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Thoughts: Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

Honestly I could end this post at “Everything Susanna Clarke does is sublime and all her books are books I wish I’d written, and everyone is correct that Piranesi is great”. But I guess I won’t, because I love the … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Der Alchimist, by Paulo Coelho, translated by Cordula Swoboda Herzog

I don’t usually reread books in German that I’ve already read in English – it feels like cheating – but this was for German class, and I hadn’t read it in well over a decade, and I remember liking it, … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

Back on the YA train! We got the film of this at Sneak some time in 2017 (sob), and I have a soft spot for Groundhog Day stories (and I liked the ending) so I was happy to put it … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose

First book review from new flat! We have no kitchen and it is a minor nightmare of inconvenience, thanks covid! But it is ours. I really liked this one. Yes, it’s pretentious, and in a lot of ways nothing happens, … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Burning World, by Isaac Marion

I watched Warm Bodies at Sneak and read the book at my earliest convenience, and really liked it. Quirky zombie romance, full of heart and black humour, exploring the choices we make to be human. Later, I saw that there … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Selected Poems, by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, translated by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi

From children’s fantasy to soviet poetry. Such is the world of literature. There’s a good translator introduction in this slim volume of poetry, which I appreciated but which also made me sad I can’t read Russian. It set out clearly … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Girl of Ink and Stars, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I am officially back on the reading train. Choo choo. The Girl of Ink and Stars, as well as being a Thing of Thing and Thing title, is another book for younger readers, but a solid level younger than Orangeboy. … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Orangeboy, by Patrice Lawrence

I can’t say too much about this one, because the unfolding sense of mystery was one of the best parts. It’s a little younger than my usual reading material, actual YA, not YA aimed at 20somethings, if you catch my … Continue reading

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Thoughts: This Sporting Life, by David Storey

I’ve been pushed out of a lot of comfort zones lately, over and over again, but this one at least I chose to leave. I know absolutely nothing about rugby league (or rugby union for that matter). Buuut is it … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Modelland, by Tyra Banks

Oh boy was this a book. While I was reading it I kept track of many of my immediate thoughts in a large Twitter thread which you may enjoy! I am going to spoiler the hell out of this book, … Continue reading

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