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Jeg

Jeg

Joined December 2016

I love reading and I love Litsy.😍
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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Wow. I‘m just part way through this. Could sit all day and read it. Sadly I have other things to do. I heard him speak about this book and I was fascinated because I‘d been a fan of his mum and a fan of his dads films.
He says he hates that his mum is often defined ,not for her work ,but by the men in her life.
Money , men and power. More than a bit scary. @MrsMalaprop
Great journalism.

MrsMalaprop This looks very interesting. 4d
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Prime Cut | Alan Carter
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Another Aussie book , the author comes from Britain but now lives between here, Perth , and NZ. Also printed by local press. I really enjoyed the story , set in places I know so well. Set in the boom time just before the GFC.
I‘ll read more if I come upon them in the library. @MrsMalaprop

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My aim for this year was to read more Aussie books. I‘ve read 70 books in total 35 being Aussie. So I‘m aiming to make that more. Turns out this author lives in Perth , my home town, and this is printed by local press.
A gentle read. Harvey goes back to his small home town as his dad is dying, two sisters who don‘t talk to each other and a brother who totally ignores him. Families!!!! @MrsMalaprop

Freespirit So many great Aussie writers ❤️ 1w
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Scrublands | Chris Hammer
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Another beautiful day for sitting outside and reading. Finish this great read . We certainly have a lot of talent here in Australia. I was right in the town he so aptly describes. Thought I‘d solved one of the mysteries but not to be. Very clever story. Can‘t wait to get the next one which I see is out now. Hope there will be many more. @MrsMalaprop

SamAnne Just picked this one up used! 2w
MrsMalaprop Have it on my bedside table. 😊 2w
Rissreads I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. 3d
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Another great book from Mark Wilson. Author and illustrator, so talented. I love this one because as a child , every holidays, my mum took us to the art gallery. His painting called “ Down on his Luck “ was there. I just loved it and would stand for ages in front of it and a bit like the kids in the story , I got lost in the picture. @MrsMalaprop

CarolynM I love those Heidelberg school paintings. 3w
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The Coat | Ron Brooks, Julie Hunt
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Op shop find. Love Ron Brooks illustrations. Fun story too. Published 2012. Short listed for Aussie book awards. @MrsMalaprop

Rissreads Beautiful cover ❤ 2w
Jeg @Rissreads he is such a good illustrator. Just love his work. 2w
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The Tiny Star | Mem Fox
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Another one from one of my favourite authors . Love the illustrations too. Not like a lot of her books. It doesn‘t rhyme or have repeating phrases. A truly delightful story. My interpretation might be different to yours. It went right to my heart. ❤️❤️. @MrsMalaprop

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Maybe this is why I‘m reading picture books this afternoon , though she is talking to the converted. A great little book. I just love kids books. Volunteering in a primary school library I get to indulge my passion often. ❤️.
@MrsMalaprop

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I Go Quiet | David Ouimet
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A hot afternoon. Sitting inside reading picture books and listening to my favourite music. Love this book. Love the comments on the cover and back. @MrsMalaprop

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I loved this book. It informed me, made me laugh and I felt less alone in the way I feel sometimes. She is amazing, brave and very wise. I could hear her voice as I read. She explains , in simple language, mental disorders and what can be done about them. A great read for everyone. @MrsMalaprop

LeeRHarry Ruby Wax is great, I saw her a few years ago and she talked so candidly about her illness. 3w
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Offline | Anne Holt
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I got almost to the end and realised I had no idea what was going on. Very disjointed I think and the foreign names didn‘t help me.

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Invisible Boys | Holden Sheppard
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It‘s a beautiful quiet spring morning and I‘m sitting out in the garden. I heard Holden on the radio and knew I had to read his YA book. I got it yesterday and finished it this morning. Holden lives in the city now but grew up in the regional centre of Geraldton. This story must have been painful to write. It‘s about 3 very different boys , in a country town, coming to terms with their sexuality. Brave, powerful and inspiring. @MrsMalaprop

Suet624 💕💕💕 4w
CarolynM Sounds good. Stacked🙂 4w
MrsMalaprop I have seen this book around and he‘s been doing various launch appearances at bookshops around Perth. 4w
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Got to page 80. I‘m finding it too hard to follow the train of consciousness and the no names. I‘m sure it is an award winning read but just not for me. I had to read the blurb and reviews to understand that it was about the troubles in Ireland around the 1970s I think. @MrsMalaprop do you want it or know anyone you might?

Cathythoughts I found the audio excellent 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
MrsMalaprop Thanks Joy, but I‘ve already read it. Left my copy on a plane so if you don‘t find another taker, I‘d be happy to have it. 1mo
Rissreads One of my favourites 💛 1mo
Suet624 Oh that‘s too bad. I loved this book. 1mo
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The Lebs | Michael Mohammed Ahmad
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Wow and wow! Not sure how best to review this book. Except to say read it. Gave me an insight into so much. It might be confronting to some . A brave write. So glad I read it. Again WOW. @MrsMalaprop .
Important Australian literature. Thought Year 11 and 12. So much discussion .

MrsMalaprop Really should get to this one. 👍 1mo
Suet624 Stacked! 1mo
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Read this on holiday. It‘s the first of books that became a series and a TV series with Inspector Lynley . I love this series so it was great to read the very beginning. First published in 1989. @MrsMalaprop

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Got this when we were in Sweden. What a brave girl. I‘ll be certainly joining in any actions that highlight climate change . People power !!

Centique Looks like you had a fabulous trip! I‘d love to visit Copenhagen one day 😍 2mo
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Abide With Me | Elizabeth Strout
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Finished early this morning as we are arriving in Stockholm, day 14. From the ships library. Have to tell you sailing past lots of islands. Beautiful. The book was a good read. Feelings, relationships, religion, God . Well written and speaks to the heart of what it is to be human. @MrsMalaprop

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Finished this yesterday on an unexpected sea day. Too rough to get into Gdańsk. In a couple of days we will be in St Petersburg and touring The Hermitage Museum. Found this book in an op shop. It has been an excellent read to get me in touch with what happened to the art works in WW2 . A thoughtful look at dementia also. At end there is an interesting section about the author and the book. @MrsMalaprop

LeeRHarry I read this just before I headed to St Petersburg in June! Hope you enjoy the city - it is beautiful 😊 2mo
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Another book from the ships library. I don‘t recall ever reading Angela Carter. I loved her writing. Short stories perfect for reading on a cruise. They are sort of retellings of fairy tale like stories perfect for where we are right now — Copenhagen. Young Viking in Aalborg Denmark. @MrsMalaprop

CarolynM Enjoy Copenhagen - it's a fabulous city. I've only read one Angela Carter and I liked it a lot 2mo
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Dogs at the Perimeter | Madeleine Thien
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Without realising it I went from one book about atrocities to another. This time Cambodia and some of the lasting effects on a gentle population. I picked this up in an op shop and didn‘t realise it‘s been signed by the author.
“ in celebration of the lives we find .Wishing you joy. “ @MrsMalaprop

Centique What a beautiful inscription 😍 2mo
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Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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Found this delightful little book in the ships library. It was written a long time ago. It‘s a short but poignant read. At the end a history of how it came to be. Very interesting. @MrsMalaprop

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Finished early morning in Bergen. A very powerful important book. I had heard of the Yazidis but now I understand.
The terrible abuse by ISIS of women and children , along with all the violence , I hope does not go unpunished. The world needs to hear these stories, take notice and act! A very courageous young woman.
Read this book and share. @MrsMalaprop

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The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo today. Saw an exhibition about sexual violence in war. Made me feel sad and angry. This young woman is very brave . I‘m sure it will be an amazing read. @MrsMalaprop

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Finally finished this morning . Jet lag! It has been a good holiday read. Gentle detective story. @MrsMalaprop

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Plane read. So far so good. Waiting at Frankfurt airport for short trip to Oslo. @MrsMalaprop
Long part of trip over. Slept a good part of the 12 hours.

LeeRHarry Enjoy Oslo - I loved it! The Fram and Viking ship museums were excellent! 😊 3mo
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Certainly not as good as Wimmera. Basically a story about two homeless kids with a bit of a mystery. I didn‘t really enjoy it and did the skip reading thing towards the end. @MrsMalaprop #ozfiction

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I‘m sitting outside on a beautiful day, sunny and no wind.Just finished this book for book club tonight. I‘ve read it before and went looking for my comments on here but not here. I am sure I didn‘t quite believe her with my last read.
This time I feel more open and I have to say she is amazing . The power and pull of the family.
Looking forward to discussion tonight. @MrsMalaprop

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His Name Was Walter | Emily Rodda
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From the Aussie Children‘s Book Awards 2019 . I just loved this book. I don‘t think I‘ve read anything before by her . So glad I took the time to read this one. A very worthy winner. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Looks great. Will look out for it for Clem. 3mo
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Two Lives | Reeve Lindbergh
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I got interested in reading this book after reading about the lives of her parents. There is just a little about her parents in this book but mainly about her life in Vermont. I loved the descriptions and it was a gentle reminder of my childhood days in NH before we settled in Australia. @MrsMalaprop

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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Delightful quick, well written read. Very clever modern version Of Taming Of The Shrew. Loved it. Now have to look out the other ones. Wonder if anyone has read any of them. @MrsMalaprop

ImperfectCJ I really like Hogarth Shakespeare! My favorite is Hagseed, Atwood's retelling of The Tempest. In addition to Hagseed and Vinegar Girl, I've read Jo Nesbo's Macbeth and Tracy Chevalier's New Boy (Othello). Gillian Flynn has a Hamlet retelling coming out soon, too, which I'm looking forward to. 3mo
MrsMalaprop Oh now that‘s exciting! I did not know about these. More stack adds 📚📚📚👍. 3mo
CarolynM I liked this one too. Haven't read the others. 3mo
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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Disappointing. Certainly not her best. Hard to keep track of characters and the numerous plots. I felt it was another TV series. I had just rewatched Case Histories and this is taken in part from that and seems like an extension of the series. It wasn‘t just me having trouble following— my partner read it before me and she had a hard time too.
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Follow.my.read I‘m glad I passed on this one!!! 3mo
Centique I have such up and down reactions to Kate Atkinson - I love a couple and then others leave me cold. Case Histories didn‘t work for me but it was a long time ago. I probably shouldn‘t try this one! 3mo
Jeg @Centique —glad to hear that has happened with your reading of her. This book has received mostly good reviews maybe you should try it. Would be interested to see what you think. 3mo
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Borrowed this from the school library where I volunteer. It is short listed for The Children‘s Book Council of Australia award. It‘s in the senior section of our library. I really enjoyed. Needed a tissue or two. With my teacher hat on, I thought it would be a good book for a class study. Lots to talk about. Would love to hear what kids think of it. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop This looks lovely Joy. Might recommend it for Clem. 😊 3mo
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Birthday books today. All look interesting especially the one tagged. @MrsMalaprop

Suet624 Oooh, that looks really good. 3mo
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The Naming of Tishkin Silk | Glenda Millard, Patrice Barton
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Two books from school library where I volunteer. One mentioned this author. I‘d never heard of her so found this book which is first of a small series. Printed 2003. This book is just delightful and so well written. I loved it.
Hippy type family are central characters. A few “ issues” are tackled in such an eloquent way. I admire the way she did this. A quick adult read. Might need a tissue. @MrsMalaprop

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Good Girl, Bad Girl: A Novel | Michael Robotham
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Just finished this morning. A page turner. I‘ve never read him before but after hearing him on the radio and knowing this was the start of a new series featuring a female I decided to give him a go. Glad I did. A few bits annoyed me towards the end but overall a good read. Now I can‘t wait for the next one.
@MrsMalaprop

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Australia Day | Stan Grant
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Excellent, informative and thought provoking. A must read . I‘m going to get my own copy so I can reread often.
Such wisdom. I enjoyed hearing his voice in my head as I read. An amazing man , amazing life.
@MrsMalaprop

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Sign | Colin Dray
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Finding so many Aussie books. It‘s been wonderful. This one got me in but towards the end I skipped read . It was too drawn out for me and I‘m not sure fully resolved for me either. #ozfiction. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop You‘re powering through books Joy 👍. I‘m only half way through my Patrick White tome. 4mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop It‘s the weather for reading. Helps me keep the black dog away, I can get lost in a book. I‘ve just switched to non fiction Stan Grants book —- amazing. I‘m getting to see things differently. Next is a reread of the book for book club. See you soon.😍 4mo
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I‘ve seen this book around for a while and finally I‘ve read it. A delightful read. I learnt a lot about Australian flowers. A lot of research must have gone into this book. Raised a few issues also that got me thinking. Another great Aussie read. #ozfiction @MrsMalaprop

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It‘s finally arrived at our local bookshop. Seems it‘s the second printing. Book shop owner amazed at how fast it got reprinted and out to the world. Lucky you @MrsMalaprop having one from the first printing.
A very important book for everyone.

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The Lucky Galah | Tracy Sorensen
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Timely read. Very Aussie read. Comment by Rosalie Ham “ Subtle , disarming and insightful. “ That sums this read up for me. Also reminded me of the part Carnarvon played in the moon landing. We hear a lot about Parkes but not a lot about Carnarvon‘s part. Her attention to the details of daily Aussie life back then stirred lots of memories for me .I loved this book. @MrsMalaprop @Rissreads #ozfiction

Rissreads I'm so happy you loved it! Hopefully we will get other people reading it. 💛 4mo
CarolynM I've been wondering about this one. You've convinced me. Stacked🙂 4mo
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The Book of Dirt | Bram Presser
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An informative read. The authors grandparents survived the holocaust but didn‘t talk about their experiences. So the author went to find out. He has written a fiction story based on the facts he found. The pages are peppered with real photos and documents. An important story for now and future generations.
Couldn‘t help think about now and the situation in China. 😢. #ozfiction
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The Best of Adam Sharp | Graeme Simsion
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Another on my list. Loved it. I realised when I got it home that it had one of those stickers saying it was romance! Would not have usually picked such a book up. Through out the book he mentions songs, many from my past. Said Penguin had published a playlist on Spotify. I‘ve heard of this app but wasn‘t sure of it. A few minutes later downloaded and I‘m listening to the playlist . I had a wonderful day reading and listening.
@MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop How wonderful 👏📚🎧. 4mo
Suet624 That's lovely!!! 4mo
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Relatively Famous | Roger Averill
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This book was on list of books TBR but I‘m not sure why, however it was a really good read. The 4th book I‘ve read recently that had one chapter in the past, next in the present. This was cleverly done. Another Aussie book for me this year. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop It was great wasn‘t it? You might have heard of it through me & I heard of it through @Rissreads who I think got a copy from @CarolynM 😆. #ozfiction 4mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I loved this book and I'm delighted to have spread the word about it.🙂 4mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop I thought that after I read the other reviews and saw yours . We have so many good Aussie authors. I need to start writing a little reminder beside the books I write down . 4mo
Rissreads Yep, I loved this book! 💙 4mo
Rissreads @Jeg @MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Yes I feel like at the moment that we are so lucky with what's being written by and about Australians. There is just so much out to there that I haven't read or even heard of yet, waiting to be discovered. I can't wait to see what people think of books like The lucky galah and Lambs of god. 4mo
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The Messenger | Markus Zusak
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My second read of this I realised when I started it. I enjoyed it and loved the messages. Heard that a friend‘s daughter studied it at high school . Would be great for that. I can imagine the discussion it could generate. He is becoming another great Aussie writer.👏👏👏 @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop I read and liked this one too 😊👏. 4mo
RaimeyGallant You read such interesting books! 4mo
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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I was going to read this on the plane home but I ended up watching the movie of one of my best reads— the Hate U Give. Fantastic. So this book read at home. Not quite sure how I really feel about it. Kept me reading. Ends tied up but not sure if that satisfied me. Would be a good holiday or plane read. Great first novel though , I thought. @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop I still haven‘t seen that movie! 4mo
Suet624 Gah!! I still haven't seen that movie and I really want to. 4mo
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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Plane read. Day 4 of short stay in Singapore. Home to rain and cold. 🙃🙃. This was a lovely break. Perfect.

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Rupture | Ragnar Jonasson
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Read here in Singapore. I love everything Icelandic and this book did not disappoint . Not nearly as dark as some Icelandic books I have read. A perfect holiday read. Now I need a book for the trip home. 🇦🇺.
@MrsMalaprop

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Now and Then | William Corlett
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Read most of this on the plane to Singapore. Here for a short break. Just finished this morning. I enjoyed it. The paths our lives can take us. Each chapter alternates between the past and present. Clever and easy to follow.
@MrsMalaprop

CarolynM It's a good one. Enjoy Singapore🙂 5mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Book club read. Must admit I probably would not have picked this book up to read. However that‘s the big advantage of book club , I get to read such books. I learnt a lot about Greek mythology and could not help thinking how we mortals need stories to explain the world, brought to mind the dream time stories, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and so on. Wonderful writing . Thank you @MrsMalaprop a great discussion.

Centique I‘m glad you liked it. I liked it too but it is quite different and I don‘t know which friends to recommend it to! 😊 5mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Finished this morning. I enjoyed reading this book . Made me want to keep reading. Incite into what it must be like to be a narcissist/ sociopath. Now on to Circe which I‘m reading for bookclub on Monday . Picked by @MrsMalaprop .

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