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Hanna-B

Hanna-B

Joined July 2022

Life long book nerd and library lover. Sydney, Australia.
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On the TBR by poet laureate

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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
Mehso-so

It started well but it was unevenly paced and too long. Why are books not edited better these days?
The chapter devoted to describing Marion‘s descent into mental illness was way too much and too long again.
I feel that if it had been tidied up and condensed with a thorough editing it could have shone. But for me it just dragged on and by the end I was skipping pages. Glad it‘s over tbh.
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#franzen #crossroads #modernliterature

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Has anyone read this? I‘m not a keen short story person but this sounds something special #nudibranch #shortstories #bookish #africanfiction

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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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The characters are so well drawn and I‘m totally hooked. Has anyone else loved this? Feels like a real return to form. #franzen #crossroads #booklover

CarolynM I really didn‘t like it, but I didn‘t like The Corrections either. 2mo
Hanna-B @CarolynM interesting! I am enjoying it and loved Corrections 2mo
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I‘ve looked at this book a few times. Today I worked at my daughter‘s school fair where books were $1 each and I got this stack! I have read a few of them. Crossing to Safety is brilliance. Shuggie is too. I eagerly anticipate Cloud Cuckoo Land

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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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Reading this excellent book with my new specs
#specs #readingglasses #booknerd #otsuka

Bookwomble Fabulous 😎 And colour coordinated 💖 3mo
Hanna-B @Bookwomble thank you 💕. I love a bit of matchy match 3mo
TrishB Look great 😁 3mo
Hanna-B @TrishB thank you, I‘m tickled pink with them ☺️🌸 3mo
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If I Survive You | Jonathan Escoffery

This one is getting great advance reviews

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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Off to an engaging start!
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#booknerd #pinkhair #librarynerd #librarylover

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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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Saturday afternoon mini read #emilyitami #japanesefiction #booknerd

CarolynM Great photo🙂 3mo
Hanna-B @CarolynM thank you ☺️ 3mo
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
Mehso-so

High expectations after Shuggie Bain. I felt Young Mungo was in many ways too similar to Shuggie in terms of plot. But it didn‘t share the incredible language and potent imagery. Young Mungo was too unrelentingly brutal for me and the hurtling head on train wreck of the characters lives was very hard for me to bear witness.

CarolynM It certainly was brutal. I will be interested to see what Stuart does next. (edited) 4mo
Hanna-B @Carolyn I hope it‘s change in his next book, something with more hope and beauty 4mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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Frothing over my latest library haul. I think I‘ll start with Fault Lines once I finish Young Mungo #librarynerd

CarolynM Some interesting titles there🙂 4mo
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Can‘t wait for this one. Japanese fiction is sone of my favourite writing

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Anyone for thoughts on this one?

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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Reading this highly anticipated (by me) book at my favourite local cafe #douglasstuart #winterreading

Graywacke Gorgeous view 4mo
Hanna-B Isn‘t it. It‘s a local secret too so it‘s never too busy! 4mo
JamieArc Oh wow. I am a swimmer and this would be a dream 😍 3mo
Hanna-B @JamieArc it‘s a very gorgeous swimming spot 😍 It‘s where my daughter learned to swim, starting as a 2 year old. 3mo
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Devotion | HANNAH. KENT
Mehso-so

This book started with such bright promise. It devolved into endless and repetitive passages of prose that needed a harsh editing. The ending was cheesy and disappointing. Such a shame.

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Bodies of Light | Jennifer Down

Defo want to read this one, winner of 2022 Miles Franklin award

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The Labyrinth | Amanda Lohrey
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Found this brand new copy in the street community library! Been wanting to read it too

CarolynM My book group read this last year. It was a hit with everyone. Hope you enjoy it too. 4mo
Hanna-B @CarolynM ooooh, that‘s promising. I was so amazed to find it and that it was unread ☺️ 4mo
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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani

Heard this author on a podcast and sounds like an outstanding read, she also won the Kirkus Prize

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This one sounds excellent and the author has a love of brutalist architecture which I love

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Anyone read this? I‘m keeping my eye out for it

Bookwomble I've not read it, but I do keep meaning to get something by Rollo May, as his ideas on existential therapy were influential. 4mo
Hanna-B I‘ve never heard of them before, but he sound very interesting and relevant 4mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami

Can‘t wait for this read

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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Bought it today, I can‘t wait but also girding my loins

CarolynM It‘s good but it‘s brutal. 4mo
Hanna-B I‘ve heard more so than Shuggie 🙈 4mo
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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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I think I‘ve read this but saw it at Vinnies today for $4

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Devotion | HANNAH. KENT
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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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One of my favourite books ever. Anyone else #gabrielgarciamarqez

Graywacke I love Márquez. I thought this was a terrific novel and title. I think I‘m partial to his early novellas. ? 4mo
Hanna-B @Graywacke I love his POV and how he weaves his stories 4mo
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Reread this recently and defo got a whole different experience. One of the genius modern day writers that‘s for sure. Anyone else with me on the reread? Or just the first read?

Bookwomble I've definitely got more from books on a re-read, either noticing more or, if years have passed, having a different perspective. Good books reward visiting again 😊 4mo
Hanna-B It sure can be like a second slice that has more flavour. The only one that was the total opposite for me was Saturday by Ian McEwan. I adored it on the first read and loathed it on the second. 4mo
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I‘m watching Don‘t Leave Me, a crime drama set in Venice (It‘s excellent) and it reminded me of this fascinating story about Venice and the rebuild of La Fenice. Thinking of a reread. Any other fans of this book or show? #venice #lafenice

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Sounds promising! I‘m also mildly obsessed by The Beverly Hills hotel from a design and pattern perspective

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Mehso-so

Started with aplomb and drizzled out to being unmemorable and forgettable. Pretty disappointing and I felt bad for the author

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Great Apes | Will Self
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Will Self‘s intelligence shines through in this wonderfully offbeat take on us ‘great apes”. I loved this book

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Americanah. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Wonderfully nuanced and incisive observation of people, relationships and how much hair can matter. Pure brilliance

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Wonderful characters and Mr Towle‘s writing is a box of chocolates, so many different flavours and textures, the history, the tragedy, along with complex and beautiful relationships

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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart

Excited anticipation for this most marvellous author‘s second novel. He is born to write

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Totally gripping and with the most powerful imagery. A painful and heart breaking story of a family overwhelmed by inter generational trauma and dysfunctional coping mechanisms. But despite this I cared so much for Shuggie (rhymes with buggy) and his mum Agnes, whose characters are drawn so finely, with their humanity shining through despite their flaws (well despite Agnes‘ flaws). A one of kind story, I will never forget it.

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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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Just starting this bad boy

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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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Incredible! It took a bit to get through the first part because the format is unusual and I couldn‘t find my POV. Then I did and it‘s filled with so many aha moments, all the crazy funny things I think about and I thought it was just me being a weirdo. Has anyone else read this? How did you find it? Can you relate?

SamAnne Oh I loved this one! 5mo
Hanna-B Yes it was a real box of chocolates wasn‘t it!!! 5mo
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The Art of Losing | Lizzy Mason

Another one to anticipate 😍

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Added to the growing list tbr

Bookwomble Welcome to Litsy 👋😊 5mo
Graywacke Welcome to Litsy. Let us know if you want help getting started @LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
Hanna-B @Bookwomble thank you so much, very lovely of you. Very happy to be here, I‘m a very long term book nerd and a more recent social media enthusiast 😆 5mo
Hanna-B @Graywacke thanks so much, I really appreciate your kindness and offer to help ☀️😊 5mo
eeclayton Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 4mo
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Cult Classic: A Novel | Sloane Crosley

Working it‘s ways to the top of my TBR list. Currently half way through Weather by Jenny Offil

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This book sounds incredible, can‘t wait to read it

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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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An absolute return to form for Murakami. I felt the excitement that I had experienced 25 years ago when I read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The perfect balance of observation with the splendid alternate reality that he excels at.

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Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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Compelling and unnerving. I couldn‘t put this down. The author‘s observation of society and modern values is captivating

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Chronic City | Lethem Jonathan
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I absolutely adored this novel. So kooky and quirky with characters that were very intriguing. Beautifully drawn, such a unique voice

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Mehso-so

Some interesting ideas but not up to the same standard of Ishiguro‘s other books.

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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
Mehso-so

It was always going to be hard after the brilliance of A Little Life. Part one I was very engaged with and was disappointed when it finished. The characters and relationships were super interesting. Section 2 could have been amazing but the section in Hawaii was just long and dreary. I would have liked more in New York. Section 3 was ok. Other than Section 1 the rest of the book needed a MAJOR edit, it would have helped with the monotony

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Mehso-so

Although I enjoyed this book, after the review hype I was left feeling a bit meh