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1001 Books Round-Up: March 2020

Time for the winners and losers of March 2020

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Booker International Longlist 2020: Red Dog by Willem Anker

Red Dog

And that ladies and gentlemen is a wrap. We have successfully managed between us to read every book from the longlist. For our final review and rating I will hand you over to RachelO.

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Bookworm Recommends: Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore


Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
UK Publication Date: 31st March 2020
Rating: [★★★★★]

This ARC was provided by Fourth Estate (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Welcome to Texas the year is 1976 and Odessa stands on the brink of an oil boom where men will make and lose their fortunes, but what about the women?

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Booker International Longlist 2020: Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin


Book 12 – This was the one the panellist were most excited about however due to publication dates, finances and Coronavirus only Bookworm has managed to read this so far. So did it live up to expectations?

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Read Around the World 2020 Ireland


As the map might suggestion our visit this month was to the Republic or Ireland.(Northern Ireland is still waiting for the randomiser to choose it)

Fun facts about Ireland from this website – some of these cover Northern Ireland as well..

  • As a largely Catholic country, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. But what many people do not realize that St. Patrick was not, in fact, Irish.
  • Although part of the legend of St. Patrick is that he chased snakes out of Ireland, scientists have proved that there were never snakes in Ireland.
  • Did you know that Ireland’s national symbol is the harp? Ireland is, in fact, the only nation in the world with a musical instrument as its national symbol.
  • Most countries around the world use some kind of postal codes (zip codes in the United States) on their addresses. But, did you know that the Republic of Ireland was the only state in the European Union that did not have postcodes until very recently?
  • The tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day started during the 1798 rebellion. Why green? Because one of the national symbols that was adopted then was the clover.
  • Eurovision Song Contest – Ireland has participated 52 times since 1965 and with 7 wins, it is the country that has won the most in the history of the contest.
  • Although most people in Ireland now speak English, the Irish have their own language. Known as Irish, Gaelic, or the Irish language, Irish is a Celtic language.
  • Did you know that Halloween has its origins in the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, that took place in Ireland at the end of the summer?

I choose to visit Ireland via The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín the story takes place in Dublin and Wexford and switches between the past and present as the reader is given the life story of a prominent judge in Ireland’s high court.

This was a 3 star read for me I enjoyed the build up as we are slowly shown the events that lead to Eamon Redmond being a high court judge and the events unfolding around him in the present day.

Throughout the book it is clear that Eamon is a man in love with the law and the guidance of society while not actually really connecting with the people who form that society including his own family. The book really tugs on the heartstrings when the reader realises the extent to which Eamon has essentially isolated himself even within his own marriage.

While I enjoyed the book I didn’t love it and I found the ending to be puzzling, hopeful yes but definitely puzzling in terms of what had come before.

Other readers read the following: Simona on Litsy – Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney and gave this a pick and 4 stars.

Currey on Litsy – Girl by Edna O’Brien a pick.

Did you join the trip this month? Let us know in comments what books you choose.

Next month we are off to Colombia will you be joining us and what will you read? I really need recommendations!



Booker International Longlist 2020: The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara

China Iron

Book 11 and once again it’s over to Tracy for reviews and ratings.

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Booker International Longlist 2020: The Other Name Septology by Jon Fosse

Other Name

Book number 10 tackled by Bookworm, Tracy and Emily.

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Booker International 2020: The Enlightenment of The Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar


Book 9 and this time RachelO was the one to take it for the team..

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Booker International Longlist 2020: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor


Book 8 from the longlist read and reviewed by Bookworm and Tracy. Where will this end up in the standings?

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Booker International 2020: The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld


Book 7 and this one has been read and reviewed by Book Worm and RachelO how does this compare with the first half of the longlist…

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