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Emilymdxn

Emilymdxn

Joined March 2018

Let‘s read a lot and believe in a better world 💛💖💜💙 insta @emilymdxn goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/30587927-emily
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Mehso-so

I started out impressed by how thoughtful and non sensationalist this true crime book was then I kind of wavered back to the middle. The murder is linked to the BDSM scene and the writer kept criticising journalists for sensationalising the kinky stuff……. While focusing on it almost exclusively themselves. The financial motives got much less screen time and I don‘t feel it was 100% fair to the many kinky people who are, you know, not murderers.

Emilymdxn That was just a bit though, it wasn‘t as bad as I‘ve probably made it sound but that was just one thing that sat oddly with me. #scarathlon2022 @Clwojick +16 6h
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Pickpick

Book two of the tea shop mysteries. I feel bad that my so so ratings are giving this a 0% rating when it‘s not bad! Cosy but either meant for people fifty years older than me or from a hundred years ago, the main character continues to annoy me but the world is cute and the short mysteries work great on audio. I‘m giving this one a pick so the series as a whole can even out lol. #scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +16

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Mehso-so

This was short, cosy and perfect for #scarathlon2022 - I don‘t know that I thought it was GOOD good, as the cantankerous lady solving the murder was really Very Very cantankerous and I spent more time frustrated with her than with the supposedly annoying people around her in her town. I had a good time though and I got through it fast #teamslaughter @Clwojick +16

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Today on the way to work I‘m listening to this book, which works for #scarathlondailyprompts today as it spends a lot of time analysing a killer - I really like how the writers devote a lot of time to the victim‘s family and friend‘s memories and perspectives and it doesn‘t glamorise the murder. It seems well researched so far

@Clwojick #scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter +6

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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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For #ominousoctober and today‘s prompt, here‘s a book with an awful lot of candles! This is a very cute romance but more than the romance (which is great) I love the gorgeous, aesthetic, witchy east coast town full of fallen leaves and beautiful little magic bookshops. The dude is fine but…… I just wanna live there in the candlelight, bloke or no bloke.

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

Clwojick I enjoyed this one! 13h
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The Book of Marvels and Travels | John Mandeville, Anthony Bale
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For today‘s #scarathlondailyprompts post I‘m reading Sir John Mandeville for my masters, a medieval travel narrative full of Creatures!

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

Clwojick 🖤🖤🖤 22h
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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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For #ominousoctober today I have nothing going on in my life related to campfires… but I am listening to a podcast about practical magic and it got me thinking about how many great, atmospheric fire scenes there are in this movie, which I ABSOLUTELY need to rewatch this week. An all time classic. I should probably reread the book too

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

DanaManiac One of my favorite movies! It‘s on my watch and reread list too. 🖤🧡 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🖤 1d
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First autumn bucket list of the challenge! I‘ve been really looking forward to having these Starbucks autumnal coffee beans. I love the idea of pumpkin spice lattes but hate milky coffee, so I‘m really hoping this lets me feel autumnal without needing to depart from black coffee. Fingers crossed! Also listening to The Film Reroll play through some spooky movies while I do some masters work 🎃

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick

mom_of_4 Its good. I have it. 2d
Clwojick I just bought my girlfriend the maple pecan one for her bday. She said it was super yummy. 23h
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Hey there @BookwormAHN 🥰 here‘s your spooky #trappedonanisland list for October!

BookwormAHN Nice choices, thanks 👻 2d
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My Friend Dahmer | Derf Backderf
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A really truly difficult read, but an important lens to look at a really terrible person through. The writer was at high school with Dahmer and records his and his friends‘ memories of him, including some very very creepy material, but more importantly the huge number of times adults at school could have noticed and intervened in his life. This is the story of a truly frightening person and also a school full of adults that failed to step in.

Emilymdxn I liked how the writer focused on what he knew and, tastefully, didn‘t try to depict anything that happened with his victims later. I know from some other stuff I‘ve read that the families of victims don‘t like to have that stuff depicted 2d
Emilymdxn Feels weird to tag a book like this for Scarathlon but I did read it in October so #scarathlon2022 @Clwojick +16 2d
Clwojick I want to watch the show! 2d
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Mehso-so

This was cute and unexpectedly set at halloween. I liked the ending a lot, but in general this really stretched the limits of how I could believe why the couple wasn‘t together yet. Two single people who very clearly like each other just choose to…… believe making a move is illegal or something. Lots I liked but overall just too frustrating

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +26

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Medieval Invention of Travel | Shayne Aaron Legassie
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The first of the (many) masters readings that I‘m going to be counting as short stories for #scarathlon2022. Not a spooky one this but a really excellent essay about how travel is understood differently in the modern world from the Middle Ages

#teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

Clwojick Way to go! 🖤 3d
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My first #scarathlondailyprompt post is, of course, an ode to my very favourite thing in the world - #black coffee. Gonna keep me awake through a lot of #scarathlon2022 and masters reading!

#teamaughter @Clwojick +6

Clwojick Yesssss! 🖤☕️ 3d
kspenmoll ☕️☕️ 3d
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Horrorstor | Grady Hendrix
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My first book of #scarathlon2022 was this reread which I LOVED as much as last time. So scary, great characters, so original, and this time round I found I was really touched by all the material about good work, bad work, worthwhile work. Go basil, the middle manager who won‘t let the demonic hordes take the cashiers he‘s responsible for.

#teamslaughter @Clwojick +6 non team read plus word search and readathons which I‘ll add on my spreadsheet

Clwojick Agreed! Love this book! 3d
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October, October | Katya Balen
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It‘s October! It‘s #scarathlon2022! It‘s #ominousoctober!

For day 1 #cat I had to post this pic I took yesterday of a cat who lives near me and my bf, known only as The Cat Who Hates Us. This cat hates us so much. We think she‘s beautiful and we say hi every time we go past and she will literally never even look at us directly. We love you Cat Who Hates Us 🥰

@Clwojick #teamslaughter +6

bthegood The description of the cat and your relationship is priceless - 😂 3d
Leftcoastzen 😹❤️ 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha!!! 😹 3d
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Clwojick Hahahha! 🖤 She really is pretty though. 3d
jlhammar Hilarious! That is one gorgeous cat. 3d
Tamra What catitude! 3d
peanutnine Love this! 😹😻 2d
sarah-bear At least she‘s cute!😂 2d
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I‘m excited for the first readathon of #scarathlon202! My goal is to read as much as I can and get s'ome points for #teamslaughter 😍😍😍

@Andrew65 #20in4

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October, October | Katya Balen
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Guys guys guys! I had the first class of my masters degree yesterday! I‘ve been saving and waiting and dreaming about this for a long time and it feels SO good to be studying again.

For the #scarathlon2022 points honour system, I‘m trying to think of a way to count my masters readings as they‘ll be a lot of what I read next month. I hope it‘s in line with the rules to count academic papers/readings as short stories for points? @Clwojick

Tamra Yay!! 🙌🏾👏🏾 4d
Clwojick Definitely! Good luck, and congrats!!!! 4d
JacqMac Congratulations! I hope it goes well. 4d
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Graywacke Congrats getting started on this. Exciting! 4d
BarbaraBB How cool! Good luck! 4d
Amiable Excellent! How awesome! 4d
LiteraryinLawrence Congrats! What is the degree? 4d
BkClubCare Yay!! Have fun! Learn lots! Have fun!! 4d
sarah-bear That‘s so great!! 4d
gossamerchild 🎉Yay! Congrats and good luck 🎉 4d
batsy So exciting! 🎉🙌🏾 4d
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Pickpick

I devoured this on a plane ride pretty much in one sitting. It was cute and fun, though I‘ll admit I liked it less than the first one as I think Hannah came off meaner and more judgemental in this book which didn‘t fit the cosy mystery vibe that well for me. Still, felt it had to be a pick since I read it in about 3 hours and enjoyed!

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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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Thanks for the tag @PageShifter 🥰

1. I‘m totally open to it but I can‘t think of many I‘ve read recently - open to recommendations!

2. I did love the parts of American Gods set the furthest back in the past, I was just discussing that with someone today.

I tag @moll and @indiaro 😘

TheSpineView ❤️ American Gods! Thanks for playing 7d
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Pickpick

Really enjoyable book! A lovely little appetite-whetter for #scarathlon2022 as well. I found this cosy and fun, with just a few bits that made me roll my eyes too much or disagree with the MC too hard. It‘s exactly what I expected and it fitted the vibe for getting into autumn reading with a cosy murder mystery set in a cookie shop perfectly.

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It‘s our last day in Estonia and we‘re just sitting in a cafe reading for a bit before heading to the airport. I decided to go right on to the second Hannah Swenson book as I wanted something easy, comforting and page turning to read on the plane. Maybe I feel like this one is more mean spirited than the first one a little? But not so much I‘m not enjoying it

Cathythoughts Lovely pic ♥️ 7d
sarah-bear Sounds so nice! 6d
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Reading some more of chocolate chip cookie murder in an Estonian bar while my bf naps before dinner - it‘s our last night on holiday! I‘m also half watching this football game and trying to work out what teams or countries are playing while a soft 90s playlist with lots of Radiohead and Cranberries plays - unusual bar vibe but I love it. I‘m really loving the tagged book, the #teamslaughter buddy read working great for ppl like me who…

Emilymdxn Don‘t get along well with Karin Slaughter. I‘ve tried a few of hers and just didn‘t like them so I‘m going cosy this year for #scarathlon2022. Highly recommend if you‘re considering it for October - exactly what you expect and want from a cosy mystery set in a cookie shop 1w
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Echo | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Echo doesn‘t have a great Litsy rating but I loved it! I think it was a rare horror book that had a rewarding pay off as well as an intriguing set up. I also felt like it had a complex and interesting plot that hung together as more than a series of scary scenes - I‘d have cared about these people and what happened to them if it weren‘t horror too. If you‘re looking for supernatural horror for #scarathlon2022 you could do a lot worse!

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The Travels | Marco Polo
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This was the longest of the texts I needed to read cover to cover for my first term of masters work and I got it done on my last day of my holiday. I loved reading it and I‘m excited to go to grad school classes prepared and with some time to mull it over.

Also excited to be done with medieval travel narratives and back to cosy mysteries for the flight home tbh… I‘ve timed this well.

Tamra Have a wonderful semester! 1w
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Echo | Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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Coach ride from Riga to Tallinn today. Very jealous of my bf being one of the lucky few who can read in cars. I‘m listening to the tagged book and doing a bit of light #scarathlon2022 admin on my phone while listening to the tagged book which I HEARTILY recommend for Scarathlon. It‘s supernatural horror but chilling rather than gory so far. So atmospheric and wintry, with possession and creepy birds and a demonic mountain.

BarbaraBB Baltic states are on my bucket list. Enjoy! 1w
PageShifter Wow, you are soon almost a stone's throw away from here :D 1w
sarahbellum I visited Tallinn a few years ago and had a great day there. Enjoy! 1w
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The Travels | Marco Polo
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Good morning from latvia! My (otherwise lovely) boyfriend spilled water on my penguin Marco Polo so he has generously funded an emergency kindle edition so I can finish on holiday before my first masters class - can‘t believe it‘s starting in less than a week! The weather here is so autumnal and gorgeous, much nicer than @moll tells me london is rn. Starting the day with pastries and coffee

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Here‘s the first of the three #bookspinbingo boards I‘m planning for #scarathlon2022! I love Scarathlon so much I‘ve made an iPad notebook for planning and tracking, and I‘m gonna do one team theme bingo board and one more general halloweeny, one more autumnal cosy. I doubt I‘ll get a whole line of any of them but I craved the choice lol!

This is my #teamslaughter board 💀 @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick

Traci1 I hadn't thought about doing multiple boards, but I think I will. Great idea! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1w
Clwojick Agreed! I love the extra choices, so I do multiples too! 1w
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October, October | Katya Balen
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I had a fantastic time making my autumn Scarathlon bucket list, there were so many autumnal things I love to do that I think I could have made this double the length! Looking forward to doing all this 🍁🍁🍁

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick Yes to the baked goods! I need to add that to my list! 1w
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The Travels | Marco Polo
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Every time I read Alice munro‘s short stories I wonder why I ever read anything other than Alice munro‘s short stories. These were incredible as always, so rich and psychological but so simple and never pretentious. It‘s amazing how they can all ring so true despite being about lives so different from mine.

merelybookish She is the best! ♥️ 2w
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Hello from Latvia! My bf and I arrived here yesterday and currently I‘m reading some Alice Munro stories while we wait for our food in this big food hall to be done and Matt wanders round. Life is very good today 🥰

EvieBee I have some friends that moved there a few years ago. Enjoy! 2w
Megabooks Enjoy!! 2w
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So I‘ll admit I caved and started reading the #teamslaughter buddy read early because it looked so damn cosy and I felt like I needed it. I got a deal on kindle for I think 5 books in the series so I‘ll read a later one in October for the buddy read points. I‘m alternative this and complicated archaeology masters reading while it pours wirh rain in Vilnius rn! Very atmospheric #scarathlon2022 @Clwojick

mdm139 Good cozy mystery series. Hallmark made a few of the books into movies fyi 2w
Emilymdxn @mdm139 I think my life would be a lot better if i knew how to access hallmark movies in the uk! They look so cosy and great for autumn and Christmas. Sometimes they turn up on British Netflix but not often :( 2w
Clwojick Yay! Hopefully it‘s a good one! 🎃 2w
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A quick excerpt of my Scarathlon tbr shelf on goodreads which I‘ll also use for #trappedonanisland! A healthy mix of horror, cosy mysteries, compulsory masters reading and sweet autumn romances

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Clwojick Looks like a fun list! 2w
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Second day in Vilnius and we‘re eating some bits and pieces at the hostel for lunch to save money and let our feet recover from a 2 hour walking tour. I‘m making a start on this Alice Munro collection that‘s been on my kindle waiting for me to get to it forever and I love it SO much. She‘s just the absolute short story master isn‘t she?

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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A really good and very ‘classic‘ Stephen king! I will say I liked the first half more than the second, because I always prefer the mysterious build up to the big reveal, but it was all good. Charlie was a great protagonist, a good mix of an Everyman and a specific character with his own motivations. Radar has my heart forever, good girl 🥰

tokorowilliamwallace Same, I usually prefer the build up or context more than plot and action based. 2w
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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And we‘ve arrived in Vilnius! Still reading Fairy Tale, which is very good but very long, and taking a minute to refuel in a cafe after walking about the old town and the very sad but important to see KGB Museum.

BarkingMadRun Ohhhhh I got this the day it came out but haven‘t started it yet! I can‘t wait! 2w
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Breakfast wirh Stephen king in Kaunas, the second city of Lithuania! Were off on the train to Vilnius today and I‘m so excited to be backpacking again (well, suitcase backpacking) for the first time since the pandemic. I‘ve never been to the baltics before and I‘m so happy to be here, particularly with my wild cherry donut and coffee 🥰

julesG Safe travels! 2w
Simona Enjoy❣️ 2w
Yuki_Onna Enjoy! I loved visiting Lithuania (high school trip 20 years ago) so much, I'll never forget that wonderful country... 2w
Bookpearl How exciting and Safe travels!! 2w
Smrloomis Hope it‘s a great trip! Be safe and enjoy it! 2w
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Mehso-so

I liked this book tho I felt frustrated sometimes when I wanted it to go deeper on a topic and it felt quite surface level sometimes. I think I‘d have enjoyed a longer book with more academic language. Some chapters felt really well researched and thought provoking and others felt thinner - the stuff on online fandoms could have been fleshed out a lot more imho.

ETALTON I just finished this book and I completely agree. I‘m pretty into cults (I read the books, watch the documentaries, listen to the podcast) so I know a bit about many of them, and this book didn‘t give me anything I didn‘t already know. I was a little disappointed. 2w
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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I‘m very excited to be back on #teamslaughter for another year. I‘m never more enthusiastic about reading than during the cool weather, new academic year and Litsy reading challenges. This and the winter games give me such a feeling of community 🥰 if you want to join in the sign ups are open til the 28th, I‘ll put the link in the comments

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Here‘s a few things from my #scarathlon2022 watchlist for #teamslaughter!! Anyone who knows me even a tiny bit (including my line manager lol) knows I live for horror. I got into it a huge amount during lockdown and it‘s really stayed with me as a hobby. I‘m gonna use Scarathlon as an excuse to rewatch some favourites on streaming and obviously our team movie Scream!

@Clwojick #scarathlon

Clwojick Rocky Horror and The Heathers 😍🖤🦇🖤 2w
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I wasn‘t sure this book could manage romance and true crime in a way that felt sensitive to real true crime subjects and also entertaining as a romance and generally worth reading, but I loved it so much and really recommend. The MC is obsessed with true crime in a way that felt really truthful and realistic to me (as a big true crime and horror reader). I liked the cute love story and the growth of the main character.

Emilymdxn Strongly recommend if you‘re looking for something this Halloween that interacts with crime-relevant themes without being scary or disturbing (there‘s no violence described at all and tw‘s are supplied at the start of the book). Could be a good Scarathlon pick 3w
Mustlovebooks1088 I was so curious about this book! Glad to read these reviews! 3w
bthegood thx for the review- stacked for the #Scarathlon2022 🙂 3w
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Sitting by the water in copenhagen reading the new Stephen king which is very good. This is what life should always be like and I never ever ever want to come home!

My first trip with both my parents and my partner is going great and we‘re going to a street food market in a minute. How can I be made to go to work on Wednesday it‘s not fair

TrishB And so say all of us! Enjoy while you can. 3w
Simona Enjoy❣️ 3w
charl08 Sounds perfect. 3w
BarbaraBB Enjoy ❤️ 3w
EvieBee I just left Copenhagen last night!! Great city. 3w
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Well friends I am in copenhagen! In an Airbnb that only has ‘happy birthday‘ coffee mugs bizarrely

Taking a few hours to chill at the flat before going out for dinner and drinks with some very tired feet after sightseeing. I‘m starting the new Stephen King book and I‘m so excited! I think this is the first brand new book I‘ve been a fan for and it was great fun getting the preorder in

Amiable Have fun! I loved Copenhagen when my husband and I visited a few years ago. 3w
Bookwomble Lovely city 😊 Gotta get a fresh stroopwaffel 😋 3w
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A French Affair | Katie Fforde
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I was hoping for this to be soothing and cute and it was mostly just very dull. I found the characters very flat and I found myself not caring about them, their romance, their antique shop or the antiques business more generally. I felt like I was waiting for some spark or humour and I just never got it.

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A French Affair | Katie Fforde
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. 😒😒😒 (because tbh I‘m not enjoying it)

2. Oooooh this is hard because I love stand-alones! I did love your nostalgia is killing me SO much I wanted it to be longer though.

3. I think I gave trainspotting 3⭐️ for being good but not as good as the movie

Eggs Perfection 🥰👍🏼 4w
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Trainspotting | Irvine Welsh
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I liked this a lot but it was hard not to constantly compare it to the film, which I do think was better. I think the film‘s tighter focus on Renton as a single main character worked better than this being like 70% Renton and 30% other people. I did like the Scots prose though, so quite good.

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Did you see they‘re taking the Halloween movies off british Netflix on September 30??? So disappointed to lose a mainstay of my Halloween and #scarathlon viewing. I‘m watching them now but doing it in September is just not the same!!

Hooked_on_books Well that‘s odd. I wonder why they‘d take them away before Halloween as opposed to after. 4w
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#twofortuesday @TheSpineView

1. My bf and I just had a conversation about going to the Dominican Republic! Which is half an island so I think it counts. I don‘t know that we‘ll actually go but it‘s the one I‘m daydreaming about atm

2. I might reread the tagged book which I really loved, or I‘d probably see what classic or new Dominican fiction I could find and download a massive stack on kindle before I left

BiblioLitten We have talked about going to DR recently too! Right after I finished a book set in DR 4w
TheSpineView Sounds like a lovely trip! Thanks for playing! 4w
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A well written book about a really harrowing topic - the sexual abuse committed by catholic priests and an unsolved murder connected with it. I read a lot of quite graphic and depressing books but this was really a lot. The level of detail on the abuse was more than I needed, but then it‘s important to understand how bad it was I suppose. I recommend but proceed with a lot of caution triggers wise

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Mehso-so

Eh. I loved a head full of ghost SO much then this was the second of this writer‘s books that felt like a let down afterwards. A vampire story that might not be a vampire story with quite little attention paid to discussion of vampires? Sure?