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Centique

Joined September 2016

Is it a book? I‘ll probably like it then. NZ 🇳🇿
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And my haul was just three old Penguins (got to think of the weight of my suitcase!) 😋

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Through the Looking Glass Second Hand Books | Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Bookstore)
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My first trip out of New Zealand in three years - hello again to Melbourne 😍 And hello to this gorgeous second hand bookshop in Sassafras in the Dandenong Ranges. I should have taken a photo of the wardrobe door at the back of the shop - the kids section you get to by stepping through the mirror on the wardrobe!

LeahBergen How fun! 1d
Clare-Dragonfly How delightful! 1d
Reggie How awesome! Hope you have a good time! 1d
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Ruthiella What a cool idea for the children‘s section! 1d
LeeRHarry Ooh nice - Sassafras is lovely 😊 1d
batsy This looks lovely 😍 18h
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There‘s finally enough sunshine and warmth to read outside again. And the latest book in my favourite series just came in at the library. Serendipity! Also tea in the awesome mug @Rissreads gave me! 😘

LeahBergen What a lovely reading spot. 1w
KathyWheeler That‘s one of my favorite series too. My husband and take short road trips whenever a new one come out so me can listen to it. 1w
BarbaraBB Such a wonderful reading spot! 1w
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CarolynM 😍 1w
Jeg I need an outside reading couch like that. To be able to lie back and read would be wonderful. I sit up when outside and often start to nod off. 1w
Rissreads Awwwww, I‘m glad you are using it! I haven‘t read any books in this series but it‘s on my list! I hope you are going ok? Xxx 1w
Centique @KathyWheeler they‘re so good aren‘t they? 😍 1w
Centique @Jeg we renovated our deck and got new furniture out there just before COVID hit - and it has made the deck so much nicer and more useable. I hope you can get one 💕 1w
Centique @Rissreads we are all good. Ups and downs with his Elderliness and some other family health issues but we have hopefully weathered the storm now. How are you going? Xxx 1w
Rissreads I‘m in Athens at the moment! A friend and I have been saving for a holiday for 6 yrs and it‘s finally happened. We have already been in Santorini and Kefalonia and tomorrow move on to Taormina in Sicily and Rome! It‘s been brilliant. I feel so lucky! 💙🤍 1w
Centique @Rissreads that‘s AMAZING! I‘m so happy for you! You totally deserve it. Have a great holiday 💙🇬🇷 1w
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Thoroughly enjoyed this chunkster on audio. My first Henry James! I was impressed with his tackling the constraints on a young woman‘s independence in his era. I loved the writing, the gentle irony, the perceptiveness, the really thorough dissection of motivations and psychology. So much is shown in conversation, each strictly moderated by convention. Complicated villains, complicated victims - I was held in trance.

Ruthiella Great review! It‘s on my list, even though Henry James kinda intimidates me. 😥 2w
CarolynM I‘ve only tried Henry James once, and I had to stop because I couldn‘t understand what he was saying. There were literally whole sentences that made absolutely no sense as far as I could see. Your review makes me think I should try this one. The one I tried was 2w
Centique @Ruthiella @CarolynM it‘s hard to compare when you‘ve listened to the audio - but I didn‘t find it any worse than Dickens or Hardy? There were a couple of words I had to double check along the way though! (edited) 2w
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Centique @CarolynM I‘ve just seen that Edith Wharton described his later works as incomprehensible! Apparently his sentence structures got much more complicated and take a ton of concentration. This book i read is one of his early works so its much simpler! 2w
Ruthiella @CarolynM That was my experience with The Wings of the Dove too. And I‘d already seen the movie! I had better luck with Daisy Miller. @Centique I‘ve not been brave enough to tackle Hardy yet either-only there I‘m more worried about it being depressing. 😅 (edited) 2w
Centique @Ruthiella I really liked Return of the Native but it was a little depressing. I haven‘t tackled Eliot yet or Thackeray and I bailed on Dostoyevsky ….. there‘s a ton I need to read! 2w
CarolynM @Centique @Ruthiella Not just me, then - that makes me feel better😆 I‘ve never managed to get in to any Dickens novel (I have tried a few) but I don‘t find Hardy difficult - I loved The Mayor of Casterbridge and Far from the Madding Crowd 2w
Centique @CarolynM @Ruthiella I need to read those then! Also Gaskell and Trollope. Such holes I have! I‘m about 5 novels away from reading all the Dickens. 2w
Ruthiella @Centique @CarolynM I adore Dickens and Trollope. ❤️ But I have plenty of other classic authors I need to try (like Hardy) or I want to read more than just one book (like Eliot). 2w
CarolynM @Centique @Ruthiella I loved the 2 Trollopes I‘ve read and I want to read more. I bailed on Mill on the Floss, and, in spite of wanting to read it, I‘ve never felt ready to start Vanity Fair. 2w
Centique @CarolynM @Ruthiella looks like I should definitely prioritise Trollope 😍 2w
CarolynM The first Barchester novel, The Warden, is quite short - much less intimidating 😆 2w
Ruthiella @Centique I think you will love Trollope too. He does this thing where he addresses the reader and it gets me every time. Like he and I (and @CarolynM ) are in on the same secret. And while he is not infrequently anti-Semitic in his attitudes and portrayals, he does at least write complex, believable female characters. 2w
Centique @CarolynM @Ruthiella always good to start with a shorter one 👍 2w
batsy Lovely review! I've only read two of James's shorter works (Washington Square & The Turn of the Screw) & really enjoyed both. 2w
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When We Were Birds | Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
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Thoroughly enjoyed this - my first ever novel from Trinidad and Tobago. We follow Yejide, a young woman bound to her ancestral home by family ties despite dysfunction, and Darwin, a young Rasta man, pushed into breaking his vows, leaving his mother and moving into the city for work. As their stories circle each other, supernatural forces are at work. @Reggie this reminded me a little bit of Mama Day 😍. This would make a good spooky read for ⬇️

Centique …October. Also note this is written in dialect, if that feels strange please give it a few pages to find your rhythm with it. 2w
Reggie This does sound sound like my jam. Stacked. 2w
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The Crow Trap | Ann Cleeves
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I was looking for a new detective series (not cosy but more character driven than thrilling) and this was just the ticket! I really enjoyed the isolated rural setting, the three women sharing a house while doing a wildlife survey, and how the many threads of their personal lives gave so many possibilities for “whodunnit”. Vera was a prickly obstinate source of joy when she finally turns up. I‘ve ordered the 2nd one already 😁

batsy That sounds really appealing! I need to give this series a try. And then to watch the TV series 😅 2w
Centique @batsy I need to try the tv series too! I‘ve always admired Brenda Blethyn. 😍 2w
batsy @Centique Yes! She's fab ❤️ 2w
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CarolynM I really enjoyed her two recent books about Matthew Venn. I need to read more of her. Have you ever seen the TV series Chance in a Million? A young Brenda Blethyn and Simon Callow - very silly and fun. (edited) 2w
Centique @CarolynM I haven‘t seen it, just looked it up though and it looks like it was a lot of fun 😊 2w
TrishB Love this series. 2w
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The Complete Work of Raphael | Raffaello Sanzio
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Friday flowers Cindy! @Cinfhen Except I bought them@on Monday…. Got excited that it‘s Spring here and there are lilies in the shops (not in my garden - my garden is all agaves and grasses and hebes - hardly any flowers)

There is a book in this photo. Not my book. My daughter is studying Art History and my art teacher brother in law lent her this huge book on Raphael.

Cinfhen Love the flowers and how wonderful that book sounds!!! 3w
BarbaraBB Beautiful flowers! 3w
LeahBergen Gorgeous! 3w
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CarolynM Beautiful 😍 3w
Dragon Happy spring! 💐💚🐉 2w
Megabooks Very pretty!! 2w
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More photos from Otautahi Christchurch - botanical gardens… daffodils are out!
This book was a delight. My 2nd Spark novel; this one more humorous than The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie but it still has a dark undercurrent & she still skewers a few personality types with sharp descriptions. It also reminded me of Excellent Women & Lolly Willowes in that I love a woman who, despite appearances, refuses to stay in the box she‘s expected to fit in!

LeahBergen I must get to this soon! I also liked her Memento Mori. 👍 3w
CarolynM This was the first Spark I read. She is more biting than Pym, I think😆 3w
Cathythoughts Lovely pictures and review ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
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Centique @LeahBergen ooh I need to get that one! 3w
Centique @CarolynM that is a very good description of her style, totally agree! 3w
BarbaraBB Beautiful pics! Like @LeahBergen I too enjoyed Memento Mori a lot and also 3w
batsy So intrigued by the Lolly Willowes and Excellent Women comparisons! I've only read one Spark and loved it; I really need to crack on with the rest. 3w
Suet624 Lovely photos! 3w
Ruthiella I‘ve only read three books from Spark, but so far this is my favorite. “Pisseur de copie!” 😆 3w
Centique @BarbaraBB some more I need to get to! 3w
Centique @batsy I‘d love to hear what you think of this one when you get there. I loved the main character so much 😍 3w
Centique @Suet624 thank you! 😘 3w
Centique @Ruthiella that can be our catch cry “pisseur de copie!” 😂 3w
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I can‘t believe it‘s been 6 years - and nearly 3 of them in the midst of pandemic and upheaval. So many wonderful Littens have made this place a pocket of joy and wisdom for me through it all. Thank you all so much. 💕 Special shout out to @Reggie @Cinfhen @CarolynM @Lindy @TrishB @batsy @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella @shawnmooney @merelybookish @BarbaraBB @Billypar @andrew61 @Megabooks @rockpools @vivastory @Rissreads

Centique Plus a huge amount of other people that I can‘t possibly name you all! 4w
Daisey Happy Litsyversary! It really is an amazing space! 4w
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 4w
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Cinfhen Oh wow!! It‘s really crazy how a little app has made such a BIG DIFFERENCE in my life!! So glad we all found each other 🫶🏼sending love 💕💕💕💕💕 and oodles of good wishes your way, little flea 😘 How‘s your dad doing??? 4w
julesG Happy Litsyversary! 4w
Billypar Congrats on 6 years! @Cinfhen summed it nicely - it's still my only social media and primary way of connecting with other readers and having great discussions. Here's to 6 more years of bookish fun 🍻 4w
Lindy Congratulations! Cheers to more book joy in the years ahead. 🥂 4w
Rissreads Wow, 6yrs! Litsy is an amazing place full of wonderful people! Congratulations 👏🏻 ♥️ 🎉 4w
TheSpineView Congratulations!🥳🥳 4w
batsy Litsy is a wonderful place and I'm so happy to have met you here! Here's to many more years of bookish fun and friendship 🥂💕📚 4w
andrew61 Thank you Paula and congratulations on the anniversary. I look forward to your posts and pictures , here's to much more happy reading years to come. 4w
TrishB Happy litsyversary friend ♥️♥️♥️ 4w
BarbaraBB Thank you Paula, I am very grateful for all the friendship Litsy has brought us! Happy anniversary and cheers to many more years ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 4w
rockpools 🤗 Happy Litsyversary Paula! 😘 4w
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉 4w
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary Paula! 🥳🥳🥳 And for me, a thanks to our departed friend Jenny @ReadingEnvy who brought me to Litsy and to wonderful people like you ! ❤️ (edited) 4w
Dragon Congratulations 🎉 Happy Litsyversary! 3w
LeahBergen Happy Litsyversary, my friend! 😘😘 3w
Megabooks Happy litsyversary Paula!! So glad to have met you here!! 💜😘💜 3w
merelybookish Thank you Paula! Right back at you!! So happy and honoured to call you friend! 🥰 You were one of my first on here! Congrats on your anniversary! 🥂 3w
Centique @Cinfhen so glad we all found each other too! Just visited his Elderliness yesterday and he‘s in much better spirits. The staff there are lovely and treat him so well. He likes to show off how many visitors he gets! 3w
Centique @Ruthiella yes exactly! I keep thinking about her and missing her. It just seems wrong that there are new books and new award lists and no posts from Jenny to read about them. And I miss her podcast and her voice 💔😢 3w
Cinfhen That‘s WONDERFUL NEWS ♥️ 3w
Reggie @Centique congrats, my friend. You and Litsy, even when I stay away from here for months, are never far from my thoughts. I hope we have many more years of book chat. ❤️ 3w
Centique @Reggie you‘re never far from my thoughts either my friend 💕 Arohanui xx 3w
Centique @merelybookish thank you Margot! 😘 3w
vivastory Happy Litsyversary, Paula! 🍷 Thanks for the tag & I'm so glad to have connected with you through Litsy📚📚 3w
Jeg Wow. Time does fly. 3w
eeclayton Happy Litsyversary 🥳 3w
Simona Congratulations 👏 3w
Centique @vivastory my TBR would be so much the worse without you Scott! 3w
CarolynM Aww, that‘s very sweet of you. I am so happy to count you as a friend and I am beyond grateful to have had you and the Littens to sustain me through those long lockdowns ❤️❤️❤️ Happy Litsyversary 🎉 3w
Cathythoughts Happy Litsyversary Paula ♥️thanks for the tag. It‘s always lovely to see your posts and hear from you 😘😘😘 3w
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A lovely spot to read for an hour in the Spring sunshine - and a lovely book to read. This is Victoria Square in Otautahi, Christchurch.

Soubhiville Wow! Beautiful. 4w
LeahBergen So pretty! 4w
Jeg N Z is such a beautiful place. Another visit would be great. Maybe one day. 3w
Centique @Jeg I hope you get to visit us again soon 💕 3w
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Definitely one of my best reads of the year. It‘s a ghost story, a love story, a story of a bookshop & the community of staff & customers, it‘s about the inheritance of white colonisation & trauma, about the restorative power in indigenous heritage, a story of family, of pandemic, of the outcry to a murder. It‘s warm, its loving, it‘s human, filled with our flaws and our healing. It‘s like a good bowl of soup made by someone who loves you.

vivastory I read this at the beginning of the year and it remains a favorite 4w
Julsmarshall I loved this so much! 4w
LeahBergen What a review! I have this on my shelves and was contemplating choosing it for my bookclub when my turn rolls around again. 4w
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Centique @LeahBergen thank you! I think there would be heaps to discuss. Not everyone will love it of course, book clubs are like that right?! I gave up on mine … nice people but they didn‘t like anything except The Glass Castle and Wild. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
Tamra Such an engaging novel. Great review! 4w
Ruthiella Comparing the novel to a good bowl of soup is particularly apt! 😂 4w
Centique @Ruthiella you are so right! And I do love soup too 😍😂😂 4w
ClairesReads Loooooved this too! 4w
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Central Library Peterborough | Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand (Library)
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I think this is probably the most beautiful library in New Zealand! Turanga was built in 2018 to replace the central library in Otautahi Christchurch which was demolished after the 2010 earthquakes. Turanga is the name chosen to reflect the ties to whakapapa (lines of descent, ancestral values), history and regional community the library serves. And a good place to finish my book while I wait for my lunch date 😊

Centique PS there should be a macron above the U in Turanga. 4w
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Cinfhen Beautiful 🤩 4w
Dragon That‘s a gorgeous library 📚 💚🐉 4w
Hooked_on_books That‘s fabulous! 4w
Reggie Wow!!! 4w
batsy What a fantastic space 😍 4w
Centique It was such a great space - I‘m so jealous we don‘t have one as good in my city! @batsy @Reggie @Hooked_on_books @Dragon @Cinfhen @LeahBergen @charl08 4w
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Smith's Bookshop | Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand (Bookstore)
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Haul from Smiths Bookshop: I bought my first Folio - Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. Such a striking cover. Then a second hand Folio of Agnes Grey and a second hand paperback novel by a NZ writer Robin Hyde - her books are quite hard to come by.

LeahBergen Oh, I like that Agnes Grey edition! Robin Hyde wrote a Persephone book that I‘ve always been meaning to read. 4w
Ruthiella Nice haul! 😃 4w
Centique @LeahBergen yes that‘s her most famous one. I really enjoyed it, but more so knowing how close it is to her own early life. She‘s one of those fiercely independent women writers of the early twentieth century who had a lot of tragedy. (Only lived to 33yo 😢) 4w
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Centique @Ruthiella thank you 😘 4w
squirrelbrain Love the covers - great haul! 4w
Cathythoughts Very nice Paula ! ♥️ 4w
TrishB Lovely books ♥️ 4w
batsy Oooh, wonderful! A Folio of Agnes Grey 😍 4w
CarolynM Nice haul! Love a good second hand bookshop🙂 4w
Centique @batsy a real find 😍 4w
Centique @CarolynM it was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours 😍 4w
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Smith's Bookshop | Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand (Bookstore)
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Having a little trip to Otautahi Christchurch - and found this lovely bookshop. Smiths Bookshop at The Tannery. It has both new and secondhand books - the secondhand books are mostly non fiction or rare. Small but precious haul to come. 😍

Texreader How exciting!! 1mo
Centique PS the address in the Litsy database is of its previous home in a building that was destroyed following damage in the 2010 earthquake 😢 (edited) 1mo
Centique @Texreader book shopping is the best! 😍 1mo
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Cathythoughts Fabulous picture 💛 4w
CarolynM Enjoy your trip! 4w
Maria514626 Gorgeous! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Looks lovely and quaint. 😍 4w
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Really enjoyed this book and learnt a lot about Deaf culture and the inequities in how Deaf people are treated by a society that expects everyone to be hearing. Told from the POVs of two deaf teenagers and the headmistress of their Deaf school. I most enjoyed the teenagers perspectives and how their family dynamics played out. Including information about ASL and Deaf history in between chapters was a great addition.⬇️

Centique I wanted a little more about Elliot though ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 1mo
batsy @Centique Yes, me too! 1mo
Centique @batsy great minds think alike! 😘 1mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Spring morning and the sky is beautiful!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Groff‘s writing. I think she did a great job of creating a fantastical twist on a real history, a feminist fantasy if you will, of an incredibly strong abbess and her powerful but hidden world of women. For me personally, the second half of the book began to feel a little “one note” but I think Groff is exploring ⬇️

Centique power, authority and God in a way that is interesting but less appealing to me. It would be a book I‘d probably appreciate more with discussion and analysis from others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💛 1mo
LeahBergen Great review! 1mo
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Megabooks Great review! Glad you enjoyed it too 💜💜💜 1mo
Reggie Is it still a bit chilly or no? Hopefully after our heatwave we can say goodbye to summer. I think we‘re all ready for that. 1mo
Centique @Reggie it‘s still jeans weather here but some days I can take off my jumper! It will get hot fast I bet. It‘s a shame because I really like those shoulder seasons when it‘s not too hot or too cold and wet. Climate change is doing away with those seasons 😣 I‘ve heard how bad the heat has been US and Europe. You‘ll be glad of some cold. 💕 1mo
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Nyxia | Scott Reintgen
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For the past year I‘ve struggled to get my 12 year old reading for fun again - just trying to find books that engage him - he‘s so picky! Thank god for these two series which he has been devouring over the past six weeks - highly recommended if you have a tween or teen that needs something as fast moving and compelling as Hunger Games etc.

Cinfhen Yay!!!! Go mom!!! So glad you found something that works 👍🏽💙📚 1mo
Centique @Cinfhen me too! Happy travels Cindy 🤞💜 Have you made it to the US yet? 1mo
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Cinfhen Yup! I‘m currently in Miami- totally jet lagged but happy to be here 😄 1mo
Centique @Cinfhen enjoy your family! And hope you sleep well and wake up more refreshed 💕 1mo
mjtwo I second that - Renegades helped my tween (girl) through one of her reading slumps. She also really enjoyed the Scythe trilogy (she is now 13). It is hard to find books that really keep that age interested. (edited) 1mo
Centique @mjtwo I‘m so glad that she enjoyed them too. And I‘ve just got him a copy of Scythe so that‘s perfect! 1mo
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Brooklyn | Colm Toibin
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I loved this. I‘d seen the movie and loved that too - but this really showed me a lot more of Eilish (the protagonist) inner thoughts and made me consider a couple of the relationships in a new light. I liked the way Toibin doesn‘t explain everything about Eilish to the reader, let‘s us sit with the little inconsistencies that make up a life. And his writing is just lovely. Two books in and he‘s fast become a favourite author.

LeahBergen Lovely review. I‘ve had this one on my shelves for ages. 😬 1mo
Centique @LeahBergen I think you will like this one 😍 1mo
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It‘s very hard to talk about a third book in a series. So I‘m just going to say it‘s very good! Okorafor blows my mind in the way she envisions alien species and alien cultures as well as Earthly ones. And yet it‘s a tight short series with plenty of plot. @Reggie I see what you meant with your previous comment!

Centique @Reggie holy crap that was traumatic! 1mo
Reggie Lol, totally, my heart went straight up to my throat. 1mo
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Thanks for putting this on my radar @Cinfhen it was such a delight to revisit the eighties and some of my favourite movies and actors. Rob Lowe has such a great voice as well as telling great stories, and I‘m impressed with how he turned his life around. It was just the breath of fresh air I needed! Now I‘m going to go watch The Outsiders again and read “whatever happened to” articles about a whole lot of actors I loved.

Cinfhen Yay!! I really loved it too!! I‘m definitely up for reading his other memoir 1mo
LeeRHarry Yes! This was really good 😊 1mo
AlaMich Oh my, Rob Lowe…THE crush of my teenhood. That man just does not age. Not sure how big a fan you are, but he has a podcast where he interviews celebrities. It‘s called “Literally! With Rob Lowe.” 1w
Centique @AlaMich I will definitely look it up. I was a massive Ralph Macchio fan back in the Karate Kid days when I was about 11… he never quite made it the way Rob Lowe did though! 1w
AlaMich He was adorable,too! And he looks exactly the same now. 1w
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Book two in The Scholomance series. This was really enjoyable although I did find some of the interior monologue got repetitive in the middle. This was made up for by so many monsters (!!) and a really good depiction of how group dynamics shift and change. I‘m really looking forward to Book 3. If you liked Gideon the Ninth you might like this series - slightly softer on the scary bits and more YA though.

ICantImReading I am still thinking about the cliffhanger 😂 can‘t wait for the third to come out next month! 2mo
Centique @ICantImReading and what a cliffhanger! 🤯 Not long to go though 🤞 2mo
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Thank you @Dragon for the heads up about this audio book. I‘ve loved Flavia de Luce but never thought to try the audio. Sophie Aldred was just perfect for the voice of Flavia and her sisters (IMO). Exactly what I needed - some light mystery, & a snowy Christmassy one at that! 🎅🤶🎄Like most light mystery series, a lot of the love is for the deepening understanding of the characters over time - I loved being back with them in Buckshaw House.

Ruthiella Interesting! The audio I listen to was narrated by Jane Entwistle, who was also perfect! 2mo
Centique Oh that‘s good to know! This is just the one my library system had but I noticed Audible didn‘t have her as a narrator. Flavia deserves good narrators 😋 2mo
Dragon So happy you enjoyed this audiobook- my library had Jane Entwistle as the narrator. I must confess I have a bit of a crush on Dogger 💚🐉 2mo
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Centique @Dragon he is a sweetheart I reckon! 2mo
Centique @Dragon @Ruthiella just did some googling and it‘s an international rights thing. I can only get the Sophie Aldred versions here which apparently is the UK version. Just as well I liked it! 2mo
Dragon Agreed @Centique . I‘m listening to Flavia‘s Canadian adventure now 2mo
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Binti: Home | Nnedi Okorafor
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I‘ve bailed on the last 3 books I‘ve picked up (it‘s not you books, it‘s me) so I jumped to the second book in the Binti series knowing it would be short, engaging and thoughtful. It was! The Binti series is amazing for imagining a future universe with space travel and alien interaction but also probing the mystery/foreigness that other cultures on earth remain to each other.⬇️

Centique The first book was more of a thriller, this one has more to do with Binti‘s family and her character development. 2mo
Centique Background photo - out on a friends boat on Friday. Got a bit stuck when the winch electronics malfunctioned. Luckily we had some strong people on board who managed to haul the anchor up by hand (all chain and in 50 feet of water 😬) 2mo
Reggie Are you gonna read the 3rd one because something in there totally almost destroyed me. It‘s soooo good! Glad you were able to make it back! 2mo
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Centique @Reggie yes I have it ordered from the library. Such a good series! How are you doing my friend? 2mo
Reggie I made a longer joke about how I‘m glad ya‘ll didnt get heat stroke and none of you know how to swim and that nobody was on the water to rescue you so that eventually ya‘ll had to eat each other, but that‘s how my horror mins works. Lol, good how bout you? I had an interview with a company a couple of weeks ago to work somewhere better so cross your fingers for me. 2mo
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Centique @Reggie that‘s so exciting! I will cross all my fingers! Yeah I had a few moments worrying about being stuck out there - but we weren‘t that far out and Coastguard would have come rescued us. Still glad we didn‘t have to eat anyone 😂😂😂 2mo
Centique @Reggie we‘re all good. It‘s been a long winter with everyone getting COVID and flu cos our borders are back open (thank god) So finally everyone is well again and seeing a bit of sun and hopefully the mood will lift 😊 2mo
Reggie @Centique there are some people at my work on their 3rd round of Covid. It gets crazy there. We‘ve had it in waves. I‘m glad ya‘ll are ok. 2mo
TrishB I had exactly the same thoughts as @Reggie 😁 2mo
Centique @Reggie yeah we‘re going to get waves of it too I‘m sure. Just got to do the best we can - best wishes to you to keep your head above it 💕 2mo
Centique @TrishB thank god I‘m not a character in a book cos you know that‘s what would happen!! 🤪 2mo
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Blackout | Connie Willis
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I‘m still singing the praises of Blackout, albeit that it‘s LONG…. but I‘ve never felt so entirely immersed in 1940s London by any other book #letterB and of course Crossing to Safety is a gem of a book I need to reread every few years #letterC

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Thanks for the tag @rubyslippersreads sorry I‘m so slow!

Have to give a shout out to one of my favourite reads of the past 5 years.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #alphabetgame #letterA

Anyone who would like to have a go, consider yourself tagged!

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After Story | Larissa Behrendt
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A really lovely read as recommended by @CarolynM and @Rissreads A daughter invites her mother to join her on a literary tour of London - a last minute change when her friend can‘t go. Her mother has never left Australia before and the pair are somewhat estranged after a trauma in the family history. Each day of the tour we see from the mother and then the daughter‘s POV, showing how very different their perspectives are. They both think deeply ⬇️

Centique …about their personal history and also the differences between the literary London history they are seeing compared to their own Aboriginal history and stories, harmed and/or lost through colonialism. There is a LOT in here about writers - Brontes, Austen, Hardy etc etc which I thoroughly enjoyed too 2mo
Centique Oh and there‘s a story about owls in the book, hence a visit from this little porcelain guy…. 😉 2mo
LeahBergen This sounds lovely! 2mo
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LeeRHarry Thought this was great too 😊 2mo
CarolynM Such a good book! So glad you enjoyed it😘 2mo
kspenmoll Sounds wonderful- 2mo
Rissreads This book was a pleasant surprise ❤️ 2mo
Jeg I loved this book. If we ever get back to travelling I‘d love to follow their path. 2mo
Centique @Jeg I‘m hoping to go to London with my daughter in a couple of years but this might be a bit too much literary travel for her. I‘ll definitely see a few things though! 2mo
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Deadly Education | Naomi Novik
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This was huge fun. It gave me Carry On vibes (Rainbow Rowell) but this takes itself much more seriously and there are Way. More. Monsters. God I loved the monsters and the complicated architecture of this hellish school which is like a demonic Hogwarts 😂 If you don‘t do YA definitely try Novik‘s fairytale retellings instead which are gorgeous. And if you liked this but could go much darker may I recommend Gideon the Ninth 😍

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Twainy I really like this series. It‘s well written & doesn‘t rely on romance/sex like a lot of YA fantasy does. Great MC! 2mo
batsy I really enjoyed Uprooted and am excited to read this, too. 2mo
CarolynM I‘m glad you clarified it was Rainbow Rowell‘s Carry On you were referencing - my immediate thought was Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey 🤣 2mo
TrishB @CarolynM same! I was very confused! 2mo
Centique @TrishB @CarolynM yes! I thought it might catch someone out if I didn‘t clarify 😂😂 2mo
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A City of Bells | Elizabeth Goudge
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In books we experience all life vicariously

@LeahBergen I‘m loving this book! Your reviews often make me look for out of print books and authors and if I find one I‘m so excited they jump to the top of my TBR. The local library had one, nearly falling apart, copy of this 😇

charl08 I love this quote. 2mo
LeahBergen Aww! I just love it when you track down an oldie I‘ve read. 😘😘 2mo
Centique @charl08 it‘s such a lovely read 💕 2mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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I loved this. I‘ve read a spate of novels (and now this memoir) of young Asian women losing their mothers lately - and they added something extra to reading this. A layering effect of different experiences. This one is so raw and honest - having been alongside my step sisters terminal illness I appreciate that. Lots of insight into having a mixed heritage here too and how that adds complication into the relationship with an immigrant parent.

TrishB I loved this one too ❤️ 2mo
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I read this in one sitting which is unusual for me, even for a short book, as I was so hooked by the protagonist and her emotionally detached tone. This is almost stream of consciousness as our protagonist relates her thinking over a short period of time as she wrestles with making decisions about her relationship and her job. ⬇️

Centique You start to see the roots of her dis-connection, her whirring brain constantly calculating but struggling to find conclusions. Really thought provoking and moving. 2mo
Centique Background art from cmuse.org 2mo
Reggie This is one of my new favorites from the last 5 years! I loved this book! I loved the list of things that make her students think about her. When she asks her best friend what she thinks about the new guy and she says he good at driving a train. Soo good. 2mo
Centique I loved that bit too. She says “he‘s a good train” 😂😂 I think I‘m going to round it up to 5 stars, it was so good. 2mo
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The Nest | Cynthia D'Apriz Sweeney
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Do you remember sending me this book @Cinfhen ? I finally read it and it was great! It‘s about a bunch of fairly well off, dysfunctional siblings, waiting on an inheritance that most of them have a pressing need for due to bad financial and relationship decisions. There are a lot of other more likeable characters in here too which evens things out - almost an assemblage of individuals making decisions that either harm or help others. ⬇️

Centique Picture is the river at the bottom of my friends garden in Warkworth. 😍 3mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! Gorgeous property!!! And no, I don‘t remember sending you the book but im really glad you enjoyed it 😘 3mo
Centique @Cinfhen oh goodness maybe I‘m confused! It was a gift from someone 🤔 3mo
Centique @Cinfhen ah ha it was you! I just scrolled down the posts about the title and I had posted about getting it as a gift from you 2 years ago 😂😂 3mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! Good detective work ♥️😘 3mo
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Thank you so much for this book @Reggie it was such a page turner! I was desperate to get home today to finish it. This is a mind blowing ride from 1012 Mayan civilisation to 2012 Belize to a post climate disaster 3012 nomadic civilisation. In each setting we are following two to three characters questing to find their truth, god, & transformation. There is tension and adrenaline in each timeline but it is also philosophical & thought provoking⬇️

Centique A few violent scenes and quite a glossary of new words - but don‘t let that put you off if you like speculative fiction. Really keen to read more by this author. 3mo
Ruthiella I remember Jenny @ReadingEnvy talking about/recommending this on her podcast. 💔 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella yes me too! Almost every book I‘ve read since May I‘ve read her review online straight after I‘ve finished reading it. 💔 3mo
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Twainy This was a GSFF book last year & I‘ve never heard of it. I haven‘t seen any reviews so this is great news. 3mo
Reggie Yay, I‘m glad you liked it. When I got it for you it was because a mix of you liking sci-fi and that Jenny had liked it. I‘m glad you liked it. I have it here also amongst the rubble of books I‘ll get to one day. 3mo
Centique @Twainy oh wow does that mean you already have a copy? 3mo
Centique @Reggie I really think you‘ll like it! There are a couple scenes where I was thinking “I bet Reggie liked this bit” but turns out it‘s still in front of you 🤪 It‘s just so cool to be in the reimagined Mayan times - and the violence made it so gripping so searing but not so much to freak me out👍(tame by your stds but still awesome) 3mo
Reggie @Centique it so funny because I read horror a lot but the scariest book I‘ve read this year was by Hanya Yanigihara. To Paradise. The third section of that is a plausible future, one that I think will be here sooner than we think and it terrifies me. 3mo
Centique @Reggie I think I know what you mean although I haven‘t read it yet. This idea of a nomadic future is quite positive in many ways so you might get a kick out of it ☺️ 3mo
Reggie @Centique I‘ll check it out. 🙂 3mo
Twainy @Centique yes! I have a copy & now I want to read it!! It was in my TBR but overlooked as I haven‘t heard any hype about it until now. 3mo
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This looks like a mystery but really it is a history book. The Road Hill murder in 1860 England was perhaps the first time that a whole nation became obsessed with a crime, and the first time that the role of a detective inquiring into the privacy of a middle class family caused controversy. Summerscale lays out the mystery in great detail and the police and detective proceedings following but she also looks at the reporting ⬇️

Centique ..and the cultural impact on authors such as Dickens and Wilkie Collins and the birth of the detective story. Really well done but it may be a bit lengthy if you‘re not into the historical side of true crime ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3mo
Centique The cheesy detective image is not intended to be accurate in any way 🤪 3mo
Ruthiella I‘m normally not interested in true crime, but if was during the Victorian period, sign me up! I liked this book a lot along with 3mo
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EvieBee I really liked this one, although it‘s been a long time since I read it. The ending shocked me! 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella that sounds great. Stacked! 3mo
Centique @EvieBee I know! At first I was leaning the other way entirely. 3mo
batsy Great review! This sounds intriguing. 💕 3mo
Centique @batsy yes, you might like this 😘 3mo
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I'll Be Right There | Kyung-Sook Shin
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I picked this up in a library sale without knowing anything about it. The writing is lovely, there‘s a sense of space & melancholy, of lonely exploring a new city. Jung Yoon is a university student, living alone & burdened by grief. She finds herself mesmerised by a strange girl and boy she meets in philosophy class. Each of them carries a burden; is healing even possible when they are living in the midst of political upheaval, protests & ⬇️

Centique ..disappearances? The book is told in two POVs with letters and diary entries as well. It‘s very sad, but I was absolutely drawn in by the atmosphere and every detail. A couple of things felt a little clunky but I think that was because I got two characters confused in the slightly vague prologue. I must read more by this author. 3mo
Megabooks This sounds good! How are you feeling? 3mo
CarolynM Great review🙂 Hope you‘re feeling better💕 3mo
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Centique @Megabooks @CarolynM thanks lovelies 😘 I feel much improved today. Might even go back to cooking duties tomorrow! 😂 3mo
CarolynM 👍😘 3mo
Megabooks Fantastic! 😘😘 3mo
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Quartet | Jean Rhys
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In 1924 a young Jean Rhys (then Ella Williams) was in Paris, in some need of rescuing as her husband was in jail. Ford Madox Ford (the famous novelist) and his partner (and mother of his child) Stella Bowen took her in. Quartet is the fictionalised retelling of what happened next.
Rhys wrote this just a few years after and it is remarkable to feel her helplessness and then her rage. Memorable for its imagery and sheer emotion ⬇️

Centique Last year I read a biography of Stella Bowen and became fascinated by both women. I really wanted to know Jean‘s feelings and that is exactly what we get here. Quite brilliant in parts and it makes me keen to read 3mo
Centique And by the way if you want to feel feminist rage, these two women‘s stories will get you there. What a 💩 was FMF! 3mo
Liz_M I read this and had no idea one character was based on FMF. Fascinating. 3mo
Centique @Liz_M isn‘t it? And he had quite the history of leaving wives after affairs with younger lovers even before this! 3mo
ClairesReads I love Jean Rhys! This is a great book 2mo
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Just me, the rain, ED and COVID for the past two days. Nothing like forced isolation to get you through a 600 + page biography! I loved it. I had wanted to place Emily‘s writing in context of community and cohorts and family and domestic detail which this really does well. Habegger has his idea of who “Master” is, i think it remains a mystery myself. And isn‘t that fitting! The work here on her family is thorough and well balanced I think ⬇️

Centique I expect I‘ll read one or two more biographies of ED before I‘m done (I have at least that many on my shelves unread) 3mo
Rissreads I hope you are feeling ok? I‘m still recovering from covid 2 weeks ago. It‘s really taken the wind out of me! 3mo
CarolynM Oh no! Hope it‘s not too bad and you‘re well again soon💐 Hope you‘re fully recovered soon @Rissreads 💐 3mo
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Centique @Rissreads oh you poor thing! A lot of my friends have said the same thing, even the younger really fit ones. They did get their energy back eventually. I‘ve just started to cough, I‘m hoping I‘m over the worst of it though. @CarolynM 3mo
Cinfhen Oh no!!! Is it only you or does the whole family have Covid?? Sending loads of love and get well wishes xxxx 3mo
batsy I'm sorry to hear that, Paula. Take care and gets lost of rest and I hope it's not too bad for you 💕💐 (This ED biography sounds pretty great!) 3mo
Centique @Cinfhen just me at this point. But a few of my friends I saw in the weekend have it now as well. We have finally got to the same point as Australia where almost everyone has had it. Good thing is that I hadn‘t gone to see dad this weekend 👍 3mo
Centique @batsy you might like it! Do you like biographies? It seems strange that I read biographies like they‘re page turners but then struggle with other non-fiction like memoirs and books of essays. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Bookwormjillk I hope you have a speedy recovery 3mo
Cinfhen Im sorry you have it but glad you weren‘t around your dad 🙏🏼 3mo
batsy Yes! I'm exactly the same with biographies 💕 A well-written one gives me so much pleasure and devour most of them but I tend to run into a stumbling block with most memoirs and essay collections, too. 3mo
MaureenMc Wishes for a quick recovery! ❤️‍🩹 3mo
Megabooks I‘m so sorry you‘re dealing with Covid! Sending get well wishes. 💜💜 3mo
Anna40 Feel better! 🌺 3mo
Cathythoughts I hope you feel better soon ♥️ 3mo
Reggie I‘m sorry, Paula. I hope it goes away as soon as possible. We keep seeing it here at work. 3mo
Reggie I‘m sorry Paula. I hope you feel better. 3mo
TrishB Hope you‘re on the mend ❤️ 3mo
Centique @TrishB @Reggie I‘m much improved today! Cooked the dinner and cleaned the kitchen after a weeks worth of my husbands cooking 😂😂 3mo
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I seem to be living in the land of #chunksters lately. Still on an ED kick after reading her letters. Thought I‘d start with this biography which is said to be the most thorough and then I‘ll check out something more modern for a different perspective. See you in 630 pages!

TrishB That looks fab 👍🏻 3mo
tpixie A little emersion is fun 🤩 3mo
Rissreads You are a machine! ♥️ 3mo
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I loved the writing in the first half of this book. It really felt like it was going to be a 5 star book for me, the story of Leila as she lies dying and remembering her past and meeting each of her friends. However the rapid fire nature of each episodic chapter, and the introduction and quick summation of each friend‘s back story left me wanting more. Once it got to the “Body” section of the story ⬇️

Centique I felt it wandered away from the richness and meaning of the first half. I think Shafak has an amazing talent but perhaps I will see that really hit its stride in the next book. 3mo
Graywacke Didn‘t work for me either. (But I still might be interested in her latest) 3mo
Lindy I read two of her other books (Bastard of Istanbul & Island of Missing Trees) and found them not quite to my taste, but this one has remained on my TBR because I‘m intrigued. Paula, the things you didn‘t like about this might work for me. 3mo
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Centique @Lindy I will be SO interested in what you think. It‘s certainly got some great pieces that I‘m glad I read. 3mo
Lindy @Centique okay, I will tag you when I read it… but it will probably be quite a while before I get to it. 😊 3mo
Centique @Lindy yes, I know that feeling. My TBR is pretty much laid out well in an advance. 3mo
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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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I listened to this as read by Samuel West who was the perfect narrator. Most people have heard of this, it won the 1990 Booker Prize. It‘s a deep dive into nineteenth century poetry and modern day (well 1980s!) literary academics, particularly a pair of researchers, Roland and Maud who discover some hidden letters. There‘s mystery, romance, academic politics, feminist theory and a lot of 19th century style poems. ⬇️

Centique I particularly loved some of the side characters that Byatt gives a lot of depth to - Sabine the cousin and Ellen the wife, for example. I feel that she had a lot of fun writing this, she created her own little slice of nineteenth century England. While there are some meaty subjects in here, such as limited gender roles, it‘s surprisingly gentle and hopeful in tone I felt. A definite chunkster though #notforthefainthearted (edited) 3mo
Centique Loved it - I was in just the right head space for this and I‘m going to miss those letters 😍 3mo
LeeRHarry This is one of my all time faves - and I actually enjoyed the movie as well. Great review 😊 (edited) 3mo
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Centique @LeeRHarry ooh I‘ll have to look for the movie! 3mo
batsy Lovely review! 💜 So glad you enjoyed it and like @LeeRHarry says the movie is also very good. 3mo
Centique @batsy thank you Suba 😘 3mo
kspenmoll Have to check out the movie- good review! 3mo
Lcsmcat I loved this when I read it in the 90s. I‘ll have to look for the movie. 3mo
KarenUK Lovely review! And I enjoyed this book very much too 💕 3mo
sarahbarnes I‘ve had a copy of this book literally forever. I really want to read it someday! 3mo
Graywacke Great review. I‘m looking for an audiobook and I‘m encouraged by your comments. I was worried this might be too difficult for audio. Noting. 3mo
Centique @Graywacke he does a great job of giving each character a different sound without going overboard on accents. I may be unusual though in liking longer slower books in audio. Audio preference is such a personal taste I think 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Centique @kspenmoll @KarenUK thank you! 😘 3mo
Centique @Lcsmcat it‘s taken me 30 years to get to it! 3mo
Centique @sarahbarnes I know right? I had a couple of chunksters I wanted to finally get off my list. The other one is Middlemarch 🤞 3mo
Graywacke @Centique yes, i agree. It‘s a personal taste and little unpredictable. 3mo
CarolynM I really didn‘t like this book much, but Samuel West is almost enough to get me to listen to it🥰 3mo
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Possession | A. S. Byatt
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Two thirds through this audio #chunkster which I‘m thoroughly enjoying and 100% through the chocolate berry waffle that my daughter bought me for lunch 😂😂 As good as it looked!

Cinfhen OMG!!! That looks SO DELICIOUS 😋 ENJOY 3mo
Ruthiella 😋 yum! 3mo
batsy I love this book ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen I loved this book! 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen @batsy I loved it too! Just took me thirty years to get around to reading it 🤪 3mo
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This was a great fantasy romp, with a lot of drama to propel the plot along. The set up is enticing with an unusual almost orphaned girl, the ward of a rich man in a house full of artefacts who discovers a special power. A great one day read but I really felt this could have been a 5 star book but missed the mark. In comparing it to Addie LaRue I think, for me, it‘s a lack of complexity in the characters. ⬇️

Centique It makes it feel intended for a younger audience. But for fantasy fans it is a fun, fast read with great magic and world building. This was a debut so I‘m excited to see what her second novel is like. 3mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
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Emily Dickinson Letters | Emily Dickinson, Emily Fragos
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This little book is really for the super fans of ED (as I am!) It takes a handful of themes and then gives you sections of EDs letters that relate to the theme. The difficulty is there is very little biographical information in here so you don‘t really understand who she is writing to or what her relationship is with that person. It was nice to get a feel for the domestic details of her life - but I think this is best read alongside a biography.

Centique @Cinfhen I achieved some #fridayflowers despite it being winter here! 4mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous! And I have this little book, too, cuz I‘m also a super fan. 😆 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen I‘ve got one of her bios to read soon and I‘ll keep this out to refer back to. Cos there is no such thing as too much Emily Dickinson!! 😍 4mo
Cinfhen Those are WORTHY!!! I love the colors 🥰and roses are such a classic/ perfect pairing for some Emily Dickinson ❤️🧡💛💚 4mo
batsy Never too much ED! Lovely photo 😍 4mo
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My first Elizabeth Taylor and it was marvellous. And it fits with my unexpected theme this year of reading about women in retirement! I worried that I might have read too many takes on this theme but Mrs Palfrey was quite different. I won‘t say much because it is quite little and I don‘t want to spoil it, but it really touched my heart. 5 stars 😍

Tamra Definitely want to read! 4mo
EvieBee I loved this one; it was funny but heartbreaking. I‘ve been wanting to watch the film for some time, now. 4mo
LeahBergen On my shelves! I‘m reading her books in order of publication. 4mo
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Tamra @EvieBee I‘ll look for the film! 4mo
Centique @EvieBee @Tamra I‘m going to look for the film too. The casting looks perfect 😍 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen that‘s a great idea. I picked this one quite randomly but now I‘ll have to look out for her others. 😍 4mo
Centique Have you read this @Cinfhen ? Because I think I will send it to you if you haven‘t. 💕 4mo
Ruthiella My first too (and so far only) E. Taylor novel. I thought it was brilliant. Not a word too many, but every sentence spoke volumes. 4mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, that is beyond lovely!!! I‘d love to read it but im soooo worried about our recent post fiascos 😥 4mo
Centique @Cinfhen I know right?? What the heck is going on in the mail system. 🙄 It‘s not like we‘re sending diamonds, you mail thieves, they‘re just books! 4mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 so true!! I just saw your email ❤️ 4mo
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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I really liked Batuman‘s writing and many of the protagonist Selin‘s reflections on the world, and the way she articulated her awkwardness or lack of fit with it. I also liked the absurdist feel to much of this (and isn‘t life truly absurd?!) However the amount of time spent on the obsession element of the novel just made me feel tired! It felt repetitive and maybe that was the intention. A so-so but I‘m still interested in this author

Centique Photo taken at the art gallery inside Te Papa Museum, Wellington NZ. 4mo
batsy The photo 😍 4mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful photo 💫 4mo
Centique @batsy @Cathythoughts I love that they displayed the art on a red wall! And there are touchscreens by the seats where you can read the notes for each piece, rather than using space on the wall. 4mo
LeahBergen Gorgeous photo! 😮 4mo
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You Sexy Thing | Cat Rambo
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Well this was everything I needed - an adrenaline filled, diverse, good guys versus bad guys space adventure. Imagine Firefly but most of the crew are aliens. Or Becky Chambers Wayfarer series with the adrenaline amped up. Or Murderbot with more aliens and no cyborgs. And the crew are currently running a gourmet restaurant. What more enticement do you need?

Centique PS “You Sexy Thing” is the name of a ship. No characters were harmed by being labelled “sexy things” in the course of this adventure 😂 4mo
rockpools Yet again, you‘re making me want to read something I can‘t possibly actually want to read! I think it was the gourmet restaurant that sold it… 4mo
Soubhiville Yeah I‘m going to have to find a copy of this 😆 4mo
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Clare-Dragonfly Sign me the heck up! 4mo
TrishB Love that! 4mo
Ruthiella WOT? Murderbot, Firefly AND Becky Chambers vibes? SIGN ME UP! 😆 4mo
Centique @rockpools awww it‘s like when @Reggie almost convinced me to try a horror novel 😂😂 4mo
Centique @Soubhiville @Clare-Dragonfly @Ruthiella it‘s good to know who shares my wheelhouse on this stuff! 😍 4mo
Twainy I bought this in the last Audible sale 😈 4mo
rockpools @Centique That is EXACTLY what it‘s like! 4mo
Centique @Twainy ooh I‘ll be interested to hear what the audio is like (When you get to it!) 4mo
Rissreads This sounds bat 🦇 shit crazy! 🤣 3mo
Centique @Rissreads it totally is! 3mo
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Awww! Look what came in the mail 😍 Thank you so much Carolyn @CarolynM The book looks lovely and it‘s exciting that it‘s the inaugural winner of the Novel Prize. Your card is beautiful and the chocolate looks so good. It‘s named for the Mornington Peninsula and I have been there when my sister used to live in Mount Eliza. What a lovely surprise and today I went for a belated birthday lunch with a few friends so it felt like a second birthday 😘

LeahBergen The chocolate and the card are so pretty! 4mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m having trouble looking past that chocolate! 😋 4mo
batsy That chocolate is so pretty and I love the card 😍 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books @batsy I can confirm the chocolate tastes as good as it looks! 😍 4mo
CarolynM You‘re very welcome and I‘m sorry it was late. Hope you enjoy😘 4mo
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Greta and Valdin | Rebecca Reilly
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This was sarcastic, quirky and adorable in equal measure. Such a change for me to read a book set so definitively in my own city - it places action on specific streets, references NZ brands, uses Kiwi slang & a little Maori.
Greta and Valdin are a mid twenties, angsty, brother and sister living in central Auckland. They‘re both queer, part Maori, part Russian, and part of a chaotic and complex family.⬇️

Centique They‘re both feeling romantically incompetent. And they will make you LAUGH. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I don‘t know how hard US readers will find the “kiwiness” factor, Aussies and UK readers will be fine I think. (edited) 4mo
TrishB Lovely review 😁♥️ 4mo
squirrelbrain Great review - stacked! 4mo
CarolynM Sounds good to me🙂 Stacked. 4mo
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Greta and Valdin | Rebecca K. Reilly
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I don‘t usually read the acknowledgements but these are brilliant. 😂😂
“Thank you to the surprisingly high number of people who have approached me to enthuse about my illustrious poetry career. I don‘t know who you have confused me for but I am happy for them, their publications and the great performance at the gallery”

BiblioLitten 😂😂 4mo
CarolynM 😂 I love a good acknowledgment. 4mo
Centique @CarolynM it sure gives you a taste of her sense of humour. I wish more writers used acknowledgements like this 😜 4mo
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Centique
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This is a difficult book to describe so here is the start of the New Yorker review for it back in 2005 to help me out!

There is something about John Bergers writing that is contemplative, perceptive but kind. The way he connects with the world and shares it has a kind of grace. Here he is an elderly man and using the contrivance of meeting and conversing with different ghosts to work out some philosophy or life lessons. ⬇️

Centique But it is more subtle than that, he is interacting with the places he visits and capturing all manner of detail. It is a strange little creature this book, a series of impressions and conversations but it appeals to me a lot. 4mo
charl08 I love your description but my attempts to read Berger have not been successful! 4mo
Centique @charl08 I think his novel is much more readable if you ever want to try that! 4mo
charl08 @Centique thanks for the recommendation, I'll add it to the TBR. 4mo
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Slippery Creatures | KJ Charles
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Well this was a lot of fun as my friends @batsy and @CarolynM had said it would be! A mystery romance starts in a bookstore (what could be better!) with a post WW1 London setting.
I love KJ Charles but my favourite is still The Magpie Lord - I do love a bit of magic with my historical romances! If you haven‘t tried KJ Charles and don‘t mind the 🔥🔥you should try one of these #romantsy

batsy I have The Magpie Lord to try next after your rec the last time! I'm glad you enjoyed this one, too 💜 4mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed. And there are 2 more adventures with Will and Kim for you to look forward to🙂 4mo
CarolynM And after you‘ve read those, this one is a hoot too 4mo
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