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CarolynM

Joined May 2016

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West Coast | Kate Muir
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A story about finding out who you really are and where you really belong. Very enjoyable.

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Blue Heaven | Joe Keenan
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2 Joe Keenan novels for 2 #Movember prompts #TrueBlue #LuckyStar

Cinfhen Cool covers!!! @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads thinking of you 2 ❤️❤️ 2d
Cinfhen Don‘t forget to email me, Carolyn ❣️ 2d
batsy That edition on the left is so cool! 2d
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2d
LeahBergen I like that one, too, @batsy ! 2d
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Untitled | Unknown
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This is a fabulous idea @Alora I am enjoying everyone's responses #LitsyLearn

1. I've never owned a dog, my favourite band is The Beatles, I've touched the Rosetta Stone
2. Quite a few, I'm afraid. Most recently My Sister the Serial Killer
3. Yes
4. Too hot - it's unpleasant but not painful, being too cold hurts!

wanderinglynn The lie is your fave band? 4d
CarolynM 👏 @wanderinglynn Very good! (edited) 4d
Alora Thank you for playing!! 💜😀 4d
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Alora Is the lie The Beatles?! 4d
CarolynM @Alora Yes. I must be very transparent 🙄🙂 4d
Alora Haha 😂 I have also never owned a dog!! 4d
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Bad Apple | Elle Kennedy
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#BookReport

Another slow reading week for me, I'm afraid. I managed to finish Beloved and BadApple (my #romantsy bedtime book) and I've caught up with A Lost Lady for the #CatherBuddyRead. No progress on either West Coast or Mythos, so that's my #WeeklyForecast - get the former finished and get stuck into the latter.

LeeRHarry I only finished one book so you‘ve done well! 😊 4d
Cinfhen It took me more than 6 weeks to get through Mythos/ even though I LOVED IT!! It‘s just not something you can speed through. Stephen Fry narrated the audio and he was AMAZING🙌🏻if you want I can share the Audible with you, all I need is an email 4d
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thanks for the offer but I've already used an Audible credit on it🙂 I thought I'd like to listen to Stephen telling these stories. 4d
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Centique All my weeks are slow reading weeks! 😂😂 I am committed to being a tortoise amongst hares! 4d
Sace @Centique Me too! 4d
Sace @CarolynM fast or slow the important thing is reading was done 😉 4d
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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What a powerful book. Not an enjoyable reading experience but a truly important one. I appreciated that it confronted the realities of slavery - the physical abuse, the psychological damage and the way that trauma not only haunts those who suffer it, but echoes down the generations - calmly and unflinchingly.

LeahBergen What a lovely photo! 6d
Cathythoughts Great review! It is a powerful book ❤️💔 6d
batsy Yup, love the pic... The green and pink 💚 6d
Graywacke Love seeing this book pop up and glad you got a lot out of it. This one book means a lot to my personal reading life. 4d
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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#WeeklyForecast

Two to finish - Beloved (I'm supposed to have it read for book group tonight, not sure if I'll get there) and West Coast - then I want to make a start on Mythos at long last. The Days in Between (for #BBRC Middle a Grade Written by an Actor) will go in my handbag. Elle Kennedy's Bad Apple is my bedtime romance (on the kindle, not shown)

umbrellagirl Mythos was excellent! 1w
Cinfhen I did Mythos on audio!!! Stephen Fry is BRILLIANT!! So good!!! Loved listening to him. 1w
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#BookReport

Finished and reviewed Before the Coffee Gets Cold, finished One Step Back (not bad but not very memorable) about 2/3s through West Coast (enjoying a lot), halfway through Beloved (need to finish before tomorrow night) no progress on A Lost Lady (sorry @Graywacke and fellow buddy readers, I will catch up). Instead of reading this weekend I was bottling wine and enjoying some great music at the Bendigo Blues Festival.

JennyM Fun weekend. Love the pic ❤️ 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Fun weekend! 👏 🍷 🎶 2w
Megabooks Cool! Sounds like a great weekend! 2w
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BarbaraBB Such a cool weekend! 2w
Cinfhen That looks like a lot of fun🍷🍷🍷and you still managed to do plenty of reading 2w
Cathythoughts Lucky you ! Excellent pictures ❤️. My wine ( your wine ) is a year fermenting now.... I‘m waiting the 2 years 🤞🏻🍷🍷🍷 looks like you are having a ball 👍🏻 2w
Centique That looks fabulous! 2w
TrishB Great pics 👍🏻 2w
Freespirit Wow..love blues....my hubby plays guitar in a blues band. Wine looks amazing too❤️ 2w
CarolynM @JennyM Thank you 😘 2w
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thank you 😘 We drank a bottle of last year's wine at lunch on Saturday. It's lost its greenness and is drinking pretty well. We still think it will improve a bit but if you can't wait...😂 This year's vintage is quite a bit lighter. It will probably be drinkable within a few months. 2w
CarolynM @TrishB Thank you 😘 How is election fever in your part of the world? 2w
CarolynM @Freespirit The Bendigo festival is really fun - very low key, mostly free, mostly small venues and pretty much all Australian acts. The pictures are Anna Scionti who plays a mean cigar box guitar and Aaron Gillett who is an extraordinarily gifted harmonica player. He was at the festival with his own band but usually plays in a band called Catfish Voodoo. If you get a chance to see any of them don't miss it🙂 2w
Freespirit 👍🏼 1w
TrishB Dividing the country even more 😔 1w
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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One seat in an out-of-the-way Tokyo cafe allows its occupant to travel in time, overseen by the staff and subject to some strict rules. It's an outlandish premise, but it allows the author to explore some big issues about people and their relationships. The writing is flat and has a coolness about it that I don't much like, but I very much enjoyed the psychological insights the story provided. I'll put it in the mail next week.

Tamra That is a very interesting premise. It reminds me of a short story Lamar Burton read on his podcast about a restaurant that could recreate any meal precisely based on a memory. It was really great, which has reminded me to check out more of that author‘s stories. 2w
CarolynM @Tamra That sounds like an interesting story. I think I'd go for the recreated meal over the time travel if I had the choice🙂 2w
Cinfhen As curious as I am, I don‘t think this book is going to appeal to me. Thanks so much for sharing 😘😘 2w
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Cinfhen @Tamra your book sounds interesting 😳 2w
BarbaraBB I think this book will be right up my alley! Great review. Thanks so much for sharing, I‘ll be waiting for the mailman 😀😘 @Cinfhen 2w
BarbaraBB @Tamra That sounds great! It makes me think of an amazing dinner I once had in a restaurant in a remote party of Sweden while it snowed outside. I‘d definitely would want to relive that meal 😍 2w
Freespirit Just finished it. A 3 star book for me 2w
TrishB I saw this in Waterstones yesterday and put on my Christmas list! 2w
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#keeplitsyactive #historybooks

I've always been fascinated by stories of the First World War both fiction and nonfiction.

ljuliel Thank you for the post. Very nice ! I‘ve only read one book about WW 1. It was fiction but very good. (edited) 2w
Crimson613 Oh man I've been meaning to read some of these!! Great picks :D 2w
CarolynM @Crimson613 Thanks. I would recommend them all🙂 2w
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#Sorry #Movember

Nearly 50 years of glorious silliness.

Cinfhen 50 years of silliness is pretty impressive 😊 2w
Cathythoughts I love this cover 🤣 2w
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The Bookmark Book | Carolyn S. Brodie, Debra Goodrich, Paula Kay Montgomery
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Library reorganising turned up some book marks from a UK trip

Tamra I love the bovine! 2w
LeahBergen I love buying bookmarks on holiday! 2w
batsy These are very cool 😍 2w
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Tanisha_A 😍 2w
TheSpineView Love, need!😍 2w
mabell I love those! Particularly the one on the right! 😍😍 2w
Jeg 😍😍😍 2w
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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#WeeklyForecast
Before the Coffee Gets Cold still in my handbag, A Lost Lady for #CatherBuddyRead, Beloved for book group, One Step Back on the kindle in bed and finally I found West Coast while rearranging my library and couldn't resist the blurb "The best book about a Scottish photographer in London since, well, maybe ever" ?

Cinfhen How‘s the tagged book??? I think that‘s the one book that really caught my attention this week 2w
readordierachel That's quite a blurb 😆 2w
CarolynM @Cinfhen It's not bad, I'm intrigued as to where it's going. The writing is a bit pedestrian - there's a coolness about it that I don't love. I thought the same about Convenience Store Woman so maybe it's something about translation from Japanese. 2w
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Cinfhen Interesting!! I didn‘t like the detached writing/ tone of 2w
BarbaraBB I love that detached style in Japanese books 💙 2w
Graywacke ❤️ Beloved. Enjoy. Looking forward to discussing A Lost Lady this Saturday 2w
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The Returns | Philip Salom
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Mehso-so

I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. The central characters were interesting and so was their relationship, there were some good observations, some poking of fun at the literary and artistic worlds and some nice local colour. My problem was that there were also quite a few elements that didn't work for me - some unconvincing and some just uninteresting. #ozfiction

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The Returns | Philip Salom
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#BookReport

Finished my bedtime romance Gilded Cage by KJ Charles which I thoroughly enjoyed, now halfway through One Step Back by Edie Danford. Haven't spent as much time as usual on the couch so I'm only 2/3 through a The Returns - the story is OK but there are a lot of passages about things that don't add much to the story or characters and aren't very interesting. 1/2 way through Before the Coffee Gets - it's holding my interest.

Cinfhen I‘m intrigued with 3w
Freespirit I‘m reading Before the coffee gets cold too...we can compare notes! 3w
BarbaraBB Echoing @Cinfhen , that one sounds great. And I have a weak spot for all Japanese fiction of course 😀 3w
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CarolynM @BarbaraBB I'll send it to you when I'm finished and you can send it on to @Cinfhen 🙂 3w
Cinfhen That‘s so sweet @CarolynM You cool with that @BarbaraBB it‘s like an around the globe coffee date/ book club ☕️ 2w
BarbaraBB That is so sweet indeed. I‘d love, that Carolyn 💝 (edited) 2w
Centique Hi Carolyn. I‘m sending you a parcel from Book Depository - thought I‘d do it early because it may take weeks and weeks - but it‘s a Christmas present. Thought it would be sensible to send the book component with free shipping! 😊🤞💕 2w
CarolynM @Centique Thank you, Paula, you really are too kind 😘 I didn't get around to sending those books last week but I'll do it in the next couple of days. 2w
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The Returns | Philip Salom
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I still haven't decided if I like this book, but it certainly has its moments. Philip Salom has been around the Australian literary scene for a while. I'm sure he has an author in mind here, I'd love to know who it is. And I snort-laughed at the last sentence.

Cathythoughts His punctuation ... 👍😂good description 3w
JennyM 😆😆😆 3w
TrishB Great shade as my daughter would say 😁 3w
Rissreads ❤🤣 3w
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Big Bangs | Howard Goodall
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It's been said that writing about #music is like dancing about architecture. I don't agree. I own a lot of books about music. Here is a selection. #Movember

Cinfhen Nice 👍🏻 🎵 3w
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Me Before You | Jojo Moyes
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More books to give away - see my previous post

LeeRHarry We have such similar tastes that I have read the ones I‘m interested in already 😊 thanks for posting though! 3w
CarolynM @LeeRHarry No worries. There will be more, I'll keep you posted. 3w
Centique Hi Carolyn. You‘re so lovely to include me in this! If there are no takers for them yet, I‘d love Convenience Store Woman, The Women in Black and Eligible please 😊 3w
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CarolynM @Centique They're yours. I'll send them next week. 3w
Sarz Thanks so much for thinking of me, Carolyn. You're so sweet 💚 3w
thegreensofa I‘m a bit late! I would have loved to have convenience store woman. Never mind, but thank you so much Carolyn that is so thoughtful! Xox 3w
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Beautiful Creatures | Garcia Kami Stohl Margaret
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I am currently in the process of getting the books off the floor of my library and into our new shelving. I am discarding a few books along the way. Unfortunately the cost of postage means I'm only offering them to Melbourne Littens at this stage. I'm tagging those of you I know. Let me know if you're interested in any of them. Here is the first bundle, there will be more!

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The Returns | Philip Salom
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I know we're heading for summer when Leo prefers the back of the couch to one of the beanbags. I'm not sure about this book but I'm not bailing yet.

BarbaraBB I love the cover though... 3w
Cathythoughts Leo looks happy out 🖤 gorgeous shine he has 3w
Dragon 😻 3w
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Victoria's Day | Maria de Fatima Campos
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#A2Z #BBRC

I still need to read books for Q and X. I will need a librarian's help.

Victoria's Day - Victoria enjoys a day at preschool, Downs Syndrome does not get in her way
When I Grow Up - Tim Minchin's quirky humour on display
Yellow Dress Day - some days only a yellow dress will do
Zengilo and Bengilo - traditional story told in English and Assyrian (Westside Circus is a brilliant group - my daughter did classes with them for years)

Freespirit Love Tim Minchin...didn't realise he was an author! 3w
jillrhudy Quiet on Account of Dinosaur by Jane Thayer 3w
CarolynM @jillrhudy Thank you! I'll see if my library has a copy🙂 3w
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Remarkably Rexy | Craig Smith
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#A2Z #BBRC

I read these and the next four a few weeks ago but didn't get around to posting them.
Remarkable Rexy - what a cat!
Spark - a little spark becomes a bushfire and even frightens itself
That is Not a Good Idea - don't trust a fox
Uncle Andy's Cats - the story of Andy Warhol's cats told by his nephew

sisilia All look cute!! 3w
LibrarianRyan Cute! 🤓 3w
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The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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Thank you @LeahBergen I cannot tell you how delighted I am by this little taste of Canada! The books sound great and I love the Flames swag - the stubby cooler will definitely get some use over summer. I am very grateful, my generous friend.😘

batsy The Blue Castle! I adore that book 💙 I also loved Margaret Laurence's The Diviners and need to read more of her work. 3w
merelybookish Lovely! 3w
LeahBergen Yay! I‘m glad it arrived. Go Flames go! 🔥😂😂 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 3w
arubabookwoman I read The Stone Angel many years ago and it has stayed with me. In fact I have it checked out of the library now for a reread, and I rarely reread. 3w
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The Fencing Master | Arturo Perez-Reverte
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#SoaringScores #TheSwordFight

Not the most inspiring cover, unfortunately, but at least I have something for this prompt

CrowCAH Aye, tis the perfect book for the prompt! ⚔️ 3w
Cinfhen Cover win 🏆 3w
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The Returns | Philip Salom
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#WeeklyForecast

Left: On the couch book
Top right: Handbag book
Bottom right: Bedtime book

BarbaraBB That cover of the left one 😍😍 3w
Cinfhen I love how your books serve a location 😁🛋👜🛌♥️ 3w
Kalalalatja What a striking cover 😍 3w
Freespirit I like that idea.. for me the locations are couch/bed/ verandah then it‘s audio for car or walking then another to take in handbag/ to work😊 3w
Cathythoughts Now that‘s organization for you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😁 3w
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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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OMG, another murder in Three Pines! I hate to think how much nefarious activity would go on there if it was more accessible 😂 Seriously, though, I really enjoyed this instalment in the series even if I wasn't completely convinced by all of it. I liked the way she told the story and I thought she handled the time shifts really well. Thought provoking re the role of conscience in the criminal justice system. Do the ends ever justify the means?

Amiable I enjoy this series—I think I like the overarching storyline better than the mysteries themselves. The characters feel so real. Penny is so skilled at bringing them to life. 4w
CarolynM @Amiable Yes, I agree. The personal journeys of the recurring characters are really well done. 4w
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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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Indeed. Your conscience is for your own actions, not to police the actions of others.

Jeg How very true. 4w
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Islands | Peggy Frew
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Dropped in to the Penguin Random House book sale in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. I had to buy some books, obviously.

LeeRHarry Where is this Carolyn? 1mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry In Walker Lane behind Penguin's offices in Collins Square 1mo
Tamra 👏🏾 1mo
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LapReader Heaven. 1mo
Cinfhen How awesome 1mo
TrishB Obviously 👍🏻 1mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM good to know 😊 1mo
LeahBergen Of course! 1mo
Aimeesue You had no choice, really. 1mo
charl08 Just a few :-) v. Restrained. 4w
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Moonlighter | Sarina Bowen
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This was a really fun read. It had a satisfying romance between we'll drawn characters with plenty of 🔥and ❤️ and also an interesting subplot involving high tech industrial espionage. I usually prefer my romance without any thriller elements, but I thought this one was really well done. #romantsy

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Me | Elton John
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I've been feeling restless and not settling to anything other than trashy romance novels just lately. I've started lots of books and liked them too much to officially bail, but not enough to keep reading and I've got plenty more I haven't started. So what's my solution for my little reading slump? Go the the bookshop and buy more books of course! #BookHaul

batsy Those Vintage editions of Murdoch are beautiful! 1mo
CarolynM @batsy They certainly are. I couldn't resist them. I only bought ones I haven't read, I thought that showed great restraint🙂 1mo
ManyWordsLater Start with the Cusk. 🤓 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Agree on those pretty Vintage editions 😍. Haven‘t read Murdoch though. 1mo
batsy Ha, well done! 😆 I've only read one of Murdoch's philosophy books; none of her novels. I took advantage of Book Depository's discount and ordered The Bell the other day 🙂 1mo
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm I've read a few and they have all been interesting. @batsy How about a buddy read of The Bell? Murdoch always provides plenty of fodder for discussion. 1mo
batsy @CarolynM I'd love that! Will let you know when I get my copy. 1mo
LapReader I will have to check if I own The Bell if so I‘m gatecrashing your party @CarolynM and @batsy 1mo
CarolynM @LapReader The more the merrier😃 1mo
batsy @CarolynM @LapReader Yes, join us! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah! I don‘t have The Bell. If you‘re doing The Sea, The Sea, sometime in the future (if no one has read it) let me know. It‘ll ‘force‘ me to read it. @CarolynM @batsy @LapReader 1mo
LapReader I‘ve got The Sea, The Sea @erzascarletbookgasm 1mo
Cathythoughts These look good ... I hope they do the trick 😉👍🏻♥️ (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen I do the same thing. 🙄 1mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I have that one sitting on my shelf! 1mo
BarbaraBB Maybe Murdoch will help. I love most of her books! 1mo
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm That one is soooo good! 1mo
Centique I‘ve been doing the same thing since reading Brick Lane. Nothing‘s truly grabbing me so I‘m reading slowly getting through a couple of cosy mysteries. Hopefully normal service will resume shortly! 4w
CarolynM @Centique I've picked up the next Louise Penny. That's working so far🙂 4w
Rissreads 🤣🤣🤣 4w
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It's hard to say very much about this without spoilers, so I'll just confine myself to saying that it is beautifully written and teeming with ideas. If you want a linear story it is not for you, but if you want something to chew on you couldn't do better.

JennyM It‘s on library hold! Looking forward to reading it 📚 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh!!! Great review #stacked and I‘m very intrigued 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review! I have it stacked 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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TheEllieMo This is on my TBR mountain. Booker long-listed, wasn‘t it? 1mo
Sace Just put it on hold! 1mo
Amiable Sounds intriguing—stacked! 1mo
Rissreads It is lovely, I enjoyed it too 1mo
Rissreads @JennyM I'm happy to send you my copy if you like? Then maybe you can forward it on to someone else? 1mo
LeahBergen I just sent you a little “thank you” package. I sent it the cheapest way so it may take a few weeks to arrive. 😆 1mo
JennyM @Rissreads oh you lovely human, Nerissa. Thanks for such a thoughtful offer. Send me an email: jenny.murfield@bigpond.com 😘 1mo
Rissreads @JennyM done 💜 1mo
Centique Carolyn - I felt so gutted for your team last night. The emotion on the field at full time🥺😟 They put their hearts into it for sure. Commiserations xxx 1mo
CarolynM @Centique You are very kind. I saw a team making all the same mistakes they've been making for the last 3 years and a coach with a questionable attitude who is well past his sell by date. It was frustrating but not surprising. Were you pleased with the AB performance? We didn't get to see your game because we were away for the weekend and relying on free to air TV (we are lucky to get any rugby on free to air in Victoria) (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen That's very sweet of you. Thank you. I will look out for it😘 1mo
Centique @CarolynM yes it was good - I only watched the first half though and then I went to bed! 😴😴😴 I think my hub said pretty similar about your coach 😬 better luck ahead I hope. 1mo
youneverarrived I saw this in Waterstones today and was drawn to it but didn‘t buy. Think I‘ll have to next time I‘m in town 🙂 3w
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Man Who Saw Everything | Deborah Levy
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Not really book related (although there is a photo of my current read). We are spending a couple of days on the Mornington Peninsula. Most of these photos were taken around Cape Schanck.

LeeRHarry Looks lovely 😊 I have just spent a long weekend in Daylesford - fab weather! 1mo
Cathythoughts Looks lovely 👍🏻♥️ enjoy 1mo
Texreader Gorgeous 1mo
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Centique Wow! I need to explore that part of Victoria next time I visit, it‘s beautiful 😍 1mo
JennyM Enjoy, Carolyn. Looks beautiful. 😘 1mo
Freespirit Perfect! 1mo
Lizpixie That‘s beautiful! 1mo
batsy That looks so idyllic and lovely! Enjoy your holiday 🌞 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful place! Happy holidays! 1mo
youneverarrived Beautiful. Enjoy 😘 1mo
Ruthiella You take a book with you so it‘s automatically bookish.😀Enjoy!🥰 1mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy, it looks gorgeous! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! 1mo
arubabookwoman Mornington Peninsula! I‘ve only heard of it because I love Gary Disher‘s Hal Challis mystery series set there. How lovely to see pictures of a place I‘ve only imagined! 1mo
CarolynM @arubabookwoman These pictures are mostly from the wild bit at the south east end. Further inland there's vineyards and cherry orchards and cattle and on the bayside (the west coast of the peninsula) there's endless holiday houses and camp grounds by the side of the beaches and the seas are calm. I haven't read Disher so I don't know which bits he describes. I wouldn't like you to think it all looks like these photos🙂 1mo
CarolynM @Centique Absolutely! I think you'd enjoy it. It's only an hour or so from the city so you can do a day trip - just avoid weekends and the summer holidays🙂 1mo
arubabookwoman If you like mysteries at all, I highly recommend Disher. The series is set in a fictional town on the peninsula, but there is farming around, and beaches-one of the policewomen is an avid surfer. 1mo
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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
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I'm not sure how to rate this. I was interested in and moved by the fictionalised story of Frank Merlo, Tennessee Williams's lover of 15 years, but I found the parts of the story that focussed on Anja Bloom (a totally fictional character) much less engaging. I liked the writing but I found it quite slow going. A pick with reservations.

MrT On my TBR 1mo
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Cactus (Original) | Sarah Haywood
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This has been my handbag book for the last couple of weeks. I really enjoyed (and I have to say identified with😳😬) it's prickly heroine, Susan, and found the story thoroughly engaging. It's a delightful, easy read. Thank you again, Jessie, for such a lovely gift😘

Cinfhen I liked this one too!! Nice photo 1mo
TrishB A good read 👍🏻 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm So glad you enjoyed it! 👏This is a good one.😘 1mo
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#HesAPirate #SoaringScores

Raiding my husband's bookshelves again 🙂

Cathythoughts He is most definitely a pirate 👍🏻😁 2mo
CrowCAH In pirate fashion ye pillaged the bookshelves! 🏴‍☠️ 2mo
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Katerina | James Frey
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At first I felt this was a car crash kind of book - ugly but difficult to look away from - and I was interested in where it was going. My major problem with it was its shallowness, I never felt I had any sense of the MC other than as a pretentious drunk so I had no emotional investment in him. Then came the insta-love and the appalling series of clichés which would have embarrassed most romance novelists. ? #LMPBC #GroupZ

CarolynM I was also super annoyed by the blame shifting he indulged in over the A Million Little Pieces fiasco. If there's an apology version of the humble brag, this was it. I've never read that book and I'm not an Oprah fan so I have no particular views about what happened, but the way he talked about it here was really, really obnoxious. 2mo
CarolynM And don't get me started on the sex scenes! Ugh!! 2mo
Graywacke Points for bravery for trying this one, Carolyn. 2mo
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Alfoster Sooo agree! I got tired of his constant need for pastries and sex!🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Freespirit Wow....not sure what's ahead 😬 2mo
Reggie Lolololol I knew you wouldn‘t like it. 2mo
Reggie Truth be told, I really liked this one. 2mo
CarolynM @Reggie I get what you said about "prick lit" and it wasn't the drinking and vomiting I had a problem with. For me the worst bit was the "romance" which I found unconvincing and shockingly clichéd. If you're writing a formulaic romance that's got some amusement value I'll forgive you. If you're making a claim for literature I need more substance in the characters and more originality in the story if I'm going to care. 2mo
Reggie @CarolynM how can one not fall in love with the person who saves them from themselves. He would have frozen to death in the snow if it weren‘t for her. And she saw through him to the good person he was. She even said it. “You act like an asshole but you aren‘t, there are guys who don‘t act like it but they are.” And then she broke his heart....😭. Lol can I ask you to do an exercise. Would you feel the same if the genders were switched? 2mo
CarolynM @Graywacke I don't know about that. Ultimately I just didn't think it was very good. 2mo
CarolynM @Reggie I think so. Both characters were superficially drawn. I didn't feel like there was enough in the text to show any real connection between them. We were told there was but not shown it. That's a killer for me, even in the trashy romance novels I like to read at bedtime🙂 Same with the idea he was a good person really - where was the evidence for that? He didn't do anything that made me think he was good. I don't think she did save him👇 2mo
CarolynM @Reggie He'd apparently slept off a drunken stupor in similar conditions before. The whole breaking up over infidelity thing, the pregnancy, the terminal illness - it's all been done a million times. If she'd been the addict, he'd been the unfaithful one, he was the one dying - it wouldn't make a difference, it's still old hat. If you're going to use those tropes you need to write a lot better than this. 2mo
CarolynM @Freespirit Don't worry too much, I'm just hard to please 😉😬 2mo
CarolynM @Alfoster Indeed! 2mo
GlassAsDiamonds Having not (and never likely to) read the book... I‘m totally here for the “formulaic romance with amusement values” comment 😂😂😂😂👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😂😂😂😂 2mo
CarolynM @GlassAsDiamonds You know exactly what I mean🙂 2mo
CarolynM @Reggie I'm sorry. I didn't mean to harangue you and I don't mean to criticise you for liking the book. I am convinced by things others find questionable. We all bring our own understandings to our reading and often I think they are what determine our connection with the material. I enjoy other people's opinions even if I disagree and I forget sometimes that I express myself in stronger terms than others might be comfortable with. 2mo
Reggie Oh no, chica, I totally appreciate your view. I didn‘t take anything you said personal. I don‘t think of you any differently for not liking this book. We‘re cool. 😊 2mo
CarolynM @Reggie That's good. Thanks🙂 2mo
Jeg Maybe not one I‘ll buy. 1mo
CarolynM @Jeg I'm glad I didn't spend my money on it🙂 1mo
CarolynM @Freespirit I put this in the post for you today🙂 1mo
Freespirit Thanks @CarolynM . I am posting Euphoria off to you @thegreensofa tomorrow. Sorry for the delay. 1mo
thegreensofa @Freespirit thank you :), no worries about being late, was following your holiday posts looked great! 😊 1mo
thegreensofa @CarolynM I so agree about Katerina! 🙄😳 1mo
Freespirit Thanks @CarolynM I received the book...50 pages in...not a fan so far! 1mo
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Not quite a #Bonfire... #FallIsBooked

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻😉🔥 2mo
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In this take on the story published in the year 2000 #DarcysLetter becomes an email #SoaringScores

Cinfhen Looks like it could be fun 😁 2mo
CrowCAH Oh neat, email 📧 2mo
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The Bus on Thursday | Shirley Barrett
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The story begins with a #BreastCancer diagnosis but takes a very unexpected path from there.
#Spooktober

Eggs Sounds like some unusual paths 2mo
Flaneurette this sounds interesting! only 2.99 on kindle so I'm gonna try it 2mo
CarolynM @Flaneurette Let me know what you think if you get around to reading it. It's one that really seems to divide opinion🙂 2mo
Flaneurette @CarolynM it really does seem a love it or hate it book 😁 2mo
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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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I know there's lots of Litsy love for this one but I'm in the like it rather than love it camp. A pick, but not with a lot of enthusiasm. Also a #BlackCat for #FallIsBooked

Libby1 I bailed on this one. I just didn‘t find it interesting. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I‘ve bailed on a lot of books this year, so it may be more of an “it‘s not you, it‘s me” situation! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 The look on the cat‘s face! So cute! 🖤🐱 2mo
CarolynM @OriginalCyn620 He doesn't like being photographed😂 2mo
Ruthiella I didn‘t enjoy her debut When God Was a Rabbit so I‘ve avoided her books since... Like Libby above I think I am just not the reader for her style. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Such a beautiful kitty!😻 2mo
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I assume the reference is to Wagner's Kaisermarsch 😂
#ImperialMarch #SoaringScores

Cinfhen I bet this book is really a fascinating story!! 2mo
Cinfhen Interesting guy 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen I'm not a fan of Wagner but I am a fan of Simon Callow, both as a writer and an actor. 2mo
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Libby1 Simon Callow is spectacular. We saw him in a one man show in London. 2mo
CrowCAH Can‘t say I‘ve read any of his work. 2mo
CarolynM @Libby1 What did you see? We were lucky enough to see his Dickens show when he toured Australia with it quite a few years ago now. It was wonderful! There was an extraordinary silence and stillness in the audience you only get with a really exceptional performance. 2mo
CarolynM @CrowCAH I think all his books are excellent, but my favourite is his first memoir 2mo
Libby1 We saw his Shakespeare show. We were in the second row and it was magnificent! 2mo
CarolynM @Libby1 I'm green with envy🙂 2mo
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A lovely light read. I enjoyed this one most out of the three Binchy buddy reads I've done. Thanks @Andrew65 and fellow buddy readers. Look forward to the final discussion. #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead #NightofRainandStars

Andrew65 A very busy week has delayed me posting the final questions, will get onto it. 2mo
CarolynM @Andrew65 No worries. When you're ready🙂 2mo
ljuliel Hi Carolyn , I‘m looking for a notice about any further Binchy buddy reads ? I‘ve tried searching through the posts and think this is the last month‘s book. Are you guys continuing with any others ? @Andrew65 Thanks (edited) 1mo
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CarolynM @ljuliel Hi👋 I'm pretty sure there will be more Binchy buddy reads @Andrew65 has been running them for a while. I haven't seen any details for the next one but I haven't been around very much in the last couple of weeks. Over to you Andrew - what do you have planned? 1mo
ljuliel Thanks for the info, Carolyn. I‘m rereading Light a Penny Candle , so that reminded me that there was a buddy read of some of the Binchy books in here. I didn‘t know if you guys planned on going through her entire list , if they‘re in any order, or how you choose which one is next. I‘ll wait for Andrew to check in also. I appreciate your help 🙂 1mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM @ljuliel Yes we have been running #MaeveBinchyBuddyRead for about a year and a half, with a buddy Read each month. We are reading the books in order of publication, usually around 19th of each month but this month‘s will be a bit later due to my personal circumstances. The next book is Whitethorn Woods. Thanks for the post @CarolynM 1mo
ljuliel Thank you @Andrew65 That‘s one of hers I have yet to read. So Whitethorn Woods , we start reading around Oct 19 , or the discussion is then ? I‘ll see if I can get ahold of a copy. 1mo
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The title is slightly off prompt but I think all Elizabeth Peters's books are #ToDieFor #SoaringScores

Cinfhen I like the cover 🤩 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen The heroine is a librarian and a romance writer and there is some fun poked at the romance novel industry so the cover is quite apt😉😆 (edited) 2mo
RachelO Sounds fun! I love Amelia Peabody, but haven‘t read these. 2mo
CrowCAH Death is still in the title! 👍🏻 2mo
quietjenn Such a good one! 2mo
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Bubbles Ablaze | Sarah Strohmeyer
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RachelO Well that‘s... striking! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 2mo
CarolynM @RachelO It's certainly orange😏 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🧡🧡 1mo
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Bruny | Heather Rose
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Today's #bookhaul includes some exciting new #ozfiction

LeahBergen Nice! 2mo
Freespirit Looks good! 2mo
LeeRHarry Favel Parrett 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Jeg I want to read Bruny. 1mo
MrsMalaprop Some great titles there 👏. Bruny has just been chosen for our book club read this month. 3w
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Katerina | James Frey
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Yay, it has arrived! Thanks Alissa😘
#LMPBC #GroupZ

LapReader Sorry @CarolynM I‘m in Samoa. 2mo
CarolynM @LapReader No problem, I was only concerned in case it had gone missing in the post (it wouldn't be the first time something sent to me disappeared). Enjoy Samoa! 2mo
Reggie I‘m curious to hear what you think about this.... 2mo
CarolynM @Reggie I'll be reading it over the next few days because I need to get I on tot he next person in line, so you should see a review soon🙂 2mo
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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Here is my (ambitious) #OctoberTBR. As you can tell from the bookmarks, I've made a start on a few of them. #FallIsBooked

Susannah Terrific stack! I‘d love to know what you think of The Dud Avocado. It‘s on my TBR too. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Tin Man is on my never ending list!! 2mo
Jeg Loved Tin Man. 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊 2mo
Rissreads Loved Tin Man 💛🧡 2mo
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I think Stephanie's inability to definitively choose between Joe and Ranger will be a #NeverEndingStory
#RedRoseSeptember

Thanks hosts for yet another great months of fun and challenging prompts.

jessinikkip I have all the way to 24 I think, maybe 25? But I havent started on them. I keep putting it off! 2mo
CarolynM @jessinikkip I loved the first few, but it's been diminishing returns in recent years😬 2mo
jessinikkip Uh oh, I hate when a series does that 😕 maybe i will give them a try a couple at a time, not to totally wear myself tired of them then 2mo
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LeahBergen I read the first few. You mean she STILL hasn‘t made a choice?? 😆 2mo
arlenefinnigan Thanks for playing along! 2mo
Cinfhen That would drive me NUTS!!! Thanks for joining us 2mo
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Lost Thingamajig | Rodney Peppe
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When I was casting around for a response to today's prompt my unreliable memory brought up Angelmouse and his #Thingummybob (halo). Turns out is was actually a Thingamajig. Oh well, it has been 20 years, I guess. I don't have any other ideas, though, so this will have to do. #RedRoseSeptember

Cinfhen Works for me!!!! 😇 2mo
Ruthiella Close enough ! 😀 (edited) 2mo
Crazeedi Yep that's what I say!! 2mo
arlenefinnigan Yeah that'll do 😉 2mo
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#TwoTribes #RedRoseSeptember

From a series of books published between 1928 and 1960 about an aboriginal detective in outback Australia. I read a few in my teenage years and enjoyed them. I suspect I would feel differently about them if I read them now.

Cinfhen Premise for a series sounds interesting 2mo
Tonton Read this Series when younger, too. At the time it was introduction via detective story to a country and culture I hadn‘t thought about. So、 grateful for that、 but not sure about rereading. (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella I read these as a teenager too. I liked the depiction of the outback. But I agree, if I read them now it would be through a different lens. 2mo
arlenefinnigan That sounds really interesting m 2mo
CarolynM @Tonton @Ruthiella I'm very tempted to get one down from the shelf and try (I do know where these are😂). I seem to remember I liked Wings Above the Diamantina best and that was an early one. I'll think about it tomorrow. 2mo
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Plenty of sailing in these books, I don't know if they manage all of the #SevenSeas #RedRoseSeptember

LeahBergen I just finished book 7 of this series and I would say, yes, they DO sail all the seas! 😆 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I confess I haven't read them, they are my husband's books. I was going to go with Hornblower, but I couldn't find any of them. My library is in such a mess! (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen I really enjoy them. I found the series a bit slow to get into initially but now I‘m very caught up in the characters. 2mo
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Cinfhen @CrowCAH thought of you 2mo
Ruthiella Perfect for this prompt. I want very much to be rich so I can quit my job and help you sort out your library! No shade! My own house is in shambles but I am motivated to organize other people‘s stuff. 2mo
arlenefinnigan Nice! 2mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella We are getting more shelving next week, so there will be some work done then. If you win the weekend lottery draw you're welcome to come and help. We have a nice guest bedroom 😉 2mo
CrowCAH @Cinfhen aye, thanks! ⚓️ I‘m just like @LeahBergen and am reading this series; I‘ve read the first four and going to start the fifth one soon. 2mo
CrowCAH Love those book covers; pretty 😍 2mo
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