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Joined April 2018

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So keen to read this one after receiving it in my #busymamabookswap package! 😊

Emilymdxn Beautiful cover! 14mo
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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I'm so excited to have this advanced review copy in my hot little hands! Who else is excited for Queen B's next novel?!

ClairesReads Yassssss 1y
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Loved falling into this comfortingly familiar story and watch it fleshed out with emotional depth.

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Cedar Valley | Holly Throsby
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So keen to get stuck into Holly Throsby's new book, Cedar Valley. Loving the trend of Aussies writing about life in small towns. Have you read any in this sub-genre lately (e.g. The Dry, Scrublands)?

CarolynM The most recent one of those I read was Wimmera by Mark Brandi. It's very good. 1y
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The Girl Who Fell | Violet Grace
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Think a feminist version of X-Men crossed with A Darker Shade of Magic - happy pub day Chess Raven Chronicles!

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Sooooooo excited to read this! Kate is one of my favourite Australian authors and I love getting lost in her stories. Also, how stunning is that cover?!

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Suicide Club: A Novel | Rachel Heng
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I finally caved and bought a book cart! My house is this much closer to becoming a library 😉

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Beautiful cover, fierce contents telling of two women botanists in different eras. So much yes.

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I love books narrated by animals, and have been utterly beguiled by the first third of this story of three polar bears.

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The Parentations | Kate Mayfield
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One of my top picks for this year - eloquent, immersive and emotive, this novel is exquisite.

JennyM Stacking 😊 1y
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No-Country Woman | Zoya Patel
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This is a compelling, fresh reflection on identity and the subtle, more insidious versions of racism in contemporary Australia. Patel writes with feeling and is worth reading.

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The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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Picked this up from my local bookstore today - sounds like The Power crossed with Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake series.

Linsy Pretty pic! 💕 1y
BooknerdsLife The story sounds intriguing I want to read this one too! 😱 1y
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number9dream | David Mitchell
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Currently reading - this has Mitchell's trademark magical realism plus a Tokyo setting. So far, so good.

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The Waste Land | T. Eliot
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Ok, so much of these poems went over my head - I hardly got any of the allusions - but somehow I got swept up in the mood of the words. One to return to again later, I think.

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The Blue Girl | Laurie Foos
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I loved the premise, but hoped for more plot than this volume offered. Yes, it did well exploring the internal lives of the six women, but I had hoped the plot would unfold more than it ultimately did.

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The Yellow House | Emily O'Grady
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Oh this is a harrowing tale. Beautifully written and easy to read, but packed full of tension and tragedy. I almost felt Cub's nausea and fear, and I loved the references to familiar Australian childhood things (especially the sweets) #aussie #vogelsprize

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May wrap up! Lots of great stories here, especially the mythological/fantastical ones. How did you go with reading this month?

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Love these pretty pastels. I have two of the three and enjoyed both!

CarolynM I need to get the one on Kate Jennings 2y
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Yes, this was a cover buy. But I am so excited to read it! 😍 #debut

CindyE09 The cover is gorgeous 😍😍 Hope the book lives up to the high standard set by the cover! 2y
KerriNTurner I would‘ve bought it on cover alone too! But it does sound like a good book. 2y
WhereTheBooksGo @CindyE09 I hope so too! 2y
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This has a curious beginning - I'm interested to see how it turns out. Love, love, love the cover!

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Eggshell Skull | Bri Lee
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Pink covers plus skulls on my TBR #auslit #Australian

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Did anyone else participate in #8intwo over the weekend? I finished Lovesome by Sally Seltmann and got 1/4 of the way through this one in about 5.5 hours 😁

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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On my nighttime walks, the neighbors‘ lives reveal themselves, the lit windows domestic aquariums.

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The Keep | Jennifer Egan
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How brilliant is Jennifer Egan?! I devoured this Gothic tale of guilt and redemption in two sittings, caught up by the dynamics of Danny and his cousin Howard's history. A must read.

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I love short stories! Anyone else? Here are some of the collections on my TBR - are any of these on your pile?

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This is a fun, roller coaster Hollywood blockbuster ride! It's mad and funny and sad, and very easy to read. A bit over the top for my taste, but I can see the appeal and was certainly entertained.

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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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Nothing like a bookish brunch with lovely people for a Sunday morning.

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At Sydney Writers' Festival, Denton said he's always had a fascination with rain, and wanted to play with a society that's never seen the sun. The title draws on Goethe's poem Der Erlkoenig.

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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Did anyone else love Fates and Furies? Or Delicate Edible Birds? I'm super excited for Florida, Groff's new collection due out next month! Which of her titles is your favourite?

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Ringland‘s debut novel is a heartfelt account of love, cycles of abuse, and healing, set against a range of magnificent Australian landscapes #auslit ⭐⭐⭐⭐ See my full review at https://www.wherethebooksgo.wordpress.com

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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While it didn't have quite as clear a story arc as The Song of Achilles, I really loved the feminist tones in Circe. It was wonderful to return to Miller's ancient world and I will enjoy re-reading this down the track.

swishandflick Ooh, I like that edition! 2y
WhereTheBooksGo @swishandflick thanks! It's the one that came out here in Australia 😊 2y
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The Portrait of Molly Dean | Katherine Kovacic
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A fictional account of a true murder in 1930s Melbourne, interspersed with a modern art dealer's attempts to uncover the truth #auslit

fleeting That's a beautiful cover (that reminds me of the new Great Gatsby book cover inspired by the film)! 2y
WhereTheBooksGo @fleeting oh that's exactly what it's like! 2y
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Our Magic Hour | Jennifer Down
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Jennifer Down is writing a new novel about a woman who decides to disappear and begin a new life - she gave a fascinating lecture at Sydney Writers' Festival and now I want to go back and read her first book! #auslit

Linsy Love your pics! 💖 2y
WhereTheBooksGo @Linsy thanks so much! 2y
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Ponti | Sharlene Teo
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I heard Sharlene speak about Ponti at Sydney Writers' Festival and she was awesome! So excited to read this multi-generational story about film and female power.

KateFulfordAuthor If you like laugh-out-loud dialogue, a fast & twisty plot + strong female narrative, may I recommend my debut novel to you? Links to reviews and more are in my bio. With thanks, Kate. 2y
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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"I wanted my characters to be more than their predicament" - Tayari Jones was fabulous at Sydney Writers' Week and now I can't wait to read this!

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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My April wrap up! I read 13 books (2 not pictured) and particularly loved The Song of Achilles. Are any of these on your pile?

Swe_Eva Yep, Achilles needs to be read, I think. 2y
WhereTheBooksGo @Swe_Eva yes! It's brilliant! Enjoy. 2y
BooknerdsLife What a beautiful stack! 2y
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Lovesome | Sally Seltmann
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I was lucky enough to win a proof copy of Lovesome from #allenandunwin - the final cover is stunning and this sounds like a good light read to break up my more intense choices with 👍

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Reservoir 13 | Jon McGregor
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Guys, I get this is a book of beautiful sentences, and that it shows life progressing slowly, but I didn't love it. I kept putting it down and forcing myself to pick it back up. The last few chapters were easier to appreciate, but I'm glad it's done, and don't think I'd look at it again for at least a decade!

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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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Do you ever buy a book based on the cover, then fall in love with the story? That's what happened with this one 🙈

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👋😁 2y
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Lace Weaver | Lauren Chater
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In this moving, haunting debut, Chater recounts the entwined lives of two young women in Soviet-occupied Estonia; you can‘t help but find your heart in your throat as they fight for survival in an atmosphere of fear and oppression. The writing has its weaknesses, but I was so invested in the characters and the landscape is beautifully depicted. A solid first novel from an author with great promise.

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Book of Colours | Robyn Cadwallader
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Once you finish it, you cannot say where it will go and how it will be used... you cannot know. All you can do is paint faithfully and well, and then let the book go.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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I've got just under half of the Women's Prize longlist books at home - are you reading the list this year? I'm hoping Home Fire will take the prize.

Linsy Welcome to Litsy!! I haven‘t read along with the list before, but I love this idea! I‘ve had my eye on Sing Unburied Sing for a while. Have you read it yet?? 2y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 2y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 2y
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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So much hype, but beautiful writing and fascinating characters meant I wasn't disappointed. I loved Simon to bits, felt the intentional distance from Varya, and spent a lot of time contemplating what makes a good life ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

JoScho Welcome to Litsy!!! I hope you love it 💕 2y
WhereTheBooksGo @JoScho thanks so much! 2y
somebooksaround I‘ve heard such good things out this! I can‘t wait to delve in! 2y
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Had fun picking these from my local #bookshop - the cover of The Word for Woman is Wilderness is perfection! And who can resist Jasper Fforde?

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Loved getting my April The Book Forest Crate box - just finished The Diary of a Bookseller and snort-laughed the whole way through 😍 #subscriptionbox #bookbox #thebookforestcrate

RaimeyGallant Beauty of a pic:) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
WhereTheBooksGo @RaimeyGallant thanks so much, that post was super helpful 😍 2y
RaimeyGallant Oh good! 2y
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Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! 🤗 Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. 2y
WhereTheBooksGo @Chelleo thanks so much 😊 2y
Swe_Eva Welcome!! 2y
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Trick of the Light | Laura Elvery
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Each of these #shortstories packs a punch - so many memorable characters and situations already. Aren't short stories and pasta a match made in heaven? #booksandfood

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I conjure the boy I knew. Achilles, grinning as the figs blur in his hands. His green eyes laughing into mine. Catch, he says. Achilles, outlined against the sky, hanging from a branch over the river. The thick warmth of his sleepy breath against my ear.

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The Hazards | Sarah Holland-Batt
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Malice swarms through me in a surge.
I know that flare, that bitter reason.
And I will float and flower
in my season.

-Medusa

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Drawing Sybylla | Odette Kelada
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I didn‘t really know what to expect from this book, but what I got was a lyrical, moving, feminist imagining of the unsung lives of Australian women writers. The concept was unique and creative – at a literary festival, a writer doodles an image of a speaker discussing The Yellow Wallpaper, when the drawing comes to life and leads her into the lives of five women writers trapped behind. It is a fantastical exercise, but one which works entirely.

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The Lido | Libby Page
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The Lido is a tender, heartfelt novel about community and friendship that falls into the ‘comfort read‘ category. The novel centres around Kate and Rosemary, and the way they support and encourage one another as their local lido is threatened. There are good doses of humour and nostalgia amid sensitive treatment of serious issues (anxiety, loneliness, the decline of community/public services), and the combination was more moving than expected.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 2y
WhereTheBooksGo @rather_be_reading thank you! Such a welcoming community! 😍 2y
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