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Hazel2019

Hazel2019

Joined August 2019

literary / historical fiction, mysteries / thrillers, magical realism, science fiction...
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Hazel2019
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida | Shehan Karunatilaka
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#Booker2022Shortlist
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A photographer in civil war-torn Sri Lanka that dies & wakes up in the afterlife being given seven moons / days to figure out whether he will choose ‘the Light‘. It describes the not so distant atrocities committed in Sri Lanka. At the same time it takes a very honest and personal look at the life of the Maali. Another book that‘ll stick with me this year.

BookwormM I am hoping this one wins 3w
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My new #LMPBC book arrived today! 😃

Plus some bookmarks and tea for all to try! Can‘t wait to get started on this one!
@TheBookHippie @Pogue @Maria514626

@suvata

TheBookHippie Phew!!!! Sending it out right before holiday was 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 3w
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The Inseparables | Simone de Beauvoir
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The Inseparables | Simone de Beauvoir
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The afterword is as valuable to read as the novel itself. It‘s about the two girls‘ strong friendship but it‘s also about the strict societal and religious rules that were so stifling, they made one of the heroines virtually a prisoner, both mentally and physically by taking away her free choice and forcing her to fullfill others‘ expectations.

It‘s a quick read, sad and impactful.

#LMPBC

It‘ll be on its way tomorrow!

TheBookHippie Oh I am so happy you enjoyed it!! 1mo
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Hazel2019
Trust | Hernan Diaz
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Here‘s my #Booker2022 Shortlist. I haven‘t read the entire Longlist but I‘ll continue us to chip away at it. If I had to pick the winner right now, it would be Trust. But that may still change.

Can‘t wait for the announcement! Just a few more days!

Ruthiella I‘m on pins and needles to see what makes it! If Booth is there, I‘d be surprised. Glory and Maps seem to me to be good candidates because they are in their way, unconventional…. 1mo
squirrelbrain We have three the same! I also think that Glory and Seven Moons could be on the list, even though they weren‘t favourites of mine. 1mo
BarbaraBB Very interesting shortlist! We share a lot of them. I‘ll post mine soon too! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m gonna work on mine later today 😁 1mo
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Case Study | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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Thought provoking, humorous, tragic, & very human. A mix of fact & fiction in more ways than one. A woman thinking that a psychotherapist convinced her sister to commit suicide, invents a persona for herself under which she visits him herself to find out the truth. Her journals of the meetings & her life are intermingled with the biography of the psychotherapist. Lots here about the truth behind what appears crazy & what appears sane.
#Booker2022

jlhammar Fantastic review! Thought-provoking is a great way to describe this one. 1mo
Cinfhen Awesome graphics and review! 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review! Glad you liked it - I did too, although it didn‘t make my shortlist. 1mo
Ruthiella Your review really makes me want to pick up a copy! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review indeed. I liked it a lot too! 1mo
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Trust | Hernan Diaz
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The phrase ‘alternative facts‘ came to mind as I was reading this superbly composed & executed novel. It is about creating the ‘reality‘ of who someone is and what impact they have. In every story there is a motive driving the narrative and it may be impossible to tell how much of it is true and how much isn‘t. And who gets to decide this anyway?

A story of a man and woman, their genius, his ego, her ‘place‘. And the truth of it all.

JamieArc I become more and more interested in reading this one. 2mo
Hazel2019 @JamieArc it‘s so good! But it takes a while for the different parts to start connecting. 2mo
BarbaraBB What @JamieArc says! 2mo
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Ruthiella I like it usually when I have to work a little to make connections in a novel. This one sounds intriguing! (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Excellent review!!!! 2mo
batsy Love your review! 2mo
Hazel2019 @Ruthiella I like to work to make the connections too! If the writer does that for me, what‘s really the point… 2mo
Hazel2019 @BarbaraBB give it a try! Definitely worth it! 2mo
Hazel2019 Thank you @Cinfhen ! 2mo
Hazel2019 Thank you @batsy ! 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review Hazel! 2mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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This is truly a work of art. It takes you on a journey and breaks your heart along the way, over and over…

A story of a small island and it‘s Irish speaking inhabitants. And the heartless world around them, busy doing what it has always done.

Only the 3rd book I‘ve read from the #Booker2022 #BookerPrize2022 but my favorite thus far.

Cathythoughts Lovely review. I‘m waiting on it in the post. 👍🏻♥️ Thankyou for the tag. (edited) 2mo
JamieArc I just started, and I‘m a bit entranced by the writing. Right now I‘m just with Lloyd, so curious how things will change when the linguist comes along… 2mo
batsy Lovely review! 2mo
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vivastory Wonderful review! This wasn't on my TBR, but it is now 📚 2mo
rmaclean4 Thank you for the tag. I am just over half way through and loving it! 2mo
charl08 Sounds very tempting, I'm hoping my copy from the library comes soon! 2mo
Ruthiella I might have to prepare myself mentally before I read it. 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I loved this one too…. 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘m waiting for my copy to arrive in the post. Thanks for the tag 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Suet624 Fantastic review. Spot on. 2mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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???

Anyone else attempting to get through as many of the Booker 2022 Longlist titles as possible before the shortlist is announced? Seems like a fun challenge to me 😁 #Booker2022

Ruthiella @squirrelbrain is a champion at reading book prize longlists! 💪 I usually wait for the shortlist and then pick and choose based on interest and availability. (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain Thanks for tagging me @ruthiella ! I do have a bit of a reputation don‘t I?! 🤣 Hazel - I‘d already read 5 when the list was announced. I just posted a review for Maps, which was wonderful. There is a little group of us reading some or all of the long list as you‘ll see on my post… I‘ll make sure to tag you next time . 2mo
JamieArc I am! I‘m only just starting now, reading The Colony. But with the positive reviews, I find this year‘s list promising. 2mo
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Hazel2019 @Ruthiella I usually wait for the short list too but this time I‘m going to try to read through the Longlist 😁 2mo
Hazel2019 @squirrelbrain I‘ve only read 2 so far. Quite a bit left and I‘m not a super fast reader. 2mo
Hazel2019 @JamieArc I‘ve read the Trees and Small things and starting The Colony today. Hoping to get through all! 2mo
JamieArc @Hazel2019 The Trees just arrived today and is one I‘m really looking forward to. I‘ll probably read it after The Colony. 2mo
squirrelbrain Both The Trees and Small Things were great, weren‘t they? 2mo
Hazel2019 @squirrelbrain yes! Both The Trees and Small Things were great books and I‘m really enjoying The Colony as well. 2mo
Suet624 The trees. ❤️ 2mo
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I watched a documentary about the Irish mother baby homes a while ago and it‘s incomprehensible that this was ever allowed to happen. On one hand, this short novella is filled with snow and family and Christmas spirit. On the other, hypocrisy & cruelty permeates the story. It‘s the internal struggle of the main character that brought this to life for me. Wish this were longer but perhaps it‘s just right to make you reflect. #Booker2022

ChaoticMissAdventures I just heard about this book and grabbed it from the library, excited to see your positive review! 2mo
RobES This is in my TBR pile 🥰 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @KateReadsYA !

1. Paperback in my hands but hardcovers on my shelves 😁
2. Definitely indoors!
3. Fall 🍁

@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

GN all 😊

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🙌🏻📚🫶🏻 2mo
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Aurora: A Novel | David Koepp
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Second #DNF within the past week. This was was so mediocre, it just didn‘t hold my interest. Cool cover tho…

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Sooo I am NOT going to be finishing this. I am a hundred pages in, it is well written, makes you keep guessing who killer is, and there are so many great candidates.

But the child abuse here was just too much for me.

I don‘t want to know what happens next.

LiteraryinLawrence Thanks for that heads up. I think I‘ll pass on this one. 2mo
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Still digesting it. Yes, you‘ll chuckle here and there at the ridiculousness and stupidity of white supremacy and baseless racism. It leaves a bad taste though. I hope.

Pay attention to the names and places, look them up and you‘ll discover countless tragedies.

There‘s lots of killing in this book, lots of death. Is it revenge? An orchestrated plot being executed? Black magic…?

#Booker2022

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Readerann Really unique, for sure. This one will stay with me a long time. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I thought this book was pure brilliance 2mo
Hazel2019 @Hooked_on_books this is my first Percival Everett book but now I want to read all the rest and I see he has written many. Have you read any of his other ones? 2mo
Hooked_on_books It was my first as well and I had the exact same reaction. I‘ve since read So Much Blue. It was good, though not as good as this one, and completely different from this. I haven‘t read any of his others yet. 2mo
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My #LMPBC book is going to be on its way to you tomorrow @Pogue ! Trying to stay on top of things this time around so sending this out a bit early ☀️ 🌸

Some snacks will be on their way to everyone separately next week @Pogue @TheBookHippie @Maria514626 😋

Hope everyone is having a blast reading their selection! 😁

Maria514626 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Hazel2019 @Pogue according to tracking you should receive this book on Wednesday. 2mo
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Pogue My book will be going out tomorrow. I just finished it. 2mo
Maria514626 Hooray! 2mo
TheBookHippie I‘m mailing yours from the bookstore on Friday!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie Did you get the LMPBC book???? 2mo
Hazel2019 @TheBookHippie yes I did! Was in the mailbox this morning so probably came yesterday! Thank you for the little extras and the book ☺️ I will pass along the extras! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Hazel2019 PHEW!!! Mail from here is generally terrible. SO frustrating!! I mail it out from the bookstore my friends own, so I see it go bookstore to mail truck! HA. 2mo
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Cobalt Blue: A Novel | Sachin Kundalkar
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A young artist rents a spare room from a family and end up impacting their lives forever. Two of the siblings, a brother and a sister, each fall in love with him and recount their experiences and memories on the pages of this book. The impact the relationship has had on them will last them a lifetime. The writing is simple and raw, it pulls you in. A quick but impactful read.

TheLudicReader That review made me want to read the book. ❤️ 3mo
Hazel2019 @TheLudicReader that‘s great to hear! 3mo
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And the results of the random drawing are in! 😁

I decided to pick 3 winners because 3 seemed more fun than 2! 🌸 ☀️ 🌸

Congratulations to @Zuhkeeyah @peanutnine @KateReadsYA !!!

Please email me at IdaJGro@outlook.com with your mailing address.

I will choose 2 books from your Litsy TBR as your prize. If I should be choosing from another wishlist, let me know.

CONGRATS!!!

BookwormAHN Congratulations 🎉 3mo
peanutnine Wow thanks so much! 💖 3mo
Zuhkeeyah I won! 😮 This never happens! Thank you @Hazel2019!!! 3mo
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Hazel2019 You‘re welcome @peanutnine ! ☺️ 3mo
Hazel2019 You‘re welcome @Zuhkeeyah ! 🙃 3mo
KateReadsYA Wow I'm so excited to have won. Congrats @peanutnine and @Zuhkeeyah Thank you so much @Hazel2019 for picking 3 and hosting this giveaway! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎊🎉🎈 3mo
Meshell1313 🎉📕 3mo
fredamans Congrats! 3mo
Hazel2019 @Zuhkeeyah @peanutnine @KateReadsYA according to tracking you should receive your books on Monday! 2mo
KateReadsYA @Hazel2019 Thank you sooo much 🥰 2mo
peanutnine @Hazel2019 thank you!!! 🥰💖 2mo
Zuhkeeyah @Hazel2019 Thank you!!! 🥰 2mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Another great book! Much of it is about solitude, about pure and simple feelings and intentions, and about the other(s) - other people, other feelings, other places… there is some palpable uneasiness throughout majority of this novel, but that must go with the themes.

I say dive in and experience all of it for yourself…

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It #LitsyLoveSummerSwap #LLSS opening day! Yay!

Thank you @TheAromaofBooks for this great package! I have wanted to read these books so bad for a while now and finally I have them to enjoy! ☀️
And I absolutely love the tote bag, the coasters, the stickers (one of those is going on my laptop immediately), the kitty bookmark and the card that is going to double as a bookmark as well!! Lol

This has truly been so much fun! Thank you!

🌸 ☀️🌸☀️🌸

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I'm so glad that you like everything!! When I can, I love sending TBR books that I also enjoyed. Those two are pretty different from each other but I really liked them both. Happy reading!!! 3mo
Deblovestoread Lovely box and The Night Circus is one of my favorites! 3mo
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Yay! I‘ve reached 25K in Litfluence 😀

To celebrate I am doing a #Giveaway!

To enter (US only) repost this, tag me, use hashtag #Hazel201925K and on July 10th I will determine (at random) two winners who will receive 2 books each from their TBR.

🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

BarbaraBB Congratulations 📚🎈 3mo
Julsmarshall Congratulations! 3mo
mrp27 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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Ruthiella Congratulations! 🥳🥳🥳 3mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations 👏🏻 3mo
Nessavamusic Congratulations!! 3mo
JackOBotts Congratulations! 🥳💜 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Congratulations! 👏📖 3mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 3mo
Hazel2019 Thank you @Librarybelle ! 3mo
fredamans Congrats! 3mo
Zuhkeeyah Congratulations!🎉 3mo
AmyG Congrats and thank you!!! 3mo
jimfields3 Congratulations! Very inspiring! 3mo
BkClubCare Congrats! 🎉 I, myself, am only 10 points from 25K. (Feels like it takes forever 😂) 3mo
Tera66 Congratulations 🎉⭐️🌹 3mo
wanderinglynn Congrats on your milestone! 🎉 3mo
Chrissyreadit Congratulations 🎊🎉💗 3mo
peanutnine Congratulations! 💖🎉 3mo
KateReadsYA Woohoo! Congrats. 🤩 3mo
PaperbackPirate Congratulations! 📚💙 3mo
Read4life Congratulations! 3mo
Bklover Congratulations!!🎉 3mo
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Have I EVER been successful in keeping to my TBR? The answer is - No ?

Still, it won‘t stop me from planning. Here is July:

1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (just finished)
2. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (reading now)
3. Cobalt Blue by Sachin Kundalkar
4. How High We Go In The Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu
5. The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán
6. The Shadow Book Of Ji Yun edited and translated by Yi Izzy Yu & John Yu Branscum

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Yes! I loved it! It had me all emotionally invested & feeling close to all the characters.

It‘s a very ‘bookish‘ book following the life of a bookseller (AJ) and his bookstore on Alice Island. AJ‘s wife dies in a car accident & he adopts a toddler that someone leaves at his store for him to find. You will have to read it to find out more but overall it‘s about books, people & relationships. 😊

#LMPBC #Round15 #GroupI

Maria514626 That was fast! 🏃‍♀️ 3mo
Hazel2019 @Maria514626 happened to have some free time and this was a fast read that‘s difficult to put down! 3mo
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#LMPBC #ROUND15 #GroupI

Here we go!!! 😀

Yes, I‘m trying to be organized 😆

@Pogue @Maria514626 @TheBookHippie @suvata

Karisa Good book! The author just released some notes on Goodreads for the book too: (trying to paste the link, but my phone isn‘t letting me) 3mo
Maria514626 Woo hoo! I‘m excited to spend some time with spies! (edited) 3mo
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Maria514626 Awesome image! 3mo
Hazel2019 @Karisa I will have to check these out thank you!!! 3mo
Hazel2019 @Maria514626 I know, I‘m excited for that one too! 3mo
Hazel2019 @Pogue @Maria514626 @TheBookHippie I‘d love to send you a little snack or something sweet later this month to enjoy while you‘re reading our LMPBC books this round 😁 please let me know what you like! 3mo
TheBookHippie I‘m real original coffee and m&ms 🤣 3mo
Maria514626 That‘s so sweet! I‘m all over red licorice. 😆 3mo
Hazel2019 @Pogue what kind of sweets or snacks do you like? 3mo
Pogue Chocolate or salty! Thank you 3mo
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#LMPBC #GroupI #Round15

 @Maria514626 @Pogue @TheBookHippie

Here are our books for this round!! 😊

🌸☀️🌸☀️🌸☀️🌸☀️🌸☀️🌸

TheBookHippie Oh thank you for this!! ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
Maria514626 Thank you! This is beautiful and helpful! 3mo
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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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Have you ever had a strange urge to learn more about fish? No? Give this a try and it just might change your mind. The Coelacanth (see-lo-canth) is an ancient fish that nobody knew still existed until late 1930‘s. Since then the world of science had tried to hunt it down after which they tried to preserve it. And after all that..there is still so much we don‘t know about it.

Fun book! Give it a read 🙂

I rate it 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟 out of 5

BarbaraBB I‘ve heard good things about this one 🐠 3mo
BookwormM I enjoyed this one 3mo
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OK, I think we have a winner! Here‘s my pick for #Round15 #GroupI #LMPBC read!

@Pogue @Maria514626 @TheBookHippie @suvata

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#LMPBC #GROUPI #ROUND15 How about any of these? @Maria514626 @Pogue @TheBookHippie

Let me know! 🌸 A somewhat different theme ☀️

Pogue Yes please. I have read Soul of an Octopus and the Storied Life. But I loved them and will read them. 3mo
TheBookHippie All look good to me. 3mo
Hazel2019 @Pogue @TheBookHippie @Maria514626 how about each of you pick your top 2 and we‘ll pick based on that? 😁 3mo
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TheBookHippie The Storied Life and Joan is Okay 3mo
Maria514626 Joan is Okay and A.J. Fikry. They all sound good. Except for the eels book. 😬 😂 3mo
Hazel2019 @Maria514626 perhaps it‘s all about how lovable the eels are!! 🤣 3mo
Hazel2019 @pogue @TheBookHippie @Maria514626 let‘s read the storied life of A. J. Fikry then! 3mo
Maria514626 @hazel2019 I‘m pretty sure the book ISN‘T about lovable eels. 😆 When I was little, I saw an after-school special that had electric eels in it. Ever since 😱 3mo
Maria514626 Yay A.J.! 3mo
TheBookHippie @Hazel2019 YAY!!! ♥️ 3mo
TheBookHippie @Maria514626 there‘s an eel at our zoo I won‘t even look at it 😬.. 3mo
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#LitsyLoveSummerSwap #LLSS package has arrived!!! ☀️ 🌸 ☀️ 🌸 ☀️ 🙃 @TheAromaofBooks

Can‘t wait to open it on July 4th!

@Kdgordon88 @rsteve388

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! I got your box yesterday, too!!! 3mo
Hazel2019 @TheAromaofBooks yay! ☀️ 🌸 3mo
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#LMPBC #GROUPI #ROUND15 @Pogue @Maria514626 @TheBookHippie here are the choices for my book! Or I can go back and look for more.

🌸 ☀️ 🌸

@suvata

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Pogue Those all look interesting. I have not read any of those. 3mo
Maria514626 Very interesting list! I‘d pass on Aurora. The others will break me out of my usual genres. And that‘s good! 3mo
Hazel2019 @TheBookHippie what do you think? 3mo
TheBookHippie None are my genre or have I read them so it‘ll be a good thing for me to expand! (edited) 3mo
TheBookHippie FYI I don‘t read trauma or rape etc as a rule -so just post a spoiler I won‘t read those pages. 3mo
Hazel2019 @TheBookHippie @Maria514626 @Pogue why don‘t I pull a few more perhaps gentler choices 🙃 if these seem a bit iffy … how does that sound? 3mo
Maria514626 Sounds good. 🙂 I‘m a weenie. 😆 Thank you! (edited) 3mo
Pogue Sounds good 3mo
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There is still time to sign up for #LMPBC #ROUND15 !!

🌸 ☀️ 🌸

Sign-up link: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080444aead2ca0ff2-l...

@suvata

Chrissyreadit I‘m copying your post!!! Hope it‘s ok. 3mo
Hazel2019 @Chrissyreadit of course! 😊 3mo
Hazel2019 hi! Are the three of you in #LMPBC group I? 😊 (edited) 3mo
Hazel2019 @TheBookHippie yay! 😃 can‘t wait! 3mo
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The #LitsyLoveSummerSwap package is on its way to @TheAromaofBooks !!!! ☀️ 🌺 💗 since I forgot to write who it‘s from on the package, I‘m sharing it here 😊

Should be delivered by June 21st so with plenty of time before opening day!!!

@Kdgordon88 @rsteve388 #llss

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I actually mailed yours yesterday also but haven't made a post yet! 😂 @Kdgordon88 @rsteve388 4mo
Hazel2019 @TheAromaofBooks cool! Can‘t wait! 🙃 4mo
Deblovestoread Yay! 🙌🏼 (edited) 4mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love, love, LOVE this book! It is deep, impactful, and brilliantly thought provoking, with flashes of humor (yes, at times made me chuckle). And as the title states, there is sorrow and and there is bliss. It follows Martha, with debilitating mental health issues, as she goes through life and focuses on how the mental health issues affect both her and those around her. You must read the whole thing to truly understand it‘s brilliance.

Karisa I loved this one too! One of my top 5 books from this year. So well done! 4mo
jlhammar Such a good book. Great review! 4mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ a timely novel, weaving some of the quite recent events of police brutality as well as the pandemic into the lives of an indigenous family and their friends. I loved the writing, quite humorous at times even though dealing with quite difficult topics. Oh yeah, and there are ghosts. And the story does get a bit spooky at times. I might need to reread this one since I was dealing with Covid myself while reading it.

#WomensPrize2022

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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A very persistent wannabe… 🤨

LiteraryinLawrence I just read that part yesterday! 5mo
JohnLAndBenji This is so racist. 5mo
Hazel2019 @JohnLAndBenji it certainly is! That‘s the point the author is trying to make. This book is on the shortlist for women‘s prize for fiction right now and it definitively puts a lot of things in your face while attempting some mild dark humor. It gives you lots to think about. 5mo
Hazel2019 @LiteraryinLawrence what do you think about the book so far? Definitely not what I was expecting but that‘s a good thing. 5mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was perfect. At first I felt some some parts were too dense and skipped over too quickly, not exploring the complex issues sufficiently. But in the end, it just felt right. It taught me a lot about Cyprus and some of its tragedies that happened in not too distant past and the pain that lives on in peoples hearts.

#WomensPrize2022

Addison_Reads Great review. I just finished this one too and loved it. 5mo
sarahbarnes Great review! Waiting on this one from the library. 5mo
Brimful I think this will win the women prize 5mo
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ a mystery with several things going on, that all come together in the end. A fast read, with chapters that you‘ll fly through & some unexpected twists. Basically if you‘re in a reading slump, this might be the book for you!
A few couples deal with lost opportunities and want a second chance, & there is a not so sweet old lady who has lost her husband and her eyesight at the center of it all. Not a bad story but not memorable IMO.

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When Women Kill | Alia Trabucco Zern
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ WOW! A great narrative, a beautiful translation and an impactful and thought-provoking read. Describes four murders committed by women in Chile in the 20th century. The crimes themselves are horrific but Alia Trabucco Zerán will also guide you through the narrative that accompanied them due to the gender of the perpetrators. Highly recommended!

Chelsea.Poole Sold!! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! Stacked! 6mo
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Snakes and Earrings | Hitomi Kanehara, David James Karashima
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I‘m kind of conflicted about this one but I‘ll give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

There is a sadist, a masochist, a good amount of depression and a ‘love triangle‘ …if you can call it that. It‘ll give you quite a bit to think about and it is a really quick read. It was going to read it in March but read it in a couple hours today

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One for #LMPBC, one longer science fiction, and one shorter. I‘ve been slow at reading, no time…

But I think this small TBR is totally doable… 🍃

braddsibbersen Winterset Hollow looks intriguing but the sample on Amazon feels self-consciously overwritten. Looking forward to your thoughts on it! 4mo
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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️

3 stars for the book but 5 ⭐️s for the cover! I really do love it 😁

A woman suffers from a curious condition where she slips into a coma at times and appears to be dead. And she‘s married to a man that‘s interested in her $$$ a lot more than he is in her. You can imagine what could happen when you combine these two ideas. Not a bad read at all but not a favorite either.

#LMPBC @suvata @allureofbeauty @ImperfectCJ @Bianca

allureofbeauty Yea the cover definitely sold me on that one more than the story ended up doing. 7mo
Twainy Cover ❤️ Agreed! I‘m glad I don‘t have to read it now. I have one of his books on loan from Libby … No Sleep Till Wonderland 7mo
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Minor Detail | Adania Shibli
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Will be a solid contender for my favorite of 2022.

Part 1 takes place during the Palestine / Israel conflict..the Israeli soldiers capture a teenage girl, rape, kill and bury her.

Part 2 takes place close to current day where a woman tries to uncover the details of the crime.

The book is beautifully written but clearly deals I with a very raw and horrific topic. It‘ll stay with me for a while.

CaroPi I read this book a couple of years ago and really like it. The narrative is heartbreaking 7mo
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3.5 ⭐️s

A VERY quick read, all written in the form of slack chats. One of the office workers gets stuck in slack and all sort of weirdness ensues. It is quirky, funny but don‘t expect any deep life lessons out of this one 😁 if you have a few free hours, give it a try.

Chazlyn Sounds interesting! 7mo
tokorowilliamwallace I was considering picking this up from Target last week! I think I'll skip it at full price, but if it shows up when I'm thrifting, I might consider it again. 4mo
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Unbury Carol: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I got this beauty in the mail today. Starting on it right away. @allureofbeauty @Bianca @ImperfectCJ

#LMPBC

allureofbeauty Hope you like it 🖤 8mo
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Hello @booksellerofyourdiscontent @Pogue @Littlewolf1 here are some choices for my book. Let me know if any look interesting.

#LMPBC #GroupR @suvata #magicalrealism

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Pogue I have not read any of these! So I am up for them all. 8mo
wisherwishinguponastar They all sound good, but the summary for Winterset Hollow caught my eye! 8mo
Littlewolf1 Piranesi is in my TBR but Winterset Hollow sounds really good too… I haven‘t read any of them though so open to any 8mo
Pogue Sounds good! 8mo
kbranscum The Last of the Moon Girls is a good read! 6mo
Littlewolf1 @Hazel2019 @pogue hey ladies I have to report some bad news. So earlier this week @booksellerofyourdiscontent reached out informing me she had yet to received this months book. This is strange because I mailed it out on the third. I checked the tracking number and it said had been checked into the post office but not yet . This has never happened to me ever so I was super confused on what to do.
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Littlewolf1 @Hazel2019 @pogue @booksellerofyourdiscontent But I reached out to the post office the next day and they told me they had to search through their stuff I will need a few days. Anyways, they reached out to me today and let me know that they couldn‘t find it. That means no one has any idea where the book is at time. 4mo
Littlewolf1 @Hazel2019 @pogue @booksellerofyourdiscontent I am going to be sending a replacement book to Amazon by tomorrow. I can‘t apologize enough, and it‘s going to be really late, but it will be there. I‘ll let you guys know when it‘s been shipped, and again I am so sorry. 4mo
wisherwishinguponastar @Littlewolf1 No worries! Sorry about the issue with your post office. I didn‘t know if you needed extra time with the book and I didn‘t want to sound like I was nagging. @Pogue I will get you the book asap if that is ok with @Hazel2019 ? 4mo
Littlewolf1 @booksellerofyourdiscontent I just ordered the book and it said it would be there by Sunday. I can‘t believe this happens, and that it happens with my other teams book to. And it‘s with USPS so it makes no sense. 4mo
Pogue @booksellerofyourdiscontent no worries when it gets here it gets here. It is not like I am lacking reading material;) (edited) 4mo
Hazel2019 @Pogue @Littlewolf1 @booksellerofyourdiscontent it‘s been a bit iffy with the postal system here too and besides everyone has been so busy. It‘s all good. 4mo
wisherwishinguponastar @Littlewolf1 It arrived just in time for a day off! My dog was very curious about the package that I got until I opened it. 4mo
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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tana French does such a great job using the concept of family - blood relatives or chosen. I‘ve seen this in a number of her books and it always leaves me longing for that close connection. But unfortunately, it doesn‘t take long for cracks to start showing.

I truly loved this one and left me broken hearted.

Highly recommended although it is long and a slow burn. Be ready.

tokorowilliamwallace Two elements of a novel (especially a mystery or thriller) that I like: lengthy/thick and slow-burn, heavily contextual set up. I would have to know more about its literary elements and themes, and maybe more about this slow-burn development before deciding to pick it up. It (or one of the volumes of the series) is available to purchase to support the Friends of the Library, though. 4mo
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Neverworld Wake | Marisha Pessl
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@maich look what arrived today 😍 thank you so very much!!! Can‘t wait to read both of these!!! 💛 💜 ☺️

#bookmail is the best!!!

readordierachel Love that gold cover of Queenie 😍 8mo
Hazel2019 @readordierachel yes! That gold hover is beautiful 😍 8mo
maich I'm glad that they arrived. Hope you'd like them. Queenie was good, the other one is on my tbr. Enjoy reading!😍❤ 8mo
tokorowilliamwallace Yes, a Pessl! I actually think I got this one used recently, too. I loved the adorable charm of the young heroine in the book of hers I tagged, but ai did listen to it by audiobook and along for drives around town. And there's a fan page/group of hers on Facebook! The cover looked so good next to the waters of a local springs, colors and aesthetic matching (I included this in an Instagram post). 4mo
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Cemetery Road | Greg Iles
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you truly made my day! Thank you for the Blind Date with a Book! I don‘t have this one and I‘ve been wanting to read it!! Thank you so so much 💕 📕

I will read this one next!

Hope you‘re having an amazing weekend! 💗

#bookmail #LitsyLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!! I hope you enjoy it!! ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
tokorowilliamwallace I found two Greg Iles volumes thrifting last year and have been curious in the past because thick books 500+ pages are just so tempting to me. I never picked them up before recently because I don't usually read in the crime thriller genre, but I do love the FMC consulting odontologist and her struggles, addictions, complexities of character, and internal narration about her states of mind, &c. It really contextualizes the narration in ways I like. 4mo
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Faithful Place…This one got under my skin. Almost quit halfway through because I didn‘t want to know what happened. No matter what, it wasn‘t going to be ok…but what a great story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

On to The Likeness.

bookwrm526 This one is my favorite of the series, for that exact reason!! 9mo
LKK526 Loved The Searcher 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I sent you a little something! I hope it makes it there safely! 9mo
Hazel2019 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks aww thank you. Looking forward to seeing what it is ☺️ 9mo
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So here‘s my first 2022 goal - read the remaining Tana French books!! 📚

I have all of them on my shelves but have only read 4, reading the fifth one one - Faithful Place.

Here‘s to Tana French January 2022! 🥂 🎊 😁

Cathythoughts Nice one 👍 The Witch Elm was my favourite 9mo
Cortg Fun! I know she‘s a popular author but I‘ve never read any of her books. I‘ll have to pick one up! 9mo
Hazel2019 @Cathythoughts so far it‘s my favorite as well! 9mo
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Hazel2019 @cortg definitely do. Get ready for a slow burn though 😁 9mo
TheatreSpaz That is one of my favorite series. Whenever I start a new one I'm immediately engrossed. 9mo
Susanita You‘re in for a treat! 9mo
DHill I‘m reading Broken Harbor now. Love Tana French and this series! 9mo
ICantImReading You have all of my favorites of hers left! 😍 9mo
Cortg @Hazel2019 My favorite kind of books! 9mo
Ruthiella I love Tana French too! I still need to read 9mo
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So my challenge this year is to read all the books I have on my shelves that I haven‘t read yet. 💕💕💕

I did pre-order a couple more books so they‘ll come in when they get released. Other than that, no buying new books all year!! Hmm… 🤔 wonder if that‘s doable 😁

Any books that I don‘t like will get I hauled 😃

Good luck to me I guess LOL 🙃

Yuki_Onna I love this! 🤘
I'd like to adopt this goal for me as well. - as I have about 1000 unread books on my shelves, however, (and read 15 books this year...) for me that goal is a tad unlikely... 😅 Good luck to you!!! 💛
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Ruthiella That‘s a tough challenge! But for sure you can make a dent! I try keep a one book in two books out ratio. 9mo
AshleyHoss820 You can do it!! 😄🍀 9mo
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BookishMadHatter Best of luck! It's a fabulous goal 9mo
julesG Wow! Tough challenge! Keeping my fingers crossed for you. 9mo
Lesanne Good luck!! 9mo
Roary47 Great goal! 💛 9mo
Suet624 Good luck! 9mo
night_shift Yeah, I'm definitely going to try harder to do this one as well! Good luck! 9mo
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