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GatheringBooks
The Hill Station | J. G. Farrell
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#SummerSouls Day 17: #Grassy cover right here in my book haul from the Big Bad Wolf Book sale in Dubai. Cannot wait to read it.

Eggs Perfect 💚🤍💚 15h
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RaeLovesToRead
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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People often ask, "is there anything less interesting than listening to other people recount their dreams?"

Yes. Reading a book where a pretend person recounts their dreams. At length.

This book isn't bad, but it really, really needs an editor.

tpixie lol your review. 2d
Suet624 Hahaha 2d
thegreensofa Pickles fluff!! 👀🫶 2d
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kspenmoll Oh you made me laugh! 2d
RaeLovesToRead @tpixie Not a review yet... I'm only halfway through 😵😵😵😵 I don't suspect the second half will be much different though.... 2d
RaeLovesToRead @thegreensofa That's actually a life-size cuddly chicken 🤭🙈 2d
slategreyskies I‘m almost to halfway! 48%! We‘ve got this! 😊 2d
RaeLovesToRead @slategreyskies I'm sure there is something in the rulebook that says reading shouldn't be actual torture 🤣🤣🤣 I'm over 600 pages in and I've still got basically a whole book to go. I question my life choices.... 12h
slategreyskies @RaeLovesToRead Your commentary and the back and forth between us is making this buddy read so much more fun for me! I think I‘d have bailed by now otherwise. I just passed 500, but I might have a block of reading time this afternoon while my son‘s in therapy. If I don‘t get called back to join the session, I‘ll be in the waiting room with my Kindle and Ducks. 🦆🦆🦆 12h
RaeLovesToRead @slategreyskies Haha... same. We are suffering for art. I use the term "art" very, very loosely. Are we doing Ulysses next? I think I'm going to call this new book club the #torturedpoetsbookclub. Yes. That is a Taylor Swift reference. I should use it in any booktube videos I make to get extra views from lost Swifties ? 11h
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The Phoenix Crown: A Novel | Kate Quinn, Janie Chang
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Couldn‘t put it down! Kate Quinn is the master of fast-paced historical fiction with badass women, and this co-authored book with Janie Chang is no exception!!

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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“the fact that I certainly try not to poison anybody at least,”

Well, that sets the bar high! 🤣 #truth #facts #cooking

#DucksBuddyRead

RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣🤣 5d
RaeLovesToRead It's this kind of thing that makes me like Ducks sometimes. The dark casual humour asides 5d
ImperfectCJ The time counter to the end of the chapter on this one just seems mean. (I liked moments of this one, but I couldn't quite bring myself to stick with it.) 5d
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slategreyskies @RaeLovesToRead I laughed out loud at the tampons are like dams section too, but didn‘t want to go so far as to make a post on it! 🤣 4d
slategreyskies @ImperfectCJ I get that. I bailed on it four years ago, but I‘m giving it another try. 4d
RaeLovesToRead I think you may be ahead of me 4d
slategreyskies @RaeLovesToRead something to look forward to then! Haha 4d
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RaeLovesToRead
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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A list of creeks. None of which mean anything to me.

Also, if I was naming creeks and small waterways, I'd probably manage a grand total of 3 before thinking about LITERALLY ANYTHING ELSE

Oryx I think I fast forwarded this bit. Maybe the puddings too 5d
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx If you were reading on audio it was probably easier to zone out. I mean, I suppose The Iliad has that Naming-of-Ships chapter..... And there was that parties-that-Dorian-Grey-attended chapter.... BUT STILL! 5d
slategreyskies I picked up a hard copy of this from the library the other day, not because I intend to read the hard copy (it‘s way too heavy!) but because the kindle version doesn‘t have page numbers, and it‘s driving me crazy. So, I‘ve been reading mostly on my kindle, but moving the bookmark forward in the hard copy as I go. The funny thing is that the spine of the book is only creased until the halfway point, which would suggest that everyone bailed. 🤣 5d
RaeLovesToRead @slategreyskies 3 of our buddy reader buddies have bailed already 🤭 5d
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RaeLovesToRead
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann

the fact that boys Ben's age are so sweet, so soft-cheeked, and most of them don't carry weapons yet

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Cuilin
In Memoriam | Alice Winn
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Apologies for not posting sooner. I picked a time period hoping we may all have books for this prompt already sitting on our TBR‘s. The tagged book and the suggestions are ones I‘ve read and recommend. I will be posting August and September prompts today.

@dabbe @desha @rachel52 @rubyslippersreads @chaoticmissadventures @barkingmadread
@megnews @sblbooks
@thebookgeekfrau @bookwormjillk @deblovestoread @jenniferw88 @spellboundReader

Deblovestoread The tagged book and The Absolutist are both fantastic. Highly recommend to everyone if you haven‘t read them yet. I‘ll be scanning my shelves soon. 1w
AllDebooks I've read and enjoyed Birdsong, Regeneration & Mr Mac and me. 1w
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Karisimo Lines of courage is a great middle grade option for WW1 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures I just read In Memoriam this year and it was amazing! One of my favorites for the year. I also recommend this one, I had no idea the French conscripted Senegalese men to fight for them 1w
Cuilin @Karisimo yes!! I also included Private Peaceful for YA. 1w
Cuilin @AllDebooks I love the whole Regeneration trilogy 1w
Cuilin @Deblovestoread both beautiful books. 1w
AllDebooks @Cuilin me too, Pat Barker is such a great author 1w
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures A Long, Long Way by Sebastian Barry is about young Irishman conflicted because he decides to fights for the British in World War I right when Ireland was trying to gain its independence. Amazing read. 1w
rubyslippersreads I‘m sure I‘ll be able to find something from this time period. 1w
Amiable Oh, “The Absolutist“ is wonderful. Highly recommend. 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures @Cuilin oh the Barry one sounds so good! I also like the idea of The Absolutist, I might go easy on my self, I have always been curious about the series 1w
Cuilin @ChaoticMissAdventures I love Maisie Dobbs. Enjoy. 1w
julieclair @ChaoticMissAdventures Maisie Dobbs is excellent! 1w
julieclair I have updated the StoryGraph challenge to include this prompt https://app.thestorygraph.com/reading_challenges/f6f6ac21-909a-4d7e-9e1c-2084aab... 1w
SpellboundReader I have a short audiobook called The Best Christmas Present in the World and also a longer novel 6d
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I couldn‘t sleep tonight, so I dug through all the posts about this book to find my DNF review from 4 years ago. Now I remember that it actually was all the violence in this book that made me put it down the first time around. That said, I‘m still going to push onward with it for a little while, because I really enjoy the stream of consciousness format and what the author‘s trying to do with this. I‘ll just skip the violent parts.

#DucksBuddyRead

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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The only way that I will be able to complete this book is by skimming/skipping the very graphic descriptions of violence. I don‘t understand why more people don‘t comment on that side of the book. Maybe I‘m just extra sensitive to graphic violence, but it‘s intense. My main takeaway so far is that, if anyone‘s inner thoughts are that overtaken by a stream of consciousness that‘s extremely violent, they could benefit from some mental health help.

slategreyskies It‘s not okay to be that fixated on violence. It‘s not healthy, and I really feel for her having what seems like a barrage of thoughts that she doesn‘t seem to be able to stop. It‘s hard to read. 1w
RaeLovesToRead Is the violence describing real things that have happened in the world or fictional? I'm only about 100 pages in so haven't got to it yet 1w
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slategreyskies @RaeLovesToRead The sections I read were all graphic and in-depth thoughts on real world events either in history or in the not so distant past. The MC is or was, as far as I remember, a history teacher, so she knows a lot about traumatic events in history and, unfortunately, doesn‘t seem to be able to keep her knowledge about those events from intruding into her everyday thoughts. In my spoiler alert post is a detailed rundown of them, FYI. 1w
RaeLovesToRead I've got to the parts you mean now. Heartbreaking, but so important to remember the horrors of years gone by - especially when looking at the violence still going on in the world and the peoples still oppressed. If this is the message of the book though, it's buried under a LOT of pointless waffle. I hope you're OK. I think 3 out of 6 of the OG buddyreaders have bailed, but I'm determined to finish. 5d
RaeLovesToRead I looked up the letters of Silas Soule that the MC said she made her students read. They also have a discordant mix of the mundane and the horrifying as he goes from catching up with his family to describing events. Very harrowing. 5d
slategreyskies @RaeLovesToRead I know what you mean about it being important to remember the horrors of years gone by. If it‘s honest writing, it can often be so hard to read. So much pain. So much brutality, and for what? Anyway, I‘m still working my way through this too. I haven‘t bailed yet. I‘m almost to page 400, and I‘m hoping to hit 500 by the end of the weekend. I‘m off this weekend, so I should be able to get a chunk of reading in. 🦆 🦆 🦆 🦆 🦆 🦆 5d
RaeLovesToRead She doesn't seem to have any insightful commentary on any of it, mind. Just... here are some awful things... awful amirite? I'm on page 400 now. Caught you up! 😋 5d
slategreyskies @RaeLovesToRead agreed! Also, as far as you catching me up goes: challenge accepted! 🤣 5d
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Just in case anyone was wondering how many times “the fact that” was used in this book, my Kindle search feature found that phrase in the book 19,233 times. 😳🫣

#DucksBuddyRead @RaeLovesToRead

dabbe Yowza! 😳🤩😂 1w
merelybookish Interesting. And I love that book regardless. 1w
Hooked_on_books Oh my goodness, that would drive me crazy! 1w
BkClubCare @merelybookish - Me, too! 🥰 Loved it. 4d
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