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Whisper Network was really good.
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I’ve done exactly the same as I did last time I listened to a Lianne Moriarty (got tired of the ‘suspense’* and googled for the end). I only know this because I looked up my posts on the 2020 book thread as it seemed familiar. :lol:

I have a non-fiction book from the library - The Radium Girls - as well as the second Richard Osman.

(*also tennis, migraines and general whining but that’s specific to this book)
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The Radium Girls sounds fascinating, Wendy. They were minor slebs, IIRC. Let me know what you think of it.

I'm also getting on with some non fiction: Give Birth Like a Feminist and The Roar Behind the Silence. Possibly not hugely interesting to most :))

I wouldn't recommend The Ladies Midnight Swimming Club. It wasn't badly written but twee and hugely predictable.
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I've just started my second book this year and considering I only read 5 last year that's a big achievement - Rachel's holiday :sheep:
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My copy of Rachel's Holiday arrived! I ordered it from WOB and also got A Fine Balance (because I can't find my copy and it had a note in it :( ) and Everything I Never Told You because there was 20% off if you order three. I think I got them all for less than £10 and they arrived fast too.
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Loralei wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:08 am

I wouldn't recommend The Ladies Midnight Swimming Club. It wasn't badly written but twee and hugely predictable.
I am totally here for this sort of review.

I’m reading Rachel’s Holiday, like the turtle sheep I am. It’s years since I read any Marian Keyes and I’m enjoying it.
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I'm interested to hear your thoughts on The Radium Girls too Wedndle.
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I shall report back. I came across it as I want to read another of the author's books (about Elizabeth Packard) but the library don't have it listed.
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She sounds brilliant. How fascinating! I'm going to look into her more.
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Ella77 wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:52 am Whisper Network was really good.
I really enjoyed that but still haven’t started The Husbands as I’m worried it might make me go off in a murderous rampage.

I’ve finished The Mountains Sing which follows a Vietnamese family over 100 years. It’s beautifully written but not the most uplifting book I could have kicked the year off with.

I’ve got Bella Mackie How to kill your family lined up next. I’m also debating whether the Seven Sisters series is my bag.
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I gave up on the Seven Sisters series after about sister four. I was finding them very repetitive by that stage.

I'm down an Agatha Christie Miss Marple path and fear I may never get out. They are exactly what I need at the moment.
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I just reread all the Marples. :love: :dotty: I was ill before Christmas and they were perfect.
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Jupiter wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:23 pm I gave up on the Seven Sisters series after about sister four. I was finding them very repetitive by that stage.
They are a bit repetitive, but they are a nice, light read, and I am enjoying them. I’m up to sister six, I think, and I think I really need to see how they end now. :lol:

I read series like this now interspersed with other books/series, so I come back to them every so many books, makes them a bit less repetitive.
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olive wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:14 pm
Ella77 wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:52 am Whisper Network was really good.
I really enjoyed that but still haven’t started The Husbands as I’m worried it might make me go off in a murderous rampage.
I recognised that stuff but it didn’t bother me too much, although I’m well aware that I skip an easy 85% of male partner bullshit through not having children, so I may not be a good judge. It is very much on women’s side.
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Kenickie wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:26 pm I just reread all the Marples. :love: :dotty: I was ill before Christmas and they were perfect.
It's a murder hug in a book :love:
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Hobbes wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:32 pm
Jupiter wrote: Thu Jan 13, 2022 6:23 pm I gave up on the Seven Sisters series after about sister four. I was finding them very repetitive by that stage.
They are a bit repetitive, but they are a nice, light read, and I am enjoying them. I’m up to sister six, I think, and I think I really need to see how they end now. :lol:
I didn't really find them too repetitive on the one hand because each book was set in a different country/culture and the author obviously did her research very well. I learnt something new from every book, which I liked. On the other hand, the themes and the ever-recurring life at Atlanta became a bit tiresome. I've read all 7 but there's still a final book to come about Pa Salt which will be published posthumously, as she died last year.

I'm still reading The Break by Marian Keyes and enjoying it tremendously.
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Just finished The Impossible Truths of Love by Hannah Beckerman. It was pretty average. Onto Educated by Tara Westover now.
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I've just finished Rachel's Holiday. Found it a nice easy read. Good to read in bed.

I'm now reading Luster by Raven Leilani. It took a few chapters to adapt to the change in writing and content after Rachel's Holiday, but I'm really enjoying it now.
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I'll be interested to hear what you think of it, Marth! I found it quite an uncomfortable read - very confronting. I loved the writing style and dark humour.
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I finished Rachel's Holiday too, and I enjoyed it.

Now reading Lemn Sissay's autobiography, I've been meaning to read it for a while as I've listened to a few of his Ted talks and read some articles by him.
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