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Andrew65

Joined January 2017

‘A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone‘ Tyrion Lannister
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Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
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The Orchard of Lost Souls | Nadifa Mohamed
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This one grew on me the further I read into it. Shows the horrors of war and a failing society. Liked the inter connectedness of the three main lead female characters. A good read but still prefer Black Mamba Boy by this author. Read for #ReadingAftica2022 #Somalia

Fifth book finished for #MarvellousMay

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Run Away | Harlan Coben
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Typical Harlan Coben Fayre, but so good to spend some time being totally consumed by one of his books. As usual an ordinary man is drawn into a crisis event by circumstances. He gets you from the very first page, and he is still the master of the twists, although I did pick up on some on this occasion. I thoroughly recommend all books by one of my favourite authors. He really knows how to tell a good story. Can‘t wait for the next one.

Andrew65 A very enjoyable read, but not my favourite by him. @eadieb @Tove_Reads 6h
Andrew65 Book 4 finished for #MarvellousMay 6h
EadieB @Andrew65 Wasn‘t a favorite for me! 6h
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Andrew65 @EadieB similar viewpoints yet again. 5h
EadieB @Andrew65 can‘t win them all! 5h
Tove_Reads 4 stars from me, which is actually low for Coben, but naturally still a great read! 5h
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads @Eadieb Imthink we all agree this is not one of his best standalones. (edited) 22m
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Had a flare up of my Crohn‘s yesterday so wasn‘t able to read that much on #Day4 of #MarvellousMay : only 151 pages read, no books finished and no reviews written. Hopefully today will be a better day!

Finished 3 / 7 Books

Read 1321 / 3000 Pages

Written 2 / 9 #NetGalley Reviews

TheBookHippie Ugh. Hope it gets better for you! 11h
KellyK Hopefully today will be a better day. 10h
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Thanks, still not great today but better than yesterday. This flare ongoing now for the last 3 weeks. 10h
Andrew65 @KellyK Thanks, a bit better today. 10h
Linsy So sorry to hear about your Crohn's! It's something I deal with too -- autoimmune stuff is the worst!! I have the hardest time explaining to people why I can't do things and even end up gaslighting myself sometimes. Sending you love! 💕 2h
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Be Positive Think Positive | Mridula Agarwal
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It‘s important we all turn up to be the light for those who need it at challenging times. A kind word or a kind message, or sending love, support or encouragement on Litsy could help spark and rekindle someone else‘s light. #TurnUp #ThinkPositiveBePositive

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Nute Such a lovely truth, Andrew!🥰 22h
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks Andrew 💙💙 21h
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ Lovely! Thank you! 21h
kspenmoll Thank you so much for this quote and your kind words.💕💕 21h
robinb I love this so much!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for sharing. 20h
Eggs Thank you Andrew 💞💞 19h
CarolynM ❤️❤️❤️ 15h
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Another productive day on #Day3 of the #MarvellousMay Readathon, 412 pages read, another book finished and a #NetGalley Review written.

Finished 3 / 7 Books

Read 1170 / 3000 Pages

Written 2 / 9 #NetGalley Reviews

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Run Away | Harlan Coben
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Starting to read Run Away by Harlan Coben, which I am reading with @Tove_Reads and @EadieB this week. All welcome to join us.

You can never go far wrong with Harlan Coben.

I am also reading this as part of the #MarvellousMay Readathon

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A Handful of Heaven | Kristin Hannah
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This may have been the first book Kristin Hannah had published, but is definitely no poorer for that. Loved this book from beginning to end and if you haven‘t read it I strongly recommend it. A great story set in the Yukon at the time of the gold rush and very powerful lead characters. @Eadieb @Tove_Reads

Book 3 Finished for #MarvellousMay Readathon

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The Orchard of Lost Souls | Nadifa Mohamed
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Starting my second book by this author for #ReadingAfrica2022. This one is for #Somalia, and is set just before the civil war focusing on three women. If it‘s anywhere as good as Black Mamba Boy I am in for a treat.

BarbaraBB Thanks for the recommendation. I plan to read Black Mamba Boy! 2d
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Hope you enjoy it. 2d
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A very productive #Day2 of the #MarvellousMay Readathon, possibly my most productive reading day in a long time. 1 book finished, 472 pages read and one review written for #NetGalley

758 / 3000 Pages Read

2 / 7 Books Finished

1 / 9 #NetGalley Reviews Written

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Started listening to the first book in the Star WarsThrawn Trilogy.

#MarvellousMay

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A Handful of Heaven | Kristin Hannah
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Spending #Day2 of #MarvellousMay reading A Handful of Heaven, which I am reading along with @Tove_Reads and @EadieB.

This was the first book that Kristin Hannah published.

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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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For a debut book this was an excellent read. A great psychological thriller, where there were a number of twists, some that I predicted but others that I didn‘t. I will certainly be looking out for other books by this author. If you enjoy psychological thrillers with a serial killer theme then I recommend this.

Book 2 finished for #MarvellousMay

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Falling Glass | Adrian McKinty
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This was an okay read, but possibly the least favourite of the books i have read by Adrian McKinty, although that said it did grow on me the further on that I read. Although won‘t be one to live in my memory.

Book 1 finished for #MarvellousMay

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Finished off one book, and got close to finishing A Flicker in the Dark, on the first day of the #MarvellousMay Readathon. Started both of these before the readathon. Altogether read 286 pages on #Day1.

Read 286 / 3000 Pages

Finished 1 / 7 Books

Wrote 0/9 #NetGalley Reviews

TheSpineView Great job! 3d
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Thanks, overall pleased with the first day. 3d
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What a great find this series was, love when you happen upon a book, not expecting much and fall in love with it. Really enjoyed both books in the series so far about a time traveller, having to go back in time to right a wrong and save his sister. If you enjoy Sci-Fi or time travel books I thoroughly recommend it. I look forward to continuing this series, although it does play with your head 😂

Andrew65 If you are a subscriber to Audible in the UK you can listen to the first two books in the series free, which is how I came across them. 4d
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Yet another wonderful book in the War of 1812 Series, which really tells the story of victory by a much lesser force, helped by fear of Indians by the American forces of the time, although this is really too simplistic a view of the book. Wonderfully written and enjoyed al three books. I do wonder whether there will eventually be another one in the series. Loved the spying and intrigue in this mini series. Recommended.

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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The new Taylor Jenkins Reid book is available to request in the UK, may worth be checking elsewhere. #NetGalley

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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Going into day 1 of the #MarvellousMay Readathon by tucking into the second half of the tagged book, 47% through it currently. A good read about a woman whose father was a serial killer and someone seems to be repeating his actions 20 years later and making it personal to her.

PageShifter You make me always so excited with your choices! 4d
Andrew65 @PageShifter That‘s good 🤣 We obviously have similar tastes. 4d
PageShifter I really really love thrillers like you - I just read them way too rarely! 4d
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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‘I thought I knew what monsters were‘

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

kplovesbooks Loved this one!! 5d
ShyBookOwl Oooooh .. intriguing! 4d
Andrew65 @ShyBookOwl It is a line that intigues you. 4d
Andrew65 @kplovesbooks Definitely enjoying it. 4d
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This is the stack I will be reading from during the #MarvellousMay Readathon

Goals

1. Read 3000 pages
2. Finish 7 books
3. Write 9 #NetGalley Reviews

Ruthiella Good luck!👍 5d
Andrew65 @Ruthiella Thanks 😍 4d
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Starting this serial killer themed book that seems to have a lot of Litsy Love.

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Got to love a map in a book, gets it much more realism and context. #MapsofLitsy

EvieBee Yes! Love a map. 5d
Andrew65 @EvieBee Me too. 5d
kspenmoll I love maps too- they ground me in the book‘s time and place.😄 5d
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Agree totally. 4d
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Enjoying a lot of historical fiction at the moment and reading the third (and currently last) book in the War of 1812 series. So far these have been great reads, with an excellent central character.

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The Ice Cream Girls | Dorothy Koomson
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This was an excellent story, with quite a few layers to it, and it kept you guessing right until the end about what had happened and who had actually dealt the killing blow.

Trigger warning : Domestic Abuse

Tove_Reads The cover looks like you are writing about another book. 5d
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads It does, it wasn‘t the read I was expecting from the cover or other Dorothy Koomson books. More a mystery and suspense book/ 5d
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Sharpe's Prey | Bernard Cornwell
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This book took a little time to get into, as there has been a few years gap since the events of the last book. However I ending up loving this book and it was difficult to put down. Can‘t wait for the next one now.

The_Book_Ninja My mum was in love with Sean Bean 5d
Andrew65 @The_Book_Ninja I think plenty were! 5d
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Here we are in mid May and ready for the monthly 9 day Choose Your Own Goals which starts on Saturday. I know, where is the time going!

Hope you will join us for this fun and informal Readathon, where you can tailor your goals to your own life and what reading time you have available.

If joining let us know below and share a post telling us what your goal(s) will be.

kezzlou85 Completely failed the last 20in4 readathon so maybe will have better luck with this one. Waiting on medical news has me on edge but I'm missing reading. Hope you're doing well @Andrew65 6d
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BarkingMadRun Fabulous! 6d
Elizabeth2 Thanks for the tag! I‘ll join, I really need the motivation. My reading for the month has been dismal. Time has been limited, and I haven‘t been making it a priority. And then this week I‘ve been taking care of two Covid patients in my house while working from home, so I‘ve been exhausted in the evenings. They are fine, very mild symptoms, but can‘t come out of their rooms so I am a short order cook and runner.🙃😵‍💫 (edited) 6d
GingerAntics I‘m going to have to think of some good goals for this month‘s. I did so well last month. Thanks for doing these. They‘re really great. 6d
CocoReads Yay! Something to look forward to! Work is sucking my soul and although my new med is working to help with my blood sugar, and I feel better (other than the constant nausea) I haven‘t been doing great at reading. 6d
AmyG Thanks! I‘m in. I need to read my Bookshpin book-Crossroads. 6d
Bookworm54 I haven‘t even started on my May books yet 🤣 so will definitely be joining (edited) 6d
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I've been reading a chapter or two here and there over last couple weeks, but not much to show for it. Let me see if I can figure out a manageable plan to knock a few off my TBR list. 6d
ravenlee I was just thinking an hour or two ago that it must be time for this #readathon! Need to pick my goals. 6d
MoonWitch94 Ohhhh yes! I need to catch up on some #pemberlitten reading. Perfect! 6d
TheSpineView Time.does fly! I'm in! I need to look through my list and make a plan 6d
majkia I'll give this a try! 6d
CoffeeNBooks Yay! Looking forward to joining this one! 6d
wanderinglynn Yay! 🎉📚 6d
Bookjunkie57 Already? 6d
MittenGirlPeach Looking forward to a marvelous readathon! 6d
AmandaBlaze I‘m in! 6d
DieAReader What a beautiful picture @Andrew65 !!! Goals are tbd but, YES! YES! YES! I am in! 6d
Librarybelle Hooray!! 6d
Eggs Yes I‘m absolutely in!! My goal is to finish up my #bookspinbingo books 📚 6d
Kdgordon88 I‘m in! 6d
Ruthiella I particularly love the photo you‘ve chosen for this one! So peaceful. I‘m in! 😃 6d
OriginalCyn620 I am in!! 🤗 6d
PageShifter I am in 😄 5d
Linsy Sounds like fun! 5d
TheBookDream Joining! 5d
kspenmoll Thanks again! joining in! 5d
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Starting The Seventh Victim by Michael Wood, which is an exclusive book available from Audible. Based on the theme of a serial killer.

It is not in the catalogue so have tagged it with the first book from Michael Wood‘s excellent Matilda Darke series.

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1. The tagged book, and Natchez Burning, which I‘ve been meaning to read for years!

2. Usually read without music, but providing the right kind of music i can read with it in the background.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1w
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The Ice Cream Girls | Dorothy Koomson
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Starting reading the tagged book which has been languishing on my book case for years. A while since I picked up a book by this author but do love her books, and thoroughly recommend her.

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Sharpe's Prey | Bernard Cornwell
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Starting to read the fifth book in the excellent Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell. Seem to be stuck in the early 19th century at the minute, with two wars on different sides of the Atlantic.

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Weekenders | Mary Kay Andrews
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What are you reading this weekend? #WeekendReading

This weekend I will be concentrating on these four books which i have on the go at the moment - hopefully finish at least two of them.

Andrew65 @carlthecattt Sounds good, enjoy. 2w
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Shock surges through me as vast amounts of information assault my senses, one world swapped for another in a blink.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Started listening to The Shadows of London, the second book in the Joseph Bridgeman Series. Based on the first one, if you enjoy Science Fiction / Time Travel books I thoroughly recommend this series, quite refreshing.

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The fog was a blanket of rotten eggs, the sulphurous reek of gun smoke lingering in the air after the previous day‘s bombardment.

Book 3 of the War of 1812 Trilogy

#FirstLineFridays @shybookowl

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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On day 4 of #20in4 I didn‘t finish any books but read 42% of Outside Looking In and 35% of The Three Sisters. Altogether I read for 7 hrs 13 mins and read 378 pages.

Overall

✔️Finished 4 / 4 books

✔️ Read 27 hrs 13 mins / 24 hour target

A great success, i didn‘t set a page target but overall read 1554 pages.

Thanks to everyone that took part. 👏👏👏🙌

Enchanted_Bibliophile Well done 👏🏻 2w
Ruthiella Excellent work! 👍 2w
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Tove_Reads I love Matilda! 2w
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yes me too, i started reading the series from the beginning having reviewed the last 3 in the series. (edited) 2w
Tove_Reads @andrew65 There‘s a new coming out this summer! 2w
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads There is, next month with another due in October. 2w
PaperbackPirate Impressive! 👏 2w
Andrew65 @PaperbackPirate Thanks, it was a good few days of reading. 2w
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Started listening to Three Sisters now that the library hold has come in.

#20in4

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Starting the second book in the DCI Matilda Darke series set in Sheffield.

#20in4

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I love a good maps in a book, brings it to life, although these maps could have been bigger! #MapsofLitsy

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No books finished on day 3 but i did get through 87% of the tagged book, so I should finish it easily today. Altogether yesterday I read for 6 hrs 45 mins.

Overall totals

Finished 3 / 4 Books

Read 20 / 24 hours

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Fourth book finished for #20in4

Really enjoyed the intrigue of this one set at the time of the War of 1812. Great characters, great plotting and a great storyline. Can‘t wait to read the last book of the trilogy. Recommended for lovers of historical fiction out there.

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Good luck to everyone on the last day of the #20in4 Readathon.

You‘ve got this!!!!

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Time for a bit of a change in the reading. I am starting the second of the three books in the War of 1812 Trilogy by A J Mackenzie.

Prior to the first book, which I really enjoyed, I did not know a lot about this war.

Read as part of the #20in4 Readathon

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Another exceptional book in the Kim Stone Series, read this in a day and didn‘t want to put it down. More great antagonistic play between Kim and a central character in this book.

Gets a bit violent in the end and do wonder how Kim comes back from the events of the book. Will take all her strength of character. Totally recommended.

squirrelbrain Great review! 👍😁 2w
Andrew65 @squirrelbrain Thanks, another excellent book. 2w
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Day 2 of the May Day Special #20in4 Readathon. Finished 1 book and read 424 pages in 6 hrs and 3 mins. An excellent reading day, on a day when it didn‘t stop raining.

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Read 13 hrs 15 mins. / 24 hour target

Finished 3 / 4 Books

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Started reading the new one in the excellent Kim Stone Series, which is due for publication on 12th May.

Reading this as part of the #20in4 Readathon

squirrelbrain It‘s a good one! 😁 3w
Andrew65 @squirrelbrain Yes, I‘d seem your review. 3w
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The Belladonna Maze | Sinad Crowley
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Really loved this book, which has both a dual time line to it as well as a bit of a ghost theme too. Set in Ireland and also encompasses some of the Irish Potato Famine and its effect.

Great characters and a big surprise towards the end too.

Thoroughly recommend this book which is a quick read and you do not want to put it down.

Book 2 finished for #20in4

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One of those unexpected books that you end up loving. If you enjoy time travel books then I do recommend this one as Joseph seeks to save his sister who disappeared many years ago. Love the ending and the way it set it up for the second book in the series. As usual time travel and outcomes from it can mess with your head 🤣 If part of Audible in UK then this can be freely accessed.

Book 1 finished for #20in4

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Day 1 of the May Day Special #20in4 Readathon.

Finished both And Then She Vanished and The Belladonna Maze, both excellent books. Read for 7 hrs 12 mins out of my 24 hour target so a good start.

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The Belladonna Maze | Sinad Crowley
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Starting off the #20in4 Readathon by reading the tagged book which is published next month. #netgalley

PageShifter Beautiful cover! 3w
Andrew65 It is and a very enjoyable book, about halfway through. 3w
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Started listening to this interesting sounding science fiction book that has a time travel element to it.

Will be listening to this as part of #20in4 Readathon.

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