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Onioons

Onioons

Joined May 2016

borrowing worlds one book at a time...
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Metronome by Tom Watson
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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
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Little Women (Little Women, #1) by Louisa May Alcott
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“autumn of 1918, I had just started fifth grade when signs began popping up in windows and on doors, on broadsheets plastered on streetlamps around the neighborhood. Suddenly big public gatherings were being discouraged; taverns, moving-picture houses, soda fountains—even churches—grew empty. Nobody knew what it was exactly, except that it started quickly, with a cough and a fever.”

#alphabetgame #letterI @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover 🍦 1d
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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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“Red was the blood of the siblings massacred in the North, black was for mourning them, green was for the prosperity Biafra would have, and, finally, the half of a yellow sun stood for the glorious future.”
#alphabetgame #letterH @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2d
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GraceLand: A Novel | Chris Abani
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Elvis Oke is one of my all-time favourite characters:
“He paid the asked price without haggling. Books, he felt, were sacred and should therefore not be bartered over.“

#alphabetgame #letterG @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2d
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“All of that will be gone by morning. Instead, they will dissect this last evening for years to come. What had they missed that they should have seen? What small gesture, forgotten, might have changed everything? They will pick it down to the bones, wondering how this had all gone so wrong, and they will never be sure.”

#alphabetgame #letterF @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 3d
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“All of that will be gone by morning. Instead, they will dissect this last evening for years to come. What had they missed that they should have seen? What small gesture, forgotten, might have changed everything? They will pick it down to the bones, wondering how this had all gone so wrong, and they will never be sure.”

#alphabetgame #letterE @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent choice!! 3d
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I loved this memoir - genuinely heartwarming, brutally sad in moments and gorgeously told throughout.

“Joe O'Reilly is a wonderful man, and a doting father, but he will often side with mechanical objects over his children. If it comes down to a dispute between one of us and a six-foot metal door panel clunking to the ground in a shower of sparks, he'll take the door's word for it every time.”

#alphabetgame #letterd @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚🙌🏻 3d
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City of Bohane | Kevin Barry
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#alphabetgame #letterC @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

“Mouth of teeth on him like a vandalised graveyard but we all have our crosses.”

vivastory I loved this one 4d
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“Soon we could barely recognize them. They were taller than we were, and heavier. They were loud beyond belief. I feel like a duck that's hatched goose's eggs.”

#alphabetgame #letterB

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Thanks @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for this great challenge idea and thanks @meshell1313 for encouraging me to join!

“Never worry about what you are escaping from,” he said. “Reserve your anxieties for what you are escaping to.”

#alphabetgame #letterA

Meshell1313 Yay! Great pick! Can‘t wait to see what else you decide on next! (edited) 4d
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56 DAYS. | CATHERINE RYAN. HOWARD
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Loved this clever, claustrophobic suspense novel set in the early days of the Pandemic. Alternate narration by the protagonists, and nonlinear timelines, fills in the gaps of this personal story told in a very familiar recent historical context. Well worth a listen.

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The Art of Falling | Danielle McLaughlin
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Such a gorgeous cover! Im not sure what I expected from this book but it turned into a little gem. Set in Cork, Nessa and Philip are holding their marriage together when her professional life begins to intersect with her past. Loved the back story of the Chalk Sculpture and all it was intended to be. The narration, by Tara Flynn, also really helped draw me into the story.

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Suspense novel set in my corner of the world. A decent plot but the characterisation wasnt very nuanced at all. So-so...

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Hanif's magnificent debut investigating possible reasons for the 1988 airplane crash that killed the President of Pakistan, the American Ambassador to Pakistan and some of Pakistan's top military brass. Funny, clever and wonderfully narrated by the unreliable Ali Shigari. We follow the possible threads that may have caused these events....

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African Town | Irene Latham, Charles Waters
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Based on real life events, African Town tells the story of the last enslaved people brought from Benin to Oklahoma. Only 150 years ago. The various perspectives are followed in a style reminicent of Otsuka's Buddha in the Attic. Another powerful novel capturing history through the voices western history traditionally doesnt capture.

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Beast | Matt Wesolowski
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The 4th installment of The Six Stories series is another suspense-filled tale unravelling over six episodes of a podcast. Each perspective adding to light to the corners of a case that has already been prosecuted. Here Lizzie B is an influencer who died, locked in an abandoned vampire tower, completing a social media challenge. An entertaining read, if quite similar to the others in the series...

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The Amusements | Aingeala Flannery
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While everyone else is playing #bookspin I seem to be stuck playing blockbusters! Still didn't manage a line, but loving having the target @TheAromaofBooks
Roll on July!

(If you don't know blockbusters, it's this little gem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_QkK0mpnSM&t=921s)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 1mo
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The Amusements | Aingeala Flannery
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Page 3 and I am IN! This commute just got a whole lot more bearable.

sarahbarnes This sounds good! Hoping it shows up in the US soon! 1mo
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Nothing on Earth | Conor O'Callaghan
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To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel after this even though I finished it on a single day.

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I feel like Helen & Martina grew up on the land that was later rezoned for this housing estate. And that maybe the land reclaimed them. Or that it's an allegory of the effect of Capitalism, Church & Colonialism on ordinary people. Or maybe it was written without an explanation in mind - and that wrecks my quite literal mind!

May need to reread.

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Dance Move | Wendy Erskine
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Enjoying Wendy Erskine's collection of short stories on this rainy, windy day. An array of moments from "ordinary" lives, told with an unembelished sensitivity. Favourite so far is His Mother.

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None of This Is Serious | Catherine Prasifka
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“My phone is a living creature in my hand, my notifications its heartbeat... scrolling helps me to shut out my gnawing thoughts. It keeps alive the possibility that there might be an answer on the next thread.“ Sophie is struggling to find her place post-college, as her friends and sibling seem to get on with new lives. An interesting, and sometimes raw, look at contemporary challenges for young Irish women.

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Latest book for Read Around The World is from Burkina Faso. Enjoyed Somé's autobiographical novel about being taken away from his village, as a very young child, to be raised in a French seminary. Loved that he read the audiobook himself.

ATW so far: Ireland, England, France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Mali, Cote D'Ivore, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso. Up next: Niger.

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@Ddzmini sorry Im late to this! #two4tuesday Thinking of the last book you read, did the cover accurately reflect the story? Did the cover influence your decision to read the book? A good (or bad) cover can definitely influence me but maybe not so much in this case. The cover is quite subtle, focusing on the coffee-shop meetings of a parents' group. It was the blurb that swung my decision on this one.

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Echoland | Joe Joyce
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I dont usually read more than one book at a time but ended up reading two blinders this weekend! Really enjoying both 📚

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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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Getting started on what looks like an epic... 🤓🐈

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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Looking forward to June's #bookspinbingo and starting with the re-read of this absolute classic. Hoping to see the film, An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Girl), over the weekend. It's a hard book to measure up to, but the trailer looks like they might have managed it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOLJqEJI_-o) @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson
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Trying to read some more classics via Serial app. Enjoying combining serial issues with free audiobook versions. 30 mins well-spent each morning!

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The Murder Rule | Dervla McTiernan
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Cosy day listening to The Murder Rule. Very different from McTiernan's previous books but properly engrossing so far. That said, one of us is clearly more taken with it than the other 🐾 #catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead Awww snuggly!!! 3mo
Onioons @RaeLovesToRead he is a great snuggle buddy! 3mo
BookNAround He looks so cozy and soft and warm. 3mo
Onioons @BookNAround 😊 he makes the best hot water bottle! 3mo
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The Last | Hanna Jameson
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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl "Nadia once told me that she was kept awake at night by the idea that she would read about the end of the world on a phone alert."

ShyBookOwl Ouf. That's so real 3mo
Onioons @ShyBookOwl It is intense off the bat! But a real page-turner... 3mo
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Life Sentences | Billy O'Callaghan
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"Then, as the hour grew late, she began to sing, something she'd never before done in my hearing, at least not that I could remember Leaning back from the fire's glow and draped in night, she cleared her throat & built an air that was slow in finding its shape Long seconds passed before I recognised the lyrics of her song as Irish & then I could only bow my head, understanding few of the words & let myself be taken along by the lilt of her melody"

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The Deadwood Encore | Kathleen Murray
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Half way through the month and I haven't made much progress on my bingo lines! But really enjoying the books for this month. The Deadwood Encore shares the unique voices of two generations of Whelans, each shaped by the gifts of the seventh son of a seventh son. One struggling to understand his emerging powers and the other looking back from death to the loved ones he left behind. Really original and quirky. @aromaofbooks

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The Deadwood Encore | Kathleen Murray
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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl "And suddenly we know what heaven we're in... So said Perry Como, comrade in arms in the eternal choir of seventh sons, and so say all of us."

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The Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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My guest cat seems to have a different world view. His humans are scattered in different houses around his patch. And he bestows his time generously among his people. I completely understand the disproportinate effect the guest cat had on the lives of the protagonists. Gentle and slow, this simple story rang true for me.

Leftcoastzen I liked it a lot! Cute kitty !😻 3mo
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The Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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Next up!

LoverOfLearning Ha love the cover! 3mo
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Lightseekers | Femi Kayode
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The October sun is as hot as the blood of the angry mob #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Ready for May Bingo - already read #bookspin (The Colony) yesterday. And looking forward to #doublespin (The Art of Falling). But currently enjoying The Murder Box. Every month should start with a bank holiday weekend! @aromaofbooks

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Quirky with a capital Q! Such a fun read too!

LiteraryinLawrence Quirky is right! This was so bizarre but I was there for it. 3mo
Onioons @LiteraryinLawrence yeah, it's hard to be genuinely original & this really was 3mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this turned out to be a remarkable look at the complicated outcomes of colonisation. A small island off the coast of Ireland, with a rapidly diminishing population, is the destination for both an English artist and a French linguist, each with their own ambitions. Looking at how the locals fare with these visitors, their own ghosts, the civil war raging close by. A very well-crafted read.

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The Roommate | Dervla McTiernan
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Quick novella read from one of my favourite authors. Narrated really well & a great introduction to the Cormac Reilly police procedural series, set mostly in the West of Ireland.

LiteraryinLawrence I‘ve never read anything by this author but enjoy this genre. Do you have a book you recommend to start with? 3mo
Onioons @LiteraryinLawrence The Ruin is the first in the series but there are also a couple of prequels. It'd be fine to read them as standalones I think. 3mo
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Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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#readingbracket22 My favourite reads of the year were Brixton Hill (L Moggach), The Lamplighters (E Stonex), Record of a Spaceborn Few (B Chambers) and Glory (N Bulawayo). Special mention to Three Apples Fell From The Sky (N Abgaryan)!

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Duffy and Son | Damien Owens
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“It's hard to know where you should start a story.“ #firstlinefridays Spoiler: Eugene definitely knows how to tell a story!

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The Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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@thearomaofbooks I'd love to join #bookspin for May if it's not too late in the year! Love the idea of getting through some of these books in May.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Never too late to BookSpin!! Glad to have you along - I'll add you to the tag list so you should get a notification when I draw the numbers on Monday morning!! 3mo
Onioons @TheAromaofBooks Thank you, it's such a great idea! Looking forward to it 🙂 📚 3mo
TheAromaofBooks You may also be interested in the #Roll100 challenge hosted by @PuddleJumper - similar concept, bigger list! 😂 3mo
Onioons @TheAromaofBooks followed! Thanks, love a challenge or I'll just read whodunnits all day long 😆 3mo
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The Honjin Murders | Seishi Yokomizo
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Enjoying this short suspense novel. Unusual narrator's voice but engaging all the same...

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Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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When at last the Father of the Nation arrived for the Independence Day celebrations, no earlier than 3:28 in the afternoon, the citizens, congregated at the Jidada Square since morning, had had it with waiting; they could've razed the whole of Jidada with their frustration alone, that is, if Jidada had been any other place.

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On Friday, just past noon, after the sun had rolled past its lofty zenith and begun sliding sedately toward the western edge of the valley, Anatolia Sevoyants lay down to breathe her last. Before departing for the next world, she thoroughly watered the kitchen garden and scattered food for the chickens, leaving a little extra since the birds couldn't go around unfed - how could ahe know when the neighbours would discover her lifeless body?

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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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Knowing the cause of their suffering, the peasants cursed their barbarian emporer in his distant capital in the north. As with any two like things connected by a thread of qi, whereby the actions of one influence the other even at a distance, so an emporer's worthiness determines the fate of the land he rules.

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Daniil works in the Ministry of Food, before the Fall, engineering food packaging to Ministry standards. "The next day, Daniil found another memo on his desk, this one from Sergei Igorovich: To fill unfillable string-bean triangular void, engineer triangular vegetable. Due Friday."

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Love it when your library audiobook turns up early, just in time for the weekend 🤗📖🎧

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Eight Detectives | Alex Pavesi
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Nearly half way and still enjoying this strange meta look at the crime novel...

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Right November 2020, let's be havin ya!

Onioons I picked this book suspecting it would have a strong plot rather than strong characters. It was definitely surprising. But I just didn't like the guy and that always makes it harder for me to care. Marks for originality but the protagonist kinda ruined it for me. 2y
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So it took 608 minutes yesterday & 45 minutes this morning, but I couldn't put this down. Really interesting listen with a bunch of unexpected topics like open access, colonialism, robotics, social politics. All the time with a core cast of four characters keeping the story relatable. Dont understand the low ratings, I really enjoyed this.

Aaronlisa I gave the book a 3.5 star rating and although I couldn‘t put it down, the ending felt far too rushed for me. I felt that the author tried to do too much in too short of a book. But it is still a book that I think about. 2y
Onioons @Aaronlisa yes, that's fair. I think I'm used to dystopian novels that are caught up in their own "epicness" & this felt more grounded somehow. But I see how the ending was a bit too steep of a departure. I get the point he was trying to make but it was quite an academic point now that I think about it & advances the plot much more than the characters. As you say, it's one I'll remember. 2y
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