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RaeLovesToRead

Joined September 2019

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@vivastory #cloakanddaggerchristmas

Victorian era: The Strings of Murder

Bilingual detective: Murder in Mesopotamia

Amateur sleuth: The Honjin Murders

Golden age: Mystery Mile

Translated mystery: Murder in the Crooked House

Private detective: The Real-Town Murders

New to me series: Death in August

Now all I need is a mystery starring a great team 🤔 Hmm... that's trickier. Do I have to go back and read The Secret Seven 🤭 Any ideas?!

vivastory What a great stack!! I haven't heard of several of these, so taking a screenshot for future reference. For a team have you read the new Osman? Are you a fan of Horowitz? The Word is Murder would count. Also, Joe Ide's IQ counts IMO 15h
vivastory There's also Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series 15h
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Glad you approve! I have indeed read the new Osman. I loved it even more than the first. That reminds me though - there's a new Marlowe Murder Club coming out soon. (It's not a patch on Osman, but still fun.) I've never read any Horowitz, but I have The Magpie Murders in my hand right now... is that a good team? Will definitely check out your other mentions! I might actually read Satellite People by Lahlum for Translated.. 15h
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RaeLovesToRead (I liked The Human Flies - his first) 15h
SolaRaynor I've read a few Agatha Christie mysteries but not “Murder in Mesopotamia“. I'll have to check it out :) 14h
RaeLovesToRead @Sola Raynor I'm reading the Poirot novels in order 😄 13h
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The Real-Town Murders | Adam Roberts
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@vivastory #cloakanddaggerchristmas

Me yesterday: I'm far too busy to take on another reading challenge.

Me today: ^^ ... no harm in looking to see if I have any suitable material 🤔😅

vivastory 😂 A bookish challenge is just so hard to resist! Looking forward to your prompts 17h
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Turned out it was surprisingly easy! I already have a stockpile of mysteries. It's the best sort of fiction when done well. 16h
vivastory It's definitely one of my favorite types of fiction. It's my go to genre when I'm tired or overwhelmed by life. 16h
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RaeLovesToRead @vivastory In my case that's like... every day! Haha 😅😐 This'll be a good chance to read something more upbeat, I reckon. Having said that, last time I read a Soji Shimada book there were a LOT of women getting chopped up, so maybe not. 16h
vivastory Was that Tokyo Zodiac Murders? I read that one a few years ago. I always meant to read more of his work 15h
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Yeah, that's the one. It was good but rather gruesome, and yet emotionally detached from the gruesome. 15h
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Breathtaking | Rachel Clarke
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Mehso-so

Overall, this was a decent piece of writing. It captured very vividly the experiences and struggles of frontline NHS staff and brought the horrors of COVID to life.

I felt there was a bit too much emphasis on the political side of things, without the in depth, balanced analysis required to make it well-argued polemic, but the human side of these stories was very moving.

I expected a bit more breadth in the case studies, but it still gets: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Finally getting round to reading the first Witcher book. I'm an enormous fan of The Witcher 3, but apparently Andrzej Sapkowski doesn't like what they did with the videogames... I'm curious to read the inspiration behind them anyway...

If I finish this and Breathtaking in the next week then I've got myself a bookspin bingo!

IuliaC Is the Netflix series related to this book as well? 2d
RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC Yes, but it was made more recently.. I still hope to watch it once I've read the books! 2d
IuliaC @RaeLovesToRead good to know! 👍 I do the same, first read the books and watch the movies or series afterwards 😊 2d
5feet.of.fury That‘s at the top of my TBR! I want to read it before season 2 comes to Netflix 21h
RaeLovesToRead @5feet.of.fury I've read mixed reviews, but so far it's got all the atmosphere of the videogames! 19h
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Here is my Bookspin for December 🎄📚 @TheAromaofBooks

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and down in the dumps this week. My plan for now is to focus on what I'm already reading and take the pressure off myself.

I may be on track for a November Bingo, but I don't want to count my chickens just yet... 😋

TheAromaofBooks Good luck!!! It can be hard when some of the fun challenges/goals turn into chores. Just remember that you can take a break any time you need to!! 2d
RaeLovesToRead @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! 😊 I'm just going to take it nice and easy and if I get any Bingos it's a bonus. I look forward to Bookspin every month. Thanks for all the work you put into it 💕 2d
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Breathtaking | Rachel Clarke
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This is a first hand account from a doctor about the early months of the pandemic. I'm expecting it to be a difficult and emotional read.

I was unable to work during this horrific time and I can only say how much I respect and am grateful for all the healthcare workers that were there on the front line... You're all incredible ❤

#nonfictionnovember

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Seneca's Letters from a Stoic | Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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Just some more quotes & lyrics that I jotted down because they spoke to me.

No prizes for guessing my favourite band 😄

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Cake with Jue at the garden centre 💕

JamieArc Looks lovely! 5d
RaeLovesToRead @JamieArc The chocolate cherry cake was sooooo good 🥰🍒🍰 5d
aperfectmjk Looks delicious! 🤤 5d
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RaeLovesToRead @aperfectmjk It was! ❤😉 5d
Chelsea.Poole Cute! 5d
RaeLovesToRead @Chelsea.Poole 😊😁 4d
vivastory Looks like a wonderful time! 3d
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Thanks! It was 😄 3d
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Ordered these last week along with my DVD haul... (I blame @DaveGreen7777 for getting me in the movie mood!) ?

Three completely different books...

Bimini was my fave from drag race UK last year ?
I love The Institute's cover art
And I know very little about Nigerian politics so I'm hoping to learn something from Chronicles... (plus it had the word "whodunnit" in the synopsis)

Not going to buy any more books until I've made some TBR headway..

Prairiegirl_reading Uk season 2 is probably my favourite of all the seasons of drag race and Bimini was definitely a favourite! I‘m debating if I should get this on paper or audio. 🤔 I hope you enjoy it!!! 5d
BeeMagical The Institute is SO good... Intense, but so good! 5d
RaeLovesToRead @Prairiegirl_reading I only started watching it last season! (This is how I end up watching anything... my sisters make me!)I loved Bimini and can't wait to read what they have to say.. I'm sure either paper or audio would be good 😁 5d
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RaeLovesToRead @BeeMagical I couldn't resist that cover... so intriguing!! 5d
Prairiegirl_reading @RaeLovesToRead I watched years ago but I stopped because we didn‘t have the channel for a while. Just this year I have watched all of them! (Lots of tv watching) I made my sister watch too!! 5d
RaeLovesToRead @Prairiegirl_reading Hahaha, I feel bad for my Dad because Mum & I watch Ru Paul, Bake Off, Portrait Artist of the Year, Strictly Come Dancing....... 🤣🤣 I don't usually watch a lot of TV, but it's that time of year... 5d
DaveGreen7777 I‘m really not helping you with all those “buying bans”, am I?!? 😂🙈 5d
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Haha, nope! You're a bad influence... 😜 but I'm turning over a new leaf right.......... NOW! (I got Kiss Kiss, but also The Grand Budapest Hotel and a couple more...👀) 5d
BeeMagical Hands down the best book Ive read this year/maybe ever?! 5d
RaeLovesToRead @BeeMagical Wow! I'll boost it right up the TBR then 😊 5d
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Day 2 of being left to fend for myself. Am trying to get the house looking clean & tidy as a surprise for my parents when they return on Tuesday. The place looks worse than when I started so far 🙈

At least the hoover has run out of battery and Pickles has claimed me as her perch for this afternoon so I have an excuse to take a break.

Wish me luck... as soon as I've finished having kitty snuggles I'm going back in! 😭😭😭

#catsoflitsy

Yuki_Onna Pickles is such a sweetheart! 🥰 6d
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Sweetheart / Small furry menace... same difference, right? 🤣🤣 6d
Aims42 Sending you good cleaning vibes!!! I need some myself today 🤣 Looks like you‘ve got a good idea with Pickles‘ snuggles 😻 6d
RaeLovesToRead @Aims42 Thanks, Aims! Sending them right back at you 😊 I'm trying not to despair 😅 6d
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Promise Me | Harlan Coben
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Love this! @ozma.of.oz

1) I'm going to say Stuart Turton & Richard Osman today: 2 authors whose books have brought me enjoyment over the last few years 💕

2) Top tip: As well as keeping a gratitude journal, make a note of things that made you laugh... that way, when you read it back it'll spark joy (& set you off laughing) all over again.

3) I am grateful for the tagged book for getting me back into reading as an adult. I've never looked back!

ozma.of.oz Your tip is a great one! I should start one myself! Thank you for sharing! 5d
RaeLovesToRead @ozma.of.oz Thank you 😊 I love rediscovering things that made me chuckle. I also favourite (🖤) nice messages I've been sent on WhatsApp so I can look back at them when I feel blue 💙 Emergency supplies of positivity! 😁 5d
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Pickpick

This was charming and wholesome and adorable. If you like the found family trope and don't mind things getting a bit saccharine, this is a lovely little diamond in the rough.

Perfect palate cleanser.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Does anyone else make a pile of unmatched socks and say "right, if you lot aren't paired up by the end of the year then you're getting binned"?

But then start empathising with the unpaired socks because they shouldn't be discriminated against for being single!!!

And then consider making a sock dating agency for lonely socks.

And end up with like a billion unmatched socks that I can't get rid of, like, ever?

Just me??!! ??

Prairiegirl_reading I have a whole shopping bag full. 😞 7d
Ruthiella No sock should‘ve made to feel ashamed for their decision to remain unmatched! 🧦 7d
RaeLovesToRead @Prairiegirl_reading @Ruthiella 😄😄 I think I need to take a break seeing as I've reached the thinking-of-socks-as-animate-beings stage of house cleaning! 7d
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Yuki_Onna Noo way, I thought I was the only one ever empathising with single socks! 😲
I REALLY DO that - I feel they have a right for second chances and happiness together...😁😅 Hopeless romantic that I am... 😊
As I tend to have mostly black or dark socks, however, I pair most of them with the most similar looking single sock after a while... 😊
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Haha yay! Glad I'm not the only person inventing backstories for their footgear 😆😆 I should organise the first ever Litsy sock swap 🤣🤣🤣 7d
wanderinglynn I do feel bad so I will mix and match. No sock left behind! 6d
RaeLovesToRead @wanderinglynn Haha, awesome! 😄🤣 6d
Yuki_Onna @wanderinglynn That's so awesome! Pure balm for my romantic heart! 😊
@RaeLovesToRead Yaay! A lonely socks' hearts club! 😁🥰 An international dating agency!😆😝
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Help! It's just me and Pickles this weekend... I've been left to fend for myself and finally have the house to myself for a weekend. Do I...?

A) Spend the weekend trying to get the house looking neat and tidy for my parents' return?

B) Invite all my friends and neighbours over for an impromptu disco rave?

C) Spend the weekend in deep meditation now that I finally have some peace and quiet?

D) Make some headway with these bad boys (pictured)?

Soubhiville Do what‘s going to make you feel best, but I‘d clean some each morning, then dive into those books for the rest of the days. 7d
Yuki_Onna 🤔 ... 🤔 ... ❓ 7d
Yuki_Onna WHY do I have a distinct feeling it's gonna be D in the end? 😁 7d
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TrishB Just D 😁 because cleaning can always wait! 7d
4thhouseontheleft D of course. With maybe some of A thrown in 😁 7d
DaveGreen7777 🤔 Am I the only one leaning towards disco rave?! 💃🏼🕺 😂 7d
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Hahaha... looks like it's just you, me and Pickles. You bring the party hats, I'll bring the orange squash. That's how raves work, right? 🤣🤣🤣 7d
RaeLovesToRead @Soubhiville @Yuki_Onna @TrishB @4thhouseontheleft I've started my cleaning crusade.... I figure if I get this place looking nice then I'll be able to kick back and enjoy my one-woman read-a-thon... and I can put on some music while I work to get that disco feel 💃💃💃💃🍸🍹 (Let's see how much I can get done before I crash out and open a book!) 😉 7d
vivastory Hopefully the cleaning doesn't take too long! For every half hour of cleaning, reward yourself with three hours of reading. It's only fair 📘 7d
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I've been at it for 7 hours... the house looks almost worse than when I started 🙈 So I've earned myself 14 hours of uninterrupted Rae-time. Plus a takeaway 😂😂 7d
vivastory This is the way 📚🥡 7d
Branwen DEFINITELY 'D'!!!! 😁💕📚 7d
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I've spent most of the day doing A so it's most definitely D TIME!!!!! 😁 7d
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kplovesbooks 💔♥️ 1w
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I love this Thursday's questions @MoonWitch94
#thoughtfulthursday

1) I 🖤 them... especially if it's not immediately apparent they are unreliable. I'm quite easy to fool because I'm quite trusting (I.e. gullible) 🤣

2) I 🖤 my new Eddie the Bookworm bag.

3) I'd usually say Poirot or ASOI&F, but I've been thinking about Fitz and the Fool today - I still have the second trilogy to look forward to! Highly recommended.

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My new tights have constellations on them 😀😀😀

Right, Rae.. NO MORE SHOPPING. Unless its Xmas shopping for my friends ❤🎄 'tis the season etc etc. And I might allow myself one more Xmas jumper... or two.

And no more books until I've read another 10!!! Apart from the ones I've already ordered. Maybe.

Yuki_Onna You're so cute! 😆 Good luck with the no more shopping! No more Xmas jumpers... No more books... Apart from... Maybe...? 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna 😁😁 I love Xmas jumpers... my best (and also worst) one is an enormous purple and yellow Spyro the Dragon one. It's truly hideous. I ❤ it!! 1w
Yuki_Onna 😁 It's surely gorgeous!!! It most def sounds like that. 😆 (edited) 1w
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna It's certainly... loud? 😄 1w
Yuki_Onna Why not call it 'flamboyant'? 😁 I just googled Spyro the Dragon. Waaah! It's cute as heck... 🐲 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna I loved Spyro when I was a kid and they recently remade all the games - I was so happy! 1w
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My little Pickle-friend 💕
I didn't get to sleep until 7am last night 😵 Need to find something boring to read so I can drop off 😴

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

DaveGreen7777 Hope you have an easier time getting to sleep tonight, Rae! 😴 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Thanks, Dave 💙 1w
SolaRaynor Check out that cropped ear! We have one of those too :) 1w
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RaeLovesToRead @Sola Raynor I've been told it's a way to tell if a feral cat has been spayed (we just assumed she'd been fighting!) When we first got her she was a very nervous cat, but now she's almost affectionate. (.... almost.) 1w
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David Olusoga was on Portrait Artist of the Year this evening!

So far, I'm impressed with his book: Black and British. I'm not that far in yet, but I think it will be an informative and important read.

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Poirot and Me | David Suchet
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Thanks for the tag! @TheNeverendingTBR

1. One of my faves from last week - not got many new ones, sorry 🙈

2. Don't get me started about David Suchet again 💕 Still starstruck from Sunday 🥰

3. For Pickles. Our cat, not the gherkin. I love her in all her furry spikiness.

Want to play? @aperfectmjk @Daisey @BarbaraBB @BeeMagical @DaveGreen7777 @Larkken @IuliaC

BarbaraBB Thank you for tagging me 🤍🤍 1w
aperfectmjk Thanks for the tag! 1w
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DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the tag! 😀 You are a true Rae of sunshine! 🌞 1w
Eggs Pretty photo 💙💜💙 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Eggs Thanks! 😄😊 1w
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Mehso-so

It's 5am and I'm still wide awake. I thought reading on my Kindle might help with the insomnia, but NOPE

This was a poetic essay about sexual desire and how it doesn't always gel harmoniously and conveniently with society's expectations and ideals. Katherine Angel explores the conflict between how she feels and how she thinks she should feel.

It was interesting, but I'd have liked it to go a lot deeper.

⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars

Goodnight! (Hopefully)

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Life Is Strange #1 | Emma Vieceli
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OK, let's see what they did with it... don't let me down, comic book...

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Have just spent the last hour or so logging on Goodreads which of these books I've read so far... turns out I've managed 53 / 1001 (which isn't too bad to say I'm 33 and only started reading seriously about a decade ago!)

I feel inspired to write my own book of book lists... I own and ❤ so many of them (several are in storage) and this one has some dodgy choices for the 2000s 😅

I may try to recruit some Litsy help when I start the project!

BookwormM You should check out the GR group I mod for #Reading1001 we are reading the combined English editions 1318 books currently 🤣🤣 2w
RaeLovesToRead @BookwormM Oh my gosh, wow! They changed over 300 of them 😵👀 Do you have a link to the group? Is it called Reading 1001? 2w
BookwormM It is called Reading 1001 not sure how to link and yes they keep updating and that is just the English there are also non English versions 😱 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @BookwormM I can't search from the App but I will join the group when I'm next on the website! Another of my book lists is 100 greatest novels in translation... 😁 I've gotten really excited about the idea of writing my own miscellany now!!! 1w
aperfectmjk I use ListChallenges.com to create lists similar to this. Every year I update "My Library" list so I can go through and check off what I've read. I also created a "Must Reads" list for this year, and it's been fun trying to get through it. https://www.listchallenges.com/profile/416994/published-lists 1w
Daisey You can also follow #1001books here for posts about books on the list. 1w
RaeLovesToRead @aperfectmjk Was it the Ultimate Must Reads?? I got about 113 if it was ? Not bad, but below average apparently!!! Once I get going on these list sites I'll be there all night going "just one more list... just one more!!!" I love lists ?? 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Daisey Thanks 😁... I will absolutely be using the hashtag from now on and prioritise the books! There are so many on the list I've never heard of! 1w
aperfectmjk @RaeLovesToRead girl... sometimes I'll just scroll through those lists before bed and I get sucked in like a vortex. It definitely makes me want to read more and more. 1w
RaeLovesToRead @aperfectmjk Haha yeah, I totally get that 😅😊 I spend almost as much time scrolling as reading!! 1w
BarbaraBB There is also a reading group of the #1001books on LibraryThing if you‘re interested! https://www.librarything.com/ngroups/452/1001-Books-to-read-before-you-die 1w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB Awesome! I've not come across LibraryThing before - will check it out 😊 1w
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Started a new "feel good fiction" shelf on my Goodreads, because I expect The House in the Cerulean Sea is gonna be cheerful and heart warming. The only other books I could think of to add to it were the Thursday Murder Club books and the tagged... maybe the Hamish Macbeth mysteries too if I remembered them better...

DO I SERIOUSLY JUST READ MISERABLE FICTION?!?!?!!

BeeMagical LOL I feel this! I swear I only read thrillers and murder mysteries 😂 I force myself to throw in a different genre every now and again so I dont fall too far down the rabbit hole 😂 🐰 2w
RaeLovesToRead @BeeMagical It seems I read almost anything EXCEPT for happy stuff! 😵 And biography, I don't read much biography generally speaking. 2w
DaveGreen7777 HA HA! Do you enjoy “feel bad” movies, too?! 😂 1w
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RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 My favourite films are Lost in Translation, Hot Fuzz & Muppet Xmas Carol, so go figure! 😅 I also like films where people travel somewhere sunny, have sex and drink wine - Vicky Christina Barcelona / Sideways / Y tú mama Tambien / Call me by your name - its a genre of its own 😆😆😆 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 My sister watches a lot of seriously miserable films though! (Do you have any favourites????) 1w
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead I tend to avoid movies that are too depressing for me! 🙈 However, I absolutely loved “Pan‘s Labyrinth”, even though it broke my heart at several places! 🥺 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Me too. I cry at adverts. I made myself watch The Green Mile a few years ago... oh my days 😭😭😭 (Think I'll stick with my sunny holiday road trip romance genre that I invented.) Do you have any favourite NON-DEPRESSING films? 1w
RaeLovesToRead (I haven't actually seen Pan's Labyrinth, but I don't want to have my heart broken, so maybe I should avoid!) 1w
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead Hee Hee, I love a good action movie, so my favorites include Die Hard, the first two Terminator movies, and the Indiana Jones trilogy (the 4th movie doesn‘t count). I also like some modern action movies, like Atomic Blonde and the John Wick trilogy. (edited) 1w
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead A couple of quirky favorites also include Jackie Chan‘s Shanghai Noon/Knights movies (great blend of action and comedy), The Naked Gun (possibly the hardest I‘ve ever laughed at a movie), and a rare case of a movie being better than the book it was based on… Stardust! 😱 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 You have really good taste! 😁 I've actually watched several of those films in the last year (my parents were trying to cheer me up!) Anything with Lesley Nielson in is hilarious, but my favourite of the films you've mentioned is Stardust ❤💫💕 I'm in love with that film (and I only saw it for the first time this year - long story). So so beautiful 🥰🥰 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 A couple more faves are The Wicker Man and The Warriors (come out to play-ayyyy) 1w
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead Oooh, The Warriors is a good one! 😀 A couple more I like, although I wouldn‘t say they‘re favorites, are Guy Ritchie‘s “Snatch” (Brad Pitt‘s finest performance in my humble opinion) and Scream (always watch it around Halloween). And speaking of horror movies, my favorite is Slience of the Lambs! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Snatch is awesome! I've not seen Scream, I don't think (I think someone once took me on a date to see Scream... 4??! but I'd have been a teenager, haha)... I haven't seen (or read) Silence of the Lambs because I'm a collosal wimp. I watched The Woman in Black in a dark flat by myself. It was... an error 😅😅 What did you think of The Shining (film)? 👀 *watches intently for reaction* 1w
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead Well, I used to really like the Shining movie, but after reading the book, I did find the movie paled in comparison. However, I won‘t ever watch the movie again after all the stuff that has come out about how cruel Stanley Kubrick was to Shelly Duvall while filming the movie. Nothing excuses outright abusing the actors! 1w
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead However, as an aside, I wound up loving the “Doctor Sleep” sequel far more than I thought I would… and Rebecca Ferguson was especially glorious as Rose the Hat! 🎩 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Ah have you finished The Shining, then? It's still down on your Litsy (and GR) as in progress! I loved the book, hated the film... hadn't heard anything about the Kubrick thing, that's really sad ☹ I have no idea what Dr Sleep or Rose the Hat are 😄 will Google... 1w
RaeLovesToRead Ah... sequel! 1w
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead I actually had about 50 pages to go in The Shining when I wound up starting a Buddy read, so I put finishing the book on hold. 🙈 Still, what I read was so good I have no doubt it will be a 5-star read when I finish it, unless Stephen King really messes up the ending…. which, knowing him, is actually quite possible! 😳 1w
DaveGreen7777 Also, another fun quirky movie you may try if you haven‘t seen it yet is “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, where Robert Downey Jr. plays an aspiring actor who accidentally gets involved in a murder case. It‘s actually my favorite movie with him! 😀 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 That just made me laugh out loud 😂🤣 Haha. I gave it 4 stars, but I'm a meanie when it comes to stars (as I'm sure you've noticed) 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Next time I'm in an Add-to-Basket kinda mood, I'll get Kiss Kiss Bang Bang then! 1w
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead YAS!!! Hope you enjoy the movie! 😀 (edited) 1w
Larkken This made me giggle! The first author that came to mind is Becky Chambers for feel-good spec fic… but it‘s taken me most of a year to read her first series bc I needed a break from the sweetness! Lol 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Larkken Actually, you have a point there! I remember the long way to a small angry planet being cheerful and wholesome... maybe that was why I was in a bad mood with it at the time and (probably) underrated it 😅😅 I'm planning a re-read and I'll try not to be such a humbug this time, haha. 1w
Larkken @RaeLovesToRead I find breaks while reading this sort of thing to def be beneficial 😆 an overload of wholesome is objectionable but small doses can be nice! Maybe some angsty serial killers in between book sections to spice things up? Lol 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Larkken Hahaha.. I don't know why I don't radiate toward cheerful books. My Dad keeps trying to get me to read "Space Team". I am... resistant ? As I was saying to Dave yesterday, I don't watch serious stuff on TV. (The most tension I can take is Bake Off, hehe) 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Speaking of which... I bought that DVD 🙈... along with, like, £40 worth of other books and films too... 🙈🙈🙈🙈 1w
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Been looking over my photos from the Spectacle of Light again... I'm so sad it's over and I don't get to go and enjoy the Disco Cedar and it's buddies again. It combined two of my favourite things - lights through the darkness and trees... and I got Gingerbread-flavoured hot chocolate at the end.

Still buzzing from watching David Suchet yesterday too 🥰 It's been such an insane week.

Centique Wow that‘s gorgeous! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Centique Thank you, it was a wonderful event! If you scroll down my feed there are a ton of other pics I took collaged together ❤ 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Centique Oh wait, I can see you already did 😊😁 2w
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I've got the afternoon free and it's cold outside, so I'm just going to rest here in bed in my snuggly jumper with a snuggly book and try to stay awake and try not to feel guilty for not doing anything productive today!

I don't think I would have discovered this book if it wasn't for Litsy 💕

IuliaC I've got this one on my TBR too thanks to Litsy 😊 2w
JenReadsAlot I bought this one because of Litsy too! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC @JenReadsAlot I should make a Goodreads shelf.. Litsy-made-me-do-it 😅😅 2w
Prairiegirl_reading I got this and under the whispering door because of litsy too!! And I don‘t regret it for a second!! 💜 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Prairiegirl_reading I'm enjoying it so far 😁 2w
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Poirot and Me | David Suchet
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Just got back from an evening with David Suchet at the Theatre Royal. It was wonderful to see my acting hero on the stage in person (we were lucky enough to have front row seats 😀)

Picked up both these books (signed) in the foyer 😊🥰

I'm a Poirot superfan so it was a wonderful evening 💕💕

deeannloso Wow! That would be so cool! He was the best Hercule Poirot! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @deeannloso It was awesome 😁 (I still refuse to watch the final episode - Curtain - even now!) 2w
vivastory That sounds amazing!! 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I was so starstruck!! 😄 2w
deeannloso @RaeLovesToRead I‘ve watched it several times. It makes me cry, but it‘s excellent. 2w
vivastory Reading the tagged book description it says one story was called unfilmable. Which one was that? 2w
RaeLovesToRead @deeannloso Maybe one day I'll watch it, but I think it would be hard 💔 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I believe it is The Lemesurier Inheritance, but I'll be honest, Scott, I just googled it, haha 😅🤣 2w
vivastory Are you a fan of Branagh's performance as Poirot? 2w
rabbitprincess Ooooo front row seats! Fab! I have watched Curtain but my BF decided not to watch it with me because he knew I would be crying 😅 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I did watch the Branagh version of murder on the Orient Express and I hated it (sorry!) There is only one Poirot and that is David Suchet ❤ 2w
RaeLovesToRead @rabbitprincess Haha, aww! I remember ringing my Mum when it came on and asking what happened... we've seen all the episodes many times except that one! 2w
vivastory I can respect that. I enjoyed the Branagh version, but the mustache was kind of ridiculous. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I think I spent the whole film yelling at the telly 😅😶 Branagh was great in Harry Potter though! 2w
rabbitprincess @RaeLovesToRead I couldn‘t watch Branagh because the moustache was so utterly wrong 😬 2w
RaeLovesToRead @rabbitprincess The moustache was... distracting 😆😂 I'm not sure who made the artistic decision to stick an entire ferret on his face, but it didn't help the situation! 2w
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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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Mehso-so

Very thought provoking and quite hopeful in outlook by the end. ⭐⭐⭐

#pop21 A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list.
#nonfictionnovember
#33by33 Another book finished this readathon!

Next up: Black and British by David Olusoga.

vivastory Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning is one of my fave books of the year. One of the most important nf books i've ever read 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Thanks for the recommendation 😊 Will check it out! 2w
vivastory It's very informative and dense. I had to read it in sections over the course of a couple of weeks, but it's stayed with me all year 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @vivastory My understanding is that there is some overlap between the books, but that Stamped is more about the history of racism 2w
vivastory I haven't read How to Be, but you're right. Stamped is a history of racist ideas in America from the time of the first slaves to the present day 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I have works by David Olusoga, James Baldwin, Claudia Rankine, Caleb Femi and Maya Angelou to read on my shelf too.. going to start with Black & British 2w
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Also, have some more quality Pickles content 😺😸

(She's not supposed to be sat on my Gravity blanket, but she doesn't exactly look remorseful.)

#catsoflitsy

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Me earlier: Right, Rae... now you have your new Project Book we can start working on a new healthy diet and lifestyle change...

Me a little later: ......riiiiiiiight after this salted caramel and winter fruits Eton mess 💕

(Sorry, not exactly book related 😄 )

(Delicious though)

DaveGreen7777 Your posts always make my day, Rae! 😊 2w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Awww, that's awesome, Dave! 😄 2w
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BookDadGirlDad Cheat day... 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was awesome! 😄💕 2w
RaeLovesToRead @BookDadGirlDad More like cheat year... 😅😁 2w
batsy Yum! 2w
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Anyone else do the I-can't-possibly-sort-my-life-out-until-I-have-the-correct-stationary thing? Yeah... me too. Now I have no excuses!

I absolutely love my new planners 🥰🥰

Now to sort my life out...

Yuki_Onna Yep, here... ☝😁 2w
TheKidUpstairs 🙋‍♀️ 2w
BookBosomed1 I feel seen. 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna @TheKidUpstairs Glad I'm not the only one! 😁 @BookBosomed1 😄🤣 2w
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Pickles says hi 💕
#catsoflitsy #picklescat

Soubhiville Aw, Pickles 💕 (edited) 2w
IuliaC Hi Pickles! 😻 2w
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DaveGreen7777 Awww! 😻 2w
wanderinglynn Hello cutie! ❤️🐱 2w
Branwen What a sweet face! ❤😽 2w
Yuki_Onna Awwwww... 💗 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen @Yuki_Onna She is such a cutie pie! 😊🥰 2w
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And a few more from Spectacle of Light 💕
⭐🌛

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Rufford Spectacle of Light Part 1... absolutely spellbinding evening ❤🧡💛💚💙💜
I took so many pictures I can hardly fit them into collages! 🥰🥰

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Sunburn | Laura Lippman
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Mehso-so

Sunburn was heading for an easy 4 stars... I was hooked from the start. Intrigue built and built in this domestic noir psychological thriller and for the first two thirds I absolutely devoured it.

Unfortunately, much as I enjoyed the ride, the ending lets it down. Without giving anything away, there are a few holes in the plot and it kind of... fizzles toward the end.

Worth reading if you enjoyed Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

⭐⭐⭐

RaeLovesToRead @MatchlessMarie Hope you're off to a good start for your birthday readathon! 🎁🍰 I'm reading along! 2w
vivastory That's too bad about the end. Have you read anything else by Lippman? I've been meaning to try her for awhile now 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory This was my first by her and - don't get me wrong - it was a page turner. Really fascinating characters, very well set up, just lost momentum and I had. 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @vivastory (sorry pressed send by accident!) I had... questions. (I absolutely HATED the ending to one of the other books I mentioned in my review by the way, but still gave it 4 stars)... would definitely try Lippman again is what I'm trying to say! And if you find a good one, tag me! 😊 2w
vivastory I definitely will 👍 She has a series that I've heard great things about 2w
Ruthiella I agree. I thought this was a perfect modern noir until the end. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella Yes, it started out so strong! 2w
MatchlessMarie @RaeLovesToRead Ooh I‘d give this one a try a think! Thanks for reading along! I‘m ready for a reading weekend 😎 2w
RaeLovesToRead @MatchlessMarie It is well worth a read. Very compelling and good characterisation. I will definitely be up for reading more books by the same author!! 😁 2w
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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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This was OK, but it wasn't as awesome as I was expecting.

It's about a series of New Yorkers becoming the embodiment of each borough and using their NewYorkishNess to fight off a Lovecraftian tentacle invasion. It was pretty cool, but most of the "battles" were a bit meh and overall I didn't find myself racing to pick it up each day.

Worth a read, for sure, but not one of my favourites.

⭐⭐⭐

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And I got these too... yes I am acquiring books quicker than I'm reading them, but I've heard good things 😊💙

vivastory Misery is still TBR, but I've heard great things 3w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Someone on Goodreads suggested Salem's Lot and Misery, I think... Was going to just try one of them, but that's not really my purchasing style 😅😅😅 3w
vivastory That's not my style either 🤣📚😂📚 3w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory *Litsy high five!!* 3w
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I'm hiding in my bedroom 'cause apparently I wouldn't like what my sister & Dad are watching on TV... being a sensitive soul and all 😅😅

Do you like my new Pandora bracelet?! It's a present to myself to celebrate my return to work. That's mini Hogwarts and the treasure chest opens up. (I think I'm going to ask Santa for the dangly dragon and hug-me cactus charms) 😄🥰🥰

vivastory Congrats on the return to work! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Thank you! 😊 In fairness, I'm only doing a bit of part-time locumming, but it's still a big step in the right direction so 🤞🤞🤞🤞 3w
vivastory Good luck 🤞 3w
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RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Thanks 😄 3w
Vansa That's a lovely bracelet! Love it! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa Aww, thank you! 😊🥰 3w
DaveGreen7777 YAY!!! Congratulations on work opening up for you again! 😊 3w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Thanks, Dave! I shouldn't count my chickens before they are hatched, but then again... SPARKLY!!!!!! 💎💎 3w
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If I ever visit the US, I'll probably end up buying all my favourite books again so I have them with the American covers too... 😇😄

Aims42 LOL! I find myself longing for the UK covers 😆 3w
RaeLovesToRead @aims42 Haha yeah, we do have some good ones... I just want to collect them all! 😄🤣 3w
Branwen You're in the UK?! Eeeeeeee I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to live there! Whereabouts are you? 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I moved back in with my parents in Nottinghamshire earlier this year (I lived in York before then ❤)... it's near Sherwood Forest (Robin Hood) but its not the most exciting place in England 😅 3w
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Hyperion | Dan Simmons
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I'm about to do something unusual for me... a re-read!!

I loved Hyperion the first time around, but never got round to reading the rest of the Cantos. I need to refresh my memory before embarking on the next part of the voyage..

I'm not sure if I love or hate this cover. It looks like a spiky bottom 🤨🍑😂

rabbitprincess Hahaha I totally had the same thought! 3w
Ruthiella That‘s where my mind went too! 😬 I‘ve not read this book but I want to! 3w
zezeki That cover is...interesting, to say the least. And I also had that thought about it. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @rabbitprincess @Ruthiella @zezeki 🤣🤣🤣 it's an interesting book - a bit like the Canterbury tales set in space! 3w
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Anyone else cracking out the Christmas jumpers early this year?! ❄🎄

Yuki_Onna Rae, do you really have green eyes? Or is it just a trick of the light? 3w
DaveGreen7777 Rae, kind people like you make EVERY day as cheery as Christmas! 😊 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna I'm not sure.. 😅😅 One of my exes used to absolutely insist they were green but I've always thought of them as grey. Mum says they are blue, haha. They must change colour! 😁💙💚 3w
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RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Awwww, Dave! 🥰🤗 (I think that's the emoji for *hug* and not *jazz hands* haha) 3w
Branwen YESSSS! BRING ON ALL THE CHRISTMAS CLOTHING! 🎄🎅😁 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Woohoo!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎁🎄🎅 3w
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Fat Cat | Jack Kent
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Thanks for the tag @Yuki_Onna

1. The tagged book was a classic! The moral of the story being: don't leave your cat in a supervisory role when it comes to cooking.

See below for the full story 🙂

https://youtu.be/RCXQNZDEMGU

2. Sunny enough for me to sit in the garden 😊

3. My book hoard! 📚📚

You're all tagged!!!! Happy Wednesday.

vivastory I'm always thankful for my book hoard (except when moving) 📚📚📚 3w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I hear you... quite a lot of mine are still in storage until I move into my own place again... I managed to sneak a good 3 or 4 hundred home with me though 😁 If there's ever a siege, I'll have enough reading materials to last about a decade. 3w
vivastory I felt completely vindicated in my book buying habits when libraries and bookstores were shut down for several months at the start of the pandemic. 3w
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A few photos I took on my walk this evening ⭐🌙

JenReadsAlot Where is that and can I come?! 4w
ozma.of.oz Oh lovely! 4w
RaeLovesToRead @ozma.of.oz @JenReadsAlot This is Southwell (England). Of course, Jen.. if any Littens are in the area I'll take them for tea & cake 😊🍰 4w
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JenReadsAlot Well I live in the US but up to travel! Lol 3w
RaeLovesToRead @JenReadsAlot In fairness, the cake probably isn't good enough to justify an 8,000 mile round trip 😄😋 3w
Chrissyreadit I love your pictures! 3w
DaveGreen7777 You take such amazing pictures! 😍 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Chrissyreadit @DaveGreen7777 Aww, thank you both so much! ☺😊 3w
Branwen OMG!!! 😍😍😍 3w
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And finally (last post, I promise!) - let me share this beautiful afternoon with you all.

Happy Autumn, Littens! Xxx

erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful indeed🍃 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🍁🤎 4w
Ruthiella Lovely! 😍 4w
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DaveGreen7777 Gorgeous photo! 🤩 4w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Aww thank you 😊😄 4w
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Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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Look what came through my letterbox today 💕

Thanks for alerting me to the availability of another literary miscellany that I needed in my life @vivastory - it looks amazing 😊

Also looking forward to another Stephen King... he's one of the most readable authors I've come across.

vivastory Wonderful! The mental floss book is such a delight! Hope you enjoy both of them 📚📚 4w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory On an initial flick through I'm loving the mental floss book! And as for Salem's Lot.. what a cover! 4w
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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November's Bingo Board 💃💃💃

I'm not posting October's because (again) it looks very unimpressive 😅 Looking forward to reading a lot of these. Wish me luck!

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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#bookspin and #doublespin for November 🖤

I'm quite excited about these picks, but preparing myself for disappointment over the Witcher series: I've heard that Andrzej Sapkowski is not a fan of the videogame series and The Witcher 3 was one of my favourite videogames of all time!

Yuki_Onna The Silent Patient was so good! 👏 4w
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@OriginalCyn620 Thanks for the tag ❤

1. I would have to say "Derry" seeing as that is where I spent most of October being terrorised by a creepy clownmonster.

2. The tagged book just arrived and I LOVE IT... can't wait to dig in... also looking forward to purchasing Bimini: release the beast because they were my fave from Ru Paul UK last year ? Razorblade Tears was a recent release too - I'm always late reading new releases though ?

Yuki_Onna Thanks for tagging me! I'll need to think about the answers first... 4w
rockpools Thanks for the tag 😊. I‘ll have a think - I‘m not sure I ‘do‘ new releases, so that may be something released in the last 3 years! 4w
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Ruthiella Thanks for the tag! 😀 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna @rockpools @Ruthiella You're all welcome 😊❤ and yes, I'm the same with new releases @rockpools ... even if I buy them, they don't tend to be new when I get round to them. 4w
squirrelbrain Thanks for the tag! 😁 4w
DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the tag, Rae! 😀 4w
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How Not to Write a Novel | Sandra Newman, Howard Mittelmark
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Day 1 and I'm MINUS 16,000 words, because I looked at the 16,000 words I'd already written and decided they were tripe. So here I am! Back to square one. Let's try to breathe some life into this mess...

Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo and already falling into despair?! 😵

Branwen I'm doing like a Nanowrimo hybrid! 😂 Instead of focusing on a number of words each day, I'm just working on developing the habit of sitting down to write for an hour each day. This is much better for my anxiety! 😁 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen That's a really good idea! What sort of thing are you writing? I figure that if I write any words at all today, it's more words than I wrote yesterday. And yet, it's so disheartening looking back on my work and thinking "nope, start again!" ? 4w
JamieArc I am, and doing something similar to @Branwen I won‘t be focusing on writing a coherent story, but will just try to write something every day, whatever comes to mind, just to build a habit of writing every day. 4w
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BookBelle84 I have a similar plan as @Branwen I'm just trying to get into the habit of progress everyday. My focus is more on editing than adding more words. 4w
RaeLovesToRead @JamieArc Yeah, I'll try to relax a bit and just get down a bit each day! 4w
RaeLovesToRead @BookBelle84 I thought about editing what I already had but I wasn't happy with it so I'm starting over! 4w
Yuki_Onna Good luck! You GOT THIS!!! 👍🧡 4w
RaeLovesToRead @JamieArc @BookBelle84 Good luck with your projects too 😊 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Thanks for the vote of confidence! 😁❤ 4w
Yuki_Onna Sure! 🤘 - Btw, Ben Jones is on TV again... 😊 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna My future husband 💕 haha. Maybe for NaNoWriMo I should write a romance about an adorable Welsh police sergeant who falls madly in love with a neurotic doctor from the East Midlands... bound to be a bestseller 🤣🤣 4w
Yuki_Onna Oohhh, how I'd love to read that! 👏🤣 4w
ozma.of.oz Only got in about 800 words today! 😂 4w
RaeLovesToRead @ozma.of.oz I did 600... hurray for AlmostWriMo 😄🙂 4w
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Only 99p 😶

Thanks for the recommendation @Branwen

I only tend to read 1x book on my Kindle at a time so it may not be this year, but I look forward to reading it 😊

kplovesbooks A whole 13,000+ pages! 🤷🤣 4w
RaeLovesToRead @kplovesbooks Haha, I know... I'll start with a novel or two and take it from there... Still... it's value for money 😂😂 4w
kplovesbooks @RaeLovesToRead Definitely a value! But yes please split that up a bit! 😂 4w
Branwen OH MY GOD! 😍 What a beautiful purchase! 😘💕📚 I really hope you love her work! 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Thank you so much! 😊😄 4w
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