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Shrines of Gaiety
Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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Amie
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My birthday is next week so I treated myself to some new books (stack on the left) from B&N and some used books from Better World Books (stack on the right)

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CarolynM
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#12Booksof2022 #October

I was super excited for a new book by Kate Atkinson and I was not disappointed by this sprawling tale of the London underworld in the 1920s.

Andrew65 Always good to read her books. 1mo
Ruthiella I definitely need to get to this in 2023! 1mo
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ClairesReads
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Shrines of Gaiety is Kate Atkinson at her MOST Dickensian. I really enjoyed immersing myself in the glittering, mysterious world of 1920s Soho. This novel has a BIG cast of characters, and the web that connects them is intricate. A downside of this kind of storytelling is that initially it feels like the threads are taking a while to come together but Atkinson does a good job by balancing this with short chapter that create narrative pace.

CarolynM ❤️ 1mo
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gossamerchild
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This stack is 100% #blameitonlitsy 🤣🤣. I either missed or ignored the email from Barnes and Noble about their 50% off hardcovers sale, but then I saw someone post it on here. In my defense, I sold 10-12 books to Half Price yesterday, so my #unreadshelf is still lower than it was!

BookHoarder32 Way to go! Since I moved, we don‘t have a local HPB and I miss it so much ❤️ They were having an in-store 20% off sale too 😭 1mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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deirdrebeecher
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Panpan

I am quite surprised by how much I disliked this because Kate Atkinson is a very talented writer. But the mystery plot in particular is very poor. There are way to many characters and we seem to spend most of our time with the least interesting ones. Hope it's her pandemic book and she will return to her usual form.

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charl08
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Despite the cook's objections, Phyllis was determined to tell Nellie about Edith's little escapade when she returned. She liked being in Nellie Coker's good books.

'By the way,' Phyllis said by way of greeting, 'you've got rats' 'Tell me about it,' Nellie said.

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charl08
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'Don't they say "write what you know"?? Betty said. 'But you don't know anything, do you?'
'Thanks.'

If he wrote what he knew, it would be a sparse novel about a man in a Swiss sanatorium in the grip of hopelessness and existential dread. Who on earth would want to read that? Ramsay certainly wouldn't.

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charl08
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So many had been lost in the war, she wondered-attempting to put a veneer of refinement on the base vulgarity of the proceedings - if they weren't following some instinctive compulsion to restock the human race. Like frogs.

She supposed she should come to terms with the concept of 'fun'. She didn't want any for herself but she was more than happy to provide it for others, for a sum.

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MrsMalaprop
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The lovely @Jeg chose this for book club and we discussed it at our meeting tonight. I love Kate Atkinson and have committed to reading as many of her books as I can.

This was a like but not a love for me. There are others I‘d recommend over this one. Still, an interesting read about the clubs of Soho in 1929. Lots of strong female characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Jeg
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Book club tonight . It‘s my turn. I picked this book. First time I picked a book I hadn‘t read. Not a good idea . I‘m a little over the story . I think I enjoyed the book. So many characters though. Hard to keep track of at first. It was a little too long for me but it all came together in the end. Very quickly all ends tied. I was just sad for one characters ending. Discussion always interesting at book club. Just need to stay awake now. 😏.

Suet624 Good luck!! 2mo
Jeg @Suet624 it went well. I stayed awake and the discussion was great. Most agreed it was a good read but perhaps not her best . She has written so much. 2mo
Suet624 Oh good. And you‘re right, she has! 2mo
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Bookboss
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Kate Atkinson has become an auto-buy author for me. I love her Jackson Brody series, and I have enjoyed several of her other books. Shrines of Gaiety focuses on Nellie who owns several nightclubs in London during the 20s. Atkinson develops a fascinating cast of characters who participate in the nightlife. The chapters are short, which helps to propel the story. As always, Atkinson‘s writing is superb. Loved it.

mcctrish KA is an auto buy for me too ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
CarolynM I love Kate Atkinson and I loved this❤️ 3mo
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KristiAhlers
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Mehso-so

So this is my Goldsboro edition of this new release. I have to say I wanted to like it way more. I mean 1920‘s mobsters, nightlife and a larger (probably the real issue) than life set of characters but at times it was a slog. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ read

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Pinta
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A big cast of characters takes a long set-up, sure, but felt draggy after a showy opening chapter, lost my interest. Pacing seems off? Rather reread “Life After Life.” Bailed. 2022

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HeatherBookNerd
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Mehso-so

Sad to say I did not love this new novel from one of my very favorite authors. It‘s long-winded and a tad dull, which is surprising given that the entire book deals with nightclubs, gangsters, drugs, and murders in 1920s London. Bad cops, missing girls, and extravagant nightlife in the big city should have made for a real page turner. And yet.

I still adore Kate Atkinson, but this one is not at the top of my list.

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Aims42
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#readingbracket2022 “Shrines of Gaiety” won out easily for the month, BUT choosing between it and “Other Birds” was so tough!! It was a battle of one of my ‘auto-buy‘ authors (Kate Atkinson) versus a new to me author (Sarah Addison Allen). By the tightest of margins Atkinson won out 🙌 These decisions are only going to get harder I think 😬

Bklover I love Kate Atkinson! 3mo
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Sophronisba
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“Is it a hanging?” an eager newspaper delivery boy asked no one in particular. He was short, just thirteen years old, and was jumping up and down in an effort to obtain a better view of whatever it was that had created the vaudeville atmosphere.

#FridayReads #FirstLineFriday

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Ephemera
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I have read almost every book by Kate Atkinson and enjoyed them all. This book is another winner. Set in London in 1926, it follows the life of Nellie Coker and her adult children. Nellie owns five popular nightclubs frequented by the rich and famous. She has just been released from prison for violating the liquor laws as the book begins. Full of interesting characters and droll humor, the story is a page turner. Five stars. Go grab it!

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CarolynM
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A sprawling story of the 1920‘s London underworld. Nellie Coker & her adult children run the most fashionable nightclubs in town. Policemen of both the upstanding & corrupt variety have her in their sights. Underage provincial girls desert their parents for a dream of life on a West End stage pursued by an intrepid librarian. Kate Atkinson draws all these threads together against the background of the aftermath of WWI. It‘s wonderful, I loved it.

Freespirit I‘m putting this on my list! Sounds great Carolyn 4mo
Cinfhen Beautiful review 😁 4mo
julesG Wonderful picture and great review. 4mo
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CarolynM @Freespirit I think you‘ll like it🙂 Hope all‘s well with you😘 4mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen @julesG Thank you😘😘 4mo
CarolynM @Lizpixie Enjoy!😘 (edited) 4mo
Centique And just look at those gorgeous freesias! I bet they smell beautiful. I‘m glad the book was so good - stacked! 4mo
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Aims42
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Kate Atkinson is one of those authors that I love reading because you get lost in her writing. I‘ve read 4 of her books and now I know to expect not having a clue on what‘s happening or who anyone is (or how they‘re connected) for the first 50ish pages. I know everything will come together beautifully and just perfectly in the end. This was no exception, which made me LOVE it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jlhammar Wonderful review and lovely photo! Atkinson is one of my favorite authors and I‘m so looking forward to this. 4mo
Cazxxx What a lovely picture 🧡 4mo
TrishB Agree totally- she introduces so much in the beginning but you have to trust she‘ll pull it all together appropriately! 4mo
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Aims42 @jlhammar Thank you! I hope you also enjoy it when you get to it 😊 4mo
Aims42 @Cazxxx Thanks!! ☺️🧡🍁 4mo
Aims42 @TrishB Yes, exactly!! You have to trust her, she knows what she‘s doing 😄 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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Atkinson is just so good…

Fantastic historical fiction, set in London between the two world wars in the roaring 20s, with a (typical for this author) huge cast of well-defined characters. The story is so engaging and manages to be funny, melancholy, mysterious, thrilling and endearing all at once.

I would have liked more of a wrap up for a couple of characters in particular, but I can acknowledge the ending is probably perfect as is.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookBosomed1 I‘m reading this right now. I‘ve never read anything by this author, but it seems people love her. 4mo
CarolynM I actually loved the way she left Gwendolyn and Niven. Frobisher‘s end came as a shock, though. 4mo
sprainedbrain @CarolynM I‘m just glad she left them alive. 😳 4mo
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Ruthiella
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It‘s here! Now the question is, will I read it “soon” (in the next 2-5 years?) or “right away” (within the next 12 months)? 🤔😜

TrishB 😂😂 in the same week! 4mo
Ruthiella @TrishB 😂😂 4mo
jlhammar 😆 Such a gorgeous cover! Loving that Atkinson shelf. I‘d like to read this right away, but have got a lot going and lined-up so we‘ll see. By the end of the year for sure. 4mo
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Ruthiella @jlhammar It‘s beautiful underneath too as a naked hardback. I‘d love to drop everything and start it, but like you, I‘ve got other stuff lined up first. If only I were independently wealthy and could quit my job! 😂 4mo
Branwen That is sooooo gorgeous! 😍📚💕 4mo
Ruthiella @Branwen I is a beautiful cover! 😍 4mo
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TrishB
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Vintage Atkinson- If you love her writing, you‘ll love this. Lots of characters and lots of action, expected and unexpected. All delivered with Atkinson‘s usual dry humour.

Lindy Can‘t wait! 4mo
Ruthiella Great! I‘m really looking forward to this one! 😃 (edited) 4mo
Aims42 Yay!! Reading it now, only a few pages in, I‘m so excited to continue!! 4mo
TrishB @Lindy @Ruthiella @Aims42 hope you all love it! 4mo
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TrishB
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Morning view for the start of a relaxing day of reading 😁

Leftcoastzen Wonderful! 4mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! 4mo
Cathythoughts ♥️ 4mo
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Caroline2 Lovey! 😊 4mo
Karons1 It‘s a great 👍 book 📖 enjoy 😉 I loved it 🥰 hope they make it into a tv 📺 series x 4mo
AmyG Beautiful 😍 4mo
batsy Isn't that gorgeous 😍 4mo
kspenmoll What a gorgeous view! 4mo
CarolynM Lovely view😍 Are you enjoying the book? I‘m visiting my parents, so not much reading time, but 150 pages in and loving it. 4mo
BarbaraBB It all looks fabulous 🥰 4mo
TrishB @Karons1 @CarolynM I‘m loving it ♥️ 4mo
jlhammar Wow, so beautiful! I am loving all of these reading retreat posts! Looks like an amazing weekend. 4mo
Reggie Not in a bad way but I want something spooky to happen to ya‘ll. Like you keep seeing a light that floats through the trees at night. Lol. Not really, hope you have a great time. 4mo
TrishB @jlhammar it is beautiful and I‘m grateful to be here 😁 4mo
TrishB @Reggie it‘s definitely the location. 4mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @Reggie 4mo
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Aims42
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OMG! Best Friday ever!! My #bookmail was delivered while I was on lunch so I could enjoy slowly unboxing it; i.e., lovingly look at each cover, read the summaries (even though I‘ve read several times and have them almost memorized), slowly fan open the pages, smell them- y‘know normal stuff 🤣) PS, the cover of “Shrines of Gaiety” is gorgeous!!! 😍

LeahBergen What a lovely stack! 4mo
EvieBee Such a lovely stack! 😍 4mo
EvieBee @leahbergen we think alike! 😆 4mo
Aims42 @EvieBee @LeahBergen LOL! Thank you both! No better way to start the weekend than with a stack of books 😋📚📚📚📚 4mo
LeahBergen @EvieBee 👯‍♀️😆😆 4mo
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TrishB
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My final picks for the reading weekend 😁 and all of the ones on my kindle just in case.

BarbaraBB Great stack! I am looking forward to your thoughts on The Marriage Portrait and The Colony. Enjoy the weekend! 4mo
LeahBergen Have fun! I can‘t wait to see some photos of your shenanigans. 😁 4mo
jlhammar I need to go pick-up the new Atkinson. Can‘t wait! 4mo
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TrishB @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I can‘t wait 😁 4mo
TrishB @jlhammar it looks fab! 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘m bringing The Marriage Portrait too…and I‘m thinking about getting Acts of Oblivion and Shrines of Gaiety. 4mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain great minds 😁 I definitely can‘t decide what to read first! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Have a great time! Looking forward to everyone‘s posts 🙌 also — LOVED 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Great stack! I hope you all have the most fabulous time! 4mo
TrishB @Chelsea.Poole it sounds fab 👍🏻 4mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I‘m out of the dark work tunnel and can‘t wait 😁 4mo
Caroline2 Exciting! I hope you have a great weekend. 👍 4mo
Cathythoughts Great Trish ! Have a lovely trip ♥️ 4mo
TrishB @Caroline2 @Cathythoughts thanks both 😘 4mo
CarolynM Have a great weekend💕 4mo
kspenmoll Sounds heavenly! 4mo
Cinfhen How was the weekend?? I totally missed it 🤦🏼‍♀️ (edited) 4mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘m missing the place and people and the actual quiet time to read. It‘s never quiet at home, work is so busy and silence is unheard of! Loved the whole weekend. 4mo
TrishB @CarolynM @kspenmoll it was wonderful 😁 4mo
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kellock
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Love new book day. Especially when it's a Atkinson 🤩

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Tonton
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Get ready for 108 choices for your TBR list! Books slated for last quarter of 2022 and early 2023: https://crimereads.com/the-most-anticipated-crime-books-of-fall-2022-and-beyond/

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ferskner
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🤣🤣🤣

LeslieO Haha! 🙋‍♀️ 5mo
Librarybelle Ouch! I feel burned from that line! 😂 5mo
RamsFan1963 If I could go back and redo my college years again, I'd get a degree in library sciences 5mo
BookishMadHatter 🙋‍♀️ 5mo
RobEdmunds @Librarybelle So do I! 😂 4mo
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Karons1
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I do hope this one makes it to thetv just like life after life ; based on the true story of the sohonightclub owner in the ‘20s Kate Meyrick aka Nellie Coker. Iparticularly loved Frobisherthe detective & thewonderful GwendolynKeeling andhandsome Niven, feisty and toughFreda and disillusioned Florence wonderful ! A sprawling yarn of 20s London the toffs the seedy under world , with wonderful characters ,which all draws to a nail biting brilliantend

TrishB I can‘t wait to read this 😁 6mo
Karons1 @TrishB you are gonna love ❤️ it , enjoy 😊 x x. X 6mo
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Karons1
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Any blurb on this ? I‘m reading an arc and so far not sure 🤔 where it‘s heading … sometimes high rating don‘t conform to the same book your reading !

charl08 Lucky you with the ARC! 6mo
Karons1 @char108 thank you ☺️ il let you know how it goes 😉 6mo
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Mitch
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DGRachel …I will not look at the article. I will not look. I will…🤣🤣 7mo
Ruthiella I preordered from Blackwell‘s! 🤩 7mo
Mitch @DGRachel good try! 🤣 7mo
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TrishB
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Excited for this one 😁

BarbaraBB A new one? 10mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 10mo
charl08 I didn't know there was a new one! How exciting.🤩 10mo
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merelybookish Oh yay! 10mo
jlhammar Wonderful news! Cannot wait. Love Kate Atkinson! 10mo
JillR This completely passed me by! Adding to list… 10mo
LeahBergen Ooo! 10mo
Cathythoughts ‘ May have ‘ …. indeed 😁 10mo
CarolynM Oooo! Fabulous! I hadn't heard about this. Stacked🙂 10mo
Ruthiella OMG, just seeing this post now. I also just preordered it! 😃 10mo
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