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squirrelbrain

Joined June 2017

Speed-reader who's trying to slow down...
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#bookreport

A pretty good week this week. The top row is in order of favourites, left to right.

I started reading the #ToBlonglist, and mostly read the wrong books 🙄 but I‘m liking (if that‘s the right word) Caul Baby on audio so will finish it this week. Libertie *did* make the shortlist and I‘m really enjoying that.

Cinfhen Yeah, that longlist messed with a lot of us 😘 2h
Tove_Reads How could Kim Stone be anywhere else than where it is? The best 🥰 1h
TrishB A great week 👍🏻 43m
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Christmas Friend | William Turner
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My first Christmas card of the season! Thanks very much @kaysworld1 😘

ju.ca.no How lovely! 22h
Cathythoughts Adorable 22h
kaysworld1 I'm glad you got it, I'm sending them out in 2 batches 😆 22h
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Here‘s my #decemberchill playlist! I already have my own chill out playlist so it was just a case of choosing a few from there.

The 4 in the top left are all NYC-inspired. We always go to see the Central Park Dance Skaters, such a positive vibe, with their live DJ playing chilled tunes and we‘ve bought several CDs each time. 3 are from there and the Rachmaninov is from the grand piano player in Washington Square Park. ❤️

Playlist below.

Librarybelle Extreme‘s “More Than Words!” Great list! 1d
Cinfhen I love that it‘s connected to NY memories (edited) 1d
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I really don‘t agree with the blurb on this book; it‘s weird and unsettling and exactly what we *don‘t* need in these uncertain times!

Novelist Patrick heads to LA to oversee one of his books turned into a film. However, the world is facing environmental catastrophe and there appears to be something wrong with the WAT-R that everyone now drinks.

A great read, and I can see why it‘s on the #ToBlonglist but the ending was a bit of a let-down.

Cinfhen You‘re making GREAT progress on the #ToBLongList 🙌🏻🎉♥️ 2d
BarbaraBB What Cindy says. And I adore this cover!! 😍 2d
Hooked_on_books Keep in mind who the blurb came from—Vandermeer writes some seriously weird stuff! 😂 2d
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Ruthiella Agree with Cindy! You are a reading machine. I‘ve never read Kleeman but want to. If this doesn‘t make the shortlist, I‘ll start with 2d
Megabooks Kleeman‘s books are weird AF. Her debut gave me nightmares, which is rare for a book, so I‘ll probably pass unless this makes the shortlist. (edited) 2d
squirrelbrain I‘ve never read any Vandermeer Holly @Hooked_on_books - maybe I won‘t if he‘s a bit weird! 1d
squirrelbrain Oh dear @Megabooks - that doesn‘t sound good. 😬 This one gave me similar vibes to the tagged book, which I loved, but it wasn‘t as scary (although weirder) because the Hollywood setting gave it some distance from ‘real life‘ whereas I felt the Alam book could really happen. (edited) 1d
squirrelbrain @Ruthiella - give me a challenge and I can‘t help myself! 🤷‍♀️ That‘s why I‘m trying to do less next year, but not succeeding very well so far! 🤣 1d
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Harrogate Library and Customer Services Centre | Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Took an #audiowalk to my local library this morning, whilst listening to one #ToBlonglist book (Caul Baby).

Did a spot of weightlifting on the way home as managed to find 6 (mainly hardback!) books from the longlist.

I really should visit the real-life library more often, instead of relying on Libby… I really didn‘t expect to find so many #ToB books. There are a few more too that are currently out on loan so I‘ll need to request those.

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 That‘s awesome!!! I MISS going to the library SO MUCH!!!! Happy reading 🤓Keep us posted on your #ToBLongList thoughts 3d
TrishB Great mornings work 👍🏻 3d
Caroline2 Oh I saw outlawed on a kindle deal this morning. I‘m umming and ahhing as to whether I‘d like it as it sounds a bit weird?! 🤔 3d
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squirrelbrain Now I‘ve actually got some ‘proper‘ work to do @TrishB - how dare they when I have books to read?! 🤣 3d
squirrelbrain Depends @Caroline2 …. If it was 99p I‘d just go for it anyway! 🤷‍♀️ 3d
Crazeedi What's the #ToBLongList? And I'm happy to see Carnegie library in your country!! He did leave a legacy 3d
squirrelbrain @Crazeedi - apparently there are a lot of Carnegie libraries in the UK. ToB is the Tournament of Books, a kind of knock-out competition for books. It‘s my first year playing along. 3d
MicheleinPhilly Good Neighbors is TERRIBLE. I‘d put that one at the lowest priority. 3d
BarbaraBB Gorgeous library and that haul is very attractive too! 3d
squirrelbrain Oh dear @MicheleinPhilly - I haven‘t heard anything bad about that one before! 😬 At least I should be better at bailing if it‘s a library book rather than one I paid for….. ETA - just looked at yours and @vivastory reviews - oh dear…! (edited) 3d
vivastory 🤣 I'll be *shocked* if Good Neighbors makes the shortlist. Months later it remains one of the worst I've read this year. 3d
vivastory That's great you found a lot on the long list! I placed holds on several yesterday. I hope to read the entire shortlist like I did this year 3d
MicheleinPhilly Scott and I seem to be in the minority. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3d
Ruthiella Great haul and good tip about looking into hard copies from the library when the ebooks are either not available or the hold lists too long. 👍 3d
squirrelbrain I‘m hoping that the books I‘m able to find / read will be on the shortlist @vivastory - with the exception of the dreaded Good Neighbors of course! 🤣 3d
Megabooks That‘s a great stack! 3d
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Afterparties: Stories | Anthony Veasna So
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I just tried this on audio but had the bail after only a few minutes. The narrator pronounced ‘the‘ as ‘vuh‘ and the word ‘booth‘ (as in a cafeteria booth) as ‘boof‘. I couldn‘t cope!

I hadn‘t checked my actual real-life library for any #ToB books, only Libby and Scribd, and it seems they have a few. This is one of them although it‘s on loan for the next few weeks, but at least I can read a hard copy and pronounce words properly in my head! 🤣

Cinfhen This was an Audible deal yesterday, and I had to pass after listening to a sample. I believe it‘s read by the author but his accent was difficult to understand 😥 I‘m sure it‘s great in print!! I‘m NOT a fan of short stories so this will probably be a pass for me if it makes the shortlist (edited) 4d
squirrelbrain I checked my Audible too @Cinfhen, in case it was a different narrator, but it‘s the same. (It‘s not the author - it‘s someone called Jason Sean) 4d
Cinfhen I see that now. 😉 4d
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BarbaraBB I want to read this because of its cover and @Megabooks review long ago. But I‘ll maken sure not to read it in audio! 4d
Megabooks It is a good book, and @Cinfhen about half are interwoven, I know you like those better. @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I generally prefer to read short stories in print, so I‘m glad this was a #botm choice! Sorry the audio was 💩 (edited) 4d
Cinfhen Hmmmm, that does change things @Megabooks 4d
julesG Makes my ears bleed just reading about it. 4d
Ruthiella Will definitely read in print then! 4d
Crazeedi @squirrelbrain did you erase??? 3d
squirrelbrain @Crazeedi no I haven‘t touched it, although maybe Jules has seen it too as she‘s an hour earlier than me so may have seen it. 3d
Crazeedi @squirrelbrain a new one up, and cant find the other, so she must have 3d
Crazeedi @squirrelbrain thank you Helen. I'm so stupid. I never fail to screw up my month!! 3d
squirrelbrain No worries @Crazeedi - at least it‘s sorted now! 😘 I only noticed as Caroline is a good friend of mine! 😁 (edited) 3d
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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I‘ve never read any ‘twisted‘ or revised fairy tales before, so this was a new genre to me. I wasn‘t sure before I started but figured it was only short (3.5 hours on audio) so I might as well give it a go.

This is based on Sleeping Beauty and, actually, I really enjoyed it. I do think it‘s a bit simplistic / basic for the #ToB though; there‘s nothing particularly groundbreaking/special about it but maybe that‘s just because it‘s not my genre.

Cinfhen Ohhh, a short audio…that‘s my jam 🎶😁 4d
Ruthiella I put this one on hold at the library. I‘ve heard good things and the length definitely encourages me to try it! Retold fairytales aren‘t really my thing either, but I am willing to be converted. 4d
BkClubCare I thought it was fun. 🤩 4d
Megabooks I hate retold fairy tales, so I‘ll take a pass unless it makes the shortlist. Great review! 4d
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Kim Stone never lets us down does she?! I definitely didn‘t see the twist either @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly - very much out of the blue, that one!

Another great addition to the series….I wonder when the next one will be published?

TrishB Another year to wait probably! (edited) 4d
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#ToB

The woman in the yellow cardigan is watching the woman in the purple skirt…why?

This started off quirky-weird (like Convenience Store Woman) and I wanted to know more. The last third was just weird-weird and I‘m not sure what the aim of the book was. I think it‘s about obsession but it left me rather unsatisfied and it wouldn‘t make my shortlist.

Still a pick - just. I‘d give it a go though @Jee_HookedOnBookz - you might love it!

squirrelbrain I also tried this one today but it‘s about a degenerative nerve disease which hits a bit too close to home for me. I knew before I started and thought I‘d be Ok but bailed after 30 minutes of audio. I think others will like it though. 5d
Ruthiella Weird like humor can be tricky, right? But still a pick so I‘ll check it out. Maybe it‘ll turn out to be my kind of weird!🤪 5d
squirrelbrain It‘s really short too @Ruthiella so worth a go, I think! 5d
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BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one a lot. So Japanese! 5d
Cinfhen It‘s available on #Scribd but I have to wait until my new month starts on December 4 5d
Jee_HookedOnBookz Ok :) Thank you for the tag! I'll check it out. Waiting for the price to drop 😅 4d
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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I read most of this at Gladstone‘s but forgot to take a pic whilst I was there - doh!

This follows much the same style and storyline as Migrations; MC with troubled background trying to save a species as well as trying to save herself, and is just as beautifully written.

Still loved it, but not quite as much as Migrations, due to an extraneous plot line and one huge implausibility.

Thank you so much for sending it to me @KarenUK 😘

JamieArc This didn‘t quite live up to the hype for me - the plot was a bit much. But I still liked it, especially the atmospheric feel. Looking forward to Migrations. 5d
squirrelbrain Oh, I think you‘ll really like Migrations @JamieArc - it‘s got the atmosphere but with a simpler plot. 5d
BarbaraBB I loved both and am glad this one was still a pick for you! 5d
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TrishB Yes - story lines that ruined the main one and implausibility! 5d
KarenUK Glad you enjoyed it 💕💕 5d
Cathythoughts Interesting! I have it ordered , looking forward to it 4d
Caroline2 Hmm, I really intrigued by this one. 🤔 4d
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Miss Austen | Gill Hornby
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This was my prize from our Blind Date With A Book swap at the Gladstone‘s #readingretreat this weekend and I had to post as Catherine @CGainor3 was so creative with her clues! (Despite nearly setting fire to her room in the process!) 🔥😯

I‘m going to use this book for the make your own prompt clue for #booked2022, my prompt being #bookgiftedinaswap.

Thanks so much Catherine; I‘m really looking forward to it! 😘

TrishB It was amazing! 6d
Caroline2 Oh this one does sound good. 😯 stacking. 😉 6d
LeahBergen So cool!! I have this book waiting on my shelves. 😊 6d
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Forecast | Chris Keith
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A joint #bookreport and #weeklyforecast this week; completely forgot yesterday..(too busy reading! 🤣)

Top row: books I read before the #readingretreat. All were great apart from Tides, which was just OK.
Middle row: books I read on the retreat. Didn‘t like the Whitehead but the others were fab. Still to review Wolves.
Bottom row: suffering from major retreat hangover now so Stolen Ones will be a great palate cleanser ⬇️

squirrelbrain Listened to most of this one on the way home, only half an hour to go. It‘s on the #ToB longlist. 6d
Cathythoughts These all look interesting! I‘ve ordered Wolves.. so looking forward to it & to your review 6d
Jee_HookedOnBookz Been wanting to read The Woman in the Purple Skirt! Looking forward to reading your thoughts! 6d
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OutAndAbout Just caught up on all the #readingretreat goodness. Looks like a fabulous time! And now I have a whole new bucket list item to get to Gladstone‘s for a weekend! 6d
squirrelbrain @Jee_HookedOnBookz - I‘ll let you know! 6d
squirrelbrain @OutAndAbout - we‘ll be doing another one next year; you should try to join us. 6d
Cinfhen Welcome home!!! Your #ReadingRetreat looked FABULOUS and you actually read a lot !! Wonderful 5d
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We appear to have regressed back to school age here at Gladstone‘s library…. We‘re having a (not quite) midnight feast à la Mallory Towers or the Chalet School….. except ours involves alcohol!

Plus ginger cake, nuts and chocolates!

#readingretreat #gladstonerds

Chrissyreadit This has been so much fun to see! 7d
JamieArc I agree with @Chrissyreadit ! I have loved seeing these posts! 7d
Nute I have been having so much fun ‘with‘ you guys. Wonderful posts!🤗 7d
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squirrelbrain Thanks for your lovely comments @Chrissyreadit @JamieArc @Nute - it‘s so nice that you‘ve enjoyed our weekend from a distance! 7d
BethM So jealous! 7d
LeahBergen Okay, you‘re killing me here. 😆😆 I so want to be hanging out with all of you! 6d
batsy Aaah that looks like the best time ❤️ 6d
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s fab … so jealous ! Cheers 🥂 enjoy 😊 wine & cake & chocolate.. I can‘t cope ! (edited) 6d
tracey38 Sounds like a fun time! 6d
CarolynM Delightful! What a lovely way to spend a weekend. 6d
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Gladstone's Library (formerly St Deiniol's Library) | Hawarden, Flintshire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Books
Friends
Tea
Cake
Roaring Fire

Perfect!

#readingretreat
#gladstonerds

TrishB Perfect 😍 1w
RaeLovesToRead 🥰🥰🥰 Wish I was there with you all! 😊 Looks like you're having a wonderful weekend ❤ 1w
squirrelbrain We‘ll organise another one for next year…we‘ll let you know when @RaeLovesToRead ! 1w
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TheBookHippie Beautiful 🥰🥰 1w
erzascarletbookgasm 😍👌 I think I only recognise two friends from this pic… @Oryx and you‘re the one in brown, right? Where‘s @TrishB ? 1w
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm the back of my hair is the red one! 1w
Cinfhen I‘m LOVING all the photos!!! and of course @TrishB red hair 😘😘 1w
squirrelbrain I‘m not in the pic @erzascarletbookgasm - I was taking it! @CGainor3 is wearing brown, then @Oryx @Leniverse @scripturient and @TrishB . It‘s mainly the back of heads! 🤣 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Trish I thought you have short hair, and from the pic it looks like you‘re wearing a bun? 😆 @TrishB 7d
erzascarletbookgasm Ooopps Helen! Thanks for introducing the rest! ☺️ 7d
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s just messy 😁 7d
Kdgordon88 What a lovely time you are having! 7d
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain That would be awesome! I'd love to meet you all! 😊 7d
LeahBergen This is just wonderful!! 😍😍 7d
Caroline2 Great photo!! 😃 7d
MaureenMc 🥰 7d
JennyM What a lovely photo. I wish I was there with you all 💛 6d
Chelsea.Poole Perfection! 6d
BarbaraBB Oh wow, I just went looking for these pictures (completely forgot earlier since I was away the weekend myself too) and it looks like perfection!! Who‘s who?! 🤍🤍 2d
BarbaraBB Oh I can figure it out by reading the comments above! So great!!!! 2d
BarbaraBB Where‘s Jennifer? She went too didn‘t she? 2d
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB Jenny and Jules must have been elsewhere at that time. We were in the lounge, where you can chat as well as read, but some of us preferred the library proper, where silence was golden! 2d
BarbaraBB It sounds sooo good and relaxing! 2d
squirrelbrain It certainly was @BarbaraBB ! ❤️ 2d
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Finished listening to this on the car yesterday; I really enjoyed it. It‘s not as compelling as other recent non-fiction books I‘ve read recently but still a good read.

It skews a lot more towards the financial side of the Gucci business, rather than the more salacious murder (the subject of the recent Gaga film) but I don‘t mind that side of things so didn‘t find it boring.

Cinfhen Exactly how I felt!! Still can‘t wait to see the film 1w
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Mehso-so

This one wasn‘t for me. There were too many characters and a lot going on but, at the same time, nothing really happened.

I can‘t say I‘ve loved any of Whitehead‘s books that I‘ve read so far; maybe I should give up now! liked Nickel Boys but not Underground Railroad. #unpopularopinion

This is definitely my least favourite of the #ToB longlist so far.

Megabooks I bailed on this and I‘m not sorry! 1w
Caroline2 Yeah, I found underground really hard work and I ended up skim reading the second half. Think I‘ll skip this one too then. 👍 1w
Amiable I thought “Underground Railroad” was OK but didn‘t enjoy “Nickel Boys.” I‘m not rushing to pick this one up. 1w
Cinfhen I appreciated both Railroad & Nickel Boys but found Harlem Shuffle to similar to Deacon King Kong and that one was way more engaging & entertaining. This was a so-so for me too!! 1w
Ruthiella I‘m still gonna read it, but later if it doesn‘t make the shortlist. I want to be a Whitehead completionist. 7d
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Nothing to do today at Gladstone‘s Library but read….. and eat…. And maybe a nap!

#readingretreat

AnneCecilie That sounds lovely 😊 1w
Chrissyreadit Looks perfect. 1w
Caroline2 Nice!!! 😊 1w
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rockpools I have to ask. How‘s the food? 1w
squirrelbrain It‘s definitely better @rockpools ! Dinner last night was good ; we‘re going to the pub tonight. Nice soup for lunch too and the cakes are yummy (and enormous!) 1w
rockpools @squirrelbrain Oh good! Have a fab time 😊 1w
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Gladstone's Library (formerly St Deiniol's Library) | Hawarden, Flintshire, United Kingdom (Library)
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‘Blind date with a book‘ swap time at our #readingretreat at Gladstone‘s Library.

The Christmas tree and real fire makes it all the more cosy…! 🔥 🎄

Mitch Miss you all xx 1w
Soubhiville Oh how wonderful! Enjoy! 1w
Chrissyreadit 🙌🎉❤️😍 1w
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Cathythoughts Oh my book warrior friends !! I wish I was with you ❤️ 📚 1w
Amiable This is so great! 1w
squirrelbrain Miss you too @mitch ! 😘 1w
RaeLovesToRead I love Gladstone's library! So jealous 🥰 Have a lovely retreat! 😁 1w
LeahBergen I‘m so jealous!! I would love to meet you all there one year. ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Caroline2 Lovely! I hope you have a fantastic time. 1w
MaureenMc 🥰 Enjoy! 1w
4thhouseontheleft This looks incredible! What a lovely retreat with fellow Littens! 5d
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Right, I‘m on my way! Heading off on a road trip to meet up with my lovely Litten friends at Gladstone‘s Library in Wales.

I have a couple of hours left on this audio so that should see me through the journey; if not there‘s more lined up on Scribd!

#readingretreat

Cinfhen Enjoy!! Safe travels 😘looks like gorgeous autumn weather 😍😍😍 1w
Chrissyreadit Hope you all have a lovely time ❤️ 1w
TrishB See you soon 😁 I‘m not sure which is appropriate for the excited emoji!! 1w
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TrishB @Cinfhen it‘s definitely not gorgeous weather where we‘re headed! Stormy. Rain and sleet! 1w
Velvetfur Oh that sounds lovely, meeting up in that library! Also, I'm looking forward to seeing this film soon 😁 Have a great time! 1w
Cinfhen Seems like PERFECT weather for a reading retreat xxx stay warm & safe @TrishB 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds wonderful! Look forward to seeing the reading retreat posts 🥰 1w
rockpools Have fun 😊 1w
wordslinger42 Have fun!! Gladstone's Library is high on my list of places to visit one day! 1w
Nute Have fun! Love to see Littens getting together!💕 1w
Amiable Sounds like a great day! 1w
BkClubCare FUN!! 1w
MicheleinPhilly Please post lots of pictures so we can all travel vicariously! Have fun! 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Here‘s my list of #ToB books that I can‘t get on Libby or Scribd. (Yes, #spreadsheetgeek strikes again!)

I have one credit due next week so any thoughts on which one I should go for? I‘m thinking The Echo Wife but happy to take any other recommendations….

Ruthiella Based the reviews from @Megabooks and @Cinfhen , I think The Echo Wife would be a good choice. 🤔 However, since Hell of a Book won the National Book Award, that might have a more likely shot at making the shortlist. (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB So many good ones! I‘d agree with @Ruthiella on Hell of a Book if you want to be efficient 😉 1w
Hooked_on_books The Echo Wife is so good! Plus I really liked Hell of a Book, Several People are Typing, and Outlawed. I wasn‘t as big a fan of Good Neighbors. (edited) 1w
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Cinfhen Ohhh, I‘m conflicted!!! I really liked Echo Wife but it‘s on the short side…use your credit for a longer book…I‘m super excited for this one, even though I didn‘t enjoy Night Watchman 1w
Hooked_on_books Actually, I went back and looked and it seems like a quite liked Good Neighbors, so I‘m not sure why I thought I didn‘t as much. 🤔 Maybe that‘s telling. 1w
Megabooks Several people are typing is hilarious, but not sure if it‘s worth a credit. Echo wife was very good as was Nightbitch. I preferred Nightbitch of those two. I agree that hell of a book would probably be a safe choice for making the shortlist, but I haven‘t read it. 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen starting the sentence this morning! 👍🏻 1w
Cinfhen Ohhhh @Megabooks in print or audio?? 1w
squirrelbrain Thanks for all your thoughts everyone! @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen , although I‘m still undecided! I‘ll wait to see what you think of The Sentence, Meg, as I don‘t get my credit until next week, then I might go for Hell of a Book…. 🤷‍♀️ 1w
Cinfhen Keep us posted!! 1w
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The Catch | T.M. Logan
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This was a fun read, even though you kind of know what‘s going to happen. I can‘t help thinking I‘ve read something nearly exactly the same before, but with female protagonists. I suppose it makes a nice change to have slightly unhinged unreliable narrators who are male!

It‘s what I‘d call a good ‘beach read‘, fluffy but kind of unputdownable!

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I really enjoyed this novelised account of Bella da Costa Greene, who was not only a successful woman (JP Morgan‘s librarian) at a time when women weren‘t expected to be anything, but she was also passing as white.

It‘s certainly made me want to visit the Morgan Library, when we ever get to go toNew York again; I can‘t believe I‘ve never been before on all our visits!

LeahBergen I love The Morgan Library ❤️ 1w
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Well, you were all right @TrishB @LeeRHarry @CarolynM - this was a very bleak book. But, despite the devastation, it‘s so beautifully written I almost wanted to re-read it again straight away.

I shall definitely check out more by this author (if my ❤️ can cope!)

Thanks for sending me this book Trish 😘

TrishB It is very sad, but so beautifully done. 2w
Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️ I think I have this on kindle .. must check it out 2w
BarbaraBB It sounds sad but I still want to read it! 2w
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LeeRHarry The writing is lovely - the tagged book was in my top ten for 2019 😊 2w
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll love it @BarbaraBB . I‘ll check that one out @LeeRHarry - thank you! 2w
CarolynM Glad you... I was going to say enjoyed, but maybe appreciated would be a better word🙂 I loved the one @LeeRHarry mentioned too, and it's not bleak 2w
rockpools Awww, Harry ❤️🌊 2w
rockpools I have this one by her on my shelf. But I‘m maybe saving it for special. Whenever that may be! 2w
squirrelbrain I know @rockpools 😢 poor Harry. 2w
squirrelbrain It‘s bizarre isn‘t it @CarolynM , trying to find the right word for ‘loving‘ a sad or upsetting book. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
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Tides | Sara Freeman
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Mara flees her home after a devastating loss and ends up in an out-of-season seaside town. ( see spoiler and TW below)

This is a debut novel that I received on #netgalley. It‘s a soft pick for me. Clearly, with the subject matter, it was going to be a melancholy novel but there was also something missing in the writing that I just can‘t put my finger on. It‘s quite a short book and perhaps just needed a bit more space to be something more.

squirrelbrain TW for stillbirth 2w
Hooked_on_books What a pretty cover! 😍 2w
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It‘s turned chilly here so it‘s definitely fire-on weather! Started Past the Shallows last night, which feels as though it‘s going to be a tough one. @TrishB So then I‘ve picked something fluffy for after that!

Then of course is our #readingretreat trip to Gladstone‘s Library on Friday. Here‘s my tentative pile, plus Kindle as I plan to read the latest Kim Stone too. I reserve the right to change my mind at least 17 times before Friday! 😁

TrishB I haven‘t even started the weekend planning, will probably also change my mind many times. Past the Shallows is lump in your throat stuff. 2w
Cathythoughts Bit of a dip in temperature here too … I love it ❤️ yay 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 fires 2w
LeeRHarry Ooh Past the Shallows is a tough one - love Favel Parrett though 😊 2w
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Cinfhen Same here with the weather/ it‘s gotten a bit chilly 2w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, the reading retreat!!! So jealous!!! 2w
Oryx I've got my stack ready too! 2w
BarbaraBB That‘s the retreat with @TrishB and @Cathythoughts and some more Littens? So awesome! And you cannot go wrong with Once There We‘re Wolves! (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB Wow, so cool. Please share pictures! 2w
squirrelbrain Oh we will @BarbaraBB - you‘ll be sick of seeing us next weekend! 🤣 2w
Cathythoughts Oh have a great time you guys !!! Sooo exciting.. all you lovely Littens & my birthday twin 👯‍♀️… Enjoy, I‘m so jealous XXXX take pics please 2w
CarolynM Past the Shallows - beautifully written but it's bleak. Hope you all have a wonderful time at the retreat. 2w
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Squirrel Says Thank You | Mary Manz Simon
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Thanks for your lovely card @Crazeedi ! 😘

I had to take a close-up photo of the 🐿 stickers - aren‘t they amazing?!

TrishB Lovely ♥️ 2w
Cinfhen Love those stickers 2w
Crazeedi Those stickers had your name on them!😘 2w
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Bird Cottage | Eva Meijer
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I loved this quirky little book. It‘s based on a real person, Len Howard, who devotes her life to learning about birds, and believes they should be observed in their natural habitat, not in a lab. She ends up with birds free to come and go from her cottage, but noisy annoying people are less than welcome!

There are novelised aspects, interspersed with extracts from her diaries; utterly charming!

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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Joy, the matriarch of an Australian family who were brought up in the world of tennis, disappears one day and all sorts of family secrets come out into the open.

I listened to this on audio (it‘s quite a chunkster!) and thoroughly enjoyed it. It‘s reminiscent of Malibu Rising (lots of detail about minor characters as well as major ones, jumping to and fro in time) so if you liked that, you‘ll like this one too.

Cathythoughts Great review! I really enjoyed this too .. must check out Malibu 2w
merelybookish I'm reading this now. So glad to see it's a pick. 🙂 2w
Megabooks Good point re: Malibu Rising! 2w
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So excited to get my #newyearwhodis list from @LeeRHarry I‘ve read 1,3 & 4 and loved them all so that‘s a great sign! 😁

I‘ve managed to find all of the others on Scribd, Libby or Audible, which is fab! I was *very* surprised to find Tiddas as I was worried that might only be published in Australia.

I think I‘m most looking forward to Fault Lines and Dignity, neither of which was on my radar at all, so I may buy hard copies of those.

squirrelbrain Thanks once again to @monalyisha for organising; you do a wonderful job matching people up! 2w
Cathythoughts Wow !! Looks good & you are really on the ball 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😘 2w
monalyisha Thank you! This post makes me happy! 🥰 2w
LeeRHarry Oh I‘m excited! Dignity and Fault Lines are the two books that I really knew very little about before I read them 😊now need to check my email for your list …been a lazy start to Sunday here …😊 2w
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A great week of reading for me! Loved or really liked all of my books this week. I‘ve still got reviews to post for Bird Cottage and Apples Never Fall.

Only one ongoing book at the moment, House Of Gucci on audio, as I finished everything else last night and haven‘t picked my next choices yet. About quarter of the way through Gucci, and it‘s great so far.

Amiable I just saw a trailer for the “Gucci” movie —didn‘t realize it was a book! Sounds good —thanks for the heads up. 👍🏼 2w
TrishB A fab week Helen 👍🏻 2w
squirrelbrain @Amiable - @Cinfhen listened to it recently and recommended it…. 2w
Cinfhen So glad you‘re enjoying House of Gucci!! It does get a bit bogged down with the financials but I‘m sure with your business background it‘s more fascinating than frustrating 🤓 2w
squirrelbrain I haven‘t got bogged down with them yet @Cinfhen but there‘s a way to go yet! 😁 2w
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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At first I wasn‘t sure about this as I thought it would be too similar to Addie LaRue. However, I ended up liking it more than Addie.

It seemed to have a simpler concept / storyline, which made it easier to read and get engrossed in. I‘m not a huge fan of fantasy and this was also less fantastical than Addie, if that‘s possible with an MC who doesn‘t grow old!

Thank you for sending this to me Victoria @Birdsong28 ! 😘

Birdsong28 Glad you enjoyed it 😊 📚📖 2w
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2w
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Thanks for the tag @kaysworld1 !

1. As a rule, I enjoy them. Sometimes I get annoyed if the ‘unreliability‘ is down to bad choices by the narrator eg alcohol or drugs.
2. I love bookmarks!
3. I don‘t read many series but the Kim Stone books are my absolute fave. The tagged is the latest in the series, which I‘ll probably read next week.

Consider yourself tagged if you want to play!

Megabooks 1 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2w
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A Birthday in December | Karen Tomsovic
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Repost for @LitsyBirthdays

Look at all of the lovely Littens celebrating their birthdays in December! If you‘d like the Birthday Fairies to send you some #birthdaylove on your special day, all you have to do is send your Litsyhandle and birthday to litsybirthdays@gmail.com and the Fairies will do the rest!

You can only apply for yourself but why not encourage your friends to join in too?!

🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🎊🎈🎁🎉🎊🎈🎁 2w
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Africana | Henry Louis Gates, Anthony Appiah
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This (short) list may be useful for #readingafrica2022. I think it covers mainly #nigeria (in fact, the article says that Nigerians dominate the African literary space) but the short stories may be useful for covering a lot of countries!

(Originally posted by #reposed, my book subscription box)

https://fivebooks.com/best-books/best-african-novels-blessing-musariri/

Tove_Reads I‘ve read one from every country except São Tomé and Principe. There are a few challenging ones. I think about 5-7 countries only have 2 books every published. Don‘t remember exactly anymore. 2w
rockpools There are some nice links to other lists of Books set in Africa/by African authors in there as well. I hadn‘t come across that site before. 2w
Librarybelle Thanks for posting this! 2w
BarbaraBB Wow, thanks! 🤍 2w
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We Are Not Like Them | Christine Pride
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I enjoyed this but it did have a couple of issues. Trying to portray both sides of the issue (shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman) actually diminished the message, as did the fact that the case didn‘t reach trial.

THUG did it better, but I still preferred this to Such a Fun Age, which to me was incredibly clumsy and didactic; this was less so, but was still a bit forced.

3.5 stars

TrishB Great review Helen 👍🏻 2w
Megabooks I think I‘ll skip this. Thanks! 2w
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Some fabulous Littens have put together a new account to tell us all about the challenges, swaps and games that are going on so we don‘t miss out on anything.

Follow @LitsyEvents on your feed so that you get to find out all of the fun things that go on here!

Thanks to the @LitsyEvents team for all of their hard work!

Cathythoughts 👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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This book was so good…. Thoroughly deserves to win the Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/nov/16/baillie-gifford-prize-empire-of-pa...

Cinfhen Agreed 💕 2w
JenReadsAlot Agreed 2w
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Just finished a book about an hour ago, so picked another one out of my lucky dip jar, and this is next so it‘s my #weeklyforecast for the week. I‘m very much looking forward to it, Victoria @Birdsong28

I‘ll also continue with Apples Never Fall on audio. I *might* finish it this week, depending on how much work I have on and how many #audiowalks I get to do. If I do finish it then I‘ll move onto the Gucci audio, recommended by you Cindy!

TrishB Have a good week Helen 👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen Ohhh, im curious to hear your thoughts on this one, when u get to it 3w
Cupcake12 I loved this book! It‘s being turned into a movie as well. Hope you like it as much as me xx Enjoy xx 3w
Cathythoughts Enjoy your reading week 👍🏻❤️ 3w
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Some Luck: A novel | Jane Smiley
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I loved spending time with the Langdons!

This is a family saga, set across 30 years, and written in my favourite style, where the little day-to-day things are just as important as the big life-changing events.

I look forward to reading the next two in the trilogy.

Thank you so much for this book Emma @Oryx - fabulous! 😘

Caroline2 Oh yay! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. I‘m hoping to get to it over Christmas. 👍 (I loved those types of books too. 😉) 3w
Megabooks Sold!! 3w
aa_guer2021 Found a copy of the book on Libby and decided to try it. Thank you. 3w
Chelsea.Poole I read this years ago and loved it! I never made it to the others in the series, but your review has reminded me about them! 3w
Cathythoughts I loved this trilogy 3w
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Thanks so much for the gorgeous bookmarks Amy @Amiable ! 😘

I love that you sent me some local ones and they are all wonderful (especially the Strand ones of course) but, like you, my favourite is the Connecticut lighthouses one- it‘s just adorable!

Now I need to read books set in the state so I can match my bookmark to my book; any recommendations anyone?!

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TheRiehlDeal Jenn McKinlay has a library mystery series based in Briar Creek, CT. It‘s the Library Lover‘s mystery series. 3w
squirrelbrain Thanks for all those recs @TheRiehlDeal - I‘ve read the first two but will check out all the rest! 3w
Amiable I wholeheartedly second the recommendation of Wally Lamb! “I Know This Much is True” is one of my favorite books. 3w
squirrelbrain I‘ll definitely check that one out then! @Amiable 3w
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#bookreport

A few chunksters going on this week…. Top row shows books finished in the week; loved Crossroads.

I‘m more than halfway through the 600 pages of Some Luck and can‘t put it down, @Oryx . Also listening to Apples Never Fall on audio, which is over 17 hours long and great, fluffy distraction!

Lcsmcat I loved Some Luck, and the whole trilogy! 3w
Megabooks Crossroads is fantastic! 3w
Oryx So glad you are liking Some Luck! 3w
TrishB I loved Some Luck too, I gave the third one still to read. 3w
Cathythoughts Loved Some Luck 👍🏻 and Apples 3w
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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I loved this book. There‘s so much detail of the lives of the Hildebrant family that you really feel like you‘re there with them. There are also so many themes and plot lines it‘s difficult to think of them all; religion, morality, marriage, faith(fullness), drugs, war, friendship, mental health.

This is the purported first in a trilogy and I‘m looking forward to reading more.

Caroline2 Sounds interesting. Stacked. 😉 3w
Megabooks I can‘t wait until parts 2 and 3! 3w
BarbaraBB I can‘t wait to read this but I will until my Christmas break. It seems perfect to read during a few days off. So happy you gifted me this one!!! ❤️❤️ 3w
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squirrelbrain Don‘t forget you can use it for #booked2022 @BarbaraBB, so start it at Christmas and finish it in January! 😁 3w
BarbaraBB What prompt? 3w
BarbaraBB I am having a book to cross over already: 3w
squirrelbrain It‘s the religion one @BarbaraBB (can‘t remember the exact title) - Crossroads is a church youth group so it fits perfectly. I think @Cinfhen has it on her list for that prompt. 3w
Cinfhen Ohhh good idea to start in December but finish in January 3w
BarbaraBB Clever! I was thinking of this one for that prompt but now I can choose! 3w
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Squirrel Says Thank You | Mary Manz Simon
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Diane, @Crazeedi thank you so much for your lovely letter, the bookmarks and of course the little squirrelly bits! 🐿

So nice to hear your news and it cheered me up after a looong day! 😘

Cathythoughts I love all this ! And the moon 🤍 3w
TrishB Cool 😁 3w
Crazeedi (They are actually stickers)You're welcome! 3w
Crazeedi But you could use as bookmarks, I never thought of that 3w
squirrelbrain Oooh, they‘re *stickers*! ☺️ I did think they were made of an unusual material…🤣 I love them whatever they are @Crazeedi 3w
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The author gives up a life-long journalistic career (at The Financial Times) to become a teacher in her fifties.

There‘s a little bit of naivety here (who knew teaching could be difficult?! 🙄) but overall this is a warm, funny book.

I whizzed through it in no time at all as it‘s so easy to read.

Megabooks Sounds interesting! 3w
ImperfectCJ Wow, I'm in the process of changing most of those things myself...might be nice to read about how someone else went about it. And maybe I can get an idea for how to cope with being a novice at an age when it seems like most people are at the settled-in/expert part of their career. 3w
squirrelbrain @ImperfectCJ - definitely give it a go then. I thought it was a bit ‘slight‘ in places; more on the fun side and not serious enough but still a great book. 3w
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New Year, New You | Steve Pacer
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#newyearwhodis

I‘ve watched (jealously) from afar in previous years, so thought it was about time I had a go this year!

I‘m trying not to do too many challenges next year, but this one is as simple as only reading one book, if that‘s what you want. I‘m sure I‘ll read many more though! 😁 Really looking forward to finding out my match and investigating the list of books….

Thanks for hosting @monalyisha - check out her feed for more details!

rockpools You‘ll love it 😊 (I‘m not doing it this year, but I‘ll have new year envy come Jan!) 3w
squirrelbrain I‘m sure I will @rockpools ! 😁 3w
Caroline2 Oh I did this year before last and loved it! I didn‘t do it last year but then regretted it!!! 🤦‍♀️ 😆 I‘m in this year! 😃 3w
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squirrelbrain Did you already enter @Caroline2 as it‘s full already I think?! I do hope you made it in time? 3w
Caroline2 I missed it!!! 😆 🤦‍♀️ (I filled in the waiting list form tho!) what am I like?! 3w
squirrelbrain Oh no @Caroline2 - what indeed are you like?! 🤣 3w
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Little Reunions | Eileen Chang
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This took me a while to get into, due to the style of writing. It felt very distanced and remote, plus there are so many odd relationships that I kept having to refer to the character list at the back of the book. (And then I still didn‘t understand… how can your Mum also be your third Auntie?! 🤣)

I‘m giving it a soft pick as I did find it fascinating learning about a different culture. Thank you for sending it to me @BarbaraBB 😘

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Wonderful article from today‘s Guardian….

Loved the whole section about how she shelves her books; a girl after my own heart! ❤️

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/nov/06/lucy-mangan-creating-my-lib...

BarbaraBB That library looks heavenly! 4w
PurpleyPumpkin Great article. Thanks for sharing! 4w
marleed So cool! I have a spare bedroom turned library - I can only dream of an out building! I love her arrangement. I mix my books up all the time and deliberately don‘t shelf them as they would be found at a Barnes & Noble! 4w
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Oryx Great article. Looks like the library of dreams. 4w
JamieArc What a delightful article! My spouse and I are house searching, and I would be lying if I said I wasn‘t hoping every time we walked into a house that I was searching for the perfect library room. 4w
Magpiegem This was my dream once, I had every book I had ever owned and very much used them as my memories as my brain does a pretty rubbish job of that. Then I met my husband... who did not share my passion, then I had three little boys... who take up so much room (and book shelf space) and now I only have one little bookshelf with books I haven‘t read yet and my very favourite ones I have. Everything else gets given away. 😞 4w
Cathythoughts How lovely 💫 📚 4w
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Passing | Nella Larsen
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I was prompted to read/listen to this novella by the recent film release. I‘d also heard so many good things about it when I read The Vanishing Half. It‘s much darker and more suspenseful than TVH, really quite sinister.

Set in 1929 Harlem it follows a short period in the life of Irene Redfield when her childhood friend, who is passing as white, reappears. Clearly it‘s an insightful commentary on race, but also on marriage and relationships.

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Busy with work this week, so not so much reading time. Having said that, I‘ve also done more driving to meetings so listened to Passing and Church Ladies, both short but very good. I just started the new Moriarty on audio yesterday.

About halfway through Crossroads, which is a chunkster; loving it so far. Took me a while to get into the writing style of Little Reunions but I think I‘ve got it now! (Nearly halfway through)

rockpools A good week, despite the work thing. Happy weekend Helen! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I loved Church Ladies. Am hoping to read Passing this coming week to participate in Netflix‘s book club. 1mo
Cinfhen Loved Church Ladies too!!! All your books look wonderful, Helen!! I‘m using the Franzen for #Booked2022 #AboutReligion so I‘ll need to wait a bit longer and I‘m considering reading Passing for #Booked2022 #AdaptedForSmallScreen #SharingIdeas 1mo
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Cinfhen I didn‘t know Netflix‘s has a bookclub @MicheleinPhilly that‘s awesome 1mo
squirrelbrain Passing was great @MicheleinPhilly @cinfhen (haven‘t got round to reviewing it yet). Much tighter than The Vanishing Half, and I gained a far greater understanding of passing. 1mo
Megabooks Crossroads was fantastic! Glad you‘re enjoying it. 1mo
vivastory Passing is hands down one of my favorites of the year. Such a powerful work 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen It was just announced recently. It seems like a lot of fun. https://www.netflixbookclub.com 4w
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing the link @MicheleinPhilly 😘😘 4w
BarbaraBB Great report!! 4w
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen You‘re welcome. This type of thing is right up my alley as I‘m such a stickler about reading before viewing. Plus I just LOVE Uzo. 😘 4w
squirrelbrain Just looked up the Netflix book club @MicheleinPhilly - looks great! I‘ll definitely check it out in a couple of weeks‘ time. 4w
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Here‘s my choices for winter for #booked2022.I reserve the right t9 change my mind 27 times before then! There There is a re-read but I wanted to read it anyway as a companion piece to Ceremony, which I have just studied.

Opinions on Flight Behaviour for #ecofeminist novel? It appears on lots of eco-lit lists and the MC is female so…..?

And of course Girl With is now a #buddyread with @Cinfhen @TrishB and anyone else who may join in!

Cinfhen Definitely Flight Behavior for #EcoFeminist !!!! And hurray for all your other choices!!!! I forgot about Amy Tan!! I still have this book I wanted to read 1mo
Cinfhen And glad you‘re joining @TrishB and me for the #LoudGirl #BuddyRead 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen poor book ☹️ the odds are stacked against it 1mo
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Cinfhen Hahaha @TrishB I was thinking the same thing…our BuddyRead track record is SO BAD @squirrelbrain 😅 1mo
squirrelbrain I know @TrishB @Cinfhen - you‘re both terrible! 🤣 But you know I‘ll finish it regardless as I‘m a perfectionist that can‘t bail! 1mo
Oryx Flight Behaviour took me a while to get into, and I considered bailing, but I ended up loving it. It's a slow read, but gets under your skin. For me, anyway. 1mo
Oryx And it's definitely eco 1mo
squirrelbrain Good to know Emma @Oryx - thank you! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Hi! I just got a copy of The Girl with the Louding Voice... when are you buddy reading and can I join??! 😊😁 1mo
squirrelbrain Of course you can join in @RaeLovesToRead - it will be early next year as it fits a prompt for #booked2022. Tagging @Cinfhen in, as there‘s quite a few of us joining in now! 4w
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen Awesome! Tag me when we start and I'll join in... 😁😊 4w
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