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April Edit

Let's take a look at some of the favourite reads from this month!📚 Each month we will be adding to this page so that our community can read all the reviews in one place. Get in touch with us if you would like to review next month at our Bookclub 👋

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

"Beartown is a fantastic book one must experience. Its nearly perfect storytelling made me wallow in the lives of everyone living in a desolate, frigid and hockey-obsessed town. Do I care about hockey? Not at all. However, the more I read, the more I realised that the book has little to do with hockey. It is about people, their passions and the simple, though often dark, truths of life. Fredrik Backman has filled my heart with the stories conveying the raw emotions felt by the Bears of Beartown. The story of a town fighting and playing hockey to stay alive will live in my heart for a long time." Reviewed by Zuza - 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Expectation by Anna Hope

"This was my first Audiobook and I loved it! Expectation is an eyeopening, heartbreaking, and beautiful love story about female friendships. The highs and lows which we all experience (in completely different ways), reminding us of the value of friendship and learning that comparison is the killer of all joy. We following the lives of 3 women as they grow up together through this crazy thing we call life. It was read so well by the narrator and really brought the story to life." Reviewed by Clara (IOLLA Marketing) - 4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

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All hail, God Mammon! 
Series: The Black Monday Murders

"What if the global financial system is just a conduit of money's real power - magic? Hickman is a meticulous world builder and Black Monday Murders sees him at his peak, fully realising the arcane Schools that murder, maneuver, sacrifice and worship, all in the service of Man's first trade. With Tomm Coker handling art duties and Hickman's ever present graphic flair to expand on the various Academies, this is the book for you if your eyes have found themselves with a sudden abundance of time." Reviewed by Steven (IOLLA West George St) - 5 stars monies ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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March Edit

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

"This is a book I picked up without knowing anything about it and I'm so glad I did. The writing is beautiful and so unique. I was extremely invested in the story and found myself getting lost in this book due to the atmosphere and emotion it created. It tugged at my heart on many occasions and I found myself really rooting for the main character! It's romance, coming of age and murder mystery all in one! Truly amazing and probably my favourite book of 2019." Reviewed by Lynsey Munro - I definitely rate it 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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A Little Life By Hanya Yanagihara

"A heartbreaking read if you want to cry your way through the quarantine😥 It’s about a group of friends living in New York and follows their complicated lives over the years. As the story goes on we learn more about one of the groups troubling past." Reviewed by Maxine (IOLLA Comms) - 5 tears out of 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Underland By Robert Macfarlane

"Underland is the story of deep time. Through ancient burial sites, fungal hive minds, underground labs studying traces of dark matter. MacFarlane gives a lyrical exploration of these otherworldly environments that exist just below the surface of our everyday lives, picking apart what it means to exist in the age of the Anthropocene." Reviewed by Lewis - 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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