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Joined August 2016

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Housekeeping: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson
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Bailedbailed

It feels a bit daft bailing at 71% and it‘s such a slim novel too but I really don‘t care about the characters anymore or how it ends 🤷‍♀️ I thought the portrayal of the characters loneliness was done well and the atmosphere of it but I wasn‘t a fan of the writing or the (lack of) story. #readyourkindle

Ruthiella Robinson is so revered as a writer, but she does nothing for me. 1d
youneverarrived @Ruthiella I was fully expecting to like this but can‘t see myself reading any more of hers. 1d
CBee On to better books 🙌🏻 1d
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LeahBergen Baby fingers! 🥰 23h
youneverarrived @LeahBergen 🥰 every time I go for a coffee she has to have a babyccino 😆 21h
youneverarrived @CBee exactly 😁 21h
Cathythoughts Babyccino 💕💕💕 11h
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A lot of the things Klein writes about in this book are things I find really interesting to read about (and ponder) so this was right up my street. It‘s a hard one to narrow down and review but I‘m glad it seems to be a book a lot of people are interested in as it would be great if more people were aware of what she writes about here. #womensprizeNF

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This was excellent on audio. What the author does so well is shine the humanity on North Koreans, specifically its defectors. I want to say it‘s hard to imagine such poverty, propaganda and such lack of freedom happening today, but sadly it‘s not. Five stars from me. #nonfiction2024 (1984)

Graywacke 👏 I was a bit shocked and found this pretty powerful stuff. 2w
TrishB Yeah, not difficult at all! We all need to remember people live in these countries that mostly have no say at all in their governments actions. Though sometimes that is also true in a democracy 😞 1w
tpixie This sounds like it would be incredibly profound 1w
youneverarrived @Graywacke sometimes with audio books I might get a bit distracted here or there but not with this one, very powerful 1w
youneverarrived @TrishB I had the same thoughts 😔 1w
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I can‘t review this objectively at all because I just felt it all subjectively, although I‘m not going/have not been through loss of a parent, divorce, finding my own way as a single parent etc. I just felt it. Love her writing.

Suet624 Hmm…since I‘ve done all of those things I guess I‘ll stack it. 🥴🤣 2w
youneverarrived @Suet624 😂 let me know what you think 2w
batsy Great review! Adding to the list 🧡 2w
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sarahbarnes She is one of my favorites. I haven‘t read this one. 2w
youneverarrived @batsy I hope you get to it ❤️ 2w
youneverarrived @sarahbarnes mine too 💕 I want to read her backlog from the beginning 2w
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Refusing Heaven | Jack Gilbert
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I was aiming to read a poem a day but it turned into more of a weekly catch up. Themes of longing, forgetting, remembering, memories, love lost, love gained with vivid backdrops. Some poems and lines were a ‘wow‘ moment and I lingered over them while others left only a small impression. I won‘t be rushing to read more of his poetry but it has made me want to keep on reading poetry daily/weekly.

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I‘m LOVING this book! #womensprizeNF

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After reading this I went straight into reading the second book in her ‘living autobiography‘ series, and went out and bought the third, because it was everything I was hoping it would be and more. Her writing is just amazing 🖤

#nonfiction2024 (Speak)

squirrelbrain Oh, I need to get to these - love her fiction! 4w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain they‘re brilliant ❤️ I‘m planning on reading her backlist from the beginning 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @youneverarrived Maybe start a reading group here? For her publications in published order 3w
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Apeirogon: A Novel | Colum McCann
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This was Februarys #readyourkindle book. It took me so long to read because it‘s such a worthwhile, heartfelt and powerful read but it‘s also full of grief and sadness (written very profoundly but succinctly, and repeated) so I was just reading it in small bursts. I loved it.

Tamra It‘s a wonderful reading experience! 👏🏾 1mo
CBee Oh my goodness, this sounds powerful. Stacked! 1mo
AmyG He is such a wonderful writer. 1mo
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youneverarrived @Tamra it was - it will definitely stick with me. (edited) 1mo
youneverarrived @CBee it‘s such a good read! 1mo
youneverarrived @AmyG I need to check out more by him. (edited) 1mo
Suet624 Why have I not stacked this book already?! 1mo
youneverarrived @Suet624 I think you would like it! 1mo
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Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse | Tamera Will Wissinger
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My picks for #camplitsy24 🤍

BarbaraBB I‘d like to read all four of them! 1mo
lazydaizee Good selection, enjoy reading them. 1mo
AmyG Ooo a new Sarah Perry book. 1mo
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squirrelbrain I‘d love to read Blue Sisters, and I have the ARC of Enlightenment! 1mo
TrishB I nearly did Memory Piece 👍🏻 1mo
monalyisha Blue Sisters looks intriguing! 1mo
Megabooks Very curious about the Jamison! And I'm excited about Memory Piece, too. Thanks for nominating! 1mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB they sound so good! 1mo
youneverarrived @lazydaizee thanks ☺️ 1mo
youneverarrived @AmyG exciting! I love how atmospheric her books are. 1mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I really liked her other book!and ohh brill, hopefully it‘s as good as her other two. 1mo
youneverarrived @TrishB it sounds fab 🤍 1mo
youneverarrived @monalyisha it does 🤍 1mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks looking forward to seeing what gets chosen! So many great sounding books have been nominated 🤍 1mo
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Three | Valrie Perrin
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I love this idea 😁

1. Alfie‘s happiness on his birthday in Legoland 🩵
2. Getting to visit Oxford 😍
3. Coffee and reading time in my local library cafe ☕️
4. Singing in the car with the kids on our long journey 🎶
5. Starting the tagged book - one of those books you instantly know you‘re going to like 🤍

kspenmoll Wonderful moments & memories! Joy! 1mo
DebinHawaii What a wonderful list of joy! 💛💛💛 I have always wanted to visit Oxford & joyful moments at Legoland sound like fun! Thank you for joining in! 🤗 1mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful moments and yes to that book 💕 1mo
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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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I think I‘m in the minority but I didn‘t really love this. I get what the author was aiming for and it sounded like the sort of novel I‘d enjoy but I found it too disjointing - if I got settled into a part of the story I was soon taken out of it again. There were characters I liked reading about like Robert & the twin sisters but overall a very so-so read for me.

Susanita Same! I bailed after the weird apple sisters because I really didn‘t care what happened anymore. 1mo
youneverarrived @Susanita that was probably the peak of the book for me, it didn‘t get much better after that so you made a good choice 😆 1mo
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This was beautifully told. I loved listening to the author tell of Dutch paintings & artists, Fabritius & her father‘s paintings - you can tell it‘s something she‘s knowledgeable & passionate about. I listened on Spotify which came with a pdf of all the paintings she discusses but I always listen when I‘m on the go so couldn‘t keep track of which paintings she was discussing. As much as I liked the audio I‘d recommend going print or mix the two.

Leniverse This is waiting for me at the library, so I guess it will be my next NF. The shortlist has reshuffled all my plans 😅 2mo
BarbaraBB This sounds good. 2mo
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squirrelbrain I wished I‘d done print too. In fact I‘m on the BorrowBox waiting list for it. 2mo
youneverarrived @Leniverse I know what you mean 😆 I‘m hoping this one I‘ve got reserved will be available soon as it‘s the one I‘m most interested in reading 2mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB it was a great read 👍 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I think seeing the paintings whilst reading would have added to it. It looks like a gorgeous book. 2mo
Leniverse @youneverarrived Doppelganger is the only one I've read so far, and I started that before the longlist was even announced 🤪 Non-fiction takes me so long. And Doppelganger was heavy going at times. But it was also really interesting and extremely relevant, so well worth the effort. 2mo
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Books for Amnesty, York | York, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Little #bookhaul from the charity book shops I went to ♥️

squirrelbrain I have the Central Station one - haven‘t read it yet! 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @youneverarrived @squirrelbrain My fave review of Grand Central Station was something like: "Girl, he ain't worth it!" ? 2mo
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Day to myself, obviously spending it reading and book shopping 😆

quietlycuriouskate Well that sounds lovely! 2mo
TrishB Enjoy ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts A day to yourself ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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youneverarrived @quietlycuriouskate it really has been ♥️ 2mo
youneverarrived @TrishB thank you 💕 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts I have the day off work and the grandparents have the kids so I‘ve made the most 🩷 2mo
squirrelbrain How lovely! ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Hi Katie, we‘re organising a bookish meet-up in York, on 22nd June. So far it‘s me, Trish and Emma and we‘re waiting to hear how many more of the usual Gladstone‘s crew can come. It would be lovely if you could join us too! 🤞 2mo
youneverarrived Ohh sounds good @squirrelbrain 💕 pencil me in for coming and hopefully I‘ll be able to make it 😘 2mo
squirrelbrain Great, Katie! I‘ll make a note to get back in touch nearer the time when we start making firmer plans, and then we can add your number into the WhatsApp group. 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain fab Helen, thank you 💕 2mo
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Kids Run the Show | Delphine de Vigan
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A fast, page-turning literary read with in depth characters & important subjects (social media, mom influencer culture and the effects it has on the kids ?). I thought both Mélanie and Clara were fascinating characters & the juxtaposition between them was written perfectly - one lives their life for social media, the other rejects it. It packs a lot of social commentary & psychology of the characters into a very enthralling novel.

squirrelbrain Great review - I loved this too! 2mo
LeahBergen I want to read this! 👍 2mo
batsy Sounds really intriguing! Added to the list 🙂 2mo
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Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️ I really enjoyed this one too Katie. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review ! 2mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen @batsy I think you‘ll both like it! 2mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB thanks! Glad you posted about it otherwise I wouldn‘t have read it 🤍 2mo
Megabooks I need to stop reading library books and get to this!! 2mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks tag me if you do get to it, would love to know what you think of it 💜 2mo
BiblioLitten Stacked! Sounds fascinating and this topic often comes up during discussions. 1mo
youneverarrived @BiblioLitten I‘d love to read more books with the same topic 1mo
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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A YA book so I‘m obviously not the intended audience which shows in my rating (3 ⭐️). It was very readable, accessible, engaging and I imagine quite informative/eye opening and relevant to younger readers. I think for its audience it‘s a great read. #readyourkindle

CBee One more off the Kindle TBR 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
kspenmoll This book is a favorite with my 9th graders who are reading it now for book club groups. 2mo
youneverarrived @kspenmoll I can definitely see why! 2mo
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I can‘t always focus on novels during the day when the kids are around so this was perfect as a daytime read as it‘s got short but informative chapters that can be read in 5/10 minutes. Each chapter is a lesson in something such as confidence, relationships, melancholy, manners etc. The main takeaway is we don‘t have to be perfect parents, in fact it‘s good for us to be ‘flawed but kind‘. I really liked it and it‘s one I‘ll keep.

Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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This was definitely a book of two halves but in the best way - I loved how the two parts focused on the different perspectives from Lotto & Mathilde and the things they keep hidden, didn‘t know about each other and their feelings about their marriage. I thought it was such a brilliant character driven novel despite the fact the protagonists weren‘t always likeable.

Caroline2 I‘ve had this one on my shelf for agesssss. Sounds like I need to move it up the pile. 👍 2mo
youneverarrived @Caroline2 same - it had been on my shelves for ages. I‘m glad I finally got to it although it‘s a slower sort of read and seems to be a love it or hate it sort of book. I hope you‘re in the love it camp if you do get to it 😁 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 I loved this one 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts she‘s such a great writer 🩷 2mo
Suet624 I was so surprised when I would see that folks didn‘t like this book - and there were many. I loved it. 1mo
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The Bound | Whitley Bay, Tyneside, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Went to this wonderfully curated bookshop while I was on holiday and chose these two books. They had a great selection of The School of Life books (which @squirrelbrain introduced me to 😘). Next time I‘m in Whitley Bay I‘ll be visiting again 😁

Amor4Libros My Husband is such a crazy book, enjoy it! 2mo
sarahbarnes Agreed - My Husband is wild! 2mo
LeahBergen Nice! I‘ve been wanting to read My Husband, too. 2mo
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squirrelbrain Ooh, that sounds a nice bookshop! ❤️ 2mo
youneverarrived @Amor4Libros @sarahbarnes usually if I buy a book it doesn‘t get read straight away (I‘m sure yous can relate 😆) but after your comments I think I might start it after I‘ve finished my current read 🤍 2mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen it sounds great doesn‘t it? 😁 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain it was just lovely ♥️ 2mo
Amor4Libros @youneverarrived Can‘t wait to see what you think! 🤗 2mo
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Apeirogon: A Novel | Colum McCann
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After a week of feeling rubbish we decided to book a last minute weekend away. So nice reading in bed while it‘s raining outside (and the kids are playing with their Nana) 🩷

I‘m making my way through this slowly but steadily - those small chapters sure pack a punch. I am loving the writing. Feels like a timely read.

TrishB Hope you have a lovely break ♥️ and get some nice reading done! 2mo
squirrelbrain Shame about the weather - good excuse to read though! 2mo
Tamra This is such an awesome “novel.” I hope it‘s a good distraction for your recovery. (edited) 2mo
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batsy Enjoy your break and your reading and family time 💕 2mo
Megabooks I'm glad you got to get away, even with the weather! 2mo
youneverarrived @TrishB thank you, it‘s been lovely - you know when you just need to get away 💕 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I wanted to be near the seaside but we lasted all of 10 minutes on the beach yesterday 😂 still so nice though, just to have a break away 💕 2mo
youneverarrived @Tamra I‘m enjoying it a lot - if that‘s the right word - it‘s a powerful read 2mo
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Apeirogon: A Novel | Colum McCann
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I‘ve had either a stomach bug or food poisoning so I‘ve not read this month (just listened to an audiobook now & again). Still don‘t feel 100% but hoping I‘ll get to read some of the tagged book today, which is from Febs #tbrtarot & #readyourkindle

These are what came up for me this month on kindle - think I‘ll aim for just reading one (Everyone In this Room Will Someday be Dead) as I‘ve still got a chunk left of the tagged book to get through

Graywacke Goodness, hope you‘re feeling better! 3mo
JessClark78 Hope you feel better soon. 3mo
Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon! 3mo
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TheSpineView Oh my...feel better! 🥺🤒❤️‍🩹 3mo
Amiable Ugh, that stinks! Hugs and wishes for a speedy recovery. 3mo
AmyG Hope you feel better soon! 3mo
CBee I hope you feel better super soon ♥️ 3mo
dabbe Hope you‘re on the mend soon. 💚💙💚 3mo
quietlycuriouskate Oh, that's rough! Hope you are better soon. 3mo
Cathythoughts I hope you feel better. There‘s a lot of that around this year. 3mo
andrew61 Get better soon Katie 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts there does seem to be doesn‘t there 😩 thank you 🩷 3mo
Reggie Oof hope you feel better. 3mo
youneverarrived @Reggie thank you I‘m feeling a lot better 🩷 (edited) 2mo
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Finding Me: A Memoir | Viola Davis
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This was every bit as good as I thought it would be 🖤 I absolutely love her on How to Get Away with Murder and the little insights into how she wanted to play that character were great. I was gripped by her story and how she told it. Inspiring, vulnerable and raw. #nonfiction2024 (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)

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I always get stumped trying to review books I like the most 🤷‍♀️ but I loved this one - the imagery, the writing, the plot, the way it unfolds, Lucrezia ♥️ and the ending is one I won‘t forget (it was perfect for the book).

Amiable I just finished this one over the weekend -- I also loved it! 3mo
Crazeedi I've read a different book on this woman, definitely want to read!! 3mo
julesG It's weird, isn't it? I can rant about bad books, but don't know what to say about the ones I love. 3mo
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andrew61 It's our reading group book for March so I'll be starting it this week. Glad you gave it a good review. 3mo
youneverarrived @Amiable she‘s such a good writer! 3mo
youneverarrived @Crazeedi I‘d recommend it 😁 3mo
youneverarrived @julesG exactly! I don‘t know why that is 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 let me know what you think! It should make a great discussion 👍 3mo
Cathythoughts I loved this book too ❤️ 3mo
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I‘ve only read Matrix by Groff (loved it!) but this feels so different. It‘s a slow read but I‘m really enjoying it. Almost at the second half which I‘ve heard changes things up a bit.

Ruthiella The second half will make you rethink the first half. I‘m glad I stuck it out, because I‘d had more than enough of Lotto! 3mo
LeahBergen I liked this one, too! 3mo
squirrelbrain Yes, the second half is 🤯 3mo
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Megabooks The second half is like a totally different book! 3mo
youneverarrived @Ruthiella I‘m definitely at that point with Lotto 🙈 3mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen love her writing! 3mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain @Megabooks I‘m really intrigued! 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m still very much on a Laura Marling kick but another rediscovery recently of this song and Painter (Valentine) which is on the same single. I used to listen to them a lot so it‘s nice to hear them again 🩷 #tuesdaytunes

https://open.spotify.com/album/7tSZJFwUYyXYOcoLiKCj0J?si=JTax_TSbQ7qFOqVufXXYkw

BarbaraBB Oh yes, Låpsley! Brings back memories! 3mo
TieDyeDude Thanks for the recommendation! 3mo
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vivastory This was new to me. Added to my library. Loved it 3mo
youneverarrived So glad you like it @vivastory 3mo
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“Insipid/idealistic portrayals of motherhood made me less interested in it as a young person. I thought it was boring when it‘s one of the most extreme socio-political experiences I have ever been through.”

All the stars for this book ✨ becoming a mother changes us physically and mentally and Jones details this using research from neuroscience, existential therapy, ecology, sociology etc. as well as drawing from her own experiences.

youneverarrived I‘m using this for #nonfiction2024 Looking for Alaska (“there is no other time in a human‘s life course that entails such dramatic change, other than adolescence”.) (edited) 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review! ❤️ 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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One of the songs from this album came on when I was listening to a playlist the other week and it‘s like rediscovering an old favourite as it‘s been years since I‘ve listened to it & I‘d forgotten how much I love it 🖤 favourites - Hope in The Air, Blackberry Stone, Made by Maid #tuesdaytunes

https://open.spotify.com/album/7x98osNfh0aUookqE7MMQ1?si=BVL-joT1T02fEHVOLv7euA

merelybookish I love her and this album! 3mo
zezeki I loved this album, it's been a while since I've listened to it. 3mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t know this album. Will change that 😀 3mo
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Billypar Laura Marling is amazing - I love everything she does. 3mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish she‘s amazing ♥️ 3mo
youneverarrived @zezeki I hadn‘t listened to it for years so it‘s been great to rediscover it. 3mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB it‘s such a cohesive album! 3mo
youneverarrived @Billypar she is 🤍 I need to listen to more of her recent stuff. 3mo
TheKidUpstairs Such a beautiful album, haven't listened to her in forever - thanks for the reminder! 3mo
TieDyeDude Thanks for the recommendation! 3mo
youneverarrived @TheKidUpstairs it really is! It‘s lovely listening to her music again after such a long time. 3mo
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Although #auldlangspine was one sided for me I‘m still glad I signed up as this was on my tbr and my match‘s list so it‘s given me the push to read it, and I‘m loving it! Flying through it.

rockpools I‘ve heard such wonderful things about Maggie O‘Farrell (and of course never read her!). Glad you‘re enjoying it. 3mo
monalyisha What a lovely photo! I need to get to this one. I absolutely loved Hamnet. 3mo
squirrelbrain I loved this too. ❤️ 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole I love this book!! 3mo
youneverarrived @rockpools she is a brilliant writer 🤍 I read her memoir last year and it was one of my favourite reads. 3mo
youneverarrived @monalyisha Hamnet is on my list to read 🤍 (edited) 3mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain @Chelsea.Poole I finished it last night and I‘m in full agreement with you both - loved it ♥️ 3mo
rockpools @youneverarrived Sorry for being dozy - which was her memoir? 3mo
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You Be Mother | Meg Mason
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I liked this book about Abi, who becomes pregnant at a young age and moves to Australia to be with her boyfriend (who is actually infuriating for most of the book but realistically written), and who is befriended by Phil, an older woman, and a lovely but complex friendship ensues. It dragged on a bit in places and the ending was very neatly tied up but a charming read all the same.

This was my #tbrtarot from last month @CBee

CBee Awesome! I really liked Sorrow and Bliss. 3mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @CBee ! 3mo
squirrelbrain Not as good as Sorrow and Bliss (which is a hard act to follow!) but I really liked it too. 3mo
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youneverarrived @CBee @BarbaraBB they‘re quite different but both very character driven; she writes characters so well! 3mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain Sorrow and Bliss felt more of a ‘complete‘ novel - this was a bit more meandering I think, although I still slightly liked it better 3mo
BarbaraBB Thanks, I am excited to read this one too! 3mo
CBee @BarbaraBB ♥️♥️ 3mo
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My list for #readyourkindle 🤍

CBee Looks great! I loved #1 and #10! 4mo
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I haven‘t heard from my #auldlangspine match at all so I don‘t feel so bad bailing on this. It‘s a long-ish audiobook at 13 hours and I gave it 2 but it felt like a chore. Too overwritten for my taste and I didn‘t connect with the characters or story. It has got some good reviews on here and maybe better in print, but not for me.

monalyisha I‘m sorry to hear that! Never feel bad bailing — & I wish you had more (or any!) engagement this month. I appreciate your participatory efforts! 4mo
Reggie I never do this challenge because I would put on my Devil ears and make a list of nothing but the scariest of horror books. There is always worse…..(rubs hands together and laughs evilly.) 😜 4mo
youneverarrived @monalyisha I had two great matches in previous years so I‘ll just count those as a win 💕 4mo
youneverarrived @Reggie 🤣🤣 horror is one genre I couldn‘t read 🙈 4mo
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WAKE | Shelley Burr
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A decent written thriller/mystery. It took a little while for me to get into and the ending felt a bit rushed but I liked the characters, especially Lane, and their ambiguities. A low pick. #auldlangspine

monalyisha Love the cover and envy your drink! 4mo
youneverarrived @monalyisha it is a lovely cover 💕 4mo
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Took Alfie to the library cafe for some lunch after nursery and picked up a few books #libraryhaul

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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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This was just really sad. For her family to treat her the way they did! Just kept thinking how different things could have been for her had she had a supportive family. She was in such a vulnerable place and had no-one on her side. Misogyny abounds. I‘d definitely recommend going the audio route with this. #nonfiction2024 (the handmaid‘s tale)

squirrelbrain It‘s really sad isn‘t it? 4mo
TheBookHippie Broke my heart. 4mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain that was the overwhelming feeling 😔 4mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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This was my first book of 2024! Although I‘m just getting around to reviewing. I do like a good novella. The author does a brilliant job of portraying the young protagonists feelings whilst showing us the adults lives and character traits through her. It‘s a soft pick as I didn‘t LOVE it and don‘t think it will stick with me although I appreciate the talent of her writing.

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I found this really eye opening and fascinating - particularly the bits about food regulation (or lack of), how and why UPF is so addictive, how some ingredients in UPF are made and what goes on without our conscious awareness really as we eat. The author states his intention in writing the book was so people can have knowledge and awareness and make their own informed decisions about what to eat. My other half is glad I‘ve finished reading it 🤣

Bookwormjillk I was trying to read this during lunch today but had to put it away for another time. 4mo
BarbaraBB Curious about this one. I always think I know it all already but I probably don‘t 😀 4mo
batsy Was just reading an article that said the plastic nanoparticles from bottled drinking water can cross the blood brain barrier and now I'm like I don't want to know anything more about the things we eat and drink 😩 4mo
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youneverarrived @Bookwormjillk not a book you can read and eat at the same time 🙈 4mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB it‘s made me want to learn even more. It‘s got mixed reviews on here but I got a lot out of it! 4mo
youneverarrived @batsy 😧😧 I know what you mean! I always just think how did we even get to this point? I home cook quite a bit but this book has definitely urged me to do more. 4mo
youneverarrived Forgot to tag #DiseaseoftheMonthBookClub - I‘m using the public health practices prompt for this book @Amiable (edited) 4mo
Amiable @youneverarrived oh, yay!! So happy you are excited about the challenge! I‘m working my way through a book on reconstructive surgery during WWI for the surgical procedure prompt. 4mo
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Refusing Heaven | Jack Gilbert
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Every time the kids take books off my shelves it‘s always the poetry books so I‘m taking it as a sign to actually read them. I‘m going to read one a day. ‘A Brief for the Defense‘ is the first poem- so good! 🖤

rockpools Sounds fantastic. Happy New Year, Katie! 5mo
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Reading this book the other day and my partner says he knows when I‘m REALLY liking a book as I “find every minute of the day to read it - even if it‘s 1 minute. Talk about it …. A effin lot. Talk about it and tell me I should read it, or read a paragraph or a sentence. ALOT.” 😂

It‘s such a fascinating and absorbing read - learning a lot from it!

BarbaraBB An important subject too! 5mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB absolutely! I‘m learning so much it‘s really eye opening. 5mo
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Stats: Modeling the World | David E. Bock, Paul F. Velleman, Richard D. De Veaux
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I always set my reading goal low so I don‘t have to really think about meeting it. Read so many good books last year 💕

BarbaraBB Great stats! And such recognizable moods 😃 5mo
TieDyeDude 💪🎉 5mo
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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#readingbracket2023 my best book of 2023 was Three Women - I loved the audio and will definitely re-listen at some point.

BarbaraBB Happy new year Katie 🤍 5mo
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Very much on a non-fiction kick at the minute. Bought these two in the Waterstones sale as a little present to myself 😁

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I‘m glad this book exists and I hope it gets to be widely read. Sarah writes about childism with knowledge & passion but it‘s a very accessible read. Why are children still treated so poorly despite increasing research into child development etc? There‘s chapters on neoliberalism & how this impacts the school system, politics, reasons why people choose to ignore childism, discipline & lots more. It made me mad reading it but also more informed.

youneverarrived #nonfiction2023 Running Up That Hill 5mo
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Non-Fiction | Wendy Wren
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#nonfiction2023 I‘m chuffed I almost completed the board 😆 so many good books here. Looking forward to next year‘s challenge!

💛 Big Yellow Taxi - Cribsheet
📔 ‘Free Space‘ - Intimations
🍎 Strange Fruit - Three Women
🙏 Livin‘ on a Prayer - Hold on to Your Kids
💭 Imagine - A Year of Living Simply
🦠 Toxic - The Trauma Cleaner
💪 I Will Survive - What Have I Done?
😊 Good as Hell - Good Inside
🌈 True Colours - Hunt, Gather, Parent

youneverarrived 🗯️ Bad Reputation - The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
🧟‍♂️ Zombie - The Ballast Seed
🌊 Rolling in the Deep - Thunderstruck
😟 Master of Puppets - Look What You Made Me Do
🏫 Haper Valley P.T.A - Hysterical
♥️ Same Love - Tribe
☔️ Purple Rain - Enchantment
🤷‍♀️ So What? - But Why?
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youneverarrived 🐑 Black Sheep - Black Teacher
👋 Goodbye Earl - Goodbye to All That
⚔️ Killing in the Name - The Myth of Normal
👀 I Still Haven‘t Found What I‘m Looking For - Man‘s Search for Meaning
🎶 All About that Bass - Unfollow
🏃‍♀️ Running Up That Hill - Because I Said So
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Untitled | Untitled
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My brilliant list for #auldlangspine from @LapReader 💕
The Marriage Portrait & Weyward were on my tbr and the rest all sound great! These four are available at the library so I‘ve put reservations on them 😁
The Lost Flowers I‘ll listen to on Spotify but The Angry Women‘s Choir doesn‘t seem to be easily available here in the UK - I‘ll keep an eye out for it though!

squirrelbrain A great list! 5mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I‘m looking forward to reading them! 5mo
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Happy Christmas! 🎄🎅
The two books I really wanted 🥰

quietlycuriouskate Happy Christmas! 5mo
Tamra Europa! 5mo
squirrelbrain I got the Europa a few weeks ago but haven‘t read it yet - it sounds fab! Hope you‘ve had a great day! 5mo
LeahBergen Happy Christmas! 🎄🎄 5mo
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I found this a really compelling listen. The way she writes with such fondness & love for her family despite all their awful beliefs & her own conflicting views shone through - the passage about her Grandad near the end & the way she writes about her Mother you could tell were heartfelt. I preferred the latter half of the book when she starts to view her upbringing & the church differently but a great listen. #nonfiction2023 All About that Bass

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Man's Search for Meaning | Viktor E Frankl
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A book I‘ve wanted to read for a long time and I‘m glad it came up for me at this time as I‘m not sure I would have fully appreciated it had I read it when I was younger. Very well written, concise but powerful. A classic for good reason. It will stick with me. #nonfiction2023 - I Still Haven‘t Found What I‘m Looking For

Graywacke Oh, terrific to see this show up. I‘ve wanted to read this for years, but i‘m a touch intimidated. 5mo
youneverarrived @Graywacke I know what you mean! It‘s absolutely worth the read though. 5mo
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I‘m a firm believer in the mind/body being connected and how trauma can live within us and effect us physically as well as emotionally so this book resonated with me. The chapters on child development, addiction, politics and our modern capitalist society were especially interesting for me. #nonfiction2023 - Killing in the Name

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking! Sound interesting 5mo
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Post-Traumatic | Chantal Johnson
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This will be a memorable read for me. A lot of scenes that stood out (karaoke & court especially). It felt real & raw. The abuse the protagonist has been put through by family isn‘t detailed instead we have glimpses, her viewpoint & her ways of being with other people (pretending for the other person/being someone she thought they would want) which I thought was done perfectly. Loved it.

squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting - stacked. 5mo
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If you like psychology and slower paced thrillers you‘ll probably enjoy this. Very focused in therapy, psychological insights, motherhood and trauma which really worked for me. I couldn‘t put it down. Only slight is I did have to suspend belief with the twist at the end - the author wanted the characters motivation and behaviour to be believable but it didn‘t ring quite true for me.

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