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CarolynM

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It‘s brave to begin a feel good story with an octogenarian contemplating the end of their life, but this book brings it off triumphantly. Sad in places, heartwarming in others, some laugh out loud moments (comparing a baby‘s birth to a the ball popping out of a rugby scrum 😳🤣) & some Richard Osman appreciation. Eudora, Rose & Stanley have been excellent company and I‘m sorry to be leaving them behind. Thanks for the rec Cindy - I loved it.

Freespirit It sounds great..I shall put it on my list!😊 17h
Centique I loved the shout outs to Richard Osman too! 17h
CarolynM @Freespirit It‘s lovely and the audio is excellent. Enjoy! 16h
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CarolynM @Centique But no love for Alexander Armstrong, which seems a bit mean☹️ 16h
squirrelbrain Looking forward to getting to this one sometime soon! 16h
Cinfhen I‘m so happy you enjoyed this one too, Carolyn!!! Wonderful review 🧡 13h
Lindy This sounds so good I went to add it to my “for later” shelf on my public library‘s online catalogue… only to find I had already made a note of it. Maybe I heard about it from @Cinfhen ? 12h
Cinfhen Maybe ?!? @Lindy it‘s just a sweet read believe it or not considering the topic / planned death ☠️ 11h
LeahBergen This sounds lovely. 6h
Centique @CarolynM oh! I don‘t know him but I just googled that is who is on Pointless. I‘ll have to try and find the show. I love a quiz ☺️ 5h
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Lark | E Nesbit
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Orphan cousins Jane & Lucilla have just left school when they discover they have been cheated out of most of their inheritance. Their high spirits & generous natures attract a wide variety of new friends while their efforts to make ends meet don‘t always go to plan. Fabulous characters, gentle humour & a story that resembles old fashioned children-on-summer-holidays type books made for another lovely #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read.

batsy Lovely review 💕 I loved all of those characters. 3d
Ruthiella I‘ve only read Nesbit‘s The Railway Children before, but I agree that The Lark has a similar kind of “children on summer holiday” feel to it. 3d
LeahBergen A perfect review! Your notion of a children‘s summer holiday story is spot on. 👌 (edited) 3d
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Tamra Indeed the humor was delightful. 😄 2d
quietjenn Hear, hear! As characters, those high spirits and generous natures really do make the story sing. 2d
Centique Well put! Now that you say that it does remind me of children playing house - that playful nature they have chosen to keep with them. 2d
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The Road to Lichfield | Penelope Lively
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While her elderly father drifts in and out of coherence & consciousness in a nursing home, Anne begins packing up the family home. A revelation from the past calls her memories into question & a new acquaintance casts doubt over her future. A quiet story about the ways in which our understanding of the past can affect the present.

LeahBergen Gorgeous photo (and review)! I need to read more Lively. 5d
CarolynM @LeahBergen Thank you😘 I like her a lot, definitely recommend. 5d
Tamra Stacked! 5d
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Graywacke This sounds terrific. 4d
batsy Yes, this sounds good! Nice review 💜 4d
Ruthiella I also need to read more Lively! Only two so far. 4d
Brimful Picked up Passing On at the charity shop today. Looking forward to it! 4d
Centique Penelope Lively 🙌 I need to read more from her too. Great review! 2d
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The Road to Lichfield | Penelope Lively
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I can relate.

LeahBergen That‘s lovely. 5d
Tamra Yes! ☺️ 5d
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Fire & Ice | Rachel Spangler
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A sweet F/F romance and more than I ever wanted to know about curling😂 #romantsy #gaymay #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 7d
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Sunbathing: A novel | Isobel Beech
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A few weeks after her father‘s suicide, a woman travels to an Italian village where her best friend is about to marry a local. While this is fundamentally a story about grief, it‘s also an ode to friendship & to the solace to be found in a slow pace of life where domestic chores & preparing & eating food take priority. There are some lovely descriptions & interesting takes on social media, politics & the #metoo movement.
#ozfiction

Cinfhen Beautiful photo 😍lovely review 1w
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thank you😘 It‘s a good book. 1w
Cathythoughts Yes, lovely review and pic ♥️ 1w
LeahBergen What they ☝️ said! 1w
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Ethan Frome | Edith Wharton
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Ethan Frome is one of those books I‘ve been aware of for a long time without knowing anything about the story - I don‘t know what I was expecting from it, but it was nothing like what I got! A cold, bleak rural landscape, a claustrophobic poverty stricken household of 3 mismatched people and a desperation in each of them that leads to terrible consequences. It is beautifully written and deeply affecting.
#WhartonBuddyRead

Leftcoastzen Love your review! 1w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1w
Graywacke How lucky you were to have no expectations. 1w
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LeahBergen Great review! I loved this when I first read it and need to revisit it soon. 1w
Cathythoughts Great review! I hadn‘t read it before either .. very powerful book. 1w
batsy Yes, lovely review! And what @LeahBergen said—I want to reread it at some point because I found it quite affecting the first time. 1w
CarolynM @Leftcoastzen @TrishB Thank you😘😘 1w
CarolynM @Graywacke Yes, I think it had such an impact on me because I was so surprised by it. 1w
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thank you😘 It was good to read it with you and the group. I enjoyed everyone‘s comments. 1w
CarolynM @LeahBergen @batsy Thank you😘😘 I think the surprise of it gave it extra impact for me, but I also think it would repay rereading. I‘ll be interested in what you both think if you do read it again. 1w
Amiable This is one of those books I‘ve been intending to read forever. 😬 5d
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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LeahBergen That‘s a nice big stack! 2w
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome stack 📚 2w
Cathythoughts Very nice. I‘ve ordered Young Mungo .. looking forward to it. ❤️ 2w
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May #Bookspin list. I‘ll try for #Doublespin too, even though I haven‘t managed either for the last 3 months. Thanks Sarah😘

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I also get a complete jolt of surprise every time I remember that May in your half of the world is not about flowers and planting the garden! 😂 2w
Megabooks Autumn is a great season for reading! 2w
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@LeahBergen I promised you some pretty spines.

EvieBee Gorgeous! 😍 3w
Leftcoastzen Yay!Nice ! 3w
Ruthiella So pretty! 😍 3w
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batsy Nice 😍 3w
Cathythoughts Lovely 🥰 3w
youneverarrived So lovely 😍 3w
LeahBergen Oh, myyyyy! I love these. And especially the Angela Brazil!! 😍😍😍 2w
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The Long Game | Rachel Reid
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#Book Report for April. My favourite for the month is The Long Game - after so much anticipation it did not disappoint.

Cinfhen Cover is 💥🔥💥 3w
Cinfhen Hope all is well!! 3w
LeahBergen Good month! 👍 2w
CarolynM @Cinfhen All good, thanks, Cindy😘 I've been spending a bit too much time on screens lately and my reading is suffering☹ 2w
Cinfhen I know that addiction….that‘s why I try so hard to avoid it😁 2w
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Dropbear | Evelyn Araluen
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Thought I should finally read this since it‘s just won the Stella Prize. Interesting interplay of Aboriginal, colonial and modern Australian culture. I really enjoyed the pieces about her partner and family which tended to be the most straightforward. While I recognised a lot of the tropes, iconography and literary references, I think I‘d need a more academic understanding of literature to fully get it. Have you read this @MrsMalaprop ?

LapReader Death to the gumnut babies 3w
CarolynM @LapReader I was a bit horrified to realise the Banksia Men were meant to reference Aboriginal people😡😢 So awful, and it would never have occurred to me. 3w
LapReader Me either as a child but I get it now. 3w
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LapReader I was so scared of them as a kid ‘big, bad banksia men‘ 3w
Cathythoughts Cardigans and cats , looking cosy 🥰 3w
squirrelbrain Cute floofy cat! 3w
MrsMalaprop I have seen it around but not read it. Ordered myself a copy yesterday though 🤗. 3w
CarolynM @Cathythoughts It‘s actually quite mild for the time of year but the cat wants the heater on already😂 3w
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I‘ll look out for your review. 3w
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A Great Hope | Jessica Stanley
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I think this book was trying to be a thriller, but it was much too bogged down in the messed up characters and dysfunctional family dynamics to create any tension. I enjoyed the local references and the backdrop of late 2010‘s Australian politics but I would have enjoyed it more without the multiple perspectives and frequent time shifts. I‘m a bit frustrated by it because it could have been a lot better if it were a bit more focussed. #ozfiction

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My #RecipeSwap parcel went in the post this afternoon. Fingers crossed it reaches its destination in time for opening day.
@BennettBookworm

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The Long Game | Rachel Reid
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💖 SWOON 💖

I didn‘t think I could love Ilya and Shane any more than I already did.
#romantsy

Nutmegnc OMG I just finished it!! *faints* 3w
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Light and frothy romantic comedy, just what I was I'm the mood for #romantsy

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Elizabeth Finch: A novel | Julian Barnes
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Julian Barnes writes beautifully & always makes me think. As a mature age students at a tertiary institution the narrator is entranced by Elizabeth Finch's idiosyncratic teaching & her interest in Julian the Apostate. The novel is his attempt to nderstand more about her & to memorialise her by writing an essay on Julian. A review in The Age newspaper asserted that EF is based on Anita Brookner - no idea if that's true, but it's an interesting idea

catiewithac I can‘t wait for this to be published in America!! 4w
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Elizabeth Finch: A novel | Julian Barnes
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I try to feel pity but the anger overwhelms me.

BarbaraBB Me too. 4w
LeeRHarry Yikes! 4w
TrishB I can‘t do the pity. The anger I have finely tuned! (edited) 4w
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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I'd like to retitle this book "Muriel's Progress". While it is very much about the times in which it was set & the limitations on women's lives then, it is also about what happens when other people's values, expectations & approval are allowed to drive the way you live your life. I was cheering for Muriel as she shook off her upbringing & took control of her own destiny.
#PersephoneClub
I'm off to read everyone else's reviews now.

LeahBergen Perfect review! And she really did ‘progress‘ didn‘t she? I‘m adding more Holtby to my “buy list” now. 😆 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I got the impression from the Vera Brittain books that WH's novels would be rather turgid and dull. No idea why I thought that and obviously I was wrong. I definitely want to read South Riding now. 1mo
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Cathythoughts Great review! Yes, so exciting to see her ‘ take control of her own destiny‘. I thought the writing was lovely too. (edited) 1mo
andrew61 Great review Carolyn, I was really glad I joined the readalong. South Roding is very good and recently there was an interesting episode of Backlisted podcast about it. 1mo
quietjenn Yes, to all the cheering when she took control! This is my third Holtby, although I really feel I should revisit South Riding. 1mo
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Information Received | E.R. Punshon
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A murder, a robbery, a fraud and a suicide present a difficult problem for Scotland Yard, but young Constable Bobby Owen & voluble Superintendent Mitchell crack the case. This Golden Age mystery has plenty of twists & turns & the odd couple detectives are quietly amusing. This no.1 of a series of 35 so I have lots of good reading ahead!
#paskekrim @LeahBergen

LeahBergen Yay for Paskekrim! I‘m glad to hear it was a good one. 👍 1mo
LeahBergen And look at how lush and green your garden still is. Sigh. 1mo
batsy Ooh, I've not heard of this before! Sounds good. Can't have too many Golden Age mysteries on one's list 😀 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Garden looks lovely 💚 1mo
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1. Um, yes. At the moment I'm delaying reading ALL the books I own.
2. No idea, but some of them moved out of my parents' house with me 35 years ago...

Thanks of the tag @thegirlwiththelibrarybag

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy reading! ❤📚❤ 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m quite sure I have unread books that old on my shelves, too. 😆😆 1mo
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The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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LeahBergen Me, too! Well… not in the sun. 😆😆 I started it today and was surprised how immediately I was sucked in. 1mo
TrishB Lovely pic ♥️ 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Poor Muriel! I know how she feels. 1mo
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CarolynM @TrishB Thanks 😘 1mo
LeahBergen Her poor little self at that party in the prologue! 😩 1mo
BarbaraBB Liking forward to what you all will think ! 1mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic! I‘m enjoying too and I also feel for Muriel … who will walk with her on the school walk 💔I know how she feels too. 1mo
quietjenn Lovely! I've just started as well. 1mo
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Another charming comedy of manners from Barbara Pym. Dulcie, an excellent woman, engages in some borderline stalking, while her friends & family stumble through a series of romantic entanglements. I loved it. Thank you again @LeahBergen

LeahBergen Oh, good! ❤️❤️ I have this one coming up in my sequence of Pym reads so I‘m glad you liked it. 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I look forward to chatting about it when you've read it🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good too 👍❤️ 1mo
Centique Pym never fails! 😍 1mo
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Recent acquisitions

TrishB Lovely acquisitions ♥️ 1mo
LapReader I‘m very jealous xo 1mo
Ruthiella I would love to know what you think of the Mona Awad book. I really liked it, but I know it really didn‘t work for other readers. 🤔 1mo
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LeahBergen Ooo, nice! I must look up that Dean Street Press author. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great looking stack ❤️👍 1mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I liked the weirdness of Bunny so I have high hopes, but I think I need to refresh my memory of All's Well That Ends Well before I start it. 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I'd not heard of him, but Abbey's (my favourite Sydney bookshop which is very good for crime) had a pile of his books, so I'm giving him a try🙂 1mo
vivastory I just finished Alls' Well & I loved it. I haven't read the source material & didn't have any trouble with it. 👍 (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @vivastory Good to know. Thanks 🙂 1mo
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I didn't get to either book last month but I'm going to try again for #Bookspin and #Doublespin in April.
Thanks Sarah😘
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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#BookReport for March. I haven't had a lot of time for reading or Litsying this month. I'm hoping April will be better. Cold Enough for Snow is my standout book this month.
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Hope you were busy with good stuff xx 2mo
squirrelbrain Hope you‘re doing OK Carolyn. I realised I didn‘t get to Theatre of Dreamers in March (as I went a bit OTT with library books!) - should we try for a #buddyread in April instead? 😘 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Yes, all good thanks, Cindy🙂 I'm feeling a bit peopled-out, though, I'd like some quiet, alone time for a bit. 2mo
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CarolynM @squirrelbrain No worries, Helen. I've had a busy few weeks and got nowhere near starting it. I'm hoping for less activity and more reading in April🙂 Maybe we could try for our #buddyread after the Easter break? 2mo
squirrelbrain Sounds good to me Carolyn! Hope you get some peace and quiet in the meantime…. 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m stacking your stand out read 👍sounds good. 2mo
Amiable I love your use of Litsy as a verb. 👍🏼🙂 2mo
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Shenanigans | Sarina Bowen
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I'm a sucker for a hockey romance and I particularly enjoy Sarina Bowen's take on the genre, especially with the addition of the women's team. I had a great time with this story - heart, heat and laughter aplenty. So good. #romantsy

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Cooper Not Out | Justin Smith
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In the summer of 1984-85 Australian cricket was in crisis. In this alternate history a country cricketer who has never been out in 20+ seasons is selected to play for the national team. At first I wondered how this book got published - it is so unPC I felt like it wasn't just set, but also written, in 1984! While some things grated, overall I was amused by it & the narrator does a creditable Richie Benaud impersonation. #ozfiction 👇

CarolynM 👆 I was going to say I wouldn't recommend it unless you're an Australian cricket tragic, and probably even then only if you remember '84, but it occurs to me that @Andrew65 might enjoy laughing at us. 2mo
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The Fruit of the Tree | Edith Wharton
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While very much a book of its time (1907) many of the issues raised in it are still relevant. Euthanasia, ccupational health & safety, labour relations, conditions & opportunities for the working poor & duties of captains if industry to society as well as their shareholders all feature. The personal story has aged less well, I think, although some of the observations of relations between the sexes resonated.
#WhartonBuddyRead
@Graywacke @Lcsmcat

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The Boy from the Mish | Gary Lonesborough
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Lovely YA coming of age story about a pivotal summer in the life of a young man in a rural aboriginal community. Themes of family, identity and finding the confidence to be your true self. Honest and evocative story telling. #ozfiction

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Like After Story, this is a novel about an Australian mother & daughter on an overseas holiday, but here they are of Chinese heritage and they are travelling in Japan. The writing & the atmosphere are completely different, but the love & the distance between the generations is so similar. "So calm and clear and deep" is the quote from Helen Garner on the back cover - I can't describe it better than that. #ozfiction
The photo is Lake Jindabyne.

emmalouise1 Gorgeous view 🥰 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely review and photo! 2mo
Ruthiella I am hearing lots of good things about this title! 2mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella It's only short, but it's beautifully written and there's a lot going on under the surface. I think it's very good. 2mo
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Bug Week: & Other Stories | Airini Beautrais
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Like most collections of short stories, I enjoyed some of these stories more than others, but the writing was always sharp and the observations on point. I can see why this received NZ's highest literary prize. Thanks again Paula😘
@Centique

Centique I felt just the same. Hope she writes a novel soon. And what a view of the harbour bridge! 😍 Hope you have had some fun shopping and some nice meals out on your trip! 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes, great view ❤️ 2mo
CarolynM @Centique @Cathythoughts I recommend the Cafe on the roof of the Museum of Contemporary Art when there's no cruise ship in port - the view is wonderful🙂 2mo
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Four gardens | Margery Sharp
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Carrie's adult life had 4 distinct stages and each had its own garden. She was such a kind and gentle soul it was lovely to spend time in her company. I was both amused by and sympathetic to her bemusement at the goings on of her grown up children and I adored Lady Tregarthan.
#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub
@LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @batsy @Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm @quietjenn @catebutler @rubyslippersreads @Tamra

batsy What a gorgeous photo 💚 I'm almost towards the end and I agree, Caroline is so gentle and loveable even when I didn't quite agree with her :) , and Lady Tregarthan is a fab character. 2mo
CarolynM @batsy I walked through the Botanic Gardens in Sydney today - it felt appropriate to read some of the book while I was there. 2mo
TrishB Lovely pic ❤️ 2mo
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Tamra Perfect! 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture & review 👍🏻❤️ I loved Lady Tregarthan too, she‘s a ticket! … and Caroline , a beautiful character.. I love her connection with the earth , I see her as gentle and strong. Another great read .. @batsy (edited) 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a perfect pic for this review! ❤️ I‘m loving Caroline too. 2mo
Ruthiella Lovely picture! Perfectly fitting for the book. Loved Lady Tregathan also. Such a wonderful ally and support for Caroline. 2mo
quietjenn I agree with what others have noted - Lady Tregathan is awesome and this picture is perfection. 😍 2mo
LeahBergen I want Lady Tregarthan to be my neighbour! And how about the Whiners? I loved that they were still called that as adults by the family. 😆 2mo
LeahBergen And gorgeous pic! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty and green 💚 🌱 2mo
youneverarrived Lovely picture 💚 2mo
BiblioLitten 💚🌿 so lush! 2mo
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Berkelouw Books (Berrima Book Barn) | Berrima, NSW, Australia (Bookstore)
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Berkelouw's Book Barn has long been a favourite place to visit. It's changed a lot over the years but still has a fabulous stock of second hand and antiquarian books. I'm very pleased with my #bookhaul.

TrishB That looks fab and your book haul 👍🏻 2mo
Ruthiella Love the Pym and the Lively. 😃 Two authors where I hope to become a completist. 2mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella The bookseller asked me if there were any Livelys left on the shelf🤣 (answer: yes, one copy of Moon Tiger) I'm definitely planning to read them all. 2mo
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Cathythoughts Nice haul 👏🏻😁 2mo
Freespirit It looks fantastic!! 2mo
Liz_M 💖 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Looks like a quaint little store 😍Nice haul! 2mo
Tamra Love the stools! 2mo
LeahBergen Ooo, I need that Pym, too! 😆 2mo
Centique What a great book store! Oooh now I want to visit Sydney too 😍 All the Livelys and the Pym, that‘s a perfect days shopping. 2mo
Amiable Oh, that bookstore looks so yummy! I want to spend hours browsing in there. 2mo
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Road trip to Sydney, with a detour through the mountains and an overnight stay in Batlow. The Eagle-Eyed will spot the Batlow Literary Institute 🤔 (Batlow is a tiny town in the mountains, almost entirely devoted to apple growing) and Berkelouw's Book Barn (more photos to follow).

LeahBergen Is that a Ned Kelly statue? Cool! 2mo
LeahBergen And what did you buy at The Book Barn? 😆 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Yep, giant Ned statue at Glenrowan. You can go to a re-enactment of the seige if that's your idea of a good time😆 I'll stick to the paintings. 2mo
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous pictures 🥰 2mo
TrishB Lovely ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Great photos 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Wonderful- enjoy 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely getaway ❤️.I‘ll love to visit Sydney again 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 I‘d probably find that fun as a tourist! 2mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks all😘 It was a good trip all round, although I ended up with almost no time for reading or Litsying☹ 2mo
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Seaview House | Elizabeth Fair
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It's obviously my lucky day because your parcel arrived today too, Leah! It must have been on a leisurely cruise across the Pacific because there was no sign of it having been on any detours 😆 I'm just delighted with it all, thank you so much. Friendship across the miles is the Litsy way and I'm beyond grateful for yours💕
@LeahBergen

vivastory I hope you enjoy The Fire-Dwellers. I thought it was brilliant! 2mo
TrishB Lovely ♥️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm ‘leisurely cruise across the Pacific‘ 😂 Lovely gifts 💝 2mo
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MrsMalaprop How lovely 🥰 2mo
LeahBergen What?? It finally arrived? 🤣🤣 I‘m so glad! 🤣🤣 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh how lovely 👏👏👏 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I definitely enjoyed the mental image of this package sunning itself on a deck chair whilst sipping something pink and bubbly 😂 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a lovely gift! 2mo
LeahBergen @TheAromaofBooks Well, that‘s a Christmas card so you KNOW it was having a really long and lovely voyage… shuffleboard on the Lido deck, dinners with the Captain… 🤣🤣 2mo
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Bug Week: & Other Stories | Airini Beautrais
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Thank you, Paula, this book looks so interesting! I'm going to start it straight away.

@Centique

Centique Yay! Finally the NZ one arrives 🤗 I hope you enjoy some of the stories. 2mo
LeahBergen Ooo, cool cover! 2mo
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A couple of Sydney corporate types move to a property in the Hunter Valley with plans to open a B&B, make wine & generally live off the land. Hilarity ensues. Well, not quite hilarity, but a few quiet chuckles. Ultimately, though, I was annoyed by Todd's disingenuousness and finished the book feeling he was quite unpleasantly smug.

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@Cinfhen Our first sunflower is out.

Ukraine ❣

Cinfhen 🌻💙💛💙🌻👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😍 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely!! 2mo
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Beneath the Streets | Adam Macqueen
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It's London, 1976, when ex rent boy Tommy Wildeblood is mistaken for the private detective he does shady jobs for, leading him into an investigation that threatens the political elite. This is a cracking thriller that is a fictionalised take on the Jeremy Thorpe scandal, using real names for all the public figures involved. It also does a great job of evoking the era & the seedy side of London. I enjoyed it a lot. Might be up your alley @TrishB ?

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 it does sound right up my street. There is a second one too. 2mo
CarolynM @TrishB I downloaded the second one as soon as I finished this😁 2mo
TrishB That‘s always a good recommendation 😁 2mo
CarolynM @TrishB I also did a lot of googling! I'd not heard of a few of the politicians mentioned - Tom Driberg, in particular, has a fascinating Wikipedia entry. 2mo
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1. I used to really dislike first person narratives, but I'm well and truly over that now. I don't have a preference between single/multiple POV.
2. No.
3. I'm very much a mood reader.

Thanks for the tag @Lizpixie 😘

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🥳📚👍🏼 3mo
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Here's my March #Bookspin List. I'll try for #Doublespin too. Thanks Sarah😘
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Look what arrived today! Thank you Paula, you are too kind🤗😘
@Centique

Centique Yay! They were just items off your TBR, both books I liked the sound of too! There is a kiwi one coming as well sometime. Happy belated birthday! 💕 3mo
CarolynM @Centique The Sentence has had a lot of Litsy love and I'm quite curious about Sandi's life. Thank you again 😘 3mo
rabbitprincess I was preordered a copy of Sandi‘s memoir for Christmas one year and it was sent to my parents. My mum ended up reading it first and she loved it! She keeps asking me if I‘ve read it yet 🤣 3mo
squirrelbrain I loved Sandi‘s book. I‘m listening to The Sentence on audio at the moment; also fab! 3mo
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Barbara Pym explains the Victoria Plum joke in Miss Plum and Miss Penny. A very weak joke indeed!

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub
@LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @quietjenn @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @rubyslippersreads

Ruthiella Love it! I wonder if Barbara had read Miss Penny and Miss Plum? 🤔 3mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella @CarolynM I‘m choosing to believe she did! 😉❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen Well, look at that! 😆 3mo
Cathythoughts Well spotted ! That‘s a laugh 😁 3mo
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#BookReport for February. A bit of a slow month, but Crossroads was VERY long! Happy Hour was my favourite.

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen 10 books is NOT a slow month!!! Well done ♥️🙌🏻 3mo
Magpiegem That‘s what I was just thinking @Cinfhen that‘s a great month (especially the shortest month!) 😊 3mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen @Magpiegem But 4 of them were romances which I don't always count and 2 were audio, so it feels like a slow month to me. 3mo
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Greengates | R. C. Sherriff
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Who would have thought that the retirement of a "bowler-hatted man of the Banks and Insurances Offices" 100 years ago could form the basis for such a delightful novel? I marvel at a writer who can keep me engaged in such a modest story. An excellent first book for the #PersephoneClub. Can't wait to chat when we have all finished reading.

@LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @quietjenn @Tamra @rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal

LeahBergen Wonderful review!! And exactly what I thought of it. 😆 3mo
BarbaraBB If I hadn‘t already ordered it based on @LeahBergen ‘s review I would have now 🤦🏻‍♀️. Your Persephone book club scares me - I‘ll probably end up buying all your choices too 🤣 3mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB Me too!😆 3mo
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LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 🤣🤣 You two need to read along with us! 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘m nearly finished! Very powerful book , can‘t wait to chat about it 3mo
quietjenn I couldn't agree more 🙂 3mo
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Greengates | R. C. Sherriff
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Sixty-one next Saturday and suddenly, unbelievably, a gambler.

I'm getting very worried for the Baldwins🥺

#PersephoneClub

@LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @tamra @elkeOriginal

Tamra I couldn‘t stop reading and finished today! 🤞🏾 3mo
CarolynM @Tamra Well done! I'm just past the halfway mark. 3mo
Tamra @CarolynM it was totally compulsive. Enjoy! 3mo
quietjenn I relate, but can't figure out if I've been conditioned by my usual reading to expect disaster 🤨 3mo
Cathythoughts Very good ! I‘d say this passage will be coming up for me soon. I‘m a bit freaked out for them ... not sure where this will all end. @Tamra For such a ‘ simple ‘ story it is a compulsive read. 3mo
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Happy Hour | Jacquie Byron
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Franny, a fierce & fabulous older lady, finds her way out of 3 years of grief over the death of her beloved husband with the help of her 2 dogs & the family who have just moved in next door. The story is written with tremendous wit & is by turns funny, sad & heart-warming. I loved Franny to bits. The narration, by Nell Campbell, was spectacularly good too. It is without doubt the most entertaining book I've encountered in a long time. #ozfiction

Cinfhen Sounds wonderful #Stacked😁 (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen Lovely review! 3mo
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1. Gosh, there are quite a few authors I've read a lot of. The right answer is probably Enid Blyton because I read as many of those as I could get my hands on when I was a child. As an adult I've read all of Elizabeth Peters (& quite a few Barbara Michaels) & most of Reginald Hill
2. On the couch, but I'll read anywhere
3. No. My life is a readathon 😆

Thanks for the tag, Sarah😘

#WondrousWednesday

@TheAromaofBooks @Eggs

LapReader My life is too. 3mo
CarolynM @LapReader 👍😘 3mo
Eggs # 3 I hear ya 📚📚📚 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Elizabeth Peters can be hit or miss for me, but she's usually a hit. I really want to reread the Amelia Peabody series sometime as I absolutely loved them. 3mo
Cathythoughts Love answer 3 👏👏👏❤️ 📚📚📚 3mo
Jeg I‘m with you on Enid Blyton. 3mo
CarolynM @TheAromaofBooks I love Amelia of course, but the ones I reread most are from the Vicky Bliss series - Trojan Gold and Night Train to Memphis. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes, I also quite enjoyed Vicky Bliss as well, although since those books are a little more scattered through time I didn't get into them as much as Amelia haha 3mo
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Season's Change | Cait Nary
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The blurb says this is a hockey romance for hockey fans and, yes, it certainly is. There is a lot of hockey. There is also a wonderfully slow burn m/m romance and lots of lovely warm and fuzzies off the ice. I believe this is to be the first in a series. I'll be looking out for the next one.
#romantsy

Cathythoughts Great you found a good series you like 💕 3mo
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