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arlenefinnigan

arlenefinnigan

Joined September 2016

There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more.
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The Player of Games | Iain M. Banks
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#ReadHarder challenge 12: a book recommended by a friend with different reading tastes.

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This is an absolutely gorgeous book. The charmingly chaotic structure of it kind of reflects the shop itself (a "socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore"). The narrative of the history of the shop is interspersed with photos, drawings, magazine clippings, people's recollections, and the mini-biographies that the Tumbleweeds who stayed at the shop were required to write, making it like a beautifully messy scrapbook. Brilliantly evocative.

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Look what I won! Isn't it beautiful? Check out Jess's shop, it's lovely https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/loadofolbobbins

merelybookish Congrats! That is lovely! 3w
squirrelbrain Lovely! 💕 3w
CarolynM Lucky you! It‘s beautiful 😍 3w
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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#ReadHarder challenge 11: an award winning book from the year you were born (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1981)

Tove_Reads Been meaning to read this one for years… 1mo
Libby1 I love this book! 1mo
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This was really enjoyable. Action packed, fast paced, really well drawn characters.

Tove_Reads Love the cover! 1mo
arlenefinnigan @Tove_Reads it's gorgeous, isn't it? 1mo
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Happy birthday to me

LeahBergen What a great book haul. Happy birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 2mo
squirrelbrain Happy Birthday! 🎉 2mo
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CarolynM Happy Birthday Arlene🎂🎈🥳 Hope it's a great day. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! 🎂🥳 2mo
arlenefinnigan @CarolynM thank you! 2mo
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#ReadHarder challenge 10: a book set in a bookshop. Been really looking forward to this.

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Almost Famous Women: Stories | Megan Mayhew Bergman
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This is a really interesting read. It's an unusual format, and not what I was expecting. It's a collection of short fiction based on real women's lives, which in some ways I'm a little uneasy about - it feels like taking liberties with someone's actual life story to fictionalise it. The author makes it clear that it's fiction, though, and lists further reading if you want to find about more about the women. Very well written and thought provoking.

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#ReadHarder challenge 9:a biography of an author you admire

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This is a fascinating account of a remarkable life. It's a really interesting insight into the attitudes of the time, both in how Mary Seacole was treated and in her own prejudices (she freely admits to disliking Americans, and I don't know why her description of someone as 'A BAD FRENCH WOMAN' made me laugh so much). It also paints a vivid picture of both the horror and the camaraderie of war.

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Almost Famous Women: Stories | Megan Mayhew Bergman
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#ReadHarder challenge 8: the book that's been on your TBR shelf the longest #internationalwomensday #womenshistorymonth

Megabooks Loved this. She‘s a fantastic short story writer! 3mo
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#ReadHarder challenge 7: a classic written by a POC #WomensHistoryMonth

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This is really interesting discussion of disability, and a great starting point for exploring the issues around disability, accessibility, ableism and accessibility.

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Untitled | Unknown
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#ReadHarder challenge 6: a new-to-you literary magazine. Available here: https://othersideofhope.com/index.html

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Ukrainian Education Center | Kyiv, Ukraine, Ukraine (Library)
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💙💛

Cinfhen THIS 🙌🏻but also 😢 3mo
squirrelbrain ❤️💔 3mo
CarolynM No words 3mo
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Heart on My Sleeve | ATTILA THE. STOCKBROKER
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This is a great collection and retrospective of the career, so far, of national treasure (😉) Attila the Stockbroker. Always refreshingly down to earth and unpretentious in style, his poems/lyrics/raps range from political rants to moving odes to his family, and are always heartfelt. And there's a fair few childish knob jokes as well. Very enjoyable.

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#ReadHarder challenge 5: a book by a disabled author

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There aren't many books that manage to cover Islam, gay culture, marine biology and quantum physics, but this glorious memoir does. A brilliant, no-holds-barred account of their journey from realising they were 'different' as a child, their struggle to reconcile their sexuality and gender identity with their faith, and a heartfelt, moving recollection of their often difficult relationship with, and love for, their family.

arlenefinnigan I highly recommend the audiobook, but make sure your earphones are plugged in if you're listening at work. 3mo
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#ReadHarder challenge 4: a a queer retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, folklore, or myth.

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This is a fascinating book. The characters are both likeable and at times infuriating. It gets very messy. A really well written exploration of gender, motherhood and life not turning out how you wanted or expected.

CarolynM On my TBR 🙂 3mo
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Heart on My Sleeve | ATTILA THE. STOCKBROKER
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Sundaying #BooksAndBooze

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This is a really interesting, eye-opening book. It's part memoir, part history, part social commentary, and challenges traditional thinking on gender. It's made me realise how little I knew about non binary identity - I had no idea, for example, that some NB people medically transition. A great insight.

Bookwomble I have this on my trb mountain - I think i need to move it closer to base camp! 4mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 4mo
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Off work. Been book shopping. Just like the Four Tops, I can't help myself.

Nute Cute reference! Now that song is stuck in my head. 🎶Sugar pie, honey bunch🎵 4mo
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Heart on My Sleeve | ATTILA THE. STOCKBROKER
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Resistance | Val McDermid
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Solidarity with Val McDermid.

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#ReadHarder challenge 3: any book from the Women‘s Prize shortlist/longlist/winner list

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Bill Hicks: Agent of Evolution | Kevin Booth, Michael Bertin
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This is a really great insight into Hicks' life, It's brutally honest - it's not exactly a surprise to learn that a bunch of male comics who drank too much and took too much coke were often horrible to be around, and there's a fine line between 'free thinker' and 'self indulgent irresponsible dickhead'. The accounts from those who knew him paint a picture of a complex man, difficult but also generous and loyal.

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Heart on My Sleeve | ATTILA THE. STOCKBROKER
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#ReadHarder challenge 2: a poetry collection

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I Wanna Be Yours | John Cooper Clarke
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This is a great read, and as witty as you'd expect. John Cooper Clarke has had quite the life, and he tells his story with the dry humour and razor sharp turn of phrase that he's known for. At times he's a bit 'of his time', as you might expect from someone who started out at Bernard Manning's Embassy Club. He's both brutally honest and generous in his praise. Very enjoyable. And it's his birthday today, which is a nice coincidence.

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I Wanna Be Yours | John Cooper Clarke
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😂

CarolynM 😆🌈 4mo
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#ReadHarder challenge 1: a memoir written by someone who is trans or non binary

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This is a brilliant book. Shon Faye analyses the titular transgender issue from a radical intersectional perspective, arguing that there can be no real trans liberation under capitalism. Her dismantling of the TERF and trans misogynistic bigotry, and how harmful it is to all women, is particularly good. Highly recommend this.

TrishB My son got me this for Christmas 👍🏻 I should read soon! 4mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB hope you enjoy it, it's really good! 4mo
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Money | Martin Amis
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This was......a challenge. I'd seen a lot of reviews saying this was a work of genius, and it's very clever writing, but quite smug and smartarse with it. The protagonist is possibly the most unlikeable I've ever read, and I spent most of the book trying to figure out whether he - and the novel - was a satire/critique of toxic masculinity and excess consumerism or the worst kind of antihero, and having finished it I'm still not entirely sure.

arlenefinnigan And that completes the @bookriot 2021 #ReadHarder challenge for me, only slightly late. Looking forward to cracking on with the 2022 challenge. Happy New year. 5mo
TrishB Happy New Year 😁 5mo
CarolynM Happy New Year 5mo
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Money | Martin Amis
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Not that I'm not finding West Ham v Leeds terribly exciting...... #BooksAndBooze

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Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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Can I interest you in a YA fantasy book about a young woman who can raise the dead and her adventures with her ghost dog? Thought so. This is a fascinating book, beautifully written, about injustice against Native and marginalised peoples, vengeance and coming of age. With a ghost dog.

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Treat yourself to today's Audible daily deal. It is Christmas after all.

CarolynM Merry Christmas Arlene, to you and your family 🎄🌟💕 5mo
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This is an excellent, and disturbing, book. The extensive detailed investigation that Rabia Chaudry has conducted into the case is remarkable, all the more so given her personal involvement and what she had going on in her own life. The police investigation into Hae Min Lee's murder was at best incompetent, and there is much to suggest institutional racism and corruption. Adnan Syed - and Hae Min Lee's family - were badly let down by the state.

Cortg My sister was addicted to the serial podcast about this story when it came out. She was in Shanghai and wiukd have friends over to listen! It happened not too far from where I live now. I tried listening to this book on audio but I couldn‘t get into it. Maybe I should try reading a physical copy. Glad you enjoyed it. I hear the lack of evidence and investigation is really disturbing. Baltimore‘s a shit show but I keep rooting for its clean up. 5mo
arlenefinnigan @Cortg it's always worth trying a different format. Miscarriages of justice happen everywhere but some of the elements of the police investigation seem to go way beyond simple incompetence, some of the details are sinister. 5mo
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Highly recommend today's Audible daily deal

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Elatsoe | Darcie Little Badger
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#ReadHarder challenge 24: a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author.

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Love Is a Revolution | Rene Watson
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This is a really enjoyable book. The protagonist, Nala, is incredibly likeable and relatable, and her relationships with her family and friends - both the good times and the bad - are portrayed beautifully. A lovely coming of age story of insecurity, and accepting yourself and others.

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Love Is a Revolution | Rene Watson
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#ReadHarder challenge 23: An own voices YA book with a black main character that isn't about black pain..

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This is an excellent book. Reading a novel set in the 1918 flu pandemic might not be what everyone needs right now, but I found the resonance of it strangely reassuring. It also explores the brutal injustice of the Church-run mother and baby homes, the impact of World War One and the aftermath of the Easter Rising.

arlenefinnigan It ended a bit abruptly and I'd definitely read a sequel, and I want to read more about Kathleen Lynn, the real life 'rebel doctor' who features as a character here. 5mo
CarolynM Sounds interesting. Stacked 🙂 5mo
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Well, quite.

Bookwomble "All the guidelines were followed", and repeat... 6mo
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Money | Martin Amis
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#ReadHarder challenge 22: a book with a cover you don't like
I fear the 80s soft porn style cover is indicative of the contents

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This is an interesting analysis of the overthrow of Allende, and Nixon and Kissinger's role in it. I found it a little bit hard to follow, partly because of the slightly dry academic style but mainly due to how complex and chaotic the events were - at the point of the coup, I was flipping back and forth, trying to figure out who was on what side.

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rockpools I am so tempted. But I promised myself I wouldn‘t sign up for any new challenges next year. But I am tempted! 6mo
arlenefinnigan @rockpools I think it's a lot easier/more flexibly this year, some of the challenges this year felt wilfully obscure. I'm really looking forward to it. 6mo
rockpools Part of me was hoping for something something utterly ridiculous in there, so I could write it off straight away! Sadly not 😁. I do like that this one does as it says and pushes you to read a bit out of your comfort zone. But 24 is too much!! 6mo
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LibrarianRyan I never get very far, but I do it every year 6mo
CarolynM Some good prompts on next year's list. I'm notoriously bad at completing reading challenges but I might have a go 🙂 6mo
arlenefinnigan @LibrarianRyan I'm hopeful I can finish 4 books before the end of the year to complete it but it's gonna be tough. 6mo
arlenefinnigan @CarolynM do it! I think it's a lot more flexible next year, some of the challenges this year were quite obscure. 6mo
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No Christmas shopping today. Not in that weather. #BooksAndBooze

Bookwomble We did a bit - needs must! Feeling very windswept. I think your idea of a drink and a book is a better one! 6mo
arlenefinnigan @Bookwomble the pub is less than 10 minutes walk from out house and after 3 minutes we debated going back home. 6mo
Bookwomble @arlenefinnigan Sounds like the atmosphere was lacking on such a wet and windy night. 6mo
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This is an interesting collection. I don't read a lot of speculative fiction but this was a good, diverse set of stories.

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