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Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
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Loving this one!!! You were right @jenniferw88 it‘s riveting!!!! I love the antics of Lev Wood and his buddy Boston
#ReadingAfrica22 So far I‘ve visited #Rwanda #Tanzania and #Uganda
Best type of travelogue - an adventurer who never complains or passes judgment

This is Mama Fina, the Ugandan witch doctor, Florence a baby vervet he rescues and a picture of Lake Victoria- the believed source of the Nile.

BarbaraBB Sounds great again! Just like Arabia! 17h
Cinfhen So good @BarbaraBB I hope he has a book for #SouthAmerica or #CentralAmerica 17h
Cinfhen Woohooo !!!! Thank you @jenniferw88 Yay!!!! I can‘t wait to read it 😁😘 15h
Librarybelle I love travelogues that encompass so much of the writer‘s experience! 13h
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Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
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After traveling with Levison through the Arabian Desert, I‘m super psyched to be Walking The Nile with him for #ReadingAfrica22 😊

jenniferw88 It's a good one! 2d
squirrelbrain I have this on my shelf to read too..I think it fits a #booked2022 prompt - about an exploration,or similar? 2d
Librarybelle Hope you enjoy! 2d
Cinfhen He‘s such an engaging storyteller @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB and he has a fabulous sense of humor / which I really adore 2d
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Really glad I chose this for #FoodAndLit - a look at what life was like for a family of 9 sisters / 2 brothers as their lives changed drastically once the Taliban enter #Afghanistan 💔Especially poignant as now they are back in power😡 interesting article https://theweek.com/afghanistan-war/1013344/this-is-life-in-afghanistan-since-th...

squirrelbrain Sounds like a good one! 2d
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An Island | Karen Jennings
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Mehso-so

I don‘t do well with allegories and this book was so short I didn‘t have time to connect to Samuel, a lighthouse keeper living alone on an isolated island with his memories & demons. Set in an unnamed African country, a body washes ashore surprising Samuel when he discovers the body is still breathing. I wanted to like this book but honestly I was bored. #NetGalley #ARC

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Tiger: The Real Story | Steve Helling
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Thanks to #pop22 I picked up this audio from #Hoopla about Tiger Woods and was quite riveted!! It covers Tiger‘s early rise to golf stardom as well as his father‘s humble beginnings & drive to see his son succeed. Starting with Tiger‘s infamous accident on Thanksgiving 2009 & ending with his public apology in January of 2010 this book has right amount of scandal and fact. I‘d like to learn more as this book is somewhat outdated. #TigerInTitle

squirrelbrain Great choice! 🐯 3d
BarbaraBB Such smart use of the prompt!! 3d
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 I saw this too but skipped because it was outdated. Maybe I should‘ve gone with this…🤔 glad you liked it! 3d
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KarenUK Good choice! 💕 3d
Cortg And to think that‘s only half of his career to date! Nice job with the title! 3d
Cinfhen Exactly @Cortg he‘s a fascinating person- I‘m really happy with my choice @KarenUK @Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain 🐯 ⛳️ 2d
kspenmoll Your flowers are gorgeous! 2d
Cinfhen Aww, thanks @kspenmoll they‘re really cool they look like little topiaries- 2d
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In typical fashion, I‘ve forgone my #WeeklyForecast and started an audio for #FoodAndLit - #Afghanistan

Texreader I found it very inspirational if not poignant knowing what we know now 2d
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘m in the middle of 3 books…I‘m loving the Tiger Woods unauthorized story (it‘s pretty scandalous😅) enjoying my IRL bookclub pick - Cult of We (Adam Neumann is really unhinged) I‘m struggling with my #NauticalNovel #Booked22 - it‘s a slough but I see/ think there‘s potential so I‘m sticking with it.
Two #ARCs for #NetGalley and one for #ReadingAfrica22

BarbaraBB I just bought An Island too 3d
Bookwormjillk I have Walking The Nile too. Looking forward to your review. 3d
TrishB Great plans 👍🏻 3d
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Cinfhen Ha @TrishB as I started an audio about 45 minutes ago that is NOT on my #WeeklyForecast 😂😂😂 3d
Cinfhen I‘ve started it @BarbaraBB I‘m glad it‘s short because it‘s not really holding my attention but the US edition publishes on Tuesday so I must get it done🥺 3d
Cinfhen I read a different book by the same author @Bookwormjillk and I loved it, so I‘m excited for 3d
BarbaraBB I‘ve had high hopes for it. Will read it soon! 3d
TrishB No, don‘t believe it. 3d
Cinfhen I‘ve made some more progress @BarbaraBB it‘s just not the right book for my current mood - I hope you like it 2d
Megabooks I felt just okay about We, and it was one of Therese‘s weaker narrations. I hope you like it more! 2d
Cinfhen Therese is a strange choice for narrator/ I feel like the story definitely reads in a male tone & voice @Megabooks it‘s our IRL bookclub pick, which I‘m enjoying but it‘s don‘t think all the ladies are liking it. It‘ll be an interesting discussion. 2d
Kdgordon88 I started Devil on audio last month and was lost. Let me know if I should try again or find another book for the #Booked22 nautical prompt. Please and thank you 😊 2d
Cinfhen Will do @Kdgordon88 I‘m definitely having trouble with Devil, myself but I‘m not ready to quit 2d
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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A wonderful title for a book that really is full of sorrow and moments of bliss. Martha, a woman nearing 40 has lived her entire life with an unnamed, undiagnosed mental illness that not only effects her life but everyone in her life..from her parents, sister, lovers, husband, aunt, uncle , cousins & acquaintances. I laughed out loud several times as Martha is sharp, witty, insightful, self aware & snarky. But there‘s a lot of pain too. 👇🏼

Cinfhen This book felt completely genuine and there were times I had to stop listening as I felt anxious and overwhelmed 😥 Another book from the #WomansPrizeForFiction22 - maybe not my favorite but I wouldn‘t mind if this won. @squirrelbrain @LeeRHarry 3d
Megabooks Fantastic review! I loved this last year for pretty much the same reasons. 3d
Megabooks Btw, this is in my ears today and I think my fav #EightiesGirl would love it 😘😘 3d
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squirrelbrain Great review Cindy! Which is your favourite? And @Megabooks - that one sounds fantastic! ❤️ 3d
Cinfhen I think it‘s between Bread and Great Circle @squirrelbrain how about you? I still have one left to read 👉 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ve read all but one, and you know I‘m an ozeki believer! I can‘t remember the list closely enough to tell you a fave. Bread is the one I haven‘t read. (edited) 3d
squirrelbrain S&B is my fave, closely followed by Bread and The Sentence. I loved Great Circle when I read it, but it‘s quite forgettable. The Ozeki is my least favourite unfortunately. 3d
Cinfhen When is the winner announced @squirrelbrain ?? I‘m still waiting for the Ozeki from my library @Megabooks 3d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain Bread is the one I haven‘t read so I guess I must now!! I hope you like the Ozeki @Cinfhen but I‘m really unsure. 3d
Megabooks Also I think you‘d both like Out of the Corner. Really good celebrity memoir! @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen 3d
Cinfhen I‘m pretty unsure myself @Megabooks which is why im waiting to #BorrowNotBuy 😁 3d
Centique I‘ve already reserved Out of the Corner too although it will take an age as it isn‘t available here yet - I don‘t do many celebrity memoirs but it sounded so good! Hope you‘re enjoying @Megabooks 3d
TrishB Great review, I loved this one. 3d
Megabooks @Centique I just finished last night, and I really enjoyed it! I hope you do too! 3d
Cinfhen This one will probably stay with me @TrishB @Centique which is always a good sign! 3d
MyNamesParadise I have this book and will get around to reading it eventually! 1d
Cinfhen It‘s a good one @MyNamesParadise 1d
MyNamesParadise @Cinfhen good to know! 😊 1d
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I LOVED almost EVERY BOOK this week…standouts were Tell Me, Bread the Devil Kneads, Rob Lowe & Latecomer. Sorrow & Word were both very good only Dark Circles & Happy At Any Cost left me unhappy 😜

Oryx What a good week. I also loved 3d
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Thought I‘d read another from the #WomansPrizeForFiction22 #Shortlist
I‘ve heard lots of good things

LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain will be a happy camper! 😆 5d
Cinfhen I know @LeeRHarry Helen is quite a fan of this novel - I can see why!! Have you read it yet?? 5d
KarenUK This is up soon for me too… it‘s on my nightstand at least! 😂 4d
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squirrelbrain LOL @LeeRHarry - have I been banging on about it *that* much?! 🤣 4d
LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain just a little bit! 🤪 it‘s all good though as I really do want to get to it…so in answer to your question @Cinfhen er nope! 😂 4d
Cinfhen Hahaha @LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain So far it‘s very engaging ❤️ 4d
Megabooks Enjoy!! 3d
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The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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Shortlisted for the 2022 #WomansPrizeForFiction and maybe my front runner…..
Alethea Lopez is living in Trinidad , nearing forty & trying to survive the daily grind of past traumas & her current situation - an abusive relationship with a once famous local boy band member. Written in Creole, this story weaves all the colors, tones, flavors of the Caribbean. When Alethea‘s past collides with her present new opportunities arise for sorrow & hope.

Cinfhen WARNING: Loads of triggers 5d
Cinfhen Tried a new cafe/ home style store…..so nice ♥️ can‘t wait to go back…very crowded today (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB Café looks great! So does the book! 5d
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Cinfhen I‘m definitely going back with Niki @BarbaraBB she‘s gonna love it!! Totally plant based and everything is green / recycled 💚 5d
BarbaraBB I was thinking of that, how you could go there with your kids! 4d
Megabooks Fantastic pictures! Glad you enjoyed the cafe!! 💜💜 3d
Centique Those flowers! You know me, always having flower envy 😘 3d
Cinfhen The cafe had gorgeous arrangements @Centique but they were $$$ and I couldn‘t justify purchasing them 😢so I took a photo 🥰 (edited) 3d
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“The history of slavery is the history of the United States” but sadly most of us have been given a whitewashed education. So Clint Smith gives us the history lesson we all should of been taught. By visiting several historical sites linked to the Civil War, we first get the “official “guided tour version & then Smith respectfully & insightfully poses his own questions & observations. Very well done. A bit repetitive but that‘s the point.

Cinfhen I really think you‘re gonna like this @Megabooks 5d
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Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! I need to check it out from the library! 5d
melissanorr This is going to be the citywide read from our library in September. My book club is very excited. 4d
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4d
Cinfhen That‘s wonderful @melissanorr it‘ll make for great discussion 4d
Chelsea.Poole Great review and I agree! I learned so much reading this. 4d
Megabooks Looking forward to it! 3d
MallenNC I‘m so glad you had a chance to read this one. I think it was my number one book choice of last year, and definitely one I still think about. @Megabooks I know you like audiobooks — this one is read by the author, and I really liked hearing his voice while I read my print copy. 2d
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The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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Just the title of the novel is enough to get my vote for 2022 #WomansFictionPrize but I‘m pleased to say the writing, story, characterization are equally fantastic!! I‘m about 40% in and I can‘t put the book down!!!! I wish this was available on audio, as I‘d love to hear the book spoken in its native tone.

Oryx I've just bought this one! 6d
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts @Oryx please keep me posted 😊 5d
sarahbarnes Loved this one too! 5d
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Cinfhen It‘s really rough content @sarahbarnes but it‘s done so well!!!! 5d
squirrelbrain This would be so good on audio wouldn‘t it Cindy?! 5d
BarbaraBB I‘ve never even heard of it but am stacking of course. 5d
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My #BookSpin for May
From @MallenNC #NYWD list….I still have a few more to read….

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6d
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Mehso-so

While I have much respect and admiration for Tony Hsieh the founder of shoe giant Zappos and was deeply saddened to learn about his untimely death,I found this book disappointing. It lacked depth and read very flat ( that could be due to the reader, very monotone). Somewhat ironic for a man who valued happiness above all else Tony seemed to always be chasing it, looking for more. It‘s true…Money can‘t buy happiness.

Cinfhen We‘re out of step @Megabooks 😘😘 6d
Megabooks @Cinfhen totally!! I won‘t recommend books for awhile. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I‘m glad you enjoyed this one though. 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful flowers 💐 6d
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Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 it‘s weird, we‘re usually in perfect reading harmony @Megabooks but I‘ll still ALWAYS seek your reviews & recommendations xxxx 6d
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Belated Mother‘s Day 💕💕 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen you too 💗💗 4d
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Starting this NF audio recommended by @Megabooks
The mysterious death of CEO and founder of Zappos
#Scribd
Going for my first #Bingo @TheAromaofBooks
My three bails last week are pretty darn helpful 😂😂

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes those bails are just so freeing!!! 😁 6d
Megabooks I hope you‘re enjoying it! 6d
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I just loved this refreshing, honest, heartwarming memoir by Rob Lowe. As a true #EightiesGirl I enjoyed looking back at some of the most iconic movies & actors from my younger days. Rob Lowe is such a genuine good guy, his charm really comes through. I‘m definitely going to listen to his follow up book. I highly recommend the audio version….If any of my #Pop22 Crew needs a book for #SetInThe80s this memoir would be perfect 🥰

Cortg I‘ve heard good things about this one! 6d
squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful - I don‘t need that prompt any more, but stacking anyway! 6d
Cinfhen I can‘t even begin to explain how much I LOVED this memoir @Cortg @squirrelbrain and hearing Rob Lowe read it was the extra goodness!! 6d
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AlaMich He was definitely my Tiger Beat sweetie!!💗 6d
Cinfhen Hahaha @AlaMich Tiger Beat🥰🙌🏻That‘s some good time memories!!!!! 6d
Kimberlone I have been wanting to read this since it first came out, but somehow have never gotten to it. I think audiobook must be the way to go? 6d
Cinfhen 💯‼️‼️‼️‼️ @Kimberlone 6d
KarenUK Although I‘m not usually a memoir fan, this one appeals to me… Such a big Brat Pack fan as a kid…. 💕 4d
Cinfhen I think you‘d really enjoy @KarenUK - go audio!!! 4d
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Listening to this fantastic memoir from Rob Lowe. After he references the 1989 Oscar debacle, I had to go watch the opening number on YouTube. I didn‘t think it was that bad…it was funny as hell. I‘m loving this memoir & all the 80‘s nostalgia.
Here‘s the clip in case you want to watch Rob Lowe & Snow White dance, sing & flirt 😂 https://youtu.be/9mronRVvdmw

LeeRHarry Hehe I watched it too 😂 7d
Cinfhen Can we just admit how GORGEOUS Rob Lowe is @LeeRHarry ??!!! #Swoon 🥰 7d
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen Absolutely!!! 😍 7d
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readingjedi I loved Rob Lowe sooo much! I must've watched Youngblood a thousand times (a recent viewing suggests that movie wasn't as good as I remembered it being!) 7d
Cinfhen Oh noooooo @readingjedi don‘t shatter my memories….I LOVED Youngbloods and Cutting Edge & Ice Castles 7d
Centique I‘ve had this on my TBR forever! But now I know the audiobook is the way to go - definitely doing that 😍 3d
Cinfhen Go for the audio @Centique it‘s SO MUCH FUN 3d
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I wish I could remember who posted this book on their #Top21of21 list / it‘s REALLY GOOD!! Rob Lowe is adorable, self deprecating and super entertaining. Im loving hearing about his early years in Hollywood/ Malibu. #HooplaAudio

AvidReader25 I thought this one was excellent on audio! 1w
Cinfhen I‘m equally captivated and smitten @AvidReader25 I‘m feeling like a 14 year old star struck tween 😌 1w
LeeRHarry I just finished this one this week - enjoyed it a lot especially the chapters about The Outsiders. 😊 1w
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Cinfhen I just listened to the part when Rob discusses how he felt after watching the film for the first time @LeeRHarry 😢it‘s such a great memoir 1w
marleed I loved this and only read it last summer. Unintentionally, it was a great intro to Malibu and added to the fun of reading 7d
Cinfhen Ahhhh, that is a great lead up to the TJR book @marleed I never watched the West Wing but I am SUCH an #EightiesGirl so I‘m LOVING all the Brat Pack stories & that‘s such an unfair label…. This group sounds super supportive of each other, which is so rare in Hollywood 7d
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Tell Me How to Be | NEEL. PATEL
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Without a doubt the best book/audiobook I‘ve read in 2022. A tender hearted emotionally complex story of a mother and son burdened with hidden desires and long held secrets. Stunning writing and sharp observations raise the level from ordinary to extraordinary. I still can‘t believe this was a debut. It completely blew me away and the narration was outstanding.

merelybookish You've convinced me! 🙂 1w
squirrelbrain Wow…stacked! 1w
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BarbaraBB Ordered it… my tbr is exploding at the moment 😳🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
cariashley This book is so underread/underrated!! I LOVED it. 7d
Cinfhen I can‘t wait to see all your #BookMail @BarbaraBB but this one is DEFINITELY a winner!! I‘m so glad you feel the same way @cariashley 7d
Megabooks So glad you loved this too! 7d
Centique Well that‘s high praise! My TBR has so many Cindy reccs and I love it 🥰 3d
Cinfhen This one was heartbreaking @Centique and narration was Excellent!!!!! I‘m so glad I can inspire your bookshelf xxxx 3d
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Dark Circles: A Novel | Caite Dolan-Leach
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More of a slow burn mystery than action packed thriller - this book is available today!! When a celebrity is sent to a wellness retreat to regain her zen, she finds herself caught up in a local mystery surrounding the disappearances & deaths of several young women. Using IG, podcasts and Reddit threads this book feels very current. A slightly imperfect story but a fun choice for reading at the beach, park or pool. #BorrowNotBuy

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Tell Me How to Be | NEEL. PATEL
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This book is breaking my heart 😭😭

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Tell Me How to Be | NEEL. PATEL
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Simply amazing…audio is perfection ♥️tender hearted family drama
Mother & son, each holding unto deep-held secrets

BarbaraBB Should be nominated for #CampLitsy as well! 1w
Cinfhen I think this might be my favorite read this year @BarbaraBB but I think it‘s from 2021 / 1w
BarbaraBB Wow what a recommendation. Stacked! 1w
Cinfhen Just finished @BarbaraBB AMAZING!!! And I think you‘d be fine with the audio which was OUTSTANDING 1w
BarbaraBB Okay. I‘ll get to it! Sounds great! 1w
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Dark Circles: A Novel | Caite Dolan-Leach
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Spent the morning at the hair salon trying to get I;to this #ARC #NetGalley

I think this might work better in audio

A temperamental starlet is sent to a wellness retreat to “re-focus” but instead of finding her zen she‘s thrust into a mystery involving the deaths of several young women. I like that twin sister Ava from Caine Dolan-Leach‘s debut Dead Letters is her enlightened sidekick.

#AvailableTomorrow #NewReleaseTuesday

BarbaraBB How‘s your hair?! 1w
Cinfhen Much blonder than I was expecting @BarbaraBB 😳 but I think because it‘s the beginning of summer here already, I can get away with it / thanks for asking 😘 1w
BarbaraBB Of course you can! 1w
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The Latecomer | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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#NetGalley #ARC #Audio ♥️🎧 This book covers all the messy, complicated, dysfunctional ways families & siblings hurt each other but also reminds us “so life goes”….I LOVED being immersed in the thorny branches of the Oppenheimer clan but TIGHTER editing was very much needed!!! This would have been 5 stars but I spent way too much tangled in unnecessary prose. The audio narration by Julia Whelan was outstanding 🙌🏻‼️♥️

BarbaraBB It sounds great and that cover is wonderful! 1w
Cinfhen Once you read the story it‘s even a better cover @BarbaraBB VERY CLEVER 🤓 1w
AmyG Very excited to read this now. I loved The Plot. 1w
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Cinfhen I think you‘d really like this one @AmyG despite it being a bit too overwritten 1w
britt_brooke Nice review! I need to figure out how to get audio ARCs from NetGalley. I assume it‘s pretty easy? 😅 (edited) 1w
Cinfhen Yes!!! Audio ARCs are the BOMB @britt_brooke Just go to the tab for audio / you‘ll need to download the NetGalley Shelf App if you haven‘t yet to play the audios. At this point I‘m ONLY requesting Audio Arcs although I‘m still invited to read digital which I need to stop accepting 😬 1w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Oh cool, thanks! I need to download the app. 1w
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The Latecomer | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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OMG 😱 #MicDrop 🎤‼️ WOWZA!!! Did not see that twist coming!!!! This book/ audio is SO GOOD but unnecessarily overwritten. 100 pages could easily have been removed and Im only at 74% completed. Excited to listen to the final 25%!!! #ARC #NetGalley

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#CampTOB22 #SummerCampSuggestions2022

I‘ve read one but I think it‘ll make for good discussion - the others I‘m curious about and I might have an #ARC or two 😉

I‘m curious to see what the final list will look like 🤩

Thanks for encouraging us to post our ideas @BarbaraBB #CampDirectorExtraordinaire xxx

BarbaraBB Haha that hashtag ⬆️😘. I have to check out the 4 books I don‘t know! Of course I have your first one on my list as well and I was thinking of suggesting this one too since @britt_brooke reviewed it 1w
Cinfhen I have an ARC for that one ( Zevin) & the Brooks @BarbaraBB so I‘m hoping they‘ll both be chosen (edited) 1w
Cinfhen And I requested this one because the title drew me in….and he‘s a debut author 1w
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squirrelbrain I‘ve only heard of one of these (the first one). I‘ll go check out the rest…. 1w
Ruthiella I‘ve not heard of ANY of these and only know one of the authors (Brooks). I would be totally OK with these were they selected for Summer Camp! 👍 I rely on the TOB to introduce me to new stuff. 1w
Cinfhen I hope you guys will share your #SummerCampSuggestions too @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella I‘m looking forward to #CamppToB22 1w
rockpools Ooh, there are some good looking books there! 1w
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB It‘s SO good. 💚 1w
Cinfhen Thanks @rockpools looks like we‘re in for some good summer reading 😘 1w
merelybookish More amazing books! 🤯 And I think Brooks would be a fun one to add to the TOB. I always enjoy her novels but tend to forget about how good she is. 1w
Megabooks What we do is on my TBR! Great list! 😘😘 1w
Cinfhen One of my favorite books is still this one @merelybookish 1w
Cinfhen I know!!!! SO MANY good books @Megabooks and I‘m pretty sure your library will have them all!!!!! 1w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Let‘s see if I stay on track…
Dark Circles is an #ARC publishing this Tuesday, so I probably should work on reading that one🤓

Megabooks Tell Me 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
Cinfhen I saw your email @Megabooks 😢will write later today. I‘m so sorry you‘re not feeling well. Guess that explains why you‘re awake. 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, not doing so well right now. Thanks for checking in. Going to try to sleep now. 1w
TrishB Looks like a good week 👍🏻 going to stare at the piles for a bit! 1w
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The Latecomer | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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After 3 bails yesterday, I finally settled in with a wonderful audio #ARC ~ I‘m hooked!! Another #MessyFamilyDrama set in #NYC revolving around a prominent Jewish family, The Oppenheimer‘s. I‘m just LOVING EVERYTHING about this clever slow paced but brilliantly written story. It reminds me in some ways of CrossRoads by Franzen but I‘m just more engaged with this book.

Cathythoughts Bails can be so annoying , but this sounds like a good one 👍🏻 stacked. 1w
TheRiehlDeal From what you‘ve listened to so far, is this better than The Plot? 1w
Cinfhen I‘m loving this book @Cathythoughts it‘s very different from The Plot @TheRiehlDeal but it‘s VERY LONG - I think it would be a 5 star read if at least 100-150 pages were cut. The audio is fabulous. 1w
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The Majesties: A Novel | Tiffany Tsao
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This is a case of don‘t judge a book by it‘s cover - I had such high hopes but this book did not deliver. A family member poisons all 300 guests at a family gathering and we‘re meant to discover why. The why was so inadequate and then the “shocking” ending made no sense. NOPE 👎🏼 BIG DISAPPOINTMENT 😖

Hooked_on_books Well that‘s a big bummer. I had this one stacked but have to rethink that now. It is a great cover, for sure. Doesn‘t that drive you crazy? 1w
Cinfhen I‘m annoyed I didn‘t bail after the first few pages, like my daughter did @Hooked_on_books 🙄 1w
rwmg That sounds ominous. It's on my wishlist but I might have to reconsider 1w
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LiteraryinLawrence I bailed on this one. So I guess I‘m glad to know I didn‘t miss an amazing ending? 1w
BarbaraBB So N was right…. 😉 1w
Megabooks Boo!! 1w
Cinfhen N was right, indeed @BarbaraBB @Megabooks you did the smart move @LiteraryinLawrence but I could tell you the twist if you want to know…. 1w
Cinfhen I would definitely #BorrowNotBuy @rwmg if you‘re still curious….it might be it was just the wrong book for me, but the right book for you! 1w
LiteraryinLawrence Yes please! That feels like cheating but I would love to know the twist! 1w
Cinfhen So if I understood this correctly Gwendolyn and Estella are one person. Estella had a psychotic break and took on the persona of Gwendolyn, her “ better” half and Gwendolyn‘s company Bagatelle was a fantasy, something Estella imagined @LiteraryinLawrence and the reason she Estella poisoned the entire family is because she believed they were all rotten, infected with greed and wealth and she needed to kill off the evil (edited) 1w
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Book Report Journal | Journals for All Staff
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Besides my three bails today, I had a great reading week!!
I read 4 ARCs - 2 I loved Yerba Buena & Elektra - the other two were good #BorrowNotBuy (Fowler & Weiner)
I really enjoyed Black Mamba Boy and the Majesties was disappointing 🙄

LiteraryinLawrence Excited for you that you got Yerba Buena! My pre-ordered copy should be coming soon. 1w
Cinfhen I listened to an audio ARC @LiteraryinLawrence and that medium worked really well for me!! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did 😊💕 (edited) 1w
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Three bails ….I can‘t seem to settle on a book today 🤷🏼‍♀️

Nute Maybe, it‘s just the timing. I thought that I heard the 100 Years is supposed to be pretty good. 1w
Susanita No worries. It happens! 1w
Cinfhen It‘s 💯 me not you when it comes to these titles @Nute @Susanita I just wasn‘t feeling the books 🤷🏼‍♀️I‘ve heard good things about all them… I‘ll try again 🤞🏽☺️ 1w
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Megabooks Boo! I hate it when that happens. 1w
Cinfhen I just could not connect @Megabooks and I bailed on two more earlier in the week 🤪 1w
TrishB I really enjoyed 100 years. Time and place sometimes. 1w
Cinfhen It felt to YA for me @TrishB and I wasn‘t in the mood for a book about death ☹️ 1w
TrishB I can understand that! 1w
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The Majesties: A Novel | Tiffany Tsao
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My daughter bought this because #CoverCrush and titillating blurb…. After 20 pages she bailed!! I‘m at 40 pages and slightly more intrigued. The cover really is stunning!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It is an awesome cover 💚💛❣️ 2w
TrishB That‘s a great cover 👍🏻 2w
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Megabooks #coverlove for sure! 2w
Cinfhen Niki was right / Best thing about this book IS the cover @Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TrishB @Enchanted_Bibliophile 😂😅 2w
KarenUK Wow, that is gorgeous! 1w
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Black Mamba Boy: A Novel | Nadifa Mohamed
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A journey like no other. A heart wrenching yet hopeful story of young Jama, a boy from Yemen, who travels across Africa and Asia with nothing more than dreams, determination and the goal to find his father. What makes this book even more special, the events of WWII are on the periphery of the story leading to a fascinating background. Stunning narration #Hoopla #ReadingAfrica22 I‘m using for #Eritrea and #Djibouti

BarbaraBB Djibouti. 🤔 Choices… 2w
Cinfhen Yeah/ totally using a #DoubleDip @BarbaraBB because I don‘t think I‘m gonna find books for those countries so easily 2w
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BarbaraBB Both are hard indeed. 2w
Cinfhen A lot more time is spent in #Eritrea @BarbaraBB but there‘s at least a chapters worth in #Djibouti 2w
ravenlee Not sure if it helps, but the tagged book has a small section in Djibouti - but it‘s about the US military presence there. @BarbaraBB 2w
Cinfhen That‘s kind of cool @ravenlee thanks for sharing!! Maybe I‘ll give it a listen. 2w
Librarybelle Great review! 2w
BarbaraBB @ravenlee Thanks! Very helpful 🤍 2w
Centique This sounds amazing! 2w
Cinfhen I really think you‘d like this one @Centique 2w
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Black Mamba Boy: A Novel | Nadifa Mohamed
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This book is heart wrenching- so bleak, yet you can‘t stop rooting/ hoping/ praying for young Jama - a Somalian boy searching for his father who he believes is a soldier fighting in Sudan. This works for many African countries so far - #Djibouti #Eritrea #Somalia #Sudan #ReadingAfrica22 #OutstandingAudio 🎧❤️🙌🏻

Cinfhen Thanks to @Andrew65 and @Texreader for putting this book on my #ReadersRadar 2w
Andrew65 @Cinfhen Great to hear you enjoyed it. I agree with your comments. I also want to read the following by the same author, which i will be reading for Somalia. 2w
Cinfhen I‘m almost finished @Andrew65 it‘s fantastic - I‘m going to read/ listen to this one 2w
Andrew65 @Cinfhen Great to hear. I will need to look out for The Fortune Men. (edited) 2w
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#NetGalley #Audio #ARC Another messy family drama - this started at rough for me but I ended up really enjoying. Three sisters are left a summer cottage in Maine, where their mother wants them to visit one last time before she requires them to sell the home. Of course each sister and their dying mother is holding unto secrets, regrets and disappointments. Wonderful narration held my interest and kept me listening. Needed tighter editing!

Megabooks I might borrow not buy this one. 2w
Cinfhen That‘s probably the right way to go…also audio was very good @Megabooks but still a #BorrowNotBuy 2w
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Black Mamba Boy: A Novel | Nadifa Mohamed
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#UpNext #ReadingAfrica22 I think @Andrew65 said it works for #Eritrea so I‘m hoping 🤞🏽I‘m very curious to learn about Eritrea 🇪🇷

BarbaraBB My idea too! 2w
Cinfhen It DEFINITELY works for #Eritrea @BarbaraBB it‘s a really sad book but very good so far 2w
Andrew65 @Cinfhen @barbarabb This book is a must read for me. I used if for Eritrea and am using another of her books for Somalia, but not got hold of it yet. 2w
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BarbaraBB @Andrew65 @Cinfhen Thank you both. You‘ve convinced me to look out for a copy! 2w
Andrew65 @barbarabb @Cinfhen I‘ve now got hold of a copy of The Orchard of Lost Souls. Thanks. 2w
Cinfhen Yay @BarbaraBB @Andrew65 I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts on 2w
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#AudioBaking I‘m enjoying parts of this book BUT it feels SO long….I feel like most books I‘ve read recently need tighter editing (IMO) #ARC #Audio #NetGalley - I do love the cover art

Megabooks I liked her historical fiction, but her last one was a miss for me. 2w
Cinfhen Yeah, I was totally thinking the same thing. Her HF is much better / it‘s because the story is already there as opposed to her contemporary fiction where she‘s creating the storyline @Megabooks 2w
Bklover Hey my dear!!❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Hi Missy 😊🫶🏼 what‘s new @Bklover ??!! 2w
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The Summer Place: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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Jennifer Weiner, the Queen of Summer Sizzle is back with another messy family drama. And boy, is this one packed with secrets!! If you‘re looking for a summer escape this book is perfect, if you‘re looking for a realistic story this is a #BorrowNotBuy #NetGalley #AvailableMay10 #ReleasesTuesday

Megabooks Skipping. I‘m not a fan of her anyway. 2w
Cinfhen She‘s a one trick pony @Megabooks 🙄 2w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I haven‘t made a Bingo board in several months @TheAromaofBooks but there‘s 31 days in May, so why not?!!? #BookSpinBingo
My goal is to complete two bingo‘s 😁🎉

jimfields3 I would love to set up a 5x5 grid in PicCollage, but I don't see such a template. Have you been reusing yours for a while now, or do you know a trick I don't? 2w
Cinfhen @jimfields3 so first I choose my 25 images on just a regular page than I hit grids and the template appears as opposed to searching templates first. Does that help?? 2w
jimfields3 Thanks! I'll try that instead. 2w
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vivastory I'm not sure what happened, but somehow a few people were dropped off my list of people I follow... 2w
KarenUK So pretty! A very colorful board! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks fabulous!! 2w
Cinfhen Oh no…was I one @vivastory !???! Let‘s see how this goes @KarenUK @TheAromaofBooks im not feeling too confident 😫 2w
Cinfhen Hope it works @jimfields3 !!! I love PicCollage 🙌🏻 2w
TheAromaofBooks You may need to go back to your category system to make it work 😂 2w
Cinfhen Exactly @TheAromaofBooks 🤣🤣🤣 2w
TheAromaofBooks Maybe your squares can be “this specific book OR a book that has something in common with this one“ 😆 2w
Cinfhen I LOVE that idea @TheAromaofBooks 🙌🏻😁🎉 2w
Megabooks So glad you‘re back at the bingo! 2w
vivastory You were 😭 I just wanted to give you a heads up if you saw the notification that I was following you again... seeing as how we've followed each other for years 🤣 2w
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Friendly Reminder 🧡
Our #SummerHeat buddy read is just a few weeks away!! If you need to reserve the book or order a copy, now‘s the time!! We‘ll be discussing Seven Days In June the weekend of June 17-19.
More details to follow 🍒☀️🕶🍹🏝
If you‘d like to join us please comment below ⬇️
Looking forward to some #FunInTheSun
Love your hosts @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Please repost @LitsyEvents 2w
Cinfhen I know MANY people have already shown interest but I suck at list keeping 😫 I‘m praying that my fabulous co-host has the list 🙏🏼 2w
BarbaraBB Haha I have and I will repost with 🏷 tags 😀😘 2w
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Vansa Cnt believe it's already June. Please count me in! I didn't read this book all the while because I wanted to keep it for this read-along! 2w
Cinfhen I know @Vansa !!! It‘s so crazzzzyyyyy!!! Tagging @BarbaraBB so she knows to make sure you‘re on our tagged list 2w
BarbaraBB You are, @Vansa ! 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Can you add me to the list? 😃 2w
KarenUK Excited for this 💕 2w
BarbaraBB @vivastory Absolutely! Happy you‘re joining! 2w
TracyReadsBooks This is a good summer read and should make for an interesting discussion! 2w
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m happy to hear that @TracyReadsBooks since some of our previous picks have been duds 🤪 2w
Cinfhen Glad you‘re joining us @vivastory @megabooks @karenuk 2w
Megabooks Wouldn‘t miss it! 😘😘 2w
TrishB See you there ❤️ 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Looking forward to it! 💙 2w
CarolynM Looking forward to it 2w
Cinfhen Yay @TrishB @CarolynM I‘ve heard good things… 2w
BooksNBowls Got my copy today!! 😊 2w
Cinfhen Hurray @BooksNBowls 🙌🏻 1w
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The Summer Place: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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Once again my iPad is out of battery life so I‘m “forced” to pick up my Kindle. Reading the newest novel from #SummerQueen #BeachReadWriter Jennifer Weiner 💜#ARC #NetGalley #DoubleSpin

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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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#ARC #Audio #NetGalley #SapphicNovel
A beautiful, mesmerizing story of Sara & Emilie - each harboring pain, loss, regret and family secrets.
Both looking to unburden their past, both too afraid to let go.
I LOVED this book 💜
Audio narration was excellent 🎧🙌🏻

LeeRHarry Happy to hear you enjoyed this 😊 makes me more excited to read it! 2w
Cinfhen My first book by the author @LeeRHarry but im excited to delve into her backlog 💞💞💞 2w
AmyG I just saw t was released today and was wondering how it is. Now I know. Thank you. 2w
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Cinfhen Oh wow @AmyG according to #NetGalley it releases May 31 2w
AmyG I thought I just saw it released? 🤣 Ha....I must need more coffee. (edited) 2w
Cinfhen It could have released today @AmyG but another cup of coffee isn‘t a terrible plan ❤️ 2w
Megabooks I‘m not really sold on it after the first 50 pages but I will finish. I‘m hoping I‘ll warm up to it. 2w
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One of the perks of volunteering at the charity bookshop is getting first picks on the new donations!! I was excited to see this beauty yesterday🥰It was on the International Booker LongList & it seemed to be well regarded. Apparently it‘s based on a true story -

BarbaraBB You can‘t go wrong with Grossman! 2w
Cinfhen If you want I can pass it along after I read it @BarbaraBB 2w
BarbaraBB I‘d love that but please believe me that I don‘t comment just for you to send me so many books 🙈😘 2w
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Cathythoughts That‘s a great perk 👍🏻 book sounds good, look forward to your review. 2w
Cinfhen It‘s really a pleasure @BarbaraBB 💕💕 2w
Cinfhen I know @Cathythoughts !!! But it‘s not often “newer” books are donated - so yesterday was a real find 😁 2w
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Spinning | Lou Aronica
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Woohoo 🎉 Thanks for hosting @TheAromaofBooks
Here‘s my May #BookSpin #DoubleSpin
I love this day each month 😁💕

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 2w
BkClubCare I love it, too! I was obsessive with Litsy yesterday checking to see if the Spin just might be announced early.🤣 I will easily accomplish the spins I think but bingos look challenging. Too fun (edited) 2w
Jess How the Word was Passed was so good! 2w
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Megabooks I keep meaning to read How the Word. Very interested in your review! 2w
Cinfhen I‘ve only heard good things @Jess I‘ll keep you posted @Megabooks 2w
Cinfhen I haven‘t done a bingo board all year but I think I will for this month @BkClubCare @TheAromaofBooks 2w
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes the bingo board is fun if for no other reason than to see just how far off the rails my reading went from where I thought it was going to 😂 2w
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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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LOVING this - audio is 🫶🏼#NetGalley

kspenmoll Beautiful photo! 2w
Megabooks Great photo! It arrives today in my BOTM box!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen I just realized that my flowers are similar to the ones on the book cover. I‘m LOVING the audio SO MUCH @Megabooks @kspenmoll 2w
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Audio #Arc #NetGalley #AvailableMay3 #Tuesday Outstanding audio production 🙌🏻While it‘s titled Elektra, this is VERY MUCH Clytemnestra‘s story too. Three female protagonists, each in distinct and passionate narration share the years before, during & after the Trojan War. While I am familiar with parts of the tale, this book has captured parts I was not intimate with. Five stars and all the love for this #GreekReTelling

BarbaraBB You‘re reading so many good books at the moment! 2w
Cinfhen I am @BarbaraBB 🥰 2w
squirrelbrain I don‘t suppose they could call it Clytemnestra though could they?! 2w
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Cinfhen Exactly @squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 2w
shanaqui I really need to try Jennifer Saint's work, I hear such good things! 2w
Cinfhen Her writing is really gorgeous @shanaqui and the audio for this book was fantastic ♥️ 2w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB now I need to write a proper review for #NetGalley 2w
Centique This sounds like just my cup of tea! 2w
Cinfhen Audio was SO GOOD @Centique !!!!! 2w
KarenUK It‘s our bookclub book at work this month…. 💕 2w
Cinfhen How was your vacation?????? @KarenUK 2w
KarenUK Aww, it was lovely and relaxing, thanks for asking! @Cinfhen 💕 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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It‘s May!!! Yay!!!
Focus this week is on #ARCs and reading the #WomansPrizeShortList22
I‘m at 60% with Elektra - audio production is outstanding- good storytelling but if you‘re already familiar with Greek mythology there really isn‘t anything new being added.

squirrelbrain Such pretty, colourful covers! 2w
Cinfhen I must agree @squirrelbrain 😍 2w
TrishB Some good choices there! 2w
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Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB XX 2w
Megabooks I‘m becoming more excited about YB. I hope you have good things to say about it! 2w
Cinfhen I need to read the Weiner and Dark Circles first @Megabooks #Deadlines but Im hoping to get to it later this week - I LOVE the cover (edited) 2w
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#ReadingBracket2022 designed by @chasjjlee
This is so fun…but hard to choose
Check out @chasjjlee feed for the bracket template 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

thebluestocking Lovely! It is so hard to choose. But fun! 💙 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @thebluestocking are you playing too?? 2w
thebluestocking Yes! So far To Paradise is winning… 2w
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