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CarolynM

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The Mother's Recompense | Edith Wharton
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#WhartonBuddyRead

Edith Wharton revels in the tension between the mores of Old New York‘s high society and the emotional lives of the people within it. In many ways this novel is a series of moral dilemmas for its main character, testing the limits of her love for her child and her ability to maintain her own self respect. Looking forward to hearing how the other buddy readers saw it.

batsy Nice review, Carolyn! Agree with your point about Kate being morally tested. 4h
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Still Missing | Beth Gutcheon
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#PersephoneClub

I read this with the sick feeling in my stomach that I have had on the (thankfully few) occasions when my kids were out significantly later than I expected. How much worse it would be to have a child actually go missing is beyond my imagination. I can‘t say I enjoyed this read, but I thought the exploration of the impact on the family, friends and neighbours, and also on the police, was masterful. More in spoiler comment below.

CarolynM I really liked that it looked at the situation where the police get it wrong & the impact that has. I also liked that Susan‘s refusal to accept that solution was seen by everyone as irrational, even though she had good reasons, as well as blind hope. While I was emotionally glad for the ending, I feel it was an unlikely one. And also that it left a whole other story to be told. 4d
CarolynM Off to look at all the other reviews now🙂 4d
BarbaraBB Great review. The feeling the book left me with comes back to me now. 4d
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Cathythoughts Great review. I agree it was a difficult read , but so well written. And yes the ending did leave a whole other story to be told. Susan‘s thoughts / words at the end have stayed with me .. that this should be the ‘simplest moment of my life ‘ … when she sees him and their dog runs to him… I don‘t like to think about what her son must have gone through. I‘m glad we all read it together. It‘s good to be able to share the intensity of this one. (edited) 4d
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes! This is the sort of book that I REALLY avoid. I find that I can read all sorts of horrible, “out there” books but the reality of child abduction is just too visceral. I, too, was happy about the ending (for myself and my reading experience 😆) but it did seem implausible in the real world. (edited) 4d
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts That‘s quite perfect way of putting it, Cathy. I‘m so glad we read it together and got to rehash the intensity of the book together! 4d
willaful @CarolynM Yes, exactly this. There was so much devastation. What happens *now*?! 4d
daena Great review, and indeed an ending that left an open story. 4d
Tamra @CarolynM agreed, I felt there could be more to the story. I wanted to know how each of the characters moved on or didn‘t. (edited) 4d
GlassAsDiamonds Oohh… Persephone edition… the glory! 4d
jlhammar It really is beyond imagination. I was also grateful for the ending even though it left a lot unsaid/unexplored and we know their path forward will be difficult. Great review. 4d
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Well, Leah, I‘m intrigued, but I‘m not going to open it until the day😀 Thank you for thinking of me💕

LeahBergen 😆 I‘m glad it actually arrived in time! 5d
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I don‘t know why this book was lurking on my kindle for years, but I‘m glad that #ReadYourKindle got me to read it. Fiona tells the story of her life, from a middle class English postwar childhood, through modeling & acting in swinging London of the 60s & 70s followed by 20 years in LA as a writer & wife to a movie producer, interspersed with the story of her battles with contractors while renovating a dilapidated chateau in the south of France.

Karisa That title! 😂 Love it! 1w
Crazeedi Sounds interesting! 1w
CBee Sounds super interesting 😊 1w
CarolynM @Karisa I think that maybe why I downloaded it in first place😆 1w
CarolynM @Crazeedi @CBee It was interesting, but not quite in the way I expected. I was fascinated, and also kind of appalled, by her more than by the events or the people she wrote about. 1w
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There was less about Aix-en-Provence in this instalment than is usual for this series, but I enjoyed it anyway. An interesting mystery and some developments in the lives of the characters.

Crazeedi Is the series good? I have read Martin Walkers series set in France, it's good 1w
Crazeedi And I see it's on britbox! 1w
CarolynM @Crazeedi I like the series a lot, mainly because the way they go about their business feels very French (although I know it‘s written by an American who lives there) & it has some great tidbits about Aix which I always enjoy. I can‘t quite bring myself to watch the TV version - I want the characters to be French not English! Also why I can‘t bring myself to watch the Three Pines adaptation. I‘ve read one of the Walkers, will read more one day… 1w
Crazeedi @CarolynM very true about the shows , I'll definitely check out this series 1w
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Case Histories | Kate Atkinson
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I can‘t let these detectives go unmentioned

Jackson Brodie
Inspector Montalbano
Dalziel and Pascoe

#tlt #ThreeListThursday

LeahBergen I must read the last Jackson Brodie that came out! (edited) 2w
Ruthiella Nice call with Jackson Brodie! 👍 2w
TrishB @LeahBergen there‘s another coming in August! 2w
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cariashley Jackson Brodie!! 🙌 2w
LeahBergen @TrishB Oh, good to hear! 👍 2w
dabbe All 3 are new to me and now on the TBR. Thanks for playing! ❤️💜🩷 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve not heard of Dalziel and Pascoe, will look them up. 2w
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm They‘re in a series of books by Reginald Hill. He also wrote a short series about another detective and some standalone which are pretty good too. The first D & P is 2w
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Here are my #readyourkindle February 4. I‘ve already stated on the tagged book. Thanks @CBee

CBee Looks great and you‘re welcome ♥️ 2w
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The Illuminations | Andrew O'Hagan
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Too true, I fear ☹️

julesG Guess so. Definitely one of the reasons my son signed up. 2w
Reggie The guy who does the Talking Scared posits that during the early 2000s every zombie you had to shoot dead in a video game was always a person of color for a reason. 2w
CarolynM @Reggie I‘m sure he‘s right. It‘s deeply disturbing. 2w
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The Colophon | Elmer Adler, John T. Winterich
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Just look at this pretty! Paula! Thank you! You are too thoughtful and too, too generous. I am in love with this book - I especially want to read the piece about proof reading in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (seriously). I am truly blessed to have you as a friend💕💕

julesG 😍😍 Have to check whether the uni-library has this on microfiche 3w
Centique Oh goody! Im so glad you like it. I was scouring their online catalogue for authors you might like - and then this just popped out at me! They have other editions but this was the oldest i think. 💕🎈🎂 Im early this year 😂 3w
LeahBergen Oh, this is GORGEOUS! 😍😍 3w
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Girl in a Pink Dress | Kylie Needham
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#BookReport for January. Girl in a Pink Dress and The Photograph were my favourites for the month.

Suet624 Someday I‘ll read a Lively! 😎 3w
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Backlog Studies | Charles Dudley Warner
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I made a collage of covers for my #readyourkindle list. Looking forward to getting some of these read. Thanks Cydney

CBee Love the collage! And you‘re welcome 😊 3w
julesG 😍😍 3w
LeahBergen I have a Wentworth on my shelves to read, too (my first). Have you read her before? 3w
CarolynM @LeahBergen No, I haven‘t. I‘ve got a few Paperback DSP golden age crime novels by authors I‘ve not read and then this one on Kindle. I thought this might help me get to them🙂 3w
LeahBergen I have a couple of the DSP golden age mysteries to get to myself! 3w
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I‘m all set for #PersephoneClub 2024

Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 3w
Cathythoughts Lovely 🩵🩵🩵 3w
LeahBergen Yes, you are! Just look at those beauties. 😍 3w
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batsy 😍 3w
Tamra Yay!! 😍 3w
Centique WOW! 3w
jlhammar Beautiful. I think we‘ve got some great reading ahead of us! 3w
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Love and Other Scores | Abra Pressler
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Romance blooms at the Australian Open between a French tennis star & a local bartender. I usually have no trouble suspending disbelief in reading romance & I was fine with believing in the romance here, but a lot of the Melbourne setting was a bit off. Apparently the author lived here for a bit a few years ago - I think she relied on memory rather than doing research.👇

CarolynM 👆Also, a star athlete wants to treat his boyfriend to a romantic tropical getaway so he chooses Daydream Island? I don‘t think so. (edited) 3w
LeeRHarry That‘s a shame that some of the Melbourne details were off …and yes Daydream Island? 3w
Reggie I love the reality check here. Lol. Some horror novel I read last year didn‘t mention setting at all and then 2 pages from the end he said and the police of New Mexico …… and I was like what the eff ever. 3w
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Home Grown Talent | Sally Malcolm, Joanna Chambers
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Enjoyable m/m romance between a gardener and a model/influencer set against a background of morning television shenanigans. I don‘t know if the writers of this series have any actual experience in TV production, but they certainly have a jaundiced view of many of the people involved in it.

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Black Butterflies | Priscilla Morris
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Look what I found in my post box this morning! Thank you so much Barbara for these lovely books and you kind wishes. I am very much looking forward to another year of book chat with you - hopefully there will be more for me to chat about this year! Since you haven‘t read these yet, I think there might be a buddy read or two in our future😀

LeeRHarry Ooh loved Black Butterflies - enjoy! 😊 3w
LeahBergen How nice! 3w
BarbaraBB So glad they arrived and pretty soon too! Here‘s to chats and buddyreads ❤️ 3w
Tamra I gulped this one down! 3w
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I‘m all for recognising the contributions made by people (usually women) around “geniuses” & I‘m happy to acknowledge that many “geniuses” are flawed human beings, but I can‘t get on with this book. I‘m irritated by the author stating her interpretations as fact, by her acceptance of some sources at face value while criticising other biographers for it & also by the way she imposes herself into the narrative. I‘m just irritated by it generally.

Jeg Sorry you didn‘t enjoy this book. It was my best read for last year. Goes to show we are all very different . What a wonderful world. Hope all is well in your world. ❤️. 4w
Ruthiella I‘ve heard that criticism from others as well. 4w
LeeRHarry That‘s disappointing - hopefully the next book you pick up is a better fit. 😊 4w
Freespirit Funny how something so popular can irritate you. I had the same problem with Tom Lake by Anne Patchett which is incredibly popular…I found it so slow and boring! 6d
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The Vintner's Luck | Elizabeth Knox
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#WomensDozen Again, embarrassed by how few I‘ve read. There are only 10 that I really loved.
The Vintner‘s Luck Elizabeth Knox
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Gilgamesh Joan London
Small Island Andrea Levy
Disobedience Naomi Alderman
Digging to America Anne Tyler
A God in Ruins Kate Atkinson
Actress Anne Enright
Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters
The Vanishing Half Britt Brooke
Thanks for the idea @TheKidUpstairs

TheKidUpstairs Bel Canto was on my list, too 😊 I really do have to read A God in Ruins, I loved Life After Life! 1mo
Ruthiella I only looked at the shortlist and winners to narrow it down for my brain, but definitely Detransition Baby would have been there if I‘d included longlisters! I‘ve not heard of Gilgamesh, so definitely adding it to the TBR now! 1mo
Centique Ohhhh The Vintners Luck - its been such a long time since I read and loved that. Small Island is a fave too. (edited) 4w
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The Black Prince | Iris Murdoch
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Here‘s my #BookerDozen.
The Black Prince Iris Murdoch
Small World David Lodge
What‘s Bred in the Bone Robertson Davies
Moon Tiger Penelope Lively
The Van Roddy Doyle
Dirt Music Tim Winton
The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantell
The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes
Hot Milk Deborah Levy
Autumn Ali Smith
Milkman Anna Burns
I was a bit embarrassed by how few I‘ve read when I went through the lists ☹️ Thanks for the idea Scott

BarbaraBB Well you did read some good ones! I LOVED The Black Prince and Moon Tiger! 1mo
BarbaraBB … and Milkman, Line of Beauty and Dirt Music! (edited) 1mo
Graywacke Moon Tiger! 🖤 1mo
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Ruthiella Great list! Iris Murdoch is such an interesting writer. I definitely have The Black Price on my TBR. 1mo
Centique Theres so many here i need to get to! This is a great reminder of great books ive missed 🙌 4w
Reggie I loved Milkman so much. 4w
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The Birthday Fairies are looking forward to celebrating the birthdays of all these lovely Littens in February!

If you would like to be added to the list to receive some #birthdaylove on your special day email your Litsy handle and the date of your birthday to LitsyBirthdays@gmail.com and the Birthday Fairies will do the rest! Remember, you can only add your own birthday to the list.

squirrelbrain 🎉❤️🎉❤️ 1mo
dabbe HB! 💜🩶💜 1mo
robinb 🎈 💛 💙 💘 💜 🎶 Celebrations Coming!! 1mo
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The Snow Ball | Brigid Brophy
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A sumptuous New Year's Eve party in the mid 20th century is seen through the eyes of a mature cynical woman and a young girl at her first ball. It took me a bit to get into the style of this one, but once I did I loved its wit and bite. Thanks Leah😘

batsy Happy to hear that you liked it too 💜 1mo
The_Penniless_Author The podcast Backlisted did an episode on this book, if you're interested: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3pLtuEAsDMYwa4Uu53KZ5g?si=JwidsZ9_Skeq2dh9iCmnM... 1mo
CarolynM @The_Penniless_Author Thanks. I‘ll look it up😀 1mo
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CarolynM @batsy I think I stacked it based on your review, so thank you too😘 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m so glad you liked it! 😘😘 1mo
LeahBergen And maybe I‘ll get to my copy for next New Year. 😂 1mo
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Total Creative Control | Sally Malcolm, Joanna Chambers
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Loved this m/m #romantsy about the showrunner/writer of a popular TV show and his assistant who writes fanfic about the show on the sly. Much more convincing and better written than most.

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The Photograph | Penelope Lively
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An old secret comes to light with the discovery of a long hidden photograph. Kath, the subject of the photograph, though long dead, is a haunting presence throughout the story and felt more real to me than the living characters as they grapple with their memories of her and with the new fact the photograph reveals. Plenty to think about.

Ruthiella Sounds great. I‘ve only read two from her so far and want to read more. 1mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I think she‘s really good. I‘ve read 4 or 5 and I have a few more I‘ve found in second hand shops🙂 1mo
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Girl in a Pink Dress | Kylie Needham
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I think this is the best novel about painters and their practice that I have ever read. I‘ve been struggling with concentrating on anything half way challenging over the last few months, but this one drew me in immediately and I read it in one sitting (it‘s quite short, only 187 pages, but still…) Thank you again, Sharni, for sending me this. I loved it. #ozfiction

LeeRHarry I really enjoyed this one - thanks to Sharni‘s rec - glad you did too 😊. 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m so glad you enjoyed it 🎨 2mo
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Murder While You Work | Susan Scarlett
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Very enjoyable. Hits all of Susan Scarlett‘s usual romance beats while telling the story of a serial killer. It shouldn‘t work but somehow it does🤷🏻‍♀️ Maybe it‘s just because I‘ve been spending a lot of time with vulnerable old people recently, but I found it quite sad too. #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

erzascarletbookgasm It‘s great many are enjoying this! I‘m looking forward to read this 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ♥️ 2mo
julieclair Great review. 2mo
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Tamra You hit the nail on the head! It really was a bit sad & melancholy with the disturbing bits included. 2mo
jlhammar I read the first third or so last night. Really enjoying it so far! 2mo
batsy Lovely review! I've just started and am liking it. 2mo
elkeOriginal It shouldn‘t work, but it does! 2mo
elkeOriginal I think preying on vulnerable old people not only adds sadness but heightened my anxiety for them to hurry and catch the killer. Drew me in even more. 2mo
Ruthiella OMG this made me super anxious. I haven‘t found a FMB group read this tense since 2mo
quietjenn I completely agree on all points. 2mo
LeahBergen Yes! I was anxious about the older characters, too. 😬 2mo
Jess_Read_This Eek! I‘m diving in this weekend and seeing your review/comments is preparing me well for what to expect! 1mo
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Monogamy | Sue Miller
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Thank you, Nerissa💕 I decided to keep this one to open on Christmas Day, then forgot to post it🫢🙄 I am very grateful though. Hope you had a good day😘

BarbaraBB Merry Christmas Carolyn! I really liked that book! ❤️ 2mo
Rissreads I hope it brought you some joy ♥️ 2mo
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What a lot of lovely goodies! Thank you so much Serena! I love it all, but I‘m particularly excited by the Patrick Gale novel since I just discovered him this year. Merry Christmas, my friend😘💕

And thank you Sharni for organising once again😘💕

#AussieSecretSanta

thegirlwiththelibrarybag 🥳🥳🥳 looks amazing! 2mo
TrishB Looks fab! I haven‘t read that Gale! 2mo
batsy Lovely! I have Burnt Sugar waiting for me on my shelves, as well 😁 2mo
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MrsMalaprop Yay! You‘re very welcome. I‘m a big Gale fan. Enjoy 📖❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas to you and your family, Carolyn ❤️🎄 2mo
Teresereading I'm a Gale fan too, but haven't read Pork! 2mo
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The New Life | Tom Crewe
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Thank you so much Lee! I‘ve resisted the temptation to buy this book several times in the last year. I‘m very pleased to have a copy now. And the chocolate looks very yum! Merry Christmas to you my friend💕😘

#Jolabokaflodswap

LeeRHarry You‘re very welcome - Merry Christmas to you too Carolyn 😊🎄x (edited) 2mo
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Thank you Liz! I‘m a fan of Anne Enright, this one sounds good! And I know that chocolate is delicious! Merry Christmas dear friend😘💕

Thanks for organising once again, Chelle😘

#Jolabokaflodswap

LeahBergen That‘s a great cover! 2mo
Lizpixie You‘re welcome gorgeous! Let me know what you got from Booktopia! Merry Xmas😘♥️💚♥️💚 2mo
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I‘ve not read enough this year to do a #best23of23, but here‘s a #best10of23. I didn‘t read many new releases and favourites were older books, Girls of Slender Means, Notes From an Exhibition and Daddy‘s Gone A-Hunting my top 3. Thanks for starting this off @BarbaraBB It‘s always interesting to see what everyone chooses. And, as always, thinking of you with love @Cinfhen

Deblovestoread Nice to see this one on a list 2mo
Deblovestoread And makes me think I should give this one another chance 2mo
CarolynM @Deblovestoread I know a lot of people didn‘t like it, but I thought it was really good. 2mo
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CarolynM @Deblovestoread See previous comment😆 2mo
Cuilin Oh I want to read Notes From An exhibition. 2mo
LeahBergen Great list! I‘m reminding myself right now to read more Spark next year. 2mo
jlhammar The Barry and the Mortimer will be in my top reads of the year as well! 2mo
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The Snow Ball | Brigid Brophy
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Thank you so much Leah. Such a beautiful looking book and I think it might be the kind of thing I‘m wanting to read at the moment. I‘m afraid I couldn‘t find the energy to send out Christmas cards this year, but I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas 🎅🤶🎄💕

batsy Wonderful! I loved this book. 2mo
CarolynM @batsy It was your review that made me stack it🙂 2mo
IndoorDame This is one of my all time favorite New Year‘s books! 2mo
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squirrelbrain So pretty! 🥰 2mo
LeahBergen Ah, it arrived before Christmas! 👏👏 You‘re so welcome and Merry Christmas to you and your family, too. And I didn‘t send out any Christmas cards this year, either. I‘m feeling like this is a year for me to do the bare minimum! 😆 2mo
LeahBergen @batsy Yes, your review is what made me buy a copy for myself, too! 😘 2mo
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Sole Survivor | Zachary Ashford
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Of course I knew it was you, Reggie 🤣 🤣 🤣 This is just the escapism I need. And Blanket Dance sounds really good too.

Thank you so much for thinking of me. I‘m afraid the idea of organising Christmas cards was too much for me this year, but I‘m wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas 🎅 🤶 🎄💕

Reggie lol, Im so glad they made it there. I hope the dropbears lift your spirit this coming year. Happy Holidays to you and yours as well! ❤️💚❤️ 2mo
LeeRHarry I thought Calling for a blanket dance was a good read - hope you think so too. 😊 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘d have guessed @Reggie too 😂 (edited) 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag The cover on Sole Survivor made me giggle 🤭 2mo
Tamra Echoing @LeeRHarry 2mo
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There‘s nothing much new in this story about the perils of social media stalking, but it‘s well written and very readable. #ozfiction

LeahBergen What a lovely photo! 2mo
Tamra Ahhhhhh, blooms. 💛💚 How much I already miss them. 2mo
batsy Gorgeous flowers! 2mo
Jeg Such beautiful flowers. 2mo
Centique I love the flowers too! 2mo
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Melbourne‘s changeable weather often attracts comment, usually fairly cliched. I enjoyed this original (and pretty accurate in my experience) take on it.

LeahBergen It sounds like the weather in my part of Canada. 😆 3mo
TrishB And here! 3mo
LeeRHarry Perfect description! Case in point comparing yesterday and today. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
Freespirit It‘s just hot and humid here at the moment🫠 2mo
Centique Thats so accurate! It can be so extreme in Melbourne 😂 2mo
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#AussieSecretSanta parcel received today too 😁 Thank you Sarina 😘

Thanks Sharni for organising this fun swap for another year😘

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Love the baubles 🤩 3mo
MrsMalaprop Yay! Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 📚 3mo
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#JolabokaflodSwap and #AussieSecretSanta parcels posted today.

LeeRHarry Hi Carolyn, hope you received my Jolabokaflod parcel - it said it was delivered on 14/12. If not I‘ll chase it. 😊 2mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I did get it, thank you Lee😘 2mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM that‘s great! Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🎄x 2mo
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I was in the mood for a Pym and seeing all the #hashtagbrigade posts made me chose this one. Maybe not quite as good as Excellent Women or Less Than Angels but still very enjoyable. It had me giggling at the juxtaposition of the spiritual and the domestic - the egg and chips tea for the newly converted Roman Catholic being my favourite example.

Ruthiella The re-read with the #HashtagBrigade made me love this one even more the second time around. I find it interesting how Wilmet is not an Excellent Woman, but she kind of does and doesn‘t want to be one. 3mo
LeahBergen And now I‘m feeling like a Pym, too! 🥰 3mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I think I know what you mean about Wilmet. I wondered how much her service in the Wrens made not quite able to fit the Excellent Woman mould. 3mo
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CarolynM @LeahBergen Which one will you choose? 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been reading them in publication order (well, my first was actually Excellent Women but I went back after that) so my next one is No Fond Return of Love. 3mo
LeahBergen And I have my Pym stockpile waiting for me. 😆 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen That one is fun. Enjoy! 3mo
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1. My amazing husband who has been magnificent throughout these last few difficult months.
2. The fabulous neighbourhood I live in.
3. My wonderful friends, both IRL and here on Litsy, who support and encourage me.

Thanks for the tag @Lizpixie

#WondrousWednesday

Lizpixie 😘♥️♥️♥️ How are you feeling lovely? Things getting better? (edited) 3mo
Eggs I hope the coming months will go more smoothly 💕 3mo
LeahBergen 😘😘😘 3mo
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CarolynM @Lizpixie Mostly getting better, but we‘re still having some bad days along the way. Today wasn‘t good😔 How are you? Are the burns all healed?💕😘 3mo
CarolynM @Eggs Thank you💕 3mo
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Edenglassie | Melissa Lucashenko
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Melissa Lucashenko putting us liberal minded whitefellas in our place😆👏

Tamra 😆 4mo
Centique Ah ha ha! Good on her 😂 3mo
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Babbacombe's | SUSAN. SCARLETT
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Totally charming. It is such a pleasure to escape into a world where good and decent people triumph while those behaving badly get nowhere. Penny the cat was a joy too.

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

jlhammar Looking forward to more Penny the cat! I‘m not very far in yet, but really enjoying so far. Your coffee looks wonderful ☕️ 4mo
Tamra What a fabulous pic! 4mo
LeahBergen What a lovely photo. I haven‘t started yet but I‘m pretty sure I‘m going to love it. 😆 4mo
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Ruthiella Penny the cat ! 😻 I didn‘t read anything yesterday. 😢 But I want to see Dulcie get her comeuppance! 😆 4mo
Tamra @Ruthiella 😂yes! 4mo
batsy Lovely photo! I haven't started yet but I'm glad you enjoyed it. And am most intrigued by Penny the cat 🐱 4mo
LeahBergen I liked when Janet wondered what Paul would think of what Penny the cat got up to in his nighttime prowlings 😆 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen That line made me smile too😆 3mo
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Is it written by Alexis Hall? Well, I‘m going to enjoy it then, obviously. This one has all the wit and heart I could hope for. I have to say, though, for an Australian of my generation a character named Aunty Jack creates a mental image totally different from the one I am sure the author intended🤣🤣🤣

Ast_Arslan I think this is a sign for me as I'm about to start reading Boyfriend material 😂 4mo
Megabooks Hey! I‘ve been away from litsy awhile, but I see you‘re dealing a lot with elder care too (which is why I‘ve been so off and on). Sending love and support to you!! 💜💜 4mo
Reggie I had to go look Aunty Jack up. I like his little Afro puff style of hair. Lol 4mo
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CarolynM @Reggie Did you listen to the theme song? It‘s a cultural icon🤣 4mo
CarolynM @Megabooks Thanks Meg. I‘ve had a very intense period with elder care over the last few months but I‘m not dealing with the ongoing issues I believe you deal with. I admire your commitment, particularly given your own health concerns. Take care💕 4mo
Centique I have almost got to the top of the library reserve list for this one! 4mo
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Twisty, satirical, silly and unbelievable in the best possible way, this story of criminal gangs in 1950s Brighton is the anti Brighton Rock. I enjoyed it enormously.

rockpools This sounds really fun! 4mo
CarolynM @rockpools It is! It was given to me as a sort of cheer-up present and it worked😁 4mo
Aims42 Ooo! Thanks for this review, I just borrowed the audiobook for a road trip this coming weekend 🤩It sounds good!! 4mo
CarolynM @Aims42 Hope you enjoy it too. 4mo
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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Nicely written and very sweet #Romantsy. The family dynamics were entertaining and I thought the grief issues were well handled, although I was a little surprised that their appetites didn‘t seem to be affected 😆 I particularly liked the romance writers‘ scripting of how things should go when the MCs finally got together. Thanks to @StayCurious and #LittensLoveRomance for the read along.

StayCurious Thanks for joining! 4mo
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This instalment in the series is more poignant than the earlier books, but it is still a lot of fun. It is a testament to Osman‘s skill as a story teller that he balances the gently humourous with serious observations of love and loss and it all feels very natural.

TrishB Lovely summary Carolyn, thought this was a great read. 4mo
julesG You have summed it up perfectly. 4mo
LeahBergen You‘ve reminded me I need to grab the 2nd one off my shelves soon! 4mo
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CarolynM @TrishB @julesG Thank you😘😘 4mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen They‘re perfect when you want something entertaining but not demanding🙂 4mo
Jeg I got this when it first came out . Lent it and it hasn't come back. Might have to get another copy. Lesson learnt don't lend unread books. 4mo
Freespirit This is on my TBR list 4mo
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I'm Your Guy | Sarina Bowen
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Another great m/m hockey #romantsy from Sarina Bowen. I really liked the hockey player‘s backstory in this one.

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Mystery of the Emeralds | Kathryn Kenny
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1. A lot of different favourites at different ages, I was a big Trixie Belden fan and the tagged book is the one that springs to mind.
2. My father reading Banjo Paterson‘s Saltbush Bill poems with me when I was about 6 or 7.
3. Ecstatic is a big call, I don‘t think I can answer that.

#WondrousWednesday

Thanks for the tag Liz😘

LeahBergen And now I feel like reading a Trixie Belden again! (edited) 4mo
Reggie #2 ❤️ 4mo
Amiable OMG, I adored Trixie! I had the entire set. My mother gave it away when I was in college and I‘m still upset about it. 4mo
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batsy Love Trixie ❤️ 4mo
TheLudicReader Trixie! 4mo
Eggs I missed out on Trixie! I‘ll have to give it a try! Thanks for joining in 🥳 4mo
LeahBergen A parcel just arrived from you! I‘ll save it to open on Saturday. Thank you so much for thinking of me when you have so much going on in your own life. 😘😘😘 4mo
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All Done by Kindness: A Novel | Doris Langley Moore
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Now I‘ve got some reading time again I am trying to catch up with some buddy reads. #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub was number 1 priority and it was a great read. I really enjoyed the skullduggery on both sides of the deal but I think my favourite bit was the “Anti-da-Vinci” meeting.

batsy Glad you enjoyed it, too! It was a fun read. 4mo
Lizpixie Hi lovely!👋😘♥️ 4mo
jlhammar It really was a great read! And that meeting was just too good 😂 So glad you've got some reading time again. Hope that continues. 4mo
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BarbaraBB Good to learn you have reading time again! 4mo
Ruthiella Glad you are finding time again to read. Skullduggery is right. 😂 4mo
willaful That scene killed me. Seems like people never change! 4mo
squirrelbrain Good to hear you‘re finding time for yourself again. 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m so glad you‘re able to read again and that you enjoyed this one, too! ❤️ 4mo
quietjenn I'm glad you found time for it! That was a great scene and I love the way you describe the book. 🙂 4mo
kwmg40 Glad you enjoyed this one. I did too! 4mo
Rissreads Yay for more reading time! I haven‘t been on Litsy much lately, so much to do! But I do hope everything is starting to settle down for you with your parents etc, I know how tough it is. X 4mo
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Edenglassie | Melissa Lucashenko
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My life is getting back on track - new release #bookhaul 😀

squirrelbrain Lovely! All new to me - are they Aussie authors? 5mo
MrsMalaprop What? How have I not heard that Melissa has a new book out? Glad things are getting back on track for you. x 5mo
batsy Nice! 😍 5mo
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Centique I‘m so glad to hear things are more settled 💕 A new Lucashenko 🙌 5mo
CarolynM @squirrelbrain Yes, as it happens. I didn‘t realise it myself until I stacked them up 🙂 5mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop @Centique Thanks. I‘ve thought before that things were settling down only to have them blow up again so we‘ll see. But I am hopeful🙂 Edenglassie was only released last week. UQP has rereleased a couple of her backlist titles too. 5mo
LeahBergen I‘m so glad to hear your life is a little more settled. ❤️❤️ 5mo
LeeRHarry Happy to hear that things are more settled for you Carolyn and long may that continue. I‘ve had my eye on the new Lucashenko 😊 put it on hold at my library. 4mo
Jeg I heard the RN book ladies talking about some of those books. Edenglass and the Dave Warner . Talking about all the new books being launched in time for Xmas. So many. My TBR pile is growing. Glad to hear things are back on track for you Carolyn. 4mo
TrishB Your parcel has just arrived- thank you for thinking of me, especially when you have so much on. I‘m saving it for next week 😘 4mo
CarolynM @TrishB 😘 4mo
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Mrs. Tim Gets a Job | Dorothy Emily Stevenson
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While in Adelaide I found a 2nd hand bookshop with a cache of D E Stevensons and a few Margery Sharps as well.

Leftcoastzen Wow 5mo
squirrelbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
batsy Swoon! 😍😍 5mo
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Centique That is fantastic! 5mo
merelybookish Gorgeous! 5mo
mabell 😍😍 5mo
Aimeesue So lovely! 😍 5mo
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 5mo
LeahBergen Wow!! What an incredible score! 👏👏👏👏 5mo
quietjenn Very nice! 4mo
Jeg Wow. They look so good. 4mo
Freespirit Wonderful!!! 4mo
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Spent the afternoon at the State Library at their World of the Book exhibition (they‘re not Muriel Spark fans, obviously😆) and thought the servants of the #CatsofLitsy would appreciate this. At some point in the last 400 odd years, a cat has walked through some ink and then walked across this page 🐾😹

julesG 🤣🤣🤣 Sounds like something cats delight in. 5mo
batsy Amazing 😹 5mo
Librarybelle Cats are so helpful! 😹 5mo
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mabell That‘s perfect 😂 5mo
Ruthiella 😹😹😹 5mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 I love it! 5mo
Jeg Just like a cat. 😻😻 5mo
jlhammar Wow, love it! 5mo
thegreensofa That‘s adorable! 😻🐾 5mo
Rissreads ♥️ 4mo
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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Hi Barbara! Congratulations on such fabulous milestones! Thanks for the giveaway, & thanks for all the effort you put in to making Litsy the fun, engaging & welcoming community it is.

I haven‘t thought about what‘s coming out next year but I guess there will be a new Thursday Murder Club adventure & since I‘m only up for light reading right now I‘m going for that.

@thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Freespirit want to enter?

#BBGiveAway

squirrelbrain No more Thursday Murder Club for a while I‘m afraid ( but The Last Devil To Die is soooo good!). He‘s started on a new series about a father and daughter-in-law duo - still investigating crimes I think. (It‘s not the end of the Club though - there will be more. 😮‍💨) 5mo
CarolynM @squirrelbrain Thanks for that, Helen. The new series has just become my most anticipated read 🙂 5mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Oh gosh, I haven‘t given much thought to what‘s coming out next year either. Time to hit up goodreads for a most anticipated in 2024 list 🤣 5mo
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BarbaraBB That new series sounds good too! Are you still do busy with and worrying about your parents Carolyn? I feel you 🩵 5mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I‘ve got a bit more time to myself, but still a lot of worry. It‘s an emotional roller coaster ❤️💙 Hope you and your family are all well😘 (edited) 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm I look forward to the next Thursday Club instalment too 🙂 5mo
BarbaraBB I know what you mean, I‘ve got the same worries since my father died last year. Fortunately my mother lives not as far away as yours parents. 5mo
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