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JennyM

JennyM

Joined April 2016

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Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
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Hideous Beauty by William Hussey
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The Weight of Love | Hilary Fannin
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This is described as heartache for grownups, and I think that pretty much sums it up! Very character driven (dare I say Tessa Hadley-ish), with crystal-sharp observations that have me feeling it all. I‘m totally hooked 💕

I also have eyebrow envy for the cover 😂

CarolynM Eyebrow envy🤣 8mo
CarolynM 👋 Hi Jenny, hope you're staying dry💕 7mo
JennyM @CarolynM thanks lovely. We aren‘t flooded but so many people are. It‘s terrible and feels too soon since 2011 x 7mo
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CarolynM It's an awful situation, but I'm glad you're ok. 7mo
CarolynM 👋Hi Jenny, I miss seeing you around. Hope life is treating you well💕 3mo
TrishB What @CarolynM said ♥️ just thinking about you. 3mo
BarbaraBB Me too. Hope you are doing well 🤍🤍 2mo
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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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After a busy morning of U10s cricket 🏏 I‘m gettin comfy on the sofa to start my latest - and much anticipated, longest library hold ever!!! - read.

squirrelbrain I really liked this one, but I know it has mixed reviews…. 8mo
Cathythoughts This sounds good. I stacked this one recently 👍 8mo
JennyM @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts I‘m really enjoying it 👍 8mo
Cinfhen Hi Jenny!!! I just started this book and saw your post/ did you end up liking the book?? Hope all is well ♥️ 6mo
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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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Another week, another #weeklyforecast 😀

I‘m in the middle of Damnation Spring, which I‘m really enjoying despite it taking me a while to settle into.

Then it will be one or two of the others to tick off a few #Booked2022 prompts. I‘m hearing very good things about The Spectacular, and the cover is grabbing me, so that might be the next one. But I think it will all depend on the day - loosey-goosey it is for me 🐦

Happy reading 📚

squirrelbrain Loosey-goosey is the best way to go! Have a good week! 9mo
CarolynM I loved Love and Virtue. Hope you enjoy. 9mo
Cinfhen Hi Jenny!!! Yay you‘re reading, posting, sharing!!! I agree the cover for Zoe Whittall is “spectacular” (no pun intended) 🥰I have NO IDEA what the book is about but I‘m tempted by the cover!!! 9mo
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JennyM @squirrelbrain I‘m definitely mood reading at the moment 😂 Hope you have a lovely week 😘 9mo
JennyM @CarolynM I‘m very much looking forward to it. I think it was on nearly every best-of-list in Aus I read before Xmas! 9mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I am 😀 Easing myself back in with a regular #weeklyforecast. The spectacular is getting some very good reviews - and the beautiful cover definitely tempts even more. Have a lovely week xxx (edited) 9mo
janeycanuck I love Janie Chang - I hope you enjoy this one! 9mo
JennyM @janeycanuck That‘s great to hear. It‘s my first by her. A friend read it over Xmas and highly recommended it. I‘m looking forward to it 9mo
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Hello lovelies. Hope everyone is doing ok in what has been yet another brutal week of this pandemic. Thank goodness we have books! These are what I have planned in my #weeklyforecast📚

Finishing up:
Signs & wonders - a series of exceptionally beautiful essays about climate change
Rock Paper Scissors - fun thriller so far

Next up:
Listen - loved her last one
Damnation spring- seen lots of love for this on litsy

Big hugs to all. Stay safe ♥️

LiteraryinLawrence I know. Books have barely gotten me through this week. Hang in there. 💗 9mo
CarolynM 👋 Lovely to see you, Jenny, I've missed you. It's a challenging time. You stay safe too😘 9mo
JennyM @LiteraryinLawrence take care, too. It‘s a bumpy time x 9mo
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JennyM @CarolynM 😘😘😘 And I can‘t believe 2022 is only a week old! Thanks for my Xmas card. It was lovely to receive my friend. Look after yourself xxx 9mo
Cinfhen BIG HUGS back at ya xx I read & really enjoyed 9mo
JennyM @Cinfhen 😘😘 RPS is a nice twisty one. Last 80 pages and I‘m not sure where it‘s heading 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
BiblioLitten Stay safe, Jenny. Have missed you on Litsy. 💕😘 9mo
BarbaraBB Stay safe Jenny, happy to hear from you and that you are reading 🤍 9mo
TrishB Have a great week! It‘s definitely been a challenging one for me ♥️ 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Have a good week! 💕 9mo
squirrelbrain Hi Jenny! Hope all is good with you. 9mo
Chelsea.Poole Looks like a great lineup you have there! Happy reading 📖 ♥️ 9mo
JennyM @BiblioLitten missed catching up with you too lovely. Have a good week x 9mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB hi Barbara 👋, trying to get back into litsy again and join in the fun. Hope you are doing ok. Tough times continue for the world 😕 9mo
JennyM @TrishB it‘s seems never ending, Trish. Big hugs and hope you have a better week xx 9mo
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm you too, Jessie. Hope you‘ve been keeping well - at least we have books! 9mo
JennyM @squirrelbrain hi Helen 👋 Thanks for my Xmas card - you are kind to think of me. Trying to get back into posting on here again. I‘m a bit out of practice! Big hugs xxx 9mo
JennyM @Chelsea.Poole have a great reading week too, Chelsea 😊📚 9mo
squirrelbrain I hope you enjoy Listen, Jenny; I think you will! 9mo
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll be back. To me it feels like a safe place away from all the craziness in the world. And a fun and inspiring one - but you know that of course! 9mo
JennyM @squirrelbrain I‘ve just started it and, oof, so good. Very wise and full of compassion ❤️ 9mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB litsy is a very special place. I need to get back into the habit of checking in…and spending less time on Twitter! X 9mo
LeeRHarry Hi Jenny, nice to see you here, it‘s definitely been a really rough start to 2022, take care x 9mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry it‘s good to be back into litsy. I‘ve missed it. Hope you are doing ok. Xxx 9mo
Centique Hi Jenny! Lovely to see you on here xxx 9mo
JennyM @Centique hellooo Paula 👋 Happy new year (in mid Jan 😄). Enjoying easing myself back into litsy. Such a special place for bookworms xxx 9mo
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My Autumn Book | Wong Herbert Yee
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I‘ve missed being on Litsy and chatting all things books. But I have still been reading and finishing up #Booked2021

Looking forward to #Booked2022 🥳 Thanks for all your effort in hosting my fave book challenge @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Wishing everyone a safe new year. See you in January ♥️

TrishB Missed you Jenny. Hope all is going well with the PhD? 9mo
JennyM @TrishB I‘ve missed you too, Trish! I submit tomorrow💥 Hope you are keeping safe and well. Looking forward to catching back up with all your news in Jan 😘 (edited) 9mo
CarolynM Lovely to see you, Jenny. Hope you had a good Christmas. All the best for submission day and enjoy your down time 😘 9mo
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BarbaraBB Good to see you Jenny 🤍💚 9mo
Reggie Good to see you, Jenny. Happy New Year and hope all goes well with the submission. 9mo
Cathythoughts Hi Jenny 🙋‍♀️ nice to hear from you 😘 9mo
Cinfhen So glad you‘ll be back in January. We‘ve missed you!! Good luck with your submission 🙌🏻 9mo
Cinfhen Here's the link for final quarter of #Booked2021 🎊♥️🎊♥️

https://forms.gle/dsgdzAv3TxV79wbMA
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TrishB Fab news. Best of luck 🤞🏻🤞🏻 9mo
youneverarrived Missed seeing your posts Jenny. Hope you‘ve had a lovely Christmas ♥️ 9mo
JennyM @TrishB @CarolynM @BarbaraBB @Reggie @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @youneverarrived I‘ve so missed all of you. I‘m very behind on Litsy news and end-of-year fave lists! Looking forward to catching up and getting back into things. Wishing you a safe and happy new year 😘🥳😘 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Happy New Year!! 9mo
Rissreads Merry 2022! Well done on your submission! I‘ve also been very quiet on Litsy but I intend to be more active this year. I‘ve missed it and missed engaging with everyone. X 9mo
JennyM @Rissreads hello my lovely! I‘m determined to get back into Litsy. Like you, I‘ve really missed everyone. Hope you‘ve had a lovely holiday and a safe start to the new year. Sending big hugs xxx 9mo
JennyM @BarbaraTheBibliophage Happy new year, Barbara! Thanks for all you do in hosting this challenge. I love #Booked! 9mo
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Another quarter done for #Booked2021. Time is flying!

☀️13 Nothing but blue sky
☀️14 We keep the dead close
☀️15 Betty
☀️16 Falling man
☀️ 17 Two stories
☀️18 Dominicana

Will fill the form out now. Thanks lovey hosts 😘😘😘@cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraBB Good to see you Jenny 🤍 12mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB 👋 Barbara 😘 12mo
CarolynM Good job👍 12mo
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Cathythoughts Well done 👏🏻 12mo
Cinfhen Hi 👋🏽!!! Miss u!!! Congrats on completing third quarter 🥳🥳🥳 12mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @carolynm @Cathythoughts hi friends 👋 Hope you are all keeping well - can‘t believe we are heading into the final quarter. 😘 12mo
CarolynM 👋 Hi Jenny, thinking of you. I'm guessing your thesis submission date is around now? Hope things are going well for you😘 11mo
BiblioLitten Hi Jenny! Thinking of you💕 Hope you are keeping well. 11mo
JennyM @CarolynM @BiblioLitten so sorry for not replying till now. Thanks so much for thinking of me. It‘s nearly there - just waiting on one green light and then I can submit at the end of the year. Hope you are both keeping well. I‘m looking forward to jumping back into Litsy soon. Big hugs to you xxx 10mo
CarolynM Hope this final bit goes well and you are free to chat with us here soon. 🤗😘 10mo
Cinfhen Just thinking about you!! Hope you and your family are well ❤️ 10mo
Centique Hope you‘re well Jenny and best wishes for your thesis. 💕 10mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @Centique hi lovelies, hope you are both keeping safe and well. I‘ve been terrible at keeping up with Listy while I finish my studies. But I hope to be back in Jan - I‘ve really missed everyone. Sending much love 💕 9mo
Centique @JennyM love back at ya Jenny 💕 best wishes for the New Year 9mo
Cinfhen Glad you‘re well!! Missed “chatting” 💞💞💞best wishes for a wonderful new year xx 9mo
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One of the most powerful reading experiences I‘ve had for a long time. Philosophical, practical, and poetic. Just wow ❤️

wanderinglynn Sounds intriguing. Stacked! 14mo
LeeRHarry Sounds really interesting Jenny 😊 14mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good Jenny 👍🏻❤️ 14mo
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Rissreads Wow! How many people have stacked this book! How are you doing? X 14mo
JennyM @Rissreads it‘s a really great read - I learnt so much. I‘m good thanks. How are you all? It‘s been a bit of a time in Aus, hasn‘t it?!!! 14mo
Rissreads Yep! It‘s a bit of a mess! But we are so lucky compared with the rest of the world. I will feel better when my kids are vaccinated, I feel scared for them. 14mo
CarolynM 👋 Hi Jenny. I've missed seeing you around. Hope you're well💕 13mo
JennyM @CarolynM hello Carolyn 👋 Thanks for thinking of me. I‘ve just had a little break from Litsy but hope to be back on the band wagon soon. How are you doing? I can only imagine how over it all you must feel. And I hope your daughter has recovered ok after her operation. 😘 xxx 13mo
CarolynM 👍 It's depressing having the case numbers rising in spite of lockdown (it's clear we don't have the level of compliance we had last year - I could go on at length about why that is but this isn't the time I'd place for it) I've been feeling a bit down about it, but I'm trying to be more positive this week. The foot is slowly healing, she's off the crutches but will be getting around in a moonboot for another week or two. Thanks for asking😘 13mo
JennyM @CarolynM it is really sad to see the numbers going up and I can only imagine how you must be feeling. Hoping things start to turn soon and that vaccination rates race up. Sending very big hugs and hope your daughter goes ok with the moonboot xxx 13mo
TrishB Hi Jenny 👋 just thinking of you today too! 13mo
JennyM @TrishB aw, thank you Trish. My thesis is taking up all my brain power at the moment - T minus 3 months til submission! I miss my Litsy friends though and hope to be back in the swing of things soon. Hope you are good? Big hugs xxx 😘 13mo
TrishB Oh that‘s a very busy time! It will all be worth it to be Dr Jenny ❤️ All good, just taking daughter back to final year of uni 😱 13mo
JennyM @TrishB even bigger hugs then. Hope she settles back ok and you have a good train ride home. Your house will be quiet 😢 so snuggle up to Sansa xxx (edited) 13mo
BiblioLitten Hope you are keeping well, Jenny. 💕 13mo
JennyM @BiblioLitten hello lovely Archana. All good with me, just busy and not much time for litsy. Will be back soon. How are you? Hope you and your family are keeping well. Your little one is beautiful ❤️ 12mo
BarbaraBB Hi Jenny! Just checking in, hope all is well 🤍 12mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB hello lovely Barbara. Thanks for thinking of me. Just having a little litsy break as work and study is super busy. Will be back soon. Missing my litsy buddies. Hope you and your family are all well. Big hugs 😘 12mo
BarbaraBB I am glad all is well. Being busy is okay! Hopefully you‘ll be back soon 😘 12mo
BiblioLitten @JennyM We are keeping well, thank you. ♥️ 12mo
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Everything Inside | Edwidge Danticat
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Absolutely loved this. Short stories are not usually my thing, but each one was perfectly formed. Heartbreaking and thought provoking - so good.

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Aw, Helen. What a lovely surprise to get this all in the post today. I‘ve been wanting to read this for ages and … Percy Pigs!!!! 🐷 I‘ve not had them for years. I will share them with the kids (I promise). Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and friendship. You‘re the fab one! Big hugs.

lazydaizee I love Percy Pigs, and the book looks interesting too. 1y
youneverarrived 💕💕 1y
erzascarletbookgasm How lovely! I‘m curious about Percy Pigs! 1y
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squirrelbrain That didn‘t take long to get there! I‘ll be watching you, to make sure you do share the piggies! 🤣 1y
JennyM @squirrelbrain if they know Percy Pigs are in the house, they will last exactly 2 seconds! 😆 1y
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @lazydaizee Percy Pigs are the best! I would send you some Jessie if I were still in the UK. They have been gobbled up quickly by my lot 😉 I‘m looking forward to the book, too @lazydaizee - it‘s had great reviews on here 👍 1y
Centique How are you going Jenny? Are you in Victoria or NSW? I hope things aren‘t too difficult for you at the moment xxx 💕 1y
JennyM @Centique hi Paula 👋 I‘m good thanks - I‘m in Brissie so we are ok at the moment. Tricky times in Aus for so many though. Hope you and yours are all good 😘 1y
CarolynM 👋Hi Jenny. Just checking in with you. Are you in one of the locked down LGAs? Hope you're doing ok😘 1y
JennyM @CarolynM thanks for thinking of me. Unfortunately I am in one of the areas lockdown, and there is a growing dread it might need more than a few days to get in top of it 😕 Fully fuelled up with coffee this morning to tackle the joyful juggle of home schooling, work and PhD! Hope you are doing well and looking after yourself. Big hugs 🤗 1y
CarolynM Sorry to hear that. They've got on to it quickly, so hopefully not too long🍀 Be kind to yourselves while you hunker down at home, you can only do what you can do. Hugs to you too🤗 1y
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Watch Her Fall | Erin Kelly
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A new Erin Kelly twisty ballet thriller 🙌

Cathythoughts Sounds different & good ! Look forward to your thoughts 😘 1y
Oryx I enjoyed this one. 1y
Freespirit Sounds good Jen xx 1y
JennyM @Oryx your description of it as ballet noir is perfect, Emma 🩰😀 I‘m enjoying it so far @cathythoughts @freespirit …although not read that much of it. I do like Erin Kelly‘s writing - she‘s subtle and very clever. Looking forward to the twists 👍 1y
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Rules of Magic, Volume 1 | Alice Hoffman
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In need of a bit of sparkle ✨ and magic 🪄this Sunday.

erzascarletbookgasm And here‘s some 💕 too. Have a good day! 1y
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm you too, Jessie 😘 1y
LeeRHarry Sending you a hug 🤗 x 1y
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Cathythoughts Cover looks fab 💫 1y
JennyM @LeeRHarry and back to you, Lee. Did you see the tennis? So happy she won! 1y
JennyM @Cathythoughts it‘s gorgeous and I‘m liking the story, too. A bit of magical escapism. ✨ 1y
TrishB Enjoy ♥️ 1y
JennyM @TrishB thanks lovely. Hoping there‘s magic in the match also. We will be up early and screaming along with everyone back home ⚽️ 🤞 (edited) 1y
TrishB It will certainly be a big night! 1y
LeeRHarry @JennyM I did - it was very exciting 😊 so glad she won …now if Djokovic loses and England win it will be a perfect sporting weekend! 😊not looking forward to the 5am start tomorrow 😬 1y
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A Million Things | Emily Spurr
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Library hold goodness 📚

Cathythoughts These all look good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
JennyM @Cathythoughts I‘m on a bit of a non-fiction streak at the moment with the bottom 3. Hope Tuesday is kind to you my lovely 😊 (edited) 1y
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Extremely late to the party but already glad to be finally here - thanks for sending me this, Lee @LeeRHarry 😘

Cathythoughts Great book 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
IuliaC The entire tetralogy is wonderful! 👍 1y
LeeRHarry Happy to Jenny - hope you continue to enjoy it 💕 1y
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JennyM @IuliaC @Cathythoughts it‘s really great and I will definitely be reading the series. Better late than never 😉 1y
JennyM @LeeRHarry 😘😘😘 1y
Trashcanman 👋👋👋👋❤ 1y
JennyM @Trashcanman 👋 👀 👋 1y
Tanisha_A Oh god, I loved this! How are youuuuuuu? 1y
Tanisha_A And I hadn‘t seen this cover before! 1y
JennyM @Tanisha_A I loved it, too. Such a great read and I like this cover - it‘s a bit different to the others. I‘m good thanks, T. How are you and your family? Hope everything is ok and you are all keeping safe and well. Big hugs 😘 1y
Tanisha_A @JennyM I am very excited to read the rest of the series. All good here, love! ❤️🥰 1y
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Three people and three stories about their romantic heartbreaks. It was non-fiction and reminded me in format of Three Women. Lovely writing and I raced through it, yet I wanted more. Heartbreak is so familiar and ubiquitous, so I expected to be pulled emotionally. But I wasn‘t and I‘m not sure why. Still good though. #oznonfiction

Hooked_on_books What a sweet pup! 🐶💚 1y
JennyM @Hooked_on_books thanks, Holly. He‘s my Velcro pup and the absolute cuddliest! ❤️ (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️ 🐶 1y
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If I‘d read this a year or so ago, I would have been more shocked. Sadly, the sexism, misogyny (and worse) of the Australian parliament has been well and truly exposed. It‘s hard to believe this stuff is still happening in 2021. Rage inducing 😡

Freespirit And then.. after all his bad behaviour Barnaby becomes the deputy PM…you couldn‘t make this stuff up Jen 😩 1y
JennyM @Freespirit I know! 🤯 1y
CarolynM @Freespirit I'd like to comment here, but I'm just lost for words, really😶😳😡 Kate Ellis was my parents' local member, they were sorry when she decided not to stand again. 1y
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JennyM @CarolynM @Freespirit the sad thing is that I really wasn‘t shocked to read what absolute rubbish female MPs have to put up with. Disgusting behaviour that would be tolerated nowhere else. I think it would be an extremely difficult job and I can understand why Kate Ellis decided to step down. But the culture won‘t change unless we have more female & minority representation. Recent days makes me think change is still a long way off 😟 (edited) 1y
Jeg All very sad indeed. Can‘t believe that person is back where they are! 😡 1y
JennyM @Jeg baffling isn‘t it! Hope you are ok in WA - hoping this latest outbreak clears quickly 🤞 1y
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This was a fascinating and well-crafted look at loneliness by former US Surgeon General. Murthy brings the science but couples it with plenty of relatable content, which makes for a really engaging read.

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One Springy, Singy Day | Rene Kurilla
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My reads for #Spring #Booked2021 and form submitted

I really enjoyed them all, but my favourite has to be Fresh Water for Flowers 💕

7. Dear Fahrenheit 451 📚
8. Fresh water for flowers 💐
9. Cutting for stone 🇪🇹
10. Dear reader 🎧
11. Words of every song 🎸
12. White fragility ❤️

Thanks for another fab season @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 well done, Jenny 💕💕💕💕 1y
JennyM @Cinfhen thank you for the fab prompts. Definitely nudges me to read more widely (edited) 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad you‘re enjoying the prompts! Great job!! 1y
JennyM @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks for making #Booked2021 so much fun! 😘 1y
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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A truly beautiful read that captures life in all its complexity.
It‘s filled my heart up with hope ❤️

Freespirit This is on my list to read Jen 💕 1y
squirrelbrain It‘s very ‘heart-filling‘ isn‘t it?! ❤️ 1y
TrishB It‘s lovely isn‘t it ❤️ 1y
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Cathythoughts Such great reviews all round … looking forward to it 👍🏻❤️ 1y
JennyM @freespirit @cathythoughts @trishb @squirrelbrain it is just so gorgeous. She has such a way with words. Its brimming with compassion, love and she‘s sprinkled in her use of magic and serendipity. And the characters are so fully formed. I shed many a tear but felt that warm glow. You‘re in for a treat Sally and Cathy 💙❤️💙 1y
Centique I‘m looking forward to this! Great review 🙌 1y
JennyM @Centique I think it will capture your heart, Paula. It‘s lovely. (edited) 1y
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Greenwich Park | Katherine Faulkner
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I cannot stop reading this 👆So good!

Trashcanman 🤗🤗❤ 1y
JennyM @Trashcanman hey hey G. Hope you‘ve had a good Monday 😊 1y
BiblioLitten Another book stacked. My current read was also stacked after your review. 🌊🏖😊💕 1y
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JennyM @BiblioLitten this one is so twisty and clever. I literally gobbled it up in a day. I hope you enjoy and that you are keeping well my friend xx 😘 1y
BiblioLitten @JennyM It is a little crazy here but we did get our first dose. How about you? 1y
JennyM @BiblioLitten I‘m so happy to hear you‘ve had your first dose. That must be a relief. It‘s been so heartbreaking to see on the news. Stay safe and well. We are all good here. I‘ve not been vaccinated yet - our roll out is going very slowly. But we have very few cases in Australia. What a time! Sending love to you and your family ❤️ 1y
BiblioLitten Watching the new is an anxiety-inducing process. Glad to know that you all are keeping well. Stay safe, my friend ♥️ 1y
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On a Dark Tide | Valerie Geary
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What a start to a series! Detective Brett Buchanan is a great MC - I couldn‘t help want the best for her as she struggles moving back to the small town she grew up in and where her sister was murdered years before. The story builds at a perfect pace, and the writing is rich with description and feeling. I‘m excited to read the next instalment.

Thanks Valerie for giving me an opportunity to win a copy. I really, really enjoyed it! @valeriegeary

CarolynM I'm convinced🙂 Stacked. 1y
valeriegeary I'm just now seeing this! 😍 I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for your kind words and I can't wait to share book 2... I'll go finish writing it right now. 😄❤️ 1y
JennyM @valeriegeary you are a talent! Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to read and review it. I loved it! Looking forward to book 2 😊 1y
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‘This is a crossroads we all know, a moment when you need to shed a skin. If you do, you‘ll expose all those painful nerve endings, and feel so raw that you‘ll need to take care of yourself for a while. If you don‘t, then that old skin will harden around you. It‘s one of the most important choices you‘ll ever make‘.

🙌💫❤️🙌

Rissreads You have sucked me in! Stacked! ♥️ 1y
rockpools Already stacked, but I agree with @Rissreads ! And the cover‘s gorgeous 🌾 1y
JennyM @rockpools @rissrreads it‘s a lovely, meditative read, and exactly what I need at the moment! 1y
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Tanisha_A Gosh! I didn't need another book to be added to my immediate TBR. 😭❤️ 1y
Tamra Love that cover! 1y
JennyM @Tanisha_A 😂🤣😂😘 1y
JennyM @Tamra it‘s beautiful isn‘t it?! I feel restored just looking at it 1y
DivineDiana That quote speaks to me. 💗 1y
JennyM @DivineDiana it came to me at the right time, too. A really lovely read x 1y
DivineDiana Stacked! 🙂 1y
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Thinking of You | Jill Mansell
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Mother‘s Day can be hard for many reasons. Sending love to all those who need it today.

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On a Dark Tide | Valerie Geary
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Lovely news to start the weekend with - I‘ve been jammy enough to win a copy of the new book from our super talented and very lovely Litten @valeriegeary 🥳

Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Valerie. Looking forward to making a start and getting to know Brett Buchanan.

BarbaraBB How cool! I didn‘t know about @valeriegeary ‘s new book. Sounds good. Congratulations Valerie!! 1y
Trashcanman 🤗🤗❤❤ 1y
JennyM @BarbaraBB @trashcanman and to write it during the chaos of a pandemic is nothing short of amazing! Such an achievement 1y
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valeriegeary Thank you for sharing this @JennyM! I really do hope you enjoy it! Luckily most of it was written before the pandemic but the publishing part happened during. Honestly? It was an excellent distraction. 😄 1y
valeriegeary @BarbaraBB thank you! 🤗 It just came out a week ago... I'm slowly trying to spread the word! 1y
BarbaraBB @valeriegeary I will be looking out for it! I‘m in the Netherlands so it may take a while but nevertheless! I wish Litsy would give a blurb above, that would be of help already ❤️ 1y
valeriegeary @BarbaraBB I think it may be available as an ebook on Amazon in the Netherlands. And yes...I tried to get Litsy to put the blurb and cover in several weeks ago and they told me it's supposed to populate automatically but.... 🤔🤷🏼‍♀️ So I need to get back in touch with them and find out what's happening. 1y
JennyM @valeriegeary so chuffed to have myself a copy. Thankyou 🙏 (edited) 1y
JennyM @barbarabb - Brett Buchanan never imagined herself returning to Crestwood, Washington where her sister was murdered twenty years ago. But when she's offered a detective position with the local police department, she decides to take the job. Between figuring out how to fit in as the squad's first female detective and caring for her grandmother who is showing signs of dementia, Brett doesn't have much time to think about her sister's cold case. 👇 (edited) 1y
JennyM Then she receives a message from a man claiming to have information about the decade's-old murder. Before she has a chance to talk with him, his body washes up on a local beach. Truth always comes at a price, but Brett won't stop searching. Not until her sister's killer is finally brought to justice. [official book blurb]
And it‘s a series!! Sounds fab. X
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BarbaraBB Thanks Jenny! You are a good blurb writer! 1y
BarbaraBB @valeriegeary I‘ll check out Amazon, thanks! Will let you know! 1y
JennyM @BarbaraBB lol I wish 😂 It was a cut and paste 😘 1y
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On a hot Californian afternoon in 1959, housewife Joyce Haney suddenly disappears leaving only a bloodstain on the kitchen floor. The African-American housemaid, Ruby is first on the scene and is immediately arrested for murder. What follows is a clever crime-mystery that crackles with an unsettling depiction of white 50s suburbia with all its oppressive structures. Very noir-ish and really great on audio 🎧 👍

Cinfhen This sounds great, Jenny! Stacked 1y
Freespirit Ooh I like the sound of it Jen 1y
JennyM @Cinfhen @freespirit my local bookshop gave it a rave review - I would probably have overlooked it otherwise based on the cover 😬 1y
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BarbaraBB That sound really good. And after your description the cover suddenly seems appropriate! 1y
JennyM @BarbaraBB it is and totally fits the book - white picket fences and all that (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds great 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻stacked 1y
JennyM @Cathythoughts it‘s a good one. Hope you‘re having a good week 😘 1y
Trashcanman Hugs to you my lovely friend ❤ 1y
JennyM @Trashcanman and back to you George. I know things are tough at the moment - I‘m thinking of you. ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
lazydaizee I read this , it is a great story. I could not put it down once I started to read it. 1y
JennyM @nuttybooklady I agree - really great read. 1y
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Wondrous | Travis M. Riddle
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Thanks for the tag @MrsMalaprop 😘

1. York, UK 👶
2. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 🇦🇺
3. An older brother and a younger sister
4. Peter Rabbit 🐰

Would you like to play if you haven‘t already @KarenUK @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts

#wondrousWednesday thanks @Eggs

Tanisha_A ❤️ 1y
Eggs Loved Peter 🐇 !! Thanks for playing 💕💕 1y
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Aww, Barbara @BarbaraBB you are just the loveliest! Thank you so much for this package of wonders. I look forward to reading both books - extra special as they‘re from the other side of the world. Thanks my friend x 😘

Rissreads Very spoilt! ♥️ 1y
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll enjoy them! Well deserved Jenny ❤️ 1y
Tanisha_A Aw! How sweet! 1y
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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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A stormy few days has brought some massive swell 🌊 But we have a beautiful day forecast ☀️ and I‘m finally getting round to reading this one after being on my TBR for far too long!

Megabooks Enjoy! 1y
Butterfinger Just finished it and loved it. 1y
Cathythoughts Still to read this one ! Enjoy & look forward to your thoughts 1y
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BarbaraBB Enjoy! It‘s very good! 1y
Reggie I need to read this one. I‘ve read his first two books and loved them. Glad you had a fab day at the 🏖 🌊 🦈. 1y
JennyM @Reggie @megabooks @Butterfinger @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB it‘s really good so far 👍Heading home today - been so good to take a break and enjoy family time x 1y
BarbaraBB Happy you had a break with your family! 💚 1y
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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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Set in Northern Ontario in the 70s, this story weaves in the perspectives of three main characters who are all somehow connected to the disappearance of a young girl. We learn about past mistakes and loneliness, and what it means to love. Not quite as good as I hoped, but a nice easy read for the holidays 🏝

Cathythoughts Enjoy your hols 😘❤️ 1y
JennyM @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy. It‘s so good to be out of the house and away from home at the beach x 1y
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An immensely powerful book. Perhaps the most important book I‘ll read this year.

#AntiRacismBook #Booked2021

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A lovely story that was well crafted and definitely thought provoking. A #NewIn2021 that I was eagerly anticipating and it didn‘t disappoint 🤖 🌞

#Booked2021

LeeRHarry Lovely photo of yourself there Jenny 😊 x 2y
MrsMalaprop Ooh, this has been chosen for my book club this month 🤗. 2y
JennyM @MrsMalaprop I‘m curious to hear what you will all think! It‘s no way near his best but once I got over that and took it for what it was, I thought it was still really great. But I can see why many are giving it a so-so. Looking forward to your thoughts x 2y
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JennyM @LeeRHarry thank-you lovely 😘 2y
Freespirit Jen I love your new picture ❤️ 2y
JennyM @Freespirit thanks, Sally 😘 2y
charl08 Looking forward to reading this one- it just came in at the library. 2y
JennyM @charl08 hope you enjoy it 🤞 2y
Rissreads I‘m looking forward to this one! 2y
JennyM @Rissreads I‘m looking forward to seeing where you land with it. It‘s more like Never let me go than any of his others, but a little simpler I thought. 2y
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A joyous little read perfect for book lovers. My TBR has grown 😉

#TitleIncludesLibraryOrLibrarian #Booked2021

Come-read-with-me I absolutely loved this book! 2y
JennyM @Come-read-with-me a little gem and a good giggle 😀 2y
TrishB Great new pic ♥️ 2y
JennyM @TrishB thank you, Trish 😘 Sorry for the delayed response - I‘ve been having trouble posting comments 2y
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A beautifully written book (from the author of The Trauma Cleaner) about how we make sense of the world we live in and our place in it. It focuses on the lives of 6 people who come at things with VERY different beliefs, and I was moved by some of the stories and grumpy and challenged by some others! But I loved it for that - an antidote to the echo chamber. Great read.

Using for #JewishAuthorOrMC #Booked2021

LapReader Love the Readings Magazine. 2y
JennyM @LapReader me too! I get excited when it arrives each month 📚 Hope you are keeping well and weren‘t affected by the floods x 2y
LapReader @JennyM we lost water for half a day and power for 4 days but some people had it much worse. What about you? 2y
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JennyM @LapReader oh no. That must have been tricky with the kids with no power. Glad you‘re ok now. We had some very minor local flooding luckily. So sad to see after the bushfires. 2y
LeeRHarry Got this in my pile to read for Aussie April 😊 glad you weren‘t too affected by the flooding. 2y
BarbaraBB Sounds good. I was so impressed by The Trauma Cleaner! 2y
JennyM @BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry she is one heck of a writer! I would love her to write a novel - she has such a way with words and a thoughtful understanding of the human experience 2y
CarolynM I'm not sure if this is really my thing, but I have a copy from Well Read so I plan to give it a try. I'm encouraged that you liked it🙂 2y
CarolynM I love your new profile pic by the way😍 I suppose you changed it weeks ago and I've only just noticed😬🙄 2y
JennyM @CarolynM it‘s very well written. Some of the stories weren‘t as engaging, but I think she did an excellent job in weaving them together. I hope you enjoy it 🤞 And I‘ve only just changed my picture so you are on the ball 😃😘 2y
Jeg This book is on my TBR shelf. 2y
CarolynM Thinking of you in Brisbane 💕 Hope the 3 days will bring it back under control. 2y
JennyM @Jeg I really liked it - I hope you enjoy it too 🤞 2y
JennyM @CarolynM thanks my friend. I hope so too 😘🤞😘 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m intrigued! 2y
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Breathtaking | Rachel Clarke
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Winter #Booked2021 ✔️ and submitted in the new 📋online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNM9zdameJwnkQesQ2xQfS32LEzNIXmUmsDTWO...

1. #SetInAustralia - The Good Sister 🇦🇺
2. #NonfictionScienceOrSFWrittenByAWoman - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 🔬🦠
3. #BakedGoodsOnCover - So Lucky 🍩
4. #COVIDHEROS - Breathtaking 💔
5. #MustacheOnCover - This is Dali 🧔 🎨
6. #AuthorsFirstNamesStartsWithABOrC - Real Life 🅱️

JennyM Faves were Breathtaking and Real Life ⭐️ 2y
Kalalalatja You go! 👏👏 Real Life was great! 2y
JennyM @Kalalalatja it was so good! Excited to read what he does next 2y
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TrishB Great stuff 👍🏻 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! Thanks! 🥳🥳📚📚💕💕 2y
CarolynM Well done you! I've still got two books to read for this quarter😬 I'm doing #Summer 2y
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing the link 🎉💖Yay on completing first quarter #Booked21 2y
Cinfhen Tagged book sounds emotionally devastating/ did you feel it was too soon to read this?? 2y
JennyM @Cinfhen it was very difficult to read especially with all my family being in the UK and being so worried for them. So although it was a beautifully written and honest account, it was probably not the best time to read it. I had a few weird dreams as a result. 2y
Cinfhen I can imagine what this book would do to my emotional state 😭 2y
valeriegeary Excellent. Again...I am behind on this one. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I can read 2 books by the end of March I think. Plenty of time. 2y
valeriegeary Oh! Actually.... Now that I went and looked at the form and see you can check boxes through all seasons...I am not behind! Whoo hoo! 🙌🏻 2y
JennyM @valeriegeary huzzah 🥳 Hope you are keeping well x 2y
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Life After Truth | Ceridwen Dovey
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Mehso-so

I love a good campus novel, and this one - focusing on five Harvard alumni at their 15-year college reunion - sounded great. But it left me feeling a bit flat. Not quite as sharp as I was hoping and there was a really daft plot line at the end that I‘m not at all sure why was in the story. I had high hopes and waited ages for it to come in at the library. But overall, it was just an ok read for me.

Kalalalatja Bummer! 2y
youneverarrived That‘s a shame! Such a great premise aswell. 2y
JennyM @youneverarrived @Kalalalatja it‘s always a shame when you look forward to a book and it‘s not what you were hoping for 😕 2y
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Fresh Water for Flowers | Valrie Perrin
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Exquisite. It made me feel EVERYTHING and filled me with a warmth I‘ve not experienced for a long time when reading. I was bewitched. And I think if I read it at another time in my life, I would take a different wisdom from it. Beautiful book ✨🌸❤️

#TranslatedIntoYour1stLanguage #Booked2021

Thank you Sue @Suet624 for recommending it. Books like this are rare to find.

BarbaraBB Oh this one has been on my wishlist too since @Suet624 recommended it. Your review makes me even more eager to read it! 🌸 (edited) 2y
TrishB On my payday list tomorrow 😁 👍🏻 2y
CarolynM Sounds lovely. Stacked🙂 2y
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Suet624 I‘m so very happy you had the exact same experience I did. ❤️❤️ (edited) 2y
JennyM @Suet624 I could honestly hug you for sending it my way. Thank you 🙏 2y
JennyM @CarolynM @TrishB @BarbaraBB it‘s really something. I think and hope you will all love it 2y
Suet624 💖💖💖 2y
Cathythoughts Beautiful review ❤️already stacked from your previous post (edited) 2y
JennyM @Cathythoughts it‘s so lovely. I think you will enjoy it Cathy. Wishing you a gentle week ahead 😘 2y
Rissreads This sounds really wonderful, Stacked! How are you doing Jenny? School holidays? 2y
JennyM @Rissreads hey lovely, yes school holidays again! I feel like they‘re never at school 😬 Have this first week off so heading to Straddie for a few days of fun and (hopefully) sun ☀️ Hope all is well with you. Miss seeing you on here xxx 2y
Rissreads That sounds wonderful for you, nothing better than family time! Yes I didn‘t realise I have been off the grid on here for 3 months. A lot going on with my family so I‘ve been very busy but last night I spent 3 hrs going back looking at all my favs posts and catching up! I really have missed it so I will try to check in regularly! I‘ve missed a lot of the banter! X 2y
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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
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Inspired by her Mother‘s life, Cruz tells an important story about immigration and what it means to be a ‘good‘ daughter and wife. A quick read that left me with much to think about.

#LatinxAuthor #Booked2021

Cinfhen Awesome 👏🏼 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💜 2y
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Fresh Water for Flowers | Valrie Perrin
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Oh my ... I am loving this. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you Sue @Suet624 for posting about it. Exactly what my heart and head needs right now ❤️

TrishB This sounds good - stacked 👍🏻 2y
JennyM @TrishB It‘s making my heart literally expand when I read it! 2y
squirrelbrain What @TrishB said - sounds wonderful! 2y
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Suet624 I am so so so happy you are reading it. I swear I was under a spell when I was reading it. Especially the first half. Just a wonderful book. 2y
TrishB @Suet624 @squirrelbrain this is very tempting! 2y
Suet624 @TrishB Like Jenny says, I felt my heart expanding too while I was reading it. It‘s really quite something. 2y
Cathythoughts Yes ! Sounds lovely ❤️stacked 2y
MaureenMc Well, I certainly could use some heart expansion. *stacked* 😊 2y
JennyM @MaureenMc @trishb @Suet624 @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts it is beautiful. Really beautiful ❤️ 2y
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Ah Helen, thank you so much for my litsy stickers. I‘m chuffed to bits with them, and can‘t wait to put them to use. You are so thoughtful - thankyou ❤️

squirrelbrain Yay! They arrived! That didn‘t take too long after all.... Glad you like them! 😘 2y
JennyM @squirrelbrain it was super quick! They‘re brilliant- thankyou so much 😘 2y
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Maybe the Horse Will Talk | Elliot Perlman
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This was a sharp, smart, and quite funny read that revolved around inequality and the #metoo movement. Thanks @CarolynM for gifting this to me - I really enjoyed it. Very different to his other book I‘ve read (The street sweeper)!

MrsMalaprop Yes, quite different! A bit like 2y
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it😘 2y
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#Two4Tuesday brought to you Wednesday lunchtime 😆

1. I keep track of the books I want to read on Litsy. Every few weeks I check my library for the ones I‘ve recently stacked, and then look at buying the ones that they don‘t have and I want to read.
2. Not at the moment. But I was thinking of preordering the new Ishiguro.

Thanks for the tag @squirrelbrain 😘 and for hosting @TheSpineView 😘

squirrelbrain Oh, to be able to go to the library again! 2y
JennyM @squirrelbrain ☹️ It‘s so rubbish for you. I actually teared up when our library reopened and I saw my librarian friends. Sending hugs xxx 2y
TheSpineView Wednesday works! Thanks for playing! 😊 2y
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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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I cannot believe it has taken me till now to read Virginia Woolf. Love, love, love 💕

Tanisha_A Oh gosh, this book ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts Oh great ! I have this ... must read soon 2y
JennyM @Tanisha_A @cathythoughts her writing is 😍 2y
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Buechersuechtling Thanks for your abuzz review. I‘m secretly adding this to my sub now. Going to check out later that weekend if it‘s already on German “Guttenberg”-project. 😇 2y
JennyM @Buechersuechtling I really loved it. But she has a style of writing that might not be for everyone. Lots of flowing, long, meandering sentences - stream of consciousness stuff. 2y
BiblioLitten One of my favourite! It has all my heart♥️ 2y
JennyM @BiblioLitten I can see why! I‘m going to read this one next I think 2y
BiblioLitten @JennyM That won‘t be disappointing either. 💕 2y
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I liked the sound of this audiobook and noted that the author was from Yorkshire. Well, dear reader, it turns out that she grew up right where I did and I know the pub her family owned very well! Such a lovely surprise to hear the names of places from back home, especially as we lived in a tiny little place in the middle of nowhere. And it‘s also a really great listen...full of bookish goodness ❤️ 📚

Cathythoughts Oh that‘s so lovely! What a beautiful coincidence.... ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
wanderinglynn How neat! 2y
rockpools How lovely! 2y
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JennyM @Cathythoughts @wanderinglynn @rockpools it really is - so lovely and making me feel very nostalgic for my Yorkshire roots x 2y
Chelsea.Poole Awe! 📚 2y
Crazeedi That's just too cool! And sounds like a fun read! 2y
JennyM @Chelsea.Poole @Crazeedi it‘s been so nice to listen to. Reading really is like time travel sometimes! 😊 2y
Rissreads That is very cool! 2y
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The Group: A Novel | Mary McCarthy
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This must have been SCANDALOUS when it was first published! 😯 The social commentary is fascinating and there is a lot of ‘show and tell‘ about the social, family, work, and sex lives of these women. It‘s quite a dense book, and there were times when I felt a bit hit over the head with explanations & detail. But for a book published 60 years ago, it still has lots of fizz and verve. Looking forward to the discussions! #BestBuddyRead #Galentine

JennyM Thanks for sending me this copy too @LeeRHarry 😘 2y
Kalalalatja I‘m listening to it now, and so far, I agree with your review! 2y
LeeRHarry @JennyM you‘re welcome 😘 2y
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Cinfhen EXCELLENT review!! Definitely agree with EVERYTHING you said. Lots to discuss xx looking forward 2y
Cinfhen Also GREAT PHOTO ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
BarbaraBB Great review. I am halfway through and feel the same though I do think at times it could be (a lot) shorter! 2y
squirrelbrain My thoughts entirely - finished it last night and going to post my review later.... 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Great review! 2y
Cathythoughts Excellent review! I‘m nearly finished ... really really enjoying... it‘s so well written .. and yes scandalous! And very upsetting in places 2y
batsy I'm looking forward to starting it over the weekend! Nice review 💜 2y
Crazeedi Getting ready to read this weekend! 2y
JennyM @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain lol 😆 It could have done with a trim, and some skim reading definitely took place on my part 2y
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm thanks lovely. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts 💭 xx 2y
JennyM @Cathythoughts it is sad in parts. Glad you‘re enjoying it - looking forward to your review and our discussion xx (edited) 2y
JennyM @Crazeedi @batsy Hope you both enjoy it and I look forward to chatting about it with you all next weekend 😘😘 2y
JennyM @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I‘m curious how it is on audio. I‘m wondering if it would have made the book feel even heavier on the details or helped keep all the Group members clearer. Looking forward to hearing everyone‘s thoughts next weekend 😘😘 (edited) 2y
Jeg I read it years ago and I had an old copy on my TBR shelf. However I did a cull of my shelf and that one went. Might listen to the audio version one day. I know all those years ago I did enjoy it. 2y
JennyM @Jeg it was really fascinating to read about the lives of these women from the 30s. And I‘ve done that too so many times - I‘ve culled books and then wish I‘d kept them. 2y
Crazeedi @JennyM looking forward to it! I'm reading it now 2y
Freespirit I‘ve had this book on my list to read for so long Jen. 2y
JennyM @Freespirit I think a few people have! It was an interesting read, and made all the better by the discussion with the buddy readers at the end. But it was quite dated and very dense that was a bit of a slog to get through at times. Hope you are keeping safe and well 😘 2y
Freespirit Hi Jen all good here. From early March I have 2 months off work!! Lots of reading planned!!! Hope you and yours are well😘 2y
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The Mother Fault | Kate Mildenhall
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A quick, palate-cleansing thriller depicting a future that doesn‘t seem too hard to imagine!
Set in Australia, people are chipped, climate change has taken hold, and The Department takes care of everything and everyone who won‘t conform.
When Mim‘s husband disappears while working at a remote mine under suspicious circumstances, she embarks on a dangerous journey with her kids to find him.

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It‘s impossible to review this book without giving anything away. But I can say it‘s unlike anything I‘ve read - it‘s magical, has a talking bear & whale, oodles of literary references, & I was totally confused for a good chunk of it until it all made complete sense and I was 😭 at the brilliance. It‘s YA and I‘d be curious to see the thoughts of someone in that age bracket. Lots of buzz in Australia about it last year and I can see why 🐻 ❤️🐳

Reggie Ummm, how can I not stack after that review?! 2y
JennyM @Reggie I need to talk about it with someone, Reggie!!! It was so refreshingly unusual and the underlying messages were 😭😭😭 2y
BarbaraBB You‘re doing at again 😀 I‘m super curious now and will check it out! 2y
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JennyM @BarbaraBB lol 😂 I could not imagine writing this review in the first half of the book where I was really confused. But by the end I just loved it. Can wait till my daughter is old enough to read it. 2y
CarolynM Stacked🙂 2y
youneverarrived I‘m intrigued! Stacking 🤍 2y
Kalalalatja You had me at talking bear! 🐻😄 2y
JennyM @CarolynM I will be so curious to hear what you think 🤞 2y
JennyM @youneverarrived @Kalalalatja I think you‘ll both enjoy it. It‘s definitely different! 2y
TrishB This sounds like something my daughter would like. She doesn‘t read whilst doing uni though so I might save as a birthday pressie for later in the year! 2y
Tanisha_A Here I go again, stack stack! 2y
JennyM @TrishB it deals with some big issues (mental health just one) but being YA it does it very delicately and through the use of magical realism like talking animals! If C does read it, I would love to know her thoughts. 2y
JennyM @Tanisha_A 😘😘😘 Hope you are well, T 😘😘😘 2y
BookishMarginalia Stacked! 2y
valeriegeary Talking bear? Talking whale? If that hadn't sold me the cover would! 😍😍😍 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Intriguing! 2y
JennyM @BookishMarginalia @valeriegeary @erzascarletbookgasm the cover is sparkly beautiful and the writing is just gorgeous. Hope you enjoy when you get to it 🤞 2y
Reggie Just wanted to say I‘m 100 pages into this and don‘t know who to trust. I thought their mom died in birth but now she‘s a radio host. And you‘re right. The writing is lovely. 2y
JennyM @Reggie ooo, I cannot wait to hear what you think when you get to the end! Keep me posted 😘 2y
Reggie @JennyM So Summer didn‘t exist? She was just a coping mechanism. That‘s why she saw the bear and the whale(because they had been reading Moby Dick)? Edward was also a figment of her imagination. This is like the Bunny of YA. 2y
JennyM @Reggie yes!!! That‘s what I think but wasn‘t completely sure. Did you get emotional at the end? I was in bits when the whale said to Summer come rest in me, and then when someone (can‘t remember who) said to Winter that sometimes the end of the world isn‘t bigger than love. I felt that it was such a message of hope for a YA struggling with mental health and/or suicidal ideation❤️ Bunny of YA - that made me chuckle 😆 (edited) 2y
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JennyM
So Lucky | Dawn OPorter
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Mehso-so

This was hilarious, raunchy, and quite sweet. But it was also predictable and in your face, which got a bit too much for me by the end. Probably best for the beach or for when you need complete escapism, if you like this sort of book🏖

#BakedGoodsOnCover #Booked2021

Cinfhen It took me a second glance to see that was a doughnut 🍩 I thought it was a lifesaver 😂😂😂 2y
JennyM @Cinfhen lol 😂 I also had a hang-on-a minute-are-donuts baked moment?! But you can bake them, so this is a baked one on the cover 😉😆 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sure is a bright cover! 2y
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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Pickpick

An absolute beauty of a book that I feel deserves all the hype. The author touched on so many issues in a deft and tender way. And his portrayal of graduate life was, well, very real life! Thanks so much for reading this alongside me @CarolynM and for gifting me this gorgeous copy.

Hooked_on_books I‘m about 3/4 through this one and I completely agree! It‘s so good. 2y
Reggie Where do you think Wallace is in 10 years? 2y
Kalalalatja I‘m so glad you liked it, it is wonderful ❤️ 2y
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JennyM @Reggie ooo, good question, Reggie. I will reply in a spoiler 2y
JennyM @Reggie he didn‘t get the glittering research postdocs he thought he wanted, but he is still in academia teaching at a community college. And he‘s bloody great at his job - the students love him. After having lots of therapy, he‘s in a much better place now. He doesn‘t see any of his old lab buddies and, although he thinks of them at times, he doesn‘t miss them. He‘s found some peace ❤️❤️❤️ Can you tell I feel protective of him?! 😁 2y
CarolynM I hope you're right about 10 years on. I'm not so optimistic. Thanks again for the buddy read😘 2y
batsy @JennyM @Reggie I love this answer! ❤️ 2y
LeeRHarry @JennyM love this answer 😊 2y
JennyM @CarolynM @batsy @LeeRHarry I can‘t let myself think he won‘t be ok. Xx 2y
ephemeralwaltz Yes yes yes! 2y
Cathythoughts Nice review! I read it last year. ‘Real‘ is definitely the word to describe this one 2y
Reggie I love that you care so much for him, Jenny, and I love that you know Miller is no good for him, Carolyn. I think he was kind of born through fire that weekend and ends up in a research job doing well, even keeping in touch with that mentor friend of his. I can‘t remember his name. I ask this question a lot to people a lot and almost everyone has said therapy and I never thought about it. How funny. Thanks for the great answers. @JennyM @CarolynM (edited) 2y
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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“Money is always on their minds...They discuss the lives and fares of faculty the way one might track the paths of minor planets. Careers move in orbits, fixed by certain factors. One typically stays at the level of their graduate or postdoc institution, or goes one step lower...Fellowships lead to good postdocs, good postdocs lead to good grants, good grants lead to faculty positions....It all rises and falls on money”.

So very true!!!☝️

Kalalalatja This was really good! 2y
batsy This novel kept delivering tiny little bombs of insight. 2y
JennyM @Kalalalatja @batsy I‘m enjoying it so much - I don‘t want it to end xx (edited) 2y
CarolynM I'm enjoying it although I haven't got very far. Hoping to have more reading time tomorrow🙂 2y
JennyM @CarolynM so glad you are enjoying it, too. Great writing. Xx 2y
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JennyM
The Survivors | Jane Harper
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Pickpick

And she does it again! Another fantastic and compulsive thriller by Jane Harper, this time set on the beautiful Tassie coastline. She is a master at building tension, with some sort of revelation - big or small - coming nearly every chapter and leaving you wanting to know more. I think this might be my fave - and I didn‘t guess the ending!

TrishB Not out until later this week here. Sounds fab 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Sounds great!!! 2y
JennyM @TrishB @cinfhen hope you can get to it soon. I think you‘ll enjoy it. There are a few dead bodies, Trish 😁 2y
Freespirit She writes so well about place. The setting is like a character! 2y
JennyM @Freespirit she really does. I got totally swept up in this one. 2y
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Pickpick

‘Life is precious, and is perhaps best appreciated when we live with the end in mind‘.

A truely remarkable book about the process of dying written by a palliative care doctor brimming with compassion and wisdom. The stories are heartbreaking and I sobbed many times. But it also left me with a renewed feeling of purpose and gratitude for the things I have.

squirrelbrain I think I might need to read this one.... 2y
Reggie Oof. After Julie in Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, I don‘t know, but stacked anyways. 2y
JennyM @squirrelbrain @reggie it is definitely hard to read in parts. But it‘s not morbid. I‘m so glad to have read it. She‘s a pretty special doctor xx I think with your job, Helen you will get much from it xx (edited) 2y
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