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BookwormM

Joined February 2017

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#Reading1001 #ReadAroundtheWorld #Uruguay

Book 2 of the memory of fire I enjoyed this one even more than the first the way the stories weave together is magical I love this different perspective on western history.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3041722714

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#KinseyaWeek book 11

My favourite of the series so far Kinsey is hired to investigate a suspicious death a cold case that the police haven‘t been able to resolve.

Along the way she meets a whole host of characters who are less than honest including the victim‘s family.

I loved Danielle the archetypal tart with a heart.

I also loved how Kinsey learns that she may not be the good person she thinks she is.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #SouthAfrica

5 stars

A brilliant read that deserves all the love it is getting.

It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think, it made me mad and it taught me about a time and place I didn't know about.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2019/11/15/read-around-the-world-south-africa/hickleb...

LaurensLibrary I loved this one, too! 1w
Hooked_on_books Awesome book. It‘s amazing on audio. 7d
CafeMom My son read this book for school and he actually liked it. 4d
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#Reading1001 I am really enjoying this the 2nd book of The Memory of Fire Trilogy sometimes the 1001 list throws out some real gems I would never have found without the list

batsy Just this quoted bit is so good! I really need to read Galeano. 1w
BookwormM @batsy I am loving it so far 1w
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#Reading1001

This is how I order my life different food choices though 🤣🤣

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Mortal Mischief | Frank Tallis
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#ViennaBlood book 1 down I hope the tv series follows the right order.

Interesting mystery loved the cameo appearance from Freud and seeing the practical application of psychoanalysis and how humane it is compared to EST.

Loved the commentary about how mental health was used as a weapon against women.

Interested to see what tv keeps and more importantly what if anything it drops.

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J is for Judgement | Sue Grafton
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#KinseyaWeek book 10

Solid 3⭐️

Interesting central mystery but even more interesting are the revelations about Kinsey herself and how she reacts to what she learns.

sisilia Omg you are doing a re-read. I haven‘t read Y 😌 I was hoping for a re-read before I finally hit the end. It‘s sad that we‘ll never get to Z 2w
BookwormM @sisilia it is Sue Grafton‘s passing that prompted my reread I can‘t remember how far I got originally I think around the N mark 2w
sisilia I miss her @BookwormM She replied to my message in Facebook years ago. I complimented her candid descriptions in B is for Burglar, and she claimed that she couldnt remember that she wrote it 😆 2w
BookwormM @sisilia that is a great memory for you to treasure 2w
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Genesis | Eduardo Galeano
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#Reading1001

As I hate short stories I wasn‘t expecting to enjoy this book but it turned out to be an unexpected delight.

The book uses vignettes to show the evolution of Latin American from the legends of the First Nations to the thoughts of the invaders looking for slaves and gold.

A welcome counterpoint to the Eurocentric history I was taught. Galeano gives a voice to those who are not usually heard.

Liz_M @BarbaraBB Yes, it is! 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Thanks! You‘re reading these as well, aren‘t you? It is good to know it‘s enjoyable! 2w
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Mortal Mischief | Frank Tallis

I happened to see a trailer for a new BBC series called Vienna Blood it looked intriguing and then I learnt it was based on a series of books so guess what...

You guessed it I have downloaded book 1 in the series to be read before 18th Nov when episode 1 airs.

This is not helping my TBR 🤣🤣

#Bookishproblems

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"I" is for Innocent | Sue Grafton
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#KinseyaWeek Book 9

A fun murder mystery but the best bit for me was an exchange between Henry and older brother William about mortality and healthy living it literally made me laugh out loud.

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#ReadAroundtheWorld It‘s nearly November which means it‘s nearly time to visit #SouthAfrica what do you plan to read? Any authors you would recommend?

RachelO I‘m probably planning to read my Germany book 🙄🙄🙄! Don‘t have a proper plan for this yet. I‘m guessing you‘ve all read Trevor Noah‘s book? I have a spare copy if anyone would like it - it‘s v funny. 4w
RachelO Other recommendations- if you fancy really surreal short stories : 4w
Currey I am going to read 4w
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RachelO OK, I‘ll either be reading the tagged, or a crime novel by Jassy Mackenzie (edited) 4w
Simona Still reading Magic Mountain by T.Mann and there is no way that I will finished it till November ... but I already have from library my pick for November 3w
BookwormM @RachelO I haven‘t read that one yet didn‘t realise it would count thanks for the suggestion 3w
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"H" is for Homicide | Sue Grafton
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#KinseyaWeek Book 8

High 3⭐️

My favourite of the series so far even though we know Kinsey will be there for almost the whole alphabet (RIP Sue Grafton) there were definitely tense moments in this book.

I enjoyed the story and the new glimpses we get of Kinsey‘s life.

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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#Reading1001 #BannedBook
4⭐️

Not a book I enjoyed reading but a book I needed to read.

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

Cathythoughts Beautiful book ❤️💔 4w
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#KinseyaWeek Book 7

Solid 3 ⭐️ another good addition to the series.

Love the way Kinsey has to go to the library and use microfiche to research historic earthquakes. So glad I live in the internet age.

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#Reading1001

Not a bad little book it manages to avoid being preachy but the storylines are a little far fetched.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3016990160

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"F" is for Fugitive | Sue Grafton
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#KinseyaWeek

Book 6 done ✅ solid 3 ⭐️

Enjoyed this one although I did manage to guess one twist the first time we met the character

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Cat and Mouse | Gnter Grass
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#Reading1001 #ReadAroundtheWorld #Germany

I really enjoyed this book and really want to read the final book in the trilogy but I have so many other books I need to read first...

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3003235697

Any UK littens interested in this one I can post to you it‘s 2nd hand but good condition. First to ask gets it.

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E Is for Evidence | Sue Grafton
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#KinseyaWeek book 5 done ✅

This is a solid 3 ⭐️mystery someone is setting Kinsey up but who and why?

We also learn more about ex husband number 2.

Things that date this novel - drink driving, everyone is at it and smoking in the workplace. I am assuming this is not still acceptable in the USA but I may be wrong. Let me know.

Hooked_on_books These are all set in the 80s, so the smoking bit is probably accurate. Definitely wouldn‘t happen today. The other two I suspect are pretty common, sadly. 2mo
BookwormM @Hooked_on_books thanks for the info in the UK both of these are strictly frowned upon nowadays wasn‘t sure if it was the same in the USA 2mo
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Loving | Henry Green
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#Reading1001 random heart picture for @Cinfhen

Loving is the story of the life of an English household based in Ireland we see things from the point of view of both downstairs and upstairs. No-one is particularly well behaved, through in some children and a missing ring and confusion reigns supreme.

Not a lot really happens and none of the characters were memorable.

Not terrible, not great and as a bonus not long.

Cinfhen Love it 🥰 Thanks so much for sharing 💕💕💕💕 2mo
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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#UnpopularOpinion

I have finally finished this 1000 pages of absolute drivel. The photo shows you a typical page if you like the rhythm? Which most people seem to you will love this. If like me you just see a page of random 💩 punctuated by a repetitive phrase then don‘t bother reading as this is what you get for 1000! Pages.

Full rant here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2914062168

Branwen I couldn't get through ten pages if this book! 🤣😂 I returned it to the library the next day! 🙊 2mo
wanderinglynn That IS annoying! 😖 I‘d return it too. 2mo
Hooked_on_books Bravo to you for finishing it! When I read about this book, I decided it would drive me completely insane and reading your posted page shows that I was right! I‘ve come to understand that the Booker committee and I do not have the same taste. 2mo
RachelO I can‘t believe you actually got through it! 2mo
Sace That would drive me nuts. That's way too much repitition on one page. 2mo
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"D" is for Deadbeat | Sue Grafton
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#KinseyaWeek Book 4

Another solid addition to the Alphabet series while I did enjoy the crime for me this book was more about Kinsey's developing relationships and where they are going to take her next.

I love the fact that she takes no s**t from anyone and makes it a point of honour not to let someone get one over her while at the same time maintaining her vulnerability in a kickass way.

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#TuesdayMooney #Netgalley #ARC

Prepare to lose yourself in the game.

I loved this mystery/adventure and the characters were great fun. Anyone who loves spotting pop culture and literary references will enjoy this.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2019/09/29/tuesday-mooney-wore-black-by-kate-racculia...

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Creation in Death | J. D. Robb
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#7cover7days Day 7

I love all the nature covers in this series especially the flowers I just couldn‘t find one today.

Ignore the 25 sticker my Nan collected these for me and labelled them so I wouldn‘t get confused 🤣🤣🤣

I also sometimes get comments like “a lot of sex in this one” my Nan rocks and she will be 90 in February

Cinfhen Yay for Nan!!!! 2mo
batsy Yes, Nan sounds super cool ❤️ 2mo
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"C" Is for Corpse | Sue Grafton
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#KinseyaWeek
3⭐️

Book 3 done this one is my favourite of my re-reads so far.

We see slightly more of Henry and Rosie and the central mystery is entertaining.

Books are definitely now dated in this case we have casual references to the “black” help.

I did enjoy the flirty banter in this one.

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#7covers7days Day 6 love these covers have almost the whole collection

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A Time of Exile | Katharine Kerr
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#7covers7days Day 5

This series got me hooked on fantasy books, Celtic mythology and reincarnation. I have the whole series on my keeper shelf.

Sadly they changed paperback size and cover style for the later books.

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Nation | Terry Pratchett
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#7covers7days Day 4

This one I have read and it‘s a keeper

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Hearts In Atlantis | Stephen King
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#7covers7days #TBR Day 3

Run out of people to tag if you want to join in please do

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#7covers7days Day 2

Still on the TBR shelf

Tagging anyone who wants to join in

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Kristelh The peacock makes me think of Loving 1mo
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B is for Burglar | Sue Grafton
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#KinseyaWeek book 2 in my re-read of the alphabet series
3⭐️

Things I didn‘t notice 1st time around...these novels are very much of their time there is no internet & no mobile phones which means crimes are harder to investigate and easier to get away with I can‘t remember if Grafton keeps pace with technology in the later books.

Kinsey can be mean & unkind about other women 😢 guess that makes her human.

I still love Rosie

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Untitled | Unknown
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #Malawi

I chose this book for my Malawi read as the author is credited as the 1st published female writer from Malawi.

In terms of story this is a simple tale of a man who wants it all & a woman who won‘t put up with him. He regrets the way he treats her but she accepts she is better of without him.

I liked details about local food, courting traditions, superstitions & education.

Any UK Litten who wants this add comment

charl08 Yes please! 2mo
BookwormM Hi can you send your address to mfug@live.co.uk and I will get it posted @charl08 (edited) 2mo
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#Reading1001 Random bug spotted while out walking.

3⭐️ in some ways the themes of this novel make it feel more modern than it is however the attitudes about women and education really annoyed me.

Pacing is slow and meandering useful if you need help falling asleep.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2971249344

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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#BookerPrize2019

Amazon apparently had a delivery system failure and my hard back delivery was delayed. I didn‘t let that hold me back instead I ordered the Kindle edition and as you can see I whizzed through it. Can‘t wait to see what you guys think.

Personally there was 1 narrative I preferred to the others & I wasn‘t sold on the coincidences.

Loved the historical notes.

Interesting look at Gilead functioning & corruption.

Leftcoastzen Wow ,that was fast!I‘m about 80 pages in. 2mo
BookwormM @Leftcoastzen I have the week off work started this about 10:00 this morning read on and off all day it‘s now nearly midnight and I am off to bed. Blessed be. 2mo
Gezemice Wow, already finished! So fast! 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft Mine was delivered at 3pm. I'm only 30 pages in, because I had to stop to take my daughter to XC practice, and then dinner. Picking it back up now! 2mo
DavidDiamond Should one re-read Handmaids Tale prior to reading this? 2mo
TheBookKeepers Omg 💯 read The Grace Year next!!! That‘s my favorite new release so far this year!!! 2mo
Cinfhen The first Litsy review I saw!!! I‘m curious about the “coincidences” ~ I generally HATE that as a plot device 🙄 2mo
BookwormM @DavidDiamond personally I would say yes re read The Handmaid‘s Tale it also helps if you have seen the show at least up until the end of season 2 2mo
BookwormM @Cinfhen the beauty of the original was the unknown narrator with no real past or future I feel you kind of lose that in this book. 2mo
BookwormM @TheBookKeepers thanks for the recommendation I have 2 book club books I need to read first then I will hit this one 2mo
Cinfhen Interesting. I‘m afraid with all the hype I‘m going to be disappointed 😔 2mo
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood

Amazon have emailed to say my order has despatched and will arrive tomorrow. So excited hope it arrives early.

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All We Ever Wanted | Emily Giffin
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#Netgalley #AllWeEverWanted #ARC

An interesting look at life for teenagers today. This book examines several important issues including self worth and how the things that we don't stand up against can have an insidious influence in society.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2019/09/06/all-we-ever-wanted-by-emily-giffin/

JeanSwan This will be an interesting read for me. My son is turning 12 in a few months and man oh man is that personality and emotions coming through! 2mo
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Kingdom of Souls | Rena Barron
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#KingdomofSouls #ARC #Netgalley

A great new fantasy series with a distinctly African feel and a female hero.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2019/09/04/kingdom-of-souls-by-rena-barron/hickleberr...

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Love's Dilemma | Walije Gondwe
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #Malawi

Hello world readers September is now upon us (how did that happen) and we are off to Malawi 🇲🇼 I have chosen to read the ragged book by the first female Malawi writer to be published.

Who will be joking me and what will you be reading?

TorieStorieS I‘m going to read 3mo
RachelO Interesting find! I‘ve been wanting to read this since I first heard of it, so I‘m going nf this month. And it might fit with #ScienceSeptember as well. 3mo
Simona @RachelO My pick is also The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. 👍 3mo
RachelO @Simona 😊👍. Although I discovered this morning I also have this on order - Sometimes I think I reserve books in my sleep!! 3mo
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The Cypriot | Andreas Koumi
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #Cyprus

Better late than never!

I loved the insight this book gave into why Cyprus ended up partitioned. I also enjoyed the love story and while Andonis is not a sympathetic character I understood how he ended up where he did.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2952680496

RachelO Nice review! I‘ll add it to my one-day list - afraid Cyprus just didn‘t happen this month 😕. 3mo
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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#BookerPrize2019

Loved this look at the lives of various (many black) women. Each story has ties to over stories and it was fun looking for the crossover.

Great cast of diverse characters

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2950192783

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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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#BookerPrize2019

The first Rushdie I haven‘t loved. Found the political narrative jarring but I did enjoy the magical realism, literary and pop culture references

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2941273509

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Jack Maggs: A Novel | Peter Carey
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#Reading1001

Any UK Littens interested in any of these 1001 books all in pretty good nick. Gatsby is a bit loved 🤣🤣

First to comment gets the book 👍

Nerdy_Bookworm I wanna read this!!!!! 3mo
Nerdy_Bookworm Unfortunately, I live in the States :( 3mo
BookwormM @Nerdy_Bookworm that‘s a shame postage and customs cost make it too expensive to mail 😢 3mo
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The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers
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#Reading1001

Probably would have enjoyed this more if my edition had the maps sadly it didn‘t.

There is a lot of technical description with small amounts of action thrown in.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/979317431

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#BookerPrize2019

I adored this book it is my favourite from the long list so far. I fell in love with Leila and all her weird and wonderful friends.

For a relatively short book there is a heck@if a lot going in and the ending made me 😢

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2938591408

JanuarieTimewalker13 So good to know!! I just purchased this one. I have this feeling it‘s going to win the Booker. I don‘t know why, haven‘t read any of the books. 3mo
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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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#BookerPrize2019

I loved this book it was darkly funny and touchingly poignant. I loved the main characters and their relationship and also the way time especially the past is shown to be an unstable construct.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2935997877

charl08 Me too! Hope it gets shortlisted. 3mo
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Trawl | B.S. Johnson
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#Reading1001

An intriguing book about a man who signs on for a 3 week trip on a fishing trawler in order to understand solitude and his life so far so that he can move forward into the future. At least that‘s how I read it 🤣🤣

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2931891009

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Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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#BookerPrize2019

3⭐️

Loved the first part, disliked the 2nd and hated the 3rd some beautiful writing and based on the description I should have loved this it just didn‘t work for me.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2924081773

Cathythoughts Interesting review! I thought the story telling was brilliant! A page turner for me 3mo
charl08 Your progress through the list is inspiring: I've got lots to go! 3mo
BookwormM @charl08 I on book 8 now unfortunately Testaments is not available until after short list announcement. Good luck with your reading 3mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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#BookerPrize2019

I kept expecting John Snow and Mance Rayder to appear 🤣🤣

A book that raises interesting points but points that have been raised before in more innovative ways.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2923425406

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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#BookerPrize2019

Very mixed feelings about this loved some parts hated others. Change in narrative style threw me out of the magical place I was visiting.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2922705967

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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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#BookerPrize2019

4 ⭐️ loved this modern retelling of Frankenstein with AI & Robots

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2920142439

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