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Centique

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Is it a book? I‘ll probably like it then. NZ 🇳🇿
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No Great Mischief | Alistair MacLeod
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What a lovely, but quiet and melancholy book. Alexander, a successful middle aged orthodontist is visiting his much older brother in Toronto. His brother appears to be a nearly homeless drunk, shaking with addiction. But as Alex attends to him they reminisce and you discover their shared history and their differences. They come from Clan McDonald, highlanders that emigrated to Cape Breton in the 19th century ⬇️

Centique but kept their Gaelic language and highland history strong within them. There are some beautiful thoughts here but it is very contemplative rather than plot driven so you need to be in the right mood. So interesting to me as my husbands family originally came from Nova Scotia. I must find out if they have highland roots. 2d
Centique Photo is from the wild west coast of the South Island - Te Wai Pounamu - where we are visiting on holiday. Pretty isolated and it‘s gorgeous to explore. (Town has 565 residents) 2d
Centique @LeahBergen I think this is a kind of modern Canadian classic Leah? 2d
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous pic 😍 2d
squirrelbrain Lovely photo! 2d
LeahBergen Yes, it is! How cool that your husband‘s family is from Nova Scotia. It‘s a beautiful place (especially Cape Breton)! And I love this photo. 😊 2d
andrew61 Lovely photo Paula. 2d
batsy Beautiful 😍 2d
Centique @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @batsy thank you! This trip to the South Island was postponed from last year when we had lockdown so we feel very lucky to finally get here. 1d
Centique @LeahBergen it‘s quite a few generations ago but there‘s a little town up north which all the McLeods etc that came from Nova Scotia built. One day we‘ll get to visit that part of Canada ourselves (handy that it‘s next to Anne‘s island for me too!) 1d
Centique @andrew61 I think you might like this book Andrew. It has this lovely look at brotherhood through tragedy, an unusual thing for it‘s time to celebrate the softness and kindness between “tough” masculine men. 1d
CoverToCoverGirl My husband‘s family were McLeods. They came over on the ship Hector, by was of Nova Scotia around 1750ish. 1d
Reggie What a lovely pic and great review. How nice that you all are on holiday. Hope ya‘ll have a blast. 21h
Centique @CoverToCoverGirl our husbands may be distant relations! I‘ll have to ask the mother in law if her ancestry knowledge goes back that far to know what ship they emigrated to Canada in. Ancestry is a lot of fun sometimes ☺️ 21h
Centique @Reggie thank you Reggie. I just watched your bite sized book chat last night. You are so cool and passionate about the book and so well spoken! And when you read that excerpt I just about cried! I had to show my hub and Lucy “Look it‘s my friend Reggie on YouTube!”” I was so excited to see you “live” for the first time. 💕 21h
Reggie ❤️❤️❤️Thanks, Paula!!! I still think about that book. We were playing cards at Christmas and I laughed when I saw my brother had that same crease on his forehead that shows when we furrow our brows. 21h
CoverToCoverGirl @Centique I‘m an amateur genealogist. And I find it fascinating. 20h
CoverToCoverGirl @Reggie hey I‘m curious, are you okay with sending me a link? 🙂 20h
Centique @CoverToCoverGirl we‘re talking about Shawn the Book Maniacs channel that Reggie appeared on here https://youtu.be/NFHAU18MK7o 20h
merelybookish I love Alistair MacLeod. He kind of blew my mind when I first read him in university. Highly recommend his short stories! And do come to Nova Scotia. I'm in New Brunswick which is just next door. 😀 10h
Centique @merelybookish I‘m stacking that one! Thanks for the recc, I was so impressed with his writing and the depth of feeling in this book. I so hope to get to your part of the world, it‘s so beautiful 😍 5h
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When you need a comfort read and a comforting voice in your ears this is where you go. Thank you Richard Osman! I so enjoyed spending some more time with Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim. Kendrick the grandson is a delight too.

LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to this one! 6d
CarolynM 6d
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I loved his shows, loved his writing for years and reading this book was just the closure I needed as a fan - to really appreciate him in a more nuanced way, to see the human frailty as well as the rockstar brilliance. I like the way the book is structured, so many interviews have been woven together so you get snippets from each person describing a particular day or an aspect of Tony‘s life.⬇️

Centique You see when they‘re consistent and when they‘re inconsistent. I wouldn‘t recommend this if you‘re not a fan of his work, but for me it‘s so affecting, a completely biased ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2w
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
TheBookHippie I felt the same way. 2w
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Smrloomis This looks good, thanks for posting it. I saw the recent documentary about him and thought it was really well done, if you haven‘t seen it already. 2w
Centique @Smrloomis I haven‘t seen it. Is it on Netflix? I‘ll look it up. Thanks! 2w
Centique @TheBookHippie such a loss 😢 2w
Smrloomis No, it‘s not on Netflix (at least where I live). Maybe HBO or Amazon? Definitely worth looking for! 2w
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Reading in the boat after a swim in the bay = bliss (apart from when the kids are arguing 🤨)

This was just as good as everybody said. 12 lives in Britain (girl, woman and other), 12 different experiences of the world and 12 different ways of living in it. I loved that it showed different generations and points of view that didn‘t always “get” each other - and yet so much of their experiences interlinked, overlapped, ⬇️

Centique …made me hopeful that there is room for friendship and better understanding to develop. 2w
IuliaC Great review and wonderful photo! 2w
Cinfhen That water looks so inviting!! Glad you‘re able to get away 😍enjoy xx 2w
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Chelsea.Poole Does seem like bliss! Very different than my current reality, living on hot tea in sweaters under a bunch of snow! But still with the kids arguing 😉 2w
Trashcanman 😘 2w
TrishB Looks beautiful ♥️ 2w
TrishB And I love this book too. 2w
rockpools That looks gorgeous! (The water here REALLY doesn‘t look like that today!) And great review- I really should read this sooner rather than later. 2w
CarolynM Your weather looks a lot better than ours thus week🙂 Enjoy 2w
readordierachel A lovely review and a lovely photo 💙 I adored this book 2w
Centique @IuliaC thank you! 😘 2w
Centique @Cinfhen we have been very blessed! Not often we time our holiday with such good weather. So much aroha 💕 to you my lovely friend 2w
Centique @Chelsea.Poole kids arguing is a constant isn‘t it?! 😂😂 2w
Centique @Trashcanman love at you George. Throwing handfuls of it 💕💕 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful bay ❤️ a swim there sounds wonderful 2w
Centique @TrishB thanks Trish 😘 such a good book. Hope you are feeling much better 💕 2w
Centique @rockpools give it 4 months and I‘ll be envying your weather I‘m sure 😂 2w
Centique @CarolynM we‘re in the sunny north - that‘s much more sun than I get at home! One more day and we‘re back to Auckland. 2w
Centique @readordierachel it‘s so good isn‘t it. Such a skill to show so many points of view and have everyone be fully rounded and substantial. 2w
Centique @Cathythoughts I‘m like a water baby when there‘s a boat and some sun 😍 2w
Reggie I need to get to this book. Lovely pic! What do they argue about? 2w
Centique @Reggie oh they argue about who used which towel, who ate the most chips, who bumped who, who didn‘t dive in when they said they would, who sits in which seat …. Luckily now they‘re older it‘s only like twice a day instead of every ten minutes! 2w
Reggie @Centique Lololol 2w
batsy That is a gorgeous scene! And great review—I was so eager to acquire a copy of this last year, but as expected, I've yet to read it 😂 2w
Rissreads I‘m so jealous that looks glorious! I loved this book too! X 2w
Centique @Rissreads 😘😘 how‘s it going with you Nerissa? How are your family? 2w
Rissreads @Centique it‘s been hard at the moment with my parents health and my mums declining memory. I‘m just doing the best I can. I‘m loving my new house, my own space. I have so many new reading spots! How are you doing? (edited) 1w
Centique @Rissreads oh you poor things. Looking after our parents as they age can be so hard. I find my father‘s changing health and acuity so sad and depressing. He gets so grumpy now because things are harder for him to remember and his body is too weak to do what he wants it to 😣 I hope there are still happy times to be had with your parents. And yay for the new house! 💕 1w
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Book haul from the second hand bookshop on my northern holiday. If you can‘t see the title that‘s a Doris Lessing autobiography in the top left called “Under my Skin”. Hopefully get to these before…. 2025? Maybe? 😂😂

LeahBergen What a lovely book haul! And lucky you to go out for a bit of book shopping. 😊 2w
Reggie Lolol 2025, totally understand that. 2w
Crazeedi Second hand bookshops are the best!! 2w
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Bass Rock, The | Evie Wyld
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This somewhat complex novel is beautifully written with a strong sense of place and the ambience of a bleak Scottish seaside. Bass Rock has remained the same for centuries but the people around it change. We follow three timelines, Sarah in the 1700s, Ruth in post WW2 and Vivienne in modern times. There are also snippets of other lives and violent scenes that jump in to make themselves heard. I‘ll say more about TWs in a spoiler comment below ⬇️

Centique You have the detail that historical fans love in the two early timelines, and the modern timeline has its touch of cynicism and dissipation. Grief is a recurring touch point across all three as is female friendship and solicitude in a world of violence. You may need to feel strong at heart for some of this but it‘s brilliantly done. (edited) 3w
Centique TW for violence against women in all forms. Murder, rape, imprisonment, stalking, gaslighting. In fact this is the main point of the book IMO, the many many ways in which women‘s lives and bodies are obliterated or silenced. 3w
IndoorDame The cover art is amazing! 3w
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TrishB Stacking. That sounds fab. I may have to wait until my heart is a bit stronger! Great review. 3w
jlhammar Yay! Love this one! 2w
Centique @TrishB I finished it thinking of you and how much you‘d appreciate the point she‘s making. But it will make you angry as well! Hope you like it when you get there 💕 2w
Centique @jlhammar so good! 2w
Reggie The cover! Great review. Stacked! 2w
TrishB I just ordered it, the cover wasn‘t as nice as yours though! 2w
Centique @Reggie I thought of you for this one too! I wonder if you might find it a little slow in parts, but if you don‘t mind that the stories will grab you I reckon. 🤞🤞 2w
Centique @TrishB I would gladly send you this one if you want it? Might take ages to arrive though 2w
merelybookish Stacked! I really liked her previous novel 10h
Centique @merelybookish this is my first book of hers, the others sound so good so I will need to get to them! 5h
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I brought 5 books away for our summer holiday up north & this one captured my interest first. A group of jazz musicians are stranded first in Berlin & then in Paris as WW 2 breaks out. They are a mix of Germans & Americans, black, white and Jewish. Ultimately its about passion and jealousy, love and friendship playing out in a most dangerous time. A great read if you love a slow unravelling of character and motivation. Or if you love jazz 😍

Centique A great first book of the year, 4.5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 3w
GingerAntics This sounds AMAZING!!! I‘m going to have to check this out. 3w
LeahBergen Ah, a Canadian author! I haven‘t read it yet. 3w
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Centique @GingerAntics oh good! I really hope you like it 💕 3w
Centique @LeahBergen ah I should have figured that out! 🙂🙃 There was a reference to the Giller prize somewhere. I really liked Washington Black too but this is much shorter and sharper. 3w
GingerAntics I do love jazz, so it sounds right up my alley. 3w
Ruthiella I liked this better than Washington Black also! 3w
Centique @GingerAntics I love jazz too, without knowing much about it though! I only know the old artists that I love like Billie and Ella and Louis and Duke Ellington 😍 3w
Centique @Ruthiella 👯‍♀️ there we go again, liking the same books! 3w
GingerAntics @Centique same, honestly 3w
GingerAntics @Centique it‘s why I wanted to play trumpet SO BAD when I was a kid. 🎺 I‘ve kind of gotten into trombone recently, too. 3w
GingerAntics @Centique well, trumpet was jazz, All You Need is Love, and Jungle Boogie… and Christmas music. 3w
Centique @GingerAntics wow, I don‘t play any instruments. Love trumpets and trombones 😍 The bass has always had a special place in my heart, my dad used to play it. 3w
GingerAntics @Centique I played clarinet, piano, and drum set as a kid. I added more in my late teens and college years. I added in a trumpet and violin/mandolin, but I never got to try a trombone. 3w
BarbaraBB I have had this on my shelves for years. Bumping it up my tbr thanks to your review 🤍 2w
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Summer: A Novel | Edith Wharton
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This lovely Edith Wharton just turned up in my letterbox - @Cathythoughts is this from you? I know you are an EW fan and I am very keen to become a fan too, she‘s certainly in my favourite era and genre, so this is a lovely gift 💕😍💕

TrishB Love mystery book mail ❤️ 3w
LeahBergen Lovely gift. 😊 And it‘s a good read, too! 3w
batsy Agree with @LeahBergen ! That's a lovely edition. 3w
Cathythoughts Oh great Paula! I‘m thrilled you received this ...I read it only last year and loved it. Happy Christmas X 3w
Centique @Cathythoughts thank you so much Cathy! You are so kind 💕 3w
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Ancillary Mercy | Ann Leckie
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Finishing a series, blowing the powder off my space gun and returning it to my holster like a pro.

This series won a space station full of awards and deserved them. The first one is still my favourite with the most in depth character arc but two and three are great fun, a rollicking adventure, great AI (yes I always say that, I do love a good hearted AI) and possibly the best alien species ever. Heart eyes for the Presger 😍

Ruthiella “Blowing off power from my space gun” 😂😂😂 I still need to read this third book, but it‘s been so long since I read the first two...I feel the need to reread them to catch myself up. 🤔 3w
Centique @Ruthiella I have started so many series and not finished them! But yes this is worth a reread (or if you don‘t have time, I sometimes read the plot on Wikipedia to refresh my memory) 3w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3w
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Crazeedi Even though I dont usually read these books, your review made me smile! Great job!! 3w
Dragon I love this trilogy! I‘ve read the books and listened to the audiobooks - totally agree the first book is the best 💚🐉 3w
Centique @Dragon yay! Another fan! I just lent my copies to my friend‘s 17yo and he is loving them too 👍👍 3w
Dragon 💚🐉👍 3w
Reggie Happy New Year, Paula! I want to say I hoped you all had one of your neighborhood shindigs but that probably didn‘t happen. Here‘s hoping for a great, peaceful and readingful, new year! 3w
Centique @Reggie hey my friend! Happy New Years to you too 💕 We did have a neighbourhood shindig in mid December for Christmas - restrictions had eased by then - but just a quiet one for New Years. I hope you have a happy safe and book filled 2022! 3w
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(Not book related) And I forgot to show you guys my new reading spot. Chairs were my Christmas present - they‘re very comfy!

TrishB That looks awesome ❤️ could curl up in that space. Great presents. 3w
Jess Love the chairs! 3w
Soubhiville What a perfect spot! 3w
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Jeg Perfect. 3w
Megabooks Wonderful!! Love it! 3w
BarbaraBB 😍 perfect! 3w
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 3w
marleed It‘s beautiful! 3w
Leftcoastzen So pretty! 3w
wanderinglynn A lovely reading spot! 3w
ravenlee Looks fantastic! 3w
LeahBergen Oh! What a gorgeous reading spot! 😍😍 3w
megnews That looks so comfortable! 3w
CarolynM That looks heavenly😍 Hope you'll have plenty of time to enjoy reading in your lovely nook. 3w
elkeOriginal NICE! 3w
Bookzombie Those look like great reading chairs! 3w
Sparklemn Lovely! 3w
Reggie They look so comfy! I hope you have some great reading times in them, Paula. 3w
Cathythoughts What a lovely gift Paula ❤️📚🎁 I can just imagine you sitting in that lovely spot and reading away 🥰 (edited) 3w
Suet624 So cozy! 3w
Crazeedi What a great looking reading space, lucky you!! 3w
Nute I love a reading spot in front of large windows. It‘s going to be so cozy in your new chairs with lots of sunlight pouring through the windows. Enjoy, Paula! 3w
Rissreads What a perfect gift for you! Happy 2022! X 3w
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Life in the Garden | Penelope Lively
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Just realised I‘m wearing pants that nearly match my book! Book lovers eventually come to resemble their books right?

vivastory This is the goal 👏📚 3w
Jeg 😂😂 3w
Nute I had to look closer at first. They go perfectly together!🙂 Hmm…what am I reading right now?😳🤣 (edited) 3w
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Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 3w
LeahBergen Love it! 🤣 3w
CarolynM 🤣 3w
batsy Haha, love it! What @vivastory said *glancing worriedly at copy of Crime & Punishment* 😆😆 3w
Reggie Lolol 3w
vivastory @batsy 😂 *Nervously side eyes Collected Edgar Allan Poe* 3w
Centique @batsy @Reggie @vivastory there‘s a horror story starter for you! 😂😂 3w
Cathythoughts Very good 😂😂😂.... my Christmas book still didn‘t get to you .... soon 🤞 3w
Centique @Cathythoughts you are lovely to think of me 💕 the post is terrible because fewer ships and planes are coming down to NZ than before - But it will get here eventually! 3w
Crazeedi Cover crush!! 3w
readordierachel Love this! 3w
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The Subtweet: A Novel | Vivek Shraya
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I was engaged by the writing and read this very quickly. The ideas were interesting especially some of the facets of racism in the music industry. It was also great to read a book that focuses on female friendships, creativity and careers and is queer inclusive. However a few days on I‘m quickly forgetting this book. Shraya is a great author but music is just a little outside of my interests so I look forward to what she writes next!

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Merry Christmas from #hiselderliness and Mere Kirihimete from New Zealand. It was super hot and no breeze here, lunch of porchetta, steaks and salads out on the deck -His Elderliness ate a lot of potato chips, a Christmas mince pie, a Nanaimo slice and two chocolate eclairs (he said no to pavlova @Reggie 😂) he told a couple of stories and then napped in his chair. Still a character! Still wearing long sleeves and his favourite cap. 🧢🎄🎅

BiblioLitten Never say no to a Nanaimo slice! 😊 1mo
TrishB Happy Christmas to you all Paula 🎄 this is a great photo. Take care of all of you ❤️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly He is just adorable. Merry Christmas Paula! 1mo
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MaureenMc Merry Christmas to all! Beautiful photo. ❤️ 1mo
BkClubCare Merry🎄Christmas 1mo
Bookwormjillk Merry Christmas to you both 🎄 1mo
squirrelbrain Merry Christmas to you Paula, #hiselderliness and your whole family! 🎄❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww Merry Christmas 🎄 1mo
merelybookish Merry Christmas Paula! Sounds like it was a good one! 1mo
Kdgordon88 Merry Christmas to you and your family! 💚❤️ 1mo
Bookzombie ❤️❤️ Merry Christmas to you both!🎄 1mo
Cathythoughts Happy Christmas Paula ❤️ he really is getting younger looking 😊 he looks fab ! 1mo
Cinfhen Merry Christmas to you, Flea xxx #HisElderliness is looking wonderful (Thank God) May you all have continued good health and happiness in the coming new year ♥️💚💚 1mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas to you, His Elderliness and all the family🎄💕 1mo
Megabooks Glad y‘all had a merry Christmas!! 💚💚 1mo
AlaMich He looks great! Merry Christmas to you! 🎄 1mo
Jeg Merry Christmas to you all. It‘s wonderful to see your dad . Looking good. 1mo
LeahBergen Aww, look at him. 🥰🥰 I‘m so glad you got to spend a wonderful day like this together. Happy Christmas, my dear friend! 😘🎄😘🎄 4w
Centique @AlaMich merry Christmas to you too Lainie! 4w
Centique @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @MaureenMc @BkClubCare @Bookwormjillk @squirrelbrain @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @merelybookish Merry Christmas and best wishes for the NY to all of you too, my bookish Litsy fam 💕 4w
Centique @Kdgordon88 @Bookzombie @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @CarolynM @Megabooks @Jeg @LeahBergen thank you for all the love you send his way, you lovely special people💕 4w
batsy Merry Christmas to His Elderliness, to you Paula, and to your family! ❤️ Sounds like it was a beautiful day. 4w
rohit-sawant How lovely! 💜 Wish His Elderliness, you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas. 4w
Reggie HisElderliness could be Santa‘s handsome brother! I‘m so glad you all were able to have Christmas together and that he is looking so healthy. Happy Holidays my friend. ❤️ 4w
Centique @batsy thank you Suba - it was lovely! Normal family stresses of course (we all have them 😬) but it was great to have dad out and about 💕 4w
Centique @rohit-sawant thank you Rohit! I hope you and your family are all well and doing ok going into 2022. A late merry Christmas and best wishes to you 💕 (edited) 4w
Centique @Reggie happy holidays Reggie! It is good to see him looking well again. He can‘t concentrate long enough to read unfortunately. Maybe a little more time will see that improve 💕 4w
Crazeedi Happy new year Paula, you are blessed to have your wise #elderliness with you!❤ 3w
Nute I‘m so happy to have come across this post though the holiday has already occurred. Merry Christmas, Paula!💚🌟♥️ Best wishes to you, your Dad, and the rest of your family. I enjoy seeing the photos of your Dad and reading the updates of how he is coming along. The news of his well-being zips right to my heart and gives a long lasting feeling of happiness. Tell Dad “hello!”💕 3w
Centique @Crazeedi thank you and happy new year to you too! 💕 3w
Centique @Nute that is so lovely to hear, thank you kind Kimberley 💕 Best wishes to you and yours for 2022! 3w
Rissreads His elderliness is a skinny Santa! 🤣 3w
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What a wonderful Christmas Eve I‘m having! @Reggie are these from you? I recognised the cover of Sing Your Sadness Deep as a book we had talked about on Litsy. These all look amazing! I‘m so excited to read them. 2022 is looking like a great reading year 😍

Reggie They are! I‘m glad they got there. Merry Christmas my friend, to you and your family. ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely gifts.🎄👏🏻 I have Comfort Me With Apples too … 1mo
Centique @Reggie you are an absolute legend. Thank you so much! All my family are so impressed by the fact I have a friend sending me Christmas gifts from So Far Away (it‘s practically interplanetary!) 1mo
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TrishB Lovely ❤️ 1mo
batsy How wonderful 💜 1mo
Megabooks Merry Christmas Paula!! 💚🎄 1mo
Suet624 How wonderful. 💕💕 3w
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This gift of happiness arrived today from @CarolynM Thank you so much! I have a love of these classic hot air balloons and I love socks (who wouldn‘t?) and gingerbread and the lovely dove ornament. And I‘m beyond thrilled with the bookish mug. I have been covering this exact one but nobody in NZ had it! You are so kind and generous @CarolynM It‘s made me feel a burst of Christmas spirit. Meri Kirihimete to you!

LeahBergen Aww, lovely. What a gorgeous mug! 1mo
TheBookHippie That mug 😍😍😍😍. 1mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas 😘 1mo
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Crazeedi I adore that mug!! 1mo
mabell Gorgeous mug! 😍😍😍 1mo
EvieBee It‘s out of stock everywhere! 😍😍 1mo
Centique @CarolynM thank you so much! 1mo
Centique @EvieBee @CarolynM has worked a mug miracle 😍 1mo
batsy That mug 😍 1mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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This was a whole lotta fun. I haven‘t read The Martian but judging by the film I‘d say this is a similar ratio of adventure to science to humour. I won‘t say any more than that because the few surprises are a big part of the enjoyment of this book.
Second photo - light fixture at a restaurant we went to for a Christmas work dinner. So Amazing to be in a restaurant again after 4 months of lockdown. A joyous night 💕

LeahBergen What beautiful lights! 1mo
BookDadGirlDad My favorite read of this year!!! 1mo
CarolynM Isn't it wonderful to he able to dine out again? Those lights are lovely 😍 1mo
Reggie The first time I got to go to a book store after lockdown was lifted for us I felt like kissing the floor and the books. Lol That restaurant looks lovely. 1mo
Megabooks I loved this! Beautiful lights!! 😁 1mo
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Thanks for the tag @CarolynM and thanks for the concept @Cinfhen

Here‘s my #Top21of21
Although I‘m missing a pic of The Owl Service

How about your top books @Cathythoughts @Crazeedi @merelybookish @Billypar @andrew61 @rohit-sawant @Tanisha_A @Nute @rockpools @Rissreads and anyone else who would like to join in!

TrishB Loving these ♥️ 1mo
batsy The Summer Book and The Owl Service! 💜💜 1mo
Centique @TrishB looking forward to seeing yours! 1mo
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Centique @batsy I‘m so back list! But those are both books I‘d love to reread. 😍 1mo
LeeRHarry Becky Chambers made it onto my list too - the previous one - need to get to this one 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow what a list. We love so many of the same books! I‘m taking a screenshot to stack the ones I haven‘t read yet! 🤍 1mo
CarolynM Screenshotting for future reference🙂 Real Life only just missed the cut for my list, Boyfriend Material was on last year's list (can't wait for Husband Material) and I'm looking forward to The Guncle. 1mo
merelybookish Wow, so many great titles! Real Life, Owl Service, Homegoing. And I bought a copy of Bless Me, Ultima so now must read it! Most of my reading has been backlist this year too. Thanks for the tag! 1mo
Liz_M I loved Remains of the Day! Almost a perfect novel. 1mo
Billypar Thanks for the tag! I second @Liz_M 's feelings on Remains of the Day. The Round House is another great one - it was the first Erdrich I read. 1mo
Nute Thanks for the tag, Paula!💕 Fantastic reading this year. The Remains of the Day will always be at top of my best reading experiences…always! I am discovering so many new books because of everyone‘s choices. Reading through these posts is like a Saturday morning heavenly literary smorgasbord from some of my most favorite people on the planet! Such a delight!💕 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Fabulous picks!!! Need to check out some titles I‘m not familiar with ☺️ 1mo
Reggie The top 3 to the left-❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen Ooo, lovely! Especially Highsmith and Pym. 😊 1mo
Crazeedi I need to get mine together! You have a great list!! 1mo
Centique @Reggie I think Memorial and Real Life are my joint “best of year” and then Galaxy and Anthropocene are the books I needed to read to put my heart back together this year. 💕 1mo
Centique @LeeRHarry it‘s a hug of a book this one 💕 1mo
Centique @BarbaraBB we have similar tastes in literary fiction I reckon! I always know if you or @Ruthiella like something I‘m bound to like it too 😍 1mo
Centique @CarolynM I‘m so glad I discovered Alexis Hall through you! I signed up for the email newsletters as well. 1mo
Centique @Liz_M @Billypar I totally agree @Nute There is something so elegant about the way Ishiguro withholds information, the whole book is poised on a knife edge and you don‘t realise how carefully balanced it all is until the end. I also loved Never Let Me Go. 🙌🙌 1mo
BarbaraBB We certainly have similar tastes. I loved so many of these books! Looking forward to another year of following along! 1mo
Ruthiella Fantastic list! The Becky Chambers was almost on mine too, but I had to be ruthless to keep it to 21! This one is 100% on my TBR 1mo
andrew61 Thanks for the tag Paula, some great choices and I'm looking forward to trying some of them next year. Was it the Alan Garner Owl Service as Backlisted just discussed his new bk and I'd like in 2021 to revisit him. 1mo
Cathythoughts Thanks for the tag ! Screenshot taken if this post 👍🏻😁 1mo
Centique @Ruthiella I hope you love it! 1mo
Centique @andrew61 yes it was the Alan Garner one - somebody just mentioned his new one to me too! 1mo
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Dear Mr Aaronovitch, I need MANY MORE books about Abigail, please and thank you. Appreciate you sorting this at your earliest convenience.

This is a spin off novella from the Rivers of London series, about Peter‘s young cousin Abigail, who is clever, feisty, always getting into trouble, and frequently accompanied by talking foxes. Urban fantasy police procedural addictiveness 🙌

rockpools Good morning Paula 😊 1mo
julesG Have been thinking about getting this for my daughter. She doesn't need to have read Rivers of London etc beforehand, right? 1mo
Centique @rockpools hi Rachel 👋👋 it‘s nighttime for me! 1mo
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Centique @julesG this one does kind of assume you know a little bit about the Rivers of London world. I think you could read it as a stand alone, you‘d understand the mystery, but there are some details left out that might be confusing? 1mo
julesG Well, since the next book in The Chronicles of St Mary's series in German won't be out until February next, we have time to squeeze in a few Peter Grant novels. Fortunately, we have the first one in German on the shelf. (and all books in English on my Kindle) 1mo
Centique @julesG excellent plan! 😍 1mo
Dragon Love the Rivers of London Series so I‘m going to have to read this one 👍 1mo
Centique @Dragon oh my goodness it‘s @Dragon 🙌🙌 So lovely to see you again! I have missed your romance reccs! 1mo
Dragon Thanks @Centique I‘m still reading romantsy books. 💚🐉 1mo
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Fresh Water for Flowers | Valrie Perrin
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This book came along at the right time - I wanted something to take my mind off things, and this totally absorbed me. Violetta is a caretaker at a cemetery. She leads a quiet life, offering tea and solace to those in mourning. Gradually other storylines intertwine. There is Violetta‘s past and her relationship with her husband, and the lives and loves of two other people she meets at the cemetery. These are love stories, tragedies and a mystery ⬇️

Centique …all told in beautiful descriptive language. An emotionally moving book for anyone who likes a slower paced, thoughtful read - where the writer makes sure you savour the colour and texture of every moment. 1mo
CarolynM Great review and lovely flowers😍 I might try this one tomorrow - I've not been feeling it with any book I've tried this week☹ 1mo
Centique @CarolynM thank you! I hope you find it works for you too. Gosh it‘s been a tiring year though - it was good to lose myself in other peoples lives for a while 💕 1mo
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Centique @CarolynM PS I should say #notmypansies 😂😂 I do love them though. 1mo
CarolynM It has ben tiring, even though we've been sitting around so much. I hope I can muster up enough energy for Christmas activities. 1mo
Crazeedi I love your review. I'm going to look for this! @CarolynM I've been having the same problem, I have started a half doz books and put them down. Cant seem to satisfy me 1mo
Crazeedi @Centique and the pansies are a breath of fresh air for me, seeing that everything here is winter!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Centique Wonderful review. I am reading this book right now and loving it too! It really is the right book at the right moment. You might think so too @CarolynM as I know what you mean with a tiring year (and so little perspective at better times 🥲). I am buddyreading it right now with @mklong and @monalyisha - feel free to jump in! 😘 1mo
Reggie @Centique this sounds lovely. Stacked. And beautiful pic! 1mo
Centique @Reggie thank you Reggie! 1mo
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Pussycat, Pussycat | Mies van Hout
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We lost our fur baby yesterday after 14 yrs. Cant post a picture of her as that‘s too sad. Surprising how much I miss all those little things I did each day for her - filling bowls, opening doors (she refused to use the cat door), moving her off my chair, growling at the neighbours cat when it hassled her, watching her explore, cuddles on the couch at night watching tv, talking to her as if she understood. Such a constant and loving presence 😢

xicanti I‘m so sorry. Losing a pet is awful. 1mo
Leftcoastzen So sorry for your loss .It is never easy to lose a fur baby. 1mo
ravenlee I‘m so sorry. It‘s such a devastating loss. Sending love your way!💓💓💓 1mo
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GingerAntics I‘m so sorry. 🤗🤗🤗 1mo
TrishB So sorry Paula 😢 a much loved family member ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, Paula! I‘m so, so sorry to hear this. 💔 Sending love to you, my friend. ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry 😢 1mo
wanderinglynn Oh, I am so sorry. Losing a fur baby is tough. 🤍 1mo
Soubhiville I‘m so sorry. Sending hugs. 1mo
Michael_Gee Paula, I‘m so sorry! This loss is so difficult and I feel for you. 1mo
quietjenn I'm so very sorry 💜 1mo
TNbookworm I'm so sorry! We recently lost our 17 year old precious kitty and we miss her every day💕 1mo
JessClark78 So sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 1mo
rockpools I‘m so sorry, Paula. Sending love ❤️ 1mo
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 1mo
kamoorephoto I lost my chubby fur-baby kitty Hailey right before Christmas 2019. The holes in our heart that our pets leave are so hard to mend. It‘s definitely those little things…you realize how much they share with us. I‘m so very sorry 😿💔🌈💐 1mo
Nebklvr So sorry for your loss. Thank you for treating her with loving care during her time here 1mo
Susanita 😥 1mo
bibliobliss ❤️ 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I'm so sorry 😥❤ 1mo
Jas16 I am so sorry 1mo
rabbitprincess Oh no! I‘m so sorry 😿♥️♥️ 1mo
ozma.of.oz I‘m so sorry! ❤️ 1mo
Jeg Sorry to hear. 🥰 1mo
MaureenMc So sorry for your loss. 💗 1mo
AmyK1 I‘m so sorry 😞 1mo
Tamra 🥲 It‘s difficult to say goodbye. 1mo
Laughterhp Oh so sorry 💚 1mo
Billypar I'm so sorry to hear this Paula 💙 1mo
Ruthiella I am so sorry to hear that. ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love. 💕 1mo
batsy I'm so sorry, Paula 💔 Sending lots of love. 1mo
Reggie Paula, I‘m so sorry to hear this. They become family and it‘s so hard when they‘re gone. Sending love. ❤️ 1mo
andrew61 Sorry to hear that Paula, pets become such a huge part of your life that it seems impossible to be without tham. I will give barney an extra hug later. Take care. 1mo
Bookwomble So sorry to hear of your loss, Paula 💗 1mo
peanutnine I'm so sorry for your loss 💖 1mo
CarolynM I'm so sorry💔 Sending love and hugs. 1mo
Centique @Bookwomble @peanutnine @CarolynM thank you all 💕 Littens are so kind 💕 1mo
GingerAntics @kamoorephoto oh I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. I lost my 17 year old cat just days before Christmas 2012 (back when I still celebrated Christmas). It‘s a terrible time of year to lose anyone, and all these years later it still hurts. I can‘t believe it‘s nearly been a decade. 1mo
GingerAntics @Centique hang in there. It‘s a crazy experience, but loving them and all the ways they make us laugh are worth it in the end. When she finds just the right kitty for you next, you‘ll know it. I always felt like each cat chose their successor somehow. Cat magic maybe. (edited) 1mo
Centique @GingerAntics thank you Meaghan. It brings back memories of my previous cat too. 💕 We will hang in there. 💕 1mo
kamoorephoto @gingerantics After I lost my kitty that xmas, I then lost my 16-yr old dog on the following Valentine‘s Day. But I feel like they got me through the hardest time; leaving my ex via a DV shelter and then finally getting stable housing for me and my son. I too have this thing about animals choosing their people. It took another yr+ for me to say yes to a (deaf) rescue dog that took a liking to my son. And I always think animals souls stay with us🌈 1mo
GingerAntics @kamoorephoto I totally agree. Sometimes I question if humans really have souls, but I‘ve never questioned if an animal has one. So glad your fur babies got you and your son through so much. They are awesome that way. 1mo
AlaMich I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💙 1mo
Cinfhen Awww, I‘m so sorry for your loss. Hope the kids are dealing with their loss as well. It‘s been a tough year, sending much love 💗 1mo
Centique @Cinfhen thank you lovely one 💕 We‘re doing okay. Finally feels like we can relax a bit now we have lockdown over and school finished. At least until the next lot of restrictions! Hope you are doing ok 💕 1mo
Rissreads Oh Paula, I‘m sorry to hear this sad news. They are such a huge part of your life and family. Sending you hugs x 3w
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I really enjoyed this. In the first half of the book we follow the ups and downs of Lotto, a beloved but harassed young man, through the highs and lows of his life - for most of which his stalwart wife Mathilde is by his side. And in the second half we see things from Mathilde‘s perspective. The first half is a little bloated in places, a little too clever inserting so many sections of Lotto‘s plays, but then that balances out ⬇️

Centique with Mathilde‘s half of the book, which is clean and precise. A clever observation of complicated, literary people - quite different to anything else I‘ve read this year. 5 stars because it made me think and it surprised me and there were so many unforgettable moments, painted so bright and clear in Groff‘s writing (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen I liked this one, too. 👍 2mo
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Centique @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks summer flowers just spilling over the fences while I was walking home 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 I really enjoyed this book too 2mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I‘ve had this on my kindle a while now! 2mo
Centique @TrishB @Cathythoughts I thought I would try one of her other books before getting hold of Matrix which sounds really good. 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I enjoyed both this and Matrix, but they‘re so different from each other! 2mo
Centique @squirrelbrain it‘s going to be interesting to see that! I‘m a big fan of books about nuns so fingers crossed 🤞🤞 2mo
Nute This photo makes me long for summer. Just to set the record straight, I am always longing for summer when it‘s time has passed.😆 I have liked all of her work that I‘ve read so far starting with her debut novel, The Monsters of Templeton, which was a cover-buy at first and then went on to show some really good writing. Still need to read Matrix which was going to be later rather than sooner choice, but now reconsidering… 2mo
Nute Excellent review! 2mo
Centique @Nute thank you Kimberley! I always feel nostalgic for the opposite season - cos I‘m on Litsy looking at snow and woolly jumpers and bowls of soup when it‘s beach weather here 😂😂 I‘m keen to read some more Lauren Groff too. 2mo
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Thank you for the gift of this book @Reggie ! I‘ve taken about 3 months to read it because almost every chapter I had to stop and think for a few days. It‘s truly changed the way I view the natural world - I want to be a participant with it and not a spectator of it. Figuring it out will take some time but I see a way forward now. Again the learnings we get from indigenous cultures are just mind blowingly valuable 🤯 Kimmerer is a genius ⬇️

Centique Picture: I had to get up at 5am yesterday to take His Elderliness to a hospital appointment. And was given this gift of a sunrise 😍😍 2mo
squirrelbrain Wonderful review Paula! I‘ve been wanting to read this for a while and your comments have only reinforced that. 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful sunrise ❤️ 2mo
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Reggie That is a beautiful sunrise. In this book I heard about from Jenny, I loved hearing how the indigenous people knew not to build anything permanent near the Mississippi River because of the fluctuating width and floods of the river. How part of the reason Katrina was so bad was because they don‘t get the silt they used to from the Delta of the Mississippi because now there are 29 dams. We try to adapt nature and it never works. The indigenous knew 2mo
Reggie to adapt to nature. It was called Rising. Glad you liked this book! 2mo
Centique @Reggie I remember her talking about that one too, it sounds so good - adding to the TBR! 2mo
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#notbookrelated For those of my Litsy friends who have been asking about #hiselderliness here he is looking like a skinny Santa! 100 days without a beard trim in lockdown 🎅🎅🎅 I‘ve seen him twice this week taking him to hospital for a small surgery - but the good news is that our lockdown levels change in two days and then vaccinated family members will be allowed to visit and cafes are opening so I can possibly take him out for a coffee. ⬇️

Centique He‘s not reading but he‘s been more alert this week so maybe he will get to reading again? I‘ll get him some books with lots of pictures in the meantime. 2mo
Michael_Gee His beard is gorgeous! Hope he recovers quickly from his surgery. Also, if you haven‘t heard JD McPherson‘s “Skinny Santa” have a listen! Socks is maybe my favorite Christmas album. 2mo
Centique @Michael_Gee oooh I will go find that! Love a good Christmas music recc 2mo
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Megabooks Much love to you and him! I hope you can have regular visits soon. 💜 2mo
Centique @Megabooks thanks Meg! 2mo
CarolynM 👋 Nice to see His Elderliness looking so well. Glad to hear you'll be able to have family gatherings again soon, not to mention coffee!💕 2mo
Centique @CarolynM I‘m so looking forward to sitting in a cafe again. ☺️ 2mo
Reggie He looks so good! And the beard looks fantastic! Lol. I‘m happy ya‘ll will be able to get out more. 2mo
Bookzombie That beard is awesome! I also love the suspenders. 🙂 I‘m glad he will be able to have more visitors and possibly get out and about. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm He‘s looking well! 👍 2mo
Kdgordon88 What a handsome guy! Best wishes to you both. 2mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh, doesn‘t he look wonderful?? I‘m so SO happy that you‘re able to spend more time together. Sending you both love! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
wanderinglynn That is an excellent beard! Glad you are able to spend time together. 2mo
BarbaraBB ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Oh Paula, thank you for sharing this photo🥰Your dad looks wonderful. I‘m so glad things are improving for you guys. Sending much love to the both of you. 2mo
Bookwormjillk ❤️I‘m glad to hear this update. Love the beard! 2mo
Cathythoughts Paula, well this makes me smile ! Your Dad looks dignified & adorable. A little tug at the heartstrings to see him .. so glad ye can see more of each other soon. Love to you guys X 2mo
Centique @Reggie thank you! On his last construction job before he retired they called him Poppa Smurf. He‘s upgraded to Santa now! 2mo
Centique @Bookzombie thank you - he is all about the suspenders! 2mo
Centique @Cinfhen love back at ya my friend 💕💕 2mo
Centique @LeahBergen you‘re so sweet, thank you Leah 💕💕 2mo
Centique @Cathythoughts love to you too Cathy! 💕💕 2mo
Nute He looks wonderful! A dapper fellow from head to toe - his hat, his beard and his suspenders. Altogether handsome! This post is lovely and filled with good news especially that the two of you can now spend more time together. Enjoy every minute!💕 (edited) 2mo
batsy What @Nute said! He looks like how a His Elderliness should look 😁❤️ Glad for the ease in restrictions that should make it easier to visit. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly This has just put the biggest smile on my face. 🤗 2mo
MaureenMc So dashing! 🥰 Hope you get to enjoy that coffee in the cafe very soon. 💕 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Thanks for sharing! 😊♥️ 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace I like his style and beard! I'm going almost 2 years without a beard trim or haircut, and love this look---represents the 30s and my manner very well. I worked as a caregiver for seniors for 2 years in Maryland. 2mo
Centique @tokorowilliamwallace thank you! We certainly appreciate all his carers and aides very deeply 🙏 2mo
Jeg Love seeing him. 1mo
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Any Way the Wind Blows | Rainbow Rowell
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Sometimes you need a blast of light & sparkly joy in your reading - Rainbow Rowell‘s Simon Snow trilogy has been that for me. It started in Fangirl as the Harry Potter/Twilight fan fiction the protagonist was supposedly writing, fans of the book asked to read the “fictional fan fiction” and it took on a life of its own! Completely indulgent YA fantasy with adventure, romance & all the feelings. Loved being in the heads of so many characters.

rockpools And a sparkly photo to go with it 😊💫 2mo
Centique @rockpools oh yes! I forgot to say that‘s a sparkly light in my favourite cafe. ☕️☕️✨✨ 2mo
Cathythoughts Great fun picture 💫 2mo
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Book haul part 2 - the writers biographies and memoirs section! Gosh I could have got 10 more they had so many. I had both of these Hermione Lee ones on my Wishlist and then the Penelope Lively was a find! I‘m now having buyers regret that I left the Gabriel Garcia Marquez behind. I will go back though 🤞🤞

merelybookish These look wonderful! I have the Woolf bio as well but havent read it yet. 2mo
Centique @merelybookish it will probably take me 3 years before I pick it up! But I‘m trying to do a couple of writer bios a year. I do love them. I read a Vita Sackville West one which made me long to read Victoria‘s side of things too. 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, nice!! And I have that Lively unread on my shelves, too. 😆 2mo
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Centique @LeahBergen I thought when I saw it “this looks like a book Leah would like” 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice haul Paula 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
batsy Nice! I recently found the Lee bio of Woolf too and was thrilled 💚 2mo
andrew61 Fantastic books Paula. I read the Virginia wolf years ago , brilliant, so the will Catherine biog by her would be very interesting. Love penelope lively so will try and find that as well. 2mo
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Part 1 of my book haul. On my way to owning all the Janet Frame books - and a Brookner (of course) a Barry (haven‘t read him yet) a couple of literary reviews…

Ruthiella Nice! I wonder if I should give Frame‘s fiction a try...🤔 2mo
LeahBergen That‘s one of the unread Brookners I own, too. I like to know I have a little stash. 😆 2mo
Centique @Ruthiella I‘ve only read two but I remember loving Faces in the Water. 2mo
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Centique @LeahBergen I‘ve learnt that you always need a Brookner or a Pym waiting on your shelves! 💕 2mo
Cathythoughts I love Brookner ❤️ 2mo
TrishB Great selection 👍🏻 2mo
Centique @Cathythoughts thank you Cathy and Trish 😘 @TrishB 2mo
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Hard To Find Books (Auckland) | Auckland, New Zealand (Bookstore)
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First book shop I‘ve visited since lock down relaxed and it was WONDERFUL. Honestly so so many books all sorted into different genre rooms, I found so many that I wanted. This is a second hand bookshop and the prices were very reasonable if you‘re ever in Auckland. Book haul to come…

xicanti I used to go to a place in Onehunga with the same name! I wonder if they‘ve relocated or opened a second store? 2mo
Centique @xicanti I used to go to that one too, I worked in Onehunga for a couple of years. It looks like it has closed. I think you‘re right this might be their new site. It‘s much bigger! 2mo
Cathythoughts Looks great 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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TrishB This looks wonderful. 2mo
Reggie What a nice looking bookstore. 2mo
batsy Looks so lovely! 2mo
MaureenMc 💕 I hope to visit Auckland one day. 😊 2mo
Centique @MaureenMc I would love to meet you if you do! 2mo
cloudriac whoever showed you that bookshop must be pretty cool 😉 1mo
Centique @cloudriac thank you daughter 1mo
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Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Delightful and then delightfully wicked. I‘d have enjoyed it just for the brilliant Lolly; her spinsterhood and wistful nostalgia for the independence of childhood and the home where she could explore nature. In later life Lolly throws caution to the wind, undoes the ties that bind and creates a new home. I fell in love with her new life in Great Mop and enjoyed her fight to keep it. Beautifully written with a feminist barb in its tail.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Great read indeed! 2mo
batsy Fab review! I love Lolly and I'm so glad you enjoyed it, too 💕 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review! 💛 I hope to get to this next year 😄 2mo
merelybookish Excellent review! It's hard not to fall for Lolly! 💚🧙 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely review! I enjoyed this one, too. 😊 2mo
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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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Well turns out I do like me some grumpy old men getting lost in the woods. If you‘re a Bryson fan already, which I am, you‘re going to like this book. Brysons love of history and his endless “Did you know?” facts keep this book interesting. His arguments and peeves with his hiking mate Katz, keep it humorous. And he has a love for this trail and the wilderness. But this is as much about when we give up as when we push through. Very entertaining.

Centique PS that‘s a tree from the park I was in the other day. No idea what it is! 2mo
TrishB Lovely review ♥️ as I seem to be very quickly turning into the grumpy old woman maybe I need to read! 2mo
Scochrane26 One of my all-time favorite books. 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m not a fan of his other books, but I did like this one. And that tree is fabulous! Looks like it has faces .. 👀 2mo
mabell This is one of my favorites! I love it when he takes the shoelaces. So petty but rather hilarious 😆 2mo
Centique @TrishB ha ha! Me too! 2mo
Centique @BarbaraTheBibliophage I love the markings in trees so much. I really should learn more about them so I could name them! 2mo
Centique @mabell I cracked up at that too! 2mo
Reggie Nice review! That tree looks like one of those fairy trees where at night they all come out of it. 2mo
Centique @Reggie I love it! You just know I was the 6 year old determined to find where the fairies were living in the garden. But imagine me in tshirt and torn jeans with grass stains, properly checking up all the trees, happy with spiders in my hair, none of the flouncy dress stuff. 😂😂 2mo
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This was the book I needed to read. Green‘s musings on our current age starts out humorous & whimsical & gets solidly deeper & more thoughtful (at one point made me cry). His self deprecating voice, his shared vulnerability, was incredibly touching & I thought hard about meaning & humanity‘s impact on the earth. This is a book I have to buy so I can share some essays with my daughter - but I think I need to hear his voice again myself 😍 5 stars.

squirrelbrain I loved this one too. I listened to it on audio, which was so good, but I think a hard copy would be good to dip into again and again…. 2mo
TrishB My daughter has one in hard copy and loves it. 2mo
Flaneurette Love this review and I so agree! I have zero interest in reading his fiction but I love these sort of essays, kind of reminds me of This American Life back in the day. My 12 yr old daughter listened to the audio with me and she really liked it too 2mo
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Centique @squirrelbrain that‘s exactly how I feel! @TrishB I‘m so happy your daughter loves it. I hope mine will 🤞🤞 2mo
Centique @Flaneurette thank you! That‘s great that your daughter loved it. My son is nearly 12 so maybe I could share it with him too. 2mo
Nute I am now considering this book because of this review. 2mo
Centique @Nute oooh I hope so. There are a couple of essays that might seem too much about pop culture, but he just gets deeper and deeper as it goes on. I really think you‘d like it! 2mo
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A sweet novella set in a near future where humans are building a more sustainable, spiritual way of living on the earth following some kind of unmentioned upheaval. Oh and sentient robots who live like nomads in the bush.
As someone else said this is a hug of a book. Sometimes I found the invented gods and spirituality a little twee but it was so well intentioned it didn‘t matter.
And more Spring photos from the park by the hospital.

TrishB Beautiful ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts 💚 gorgeous 2mo
Reggie Spring is gorgeous over there. 2mo
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Centique @Reggie we pay for it with rain and bugs and humidity - but yes, I love it. 😍 PS if you didn‘t get my email I am using BD to send you a couple of books as a Christmas present. They are DIFFERENT to what I normally send you xxx 2mo
Reggie @Centique I‘m so sorry, I did get your email. I emailed you back but maybe mine didn‘t make it. It discusses Jacinda Ardern, my grandmother at one time being a hoarder, and that I have also sent you books via BD. And that I was gonna send you a cookie pie via Moustaches but our currencies don‘t translate to each other. 💔 Happy holidays from me Paula! ❤️ 2mo
Centique @Reggie oh damn, that sounds like a good email! I looked in my spam folder but no luck. Technology is out to get me today 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘ll send you my work email address too just in case that one works better. 💕Happy holidays from me too. 💕 2mo
Reggie Hey, Paula, I resent that email to the new address at work today so here‘s to hoping! 🤞🏼 2mo
Reggie Re sent not resent lol 2mo
Centique @Reggie 😂😂😂 Got it! And replied, rather lengthily 😜 2mo
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This is what Spring looks like - no filter. It‘s very green here at the moment!

I was sitting in the park with one eye on the hospital there, (that‘s an old hospital building with a huge incinerator, very Dickensian but no longer in use) waiting for #hiselderliness to finish his appointment. (Two and a half hours!) And listening to this book by John Green which is wonderful.
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Centique His Elderliness needs another operation but he‘s pretty good. His body needs a lot of maintenance these days, poor thing. No book reading unfortunately. He did ask me why the dogs in the park don‘t have to wear face masks. He thought he was pretty cheeky with that one 😜 2mo
Cathythoughts Spring looks lovely there 💚.. that is pretty funny from your Dad 🐶 😷😁 2mo
CarolynM Looks like a beautiful day. It's great His Elderliness still has his sense of humour. Sending love to you both💕 2mo
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TrishB Sending hugs to you. He‘s still got his sense of humour ♥️😁 2mo
batsy Looks gorgeous! Lots of love and strength to His Elderliness and you 💚 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely day! Best wishes to His Elderliness 💛 2mo
squirrelbrain Looks gorgeous there - love the comment from His Elderliness, so funny! 🐶 😷 2mo
Megabooks Wow! So beautiful! Hope his elderliness is okay. 💜 just saw your continuation. I hope he has a safe and uneventful operation and smooth recovery. 💕 (edited) 2mo
AlaMich Glad to hear he is so chipper! 2mo
Cinfhen Wow, spring looks heavenly by you!! Sorry your dad needs another surgery but I‘m so happy you were able to spend time with him today!!! 2mo
AmyG Hope all goes well with His Elderliness (ha). 2mo
Smrloomis Wishing him a safe operation & smooth recovery! 2mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 2mo
LeahBergen I love his dog comment! 😆 I hope everything went well for him today. ❤️❤️ 2mo
Reggie Lol, HisElderliness. Hoping nothing but good things for him and you, my friend. ❤️. Lovely spring pic! 2mo
Bookzombie Love how green everything is. I hope all goes well for His Elderliness and you as well! 💕💕 2mo
Centique @Reggie thank you Reggie! Hey I sent you an email yesterday, did you get it? 💕 2mo
Centique @Bookzombie thank you Margie 😘 2mo
merelybookish Beautiful! 💚Such a contrast to the brown around me. Have wondered about your dad so glad to get an update! 2mo
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Aue | Becky Manawatu
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Whoa. That was brutal. This debut novel is full of heart and terrific characters but it is not for the faint hearted.
Arama and Taukiri have lost their parents. Taukiri drops his little brother to live at their aunties and disappears. We then follow Ari and Tauk‘s journeys - and also jump back to the past to Toko and Jade whose stories will eventually converge with the young boys. This is a story of gang violence and domestic violence and ⬇️

Centique The difficulties of escaping. It‘s written in a simple language suited to the young protagonists but carries an emotional impact far weightier than that. Both a propulsive read and a thought provoking one - Manawatu peers with bright eyes into dark places and shows us the unravelling of some very violent minds. 3mo
Cinfhen What a gorgeous review and photo 3mo
TrishB Fab review 👍🏻 3mo
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Cathythoughts Great review ! Sounds really good 3mo
Centique @Cinfhen thank you lovely 😘 and lovely @TrishB 3mo
Centique @Cathythoughts I think you might like this one Cathy - heart breaking though 💕 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review - sounds like a great read, if tough. 3mo
CarolynM Great review, as always. How are things where you are? 3mo
Centique @CarolynM well in the weirdness of the world, we‘ve got more Covid than we‘ve ever had before but we‘re beginning to relax restrictions a bit 🤷🏻‍♀️ Auckland‘s doing pretty well with vaccinations so we‘re hoping to get retail open next week. The real worry is some of the communities with low vax rates - so crossing all the fingers etc that the outreaches will make a difference. But in ourselves we‘re doing ok. How are you going? 3mo
Centique @squirrelbrain thank you Helen 😘 Hope you are well in your corner of the world 3mo
CarolynM It's been nice to be a bit social again, but I'm still feeling apprehensive about being around too many people! 3mo
squirrelbrain All good here thanks for asking Paula! Although, pretty similar to you; more COVID cases than there‘s *ever* been but hardly any restrictions now…. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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Owls Do Cry | Janet Frame
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Frame didn‘t think of this as a novel, she called it a collection of scenes. You have glimpses into the lives of the Withers family, poor and chaotic but kind and loving. Living on the edge of society, fossicking in the local dump for a treasure of a book or a toy. We see them as children and again as adults, post trauma, when one sister, Daphne, has been institutionalised. It‘s a book of brilliant and startling writing. ⬇️

Centique But it is difficult at times - each character is at times overcome by sensation and metaphors of pain and loss leap up to overwhelm us and them. Some of the saddest, most human moments I‘ve ever read and worth persevering through the harder to comprehend pieces. ⬇️ (edited) 3mo
Centique This was her first book and this is my first edition that my husband bought me as a birthday gift many years ago 😍 Very precious 💕 3mo
TrishB Lovely review ♥️ 3mo
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LeahBergen Great review and what a lovely cover! 3mo
Ruthiella How autobiographical do you reckon this is? 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella she would always say it wasn‘t autobiographical but it was close enough to upset her brother and sister a bit 😬 It is really moving when you read it knowing her background, it feels like she was exorcising some of her own demons 💔 3mo
Reggie This sounds rough. Great review, though. 3mo
CarolynM Lovely review. You gifted me a copy some time ago. I'm resolved to read it soon🙂 3mo
Centique @CarolynM I hope you enjoy it - although enjoy might be the wrong word! 3mo
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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In an attempt to make lockdown weekends more interesting my daughter and I had an English themed afternoon, watched Emma and drank Pimms and ate cucumber sandwiches. This adaptation of Emma was really good I thought - a great way to introduce a teenager to Austen. I‘m not sure our Pimms cocktails were authentic though! We mixed it with lemonade and mint and sliced strawberries- let me know if you‘re a Pimms drinker how you would do it?

CarolynM That sounds delightful! Pimms is delicious but dangerous🥴 It's been a while since I made it, but I used to put in slices of orange, lemon and apple and bruised lemon balm leaves. 3mo
wanderinglynn For the traditional, along with mint (or borage) and strawberries, I add orange slices and cucumber. You can also try it with carbonated lemonade or Sprite/7UP/lemon-lime soda, Ginger ale or ginger beer, or lemon juice (with our without sugar). Pimm‘s is great in that it‘s easy to try different flavors. I‘m also a fan of the blackberry & elderflower Pimm‘s and the cherry Pimm‘s punch. 3mo
LeahBergen That sounds like a lovely day! 3mo
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Centique @CarolynM @wanderinglynn excellent! I am screenshotting those ideas so I can try them! 3mo
Cathythoughts That sounds perfect 👌🏻 I‘d love to see the movie 3mo
TrishB Orange, cucumber and strawberries 😁 that sounds like a fab day! 3mo
TrishB I love that you had cucumber sandwiches! You‘ll be ready for Buckingham Palace! 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts thank you lovely ladies 😘 3mo
Centique @TrishB orange would be fantastic I reckon 😍 Yes although my cucumber sandwiches were not very dainty! 3mo
MaureenMc Wish I could have joined you! 😁 3mo
Reggie This sounds lovely. And I had no idea what Pimms was. I had to Google it. Lol nice. 3mo
Centique @MaureenMc me too! 3mo
Centique @Reggie we used to be so English leaning in our sensibilities here that id hear of all the English delicacies and imagine them long before I ever saw them in a shop! This was so different to what I‘d imagined. Almost has a cola taste to it. I‘m going to enjoy experimenting! 3mo
Rissreads I love Pimms too! Orange in it is good too! 3w
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So I did a chat with Shawn about this book on his YouTube channel if anyone is interested in watching me gush and gesticulate 😄. (You should also follow Shawn, he has strong opinions which makes for interesting reviews but he‘s also smart and kind and thoughtful) @shawnmooney

https://youtu.be/PadbFMEPXAQ

rockpools Oh that‘s fun! And so nice to see you 😊. I‘m quite sold on the book as well… 3mo
Centique @rockpools thank you! I‘m getting braver in my old age 😜 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, that @shawnmooney ! ❤️❤️❤️ I can‘t wait to watch. 😘 3mo
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Reggie Paula, you‘re such a great guest. This was interesting and I can‘t wait to hear about the Frame on the podcast. 3mo
batsy Ooh! I'm looking forward to watching ❤️ 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen I asked him when he‘ll get you on there! 😘 3mo
Centique @Reggie thank you my friend! It‘s funny to see myself pulling faces as I speak 🤪😂 Yes I have to prep for my talk with Jenny on that one! 3mo
Centique @batsy and Margot is on there too! I just watched her talk about A Jest of God and she‘s inspired me again to read it @merelybookish 3mo
merelybookish It was so fun to see you Paula! It's like @shawnmooney is bringing us all a bit closer together! 🥰 And @batsy, I mentioned #spinsterlit and felt afterwards I should have credited you with coining the term. 3mo
merelybookish @Reggie I listened to you on Reading Envy. I have no interest in horror but it was fun to hear you talk about it. 🙂 3mo
Reggie @merelybookish ☺️thanks! I‘m sorry I didn‘t even know you were on here because I saw Centique and just fast forwarded to watch her only. Lol, but I went back now and you did great. I like that you mentioned Scott and Suba. Even though reading Laurence isn‘t my thing I like to read ya‘lls comments for the passion of reading something ya‘ll have. Same with the reading the Shakespeare read along. Same with Sprainedbrain and her pemberlitten crew👇🏼 3mo
Reggie I may never have read Jane Austen but seeing DebinHawaii make a meme collage and a haiku chapter roundup because she feels passionately about it makes my day. Such is the allure of Litsy for me. Lol great job, Margot, is what I meant to say. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Love it!! We both got to be his guest. I need to do better about BookTube listening! 2mo
Centique @BarbaraTheBibliophage I am going to go watch yours too! I struggle to keep up with book tube and podcasts, but now that I‘ve kind of “met” Shawn, and liked him so much, I‘m trying to watch all of his. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Centique #thestruggleisreal Now that I‘m not driving as much, my podcast / audiobook time is limited. And BookTube even more so … not enough hours in the day!! 2mo
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Howards End | E.M. Forster
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It may be timing and my mood but in the middle of this book I was finding Forster sanctimonious and heavy handed in his philosophising. And of course the unchecked imperialism can make you cringe. But the writing is glorious, the setting and characters spell binding and then the ending is quite wonderful when he upturns the apple cart. Then Forster shows he does have insight into misogyny and the perils of patriarchy. ⬇️

Centique He shows that he sees the problems of class and poverty, recognises some of the injustice and the ineffectiveness of charity - but it feels he comes down on the side of upholding the system. Poor Leonard who Forster thinks cannot raise his mind without the full background of education and intellectualism of the Schlegles. 3mo
Centique Anyway - just a few immediate thoughts. Anyone who has done a deeper read please enlighten me if I‘ve missed something 🙏 3mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
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Ruthiella I reread (on audio mostly) this last year because I wanted to compare it to On Beauty by Zadie Smith. What I noticed was how the Schlagels are also criticized in the text. I didn‘t remember that from my first read (which was probably over 20 years ago). 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella yes! In my head they had been perfect. But I think my memory was probably based on the movie and not the book. (Over 20 years ago too!) 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella it was the perfect cast though. Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins! 3mo
Centique @TrishB thank you Trish 😘 3mo
batsy Great review. I love this book quite a bit because it's beautiful, but you're right in that the underlying imperialism and maybe a kind of traditional class consciousness? makes it somewhat problematic (but interesting stuff to mull over!) 3mo
Centique @batsy you‘re so right about the class consciousness. And yes I enjoyed mulling it all over too! I think I‘ll read it again next time and be able to glide through it a bit better knowing I‘ve had some conversations about those things. When you love historical fiction (like we do!) it‘s inevitable I know. 3mo
Cinfhen Hi!!!! I just got to see you on @shawnmooney #BookBites 😍🥳🤩Such a treat!!! You‘re beautiful and so endearing!!! That was FUN!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 3mo
Centique @Cinfhen oh you‘re so sweet to me! My hub helped me set the zoom so it was kind on wrinkles 😜😜😜 Are you going to go on Shawn‘s channel? I hope so!! 3mo
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I‘ve spent two weeks inside this book, two weeks in Janet Frame‘s life and I‘m going to miss walking alongside her. An incredible woman, a sensitive, imaginative writer - her story has bleakness and then vibrant joys and loves. As a biography is it THOROUGH. Written with her permission, King is careful not to indulge in his own analysis,but quotes from miles of correspondence with others, where she, and they, comment on and critique each other.

Centique Illustration of Jacob wrestling with the Angel by Gustav Dore. 3mo
rockpools Lovely review. 3mo
LeahBergen What a great review! 3mo
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Ruthiella Oooh! I‘ll have to check this out. 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella there is a lot about moving house (she moves about forty times in her life) and catching planes and complaining about street noise etc etc. And a lot about her friends and family. Very little about the times inside institutions. Just so I haven‘t misled you! I think the first half has the really interesting parts. 3mo
Ruthiella @Centique Thanks for the heads up! I‘m not that interested in her time spent in the hospital, so that‘s OK. I just find her an interesting person. I‘d like to think we could have been friends, though I‘m not half as smart as she was! (edited) 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella oh yes I‘m sure you would have been friends! She was so annoyed at the grim fascination people had with her hospital time - especially book reviews and journalists tying it to her “genius” - I think that‘s why King wrote the book to show how much more there was to her life. 3mo
Reggie From the comments I gather I‘m not suppose to get stuck on her institutionalizations but she was scheduled for a lobotomy that got cancelled because she won an award for her debut fiction! (Wikipedia) That‘s wild. Nice review. 3mo
Centique @Reggie it is amazing isn‘t it? I think I‘m going to talk about this with Jenny myself in a few weeks. 💕💕 3mo
batsy Lovely, thoughtful review! I've been interested to read Frame since I read a fantastic essay about her a long time ago in Poets & Writers. 3mo
Centique @batsy I think you‘d like her! I‘m just rereading Owls Do Cry, her first novel, which is so full of metaphor and imagery 😍 3mo
Suet624 I‘m embarrassed to say I don‘t know who this woman is but now you‘ve made me want to know her! 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve never heard of this writer either. Great review.. wonderful title 💫💫💫 3mo
Centique @Suet624 @Cathythoughts oh I‘m glad I piqued your interests. She‘s actually most famous for her autobiography of which a film was made (it‘s a trilogy but is often collected into one volume) 3mo
Suet624 Oh, apparently I stacked your recommended book already, probably due to your intriguing review four years ago. 🥰 3mo
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Currently reading this #chunkster. I‘m loving it though; I love Janet Frame and she had an incredible life, spending most of her twenties in mental hospitals - around 1945 - 1955 which was a dark time for treating mental health issues.

PS an update on #hiselderliness. I still can‘t see him as we are in lockdown but he is well cared for in his village. He isn‘t able to read since his latest hospitalisation unfortunately. ⬇️

Centique He can‘t concentrate he says. He is still causing mischief though and offering to race the other residents on walkers to the lunch room 😜 3mo
Trashcanman 😘❤️ 3mo
Centique @Trashcanman 😘 love back at ya George 3mo
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LeahBergen And he probably beats them there, too! 💗💗💗 3mo
Centique @LeahBergen 😘 he probably does! 3mo
Ruthiella I really enjoyed my slow read of this earlier this year. 😀 3mo
Centique @Ruthiella oh my goodness! I didn‘t think anybody else here was a fan of Janet Frame. So glad to hear it 💕 3mo
MaureenMc Happy to hear your father is doing well. 💕😊 3mo
Ruthiella I don‘t think I would like her fiction but I did love her autobiography. 3mo
Megabooks Sending love to you and His Elderliness! 3mo
Anna40 Read all her books in my 20s. Loved her 😊 3mo
batsy Must be tough to be unable to see your dad but I'm glad to hear he's in high spirits 💕 3mo
CarolynM Sending love to you, fellow sufferer in lockdown💕 I don't know about you, but I'm so over it. I'm glad to hear your dad us keeping his spirits up. Hope we can all see family again soon. 3mo
Centique @Megabooks thank you Meg! 😘 3mo
Centique @MaureenMc thank you Maureen! 😘 3mo
Centique @Anna40 yay another fan! I still have three or four books to get to 💕 3mo
Centique @batsy thank you Suba. He went for his first walk outside in the village grounds today (he had a toe amputated 7 weeks ago to add to his ailments) so that was positive. 👍💕 3mo
Centique @CarolynM oh I know right?! 💕 We‘ve had a little bit of a loosening so we can get takeaways now and we‘re allowed to catch up with one other bubble outdoors for a “socially distanced picnic”. That‘s made this past week better but who knows what next week will bring? Certainly not getting out of lockdown anytime soon. Hopefully things improve for you guys 🤞🤞🤞 3mo
batsy @Centique I'm sorry to hear he had to go through that. I hope he continues to improve and feel better ❤️ 3mo
AlaMich I‘m glad to hear your dad seems to be adjusting well to his new home. Fingers crossed that you can see him soon! 3mo
Centique @AlaMich thank you Lainie. How are you doing? I miss seeing your posts lately but I‘m glad you‘re still popping in 💕 3mo
AlaMich @Centique I‘m fine, thank you. But I envy you your impending warmer weather…Chicago in winter does not joke around. 🥶 3mo
Centique @AlaMich ive heard that! I visited Chicago a couple of times in late summer and it was one of my favourite places. I‘d love to see it in snow - but maybe from inside a heated car! 3mo
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Ancillary Sword | Ann Leckie
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AI, space stations, interplanetary gates, a world weary soldier disgusted by the privileged society that has colonised most of the known universes - what‘s not to love? This is the sequel to Ancillary Justice and its great. Great world building, great characters, you can feel the chess pieces moving into place for the big finale but it‘s still highly enjoyable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reggie I love that you live sci-fi. I hope to tackle the Becky Chambers quartet at the beginning of the New Year. 4mo
Centique @Reggie I‘m such a rebel going from history to sci fi and back again 😂😂 I hope you like the Becky Chambers. I love them - I think the first one has a bit of work to do to set up the universe and the various species - then after that it‘s like Chambers just has fun creating stories and great characters all over her universe. So much found family joy in them 😍 4mo
Reggie Hey Paula, just checking in. Ya‘ll doing ok? His Elderliness ok? Hope you‘re doing ok and reading some good stuff. 3mo
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Centique @Reggie thanks for checking in Reggie! 💕 We just sold Dads house so I‘ve been busy getting that cleared out. He‘s doing ok but getting too frail for the part of the village he‘s in and so he‘s on the waiting list to go into the full care side of the village. 3mo
Reggie That‘s a lot of stuff to do. I hope it goes by quick for you. And I hope His Elderliness is making friends and not being lonely. Although from everything you‘ve told us he sounds like a social creature. ❤️sending good thoughts. 3mo
Centique @Reggie 😘💕 3mo
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I really enjoyed this - it‘s a fairly simple mystery where the beauty is in the setting and the telling. A Benedictine monastery in medieval times is a comforting escape at these moment! Cadfael is a wonderful character and an innovative sleuth - he doesn‘t have modern tools or theories and I enjoyed the way Peters uses other things like community and shared beliefs to flush out clues. I have coincidentally read two books in a row set in Wales. ⬇️

Centique Funnily enough ancestry.com also just updated my results to let me know I‘m a third Welsh. More Welsh than anything else so I should read some more books from Wales! 4mo
batsy I really enjoyed this and the subsequent Brother Cadfael mysteries I read 💜 I keep meaning to continue 😆 4mo
merelybookish Lots of fun Welsh folklore to explore! 4mo
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Ruthiella I also really liked this book and meant to continue in the series....but haven‘t yet. So many books, so little time. 4mo
LeahBergen I enjoyed this, too (and the following 4 or 5 that I read)! 4mo
Centique @batsy @LeahBergen I have so many series that I get 5 books into and no further - something about the number 5 maybe? 😝 with tv series it‘s more like two seasons. I am #notacompletist 4mo
Centique @Ruthiella that should be our Litsy anthem! So true. 4mo
Centique @merelybookish yes! I will be looking for good books so if you come across anything, do let me know 😘 4mo
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416 pages is a break neck speed at which to cover 500 years of history, so I‘m still getting my Maximillians mixed up with my Ferdinands (so to speak) but this was a great overview of a part of history I knew little about. I‘ll definitely need to follow this up with other European history books in years to come - hopefully some of it will bed down in my brain until then.

LeahBergen Those Hapsburgs were a crazy bunch, weren‘t they? 😆 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen I‘m thinking George R R Martin was inspired by a few of them! 😳😳 4mo
LeahBergen I think you‘re right! 😆 4mo
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Owl Service (UK) | Alan Garner
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I loved this. It‘s a kids book, but also an enjoyable couple of hours as an adult read. Just the right amount of spooky for me so this could be a good Halloween read. The characters are the stars here, and their changes and interactions drive the narrative more than a propulsive plot. Events are less neatly explained than usual for a children‘s book which is part of its delight. Do we really know what is happening? ⬇️

Centique Gwyn is wonderful, his humor upending haunted house stereotypes and keeping things unpredictable. I‘d need to explain some of the jokes and tensions to my 11yo (eg the class differences) so it may be a book better read together with your kids. 4mo
Centique That‘s a native NZ owl, called a ruru. 🦉🦉🦉 4mo
Texreader What a great review and a darling owl! 4mo
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CarolynM I read this as a child (probably 10 or 11) and loved it. Even then it wasn't my usual sort of book (I've never been into spooky, and I left magic behind with the Faraway Tree) so I think that goes to show how good it is. 4mo
LeahBergen I first read this only a few years ago and thought it was wonderful! Great review. 🦉 4mo
rockpools This might have to be my nod to October spookiness. Thanks Paula 🦉 4mo
Centique @CarolynM it‘s so good. I liked Gwyn so much, I can easily see myself reading this many times, a bit like The Summer Book. 4mo
Centique @Texreader thank you! They are lovely owls and they are often called “morepork” as that‘s what their call sounds like they‘re saying! 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen thank you Leah 😘 4mo
Centique @rockpools oooh I hope you like it! 😘 4mo
Jeg I read this many many years ago and I remember I loved it. 4mo
batsy This is one of my favourites! So glad you enjoyed it 💜 It has a great unsettling atmosphere. 4mo
Centique @Jeg I‘m among a wonderful group of fans here😍 4mo
Centique @batsy it sure does! I do love a good creepy atmosphere 💀💀💀 4mo
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Bug Week: & Other Stories | Airini Beautrais
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I don‘t often read brand new fiction or short story collections but this just won a major NZ fiction prize so I thought I would give it a go. Beautrais writing style really appeals. Her stories are character driven and within moments of each story I was captivated. The people, places and stories felt strangely recognisable - maybe that‘s the impact of reading a NZ writer for a change. Behind the seemingly ordinary are themes of ⬇️

Centique misogyny, power and abuse, broken relationships and personalities who don‘t quite fit in. While most are quirky and tender, a few are deeply disturbing. There are minimal amounts of bugs 😋 4mo
Centique I was thinking this is the sort of book @ClairesReads would read and there you are stacking it ☺️👋👋 I‘ll be so interested to hear your thoughts when you get to it. 4mo
CarolynM Definitely stacking this one🙂 4mo
Reggie This sounds good. 4mo
ClairesReads @Centique haha how about that! I‘ve got a copy sitting on my shelf- you reminded me about how much I want to read it! 4mo
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The Line of Beauty: A Novel | Alan Hollinghurst
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It‘s the 80s and Nick Guest is a young intellectual and discerning aesthete, fresh from Oxford, awed by his friend Toby‘s family and upper class home filled with art and antiques where he is a lodger. Toby‘s father is an MP in the Thatcher government and the home hosts many of the privileged and powerful. Nick seems to be appreciated by the family for his wits and his homosexuality is known and he hopes, accepted. We follow Nick through his ⬇️

Centique relationships with the family and his lovers, where he is always walking a line between desire and deference to others. A book about identity, class and sexuality, power and greed. Hollinghurst does an amazing job of capturing the tone and detail of this time and this group of people. So many odious characters pinned to the page in all their awfulness. ⬇️ 4mo
Centique This won the Booker in 2004. The additional picture is an example of the Ogee line used in architecture - one of a few references to a “line of beauty” in the book. 4mo
Megabooks Great review! 4mo
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Ruthiella This has long been on my list! 4mo
Centique @Megabooks thank you! 4mo
Centique @Ruthiella you‘ll need to be in the mood for a chunkster, I should have mentioned that! I do like a good 500 pager now and then though 😋 4mo
LeahBergen Fab review! 👏🏻 4mo
Ruthiella @Centique Good to know! I don‘t mind long, however, if the contents justify the length. 4mo
Ruthiella @Centique Good to know! I don‘t mind long, however, if the contents justify the length. 4mo
Reggie Have you seen the series made of this book? I remember watching it and being destroyed in the end. I‘ve always wanted to read him but I get the sense he writes mood-killer, queer, books. 4mo
shawnmooney My favorite of his! 4mo
Centique @Reggie I haven‘t watched the series but I looked at the cast and it looks pretty good! Yes, the last scene just hurt 😣 this is the first book of his I‘ve read. I‘d definitely read more but it is slow moving and there are so many awful people, it could be hard going. I think if you haven‘t experienced the whole English class thing (like me) it‘s pretty fascinating from an outsiders point of view. 4mo
batsy Brilliant review. I've always wanted to read him and to start with this one. 4mo
Billypar Great review! I really liked "So many odious characters pinned to the page in all their awfulness." I've definitely read novels with that description, with maybe more of them taking place in the 80s than would be expected by chance? ? 4mo
Centique @batsy thank you 😘 4mo
Centique @Billypar thank you Vinny! I was trying to figure out why I can enjoy a novel full of awful people and I think it‘s because they have been captured and are now shown to everyone. What is it about the 80s huh? The decade of hypocrisy I guess. 4mo
CarolynM Great review. I loved this too, one of my favourites in the year I read it (3 years ago, maybe?) I want to read all his books, I've only read this and the latest one 4mo
Centique @CarolynM ooh I see I already have it stacked. It looks very good! 4mo
Rissreads It‘s on my shelf staring at me but I‘m not sure why I never get to it? @MrsMalaprop liked it if I remember right. Sorry I haven‘t been in touch, have been off social media for awhile. Lots going on which I will tell you about when I get to writing you a proper letter! Sorry to hear your Dads not doing great. Much love xxx 3mo
Centique @Rissreads I have missed seeing you around! I can understand the need for a social media break though. These are crazy times. It would be so lovely to get a letter 💕 Hope you and your family are doing ok xxx 3mo
MrsMalaprop @Rissreads Yes, I loved this. We did it for Book Club years ago. The other of his I read is 3mo
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Currently reading a history book, a modern classic and an MG adventure - so of course the pleasure of reading about Morrison Crow (and Fenestra the Magnificat!) won the race.
The bizarre thing about this third book in the trilogy is that it was written pre Covid and yet includes an epidemic, quarantines, public protests and community divisions. Prescient much? 😬 But such a fun ride. This world is a lovely place to spend a couple of days.

CarolynM Oh dear! That sounds a bit too much like real life😬 4mo
Centique @CarolynM the benefit here is that a bit of magic and some plucky kids Solve Everything. That felt quite cathartic. 🙂 I hope you‘re going ok Carolyn. 💕 4mo
Reggie I don‘t know why I find that so funny. I shouldn‘t because hospitals are so full in some places here they‘re turning away people. And then I started a pandemic book earlier where they gave the U.S. credit for taking it serious. To which I thought, Oh this MUST be fiction. Please forgive the sarcasm. The world could use some plucky, magical, kids about now. 4mo
Centique @Reggie I get ya 💕 You get to a point you either cry or get sarcastic. And I‘ve done both. 😬 I should clarify that the epidemic in the book is entirely different and of course it‘s MG so everything can be solved. I wish for a fantasy world myself where things were so easy. 4mo
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Chronicle in Stone | Ismail Kadare
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I chose something random from my TBR and this was a FIND. Ismail Kadare won the inaugural Man Booker International for his body of work. This is from 1977.
The structure moves from a boys description of his life in a stony city in Albania, to pages that are random sentences from the local paper (Chronicle). You get this dreamy boy communing with the city and nature while he mentions glimpses of the adult world. They often don‘t make sense, ⬇️

Centique he often misinterprets them. His home is a hub of activity with local characters coming and going who can be very funny. But the adult world grows more and more macabre as WW2 enters.
This is genius, it‘s like watching a quirky dreamy coming of age novel warp and twist and morph into a horror novel. DARK but enlightening.
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Centique @Reggie this might appeal to you. It‘s not all that historical, no explanations of what‘s actually happening - just this child‘s view of how things around him get stranger and stranger. 5mo
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Freespirit Sounds interesting! 5mo
Reggie Sounds great. Stacked and I doubt I‘ll find it but am going to a couple of bookstores in the next couple of days and if I find it I‘ll pick it up. 4mo
Cinfhen Just thinking about you💕💕How‘s my favorite reviewer, #HisElderliness feeling??? 4mo
Centique @Cinfhen he‘s doing better thank you lovely. We can‘t see him yet as we‘re in our highest lockdown level but he‘s back in his village, hobbling about with a bandaged foot. He‘s not allowed to leave his apartment (really just 3 rooms) so he‘s bored silly at the moment. But we can ring him now thank goodness. Hopefully next week we‘ll get to a lower level and he can get out into the common areas and meet people. 4mo
Centique @Cinfhen how are you doing? 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad to hear your dad is physically improving but so sorry to hear about your current lockdown situation 😔sending much love ❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen No complaints xxxx 4mo
Centique @Cinfhen #hiselderliness would say “can‘t complain. Cos nobody listens” 😘😘 4mo
Cinfhen 😜Truth , but luckily I‘m seeing brighter days and feeling more like myself 🙏🏻 4mo
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The Ruby in the Smoke | Philip Pullman
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A random find in a charity shop called to me from my shelves this week. Its an engaging easy read and just what I needed. They call it YA historical fiction. It‘s a mystery with a great creepy Victorian feel and some really grim villains - published in 1985 - there are a few cringey moments but it feels like Pullman was trying to pull away from cultural stereotypes (not quite making it) Highly enjoyable - would make a light creepy October read

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Latecomers | Anita Brookner
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So it seems the books that best fit my mood right now are very introspective and philosophise about family and relationships. I loved this. I think @Cathythoughts put this on my radar years ago!
Hartmann and Fibich were orphans evacuated from Germany in WW2. We meet them as old men examining their lives. Although opposites in temperament and outlook they have been bonded in friendship, leant upon each other for life. ⬇️

Centique Brookner has a way of examining small lives and weaknesses as well as strengths while giving her characters dignity and purpose. Although a lot of this book is about coping with depression, it is ultimately hopeful. Do be aware there is no plot or excitement, it really is like a psychological study of friends and family. ⬇️ 5mo
Centique The sculpture in the background is from our naval museum - depicting a WW2 catastrophe at sea. (Not happy but befitting!) 5mo
EvieBee I just love Anita. She‘s so quietly loud. 5mo
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LeahBergen What a lovely review. I‘m feeling the urge for an Anita Brookner in my near future. 😁 5mo
Soubhiville Wow that sculpture gives me chills. 5mo
Centique @EvieBee what a perfect way to describe her! 😍 5mo
Centique @LeahBergen thank you Leah. I think Brookner and Pym have become my quiet book saviours for dark times. They give me that light breaking through 🌤 5mo
Centique @Soubhiville me too - it‘s so sad and it‘s right at the end of walking through all this WW2 memorabilia in a quiet contemplative space. 5mo
Cathythoughts Yes I remember loving this one … I‘ve always felt like a bit of a ‘ latecomer‘ myself… such a poignant story ❤️ 5mo
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Hi @Reggie just for your amusement at my list obsession. 🤪 So this is TBR Book Number 2 which I started writing in 2007. It has 98 pages with about 28 books per page. I stopped adding books to it when I started using Litsy. The first book I had for my TBR was larger and I wrote smaller and it had 70 books per page 😳😳😳 I had about 35 pages left but I went through and revised it by at least half and put them on Litsy.

Suet624 That‘s fantastic! 5mo
AlaMich I had nowhere near as many on mine. I started putting them into an old app I used called Notebook, and now I use a spreadsheet. 5mo
LeahBergen Love it! 😆 5mo
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Ruthiella Such neat hand writing! I currently have a spreadsheet but that‘s not quite the same as a written artifact. I wish I had something physical. 5mo
Centique @AlaMich a spreadsheet is far more sensible and useful! The number of double ups I found in this was incredible. I remember one book was in the list 8 times! 😂😂😂 5mo
LauraBrook Love this!!! 5mo
Reggie This is amazing! Holy wow! 5mo
Rissreads I wish I had kept a list of books I‘d read during the years. But better late than never! I‘m so grateful for Litsy! 3mo
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