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Finished What A Shame by Abigail Bergstrom last night - I got in along with Cleopatra and Frankenstein because it was buy one get one half price and I was rushing so picked up the one with the most appealing cover dd.

I was pretty ambivalent about it most of the way through but at ~260 pages I figured I might as well finish it and I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed the last 60-70 or so last pages. The culmination of the main characters arc felt earned and even if the big revelation really isn’t that much of a surprise/twist I enjoyed how we arrived at it.

Not sure what to read next to be honest, I’ve still got Babel, I’m Glad My Mom Died and Our Man In Havana left over from the Christmas period but not sure I fancy any of them.

Babel!!!!!!
 
I should finish Project Hail Mary today/tomorrow. I honestly didn't expect to be giggling/laughing so much with it. Somehow it put me in the mood for some Discworld ññ

ANYWAY, BOOKER TIME



I've heard of none of these fffff

I hardly ever know the books on these lists but Boulder by Eva Baltasar is on my bedside table. The authors prior novel, Permafrost, was a brilliant, original, snappy read. I’ll have to get stuck into this one now.
 
I should finish Project Hail Mary today/tomorrow. I honestly didn't expect to be giggling/laughing so much with it. Somehow it put me in the mood for some Discworld ññ

ANYWAY, BOOKER TIME



I've heard of none of these fffff

Flop list tbh. I’m excited for Time Shelter, and interested in Still Born and Boulder.

But the rest? I think I’ll stick to the Women’s Prize for now.
 
I hardly ever know the books on these lists but Boulder by Eva Baltasar is on my bedside table. The authors prior novel, Permafrost, was a brilliant, original, snappy read. I’ll have to get stuck into this one now.
I just saw she's from Catalunya! Let me go check her out real quick.

EDIT: Oh, it's a trilogy? fff c'mon, Booker!
 
I started Real Life and his writing annoys me.
ffff I love it, but his Twitter persona is so annoying in a Rina XCX kinda way I’m a bit put off from reading anything further from him

Oh I didn’t know it was three in a series? Some of these authors are really churning out the content, I can hardly keep up!

yass, Mamut came out last year and seems to be the last in the Triptic seried.
 
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I should finish Project Hail Mary today/tomorrow. I honestly didn't expect to be giggling/laughing so much with it. Somehow it put me in the mood for some Discworld ññ

ANYWAY, BOOKER TIME



I've heard of none of these fffff

That was one of my favorite things about it, too. So many kii moments, and that made it feel all the more realistic because despite the precarious situation they're in, they still have time to be messy.
 
Finished Project Hail Mary and really enjoyed it. There were some hilarious parts. Ending was good as well. Can't wait for the movie.

Same! The sassiness was in full force in this one, and I loved how heart-warming the whole thing was.

There are bits were I felt like the author did a bit of copy&paste from Wikipedia and some scenes were a bit eeeeeermmm (science guy explains science to another science guy, etc.), but meh. It’s a great story.

I was surprised about him staying in Erid though. But I guess there was nothing for him back on Earth.

Also, wouldn’t Erid’s gravity be… crushing? Or was the atmosphere pressure the main problem?

Rocky is an icon!
 
Babel!!!!!!

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I finished Real Life last night! I...ended up stanning some of the latter passages? I think that Taylor's greatest strength was in detailing connection and how we isolate ourselves based on perception. At times it was frustratingly choppy, but then there was this beautiful passage about the past as this ominous march that can overtake us at any moment and I had to give the good sis some grace.

Cracked open The Goldfinch because I was craving more Tartt and her prose is just...perfection. Can't wait to be insufferably obtuse about any criticisms on it being overly long/dry!
 
Let’s see how far I get through the Women’s Prize longlist. So far:

1. I’m A Fan
2. Children of Paradise

Now onto Cursed Bread. From the early pages I can’t see it displacing I’m A Fan, but we’ll see.
 
I’m flying through Tender Is The Flesh. I feel so disgusted and grossed out but cannot stop reading it at the same time. What a book. I think this is the first time where I genuinely feel sick reading some pages.
 
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I haven’t been able to finish a book for weeks now - I keep starting things but nothing has really grabbed me and nothing in my to-read pile is taking my fancy so I went to Waterstones today and just picked up whatever caught my eye which was;

A Helping Hand by Celia Dale
Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
Pure Colour by Sheila Heti

Hoping one of these can get me out of my reading lull!
 
I finished Real Life last night! I...ended up stanning some of the latter passages? I think that Taylor's greatest strength was in detailing connection and how we isolate ourselves based on perception. At times it was frustratingly choppy, but then there was this beautiful passage about the past as this ominous march that can overtake us at any moment and I had to give the good sis some grace.

Cracked open The Goldfinch because I was craving more Tartt and her prose is just...perfection. Can't wait to be insufferably obtuse about any criticisms on it being overly long/dry!
it’s very beautiful
 
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