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Utterly off-topic, but. In a moment of middle-aged madness, I signed up for an outdoor circuits class tonight. No idea where I‘m going, so I‘m 15 minutes early. Will you look at the colour of that sky?! 🌧 💦💦

#bfc22

squirrelbrain Sounds….fun?! 😬 1d
Leftcoastzen Beautiful 1d
DivineDiana Did it rain? 1d
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TrishB Have, er, fun 😁 1d
BookwormM We have one of those in the local park nowhere near as scenic and I worry about 💩🤣🤣 1d
BarbaraBB It is still beautiful though 😍 1d
wanderinglynn Stunning sky! I hope you had a good workout (and didn‘t get rained on). 🙌🏻 1d
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So, how do you fancy a SURREAL experimental take on the queer working-class immigrant experience in Brexit Britain, set in a dead-end seaside hotel on the Isle of Wight? With reeboks and polar bears?

It‘s political and funny and angry and utterly out-there, and I enjoyed it, despite HUGE reservations going in. And it kind-of made sense too! Unexpected.

Having said all that, I have no idea who I‘d recommend this to!

Cinfhen Another FABULOUS review!!! Fun choice for #Booked2022 😃 4d
squirrelbrain Sounds *incredibly* weird! 4d
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batsy Great review! I have them on my TBR because I've seen lots of praise, but I'm also intimidated/scared 😅 4d
rockpools @Cinfhen Thanks Cindy 😁. I was v chuffed to tick another #Booked2022 prompt! 3d
rockpools @squirrelbrain That would be a fair and accurate description! 3d
rockpools @batsy Go for it! I found it a lot less intimidating than I expected. And it is only 110 pages. The references they use, I don‘t think they actually expect anyone to have read/been aware of (which made it a lot easier for me)! I don‘t know how well it will translate for you not based in the UK - there is a LOT of tiny stuff that‘s very specific to here, that might be more of a problem than the way-out-weird stuff. 3d
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ 3d
batsy @rockpools Thanks for the tip! I'll keep that in mind when I get to it. Sounds like it might be a bit of a Googley book for me :) 3d
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I miss #BookReport /#WeeklyForecast when I don‘t do it! So here‘s a quick where-we‘re-at.

😊Loved both the books I finished. When I grow up I want to be Susannah Stapleton, & write fun, fascinating true stories about gutsy improbable women.

📖 Two print books in process. Diamonds is surreal nonsense. Rooted is a bit more self-helpy than expected. Loving the stories of Celtic women.

❓for #CampLitsy & an AudioArc.

Hope you‘re having a fab time

Cinfhen I AM having a FAB time but im also EXHAUSTED 😩 #NotComplaining xx Hope all is well by you 😘 5d
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This is a little gem.

Susannah Stapleton stumbles across mention of ‘London‘s Foremost Lady Detective, Maud West‘ and dives in to learn more. But Maud is an elusive character (‘character‘ being the word)…

It‘s a micro-history of the indomitable Maud‘s life and work, the story of lady detectives at the start of the 20th century, a social history of a rapidly changing world, women business owners, respectable

rockpools society (or not), blackmail, scandal. And less-than-straightforward genealogical detective work, that regularly has you going ‘She what?!‘ The joys and frustrations of the whole research process shine through. Stapleton‘s a fab storyteller (and Maud‘s an entertaining writer!)

Audio‘s pretty good too!
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julesG Oh! I just heard about Maud West from Stapleton in Stephen Fry's Edwardian Secrets series. 6d
rockpools @julesG what‘s that? Tv? Podcast? 6d
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julesG Audible Podcast-ish series. I know this link leads to the German audible page, but this might help you find it. Stephen Fry's Edwardian Secrets by Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker https://www.audible.de/pd/B09B4C1XC6?source_code=ASSOR150021221000N 6d
rockpools @julesG Aah! Thank you 😊 6d
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 6d
batsy I didn't need more convincing, but I'm totally convinced! 😁 Nice review. 6d
LeahBergen @batsy I was already so convinced by her previous posts that I bought it. 🤣 5d
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July already? Ugh, no! Here‘s my #BookSpin list all the same.

July is VERY ARC-heavy (translation: I haven‘t read an ARC in months, I need to read at least one!!) I‘m so far behind with ReadAroundTheWorld it‘s getting silly, I‘d like to keep up with CampLitsy, and of course I plan to start 192025 📚📚📚

Plus I have some gorgeous books on my shelves…

#BookSpin day is Airshow day here, so looking forward to a moment of calm amongst the chaos 😂😂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5d
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🎉 It‘s mammogram day! 🎉

I figured Maud would be good company, so I‘m back on the bus learning about blackmail, public toilets and a touch of xenophobia.

Monica5 Prayers for good results on your mammogram. I have mine in September. 1w
rockpools @Monica5 Thank you. It‘s always a relief to have it over with, isn‘t it? Best wishes for September. 1w
batsy Best wishes & sending all positive vibes 🌻 1w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good luck with your mammogram 💗 1w
TrishB Best wishes Rachel 🤞🏻❤️ and a lovely pic of Dawlish. 1w
squirrelbrain Hope it all goes well ❤️ 1w
Smrloomis Hope it goes well 🤞🏽 1w
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An update on Maud. She‘s a master of disguise, a very creative writer, in a mysterious marriage, and goodness only knows what she was up to during the war! I think she‘d get on great with Amelia Peabody.

Photo taken from the top deck of the bus (BUSES? Remember them??!), because we‘re in the throws of a rail strike. Got a bit of a shock when I got to the bus station tonight. They‘d shrunk it, turned it sideways and moved it up the road….

TrishB A bit of adventure 😁 1w
Dragon Beautiful countryside- hope the strike ends soon. 💚🐉 1w
LeahBergen My copy arrived today and you‘re to blame. 😆 1w
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CarolynM Maud sounds like my sort of woman😆 1w
Cathythoughts Lovely pic! Yes, we still see the double deckers around 😁 1w
batsy Lovely views from inside the bus! 😍 1w
rockpools @LeahBergen Sorry! (ish!) It‘s a fab bit of social history- and it‘s lots of fun. Hope you enjoy it! 1w
rockpools @CarolynM 🤣 I think you might like this one Carolyn. Today we‘re on blackmail, scams and what kind of family is Maud a part of? 1w
rockpools @TrishB I don‘t think I‘ve been on a bus in 3 years. All very exciting! 1w
rockpools @Dragon Thank you - sometimes it‘s nice to go a different way. Reminds you where‘s out there. 1w
rockpools @Cathythoughts We have lots! But I‘ve been avoiding them a little 😁 1w
rockpools @batsy You do get a good view from up there! 1w
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She is exploring the possibility of them fixing the boiler in exchange for their squid-. No!, I say. The polar bears are novelists, the reeboks are poets, it is not within their remit nor skill set to fix an English boiler!

🐻‍❄️ 🦑 🦌 ✍🏻🚰🤯

And again, what AM I reading?! I‘m possibly enjoying this so far, but it has potential to be WILDLY annoying. Will let you know. Did you ever read this @jhod

TrishB I‘m scratching my head! 1w
jenniferw88 😂😂😂 1w
rockpools @TrishB @TrishB @jenniferw88 I quite like the idea of a polar bear fixing the heating, to be honest. But I‘d rather pay 💰 than 🦑… Perfectly normal reading!! 1w
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The first book I‘ve read in a long time where I‘ve just wanted to keep turning the pages! The mix of fiction and Deaf History education is surprisingly well-done - it never felt forced, despite the sheer amount of information she was feeding through.

I loved the teenagers, their family dynamics, and the different experiences of youngsters growing up in different cultures/ language environments. At times it was heartbreaking, infuriating

rockpools and eye-opening. The plot towards the end, huh, but a resounding pick all the same.

Having said all of that, I‘m kind of sad that we need this book now. I hope this paves the way for readers to find other stories with Deaf main characters, and less need for so much explanation. (Or for those stories to be published, if they‘re not out there yet). #CampLitsy
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squirrelbrain Great review Rachel. I couldn‘t figure out the plot towards the end…was it unnecessary or clunky or distracting…. Or all three?! 1w
rockpools @squirrelbrain All three, plus improbable, I think. You could probably have pulled 3 different novels out of the plot towards the end, (without going anywhere near pressure cookers!) - I think she was trying to do all the things and then some. But I still really enjoyed it, loved Charlie, learnt loads, and stayed up way too late finishing it! 1w
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TrishB Great review 👍🏻 agree totally. 1w
BarbaraBB Love how you describe the ending in your answer to @squirrelbrain ❤️ 1w
squirrelbrain I agree @BarbaraBB - Rachel says it so well! 1w
Megabooks Love your review! I also read this in April (when I originally read TB) and loved having another dip into Deaf culture. I highly recommend it! 1w
rockpools @Megabooks Thanks Meg - I‘ll look that out. A nf I read years ago that you might be interested in (about sign languages around the world): 1w
Megabooks Thanks for reminding me! I stacked that at some point and forgot about it. 1w
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I started this a couple of days ago (thanks @squirrelbrain ) exploring our relationship as women with nature, and the stories and Celtic myths that celebrate powerful women (kind of).

It starts with holy wells, and the keepers of the waters, so I thought I‘d stop by the Leechwells in Totnes yesterday - they‘re in amongst the high walls on the edge of town that surrounded a medieval leper hospital, and are seen as holy and healing (also v pretty!)

Graywacke And v cool! 2w
squirrelbrain They do look pretty! Hope you‘re enjoying the book. 2w
rockpools @squirrelbrain She‘s speaking to some really interesting people, and I‘m enjoying the myths woven through. She‘s a tad negative at the mo - I‘m hoping it‘s just part of the journey, and it turns around later on! 2w
squirrelbrain Oh no,I hope she does start to look a bit more on the bright side! 🤞 2w
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I was looking for something to listen to while I was cooking tea last night, and stumbled across this. Non-fiction, investigating the real-life story of Maud West, a detective of the Golden Age. And so far, it‘s fun!

batsy Was gonna say "This looks good!" then realised I already have it stacked ? 2w
LeahBergen I think I might need this! 2w
Tamra Sounds fun! Stacked! 2w
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rockpools @batsy I do that so often! What is this book I‘ve never heard of, that I‘ve stacked and commented on?! 😂 2w
rockpools @LeahBergen I am now on chapter four, and can confirm that indeed, you might need this. Maud West is very mysterious. And quite funny. Who IS she?! 2w
rockpools @Tamra It‘s a LOT of fun! Plus a random history of women business owners and store detectives and all sorts! 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve ordered it! 😆😆 2w
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I didn‘t get as far as reviewing this last week, but I LOVED it! Inventive, thought-provoking and heart-breaking. I wasn‘t 100% sold on the ending, but a resounding pick all the same.

Thank you #CampLitsy for introducing me to this - it‘s not one I‘d have picked up on my own.

squirrelbrain Great review! And I agree, I wouldn‘t have chosen to read it if it wasn‘t for #camplitsy. 2w
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This is a gorgeous little book of Emily Dickinson‘s bird poetry with illustrations by Ernest Seton Thompson. Somehow I‘ve never read Dickinson - as an introduction to her work this is just delightful. Thank you @TrishB 😊❤️🦜

I may have to share it with a small person, who is still a huge fan of all things book, bug and bird - when she was down, she came marching into my room to ‘show Mamma my book about ducks‘ then comments ‘it‘s a bit heavy‘…

TrishB Oh that‘s so lovely to hear ♥️ glad you enjoyed it. 2w
rockpools @TrishB I did 😊. And small‘s definitely a Litten-in-waiting. She‘ll happily ignore presents, toys, food, whatever, to browse the bookshelves in any room. 2w
Cathythoughts So lovely ♥️ 2w
julesG Lovely book and you're doing great work with future Littens. 2w
rockpools @Cathythoughts @julesG Isn‘t it just gorgeous? And to be fair, she doesn‘t actually need any encouragement - except to be left alone in a room with a bookshelf 📚😁📚. Isn‘t that what we all want, really?! 2w
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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I enjoyed this a lot more than book 3 - less graphic, several fun situations (bugging the House of Commons, anyone?) & much more Robin and Corm. As always, Robert Glenister does an amazing job with the audio.

But I‘m stepping away from this series now before it starts to annoy me. This one was overlong as it was - afraid 900 pages of less-than-comfortable reading in print because I don‘t use audible any more is just not happening. So long, C & R!

Cathythoughts I really liked Robin and Corm in the one I read … but tooooo long. Too time consuming. 2w
rockpools @Cathythoughts Exactly that. It‘s a great dynamic - but in all honesty, I‘m not that bothered about the murder storylines, certainly not 23-hours-bothered, so… Onwards! 2w
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s been so long since I last finished book 3, I‘ve sort of forgotten the complex relationship between Robin and Cormoran. I don‘t know if I‘ll pick this up 🤔 2w
rockpools @erzascarletbookgasm I did enjoy it. But feel like I‘m ending on a high note, stopping here. 2w
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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💖💖💖

Thank you so much @Caroline2 ! I‘ve seen such amazing reviews of this from so many people (and yet I really know nothing about it)!

I can‘t wait 😁. Thank you 😘

Caroline2 You‘re welcome! Sorry it‘s a bit late, been one of those weeks. I hope you had a lovely birthday. 🎉🍰🥂 2w
sarahbarnes I loved this one! 2w
rockpools @Caroline2 It was a fantastic surprise. I hope your weekend‘s a vast improvement on your week! 2w
rockpools @sarahbarnes 😁 🎉❤️ 2w
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Thank you so much @TrishB and @squirrelbrain - these are just gorgeous.

I seem to be having a very bird-themed day! I‘m not sure I should admit this, Trish, but I don‘t think I‘ve ever read Emily Dickinson (will remedy that right away)! And the statue book looks like so much fun 🤩!

And Helen, I agree - IWRR does sound right up my street! It‘s not one I was really aware of, so I‘m very much looking forward to diving into this.

rockpools And I have spent the afternoon planting marigold seeds - there‘s a definite theme! The card is perfect too. And yes, there may be some chocolate missing 😋

Thank you both 🥰
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TrishB You‘re welcome 😁 the Pedestal book is very funny and very informative! And everyone needs to have tried Dickinson . Enjoy the rest of your birthday, it should always be a day off. 🎁🥂 2w
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome Rachel! I hadn‘t heard of the book either but it sounds fab doesn‘t it? Hope you‘re having a lovely day! 😘 2w
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Centique Have a wonderful day Rachel! 2w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous gifts ♥️ enjoy X 2w
rockpools @TrishB 😁 This is going into the ‘life advice I‘ve learnt from Litsy‘ list - always book your birthday as leave! Not too sure how I got to this age and hadn‘t worked out this was a thing!! 2w
rockpools @squirrelbrain It does! And yesterday was fab, thanks. Now back to reality. I have to go to a ‘networking event‘ tonight. ???! 😫 (edited) 2w
rockpools @Centique Thank you Paula 😊 2w
rockpools @Cathythoughts I‘m very lucky! It‘s been an incredibly bookish birthday! 2w
squirrelbrain Ugh, that means talking to *actual* people… 😬 2w
TrishB I have never been to school (always in half term) or worked on my birthday 😁 it‘s my self treat. 2w
batsy Those look like lovely books! Enjoy 💕 2w
rockpools @squirrelbrain I know! I think I flinched at the wrong moment and got volunteered 🙄 2w
rockpools @TrishB Massive respect! For the first millennium of my life (ish) I ALWAYS had exams on my birthday. Maybe that‘s why I never quite cracked the whole ‘just book leave‘ thing! 2w
rockpools @batsy And all SO different! 😁 2w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday! I hope you had a lovely day! 2w
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A combined #BookReport #WeeklyForecast this week. The forecast might not be entirely realistic!

I LOVED the 2 books I finished- will hop into the discussions about How High in a bit.

Devil-Devil was good, but not good enough 🫤

Lethal White - still enjoying, but did NOT need to be this long.

I‘d like to clear Dirt Town & Innocence from my ‘languishing half-read‘ pile.

And don‘t the bottom three look amazing together?

Have a good week, all.

squirrelbrain I keep considering The Memory Librarian, but think it might be too ‘clever‘ for me…. 🤔 3w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 2w
rockpools @LeahBergen Thank you Leah! 😁 2w
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Caught up with a friend yesterday after that couple of years. We had a lovely day doing (shock, horror) NORMAL things - talked a lot of rubbish, went to the immersive Van Gogh exhibition (v cool!), lunch by the river, ate vegan ice cream, found jeans that fit…

Look what she brought me 😍

Cathythoughts Sounds like a perfect day. I havnt read that book , but I hear it‘s brilliant ❤️ what a lovely gift. 3w
rockpools @Cathythoughts I‘ve just seen the reviews- really excited to read it now! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the bag 🖤 3w
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youneverarrived Sounds lovely 🤍 3w
LeahBergen It sounds like a perfect day! ❤️ 3w
Centique That bag sums up my life philosophy! 3w
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Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Well, that was an experience.

That‘s it. That‘s my review.

Think I‘ll use this for #Booked2022 #MakeYourOwnPrompt, the prompt either being ‘What the flip was that?!‘ Or ‘Like nothing you‘ve read before‘.

I should add, I did come away from this smiling. It‘s highly entertaining, although what he has to say can be quite cutting. Possibly.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I LOVE that prompt idea!! 3w
TrishB Best review. 3w
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Cinfhen Agreed @Ruthiella @BarbaraTheBibliophage @TrishB This was the BEST review followed by the BEST prompt idea!!! Well done, Rachel!! Now I need to decide if I‘m ready to read this book!?!!! 3w
rockpools @TrishB 🤣🤣 Thanks. You might actually like (as in not hate) this one. Just pretend it‘s poetry. Much on the Chilean education system as experienced by people of our age. I‘m really selling it here 😂😂 3w
rockpools @Ruthiella @BarbaraTheBibliophage I completely can‘t imagine what I‘d read if that was a prompt 🤣🤣 3w
rockpools @Cinfhen Morning Cindy! It‘s VERY short, with even fewer words in - and it‘s not ‘Difficult‘ or ‘Challenging‘ - it just requires you to put a bit of work in and read it differently. It made me laugh. 3w
Cinfhen Im VERY intrigued!!! Off to search for it xxx Thanks, Rachel!! Hope you‘re having a lovely day xx 3w
Magpiegem That is the most intriguing review and I must now immediately find and read it 😂 bravo! 3w
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Thanks for the tag @squirrelbrain - I‘ve finally decided! My answers ⬇️ @RaeLovesToRead :

🏖 Beach!
🍦 Ice cream and hot coffee ☕️
🚂 can I have a train trip instead of a road trip?
🎶 Outdoor concerts (if they‘re at a festival, so much the better!)

I know it‘s criminal to say, but I‘ll skip the paperbacks if I can keep my Kobo (& find the charger…)

Have you answered @Centique @Magpiegem ?

Fun questions @MoonWitch94 😊 #ThoughtfulThursday

MoonWitch94 Yes, a train trip! It‘s takes nearly as long so it counts! Thanks for playing 😎 3w
squirrelbrain Much easier to take a Kobo / Kindle! At least in the van I could take a whole library of paperbacks (just no clothes as well!). 3w
squirrelbrain And I think you cheated slightly on the concert / festival question! 🤣 3w
rockpools @squirrelbrain Totally cheating! I‘d just been looking at local summer festival gigs. They‘re all in marquees this year, which is pretty ucky at the best of times. Debating going down for the day and just sitting on the grass outside (with the hard-up teenagers - it‘s what we used to do!) to hear stuff. 3w
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Mapp and Lucia | E. F. Benson

Dear people-in-the-know,

I joined @Librarybelle ‘s #192025 challenge, and thought I might actually do a little bit of planning. That went as well as expected.

The first book I wanted to put on the list was Mapp & Lucia (the book, not the series). StoryGraph insists it was originally published in 1912 (Yay! Time travel! Uh, no.), Wikipedia says 1931. My copy says 1935.

Would anyone like to declare an official publication date?

Thank you 😊

Librarybelle A Bodleian Libraries blog entry from 2020 lists 1931 as the original publication date…I‘d go with 1931! 3w
RaeLovesToRead I declare 1931 3w
rockpools @Librarybelle @RaeLovesToRead Well if the Bod and Rae both say so… 1931 it is. Thanks both - I somehow hadn‘t found that blog Jess. 3w
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LeahBergen You made me curious so I checked my Folio Society edition. 1931 it is! 3w
rockpools @LeahBergen You (and your folios) *were* the person-in-the-know I was thinking of! So now we know. Thanks Leah! 3w
Centique I think I‘ll be making notes in margins saying #refertoleah going forward. 😂You‘re our modernist expert 🙌 @LeahBergen 3w
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Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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“3. You read books that are much stranger than the books you would write if you wrote.”

Yup.

And I‘ve just spotted question 3 on the front cover. This has made me laugh more than once. Honestly can‘t tell you what it is though!

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Fifty Words for Snow | Nancy Campbell
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I finished June‘s #BookSpin! I‘ve only been reading it for 6 months…

This is an absolutely beautiful book, but one to dip into rather than to read cover to cover. It takes (surprise!) 50 words for snow or related to snow from different languages around the world and recounts what it means, a myth, a piece of history, a tradition.. And of course each is accompanied by an archive photo of a snowflake.

Gorgeous slow reading! ❄️ ❄️ ❄️

Kdgordon88 This sounds lovely. Stacked. 4w
rockpools @Kdgordon88 It really is! Definitely one to get in print, though. 4w
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Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 and reading out of season is TOTALLY COOL 😎 4w
TrishB I hope you were listening to Kate Bush as you read 😁 4w
Sparklemn I love slow reading! I'll be ordering this one. @trishb Oooo...I'm going to check out her album. 4w
TrishB @Sparklemn same title 😁 4w
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Devil-Devil | Graeme Kent
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I bailed. Bother.

I think if I‘d read this all in one gulp, it would have been fine. I loved the Solomon Islands setting and learning a little about the cultures there. It‘s a potentially fun not-quite-cosy, with a local policeman/traditional peace-keeper and an English nun.

But I never particularly warmed to the main characters and, having set it aside for a few weeks, I found I wasn‘t that fussed about the story. Ho hum. Moving on…

Cathythoughts Oh dear ! Moving on sounds like a good move 😁 4w
squirrelbrain Meh…oh well. I‘m sure you‘ve plenty of other books on the go! 😁 4w
Centique Sometimes bailing makes all the difference to your flow - like a stumbling block removed. I support this decision!! 4w
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On a quest to finish some in-progress reads - this is my #WeeklyForecast.

It looks kind of dark. I might need to mix some sunshine in!

Have a great week, everyone!

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 4w
Cathythoughts Have a good week 👍🏻♥️ 4w
Simona Happy reading to you too❣️ 4w
Cinfhen Definitely add something light!!! 4w
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A low pick for this #BusinessBook looking at the power of deadlines.

I guess it‘s more organisational behaviour that self-help (despite the subtitle). Cox, a journalist, goes into several companies to uncover how they approach deadlines - new restaurants, an Easter lily farm, a ski slope at the start of the season, a tech pitch battle, Black Friday and disaster relief.

The stories themselves were Interesting - the logistics

rockpools of making your lilies bloom to a changing deadline, or covering a resort in man-made snow 🤯! And it gave me stuff to think about - soft deadlines, right-to-left planning, using deadlines to revise and improve…

It did feel like it was written by a journalist- I‘m not entirely sure it achieved what he intended as a whole book. And the author at times came across a tad patronising.

So interesting content but not a gripping read.
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TrishB I missed a chance! A book about deadlines. The things that drive you crazy in work. Or the people that never meet them. 4w
rockpools @TrishB 😁 There‘s still a gap in the market for you to write the definitive book on all of these things! I seem to have become one of those people that never meet them in the last couple of years… 😕 4w
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TrishB 😂😂 I can imagine the roll of eyes if I said I was writing a book on this! 4w
rockpools And, in today‘s ‘I‘d be dangerous if I could remember what I was doing‘ moment: #Booked2022 #WrittenByAJournalist @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen 4w
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❣️ 4w
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Look! I have read books this week! (3 of these are still in progress but who‘s counting?!). And my theme for the week is…. ❄️ Snow ❄️ Yup. Seasonal as ever.

Fifty Words is a good bit more sad having read the start of How High. Lots on the changing environments of snowy regions…

And now I‘m going to see if I can spot the Red Arrows as they fly back from an Airshow in the next bay. Hope you‘re having a lovely weekend, all.
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Cinfhen Yay!!!!! Glad you‘re finding your #ReadingMoJo 4w
julesG Yeah! I agree with @Cinfhen. Don't forget, it's not a race/competition. 4w
TrishB Good progress 👍🏻 4w
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squirrelbrain Ooh I hope you do see the Red Arrows - love them! We saw them fly past from a show a few weeks ago - fab! 4w
Cathythoughts Great post ! Onwards and upwards ❤️ 4w
rockpools @Cinfhen Thanks Cindy 😊. Mojo is good! 4w
rockpools @julesG Usually I‘m quite chilled about these things. But for some reason right now I really feel the need to FINISH STUFF! And that includes books! 4w
rockpools @squirrelbrain Teensy tiny through binoculars!! Thought they‘d follow the coast back, but they were way out to see! 4w
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My #BookSpinBingo board for June.

I‘m going all out for a bingo this month, largely because I really want to finish some of the books I have in progress. And there are some AMAZING books on this board. And yay! Nonfiction!

Being the organised soul I am, A life in Nature was on the board twice. Again. So I‘ve swapped the middle square for Jubilee reading with Voices of the Crossing.

#Bookspin: 50 Words for Snow
#Doublespin: A Life in Nature

rockpools Meanwhile, the bell ringers in the church next door are just starting their 3 hour bell-ringing Jubilee celebration. I love hearing church bells. Not sure how I‘ll feel by 1. Thankfully I think they‘ve been joined by ringers from across the county, so there should be some variety at least! 🔔 🔔 🔔 1mo
Cathythoughts The bells sound lovely 💫 1mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts It‘s one of those silly things I missed during lockdowns - silent Sunday mornings here are just wrong. 1mo
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Oryx I love church bells. When I lived in st Albans, we were near a church, and it was the lovely sound of Sunday morning. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
squirrelbrain I too love church bells, not sure about 3 hours‘ worth though! 🔔 1mo
rockpools @Oryx We get a bonus on Tuesdays- it‘s bell ringers and biker night in town here! 1mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain It was nice actually- not sure I could‘ve done with much more though! 1mo
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Fifty Words for Snow | Nancy Campbell
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I am DELIGHTED with the #bookspin and #doublespin choices this month!

My aim for June is to get 2 books that I‘ve had in progress forever finished. Snow was my first book of the year (eek!) and Nature wasn‘t started much later - for some reason my nonfiction reading this year has completely fallen through the floor. And I am really loving both of these - I‘m just not really reading them!

So yay for #bookspin and for finishing things!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
LeahBergen I like that you still have your Santa bookmark in Snow. 😆 1mo
rockpools @LeahBergen I‘ve been reading it for a while… 🐌 🧑‍🎄 In other news, work were tidying up last week. I received 2 Christmas cards as a result! 🤔 🎄 1mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 1mo
Centique I know what you mean - a couple of books last year I had on the go for 6 months. Non fiction and I loved them but I just kept putting them down. This year I‘ve got short stories and letters that I‘m reading in tiny bites infrequently! 4w
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Finally persuaded myself to sit down and start reading this morning (it‘s been a while!) Wasn‘t sure about the first story, but chapter two surprisingly won me over. Interested to see where this takes us, and looking forward to the weekend‘s conversations. #camplitsy

BarbaraBB Me too! 1mo
Lindy I didn‘t realize that there‘s a group read happening but I will be following #campLitsy because I just picked up my hold from the library 1mo
rockpools @Lindy Perfect timing! We‘re reading to the half-way point this week and to the end next week - I think @squirrelbrain ‘s hosting the discussions for this one (is that right Helen ? -I have no idea what‘s going on atm!) if you‘d like to hop in. 1mo
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Lindy 😘thanks! I will start reading today. 1mo
squirrelbrain That‘s right Rachel - I‘m hosting the first two books. Glad you‘re enjoying it so far. @lindy - would you like us to add you to the tag list? As Rachel says, we‘re reading the first half, up to the end of ‘Speak, Fetch..‘ this week. 1mo
Lindy @squirrelbrain Yes please Helen 😊 1mo
squirrelbrain Of course! @Lindy Can you do the honours please Meg?! @Megabooks 1mo
Megabooks So glad you are both joining us Rachel and @Lindy !! There‘s a lot of interesting things to discuss in this one. Really looking forward Saturday. (I‘ve added you to the tag list Lindy.) @squirrelbrain 1mo
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No, I have no idea what‘s going on with the graphic, either 🦖

Still.

Yay, it‘s almost #BookSpin day! My goal this month is to finish at least two of the books that have been in progress since January, and attempt to keep up with #CampLitsy!

As I haven‘t really read anything in a month, this could be tricky 🙀

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Eek. #ReadAroundTheWorld is not going well this year @BookwormM ! I‘m still in the middle the last two months‘ books for the Solomon Islands and The Czech Republic. Which is particularly annoying as I was really enjoying both of them.

Have just reserved the tagged to ignore for 3 months for June‘s Liberia read 😬. Apparently I stacked this 5 years ago!

Simona I‘m constantly behind with this challenge too … (edited) 1mo
AlaMich The cover of the book on the left is making me want to look it up! 1mo
rockpools @Simona I put way too much time into finding the books, and don‘t leave myself any time to actually read them! 1mo
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rockpools @AlaMich Have you read the Dr Siri novels? It‘s a similar vibe- but a young policeman who is also a traditional peacemaker, and set in the 1960s. The descriptions of the Solomon Island settlements are fascinating - adding it to my world tour! The story… has its moments 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
AlaMich @rockpools The Dr. Siri series is a favorite of mine! I will definitely have to check this out. 1mo
BarbaraBB I just read it for #ReadingAfrica2022 and so far it‘s one of my favorite books of the challenge! So good!! 1mo
rockpools @BarbaraBB I saw that - it‘s what convinced me to give it a go! That‘s high recommendation! 1mo
rockpools @AlaMich I had a feeling we‘d talked about Siri before! The characters are maybe not as strong, but it‘s similar in the mix of the traditional/supernatural and western officialdom / (in this case) policing. 1mo
BarbaraBB I feel the pressure 😄. I really hope you like it as much as I did! 1mo
BarbaraBB Sorry. Unfollowed you incidentally, corrected that of course 😅 1mo
rockpools @BarbaraBB 😂😂 Oops! I‘m looking forward to the book ☺️ 1mo
BarbaraBB You better 😉 1mo
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Feel like I haven‘t done a #BookReport in ages, so…

What‘s Next? Is a cute story about Baby Badger and Daddy exploring. Beautiful images, ok text, and A is now calling everyone ‘My Darling‘ (which is v funny)

Littlest Lighthouse Keeper is my favourite! Henry Mouse looks after the lighthouse, with help from Puffin and Spider.

Six Dinner Sid.. You can guess. Cats with attitude.

rockpools Tahmineh‘s Beautiful Bird is a gorgeous Iranian tale with a touch of magical realism.

And I‘m still working on Lethal White on audio. Don‘t even know where my Kobo is or what I‘m actually reading in print - it‘s been weeks!

Have a lovely weekend, all. Hi Cindy 😘
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TrishB Well you‘re still reading 😁 1mo
rockpools @TrishB A lot more books than I usually get through! And with WAY better pictures 😁 1mo
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Oryx I just sent Six Dinner Sid to my niece last week! 1mo
rockpools @Oryx Ah cool 😎! It‘s lots of fun. We have a recurring SIX DINNERS? thing going now! 1mo
Cinfhen I really love picture books!!! 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks for checking in, Rachel 💜💜 1mo
Libby1 Six Dinner Sid is the best. 1mo
rockpools @Libby1 Isn‘t he?! And Jock‘s pretty awesome too! Hope you‘re well, Libby. 1mo
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Multiple Choice | Alejandro Zambra
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Thanks for the tag @julesG 😊

📖Not reading much atm, but I have started the tagged.
📓It‘s a print book. Loving library holds when I can get them.
🤷🏻‍♀️I *genuinely* can‘t rate this yet. It‘s like reading performance art. Or an exam. It‘s weird. I don‘t know if I get it - suspect it may come together later. I‘ll keep you posted.
🖊No, or at least very rarely.

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

Tagging YOU if you haven‘t played yet 😁

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 📚☺️ 1mo
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Ooh. Thanks #NetGalley. Did NOT expect that to be approved!

Narrated by Janelle Monae and Bahni Turpin.

🎉📚🎉📚🎉

squirrelbrain Enjoy! ❤️ 2mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This is one of those rare things - a book I may have enjoyed more had it been longer! I loved the opening, and wanted to stay with Edwin on his journey. Olive‘s story made for perfect plane-reading. Mirella and Vincent - maybe reading The Glass Hotel would have helped me appreciate their story more?

And then there‘s Gaspery, who I almost wish I had an opinion on. But I just don‘t. He seems to sit in an uncomfortable position between mysterious

rockpools other-in-the-background and fully fledged character. I don‘t really believe his actions. Maybe more time with him would have filled out the gaps?

I also have a sneaking suspicion that I may not actually be a fan of time-travel novels. This was a surprise - I might be more comfortable with time-slip stories- but the mechanics and ethics of time travel, without any of the wonder of ‘experiencing a different place and time‘ just left me unsatisfied.
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rockpools And it‘s a pandemic novel. I expected it to be too uncomfortable, too soon, but instead I think I wanted more tension 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Mandel does ask really interesting questions, above all about what makes a life worth living - and I have found myself thinking about it today - but I just a didn‘t feel it as I would have liked to. #gladstonerds
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rockpools Last thing. Surely the incident with the underpass compromises the timeline as much as anything else? 2mo
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julesG Your picture is very tranquil. 😉 Time travel can be fun. I really liked Crichton's Timeline and am a huge fan of Jodi Taylor's Chronicles of St Mary's series. 2mo
KristiAhlers This is our local B@N book club choice. I‘m leading the discussion tomorrow and I‘ve got to say I agree with you I wanted it longer. Perhaps because I simply didn‘t want to say goodbye to the characters. I went in not sure I wanted to read a pandemic novel. We are barely out of one I don‘t want to read about it. And I love the photo. Flying above the clouds affords for so many pictures. When I flew I would fill my phone with them. 💙 2mo
rockpools @julesG You know, I might give the Crichton a go sometime. It does sound fun. I may have been suffering a book hangover at the time, but I did try the first St Mary‘s… and nope. It‘s possible I‘m a lost cause! 2mo
rockpools @KristiAhlers I‘ve just seen your bio. That would be a lot of sky photos 😍. Good luck with your discussion tomorrow- it‘ll be interesting to see how the others got along with it. It‘s slightly bizarre, but I would have liked to get to know the characters better! 2mo
TrishB Great review Rachel, agree totally. I gave a puck because I like time travel. And yes it could have been more expansive! 2mo
squirrelbrain Interesting review 😁…it is very short isn‘t it? I was surprised, just short of 6 hours on audio, which should only be 3.5 hours listening time. I‘ll hopefully get to it soon. Are you flying oop north to see your niece? 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ I‘m looking forward to trying it out soon 🤞🏻 2mo
TheSpineView I very much agree! It needed more oomph and a longer version could achieve that. 1mo
rockpools @TheSpineView That‘s it! Oomph was what I was after 😆 1mo
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Ugh!: A Bug! | Ned Crowley
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Aaargh! That went well then!

(Note to future self. You were trying to reserve Zambra. Multiple Choice)

thegirlwiththelibrarybag 👀 did they fix it? 2mo
vivastory I hope it was fixed 🤞 2mo
rockpools @thegirlwiththelibrarybag They did thanks. It was one of those things that only ever happens on a Sunday evening, so all sorted first thing this morning. 2mo
rockpools @vivastory I have my reservation in. Now we wait… 2mo
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Good morning Litsy!

My #WeeklyForecast & #BookReport this week are both these titles. Truth is I‘m reading very little at the moment - doing other things and enjoying a bit of silence - so these may all take a while. The photo‘s the back of local sand dunes yesterday- I fought my way through the amusements to the nature reserve. Gorgeous! Lots of birdsong and hares.

So books, then:
🌝 Sea of Tranquility: I‘m interested by this, rather

rockpools than absorbed in it. Wondering if time-travel isn‘t my thing any more.
📚 Agnes Grey: one of my libraries is doing an adult reading challenge, first prompt: a classic. So let‘s try this.
🕵🏼 Innocence: For #ReadAroundTheWorld Czech Republic. SO atmospheric - Murder, noir, secrets, betrayal…
🕵️‍♂️ Lethal White: Always good to be back with Cormoran and Robin, but it‘s taking a while to get going…

Have a lovely week, folks.
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TrishB Lovely local picture Rachel 😁 enjoy your week. 2mo
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish. You too. 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes , beautiful picture. Have a good week. I‘d like to read Agnes Grey but time is not on my side 🙄. Silence is great 💫 2mo
Cinfhen Love the photo 🥰 2mo
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For any of you #ReadAroundTheWorld / #InternationalBookerPrize2022 / translated fiction folks, this is a really lovely newsletter from Tilted Axis, asking their IBP-nominated authors and translators for books-in-translation recommendations: https://mailchi.mp/d5b020b6d9b6/what-are-they-reading?e=80a23e9051

Stacking may occur!!

BarbaraBB O wow, this is really great and so tempting! Thank you for sharing 😀 2mo
batsy Thanks for letting us know! 🙂 2mo
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This is my #ReadAroundTheWorld book for the #CzechRepublic this month. Kovály was heavily influenced by Raymond Chandler, having translated his works into Czech. However, the story is as much or more about life under an oppressive regime as it is about the murder. Having read the intro by her son, I‘m almost wishing I‘d read her memoir instead - but he also says she was freeer to write about the real world in her fiction…

Either way, fab so far.

charl08 Sounds brilliant. Will look for a copy. 2mo
rockpools @charl08 I think I‘m going to enjoy this one! 2mo
BookwormM I am enjoying my choice as well 2mo
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Squeaking in with a #BookSpin list. A bit of a focus on finishing things and ARCs this time. Don‘t think I‘ll be playing bingo this month - we‘ll see if I can actually complete BookSpin and DoubleSpin instead!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Morning! It‘s been a Bail-y, muddle kind of week (and it might not be done yet). Here‘s my #BookReport!

Finished
Still Born - plenty to think about. Hopeful-ish. 🪺
Boyfriend Material 😁

Reading
Entangled Life 🍄 This may take a while! Fascinating fungi. Who knew?
Lethal White 🕵🏼‍♂️ Always enjoyable
Devil-Devil 🏝 Love the Solomon Islands setting, completely disinterested in the plot. May bail yet.

Bailed. Neither of these were bad - I

rockpools just couldn‘t convince myself to care enough to finish them.
Mic Drop 🎤 Maybe my head was in a weird place. I loved book 1!
Ariadne. Um, yeah 🫤.

Next week I‘ll mostly be reading Milly-Molly-Mandy and Pete the Cat, and being sociable and stuff, so I might disappear for a few days. Have a fabulous week! 😘
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TrishB Have a great week Rachel ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds like you had a great week overall!! I always enjoy your book reports 😘 2mo
Oryx Welcome to the Ariadne bail club. ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Have a lovely week Rachel! 😘 2mo
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I‘m having an outbreak of NetGalley nosiness.

Do you ever manage to get/keep your rating above 80%? Is that even a thing?

I‘m currently on 68%. On a good day I get up to 72%. But I don‘t think I‘ve ever got beyond 74…

And a blurry photo of a smuggler‘s tunnel, just because.

julesG Will you abandon me in such a smugglers' tunnel when I tell you that my ratio is usually around 85%? 2mo
rockpools @julesG Definitely! (Though it does have a very nice beach at the end, so it wouldn‘t be that bad). Right. Thank you. I now have something to aspire to! I have no idea how you do that though - you get through SO MANY! Must be that self-discipline thing I struggle with 😜 2mo
julesG Mind you, #MountARC is still 124 ARCs high. That's despite having trained myself to first log a few reviews before going on a requesting spree. 2mo
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rockpools @julesG Gaah! 🏔 But yes, maybe I‘ll try reviewing 3 requesting 1, rather than the other way round! 2mo
squirrelbrain Mine was above 80% for a while but is currently at 78%. I haven‘t ever had loads of ARCs though - a total of 115 over the 2 years or so I‘ve been on NetGalley. I made myself stop requesting so many though, and I try to ignore the emails they send out! (edited) 2mo
xicanti I‘m at 97% and I hate I‘ll never hit 100% because I once declined to review a title. If I‘d known it‘d mess up my rating forever I would‘ve posted SOMETHING about the book! 2mo
DogEaredBooks The closest I‘ve gotten is 60% and then I got approved for a batch and have been stuck at 45%-50% trying to catch up! Glad to know I‘m not alone! 2mo
BookwormM I am at 71% with a scary amount of books to read and review 😱🤣🤣 2mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain I‘m quite good at ignoring emails (in life generally 🫤) - my problem is whenever I review something I stop to have a little look round… 2mo
rockpools @xicanti I am in awe! Much respect! I also did sums. If you only missed 1, if you can review 200/201 titles, it should round up to 100% and that pesky percentage should disappear. That wouldn‘t help me in the next 10 years, but you probably get through things faster than I do! 2mo
rockpools @DogEaredBooks You‘re definitely not alone! The catching up is the hard part! I‘m always mystified when they actually approve titles. What are they thinking??! (And then I get a bit grumpy when they don‘t approve them too!) 2mo
rockpools @BookwormM I vowed to stay above 70% when I finally got there. Then I forgot. Ho hum. 2mo
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Still Born | Guadalupe Nettel
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Sometimes life doesn‘t work out as you planned. And sometimes that‘s ok.

Two women, best friends, who never intended to have children. But Alina‘s views change as she gets older, leading to a difficult, life-changing pregnancy that neither she nor the doctors foresaw. Meanwhile Laura unexpectedly starts taking on a mothering role to her neighbour‘s child.

I really enjoyed this. It‘s messy and complicated, and people change their minds and love

rockpools their children to bits, even as they think the worst or feel guilty or can‘t cope. It‘s a very different and non-judgmental look at motherhood and non-motherhood and mothering, set against the backdrop of Mexico City, and a society which expects a woman to become a biological mother.

The writing feels very real - the main character talks like a close friend, while, when she tells Alina‘s story it feels almost like a human-interest news report.
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rockpools And yet somehow it works to build a very affecting story without being manipulative or mawkish. Major content warnings for everything around pregnancies that don‘t work out as expected.

Thank you to #NetGalley and #FitzcarraldoEditions who gave me this as a free ARC. I read it in the space of an evening, which is very unusual.
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squirrelbrain Great review! 2mo
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I‘ve started 4 books in the last two days. This doesn‘t bode well. I was already in the middle of more than 3 others. Also, my phone keyboard appears to be in Spanish…

Anyhow one of these simultaneously is fascinating and relaxing (and I‘d gone in with VERY low expectations!), one is page-turning and surprising, one has fantastic characters, and then there‘s the other one. Any guesses?

Lindy I‘m going to guess that the one you entered with low expectations and that‘s fascinating and relaxing is 2mo
rockpools @Lindy Yep. For some reason I was expecting interesting-but-annoying, so this is a very lovely surprise! 2mo
Lindy @rockpools Sheldrake is so passionate about his topic, isn‘t he? 2mo
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Dug this out of the depths of my Audible library, where it‘s been lurking since it first came out. I gave up my Audible subscription a while back (and it has to be said, this series on audio is great), and I don‘t think I‘ll want to read book 5, so this‘ll be my farewell to Robin and Cormoran. It‘s good to be back with them for now though!

Cathythoughts Enjoy ! I‘d love to see the TV series. 2mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts I haven‘t caught up with that yet either (I‘m rubbish at tv series!) 2mo
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Mic Drop | Sharna Jackson
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Sad to say I‘m bailing on this MG murder mystery. Either it or I am suffering from ‘that difficult second novel‘ syndrome - I loved the first book in the series ⬇️, Nik & Norva are wonderful characters and engaging sleuths.

Here, a rising rap star returns to the Tri (the estate) to shoot a video. But appears to be getting death threats, so the girls and best-friend George step@in to investigate.

And at 40% in, I‘m bored. Will happily try book 3…

rockpools First in series 2mo
rockpools Can you tell I‘m Having a ‘clearing the decks‘ weekend? 2mo
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A book to be savoured slowly, after you‘ve read the first 5 parts of the Septology. I simply wasn‘t prepared to put the work in, result being I found it almost unreadable. Lots of stream of consciousness philosophising on art and religion. With doppelgängers.

Don‘t trust my review - this is appreciated by greater minds than mine, & I won‘t be at all surprised if it wins the #InternationalBookerPrize2022

Full review: https://tinyurl.com/mv589xry

BookwormM Part of me hopes my library hold fails to show up 🤣🤣 2mo
rockpools @BookwormM Are you going to read the earlier books first? It *might* make a difference. But I‘m not going to attempt it! 2mo
BookwormM Ummm probably not I think I read the first book when that was nominated but I can‘t remember a thing about it 2mo
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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Still catching up with reviews from #InternationalBookerPrize2022. This is the one I came away from with a firm commitment to read everything else the author has in English!

Elena knows that her daughter would never have gone to the church in the rain, would never have taken her own life in that way. So Elena travels acoss Buenos Aires to investigate. Beautiful writing & translation. And yes, I cried.

Full review: https://rb.gy/fkd4xr

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 great review. 2mo
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish! It‘s a teensy tiny little novel, but I do think you‘d like it. 2mo
TrishB I think this is on my next pay day list- it keeps popping up for me so I guess it‘s a sign! 2mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review! I see I have it stacked already 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
BookwormM My hold is at the library just need to collect it one downside to bank holidays 🤣🤣 2mo
squirrelbrain I have it stacked already too, I think from @BarbaraBB ‘s review, but your review makes me want to read it even more. 2mo
squirrelbrain Just found it on Scribd - yay! 2mo
BarbaraBB Yes @squirrelbrain I loved it too. Great review. So sad 💔 2mo
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It‘s a #BookReport / #WeeklyForecast -type-mess!

Tomb of Sand ❤️🌈🦋
Death in the Stocks 😼

Mic Drop - so far, not as fab as the first one ☹️
Devil Devil - way better than expected! 🏝

Boyfriend Material - no idea what this was doing in my Libby Holds. It‘s fun though. And suitably snarky. 🪲

Ariadne - I kind of should consider reading this next. But given the *glowing* reviews it‘s had this week, I might not!

Happy Sunday 🌞

Cinfhen I like this 🥰 2mo
rockpools @Cinfhen 😊 Thank you! Hope you‘re having a lovely weekend 😘 2mo
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