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BookwormM
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Solid 3 star mystery for Banks to solve.

This time we have 2 different cases one from the past when Banks is a teenager and one in the present day which has striking similarities with the case in the past.

Unfortunately Banks seems to be turning into Captain Kirk and any new female that appears in the series also appears in his bed. Not sure this is necessary for the story.

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Fools of Fortune | William Trevor
Mehso-so

#Reading1001

This tackles an important point in history but it does it in such a way that all the “action” happens off screen. I found myself frequently confused a major event would have occurred in the book but you would only find out what and how much later in the story, it was all shrouded in subtle hints as if the reader was meant to know what those hints meant. Perhaps other readers did, perhaps it is just me that missed it.

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
Mehso-so

Not quite what I was expecting from the description I was expecting a romance in the style of Good Night Sweetheart where there was actually some difficulty choosing between lovers and between times but this was not that at all.

Also what are we supposed to think of men? It felt like every other man was a rapist. There is rape, attempted rape and then male rape just to top things off and then throw in a side of torture just for fun.

majkia I hated that book and refuse to read the rest of the series. 1w
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Lessons: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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#ARC #Netgalley #Lessons

Well that was something. I have previously read and loved Ian McEwan (Atonement) and also read and hated Ian McEwan (On Chesil Beach) this one fell clearly in the middle I didn‘t love it, I didn‘t hate it with fear of damning with faint praise I liked it.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/09/26/lessons-by-ian-mcewan/

squirrelbrain I have an ARC of this but I‘m just not inspired to start it…and it‘s a bit of a chunkster too! 🤷‍♀️ 1w
BarbaraBB I think I maybe have read enough McEwan even though I liked most of his books 🤷🏻‍♀️ @squirrelbrain 7d
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Tales of the Tikongs | Epeli Hau'ofa
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #Tonga

This is a collection of short stories from a fictional Pacific island. The stories are satirical & cover such aspects of life as religion, culture, politics & hilariously for me overseas aid. “The Glorious Pacific Way” covers the overseas aid and is a hilarious account of how a Tikong must jump through certain hops to gain funding for a project without actually letting on what the money will actually be used for.

rockpools It sounds like you found a good one this month! 1w
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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Fun modern American retelling of P&P

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Lost in Time | A.G. Riddle
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#Netgalley #ARC #LostInTime

This one gets a rare 5-star rating from me, not because it is a brilliant literary feat (it totally isn‘t) but because it is pure mind-bending compulsive reading.

Take my advice go into this one blind, suspend the disbelief and hang on for the ride.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/09/13...

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Lost in Time | A.G. Riddle
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#Netgalley #ARC #LostInTime

Time + Causality = Mind Blown 🤯

Need time to process before reviewing this but I loved it.

Bonus points for Independent Publisher #HeadOfZeus

tpixie Great quote! 3w
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Lost in Time | A.G. Riddle
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OMG this book is great and then I got the worst message in the world Kindle needs charging 😢😢

FromMyLectory I loved his "The Origin Mystery" trilogy...Must check this one out too! 3w
BookwormM @FromMyLectory this is the first of his I have read will have to check that series out 3w
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The Skeleton Key | Erin Kelly
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#ARC #Netgalley #SkeletonKey

Creepily Dark

This is how fairy tales should be done, dark, bloody and with endings that are not happy for everyone.

If you are a fan of traditional (not Disnified) fairy tales You will appreciate this one. Anyone who enjoys fiction about messed up families give this a go and anyone who loves artistic descriptions check this out.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/09/11/the-skeleton-key-by-erin-kelly/

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Quicksand | Nella Larsen
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#Reading1001

This is a powerful story but to me it is overshadowed by the brilliance that is Passing, this is an earlier work and you can see how Larson has developed as a writer.

As a mixed raced child Helga doesn‘t feel like she fits in anywhere she doesn‘t feel black or white enough to belong decisively to either camp. The ending for me is tragic.

This is an important work, it is a short read (under 200 pages) but it really packs a punch.

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Blackwater | Kerstin Ekman, Joan Tate
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Mehso-so

#ReadAroundTheWorld #Sweden

Swedish murder mystery set in a lonely village where the locals are at odds with the new comers setting up some kind of commune.

The story takes place over 18 years and as a reader I found it very confusing there weren‘t that many characters but I still got in a muddle.

This was a very slow build up and the reveal was not very enlightening overall I am left scratching my head.

BarbaraBB I loved this one when I read it a lifetime ago. I have always meant to reread it one day. So atmospheric. But I‘m not sure if it aged well!? 3w
BookwormM @BarbaraBB it is definitely atmospheric the landscape descriptions are brilliant maybe I was expecting a faster paced story 3w
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Goodbye your majesty 💔

Leftcoastzen 😢 4w
melissajayne God save the Queen; Long live the King 4w
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Lincoln Highway | Amor Towles
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This is a fantastic book it is a quest story, a journey story, a road trip story and most of all it is a friendship story.

This is a book for people who love books, who love book references and who love complex characters with complex backgrounds. I warn you now be prepared to fall in love at least once & be prepared to shed a tear or two.

Full review https://thereadersroom.org/2022/09/07/bookworm-recommends-the-lincoln-highway-by...

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#Netgalley #ARC #TheHuntress

Now I have read my first Kate Quinn I can honestly tell you it won‘t be my last.

I would recommend this to historical fiction fans. I certainly learnt a lot about Russian women and their involvement in WWII and what more can you ask a book for but to improve your understanding of the world.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/09/06/the-huntress-by-kate-quinn/

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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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My final post got the evening you will be glad to know 🤣🤣

Booker predictions this year I am not going to try to double guess the judges I am predicting my favourites so bound to wrong…

The Colony
Maps of our Spectacular Bodies
Oh William
Seven Moons
The Trees
Case Study

BarbaraBB We just have one different and that‘s the one I haven‘t read yet! 4w
BookwormM @BarbaraBB I think you would like it 4w
BarbaraBB I think so too, especially now that you say so. I hope it‘ll make the shortlist! 4w
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charl08 Impossible to guess - and fun to have favourites. I just finished Everett's one - what an amazing book. 4w
BookwormM @charl08 Maps is my personal favourite 4w
Suet624 I‘m so bummed The Colony didn‘t make the shortlist. 4w
BookwormM @Suet624 you are not alone 4w
BookwormM @Suet624 you are not alone 4w
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Caleb Williams | William Godwin
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#Reading1001 I am saying this a lot lately but I am enjoying these 1001 selections more than I expect to and that is great as without the list I wouldn‘t have picked this up.

This reads almost like an English Les Mis with innocent young man relentlessly pursued.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4904689507

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BookwormM
Pickpick

#ReadAroundTheWorld #Italy

Better late reviewing than never…

I loved this book, I loved the setting and the friendships, the differences in education and expectations between men and women and I love Elena and Lila.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Did Audible for this one and narration was great.

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A Gate at the Stairs | Lorrie Moore
Mehso-so

#Reading1001 For most of the book I really enjoyed the story the narrator is snarky and there are very amusing one liners scattered throughout, however after the key event of the story (not the big reveal) the book loses its way as if it has lost sense of what it wants to be.

The ending finally released the reader on a low note and while I can forgive a poor beginning a poor ending taints the whole book.

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Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
Panpan

#BookerLonglist2022 Book11

I hate to say this but I really disliked this one so it is bound to be shortlisted and probably win🤣🤣

I appreciated what the author was doing with the story but man did it drag.

This is an important story that people need to hear I personally didn‘t feel this was the right format for the telling.

BarbaraBB I don‘t feel tempted to read this one at all… 4w
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Grave Secrets | Kathy Reichs
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It has been a long time since I last read a book in this series and from what I can remember of past reads this takes a significant detour from the usual set up.

The investigation is a cold case in a largely hostile foreign country, Guatemala, looking at identifying victims of political unrest and military coups.

Tragic in that even though it is a cold case the events are too recent for comfort.

Monica5 I so need to catch up on this series and quite a few others 4w
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Elif Shafak is a great writer and this book is no exception.

This is a great story about family, motherhood, relationships, culture and history. It is about seeing things from the other side and questioning what you have been told.

I adored the aunties.

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After Sappho: A Novel | Selby Wynn Schwartz
Mehso-so

#BookerLonglist2022 Book12

Not really one for me as it reads like interconnected short stories and I am not a short story fan.

The book is well researched, very academic, I enjoyed the Virginia Woolf references but suspect a lot more went over my head.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4950145447

MrsK I had the same thoughts when I read this…or actually…bailed before I was halfway through 😁 3w
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The Rings of Saturn | W. G. Sebald
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Mehso-so

#Reading1001 this one reads too much like non fiction for me to enjoy it, it is a collection of ramblings about life, the universe and everything pretending to be a travelogue about the English coast/countryside.

Didn‘t work for me but everyone else seemed to love it.

I did learn new things from this do I give it credit for that, particularly about silk worms and the silk industry.

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BookwormM
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#Reading1001 I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to mainly because the trip along the Thames visits several places I know well and it was interesting to see how they were at the time Morris was writing and how he imagined they would be in near enough the present day. They are nothing like his imaginings.

This is a socialist manifesto in effect, given the state of the Capitalist world change is needed although not quite the change shown.

TrishB This is the name of the indie bookshop in Liverpool ❤️ 1mo
BookwormM @TrishB cool name 1mo
Bookwomble @TrishB The *best* indie bookshop in Liverpool 😉 1mo
TrishB @Bookwomble absolutely 👍🏻 4w
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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#BookerLonglist2022 Book 13

If this one doesn‘t make the shortlist it will be a travesty.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4954925532

jlhammar Agreed! 1mo
BarbaraBB Me too. My favorite this year! 4w
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Lincoln Highway | Amor Towles
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So far this book is amazing and I love this quote.

Ann_Reads 😃👍 1mo
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Aftermath | Peter Robinson
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Handy sticker telling me what number in the series courtesy of my Nan 🤣

Another good addition to the series definitely a page turner

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The Colony | Audrey Magee

Sorry I have been MIA for the last week I have been entirely caught up in work and reading #BookerLonglist2022. This was my last book to read and boy was it a good way to end the list.

I think the list this year was very strong there are a couple of books that didn‘t work for me and one of those is bound to win 🤣🤣

I have next week of work and the weather forecast is ☔️ everyday so I intend to get caught up with reviews 🤞

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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida | Shehan Karunatilaka
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#BookerLonglist2022 Book 9

Well this is a book that really makes you think. I loved the way this was a kind of murder mystery played out after death with all the possible suspects and all the possible reasons for Maali to be killed. I really enjoyed the rules and regulations of the afterlife and the world building that took place there.

This story also provided me with an insight into a time and place I knew nothing about.

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BookwormM
Pickpick

#BookerLonglist2022 Book 7

I absolutely loved this book and for a young debut writer this is a really impressive and original work of fiction.

The book really does need to be read physically audio will not give you quite the same experience as you will miss out of the page layouts which are almost as important as the words themselves. Think previous Booker nominee Lanny or Lincoln in the Bardo and you will get the general idea.

Megabooks Yeah, I really wish I had gone print. ☹️ 2mo
BarbaraBB I am enjoying this one too, doing a mix of print and audio. 2mo
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Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
Mehso-so

#BookerLonglist2022 Book 8

I hate to say it but I must be missing something I honestly can‘t see why this has made the longlist. There are things I did enjoy like the playful use of words and phrases but…it went nowhere and I didn‘t connect with the characters.

I get the impression that if you are not familiar with at least some of the folklore or pop culture mentioned then you would be totally lost.

Bookwomble I loved this book, but I do have the cultural context to connect with it, as I grew up in a small North England community which reflected most of Garner's setting, and I've been reading English folk tales since primary school. I get why it's a divisive book, but to me it is just magical and poignant l 🙂 2mo
BarbaraBB You are more positive than I was. 2mo
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#ARC #Netgalley #LastWhiteMan

Well this was certainly a weird one to read.

Rather like Kafka‘s Metamorphoses the narrator is at first horrified to find his body changed overnight however as the book progresses he and society come to accept that this is the new normal.

If you like fiction that packs a punch and is weird and out there go for it.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/08/14/the-last-white-man-by-mohsin-hamid/

BarbaraBB I loved some of his books. Not sure about this one but your review is tempting 2mo
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Case Study | Graeme Macrae Burnet
Pickpick

#BookerLonglist2022 Book 7

Wow this one really messed with my head in a good way and that is totally the point of the novel. Is it real? How much is real? Who is real? What does real even mean?

jlhammar I'm psyched for this one. Maybe I'll dive in yet today. 2mo
BookwormM @jlhammar go for it 👍 2mo
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Conviction | Richard North Patterson
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Wow I never knew how complicated the US legal system is and how much politics affects justice.

This was not the usual Paget fast paced court case instead it was a deep exploration of the death penalty, death row and innocence.

Interesting stats about who ends up on death row not sure if the balance is still the same today.

Last Paget book and what an ending 😢

rockpools That sounds like a tough read! 2mo
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Learwife | J R Thorp
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Mehso-so

3⭐️ not the book for me which is my own fault as I am not familiar beyond the basics of the story of King Lear.

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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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#BookerLonglist2022 - Book 5

This is the kind of book I totally expect the Booker judges to choice bleak, dark and with an ending that promises little hope for the future. That said this is loosely based upon a real case the author has taken a news article and imagined a life for the girl in that news article, how did she end up Nightcrawling and what is likely to happen once events inevitably unfold

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Trust | Hernan Diaz
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#BookerLonglist2022 Book 6

I liked this book but I didn‘t love it. This is very meta we have stories within stories, different authors, different reasons for writing and of course that good ole staple the unreliable narrator to be fair I am not sure any of the narrators in the whole of the book are reliable.

Full review here soon https://wordpress.com/post/thereadersroom.org/20183

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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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#BookerLonglist2022 book 4

Wow this book was like nothing I have ever read.

Despite the heavy nature of the story (lynching as genocide) this book is hilarious. I loved the characters and it was the relationships in the book that made it for me.

I am not sure about the ending but I sure had hell enjoyed the ride there.

BarbaraBB Such a good one! 2mo
Graywacke Interesting! I‘ll get to this. 2mo
DLQBOOKNERD I thought this boom was . Fictional retribution!!! 2mo
DLQBOOKNERD Book* 2mo
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Mehso-so

#Reading1001

Let‘s be honest Arthur is a womanising d**k I read on to see if he would actually get what was coming to him. Personally I am do over this type of book where the reader is expected to sympathise with a d**k.

What this book does really well is describe life in a manufacturing town where the only escape is boozing and paying for it Sunday morning.

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EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE. | JAY. KRISTOFF
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Jay Kristoff had better be writing the sequel now because I need to know what has happened and what will happen.

Loved this traditional take on vampires yes they are no longer friendly school kids who sparkle they are back to being our mortal enemies.

The only thing worse the religious cults trying to destroy them.

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Group Portrait with Lady | Heinrich Boll, Leila Vennewitz
Mehso-so

#Reading1001 apparently I didn‘t review this when I read it and now I really can‘t remember much apart from the fact that I struggled to get through it.

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Life | Lu Yao
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #China

Enjoyed this story but the central character was a bit of an ass. I get that he was educated & that social injustice caused him to lose his position which would make anyone angry but when he used that injustice to benefit himself I lost respect for him & the way he treated the women in his life was deplorable.

While I felt for him as a human being on a personal level I can't help feeling that he reaped what he sowed.

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Ginger and Me | Elissa Soave
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One word review – Disquieting

Wow it is almost impossible for me to believe that this is a debut novel the author has major talent and I will be looking out for anything else she writes.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading something different, with a different point of view and a sole narrator that it is hard (not impossible) to relate.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/07/24/ginger-and-me-by-elissa-soave/

squirrelbrain I‘m intrigued…stacked! 2mo
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A Single Swallow | Zhang Ling
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #China

Wow just wow

I loved everything about this book it gets a rare 5⭐️s from me

The supernatural aspect works really well for this story.

Unusually there wasn‘t one narrative that I preferred to the others and as each story proceeds pretty much chronological you are never pulled out of the story.

Highly recommend this one

Currey I will look for it. Sounds great. 2mo
BookwormM This was an Amazon freebie for world book day not sure what year 🤣🤣 @Currey 2mo
Currey Thx. I found it. Free on Amazon if you have prime and 99 cents if you don‘t 2mo
rockpools I honestly didn‘t see that coming! Glad you enjoyed it. Apparently this has been lurking on my kindle since whichever World Book Day. I‘ll bump it up my (completely random) list! 2mo
BookwormM @Currey @rockpools really hope you both enjoy it now eeek 2mo
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Devotion | HANNAH. KENT
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An interesting book about life, death, religion, faith and above all love.

This is a quiet character driven story with little action even the several deaths were not dramatic but occurred as a natural part of life.

I enjoyed the supernatural aspect of the novel and enjoyed a different take on story telling.

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I loved this book it is the perfect balance of tragedy and hope, of seriousness and fun, of love and friendship and above all it is a great read.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/07/17/tomorrow-and-tomorrow-and-tomorrow-by-gabr...

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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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#BookerPrediction

Loved this story. Beautiful writing, fantastic characters and not a lot of action 🤣🤣

Full review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4837627037

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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
Mehso-so

Personally I feel this story was too short for the important subject matter I also felt the narrator was wrong for this story.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4835815165

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The Counterfeiters | Andr Gide
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#Reading1001 3⭐️

I found this book confusing at times as we move from one perspective to the next not sure if I liked it or not, there are some funny one liners and the title is very appropriate.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4822781943

My library copy was 1st checked out in 1969 and is still in circulation talk about value for money