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Bookthoughts Roundup 2021!

OK, so I spent most of last year not writing up the books I read. But I also didn’t do as much reading as usual, so I’m going to do a speedy roundup instead. Sorry! Or you’re welcome!

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Thoughts: Zennor in Darkness, by Helen Dunmore

I absolutely picked this one because of the title, because “Zennor” is a pleasing word to me. I didn’t realise it was a real place in Cornwall! I also didn’t really have any idea what the book was about. It’s … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson

Well, I was complaining that The Return wasn’t immersive enough as historical fiction, so Johnson came along to smoosh my face into the oppressive tropical climate of Vietnam. Before we begin – this is a book about the Vietnam War, … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Return, by Victoria Hislop

First finished book of 2022 and the site is back up and running, so let’s get back into the habit. There’s a 2021 roundup post in the works, but I wanted to get back into regular posting while books are … Continue reading

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Speedy End of Year Book Roundup!

I read a lot of books in quick succession at the end of the year, and frankly didn’t have the energy to review them properly because I was recovering from emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy (all fine* now) so … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Live By Night, by Dennis Lehane

After The Exorcist, my TBR decided I was in need of a good gangster romp. And boy, was I! The main thing about Live By Night is that it’s cool in every way you want a gangster novel to be … Continue reading

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Thoughts: G, by John Berger

I have finally made it into the 2017 part of my TBR list! Yay! So this was kind of a weird one. All the reviews I saw on Goodreads were either very highly rated or very low rated, but my … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel

Oh man, this one is going to be disappointing in terms of analysis and detail. What can I say? I’ve been waiting years for it, and it came. It was what I was hoping for. I only had to haul … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles

I mean I’m going to open with this: if you want to read the thoughts of people much more interesting and intelligent than me, read the (wonderful) Guardian reading group’s posts on it, and the comments. My thoughts are not … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko is in a genre of book that I tend not to gravitate towards but pretty much always enjoy when it finds its way into my hands – long, sprawling family saga. I don’t know why exactly I don’t seek … Continue reading

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