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Jeg

Jeg

Joined December 2016

I love reading and I love Litsy.😍
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Elevation | Stephen King
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I haven‘t read a Stephen King for a very long time. This is a novella and is just perfect a read for me and my memory. 😊. He tells a great story. Such an imagination.

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After She Wrote Him | Sulari Gentill
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A delightful mystery with a difference. Who is the fictional author. I really enjoyed. A lovely escape.

CarolynM I really liked this one. I had a lovely FB exchange with Sulari Gentill in which I said I couldn‘t decide which writer was real and which was fictional & she said she couldn‘t either! 7d
Jeg @CarolynM I‘ve just realised from your comment that I‘ve read this before. But it was called Crossing The Line. You got me started on reading her books. About a year ago. Sometimes I do worry about my memory. 😏 6d
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A beautiful story. I was a bit teary at the end with the note to es parents. @LeeRHarry I‘m so glad I found this book. Explains a lot to me. I‘m getting a copy for my 16 year old grandson. Though he well may have read it already. A very heart felt memoir. I‘m not a graphic novel fan but the words and drawings are clear and very well done.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeeRHarry Glad you enjoyed it 😊 6d
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This graphic novel , a memoir, has been banned in some states in the US. Now a Queensland politician has been trying to ban it here in Australia. Taking his case to the high court!! I can‘t believe it. It was published in 2020.
It is Maias story. I‘m looking forward to reading it .

LeeRHarry I thought this was great, hope you do too. 😊 1w
CarolynM 🤬🤬🤬 1w
Rissreads Let‘s hope the politician doesn‘t succeed. We managed to overturn the same sex parenting book ban in Sydney. Hopefully commonsense will prevail! 5d
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A Grief Observed | C.S. Lewis
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After seeing the movie Freuds Last Session I wanted to know more about CS Lewis. I had read his Narnia series in my 20s. This was in my partners extensive book collection and I started to read it. My confession here, I only read the Afterword. Amazing. Gave me all I wanted to know about CS Lewis. Fitted in well with what I had learnt from the movie. I am interested in how he went from being an atheist to a Christian. I‘ll try 1 more of his books.

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I had heard a lot about this book so decided to give it a go. Author is an Aussie working in the area of mental health. Interesting read. I was very pleased when I read the “doing” section to find I‘m on the right path. Many of the exercises and lifestyle changes I already do. Just hope my vagus nerve appreciates my efforts.

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A cosy crime. Gentle . Set in 60s Sydney it took me back to things and events I had forgotten about. Completely relaxing. I had her first book in this series but for some reason passed it on without reading it.

CarolynM The first one is good too🙂 2w
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Her books take me to a part of Scotland that I love and count as my second home. I‘ve read a few books in this series and enjoy following the characters. Getting fond of DI Clare Mackay. Another book that would make a good plane read.

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The Glass House: A novel of mental health | Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist
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A husband and wife effort. A fictional look at an Aussie mental health system. Fiction based on facts I would say as Anne works in this area. I enjoyed the read. Believable characters, sad circumstances and a peep into how it all works or doesn‘t!

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Gone | Glenna Thomson
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Read in a day. That is what happens when we have a screen free day. Another Aussie crime story. I enjoyed it. A teenager goes missing in 1984. A life time later it‘s resolved in 2023. Easy , interesting read.

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Better than the others of hers I have read. Would make a good plane read. I like her books mainly for the fact that her settings are in Scotland. Scotland feels like my second home and as we are not travelling I get to go there in books. This particular book purchased in Scotland by a friend.

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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Finally got to read it. Took him 5 years of research. I‘ve watched old interviews. My brother has a copy of the 1968 movie .👏👏. It‘s the one I want to watch as it‘s the one Truman had complete control of. Lots of old stuff about it all on YouTube and Google. Excellent writing. Glad I finally got to read it. My reading slow at the moment. Weather here is so nice . I‘ve been out and about a lot.

Tamra I‘ve been waiting ages for my audio library hold to come in! 1mo
TheLudicReader And so interesting that Harper Lee helped him with research. 1mo
Jeg @TheLudicReader that is interesting. Did not know that. When I watched the old interviews with him I got a surprise. He wasn‘t what I expected. I can imagine him and Harper being friends. 1mo
TheLudicReader The character of Dill was based on Truman Capote as Capote and Lee knew each other as children. @Jeg 1mo
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Pheasants Nest | Louise Milligan
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What can I say. Love her journalism. But!!!

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Just finished this. Almost a so so. I had to speed read towards the end. I enjoyed the writing. The story line was ok.
Certainly not as enjoyable as Our Souls At Night. I would have liked to have met the author Kent. I think he might have been a very gentle kind man. His stories certainly come across as gentle and thoughtful.

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I was reminded of this book when reading The Museum of Words . I didn‘t know we had a copy. I mentioned it and it appeared from the depths of my partners study. The joy of this book for me are the illustrations. A story in themselves without the words. Not a childhood memory for me but I think it might be for lots of people as it was for Georgia Blain.

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Just finished. A short but powerful read. The tears have not dried as I write this. Another Aussie writer gone way too soon. I want to write more but hard to find the words. It‘s not depressing , in fact it‘s uplifting.
The book itself is a pleasure for me. Hard back and printed on thick white paper that looks like it would stay white forever. So glad I was able to hold this book and read it.

Rissreads Beautiful review ♥️ 1mo
CarolynM ❤️ 1mo
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And this is the eternal human paradox,the only way we can cope with our mortality is to ignore it, to live as though we have all the time in the world.

CarolynM ❤️ 1mo
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His books never disappoint. A couple of unexpected things near the end. Quite a bit of romance. One thing annoyed me. The kid character was supposed to be 9. I had to keep reminding myself of this fact as she sounded and acted like a 14 year old. Glad I read it.

MrsMalaprop I haven‘t read this one. Love Patrick Gale 🥰. 1mo
Jeg So do I @MrsMalaprop . Michelle lent me this one. An op shop find for her. 1mo
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Finished in a day on Easter Monday. I‘m sure I‘ve read it before so possibly a reread for me. A sweet story except for the controlling son. It was the authors last book. Now to look out some other books by him. Hope I don‘t run into the usual from the library, available in ebook only!

Suet624 I‘m with you on ebooks. 2mo
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Anna O: A Novel | Matthew Blake
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I honestly think this will make a much better film or TV series than it did a book.

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Shot With Crimson | Nicola Upson
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Between a pick and a so so . Realised I don‘t normally read her books. However this one got me in at the beginning as Josephine sets sails on the Queen Mary. I travelled on this ship in the 50s as a child. We were on our way from the US to settle in Australia. It was a page turner for a while then it lost me and I struggled to finish it. My friends who are Josephine fans loved it. Say it‘s one of her best. So there you go!

CarolynM I tried to read the first one of these (because I‘m a Josephine Tey fan) but I couldn‘t get into it at all☹️ 2mo
Suet624 Traveling on the Queen Mary!! That sounds like it would be magical for a child. 2mo
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The Mint Lawn | Gillian Mears
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After reading her biography I really wanted to read some of her books. This is the third I have read and the first she had published in 1990. It‘s taken me a long time to get through, it was not a page turner. The way she writes is exquisite. I‘m sure if she had lived this young woman would have written many great Aussie stories. I felt a bit sad leaving Clementine , the main character and narrator, at the end of the book.

CarolynM I was looking at this on my shelf yesterday and thinking I need to get to it soon🙂 2mo
Jeg @CarolynM I‘ll be interested to see what you think. You must have had that copy for a long time. Hard copies are difficult to get here in our library system. She was/is an amazing weaver of words. 2mo
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I really loved this story. I could almost pick it up and start reading it again. Also made me want to have a go at playing a game. Not a shooting one though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

CarolynM I‘ve been planning to read this for ages, but never quite got around to it. You‘ve given me an extra push🙂 2mo
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Other People Manage | Ellen Hawley
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I‘m not sure why I wanted to read this. A review perhaps. The story of 2 women written in the voice of one of them. They get together in the 70s when they were very quiet about their relationship. I got a good sense of the women but not so much the other characters. The story recounts their life together and their relationships with siblings and siblings children. Love, loss and family.

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The Grass Sister | Gillian Mears
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Beautiful writing.

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Cute with a message. Glad this copy still in the library system. It was written and published the year before she died. I‘m trying to get my hands on all her published works. Her writing is excellent.

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The Grass Sister | Gillian Mears
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The book fairies are looking after me. I requested this book from the library. The only hard copy was in our State Library . Today I found this copy in a local op shop. 👏👏. I‘m very happy.

CarolynM 👏👏👏 Obviously, you were meant to read this one. 3mo
Rissreads 🧚 🧚‍♀️ 🧚‍♂️ ♥️💛🧡 3mo
Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💕 2mo
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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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4 years since this book was published and it‘s still being widely read. I was in a long queue waiting for this copy from the library. Subject matter makes it not an easy read. Kept thinking this could be our young Aussie Grace Tames story . Though a difficult read it‘s very enlightening. The author has come out and said it‘s written from personal experience. That‘s how it felt to me even before I knew this. Brave young woman.

LeeRHarry This book has definitely stayed with me. 3mo
Rissreads I picked up a copy of this for $2! Hopefully I‘ll get to it soon 3mo
Jeg Great feeling when a book you want to read pops up in an op shop or book sale or even in a little library. I don‘t usually remember books but this one is certainly staying with me so far. 3mo
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Truth telling should be added to the title. I didn‘t actually read all of this but enough. The Afterword is particularly good. “Someone said to author “To bring 21st century thinking to the Queensland frontier is a great mistake. We were different then”. His answer is a paragraph long but begins “ No. Times change , not people. So true. We need to know this history, the truth. Thank you @MrsMalaprop .

Jeg @MrsMalaprop was talking to someone today who was telling me her grandson has been researching his family name and found a Native Policeman in his ancestry. One that‘s documented in the book. 3mo
MrsMalaprop @jeg Oh wow. Interesting. 3mo
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Foal's Bread | Gillian Mears
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Sitting outside in the relative morning cool I finally finished this beautiful story. I think part of me didn‘t want it to end . Having read her biography first shed a different light on this book for me I think. Knowing what I know about her life and way way too early death , even her acknowledgments made me tear up. I‘m about to search out 2 of her previous books.

Jeg Thank you @MrsMalaprop . 3mo
CarolynM Such a good book. So sad that she is no longer with us. I found a copy The Mint Lawn soon after I read this one, but somehow I‘ve never got around to reading it. One day… 3mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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Here in Perth we have just broken records for the highest temperatures ever in February. Today was a tiny bit cooler so we ventured out to a shopping centre. The books were calling me. Top 2 for grandkids. Next one I‘ve heard about on the radio. The bottom one was going cheap cheap and sounded like a good read. Watching US abc news. Hope the weather not near any of US people.

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The Good Sister: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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Certainly not a page turner for me. Too predictable. Almost gave up but kept thinking I might have missed something. I hadn‘t and it took me ages to finish normally I would have given up. So perhaps that is a plus.? The fact that I kept reading. 🤷🏻‍♂️.

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Thank you @MrsMalaprop arrived this morning via Nancy. Thank you. Reading to look forward to.

CarolynM Foal‘s Bread is so good. Enjoy! 4mo
MrsMalaprop Ooh, they made it to you quickly. Yay for Nancy. @CarolynM I haven‘t read Foal‘s Bread yet, but Joy was keen to read it, so I passed it on to her for now. I will get to it… 3mo
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Southern Aurora | Mark Brandi
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Picked this up at the library thinking it was a crime novel. I kept waiting for the crime! It was in fact a well written book written from the point of view of a young boy living in a small Aussie town.

CarolynM He‘s written crime books in the past. I‘ve only read one, it was really good but made me sad 4mo
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What a woman. I‘ve heard a lot about her over the years and thought I had read some of her writing but I haven‘t. Tracking down two of her novels. Hard in our library system to find hard copies. So many books only available as ebooks. Wondering if anyone has read anything of hers. A life cut short by MS in 2016.

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WAKE | Shelley Burr
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Another Aussie crime writer. Kept me reading. PI with his own issues and looking into old disappearances of young girls in a small country town. Hope we see more of her writing.

Teresereading Love your bookmark 4mo
Jeg @Teresereading I was recently culling books and found it. I got it on one of my trips. It‘s from the National Portrait Gallery in London. I love it too. Memories of a great trip and visit. 4mo
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Stone Yard Devotional | CHARLOTTE. WOOD
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Finished just this minute. When I started it I thought this is not as good as her others. However it‘s been amazing for me. I don‘t want to give anything away but I felt like the narrator could have been me. Her mother and her mother‘s experiences so like mine. Her thoughts and actions so like mine. I‘m blown away. Need to go nap and think for a bit.

Centique I remember i loved her book The Weekend and must read some more of her work 😍 4mo
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A great escape for me on these very hot days here in Perth. Published after Agatha‘s death . Hope you all are keeping cool or warm . 🌞☃️

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A local author. There was a lot I related to in this book. I really enjoyed it. I loved when she mentioned places I know.
Great descriptions of the bush.
Made me laugh and in one spot I felt very teary. Guess her relationship with her dad reminded me of mine.
Loved that she called the people she cared for in the old folks home , her lovelies .
A delight to watch characters grow and develop over the story.

The importance of story telling.

MrsMalaprop Glad you enjoyed it too. 4mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop thought it would make a good book club book. My edition had questions in the back. Sensible ones too I thought. 4mo
MrsMalaprop I did actually buy it originally thinking I might choose it for book club. 4mo
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She also believes that given a choice between a week of sex and a week of reading,most women of a certain age would eschew foreplay for a forward in a heartbeat.😊❤️

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I Don't | Clementine Ford
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So many quotable words in this book. She has done so much research. I'm really enjoying this book.

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Children Of The Dust | Louise Lawrence
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Published in 1985 . I read it for a children's literature course. Loved it so much I gave copies to all my friends. Recently it was mentioned on something I was listening to. So I did a reread. Did not disappoint. Scary, possible and reaffirming.
If it happens may it end like this.

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Water | John Boyne
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A short book. Such a great story teller. Follows one character. I believe there are 2 more books to come . In the next one Earth we follow the life of one of the characters mentioned in this book. Clever. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Proxy Bride | Zoe Boccabella
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Not a book I would usually pick to read. Read for Friday book club at the local library. I found it interesting as I went to high school in the 60s in Fremantle which had lots of Italian businesses. This gives what it might have been like for the early immigrants .Many interred during the war.

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Question 7 | Richard Flanagan
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Thank you Richard. Lots to think about ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
First book for the year and he is Aussie .

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Just counted up how many books for 2023.
111 books read. 36 were by Aussie authors.

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'Twas the Night Before Pride | Joanna McClintick
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Delightful. My partner just came home from the local book shop with this. So affirming. A beautiful picture book. If this is my last read for 2023 it's a great one.

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Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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I read this earlier in the month and forgot to post on here. A graphic novel which I don't usually read. Lent to me by a friend. Gave me an insight into the recent history of Iran. Engaging and informative.

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7 years on Litsy . Can‘t believe it. Wow.

Chrissyreadit happy litsyversary! 5mo
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CarolynM Happy Litsyversary 🥳 Lovely to see your smiling face😘 5mo
Tamra 🎉🥳 5mo
dabbe HL! 💙🖤💙 5mo
Rissreads Woo hoo! 7 yrs! 👏🏻 5mo
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Too much dialogue. I've got many more books waiting to be read.