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Jeg

Jeg

Joined December 2016

I love reading and I love Litsy.😍
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I‘m currently looking through this. I have a question . It seems that many books I‘d like to borrow from our library system are only available as e books. What is the best ( and easiest) device to read them on?

Tamra I use a Kindle for reading print library books & my phone for audio books via the Libby app. (edited) 15h
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The Labyrinth | Amanda Lohrey
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Op shop. Second book of the Labyrinth I‘ve found for $2. It‘s our next book club book. The Kate books I‘m rereading and The Promise won the Booker last year. I‘ve found an Op shop that has an amazing selection of books and all for $2. Can‘t help myself despite having a 4 layered book shelf full of TBR books. 😏.

LapReader I‘m jealous xo 1d
Jeg I can‘t believe myself!! Seems I have read said book so this is third copy I‘ve bought. I am losing my marbles!! 1d
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The Murder Rule | Dervla McTiernan
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Mehso-so

Not as good as her others. Really missed the mark for me . I‘m not completely sure why. Think it felt too contrived . It‘s been a couple of days since I finished it and already I‘m forgetting what it was about. Not at all memorable, for me anyway. Look forward to hearing what other people think/ feel.

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Pickpick

A quick but thoughtful read. Loved the forward by Margret Mahy and afterword by the author. What a controversy this book has caused in some places when first published. I looked for the movie. Not streaming here but I see if I knew how to make a certain streaming service think I was in Canada I could watch it! 🤷🏻‍♂️.

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Pickpick

Couldn‘t decide if I‘d read this before. However what a laugh I had . I believe this was her first book. I just loved it. I‘m on a quest to read her books when I find them in op shops or the library. When she described a holiday in Scotland I was right there with her, having spent many holidays their myself. Seems a lot of this book drawn from her own life. What a hoot.

CarolynM I only read this one last year. Loved it. I haven't read her others pre Jackson Brodie, but I'm planning to. 7d
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Love and Virtue | Diana Reid
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Well this is one of the very positive things that covid has given us. A very insightful first novel . Gave me a ton to think about. Have things become slowly more toxic since I was a student in the 60s? Did none of our protesting matter in the long run? So much to talk about and think about in this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LapReader I‘m going to see her at the Writer‘s Festival this weekend. 1w
MrsMalaprop I loved this book. 😍 The more things change the more they stay the same? 1w
CarolynM I loved this one too. The subject matter has been covered before, of course, but I thought this was a really thoughtful (and thought provoking) take on it. I‘m really excited to see what she does when she goes back to playwriting. 1w
Suet624 I keep asking the same question. All that protesting and everything is going backwards. 6d
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Rough Music | Patrick Gale
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First cold wet day here for sometime so got to finish this snuggled up in bed this morning. I‘m loving his books. This one is beautifully written. Characters very real to me. Events from his life contributed to the story.
First published in 2000. Well worth a read especially if you have enjoyed his later books.

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Pickpick

Very different to anything I have read. Took a while to get into and almost gave up but glad I didn‘t.
I should have read the blurb first , I think that may have helped.
Her subtle critic of the medical system in the US rang true for me.
So much in this book when I think about it.
Few words that say so much.

Suet624 Such a great book! 6d
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The Echo Chamber | John Boyne
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Another reading day outside. This was almost a so- so for me. A bit too long. A satire of all things “ woke”.
The author takes us on a journey , set in very modern times , with a family consumed with social media, celebrity and the resulting dilemmas of being consumed by all this. In the end I have to say I did enjoy it. Such a comment on the times we live in right now.

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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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A perfect day for sitting outside and reading this precious book. It‘s a book club read and I‘ve left it to the last moment and wish I hadn‘t. These essays ( please please don‘t be put off ) should be read slowly with time to think and ponder. My intention had been to read one every few days while enjoying my other reads.
I highly recommend and thank you @MrsMalaprop for choosing this book. ❤️❤️.

MrsMalaprop Can‘t wait for Monday 🤗💕 4w
Suet624 I didn‘t realize these are essays. 6d
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A Perfectly Good Man | Patrick Gale
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I‘d forgotten how much I enjoy his books. I‘m becoming a fan. He has included references to Perth and Margret River so I‘m guessing he has been here at a book festival?? Perhaps that‘s how the last book I found got signed.
This is a delightful story told cleverly using chapters for each character but going back and forth in time and weaving an enchanting story.

CarolynM I‘ve picked up a few of his books in discount bookshops over the years but never managed to read any. I will one day… 1mo
Suet624 I‘ve never read his books. Your review of both of the ones you recently read make me want to! 6d
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Took awhile to get into the swing of this book but glad I did. We had read the one that comes after this for book club some time ago ,so I‘ve had this on my TBR shelf for some time. I felt good when I finally got to the end. Perfect.

CarolynM Kate Atkinson can do no wrong🙂 1mo
Jeg @CarolynM I think I might be agreeing with you. 1mo
Centique I loved this one 😍 1mo
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The Whole Day Through | Patrick Gale
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Sitting in the warm autumn sun, no wind , a perfect day. Found this book on my TBR shelf. Beautiful. It‘s even signed. Not the ending I would have expected being me. However just perfect. I‘m going to read some more of him. I see he has written a lot. And this was in 2009. Anyone else a fan?

CarolynM I've got a couple of his books (including this one) which I keep meaning to read but never get around to. One day...😬🙂 1mo
Jeg @CarolynM that was me. Glad I picked it off the shelf. I really got into the characters. 1mo
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Pickpick

Delightful. Insightful. Inspiring.

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I love these books and the characters, especially Bryant and May. I‘ve read the whole series.
Christopher Fowler weaves fascinating facts about London into these books. This one even has a visit to NY and some unusual facts from there.
I even allowed myself to stay in bed this morning until I had finished it.
I‘m still surprised his books haven‘t been made into a film or TV series.

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Loved her first book . This one did not disappoint. Well researched and written she gave me lots to think about.
It worries me that our places of learning are becoming elitist rather than offering equality of opportunity which they claim to offer.
@MrsMalaprop would you like this copy. It‘s ready to keep moving.

MrsMalaprop Yes please 🙏 2mo
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The Way It Is Now | Garry Disher
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Mehso-so

Would not normal read him but it is his latest and an op shop find. A little bit unsatisfying for me. Felt like I was reading a TV series.

Suet624 It looks like you‘ve had a tough time recently finding a good book to read. 🥴 (edited) 2mo
Jeg @Suet624 exactly. When I started this book , I was hopeful. I have a bookshelf full of TBR books so fingers crossed I find something satisfying. 2mo
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Lemon: A Novel | Kwon Yeo-Son
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Mehso-so

Quick read. Unsatisfying. Puzzling . Hard for me to follow.

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The End of Days | Jenny Erpenbeck
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Bailedbailed

Found this hard to follow so gave up. Might come back to it one day.

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Pickpick

Loved this book. He has packed so much in his life —so far. Glad it popped up at the library. I‘m a recent fan and was unaware of how many things he has played in.

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Go, Went, Gone | Jenny Erpenbeck
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Just finished for book club tonight. Book club will be interesting, some people attending in person and some(me included) attending virtually.
This book ,I think , is a must read.
Certainly made me think.

BarbaraBB Such a good book. 2mo
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My Friend Anna | Rachel DeLoache Williams
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Came to this book late by way of watching the Netflix series Inventing Anna. I hope Anna is not making money from the series though I do see she has quite a following on social media. Incredible . I watched the real Anna interviewed. Wow! I‘m glad I read this book. I feel for Rachel and hope she has made heaps from this book. She wasn‘t depicted very well in the series at all. That was sad.

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7 1?2 | Christos Tsiolkas
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I‘ve just finished this and I don‘t know how to review it. At times I thought a pick, then a so so and almost a bail.
It‘s certainly different. I fast read the last third. Something caught my attention and I slowed down towards the end and wondered does he have second sight. There is beauty in his writing . A very different and sometimes difficult read for me.

CarolynM This is next month's book group read for me. I'm looking forward to it. 3mo
Jeg @CarolynM I‘m sure there will be a lot of discussion. Very interested to see what you think. 3mo
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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Excellent, Beautiful. I‘ve loved all her books especially the first one and this book did not disappoint. The greatest descriptions and wonderful characters. Loved loved loved this story.

CarolynM I've been dragging my feet about reading this but it's my #Bookspin book this month so that and your review gives me some extra motivation to get on with it🙂 3mo
Centique I‘m excited to get to this one - and your review makes me even more sure I‘ll love it! 3mo
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Pickpick

This book not listed . Excellent . Just what my head space needed right now. It‘s filled in places that were going off at tangents. Plenty to think about and to have a go at. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Six and a Half Deadly Sins | Colin Cotterill
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Light, quirky and sprinkled with facts about Vietnam, Laos and Thailand where the author lives. Just what I needed right now.

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Sticky McStickstick | Michael Rosen
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I‘m in a reading and life slump at the moment. Have started many books and finished none. This came in the post today. Gave me a bit of a lift. Easily read. I follow Michael on FB. His battle with Covid is well documented. This delightful book is one of ways he is saying thank you to the many people who helped in his recovery.
For all ages.

CarolynM Sending hugs, Joy🤗 Hope the slumps won't last for long💕 3mo
Jeg Thanks @CarolynM . I need some laughter in my life so I‘ve found a book that making me smile and watching reruns of Monk which makes me laugh out loud. “This too will pass.” 3mo
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Devotion | HANNAH. KENT
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Haunting.
My favourite is still Burial Rights.

Tamra Oh, I loved Burial Rites! 3mo
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Mehso-so

Last one of the 6 books I had of hers. Again not my favourite. I think the Pilots Wife that I read years ago was the best for me. I learnt that she had died in 2018. But she has left a legacy of writing that is full of great descriptions and a fluency that is a delight. I probably won‘t read anymore of hers but glad I‘ve had a go at 7.
Love that she writes so well about New England.

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Mehso-so

Number 5 of my Anita books. This was just ok. Part historical, part modern day, she went back and forth between the two very well. Again beautiful writing and grand descriptions. The descriptions near the end were a bit too much for me so I skipped read to find out the conclusion. Started the sixth one this morning. More modern day which I like.

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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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Found this today and just had to buy it. Added to my TBR shelf.

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Resistance | Anita Shreve
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Slowly getting through my 6 books by her. She is very prolific. After these probably won‘t read her again. This one I enjoyed more than the last two. About a downed pilot in wartime Belgium. Adventure, suspense, romance and ok ending. And of course her lovely descriptions and writing. Published in 1995.

kbibliophilific I read every single one of her books. I love her !!! 4mo
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Mehso-so

This was number 3 out the 6 I‘m going to read. It‘s narrator is male and I had to keep reminding myself of that fact. I‘m not sure I liked having just the one point of view. Again great descriptions and beautiful writing but the story did not thrill me. I started next one I have, it‘s set in WW 2 and I‘m not sure I will finish it. I‘ll give it one more session.
So far I‘ve only enjoyed 1 from this lot and 1 I read years ago.

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Mehso-so

Way too long and tedious. I love her descriptions but this was just a bit too much so I skipped a lot.Also I‘m not a fan of historical fiction. So I‘ve read two of the six. I‘ve started the next one it‘s historical fiction also. So I shall see.

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I picked up 6 of her books for $1. Decided to read them one after the other. Previously I had only read one of her books. I enjoyed this one. Great descriptions, set in New Hampshire close to where I was born. I love how her characters are well described and easy to imagine. Got me through some very hot days here.

LeeRHarry I enjoyed this one too 😊 bit over this heat! 🥵 (edited) 4mo
Suet624 I‘ve only read one of hers. Curious to see what you think of the six. 4mo
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Death Du Jour: A Novel | Kathy Reichs
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One of books I got from a Book club Xmas. It reminded me why I had stopped reading her. Far too much detail of things I‘d rather not know. Other than that it was an ok read. Got me through our dreadful heat wave.

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The Land Before Avocados | Richard Glover
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Wonderful read. Really sparked my memory. Young ones should read as I get they can‘t believe what the 60s, 70s and even the 80s were like. Richard told them things and they didn‘t believe him . We truly have come a long way.
Made me LOL a lot. It‘s very Aussie but I‘m sure other countries could relate.

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A Painted House | John Grisham
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Lent to me by a friend , this is not his usual. After reading about his early life I would say this is a fictional story of his early childhood on a cotton farm. I think the term is “ dirt poor”. Knowing this I really enjoyed it after a slow start. He is an inspiration. From such a childhood to where he is now. His work in getting wrongfully convicted out of prison and on death row is very commendable.

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Best Foot Forward | Adam Hills
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Another Xmas gift because I‘m a big fan. I‘ve watched so many reruns of Spicks and Specks that I know all the answers. 😊 . I‘m also a fan of the Last Leg because it makes me laugh and at the same time keeps me up to date with the weeks news in Britain. It was published in 2018 so it‘s not new. A great op shop find. We do op shop Xmas and I‘m always amazed at what is found. Adam has had an amazing life with more to come.

MrsMalaprop Op shop Christmas? What a great idea. 😊 4mo
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First book for this year. Present from my brother as he knew I‘m a fan since seeing her on The Drum. Entertaining and informative.( though I now know more about gay sex than I really need) 😏. No longer confused about Drag Queens, Transexuals etc. plus other good information. An interesting life so far. Easy read.

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Girl A | Abigail Dean
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I really enjoyed this book. I got it from book club Xmas along with others . The giver had spent her money in op shops and got some amazing recent books.
The narrator is Girl A and she goes between the then and her now. I got very involved in the story.
I‘m counting this as last book of 2021. As I read most of it then. 80 books 2021.
. @MrsMalaprop I think you might like it.
#joysbooks2021

MrsMalaprop 80 books is awesome 👏 👏👏 5mo
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The Labyrinth | Amanda Lohrey
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Read this today. Beautifully written and a worthy winner. However not completely sure I understood the ending. I might need to read it again slowly.
#joysbooks2021

CarolynM It was very well written, but I wasn't sure what to take away from it either. 5mo
Jeg @CarolynM glad I‘m not the only one. I thought it ended rather abruptly. It wasn‘t satisfying for me. Hope you are adjusting to your ‘ new” normal. 5mo
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Well Hello | Annabel Crabb, Leigh Sales
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I‘ve had my eye on this book as I love them both. Breakfast with two friends , we call ourselves the Good Witches.
This was my gift from one of the witches and I‘m about to dip into it. 🧙‍♀️

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The Innocent Man | John Grisham
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Mehso-so

Wanted to read this as it‘s his only nonfiction book. Found it recently in an op shop. I think it would have been an eye opener in it‘s time 2006 when DNA was beginning to get innocent people out of prison. I skipped over the pages as I knew the outcome of course. Having watched and read about many such cases , I felt there are too many other books in my TBR shelf to spend anymore time on this one.
#joysbooks2021
@MrsMalaprop

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I‘m not a great fan but I heard him on the radio and thought I‘d give this a go. It was ok. I can see why he is popular.
I‘m going to read one more of his books. His only non fiction.
Not reading at my usual rate. Walking lots instead. I was thinking of listening to audio books but I like to think as I walk. A sort of meditation.
#joysbooks2021
@MrsMalaprop

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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This is one of many books I was given at Book club Xmas. It‘s taken me a while to read it as I‘ve replaced my early morning reading with walking. This was perfect for me as it was sort of short stories about different women all connected in some way. Lots of comments on feminism, racism and the political landscape of the time each part is written about. I enjoyed it. Can see why it won.
#joysbooks2021
@MrsMalaprop

Suet624 I enjoyed this one too. 5mo
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I enjoyed her second book so hunted this one out as I think it won a prize. It‘s her first to be published. I found the descriptions too long, like a film script perhaps . I probably should not have interrupted my reading as I did lose track .
#joysbooks2021
@MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Haven‘t read her. 6mo
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I just finished watching the series. It was excellent. Story line kept me watching and the issues in each episode were very relevant . Kids get so much misinformation from the internet, this is right out there and factual in context and with feelings. This book is an excellent resource. I just love it. Will pass on to grandson when he is a little older.
#joysbooks2021
@MrsMalaprop might be a good one for your tool box.

CarolynM I love the series. I think a few adults would benefit from the advice too😆 6mo
Suet624 Fantastic series. 5mo
MrsMalaprop What age do you think it‘s suitable for? 5mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop older teens, young adults and grown ups . Have you looked at the series? If I remember I‘ll bring book to book club for you to look at. I‘m impressed with the way it‘s all been done. 5mo
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Flesh Wounds | Richard Glover
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An op shop find. I recognised the name . It was a wonderful read. A strange childhood remembered with humour and an effort to understand his parents. I love his writing style. Easy to read , a delight. I‘ll be looking out his other books. Interesting comment on parenting styles of the 60s and 70s compared to more recent times. Gave me food for thought.
#joysbooks2021
@MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Read this one when it first came out. I was fascinated by the importance of his ‘nanny‘ in providing a secure early attachment figure in an otherwise emotionally bereft childhood 😢🥰. 6mo
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I‘m really warming to this author. Great for a light read. Clever and at times funny. My 3 reads have been op shop books. So will continue to look out for more.
#joysbooks2021
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EvieBee I really like this series, and glad you did too. 6mo
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