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Joined April 2016

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Innocence; Or, Murder on Steep Street by Heda Margolius Kovaly
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The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk
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A Life In Nature by Sir Peter Scott
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Dirt Town by Hayley Scrivenor
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Fifty Words for Snow by Nancy Campbell
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Ooh. Thanks #NetGalley. Did NOT expect that to be approved!

Narrated by Janelle Monae and Bahni Turpin.

🎉📚🎉📚🎉

squirrelbrain Enjoy! ❤️ 6d
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This is one of those rare things - a book I may have enjoyed more had it been longer! I loved the opening, and wanted to stay with Edwin on his journey. Olive‘s story made for perfect plane-reading. Mirella and Vincent - maybe reading The Glass Hotel would have helped me appreciate their story more?

And then there‘s Gaspery, who I almost wish I had an opinion on. But I just don‘t. He seems to sit in an uncomfortable position between mysterious

rockpools other-in-the-background and fully fledged character. I don‘t really believe his actions. Maybe more time with him would have filled out the gaps?

I also have a sneaking suspicion that I may not actually be a fan of time-travel novels. This was a surprise - I might be more comfortable with time-slip stories- but the mechanics and ethics of time travel, without any of the wonder of ‘experiencing a different place and time‘ just left me unsatisfied.
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rockpools And it‘s a pandemic novel. I expected it to be too uncomfortable, too soon, but instead I think I wanted more tension 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Mandel does ask really interesting questions, above all about what makes a life worth living - and I have found myself thinking about it today - but I just a didn‘t feel it as I would have liked to. #gladstonerds
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rockpools Last thing. Surely the incident with the underpass compromises the timeline as much as anything else? 1w
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julesG Your picture is very tranquil. 😉 Time travel can be fun. I really liked Crichton's Timeline and am a huge fan of Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series. 1w
KristiAhlers This is our local B@N book club choice. I‘m leading the discussion tomorrow and I‘ve got to say I agree with you I wanted it longer. Perhaps because I simply didn‘t want to say goodbye to the characters. I went in not sure I wanted to read a pandemic novel. We are barely out of one I don‘t want to read about it. And I love the photo. Flying above the clouds affords for so many pictures. When I flew I would fill my phone with them. 💙 1w
rockpools @julesG You know, I might give the Crichton a go sometime. It does sound fun. I may have been suffering a book hangover at the time, but I did try the first St Mary‘s… and nope. It‘s possible I‘m a lost cause! 1w
rockpools @KristiAhlers I‘ve just seen your bio. That would be a lot of sky photos 😍. Good luck with your discussion tomorrow- it‘ll be interesting to see how the others got along with it. It‘s slightly bizarre, but I would have liked to get to know the characters better! 1w
TrishB Great review Rachel, agree totally. I gave a puck because I like time travel. And yes it could have been more expansive! 1w
squirrelbrain Interesting review 😁…it is very short isn‘t it? I was surprised, just short of 6 hours on audio, which should only be 3.5 hours listening time. I‘ll hopefully get to it soon. Are you flying oop north to see your niece? 1w
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ I‘m looking forward to trying it out soon 🤞🏻 1w
TheSpineView I very much agree! It needed more oomph and a longer version could achieve that. 1d
rockpools @TheSpineView That‘s it! Oomph was what I was after 😆 19h
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Ugh!: A Bug! | Ned Crowley
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Aaargh! That went well then!

(Note to future self. You were trying to reserve Zambra. Multiple Choice)

thegirlwiththelibrarybag 👀 did they fix it? 1w
vivastory I hope it was fixed 🤞 1w
rockpools @thegirlwiththelibrarybag They did thanks. It was one of those things that only ever happens on a Sunday evening, so all sorted first thing this morning. 1w
rockpools @vivastory I have my reservation in. Now we wait… 1w
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Good morning Litsy!

My #WeeklyForecast & #BookReport this week are both these titles. Truth is I‘m reading very little at the moment - doing other things and enjoying a bit of silence - so these may all take a while. The photo‘s the back of local sand dunes yesterday- I fought my way through the amusements to the nature reserve. Gorgeous! Lots of birdsong and hares.

So books, then:
🌝 Sea of Tranquility: I‘m interested by this, rather

rockpools than absorbed in it. Wondering if time-travel isn‘t my thing any more.
📚 Agnes Grey: one of my libraries is doing an adult reading challenge, first prompt: a classic. So let‘s try this.
🕵🏼 Innocence: For #ReadAroundTheWorld Czech Republic. SO atmospheric - Murder, noir, secrets, betrayal…
🕵️‍♂️ Lethal White: Always good to be back with Cormoran and Robin, but it‘s taking a while to get going…

Have a lovely week, folks.
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TrishB Lovely local picture Rachel 😁 enjoy your week. 2w
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish. You too. 2w
Cathythoughts Yes , beautiful picture. Have a good week. I‘d like to read Agnes Grey but time is not on my side 🙄. Silence is great 💫 1w
Cinfhen Love the photo 🥰 1w
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For any of you #ReadAroundTheWorld / #InternationalBookerPrize2022 / translated fiction folks, this is a really lovely newsletter from Tilted Axis, asking their IBP-nominated authors and translators for books-in-translation recommendations: https://mailchi.mp/d5b020b6d9b6/what-are-they-reading?e=80a23e9051

Stacking may occur!!

BarbaraBB O wow, this is really great and so tempting! Thank you for sharing 😀 2w
batsy Thanks for letting us know! 🙂 2w
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This is my #ReadAroundTheWorld book for the #CzechRepublic this month. Kovály was heavily influenced by Raymond Chandler, having translated his works into Czech. However, the story is as much or more about life under an oppressive regime as it is about the murder. Having read the intro by her son, I‘m almost wishing I‘d read her memoir instead - but he also says she was freeer to write about the real world in her fiction…

Either way, fab so far.

charl08 Sounds brilliant. Will look for a copy. 2w
rockpools @charl08 I think I‘m going to enjoy this one! 2w
BookwormM I am enjoying my choice as well 2w
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Squeaking in with a #BookSpin list. A bit of a focus on finishing things and ARCs this time. Don‘t think I‘ll be playing bingo this month - we‘ll see if I can actually complete BookSpin and DoubleSpin instead!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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Morning! It‘s been a Bail-y, muddle kind of week (and it might not be done yet). Here‘s my #BookReport!

Finished
Still Born - plenty to think about. Hopeful-ish. 🪺
Boyfriend Material 😁

Reading
Entangled Life 🍄 This may take a while! Fascinating fungi. Who knew?
Lethal White 🕵🏼‍♂️ Always enjoyable
Devil-Devil 🏝 Love the Solomon Islands setting, completely disinterested in the plot. May bail yet.

Bailed. Neither of these were bad - I

rockpools just couldn‘t convince myself to care enough to finish them.
Mic Drop 🎤 Maybe my head was in a weird place. I loved book 1!
Ariadne. Um, yeah 🫤.

Next week I‘ll mostly be reading Milly-Molly-Mandy and Pete the Cat, and being sociable and stuff, so I might disappear for a few days. Have a fabulous week! 😘
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TrishB Have a great week Rachel ❤️ 4w
Cinfhen Sounds like you had a great week overall!! I always enjoy your book reports 😘 4w
Oryx Welcome to the Ariadne bail club. ❤️ 4w
squirrelbrain Have a lovely week Rachel! 😘 4w
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I‘m having an outbreak of NetGalley nosiness.

Do you ever manage to get/keep your rating above 80%? Is that even a thing?

I‘m currently on 68%. On a good day I get up to 72%. But I don‘t think I‘ve ever got beyond 74…

And a blurry photo of a smuggler‘s tunnel, just because.

julesG Will you abandon me in such a smugglers' tunnel when I tell you that my ratio is usually around 85%? 1mo
rockpools @julesG Definitely! (Though it does have a very nice beach at the end, so it wouldn‘t be that bad). Right. Thank you. I now have something to aspire to! I have no idea how you do that though - you get through SO MANY! Must be that self-discipline thing I struggle with 😜 1mo
julesG Mind you, #MountARC is still 124 ARCs high. That's despite having trained myself to first log a few reviews before going on a requesting spree. 1mo
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rockpools @julesG Gaah! 🏔 But yes, maybe I‘ll try reviewing 3 requesting 1, rather than the other way round! 1mo
squirrelbrain Mine was above 80% for a while but is currently at 78%. I haven‘t ever had loads of ARCs though - a total of 115 over the 2 years or so I‘ve been on NetGalley. I made myself stop requesting so many though, and I try to ignore the emails they send out! (edited) 1mo
xicanti I‘m at 97% and I hate I‘ll never hit 100% because I once declined to review a title. If I‘d known it‘d mess up my rating forever I would‘ve posted SOMETHING about the book! 1mo
DogEaredBooks The closest I‘ve gotten is 60% and then I got approved for a batch and have been stuck at 45%-50% trying to catch up! Glad to know I‘m not alone! 1mo
BookwormM I am at 71% with a scary amount of books to read and review 😱🤣🤣 1mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain I‘m quite good at ignoring emails (in life generally 🫤) - my problem is whenever I review something I stop to have a little look round… 1mo
rockpools @xicanti I am in awe! Much respect! I also did sums. If you only missed 1, if you can review 200/201 titles, it should round up to 100% and that pesky percentage should disappear. That wouldn‘t help me in the next 10 years, but you probably get through things faster than I do! 1mo
rockpools @DogEaredBooks You‘re definitely not alone! The catching up is the hard part! I‘m always mystified when they actually approve titles. What are they thinking??! (And then I get a bit grumpy when they don‘t approve them too!) 1mo
rockpools @BookwormM I vowed to stay above 70% when I finally got there. Then I forgot. Ho hum. 1mo
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Still Born | Guadalupe Nettel
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Sometimes life doesn‘t work out as you planned. And sometimes that‘s ok.

Two women, best friends, who never intended to have children. But Alina‘s views change as she gets older, leading to a difficult, life-changing pregnancy that neither she nor the doctors foresaw. Meanwhile Laura unexpectedly starts taking on a mothering role to her neighbour‘s child.

I really enjoyed this. It‘s messy and complicated, and people change their minds and love

rockpools their children to bits, even as they think the worst or feel guilty or can‘t cope. It‘s a very different and non-judgmental look at motherhood and non-motherhood and mothering, set against the backdrop of Mexico City, and a society which expects a woman to become a biological mother.

The writing feels very real - the main character talks like a close friend, while, when she tells Alina‘s story it feels almost like a human-interest news report.
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rockpools And yet somehow it works to build a very affecting story without being manipulative or mawkish. Major content warnings for everything around pregnancies that don‘t work out as expected.

Thank you to #NetGalley and #FitzcarraldoEditions who gave me this as a free ARC. I read it in the space of an evening, which is very unusual.
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squirrelbrain Great review! 1mo
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I‘ve started 4 books in the last two days. This doesn‘t bode well. I was already in the middle of more than 3 others. Also, my phone keyboard appears to be in Spanish…

Anyhow one of these simultaneously is fascinating and relaxing (and I‘d gone in with VERY low expectations!), one is page-turning and surprising, one has fantastic characters, and then there‘s the other one. Any guesses?

Lindy I‘m going to guess that the one you entered with low expectations and that‘s fascinating and relaxing is 1mo
rockpools @Lindy Yep. For some reason I was expecting interesting-but-annoying, so this is a very lovely surprise! 1mo
Lindy @rockpools Sheldrake is so passionate about his topic, isn‘t he? 1mo
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Dug this out of the depths of my Audible library, where it‘s been lurking since it first came out. I gave up my Audible subscription a while back (and it has to be said, this series on audio is great), and I don‘t think I‘ll want to read book 5, so this‘ll be my farewell to Robin and Cormoran. It‘s good to be back with them for now though!

Cathythoughts Enjoy ! I‘d love to see the TV series. 1mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts I haven‘t caught up with that yet either (I‘m rubbish at tv series!) 1mo
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Mic Drop | Sharna Jackson
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Sad to say I‘m bailing on this MG murder mystery. Either it or I am suffering from ‘that difficult second novel‘ syndrome - I loved the first book in the series ⬇️, Nik & Norva are wonderful characters and engaging sleuths.

Here, a rising rap star returns to the Tri (the estate) to shoot a video. But appears to be getting death threats, so the girls and best-friend George step@in to investigate.

And at 40% in, I‘m bored. Will happily try book 3…

rockpools First in series 1mo
rockpools Can you tell I‘m Having a ‘clearing the decks‘ weekend? 1mo
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Panpan

A book to be savoured slowly, after you‘ve read the first 5 parts of the Septology. I simply wasn‘t prepared to put the work in, result being I found it almost unreadable. Lots of stream of consciousness philosophising on art and religion. With doppelgängers.

Don‘t trust my review - this is appreciated by greater minds than mine, & I won‘t be at all surprised if it wins the #InternationalBookerPrize2022

Full review: https://tinyurl.com/mv589xry

BookwormM Part of me hopes my library hold fails to show up 🤣🤣 1mo
rockpools @BookwormM Are you going to read the earlier books first? It *might* make a difference. But I‘m not going to attempt it! 1mo
BookwormM Ummm probably not I think I read the first book when that was nominated but I can‘t remember a thing about it 1mo
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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Still catching up with reviews from #InternationalBookerPrize2022. This is the one I came away from with a firm commitment to read everything else the author has in English!

Elena knows that her daughter would never have gone to the church in the rain, would never have taken her own life in that way. So Elena travels acoss Buenos Aires to investigate. Beautiful writing & translation. And yes, I cried.

Full review: https://rb.gy/fkd4xr

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 great review. 1mo
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish! It‘s a teensy tiny little novel, but I do think you‘d like it. 1mo
TrishB I think this is on my next pay day list- it keeps popping up for me so I guess it‘s a sign! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review! I see I have it stacked already 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
BookwormM My hold is at the library just need to collect it one downside to bank holidays 🤣🤣 1mo
squirrelbrain I have it stacked already too, I think from @BarbaraBB ‘s review, but your review makes me want to read it even more. 1mo
squirrelbrain Just found it on Scribd - yay! 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes @squirrelbrain I loved it too. Great review. So sad 💔 1mo
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It‘s a #BookReport / #WeeklyForecast -type-mess!

Tomb of Sand ❤️🌈🦋
Death in the Stocks 😼

Mic Drop - so far, not as fab as the first one ☹️
Devil Devil - way better than expected! 🏝

Boyfriend Material - no idea what this was doing in my Libby Holds. It‘s fun though. And suitably snarky. 🪲

Ariadne - I kind of should consider reading this next. But given the *glowing* reviews it‘s had this week, I might not!

Happy Sunday 🌞

Cinfhen I like this 🥰 1mo
rockpools @Cinfhen 😊 Thank you! Hope you‘re having a lovely weekend 😘 1mo
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Tomb of Sand | SHREE
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I‘ve finally finished the final book off the #InternationalBookerPrize2022 shortlist, and I‘m a bit floored. I loved it.

It‘s an ‘experimental‘ novel. The story rambles off all over the place, and is picked up by any passing narrator, friend of the family, wall, crow. And there is such a joy in the language, whether Hindi or English - it‘s delightful fun.

Then in the final third of the book, the story takes over and had me in bits.

rockpools This is a story of mothers and daughters (and sons), caring, how much/little we know another person, generations, gender, history, home and borders. There is SO much to unpack in here. My heart broke for Ma. I‘m furious for Rosie. And I empathised horribly with Beti. And then I discovered how shockingly little I knew about a piece of history I should know something about. This is a lot. It‘s also quite beautiful. And there are crows. (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful review ❤️ 1mo
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youneverarrived I‘m sold 🤍 1mo
TrishB Wow 😯 fab review Rachel- stacked again! 1mo
batsy I'm reading it now. Your review really captures the way it flows, which I love. It takes its time. I love that crows suddenly narrate the story. It feels very "free", for lack of a better word ? 1mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! It‘s a lovely, unusual book! 1mo
rockpools @youneverarrived Ooh. I think you might like this, Katie! 1mo
rockpools @TrishB Yay! It‘s a really good list this year - lots to enjoy, along with the ??? stuff! 1mo
rockpools Thank you @batsy 😊. It does feel very free and airy and all-encompassing. And then part 3 it turned into a page-turner, and 💔. And the crows are fab! I could spend a lot of time talking about this one! 1mo
BookwormM Looking forward to this 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I love your review!! 1mo
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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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I‘m going to attempt to get up to date with my #InternationalBookerPrize2022 reviews this weekend. apologies in advance!

#UnpopularOpinion - this has made the shortlist, and I understand why. It‘s a powerful but incredibly bleak and graphic look at school bullying, with the two young characters philosophising over why they‘re bullied and how to react.

rockpools It reminded me of GCSE ‘required reading‘ (Susan Hill‘s King of the Castle, anyone?) which I had a similar reaction to, hundreds of years ago, and, as far as I could see was all similarly brutal and hopeless.

My Readers Room review is at https://thereadersroom.org/2022/03/25/booker-international-longlist-2022-heaven/
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squirrelbrain Great review Rachel - sounds like it by be a ‘not-for-me‘ too… 1mo
BarbaraBB GCSE? What‘s that? I loved this one but I haven‘t read the whole longlist do you can maybe judge better! 1mo
rockpools @BarbaraBB GCSEs are the exams 16-year-olds take here. My English Literature books at school all seemed to be extremely dark and miserable, and heavily based around ‘issues‘ - this had a very similar feel. And I‘d trust your judgement more than mine for these lists 🙃 - I wasn‘t surprised to see this on the shortlist, even though I didn‘t like it. I guess I like the possibility of a happy ending in my books, even if there‘s no ‘conclusion‘! 1mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for clearing that up. And indeed all lists here are dark and about “issues” too! 1mo
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Death in the Stocks | Georgette Heyer
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I finished this on a very gorgeous train journey from the other end of the county, a couple of nights ago.

When Arnold is killed, ALL of his unconventional colleagues/friends/relations have a motive. They‘re also all spectacularly uncooperative, are lying through their teeth, and have no alibi.

It was fun, silly and entertaining, and I will be reading more Georgette Heyer mysteries even if a couple of bits were wildly predictable.

squirrelbrain Sounds like a lovely, easy book! 1mo
Libby1 Beautiful photo. 💚 1mo
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Morning Litsy!

Less of a #weeklyForecast, more of a #ThisIsTheSituation this week. This is what I‘m in the middle of. Bit of muddle-brain going on, so it‘d be good to finish one/some of these. Also, I MISS nonfiction and I need to start Ariadne, our bookclub read.

I‘m horribly behind with reviews & tracking, so tidying those up would be good.

I have 2x 4-hour round-trips by train this week. I haven‘t

rockpools gone further than 30-mins from home in the past 2 years so 🤷🏻‍♀️. It might mean more reading. Or not.

And I‘ve been trying to shake off a cough for over a month now. Bit knackered, so I‘m behind with everything, & much not-reading may occur!

Hope your week is calm and sunny and book-filled.
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TrishB Hope you have a lovely week Rachel ♥️ despite all those things! 1mo
Cinfhen Haha 😂 I love #ThisIsTheSituation 🙌🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Hope that cough buggers off xx 1mo
squirrelbrain Ugh, I had that cough too, for the whole of February, it‘s so tiring isn‘t it? Hope you feel better soon, and find some reading-time in your busy week. 1mo
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Death in the Stocks | Georgette Heyer
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Why have I not read Georgette Heyer‘s crime books before now?

I love that Toni is quite ok with letting her brother finish his novel, before she informs him of the murder of a close relation. Priorities an‘ all!

It‘s kind of like Mapp & Lucia with murders - the characters are all quite fabulously ghastly!

TrishB I love that you got ghastly in a review 😁 1mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t read this one. I guess I‘ll be picking it up next time I see it! 😆 1mo
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batsy I enjoyed this, too! I agree, the ghastly characters are a plus (?!) 😅 1mo
rockpools @LeahBergen I‘m shocked Leah! I thought you‘d have read all of them! It‘s very fun 😸 1mo
rockpools @batsy They‘re all brilliant! It‘s just the right level of ridiculous! 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘ll have to try it ! Stacked 1mo
CarolynM Irresistible! Stacked🙂 1mo
LeahBergen @rockpools I read one of her mysteries (which one? 🤔) and wasn‘t crazy about it. And I‘ve been telling myself ever since to try some more as I love her Regencies so much. 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy Ghastly characters are the best. 😆 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen They honestly are! Especially when the author is having fun 😁 1mo
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Just so that I can come back later and moan about how wrong I was… these are my predictions for the #InternationalBookerPrize2022 shortlist.

I‘ve read 9.5/13 of the books (I know! Anyone would think I was taking this seriously!) and we‘ve reviewed them over on @BookwormM ‘s blog thereadersroom.org - I will get my reviews up here before the winner‘s announced 😬

rockpools 📚The Books of Jacob - epic but incredibly readable!
📚Elena Knows - this is the one I‘ve come away going ‘yay! An author with a backlist! Let me read everything she‘s written!‘
📚Cursed Bunny - South Korean short stories. Straight up disturbing.
📚A New Name - because the eventual winner is bound to be something I just don‘t ‘get‘ and this fits the bill. Those that love it love it🥺
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rockpools 📚Tomb of Sand - I‘m half way through, it‘s the first Hindi novel to make the list, and it‘s a joy to read.The language is just 👌
📚Phenotypes - I haven‘t read this, More than I love my life or The Book of Mother. One (or all three!) Is bound to make the shortlist!

I would LOVE Love in the Big City to make the list, but I just don‘t think it‘s Bookerish enough…
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Suet624 Great job reading so many of them! 1mo
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Simona I think that your shortlist is more accurate than mine👍 1mo
rockpools @Suet624 Thanks Sue! 1mo
rockpools @Simona That‘d be a first 😘 1mo
batsy Sadly I don't think Love in the Big City is Bookerish enough, too. And I just finished Elena Knows and am floored! I hope it makes the cut. 1mo
rockpools @batsy Yes! Elena and Jacob are my two no-questions-have-to-be-there titles. (That‘s them off the shortlist then ?) I can‘t wait to read more by Piñeiro! 1mo
Simona Excellent prediction! Five of six‼️👍 1mo
rockpools @Simona 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 I find this very funny! (Fairly sure I got 1 or 2 last year!) 1mo
Simona Practice is the key 😘 1mo
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Ruin Beach | Kate Rhodes
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Yay! I finished my audiobook before my month-of-Scribd expires!

Mixed feelings about this one. I know Tresco well and love having Scilly-based mysteries to go at. And maybe I should be glad of that slight air of not-quite-believable-ness that hangs over the whole thing. And it was acceptably twisty - I didn‘t guess who the killer was. (To be fair, neither did DI Kitto).

rockpools I think my main problem was that it was trying to be a ‘locked-island mystery‘ and I couldn‘t get over the fact that islands just don‘t work like that! We established very early on that the killer and everyone else on the island/neighbouring islands owned a boat, so…?

Still, I will be reading the next one! And the narrator‘s pretty good.
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Look at that! I finished my #BookSpin #DoubleSpin and got a #BookspinBingo on the diagonal this month. Obviously I haven‘t got as far as Litsy Reviews for any of them, but still… I wonder if I can find a similarly cheerful board for April….

LeahBergen I love this bingo board image!! 2mo
squirrelbrain Such a cute snuggly bingo board! ❤️ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 2mo
bthegood love this board - 2mo
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Love in the Big City | Sang Young Park
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I‘m really enjoying this short novel of a young gay South Korean man dealing with life, friends, family, relationships…

It started just plain fun, before becoming surprisingly sad/touching. Plus a fair amount of ‘They said/did WHAT?‘

squirrelbrain Sounds great Rachel -is it an #internationalbooker? 2mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain This month EVERYTHING is an International Booker! 2mo
squirrelbrain I thought as much! At least it‘s a good one! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Sounds really good. Stacked 👍❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB I am enjoythis one too at the moment! 2mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts Yay! Hope you enjoy it. 😊 2mo
rockpools @BarbaraBB It‘s kind of lovely, isn‘t it. But it keeps surprising me! 2mo
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This week‘s #WeeklyForecast is all about the International Booker (again!)

🌈 Tomb of Sand. The writing is so much fun!
❤️Love in the big city. Another fun one. Frozen blueberries, anyone?
🤯 A New Name. The longest 200 pages I will read this year…
🏠 Paradais …although I expect this to come close!
❄️ 50WFS I finally joined booked2022 ! Time to finish this one 😍
🤿 Ruin Beach. Cos I need a Scilly-based murder on audio to balance this lot out!

rockpools I‘m doing a rubbish job of getting my IBP reviews up here at the mo because there aren‘t enough hours in the day - they‘re going up at https://thereadersroom.org - I should catch up here before the shortlist comes out …. Otherwise have a great week, all, and happy reading. 🌼🌸🌺🌷🌻 2mo
TrishB Have fun reading Rachel ♥️ 2mo
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish! Hope they‘re spoiling you today 💐 2mo
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charl08 Sounds like a good week! Hope it goes well. 2mo
Cathythoughts Very impressive forecast. Have a great week ❤️ 2mo
rmaclean4 Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Book of Sands is tempting me at the minute. 2mo
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My attempt at an April #BookSpin list @TheAromaofBooks

I‘d like to finish up the International Booker longlist, finish a couple that are already in progress, then… who knows?!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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It was just a simple brick-and-cement wall - a yellowing, whitewashed, middle-class wall, holding the ceiling, floor, window, and door together, with a network of pipes, wires, and cables arrayed within, enfolding the entire home in its wallfulness.

**This is the #InternationalBookerPrize2022 book I‘ve been most looking forward to. I may only be 18 pages in, but 👆👍☺️ (For now, at least!) Also, Oxford commas, anyone?

rockpools p58 I have NO idea what this is. But I think I love it. 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 2mo
Simona I‘m still waiting for arrival of my book …. I‘m a little envious 😘 2mo
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rockpools @Simona Ebook. Yours‘ll be a lot prettier & worth the wait! 😘 2mo
Simona Direct from publisher? Because I was looking on iBook, Kindle and Kobo … and then I ordered from Blackwell … plus Paradais and Happy Stories, Mostly. 2mo
Simona I FOUND IT‼️I don't understand why I didn't think of that before🤯🤯🤯 2mo
rockpools @Simona I‘m so sorry- I never thought to say! I‘ve been on their mailing list for years, so I automatically went to the publisher. Blackwell‘s are usually quick aren‘t they? - has Happy Stories arrived? Think Paradais is published tomorrow, but I didn‘t get through her last one so I might give it a miss! 2mo
Simona All three were dispatched last week on 14/3, so I still have hope that they will arrive next week. I really can‘t believe that I didn‘t look at their website, because I ordered After the Sun direct from Lolli Editions ( and I finally used their generous discount from my last year drama with delayed delivery). 2mo
Simona … kicking my ass right now … 😣😖😫 2mo
Simona All the yesterday‘s drama ☺️ …. Tomb of Sand arrived today 😁 2mo
rockpools @Simona 🎉🥳🌟🎉👍 I hope you enjoy it now! I‘m finding it unexpectedly fun! 2mo
Simona I just started it (chapter 3), but yes, I can already feel some humorous vibes. 2mo
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Rick | Alex Gino
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Still catching up with reviews. I‘ll go with short and sweet for this middle grade novel.

Rick starts middle school with his best friend, who may not be the kindest of people. As those around him become obsessed with girls, he learns about the A in LGBTQIA+ - whether he‘s asexual or a ‘late bloomer‘, being who you are is ok. Plus he gets to know his grandad.

It‘s a lovely, age-appropriate novel of acceptance and Alex Gino is a complete star.

Centique Such a gorgeous blue sky! 2mo
rockpools @Centique I have to take photos when it‘s blue 💙 - we‘re back to white/grey/‘is there actually any sky up there?‘ today, which doesn‘t photo well! 2mo
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Happy Stories, Mostly | Norman Erikson Pasaribu
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Norman Erikson Pasaribu is the only author on the #InternationalBookerPrize2022 longlist who I‘ve read before, and I was surprised at just how pleased I was to see him again!

Many of the stories are written from the perspective of friends or family of gay characters, people who love them - but don‘t accept them; people who are somehow responsible for ‘mostly‘ in their happy stories. The themes are heartbreaking, yet are told with a brightness,

rockpools a playfulness and a sense of the absurd. We spend time in heaven (which looks awfully like an open-plan office) & a character berating her author for lack of detail.

Moving away from the stories themselves, one of things I enjoy with Tilted Axis Press is their ability to bring you a glimpse of the original language- just a word at the start, in this case ‘hampir‘ (almost), which draws you in. And the afterword, a
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rockpools conversation between the author and Tiffany Tsao, translator, is a joy.

I‘m looking forward to re-reading this, and I‘m sure I‘ll experience it differently next time.
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Simona I wasn‘t looking forward to read it, but your review helps me to gain more enthusiastic approach … 2mo
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TrishB Whoever makes heaven an open plan office has a good sense of humour. 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review Rachel! 2mo
rockpools @Simona I guarantee you‘ll read worse before the month is over 😁. 2mo
rockpools @TrishB To be fair, they didn‘t make it sound particularly heavenly… 2mo
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I read this ARC around a month ago & am just reviewing- which is daft as it‘s one of my favourite reads of the year so far!

A woman moves from the city to remote West Jutland, as a new mum & ‘trailing spouse‘ - her boyfriend will be teaching at the Folk High School (slightly hippy art college? I was seeing a Danish Dartington College, backalong). We follow her as she attempts to fit in, learn to drive, make friends & get to grips with parenting.

rockpools This is one of those books where virtually nothing happens- and I loved it!

I have to admit I went in extremely cautious- when funny books miss the mark, they miss badly. Add in the motherhood themes, and the potential for me to hate it was quite great! But I laughed - frequently. The main character‘s inappropriate replies in her role as ‘oracle‘ were priceless.
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rockpools It‘s very gentle, very subtle and faintly ridiculous, and I look forward to reading anything else Pilgaard has translated into English.

Thank you #NetGalley for the advanced readers copy. Published 14th April 2022.
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TrishB I‘m very jealous of your picture ❤️ my current read started in Teignmouth in 1914 ( well before you!!). 2mo
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rockpools @TrishB Ooh, really? What‘s that then? Will file it away for next time I need something local (unless it‘s a horrific gorefest, in which case I‘ll pass!) 2mo
TrishB This one - definitely not horror. I‘ve also had mentions of Exeter, Dawlish, Trusham and Newton Abbot. Although we‘ve moved to Cornwall now 😁 2mo
CarolynM This sounds great! Stacked😀 2mo
rockpools @CarolynM I hope you do enjoy it. I so went in expecting to dislike it, I still feel iffy about recommending it. Weird!! 2mo
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It‘s #InternationalBookerPrize2022 season! So my #weeklyforecast and #bookreport (they‘re one and the same) may look a little dark!

🌟Jacob. 700 pages in, and it‘s become a walking-round-the-house-reading book. I am in awe of her ability to keep a story engaging.
🌟Heaven. On audio. So tough & I think it‘ll get tougher.
🌟New Name. Current state of mind: Do I have to? It‘s a stream of consciousness thing, part 3 of a series. I‘m sure it‘s amazing

rockpools but I‘m probably not up for putting the work in to ‘get‘ it.

🌟Happy Stories, Mostly (the mostly is key!). I am SO happy to be back with Pasaribu. He‘s the only author on the list I‘d read before, the stories are vivid, playful and heartbreaking - even if I‘m not always sure what he‘s talking about 🐢.

Have a lovely week, all. Enjoy your travels Cindy!
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Simona Heaven is tough (especially one scene is unforgettable) and good, but book isn‘t in this year prize league … Lovely weekend to you too 🥰 2mo
TrishB Enjoy Rachel ❤️ 2mo
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squirrelbrain Always hard work when a prize-nominated book is part of a series…. Have a good week! 2mo
rockpools @Simona 🤔 Is that because there‘s only one book in this year‘s prize league 😜 (Actually, I agree with you so far.) 2mo
Simona 🤣😂😅You are wright, that could be the reason. 2mo
Centique Are you planning to try the whole list Rachel? I will be keen to see your reccs of which ones stand out. 2mo
BookwormM Hoping my library holds come in before the shortlist is announced 2 books down and I don‘t think either are the one 2mo
rockpools @Centique Hi Paula! I probably won‘t read the WHOLE list (that work thing gets in the way!) - I‘m aiming for 8, maybe. I think @BookWormM and I will get through the full list between us, and all of the reviews will be up on her blog at https://thereadersroom.org/ . There are some good ones this year! I‘m loving this at the mo: 2mo
Centique @rockpools oh good I will keep an eye on the blog! Good luck 💕 2mo
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Well, that was a week. Let‘s do a #BookReport before I go back to work 😵‍💫

Marlow - Enjoyable cosy 👍
Rick - Gino does it again. I wish books like this existed when I was 10 (or 20!) 💜
Birdsong in Literature. A 45 minute audio. I bailed after 10 minutes.SO DRY, even with birdsong!
Life in Nature. Much more like it. This week I learnt that the extended family also have a 🦆 thing going on. Odd.
Jacob. So good. But so long. I‘m at 50%.

rockpools #WeeklyForecast I don‘t imagine much reading‘s going to happen this week, but I‘d love to get to 75% on Jacob. The International Booker longlist is out on Thursday, so that might shake things up. And I need/am struggling to find a new, light, not-rubbish audiobook. Ideas welcome.

Have a fantastic week, all. Hi Cindy 😘
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Cinfhen I‘m so curious about Books of Jacob BUT #PageCountPhobia 2mo
Cinfhen Hi Rachel xxx 👋 2mo
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youneverarrived If you haven‘t read it already Born A Crime on audio is brill! Hope you have a good week ❤️ 2mo
Simona 50% is a great progress! And I feel relieved that you like it😘 My current audiobook is NF and I like it 2mo
TrishB Great summary 👍🏻 have a wonderful week ♥️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Hope your week goes well Rachel! 2mo
Cathythoughts Have a good week 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
rockpools @Cinfhen It‘s not dragging at all - it moves very swiftly between POVs, so you never get bogged down with one person, and the writing‘s fab. But #PageCountPhobia is real and keeps recurring! 2mo
rockpools @youneverarrived Do you know, I think that was the first audiobook I ever read? But now might be a *really* good time to reread… (I NEVER re-read. Interesting 🤨) 2mo
rockpools @Simona 🤣🤣 Is there a #blameitonsimona hashtag out there already? No seriously, I understand why you love it, and I flipping hope it makes the longlist! But I do struggle with chunksters, especially when I‘m attempting to read to a deadline, and this is probably my longest book ever 😱 2mo
Cinfhen Maybe I‘ll give it a go!! I think I would love it 😊 thanks 2mo
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I‘m not even sure if I‘m playing #BookSpinBingo this month, but - just in case - here‘s my grid. The numbers will be replaced with International Booker titles when they‘re announced next week, and everything else will get actual book titles as and when. And then I won‘t read any of them.

Basically, it‘s all about the grid!

rabbitprincess That is an awesome grid! 🧶 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Ha, I love your description! I also rarely read the books on my board but I still look forward to making the list and the board. 😋 3mo
Hooked_on_books What a cute, colorful way to do a bingo board! 3mo
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TheSpineView Love the collage! 🧡 3mo
Soubhiville That‘s gorgeous! 3mo
Nutmegnc That‘s the cutest ever! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! This is so adorable!!! 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love this board! 😍 3mo
Simona Looks very nice❣️ 3mo
Centique This grid is so CUTE! 2mo
Nute So cool! 2mo
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Weeeelllll, yes. I didn‘t do great with last month‘s #bookspinbingo. And I didn‘t actually finish my bookspin or doublespin… but my grid was pretty 🤨

Onwards!!

squirrelbrain It was pretty…and you didn‘t want to cover up all of those lovely fonts after all! 3mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain 😂😂😂. Of course, that was it! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Still a great month!!! 3mo
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Time to set some #BFC2022 goals for March - I didn‘t set any in Feb.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Stretch every day. I started a morning 10-mins/day challenge with Yoga with Iuliana & am on day 10. Because it‘s just 10 mins, it‘s much easier to start, so I‘m keeping going with this!
🏃🏻‍♀️ Do that park run!
🥕 Working on getting 30 plant-based items a week into my diet to make it more varied. We‘ll see! My lunches have improved a tiny bit, but much more to be done!

rockpools 🍪 Address the biscuit situation! No more than 1 a day.
📚Read 5 books - I only managed 3 last month.
📝Give that ‘3 things that went well today‘ app another go!
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Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍 beautiful picture 💫 3mo
TrishB Lovely pic ♥️ 3mo
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Bookwormjillk I love the idea of 30 plant based items. 3mo
squirrelbrain Great goals! 3mo
Tamra Such a peaceful view! 😍 3mo
LapReader I looked for that app but couldn‘t find it? 3mo
rockpools @LapReader That‘ll be because I got the name wrong! It‘s called Three Good Things - a happiness journal. It‘s very basic, does what it says on the tin! 3mo
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 I do a 10 minute yoga/stretch routine first thing in the morning & it‘s a great way to start the day. 3mo
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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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I surprised myself by really enjoying this. An eccentric pensioner, a dog-Walker and the vicar‘s wife inadvertently team up to solve a murder or three in respectable Marlow.

The writing was slightly odd - I wonder if tv scripts are his first medium. There was a LOT of telling. And I‘m not sure the plot would stand up to too much scrutiny. But it was a lot of fun, with fab characters. And the narrator was EXCELLENT!

📷 Pixabay

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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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Delightful weather here today. And the suggestion that our jobs will likely end in redundancy/redeployment next year. Ho hum.

But I am enjoying this audiobook, even if it‘s not a work of great literature (you could pick holes in it if you wanted to!)

squirrelbrain Ugh, sorry to hear that about your job. 😟 Your weather looks rubbish - it‘s been freezing up here but glorious sunshine today, for a change. Tomorrow, not so much! 3mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 3mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain Enjoy the weather! I‘m drying out now 💦. And it‘s not a major surprise, but I had been avoiding getting my head round what a permanent contract with fixed-term funding actually meant. I think they‘ll try to redeploy me. 3mo
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rockpools @MaureenMc 😊😘 3mo
Simona Oh, sorry about that 😔 3mo
rockpools Thanks @Simona - it‘s probably fine - I‘ll just need to rustle up some energy and enthusiasm reserves to deal with it 😕 3mo
Simona That is the hardest part … thinking of you❣️ 3mo
batsy I'm sorry to hear about that on the work front. Sending lots of positive vibes 💛 3mo
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The Books of Jacob | Olga Tokarczuk
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Oh, it‘s going to be *that* kind of weekend!

batsy Oh no! 3mo
TrishB ☹️ oh dear! A back to bed weekend definitely! 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh no ! It can only get better 👍🏻 3mo
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rockpools @Cathythoughts Indeed! (Currently cleaning up a plant pot that got knocked over 😬) 3mo
rockpools @TrishB This is where I‘m going wrong! 3mo
rockpools @batsy 😂😂 It wouldn‘t be so bad if I could remember how to restart my kindle without having to Google every time! 3mo
julesG Urgh!!! Keep the on/off button pressed until it restarts - that's about 30 seconds. 3mo
BkClubCare I don‘t use my kindle enough and always have to charge it. I suppose I need to google how to turn it off!? 3mo
Soubhiville Yikes! Hope you worked it out! 3mo
rockpools @julesG Thank you - got it. When my old Kindle died I was having to do factory resets every couple of weeks which was a right faff - I couldn‘t remember if holding the off key would just restart the thing or reset everything 😱 3mo
rockpools @BkClubCare It‘s crazy, isn‘t it? We should automatically know these things… but I have no idea how to turn off a kindle! 3mo
rockpools @Soubhiville Thank you! Got there eventually- it‘s always a “gaah! Have I lost everything forever” moment when these things start playing up! 3mo
CarolynM ☹ Glad you got it fixed. 3mo
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Morning Litsy!

Here‘s my #BookReport! (Everything is ongoing… including this post, which I appear to have posted accidentally)

Loving Peter Scott‘s enthusiasm. We‘ve been diving coral reefs and looking for ducks in Papua New Guinea. Gorgeous!

The Book of Jacob - I‘m enjoying- but I‘m at the 23% mark, and it‘s beginning to feel like a chunkster.

Marlow Murder Club - I needed a lighter audio, and this is quite fun.

rockpools And the background pick was a lovely icy walk after work on Thursday to get Zoom out of my eyes/brain! How‘s your week been? (edited) 3mo
TrishB I think my brain is melting from zoom! I‘m enjoying my days in the office as generally a break from it! 3mo
rockpools @TrishB Absolutely! One of the libraries I go to is thoroughly bemused as to why I‘m always so happy to see them. They have a filing cabinet drawer full of chocolate, I can refuse Zooms while I‘m there, cos there‘s no private space, and it‘s possible to have an actual conversation. What‘s not to love?! 3mo
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TrishB Exactly! For an introvert it has been a shock to me to realise how much I‘ve missed that conversation. I hate online meetings so much now. 3mo
Cinfhen Great report 💕I really enjoy our weekly catch-ups 😊 3mo
squirrelbrain A drawer full of chocolate is so much better than a Zoom meeting! 3mo
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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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I have survived a full two-day marketing course on Zoom.

Exactly. Who knew that was possible?🤷🏻‍♀️

So I needed something a bit silly and on audio for this evening. If it wasn‘t for the name, I think this would be a quite enjoyable cosy, if a bit nonsensical. Unfortunately the name means it suffers from comparison, and that‘s never good.

The narration‘s good though (tho Libby doesn‘t give any clues who it is - sounds like Penelope Keith) 🙄

LeahBergen Your two days sound brutal! 3mo
squirrelbrain Yeah, I deliberately haven‘t read this, as I thought it might be a not-so-good copy…. 3mo
rockpools @LeahBergen The course was actually good. But I‘m a librarian surrounded by marketing-types. It was pretty much a self-defence tactic! And I do seem to have used the word Brutal an awful lot the last few weeks! 3mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain I‘d been giving it a wide berth for that reason. But the only similarity is an eccentric older lady solving crimes - there‘s definitely room in the cosy-world for more of those. If it wasn‘t for the title, I don‘t think I‘d have made the comparison at all. As it is though, it doesn‘t have the warmth & charm of the other - but it‘s still better than most of the cosies I‘e tried to read in the past year. (I blame marketing people🙄) 3mo
Magpiegem @squirrelbrain it‘s pretty different (it‘s not as good, but it‘s not bad) and the descriptions of Marlow are pretty accurate which always makes me happy 3mo
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A very minimal #bookspin list this month. I hope I‘ve got a few days to finish all the books I‘m in the middle of 😬

BkClubCare Brilliant. I love this approach. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I love your category for 19 😂 3mo
Simona YAY for IBP longlist😘 3mo
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rockpools @Simona …and I‘ll OBVIOUSLY have a head start this year, having already read the winning (and longest) book 😜. (If I finish it by then 🤔) 3mo
rockpools @TheAromaofBooks They‘re the ones that sit on the shelves for YEARS! Time to move some of them along 🤣 3mo
rockpools @BkClubCare Thank you 😂. I‘ve come to the conclusion I‘m just never going to stick to a list, so this is a cunning ploy to keep me on track! (Borrowed from so many other bookspinners, mind) 3mo
Simona HUGE advantage! Thank me later 😘😘😘 3mo
rockpools @Simona I will! Happy Weekend 😘 3mo
Simona Happy weekend to you too! 3mo
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Crashed! | Rita Coatts

Is anyone else having issues with Litsy crashing? I can scroll back to a certain point in my main feed (today - we‘re not talking scrolling back months!) and I‘m thrown out. Have tried reinstalling & logging out/in. It‘s v annoying!

Purpleness Yes! I thought it was just my tired old phone. 3mo
rabbitprincess Me too, even with reinstalling the app. The website works, fortunately 😄 (edited) 3mo
rockpools @rabbitprincess @Purpleness Thank you both. Mine‘s a newish-to-me refurbished phone, so I was a bit worried it was just me being glitchy. Can I ask whether this is just today or if it‘s a longstanding problem? I have emailed Litsy - I‘ll let you know if they reply. 3mo
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rabbitprincess @rockpools Just today. Thanks for emailing Litsy! 3mo
rockpools @rabbitprincess Oh good! I had a horrible foreboding that this was how it would be from now on 🙀 3mo
squirrelbrain Mine was playing up badly this morning - I assume it‘s from the latest iOS update I installed last night…. 3mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain @rabbitprincess @Readergrrl Litsy are trying to replicate the problem. I still get thrown out if I go back a few beyond today‘s Birthdays post. I *guess* I updated IOS yesterday 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Ddzmini Just tried to scroll and it keeps kicking me out 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3mo
rockpools @Ddzmini SO frustrating! 3mo
squirrelbrain Yes, that‘s as far as I can get too Rachel…. Hopefully they‘ll get it sorted soon. Thanks for chasing the powers that be. 3mo
rabbitprincess @rockpools I upgraded to iOS 15.3.1 on the iPad maybe a week ago, so I find it strange that Litsy is crashing for me only today 😕 3mo
Ddzmini @rockpools I know it‘s still a problem does anyone know if their trying to fix it? 3mo
rockpools @Ddzmini They asked me a few questions and sent the details through to the developers to investigate. If you want to report it yourself, go to settings - help & support and there‘s an email. 3mo
Ddzmini Thank you @rockpools I‘m going to send a email only because I can‘t scroll past yesterdays post when this started 🤦🏼‍♀️… 3mo
rockpools @Ddzmini It‘ll probably help if a few people contact them, rather than just me being a fussbudget. Thank you! 3mo
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A Life In Nature | Sir Peter Scott
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A word you don‘t meet every day!

Deliquescent: becoming liquid.

rockpools Also: cupidity - greed for money or possessions. Surely I should‘ve known that one?! 3mo
Karisa Those are delicious! 💗 3mo
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Happy Saturday! Hope the week‘s treated you kindly and you have heat, power, roof tiles and train lines.

#BookReport
🌸 Ghosts of Spring - Finished and loved. The story of a homeless girl living in Gloucester, and finding her way out.
🦆 A Life in Nature - Essays by the founder of Slimbridge Wetlands Trust. Apparently I enjoy these older nature/conservation books, tho you‘d hope more had changed by now.
📚 Books of Jacob - And I started this

rockpools Chunkster set in the Jewish communities of Poland/Ukraine in the 1750s… and so far it‘s very readable! (Ask me again in 900 pages time tho 🤨) 3mo
squirrelbrain How are you down there Rachel? We have snow now…. ❄️ 3mo
TrishB I hope you have all those things too 🤞🏻 3mo
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rockpools @squirrelbrain @TrishB We got away surprisingly lightly this time round - were expecting much worse! The high winds arrived a couple of hours after high tide, which I think had been the major concern. Had a budget meeting cancelled because the boss was dealing with power cuts across the rest of the county but that was it! You both get through ok? Can you stay in & cosy til it passes, Helen? What does Henry make of it? 3mo
TrishB That‘s good to hear! We just had a windy, rainy day - no worse than normal winter day thankfully. (edited) 3mo
squirrelbrain There‘s quite a few trees down in town here, but we‘ve been OK. The snow has stopped now. It was forecast as rain, maybe sleet but we had several inches in the space of two hours. Henry thinks it ‘quite interesting‘ and nice to eat (he‘s teething) but he‘s so laid back about everything so he‘s not gone mad with it. 3mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!! Haven‘t heard about your crazzzy weather. It‘s been so pleasant here. Really the beginnings of Spring 🌷🌻🌹 3mo
Cinfhen Two of those covers are just GORGEOUS, Rachel 😍 3mo
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Ghosts of Spring | Luis Carrasco
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I thoroughly enjoyed this short novel of a girl living on the streets of Gloucester. We never know her name - because she chooses not to tell us - names are important - but we travel with her through the minutiae of her life. There‘s humour and tragedy and hope, but above all this is a story of small kindnesses and being seen and the difference they make.

squirrelbrain Sounds lovely! And I have resisted the subscription…. So far! (edited) 3mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain Oh good 😜. I‘ll wave something else at you in a couple of months time 😁. 3mo
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Ghosts of Spring | Luis Carrasco
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The Republic of Consciousness Prize supports small presses in the UK. They announced this year‘s longlist earlier this week: https://www.republicofconsciousness.com/2022-prize

They also have a very silly name.

The Ghosts of Spring isn‘t on the longlist. A couple of weeks back, I stumbled across the RoC subscription, and finally succumbed. A book a month (or every 2/3 months) from a small press. This is my first one, and it‘s gorgeous!

rockpools I like that the books can be any genre (short stories, poems novels, nf…) and are a mix of translated and English-language authors. I also like that if you go with the 2-or-3-monthly sub, you can choose which of the books you receive. I was a teensy bit worried that they might all turn out to be pretentious gubbins (which, let‘s face it, is what the prize name suggests) but I‘m loving this so far. 3mo
Tamra Gorgeous cover! 3mo
squirrelbrain Repeat after me… ‘I don‘t need another book subscription‘…‘I don‘t need another book subscription‘ ….I‘ll just have a really quick look at their website! (edited) 3mo
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rockpools @Tamra Isn‘t it lovely? 🌸 3mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain 🤣🤣 Oops. Let me know if I need to feel guilty! 3mo
eraderneely @squirrelbrain @rockpools Excellent! I‘ll let you two do all the hard work of finding us those small press gems 3mo
rockpools @eraderneely 😂😂 Of course I‘ll actually have to read them now! 3mo
eraderneely 😂 3mo
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A Decline in Prophets | Sulari Gentill
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OK, this one‘s a little bit book-related.

Stopped off in Dawlish on the way back to see the black swans. Look what I found in one of the charity shops @CarolynM 😁. Bizarrely, it‘s even the next in the series for me to read. Extremely chuffed!

Still narked at the UK cover designers for slapping the title right across the middle of the pictures, but there we go.

squirrelbrain Pretty swan! And pretty book cover too; I can see why you‘re annoyed at the title! 3mo
EvieBee I‘ve never heard of this series. Sounds delightful; just placed a hold for the first book in the series at my library. 3mo
CarolynM I wonder what you will think of this one? This and the next one are probably my least favourites, but things get interesting again in number 4 🙂 @EvieBee hope you enjoy and, just so you know, all the background stuff is true. 3mo
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Completely not-book-related, but on the rare occasions I get to Dawlish Warren, a local nature reserve, I feel the need to send @LeahBergen photos!

The weather was threatening (in case that sky doesn‘t give it away)so a bit of a hurried return before Storm Dennis kicked in, but it was lovely and bracing 🥶💨

AmyG Beautiful photos 3mo
wanderinglynn What a lovely place! 💚 3mo
Magpiegem Oh my ex fiancé was from Budleigh Salterton and we often went to Dawlish when visiting his parents. It‘s lovely there ? 3mo
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julesG Very beautiful pictures. Perfect murder mystery mood.😉 Dennis is about to hit us next; not called Dennis over here, though. The kids are happy, school's been cancelled for tomorrow. 3mo
squirrelbrain Lovely pics! Dennis is definitely here already, oop North! Looking forward to Eunice too on Friday as she‘s supposedly bringing blizzards. 3mo
LeahBergen Haha! I love it that you remember! 😆😆 And what gorgeous, atmospheric pics. ❤️❤️ 3mo
Simona Looks very beautiful❣️ 3mo
Centique Those are gorgeous pictures! 3mo
rockpools @Centique 😊. Beaches are better in winter round here - providing you have an appropriate escape-route (and weren‘t planning to sit and read for hours!) 3mo
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Love After Love: A Novel | Ingrid Persaud
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I completely totally loved this book up until the point I loved it slightly less.

When Mr Chethan takes up lodgings with Miss Betty and her son, Solo, they little expect how close they‘ll become. Early on, secrets are shared and everything changes. I loved all three main characters & the relationships between them, the little details, the Trinidadian food. And the author‘s narration is just perfect.

rockpools Unfortunately towards the end, we hit a bit of a problematic trope. And I really wish that wasn‘t where it had gone.

This was my #readaroundtheworld book for #Trinidad (only a month late!) Content warnings behind spoiler tag.
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rockpools Content warnings for self-harm, attempted suicide, domestic violence and homophobia. 3mo
Cathythoughts I see I have it stacked already... sounds like a good / upsetting read 👍💔 3mo
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rockpools @Cathythoughts Absolutely 💔. 😭 happened! 3mo
TrishB Now I‘m even more intrigued I think! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review Rachel! 3mo
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