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JennyM

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The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
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2000s | Stephen Feinstein
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I started the 2000s off with a bang, turning 18 the night of the millennium 🥳 It was then all about friendship, love, and big girl moves, with uni, travel, marriage, pets, house buying, and emigration. There were choppy hairdos, feminist reads, and lots of dancing...it was my 20s! #Belowzer00s

Tanisha_A Oh my god, that Koala picture, I am dyiiiing! 😭 And hi, beautiful! ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Love love love ❤️ fabulousness 2w
KarenUK Love this! 😘💕 2w
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Librarybelle Awesome! 2w
BarbaraBB You grew up on the other side of the world and yet is feels exactly the same. Also - you‘re gorgeous 😍 2w
Kalalalatja Love these pics! 👌 2w
readordierachel Love this collage! 2w
Megabooks Gorgeous wedding photo! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm I love these photos! ❤️ Especially your wedding photo, you look so beautiful!! 2w
TrishB Lovely ❤️❤️😘 2w
youneverarrived Gorgeous Jenny 💛 is your husband from York too? 2w
JennyM @youneverarrived he‘s from Wakefield - still hasn‘t lost his accent! 2w
BiblioLitten Those pics are beautiful!! Such memories ❤️💕😍 2w
CarolynM Lovely photos😍 2w
JennyM @BiblioLitten @CarolynM thankyou 😘 It was the decade before kids...and sleep deprivation! X 2w
Rissreads Wonderful photos and memories. I'm loving everyone's collages. If I had access to my photos I would post some of my own pictures but they are in boxes somewhere at home and I am in NZ. 2w
JennyM @Rissreads hope you‘re having a great time, Riss! 😘 2w
Rissreads @JennyM it's been great so far! 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful! I love the kuola pic ... you are beautiful ❤️ 1w
Tanisha_A Jen, how are you? 😍 Miss you here! 4d
JennyM @Tanisha_A hello my lovely. Thanks for thinking of me. I‘ve gotten out of my litsy routine over the hols and can‘t seem to get back into the groove. I must post some reviews- I‘m so behind! Hope all is good with you 😘😘😘 3d
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Find Me | Andr Aciman
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This #weeklyforecast is what happens a few weeks after all your litsy friends post their best reads of 🤣My library came up with the goodies that lots recommended...and I‘ve got more coming on hold.

Started the tagged book and Case Histories and really enjoying both. Hoping to use some of the other beauties to tick off a few challenge prompts 🤞

TrishB A good pile 👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen Great pile and all are Litten Approved 😄🥰 3w
JennyM @Cinfhen @trishb I‘d be lost without all your brilliant recommendations! 😘😘😘 3w
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Cinfhen Feel the same way about your book recommendations 💖😇 3w
BarbaraBB I hope (and am pretty sure) you‘ll love 3w
TrishB All of us ❤️ my photos are generally screenshots of everyone‘s piles of books!! 3w
JennyM @BarbaraBB I have a good feeling I will! Hope you‘ve settled back into your usual routine after all the festivities xx 3w
BarbaraBB Almost... tomorrow it‘s back to work and reality. How about you? 😘 3w
KarenUK Loved loved loved the Lionel Shriver! 😊💕 3w
JennyM @BarbaraBB hope it was a gentle day easing back in. I‘m lucky enough to be on long service leave so am not back till Feb 4th!!!! Still got to do some work but not in the office 🙌 2w
JennyM @KarenUK It‘s on the pile because of you 😃 2w
BarbaraBB That sounds wonderful. Lots of time to read! 2w
Rissreads @Trish snap! So are all my photos in my phone 🤣 2w
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As I emerge out of the festive fog, still not really sure what day it is, here‘s this week and a bits #bookreport. I also read an ARC, not pictured, but it was so bad I‘ll say no more about that 😬

I finished the year on 192 books, which is a record for me, and these were pretty good reads to end the year with.

Tanisha_A Wow! Amazing! Also, be safe. ❤️ 3w
TrishB Great stats 👍🏻 3w
JennyM @Tanisha_A thank you, T 😘 We aren‘t near the fires but my heart is breaking as the country burns. 3w
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JennyM @TrishB turning off the telly has had a huge impact on the amount of my reading! 3w
TrishB Apart from football I don‘t really watch telly!! 3w
Kalalalatja Hope you have had some lovely holiday days! And that book in the top left corner looks interesting, what did you think about it? 😊 3w
JennyM @Kalalalatja happy new year! Hope you‘ve had a good holiday too. It was a fascinating read - she‘s a well known Aussie journalist who was duped by a man who wasn‘t who he said he was. And apparently this type of thing is all too common! 3w
JennyM @TrishB if it‘s football the telly is on at ours too! ⚽️ 3w
Sace Sounds like you had a very productive reading year! 3w
Cinfhen Amazing 🙌🏻192 books is incredible!!!! I really liked 3w
Crazeedi congrats on great job! I have 21 Truths to read! 3w
Suet624 Matt Haig‘s book was terrific. 3w
JennyM @Sace @cinfhen @crazeedi Thank you. I read so many great books, too, which is the best thing. I also really liked 21 truths. To say it‘s written in list form, it got me teary in a few places 😢 3w
JennyM @Suet624 it was a great book to read around the mayhem of Christmas - a good dose of perspective! Hope you had a good festive holiday, Sue, and happy new year 😘 3w
Cinfhen It sounded so gimmicky but it worked so well!! Really Original (edited) 3w
Suet624 Had a lovely holiday, thank you. Best wishes for a wonderful year ahead. 3w
Rissreads 192 books! Wow! Are they a mixture of read and listened too? 2w
JennyM @Rissreads yep...it was 45 audios and 147 print books. If only I could read that number in print. How are you...heading to NZ soon? Xx 2w
Rissreads I read 44 print books and listened to 17. I didn't quiet achieve my goal of 50 print books, but there is always this year! I did more than double the amount of Australian books I read though, so very happy with that. Yep, I am sitting at the airport now waiting to board my flight. I catch up with Paula @Centique after the 15th. This is my first overseas trip in 24 yrs! I'm very excited to be travelling and to spend some time with my daughter. 2w
JennyM @Rissreads oh yey!!! Have a safe flight and enjoy your time with your daughter and Paula, too. I‘d love to see your photos with @Centique Happy holidays lovely 😊 (edited) 2w
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Such a special book for so many reasons. I‘m glad to have started the year with it. Thanks to recommendations by @TrishB and @Cathythoughts Gale is becoming a fave author of mine.

TrishB ❤️ an amazing read. So glad you liked it. 3w
Tanisha_A 👌❤️ 3w
Rissreads I have not read anything from this author. What were the other books you loved @JennyM ? 3w
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JennyM @Rissreads the other one I‘ve read is this one , which is equally brilliant 3w
JennyM @TrishB @tanisha this one really touched me 3w
CarolynM I've had a copy of this on the shelf for years but I've never read it. Obviously I should! 3w
JennyM @CarolynM I think you would enjoy it. 3w
Cathythoughts Oh yes! I loved this one too Jenny ! I havnt read anything else by him sinse ... I‘m going to try soon 3w
JennyM @Cathythoughts there‘s something about his writing that gets me ♥️ 3w
TrishB @Cathythoughts A Place Called Winter is lovely too ♥️ 3w
Freespirit This looks great...❤️❤️ 3w
JennyM @Freespirit it‘s a beautiful and thoughtful book about mental illness and it‘s effect within a family. I do think you‘d enjoy it. How are you all? Are you ok with the fires? Xx 3w
KarenUK Ooh.... I have this on my shelf unread.... gonna have to change that 😍 3w
Freespirit Hi @JennyM it is still smokey here with flair ups still happening, but not as bad as down south. We really need some good rain. Our farm got 358mm in 2019 which is less than 1/3 our normal...😥 3w
JennyM @Freespirit so heartbreaking. Hoping you get some of the ☔️ 2w
JennyM @KarenUK I think you would very much like my lovely 😊 2w
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'Round Midnight | Laura McBride
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This story is about four women who, over a number of decades, are connected through a Vegas casino. It was touching and ran deeper than I expected. And, yet again, I was impressed with how skilled McBride is at weaving complex stories together (although things did wrap up a little too neatly for me). But overall this was a great read and is worthy of more litsy love.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I have this one on kindle ... must get there. Still reading American Wife ... great storytelling! I think you found me a new favorite author 👍🏻😘 1mo
TrishB Stacked. Not familiar with this author! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Is it as good as 1mo
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JennyM @BarbaraBB I actually thought it was better, but in a quieter sort of way. How she manages to bring separate stories together amazes me! 1mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts @trishb I only just read her first novel and surprised she‘s not more popular. So glad you are enjoying American Wife, Cathy. It‘s a great story! X 1mo
BarbaraBB That‘s what I liked so much about her first book too. I must definitely read this one! 1mo
Kalalalatja I haven‘t heard of the author before, but definitely stacking! 1mo
Freespirit I don‘t know this author either. Hope you have a lovely Christmas Jen and try somehow to stay cool😍 1mo
JennyM @Freespirit you too, Sally! It‘s certainly going to be hot!!! 😘🎅🎄 1mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja she‘s only just new to me but she‘s very readable and I‘m surprised that she‘s not more widely popular. 1mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas, Jenny 😘🎄 1mo
JennyM @CarolynM hope you had a lovely Christmas Carolyn. 😘 1mo
Cinfhen Good to know!!! Happy Holidays 😘 1mo
JennyM @Cinfhen you, too Cindy! It‘s been busy - I‘ve hardly had time to read or Litsy! 😘😘😘 1mo
Tanisha_A Jennyyyyyy, happy happy new year to you and family! ❤️🎉 3w
JennyM @Tanisha_A happy new year to you too, T! Hope 2020 brings good things. Hope you‘ve had a good break from work with your family and friends. Much love 😘 xx 3w
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The story of a fake heiress was apparently really what I needed to read right now, as I just about inhaled this! I‘m not one for celebrity and social scene news, so I had no idea about the case. However, it makes for compulsive reading and I have a sore neck from so much shaking of my head in disbelief! She was a con artist and sociopath, and the tale is fascinating!

Hooked_on_books I had a very similar reaction. I really enjoyed this one. 1mo
JennyM @Hooked_on_books yep...I was totally sucked in! 1mo
Buechersuechtling Never heard of this book. I love your picture. 😃 And your review sounds really interesting. 1mo
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JennyM @Buechersuechtling it‘s a bit of a crazy ride! How are you, Jessica? Been thinking of you. Hope things have eased a bit x 1mo
LeeRHarry Stacked ! 😊 1mo
CarolynM I've not heard of this either, but it sounds great. I'm stacking it too🙂 1mo
Buechersuechtling @JennyM That‘s so nice of you. Thank you. 🤗 My weekend was hard. I feel like most of my obligations are to much for me at the moment. I‘ve hugely been running out of energy, recently, so it‘s not just the physical pain caused by having too much to do , it‘s also that I‘m mentally drained. I can hardly concentrate and I sleep badly, so I know very well how urgent rest and recouping is. But step by step I will recover. It just takes time. 1mo
JennyM @CarolynM @leerharry it‘s not cutting edge investigative journalism, but something about it really hooked me and I binged! 1mo
JennyM @Buechersuechtling sending healthy wishes to you. Hoping it eases with time x 1mo
Suet624 It‘s actually kind of amazing how many people get away with stuff like this. 1mo
Cinfhen That was my exact reaction too!! Couldn‘t put the book down but it‘s not a great book😛 1mo
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This week‘s #bookreport reading was pretty good....

A history of loneliness ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Loving Frank ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You belong here ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Looking for Alaska 🎧🎧🎧
I also watched 🎥 The remains of the day. I agree @Tamra it‘s as good, if not better, than the book!

My library holds #weeklyforecast is a bit of a mix, with a feel good about books, an interconnected story about 4 women in Vegas, and a fake heiress 👑

LeeRHarry Glad you enjoyed Loving Frank 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB I loved another book by McBride so I am looking forward to your thoughts on 1mo
Tamra 👏🏾💜 I‘m so glad you liked it! (edited) 1mo
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Cinfhen Me too @BarbaraBB 😉😉can‘t wait to hear your thoughts, Jenny!!! And I really gobbled up the fake heiress story even though it‘s not a very worthy investigative story it‘s very compulsive 1mo
squirrelbrain Great week, and more great-sounding books coming up! 1mo
Centique Oh I‘m glad you said that about the movie, I have that on my list to watch soon 😍 1mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry I so did! Fascinating couple! 1mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB @cinfhen I read that one a few weeks ago and was really impressed at how she brought all the character‘s stories together. This one sounds similar so I‘m expecting good things 🤞 1mo
JennyM @Tamra it made for great viewing. And they were all so young, like 1994 young 😆 Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson looked so fresh faced! @Centique I got a copy from the library to watch...I think you‘ll enjoy it! (edited) 1mo
JennyM @Cinfhen and this one is definitely compulsive reading! I‘ve just had an hour to myself and I‘m already sucked in. Never heard of the case either. 1mo
Cinfhen I think the less you know about Anna, the more compelling the story becomes 1mo
JennyM @writerlibrarian there a lot of love for it. Great book! 😊 1mo
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Family dysfunction, mental health, and trauma were all explored in this impactful piece of #ozfiction. I felt the big issues were realistically portrayed and I liked the hint of humour in how it was done. Having said that, however, I‘m still sort of left with a feeling of wanting more. The book was quite short, and maybe that‘s why, but I just didn‘t seem to connect to the characters as deeply as I wanted to.

JennyM @CarolynM I think we have the same take on it. @Rissreads @MrsMalaprop have either of you read this? It‘s set in Perth. 1mo
CarolynM Yes, I liked it, but I never felt fully engaged with the characters. It was good, but it could have been better. 1mo
JennyM @CarolynM completely agree. It could have gone much deeper - I wanted to know more about each of them. Thanks for the recommendation. I‘ll keep an eye out for any more by the author. 1mo
Rissreads No I have not read this but it's on my tbr list. I think I may have added it from when @CarolynM reviewed it. 1mo
MrsMalaprop No, I‘m not familiar with this one. 1mo
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A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara
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#top10ofthedecade #fictionedition

This was so hard to do!!! But here are the top 10 books from the last decade that have really meant something to me. Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen @Centique 😊

BarbaraBB So many of these I loved too! The others I definitely need to check out. Great list 💜 1mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB so hard to narrow it down! 1mo
merelybookish I also loved American Wife! 1mo
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JennyM @merelybookish I thought it was brilliant. 1mo
valeriegeary I've only read one of these! Wonder. Guess I should hurry up and get to reading! 😆 1mo
Cinfhen I KNEW I‘d love your list!!!! There‘s only one book im not familiar with so of course it‘s been added to my TBR 1mo
Cinfhen Well actually it‘s already on my TBR but now it‘s being moved up my find and read list ❤️thanks for sharing and I also really liked American Wife @merelybookish 1mo
Cinfhen A place for us is waiting to be read for #millennialAuthor #Booked2020 1mo
Freespirit Some great books Jenny! I was affected by A Little Life, really enjoyed Tin Man a a A Gentleman in Moscow..I need to look into the others xxx 1mo
JennyM @Cinfhen geez that was hard! I read it for #booked2019 and absolutely loved it! 1mo
JennyM @valeriegeary I‘d love to see your faves. I bet you have some great ones on your list! 1mo
JennyM @Freespirit so many great books to choose from. Have you done your faves? I‘d love to see what you pick!! 1mo
Rissreads So many I have not read......yet. 1mo
Rissreads @JennyM Is this list ANY books you have read in the last 10 yrs or does it actually have to be books published in the last 10yrs also? 1mo
Kalalalatja I have read half of these, and they where all 5⭐️, 4 of them even made my list 🙌 1mo
Centique I‘m so glad to see A Place For Us! It was so beautiful and so subtly told. And now I have to read American Wife and The Ramblers. 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Normal People was so good 👍🏻❤️great picks 1mo
Cathythoughts Stacking American Wife 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
youneverarrived We have 2 the same ❤️ Normal People almost made my list too. 1mo
JennyM @Rissreads you can do both, whatever helps you get your list narrowed down! Would love to see yours! 1mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja I had a feeling we‘d have similar picks 😘 1mo
JennyM @Centique it was so beautiful. It really moved me when I read it. Xx 1mo
JennyM @Centique it was so beautiful. It really moved me when I read it. Xx are you near the earthquake yesterday? Hope you are all ok XX 1mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts I think you‘ll enjoy it. Great book! 1mo
JennyM @youneverarrived soooo many to choose from, it was a challenge! Hope you are and bump are good x 1mo
Centique @JennyM it was near the middle of the North Island so we didn‘t feel it in Auckland. No damage anywhere though as far as the news websites I‘ve seen so thank goodness 🙏 Do you live close to the fire area in Aus? That‘s very worrying too. 💕💕 1mo
JennyM @Centique that‘s good to hear there was no damage. We aren‘t physically near the fires (we‘re in Brissie) but there has been a lot of smog since and temps are going to be crazy next week. It‘s going to be a long summer 😞🥵 1mo
valeriegeary @JennyM oh man....I just went through my list. I've only been tracking for 7 years but I can already tell it's going to be tough to choose! Do they also have to be published in the past decade? Or just our 10 best that we've read? 1mo
JennyM @valeriegeary it‘s hard isn‘t it?!?! It started out as those published in the last 10 years, but people have also gone with best read in the last 10 years. I say do whatever makes it easier for you!!!! 😊 1mo
Rissreads @JennyM I will work on my list today. 1mo
Rissreads @Centique I am off to Auckland for 2 weeks to see my daughter in January! Got any amazing/quirky book stores I should visit? ❤ 1mo
Centique @Rissreads oh gosh we are a little light on independent bookstores. Although I think @Lindy could have some recommendations from her last visit. I‘d recommend Unity Books in the central city for new books. For something quirkier I like Evergreen Books in Devonport (second hand books) Devonport is a lovely seaside village to wander around as well (short ferry ride from the city) 1mo
Centique @Rissreads I hope you enjoy your visit! Oh and I haven‘t been for years but Dear Reader in Grey Lynn used to be lovely. 😍 1mo
Lindy @Rissreads @Centique The Women‘s Bookshop in Ponsonby area has a well-curated selection. https://www.womensbookshop.co.nz 1mo
Rissreads Thank you both @Centique And @Lindy . Your recommendations will keep me busy! 1mo
Rissreads @Centique @Lindy any New Zealand books or authors you can recommend? I would like to read something fiction by a New Zealand author or a book set in Auckland or NZ. 1mo
Centique @Rissreads Umm theres Once Were Warriors or In My Fathers Den. Anything by Patricia Grace. If you like historical fiction I‘d recommend 1mo
Rissreads @Centique thanks, I will look them all up. I have seen the film of Once were warriors. 1mo
JennyM @Centique @Rissreads can I come with you?!?! This is making me want to visit NZ! 😘😘😘 1mo
Centique @JennyM @Rissreads yes do! And I‘m always keen for coffees and book chats and amateurish tour guiding as wanted 😊👍 1mo
JennyM @Centique @rissreads how fun would that be. Ah, one day 😀 1mo
Rissreads @Centique I would love to meet up with you for a drink and chat. ❤ 1mo
Suet624 Great list! I‘ve read a number of these and loved them as well. Took a snapshot of your photo so I can grab the two I haven‘t read. (edited) 1mo
BiblioLitten Wonder and John Boyne💙 1mo
valeriegeary I started working on my list today and I want to cry a little because how can I only choose 10!!?! It's an impossible feat. 😆 4w
JennyM @valeriegeary I know...it‘s almost too hard! I nearly didn‘t do mine because of it. Hope you‘ve had a lovely festive break. X 4w
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Loving Frank: A Novel | Nancy Horan
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After putting this off for the whole of the year I can finally join in all the love and say, what a book! Detailing the scandalous relationship between architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his married client Mamah Borthwick Cheney, we come to know a woman making decisions and leading a life well ahead of her time in the early 1900s. I‘m surprised I don‘t know more about her, so down the🐰 🕳 I go!

Freespirit Sounds like a must read Jenny😍 1mo
JennyM @Freespirit it‘s what I think of as a rich and satisfying read. I wish I hadn‘t put it off for so long! 1mo
Cinfhen This is STILL on my list!!!!! Maybe 2020 will be the year I finally read it. 1mo
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JennyM @Cinfhen not what I expected at all and in a really good way. She was a courageous lady! Hope you enjoy when you get to it (edited) 1mo
Kalalalatja I can‘t believe that your posts about it is the first time I noticed it! I‘m definitely stacking it 📚 1mo
squirrelbrain What @Kalalalatja said - and I‘m also stacking! 1mo
JennyM @squirrelbrain @Kalalalatja I think it might have been the very wonderful @BarbaraBB who put it on my radar! 1mo
CarolynM I have it stacked already (maybe from @BarbaraBB too) but I'm bumping it up my priority list on your recommendation 🙂 1mo
AlaMich FLW was a fascinating man. I was lucky enough to visit Taliesin in Arizona and it‘s absolutely worth a visit if you‘re ever there. 1mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t know if it was me but I did read it and loved it! I mentioned recently (maybe to you) that I bought another book about FLW immediately afterwards. Haven‘t read it yet though. 1mo
JennyM @AlaMich I can imagine that being fantastic! Their story has really made me curious to know more about them both. 1mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB I will have to check this one out as well. Fascinating character. 1mo
JennyM @CarolynM hope you enjoy it Carolyn. It‘s quite a story! 1mo
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This story is about the sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church in Ireland so, for that reason, it will not be a book for everyone. However, I thought Boyne handled the subject with sensitivity and courage. He writes so beautifully💔

Tanisha_A Never read Boyne, he is super on my list. Ugh, time. 😭 Also, can I park myself in your chair for the rest of December? It's lovely! 2mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A he‘s really great, I have no doubt you‘d enjoy his books. And you can come and sit in my chair anytime. How is work...any relief from it in sight? Hope you are looking after yourself 😘😘😘 2mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM Hi love! Aw, you are the sweetest. I am definitely visiting Australia sometime, and i shall sit in that chair then. ❤️ Work is better now, waiting eagerly for 19th 'cause that's when i start my holiday which goes on till Jan 1st. Eeeee! 1mo
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Tanisha_A Hope all is well there! 💙 1mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A yey!!! I‘ll start counting down to your hols with you. Hang in there! 😘😘😘 1mo
Suet624 I agree that Boone did job with this story. I kept thinking about the section where he realizes that moms are moving their children away from him while he‘s riding on a bus. 1mo
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Plans for the #weeklyforecast ☝️

I‘ve been saying I‘ll read Loving Frank since January, but this week I WILL read it!

Have a good week everyone 📚

emilyhaldi Loving Frank is so good!!! 2mo
JennyM @emilyhaldi I‘ve had a weird resistance to reading it and have put it off all year! No idea why, as I only ever hear good things. 2mo
CarolynM I'll be interested to see what you think of You Belong Here. 2mo
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Megabooks I‘m interested in your thoughts on Boyne‘s! 2mo
JennyM @CarolynM I got it out after your review - it sounds great! 2mo
Cinfhen Good luck with Frank 💚🍀I‘ve only heard good things 2mo
JennyM @Megabooks at halfway I‘m really enjoying it. Not my favourites by him but he tells a great tale, so it‘s still fantastic! (edited) 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen thanks Cindy! Will be good to knock this off the pile. And even better if I enjoy it 😊 2mo
LeeRHarry I loved Loving Frank!!! Hope you do too 😊 2mo
Cinfhen I wasn‘t too Gaga over the Boyne ~ it was just ok for me. And I‘m not familiar with 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved Loving Frank too. So much that I bought another book about him but that has turned out to be one I have a weird resistance towards! 2mo
Kalalalatja I have never even heard of Loving Frank, but I‘ll look forward to your review! It sounds interesting 🤞 2mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry I know...so I‘m extremely hopeful as you know how synced we usually are 😘 2mo
LeeRHarry @JennyM 🤞😘 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen it‘s not my favourite by him, but I do love his writing style, even though this is a tough subject 💔 The other is #ozfiction and one that @Carolynm recently read. (edited) 2mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB it‘s weird when we have these resistances to certain books. One thing that has put me off though is that the print in my copy is quite small and dense, so it is literally hard to read. I‘m really hoping I‘ll love it🤞 2mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja there is so much love for it. I‘m hoping I share some of it 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts Thanks! Have a good one you too 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
JamieArc Loving Frank is a book I will never forget... 2mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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This week went according to plan, with four books read and one in progress. I loved three, particularly The Fragments. But I was surprised to really not enjoy The five people you meet in heaven. I adore Tuesdays with Morrie, but this was not that, and I was glad it was short so I could move on. Boyne is fantastic as usual... #Bookreport

TrishB Great week 👍🏻 2mo
Cinfhen I found 5 people you meet in heaven disappointing as well / it felt forced and I didn‘t enjoy 2mo
Tanisha_A ❤️ 2mo
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The Fragments | Toni Jordan
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This book was an absolute treat and one that I could have quoted from all day long! A literary mystery that flipped between two timelines, I found the storytelling clever and really well done. I also really appreciated the locally authentic descriptions of Brisbane, quirks and all, which just added to the experience. #ozfiction at its best!!!

JennyM @CarolynM I thought this was excellent! 2mo
CarolynM Yay! So glad you enjoyed it😀 2mo
Freespirit I liked this a lot also😍 2mo
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Jerdencon I‘m currently reading this one and really enjoying it at about a 1/4 way in! 2mo
Cinfhen Your tree looks beautiful and the book sounds fantastic 💚❤️💚 2mo
JennyM @CarolynM @Freespirit @Jerdencon a really great read and her attention to local detail was just 👌- right down to the winds that bluster through the city every August 💨 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen we‘re starting to feel a bit more festive now with the kids finishing school yesterday for the year 🎄 🎅 (edited) 2mo
BiblioLitten I love the pic! Very festive🎄🤩 2mo
JennyM @BiblioLitten I so enjoy reading by the tree at Christmas. The twinkly lights 🎄 2mo
Rissreads Fantastic picture. Another book to add to my list! 💚❤ 2mo
JennyM @Rissreads it‘s a great read. I really enjoyed it. Have a lovely weekend 😘 2mo
Rissreads I'm going to See if the library has it. You too, enjoy your long service leave. 2mo
Cathythoughts Fabulous pic ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts new phone, which means even terrible photo-takers like me can actually make things look cool 😎 😆 2mo
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The Fragments | Toni Jordan
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#Bookreport - finished the bottom three, as planned! All were 👍

#Weeklyforecast - starting the week with the recommendation by @BarbaraBB (We are called to rise). After that, it‘ll most probably be two from yesterday‘s library haul. I also have Looking for Alaska as my 🎧

CarolynM I liked The Fragments a lot. Looking forward to your review🙂 2mo
JennyM @CarolynM that‘s next one up I think. I‘ve only heard good things so I‘m looking forward to it. 2mo
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JennyM @Cinfhen it was good but a bit predictable (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, that‘s how I felt about her last book I read 2mo
CarolynM One of my book group friends, who I usually agree with, really disliked it, so you never know. Hope you will like it, though. 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I would say so. It was a good enough read and it kept me entertained, but I wasn‘t wowed 2mo
JennyM @CarolynM I read the first page last night and was pretty impressed so I‘m thinking I‘ll probably enjoy it. And it starts off in Brissie, so that always 👍 2mo
Cinfhen Now I‘m curious about the tagged book that you and @CarolynM are discussing!! More info please 😉 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen It's a kind of literary mystery about a lost manuscript, told over 2 time lines. As I said I really liked it, but my friend thought it was contrived and and not well written. 2mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on We Are Called to Rise! 🤞🏼 2mo
Kalalalatja I‘m super interested in the Boyne book, so I‘m looking forward to your review! ☺️ 2mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB I‘m about halfway through and, while it‘s heartbreaking, I‘m enjoying it very much. 2mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja I‘ve been meaning to read this for a while - might roll over into next week, but it‘s on the bedside table, so I will get to it soon! 2mo
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Special Friendships: A Novel | Roger Peyrefitte
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Today I say thank you with all my heart to the #amazing Cindy as we mark the end of a Litsy era. You have welcomed me into this community with so much love, which means more than you could ever know, and your recommendations have fuelled my reading to another level! So cheers to you my friend. You are #amazing 🙏😘❤️

Cinfhen Awwwww, I‘m actually tearing up 😘😭😘😭I‘ve enjoyed our banter and book talk and friendship so much. I‘m still here!! I might not be a daily host but I still NEED my Litsy friends 👭 👫 👭 2mo
batsy Beautiful post 💕 2mo
JennyM @batsy @cinfhen books & friendship ❤️❤️ 2mo
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Cinfhen Those flowers are perfect 💗so here‘s to books, friendships and flowers 🌸 2mo
BarbaraBB Lovely post 💕 2mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous post! ❤️ 2mo
Centique What beautiful words! And the flowers are wonderful too 😍💕 2mo
Suet624 So, so true. 1mo
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Goodbye, Vitamin | Rachel Khong
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Ruth‘s father has Alzheimer‘s disease and, for one year, she heads home to help her mother care for him. As she learns to navigate her new role and changing relationship, her days are filled with both heartbreak and humour. And it pretty much left me a sobbing wreck 😭 #Illremember #movember

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds really good. Yet to read it .... 2mo
Cinfhen Great choice 💜this book didn‘t resonate with me the way I was expecting it too. 🤷🏼‍♀️ but that‘s just my #unpopularopinion 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @trishb @cathythoughts I think it got me as I found the story so similar to the stories I hear from family carers I meet for work 💔 2mo
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Crooked River: A Novel | Valerie Geary
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This was such a lovely, richly told story by the very talented @valeriegeary The sense of time and place was just perfect, and I felt deeply for the sisters, Sam and Ollie, as well as their recluse father, Bear. And bonus - I didn‘t see the ending coming, which had me flipping pages quickly and even shedding a tear at the very end. A book with heart and soul, and a few 🐝 and 👻 ❤️

Cathythoughts Lovely review!! Looking forward to this one 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts you‘re in for a treat. 2mo
valeriegeary ❤️❤️❤️ I'm glad you enjoyed it 2mo
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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Stevens, the long-serving butler of an English country house, is given an unexpected #holiday. As he takes a trip through beautiful South-West England, and further away from the house and his duties, he begins to reflect on his life and the class and culture of a changing Britain.

The writing is just gorgeous and I‘m already hooked - I think I‘m going to love it. #movember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts I‘ve only seen the movie ❤️❤️💔💔 2mo
Tamra I‘ve both read it and watched the movie countless times. As sacrilegious as it might be, I think the movie is better. Best two actors! So much is conveyed by body language alone. 💜 2mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts really beautiful - the kind of book I wish I could fold myself up into and pretend I didn‘t have to do stuff! 2mo
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JennyM @Tamra I will be watching the movie immediately after finishing the book! Beautiful x 2mo
Tamra @JennyM I hope you love Hopkins & Thompson together! Let me know. 😁 2mo
Buechersuechtling I listened to the audiobook only and this year and really really liked it. 2mo
Cinfhen @KarenUK LOVES this book!!! And she has great taste in books 😉♥️ 2mo
Freespirit Loved it!❤️❤️ 2mo
KarenUK @cinfhen 😘💕 @jennym so glad you are enjoying it....😊👍 2mo
Billypar Agreed with everyone else - I read this last year and loved it. The writing sucked me in right away, but the emotion building underneath the surface snuck up on me. Funny too- I thought Stevens' views on 'bantering' were hilarious (and as an awkward introvert, oddly relatable 😅) 2mo
sprainedbrain Great book! ❤️ 2mo
JennyM @Buechersuechtling @cinfhen @freespirit @karenuk @billypar @sprainedbrain it‘s fabulous and I can see why there‘s all the love for it. And it‘s just so British - I think Stevens might be related to some members of my family 😉 2mo
batsy Me too @Cathythoughts. Thought the movie was brilliant ❤️ I need to read this! 2mo
JennyM @batsy I think you‘d love it!!! 2mo
Rissreads This is another book on my tbr shelf. I think I will move it up as it sounds so different from other books I plan to read in the near future. 2mo
JennyM @Rissreads it‘s different from some of the books I‘ve been reading lately and it is oh so good! 2mo
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#ThePowerOfGoodbye and the wisdom of Pooh Bear 🍯
#movember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Awwwwww ♥️ 2mo
TrishB Great pick ❤️ 2mo
JennyM @TrishB @cinfhen he‘s a pretty smart bear, and piglet too! 2mo
batsy Love this 💕 2mo
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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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A deadly #fever gripped pretty much everyone in these ☝️
#movember @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Station Eleven ❤️👍🏻... don‘t know the others. Nice pic 2mo
Cinfhen Well done!!! Still have to read 2mo
batsy Like your image! 🦠 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen it‘s very sad! 2mo
JennyM @batsy germs! 🦠🤢 2mo
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The Power Of Hope | Kon Karapanagiotidis
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This memoir by Kon Karapanagiotidis, the founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Australia, is an absolute #rayoflight. He is a remarkable man who does some amazing work, and his story is fascinating. It will give you ALL the feels, and I cannot recommend it enough. #movember

Cinfhen #stacked Thanks for sharing 🌟🧡😄 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen a tough read but he‘s such a good man 2mo
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Crooked River: A Novel | Valerie Geary
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For this week‘s #bookreport, I read & enjoyed 3 books, particularly The Man Who Saw Everything. I also finished Girl, Woman, Other on audio, which was fantastic and definitely a winner for me.
My #weeklyforecast is a little quieter, as I have a busy week work-wise. But I‘m really excited to be reading Crooked River by our very own @valeriegeary . Then it‘s the Ishiguro rolling over from last week & The Confession for my commute 🎧

Kalalalatja Looks like a great week! 2mo
Cathythoughts It does look like a good week ! I didn‘t realize @valeriegeary has a book out ... stacked ! Woooohoooo❤️ 2mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja I think it will be! An hour into The Confessions and it is awesome on audio. And I can‘t wait to get into Crooked River. 2mo
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JennyM @Cathythoughts and I just know it‘s going to be fantastic! 2mo
Megabooks Great week! I‘m excited to read Girl, Woman, Other. 2mo
JennyM @Megabooks I have a feeling you will love it! 2mo
TrishB I‘ve just started Girl, Woman, Other 👍🏻 2mo
Balibee146 Great week and another good one to come. Hope the busy isn't too relentless 👍 2mo
valeriegeary @Cathythoughts I have 2! 😘 I think Crooked River is on sale as an ebook right now too for 1.99! 🙌🤗 2mo
valeriegeary Thank you Jenny! I hope you love it! ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @valeriegeary thanks !! I‘m in Ireland 🇮🇪, so not on sale here. But I‘ll be getting it soon anyway 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
KarenUK I 😍the Ishiguro... hope you enjoy! 😊🤞 2mo
JennyM @Balibee146 thank you. Monday already here...booooo 👎🏼 2mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts @valeriegeary I already think it‘s wonderful! Hope you enjoy when you get to it Cathy! 😘 2mo
JennyM @KarenUK I‘m really looking forward to it. It‘s been on my TBR for wayyy too long!!! 2mo
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Enzo, the dog who narrates this story, is like all our fur babies, and is just #livingforlove 🐶
#movember

Cathythoughts Yes lots of love with the fur babies 🐶🐶🐶❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Look at the face on the cover! 🐾 💙 2mo
TrishB Awww 🐶🐶❤️💜 2mo
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Freespirit Great book❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Awwwwww....sweet 2mo
Kalalalatja Awww that face 😍 2mo
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Hollywood Notebook | Wendy C. Ortiz
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These challenges are really not good for my TBR, because this sounds fascinating! I want to read it.

‘A prose poem-ish memoir of fragments where Ortiz takes us through the streets of LA and the internal maps she's charting as she moves from her twenties to her thirties in a studio apartment in #Hollywood. A cartography of love, loss, and transformation; it‘s a portrait of the author's psyche overlaid on a map of the city she makes her home.‘ GRs

Cinfhen That does sound good!!!!! 2mo
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I‘ve been intrigued by the buddy reading of the tagged book this month. So when it was sitting in the library yesterday, I took it as a sign and grabbed it. It also works for today - a #papadontpreach moment 😊
#movember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Love when the universe cooperates 😜 2mo
Hooked_on_books If you finish by Sunday, you can participate in the final round of discussions! They‘re fun and interesting. 2mo
JennyM @Hooked_on_books thank you. I should get it finished by then. Enjoying it so far 😊 2mo
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Kalalalatja Definitely a sign 😉 2mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja @cinfhen and especially as Nov 22 is the day JFK was assassinated and that is what this book is about! 😯 2mo
TrishB I‘ve looked at this one a few times! 2mo
JennyM @TrishB I‘ve had it on the TBR for a long while, so glad to be finally getting to it. Hope you‘re on the mend, Trish. The lurgy sounds terrible 😘 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen That‘s right! I love when dates coincide ❣️I couldn‘t get into this book and returned it unread to the library 2mo
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This was a beautiful book that I found myself totally immersed in. It had me stopping mid-sentence to think about the meaning of things - how our history defines us, how perspective is everything, and how brief moments can change us. Thanks @Rissreads for putting this in my hands.

Rissreads I'm glad you liked it! 💛🧡❤ 2mo
LeeRHarry Well I‘ll be stacking this one...obviously! 😏 2mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry would you like me to send you this copy? Riss sent it me and I‘d love it to be yours next. If you would, send me an email: Jenny.murfield@bigpond.com 😘 2mo
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LeeRHarry @JennyM oooh that would be lovely Jenny 😘 I‘ll email you now 😊 2mo
CarolynM Such a lot yo think about in this one. I'm wondering whether I should read it again because I'm sure there's lots I missed. 2mo
JennyM @CarolynM that‘s my exact thought, Carolyn. I think reading it again would see you process even more. 2mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry lovely 😘😘😘 2mo
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Nineteen Minutes | Jodi Picoult
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I don‘t tend to read Jodie Picoult but this sounds like a thought-provoking read about a school shooting.
#revolver #movember

Buechersuechtling This was my second Jodi Picoult. I was highly impressed. I like the way she describes mother-daughter-relationships. 😊 2mo
TrishB My daughter has this on her shelves but I haven‘t read. 2mo
Cinfhen I think I did read this book, when I was on a Jodi Picoult kick....but I‘m not such a fan these days 😬 2mo
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JennyM @Cinfhen @trishb @Buechersuechtling I‘ve only read one of hers a long time ago. It wasn‘t for me so I‘ve never picked any others up. But this sounds pretty good. 2mo
JenReadsAlot My favorite book by her 2mo
JennyM @JenReadsAlot I‘m going to read it -I think it sounds great! 2mo
Reggie I read this back in the day when we weren‘t overwhelmed by gun violence and it still had a shock factor. It was pretty good but I don‘t think I‘d read it now. 2mo
JennyM @Reggie hummm, maybe I‘ve missed the time for it then. I think it would be a definite library borrow rather than buy 2mo
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A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara
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A modern day #masterpiece that remains my all time favourite read ❣️#movember

Cinfhen I think that‘s a VERY fair statement!!! 2mo
TrishB Definitely in my top ten 👍🏻 2mo
Rissreads My top 10 too! 💛🧡❤ 2mo
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Kalalalatja So true! 2mo
AmyG Mine, too! 2mo
youneverarrived It definitely is. 2mo
Freespirit Wow I agree...such a heavy book...one that will stay with me forever! 2mo
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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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A pretty spooky tale of a nanny, an old house, and a dead child. Nothing whiz-bang but a good palate cleaner between heavier reads.

Megabooks I have this from the library now! 2mo
JennyM @Megabooks it‘s a quick easy read. Might be quite a good one to read while you recover x 2mo
batsy I love your description! "Nothing whiz bang but a good palate cleaner" can be such undemanding, fun reads :) 2mo
JennyM @batsy yep, it was a quick read that kept me entertained for a few days, but will remember nothing about it in a few weeks 🤣 2mo
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The Confession | Jessie Burton
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A beautiful #trueblue cover, with a story about a #luckystar novelist who‘s book is being made into a Hollywood movie. I‘ve got it on audio ready to go 🎧
#movember

Texreader Pretty! 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds great!!! I‘m excited for this book! Hope it‘s as good as the cover 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover 2mo
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Reviewsbylola She always has great covers! 2mo
Kalalalatja I always love the covers of her books, but I have never read anything by her 🙈 2mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja @cinfhen @texreader @cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola I‘m really looking forward to this one. It sounds very good 👍 2mo
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#Bookreport - Had a great week, with Fleishman turning into an absolute winner, the Swallows making for entertaining reading, & the NF King just 🙌 🌟

#Weeklyforecast - Not had much audio time, so am heading into the new week with Girl, woman, other still in my ears. Just started Ruth Ware‘s latest, which I seemed to burn through last night. Then it‘s either Levy or Ishiguro. Looking forward to both, so it will be a mood pick on the day.

Cinfhen Awesome week and looks like another great week ahead!!! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great week ahead. I loved the Levy but I absolutely adored 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Great week. Fleishman 👍🏻❤️. Look forward to your thoughts on Girl, Woman, Other , I have yet to start it 2mo
KarenUK Such a good week! 💕 2mo
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One heck of a #borderline is being crossed by the kids at Stonebridge Academy. But plans are afoot, and my Saturday night will be spent with the last 100 pages to see how it all plays out! #movember #smashingthepatriarchy 👊

Megabooks Loved this book! 2mo
Megabooks Also, this is my favorite of hers and an excellent audiobook! 2mo
JennyM @Megabooks oooo, thank you. I‘ll add to my audiobook list. Just finished this one - good book with a powerful message💥 (edited) 2mo
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Cinfhen Need to check out this book and yours @Megabooks xx 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen you have to suspend belief a bit. And I don‘t know what @Megabooks thinks, but it felt a bit YAish to me. Don‘t think it is though, is it Meg? 2mo
Megabooks @JennyM @Cinfhen I think all the teen characters could push it YA, but I felt the use of the teacher (Ms Witt) to really drive the story put it adult for me. My meter for YA is “would I hand this to a parent friend of an 8th grader (13/14 yo) and say, ‘your kid would love this!‘?” The answer to that question about this book would be no. At least not around here. 2-0 adult 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Cinfhen I like your barometer @Megabooks but I put YA at a higher age like 15-18 and that changes the perspective so I will adjust my expectations 😘 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I put it lower because I think that most kids that read a lot are starting the YA books in middle school. Are there some that I still consider YA, that I might say, “give some guidance with this one (to a 13 yo).” Sure. But overall, I put the bar a little younger. 2mo
Cinfhen That‘s probably true @Megabooks voracious readers are reading YA in MiddleSchool but I‘m not sure authors are writing for that particular age group. It‘s hard to understand/ classify these genres (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Books are for everyone and every reader!!!!! 2mo
JennyM @Megabooks @cinfhen so interesting to hear how you both gauge books. For me, it felt YA because of some of the themes (which I won‘t mention due to spoilers). But content wise I wouldn‘t give this to anyone under the age of at least 17. I‘ve googled, and I don‘t think it is classified as YA. 2mo
Cinfhen For me, if a book feels OVERLY DRAMATIC or OVERLY ANGSTY and it‘s filled with “ teen talk” I tend to classify it as YA 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen @JennyM I would say this is not that, Cindy! I agree there‘s different levels of YA. Like Julie Murphy‘s stuff I‘d definitely give to a middle schooler, but Emergency Contact is more 15+, but definitely angsty and romantic enough to be YA. Why is there always romance in YA????????? 2mo
Cinfhen I definitely have to read this now just to satisfy my curiosity @Megabooks @JennyM I did read and really like this book by Lisa Lutz 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I liked The Passenger too. I own it and How to Start a Fire, and I liked them so much, I bought The Swallows on pub day. 👍🏻 I haven‘t read The Spellman Files series, though. I‘m generally not into series. 2mo
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Frozen Thames | Helen Humphreys
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As we learn in these short stories, apparently the Thames has #frozen solid quite a number of times! This is one author I‘ve been meaning to get to. #movember

BarbaraBB We had the same thought! 2mo
Cinfhen You and @BarbaraBB are in sync today 💕💕 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @barbarabb who knew a frozen Thames would feature in so many stories! #youliveandlearn 💦 2mo
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TrishB And me - was about to do this one! It‘s a lovely read and she‘s a great author. 2mo
JennyM @TrishB I‘m waiting on the Evening Chorus from the library - I remember your review was just so lovely 📚 2mo
TrishB She writes so beautifully. 2mo
saresmoore I loved this book! 2mo
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I like Matt Haig and his observations of #humannature. Not read this one though. #movember

erzascarletbookgasm Love the graphic. 2mo
Cinfhen Good choice!!!! I wasn‘t such a fan of this book but that‘s an #unpopularopinion 2mo
batsy Sweet cover 🐕💫 2mo
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julesG It's on my #HopefullySoon pile. 😉 2mo
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy I like the cover, too and I thought we needed some sparkles for a Thursday ✨ (edited) 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @julesG I was looking at the reviews and some people really slammed this one. Sounds a bit different to his usual books (edited) 2mo
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Throughout this book, I constantly and fiercely flipped from loving it to hating it, and I very nearly bailed halfway. So I‘m really surprised to find myself saying this, but I think this might be one of the best books I‘ve read all year! The last 70 pages (Rachel‘s section) were phenomenal and I finally got it. It‘s layered, clever and really insightful. Highly recommend...even if I did spend most of my time eye rolling Fleishman!

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m intrigued! 2mo
BarbaraBB Such an intriguing review! I can‘t wait to read this one! 2mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm I think when an author can make you feel like I did reading it, they are really talented! I know Cathy @Cathythoughts loved it, and I can‘t wait to hear everyone else‘s thoughts. (edited) 2mo
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Branwen I completely agree with you and had a similar experience while reading it! I was so frustrated with Toby and then when I got to Rachel's section it hit me like BOOM AND I totally got it! I also think it's one of the best books I've read this year! 2mo
JennyM @Branwen I think it would be a fabulous bookclub read. So much to talk about!! 2mo
Kalalalatja Well, with a review like that, I have to stack it 😄 2mo
Hooked_on_books I love it when that happens! 2mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja I am so curious how you‘d like it, particularly with your psychologist hat on 2mo
JennyM @Hooked_on_books sign of a good book! 2mo
TrishB It‘s definitely a future read! 2mo
Cinfhen Oh wow! Good to know!!!! I think this will be a future bookclub choice 2mo
JennyM @TrishB @cinfhen I did not expect to be giving this a pick based on how I felt last week! 2mo
Cathythoughts What a great review 😁! I loved this one X 2mo
batsy Great review 💜 I'm triple convinced by you, @cathythoughts and @merelybookish 😁 2mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts if it wasn‘t for your love of it Cathy I‘d have bailed. And I am SO glad I didn‘t😘 2mo
JennyM @batsy I would love to know what you think of it!!! 2mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM 😘. I‘m dying to hear @batsy ‘S take on it too 2mo
merelybookish Fun review! I saw your earlier posts so I am surprised too that it ended up a pick. 🙂I loved this book and am now a bit obsessed with the writer. She did a recent profile of Tom Hanks in the NY Times that made me cry. 2mo
marleed I loved this book and how it was written. I keep thinking about it. 2mo
cathipink I really liked this one too 🙂 Glad you ended up enjoying it! 2mo
JennyM @merelybookish @marleed @cathipink the author is one to watch for sure! Very cleverly written! 2mo
Rissreads You have me so intrigued @JennyM 2mo
Rissreads Stacked!!!!!! 2mo
JennyM @Rissreads it had me all over the place, Riss! I‘m so curious to hear how you‘d find it x 2mo
Rissreads @JennyM the description doesn't interest me at all. But everyone's comments do! 2mo
Suet624 Love how the struggle of reading it paid off. 2mo
JennyM @Suet624 I tend not to bail on books because of the ‘just in case it gets better‘ factor. And this book is a prime example! So glad I didn‘t bail!!! X 2mo
Suet624 Your review is the only reason I‘ve continued to read this book. A definite struggle. 2mo
JennyM @Suet624 how far are you along? It really wasn‘t until the end that it came together for me. It was certainly a struggle, and all the Tinder talk was just 😡, although I think it was supposed to be funny (didn‘t work for me though). Hope you ‘enjoy‘ it in the end. Xx 2mo
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The Book of Essie: A novel | Meghan MacLean Weir
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Essie belongs to a conservative Christian family who are popular reality TV show stars with a mass following. But when she gets pregnant at 17, things are not #likeaprayer and we begin to see that this family is not as reverent as they want to appear. #movember

Cinfhen Hmmm, art copying real life?!?! I should probably read this one day since I‘m vaguely fascinated by the Duggar Family. 2mo
RedxoHearts Thanks for sharing I added this one to my TBR 2mo
LA_Mead I loved this book so much! 2mo
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britt_brooke I need to move this up in my TBR! 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @RedxoHearts @britt_brooke I finally got to it earlier this year, and it‘s a pretty good read. I think it was also a BOTM a while back, so you‘d be getting through your backlog too! 😊 2mo
JennyM @LA_Mead it was not what I expected, and in a good way 👍 2mo
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Things My Son Needs to Know about the World | Fredrik Backman, Neil Smith
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Funny and relatable to most owners of little humans, Backman offers words of wisdom for his young son to read in the #future. #movember

Megabooks Such a good book! 2mo
JennyM @Megabooks I was either snorting with laughter or crying with empathy 2mo
Cinfhen This sounds like a lovely #OneSittingRead 2mo
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JennyM @Cinfhen it is - super short and sweet 2mo
Kaila-ann I don‘t have a tiny human but this was such a cute book. 2mo
JennyM @Kaila-ann it‘s such a lovely read and one I think pretty much everyone can appreciate 2mo
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Litsy is full of #beautifulstranger (s) who have become beautiful friends. And this lovely little package and card arrived today as a reminder of that. Thank you Nerrisa @Rissreads for your thoughtfulness 💜#movember

Cinfhen Awww, that‘s so lovely and so true😍and this book is meant to be excellent 2mo
Rissreads You are very welcome. Litsy has really been a shining light in my life. The people are amazing. I hope you enjoy the book. 😘 2mo
JennyM @Cinfhen lovely to come home to x (edited) 2mo
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JennyM @Rissreads it really is a special place. And I shall be stalking your TBR to send you something, unless there‘s a book you‘d particularly like. Thanks again, Riss. It means a lot 😘😘😘 (edited) 2mo
Rissreads Please don't feel obligated I have way too many books to read!🤣🤣🤣 2mo
JennyM @Rissreads you can never have too many books to read!!! I‘ll do some sleuthing 🕵️‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
Kalalalatja What a lovely cover! 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one 2mo
JennyM @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja it‘s such a beautiful looking book. And I‘m really looking forward to reading it! 2mo
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This sounds a fun read!

#ghosttown #movember

batsy It's on my list too! I heard that a previous book of hers is also good 2mo
JennyM @batsy I‘ve not heard of that one before. Sounds good 👍 2mo
Cinfhen This does sound fab 2mo
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Bookishthoughts Cool cover! 2mo
TheSpineView It was a fun read. Hope you enjoy! 2mo
JennyM @TheSpineView that‘s good to hear. I‘ve not seen to much about it but it sounds great! 2mo
JennyM @Bookishthoughts I think so, too. Looks fun! 2mo
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My plans for this #weeklyforecast 📚

JennyM @Megabooks I‘m looking forward to it 👍Hope you are doing ok and are feeling better each day x 2mo
Megabooks Thank you! I am 😁 2mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, the Swallows sounds really good!!! And you know I LOVED 2mo
Kalalalatja The tagged book sounds really interesting! I‘ll look forward to your review ☺️ 2mo
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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There is so much love for this book about one summer spent on a beautiful island (#laislabonita) by Sophia and her grandmother. I must get to this soon 🏝 #movember

Abailliekaras Love love love this book ! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love this 👍 3mo
Cinfhen Need to pick this book up!!! Another one I‘m adding to #PotentialBookClub list 3mo
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batsy Great choice! Adding to the lovefest for this one 💙 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely post 3mo
LeeRHarry Such a quiet, gentle read 💕 3mo
Freespirit I loved this book.❤️ 2mo
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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For this week‘s #bookreport, I finished Testaments on 🎧 and it ended up a so-so for me. I finished and enjoyed the new Sarah Bailey (an 🇦🇺 author) and am now in the middle of Fleishman and King. I‘ve put Fleishman down for a few days - it‘s just not pulling me in. BUT, all the 🌟 for King‘s writing memoir. Brilliant, funny and just what I need to get my creativity flowing as I finish a rather dull paper for work.

rachelk Yes! ‘On Writing: Memoir of the Craft‘ is brilliant! 3mo
JennyM @rachelk he is so smart and so funny! It‘s a fantastic read! 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard others say that Fleishman is a tough start. I‘ll be curious to see if anything changes next week. Thanks for sharing your weekly reads!!!! 3mo
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TrishB I might wait for Fleishman on a kindle deal. 3mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @trishb don‘t let me put you off cos it‘s probably more me than the book. But I do feel like I‘m reading something different to what‘s been hyped. I‘m not getting all the nuances or the characters at all...I‘m mainly doing a lot of eye rolling, so it‘s probably just me being a grump 😬 (edited) 3mo
JennyM @Hooked_on_books I wish I‘d read it years ago! 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved Fleishman... but I didn‘t have any preconceived idea of it ... & I missed the hype 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts I‘m gonna give it another try in a day or too. You and I usually have similar taste in books, so you have me wanting to keep going. It hasn‘t helped reading it while being away and tired, so I do think my headspace is a factor in it. X 2mo
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Advice from one of most #iconic writers of our time on how to #expressyourself. Bumped this up as my next read - I‘ve heard it‘s a little gem 💎 #movember

CarolynM 👏👏👏 3mo
TracyReadsBooks Love this book! It‘s an excellent read. 3mo
JennyM @CarolynM thank you! The book prompt fairies were looking over me when I packed this one for my work trip 🧚‍♀️ (edited) 3mo
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JennyM @TracyReadsBooks if the foreword is anything to go by, I‘m in for a treat! 3mo
Cathythoughts In always hear great things about this book 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts Cathy, it‘s brilliant. I really think you‘d enjoy it. I imagine it being great on audio, as I believe Mr King narrates it himself 3mo
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I‘m away with work for a few days, which means lots of time peopling and me generally finding myself #crave (ing) for quiet time with my book (which is very good after a not so sure start). But my room is lovely and, if you squint hard enough, you can see kangaroos sun-baking on the lawn past the water 🦘 #movember

squirrelbrain Ugh, peopling... looks a lovely place though! 3mo
Cinfhen that‘s pretty fantastic/ getting to see Kangaroos lounging in the sun!!! This book is HIGH up on my radar so I‘ll be very curious to see your review (edited) 3mo
JennyM @squirrelbrain it‘s tiring being sociable all day. And then it‘s drinks and dinner, and I just want my bed and book 😩 3mo
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JennyM @Cinfhen they are super friendly 🦘as well. The book is good, but it took me a little getting used to. It felt a bit contrived and gimeky for the first 50 pages. But then it seemed to settle, and now I‘m really enjoying it. I will be so interested to see how you find it. 3mo
TrishB Enjoy your break 😁 know that feeling! 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely pic ! I hope you enjoy the book ... I really did. As for being sociable all day & THEN dinner & drinks .... I hear you. Some people thrive on it ... I‘m with you , I find it exhausting .. and over the years I‘ve got better at excusing myself early 👍❤️ 3mo
Lizpixie We stayed at a campground at Lake Conjola on the south coast of NSW a few years ago, the place was crawling with kangaroos, possums, birds, wallabies & wombats. They‘d come up to the tent looking for food with joeys hanging out their pouches.🦘 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ooo, 🦘 enjoying the sun! Looks like a lovely place. Hope you‘ll enjoy some quiet time in the night. 3mo
Tanisha_A Lovely view! Enjoy! ❤️ And, I want to read this too. 3mo
LapReader That looks like a place I stayed at in the Hunter. 3mo
batsy Boo to the constant peopling! But yay for this stunning view. Hope it's not too taxing and you get to enjoy 💛 3mo
LeeRHarry There‘s so much buzz about this book atm, hope you continue to enjoy it😊 3mo
Buechersuechtling @JennyM @Cathythoughts I perfectly understand what you‘re saying. I am so like-spirited. I don‘t like peopleing and I‘m not good at it, either. But please, Cathyhoughts, reveal some of ways of credibly excusing yourself, maybe I can use them also. I mean, what can one say: “Excuse me, I need some me-time for reading.” surely is no clever idea, is it❓ 3mo
JennyM @TrishB @Cathythoughts it‘s just so much hard work talking to people. Hats off to extroverts! And I seem to have found my groove with Fleishman now. No chapter headings, different narrators and lots of middle-aged man talk about porn threw me! But I‘m enjoying it now 😂 3mo
JennyM @Lizpixie @lapreader we‘re at Hope Island on the Goldie and there are kangaroos everywhere!! 3mo
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie. I‘m snuggled up now fully peopled out! X (edited) 3mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A @LeeRHarry thanks lovelies. This one is getting lots of hype - wasn‘t sure at first but I‘m into it now 😘 3mo
JennyM @batsy I knew my Litsy peeps would understand! Peopling is hard! 😘 3mo
JennyM @Buechersuechtling @Cathythoughts I‘m learning to stay for as long as I can and then excuse myself when I‘ve reached my peopling limit 😂. I‘m usually one of the first to leave but I think people do understand - they know I‘m quiet and there are always a few other introverts who will leave when you do. (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts @Buechersuechtling @JennyM I don‘t have any magic wand excuse ... but there was a time I would have been afraid of drawing attention to myself or of being rude by leaving early .... now I feel stronger in myself & simply say goodnight & thanks! & I don‘t care if I‘m the first to leave anymore. I‘ll only end up wrecked & really stressed if I stay too late 🤷🏼‍♀️hope that‘s helpful ❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts Re the book , I remember the middle aged men & the porn was annoying at the time. But the rest was so good , I kept on going. And I‘d forgotten all about that side of it till you mentioned it there 3mo
Buechersuechtling @JennyM @Cathythoughts Thanks for reminding me to stand up for my own well being. I think that counts as magic wand. ✨ 3mo
Itchyfeetreader This made me laugh. I have just unashamedly run away from a weekend with colleagues in the midst of 2 weeks of peopling and dived into this book! 3mo
JennyM @Itchyfeetreader hope you manage to sneak away as often as possible. I was only 3 days away and, man, I‘m so glad to be home!!! Peopling is hard!!😊 (edited) 3mo
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Atonement | Ian McEwan
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#sorry (and sorry for the terrible 🎥 tie-in cover) #movember

erzascarletbookgasm This book ❤️💔. The cover‘s not that bad, some others are worse! 3mo
batsy It's OK, you never have to apologise for James McAvoy 😁😍😍 3mo
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy lol...they just look so intense with their longing stares 😆 3mo
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Cinfhen Still on my TBR!!! And im agreeing with @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy cover isn‘t bad although I see what you mean about those angsty faces 3mo
Kalalalatja This is the movie that made me crush on James McAvoy 😍😍 but I‘m with you on the cover! 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes they do look intense ! I don‘t know what it is about Keira Knightly, but I can‘t take to her ..... I really want to read the book though (edited) 3mo
batsy @Cathythoughts I'm swooning over James' face, Cathy #shameless 😂 Agreed, I too can't quite warm to Keira ... Not sure why. The book is very good ❤️ I was so emotional by the end of it. 3mo
Centique @batsy *swooning here too* #synchronisedswooning Did you see him in Becomjng Jane? One of his earliest movies. Apparently not that accurate about Jane Austen but I didn‘t care cos I was in lurve..... Now I‘m going to have to go watch that again. 3mo
Centique And oh yes - what a book! One of the biggest emotional roller coasters ever, I totally loved it. 😍 3mo
batsy @Centique Yessssss! Swoon central! 😍 I have to say I loved the movie despite accuracy issues. And now I want to watch it again, as well 😂 3mo
batsy @Centique Also, that hashtag 🤣 3mo
JennyM @batsy @Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen @Centique so it looks like we‘re all team James, not so much Kiera! 😆 - it‘s a very good read though (edited) 3mo
batsy Apologies @JennyM for camping out in your comments to swoon over McAvoy 😂🙈 3mo
JennyM @batsy 😂😂😂 drool away, it‘s all part of the #synchronisedswooning 3mo
Tanisha_A Joining y'all in #syncronisedswooning. 🤤 And, I feel like watching the movie too @batsy and @Centique 😁. I think tonight 3mo
KarenUK Love this book and movie so much! And I love Keira! #teamkeira 😂 ... that green dress! That library scene! And #syncronisedswooning may be the best hashtag ever! @cinfhen @jennym 3mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A @karenuk love it! Hope you enjoyed rewatching the movie 🎥 3mo
Freespirit Another great book! 2mo
JennyM @Freespirit how are things looking with you, Sally today? Hope you are doing ok xx 2mo
Freespirit Better today. Tomorrow they are predicting a hot windy day :( xxx 2mo
JennyM @Freespirit I‘ve just been reading about the expected conditions tomorrow. Pls let us know if we can help in anyway. Stay safe and thinking of you xxx 2mo
Freespirit Thanks @JennyM 😘😘 2mo
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Where the Dead Go | Sarah Bailey
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My latest read has a #gonegirl theme, with the disappearance of a 15 year old girl and the murder of her boyfriend. Halfway through, I‘m liking it and have no clue who‘s done what or why🕵️‍♀️ #movember

Cinfhen Hmmmmm, sounds REALLY good!!! Is it YA?? I really liked Gone Girl but I find most books didn‘t really hold up to that comparison so I‘m intrigued by this one. 3mo
JennyM @Cinfhen not YA, but no way near as good as Gone Girl, although I am enjoying it. Very police procedural and it‘s also book 3 in a series, and I think you kinda need to read the others to get the main detective character 3mo
Cinfhen That‘s good to know!! I‘ll pass ~ thanks 😊 3mo
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JennyM @Cinfhen and I see I‘ve missed half the prompt off #girlsgonewild and got it completely wrong 🤪 It‘s a Monday 🙄 (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen It works for me 🙌🏻🎉😊 3mo
Centique PS the fabric you‘re wearing looks gorgeous - makes a lovely photo! 3mo
JennyM @Centique thanks my lovely. It‘s my favourite long skirt - I just about live in it all summer 💐 3mo
Centique @JennyM it‘s gone from winter to summer in about 3 days here so I‘m currently trying to find enough summer clothes - and I‘m definitely envious of your skirt! 😍 Are you in Aus? 3mo
JennyM @Centique it‘s always so sudden the change in seasons. Although I‘m in Brissie so it does tend to just be varying degrees of hot 🥵 3mo
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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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Jayne Eyre as a serial killer 😮 Suffice to say, there‘s no #rescueme in this reimagining - I think she might save herself! #movember

Kalalalatja Loved this! 3mo
JennyM I need to read - I always hear good things 3mo
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Freespirit Oooh I like the sound of this😊 3mo
writerlibrarian She has indeed saved herself 😀 3mo
JennyM @writerlibrarian @Freespirit it sounds fantastic! 3mo
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Where the Dead Go | Sarah Bailey
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Top ones are my #bookreport for the week: enjoyed all the print books, particularly Lady in the Lake, which I didn‘t expect to as it‘s been getting mixed reviews. Still going with The Testaments on 🎧 but #unpopularopinion, if it wasn‘t an Atwood, I think I might have bailed 😬

Bottom ones are my #weeklyforecast. Tagged book is #3 in an Aussie cop series (Jane Harper-ish) & I CANNOT wait to get Fleishman that‘s waiting for me at the library!!!

Eggs 💗Lisa Jewell 3mo
JennyM @Eggs I really liked this latest one. Again, I‘ve seen mixed reviews, but I thought it was one of her better ones...couldn‘t put it down 😊 3mo
Cinfhen I liked Lady in the Lake and LOVED Bad Blood!! I‘m dying to read Fleishman but I‘m waiting for the paperback version available in April!!!!! 3mo
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Cathythoughts I listened to The Testaments too. Not sure I could have read it. It‘s on for our Bookclub this Friday , so it will be interesting to hear what the ladies think. I did not think it a prize winning book. 3mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts I think watching the TV series has spoilt it for me. I feel I know where it‘s going. And I suspected I‘d feel like this - it has big shoes to fill 3mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I have high expectations for Fleishman! 3mo
Cinfhen I was VERY disappointed with 3mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I‘m definitely with you on that. 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved Fleishman 👍. I have Bad Blood on my kindle , but I‘m not inclined to read it 🤷🏼‍♀️... maybe I‘ll try soon 3mo
TrishB Fleishman only my radar at some point! Looks great. 3mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts @trishb I got very excited after your review, Cathy. Looking forward to getting my mitts on it 3mo
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All the birds singing (#Music to my ears 😉) has been on my TBR for a while. Hoping to get to it by the end of the year....along with all the other ones I‘ve convinced myself I‘ll get to! #movember

Cathythoughts Lovely cover & sounds really good 👍❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen Or you could wait until #Booked2020 .... this would work for a prompt #SneakPeek 3mo
JennyM @Cinfhen oooo, happy days! My groaning end of year TBR says thank you! 😆 3mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts it‘s been one that I‘ve been meaning to get to...gets looks of praise 3mo
Cathythoughts Cindy is really teasing us with her #sneakpeek 😂😂 @Cinfhen 3mo
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