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Crossing | Pajtim Statovci
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youneverarrived I love that now
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Lady of Quality | Georgette Heyer
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Hitting back at the mansplainers in Regency England 😂

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Animals | Emma Jane Unsworth
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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!. The Blind Assassin, The Crow Road, and Girl, Woman, Other
2 “This morning I woke with a feeling of dread“
3. Tea as soon as possible!
#weekendreads

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THIS BOOK

Eggs Omg love that 4w
vivastory I've heard nothing but praise for this one 4w
Moray_Reads @vivastory @eggs I've never read anything quite like it but the prose is so lush and beautiful. There's a real flair for metaphor. I absolutely loved it
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1. My new book is called Dragon Genius
2. Dragon Genius sound pretty good to me!
3. I actually have three unfinished novels that I wrote as a teenager but I don't have the discipline or staying-power to finish them
4. I like words so I enjoy writing but it's a private pleasure mostly. Occasionally I write blogs and similar things for work
#humpdaypost

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readordierachel Love that 🧡 1mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks That‘s a fantastic quote 💕 1mo
Simona Beautiful❣️ 1mo
TrishB Lovely ♥️ 1mo
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El-Mohtar's sensuous prose is stunning, there's a real, keen longing to this story that I wasn't expecting. It's gorgeous

Nute You have made me want to read this! 1mo
Moray_Reads @Nute I'm really enjoying it, she writes beautifully 1mo
Moray_Reads @Nute I'm really enjoying it, she writes beautifully 1mo
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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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I just love Jenny Offill's writing. Her narratives are beautifully fragmented without being disjointed and they give a powerful insight into her character by showing the gaps in their thought as well as the connections. The narrator struggles with the pressures of daily life as well as the creeping dread of climate change and rising fascism. These worries gnaw, constantly on the periphery, and capture the worry and uncertainty of our times

Nute Nice review! 1mo
saresmoore Great review, friend! I will take your recommendations any time. 1mo
BarbaraBB I already stacked this one, your review confirms I did right by that. Great review! 1mo
kspenmoll Nice review! 1mo
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Honestly, this was just too...silly for me. I think the oddness was supposed to be quirky and charming but it just fell flat. E characters speak like twelve-year-olds and l every interaction grates horribly. The juxtaposition of more serious topics (pharmaceutical profiteering, war injuries, mental illness) in this childish context felt insincere and in poor taste. I'm frankly astounded it was shortlisted for the Women's Prize

cjk I abandoned this one early on- I just didn‘t like it. 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
Moray_Reads @cjk it was definitely a chore to finish. I'm glad it's over! 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh dear, just bought this one (it was cheap and because.... squirrel). I thought it sounded a bit weird so it‘s gone on the TBR shelf. Love the pic though! ❤️🐿😁 1mo
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saresmoore Every time I spot this one on the shelf, I think about taking it down for a read. Now I‘m really eager to get to it, so I can pass it along if I hate it! 😅 1mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore it's a really weird mixture of silly and faux-serious that I just didn't get. Either might have been okay but both together didn't work 1mo
saresmoore I just picked it up and read the first 20 pages. I already see what you mean about the dialogue and the tone—it‘s childish without the innocence. The prose is odd & stilted, too. 1mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I agree. the whole thing just felt off to me. I've seen it compared to Eleanor Oliphaunt and I hated that one but I still think it was much better written than Veblen
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saresmoore Too funny that Veblen and Eleanor are shelf neighbors in my library. I think I need some better turquoise books. 😆 1mo
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I'm quite enjoying this book but every so often Sally Vickers writes a flurry of unnecessarily obscure words for very simple concepts in a way I find irritating.

monalyisha 😂 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen @monalyisha "coterminously"? I had to look that one up! 2mo
LeahBergen Me, too! 😆 2mo
Suet624 Wow. Those are some big words. 😂😂 1mo
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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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1. One of my favourites
2. Bare feet indoors
3. Discounting planes, probably somewhere in Switzerland?
4. I don't hate salmon, but it hates me!
5. Doubtful

#friyayintro

ImperfectCJ Good to hear about someone else who doesn't do well with salmon. It's made me ill for years, but I keep trying it thinking I'm making it up because no one else seems to have a problem with it. 2mo
Moray_Reads @ImperfectCJ It makes me so sick! But I don't have a problem with any other fish or shellfish
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Even after the fire at Notre Dame, I didn't realise this was the case

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Page 4 and I'm already dumbfounded

Suet624 Good lord. 1mo
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The Discworld Atlas | Terry Pratchett, The Discworld Emporium
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1. Discworld
2. Derry Girls
3. Never. I never watch sport
4. SUSHI
5. Dad never read much but has started reading short modern classics recently. I'm so proud and now I always know what to buy him.

#FriyayIntro

batsy I love Derry Girls! I need to catch up on the 2nd season 2mo
LeahBergen Derry Girls is soooo good! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Suet624 @batsy @leahbergen Derry Girls!! 1mo
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This is the sort of thing that is making this book an almost unbearable chore

MicheleinPhilly WHAT??? My head. It hurts. 2mo
RachelO Um, no. 2mo
ravenlee Between that and reading the synopsis, I‘m going with a hard pass. 2mo
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LeahBergen Oh, GOD. 🙄🙄🙄 2mo
Moray_Reads @leahbergen @ravenlee @RachelO @MicheleinPhilly I waded through to the end but it was interminable, overwrought and self-important characters wrapped up in overwrought self-important prose. And not in a clever or interesting way 2mo
Suet624 Yup. I was seriously disappointed by this book. 1mo
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A Civil Contract | Georgette Heyer
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Wednesday's Child | Shane Dunphy
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1. 9 (I think)
2. I love the coast
3. Orkney, Shetland, Skye...
4. Rivendell
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗👏🏻📚👏🏻🤗 3mo
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A Civil Contract | Georgette Heyer
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I have a long train journey home this evening which means that a new Georgette Heyer is absolutely essential!

LeahBergen Perfect! 👌🏼 3mo
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The Master and Margarita: A Graphic Novel | Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov, Andrzej Klimowski
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Lindy @BiblioLitten has a cover crush on this one too. 😊 3mo
batsy This is a fantastic cover. 3mo
Leftcoastzen Love this cover 3mo
Hooked_on_books Great choice! 3mo
BiblioLitten It‘s so lush! 😍 3mo
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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Ali Smith had her finger on the pulse in one of the first Brexit novels 😬 #GroundsForDivorce #RedRoseSeptember @Cinfhen @arlenefinnigan

arlenefinnigan I liked this, but I find Ali Smith slightly hard workm 3mo
Cinfhen I agree @arlenefinnigan I can‘t connect with her books. I just don‘t enjoy reading them #UnpopularOpinion 3mo
Moray_Reads She's probably my favourite living author but definitely not for everyone. That cover though! 😍 @cinfhen @arlenefinnigan 3mo
Cinfhen Yes!!!! Her cover designs are ALWAYS brilliant ❤️ 3mo
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TrishB I really disliked this book - but that cover is great! 3mo
batsy Love that cover. All of those editions are so pretty. 3mo
LeahBergen So pretty! 3mo
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Deeplight | Frances Hardinge
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Frances Hardinge is a queen of beautiful, unsettling stories

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Deeplight | Frances Hardinge
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1. A Cultural History of Twin Beds by Hilary Hinds and Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
2. (Another copy of) Jane Eyre and Midnight in Chernobyl
3. Overcast, turning to rain

#WeekendReads

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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It's never fun working on a Saturday but at least I have this recently-purchased beauty to gaze upon. Might as well use this as my first #7days7covers #CoverCrush @youneverarrived!

batsy That is a BEAUTY. I've seen these editions pop up on Instagram and every time I have to pause for awhile until my eyes glaze over 😍 3mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s so striking! 3mo
ju.ca.no Wow! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm What edition/publisher is this beauty? 😍 3mo
Moray_Reads @erzascarletbookgasm It's from Chiltern Publishing. It has gilt edges too 😍 3mo
Soubhiville That‘s amazing! 3mo
TrishB Lovely 💜 3mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous! 3mo
emilyhaldi Wow!!! 😍😍😍 3mo
Kalalalatja Stunning! 3mo
marleed Oh gorge!! 3mo
youneverarrived Oh wow that‘s just gorgeous 😍😍 3mo
LeahBergen These covers are amazing. 😍😍 3mo
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How To READ MORE | Martin Udogie
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1. 2018 was a banner year (475 books) and this year I'm sitting at 99 so I'm abandoning reading goals for now!
2. It would be lovely to get a new job that makes better use of my skills.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView 99 is awesome! Try to remember that we read for fun and not worry about goals. Hard sometimes, I know I fall victim to the pressure of reaching a goal too. 😊 3mo
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📚Last week was my niece's first day at school so I got her a book to celebrate, what could be better than Max Haig's The Truth Pixie Goes to School? I love her expression so I tweeted and now the publisher (Canongate) are also sending her a bookmark and a badge to go with it. Bookish people are the best people ❤

Texreader Adorable!! 3mo
youneverarrived Aww this is lovely 🥰 3mo
batsy ❤️ 3mo
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ValerieAndBooks Aww! So sweet 😍 3mo
JennyM We very much love the truth pixie at our house. Gorgeous pic. Hope she had a good first day x 3mo
LeahBergen Awww! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Another stadium disaster sprang to mind for #NeverForget, this time a fire that broke out in Bradford in 1985 and left 56 dead. I saw a brilliant play based on the events at the Edinburgh Fringe a few years ago #RedRoseSeptember

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It isn't in the database but there might be a recipe for #chippytea in this cookbook... #RedRoseSeptember

LeahBergen That looks tasty! 3mo
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Another enjoyable story from Jaswal. She always shows family and cultural tensions with clarity, complexity and humour and balances every day dramas with big-hitting issues.

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North and South (Revised) | Elizabeth Gaskell
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Margaret Hale realises there's more to #TheNorth than smoke and suffering (there's plenty of that too though) #RedRoseSeptember

readingjedi I had the immense privilege of being taught this book by Patsy Stoneman while at university. It is by no means a favourite of mine but I loved those classes. 3mo
Moray_Reads @readingjedi That sounds amazing! Wives and Daughters and Cranford are my favourite by Gaskell 3mo
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Discovery of Witches | Deborah Harkness
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Expect to see a copy of this 16th-17th century ballad appearing somewhere in the new series...

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The Moon | Hannah Pang
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Not exactly a #HarvestMoon (these were taken in January) but this moon replica was spectacular in St Giles Cathedral on Burn's Night. The book by Hannah Pang is beautifully illustrated. #SoulSeptember

Eggs Beautiful moon 🌝 3mo
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The Scottish Parliament goes back to work today and there's a big drive for trans rights and resolving the delays to the revised Gender Recognition Act. Hopefully after the activism there'll be reasons for some positive #tubthumping to come #RedRoseSeptember

Lindy 🦋 3mo
Cinfhen 💪🏽 3mo
gradcat Great! 👍 3mo
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The Singing Sands | Josephine Tey
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This was my first by Josephine Tey and probably won't be the last. I'm always on the lookout for good vintage mysteries and this was excellent. Lovely descriptions of Scotland (Tey clearly wasn't a devotee of independence though!) and a slow-burn story that's all about the puzzle. Photo is of the singing sands I visited last weekend in Kentra Bay, Ardnamurchan.

LeahBergen And now I‘m looking forward to this one. 👍🏻 3mo
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#Currentllyreading and enjoying this story about three very different #sisters completing a pilgrimage to India for their recently-passed mother and confronting issues of family, marriage, culture, women's rights. It's full of difficult relationships and complex characters. #SoulSeptember

Heideschrampf Did you read erotic stories too? 3mo
Moray_Reads @Heideschrampf I did. This one isn't as funny but it tackles similar issues. The family dynamics are very well done 3mo
Eggs 💗👏🏻🤗👏🏻💗 3mo
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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Virginia Woolf's masterpiece follows #ADayInTheLife of Clarissa Dalloway. A modernist classic and one of the best stream-of-consciousness models ever written #RedRoseSeptember @Cinfhen @arlenefinnigan

arlenefinnigan Excellent 👍 3mo
Cinfhen Pretty bookmark 🧡 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love the bookmark! 😍👍 3mo
LeahBergen The best 😍 3mo
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1. Plus SPQR
2. No long weekend here and some wet weather on the way so indoor activities only. I'll also be introducing my bf to the Princess Bride because he's never seen it 😱
3. Vanilla or pistachio
4. I've never been patient enough to learn!

#friyayintro

TrishB Somehow I‘ve never seen it either! 3mo
saresmoore But, Moray, what if he doesn‘t like it?! He will, he will, nevermind. That‘s just silly. 3mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore There could be severe consequences from such a development...now I'm worried, Sara! 3mo
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saresmoore I‘ll be waiting on pins and needles for the verdict! 3mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore well, I don't think he loves it with the true love and devotion that it deserves but he did enjoy it, so I'll take that 3mo
saresmoore Oh, what a relief. Wuv, twue wuv didn‘t grow in my heart until I watched it for maybe the third time and began quoting it incessantly, so there‘s still hope! 3mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore He particularly enjoyed the song at the end “My love is like a strory-book story, but it's as real as the feelings I feel“. Inspiring vocabulary.
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saresmoore 😂♥️ 3mo
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Cousin Kate | Georgette Heyer
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I didn't love this the way I've loved many of her other works but it's a very enjoyable Gothic romp. Like Jane Austen before her Heyer finds all the fun and humour in the sensational, melodramatic elements of the genre and playfully hams it up.

jillrhudy One I haven‘t read! I confess I‘ve read 22... 3mo
batsy Oooh! A Gothic Regency romance by Heyer? Sold. 3mo
Moray_Reads @batsy As if you needed another reason to love her, right? (edited) 3mo
Moray_Reads @jillrhudy I've read 12 so far. They're my go-to fun reading (along with Discworld) 3mo
LeahBergen I have this one waiting on my shelf and you‘ve inspired me to choose it next with your “gothic” comment. 😆 3mo
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Solar Bones | Mike McCormack
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1. Love this one-sentence marvel.
2. I want to control time (no dreaming small, here)
3. Sagittarius
4. Driving to the west coat of Scotland for the weekend and hoping for fine weather
5. will do!
#FriyayIntro

saresmoore Your weekend plan sounds lovely! Best wishes for good weather. 3mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I'm looking forward to it, though slightly daunted by the lack of internet/phone signal! 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m jealous of your weekend plans! 3mo
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Gavin Francis is a brilliant writer. Shapeshifters covers a lot of different #human transformations, from typical change to disease and pathology but it also moves beyond medicine to consider the philosophy and cultural environment of transformation. #AyUpAugust

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Róisín and François spend a lot of time #UnderTheStars in this beautifully written story that weaves through moments of their lives that occur only when a comet is overhead. #AyUpAugust

Cinfhen This book has been on my TBR for a long time ✨💫✨💫sounds good 3mo
Moray_Reads @Cinfhen I absolutely loved it. And I very much recommend her second book The Growing Season. She's a biophysicist by training so her books have some really interesting scientific elements 3mo
Melissa_J I bailed on this one, which is a shame because I loved the idea of the story. 3mo
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A cultural history of twin beds? Sounds great! And it looked me to the discovery of www.bloomsburycollections.com where many non-fiction books can be read for free. Double yes.

Caroline2 Her face!!!! 😂 love it!!! 👍🏻 4mo
AlaMich Even as a kid watching Dick van Dyke or I Love Lucy, I thought it was weird that they slept in twin beds. I was told by someone that it was a requirement for tv shows. (edited) 4mo
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I saw Sarah Wise give a talk on Victorian “madness“ diagnoses and incarcerations on Wednesday. It was fascinating and painted a picture quite different from what I (and she) had thought. Must read the book now! (She touched on famous literary examples from Wilkie Collins and Charlotte Bronte)

Kalalalatja Sounds great! 4mo
JazzFeathers It does sound very interesting. Incidente, l've recently read two novels, both set in the 1910s, addressing this matter. It's quite upsetting thinking about it. 4mo
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White Tears: A novel | Hari Kunzru
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Immediately thought of this powerfully unsettling book about cultural appropriation. Two hipster poseurs exploit the legacy of black music and are obsessed with “authenticity“ (and vinyl). Sidenote: At work I used a record player for the first time last week, despite the fact my bf has one. #putyourrecordson #ayupaugust

TrishB The record player is Hubby‘s prized procession. My daughter has one too and her dad buys her all sorts! (edited) 4mo
Moray_Reads @TrishB I don't really like them, that faint hum and hiss of the needle drives me bonkers. He's all for records and I'm a Spotify girl 4mo
batsy Reading Their Eyes Were Watching God at the moment and was just thinking about this book today. So brilliant. 4mo
TrishB @Moray_Reads that‘s what they like, the hiss and the hum and the background noise. 4mo
Moray_Reads @batsy So funny and so dark and so uncomfortable 4mo
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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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A baby goes #missing after the murder of his family and finds shelter in the most unlikely of places #AyUpAugust

vivastory Great choice! How have you been? 4mo
Moray_Reads @vivastory It's one of my go-to books for prompts and I just love this first page. I'm very well. I had an on-going work issue that was pretty distressing for a while but that all came to an end yesterday so I'm feeling much lighter! How are you? 4mo
squirrelbrain Sounds a bit scary! (The book and the work thing but glad you‘ve got work sorted now...) 4mo
vivastory Glad to hear that your unpleasant work situation is straightened out. It really seems to spill over into everything. Work is a bit busy & stressful at the moment, otherwise things are going well for me. 4mo
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The Bestiary | Ann VanderMeer
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You can't beat a medieval bestiary for a weird #animal or two! #AyUpAugust

gradcat Yikes! 😱 (edited) 4mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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I'm puzzled about the hype surrounding this one. Yes, the themes of mass population movent, xenophobia and climate disaster are apposite but the writing is bland and the characters barely hold together. The world-building is sparse, not least because there is no information about what happened during the Change. Sea levels rose dramatically, that's all we know. It's a curiously flat book and I'm surprised it's a Booker long-lister

Kalalalatja Couldn‘t agree more! 4mo
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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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This is a powerful and difficult read and I advise caution. There is no sugar-coating here and while I hesitate to use the word graphic the scenes of rape are distressing. The story is distressing and O'Neill handles it with the perfect balance of bluntness and sensitivity. Emma's interior monologue is painfully authentic and her inner conflicts cleverly portrayed 👇

Moray_Reads O'Neill has written a hugely important book here, that looks unflinchingly society's attitudes to women and to rape but one of my biggest takeaways is the internalised misogyny displayed by so many of the female characters. Because we do it too, we judge in precisely the places and ways we would most hate to be judged and, ladies, we need to do better and demand better. 4mo
TrishB Great summary, I love- hated this book. And the parents 😡😡😡 4mo
Moray_Reads @TrishB It's really well done but goodness, it's bleak and everyone's determination to do and say anything that made the situation “easier“ was terrifying 4mo
Kalalalatja Perfect review! This is one of the books that inspired me to write my thesis about rape victims decision to report the rape to the police. I got to tell this to O‘Neill last year at a book festival, and she was so nice! 4mo
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