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A book by an AOC set in or about space #readharder2019

arlenefinnigan Ooh same! 9h
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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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I‘ll always love a school drama, and this one didn‘t disappoint. The Gifted School is on the surface, easy, middle class social drama. At its heart though, this is a novel about the ugliness of human competitiveness, our willingness to hurt others when faced with our own limits, cruelty in the face of threat, self-preservation, and above all the curation of our external lives. This part of the novel was almost too real. I loved it.

BarbaraBB Fab review. Stacked! 4d
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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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Loves this

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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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Insightful

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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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Surely I‘m the target audience for this

rachelm I really need to get this one 2w
BarbaraBB This could be a hit or miss for me. Isn‘t it too cheesy? 2w
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB I‘m finding easy but not too cheesy if that helps? 4d
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ClairesReads @rachelm thoroughly enjoying it 😊 4d
rachelm I ended up buying this and will be digging in in a few weeks! 4d
BarbaraBB That helps! 4d
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The Lebs | Michael Mohammed Ahmad
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The Lebs is a very real story of a marginalised community. at its heart, it is a story about identity. In it, Ahmad considers in particular, how we are shaped by our cultural identity, what it means when that culture identity operates in opposition to others, and what happens when the expectations and by extension opportunities of your culture, are at odds with what you want for yourself, or who you feel you are.

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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October was my return to reading month after a dark spell of not reading, and gosh it was glorious. Four of my fave books of the year (Ducks, Girl Woman Other, Ghost Wall, and The Nickel Boys) Yassssss

Redwritinghood A great month! 👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen Welcome back!!! And I love the montage ♥️📚👍🏽 2w
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Redheadrambles That‘s great your back ! 2w
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood it really was Jerrie- so good to be back in the zone 2w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s so good- the great reading funk of 2019 was not good! 2w
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The Lebs | Michael Mohammed Ahmad
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A #ownvoices book set in Oceania #readharder2019

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Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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Sea Monsters is essentially plotless. A teenage girl decides to run away to the coast in Mexico, with a boy she barely knows. What happens to her there, or doesn‘t, is not the point. Aridjis is a deeply poetic writer. Although many of the things observed or analysed turn out to be nothing, this is the beauty of this novel. It is about the pursuit of magic in this world, and just as the illusion of one trick dissolves, another appears before us.

Suet624 Love your review... 3w
ClairesReads @Suet624 thanks Sue- that‘s so kind of you to say 3w
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Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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😍

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Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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“Society is like a fish tank, only less beautiful to watch.”

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Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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A #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America #readharder2019

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Colson Whitehead has a gift; that allows him to bring the darkest moments of history alive through fiction. He does so in such a way that never shies away from the confronting, painful, and horrific parts of these truths, and brings these lived experiences alive from his readers, no matter how far removed they are from their own lives. In this way, he gives life to these stories that are both hard to tell and to hear. #indiebuddyreads

Texreader Lovely review 3w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Leftcoastzen It‘s a hard but wonderful book. 3w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Late to book club but it‘s new book Friday and I‘m happy about it

readordierachel Great book 👍🏼 3w
Redheadrambles Better late than never and I just noted you 5-starred it as well ! #HoF 3w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles Yass so good and definitely #HoF 3w
ClairesReads @readordierachel Absolutely it was fantastic 3w
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Girl, Woman, Other is not a perfect novel. At times the links could have been stronger or the pacing tighter. I was prepared to lay these moments of inconsistency aside, because this is such an exceptional work of characterisation. It is a novel that celebrates the immensely challenging lived experience of women. This is a story of trauma and crisis, strength and resilience, humility and confidence and the significance of connection.

Nute Thoughtful review! 3w
TheAliceEvers My mum just gave me this! Can‘t wait to read it! 😊 3w
Redheadrambles This is my weekend read and I am surprised how much I am enjoying it even without the punctuation;) 3w
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andrew61 Great review. 3w
ClairesReads @Nute @andrew61 thank you 🙏🏻 3w
ClairesReads @TheAliceEvers what a great mum! Hope you enjoy it too 3w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles haha- I was wondering if the punctuation (or lack thereof) would bother you- glad to hear it‘s going well so far! 3w
ephemeralwaltz Great great review! I'm enjoying it so much. But do agree that some links could be paced closer together because I find myself forgetting who's who. 22h
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Brief but salient; the perfect Saunders reminder that kindness is that which really brings us together. It is something that is so easy to lose sight of in the busy, ambitious world, but that is never regrettable.

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George George I love you

Suet624 Exactly right. 4w
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Relevant

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💔

Suet624 💕💕💕 4w
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Relatable

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Well this is really good

readordierachel Hoo boy. That resonates. 1mo
ClairesReads @readordierachel doesn‘t it just 1mo
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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A final @manbookerprize shortlist effort

Cinfhen I‘m halfway through this book and loving it!! 1mo
ClairesReads @Cinfhen awesome! That‘s great news- I‘m just starting 1mo
squirrelbrain I just picked this one up at the library yesterday.... @Cinfhen 1mo
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ClairesReads @squirrelbrain I hope you enjoy it too 😊 1mo
Cinfhen Keep me in the loop @squirrelbrain @ClairesReads I want to hear your thoughts 😁💗 1mo
Redheadrambles I can‘t believe the one book I left until last and still haven‘t touched is the winner but I am hopeful I will like it as well. 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s really excellent so far 1mo
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Quichotte is a sprawling, meta-fictional, auto-fictional, absurdist, deeply real roller-coaster of a read Once/if you can surrender yourself to the, cutting yet comedic tone. what captured me most, was the breadth of social commentary that Rushdie managed to integrate in a meaningful way in this novel. I held back from five stars, because I felt that Rushdie was a bit heavy-handed with his treatment of the meta-fictional elements of the story.

Lindy I‘ve got this queued up in audio format —after I finish Water Dancer and the whole of Frankisstein. 1mo
mklong Cute pic! And so glad you liked this one! 1mo
ClairesReads @Lindy oh fun- I think it will be quite good in audio. 1mo
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ClairesReads @mklong thanks Katie. I thought it was really fun, but also very observant. 1mo
andrew61 Great review. 1mo
Redheadrambles You know this one is my favourite shortlistee so I am super pumped you liked it as well 😊 1mo
ClairesReads @andrew61 thanks Andrew 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it was such a great read! 1mo
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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All of us are in two stories at the same time.

LiteraryinLititz Great quote. 1mo
Nute Yes! 1mo
ClairesReads @Nute so good right? 1mo
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Wow.

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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Early days this is already quirky and prescient

Redheadrambles Yes ! 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles it‘s sort of great! 1mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I had so much fun with it but I do wish I had the Don Quixote background 1mo
mklong Ooh, I hope you end up on Team Love! 1mo
ClairesReads @mklong I‘m enjoying it so far 😝 1mo
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Cat and Rushdie

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A great, compelling, holiday read, that melds family, medical and courtroom drama together. Lots of great discussion of the complex nature of family dynamics, and how they bend and behave in extreme conditions. Although not overly challenging or original, this was well-written and I was entertained.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻I thought this a very good book too 1mo
ClairesReads @Cathythoughts thank you 😊 1mo
Blaire Love your mug! 1mo
ClairesReads @Blaire thank you 1mo
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Holiday read 🙌🏻

Cathythoughts Really enjoyed this one 1mo
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I am convinced that this is a work of genius. Yes, this is a stylistically demanding read; part info-dump, part stream of consciousness narrative. This is overwhelming most of the time, but in my reading that really is the point. Ellmann‘s novel asks big questions of its readers, most significantly how we go on in the face of personal traumas, and national and global crises. All I can really say, is wow. #indiebuddyreads

Graywacke The size itself is a little overwhelming. Encouraging review! Hopefully I‘ll get to this. 1mo
ClairesReads @Graywacke i was overwhelmed by it too. It‘s definitely worth it, but I do recommend tackling it when you have a bit of time and headspace 1mo
Redheadrambles Wow Claire loving all your selected quotes here 1mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thanks friend- that‘s such a compliment! It was hard to select just a few- so much of it was quotable- especially the stuff about Trump, and gun laws/violence. 1mo
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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😍

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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😱😱😱

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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“There will always be monkeys in the zoo,”

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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😬

saresmoore Well that‘s relatable. 1mo
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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And this anxiety!

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Wow this is astute

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I‘m sure people haven‘t always lived in such a constant state of alarm.

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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On fire already

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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It‘s time big old book.

gradcat That‘s a chunkster, for sure! Good luck! 👍🍀 😉 1mo
rmaclean4 Excited to hear your thoughts when you finish. 1mo
ClairesReads @gradcat it definitely is! 1mo
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ClairesReads @rmaclean4 thank you- it might be awhile 😂 1mo
Smrloomis That sounds really good! Like @rmaclean4 I‘ll look for your review. Shall we say sometime in 2020 😂? 1mo
rmaclean4 @ClairesReads you are braver than I am!! 1mo
gradcat @Smrloomis Good prognostication! 😂🤣😂 1mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Ghost Wall is unsettling, claustrophobic, pitch perfect. It is about what motivates our interest in the past; a commentary on how we lay ourselves, our values and our own concerns over the top of what we know. It was at its heart, a story of social class; of different people, who lived different lives, and how hard it can be to bridge that gap and what it‘s like to live under the crushing weight of someone else‘s unhappiness and unrealised dreams.

erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review 👍 1mo
batsy I still can't think about it without that combined sense of dread and panic... This book has atmosphere in spades. 1mo
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ClairesReads @batsy i absolutely agree! 1mo
rmaclean4 This continues to be one of the best books I have read this year. Great review. 1mo
ClairesReads @rmaclean4 I‘m glad I‘m not alone in feeling that this really is an exceptional wee read 1mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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“I do not know what my father thought I might want to do in those days but he devoted considerable attention to making sure I couldn‘t do it.”

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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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After a long period of not reading, I‘ve determined that I haven‘t forgotten how to read and now I‘m back.

Abailliekaras Beautiful cover! I loved this one . 2mo
ClairesReads @Abailliekaras it‘s lovely isn‘t it? I‘ve been meaning to read this one for so long- I‘m hoping it helps me gateway out of my slump 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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At it‘s heart I felt this was an inconsistently executed novel- one that was compulsively readable, and is still one of the best books I‘ve read this year. Is it one of Atwood‘s best? Definitely not. It‘s a timely, studied analysis of how a totalitarian regime fragments from within. Certainly a story of our time, but one that lacks the gravitas of its predecessor, and in my opinion is less likely to last the distance.

Redwritinghood Well said. I agree. 2mo
Abailliekaras I agree, did not love. 2mo
ClairesReads @Abailliekaras glad I‘m not alone- potential but not quite realised 2mo
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood thanks Jerrie 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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“You are not unique in the universe. No one has an easy tie in life. But maybe God has effed up- as you put it- your life for a reason.” #indiebuddyreads

Suet624 Yup. 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Atwood. A star. #indiebuddyreads

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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A piercingly truthful observation #indiebuddyreads

Suet624 Truth. 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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This is why I love Margaret Atwood #indiebuddyreads

Redheadrambles Yes ! I loved that line as well. Excellent. 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I found it especially relevant. I‘m finally catching up! 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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