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Debblyliz

Debblyliz

Joined July 2017

Books, books and more books please! www.goodreads.com/user/show/23021475-debbie
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Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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My first time reading this book, although I have watched it on the TV. I completely loved the plot and storyline especially the unreliable author. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/12/05/audiobook-review-the-murde...

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A powerful, sad and often difficult read. An oral history account from those who lived and are continuing to live through this disaster. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/review-chernobyl-prayer-by...

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The first Agatha Christie novel to feature Hercule Poirot. Fun and energetic with Poirot running rings around everyone! Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/26/audiobook-review-the-myste...

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A fun and interesting book which considers the different parts which made up rhetoric. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/22/audiobook-review-the-eleme...

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Evidence of the Affair | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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A short story told entirely through letters by the wounded parties. A short and fantastic story. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/review-evidence-of-the-aff...

TheBookHippie This was a quick read. I enjoyed it as well! 3w
Debblyliz 😀😀 3w
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A short book describing Adam Kay‘s various years working on the frontline in the NHS both funny and sad in equal measures. If you have read his first book you will love this one! Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/twas-the-nightshift-before...

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Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery | Agatha Christie, Sophie Hannah
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Enjoyable and a quick read, although maybe not up to the standard of the late great Agatha Christie. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/12/review-the-closed-casket-b...

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Quidditch Through the Ages | Kennilworthy Whisp
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A short but fantastic read, I would recommend reading/ listening to the updated version which includes some bonus extras such as 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/audiobook-review-quidditch...

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Halloween Party | Agatha Christie
Mehso-so

Poirot is called in to investigate after a young girl is drowned after making a statement that she had seen a murder. Fun read but not one of Christie‘s best books. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/review-halloween-party-by-...

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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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A fictional account of the brutal murders of Lizzie Borden‘s father and stepmother which uses first person narrative of four characters. Menacing and claustrophobic; I found this to be an interesting book. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/review-see-what-i-have-don...

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Mehso-so

An interesting concept around time travel and changing a pivotal moment in history. I struggled with most of this book until near the end when things became a bit more interesting. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/review-time-and-time-again...

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Mad Girl | Bryony Gordon
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An honest and sometimes painfully open book about mental health. A book everyone should read to allow further insight into OCD anxiety and depression. Full review https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/review-mad-girl-by-bryony-...

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A book which discusses in detail the lives of the five victims of Jack the Ripper, a Victorian serial killer. Thoughts about these women are challenged and questions raised about society‘s views on women which continue today. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/audiobook-review-the-five-...

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Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks
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Set around the trenches and warfare during World War One. Devastatingly poignant intense utterly fantastic. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/audiobook-review-birdsong-...

Birdsong28 My favourite book which is why I chose it for my litsy handle!!📚 📖 1mo
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A classic Agatha Christie book with multiple murders and dwindling suspects. A master class in how to continually build and hold tension throughout a story to the end. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/audiobook-review-and-then-...

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My Name Is Why | Lemn Sissay
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A powerful and emotional read about Lemn Sissay‘s journey through the British care system. A must read for anyone interested in working or already working with children especially children in care. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/review-my-name-is-why-by-l...

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Mudlarking | Lara Maiklem
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A super chilled relaxing book about one woman‘s search through the mud and muck on the banks of the Thames for any item of interest. I completely loved this book, read my full review here : https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/audiobook-mudlarking-by-la...

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The First Casualty | Ben Elton
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A book set within WW1 about a conscientious objector recruited to investigate a murder in the trenches. Overall good book however I found it to be predictable and a bit one dimensional. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/review-the-first-casualty-...

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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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I had been initially unsure about this book however as I slowly plodded the path with Raynor and Moth I grew to love this book with its beautiful light lyrical prose. Full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/audiobook-review-the-salt-...

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A book about death should be depressing and morbid, I did not feel this while listening to this book. Fascinating and intricate and told with such passion by the the author. Full review: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/review-all-that-remains-by...

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A strange book in which nothing appears to happen except for her attempts to find the ‘correct‘ dose of prescription pills to make her happy and different. An interesting book which remained with me for a couple of days after. Full review: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/08/20/review-my-year-of-rest-and...

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The Hoarder | Jess Kidd
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A quirky interesting book with supernatural elements and strong characters. I found this to be an interesting and fun read, although maybe not as strong as her other two books; Things in Jars and Himself. My full review can be found on https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/review-the-hoarder-by-jess...

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I‘m a bit of a sucker for history books of World War One and this book did not disappoint. The book starts with the events which lead to war and the first few battles. Intricate and well researched! https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/my-review-of-the-guns-of-a...

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Dark and menacing atmosphere through the book, easy to see why it was made into an iconic film! Read my full review here: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/review-what-ever-happened-...

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Bleak and sharp short stories considering the darkness often found within humans. Fascinating and yet also horrifying in equal measures. Read my full review at: https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/review-civilwarland-in-bad...

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An enjoyable if predictable book of three women spanning from just before World War One until armistice, read more on my blog:
https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/reviewthings-a-bright-girl...

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Evil Under the Sun | Agatha Christie
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I‘m slowly revisiting all of Agatha Christie‘s books, fun times! Read my review of this over on https://thecuriousmagpie2018.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/audiobook-review-evil-unde...

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An interesting and slightly unique format of considering this fictional woman‘s life through I respective husbands, particularly as these men are a sideline in her life. I really enjoyed reading this and can see it developed into a mini series for tv.

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A Constant Hum | Alice Bishop
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A collection of short stories and flash fiction detailing the fires which destroyed parts of Australia in 2009. Each story delivers a different viewpoint of the tragedy on the people and environment. Light, lyrical often poetic language used. I found this book to be both gorgeous and sad in equal measures.

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You Will Be Safe Here | Damian Barr
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Powerful and evocative writing about two different historical periods in South Africa, both which I feel slightly ashamed to say I have limited knowledge about. This book has led to the need to understand and know more. Just for igniting this desire I love this book. A devastatingly gorgeous book.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Sex, drugs and rock ‘n‘ roll in a fictional 70s band. I listened to the audiobook version which features different voices for each character and was completely blown away by both the book and performance. If I hadn‘t know better I would believe this was a real band detailing their rise and fall. I loved, loved, loved!

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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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A strong dynamic and vivid story with equally strong and dynamic characters; particularly the women. A stronger undercurrent of darkness in this story than her other 2 books which fit the period. A book I loved reading.

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Dark, sharp and quirky. A sister who kills many of her boyfriends and another sister who cleans up after her. It appears if you are beautiful you can get away with anything including murder! Compulsive and enjoyable reading.

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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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A dark story detailing the life of 3 sisters who lived with their parents away from other people, particularly men and have no experience to draw upon when 2 men and 1 boy arrive one day. I found this to be an uncomfortable read involving abuse of children and women, a story which kept popping into my head for a few days after I finished.

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Everything Under | Daisy Johnson
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Lovely lyrical language with deep undertones. This is a book I should‘ve liked and yet I never connected with it and instead reading felt a bit of a chore 🤷‍♀️

Caroline2 It‘s annoying when that happens. 🙄 5mo
Debblyliz So true! 5mo
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Himself: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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A book I got from my library following a recommendation. Interesting and strange in equal measures, I found this book to be compulsive reading and devoured with a couple of days; I loved it and I‘m now off to read Jess Kidd‘s other 2 books.

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A fun and enjoyable read of Dolly Alderton‘s race through her teen years and 20s. While I enjoyed my read it was not a book I related to with many of her experiences appearing (to me) outlandish and surreal.

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Union Street | Pat Barker
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I love many of Pat Barker‘s books and Union Street did not disappoint. The book comprises of some the women and girls who live on Union Street; tragic and sad but with strong women who make the book sing.

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The Wall | John Lanchester
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A slow book with periods of boredom for the characters punctuated with sheer terror. I found there to be parallels between those on The Wall and the young men in the trenches in WW1; a lack of understanding why and mistrust in the elite and the old not serving time. Questions are raised about immigration and climate change, I enjoyed the quiet spaces in the book which allowed reflection.

Itchyfeetreader This is a fascinating review you have piqued my interest ! 6mo
Debblyliz Thanks ☺️ 6mo
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Whispers Under Ground | Ben Aaronovitch
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This is the 3rd book of an urban supernatural series based in London. A clever and witty book superbly narrated by Kobna Holbrook-Smith; I loved it 😀

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Black Coffee (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
Mehso-so

A short and quick read; a locked door, theft and murder and only a few suspects. A predictable book with little surprises and some parts of the plot lifted from other books. Not one of the best stories.

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The Last | Hanna Jameson
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A scarily plausible dystopian story. Mass nuclear bombing has heralded the end of the world and a handful of people are now hiding out in a hotel in Switzerland are attempting to survive and come to terms with the ‘new world‘. At the same time a child‘s body is found and foul play is believed, but who is the murderer? I found the book overall enjoyable and I was gripped, but I found the ending to be a bit of an anticlimax with is annoying!

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An important book for anyone to read if they have suffered from bad mental health, although not necessarily a book which would inspire many not affected by this to run. I found the book to be sad but also hopeful and enjoyed my read.

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The Secret Life of the Owl | John Lewis-Stempel
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A short but gorgeous book for anyone interested in owls but with very limited knowledge. The book first details the various owls before considering superstitions and rituals which surround the owl.

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A book which details Helen Russell‘s year in Denmark and her attempts to discover the secret behind the Danish‘s happiness. A fun and frivolous read.

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The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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Our first, but not last, meeting with Miss Marple who uses her knowledge and understanding of human behaviour to deduce the murderers. From re-reading I found more humour and parallels with today‘s society.

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A hugely enjoyable book which I finished within a couple of days. I have the audiobook version and it made the long runs feel a lot easier and motivated me to go further.
#audiobook

Itchyfeetreader Welcome and thanks for the follow. 6mo
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A short read which flicks quickly from the differing perspectives of grieving father, his children and the crow. Evocative language capturing the different stages of grief and healing. A sad but also uplifting book.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome! I‘m just writing my review of this book. It‘s so unique and poignant. 6mo
Debblyliz Hello and thanks, I found the book to be both different and thought provoking. 6mo
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this book as much the previous reviewers and while I enjoyed some of the stories overall the book left me a little cold.

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Gorgeous poetic prose, a book with is both beautiful and heartbreakingly honest and sad. Loved!