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rmaclean4

rmaclean4

Joined January 2017

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How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair
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And Then She Fell: A Novel by Alicia Elliott
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The Lost Bookshop by Evie Woods
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What a disappointment. I love science fiction and was delighted that an SF book made the #Womensprize long list. For most of the book, I was confused. When the puzzel pieces came together, I no longer cared about the story. 2 🌟

squirrelbrain I bailed on this and I‘m not a bailer! 🤣🤷‍♀️ 1w
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain i wish I had given up. It took forever to finish this short book. 1w
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The Adversary: A Novel | Michael Crummey
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Loved this cold, gothic historical fiction novel set in Newfoundland. The novel tracres the war between siblings in a small coastal village. Great on audio. 4 🌟

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Martyr!: A novel | Kaveh Akbar
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Love this novel about recovery from addiction, trying to find your place in the world, and choosing life. It is entertaining and surprising. Loved the audio book. Highly recommend. 4 🌟

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Nightbloom | Peace Adzo Medie
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I snuck one more book in before April. I found this tale set in Ghana and the US of a friendship an easy, uncomplicated read. It was straightforward and engaging. I wonder if I will remember it over time. It would not make my personal short list for #thewomensprize. 3 🌟 (beautiful cover!)

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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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March Reads.
4 🌟
Let Us Descend: Jesmyn Ward 📖
Enter Ghost: Isabella Hammad 🎧
3 🌟
Man‘s Search For Meaning: Viktor E Frankl 📖
2.5 🌟
In The Upper Country: Kai Thomas 🎧
2 🌟
Hangman: Maya Binyam 🎧
#Womensprizeforfiction
#Carolshieldsprize

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Hangman: A Novel | Maya Binyam
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A long serpentine parable that all comes together in the last chapter. You have to have patience with not understanding what is happening. I can admire the writing skills involved, but not a favorite read for me. 2 🌟

squirrelbrain Bottom of my list at the moment. 😬 3w
dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
charl08 Still waiting for my copy to come in... 🤔 3w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like it either. 3w
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Enter Ghost | Isabella Hammad
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Loved this long listed book for the Women's Prize for Fiction. An exploration of where one belongs along with a production of Hamlet. I need to sit with this novel for a while. Highly recommend. 4 🌟

squirrelbrain I‘m looking forward to getting to this one. 4w
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Mehso-so

I listened to this historical tale of slavery set in Canada on Audio. It read like connected short stories to me. I did not give it my full attention and had a hard time following the family lines. I feel I did this novel a disservice, but I am also unwilling to reread it. So-so for me. It is on the Walter Scott long list for historical fiction.

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I found this book of philosophy interesting. The story of the authors survival of the concentration camp was compelling and gave his theory of life much more weight. I am glad that I read this book.

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The Body in Question | Jill Ciment
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February Reads
4.5 🌟
The Body in Question: Jill Ciment 📖
3.5 🌟
The Glass Hotel: Emily St John Mandel 📖
3 🌟
Amy Snow: Tracy Rees 📖
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: George RR Martin 📖
2.5 🌟
The Road to Roswell: Connie Willis 🎧
1 🌟
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Mark Twain 🎧
I read Huck Finn to prepare for James by Percival Everett coming out this month.

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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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Poetic slave narrative with mythical elements. Her writing is brutal and lyrical. A must-read for literary fiction fans. 4.5 🌟

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This is a very problematic and difficult read. I listened to it in preparation for Percival Everett's new novel, James. I did not enjoy this text at all! I can't believe this use to be taught in schools.

BarbaraBB I couldn‘t finish this one either when I read it years ago. I am Sure Percival Everett did a better job! 2mo
rmaclean4 @BarbaraBB I loved The Trees. Am excited for James. 2mo
dabbe #fanofthepan I enjoyed THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER much more than HUCK FINN. It is a hard read--especially now. 2mo
shortsarahrose I HATED this book when I had to read it in high school 2mo
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The Body in Question | Jill Ciment
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Great novel. This is a tight novel. In less than 200 pages, you go through a murder trial, an affair, and the end of a marriage. I read this after hearing Ann Patchett recommended it. It was one of the beat reads of this year so far. I can't wait to read more of this authors work. 4.5 🌟

jlhammar I've been wanting to try this one! 2mo
rmaclean4 @jlhammar I am looking forward to reading her other work! 2mo
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#womensnonfictionprize2024 First of what I hope.is many reads from The Women's Prize for nonfiction. This confronts the brutal history of slavery in the US South. Not new to me history, but it is important nonetheless. Great audio book. Recommend!

charl08 Looking forward to reading this one! 2mo
batsy This sounds good. Added to the list! 2mo
muscogulus Heard about this! What an amazing artifact. 2mo
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Loved this novel. I dont know why I waited so long to read this it. Mandel is so "readable." I love how she weaves different story lines together. The ending is beautiful. Highly recommend. 4 ?

BarbaraBB My favorite by her! 2mo
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Mehso-so

This was a silly, fun, science fiction romance. It was a fun diversion. I thought it could have been edited to make a tighter novel without losing its flair. 2.5 🌟

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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms | George R. R. Martin
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A delightful book of three stories about a Hedge Knight and his "squire." Fun fast fantasy read. 3 ?

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January Reads. Slowly coming out of my reading slump!
5 🌟
So Late in the Day: Claire Keegan 📖
4.5 🌟
Day: Michael Cunningham 📖
3.5 🌟
Wednesday's Child: Yiyun Li 📖
North Woods: Daniel Mason 🎧
3 🌟
Absolution: Alice McDermott 🎧

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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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After a slow start, I loved this the deeper into it that I read. Great ending! The novel reminded me of The Understory. Recommend. 3.5 🌟

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. 3mo
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Like many short stories, I will not remember most of them after a month or so. I love the writing. Many of the stories are centered around Chinese women living in the U.S. 3.5 🌟

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Day | Michael Cunningham
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Loved this novel. I just fall into his writing. Novel takes place on the same day in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Highly recommend. 4.5 🌟

BarbaraBB He writes so well 3mo
Suet624 I can‘t believe none of my libraries have this book yet. I so want to read it. 3mo
rmaclean4 @Suet624 I hope you get a copy soon! 3mo
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Absolution: A Novel | Alice McDermott
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My first Alice McDermott novel. Loved her characters and the setting. The plot was meandering, and I found the 2 narrators distracting. So-so overall, for me. 3 🌟
What McDermott would you recommend I read next?

jlhammar Someone and At Weddings and Wakes were both 5 ⭐️ reads for me. Also really liked 3mo
rmaclean4 @jlhammar Thank you. I am excited to read another novel by her. 3mo
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First finished read of 2024. I have started 5 books but have not been able to finish any of them. This was great to sit and read cover to cover in a few hours. I love her writing. All three stories are masterful. 5 🌟

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It is a quiet story of three generations of an Irish family. Love the writing. The plot was ok. Great to hear the author narrate part of the book. This will be my last read of 2023. Book # 87. Far less than the 100 book goal, but there is always next year. 3 🌟

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Shy: A Novel | Max Porter
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Short poetic story of a boy that holds a lot of pain and rage. I could only get the audio but would love to read the physical book one day. His use of language is brilliant. Lanny is still my favorite book of this authors. 4 🌟

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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What a perfect fall read. A classic dark academia novel with echos of The Catcher in the Rye. Loved it! 4 🌟

Suet624 Ridiculous fact: I have yet to read this novel. 5mo
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In Memoriam | Alice Winn
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October Reads!
5 🌟
In Memoriam: Alice Winn📖
Empire of Pain🎧
4.5 🌟
Black AF History: Michael Harriott🎧
The Bee Sting: Paul Murray📖
The Vaster Wilds: Lauren Groff 📖
3.5🌟
Beyond The Door of No Return: David Diop 📖
3 🌟
The Great Reclamation: Rachel Heng🎧
Learned By Heart: Emma Donoghue🎧
Do Tell: Lindsay Lynch🎧

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Do Tell | Lindsay Lynch
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Charming, readable debut novel about 1930's Hollywood. 3 🌟

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Most of my #bookspin #doublespin #bookbingo November list. More Nonfiction than normal for Nonfiction November. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Beautiful hearbreaking novel set in Senegal in the 1800's. Story about how even the love of white men kill the black africans. The book had a narrative structure that I found awkward. 3.5 🌟 He is an author I will read again.

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Learned by Heart | Emma Donoghue
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Well written gay coming of age historical fiction novel. I am just not the right audience for this book. Like The Pull of the Stars, this reads (to me) like a YA novel. 3 🌟

Tamra It was just sooooooo slow! 6mo
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Amazing history of this family that has profited from the Opioid epidemic. It is a page turner. Highly recommended! 5 🌟

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In Memoriam | Alice Winn
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5 🌟. I read this slowly because it was y I did not want it to end. A novel about love, war, and survival. Amazind debut. So very happy I read this. It is one of the top reads of 2023 for me.

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The Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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Metaphysical novel of a young servant girl's life in the "new" world. A meditation on human connection as well as our connections with nature. Beautiful. 4.5 ?

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Required reading for all americans. Educational, eye opening, entertaining, and humbling. So glad I read this book. 4.5 🌟

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September Reads. Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl and Tom Lake by Ann Patchett were the outstanding reads of September.

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October #bookspin! I'm excited to see what numbers come up. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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Pearl | Sin Hughes
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Why is this on the #Booker longlist. It's a fine book, but nothing I have not read before. Novel about the loss of a mother and the impact it has on her daughter. I had to push myself to finish this one. 2.5 🌟

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Bea Wolf | Zach Weinersmith
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A delightful graphic novel for kids. Loved the word play and the art style. I was gifted this beautiful book. I dont think I would have read it otherwise. Was a joy to read. 4 🌟

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Cherry Orchard | Anton Chekov
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After reading Tom Lake, I had to go back and revisit Cherry Orchard. I first studied this play in high school. Was great to read it again.

Becker I did the exact same thing. I wonder how many copies of The Cherry Orchard and Our Town got read because of this book. 😁 7mo
AvidReader25 @Becker So many! I love books leading to other books. 7mo
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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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I love Ann Patchett. I don't love stories about the theater. I enjoyed most of the novel set on a Cherry farm in MI during the pandemic in which a mother tells her three daughters about her long ago affair with a now famous actor. The Chekhov references are everywhere in the novel. It was when "Cricket" told the last encounter with Duke without the maternal fliter that the book worked for me. Not my favorite Patchett, but well worth a read. 4 ?

rmaclean4 Now off to reread The Cherry Orchard. 7mo
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I so wanted to like this novel. I have loved some of Alice Hoffman's other work, but this didn't work for me at all. Read like a YA romance with an overbearing feminist message. 2 🌟

HettyG Her books are always iffy for me as well! 7mo
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An achingly beautiful essay collection to be savored. I am so glad I read this beautiful book slowly. This is a highlight of my reading year so far. 5 🌟. This is the first of many books that I hope to read of Margaret Renkl. Highly recommend!!

Chelsea.Poole I‘ve had this on my shelf for soooo long. I need to get to it already! Thanks for the reminder 😊 8mo
rmaclean4 @Chelsea.Poole I hope you love it! It was the right book at the right time for me. 8mo
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If I Survive You | Jonathan Escoffery
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A good book of connected short stories. Not #booker23 worthy, in my opinion. Ok, not great. 3 🌟

BarbaraBB I felt the same 8mo
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This is a love story that continues beyond life and life and survives war. Reads like a ghost story. The afterward is as interesting as the novel. So glad I read this author and am interested in reading more from this author. 4 🌟

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In Ascension | Martin MacInnes
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An uneven reading month. In Ascension did not work for me. The East Indian was also not my cup of tea. Old God's Time was beautifully crafted but hard to read due to the subject matter. Solito was a top read of my year so far! #bookspin #booker23 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 8mo
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The state of my reading this month. Starting books rather than finishing the ones I am reading. My goal in September is to finish what I have started and to carry on with the #booker books I can get my hands on! @TheAromaofBooks #bookspin #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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5 🌟, must read! A poet tells of his journey to the USA as a 9 year old boy. Beautifully written. Highly recommend. The audio is read by the author, and since I do not speak spanish, I was glad to listen to this memoir.

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The Invisible Bridge | Julie Orringer
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Love her writing. This is an epic tale of one young man's journey through WWII. I think the prewar section could have been cut back. The author seemed to be in love with her research at times. Like most war novels, it is heartbreaking at times. 3 🌟

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Old God's Time: A Novel | Sebastian Barry
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Trigger warning for child abuse. I hate books about children being hurt! This was a novel of survivors and the harm they live with. It is a testimont to the beauty of Barry's writing and his skill at plotting this novel that I finished. There is much to be admired here...if not enjoyed. 4 🌟

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