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Itchyfeetreader

Joined January 2017

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The Women of the Castle | Jessica Shattuck
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This was the book I was just starting as I joined Litsy … then life got in the way, a job change, cancer and during one of the post treatment steroid cleaning frenzies I tidied it away! In a we might be moving cleaning gig this Christmas I found it and today I finally finished. Ultimately a story of regret this was an interesting take on post war Germany. I appreciated the reference to the Resistance but found it to be a bit too neat a tale

Itchyfeetreader Side note I totally recommend the museum of the German resistance in Berlin. An over looked museum I think and incredibly powerful place to visit (edited) 1w
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I have been wondering why I fell out of reading and how to get back to it. Tonight my husband is rewatching Band of Brothers and instead of playing on my phone, peeved about it I have poured a small Rioja, tempted the dog to my side and started a new book. Feel like me again.

SRWCF Awesome! 2w
ravenlee Welcome back! 2w
Vansa I LOVE Rioja! :-) 2w
Vansa I LOVE Rioja! :-) 2w
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The Snow Song | Sally Gardner
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This was beautiful and is my #12booksin2021 for December. It‘s got a wonderful lyrical feel, fable like but powerfully feminist story. Would@recommend for anyone looking for a weather book for booked22
@Andrew65 thank you for this challenge I realise I had a much better reading year than I thought!!

Andrew65 Looks great. Same time next year 🤣 It has been a great way of reviewing last year. (edited) 2w
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Star Daughter | Shveta Thakrar
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#12booksin2021 this is my November pick. A young adult novel based in Hindu myth it was rich in imagery and made me want to know more

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Sword and Scimitar | Simon Scarrow
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#12booksin2021 this was my October read. Took 4 days away and got out of the country to Malta. It was so lovely to be somewhere else and reading about where I was staying felt like a sliver of normality

ShelleyBooksie So beautiful 3w
youneverarrived Malta is beautiful 3w
Itchyfeetreader @ShelleyBooksie @youneverarrived I agree such a beautiful island And so many different parts to see 3w
Hooked_on_books I love matching books to where I‘m traveling. It enriches both! 3w
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Know My Name | Chanel Miller
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Picked a tough but important read to start my year. Powerful and eloquent writing doesn‘t soften an incredibly harrowing experience. A book to make you angry about how we treat victims and how the law responds to sexual assault

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#12booksin2021 I adored this. The power in this feminist retelling is that it doesn‘t rewrite history so much as change the focus of what we think we already know and so reframes. V powerful and briefly had me looking up classics courses! (The dog knocked over a pint of water in my cover - not impressed!)

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Despite being a middle grade book this might be up there for my read of the year and I would recommend for anyone #readjngafrica2022 rich in imagery and such a strong sense of place this story of city girl sent to her grandmothers remote village for the summer is one that will stay with me. Also the cover is everything. #12booksin2021

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The City Always Wins: A Novel | Omar Robert Hamilton
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My July pick for #12booksin2021 this is written in a super interesting style and follows a young group during the Arab Spring in Cairo. It‘s not an easy one to describe but I loved it !

rockpools Ooh, I hadn‘t heard of this one! 3w
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Like a Love Story | Abdi Nazemian
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#12booksin2021 My June read was my first every buddy read and I ADORED this book. The characters were really well developed and the author tackled first love so well. My TV show of the year was probably It‘s A Sin and there was some similar themes here. A beautiful book that I can not recommend enough.

marleed I loved this book and read it via library loan. I couldn‘t get it out of my head so I finally bought the book so I could just see it (beautiful spine on my hard copy) on my shelves! 3w
Itchyfeetreader @marleed yes it was a beautiful book, may treat myself to my own copy at some point. It‘s defiantly one for a re-read 3w
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This is the book that started me back on a bit of a reading run in may. #12booksin2021 a touching story of war, illness and love.

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#12booksin2021 this was an April read for me and the first book in a couple of months I fell into and consumed in one go

Andrew65 Reading this one this week hopefully. 2w
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Show Us Who You Are | Elle McNicoll
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#12booksin2021 again not a February book as my reading fell away in the first half of the year. My default in a slump is to head to children‘s fiction and this was excellent. Futuristic / dystopian (?) this novel with a great neurodivergent MC explores what could happen as AI improves to a point you can create holographic selves. Powerful and much like her first book has stuck with me

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Some Body to Love: A Family Story | Alexandra Heminsley
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#12booksin2021 I read so oddly this year I can‘t do a book a month but I can probably get to 12! This, which I read in April is probably my non fiction of the year. A thoughtful, empathetic exploration of what it means when a family member begins to transition. The author balances her love and respect for her spouse and her own sadness and journey as her life begins to change . Thanks for the tag @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds interesting. 4w
Vansa THis sounds really interesting. Will add to my TBR! 3w
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As ever the reminder to step outside your comfort zone, this latest form Karen White is a blend of cozy southern mystery and ghost story and captured my attention. Despite an obvious failing there is also a ton of heart in these books and I have loved each h and every one. Good end to the series. And another chance for me to post a Charleston photo !

ImperfectCJ There is a parallel universe in which I live in an old house in historic Charleston. I visited years ago and loved it and should find an excuse to get back. 1mo
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Out of office on - last load of laundry in the machine so taking a sneaky break from Christmas prep

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Untitled | Unknown
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So embarrassed to see I managed 3 posts this year after my almost identical post to this at the end of 2020... I locked myself out of my account in August and only just made the time to fix it. I hope everyone is keeping well x

LiteraryinLawrence A whole lot of this year was like that for me too. I think that taking care of yourself so you can get through the day is the most important thing. Litsy and your books will be there any time you‘re back in that headspace. 💗 (edited) 1mo
TrishB Nice to see you again 👋 1mo
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ShelleyBooksie Welcome back! 1mo
rockpools Hi Jo! Nice to see you ☺️ 1mo
mabell Glad to see you back! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Welcome!! 📚♥️ 1mo
sprainedbrain Happy to see you again! 1mo
DivineDiana I certainly understand! Took a break myself for a while when life got in the way. Glad you are feeling better and back to Litsy! ❤️ 3w
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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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Crazy busy start to the year so sneaking a day off in this Monday. Nothing to do but curl up and read with my little buddy

Elizabeth2 Enjoy your day off! 11mo
CarolynM Dropping in to say hello. I've missed seeing you around. Hope all is well.💕 8mo
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Look I read another book! That‘s better than the last three months of last year!! I adore penguins and I love cross generational friendship stories so this whilst cosy and predictable is very much my comfort read wheelhouse. That the pup chilled out enough to be a book rest was an extra bonus !

Texreader Congrats! On a roll! 12mo
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It‘s taken having to read this for work to get me to finish this book and it really wasn‘t for me! Putting to one side currently criticisms of plagiarism this is more self help than feminist. There is a naivety in the writing and the messages are not the slightest but nuanced. Not for me but then I am not the target audience on this.

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Slightly shame faced wave from back here in the barely reading anything seats. I hope everyone is doing well

Chab256 I went thru a couple years where I literally read nothing...so I am proud of the 25 books I actually read this year. Welcome back! 😉 13mo
shortsarahrose Welcome back! I‘ve had years where I barely read anything. Don‘t be too hard on yourself. 13mo
AmyG Good to see you. We all go through phases of not reading...doesn‘t mean you are not a reader. Don‘t feel bad at all. 2020 has been on hell of a year for everyone. Please stay!!! 13mo
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Reviewsbylola I‘ve been there before—totally get it. I barely read from 2012-2014. You‘ll find your groove again! 13mo
Wife I understand reading slumps, especially in 2020, it‘s just where you are at the time. From experience, I know I can‘t force my desire to read, but I know it will return. Our Litsy friends will be here and welcoming when you‘re ready. Don‘t be hard on yourself 🌹🌹🌹 13mo
squirrelbrain 👋 Hi, nice to see you! We all have reading slumps - particularly this year.... And there‘s no reason why you still can‘t visit us here on Litsy, even if you‘re not reading much. There‘s a lot of positivity and caring going on! 13mo
julesG Hi! Good to see you! It's 2020, do we need to say more. I guess we've all struggled with one thing or another. Just pop by when you feel like it. We are very supportive. 😁 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego No reason to be embarrassed. Reading slumps happen to all of us. This is a great place to get inspired though. Or just hang out with good friends and good vibes. 💖 13mo
Caroline2 We all have reading slumps, no shame. I went a couple of years without reading once. And some days, I‘m so tired I can‘t read but I spend ages scrolling on here instead! I spend more time looking at books than actually reading em!!! 😆 13mo
ravenlee Glad to see you! I‘m pretty sure nobody‘s grading anyone else on reading/posting habits, so no worries! And being in a slump or just having different priorities doesn‘t make you a non-reader. We‘ve all had our ups and downs, and we‘re all here for each other! 💓 13mo
Megabooks Welcome back! 💕💕 I‘m sorry things have been difficult, but know you are always welcome here. 13mo
Simona I can feel you, I was there for the majority of the year and I always considered myself as the reader ... just don‘t put pressure on yourself for nothing ♥️ 13mo
Reggie I stopped reading for 2 months while I was feeling the uncertainty of things. Take your time. Reading will always be there. And don‘t feel bad. 13mo
LeahBergen Hello again! 👋🏻 13mo
CarolynM 👋 So nice to hear from you, believe it or not I was just thinking that I hadn't seen you around for a while. You're always welcome here whether you're reading or not. Chatting with friends here is a tonic. Hope you are doing as well as possible in these strange time💕 13mo
Lauram Welcome back, it‘s good to see you again. Slowly dipping my toes into the Litsy pool made me want to read again. 😄 13mo
CoffeeK8 Hi, nice to see you again! 13mo
Itchyfeetreader @julesG hello- I hope you have been doing ok through this awful year. I think I sort of half gave up on reading when the reading retreat didn‘t happen! 13mo
Itchyfeetreader @CarolynM @squirrelbrain it‘s been such an odd time; I really don‘t know where the weeks have gone (that‘s a lie - mostly on a laptop working) 13mo
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Catching Teller Crow | Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Ambelin Kwaymullina
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Wow! What a powerful, lyrical YA mystery. A word of warning for this target age group it probably ought to be papered with trigger warnings!

CarolynM I loved this one too. I thought it handled some tricky subjects more delicately than I've seen elsewhere. 1y
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Allegedly | Tiffany D Jackson
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Back on the reading wagon. This is a really interesting debut novel. It follows Mary, a 16 year@old living in a group home after having beeen convicted on manslaughter At just 9. It‘s well written and kind of heartbreaking. Glad I picked it up this morning

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Secrets of a Sun King | Emma Carroll
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I have been I. Such a reading funk I decided to return to kidlit to help me out and this did the trick. A lovely style with a great young narrator I enjoyed a lot!

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This is a wonderful honest little gem of a memoir. The author writes with openness and often a real humour about his mental breakdown and subsequent journey to better mental health. Some of it is is to read but incredibly insightful

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 looks interesting. 1y
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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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This was compelling and horrifically sad. The story of a beat cop trying to find her sex worker addict sister as a murderer strikes was as much a tale of family as it was a mystery. The writing was great and whilst not exactly hopeful it did have a sense of redemption.

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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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It‘s telling that the quotes at the beginning are from the Handmaids Tale and Lord of the Flies because you can see the influence of both in this one, throw in a bit of the Crucible and that‘s a fair summary! It‘s a powerful story and one that will stay with me for some time

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The Choice | Claire Wade
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Fascinating and oddly realistic dystopian novel that made me really think about consequences. If sugar was a class A drug where does that take us.... however for as much as the world building is fascinating this fell a little flat. A rare book that might have benefited from multiple narrators? Trafalgar Square plays large in this one and I love this photo from a few years ago

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I don‘t like ghost stories but I do really enjoy this series. It‘s hard to explain why as Mellie the main character is tough to always like and she was particularly annoying in this one. I think in part it‘s the love of Charleston and the history that shines through.

rockpools Sold! Hi Jo, hope you‘re keeping well 😊 2y
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Zero idea how I came to have this book but I was looking for something light on the kindle and there it was. I‘m sure this is a book for someone but not for me. An odd timeline with multiple narrators follows 4 adult sisters with serious communication issues. Never have I been more glad to be an only child!

UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 2y
Smrloomis 😂😂😂 1y
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The Choice | Claire Wade
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My team at work gave me Waterstones vouchers for my birthday - my entirely #blameitonlitsy order just arrived

Emilymdxn What a great stack! I love black and British a lot 2y
Megabooks Long bright river is so good!! 2y
Birdsong28 The choice is so good 2y
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This is without speech punctuation which I usually dislike but this time I found it added a lot. This is a very ordinary story of 2 older people starting a relationship of sorts. Despite the apparent simplicity this is a really beautiful story that was almost whimsical. I loved it

BookNAround Such a beautiful book. 2y
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A Portable Paradise | Roger Robinson
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Currently attending a great set of presentations on creativity and story telling. Available on the 5by15 Facebook page live now - really enjoying this poet talking about creative citizenship. Natalie Haynes, Benjamin moser, Neil gaiman, Laura Dockhill and Kate Mosse are up next .

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Cant believe I waited so long to read this. Loved the writing, loved the story loved the characters. Adored how the little town of Shaker became a character. Fabulous read and my first off the imposing trolley of TBR for #joysofjune readathon

rockpools Think this is still tbr on my kindle - glad you enjoyed it. One day! 2y
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Untitled | Anonymous
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She‘s since I did a readathon of any sort so joining one @Andrew65 #joysofjune . My personal goal is going to be to only read from the pile of waiting to be read books and see if I can create some space on my trolley!

Megabooks Good goal! 2y
Andrew65 Great to have you with us, hope you enjoy it. 😊👍 2y
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Heaven, My Home | Attica Locke
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I adored this second book featuring Darren Matthews., Texas ranger. The case is complex with appropriate twists to be a great stand alone mystery / police procedural. However the author elevates this further with a tense racial and political backdrop. Darren is a flawed but captivating protagonist and I hope we see more of him. (Photo Texas ranger museum in 2016 - I guess three months before this book is set)

BiblioLitten Bluebird, Bluebird was one of my top reads of this year. Will get to this one soon. 😊 2y
Itchyfeetreader @BiblioLitten same I loved it. I actually think this was as good if not better. Enjoy when you get to it! 2y
Abailliekaras Great review! I loved it too. 1y
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Bought after @Oryx pointed out the 99p kindle option at the weekend! I didn‘t see the Brigit Jones comparison. I thought Queenie had much more depth and was not at all superficial. Queenie is not always easy to like but I admired her journey a great deal. A pick

tracey38 And it looks like you have such a cute cuddle buddy, too! 2y
Oryx Just started this - like it already 2y
Mitch Well - we‘ve decided we‘re adding a puppy to the family! He was born a week ago - so we have 7 weeks to prepare. I might be shooting you up for tips for survival! 🤣 1y
Itchyfeetreader @Mitch How exciting! We have had some interesting times - she is a lovely character but exhausting ! Look foreword to seeing your new addition ! 1y
Mitch @Itchyfeetreader “interesting” is such a telling word! 🤣🤣 1y
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Beagles | Tammy Gagne
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Sorry I have been a bit quiet lately all - we inadvertently adopted a house elf.... well a beagle pup and we are only very slowly finding our feet. Normal service might resume slowly!

mabell Inadvertently 😂 2y
Itchyfeetreader @Mabel we knew she was a pup the amazing Dobby impression was a bonus! (edited) 2y
Megabooks Cute!!! 2y
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Crazeedi So sweet! Little beagles are adorable 🥰 2y
JoScho She is adorable! We have a beagle and he is so sweet and loving but so much energy. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 🐶 🥰 2y
Gissy Ahhhh😱😍🐶❤️❤️❤️❤️soooo cute!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
SamAnne Cutie! 2y
Mrs_B So adorable!!! 2y
TheSpineView Such a sweet face! Puppy love! 💜 2y
sprainedbrain Ohmygosh 😍😍😍 2y
Birdsong28 😍😍😍😍📚📖 2y
UwannaPublishme Awwww! 😍 2y
BookNAround Smooch that face! 🥰 2y
Erofan 🐶❤️ 2y
Nute Oh my goodness! Soooo cute!🐶💜 2y
dariazeoli Had to come spy your beagle. 🐶 Cute! 2y
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This was my set in Hollywood for #booked2020. Listened to it v slowly on audio over the last 2 months, started on Thjs frosty morning in March. It‘s compelling and Fsrrow pulls together multiple strands in a well researched way. This is as much his story as the women he worries about but I find it no worse for that.

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I read this on the recommendation of an Hr professional. Having worked in a team that spans the globe for a number of years there was not necessarily anything new here BUT I really liked the framework and the examples made it not feel like a dry academic study. Useful to give common language. Flip side reminded me it‘s a while before I am likely to see all my colleagues in India face to face :-(

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So I inadvertently bought this whilst trying to send a copy to my niece! So I read it! It‘s slightly manically paces but enjoyable with enough in jokes for a confident reader to spot and enjoy. We may do a little virtual book club when she finishes her copy!

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Lost for Words | Stephanie Butland
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Slightly oddly structured I really liked thisnstory of Loveday and her challenges to find peace.

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The Winter Ghosts | Kate Mosse
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Discounting that this was an odd read as the weather turned warmer I enjoyed. It was not as ri h or full of depth as her previous books (which may be why it sat on shelf for forever!) but I enjoyed the themes and her exceptional sense of time and place. Possible one for a reread come Halloween season . Interested was this positioned as YA ?

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Dear Mr. You | Mary-Louise Parker
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#7booksin7days #7days7books ##day 6 here‘s another that stayed with me !

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I‘ve been racing my way through this easy to read series of police procedural s aet theoughout thee beauty of NE England. I enjoyed this one a lot, interesting story and plot with the enjoyment of knowing most of the characters by now. I adore Newcastle and it was good to virtually visit !

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Suet624 This sounds intense! 2y
ShelleyBooksie I've wanted to read this for years 2y
Itchyfeetreader @ShelleyBooksie not an easy read but incredibly powerful. 2y
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#7books7days #7days7books day 4 - can‘t resist. This impacted me on all sorts of levels. I bought this volunteering at the in house shop at my local hospice (who looked after my Nan in her last day). First non fiction book that captivated me, a memory of growing up. Vexed I can‘t find this. Opt which I KNOW is in the house somewhere

rockpools ❤️ I used to have a copy of this, but never actually read it. Must have been from when I was working at the RNIB, because it was marked up with pronunciations and things for converting into a Talking Book. Time to re-stack... 2y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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BiblioLitten I have that book cover💙 2y
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Some Other War | Linda Newbery
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#7books7days #7days7books so hard not to write about why I‘ve picked these ! @RachelO

rockpools Sounds great. One day I‘ll get to day 3 of this challenge... 2y
Itchyfeetreader I adored this book as a 10 year old. To an adult reader it‘s kind of downton abbey esque but the social history, love story and war detail captivated me. This is I think when I first starting taking an interest in history 2y
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Second of this series and pretty sure I am going to whizz through the rest. Whilst the story is oddly unbelievable the writing is great and set in one of my favourite parts of the country. These would turn to tv well (not my photo - despite plenty of walks along the wall I don‘t appear to have any photos!)