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eeclayton

eeclayton

Joined January 2018

sex, books, rock 'n roll
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They Were Counted by Mikls Bnffy
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront
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#manicmonday #LetterI @CBee

📖 It's so easy (and other lies)
✍️ Henrik Ibsen
🎞️ Iron Man 📺
🎤 Ivan & the Parazol
🎵 If You're Gone by Matchbox Twenty

CBee Iron Man ♥️ 2d
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My #bookspin list for October. My September bookspin is still in progress and it's quite a chunkster but bring on the next pick 😁
 @TheAromaofBooks

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Mehso-so

For much of the book, I didn't get what all the hype was about. It wasn't a bad read, I just put the book down in between chapters and then didn't feel like continuing that much. However, the last 30 pages or so were great and I started to see how everything that had been told earlier was necessary and valuable. ⬇️

eeclayton That didn't make me like the book more in hindsight, though, neither did it make the super big cliffhanger at the end forgivable. Not sure I'll pick up the next book in the series. 1w
Ruthiella I sorta think of the four Ferrante books together as one long novel - like Knaussgard or Proust. I loved them but can see where they aren‘t favorites for other readers. 6d
eeclayton @Ruthiella That makes sense. I may try them some other time, maybe this was just not the right timing for me. 6d
tamaryn1217 looks great. wish there was an english version. 5d
eeclayton @tamaryn1217 I'm sure there is. The original is in Italian but it's been translated into lots of languages (I read it in Hungarian). 5d
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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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#manicmonday #letterH @CBee

📖 High Fidelity
✍️ Patricia Highsmith, Nick Hornby, Thomas Hardy
🎞️ How to lose a guy in 10 days 📺 House MD
🎤 Ed Harcourt
🎵 Heat of the Night by Bryan Adams

CBee I loved High Fidelity! 1w
eeclayton @CBee me too, it's one of my all-time favourites ☺️ 1w
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Strange Planet | Nathan W. Pyle
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The only thing I've been missing since I quit Instagram is Nathan W. Pyle's Strange Planet comics.
So I bought his book.

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The Glass Cell | Patricia Highsmith
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#ManicMonday #LetterG @CBee

📖 The Glass Cell
✍️ Géza Gárdonyi
🎞️ Gladiator 📺 GLOW
🎤 Guns N' Roses 🤘🤘🤘
🎵 Gimme Something Good by Ryan Adams

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Guns and roses!! 🖤 2w
CBee Thanks for playing!! 2w
jlhammar I almost chose that Ryan Adams song. So good! 2w
eeclayton @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh yeah! I was looking forward to the letter G so I could list them already 😁 2w
eeclayton @jlhammar It's one of my all-time favourites, too ☺️ 2w
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#ManicMonday #LetterF @CBee

📖 Far from the Madding Crowd
✍️ Richard Ford
🎞️ French Kiss 📺 Friends
🎤 Henrik Freischlader
🎵 Fall to Pieces by Velvet Revolver

CBee Thanks for playing! 3w
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#manicmonday on a Wednesday (the first weeks of school are so chaotic! 🤪) #letterE @CBee

📖 Extreme Makeover
✍️ Erdős Renée
🎞️ Easy A
🎤 Eagles
🎵 Electric Man by Rival Sons

CBee Thanks for playing! 4w
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#Two4Tuesday on a Wednesday, I'm having a busy week 🤪 @TheSpineView

(1) Crete.
(2) Maybe something related to Greek mythology, plus my kindle to have a fallback.

Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author ☺️

TheSpineView Any day works! Thanks for playing 4w
eeclayton @TheSpineView thanks ☺️ It was great to think about a trip to an island during this chaotic period 4w
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Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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#AugustWrapUp
This month I set out to read fewer but longer books, so I'm happy with my 5 books, two of which were really long.

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My #bookspin list for September ☺️
@TheAromaofBooks

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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#manicmonday #LetterD @CBee

📖 Dracula
✍️ Fyodor Dostoevsky
🎞️ Django Unchained
🎤 Deadland Ritual
🎵 The Damned by Richie Kotzen

CBee Thanks for playing 😊😊 1mo
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The Garden of Eden | Ernest Hemingway
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Not many things happened in this book, but there was a tension between the characters that was beautifully captured in the dialogues. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Zenga znek | Miklos Vamos
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The 1956 events in Hungary through a kid's eyes. I found it both heartbreaking and unputdownable.

Thanks for the #Alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! I had so much fun choosing a book each day and looking at what everyone else was picking ☺️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 1mo
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You | Caroline Kepnes
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#Alphabetgame #LetterY @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

A very twisted and sick narrative, but also very entertaining and the good kind of creepy.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent choice!! 1mo
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#Alphabetgame #LetterX @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

The only X book I've read is one I'm very happy to recommend. This is a beautiful tale. I'm not sure it's available in translation, though.

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West with the Night | Beryl Markham
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#Alphabetgame #LetterW @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Beryl Markham's fascinating memoir is my choice for W.

Honourable mentions:
Wildlife by Richard Ford
Writing Away by Lavinia Spalding

Ann_Reads Agreed, this is a really good memoir. 🙂 1mo
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eeclayton @Ann_Reads It was a great read 😊 1mo
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Vak majom: regeny | Boldizsar Feher
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#Alphabetgame #LetterV @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

From my limited choices for V, here's the debut novel of a very promising new Hungarian author.

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#manicmonday #LetterC @CBee

📖 The Clan of the Cave Bear
✍️ Bernard Cornwell
🎞️ Clueless 📺 Clarissa Explains It All
🎤 Fred Chapellier
🎵 Capital T by Walking Papers

Would you like to play @Ruthiella @AmandaBlaze ?

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Ruthiella OMG I loved Clarissa! Without her, there‘d be no That‘s So Raven or Lizzie McGuire, which I also loved. 1mo
eeclayton @Ruthiella @AmandaBlaze You're welcome ☺️ 1mo
eeclayton @Ruthiella My sister and I were both fans. She did indeed explain it all 😁 1mo
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After all the heavy stuff I'd been reading, I really needed something light and fun, and this book turned out to be just that. It's a modernization of P&P, and I don't know if the book would work on its own, without any previous knowledge of the original, but I appreciated that the author didn't overexplain anything. Some updates worked better than others, but overall I felt the author had done a good job.

eeclayton My favourite update was that Mr Collins won the lottery and visited the Bennets to lay low for a while, and Catherine de Bourgh was his financial advisor 😂 1mo
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Journey by Moonlight | Antal Szerb
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#Alphabetgame #LetterU @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I haven't read a lot of books whose title starts with U, but out of the few I have, this one by Antal Szerb stands out. When I read it, I wrote in my Goodreads review that it was quite philosophical and had brilliant dialogues. Definitely due for a reread.
(I tagged the English translation.)

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The Last Man | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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I finished it but I can't say I liked this book.
Many things bugged me, mainly the terribly overwritten, tediously poetic prose. Don't get me wrong, each sentence is beautiful, but I grew impatient with reading all these long descriptions and sentimental monologues. I almost DNFed. Luckily, an audiobook version on Spotify came to the rescue, which allowed me to go on with the story while doing other things (mainly crocheting).

eeclayton This was my #bookspin for August @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 1mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Oh yeah 😎 1mo
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The Talented Mr. Ripley | Patricia Highsmith
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#Alphabetgame #LetterT @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Another one of my all-time favourites.

batsy The movie is so good! I really need to get around to reading it. 2mo
eeclayton @batsy I didn't like the movie at first because it's somewhat different from the book. But then it grew on me 🙂 2mo
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Spies | Richard Ben Sapir
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#Alphabetgame #LetterS

For S, I'll go with this very character driven spy story by Richard Sapir.

Honourable mentions:
State of the Union by Nick Hornby
A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Relations | Zsigmond Moricz
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#Alphabetgame #LetterR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Here's another one of my all-time favourites. It's about how a decent person can be corrupted by relations that pop up as soon as he's given an important office. It was written in 1932 but is still eerily relevant.

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#Alphabetgame #LetterQ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Today, another game changer. This book was one of the first steps on my journey of self-discovery as an introvert. It was so liberating to realize that nothing is wrong with me, I'm just different from my extroverted family members and friends.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this!! 2mo
eeclayton @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you'll like it when you get around to reading it 🙂 2mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

(1) It's difficult to choose, but I think I'd go with historical fiction.
(2) This actually happened to me once. I picked up a book without noticing that it was only the first volume of a novel. When I finished and realized I didn't finish, it was so frustrating! Then it took me a while to track down a complete copy. So the last half for me!

Thanks for the tag @EadieB ☺️

TheSpineView Thanks for playing 2mo
EadieB You're welcome! Ha Ha! That's funny! 2mo
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#Alphabetgame #LetterP @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

P brought a difficult choice, but I decided to feature Punished by Rewards because it was such a game changer for me. It made me rethink my classroom practices for motivation and led to fascinating discussions with teacher trainees. Great book.

Honourable mentions:
🔸Pride and Prejudice
🔸and Persuasion by Jane Austen
🔸The Pendragon Legend by Antal Szerb

ReaperOfTerrasen Wait til we get to S...Sooo many. 2mo
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Bodies in Motion: Stories | Mary Anne Mohanraj
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#manicmonday #LetterB @CBee

📖 Bodies in Motion
✍️ Fredrik Backman
🎞️ Back to the Future 📺 Better Call Saul
🎤 Oli Brown
🎵 Better Living Through Chemistry by Queens of the Stone Age

Would you like to play @EadieB @Ann_Reads ?

CBee Thanks for playing! 😊😊 2mo
EadieB Thanks for the tag! 2mo
Ann_Reads Thank you for the tag! 2mo
eeclayton @EadieB @Ann_Reads You're welcome 🙂 2mo
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The old man and the sea | Ernest Hemingway
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#Alphabetgame #LetterO @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I read this about 20 years ago and loved it. It may be due for a reread now.

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#Alphabetgame #LetterN @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

A delightful memoir by one of my favourite famous people 😊

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚👌🏻 2mo
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#Alphabetgame #LetterM @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

The Josephine B trilogy is the fictionalised journals of Napoleon's first wife. The first book chronicles her early life, her first marriage, her experiences during the French Revolution and the terror afterwards, and how she met Napoleon. It's well-researched, empathetic, and paints a very different picture of Josephine than average Napolenon documentaries.

eeclayton I also loved this by the same author: 2mo
TrishB I enjoyed these 👍🏻 2mo
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The Last Kingdom | Bernard Cornwell
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#Alphabetgame #LetterL @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I love the TV show, and the books are also phenomenal. Destiny is all ❤️

Honourable mentions:
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
A láthatatlan ember by Géza Gárdonyi

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choices! 2mo
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I'd heard Lanier talk about the topic before so most of his arguments weren't completely new to me. Even so, it was great to be given more details, and I liked his casual, no-bullshit style.
Also, a shoutout to the translator, Agnes Harasztos, for having done a marvellous job.

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Kitmtt barbr: regny | Pterfy Gergely
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#Alphabetgame #LetterK @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

This is the true story of the friendship between Ferenc Kazinczy, a prominent Hungarian poet, and Angelo Soliman, a coloured freemason, who ended up being stuffed and exhibited in a museum after his death.
One of my favourite books from a contemporary Hungarian author.

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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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#Alphabetgame #LetterJ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I definitely recommend the book even if you've seen the movie a thousand times. The book gives a lot more insight into the theoretical aspects of the story, but it's still fast-paced and action-packed.

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About a Boy | Nick Hornby
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#manicmonday #LetterA @CBee

📖 About a Boy
✍️ Jane Austen
🎞️ Almost Famous 📺 Ally McBeal
🎤 Bryan Adams
🎵 Awake by Tycho

Thanks for the tag @stavreskad ☺️
Would you like to play @ozma.of.oz @sherrisilvera @Ast_Arslan ?

CBee Thanks for playing 😊 2mo
eeclayton @CBee Thanks for relaunching this fun game ☺️ 2mo
CBee @eeclayton absolutely ♥️ it‘s been super fun so far! 2mo
ozma.of.oz Oh I‘ve missed this game! This will be fun! 2mo
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#Alphabetgame #LetterI @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Of all the rock'n'roll bios I've read (and I've read quite a few) this is my absolute favourite. Duff is intelligent, reflective, and takes responsibility for his choices. Also, he knows how to tell a good story.

Honourable mentions:
I am not a serial killer by Dan Wells
Ida regénye by Géza Gárdonyi
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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#Alphabetgame #LetterH @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I love this book so much that I find it difficult to write about it. It's so brilliant and real.

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Ada, Or, Ardor, a Family Chronicle | Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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What a challenging book. It was difficult. Even with the footnotes, I suspect most of the literary references and language play just went by me. Some chapters were so dense I hardly understood what was going on.
It was also delightful. There were passages I found myself rereading again and again, they were so beautiful.
I understand why some readers might find it dull, but me, I just thought, who cares about the plot with prose like Nabokov's?

eeclayton This was my #bookspin for July @TheAromaofBooks
Also tagging @Graywacke as a fellow Ada admirer
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Graywacke Oh Ada! What an experience. Congrats for getting through it…and enjoying! Sometimes I had to block out the logic and just let it work. It did. 2mo
eeclayton @Graywacke Thanks ☺️ 2mo
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The Glass Cell | Patricia Highsmith
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#Alphabetgame #LetterG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

An innocent man is sentenced to prison for a crime he didn't commit. After he serves his time, he returns to his family, but he's a changed man. It's a really heavy story, one of Highsmith's best.

erzascarletbookgasm Oh I have this on my tbr. Good to know. 2mo
eeclayton @erzascarletbookgasm I hope you'll like it! 2mo
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#Alphabetgame #LetterF @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

This is one of my all-time favourites. It has a strong but not faultless heroine, a slow-paced but compelling storyline with some quirky elements, and of course, Gabriel Oak ❤️

Honourable mentions:
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
The Far Arena, by Richard Ben Sapir
Fly Girls, by Keith O'Brien

Graywacke Hardy - I still haven‘t read him. 🙁 2mo
batsy Didn't know what to expect with Hardy when I started but I ended up really liking this 💜 2mo
eeclayton @Graywacke I resisted him for quite a while because he was the favourite author of a friend who is no longer a friend. But when I did pick this one up, I devoured it. 2mo
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eeclayton @batsy This was my first Hardy too ☺️ 2mo
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rwmg I think Hardy was ruined for me by school. I've never picked one up since 2mo
eeclayton @rwmg I understand, I have some authors like that, too ☹️ 2mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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#Alphabetgame #LetterE @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

East of Eden is another chunkster I loved.

Honourable mentions:
The Empty Throne, by Bernard Cornwell
Extreme Makeover, by Dan Wells

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Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak
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#Alphabetgame #LetterD @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Doctor Zhivago was an extraordinary experience for me. I remember I had to take notes to be able to keep track of the characters, but it was definitely worth the effort.

Honourable mentions:
Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Deep Work and Digital Minimalism, both by Cal Newport

Graywacke A book I need to and want to read! 2mo
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eeclayton @Graywacke You won't regret it 🙂 2mo
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Canada | Richard Ford
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#Alphabetgame #LetterC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Canada has the most authentic and believable first person narrator I've ever come across. It's a slow book, it isn't for everyone, but I loved it.

Honourable mentions:
The Count od Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
The Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M. Auel

AllDebooks Count of MC has to be one if the best revenge novels ever written 2mo
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eeclayton @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks for the fun game ☺️ 2mo
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The Body | Richard Ben Sapir
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#Alphabetgame #LetterB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

This one is about a skeleton that is uncovered in Jerusalem and might be the body of Jesus Christ, and all the religious implications of such a find.

Honourable mentions:
Beartown, by Fredrik Backman,
Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding,
Budapest Noir, by Vilmos Kondor

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!! Sounds good! 2mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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#Alphabetgame #LetterA @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
A book you'd recommend whose title starts with the featured letter.

I loved Anxious People. The character studies are brilliant and Backman made me cry at the end (again).

Arvena 👍👍👍 great choice! 2mo
eeclayton @Arvena Thanks ☺️ I liked it so much! 2mo
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#JulyWrapUp
I finished 6 books and my #bookspin (Ada by Nabokov) is still in progress. I have no bingo, but I'm happy with this month's reading. I liked each book, except for the continuation of The Watsons.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!! 2mo
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My MIL has just given me two books that she got but isn't interested in. Yay 😎

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My #bookspin list for August. I may take a break from the bingo this month, and read fever but longer books. Not that I've scored any bingos this year anyway 😂
@TheAromaofBooks

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