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Cinfhen

Joined April 2016

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Little Monsters | Adrienne Brodeur
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Mehso-so

Not quite as good as her memoir but a solid debut from Adrienne Brodeurr (Wild Game). Once again Adrienne explores dysfunctional families. Told in multiple pov‘s during the summer of 2016, this book hits on male privilege, family secrets, art and sexual manipulation. #ARC @SimonSchuster #BookClubFavorites

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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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An epic fantasy based on Indian mythology regarding the legend of Prince Rama and his step-mother Kaikeyi. I was unfamiliar with the original story so I found this re-telling enthralling. My only complaint was the length of the novel. I think 100 pages less would have made this a 5 star read. Excellent audio narration 🧡#52books23

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Spinning | Lou Aronica
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Here‘s my April #BookSpin #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks
And a few photos from my dad‘s 80th bday party 😁

TrishB Hope he had a fab time ♥️ 3d
LeeRHarry Hope he had a fab birthday and that cake is immense! 🎂🎉 3d
squirrelbrain Hope you all had a lovely day! 3d
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! It's so wonderful to be able to spend time with family!! ❤ 3d
KarenUK Hope you are having a wonderful trip xx 3d
Suet624 I love your list and what a wonderful experience for your dad and your family. 3d
RebelReader I absolutely love that cake! Happy Birthday to your dad too. 3d
BarbaraBB I notice a bit of you in both your parents 💕 2d
Cinfhen 💯 @BarbaraBB ♥️The cake was AMAZING @RebelReader and it was delicious - each layer was a different flavor: red velvet, chocolate ganache and lemon/ coconut 😋My dad was so emotional- there were lovely speeches, a fabulous video montage and my cousin hired a mentalist, who blew us away - such a special night @Suet624 @KarenUK @TheAromaofBooks @squirrelbrain @LeeRHarry @TrishB and the room & view was just SPECTACULAR 2d
Gissy Wonderful photos! Hope you all had a great day🎂❤️❤️❤️❤️🎉 2d
Megabooks I‘m so glad you‘ve had a lot to celebrate with your family!! Love!!! 💕💕💕😘😘 Happy birthday to dad!! 🎉🎉 2d
Cinfhen Party was wonderful and so nice to celebrate my dad who really doesn‘t care for the attention but rightfully deserves it @Gissy @Megabooks 🥰 2d
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I‘m in the middle of 3 books - all are good but a bit on the longer side😬not sure what else I‘ll get to as Passover begins next week and I‘m in panic mode. Spring is in the air so I‘m all here for that 🤗I have lots of appointments this week so I‘m hoping on getting in waiting room reads 😉

Cathythoughts Spring 🌸👏🏻 3d
TrishB Hope you get some reading time 😁 3d
Bookzombie I hope you find some reading time. I also hope you like SH. 🤞🏻 2d
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Cinfhen Im looking forward to SH @Bookzombie Im OBSESSED with the cover!!! 2d
Cinfhen Senior bookclub went so well @Cathythoughts I‘ve agreed to lead the discussion in October 😅I have until June 30 to pick a book. Any suggestions??? Only requirements it needs to be under 400 pages. 2d
Cinfhen I had a little bit of listening time today @TrishB hope you had some reading time xxx 2d
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Oh ! That‘s a tough question. June 30th you say , I‘ll be thinking along with you 👍🏻😁 2d
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Have you read Birnam Wood ? We have our Bookclub this Friday and we‘ll be discussing My Fathers House by Joseph OConnor… I‘ll let you know how that goes. I‘m choosing our next book and will announce it on Friday night. I‘m picking Birnam Wood. 2d
Cathythoughts Me again ! Sorry, both of those books are just over 400 pages. 2d
Cinfhen Thanks @Cathythoughts I‘ll look into Birnam Woods , it‘s getting tons of good reviews 2d
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Pretty pleased with my reading this week… Despite lots of family time and then travel time I managed to finish 3 books and start 3 new ones. I bailed on Big Swiss - felt like the author was trying too had to be different 🤷🏼‍♀️

TrishB A good week 👍🏻 3d
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB 🫶🏼 3d
BarbaraBB Unstacking Big Swiss! 3d
Bookzombie Yes, good week! 3d
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The Last Kingdom | Steve Berry
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#HubbysStack has caught my eye 👀 He‘s in middle of all three books - a #TrueLitten 😁I‘ve got my own stack going #MoodyReaderAlert 🚨🚨🚨

TrishB Enjoyed Essex Dogs 👍🏻 4d
Megabooks 👀 love moody reader stacks! 4d
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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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You were right @LeeRHarry …this book is FANTASTIC💕 I‘m loving the legend of Kaikeyi, Indian Queen and warrior- destined for greatness. It‘s nearly 18 hours on audio but I‘m loving every minute. #Mythology #52Books23

KatieB I have borrowed this book so many times from the library but keep sending it back unread because I‘m not sure I‘m going to like it and it‘s a look book to commit to. Maybe it‘s time to borrow it again! 😂 5d
Cinfhen I‘ve owned the audio for more than a year @KatieB and was also a little “afraid” to give it a go…but after seeing a 5 star review from @LeeRHarry I decided it was time to listen 😉 im loving it 5d
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LeeRHarry I‘m so glad you loving it Cindy 😁 5d
Soubhiville Glad to hear you like it. It‘s one I‘ve considered picking up but haven‘t yet. 🙂 5d
squirrelbrain Hhhmm, interesting 🤔- I‘m a little bit tired of #mythology retellings but if @LeeRHarry like it then…. 🤷‍♀️ 4d
Librarybelle I may have to try this one… 4d
Cinfhen I wasn‘t at all familiar with the story of Kaikeya @squirrelbrain @LeeRHarry @Soubhiville @Librarybelle so for me it‘s not a re-telling but discovery of a new legend ❤️I appreciate this isn‘t a rehashed Greek God/Goddess story 3d
Cinfhen @Librarybelle it would be a good choice for the #LiteraryCrew 😉 although it‘s a bit lengthy 3d
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Someone | Alice McDermott
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Perspective of time raised this from a so-so read back in 2014 to a full on pick in 2023! Beautiful writing - a fragmented story of one woman‘s life growing up in 1940‘s Brooklyn. Quiet and lovely♥️

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Someone | Alice McDermott
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My friend asked me to cover for her this coming Sunday as the moderator of our synagogue‘s Seniors Bookclub. Seems like a fun idea. I read this book ages ago but I‘m in need of a re-read….glad it‘s only 232 pages 😊As moderator, the synagogue gifted me a copy of the book 🙌🏻

Suet624 I read this book ages ago as well and I can‘t remember anything about it. 6d
Cinfhen It‘s a beautifully written story of a young Irish girl coming of age in Brooklyn - whimsical and dreamy @Suet624 6d
Cathythoughts Enjoy this Sundays Bookclub! 6d
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jlhammar I loved this book. Hope you all have a great discussion! 6d
Cinfhen I‘m excited for Sunday @jlhammar @Cathythoughts it‘s a great bookclub book and my friend said the seniors are awesome 🤩😁 6d
Suet624 Well maybe I need to reread it! 6d
Cinfhen I think you‘d re-love it @Suet624 😁💚 5d
TheBookHippie Re: Passover my daughter just texted this… like I‘m a restaurant https://www.marthastewart.com/967964/potato-kugel-gratin 5d
Cinfhen I have a no fail all year round potato kugel recipe that‘s easy and delicious 😋 I can email you the recipe if you want it @TheBookHippie xx 5d
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen yes please christinethebookhippie @ gmail dot com ♥️ 5d
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Stone Blind: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this one, but it was SUCH a chore to get through. I think this would have worked better for me in print, as I really needed to access the character list often and I disliked the author‘s narration. Billed as Medusa‘s story, Medusa is only a minor character in this telling of the Greek Gods & Goddesses. I was surprisingly bored and out of sorts. Disappointing #WomensPrize23LongList #52Books23 #GreekMythology

Librarybelle That‘s a shame! It does sound print is more accessible for this one. 6d
LeeRHarry I‘ve nearly finished it in print and I think it‘ll get a soft pick from me. 6d
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Cinfhen That‘s disappointing @LeeRHarry I really liked this one by the author 6d
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen yes I enjoyed that one too. 6d
KatieB I‘m reading this one currently and I constantly need to refer to the character list. I can see how the audio would be a struggle 6d
Cinfhen @KatieB I usually love the Greek mythology tales but I was really lost without the character list!! Hope you‘re enjoying the book 😁 6d
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Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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It‘s a bail at the 60% mark. This book started out entertaining but it quickly became gimmicky and a bit too much for me. A woman who transcribes a therapist‘s sessions becomes obsessed with one of his patients. When they meet by chance, Greta the transcriber,initiates an affair with the woman she‘s named “Big Swiss”

peaknit I finished last night…weird as hell. Lol 6d
Cinfhen @peaknit did I miss anything by bailing??? It just became SOOOOO ridiculous 6d
BrittanyReads I have no interest in reading this...but what is with the cover?? I hate it so much hahah 6d
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Cinfhen I kind of dig the cover @BrittanyReads but the whole book was really 🍌👖 5d
peaknit I would say you really didn‘t miss anything. It was an unusual story so I gave it three stars for creativity but I don‘t think I would heartily recommend it to anyone. 5d
Cinfhen Oh good @peaknit I agree, it was definitely unique but I‘m glad I bailed when I did 😉 5d
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Count the Ways: A Novel | Joyce Maynard
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This book was AMAZING. The story of Cam & Eleanor- falling in love and then out of love and all the messy moments in between. A story about family and loyalty and making hard choices and the sacrifices you‘re willing to endure. Such GORGEOUS writing! A tad long at times but totally worth the journey. Above are some photos from my nephew‘s wedding. Such a magical night🫶🏼🪄✨🥂

Megabooks My god Cindy, y‘all look fantastic!! 💜💜🤩🤩 Love seeing pictures of you, M and the kids! I saw some videos on Hailey‘s Insta and it looked like such a fun time!! Love you!! 😘🫶🏻 7d
Megabooks Such a beautiful dress!! Stunning!! 😍😍 7d
AmyG How lovely!!! 6d
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Cinfhen Thanks @AmyG @Megabooks !! H looked STUNNING 🤩 it was such a GORGEOUS wedding 6d
DivineDiana Gorgeous photos! Looks like a good time was had by all! 💖 6d
BarbaraBB Thank you so much for sharing these pics!! They are fantastic. You all are so gorgeous 💕💕💕💕 6d
Cinfhen So much love in the room @DivineDiana so special and the next night we all celebrated my dad‘s 80th birthday 🎉 6d
Cinfhen I feel like you know all the players @BarbaraBB ♥️ 6d
LeahBergen You look gorgeous! 😘😘 6d
BarbaraBB I feel so too 💕 6d
DivineDiana What a special time for your family! ❤️❤️❤️ 6d
Cathythoughts Looking beautiful Cindy ♥️ 6d
LeeRHarry What lovely photos! 💕 6d
dabbe What a gorgeous family! ❣️ 6d
CarolynM I love your dress 😍 You look amazing! The bride‘s dress is lovely too. 6d
Cinfhen The bride‘s dress was VERY Kate Middleton @CarolynM she looked STUNNING 🤩 it was a really happy day/ night but my body and feet are ACHING!!!! I‘m definitely getting old @Cathythoughts @LeeRHarry @dabbe @LeahBergen xxx it‘s amazing what a little makeup can do 😜 6d
Centique You look STUNNING Cindy! And your hub and kids look beautiful too. What a gorgeous wedding! 😍 6d
Cinfhen Thanks so much P xxxx I still owe u an email @Centique 6d
Centique @Cinfhen there is no hurry 😘 5d
TrishB Fab pics♥️ you all look beautiful 5d
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🔔Friendly Reminder 🥳It‘s almost time for our next #Booked2023 prize drawing🥰 while we LOVE to see your posts on Litsy we only count those who submit the Google doc 🤓 How can we be nearly finished with the first season already???

You have until Midnight April 3 to submit all books read between Jan 1-March 31, 2023 🧭 to enter the #FirstQuarterDrawing:

Here‘s the link: https://forms.gle/DJJdqbFZydvy9ndv7

CBee Done! And I might end up completing another prompt before the deadline 🙌🏻 1w
Cinfhen Yay @CBee GOOD LUCK 🍀💚 1w
TrishB Just done 😁 1w
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LeeRHarry Done 😊 1w
Cinfhen Woohoo @TrishB @LeeRHarry Fingers crossed 🤞🏽 1w
Cinfhen @Lauredhel Just wanted to make sure you saw this!! 1w
Lauredhel @Cinfhen thanks, done it! I've already started on the next set, but in my defence we have six seasons so none of it fits neatly anyway 1w
Cinfhen Haha @Lauredhel true!! You‘re still ahead of the game 🙌🏻 1w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Keeping it simple 😅💜

DGRachel Sometimes simple is best! 1w
Cinfhen I absolutely agree 💯 @DGRachel 😊 1w
TrishB Always 😁 1w
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Cinfhen Hoping to get to it this week @Chelsea.Poole 🤞🏽How was your NYC trip?? 1w
Chelsea.Poole Amazing!! I can‘t get over it! My sister in law lives there and I‘m already ready for more trips!! 1w
Cinfhen I GET IT!! There‘s really no place like NYC @Chelsea.Poole 1w
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Sorry I‘ve been awol from Litsy!! Just BUSY BUSY with family celebrations 💜💍🥳🥂🫶🏼I still managed to have a successful week - finished 6 books, most were slim reads (🙌🏻) & I pretty much liked them all. 4 are from #WomensPrize23LongList which is turning out to be wayyyy more enjoyable than the #ToB23 😃 im REALLY loving my IRL bookclub read Count the Ways!!!!! Have a great week everyone xx

Deblovestoread What a great week…I‘m looking forward to Count the Ways. It is on my #AuldLangSpine list from @Amiable 1w
Amiable @Cinfhen SOO good! I read the whole book in a weekend. 1w
TrishB A good week 👍🏻 1w
Cinfhen Im having such a busy weekend but all I want to do is pick up my book @Amiable 🫶🏼Thanks @TrishB 😘 1w
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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#WomensPrize23LongList I didn‘t love this book as much as @Cortg but it was a solid debut. My disappointment was with stylistic choices - mostly the nonlinear time jumps from multiple characters #POV, which were not easy to distinguish between. I did enjoy the audio narration. A story featuring 3 generations of southern black women with a strong bond of sisterhood.

TrishB I really liked this one 👍🏻 2w
TheBookHippie I enjoyed this one! 2w
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Megabooks I liked this but I don‘t remember much. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just won this one on Goodreads! If you don‘t like the book I probably will 😂😂 2w
Deblovestoread Just started this morning on audio. Liking it so far. 2w
Lizpixie 🙌🎉 1d
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Count the Ways: A Novel | Joyce Maynard
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#AirportRead - Enjoying this book that my IRL bookclub is reading this month💚 Heading to NY for family wedding on Sunday but first a whole weekend of festivities 🥂🍾🍻

Cortg Have tons of fun! 2w
squirrelbrain Have a great time! 2w
Bookzombie Enjoy! 2w
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BarbaraBB This sounds so good! Have fun with all and everything 🤍 2w
Leftcoastzen Wow! Sounds good ! 2w
TrishB Have fun ❤️ 2w
Cinfhen The craziness of family has begun BUT #ImHereForIt 🫶🏼🫶🏼🫶🏼🫶🏼🫶🏼 @TrishB @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB @Bookzombie @squirrelbrain @Cortg 2w
Megabooks Travel safe dear friend!! 🫶🏻🫶🏻🫶🏻 2w
RebelReader We had 4 family weddings last year! It was fun, but glad we only have my niece‘s HS graduation and my moms 80th this year! Probably a couple weddings again next year though! 2w
Cinfhen @RebelReader 4 weddings is A LOT!!! I have my nephew‘s this weekend and my niece in June plus in July another nephew is having his Bar Mitzvah & my dad is having his 80th bday party on Monday night!!! Thank Gd they are all for wonderful occasions 💜💜💜 2w
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Homesick | Jennifer Croft
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A blending of genres, mediums and languages, Jennifer Croft pens her coming of age in an auto-fiction visually styled novel. It‘s sad and unsettling but easy to appreciate and get through. Croft is an award winning translator who‘s worked with many prominent authors, this is her debut. #WomensPrizeLongList23 I was able to borrow both audio and e-book from #Hoopla

squirrelbrain You‘re whizzing through the list! 2w
Cinfhen I know @squirrelbrain I read 4 this week, I‘ve read 2 prior to the announcement and I have 2 more on the go!!! That‘s half the longlist 🙌🏻 2w
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squirrelbrain Amazing! 2w
ashw21 Can‘t wait to read this !! 2w
Cinfhen @ashw21 it‘s short but really impactful- this is a case where I‘d say print form is probably better than audio @squirrelbrain Im halfway through this one and it‘s also really good 2w
Cinfhen Memphis on audio is GREAT 😊 2w
Lizpixie 🙌🎉😘 1d
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Homesick | Jennifer Croft
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Thanks for putting this on my #ReadersRadar @TheKidUpstairs I borrowed both the audio and e-book from #Hoopla because I realized I NEEDED to see the photos that accompany the text. A story/ memoir by Jennifer Croft who is a literary translator. Croft replays her childhood experiences growing up with a beloved younger sister who is diagnosed with a brain tumor. There‘s a sense of melancholy and urgency on every page. #WomensPrizeLongList23

TheKidUpstairs Happy to spread the word for this one! It looks like we're swapping reads - my hold for Dog of the North just came in. 2w
Cinfhen Dog is whacked in a good way @TheKidUpstairs I think you‘ll like it 2w
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen "whacked in a good way" is totally my wheelhouse! 2w
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Suet624 Thanks for mentioning this was on Hoopla. Just managed to download it. 1w
Suet624 Did you notice that the audio on Hoopla is abridged? It doesn‘t say it is but if you look at the ebook on Hoopla it‘s quite different. 1w
Cinfhen No @Suet624 I didn‘t realize !! I did half audio / half ebook but I didn‘t notice the discrepancy 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1w
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Dog of the North | Elizabeth Mckenzie
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Zany, quirky and definitely offbeat. It seems Penny Rush is always just one minute away from another impending disaster but her good natured disposition keeps her going. This was a fun listen & I really enjoyed the audio narration. Not a perfect book but a perfect distraction while I sat on the beach. #WomensPrizeLongList23

Lizpixie 🙌🎉😘♥️ 1d
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Dog of the North | Elizabeth Mckenzie
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Whacky and wonderful 😅Poor Penny has a FULL plate and yet the universe keeps dumping MORE 💩 unto her platter! #WomensPrizeLongList23

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River Sing Me Home | Eleanor Shearer
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A solid debut - when slavery is abolished in 1834 the Caribbean plantation owners institute a mandatory 6 year “apprenticeship” where the slaves MUST remain & work under the same harsh conditions. Rachel, a slave woman decides to put her faith in GD and escapes #Barbados to go & search for her 5 children who were taken from her. A moving & powerful story of a mother‘s love. Based on real events. #ReadingTheAmericas23 #Trinidad

Librarybelle So glad this is good! I got this from #BOTM and cannot wait to read it! 2w
Cinfhen I think you‘ll really like it @Librarybelle 🫶🏼 2w
Megabooks Wow! Sounds powerful! 6d
Megabooks Great review!! 6d
Cinfhen It was a solid debut @Megabooks 💜 6d
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Wandering Souls | Cecile Pin
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Wow! This was a fantastic debut despite a few structural issues. The story of a young girl & her 2 siblings who escape Vietnam in 1978 as they hope to resettle in the United States but find themselves instead in the UK. As refugees their lives are about adapting, surviving, thriving. A book about grief, healing, belonging. Based on real events the author weaves multiple storylines and true accounts of the Vietnamese “boat people”. #AudioWalk👇🏼

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Makkai is a talented writer and there‘s a lot going on here but it took wayyyyy too long for this book to make an impact. Better editing would have elevated this from so-so to SO GOOD. There are traces of her previous writing style but the whole podcast troupe is starting to wear thin for me. A professor returns to her boarding school 23 years after her roommate there was murdered to teach a mini class on podcast production. 👇🏽

Cinfhen With the help of her student sleuths and the advantage of age, Bodie begins to realize the wrong person was convicted in her roommate‘s murder. Lots of social commentary on elitism, memories, misogyny, race, cancel culture and the infatuation with true crime and dead females. Too bad this book dragged because there was a good book buried inside these pages. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes I just shake my fist and rage and demand to know WHERE IS THE EDITOR?? 😂 2w
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Cuilin Glad it‘s not just me. I started it but not picked it up again. 2w
AmyG @TheAromaofBooks Ha….that crossed my mind with this one. 2w
TrishB Yes I think it could have been a good book and I‘m all about the messaging- but even that got lost! Well done for finishing, I‘m queen of the #miserybail I think! 2w
BarbaraBB Very insight review, thanks! 2w
Cinfhen Absolutely better editing could have fixed this book and about 3 dozen other books I‘ve recently read @TheAromaofBooks @Cuilin @AmyG @TrishB @BarbaraBB oh well!!! 2w
squirrelbrain I agree completely - it would have been so much more effective had some of the padding been cut out. 2w
Lizpixie 🙌🎉😘 1d
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Count the Ways: A Novel | Joyce Maynard
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What are the odds that the book im currently reading and the book im listening to on audio each have a female character named Bodie??? I don‘t think I‘ve ever come across that name before!!! #BookishCoincidence / By the way… I‘m really enjoying this book!!!

Cinfhen No pixies but two Bodie‘s #BirthdayPixieReadathon @Lizpixie 💚✨ 2w
TrishB Cool 👍🏻nice name- 2w
Cinfhen It is a cool name @TrishB and just a heads-up ….the Maakai is FINALLY getting good (edited) 2w
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Synchronicity. That‘s pretty cool! 2w
TrishB Lol 👍🏻 definitely didn‘t have the patience to wait that long! 2w
Cinfhen You were right to bail when u did @TrishB overall Questions was #MoreMehThanYeah 2w
Cinfhen Weird, right @JanuarieTimewalker13 !?? 2w
TrishB And we all wanted to love it! 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen Life is definitely interesting!!! 2w
Lizpixie 🙌🎉😘 1d
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Might be a bit too ambitious but let‘s see….

BarbaraBB How is the Makkai? 2w
Cazxxx I loved River sing me home and Stone blind 🥰 2w
swishandflick If anyone can get through an ambitious TBR stack, it's you Cindy!! 2w
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squirrelbrain I‘m reading Stone Blind at the mo too. Have a great week! 2w
TrishB Looking good 😁 2w
rockpools Looks good! 2w
Cinfhen Thanks so much, Ashley!! I‘m on vacation so I‘m distracted by family nonsense @swishandflick but it‘s all good 😁 2w
Cinfhen The Makkai is a real departure from The Great Believers and it‘s REALLY DRAGGING @BarbaraBB but at this point im too invested to bail. It‘s not great. 2w
Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to River @Cazxxx it works for several #ReadingAmericas23 countries 😚 2w
Cinfhen I love myth retellings and Medusa is a cool character @squirrelbrain so I‘m looking forward 2w
Cinfhen Thanks @rockpools @TrishB We‘ll see how much I get to but my choices do sound promising! 2w
BarbaraBB Shit. @TrishB said so too. I‘ve been anticipating it so much! Guess I have to lower my expectations! 2w
Cinfhen And @Megabooks just bailed on it @BarbaraBB !!! 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t make the makkai a priority. 2w
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Despite being busy with friends & family I had a full reading week 😌Mostly hits but a few were a little disappointing ( Pineapple, Black Cake, Adult Assembly ) Jury is still out on Questions but I really LIKED Hello Beautiful, Love Pamela, Paris Wife, Children of Paradise (from the Women‘s Prize long-list)😍 I enjoyed the Steinbeck and hope to get to Grapes for #AAM

marleed In 2018, I traveled with a bff, to Galveston as she prepped for her son‘s wedding at the end of that week. I‘d snatch moments alone so the family could be together. I spent it walking the downtown and the Long Beach front - The whole time listening to The Paris Wife (before realizing I could up the speed up Libby). I see that cover and I‘m on the Galveston beach dreaming of being an ex-pat in Paris! 2w
Cinfhen I love how certain books can bring you back to such a specific time & place @marleed 😍 2w
Cinfhen And yesssss, I remember when I discovered the speed up function! #GameChanger 2w
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squirrelbrain Sounds like you‘re having a great trip! ❤️ 2w
TrishB Great week 👍🏻 I got Children of Paradise on 99p offer 😁 2w
Cinfhen It‘s an odd odd book @TrishB but I really liked it - you still just meh over Children @squirrelbrain ??? And thanks - im having a lovely time but my healthy eating has gone COMPLETELY off the track 😩😭😭 2w
squirrelbrain No, I‘m liking it @Cinfhen just not as much as you! I‘m going to switch to audio I think as it arrived on Libby and I‘ve a lot of driving this week. @TrishB 2w
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Really enjoying this one - Bodie Kane a professor of film returns to her boarding school to teach a course in podcast production. During her time at the school her roommate was found dead under suspicious circumstances. Now Bodie has her students re-examining the mysterious case Julie Whelan‘s narration is spot on. .

squirrelbrain Glad you‘re enjoying it! Did you see that @TrishB just bailed? Hopefully you‘ll get past that slower bit…. 3w
jlhammar So am I! Kind of sad I'm almost finished. Really good. 3w
TrishB It‘s just not doing it for me 🤷‍♀️ 3w
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ChaoticMissAdventures I am going to have to try again. I bailed on the arc but am seeing people like it so maybe it was me. It was just so slow. 3w
TrishB @ChaoticMissAdventures I had the same thought! 3w
Cinfhen It is moving rather slowly @ChaoticMissAdventures and at times I‘m frustrated with the author‘s slow burn approach but I‘m enjoying the audio narration so that‘s helping. I‘m just hoping for some BIG REVEAL soon @jlhammar @squirrelbrain @TrishB because I still have 4 hours left on audio!!! 2w
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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#UnpopularOpinion I just found this book so difficult to follow- multiple timelines, dozens of characters, so many side stories- it was just too messy for me 🤷🏼‍♀️curious to see what the #LiteraryCrew has to say about this one!! This was also on @MallenNC #ALSpine list - sorry I didn‘t love it as much as you did, Melyssa! I enjoyed the author‘s notes & im interested to see what she writes next. #ReadingTheAmericas23 #Jamaica

Megabooks I don‘t remember much about this, but I did read it. 🤔 (edited) 3w
Librarybelle That‘s a shame! I‘ve not started yet. I‘m very curious now… 3w
Cinfhen This book has tons of 5 star reviews so I have a feeling it was me @Librarybelle @Megabooks I just wasn‘t fully invested from the start and I did audio which meant I was often spacing out 🤪 3w
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MallenNC There is a lot going on in this one! I read it in print and think it would have been hard to follow on audio. 3w
Cinfhen I see now that I own this book on my Kindle too 🤦🏼‍♀️ @MallenNC I probably should have switched to print!! Bummer 3w
Addison_Reads When I found out at my IRL book club that this author writes "flash fiction" it helped me understand this book more. The short chapters and the way some characters and topics just pop-up without being explored in-depth, I feel are just part of the writing style. 3w
Cinfhen Interesting @Addison_Reads that does explain the writing style which sometimes felt like bullet fire - her prose was great so im definitely curious to try her next book. 3w
TrishB I love this one, just shows sometimes just how it clicks. 2w
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This book is ok but it took 170 pages before anything really happened. And even then there wasn‘t anything original or special in the story. This book got a ton of pre-publication buzz but I have a feeling once readers start reviewing some of the sparkle will begin to fade out. It‘s rich people behaving badly and the author preaching about the dangers of generational wealth which I found condescending. #MoreMehThanYeah

Megabooks Glad I went library with this, but I‘m doing audio because Marin Ireland!! 3w
Cinfhen I bet audio will be wonderful @Megabooks I was so excited for this book that I didn‘t even think about audio - oh well 3w
Megabooks Expectations were high on this for a lot of folks. Sometimes that doesn‘t pan out! 3w
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squirrelbrain Great review! I agree, think this would be better on audio - it‘s the sort of book that‘s great for ‘background‘ listening. @Megabooks 3w
CoffeeAndABook Thanks for tagging me 😘 I‘ll definitely go for the audio version if I go for it at all 🤔 the cover is so pretty though!! 3w
Cinfhen Yeah the cover is really striking @CoffeeAndABook - lmk if you pick up the audio 2w
TrishB Rich people behaving badly is not one of my favourite genres. 2w
Cinfhen It gets old real quick @TrishB 😖 2w
Megabooks Great review!!!!!!!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 6d
JanuarieTimewalker13 Omg, this cover is great!! 3d
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Good Morning Littens 🌞Starting my day with another divine cup of tea ( curtsey of @Bklover ) and a few more chapters of Pineapple Street. Also sending BIRTHDAYS LOVE to one of my FAVORITE people on this planet @Megabooks 💜I hope your day is full of birthday happiness and bookish joy 📚🎊🎶

jlhammar Happy Birthday, @Megabooks ! Wishing you a wonderful day 🎂 3w
Aims42 Happy birthday @Megabooks 🥳🎉🎊I hope you have a fun day celebrating!! 3w
Suet624 Happy birthday, @megabooks. Best wishes to you. 3w
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Bookwormjillk Happy birthday @Megabooks 3w
sarahbarnes Happy Birthday @megabooks!! 🎉🍰😊 3w
BiblioLitten Happy birthday @Megabooks 🎊🎂🥳 3w
AmyG @Megabooks Happy Birthday to my favorite book reviewer! 🎁🎈🎂 3w
AnneCecilie Happy birthday @Megabooks 🥳🥳📚🎂 3w
batsy Happy birthday @Megabooks !! 🎂🎉 3w
Deblovestoread Happy birthday @Megabooks 🎈🎂🎈. 3w
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday Meg 🎉🎉❤️ @Megabooks (edited) 3w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday Meg! @Megabooks 3w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, @Megabooks ! ❤️📚❤️📚 3w
Megabooks Thank you so much to my dear #BookishBestie Cindy for these birthday wishes!!! We‘re celebrating all week long here with special GF biscuits yesterday and a book shopping spree tomorrow Or Saturday. There‘s also homemade caramel frosting too. I cannot wait to open your present sent from @Rachel.Rencher ‘s Etsy shop!! 😘😘 I hope you‘re enjoying all the time with family!! 👍🏻💕 3w
CarolynM Happy birthday @Megabooks 💕 3w
CoffeeAndABook I‘m looking forward to this book! It‘s just out right? I read somewhere that this is a debut novel by a marvelous editor. That‘s so fascinating. Are you liking it?? 3w
Cinfhen Yay for all the birthday treats and celebrations @Megabooks im sure @Rachel.Rencher choose a GREAT book for you!!! 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen my actual birthday is Saturday, so I may not open your gift until then. Today/tonight has been hard. Mom‘s been having suicidal ideation. I haven‘t seen her this down in years. Molly‘s the only one who can make her smile. Still hoping to make it to Evansville tomorrow or Saturday. And very very much looking forward to your gift!!! 🫶🏻 thank you!! 💕 looping you in too @BarbaraBB 😘 (edited) 3w
Chelsea.Poole Happy birthday @Megabooks 🎂🎁 3w
Cinfhen Why did I think your birthday is March 9??? I‘m such a goofball!!!!! @Megabooks 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was 💯💯💯🙌🏻🙌🏻 wonderful to get this birthday shoutout, so I don‘t even mind that it was early!!! 💕💕💕 3w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thank you!! 3w
Cinfhen Im really sorry about your mom @Megabooks I‘m glad that Molly is bringing her such joy but I can imagine how worried you must be. Keeping you all in my prayers xxx 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thank you dear friend! It mean the world to have your prayers. 💕🙏🏻 molly is such a joy in our lives! My parents got kfc tonight (rare) and molly went crazy! 🤣🤣 3w
Bklover ❤️❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB Thanks for looping me in @Megabooks. How worried you must be about your mom. I hope Molly can uplift her a bit. Wouldn‘t she like to come with you to Evansville or is that out of the question? I was confused about everyone congratulating you while I had 11 March in mind, fortunately I wasn‘t mistaken! I hope my gift will be there in time. You so deserve to be spoiled a bit. Thinking of you ❤️ 3w
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#MugLove23 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU @Bklover
I LUV my new mug and the selection of teas you sent me 💕😊
Im currently sipping the Serenity tea and it‘s delightful ☕️
Once again, you COMPLETELY spoiled me xxxxx

Cinfhen Sorry, forgot to tag you my wonderful co-host @TheKidUpstairs 3w
Bklover You are so welcome! Glad you are enjoying the tea! ❤️❤️❤️ Have a wonderful visit! 3w
TheKidUpstairs Oh my gosh, I LOVE Serenity Now tea! David's Tea has some of the best herbal teas 😁 3w
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LeahBergen What a lovely mug! And great selection of teas, too. 3w
TrishB Very cool 😁 3w
BethM I am so jealous of everything in this picture! What‘s in the Tower of London tea? 3w
Cathythoughts Lovely Cindy 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Cinfhen Mug and teas are FANTASTIC @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @TrishB @TheKidUpstairs I LOVE David‘s Tea and the Harney blend is delicious @BethM it has a lovely balance of honey, bergamot and fruit flavors - im on my second cup - thanks again @Bklover It was SO WORTH the wait and a wonderful treat awaiting me 🥰 3w
Bklover @Cinfhen I tried to send some of my favorites. The pear is good iced. Some of the individual packets that were loose in the box are some favorites too. Soooo glad you like them! I drink a lot of the Harney one❤️ (edited) 3w
Cinfhen Oh, I need to check out the box @Bklover I might have missed some of the individual packages 🙈 3w
Bklover @Cinfhen I‘ve been sharing my coffee with my daughter and we love them both. ❤️❤️ 3w
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#BookAndBeach - gorgeous day, gorgeous book cover but after 100 pages nothing is really happening yet 🤷🏼‍♀️ not sure why all the hype but it‘s an easy breezy read 😎

MicheleinPhilly Your day is still 10,000% better than mine. Enjoy! 😘 3w
sarahbarnes I have to second @MicheleinPhilly on this one. Enjoy! 😎 3w
Cinfhen Thanks you two amazing women @MicheleinPhilly @sarahbarnes - I did have a wonderful day despite the mediocre book xxx 3w
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RebelReader Dang! I thought this one would be right up my alley. Oh well, it‘s not like I don‘t have anything to read. 🤪 3w
Cinfhen Maybe it‘ll pick up @RebelReader but I wouldn‘t RUSH to get a copy 3w
Magpiegem I cynically wonder if the hype has come from Jackson being the VP of Knopf? 🤔 3w
batsy @Magpiegem I was wondering the same! 3w
TrishB I was put off by @squirrelbrain review- didn‘t sound like my thing! 3w
squirrelbrain Ooh @Magpiegem - I didn‘t know that! 3w
Cinfhen THAT is MOST DEFINITELY the reason @Magpiegem @batsy @squirrelbrain @TrishB Im so mad I fell for the #MediaHype 😡like Helen said, the book is fine but there‘s nothing new or original on these pages 3w
Magpiegem @Cinfhen I thought that when they were gushing about it on Bookriot. It sounds fine but not something they would usually be all over as the storyline sounds similar to lots of others. 3w
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Children of Paradise | Camilla Grudova
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WOW! If this book sets the tone for the #WomansPrizeLongList23 we are in for a wild ride😊! This book was BANANA PANTS
It does get a bit graphic at some points, which might turn some readers off, but I found the book original and memorable. Similar in style to Ottessa Moshfegh and Melissa Broder. The story of a small independent cinema that becomes acquired by a big chain conglomerate. Descriptive and distinct - excellent audio narration- LOVED IT

vlwelser You had me at 🍌👖 3w
jlhammar Awesome! This is one of the longlisted titles I‘m most excited to try. 3w
Cinfhen It‘s SOOOOOOO OUT THERE @vlwelser @jlhammar - try to go audio…the narration was fantastic 3w
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squirrelbrain I just started this on Scribd yesterday, but only read one chapter so far. I can‘t get audio, unfortunately. 3w
Cathythoughts I think I‘m going to get this one 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Cinfhen What are your thoughts so far @squirrelbrain - I think you‘ll like the quirkiness of this book @Cathythoughts but it does get a bit graphic in terms of vulgarity 🫣 3w
Cathythoughts I‘m getting it. I can be always skim if gets too much in parts 😘 3w
TheKidUpstairs This one intrigues me soooo much, but can't get it in Canada without spending a lot to get it sent from the UK. I'll wait to see if it's on the Shortlist. I'm currently reading another excellent, genre bending one from the Longlist: 3w
Cinfhen That‘s one I can‘t seem to get yet @TheKidUpstairs there are quite a few titles that haven‘t even been released in the US yet. 3w
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen Do you have a hoopla account? That's where I found it, and I think @Chelsea.Poole saw it on there in the US as well. 3w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, I thought I tried Hoopla but I‘ll check again, thanks @TheKidUpstairs 🤩 3w
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, IT IS THERE - Thanks Megan xxxx 3w
squirrelbrain I‘m liking it so far @cinfhen, but not loving it. 🤷‍♀️ 3w
Chelsea.Poole I‘m intrigued! 3w
charl08 I live Banana Pants as a review. 1d
Cinfhen Me too @charl08 🍌👖 My favorite genre 😄 22h
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Love, Pamela | Pamela Anderson
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Wow, I owe Pamela Anderson an apology - I definitely had some preconceived notions about her and she really surprised me with her intellect, curiosity and candidness. At under 4 hours this was a wonderful travel companion during my 14 hour flight. Another reviewer called her “ an enigma in a red bathing suit” - perfect description 😉

actualdisneyprincess I LOVE Pam. 🥰 3w
AmyG I just reserved the audiobook. Thanks. 3w
Cinfhen I had no idea she is such an earth mama @actualdisneyprincess and she‘s an AVID reader! Audio is great @AmyG - I really felt for her 3w
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swishandflick I highly recommend her accompanying documentary on Netflix! I was so impressed and have so much respect for her. 3w
Cinfhen Ohhh, I‘ll have to check that out, Thanks Ashley @swishandflick 3w
Librarybelle Well, I was not planning to read this, but you convinced me I have to give this a try! 3w
Cinfhen Definitely worth a few hours of your time @Librarybelle I think you‘ll be pleasantly surprised 3w
Dragon Just put a hold on the audiobook- it will be months- she had a book signing at the Indigo bookstore Monday ( I was working) so I bet a lot of people went to Libby 💚🐉 3w
swishandflick I knew it was gonna be a great documentary when she sat down in her home, wearing comfy clothes and NO makeup. Like, this is me, and here's my story. So powerful. 3w
JuniperWilde Great review. I‘ll pick it up. I loved the documentary. 3w
Cinfhen That‘s so cool that you were at the bookstore for her signing @Dragon !!!! Is she gorgeous? I bet she was super zen - she definitely gave off that vibe in her memoir @swishandflick I feel like an ass for making assumptions based on her looks. Although she did have some outlandish moments - Tommy Land being one of them 🤪 It‘s a really quick listen @JuniperWilde but I found it really compelling. 3w
Dragon Thanks @Cinfhen I couldn‘t go to the signing as I had to work but I heard it went very well. She lives up Island but I‘ve never had the pleasure of meeting her. 💚🐉 3w
Cinfhen Ohhh right @Dragon she lives in Vancouver!! I totally forgot that part🤦🏼‍♀️maybe one day you‘ll bump into her 😁 3w
Anna40 If I hadn‘t read your review, I wouldn‘t have watched the documentary and I‘m glad I did. She‘s charismatic, intelligent and such a cool person. I really want to read her book now. She has been through so much and I hope she finds a successful career on Broadway and in her writing. 💕 2w
Cinfhen Yay @Anna40 !! I‘m planning on checking out her Netflix documentary 😊do her sons or parents appear in the documentary?? Im kind of curious about them!! (edited) 2w
Anna40 Yes! The Netflix series is great. Her sons speak a little, her parents a bit too. Not so much. I‘m mad at how unfairly she was treated and so glad she did the series. It‘s unbelievable that the judges ruled she had no right to privacy and questioned her!!! When the sex tapes were illegally published online without her consent! I fell in love with her wit, passion and charisma. You should watch it, you‘ll enjoy it! Thanks for posting this review. 2w
Cinfhen Ohhh, I‘m totally going to watch but it seems like the audiobook and series covers exactly all the same material @Anna40 2w
Anna40 Ok! Is there any of her poetry in the memoir or did I misunderstand the title? 2w
Cinfhen She does includes snippets of her poetry @Anna40 it‘s sort of free form thinking / I listened to the audio so I‘m not sure how it looks in print form but when Pam recited her verse it was very free style 2w
britt_brooke Listening to this now! 1w
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Look at my lovely pile of books just waiting for me 🥰
I‘ve already started Pineapple Street - you‘re right @squirrelbrain it‘s not quite as good as I was expecting -

squirrelbrain Wow, so many good books! I‘m sorry about Pineapple Street 🫤 - it is good, just not ‘different‘ enough to merit all of the hype it‘s had. 3w
BarbaraBB I only recognize Dinner! The others I‘ve never heard of!! 3w
Cathythoughts Very nice 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 The Russian Doll one is a great title ! 3w
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Cinfhen Im really excited for that one @Cathythoughts and the cover is lovely 3w
Cinfhen I only bought the Tyler because @Chelsea.Poole gave it a GLOWING review @BarbaraBB - and it was a used copy for $1 although I paid $3.95 for postage 🤪 3w
Cinfhen Im VERY excited about my haul but a few are a bit chunky @squirrelbrain Hubby has given me the stink eye more than once….. 3w
Chelsea.Poole I hope it delivers for you and the postage wasn‘t a waste! 😆 3w
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Children of Paradise | Camilla Grudova
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#AirportAudio LOVING this quirky story of a group of eccentrics who work at an old fashioned cinema. #WomensPrizeLongList23

rockpools You‘re super-quick off the mark with that! Safe travels! 3w
jlhammar Definitely adding this one to my #womensprize order. Sounds promising! 3w
TrishB Will watch out for your review! Safe travels ♥️ 3w
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?NEW MONTHLY CHALLENGE Beginning May 1 @BarbaraBB and I are introducing #TitlesAndTunes ??
On the first of each month we‘ll share a prompt and we ask all Littens to read a book for that prompt (open to your own interpretation) & post what you read & name a favorite song that fits the prompt. At the end of each month we‘ll combine all the songs shared to create a monthly Spotify playlist. This is meant to be easy and fun - no pressure. ⬇️⬇️

Cinfhen This is a way for us to stay connected through books & music 🎶 ♥️You can dip in & out of the challenge if some months are too hectic or you‘re not feeling inspired. Please let us know in the comments below if you want to be tagged on future posts! We hope you‘ll join us 💃🏽 (edited) 3w
Cazxxx This sounds fun! Would love to join in as much as I can 😊 3w
Cinfhen Great @Cazxxx we‘ll add you to the list ♥️ @BarbaraBB 3w
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JessClark78 I‘d like to try this. 🙂 3w
BarbaraBB @JessClark78 Yay! We‘ll add you to the list! 3w
Cinfhen Fantastic @JessClark78 !!! 3w
CoffeeAndABook Oooh that‘s fantastic!! I like the added bonus of connecting through music 🎶 I‘d love to join 😊 @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 🌸 2w
BarbaraBB We‘ll add you to the tag list @CoffeeAndABook 🥰 2w
Cinfhen Yay @CoffeeAndABook so happy to have you Christine!!!!! 2w
jhod Please could you tag me? Thank you! 2d
Cinfhen Please add @jhod @BarbaraBB 💕💕💕can‘t wait for May 1 😄 2d
BarbaraBB I will! Glad you‘re joining us @jhod 🤍 2d
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Still packing - thank goodness for audiobooks 💕🙌🏻

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This was sweet but it veered very close to cheese & saccharine which makes it a light pick. I enjoyed Laura & Bob and the rest of the crew and would be interested in continuing on with this series. Sorry @TheBookHippie #SundayBuddyRead friends, I realized I wasn‘t going to be able to stick to the schedule this month, so I finished the book this morning 😅

TheBookHippie 😅🤫🤐 It happens 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3w
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Told from the perspective of Ernest Hemingway‘s first wife, Hadley Richardson, we get a glimpse into their early years & the world of a struggling writer in 1920‘s Europe. I enjoyed the setting & McLain really brings her characters to life including the Fitzgerald‘s as well as Gertrude Stein & Ezra Pound. A quick read - audio narration was FABULOUS. #52Books23 #Roaring20s🎶 Gratuitous hamantaschen - Purim Sameach 🥳

BarbaraBB Safe travels 😘 3w
julesG I have to find some hamantaschen, or a tried and tested recipe. I'm curious. Not so curious about the book though. Not my cup of tea. 😁 3w
IndoorDame Yum! Purim Sameach! 😁🎭 3w
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Cinfhen Book was great @julesG I bought my hamantaschen this year and they actually were #MoreMehThanYeah 😫nothing tastes as good as homemade - Purim Sameach @IndoorDame 🎭🤡💐 3w
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB im looking forward but hate the packing!!! 3w
thebackyardgnome Very late Purim Sameach!! Didng have any taschen this year:( hope yours were delivous though, they look awesome ! 3w
Cinfhen They looked better than they tasted @thebackyardgnome when I make them they look like a hot mess but they taste DELICIOUS 😋 sorry you missed out on the hamantaschen this year 🎭 3w
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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#ARC #NetGalley #AvailableNextTuesday A bighearted family drama centering around William Waters, a lonely boy and the loud and boisterous Padavano Family. Spanning several decades this book covers it all with heart and soul. I was hooked from the start 💜

Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked. 3w
Cinfhen I think you‘re gonna like this one @Cathythoughts 💖 3w
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Loving this one #SetDuringTheRoaring1920s #52Books23 The life and marriage of Hadley & Ernest Hemingway 😍

Librarybelle Good choice for this prompt! 3w
LaraReads Oh! Great choice! 3w
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KarenUK Love this book…. 💕 3w
squirrelbrain Stacking! 3w
Cinfhen I started this morning and I‘m nearly finished @Librarybelle @LaraReads @KarenUK @squirrelbrain - I‘m loving the writing 🫶🏼and it‘s a great story 3w
KarenUK @Cinfhen This book sent me down such a Hem wives rabbit hole! I loved these two too! 3w
Cinfhen Thanks for the recommendations @KarenUK 😘I read Love & Ruin but definitely need to pick up Mrs. Hemingway 😍 3w
britt_brooke Really enjoyed this one! 3w
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#AAM EXCELLENT audio narration by the talented Gary Sinise❤️‍🔥Steinbeck‘s writing is so vivid and descriptive - and his love for California really shone through these pages. He made want to get in my car and cruise the roads and lanes that snake across the USA. This was a meditative read especially knowing how a few years later the country was to undergo big changes. So grateful to @Soubhiville for choosing this iconic author.

JamieArc I really enjoyed this one too. Whenever I hear people say they don‘t like Steinbeck, I want to urge them to try this one first. 3w
Soubhiville I didn‘t choose him, you all did (if you voted 😉). I enjoyed my book by him though and hope I have time to read another this month. Glad you liked this. I‘m always a fan of a book with a dog! 🐩 3w
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Cinfhen I‘m planning on reading Grapes of Wrath this month too @JamieArc but I might squeeze in another NF by Steinbeck that someone recommended but of course I can‘t remember who 3w
Cinfhen I actually did NOT vote for Steinbeck so thanks to the folks who did 😂 @Soubhiville 3w
KathyWheeler I really liked Travels with Charley. I had first read it in 7th grade and liked but reread it with a much greater appreciation last year. 3w
Cinfhen Agreed, reading Steinbeck at 50 is much different than reading Steinbeck at 15!!! @KathyWheeler 3w
KathyWheeler @Cinfhen It really is different reading it when you‘re 12 than when you‘re 65! 3w
Cinfhen Im amazed you can recall anything about it 😂😂😘 i can‘t remember what I had for lunch on Friday @KathyWheeler (edited) 3w
SamAnne I love is travelogue on Baja. I must read this. (edited) 3w
Cinfhen What‘s the travelogue on Baja called @SamAnne - I‘d like to read it too! 3w
SamAnne @Cinfhen The Log from the Sea of Cortez. I took it along on a trip to Baja and it was a beautiful read. It was the January after Trump‘s election and I was feeling so fearful for the country. He and his best friend Ed were launching from Monterey CA when the U.S. was entering WWII and it just felt so timely. (edited) 3w
Cinfhen Oh, haha 😆 I didn‘t read the comment clearly @SamAnne im looking forward to Sea of Cortez 😄 3w
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This was my #DoubleSpin #MoreMehThanYeah
Anna Weiner at 25, leaves her low level job in NYC publishing to move to San Francisco and throw herself into the world of high tech in it‘s infancy. As a young woman, in a very bro culture she‘s subjected to a toxic workplace but stays on because the temptation of BIG MONEY & possibilities is to large to ignore. The memoir starts out strong but soon became repetitive and soul crushing.

TrishB That‘s a no from me 😁 3w
Cinfhen Wise decision @TrishB this book fulfilled a challenge prompt but otherwise I doubt I would have finished it. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3w
squirrelbrain Yeah, I didn‘t love this one either when I read it a while ago. 3w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Keeping it simple as I‘m off to the States this week. Lots of family celebrations coming up so keeping my reading goals simple. I‘m SUPER PSYCHED for the new release of Pineapple Street this Tuesday - seeing LOADS of BUZZ around it 🤩

BarbaraBB You‘re traveling this week already! That is great! I have heard nothing about the🍍 , should I be excited too? I am eagerly waiting for my copy of Some questions though! 3w
TrishB I‘m definitely trying to get to Some Questions this week. Safe travels and happy celebrations♥️ 3w
Cinfhen Yes, im off on Tuesday @BarbaraBB im really looking forward to Some Questions and Pineapple @TrishB and of course seeing my kids 💕💕💕 3w
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squirrelbrain I think you‘ll really like Pineapple Street but I did feel it‘s been a bit over-hyped. Have a great trip! (edited) 3w
Cinfhen I need to temper my expectations @squirrelbrain - thanks for the dose of reality 😁 3w
Bookzombie Safe travels! 3w
Cinfhen Thanks, Margie xxx @Bookzombie 3w
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A slow reading week for me. Finished two and I really enjoyed them both! I‘m in the middle of four books and the standout is definitely the Napolitano which publishes next week( Hello Beautiful). Others are all good. I‘m still binging on Netflix 😅Finished all 4 seasons of Fauda, watched the documentary about Alex Murdaugh and I‘m in middle of the Bernie Madoff dramatization.

TrishB Still a good week👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen Definitely this week was quality vs quantity @TrishB xx 3w
AmyG Good to hear about the Napolitano book. 3w
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Cinfhen I‘m LOVING it @AmyG I didn‘t really love Dear Edward so I‘m pleasantly surprised 3w
squirrelbrain Phew you panicked me a bit there, as I have the Napolitano on #netgalley too, but it‘s not out here until July, so I have plenty of time! 😮‍💨 I didn‘t love Dear Edward either, so it‘s good to hear your thoughts. 3w
AmyG Same with me. 3w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t love Dear Edwin either so am glad to hear this one is better 3w
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Possibilities were endless😎Excited to see all your faves

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7fxiWC6sr6FEOgCkQOyxv1?si=9T_lpUbCSxKY1DvvWNVk...

BarbaraBB Fab list!!! We share some songs and I love (and forgot all about) the Melissa Etheridge one! I used to listen to her all the time in the early 90s 🫶🏽 4w
Cinfhen I can‘t wait to see your list, @BarbaraBB Just FYI the above graphics is missing about 25 songs 😆 4w
jenniferw88 We also share some songs! 😂 4w
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BarbaraBB I am definitely going to listen to it! 4w
TrishB Great choices👍🏻 4w
Cinfhen Nothing makes me happier than a damn good playlist @TrishB @jenniferw88 4w
Deblovestoread Great list! 💜 3w
Cinfhen Where‘s your list @Deblovestoread im waiting!!! 3w
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#IndependentWomen #BigBuddyRead
Excited to kickoff our weekend celebrating women all over the world who inspire and empower 💪🏼Too many to choose from but here‘s a few I admire 🤩

rockpools That‘s an awesome graphic, Cindy. I really need to read Malala‘s biog. What a powerful quote. 4w
Cinfhen Right @rockpools ?! She‘s a rock star!, 4w
Bookwormjillk I love this! 4w
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Cinfhen Thanks so much @Bookwormjillk 😘 4w
Deblovestoread I love your collage and your choices! 4w
TrishB Brilliant choices 😁♥️ 4w
BarbaraBB Love that collage ❤️❤️ 4w
Bookzombie I love that you included quotes! 4w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Bookzombie @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Deblovestoread There are SO MANY amazing women to celebrate today mm 4w
Centique Brilliant choices 🙌 3w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Centique I got your email🫶🏼I love hearing from you 🥰I‘ll write back soon 😘 3w
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#DoubleDip #Booked2023 #ShortStoryCollection #ReadingTheAmericas23 #Argentina Im really enjoying this collection of twisted stories- each containing a trace of horror, set in a contemporary Argentina. Themes of poverty, mental illness, displacement and marital discord seem to be a common link so far.

Librarybelle Sounds interesting! 4w
Reggie I shocked you‘re reading this. I loved this collection and her new book that just came out is amazing. 4w
Cinfhen I will DEFINITELY look for her new book @Reggie im not a fan of horror or short stories but this collection was brilliant!!! I wish a few of these stories would be made into full length novels. 4w
Megabooks I have this sitting on my shelf and totally forgot the Argentina connection! 4w
Cinfhen Your gonna love this collection @Megabooks it‘s a great pick for Argentina 🇦🇷 @Librarybelle you definitely get a sense of place!!! 4w
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