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Daisey
Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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This book doesn‘t have much plot, simply relating the observations and reflections of the main character. Usually that‘s a style that never feels like it gets anywhere and kind of bores me, but I truly enjoyed this one. I liked the humor and the perspective of the narrator, an unmarried English woman in the 1950s. Yes, her life is simple and sometimes she daydreams of other situations, but she is also generally content.

#audiobook #Hoopla

Daisey I first read about this book in a post by @batsy about #SpinsterLit and added it to my never ending TBR list. Just recently I saw it was also on the #1001books list and downloaded the audio to listen in between some other reads. So glad I did! 4d
rubyslippersreads Between recommendations from you and @batsy I‘ll have to read this. 😊 4d
batsy I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Pym has a wonderful way with her writing. @rubyslippersreads I think this is one that you'll like 🙂 4d
LibrarianRyan I love this book cover 4d
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BarbaraBB
Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
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No. Not another adventure novel. After two chapters I have literally thrown it aside. Not for me. #1001books

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vivastory
The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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Thanks to @Leftcoastzen for co-hosting in November. I want to thank everyone in the group. Yesterday was yet another great discussion, our group had a lot to talk about & I finished with an even deeper appreciation of Moore's novel.
Up next is Dorothy Hughes' "Expendable Man". I'm looking forward to co-hosting with fellow #1001books reader @Liz_M
I can't wait to see what books you nominate @merelybookish
#NYRBBookClub

Suet624 Just ordered my copy yesterday! The discussion yesterday was 👍👍🤓🤓😍😍 5d
vivastory @Suet624 I'm not going to lie, our discussions are really special. Always respectful, I always come away with new insights & perspectives. They've become one of my favorite bookish moments of the month 5d
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merelybookish Oooh I'm excited! Will try to have selections ready in the next few days. 5d
Leftcoastzen Thanks to you for your coordination of the book club , love all the books, love all the discussions! 5d
GatheringBooks looking forward to the discussion for this one! finished reading it a few weeks back and can‘t wait to read everyone‘s thoughts. 5d
LeahBergen Yesterday‘s discussion was fantastic (as usual). I‘m really looking forward to this one! 👏🏻👏🏻 5d
BarbaraBB I really love our discussions and our book choices! I have already read this one but am sure we‘ll have another great discussion about it. 5d
vivastory @BarbaraBB I don't remember if I asked, but have you read 5d
vivastory @BarbaraBB I loved it 5d
BarbaraBB You haven‘t asked and I haven‘t read it but I am stacking immediately! 5d
vivastory @BarbaraBB I thought it was brilliant feminist noir 5d
saresmoore Yes, looking forward to this and I also really appreciated the discussion on Judith! 5d
batsy I love how @Leftcoastzen put it about our discussions, that everyone is empathetic to the human condition ❤️ It's the best. I'm really looking forward to this one; she's been on my list of authors to check out. 5d
youneverarrived It was a great discussion and what a memorable book. I‘m going to order this one in a bit 😁 4d
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BarbaraBB
A Killing in the Hills | Julia Keller
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#WeeklyForecast 49/19

A new month means another bit of Proust and I am reading the marvellous Red At the Bone. I am not sure what to read next. Another #1001books maybe or one of the ultimate ones for #ReadingUSA2019? Or the Korean thriller I just have been looking forward to?

I‘ll keep you posted of course!

I notice now that four of the five books pictured have a silhouette on their cover. What a coincidence!

Cinfhen Pretty photo 🥰lots of good options 5d
batsy I enjoyed The Good Son quite a bit, though enjoy seems the wrong word to use 😅 5d
rmaclean4 Loved Red At The Bone. It is a book that has really stayed with me. 5d
BarbaraBB @rmaclean4 I just finished it and loved it too! 5d
BarbaraBB @batsy I‘m so looking forward to that one! 5d
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sprainedbrain
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I don‘t think there is any praise I can give that hasn‘t already been heaped on this book. Excellently written, powerfully evocative semi-autobiographical essays/stories about young men in the Vietnam war. Heartbreaking and honest and so very good.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

This was also my #SoldiersStory for #Booked2019 🙌🏻

Cinfhen It really is an amazing book. Your review is perfect 👌🏾 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage This one is such a gut punch. 👊🏻📚♥️ 5d
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CafeMom
Beloved | Toni Morrison
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“Slave life; freed life-every day was a test and a trial.” Not an easy read. Not what I expected. I was drawn in as the pages turned, sucker-punched many a time. Probably one of the most meaningful books I have read about a terrible time in our country's history. “It ain't my job to know what's worse. It's my job to know what is and to keep them away from what I know is terrible. I did that.” #1001books

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sprainedbrain
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I have finished my second Collins novel, and am once again surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Considered to be the first detective novel, it‘s a well-written Victorian era story that never got boring and has some really excellent characters. Gabriel Betteredge, despite his flaws, is fantastic whether he‘s narrating or not. Funny, smart, obsessed with Robinson Crusoe, he‘s basically the butler and carries this book with his detective fever.⬇️⬇️

sprainedbrain I mean, look at this: ‘We had our breakfasts-whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you must have your breakfast.‘ Betteredge was endlessly entertaining and I was riveted by this story.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books
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KimHM Soooo . . . the butler can‘t have done it? 😂📚💚📚💙📚❤️ 1w
sprainedbrain @KimHM Spoiler alert: The butler did not do it! Of course, there is only one ending to this one... 😂 1w
batsy I like this one a lot, too! So entertaining. 1w
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DreeMorris
The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Excellent writing with a Dream-like quality. The narrator, now an adult, reminisced about his time with a group of boys who were fascinated by the 5 Lisbon sisters. About memory, loss of innocence, coming of age, and more. #1001books

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sprainedbrain
The Unconsoled | Kazuo Ishiguro
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On one hand, the story is meandering almost to the point of being boring, with long, pointless and absurd conversations. On the other, it‘s humorous, affecting, and so rewarding to read. It‘s like a surreal, winding dream to follow Ryder around this town for three days. He has no idea what‘s going on, and neither did I, but my goodness did I have fun getting there (nowhere).

I don‘t think anyone writes like Ishiguro.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

Suet624 Great review. 2w
BarbaraBB Great review. Happy you ended up enjoying it! 2w
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sprainedbrain
Untitled | Unknown
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I‘ve been waiting for this, and the 2020 #ReadingWomenChallenge prompts have been posted. 😊

I only have ONE book left to read for the 2019 challenge. 🎉

Does anyone else plan to do this one?

Bookwormjillk This sounds like a good one! 2w
Annl This looks like the challenge for me! 2w
jillrhudy As luck would have it, an excellent book by Allende is coming out in 2020. I‘ve read an ARC! 2w
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sprainedbrain @jillrhudy Good to know! I really need to read this one for #1001books 2w
sprainedbrain @Bookwormjillk @Annl I think it‘s a great way to broaden my reading and stick with female authors. 🙌🏻 2w
Annl @sprainedbrain I have been listening to reading women podcast. I do not know why I have not been paying attention to them and their list etc. I did try to read a lot of women authors this year. I am looking forward to conquering their list in 2020. 2w
Eyelit I actually failed at most of the challenges I started this year (got distracted by life, lol) - but this one sounds awesome and I may make it the sole challenge in 2020 (aside from goodreads challenge and mount tbr challenge... which are both about quantity and not actually what you‘re reading. Thanks for posting 😃 1w
sprainedbrain @Eyelit I really like this one... looking back over the books I‘ve read for this year‘s challenge, they are some of my favorite books of the year. 😃 1w
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