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Messiejessie

Messiejessie

Joined February 2019

Finding my way, one book at a time.
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Only page 11 and I like this book already

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Poor sweet little Shuggie 💔
He is hopelessly devoted and it‘s heartbreaking.
While I expected this book to be sad, I didn‘t expect to be utterly consumed by it. I couldn‘t put it down.
It will sit heavy on your heart.

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Cry of the Kalahari | Mark Owens, Delia Owens
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What amazing research Mark and Delia have done and what astounding lives they‘ve lived. Their passion both for research and wildlife far transcends the harsh conditions they endured to be part of the Kalahari environment: drought, extreme temperatures, fire, storms, an extreme lack of resources for 7 years. The reader can see that it was worth every second for them. The bonds they develop with the animals of the Kalahari are as strong as family.

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A short, sharp burst of inspiration!
I like that it‘s short. I can pick it up and absorb it again anytime I feel like I need it.

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What a story! This was an adventure from start to finish and I couldn‘t put it down. Its even more amazing knowing that it‘s based on the author‘s Grandmother‘s life.
What adds to this experience is that, having already read The Glass Castle, knowing some of the effects, outcomes and consequences that are handed down through the next two generations.
Jeannette Walls did a brilliant job telling this story.

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I love Susan Cain. I‘ve really enjoyed listening to her speak about this book in interviews, so I couldn‘t wait to start reading this. But, I‘ve gotta admit that it took me ages to get through the first 1/3. After that though, I got really into it and flew through the rest of the book. I found the subject matter really interesting and it gave me a lot to think about. I definitely received some new insights and am glad to have read it.

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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This book was really different and I‘m not quite sure how to describe it. I couldn‘t put it down and found it really intriguing. The prose is certainly unique, and perhaps not for everyone, but I liked it.

slategreyskies It‘s been years since I read this, and I don‘t remember it anymore, but I know I liked it enough to look up several of her other books. 1mo
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Great message! I didn‘t always love the delivery, but I got some key points to take away with me.

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I liked this book, but didn‘t love it. I don‘t think I like it enough to want to continue on with the series.

Zoes_Human It‘s rare for me to say this, but the show is better in a lot of ways. 1mo
Messiejessie Wow! I haven‘t seen the show yet, I‘ll give it a go. 1mo
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The right book for me at the right time.
Quiet and comforting. This book embraces being gentle with yourself, looking inward and giving yourself what you need when you‘re hurting.

IuliaC Great review! I enjoyed it very much, probably I've read it at the right time too 2mo
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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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A woman‘s unwillingness to live her life for the sole purpose of providing pleasure to a man. It‘s a very short story, but it packs a punch.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane | Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline
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The tale of Edward, a china rabbit, who learns to love and how that opens his heart to both pain and joy.

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There‘s lots of interesting stuff inside this book.
It makes me want to try to be brave.

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The Secret River | Kate Grenville
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Heartbreaking. Even though I knew how it would end, every step of the way I was willing things to be different.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I learned a lot about emotions and developing meaningful connections from this beautiful book, and I had fun doing it.

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Eliza and Her Monsters | Francesca Zappia
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Parts of this book were incredibly sweet. It was both enlightening and exasperating to be inside a teenager‘s head.
I really dislike the ‘I haven‘t told the whole truth and now that everyone knows, they‘re mad at me‘ trope. So this was a little irritating for me.
However, I can understand why this book is well loved. The way Eliza‘s creative side was incorporated was really lovely.

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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Interesting characters combined with an engaging story. There are depths to this book that will certainly make you think.

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Know My Name | Chanel Miller
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5 stars. Absolutely brilliant writing and thinking went into this book.
Chanel takes us through her journey displaying vulnerability, honesty, creativity, humour, kindness and courage. She teaches me that you don‘t need to have any of the requirements that society tells us we need, before we use our voices and be seen. Showing up as we are is enough.
I love this book.

Chelsea.Poole I love it too!\ 4mo
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This was incredibly unique and entertaining.
It was disturbing in a way that made me not want to look away.

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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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Bless Coraline‘s cool head and brave heart. She‘s an inspiring protagonist, while still being entirely relatable.
Gaiman combines incredible fantasy with the real and very ordinary world.
He encapsulates perfectly what I remember it can be like, to be a child in an adult‘s world.
A book with a lot of morals hidden with the story which will keep you thinking after the final page.

LiteraryinLawrence Somehow I have never read this book. I need to fix that! 5mo
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The Yield | Tara June Winch
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Bruce Pascoe says about The Yield: ‘Take courage when you read this book. You will need it.‘ He is right. Through fiction, Winch faces us directly into the realities, hardships and hopes that face Australia‘s Indigenous people. Winch weaves the language of the Wiradjuri people throughout the novel, which ties the past to the present and brings hope to the future.

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This story is a tribute to all the women throughout history that have been invisible, silenced, unnamed and voiceless.
Ana‘s ultimate prayer of her heart is to be a voice. The author‘s note explains that Ana is woman with her own quest following her longings in pursuit of the largeness inside herself.
This was a beautifully written book. From the first paragraph, which gave me goosebumps, to the last sentence, which brought tears to my eyes.

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“All shall be well…. I don‘t mean that life won‘t bring you tragedy. I only mean that you will be well in spite of it. There‘s a place in you that is inviolate. You‘ll find your way there, when you need to. And you‘ll know then what I speak of.”

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Alicia shares her journey of self awareness.
As the reader, I found it to be a really enlightening experience. There are an abundance of meaningful quotes and messages that I‘ll take and keep for myself, in support of my own journey.

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The Reindeer People | Megan Lindholm
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Slow to start, it took a while before the plot got compelling. While you‘re waiting however, there‘s some wonderful descriptions of the natural environment where this tribe is based, as well as depictions of their tools, artefacts and a glimpse into their culture.

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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Oh my heart… 💔
I was torn between finishing this in one sitting and taking my time in order to absorb every single word.
What an exceptional person.

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Everything about this memoir is gutsy. It‘s very honest and very vulnerable.
It‘s an epic journey taken in order to face trauma and find self acceptance. Silvia and the women she travels with are inspiring.

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‘It‘s awe.
It‘s that sense of being both small and part of something so much bigger than our smallness.
Awe is the gateway drug to healing trauma through nature.
Awe must be experienced. And trauma isn‘t something you can scoop out with a spoon. It has a home in you, and in that home, it lives, often comfortably, sometimes quietly, but always ready to trash the place at a moment‘s notice.‘

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White Fang | Jack London
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This is a very special book. I was totally invested in White Fang‘s journey.

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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I am just beginning my journey of unlearning the messages that culture and society has told me about women. This was a good place to start. Like any self help book, not everything in it applies, but I was able to take away some key things for myself.

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Mammoth | Chris Flynn
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A unique and amusing book narrated by a 13,000 year-old extinct mammoth. It‘s a tale of this Mummut‘s journey combined with his musings on the bewildering world of humans.

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Compelling but so sad. My favourite thing about this book was the descriptions of the love and friendship the characters feel for each other.

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Great finish to this book! Although it did take me some time to get into the swing of it. That‘s no fault of the book, it‘s just been a busy month for me.
This book and it‘s prose is elegant, refined, witty and interesting - much like the gentleman it refers to.

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The Morbids | Ewa Ramsey
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A story about how anxiety feels and one woman‘s experience with it.
I read this one pretty quickly, but I‘m still not sure how I feel about it. I liked parts of it, but found other parts a bit tedious and frustrating.

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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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This is a very special book. I loved it‘s premise of reintroducing wolves into the Scottish highlands to promote ecological diversity and health. There is a rewilding theme throughout, both of nature and self, which is very appealing and cleverly articulates the feelings of being connected with nature.
It covers domestic abuse themes in a very real way and contains a mystery. The mystery, if I‘m honest, I didn‘t need in order to love this book.

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This is one of the most harrowing pieces on non-fiction I‘ve ever read. This book sheds light on the national emergency that is domestic abuse in Australia.
Throughly absorbing, comprehensive and informative, Jess Hill takes us though what abuse looks and feels like for both the victim and the perpetrator.
This was such a difficult but important read. I learned so much.

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The Inheritance: And Other Stories | Robin Hobb, Megan Lindholm
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Cool intro explaining the Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm pseudonyms and the differing styles of each. I love Hobb and this was my first taste of Lindholm. Although short stories are not usually my thing, I enjoyed the stories and both writing styles and I‘m inspired to try more Lindholm soon.
The Hobb stories take us back into the RotE world, which I loved. Homecoming was my fav, as it gives a history in diary form of the founding of the Rain Wilds

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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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True story about a couple who, after learning the husband is terminally ill, also lose their home and livelihood.
Instead of giving up, they decide to trek 630 miles along the Coastal Path, camping in the wild with extremely limited funds and supplies.
After a slow start, their story really grew on me. It‘s about finding liberation through letting go and embracing wilderness.
‘You‘ve felt the hand of nature. It won‘t leave you now; You‘re salted‘

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Love this cover! Even though the previous owner must have used it as a coaster…. 😢
Such a charming adventure tale.
I can very much relate to Bilbo Baggins who, throughout the adventure and while discovering his strengths and generally being awesome, really just missed his quiet, comfortable, little home with the kettle singing on the stove and a full pantry. I get it, Bilbo.

LapReader I have an equally trashed copy. 9mo
Leftcoastzen It is a marvelous cover . 9mo
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For such a short, little story, this really packs a punch. I felt so many different things while reading it and really didn‘t want to put it down.
I loved Ariadne‘s narrative, which almost read like field notes at times, but was never dry. I Loved the dynamic of the crew, the descriptions of different planets and species, the methods by which they were undertaking their research and the whole concept behind this wonderful book.

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It was nice to catch up with Claire and Jamie again 💕

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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A bit of a slow start, I took some time to get into this and get my head around it, but it was ultimately intriguing.

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I know I should be reading something from my TBR, but I‘m currently re-reading these 2.
MOBY in preparation for Bees, as I need a refresher on what‘s happened.
Assassin‘s Apprentice just cos I want to. I finished the RotE series a few months ago and I just miss the characters. Robin Hobb is amazing. I‘m loving the re-read, it‘s so good picking up on all the little intricacies now that I know the characters well and what‘s to become of them.

PuddleJumper I haven't read the Fitz and the Fool trilogy because I want to re read the series then get distracted by my TBR pile 😅 10mo
Messiejessie @PuddleJumper oh you have to read the Fitz and the Fool trilogy when you get the chance. It‘s so good. 10mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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There‘s a LOT going on in this 600+ page novel. It‘s set in the past, present and future and told from 5 different perspectives. It incorporates several genres and themes.
I found the first 1/3 a bit slow, but the rest I finished relatively quickly.
The characters and times were interconnected by the love of an Ancient Greek myth and the impact that the story has on their lives, despite the different circumstances of their time.

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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A nice little distraction, which I needed at the moment.

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A lovely novel about love, loss, grief, representation and the importance and power of words.
Beautifully written with interesting characters. It‘s protagonist, Esme is intelligent, curious and quietly elegant as she finds her voice and a way to make a meaningful contribution in her own way. I really enjoyed this.

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Threadneedle | Cari Thomas
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A fun fantasy novel! The character development was excellent. There were a few characters that were amazing. I loved Attis so much, he was awesome.
However, I didn‘t really buy into the magic system. There were lots of really cool magical elements - such as the library and lots of other fun, quirky things, but the rules around how the magic system itself worked, felt a little tedious to me.

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The Shining | Stephen King
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Yep…. Horror is NOT my genre. I know this, but I had to buy it and give it a try, as this copy had such a superb cover.
I put off reading it and it took me a lot longer than is normal for me to get through.
The first 3/4 dragged for me, but it redeemed itself in the end. It had a very dramatic conclusion.
I hated Jack (a lot), even before the s**t hit the fan. What a dick.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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A powerful, stop-and-make-you-think story about what the culture of a club or place is, and the effect this can have on its individuals.
‘Culture is as much about what we encourage as what we permit.‘

Andrew65 Loved this and it‘s sequel. 12mo
CarolynM So good❤ I've got this edition too. So weird they changed the title, then changed it back again. I kind of wish I had the Beartown one. 12mo
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