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youneverarrived

Joined August 2016

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Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
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The Nix by Nathan Hill
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The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
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Atonement | Ian McEwan
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Thank you so much Jessie for these two books 😘😘 I appreciate your kindness in sending them onto me. I‘ve been wanting to read Atonement for ages and I really enjoyed McManus‘ first book. I had to include a picture of the wrapping paper because I love it ♥️♥️ #litsymail

Cathythoughts These look great ♥️nice gifts to receive! 4d
BarbaraBB Jessie is the best 💜 4d
TheLudicReader Atonement is amazing. 4d
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erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll enjoy reading them. 💕😙 4d
Cathythoughts Hi Katie! I hope you are well. I‘m going to post your birthday present this week too ... just to make sure it gets there.. I think we should put a new “ rule” in place ... no book buying for one week before ones birthday... 👍🏻♥️I mean it in the nicest possible way ... hope it‘s ok to say this 😘😘😘 20h
youneverarrived Aw @Cathythoughts thank you so much 😘😘 I shall be on a book buying ban from now until my birthday 🧡 19h
Cathythoughts Thanks Katie 😘 19h
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Swan Song | Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
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I had no idea about Capote and his ‘swans‘ & how he betrayed them after years of being their friend and confidante, by writing an article detailing their secrets etc. It was kind of sad how he basically self destructed after that. Such an intriguing person though. I don‘t think I would have enjoyed it as much in print form but the audio was perfect, the narrator did an excellent job. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Interesting review! Very good , I think I‘d go Audible if I read this 👍🏻♥️ 4d
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts I‘d definitely recommend the audio 👍 one of the best I‘ve listened to. 4d
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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1. So good on audio
2. We had some sun ☀️
3. Indian probably
4. 8
5. Will do 💗

#friyayintro

JoScho All the naan and paneer! 5d
slategreyskies I love Indian too! Curries and pickled things and mango lassi! Mmmmm!!! :) 5d
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Bit reading time on the train back to Newcastle. Actually going to be sociable tonight 😩😂

This book is so fascinating! It‘s dense with information & it‘s not always easy to keep the names in order but I don‘t want to put it down. I loved her other book on Cleopatra, too.

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Blackout | Kit Mallory
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@Libby1 it‘s like you know me! Coffee flavoured chocolate is my absolute fave 😋

Thank you so much 😘 I love the little Eiffel Tower bookmark too 💕💕 #mhroundrobin

Libby1 Wow! It was just a complete guess on the chocolate. 6d
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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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Kingsolver has a way of writing characters that are completely brought to life. I can‘t fault her writing. The climate change aspect of it was fascinating and the setting of a small community generally always makes for a decent story. Only thing that let it down was the end; it felt a bit rushed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #booked2019 #clifi

Cathythoughts Nice review ♥️👍🏻. I‘m pretty sure I have this one at home 1w
Pricel101 Great review 😀 Love this author! We had her on our #newyearwhodis list! 👌📖 1w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks 💕 she‘s a great author. 1w
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youneverarrived @Pricel101 yes! 🥰 I think that was probably my favourite read of last year! 1w
BarbaraBB I just finished my first Kingsolver so I am happy to see you recommend another one! 1w
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB she‘s becoming a favourite of mine. I‘m intrigued by the one you‘ve just read. I‘d never heard of it. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage This was my first Kingsolver. All I kept thinking was, “Why did I wait so long?” 1w
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s what I‘m thinking too now that I‘ve just finished my first! 1w
Cinfhen I love Kingsolver but was a bit disappointed by her newest 1w
youneverarrived @Cinfhen yeah I‘ve seen mixed reviews on that one. 7d
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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So I really loved this, more than I was expecting. It‘s sad but in some ways hopeful and it made me laugh. The writing is amazing. I wanted to keep reading but at the same time just savor it. I can‘t wait to discuss it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nyrbbookclub

youneverarrived On a related note - there are old lady twins that I see walking around town, dressed all identical every time. I always wonder if they‘ve done this since they were younger or if they have ever lived separate lives 😆 1w
Suet624 I wonder too. I bet they‘ve always done it. 1w
BarbaraBB I am glad you loved it too although it doesn‘t surprise me 💜 1w
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LeahBergen I want to see the old lady twins now! ❤️ 1w
vivastory I'm thrilled that the group is loving this one. And I love your story about the old lady twins! For some reason I'm picturing plaid wool dresses. 😄 1w
Blaire Love seeing the good reviews for this book. It‘s already stacked, but need to move it up the tbr. 1w
batsy Oh, love the story about the elderly twins 💕 1w
erzascarletbookgasm So much love for this book 💗 1w
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to to finishing this one soon - I‘m on Audible with it. Great narrator Yes ! So good 1w
youneverarrived @Suet624 I think they probably have too. 1w
youneverarrived @LeahBergen I wish you could see them! 1w
youneverarrived @vivastory I love that you picture that! Such a great choice for our first book 🧡 1w
youneverarrived @Blaire I hope you like it as much as I do 🧡 1w
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s so good! 😘 1w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts the narrator can make or break a book I think. Glad it‘s a good one. It‘s a special book 🧡 1w
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Thank you so much @kaysworld1 for gifting this on to me. It‘s been on my tbr for years!! 🧛‍♀️ appreciate it 😘😘 #jbuk

kaysworld1 I'm glad you got it I did check your list before sending 🤗 it's a modern copy but still a good story x 2w
tournevis Oh. The cover. 2w
teainthelibrary Dracula is so good! I kind of wish I could go back in time and read it for the first time again. 2w
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youneverarrived @kaysworld1 it‘s really kind of you to send it to me. I think I‘ll save it for a Halloween read 😁 x 2w
youneverarrived @tournevis it spooked me when I first seen it 😂 2w
youneverarrived @teainthelibrary ah that‘s great to hear! I‘ve honestly wanted to read it for years but never got around to it. 2w
tournevis @youneverarrived I don't know about spooked, but I sure did a double take! 🥴 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Let‘s see what the other twin has to say. I stopped reading at this point a few days ago but it‘s still been on my mind. #nyrbbookclub

tpixie Interesting- A different twin narrates a different section of the book? 2w
BarbaraBB Great pic. And an interesting moment in the book! 2w
Cathythoughts Yes ! Judith speaks ... I wasn‘t expecting this 2w
vivastory I was also caught off guard, but I thought it was a brilliant stylistic move 1w
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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How fab is this display for Normal People in Waterstones storefront 😍

readordierachel Wow, that's great! 3w
ephemeralwaltz I love this color for the new edition! 3w
marleed I‘m reading this book today! 3w
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KarenUK That‘s lovely! 💕...thanks for sharing... I loved this book so much! 3w
Cathythoughts Love it ♥️👍🏻 3w
sarahbarnes This is amazing! 3w
vivastory That's awesome! Have you seen this @merelybookish ? 2w
batsy Love it ❤️ 2w
merelybookish Wow! That's gorgeous!! 😍 Thanks for the tag @vivastory 2w
LeahBergen Cool! 2w
andrew61 Great picture. 2w
UwannaPublishme 😍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
BiblioLitten I love it! 💝💛💓 2w
DivineDiana Fab it is! ❤️ 6d
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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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1. No kids or pets yet 😔
2. Moon Tiger
3. Walks, out for a meal & read
4. Raining today ☔️
5. Curry

#friyayintro

JennyM Gorgeous pic Katie. Hope the rain shuffles off soon 😘 3w
britt_brooke Beautiful! 3w
Megabooks Curry!! 👍🏻👍🏻😋😋😋 3w
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Reggie Do you not look like a darker haired Misha Barton?!!!! 3w
Suet624 @Reggie Yes! You‘re right! 3w
BarbaraBB Beautiful pic! And I loved that book too 😘 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Katie, could you email me your address at issejchoo at yahoo dot com? I‘ll like to send you something! 3w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic ♥️👍🏻 3w
LeahBergen You‘re so pretty! 3w
youneverarrived Thanks @JennyM been so windy today but the rain has eased off 😚 3w
youneverarrived @Megabooks my fave! It was lovely 😋 3w
youneverarrived @Reggie @Suet624 I‘ve not been told that one before but I‘ll take it 😂😚 (edited) 3w
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB thank you ♥️ it was so good! 3w
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm so kind of you!! I‘ll email you 😘😘 3w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks lovely 🧡😚 3w
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Moon Tiger | Penelope Lively
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Claudia is full of flaws; therefore ultimately human and relatable. What makes it more brilliant is that she is looking back at her past from her own eyes, but also we get to see glimpses from the perspective of her daughter, lovers & brother. How history & human lives connect & converge is what I got from this novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nightorientedtitle #booked2019

CarolynM I love this book ❤️ Great cover too! 3w
Cinfhen This was such an excellent read. Great review! 3w
Cathythoughts Brilliant review... I still must read this one. ♥️ 3w
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LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelf and now I want to bump it up the TBR. 3w
youneverarrived @CarolynM I love the cover! 3w
youneverarrived @Cinfhen thanks! I‘m glad I chose it for this prompt 💙 3w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you, I do think you might like it 👍 3w
youneverarrived @LeahBergen it‘s definitely worth the read 👍 3w
charl08 Love this one, but haven't had much success with her others 2w
youneverarrived @charl08 ah really? I was thinking of reading another of hers after liking this one so much. 2w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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In bed early with a cuppa so I can start reading this for #nyrbbookclub 🧡🧡

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
vivastory I love everything about this, especially the mug! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on the book! 3w
Tanisha_A What a beautiful cover, and that mug! 😍 3w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous post 3w
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Wednesday's Child | Peter Robinson
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1. Girl, Interrupted
2. Wuthering Heights
3. Goodreads
4. Marina & the Diamonds 💙
5. @Cathythoughts @Emilymdxn

Thanks for the tag @julesG & @Centique 😘 #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Beautiful photo ❣️ 3w
Cathythoughts Wuthering Heights for my answer too ♥️👍🏻 3w
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BOTTLED GOODS. | SOPHIE. VAN LLEWYN
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I liked the style of this one; the small, episodic chapters that quickly build a picture of Alina, her family and communist Romania. I thought the magical elements might put me off but they worked. A different and interesting way of telling a story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AlaMich That‘s a great cover! 3w
BarbaraBB I‘ve got this one stacked. Looking forward to it! 3w
youneverarrived @AlaMich isn‘t it ♥️ 3w
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB I think you might like it. Looking forward to your thoughts 👍 3w
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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All bar one were women‘s prize reads for me this month. Tagged book & Ghost Wall were my favourites. #aprilwrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads! 📖💖 3w
RachelO That looks like a great reading month! 3w
rmaclean4 I loved Ghost Wall!! Just starting Milkman. 3w
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batsy Very impressive 👏🏽👏🏽 3w
LeahBergen Great month! 👍🏻 3w
Megabooks I‘m glad to see good thoughts on Milkman! I keep forgetting to get on the list at the library! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm What a great month! 💫 3w
youneverarrived @rmaclean4 Ghost Wall was brilliant. Still thinking about it. 3w
youneverarrived @Megabooks It seems to be a book that divides opinion. I absolutely loved it. 3w
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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So disappointed Freshwater didn‘t make it to the shortlist 😒

Milkman is my winner from these but I liked all three of the bottom books. I‘m surprised Ordinary People made it. Would have liked to have seen Ghost Wall & Normal People in there too. #womensprize

batsy Those are the three books I wanted to see on the shortlist, as well... 3w
Theaelizabet Really surprised about Ghost Wall. Of the six, I‘ve read only Milkman and My Sister..., really liked them both (LOVED Milkman). Now reading Lost Children Archive, which, of course, didn‘t make the shortlist. 3w
Tamra I really want to get to the Barker novel. 3w
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youneverarrived @batsy good taste 😉 it‘s a shame they didn‘t make it. Not the shortlist I was expecting. 3w
youneverarrived @Theaelizabet me too, I think it should have been shortlisted. LCA started off really good for me but then it felt like it was trying to do too much. 3w
youneverarrived @Tamra it‘s a good one! Lots better than Circe imo. 3w
Cathythoughts I loved Milkman too 👍🏻♥️ 3w
batsy 😁 I have Circe and hope to get to it; I'm looking forward to Silence of the Girls and Milkman. But not especially keen on both the marriage books 😅🤷🏽‍♀️ 3w
andrew61 I agee about freshwater, that now means ive only read 2 of shortlist - unless one of the others jumps out at me i will plump for milkman. 3w
saresmoore This shortlist is sort of baffling to me. 🧐 @batsy I can safely say that American Marriage is one to skip. It‘s a quick read, but not remarkable in any way. 3w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts it‘s brilliant 👌 3w
youneverarrived @batsy I look forward to seeing what you think. Milkman seems to be a love/hate type of book. You wouldn‘t be missing out 😆 I wasn‘t a big fan of either. 3w
youneverarrived @andrew61 it should have made it 😕 which other one have you read? 3w
youneverarrived @saresmoore I know, me too. My first reaction was 🙎‍♀️. It‘s a bit too samey. Agree about An American Marriage. 3w
batsy @saresmoore @youneverarrived Thanks friends; life is short and the books are many. I'll be skipping that one 😉 3w
andrew61 @youneverarrived i read 'my sister.... ' - i enjoyed it but don't think it should win. Have put reserves on some others at the library but im probably well down the waiting list. Still prize lists do allow me to explore different writers ☺ 3w
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Evocative, brutal and atmospheric. It‘s got a lot going on for such a small book; misogyny, nationalism, domestic and child abuse. It has its moments of lightness, too. The ending was a shocker, not what I was expecting. I think it easily could have been made into a full length novel but maybe then the impact would be lessened? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts I havnt read yet , I thought it was a bit too short for my liking. But your review makes an interesting point. ...I really hope to like this writer because my fave Littens love her .... 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 4w
TrishB This is an awesome read, I loved it too. @Cathythoughts short for me but it‘s brilliant! 3w
batsy Yes! Great review. I too wanted it to be longer but you're right, the impact probably wouldn't be as strong. 3w
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JennyM Stacking!!! 😘 3w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts hope you like her 🤞 first I‘ve read by her but I‘ll definitely be reading more. 3w
youneverarrived @TrishB it really is! One of those that‘ll stick with me. 3w
youneverarrived @batsy thanks! 🖤 3w
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I really liked this. From the description I was expecting more about the women & less about the men but it‘s almost as much Achilles story as it is Briseis. However it does powerfully describe how women were treated. Briseis fear & strength is written vividly and her character is well drawn, and it‘s a lot more focused & direct than Circe. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 4w
Heideschrampf Sounds like great concepts and looks beautiful 4w
Pricel101 Great review! Toby‘s Room stayed with me a long time 4w
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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I wish this had stayed with Romys perspective. It started off really strong but then I didn‘t think the chapters from Doc or Gordon added anything at all. I love that it shows how effed up the prison system in the US is & the themes of choices, crime etc. but there was a disconnect for me in that I felt barely anything for the characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts Interesting review! I have this on my shelf.. it may be There awhile ..... 4w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts yeah, I‘d say there‘s better books to be reading. Be interested in what you think when you get to it though. 4w
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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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Thanks @howjessreads for using my question 🥰 I‘m off to read everyone‘s answers after posting this. #friyayintro

1. Sabrina the Teenage Witch @BarbaraTheBibliophage

2. Visit America which I will be doing in October 😀 @Melissa_J

3. Usually by mood @emtobiasz

4. Harry Potter. I still haven‘t finished the series (got 3 left) but if it wasn‘t for my children‘s lit course I don‘t think I would have ever read it.

5. Favourite bookstore?

AsYouWish Lately I have been shopping online for books. 4w
Megabooks The regulator Durham, NC 4w
youneverarrived @AsYouWish same, but there‘s nothing like wandering around a bookstore 💛 4w
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youneverarrived @Megabooks that looks amazing! 😍 4w
merelybookish That's exciting about your upcoming trip to US. Where are you going? 4w
youneverarrived @merelybookish Washington, Boston & New York. 2 weeks in all. I can‘t wait! 😁 4w
merelybookish @youneverarrived Those are some fun cities! 4w
RadicalReader @youneverarrived the best bookstore I have ever checked out is definitely Half Priced Books my favorite bookstore which I absolutely adore never found a better place to find and enjoy books must check them out if you‘re around one 3w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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You know some books you just HAVE to keep reading even though you‘re tired or busy etc...well this was the opposite of that. I don‘t know how many times I fell asleep reading it 🤭

Some parts I enjoyed more than others. I liked Circe as a character & it was interesting to learn a bit about Greek mythology & the setting was portrayed very well but I was a bit underwhelmed, really. Maybe the hype had me expecting too much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

MelissaSue81 I felt the same way. I listened to the audiobook in my car and while I didn‘t fall asleep.. I would find myself with my mind wandering and not paying attention an awful lot. And then I‘d be even more confused about the story. 1mo
Cathythoughts Well done for finishing 👍🏻♥️. I‘m not drawn to this one at all 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
merelybookish I've read both her novels and liked them okay, but there is an excess to her writing that irritates me. 1mo
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batsy @merelybookish Yes! About her writing—I've only read Achilles, but I feel the same. 1mo
Kalalalatja I feel you! 1mo
youneverarrived @MelissaSue81 yeah, it‘s not a book that really hooks you. I think I would have been the same with the audio. 1mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts 😘 I was drawn to it after reading lots of good reviews but I‘ll not be in a rush to read her other book, although it has got me interested in Greek mythology. 1mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish that‘s exactly it! I couldn‘t put my finger on what it was that wasn‘t clicking but you‘re spot on with excess. @batsy 1mo
merelybookish @batsy @youneverarrived Glad I'm not the only one to feel this way! 😃 1mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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The first half of this I absolutely loved but then when it shifted to the son‘s narration it kind of lost me. There‘s stories within stories. It‘s well written & the idea is brilliant but it almost felt like it was trying to do too much. Not a very memorable read for me. I did like the ending though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

charl08 Yeah , I'd be surprised if it's shortlisted. 1mo
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Praise Song for the Butterflies | Bernice L. McFadden
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I had no idea ritual servitude (basically a form of slavery) existed. I appreciate this book for bringing it to light. It‘s a fast paced read, as it‘s a relatively short book & a lot happens in it. At times it felt like it was a bit overly rushed & I feel like it could have dug a little deeper, but I think it would make a good book club read. It‘s a harrowing subject and a heartbreaking story but with sparks of hope in it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts Great review ✨✨✨✨✨stacking 1mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts hope you like it 🖤🖤 1mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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I wouldn‘t have read this if it wasn‘t longlisted for the #womensprize. It just didn‘t appeal to me & I was right in thinking that. I didn‘t hate reading it and I liked the humour, but Lucy annoyed the hell out of me & I just didn‘t get the whole merman thing. I think I get what the author was aiming for but it didn‘t work for me. The more I think about it the more I dislike it 😂🤷‍♀️

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julesG And you cannot unknow what you've read in this book. 🙈🙈🙈🙈 1mo
EKonrad Amen! 🙌🏼 1mo
readordierachel It's a strange one. I didn't dislike it but I definitely didn't love it. 1mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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I think this is the strongest written novel I‘ve read this year. I felt like I was completely in the mindset of the narrator, and felt almost drained from the constant monitoring, paranoia, gossip etc. that is felt in the community. What a talent to be able to write a novel like this. Interesting and new (for me) setting & background, with a massively vivid sense of character. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Theaelizabet Couldn‘t agree more. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Loved it ♥️👍🏻 1mo
andrew61 Great review - it was definitely a highlight of my reading year in 2018 and its a book i would like to reread. 1mo
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readordierachel Whew. Ok, I need to read this soon with a review like that! 1mo
CarolynM Great review. It's quite a book! 1mo
Tanisha_A Super review! So riveting. 1mo
Caroline2 Ohhhh this just moved up my tbr pile! Thanks! 👍🏻 😀 1mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 1mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 thanks 😊 I can see myself re reading it in the future. 1mo
youneverarrived @readordierachel I think it‘s one of those books that‘s generally love or hate, so hope you like it! 1mo
youneverarrived @CarolynM thanks 😊 it is indeed! 1mo
youneverarrived @Tanisha_A thanks ♥️ 1mo
youneverarrived @Caroline2 hope you like it! 😘 1mo
Reggie Great review! 1mo
youneverarrived Thanks @Reggie 🖤 1mo
Pricel101 I‘ve read its love it or leave it so thanks for this great review! Stacked 😘📚 4w
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Everything good said about this short novel is true. It‘s funny, smart and fresh. I loved the sisters. Can‘t wait to see what she comes up with next. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Theaelizabet This one was clever. I‘m with you; can‘t wait to see what she does next. 1mo
batsy "Funny, smart, and fresh" about sums it up ? 1mo
youneverarrived @Theaelizabet really clever. I loved how different it was. 1mo
youneverarrived @batsy 🖤🖤 1mo
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Witch Light | Susan Fletcher
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The kindness of this community always amazes me ♥️ thank you so much for this book Kate, I can‘t wait to read it. You‘ve cheered up my morning 😘 #jbuk

kathedron You are very welcome! ❤ 1mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I don‘t know about this one. I finished it yesterday and I‘m already feeling like it‘s not very memorable. I did enjoy reading it. It was a quick, fast paced read and well written. I think maybe I was just expecting a bit more depth to it. I never connected to the characters. It was like I was observing rather than being a part of the story, which isn‘t necessarily a bad thing when you just want a quick read but I think it could have been more. 👇

youneverarrived I did like the changing dynamic between the characters and the way she portrayed conflicting feelings on Celestial‘s part. The dialogue felt real and sharp so I‘m giving it a pick but it just lacked that little something for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize 2mo
Cathythoughts It‘s a funny one ... good you took some positives from it - Yes , it definitely lacked something for me too ... I bailed on this one. 2mo
JamieArc Everyone raves about this one but I had the same feelings about it. Glad I‘m not alone 😊 2mo
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LiteraryinLititz I agree that it was less something than I expected. I liked her other book more! 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts I can see why you bailed. I did like it but probably not one I‘ll remember much. 1mo
youneverarrived @JamieArc I know, I was looking forward to it after all the great reviews but good to know I‘m not the only one that didn‘t completely love it. 1mo
youneverarrived @LiteraryinLititz that one is on my list to read 😊 I will definitely read it as I liked her writing. 1mo
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Remembered | Yvonne Battle-Felton
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Brilliant. I had no expectations going in & knew little of what the book was about but I loved it. Very strong sense of time, place and character. It unfolds at a steady pace that keeps you wanting to read on. Spring‘s grown up son is in a coma in the hospital & she is telling him the history of his and her family so he can ‘make his way home‘. It‘s about slavery, the past and family. Also, how stunning is the cover! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

erzascarletbookgasm Stacking! 👌 2mo
Tanisha_A Sounds a good read! 2mo
Liatrek This sounds a amazing and the cover is beautiful😊 adding to my TBR. thanks for the great review 2mo
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JennyM I was looking at this online with the library only yesterday. I didn‘t hold it...but I shall go and change that now. Sounds good. 2mo
youneverarrived @Tanisha_A it really is! 2mo
youneverarrived @Liatrek isn‘t it gorgeous 💙 I hope you like the book! 2mo
youneverarrived @JennyM let me know what you think of it ♥️ 2mo
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The Lesser Bohemians | Eimear Mcbride
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No five star reads this month. Tagged book was my favourite 💙 #marchwrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice reading! 📖💖 2mo
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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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A pretty bleak portrait of unhappy lives & relationships/marriages. If you like plot based books then this might not be for you as it‘s really character based. I very much liked the first half of the book but then it just got a bit samey and a little bit dull, unfortunately. I appreciate that it‘s true to life and I think a lot of people could relate to the feelings of loneliness in marriage,👇

youneverarrived being a parent & losing your sense of self etc. & there was a few poignant scenes and sentences but the latter half let it down for me. I think it could have been shorter. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize 2mo
merelybookish Great review! It sounds a bit close to home 😬 but I'm still intrigued to read it. 2mo
Cathythoughts Excellent review! I did love it myself- but I take your points 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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youneverarrived @merelybookish thanks! I look forward to seeing what you think of it. 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks 😊 I can see why you loved it. I was really into it at the beginning but it went on a bit too long for me. 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear !! Katie ... my mind was elsewhere this morning 🤦🏻‍♀️... I didn‘t read this one ... I was thinking of Normal People- Sally Rooney ( not Ordinary People ) uh oh 😬. Apologies 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts 😂 easy done. Similar titles! I loved Normal People 💚 2mo
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The Lesser Bohemians | Eimear Mcbride
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First quarter of #booked2019 complete ✔️

👮‍♀️ Female detective - Her Final Breath
🧚‍♀️ Fairytale retelling - Uprooted
🎧 Related to a podcast - Mentors
📚 Happy place - Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs
🇮🇪 Irish author - The Lesser Bohemians
📖 New to you author - Slow Days, Fast Company

Cinfhen Ooohhh, your choices look really good!! Which was your favorite?? Which would you recommend?? 2mo
BiblioLitten I want to know too! 👆🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts Great stuff.... I want to know too ☝🏻 2mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen @BiblioLitten @Cathythoughts I loved The Lesser Bohemians 💙 Her Final Breath is part of a decent crime/thriller series which I like too. 2mo
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These ten short stories, or vignettes, are all set in and around L.A in the 1970s & are a blend of fiction and memoir. It‘s got such an evocative sense of time and place. The imagery and the way she describes the characters is spot on. An easy, often funny read that captures a mood. 💕 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #newtoyouauthor #booked2019

Cathythoughts Great review!! I wish I was more inclined to read short stories.. I often like them when I do ... & well done on another #Booked2019 👍🏻 2mo
batsy She sounds like a fascinating writer. 2mo
Theaelizabet Just bought this (and Eve‘s Hollywood) Can‘t wait to read them. 2mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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I‘m going to try and read all of the #womensprize longlist. These are all from the library and have some of the others reserved. Milkman, Circe & My Sister, the Serial Killer I have on kindle.

Read Freshwater & Normal People last year and loved them both ♥️

merelybookish Excellent stack of books. I'd like to read all these too! 2mo
Cathythoughts Looking good Katie 👍🏻😍enjoy 2mo
Redwritinghood I‘m reading the longlist too. I‘ve read 8 so far, so halfway there! 2mo
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Pricel101 Damn girl! 📚👍 Great list and I look forward to your reviews! 2mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish I‘ve started with Ordinary People. They all sound good don‘t they! 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you lovely 😘😘 2mo
youneverarrived @Redwritinghood I‘ll be interested in seeing which ones are your favourites 👍 2mo
Suet624 Freshwater 💕💕💕 2mo
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The Lesser Bohemians | Eimear Mcbride
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So surprised with how much I liked this but it just took on a life of its own for me. One of those where you think about the characters when you aren‘t reading it and after you‘ve finished it. Very real. There‘s a lot of sex, especially in the first half, but it was never just for the sake of it. It takes a dark turn, just over halfway, that gives more depth to the characters. I think essentially it‘s about love, relationships...👇👇

youneverarrived & how past trauma shapes how you behave. It‘s not a completely original story but the way in which it‘s told is very much so. The only thing I didn‘t really like was the age difference between the characters, but I get it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #booked2019 #irishauthor 2mo
Cinfhen Im always intrigued by this title 😀great review 2mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve never seen this cover before. I love it! 2mo
Pricel101 Your reviews are always so thoughtful, thank you 😊 📚 Stacked! 2mo
youneverarrived @Pricel101 aw thank you 😘 2mo
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Fascinating book about the reasons why depression, anxiety and other mental disorders are prevalent in us humans even after millions of years of evolution. He looks at how low mood etc. can be helpful but how in excess leads to mental illness. It‘s quite a broad scope but I learned a lot from it and it got me really thinking! So complex and he obviously advocates for more research in evolutionary psychology. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Graywacke Sounds fascinating! 2mo
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The Lesser Bohemians | Eimear Mcbride
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The way this is written drew me in from the start. It‘s not the most interesting story but I‘m absolutely loving reading it. And I seen someone today at work that fit the image in my head of what the main male character looks like .. if that doesn‘t make me sound too weird 😂

I wasn‘t a big fan of her other novel so wasn‘t expecting to like this one so much. #booked2019 #irishauthor

RachelO Glad you‘re enjoying this (and no, definitely not weird!!) Not sure if you do audio, but I‘m part-way through this, read by the author, and she‘s the perfect narrator! In all honesty, I think I might struggle with it in print. 2mo
CarolynM I keep meaning to read this, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. 2mo
BarbaraBB Good to know. I have a copy but didn‘t feel like reading it after 2mo
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BarbaraBB And I thought she was a he! 2mo
RidgewayGirl I don‘t think this book is for everyone, but I loved it so very much. 2mo
youneverarrived @RachelO glad you don‘t think it‘s weird 😂 I actually listened to her other book on audio, she narrated that too, and I agree she is an amazing narrator. I didn‘t like the book but loved the audio because of the way she read it. I thought I might struggle with the print but once you get into the ‘flow‘ of it it‘s like being right in the characters lives, but I can see why it‘s not for everyone. Are you liking it? (edited) 2mo
youneverarrived @CarolynM I probably would have kept putting it off if not for this prompt. Glad I chose it though 👍 2mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB it‘s very similar in some ways but a bit less bleak so far. I wasn‘t really expecting to like it but I think it‘s the writing that I‘m loving more than anything. I listened to the audio of the other book so I‘d be interested to see if I like it any better in print. 2mo
youneverarrived @RidgewayGirl agree, definitely not for everyone. 2mo
RachelO @youneverarrived I agree with what you‘ve said, really. I‘m enjoying the writing and the experience of listening to it more than the story itself. If it was written in ‘plain English‘ I probably wouldn‘t last that long! 2mo
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This took a little while to get going but then once it hit I was all in. It‘s about halfway before the trauma of what the narrator went through is revealed but you know from the start that something has happened to him. I really liked the writing and the narrator. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Great review... sounds really good ! Stacked ♥️👍🏻 2mo
Pricel101 Ditto @Cathythoughts great review and the background pic is perfect👌 2mo
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Negroland: A Memoir | Margo Jefferson
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Some photos from my walks this week 💚 #litsywalkers

RachelO I‘m going to have to ask! Do you know why Whip-Ma Whop-Ma Gate is called that? (I mean, why wouldn‘t you, but...) 2mo
jhod I walk past that road whenever I go to our York office :-) Love the name and I want to know too!! 2mo
youneverarrived @RachelO lol I actually have no idea. I just know it‘s the shortest street in York with the longest name 😆 2mo
youneverarrived @jhod it‘s definitely an unusual name 😂 where is your office? My other half used to work in an office near there.. on St. Saviourgate. 2mo
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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I‘m a big fan of Girl on the Train but this didn‘t captivate me as much. I liked the development of the characters and it did keep me intrigued, but not to the point where I couldn‘t wait to pick it up again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

andrew61 Good photo. 2mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 thank you 🥰 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I liked TGOTT better. 2mo
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm yeah I liked it a lot more than this. 2mo
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Been out and about all morning so having a bit reading time before I get on with the housework. ☕️🥞📚

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Did lots of walking today. Went to Byland Abbey & Rievaulx Abbey. I think I‘ve found a new fascination with learning about monks and monasteries 😆 #litsywalkers #old

Blueberry Beautiful 💚 3mo
JazzFeathers What an awesome place! 3mo
Stacypatrice Wow!!!! 3mo
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squirrelbrain Gorgeous! I love all of the Yorkshire abbeys ❤️ 3mo
AmyG That‘s amazing and beautiful. 3mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen So beautiful! 3mo
DivineDiana Breathtaking! 3mo
batsy That is exquisite 😍 3mo
BiblioLitten Whatttt!! Wooooww!! 😍😍 3mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 3mo
Pricel101 Fabulous!! 😘 2mo
Kaye Isn‘t that neat ? 2mo
Suet624 Wow. Amazing spot to be able to walk. 2mo
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I genuinely enjoyed every single one of my reads in Feb. The tagged book is my only five star read but the others, besides from the last two, are four stars. #februarywrapup

Weaponxgirl Lots of books I‘d like to get to on your list 😁 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Some great looking reads there! 📚💖 3mo
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I love Russell Brand and everything he says. He makes so much sense to me. I relate to a lot of what he has to say. This book is kind of an extension of Recovery - he writes about the people that helped him along the way, through and out of addiction and what it means to be mentored and to be a mentor. He clearly loves words and language as this is pretty wordy, but in a good way. A short, interesting listen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #relatedtoapodcast #booked2019

Cathythoughts I love him too ♥️👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen He‘s pretty entertaining!! I think I would enjoy an audio listen 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts he‘s brill ❤️ 3mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen I love listening to him talk ❤️ 3mo
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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So beautifully & powerfully written. It‘s opened my eyes to a world that is far from my own. I finished Invisible Man this month too, and I feel like I‘ve learned a lot about race in America from these two books. It‘s vivid and emotive. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I could not put this one down. It‘s throughly researched and detailed. It blew my mind and broke my heart at the same time. Reading about what happened in Jonestown is absolutely harrowing but it also explains why and how so many people joined Peoples Temple. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SailorMoon I added it to my TBR stack, but I am not sure I wanna read it... I mean, doesn't it make you so angry and furious and many other negative emotions? Or maybe that's why it's good? 3mo
meghan2714 I can't wait to read this, I have several books on this and I need to dive into it . 3mo
LazyDays Intense! This is such a strange story. I've been toying with the idea of reading about it. Glad you enjoyed 3mo
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youneverarrived @SailorMoon it does make you angry and sad but at the same time it‘s interesting to read about how it was able to happen and the reasons why people followed him 3mo
youneverarrived @meghan2714 its really good! 3mo
youneverarrived @LazyDays I‘d definitely recommend it. 3mo
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Went to the library and wandered around town (which was super busy!) for a couple of hours. Gorgeous day for a walk ☀️☀️ #litsywalkers #sunshine

Cathythoughts Beautiful pic 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely town you live in 💗 3mo
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I really enjoyed this 😁 It captures the essence of Shakespeare & Co. It‘s full of stories and anecdotes about the people that lived in the bookshop with him and filtered with little bits of info about the owner and the history of the shop. Hopefully get to visit in June 🤞 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #booked2019 #remindsyouofyourhappyplace

Cinfhen Very 😎 3mo
JennyM That sounds great 👍 3mo
Cinfhen But why bedbugs???? 3mo
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TrishB It‘s great 👍🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts Looks really fab ♥️👍🏻 3mo
Rachbb3 Stacked! 3mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen I think coz the author describes it as being not the most hygienic place to stay but I dunno 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Cinfhen The idea of bedbugs FREAK ME OUT 🥺😳🥴 3mo
BiblioLitten @Cinfhen I was bugged by the same question. 😖 3mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha “bugged” by the same question @BiblioLitten 😉😂😂😂 3mo
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I‘m glad I listened to the audio but I think I‘ll be purchasing a copy of the book too. Some essays resonated more than others but every single one is important, heartbreaking and infuriating 😔 Something needs to change and soon. The last essay just says it all.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Leftcoastzen You summed it up well . This is an important book. 3mo
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