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Mandoul

Mandoul

Joined May 2019

Hiding away somewhere in Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 with a big coffee and an even bigger story to see me through it. www.goodreads.com/Mandoul
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I grew up a fan of Sherlock Holmes and it is believed that James McGovan's book provided some early inspiration for Conan Doyle. Set in Victorian Edinburgh this series of short cases demonstrates a different kind of fictional detective at play - dry, witty and working class. McGovan is armed with grit and logic as he chases less exotic brands of criminal mastermind, which made it all feel authentic as well as enjoyable. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Mehso-so

After the first 50 or so pages I thought I was reading a horror classic. After 400 it was on course to be a pick - good story, characters worth investing in and growing suspense with each page. Then he started to lose me. I wasnt a huge fan of the direction that the plot took towards the end and it all started to feel too drawn out. I do see why some people loved this though and can imagine it making a good TV adaptation.

Godpants The end is not good, but I did like the extra twist. 15h
Mandoul Yep @Godpants ditto! 14h
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Thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😃

1. Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson and Part two of The Black Room by Luke Smitherd.
2. “That finished that. Ralph limped away in a funk and even the bartender got weird“.
3. A very rock n roll fruity chamomile tea combo

Hope everyone is having a restful page-filled Sunday!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The tea sounds yummy 😋 1d
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Decided to sign up for my first Litsy games, thanks @Clwojick and @StayCurious for organising!

This means ditching my occasional December Grinch act and harnessing my inner Buddy the Elf 🎿

Looking forward to it 😃 #WinterGames

Clwojick Thank you so much for sharing. We're thrilled to have you join us! 🙌 3d
StayCurious Yay! It'll be Elf-tastic! 3d
Scochrane26 I am also a grinch at christmas, but I like the games & fun. And I like to work on my tbr anyway during December. 3d
Mandoul Glad it isn't just me @Scochrane26 ! Hoping to do the same with my tbr 3d
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1. I used to love (and apparently throw many tantrums) playing Boggle
2. Japan has been there for a while. I just need that lottery win.....
3. I'm 5 books away (58/63), so it's tantalisingly close to being met!
4. JK Rowling. Finally read my first Harry Potter this year and enjoyed it 😁
5. You inherit a lot of money. Do you use it to fund a public library or open your own book store?
Thanks @howjessreads #friyayintro

TheLibrarian Open my own bookstore. That's a dream of mine. 4d
ljuliel I‘d give the money to my library. They‘ve given me free books all my life and libraries need funding. 4d
TheBookHippie Bookstore!!!!! 4d
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Bklover Bookstore!! 4d
ImperfectCJ That's a tough question! Maybe use the money to do some vigorous lobbying for continued ample public funding for the library so it's not reliant on a bolus of cash from one person, and then I can maneuver myself to have a significant role in the library store. 4d
wanderinglynn Hm, that is a tough question. I would love to open my own bookstore, but libraries are so important and need help. Let‘s hope I‘d inherit enough to do both! 😉 4d
Jerdencon Library! 4d
Balibee146 Library 📚 4d
Reggie Lol #2. And the library. 4d
Scochrane26 Library 3d
gradcat I wish I would answer library, but I fear for the loss of the small, non-chain bookstores—they‘re becoming way too scarce! So if I could just spend without having to make my livelihood with it, I‘d have to open a small bookstore. Maybe I‘d have some left over for the library? 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3d
Crimson613 Realistically speaking, there's a high chance a bookstore might not work out (esp in the long run) so I think I'd go with a library. at least there you'd also get some sort of state or gvt funding (low as it may be) and donations and it's a feasible long term project. Plus, it has the potential to give you the same benefits of a bookstore and benefits the community 3d
Mandoul Thanks for taking the time to answer @Scochrane26 @Reggie @Balibee146 @Jerdencon @Bklover @TheBookHippie @TheLibrarian @ljuliel @ImperfectCJ @wanderinglynn @gradcat I would be so torn, but would probably end up going for library for similar reasons to @Crimson613. Libraries can be a big part of a community and are very much open to all. I guess if I'm bored on weekends I could have a small book store too...…. 😉 3d
marleed I think I‘d go with a bookstore. Hopefully I inherit millions and can run the store without profit to me but could higher book lovers at a living plus wage with benefits. Actually, I wish some millionaire book lovers would do that. Anne Patchett is an example! 3d
Mandoul @marleed yes absolutely 😀 3d
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Thanks @ljuliel !
1. Connecting with people like me from around the world. Its a positive, encouraging place to share bookish things. Love it 😁
2. Not yet!
3. The ability to enable direct messaging, for users who want that feature.
4. Around 5 times a week. I do want to post more, but, you know...life...trying my best to comment more.
5. Have only tried questionnaires so far, which I enjoy
6. Remove the need to tag books, unless reviewing

ljuliel Thank you very kindly for replying 💕 5d
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Indecision: A Novel | Benjamin Kunkel
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Just like any other normal person, I spent some of my Saturday afternoon categorising the books in my tbr pile.

I honestly have no idea which one to go for next...

Balibee146 Nod is a quick read... Nothing exceptionally new but good solid dystopia and mayhem 😁 1w
Mandoul Thanks @Balibee146 good shout. I need a few quickies to hit my Goodreads target. A bit of dystopian mayhem never did any harm either! Hope you're having a good one 😀 1w
throwmeabook This one was excellent! Great, quick read. 2d
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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Finally delving in to this one tonight. Hope you all have your feet up as early as possible.

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Thanks @howjessreads Happy Friday all 😁
1. Coffee ice cream. I have a problem with that stuff.
2. Just starting to! Looking forward to having them while I'm walking at weekends.
3. Some long overdue time off work and attempting to tackle tbr mountain.
4. I honestly lost count. It wasn't pretty 😂
5. Feel like I'm a green kinda guy this month.
#friyayintro

howjessreads That‘s how I usually am with candy on Halloween! But I‘m just getting over the stomach flu, which helped with self control this year. 🤣 1w
Mandoul I guess thats one way to avoid the sugar monster @howjessreads 😂 hope you're on the up this week! 1w
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Dead Man's Walk | LARRY McMURTY
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The tagged book arrived today, which finally finishes my Lonesome Dove collection. I have mixed feelings about this period in history, but it'll be great to complete the story.

I've somehow managed to read this series backwards. Has anyone else read a series this way before?! Does this make me my own worst spoiler? 😂

ljuliel A very nice looking set of books. I‘ve read 3 out of the 4, none in order. I really don‘t think it matters too much with these. I think most people start with LD , so you sorta have to go out of order from there anyhow. The story lines don‘t interconnect so much that you‘re spoiling anything in each book, I don‘t think anyhow. 2w
Mandoul I agree @ljuliel these are four stories linked by common threads and characters. 2w
Balibee146 ive been really tempted by these for some reason 😁 1w
Mandoul Its a great series @Balibee146 Give me a shout if you want any👍 1w
Balibee146 Cheers will need to give it a go...prob next year 👍 1w
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The Fog | James Herbert
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Loved this spooky commute to work, through a park blanketed by fog with other people appearing as dark, blurry shapes in the distance.

I would never have survived more than 5 minutes as a character in the tagged book, but coffee and a muffin-related sugar rush gave me the courage I needed on this occasion 😁

Reggie That is pretty creepy. 2w
Gina WHOA... that is super eerie 2w
QuietlyLaura Great pic! Muffins definitely make life better. ☺️ 1w
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PurpleyPumpkin Ooh, love this picture! Very atmospheric. 👍🏽📸 1w
Balibee146 this place looks really familiar and I see you are somewhere in Scotland too....arghhhh brainfog! 😂😂 1w
Mandoul Its Meadows Walk in Edinburgh @Balibee146 i live a bit down the coast in East Lothian (Scotland's Riviera 😂) where are you? Yep, brainfog is a daily occurence for me 😂 1w
Balibee146 Lol.... I'm from West Lothian originally... Knew I recognised it. Now based in Hamilton... Didn't roam far. Cool pic 👍 1w
Mandoul I guess that makes me one of those pesky east-coasters then @Balibee146 😂 have a good one 1w
Balibee146 😂😂😂 @mandoul you too 👍 1w
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Places in the Darkness | Chris Brookmyre
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Hope the week has started well for everyone. I had some Monday luck, picking up this bargain on the way home.

Brookmyre is one of my favourite authors, and this book has been on my wish list for a while. Looking forward to getting stuck in!

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Thanks to the many people on here who have systematically brainwashed me in to this with their photos over the last week - my first ever pumpkin spice latte.

It tastes like all three courses at once 😂 i'm still not sure if thats good or bad!

Reading the tagged book. Nothing new but may interest people who enjoy his tv work. The book has a slightly different feel, revealing a little more of his own personal insecurities.

wanderinglynn I love PSL! Even better with a pumpkin bagel with pumpkin spice cream cheese. 🧡🎃😂 3w
Mandoul Thats a lot of pumpkin @wanderinglynn 😂 2w
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My first time doing one of these - better late than never!
> April 2019 which makes this my 6 month anniversary 😃
> I googled 'cool apps for book lovers'!
> A little more, so thanks for the motivation 😉 tbr is growing rapidly though
> crime, thriller, fantasy and anything set in Japan
> I haven't posted enough yet, but have enjoyed following lots of people including @Reggie, @Birdsong28, @Jas16, @DGRachel & @suzie.reads
#wondrouswednesday

suzie.reads You will always have a tbr list thanks to Litsy! 3w
DGRachel Happy 6-month Litsyversary!! And yes - your TBR list will grow faster than you can keep up. Welcome to the glorious madness. 😆 3w
Jas16 ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Eggs Thanks for playing 📚👏🏻🤗 3w
Eggs @DGRachel Love “glorious madness”!!! 3w
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New indie bookshop joy part 2! So happy to see these places pop up near me and just hope they can survive then thrive in the years to come 📚🤞

#happinessisbookshaped

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Evil Emperor Penguin: Strikes Back | Laura Ellen Anderson
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This is a fun read for the kiddo's, as well as adults, like me, who never really grew up. It's full of short 6-8 page mini stories in comic book form about his many hapless plots to take over the world.

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How Not To Be a Boy | Robert Webb
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This was a joy to read. Webb, a writer and comedian, grew up in a working class Lincolnshire village, having very clear notions of what it means to be a man drummed in to him from an early age. This book explains how that upbringing shaped his future actions with humour, honesty and humility. He managed to take me with him the whole way, highlighting his greatest mistakes while never losing sight of his privilege as a man 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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This a compact little thriller, which i felt was too short for any real depth. Although it was a mostly solid read - Nesbo is a good writer - I found parts of it quite predictable and the whole 'formidable-yet-flawed male hero wants to save repressed female' angle just felt way past its sell by date for me personally. 2.5 / 5.

Reggie Oh man, have you read his Harry Hole detective series? I had to quit because the sexism was a bit much. 4w
Mandoul I did @reggie many moons ago now! I know what you mean. 4w
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Reasons to drink coffee at 10.30pm:

1. I promised myself that I would read 100 more pages today
2. I may as well just finish the whole book at that point
3. I live by a strict moral code, called Bookido, which requires me to start the next book in the pile straight away.
4. Coffee will give me good dreams. Ask any scientist.
5. I have a work assignment due tomorrow morning. That can probably wait though...

Reggie Bookido calls to me but out of respect for the book I just finished I make myself wait until the next day. Lol 4w
Mandoul A more noble man than me @Reggie 😉 4w
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The Curse of Lono | Hunter S. Thompson
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The king of gonzo journalism and home-made banana loaf - two things i did not expect to be mentioning together!

I do love Ralph Steadman's artwork, even better in big hardback.

overtheedge @Mandoul I really liked this, such a great pairing. 4w
Mandoul Yep totally agree @overtheedge Steadman's style was perfect for Hunter's world! 4w
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Jo Nesbo and a flat white courtesy of an extended lunchbreak ☕ really hoping the week continues like this 👍 hope your week starts off well too!

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The Mapmakers | John Noble Wilford
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Pretty happy with this free mini haul from a local book swap. I now have 5 books about maps in my tbr pile and will absolutely hang my head in shame if i ever get lost again 🗺 #turnsoutimamapgeek

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Fault Lines | Doug Johnstone
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He had me at murder, earthquakes and volcanic island. I thought this was a pretty smart story, which focuses on a young, ambitious seismologist who discovers her lover dead on a remote volcanic island. Its a mix of whodunnit & psychological thriller from there. Really engaging characters, plenty of sharp twists and a good pace throughout🌟🌟🌟🌟

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New indie bookstore joy, and right on my way home from work too! Loving the ladders, which I didn't have the courage to try this time around 😂

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 1mo
overtheedge ❤❤❤❤😍 4w
Nute Lovely!😍 2w
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Mehso-so

I so wanted to like this. The premise was good, based on old Swedish tales of the Stallo, who appear in this story as shapeshifting trolls that are linked to disappearing children. It wasnt bad, but felt way longer than it needed to be. I also felt that the pace of the story was all over the place, which meant i struggled to engage with the characters.

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Super excited to finally have these, after a long wait. Thanks @Reggie for recommending the tagged book!

Reggie Yayyyy, I really hope you like it!! 1mo
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First post in a good while, hope everyone is doing well. About half way through this one and seriously hoping it picks up the pace a bit!

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This is one of my favourite collections by any author, covering everything from political and media satire (Jack Parlabane mini-series) through to people trapped in video games (Bedlam) and teenagers battling demons from hell (Pandaemonium). The tagged book is probably my favourite of the lot. All of them great wacky Scottish novels, full of brilliant humour. Plus they look peachy on the shelf 📚😆👍

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The Disappearance of Adle Bedeau | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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It has been such an intense last week, so it feels great for this moment to finally arrive 😀 i really enjoyed His Bloody Project. Lets hope this one delivers too!

Nute Sounds interesting. Stacking! 2w
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Working my way through these two gems to help with a short story that i'm writing. Truly amazing the influence that disco had! Well worth a read for anyone who likes their music history or just wants to get down🕺

Not to worry if you dont like them. You can always just Blame it on the Bookie 😉

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Forgetting | Lisa Norby
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So it turns out i dont have a memory problem. I just lose my diary. A lot 🙄

Crazeedi 😂😂 5mo
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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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Not quite the Appalachian Trail, but a really relaxing jaunt through my local woods. It made me realise how much i'd probably enjoy non-fiction audiobooks. Feel free to throw your recommendations this way!

Reecaspieces Another good one 5mo
Mandoul They both look cool, thanks @Reecaspieces 😀 5mo
coffeeandwashitape I loved this book! 2mo
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Todays used bookstore mini mini #bookhaul - the third of the month already. My TBR pile is slowly becoming a feat of architecture 😂

Reggie I didn‘t have a TBR until Litsy and it‘s out of control now. There‘s days when I add 10 books and think, what the hell am I doing? But they sound sooo good. Lol 5mo
Mandoul Haha i know exactly what you mean @Reggie too much out there and way too hard to pass things by when you see them! 5mo
Crazeedi @Mandoul welcome to litsy!! I have the same tbr disease!! 5mo
Mandoul Thanks @Crazeedi it seems to be a curse that we all enjoy carrying!! Hope you're well. 5mo
Crazeedi @Mandoul yes we call it a lovely curse! I'm doing good today, thank you for asking. Have a great week 5mo
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The Edinburgh International Book Festival | Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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The Edinburgh International Book Festival is recruiting for two very cool roles. Communities Development Director and Children and Schools Director, closing 17 June. More info here - https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/about-us/jobs.

#bookjobs

Go on. You know you want to 😉

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Die of Shame | Mark Billingham
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Finally finished this one, but it was a bit of a slog. A member of a rehab group is murdered, with the investigation centred around the remaining members. It was an interesting enough idea, but i felt the plot stumbled, losing me by degrees along the way.

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The Arrival | Shaun Tan
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This one is a pick + for me. A beautifully drawn story about a migrant on a very different world from ours. It is wordless and effectively free from colour, but still beautiful and engaging and thought provoking. One of very few books that i will pick up again and again and still enjoy each time. Five stars Shaun Tan!!

AnneCecilie I read this in May and loved it. I‘m amazed by how much the author manage to tell without words. 5mo
Mandoul I totally agree @AnneCecilie 😀 5mo
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Visited the very cool Typewrongers Books today. Vintage copies, new releases and a fair sprinkling of typewriters, including some that you can use. Love it when i see a new independent store sprout up and thrive 😀📚📖

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Lonesome Dove: A Novel | Larry McMurtry
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Sat at the top of Kinnoull Hill in Perth, the same place that my Grandad used to sit to watch the horses. He was in love with that spot ever since discovering Larry McMutry's novels, so it feels right that i re-read part of Lonsesome Dove there. He's gone now, so there is a big mix of emotions, as well as huge admiration for McMurty's style. Gritty, realistic and beautifully written, this feels every inch the classic that it is. Top pick!

TheSpineView Beautiful spot! 5mo
Nute I like everything about this post!💕 2w
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Fault Lines | Doug Johnstone
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Its payday!

BookNAround I like that you have both On the Map and Off the Map. Covering all your bases, I guess. 😂 6mo
Mandoul @BookNAround absolutely! My naturally indecisive nature on show in book form 😂 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hahaha! Good catch @BookNAround ! I like that!! 5mo
Kaylamburson Haha paydays for book lovers are the best!! 5mo
Mandoul Haha definitely @Kaylamburson - my favourite day of the month! 5mo
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All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy
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Yay for Fopp's 2 for £5 deal and for a rainy day off, which forces me to sit inside drinking coffee 😂

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Inspector Rebus 1 Work 0. Enjoying this one too much to consider email right now 😂 my second Rankin in a few days and pretty good even when read out of order!

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Bossypants | Tina Fey
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Disclaimer: i was a 30 Rock fan before reading this. I already loved Tina Fey. She's funny, intelligent, quirky and creative with her humour. So i was probably destined to love this 😂 its a really good self-depricating ride through that mind of hers, full of short punchy stories that you will remember.

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The Axeman's Jazz | Ray Celestin
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Really satisfying to do paperback tidy up - phase 1. Yes, this is really how I spend my Friday evenings 😂

Nute Well-spent time!🙂 2w
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Rather Be the Devil | Ian Rankin
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Costa on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. Finally reading my first Rebus story, somewhere near the end of the series......I seem to do things about 10 - 15 years behind the curve!

JanuarieTimewalker13 Me too. Only typically 30 years. Lol 6mo
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Hand Drawn Maps? | Helen Cann
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Did not expect to love this as much as i did. Cool design creativity mixed up with good fun humour. Worth a look for any creative types who feel like checking out something different.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 6mo
Mandoul Thanks @RaimeyGallant and @rather_be_reading appreciate the welcome! Still finding my feet, so i'll check out those tips 😃 6mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 6mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 6mo
Nute Nice review! I like the recommendation! Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2w
Mandoul Thanks @Nute and likewise 😀 2w
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