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CarolynM

Joined May 2016

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Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 Very funny! 17h
squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 17h
rockpools That‘s brilliant! 16h
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melissajayne I actually live in a town that is overrun by these romantic movies and it is actually pretty annoying. 15h
Sarahreadstoomuch 😂😂🤣🤣 12h
Reggie Lolololi loved the combo names- the bakery/wedding dress shop- I dough lolol or the dining of coincidences. So cute. 7h
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#BookReport for September

A bit of a slow reading month, I‘ve been getting out and about a bit more. Thank You For Listening was my favourite.

LeahBergen I‘ve had a slow reading month, too. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3d
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Witty, clever and very enjoyable rom-com that has a lot of fun with the tropes and conventions of genre romance while delivering strong characters, interesting subplots and a convincing HEA. Thanks to @rachelm for putting it on my radar.

rachelm So glad you enjoyed! 4d
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Sadly neglected 12 year old Emily, desperate for love and attention, soaks up the kindness and intellectual stimulation provided by her grandmother‘s boarder, Max, while the callous, self-involved and sometimes downright cruel adults in her life pursue their own schemes. A razor sharp examination of domestic politics in the suburbs of 1950‘s Australia, it is quite a contrast with the mid C20th Furrowed Middlebrow books! #ozfiction

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Quick trip to the bookshop yesterday😄

Lizpixie Is the new Jane Harper released in Aus? 2w
CarolynM @Lizpixie Yep🎉 2w
Lizpixie Awesome!🙌 2w
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LeeRHarry Nice stack 😊 2w
Ruthiella Oh! I preordered the Atkinson from Blackwell‘s in the UK! It should be on its way to me soonish! So excited. 😃 2w
TrishB Ohhh the new Atkinson- not out here until next week 👍🏻 2w
LeahBergen Lucky duck! And I‘m loving your Deco girl. 2w
squirrelbrain I just saw Exiles on @LeeRHarry ‘s post. I‘ve just picked up my signed copy of the Osman, so may well start that today. 2w
Jeg 3 there that I want. Exiles especially. 2w
Centique That‘s a good haul! 1w
Kimzey I got my pre-ordered Osman on Audible. Just starting! Enjoy! 1w
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Highland Fling | Sara Sheridan
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Another enjoyable instalment in the Mirabelle Bevan mystery series, in spite of a few annoying editorial errors. I particularly liked that it espoused a more nuanced geopolitical world view than is usually found in light fiction or in most newspapers.

TrishB Not familiar with this series. 2w
CarolynM @TrishB It‘s set in the 50‘s, the first one is 2w
TrishB Thanks! Just took a screenshot of the first one to remind me 👍🏻 2w
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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A gentle meander over 30+ years from the tail end of WWII to 1979 in the lives of a group of East Londoners who relocate to Florence. The fact that I‘m not a fan of Florence, or Italian art, and the ambiguity of the relationships made this a like rather than love book for me but it made for an interesting discussion at my IRL book group last night. Sorry about the sticker - I should have removed it when I bought it, it‘s now well and truly stuck!

MrsMalaprop I like Sarah Winman, but haven‘t gotten to this one yet. 3w
LeahBergen Lovely review. 3w
squirrelbrain This was my favourite book of last year, which surprised me somewhat as it‘s not my usual kind of thing! 3w
Bookwomble Sticker Shame - I hear your pain 😄 3w
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That's the best reason to spring clean I've ever been given.

rockpools Love it! 3w
squirrelbrain 😁❤️ 3w
kspenmoll 👏🏻👏🏻 (edited) 3w
Lizpixie Yes!🙌 3w
LeahBergen Indeed! 👏 3w
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Since the long lockdowns of the last couple of years the birds in my area have been a lot less shy. This pretty little guy didn't react at all to me walking past. I'm loving the tagged book on audio - witty and clever and having a lot of fun with romance tropes.

Megabooks What a cute one! 3w
LeahBergen How pretty! 3w
Lizpixie I think it‘s a turquoise parrot! I haven‘t seen one before, I don‘t think they‘re in NSW. I do the BirdLife backyard birds survey every year, we have a lot of rainbow lorikeets, a few crows the maggies that return every year and I‘ve heard a currawong & kookaburra since lockdown but it‘s mostly bloody myna birds which I hate. 3w
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Cathythoughts Beautiful 💚💙 3w
CarolynM @Lizpixie Mostly myna birds around here, too, but also a lot of magpies, some murray magpies, pigeons and crows, the odd galah and there‘s a pair of crimson rosellas who we see from time to time. We had an owl perched on my daughter‘s netball hoop one night last week - that was a first! I envy you the currawongs and kookaburras - I used to love hearing them when we lived in Canberra. 3w
Lizpixie My aunt has a house in Gwandalan on Lake Macquarie where you can sit on the deck and watch the rosellas, lorikeets & cockatoos come down for some food. It‘s spectacular! And there‘s kookies everywhere too, I love getting up to watch the sunrise over the lake and listen to them laughing in the dawn. I envy you the owl! Our night flyers are mostly fruit bats 🦇 3w
Jeg I‘m sitting outside now. We get a lot of little birds. My favourite are the Willy Wag Tails. 2w
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The Stand-In | Lily Chu
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This book has been on my TBR since Alexis Hall gave the ARC a glowing review on GR so I was happy to start it with the #LittensLoveRomance readalong. I enjoyed it so much I couldn't resist racing on ahead of the group (sorry). Gracie is a delightful heroine and Sam a worthy hero. It's all pretty far-fetched and I was a little annoyed by the pretext for the obligatory break up, but overall a very enjoyable #romantsy.
@StayCurious

StayCurious Glad you enjoyed it! 3w
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This one didn‘t charm me as much as most of our other #furrowedmiddlebrowclub reads. I think it‘s because it was more about the events than the characters - I felt like I knew what happened in the house, but I didn‘t really know the people who lived there. Or maybe it‘s just my current mood. A low pick for me.

batsy Sorry it wasn't as good as you expected but lovely photo, though! Nothing better than book and a coffee 🙂 3w
MrsK It is hard to enjoy if you‘re expecting to have characters to connect with. Oh well…on to Thalia 😊 3w
Kimzey Thanks for the review! 3w
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Ruthiella I agree, it‘s not character focused at all. People emerge and recede from the story with no follow-through. I‘m enjoying it more for its historical and social aspects of post war UK. 3w
elkeOriginal Good point. I am halfway and wondered why I was not very invested - and you hit the nail in the head for me re: characters 👍🏻 3w
Cathythoughts I still havnt properly started. Interesting point you make , I love my characters more than anything 🤞🏻 3w
LeahBergen Ahh, so true. I kept wanting to know more about these people. And what happened to them later! Like @Ruthiella , I enjoyed what it had to say about the post-war era, though. 3w
Jess_Read_This I enjoyed the historical context and references. But I wish the characters had more depth and focus put on them as well. Nice review! 2w
Tamra Agreed, it wasn‘t personable. 2w
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A close-up look at the career of a shameless social climber as she seeks to be a central figure in every new grouping of society that comes to her attention, finds she doesn‘t much like the group once she‘s in it and leaves a trail of distress (both financial and emotional) in her wake. Modern parallels abound. Thanks to @Lcsmcat @Graywacke and all the other #WhartonBuddyRead -ers for the interesting discussions.

Leftcoastzen Great review! 1mo
YasmiNova Ooh this one sounds interesting, stacking! 1mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t read this Wharton yet. I must get to it! 1mo
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batsy Nice review! I read this awhile ago and really enjoyed it. Wanted to join the group read but got distracted by other books, as always 😅 1mo
CarolynM @Leftcoastzen Thank you ☺️ (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @YasmiNova @LeahBergen It‘s a good one. Enjoy! 1mo
CarolynM @batsy Thanks 😊 I‘m sorry you didn‘t join in this time, I‘d have liked to hear your thoughts on it. 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! You sum it up perfectly. I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 3w
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy😘 I enjoyed it a lot too, but Undine made me quite angry at times! 3w
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I didn‘t manage to read either my #bookspin or #doublespin book for August, but I‘ll try again in September. Thanks Sarah 😘

rockpools Ooh, is that Sarah Moss‘s Bodies of Light? I think that might be on my all time favourites list (or would be if such a thing existed!) 1mo
CarolynM @rockpools No, sorry to disappoint you. It‘s by Jennifer Down and it won this year‘s Miles Franklin Award. I‘ll have to look out for that other one since it comes with such a glowing recommendation 🙂 1mo
rockpools @CarolynM I knew I‘d seen the same title recently! I really need to look out the Miles Franklin titles this year 😊 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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#BookReport for August. Favourite for the month was Lessons in Chemistry, with Husband Material not far behind.

LapReader I‘ll bump Lessons in Chemistry further up my list then xo 1mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 I loved Lessons too. 1mo
Cinfhen Can‘t believe it‘s another end of month book report!!! So crazzzzy 1mo
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julesG @Cinfhen This year feels like it only had 3 months so far. 1mo
Cinfhen Soooooo true @julesG !!! Are your kiddos back to school??? 1mo
julesG @Cinfhen Yes, they started on 10th August already. 😬 1mo
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Go Hex Yourself | Jessica Clare
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A fun #romantsy that made me laugh quite a few times. I particularly liked Maurice the warlock cat. I‘m not really into magic or the supernatural in any form, so I doubt that I would have read this if not for #littensloveromance. Thanks for the readalong @StayCurious

StayCurious So glad to have you along! 1mo
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What a wonderfully entertaining book! While the 1960‘s attitudes were frequently infuriating, Elizabeth Zott‘s intelligence and indomitable spirit were an absolute joy. I loved it.

LeeRHarry Stacked! 😊 1mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 1mo
staci.reads I keep hearing great things about this one 1mo
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So many reasons! Too many to list here, but I guess mostly for entertainment and information - I think I learn something (however trivial) from every book I read, even the least “intellectual” of them.
Not really, but my family were always supportive of my desire to read in preference to most other things.
Every day, often on several occasions during the day.

#littenswanttoknow. Thanks for tagging me @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Ruthiella 😘😘

Ruthiella I think I probably learn or reinforce something from every book I read as well! 1mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I‘m glad you get it😄 1mo
Freespirit I feel the same! I get a little bit of knowledge from every book😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Gravity. Not yet in the database at time of posting.

I‘ve seen a lot of love for this m/m #romantsy but it was all a bit too serious, too overblown and melodramatic for my taste. I‘m all about the MCs finding 💖true lurve💖, but the constant declarations of undying love in the second half were just way over the top. Also, the hockey stuff didn‘t ring true. The writing is better than average so I won‘t pan it, but it‘s close.

LeahBergen I love that you know your hockey. 😆 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Well, just a bit. I wouldn‘t dare to compare myself with a Canadian🤣 1mo
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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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I think I just shouldn‘t read psychological thrillers because I don‘t find them satisfying. I‘m going with pick for this because I thought it was well written, but the so-called twists seemed awfully obvious to me. I intended to read this for #NewYearWhoDis2022 but I didn‘t get around to it at the beginning of the year. I‘m glad I finally got there.

Bookwormjillk Cool cover! 1mo
monalyisha I‘m not a thriller gal, either…but had been considering this because of all the rave reviews! Do you at least feel smart and superior when you‘re right in your suppositions? 😉 Because that can be satisfying! 😅 1mo
Ruthiella Thrillers always grab me with the blurb but often lose me in the execution. I also got the twist pretty early in this book. But overall I enjoyed it. 1mo
CarolynM @monalyisha No, I don‘t feel smart🤔 maybe I should start thinking of it that way😉🤣 I think there‘s a good story to be told here, and the writer does a pretty good job of it, but I‘d have liked it better without the thriller element. @Ruthiella 1mo
monalyisha @CarolynM I‘m glad it has its redeeming elements because it‘s looking like I may end up having to read it for my book club next year, anyway. 😅 1mo
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A Blunt Instrument | Georgette Heyer
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I am continuing to love Georgette Heyer's mystery novels - the plots are clever and the characters are delicious! I guessed the culprit in this one, but it didn't interfere with my enjoyment at all. And Matt Addis is a fabulous narrator.

Louise Sounds good! I‘m going to look up the audiobook! 1mo
CarolynM @Louise Hope you enjoy it🙂 I‘d love to hear what you think. 1mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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1. Stacked after reading @BarbaraBB ‘s review
2. I‘ve read several very enjoyable books this month it‘s hard to pick a favourite, but I think I‘ll go for Husband Material because it had all the #romantsy warm & fuzzies & it was a lot of fun to boot.
3. Easy to pick my no1 favourite - London - so hard to decide after that! I‘ll go with Broome in the early 80‘s before the developers arrived & Antwerp.

Thanks for the tag @Eggs

#WondrousWednesday

BarbaraBB I‘m flattered! But the book is worth your stack! 1mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 📚🗺✈️ 1mo
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Death at the Belvedere | Sue Williams
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I think the author is trying to write a kind of Australian version of Stephanie Plum. Unfortunately it didn‘t really work for me. There was one little section that raised a laugh but otherwise it fell flat. I nearly bailed, but I wanted to see how she was going to tie things up in the end. Not really satisfactorily as it turned out. Maybe I‘d have liked it better if I‘d read the earlier books in the series. #ozfiction

TrishB But a lovely picture 😁 1mo
Cathythoughts Your daffodils are coming up .. and our leaves are starting to dry up. We really are the the opposite ends of the earth. My daughter is living in Sydney at the moment, so I‘m keeping a close eye on you guys ❤️ 1mo
CarolynM @TrishB Thank you☺️😘 1mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts All the spring flowers are starting to come out - my garden will be very colourful again soon! Hope your daughter is enjoying Sydney - you will have to come for a visit! 1mo
Centique Those daffodils are beautiful! ☀️🌸 1mo
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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Wow! There is such a lot in this little book. Beautiful, atmospheric writing that felt so real in its portrayal of small town Irish people at Christmas time, an element of nostalgia for simpler times (even if it‘s hard for me to think of1985 like that), a glimpse of the heartlessness of strict religious regimes & a simple moral question. “… was there any point in being alive without helping one another?” Thank you, Cathy, for the gift of this book

batsy Love your review! 💜 2mo
Freespirit This sounds lovely 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. ❤️ 2mo
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Princes in the Land | Joanna Cannan
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I enjoyed this book so much! It‘s rather a sad story, I thought, but the writing, the wit, the vignettes (a single paragraph summation of Angela‘s season) & the throw away remarks (“‘Nobody could be more nit-witted than the hunting crowd.‘ ‘Nonsense! What about Patrick Chalmers and Siegfried Sassoon?‘”) were a total delight. Does anyone know what Hymn No 573 was? All Things Bright & Beautiful maybe? Great choice @rubyslippersreads
#PersephoneClub

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2mo
Bookwomble Assuming it was an Anglican church service pre-1980s, then it's probable they were using The English Hymnal, in which case hymn 573 is "I hear your welcome voice". https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1906/573 2mo
CarolynM @Bookwomble Thanks. I googled and git all sorts of different things coming up. That one doesn't seem to me to fit with the reference in the book, but it brings back some childhood memories of lusty singing in church😆 2mo
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Bookwomble @CarolynM I'll pass my magnifying glass and meerschaum pipe back to Mr. Holmes! 😄 There are a lot of different hymnals out there! I can't hold a tune, so just lip-synched at chapel 😏 2mo
batsy Nice review! Sounds like a lovely read. 2mo
quietjenn I totally agree. Great review! And I think you're correct - there is a hymnal where All Things Bright and Beautiful is 573, and the publication date (1924) seems right. Good job! (https://hymnary.org/hymn/HAAM1924/573) (edited) 2mo
CarolynM @quietjenn Thanks. In context ATBAB seemed the most likely, but Google only threw up one link to it while providing several links for other hymns. I was wondering if I misunderstood what was being suggested about Patricia‘s faith. 2mo
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Book - Angels and Men by Catherine Fox
Writer - Kate Atkinson
Movie - All About Eve
TV - Absolute Power
Band - Australian Crawl
Song - America by Simon and Garfunkel

Late to the party but can‘t resist a tag from my mate @Lizpixie 😘

#manicmonday #letterA

Does anyone else‘s mind go blank when faced with these questions😶🤷🏻‍♀️

Freespirit Yes mine does…great choices!!❤️ 2mo
Lizpixie 😘❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
CBee Thanks for playing 😊 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag So blank - I always end up sorting my read book list alphabetically on GR 😅😅 2mo
LibrarianRyan yes. Absolutely. I normally have to do a quick look up. 2mo
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They Found Him Dead | Georgette Heyer
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Another thoroughly entertaining golden age mystery, although I would very much like to know why the Australian character was speaking with an American accent and using American idiom.

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Husband Material | Alexis Hall
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Oh, I just loved this gorgeous, funny, warm-hearted romcom! And I thought it handled the dysfunctional family situation (very like one I‘ve been involved in) and the issues that arise from it incredibly well. It‘s a refreshing change for the conflict in a romance to arise from genuine differences in experience, personality & outlook and have it discussed as dealt with like adults (well, for the most part). #romantsy

Nutmegnc I was laughing by page 2! 2mo
sherri Ooh! I keep seeing this one but your mention about genuine differences and handling things mostly like adults has sold me. Stacked! 2mo
CarolynM @sherri 🙂 But you will need to read Boyfriend Material first, where there is less maturity on display. 2mo
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julesG You summed up my thoughts about the book much better than I did. 😉 2mo
sherri Good to know. I'll add Boyfriend Material to my TBR. 2mo
bookandbedandtea I've been looking forward to this. Glad to hear it's well done. 😊 2mo
Centique I‘m so looking forward to this! 2mo
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1. Without fail
2. I think it‘s about choice. Obviously, the amount of time taken up with things that you have no choice about varies a lot according to your particular circumstances, but when you can choose, choose to read.
3. Romance or cozy crime.

#WondrousWednesday

Thanks for the tag @Lizpixie 😘

Eggs Love # 2-thanks for joining in 📚👏🏻 2mo
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The Pumpkin Eater | Penelope Mortimer
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I think I would subtitle this book “Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”. It‘s all in the head of the self involved narrator who would be extremely unlikeable except for the hints about past traumas. I found it compulsively readable & frequently blackly funny, although I couldn‘t help but worry about the emotional well being of the numerous, anonymous children the narrator apparently enjoyed producing far more than actually engaging with.

LeahBergen Oh, wonderful review! I have this waiting on my shelves. 2mo
batsy This sounds right up my street 🙂 2mo
Cathythoughts After this review, I‘d like to read this one too 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen @batsy @Cathythoughts I didn't mention the truly awful husband who is thought to be a version of her then husband John Mortimer. I think you would all enjoy it. 2mo
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Recent acquisitions

Not that I‘ve read even one of the last stack of books I bought

Ruthiella What a great stack! 🤩 I want to read more Elizabeth Taylor books. I‘ve only read (and loved) 2mo
Cathythoughts Great stack! @Ruthiella I want to read more Elizabeth Taylor too. 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB Great stack! 2mo
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LeahBergen Ooo! 👀 2mo
Graywacke A new Ann Patchett? 2mo
CarolynM @Graywacke Only new to me. It was first published about 10 years ago, I think. 2mo
Graywacke @CarolynM well, new to me too. 🙂 2mo
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Angels and Men | Catherine Fox
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One of my very favourite books. I‘ve lost count of how many times I‘ve read it.

#AlphabetGame

Thanks for the tag @robinb

Want to play @Cathythoughts @Lizpixie ?

Cathythoughts Thanks for the tag 😘 2mo
robinb I have this one already on my TBR! Sounds good. 😊 2mo
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Here‘s my #Bookspin list for August. Thanks Sarah😘

Freespirit I‘m still not sure how Bookspin works🤣 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Freespirit - If you're interested, you can check out this link where I explain how the challenge works https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge/ - but the basics are you make a list of 20 books you've been meaning to read and tag me when you post it - on the 2nd of every month I draw two numbers (BookSpin/DoubleSpin) and everyone tries to read those numbers from their lists!! Anyone is welcome to join!! 2mo
Freespirit Oh thank you @TheAromaofBooks that sounds good! I will try to do this at some stage👍🏼 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Freespirit - I draw new numbers every month, so you can jump in (or out haha) anytime that works for you!! 2mo
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#BookReport for July. Mainly light reads as I haven‘t had the time or concentration for anything challenging for most of the month.

Cinfhen Still lots of good reads ❣️❣️❣️ 2mo
LeahBergen I haven‘t had the concentration for anything heavy this month either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Love Lessons | Sarina Bowen
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The latest in the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey romance series, this time featuring an off-season trip to Italy. I wasn‘t particularly taken with the MCs of this one, but I enjoyed catching up with some couples from earlier books. #romantsy

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Another cozy mystery, this time with a between the wars setting and amateur detective with a touch of the Bertie Wooster‘s although one hundred times more shrewd. An easy, fun read. Thanks @batsy for putting this one on my radar.

batsy Glad to hear you enjoyed it! 💙 2mo
julesG @batsy And I've stacked it. Thanks you two. 2mo
batsy @julesG Nice! I hope you like it 🙂 2mo
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mabell @batsy @CarolynM I was intrigued and wondered if this was a vintage reprint or a historical mystery. I found the author‘s page, which answered the question, but made it even more interesting! https://clarabenson.com/about/ 2mo
CarolynM @mabell That‘s brilliant! I think she‘s achieved her object. Thanks for the link. 2mo
CarolynM @julesG Hope you enjoy it. 2mo
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I'm obviously on a cosy crime kick. This one is a fun mash up of stately home/village green murder mystery with the Church of England liturgy, informed by the author's experience as an Anglican parish priest.

LeahBergen A cozy kick is always good. 😄 2mo
Cathythoughts Enjoy your cosy crime kick 👍🏻😁 sounds fun. 2mo
batsy Sounds good! And perfect photo ☕📘 2mo
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Nancy Business | R. W. R. McDonald
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Tippy Chan, Uncle Pike and Devon are back to their Nancy Drew ways trying to find the truth about the bombing of Riverstone‘s town hall. While not as funny or charming as The Nancys, this sequel was still an enjoyable read. And it looks like there will be a third instalment. #ozfiction #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Behold, Here's Poison | Georgette Heyer
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Another twisty golden age detective story that kept me guessing right to the end. Most enjoyable.

mabell Randall! 🐍❤️ 2mo
CarolynM @mabell 🤣 Yes, indeed! But I sort of got Stella's point 😉 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I must try one of these 👍🏻 2mo
LeahBergen This sounds fun. 👍 2mo
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A total delight from start to finish. Being the diary of Hester Christie, wife of a mid-ranking army officer between the wars, as she navigates the politics of the Regiment & her neighbours, then enjoys a summer holiday in the Scottish Highlands. I‘m so glad there are 3 more in the series, I need more Hester in my life. Shall I download the other books immediately and look for vintage hardbacks or just order the Furrowed Middlebrow editions?

LeahBergen I loved this one, too! I bought a vintage copy of Mrs Tim but then just bought the others in the Furrowed Middlebrow editions. I‘ve read the first two now. 👍 2mo
batsy Sounds lovely! 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Ruthiella I totally want to read this! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked. 2mo
Hanna-B Sounds lovely 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I think I'll get the FMB ones, but I'm going to try to find some vintage editions too🙂 2mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I think you'll love it. 2mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I was very keen to read this book & I'm very grateful to @Centique for gifting it to me, but unfortunately I struggled with it. It didn't really engage me until the BLM protests began. I enjoyed the last 100 or so pages a lot more than anything that went before. Thank you again Paula 😘

Centique No worries at all - you can never be sure which books are going to gel with you. I‘ll be interested to see how I find it when I get there! 💕 2mo
mabell Looks like a lovely time though! ☕️ 2mo
Ruthiella So interesting! I‘ve read reviews that were the opposite! They felt the BLM protests and Covid parts were distracting from the rest! 2mo
CarolynM @Centique @Ruthiella I don‘t really know why, it just didn‘t click with me until it got to that part. I can‘t point to anything specific that I didn‘t like, I just wasn‘t particularly interested. It may have been about my mindset, I‘ve been fairly distracted over the last couple of weeks. (edited) 2mo
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I don't have this reminder on my phone, but I'm thinking it might be a good idea.

Ruthiella 👍 2mo
Karisa 🤣 2mo
wanderinglynn This is an excellent reminder! 😆 2mo
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batsy 😂 2mo
UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 2mo
Centique I endorse this policy 😂😂 2mo
Karons1 🤣🤣omg I‘m bad enough as it is without having a reminder ! Iv just ordered 3 , placed one click and collect at local bookshop and reserved 2 at the library 📚 what‘s wrong 😑 with me !! 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
Cathythoughts Okay 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😁 2mo
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I just went to look at these books. I honestly didn‘t mean to buy them all🫢😆

batsy An entirely acceptable natural event 😆 3mo
Rissreads Bloody good job! We all need to spend our money on something that makes us happy! Well done! 👏🏻🤣♥️ (edited) 3mo
Veebee All book lovers feel a rush of endorphins after buying new books ! 😊🧡 3mo
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Freespirit Ha ha .. you are helping the economy 👍🏼❤️ 3mo
CarolynM @batsy @Rissreads @Veebee @Freespirit Thank you all for the validation 😘😘😘😘 3mo
TheLudicReader Haha. You went to “look” at them? Sure. 😂 3mo
Amiable That‘s the problem with “looking” at them —once you make eye contact they want to follow you home! 😀 3mo
TrishB They were waiting for you! 3mo
Lizpixie Let me we know what Stone Town is like, it‘s in my Booktopia cart right now! 3mo
writerlibrarian They only followed you home. 🤷🏼‍♀️☺️ 3mo
Cathythoughts I don‘t know how these things happen 🤔😂 3mo
chapter_fifty2017 I am so looking forward to Carmel Bird book, Telltale l love reading this type of book about books a nd reading Great haul by the way👏👏👏🥳🤸‍♀️ 3mo
CarolynM @Lizpixie It sounds really good. I think I‘ll start it soon🙂 3mo
CarolynM @chapter_fifty2017 I read about it in the weekend paper and thought it sounded interesting. I‘ve not read her before. Have you? 3mo
chapter_fifty2017 Yes l have read her early works on writing not sure if l have ever read her fiction , but loved her books on writing so good. I think this one will be excellent considering she has been writing for awhile. Instead if waiting for the library l really need to buy it !!🤔😉 3mo
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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Whether it‘s wartime propaganda or just general middle class English snobbishness, I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse of the way they looked at life, the way they thought and spoke and acted in those blessed days of peace, to paraphrase DE Stevenson‘s proposed Foreword to the first edition. On a more serious level, it was also a reminder not to blindly believe your country‘s take on the attitudes/intentions other countries.
#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

Ruthiella Great review! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. Did you think the second chance romance between Dane and Sophie was a surprise? Or did you see it coming? I‘ll admit, it took me unawares. 😃 3mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella Thank you😊 I was a bit surprised, although there was a hint when they were talking about how Sophie met her first husband. Before that I was slightly worried that he was keen on Wynne, which would have been a bit yuck🥴 3mo
LeahBergen Lovely review! And yes, I was a tad worried that he might like Wynne, too. 😬 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻♥️. I didn‘t see the Dane / Sophie romance coming …. Nice surprise. 2mo
Kimzey Great review! Thanks! 2mo
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Song of the Crocodile | Nardi Simpson
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What an extraordinary book this is! A blend of Aboriginal spiritual story telling (insofar as I understand it) with a multigenerational family story that matter-of-factly describes the enormous variety of everyday prejudice, discrimination and injustice experienced by indigenous people in an outback town during the second half of the 20th century. A fascinating and deeply disturbing reading experience. #ozfiction

Rissreads Great review! It‘s already on my list! 3mo
CarolynM @Rissreads It‘s been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now, I don‘t know why it took me so long to get around to it. I‘d definitely recommend it🙂 3mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
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Hanna-B How interesting…I have never heard of this book and I live in Australia. I will check it out 3mo
CarolynM @Hanna-B 👋Hi! Nice to add another Australian to Litsy. The book got a bit of publicity when it came out a couple of years ago, but I don't think it's been as widely read as it deserves to be. Some of us use the hashtag #ozfiction when post ing reviews of Australian books if you want to see if there are some others you don't know🙂 3mo
Hanna-B I‘m going to check that tag right now. Thanks for the welcome 🤩 3mo
MrsMalaprop Just scrolling back through your posts 😁. What a book hey? 👏❤️ 2mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I thought it was terrific. Should be more widely read. 2mo
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Winter sun reading spot

Centique That‘s lovely. I‘m glad you had some sun! 3mo
Rissreads That does look comfy! What is the book? 3mo
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CarolynM @Rissreads I've got this one up here with me too 3mo
Cupcake12 Ooohhh…I need one of these xx 3mo
Cinfhen Winter sun is always a treat!! Enjoy 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely spot ♥️ 3mo
Freespirit Nothing better than a sunny reading spot❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen I love it!! 3mo
Amiable How cold does it get in the winter where you are? 3mo
CarolynM @Amiable Not very by world standards🙂 The winter average maximum is about 14 Celsius (a maximum of less than 12 C is very rare) A minimum of 6 or 7 C over night is pretty standard, although it was only 3 C when I woke up one morning last week! 3mo
Amiable @CarolynM Oh, then it totally makes sense to sit outside and read a book! I was trying to envision reading outside in the middle of winter where I am, and I got shivers just thinking about it. 😀 3mo
Jeg Beautiful spot. I have one too but don‘t know for how much longer. Old house next door gone. Monster house soon to be built in its place. 🤞it won‘t block the winter sun. 3mo
CarolynM @Jeg I hope not too🤞🤞 3mo
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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On the surface this appears to be a camp comedy about a gay man who is thrust unwillingly into the role of caretaker for his young niece and nephew. But that's just the surface. At heart it is about the collision of old and new grief and a man coming to understand why life goes on being worth living.

sailu112 Beautiful review! I loved reading it as well 😀 3mo
BennettBookworm Yes!!! Best book!! 3mo
Read4life Great review. Just added it. 3mo
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Centique Totally agree! Great review 😘 3mo
CarolynM @sailu112 Thank you🙂 3mo
CarolynM @BennettBookworm I enjoyed it a lot 3mo
CarolynM @Read4life Thank you 😊 Hope you enjoy it. The audio is great. 3mo
CarolynM @Centique Thank you 😘 Did you read or listen? I think I enjoyed it more as audio than I would have in print. 3mo
Centique @CarolynM I read it - but maybe I‘ll try it on audio sometime too. 3mo
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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I understand you, Sophie.

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Ruthiella 😂😂😂 3mo
Jeg Me too. Love a happy ending . 3mo
Cathythoughts Very good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Sophie knows what she wants! 3mo
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Cathythoughts I‘m thinking of you as I read too because I know this is a time of great interest to you in history… makes the reading more special (edited) 3mo
MaureenMc Same, Sophie, same. 😄 3mo
Tamra Great passage! I haven‘t started yet, but looking forward to it. 😄 3mo
quietjenn So much YES 3mo
elkeOriginal Seems like DE is describing her own books! At least the ones I have read end nicely…and that is why I like her! 3mo
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Song of the Crocodile | Nardi Simpson
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NAIDOC week read
🖤💛❤️

LeeRHarry Very nice! 😊I‘m starting with this one. 3mo
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#Bookspin and #Doublespin list for July. Thank you Sarah😘

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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#BookReport for June

My favourites were Goodnight Vivienne, Goodnight and Operation Hearbreak

Anna40 What is Goodnight Vivienne about? 3mo
CarolynM @Anna40 It‘s about TS Eliot‘s first wife, Vivienne Haig-Wood. It‘s the 4th and last of a series of books that are fictional takes on aspects of Eliot‘s life. They‘re all really good. The first one is 3mo
Anna40 Sounds great! Thanks 3mo
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