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AppuNthebooks

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Mother of God by Paul Rosolie
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I made quick work of this. It‘s a delicious, twisted tale of sisterhood. It never detracts from the premise but with the unspooling of the story it reveals some interesting aspects of human nature. A good read.

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One Part Woman | Perumal Murugan
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I finished this while vacationing in Goa. It couldn‘t be further from my world of butter garlic prawns & sedate beaches. But this is all I looked fwd to every time I got back to my room. This book of a different time, custom and place is magnificent. The core issue of human lust, belonging, the idea of marriage-property-heir are still very present not only in rural India but across the world. #Booked2019 #IndigenousAuthor #SomethingsAreYetToChange

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Thanks for the #LitsyLearn tag @NeedsMoreBooks So here goes...
1. I watch tv shows and movies for a living, love adventure sports, and I have a pet turtle.
2. A Clockwork Orange for its after-effects 3. Yes. Kamila Shamsie when I was in college and attended her writing workshop. Ranjit Hoskote, Ruskin Bond and William Dalrymple. 4. Too Hot

Megabooks You don‘t love adventure sports?? 2w
AppuNthebooks @Megabooks Love it! I don‘t have a pet 🐢😊 2w
Megabooks Cool!! What sports do you do? 2w
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NeedsMoreBooks Thanks for playing 😊 2w
AppuNthebooks @Megabooks more an adventure sports enthusiast than someone committed to the sport. I‘ve zip-lined in Thailand and I‘ve done some rock climbing. 2w
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Penpals | Lana Sundman
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Thank you for all the #LitsyLove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ImperfectCJ @Crazeedi @UwannaPublishme @Lovesbooks87 @JoyBlue @throwmeabook @Stacypatrice ❤️ It was wonderful to hear from you all. Thanks for the wishes!

Crazeedi Have a wonderful day!!😍💞🎉 2w
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Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎁🎉🎈🎂🎊 🥳📖😋 2w
UwannaPublishme 🤗❤️🎉🎂🎈💌🎉 2w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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What a phenomenal book! Circe‘s story is retold at the same ‘relentless‘ pace of human life that she admires so much. The writing is delicious! I especially love that of many of Circe‘s struggles, motherhood tops the list. Goddess or not, being a mother is a special kinda test. A thoroughly intoxicating read! #Magnificent #Odysseus #MythologyToldWell

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A Murder on Malabar Hill | Sujata Massey
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Down with the flu and the only thing to do was read. Sujata Massey‘s fictitious lawyer with super-sleuthing skills is great company! Perveen Mistry may be doing her bit for women‘s empowerment in the 1920s of Bombay. But she‘s every bit relatable! #Booked2019 #FemaleDetective #whodunit #MysteryWithAServingOfDelectableParsiCuisine

Cinfhen Hope you‘re feeling better real soon 💗 1mo
AppuNthebooks @Cinfhen Feeling much better. Thank you 😊 1mo
UwannaPublishme Just saw this. Hope you‘re feeling healthy and doing great! 🤗 1mo
AppuNthebooks @UwannaPublishme Thanks! Much better now 😊 1mo
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The Girl and the Tiger | Paul Rosolie
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Paul Rosolie‘s style is earnest. And one look at his Instagram and you know that the abundant description of his jungle adventures isn‘t purple prose. It‘s as real as it gets. I‘m nearly done with #MotherOfGod. And I‘m looking forward to jump from the Amazon to the forests of India! #JungleLife #WalkOnTheWildSide

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Still stewing over my recent read. Are we so inured to the everyday injustices and violence, so beyond hope that even Freddie Mercury can‘t fix? No. Not today. #ChannellingArya #DeathOnTwoLegs #ANightAtTheOpera #Queen

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Hi there !: workbook | Laurent Duquesnel, Vincent Geneau, Pascale Leclercq
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❤️Bangalore 🧡35 💛Entertainment Writer & Editor 💚Married 💙She/Her/Hers 💜Appu is my nickname and I‘m here on the Instagram for books #Gettingtoknowyou

NeedsMoreBooks @AppuNthebooks Thank you for the tag ❣️ Please email me rashmila.maiti@gmail.com. Wanted to ask you something 😊 (edited) 2mo
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‘For me, living in Lahore, a lowly-rat RJ playing rock music to a few desperate lonely teenage boys, Freddie really lives, yaar. He was one of us and he wasn‘t broken. He did what he wanted, he told everyone—his family, the system, the class—to fuck off. He was gay, weird-looking and desi, and yet he was a righteous magnificent angel.‘ Broken or not, he Lived and continues to do so. #Queen #IWantToBreakFree #IWantItAll

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This reads at a breakneck pace. Quite like the city it embodies. Right from the title, the cover to the first page and every one that comes after, sucks you in to the vortex of disparity in time, means, gender and the art of chugging along. Soul-crushing moments jostling ones that make you soar. If I had read this in college, I‘d be shook. #Booked2019 #MuslimAuthorOrMC

AppuNthebooks An Existential Crisis seems to be a right of passage. And this particular reading of two youngsters in a city and circumstance that‘s not hard to fathom, make it all the more relatable. That search for purpose, spiking interest in politics, moved enough to feel strongly but unsure you can do something to make a difference. The language is on point, the lead characters feel real. A fantastic read that stirs up old thoughts and notes to self. 2mo
Cinfhen Such an awesome and heartfelt review!!!! #stacked 2mo
AppuNthebooks @Cinfhen Thanks 😊 I hope you enjoy reading it 2mo
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“The Sky was washed with clouds in one rainy line after another...” The terrain is different but I was on a highway & had time to ponder over Captain Kidd and Johanna‘s journey. I especially love their symbiotic relationship. Captain Kidd‘s astute empathy stems from his news reading. That‘s my takeaway - that with the current polarised climate it‘s imperative that we read more, explore, disagree even but be aware of perspectives. #ReadToBeKinder

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Choked on my tears as I wrapped up this one. A beautifully written story on the need for empathy and acceptance that there are many ways to live and many versions of truth. Jiles‘ writing is just magical! It draws you in slowly and then before you know it the book and you are inseparable.

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Mother of God | Paul Rosolie
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In bed unwinding to this ☝🏽 More like adventuring into this. I‘m only at Chapter 3 and Rosolie‘s #Amazonian expedition already has me hook, line and sinker! Here‘s hoping I dream of ‘Macaws [that] are like flames in the sky.‘ #JungleAdventure #JaguarTerritory #SoloExpedition #WalkOnTheWildSide #VicariousExplorer

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2019 started off with a promise to read more. But it spiralled into a case of #Tsundoku. I realised part of my temptation grew from Litsy - too many fabulous books and too little time! So I stayed away till I sliced through my TBR. ☝🏽though was an impulsive buy. Came via #FleasBookClub. Being a hardcore #RHCP fan, I just had to get it. I didn‘t read it in time for the chat but no regrets. It‘s turning out to be a great read! #NoGuilt #GimmeMore

SilversReviews LOVED this book!! 3mo
AppuNthebooks @SilversReviews That I keep seeing Captain Kidd as Tom Hanks and hearing his words in his voice as I read, only makes me enjoy it further 😃 Can‘t wait to see the movie! 3mo
SilversReviews @AppuNthebooks Oooo...I didn‘t know it was going to be a movie. 3mo
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BarbaraBB Did you see Flea live at Instagram discussing the book? He‘s so cool 😍 (being a hardcore RHCP fan myself too 😉) 2mo
AppuNthebooks @BarbaraBB Yes! I only wish it had been saved on his Insta so I could return to it now. I just finished the book. Can‘t wait for his next recommendation! 2mo
BarbaraBB Yeah me too! But he will be busy promoting his own book I guess! 2mo
AppuNthebooks Can‘t wait to lay my hands on it! 2mo
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I‘ve been taking my time with this series. It‘s a credit to the writer that Book 1 by itself is an impressive read. That you can take a break from this genre without forgetting this tale and return to Book 2 with the same fervency. And it doesn‘t disappoint. Hollow City pushes the story to a greater landscape filled with perils both physical and emotional. Can‘t wait to find out how #LibraryOfSouls unfolds! #Fantasy #GenreJuggler #BigPileOfTBR

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Gun Island | Amitav Ghosh
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A #CliFi that reads like a thriller! Ghosh in his inimitable style weaves stories within stories that reel you in tighter with every passing page. Almost every Book of his has transported me back in time. This was no different. But what‘s new to his writing is this sense of urgency. And rightly so. That I‘m yo-yoing between seasonal prompts of #Booked2019 is additional proof that #ClimateChangeIsReal. #SundarbansToVenice #TimeTravel #WeAreInNature

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for the review. I think I‘ll go put this one on hold at the library. I‘ve been contemplating that, and you put me over the edge! 3mo
AppuNthebooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage 👍🏽 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Despite its grave topic it‘s a hopeful book. 3mo
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Bhimayana: Incidents in the Life of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar | Srividya Natarajan, Durgabai Vyam, Subhash Vyam, S. Anand
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‘What does it mean to be an untouchable?‘ This stunning graphic book narrates events that shaped Ambedkar into a revolutionary, and current incidents to show casteism is alive and kicking. A pragmatic tone backed by facts and fabulous art, it urges us to open our eyes and mind to this aspect of India. #GraphicNovel #Booked2019 #FirstAcknowledge #ThenDebate #EssentialReading #WhyDidWeNotLearnInSchool #LateEnlightenment #MoreThanFatherOfConstitution

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds fascinating, truly important, and unique. 3mo
AppuNthebooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage Indeed. Books like these are the need of the hour here. (edited) 3mo
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Goat Days | Benyamin
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A beautifully written #TrueStory of unimaginable torment, unshakeable faith and the indefatigable human spirit. Lots of lessons in here - how little the body needs to survive, how it adapts, how the brain conspires to keep you alive even when it seems impossible and an elucidation that the need to live is a deep-seated driving force that never leaves you even when you think it‘s all over. A humbling #MustRead that will wring you out.

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Goat Days | Benyamin
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🐐 Days as the boy plays. #Bliss #QuietTime amidst all the rollicking #CurrentlyReading

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#Unputdownable The victim is alive nearing the half-way mark, and that ups the dynamics of the characters. Aside: The narrator of my 2nd book of 2019, Nurse Leatheran, is a far cry from the daring & chutzpah of Dervla Murphy. It takes place in a country the latter cycled through. But the impressions formed by the fictional Nurse is poles apart. I guess it‘s proof of the times - one published in 1936, and an adventure undertaken in 1963. #Christie

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I was to start with the Spring prompts for #Booked2019 but it was a cold January. And Murphy‘s swashbuckling adventure on 2 wheels fit right in. This is unrefined commentary of a bold, curious, unprejudiced traveller whose words might irk you or you‘d agree with. And that‘s the beauty of it. But mostly you just marvel at her tenacity, the terrain she pedals through and the people she meets. An inspiring way to start 2019. #IrishAuthor #Winter

Cinfhen Wonderful review ~ glad you enjoyed your pick 10mo
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Fantastic Mr. Fox | Roald Dahl
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Ending the year on a High (pile of new acquisitions)! Happy #2019 #Littens!

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Thank you, @shobhitgupta for this wonderful book! @MyBookSwapClub #christmasbookswap Murphy‘s narration gives me excitement and anxiety in equal parts. #Unputdownable

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The Book of Life | Deborah E. Harkness
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I‘ve got my hands in 2 different books (1 murder mystery and 1 biblio mystery that is slow-moving but I‘m keen on finishing it in what‘s left of this year). But when The Book of Life arrived, I had to abandon everything else and dive right in. What a thoroughly enchanting conclusion to a tale fraught with cunning & pitfalls of the heart! I wish it didn‘t end.

AppuNthebooks Vampires, Witches and Daemons aside, the book at its core is about being different but same. A timely reminder in the current divisive atmosphere. Harkness‘ trilogy has set me up nicely for her new book - Time‘s Convert - that focusses on another set of key characters. In Picture: A magical place I escaped to on my birthday. (edited) 12mo
Vansa I loved this trilogy! So intelligent and filled with fascinating bits of history. 11mo
AppuNthebooks @Vansa Yep! Couldn‘t get enough of it. 11mo
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Terra-Cotta Dog | Andrea Camilleri
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Sitting pretty like a Martian with a mud-pack on my face. It‘s only apt that I pick this book from the TBR. #unwind #Sunday #mysteries

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One Part Woman | Perumal Murugan
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Come January it‘s Spring here in India. So here‘s the roundup for my first leg of #Booked2019 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft Tharoor for Night-Oriented Title, Perumal Murugan for Indigenous Author, Kiedis for Musician, Ghosh on climate change for Social Media Focus (my timeline is filled with updates on Cyclone Gaja) and it‘s a tie between the Anglo-Indian Cookbook & the alimentary canal for Food or Beverage on Cover.

AppuNthebooks The only thing missing is CliFi. Hope to plug that with The Bone Clocks. Also just wanted to check - @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft does the Great Derangement fit the bill for Social Media Focus? 13mo
Cinfhen I love that you‘re reading Spring🌹🌻🌷 I‘m planning on reading Scar Tissue for musician too!! And yes, absolutely works for social media focus 🤓 13mo
AppuNthebooks Thanks @Cinfhen 🙂 Glad to meet a fellow RHCP fan! 13mo
Cinfhen Love them 🌶 13mo
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Signed up for #Booked2019 Thanks for hosting @BarbaraTheBibliophage I went through the prompts and I‘m already pulling out books from my TBR to arrange them into seasonal stacks. Can‘t wait to challenge myself in the new year!

4thhouseontheleft Glad you‘re joining the challenge! 📚📖 Also tagging the 3rd co-host @Cinfhen 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds great! Thanks for sharing! Why not share photos of those stacks as well? (No pressure, of course.) ♥️♥️📚📚🎉🎉 13mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the tag @4thhouseontheleft 💟 13mo
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The Jam Fruit Tree | Carl Muller
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This part-fiction part-memoir drew me into the sticky sweet mess that was the life of the Sri Lankan Burghers, quite like the fruit from the tree that surveys their upheavals of joy, sorrow and victories. Be transported to a bygone era and come out of the final page immersed in the antiquities of a unique people. Illustration by Aart-Jan Venema of Geoffrey Bawa, a Burgher and a pioneering Architect.

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Shadow of Night | Deborah E. Harkness
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I binge watched A Discovery of Witches. I like that Palmer isn‘t a raspy smitten kitten like KStew. Though in parts she too, did the breathless act. But who can blame her when it‘s Matthew Goode! So, I wrapped up the series eager to see part 2. It‘s under production so I grabbed the book instead and read at a mad pace. In 48hrs I had been to Elizabethan England, developed a dislike for Marlowe and was left pining for Part 3. A bewitching read!

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When the husband picks up an exciting read from the airport book store 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾 It‘s a standing request and he has never disappointed! The shelf dedicated to these picks deserve a separate post of their own. #FreddieMercury #Queen

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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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Thank you @randomx for these two fabulous books! Excited to get started on them! And thank you @MyBookSwapClub for the experience #DiwaliBookSwap

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An #easyread for the playgym. Just the right amount of entertainment. Not enough to be sucked in while keeping an 👂 out for the li‘l one. #DowntonAbbey

randomx Just checking if you received the #diwalibookswap package 13mo
AppuNthebooks @randomx Hi! Yes, thanks so much! Can‘t wait to open them! Hope you received yours (edited) 13mo
randomx Yes I did. Thanks a lot. I hope you haven't already read/bought the ones I sent. Happy Dhanteras to you and your family 13mo
AppuNthebooks No, I haven‘t. In fact, I haven‘t read anything featuring these parts of Russian history. Interesting choices! I was very surprised to receive a 2nd one. Thank you! I owe you one for Xmas. 13mo
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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This #Chunkster has been one of my fastest reads in recent times. Unputdownable but life happens. The suspense and the setting closer to the end gave me the creeps. I was safe at home but I had gooseflesh. Robin Ellacott - What a fantastic character! And what a superb title! #RobertGalbraith #LethalWhite #CBStrike #Rowling

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This #classic left me in a daze. Billy is the real deal. Larry and He are on the same quest to be ‘Free‘. But Billy showed me life doesn‘t heed wants. The defining moment was when he felt that primal urge to step away from the trappings of the mundane, he was drawn irrevocably to it by the mere sight of a couple of NewYorkers. It isn‘t easy even after he crosses that vivid, invisible threshold of no return. #Riotgram #Day12

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Razor's Edge | W Somerset Maugham
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Larry was all I wanted to be when I discovered him in college. But what a far cry my life is from the vagabond in search of enlightenment. What I want has changed. But I‘ve also come to realise to travel is a privilege. To seek a deeper meaning is privilege. In retrospect now, Larry‘s life arc seems idealistic. The joy of reading too, is a privilege and I am thankful for it. #Classics #Riotgram #Day12

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Resurrection | graf Leo Tolstoy
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This and 2 other books defined my ‘quest‘ in life and continue to do so. #Tolstoy I stumbled upon in my Dad‘s collection when in High School and was my first real introduction to literary fiction. The writing was unlike anything I had read until then (think Nancy Drews, Archie‘s and Sweet Valley Twins🙈). It had me in a trance. #Empathy what a revelation! #LifeLesson #Classics #Riotgram #Day12

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Time to break out the cucumber pack! Stayed up into the wee hours till I finished #LethalWhite. What a read! In Picture: A totally unrelated reflection of the winter sky in a puddle. #RobertGalbraith‘s latest gives more chills. #Rowling

DivineDiana Beautiful! Magical! 14mo
AppuNthebooks Thank you @DivineDiana 🙂 14mo
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Let's Celebrate Diwali | Anjali Joshi
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Signed up for my first #bookswap...this should be interesting! @MyBookSwapClub

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Just arrived! #NewFind A #memoir on the #Bangalore that was. #ColonialHangover

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Fly away on my zephyr...#LethalWhite hot tea and the screech of parakeets as I catch the setting sun on the balcony. #JKRowling #RHCP

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Greta Van Fleet. Listened on a whim. They blew my socks off! I spent last night rocking out to them as my son slept on my lap. I was transported, elevated & set free. I had such a great time! Seated. I can‘t remember the last time I listened to an entire album. These guys are something else! They sound like the 70s but lyrics resonate with the now. #Music such as theirs & a bloom such as this make me feel #thankful & #alive #nofilter #rocknroll

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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It‘s here! *Rubs hands with glee!* Not the most impressive cover on first look but the allure of the mystery that awaits...woohuhuhoo! To Strike & Robin!

Lel2403 I‘m loving it .... 1y
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The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry | Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes
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It‘s here. Poetry after ages! #Poetry #NoMondayBlues #TedHughes #SeamusHeaney

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Rainy Sunday evening and this book. Can‘t wait to dive in! Even the fish are curious 👀 #Bibliomystery #RainyDays

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Angry Blonde | Eminem
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#Kamikaze is 🔥🔥🔥 Eminem is back to being riveting. He‘s clapping back, and how! Irreverent, self-deprecating, self-aggrandising, ballsy he takes on new-age rappers, Trump, and personal lows. Yes, there are problems. But you can‘t pass this one up especially in an age where every other singer is not the writer. Lyrically he just shines! #GOAT

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Tonight‘s choice ☝🏽. Son looked at me strange as I read out Macavity The Mystery Cat like Cardi B. #HeLikesItLikeThat 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Next up on the #nonfiction trail

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This book still has me thinking. And it‘s not the rebel Satyam and his hardships that has left a dent. It‘s his sister Manjula, the author‘s mother whose story is riveting with its immeasurable scale of pain. Oppression of any kind beats down women twice as hard. Yet she survives and how! Art by Neelu Jadav