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whatrebeccasread

Joined May 2018

Reading on my daily commute 📚 whatrebeccasread.wordpress.com
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An enjoyable and somewhat unnerving peek at what technology could be like in our future. "Proximity" is fast-paced, imaginative and could easily be featured as the next episode of "Black Mirror". It's a big 5 stars from me!

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Ponti | Sharlene Teo
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"Ponti" is funny, sad and awkward, unlike anything I've read in a long time. I loved this book from Sharlene Teo and can't wait to see what she writes next - 5 stars!

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Promise Between Us | Barbara Claypole White
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“The Promise Between Us” is a powerful and educational story which addresses the less well-known side of OCD and explores how such an illness can affect a family. I'm giving this book 4 stars – thanks again to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources and author Barbara Claypole White for the opportunity to read this book!

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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Expectation | Anna Hope
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"Expectation" explores how female friendships change over time. I found it to be very relatable and enjoyed learning about the lives and friendships between Hannah, Cate and Lissa. It's 5 stars from me!

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A beautifully written love song to the piano, "The Forest of Wool and Steel" is a truly captivating story. Another piece of Japanese literature that I really enjoyed, it's 4 stars from me.

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Lcsmcat Sounds lovely. My father-in-law was a piano tuner. I‘ll have to read this in his memory. 1mo
Emilymdxn What a beautiful cover! Book sounds great too 1mo
whatrebeccasread @Lcsmcat oh definitely do, it's a lovely book! 1mo
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The Wrong Envelope | Liz Treacher
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It‘s my stop on the “The Wrong Envelope” blog tour! A quaint story of romance in the 1920s in rural Devon. Bernard Cavalier doesn't make a great first impression and his second one isn't much better either, but he's determined to make this relationship work. A charming 4 stars for Liz Treacher's "The Wrong Envelope".

My full review is up on my blog now ?

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Ponti | Sharlene Teo
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Another month, another book from my Rare Birds Book Club subscription. Have you read this one?

MicheleinPhilly I‘ve never even heard of it but it sounds great! #stacked 1mo
whatrebeccasread @MicheleinPhilly it does sounds great and I really like the cover! I'm looking forward to reading it soon! 1mo
Redwritinghood Like many books, it‘s on my shelf waiting to be read. 1mo
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The Killer You Know | S. R. Masters
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I'd highly recommend giving S.R. Masters' debut novel a try. "The Killer You Know" is a gripping story and I enjoyed acting the detective to try and work out the who/what/where/when of this mystery. It's 4 stars from me - thanks so much to Anne Cater and S.R. Masters for the opportunity to read this one!

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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I'm not sure I understand the hype surrounding Elizabeth Strout's "Olive Kitteridge" but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Some stories I loved but some not so much and I'm beginning to feel that I may need to give it a second chance down the line. For now it's 3 stars, but I'm not ruling this one out for a re-read at some point.

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TrishBovell I didn‘t understand the character of Olive until I saw the Miniseries starring Frances McDormand. Now I want to reread the book because seeing it on the screen made it so much richer! 1mo
whatrebeccasread @TrishBovell oh really? That's interesting to hear, I might give it a try myself! 1mo
TrishBovell Give it a try. I felt the same as you do when I first read the book. I didn‘t understand the hype. 1mo
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TrishBovell Now I love Olive and want to know more about her! 1mo
whatrebeccasread @TrishBovell I'm looking forwaed to it, thank you! 1mo
TrishBovell Let me know what you think! 1mo
EH2018 Theres a new Olive K book coming out in October! Just heard about it. So excited!! 1mo
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Star-Crossed | Minnie Darke
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Look at all these shiny new books I've just won on Twitter! I'm so excited to get reading! Have you read any of them yet?? 🤩

Samplergal Twitter? Apparently I‘m not following the right people! 2mo
whatrebeccasread @Samplergal haha, yes! I seem to be having a bit of a winning streak over there in recent weeks! 2mo
TNbookworm Wow, that's awesome! 2mo
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Malamander | Thomas Taylor
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"Malamander" is a really fun read which comes highly recommended for its target audience (aged 10-12). I've just found out that this book is going to be part of a series, and wish the author all the best with that!

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Mdargusch I love the cover! 2mo
whatrebeccasread @Mdargusch this is just the proof cover, the real published cover is even better! 2mo
jenniferw88 It's @Waterstones children's book of the month pick for May too! 2mo
whatrebeccasread @jenniferw88 oh fab, I didn't know that! 2mo
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"The Housekeeper and The Professor" is a quaint story of how kindness and compassion bring people together. This wasn't my favourite Yōko Ogawa book, but I still enjoyed it - 3 stars.

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Daisey I really enjoyed this one and it is the only book I've read by this author. I would be curious to know which you recommend as I consider another to read. (edited) 2mo
whatrebeccasread @Daisey I much preferred both Revenge and Hotel Iris but they definitely have a different style to this one! 2mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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A story of espionage during WW2 sounds like it's going to be a winner, but in reality I found that "Transcription" was a little boring and slow-paced for my liking. I liked the premise, but the story didn't impress - 2 stars.

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The Miniaturist | Jessie Burton
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Again I'm underwhelmed by Jessie Burton, and I'm beginning to think that perhaps she's not the author for me. "The Miniaturist" started well but couldn't really keep me interested and its 400+ pages dragged on quite a lot which definitely didn't help the situation. I didn't hate it but I won't be recommending this book to anyone in a hurry - 2 stars.

My full review is up on my blog now ?

CrowCAH The TV mini-series was only so so, too. 2mo
whatrebeccasread @CrowCAH oh no, really? I've not watched it yet but was planning on! 2mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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April's Rare Birds Book Club brought a Kate Atkinson book! Transcript looks good, have any of you read it? 📚

Laura317 No, but I have it on my tbr shelf. I hope to get your very soon. 2mo
TrishB I have - enjoyed it 👍🏻 2mo
thea-block I just finished this one! Didn‘t live up to the hype for me, but I still enjoyed it. Hope you do, too! 2mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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The plot is original, the characters are quirky and fun and the language is simplistic. I really enjoyed "Convenience Store Woman" and it has only made me even more eager to pick up more Japanese literature and give it a try - 5 stars!

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KimmyM I've been waiting on this from the library for ages! I can't wait to read it! 2mo
whatrebeccasread @KimmyM I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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Bridget Jones's Diary | Helen Fielding
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Bridget Jones's Diary was an easy four star read for me. It's certainly not the best book ever written, but it's fun, British and so relatable. Who hasn't had body insecurities, faced a stinking hangover or felt the judgement of others? I'd recommend this book for fans of the film - read it and fall in love with Bridget all over again!

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

hlgreenfield I don't know if it's because I've seen the movie so many times and so had certain expectations who j weren't met, but I didn't love this book and I really expected to! Maybe I should give it another read now that I know it's very different from the film. 2mo
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"Girl A" is a difficult read, detailing the horrors that these girls had to endure, so certainly isn't for the faint-hearted. While it's hard to review something so real and so terrible, I'd give this book a strong 4 stars.

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Falling into Place | Amy Zhang
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"Falling into Place" is a sad story which tackles some difficult subjects, from bullying to drug use to suicide. It's certainly not a happy read and is quite emotional at times. Unfortunately this book wasn't for me, I couldn't connect with the main character and this seriously affected how I felt about the whole thing - 1 star.

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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A wisp of a book, "The Summer Book" is brief with no real plot but it's well written. For me these snippets of life in the summer on a Scandinavian island were enjoyable but nothing I'll be raving about - it's 3 stars from me.

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Don’t You Forget About Me | Mhairi McFarlane
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Georgina Horspool is so real it's difficult not to love her. Unemployed and single on the same day and heading home to a roommate who's not her biggest fan either. This rom-com explores some tricky themes but it mostly fun and witty. This wasn't perfect for me but still an enjoyable 3 stars.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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"Black Matter" is like a story from Black Mirror, a frightening peek at where technology may take us. When Tommy McGregor gets an implant to track his health statistics he never imagined the tragic consequences. The premise is great but the writing could do with a little work - 3 stars from me.

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I somehow found myself immersed in the world of Dorte Hansen, a bored, lost young woman trying to find her place in the world. Nothing that happens is all that interesting, but that's kind of the point. I didn't love it, but I still enjoyed it so it's 3 stars from me.

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Don’t You Forget About Me | Mhairi McFarlane
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I've enjoyed every Rare Birds Book Club book that I've received and I've certainly been impressed with the selection so far! For some reason my shelf is looking a little bare at the moment, so when I found my latest parcel on my door step, I couldn't wait to see what was inside!

See more on my blog (link on my profile 📚)

Birdsong28 Have you read any others of her's? I have read them all they are so good! 😁📚📖 3mo
whatrebeccasread @Birdsong28 I hadn‘t heard of this author until now but you‘re the second person to say this so I‘m looking forward to getting started! 3mo
QuoteQueen Anyone else sing the title and immediately think of the movie The Breakfast Club or is that just me? 😬😜😂 3mo
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whatrebeccasread @QuoteQueen I haven't been able to get it out of my head since! 3mo
QuoteQueen @whatrebeccasread well you won‘t be alone cause it‘s gonna be stuck in my head all day too! Lol 3mo
CaitlinR Definite ear worm. 🐛 3mo
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The End We Start From | Megan Hunter
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A short but powerful dystopian story that really makes you think. The UK is underwater due to rapidly rising sea levels & this book explores the story of one woman coping with motherhood, love, loss & chaos all at the same time. Don't go in expecting full descriptive paragraphs and lengthy dialogue because that's not what you'll find. I really liked this one so it's 5 stars from me.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

KristenDuck Interesting. I‘ve never heard of this one but I love dystopian novels. 3mo
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"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" is devastating and really makes you think about the effects of keeping a secret from those you love. With a promising start, I enjoyed the first half but began to lose interest as the pages went on. I'm glad to finally be taking this off my TBR list, it's 3 stars from me!

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Smash and Grab | Joe Albanese
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A short story of theft, drugs and the lives behind them, "Smash and Grab" is a gritty tale with several twists to keep things interesting. It's a short but enjoyable read that I'd recommend to crime fans - 3 stars from me.

Thanks to the author Joe Albanese who sent me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Swimming Home: A Novel | Deborah Levy
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It's 5 stars second time round for Deborah Levy's "Swimming Home". I really enjoy this style of book, or novella. Short but not all that sweet, it leaves you something to think about.

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The Illumination of Ursula Flight | Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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Another great choice from the Rare Birds Book Club. “The Illumination of Ursula Flight” is a fun, quirky tale of a young girl growing up in the 17th century. Very different to what I would normally choose but I enjoyed it and it‘s 4 stars from me.

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Crazeedi Great review! I'm going to stack, sounds right up my alley 4mo
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I was really looking forward to learning about the cities and countries of Europe. I really did enjoy the first few chapters, but when Bryson‘s humour went a bit too far, I lost interest and by the end I had almost given up. It‘s 2 stars from me!

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

Swe_Eva I had the same experience with that one. 4mo
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The Night Watch | Sarah Waters
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“The Night Watch” is the third Sarah Waters book I‘ve read. I didn‘t enjoy it as much as the previous two and didn‘t feel such strong connections with these characters, but don‘t let that put you off, Waters is an amazing writer I‘d highly recommend.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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The Illumination of Ursula Flight | Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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After what felt like the longest January ever, February is flying by!

I really loved the last Rare Birds Book Club book, “Dear Mrs Bird” and was looking forward to seeing what February had in store. See my latest blog post to learn more about this month's book! 📚

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Maggie O'Farrell has bravely allowed us all to see a snapshot of her life, but rather than show us the best parts, she's shown us the times when things could have easily ended differently - her near death experiences. I liked this collection but I wasn't amazed by it and lost interest somewhere in the middle. It's 3 stars for this brave and thought-provoking memoir.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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“The Last Lie” is a gripping thriller, but it‘s not a tough read. I sped through the pages and looked forward to picking this up each day. Predictable and unrealistic at times but still an enjoyable 3 stars.

Thanks to Harper Collins for sending me this copy.

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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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“Dear Mrs Bird” tells the heartwarming story of plucky heroine, Emmy Lake and her best friend Bunty, two young women living in London in the 1940s. The characters are warm, funny and charming and all help to highlight the incredible impact that war had on people‘s personal lives, as well as the contributions of hardworking men and women at the time. I really enjoyed this one – 5 stars.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

BittersweetBooks I really loved this one too 💕 5mo
LeslieO Sounds cute, stacking this one! 5mo
TNbookworm Loved this book so much💕 5mo
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“The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes” is a quick and easy read but it‘s one full of heartbreak. Ruth Hogan is skilled at creating quirky characters that you can‘t help but love but I felt I couldn‘t connect with this book as much as I would have liked. It‘s 3 stars from me.

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Brick Lane: A Novel | Monica Ali
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"Brick Lane" has been on my shelf for years and now I've finished it, I'm underwhelmed and a little disappointed. Despite some good chapters exploring what it's like to move to the UK as an immigrant, it's long and a little tedious at times - 2 stars.

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A Nest of Vipers | Andrea Camilleri
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"A Nest of Vipers" was an enjoyable and easy read but I wasn't wowed with my first experience of the Commissario Montalbano series. I'm pretty sure something has got lost in the translation from Italian to English but it's still quirky, fun and mostly light-hearted, getting 3 stars from me.

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CarolynM You might enjoy the earlier ones more. The recent ones have been a bit strange. 5mo
whatrebeccasread @CarolynM good to know! 5mo
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Syrian Brides | Anna Halabi
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"Syrian Brides" is an entertaining peek into what life is like for women in Syria. Through 11 short stories, the author covers a range of marital problems while also highlighting the warmth and compassion a relationship can bring - it's 4 stars from me.

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"This is Going to Hurt" is funny, it's heartwarming and it's heartbreaking. The NHS today is struggling and Adam Kay has helped a lot of people understand this a little more than they might have before. Get ready to laugh out loud and learn a fair amount of terminology too! It's 5 stars from me!

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ehewett88 I listened to the audio book of that and loved it. So beautifully written and a brilliant snap shot into the life of a junior doctor 5mo
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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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New year, new book! ?

After signing up to the Rare Birds Book Club in November 2018, I decided to skip December's read as there was just too much going on (wine, food and hangovers) to give my full attention to another book.

Now 5 days into 2019, January's book "Dear Mrs Bird" has landed on my door step. Find out more in my latest blog post!

Itchyfeetreader I loved this - had a real feel of school stories I loved as a kid 5mo
whatrebeccasread @Itchyfeetreader oh good! I'm looking forward to starting it! 5mo
TNbookworm I love this book so much! 5mo
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In Patagonia | Bruce Chatwin
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I‘m not sure why this is considered a classic as I don‘t really feel that I‘ve learned much about Patagonia at all. Instead of Chatwin‘s mostly insignificant anecdotes, I‘d have preferred to learn a little about the environment, nature, culture and politics of the place. There were some enjoyable snippets though so “In Patagonia” is getting 2 stars from me.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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A lovely collection of quaint short stories set over the Christmas period. Beautifully written and easy to read, these stories have put me in a festive mood. It wasn't perfect, but still a very good 4 stars.

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I tried to like "Play It as It Lays" and at times I did think that it was picking up, but I think I've come to the conclusion that Joan Didion is just not for me and I'll be donating my third and final book rather than struggling through another! Another 1 star review from me.

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CarolynM It wasn't much fun, but I thought this was an interesting book. 6mo
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I'll Eat When I'm Dead | Barbara Bourland
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A satirical look into the fashion world, “I‘ll Eat When I‘m Dead” explores the pressures faced by those in the industry while investigating a couple of deaths and throwing in a little bit of comedy too. I didn‘t love it and not being the most fashionable person, I didn‘t understand it all, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It‘s 3 stars from me.

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Attend | West Camel
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I enjoyed this magically story and I enjoyed questioning what was really going on. "Attend" is imaginative and well written which makes it a good read in my books! Let's see what author West Camel comes up with next!

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Sympathy | Olivia Sudjic
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“Sympathy” was not for me. It‘s 1 star for a book that I just didn‘t enjoy and didn‘t really understand. I feel somewhat cheated as I‘m not really sure that I‘ve read the book that‘s described on the cover, but rather something a lot duller and certainly not my cup of tea.

See more of what I thought by checking out my latest blog post (link on my profile) 📚

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Codename Villanelle | Luke Jennings
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As inspiration for BBC show “Killing Eve”, this story features some strong female characters, but for me it didn‘t have much more going for it. I didn‘t find it particularly gripping or engaging and I don‘t think I‘ll be picking up the sequel. Dare I say it, the TV show was much better in my eyes!

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Coconut Unlimited | Nikesh Shukla
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“Coconut Unlimited” is a short and sweet look back at the teenage years of three Asian boys. It‘s not a hard read but for me it wasn‘t all that interested either. I feel like it was intended for a much smaller audience and this story was lost on me. I enjoyed the first and last chapters, but the story in the middle gives this one 2 stars.

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I'll Eat When I'm Dead | Barbara Bourland
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I came across the Rare Birds Book Club at Stylist Live last week. Named by the magazine as a company to watch in 2019, I knew that I just had to sign up! I hadn't heard of this subscription before, but as they've only recently celebrated their first birthday, I'm sure this is a brand that will grow and blossom in the future.

Sound good? I've just posted about this club on my blog so head over there to read more!