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rachaich

Joined September 2016

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Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
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Walden, Or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau
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The Baltimore Boys by Jol Dicker
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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Oh this is so good. Living up to all my hopes. Flippin love Barbara!

sprainedbrain Yes! Love her, and loved this book. 🥰 4h
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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I've wanted to read this for ages as I've read all of her others and she's probably my favourite writer. I heard a Radio 4 adaptation but am whizzing through this as she's so eloquent and wonderful.

AlohaAmy Another of my favourite authors 🤓 2d
rachaich @AlohaAmy think she's got a similar style to Anne Tyler 😊😊. I'd also recommend Elizabeth Stroud and Anna Quinden 😘 1d
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Interesting reading these two alongside each other.
Walden is for book club but has been on my shelf for a few years.... Lonely City was recommended based on previous reads.
They both give interesting insight into loneliness versus solitude and the impact or benefits on individuals.

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I've wanted to read this for a while and started last night. It's quite a detailed account of artists with a theme of loneliness for numerous reasons.

AnneCecilie I loved this book when I read and hope you do too 1w
rachaich @AnneCecilie thank you 1w
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Miller's Valley: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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Pickpick

Fantastic book.
Really really devoured it in chunks as it was such a great book. I liked the way tge story flowed with a combination of past and present but not in a prescriptive way.
Fans of Elizabeth Stroud and Ann Tyler will love!

JanuarieTimewalker13 I have t read an Anna Q for years and years...I will have to put her on my list!! 2w
Eggs Love reading AQ-my favorite is 1w
BarbaraBB I used to love her but haven‘t read her for years either. The comparison with Strout does it for me though. Stacked! 1w
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rachaich @JanuarieTimewalker13 worth it 😊😊 1w
rachaich @Eggs another to add to my list! 1w
rachaich @BarbaraBB I'd apologise but she's great 😁😁 1w
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Miller's Valley: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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Loved her book Alternate Side so really looking forward to this.

Eggs ❤️ Quindlen 2w
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Walden, Or, Life in the Woods | Henry David Thoreau
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We're reading this for Nov book club as we have a Thanksgiving meal planned (we have two Americans in our grouo) and thought this would be a good but challenging read!

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Carson McCullers
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Beautiful writing and an interesting story looking at inhabitants of a poor area in southern states.
Whilst it was horrid in the poverty description, it was also really fascinating to read how each flicked to the deaf mute to confess and blurt out.

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Carson McCullers
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Interested to start this one today. 😊😊

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The Muse: A Novel | Jessie Burton
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Really enjoyed the two plots and was entranced throughout. Great read. 🤗🤗🤗

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The Muse: A Novel | Jessie Burton
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Speeding through this book. It's intriguing me, I'm trying to work out how they're all intertwined.
Sunny spot with lemon and ginger tea. Bliss. 🤗🤗🤗

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The Muse: A Novel | Jessie Burton
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So The Minituarist was my unexpected riveting read over the summer. Thus I was super pleased to find this on a library shelf. Plus the cover is ace.
I like the idea of there being two stories weaving together, although reviews suggest the 1936 one is too long...
We shall see! 😊📚🍷

Birdsong28 Have you seen her new one? 3w
rachaich @Birdsong28 yes they adapted it for radio 4 so I deliberately didn't listen! It's on my book club list for the spring 😊😊😊 3w
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Mehso-so

I'm undecided!
I liked the narrative very much. And the plot was great. But didn't feel the spookedness!

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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So far, not scary...
Page 192.
I'm hoping it gets scarier.
Some spooky moments but nothing Proper Spooky 👻👿💀

UnidragonFrag I didn't find anything proper spooky. Some scene that could've but just missed the mark for me 🤷‍♀️ 4w
twohectobooks It‘s so funny how different things work for different people. I was creeped out by this book from the first to the last page! 4w
Macnjen Probably scarier in it‘s time. Stories have gotten much scarier, violent and psychological over the years, I think. 4w
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Lcsmcat I love that edition! 4w
rachaich @UnidragonFrag absolutely agree! 4w
rachaich @Macnjen yeah I guess. I remember reading Woman in Black and being spooked. 4w
rachaich @Macnjen plus I don't usually read horror etc but watch some paranormal films. 4w
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Oooh. Getting ready for spookiness and goose bumps!
I couldn't get into the netflix adaptation so hope this is good!

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Gentlemen and Players | Joanne Harris
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Mehso-so

Okay. Whilst I didn't overly like this book, it's flippin amazing in its execution and twists and turns and unravelling. Glad I'm stubborn and stuck with it! 😅🤗

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Impressions of Wales | Martin Knowlden
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Wow! Loved this massive and amusing depiction of books in a shopping centre in Cardiff. I think you could listen to some of them through earphones but wasn't open to check.

readordierachel Cool! 1mo
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Gentlemen and Players | Joanne Harris
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Hmm. Not enthralled so far. Good plot but no empathy for any character yet...

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Gentlemen and Players | Joanne Harris
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Charity shop purchase...

I adore the Chocolat series... hoping this is at least half as good!

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After struggling a little mid way through, I am glad I continued as tge final few chapters brought it together.
I do enjoy her prose, as well as the descriptions she adds about the surroundings.

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Post zumba cereal to accompany this book.
I found the first couple of sections more enticing than the one I've just read. Hoping it keeps me reading. ..

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Tonight I'm starting this book.
I've read two others by her and like her swirling plots and the character relationship.

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The Baltimore Boys | Jol Dicker
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Fantastic read, really good and well thought out storyline. The fluctuating time line makes it even more interesting as I was constantly trying to determine who was where and when!
I hope he's writing another. 😊😊😉

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The Baltimore Boys | Jol Dicker
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Living alone means eating alone which allows reading whilst eating!
This book is fantastic.

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The Baltimore Boys | Jol Dicker
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Oh my goodness, I didn't know there was another of these ! I loved Harry Quebert. 😊😊😚😚

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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A rare afternoon and evening of no commitment or plans so I spent the time reading the rest of this.
It's flippin excellent! It kept me completely hooked and turning pages right up until the last sentence. I'd never have predicted the plot or ending.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Cor, it's bloomim good so far!

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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About to start reading this.
I've not read anything else by him...

JanuarieTimewalker13 Ohhhh...The Heart‘s Invisible Furies was great!! I haven‘t read this one yet. 1mo
rachaich @JanuarieTimewalker13 it's very good :) 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Good to know!! I‘ve only read 2 books by him this far, but I will get to more in 2020, God willing (or universe willing) lol 1mo
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An emotional and teary read, but also a quick read.
It had some excellent quotable parts, and I liked the wit and banter between the two teenagers.

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Reading this for a book club.
I know why I've not read it before... it is a little close to my heart with the subject. But it is a well written book. No way will I watch the film! 😭😿

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The Break | Pietro Grossi
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Oh this was wonderful prose and a simple yet detailed story.
It was nothing like I expected, and I need to mull it over somewhat. Thoroughly absorbing read.

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The Break | Pietro Grossi
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One of the recommendations from my book spa.
Short novel, translated from the Italian.
It chronicles a couple who discovered her pregnancy and how he reacts.

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Perfect: A Novel | Rachel Joyce
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Mehso-so

I finished this sooner than anticipated as the last part of the book is questions!
A heart felt story which was simple in style and plot. I'm not a huge fan of her work but appreciated the mental health aspects.
I liked the two narrators but wanted more from Jim!

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Perfect: A Novel | Rachel Joyce
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After starting two others and not feeling enamoured by either, I'm trying this.

Libby1 This is beautiful and sad. I hope you‘ll like it. 2mo
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A perfect weekend in Wales with my book club women. And finished the tagged book whilst I was there.
Excellent read, love the era and his writing is incredible.

Cathythoughts Oh great ! Looking forward to this one 2mo
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A Gentleman in Moscow was one of my top reads this year so I'm hoping this is equally absorbing :)
I rather like the cover.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this one. Towles writing is so captivating. (But I liked Gentleman in Moscow the most!) 2mo
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Oops!
6 books for £1... couldn't resist 😂😂😂😆😆😆

GatheringBooks and all great titles! 2mo
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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Wow. Finished. Am mulling it over.
My one criticism would be that the final sections had a slight air of convenience in their panning out. But I still found it extremely gripping and bloody good in both writing and plot.

Anna40 Have started it but couldn't get into the story. Am reading something else now... will get back to it 2mo
Follow.my.read I am 3/4 way through and still waiting for something to happen? 2mo
rachaich @Follow.my.read interesting... I guess it's accounts rather than action? ☺ 2mo
rachaich @Anna40 always worth going back to books. In often do so ☺ 2mo
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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Seriously good.
Less than 100 pages left. I foresee a severe book hangover 😉😭😿

Follow.my.read I am halfway through! 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I was hugely spoilt and suprise by this unexpected package from a dear friend.
And so I begin...

marleed Oh Dear Reader, Enjoy! 2mo
SomedayAlmost Awesome! 2mo
rachaich It's so amazing 😊😊😊 2mo
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Alternate Side: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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I liked this.
I liked the portrayal of wealthy New Yorkers who were aware of their wealth.
I liked the way in which the book developed.
Not a challenging read but lighter relief after Milkman!
It reminded me in some way of Lillian Boxfish.

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Alternate Side: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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A long car journey today to deliver my eldest at uni.
Bittersweet day as I'm excited for her but missing her dearly.
On the plus side, I got to read 100 pages!

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Alternate Side: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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The blurb sounds like I'd enjoy this... Litsy reviews are mixed.
I recently added Millers Valley to my pile but spotted this at the library so starting this first.

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Mehso-so

That seemed a slog but actually it's a flippin good read. Reflecting on the plot, it's so twisty and intricate it's pretty tricky to evaluate. However, I'm thoroughly glad I persevered and finished it as I found the last chapter much simpler and began to appreciate it more.
I found the increased portrayal of women fascinating, as well as the historic element. Having visited Belfast this year it reminded me of much of the tour I had.

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Still struggling through... it's not that I'm not finding it interesting. And clever. But it's so detailed and tangent prone...

TheEllieMo It was the tangents that annoyed me. 2mo
rachaich Having reached page 300 I can say it gets easier! 😅😉 2mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Hmm. I was keen to read this... it's a challenge so far.
Very wordy with no character names meaning my brain is working very hard! 😣😁

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Not a taxing read in terms of style but a gripping story of terrifying possibility.

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VOX. | CHRISTINA. DALCHER
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Flippin eck! Scary stuff that seems closer to happening...
Proper tones of Handmaid's Tale.
Can't. Stop. Reading. 😆😆😆

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VOX. | CHRISTINA. DALCHER
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I've wanted to read this for ages do was thrilled to find a copy on a charity shelf. Just starting it...
Figured was quite timely given The Testaments is out in two days.

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The Survival Game | Nicky Singer
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Cracking good dystopia fiction.
I liked the plot, ending was good and the short chapters kept me going.

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