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sophierayton

Joined June 2018

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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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Met Chigozie Obioma tonight!

TheEllieMo Cheltenham? 1w
sophierayton Yes, Cheltenham - UK 1w
andrew61 Great photo, this was a highlight of shortlist and as i enjoyed the fishermen as well look forward to future book. Glad you enjoyed. 1w
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Mehso-so

I always like to see what Lisbeth is up to, but the main storyline in this book, was a bit like... 'whatever' and I didn't really care. Not the best one.

sharread I felt the same way. I think he's doing a 10 book series. 🤔 2w
LapReader I gave up after his first effort. 2w
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Panpan

I was not the target audience and did not enjoy it. It reeked of privilege, but perhaps those who enjoy similar privilege and admire Vanderkamp, might enjoy it.

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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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Incredibly impressive. I am very excited to discover Kevin Barry. I'm disappointed it didn't make the Booker short list, but I'm sure it will still do very well.

Crazeedi This sounds very intriguing 2w
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Absolutely devastating!

As a wife and mother, especially so.

I'm not sure I dare read any more Max Porter, but I think I'm still going to.

TheEllieMo I didn‘t like this one, but his latest, Lanny is completely different and absolutely amazing. (It does involve a missing child, though) 2w
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Lara Jean!

This made me nostalgic for my teenage days, which is saying something!

A great end to the trilogy, but I wish there were 10 more to come. I'll just have to check out Han's other works instead.

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Pickpick

This is a nice little book. The intention is to be inspirational, but the comparisons could be off-putting to some

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Mehso-so

I really struggled to get into this. I went back to the beginning 4 times because I didn't feel like I had a hold of the plot or characters and must have missed something. Eventually I decided to just plough on, and things didn't get much clearer. I recognise this is likely a failing on my part rather than the book, which is a translation and filled with symbolism. A reader who is more aware of the history of Baghdad might enjoy it more.

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I enjoyed the friendly way Ella shares her story and encourages the reader to make steps to improve their own health.

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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This book is, wow! At the start it had a sweet, child friendship vibe, but much like Harry Potter gets darker as the series progresses, by the time I was at the end of this book I'd been through so much with these characters that it seems laughable my initial thoughts were that it's a children's book.
It's Fantasy, Sci Fi, Cli-Fi, Magical Realism, Apocalyptic, Romance, Thriller, Drama.... what is this book?! It's amazing is what it is.

tessavi Stacking this based on your review ✌️ 3w
sophierayton @tessavi Let me know what you think when you've finished. 3w
tessavi @sophierayton that could be a few years 😅 3w
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Survivor: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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I liked this even more than Fight Club. I love the way Palahniuk's mind works. I'm excited to read more of his books.

Addison_Reads Invisible Monsters is my favorite by him. I loved Survivor too 💚 1mo
gossamerchild I love that cover/edition of that book! That's so cool. 1mo
sophierayton @Addison_Reads I'll be getting on to that one next! 3w
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Smart analysis of some of my favourite shows and some I am now going to check out.

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Mehso-so

I really like Louise Penny's characters in this series, and it was fun to spend some more time with them and see how they're doing etc, but this just didn't really come together for me.

Crazeedi I was afraid of this, the last one didnt quite measure up, I was hoping this one would. 1mo
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Absurd indeed, but lots of fun. Would be a great gift or a good 'keep in the bathroom' book.

Gezemice That looks awesome! 1mo
rabbitprincess I have this out from the library, and my brother's already earmarked it as a Christmas gift for my dad 😆 1mo
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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This book is weird and trippy. I've not read Don Quixote yet, but plan to one day, and it will be interesting to compare the modern day retelling with the original - like watching Clueless before reading Emma.
I imagine it's a book that would hold up to re-reading as I feel like I'd have to read it a few more times before I start to understand what's really going on.

JamieArc I just finished this today. Weird and trippy is a great way to describe it! 1mo
andrew61 I'm halfway through and don't know yet if i love it or hate it. If I'd applied the 50 page test id have abandoned it but as i get used to the writing i am slowly enjoying it. 3w
sophierayton @andrew61 It is very literary. It's the type of book that could be picked apart and studied. Those books don't always make for a satisfying first read through. I'm curious to see how this fares over time. 3w
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman
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This genre is growing on me. It's like a cross between Roald Dahl and C.S Lewis. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have created a modern classic. There are some hilarious lines, especially as I'm British and there's so much fun poked at us. The message of Good and Evil and how easy it is to mix the two up, is a powerful philosophy and encourages the reader to think about more than the story itself.

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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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This novel is quiet and understated. The story is about a teenage boy and the affect war has on him, his family, his relationships and his future. There are a lot of beautiful sentences and the writing and story is so well crafted that I think it's a book that would hold up to being re-read several times.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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As a fan of Margaret Atwood and the Handmaid's tale, I was excited that a sequel was coming. For me, it did not disappoint and I thought it a satisfying follow up to the original story. In The Testaments, we learn more about the rise and fall of Gilead and get to know an interesting back story. I would recommend this book to most people, but would suggest reading The Handmaid's Tale first to get the full experience.

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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The Handmaid's Tale is a modern classic. The story that's told jumps around quite a lot and can take some getting used to. What is especially horrifying is that while this is a dystopian novel, Atwood said that everything that happens in the book has happened at some point, somewhere in the world.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a great story, and even more powerful for that reason. 1mo
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I really appreciated Eileen's rawness and honesty. They were willing to take a chance and lay their souls bare through their poetry. In my opinion, some of the poems are really powerful and others are kind of bizarre, but they're all true to the person they have been throughout their life.

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I found this accessible and fun. Gemma Atkinson, writes like she speaks and her voice and character comes through clearly. I was quite inspired to make a change after reading this book and the recipes I've tried have worked well so far.

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The 100 | Kass Morgan
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This was a hard no for me, but I'm giving it So-So for trying to be politically relevant and deal with hard issues.

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Maybe Someday | Colleen Hoover
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This book starts with the main character punching her boyfriend and best friend then sulking out on the street. For this reason, I was thinking this book wouldn't be for me. However, it then goes on to be rather nuanced and the black-and-white thinking puncher, goes on to realise that life consists of more shades of grey than she originally thought. This book also gets bonus points for having realistic disabled characters Overall I really liked it

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Gotta love Corrie ten Boom. I wish I had known her in real life. I'm glad we have lots of her wisdom through her writings. This is a lovely, short and uplifting book. Would make a good hospital gift.

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Gah. Bloody horrifying! Couldn't put it down, very suspenseful and well written. I'm looking forward to seeing the adaptation.

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Clash of Kings | George R R Martin
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Mehso-so

I watched the TV series first, which helped me to be able to visualise the world and characters, but took the fun out of discovering what will happen in the book.

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I really appreciated the philosophy of this book. So many of us are all or nothing, which usually results in nothing. It's heartening to hear that every little counts.

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I listened to this on audio, so it was a bit like listening to a long podcast of hers. I like Anne Bogel and I like her book.

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Interesting and a good guide to work by to be happier and more successful in all areas of your life.

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Fractured | Karin Slaughter
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I am already getting nervous about the day I run out of Karin Slaughter books because they're SO GOOD and she is absolutely at the top of her game within this genre.
This book explores hard hitting topics such as various traumas and the long term affects they can have on a person. It also develops great characters, and while the main character in this book is male, he s surrounded by many fully fleshed out female characters.

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This book is impressive and I was left wanting more. Solid literary fiction which alternates perspectives of one woman during three different times of her life. I think the three daughters is referring to her and her friends, but it could equally be referring to the 3 different Peri's or Peri, her mother and daughter. That's the joy of literary fiction though isn't it - the layers, the complexity, the confusion!

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This was my first Sally Rooney novel and I thought it was excellent. There are some really clear insights into human behaviour which I was fascinated to see put into words. Great story and no doubt relevant to a lot of people.

emilyhaldi Love Sally Rooney!! 2mo
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What to Eat When: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Diet, Health, and Life | Michael F. Roizen, Ted Spiker, Michael Crupain
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I was sceptical about the idea that eating certain foods at certain times would be good or bad for you, but the way it's presented in this book is quite convincing and I am considering putting the it to the test. I did feel that the book was unnecessarily padded out and that the main message could have been condensed down to a shorter book, but I appreciate publishers like a 300 page book so I understand why that was.

jillrhudy Mind. Blown. Major revelation!! They DO try to chop everything down or balloon everything out to 300 pages!!! Just think what we would have missed in classic literature if we‘d always had publishers like this. Woolf, fill this out. Dickens, cut this down. 2mo
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This was quite heavy. The author is trying to make it accessible to the average reader and I'd say he accomplished it somewhat but it was still rather dense. Considering the content, I felt like the title should have been changed to 'The benefits of bacteria in our microbiome' - but I can see that 'Eat to Beat Disease' is more catchy.

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Sigh. Maybe it's because it's the last book and I'm sad about it, or already know the ending, but HP7 just isn't up there with my favourites. JK is still a genius as always and no.7 is still head and shoulders above most books, but yeah, I was waiting for that fist pumping, “this is awesome!“ moment, and it didn't come. And that ending?!

TheDaysGoBy The ending was pretty good if you ignore the epilogue. When I reread this book I always stop before the epilogue - I can‘t deal with that crazy piece of writing 😂 2mo
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This book is hilarious. I'm choosing to believe that this book is a parody of the serious etiquette guides that no doubt exist, although if the authors are not being ironic then this book is tragic. I live in the UK and there's no southern mother's here. God help all those who are afflicted with the real thing.

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Wow! This is it! C-PTSD is still a relatively 'new' and unheard of ailment. Many people who suffer with it are left bobbing around various diagnoses and feeling even more broken for not fitting into any of them properly. If you've had a bad childhood - read this book. It might clear up a lot of things about why you are the way you are.

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13 Minutes | Sarah Pinborough
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I read this for a book club. There were some who really enjoyed it and some who really hated it. I was somewhere in the middle. It's hard to describe this book without spoilers. It felt like it was two books and two genres; part YA part adult psychological thriller. That inconsistency didn't work well for me.
Most of the characters are female and none of the characters are particularly likeable.

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I've not read much fiction based in Turkey, so it was good to learn about it's history and the links with Armenians.
There are loads of strong, diverse, female characters in this book and the men who appear are all unlikable in one way or another. I don't know if that is what the author is going for in general, or if that's just the way the characters worked out in this book.

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Mehso-so

I found this book charming.
I was looking for informative, so it didn't hit the mark there.
I checked this out digitally through a library, so figured it would be a well researched book. It isn't, but what it seems to be is a gift of recipes and validation to people (presumably like the author) who are struggling with inflammation. For that reason, I was happy to overlook what would usually be polished through publishing, and just go with it.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I want to shout my love for this book from the rooftops! The pacing is excellent and by half way through I was wondering how it could keep going to the same level of awesomeness, but Crouch pulled it off. This is my first book from this author and I'll be diving into his backlist ASAP. I want everyone to read this then come discuss it with me afterwards. Looking forward to seeing the screen adaptations that will inevitably follow. It's so good!

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Mehso-so

This book is aimed at American women aged over 40, which I am not. Still, I found some good actionable take aways from it (buy and wear more skinny belts). There is quite a lot of photos in this book, but I felt like there wasn't enough relevant photos. For example, there were childhood pictures of the author, but when describing the 10 ways to tie a scarf; no pictures to accompany what they should look like. All in all, it was OK.

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Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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I thought this book was never going to end. Not a quick read in length or feel. I would have DNF'd but I was reading as part of a challenge, and you can't quit on challenges.

Anna40 What is it about? 2mo
ReadingDownUnder We read it for book club and all thought the same as you. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Bummer. Ive heard similar reviews from other people. The Book Thief was so wonderful- I had high hopes for this one too. 2mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess Bummer. He is coming to my indie bookstore but you have to purchase to see him. Now, I'm torn if I want to go. :( 😓 2mo
sophierayton @Anna40 It's about a family of 5 boys, one of whom is named Clay, who sets out to build a bridge. It's about his parents, how they met and had him and his siblings and about the siblings lives too. It's told from the perspective of his older brother, who is a shadowy-type I don't even remember the name of.
It could generously be described as 'epic' and 'sweeping'. According to wiki, even the author almost gave up on it:
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Anna40 Thanks for the detailed synopsis! :) 🌻 2mo
sophierayton @Graciouswarriorprincess I think it depends on how much you're into him as an author. Eg, I know lots of people who love Harry Potter but don't like The Casual Vacancy, yet if she was touring and they had a chance to meet her through that book, they'd still go (and likely smuggle in their HPs to get her to sign them lol)
I've only read The Book Thief from his other works, but he seems to have published a fair amount of other books too.
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sophierayton @ReadingDownUnder Urgh. Definitely not a book club book. What even is there to discuss from it?! Bookclub vanity picks are the worst! (When someone chooses a book based upon their own TBR list, taking no consideration as to whether it would make for a good group discussion or not. Confession - in my younger reading days I was guilty of this, but quickly saw the error of my ways lol.) (edited) 2mo
Zelma @ReadingDownUnder @sophierayton ugh, I really don‘t want to read this and have to for my library book club. My co-worker facilitates but she needs me to cover for her at one meeting. Meaning I have to read it. Blech! 2mo
ReadingDownUnder @Zelma It‘s not that bad! I really enjoyed from the 25%-75% marks. It‘s just the beginning and the ending that were a slog. Good luck! 2mo
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Outdated and irrelevant, but Ephron is such fun it was enjoyable anyway.

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Mr. Loverman | Bernardine Evaristo
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Evaristo is a new author to me, I heard about through the Booker Prize and thought I'd see what she'd written previously.
This is a book like no other, and is funny, heartwarming and real. I whizzed through it as it was so enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading this author's other works.

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Some great information presented in an easy to digest way.

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This is one of those books I want to gift to so many people. What are the chances of this whole situation happening to someone who is such a good writer. This book makes me grateful for scientific advances and all the brave people who have taken mental health seriously, including the author.

Blaire Good to know. I was a huge reader of dooce back in the day. 3mo
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Historical fiction is the best way to learn about the world. I had no idea that Columbia had been through this difficult time, and it is powerful to have the story told from someone who experienced it first hand.

Reggie I loved when even the horrific stuff happens she still thought to check on the cows. And my heart broke for Petrona. 3mo
sophierayton I felt for Petrona too, but I think in practice, I'd react more like the mother Alma. Anyone who makes a plan to kidnap my kids would not be welcome to stick around; they'd be dead to me. 3mo
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This book is about two amazing people who not only love each other but like each other too. They seem like a great couple and the world is a better place for having them be together.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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This is a book like no other. Through the story of a woman who works at a convenience store (no spoilers there) it explores a person's value to society and challenges the expectations that are placed upon people. It is short and light on the surface, but has an undercurrent of something much deeper. I feel it will stay with me.

Megabooks I loved it! 3mo
Leftcoastzen I loved it too! 3mo
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