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  1. 51. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I thought the central character was really interesting and well realised, and the tale of the prejudice against her was really compelling. But I could have happily lived without the murder part of the narrative, which for me wasn't nearly as interesting or well told.
  2. 50. Wilding by Isabella Tree. I thought this was brilliant: an uplifting, inspirational story of land restored by nature. And it also offers a little hope, which feels very much needed given the state of the world these days. Previously:
  3. Haven't started this yet: is it as good as the first two seasons?
  4. 48. The Bottle Imp by Robert Louis Stevenson. Had this on my reading list for years. It's an enjoyable short story, though the ending is a little too neat, and not as clever as I was hoping it might be. 49. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. I really, really enjoyed this. It uses a post apocalyptic setting to cover themes such as loss and grief and friendship and recovery. The small cast is brilliantly realised and the minimal dialogue is perfectly captured. I could have happily read much more of the interactions between the two characters in the first half.
  5. Today's £3 sale has the excellent Home Fire, and This is How You Lose the Time War (which is probably my favourite book of those I've read this year).
  6. 47. The 8th Emotion by Joshua Spiller. The premise sounded interesting, but I didn't like this at all, unfortunately. I thought it was poorly written: an average story with uninteresting characters and - for me the thing that always bothers me most - jarring dialogue where people continually speak like nobody ever. Previously:
  7. The Brain is in today's £3 sale - I thought it was brilliant. Also Wilding, which I'm currently halfway through and is excellent.
  8. 46. Galatea by Madeline Miller. I loved Song of Achilles and Circe, so keen to read anything by Miller. This is another classic story retelling, and enjoyable though very short.
  9. 45. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy. Never read any Ellroy before. I thought it was really well written with strong dialogue, despite most characters being pretty horrible, and the narrator himself a corrupt bigot. Previously:
  10. 44. The End is Always Near by Dan Carlin. I love Dan's podcasts - both history and Common Sense - so was always going to get this. I don't think the format worked as well as the better history shows, and I didn't like his delivery as much here (he obviously read this verbatim, whereas he's less scripted with the podcasts) - but it was still really good.
  11. A bit late to this party, but I'm firmly on the side of thinking this was pretty great. It's also the first show in ages that hasn't disappointed me, so extra marks for making me feel less certain I'm just becoming a miserable grump. Took me a little while to realise that Kenton was in Deadwood.
  12. The quality doesn't stay: there's a significant dip in the middle section, but stick with it as the reward is in the final third, which is at least as good as the opening section.
  13. The Power 99p today - I thought it was great. Also The Marshmallow Test on offer, which I found fascinating.
  14. 43. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Fairly light reading, but I'm definitely enjoying working my way through the Ronson back catalogue. I just really like the way he recounts these surreal conversations and encounters he continually ends up in. Think I'll read The Men Who Stare at Goats next. Previously:
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