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JillR

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Amanda and Clay rent an AirBnB in remote farmland as they can‘t quite afford the beach. Then the owners return; is it true something terrible has happened in New York? Or is it a scam? We watch the following days unfold with tantalising teasers, undertones of racism and privilege, and a sense of dread, unease and claustrophobia. This is unusual, clever, entirely absorbing and feels extremely timely.

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 this one has been on my kindle a while. 3d
JillR @trishb I‘d avoided it for a bit as I wasn‘t sure from the reviews whether I‘d like it, but it‘s a really good, quick read! Did I see you‘ve got/had Covid? If so hope you‘re feeling better x 3d
TrishB Thank you 😁 just getting over the tiredness! 3d
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Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book too 👍❤️ 2d
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘ve been wondering about you too. So glad your nearly better ❤️ (edited) 2d
TrishB @Cathythoughts thank you Cathy ❤️ 2d
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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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So good! This story culminates in an impossible love triangle. Before that, it slowly drifts back and forth through Eleanor‘s life; her childhood, her parents, the places. The timeline is disjointed but it works. It shocks and slowly, slowly pulls you in. Gripping, dark and clever, and sometimes very uncomfortable to read, ultimately I loved this story of love, friendship, guilt and families. And the ending!

Cathythoughts Great review and lovely picture. You make me want to read this one 👍stacked 1w
TrishB Stacked too 👍🏻 (edited) 1w
JillR @trishb @cathythoughts it‘s a good one! Although I did read some negative reviews as there are themes of abuse throughout which isn‘t that clear from the blurb, just in case that‘s a no go for you xx 1w
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I absolutely loved this; the sequel to Bodies of Light. Ally is now a doctor, breaking boundaries by tentatively starting to practise in Truro Asylum and also finding her footing as a wife. Heartbreaking and beautifully written; with themes of feminism, suffrage, sanity and Victorian poverty, these two books are the best historical fiction I‘ve read in a long time; feeling modern and very relevant. Beautiful.

Cathythoughts Ahh very good , I loved Bodies of Light ❤️ I must stack this one 2w
JillR @cathythoughts it starts off where Bodies of Light finished and was just as good 😊 2w
Texreader Excellent review. I‘ll have to check out book 1. 2w
JillR @texreader it‘s really good! 2w
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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• Best Reads of 2021 • These are my best ten reads of the year; the books that have captured, calmed and captivated me and that I couldn‘t put down. Happy New Year Littens, and thank you for the reading inspiration!

Mitch Great stack. You had a great year. Bodies of Light is my favourite Sarah Moss book. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
TrishB That‘s a great stack 👍🏻 3w
JillR @mitch thank you. Bodies of Light was a surprise favourite, and I‘m currently reading and loving the sequel Signs for Lost Children… 3w
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Mitch @JillR I‘ve read all but 2 on your stack and loved them all - so hastily adding the missing 2 to my TBR! 3w
JillR Thanks @trishb, did that thing where I didn‘t think I‘d read anything really amazing this year then was surprised when I looked back! 3w
JillR @mitch now intrigued as to what those 2 are! 3w
JillR @mitch they are both great, I particularly loved The Other Bennet Sister, and Mary Lawson is a new-to-me-author who I can‘t wait to read more of! 3w
rockpools How fantastic! I‘m going to have to investigate Mary Lawson. And seeing Sarah Moss on so many lists makes me want to catch up with her backlist (I adored Bodies of Light. Ally 💔). 3w
Cathythoughts Shuggie ❤️ and Bodies of Light ❤️ and Hamnet ❤️ (edited) 3w
JillR @rockpools my heart is breaking again for Ally in the sequel Songs for Lost Children which I‘m reading right now 💔 3w
JillR @cathythoughts all so good! 3w
rockpools @JillR I still haven‘t worked up to reading May‘s story - is it the Tidal Zone? Maybe this year. 2w
JillR @rockpools it‘s Night Waking; I did read it quite a while ago, but it was before I‘d read Bodies of Light and I didn‘t get the May link, so am planning to reread it at some point! 2w
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Earthly Possessions | Anne Tyler
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Another sweet, gentle and funny Anne Tyler to finish off the reading year 💫

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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The 14 year old is very pleased with me for finally finishing his favourite ever trilogy. A pleasing conclusion to the Arc of a Scythe series; this is great dystopian fiction and perfectly readable as a young adult, or not so young adult 😆 #raisingreaders

LeahBergen I bought this series for my father-in-law for Christmas. 😆 4w
HollyBolly I loved these!! 4w
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The Reservoir Tapes | Jon McGregor
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A little companion read to Reservoir 13, one of my best reads of last year. This tells more snippets of the stories of the people living in the village from which Becky Shaw went missing; with her disappearance weaving through each story. Beautifully written.

BarbaraBB Ooh exciting! 1mo
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Lullaby | Lela Slimani
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This book starts with its finale so you know from the start the awful truth of what‘s going to happen. Then it winds back to how the nanny immerses herself in the family‘s lives and the parents‘ delight at handing their children over to such a capable person who reorganises their life. We then start to see snippets of what the nanny might be. This is a short, intense read and I‘m still unsure whether it left too much uncertain and unanswered.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book 1mo
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Trio | William Boyd
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Wanted to love this one, didn‘t quite love it. Not entirely sure why because it‘s well written with intriguing characters. It just felt there was something lurking that never quite happened, that I was missing something. Great cover gets 5 ⭐️ though!

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Bodies of Light | Sarah Moss
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Set in Victorian Manchester, Ally is the elder daughter of a mother who is zealous in her campaign for social reform and the improvement of life for poor women, to the extent that Ally endures a childhood of hardship and little love. Ally forges a path towards becoming one of the first women doctors, at great cost. The writing was almost perfection and I loved the exploration of social reform, feminism, female “hysteria” and suffrage.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this too! What a great picture 💫 1mo
JillR Thank you @cathythoughts - I‘ve just seen there‘s a second book too… 1mo
andrew61 I loved the books and if you read 'Night waking' ally's sister is a character which is worth reading. The final book is equally brilliant. 1mo
JillR @andrew61 I have read Night Waking but it was quite some time ago and I didn‘t realise the link with May until I‘d finished this one. Am now trying to track down a copy of the sequel, glad to hear it‘s good! 1mo
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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Overall I enjoyed this story of a creepy, sinister abandoned country house and it‘s three temporary residents, there to catalogue it‘s contents and architecture. Throughout there were secrets and mysteries just lurking as our three main characters become obsessed with other. It‘s intense and claustrophobic, although some elements didn‘t quite work for me and it didn‘t really all pull together as I wanted. A really atmospheric read though

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Seven teenagers attend Spirit-in-the-Woods, a creative summer camp. Friendships are formed. Then they grow up and we read 466 pages of minute detail about their adult selves. This. Felt. Long. But, now I‘ve finished it, in that weird way good books sometimes do without you realising, I‘m living a bit in their lives now. It‘s like they‘re my friends and I want to know where they‘ve suddenly gone to and what they‘re doing! And the ending…

Megabooks Exactly! 2mo
JillR @megabooks I really struggled with my thoughts and review of this one (about halfway through I was like, please end)! 2mo
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Take Nothing with You | PATRICK. GALE
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I loved this story of Eustace, an only child struggling at school who falls in love with cello playing, and follows his coming of age through the messy teenage years and increasingly complicated family life. Sad, gentle, hopeful; perfectly written and with a great cast of characters.

TrishB I loved this too 👍🏻 2mo
MrsMalaprop I love Patrick Gale ❤️ 2mo
JillR @MrsMalaprop I‘ve only read two of his books but enjoyed them both :) 2mo
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True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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When Alice is passed out drunk it is rumoured that two boys sexually assaulted her. The book is split into sections with different narrative styles, some of which worked more for me than others. With touches of Ottessa Moshfegh and Lisa Taddeo‘s writing this was intriguing and definitely not what I thought I was getting. The jury is still out for me as to what happened and my thoughts on this one, the ending in particular, but I *think* I liked it

TrishB I enjoyed it 👍🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB Loved this one! So surprising 🤍 2mo
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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Gothic, creepy, weird. A feisty heroine. Ghosts. Odd sea creatures and a shouldn‘t-be-believable love story that somehow feels just right. After a slow start I ended up loving this strange story.

TrishB I‘ve had this one on the pile for a while! 2mo
JillR @trishb me too and I didn‘t fancy it, but turns out it was a good read for a wet and foggy Halloween week! 2mo
TrishB Time and place always important. 2mo
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The Idea of You | Robinne Lee
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Well. Ahem. Think a beach-read version of Daisy Jones & The Six but steamier and with a less cool boy band…Couldn‘t put it down and for all the romance (!) it was also a very smart read in parts, managing to make me feel oddly anxious throughout, and touching on the invisibility of being a woman approaching middle age and the cult of celebrity and fandom. Also just very good fun haha

TrishB lol! Great review. 2mo
bookandbedandtea I read this expecting an easy, even fluffy, palette cleanser and was surprised that it has so much depth. (Was also surprised by how much steam it had!) 2mo
JillR @TrishB 😊 2mo
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The Mountains Sing | Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
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An epic family saga spanning the Vietnamese land reform and Vietnam-America war, the focus is Huong‘s grandmother telling her life story as Huong comes of age in the aftermath of the war. I think this is the first book I‘ve read which focuses on the Vietnamese people; all I knew of the war was based on an American perspective. An affecting study of everyday life and family relationships, as well as hardships faced. Gripping and beautifully written

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3mo
JillR Thanks @trishb 😊 3mo
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The Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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I fell out of love with Jodi Piccoult‘s writing style a while ago, but at first I thought this one was going to win me over. In some ways it did; the writing felt different, with less moral-condundrum-cliffhangers. The “sliding doors” style love story was initially quite compelling. But then there were large sections that felt lifted from an Egyptology textbook, and in the final third the story lost me completely. A book of two ways for certain!

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The Gilded Ones | Namina Forna
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Mother/son book group resumes! I loved the author‘s afterword “At it‘s heart, the book is an examination of patriarchy. How does it form? What supports it? How do women survive under it?” All wrapped up in a great, fast-paced story. Whilst this did feel very much a YA book I appreciate I‘m not the target audience, and I still enjoyed it. My 14 year old loved it and if I‘d read it at 14 I have no doubts I‘d have loved it too.

TrishB Ah that‘s brilliant! I miss reading with my daughter! 3mo
JillR @trishb I‘ll admit he can be a bit of a nuisance - we can only read what he chooses and then once he‘s read it he won‘t leave me alone until I‘ve read it too 😆, then disagrees with my opinion 😂. But I love that he does want to share books with me, so he‘s not really a nuisance haha 3mo
TrishB As he gets a bit older it won‘t just be YA though! Something to treasure ❤️ 3mo
JillR @trishb definitely x 3mo
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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A book about a Ponzi scheme and it‘s eventual financial fallout? Yes, please! (Said no one). But…. Both books I have read by this author - this and the brilliant Station Eleven - have had a blurb that did not entice me in AT ALL. Yet her writing! I fell for both completely. This could be a contender for one of my best reads this year…And the cover 💙

TrishB I just didn‘t get on with this one! 3mo
JillR @TrishB I wasn‘t sure I was going to, so it was a nice surprise! 3mo
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A short, sweet love letter from a granddaughter to her grandmother; for the most part I loved this, it was laugh out loud funny at times, heartbreaking at others. The background family dynamics really bothered me; although I appreciated the author‘s end note in which she reminds us that this is just the story through her eyes and others will have other versions.

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Small town America and what lurks beneath all those lives, this was gentle yet not at the same time. I hadn‘t realised the book was more a series of short stories. I enjoyed it but to be honest wanted more Olive.

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Unflinching, brutal, at times just awful. This is a very dark story but I couldn‘t look away.

rockpools Nice review and fab photo! 4mo
TrishB What @rockpools said 👍🏻 4mo
BarbaraBB Great picture! 4mo
JillR @barbarabb @rockpools @trishb thanks all! My usual photo spot had to become more atmospheric than normal due to thick fog so no light 🙈 4mo
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Dune Song | Anissa M. Bouziane
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Living in America, Jeehan witnesses the fall of the Twin Towers following which she returns to Morocco. The New York sections were incredibly affecting as Jeehan deals with her horror at what she has witnessed, but also has to cope with the reactions of those around her to her as an Arab Muslim woman. I‘ll admit that the Morocco chapters lost me somewhat and at times were completely odd. An inconsistent read for me, but still powerful and sobering

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Love Is Blind | William Boyd
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I sometimes forget how much I enjoy historical fiction. I loved this; pianos and pianists, Edinburgh, Paris, St Petersburg and beyond, a doomed love affair and a hunted man who is our naive, flawed hero - gripped from start to finish!

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A fascinating insight into the culture of beauty in South Korea. Following four friends living in the same apartment building, they each struggle in different ways with society‘s expectations of women. A really good companion read to Kim Jiyoung 1982, this reads quickly and lightly but goes much deeper. The exploration of the modern culture and use of plastic surgery left me reeling, as it did after I read Kim Jiyoung‘s portrayal of the workplace.

TrishB I have this on the tbr, need to get to! 4mo
rockpools Great review- I need to read this too. 4mo
JillR @trishb @rockpools it‘s a quick easy read, but lots to think about… (edited) 4mo
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This reads so effortlessly yet is a complex story of lies, fears, families and loss. I was somewhat ambivalent about The Mothers but this felt on another level. Really good - and that cover!

Nute I like this cover art. 4mo
JillR @nute me too! 4mo
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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When a book you‘re slightly scared of grabs you and doesn‘t let you go until the end, 625 pages later, you know it‘s a good one. I loved this so much. There‘s too much to it to try and describe here, but essentially this is the story of trees and the harm done to them, and the stories of those who have loved them or come to love them, those stories slowly, slowly coming together and intermingling 👇

JillR Parts oddly reminded me of Margaret Atwood‘s Oryx & Crake trilogy and I‘m still puzzling over why given this story is sadly our now, not a dystopian fantasy. 5mo
readingjedi Great review, I loved this book too. 5mo
TheLudicReader I don‘t know if you know the singer Jann Arden, but she did a Cameo on my birthday video and recommended this book to me. A book about trees doesn‘t sound like something I‘d like, but your review is making me reconsider. 5mo
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kathedron Wonderful book! ❤️ 5mo
SamAnne For me, it was one of my best reads in a decade. But I was active in the forest protection movement so it really resonated. I plan a reread of this one next year. 5mo
JillR @readingjedi thank you 😊 5mo
JillR @theludicreader a bookshop I trust highly recommended this but I‘d read mixed reviews and was worried it would be a bit too literary for me, but am so glad I gave it a go, it wasn‘t anything like I expected, try it! 😊 🌳 5mo
JillR @SamAnne I am so pleased I liked it as I‘d read mixed reviews and went into it apprehensive, but then raced through it. A great book but such a sad and frustrating situation 🌳 5mo
JillR @kathedron isn‘t it? 💚 5mo
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Crow Lake: A Novel | Mary Lawson
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Oh my, what a gem. A family tragedy, a sense of anxiety about what happens next, beautiful writing and well drawn characters; this was almost perfection, loved it. And now I‘ve found a new to me author, love that even more!

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 lovely review & picture 5mo
JillR @Cathythoughts thank you 😊. I think her latest is long listed for the Booker… 5mo
Tamra I had my eye on this in the Kindle store yesterday. 😊 I‘m going to read her most recent novel and then hopefully her backlist. I see they are well reviewed! 5mo
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Cathythoughts Oh it is !! Good heavens I just read it & loved it. Stacking your one now 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘m definitely going to read her latest one now I‘ve read this one, and given you loved it too :) 5mo
JillR @tamra hoping to read her latest before too long too :) 5mo
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Not ready to leave Cornwall or the historical romance/family sagas behind yet. Sorry not sorry that there have been no heavyweight prize winners on my holiday reading list this year 😆. This shows it‘s age somewhat, being written in the 1940s, but allowing for that (and the dodgy cover) it was a lot of fun.

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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Twelve people are staying in a holiday park on the edge of a Scottish loch. It rains incessantly. Each person narrates a different chapter; some are sad, some frustrated, some despairing. This really affected me. I felt trapped and claustrophobic. The themes are timely yet there‘s some comedic elements too. One I keep thinking about…

TrishB It‘s a very claustrophobic book! You definitely feel like you‘re there. 5mo
JillR @trishb glad I read this before our recent UK camping trip rather than whilst there! 😬 5mo
Soubhiville Great description! It‘s unsettling but also beautiful. 5mo
Tamra I really liked this one! 5mo
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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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Deliciously silly. Loved it.

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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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“Where Daphne du Maurier was a tenant and dreamt of Manderley, we lay homeless and penniless under the stars.” The story of a couple with nowhere else to go who set out to walk all 630 miles of the South West Coast Path. Reading this in Cornwall, walking some of the paths that had to become their home, I became completely in awe of Raynor and Moth and entirely captivated by their story.

TrishB Still on my tbr!! 6mo
JillR @trishb it‘s a quick read if you can squeeze it in! 6mo
TrishB That‘s a good sell 👍🏻 6mo
Tamra I really liked this one, not so much the follow-up. 6mo
JillR @tamra I‘m not sure whether I‘ll get to the follow up, might try it from the library if I see it… 6mo
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“But somehow, at the end of an entire day of doing everything he was supposed to he just runs out of enthusiasm.” I loved this short, sweet story. I fell for main character Micah, and *may* have had a little cry at the end. Anne Tyler writes characters so well, and tells such gentle stories, they get me every time.

Cathythoughts Lovely review! You make me want to read it 6mo
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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This is so good. It‘s so easy to read that at first you float through it, then the reality of what‘s going on starts to hit home. A book where as soon as you finish you want to go find every interview the author has given and just soak up all the nuances you may have missed. I started it thinking it was predictable, but my goodness I was wrong! Another great read.

charl08 Sold! 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I loved this one 6mo
JillR @charl08 it‘s a good one! 6mo
JillR @cathythoughts me too, and I read it in a day which is very unlike me! 6mo
Moray_Reads This one ended up not being quite what I expected but it was very well done, a brilliant take-down of ally-ship Vs white-saviorism/fetishization 6mo
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Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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The book imagines what might have happened if Hillary had not married Bill. The first half had me completely confused; I genuinely kept forgetting I wasn‘t reading Hillary Clinton‘s autobiography. I just felt completely muddled. Then halfway through off it swerved and I loved it. Overall a clever if slightly crazy read although I‘m a bit nervous this narrative might now get muddled up in my mind with what is actually real 😆

TrishB It definitely messes with your head (mind you so did the sex scenes!) 6mo
JillR @trishb oh yes, wasn‘t sure whether to mention those in the review or not 🙈. Really could have done without some of those images I have to say haha 6mo
BarbaraBB Hahaha! Bill and his sax 😱 @TrishB 6mo
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TrishB @BarbaraBB now I can‘t get out of my head again! 6mo
BarbaraBB Sorry @TrishB 🤷🏻‍♀️😉 6mo
JillR @trishb @barbarabb noooooooooo 😳 6mo
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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
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An immediately engrossing book about Ana, required by her family to marry at only 15 so that she can move from the Dominican Republic to New York with her new husband, the plan being that they make a better life in the big city and send for the rest of Ana‘s family. Except life in New York is brutal and Ana‘s husband is neglectful and abusive. A really poignant story of Ana‘s coming of age in a new country.

TrishB Another one I haven‘t got to that your review makes me want to push up the tbr! 7mo
JillR @trishb this one had been in my pile for ages too! It‘s a quick read, I think I read it in 2 days which is quite unusual for me 7mo
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Small Pleasures | Clare Chambers
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A quiet but captivating story set in the 1950s of Jean, a journalist wanting to prove herself but held back by her demanding mother, and the relationship she forms with the Tilbury family whilst investigating Mrs Tilbury‘s claim of a virgin birth. Jean‘s quiet frustrations and loneliness are so well written and you‘re rooting for her throughout.

TrishB I have this one waiting 👍🏻 lovely review. 7mo
LeeRHarry 5 star read for me - loved it. 7mo
JillR @trishb hope you enjoy it too 😊 7mo
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Burnt Sugar | Avni Doshi
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So disappointed that I didn‘t enjoy this after having been intrigued by an interview with the author. I found the writing impenetrable and it brought back all my fears of #booksthatwinprizes! That said it was really good to discuss it in our book group; so interesting to get other takes on the same book which really makes me think beyond my initial “I don‘t like it” reaction - half of us enjoyed it, the other half disliked!

TrishB Great hashtag! I have that too 😁 7mo
JillR @trishb with the odd exception I‘m finding Booker Prize nominees in particular tend not to be for me! (edited) 7mo
JamieArc I always get excited to read Booker nominees (like this one) and almost always have a harder time getting through them. I‘m always pleasantly surprised when I actually really enjoy them 😂 7mo
JillR @jamiearc recently I‘ve tended to avoid Booker nominees as I‘ve struggled with so many, that said I‘m now reading Shuggie Bain and it‘s really good! 7mo
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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Well this was a nice surprise. I didn‘t have high expectations for some reason, but I absolutely loved it! I love it when a book does that. Reading this was like a cosy hug. A well told story, a nice bit of mystery combined with a family saga, a narrator who prefers books to people, and some ghosts and other things sprinkled through. Just a good, old fashioned story that I could not put down all week and was just what I needed.

rockpools Sounds good! Stacked 🙂 7mo
TrishB I loved this too ♥️ 7mo
JillR @rockpools 👍 7mo
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JillR @trishb have you read her more recent one? 7mo
TrishB Once Upon A River? Yes- loved that too 👍🏻 7mo
JillR @trishb I didn‘t fancy it when it came out for some reason but will definitely get to it on the back of this one, glad to hear you loved it! 7mo
SilversReviews Ohhhhh….this is a FAVORITE!! 7mo
JillR @silversreviews so many people seem to have loved this, I‘m not sure how it passed me by until now! 7mo
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I didn‘t love this but I still love Anne Tyler. I think this is one of her early books and I didn‘t care for the characters in the way I usually do, but it was still a short, sweet palate cleanser in between heavier reads.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I‘m not quite sure how the author did this; sixteen individual stories spanning eight generations, each character so richly told, all in 300 pages. It is remarkably well written although needed my constant attention; I did at times lose track and had to keep referring back to the family tree. Showing a range of humanity, and the horrors of colonialism and slavery, this is absorbing and necessary reading.

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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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The 13 year old tyrant that is the self-styled leader of our mother/son book group has brow beaten me into reading this, the second book in the Scythe trilogy, far earlier than I‘d planned. Each night when I went to bed he‘d tucked Thunderhead neatly onto my pillow, lying in wait for me. I just couldn‘t take the pressure anymore and so I‘ve read it. Joking aside though, this really is a very good series.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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I really enjoyed this short book; Keiko manages her feelings of not fitting in by learning to flow with the rules, routines and rhythms of her job in a Japanese convenience store, despite society‘s view that this is not a “proper job.” In few pages this had a lot to say about the expectations of society and the treatment of those seen as being different, and also about the nature and purpose of work. It also veered into real darkness at times.

rockpools Great review. I really want to read her new one now 8mo
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I thought I had sorted the whole education/career/motherhood thing, but this book shook me up. This isn‘t just a fictional story of Kim Jiyoung struggling with everyday sexism in Korea, this could be any of us. A short read with clipped writing littered with facts, this packs a punch. Particularly the ending. Highly recommend (and loving the cover).

TrishB Great review and agree completely! 8mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
JillR @trishb @cathythoughts thank you both ☺️ 8mo
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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I‘ve read and loved everything else Maggie O‘Farrell has written. For some reason I‘d been slow to start this, maybe because I was nervous that it sounded different to what she usually writes and that I wouldn‘t like it. And I still carry the fear of books that win prizes! But fear not, I loved it from the very first page.

Cathythoughts Oh good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I loved it too ❤️ 8mo
JillR @cathythoughts keep thinking about it, that‘s the sign of a good one 😊 8mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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The author drops you off in the middle of a group of friends and trusts you to sort out what‘s going on and I liked that. Following said group of friends as they navigate Chicago during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and alternating with 2015 and a mother desperately searching for her daughter in Paris, slowly I was drawn into these character‘s lives, the fear and sadness they experienced, and didn‘t want to let them go. An excellent read.

TrishB I loved this one, not seen that cover before. 8mo
JillR @trishb me too, and yes most reviews I‘ve seen have it with a yellow cover. I only got it recently so perhaps it‘s a new one... 8mo
squirrelbrain This has been on my physical TBR shelf for a while - I *will* get to it sometime....! (edited) 8mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I started this & never finished it ... must go back. I‘ve never seen this cover either , nice cover too 8mo
Jess I had such a book hangover from this one and missed the characters for quite awhile. Loved it. 8mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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New books, some from an actual (pre-loved) bookshop, my first visit in more than a year 💕. The top two are this month‘s book club reads - I‘ve just joined a book club for the very first time; these two books are my first choices for the group and I‘m a bit nervous! Positive reviews welcomed!

BarbaraBB Great haul! I enjoyed the upper two books! 8mo
TrishB There will be plenty to talk about! 8mo
Oryx Good choices. I liked both of those, and lots to discuss 8mo
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rockpools Have fun! I agree with everyone - I enjoyed the top two, and they‘re both perfect for bookclub conversations. (edited) 8mo
squirrelbrain I agree with everyone else - great choices for bookclub. Lots to talk about in terms of storyline, but also style etc. 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve enjoyed the top two and the bottom one. What others said about the top two 👍 hope you‘ll enjoy! 8mo
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Dear Edward: A Novel | Ann Napolitano
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Twelve year old Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash, in which he loses his whole family. Alternating between the plane journey and the aftermath this should be an incredibly sad story, but I didn‘t feel that. Rather it was gentle and kind, and really quite lovely.

Cathythoughts Nice review! I have this one on my kindle 👍🏻 8mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 8mo
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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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The fictional story of Vanessa, groomed by her teacher at 15, and the years-long relationship that follows, this is incredibly disturbing but also gripping. The nuances and complexities of Vanessa‘s story are fascinating. I listened to an interview where the author described how she wanted the reader to experience confusion as to whether Vanessa was ever empowered or in control, which is something you grapple with throughout.