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whatrebeccasread

Joined May 2018

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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“Such a Fun Age” is a topical read that I believe is worth the hype it‘s getting. I appreciate how the author has managed to leave us thinking about some really important topics, without being preachy. I sped through this and will happily give it a big 5 stars!

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Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻I agree ! 12mo
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“Hard Pushed” is a really enjoyable medical memoir. Following midwife Leah Hazard on her journey to become an experienced midwife. Full of interesting stories and anecdotes, this was a great 4 stars for me!

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Crocodile Tears | Mercedes Rosende
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“Crocodile Tears” is my first crime fiction read of the year and it‘s also my first read from Uruguay. I was pleasantly surprised by this comic caper and especially it‘s quirky characters. A really enjoyable 4 stars from me!

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Life in Pieces | Dawn OPorter
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“Life in Pieces” tells one woman‘s story of her family during lockdown. I did enjoy it and found a lot of Dawn‘s experiences to be very similar to my own, but I think this book would be better suited to mother‘s of young children, especially those who were home-schooling at the beginning of the pandemic. An enjoyable 3 star read for me!

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Perfect Prey | Helen Fields
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“Perfect Prey” is another great D.I. Callanach book by Helen Fields. The murders were gruesome and the story was gripping both of which made for a really great crime story! A 4 star read for me!

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This Time Next Year | Sophie Cousens
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“This Time Next Year” by Sophie Cousens is a quirky rom-com with a lot of heart. Minnie Cooper‘s story makes for a really enjoyable read and a great pick-me-up at the end of a difficult year! 5 stars!

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“Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas” is a quick collection of anecdotes from Adam Kay‘s time working for the NHS. It‘s a nice read that you‘ll likely enjoy, but it doesn‘t have the same impact as his previous book. 3 stars from me!

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“Everything I Know About Love” was a really enjoyable read for me. I found it to be relatable and nostalgic and looked forwarded to picking it back up every day. A great 4 stars from me!

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I enjoyed the overall message, and for a short while I enjoyed the extended metaphor, but as the book continued, I lost concentration and interest. “Adventures in Opting Out” was a 2 star read for me.

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“999 – My Life on the Frontline of the Ambulance Service” is an educational, sometimes heart-breaking memoir by ambulance medic Dan Farnworth. This is definitely a book that more people should be reading – it‘s 4 stars from me!

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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“Girl, Woman, Other” is a worthy winner of the Booker Prize. Telling the story of 12 interconnected fictional characters, this is a fantastic observational novel that I wouldn‘t hesitate to recommend – 5 stars!

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bnp Still haven't read this; it's on that list of things I'll get to . . 13mo
whatrebeccasread It's a good read, I'd recommend it @bnp! 13mo
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“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” is not as accessible as the title and blurb will have you believe. I didn‘t really understand anything and after persevering through the majority, I added this to my DNF pile. Sorry!

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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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“Silver Sparrow” is a story is about two young girls trying to find their way in a dysfunctional world full of secrets and lies. This was an okay 3 star read for me and probably not one I‘m going to remember long term.

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Nute I haven‘t seen that edition with that cover art. I like it! 1y
whatrebeccasread @Nute I think it must be a relatively recent cover, I couldn‘t find the same one on Goodreads! 1y
Nute I like the silhouettes! 1y
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“Coyote Fork” is a contemporary thriller that‘ll certainly make you think about your social media usage. I was kept engaged throughout and I enjoyed the many twists and turns along the way. A strong 4 stars from me!

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Perfect Remains | Helen Fields
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“Perfect Remains” is a great start to the D.I. Callanach series by Helen Fields. I really enjoyed the narration in this audiobook and the crime story kept me gripped too. This was a 4 star read for me, not quite perfect, but very good!

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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“Educated” is a rewarding, powerful memoir by Tara Westover. It‘s not an easy read, but I‘ve learned a lot through Tara‘s story and would recommend that you do too. 4 stars!

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arlenefinnigan Listening to this on audio. It's amazing she survived her upbringing at all, never mind going on to achieve what she did. 1y
whatrebeccasread I listened this this on audio too @arlenefinnigan, glad you're enjoying it! 1y
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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“The Haunting of Hill House” wasn‘t as scary as I had expected and the story wasn‘t what I was expecting either! That said, I really enjoyed this classic horror. It‘s well written and the protagonist is one of my favourite characters in a long time – 4 stars!

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Poisoned | Jennifer Donnelly
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I liked the short, snappy chapters and fact that the overall message is a positive one, but the story itself wasn‘t to my tastes. “Posioned” was a 2 star read for me, but I‘d still recommend it for fantasy fans, or someone who enjoys fairy tale retellings.

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Olive | Emma Gannon
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"Olive" is a book that truly resonated with me. The leading lady is flawed, she's clumsy and she's still finding her feet in the adult world. A really enjoyable audiobook and a big 5 stars from me!

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“The Courage to Care” is an honest collection of anecdotes which teach us about nursing in the wider community. I have nothing but respect for author Christie Watson, and all nurses who have the courage to care unconditionally. The style was a little bit off for me, but overall this was a really enjoyable 4 stars.

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The Rampart Trilogy is shaping up to be a fantastic series of dystopian fantasy. The second in the trilogy, “The Trials of Koli” was a really enjoyable read, exploring an already well-established world in even more detail. This was a strong 4 stars for me!

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Pageturner1 @whatrebeccasread what is your blog called? 1y
whatrebeccasread Hey! It's called What Rebecca's Read, there's a link in my Litsy profile if you'd like to check it out! 😊 1y
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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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“The Salt Path” tells the true story of a couple walking the South West Coast Path. It‘s wonderfully written and I enjoyed the narration too. With some important messages, this is a thought-provoking read about taking life day by day. It was a great 4 star read for me!

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MariaW Beautiful cover 😍 1y
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For When I'm Gone | Rebecca Ley
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“For When I‘m Gone” is an emotional, heartfelt story about human resilience. I really appreciate the personal experience that went into this well written debut – 4 stars.

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Unnatural Causes | Richard Shepherd
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“Unnatural Causes” is a fascinating read. Dr Richard Shepard tells the story of his life and career working as a forensic pathologist. This is an interesting, honest and human look at his role and the events that required his involvement. I really enjoyed this – 5 stars!

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Someone We Know | Shari Lapena
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It‘s 3 stars for Shari Lapena‘s “Someone We Know”, a story full of secrets, gossip and infidelity. I enjoyed it, but it was an okay read for me and probably not one I‘ll remember long term.

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RebelReader @whatrebeccasread That‘s disappointing to hear because she‘s one of my favorite authors. 😩😩😩 1y
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Gilding The Lily | Justine John
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“Gilding the Lily” is a domestic drama full of secrets, lies and plenty of arguments too. I had a couple of niggles, but in general found this to be enjoyable story with unexpected ending.

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The Goddess of Macau | Graeme Hall
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“The Goddess of Macau” is a wonderful collection of stories that I devoured over the past couple of weeks. I didn‘t love them all, but that‘s only natural in a collection. One story in particular stood out for me and will probably stay with me for some time. I‘d definitely recommend this for short stories fans and those interested in learning a little about the culture of Macau. It‘s 4 stars from me!

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The Lost Words: A Spell Book | Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
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“The Lost Words” is a beautiful audiobook, narrated by a selection of famous voices. I enjoyed this collection of poetry, but I can‘t help but feel that the print book would have made for a more magical read. It‘s 3 stars from me.

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The One Who Got Away | Egan Hughes
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“The One That Got Away” is a twisty thriller that‘ll keep you guessing right up until the end. Imagine that your ex has been murdered and you‘re being suspected as the killer! For the most part, this is a fast paced read and it‘s definitely a well written debut. A great 4 stars from me!

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“Why We Sleep” is a really educational read that I‘d recommend for anyone interested in the subject of sleep. It covers all aspects of the topic without being overwhelming. This was a good 4 star read for me!

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Kalalalatja I really liked it, too! 1y
perfectsinner On my list 1y
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For me “The Authenticity Project” was an enjoyable read but it wasn‘t a particularly memorable one and I found it to be a little predictable. Full of feel good themes, this could be the light read that you need at the moment. It‘s 3 stars from me.

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Sweet Bean Paste | Durian Sukegawa
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"Sweet Bean Paste” is a wholesome story of unlikely friendship. I loved the simplicity of this Japanese tale, but I didn‘t finish this book with a any strong feelings for it. This was a 3 star read for me.

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“Hinton Hollow Death Trip” is full of all kinds of evil. Narrated by Evil itself, this isn‘t a book for the faint-hearted and is sure to keep you on your toes. I personally didn‘t love the style, but the story was really enjoyable and certainly unique! If you‘re looking for something dark, give this a try!

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Salvation Station: A Novel | Kathryn Schleich
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I really enjoyed this who-dunnit murder mystery. The two story lines are both compelling and are intertwined well with each other. “Salvation Station” is a really great debut novel and I‘d definitely recommend it for crime thriller fans. A strong 4 stars!

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Caroline2 Creepy cover!! 😬 1y
whatrebeccasread @Caroline2 it is, isn't it?! The book actually isn't as creepy as the cover! 1y
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Scrappy Little Nobody | Anna Kendrick
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Anna Kendrick's autobiography is a humorous read and I'm sure that it would be well loved by her huge fan base, but for me, I'm sorry to say that it wasn't that interesting or memorable - 2 stars.

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Kloves2read I love when celebrities, who are so young write autobiography‘s. Their story hasn‘t ended, they are still so young and so much life ahead of them. They think they are far more interesting then they really are. 🙄 1y
whatrebeccasread @Kloves2read interestingly, Anna Kendrick actually says the same thing in her book! She said something about perhaps writing another in her 80s when she's got more of a story to tell! 1y
Kloves2read LOL! Maybe her publicist thought it would a good idea, to generate more revenue? She‘s not even that famous! 1y
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Written in Blood | Chris Carter
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“Written in Blood” is the eleventh book in the series featuring LAPD Detective Robert Hunter. It‘s highly detailed and descriptive, it‘s super fast paced and made for a really enjoyable read. It‘s 5 stars from me!

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The Colours That Blind | Rutendo Tavengerwei
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“The Colours That Blind” tells an important story through the eyes of a young albino boy and his grandmother. I enjoyed the plot, but for me, the dual timelines and terminology meant that I couldn‘t enjoy this as much as I had wanted to. This was a 2 star read for me.

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The Big Chill | Doug Johnstone
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“The Big Chill” is a fantastic second book for the Skelf series. Full of secrets and deception, both this and book one, “A Dark Matter” are engaging stories with a cast of strong female characters. This is a fast paced read and one I really enjoyed – another 5 stars from me!

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I listened to Kim Jiyoung‘s story in audiobook format and for me it was just okay. The author Cho Nam-Joo uses this story to illustrate a really important message though and I think this is worthwhile read, especially as it‘s so short. This was 3 stars for me, but I‘d definitely still recommend it and may try reading, rather than listening, to this one again soon.

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“The Day the World Came to Town” was a really interesting book which exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed hearing about the kindness and generosity of the people of Gander who unexpectedly found themselves as hosts to thousands of people. A strong 4 star read for me!

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Tell Me a Secret | Jane Fallon
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"Tell Me a Secret” is a light-hearted look at a work friendship. Can you trust your work colleagues with your deepest secrets? Despite being a little predictable, I enjoyed this story but probably wouldn‘t recommend the audiobook. This was a good three star read for me.

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Media Queen | Michelle Prak
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“Media Queen” is a really fun, light and easy read about one woman‘s ambition to become a success in the media world. I enjoyed the story for the most part, but felt that this was more of a YA read. It‘s an enjoyable 3 stars from me!

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Sea Wife: A novel | Amity Gaige
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“Sea Wife” takes a complex look at marriage and family life whilst sailing the sea around the Caribbean. The writing is beautiful at times but with themes of depression and abuse this isn‘t a particularly upbeat read. I struggled a little with the terminology but enjoyed it nonetheless. This was a strong 3 star read for me!

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Amiable I JUST bought this one over the past weekend! Can‘t wait to start it. 2y
whatrebeccasread @Amiable hope you enjoy it! 😊 2y
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Breakfast at Bronzefield | Sophie Campbell
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“Breakfast at Bronzefield” is a honest, candid look at life in a female prison. Highlighting some of the hidden truths behind locked doors, this was a really interesting, educational read – an enjoyable 3 stars for me!

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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“Becoming” is an eloquent memoir by Michelle Obama. I enjoyed this candid look at her life so far and feel that I‘ve learned a lot from listening to her stories. This was a 5 star read for me!

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Allylu I agree. I learned a lot about her from the book, too. 2y
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The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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“The Family Upstairs” is a dark domestic mystery that has been really popular with readers. For me, the book was good, but nothing special – 3 stars.

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A Hundred Million Years and a Day | Jean-Baptiste Andrea
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“A Hundred Million Years and a Day” is a passionate adventure novel following one man on his quest to find the bones of a dinosaur. I didn‘t feel completely immersed in the story but I still found this to be a really enjoyable read with a really good translation.

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No Home In This World | Kevin Crowe
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“No Home in this World” is a collection of thought-provoking short stories that looks injustices in the world from a number of angles. If you‘re a fan of short stories, I‘d recommend you give this a try. Read them slowly so you have enough time to truly take it all in. It‘s 4 stars from me!

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Out of Love | Hazel Hayes
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“Out of Love” tells the story of a doomed relationship in reverse, from break-up to first kiss. This isn‘t your typical romance story but that probably made me enjoy it even more. I‘d definitely recommend you give it a try regardless of whether or not you‘re already a fan – 5 stars!

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“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” is an absolute gem and I can‘t wait to read more from this author. Telling the story of Evelyn Hugo, a larger than life movie star, this story is truly immersive and will have you hooked – another strong 5 stars!

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eeclayton I loved it, too ❤️ 2y
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