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BookwormM

Joined February 2017

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Carol by Patricia Highsmith
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Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield
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Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
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Real Estate by Deborah Levy
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Tomb of Sand | SHREE
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#BookerInternationalShortlist2022

Delightful word play and for the most part a fun read really glad this one made the shortlist

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4716633828

BarbaraBB What is your favorite? 3h
BookwormM @BarbaraBB I can‘t get hold of Septology so out of the ones I have read my favourite is Elena Knows 3h
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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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#BookerInternationalShortlist2022

Well that was an intensely bleak experience glad I read all the way to the end for that little hint of hope

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4725351023

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Underworld: A Novel | Don DeLillo
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Mehso-so

#Reading1001

Well this great American novel is probably great if you love baseball sadly not being American or interested in sport I found a lot of it deathly boring.

The backwards/forwards narrative technique is what saved this book for me.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4692781547

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#Reading1001

I made it to today‘s years old before I read this American classic.

A sweet story about 4 sisters which does get a bit preachy and saccharine at points but that didn‘t detract much from my enjoyment.

Jo was definitely the highlight of this book although Laurie has his moments.

Hooked_on_books I‘ve still never read it 🫢 3d
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#Netgalley #ARC #AfterDark
Provided by Random House UK in exchange for an honest review.

The book itself is a definite page turner, a fast read & I had to know what happened ,to who, why and how the way the story is told in switching narratives definitely kept me invested and kept me guessing.

However there is no nuance here female good, male bad that is it.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/13/after-dark-by-jayne-cowie/

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The JOKE | Milan Kundera
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #CzechRepublic

Scary to see how a joke between friends can completely change someone‘s life. Scary that friends can turn against each other due to pressure from an authoritarian regime. Scary that loyalty to a political party means more than anything else.

Nute Stacking! 3d
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Eyes of a Child | Richard North Patterson
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Been a while since I visited with Chris Paget and I had forgotten that these books are about the court case not the crime.

I guessed the murdered pretty much straight away but I guess that wasn‘t the point of the book.

Interesting to see how the same evidence can be shown in different ways for the prosecution & defence.

Interesting read but maybe a tad too long

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Idol | Louise O'Neill
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#ARC #Netgalley #Idol

This ARC was provided by Random House UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One word review - Intense

A riveting look at the issues that still affect young women today and that society needs to do better to finally overcome.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/08...

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Cold Is the Grave | Peter Robinson
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Another interesting instalment in the Banks series this one is most Interesting for the personal development the resolution of the case itself was wasaay out there

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#ARC #Netgalley #ReturnOfFarazAli

This ARC was provided by Hodder and Stoughton via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

The first but surely not the last an author to watch out for!

Wow for a debut author this novel shows immense talent. The story is immersive the characters flawed but likeable and the corruption all too believable.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/05/02/the-return-of-faraz-ali-by-aamina-ahmad/

BarbaraBB I‘ve heard good things about this one! 2w
BookwormM @BarbaraBB think you would like it 2w
BarbaraBB Thanks, I think so too. I will be on the lookout for it! 2w
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #SolomonIslands

I was unable to find an own voices book so my choice was this autobiography of a man who gives up teaching in England to take over a project started by a dead Commander he has never met to enable the people of Mendali Village to be self-sufficient.

I loved the descriptions of village life, of the people and of learning Pidgin English. .

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Fragile Monsters | Catherine Menon
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#ARC #Netgalley #FragileMonsters #Malaysia

WFT in a good way.

I loved this book from the opening page the writing had that certain something that I am unable to put into words but that completely transported me to Malaysia. The book moves backwards and forwards in time from 1920 (covering the years in between) to 1985 (the present day).

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/24/fragile-monsters-by-catherine-menon/

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Drunkard | Emile Zola
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#Reading1001

Really appreciated this look at life for the poor working class in Paris a great insight into a different time and place.

Great social commentary on the dangers of alcohol and also how society treats women and men guilty of the same thing differently (no change there)

Will definitely read more Zola

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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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#BookerInternationalShortlist2022 Book 3

Wow this book is devastating I love everything about it my favourite from the list so far.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4679348071

BarbaraBB Mine too! 1mo
sarahbarnes I‘m reading this now and feel the same way! So far I definitely want it to win! 1mo
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Twelve Sharp | Janet Evanovich
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It has been ages since I spent time with Stephanie and the gang and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it.

This did make me 🤣🤣 perfect escapism

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#ARC #Netgalley #TellMeAnEnding

ARC provided by Random House UK for an honest review.

1 word review - Compulsive

This book looks at the moral issues behind erasing memories, who would want to do that, why and what are the possible issues with doing that. It also explores how much our memories make us who we are and how can we live with or without them

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/18/tell-me-an-ending-by-jo-harkin/

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The Echo Maker: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Very interesting book combing themes that Powers has explored in later works the environment and the human brain.

Fascinating science

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4660318630

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The Books of Jacob | Olga Tokarczuk
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#UnpopularOpinion #BookerInternationalShortlist2022 personally I felt every single one of the 992 pages this book is soo long I really struggled with it and was never fully engaged.

I respect the author for the time & research put into the book but I enjoyed her other books a lot more than this one.

BarbaraBB I‘m struggling too… 1mo
BookwormM @BarbaraBB glad to know I am not alone hope it picks up for you 1mo
rockpools Oh no! 1mo
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Daniel Deronda | George Eliot
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#Reading1001

I actually enjoyed this more than I expected to although if I were to give the book a title it would be Dan & Gwen a History.

Most of the story focusses on Gwendolyn and the decisions she makes that keep pulling her into the orbit of Daniel.

I can‘t really say much about the book without giving away spoilers all I can say was that it was an interesting read about family, inheritance, morality & religion.

rockpools I enjoyed this one when I read it as well. 1mo
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#ARC #Netgalley #ThreeAssassins

One word review – whacky

If you are looking for an entirely different look at the life and death from the point of view of hired killers and their victims give this a go. If you want a straightforward fast paced thriller look elsewhere.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/17/three-assassins-by-kotaro-isaka/

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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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#ARC #Netgalley #Booth

1 word review – Tragic. 2 word review – Epic Tragedy

Living in the UK I was aware that Lincoln had been shot but I had no idea where or by who, that has now been rectified. Rather than glorify John Wilkes Booth & his action the author instead decided to explore this historical character his family and what a family he had.

full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/10/booth-by-karen-joy-fowler/

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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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#ReadAroundTheWorld #TheComoros

Interesting story about the discovery of living fossil fish believed to be the link between fish and mammals

Loved the change from scientific discovery to preservation of the species

Very interesting story

Simona I still have to read it … 1mo
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Vile Bodies | Evelyn Waugh
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#Reading1001 a fun little read about the bright young things and how things change with advent of war

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In a Dry Season | Peter Robinson
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Enjoyed the historical aspect of this one and seeing how Banks personal life develops

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#BookerInternationalLonglist2022 Book 5

This sounds like a bleak book and in some ways this was, the details of the torture are not graphic or overdone but they are harrowing. It is scary to think that if she hadn‘t believed in her principles Vera‘s life and her daughter‘s life could have been so very different.

A tough read but an interesting insight into a place and time I had no prior knowledge of.

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#Netgalley #ARC #TheFlames

I loved this fictional look at the 4 women who inspired artist Egon Schiele. The author admits there is not much information to be found about each woman but that doesn‘t stop her from writing 4 totally compelling characters (5 if you count Egon but he is a man and the artist who had all the attention in life so who cares LOL)

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/08...

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The Brighton Mermaid | Dorothy Koomson
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#Netgalley #ARC #BrightonMermaid

I apologies to the au thor and publisher for the time it has taken to provide this review all I can say is life.

I really enjoyed this murder mystery, I loved the setting of Brighton & I love both Nell and Macy. I appreciate the way that both girls are damaged by what happened when they were younger and the contrast with the ways they both deal with that.
Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/04/06...

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The Carnival of Ash | Tom Beckerlegge
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#CarnivalOfAsh #Netgalley #ARC

This ARC was provided by Rebellion (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One word review – Dark. Three word review Dark, Dark, Dark

This book is dark anything evil that can be done will probably be done but in amongst that is an intriguing story that builds up to a complete history of a place and people.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/03/20/the-carnival-of-ash-by-tom-beckerlegge/

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Skin in the Game | Paulo Scott
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#BookerInternationalLonglist2022 Book 3 #Brazil

Really appreciated this look at the question of racial identity in Brazil and what it means to be black.

Loved the afterword by the narrator about the complexities of translating the ideas of Brazilian Black and White into English where the connotations are very different.

Full review here soon https://thereadersroom.org/

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After the Sun | Jonas Eika
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#BookerInternational2022 Book 2

Another short story collection. On the whole I didn‘t mind the stories but honestly can‘t see why this made the Longlist.

Photo is Black Forest gateaux with pistachio ice cream

BarbaraBB This will be my next for the #InternationalBooker. I‘m sorry to hear it was a disappointing read for you. 2mo
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Cursed Bunny | Bora Chung
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#BookerInternational2022 Book 1

Short stories are not my thing and the first 2 almost made me abandon this but once we hit the supernatural, fairy tale and artificial intelligence I was fully invested.

I am so not intellectual 🤣🤣

rockpools 😂Likewise on the not intellectual thing. Good to know this gets better. I get partway through these lists and wonder why I‘m even trying. Current issue: Fosse. 2mo
BookwormM @rockpools I have decided not to read Fosse as I haven‘t read the rest of the series I am now on After the Sun this is available on Audible not sure if you have membership 2mo
rockpools @BookwormM Very sensible! I‘ve taken out a month‘s sub to Scribd, so have Fosse, Heaven, Cursed Bunny & Elena through there. Then I splurged on After the Sun and the 3 Tilted Axis titles - Tomb of Sand, Happy Stories and Big City. My library just isn‘t playing - I seem to remember they bought the shortlist last year. Look forward to seeing how you get on with the rest. 2mo
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They Came from SW19 | Nigel Williams
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Complete change of pace loved the humour in this one yes I would describe it as 12 year old boy but that is just how I roll.

So funny I laughed out loud several times disturbing hubby‘s reading.

Funny, irreverent and bound to offend someone.

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Tremblay does it again I have a new go to author I know what to expect a supernatural story using a fine balance or natural and supernatural for the reader to make up their own minds about what really happened.

Can totally see this as a movie

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#Netgalley#ARC#BurningQuestions
This is Atwood so I was always going to love it, this is also short pieces & non-fiction so I wasn‘t going to love it that much, 3 stars balances this.

What is great about this book it feels like a conversation with an old friend, you may not always agree but the conversation is interesting and does provide a new insight.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/03/12/burning-questions-by-margaret-atwood/

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Blessings | Anna Quindlen
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Change of pace for me a quiet peaceful novel about second chances, family and redemption.

Loved the way this did not cross the line onto sickly sweet there are no they all lived happily ever after instead it is messy and sometimes bitter sweet like real life (but with a big estate home and lots of money)

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This is how far reading a chapter has got me so far this year and this is only volume one 🤣🤣

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#ReadAroundTheWorld #Cameroon

Author is from Cameroon story is set in a fictional African country where western oil company aided by corrupt despotic leader is poisoning the land leading to the deaths of the village children.

Lack of justice leads to revolutionary actions.

Great characters who show how easy it is to cross the line when no one hears your voice.

A book that sadly could apply to many countries

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Not a book you would describe as enjoyable but it is an important story with sympathetic characters and a hopeful ending.

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Treachery in Death | J. D. Robb
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Book 32 not my favourite in the series as there is not much character banter in this one instead the book concentrates on Eve taking the bad cop down.

New recipe Sea Bream on a bed of roast sweet potato with a Moroccan sauce

mabell That looks amazing! 3mo
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This ARC was provided by Penguin (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

For me the best section of the book was learning about Levy‘s childhood in South Africa and her father‘s imprisonment. Apartheid, racism and sexism are some of the things Levy wishes she didn‘t know but to be a writer you need to know and be able to express these things in a way that engages your reader and Levy does just that.

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Head Full of Ghosts | Paul Tremblay
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Paul Tremblay does it again another book that reads like a movie I can really see this on the big screen.

Loved the whole story and the way it examines our entertainment culture, the pop culture references to horror films and like Cabin it leaves the reader room to interpret events in 2 ways the psychological or the supernatural.

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The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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I am so not the target audience for this and found the constant sex talk and sexualising of everyone got old really quickly. That said Hollinghurst can write beautifully if you can get him away from cocks, pricks, arses etc long enough to do so

Mrs_B That review did make me laugh. 😂 3mo
SRWCF @Mrs_B Same! 😆 3mo
TrishB Made me chuckle too 😁 3mo
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Leftcoastzen 😂 3mo
squirrelbrain I felt the same about this one - far too many male appendages! 3mo
Liz_M Spot on review! 3mo
CarolynM I'll get to this one day, I refuse to be put off! But thank you for the warning 😆 3mo
BarbaraBB I felt the same but years later I can still imagine that swimming pool. 3mo
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Because of You | Dawn French
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This was a solid 3⭐️ all the way through until the ending ripped my heart out and stomped all over it boosting this to 4⭐️

While I enjoyed this I must add the caveat that with the exception of the “caricature baddy” all the characters are too good to be true and don‘t act in believable ways.

squirrelbrain I was really annoyed with this book. Trying not to be spoilerish but the central premise and the fact that it was OK to do something like that just ruined it for me. But I certainly didn‘t see that ending coming and it *almost* redeemed it. 3mo
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Black Mischief | Evelyn Waugh
Mehso-so

This has been on my TBR for too long and now it is gone 🎉

Satire is not really my thing and this hasn‘t stood the test of time well. Too many stereotypes and casual sexism and racism.

In its time I can see why it would have been admired but now not so much

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The Leviathan | Rosie Andrews
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#ARC #Netgalley #Leviathan

This ARC was provided by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

One Word Review – Wicked. Three Word Review – S**t Gets Mythical!

For a debut novelist Andrews really knows how to draw her reader in

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/02/19/the-leviathan-by-rosie-andrews/

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Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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#Netgalley #ARC #PlainBadHeroines

This ARC was provided by Harper Collins UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

1 Word Review – Intense. 3 Word Review – S**t Gets Weird!

I would recommend this those who like books that keep you off balance & who love it when a book steps outside the strict confines of genre.

Full Review here https://thereadersroom.org/2022/02/14...

Alfoster I do, I do!😳👍 3mo
OutsmartYourShelf This one is coming up on my TBR list. Looks intriguing. 3mo
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Change of pace for me I enjoyed escaping to a magical world of witches, wizards and evil woods.

BookLineNSinker I'm trying a book by this author as well, I love Charlie Holmberg's Paper Magician series so maybe I'll get into this magical looking series. 3mo
BookwormM @BookLineNSinker I have read and enjoyed that series so far 3mo
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Small Pleasures | Clare Chambers
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I enjoyed this quiet novel set in the 1950s I love the fact that the story is based on real events but my god that ending really took me unawares.

TrishB Yeah, that ending was excuse me!? 3mo
Cathythoughts What an ending!!! 3mo
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Michael Kohlhaas | Heinrich von Kleist
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#Reading1001 this book probably forms the basis for any revenge, hunt for justice film or book made or written since.

Definitely deserves its place on the list

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4521334809

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#Reading1001 sounded like a book I would really enjoy turned out to be meh

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4515806820

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BarbaraBB The meal looks gorgeous! 3mo
Ladygodiva7 I haven‘t finished my book yet, it‘s soooo boring 😑 I‘m jealous you‘re all done…. 3mo
BookwormM @Ladygodiva7 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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