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shawnmooney

Joined March 2016

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McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh
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Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
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A Few Green Leaves by Barbara Pym
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The Heyday in the Blood by Geraint Goodwin
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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
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All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
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The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
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LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL. by RONAN. HESSION
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The Group: A Novel by Mary McCarthy
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Winter: A Novel by Ali Smith
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Such Good Work: A Novel by Johannes Lichtman
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The Known World by Edward P. Jones
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The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The Good Earth by Pearl S. Bück
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The Heyday in the Blood | Geraint Goodwin
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LeahBergen Love! ❤️ 2d
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McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Cinfhen Such vivid imagery!! I‘m loving her descriptions both on land and on deck @LeahBergen 3d
LeahBergen Awesome, isn‘t it? 3d
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Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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The winner of the Man Booker International prize, announced today! I read it a few months ago, and loved it—never did post my YouTube review here, so here you go: https://youtu.be/-T8791KxQNM

Lindy I‘ve already got this on my want to read shelf in goodreads, probably as a result of your review. Looking forward to reading it when it‘s available at the library. 4d
Cinfhen Ahhh!! I somehow missed both the announcement and your review!!! Thanks, Shawn 😘 3d
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Too Much Happiness | Alice Munro
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A Few Green Leaves | Barbara Pym
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The unparalleled joy of beginning a new-to-me Barbara Pym novel. There aren‘t many left before I‘ll have read the whole lot!

LeahBergen I feel like starting a Pym now. 😍 7d
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The Heyday in the Blood | Geraint Goodwin
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A 1936 English-language novel from Wales! Loving the writing so far!

LeahBergen It sounds delightfully quirky! 1w
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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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LeahBergen Say what now? 🤔 2w
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Small Country | Gael Faye
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Bailedbailed

Some fascinating geographical and cultural detail, but the writing/translation was just subpar. Decided not to continue after the 15% mark.

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Bailedbailed

I read half of this, and while there were things I admired, I felt no strong emotions about any of the characters. So I have decided not to continue. I will try another, later novel by the same writer some day.

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The Gulf | Anna Spargo-Ryan
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Bailedbailed

While I quite enjoyed Spargo-Ryan‘s debut, The Paper House, I couldn‘t get into this one, narrated by a decidedly inarticulate teenage girl. I missed the gorgeous sentences and insights peppering the first novel. Bailed a third of the way in.

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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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The sadness that comes when a possible top read of the year ends up being a big, big disappointment...

https://youtu.be/uf8gGZKyHGA

tjwill ☹️ Bummer. 4w
saresmoore I LOVED IT! So much! 😘🙃 4w
Cathythoughts I havnt read this yet. But it‘s getting interesting .... ♥️👍🏻 4w
TrishB I loved it too 💜 4w
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
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After doing a deep dive on Google, I‘m pretty sure this is called a “boti”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boti

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Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Flames | Robbie Arnott
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Bailedbailed

Well I gave it a try. The writing was so good, but the story was way, way, WAY too magically realist and fantastical and mythological for me. Blech. Bailed just under a fifth of the way in.

Lindy This sounds like my kind of book. Release date in Canada is not until July. 1mo
CouronneDhiver Not a fan of magical realism. I‘ll take your word for it on this one. 1mo
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Hang Him When He Is Not There | Nicholas John Turner
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Bailedbailed

Damn, the opening chapters were so incredibly riveting but the author and his editor really fell asleep farther in. I have just read a chapter and a half of some of the crappiest prose ever, with eyerollingly god-awful sex scenes to boot. I‘m done. Bailed 70% of the way in.

LeahBergen 70%?? I‘d have to finish it by that point. 😆😆 Or at least skim read it! 1mo
shawnmooney @leahbergen Not for a million bucks. 🤢🤢😂😂 1mo
Cathythoughts I could do a 70% bail too 👍🏻 1mo
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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL. | RONAN. HESSION
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Lindy Ha! 2mo
Suet624 Connect 4! 2mo
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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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All Passion Spent | Vita Sackville-West
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LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 2mo
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All Passion Spent | Vita Sackville-West
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AlaMich The secret to a happy marriage? Or just a long one? 😆 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
readordierachel Ah, marriage 😂 2mo
Suet624 Oh my, yes. 2mo
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Guapa | Saleem Haddad
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This one just wasn‘t for me. I found the writing quite annoying, overly didactic, and whiny. Such an important story, but not told in a way that worked for me at all. Bailed just shy of page 40.

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Hang Him When He Is Not There | Nicholas John Turner
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saresmoore Ha! 2mo
Suet624 😂😂 2mo
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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Lindy A great line. 🌸 2mo
shawnmooney I thought so too – but also an eye rolling one after all of Genji‘s asshole comments and thoughts in the previous page or two. What an absolute jerk he is! 😛 2mo
Lindy @shawnmooney Yep. We talked a lot about Genji‘s asshole qualities during our group read. #Genji 2mo
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Hang Him When He Is Not There | Nicholas John Turner
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LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL. | RONAN. HESSION
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LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL. | RONAN. HESSION
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Bibliogeekery Great quotation! 2mo
CouronneDhiver Yahtzee is cool like that 😉 2mo
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LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL. | RONAN. HESSION
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This opening paragraph of this new Irish debut novel so utterly beguiled me that I immediately bought the e-book. Two chapters in, I‘m feeling just as enthusiastic!

saresmoore I love it! 2mo
shawnmooney @saresmoore Thought you might! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen What a great opening! 2mo
rubyslippersreads Best opening line ever! 2mo
Suet624 Beautiful. Although in VT we can‘t have bird feeders from spring to fall because of bears. 😂 2mo
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Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. | Martin Ross E Oe Somerville
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Bailedbailed

I read just over half of the stories and while they were extremely well written and rather comical in places, I simply couldn‘t bring myself to finish. Not enough human-character to-human-character dynamics; far too much about hunting and horse-racing and buying horses. Oh my God!

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The Golden Legend | Nadeem Aslam
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Bailedbailed

A lot of sadness and tragedy. Some impressively intricate storytelling. But I was not made to care about anyone or anything beyond what I would reading sad, tragic news articles. A novel must pull more of me in. Bailed just under halfway through.

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LeahBergen 😖 2mo
Suet624 Hmmmm... 2mo
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Bailedbailed

Pretentious drivel. Bailed on page 3. Blech!

HardcoverHearts 😂🤣 You are hilarious. I mean, I get it and don‘t disagree. But I do like his vocabulary. 2mo
Suet624 Hahaha. So fast! 2mo
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The Tale of Genji | Murasaki Shikibu
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saresmoore 🙄 That‘s what they all say... 2mo
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The Group: A Novel | Mary McCarthy
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mreads Reminds me of grade school, where that one girl thinks she's in charge. 2mo
batsy Oh my, these descriptions are just perfect. 2mo
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Full video review: https://youtu.be/8_OZt9x-BfE
After her masterpiece, The Lost Garden, this new Helen Humphreys novel was a huge disappointment. The first half is a meta-essay about the impossibility of fictionalizing in an interesting way the life of a woman who did nothing—nothing at all—except make salmon flies; in the second half, the ‘novel,‘ Humphreys goes on, alas, to amply prove the point. One of the most boring books I‘ve ever read.

LeahBergen I had such a good laugh watching this video (especially your little pre-videos and the ‘thumbs up or down” vote!) 😂😂 2mo
Lindy @LeahBergen Me too. 😆 2mo
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The Group: A Novel | Mary McCarthy
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Lindy: A Fantasy | Luke Jeremy Hill
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How delightful to spend time with the one and only @Lindy during her visit to Japan, including this fun bookish chat!

https://youtu.be/F6g6SFdbFZU

Lindy It was fun! Thanks @shawnmooney 2mo
CouronneDhiver Yay! I‘ve been waiting to see this one 👍🏽 2mo
tpixie Awesomeness!! I‘ll have to listen to this over lunch hour!! @lindy fun #LitsyMeetUp (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen I can‘t wait to sit down and watch this! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Such Good Work: A Novel | Johannes Lichtman
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Lindy 💔 2mo
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Bailedbailed

I was never convinced that the first person voice was that of an 84-year-old Irish farmer. More than that, the writing was just too sentimental for me. I wasn‘t invested enough to feel anything in response to the first tragedy in the story, at page 60, and bailed a page or two after that.

Becker Interesting because I am in the middle of the audiobook and the narrator is fantastic and brings such authenticity to the character. I actually wondered how different it would be to read it. Sorry it didn‘t work for you. 3mo
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The Familiars | Stacey Halls
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Bailedbailed

I read just over a fifth of it. The story was holding my interest to a certain degree, but not enough to overlook the superficial characterization and ridiculously modern atmosphere and dialogue. Nope.

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Red Dog, Red Dog | Patrick Lane
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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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saresmoore Ali Smith, you beautiful, magical word sorceress! 3mo
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Such Good Work: A Novel | Johannes Lichtman
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saresmoore 😅 This is how I dance, too. 3mo
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 3mo
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The Thing Around Your Neck | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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From the story ‘Tomorrow is Too Far‘

Cinfhen Beautiful 3mo
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Bailedbailed

I‘m not sure how to divvy up the blame between the author and the audio narrator, but this was just mind numbingly boring despite its biographical subject herself being so important and so darn interesting! I woke up at the 33% mark long enough to bail.

Cinfhen Hi! When do u want to read 3mo
Weaponxgirl I‘ve kept falling asleep to this too. I‘m may try it in another format, I‘m not having much luck with my audiobooks this month . 3mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen How about May, my darling? 😍 3mo
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Cinfhen May is perfect😄tagging our lovely Canadian book goddess @LeahBergen as she wanted in on this buddyread ~ making it a #threeway 😉 3mo
LeahBergen @shawnmooney @Cinfhen Sounds great! 👍🏻 3mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen @LeahBergen Yay! I put it in my calendar! Cindy, do you use Voxer? For me it‘s the best way to do buddy reads because we can leave audio messages back-and-forth. Let me know. 🥰😍 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m not familiar with voxer but I‘m sure I should be able to download the app ( it‘s an Israeli startup!) 3mo
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Bailedbailed

There was quite a bit that I liked about the 40% of this that I managed to get through, but what did me in was the tough, unrelenting slog of the vernacular prose, unrelieved by even a smidgeon of easy-to-read quote-unquote ‘standard English‘ exposition or 3rd-person narration. So, in the end, just no.

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Lindy And I thought it was going to be hard to get used to thousands … 💴 3mo
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