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Cosmos | Carl Sagan
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Mercury transit almost over. It's the tiny black spec in the top left. Cell phone photo though my small telescope. I'll be eighty next time this happens and is visible in North America, if I make it that is. Mercury will of course.

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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

It's a pretty good read, a bit dark I suppose but I wish the house has been a bigger part of the book. The characters were all good, but not as interesting as the house. Too many unrevealed secrets.

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After the End | Clare Mackintosh
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Mehso-so

Two parts, Before and After. The first part was brilliant, the second totally unnecessary. A great idea but ultimately pointless though well written. What happens after an inexplicably terrible event ? People get on with their lives, the end. Yawn.

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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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The first pages show the quality of literature here. Brilliantly written tale of cultist isolation, how easily led we are, until we aren't. No happy endings I'm afraid.

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84K | Claire North
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This is dystopia at it's best. So believable it's utterly depressing at times. It's also deeply British and made me homesick despite the horror of it all.

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Freefall: A Novel | Jessica Barry
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Satisfying, well written thriller. Plane crash, wilderness survival, bad guys, big pharma (more bad guys) enough said really.

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Peculiarly good read, unique in some ways but also predictable (in a good way). Agatha Christie, Clue, Back to the Future, Quantum Leap, Memento among a few things it reminded me of.

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Incredible, beautiful and poetic, I wish it was all real. I've never read anything like it.

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Boy at the Door | Alex Dahl
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Pretty good mystery. Not quite Scandi enough for me but I read the author is half Norwegian, half American, studied in England. Still, a good novel full of despicable characters.

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Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell | Neal Stephenson
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Mehso-so

A bit too long this, I got bored by the end as it seemed to drag on to it's obvious conclusion.

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Mehso-so

A great book in many ways and quite an important work I would say, but it did get a little tedious past the halfway point and lost its impact. Brilliant writing though.

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A really interesting look at Russian culture and history. The whole thing was a bit soul destroying though. 'Big hearted, warm and witty' said someone on the back cover. For me it was just a sad book about a terrible country. A timely read as we watch our freedoms in America dissolve into a more Soviet version of capitalism.

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The Body Lies | Jo Baker
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Mehso-so

Interesting style of storytelling, great writing, but ultimately a little predictable. I was waiting for the twists but there really weren't any.

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Not sure how many times I've read this. Gaiman is the only writer whose books I read more than once. Mostly.

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Neverworld Wake | Marisha Pessl
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Mehso-so

Well written, nice idea but a bit too Y/A for my tastes.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Engrossing, dysfunctional love story. It's been done a million times but this is uniquely brilliant and modern and very Irish.

Cathythoughts I thought it a very good book 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite from McEwan I'll admit, but quite brilliant. Alternative history? Science fiction? Who cares? He was accused of genre snobbery after a recent interview but every author has the right to be snobbish about their own work. They write the books and we get to tell them what it's all about!

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The Ditch | Herman Koch
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This guy is such a good writer, burrows so deep inside the characters mind it gets uncomfortable. Ordinariness happens but it's so interesting and the Dutch perspective is fascinating to me. How can cultures be so unique when we're all exactly the same?

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I Know Who You Are | Alice Feeney
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This was great, I think I liked the other one too. No spoilers.

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The Ditch | Herman Koch
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Didn't even know Koch had a new book. Love surprises at the library!

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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
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Great story but always feels a bit rushed at the end. Too much happening too quickly, everyone conveniently converging without reasonable explanation. Can't remember how many times I've read it though.

artdamnit_reads I love this cover!!! 😍 3mo
scowler1 @artdamnit_reads Great isn't it? I had to have it, and American Gods! 3mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Mehso-so

Really interesting novel and very well written but a little light given the subject matter. Ignorance, fear and cruelty is what this book is about, but it wasn't there. Too sympathetic and understanding I thought. Having said that I did read it without putting it down.

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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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Powerful and beautifully written story about growing up in Nazi Germany. Incredible description of Kristallnacht, still so hard to believe this actually happened but this really made it real for me. Tearjerker ending, superb.

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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Mehso-so

Decent mystery with a little ghost story woven in. Just not quite mysterious or scary enough for me though. Great story, huge potential but it didn't really get there.

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Our House | Louise Candlish
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Good thriller/mystery/ WTF is happening sort of tale full of despicable, greedy/ gullible, weak characters; hated them all by the end. Lots of twists and reveals and a great last line. Noooooo!!!

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Fun book. Wonderful writing, wicked characters and I really liked the way it ended. Describing Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' as the musical equivalent of a pack of M&M's, brilliant.

britt_brooke All right. I keep seeing good things about this. Moving it up in my TBR! 4mo
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Here are my #Top6Reads @Cinfhen. So hard to choose, I think I just lost an hour of my life! I'm definitely reading Kristen's book again, absolutely brilliant.

Stormborn1992 I'm glad to hear a good review on You Know You Want This, I have heard basically nothing but I have a copy on my shelf waiting to be read! 4mo
Megabooks Rust and Stardust got too intense for me, but it was great! 4mo
scowler1 @Megabooks It was hideous wasn't it? 4mo
Bklover You got me on the tagged book! Stacked! 4mo
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Jane Doe: A Novel | Victoria Helen Stone
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Mehso-so

Fairly predictable story of a sociopath exacting revenge for the death of a friend. Well written and very satisfying to read though, full of disgusting characters that are fun to hate.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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A very enjoyable read, really captivating all the way through. Wish I had the strength to visit Alaska. Emotional ending 😢

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Foe | Iain Reid
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I started to read and just couldn't stop, brilliant book. Should have guessed the ending but I was so engrossed I didn't have time to think. Excellent.

Dragonfairykats Those are the best! Oddly enough, I don't read with an intent to figure anything out. 4mo
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The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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Mehso-so

A proper bit of highbrow literature this. Pretty short and interesting. It gets quite intriguing halfway through and ends well.

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River | Peter Heller
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Superb page turner from a brilliant writer. Friendship, forest fires, white water and murder. Really quick read, I couldn't put this one down.

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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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Great cover, great book about two brothers growing up in Australia with drug dealers for parents.

BooknerdsLife Never seen this cover before!!! 😱😍 Is this US edition? 4mo
scowler1 That's right @BooknerdsLife. Sunny California 🌞 4mo
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Completely bizarre and brilliant collection of short stories. Incredible imaginings and beautiful writing from a truly unique mind.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Really interesting book full of great characters, tragedy, love, murder, mystery, the whole shebang.

TheEllieMo This is one of my favourite reads of the year so far 5mo
scowler1 @TheEllieMo In my top ten for sure, it's been a good year so far. 5mo
LiteraryinLititz I‘m glad to hear you both liked it! @TheEllieMo @scowler1 It‘s been on my TBR but maybe I‘ll bump it up. 5mo
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Excellent book this, even if you don't care much for non-fiction. Flawlessly researched and precise and straight to the point. Favorite mind-blowing part; (spoiler!) How America popularized eugenics, one particular book selling so well it was translated into German. You can guess the rest.

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Mehso-so

Great until the last fifty pages when it seemed to fizzle out to a less than satisfying conclusion. Lovely writing and fascinating story, until the ending.

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Not as enjoyable as his book Stuff Matters but very good though. He injected a little too much of his own personality into it, which is fine of course but not interesting to me. His scientific insights are incredible and that's what makes this an amazing read.

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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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Couldn't resist these two at B&N today. The only two of Gaiman's novels I've never owned, good excuse to read them for the n'th? time.

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Mehso-so

Decent novel about life, love, tragedy and all that good stuff. Well written and interesting but it did fizzle out at the end; perhaps that's the point, life eh?
Odd adjective 'tarnished gold' at the beginning. Pure gold never tarnishes but I guess most jewelry isn't pure. Still, I'd have gone with brass.

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Give Me Your Hand | Megan Abbott
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Mehso-so

Pretty good read but the second death (murder?) wasn't quite believable. All came together well for the ending though, I just wish the murder/death/kill scene had been better.

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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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Not at all what I was expecting, much better actually. Unique and disturbing. Can't say much more without spoiling it, really good, read it.

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Mehso-so

Not a bad thriller, character driven, it took a while to get going but when it did it was good fun. Bit of a cheesy wrap up chapter but some people need that I suppose? Probably make a good T.V. miniseries.

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Elevation | Stephen King
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This little gem was a perfect Sunday afternoon read. Great as always, short, singular and perfect. How Mr King keeps coming up with new ideas is beyond me. It's set in Castle Rock so he probably wrote it in his sleep.

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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Another strange one from Sarah Perry. Strange and creepy and quite brilliant. This kind of novel should be read at night, alone in an empty house and by candlelight.

saresmoore I am going to take that reading suggestion. 6mo
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Memory Wall: Stories | Anthony Doerr
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Absolutely brilliant collection of short stories. This guy really paints pictures with words. The last story had me choking back tears.

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Adele | Lela Slimani
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Got back from the library and finished this without putting it down. It's so good. A lot of sex, not gratuitous though. Short review sorry, need bathroom and lunch!

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Mehso-so

Good concept, believable post apocalyptic new world, interesting story. I found the writing a little cliched though and it was a bit predictable.

JennyM The cover is cool 6mo
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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Very good, a little melancholy but that's okay. Short stories with one recurring character. The narrator's voice seems to be the same one through the whole book though. Intentional?

saresmoore Ooh, that‘s a good question. I really enjoyed this one—felt like I was wandering around in Groff‘s brain. 6mo
Becker I appreciate both the picture and your thoughts. 6mo
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Oksana, Behave! | Maria Kuznetsova
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Wickedly good debut novel. A couple of sketchy bits at the beginning almost put me off but I continued and it was well worth the effort. Excellent character writer, really fun read.