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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
This voyage is special. It will change everything... One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonahs ship for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancocks marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on... and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This chance meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course, a journey on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost... What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the destructive power mermaids are said to possess? In this spell-binding story of curiosity and obsession, Imogen Hermes Gowar has created an unforgettable jewel of a novel, filled to the brim with intelligence, heart and wit.
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AlaMich
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Pickpick

I‘m giving this a pick, but only for the audio version. Juliet Stevenson reads it and she is marvelous! Her ability to voice various characters to differentiate them and give them life is a wonder.
The book itself could have been shorter and meandered a bit, but listening to it, I didn‘t really mind.
#audiobooks

KarenUK Juliet Stevenson is the best audio narrator! I‘ll listen to anything she narrates! I‘ll have to try this one..... 👍 3w
AlaMich @KarenUK I will be scanning for her name when I look for future audiobooks. She could make a telephone directory sound fascinating! 3w
Moray_Reads I buy everything Juliet Stevenson narrates, even if it doesn't otherwise appeal. She's an absolute master of narration. I agree, the book itself could have been considerably shorter 3w
AlaMich @Moray_Reads Last night I googled all the books she has read. I will definitely be doing her Austens at some point, surely others as well. 3w
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Astroneman
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Mehso-so

An usual book. The mermaid and her real thinks, her bad soul, her oppressive nature.

#book #litsy #litsybook #goodreads #bookly #toread #bookworm #leggere #lettura #readingchallenge2020 #imogenhermesgowar #themermaidandmrshancock #fromAtoZ

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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

13/15 #jumpstart2020 @Clwojick @Lizpixie

I was hoping for a lot more mermaid and a lot less Mrs Hancock. Maybe I had the wrong expectations but I wanted magic realism and got what felt like fairly standard historical fiction for 95% of it. Maybe fans of historical novels will like it more than me but it wasn‘t very me, if I wanted Victorian melodrama I‘d read an actual Victorian melodrama. I liked the ending and the mermaidy bits in general.

Lizpixie Yeah, I felt the same. I DNF it a year ago👎 1mo
Clwojick Hmmm, we‘ll atleast the cover is pretty. Lol 1mo
Astroneman I'm reading this book at the moment... 1mo
jenniferheidi Just started reading this so I‘m pleased to have my expectations managed! I was hoping for lots of mermaid!! 1mo
AlaMich I‘m halfway through the audio version and Juliet Stevenson does a stupendous job! 1mo
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scowler1
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Pickpick

Loved this, brilliant writing, fantastic period picture of London and memorable characters. A little floppy at the end but not too disappointing. Best book of the year so far! 😉

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AlaMich
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#audiowalking on the Northwestern University campus. Lake Michigan can kind of almost be seen in the distance.

Juliet Stevenson can read all the books, as far as I‘m concerned.

#newyearsday #2020

Tamra Isn‘t she fantastic?! (edited) 2mo
AlaMich @Tamra She really is. 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful place ❤️ 2mo
AlaMich @Cathythoughts Yes, it is a lovely campus. 😊 2mo
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Linear
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🎶Rockinghams an asshat, 🎶an asshat, 🗡an asshat, 🎶Rockinghams an asshat🎶, and I hope he gets punched in the face.🎶

If you even knew the whole conversation, youd wanna punch him aswell.

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tracyrowanreads
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Pickpick

For much of this long, leisurely novel I felt I was watching a slow-motion train wreck. I was horrified by what I thought was going to happen. And then suddenly I realized that it wasn't a train wreck at all, but a story that made me feel that all was right with the world. Gowar won me over by art and a bit of magic, and I am so very glad I read this. The language is dazzling and the audiobook, narrated by Juliet Stephenson is superb. I loved it!

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Jas16
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Thank you so much Misty! You really brightened my day and I have been such a bad friend lately! I am so behind on all of my correspondence but please know how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness and overall awesomeness. Really looking forward to reading this!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!! You are an awesome friend and I love you!! Hope you enjoy the book!!! 😘❤️😘❤️ 6mo
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cj82487
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
Pickpick

This one was slow to get into but overall enjoyable. Definitely one of those books you're supposed to savor and digest rather than flip through quickly.

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Pedrocamacho
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This book meanders a bit in some places, but overall I enjoyed the story. Angelica‘s evolution is the best part.

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juliegumdrop
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Borrowing this from my #library for my #bookclub. Mermaids and courtesans—need I say more?

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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

I'm a bit perplexed by how to describe Imogen Hermes Gowar's The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock. Told in a sort of Victorian style, it focuses on protagonist Mr. Hancock, the unwilling recipient of a dead, stuffed mermaid creature. Through his ownership of this curiosity, he comes into contact with an array of people his middle-class life had formerly made out of reach. Included in this new crowd is Angelica Neal, (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod a beautiful and glamorous prostitute with whom Mr. Hancock becomes infatuated. What did I like? The characters are complex and sympathetic; I like Victorian novels, so I was mostly in for the style; I appreciated the grotesque strangeness and whimsy of the mermaid sections. I was less sure about the pace--somehow, in a true Victorian novel, everything (even the diversions) feels more purposeful. ⬇️ 8mo
UnabridgedPod I like a leisurely pace when it's earned, and I wasn't *quite* there for this one. There were a few times I considered abandoning the book because I just wanted it to move more. Ultimately, I'm glad I didn't because I REALLY appreciated Part III of III and the way that Gowar concludes the stories of Hancock and Neal. 8mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

I'm a bit perplexed by how to describe Imogen Hermes Gowar's The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock. Told in a sort of Victorian style, it focuses on protagonist Mr. Hancock, the unwilling recipient of a dead, stuffed mermaid creature. Through his ownership of this curiosity, he comes into contact with an array of people his middle-class life had formerly made out of reach. Included in this new crowd is Angelica Neal, (continued in comments)

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Gryffleclaw95
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Buckle up ladies and gentlemen because I have a lot of thoughts about this one. The “Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock” was my one of my picks for BOTM in September 2018 and even though I just got around to reading it, I didn‘t love it like many other readers have. Keep in mind that this book is graphic and see my review for specific triggers.

To read my full and spoiler-full review, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2514218278

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alisonrose
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
Mehso-so

I loved the writing itself in this book, and the descriptions of things like clothes and scenery were evocative and lush. I also really liked Angelica for the first third or so of the book. But she changed so suddenly and in ways that felt odd, and Jonah overall was kind of empty. The story takes a turn toward fantasy-ish at the end that I just didn‘t get and felt off key to me. Liked it, didn‘t love, but would read more from the author. 3/5 ⭐️

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A loss is not a void. A loss is a presence all its own; a loss takes up space; a loss is born just as any other thing that lives.

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alisonrose
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“One thing,” she says.

“Anything.”

“This one,” she gestures to the cat, who has tucked her nose under her tail, “goes out. She‘s no place in the bed.”

[Angelica has just become the villain in this story for me. I hope the cat poops in her shoes.]

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alisonrose
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“We are all in dispute amongst one another as to who will have you first. [...] Now, I believe I was the first to talk to you...”

“Sir,” she smiles. “There is no first. There are no turns; I am not a toy to be passed about. I am an item of great value and rarity which few men are fortunate enough to ever possess. If you want me, you will earn me.”

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Sukie‘s secret ambition is to marry a gentleman in possession of a good trade but poor health, who will die very shortly after the children are born and leave her be. In such circumstances nobody could blame her for entering into business herself, and thus thriving.

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alisonrose
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This #nowreading is brought to you by @SavidgeReads who gushed about this book on YouTube enough to get me to pick it up even though the synopsis didn‘t originally grab me. But now that I‘m finally getting around to reading it nine months later, it actually sounds a lot more intriguing!

rwmg It took me a while to get into it but turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to be. 8mo
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LittlePixels
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It's a travesty that I've left this book on my shelf for so long. The premise seemed a little dull, but the window into 18th century life is fascinating. I can hardly put it down! #currentread

AmyG Ooo. Have this on my tbr.👍🏻 9mo
LittlePixels @AmyG I just finished it, and it was wonderful! If you like living in the world that a good historical fiction novel creates, I think you'll enjoy this one. *contented sigh* ☺️ 9mo
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BookBumming
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The Mermaid and Mrs.Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar is a five star 1780s time machine of ornate storytelling.
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Whimsy and wonder with every flip of a page. I was fully immersed within a world the author built. Each character is as colorful as the story they live in. Readable Art. An enchanting journey to the very end. 💃🏼✨

“I like mermaids and I like parties. For a Mermaid party I‘ll tolerate much greater hardships than that.”

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jenniferajanes
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Bailedbailed

#unpopularopinion Sorry, guys! I‘m 267 pages into this book, and I don‘t care anymore. I don‘t care about the characters or what happens to them. There is nothing happening here. I‘m done. I‘ll choose another book with a beautiful cover for #mmdchallenge. #modernmrsdarcy

Tamra It happens! 11mo
jenniferajanes @Tamra *sigh* I know. I rarely bail on books, but with this one I just can‘t continue. There are plenty more to choose from! 11mo
Tamra @jenniferajanes I bail with abandon on audio books! 😉 11mo
jenniferajanes @Tamra Ha ha! Do what you must! 11mo
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jenniferajanes
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Next up for the #mmdchallenge: a book I chose for the cover. It‘s not impressive on my Kindle, but it‘s gorgeous in the Kindle app on my phone!

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Wrapped up my summer quadrant for #booked2019. My favorite of the reads what‘s the tagged book, which surprised me a few time.

Cinfhen I started this book awhile ago but i was having trouble connecting with the pages. Maybe I need to try again 11mo
Cinfhen Congrats on completing your first quarter 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻♥️ 11mo
Nitpickyabouttrains @Cinfhen completing my third quarter, actually! I think I posted about the others. But I can send them again if needed! 11mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! I haven‘t looked at the master list😗I‘m sure we have them all but I‘ll double check 11mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

I don‘t usually do fiction as audiobooks, but I really enjoyed this one. I liked how quickly the book moved. The plot kept me into it and the characters were not tropes.

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tracyrowanreads
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One of my birthday books arrived today!

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JessNevertheless
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In this case, I feel like the book might be as pretty as its cover. Enjoying it so far, reading along with the audio version and one of my favorite narrators.

Reviewsbylola It really is a gorgeous cover! 12mo
wordzie 😍 12mo
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wen4blu
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Up next!

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Long weekend reading and listening. Sooooo happy it's a long weekend. 🇨🇦

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bedandabook
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Thoroughly immersed myself in this superb audiobook, read by Juliet Stevenson, during a spot of #audiocooking this afternoon. Engrossing and intriguing story which I don‘t want to end.

robinb Yummmm♥️ 12mo
bedandabook Thank you @robinb. It was! 12mo
Hollie That looks delicious 😋 12mo
bedandabook Thank you @Hollie. It was quite yummy 😋 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I thought I posted this earlier today!!

#Mermaids
#ANewChapter

Is this one good? I found it at the Goodwill store! 🧜‍♀️💛

LeahBergen You did! You posted it under Litsy Birthdays. 😆😆 13mo
hermyknee Oh yeah! I saw this one under Litsy Birthdays, too! ♥️ 13mo
AmyG Oooooo I have heart it‘s very good! (And I was used book sale shopping, too. Ha!) (edited) 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen bahaha!!!! I‘m crazy!! Thanks for telling me! I was getting ready for work!! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @hermyknee I‘m crazy!!! 🤣🤣🤣 @Cinfhen email me when I do crazy things!! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I got it a while back! I saw that you found a signed copy!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen at least I didn‘t do it after I took my ambien... but wait this is probably worse!!! 🤣🤣🤣 @hermyknee (edited) 13mo
hermyknee Hahaha no worries!! 13mo
Freespirit I have just read it and enjoyed it. A look at life in 1700‘s...I have it almost 4 stars. Hope you enjoy it😊 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Freespirit awesome!! Thank you!! 13mo
LeahBergen Oh no! Don‘t start sleep-Litsying! 😆😆 13mo
Cinfhen Ha!!!! It‘s ok sometimes #birthdayLove fairies like to share book recommendations 🥳🥳🥳 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @hermyknee @LeahBergen 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen that wouldn‘t be good!! 🤣🤣 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen that‘s true 😉 🧚‍♀️📚 13mo
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litenthusiast
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧜‍♀️💙💛 13mo
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litenthusiast
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Pickpick

This book began slow for me, but it picked up about 1/3 of the way in. I loved how the author uses 18th century artifacts to tell the story. I also enjoy how this is historical fiction with a unique flair. First book complete in the #24B4Monday Readathon.

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derr.liz
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"Ah! How many worlds there are contained upon the earth, and how many will she pass through before she reaches the next?" ?‍♀️

#kindle #travelread

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Loreen
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Sukie‘s secret ambition is to marry a gentleman in possession of a good trade but poor health, who will die very shortly after the children are born and leave her be. In such circumstances no body could blame her for entering into business herself, and thus thriving.
#1785 #shehasaplan

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ferskner
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I just love really dense historical novels set in London. I love hearing all the details of the city and looking up locations on a map and researching anything that pricks my ear. Love love love. This book is all of that, and the narration is gorgeous. The plot isn't really the point here.

#litsyatoz @BookishMarginalia #pop19 #bookfeaturinganextinctorimaginarycreature #readingwomenchallenge #historicalfictionbook @thereadingwomen

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 14mo
BooksForEmpathy ❤️. 14mo
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ferskner
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A picture from my audio walk this afternoon. The stream I crossed had the craziest jadeite color when the sun hit it, which seemed kind of perfect for this book. #nofilter

Cinfhen Stunning 14mo
batsy So pretty! 14mo
JazzFeathers Wow!!! 14mo
CoverToCoverGirl Beautiful! 14mo
ferskner @Cinfhen @batsy @JazzFeathers @CoverToCoverGirl I want dishes in this color so bad! 14mo
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Freespirit
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I enjoyed the rich descriptions and historical elements of this novel. Set in London in 1780 it takes you inside the bawdy whore houses and middle class homes of London. It is well written and atmospheric. I just can‘t help thinking how awful life would have been for women in those days forced into prostitution to survive, trying to protect themselves from men, disease and pregnancy!

readordierachel I like your teacup! 14mo
Freespirit Thankyou @readordierachel it is part of a tea set given to me by my grandmother😊Tea tastes better from fine china I think😂😂 14mo
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Freespirit
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Escaping the summer heat at a nearby swimming spot and working through my first book of the year. I can read anywhere😂😂I‘m enjoying being transported to London in 1785😊

CarolynM Gorgeous 😍 Where are you? 14mo
Freespirit We are on the NSW north coast between Port Macquarie and Kempsey. We live on a river and this is upstream...beautiful spot...xxxx 14mo
Crazeedi Oh I wished we were having summer here! 14mo
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Freespirit Oh dear @Crazeedi it is a pretty relentless summer here and no rain. I love seeing the photos of fireplaces and snowy gardens on litsy😂😂 14mo
Crazeedi @Freespirit isn't it funny we always want what someone else has! You can cone here and sit in my sunroom by our wood stove and read! 14mo
Freespirit Sounds lovely!! Where are you? 14mo
Crazeedi @Freespirit northwest Pennsylvania in the northeastern USA! A couple hours north of Pittsburgh 14mo
tammysue Lovely photo! 💜 14mo
BooknerdsLife @Freespirit What a beautiful place to escape this brutal Summer heat 😍😍 14mo
Freespirit It's relentless isn't it @BooknerdsLife I'm useless in the heat and humidity. Stay cool😊 14mo
BooknerdsLife @Freespirit it sure is 😍😍 Thank you! you too! I love the heat & sunshine but not the humidity 😅 13mo
BookBabe Beautiful! 13mo
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Tex2Flo
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The women cannot but flutter, for she is exactly as their imaginings wish her to be: sweat breaks out on their palms, and they feel hot and cold at the same moment...for they apprehend that before them, pulled up to the fullest of her full height, stands a true and haughty whore of the first water. And they cannot think what to do.

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mdemanatee
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I‘ve been able to listen to audiobooks again!

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BookBelle84
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Pickpick

I picked this book because of the beautiful cover. I ended up really enjoying this book. The author created a beautiful story and I loved the description and details she added. Angelica was a great character who I found myself interested to follow what would become of her. It's a slow read but it's worth it.

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Life is too short for ridiculously long audiobooks if you don't thoroughly enjoy the narration, and I did not enjoy any of this. The narrator has decided to give each character a voice, and they're either grating or unsuitable or just.. questionable. YMMV, obviously, but I'll have to grab a physical copy at some point.

Reviewsbylola I think I‘ll either love or hate this one. 1y
okthislooksbad @Reviewsbylola I thought I was being unreasonable, but reviews are pretty much 50/50, so I think you might be right 🤔😀 1y
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julesG
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I was under the #falsehope that I could read all the books that I put onto the #TBR cart. I will read them eventually, but probably not before the year is out.

Note, #GhostCat sleeping on the bottom tray, #ShadowCat can be seen in the mirror, he's on my bed. I rearranged the furniture again yesterday.

#NoFemmeber @Billypar @Cinfhen
#YesFemmeberInNovember

laurenbescoby It just means you have some great picks to see the new year in with! 1y
julesG @miralunasbooknook You have no idea just how many there are. 1y
laurenbescoby @julesG more like it will see you through a few new years? 😂 1y
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gradcat Love your cats! I guess #GhostCat will pick out your next read for you 💞💞 1y
Cinfhen I have the same #falseHope about finishing my #NetGalley ARCs 😩😳 1y
julesG @miralunasbooknook Decades! 770+ books on my kindle, several thousand on my hard disk and an estimated 250 in my flat. I could get through it if I stop getting new books/ARCs at all. 1y
julesG @gradcat I hope not. She has sharp claws. 1y
TheSpineView I have the same problem. There are two stacks of books on my night stand and 3 stacks on my desk to read this year. Not counting my kindle. I will try but I know it will be next year before I get to them all. 1y
Billypar I'm a big fan of your book/cat cart! I'm not a fast enough reader to do both ARC's and regular books I want to read- I'm always in awe of everyone on Litsy who can keep up with that kind of reading pace! ☺️ 1y
julesG @TheSpineView There are always more unread books than read books in my house. I'm hoarding them faster than I can read them. 1y
julesG @Billypar I can only manage to get as much read as I do, because I am not working at the moment. Also, I hardly ever watch TV, which gives me extra reading time in the evenings. I admire the Littens that have a faster reading speed than I have, I still read at a snail's pace. 😉 1y
Billypar @julesG Yes- cutting TV and internet browsing really helped me get to my current level- still not much compared to many here, but way more than I used to! 1y
Jinjer Kitty in a bin!!!💕 1y
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BookBelle84
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Next up on my reading list!

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Redjewel_7734
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Mehso-so

This another of those stories I wanted to like more than I really did. It‘s a good story & I love Gowar‘s use of language and how she builds the atmosphere of the story, but there was something about the story that I never quite felt able to fall into. The final part of the story with the 2nd mermaid just really felt out of sync with the rest as well. In the end, good story but just really didn‘t gel for me.

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sprainedbrain
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While this book was not at all what I expected, it was fantastic. Such lush, gorgeous writing (seriously, this is a debut??) and extremely well done historical fiction. There is a whole lot going on here, and it was a slow, pleasant burn for me.

The audio is masterfully performed by the amazing Juliet Stevenson, and I highly recommend it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

KerriNTurner I also loved the audiobook narration, it was so wonderfully done. 1y
sprainedbrain @KerriNTurner Juliet Stephenson is amazing... one of my favorite narrators. ❤️ 1y
KerriNTurner I‘d never listened to any of her narrations before, but will definitely keep an eye out now because she was marvellous 1y
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