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TheDoubleLetterThief

Joined May 2016

🇦🇺 “A well read woman is a dangerous creature.”
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Fight Like A Girl | Clementine Ford
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I am angry. You should be too. If you aren‘t, you haven‘t been paying enough attention and should probably ready this. Backed this up by watching Hannah Gadsby‘s Nanette. Pow!

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4 3 2 1 | Paul Auster
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This is my bookclub‘s #chunkster for the year. Due for discussion at our weekend away by the beach in November. Have just started. Gonna take me a while with 36 hours of audio!

Lindy Audio is my preferred way to get through chunksters. Don Quixote is also 36 hours and I‘m surprised how quickly it‘s been going (7.5 hours left). Will you take notes to remember details for your November discussion? 1y
Ms_T I loved this audiobook. The chapters are really long though so I found it helpful to makes notes. 1y
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Fight Like A Girl | Clementine Ford
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Started this today. Gonna be a corker!

MrsMalaprop I have all the love for this one 😍👊. 1y
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Nora & Kettle | Lauren Nicolle Taylor
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Up next...anyone Read this? One in my bookclub has and wasn‘t that impressed.

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Working Class Boy | Jimmy Barnes
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Current audiobook and loving it. There is nothing quite like listening to a memoir read by the person whose story it is. Brilliant. Also not a book I would have picked up had it not been for the bookclub at my work. Gotta love the power of bookclub.

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Really very good. Loved the landscape, and the story was very clever. A touch disappointed in the ending, but only a touch.

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So much to take in about things I know little about. I really enjoyed the learning curve.

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Waves as riderless white horses. Love it.

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Penpals | Lana Sundman
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Hey @kidamy I had not forgotten - it will begin it‘s journey to you today :)

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Really liked this. The audio was great. What a whimsical story of dreams and magic.

mom2bugnbee One of my all-time favorites! 2y
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Between a Wolf and a Dog | Georgia Blain
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Finished this off this morning, ready for book club tomorrow. How can a story be about not much and everything at the same time? I found the style of writing very calming, almost meditative and I really liked the gentle progression of each of the stories. I think some of the imagery in this one will stay with me for a while.

CarolynM Great review. Your observation that it is about very little but everything is very apt. I loved the way she showed the relationship between the sisters over the years. 2y
TheBookStacker I loved this book so much. So moving. 2y
Victoria_Clyne I loved this too and totally agree. Finished yesterday but still need to write my review. 2y
Djspens I love your review! I‘m not quite done with the book but am enjoying it, even though there‘s not much going on... very well written. 1y
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Up next.... have had this in my audible account for a while. Looking forward to it!

IamIamIam I loved this!!!!! 2y
TheBookKeepers This is a great one! 2y
Kimberlone The audio of this is so good! 2y
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I did this on audio in the car, which was great for all the voices, but during the first half I did wish I was reading a book so I could go back and pick up on little things I missed. I got royally confused a couple of times and I‘m sure I missed key details. However, it was a great story, and I got most of it in the end. Some fabulous fabulous sentences too.

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Excellent. Worth your time. You will always have problems, so have good ones. That depends on your personal metrics and how you view the world. Action results in motivation, not the other way round. Get over yourself, and start choosing which few things you will truly give a fuck about. Let the rest go. Add this to your pile of happiness reading @Joanne1 ! Really!

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Negative emotions are part of the human condition. It‘s silly to think we can avoid them or that if we have them something is wrong with us.

ElishaLovesBooks This is so true! 2y
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No, we are not all exceptional.

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Pick pick pick pick. Not so harrowing as to be unbearable (which is always my fear with Books like this), really well written, totally compelling.

Nikki15 I thought exactly the same 🧡 2y
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Current read. Couple of chapters in and appreciating the frankness.

EJG31 Very much so! 2y
SamHeartCoffee It‘s on my TBR! 2y
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Sushi for Beginners | Marian Keyes
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Something light and easy for when it is needed. #booktownhaul

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The Broken Shore | Peter Temple
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Comes highly recommended by @Joanne1 #booktownhaul

Joanne1 Argh, hope you like it!! Recommending books can be fraught in our bookclub sometimes. 2y
McFarchie Love this book. 2y
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Last minute purchase at Clunes Booktown. Could not resist it. It‘s hilarious. #booktownhaul

SamHeartCoffee Looks good... does it have many spoilers? 2y
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Probably the best author talk I‘ve ever been to. Can‘t wait to get started on this.

CarolynM Did you see @Joanne1 there? 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @CarolynM sure did! We‘re in the same bookclub and currently sitting together drinking wine :) 2y
Louise Your post got me curious, so I've just watched an hour-long interview with Eddie at the Wheeler Center in Australia. Such an interesting story. Adding the book to my TBR. 2y
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TheDoubleLetterThief @Louise yay! Will have to go and find that interview. There is also a half hour Compass episode on ABC iView. 2y
CarolynM Nice to know the connections between people on Litsy! 2y
tournevis I'm all kinds of incomfortable to read him being misgendered in the *damn book blurb*! Geez! 2y
Louise Thanks for the heads up. Never heard of ABC iView. Learning a new thing every day! 😆 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @Louise where are you? If not in Australia, then ABC iView won‘t be accessible to you. 2y
Louise Ah, that's why! I'm in the USA. 2y
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As much as I can fit into one pic of my haul from Clunes Booktown. Annual book club weekend away. Lucky to live so close to somewhere that has a Booktown!

Victoria_Clyne Missed being there this year. 2y
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Loving this.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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My first Pratchett ever. Not a massive Gaiman fan. See how it goes!

CarolynM I love this book - so funny! 2y
RebL This is the sort of book you could read multiple times and laugh in different places. 2y
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The Wicked Boy | Kate Summerscale
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A really good listen. Well researched and Summerscale evokes a vivid Victorian setting. Tho there were some parts that, although interesting, did seem to not be relevant for eh story and dragged it out a bit. Would read another of hers tho.

Mdargusch I love Victorian true crime! 2y
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The Wicked Boy | Kate Summerscale
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Started The Wicked Boy audiobook in the bus on the way back to Nanjing from Yangzhou. This pic is taken at the Bamboo garden we visited today.

kspenmoll Gorgeous. Is that a rock formation in forefront? 2y
britt_brooke Beautiful! 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @kspenmoll yep. Some Chinese gardens aren‘t considered finished without this sort of rock formation. 2y
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A book I definitely have to read. I‘m currently in Nanjing and took my students to visit the massacre memorial museum the week before last. It‘s harrowing, with it‘s partly excavates grave of 10,000 bodies, and I am moved every time I go there. It‘s also an excellent example of a museum experience.

kspenmoll A few years ago I met a group of people from this area who were giving out pamphlets, books on this at the WWII monument in DC.They were afraid the U.S. citizens were unaware of this horror.Spent a long time speaking with them. They gave me materials in both languages for the World History teacher at my HS. 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @kspenmoll I imagine it was a rather full on conversation for you! So many of the photographs in the museum are just horrific (not to mention the pit), and to learn that the soldiers had competitions to see how many people they could kill is heartbreaking. The Japanese have still not apologised and this causes much angst here of course. 2y
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Important. Read it. Listen to it. Get angry and don‘t be a bystander.

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Elizabeth Is Missing | Emma Healey
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Many parts felt very repetitive, which made it difficult to get interested in. I was interested enough to see how it all came together, so I made it to the end, but was relieved to be done.

JillR I was relieved to be done with this one too... 2y
shahn77 I tried this one a couple of years ago and had to dnf. Just couldn't get into it. 2y
Mollyanna I felt the same way. I got to the end to see how everything resolved and then promptly forgot everything about the book. 2y
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Elizabeth Is Missing | Emma Healey
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Tonight‘s reading digs. Dorm room at a school in Nanjing, China. I‘ve got my own little night light and the heater on to dry my washing :)

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Next audiobook. Will sneak snippets while hiding away from the numerous teenagers we brought here to China 🇨🇳 on a school trip. 12 days to go! :-)

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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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It was ok. I got a bit annoyed at the smatterings of partial sentences, and I found the changing perspectives a bit annoying. But it was interesting and full of lots of unlikeable people which usually make for an intriguing read.

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Elizabeth Is Missing | Emma Healey
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Just started this. Anyone read it? Tell you what I‘m enjoying at the moment - Kindle‘s WhisperSync. I‘ve read my last couple of books with it. Sometimes reading, sometimes listening, sometimes following along in the text while being read to. And all on my phone. It‘s pretty cool.

OhNoMersault I thought it was really cute and particularly well thought out for a debut. Living in the mind of a woman with dementia gives a new perspective on understanding. 2y
JillR I‘ve read it and thought it was very good, although at times it felt claustrophobic to me (I think that‘s the best way of describing it!) 2y
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I‘m in China at the moment (on a school trip) and Litsy hasn‘t been working, but it is now so I‘m catching up! Anyway, really enjoyed this book and will definitely read the next two. Love love love the rugged Scottish Island scenery which is why I love the series Shetland as well. This book was recommended to me because I was raving about wanting to visit the Shetlands after not being able to get enough of seeing it in that series.

Earlene I love this trilogy. You will not be disappointed with the other two books. 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @Earlene totally looking forward to them! Have you read any of his others, besides the trilogy? 2y
Earlene I haven‘t read any of the others but they should be good. 2y
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A great read! Loved the Language and the characters. I did want more of a relationship between Renee and Paloma, but I‘m glad I got to meet them :-)

zezeki I love this book so much! ❤ 2y
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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I found this a really good read. It wasn‘t quite what I was expecting, with some essays that didn‘t seem to be on topic, but they were interesting (I loved the competitive scrabble one!) and I love Gay‘s writing style.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I just didn‘t get it. I liked the parts with the historical references, and the characters in the bardo were interesting, but I wasn‘t sure how it all fitted together. I‘m not sure how much i cared either. I‘m looking forward to discussing this one with both of my book groups.

CarolynM This was a bit lost on me too 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @CarolynM there seems to be a real divide - you either love it or are really lost. Not much in between. 2y
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Am heading o/s in a few days so going to try to whip through this one before I go, in amongst all the other things that need doing :) Am using my new bookmark, sent by my Litsy penpal @kidamy which I think suits the magic theme of this book perfectly.

TrishB That‘s a lovely bookmark 💜 2y
kidamy Oh yay, you got the first letter! 💕💕💕 2y
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The Atlas of Experience | Louise van Swaaij, Jean Klare
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A really interesting way to look at our lives. I love that the capital of the Isles of Forgetfulness is called ‘Damn Keys.‘ Also, on the Knowledge Map, there is a group of mountains called ‘Range of Education.‘

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Songs of a War Boy | Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey
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5 stars definitely. Could not put it down. Horrific and inspiring.

McFarchie Loved this. 2y
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Penpals | Lana Sundman
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Look what I got earlier this week! An actual handwritten letter (and a lovely bookmark) from my Litsy penpal @kidamy :-D woo hoo to letter writing!

suvata Nice! 2y
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Songs of a War Boy | Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey
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Reading while hanging out with the bunnies.

Dragon Bunnies 🐰💕 2y
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Songs of a War Boy | Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey
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In PJs with book, blanket and hot chocolate. All is well with my world. It‘s a damn good book too. Horrible story (child soldiers in Sudan) but important to know. Anyway, back to it. Night Littens!

MrsMalaprop I bought this for my 15yo thinking he'd find it interesting, but he won't read it for some reason. I'll be interested to your review. 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @MrsMalaprop I loved it. It‘s very easy to read and the story is gripping. Some description of horrible horrible things, but it doesn‘t dwell on those. It was worth the reading hangover I had today :-) 2y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I am going to listen to this while reading it. I can see the structure would be a bit tricky on its own with audio but want to hear all the different voices. So will read on my Kindle app and listen along with WhisperSync (via Audible). Not sure if I‘m going to like this one, but reading it for two different book clubs. See how I go...

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Excellent. So many topics covered and so accessibly written. Many moments of deep thought.

JennyM Sounds great! 2y
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Kinglake-350 | Adrian Hyland
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In Feb 2009 the small town of Kinglake, just north east of Melbourne, was engulfed by a megafire. Conditions were extreme and resulted in a fire front that lasted an hour, melted roads and killed over 170 people. This is an absolutely gripping account of that day. It even goes into the science of the weather of bushfires and some of the history of how societies view fire. I cannot recommend it enough.

LeeRHarry Such a tragedy 😔 2y
Joanne1 I can't find this anywhere. Did you do it on audio or physical copy. 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @Joanne1 I listened on Audible. 2y
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Joanne1 @TheDoubleLetterThief darn. Don't think I can justify audible at the moment. Will have to keep searching. 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief @Joanne1 I just searched in the BookMyne app and the hard copy and Audio are both available. 2y
Joanne1 @TheDoubleLetterThief just found it there too. I've put a hold on. It surprised me that they don't have a copy in Ballarat. 2y
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