middle but well worth a read. Book 2 done for #Bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 2mo
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A book of flawed and difficut characters. Beautiful writting. It is an interesting time for me to have read this book as a 40 year friendship is going through a really rough patch. One more book in the series! 4 🌟
First square on the board complete!
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Real Estate | Deborah Levy
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September 2021 Reading Wrap-Up:
5 🌟
Real Estate: Deborah Levy 📖
4 Star⭐
Light Perpetual: Francis Spufford 🎧
Vista Nostra: Marina & Sergey Dyachenko 🎧
3.5 Star⭐
The Galaxy and the Ground Within: Becky Chambers 📖
China Room:Sunjeev Sahota 📖
An Island: Karen Jennings 📖
3 Star⭐
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton: Julia Quinn 🎧
A Psalm For the Wild Built: Becky Chambers 🎧
Tales of the City: Armistead Maupin 🎧
2 ⭐
Tangerine: Christine Mangan🎧

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An Island | Karen Jennings
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3.5 ? this books packs a strong political punch. Asks what is courage and what is weakness. Talks about past trauma and the violence that seeds in a person from that trauma. Talks about racism and the danger of "the other." A book I will think about for a while.

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Untilted | Autechre
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So excited for my first #bookspin #doublespin #BookSpinBingo October is going to be a great reading month!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks fantastic!!! 2mo
rmaclean4 @TheAromaofBooks so excited! 2mo
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Real Estate | Deborah Levy
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5 ? her writing is brilliant and seamless. Written the year she turned 60. " it took me a long time to discard the desire to please those who do not have my best interest at heart and who cannot live warmly with me."
Highly recommend!

ItsAnotherJen Sounds like a great autobiography! 2mo
EvieBee Do I need to read her autobiography series in order? 2mo
rmaclean4 @EvieBee you will get the most out of the seris reading them in order. They are all shorter books and her writing is poetic and sparse. 2mo
Brimful This is definitely one of my books of the year! 19h
rmaclean4 @Brimful agreed! 17h
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What a great sense of time and place! Early 1970's San Fransico. This was a delicious soap opera of a book. So glad it is just the start of the series.

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First time I have read the magazine/pamphlet. All the short stories start with the same first line: " Lena was rasied on violin lessons and minimal parental supervision." Excited to pick up the next edition. Some terrific stories!

ImperfectCJ I haven't seen First Line in years! I once got a lovely, handwritten rejection letter from them. 2mo
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Vita Nostra | Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko
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Amazing ride of a fantasy. First of a series but the only one translated into English. This was described as a grown ups Harry Potter. The end confused me so much I had to reread it several times. Anxiously waiting for the next in the series. 4.5 🌟 just fantasitic in all the meanings of that word.

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First of a new series. This novella was a philosophy lesson wrapped in a warm hug. There is a YA feel to the story. Interested in seeing where the series goes. 3.5 🌟

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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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What a pot boiler! 2 🌟

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China Room | Sunjeev Sahota
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Compelling dual narrative set in India. The novel focuses on a young girl in 1929 and her great grandson in the 1990's. I found the story set in the 1920's far more compelling. I flew through the book but am not sure what it was saying with the dual narrative in the end. I will be suprised if it is on the Booker short list. 3.5 🌟

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Light Perpetual: A Novel | Francis Spufford
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This novel is the reason I love to read award lists. Long listed for the Booker. Has a premise that I hate and would never have read this book because of it. In the end this was the perfect device to make the authors point. Large cast of characters and beautiful the writing. The end was everything! 4 🌟

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The fourth book in the Wayfarers series and it is a true delight. Coxy, heartwarming, life affirming story. I love the worlds that the author creates! 3.5 🌟

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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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We traveled most of August so not as much reading this month. I did get to read one of my most anticipated books of the year (Stll Life) a couple of months early thanks to @unionavebooks

Still Life:Sarah Winman 4.5 🌟 📖
Second Place: Rachel Cusk 3 🌟 📖
Undaunted Courage: Stephen Ambrose 3 🌟 🎧
Code Breaker: Walter Isaacson 2.5 🌟 🎧

Cathythoughts I read Cusk too .. a strange book, but I‘m glad I read it 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 3mo
rmaclean4 @Cathythoughts agreed. I so disliked the people but it was compelling. Gave me a lot to think about. 3mo
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China Room | Sunjeev Sahota
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I have been traveling for over a month. It was great fun but I am glad to be home. Here are the books that I picked up while in Chicago. My daughter and I went to 6 bookstores. Mostly back list but one new release.

Suet624 That‘s a long time to travel! 3mo
rmaclean4 @Suet624 it was a long but wonderful trip! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great haul! 3mo
rmaclean4 @BarbaraBB thanks. I found three more when I finished unpacking. I need to read 10 physical books a month from my 2021 purchases by the end of the year to read all that I bought in this year. What a great dilemma! 3mo
BarbaraBB That is a great dilemma indeed 😍 3mo
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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I fell in love with this large cast of characters. I was swept up in the world. I do think it could use some editing. This is a book I will read again. 4.5 star 🌟

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Minor Detail | Adania Shibli
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Haunting, poetic, impactful.

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Mehso-so

Easy to read story of four women in England during WWII. Heart warming.

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Fugitive Telemetry | Martha Wells
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I ❤ Murderbot. A fun novella but did not move the narrative of the sequel very much. I will read anything Martha Wells writes! 3 🌟

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June Reading Wrap Up:

5 🌟
Four Hundred Souls: Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain 🎧

4.5 🌟
The Unseen: Roy Jacobsen

4 Star⭐
At Night All Blood is Black: David Diop 📖
Between Two Kingdoms: Suleika Jaouad 📖 🎧

3.5 🌟
The Office of Historical Corrections: Danielle Evans 🎧

3 🌟
Women of Salt: Gabriela Garcia 🎧

2.5 🌟
No One is Talking About This: Patricia Lockwood

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History of black americans told by various voices. Amazing anthology. Must read. 5 🌟

Addison_Reads I just started this audiobook today and I'm loving it. 5mo
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Of Women and Salt | Gabriela Garcia
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Started as a collection of stories and then was developed into a novel. It shows the seams of that transition. Strong debut novel and I will be interested in what the author writes next. 3 🌟

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Winner of the International Booker Award. Poetic dense rhythmic writting. This is a historical novel that I would love to study. 3.5 🌟

catheyb Still thinking about the ending 5mo
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Highly recommend. Insightful and engrossing memoir about what it means to be alive. 4.5 🌟

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Upon a Burning Throne | Ashok K. Banker
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Everything you could want in an epic fantasy!! So complicated and exciting. It has a cast of characters in the front. It ends on a double cliff hanger. Loved it. 4.5 🌟

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Loved the voice of the author. Great nuanced stories. 4 🌟

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May Book Wrapup:
5 ⭐
How The One Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: Cheri Jones 🎧
4 ⭐
Conversations with Friends: Sally Rooney 📖
3 ⭐
Love Letter of the Angels of Death: Jennifer Quist 📖
Across the Green Grass Fields: Seanan McGuire 🎧
2.5 ⭐
Come Tumbling Down: Seanan McGuire 🎧
Detransition, Baby: Torrey Peters 🎧
How To Do Nothing: Jenny Odell 🎧

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She writes such complex and full characters. At times uncomfortable to read but so worth it. Looming forward to Rooney's next novel. 4 🌟

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I learned a lot by reading this book. The sex is blunt and at times made me uncomfortable.

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5 🌟. Violent and difficult content. All the trigger warnings. Could not put it down. Beautiful poetic writing around very difficult subject matters.

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April 2021 Book Wrap-up:

5 🌟
Interior Chinatown: Charles Yu 🎧
Swimming Home: Deborah Levy 📖
Black Sun: Rebecca Roanhorse 🎧
4.5 🌟
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: Anne Tyler 📖
3.5 🌟
A Children's Bible:Lydia Millet 📖
An Offer from a Gentleman: 2nd Epilogue: Julia Quinn 🎧
3 🌟
Viscount Who Loved Me: Julia Quinn 🎧
The Viscount Who Loved Me Epilogue: Julia Quinn 🎧
An Offer from a Gentleman: Julia Quinn 🎧

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The Yellow Wife: Sadeqa Johnson 📖
Transcendent Kingdom: Yaa Gyasi
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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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5 🌟 absolutely everything I love in an epic fantasy. Great world building and characters with depth. Can not wait for the next book!!