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RaeLovesToRead

RaeLovesToRead

Joined September 2019

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The Dinner Guest | B P Walter
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Mehso-so

#pop22 - cutlery on cover
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Megabooks @Cortg @4thhouseontheleft @Laughterhp @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain

This was OK. An easy read with decent pace and plenty twists and turns. I found it all a bit farfetched, but that's not unusual for the thriller genre!

The characterisation was a little off, so I'd give it ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars, but I'd encourage you to give it a look if you like a domestic thriller.

Megabooks Great review! 🍴 24h
Cinfhen Totally agree! Read this awhile back and can hardly remember much about it. Good find for cutlery 😄 18h
squirrelbrain Great review - good choice on the cutlery! 🍴 17h
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@TheSpineView #two4tuesday

1. I'm a Bibliophile 😊

2. Voracious readers read books. Bibliophiles love them. (I'm a lot better at loving books than I am at reading them! 😅)

julesG 100% spot on! I'd give the same replies. 1d
TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 1d
Yuki_Onna Oh wow, what perfect answers! I third you and @julesG ! 😁😂 1d
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RaeLovesToRead @julesG @Yuki_Onna Kindred spirits! ☺ 1d
RaeLovesToRead @TheSpineView Good questions as usual! 😀 1d
Branwen YES! 👏🏻 1d
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Bibliophiles unite!!!! 🦸‍♀️🦸🏿🦹🏼‍♀️ 24h
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Supporting local business 💕

jlhammar I loved Why My Cat Is More Impressive Than Your Baby! Hilarious. Fun haul! 2d
RaeLovesToRead @jlhammar I'm finding it really funny so far 😸 2d
Branwen Nice haul! 😍 Why my Cat is More Impressive Than Your Baby looks AMAZING! 🤣 2d
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin | Louis de Bernieres
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#roll100 picks for June. Although I'm very behind 🙈
What have I been doing with myself all day? I haven't finished any books yet this month! 😬

Of these, I have the highest hopes for Captain Corelli's Mandolin. It was recommended to me by the same person that suggested I read the Liveships 💕 (She has proven to be trustworthy! 😄) I also LOVE the cover for The Institute.

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It's a good job my tights seem to be Pickle-proof 😅💕

#picklescat #catsoflitsy

JenReadsAlot 😻 3d
Branwen Pickles cuddles! 😻 2d
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Iced latte and orange & passionfruit cake by the lake 💕
Just a short scenic walk from my front door...

New future reading spot?? 😊

Oryx Perfection 3d
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx It started raining when we got back so we timed it well 😄 It's a gorgeous spot - you can see all the ripples where the fish keep popping up! 😊 3d
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Who else is excited? 😄💕

julesG We're watching! 🐺🍌 4d
Kitta I don‘t know where to watch from the US but my friends are texting me updates 😆 4d
HeyT It was so good but I was a little pressed they put it on premium streaming in the US 4d
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RaeLovesToRead @julesG @Kitta @HeyT I loved it as usual 😁😁 Mum and I have been trying to learn Norway's dance 🤣🐺🍌 3d
julesG I think they have video tutorials. My daughter wants to learn it, too. 3d
RaeLovesToRead @julesG 😲😲 gonna Google that! 🤣 3d
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Not sure I told you, but I really like your teeth
That hairy coat of yours with nothing underneath
Not sure you have a name, so I will call you Keith
Oh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
See where you're going, but I don't know where you've been
Is that saliva or blood drippin' off your chin?
If you don't like the name Keith I'ma call you Jim
Oh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh

And before that wolf eats my grandma
GIVE THAT WOLF A BANANA

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Trying to selfie with Pickles is not an easy task 😸

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

Yuki_Onna How cute these pics are!!! 🤩 5d
JenReadsAlot Adorable! 5d
Branwen Hi Pickles! 🥰😺💕 5d
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna @JenReadsAlot @Branwen She hasn't quite got the hang of selfies yet 😄😺 5d
Megabooks What a cutie!! 4d
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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"Begin at the end: plummeting down the side of the ship in the storm's wild darkness, breath gone with the shock of falling, my camera flying away through the rain -"

#firstlinefridays

Suet624 Great first line. 5d
RaeLovesToRead @Suet624 I'm loving it so far! 😊 4d
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#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

Rae's top tips for mental health:

- Walking
- Cups of tea
- Spending time outside
- Catching up with friends & family
- Eurovision
- Long baths
- Hugs 🫂
- Antiques road trip
- Cosy mysteries
- Write poetry
- Midsomer Murders / Poirot
- Jigsaws
- Metta meditation
- Cake

I don't think I've shown myself much love this week, so I'll have a lie in tomorrow morning 😋

Thanks for the tag @JenReadsAlot

eeclayton I've never thought of Eurovision as a form of mental health care, but now that you've brought it up, I couldn't agree more! 😁 6d
RaeLovesToRead @eeclayton Norway's entry this year is a particular favourite! 😄🐺🍌 LOVE Eurovision ❤ 6d
MoonWitch94 All of these things sound lovely & peaceful! Thanks for playing 🌸📖☺️ 5d
RaeLovesToRead @MoonWitch94 Great questions! 😊 4d
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel

"It wasn't the romance of the century, but it didn't have to be; if you genuinely enjoy someone's company, she'd been thinking lately, if you enjoy your life with them and don't mind sleeping with them, isn't that enough? Do you have to actually be in love for a relationship to be real, whatever REAL means, so long as there's respect and something like friendship?"

(Vincent is a lot more pragmatic than I am when it comes to "love" ?)

GondorGirl I adored this book. Mandel is one of my favorite authors right now. 🧡 6d
RaeLovesToRead @GondorGirl So far it's mesmerising. I've only read Station Eleven before of hers which I felt was OK if a bit disjointed, but it had a haunting atmosphere. So far, I'm finding The Glass Hotel a bit more compelling 💙 6d
vivastory I also liked Glass Hotel more than Station 11 6d
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GondorGirl @RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I think I liked Station 11 more overall, but both were 5 star reads. And Sea of Tranquility was also great (and ties in a bit to the other two books). 6d
RaeLovesToRead @GondorGirl I think I under-rated Station Eleven given how I feel about it looking back. At the time, I was disappointed that it didn't have a more dynamic plot and I didn't feel the threads tied together. Her writing is truly exquisite though 🥰 I have Sea of Tranquility to read next 😊 6d
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I'm not that far in yet, but the first part really got me in the feels and there is such an atmosphere!! 6d
GondorGirl @RaeLovesToRead I'll be curious to know what you think of it. It was such a unique book! 6d
RaeLovesToRead @GondorGirl I'll try to remember to tag you when I do my review 😁 6d
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead It's one of the most emotionally impactful reads of the year 6d
vivastory @GondorGirl I plan on reading her new one soon. Did you watch the Station 11 adaptation? I thought it was a bit uneven, but the parts that worked for me I was deeply moved by 6d
GondorGirl @vivastory I haven't yet, but I need to! When I saw Mandel speak last month she said she loved the show so much that she signed on for them to do the other two books. She's going to help with the writing and stuff, and they shows will be slightly interconnected. 6d
vivastory @GondorGirl That's incredible that you were able to see her speak! I recall hearing that they were adapting The Glass Hotel. Looking forward to seeing what they do with it. Here's hoping she doesn't get completely absorbed in the world of TV writing. 6d
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel

"What I'm suggesting," Caroline said softly, "is that the lens can function as a shield between you and the world, when the world's just a little too much to bear. If you can't stand to look at the world directly, maybe it's possible to look at it through the viewfinder..."

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Even if you don't like Oasis, this song is gorgeous.

This post is for all of you that are suffering from sadness, grief and emotional pain. I hope you get through it 💕

Lots of love

#thinkpositivebepositive

A few songs to listen to:

Oasis - Stop crying your heart out
The Killers - Be Still
Feeder - Comfort in Sound

💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! I needed this today 💙 1w
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slategreyskies Thank you. 🤍 6d
RaeLovesToRead @TheNeverendingTBR @slategreyskies Songs that help to heal 😊💕 5d
TheNeverendingTBR My favourite of theirs is 'Talk Tonight' 5d
RaeLovesToRead @TheNeverendingTBR I will add it to my Spotify list 😁 5d
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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@squirrelbrain @Caroline2 Was there anyone else buddy reading The Glass Hotel?? I'm about to get started but I can't remember who else was reading along 😅

vivastory The Glass Hotel is one of my favorites this year. Looking forward to your thoughts! 1w
squirrelbrain I only tagged you two, but I wasn‘t sure either! 1w
Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts ❤️ 1w
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RaeLovesToRead @vivastory @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain I will tag you all when I post my review! 😊💕 1w
Caroline2 Hoping to start in next couple of days. 👍 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Caroline2 I'm liking it so far 🥰 1w
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

1) I'm going to say The Glass Hotel & Sea of Tranquility because I need to get better at my buddy reading / book clubbage ☺
My heart is in the realm of the elderlings though. Once I start a Robin Hobb book everything else takes a back seat!

2) Not really - although "general café ambience" can be nice ? Also, you know what I really hate in the background? Whatever Dad is watching on telly ?

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The_Penniless_Author Thanks for the tag, Rae 😉 What if your dad's watching a documentary about cafes and their general ambience? 1w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author You clearly don't know my Dad 😄😖 1w
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The_Penniless_Author Fair assumption 😄 1w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author He likes to watch Sky News on repeat and those guess-what-this-guy-is-smuggling-up-his-bum Australian border control programmes. Not a relaxing adjunct to my afternoon reading 😅 1w
The_Penniless_Author Not when all you can think about is what that guy's smuggling up his bum, no. 1w
squirrelbrain LOL at the smuggling programmes! 🤣 1w
TheSpineView So with on the TV. Thanks for playing! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @TheSpineView I hardly ever have the TV or radio on during the day. I tend to hide in the garden if it's on. If it's raining outside, I'm screwed! 😅 1w
TrishB Those Robin Hobb books are the best ♥️ 1w
batsy Thank you for the tag! I love seeing the amount of love for Robin Hobb amongst Littens ... It's making me want to dive in. 1w
RaeLovesToRead @TrishB Such an absorbing world! 💕 @batsy Definitely dive in!!! 😊 1w
mabell Thank you for the tag! 😄👋 1w
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Jue and I have also been scouting out possible locations to work and caffeinate in 💕 That novel I've been pretending to write might just get written after all 😉

mabell Cool photo collage! I didn‘t realize at first you weren‘t sitting together! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @mabell Thanks! It is a bit of a weird trick of the eye, isn't it? 😄 1w
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Guess where I've been today 😀

Three books I had never before heard of and another Maggie Nelson poetry book 💕

May also have picked up a few bits and bobs from Monsoon. (Got to look all floaty and summery while reading my new books in the sunshine, right?)

TrishB Look great 👍🏻 1w
batsy I loved the tagged book. Devastating but good. 1w
RaeLovesToRead @TrishB I'm very pleased with my haul! 😁 1w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy The cover drew me in and then when I read the blurb I knew I wanted to read it. I'm doing #readaroundtheworld (over the next decade or so!) and I don't know much about Sri Lanka so I'm hoping I will learn something too 💙 1w
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Fate rushes down upon us! ...the days plod past, lulling us into thinking that the doom we fear will always so delay. Then, abruptly, the dark days we've all predicted are upon us,& the time when we could've turned dire fate aside has passed. How old must I be before I learn? There is no time; there is never any time. Tomorrow may never come, but todays are linked inexorably in a chain.. now is always the only time we have to divert disaster.

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My mug and book are both so big today that you can't tell the scale 😄 That's a 750-ml cup of tea, right there!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag You‘ve really leaned into the C.S Lewis quote about not being able to get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit! 2w
Mitch You‘re in for a treat with this one! 👍🏼 2w
RaeLovesToRead @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Yes indeedy! 😁😁 I love this mug - I have one with cats on too 😊💕 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @Mitch I'm 200 pages in and it's great so far! 😄💕 2w
julesG I really need to read one of those books. Which should I start with. I have an 850ml mug to go with it. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @julesG Have you read The Farseer Trilogy (starting with Assassin's Apprentice?) That's where I started - basically reading them in order. The Liveships trilogy stands alone though, so if you wanted to go straight into Ship of Magic, that would be fine too. 850-ml 😵😵😵 I'm jealous! Haha. 2w
julesG Haven't read anything by Hobb yet. The mug is one of my great treasures, bought it nearly 30 years ago when I was in London for the first time. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @julesG I think most people would say try the Farseer trilogy first, but the Liveships is a bit more colourful / less bleak. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your mug 🦉 ❤️ 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! 😊 I got it from a tea shop in Como 2w
Branwen What a FANTASTIC day! Huge mug of tea + huge awesome book = BLISS! 😁📚💕 I've decided to start the Liveships trilogy after I'm finished with the Rainwilds series! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I'll be excited to see what you think! After liveships I'm going to find out what happens to Fitz and the Fool and then I'll work my way through the rest. Robin Hobb is my absolute fave! 2w
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In case any of you missed Pickles while I was away 😁

Me earlier: Mum, I'm worried about Pickles - she smells really bad... do you think she's getting old and can't wash herself properly?

Mum: You do realise she's been sleeping on the compost heap..

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

Nutmegnc 🙋‍♀️I did I did. But ew. Oh well. Still cute!! (edited) 2w
Catsandbooks Oh Pickles! 2w
Branwen PICKLES! 😍💕 I have indeed missed her! 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @Nutmegnc @Catsandbooks @Branwen She's smelling a bit better today but is in one of those launching-herself-at-my-feet moods 😄🤦‍♀️ 2w
The_Penniless_Author Probably because you've been telling the whole world she smells like a compost heap 🤣 Get her, Pickles! 😾 2w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Hey! Stop taking sides! (Or if you are taking sides... take MY side!) 😆 2w
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author

1) Not from books I've read, but I do sometimes have ridiculously detailed dreams where I'll be thinking, "This is a great plot! I need to remember this and write it down!!!" ... then it's always just a series of jumbled flavours when I wake up ?

2) Garfield?? ??

3) Work. Exercise. Go outside and photosynthesize. Read. Reconnect with friends. Recuperate.

Eggs Great post! 💗 #3 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Eggs Thank you! 😊💕 2w
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Bookspin card for May!

I've been struggling to concentrate on reading these last few weeks - first with the excitement of holidays and now with the anticlimax of being back from holidays and exhausted. Fingers crossed I'll be able to immerse myself in imaginary worlds again pretty soon 🤞

Bookspin & doublespin this month are both #pop22 titles and #roll100 included Voodoo Histories which is the book that I've had the longest on my TBR...

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My friend just sent me a load of photos from her fancy camera and I miss them all so much 😭😭😭💕

Currently stuck in bed feeling sorry for myself - hopefully will be back in business soon. Wondering whether to read Bluets by Maggie Nelson (a series of prose poetry vignettes about the colour blue) or try to find where I've stashed The Mad Ship for some more magical, seaborne adventures... 💙🌊

TrishB Hope you‘re feeling better soon 😁 2w
RaeLovesToRead @TrishB Thanks, Trish! 💕 I need to get myself on top reading form - I've got 2x Emily St. John Mandels to read this month among others! 😄 2w
shortsarahrose Bluets is fantastic 💙 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @shortsarahrose I loved "Something Bright, then Holes" and I adore the colour blue, so I have high hopes ? 2w
shortsarahrose @RaeLovesToRead I haven‘t read that one, but I adored The Argonauts, which led me to Bluets and The Art of Cruelty. I liked both of those, though Argonauts is still my favorite of hers. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @shortsarahrose Thanks! I will check those out! 2w
shortsarahrose @RaeLovesToRead I‘ve totally added Something Bright then Holes to my tbr 👍🏻 2w
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Soulmates | Mark Anthony
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Pretty sure I first came across this poem written on the back of a toilet door in a pub in Manchester many years ago. Snapped a picture of it on my phone because I liked it.

His ruminations on love and soul mates speak to my inner 5-year-old (the incurable romantic) 🤣🤣

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This morning's coffee crawl 😄 I'm missing Italy's coffee, so Jue and I went in search of the next best thing...

Unfortunately, I'm now so overcaffeinated that I can't concentrate on my book 😵

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Look what came through my letterbox this morning 😊💕 @The_Penniless_Author

Suet624 Love that cover. 3w
The_Penniless_Author Find a nice space on your shelf for it. Preferably next to something classy 🙂 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Suet624 Cute, isn't it? 🥰 3w
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RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author You mean I'm not allowed to read this one either?! 🥺🥺 (Probably going to read it anyway, my friend ❤) 3w
The_Penniless_Author @Suet624 Thanks, Sue. 🙂 I found a designer on this site, 99designs, that's sort of like etsy for graphic artists. I liked his stuff a lot (much more than my publisher's in house designs, honestly), so I contracted out. I'm happy with it 😊 3w
Suet624 @The_Penniless_Author that‘s great to know. 3w
The_Penniless_Author Rae Louise, I would never be so presumptuous as to tell a strong, independent woman such as yourself what she can or cannot do. 😇 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Good to hear, Randy-D 😋 3w
Branwen That cover is gorgeous! 💕 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I like it too 😊😀 @The_Penniless_Author You've got some more cover love, Randy! 😊 3w
The_Penniless_Author Thanks @Branwen ! I love cover love 😊 3w
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Death and the Penguin | Andrey Kurkov
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Waterstones is currently hosting a Read for Ukraine appeal. On Tyranny had been on my Amazon wishlist for a while so I bought that from the available titles, and £10 from this new edition of Death & the Penguin also goes to Oxfam's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

I also ordered Sea of Tranquility, but that's just an extra for me. Also pictured: my new Papier notebooks and planner ❤ Now I just need to use them to write a bestseller 😄

The_Penniless_Author I can't believe you're back and reading and daydreaming about writing novels already. I envy your short flight to England. We're still in transit, chilling out at - where else? - Philadelphia International! 😴 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author It's 11pm-ish here, so you're still earlier than me 😋 *sits back with cup of tea and smug look* 3w
Branwen I'm reading Sea of Tranquility now and really loving it so far! 3w
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RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I'm going to read The Glass Hotel first, but it looks great! 😊 3w
Libby1 I work at Waterstones, and our book club chose this book for next month‘s club! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Libby1 I've had my eye on it a while, but glad I didn't buy it before because now the profits go to the appeal 😊 3w
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This one is just for those of you who can't resist a good plane photo! 💕

I think the shorts I was wearing when I got on the plane were a bit optimistic. It seems the British weather hasn't improved in my absence.

At least now I can get back to my reading 📚

The_Penniless_Author We arrived last night to 48 degrees and heavy rain. I think you would feel right at home in Vermont 😕🌧 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Glad you all got home safe 😊 I've decided I don't want to feel at home - I want to be back in Italy 😭😭😭 3w
The_Penniless_Author I'm thrilled to be back, only because it seems all of us have come down with COVID. If we had stayed even one more day we might have tested positive and be stuck in Spain for God knows how long. 3w
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RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Oh no 😓 Sorry to hear that. Hope you all get well soon 💕 Give Sophia and Linus a big cuddle from me 😸 3w
RaeLovesToRead *Sophie 3w
The_Penniless_Author They've already taken care of that themselves 😁 They're very cuddly cats, and the second one of us sits down they immediately jump up in our lap and start wriggling around 😻 As far as COVID, I'm just so happy it waited till we were home to manifest itself that I can't even be upset I'm sick now. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Sending hugs 🤗 (but, like, the socially distanced, trans-atlantic kind that won't let me catch your germs 😅) 3w
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La fortezza | Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim
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There were so many enticing and unfamiliar comics and graphic novels in this shop, but I don't think my Italian is good enough yet to be able to read them 😅

I wanted to pick up an Italian copy of Saga, but they didn't have No. 1 ☹

vivastory I would have grabbed the Elliott Smith 💙 3w
Branwen What gorgeous covers! 😍 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I was so tempted... and yet, my Italian proficiency is not yet passable! Although I am now pretty good at acquiring food! 3w
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Branwen @RaeLovesToRead That's the most important thing of all! 😋 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Also important is getting the right coffee - basically Cappuccino is a Latte, Macchiato is basically espresso and Latte is a glass of milk 🤣🤣 3w
The_Penniless_Author There's an Italian graphic novel about Elliott Smith?!! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory @The_Penniless_Author I don't know if it will be translated, but apparently it's a recent release. I'm not familiar with his work - should I have a listen? 3w
The_Penniless_Author I think you should. He's pretty great. He has some beautiful songs, but they can be very dour. He struggled with severe depression and substance abuse his whole life, and it comes out in his music. Even the ones with cheery melodies seem to have a melancholic undertone. I think part of it's his singing voice, not exactly a whisper but still fragile, kind of wispy. Listen to 'Needle in the Hay' and you'll see what I mean. 3w
vivastory I highly recommend Smith. He is one of the greatest lyricists in recent memory IMO. Either/Or & XO are basically flawless. I have now had the unbelievable honor to have seen several musicians who have passed away: Among these are Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, Mark Sandman of Morphine & Eliiott Smith. It is Smith's loss that I feel most keenly I was in a venue in Lawrence, KS to see a band just a few weeks after Smith's death & after the (edited) 3w
vivastory show was over they started playing his most recent release over the sound system. I am not exaggerating in the least when I say that the entire venue went silent & quite a few attendees were crying. It was especially poignant as this happened in the venue that I saw Smith perform in. (edited) 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author @vivastory Thank you both, I will have a listen. It's heartbreaking that he died so young and in such a horrific way 💔 I'm glad you got to see him perform, Scott. 3w
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Here is my Bookspin for May (done without access to my bookshelf...) @TheAromaofBooks

A few challenge focused books (roll100 & popsugar), a few from my books-about-sex stack that seems to have grown out of nowhere and a few that I've seen you guys reading and feel I need to experience 💕

Wish me luck! 😄🍀

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
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Last day in Como 😭😭 Very sad to be leaving my friends 💙 Today we took the boat across the lake to Bellagio and Varenna, got very windswept and took an impromptu nap on the beach.

Also if you thought a quattro formaggi pizza was good - this one had SIX cheeses (and added N'duja (danger sausage) of course!!!)

Tomorrow, I'll be back to eating scampi in front of antiques roadtrip, but at least I'll get to see Pickles soon 🥰

Chelsea.Poole Gorgeous! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Chelsea.Poole Thank you! 😊 I'm sad to be leaving! 3w
Branwen Omg that pizza looks and sounds INCREDIBLE! 🍕❤ 3w
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Branwen I'm glad you had such a great time! 💕 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen It was AMAZING!!! Now back in the UK and it's all cloudy 😭😭😭 Want to go travelling again, but I think I've spent all my money! I'd love to come to the USA one day! 3w
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead YES! That would be incredible if you did! Soooo many great bookstores to visit here! 😁 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I could come to the states and meet all my favourite Cats of Litsy! 😸 (I think that's my holiday budget gone for this year though haha 😅) 3w
mabell Nduja is so good on pizza! Especially with honey 3w
RaeLovesToRead @mabell Oh wow - would never have thought of putting honey with it! 😀 3w
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Seriously though, this is one of the most beautiful, romantic places I've ever been in my life 💕😭

5feet.of.fury Gorgeous! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @5feet.of.fury I wish I could just stay here!! 😄💕 3w
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Today I was let loose in the shops of Como and got overexcited in the Pandora shop (LOOK! It's a tiny, dangly pizza!) Walked all the way to Cernobbio in the sunshine, ate Canoli for breakfast and took in the views.

I have become a little addicted to Italian cappuccinos. Wish I could spend a lot longer here, drinking coffee in the sun, but we've only got one full day left.

Mum assures me that Pickles is OK back home!

The_Penniless_Author I'm proud of Italy for bringing you over to the right side of the coffee-tea divide. ☕️😋 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Now now... no one said anything about it being better than tea! 🫖😌 3w
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And this beautiful place is the Cattedrale Santa Maria Assunta 💕

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Today consisted mainly of eating far too much cheese & getting rained on.

Whether it's brunch, cheese & charcuterie from the market, or an enormous takeaway pizza - Como has a lot to offer in the stuffing-ones-face department!!!

Currently trying desperately to dry out some of my clothes for tomorrow as we got absolutely drenched 💦😋

Branwen Mmmmmmmm cheese! 😃💕🧀 4w
Cinfhen Looks like such fun, despite the rain ☔️ 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen It was amazing, but I am now completely over-cheesed! 😅😅🧀 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen It's a beautiful town even in the rain! 😄 We really were completely soaked 🤣🤣 4w
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Buona Sera, Littens!

Danni and I have moved on to Lake Como & this place is so beautiful 💕 I'm pretty sure it's been my screensaver at some point without me realising it.

It would be the perfect place for a romantic getaway with its breathtaking views!

The view at the top is from outside Volta lighthouse. I was told 30 mins uphill from the funicular. It was 30 mins practically vertical 😅🤣

So much I want to do here!!! 🥰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!! Congratulations 🎈🎉🎊 4w
JenReadsAlot Great pictures! 4w
Chelsea.Poole One of my dream trips! So glad to see your photos 😊 4w
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Cathythoughts Looks amazing ! Enjoy♥️ 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JenReadsAlot @Chelsea.Poole @Cathythoughts Thanks everyone! 😊 It's so pretty here! I don't think I'll want to leave 😄 4w
Oryx Beautiful! 4w
Branwen WOW! It's so beautiful! I'm glad to see you having so much fun! 💕 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx Thank you! 😊😄 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen It is stunning here! 🥰🥰 More pictures to come! 4w
The_Penniless_Author Beautiful. A few of these pictures remind me of Cadaques, where we went yesterday. 4w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author You shall have to show us some pictures! 😄 4w
The_Penniless_Author Too busy at the moment, love. It's been a whirlwind of adventure. I'll hook you up when (if? 😬) I make it back to the States. 3w
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I'm not going to spam you all with holiday photos, but I will share a few highlights from the Novecentro gallery 😊

My favourite painting was Nightfall by Umberto Boccioni (3rd down on the left), but there were several others that caught my eye.

Also picked up another couple of notebooks 😉 What does that make? Sette quaderni? 💕

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And here are a few more pictures from our first day in Milan 💕

Very grateful that we got to see The Last Supper, especially since I got distracted by a stationary shop and nearly made us late 😬 (Although now I have a grand total of 5 new quaderni 😊)

Branwen What are you eating in that bottom picture! It looks huge and amazing! 😋 4w
BarbaraBB Gorgeous pics! 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen A slice of pizza the size of my head! 😆 It was very tasty 😊 4w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB Thank you! 😊💕 4w
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Ciao, amici!

I'm in Milan with my friend Danni. These are some of the photos from our visit to the amazing Duomo di Milano 😊 You can't tell how high up we are on the pics, but we were VERY high up. Throughout our rooftop exploration, we were serenaded by a splendid busker who treated us to everything from The Cranberries to Justin Bieber.

Also, check out the amazing mini-Duomo made out of LEGO (top right) 🥰

Branwen Wow! It looks like you're having a fantastic time so far! 😃💕👍 4w
Branwen Also, ma'am is that a cactuar on your shirt? 😁 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Haha, yes it is! Well spotted! 😁💕 4w
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AnneCecilie Looks amazing. I‘ve wanted to visit The Duomo for a long time. (edited) 4w
RaeLovesToRead @AnneCecilie It was incredible! 😊 I'm not great with heights, but the view was breathtaking and when I first entered the Duomo, there was so much beautiful stained glass... highly recommend 🙂 4w
The_Penniless_Author We had our own run in with the Biebs here in Spain. Nothing says you've left America like the strains of Justin Bieber wafting through the open door of a McDonald's 🤣 4w
The_Penniless_Author Those pictures are beautiful, by the way. You need to send me your complete collection of stained-glass photos 🙂 4w
The_Penniless_Author Addendum - today while walking through a park we passed a busker playing 'Zombie'. I'm starting to think we've discovered a glitch in the Matrix 🤯 4w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Either that or you're not actually in Barcelona and you've stalked me all the way to Italy... I thought I saw a shifty looking guy with sunglasses, a fake beard and a newspaper earlier... I'm on to you, Randy! 4w
The_Penniless_Author No, that's the guy I HIRED to stalk you. Which turned out to be unnecessary, since you're posting all your movements on Litsy anyway. I'll send you a bill, as I expect to be compensated. 😂 4w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author I bet your guy is charging you a premium for all the Duomo steps and uphill lighthouse treks I've taken him on 😄 Speaking of stalking, guess what I found on YouTube the other day? An interview with a certain Randall DeVallance 😋 4w
The_Penniless_Author That's what you're doing with your time in Italy? Listening to my archive of publisher-obligated promotional interviews? 🤣 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Well, that and learning how to sass Salvatore in Italian 3w
The_Penniless_Author Now you know what my dumb voice sounds like. You need to find someone to interview you now, to even things out. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Aww, you don't have a dumb voice! You don't sound at all like I imagined though 😄 And not a chance. Advantage: Rae. 3w
The_Penniless_Author You don't realize how cool my voice sounds inside my own head, though. I know everyone hates hearing themselves on a recording, but the difference in my case is really jarring. What did you imagine I sound like? I didn't realize my imaginary voice has been running through your head all this time. 😆 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Aren't you curious about how your Litsy buddies sound in real life? Do you not hear my comments in a Hugh-Grant-style voice? At least your voice sounds cool inside your head. I find mine super-grating either way, haha. But particularly on tape. 3w
The_Penniless_Author I just choose a rotating lineup of random English voices to stand in for yours. This last comment you sounded like Scary Spice. Next will probably be David Beckham. 3w
The_Penniless_Author FWIW, I've been surrounded by Brits for most of my trip, starting at Philadelphia Airport when our gate was sandwiched in between three separate flights to Heathrow. I kept wandering past and eavesdropping so I could get an idea of what you might sound like. I assume it was a pretty accurate representation; they sounded pretty posh from a distance but a lot more swear-y the closer I got 😅 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Play your cards right and I may even record you a voice message one day 😄 (Or if you get on the wrong side of me, you'll get one of me singing instead 🤣🤣 - that'll teach you!) 3w
The_Penniless_Author So what you're saying is that either way I'm getting a message 😉 I may as well just keep antagonizing you and get the song. Do you take requests? 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Nahhh, at the moment I'm in neutral haha 😄😐 I could do 'Mandy' by Barry Manilow, but swap Mandy for Randy? 3w
The_Penniless_Author Deal. 🤝 I'll expect the finished version in my inbox by the end of the week. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author In your dreams, DeVallance! 🤣🤣 3w
The_Penniless_Author If you sing Mandy (Randy), I'll sing She's a Lady. How can you turn down Tom Jones? 😂 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author a) that doesn't even have a clever Rae-related pun in the title b) is an absolutely ghastly song and c) my favourite Tom Jones related song is The Ballad of Tom Jones by Space & Cerys Matthews 3w
The_Penniless_Author I could just change the lyrics to Rae's a Lady, or even better, She's a Rae-Rae. Of course it's a ghastly song, so is Mandy! 🤣 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author 🤨🤨🤨 Oh dear lord, I've created a monster 3w
The_Penniless_Author First of all, don't flatter yourself...I've always been a monster. 😄 Second, the only Rae pun coming to mind right now is 'Rae of Light', and I think we can all agree no one is clamoring for a resurrection of late-90s-era techno Madonna. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Haha, that's literally the only Madonna reincarnation I didn't mind ?? I think we'll just have to accept that I don't have a socially acceptable taste in music and that if you want to sing "she's a Rae-Rae" to me in your best Welsh singing voice, who am I to stop you? ? 3w
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The Blade Itself | Joe Abercrombie
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

1) As long as they're MEANT to be an anti-hero! Sometimes I'm not sure whether characters are supposed to be arseholes!

2) Tagged. I need to re-read this one and finish the trilogy. Glokta is a fabulous character and Joe Abercrombie is from Lancaster where I used to live 💕

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Procrastinating with a scenic walk 😊 Blossom, blue sky & a babbling brook (technically a river, but alliteration..) 🌸

Hope you're all having a lovely Easter Monday!

batsy God, that is beautiful 💚 1mo
BeeMagical Gooooorgeous!!! So jelly! 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely 💚 1mo
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IuliaC Splendid! 😍 1mo
Oryx Beautiful 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @batsy @BeeMagical @Cathythoughts @IuliaC @Oryx Thank you 😊💕 It's a lovely 1 hour loop near where I live. Thinking of trying some audiowalking some time! 1mo
Branwen This is so beautiful! 😍🌿 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Thank you! 😁💕 1mo
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This one is for @Nutmegnc who has ALREADY completed her #pickleschallenge before I have even started 👏👏👏

Pickles is no longer judging you! (This is as close as I can get to a picture of her looking impressed, haha)

Nutmegnc Wahoo!! Pickles has made my day!! Thank you!! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Nutmegnc Awww, no problem! Thanks for joining in 😊🥰 1mo
Branwen WOW! 😲 1mo
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I think I've chosen the books I'm going to take with me to Italy 💚🤍🧡

Pickles has just slobbered all over Call me by your name 😠 but I think these are suitable reads!

#pop22 - a book with mirror on the cover
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Megabooks @Cortg @4thhouseontheleft @Laughterhp @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain

If you can think of prompts that Evelyn Hugo & Call me by your name fit, even better! 😊

jenniferw88 I've put Evelyn Hugo down for #latinxauthor 1mo
squirrelbrain Can‘t think of anything for those two…. 🤔 1mo
The_Penniless_Author Nice! I've got to narrow down my Spain book list to a single choice, but I think I've done it. 1mo
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Branwen Those are GREAT choices! 😍 1mo
Soubhiville I really loved Evelyn Hugo! 1mo
Soubhiville When is your trip? I think Italy will be our main destination for our vacation next summer. 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB Good holiday reads I think. Where will you be going in Italy? 1mo
Cortg Oooh, have fun! Looks like great book choices! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @jenniferw88 Thanks for the suggestion! 😊 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain I'm way behind on my #pop22 challenge because I keep getting distracted by other books 😅 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author What are you taking?? 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Thanks! I'm looking forward to them! 😊 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Soubhiville I've heard great things about Evelyn Hugo! @Soubhiville @BarbaraBB I'm going on Tuesday to Milan & Como 😁 I've been to Italy a couple of times, but not these places yet! Have a couple of friends who live in Como so will be nice to see them! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cortg Thanks! It'll be good to have something to read on the plane! 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead True Grit. I liked the movie, and I loved the one Charles Portis novel I've read (Masters of Atlantis), so it seemed like a safe choice. I'll only be reading in the plane, so one book should be good enough 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Oh nice! I haven't read many Westerns - just The Son (which was good) and The Sisters' Brothers (which was amazing because it made me feel like I was in Red Dead Redemption again!) I've also been recommended Lonesome Dove... 🤔 I probably won't need more than one book, but the others are emergency books... you know... just in case!! 🤣 1mo
Cinfhen Have fun!!!! Enjoy 🫶🏼 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen Thanks!!! 😁😁 1mo
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The Dinner Guest | B P Walter
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Megabooks About witches? 😏😂 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks Nah, Hopepunk obviously 🤣🤣 1mo
BarbaraBB Ha, you couldn‘t do better for that not to be named prompt 🤣 🍴 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB Haha, I know right! 😀🤣 1mo
Cinfhen This was a decent read / good find 1mo
squirrelbrain Ooh I wonder! 🤔 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen Ooh, glad it's a good one! 😊 1mo
Cortg Nice! I have a copy for the prompt as well. Haven‘t gotten to it yet. 1mo
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Stoner | John Williams
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Mehso-so

Stoner is a beautifully written, lyrical portrait of one man's life. William Stoner doesn't so much live his life as endure it and we follow his unremarkable existence through years of academia, marriage, passion and graft.

Sadly, I had some pretty major issues with it which I will spoiler tag in the comments. If you want to read my full review, it's on Goodreads.

I will give it the 4 stars I feel it deserves because the prose was delicious.

RaeLovesToRead Marital rape by a character that is supposed to be sympathetic, poor characterisation of women 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Love your mug! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Chelsea.Poole @TheNeverendingTBR Thanks! It's the inspirational female writer's mug... there is also a general Bibliophile mug 😊 1mo
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Stoner | John Williams

"In his forty-third year William Stoner learned what others, much younger, had learned before him: that the person one loves at first is not the person one loves at last, and that love is not an end but a process through which one person attempts to know another."

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Today's Springtime book pic stars both cornflake and butterscotch tart... how could I choose between the two? 😁

Hope you're all enjoying the gorgeous weather and Bank Holiday weekend!

Extra points if you can spot Pickles in the picture above...

mavey So delish!😋Have a great weekend! 1mo
TheNeverendingTBR Hope you like this book as much as I did! 😊 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @mavey Thanks! They were both amazing! 😊🥰 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead @TheNeverendingTBR Oh Michael, I'm sorry but although I am appreciating the book so far, I also have some MAJOR beef with it (see convo below on one of previous threads about it)... I'll finish it in a couple of days and review it on GR! 1mo
squirrelbrain Yummy! And I think I can see a paw….! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain You got it! A little white paw poking out under the plate haha. 1mo
sarahbellum I see a little Pickles paw 😍 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @sarahbellum 😁😁😁 1mo
Branwen I see a cute little paw! 😸❤ 1mo
mavey @RaeLovesToRead That's great! 1mo
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@LiteraryinLawrence @Branwen @Nutmegnc @BookNAround @Johanna414 @ravenlee @Caroline2

Thanks for joining me in tackling the books that we've been pretending we're going to read for years!

Have a think about which book you'd like to tackle, take a picture and tag me and Pickles when you're ready! (#pickleschallenge)

I'm planning on getting started in a couple of weeks after my holiday, so you have plenty of time to decide!

Anyone can join 😁

RaeLovesToRead @ravenlee P.S. I hope your daughter enjoys another picture of Pickles looking super judgemental 😆 1mo
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It's a gorgeous day for reading outside with gateau!

Haven't actually started the bookclub pick yet, but I may take it on holiday with me 💙

jenniferw88 I haven't started it yet either! 1mo
Branwen I'm not sure which is more lovely- that blue sky or the cake! 😍 Are you going anywhere special on your holiday? Or just hanging out and relaxing? 📚 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @jenniferw88 Glad I'm not alone! 🙂 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Branwen The cake was chocolate bischoff (takeaway from the garden centre because no one else I went for brunch with wanted dessert!!!) I'm off to Italy next week as long as I don't catch COVID 🇮🇪 1mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead That's so exciting! I hope you have so much fun and take lots of pictures! What books will you be bringing with you? 😁📚 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Aww thanks! I haven't decided on the books yet... Will probably bring my kindle and a couple of light, cheerful reads 😊😁 Don't think I'll be taking the Robin Hobb... don't want to spend the whole time reading, haha! 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely sunny pics. Have a nice trip ! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cathythoughts Thank you! 😊 The weather has been gorgeous these last couple of days 1mo
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