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JillR

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Two little girls and their parents are collecting firewood on the mountain. One is killed and the other goes missing. We know throughout this book who killed May but we don‘t know why, and we never find out. This book is slow and quiet and very sad. The writing is beautiful and dreamlike (although I did occasionally get tired of that). I enjoyed it but there was a bit of me wanting a proper whodunnit thriller.

Cinfhen Such a haunting story 1d
BarbaraBB I really loved this one. 1d
Crazeedi I've had this book on my shelf, I need to bump it up , sounds so good 1d
Tamra I really enjoyed this too. 21h
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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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I love The Crown and some royal fashion so was looking forward to this story of two seamstresses who worked on the Queen‘s wedding gown. But...hmmm. The story of Miriam, who escaped the Holocaust, is thoughtful, yet overall this is easy reading that drifts into predictable writing too often for me to have loved it. But the wedding dress detail was fascinating and I Googled the wedding photos about a hundred times while reading to spot details👇

JillR And I have to say, the cover? The US version gets the gown itself, but this UK edition 🤷‍♀️. I do judge a book by its cover... 6d
Sace I just put it on hold. It sounds like something I would like. And it had the US cover 😁 3d
JillR @sace the US cover is so much better! Hope you enjoy this one :) 3d
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“He would think he understood me. But he couldn‘t understand me. He wasn‘t supposed to.” I didn‘t understand the narrator of this story either, whose name I still don‘t know. I didn‘t particularly like her; a privileged rich girl addicted to prescription drugs. I don‘t think I was supposed to understand or like her. I feel like I should have disliked this book but there was something really, weirdly, compelling about it.

readordierachel Yeah. Really, weirdly compelling is a great way to describe it. 6d
JillR @readordierachel I‘m so pleased though as I feel like this one has been tempting me every time I saw it but for some reason I was convinced I‘d hate it! 6d
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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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This was good! Gothic, sinister, sad. It felt historical despite being largely contemporary. A good story, well told; I loved the writing (ps my one complaint about library books; shiny covers!)

ju.ca.no Great picture😍 1w
Branwen I love this book so much! 💕 📚 1w
JillR Thanks @ju.ca.no :) 1w
JillR @Branwen I‘d read such mixed reviews, I was so pleased I enjoyed it! 1w
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This short novella takes in numerous issues but to me this was about mental illness and the refusal, or inability, of those around to recognise it. This is a strange, haunting, disturbing read.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍❤️ I‘m so glad you enjoying some of your library picks.... good plan 2w
JillR @cathythoughts I never would have bought this one... 2w
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I enjoyed this; it‘s short, sharp, sinister, darkly funny in parts. I liked it as much for what wasn‘t said as what was. This is one to keep thinking about.

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The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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I felt the need to read Stephen King for Halloween week but after picking up IT, The Shining and Carrie I wimped out and went for this supernatural psychological thriller rather than proper scary. As always, a great story, although I admit I lost interest a bit with the final third so not my favourite SK to date.

Anna40 Very unpopular opinion but I don't like his writing style. ... 3w
jillannjohn I‘ve never read this one but I enjoyed the movie and the TV series. Might be time to pick up the book... 2w
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The Dead Zone | Stephen King
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I felt the need to read Stephen King for Halloween week but after picking up IT, The Shining and Carrie I wimped out and went for this supernatural psychological thriller rather than proper scary. As always, a great story, although I admit I lost interest a bit with the final third so not my favourite SK to date.

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I‘m ashamed to say I haven‘t used the library for years. The books were always big heavy hardbacks and I got tired of lugging them around on my commute but I‘ve been feeling like I want to shake up my reading, and take risks in reading things I don‘t have to finish if I don‘t enjoy. When I‘ve bought the book I feel like I have to commit to finishing it! So yesterday I renewed my library card and was like a child in a sweet shop...

Cathythoughts That‘s brilliant! I only started to use the library again recently too.... I loved My Year Of Rest & Relaxation... seems to be a love /hate one ... look forward to your thoughts 3w
JillR @Cathythoughts I never would have bought that one because I‘ve seen such mixed reviews, so a perfect library loan! Glad to hear you loved it x 3w
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The cutest bookmark from a new bookshop we visited today. I think it was the first time I‘ve been in a bookshop where I felt the fiction shelves had been curated just for me! Seriously, they had everything on my wish list. Even better I came away with some new recommendations too, including the tagged books above and in the comments. I know there are a few Yorkshire Littens around - do check out Read in Holmfirth if you can 💛

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Our House | Louise Candlish
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What would you do if you came home from work to find someone else had moved into your house? Less psychological thriller and more the breakdown of a marriage and the escalation of a mistake into a huge, life changing threat, this was a quick, easy read. I guessed parts, some were a bit daft but overall it was a decent page turner.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Told by way of a dual timeline, the story of two families living in a ramshackle old house now and in the 1800s. There were parallels between the difficulty many have in accepting change in society and status, and scientific thought, then as now. I loved Thatcher‘s neighbour, real life scientist Mary Treat, and the strong female characters. This didn‘t grab me at first, but slowly grew on me until I realised I was thinking about it all day!

Rachel.Rencher That's exactly how I felt about it, too! Great review. 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a great review... 👍🏻♥️. I have this one & you are inspiring me to read it soon 1mo
Crazeedi Sounds good, I'm putting on my list 1mo
JillR Thanks @cathythoughts @Rachel.Rencher - I‘d seen mixed reviews, so was glad when I realised I was enjoying it! 1mo
JillR @crazeedi look forward to seeing what you think! 1mo
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I picked this as we‘re watching The Last Czars on Netflix. I was fascinated by the fate of the Romanovs when I was at school but I‘ve lost touch with the details. This historical fiction is told by Georgy, the bodyguard of the young Tsarvich Alexei, with a shifting timeline that enables Georgy to reflect on his past as well as his present, which was beautifully done. Yes, at heart it‘s a slightly soppy love story but I loved every bit of it 👇

JillR Planning to (slowly) read my way through everything John Boyne has written - I‘ve read The Hearts Invisible Furies, A Ladder to the Sky and The Boy on Top of the Mountain - what shall I read next? (edited) 1mo
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TrishB Definitely The Absolutist. 1mo
Cathythoughts I loved the Absolutist too 👍🏻♥️ And stacking this one 1mo
JillR Thanks @cathythoughts @Trisha @erzascarletbookgasm will put that one to the top of the list :) 1mo
JillR @birdsong28 I‘ve seen the film and think my husband has the book in his classroom so need to “borrow” it sometime! 1mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I couldn‘t resist a picture of this beautiful cover, but I am “pausing” my reading of this. I just can‘t get into it despite recognising it is a well told story. I don‘t think mythology is my thing. But all is not lost as I‘m hoping to read it with my mythology-expert 12 year old at some point... #raisingreaders

ephemeralwaltz What a beautiful edition, though! 1mo
JillR @ephemeralwaltz it is very lovely 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear 🤷🏻‍♀️. Will be fun with the mythology expert though 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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When your boy is old enough to have bookish text chats with you whilst you‘re travelling home on the train😍. Then corrects your understanding of said book. I have to say mythology isn‘t really my thing (not long ago my family trapped me on a long car journey with the audiobook of Mythos and I can‘t say I enjoyed it...) I‘m a few chapters into this and really not sure whether to carry on. Would love to hear if you unexpectedly enjoyed Circe!

readingjedi I loved it but it does start slowly. 1mo
Cathythoughts That is a brilliant chat with your son. ♥️.... I‘m not a fan of her books , but I would read Circe for sure just to have that great communication.... ✨ 1mo
julesG Sorry, didn't enjoy it either. Not my cup of tea. And, because of your post, I'm going to approach Mythos pre-warned. Also haven't read 1mo
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MrsMalaprop It‘s fair to say mythology is not my thing, but I chose Circe for book club this year because I thought I would benefit from having others to help me understand it 😂. I did end up really enjoying it. Hope you do too 😁. 1mo
JillR @cathythoughts my feelings about this so far are somewhat Wolf Hall-ish 🤣. But I‘m wondering whether to put it to one side and read with Seth at some point as he can explain who everyone is haha 1mo
JillR @julesG please don‘t avoid Mythos because of me - my husband and 12 and 8 year olds loved it! I didn‘t hate it, I‘m just not that into it. Maybe said 12 year olds Percy Jackson years put me off 😂 1mo
JillR @readingjedi I‘ve seen a few people saying the same thing so I‘m wondering whether I need to give it more of a chance before I give up... Glad to hear you loved it :) 1mo
Cathythoughts Yes! I‘m thinking Wolf-Hall ish too. I DNF .... maybe I can ask Seth a few questions if I ever go back there. 😁😂 (edited) 1mo
JillR @MrsMalaprop good plan! I‘m toying whether to put it aside and read it together with Seth at some point... Might give it a few more chapters, glad to hear you ended up enjoying it :) 1mo
JillR Haha yes @cathythoughts I‘m sure he‘d be happy at being a Litsy mythology reading guide! 1mo
julesG I'll listen to the audiobook. Just because it's read by Stephen Fry 1mo
ReadingDownUnder I loved it! Didn‘t know anything about mythology but loved that it‘s all about a female character‘s side of the story. 1mo
ladyneverwhere Keep with it, it's a bit slow and even a little off putting at the beginning but it ends up being so very good! 1mo
JillR Thanks @ladyneverwhere @readingdownunder - I‘m going to persevere for a little longer! 1mo
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Night Waking | Sarah Moss
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Anna, living on an isolated Scottish island with her family, is struggling with isolation, sleepless nights and the loss of herself when she finds the skeleton of a baby in the garden. At heart this is about motherhood, a family emerging from the bombshell of new parenthood, with added layers involving family history, inherited wealth and the power it holds, the mystery of the dead baby and lots of history of the island itself. A great read.

Kalalalatja Love this book 👌 1mo
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Janie grows up amidst unemployment, alcoholism, depression and drugs in Scotland in the ‘80s. A vicious circle with endless hopeful new starts and inevitable bad outcomes. Written from the child Janie‘s point of view this isn‘t self pitying, there is often humour - albeit dark - yet as you‘d expect the story is hard to read at times. That said much of it is oddly entertaining. Overall this sad story is told with tenderness and humour.

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Janie grows up amidst unemployment, alcoholism, depression and drugs in Scotland in the ‘80s. A vicious circle with endless hopeful new starts and inevitable bad outcomes. Written from the child Janie‘s point of view this isn‘t self pitying, there is often humour - albeit dark - yet as you‘d expect the story is hard to read at times. That said much of it is oddly entertaining. Overall this sad story is told with tenderness and humour.

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I enjoyed how the walk Lillian takes on New Years Eve 1984 is interwoven with the story of her life in advertising in the 1920s, how she forged her way in a man‘s business and how she felt when that ended for motherhood. Lillian is an intriguing character; formidable, intelligent and enquiring yet with a sadness and a hard edge at times. An unusual read that makes you want to walk New York City, drink negronis and wear bright yellow tights!

rather_be_reading cool cover! 2w
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I read Conversations with Friends and wasn‘t absolutely sure I liked it (and I‘m
still not) and nearly didn‘t read this. How I did actually read it on the train to work without collapsing into an emotional puddle on the floor I have no idea. I loved it. Sally Rooney writes so amazingly clearly about confusing, troubled, intense relationships and flawed, lonely people trying to find their way. I can‘t wait to see what she writes next.

Cathythoughts Great review! Yes I‘m with you , I loved this one & was only so-so about Conversations... looking forward to her next book too 2mo
TheCuriousHousecat Keen to read this one❤️ 2mo
JillR @TheCuriousHousecat hope you enjoy, it really is very good :) 2mo
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JillR @cathythoughts does she have another on the way? 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh I don‘t know ... but I hope so 😁👍🏻 2mo
readordierachel Great review ❤ 2mo
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#7days7covers (slightly late to the party 🙈) The illustrations inside are just as gorgeous as the cover. Thanks for the tag @LeeRHarry

Cathythoughts Amazing ♥️ 2mo
LeeRHarry That‘s a great cover! 😊 2mo
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Like “A Little Princess” but with a fully grown Count and the Bolsheviks. As the Russian Revolution begins Count Rostov is declared a Former Person and sentenced to house arrest in the Hotel Metropol where he is swiftly shifted from his grand rooms to the attic. I‘ve always loved Russian history and it‘s here in spades, but with such a light touch. The Count is noble, accepting, amusing, and completely broke my heart. I absolutely loved this.

LiteraryinLititz Great review! This has been on my TBR for a loooooong time. Maybe it‘s time to read it! 2mo
JillR It‘s soooo good @LiteraryinLititz 2mo
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The author tracks down the Jewish girl who joined his family after her parents gave her to a non-Jewish family to shelter her during the war. Her parents never returned and Lien is left at the mercy of those who will take her in, never sure of her own identity or whether she is loved. The author gives a balanced view of his own family‘s history and the qualities and faults of all involved. Emotional, but I felt a disconnect with the writing.

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We had a trawl through some secondhand and antique shops today searching for Ercol chairs. I didn‘t find any but I am feeling very pleased with my little book haul - 50p each! The top and bottom books have been on my wish list for ages. Always happy with book bargains 💛

Velvetfur Oohh 50p for Lillian Boxfish, nice! That's on my TBR too, well done with that haul! 👍 2mo
JillR Lovely condition too @Velvetfur, not had bargains as good as these for a while 👌 2mo
Cathythoughts Great bargains 😊👏🏻 2mo
Velvetfur @JillR There's your achievement for the day 😃👍 2mo
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Reservoir 13 | Jon McGregor
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The way this is written takes some getting used to. The book revolves around the disappearance of a 13 year old girl in a rural British village. Each chapter is a year that passes, told by way of the cycle of the seasons, countryside and wildlife. Bubbling away underneath is the mess and mundanity of normal people living life. I can‘t describe how relaxing I found this book to read, but at the same time how drawn into the individual stories I was.

Cathythoughts Great review... 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Ms_T Marvellous review! 2mo
BookwormM This is a great book will you be reading the next one 2mo
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TrishB Great review and my thoughts exactly! 2mo
batsy Nice review and photo! I still need to read this. 2mo
SamanthaMarie Your review made me stack it :) 2mo
JillR @BookwormM I need to check that one out - have you read it? 2mo
JillR @BookwormM having just checked it out I‘m stacking! 2mo
JillR @samanthamarie hope you enjoy it too! 2mo
BookwormM I have read it and I did enjoy it 2mo
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The Year of the Flood | Margaret Atwood
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The second in the trilogy, this follows the Gardeners - a group, or cult - trying to survive in the strange world first described in O&C. I didn‘t enjoy this as much as O&C; it was more about the characters, less of the world building. Still, I enjoyed how it runs alongside O&C and how the ending flows on from the ending in the first book, leaving me intrigued as to how the story will play out in the final book, MaddAdam.

Joyfulmimi I am going to try these for something different. Thanks 2mo
JillR @joyfulmimi I wasn‘t entirely sold by the end of the first book but the series is growing on me. Hope you enjoy :) 2mo
Joyfulmimi Thanks 2mo
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A political thriller in which a racist, misogynist bully of a US President (you know where this is going right?) comes seconds away from launching the nuclear attack that may very well destroy the world. The President himself isn‘t given a lot of space here, the story is about the actions and decisions of those around him. At times daft and implausible, then alternately bone chillingly close to reality, it grabbed me from the first page.

ReadingOverSleeping Too relatable? I'm struggling with books that hit a little too close to our current reality but this subs interesting 3mo
JillR @readingoversleeping It‘s a great read but intentionally hits very close to reality in many aspects 3mo
ReadingOverSleeping @JillR stacking, when my heart feels stronger I'll give it a go! Thanks :) 3mo
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Sunburn | Laura Lippman
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I really enjoyed Sunburn. It had a film noir feel to it; the beautiful, troubled heroine who may or may not have done terrible things, the private eye hired to find her and expose her secrets, the dead end town they both end up in. It wasn‘t overly dramatic, no crazy cliffhangers. A perfect holiday read. Also, the cover. I always fall for a good cover.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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Swan Song | Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
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The story of Truman Capote‘s Swans; the glamorous society women he surrounded himself with and then betrayed, this was difficult to get into - everyone has nicknames, I had no idea who anyone was or what was going on. But then the characters start to emerge, the narrative style makes more sense and I was completely immersed in the whole thing. Ended up not being able to put it down and am now fascinated by the complex character of Capote.

Jaimelire Have you read “Swans of Fifth Avenue”? If not, you might like it. Written by Melanie Benjamin. 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
JillR @Jaimelire ooooooh no, thank you for the recommendation :) 3mo
JillR @cathythoughts thank you :) 3mo
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I‘ve read a couple of Kate Morton books and found them a bit same-y. This, though, I really enjoyed. There are numerous stories interwoven from the 1800s to 2017, all circling around a beautiful country house and a mysterious death. Kate Morton‘s writing is lovely and there are echoes of some of my favourite authors; I‘m thinking Sarah Waters, Kate Atkinson, Sadie Jones. It took me an age to get into it, but well worth it once I did.

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Numerous stories, all interweaving, although sometimes in a way you don‘t notice until you‘re way into the next story. The book spans New York, San Francisco, Africa, Italy, over various timelines. No one‘s story is fully complete, not even punk turned music industry executive Bennie Salazar, whose story is perhaps most clearly told. Relationships, businesses, people come and go as time passes. A great read, if you can just go with the flow.

TrishB A great review. This has been on my kindle for ages! 4mo
JillR Thank you @trishb 😊. I‘ve wanted to read it for ages too, also enjoyed Manhattan Beach although very different... 4mo
TrishB I have that one too- unread! 4mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Excited to have an afternoon with my boy spending the @Waterstones vouchers we got for our birthdays 📚 I‘ve read some good books lately but nothing that I‘ve totally loved and has completely consumed me, that I‘d give 5 ⭐️ or more... I‘m thinking of books I‘ve loved like A Little Life, The Goldfinch, The Passage, Tinman. So, before I‘m let loose in the bookshop I‘d love your 5 ⭐️ recommendations! (📷 The British Library)

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JillR Thank you @micheleinphilly - I‘ve seen good reviews for Miracle Creek - I looked for it today but Waterstones didn‘t have the hardback. I think I might pre-order the paperback though :) 4mo
JillR @barbarabb thank you 😊. I‘ve read Conversations with Friends so bought Normal People today. I confess I‘ve had The Luminaries on my stack for a long time but for some reason it scares me 😳. Do I need to be brave?! 4mo
BarbaraBB It scared me too but you‘ll be captured within the first pages! 4mo
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I loved the villain, I loved the earnest teenage hero Pete and I loved the literary backdrop but there was something not grabbing me at the same time. Some great bits, some “meh” bits, still a good page-turning story...

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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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In the years after WWII, Nathaniel tries to piece together a sense of his mother‘s life after her death, and why she abandoned him. This is the sort of literary writing I‘ve not enjoyed in the past but I enjoyed this, although it left me feeling sad. The last few books I‘ve read, whilst each very different, have been about motherhood in some form. This was from the child‘s perspective and the teenage Nathaniel nearly broke my heart 💔

emmaturi I also finished this book recently. I enjoyed it but didn't come away with the feeling of loving it. 4mo
JillR @emmaturi I feel the same - I really wasn‘t sure I wanted to read it after a few chapters, but I‘m glad I carried on and finished it. A like not love though... 4mo
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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I just read a review that said this was dreamlike and I‘m not very good with dreamlike, so now I feel nervous. That‘s why I should never read reviews before I start the book!

Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts 👍🏻♥️ and you‘ve been saying your book taste is changing ... will be interested to see how you get on 4mo
LeahBergen I actually didn‘t find it very ‘dreamlike‘ 🤔 4mo
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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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I‘ve seen mixed reviews of this but I liked it. A sharply observed look at two marriages in crisis, overwhelmed by life with young children. In many ways this was a really perceptive, if bleak, look at the lives of ordinary people although the story does meander and wanders into a slightly odd supernatural storyline for a short time. I liked the sense of place and time with London being a major part of the story, and music references throughout.

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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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Not the whole stack, just the one on the top! Enjoying it a lot already...

Freespirit Some great books in that stack😊 I'm loving A Tree Grows in Brooklyn❤️ 4mo
JillR @freespirit I read it earlier this year after recommendations on Litsy and really enjoyed it 😊 4mo
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It feels an achievement to have finished the Neopolitan Novels. The friendship of Elena and Lila, against the backdrop of the raw brutalities of life in Naples over decades, makes for a story like none I‘ve ever read. Such a frank and truthful depiction of motherhood as well as the complexities of female relationships. No one in these books is always likeable or consistently sympathetic. The lives portrayed are as intense as the story is to read.

Cathythoughts Great review! Yes I found it very intense too ... I like that 👍🏻 4mo
ValerieAndBooks I need to start book three sometime soon! 4mo
JillR @cathythoughts a few years ago I would have given up after the first book for being too “hard” - a couple of years on Litsy, plus Wolf Hall and other authors that scare me conquered and now I‘m annoyed if I read something not intense enough 😆. Interesting how reading tastes change... 4mo
JillR @ValerieAndBooks I‘ve really spaced the series out but enjoyed them more as I‘ve gone along... 4mo
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I‘m feeling very lucky with my birthday book haul - the Margaret Atwoods I asked for, the others were chosen for me by my husband and mum. I admit I‘m a book-control-freak and often panic “but that‘s not on my list!” but so often the books that others choose for me end up being ones I love 💫

Cathythoughts Nice haul & Happy Birthday 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like a great haul! 📚 4mo
JillR Thank you @Cathythoughts ! 4mo
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Finally ready to finish this series.

Cathythoughts Loved this series ♥️ 5mo
JillR I have done so far too :) 5mo
Crazeedi When I started the first book I almost put it down, I'm glad I didnt, because I loved these books 5mo
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Birdcage Walk | Helen Dunmore
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Set in late 1700s Bristol against the background of the French Revolution, and with the presence of main character Lizzie‘s husband who is always watching her, always there when she turns around, there is an undercurrent of menace that gradually builds throughout this book. It is beautifully written and enjoyable for the well drawn characters and sense of place, albeit overall it is slower and quieter than perhaps it needed to be.

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Birdcage Walk | Helen Dunmore
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Loving this sunshine cover ☀️

Robothugs Ooo! How pretty. 5mo
Cathythoughts Its a brilliant cover ✨ 5mo
Libby1 It‘s in my TBR! 5mo
Caroline2 Pretty! 😍 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Just yesterday, a friend on fb was saying she‘s loving her current read, A Spell Of Winter by the same author. Now I‘m seeing her name again! 5mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I enjoyed this - it was very well written; told without drama but having moments of great tension. I spent most of it either anxious about what was going to happen or with a lump in my throat trying not to cry. The alternating narrators are at times unsympathetic and unreliable but those complexities felt real and I couldn‘t shake this one off when I wasn‘t reading it, which is always the sign of a good one I think.

collegecatlady Love that cover! 5mo
Joyfulmimi Hmm...LibraryThing has been keeping this at the top of my Book Recommendations 2mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Next up!

GatheringBooks reading this one too! 5mo
JillR I‘m enjoying so far @GatheringBooks :) 5mo
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Macbeth | Jo Nesbo
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After a slow start when I nearly gave up this suddenly grabbed me hard. I love Jo Nesbo and this didn‘t disappoint; it reads like a speeded up, crazy Harry Hole story. I admit I haven‘t read Macbeth so I came at it purely as a Jo Nesbo fan. I can‘t say whether it worked as a modern retelling of Shakespeare but I can say it worked as the brutal, nasty, gritty crime thriller with so many of the flawed characters that Jo Nesbo does best. A great read

Emilymdxn I felt the same about the slow start and picking up as it got madder later on! Interestingly I‘m a big Shakespeare fan but know almost nothing about Jo Nesbo - read one or two books years ago but don‘t remember much and not a big fan. Cool to see this worked well for Shakespeare and Jo Nesbo fans both! I‘m loving how much these retellings appeal to loads of people across genres 5mo
jenniferw88 Having studied Shakespeare's original 3 years in a row I really enjoyed this retelling as I could easily see the similarities and differences between the two! 5mo
JillR @Emilymdxn it was your review that persuaded me to keep going, thank you! 5mo
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JillR @jenniferw88 that‘s so good to hear, as I was reading it I wondered how it read to those that know the original well. I‘m now inspired to try some of the other retellings... 5mo
jenniferw88 @JillR I wasn't overkeen on Atwood's interpretation of The Tempest, as the characters weren't as clear cut as they were in Nesbø's! 5mo
JillR @jenniferw88 I have Hag-seed in my stack! I was nervous about starting it but this has inspired me to give it a try. Saying that having only ever read Twelfth Night I will continue to have no idea how true to the original the retellings are 😆 (edited) 5mo
batsy I didn't like the one Nesbo book I read but reviews by you and @Emilymdxn have persuaded me to give this a try! I love Macbeth and am always in search of good Shakespeare retellings :) 5mo
JillR @batsy I didn‘t love Jo Nesbo‘s stand alone books but do love his Harry Hole series. Look forward to seeing what you think of this one :) 5mo
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I really enjoyed this coming of age story of Greer who feels her path is set out ahead of her but then meets powerful feminist Faith Frank at which point her life takes a different route. Spanning several decades the book mainly follows Greer but also her best friend, her boyfriend and Faith Frank herself. I was fully absorbed in each character and the exploration of feminism and power but mainly this was just a very readable, well written story.

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This was a strange one; it was compulsively readable, so much so I read it In nearly one sitting, but I felt I was missing something. I realise now that much of the central love story may be an allegory, but it was so lightly done that I didn‘t feel the main character‘s change of heart about America was fully explained or explored. I wanted more from this than it gave and was left feeling unsettled and unsatisfied.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 5mo
JillR Thanks @TrishB :) 5mo
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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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I admit I bought this book based entirely on the cover. I‘m not a huge fan of psychological thrillers and the unreliable female narrator theme, but this was lifted above the routine for me in that the atmosphere of Tangier in the late 1950‘s was as much a character as the fragile Alice and her sinister, mysterious roommate Lucy. In fact, I think it‘s the setting that makes this book. Not fantastic, but a good, quick holiday read.

LeeRHarry Just started reading this one and already I can sense that Tangier is going to be the main character here. Nice review 😊 5mo
JillR Thanks @LeeRHarry , will be interested to see what you think... :) 5mo
Cathythoughts I definitely enjoyed it 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Jane Harper is so good; I enjoyed The Dry, loved Force of Nature and this was unputdownable; I read it in 24 hours. She writes such gripping page turners with a real sense of place. Despite typical wet/cold UK Bank Holiday weather, I could have been in the relentless heat of the Australian outback, her writing is so good. She got me with this one too; I genuinely didn‘t see the twist that was coming.

Freespirit This one was my favourite of hers so far. Hope the weather warms up for you😄 6mo
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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I was brave and tackled #authorswhoscareme and #booksthatwinprizes (or are nominated...) with this and I‘m glad I did; I enjoyed the writing and to an extent the story. I liked the flashbacks, and how the events that led to the dystopian future we find Snowman in are explored, but I‘m not sure this stands out over other dystopian fiction I‘ve read. That said it was just getting going when it ended. So am I invested enough to read the next two?!

Heatherfeather What's interesting about this book is how long ago it was published. I feel like a lot of dystopian literature since then was influenced by it. 6mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ♥️👍🏻Well done 6mo
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