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CarolynM

Joined May 2016

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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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This is an extraordinarily atmospheric book. The writing was unobtrusive but incredibly effective -I felt the primness of the place and time, the harshness of the weather, the rugged emptiness of the landscape, the rough expanse of the sea and the claustrophobic interiors. The story was simple but engaging and offered plenty to think about. Thanks to the #CampLitsy24 hosts and participants for the discussions which added to my enjoyment.

squirrelbrain Fabulous review - glad you enjoyed it so much! 3d
BarbaraBB So glad you enjoyed it. We‘ve had a good start camping! 3d
Megabooks Love this review! Glad to have you at camp. 🏕️😃🫶🏻 3d
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dabbe Lovely review. 💚💙💚 3d
Centique What a great review - very keen to get to this one 😍 2d
youneverarrived Fab review! 17h
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The Sweet Dove Died | Barbara Pym
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Barbara Pym joins the permissive society😳 No anthropologists, Anglicans or excellent women in this one, and the entanglements between the characters are as much sexual as romantic. Pym‘s wit is as entertaining as ever, but I have to take issue with her on one point. “Books as presents were somehow lacking in excitement and romance.” What rot!

Tamra Totally agree! 1w
Ruthiella I‘ve not read this title yet. I do want to be a Pym completist. 🤞 1w
rwmg The first time I read it, I was James's age and thought it would be marvellous to have a friend like Leonora. Last time I read it I was a bit older than Leonora and had to admire Pym's skill in evoking sympathy for Leonora despite how self-centred and unlikeable she is. (edited) 1w
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LeahBergen Sexual?? My goodness! 😆 I haven‘t made it this far forward in my chronological read of her works. 1w
CarolynM @Ruthiella Me too😊 1w
CarolynM @rwmg Leonora is a great character, I can see the attraction and I agree she is sympathetic in spite of her less than generous behaviour. 1w
CarolynM @LeahBergen I was surprised. This is definitely one for you to look forward to. 1w
Cathythoughts Cosy picture 🥰 5d
Leftcoastzen 😻 3d
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The Sweet Dove Died | Barbara Pym
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How could I resist adding this bag to my #bookhaul?

Hooked_on_books That bag is perfection! 🤩 2w
Kristy_K Love this bag! 2w
Reggie That‘s how I feel walking past library displays. Those orphaned books call to me. 2w
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LeahBergen What a great little shopping spree! 2w
willaful Awwww! 2w
Centique That is adorable! 2w
Freespirit Lots of reading pleasure ahead!! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Nice haul, love the bag! 2w
Amiable Love that bag! The Scandinavia book looks really interesting. Can‘t wait to hear what you think of it. 2w
Tamra Love it! 2w
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Edenglassie | Melissa Lucashenko
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#BookReport for May.

Edenglassie and Caledonian Road are my favourites for the month, and possibly for the year so far.

Cathythoughts That‘s a great month ❤️👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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#ReadYourKindle list for June. I‘ll go look at the numbers drawn now🙂 Thanks Cydney.

I‘ve been out of action for a few days so coming in late with these end of month posts.

CBee Looks good 😊 2w
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Prove It | Stephanie Hoyt
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Very slow burn m/m hockey romance that was most enjoyable for the soul baring and supportive group chats between the players. I‘d love to believe that a bunch of hockey bros had conversations like these but something tells me it‘s not very likely. And I claim I don‘t read fantasy😉😆

LeahBergen 😆😆 3w
Centique 😂😂 Fantasy indeed! 2w
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Best Supporting Actor | Sally Malcolm, Joanna Chambers
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This final book in the trilogy was just as enjoyable as the first 2. This time the romance was set against the background of rehearsals for a play about the relationship between Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. I enjoyed the glimpse of backstage life and I wish the play was real because I would love to see it. I hope these 2 authors will write together again sometime.
#ReadYourKindle

CBee Yay 😀 3w
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The In-Between | Christos Tsiolkas
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Explores the developing relationship between 2 men in their 50s, largely through the lens of their previous significant relationships & their interactions with others. Tsioklas‘s writing is not for those with delicate sensibilities, he is brutal with his characters‘ psychologies & seems to glory in their animal essence, particularly their smells. My favourite part of the book was a dinner party argument covering a lot of topical issues. A low pick

BarbaraBB Interesting. I always like this author. 4w
MrsMalaprop Ha! Brett told me I need to read this, just for the dinner party scene. Haven‘t read it yet & not sure I will… 5d
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop You could just read the dinner party scene, I reckon it would work on its own as a short story 4d
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1. Caught up with a friend from out of town
2. Finally got rid of a cold
3. IRL book group
4. Play-off hockey
5. Dinner at my favourite restaurant with my husband and daughter

#5JoySFriday

Thanks for the tag @DebinHawaii

LeahBergen As in NHL hockey? Who are you cheering for?? 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
CarolynM @LeahBergen Of course. Florida against NY, the zebras in the west. Is that a saying in hockey? When I used to follow Australian Rules Football if we disliked both teams we would say we were “barracking for the umpire” (there was only one in those days🤣) 4w
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LeahBergen Ha! I don‘t know that phrase! We‘re cheering for Florida over NY and (even though it‘s a bit rude) we‘re halfway cheering on Dallas over Edmonton. Edmonton is our DEADLY rival but they‘re 3 hours up the road and in our same province. Our saying here is “ABE” : Anyone But Edmonton. 😆 It would be nice to see a Canadian team win the Stanley Cup again after almost 30 years, though! 4w
CarolynM @LeahBergen Yeah, I really don‘t like Edmonton but I would generally support a Canadian against an American 😆 4w
LeahBergen See? You get me! You‘re a Canadian at heart. 😆 4w
Suet624 @leahbergen @CarolynM I‘m a Bruins fan, so I really dislike Florida. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4w
CarolynM @LeahBergen Commonwealth solidarity😆 4w
LeahBergen @Suet624 I do like Boston! 4w
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yesss! 😆 4w
CarolynM @Suet624 @LeahBergen I‘ve racked my brains, but there‘s no way of being polite about this. I hate the Bruins. Sorry. Just to confuse you, to the extent that I follow basketball (not much any more) I support the Celtics. (edited) 4w
LeahBergen @CarolynM 🤣🤣 The “hate” is a deeply personal thing, isn‘t it? I have that for quite a few teams. 4w
DebinHawaii A happy list of joys! 💛💛💛 Yay to friends & food & hockey & especially getting over a cold! 🎉 Thanks for joining in & spreading the joy! 🤗 4w
Suet624 Awww, that‘s okay. I love them enough for both of us. 4w
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The Nonesuch | Georgette Heyer
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This has been my handbag book for the last few weeks & I‘ve enjoyed it in a quite a few places. It took me a little while to warm up to Waldo, but I loved Ancilla from the start and I got plenty of laughs from the dreadful Tiffany. Among my favourite Heyer‘s so far @mabell @willaful

willaful Yay! 4w
mabell So glad you enjoyed it! It‘s been quite a few years since I read it (in fact the only name I remembered was Tiffany 😆) - I‘ll have to revisit! 4w
LeahBergen I liked this one, too! 4w
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Sanctuary | Garry Disher
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A young female thief, on the run from a former ally, thinks she has found safety with an antiques dealer in the Adelaide Hills, but she‘s not the only one who is hiding from her past. A multi stranded caper/thriller story with a lot of South Australian local references and some eye opening details about operating scams. Most enjoyable. #ozfiction

LeahBergen Sounds good! 👍 1mo
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Outrageous Fortune | Patricia Wentworth
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Fun, twisty Golden Age mystery about an amnesiac who may or may not have shot a man and stolen some emeralds. The hero is charming and the heroine is a lot pluckier than than poor Cynthia from Greylands. I think you‘d like it @LeahBergen

#ReadYourKindle

batsy This sounds fun! (Greylands' Cynthia is in her own special category 😆) 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, good to hear! And now we have a new insult; when someone‘s super dim we‘ll call them a “real Greylands‘ Cynthia”. 🤣 @batsy (edited) 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes!! 😂😂 1mo
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The Children | Edith Wharton
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There are plenty of books about the beautiful people of the early 20th century swanning about Europe from one fashionable location to another in a whirl of social engagements & entertainments & falling in and out of love with one another. This book is about the impact of that behaviour on their children. It is sad, infuriating and amusing in equal measure. Thanks #WhartonBuddyRead for getting me to read it.

batsy Nice review ❤️ "Sad, infuriating, and amusing" sums it up. 1mo
Lcsmcat Have you noticed that none of the covers manage to show more than 5 children? It just goes to show how very many 7 were! 1mo
CarolynM @Lcsmcat I deliberately chose a cover that showed children in action - the ones showing quiet, demure little darlings didn‘t seem at all right for the 7 little Wheaters. 1mo
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2024 Miles Franklin Award long list announced today. Any thoughts #ozfiction readers?

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CarolynM The Sitter by Angela O‘keefe doesn‘t seem to be in the database 1mo
Rissreads Are you planning on reading them all Carolyn? 1mo
CarolynM @Rissreads Ha! At least I‘ve already read one🤣 1mo
LeeRHarry Well I guess I should try and get to Praiseworthy, Edenglassie and Stone Yard devotional as I have them all atm. 1mo
LeeRHarry Haven‘t heard of any of the others. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I read a review for Hospital which sounded good but heavy (schizophrenia) and I‘ve seen The Sitter in the shops. The first 5 are all new to me too. 1mo
mjtwo I listened to Edenglassie and really enjoyed it but have not seen many of the others. 1mo
Tamra I really want to get to Stone Yard Devotional. 1mo
Eva_B I‘m reading Edenglassie right now. The Charlotte Wood and Alexis Wright books are on my to read list….but no idea when I‘ll get to them. 1mo
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Mona of the Manor | Armistead Maupin
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After The Days of Anna Madrigal it feels a bit redundant to be going back in time with the Tales of the City characters, and I don‘t think there‘s anything here that really adds to my understanding of them, but I enjoyed spending time with Mona in her English life. It was also a salient reminder of the early 1990‘s and the dark days of the AIDS epidemic.

Jeg I love the characters he created in the books and the TV series. In 93 we spent about 2 years living in SF. After having visited many times. That year was very sad for me. So much death all around. Watched the quilt expand. It was like a black cloud hung over a once joyous place. I found it hard to walk down Castro St. Fun though to walk where these books were set. 1mo
CarolynM @Jeg I imagine the years you were in SF would have had a very different feel from just a few years earlier💙 1mo
Suet624 @Jeg What a tough time to be there. 1mo
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Edenglassie | Melissa Lucashenko
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Dual timelines, mirroring stories, truth telling, cultural learning, tragedy & humour feature in this brilliant book about early & modern Brisbane. I‘ve just come home from seeing Melissa Lucashenko at the Melbourne Writers Festival (I was too engrossed to take a photo) She spoke about humanising the statistics, reminding us that the atrocities were suffered by real people, with families, hopes & cares of their own. #ozfiction at its finest.

Centique What a wonderful opportunity to see her live 🙌 She is such a talent i reckon. Looking forward to reading this - Too Much Lip was amazing! 1mo
CarolynM @Centique She was great. After all the serious issues she was at pains to remind everyone it‘s a funny book too😁 1mo
LeahBergen Great review! 1mo
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LeeRHarry Glad you enjoyed seeing her! Lauren Groff and Charlotte Wood were fabulous too. 😊 1mo
Rissreads I loved this book too! ♥️ 1mo
Freespirit This one is on my list to read 3w
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OMG Cynthia! Could you be any more of a drip? And your taste in men is terrible. All the “secrets” of this story were so well flagged (I mean, Letchingham? The clue‘s in the name, love) but they just passed you by. Sigh…

But it was good, campy fun and I enjoyed it.

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

Ruthiella Haha 😆 I also thought lecherous Lord Letchingham was intentionally named- just in case the reader didn‘t pick up on the veiled reference to her friend being “ruined” by him”. Cynthia was such a noodle. 1mo
quietjenn Drip is the perfect word for her. 🤣 1mo
willaful @quietjenn yes, she goes on my “heroine is wet“ shelf. 😂

Lord Letchingham's name might have been my favorite part! Don't hold back, tell us how you really feel!
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LeahBergen I immediately laughed at “Lord Lecher”, too 🤣🤣 1mo
Centique “The clue‘s in the name love” 😂 I havent read it and yet your review has me cackling out loud! Hope you and the family are all going well 💕 1mo
julieclair Cynthia was definitely a drip. With blinders on. 😂 1mo
batsy 😆 Haven't read it yet but this review is perfect. 1mo
jlhammar 😂 Great review! 1mo
sarahbarnes 😂😂😂 1mo
Aimeesue Right? Did she never read Dickens? 😂 1mo
BookWrym Never heard of this but now I really want to read it 🤣🤣 1mo
CarolynM @Centique Hope all is well with you too💕 I‘ll send you an email. 1mo
Rissreads All these references have made me snort! 🤣🤣🤣♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
Jess_Read_This I‘m twenty pages in and I think I‘m finding everyone‘s comments/reviews a bit more entertaining than the book! 😂 1mo
CarolynM @Jess_Read_This Sometimes it‘s fun when everyone piles in on a book😆 1mo
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Caledonian Road: A Novel | Andrew O'Hagan
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A sprawling saga of modern London that exposes the web of relationships at the intersection of aristocracy, politics, celebrity & business that facilitate & cover up corruption, abuse & bigotry. Meanwhile, for many outside that sphere, their social & family connections are more likely to endanger than empower them. There‘s a lot to think about, a lot to Spark anger at the inequality & injustice, but it‘s also frequently funny. I loved it.

squirrelbrain Great review! I just got this from the (digital) library and I‘m really looking forward to it. 1mo
LeeRHarry Fab review! 😊 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ stacked. 1mo
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BarbaraBB This is one I have been eyeing! 1mo
CarolynM @squirrelbrain @LeeRHarry @Cathythoughts Thank you! I am going to his sessions at the Melbourne Writers Festival on the weekend and I‘m looking forward to it even more now. 1mo
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I think it‘s really good. 1mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM I‘m going to a couple of sessions tomorrow. 😊 1mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I‘m going to Melissa Lucashenko tomorrow. I‘ve got to try to finish Edenglassie this afternoon. 1mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM I would have liked to have seen her but haven‘t read the copy of Edenglassie you sent me 🫣 I‘m seeing Charlotte Wood and Lauren Groff and then Alexis Wright. (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry They all should be interesting. We‘ll have to swap notes here after the sessions😀 1mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry Andrew O‘Hagan‘s sessions were fabulous. The one with Richard Fidler was recorded for his Conversations podcast if you‘re interested. 1mo
LeeRHarry @CarolynM thanks 😊 I saw Alexis Wright speak yesterday and she was great too. I forget how much I enjoy going to author events. 1mo
Rissreads I‘m so jealous of your writers festival. I might have to try get over there next year for it. 1mo
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#BookReport for April. Not a very good reading month. Rereading Crocodile on the Sandbank was the highlight, The Cryptic Clue my favourite new read.

kspenmoll I am listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank now & so enjoying Amelia! 1mo
CarolynM @kspenmoll Glad to hear you‘re enjoying it. You have a lot more enjoyment to come - Elizabeth Peters was prolific! 1mo
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#ReadYourKindle

Revised list for May. Thanks Cydney.

CBee You‘re welcome ♥️ 2mo
willaful Some great romance on that list... 2mo
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Lucky Bounce | Cait Nary
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A bit different from the previous Cait Nary romances. This one is told from the POV of the non-hockey player. It‘s super sweet.

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I wasn‘t feeling it with either of these, they were both kind of annoying. Arthur and Teddy was trying too hard. Murder on Mustique was like reading a something written by the most unself aware socialite you can imagine all about how fabulous they and all their friends are. Ugh! At least I can delete them from my kindle now. Hope May‘s #ReadYourKindle choices are better!

ShyBookOwl 😅 aww. As they say on the Reading Glasses podcast, DUMP THAT BOOK! 2mo
CBee Onward to better books! 😊 2mo
Rissreads If it‘s gotta go then it‘s gotta go! 👏🏻 2mo
Reggie That‘s a shame, I was kinda looking at Arthur and Teddy. 1mo
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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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It's a long time since I read this, my Amelia Peabody rereads tend to be the mid series books (the grown up Ramses, Amelia & Emerson's son, is a lot of fun in those) so I'm grateful to #BakerStreetIrregulars for sending me back to it. It's a proper old fashioned adventure/romance written with great wit & style. The audio performance is excellent too.
@CatLass007 @StayCurious

CatLass007 I‘m so glad you enjoyed your re-listen. I‘ve never read this series before but I‘m happy to have found a new favorite series. 2mo
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It‘s 1966 and the tea ladies find their jobs under threat from the new fangled Cafe Bar machines but it doesn‘t stop them from solving some new mysteries. I loved the use of the historical background - the confusion over decimal currency and the political shenanigans surrounding the building of the Sydney Opera House. I‘m so glad this has become a series. #Ozfiction

Ruthiella Nice match of your teapot to the green accents of the cover! 🤩 2mo
julesG I should check this series out 2mo
ShyBookOwl Love the teapot! Great pic 2mo
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LeahBergen This series sounds so good! 2mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella I thought so too😆 2mo
CarolynM @ShyBookOwl Thank you🙂 2mo
CarolynM @julesG @LeahBergen They are a lot of fun, and I‘m pleased to say I think she‘s found a good way to keep the series going without it getting completely beyond belief. 2mo
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Twilight Sleep | Edith Wharton
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#WhartonBuddyRead
Finally finished this one. I enjoyed the satire, particularly Pauline‘s self obsession and pursuit of ways to avoid genuine feeling for anyone else. Lita struck me as an updated Undine Spragg - Hollywood would be exactly the sort of society which would have appealed to her. I wish the ending had been clearer, I would at least like to know why Lita agreed not to divorce.

Rissreads That cover is divine! I‘m still to read something by Wharton. I‘ll get there. 2mo
batsy Great review. Agree that more clarity re: the ending would have made this more razor sharp. 2mo
Graywacke I guess Lita can always change her mind later. Nice post 2mo
LeahBergen Great review! 2mo
Lcsmcat I‘m with @Graywacke - I don‘t think anything was fixed permanently! 2mo
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Questions, Questions | Marcus Pfister
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#TLT #ThreeListThursday

Thanks for the tag @Lizpixie In your honour I limited my choices to Aussie music.

Ita - Cold Chisel (I believe, I believe in what she says, yes I do!)
Love Is (What I Say) - INXS (the extended remix on the cassette only release Dekadance which I listened to obsessively in 1985)
Love In Motion - Icehouse (I wish the Chrissie Amphlett duet re-recording was 80s rather than 92, but the original version will do)

dabbe Added to our new Spotify Playlist: LITSY SONGS OF THE 1980s! Thanks for sharing! 🤩🎶🤩

Click below for the playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5sZRAAKVORN1SRh7S6l60g
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The Nonesuch | Georgette Heyer
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Visiting Sydney. It‘s a perfect day for a harbour cruise so I took a trip on the Manly ferry and treated myself to an ice cream on the Corso. Bliss!

UwannaPublishme What fun! Beautiful photos! 2mo
Ruthiella Great pictures! 🤩 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely day 🥰 2mo
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LeahBergen And Georgette, too! 👏👏👏 2mo
LeeRHarry Have a lovely time! 😊 2mo
Sace Ahhh! What a lovely way to spend a day. 😊 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm How lovely! 😍 2mo
batsy Lovely! Plus Georgette Heyer and ice cream 😍 2mo
mabell What a fabulous day! 2mo
Tamra Looks like a gorgeous trip! 2mo
Reggie That looks like the makings of a great day! 2mo
Centique Gorgeous! I love Sydney so much. Havent been for about 16 years i think 🤔 2mo
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They Knew Mr. Knight | Dorothy Whipple
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I didn‘t love this one, a low pick for me. I didn‘t feel much sympathy for anyone besides Ruth, Carrie and, to a lesser extent, Mrs Knight. I guess it was a good illustration of the dangers, both practical and moral, of getting into debt. I was impressed, once again, by the apparent ease with which a young woman could write and publish a novel 😆

Tamra Right? Writing & publishing was a snap! 2mo
LeahBergen Hang on a mo‘ … just off to write a book. 🤣 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes , getting into debt must cause terrible stresses and consequences . Sorry this one wasn‘t for you. I did enjoy it. X (edited) 2mo
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CarolynM @Tamra @LeahBergen Just dash it off, no need for rewrites or editing, you‘ll be right😉 2mo
elkeOriginal Love your bookmark! 2mo
jlhammar Yes, definitely felt for Mrs Knight. Glad she ended up finding a friend in Isabel. 2mo
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Caledonian Road: A Novel | Andrew O'Hagan
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Here are my suggestions for #CampLitsy24

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Chelsea.Poole I nearly added Worry to my list…great selections ☺️ 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I love Tommy Orange, so glad to see him come up, this one is definitely on my TBR. 2mo
squirrelbrain I considered nominating both the Tommy Orange and Caledonian Road - great choices! 2mo
BarbaraBB I‘d love to read O‘Hagan and Organhe and I am super intrigued by the cover of 2mo
Megabooks Worry sounds really good, and it wasn't on my radar at all! Great nominees! 2mo
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I just got home from this show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. It was so much fun, all of the (small) audience were total book geeks too. We laughed ourselves silly. @LeeRHarry @thegirlwiththelibrarybag It‘s on until the end of the week. I highly recommend it.

LeeRHarry Oooh I‘ll check it out! Thanks 😊 ok looks like it‘s only next weekend and I‘m super busy unfortunately. (edited) 2mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry ☹️ Oh well, maybe next year. 2mo
LeahBergen That sounds great! 2mo
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Jeg Do you think it will be on TV? 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen It was! 2mo
CarolynM @Jeg I doubt it, it was a very small show. He said he performs at a lot of festivals, so he may be in Perth sometime. 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Thanks for the recommendation! I‘m off to see Adrian Bliss this week. 2mo
Jeg I‘m going to keep a look out for him. Always can use a laughter. 2mo
Centique That sounds so good. I love comedy shows. If you ever get a chance to see Joe Lycett live, i highly recommend it! 2mo
CarolynM @Centique I like him on TV🙂 2mo
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I enjoyed this one a lot. A twisty murder mystery with an interesting cast of characters who all turned out to be not quite what they seemed. I didn‘t expect anything about the resolution, and I must have missed something because there was one aspect of it I still don‘t understand🤔 🤷🏻‍♀️ I realised part way through that I had read the author‘s debut, Greenlight, and didn‘t like it much. He‘s obviously improved 😆 #ozfiction

LeahBergen Oh, I have this one waiting for me. I must get to it! 2mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen It‘s fun. Enjoy! 2mo
LeeRHarry I just put this one on my library holds list earlier today! Didn‘t know the author was an Aussie though. 😊 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘m waiting for this on BorrowBox, for #readingoceania24. 2mo
Tamra Sounds fun! I‘d like to listen to it. 2mo
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#ReadYourKindle

I finished 3 of the selected books and started on the 4th so I have replaced all 4. Can‘t wait to see what‘s up next. Thanks Cydney😘

LeahBergen I hope you have to read the Wentworth so I can hear how it is. 😄 3mo
CBee You‘re welcome - I‘m glad you‘re enjoying the challenge ♥️ 3mo
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One Another | Gail Jones
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#BookReport for March. One Another was the best book I read, but Something Wild and Wonderful was the one I enjoyed most.

willaful I liked it a lot too. 3mo
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Powder and Patch (Original) | Georgette Heyer
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My Heyer loving friend brought this one and The Nonesuch to our last book group meeting for me to borrow. This is an early one, and I think it shows, but I had a thoroughly good time with it any way. I found French polished Philip very amusing indeed.

mabell I just read this one and didn‘t care for it (the time period and French influence was interesting though!) It‘s been quite a few years since I read it, but I really enjoyed the Nonesuch. 3mo
batsy Those vintage Pan editions! 😍 3mo
LeahBergen Not a favourite of mine either but still a fun read. They all are! 😄 3mo
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willaful The Nonesuch is a fav of mine. 3mo
CarolynM @mabell @willaful I will start that one very soon🙂 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen I don‘t think it will be a favourite of mine either, but did make me laugh😆 3mo
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One Another | Gail Jones
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This is a very serious book, which would usually put me off, but I read it in one sitting & I‘m going to be thinking about it for a while. The narrative switches between the experiences of Helen, an Australian at Cambridge in 1992 doing PhD on Joseph Conrad, & episodes from Conrad‘s life & work. I think it is, in part, a meditation on dislocation & associated undercurrents of violence. I think it will be on a few prize lists. #ozfiction

CarolynM @MrsMalaprop I‘ve still not got around to Noah Glass, but after this one I think I‘ll make it a priority. Have you read this one yet? 3mo
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I‘ve seen this one around, but haven‘t gotten to it yet. I love her work and think she is underrated. Hope you feel similarly about Noah Glass. 3mo
TrishB It does sound like a serious read! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review… Stacked 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Rissreads I‘m going to read Noah Glass next 2mo
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Love & Other Inconveniences | Catherine Cloud
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Sweet m/m hockey romance.

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Lock, Stock and Peril | Charlie Cochrane
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#ReadYourKindle

The latest in the Lindenshaw mystery series. Enjoyable as always and I liked the way she worked the day-to-day realities of the pandemic into the story.

CBee The cover is cool 👍🏻 3mo
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This book, a memoir of life on the graveyard shift in an outer suburban service (gas) station, has had some glowing reviews. I wonder how much the publishers paid for them? While I guess it‘s worthwhile to cast light on the difficulties of this sort of poorly paid work, 300+ pages of over-written anecdotes of drug fuelled crazinesss (both customers & author) gets pretty tedious & I was uncomfortable with the depiction of the underprivileged.

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Suet624 That‘s a bummer. I‘d be up for reading a good book about that graveyard shift. Sounds like this isn‘t it. (edited) 3mo
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A good mystery with its roots in the Nazi occupation of Denmark during WWII, but I think the author was trying too hard with her private investigator hero, giving him a few too many quirks.

This works for quite a few #TPRC prompts, but I‘m going for #6 #DamnFineCoffee

Yuki_Onna Wow, perfect!👏🖤 3mo
LeahBergen That DOES look like a damn fine coffee! 3mo
Cathythoughts Too many quirks ! That‘s funny 🤣 3mo
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What a truly lovely book this is! I loved its characters (particularly the nuanced depiction of neurodiversity), it‘s setting on the Pacific Northwest Trail and it‘s attitude to faith and family. I can see why it made you cry @Reggie - it touched my heart too ❤️

Reggie Omg, the letters….😭😭😭. 3mo
CBee Yay, so glad it was a good one 😊👏🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ 3mo
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The story of a love affair between a 20something looking for direction in life & an older married man. The writing is sharp, & kind of funny (although not always my sense of humour) & if I‘d read it as a teenager or even in my twenties I think it might have broken my heart. At my advanced age, though, I found the narrator a bit too self sabotaging, the man in question unattractive in every way & the love impossible to believe in. #ozfiction

MrsMalaprop Almost bought this one the other day. I‘m trying to choose our next book club read. 3mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop It‘s my book group‘s current read. I‘ll be interested to hear what everyone else thinks about it, but I doubt it will be a very long discussion. 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I‘m glad now that I didn‘t power through the annoyingly formatted ARC….sounds like the book was annoying enough in itself! 🙄 3mo
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CarolynM @squirrelbrain It wasn‘t annoying, the writing is good, but I‘m too old to get invested in that sort of story. 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I have this sample on my kindle. It‘s good to hear your review, I‘ll be giving it a miss. 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Reggie I have a friend who is making out with some man in his office. He says he and the wife are separated but guess where he‘s still living?!!!!!! (I gave an oh please but I held on to the impending eye roll) And I just tried to keep the judgement and disappointment out of my voice as I tell her this is no good. I could understand this in our 20s but we‘re 2 decades on, ughhhh. So your review, totally relatable right now. 3mo
CarolynM @Reggie What can you do🤷🏻‍♀️ I hope your friend doesn‘t get hurt too badly. 3mo
mjtwo Great review. This is exactly how I felt about it - I didn‘t mind the writing but could not invest in the characters or the relationship. 2mo
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Freddy Pilkington-Soames gets more than a story for his newspaper when a famous actress is murdered during a film industry party. Although these stories are modern, they do a surprisingly good job of capturing that Golden Age feel. A fun read.

batsy You've reminded me that I enjoyed the first one! I should add this to the pile 🙂 3mo
CBee Awesome 😊 3mo
CarolynM @batsy I downloaded no.3 as soon as I finished this one😆 3mo
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Book 4 in the Hockey Ever after series delivers a lovely romance and lots hockey & hockey adjacent activity. I particularly enjoyed Dante‘s new position as the elder statesman of the team.

LeahBergen I was just at a hockey game tonight… and we won! 👍 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen 👏 Good for you. I am on my way to a rugby game. It is highly unlikely that we will win☹️ 3mo
Reggie That‘s okay if your rugby team lost because with those thighs and meaty backsides, it is you who won CarolynM!!! Lolol 3mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Well, I was right. Got thrashed … again …ho hum☹️ @Reggie I don‘t find them as attractive as I did back in the 90‘s🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 3mo
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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I‘m going to retitle this one Jane and Her Family, since Jane is the narrator & the star of the show. I admired her ability to toss off a first novel and makes revisions in the space of a few days (with apparently no further revisions required by her publisher) & also the way she found daily life at home in Scotland more worthy of detailed report than a year long trip around the world. The romances were… interesting? ⬇️

CarolynM ⬆️ I had to laugh about Andrew‘s enormous feet & Sir Edward‘s silly little feet. I wonder how Ronnie‘s feet measured up. 3mo
Ruthiella Your title is superior! 👍 I liked the first plot twist with Ronnie and his flirtation with all three girls, but the end was a bit icky, IMO. 3mo
CarolynM @Ruthiella Yes, I sort of hoped the “some day” would be far away, but soon would be nice for Val. 3mo
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LeahBergen I think that‘s a much better title, too. 😆 And this really did have some “interesting” romances (that depart from her usual ones, anyway). 3mo
LeahBergen And we have the same edition! 👯‍♀️ 3mo
batsy Lovely photo! (will come back to all the reviews when I'm done :) 3mo
Cathythoughts That is a gorgeous photo 🥰 I‘d love to be sitting on that bench x 3mo
quietjenn Ah, you've phrased things very nicely. And your photo is ideal. 🙂 3mo
jlhammar So lovely. I‘d love to read away the afternoon in that spot. And yes to your title! 3mo
batsy Having just finished I totally agree with your title 😆 And yes my favourite bits were about Jane and her work. I would have liked more of Mrs Millard as mentor/prickly elder! 3mo
rubyslippersreads That‘s a much better title. Gorgeous cover! 😍 3mo
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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I‘m reading Anna and Her Daughters for #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub. The story began in London but quickly moved to an imaginary town in Scotland named Ryddelton, not far from Edinburgh.

I‘ve been to a lot of settings for books I‘ve read. My favourite example is the park bench by the roundabout in the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen which plays a part in The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters.

Thanks for the tag @Andrew65

Eggs Oh love your descriptions especially Copenhagen 👌🏼❤️👏🏻 3mo
Bookwomble Gosh, Mrs. B and I might have sat on that same bench in the Tivoli Gardens! 😄 3mo
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I don‘t think I‘ll read them all, but they all look interesting.

LeeRHarry I still need to read Edenglassie 🫣 maybe this will be the push I need to get to it. 🤞 3mo
CarolynM @LeeRHarry I started it when I was still having trouble concentrating so I didn‘t get very far. I will try again soon. 3mo
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I might get through all 4 this month 🤞

CBee 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 3mo
Reggie #6 ❤️❤️❤️ Hope you like it. 3mo
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#ReadYourKindle list. Thanks Cydney.

CBee Looks great! 😊 4mo
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Still Missing | Beth Richardson Gutcheon
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All good reads, Still Missing was the standout.

Cathythoughts Yes, Still Missing is a stand out for me too ❤️👍🏻 4mo
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Time to Shine | Rachel Reid
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I finished this a couple of weeks ago, almost forgot to post a review. Rachel Reid is the queen of the m/m hockey romance world. This one is very enjoyable, but not in the same league as her Game Changers series.

lauraisntwilder The last time we were at Barnes & Noble, my son (who plays hockey) saw a m/f hockey/figure skating romance on display and was so confused why the two leads weren't both male. He said, "I mean...it's a full contact sport." ? I'll have to tell him about this one! 4mo
CarolynM @lauraisntwilder 😂I like his thinking. You can reassure him there are a LOT of m/m hockey romances out there. 3mo
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