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Joined July 2017

🇦🇺. Lover of books and dancing!
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Crooked House by Agatha Christie
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The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
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Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro
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This book is like life. So many things at once. Devastatingly sad and messy but so joyous too. I‘m blessed to have friends who are my family. LOVED this book! 💙🩵💛

marleed It‘s one of my favorite books! 2w
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The Broken Shore | Peter Temple
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I listened to this. My latest bookclub book. I haven‘t read a modern crime novel in a while and this was a pleasant surprise! I was reminded of my time as a police officer. The good and the bad. It also made me laugh.
#Ozfiction

CarolynM I need to try Peter Temple. I recommend Garry Disher if you fancy more modern crime #ozfiction. 1mo
Rissreads @CarolynM I don‘t do much crime. I think I read way too much of it in my early 20‘s and I lived it for 10yrs. I‘m also very selective with crime novels. It has to be realistic and well written. Peter Temple wrote the Jack Irish tv series, which is fantastic! 1mo
CarolynM Not that I have any lived experience of policing, but I think Disher‘s Hirsch series is pretty realistic. My husband had two uncles who were country cops in SA. He only just made it through the first in the series because he was triggered by it 1mo
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Rissreads @carolynm thanks for the recommendation. I will give it a try x 1mo
Centique I didnt know you had been in the police! What an interesting life you have led 🙌 My nephew qualified as a detective about a year ago but he has recently moved to Brisbane and is taking a break from policing for a while. It sure is a hard job. 4w
MrsMalaprop Glad you liked it. I read a few of his years ago. 3w
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Go Jane! Go Jane! Jane was bloody fierce for her time! She was a strong, smart, independent woman. Just how we like them! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Centique This is still such a great book! And i love your photo 😍 4w
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Open Water | Caleb Azumah Nelson
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This book was a surprise. The writing style was very poetic and emotive. It is a beautiful story of love between two young black artists in London. But it is also a story about trauma. I loved all the references to music and found that listening to them on Spotify enhanced my reading experience. Likewise I googled some artists and investigated their work. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

batsy Nice review! I added this to the list awhile back but got distracted by other books... 1mo
Rissreads @batsy I know what you mean! Oh look….. a new book! 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
batsy Right 😂😂 1mo
Centique Great review! This sounds so good 😘 1mo
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The Messenger | Markus Zusak
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This was lovely, funny, warm, fuzzy and wholesome and I loved it! Kindness is so underrated! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I did a bad, bad thing! 🤣 Wants, not needs. But I don‘t care! Retail therapy at its best! ♥️

Jari-chan Nothing bad about buying books. You could spend your time and money worse 😉 2mo
LeeRHarry Looks like good choices were made! 😊 2mo
batsy Nice! I think the Lessing is well worth reading (and one to own 🙌🏾) 2mo
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Jeg Love Doris Lessing. Met her once at a book festival in Scotland. The book she was promoting hadn‘t arrived so I got a little book about cats which she signed. A treasure . 2mo
Rissreads @Jeg I am interested in her cat books as I am a cat lover and have 2 of my own. You were very lucky to have met her. She sounds like a fascinating lady! 2mo
Reggie Annie Bot!!!!🖤🖤🖤 2mo
Rissreads @Reggie Just another book you got me to buy! 🖤 2mo
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Dalton really knows how to pull on your heart strings, even if most of the plot is far fetched.
I do feel like he romanticises homelessness and the writing is let down by him trying to include too many facts about these issues so therefore it comes across as not genuine conversation. #Ozfiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
It will make another great tv series, and I couldn‘t help but think that‘s exactly what he was thinking when he mentions Nicole Kidman etc

Megbert I saw Trent speaking last month & he acknowledged this criticism about “romanticizing homelessness” which has obviously been made a few times. He disagrees with this idea & he bases it on his friendships with homeless people who tell him that despite what those on the other side of the fence may think, they have great days, successes & big dreams too. Agree it does end up like a fast paced action film but I did appreciate his sentiments on this. 2w
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I listened to this but I will be buying a physical copy. This book made me move between two emotions. Rage and despair. How is it that it‘s 2024 and we still have such inequality for women. Half the population! This fight is so exhausting! More men reading books like this would be a start! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bookbuyingaddict @Rissreads Iv had this on my TBR for yonks after listening to an interview with the author, I think at the moment it would upset me too much. Just last week hate speech was made a crime in Scotland but controversially misogyny was not included as a hate crime. As you can imagine there has been a lot of discussion and debate about that !! 2mo
Rissreads @Bookbuyingaddict I feel like we are just banging our heads on a wall and going around and around the same circle. 2mo
bookandbedandtea I read about a third of this and was so demoralized I put it aside. I've been thinking that I'm about ready to dip back into it though. 2mo
Bookwomble @Bookbuyingaddict The arguments about not including misogyny as hate speech seem to come down to it being so prevalent and culturally embedded that it would overwhelm the courts if it was made a crime, and "the Wokerati won't let you say anything these days". 2mo
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I really enjoyed this. It was refreshing to read something so original. Wren and Lewis have just gotten married when Lewis receives the diagnosis that within a year he will mutate into a great white shark. You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a horror story but It‘s actually a tender story of love and sacrifice. You could also presume to think that this is a silly story but it‘s actually very astute. ♥️ 🦈
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Centique Great review! I will move this up my TBR 😍 How are you doing Nerissa? 2mo
Rissreads @Centique I‘m on holidays at the moment but spending most of it trying to organise stuff for mum like carers etc It is great to not have to jump out of the bed I. The morning and read with my cats. How are you doing? X (edited) 2mo
Centique @Rissreads all good here. We‘ve been through a few rounds of colds and covid lately 🤧😷🥴 but otherwise fine. Organising carers and looking after an elderly parent is tough. I hope you are getting through it ok 💕 My dad is still trucking along despite doctors expectations - must be all the good food we spoon feed him at lunchtimes! 2mo
CarolynM I‘m sorry to hear you are going through the elderly-parent-needing-care trials too. Like @Centique says, it‘s hard. Reach out if you want any long distance support and understanding 💕 2mo
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Edenglassie | Melissa Lucashenko
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Stories like this one, told by a Goorie author about our colonial history are so important. I was deeply moved by the end. 🖤💛❤️ #Ozfiction
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The Driver's Seat | Muriel Spark
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The main character Lise is batshit crazy! I was curious where this book would end up but sadly I didn‘t become emotionally attached to the characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Such a fun read! 3mo
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I love a good end of the world story and this one didn‘t disappoint. Thoroughly engrossing. I can now watch the tv series adaption ‘Silo‘. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Meshell1313 Yes! Can‘t wait to see what you think! They were sooo different! I did the reverse and watched the show before I read the books. 📚 📺 3mo
Jeg I loved these books. Read them when they first came out. 3mo
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#TLT @dabbe
I would love to re read books but I have too many new ones to discover!
3 books that I have read more than once (actually 4🤣)
Harry Potter series
Are you there god it‘s me Margaret
Goldfinch
Jasper Jones

Thanks for the tag @MrsMalaprop

Want to join in @thegirlwiththelibrarybag ?

dabbe HP: YES! GOLDFINCH and JASPER: now on the TBR! Thanks for sharing. 💚💙💚 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m always down for a #tlt 😊 my favourite Judy Blume to reread is 3mo
dabbe @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Her books are my childhood, and they really helped me through some tough shit. Like most of us, right? 🤩 3mo
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Papillon | Henri Charriere
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👏🏻🎉💛 Congratulations @Meshell1313 you were picked by the randomiser! Thank you for sharing the memory of your friend with me. Please send me your details so I can post you two books from your tbr.
#Missmydad
nerissalee44@gmail.com

BarbaraBB Oow I forgot to post… such a loving and lovely idea. Thanks for organizing 🤍🤍 3mo
Meshell1313 Oh wow! Thank you so much for this generous and lovely gift! ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Meshell1313 Just emailed you. ❤️ 3mo
Rissreads @Meshell1313 you are most welcome! 💛 3mo
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I soooooo wanted to LOVE this book! I had such high expectations and I think that was the problem, It just didn‘t live up to all the hype for me. Something just didn‘t quite work. But I did enjoy it more as it went along. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Homecoming | Kate Morton
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School book club pick. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ It‘s a pick but only just. This was way too long and I found myself thinking ‘Really?!‘ quite a bit. #Ozfiction

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Papillon | Henri Charriere
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It‘s been almost a year since my Dad passed away and to celebrate his memory I am doing a giveaway!
This was my Dads favourite book. Growing up I remember seeing this book on my parent‘s bookshelf. I loved being able to discuss it with him when I finally read it. To enter just share a book that reminds you of anyone in the world, and why. #MissmyDad ♥️
I will gift 2 books from someone‘s TBR list using a number randomizer. Picked March 22nd.

Librarybelle What a lovely gesture! ❤️ 3mo
Rissreads Thankyou @Librarybelle It‘s the best way I could think of to honour his memory in a meaningful way to me. 3mo
Jas16 Such a beautiful thing to do. The Diary of Anne Frank makes me think of my grandmother. I still have her copy of the book and can recall her encouraging me to read me when I was young and delighting in discussing it with me. 3mo
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batsy ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Billypar This is so nice - what a lovely tribute! The two year anniversary of losing my dad is coming up, so I'm going to work on a post for him. 3mo
LeahBergen This is so lovely. ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
dabbe 💚💙💚 3mo
LeeRHarry This is just lovely ❤️- it‘s getting on for two years since I lost my Dad and his favourite book was Treasure Island - I have never read it but I think I will this year, on his birthday in April. ❤️ 3mo
Meshell1313 ❤️❤️❤️ I just recently watched both movies the one from the 70‘s and the remake. What a beautiful way to honor him! 3mo
quietlycuriouskate ❤️ I have my mum's old copy of Moonfleet. I never once saw her reading, but she said she'd liked this one as a kid. It's set in Dorset, where we were from. 3mo
BarbaraBB My dad had Papillon on his shelves too. He died 18 months ago. I now have his copy and will think of a post. Thank you for organizing ❤️💔 3mo
Chelsea.Poole This is a great way to honor him ♥️ 3mo
marleed Oh what a wonderful way to celebrate your dad. There are couple times when my dad let me select/have his BOTM selection. One was The complete works of Robert Frost and my copy has a very old stamp from BOTM on the end page. But the tagged was also my selection and we both read it. I was the last out of the nest and it became our tagline! I did come across an estate sale hardback copy a couple years back and snatched it up! 3mo
Reggie ❤️This is lovely. I will be thinking about a post. 3mo
CarolynM What a lovely idea❤️ I have an idea. I‘ll work on a post tomorrow. Hugs to you and everyone remembering their dads here @Billypar @LeeRHarry @BarbaraBB 3mo
BarbaraBB Thank you @CarolynM 🤍 3mo
Rissreads @CarolynM @reggie I‘m looking forward to it ♥️ (edited) 3mo
Rissreads @Reggie @CarolynM I‘m looking forward to it ♥️ 3mo
Rissreads @Jas16 what a lovely memory of your grandmother ♥️ 3mo
Rissreads @Billypar I hope it gets easier over time but I still miss him. Thank you for sharing ♥️ 3mo
Rissreads @LeeRHarry that sounds like a great idea! ♥️ 3mo
Rissreads Thank you for sharing this memory ♥️ @quietlycuriouskate 3mo
Rissreads @BarbaraBB yes it‘s a very popular book. ♥️ 3mo
Rissreads @marleed what a wonderful way to remember your dad ♥️ 3mo
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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Madness! This book was just bloody good fun! I laughed a lot! So many fantastic quotes. A joy from beginning to end and so clever! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jari-chan What a gorgeous cat 😻 4mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
CarolynM My memories of this one still give me the giggles - the devil speaking to Crowley in Kylie Minogue‘s voice, for example🤣 3mo
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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I‘m hearing ya Brian! I totally agree! 🧡

Reggie Love the orange nails! 4mo
Centique Fabulous nails! 4mo
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Love Marriage | Monica Ali
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Bookclub book.
Did I like Yasmin? No I didn‘t, but there was a lot to like in this book. I was certainly invested in the story, there was so much going on. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Rissreads @CarolynM this is a terrible review from me but I had a brain fart last night and couldn‘t think of anything to say! Oh well! 🤣 4mo
CarolynM Sometimes I find it nearly impossible to say anything sensible about what I‘ve read. I started this one, but it didn‘t grab me. I will try again one day… (edited) 4mo
Rissreads @CarolynM It did get better as it went along, and I got more invested. 4mo
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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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This book had me thinking all the way through, run! No stay! No run! No stay! What a moral dilemma Dana faced as a slave. Protect myself or protect others? This book is brutal, some of the themes were so hard to read but it‘s a must read. A time travelling historical novel set in 1815 in the Antebellum South. In an interview Butler said ⬇️

Rissreads “I wanted to write a novel that would make others feel the history: the pain and fear that black people have had to live through in order to endure.” Mission accomplished 👏🏻 4mo
batsy I'm reading another (and my first) Butler: Parable of the Sower. So good, and too real. 4mo
maich I liked this one. The story I'll never forget 4mo
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Reggie This is easily in my top 10 since I started reading again in 2016. 4mo
Rissreads @batsy I loved Parable of the Sower too. That was my first Butler too 4mo
Rissreads @Reggie that‘s high praise! Top 10! 4mo
Rissreads @Centique thank you for gifting me this book. I just remembered where it came from! ♥️ 4mo
Centique @Rissreads yay! Im so glad you enjoyed it. Like you, this just blew my socks off. 🤯💔 4mo
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The Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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HALLELUJAH! A book this good, that I am only just discovering now! I had to see what all the fuss was about after @MrsMalaprop raved about this and talking with several students at school who have read it for their yr 12 English literature class. It gives me hope for the future when our kids can connect with such a classic.
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dabbe This book has resonated with me since high school. ❤️💜🩷 4mo
MrsMalaprop I‘m glad you loved it too. What a book 🤩. Imagine all the others out there waiting patiently for us to find them 📚😁. 4mo
SamAnne This had such an impact on me in high school. I want to reread. Even though I‘m a Steinbeck fan I‘ve yet to read East of Eden! That‘s happening this year. 4mo
Centique I remember this book shocking me and breaking my heart as a teenager 😥 4mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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This was PERFECT! How can something so short convey so much? I am in awe of Claire Keegan. Her sentences are beautiful but so precise. I am going to gush about her and this book to anyone who will listen. The world needs more foster families like the Kinsella‘s. More humans with heart. Kindness is undervalued in our world but not in this book.
Apparently there is a film adaptation, The quiet girl. Hopefully I can find it to watch.
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CarolynM Lovely review. I want to read more Clare Keegan. 5mo
Jeg The film got to me. It was beautiful. 5mo
Rissreads @Jeg that‘s good to know that the film isn‘t terrible! 5mo
Rissreads @CarolynM I‘d love for her to write a big book! 5mo
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My school bookclub book.
The parachute 🪂 says it all!

Centique Yikes! It sounds like a lot of things that make me cranky all in one book 😂😂😂 5mo
Reggie I just came to say after six weeks I decided to have a cheat day and I ate the box. And I loved everything EXCEPT the vegemite. lol It was like a smoky bbq sauce with a crazy aftertaste. And I say that now but I am gonna save it maybe put it on some kinda meat later and see how that goes. Thank you so much, Rissa! 5mo
Rissreads @Reggie did you have the Vegemite on toast? Thin spread with lots of butter! Only way to eat it! I‘m glad you enjoyed the box of goodies. I also got your second book in the mail ‘Sole survivor‘. Thank you xxx 5mo
Reggie @Rissreads 🖤Yay glad you got it. I tried it on a cracker. Next time I cheat I‘ll try it your way. 5mo
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Out | Natsuo Kirino
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🩸 🔪 This book is brutal! Not for the squeamish!
1 woman kills her husband, 3 women cut up the body and get rid of it. And from there the fun and games begin. There were some great twists in this book. I loved it except for the ending. I had a huge issue with that! 🤮
Why hasn‘t this been made into a movie?

BarbaraBB Such an entertaining read! 5mo
batsy I loved this! Great review. 5mo
Centique Great review Nerissa! It would make a great movie 😍 5mo
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🎧 Very informative and unbiased ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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All the Little Bird-Hearts | Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow
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This book reminded me of how in nature when there is a bird who is different or injured, so then all the other birds gang up on it and peck it to death. That‘s how I felt poor Sunday was treated by everyone around her, including her daughter Dolly. I had a sense of dread throughout waiting for Sundays heart to be smashed to pieces and mine with it. The hospital scene with her mother made me sob it was so brutal and cruel. It was refreshing to ⬇️

Rissreads Read about a neurodiverse adult who wasn‘t portrayed as ‘quirky‘. Sunday is an inspiration of how to live your life authentically and love yourself. 6mo
MicheleinPhilly I just finished this the other day. Dread is right. It felt weirdly suspenseful to me because I was on pins and needles. Such a beautiful but devastating book. 6mo
Centique Wonderful review Nerissa! This book broke my heart too 💜 5mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I agree. 5mo
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So small yet so mighty! 💪🏼
Loved it!

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BarbaraBB A Naomi Klein! I must check that one out! 6mo
Rissreads @BarbaraBB it‘s about how for a couple of years she kept being confused with Naomi Wolf. Very interesting! 6mo
BarbaraBB I checked if I was confusing her myself but I did mean Naomi Klein 😅 6mo
Rissreads Phew! 6mo
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#top23of23 Top 16 FICTION
Yep, I‘m late! @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen
I read 46 books this year and listened to 18. Very happy with that.

BarbaraBB So many good ones! 6mo
Centique Pew, Cold Comfort Farm, Life of Pi, Small Island & We Have Always Lived in the Castle are all faves of mine too. What a great reading year! 5mo
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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A fantastic start to my holidays! Reading by my friends pool (yes I did swim!) and eating fairy bread!
This is my book club book. It‘s a short, quiet, reflective read. It‘s a book about a 6 year old girl and her grandmother over one summer on an island. Not much really happens but it‘s beautiful and atmospheric. I hope to one day have grandchildren of my own who I can ramble around with in nature just enjoying life and each others company.

LeeRHarry Look at you with your fairy bread! 🥰 Happy New Year Nerissa 😊 (edited) 6mo
batsy It's such a gorgeous book and a lovely one to start the year with! 💛 6mo
BarbaraBB Lovely book, lovely setting! Happy new year! 6mo
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This book 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
I‘m always trying to educate my 2 sons so that they will be good men. Allies to ALL women, not just the women they ‘know‘. Books like this one are so important to this journey.
I took my 2 sons and their 2 friends away for Christmas and gifted them all this book. 🤞🏼Fingers crossed they actually read it!

Reggie Good for you! One time I took a book of Rupi Kaur‘s poetry and I read that one that goes-Women let‘s not make battlegrounds of each other‘s bodies. We had catty girls at the time who were saying horrible things about the way women dressed or looked at our casino. When I read it nobodybut the guys got it. lol Hopefully your book fares better than my poem. 💚 6mo
Rissreads @Reggie well that‘s a bit depressing that the guys got it but not the girls. Yes it‘s true us females need to also be allies to all women and be kind and stop comparing and competing. We need to be other women‘s cheer squads! 6mo
MrsMalaprop Love it Nerissa. Here‘s hoping 🤞 5mo
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Old God's Time: A Novel | Sebastian Barry
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I‘m going to miss Tom Kettle, what a lovely man. A man who had suffered more brutality, trauma and heartbreak in his life than any man should. Yet despite this he was able to appreciate the joy of his family and was able to love them fiercely. Kettles mind is muddled because of this trauma (PTSD) and possibly dementia so the story goes back and forth between memories, realities and dreams. I liked the fact that this wasn‘t a standard detective ⬇️

Rissreads novel, and that he wasn‘t your standard detective. That would have been a disservice to Kettle. Who although he knew he was a simple man, few men have his empathy or emotional insight into human behaviour. Barry was able to achieve all this with his beautiful writing. What a fabulous book to end the year with! (edited) 6mo
Freespirit I loved this too 6mo
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Fascinating! This book went down many rabbit holes. “It all would be so ridiculous- if it weren‘t so serious.” I wasn‘t sure if I should laugh or cry over so much of this book. It nailed the world we are living in, where so many of us have no commonsense. I have admiration for Klein who has been mercifully mistaken, mocked and hounded for another‘s ideals, yet she can still show empathy to her doppelgänger. She deals with it all with such grace.

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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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Whoa, this book is so much more than it appears. Like the Tardis! The author‘s descriptions of Elena‘s Parkinsons were harrowing, the anguish of everyday tasks. The dispair of loosing a child. There is so much to say about this book but it‘s too hard without spoilers. I can see why it got so much Litsy love!

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@Centique Christmas just keeps on giving!
Thank you for this generous gift! Thank you for your friendship.
I can‘t wait to read these books! I got back from my little trip away to find I had a parcel! Litsy people are the best people! ♥️💚🤩🎄⭐️😘🥰🙏🏻👏🏻

Centique Yay! Sorry it didnt make it there for Christmas - and neither did my christmas card. I must get more organised next year! 6mo
Reggie Ooooh Kindred! ❤️ 6mo
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#aussiesecretsanta
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Thanks so much @CarolynM for my gifts! The mug with my name on is very cool! The scarf is divine, I can‘t wait to wear it somewhere and show it off! I love the books, all 3 of them! So spoilt! I just love everything. Merry Christmas Aussies, have a fabulous day! ♥️💚

thegirlwiththelibrarybag The grumpy Melbourne owl 😂🤣 I loved Motherthing - I listened to the audio, and being inside Abby‘s head was quite the experience. (edited) 6mo
CarolynM I‘m glad you‘re pleased🥰 and I hope you‘ll enjoy it all. Merry Christmas 💕😘 6mo
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My Name Is Barbra | Barbra Streisand
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I am a huge Streisand fan so this book didn‘t disappoint! What a phenomenal talent! I systematically worked through her movies (again) when I had Covid. I love that she is committed to various causes like climate change. So sad I never got to see her sing! I read and listened to this. It was a real treat to have her read her own book.

dabbe I saw her show at the MGM hotel back in the early 90s. My mom and I are huge BS fans ( Hello, Gorgeous!”), so seeing her with my mom is one of the best memories I have with her. She was stupendous. I‘ll be reading this if my sister ever gets done with it! 🤩 6mo
Rissreads @dabbe I‘m so jealous! But what a special memory to have of your mum. I have a similar special memory of seeing Rod Stewart with my Dad and stalking him afterwards! 6mo
dabbe @Rissreads Now THAT sounds like a story I'd love to hear! Mr. Sexy Man Himself! 🤩🤩🤩 6mo
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Awwwww @Reggie I must say when I got your card it really made my day. I won‘t go into why but just having someone write to me, to take the time to share their world with me, it really means a lot. Litsy is such a special place. I am so grateful for the friends I have made here. ♥️ The book arrived a few days later, thank you!

Reggie ❤️Yayy!! It got there. There is another book coming and it‘s a ridiculous one for when you need pure escape. Happy Holidays, Rissa! 6mo
Rissreads I‘m very spoilt! You have something coming from me too x 6mo
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CarolynM I‘m very glad it‘s arrived safely 🎄🎄 Part II will be on the way tomorrow. 6mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag 😍😍😍 6mo
Rissreads Thank you @CarolynM for spoiling me x 6mo
CarolynM Tracking says the Part II was delivered on Wednesday 🙂 6mo
Rissreads @CarolynM yes it was! 6mo
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Blue Nights | Joan Didion
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This is my first Didion and I wish that it wasn‘t. I felt like it was all over the place and at times very hard to follow but I‘m thinking that someone suffering with acute grief would probably behave like this. But I think I‘m struggling with this because she is considered such an accomplished writer. I felt that it was quite often too vague where her daughter was concerned, especially when she was an adult. ⬇️

Rissreads I wanted to know her on a much deeper level. Loosing a child is unimaginable and I felt devastated for her especially the anguish she felt, questioning herself, if she was a good mother or not. I‘m definitely going to read The year of magical thinking next. I‘m hoping the writing blows me away as it has for so many others. 6mo
MrsMalaprop Haven‘t read this one. Hopefully you‘ll have a better experience with Year of Magical Thinking 🤞 6mo
Jeg I have this on my TBR shelf because I loved her magical thinking book so much. I think maybe you need to read that. It really does come before this one. I'm thinking it might explain a lot about where she was coming from in this one. 6mo
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This is the only vinyl record in my house. Alas I do not own a record player, but my daughter does! We both love Rod Stewart. This is a gift for her.
There is a Spotify playlist that lists every single song mentioned in the book.
As per ‘The forensic records society‘ rules there shall be no comments or judgements passed on the book. 🤣🤣🤣

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A House in Sicily | Daphne Phelps
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This is the house, Casa Cuseni, I stayed in last year when I visited Taormina, Italy. It has a very interesting history. I stayed in the room that Greta Garbo frequented. This house was the perfect place to stay, with its antiques, art and gorgeous gardens. The view of Mt Etna from our terrace was amazing! The house also has a dining room that contains a mural painted on the walls of its original owner Robert Kitson, his lover and their adopted ⬇️

Rissreads Child. Homosexuality was a crime at the time. To protect the men portrayed in the paintings, and to protect the paintings themselves because of the subject matter, the room was closed for 100 yrs and only opened in 2012. The book details the rich Sicilian lifestyle of the niece of the original owner Kitson. She became the guardian of the house and spent her lifetime preserving it. 7mo
Jeg I just read The 7 husband's of Evelyn Hugo. A fictional account of hidden gay Hollywood. So interesting to read your account of your visit. 7mo
Reggie Always having to hide.😢 great review! 7mo
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Foe | Iain Reid
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I thought this was excellent! I could feel myself waiting, tense for the real story to show itself, and it didn‘t disappoint me. I loved what it had to say about marriage and relationships. How one person doesn‘t feel seen or heard. I loved the ending. I saw the movie the day after I finished the book and I loved that too. The ending was different but for once it didn‘t annoy me as I could appreciate how this new ending added a whole new spin ⬇️

Rissreads On the story. Reid helped write the movie version and said that he loved exploring the new ending. I do feel that you would have maybe not enjoyed the movie as much without reading the book as it provides you with a lot more information. Anyway as always I seem to love these weird, f#cked up story‘s based in the future. I did have an ulterior motive for watching the film as my daughter played a waitress but alas you couldn‘t see her. (edited) 7mo
Centique How wonderful that your daughter was in it though! Well done to her 🙌 7mo
Reggie I read Apt Pupil which has a wayyyyyu different ending than the movie and sometimes I think the difference just works. I think if it was made now they wouldn‘t change the ending though. Great review! 7mo
Rissreads @Centique she still got paid! 7mo
Rissreads @Reggie thanks! 7mo
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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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This was BRUTAL! But I loved it! It will definitely not be for everyone! The depravity is endless. All animals must be eliminated due to a toxic virus that has swept the globe. As a result humans are manufactured for food, called special meat. The ending blew my head off!
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Reggie Ooof that ending. I kept wondering how he was gonna keep her a secret. I went vegan for 6 months after reading this. And my dad who I gave a copy to for a long time said he couldn‘t not think about where the meat he ate came from. 8mo
Rissreads @reggie it was so clever in how it made you think about things. How we all cope with the truth by using different language. Out of sight out of mind! Yes the ending. I must admit I was shocked how brutal they became with her. She was just an object to get what they needed. 8mo
GondorGirl Oh, I impulse bought the ebook of this one. It's getting moved to the top of the list! 8mo
CarolynM Oh dear! Think I‘ll skip this one🥴☹️ 8mo
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The Art Thief | Michael Finkel
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This book was bloody fascinating! An art thief who stole from various museums in Europe not to make money but to surround himself with beauty. 2 BILLION dollars of beauty! Displayed in one room! Over 200 heists across 10 yrs. Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.

Lizpixie I LOVE that painting!! 8mo
Rissreads @Lizpixie I bought it from an artist in Athens last year on holiday. I can‘t remember his details off hand but when I do I‘ll send you them. (edited) 8mo
Lizpixie @Rissreads Thank you lovely!😘♥️ 8mo
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Rememberings | Sinad O'Connor
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This was really interesting! What a fierce woman. Sinead was brutally honest about her life, including her flaws. I listened to it and it was fantastic to hear Sinead read her story. So sad how it all ended up for her. Another beautiful voice gone too soon!

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1984 | George Orwell
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Ok this wasn‘t as powerful or as profound this time around as it was when I read it in high school. Yes at the time this was written it was phenomenal but now it just felt a bit heavy handed. Scary stuff though!

Jeg Have you read Anna Fundas book Wifedom ? About George‘s wife. Found her research on his writing of this book interesting. 8mo
Rissreads @Jeg yes that‘s what made me revisit this. Loved Wifedom! 8mo
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@BarbaraBB is having a giveaway to celebrate 6 glorious years on Litsy! Wooooo hooooo! An amazing litten and an amazing space!
#BBgiveaway
My most anticipated book for 2024 is Fourteen days: An unauthorised gathering by Margaret Atwood and other authors.
I tag @CarolynM and @MrsMalaprop to join in the fun! ♥️

BarbaraBB That seems a great read! Thanks for entering the giveaway ❤️ 9mo
CarolynM Thanks for tagging me, Nerissa😘 9mo
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Blue Nights | Joan Didion
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💙🩵#titlesandtunes 🩵💙
This book was an obvious choice for #blues. I can‘t remember who gifted it to me. Was it you @Reggie ?
The song was harder, I had lots so I‘m going to list them all.
Blue hotel Chris Isaak
Midnight blue Lou Gramm
Blue Monday New Order
Clearest blue CHVRCHES
Blue world Mac Miller
Cry in shame Johnny Diesel and the injectors
Thanks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen
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Cinfhen Yay!!! We LOVE adding all the tunes 🎵🎶🎵 9mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful choices. And I loved that Chris Isaac song when I was young. 9mo
Reggie No, I‘m sorry, that wasn‘t me. 9mo
Centique Oh my god that Chris Isak song! I still love that album to bits 💕 9mo
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