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whatrebeccasread

Joined May 2018

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For the most part, “Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: Extraordinary Journeys into the Human Brain” is a really engaging, interesting and educational read. The conditions that are described are fascinating, especially from the doctor‘s perspective, but I couldn‘t really warm to the doctor or his outdated opinions. This one gets 3 stars from me.

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A Dark Matter | Doug Johnstone
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I‘ve been won over by the Skelf women and the mysteries they are trying to uncover in “A Dark Matter”. This is a unique mystery and thriller that will keep you engaged throughout. It‘s 5 stars from me!

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The Prison Doctor | Dr Amanda Brown
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Written with admirable passion, Dr Amanda Brown‘s memoir ‘The Prison Doctor‘ was definitely my cup of tea. I really enjoyed reading about the range of situations that she has to deal with on a daily basis – 5 stars!

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JillR I thought this was interesting too, although I work with prisoners and their perspective of the healthcare they receive in many UK prisons doesn‘t quite tally with hers so I felt a bit conflicted reading parts of this. 1w
whatrebeccasread @JillR ah! I can imagine how you feel conflicted! My knowledge of the field was almost non existant till reading this one so it's interesting to hear this! 1w
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Problem That Has No Name | Betty Friedan
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Exploring and understanding the emptiness felt by housewives in America during the 1960s, this little book is a really interesting read, especially if, like me, you don't know a great deal about the first two waves of feminism. 5 stars!

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Smarkies I just read this as well - my thoughts are similar to yours - I did prefer the first essay as well. 2w
whatrebeccasread @Smarkies 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1w
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"The Elsinore Vanish" is another good read by Joanna Baker. I enjoyed acting the detective and putting together the puzzle pieces to try and solve this seemingly impossible murder. I'd recommend you give it a try! 4 stars!

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A Stranger on the Beach | Michele Campbell
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“A Stranger on the Beach” is a twisty thriller by a well reviewed author. The story is unique and mostly enjoyable but I found it was a little too slow paced and more of an okay read for me. 3 stars!

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Record of a Night Too Brief | Hiromi Kawakami
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“Record of a Night Too Brief” is an extremely quirky collection of stories by Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami. For the most part I enjoyed the writing of these stories, but really they were just a little too strange for me to enjoy fully – 2 stars.

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Devastation Road | Joanna Baker
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I really enjoyed this story by Joanna Baker. ‘Devastation Road‘ is a well-paced mystery that I‘d recommend for any fans of genre, even if you don‘t think that YA fiction is for you – 4 stars!

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The Existence of Amy | Lana Grace Riva
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‘The Existence of Amy‘ is a great book which opens your eyes to the struggles that others may be going through. It tells a powerful, and at times heart-warming, message from the point of view of a young woman with OCD and depression. 4 stars from me!

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Haven't They Grown | Sophie Hannah
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Full of twists and turns, ‘Haven‘t They Grown‘ is a fast paced, unique story that I really enjoyed. I didn‘t see the ending coming and I was kept engaged throughout. It‘s 4 stars from me!

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All the Wrong Places | Joy Fielding
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“All The Wrong Places” wasn‘t my cup of tea. Sold as a thriller, this book is a little more chick-lit than suspense. I enjoyed some of the characters and their story lines but overall this is a 2 star read for me.

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Three Japanese Short Stories | Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Anon, Kafu Nagai, Chiyo Uno
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“Three Japanese Short Stories” is a tiny collection of short stories that won‘t take you long to read. For me they were just okay and nothing to shout home about – 2 stars for now.

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I Know You | Annabel Kantaria
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“I Know You” is a fast paced, gripping psychological thriller that I really enjoyed. It‘s certainly one that‘s going to make you think and perhaps review your privacy settings online too! It‘s 5 stars from me!

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“Death Makes No Distinction” tells the story of the murder of two very different woman living in Georgian London. The story was well written and I enjoyed trying to work out who was responsible for each of the deaths. This book gets 4 stars from me!

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Despite starting this read with a great deal of optimism, “How to Play Dead” wasn‘t really my cup of tea. I was expecting a gripping thriller but instead this is more of a slow study if characters and their relationships. It‘s 2 stars from me for this one.

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Strange Weather in Tokyo | Hiromi Kawakami
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"Strange Weather in Tokyo" is a wonderful piece of uncluttered Japanese literature. This is a quirky romance that I'd recommend and I'm looking forward to reading more of Hiromi Kawakami's work.

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Nute Thank you for reminding me of this author!🙂 2mo
whatrebeccasread @Nute you're very welcome! Would you recommend anything else by her?? 2mo
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Corpses in Enderby | George Bellairs
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“Corpses in Enderby” is another good piece of 1950s detective fiction by George Bellairs. This is a nice story, but just an okay 3 star read for me. I won‘t be ruling out Bellairs‘ books in the future though (there are loads more for me to read!)

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The Fire Starters | Jan Carson
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“The Fire Starters” is a fantastical story like none I‘ve ever read before. The description is vivid and the characters are likeable. I‘d recommend this to those looking for something a little different – it‘s 4 stars from me.

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The Guest Cat | Takashi Hiraide
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“The Guest Cat” is a short and sweet book that I‘d recommend for cat-lovers but also for fans of Japanese literature. It wasn‘t one of my favourites, but it‘s a short, quick read that‘ll warm your heart. 3 stars from me.

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Contrary to popular opinion, I didn‘t love “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and the writing style was most responsible for this. I didn‘t hate it, but I just didn‘t feel it was for me – 2 stars.

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effani Same! I read it in high school and didn't like it then, and I've never understood why it's so beloved. 3mo
whatrebeccasread @effani glad to hear I'm not alone! 3mo
GirlNamedJesse Agreed! 2mo
CarolynM I did like it, but it's one of the few times where I like the film better than the book. 2mo
whatrebeccasread @CarolynM yes, I agree with you on that! 2mo
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Starve Acre | ANDREW MICHAEL. HURLEY
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“Starve Acre” is a creepy slow-burner. I needed a lot more description to feel full immersed in this gothic story but I enjoyed it for the most part – 3 stars.

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Leaves | John Simmons
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“Leaves” is very well written story of humanity and community. Parts of the description in particular is beautiful, like reading a poem or song lyrics. Not for me but I'm sure enjoyable by many.

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“The Hope Family Calendar” is a light and easy read looking at family relationships following a tragic loss. It was a little predictable and I felt that something was missing, but I enjoyed it - 3 stars.

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'Every Time He Dies' by Tara East is a very well written, fast paced story of gang crime in Brisbane. I was hooked from page one and really enjoyed exploring the mystery behind a number of murders. I'd definitely recommend this one, it's 5 stars from me!

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The Birthday House | Jill Treseder
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"The Birthday House" is a powerful short read examining a real-life murder during the 1950s. Exploring how this crime affected the lives of those who knew the family, this really is a compelling and heart-wrenching story.

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Seven Days | Alex Lake
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'Seven Days' is a really gripping thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat - 4 stars.

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Gorgito's Ice-Rink | Elizabeth Ducie
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"Gorgito's Ice Rink" is an interesting story, especially for someone with little knowledge of Russia. This book is a tale of love, loss and broken promises that deserves a little love on its publication birthday. I'm sure many people will enjoy this story and learn a little bit while reading too.

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Three Little Truths | Eithne Shortall
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"Three Little Truths" is a fun community story with plenty of colourful characters. I really enjoyed looking at the different lives and dynamics of the residents of Pine Road, it's 4 stars from me.

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The Choke | Sofie Laguna
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“The Choke” isn‘t an easy read, it‘s gritty and it‘s disturbing in places, but don‘t let that put you off – author Sofie Laguna is highly praised and rightfully so. This is a powerful read but not one I can say I enjoyed all that much – it‘s 3 stars from me.

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Soubhiville Great photo! 3mo
CarolynM I was put off this by her previous book. Have you read it? 3mo
whatrebeccasread @CarolynM I actually didn't know this author had written anything else! I haven't read any others but have just read the blurb for The Eye of the Sheep and don't think that one is my kind of thing either. 3mo
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The Good Luck Girls | Charlotte Nicole Davis
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"The Good Luck Girls" had a great opening and I also liked the ending, but I got lost somewhere in the middle. It was an enjoyable read and I'd recommend this for adventure fans or someone looking for a more contemporary Wild West type story – 3 stars.

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The Familiars | Stacey Halls
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"The Familiars" is a historical story set during the time of the Pendle Witch Trials. I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it for fans of Gothic fiction. Fleetwood Shuttleworth is a likeable character who I appreciated even more when I found out she was based on a real young woman. It's 5 stars from me!

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Amiable What a neat cover! 4mo
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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“Before the Coffee Gets Cold” is a charming, clever story about how, no matter what we may try, there is nothing we can do to change the past and we can only learn and grow from our mistakes. I really enjoyed this heartwarming tale and it‘s 4 stars from me.

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The Weighing of the Heart | Paul Tudor Owen
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"The Weighing of the Heart" is a cleverly constructed story that I'd highly recommend. It's difficult to review a book like this without giving too much away, but there's art, romance, a little bit of comedy, some drama and most importantly a crime. 5 stars!

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Living My Best Li(f)e | Claire Frost
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Living My Best Li(f)e is a feel-good story of friendship and community spirit that would be a ideal holiday read. It's also an important reminder that what you see on social media isn't always the truth - sometimes #livingmybestlife is a little more #livingmybestlie.

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The Love Delusion | Nicola Mostyn
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“The Love Delusion” is a genre defying magical adventure. It was refreshing to see some strong female leads in this type of story and I really enjoyed the fast-pace. It's 4 stars from me!

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I gave "Running Like a Girl" 4 stars on my first read and I think I enjoyed it even more second time round. I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants to run, or is thinking about running, but needs that extra push to get out the door - 5 stars!

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I really enjoyed "The Travelling Cat Chronicles", a poignant look at the relationship between one man, his cat and the people most important to him in his life. I loved it and would recommend you give it a go – 5 stars.

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The Memory Police | Yoko Ogawa
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My fifth Yōko Ogawa read is one of my favourites and I can't wait for more of her work to be translated. I really enjoyed "The Memory Police" and its unique look at how memories are an important part of our identity - 5 stars.

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Daisey I really enjoyed the one book I‘ve read by this author and need to read more! 5mo
whatrebeccasread @Daisey in that case, I highly recommend this one! ❤️ 5mo
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This is a quaint story but it wasn't really my cup of tea. I'd recommend this one for fans of a light hearted British mystery.

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Dead Guilty | Michelle Davies
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"Dead Guilty" is a gripping crime story investigating the death of British holiday-maker ten years earlier and I really enjoyed trying to work out the details of this mystery. It‘s 4 stars from me!

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Incendiary | Chris Cleave
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An emotional and heavy read, Chris Cleave's "Incendiary" looks at the aftermath of a terrorist attack and how grief, guilt and loss can affect a person. I didn't love it as much as "Little Bee" but it's still 4 stars from me.

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One? | Jennifer L Cahill
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"One?" is a fantastically English piece of contemporary fiction set in the 2000s. Penelope, Charlie and Zara are great characters and these ladies are some of the most relatable I've read in a while. I really enjoyed this - 5 stars!

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I Can't Tell You Why | Elaine Robertson North
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"I Can't Tell You Why" tells the story of a woman questioning the decisions she has made in her love life. Recommended for fans of contemporary romance that doesn't always go to plan - it's 4 stars from me.

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Debut author Awais Khan tells a captivating story giving us a peek at life in high society Pakistan. This book isn't perfect but it is an eye-opening account that I'd recommend as a kind of modern day Pakistani Anna Karenina and if you don't know much about the country, give this one a try!

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"Bridge to Eternity" is an emotional rollercoaster. Full of history and memories, Romola Farr tells the story of 65 year old Audrey leaving her family and her past behind for a new life in Hawksmead, or so she says! I enjoyed this one - 4 stars.

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Smile of the Stowaway | Tony Bassett
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"Smile of the Stowaway" is a well-paced, enjoyable story of immigration, crime and uncovering the truth. If you're a fan of British crime fiction, give this book a go - it's 4 stars from me!

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Woman in Cabin 10 | Ruth Ware
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"The Woman in Cabin 10" started strong and was full of suspense but I began to lose interest in the last third as things took as slightly strange turn. It's 3 stars from me!

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The Single Mum's Wish List | Charlene Allcott
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"The Single Mum's Wish List" is a story of one woman trying to find herself after a separation. It's a light-hearted read that is funny in parts but the leading lady wasn't likable enough for me to fall in love with this story - 3 stars from me.

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The Unloved | Deborah Levy
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Deborah Levy's early novel "The Unloved" was odd and felt disconnected. I didn't really understand what was going on and therefore didn't enjoy reading it very much - 1 star.

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Knife for Harry Dodd | George Bellairs
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"A Knife for Harry Dodd" is a wonderful piece of detective fiction originally published in the 1950s. George Bellairs tells a very British story of murders in the countryside which I mostly enjoyed but a few niggles here and there knocked a couple of points off in my eyes - 3 stars.

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