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Good morning! i’ve been feeling a little better about sundays since a few weeks ago when you all shared your tips for beating the sunday blues (you can find them on my pouring tea photo with the passion of new eve 8 rows down my feed!). i get up nice and early, have a delicious breakfast, go for a walk, read a bit, go to the gym, just lots of nice things!
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hoping to finish off the last 100 pages of an american marriage today too. i’ve been having such a weird may - not found any new favourites, although a couple of strong fours, with enjoyable threes, and meh twos. i’ve been so busy at work that i’ve just really been throwing myself into my reading as i usually do 😞 and tbh the next two weeks aren’t looking any better 🤣 but here’s hoping i can find a stellar five star read by the end of may!
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have you found any new favourites this month yet?
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comment 19 star 633 1 hour ago

✨q: what are you currently reading?
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i’m reading we hunt the flame. it took me a bit to get into it, and get my head around the setting, but i’m really enjoying it now!
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i feel like i have so much on my to do list at the moment, and i’m hugely inspired to do all the things. fun stuff for my reps (who i’ll be announcing tomorrow, and will probably cry over not being able to choose everyone, tonight 😭😄), i got some gorgeous things in the mail today i can’t wait to take #bookstagram pics of, i’m trying to read a teetering pile of books and my husband is talking house projects i’m getting excited about. but, there’s not enough time to do all the things. why does the universe have to work this way? i either have time to do stuff and no motivation or i’m too over motivated and want to do it all 🤦🏼‍♀️ anyone else like this? 😄
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today’s prompt for #allthebooksmay19 is ‘open book’
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comment 204 star 3,428 2 days ago

Tea or coffee?

comment 19 star 1,143 Yesterday

Thank you @quercusbooks for my free copy of the dollmaker! i was s****d and forgot to take my review photo before passing it onto @queenbeebookstagram so you’re seeing this photo again 🙊
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i think this book definitely benefited from being read in one sitting during the #25infive readathon, as while the prose is rich and evocative, not a great deal actually happens in the main storyline.
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andrew garvie, a doll-maker begins writing to a young woman also passionate about dolls after reading her advert in a doll magazine calling for friendship and knowledge of the polish jewish ewa chaplin, a famed doll-maker and author. in between andrew’s own narrative and bramber’s letters which reveal her own story (very slowly), there are fully developed short stories written by ‘ewa chaplin’ which were the highlight of the book for me! the book within the book is nine modern fairy tales, and they’re every bit as dark as you’d hope - probably with more s*x that you expected though!
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i was surprised at how s****l this book actually was, with allan exploring a myriad of s****l relationships and identities, including some very disturbing non-consensual ones, just a warning. but i think she handles them all well, with varying degrees of obsession and lust threaded through both the short stories and ‘main’ storyline - just be careful who’s reading over your shoulder in the coffee shop 😂
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given the cover, i was expecting it to be quite creepy, and while there was a gothic feel to it, the doll aspect was surprisingly more professional and artistic rather than hair-raising. not bad, but not what i was expecting. i did enjoy the way she weaved parallels between the shorts and andrew & bramber’s storylines, though to what end, i’m still not entirely sure.
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on the whole, if you could get hold of nina allan’s five short stories within this book i’d be shouting it from the rooftops - as it stands, i’d recommend this one more cautiously.
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3.5/5⭐️
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comment 69 star 2,352 3 days ago

Thank you to @womensprize for sending me this book to review! ordinary people has a lot of the ingredients that usually make a five-star read for me (character-driven plot, motherhood, explorations of race and class in britain) and yet it ended up just being a middle of the road read. i didn’t love it, i didn’t hate it, it just... was 😂
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although the back of the book claimed to follow the lives of two couples, there was definitely a very strong bias towards one couple, michael and melissa, to the point where stephanie, the woman in the other couple, just felt very 2d and unexplored considering she was meant to be one of the four main characters. some parts of their relationships were frustrating, some fascinating, some relatable, but also predictable. you can see what’s coming from a mile off so there was no real impact when it did happen.
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the style i did enjoy! i like run-on sentences as they really pull me into a book and make me feel more involved in it. if the balance between the two couples had been more even then that definitely would have made a difference.
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i’m also not sure what to make of the rather bizarre twist at the end where things got very gothic and the house’s role become a lot more pronounced than it had been previously. was there a ghost? possession? hallucination? post-natal depression? we’ll never know and i don’t know how well it fit the overall tone of the book but it certainly was interesting!
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overall, it’s clear evans does have an eye for the minutiae of everyday coupledom and parts of this i really enjoyed for their triviality and humour (the part about lidl really made me chuckle), and i’d be interested in reading some of her earlier work to compare. ordinary people just lacked some of the spark i was looking for!
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3/5⭐️
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comment 54 star 2,520 5 days ago

Good morning! so grateful for the weekend after a very hectic time at work! 🙌 but i’ve got very little time to sit with my book as i actually have plans this weekend - madness, i know!
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i’m visiting a nearby town i’ve not been to before with adam, my mam and stepdad today and yes i will be visiting charity shops 🙈 i am one month into my book buying ban, but it’s my birthday next week so my mam said this could be part of my birthday treats - loophole 😉 then tomorrow i’m going to a craft and flea market with a friend! i won’t be buying any books but i do hope to find a nice handmade mug!
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in between i’ll be picking up an american marriage (thank you for gifting it to me @womensprize!) which i’ve been reading for the last two days! i’m quite enjoying it so far, though i wouldn’t say it’s a five-star read for me as of yet. i do love books that are compromised partly of letters! 📝
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what’s everyone else reading this weekend?
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comment 127 star 2,543 Yesterday

Thank you @atlanticbooks for sending me a copy of ayesha at last! i very much enjoyed this original muslim retelling of pride and prejudice set in canada - it’s both lighthearted and funny while addressing some more serious themes! i feel like i’m really challenging myself this year to read more ‘fluffy’ books and erase the stigma i still feel around them, and so far it’s working great. when you’ve had a hard day at work it’s nice to be smiling on the train at something cute that just happened, while simultaneously immersing yourself in another culture! in this case, a south asian muslim community in toronto.
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i really loved what @sofia_reading said in her review (go check out the full thing!) about minority authors writing as if they are the majority, a quote from viet thanh nguyen, which is exactly what uzma jalaluddin does with this book! she doesn’t stop to explain customs and traditions that non-muslim or south asian readers might not understand - why should she? if you are ignorant about other cultures then it’s up to you to go and do your research and not expect everything to be handed to you on a plate by the author!
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i experienced this with leila aboulela’s minaret too, but i enjoyed learning more about the role of the mosque in muslim communities - it’s not just a place of worship but a place for people to gather, socialise, learn, mingle, even play basketball apparently! and jalaluddin says a lot about the tradition of arranged marriages too, in all its forms, without it coming off as preachy.
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the p&p parallels were enough to make me laugh (mrs bennett anyone?) and heart eyes 😍 but without being too heavy-handed, and of course i loved ayesha! she was stubborn, outspoken and full of passion, and i loved her chemistry with khalid. khalid himself was a fantastic character, making the reader confront and overcome the stereotype of a muslim man who embraces the conservative way of dressing, which many, including ayesha at first, label ‘dangerous’.
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plenty of drama, laughs, and thoughtful moments, although i did think the plot escaped a bit towards the end, but she brought it back quickly!
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4/5⭐️
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comment 73 star 1,717 2 days ago