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Fascinating look at this hotel for women. Great detail and set against the changing role of women generally in US society. Lots of famous women discussed, including Plath, Didion and Grace Kelly.
Thanks Helen 😘
#booked2022 #setinahotel

squirrelbrain Glad you liked it! 😘 now
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Pinocchio | Carlo Collodi
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I honestly had no idea what to expect going into this one. I was never a huge fan of this particular Disney movie, but I was curious to see how much the animated story had butchered its source material, as they do lol All in all, I actually really enjoyed this one. It takes Pinocchio a long time to actually change, but that seems pretty true to life! My biggest issue was the timeline seemed whack, like he would talk about things his father had⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) taught him, but wasn't he only with his father for like, a day?? 😂 Conclusion - this was a fun one, but it's possible that, for once, the Disney version actually had a more cohesive plot!

Thanks for choosing this one for #ChildrensClassicRead2022 as I don't think I would have read it otherwise @TheBookHippie
#JumpStart2022 - @Lizpixie @Clwojick
#Booked2022 - Written by a journalist - @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage
Allylu I liked it, too. I was actually thinking that his maturity could actually happen that way in a real person - mistake, mistake, mistake, *light bulb moment*, hesitant mistake, change, then good behavior. Anyway, your book is beautiful. 17h
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TheBookHippie I‘m so glad I finally read it as well. Probably the closest to accurate Disney I‘ve read thus far as you say. I wondered if it was in the translation or me as the plot line goes. Did we miss something? So you thinking the same is 🤷🏻‍♀️. 17h
Cinfhen Nice use of prompt 😃 16h
TheAromaofBooks @Allylu - I totally agree!! I especially thought having Pinocchio give in to the temptation to go to Playland after a long stretch of being really good - the point that his ultimate reward was literally within reach - felt so realistic. It's amazing how we can self-sabotage ourselves!! Also, side note, I've been using various buddy reads as an excuse to purchase these Minalima editions - they're sooo gorgeous!! I own several now! 12h
TheAromaofBooks @TheBookHippie - This was definitely a book where I double-checked to make sure I wasn't reading an abridged edition, although I do wonder if something got edited out during translation. It's funny how the translation can really impact the reading experience - for instance, I absolutely love Heidi, but read another Spyri book translated by someone else and even though the story was lovely, the writing was so clunky and awkward! 12h
TheBookHippie @TheAromaofBooks I love your edition! I agree about translators I have that with Russian literature. I favor a pair over all others. 12h
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#NewIn2022 #Pop22 #Booked2022 #NetGalley #AudioARC Last year I read and really enjoyed the Disappearance of Agatha Christie. This is a fictionalized story focusing on the same 11 days, but through the eyes of Nan O‘Dea, the mistress of Agatha‘s husband Archie. Loving the narration so far.

Cinfhen And the cover art is STUNNING 🤩 20h
jenniferw88 I'm using this one too! 17h
Cinfhen It‘s really good @jenniferw88 🥰 16h
emmaturi I really for to read it. The Waterstones edition also looks fab! 14h
Cinfhen Im halfway through @emmaturi and it‘s very good. Mixed in with the disappearance of Agatha Christie is the backstory of Nan O‘Dea. Im sure MOST of this book is fictionalized but it‘s really done well. Audio is wonderful ❤️ 12h
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Book 3 of #NYWD22 - I sort of dragged my feet picking this one up due to all of the hype, but I‘m so freaking happy it was on @Patchshank ‘s list. I love this book so much. I love the story and the characters. I stayed up to the wee hours of the night to finish this one, because I was so entranced by this book. Also, I see revisiting Marsyas Island again. #Booked2022 #hopepunk

monalyisha Glad it lived up to all the love for you! I think I read (& fell for it) it before knowing *quite* how beloved it was…but it seems like I probably wouldn‘t have needed that point in my favor, anyway. 😊💙 (edited) 1d
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle | Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
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Partly this book was what I expected - a confirmation of things I know & a pitch for lifestyle changes I believe in but haven‘t made yet, mixed with interesting new facts & ideas. And partly this book wasn‘t at all what I expected - it was funny! & it made me really nostalgic for the year I spent living on a working ecovillage where we actually produced about a third of our own food. All in all it was a great introduction to Barbara Kingsolver.

TheBookHippie I love this book. 1d
Cinfhen Ahhhh!! That‘s fabulous 💜I tried this one awhile ago but it wasn‘t holding my interest. Maybe I‘ll try again. 24h
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Passing | Nella Larsen
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This slim novella packs quite a punch! Clare is passing for white while married to a racist husband. She recognizes former classmate Irene, who is able to pass but has married a Black man. Clare regrets her choice and insinuates herself deeper into Irene‘s life. While the subject isn‘t modern, the writing style and suspense is ahead of its time. Excellent!

Another great #NYWD22 choice from @vivastory ! Epic match for sure @monalyisha !

squirrelbrain I loved this book. I recently watched the film (which I never do!); didn‘t love it as much, but still good. 1d
vivastory Boy, Clare's husband 🙄🙄🙄 1d
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vivastory I loved this book & still think about it often. I'm glad to hear that it worked so well for you! I'm curious about the movie adaptation. I've heard good things but have been worried how the ending is handled. Will watch with expectations in check. @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 1d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I keep forgetting I want to watch the adaptation of this stellar book! Thanks for the reminder. 1d
monalyisha Thank you! I know it‘s shallow to point out when there‘s so much meat to your post but…the cover art matches your rug nicely! 1d
Tamra Such a moving book! The film is definitely worth watching. 1d
Cinfhen Cool photo 😍and fabulous review. 24h
Cathythoughts Great review 👍💫 23h
batsy Such an excellent book. And that's a cool edition! 20h
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘ve also read the film isn‘t as good. I‘m going to make a post about it though. 15h
Megabooks @vivastory truth re: Clare‘s husband. Do you watch finding your roots on Pbs? I watched one with the director of the movie, and it was fascinating. The movie director was presumably white but had heard there were Black people in her maternal line, and there were. Not only that really remarkable Black folks. Like in circles with Frederick Douglass. It was truly a fascinating episode!! 15h
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m not big on movie adaptations, but I‘m interested after watching the above episode. ⬆️ 15h
Megabooks @Tamra it really is! See note about film. ⬆️ It makes me really interested after finding out the director‘s history. 15h
Megabooks @batsy thanks! I found it down a rabbit hole on Amazon. (edited) 15h
Tamra @Megabooks wow, so interesting! 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ooh I will look for that episode also! Thanks 11h
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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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Another week, another #weeklyforecast 😀

I‘m in the middle of Damnation Spring, which I‘m really enjoying despite it taking me a while to settle into.

Then it will be one or two of the others to tick off a few #Booked2022 prompts. I‘m hearing very good things about The Spectacular, and the cover is grabbing me, so that might be the next one. But I think it will all depend on the day - loosey-goosey it is for me 🐦

Happy reading 📚

squirrelbrain Loosey-goosey is the best way to go! Have a good week! 1d
CarolynM I loved Love and Virtue. Hope you enjoy. 1d
Cinfhen Hi Jenny!!! Yay you‘re reading, posting, sharing!!! I agree the cover for Zoe Whittall is “spectacular” (no pun intended) 🥰I have NO IDEA what the book is about but I‘m tempted by the cover!!! 23h
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JennyM @squirrelbrain I‘m definitely mood reading at the moment 😂 Hope you have a lovely week 😘 22h
JennyM @CarolynM I‘m very much looking forward to it. I think it was on nearly every best-of-list in Aus I read before Xmas! 22h
JennyM @Cinfhen I am 😀 Easing myself back in with a regular #weeklyforecast. The spectacular is getting some very good reviews - and the beautiful cover definitely tempts even more. Have a lovely week xxx (edited) 22h
janeycanuck I love Janie Chang - I hope you enjoy this one! 17h
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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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Quiet, thoughtful and sad novel. Though I did enjoy it.
#setinacanadianprovince #booked2022

Tamra I loved it! Then I read everything else by Lawson. 😆 1d
TrishB @Tamra I‘ve been making my way through them due to your reviews ♥️ 1d
Cinfhen I picked up this book based on a different review of yours for the same prompt 1d
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Cinfhen I own this book so now I have another option 😌 1d
Tamra @TrishB 💜 sometimes an author just grabs you and there isn‘t an easy way to explain it. 1d
TrishB @Cinfhen there is a bit more of a story in Crow Lake than this one. 1d
TrishB @Tamra definitely not- just go with it! 1d
BarbaraTheBibliophage New author to me … glad to see all the positive reviews! Thanks! 1d
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Surfacing | Margaret Atwood
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Audiocooking the Sunday roast today. I‘m about half of the way through this book now. Parts of it remind me of A-level Kantian ethics, parts of it have me a little intrigued, but at the moment a lot of it is leaving me cold. I think I expected something different . #Booked2022 #ecofemenistnovel

Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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A pretty easy, if ambitious plan for the week ahead. There are book club and library deadlines for most of these, but the weather is awful here and I have tomorrow off work, so I‘m hopeful. I‘ll also probably have another audiobook this week, but I don‘t know what that will be, yet.


Cinfhen How‘s this book?? Im thinking of picking it up in February. Are u doing print or audio?? 2d
DGRachel @Cinfhen I read it in print when it came out last year and loved it. It‘s why I assigned it to my work book club (it‘s good to be in charge sometimes 🤣🤣). I‘m rereading with print, too. 2d
Cinfhen Oh, now I remember we talked about this book before!! It‘s outside my normal reading but it works for 2 challenges #Pop22 #Onomatopoeia and #Booked2022 #HopePunk although @megabooks recommended this book too for #HopePunk 2d
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DGRachel @Cinfhen I never thought of it as #hopepunk (but admittedly, that was a prompt that really had me confused). I‘ve got this one on my TBR for #hopepunk 2d
DGRachel @Cinfhen A note on the Under the Whispering Door audiobook-listen to a sample first. I just used a Libro credit so I can work on a hand quilting project tonight and I do NOT like the narrator. I‘ve seen positive comments, but I don‘t like his voice. 1d
Cinfhen Thanks, I always try to listen to a sample first for that very reason!! BTW: I picked up my Kindle when my iPad died and started reading Whispering - it‘s fun 🤩 it‘s not my usual genre but I was easily sucked in. I think I‘ll forgo audio and stick with print. Thanks 😊 (edited) 24h
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