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erzascarletbookgasm

erzascarletbookgasm

Joined May 2016

🇲🇾🌞🌧🏖📚✌️… I‘m still reading, but slowly..🐌
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The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, Michael Emmerich
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Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems by William Shakespeare
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Time Is a Mother | Ocean Vuong
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This is my first time reading Ocean Vuong. I don‘t know how to review a poetry collection as this, it‘s something so personal and written with such honesty. I won‘t say they‘re beautiful; but one can feel his pain and cold anger. The ones about the loss of his mother were touching. Others felt unfocused and I was lost. I‘ll probably still give On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous a try.

HeatherBookNerd I struggled with this one but just loved Briefly Gorgeous. Give it a try. 4d
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I didn‘t enjoy this as much as I‘ve hoped. It has an intriguing premise & what I‘ve read so far was interesting, as I‘ve not read any of the featured authors‘ individual biographies, but I didn‘t like the many aspects of conjecture. Especially in the first section, Austen, which has left a sour taste in my mouth. Also I didn‘t like the tone of the writing. And after the section of Bronte & Mary Taylor, I wasn‘t motivated to pick it up again.

BarkingMadRun I don‘t blame you, I feel like it didn‘t deliver what it promised 4d
batsy It's a bit of a letdown, isn't it? I found the first chapter on Austen pretty grating, as well. 4d
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“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

Happy birthday to Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie Mallowan - the best-selling author of all time, born 15 September, 132 years ago.

Dragon Happy birthday 🥳 Agatha! She started me on my lifelong love of mystery novels 💚🐉 2w
Ruthiella One of my favorite authors of all time! ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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Cathythoughts Great post ❤️ 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Cathy! How are you, my friend? @Cathythoughts 5d
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Many would be familiar with the novel, and for those who haven‘t read the original text, (ahem, like me) would also have some passing knowledge of it, especially after the much publicised Hulu adaptation. I thought this graphic novel take by Renée Nault is a nice cheat for me to tick off my TBR list. The artwork cleverly uses colours and visual symbols to give an unsettling feeling. I could follow the story, so ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm ….I guess the essence of it is maintained. But I did find difficulty in telling apart the Handmaids, and their red uniforms seem a little too glamorous, alluring. 🤷‍♀️ But go read it, see if it‘s a great companion to the original story. (edited) 3w
KathyWheeler I‘ve read both and felt the graphic novel did a good job with preserving the intent of the book. 3w
batsy I haven't read this yet, either! 3w
MrsK I read THT when it was as first released. I only watched the first few episodes of the series. This looks very interesting though. I‘ll give it a look. Thanks 😊 3w
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Thalia | Frances Faviell
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Bounjour and grüezi ! #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

Here are my options for November. It‘s coming to the end of the year, and I‘m longing for a holiday! A trip to Brittany or the Alps? Also, we haven‘t read these authors in the club, I think.

I hope I‘m tagging everyone.

batsy Ooh! Nice ones. I'm drawn to Thalia so that gets my vote! 4w
CarolynM I‘d be happy with either, but my vote goes to 4w
Ruthiella Tagging @jlhammar too. 😀 I think I‘ll opt for the author I know and want to try more from 4w
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LeahBergen That‘s right! We haven‘t read these authors yet. Hmm… I‘m a Gibbons fan but I‘m going for the other one this month as I‘ve never read this author. My vote goes to 4w
Cathythoughts Thanks Jessie ❤️ I‘m going for 4w
MrsK They both sound like interesting reads, but my vote goes to 4w
jlhammar Thank you! I want to read them both, but my vote is for 4w
MrsK PS…new handle for me. @MrsK is just so much easier…and better 😁 4w
quietjenn This is a tough one, as they both sound great! But, I think I'll vote for 4w
elkeOriginal As I already read Swiss, my vote is 4w
Jess_Read_This I‘ve read Swiss already. But haven‘t read Thalia or anything else by that author! It‘s got my vote, please. 4w
rubyslippersreads For any Littens who haven‘t already bought it, I think this is one of the rotating free Kindle books that FM usually offers on Mondays. Which means I have it, so I‘ll vote for it. 😄 4w
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads Thanks for the tip! I‘ll check it out next Monday! See what‘s available. 3w
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The Railway Children | Edith Nesbit
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An endearing read. I like the sentiments the story shows - kindness, compassion, and fortitude. I frown upon the stereotypes of boys and girls; and foreigners. If I had read this when I was a kid, I‘d have enjoyed it immensely. But now I just focus on the fun adventures of the quick witted and courageous siblings, and the heartwarming story.

#ChildrensClassicRead2022

TrishB If I‘ve re-read some of the stereotypes from my childhood as an adult I‘ve generally breathed a sigh of relief that I turned out ok despite all that! 4w
batsy That's a pretty edition! 💕 4w
youneverarrived That‘s a lovely edition 😍 4w
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TheBookHippie @TrishB I agree!! phew... 4w
TheBookHippie As a child I would have really been enamored as well. It was quite a sweet story,
I am glad we read it. What a pretty picture !
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LeahBergen Lovely photo (and so many old favourites ❤️)! 4w
CarolynM What a great collection😍 4w
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The only #letterZ book that I‘ve read. A book with little snippets of wisdom which one can dip in and out, accompanied by pretty illustrations. The ideas are simple and easy to follow, great for those who seek peace, calm and little joys in everyday life.

Thanks for initiating the fun #AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for playing!! 1mo
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Mildred Pierce | James M. Cain
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Set against the background of Depression-era California, this novel accounts the rise and downfall of a divorced woman, a mother who is overly doted on her daughter. Mildred is generally a good, hardworking woman but she‘s also shrewd and I was somewhat confused with her blind devotion/love for her daughter. At the heart of the story, I think it‘s ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm .. the complex relationship between mother and daughter, and how that relationship, and all other Mildred‘s relationships, are affected by money and social class.
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batsy Nice review! This is moving up my TBR after reviews from you and @vivastory 🙂 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I look forward to hear your thoughts when you get to it @batsy 1mo
vivastory Terrific review! As you said, def different from PART & DI but I thought it was an interesting read. I still need to watch one of the adaptations, I hope to do so this weekend. 1mo
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The Yellow Wallpaper | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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#AlphabetGame

Another single book/story I‘ve read. #letterY
The paranoia was unnerving.

batsy A good, if utterly disturbing, read! 1mo
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Xingu | Edith Wharton
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This satirical story was real fun. And funny!

#AlphabetGame The only one I‘ve read for #letterX

Cathythoughts I saw this choice earlier on the Alphabet game and stacked it 👍🏻❤️😁 1mo
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I have skipped letter V and for #letterW another shoutout to Shirley Jackson.

#AlphabetGame

batsy Brilliant book. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 1mo
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Utz | Bruce Chatwin
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#AlphabetGame

Not many #letterU books to choose from, I think I‘ve only read two. First is the tagged book, very interesting and witty.
Another interesting read was Under The Skin by Michel Faber, strange and grotesque.

BarbaraBB I chose Under the Skin 😀 1mo
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The Thing Around Your Neck | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A great collection of immersive short stories with narrators that I can empathize with. ❤️

#AlphabetGame #letterT

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Mildred Pierce | James M. Cain
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“In the spring of 1931, on a lawn in Glendale, California, a man was bracing trees.”

My third James M. Cain after Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Sky Burial | Xinran
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#AlphabetGame

I choose to highlight this favourite as it stayed with me long after I finished it. Such a haunting and moving book. ❤️💔

Another favourite #letterS is The Sense Of An Ending, Julian Barnes. Elegantly and melancholy told, a brilliant examination of memory.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 1mo
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The Reader | Bernhard Schlink
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

My choice for #letterR is sad, moving, and thought provoking.

BarbaraBB Wonderful choice 🤍 1mo
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Quicksand | Nella Larsen
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#AlphabetGame

I still want to read her other book, Passing.
Another good read for #letterQ is Quennie by Candice Carty-Williams.

DivineDiana I have only read Passing which was excellent! Actually,my copy is in a compilation of her writing which includes Quicksand. You have encouraged me to finish her other stories! 1mo
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batsy Passing is excellent, too 💜 1mo
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Plainsong | Kent Haruf
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#AlphabetGame #letterP

Gentle, quiet, and eloquently told, Plainsong is about ordinary people in a small town facing difficult choices in life. There‘s no plot twist or dramatic plot yet I found the story engaging and beautiful.

Graywacke I really enjoyed Our Souls at Night. I would like to read this too. 1mo
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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#AlphabetGame #letterO

Loved this one! So evil! I‘m still searching for other Thomas Tryon‘s novels, especially Harvest Home.

batsy This book was a trip and a half! 1mo
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BarbaraBB Such a great choice 🍷 1mo
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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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#AlphabetGame #letterN

One of my favourite Austen, a delightful read!

mabell I love this one 💕 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👌🏻📚🙌🏻 1mo
batsy 💜 1mo
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My Cousin Rachel | Daphne Du Maurier
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“There are some women, Philip, good women very possibly, who through no fault of their own impel disaster. Whatever they touch, somehow turns to tragedy.”

#AlphabetGame My favourite #letterM
An absorbing read, loved the tension, menace, and air of ambiguity throughout the novel.

BiblioLitten Brilliant book! 1mo
Ruthiella I also loved the ambiguity of this novel…so perfectly balanced. 1mo
Cathythoughts Loved this too ♥️ 1mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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“I want to be a success…It‘s all that matters to me. I‘ll do whatever it takes to succeed”.

Oh Maurice! What an unforgettable protagonist Boyne has created. I loved this book.

#AlphabetGame #letterL

TrishB Maurice was a clever, nasty man! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf! 2mo
Deblovestoread Still need to read this one. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB Perfect description of Maurice! 1mo
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#AlphabetGame #letterK

Kindred by Octavia Butler was a good read but I‘m choosing the tagged book - insightful, infuriating and perfectly captures misogynies in modern day South Korea.

MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward Ahhh, I just finished this! Your description is perfect. This piece is intentionally infuriating and incredibly effective 🙌🦾 2mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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I am embarrassingly late to finish the #PemberLittens buddy read but what a splendid read! I love the gentle wit and Mildred‘s voice. The book makes me smile, and sometimes titter. Also very thirsty, with all the constant tea brewing. A great introduction to Barbara Pym for me.

P/S I love this mug featuring artwork from the Virago Modern Classics edition of the book 😍

batsy This was also my first (and only, so far) Pym! 💚 2mo
Librarybelle That mug is adorable!! 2mo
Sparklemn Love the mug! 1mo
CarolynM I had my eye on this mug, but I bought more of her books instead🤣 Excellent Women is a gateway drug, you‘ll be craving more Pym soon 😆 @batsy 1mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig So much tea! 1mo
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Jamaica Inn | Daphne Du Maurier
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#AlphabetGame #letterJ

The tagged book shares the top spot with Just Mercy. I saw someone already posted about the latter, so I‘ll go with Daphne du Maurier. Loved this classic gothic read.

Tagging @BiblioLitten if you wish to play.

batsy Yes to this! 💜 2mo
BarbaraBB What @batsy says! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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#AlphabetGame #letterI @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

This one was pretty clever, dark and twisted, with Shakespeare references. It reminds me of The Secret History. Didn‘t love it, but found it very interesting and nicely constructed. Recommended if you like dark academia novels, Shakespeare, and slow burn stories.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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“..and whatever walked there, walked alone.”

#AlphabetGame #letterH

This was my first Shirley Jackson and I‘ve been a fan of her since. There‘re many layers in this novel, and so much left unsaid, but what‘s left unsaid are frightening - slow and anxious kind of frightening.

LeahBergen LOVED this book! ❤️ 2mo
batsy Yes! Love this one, too 💜 Absolutely got under my skin. 2mo
Graywacke That line! Brilliant choice. It‘s a special thing. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤📚🖤 2mo
BiblioLitten Love this book! 2mo
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Atonement | Ian McEwan
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Thanks for the tag @sprainedbrain #manicmonday

📕 Atonement (a few favourites, but this is my top)
✍️ Jane Austen 👌
🎥 Absolute Power (I don‘t watch a lot of movies, I enjoyed this)
🎙 Annie Lennox (you must be guessing my age)
🎶 All Out Of Love - Air Supply (now you know #eightiesgirl )

Tagging anyone who wants to play.

CBee Atonement and Austen are definitely favorites today! Thanks for playing, fellow 80s girl 👏🏻👏🏻♥️♥️ 2mo
merelybookish Those Air Supply ballads. (I remember listening to them on 45. So also showing my age. 👵) 2mo
Deblovestoread Love all your A‘s although I didn‘t see the movie but read the book.💜 2mo
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BooknerdsLife Ahh!! Love Annie Lennox & all the Air Supply songs!!! 🤗💗 Proud to be showing my age too 😄 2mo
Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm @merelybookish I love All Out Of Love! ❤️ But my absolute favorite Air Supply song is Making Love Out Of Nothing At All. I have the single on vinyl! 😂 2mo
TrishB I put Atonement as my film as I don‘t watch a lot either! 2mo
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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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“It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.”

#AlphabetGame #letterG

My favourite Gaiman! (not counting The Sandman series, since I haven‘t read them 🙈).

Blackink_WhitePaper Same pinch ! 🥰😊 2mo
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#AlphabetGame #letterF

Some of you may know I am a big fan of Tana French and the Dublin Murder Squad series. Many have citied ‘The Likeness‘ and ‘Broken Harbour‘ as their favourites but mine is the tagged book. Gripping, well written, great dialogues, bleak and utterly realistic, and gives a good look at life in modern Ireland. And Frank Mackey is by far the most interesting character in the Murder Squad. 👌

bookandbedandtea I agree! I haven't read all her books yet but this is definitely my favorite. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 2mo
BiblioLitten I haven‘t read French yet and I have always wanted to. I think I‘ll start with this one then📚 2mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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#AlphabetGame #letterE @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

The tagged book is a classic and considered a masterpiece for a reason. It was a great read, I liked reading the relationships among the characters, their struggles, and the portrayal of humanity shown.

Tagging anyone who wants to play along.

Cinfhen Ohhh…. Good one!! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice! 2mo
eeclayton This was my pick for E too ☺️ 2mo
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Catching up on the #AlphabetGame #letterD

I think I didn‘t read a lot of books with title D, so putting this up. I enjoyed this classic horror. Glad to have read the original text which many vampire fictions and movies owe much to it.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
vivastory One of my favorites 2mo
batsy It's a good one! Took me a long time to get to it but I'm glad I did 🧛🏻‍♂️ 2mo
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#alphabetgame #letterc

Quite a huge book, and I‘m often fearful of chunksters, but this was so worth the time. Sugar is an unforgettable character. Very engrossing, and I didn‘t want it to end!

Let‘s hear your favourite letter C @BarbaraBB @andrew61 @TieDyeDude

BarbaraBB I still remember this one vividly! 2mo
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Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh
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#alphabetgame #letterb

I remember loving this book, such a melancholic and tragic story, not at all about homosexuality, and more than an ‘Oxford‘ novel.

Tagging anyone who wants to join this fun game!

TrishB One book about rich people I also loved! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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#Alphabetgame #letterA @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Thanks for the tag @Cathythoughts

I recommend the tagged book, Woodson writes so lyrically. This is a haunting and beautiful book about memory.

Want to share yours, @batsy @LeahBergen ?

Cathythoughts Sounds lovely Jessie, stacking. 2mo
batsy I definitely need to read this! 💙 2mo
LeahBergen Thanks for the tag! 😘 2mo
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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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“..you can‘t run away from who you are, but what you can do is run toward who you want to be.”

Great story that takes on bullying, poverty, and trying to fit in, among other themes. Castle a.k.a. Ghost is a compelling character to like, and this is an inspiring story. I will look up the rest of the books in the Track series. 👍
#AuthorAMonth

BarbaraBB I just read a book by him too and it was spectacular 2mo
Tamra We loved the Track series! 2mo
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Jason Reynolds delivers another winner. A terrific novel told in verse, about a teenage boy wanting to revenge after his brother is shot dead. Reynolds masterfully balances readability with heavy issues like gun violence, revenge, and gang. And that‘s an ending that I like. I read the graphic novel adaptation immediately after, great artwork that kept me glued to the pages.
#AuthorAMonth

AmyG I read this one, too. It was heartbreaking yet beautifully written. 2mo
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The English Air | D.E. Stevenson
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I think this is a good story, an interesting one, different from what the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub has read so far. It‘s insightful to read of the political opinions of the people during the early days of WW2, especially the English middle class. I did enjoy it, although I felt the ending was too rush and easy. Glad to have read my first D.E. Stevenson. 👍

Cathythoughts Nice review Jessie. It was my first by this author too 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
CarolynM Lovely review. I've already gone on to Mrs Tim and I'm looking forward to more 🙂 2mo
batsy Nice review 💜 I wasn't too sold on it at the beginning but I'm slowly warming to it. 2mo
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quietjenn Nice review! I love that so many are being introduced to Stevenson, even if this isn't her best work. 2mo
Ruthiella Great review! It‘s always interesting to read books written during a world event, like WWII. It certainly gives a different perspective. 2mo
LeahBergen Great review! It‘s not one of her best but I enjoyed it, as well. 2mo
Jess_Read_This Nice review! I agree with you entirely on how rushed the ending felt. 2mo
Kimzey Thanks for the review! I‘ve not been able to finish this one due to a complicated summer. 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @kimzey hope you‘ll get to finish it whenever you‘re ready. Or not, since it has not gotten a very enthusiastic response from the rest of us. 2mo
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A gorgeously illustrated graphic novel, very closely adapted, although it has been condensed and artistically altered in some places. Nevertheless it captures the mood and era of the original work, and as much as I remember, the themes as well. I like the whimsical illustrations, and how imagery is sometimes literally shown. A fresh way to experience the classic, and a great way to engage new readers, although I recommend knowing the novel first.

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I enjoyed reading this memoir of Yelchin recounting his childhood in the Soviet Union in the 1970s. I like how it provides a good blend of humour and seriousness amidst the backdrop of the tensions of Cold War, KGB spies, and anti-semitism. Although a #middlegrade book, it has many layers that adult readers will discover. And I was amused by the grandmother‘s outspokenness and wit.

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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This started well, intriguing enough but the suspense falters, and overall it lacks the tension and dread I was expecting. Also, I felt there wasn‘t a distinct difference in the voice of various POVs. I was entertained by some parts of it though. Maybe this book and I are not a good fit because there‘re others who loved it.

Ruthiella I read The Hunting Party by Foley and also wasn‘t overly impressed. It was fine. 3mo
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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I thought “Bunny” was darkly weird, but this is more so! Exhausting, intense, darkly funny, and I read it with horror, too. All‘s Well has a clever connection with a couple of Shakespeare‘s plays. It‘s a poke at the perception of chronic pain, and of the health care industry. There‘s a good dose of the supernatural (or is it painkillers?) at play, that left me confused in parts. I think this makes a good book club read-lots to discuss. Quite ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …a ‘problem‘ book, like the Shakespeare play but it was a gripping read. 3mo
Graywacke I‘m intrigued. Great post! 3mo
batsy Nice review! I enjoyed Bunny a lot and will be attempting to read this at some point. Within the year, I hope. Lol 😆 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm @Graywacke @batsy Thanks! Given both your wider and in-depth knowledge of Shakespeare‘s works, I believe you‘ll have a better grasp of this, and appreciate more!😊 3mo
CarolynM Great review. Like @batsy I liked Bunny and I am going to read this, but I really need to “brush up my Shakespeare” (especially All‘s Well) before I do. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM Thanks. Maybe just read the summary of All‘s Well and Macbeth to refresh your memory, so you‘ll get the subtle nuances. 3mo
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Temple Alley Summer | Sachiko Kashiwaba
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This captivating and enchanting story has a timeless feel. It has a fairy-tale within a ghost story, with likeable characters, that tells of second chances and living a life without regrets. Fans of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away will enjoy this, as it‘s written by the same author whose other book - The Marvelous Village Veiled In Mist - inspired the popular animated work.
#middlegrade

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A character-study novel about isolation, anxiety, human connection, and modern womanhood. Poetic prose, some lovely passages with dreamlike atmosphere, and with a general sense of melancholy. At times I was frustrated with the protagonist for her passiveness; but as I meandered along with her, I was drawn into her aloneness world, felt sad for her. I didn‘t like this as much as B&E and Heaven, but this is an important, contemplative read.

LeahBergen Lovely review! 3mo
TrishB Great review ❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts I love your review Jessie👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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The Birdwatcher | William Shaw
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I enjoyed my first book by William Shaw, set in the Kent coast, England. This is a prequel/introduction to the DS Alex Cupidi series, which I will now look up to read. A well-written, slow-burn story with vivid descriptions of the landscapes, strong character driven. A policeman with a secret past, a peek into the atmospheres of The Troubles,..more than a crime novel. 👍

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Crushing | Sophie Burrows
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In this graphic novel without words, the artwork is strong enough to tell the story. The two-tone artwork is really lovely. Two people in a big city, feeling lonely, longing for human connection, but also afraid to reach out. A tale exploring loneliness in urban living, nicely observed.

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The Fell | SARAH. MOSS
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This novel brings us back to the lockdown in 2020, following the lives of four characters over one evening. I love the intimate observations told through the characters‘ internal monologues..there‘s so much insight and truth in them. Love the writing, and skilfully done, the story is quite tense, at times, witty, as it explores relationships and human connections during the lockdown.

rmaclean4 Loved this novel. 4mo
TrishB I loved this ❤️ 4mo
youneverarrived Great review 🤍 4mo
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This is such a good #middlegrade #diverseread book..cute, fun, and enjoyable. Holly-Mei is a regular tween in Toronto but her mother‘s job promotion had them relocate to Hong Kong, where she needs to navigate new challenges in a prestigious private school. It gives a glimpse into the life of the wealthy and elite, and touches on topics like friendships, family, heritage, and parental pressure. It‘s refreshing to read about ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …confident, happy, realistic Asian characters. The book is the author‘s love letter to Hong Kong. Reading this makes me miss Hong Kong so much! 4mo
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A wonderfully told story about a 8 year-old boy who is running away from home, seeking great adventures. Truth is, he‘s running away from a situation he fears to face at home. He‘s soon swept away in a fantastical adventure, and learnt some important lessons in life. Nicely plotted, a clever retelling of a popular children‘s classic.
#middlegrade

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Ten Way Street | Susan Scarlett
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oOoo…these cover reveals by Dean Street Press look delectable! Probably @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads have read some of these, or even own them in other editions?
Tagging the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub gang..

Cathythoughts Oh lovely covers 👌🏻 4mo
Ruthiella Love these! 😍 4mo
batsy I want them all 😍 4mo
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LeahBergen I own a few that were republished by Greyladies but I‘m so glad I can get the rest of them now! 4mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m with @batsy ! I want them all! 😍 4mo
Kimzey Yay! 😍 4mo
quietjenn Very excited about these! 4mo
elkeOriginal Ooo - these are particularly good covers! 4mo
CarolynM Aren‘t they gorgeous? 😍 I‘m sure we‘ll be reading at least one of them soon.🙂 4mo
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