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Balibee146

Balibee146

Joined September 2016

Scottish and dog obsessed, also cat person ❤️
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Still Life by Sarah Winman
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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Next up - the world's most ridiculously large paperback 🤣🤣

robinb And also…that cover deeply disturbs me. 😳😳🤣 1d
Balibee146 @robinb it is very strange and ick! 1d
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I really need to avoid the book aisle in the supermarket 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ #haul

Tamra I wish my grocery had a book isle! 24h
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I don't often do a #weeklyforecast as I tend to rebel against my own plans 🤣

But pretty sure I will be focusing on these this week.

@Cinfhen

TrishB Some great ones lined up 👍🏻 2d
Cathythoughts I loved Leave The World Behind 👍🏻 2d
Cinfhen Excellent!!! Agree with @TrishB 💯 2d
Hooked_on_books Hell Bent didn‘t work for me, so I hope you have a better timer with it than I! 2d
Balibee146 @Cathythoughts I'm loving it too 😁 2d
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Next up.....cosy blanket included! It's a mixed bag of reviews on this one but many of the reviewers with similar tastes to me seem to like it so 🤞

AmyG I really liked this book. I‘ve never seen this cover so got confused for a minute. Hope you enjoy this. 4d
Balibee146 @AmyG i hav only seen this cover on one other post, it's a UK edition 🤷‍♀️ Really liking the writing style so far 👍👍 4d
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻♥️ 4d
Tamra I enjoyed it too! 3d
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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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I ordered the paperback of Hell Bent, which was more expensive than the hardback, just so they would match....No!!!!🤦‍♀️😂🤦‍♀️😂

TrishB Book nerd problems 😁 4d
Suet624 Booo 4d
batsy Oh nooo 😆 4d
TheBookgeekFrau Sounds exactly right to me 😆 4d
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Saw a quote from this posted yesterday by @Cazxxx

My rush order copy just arrived 😂😊😉

Cazxxx Yay 😀 I loved this one. Enjoy! 2w
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Starting this instead and hoping for a better book fit 🤞🤞🤞

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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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EDIT: NOPE! Bailing fast...definitely not my thing!

Next up. Not sure what I'll make of this one, given some of the mixed views I've read..... Keeping an open mind and we'll see!

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Untitled | Unknown
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Start of month book haul....looking forward to all of these 😀

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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Finally opening this as my evening time / Kindle quick read.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Here is a link to a new Atwood short story exclusive in The Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/feb/25/widows-by-margaret-atwood-read-the...

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Changing to a kindle title for reading at night to help my poor eyes....so many print books have such teeny print!

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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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Ignoring the laundry and starting this instead.

TrishB Worth it ♥️ 1mo
squirrelbrain I adore this one! 1mo
charl08 My life mantra. 1mo
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth | Frank Cottrell Boyce
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I'll admit I only picked up this middle grade on Audible for Peter Capaldi narrating (have loved him since being obsessed with the film Local Hero in the 80s).....not far in but shaping up to be a great listen.

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A wonderful present from a dear friend..... I've often eyed up this hard back anthology edition. Feeling very thankful 😍😍

batsy It's a gorgeous edition 💜 1mo
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Next up.
I abandoned the Audible version of this a couple of months ago but just discovered it on my Kindle too (ooops 😅🤦‍♀️).

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Cheering myself up with a mini haul 👍👍

squirrelbrain Still Life was my fave book of the year when I read it (2021 I think). It‘s kind of happy-sad. ❤️ 1mo
TrishB Loved Still Life too. 1mo
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The Crow Road | Iain Banks
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I haven't been finding time to read much for months as I'm caring for someone with vascular dementia round the clock.
Desperately needing a bit of self care / downtime so going to ease myself in with an old friend.... Probably my 8th time reading this novel since it was published in 1993

Leftcoastzen Hugs to you.Caregiving is hard . 1mo
Suet624 Wow. That‘s a tough job. 💕💕💕 1mo
squirrelbrain Sending hugs ❤️ 1mo
Ruthiella Rereading can be such comfort. Hope you catch a break. ❤️ 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#bookreport #weeklyforecast I've not had much time to myself again this week so still working through these.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#weeklyforecast
Just going to focus on finishing these this week then will see where fancy takes me 😊
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Perfect plan 😁 5mo
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#bookreport

Slower progress this week as I've not had much free time. Looking forward to getting some reading time tomorrow 🤞🤞

@Cinfhen

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Face It | Debbie Harry
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#bookbuy
I was just about to turn 9 years old when my older brother brought home the vinyls of Parallel Lines and Plastic Letters.
I was instantly hooked and well.... Debbie Harry was just the coolest 😎😎

Ruthiella She is effortlessly cool 😎! 5mo
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Thanks you so much Cindy for kindly sending me the alternative (non UK) cover of this book.
Thanks for the teas and hand cream and the super cute bookish sticker too 😍😍😘😘

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Cinfhen Oh yay!!! That got there fast!!! Hope you enjoy the book😊 feel free to check out the discussion questions after you read the book because there are LOTS of spoilers!!!! 5mo
Balibee146 Thanks @Cinfhen will do!! 5mo
JamieArc Nice! Ahava is one of my favorite hand/foot cream brands. 5mo
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Been wanting to read this for a while #currentread

TheLudicReader I read her book Cuckoo Song and really enjoyed it. (edited) 5mo
Balibee146 Thanks @TheLudicReader good to hear. I have that one too and also Fly By Night - I got all 3 in a pack deal for £5 😀 5mo
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Firestarter | Stephen King
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Not my favourite from the Stephen King I've read so far, but still a pick.

I normally like the detail King packs in but this felt like it could have done with a deeper edit to me.

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Panpan

Very disappointed as I wanted to love this but I was mostly bored.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Combined #bookreport and #weeklyforecast as life has been hectic this last week.

Finished The Witch's Tree last week and still reading and enjoying the others. I'm. Pla nong to compete them all in the coming week.
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Cinfhen I‘m curious about this one 5mo
Cinfhen Mailed out the package this past week - not sure how long it‘ll take to get to you - probably at least 2 weeks!!!! Maybe longer 😜 5mo
Balibee146 @Cinfhen thank you so much you are so sweet. I am listening to Needless Street on audio so not far in so far.... Have a huge pile of ironing so should make progress tomorrow 😜😜 5mo
Balibee146 "Pla nong" ??‍♀️ #fml 5mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 but we all understood what you meant !!!! 5mo
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Firestarter | Stephen King
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First "sportcoat" use pg 168 ??

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Firestarter | Stephen King
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Pausing my spooky short story anthology to get started on this.
I wonder how long I'll wait for a sport coat reference 🤔

TheNeverendingTBR This book was excellent, I hope you enjoy it! ❤️‍🔥 5mo
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Expectation vs Reality 🐱

Also, my youngest has started Halloween decorating hence walls filled with bat stickers 🦇🦇

#currentread

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The Witch's Tree | Elena Collins
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A by the numbers read but entertaining enough. I almost stopped reading a few pages in due to one of my absolute bugbears - speedy and lazy exposition done through clunky dialogue, where two characters cover all the backstory ground by announcing facts about their past for no believable reason. Pantomime villain too. I thought this was a beginner but turns out this is an experienced writer under a pen name. While it remained cheesy it got better.

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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#weeklyforecast
I will have less time this week and my teens are on their school winter break week. The plan is to finish the top two and get a good dent in the others. The Last House on Needless Street is on audible.
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TrishB I loved Last House. 5mo
Cinfhen Looking good 😊 5mo
squirrelbrain You‘re definitely going down the spooky route! 👻 5mo
Balibee146 @squirrelbrain yes...if I don't get to them now they will just feel like the wrong vibe come November 🤣 5mo
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📙Paperback
📘Nope
📗Real books plus some Kindles
📙Buy
📘Anytime, anywhere but I like my chair
📗Alone
📙Bookshop
📘Fiction
📙Print
📗All the books

#thisorthat

Consider yourself tagged if you want to join in.

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I'm quite a slow reader.... My best reading week in a very long time.

@Cinfhen

TrishB Great week 👍🏻 5mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!!! IMPRESSIVE 🙌🏻 5mo
squirrelbrain A great week! 5mo
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The Witch's Tree | Elena Collins
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Another available with Prime Reading. I enjoy dual timeline stories if they are skillfully done so 🤞
#currentread

Cazxxx I thought this was really good! 5mo
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The Queen of Nothing | Holly Black
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A fairytale trope heavy, predictable end to the trilogy but fun getting there. Enjoyed this series for an easy read that was well done.

TrishB You flew through them 👍🏻 5mo
Balibee146 @TrishB thr power of being stuck in bed doing no housework.... I'm scared to look downstairs lol 5mo
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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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Still unwell and in bed so enjoying these as easy, entertaining reads. Book 2 done so onto book 3.

TrishB Hope you‘re feeling better soon. 5mo
Balibee146 Thanks @TrishB annoying viral thing making me very dizzy and tired.... Just taken a break from reading to watch the UK political scene implode again this afternoon... Astonishing times!! 5mo
TrishB They‘re like children….but running (or rather ruining) the country. 5mo
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Balibee146 @TrishB it's mind boggling.... Sam Coates tweeted a screenshot of the infighting on the Tory MP What's App group which is unbelievable 😱😱 5mo
squirrelbrain Feel better soon… 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Get well soon 5mo
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Needed an entertaining easy read as I've been unwell today. Enjoyed this and looking forward to the second book also available on Prime Reading 😊

TrishB My daughter likes these 😁 5mo
Balibee146 @TrishB lol I'm definitely not the target demographic lol 🎯😜 5mo
TrishB 😂😂 if you enjoy it doesn‘t matter! 5mo
Balibee146 @TrishB agree 100%👍😁 5mo
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Alternating between these two and finishing off a non fiction audio book for the rest of the week. I've never read any Holly Black before so will see how it goes.

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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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My first ever Discworld experience and still a favourite re read. By this #4 in the series Pratchett was really finding his way with the world he was building and the familiar voice he wrote the subsequent volumes in is richly in evidence.

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Everything's Eventual | King, Stephen
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#bookmail
Stephen King paperbacks seem to have got a new set of covers yet again. The last lot were pretty grey and grungy and I could never decide if I liked them or not. I do like his short stories, I like the aesthetic of these new covers and I like a book with a lighthouse on the cover #result

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My Evil Mother | Margaret Atwood
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Shorty, short story free on Kindle. Classic Atwood.

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A fantastic biography, beautifully written. Respectful but truthful, bringing alive a man of blistering talent, sometimes capricious with a habit of telling uncomfortable truths....his withering verdict on a first draft film treatment of one of his books in development for Sam Raimi is classic!
Devastatingly moving in its final chapters. Just about held back tears in the last chapter until the grey sand dream.

GNU Sir Terry Pratchett

Balibee146 The verdict on that film script, delivered to an assistant after hours of stewing fury while waiting for the USA to awaken... "It's sh!t!" 6mo
gossamerchild Oh my goodness I need to read this! 6mo
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I remember reading that in his last days film-maker Derek Jarman lost his sight and thought what a cruel thing for his illness to take from him.
Same feeling here with this heartbreaking footnote. I'm really enjoying this biography but know it is starting to head into the difficult waters now 💔💔

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#bookmail
Recently I was watching an old BBC Four interview with Iain Banks (RIP) on You Tube. He raved about this book, despite it having "a difficult opening 70 pages", which makes sense from the synopsis... Too curious not to try it.

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My Evil Mother | Margaret Atwood
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#weeklyforecast

Aiming to finish all of these in the next week.

@Cinfhen

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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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Curry is life....and Death is one of my favourite Discworld characters.
#currentread

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Mort | Terry Pratchett
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Taking a break from the biography to continue with my chronological re-read of the Discworld books with #4.

This was the first one I ever read back in January 1994 I think!

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#bookreport
It has been so long since I did one of these! Trying to carve out some mental health saving time from caring for a relative through consistent reading.
Read and loved Fairy Tale this week.
A Life With Footnotes and My Evil Mother both in progress.
@Cinfhen

TrishB Reading is my mental health care too ♥️ 6mo
Cinfhen Hi!!!! It‘s been FOREVER since we‘ve chatted!!!! Sorry to hear life has been so chaotic but glad to see you‘re still reading 💕💕💕 6mo
Balibee146 @Cinfhen hi Cindy I know.... I hope you are all well....I've only read a handful of books this year life has been so demanding but that's changing as we head into the coldest, darkest bit of the year here 😁 6mo
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Cinfhen It‘s true…. We are heading into those dark days. Although it‘s still in the mid 90‘s for me and plenty of sunshine ☀️ 6mo
Balibee146 @cinfhen sounds blissful... Weather is rather different now here in Scotland!! 6mo
squirrelbrain Hi, sorry to hear you‘re having a tough time, but glad you‘re finding space for reading. ❤️ 6mo
Balibee146 @squirrelbrain 👍👍 cheers 👍👍 6mo
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Very late lunch and some book time.
I am loving this... Rob Wilkins writes so well and it feels like the great P'Terry is coming alive from the page.
The early chapters detail a young working class boy finding the local library and discovering the joys of reading.... It is a homage to a life journey and the development of a lifetime obsession that I suppose many of us here identify with...oh how I miss Mr Pratchett 💔💔