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Centique

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Is it a book? I‘ll probably like it then. NZ 🇳🇿
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To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
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Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
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Aaaaaand it‘s finished! 779 pages - I feel like that‘s worth celebrating!
This has more characters in it than any other Dickens I‘ve read - which kept it entertaining, but could be confusing if you were dipping in and out. It‘s also the most humorous of his books I‘ve read, very satirical about the upper classes and politicians. Dickens has a political point to make about the Poor Law here too, always aware of and illustrating those injustices ⬇️

Centique But as always his female characters are almost all bland and two dimensional. The ending he creates for Bella infuriated me. I was so hoping she‘d achieve her own agency since she had a bit of spirit to begin with. Still it was a good read with lots of memorable characters, one of his best I think. (edited) 10h
merelybookish Impressive! I haven't tackled Dickens in a long time! 10h
Centique @merelybookish thank you 😘 I studied 19th century literature at uni and then post uni didn‘t read any for a LONG time. Now Ive regained my interest and try to read a couple (19th c novels) a year. (edited) 9h
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mabell This one is my favorite Dickens! 8h
erzascarletbookgasm Well worth celebrating indeed! I haven‘t touched Dickens since I left school, except for A Christmas Carol! 8h
Centique @mabell I‘ll give it a few months to let it settle in my brain and then I might very well think the same! My favourite up to now was Bleak House. 8h
Ruthiella Bleak House is probably still my favorite but I agree with you that Our Mutual Friend is very funny- especially Mrs. Wilfer. I am also unhappy with the trick played on Bella but there are other strong female characters in the book-particularly Jenny Wren.😀 (edited) 6h
Centique @Ruthiella yes I looooooved Jenny Wren! 😍 4h
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#notbookrelated

It‘s my 20th wedding anniversary today! A bit too busy to do anything about it for a couple of weeks at least, but I got some lovely flowers 😍 I‘m glad I chose peony season to get married!

Cathythoughts Such beautiful flowers! Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2d
JennyM Happy anniversary lovelies!! ❤️ 2d
LeeRHarry Happy anniversary! 💕 2d
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CarolynM Happy Anniversary💕🍾💐 Hope you got some nice china for 20 years🙂 2d
Texreader Congratulations!! That‘s an amazing amount of time nowadays to be able to celebrate. You found a keeper! 2d
batsy Beautiful! Happy anniversary! 💞💐🥂 2d
Emilymdxn Happy anniversary!! 💛💛💛💛 2d
TrishB Happy anniversary ❤️❤️🥂 2d
Centique Thank you so much for the kind wishes! @Cathythoughts @JennyM @LeeRHarry 2d
Centique @CarolynM hmmmm china. 🧐 I hadn‘t figured that out! I‘m kind of hoping for a weekend away without kids. 😂 Might have to wait till after Christmas! 2d
Centique @Texreader thank you so much. Yes, he‘s my best friend 😍 2d
Bookwormjillk Congrats 🎉🍾🎈🎊 2d
AnneCecilie Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 2d
Jeg Congratulations 2d
Librarybelle Congratulations! 2d
Kalalalatja Congratulations 💕 2d
8little_paws Happy anniversary! 2d
Lcsmcat Happy Anniversary! 🌸 🍾 2d
AmyG Happy Anniversary 🌹 2d
Scochrane26 Very pretty flowers. Happy anniversary! 2d
Eggbeater Happy anniversary! 🌸 2d
TheAromaofBooks Happy anniversary, and may you have many more!! 2d
Eggs Happy anniversary ❤️🎊🥳 2d
Redwritinghood Happy anniversary! 2d
mabell Happy Anniversary! And I love the peonies! 2d
Tamra Happy Day!! 2d
Reggie Those are beautiful!! Happy Anniversary!!! 2d
MeganAnn 💖 Oh how I love peonies! Happy Anniversary! 💖 2d
LeahBergen Happy Anniversary!! 😘😘 (I love peonies, too). 2d
Centique Peonies are the best! My husband has been well trained 😝 @Reggie @MeganAnn @LeahBergen 1d
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#weeklyforecast

A much smaller library haul this week with nothing for the Elderly Father or the Young Reader son. I‘m still ploughing through Our Mutual Friend but will take a break for Becky Chambers and try out Mambo Kings from my ancient TBR.
Speaking of ancient, here‘s my recent purchase of a 110 year old chest that came over with a British immigrant back in the day. Love it bc it‘s the right height and width for sitting on too!

wordslinger42 I love old trunks! My aunt gave me an old steamer trunk that came over from England with a family member and it's one of my favorite things! 4d
Centique @wordslinger42 oh that‘s lovely! Yes I was so pleased to find this one hidden away in an old barn attached to a country store. 4d
wordslinger42 @Centique Oh, I love places like that! We have a similar place and the lady who owns it always finds the most unusual stuff! 4d
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batsy Oh, that chest! 😍 4d
Centique @batsy I love old things that have been well used like that. 💕 4d
Cinfhen That chest is fabulous!!! It looks like it contains a lot of history and potential stories. Good purchase!!! Sorry nothing new for your dad this week. 4d
Centique @Cinfhen I‘ll have to tell him to pick up his game 😉🤣 4d
Cinfhen No pressure but I love seeing what he‘s reading!!!! 4d
readordierachel Becky Chambers 💞 3d
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Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
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Charles Dickens does a good rendition of “not all men” circa 1863. Love it!

(Dickens doesn‘t have a good record for writing realistic female characters but I love that he is completely on Jenny‘s side in this instance.)

Bradley “But I was not aware it was the way with all of us ... won‘t you say, some of us?”
Jenny “Meaning... everyone of you, but you. Hah!”

Aimeesue Seems to me like Dickens only gave power to women who were somehow outside society - old, disabled, incredibly poor without resources or some combination of those. His "civilised" women tend toward the passive and submissive. (edited) 5d
Centique @Aimeesue that‘s a very good insight! And yes, there are precious few of those special outsiders as well 😬 5d
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#bookreport

Another Saturday, another book report. I read Human Voices ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, 150 pages of Our Mutual Friend #chunkster and finished listening to my Harry Potter audiobook, such a good comfort read/listen.
Dad finished Double Cross which he loved - he‘s also read Agent Zigzag by this author and loved it too.
Son and I started The Amber Spyglass as a read aloud.
Gratuitous picture of Dad‘s cats Casey and Charley who read nothing this week.

batsy They seem pretty smug for cats who have read nothing this week! 😆😻 5d
Centique @batsy exactly! 😂😂 5d
Slajaunie 💙📖🐾 5d
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erzascarletbookgasm 😆 love your book report! 5d
Cinfhen A+ #BookReport and extra credit for Charlie & Casey 😻 5d
Cinfhen Hahahaha @batsy it‘s so true 5d
Reggie Lol, those bums!!! 3d
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Human Voices | Penelope Fitzgerald
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Penelope Fitzgerald worked for the BBC during WW2, which is probably why this novel, in that setting, rings with such truth. Not much plot, just a coming and going of characters. The BBC is painted with gentle satire - it is both foolish and noble - so are many of the characters. There is rampant sexism, but again realistic. I was engaged with her writing style and the telling details of inner city life during the Blitz. A thoughtful quiet book

saresmoore Great review! 1w
Centique @saresmoore thank you Sara 😘 1w
andrew61 I've only read Gate of Angels which was lovely, gentle, but i felt had a feeling of impending doom as it is set just before WW1, she is definitely an author of whom i want to read more. 5d
Centique @andrew61 I think I‘m going to need to read everything she wrote! So I‘ll add that to my TBR. Not everyone‘s taste these very quiet, almost plotless books, but for those of us that like that she‘s a Queen 😊👸🏼👑 4d
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It‘s daughter‘s birthday today so I was audio baking - chocolate strawberry cupcakes with Stephen Fry in the background reading Harry Potter to me. That‘s some #happybaking
I got the idea from Lauren Reads youtube channel to use audio to listen to rereads of favourite books - really worked for me 😍

Come-read-with-me @Centique Happy birthday to your daughter! These look yummy! 🎂 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday to your girl! 🥳 The cupcakes look pretty and delish!! 1w
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday to your daughter. Those cupcakes are looking divine👍🏻❤️ 1w
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Cinfhen Happy birthday 🎉 those look amazing!!!!!!!! 1w
Hooked_on_books Those are gorgeous! I want to eat one immediately. 🤤 1w
Reggie You‘re making me hungry! Those look delicious and Happy Birthday to your daughter!!! 1w
batsy Happy birthday to your daughter 🎉🎂🎈 Those cupcakes look so good! You have mad skills 🙌🏽🧁 1w
rohit-sawant Happy Birthday to her! 🎉🎂🎉 The cupcakes look fab 💗 So delish! 1w
julesG Happy Birthday to your daughter! 🎉🎂🎉 The cupcakes look yummy! And listening to Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter is something I need to do once every year. 1w
sprainedbrain Gorgeous cupcakes! 😋 1w
LauraBeth Lovely 🍰. Hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday! 1w
CarolynM Happy birthday to your daughter and congratulations to mum and dad on another year of parenting🎉 1w
Chrissyreadit Beautiful! 1w
Jas16 Wow! Those cupcakes look incredible! 🧁 1w
Simona 😋😋😋 and happy birthday to her❣️ 1w
Kaila-ann Those are beautiful cupcakes!! 1w
Centique Thank you everyone. They were VERY yummy - I think I have found my new favourite cupcake recipe. 😋 @Come-read-with-me @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @Hooked_on_books @Reggie @batsy @rohit-sawant @julesG @sprainedbrain @LauraBeth @Chrissyreadit @Jas16 @Simona @Kaila-ann 1w
Centique @CarolynM thanks C 😘 Gosh she‘s grown-up now. She disagrees with me maturely sometimes, with all the cachet of an expert. And yes she sometimes is an expert. Other times not so much 🙄😂😂 1w
Cathythoughts It‘s wonderful to watch all the different stages of growing up ( which goes on forever ofcorse ❤️ 1w
Cinfhen Raising girls is tricky business!!! But they end up being your best friend 💕💕 1w
Centique @Cinfhen yes! I can see that happening. Have to remember that and keep a good sense of perspective 😘 @Cathythoughts 1w
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Cute book I found for the Christmas Stocking. 100 flaps with the strangest artefacts in the world behind them. Kid might think he is too old for flap books but there are such weird (and sometimes gross) things in here that I think he‘ll love it. 🤶🎅

MeganAnn This looks like it could be fun for adults too! 2w
Centique @MeganAnn yes! Why shouldn‘t we have flap books?! I can see me borrowing this from him as soon as he‘s finished 😊 1w
Aimeesue Oh, I love that! 1w
CafeMom Flap books are the best. I remember my son loving those. 1w
readordierachel No such thing as too old for flap books! 1w
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#weeklyforecast

This weeks #libraryhaul and a bit. (The Dickens is from the shelf)

For Dad - The Search for the Sydney - The Oregon Trail
For Kid - Trapped! - the last one in the Framed series

For me - Human Voices - been on my TBR for a dozen years. It won the Booker in 1979. And getting back to Our Mutual Friend which I‘d put aside for more urgent reads. Fingers crossed I can get back into the groove without having to restart 🤞

batsy The Fitzgerald edition is lovely. And Trapped looks like such fun! Is it a middle grade mystery? 2w
Centique @batsy yes! It‘s a series about a super clever middle grade kid who gets called in by the FBI to solve their hardest cases. Does it by noticing the small things. Kind of a young Sherlock - modern era - I think. 2w
Cinfhen Loving these family reading posts!!! Especially your dad‘s picks and bails 😁 2w
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Sace Oh that mystery series sounds like something I would enjoy! 2w
Sace Just put Framed! On hold at the library. 😁 2w
Liz_M Ok, these two tags seem almost interchangeable. I'm guessing book report is at the end of the week past and the weekly forecast is for the week to come? 2w
Centique @Liz_M yes! It‘s an idea @Cinfhen had to replace her daily photo challenge. Less work but opportunity to chat some more about books and plans. You post your book report on Saturday about what you actually read - and your weekly forecast on a Sunday about what you plan to read. 2w
Centique @Sace oh good! I hope you like it. Reading middle grade is such a joy I reckon. 💕 2w
Cinfhen Thanks for explaining that so nicely, lovey xx 2w
Sace @Centique I agree! 2w
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Giant Days #1 | John Allison
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#bookreport time - it‘s Saturday here in NZ

87yo Dad‘s reading -He loved The Shipwreck Hunter but bailed on Enemy at the Gates because it was too detailed for him.

9yo‘s reading - Finished Vanished, book2 in a series he LOVES. He‘s also listening to audio books and reading graphic novels on an app called Epic. I finished reading The Subtle Knife aloud to him. First time I‘ve read it and managed to cry and read simultaneously 😭⬇️

Centique My reading - Giant Days was adorable! Frankissstein gave me all the lovely Mary Shelley feels (love her, love Byron, love Shelley) and I think I‘ll buy the Famous Five cookbook - I want to make a load of things from it. 2w
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ljuliel Has your dad tried Pirate Hunters and Shadow Divers ? They‘re both by Robert Kurson. I thought maybe if he liked the book about the ocean , he might like these. I‘ve read the pirate one and it was really good. Haven‘t gotten to the other one yet. 2w
Centique @ljuliel yes! He loved both of them. I‘m getting him all the Robert Kurzon books. 😍 We may soon get to the point where he has read ALL the shipwreck books! 😂 2w
ljuliel That‘s great. Has he read books like Unbroken ? It‘s not the exact same category but it‘s so good. 2w
merelybookish Looks like a good reading week at your house! 😀 2w
Centique @ljuliel yes he loved that too! 😊 I honestly scour non fiction book lists all over the internet to keep him happily reading. 😂 Hes read all the Mary Roach books, he‘s working through Bill Bryson and he loves a good memoir. He‘s read most of the World War ones and now I‘m getting him outside of Europe; he loved In Order To Live and The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind. 😊👍 2w
Centique @merelybookish I‘m relying on family members to make up for the fact that I only read one novel myself! 😂😂 2w
ljuliel That‘s wonderful that he enjoys reading so much ! 2w
batsy Love the family reading report! And I'm glad you liked Frankisstein; I adore Mary Shelley but Winterson's A Gap of Time didn't work for me so was waffling a bit on whether to read it. 2w
readordierachel Love this post 💕 2w
marleed So sweet! 2w
Centique @batsy I saw someone else post that there are Winterson books she loves and Winterson books she hates - so you might have a similar experience? I‘ll have to try another to find out as well. If this hadn‘t been about Shelley it may not have worked so well for me. 2w
Centique @readordierachel thank you Rachel! 😘 2w
Centique @marleed thank you Marlee! 😘 PS I have a niece named Marlece, and we call her Marlee as a nickname 😊 2w
Cinfhen This post warms my heart 🥰thanks for sharing 2w
TrishB Loved hearing about the family ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts Nice book report ! You‘re making me want to try 2w
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 much reading done in the family! 💖 My cookbook club recently did the Famous Five Go Feasting. Fun! I made the lemon biscuits 🙂 2w
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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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My first Winterson and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She is so adept with novels and themes that she can play with structure and sentences and make UP become DOWN like some kind of literary juggler. And all the while I‘m watching the things in her hands, applauding myself when I recognise spinning tea kettles and toasters.
All of which is to say that Winterson plays with the novel Frankenstein and the life of Mary Shelley - a subject I love ⬇️

Centique She creates a kind of mirror image of the stories and themes in the near future, broadening them to encompass AI, transgender and non binary states of being, intellect versus body versus soul. It‘s a spinning top of a book that will make you breathless but may also leave you with unanswered questions. 😍 (edited) 2w
JennyM Great review - I‘m stacking! 2w
Moray_Reads I saw Winterson at the Edinburgh Book Festival and she sort of performed some sections of the books using film and sound, recreating some of the conversations and it was brilliant 2w
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LeeRHarry Fab review 😊 I‘ve read this and enjoyed it, clever and well done. 2w
Bookishthoughts Great review! 2w
Kaddele I nearly bought this a few days ago but picked something else in the end - will definitely grab it next time. 2w
Lindy Lovely review! If you‘d like a suggestion where to turn next in Winterson‘s oeuvre, I suggest 2w
Centique @JennyM thanks Jenny! 😘 2w
Centique @Moray_Reads wow that sounds amazing! Hope she comes to our city book festival sometime 🤞🤞 2w
Centique @Kaddele it‘s definitely different to anything else I‘ve read, strange and brilliant. Hope you enjoy it 😊 2w
Centique @Lindy thanks - I will! PS read your last blog post and stacked LOADS of them 👏👏👏 2w
Lindy @Centique 🤗 I‘m pleased to know people read my blog. 2w
Centique @Lindy that was my first time discovering it but now I‘ll read it regularly 😊 If you remember you can tag me when you post a link here (or I‘ll try and remember when I‘m watching Booktubers do end of month wrap ups - I love those too) 2w
Lindy @Centique Will do! 😘 2w
readordierachel Fantastic review! I'm excited for this one. 2w
rohit-sawant Terrific review! Stacking! 2w
Centique @rohit-sawant thanks Rohit! Yes I think you would like this 😋 2w
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How We Found the Mary Rose | Alexander McKee
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#weeklyforecast This is my library haul so I thought I‘d include my dad‘s reading in my report as keeping him in books is a big part of my library goals (#allnonfiction #allthetime) The Mary Rose and Jungle of Stone are for him - the rest are for me. I will try Cryptonomicon but I may be burning out on my Year of SFF. Five Go Feasting is a cookbook - I think I saw this on @LeahBergen who is always tempting me with books! ⬇️

Centique Just started Frankissstein which I‘m really enjoying and already won over by Giant Days 😍 3w
LoveToReadLiveToRead I love Giant Days! ❤️ 3w
Centique @LoveToReadLiveToRead it‘s so delightful 😊 3w
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Centique Oh I forgot to tag you @Cinfhen 😘 3w
Cinfhen Nice!!! I love that you‘ve got dad in the mix!!! Tell dad we expect a full #BookReport on Saturday 😜😘 2w
Tanisha_A Looks good!😍 2w
Cathythoughts Yes ! What @Cinfhen says ! Great to see Dad in the mix ❤️ 2w
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The Absolute Book | Elizabeth Knox
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#bookreport Well I finished two books this week which is about average for me - but considering it was a 4 day week, we all had colds, I had two school events to attend and a bunch of kids to take trick or treating... not too bad!

The weather is wonderful here today - just a shame we‘re all sick - but still trying to sit in the sun, sip some Vitamin C and listen to the birds chirping Spring songs.

Absolute Book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Chilling Effect ⭐️⭐️⭐️

kspenmoll Get well soon! Sorry to hear you & yours are sick! 3w
Centique @kspenmoll thank you so much! 3w
Cinfhen Sorry you‘re all under the weather! Thanks for sharing your reading week. ♥️ 3w
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CarolynM Hope everyone is feeling better soon💐 3w
Reggie Oh, man. I bought Chilling Effect because Amanda and Jen kept talking about it. 3 stars. Dang it. 3w
Cathythoughts Just seeing this post now & hope you are all better 👍❤️. I‘m not a big fantasy reader but The Absolute Book sounds interesting. I will try a sample on kindle 🤞🏻 3w
Centique @Cathythoughts oh thank you Cathy! 😘 I don‘t know if that one will be quite your cup of tea - it is fantasy, but quite a literary one - but you never know unless you try! 3w
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Chilling Effect | Valerie Valdes
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A great setup - if like me you need some more Becky Chambers/Firefly flavoured space opera. Captain Innocente is exceptionally kick ass, her crew are colourful, her love interest is lizardy and she is in deep merde with both a criminal empire and a jilted royal with serious firepower. Plenty of space opera tropes but the new elements were excellent. I just wish she‘d made more of the psychic cats. 3.5 stars

Centique Background are roses in my father‘s garden. 3w
Cinfhen LOVE the flowers 💕 3w
Cathythoughts It‘s all going on 👍❤️ psychic cats ... I get that ! 3w
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Centique @Cinfhen this is a massive bush about 10 foot high. I think he feeds it with a homemade fertiliser he makes from seaweed ! 😋 3w
Centique @Cathythoughts you‘re so right - it is ALL going on 😂😂😂 Were you happy with the SA win? Seems like it was very special with the team really playing with the whole country in their hearts 👍👍 3w
readordierachel You had me at "Becky Chambers" #stacked 3w
Cinfhen It must give off such a lovely aroma 3w
Cathythoughts We are away on a short break & I missed the game 🙄. I was , however , ecstatic when I heard the result & Googled a bit of the action. Absolutely brilliant result... it was very special 👍❤️ 3w
Reggie Whew now I‘m not so scared anymore, I jumped the gun after reading your other post. Now I‘m excited again. P.s. hope you‘re feeling better. 3w
Centique @Reggie thanks matey. Yeah I may be a little stingy with the stars on this one. I‘m wavering towards 4! Its because I‘ve read a lot of Space Opera this year and I‘m feeling the similarities - with more of a gap I wouldn‘t notice as much. 3w
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The Absolute Book | Elizabeth Knox
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I really enjoyed this but I can‘t think of anyone else to recommend it to! It‘s a clash of a fantasy world with a contemporary one, written in a literary style. Perhaps if you liked Lev Grossman‘s The Magicians but wanted it to be less like Hogwarts and more Cormoran Strike?
Anyway, Knox does a fabulous job of imagining the other world; the gods and fairy folk and the way their magic works is deftly woven and enchanting. ⬇️

Centique I did feel the beginning was very jumpy - and it feels like there are scenes and characters in the contemporary world that aren‘t as fleshed out as they could be - or they get lost as the narrative expands. Maybe that‘s purposeful and I just didn‘t get it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ So it‘s delightful but complicated and ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3w
Centique Also #chunksteralert 653 pages in 4 days @Cinfhen 😂😂 That‘s up there for me! 3w
Cinfhen You can always tag @Reggie He‘ll read anything 😘😂❤️😜 3w
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batsy What an intriguing review! Out of the books you mentioned I only know Hogwarts 😂 The premise of this sounds so refreshing. 3w
Jas16 This sounds really good. Stacked! 3w
Centique @Cinfhen I dunno. I think this might be out of his wheelhouse this time! 🙃🙂 3w
Centique @batsy it is refreshing! Cormoran Strike is the hero of the mystery series JK writes under the name Robert Galbraith. This has got a police/mystery side to it too. The Magicians is often compared to Hogwarts because it has a magical University - but it‘s a lot more literary/philosophical than the comparison to Hogwarts suggests! (I‘m just being confusing now aren‘t I?!!) 3w
Centique @Jas16 I hope you like it. And hopefully you‘ll be able to sum it up better than I have! 3w
Reggie @Cinfhen Lololol, why do you make me sound like a book dumpster? 😁@Centique yeah, doesn‘t sound like my jam, although your review is lovely. 3w
Cathythoughts Hi Paula , Sorry not to have emailed you yet. Going to the shop with my phone today ... my emails not sending 🤷🏼‍♀️. If it takes much longer , would it be ok if I emailed you from my husbands phone ? Thanks X Cathy 3w
Cinfhen Ha!! Love that #BookDumpster @Reggie I just feel like you‘re an #AdventurousReader 😘 3w
Cinfhen @Centique seems my favorite #AdventurousReader took a pass on your book 😜 3w
Centique @Cathythoughts hi Cathy. That‘s absolutely fine! Good luck with your phone 🤞🤞 3w
Centique @Cinfhen @Reggie I love that! Anyhow #tothineownBookSelfbetrue 🙏🙏 3w
Cinfhen Nice hashtag 🙌🏻 3w
Cathythoughts Great hashtag 👍❤️ 3w
CarolynM I've just posted about giving away some books as I reorganise my library. I'm sure you understand why I'm not offering to post to everyone. If there's anything you want I'd be happy to post to you. 🙂 3w
rohit-sawant This sounds awesome! 2w
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The Absolute Book | Elizabeth Knox
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This book is complete madness and yet I‘m thoroughly enjoying it. ALSO first day out on the water this summer. Look @Reggie we have a replacement boat 🎉🎉🎉 Thank the lord the drama of the stolen boat has concluded. Gorgeous day - the water‘s turquoise coloured from a distance, clear up close, and this beach is pebbled and grey. Been watching paradise ducks on shore and terns diving for fish. 🦆🦅🐟🐠 Glorious.

monalyisha So jealous! Our Fall is pretty but 1) it‘s not Summer & 2) it‘s so rainy & dreary today! 4w
Centique @monalyisha I‘m jealous of a pretty Fall though! I have very few trees around that change colour. 😍 4w
CarolynM Saw this one in the bookshop on the weekend and thought of you. It sounds good. 4w
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Centique @CarolynM I‘m enjoying it but I don‘t know if I could recommend it to many people, I was so confused by the first few chapters! 🥴 4w
JennyM Beautiful 4w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff What a gorgeous place to read! ❤️ 4w
Reggie Lol, what a contrast as a chilling wind is trying to blow our house down right now. What a lovely looking day! 3w
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Summer is coming! First day I can read on the deck. I‘m reading cookbooks and thinking biscotti thoughts - and also bemoaning the state of the deck (I want to replace the timber but DIY Dad is crazy busy and I‘m not promoting myself to the job 😂) Also new library book which I hope will break my reading drought...

LeeRHarry And I hope your team has a win tonight! 😊 4w
Centique @LeeRHarry oh thank you! I‘m nervous about it! I always am 😬 4w
CarolynM @Centique @LeeRHarry I've got theatre tickets tonight so I won't be able to watch - bad organisation! I think it will be a really good game. 4w
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erzascarletbookgasm I love biscotti! And yay for reading outdoors again! 🌞 4w
Centique @CarolynM I don‘t know about that - going to the theatre sounds wonderful! What are you going to see? 4w
Centique @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m going to try making some I think! 4w
diovival I ❤ your mug! ☕ 4w
Centique @diovival thank you! My daughter gave it to me 🥰 4w
CarolynM Black is the New White. We're subscribers at the Melbourne Theatre Company. This is our last play for the year. I didn't have the RWC fixtures when I did the booking🙄 4w
Reggie I love when summer is coming for you because it means our Autumn 🍂 is here!!! 4w
Centique @CarolynM well there you go. I was right to be nervous. I felt it in my bones that England was dangerous! 4w
Centique @Reggie yay Autumn! I‘m looking forward to summer for now but I reckon I only need two weeks of warmth and then I‘ll be wishing for autumn again too 😂 4w
CarolynM Commiserations. England have looked very strong all tournament. I'm not thrilled by the prospect of England winning two world cups this year😳 4w
Centique @CarolynM 😬 Jeesh! In the meantime Go Wales! (I was a Jones for the first half of my life after all 😊👍) @LeeRHarry (edited) 4w
Centique @CarolynM and how was the show? 4w
Cathythoughts We were all gutted for New Zealand... so upset ... couldn‘t even watch the last few minutes .. So much love for the All Blacks ... ♥️♥️♥️ 4w
Centique @Cathythoughts aw you‘re so lovely! And I must have been writing a comment on your thread exactly as you were writing on mine! 💕💕 4w
Cathythoughts And yes ... Go Wales 🤞🏻❤️ 4w
LeeRHarry @Cathythoughts 🤞🏻💕🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿💕🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 4w
CarolynM It was great! We enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for asking🙂 4w
readordierachel Beautiful flowers! 2w
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March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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A thoughtful little book of four essays - four writers explore their own reactions to first reading about the March sisters (of Little Women) and how they now see each character‘s role and motivations. A dash of sociology, a little Alcott history, a touch of personal memoir - it‘s an amuse bouche for Alcott fans! You learn more about how each of the four writers see the world than anything else - but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

batsy I love the phrase "amuse bouche" ? 1mo
Cathythoughts I found Jane Smiley hit & miss. This one sounds like a winner 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Trashcanman 🤗🤗🤗😘 1mo
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LeahBergen This sounds delightful! 1mo
Centique @Cathythoughts I find her hit and miss too! I read in an interview with her that Thousand Acres isn‘t her favourite book, she prefers Horse Heaven which I DNFed. 4w
Centique @LeahBergen I thought this might appeal to you! 💕 4w
kspenmoll This sounds wonderful! 4w
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Peter Pan | J M Barrie
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Look @TheBookHippie a little late but I‘m reading it now! #childrensclassicread2019

Are you having a go at this one @batsy ?

batsy That's a lovely edition! I've fallen off the wagon with this challenge 🙈 Won't be taking part this month (don't have a copy). I'm going to check the schedule to see if I have the books for the next two months :) 1mo
Centique @batsy I‘ve always been a Peter Pan fan so this was just a good excuse to get a copy. 😉The printing on this paperback though is just a tiny bit off “square” with the page - which is annoying. That has happened to me once before with Book Depository. Oh well - not the biggest problem! 1mo
TheBookHippie It‘s so enjoyable!!! Sweetness. I need to read it for sanity 🤣❤️📖. 1mo
Centique @TheBookHippie reading it now and I totally agree! 😍 1mo
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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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At first this wasn‘t working for me. Rowell takes a work of fiction from inside a previous novel and has to make it stand on its own two legs. It‘s a mash up of Twilight and HP and you step into it at a point 5 years into its own history - you have to swallow all those references. It‘s self conscious of that at first then it develops its own momentum and turns into something lovely - great YA fantasy/romance w some satirical side eye at HP tropes

saresmoore Great review! I think you really summed it up well. 1mo
Centique @saresmoore thank you! 😊 1mo
readordierachel Great review. I adore this book. 1mo
Centique @readordierachel thank you. Yes it‘s wrapped itself around my heart and I‘m excited for the second one! 1mo
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Brick Lane: A Novel | Monica Ali
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I loved this book and I‘m surprised it has such a low Litsy score. Perhaps it‘s because this is a very internal novel with a lot of character exploration rather than plot. Ali takes us through Nazneen‘s life from her birth in Bangladesh, her arranged marriage and immigration to England and her life there as a wife, mother and eventually active member of her community. It‘s a book about an immigrant experience but also about relationships ⬇️

Centique ...family and friendships. The story is set in the 90s and touches on the Islam community and the unrest and politics of the time - but through the human impact on individual lives, a multi faceted approach. Ali writes so visually and captures characters with a deft touch, noting the little frailties that make them human. These people are going to live in my brain for a long time! 1mo
Centique I think this will stay one of my favourite depictions of a marriage in a novel ever. Something almost satirical and one sided becomes deep and complex with time. It‘s genius. 🙌 1mo
LeahBergen I loved this one, too! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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CarolynM I'Ve had a copy of this for ages but never get around to it. I'll have to bump it up the priority list 1mo
Reggie Is this the one where she starts to have an affair with someone who might belong to an extremist group? Maybe I‘m mixing this up with some other book. Regardless, great review! 1mo
Centique @CarolynM it‘s a slow burn but worth it 😊👍 1mo
Centique @Reggie yes, that‘s it! To me the affair was only one part of her story but the blurb makes it sound like it‘s the whole story. 1mo
ReadingEnvy This is on my TBR explode list for October so I‘ll at least be giving it a try. 1mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy I think you would like it. Although with the amount you read you may have read something very similar to it already! Will be interested to see if it grabs you. 1mo
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I read this book watching my family on the luge, with Queenstown below me. More #sceneryspam

I really enjoyed this although I‘m fond of the “loner child observes upper class English family” trope. Flora is a neglected child who falls in love with an entire family. Over the years they vary in their treatment of her. Wesley has a sharp eye for showing the flaws in characters without turning them into straight forward villains. ⬇️

Centique It would be fair to say this is a quiet novel - it captures some of life‘s bright moments that become favourite memories and then the quiet disappointments. In some ways a romantic ideology that gets replaced by a more “sensible” one. Wesley‘s writing, characters and setting kept me completely engaged. 1mo
youneverarrived Great review and your photo is stunning 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes , great review! I‘ve never read anything by this author.... what would be a good one to start with ? Maybe this one ? ! 1mo
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CarolynM Love Mary Wesley's books❤️ 1mo
Hooked_on_books The area around Queenstown is gorgeous. I went hang gliding there. I highly recommend it! 1mo
Freespirit Beautiful scenery! 1mo
LeahBergen This sounds great! I have The Camomile Lawn waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 1mo
Centique @Cathythoughts thank you! I reckon start with The Camomile Lawn. You need to be in the mood for a meander, they‘re more character explorations than plot driven. Wonderful sense of the period though! 💕 1mo
Centique @youneverarrived thank you! 😘 1mo
Centique @CarolynM I figured I needed to try another one after The Camomile Lawn being one of my 2018 favourites. I think I‘m officially a fan as well! 1mo
Centique @Hooked_on_books hang gliding sounds amazing! 1mo
Jeg I‘ve loved her books. Someone recommended them to me years ago and I read all of her books. I could reread them. Just might! 😍 1mo
Centique @Freespirit thank you! 😘 1mo
Centique @LeahBergen I think you‘ll like it! It has that lovely period feel with a sharp bite at the end 😍 1mo
Reggie Sounds The Rain adjacent which means stacked! 1mo
Centique @Jeg that is so good to hear. I was wondering if it was worth reading all her books - sounds like she‘s consistently good! 1mo
Centique @Reggie I have a type of book right? 🥰 1mo
Reggie Totally! 😊 you really had me at “In some ways a romantic ideology that gets replaced by a more ‘sensible‘ one.” 1mo
Texreader Great short review! 1mo
Centique @Reggie and that sums up my life in many ways! 😂😂 1mo
Centique @Texreader thank you! 1mo
rohit-sawant Wonderful review! Love the picture! 1mo
batsy Great review and gorgeous photo! And like @Reggie I'm drawn to that sentence about ideology. I stacked The Chamomile Lawn after you posted about it and I have a copy thanks to @LapReader I *really* hope to get to it soon :) 1mo
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#notbookrelated

Travelling around the bottom of the South Island at the moment and thought I‘d share one spectacular view with you all. Any lighthouse lovers out there? This is called Nugget Point or Tokata. We walked right out to the balcony that hangs over the edge. It‘s amazing to get out and see the lesser known treasures of your own country 😊 hope you all get the chance to see some treasures wherever you are!

Cinfhen Beautiful 💙 2mo
Cathythoughts What a sight ♥️ 2mo
Centique One day you guys will visit me here! @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 💕 2mo
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Cinfhen Hope so 🙏🏻 2mo
TrishB Beautiful 💜 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Very picturesque 💙 2mo
CarolynM Fabulous! I really need to visit the South Island one day - and see more of the North Island too🙂 2mo
batsy Love lighthouses. This is so gorgeous! 2mo
Cathythoughts Years ago I answered an add in the paper for ‘ Light House ‘ work .... Exciting, I thought. Only it actually meant like cleaning someone‘s house ( not as romantic as I had hoped ) 🙄 I‘ll never live that one down 😆 (edited) 2mo
IndoorDame Beautiful! Love lighthouses! 2mo
kspenmoll It looks so beautiful! And I love visiting lighthouses when I can-have ornaments as keepsakes!!! 2mo
Librarybelle So pretty! 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That is gorgeous! 2mo
Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly 🙄😂😂😂🤣 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts 😂 🧹🧽🧺 2mo
Reggie How beautiful! 2mo
Centique @CarolynM I am available for trip planning! I spent one Uber trip in Melbourne helping the driver create a 6 day South Island trip! 1mo
Centique @Cathythoughts that is the funniest story ever! 😂😂😂 1mo
youneverarrived So beautiful! 💙 and @Cathythoughts that has made my day 😂😂 1mo
Jeg NZ is so beautiful. I feel another visit coming on. 1mo
Centique @Jeg wonderful idea! Make sure you see the South Island but if you do come to Auckland we can have coffee ☕️☕️🍰 1mo
Blaire Incredible!! So beautiful. 1mo
rohit-sawant Stunning view! 1mo
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The Bedlam Stacks | Natasha Pulley
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This is definitely my “flavour” of book - a genre mash of historical/magical/fantasy. It‘s picturesque but a slow moving, character driven plot that isn‘t for everyone. A wounded 19th century explorer is brought out of retirement for a seemingly impossible expedition to smuggle plants out of Peru. His path will lead him to confront an ancient culture and upend many of his assumptions about the world.

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#bookserendipity

When you buy a book from Abebooks for a couple of dollars and it turns out to be signed by the author. 😍

PS this book is well travelled. Seems to have started life in Memphis, then I bought it from a bookshop near Edinburgh and it‘s come now to New Zealand!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! I‘m close to Memphis! Great find!! 2mo
LeahBergen Cool! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s so cool! 2mo
batsy Wonderful! 2mo
Jeg Wow 1mo
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Wow.
This book punched me in the guts, stood me on my head and forcibly opened my eyes. I mean I thought I understood quite a lot about racism and slavery and the ongoing impacts in modern times, but I clearly did not. This felt visceral and intellectual both.
I appreciated that Coates takes you through his own progress in investigating, his deeper and deeper understanding - it helped me to get past the easy truths to the harder ones.

Tanisha_A I read this recently too, and like you said it hits hard. One can never be forgiven for what happened and still happens. Great review! 2mo
Scochrane26 I listened to this last yr & felt the same way. Then, I read We Were Eight Years in Power, by him & felt the same way. I felt like I finally understood our country. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review 👍 2mo
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Centique @Tanisha_A thank you! Yes it was eye opening to realise the power structures are still being built to enforce inequality. 😰 2mo
Centique @Scochrane26 that‘s a good recc thank you - I really need to read everything he writes, he‘s just so insightful! 2mo
Reggie The part about him wanting to apologize to his son because he forgot what world they lived in when that woman pushed his son and then he got mad but when everything was settled people started to get mad at him because he was the “angry black man.” This book was tough and necessary and no one can deny his skill as a writer. Great review!! (edited) 2mo
Centique @Reggie thanks buddy! Yes, that part really hit home. Something else he said about monitoring his body language so he always looks reticent - because he knows every move he makes is so readily seen as aggressive. That really got to me too! 2mo
ReadingEnvy A good follow up is White Fragility if you haven‘t read it, 1mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy I haven‘t read that yet - will make sure it‘s on the list! I‘d like more ideas about how to wake up some white people. 1mo
ReadingEnvy @Centique it's very confronting but has changed my perspective on things I didn't know I needed to rethink 1mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy wow that sounds really impacting. 😳 1mo
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I‘ve been in “not reading” mode. First a horrible chest infection - you know when you are actually too sick to read, that sucks - and then four days in Melbourne, a mother daughter treat for her upcoming 15th birthday.
@Reggie here is another pavlova for you! This one is at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, Melbourne‘s oldest tea room 😍
Now I seriously hope my reading mojo is back because 5 books just came in for me at the library!

LauraJ How decadent! 2mo
JennyM Enjoy your celebrations with you daughter. And you are making me so jealous with that pav 😋 2mo
CarolynM Goodness! Empty tables at the Hopetoun! Whenever I go past it's always jam-packed full! Hope you're feeling a lot better and you and your daughter enjoyed Melbourne😘 (edited) 2mo
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Lindy 🍰😁 2mo
Centique @LauraJ @JennyM it‘s a beauty for sure! 2mo
Centique @CarolynM I know right?! There‘s normally a queue! We got there at about 10am on a Thursday - but even so it was full by the time we left. Next time we‘ll have to meet you for coffee. You would be glad I didn‘t this time - I was still contagious I‘m sure (sorry to the people around me in the tea room!) 2mo
Tanisha_A Happy 15th to her! 🥳 2mo
Centique @CarolynM my daughter shopped up a storm. The reles took us to Chadstone and to the outlet mall at South Wharf (that place was insane!) 2mo
LeahBergen That looks amazing! 😮 2mo
batsy Oooh yum! I love pavlova but if my sister sees this she'll go nuts. She's the most pav-obsessed person I know 😆 Happy 15th to your daughter! 🍰🎈 2mo
Freespirit That pav looks fab😍 2mo
Reggie I hope you‘re feeling better. And that pavlova looks Uh-mazing!!! I hope you have a great time with her. Happy Birthday to her!!!! Happy reading, Paula! 2mo
CarolynM Absolutely! Next time you're in Melbourne with an hour to spare just let me know🙂 2mo
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

Would you like to play @swishandflick ? Post a favourite cover every day for 7 days and tag someone in if you can.

merelybookish That is pretty! And so different from US edition! 2mo
JennyM Oh wow...that‘s stunning 2mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Megabooks Love it! 2mo
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Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
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Dickens reaches Peak Snark in this novel. He‘s ripping into all manners of bourgeoisie behaviour in nineteenth century London. The chapters about the Veneerings are pretty damn funny! 😂 Here he has Lady Tippins who comes to weddings specifically to sum them up in her caustic manner.

Ruthiella Totally! He‘s ruthless toward those society fakes and hangers-on!😀 2mo
Texreader This is hilarious!! 🤣 2mo
batsy 😆😆 2mo
Reggie Lol 2mo
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Small Island: A Novel | Andrea Levy
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 6

@thegirlwiththelibrarybag would you like to play? Post a favourite cover every day for 7 days, no explanation, and tag someone else. No pressure to join in though!

CarolynM That's a fabulous cover! Much nicer than the one I have. 2mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM You took the words right out of my mouth! 2mo
Centique @CarolynM @Ruthiella it jumped out at me because of the cover and I thought I‘d heard it praised here. Will read it soon! 2mo
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CarolynM I loved it. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great cover ! Loved this book 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I really would like to play! Thanks! 2mo
youneverarrived Love it! 2mo
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The Story of Alice | Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@kezzlou85 would you like to play along? A cover each day, no explanation, and tag someone new in if you can.

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The Edwardians | Vita Sackville-West
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

@BarbaraTheBibliophage would you like to play? Post a favourite cover a day with no explanation - tag someone in each day if you can.

Cathythoughts Great cover 💙 2mo
LeahBergen I have this edition, too (and also All Passion Spent). Love ‘em! 2mo
jillrhudy I need this book! 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Hi - I did this a while ago. Let me give i some thought to whether I‘ll just repost pictures, or if I have new choices. 😘 2mo
Centique @BarbaraTheBibliophage ha! 🤣 I went to your feed and couldn‘t see anything in the last few days - I should have realised you would have been in the early rounds of this! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Centique No worries. I‘ll have to see if I can find the photos! 2mo
Caroline2 😍 2mo
Aimeesue That's a lovely edition! 2mo
BiblioLitten 😍 2mo
batsy So pretty! I have the green Virago edition. I love this book ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm How is this book? You‘ve read it? 2mo
Centique @erzascarletbookgasm not yet! Lets ask @batsy 😊👍 2mo
Tanisha_A All the shades of blue. 💙 2mo
batsy @Centique @erzascarletbookgasm The Litsy rating doesn't do it justice! A lovely slow-burn read about the excess and hypocrisies of the aristocrats. I found it very readable and compelling :) 2mo
Centique @batsy this is on my list for next year - it sounds gorgeous. I read a bio of Vita last year and I‘m entranced already 💕 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @Centique great to know! Stacking. I have her other book tbr 2mo
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Ariel: Poems | Sylvia Plath
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

@Oryx would you like to have a go at this challenge? Post 7 favourite covers over 7 days without explanation - just tag a new person each time.

TrishB I have this copy too ❤️ all copies of this are gorgeous! 2mo
Tanisha_A @TrishB I knew you'd have this one too. 🤪 Love it! 2mo
TrishB @Tanisha_A thankfully no one has posted a version I haven‘t got yet! Or else I would have to find. 😁 2mo
Centique @TrishB that sounds like a challenge in itself! I do love a simple full page title in a great font sometimes. 😍 2mo
CarolynM 😍 2mo
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Fry covers the Greek origin myths from creation through the Titans and then the major gods plus a lot of fun smaller ones like the Muses. As always he has a gentle wry style with the odd pop culture reference or double entendre. A light and easy way to read about Greek myths. I think I‘ll get the next one on audio though because his voice is 😍.
3.5 stars. It probably would be 4 except I‘m a little bit in love with Ovid who overshadows this 😜

Cinfhen I own both book and audio and I‘m looking forward to reading/listening in the coming weeks 2mo
LeeRHarry I‘m reading this for my irl book group this month - loving the footnotes 😏 2mo
RamsFan1963 I definitely recommend this on audio. Stephen Fry is excellent. 2mo
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Centique @Cinfhen enjoy! 😘 2mo
Centique @LeeRHarry he‘s the King of Footnotes 😉 2mo
Centique @RamsFan1963 thank you, I will do audio for sure 😊 2mo
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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2

Would you like to have a go at this challenge @Dragon ? Post a favourite cover each day for 7 days and tag someone new each time 😊

merelybookish That is gorgeous! 2mo
Tanisha_A Love this 2mo
readordierachel Oh my 😍 2mo
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JennyM Gorgeous 2mo
batsy It's lovely. I have this one too thanks to @saresmoore ❤️ 2mo
Dragon Thanks for the tag @Centique I‘ll give it a try ! 😀🐉 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm This edition is gorgeous! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, I ❤️ this cover! 2mo
Cathythoughts Very very nice ♥️ 2mo
Centique @merelybookish @Tanisha_A @readordierachel @JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Until I met Littens I never paid attention to which editions of classics I bought - but y‘all inspired me, so now I have some pretty ones - and the dog eared ones are off to goodwill 😊 2mo
Centique @batsy that @saresmoore is a lovely friend with beautiful taste! 2mo
sudi 😍 2mo
batsy @Centique She is 💕 2mo
Lindy What a gorgeous edition! 2mo
Centique @Lindy thank you! 2mo
youneverarrived I love these editions. 2mo
Rissreads This is a gorgeous cover! ❤💚💙💛 2mo
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

Thanks for the tag @CarolynM 😘

@Jas16 would you like to have a go? 7 days, 7 covers you love, no explanation - and tag someone new each time.

CarolynM That's gorgeous (and fits the story beautifully)😍 2mo
LeahBergen Lyme Regis! 😍 2mo
Centique @CarolynM thank you! @LeahBergen have you visited here Leah? I haven‘t! 2mo
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LeahBergen No, but I want to! 2mo
batsy It's stunning! And I want to go, too! @LeahBergen #litsyfieldtrip 😆 2mo
Centique @batsy oh man wouldn‘t we have a right old lark of a time 😍 #litsyfieldtrip 2mo
Scochrane26 I‘ve never seen this cover for Persuasion. I‘ve recently realized how many copies of Austen I could have if I buy all the covers I like. 2mo
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Spring is sprung! 🇳🇿 Well here it has. After a month of rain and being cooped up indoors, the smell of flowers on our Sunday walk was heady I tell you! 😍

Trashcanman 👁️👁️🤗 2mo
merelybookish So pretty! (And so different from waiting for the leaves to turn!) 2mo
Reggie How lush looking!!! 2mo
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Ruthiella Beautiful!😍 2mo
Centique @merelybookish @Reggie @Ruthiella we went on a long walk and coming out of dense bush found these. Most cheerful I‘ve felt for weeks. Nature is a great healer 😍 2mo
Cinfhen 🌷🌻🌹 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 2mo
Suet624 Surprise! 2mo
andrew61 As we move into autumn that is a lovely reminder of spring ☺ 2mo
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A Royal Pain | Rhys Bowen
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It‘s been hard to settle down with a book lately. What is it about funerals that bring up old family dramas? 🙄 I am taking no sides, but it seems that means ALL the people want to tell me how awful everyone else is.

Bah humbug. I finally get a chance to avoid the humans. This little book seems like it will do the trick. I can‘t do anything too serious or philosophical this week!

Ruthiella Bummer about the people around you! Enjoy your bookish escape! ❣️ 2mo
Centique @Ruthiella thank you lovely! 😘 2mo
CarolynM Yeah, it's pretty common, I believe. I'm sorry you're having to deal with it. 🤗 Looks like you've chosen a good antidote. Would you like to be tagged for the 7 covers thing, or would you rather be left alone for a bit? 2mo
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Centique @CarolynM oh you‘re so nice to ask 😘 Yes please tag me - I‘m ready to think about books as much as possible from now on! 2mo
JennyM Sending you love xx 2mo
batsy ❤️❤️ 2mo
CarolynM 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts ♥️♥️ 2mo
TrishB ♥️ I think a lot of family gatherings end up like that. Sending hugs. 2mo
Suet624 Bah humbug indeed. 2mo
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A Canticle for Leibowitz | Walter M. Miller, Jr.
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A 1959 book that was unknown to me, discovered for my year of SFF. It reminded me a little of Foundation and also Fahrenheit 451, with the concept of civilisation destroying itself, rebuilding, only to destroy itself again. The book is told in three linked novellas - each one the forgotten prehistory of the next. For such a serious theme there is also humour and fascinating characters 4.5 stars (pic: piece of a recent New Yorker review)

Ruthiella I loved this book. So pessimistic but I liked how he didn‘t pull his punches. 😀 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella I agree. And yet I didn‘t find it too depressing to read - I think because there were always some good people, some humour. 👍 3mo
Reggie This sounds great!! 3mo
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Centique @Reggie it looks like I‘m going to have to change my stance on “I don‘t read apocalyptic novels” 😋 3mo
Reggie @Centique you‘re only a couple of books away from loving zombies. Can‘t wait!!! 3mo
Liz_M I read this recently and while I loved the first novella, I did not know the structure beforehand and I never forgave the author for switching time periods. 😁 2mo
Crazeedi I forgot this book, read many years ago 2mo
Centique @Liz_M I felt some loss about that too! It happens to me now and then when an author changes time and place just when I was really enjoying it. 🙃 2mo
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Thursday Afternoons | Monica Dickens
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Thursday flowers a la @Cinfhen 💕

Much needed this week. My step sister is in hospice and going through her last days. We weren‘t super close but I‘ve been visiting her a lot and cooking for her over the past three months. It was a gift to have that time in retrospect. She‘s in a coma now so I think she‘s out of pain - we‘re all in this waiting space. 🌸🌼🌻🌷🌹

wanderinglynn Beautiful flowers! My thoughts with your family. 💚 3mo
britt_brooke ((hugs)) 3mo
MaureenMc 💕💕 3mo
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BookNAround So hard. Wishing your family peace. 3mo
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Jas16 Sending you so much love and keeping you and your family in my thoughts. 3mo
cobwebmoth *hugs* 3mo
DivineDiana Much love to you and your family. ❤️🙏🏻❤️ 3mo
LeeRHarry That‘s tough, thinking of you 💕 3mo
MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
batsy Thinking of you and your family ❤️ 3mo
CarolynM Such a difficult time. Thinking of you 💕 The flowers are beautiful🙂 3mo
Ruthiella Sorry to hear that. 😔❤️ 3mo
Reggie Omg, I‘m so sorry to hear this. Thinking of you and your sister. 3mo
Centique @Reggie thank you lovely. It‘s just her kids and husband and my oldest sister in with her now. I‘m just fiddling about at home waiting for news. 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry to hear about your step sister but I‘m glad you were able to have this time now and your Thursday flowers are lovely 😊 sending much love ❤️ 3mo
kezzlou85 So sorry to hear that. Thinking of you all. 3mo
JennyM Thinking of you during this very difficult time xxx 3mo
Cathythoughts Thinking of you ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
Tanisha_A Wishing you all love! 3mo
SamanthaMarie I'm glad you were able to have the last three months, though I'm sure you wish the circumstances could have been different. Sending love. ♡ 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so sorry. How wonderful that she had you close by over the past few months. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so sorry for her ordeal, along with the family‘s, including yours. May she find peace. And I‘m glad you treated yourself to flowers. A little beautiful life goes a long way at a time like this. 2mo
Leftcoastzen That is so hard , blessings to you and your family in this difficult time. 2mo
youneverarrived I‘m so sorry. Sending you love ♥️ and those flowers are beautiful! 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry. Sending you ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
rabbitprincess I'm so sorry. Thinking of you and your family ♥️♥️ 2mo
ValerieAndBooks So very sorry— hugs 💖 2mo
kspenmoll So sorry you are losing your sister. Flowers are beautiful. I am glad you were able to become closer to her. Love to you & your family.💕 2mo
CarolynM Still thinking of you. I'm guessing you have had a difficult few days💕 2mo
Centique @CarolynM oh you‘re so kind 💕 Yes she passed on Monday and we have the funeral tomorrow. But I think everyone feels relieved for her to be out of pain and discomfort. 2mo
CarolynM I hope tomorrow isn't too hard. I'll be thinking of you. 2mo
Blaire Thinking of you and your family. 2mo
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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From the first sentence Jesmyn Ward has picked up my heart and is carrying it in her hands. I‘m tense because I‘m not sure if she‘s going to crush it or even give it back to me. I want to protect her 12 year old protagonist Jojo so much that I can‘t breathe in some places. But Ward isn‘t writing a thriller, isn‘t trying to push my buttons, her depiction of a life and a history is made brutal because it‘s authentic and one we rarely hear. 5 stars.

Centique I think Jojo is my favourite character of Ward‘s, but Salvage the Bones is probably my overall favourite of her novels. Both 5 stars though! 3mo
The_Real_Nani This book was so good. Really reminded me of Song of Solomon. 3mo
Centique @The_Real_Nani that‘s a good thought. Reminds me it‘s been over a decade since I read Song of Solomon and must reread! 3mo
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Tanisha_A Gosh! What a review! Going and buying it on Kindle right now. 🧡 3mo
Centique @Tanisha_A oh wow I hope you like it as much as I did! 😍 3mo
Reggie Ughhh, just in a review you gave me the feels😢. I have it but waiting for I don‘t know what will ever be the right time. 3mo
Centique @Reggie I believe in you. You can do it! Lol, I know the feeling. Gotta have the right headspace. When it‘s right it‘ll be right 👍🤞😍 3mo
Suet624 I‘m with @Reggie 2mo
kspenmoll Great review of a beautiful book. 💕 2mo
Rissreads I think I will bump this up my reading pile. Fantastic review! 2mo
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I‘ve had a very busy non-reading few days with my great nephews visiting from Melbourne (yes I‘m young to be a great aunt, thank you for noticing 😋) They are so delicious. They have already had a bunch of picture books from me so I‘m now gifting them some chapter books - by the time they start school they‘ll be well set up!

batsy How adorable!!! 😍😍 3mo
TrishB Awww ♥️ 3mo
merelybookish Cuties! 3mo
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Tanisha_A Such cutekins! 😍 3mo
Reggie Omg, the cuteness! It‘s too much! Lol 3mo
marleed Adorable! 3mo
Smrloomis They‘re so cute! 💕 3mo
LeahBergen Awww! 😍😍😍 3mo
GingerAntics They are just precious! 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
Centique @batsy @TrishB @merelybookish @Tanisha_A @Reggie thank you so much 😘 They‘re so happy and easygoing compared to my kids when small. I would quail at the thought of travelling with two under two! 3mo
CarolynM So adorable! I quail at the thought of having 2 under 2 let alone spending 4 hours on a plane with them! 3mo
Centique @CarolynM I know right?!! She deserves a medal - but luckily the baby is super easy going 😍 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. They‘re precious! 2mo
Suet624 So sweet 2mo
kspenmoll Cuties! 2mo
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The Little Book of Lists | Amy Wallace, David Wallechinsky
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I put together my 2020 book list and I‘m sorry, I couldn‘t help it. 😂 But it was so much fun and I‘m looking forward to next year x1000! My list is made up of a challenge I‘ve set myself to read some classics I‘ve never read (like Proust 😬) plus titles from my original, written in a journal, TBR, that are from the early 2000s, a few from my Litsy stack and a few diverse reads that I‘m guilty I haven‘t read yet. How do you plan your reading year?

rabbitprincess I've already started my pool of potential reads for 2020. All four of the books I've picked so far are historical fiction 😅 3mo
GingerAntics I don‘t really. I‘ve tried to make plans the last several years now, and I just end up reading what catches my attention. If I tried to stick to a prescribed plan I‘d end up reading far fewer books per year. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks All the books I want to read are on spreadsheets, and I frequently use a random number generator to decide what's coming up next!! (edited) 3mo
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Lcsmcat Sometimes having a list gives me the push to read something that takes more effort. But if I feel like I _have_ to read something I often don‘t enjoy it as much as if I just read what strikes my fancy. 3mo
batsy Proust! He's on my list of classics to tackle, as well. And newsflash to myself: I'm not getting any younger 😆 Maybe next year I should take the plunge with the first volume ☺️ 3mo
Centique @rabbitprincess oh good - I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 3mo
Centique @GingerAntics ah right. I‘m almost the opposite - without a researched list to choose from (and reserve or purchase in advance), I find myself staring aimlessly at library shelves feeling underwhelmed by what‘s available. 3mo
Centique @TheAromaofBooks that is such a cool idea. I sometimes randomly choose from off my list but a number generator takes that next level! 😃 3mo
Centique @Lcsmcat I must admit I allow myself total freedom to bail. My lists are so long that I‘ll think this is not the right time and put something on the top right back to the bottom “see you in ten years or so book!” 😂 3mo
Centique @batsy if you want to try a buddy read let me know! I‘ve got a copy of the first volume now so I‘m determined to give it a try at least. 🤞🤞 3mo
GingerAntics Then it‘s good you‘ve made yourself a list. I tend to get excited, borrow a book, get on the wait list, buy a book, then I have a million things to read and I just read whatever strikes my fancy at that moment. 3mo
LeahBergen This is awesome! 3mo
batsy @Centique Yes, I'd love that! When I get my copy (and I'm sure I'll manage that this year 😁) I'll give you a shout. Proust has been a reading project I've been meaning to start for awhile. 3mo
Reggie Lolol I can‘t even plan for tomorrow‘s book. Wow, this is impressive!!! 3mo
Centique @Reggie my whole life is full of lists. I don‘t force myself to stick to them but I hate to be stuck for an idea. I keep lists of books for my kids, my dad, lists of movies, lists of school holiday activities, lists of travel ideas, lists of recipes. It‘s just part of my existential fabric 😂😂😂 3mo
CarolynM The only time I plan reading is if my book group plans a month or two ahead (happens occasionally) or if I know there's a Litsy buddy read coming up that I want to be part of. Otherwise it's just whatever takes my fancy when I finish a book and sometimes when I'm only part way through😂 3mo
Centique @CarolynM @Reggie you guys are “living on the edge”! I admire your zest for life and faith in the book gods. 🤟🙌✊ 3mo
Centique @GingerAntics I love how diverse all our book habits are - there are so many kinds of “book worm” and approaches to the bookish life - it‘s awesome 😊 3mo
Centique @batsy I‘ll look forward to it! 👍 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen 😘 it‘s an addiction but a kind of useful one! 3mo
enidkeaner I don‘t plan my reading - I can‘t! For me, making concrete reading plans is pretty much the best way to ensure that I won‘t read 🤣 3mo
Centique @enidkeaner I can understand that! 😊 I definitely can‘t force any kind of order or timeline on myself -that would freeze me up terribly. But having a hundred or so pre-selected options to choose from seems to keep my reading moving steadily. 3mo
rabbitprincess @Centique Same, I like having a little list of options to choose from. My pool of possibilities is put together from monthly challenges set up at the start of the year, but I almost never read the books in the same month as the challenge. 3mo
Centique @rabbitprincess that sounds like a fun way of doing it 😍 3mo
Suet624 @GingerAntics I‘m the same way 2mo
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This was a very enjoyable read. I think this landed on my TBR thanks to you @Crazeedi ? I know you‘ve recommended it to others recently so it was probably one of your posts that did it! Commissario Brunetti is a great character, I like his gentle humour and long suffering patience - and his happy family life makes him so different to most of my detective reads! I like how his wife and kids have their opinions about his case too 😊👍

Crazeedi You've touched on many of the things I love about this series! The secretary's character is awesome too! (Her name is evading me at this moment). I never reread, but I may have to make exception some day for these, I miss him. Have you ever felt like that? Like you miss being there? 3mo
Crazeedi And the only get better, trust me. I went through a period where I got like 6 of them and read them one right after the other. I become very attached to a series if it's good, as you might see from my recent posts, lol 3mo
Centique @Crazeedi oh yes- there are a few series that I miss being there. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch for sure. The Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes. And I miss how The Belgariad felt the first time I read it! Haven‘t been able to tap back into the same space while reading it as an adult. 3mo
Centique @Crazeedi I‘m looking forward to the rest of the series! Comforting to know there‘s a lot to get and a lot of time to be spent in Italy 😍👍 3mo
Crazeedi @Centique the belgariad was one I read a l8ng time ago! And Mary Stewart's trilogy. And others too. Enjoy Venice! 3mo
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Ovid and I are finally finished with each other - between this and Silence of the Girls I feel like I‘ve been vacationing in Ancient Greece 😍 (and a little bit of Rome, yes Ovid, we see you sucking up to Augustus there at the end 😂)
If you like Greek mythology this is actually not a hard read. Although it‘s an epic poem, it was easy to follow and the adventures and tragedies had recognisable beginnings, middles and ends. ⬇️

Centique Now I‘m suitably steeped in mythology I just need Stephen Fry to come in at the library for me. Well, his book, I wish it was the ACTUAL Stephen Fry... 3mo
Ruthiella That would be great if Stephen could come over for tea or a drink and chat about Greek and Roman ancient literature!🤪 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella man that would be a dream come true! 3mo
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Beautifully told and harrowing account of the Trojan War from the perspective of Briseis, a Trojan princess given as a slave to Achilles. The only thing that stopped this being a 5 star read for me was that I didn‘t think the chapters from Achilles perspective were as powerful - I was disappointed to move away from Briseis perspective. That‘s a small quibble though, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Aimeesue I was just listening to a BBC Open Book episode with Barker. 2015, so she was just writing this one. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b067xcy8 3mo
youneverarrived I really liked this, too. Agree about the change in perspective. 3mo
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Story Thieves | James Riley
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I‘ve been hoping my 9yo would someday find a book so exciting that he could live without illustrations or cartoon graphics in the text - turns out this was the book 😍. Before Story Thieves, he would flick through books and assume they were “too hard” or “boring”. For the past cpl years I‘ve been thankful for all the great books with graphic elements on most pages - now I‘m glad he can now choose an all text book too 🙌 #raisingreaders

Centique He recommends this as the Best Book Ever - a title previously held by 3mo
Zelma Best book ever? Added! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 Yay! 3mo
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RealBooks4ever Yaaay! 💜💜💜 3mo
LeahBergen Aww! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Reggie Yayyy!!!! 3mo
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Looks like I needed something else light and fluffy and this was great. I‘d been recommended Tessa Dare and I was impressed. Although simpler than Courtney Milan IMO, it was still very enjoyable. I do like a grumpy hero with a heart of gold and a straight talking, strong minded heroine. Also explicit - so not for the faint of heart 😂😂

Reggie Lol, that last sentence guarantees I‘m gonna put this one on my stack for when I read a “heavy” and need a break. 3mo
Centique @Reggie ha! Yes - and it did the trick. I might even have bought the next one in the series... 🤷🏻‍♀️😍 3mo
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After a week of reading about war atrocities something lighter was called for - this cosy mystery did the trick! I actually ate dumplings today and Did Not Think to photograph them - such rookie behaviour! ?? So these are Googled dumplings, not the cute gyoza with pea purée and fried sugar snaps and roasted almonds I had for lunch ?
This is a cute little book - not much to it, but sweet characters and lots of food. ? ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Yum 😋 3mo
batsy I've been curious about this! Sounds like an ideal light read. 3mo
LeahBergen And now I want a dumpling. 😆 3mo
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Centique @LeahBergen exactly! 😆 3mo
Centique @batsy it was - i don‘t know if I‘ll go any further in the series but it worked for the moment ☺️ 3mo
Reggie You have made me hungry! Lol, sounds good!! 3mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Watched this version of Jane Eyre on Netflix this week and god, Mia Wasikowska was amazing! I know she doesn‘t want to be typecast as the nineteenth century literary heroine actress, but I would pay to see her do all my favourites! Also Michael Fassbender... I‘ve never really been a Rochester fan... but Fassbender, I‘m prepared to swoon for Fassbender! 😍😂😂😂

LeeRHarry I loved this version too 😊 3mo
DivineDiana I didn‘t know about this! 😮 3mo
Christy2318 I saw this when it came out in that me theatre and loved it. 3mo
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Ruthiella Who are the other 19th century literary heroines you want Mia Wasikowska to play? Just curious 😀 3mo
DivineDiana Where is your home? Not playing on Netflix in the US. 😕 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella Jo March - although she‘s a little old now!, Catherine Earnshaw, Estella from Great Expectations, Ada in Bleak House... 😍 3mo
Centique @DivineDiana oh what a shame. That‘s what usually happens to me when people say things are on Netflix. I‘m in NZ. 3mo
Tanisha_A This sounds sooo good. Not on our Netflix too, ugh! 🙁 3mo
zezeki I love that adaptation too!! And Michael Fassbender is just 🔥🔥 3mo
DivineDiana That explains it. Hopefully will eventually reach us! 3mo
Reggie Lolol Fassbender........ Le sigh. Lol 3mo
Centique @Reggie he‘s an Irish angel 😍 I love watching him on the Graham Norton show. 3mo
Suet624 Mia is amazing in everything she does. I could watch her all day long. 2mo
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