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CarolynM

CarolynM

Joined May 2016

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The Professor's House by Willa Cather
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The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes
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Billie's Kiss by Elizabeth Knox
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The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
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Here's my list of 20 books for this month's #bookspin. Thank you @TheAromaofBooks

Joanne1 So many on my TBR. Any stand-outs? And how do you manage to read 20 books in a month? 2d
CarolynM @Joanne1 This is my list of books to be read for @TheAromaofBooks's #bookspin game. There are more details on her page 🙂 2d
Freespirit Some great book there! 2d
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Joanne1 @CarolynM ah now I understand. What a great idea. 2d
TheAromaofBooks Thanks so much for joining!! I'll be sure to tag you on Sunday with the magic number!! 2d
TheAromaofBooks @Joanne1 - I don't draw the number until Sunday, so if you want to make a list and join, feel free to do so!! 😁 2d
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Shots on Goal | Amy Aislin
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#BookReport Enjoyed the The Widow Cliquot, We Begin Our Ascent and Shots on Goal. Continuing with The Professor's House for #CatherBuddyRead and The Thirties for #ChunksterChallenge

Cinfhen Lots of reading going on ❤️😊 3d
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We Begin Our Ascent | Joe Mungo Reed
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This story focusses on a "domestique", one of the workhorses of professional road cycling who make it possible for the stars to do what they do. Having been a dedicated follower of the Tour de France for many years and the Tour Down Under since its inception, I loved being taken into the heart of the peloton, onto the team bus and getting a glimpse of the minutiae of the life. Equally interesting was the exploration of the bigger questions of ?

CarolynM 🖕what it is that drives elite athletes, the pressures of professionalism and how far the athletes and their teams will go for success. 3d
RachelO Sounds great! 3d
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The Widow Clicquot | Tilar J. Mazzeo
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The story of the creation of the Veuve Cliquot champagne brand presented as a biography of the the woman who founded it, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Cliquot. I was interested in the information about the Champagne district and the origins of the modern drink, but there wasn't really enough information available to make it truly satisfying as a biography. Too much speculation about what B-N may or may not have been thinking.
#Booked2020 #WineorWhine

LeahBergen Veuve. Yum! 😆😆 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice choice for this prompt! 4d
Ruthiella I find it irritating when there‘s too much speculation in nonfiction too! Stick to the facts! 😀 1d
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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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1. Mostly physical books but some e-books (most of my romance reading is in e-book format)
2. My name is Carolyn, I am a bookshopaholic
3. Occasionally
4. Audible
5. Tagged book was the last one I picked up in the bookshop yesterday

#thursdaysurvey

laurenslibrary Hi Carolyn, I'm Lauren and I have the same problem! Even though I just got a Kindle, I still love going to book stores! Thanks for playing! 6d
CarolynM @laurenslibrary We sufferers should start a self-help group ... wait a minute, I think there is one, it's called Litsy😂😂😂 6d
Centique #2 made me laugh! 😂😂 3d
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1. Are you kidding? Have you met me? Here are the books I've bought in the last 24 hours.
2. I don't remember buying any bookish items, but I can't promise I haven't.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Great book haul! Thanks for playing! 1w
JennyM I love #1 answer! You have a great selection there 📚 1w
Cathythoughts Yes like @JennyM I love answer #1 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
erzascarletbookgasm 😄 love your answers 👍 1w
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No, I prefer quiet when I read, but sometimes I read with the cricket on TV.
A cat named Leo who is 15 years old. He usually sits near me rather than on me when he isn't on my daughter's bed with her. He's not quite as playful as he was when he was a younger cat, but he is still easily spooked and very wary of people he doesn't know.
Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.
Tagging my newest follower @JaneyWaneyB
Thanks for the tag @Eggs

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Gratuitous photo of Leo in the garden

#BookReport Read and reviewed Catching Teller Crow and The Tin Can Tree. 33% through The Widow Cliquot. (the story of Veuve Cliquot champagne) and Shots on Goal (m/m hockey romance) Started The Professor's House for #CatherBuddyRead. No progress on my #ChunksterChallenge read
#WeeklyForecast Finish what I've started. Make a start on We Begin Our Ascent (my handbag book this week).

Tamra Not fair play! Jealous! Recovering from a blizzard. 😏 1w
Centique Aw that‘s pretty! You‘re doing well, my garden looks a bit dead apart from the agaves 😂 1w
Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 1w
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Cinfhen Like your forecast!! Sounds like a plan 🌸🌷🌸 1w
thegreensofa 😻😻😻 1w
TrishB Great update 😘 1w
MidnightBookGirl Leo is definitely Litsy worthy! 1w
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#Booked2020

4 Summer prompts down, 2 to go.

SaturnDoo Wow!!! Wtg 👏👏👏 2w
Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 nicely done ♥️ 2w
Cathythoughts Nice work 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻must take a screenshot for future reference 🌞 2w
CarolynM @Cathythoughts I'm sure you can find something better for the red, white or blue prompt. The others are all good though🙂 2w
4thhouseontheleft Way to go! 🙌🏽🥳 2w
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A quietly heartbreaking study of grief, family obligation and small town stagnation. Not my favourite Anne Tyler but definitely worth reading.

Also, entirely fortuitously, features an #ObnoxiousCharacter (Ansel) #AuldLangReads

Cathythoughts Sounds good. I havnt read an Ann Tyler sinse I joined Litsy .... I did enjoy the ones I read 👍🏻❤️ 2w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 2w
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Catching Teller Crow | Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Ambelin Kwaymullina
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What an extraordinary book! So many themes of love, loss and resilience, not to mention an intriguing mystery, all in one short book. An excellent piece of YA #ozfiction

It covers both #YANovelbyaPoC and #FinishinaDay for #booked2020. Can I use it for both? Also #teenangst #authenticvoice for #BBRC

SaturnDoo Nice😊 wtg knocking out some of those challenge prompts 👏👏👏 2w
Tamra I adore that cover! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh, that‘s our one request. One book, one prompt. In most other things, we‘re pretty easy. Just not this one. Thanks. 🥰 2w
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Tamra Weird and I don‘t get why publishers change titles. In Libby the book is titled, The Things She‘s Seen. Far less attractive cover too. (edited) 2w
CarolynM @Tamra I agree, I don't get the different covers in different markets. Changing titles can be really confusing, but I suppose it might be necessary where an expression might have a quite different meaning in different countries. 2w
Cinfhen Book sounds great 👍🏻 but what @BarbaraTheBibliophage ....sorry ☺️you can decided later on how you want to use the book 2w
LeeRHarry I really liked this one too! 😊 And like yourself read it in one day. (edited) 2w
CarolynM @LeeRHarry It was really hard to put down🙂 2w
LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻 2w
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Catching Teller Crow | Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Ambelin Kwaymullina
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I love this Author's Note which explains a bit about the special nature of Aboriginal storytelling #ozfiction

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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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A beautifully written ugly story. I found it hard to be sympathetic to the narrator, but I was conscious that I have never had to negotiate such challenging issues of identity or social position (for which I am very grateful). Does this qualify as a banned book #booked2020?
#BookReport finished Sofia Khan is not Ok, Case Histories & this
#WeeklyForecast start The Professor's House for #CatherBuddyRead continue The Thirties for #chunkster2020 then?

Cinfhen Yup, it has been banned and qualifies!! I‘m thinking of reading this one 👉🏾 2w
Crazeedi Love your mug! 2w
batsy Great review and a pretty mug 😍 2w
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CarolynM @Cinfhen Excellent! Thank you. That means I've crossed off 3 of the summer prompts. I'll do a post about it this week🙂 I read The Grapes of Wrath in high school - ugh! Good luck. 2w
CarolynM @Crazeedi @batsy Thank you. Love a bit of William Morris🙂 2w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, that‘s not a good endorsement. I might have to rethink that choice 🙄 (edited) 2w
CarolynM @Cinfhen Don't let me influence you. After all you liked East of Eden a lot more than I did. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I‘ve been wanting to read Grapes ever since we did the East of Eden buddy read. Let me know IF you decide on Grapes, we can buddy read! 2w
Cinfhen That‘s true @CarolynM 😂😂I forgot you disliked it!!! I WILL definitely let you know @erzascarletbookgasm having a friend to read along with really helps ☺️ 2w
Graywacke This was one of my favorite books from last year. I was maybe more sympathetic with the terrible empty American, but yes the writing was really beautiful and what I remember most. 2w
CarolynM @Graywacke I'm not sure being American had much to do with it. I couldn't excuse the way he used both Giovanni and Hella even though I understood how much he was struggling with his sexuality, his concept of masculinity and how he fitted in the world (in the US maybe even more than in Paris given the differences in the law). 2w
Graywacke @CarolynM oh, he was awful. But he obviously came from a place that seriously repressed his sexuality to the point he couldn‘t handle a good when he had it. 2w
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#belowzer00s All my music in the 00s was albums, mostly these

I'm Wide Awake it's Morning & Casadaga - Bright Eyes
Rabbit Fur Coat & Acid Tongue - Jenny Lewis
White Blood Cells, Elephant & Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes
Is This It - The Strokes
Frank & Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
North - Elvis Costello
More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley
Hold Time - M Ward
Gaze - The Beautiful South

and the most played - Play School in the Car 😂😂😂

Cinfhen I don‘t remember purchasing albums apart from Madonna once the 90‘s started!!! It was Napster and then ITunes 3w
BarbaraBB The Strokes and The White Strips became a thing here at exactly the same moment, along with The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I can‘t think of one of them without thinking of the other two! 3w
TrishB Each list I see I go - oh I forgot about them! 3w
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Leftcoastzen Love Bright Eyes! 3w
Reagan Oh I love that Rilo Kiley album! Pictures of success ❤️ 3w
readordierachel Amy ❤ 3w
DebinHawaii Very cool! Love me some Elvis Costello! 😍 3w
youneverarrived I was just listening to Jenny Lewis yesterday, forgot how much I LOVE her albums ❤️ 2w
CarolynM @youneverarrived Her other solo albums are great too, and the one with Jonathan Rice. I'm a fan🙂 2w
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For me the noughties were mostly about young children, not only mine😂 But there was also time for some grown up stuff🙂 #belowzer00s

readordierachel Lovely photos! 3w
batsy ❤️ 3w
JennyM Love seeing you with your family. Great pics 😘 3w
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erzascarletbookgasm 🤗 great collage and pics! 3w
Cinfhen Im loving the family photos❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 3w
LeahBergen Love the family pics! 💞 3w
Kalalalatja I loved QI, even though I first discovered it in the 10‘s 😅 great photos 💕 3w
Cathythoughts Brilliant pics ❤️ 3w
TrishB Brilliant collage 👍🏻 love the pics 3w
BarbaraBB I recognize a lot of series/ movies I watched with my kids too and I am so glad you mention Six Feet Under, what a great series that was 💜 3w
CarolynM @Kalalalatja Thank you 😘 I've kept loving QI through the 2010s and I still do 🙂 (edited) 3w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I loved Six Feet Under - one of the best TV shows ever. 3w
Rissreads Fantastic, love seeing you with your family. ❤ 3w
Tanisha_A How beautiful! ❤️ 3w
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I've read the other Jackson Brodies but somehow I'd never read this - part of loving it was filling in some details on things that are alluded to in the later books. It's not about the "mysteries" (usually not very mysterious at all) they are about the people and especially about the way they are impacted by exploitation, violence and tragedy. I love the way the characters free associate - noticing something that triggers a thought or a memory?

CarolynM 🖕that triggers another thought etc. I just love how genuinely decent Jackson Brodie is, for all his world weariness. And I love the understated humour - there were so many quotes I could have posted but I knew if I started I wouldn't stop. Just wonderful. 3w
Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed this one!! It just didn‘t resonate with me in the same way🙄 3w
BarbaraBB Superb review, it explains a lot for me. I really read it like a mystery instead of a character study. I liked the characters but kept waiting and looking for clues I guess. 3w
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BarbaraBB Thanks to what you say this book makes so much more sense to me! 3w
LeahBergen I love these books! I still need to get to the most recent one. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. I like Jackson Brodie and enjoy the humour too. 3w
CarolynM @Cinfhen We can't all like the same things🙂 3w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB The Brodie books are never going to be satisfying from a strictly crime or thriller angle - there are always coincidences and loose ends. It's all about the human element and a degree of social commentary. 3w
CarolynM @LeahBergen I think you'll love that one too🙂 3w
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you😘 It's not really laugh out loud, but a lot of smiles🙂 I don't suppose that parcel I sent you has turned up yet? 3w
Cinfhen I agree @BarbaraBB reading Carolyn‘s review and @vivastory helped me appreciate the nuances of this series more clearly 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Agree, lots of smiles moments. 😊 Nope, nothing yet, the year-end posts always gets congested over here. Soon 🤞 3w
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm Fingers crossed😬 3w
vivastory Wonderful review! Great observation about how the characters free associate. 3w
CarolynM @vivastory Thank you🙂 3w
Rissreads You explained how I felt about this book better than I did! 3w
TrishB I missed your review- it‘s lovely 👍🏻 I loved it too. I never really see these as crime books, they‘re about people and observations. 3w
CarolynM @TrishB I agree - and they're usually on the general fiction shelves rather than the crime shelves in the bookshops I go to. 2w
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Mehso-so

Chicklit featuring a hijab wearing Muslim girl in London. It had its moments and it touched on some interesting cultural issues, but I'm afraid I found Sofia too annoying to ever get fully invested in the story.

mabell I picked this up and read a few pages - I didn‘t think it would be my thing. Interesting premise, though! 3w
CarolynM @mabell Yes, it is. I wish she'd written a more serious novel because I think she has some interesting perspectives but this was all very shallow. 3w
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Maybe the Moon | Armistead Maupin
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Eggs Gorgeous 💜💜💜 3w
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The Scandal | Fredrik Backman
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For some unfathomable reason Beartown was first published in Australia as The #Scandal
#NewYearNewYou

Megabooks Weird 🤔 3w
Megabooks I don‘t mean that offensively! 3w
CarolynM @Megabooks I think it's weird too, especially as it re-appeared as Beartown within a couple of months 3w
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Sharpeipup Never would have put that one together based on the cover. 3w
Lcsmcat Publishers make some odd choices. 3w
TheAromaofBooks The cover on this edition is adorable, though. 3w
Eggs Yes odd but a great find!! 3w
readordierachel It's so strange that they do that 3w
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Jeg Love Case Histories. They all look good. Enjoy. 3w
Reagan 😻 3w
Cinfhen Funny how the US covers and European/Australian covers differ 😊Hope you enjoy 3w
Cathythoughts Havnt read an Ann Tyler in years .... I really enjoyed her , must give her another go soon 3w
youneverarrived Giovanni‘s room is excellent 🖤 3w
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Be Frank With Me: A Novel | Julia Claiborne Johnson
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#BookReport Finished and reviewed The Most Fun We Ever Had, read and reviewed Be a Frank With Me, read first part of The Thirties for #chunksterchallenge2020 and read first 300 pages of Sofia Khan is not Obliged.

Cinfhen Lots of good progress this week!!!! You‘re off to a great start 😄👊🏼📚 3w
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And this is why unemployment benefits are essential part of a capitalist economy.

First part of #chunksterchallenge2020 completed. So far it's a fascinating and angering survey of the circumstances of the unemployed and under-employed and their families. It's particularly frustrating that so much of the thinking that prevailed at the time is still trotted out nearly 100 years later to justify the treatment of those out of work.

TrishB Sighs....... 4w
Amiable Great job! You are making good progress, especially with a work of nonfiction. I love NF but I find myself reading slower with those books. 4w
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TrishB Hope it‘s good 👍🏻 4w
Amiable Good luck! 👍 4w
Rissreads Fingers crossed it's amazing! 4w
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Be Frank With Me: A Novel | Julia Claiborne Johnson
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What a charmer this is - sweet, funny and touching. Frank could almost be a 10 year old version of Don Tillman from the Rosie Project if he was being brought up by a mother with her own difficulties in human interaction. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Prairiegirl_reading Frank is adorable! 4w
Rissreads I've never heard of this one. 4w
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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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A very nicely observed, engaging story of the messy lives of a family of 4 daughters. I didn't find it particularly funny and I didn't always like the characters, but I did sympathise with them and shed a few tears along the way.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻. I enjoyed this one very much. 1mo
Megabooks Reading it now! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Did it feel like a slog?? I can‘t decide if I should read it or not??? 4w
CarolynM @Cinfhen No, not a slog. Towards the end I was thinking that I would like it better if it were shorter, but, to be fair, I don't know where it could have been cut down without losing something significant. I don't think it's a must read - there's nothing especially profound in it - but it's a thoughtful and engaging examination of family relationships, particularly between sisters. (edited) 4w
Cinfhen Ok, I‘ll hold off a bit longer / thanks for the feedback 💜 4w
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Happy New Year everyone!

Butterfinger And to you! 1mo
Kalalalatja Happy New Year! 1mo
Crazeedi Happy New Year!!🎊🎊 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy New Year!!🎆🎊🎈 1mo
Tanisha_A Happy new year! 🎉 1mo
Laughterhp Happy new year 🎆🎈🎊 1mo
BarbaraBB Happy new year Carolyn 💕 1mo
Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 1mo
batsy Happy 2020 ❤️ 1mo
AnneCecilie Happy new year 🎆 1mo
Eggs Happy New Year 🥳 Carolyn 1mo
thegreensofa Happy New Year! 🥳🎊🎉💛 1mo
JennyM Happy new year 🥳 1mo
LeahBergen Happy New Year!! 😘😘 1mo
LeeRHarry Happy New Year Carolyn! 🎉🥂 1mo
Rissreads Happy New year Carolyn! 😍🥂🎉 1mo
Jeg Happy New Year Carolyn 🥂🍾🎇 1mo
youneverarrived Happy New Year 🥂 4w
Graywacke Happy New Year🥂 4w
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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I can't do #19in2019 because I didn't read 19 books that deserve to be included. Since we did the best 6 mid year I decided to do 12 for the year, so here they are. I've listed them in the order I read them. Interestingly, only the last three are from the second half of the year. The only other books that came close for me were The Dutch House and The Man Who Saw Everything. Oh, and the Willa Cathers (which I forgot 😳)

MrsMalaprop There aren‘t too many standouts for me this year either 🤔. May 2020 be a knock out reading year for us both. 📚😍 1mo
Centique I haven‘t read ANY of these! But you‘ve very kindly gifted me two of them which I‘m looking forward to reading! Happy new year 😘 1mo
TrishB Great choices 👍🏻 1mo
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batsy I loved The Quiet American! And I must get to the Ali Smith & Burns & Morrison in 2020 😁 1mo
BarbaraBB Now I am extra happy you sent me 1mo
Cinfhen I like that you didn‘t just add books for the sake of it! Almost all the books I ranked best were not from 2019 🤷🏼‍♀️I wonder what other treasures I‘ve missed 1mo
KarenUK I love Euphoria! And I have the Hollinghurst to read in 2020.... 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I felt like 2019 was an overall 3.5* reading year for me. I had a few books that I really enjoyed, but only a tiny handful that I genuinely loved. Hopefully we'll find more to cherish during the upcoming year!! 1mo
LeahBergen I really need to get to The Line of Beauty. Great list! 1mo
Gillyreads Loved Too Much Lip. If you haven‘t you should also read her book Mullumbimby. It‘s so good. 1mo
Rissreads I've only read 2 of these but I have some also on my tbr list. 1mo
CarolynM @Gillyreads I read Mullumbimby this year too. I liked it and I was very interested in the way she showed the dynamics of the native title claim playing out, but I didn't think it was anywhere near as vivid and immediate as Too Much Lip. 1mo
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Paula, these pictures are SO lovely! I will have to get frames for them🙂 I will certainly use the notepad (I love elephants) and I can't wait to gobble up that Hokey Pokey. Thank you for your generosity, my friend.😘

Centique Yay! I‘m so glad they got there! Happy New Year Carolyn! 😘 1mo
CarolynM @Centique Happy New Year that you too🎉🎉🎉 1mo
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Midwinter Break | Bernard MacLaverty
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Thank you Barbara for the kind words in your card and for such a splendid gift😘 I know what I will be reading for The Netherlands in the #ReadingEurope challenge 🙂 and the Gaugin notebook is beautiful.

BarbaraBB It took over a month but it did reach you, I‘m happy for that! The book was on your TBR and I thought it would be nice to send you something set in my city after you sending me Australian fiction! 😘 1mo
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#Jolabokaflod Swap

Thank you so much Liz, I'm delighted with the book you selected and the chocolate looks beautiful (and in good condition🙂). Sorry again I didn't prevent you from taking the trouble to send it express post.

Lizpixie I‘m glad it made it, considering the fire situation. I hope you like the chocolate, it‘s from a small artisan chocolatier at the base of the Blue Mountains. They roast their own cacao beans & make everything from scratch.🍫 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Lizpixie That sounds amazing! 1mo
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Also, my #LitsyLove #WinterSwap parcel from @Charmaine1972Ellis finally made it all the way from South Africa!
Charmaine, I was blown away all the delights in the parcel you sent! I thought it was supposed to be a low key swap, but you have been incredibly generous and really spoilt me with gifts. I love all of it! I think my favourite thing is the Zulu bracelet😍 Thank you so much my friend. I will write to you soon😘

Cinfhen Awesomeness 🥰🥰🥰 1mo
Charmaine1972Ellis What a relief. So glad it reached you safely. Enjoy the treats. Xx 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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I left home a week before Christmas and returned 3 days ago. Yesterday was too hot to leave the house so today was my first chance to get to the post office. I had so many parcels and cards! Many of them were from you lovely Littens so I'm about to clog up everyone's feeds with my thank you-s.

First, thank you for the #LitsyLove Christmas cards Kayla, Charmaine, Ryan, Cynthia, Christine and Misty

LeahBergen Thank you for the lovely kangaroo Christmas card! 🦘😘😘 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen You're very welcome😘 1mo
Cinfhen So much happiness in the mailbox 😁 1mo
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Charmaine1972Ellis It a huge pleasure xx 1mo
TrishB Lovely to come home too ❤️ 1mo
OriginalCyn620 😊❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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The Woman on the Stairs | Bernhard Schlink
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I really disliked this. It had an interesting premise but I never found any of it believable. I would have bailed if I hadn't been reading it for #LMPBC. Sorry #GroupZ

#BookReport Cricket watching and travelling has eaten into my reading time this week so I've only read this and the first 124 pages of The Most Fun We Ever Had (much more enjoyable)

#WeeklyForecast Finish The Most... and then, hmmm, not sure actually🤔 Something light I think.

LeeRHarry Different books for different folks ? Mmm that nearly rhymes 😏 I am flying through your pick for our group 💕 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen I like it a lot. It is very believable, which is quite a contrast with The Woman on the Stairs! 1mo
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Cinfhen Good to know 😊👍🏻 1mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry Indeed. I'll be interested to see what you think of it. Hope "flying through" means you're enjoying it 1mo
Joanne1 Thanks for the tip @CarolynM I won‘t bother with that one then. 1mo
thegreensofa Now I‘m intrigued..You were good not to bail I know how hard it is! Katerina nearly killed me!! 1mo
CarolynM @Joanne1 Good call🙂 1mo
CarolynM @thegreensofa I think it's good for me to read books I don't like sometimes - it's one of the things book groups are for🙂 1mo
Freespirit Carolyn I hope you are no where near the fires. Hope your escaping the heat xxx 1mo
CarolynM @Freespirit Thanks for thinking of me 😘 We are quite some way from the fires. Spent the day inside with the air con on. Thankfully the cool change has arrived now. 1mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I put this in the post to you this afternoon 🙂 1mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM Thanks 😊 1mo
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The Man in the Red Coat | Julian Barnes
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My Christmas book haul.

Happy holidays everyone! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

LeeRHarry Didn‘t you do well?! Merry Christmas 🎄 1mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy! Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 ❤️ 1mo
Kalalalatja Merry Christmas! 🎁🎄 1mo
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Cathythoughts Very nice 👍🏻❤️ Happy Christmas 1mo
Andrew65 Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🎁🥳🔔📚 1mo
Freespirit Merry Christmas Carolyn🤗 1mo
Jeg Wow. How lucky. Great reading there. Merry Christmas. Xx 1mo
batsy What a lovely stack 😍 1mo
Rissreads Fantastic stack of books there! 🌟 1mo
LeahBergen Lovely haul and Happy Holidays to you! 😘😘 1mo
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The Lucky Galah | Tracy Sorensen
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Forgot to post this last night😳🙄 Thank you so much Nerissa, I am looking forward to reading this, I've heard lots of good things. And I love the card - very appropriate. #jolabokaflodswap

Rissreads I hope you like it as much as I did! It's very Ozzie 🤣 1mo
Jeg One of my favourite reads from this year. 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon 🎁🎄🍫 📚 Happy #Jolakabodflod 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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No trip to Adelaide is complete without a visit (or three) to the Central Market. You can just about anything there, including books.

LeahBergen A pop-up bookshop?? 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts Looks like fun 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow a pop-up bookstore! 1mo
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TrishB Looks great 😁 1mo
Lizpixie How‘s the weather and fires there? We have a lot of relatives living in Adelaide as well, including the Hubbys 90yrold grandmother, we‘ve been hearing stories about how bad it‘s gotten🥵 1mo
CarolynM @Lizpixie It was pretty smoky here today, but nothing like as bad as Sydney has been. The fire is still uncontrolled and threatening towns in the hills and we are fearful of the conditions later in the week. How are things with you? 1mo
Lizpixie @CarolynM the weathers cooled down a lot but the fires are still raging. The Grose Valley Fire has wiped out most of the old growth bush in every valley & tributary and now it‘s climbed Govetts Leap and is threatening Blackheath, Medlow Bath & Katoomba/Leura. The Shoalhaven Fire has cut of all major highways again so I think there‘s only one way in and out of Sydney. The smoke haze has gotten clearer though🙌 1mo
BookNik 😍😍😍😍 1mo
CarolynM @Lizpixie It's so sad to think that of all that lovely bush burned black, not to mention people's homes 😢 I fear it's going to be a terrible summer. 1mo
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Me | Elton John
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#BookReport Read, enjoyed and reviewed The Wyndham Case, Me and Another Brooklyn, bailed on The Clasp. Also read a couple of Keira Andrews romances.
#WeeklyForecast Getting into The Most Fun We Ever Had, my #JolabokaflodSwap book from @Rissreads and whatever Father Christmas brings 😀🎄

BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts about The Most Fun! I heard so many good things from @Cathythoughts and @Chelsea.Poole 💕 (edited) 1mo
Crazeedi The Wyndham case is on my tbr 1mo
Rissreads I didn't get you that book, it must have been @LapReader 🤣🤣🤣 I have not opened yours yet, I'm saving it for tomorrow 💚❤ 1mo
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CarolynM @Rissreads @LapReader Sorry, I've just realised how ambiguous that sentence is! I meant it as a list of 3 things. I haven't opened my parcel yet either. (edited) 1mo
Rissreads It's something to look forward to! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB hope I didn't oversell Most Fun! I loved it so much but it is right up my alley! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m curious to hear your thoughts on Most Fun!! It‘s a bit of a chunkster so I‘ve been avoiding it. Happy Holidays 💚❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts I also hope that I didn‘t oversell ... The Most Fun ... @BarbaraBB , but like @Chelsea.Poole it‘s just my style that I love .... I have a feeling you‘ll like it Carolyn 🤞🏻 1mo
CarolynM @Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts I'm enjoying it so far🙂 1mo
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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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I'm not exactly sure what to say about this. There's a lot to admire in the writing and in the insight into the world these girls lived in, but I never felt really connected to it. This probably says more about me than about the book. I'm certainly glad I read it. Thank you once again, Paula, for the opportunity.

BarbaraBB Is it as good as 1mo
Centique You‘re welcome Carolyn 😘 I think you‘re right about the detached style of writing - Ive noticed that style in a few of my picks recently. It might be something I‘m drawn to 🧐😁 1mo
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Me | Elton John
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Chatty, gossipy but never bitchy this is a very entertaining romp, not just through the life of Elton John, but through the popular music scene, particularly in the 1970's.

Cinfhen I‘m excited for this one ☝🏾 1mo
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The Clasp: A Novel | Sloane Crosley
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Bailedbailed

I've made it to half way but I'm not going any further. I'm not finding it funny and I don't care where it's going. Bail.

TrishB I‘m all for bailing! 1mo
quietjenn I really did not like this. You're smart to bail! 1mo
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Such an enjoyable read - for the mystery, the Cambridge setting and the delightful asides such as the one above. It's quite an old fashioned murder mystery, so much so that I was surprised to see it was first published in 1993. Thanks @PatriciaU - it was your review that made me add it to my TBR.

LeahBergen Vacuous conversation - exactly! And I also binge on all their “vacuous” magazines while I‘m there. 😆 1mo
Crazeedi Sounds very interesting, putting in my tbr journal! Thanks! 1mo
PatriciaU So glad you enjoyed it. Imogen is one of my favorite sleuths. I so wish these would be made into a series. Paton Walsh seems to have tossed Imogen aside in favor of Harriet and Lord peter, though.... 1mo
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. We were all too lazy to put up the big tree this year. The little tree is even sadder when I tell you it had been sitting on the dining room credenza since Midwinter Christmas.
2. Mostly in stores but sometimes on-line.
3. Last minute shopping 😂
4. Seasons greetings to all

Thanks for the tag @Eggs 😘

Rissreads It's a bit hard to share a photo of the xmas tree when I have not put it up yet! 😬🤣🌲 1mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻👏🏻 I love all these answers 🤣🤣 1mo
Eggs @Rissreads 😂😂 1mo
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Rissreads @Eggs I will play properly, I promise! 1mo
AceOnRoam Thanks for the tag, I can't play along because we are heathens and don't have a tree! 1mo
CarolynM @AceOnRoam Just an excuse to chat with you, really🙂 You could always decorate your mast😂 1mo
Crazeedi @Rissreads Ha! I just said the same thing! I'll post when up! Hopefully tomorrow, we're always late and then let it up after holidays a bit 1mo
Crazeedi @CarolynM your tree is well loved💖 1mo
CarolynM @Rissreads I'll look out for your post 🙂 1mo
AceOnRoam @CarolynM hehe, we have flashing lights but we always forget to put them on... we get mostly excited for Christmas food at this time of year 🐷🍗🍓🍷 1mo
CarolynM @Crazeedi Not really, I think my daughter and I were both trying to get the other to be the one who put it away😂 1mo
CarolynM @AceOnRoam Christmas food is the best, that's why we do it in July or August as well😉 1mo
AceOnRoam Your cat is adorable. 1mo
CarolynM @AceOnRoam Well, he thinks so, anyway 😂 He's a bit disgusted with the small tree, he much prefers being able to hide under the big one. 1mo
Tanisha_A Your answers, hahahah! Thanks for the tag. 🥰 We don't really celebrate Christmas, but I love love the vibe at this time. The weather is great to eat good and lots of food, read, drink hot chocolate. #CosyUp 1mo
LeahBergen It‘s a cute little tree! 🎄 1mo
Cathythoughts We have done the small tree for a good few years now ... I like them 👍🏻🎄. And we don‘t have the room for the big one ❤️ 1mo
Freespirit Thanks @CarolynM I love your tree❤️...what do they say it‘s not the size that matters😂😂😂Thank you so much for my lovely card you sent back with the book! I will post my tree now😘😘 (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @Freespirit You're very welcome Sally😘 I saw your comment somewhere else about going through the notations in the book and I meant to reply but didn't get there. It was a great book for #LMPBC there was such a lot going on. 1mo
thegreensofa Thank you @CarolynM ! 🎄🤍🤍 looks great! And I love your cat. 😻 How do you get him to pose so elegantly! Beautiful little darling 😻 1mo
CarolynM @thegreensofa Ha! He doesn't pose. He's very suspicious when any sort of camera is pointed at him and usually runs away pronto, so you have to be really quick when he's doing something photo worthy😂 1mo
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As usual I enjoyed visiting Three Pines very much. This one has a good mystery as well as some interesting developments in the ongoing story. I wonder how she will handle them going forward.

#BookReport Apart from bailing on The Arsonist, this was all I read this week - too much pre-Christmas socialising.

#WeeklyForecast Not sure what I'll pack. It's going to be stinking hot for a few days where I'll be so there should plenty of reading time.

Cinfhen Most people are wishing to fly somewhere warm for the holidays and you‘re “complaining” about the heat. I‘m just fascinated by that. It‘s really kind of neat. So how did bookclub go, since you bailed?? Did the others enjoy? 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Tomorrow I am driving 8 hours to my parents' house in Adelaide where the forecast temperatures for the next 4 days are 40, 42, 41 and 44 (minimum of 27 on Thursday night). It will be fine, but it would be nicer to be home where it won't be as hot as that and we have a little pool😁 The book group liked the book more than I did. 1mo
BarbaraBB That is so hot. I can‘t imagine how to be productive in those temperatures. You can‘t do much more than keep calm and read I guess? 1mo
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BarbaraBB Also - I sent you a little something that, according to my track & trace, arrived in Australia on December 3rd. Ever since I received no updates. Let‘s hope it didn‘t melt 🥵😉 1mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I really is. I don't mind a day or 2 over 40 but it wears you down when it goes on longer than that. As for productivity, it's ok inside with industrial strength air-con, not usually so great after a couple of days with ordinary domestic air-con, though. 1mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB Thank you, that's really sweet of you. Melbourne won't be as hot as Adelaide. My last parcel to you dropped off the tracking radar after arriving in the Netherlands and then took a couple of weeks to reach you. Maybe our respective customs people are suspicious of each other😂 1mo
BarbaraBB Okay, that is good to know. I‘ll be patient for a few more weeks. Strange though - considering that so many Dutch have emigrated to Australia and there will be so many parcels travelling between our countries, I think. 🙏 1mo
BarbaraBB Good luck with the heat, I hope you‘ll be back in the ‘cool‘ Melbourne region soon. Have a safe trip 😘 1mo
Cinfhen Whoa!!! Those are HIGH temps!!!!! I‘d probably be a little kvetchy too😜 (edited) 1mo
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen that‘s a great word! 😊 1mo
LeeRHarry Stay cool! I‘m keeping my fingers crossed for cool - ish weather ie 25C over Christmas 🤞 1mo
CarolynM Thanks @LeeRHarry 😘 Here's hoping for a couple of moderate weeks before the next heatwave. 1mo
CarolynM Thanks @BarbaraBB 😘 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s a great word @LeeRHarry because let‘s face it... we all get that way sometimes 😂😂 1mo
Cinfhen Safe travels, Carolyn ❤️enjoy family time 1mo
CarolynM Thanks @Cinfhen 😘 1mo
Centique Oh man that is HOT. I hope you have good air con and lots of icy drinks! 🍸🥂🧊 1mo
CarolynM @Centique All good so long as the power stays on😬 1mo
Freespirit Have a lovely holiday @CarolynM Stay cool xxx 1mo
CarolynM @Freespirit Thanks Sally. Super hot over night last night (minimum of 33, I think😬) after a blisteringly hot day and very hot today too, but the cool change has come through now. Sounds like tomorrow will be pretty bad over your way. Hope you can keep cool and you're safe from the fires😘 1mo
Freespirit The fires have moved on from near us but are burning around the Blue Mts where my family live. It's relentless with this heat. Not a drop of rain in sight😥 Hope you have a lovely Christmas break 😘😘 1mo
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Plainsong | Kent Haruf
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Thank you so much, Cindy, for such a fabulous gift. 😘 I love the card, and your kind words, the bookmark is beautiful and I love having my own red string! I think I'll add the book to my stack for Christmas, I really want to read it soon. How lucky we are to be able to share books all around the world!

Freespirit Love it!! 2mo
TrishB Very lucky ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! That was quicker than I thought xx enjoy 😊 hope you love this book as much as I did. It‘s a slow burn but I think it‘s going to give you #AllTheFeels 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm ❤️ The book is good, and isn‘t that bookmark gorgeous? 2mo
LeahBergen How lovely! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Chrissyreadit I love your card! 2mo
BarbaraBB That is lovely! 2mo
Rissreads Lucky you! 2mo
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Happy Christmas Eve | Jackie Ladbury
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My #jolabokaflodswap from the lovely @Rissreads has arrived. Thank you so much Nerissa, I can't wait to open it on Christmas Eve! 😘😘😘

Rissreads Woo hoo! It arrived! Enjoy x 2mo
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The Stranger's Child | Alan Hollinghurst
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I have more unread books in my house than I could hope to read if I live to be 100, but I still can't walk past a book sale 😳🙄😬

Crazeedi Oh I hear that refrain in my head for sure! I have several Beaton books I've not gotten to yet!! 2mo
readordierachel Tsundoku! As the Japanese call it. Some great finds there! 2mo
LeahBergen Haha! I hear ya! 2mo
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marleed I just looked and I‘m at 376 unread to 231 read. Maybe my 2020 new year resolution should be 375 unread! I am successful at my last 6 months of 2:1. 1 physically owned for every library loan. Even if I went 1:1 I wouldn‘t get through my stack for years! 2mo
Freespirit Ditto... great haul xxx 2mo
Rissreads I'm the same! I just wish I was a faster reader to get through them all! 1mo
Ruthiella The Hollinghurst title looks like a monster! But the rest all seem doable by 100. 😜 You‘re doing your part to stimulate the economy. 1mo
CarolynM @ruthiella I'm selfless that way😂😂😂 1mo
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I'm sorry, book group, I've tried but I just can't do it. I've made it to 100 pages and I am bored rigid. Any more and my brain will atrophy. I'm out.

BarbaraBB 😂 bailing must be a relief! (edited) 2mo
TrishB All for bailing on the boring! 2mo
LeahBergen Bail away, I say! 2mo
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Eva2 Oh no! This is one of my favourite books. I thought it was really well written. The second half of the book makes you ask a lot of questions. I read this a while ago and still think about it. 2mo
Cathythoughts The 100 pages test 👍🏻❤️. Time to bail 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
LeeRHarry Can‘t have brain atrophy - that‘s not a good look! 🤪 glad you decided to handball instead! 😏 2mo
Freespirit On to the next one😊 2mo
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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#TopTenoftheDecade #FictionEdition

I've stuck with books published between 2010 and 2019 and gone with the books I remember loving. Tomorrow I'll probably remember others that should have been included. Oh well. Thanks for starting this off @Cinfhen it's fun to see everyone's choices. Thanks for the tag @Centique

merelybookish Great list! I also picked A God in Ruins and Milkman! 2mo
Cinfhen I think going off the cuff like that is the best way!!! Interesting list / three of the books you listed were bails for me 😬😂😘 2mo
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LeahBergen Oh, look ... you‘ve bought me two of them! 😘 2mo
CarolynM @merelybookish Thank you! I thought both of those were excellent 🙂 2mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen So you bailed on Milkman, Hot Milk and Less, am I right? 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I hope you like them. (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha EXACTLY 😂😂😂🙌🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB Great choices. I loved Hot Milk and Too Much Lip! 2mo
batsy Nice choices! I think if I ever successfully come up with my 10, Hot Milk will be on mine as well 💜 A whole bunch of yours are on my TBR, I just need to read them 😅 2mo
Centique I haven‘t read ANY of these but they‘re all on my TBR and I‘m going to take Too Much Lip with me on my New Years holiday 👏👏👏 2mo
TrishB Well done 👍🏻 I too bailed on Less @Cinfhen and really disliked Hot Milk. Loved A God in Ruins though. 2mo
youneverarrived Hot Milk is so memorable. Great choices ✨ 2mo
Cinfhen @TrishB I pretty much gave up on Kate Atkinson after reading 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I dislike Life After Life but love everything else she‘s done! 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m going to give Commonwealth another shot 👍🏻❤️. Great picks 2mo
LeeRHarry Agree 💯 with the Georgia Blain book....mmm Less I‘m not so sure 😏 2mo
monalyisha Commonwealth is on my book club‘s list for the coming year, so I‘m happy to see this! I‘ve heard mixed reviews. 2mo
CarolynM @batsy Obviously, I would encourage you to read all of them. I'd love to know what you think if you do.😘 2mo
CarolynM @Centique I really hope you like Too Much Lip - I thought there was a glossary in one of her other novels you might find useful. I can email it to you if you would like. 2mo
CarolynM @TrishB I can see why Hot Milk divides opinion so much. It's the sort of thing that I often find really annoying, but for some reason it worked for me in that book. 2mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I don't know anyone who has read Between a Wolf and a Dog and hasn't loved it. What did you dislike about Less? 2mo
CarolynM @monalyisha Hope you like it. 2mo
Centique @CarolynM that would be great thank you! 2mo
Freespirit I‘m embarrassed to say I‘ve read none of these....several waiting to be read though😳 2mo
CarolynM @Freespirit I'd recommend them all, especially the 4 Australian ones🙂 2mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM from memory as it‘s been a while, I really disliked the protagonist for some reason 🤔 2mo
CarolynM @Centique I've just sent you the glossary from my westgarthwoman email address. 2mo
ljuliel Nice list . I‘ve not tried any of these so don‘t have an opinion. I know one thing : this idea has sure given me a long list of books to try ! I tried counting the number of books mentioned and it was up near 600 😮 2mo
Rissreads I knew your list would be interesting. I did think Relatively famous would have been on your list though? You sent me The Golden age and I still have not read it, so I shall get onto that. I just picked Too much lip for our next book club. 1mo
CarolynM @Rissreads If I'd made the list on another day it probably would have been in. I could also have included Foal's Bread and Into the Fire, 2 more great Australian novels. Limiting it to 10 means some books I loved have to be left out. I hope you like The Golden Age and Too Much Lip. 1mo
CarolynM @ljuliel Based on the sorts of books I've seen you like, the one of these I'd most recommend to you is (edited) 1mo
Rissreads I have Into the fire on my the shelf. I have not heard of Foal's bread, I will look it up. I have been taking alot of screen shots of people's lists and then looking the books up. I have added alot to my tbr list! 🤣 1mo
MrsMalaprop I‘ve read 7 of these. Liked/loved all except Less @LeeRHarry . I recall everyone in my book club loving it, but it was just not for me 🤔. 1mo
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The Woman on the Stairs | Bernhard Schlink
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Just picked this one up, thank you Alissa. This one looks interesting. Ready to get started very soon. #LMPBC #GroupZ

Crazeedi Sounds good! 2mo
Cathythoughts It Does sounds good 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Rissreads That cover is gorgeous and the book sounds interesting. I've never heard of it before. 2mo
Lcsmcat Interesting premise. I read The Reader years ago and remember liking it. I might have to try this one. 2mo
Freespirit I have this in my pile to read. I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts! 2mo
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Happy Christmas Eve | Jackie Ladbury
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My #JolabokaflodSwap parcels are in the post! Look out for them @Rissreads and @LapReader

Rissreads Woo hoo! I posted yours yesterday 😊 2mo
LapReader So excited xo 2mo
mabell I love that paper! 😍 2mo
LeahBergen Pretty paper! 2mo
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