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squirrelbrain

Joined June 2017

Speed-reader who's trying to slow down...
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Such a gorgeous book Katie! @youneverarrived - thank you so much! I‘ve been flicking through it since it arrived and I keep saying to myself ‘…just one more page…‘ but I can‘t stop admiring it. But, yes, I can see that this is going to do a lot of damage to my TBR list!

I love that the card matches perfectly too, and that Alfie put his ‘signature‘ in the card!

I hope that you, Alfie and Naomi are all doing well. 😘

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#weeklyforecast

I‘m going to start Counterfeit today - thank you @Caroline2 ! 😘

The others are all my current picks to take to the Reading Retreat weekend on Friday, but I reserve the right to change my mind several (make that a dozen) times before then!

I also have Corrections in Ink on audio, which I‘ll probably finish on the drive over there, after which I have the Anna Wintour biography lined up on audio.

BarbaraBB Great choices. I am especially looking forward to the O‘Farrell! 3d
Caroline2 Ohhh good looking stack. I hope you enjoy it. I found it very readable. 👍 3d
Megabooks Great choices! 3d
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TrishB I‘m bringing the O‘Farrell too 😁 3d
Cinfhen Ambitious stack but SO MANY AMAZING possibilities 🤩 3d
LeahBergen Lovely stack! 3d
julesG Nice stack! What are you going to read on Saturday? 3d
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Another wonderful visit to the residents of Cooper‘s Chase, and another twisty-turny murder to solve.

I didn‘t guess the perpetrator of course; I never do!

We also met at least one new character who I think will stay on to the next book, and the existing characters and their relationships continued to develop nicely.

Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read from Mr Osman!

MicheleinPhilly Henry not a morning pup? 3d
squirrelbrain LOL @MicheleinPhilly ! He had a long walk at 7am this morning and then some visitors so now he‘s sleeping it off! 3d
BarbaraBB Five stars. Wow! 3d
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MicheleinPhilly 7 a.m.?? I‘m so lucky that Pickles is not a morning pup. She‘s usually the last one out of bed in the morning. The alarms make her huff and puff. 3d
TrishB Not got yet, but will be! 3d
squirrelbrain 7am is quite late for us to go for a walk! @MicheleinPhilly Although it will get later now as the mornings are too dark for us to go gallivanting across the fields…. 3d
Hooked_on_books Henry looks a little like Bindi in this picture! For a second I thought it was one of my posts! 😂 3d
squirrelbrain Aw, we have matching dogs! @Hooked_on_books 2d
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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Interesting interview with Elizabeth Strout in today‘s Guardian books section.

My favourite Lucy book so far!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/24/elizabeth-strout-theres-a-quiet-ru...

Megabooks Thanks for sharing!! 4d
Cinfhen Will read later - thanks for tagging me 💓 4d
mamareading Think I could jump in with this one, or do I need to start with the first Lucy book? 4d
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marleed What a wonderful article - thank you! 4d
BarbaraBB How nice to get to know her a bit! I am eager to read Lucy, and I understand why Strout couldn‘t avoid politics this time. Thanks for sharing Helen 💙 4d
squirrelbrain @mamareading - I think you‘d need to read the others first to get the most out of this one, as there‘s a lot of referring back to previous characters and events. They‘re all quite quick reads though. 3d
mamareading @squirrelbrain alright, looks like I have a series to read! Thanks for sharing 3d
BkClubCare It is SO hard not to confuse Lucy with her author! Love ‘em both 💕 23h
squirrelbrain I know @BkClubCare - sometimes I forget which is which and think that the books are called Elizabeth and vice versa! 2h
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#bookreport

The top row is books that I finished this week. Absolutely loved Lucy by the Sea, really enjoyed Anita Rani, but Cat Lady was a bit meh.

I‘m now listening to Corrections in Ink, a gift from the lovely Holly @Hooked_on_books which is fascinating, and I‘m loving being back with the oldies at Cooper‘s Chase!

Megabooks Listening to Lucy now and it is 💯 fantastic! 4d
erzascarletbookgasm I can‘t wait to return to Elizabeth and the gang! I‘m on a 7-week library hold! 4d
squirrelbrain Isn‘t it just?! @Megabooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4d
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squirrelbrain Ugh, that‘s a long time to wait! @erzascarletbookgasm 4d
Cinfhen I loved Lucy!!! And I‘m excited to join the oldies too!!! It‘s on my forecast for this upcoming week 4d
Hooked_on_books Nice! I look forward to your review! 4d
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Here are the books I‘ve read for the #summer quarter of #booked2022. I‘ve submitted my Google form too!

Thanks as ever for hosting such a fun challenge Alisia, Barbara and Cindy, with special thanks to Cindy for sending me Garlic and Sapphires, which I absolutely loved!

I just have a couple of books to decide upon for the final quarter now….

TrishB Well done 👏🏻 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 5d
BkClubCare Garlic & Sapphires! I read that so long ago and I still remember a lot of it. Fun read, for sure. 23h
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Cat Lady | Dawn O'Porter
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Mia has a seemingly perfect life, so why does she attend self-help meetings for those whose cats have died, when her cat, Pigeon, is very much alive?

I‘m torn with the rating for this one - I hate giving a so-so, plus I know a lot of people will love this, so it‘s a very soft pick.

I think it‘s the author‘s style that just doesn‘t quite work for me; her books are very LOUD and busy, with no light and shade and I didn‘t find it funny at all.

squirrelbrain Also, I‘m well aware I was reading an ARC, but I‘ve never seen so many errors. Draw instead of drawer, ‘here, here‘ for ‘hear, hear‘, cullots for culottes. The funniest was a barrister machine, instead of barista. Coupled with Mother‘s Day being on a weekday, when it‘s always a Sunday, it all just started to grate on me. (edited) 5d
JillR @squirrelbrain I really didn‘t enjoy her last book, was quite disappointed! I don‘t think the writing style is for me so will probably give this one a miss 5d
squirrelbrain #netgalley published in the UK 27th October 5d
MicheleinPhilly A barrister machine! 😂😂😂😂 5d
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Today‘s #bookhaul (and Henry)!

The King and the Worsley I purchased with your voucher @KarenUK so thank you!

I‘ve only read one King book (22.11.63) but we‘re doing a #buddyread at our Reading Retreat next weekend, so I thought I‘d try it. Will I like it, Trish?! 🤞

I trotted off with your voucher, Jules, to pick up my pre-ordered signed Osman, but then discovered I‘d paid for it already 🤣 - bonus though, as I can choose other books instead!

scripturient Looking forward to reading King with you. 👍🏻😊 6d
batsy Great stack! (and great book model face, Henry! 😍) 6d
julesG Great stack! 6d
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Addison_Reads Fairy Tale isn't horror, it's more fantasy and I think the dog character, Radar, will help even reluctant King readers to relate to the story. I hope you enjoy it and have fun on your retreat. 6d
Mitch Hi Henry 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻 6d
LeahBergen Henry! 😘😘 6d
Caroline2 Good looking haul!! 😀 and a Henry is such a handsome pooch! ❤️ 6d
BarbaraBB So cute, little Henry! 6d
squirrelbrain It sounds like I‘m going to enjoy it! @Addison_Reads - thanks for the encouragement! 6d
KarenUK Lovely! 🥰 6d
TrishB I hope so 🤞🏻🤞🏻 6d
TrishB Henry looking gorgeous 🐶♥️ 6d
Cathythoughts That is such a cute picture ❤️ 5d
Oryx Oh fun. Glad you are joining 5d
Megabooks Great book haul!! 4d
Megabooks Also Henry is looking very handsome!! 💜 4d
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October, October | Katya Balen
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Repost for @LitsyBirthdays

October is nearly here! And just look at all our Litsy folks getting ready to celebrate! 🥳🥳🥳

If you haven‘t joined our #BirthdayLove calendar, it‘s easy! Just send your Litsy handle and your birthdate (yours only please) to litsybirthdays@gmail.com. The Birthday Fairies will do the rest!

🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️

robinb 🎈Woot Woot!!🎈 1w
Ddzmini Happy birthday, too my fellow October peoples 🎊🎉🎂🎁🎈🥳📖 6d
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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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This is my favourite Lucy Barton book by a long way. Yes, it‘s a pandemic novel but I think that Lucy‘s introspective, permanently perplexed and (dare I say it) rather self-absorbed viewpoint works really well to portray how we were all feeling from March 2020 onwards. It felt like a validation rather than anything too scary.

We also got to know Lucy a bit better, as well as her daughters and William.

Published in the UK 6th Oct
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jlhammar Can't wait for this one! Sounds wonderful and I have loved all of the Lucy Barton books so far. 7d
BarbaraBB Wonderful review! I can‘t wait to read it too! 7d
Megabooks Really hoping my library gets it soon! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 Great review! 7d
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll all love this one! @jlhammar @BarbaraBB @Megabooks 6d
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Best of Friends | Kamila Shamsie
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Maryam and Zahra are best friends in 1980s Pakistan, despite their different backgrounds. This part of the book is set against the background of Benazir Bhutto being elected, but a party held to celebrate this will set in motion events that will reverberate throughout their lives, as far as three decades later when they both live in London.

I loved this - highly recommended!

Released in UK 27th Sept #netgalley

BarbaraBB Very much looking forward to it! 1w
Megabooks So glad you loved it too!! 1w
TrishB Looking forward to this one 👍🏻 1w
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Frankenstein | Mary Shelley
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Look what arrived when we were away on holiday! @Cathythoughts

The card is gorgeous, and it‘s a lovely edition of Frankenstein (which, can you believe, is one of the classics that I‘ve never read?!)

And as for the gin and tonic chocolate… 😋- that won‘t last long for sure!

Thanks so much for your thoughtful gifts! 😘

marleed I read Frankenstein last year and loved it. The book and ordinal story is much better than any adaption I‘ve seen over the years. 1w
Cathythoughts Oh good, I‘m glad it‘d there. A bit late with the card … Enjoy Helen 😘 1w
LeahBergen Lovely! 1w
Megabooks How wonderful! 1w
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Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
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I enjoyed this but it wasn‘t my favourite book #aboutanexploration that I‘ve read. I prefer there to be a bit more about the people / communities that the explorer meets along the way, whereas this walk took place at a time of great political upheaval and civil war so it was more about that.

(Photo is of sunset two nights ago at our campsite on the Norfolk coast)

#booked2022

Lizpixie That‘s a gorgeous sunset! I‘m a sucker for a beautiful sky🌅 2w
TrishB Lovely pic 😁 2w
Cinfhen Beautiful photo - sorry you didn‘t love this book - I really loved it and still think about Mama Fina and of course the tragedy 2w
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youneverarrived Stunning 😍 2w
squirrelbrain Yes, the tragedy @Cinfhen - I think that was my problem with this one - the whole book was very dark and he didn‘t really seem to want to be there at all. 2w
Cinfhen That‘s true!! I‘m looking forward to reading this one next- I think it might be a 2023 challenge 😁😉 2w
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous photo! 😍 2w
Megabooks Beautiful photo!!! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
Megabooks I hope Henry is enjoying camping! 2w
squirrelbrain He‘s thoroughly enjoying himself! @Megabooks He loves the beach and the sea, been on 3 bus trips and been to lots of cafes where he got dog treats! 2w
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This was *quite* different to the previous Wait book I read. (I‘m Sorry You Feel That Way)

This one is really very sad, heartbreakingly so,💔 but still beautifully observed in terms of people and behaviours.

CW below as it is a big spoiler for the book.

Thanks for gifting this to me @TrishB - I need to continue to read the rest of this author‘s books.

(Henry looks grumpy as he‘s too tired to pose - he‘s had a busy day on the beach)

squirrelbrain CW for suicide 2w
TrishB It is really sad, but as you say so poignantly written. This one has stayed with me! 2w
MicheleinPhilly Henry looks like I feel at the end of this hellish week. 2w
squirrelbrain Oh no @MicheleinPhilly -hope you‘re OK? 😘 2w
Megabooks Look at that sweet boy! 💜💜 2w
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General Catalogue | Brazen Head Bookshop
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Visited this wonderful second-hand bookshop yesterday in Burnham Market, Norfolk.

I bought 3 books, including the first volume of Proust‘s In Search of Lost Time, just so it can sit on my TBR shelf and never get read! 🤣

Had a lovely long chat with the bookseller too, although I think he was a bit shocked when he said his TBR pile was 30 books and I told him how big mine was!

jlhammar A TBR pile of only 30? I can't even imagine! 2w
Ruthiella Ah! 30 books. And he works in a book store! 🤣 2w
Librariana Only 30 books!?!! He's doing it wrong! Does he realize this?? Also, I laughed when I read "so it can sit on my TBR shelf and never get read"???? Sweet pupper, too! 2w
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squirrelbrain Maybe he‘s actually doing it right @Librariana @jlhammar @Ruthiella - maybe he reads books all day long and *that‘s* why he doesn‘t have a significant TBR pile…. 🤣 2w
LeahBergen 30 books? That‘s cute. 🤣🤣 2w
BarbaraBB Looking good! 2w
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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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You were so right about this book @BarbaraBB - it‘s such a fun read!

The characters are *all* completely unlikeable but in a hilarious over-the-top way. I thought the ending was a little bit too OTT for me but overall a fab book, especially for the first read of my holiday.

BarbaraBB I am so happy you enjoyed it! It‘s a good vacation read indeed, so hilarious. Those purple bathing suits 😂. Your picture is fantastic, enjoy your time camping 😘❤️ 2w
youneverarrived Have a lovely holiday 💕 2w
Megabooks This is a fun one! Enjoy your holiday! 2w
Megabooks This was a tob longlist gem a couple of years ago. 2w
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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A wonderful gift from Jess! @jhod 😘

I‘ve been wanting to read this book for ages, as so many of my favourite people here on Litsy have read it and loved it. And isn‘t the Charco Press tote bag lovely?!

jhod Happy belated birthday 😘! 3w
jlhammar What a great gift! Fantastic book. I‘m interested in trying more titles from Charco Press. 3w
BarbaraBB Wonderful gift! 3w
Megabooks Enjoy! It was great! 3w
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Mother's Boy | Patrick Gale
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I didn‘t realise until the afterword that this book is based on the real-life poet Charles Causley and I think I would have enjoyed it even more had I known.

The book follows the lives of young Charles and his mother as they navigate life in a small Cornish village. Then Charles goes off to WWII, all the while trying to understand and come to terms with his feelings for other men.

A lovely read!

TrishB I loved this ♥️(all I‘ve read from this author tbh) 3w
MrsMalaprop I‘ve read lots of his books over the years. Wonderful author. Haven‘t read this one though. He was at my sister‘s book club last week (virtually)! 3w
squirrelbrain I‘ve read a few of his books, but not very many @MrsMalaprop - how exciting for your sister. He sounds like a lovely guy - hopefully he came across as such! 3w
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Loving the Dead and Gone | Judith Turner-Yamamoto
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A beautiful book set in 1960s rural America. 17 year old Darlene is grieving the death of her husband, and sees him in an older man, Clayton. We also follow the lives and histories of Clayton‘s wife, Berta Mae and her mother Aurilla.

It takes a little while to get used to the changing points of view, but the writing is wonderfully poetic. It‘s a kind-of-slow book, a meditation on grief, love and loss.

#netgalley Published yesterday in UK.

TrishB 17 year old!! 3w
squirrelbrain I suppose it was probably quite common in ‘poor‘ America in the 60s @TrishB - she had an old head on her shoulders though…. 3w
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Imagined Things | Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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I had such a fun evening yesterday at my local indie. A few months ago they crowdfunded for expansion into larger premises, with lots of fun ‘prizes‘ if you donated. I chose a fiction preview evening, which was last night.

We were given a presentation on newly published and upcoming books, along with a goody bag with two ARCs in. (Took hubby so could double up!) Those were already published books, but then there were ‘proper‘ ARCs ⬇️

squirrelbrain …to choose from, with a copy of the new Irving and Backman for everyone plus many others. The ARCsare on the right and the Irving is ENORMOUS! On the left are books we bought on the night. I‘ve been a bit back and forth on the new O‘Farrell but it‘s a lovely indie bookshop cover (and a tiger badge) so…. We have to support our indies don‘t we?! That‘s my excuse and I‘m sticking to it! 3w
squirrelbrain The bottom 3 on the left are hubby‘s purchases. I‘ve already read the Grohl but it was a library ebook and he doesn‘t like digital books. We spoke about it the evening before when watching the Taylor Hawkins concert on MTV; I think he‘s going to love it! 3w
MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍 3w
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AnneCecilie It‘s important to shop indie bookstores 😊 3w
jlhammar How fun! Sounds great and look at those lovely stacks! I can‘t wait for the new O‘Farrell and I‘ve been eyeing that Runcie. I love Bach. 3w
Cathythoughts Exciting 🥳 3w
erzascarletbookgasm 👏👏Nice! 3w
LeahBergen That sounds like an amazing evening! 3w
Gissy It seems was a fantastic activity, 📚📚📚😍 3w
BarbaraBB Wow! Sounds like a great birthday event! I just ordered 3w
Megabooks Wow!! What a great time! 👍🏻💕 3w
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….and all the little ‘added extras‘ I received from lovely Littens. Can you sense the squirrel theme?! (With a bit of black Labrador added!)

These are from @Caroline2 @jenniferw88 @scripturient - thanks so much to all of you! 😘

kaysworld1 Happy birthday 🎂 🥳 🎉 🎈 🎁 3w
batsy Happy birthday!! 🎉🎈📚💕 (that coaster on the left cracks me up 😂) 3w
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday Helen ♥️ 3w
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Soubhiville Happy Birthday to you! 3w
Simona Happy birthday❣️🍾🥂 3w
julesG 😍 3w
sarahbarnes Happy Birthday!! 😃 3w
Deblovestoread Happy birthday! 🎈🎂🎈 3w
MaureenMc Happy birthday! 🎈 3w
squirrelbrain @batsy - it‘s hilarious isn‘t it?! 3w
LeahBergen Happy, happy birthday!!! ❤️📚❤️📚 3w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday, Helen! 😘 3w
kezzlou85 Happy Birthday, hope you had a fabulous day. 📚🎁🎂 3w
youneverarrived Happy Birthday Helen 💕 I‘m sending you out something soon 😘 3w
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 3w
squirrelbrain I had a lovely day thank you! @kezzlou85 3w
squirrelbrain Thanks for the birthday wishes, Katie! @youneverarrived Don‘t worry about sending anything - you‘re far too busy with baby! 😘 Hope you‘re all doing well. 3w
Centique Happy birthday Helen! 🎈🎂💐🎁 Hope it was a lovely one. 3w
squirrelbrain Thanks for your lovely card Kay! 😁 @kaysworld1 3w
squirrelbrain It was thank you Paula! @Centique 😘 3w
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#birthdaybookhaul

I‘m so lucky to have made so many wonderful friends on Litsy.

This is my birthday book haul, from @Cathythoughts @Oryx @Caroline2 @TrishB @jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB @kathedron - I also received e-gifts from @julesG @Hooked_on_books @KarenUK - thank you all so much!

Now, just to decide which to take to our Gladstone‘s reading retreat at the end of the month..I can‘t take all of them… or can I?! 🤔🤣

Caroline2 Whey so glad you didn‘t get any duplicates!! (That‘s happened to me twice now with Litsy bdays! 🤦‍♀️) and I‘m soooo glad I didn‘t get you The Change!!! Phew 😮‍💨 😆 3w
julesG 😘😘 Of course you can. Unless you have strict on-board luggage restrictions, then only take the small/light ones. 😜 3w
batsy How wonderful! Lovely stack 😍 3w
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Cathythoughts Happy birthday, my card is on the way … 🥳 3w
LeeRHarry Happy birthday! A definite highlight of the year has been meeting you and the other lovely Littens 💕 - hope you have a fabulous day! 😘 3w
TrishB You definitely can take them all ❤️ have a fab day 🍰🥂 📚 3w
jlhammar Happy Birthday! What a great stack! 3w
kathedron Happy Birthday! 📚🎁🎂 You'll have already finished half of them by the end of the month, though, won't you? 😉 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Birthday! 🥳That is a wonderful stack. 😍Take them all! 3w
squirrelbrain Thanks @LeeRHarry - it was such a great day we had in London wasn‘t it?! 3w
squirrelbrain Thanks @jlhammar @erzascarletbookgasm - so many great books! I‘ll be taking quite a few of them I‘m sure, as I‘m driving there so no luggage allowance or weight limit issues! @julesG 3w
squirrelbrain What are you suggesting?! @kathedron Me, read too much too quickly - never! 🤣 3w
KarenUK I was worried I‘d get you something you already had, so thought a gift card was safer! 💕 3w
LeahBergen Lovely haul! 👏👏 3w
Oryx Nice stack! 3w
squirrelbrain It‘s so difficult isn‘t it @KarenUK - buying books for Litsy bookworms?! 3w
Hooked_on_books You can totally take all of them! You just need a nice roomy bag. 😬 3w
Megabooks Wait…how did I not know it was your birthday?? I‘m so sorry Helen!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!! 💕🥳💕🥳💕 what great choices people made and what hard choices you have for Gladstone! 3w
youneverarrived 😍😍 3w
squirrelbrain I can just fill the boot (trunk?!) of my car with books Holly! @Hooked_on_books - who needs clothes anyway?! 3w
squirrelbrain Hey Meg @Megabooks - thanks for the birthday wishes! Wonderful choices and you should see what else I got last night as well… I‘ll be doing a post later…! 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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This story is a few years old but someone just posted it on LinkedIn and I had to share…

The little bibliomotocarro is so cute - I want one! ❤️

https://educated-traveller.com/2019/02/06/the-smallest-library-in-italy/

BarbaraBB Such a sweet story! 1mo
Branwen I love this! 1mo
Bette What a wonderful thing for him to do to do! And having the children (in different villages) finish each other‘s stories is so inventive too. Thanks for sharing this. 1mo
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Hooked_on_books Happy Birthday, Helen! 🎂 3w
squirrelbrain Thanks @Hooked_on_books - and thank you for the audiobook! 😘 I‘ll email you soon…. Having to work today… 😞 3w
BarbaraBB Wishing you a wonderful birthday dear Helen! Too bad you have to work today but you‘ll be camping again soon ❤️😘 3w
squirrelbrain Thank you @BarbaraBB and thank you so much for my lovely gifts! I‘ll be posting a pic on Litsy soon…. Hxx 3w
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Devotion | HANNAH. KENT
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Hmmm… this started off quite slowly and then I was just beginning to enjoy it when there was a *weird* twist. (Can‘t say what as it‘s a major spoiler)

I think this would have been much better as a straightforward historical fiction look at the lives of strictly religious immigrants to Australia in the early 1800s, as well as about 15 year old Hanne being in love with her best friend Thea but it was ruined (for me) by the ‘twist‘.

Caroline2 Hmm 🧐 I‘m intrigued (and concerned!) about the twist now….! I‘ll let ya know when I get to it. 1mo
squirrelbrain You might appreciate it! @Caroline2 1mo
LeeRHarry Hoping to get to this very soon - and now you have me really intrigued - I‘m seeing Hannah Kent talk at the Melbourne Writers Festival next month. 1mo
squirrelbrain That will be a great talk @LeeRHarry , I‘m sure! I loved Burial Rites but this one just didn‘t work for me. I‘m sure it‘s me though and not the book! 1mo
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Dirty Dancing is one of my favourite films *evah* (and Ferris is hubby‘s favourite) so I loved this autobiography.

I can‘t help feeling sad for the younger Jennifer though - she always seemed to be striving for something that she never quite reached I wonder how happy her childhood and teenage years really were?

Loved the gossip about other Eighties stars; Matthew Broderick, Madonna and of course Mr Swayze. Also enjoyed the section on DWTS.

Caroline2 Oh I‘ve been dyyying to read this since I heard it was coming out. LOVE dirty dancing so much and introduced the boys to Ferris the other day! 😆 so glad to hear it‘s good. 👍 1mo
Susanita I carried a watermelon 🍉 1mo
SleepyDragon Does it go to present day? Just wondering if she mentions much about her husband. 1mo
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squirrelbrain @SleepyDragon - it was published this year so it‘s right up to date and she does talk about her husband. 1mo
SleepyDragon @squirrelbrain That's cool. Sometimes a celeb will publish a memoir about a specific period of their life, so I wasn't sure. Her husband is also awesome, and I really enjoyed when they appeared together on The Conners. I added this to my TBR. Thanks! 1mo
LeeRHarry Have this on my holds list at the library - can‘t wait for it to come in. Dirty Dancing holds a special place in my heart 💕 1mo
squirrelbrain I had to watch the ending of the film (several times!) after reading the book @LeeRHarry ❤️ 1mo
LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain I‘m sure I will after I‘ve read it too 💕 1mo
Megabooks Excellent insights! I wonder what she was reaching for too. This was a good one! 1mo
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Here it is… my #booker2022 shortlist. (The kiss of death for these books the… I‘m often wrong!)

They‘re in order too, although the top 3 are fairly interchangeable. It seems odd to have The Trees only in 3rd place; I loved all 3 but read The Trees last year so it‘s more distant in my mind.

No 6, I also struggled to pick. I found the Strout more ‘enjoyable‘ but it just doesn‘t seem like a #bookerbook to me, and I‘m never sure about sequels ⬇️

squirrelbrain … on the Booker list. Trust has become a bit forgettable since I read it, and I could see Glory being there instead but plumped for Trust. 1mo
AnneCecilie So that means that Maps is your favorite? I‘m currently reading that and hasn‘t quite connected with the writing. I think I‘m 40-50p in, should I give it more time? 1mo
squirrelbrain Yes, @AnneCecilie that is my favourite. However, many other Littens haven‘t liked it at all. Thatmade me question myself but I decided to have the courage of my convictions and put it first. I‘d give it a tiny bit longer to see if it starts to feel any better; if not, then it‘s not for you either! 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly I‘ve read and loved Trees and Nightcrawling, am currently reading Maps, and have purchased Colony. I also own the Strout but I feel like your shortlist is what I am going to focus on. I don‘t really have any interest in Treacle or Sappho but may pick them up on a Kindle Daily Deal. 1mo
JamieArc This looks like a great list. I feel like I would have two different shortlists: the ones I liked (my personal shortlist), and the ones I think will make the shortlist. Probably two quite different shortlists 😂 1mo
BarbaraBB I very much feel similar about the books I read. Not necessarily in the same order but I can imagine these six being my shortlist too. However, I haven‘t yet read six books of the longlist and hope to add one or two more before the shortlist will be announced. Thanks for sharing! 1mo
Cazxxx I‘m reading nightcrawling just now which is book number 5. My library has a long wait for the others so not sure how many I‘ll be able to read before the draw 1mo
Ruthiella I think Books like Maps that elicit strong feelings on both sides of readers‘ emotions and tastes are perfect Book Prize fodder. I hope it makes the shortlist and then I will be “forced” to read it! 1mo
squirrelbrain You‘ve nearly read most of my shortlist @MicheleinPhilly 😁 The Keegan is *really* short so you may be able to squeeze that in too…. 1mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I‘m sure this (my personal shortlist) will be completely wrong! @JamieArc I an see both Glory and Seven Moons making the actual shortlist as they‘re very ‘clever‘. I don‘t what that says about me not liking them so much! 🤣 1mo
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - we have very similar taste in books, don‘t we?! 😁 1mo
squirrelbrain You might end up having read all of the right ones! @Cazxxx 🤞 1mo
squirrelbrain You‘re so right @Ruthiella - always better to have books that cause debate and strong feelings. Awards would be boring if we all liked the same ones! 1mo
TrishB Have only read 2 of yours Helen- The Trees and the Keegan. Enjoyed both, but probably The Trees slightly more. I‘ve just ordered The Colony and am keeping for a certain weekend 😁 I think any others for me will likely be picked up on a deal too! 1mo
Cathythoughts Great work Helen ! I‘m not going for it this year ( well I havnt finished one yet , too many books 😁 … I‘m so interested in your Maps pick .. I have that one. Exciting, you‘ve read the books , now you get up see what happens next 💫 1mo
charl08 Looking forward to reading the ones here you mention I've not read. Always surprised by the shortlist, I'm sure this year will be no exception. 1mo
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll really like The Colony @TrishB - and it‘s the perfect book for that weekend! 😁 1mo
Cinfhen Well done, Helen!! I hopefully have two more books waiting for me in the States, once I arrive so I‘m not able to comment completely yet. My personal list will probably look different from both yours and the actual shortlist but it‘s exciting to see how it all plays out. 1mo
TheKidUpstairs I've only been able to read three so far, but all three have been great reads (The Colony, The Trees, Small Things Like These). A number of the longlist titles aren't yet available in Canada, but I'm on hold lists for the rest of those that are! 1mo
sarahbarnes A great list! I‘ve only read six but agree with many on your list. I loved The Colony! 4w
Graywacke Hi. Your link took me here, forced me from the app to Safari. 🙂 This is a great post. I have at least six novels to look forward to. (In case your wondering, I sort of go from longest to shortest, as I work through the list. And i give myself a year. 😁😊) (edited) 4w
squirrelbrain Oops, sorry you went on a convoluted journey! Looking forward to hearing what you think of the rest of the list…. @Graywacke 4w
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#bookreport

I finished two of these last night, Devotion and the Grey. One I loved, the other not so much (reviews to follow!).

I loved The Lost Family and really liked the doctor‘s story. I surprised myself by liking Glory in the end, my last #booker2022 book, but it hasn‘t made my shortlist.

The only book I have ongoing now is the Rani on audio; time to choose the next ones to read!

kspenmoll I just got the Lost Family from the library. Hope to start it soon. 1mo
TrishB Good week 👍🏻 1mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm (not so patiently) awaiting Devotion's release in Canada. There's no whisper of a release date here, not sure what the hold up is. I love Burial Rites and The Good People so much, I may just have to order it from overseas! 1mo
squirrelbrain I loved Burial Rites @TheKidUpstairs but this one just didn‘t work for me. I hope you enjoy it when you (eventually!) get hold of it. 1mo
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Glory | NoViolet Bulawayo
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I had a real love / hate rollercoaster with this book. Before I started I was prepared to dislike it, as it‘s not really ‘my thing‘. I actually really liked the first few hours on audio, and then it got *really* repetitive and boring. I‘d have bailed had it not been a #booker2022 book.

However it picked up again later on and I ended up really appreciating it. (I can‘t say like / enjoy as it‘s not that kind of book). ⬇️

squirrelbrain The repetition started to make sense and add to the story. It still won‘t make my shortlist, not quite, but I can see why it could make the actual shortlist. 1mo
squirrelbrain That‘s my last long list book - I‘ll post my shortlist thoughts in the next day or two. 1mo
Cinfhen Congrats on completing the list 🙌🏻❣️can‘t wait to hear your overall thoughts 🥳 1mo
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TrishB Well done 👍🏻 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Look at you! Looking forward to your shortlist! 1mo
AnneCecilie Looking forward to your shortlist. I haven‘t even started on the longlist, but have bought some and has one out from the library that I have started reading. Hopefully your list will help me prioritize my reading 1mo
charl08 Wow, you've done them all 💪 Looking forward to hearing your shortlist. I'm just hoping to have a few more in before the 6th. 1mo
Ruthiella Congratulations on finishing the longlist! 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
JamieArc I‘ll be excited to see your list. I‘m currently reading After Sappho, and while it‘s okay, I‘ll probably read it slowly over the next month or two and move on to The Trees. I have high expectations for that one. 1mo
jlhammar Wow, well done! I've loved reading all of your booker reviews and look forward to your shortlist thoughts. I should finish Case Study within the next couple of days. Might not be able to finish Booth & Maps (and now maybe Nightcrawling?) until next weekend, but hopefully before the shortlist announcement. 1mo
Cazxxx Well done for reading the long list! I got bored with this one too and it won‘t be a book I will remember 1mo
squirrelbrain I wouldn‘t rely on my list for your reading @AnneCecilie - it‘s bound to be completely wrong! 1mo
squirrelbrain I would definitely prioritise The Trees over After Sappho @JamieArc - it‘s SO good! 1mo
squirrelbrain @jlhammar - I‘d read Maps and Nightcrawling first, they‘re on my shortlist, whereas Booth isn‘t. But who am I to say - I‘m sure I‘ll be completely wrong! 🤣 1mo
batsy Congrats on finishing the longlist! 🙌🏾 I'm on book 2 😂 1mo
squirrelbrain Not far to go then! @batsy 🤣 1mo
AnneCecilie I think you have good taste in books. You were one of the few who loved Flamingo and I did too. 1mo
Graywacke Wow, you finished the whole list! Very impressive and very cool. 🙂 4w
squirrelbrain I did a post of my very own shortlist @Graywacke - hopefully this link will work…. squirrelbrain's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/Q0hQZ2FqQUFV 4w
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Such a fascinating book about the rise of consumer DNA testing - the kind of tests that people gift each other without appreciating what the implications could be.

I loved the real-life stories interwoven with the facts, particularly the main story about Alice and her father. Whilst there were some technical parts that went over my head, the discussion of ethics was really interesting (and quite scary!)

Thanks for gifting this to me Meg!

Suet624 It makes me think of the saying “curiosity killed the cat”. 1mo
Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it! I‘m thinking about a reread. It really was fascinating! 1mo
squirrelbrain Yes, it would definitely stand up to a re read wouldn‘t it? I‘m sure there‘s so much we missed first time around. @Megabooks 1mo
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squirrelbrain It certainly puts you off doing such a test @Suet624, although the book explains that there is so much data out there anyway it doesn‘t matter if you‘ve done one or not; you can probably be DNA-traced through relatives, regardless. Scary stuff! 1mo
Kitta Did you hear about the serial killer caught through an ancestry DNA testing service? So interesting. And scary they released that data. I‘m a geneticist, so if you have any questions about the science, fire away! 🧬 I did the test myself years ago but I really know the implications/ethics and made an informed decision, also my friends work with the data now. I‘m in the cancer field not human genetics but I know how it works. 1mo
LeeRHarry @Kitta yay a fellow geneticist! 😊 I work in human genetics and am reluctant to take this test although would be fascinated to know the results - maybe when I‘m older. Doesn‘t stop me watching all those find your family shows on TV though! 😏 1mo
Kitta @LeeRHarry yay fellow geneticist! 😀 I get the reluctance, especially not knowing the impact it‘ll have on my future, I worry and wonder if I made the right choice, but I can‘t take back the decision so I try not to stress. The results were really interesting, it predicted the region my grandmother came from on the boarder between Romania and Ukraine! The traits were pretty accurate too. And I also love those tv shows too 😂 1mo
squirrelbrain Hello you geneticists! 👋 @Kitta @LeeRHarry There was a little bit in the book about the serial killer being caught, and about the ethics of releasing the data. Interesting that you both have different views on taking the test(or not!). 1mo
Kitta @LeeRHarry I think where you took the test matters too, I did it when I lived in the UK and since they have the NHS it‘s not going to be used to determine insurance prices or anything like it might be in the US. They can‘t charge you more personally but there‘s a fear they can make coverage more expensive in your zip code if a lot of people require those services. It‘s scary and complicated. Also the US health system is crazy. (I live there now.) 1mo
LeeRHarry @Kitta I‘m in Australia and I‘m not sure where the tests from here get done, at one point they were done in the US. I have heard of people here hearing from distant relatives and one person found out that her great grandparent had another family 😳 I‘m sure you can be stricter with parameters these days. 1mo
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Thought I‘d post a picture of the 2 Friday night books I‘m about to start, but got photobombed by Henry!

Anyhow, going for 1 fiction (a #buddyread with the lovely @Caroline2 ) and 1 NF, a gift from the equally lovely @Megabooks !

TrishB Enjoy ❤️ I started one an hour ago that I‘m not liking so starting to look for something else. 1mo
BkClubCare Yay Henry! 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, that‘s a bit rubbish! @TrishB Do you have any more books to choose from?! 🤣 1mo
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TrishB Might be able to find some 😁 1mo
Megabooks Have a great Friday night! Has anyone told Henry he‘s too big to be a lap dog? 🤫😉😘 1mo
BarbaraBB That is a great photo of Henry! Enjoy both books! 1mo
squirrelbrain We do try to tell him @Megabooks but he doesn‘t listen…! 🤣 1mo
batsy He's quite right, he should be in all the photos ... So handsome! 😆🥰 1mo
squirrelbrain Aw thanks @batsy! 1mo
Caroline2 Oh that‘s a good looking stack and books ya got there!! 😆 1mo
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#netgalley

I haven‘t read Strange Flowers but heard a lot of good things about it, so I jumped at the chance to read this. Unfortunately this is only a soft pick. According to the blurb this is a ‘searing, jubilant novel about 4 generations of women‘. It really concentrates on only 2 generations but seems to skim over the surface, and the large chronological leaps meant that I never felt fully invested in the women or their stories.

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We‘re over halfway through August already, so it‘s almost time to celebrate our September Litsy babies!

The #birthdayfairies would love to add you to the Litsy birthday calendar, and to share #birthdaylove on your special day and if you‘d like that as well, please send your Litsy handle and birthdate to litsybirthdays@gmail.com.

Remember you can only apply for yourself so encourage your friends to apply too!

🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉❤️🎉

robinb September is a good month for celebrations! 🍾🍾🍾 1mo
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Our Wives Under the Sea | Julia Armfield
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I don‘t want to say too much about this before our #camplitsy discussions at the weekend but…

I was surprised how much I liked it, as there have been mixed reviews. I enjoyed seeing both Miri and Leah‘s perspectives and found myself really engrossed.

I wanted more answers though, but that‘s how I always feel, and that will make for much more interesting conversations around the campfire at #camplitsy this weekend!

batsy I just finished today and was unexpectedly moved. Cried a bit at the end. But yes, wanted more answers or a deep(er) dive into Leah's experience! 1mo
TrishB I‘m enjoying so far 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy @TrishB @squirrelbrain I am glad you‘re all enjoyed it - after all the mixed reviews. It was a pick for me too! 1mo
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Megabooks I feel like I‘m in the minority on not liking this one, which is good! I want people to like the camp books! 1mo
Cinfhen I liked it ( kind of) but something was off / missing from the telling - not a favorite by any means 1mo
Oryx Interesting..I didn't enjoy this one much (but I finished it at least). Looking forward to the discussion 1mo
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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida | Shehan Karunatilaka
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Sri Lankan photo-journalist Maali wakes up dead, and has 1 week (7 moons) to revisit his life in order to escape being suspended in the afterlife for ever.

I struggled with this, and not only because of weird COVID-brain. It‘s very much like Build Your House Aroubd My Body (Kupersmith) so if you liked that weird dreamlike fantastical world then you‘ll like this.

I didn‘t really get on with the structure either ⬇️

squirrelbrain It‘s written in the second person and the story is essentially the ghost of Maali watching himself navigate his life, so I had no idea who ‘you‘ was referring to most of the time. Dialogue was also confusing; at one point there were 3 real people and 2 ‘ghosts‘ in a van and I had no idea who was saying what to who! Not for me, but very clever so could make the shortlist for those who understand it! 1mo
charl08 Waiting for this from the library, sounds like one that will require me to Pay Attention, not always guaranteed. Just finished am not a fan. 1mo
jlhammar You have me intrigued with the comparison to Kupersmith. Maybe I‘ll give this one a try if it ends up on the shortlist. Hope you‘re feeling okay. I have to attend a wedding this weekend and I‘m a little worried that Covid may finally catch me. 1mo
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squirrelbrain Yes, it definitely needs Attention Paying @charl08 - probably why I struggled, with foggy brain at the mo. Having said that, I think I would have felt the same, whatever, as it‘s just not my kind of book - a bit too weird and wonderful. 1mo
squirrelbrain Getting better thank you @jlhammar 😁 Yes, if you liked the Kupersmith you‘ll like this, I think. I could see a lot of dark humour in it and it‘s very clever but I just don‘t like ghosties and other weird things! Hope the wedding goes OK and you only bring back happy memories! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly This was your last one, yes? Can we get a ranked list, pretty please? 😉 1mo
Cazxxx I have permanent brain fog with chronic illnesses so probably won‘t bother with this one. I‘m not a fan of any books that are like a fever dream either lol 1mo
squirrelbrain Not quite @MicheleinPhilly - I‘m still listening to Glory. I‘m about halfway through but won‘t do much listening until I‘m back out and about in the car again. That won‘t make my shortlist either I‘m sure but I‘ll post a full list when I‘m done - promise! 😁 1mo
JamieArc This was one I was pretty sure I would skip. Still remains true. 1mo
Ruthiella I have yet to read the Kupersmith novel. I have it on hold at the library. I‘ll see how I get on with it first! 1mo
BarbaraBB This will be my next read but I am not very hopeful now! I hope you are feeling better 🤍 1mo
squirrelbrain You might love it @BarbaraBB - I seem to be very contrary with my opinions at the moment! Feeling a bit better thank you! 1mo
Cinfhen Ugh! I just pre-ordered this book but it sounds like something im gonna really struggle with 🤪booooooo and bleh for Covid brain. Hope you‘re on the mend!!! 1mo
LeeRHarry Didn‘t realise this was in second person - not my fave so think I‘ll take it off my library holds list 😬 hope you‘re feeling much better soon! (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @LeeRHarry - thank you for the well wishes. I‘m feeling a bit better, although hubby has come down with it today. I do like to be generous and share everything! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 “Don‘t say I never gave you anything!” 1mo
Cinfhen Oh no!! Hope hubs has a mild case 1mo
Cinfhen The cover art is pretty fantastic though 😍 1mo
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Hubby just found this picture online…. I definitely think I need one of these!

StaceGhost Please open a production facility thank you and when can I get one also lol 1mo
Librariana This is fantastic! 1mo
vivastory As a mood reader I support this 1mo
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Karkar Oh I would so love one of these!! 1mo
Oryx Wow! That's perfect 😍 1mo
Ladygodiva7 👀 I need one! In white please! 🤍 1mo
SleepyDragon That would have been awesome in college. 1mo
Caroline2 Oh me too! 🙋‍♀️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly How are you feeling, Helen? 1mo
squirrelbrain Hey Michele! A bit better today I think, although hubby started with it overnight. 🙄 How are you doing? @MicheleinPhilly 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Yesterday felt like a bit of a backslide day but I‘m hoping it was just its last gasp before it leaves me. Today is the day I‘m supposed to test but I‘m not even going to bother as I know it won‘t be negative. My wife tested positive on Monday. 😕 1mo
squirrelbrain Ugh, we seem to be following on 2 days behind you and your wife, @MicheleinPhilly - hope I don‘t go backwards too! Hope your wife isn‘t too poorly with it and that you both get well soon. Xx 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m definitely ready for it to be over. 😩 Hope you and hubby feel better very soon! 😘 1mo
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Interesting article in The Observer newspaper this weekend…. What do you all think?!

I get the dating side of this, but it also seems to be implying it‘s for making friends too…surely that‘s Litsy?!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/aug/13/tinder-for-booklovers-the-new-app-...

Centique It could be interesting to try out. I have very few IRL friends nearby who read literary fiction so this could be good - BUT I don‘t know if I want to meet strangers to talk books. 🤪 At least on Litsy we get to talk books here first. Litsy is the winner I reckon! 1mo
squirrelbrain Yes, Litsy all the way! @Centique 1mo
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3 books to start on this week. Our Wives is for #camplitsy, and I quite fancy The Measure for something a bit different.

The Seven Moons is my last-but-one #booker2022 book. I hope to listen to some more of Glory this week, but most of my audio is whilst driving these days and I shan‘t be going anywhere this week as I have the dreaded Covid. 😬

Wish I could read all week but I‘ll still have to work, just from home - boo!

Cathythoughts Oh Helen ! Take care , covid ! I hope it‘s the mild dose. You are flying through the Bookers. I‘m only half way through two 🙄… I‘ll wait for the short list now. I wish you a speedy recovery ❤️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Me too! We‘re Covid 👯‍♀️! Hope your symptoms are relatively mild. 😘 1mo
slategreyskies Hope you only get a mild case and feel better soon!! 1mo
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squirrelbrain Thanks @Cathythoughts @slategreyskies - it seems just like a bad cold at the moment, and hopefully it will stay that way…. 1mo
squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly - oh no, not you too! I saw earlier in the week that you were feeling rough but didn‘t know it was 🦠. Weirdly I feel a bit better today after feeling rougher for a couple of days, but didn‘t test positive until this morning. Hope you‘re doing OK. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I started feeling poorly on Wed. but didn‘t test positive until Friday. Timing is everything with those tests, it seems. Friday was definitely my worst day but now I just feel like I have a bad cold. Not fun but I‘ll survive! 😘 1mo
vlwelser I just had that Covid thing. It was just like a really bad cold and I kept expecting something worse. Glad you're already feeling better. 1mo
JamieArc Sorry to hear you have Covid 😕. I have somehow avoided it, and feel like it‘s waiting around the corner for me. I‘ll be curious what you think of Seven Moons. It‘s one I decided I probably won‘t get to, but I‘m hoping to see a review that makes me want to read it. 1mo
BarbaraBB You‘ve got COVID? I somehow missed that. I hope you don‘t feel too poor. Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤️‍🩹 1mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly And you too ❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹 1mo
squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly - I know exactly where / who I caught it from (on Tuesday). 😠 Didn‘t really feel poorly until Friday, then tested positive this morning so clearly it‘s a 3 day thing with the tests! Glad to hear you‘re getting better though. Sending germ-laden love! 1mo
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - I only knew for sure this morning! Been feeling rough for a couple of days but tested negative until today…. 1mo
squirrelbrain Thanks @vlwelser @JamieArc Jamie - I‘m not sure if I‘ll like 7 Moons. It‘s also difficult to get hold of but I capitulated and paid Qd for it on Kindle, as I‘m a completist ( perfectionist?!) so couldn‘t miss one out! I‘ll let you know…. 1mo
jlhammar You are a Booker reading machine! Can't believe you are on to the last one already. Very impressive. Sorry to hear you have Covid. Take care. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Me too. I went to a funeral on Monday that ended up being VERY well attended. As soon as I walked into the room I thought, “Welp! I‘m definitely getting Covid.” Cold & flu meds seem to be working for me. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Thanks @BarbaraBB ❤️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I‘m taking *all* of the meds @MicheleinPhilly and they do seem to be working…. 1mo
squirrelbrain It helps that I was on book number 6 before they even announced the shortlist! 🤣 @jlhammar 1mo
Megabooks I got your email and will write back soon. I‘m so sorry you‘re dealing with Covid! Rest up and read a lot. 💕💕💕 1mo
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly I‘m sorry you have Covid too! Get well soon friend. 💜 (edited) 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Megabooks Thanks Meg! ❤️ 1mo
charl08 Hope you feel better soon. 1mo
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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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This was on the Booker rumours list, hence why I borrowed it from the library just in case….

This short book tells of Zorrie‘s life in rural Indiana, from childhood to old age. The blurb offers comparisons with Willa Cather, Elizabeth Strout and Marilynne Robinson. I‘d also add Kent Haruf to that but, while it was a good read for me, it‘s not as good as anything by those authors.

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This book was fantastic. I couldn‘t put it down but didn‘t want it to end.

It‘s a multi-generational saga of the women in one family, across 70 years of their lives, through thick and thin. I loved all of the strong female characters and want to be friends with them all!

This will easily make my top books of 2022 list.

rockpools So much love for this one!. You‘re almost making me want to read the ARC I have 🫣 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain You should definitely read it! @rockpools (You can add it to the eleventy-seven other books that you‘re reading!) 1mo
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Oryx I've just started this one about an hour ago. So far, so great! 1mo
BarbaraBB Oooh Sounds Good!! 1mo
rockpools True, though! 1mo
Megabooks I enjoyed this too! 1mo
eraderneely Well, now there‘s no way I‘m coming out of the bookshop without this tomorrow. Been eyeing it for months and have to do a some shopping for Little Miss‘s birthday. 1mo
squirrelbrain I think you‘ll love it @eraderneely and happy (early) birthday to the little one! 1mo
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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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Another wonderful book just arrived; thank you Meg! @Megabooks

This was on the #camplitsy long list too and I‘ve been meaning to read it ever since. You picked two fabulous books!

And Henry said ‘I remember exactly how to pose when you get a new book, Momma; I did this yesterday!‘ He did lick this one though, so I‘ve put it well out of reach, although he‘s never chewed a book yet!

Megabooks This was 5⭐️ for me earlier this year, so I hope you love it too! 💜💜💜 2mo
Megabooks I hope Henry doesn‘t get a book habit. 😬 2mo
TrishB Sansa has only ever chewed one book! Never again. 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly Precious Henry! Pickles is a book licker but not a chewer. She did eat a few bookmarks as a puppy though. 2mo
Gissy Henry is looking so you can remember he is there!🐶❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
batsy Oh, Henry! He's such a good book model 😍 2mo
BarbaraBB Such a sweet gift! And sweet Henry 🤍 2mo
Cathythoughts How lovely, and Henry looks great. ♥️ 1mo
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#bookreport

A bit of a mixed bag this week; really liked Trust, Booth was a soft pick and Nonfiction was a so-so.

Glory (on audio) dipped for a while and I might have bailed but I think it‘s picking up again now.

And I‘m *loving* Memphis - just can‘t put it down!

TrishB I loved Memphis ♥️ 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Memphis is swoon-worthy. 2mo
Cinfhen Seems more yeahs than meh‘s so that‘s good 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts Memphis seems a popular one … I might treat myself 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
squirrelbrain I would! @Cathythoughts I loved it, as you‘ll see from from my just-posted review! 1mo
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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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#booker2022

I liked this but it felt like the author didn‘t really know what she wanted the book to be. I found the history of the entire Booth family interesting, but the assassination and the aftermath just seemed tacked on at the end.

I‘m giving it a pick for the social history aspect (most of the book) but it would be a so-so for the political aspect. I can also see why many thought it too slow. I don‘t think this will make the shortlist.

TrishB This one just doesn‘t appeal to me 🤷‍♀️ although I‘m sure it would appeal enough if it were a 99p offer! 2mo
Cazxxx I‘m going to skip this one I think, nothing about it appeals to me and I‘m never very keen on slow books 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m not rushing to read this one. Like @TrishB I‘ll maybe pick it up for 99p. 2mo
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Ruthiella I‘ll probably read it some day, but like you, I don‘t see it actually making the shortlist. 2mo
Graywacke I just reviewed it. It didn‘t take with me. I actually thought the assassination and aftermath was the book and the rest an overlong setting. So it‘s funny you saw the end as tacked on. It‘s actually the same breakdown, but from different perspectives. 4w
squirrelbrain It‘s interesting how we saw this from a completely different angle! @Graywacke 4w
Graywacke @squirrelbrain yeah, interesting. Implies you‘re a good alternate viewpoint for me! 4w
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Meg! @Megabooks Look what just arrived!

I definitely recall your review of this one, and mentally making a note that it sounded right up my street, so thank you so much! I think Cindy @Cinfhen may have read it too, probably based on your recommendation as well?

It‘s a wonder any of us get *any* book ideas now from anywhere else other than you; you‘re so good at picking great books!

Henry says hi to Molly! I‘ll email you over the weekend. 😘

Megabooks Awww!! Henry looks so cute!! Molly says hi back! She‘s napping because she got her yearly vaccines yesterday. There is another nonfiction book coming as well. 💜👍🏻 I figured you‘re due for some nonfiction after you finish the Booker longlist! I hope you enjoy this as much as Cindy and I did. 🙌🏻 2mo
batsy Henry looks so attentive 😁😍 2mo
JamieArc This would be a great follow up after listening to the tagged. Stacking this one. 2mo
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AmyG Ha! Agree with you about @Megabooks ….if she really likes a book, I auto stack it. (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain Hope Molly isn‘t too affected by her vaccines @Megabooks I‘m looking forward to another book! 😁 2mo
squirrelbrain @batsy - it doesn‘t happen often! 2mo
squirrelbrain I saw an article about that one in the UK press only a week or two ago @JamieArc - also sounds fascinating! 2mo
Megabooks Helen and @AmyG thank you!! 💕 I‘m so flattered that you value my recommendations! I enjoy writing reviews, especially if I‘ve really enjoyed a book and want to share it with others. (But the disastrous ones are fun to write too! 🤣🤣🤣) 2mo
Cinfhen I did enjoy this one and the tagged book @JamieArc sounds great!!! @Megabooks reviewed and liked that one too!! 2mo
JamieArc @Cinfhen I moved it up my TBR after @Megabooks reviewed it 😊. It was a good listen. @squirrelbrain (edited) 2mo
jlhammar I thought this was a great read! Hope you enjoy. 2mo
Megabooks @JamieArc I‘m glad you enjoyed Normal Family and I think you should keep an 👀 out for it @Cinfhen ! One of the most original memoirs this year so far. 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
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Nonfiction: A Novel | Julie Myerson
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Slowly working my way through the library pile…. And now I wonder why I picked this one ahead of the others.

Nonfiction tells the story of an author who has a difficult relationship with her mother and her daughter.

I usually don‘t mind dark books with unlikeable characters but this was just relentless. Add to that the switching POV (a lot of it written in the second person) and the confusing non-linear timelines; just not for me.

squirrelbrain Were you reading this one @cathythoughts? 2mo
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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#weeklyforecast

I‘ve had enough of ‘serious‘ Booker reads for now and stuck at home with a poorly puppy while hubby has gone out to a classic car show. Trying to decide which of these to start next… knowing me, probably both of them! 🤣 I‘m not sure if either of them will be any ‘lighter‘ but we‘ll see.

Having said that I‘ll still listen to Glory this week as I‘m driving to a couple of meetings, plus I‘ll carry on with Booth too….

MicheleinPhilly Poor Henry! Feel better, boop! 😘 2mo
TrishB Awww, hope Henry is feeling better soon. 2mo
Cathythoughts Get better Henry ♥️ 2mo
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Ruthiella Hope the pup gets well soon! I have a few series I‘m reading that I can go to when I need something lighter. 2mo
Cinfhen Sending pup love - and I‘ve heard good things about your tagged book 2mo
LeahBergen Feel better soon, Henry! ❤️ 2mo
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Trust | Hernan Diaz
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This is a cleverly structured book. We learn about a rich financier‘s life (and wife) from 4 differing points of view, but which is real? It brings a bit of sophistication to the ‘unreliable narrator‘ trope. It dipped in places in the 2nd part, but overall a very enjoyable read.

It leaves me with a dilemma though… it‘s not top 3 on my #booker2022 list but it could be on my top 6 shortlist, which means another book may have to drop out. 🤔

Cinfhen Great review! I haven‘t read enough to form a list of top reads yet but I can see this one in the top half for sure!! Do 5 or 6 books go forward?? When is that announcement made?? 2mo
Megabooks Okay, okay I think I‘ll read this Helen and @Cinfhen ! Great review, Helen 💜👍🏻 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I think I actually voted for this for #camplitsy so I will definitely read it. Will probably skip Sappho though. 2mo
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squirrelbrain I‘m fairly sure it‘s 6 books @Cinfhen but I can‘t see that confirmed anywhere. The shortlist is early September, so still time! 2mo
Brimful Very much looking forward to this one! But I agree choosing a shortlist is going to be tough 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m still only half way with this one , my first one from the list. I really like it. 2mo
Ruthiella I‘m looking forward to this one. I do often really appreciate unusual structures in novels. They usually make my brain work is a good way! 2mo
Cinfhen I think you‘d like it @Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly - I really enjoyed the multicast narration 2mo
BarbaraBB And which one will drop out of your shortlist? 2mo
squirrelbrain I think it would have been even better on audio @Cinfhen @Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly 2mo
squirrelbrain That is the difficult question @BarbaraBB - I have an inkling but need to have a good think, and who knows if there will be another one or two in contention by the time I‘ve read the whole list?! 2mo
BarbaraBB That‘s very true! I‘ll await your verdict eagerly! 2mo
Hazel2019 Nice review! I‘ll be done with this one today. Alternating between audio and physical book. Somehow that is working out well for me but I already know I will want to reread this when I have more time to spare! 2mo
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After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz
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Mehso-so

I‘m afraid this is a case of ‘it‘s not you, it‘s me‘! I can see why this book was nominated for the #booker2022 but I struggled with it.

The fragmented style, vignettes telling of the lives of Sapphic women, meant that it didn‘t form a coherent novel.

The first-person plural narrative (extracts from Sappho as a kind of chorus) also didn‘t work for me, but did in another Booker nominee, Maps.

This one is bottom of my list so far. 😞

BarbaraBB Sorry to hear that but one must be. You‘ve read so many good ones! 2mo
Cathythoughts You read it though ! Well done. I‘m very slow this year , so I‘ll be leaving this one out 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Cazxxx I didn‘t enjoy it much either 2mo
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Cinfhen This is one that didn‘t really interest me so unless it makes the short list I‘m happy to take a pass 😊 2mo
squirrelbrain Glad it wasn‘t just me! @Cazxxx 2mo
Ruthiella I typically need a strong plot or strong character development…but I could be pleasantly surprised! 2mo
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#bookreport

Here‘s me, reading *all* of the Booker books at once! I finished Treacle Walker - good, but not on my shortlist. I surprised myself by liking Glory so far, on audio; I really thought I wouldn‘t. Trust is also very good but, unfortunately, After Sappho is my least-liked so far. I‘ve only just started Booth.

Also finished one non-Booker book, the Zevin, this week, which I really liked.

TrishB I‘m just going on your reviews for the bookers!! 2mo
AnneCecilie @TrishB I might actually join you there. Even if I have high expectations to After Sappho. 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘m not even halfway through After Sappho @TrishB @AnneCecilie but it seems to be one of those very clever books that I can see why it was nominated but I‘m just not enjoying. 2mo
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TrishB That was actually the one I thought I might like!! 2mo
squirrelbrain You‘re cleverer than me though @TrishB - I think it‘s all going over my head a bit! Out of all of the ones I‘ve read so far, I‘d recommend The Colony for you…. 🤞 2mo
Cinfhen Wow-!! You‘ll be through the long list by next week-!!!! 🙌🏻💗❣️ 2mo
BarbaraBB You make such progress! You are our new @Simona 🤍 2mo
Cathythoughts You‘re flying it Helen, what‘s you favourite so far … (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain My top 3 are Maps, The Trees and The Colony @Cathythoughts and I doubt that will change now! 2mo
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Treacle Walker | ALAN. GARNER
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#booker2022, book 8/13

This is so short, hardly even a novella, it took no time to listen to on audio. I‘d call it a fable; it‘s weird and fantastical and whilst I loved the narrator on the audio, the Northern dialect and the familiar slang words I‘m not sure I understood what was going on a lot of the time.

On reading reviews after I‘d finished it seems as though the author references a lot of his earlier works, of which I haven‘t read any.

rmaclean4 Where did you find the audio book? This is one I am having trouble finding. 2mo
vivastory Garner has been on my TBR for a long time, but I haven't read him yet. I've had the following for awhile 2mo
vivastory I'm really interested in Treacle Walker. I know that Backlisted has an episode on it, which is very rare for them to devote an episode for a new book. It's also rare for them to do repeat episodes on an author. 2mo
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Cinfhen This is one I‘m in no rush to read - your review confirms my initial thought (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain @rmaclean4 it was on Scribd. I‘m in the UK (not sure where you are?) and I know they have different books in different countries. It did just come into my library too as an ebook, which is on BorrowBox so I guess they‘re playing catch-up after the long list announcement. 2mo
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain Thanks. It is not on Scribd in the US. 2mo
charl08 I think I tried to read him as a teenager and got nowhere. But ai might be confusing him with someone else! 2mo
charl08 Or even *I* 2mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I think he must appeal quite a specific audience @charl08, and then you need to have read more of his books to appreciate / understand this one @vivastory 2mo
Hazel2019 I think I‘ll stick to the physical book version. I tend to lose interest when accents are heavy and I lose meaning. But I do like fables! 2mo
Ruthiella I‘m with @Cinfhen . Not rushing. Fables aren‘t my cup of tea. We‘ll see if it makes the shortlist. 2mo
batsy I love Garner so much because of Owl Service. I also read The Stone Book Quartet in uni and liked it a lot, but need to revisit. He's a very specific type of writer that I love—very dense & steeped in English myths & sense of place. I don't always get it because I'm not English but his writing feels like a portal to unseen worlds, & I love that. Looking forward to this! 2mo
squirrelbrain The accents didn‘t seem strong to me @Hazel2019, but then it‘s based in Northern England, where I‘m from! 2mo
squirrelbrain @batsy - it sounds like you‘ll *love* this one then! 2mo
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Case Study | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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I enjoyed this novel about identity, suggestion and personality. We never learn the true identity of the MC, who adopts the persona of Rebecca Smyth, in order to investigate the psychologist (based on a real person) she suspects of encouraging her sister‘s suicide.

Whilst this was good I know already it won‘t make my #booker2022 shortlist. It‘s book 7 from the 13 and it‘s 7th on my list; only because the first 6 books were so good! ⬇️

squirrelbrain I‘m rather worried as I get the feeling it may be all downhill from here on in, as far as the #booker2022 longlist is concerned! 😬 2mo
rmaclean4 I may wait on this one and see if it makes the short list. 2mo
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain what are you top 3 so far? 2mo
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squirrelbrain @rmaclean4 - my top 3 are; Maps, Trees and Colony. Sounds like a book title in itself! 2mo
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain it does! I am looking forward to Maps. I am loving Trees currently. 2mo
Cinfhen This was one of the books I was kind of intrigued about but I‘m waiting to see if it makes the shortlist - thanks for tagging me. 2mo
BarbaraBB Intriguing! This one sounds so good too!! 2mo
Hazel2019 I‘m in the middle of Trust right now. Hoping that this will come in the mail soon so I can read it next! 2mo
Ruthiella You are a book prize reading machine! 😂 I‘ve read his other Booker nominated title, which I liked but didn‘t love. 2mo
squirrelbrain It helps that I‘d read 6 before the long list was published! @Ruthiella 2mo
charl08 Just starting this one now, wondering what I'll make of it after being a bit less impressed by 2mo
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read his previous book @charl08 - but I‘ve heard a lot of less than stellar reviews for it… 2mo
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