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KarenUK

KarenUK

Joined March 2016

British gal living in sunny FL 😎- Bookseller, Book Club lover, Bookaholic, Cookaholic, and proud #starslut !
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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, Jocelyn Potter
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#Weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

- I‘m planning on finishing up ‘When God was a Rabbit‘ on Audio, then starting the John Boyne.... both of these are for #pop19...almost done!
- In print, I‘m hoping to finish up the charming ‘My Family and other animals‘ then start ‘On earth we are briefly gorgeous‘ ... it‘s been calling me from my nightstand for too long! 📚💕

Cinfhen How‘s the Boyne??? 2d
Cinfhen Oh, I see now/ you haven‘t started yet 2d
Cinfhen I‘ll wait for next weeks #bookreport 2d
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KarenUK @cinfhen Not started yet, but I‘m hoping for great things 🤞🤞🤞 2d
Tex2Flo I cannot see the title of the rabbit book and not think of you. (Also, pretty covers!!) (edited) 2d
LauraBeth On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous will be one of my favorite books of 2019! 😀 2d
KarenUK @laurabeth I have a feeling I‘m going to love it too.... 2d
BarbaraBB I think you will too! What do you think of the Sarah Winman? 2d
KarenUK @barbarabb I‘m a total Sarah Winman fan girl! This a reread for a pop sugar challenge to reread a favorite book. First time on Audio and I‘m loving it.... she reads it herself (she was an actress before she was an author)... have you read this one? I know you loved Tinman... 1d
BarbaraBB I liked this one less than Tin Man but I am looking forward to 1d
KarenUK @barbarabb just be prepared for no quotation marks in that one! ... It doesn‘t bother me but I know it drives some people crazy! 😂 1d
BarbaraBB No question marks? That‘s strange. Thanks for letting me know! 1d
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My Family and Other Animals | Gerald Durrell, Jocelyn Potter
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#Bookreport @Cinfhen

- Completed Brideshead Revisited and loved it. Can‘t believe I had never read it. So my jam!

- 2/3 of the way through my re-read of a favorite book. Trying When God was a Rabbit on audio. Unusually the author narrates it herself, but then again she‘s an actress so it makes sense. Really enjoying it.

- 1/3 through my new read (tagged book). This classic NonFic is delightful! Set in Corfu, between the wars, it‘s fab so far.

Cinfhen Looks like you had a successful reading week and stayed pretty much on track🙌🏻once again, I need to compliment your cover coordination 😃💕 3d
jillrhudy ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 3d
BarbaraBB Great update! 3d
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My Family and Other Animals | Gerald Durrell, Jocelyn Potter
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#Movember #laislabonita
I love me a story set on an island, whether sunny and idyllic or stormy and bleak! I‘ve included my favorites here, plus my current (tagged) read which is turning out to be completely delightful💕 😍🌴💨🌊

Tamra I was going to mention The Summer Book, but I see you have it. 👍🏾👍🏾 3d
Cinfhen This is SO your jam 💙💙💙 3d
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KarenUK @tamra Thanks for the recommendation... Stacked! 💕📚 3d
KarenUK I have not @Soubhiville , sounds heartbreaking. Stacked 📚💕 3d
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
1. Upwords with my hubby and my Dad when he comes to stay... Scattergories at family gatherings.
2. Cinque Terre
3. 92/100 for goodreads, finished #booked2019, 3 left for #pop19
4. Just read my first Evelyn Waugh and loved it.
5. What would you pick as your last meal?

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘d pick lobster 🦞 3d
hes7 Something with French fries. 😂 3d
Crazeedi Number 2 DEFINITELY!!❤ 3d
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Crazeedi Pizza! 3d
ljuliel Sausage gravy and biscuits with a chaser of Coke. ( the drink, not the drug) 3d
Amiable I‘m with @BarbaraTheBibliophage —lobster. 3d
TheSpineView I with @Crazeedi Pizza is my favorite food.💜🍕 3d
marleed I gave up hamburgers for life :(. My last one was 3May2017 - so yeah, a burger! 3d
KarenUK I‘d pick a perfectly roasted chicken with homemade aioli, arugula salad and some fresh crusty bread (and butter!) 3d
Nessavamusic Filet mignon and a giant ice cream sundae 3d
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Excuse the splodges! @ValerieAndBooks Here‘s the soup recipe from Oprah.... it was delicious! 😋💕

ValerieAndBooks Ooh, thank you so much!! I definitely want to try it soon! 😘💖 4d
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My Family and Other Animals | Gerald Durrell, Jocelyn Potter
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A quick update on #20booksby2020
@megnews .... So far 12/20.....
Starting the tagged book today.... I have a feeling it‘s going to totally be my jam! 😊🤞💕📚

megnews 👏 👏 👏 (edited) 5d
Samplergal I think you will enjoy it. 5d
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts! 5d
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jillrhudy On what date do we start counting our #20booksby2020 ??? 5d
KarenUK @jillrhudy We all committed to 20 books from our TBR that we wanted to read before the end of the year, I think it was sometime back in August?🤷‍♀️... We each made a collage of these 20, and are posting our progress. Never to late to join in! 😊 5d
jillrhudy @KarenUK I don't know; I think maybe it is! LOL but I did read 14 books in October so maybe I could make it! It's committing to the books that's tricky because then I'll hear about a book on a podcast, or get an unexpected ARC. . . 4d
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#Booked2019 all done for me! Thank you so much to @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage and @4thhouseontheleft for organizing this super fun challenge... 💕😊
I‘ve read so many books I‘ve loved, enjoyed all the planning, and loved seeing everyone‘s picks....

And now I‘m already planning #Booked2020 ! 🤓📚

Daisey Congratulations! 🎉 5d
4thhouseontheleft Congrats! 🥳🤩🎉 5d
LauraBeth Yay! 🎉🎉 Which Book was your favorite? 5d
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TheDaysGoBy Congrats! I too am interested in which ones you enjoyed the most 5d
KarenUK @LauraBeth @thedaysgoby that‘s such a tough question! Am I allowed a 3-way-tie???😂... (Brideshead revisited/ Conversations with friends/ The hand that first held mine) 📚💕 (edited) 5d
LauraBeth I just 📚 Brideshead bc I‘ve never read it. I LOVED Convos With Friends! I got side-tracked with life in 2019 and wasn‘t able to complete Booked, so I‘ll give it another try next year. 😀 5d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay! One more set of prompts all checked off! That‘s a terrific bunch of books. 👊🏻♥️📚 5d
BarbaraBB I share two of your three faves this year ! 5d
youneverarrived Woohoo 🎉🎉 5d
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Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh
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And done! #Booked2019 finished, and I‘m pretty sure I saved the best until last!

Often called ‘THE Oxford novel‘ and set between the wars, both a setting and time period I adore reading about.... I was completely swept away by this gorgeously written novel. A dash of humor, and a whole lot of melancholy and nostalgia and longing for lost loves, I can‘t believe it took me until now to read this beauty. Loved it! 💕

Freespirit Another one I need to read..thanks for the reminder 5d
Crazeedi I've hear so much about this book but never read, was it made into a movie? 5d
4thhouseontheleft What a gorgeous group of books! 5d
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KarenUK @crazeedi I‘ve not seen either, but there are 2 adaptations on Amazon prime right now.... a famous and well-respected mini series from the 80‘s (I think?) with Jeremy Irons, and a recent tv movie version, with Matthew Goode and Emma Thompson. Now I‘ve finished the book, I‘m planning on watching them! #alwaysbookfirst 😊 5d
Crazeedi @KarenUK I thought I'd heard about series, the one from the 80s 5d
Blaire I love this book! Went through a big Waugh phase right after high school. 4d
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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And the planning for #booked2020 begins! I‘m trying to pick selections from books I already own!

1. A #BOTM that I didn‘t get to
2. I didn‘t get to this Women‘s Prize shortlister
3. I want to learn how to make amazing sourdough next year!
4. Not strictly set in Hollywood entirely, but a novel about ‘Hollywood‘ and actors
5. I love book covers with water tones and illustrations
6. A kindle short story from one our lovely Littens @valeriegeary 💕

Cinfhen Yay!!! I think this is our first #Booked2020 tentative picks 💕I‘ll be looking for that @valeriegeary short story 😊 7d
4thhouseontheleft Great picks! I liked Queenie. 7d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I honestly don‘t know how many bread baking skills Sourdough will teach you. But it inspired me to want to bake bread again! (edited) 6d
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Crazeedi @Cinfhen I signed up , but i may be in way over my head 6d
Cinfhen You‘ll be amazed @Crazeedi how many books actually fill the prompts!!! You‘re gonna be fine!!!!! 6d
Lynnsoprano Interesting choices. Good luck making sourdough in South Florida. I tried to get a starter going a couple times, but it always got moldy 😕 5d
KarenUK @Lynnsoprano I‘m forever the optimist! 😊 5d
valeriegeary @KarenUK @cinfhen 😭 you guys! Now I'm all teary eyed. This story is one that I wish would get more love because I had such fun writing it! I'm trying to figure out a way to re-brand it. It was originally part of a literary zine that's no longer around. Anyway...it needs a new cover. 😂 Hope you like it! 🤞 2d
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#Movember #girlgonewild

Peggy is 8 yrs old when her survivalist father takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, they begin to make a life for themselves.
When Peggy begins to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods, she discovers the strength she needs to get back home and find the mother she thought she‘d lost.

Cinfhen I own this but haven‘t read it yet. Are there any TW for sexual abuse?? 1w
KarenUK @Cinfhen Definitely.... it‘s not graphic but it‘s there... (edited) 1w
Cinfhen Ugh..... not sure I can read THAT 🥺 1w
jillrhudy This was crazy! Very different. I got it from a bookstore a several years ago and I have no idea what became of it. 1w
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#SouperSundays
Started my new (re-read) of an audiobook this morning (for #pop19) whilst #audiosouping

Tried a recipe from November‘s Oprah magazine... we may not get fall weather in SoFlo but I still had a craving for fall flavors!🍁
Roasted cauliflower & butternut squash soup with cinnamon and cumin...🥣
It was supposed to have Halloumi croutons, but I couldn‘t find any at the store, so added my own Florida twist of avocado and Sriacha! 🥑🌶

MicheleinPhilly Looks and sounds AMAZING. 1w
Cathythoughts Looks great 👍 1w
saresmoore Yum! 1w
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KarenUK I borrowed your hashtag @debinhawaii Hope you don‘t mind! 😉💕🥣 1w
DebinHawaii @KarenUK Absolutely not! #audiosouping & #soupersundays are for sharing! 😆Your soup looks delicious! I have cauliflower in my soup today too. Love the toppings. 😋 1w
ValerieAndBooks I‘ll have to find that recipe from Oprah, 😋 either online or from the magazine stand ! Yum! 5d
KarenUK @valerieandbooks it‘s not online.... I checked 😕... I‘m going to post it and tag you 😘 5d
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My Family and Other Animals | Gerald Durrell, Jocelyn Potter
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen
-Halfway through Brideshead and loving it....
-Think I‘m going to start When God was a Rabbit on audio as my #pop19 favorite re-read.... I always like to change format when I do a reread...🎧
- Next up I think I‘m going to read the tagged book. Another between the wars time period which I adore, this time with a setting of my favorite place in the world, the Greek Islands.... and perfect for #NonFictionNovember 💕😊📚

Cinfhen WOW! Your covers compliment each other so nicely 🤩 (edited) 1w
KarenUK It‘s those swimming pool tones again! 😂💙 @cinfhen 1w
HKGirl Oohh, I read several Gerald Durrell books growing up! It's been so long though, maybe time for a reread. 1w
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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I so enjoyed building my stack last weekend, that I‘ve decided to make it a weekly thing.... #SundayStack
This week it‘s #adozenfavorites .... tried to narrow it to ten but just couldn‘t!
Feel free to tag me and #showmeyourstack 😊

Rissreads There are some fantastic books in your stack! 1w
MelissaSue81 I have read The Book Thief and just finished Station Eleven (so good!). I have a few of the others in your stack on my TBR. 1w
Reagan-reads You have a couple of my favourites in there! 1w
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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#Movember #rescueme
Had to go with the best kind of rescue today!
Tagged book is from my #TBR -I think it fits perfectly.

“A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.
When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.”

Cinfhen That T-shirt is fabulous 🐾 (edited) 1w
TheSpineView Rescues are the best! 1w
Stacypatrice Rescue Glitter 💖💖 1w
britt_brooke 💚🐾 1w
DGRachel Rescue Glitter! I love that and am totally stealing that. 💖😍 1w
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#NovemberTBR
I‘m hoping that I‘ll finish up all my challenges this month...
Top 4 are my last prompts needed for #pop19 - a favorite reread, based on a classic, ‘sugar‘ in the title and a ghost story.
My current read is Brideshead revisited, my last prompt for #booked2019 for public domain.
And I‘m at 90/100 for my goodreads goal.

Erotic Stories and One Day in December are for upcoming book clubs...

The Ocean Vuong is just calling my name😊💕📚

TrishB Some great ones there 👍🏻 1w
Cathythoughts I loved tagged book !! And Brideshead ❤️ 1w
4thhouseontheleft I‘m trying to finish #pop19 this month too! 5 to go... 1w
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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#bookreport @Cinfhen
Not my most prolific reading week.... Retail craziness at B&N has begun as we set up for the holidays, and it has been exhausting! .... but....
I finished my re-read on audio of Daisy for my bookclub on Wednesday.. Loved the full cast performance and we had a great discussion.
Halfway through Brideshead and really enjoying the writing, time period and setting. 💕📚

Cinfhen I bet Daisy on audio is brilliant!!!!! Wow!!! Retail craziness already??!?!?! 1w
KarenUK @Cinfhen yes it‘s this week we set up the store.... not shoppers yet, just lots of merchandising! I worked 2 overnights! 1w
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High Fidelity | Nick Hornby
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#MoVember
I couldn‘t think of books and #music without thinking of Nick Hornby‘s writing...... Loved this book and movie 📚💕🎥

Leftcoastzen I love this book and movie too!when I‘m in a bad mood I watch the film and feel better. 1w
dariazeoli One of my faves in both mediums! 1w
Cinfhen Need to read and watch 🙊 1w
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Turbulence | David Szalay
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#octoberwrapup
A month of challenge reads, some lovely cookbooks and a fabulous reread, on audio (Daisy Jones)
My favorite fiction was Turbulence.. a beautifully written collection of linked vignettes that really spoke to me.
The Art of escapism cooking is a gorgeous memoir/cookbook - my favorite combo!
I realized that space stuff (Descender for #pop19) is not for me, and I‘m just #meh about YA fantasy (Blood and Bone for #booked2019) 🤷‍♀️

BarbaraBB I loved Turbulence too! 2w
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One Day | David Nicholls
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#Movember #Cherish
I‘m always a fan of David Nicholls writing... A perfect mix of sentimentality and humor for me....
Lovely words here... “ #cherish your friends” 💕

Cinfhen Wonderful advice xx I #cherish our friendship 💜💜💜 2w
Amiable I just read this book last month! It was a delightful read. 2w
Chrissyreadit I love this quote 🧡🧡🧡 2w
KarenUK Ditto! 😘😘😘😘 @Cinfhen 2w
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Sense & Sensibility | Joanna Trollope
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#challengeupdate
Just 4 more to go to finish up #pop19 .....
- Ghost story
- Reread a favorite
- A retelling of a Classic
- Book with ‘Pop‘ ‘Sugar‘ or ‘Challenge‘ in the title

How‘s everyone else doing?

BarbaraBB I need another 5 before I‘m finished! 2w
KarenUK @barbarabb Almost there! 😊👍 2w
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A Room With A View | E.M. Forster
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Here‘s my #bookstofilms stack..... where I love both the book and the adaptation.... feel free to join in! 📚🎥💕 #Sundaystack

jillrhudy I‘m all about P&P, Room with a View, Remains of the Day, Atonement and Guernsey (books and movies) but to which Death on the Nile adaptation do you refer? 2w
KarenUK @jillrhudy Suchet is my favorite Poirot... but I‘m all about the classic Ustinov movie.... the female cast is just awesome! 2w
charl08 Always... but also Remains of the Day 2w
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Swimming Lessons | Claire Fuller
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I love author Claire Fuller on instagram, she‘s always really fun,and writes great reviews. My favorite thing she does is her themed book stacks.... today‘s is #bookstofilms which is always a great one... I‘m going to share my stack of my favorites on here, feel free to share yours too! 📚🎥💕

Cinfhen I like an author who‘s engaged with their readers💚 2w
Cathythoughts Loved tagged book ♥️ 2w
KarenUK @Cathythoughts Me too! Ingrid has really stayed with me.... such a fantastic character... 💕 2w
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Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh
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#Weeklyforecast
What a lovely idea💕
Currently listening to Daisy Jones. Read it when it first came out in print, and loved it. Hosting a bookclub this week so doing a re-listen to the full cast audio this time. Fun!
Just starting the tagged classic. It‘s my last pick for #Booked2019 (a public domain book). I think it‘s going to be totally my jam. I love anything set at Oxford, and England between the wars, is my favorite period to read about. 🤞

Cinfhen Thanks for joining me!!!! I also have an audio and print going!!! And congrats on almost completing #Booked2019 #YoureSoClose 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
jillrhudy I love books set between the wars in England. 2w
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Faces: Profiles of Dogs | Victoria Sackville-West
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Originally published in 1961, this new edition is the perfect gift for dog lovers. Sackville-West‘s writing is charming and funny, and Goehr‘s photos are so soulful, each dog‘s eyes are so engaging.
The descriptions are just so quotable...the gentle-eyed Afghan 'like somebody's elderly Aunt Lavinia, who nourishes a secret passion for the Vicar', or the Labrador, 'dear, solid, faithful lump of a dog!', and that 'docile minion' the Corgi. Perfect!

Aimeesue Vita! Vita! Vita! ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve been eagerly eyeing this new edition! 😍😍 2w
jillrhudy I‘m gonna have to sing the Vita song now @Aimeesue 2w
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Never miss an opportunity to sing the Vita song! 2w
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This is as much a cookbook to curl up in bed with, as it is to cook from. Gorgeous photos, beautifully honest memoir sections with a dose of dark humor, and the kind of recipes you give up a whole day to. They are often real projects, with many homemade components, that will fill your home with amazing aromas, and give so much comfort and joy, in both preparing and eating. I wish I had more time to dedicate to this kind of cooking.... #oneday 😍

Cinfhen Looks fantastic 💓 3w
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This looks worryingly like my nightstand! 😂

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I love the BBC podcast ‘Books and Authors -A good Read‘ ..... I just listened to this episode, and now this almost exclusively Fiction reading girl, can‘t wait to read these three Non fiction books! Books about homing pigeons, an Irish walk and the NHS! That‘s what passionate readers talking about books can do....😍📚Who‘d ave thunk it?

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-and-authors/id331296649?i=1000451930...

Samplergal Non fiction! Good on you! 1mo
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Pre-order #bookmail ... don‘t you love it when a book you ordered months ago, arrives unexpectedly! I ordered this when I bought the spring-summer version earlier this year, and I guess being in South FL meant I forgot it was even fall! 🤦‍♀️
Nigel Slater is my favorite writer, and this one is a veggie packed treasure! 💕🥦🌽🌶🍆🥬🥕🥒🥑

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#breaktimebookhaul #covercrush
No idea what it‘s about, but I love the title and cover so much!
My store manager gave me a gift card for winning a team-coaching challenge, so it burnt a hole in my pocket! 😂📚💕

squirrelbrain Ooh I applied for this on NetGalley... sounds fab just by the title doesn‘t it?! 1mo
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#septemberwrapup

A fun month of reading!
Easy favorite was the tagged non-fiction book.... A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read!
No bails, a couple of fantastic cookbooks, and a re-read of ‘Island of Sea Women‘ for a bookclub.
My favorite fiction was ‘Very Nice‘ though the last few pages let it down.

Texreader Nicely done! 1mo
Lindy Lovely mix of reading! 1mo
MrsMalaprop I just finished a book about psychotherapy too. Stacked this one 👍. 1mo
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#OctoberTBR

- A recent #BOTM (The Gifted School)
- A re-read for bookclub (going to try Daisy on Audio this time)
- The tagged book & Brideshead Revisited are to tie up #Booked2019
- Curtain & The Little Prince are for #Pop19
- And the bottom 3 are calling to me from my night stand!

4thhouseontheleft I had a hard time getting into the physical copy of Daisy Jones, but am finding the audiobook fantastic! 1mo
WhatWouldJaneDo I just listened to Daisy Jones on audio and it was incredible! The cast is great and you really feel for all the characters. 1mo
marleed I loved this audiobook but had to own the print. TJR places such great lines in the mouths of her characters that I want the print reference. ... it was also fun to reread for nuances once I knew the ending. Dang - I wish I could type more about that. 1mo
jillrhudy Daisy on audio was SO excellent. 1mo
BiblioLitten I can see a few favourites! Especially the third vertical stack. 1mo
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3.5 ⭐️ A fun read, with super likable characters with some really funny dialogue. A little bit forgettable of a story, nothing much happens, but these three women are so easy to cheer for, as they navigate romance and friendship.

JennyM I LOVE this pic! 1mo
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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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Imagine if TV show ‘The Affair‘ and Delia Ephron‘s ‘Siracusa‘ had a baby, with more diverse characters (and no murder!) These characters are not ‘Very Nice‘, in fact they are mostly downright awful, but I enjoyed this sharp, satirical, biting novel. Each POV was so full of self-delusion, self-righteousness and self-soothing of their own ego, yet I couldn‘t stop reading. It felt super current, and it was really a lot of fun. Odd ending though.🤷‍♀️

Reggie Lol, thank you for the awesomely done visual equation! 1mo
KarenUK @Reggie 😊💕! Wish I could do this for every review, but I‘m not that ingenious! 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. The tagged book & Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky.... hoping to finish both by month end...
2. I absolutely LOVED ‘Maybe You Should Talk To Someone‘ by Lori Gottlieb 💕
3. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, and On Earth, We‘re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 📚

gradcat Hi, Karen! Is today your last birthday post for the month of October? I just want to reiterate what a swell job you did!! ♥️ 😉 🥰 1mo
KarenUK It was! And thank you so much! It was a lot of fun..... 💕 1mo
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Super nerdy bookish trivia.... i.e. perfect for me! 🤓

From David Bowie‘s 100 most influential books, to the books Oscar Wilde had in his jail cell, to Bin Laden‘s bookshelf discovered by Navy Seals, to the most picked Desert Island Disc Books.... each list is accompanied by a description of its source. A really fun little nerd fest of a book...

keithmalek I've been wanting to read this, but without getting it online, I can't seem to find it (neither libraries or stores). 1mo
KarenUK @Keithmalek I had to order it from my local store... (I also work there!) 1mo
Nute I go for nerdy books like this too!💕 1mo
AmyRebecca Neat! 1mo
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I think this will be in my top 5 for this yr, which for someone who rarely reads Non-Fic, is saying something! I absolutely loved it. I laughed, I was fascinated, I was moved to tears. As Roger Ebert once said about movies, I feel the same about books, they are ‘empathy machines‘. This book was so full of empathy, human spirit, and was written with such warmth. I couldn‘t have loved it more. Can‘t wait to talk about it with my bookclub next year.

Megabooks Totally agree! 2mo
Cinfhen I knew you would LOVE this one!!! Lori is amazing and some of her patient‘s stories were so emotional 😭😭 😭 2mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 2mo
JennyM I‘m fully with you. Loved this one ☝️ 2mo
Avanders I agree -- it's a super duper pick for me! ❤ 2mo
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Very exciting! My boss just came back from the yearly Store manager conference for B&N and came back with a little gift for me! #ARC s make the best presents! 🎁📚😊💕

LibrarianRyan Nice! 2mo
GloVerdino So lucky! 2mo
jmtrivera *gasps* 2mo
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JennyM That‘s a lovely cover - lucky 🦆😘 2mo
LauraBeth 😻😻😻😻 2mo
irre 😍😍 2mo
Reggie How nice!!! 2mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh!!! Lucky 🍀 2mo
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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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Update for my #20booksby2020
5 read, 3 in progress....all great reads so far 😊📚💕

megnews Great job! I‘m halfway through Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and enjoying it as well. 2mo
suzie.reads You're doing great! I really want to read three women. What did you think of it? 2mo
KarenUK @suzie.reads I loved it! I was amazed by the honesty and intimacy of the three women‘s stories, and I liked the style of the writing... its very polarizing though, some people hated it! 2mo
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suzie.reads @KarenUK well definitely be giving it a try 🙂 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @suzie.reads we are reading this one for our #BotmBuddyRead in January if you would like to join us! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @KarenUK I totally agree!! 2mo
suzie.reads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I will do that thanks 😊 2mo
Tex2Flo I‘m always amazed when folks can predict what they will read. I have to peruse all my at-home titles for 20 minutes before I know what will be IT this time. 2mo
Samplergal @Tex2Flo I can‘t do it very well, but I try to keep to these challenges. 2mo
KarenUK @Tex2flo @samplergal these aren‘t the only books I‘ll read.... because I still like to read on a whim too ... this list is mostly book club books, books on my library hold list, and a few on my nightstand 😊📚 2mo
Cinfhen You‘re just busting along 🙌🏻♥️I‘m almost done with On Earth and it‘s stunning!!!!!! You‘re gonna LOVE IT 2mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen I think it‘ll be totally my jam 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞 2mo
Tex2Flo @KarenUK Well, thank goodness. I just couldn‘t imagine anyone being that organized. 2mo
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I am loving this one sooooo much!
I literally left 15 minutes early for work, so I could listen for longer in the car! 😂

emilyhaldi My friend just told me about this!!! Definitely going to be my next audiobook 😃 2mo
Kalalalatja My favourite book of the year! 2mo
KarenUK @Kalalalatja I can see why! I loved it so much..... 💕 2mo
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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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Another lunch break at work, another #bookhaul 😂🤦‍♀️!!
I move around, and unpack so many books every Tuesday, that I always end up with a little personal haul..... I‘ve had my eye on the tagged Man Booker long lister for a while, and couldn‘t resist a book about Friends...

Cinfhen #JobPerk 🥳 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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For me, The Handmaids tale is a masterpiece, yet expecting the same from its sequel would only disappoint. This is a very different book. It‘s a page-turning adventure from 3 POVs (2 young women and the familiar Aunt Lydia), replacing Offred‘s inner monologue. I couldn‘t put it down, but I‘m not sure the 2 teen girls were strong enough protagonists. Yet I found Aunt Lydia‘s account soooo compelling. A mixed bag of feelings, but still a good read.

Cinfhen Great review 2mo
britt_brooke Completely agree! 2mo
IndoorDame I felt the same way! 2mo
BookwormM Agreed would have preferred “unknown” narrators for everyone other than Aunt Lydia 2mo
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#RedRoseSeptember
Man, woman, synthetic human..... sounds like a pretty #bizarrelovetriangle to me!
Not read this yet, but hope to soon. I‘ve yet to be disappointed by McEwan, so I‘m #cautiouslyoptimistic 😊🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

Cinfhen It was a BIG bail for me 💁🏼‍♀️ 2mo
arlenefinnigan The cover of that really creeps me out. 2mo
KarenUK @cinfhen Uh oh! 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
Cinfhen It may have been a timing thing😐hubs was in the hospital and my concentration level was smaller than a gnat 2mo
Mdargusch That cover! 2mo
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A bit of #audiobaking this morning before work....
Hubby had a craving for ginger biscuits to dunk in his tea! ☕️ He‘s had a really rough week with medical stuff, so I was happy to oblige!
Switching back and forth between the audio and print with the new Atwood, and LOVING the amazing voice cast, and the page-turning story. 🎧😊💕🍪

LeahBergen Those look tasty! 2mo
JennyM Hope the biscuits made Hubbie smile and were yummy 😋 2mo
KarenUK @Jennym They did! Whenever the Great British Bake Off is back on tv, he starts dropping massive hints for treats! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I don‘t know if this is the same but I love ginger snaps 😍. Hope things are relatively better with your hubby‘s health 💖 2mo
KarenUK @ValerieAndBooks yes, think they are the same.... they came out very spicy and delicious! It‘s a constant struggle with his CF, and at his age now, we are starting to face a possible transplant. It‘s not imminent but something that is the docs are starting to talk about which made for a scary, stressful week. But he‘s such a positive guy, he‘s already in up beat mode, and working harder than ever to fend of the inevitable.... 💕 2mo
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Book Cover Designs | Matthew Goodman
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#covercrush #7days7covers Days 1-7
This was such a fun challenge @jenniferw88 @Cinfhen 💕

Cinfhen Ohhhhh!!! I love your wrap up!!!!!! I might need to do that too ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen And I DEFINITELY see a pattern with your choices ~ blues and pastels and images of sun & water 2mo
KarenUK @cinfhen that might just be the Florida gal in me! 😎🌞🌴🌊💦 2mo
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The Lido | Libby Page
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day7 💕

I tag @Klou if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen Lovely 😊 and I adore your tagged person 💕💕💕 2mo
Klou Ooh! I didn't know about this! Thanks for the tag!!! 💕💕💕 I'll do my first one soon! 2mo
JennyM A peaceful looking cover ❤️ 2mo
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The Cement Garden | Ian McEwan
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day6 💕

I tag @ValerieAndBooks if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen Makes me want to read the blurb!!! 2mo
KarenUK I love these McEwan covers by Vintage.... they are all kind of intriguing... @cinfhen 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Very striking cover! Ok this should be fun to do 😊 2mo
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BarbaraBB A much better cover than mine for this book - although I am not sure what‘s the connection to the story?! 2mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB I think it pictures one of the dresses the eldest sister wears.....🤷‍♀️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Probably indeed. It looks more adult though than I imagine her. It‘a subjective, I know! 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m going in!
Everything else gets dropped for this one.....
And it‘s our B&N pick for bookclub in October too!

Soubhiville I got mine today too! I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day5 💕

I tag @squirrelbrain if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen Ha!! Somebody else was feeling you today 😘😘 2mo
KarenUK So they are! But slightly different covers I think which is odd! Such a subtle change! @Barbarabb 2mo
Cinfhen Oh!! You‘re 💯correct!!! 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @KarenUK Real subtle indeed! What a coincidence we thought of the the same cover on the same day! 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘d love to take part @KarenUK - maybe tomorrow or the next day to start though... on my way straight from work to the cinema (Margaret Atwood - yay!) so won‘t get chance to peruse the shelves until then! 😁😘 2mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain how exciting! 2mo
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At Swim, Two Boys | Jamie O'Neill
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day4 💕

I tag @JennyM if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen You are drawn to water and real life images / I‘m drawn to flowers and illustrations ~ so interesting! 2mo
Tanisha_A Loving that blue! 2mo
Kalalalatja It is a striking cover! 2mo
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Tex2Flo All your choices for this challenge have folks jumping into the water... psychologically, what does this tell us? It's hot outside? Or you're looking to dive into something new? 2mo
BarbaraBB Have you read the book? It‘s on my shelf but it has been there for years and years! 2mo
KarenUK @tex2flo nothing too deep! (No pun intended).... probably just that I love turquoise and swim most days! 🤷‍♀️😂 2mo
KarenUK @cinfhen I actually hadn‘t noticed the pattern! Though I am definitely drawn to water.... I swim most days.... and would you believe tomorrow‘s pick is watery too! 💦#predictable 2mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB It‘s been languishing on my kindle for a while too! 2mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! I went “watery” today too and so did @BarbaraBB 2mo
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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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#nextup A new library hold just became available...

Litsy is currently at a 0% rating 😳, and Roxanne Gay gave it a rare 5⭐️ on Goodreads! So I‘m interested to see where I fall....🤷‍♀️
It sounds totally my jam, so I‘m feeling optimistic! 😊

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