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Joined July 2017

🇦🇺. Lover of books, magpies, elephants, yellow, rainy days, the beach, crazy socks, pineapple, and disco music! I collect teaspoons. Hufflepuff.
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin | Louis de Bernieres
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This is beautiful Asos on the Greek island of Kefalonia my home for 5 days. I‘m so glad I waited to read this book in the setting it was written it made it all the more magical! I fell in love with the book characters and the place. Although I must admit I almost gave up on the book as I disliked the first quarter but I‘m glad I persevered as it was so worth it! 💙🤍

Cazxxx Beautiful 😻 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 😍 1w
Chelsea.Poole Gorgeous! 1w
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CarolynM So beautiful 😍 Enjoy! 1w
Rissreads I am @CarolynM How are you going? X 1w
Rissreads @Cazxxx @erzascarletbookgasm @Chelsea.Poole Yes it‘s just wonderful! 💙🤍 1w
Jeg So beautiful. Bet you are super relaxed. 1w
Rissreads @Jeg Yes super relaxed and feeling magnificent! X 1w
Reggie Wow this is lovely! 6d
Rissreads It was very special @Reggie and at the moment I‘m in Taormina Sicily! ♥️ 6d
CarolynM I‘m good. I‘ve been in Adelaide visiting my parents. Not as exciting as overseas adventures😆 Hope you‘re having a wonderful time 😘 1d
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Norwegian Wood | Haruki Murakami
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My latest bookclub book. Weird, weird, weird. Didn‘t love it but didn‘t hate it. It‘s the second Murakami book I‘ve read and both didn‘t wow me. I won‘t be reading any more of his books. I feel something is lost in the translation maybe?

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The Go-Between | L.P. Hartley
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The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. What a fabulous first sentence for a book.
I adored this tragic tale of the coming of age of a naive 12 yr old boy in 1900 who is taken advantage of and manipulated by those around him. He is a pawn in a game he doesn‘t realise he is playing in. This book was perfect and I finished it a few weeks ago but am still thinking about it. Brilliant!

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Unsheltered | Clare Moleta
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This was an awesome book in my favourite genre - Dystopian fiction. Li the main character is searching to find her missing 8yr old daughter Matti. The landscape, the environment, the people and the system are all against her, but she refuses to give up. I love that there is always hope in oppression.

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I read this whilst glamping down south. The weather was cold and rainy, perfect for reading! This book held my attention and contained some great characters but I anticipated more form the Women‘s prize for fiction winner 2022. It didn‘t have the ‘Wow‘ factor I was expecting.

Aims42 That view 😍🤩 1mo
BittersweetBooks This looks like the perfect setting for reading all day long! 1mo
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It‘s so refreshing to have an eccentric middle aged woman as the main character of a story. Janina lives alone in the woods, observes life through astrology and cares deeply for the animals in her world. Her antics made me smile often, especially her letters to the police. This is an unusual murder mystery novel.

Bklover This sounds very intriguing (as a woman of many decades!) 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved this book! And afterwards I read another great one which somehow reminded me of it (edited) 2mo
Rissreads @BarbaraBB I‘ve had that one on my TBR list for awhile. I loved My year of rest and relaxation. I might just bump it up! 2mo
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I enjoyed a lot of this book but it hasn‘t dated well. It made me laugh and made me cringe.

CarolynM I loved this when I read it a long time ago 🙂 Have you read any of her others? I liked the most recent one a lot too 2mo
Rissreads @CarolynM thanks, I will check it out ♥️ 2mo
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I‘ve read a few of hers too. Remember enjoying 2mo
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Identity Crisis | Ben Elton
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Bloody good satire! This book made fun of everyone and everything, nothing is immune. Really what a daft world we live in at the moment at times! This was entertaining and I did a lot of this 🤦🏼‍♀️ and eye rolling and groaning! But I also learnt a lot too! Very, very clever!

Jeg I love his books. 3mo
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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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This book was brilliant. The story and characters are beautifully developed. Unsettled is a great word for how I felt throughout. The two main characters are 51 yr old twins, my age at the moment. It‘s a sad story that made me think about being that age and homeless. Also how different circumstances can put your life on a completely different path, missed opportunities.

CarolynM Great review! I plan to get to this one soon. Your poinsettia is lovely😍 3mo
jlhammar Yes, agree, such a good book! 3mo
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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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Not alot happens in this book but it was so beautiful. Reminding me of the wonder and beauty of the landscape and nature. How the simple things in life can bring you the most joy and make you feel alive! The wind in your hair, rain on your face, the sun and salt on your skin, the sand between your toes. The sight of birds in the air. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Centique What a beautiful review! 3mo
Graywacke Lovely review 3mo
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The Silence | Tim Lebbon
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I love apocalyptic fiction. This was fantastic! Scientists unwittingly release a plague of white bats on the world who hunt by noise. Horrible stuff! But not as horrible as many of the humans behaviour. How quickly they turn on each other.
I didn‘t like the ending.

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After Story | Larissa Behrendt
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This book was a delightful surprise! I fell in love with the characters who all provide different perspectives of the same story. It was very clever in addressing the past with the present. #Ozfiction at its best! 🖤💛❤️

CarolynM You and puss are both looking very comfortable there😻😻 It‘s a great book isn‘t it? I loved it. 3mo
Jeg I loved the story too. If I ever travel again would love to follow their trail. 3mo
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Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I‘m cheating and lumping my last 3 reads together before I get way behind on my posts.
The Dutch house was my favourite, I loved every page, although I will never be able to understand a mother leaving her children.
Project Hail Mary was fascinating and who wouldn‘t want an Alien spider for a friend?
Sea of tranquility, I enjoyed this but something was missing for me. I didn‘t connect to the characters as much as I would have liked.

Jeg I loved the Dutch House. 4mo
CarolynM I found that aspect of Dutch House difficult too. When I was reading I thought she must have died and it was hidden from the children. I was so surprised when she turned up and disappointed that there wasn‘t a better explanation. Hope things are good with you, Nerissa😘 4mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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What a fascinating book this was! I loved the world that was created. A house so beautiful and atmospheric, full of wonder. Of different floors filled with different things. The ocean and tides, birds, clouds and marble statues. Is this house real or in Piranesi‘s head? A story of both fantasy and mystery. This book was a breath of fresh air! ♥️

LeeRHarry Really?! 🤪 5mo
Rissreads @LeeRHarry obviously you didn‘t think so! 🤣 5mo
MrsMalaprop Need to read the copy you bought me. 5mo
Centique I really enjoyed this too! A curly twisty one 😍 4mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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This book broke my heart. A world where 80% of the animals are extinct. A future that‘s not far off. I fell in love with the landscapes, the people and the animals in this book. I‘ve always had a love of birds and that love is growing as I‘m getting older. They are an important and beautiful part of my back yard, my warm and fuzzy safe space. Im looking forward to reading ‘Once there were wolves‘.
#Ozfiction

Augustdana Both books are excellent!! 5mo
MrsMalaprop Sounds amazing. And Australian?! 5mo
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Eggshell Skull | Bri Lee
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This book is my bookclub pick. As expected this book made me Mad and sad! It‘s a difficult read but a very brave story.

HeathHof Cute kitty! I am also currently trapped under a calico😹 6mo
CarolynM Lovely photo😻 Looks like your weather has turned too. Cold and wet here today after an Indian Summer Easter. 6mo
Jeg @Rissreads just love your cat. That is such a good book. Bet you get good discussion. 5mo
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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This book was sensational! I could not put it down. When I was busy I was thinking about reading it! I learnt so much and I felt so much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

lynneamch One of my all-time favorites! Time for a re-read. 6mo
CarolynM I've never been drawn to this book, but you've made me think I should give it a try. 6mo
Rissreads @CarolynM I was the same! I think it‘s because it had the word ‘bible‘ in the title but Serena loved it so I gave it a go and it was so good! 6mo
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I loved this book, but was a bit hesitant recommending it to Nerissa as I read it a long time ago. So glad you loved it too @Rissreads 👏💕. 6mo
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Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me!……
My friends and family are so wonderful. Book vouchers are the best gifts. LOVE getting new books from my tbr list! 😊♥️

Cazxxx Happy birthday 🥳 6mo
CarolynM Nice haul! I think you'll love Love and Virtue. I'll look out for your review 🙂 6mo
DivineDiana Wishing you a year filled with many books! 📚🥳📚 6mo
LeeRHarry Hope you had a fab birthday! 🎉 6mo
Centique Happy birthday for ages ago! Project Hail Mary is super fun ☺️ 5mo
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This was a book that I picked up because of all the love it has gotten here on Litsy. It‘s not my usual genre because I‘m not one for romance but it did hook me in! A love story that spans 300 years between a French girl and the devil! I also loved how art played such an important role in this book. I‘m hoping there will be a book number 2! ♥️

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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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Oh my, my, my, Olive. I miss you already! How I wish I had an Olive in my life! I did not want this to end 💛

BittersweetBooks Completely agree!! The Olive books are some of my all time favorites. And I plan to reread many times. 7mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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“A minute means something to her, more than it means to us. We don‘t know how long she has-I can give them to her, I can give her my minutes.” Then, almost angrily, “What was I doing with them before?”
This quote sums up this book to me. The first half of the book is about how superficial and disconnected our lives have become online. The second half is about being connected and present in real life.
It‘s concerning how much time I can waste ⬇️

Rissreads online. I am guilty of sliding down that rabbit hole. This book was a slap in the face and I loved it! (edited) 7mo
Lindy I loved this book too. Nice review! 7mo
MrsMalaprop Starting this today. 6mo
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I was lucky enough to hear Helen Garner talk about her book (diary) ‘How to end a story‘ and then I brought it on the way home. Such an insightful look at the end of a marriage. I found myself shaking my head in amazement that this strong, intelligent woman could allow herself to be treated like this (of which she also shook her head and spoke about)! There are 3 diary‘s and I‘ve decided to read them backwards. I‘m half way through ⬇️

Rissreads I‘m finding reading them this way very interesting! I think this diary really spoke to me because I have also been through a marriage breakup (but my ex is a lovely guy, not a dick at all!). I could relate to her longing for her own time and space. A warm, happy place of one‘s own. (edited) 7mo
MrsMalaprop What an interesting way to read them Nerissa! Enjoy 😊 7mo
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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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I really enjoyed this and will definitely read the next one ‘Olive again‘. It‘s rare to dislike and love a character at the same time. But humans are complex and messy.
This was taken at our writers festival, such a gorgeous day!

BkClubCare Yay! I love Olive and need reread it. 7mo
BittersweetBooks Absolutely love these books 💕 7mo
marleed Oh, I felt the same way. I actually liked the 2nd book better and I think it was because I already my knew going in my love for Olive wins. 7mo
MrsMalaprop Great book. Great photo. Great legs 😘. 7mo
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Devotion | HANNAH. KENT
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You have done it again Hannah Kent! Fabulous book, glorious prose! The heartbreak of your first love.
I was lucky enough to listen to Hannah talk about this book on the weekend with @MrsMalaprop at the Perth writers festival, such a beautiful weekend. We had a picnic, a drink, a chat and read our books under the shade of a tree. So grateful 😊
#Ozfiction

Cinfhen Stacked 7mo
MrsMalaprop Yay! So lucky 🍀🙏❤️ 7mo
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On Beauty | Zadie Smith
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Oh Howard you are a very naughty boy! Apparently this book is based loosely on Howard‘s end by EM Forster, a book I am yet to read.
I loved this book. Another fantastic book club pick!
The characters are all so messy, real people are messy, life is messy!
Smith is a fabulous writer, I can‘t wait to read more from her.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💞 7mo
CarolynM Lovely photo😍 Hope you're well, Nerissa😘 7mo
jlhammar My favorite Zadie Smith! 7mo
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The harrowing and mind blowing true story of a family with 12 kids, 6 with schizophrenia. This family were an important part of the journey of how schizophrenia is treated and if it develops because of nature or nurture. It‘s not just the children with schizophrenia who suffer. The other 6 children live in fear of developing the disease and feel abandoned by the parents because they are too busy with the sick kids. Heartbreaking and fascinating.

Jeg Is this a recent publication? 8mo
Rissreads @Jeg yep! 2020. 8mo
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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I really enjoyed the first book, the story was really original. The second book not so much. I won‘t bother with the third.
It was my pick for my bookclub. We have never had a science fiction book before. They all hated it! 🤷‍♀️

JamieArc Oh no. I loved this trilogy and I‘m not a science fiction person. I think I liked it so much because the audiobook is really well done. It‘s full cast. I definitely liked the second two in audiobook better than the first one I read in print. 8mo
CarolynM When my book group did a sci-fi, I was the one who hated it😆 Still, that's why we're in book groups, don't you think? 8mo
Rissreads @CarolynM sure is! I love the excitement of finding out what the next book will be! (edited) 7mo
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Mayflies | Andrew O'Hagan
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This book is outstanding, the writing is exquisite!
Quotes:
They say you know nothing at 18. But there are things you know at 18 that you will never know again.‘
We came into Manchester like air into Xanadu. The place was a state of mind to us and we saw cascades of glitter in ordinary things.‘
Pure uninhibited joy the first half and utter devastation in the second half.
Thankyou @CarolynM for gifting it to me it‘s now one of my new favourites!

CarolynM Glad you liked it too🙂 How have you been getting on in the ridiculously hot weather over there? 8mo
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Perfect book for this new chapter in my life. Some good stuff in here and some 🤷‍♀️ stuff in here. I‘ll take away from it what I need.

Jeg 👏👏 9mo
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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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‘A party ain‘t a party without a splash of red.‘
Well what can I say but this book was everything a horror book should be! The sense of dread from the first page to the last was so satisfying!
This book was horrifying and sick and awesome!
Thanks @Reggie for gifting this to me and introducing me to a new horror author, I will definitely be reading more of Ahlborns work. ♥️

Reggie I would suggest The Shuddering, The Devil Crept In, or Seed. I‘m so glad you liked this. The way that whole ending comes together. Just brutal. 9mo
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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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@Reggie Ok. I‘m going in! Wish me luck! 😬😱

Reggie Yayyyyy!!!! I hope you like it! 9mo
BarbaraBB It‘s goooood! 9mo
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Monkey Grip | Helen Garner
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It‘s about time I read this book! My first for 2022. Garner writes like no one else but I must admit I was troubled by a lot of it, Especially where her daughter was concerned. I found it hard not to be judgemental and to comprehend that Nora is obviously an intelligent woman who is choosing to live this life. 33 is old enough to know better.
#Ozfiction

CarolynM But it's ok, because we know how well Alice Garner turned out😆 I love her writing, even when I'm struggling with the subject matter. 9mo
MrsMalaprop I know what you mean Nerissa, but yes @CarolynM Alice is an awesome human. So is Helen; just a flawed one. And by golly aren‘t we all! 9mo
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop @CarolynM it‘s so good that we know that, the outcome. I‘m going to read her other work this year. She is fascinating! 9mo
Jeg I‘m listening to it and it‘s lovely hearing HGs voice. The ABC listen app has Aussie books to listen to and mostly narrated by the author. I‘ve read it before and trying to get into listening to books. 9mo
Rissreads @Jeg thanks I will check that site out! 9mo
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I just finished watching a 3 part series about iconic Australian books called ‘Books that made us‘. It was fantastic! I had read about a third. So my reading resolution for 2022 is to read all the books on this show. I started with this one. I loved it but I was disappointed to learn that some of it was made up. So the true history is not a true history 🤷‍♀️🤣
#ozfiction

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Sneaky when they do that! Sounds like a great 2022 reading goal! 9mo
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Merry Christmas @CarolynM ! Wow you spoil me. Thanks for this, I‘ve wanted to read it. You must be psychic. I‘ve just been writing you a letter to put with a couple of books I have for you! Let‘s hope 2022 is a fantastic year for us both! I‘m still planning on coming over to visit my daughter so when I do I shall get in contact if you would like to meet at a bookshop somewhere? 😘

CarolynM Glad it's finally arrived🙂 Merry Christmas 🎄🌟 I would love to meet when you're next in Melbourne. I hope it won't be too much longer before that is possible. 😘 9mo
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Christmas Day in Australia! A swim with the family at the dog beach. 42 degrees! One of my happy places!
Merry Christmas littens ♥️💚

Soubhiville How fun! Merry Christmas! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm I miss the beach! Merry Christmas! 🏊‍♀️ 🏄‍♀️ 🎄 9mo
Crazeedi Merry Christmas Nerissa!❤💚 9mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook Shucks, that's hot! Merry Christmas! 9mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas Nerissa😘🎄 9mo
Reggie That looks lovely! Merry Christmas! 9mo
TheSpineView Merry Christmas! 9mo
Jeg Merry Christmas Nerrisa. The beach is one of my happy places too. Hoping to get down there this evening. Xxx 9mo
Rissreads Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you have an awesome day doing whatever it is that makes you happy! X @Reggie @Soubhiville @erzascarletbookgasm @Crazeedi @MommyWantsToReadHerBook @CarolynM @TheSpineView @Jeg 9mo
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Grown Ups | Marian Keyes
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Book club pick. It was ok, not as funny as promised.

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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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So I have received 2 books in the mail from the book depository and I have no idea who they are from! They look like @Reggie books! Was it you?
Well whoever you are you are wonderfull! It‘s the best feeling to be gifted books! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! ♥️

Reggie It twas me! Merry Christmas! There is one more coming. 10mo
Rissreads @Reggie how gorgeous are you! So unexpected! Thankyou my Litsy friend! Litsy people are the best people! ♥️😘🙏🏻👏🏻 10mo
MrsMalaprop Awww, how utterly wonderful @Reggie 😍. And perfect timing now that you‘ve finished work for the year Nerissa. Yay! 10mo
Suet624 @Reggie i keep coming across posts of people who have received the gift of books from you. You are sooooo generous and thoughtful. 💕💕 9mo
Reggie @Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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My school book club book. I really enjoyed reading this book based on the real life about a servicewoman of the war. Nancy Wake was given the nickname ‘The white mouse‘ by the gestapo because she avoided all their traps to catch her. What an amazing woman she was!

Crazeedi Sounds really good, adding!! And how are you my friend?🥰 11mo
Rissreads @Crazeedi I‘m a bit flustered, it‘s been a big year. Finally moving into my own house tomorrow, which is exciting and scary! How are you? X 11mo
CarolynM That's big news! Hope the move goes well. Let me know your new address sometime 😘 11mo
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Rissreads @CarolynM From the 10th of December I am on holidays over the summer until school goes back. I plan to write to you and catch up then once I‘ve caught my breath. I‘m hoping to stay more connected with you all next year as hopefully my life will have settled down. X (edited) 11mo
CarolynM Thank you. I've noted that down if you want to delete it for privacy. Hope next year is better💕 11mo
Crazeedi @Rissreads so glad to hear you have a new home! Share some pics? It's been a stressful year for me too, but I'm doing much better. Sending my love and prayers that your home is filled with blessings ❣ 11mo
Crazeedi @Rissreads and please share your address to me if you want, I'd live to send a note crazeedi73@gmail.com 11mo
CarolynM Hope the move is going smoothly. I've arranged a little house-warming gift to be delivered this afternoon. It didn't give me an option to include a card but what I would have said is I wish you much happiness in your new home😘 11mo
Rissreads @CarolynM Hello. I received your gorgeous plant when I got my keys to my house. I rang the company today and they let me know it was from you. You are so thoughtful! It really made my day xxx 10mo
CarolynM 😘 10mo
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Straight talking, cuts through the bullshit!

Jeg My copy sits on the coffee table looking at me. My health anxiety is high right now and I‘ve had to stop reading it. However I will get to it sometime. I do like him . 11mo
Rissreads @Jeg better to read something else then. You will get to it. 😊 11mo
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Families in Afghanistan that do not have a boy dress one of their girls as a boy to increase the family‘s stature in the community. I assumed wrongly that most families dressed their girls as boys so they could have a better life. This was a topic I knew nothing about. It was a great Bookclub pick as it generated a lot of discussion.
The main emotion I felt reading this was anger. ⬇️

Rissreads Is it better to have a few years of freedom doing things only boys can (like climb trees etc) before you must live like a girl again at puberty (a life of oppression). Or does it make it worse to know what you are missing when you can no longer live with these kinds of freedoms? So sad! (edited) 11mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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Fantastic book! I loved reading about a pandemic in a pandemic. I‘m glad I didn‘t get a cold or flu whilst reading this! 😬

DrexEdit I read it last year and had the same thoughts! If I so much as sneezed while reading I was freaking out! 🤧 11mo
CarolynM Hi Nerissa, great to see you here again. Hope you're well😘 11mo
Rissreads Hi @CarolynM I‘m doing ok. Lots happening this year. I plan to write you a real letter so I will explain it all then. I hope you are doing ok after your last lockdown and I really hope it is your last! Enjoy your new freedoms! X 11mo
CarolynM Thanks, I hope so too😬 It's a bit daunting to be going out into the world again. I'll look forward to hearing from you😘 11mo
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Mister Pip | Lloyd Jones
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I loved this book! Thanks for suggesting I read it @MrsMalaprop straight after reading Great expectations by Charles Dickens. I had a big ugly cry!

Reagan Oh I have had this for years and never read it, maybe I need to move it up! (edited) 12mo
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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This was such an amazing book, it portrays living a life built on trauma so well. The past trauma becomes like a poison in Wallace‘s body and it affects him physically and emotionally. My stomach was in knots for most of it. I could feel Wallace‘s exhaustion with his world, the constant up hill battles. The racism both at work and with his friends. I think Wallace will stay with me for a while.

CarolynM I liked this one a lot too🙂 13mo
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This was an eye opener! It was equal parts shocking and hilarious!

PhyllisH I totally agree. I just finished listening to the Audible version.😁 13mo
CarolynM Loved it! 13mo
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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I cannot believe that I am reading this for the first time at 50. What a wonderful story this was. Absolutely loved it!

Lcsmcat I loved Dickens as a kid, but I get so much more out of him now. 50 might be the perfect age to read this one. 🙂 13mo
Jeg Good for you. Maybe I should try again. I hated reading him at high school and have never tried again. 13mo
MrsMalaprop 👏👏👏 One of my faves. Now you should read 13mo
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I loved the retelling of this story of the Trojan war from the point of view of Briseis who goes from being a Queen to Achilles slave. I found myself thinking about what is happening in Afghanistan at the moment and feeling sad for the women of that country. We still have such a long way to go with women‘s rights.

Smrloomis Such a long way indeed! In many places I‘m afraid… 13mo
SamAnne I just put this on my TBR list. Reading A Thousand Ships right now and really enjoying it. 13mo
Jeg I heard her on ABC RN on the weekend, very interesting discussion. 13mo
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I hated the first half of this book and the second half was only a bit better. I feel like it tried way to hard to be high brow and this alienated me as a reader. It was pretentious and daft. The book would have fared better if it had just stuck to the story and didn‘t add all the other stuff which was totally unnecessary and boring.
I‘m not usually this savage when reviewing! 😬

Aims42 I bailed on it 🎈 I couldn‘t get hooked 😕 13mo
tracey38 But you have a snufalufagus! (I'm not sure if that's the correct spelling, haha) I love it! 13mo
Centique Snuffalufagus!!!! One of my friends is known as Snuff because as a child everyone thought he sounded like Snuffalufagus. I‘m so envious! 😍 13mo
Rissreads @Centique that is my nickname with my friends husband because when he started seeing her we would make plans and then I would pull out so he thought I was not real. He bought me this for my birthday. @tracey38 (edited) 13mo
CarolynM Glad I'm not the only one who didn't love this! It was an early bail for me. I wasn't interested and the writing annoyed me intensely. How have you been, Nerissa? 13mo
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The Labyrinth | Amanda Lohrey
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Pickpick

I really loved this book. The writing is beautiful and the story is very atmospheric and incredibly sad. My heart ached for Erica and the troubled relationship she has with her incarcerated son. I couldn‘t stop thinking about how hard this would be to live with.
#Ozfiction

Cathythoughts Sounds beautiful ❤️ stacked 14mo
CarolynM This is next month's book for my IRL book group. I'm looking forward to it. Hope all is well with you Nerissa💕 14mo
Rissreads @CarolynM yeah I‘m going ok but chasing my tail! How are you going with the latest lockdown? I will be interested to hear what you think of this one. X (edited) 14mo
MrsMalaprop I‘ve just started this. 13mo
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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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I listened to this for my school book club. It was a pick but only just. I don‘t like things that are neatly tied up with a bow. Very predictable. Next!

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The Group: A Novel | Mary McCarthy
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This was my latest bookclub pick. It generated fantastic conversation. It‘s strange to enjoy a book when you don‘t like most of the characters.
It made me incredibly sad that it is set 90 years ago in the 1930‘s and we as women are still facing a lot of the same issues and struggles.

Centique I enjoyed this too! So many unlikeable characters but it was such a good window into oppression and gender roles wasn‘t it? 🤔 1y
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