Group Read: Hamnet

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Group Read: Hamnet

tammikuu 15, 6:27 am

Cushla (cushlareads) and I are reading Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell and we welcome others to join us.

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  • This is a CR BB for me so I'm looking forward to reading and discussing it.

    tammikuu 16, 10:02 am

    Im in

    tammikuu 16, 11:00 am

    This is sitting on my TBR pile (a holdover from last year). I'll have to pull it out and join you!

    tammikuu 16, 1:31 pm

    Oh! I've been wanting to read this one for such a long time. Going to go grab a copy from the library right now!

    tammikuu 16, 7:24 pm

    Hi Rhian! I've got the book from the library, and will start it today.

    tammikuu 16, 10:45 pm

    Me too!

    tammikuu 17, 9:44 am

    I'm so pleased so many are joining in. I started yesterday but only managed the first chapter. Not because it's not engaging - it definitely is. We know something happens to Hamnet but not what or when so there's low level tension as you read.

    tammikuu 18, 5:23 pm

    I read it in Oct. 2020, and it got one of my very rare gold star ratings. I absolutely loved it! Looking forward to what you all think.

    tammikuu 19, 1:26 pm

    I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful novel. It was my top read the year it came out.

    tammikuu 22, 12:49 pm

    Finally started reading this morning. I'm already so impressed with the writing!

    tammikuu 25, 10:47 am

    I'm not being a very good reading buddy - we had a beach holiday for a few days and I didn't read very much (normal for me on holiday).

    I'm up to page 68 and am finding it very engaging and easy to read. I am so far resisting looking up William and Agnes to see which bits are true (or commonly held to be true).

    tammikuu 25, 1:13 pm

    Just don't be surprised if you find very little of anything. With as popular as a writer in his own time, the fact that we really know so little is astounding

    tammikuu 26, 6:22 pm

    I've been hopeless so far - Covid is really kicking my butt. Hoping it goes's been a week now.
    I've read the first few pages and they were great but my concentration is non-existent still.

    tammikuu 26, 7:20 pm

    >13 cushlareads: oh dear, hope you feel better soon.

    Muokkaaja: helmikuu 3, 8:50 pm

    I read Hamnet when it was longlisted for the Booker. I really enjoyed it, bust all that has stayed with me is the maybe Mrs Shakespeare growing herbs!

    helmikuu 3, 8:41 pm

    >15 kjuliff: hi Kathleen, Did you mean to post that here? This is a group read for Hamnet ifyou are reading Hamnet iou are feel free to join us, otherwise you might move that post to the reading thread. Thx :)

    Muokkaaja: helmikuu 3, 8:52 pm

    Sorry wrong group. Didn’t know how to move so I just posted to Club Read and wrote a short comment on Hamnet here.

    helmikuu 3, 8:44 pm


    helmikuu 10, 7:39 am

    I am reading this I promise! Just not every day - I have one "time critical" book left and then this one can have more attention.

    I'm up to page 142 (just under 40%) and so far I am enjoying the interleaving of the present and the past and am still finding it easy to read.

    I just remembered that I have Shakespeare by Bill Bryson which I may dig out and then have to decide whether to read/skim it while I'm reading Hamnet or wait until I'm finished.

    helmikuu 17, 6:47 pm

    I'm reading it too - but I vanished from here when school started back! I'm about halfway through and really enjoying it, especially the kind of dreamy descriptions of how Agnes sees the world. I like the two timelines structure a lot.

    But now it is way overdue at the library and I might need to just buy it.