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LeePeckover

LeePeckover

Joined August 2017

Professional proofreader, qualified teacher, book reader, reviewer, blogger and indie bookstore lover. See leepeckover.com for more.
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The Frozen Sea by Piers Torday
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The Offing by Benjamin Myers
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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4 books in already on my week off work. Bliss

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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For Bookshop Day, I decided to go to my local bookstore and buy a book I had never heard of, by an author I knew nothing about, without reading the blurb and with no clue on genre or style. This is what I bought. Fingers crossed!

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Miracle on Cherry Hill | Sun-mi Hwang
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I'm totally shocked to see this has quite a few negative reviews. I thought it was beautifully written, well paced and a wonderful short fable. Heartwarming in places, and heartbreaking in others. Loved it.

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BOTTLED GOODS. | SOPHIE. VAN LLEWYN
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New book, fire lit, doggo on duty. Bliss.

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The Offing | Benjamin Myers
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I'm struggling to read much at the moment. I have epilepsy, and when I have seizures it can make me sad, anxious, worried, tired, frustrated, confused, angry and irrational. I'm doing my best to recover, to be healthy and get back to being able to do the things I enjoy, but it isn't always easy. It's an ongoing struggle. When I do get back on track, I'll be reading this book next. #Epilepsy #Wellbeing #mentalhealth

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The Frozen Sea | Piers Torday
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The cover on this proof is back to front, but looking forward to reading this. It's out in a few days! #FrozenSea

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LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL. | RONAN. HESSION
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Happy Independent Bookshop Week! #indie #booksaremybag #bookshop #independentbookshopweek

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Africa's Tarnished Name | Chinua Achebe
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Some interesting pieces with enough potency to cause a reader to pause and take stock of their own pre and misconceptions about Africa.

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Feminine Mystique | Betty Friedan
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I only read the extracts from 'The Problem that has No Name' - but what I read here was powerful and succinct. This is not an area I expected to be drawn to, and how wrong I was.

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The Three Musketeers | Alexandre Dumas
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Only just about a quarter of the way through this. I've been reading short reads in and amongst. Anyone else read multiple books at a time?

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Went book shopping last weekend. Left with a very wide variety!

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The Porpoise | Mark Haddon
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New book from The Little Apple Bookshop in York 😊

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And Tango Makes Three | Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
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Notes from Underground and the Double | Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ronald Wilks
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An inspiration for countless stories to follow, The Double is a psychological study through narrative that could only ever be Dostoyevsky.

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Dark Days | James Baldwin
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Dark Days indeed in three short pieces on race, prejudice and education. These are personal pieces by Baldwin who considers his own experience alongside well considered parallels drawn from other sources. These pieces were written in the 1960s and 1980s yet are still as relevant today as ever, sadly.

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The Robber Bridegroom | Brothers Grimm
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A collection of short stories from the Brothers Grimm. It's weird reading these now as they are so well known as children's stories, but obviously presented here with an older and more grizzly take. I didn't mind this, a quick read that was filled with twisted nostalgia.

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The Dialogue of Two Snails | Federico Garcia Lorca
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A weird mix of unusual poetry and very short narrative. Sadly, not for me.

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Moments of isolation, loneliness and reflection pepper an otherwise unremarkable short story. I'm not sure this will stick with me for long.

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Picked completely and utterly at random. Anyone read it? Thoughts?

Tamra I haven‘t, but I love the cover! 6mo
Emilymdxn Confusing one for me. I gave it a so so at the time, but it‘s really stuck with me, so maybe that‘s the mark of it being a better book than I originally gave it credit for 6mo
LeePeckover I loved it! Kind of a children's book, but written with such tenderness and care that it could be enjoyed by anyone. Oddly paced at times, but I haven't stopped thinking of it since finishing it. 6mo
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Four Russian Short Stories | Gazdanov & Others
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Four very quick reads in a nice little book. Kunak by Galina Kuznetsova has an extra element of poignancy for me, its description of a drowning being so emotive. I had a good friend who drowned, and this felt singularly devastating for such a short read for me.

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An interesting look at Satre and Simone de Beauvoir. With an insight into some of Camus and Heidegger.
Sarah Bakewell makes some complex philosophy far more accessible.
Beauvoir is frequently referred to in glowing terms. Personally, I much prefer the writing of Camus, but it's interesting reading a different perspective.

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Selected Poems | William Carlos Williams
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My favourite poem. #WorldPoetryDay

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Langston Hughes was an outstanding poet. His life story is just as interesting as the work he produced. I take inspiration from this poem, and it is one of only a small handful I can recite by heart. Don't forget, Thursday is #WorldPoetryDay - Many people who didn't like poetry in school find it was the way it was taught and not poetry that they disliked to begin with. ☺

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Another poem ahead of #WorldPoetryDay - Brian Bilston is always the entertaining.

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Selected Poems | Ezra Pound
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Another poem ahead of #WorldPoetryDay - this time by Ezra Pound. I like some of Pound's work, and imagist poetry is an interest of mine. Unsure how I feel about this one though 🤔

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It's #WorldPoetryDay on Thursday. Here's a short poem. I might post a few more in the run up to the day too.

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After a tricky few days at work, I switch to audiobooks. Relaxing, even when they are about creepy subject matter.

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Poetry is the perfect words in the perfect order. Which I think makes this a short allegorical poetic prose piece.
Interesting in an allegorical and thematic sense and with enough story to keep interest over the (extremely) short story here. This is an interesting piece for someone to have written at such a young age. Dark, foreboding and intense.
A worthwhile read, which is heightened by virtue of knowledge of later events in the author's life.

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The Reader on the 6.27 | Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
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I really enjoyed this book. It's not in anyway groundbreaking or particularly original. What this is though, is an ode to books. It's kind of a book about loving books really. How could you not like that?

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Mehso-so

It's rare a book gets the kind of coverage this received on release. And understandably so. How often do we get such shock moments of literary news as was brought about by this? The next time this happens might well be when Salinger's unpublished work is released in 2060.
It's a while since I actually read this book. It was fine. For me, this didn't destroy the legacy of Mockingbird, but nor did it ever approach the same level.

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The Pier Falls | Mark Haddon
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An outstanding collection of short stories. Hardly a dull moment. A huge mix of styles and stories from moving to humorous and back again. Definitely recommend! 🙌

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White Nights | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I have an odd obsession with mini books at the moment...

#penguin #modern #classics

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One Thousand and One Ghosts | Alexandre Dumas
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New book! How have I never even heard of this before? My ignorance never ceases to amaze me.

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Love these little Faber Stories.

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So glad I have this little guy to help guard my books while they wait for me to get around to reading them...

Slajaunie Sweet Baby! ❤️🐾 9mo
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The count of Monte Christo | Alexandre Dumas
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A genuine epic on revenge and humanity. Outstanding story telling that is still as accessible and enjoyably readable today as it always has been. This is a classic for a reason.

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Such a beautiful book. I can only echo Amy Tan here and say how original this book is. Some oddly dark humour and a lot to be learned from this.

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1984 | George Orwell
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My mind has just been blown.

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Notes from the Underground | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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I do ♥ Dostoyevsky

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Book recommendations for #HolocaustMemorialDay

Emilymdxn Thank you for this post! I‘ve been trying to google lists like this today and for some reason keep ending up in lists of children‘s books (obviously also important but not exactly what I‘m looking for) 9mo
LeePeckover @Emilymdxn I strongly recommend This Way for the Gas to read along with Night. Wiesel describes the horrors and considers that people who suffered the most were people in the line of work Borowski did himself. Further made tragic by the fact Burowski later killed himself, by gas. 9mo
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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It's #HolocaustMemorialDay today. I strongly recommend Night by Elie Wiesel, as well as The Choice by Edith Eger.
For a graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman.
There are so many powerful accounts of the holocaust, and it remains the biggest man made tragedy in history. One which should never be forgotten.

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I read a lot of historical novels and historical nonfiction. And I have read an awful lot from this period in history. I am stunned at how much of this was new to me. Brilliantly researched and such a unique look at this period and the chemicals that helped influence it. Eye opener.

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Everyone's asleep here, straining my eyes to read in near dark right now. Loving these little books though.

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Mehso-so

I love the look of this little series from Faber. Not sure on the decision as to which short stories to include though. This was OK. A very quick read that never really moved beyond formulaic.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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Good of this little guy to supervise me arranging books earlier.

Tamra I‘m sure he can keep you herded in the right direction. 9mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Sometimes I forget just how many books I've read. Just been having a little look along my books. How many of these have you read?

Erofan 😍 Beautiful collection! 9mo
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Morphine | Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov
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An outstanding, insightful short read from the greatest writer in history.

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LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL. | RONAN. HESSION
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Beautiful, sweet, and wholesome beyond words. Hession has delicately crafted a subtle little masterpiece.

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Selected Poems | William Carlos Williams
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Stunning graffiti poetry 😍

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LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL. | RONAN. HESSION
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Feet up, fire lit. It's freezing out!