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rmaclean4

Joined January 2017

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The Strays by Emily Bitto
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Memphis by Tara M Stringfellow
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The Offing | Benjamin Myers
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Loved this novel set in post WWII England. Beautiful relationship between an older woman who has lost her love and a young man just starting his life. Wonderful nature writing and such a strong sense of place.

LeeRHarry This is one of my favourite books, glad you enjoyed it 😊 1d
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Stone Blind: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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LeeRHarry Good to hear, I have it out from the library and it‘s my next ebook I want to get to - forgot about the mythology prompt for 52books23 so thanks for the reminder 😊 1w
Librarybelle Sounds intriguing…especially the funny bits! 1w
squirrelbrain I‘m reading this at the moment but not loving it yet - it feels a bit scattered to me, with too many characters. 1w
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain there are several storylines, but they pull together in the end. Not my favorite of the Womens Prize long list, but glad I read it. 1w
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rmaclean4 Beautiful naked hardback! My favorite kind of book. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 2w
KarenUK I love a naked HC too! 2w
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I enjoyed this fantasy novel set in 1800s Oxford. I fell in love with the characters. Near the end, I felt that the writing got strident and a bit preaching. The epilogue saved the end of the novel for me. 4 🌟
#tob23 #52bookclub23 #dedication @Clwojick @BookBelle84 @jennifer80 @Librarybelle @triplem80 @AshleyHoss820 @LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke @CarolynM @Smarkies @LeeRHarry @Bluebird @Read4life @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @ravenlee

BarbaraBB It is the most surprising book of the tournament I think! 2w
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rmaclean4 @BarbaraBB it had more substance than I had anticipated. 2w
squirrelbrain I agree @BarbaraBB - so many of us say that we wouldn‘t have read it without ToB, and *most* of us ended up really liking it. 2w
Librarybelle So much love for this one 2w
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A sweeping epic tale of immigrants to Hollywood from europe during WWII. This felt overwritten to my ear. If the novel focused more on one story, it would have been more effective for me. An OK read. #Tob23 #52bookclub23 #abookeveryonehasread
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squirrelbrain I liked this when I read it but, you‘re right, there‘s so many different stories; I can‘t remember a single one now. 3w
jlhammar I just finished this! I liked it, but not nearly as much as I was hoping to (I adored his previous two books.) I still found a lot to appreciate, but I'll definitely be rooting for The Book of Goose in their ToB match-up. 3w
rmaclean4 @jlhammar Book of Goose is my vote also! 3w
Librarybelle I‘ve not read this one, but with so many so-so reviews, I think I‘m fine to set it to just keep it on my to read list 3w
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Seven Steeples | Sara Baume
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jlhammar This is in my March TBR stack. Looking forward to it! 3w
Librarybelle Nice! 3w
BarbaraBB I had this stacked already. Sounds great 3w
squirrelbrain Great review! I started this when it was rumoured for the Booker (I think) but put it to one side; I may try again some time. 3w
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I have changed this list so many times! I am reading The Eighth Life for the March of the Mammoths. The Secret History for the Buzzword challange. The Gracekeepers from my TBR Jar. The Strays for the Simon Savage prompt. I hope the #bookspin will double up one of these!! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Recitatif | Toni Morrison
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Feburary 2023 Reads:
5 🌟
Recitatif: Toni Morrison 📖
4.5 🌟
The Lions of Al Rassan: Guy Gavriel Kay 📖
Dinosaurs: Lydia Millet 📖
4🌟
The New Life: Tom Crewe 🎧
How High We Go In The Dark: Sequoia Nagamatsu 📖
3🌟
Hester: Laurie Lico Albanese 🎧
Lost in the Moment and Found: Seanna McGuire 🎧
2.5 🌟
Wade in the Water: Nyani Nkrumah 🎧
2 🌟
Lessons in Chemistry: Bonnie Garmus 📖
Wide Sargasso Sea: Jean Rhys 📖

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This reads like connected short stories. The book covers centuries and explores what the future of the world may be. Some chapters were very powerful and other less successful. Mixed for me but I am glad that I read it! 3.5 🌟 #52bookclub23 # dystopian @Clwojick @BookBelle84 @jennifer80 @Librarybelle @triplem80 @AshleyHoss820 @LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke @CarolynM @Smarkies @LeeRHarry @Read4life @Bluebird @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @ravenlee

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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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I am in NYC for a couple of days, so of course I have been to a couple of bookstores. At McNally Jackson I found this gorgeous dual book of Mrs Dalloway and The Hours. I could not resist!!

IndoorDame What a lovely copy! 1mo
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Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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Loved this quiet but profound book about one man's life. I also loved The Children's Bible by the same author. The writing has an ease to it. Here is the last line of the novel:" How you came not from a couple or a few but from infinity. So you had no beginning. And you would never end." 4.5/5 ? #TOB23 #52bookclub23 #inheritance @Clwojick @BookBelle84 @jennifer80 @Librarybelle @triplem80 @AshleyHoss820 @LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke

jlhammar This was a good one. And what a great last line! I'll have to try The Children's Bible sometime. 1mo
rmaclean4 @jlhammar The Children's Bible has really stuck with me! 1mo
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squirrelbrain I haven‘t read The Children‘s Bible yet - I think it has more mixed reviews than this one, which I loved. 1mo
Librarybelle This author has been on my radar…I have to read one of her books soon! 1mo
Ruthiella I agree, the writing does have a real ease to it. 👍 1mo
Suet624 I liked this one too. 1mo
BarbaraBB One of my favorites too from the shortlist 1mo
Clwojick Fantastic! Way to go! 1mo
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Librarybelle Nice! 1mo
Clwojick Can‘t wait to dig into this one next month! 1mo
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Wade in the Water | Nyani Nkrumah
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Mehso-so

I thought the writting, particularly around time and place was super strong. It was difficult to read about the extreme racist in the novel. I also think that writing from a childs perspective can be tricky. In the end the plot did not hold together for me. I would read this writer again. 2.5 🌟 #52bookclub23 #doesnotfitotherprompts @Clwojick @BookBelle84 @jennifer80 @Librarybelle @triplem80 @AshleyHoss820 @LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke

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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Rhys
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I have looked forward to reading this classic for years. I love Jane Eyre and wantes to know Bertha's back story. The writing style was not for me. The obvious symbolism and opaque writting did not work for me. 2 🌟 #52bookclub23 #Caribbeanauthor @LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke @CarolynM @Smarkies @LeeRHarry @Clwojick @BookBelle84 @jennifer80 @Librarybelle @triplem80 @AshleyHoss820 @Read4life @Bluebird @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @ravenlee

Librarybelle That‘s a shame! This is on my to read list, as I too am interested in the connection with Jane Eyre. 1mo
rmaclean4 @Librarybelle I hope it works better for you. 1mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t love this either when I read it a few years ago. 1mo
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The New Life | Tom Crewe
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Loved the writing of this historical fiction novel set in 1894 during the Oscar Wilde trials. The sex is very explicit. I cared about the characters and found the debate about Homosexuality in the victorian era compelling. Great on audio. 4 🌟
#52bookclub23 #7deadlysinslust @LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke @CarolynM @Smarkies @Read4life @Bluebird @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @ravenlee @Deblovestoread @jlhammar @MicheleinPhilly @Clwojick

squirrelbrain Glad you liked it - but it was a bit risqué wasn‘t it? (Right from the first paragraph!) 1mo
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain shockingly blunt. Some think it will be up for The Booker so I wanted to read it. 1mo
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squirrelbrain Yes, I can see that. It‘s a very ‘Booker book‘. 1mo
LeeRHarry Have this on my TBR and thanks for the heads up with the 52books prompt 😊 1mo
rmaclean4 @LeeRHarry it is graphic! 1mo
Librarybelle Great choice for the prompt! 1mo
CarolynM I nearly bought this today. Wish I had now😆 Stacked. 1mo
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The Lions of Al-Rassan | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Lesanne One of my all time favorites!! 1mo
rmaclean4 @Lesanne as you can tell, I also loved it! Have you read other novels by him? Do you have any you would recommend? 1mo
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Lesanne @rmaclean4 Oh yes, I‘ve read many of his, and he‘s one of my favorite authors! My other favorite books by him are A Song for Arbonne, Tigana, and the Sailing to Sarantium series. Anything he writes is so good, though! (edited) 1mo
rmaclean4 @Lesanne thanks. I am excited to read more of his work. Looking forward to his new book in April! 1mo
Librarybelle Yay!! 1mo
Clwojick 💖💖💖 1mo
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Recitatif | Toni Morrison
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Toni Morrison's only short story. Two girls meet in a state orphanage at the age of 8. One is black and one is white...and Morrison never lets the reader know which girl is which race. Brilliant introduction by Zadie Smith. Fast Brilliant read. 5 🌟 #52bookclub23 #under200 @LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke @CarolynM @Smarkies @LeeRHarry @Clwojick @BookBelle84 @jennifer80 @Librarybelle @triplem80 @AshleyHoss820 @Read4life @Bluebird @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Sounds great! 2mo
jlhammar I read this last February - so good! 2mo
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Librarybelle Good choice! 2mo
Clwojick This sounds great! 2mo
BarbaraBB I just read this one too. So good! 2mo
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Hester: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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rmaclean4 It does have a beautiful cover!! 2mo
BarbaraBB So many mixed reviews, I think I‘ll let it pass 2mo
squirrelbrain I agree with both of you @rmaclean4 @BarbaraBB - gorgeous cover, but doesn‘t sound like a must-read. 😁 2mo
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rmaclean4 @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain there are so many great books to read. This is worth a pass. 2mo
batsy Hi, do you mind removing me from the tags as I'm not doing this challenge. Thank you! 1mo
rmaclean4 @batsy will do. Sorry for any inconvenience. 1mo
batsy @rmaclean4 No problem! It's just that I'm using the Android app and the notifications tab doesn't separate the likes from the mentions, so if it's for a challenge I'm not participating in the tab gets pretty busy 🙂 1mo
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Victory City | Salman Rushdie
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This proof just came in the mail. So excited to read it. It is so rare that I get ARC 's that it feels like Christmas.

BarbaraBB Lucky you! 2mo
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Ugh! This was not a book for me. It was an easy and at times a funny read...but ridiculous. Completely unrealistic charaters that lacked depth. The author can write, but this not a stoy that workd for me at all. 2 🌟 #52bookclub23 #hasafuneral @Read4life @Bluebird @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @ravenlee @Deblovestoread @batsy @jlhammar @MicheleinPhilly @Clwojick @BookBelle84 @jennifer80 @Librarybelle @triplem80 @LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke

Clwojick I‘ve heard this is super hit or miss. You either love it or you hate it. 😅 2mo
Librarybelle That‘s a shame! 2mo
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RebL Have you seen the jacket art for other countries? Kinda feel insulted as an American. 2mo
rmaclean4 @Clwojick i have a friend that gave it 5 stars and another that gave it 1! 2mo
rmaclean4 @Librarybelle frustrating read because the writing was not bad. She has a compelling style. 2mo
rmaclean4 @RebL I have not seen the other covers. I will check them out. 2mo
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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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2023 is off to a good start!
5 🌟
Salvage the Bones: Jesmyn Ward 📖
4🌟
Tresspasses: Louise Kennedy 📖
3.5 🌟
Violin Conspiracy: Brendon Slocumb 🎧
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida: Shehan Karunatilaka 🎧
3🌟
Bibliophile: Jane Mount 📖
Tread of Angles: Rebecca Roanhorse 🎧
Best of Friends: Kamila Shamsie 📖
DNF
Notes On Your SUdden Disappearance: Alison Espoch 🎧
#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 2mo
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Best of Friends | Kamila Shamsie
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Librarybelle I like the cover! 2mo
BarbaraBB I felt the same about Home Fire. Now I am curious what I‘ll think about this book 2mo
squirrelbrain Great choice for this prompt! 2mo
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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida | Shehan Karunatilaka
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I admire this novel for its craft and creativity. I see why it won the Booker Prize last year. I learned a great deal about Sri Lanka. It has some profound observations about war, love,betrayal, and forgiveness. I think this will stay with me for a long time. 4 🌟
#TOB23 #52BOOKCLUB23 #setinwar
@LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke @CarolynM @Smarkies @LeeRHarry @Clwojick @BookBelle84 @Jennifer8 @AshleyHoss820 @Read4life @Bluebird

squirrelbrain Glad you liked it (or loved it even!) 2mo
BarbaraBB I am so glad to read a positive review for this one! 2mo
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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms | George R. R. Martin
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Feburary #bookspin
1 A Knight of the 7 Kingdoms
2 Recitatif
3 Boy, Snow, Bird
4 Corrag
5 The Gustov Sonata
6 Fault Lines
7 Redhead by the Side of the Road
8 Our Missing Hearts
9 Oryx & Crake
10 Winterland
11 The Waves
12 Parable of the Sower
13 Get in Trouble
14 The God of Small Things
15 NW
16 The Sellout
17 What is not Yours is not Yours
18 The Master Butchers Singing Club
19 True & Beauty
20 The Underground Railroad

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
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I know I am late to reading this book...but Wow. What a masterpiece. Loved how she used the story of Medea as a framework to tell about this family surviving hurricane Katrina and life. One of the best books I have ever read. Jesmyn Ward is a must read if you love Toni Morrison or Alice Walker. 5+ 🌟
#52bookclub23 #survivalstory @MicheleinPhilly @jlhammar @batsy @Deblovestoread @ravenlee @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Bluebird @Read4life

squirrelbrain I haven‘t actually read this (yet!) - great choice for the prompt. 2mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read it either but your review encourages me to do so. What a glowing review! 2mo
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jlhammar I've been meaning to read this book seemingly forever. Must get to it! 2mo
Clwojick Great review! I‘ve saved to my TBR! 2mo
Librarybelle Great review! 2mo
Deblovestoread Ward is an amazing author. Loved this one and the others I‘ve read. 2mo
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Tread of Angels | Rebecca Roanhorse
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I love her writing. She can build a complex world so quickly! This short novel did not give me enough time to get invested in the characters. That said I will read anything Rebecca Roanhorse writes. Good book just not great. 3 🌟 #52bookclub23 # authorwithsamename. @Clwojick @BookBelle84 @Jennifer8 @Librarybelle @triplem80 @AshleyHoss820 @LauraReads @KarenUK @britt_brooke @CarolynM @Smarkies @LeeRHarry @Read4life @Bluebird @squirrelbrain

Librarybelle Hooray! 2mo
squirrelbrain Yay! That‘s the first time I‘ve seen someone read this prompt so well done! 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s a fun prompt! @squirrelbrain 2mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 2mo
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This book was a comfort and a joy. I picked it up at the library, came home and read it cover to cover. If you ever need to forget the world and destress, may I suggest this book. A book for book lovers. #52bookclub23 #booksoncover @jlhammar @batsy @Deblovestoread @ravenlee @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Bluebird @Read4life @AshleyHoss820 @triplem80 @Librarybelle @Jennifer8 @BookBelle84 @Clwojick @LeeRHarry @Smarkies @CarolynM @britt_brooke @KarenUK

KarenUK Loved this one too 💕 2mo
Librarybelle I have to check this out! 2mo
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squirrelbrain I‘ve nearly bought this a few times, but didn‘t. It looks amazing! (edited) 2mo
britt_brooke I need to finally pick this one up - thanks for the rec! 2mo
triplem80 I bought this one and the Diverse Covers one last year (even though I never buy books!), but haven't read either yet. Glad you enjoyed it! 2mo
jlhammar I also got this one from my library a while back. Really enjoyed it. Wouldn‘t mind having my own copy someday. Love the artwork. 2mo
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The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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Librarybelle I do need to read this! 2mo
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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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First completed book of 2023. Loved this novel set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. Full of believable, complicated characters. Has such a strong sense of place and time. 4 🌟 Highly recommend. #52Bookclub23 Book about secrets.

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Bailedbailed

First bail of the year. I am more than 50% through this novel and just can't continue. The topic and people are not compelling for me and the writing is flat. Life is too short and my TBR is too long to stick with this one. I am shocked it made it on the list for #ToB23
#52bookclub23

squirrelbrain The more I hear about this, the less inclined I am to read it. It‘s difficult to get hold of here anyway - (d2 for a copy on Amazon, and it‘s not on Kindle, Scribd or similar. 2mo
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain save your money and your time! 2mo
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jlhammar Good to know and good on you for bailing! I really should do that more often. If my audiobook hold happens to come up at the library before the tournament starts I might give this one a try, but I can't say I'm overly excited for it. 2mo
rmaclean4 @jlhammar I am getting better at DNF ing books that dont work for me. My reading has increased now that I have given myself permission to bail when needed. 2mo
BarbaraBB Life is too short, you‘re so right. I didn‘t bail on this one but I‘ve got some waiting for me which could easily end in a bail! 2mo
tpixie Good for you to know when to bail! Thanks got warning us! 2mo
Librarybelle I‘m getting better at bailing on books that do not grab my interest. Life is too short indeed! 2mo
Clwojick Oh boy. I have this on my TBR for this months. 😅 2mo
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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Last book of 2022. For a short novel this took me a long time to read. This book about a difficult subject was written well. Just not my cup of tea.

Suet624 I was so-so about this one. Although I gave it a 'pick' it was mostly because I was impressed by the age of the author. 3mo
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Top Reads of 2022! It has been a great reading year.
The Book of Goose
Nightbitch
Popisho
Learwife
Black Sun
Migrations
The Summer Book
The Trees
True Biz
Creatures of Passage
Demon Copperhead
Foster

jlhammar The Trees, Foster and Book of Goose were in my tops as well! I really enjoyed True Biz and loved The Summer Book when I read it a few years back. 3mo
rmaclean4 @jlhammar it has been such a good reading year! 3mo
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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I have been reading this novel off and on since the beginning of November. I admire the writing and can appreciate Saunders talent. This book was a slog for me. The chorus of story tellers held me at a distance from this story of greif. It was a relief to finish this one and not carry it over to 2023.

CarolynM I agree. The writing got in the way of the story for me. (edited) 3mo
rmaclean4 @CarolynM it was a bummer. I have had this novel on my shelves for years and thought it would be a 5 star read for me. 3mo
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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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1 The Gustav Sonata
2 The Netanyahus
3 Sin Eater
4 Holding
5 We Were the Lucky Ones
6 How to Stop Time
7 The Lions of Al-Rassan
8 For the Wolf
9 Mrs Death Misses Death
10 The Master
11 The German Mujahid
12 Parable Of A Sower
13 Wide Sargasso Sea
14 Forest Walking
15 A Deadly Education
16 Our Missing Hearts
17 Hester
18 Trespasses
19 Library
20 Audio
January #bookspin #doublespin #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Andrew65 Loved the Gustav Sonata. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
rmaclean4 @Andrew65 so looking forward to that book. It has been on my shelf for years. 3mo
Andrew65 @rmaclean4 Good few years since I read that and it still sticks in my mind. 3mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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5 🌟. Loved this short story! Claire Keegan can set a location in such a clear and efficient way. I found this read very effective. Highly recommend!

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Wow. What a literary accomplishment. This is a straight forward narrative that has so many easter eggs for those that know David Copperfield, but works wonderfully for those that dont know the source material. It is also a love letter to the region of the US where I have lived in for the last 20 yaers. Bravo 5 🌟

FelinesAndFelonies I love her so much and can't wait to read this one! 3mo
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We Spread | Iain Reid
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Wonderful creepy tale of old age and the value of a good death. Really enjoyed this fast paced horror novel.

Cathythoughts Sounds good .. stacking. 3mo
BarbaraBB I am going to read this during Christmas break! 3mo
rmaclean4 @BarbaraBB It is a super fast read. 3mo
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A Place Called Winter | Patrick Gale
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Such an enjoyable read! Straightforward Historical Novel set in Canada in the run up to WWI. A love story between two men on the plains of Canada. Moving. 3 🌟

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November Reads:
5 🌟
The Marriage Portrait:Maggie O‘Farrell 📖
4.5 🌟
Elena Knows: Claudia Pineiro 📖
4 🌟
Lucy By The Sea: Elizabeth Strout 🎧
Fingersmith: Sarah Waters 🎧
3.5 star🌟
Walk the Vanished Earth: Erin Sawan 🎧
3 🌟
Bitter Orange Tree: Jokha Alharthi 🎧
The Birdcatcher: Gayl Jones 🎧
2.5 🌟
When We Were Dragons: Kelly Barnhill 🎧
#bookspinbingo so close to a bingo but one book short! @TheAromaofBooks

BarbaraBB Such a great month! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
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When We Were Dragons | Brandon Berntson
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I wanted to like this book more than I did. Set in the 1960's at a time when women turned into Dragons. This read more like a YA novel and I found the themes heavy handed. Such a cool idea, bummed it did not work for me. 2.5 🌟

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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida | Shehan Karunatilaka
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1 The Lonely Hearts Hotel
2 What is Not Yours is not Yours
3 Caleb‘s Crossing
4 Parable of the Sower
5 NW
6 The Luminaries
7 Oranges are not the only Fruit
8 Gustov Sonata
9 The Master Butchers Singing Club
10 For the Wolf
11 The Master
12 Holding
13 Hotel World
14 A Place Called Winter
15 The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
16 Lincoln in the Bardo
17 Library
18 Library
19 Audio
20 Audio
December #bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

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I am happy to have listened to this post apocalyptic novel. It is very similar to The Sea of Tranquility. It is not as tight of a narrative as the Emily St. John novel. 3 🌟

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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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5 🌟 Exquisite writing. A story of mothers and daughters, and how we deal with what life hands us. Highly recommend!

BarbaraBB Such a good book! 4mo
batsy So good. And devastating 💔 4mo
rmaclean4 @batsy a top read for me this year! 4mo
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rmaclean4 @BarbaraBB so glad I got around to reading it. It has been on my monthly TBR for ages. 4mo
Tamra Need to get to this one! 4mo
rmaclean4 @Tamra it is worth it! 4mo
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Read like connected short stories. Enjoyable read but at times hard to follow.

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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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What a wonderful Gothic romp. Fun twists and turns. Highly recommend. 4.5 🌟

Ruthiella I loved this book. It made me a Sarah Waters fan! 4mo
rmaclean4 I am excited to read more of her work! 4mo
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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Pickpick

Just love this series. Deceptively simple writing. Her characters are so layered. In this novel Lucy goes through the pandemic and January 6th along with William.

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Pickpick

My most anticipated book of the year did not disappoint!! Historical mystery with great writing. Loved it. 5 🌟

tpixie Oh good! Loved 5mo
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5 🌟
True Biz: Sara Novic 🎧
The Book of Goose: Yiyun Li 🎧
4.5 🌟
Briefly, A Delicious Life: Nell Stevens 📖
Delphi: Clare Pollard 📖
4 🌟
The House of Fortune: Jessie Burton 📖
A Year Without Months: Charles Dodd White 📖
3.5 🌟
Bluebird, Bluebird: Attica Locke 🎧
3 🌟
The Matchmakers Gift: Lynda Cohen Logman 🎧
The High House: Jessie Greengrass 🎧
DNF
While Justice Sleeps: Stacy Abrams

rmaclean4 Great reading month. Read both my #bookspin and #doublespin. Also got my fisrt #BookSpinBingo!! @thearom. Read 2 of the best books of my reading year this month! 5mo
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The High House | Jessie Greengrass
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Mehso-so

Beautifully written dystopian novel about the last survivors of the flood that drowns England. As you can imagine, a bleak read. 3 🌟

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Pickpick

One of the best books I have read this year. If you like Ferrante you will love this novel. Follows a friendship of two young girls in post war France. Beautiful writing. 5 🌟

jlhammar Yay, so great to hear! I love Ferrante and I have this one in my “read soon” stack. 5mo
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