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eeclayton

eeclayton

Joined January 2018

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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It's been a busy week so I missed the exact date, but it's my Litsyversary 🥳
A warm thank you to all my Litten friends for making Litsy the friendliest place on the internet! 🤗

RaeLovesToRead Happy Litsyversary!! 🎉🎉 5d
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 5d
sprainedbrain Happy Litsyversary to you! 🎉🎉🎉 5d
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bthegood happy litsyversary! 5d
eeclayton @bthegood Thank you so much 🤗 5d
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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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This was a very compelling read, just like the first book, but it was also somewhat disappointing. Lots of deux ex machina and repeated elements from the previous installment. I'm curious to see where the third book takes me.
Also, Team Peeta all the way!

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Not sure I'll achieve a single bingo this month, but the card is so much fun to put together 😄 I'm looking forward to my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin 😊
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Good luck!!! 2w
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Thank you 😊 2w
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The Found Battleship | Jeno Rejto, P. Howard
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Yay, on the last day of the year, I achieved my Goodreads goal of 50 books 🥳

TheNeverendingTBR Well done Gabi! 💙 I hope you smash your 2022 goals too! 😁 1w
eeclayton @TheNeverendingTBR Thank you, and same to you! ☺️ 1w
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I'm back on the #BookSpin wagon! 😁
Some of these books have been sitting on my TBR forever, so it's high time I read them!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3w
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Backman made me cry. Again.

There were some points where the scenes were more tiring than entertaining, but in hindsight, all that happened for a reason. Clever plot, brilliant character studies, and relatable reflections on aspects of life that make ordinary people anxious. Loved it.

thewallflower0707 I recommend the new adaptation of this novel on Netflix ☺️ 3w
eeclayton @thewallflower0707 Thank you, I'll check it out 😊 3w
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Karcsonyi krimik | Agatha Christie
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A nice collection of Christmas crime stories by Agatha Christie. It contains several Poirot stories and one with Miss Marple. I enjoyed "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" the most, there were so many suspects and secrets, but the actual culprit was a big surprise!

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I enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere a lot. It builds up slowly, there are some excellent character studies, lots of thought-provoking aspects of human relationships and motherhood, and an ending that might not answer all the questions but still feels to me a proper place to leave these characters.

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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400+ pages of obsession narrated by a psychopath in first person in historic present is not how I would define what I love to read, but this was very enjoyable. It is well written, and I constantly found myself questioning if how Joe was interpreting the events was really how they had happened. The outcome was quite predictable, still it was a satisfactory ending to this very twisted and sick narrative.

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I'll need some time to figure out what exactly I think about this one, but it was absolutely mindblowing.

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Stonehenge: A Novel | Bernard Cornwell
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A long book, never boring, but there were some moments where I thought "come on, build that effing temple already" ?
The ending I found a bit underwhelming, probably because most elements had been heavily foreshadowed. That said, it was an enjoyable read with an epic - if somewhat dry - story.

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No bingo, but still an OK reading month, with 4 books read, one of them quite long, and another chunkster in progress. #bookspinbingo #Novemberwrapup @TheAromaofBooks

As for December, I decided to sit #bookspin out, in fact, I'm going to take a break from reading challenges in general. I'm really overwhelmed and I need to have a rest with no pressure whatsoever, so I'm just going to read with nothing planned ahead. See you in January!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Solid month!! And yes, sometimes all the challenges, buddy reads, and hashtags can get a little overwhelming!! Hope to see you back for at least some of next year's spinning!! 2mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Thanks Sarah, I'll definitely be back, I love BookSpin ❤️ 2mo
bthegood Be well, see you when you get back💚❤ 2mo
eeclayton @bthegood Thank you 💚❤️ 2mo
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Ghostwriter | Alessandra Torre, A R Torre
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The idea this book has been built around is good, but I think it could have worked better as a short story or novella. The last 25% of the book is intense, but the rest seriously drags, with characters and plot elements that don't really add anything to the story. Also, by the time we arrive at the big reveal, the outcome is already given away due to the heavy foreshadowing (although how it's all done is still interesting in a way).

eeclayton This was my #bookspin for November 😊 @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Thanks ☺️ 2mo
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This was an interesting read which I didn't enjoy very much. Each chapter is told from the viewpoint of a different character, using different narrative techniques (one chapter is a PowerPoint presentation!), jumping back and forth in time. It is well-written, but I feel like the author was going for producing a well-written book more than for telling a good story.

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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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Great premise, lots of surprises, just the right amount of creepy, ethical dilemmas to think about. The book held my attention throughout in spite of the unlikeable main character, but I was somewhat disappointed by ending.

This was my #doublespin for November @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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My #BookSpinBingo card for November.
My #bookspin is The Ghost Writer by A. R. Torre, my #doublespin is The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey. And most of my Hungarian titles are neatly lined up in the fifth column 😁
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 3mo
MatchlessMarie I‘m trying to read You this month too 🤞 3mo
eeclayton @MatchlessMarie That's one of the books I'm really excited about this month! 🙂 3mo
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My #bookspin list for November. It's going to be another busy month, but hopefully not too busy to read at least some of these!
#doublespin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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All in all, not a bad reading month. Four books finished, two still in progress, two DNFed.
#bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Great progress!!! 3mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Thanks ☺️ 3mo
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This reads very much like a play or a script. That's fine because Hornby is a master of showing relationship dynamics through dialogue. Brilliant.

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A Scanner Darkly | Philip K. Dick
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I didn't exactly like it, but there were some fascinating passages, and I'm sure this story will stay with me for a while.

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Sharpe's Triumph | Bernard Cornwell
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Another exciting adventure in the Sharpe series, with long and detailed but never boring battle descriptions. The plot is somewhat predictable but for me Sharpe's character and the battle scenes made it a very enjoyable read.

This was my #bookspin for October @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 3mo
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Just have caught up on the September pick for #thatsclassic
This was the first time I read Orient Express, and went in knowing nothing, but somehow I guessed the solution before the big reveal. Still, I enjoyed the book a lot, even though some of Poirot's quick conclusions bothered me a little.
@Annie1215

eeclayton How he got from the letter fragment that Ratchett was Casetti, that was completely unbelievable for me. 4mo
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My #BookSpinBingo board for October 🍂🍂🍂

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Hoping I'll have more reading time in October, here's my #bookspin list 🍂🍁
#doublespin #bookspinbingo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4mo
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War in Heaven | Charles Williams
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I'm having a busy period of work, so there's less reading time, but I managed to read both my #bookspin and my #doublespin so I'm glad about that.
I'm currently reading War in Heaven, and will be for a few days I'm sure.

#septemberwrapup #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 4mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Thanks ☺️ 4mo
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War in Heaven | Charles Williams
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The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no-one in the room but the corpse.
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer
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I can't identify with Chris McCandless at all, but for some reason I found this book beautiful, fascinating and haunting.

This was my #BookSpin for September @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
TheNeverendingTBR So much love 💟 4mo
eeclayton @TheNeverendingTBR Agreed. Krakauer presents this story with so much compassion and respect ❤️ 4mo
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Cause Celeb | Helen Fielding
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I have mixed feelings about this book.
It's part chick-lit, with shallow characters and ridiculous situations, and part drama, describing a very serious humanitarian project in Africa.
The chick-lit part is nothing unique, the drama part is beautifully written.
Somehow, the two halves just didn't come together for me.

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#thinkpositivebepositive
I was tagged by @Eggs a while ago, but I'm having such a busy month that I can hardly find the time to follow the posts on Litsy, let alone post myself. But I am mostly okay and I read a little every day ☺️

Eggs I can relate❤️💗❤️ 4mo
eeclayton @Eggs 💕💕💕 4mo
Nute Yes! 4mo
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I expected to like this book much more. The plot was interesting in a way, but the author failed to make me feel for the characters.
This was my #DoubleSpin for September @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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It's going to be a busy month so I have no idea how much time I'll have for reading, but here's my list for September 🍂
#bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Az aranyember: regny | Mr Jkai, Mikls Nagy
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A great read, although I have my opinions about the main character's attitude towards women and some of the women's attitude towards him.

This was my #DoubleSpin for August @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Looks like a well-loved copy! 5mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks I inherited it from one of my uncles ☺️ 5mo
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
(1) Only my current read.
(2) My Goodreads goal is 50 this year. I'm mostly on track, too ☺️
(3) Nick Hornby
(4) I'm grateful for my family and their health.

Thanks for the tag @EadieB 🤗
Would you like to play @DivineDiana @Mrs_B @TiminCalifornia ?

Eggs Thanks for joining in 📖👏🏻🥰📚 5mo
Mrs_B Thank you for the tag! 5mo
eeclayton @Mrs_B You're welcome ☺️ 5mo
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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This is definitely my favourite Austen. I love that Anne is so reflective and never misses a hint, and also that she doesn't blame anyone for what happened all those years ago, even though she knows now that she was given bad advice. She's such a mature character. I also love the lack of melodrama in this book.
Oh, and Wentworth's letter 😍

eeclayton It's strange we've finished all the novels. It's been such a great experience to read them with you #pemberlittens ! Thanks @sprainedbrain for hosting! ❤️ 5mo
sprainedbrain Thank you for being a part of this group! It has been awesome. ❤️ 5mo
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Although it's nonfiction, this book was like an emotional roller-coaster for me. I felt amazed, thrilled, horrified, devastated, outraged and moved while reading it. To say that the five aviatrices the book focuses on - Ruth Elder, Ruth Nichols, Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden and Florence Klingensmith - and the many more fly girls who come up in the story were remarkable is a severe understatement. Their stories should be known ... ⬇️

eeclayton ... and their names remembered. An important and fascinating book.

Thank you so much @EadieB for recommending this to me! ❤️

This was my #BookSpin for August @TheAromaofBooks
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DivineDiana I enjoyed this book too! 5mo
EadieB @DivineDiana Glad to hear that! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
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Great read. I wonder what it felt like to read this when it first came out and nobody knew what the solution of the mystery was.
@Annie1215 #thatsclassic

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Puncs | Dorka Mucha
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An honest and neat little book, which is easy to read and lacks any pretensions. There aren't many twists in the story; in fact, the first person narrator gives away the outcome right at the get-go, but it's not the plot that makes the book interesting but the MC's emotional struggles and coping strategies.
Mucha is a very promising young #Hungarian author, who is worth paying attention to.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!! 6mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Thanks ☺️ 6mo
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Here's my finished #BookSpinBingo board for July. It's been a great reading month for me, with 8 books read and my first ever bingo 🎉
I read My Sister, the Serial Killer and The Pagan Lord for my free spaces.
Looking forward to the August challenge! 😊 @TheAromaofBooks
#BookSpin #DoubleSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 6mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Thank you 🤗 6mo
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Adam and Evelyn | Ingo Schulze
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The atmosphere of the book was interesting, but the plot didn't seem to go anywhere, and I couldn't really root for any of the characters.
I was excited to pick up a book that partly takes place in Hungary in 1989, and I appreciated the atmosphere, the sense of place the author created, but I wasn't blown away.

And this wraps up July for me. I'm going to post my July #bookspinbingo board tomorrow ☺️

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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The Pagan Lord | Bernard Cornwell
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Another solid book in the series. Although it basically follows the same pattern as the previous books, it's always nice to return to Uhtred's world.

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The Talented Mr. Ripley | Patricia Highsmith
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Thanks for the brilliant podcast episode on one of my all-time favourites @Therewillbebooks 😍🤘

Therewillbebooks Thank you so much for listening! 6mo
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I tend to be sceptical about overhyped books, but this was a fantastic read. It pulled me in from the very first page, and I even stayed up very late to finish it ☺️
Thanks for the recommendation @Powered_By_Plants ❤️

TheNeverendingTBR I'm looking forward to reading this awesome trilogy! 💜 6mo
TheNeverendingTBR Re-reading I should say 😁 6mo
eeclayton @TheNeverendingTBR I will totally re-read it in the future, too. It's an awesome book. But first I'll need to read the rest of the trilogy 😉 6mo
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the first part, especially the Weymouth chapters, and how Aiken fleshed out Jane's past. I even found the secret engagement believable: although it was foolish, I think we all have our share of stupid decisions made when nursing a broken heart.
The second part, when we enter the world known from Emma, disappointed me. It felt rushed, and I don't think anything of value was added to the story. And ⬇️

eeclayton And I'm still not convinced that Frank is a suitable partner for Jane.
It also bugged me that most of the time, it felt like Jane was a supporting character in her own book. Even in the first part, Rachel and her conflicts were much more interesting while Jane went through very little development.
#pemberlittens
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TheAromaofBooks I didn't like the way Aiken decided to basically make it sound like Jane “settled“ by marrying Frank, instead of allowing Jane's character to fully embrace & love Frank. When they were in Weymouth, we had times where Jane saw basically “the man beneath the mask“ & cared about/empathized w/ him, but that aspect seemed to disappear when she returned to Hartfield & it felt like it was more on her regretting Dixon/Knightley instead of embracing Frank. 6mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely. Even on the last but one page she was somewhat bitter about Mr Knightley choosing Emma. 6mo
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Next | Michael Crichton
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I guess Crichton wanted to tell a cautionary tale but he failed to make me care. There are too many characters and all of them are underdeveloped. There's a name, some description of their physical appearance and what they do for a living, and that's it. Some of the events were shocking, but I was so detached by then, I just wanted the book to end already.
This was my #bookspin for July @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I also feel like his writing can get rather polemic at times, like he gets caught up in making a point instead of telling a story. 6mo
eeclayton @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely. Didn't feel it in his earlier work, though. Maybe the editors got more lenient with him after he became more well-known? 6mo
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Perdido Street Station | China Miville
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I really wanted to like this book, but every page was a struggle for me. I admit the world building was breathtaking, but it was like nothing but world building; and even after 200 pages, the wtf/page ratio was too high for my taste.
DNFed at 25%.

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Notes From Underground | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Very philosophical and thought-provoking. I enjoyed the second part more.

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(1) Mindset (NF)
(2) Mostly 👍 but I wasn't blown away.
(3) Nowadays I'm mostly into historical fiction, but it changes.
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

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The Clergyman's Wife | Molly Greeley
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It's been three years since Charlotte Lucas got married to Mr Collins. The honeymoon phase -- if they ever had one -- is certainly over. She doesn't exactly regret her choices, but she's definitely started to ask some “what if“ questions.
[...] I felt sorry for her and I desperately wanted nicer things to happen to her, but deep down I also felt that this story was real. And while it broke my heart, I was also ... ⬇️

eeclayton ... grateful for the author for putting Charlotte in centre stage and showing that not all regency marriages were created equal.
Read my full review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3510299316
This was my #doublespin for July @TheAromaofBooks
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