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Magpiegem

Magpiegem

Joined July 2016

I'm a mum, a counsellor , a wife, a baker, a litten, a snowboarder, a dog owner, a friend, a geek, a bossy boots and of course a reader :-)
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Paper Cuts: A Memoir by Stephen Bernard
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Finishing this one tonight ahead of tomorrow‘s bookclub with the author. I‘m a bit nervous. I lead the discussion and haven‘t had an author to question before!!

Clwojick Cute mug! 2d
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The Medici Murders | David Hewson
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4/23 This book, although well researched, is over written. The author has obviously done a lot of research and wants to make sure we know all about it. Usually I enjoy being drawn in by details but I found my mind wondering during this one. It just couldn‘t keep my interest and by the end I didn‘t really care about the answers to the mystery. 2.5⭐️

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The Medici Murders | David Hewson
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Early morning listening whilst I hide in bed and pretend I‘m not awake. (Shhh don‘t tell my hubby, he‘s up with the kids 😉)

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Dogs | Steve Harpster
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BittersweetBooks I would have loved this when I was little, now I would just want to take them all home with me ❤️ 1w
Magpiegem @BittersweetBooks me too! Even on the photo I just wanted to go and scoop those pups up! 1w
Smrloomis Adorable 😍 1w
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KateReadsYA Same 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1w
IndoorDame 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ 1w
Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
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Starting my bookclub book whilst at my little ones swimming lesson. The author is coming to talk to us… I hope I like it 😬😁

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Help | Simon Amstell
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3/23 This is a short sharp funny look at one man‘s journey to self acceptance. The fact that that man is someone I grew up loving to watch of TV made this even more enjoyable. I helped make this car circle with my little boy whilst I had one ear listening to the book today 😂 4⭐️

Cinfhen That‘s awesome!!!! Looks great 😊 2w
AmyG That is amazing. I am so doing this with my grandson and ALL his cars and trucks. I am babaysitting this weekend so that should kill about 15 minutes. 🤣 (edited) 2w
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2/23 Not only is this book set where I live (so much so that the detective gets his coffee from the same cafe as me) but is is also based around the theatre so as an ex stage manager I also loved the details. It was a good mystery, with some likable characters (and some not so) and I think I would of enjoyed it even if it wasn‘t so full of my personal interests! Photo of the cafe! #nobuy2023 #fromthelibrary

PuddleJumper That looks lovely! 2w
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1/23 oh boy did I love this book. Not only was it magical & wonderful & queer but it was also one of a small number of books that I in some way connect to as the parent of a child with complex needs. A child who is beautiful & clever and funny but also challenging and violent. These books have a special place in my heart for showing how multifaceted people are and love is. 5⭐️ Also when Klune wrote his thanks I was in hospital with a 3 day old 😍

The.Great.Catsby Yes! Loved this book so much. 2w
Soubhiville 💜💙💜 2w
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Beginning Charts, Graphs & Diagrams | John Carratello, Patty Carratello
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Mysterious - yes! Sad - not so much. Yep not suprises on this years storygraphs but I still like looking at all the pretty colours.

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Seaspray | Rick R. Reed
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I don‘t know what you guys do to entertain yourselves in winter. But in Saltdean we play chicken with the waves 🌊 back home now and snuggled up with a good book!

Cathythoughts Great shot 👍🏻♥️ 3w
LeahBergen Great photo! 3w
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo❣️ I sent you an email regarding Mug Love Swap…lmk when u get a chance to read it 3w
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Magpiegem @Cinfhen sorry it had gone to my junk. Thanks for letting me know. I‘ve replied 😊 xxx 2w
Cinfhen Oh, good😂 2w
Cinfhen Not that it went to junk….but you saw it 😄 2w
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I have had ENOUGH of my children today. So I‘ve told my hubby I need 10 minutes alone and I‘m spending it with these children instead. Because sprites, wyverns and Antichrist‘s are much nicer to be with then my kids right now!!

Johanna414 My husband and I just had this same conversation! 🤯 3w
Tamra 😜 yep! You might want to ask for more than 10 minutes!! 3w
TrishB What @Tamra said! 3w
RobES Lol, I completely get this 😉💚 3w
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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This one knocked everything else out of the park this month. And that‘s really saying something as I also read The House in the Cerulean Sea. Just a fantastic amount of skill in the way Makkai built the story, it will definitely stay with me.

So in the end my first book come up against my last! But The Night Circus had to take it for the pure amount of pleasure it gave me reading it and for opening up a new genre to me. Thanks to @chasjjlee

Sapphire I have this on my TBR. Bought it in 2015 at the Savannah book festival after hearing the author in a panel. Still haven‘t gotten to it. Maybe this year! 3w
Magpiegem @Sapphire yes read it! It sat on my bookshelf for years too! 😊 3w
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I listened to most of this book on a journey to visit my best friend at the end of last year. And I have what may be a controversial opinion- the change in narration really effected my enjoyment of the book. I loved the first two so much and the whole way through this one I just felt a bit sad it wasn‘t the same. However another great adventure for this awesome gang! As always I look forward to the next!

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Alphabetter | Dan Bar-el
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I almost did it last year… just 4 letters between me and finally completing #litsyatoz (K, Q, X & Z ). This year I am even more determined! I‘ve got my eye on you X! 👀

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A slightly belated Happy Nee Year to my wonderful Litsy friends. 2022 was another year of love, encouragement and fantastic recommendations from you all. Yesterday I went for a New Year‘s Day swim with my bookclub. We have become firm friends over the past year and even those who didn‘t swim came down to cheer us on and join us for a post swim coffee. And it worked perfectly with January‘s book choice (tagged) which is all about sea swimming.

Cinfhen Sounds wonderful 🥰Happy New Year 4w
Moll Oh wow; very cool! 4w
charl08 Wow. Amazing. 4w
Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Happy New Year 4w
wanderinglynn How awesome! 4w
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The Invisibles: A Novel | Cecilia Galante
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@tpixie here you go- invisible bookshelves 😁 I haven‘t finished stacking them yet. But the idea is that the bottom book has a metal L plate inside the cover to hold the rest up. 📚

tpixie @Magpiegem Those are incredible. They look so great!! Thanks for showing me!!! (edited) 1mo
RobES This is gorgeous 😍 1mo
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This will be my final physical book of 2022. I‘m very much hoping to get it finished for #booked2022 #hopepunk by tonight! So far I‘m absolutely in love with it and I think it will make my top books of the year list!

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Wow what a beautiful and devastating book. I picked it up for #Booked2022 #abouttheaidsepedemic and I‘m so glad (again) that this challenge made me read outside my comfort zone. Extremely well written and truly heartbreaking it is a dual timeline portrait of generational trauma, love, regret, grief. I highly recommend it but save it for a time when you have the emotional strength.

LeeRHarry This book has really stayed with me and I read it a few years ago now 😥 1mo
Magpiegem @LeeRHarry it will stay with me too! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I truly loved this one! Glad you found it and gave it a go! 1mo
Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed both the book and the challenge 💜 1mo
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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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Merry Christmas from me and these little monsters. I hope all my litten friends have had a wonderful Christmas full of fun and books. My hubby got me invisible book shelves for Christmas. I‘m very excited to put them up! 🎄❄️❤️

wanderinglynn Merry Christmas! 💚🎄❤️ 1mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 1mo
tpixie Invisible bookshelves?! I‘ve got to ‘ see ‘ these!! 1mo
Eggs Merry Christmas ❤️ 1mo
tpixie Adorable children. They are bursting with joy!! 1mo
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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I definitely didn‘t read as much in November but I think this is a deserving choice for book of the month. I‘m looking forward to getting to the end of December and finishing this off. I think I know what will win right now - unless something sneaks in this week!

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The Agathas | Kathleen Glasgow, Liz Lawson
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I was just looking back at my November reads and realised I didn‘t review this one. November had me all upside down and I didn‘t actually get much reading done. But this one was perfect for a not totally focused brain. Fun, Agatha Christie inspired YA mystery. Nothing to heavy but also enough to keep me engaged and wondering.

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Catching up on this! Green beat St. James now I‘m off to remind myself what I read in November!

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Undead Girl Gang | Lily Anderson
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I forgot to review this one back in October! I really enjoyed it, in all it‘s high school witchy glory. A great, easy read for the spooky season!

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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What a complicated internal life McCurdy has to this day and what a great job she did getting that onto the page. It is very brave to show so much of yourself. And although this book is about the relationship with her mum, what I am left with is who McCurdy is now. A quick memoir and definitely worth a read (listen).

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I whizzed through the first part of this book on a long car journey but then came to a complete stop. I just couldn‘t get into it and the cosy criminal world as I had with the first two. I finally forced myself to finish it and I think the issue has two parts 1. The narrator has changed and it really has changed the listening experience (not for the good) and also the story just wasn‘t gripping for me this time. I‘ll still read no.4 though!

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Permission | Jo Bloom
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I read this one for my bookclub this month and it‘s left me with complicated feelings. I haven‘t looked it up yet but I suspect the author either has a background in psychotherapy or has had a lot of therapy. The end suddenly made the book feel like a means to an end. And whilst it was one I could appreciate (as a therapist) I felt about … huh… Anyway this story of open marriage will give a lot to talk about with the group I‘m sure!

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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It‘s that time of year when all becomes sparkly chaos in my house. But in moments between the cookie decorating and ice skating I am listening to this book for #booked2022 #abouttheaidsepedemic . Not that festive, but so far very good. And as usual I am squeezing my last couple of prompts in before the end of the year!

Cinfhen Awesome photo 😍I read this for bookclub. It‘s definitely a good one! Good luck wrapping up the challenges….you can do it! 1mo
Magpiegem @Cinfhen I have been thinking how good this would be for my bookclub. Lots to discuss! Lots of great characters. Xx 1mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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I read this book for #booked2022 #titlerepeatsitself and it took me a long time. I started it months ago and for whatever reason I couldn‘t get into it then. But I‘ve wizzed through the last two thirds. The characters were complicated and felt real and it was the ending that absolutely made it for me. It drew me back around to look at the whole story again and the choices we choose to make.

Cinfhen I also started this book but put it down & never returned to it. Maybe I‘ll try again 1mo
Magpiegem @Cinfhen ah that‘s interesting! I think it‘s worth picking back up but it‘s definitely not a fast paced whodunnit. It‘s a slow burn. Listening to it helped (whilst I wrapped presents) xx 1mo
Cinfhen Good to know, maybe I‘ll try audio - thanks 😊 1mo
Reggie The next book is really good. Still waiting for the 3rd to come out. 1mo
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Fleishman Is in Trouble | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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It has been a really REALLY rough time lately. It still is. But I have one ill kiddo at home (a luxury compared to 3!) and he wants me to sit with him whilst he watches a Christmas film. So instead of saying my normal “I would love to but I just have to… (fill in with any of the 1000 jobs mums do) I thought screw it. I‘m taking an hour out. I‘ve done no reading for ages which means I‘ve done no self care. Changing that now with the tagged book.

AkashaVampie Good for u momma. We need self care!!! 2mo
wanderinglynn Oh, sorry your little one is not feeling well. I hope he feels better soon! 2mo
Jas16 I hope he feels better soon and that you continue the self care. 2mo
Chrissyreadit Hope your little feels better soon. And good for you to take time together and read. 2mo
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Well I‘m feeling rather pleased with myself. I am planning to read mainly from shelf/kindle next year. This is my #booked2023 physical TBR - I had so many that fit the brief! And I also have a couple on my kindle. I‘m just filling out my StoryGraph prompts so I don‘t forget what‘s what! Very excited to get going but first I need to finish up #booked2022 😂

Cinfhen Yay!!!!! That‘s awesome!!! Isn‘t it great when you already have a stack to choose from??!!? 😁 3mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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I started this today, continuing the witchy theme, for week four of #scarathlon And so far I‘m enjoying it. And I totally agree, you should never mix vodka and witchcraft witch 🧙🏻 😁 #teammonstermash

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#outstandingoctober readathon total hours 🟰 39 hours 🍂 🍁 🎃 Thank you for hosting @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 3mo
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Spooky Stories | Compilation
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My grand total for #scarathlon weeks 2 & 3 because I forgot to post my total last week - 5597 pts 👻🎃#teammonstermash

StayCurious great job! 3mo
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The Visitors Book | Sophie Hannah
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55/22 Although this was a quick read (a one sit wonder) the best thing about this compilation of 4 short stories was the cover. Although each one had potential I didn‘t feel like any of them delivered in the end. Although Hannah is obviously skilled in building tension for me there was nothing very clever about these stories because at the end I was left with lots of reasons why it just didn‘t work #scarathlon #teammonstermash wordsearch- 80 pts

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So pleased that my favorite spooky podcaster, Danny Robins, was back this week with his new podcast The Witch Farm. If you fancy a spooky podcast I highly recommend you check out some of his. #scarathlon #teammonstermash podcast- 5 pts

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Gameplayers | Stephen Bowkett
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Well I think maybe my brain was too tired for the #scarathlon week 3 challenge tonight!! But I got some. I kicked myself when I had finished and looked at other peoples lists! I missed some really obvious ones! 55 words - 550 points!

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The Visitors Book | Sophie Hannah
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Whilst the kids are in the bath I‘m attempting to squeeze in one last book of short stories for #scarathlon before the end of week 3 👻

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No One Goes Alone | Erik Larson
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54/22 It was interesting listening to this straight after The Haunting of Hill House. I would be very surprised if one was not a homage to the other, there were so many similarities. I seem to be reading a lot surrounding the war years for #scarathlon. I suppose that setting only adds to the darkness of the atmosphere. I quite enjoyed this and the ending left me thinking… I can‘t say more then that. #teammonstermash wordsearch- 540 pts

Magpiegem @Cinfhen I‘m also going to use this for #booked2022 #involvesanexploration 3mo
Cinfhen Is this the new Larson fiction?? I definitely want to read it! 3mo
Magpiegem @Cinfhen yes it is. I‘ll look out for your review 😊 his historical influences definitely inform his fictional writing. 3mo
Cinfhen Yay! I was hoping that would be the case 🥰 3mo
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Fear | Roald Dahl
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Deception | Roald Dahl
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#scarathlondailyprompts #lies #teammonstermash this cover gives me the creeps!

quirkyreader I‘m enjoying the new cover layout for these books. 3mo
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Tales of the City (Revised) | Armistead Maupin
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The Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Family Fang | Kevin Wilson
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Poirot: The Perfect Murders | Agatha Christie
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Get ready everybody - I have some #scarathlondailyprompts catching up to do!! Starting with the queen of the hidden clues Agatha Christie for prompt #clue #teammonstermash

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Undead Girl Gang | Lily Anderson
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53/22 Last night was the fireworks night that I helped to organise. So it‘s been a busy week & I haven‘t got as much #scarathlon reading done as I would like. But today I finished the tagged book & I really enjoyed it. It was lighter than my last couple of reads and I liked following this teen witch navigate grief, crushes and zombies. #teammonstermash #litzyatoz #U wordsearch 2470 pts

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Pumpkinhead | Cullen Bunn
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Pumpkin picking time with my little pumpkins 🎃! October bucket list item - ✅

#scarathlon #teammonstermash

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1410 points for #teammonstermash #scarathlon I know there are tons more but I don‘t think my dyslexic little brain did too bad with this weeks challenge 😊