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sophierayton

Joined June 2018

Books, Music, Food & Naps
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The teachings Pema Chodron presents are so powerful and compassionate. I really appreciate the work she does and it helps me a lot.

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Incredible, unique and compassionate perspective. The mix of the trauma cleaner's history and the accounts of the people she cleans for is fascinating. It's really good and I'd recommend this book to most people. It also made me want to clean my house, and that's generally a good thing!

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Panpan

Very basic and obvious stuff here.

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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I really enjoyed all the characters in this book and there's great representation. All the stories are somewhat intertwined and it kind of comes together at the end, but, for me, it was all so subtle that it was more like reading a book of short stories than a novel.
Having said that, Evaristo is brilliant and deserves all the praise and attention she is getting. She is an important voice in literature today and I hope her work reaches many people

TheLibrarian Great review! 3w
andrew61 A good review, definitely a unique book. 3w
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The Stranger Inside | Lisa Unger
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I thought I had this all figured out from the start - but I didn't, and the whole book pleasantly surprised me. The psychological stuff was spot on and you can tell that this author is committed to researching properly. This was my first Lisa Unger book and I'm happy to see she has a huge back-catalogue for me to dive into. Yay for books!

Texreader It‘s so fun to discover an author with a deep bench of books! 4w
Slajaunie Yay! You put me onto a new author. Thank you! 💙📖 4w
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Undone | Karin Slaughter
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Another excellent installment in the Will Trent series. Karin Slaughter remains a master in this genre and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her books.

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The Color Purple | Alice Walker
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This is a relatively short book, but it has taken me years of picking it up and putting it down for me to finally finish it. The content is so heavy and the language is so regional that this is not an easy book to read. It is incredible though and I think the characters will stay with me for life.

LoverOfLearning This was a great book. It absolutely has stayed with me since I read it like 4 years ago. 3w
Nag1 I loved it too❤️❤️ 1w
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The Godfather | Mario Puzo
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I enjoyed this and I'm looking forward to watching the movie now and perhaps even getting into other gangster movies and books.

Beatlefan129 If you‘re interested, I‘d recommend 1mo
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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Met Chigozie Obioma tonight!

TheEllieMo Cheltenham? 2mo
sophierayton Yes, Cheltenham - UK 2mo
andrew61 Great photo, this was a highlight of shortlist and as i enjoyed the fishermen as well look forward to future book. Glad you enjoyed. 2mo
Centique Wow! 1mo
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Mehso-so

I always like to see what Lisbeth is up to, but the main storyline in this book, was a bit like... 'whatever' and I didn't really care. Not the best one.

sharread I felt the same way. I think he's doing a 10 book series. 🤔 2mo
LapReader I gave up after his first effort. 2mo
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I was not the target audience and did not enjoy it. It reeked of privilege, but perhaps those who enjoy similar privilege and admire Vanderkamp, might enjoy it.

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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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Incredibly impressive. I am very excited to discover Kevin Barry. I'm disappointed it didn't make the Booker short list, but I'm sure it will still do very well.

Crazeedi This sounds very intriguing 2mo
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Absolutely devastating!

As a wife and mother, especially so.

I'm not sure I dare read any more Max Porter, but I think I'm still going to.

TheEllieMo I didn‘t like this one, but his latest, Lanny is completely different and absolutely amazing. (It does involve a missing child, though) 2mo
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Lara Jean!

This made me nostalgic for my teenage days, which is saying something!

A great end to the trilogy, but I wish there were 10 more to come. I'll just have to check out Han's other works instead.

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This is a nice little book. The intention is to be inspirational, but the comparisons could be off-putting to some

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Mehso-so

I really struggled to get into this. I went back to the beginning 4 times because I didn't feel like I had a hold of the plot or characters and must have missed something. Eventually I decided to just plough on, and things didn't get much clearer. I recognise this is likely a failing on my part rather than the book, which is a translation and filled with symbolism. A reader who is more aware of the history of Baghdad might enjoy it more.

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I enjoyed the friendly way Ella shares her story and encourages the reader to make steps to improve their own health.

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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This book is, wow! At the start it had a sweet, child friendship vibe, but much like Harry Potter gets darker as the series progresses, by the time I was at the end of this book I'd been through so much with these characters that it seems laughable my initial thoughts were that it's a children's book.
It's Fantasy, Sci Fi, Cli-Fi, Magical Realism, Apocalyptic, Romance, Thriller, Drama.... what is this book?! It's amazing is what it is.

tessavi Stacking this based on your review ✌️ 2mo
sophierayton @tessavi Let me know what you think when you've finished. 2mo
tessavi @sophierayton that could be a few years 😅 2mo
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Survivor: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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I liked this even more than Fight Club. I love the way Palahniuk's mind works. I'm excited to read more of his books.

Addison_Reads Invisible Monsters is my favorite by him. I loved Survivor too 💚 2mo
gossamerchild I love that cover/edition of that book! That's so cool. 2mo
sophierayton @Addison_Reads I'll be getting on to that one next! 2mo
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Smart analysis of some of my favourite shows and some I am now going to check out.

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Mehso-so

I really like Louise Penny's characters in this series, and it was fun to spend some more time with them and see how they're doing etc, but this just didn't really come together for me.

Crazeedi I was afraid of this, the last one didnt quite measure up, I was hoping this one would. 2mo
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Absurd indeed, but lots of fun. Would be a great gift or a good 'keep in the bathroom' book.

Gezemice That looks awesome! 3mo
rabbitprincess I have this out from the library, and my brother's already earmarked it as a Christmas gift for my dad 😆 3mo
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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This book is weird and trippy. I've not read Don Quixote yet, but plan to one day, and it will be interesting to compare the modern day retelling with the original - like watching Clueless before reading Emma.
I imagine it's a book that would hold up to re-reading as I feel like I'd have to read it a few more times before I start to understand what's really going on.

JamieArc I just finished this today. Weird and trippy is a great way to describe it! 3mo
andrew61 I'm halfway through and don't know yet if i love it or hate it. If I'd applied the 50 page test id have abandoned it but as i get used to the writing i am slowly enjoying it. 2mo
sophierayton @andrew61 It is very literary. It's the type of book that could be picked apart and studied. Those books don't always make for a satisfying first read through. I'm curious to see how this fares over time. 2mo
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman
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This genre is growing on me. It's like a cross between Roald Dahl and C.S Lewis. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have created a modern classic. There are some hilarious lines, especially as I'm British and there's so much fun poked at us. The message of Good and Evil and how easy it is to mix the two up, is a powerful philosophy and encourages the reader to think about more than the story itself.

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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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This novel is quiet and understated. The story is about a teenage boy and the affect war has on him, his family, his relationships and his future. There are a lot of beautiful sentences and the writing and story is so well crafted that I think it's a book that would hold up to being re-read several times.

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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As a fan of Margaret Atwood and the Handmaid's tale, I was excited that a sequel was coming. For me, it did not disappoint and I thought it a satisfying follow up to the original story. In The Testaments, we learn more about the rise and fall of Gilead and get to know an interesting back story. I would recommend this book to most people, but would suggest reading The Handmaid's Tale first to get the full experience.

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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The Handmaid's Tale is a modern classic. The story that's told jumps around quite a lot and can take some getting used to. What is especially horrifying is that while this is a dystopian novel, Atwood said that everything that happens in the book has happened at some point, somewhere in the world.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a great story, and even more powerful for that reason. 3mo
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I really appreciated Eileen's rawness and honesty. They were willing to take a chance and lay their souls bare through their poetry. In my opinion, some of the poems are really powerful and others are kind of bizarre, but they're all true to the person they have been throughout their life.

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I found this accessible and fun. Gemma Atkinson, writes like she speaks and her voice and character comes through clearly. I was quite inspired to make a change after reading this book and the recipes I've tried have worked well so far.

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The 100 | Kass Morgan
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Mehso-so

This was a hard no for me, but I'm giving it So-So for trying to be politically relevant and deal with hard issues.

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Maybe Someday | Colleen Hoover
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This book starts with the main character punching her boyfriend and best friend then sulking out on the street. For this reason, I was thinking this book wouldn't be for me. However, it then goes on to be rather nuanced and the black-and-white thinking puncher, goes on to realise that life consists of more shades of grey than she originally thought. This book also gets bonus points for having realistic disabled characters Overall I really liked it

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Gotta love Corrie ten Boom. I wish I had known her in real life. I'm glad we have lots of her wisdom through her writings. This is a lovely, short and uplifting book. Would make a good hospital gift.

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Gah. Bloody horrifying! Couldn't put it down, very suspenseful and well written. I'm looking forward to seeing the adaptation.

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Clash of Kings | George R R Martin
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Mehso-so

I watched the TV series first, which helped me to be able to visualise the world and characters, but took the fun out of discovering what will happen in the book.

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I really appreciated the philosophy of this book. So many of us are all or nothing, which usually results in nothing. It's heartening to hear that every little counts.

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I listened to this on audio, so it was a bit like listening to a long podcast of hers. I like Anne Bogel and I like her book.

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Interesting and a good guide to work by to be happier and more successful in all areas of your life.

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Fractured | Karin Slaughter
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I am already getting nervous about the day I run out of Karin Slaughter books because they're SO GOOD and she is absolutely at the top of her game within this genre.
This book explores hard hitting topics such as various traumas and the long term affects they can have on a person. It also develops great characters, and while the main character in this book is male, he s surrounded by many fully fleshed out female characters.

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This book is impressive and I was left wanting more. Solid literary fiction which alternates perspectives of one woman during three different times of her life. I think the three daughters is referring to her and her friends, but it could equally be referring to the 3 different Peri's or Peri, her mother and daughter. That's the joy of literary fiction though isn't it - the layers, the complexity, the confusion!

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This was my first Sally Rooney novel and I thought it was excellent. There are some really clear insights into human behaviour which I was fascinated to see put into words. Great story and no doubt relevant to a lot of people.

emilyhaldi Love Sally Rooney!! 3mo
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What to Eat When: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Diet, Health, and Life | Michael F. Roizen, Ted Spiker, Michael Crupain
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I was sceptical about the idea that eating certain foods at certain times would be good or bad for you, but the way it's presented in this book is quite convincing and I am considering putting the it to the test. I did feel that the book was unnecessarily padded out and that the main message could have been condensed down to a shorter book, but I appreciate publishers like a 300 page book so I understand why that was.

jillrhudy Mind. Blown. Major revelation!! They DO try to chop everything down or balloon everything out to 300 pages!!! Just think what we would have missed in classic literature if we‘d always had publishers like this. Woolf, fill this out. Dickens, cut this down. 3mo
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This was quite heavy. The author is trying to make it accessible to the average reader and I'd say he accomplished it somewhat but it was still rather dense. Considering the content, I felt like the title should have been changed to 'The benefits of bacteria in our microbiome' - but I can see that 'Eat to Beat Disease' is more catchy.

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Sigh. Maybe it's because it's the last book and I'm sad about it, or already know the ending, but HP7 just isn't up there with my favourites. JK is still a genius as always and no.7 is still head and shoulders above most books, but yeah, I was waiting for that fist pumping, “this is awesome!“ moment, and it didn't come. And that ending?!

TheDaysGoBy The ending was pretty good if you ignore the epilogue. When I reread this book I always stop before the epilogue - I can‘t deal with that crazy piece of writing 😂 3mo
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This book is hilarious. I'm choosing to believe that this book is a parody of the serious etiquette guides that no doubt exist, although if the authors are not being ironic then this book is tragic. I live in the UK and there's no southern mother's here. God help all those who are afflicted with the real thing.

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Wow! This is it! C-PTSD is still a relatively 'new' and unheard of ailment. Many people who suffer with it are left bobbing around various diagnoses and feeling even more broken for not fitting into any of them properly. If you've had a bad childhood - read this book. It might clear up a lot of things about why you are the way you are.

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13 Minutes | Sarah Pinborough
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I read this for a book club. There were some who really enjoyed it and some who really hated it. I was somewhere in the middle. It's hard to describe this book without spoilers. It felt like it was two books and two genres; part YA part adult psychological thriller. That inconsistency didn't work well for me.
Most of the characters are female and none of the characters are particularly likeable.

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I've not read much fiction based in Turkey, so it was good to learn about it's history and the links with Armenians.
There are loads of strong, diverse, female characters in this book and the men who appear are all unlikable in one way or another. I don't know if that is what the author is going for in general, or if that's just the way the characters worked out in this book.

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I found this book charming.
I was looking for informative, so it didn't hit the mark there.
I checked this out digitally through a library, so figured it would be a well researched book. It isn't, but what it seems to be is a gift of recipes and validation to people (presumably like the author) who are struggling with inflammation. For that reason, I was happy to overlook what would usually be polished through publishing, and just go with it.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I want to shout my love for this book from the rooftops! The pacing is excellent and by half way through I was wondering how it could keep going to the same level of awesomeness, but Crouch pulled it off. This is my first book from this author and I'll be diving into his backlist ASAP. I want everyone to read this then come discuss it with me afterwards. Looking forward to seeing the screen adaptations that will inevitably follow. It's so good!

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Mehso-so

This book is aimed at American women aged over 40, which I am not. Still, I found some good actionable take aways from it (buy and wear more skinny belts). There is quite a lot of photos in this book, but I felt like there wasn't enough relevant photos. For example, there were childhood pictures of the author, but when describing the 10 ways to tie a scarf; no pictures to accompany what they should look like. All in all, it was OK.