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RaeLovesToRead

Joined September 2019

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I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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#manicmonday #letterI @CBee @The_Penniless_Author

? I, Robot (read as part of The Complete Robot) by Asimov
✒ John Irving / Kazuo Ishiguro
? In Bruges
? The IT Crowd
? Imogen Heap
? It's no good (Depeche Mode)

"Don't say you're happy. Out there without me. I know you can't be. Cause it's no good."

Best fictional book title: "I just died in your psalms tonight" (Murder on the Blackpool Express)

Bonus song: Infinity (Jaymes Young)

RaeLovesToRead I've just realised that for F I forgot both Father Brown AND Father Ted 🙈🙈🙈 1h
Jari-chan It Crowd is awesome 🙌 60m
CBee Love the fictional book title 😂😂 49m
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Oryx Lovely! 10h
TrishB Me too 😁 8h
SamAnne Oh how fabulous! So jealous. (edited) 7h
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squirrelbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 6h
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx @TrishB @squirrelbrain Missing you all already and I'm not even all the way home yet! 🙂 3h
RaeLovesToRead @SamAnne Watch out for posts about next year!! ... 🙂 3h
Susanita Love the pano shot! 2h
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Bye bye, Gladstones 🥲 It's been a pleasure. Wonderful to spend time with so many lovely book-people 💕

#readingretreat

@CGainor3 @Oryx @Susanita @julesG @scripturient @Leniverse @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain @Mitch @rockpools @TrishB

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Oryx That sticky toffee was so good 1d
TrishB But worth it 😁 1d
Susanita The sticky toffee was “I‘ll have what she‘s having” good. 1d
squirrelbrain I wish I‘d have stayed for the sticky toffee now! 1d
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx @TrishB @Susanita @squirrelbrain So much splendid food this weekend 🙂 1d
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The Master Key | Masako Togawa
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Halfway through this one... it's very compelling. I'm not sure what the central mystery is yet, but I'm enjoying wafting from strand to strand.

#readingretreat

@TrishB @scripturient @squirrelbrain @Mitch @julesG @Susanita @Oryx @CGainor3 @Leniverse @rockpools @jenniferw88

rockpools Sounds great! 1d
Mitch Perfect book for the setting! 😍 1d
BarbaraBB I liked this one a lot! 1d
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Here's my Bookspin list for October! 🎃🍵🍂
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

The tagged book is the one I picked for book club. Don't let me down, Brookmyre!

Hopefully this time I pick up Atomic Habits, I'll make it past the introduction... my friend told me I needed this book URGENTLY about 3 years ago... time to develop a better system. New month, new Rae 😘

CBee I don‘t know if you struggle with nonfic like I do…. I‘ve found that audio works MUCH better for me in those cases. Just my two cents 😁 2d
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Thanks 😊 I don't have a problem with non-fiction so much as with self-improvement 😉 2d
Sarahreadstoomuch Your handwriting is gorgeous 2d
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CBee @RaeLovesToRead ha! I can relate 🙋‍♀️ 2d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2d
RaeLovesToRead @Sarahreadstoomuch Aww, thanks! 😊😁💕 1d
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Sneaked off to watch Strictly 😉

#readingretreat

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 2d
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Mrs Death Misses Death | Salena Godden
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LeahBergen Fun! 👏👏 2d
BarbaraBB There they are! Good to see you all! 2d
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Kolymsky Heights | Lionel Davidson
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Panpan

As someone who can't DNF a book (with the exception of Swallows & Amazons), I often find myself getting Stockholm Syndrome by the end...

As the end drew near, I found myself looking back with fondness at this farfetched crapfest in which a super-intelligent polyglot gets summoned to Siberia for not-entirely-clear reasons. The occasional glimpse of action is bracketed by paaaages of admin & unimportant detail.

⭐⭐ (Unless you LOVE transport)

MicheleinPhilly 😂😂 2d
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Pickles has snoodled herself into a circlefloof kittyroll 😁💕

#Picklescat #catsoflitsy

ravenlee 😍 5d
CBee That‘s totally a new one - circlefloof kittyroll 😂😂😂 5d
JenReadsAlot 😻😻😻 5d
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batsy Some days I wish I could curl up into a circlefloof 😁 5d
Cathythoughts Lovely ♥️ 5d
Branwen She should be on an autumn postcard! 😻🍁🍂 4d
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A Classic Crime Collection | Edgar Allan Poe
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#roll100

This book has been rolled THREE times in the roll 100 challenge.

Have I read it yet?

Of course I haven't. I never read anything I'm supposed to read 😶😅

All of this shall change. It's getting autumnal outside. Perfect for some Poe-time.

Branwen This is a gorgeous edition! 😱📚💕 6d
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Kolymsky Heights | Lionel Davidson
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Why oh why oh why do I have the kind of personality that won't let me bail 😭😭😭

This book has so far been 90% ADMIN! Nothing has happened yet to make me care about what's going on. What even IS going on?!

I suspect Philip Pullman was held at gun point when he said this was the best thriller he'd ever read.

Graywacke Maybe Pullman hasn‘t read many other thrillers. Hope it picks up (or ticks you off enough to bail soon). 6d
Bookwomble Toss it! There are too many books you will like that are waiting for you to read them. 😏📚 6d
RaeLovesToRead @Graywacke @Bookwomble Someone on Goodreads described it as "Have you ever wondered where James Bond buys his plane tickets? This is the book for you!" which made me laugh, because it's so true. I'll give it a short while longer... but it's not the thrill ride I was promised ? 6d
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The_Penniless_Author Book blurbs are the great scam of the literary world. I guarantee you Philip Pullman has said that about a couple dozen different books, at least. 6d
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author I need to obtain a degree of literary success so that I can accept backhanders to dole out praise to the highest bidder 😉 (just kidding.. I would never sacrifice my artistic integrity 😌😁) 6d
Vansa I really get what you mean, I've been slogging through a super boring book too,and just can't bring myself to bail!I'm getting better at bailing on books as I age, though 😂 6d
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa I wish I could walk away, but once I've started - if it's a book I've bought new - I just can't do it!!!! 😭😭 And I have so many amazing looking books on my shelf calling to me.... 😄 5d
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Pickles: "Am I not just as cute as Nokidog??"

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

Kshakal 😻😻😻 1w
Yuki_Onna She IS a model! 🤩 And a cutie pie! 😊 1w
JenReadsAlot Omg that face! 😍 😻 1w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww 🐈 ❤️ 7d
Gissy 😻❤️❤️❤️ 7d
Leftcoastzen Awww!😸 7d
Branwen Pickles is the absolute CUTEST! 💕 6d
TheRiehlDeal Pickles, you are da bomb! 👊 Stay classy Pickles! ❤️ 6d
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Had a lovely day out today eating dim sum, drinking various hot beverages and dropping in for a spot of bonus book shopping 😊☺

Yuki_Onna Your pics! 🤩 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna The Dim Sum was INSANELY good 🥰 7d
Librariana This all looks divine! 7d
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#manicmonday #letterH @CBee @The_Penniless_Author

It's a week of close seconds!

📖 Harry Potter (sorry, Hyperion)
✒ Robin Hobb (sorry, Patricia Highsmith)
🎞 Hot Fuzz (sorry, Happy Gilmore)
🎤 Hayley Kiyoko
🎶 Head & Heart (Joel Corry & MNEK) & Higher Power (Coldplay)

Sorry, Randy, you have to listen to both 🤷🏼‍♀️ I can't choose.
Hon. mention for Hard Fi's Hard to Beat.

The_Penniless_Author Luckily for me, I categorically refuse to listen to Coldplay, so it's still just one song 😁 1w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author You are breaking our pact, DeVallance! 😢 Tell you what, I will email you John & Johannes' jive to Higher Power on Strictly last year. Not sung by Coldplay but it is what made me fall in love with it! 1w
CBee I still love Coldplay 😘😘 1w
RaeLovesToRead @CBee I love Higher Power and My Universe and Something Just Like This 💕💕💕 7d
CBee @RaeLovesToRead yes! I love their earlier stuff too. So many great songs! 7d
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My blanket has been stolen!!!!

Puppy snoodles 💕

#nokidog #dogsoflitsy

OriginalCyn620 Oh my goodness! So cute! 🐶❤️ 1w
DaveGreen7777 Awww! 🥰🐶 1w
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TheSpineView Adorable! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @OriginalCyn620 @DaveGreen7777 @OutsmartYourShelf @TheSpineView Pickles was not so happy about having a doggie visitor in the house 😬😾 but he enjoyed himself! 1w
AlaMich That‘s a great photo! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @AlaMich Thanks! He looks very comfy! 7d
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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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Swung by my beloved Waterstones today and *ahem* made a few purchases.

After seeing some very positive reviews, I decided that I needed Babel right away #blameitonlitsy

The book off-screen is Entitled by Kate Manne.

Still have quite a few books in my Waterstones Online basket 🤔 To buy or not to buy... that is the question.

P.S. if anyone didn't see my post before about the mystery book I'm trying to identify... please check it out 😊😇

Aims42 Babel was aaaaaaaaaamazing!! And I‘m so excited for Richard Osman‘s newest 🥳 1w
Soubhiville 💜💜💜📚 1w
MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ nothing more than a good book haul. Well, maybe my wife. And Pickles, I guess. 😉 1w
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jlhammar Good work! I can‘t wait to start the new Osman. 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Aims42 @Soubhiville @jlhammar Thanks for the enthusiasm!! 😁❤ Can't wait to get stuck in! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly I knowww! It's such a good feeling bringing home a new stack 😄 (pets called Pickles are the best!! 😊) 1w
Branwen The answer is ALWAYS to buy. NEVER not to buy! 🤣😂 Those books look absolutely lovely! I'm excited to start Babel as well! 💕📚 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I made a few more cheeky purchases 🤭 Have saved a few for later... later probably being next week 😅😅😅😅 1w
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead I feel your pain! I went to the bookstore this afternoon myself and went a bit crazy! 😅📚💕 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I'm still waiting to be paid and I keep checking my bank account like 👀😄 1w
marleed Nice. And you should be proud of yourself for supporting physical books! That‘s what I tell myself ;) 1w
RaeLovesToRead @marleed Yes! Keeping bookshops on the high street! 😉 I love this way of looking at it. 1w
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Pickpick

After only a chapter or two, I fully expected a pretentious, whimsical, moralising parable.

What I got instead was a quietly enchanting story about a husband and wife travelling through the misty plains of the dark ages, meeting characters and creatures along the way.

Themes of memory, forgiveness, loyalty and revenge weave themselves through the simple story imbuing it with both meaning and ambiguity.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

@The_Penniless_Author #randyspiles

HeyT Some days I just can't handle how cute Pickles is! 😻 2w
vivastory This sounds fantastic 2w
Ruthiella I loved this slow, contemplative novel too. It also asks big questions about who‘s the outsider, who‘s the hero, etc. that I appreciated thinking about. 2w
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Liz_M 😸 👋 2w
BarbaraBB Great review. I enjoyed this one too. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @HeyT @Liz_M She is a cutie pie 💕🐈 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I suspect you'd like it, Scott! Have you read any Ishiguro? 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella What a beautiful way of putting it! Yes! Who is the hero / who is the outsider... that's something the book does remarkably well 😊 2w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB Thanks, Barbara! 🙂💕 2w
vivastory I have! I have read 3 books by Ishiguro: Never Let Me G0 (one of my favorites of all time), Klara & the Sun (disappointing, but I oddly can't forget it) & Artist of the Floating World (I recall finding it interesting when I read it. In retrospect it is my least fave of the 3) 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory The only one I'd read before was Never Let Me Go. I gave it 3 stars at the time but the premise has haunted me. I'd like to re-read it some day. It's on my GR Haunting / Memorable shelf (a shelf I made for books that have lingered with me against my expectations). 2w
BarbaraBB @vivastory I don‘t mean to be pushy but you MUST read 2w
Liz_M @vivastory As in all things, @BarbaraBB is right about this ⬆️ 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB @Liz_M It's on my TBR 👍 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M 😂😉 2w
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CALLING BOOK DETECTIVES OF LITSY!

Can anyone help me?

My friend is trying to figure out what this sci fi book he read in the 90s is...

Does it ring any bells for any of you??

Thank you 💕

TheKidUpstairs I don't know if, but if you don't get answers here try the What's That Book subreddit (if you've got Reddit). I was looking for a particular children's book for my husband for YEARS, and within an hour of posting I not only had the correct book and author but a link to buy a copy of the now out of print book! 2w
vivastory This book sounds wild 😂 It reminds me of the time that I was telling someone the plot to a fave childhood movie but it sounded so bonkers I wasn't sure if it was real, or a dream. It was. 🙃 2w
RaeLovesToRead @TheKidUpstairs I will suggest this to him... I've also asked my old sci fi book club for advice! They know a lot when it comes to this sort of thing! 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Haha, excellent... what was the film?? 2w
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead All I can do, is recommend that you watch this 8 minute YouTube video that does a great job explaining how truly bizarre this movie was
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUFqoI7xg0M
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RaeLovesToRead @vivastory What did I just watch??! 🤣🤣 2w
vivastory The 80s were wild my friend 😂 2w
Leftcoastzen I‘ve been very busy and I couldn‘t wait to see if someone remembered it! 😄Don‘t give up, someone will pull through. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Leftcoastzen If Jonathon from my old sci fi book club didn't recognise it (which he didn't), I would say all hope is lost! 1w
DaveGreen7777 I tried to find this book for you, really I did! But no search I tried was able to pinpoint it. 😭 This book sounds very pulpy to me, so I tried some searches with that, and the best I could do was find a book called “Pulp Apocalypse” which is a guide to post-apocalyptic books with a focus on books written in the 80s and 90s. If your friend is really determined, he may try finding that book and seeing if the one he‘s looking for is in there. 1w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Thank you so much for trying, Dave! You're a superstar! 😊🫂 I have passed on your suggestion 1w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I tried using bookfinder.com, but I don‘t think there‘s enough information here in this description for it to find it. I second the suggestion to ask Reddit. I have also had success with tapping into that hive of minds and getting results for vague books. Good luck! 👍❤️ 1w
RaeLovesToRead @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks so much for having a look! 😊 I'll see if I can get more info and try reddit. 1w
Branwen I will pass this around at work and see if a gaggle of librarians can solve this mystery! 📚🔍😄 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Aww, thank you so much!!!! 😄 It sounds niche and pulpy, so I'm no holding out too much hope, but it would be amazing if the power of the library could help 🦸‍♂️🦸🏽‍♀️🦸🏼🦹🏿‍♂️🦹‍♀️🦹🏾 1w
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Oh haiiii 👋🏻

She was my reading buddy for all of 5 minutes and now she's disappeared under the hedge 😅

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

Probably_reading_right_now Beautiful cat 🥹 they clearly have things to do, places to be 😂 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Probably_reading_right_now Ahhh, the life of a cat! 😄 She came for a cuddle briefly, then skipped off again 😅 2w
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Kolymsky Heights | Lionel Davidson
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It's that perfect blend of late summer clear skies and cool, fragrant autumn air. Time to start a new thriller that I've had on my shelf for years 🍂

I love this time of year. I can still enjoy an iced latte, while at the same time wrapping myself up in snuggly knitwear.

Chores can wait 😌😉

JenReadsAlot Sounds like perfection! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @JenReadsAlot I love this time of year 😊 2w
Branwen Wow! It sounds absolutely perfect! 1w
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A couple of easy choices for this one!
#manicmonday #letterg @CBee @The_Penniless_Author

📖 The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
✒ Neil Gaiman
📺 Game of Thrones
🎞 The Grand Budapest Hotel
🎤🎸 Gary Moore
🎶 Gods and Monsters (Lana Del Rey) Bonus song: Girls like girls (Hayley Kiyoko)

This week I forgot Ghost! What a film!

vivastory Lana Del Rey 🤘 2w
eeclayton I love Gary Moore ❤️ I was lucky to see him in concert once, he was awesome! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Do you have a fave Lana track? 💕 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @eeclayton Oh my goodness WOW!!!!! I'm so jealous. I love him so much and I'm so sad that I'll never be able to see him play 😢😞 2w
vivastory I can't name a favorite song. I can tell you that Born to Die is my favorite album. Some of my faves off of it: Radio, Summertime Sadness, Video Games & Lucky Ones. I also really liked Chemtrails Over the Country Club. It was one of my fave albums of last year. For me she is quintessential summer music 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Yes! Born to die: Paradise edition even better because it has 8 extra songs, including Gods & Monsters. I LOVE Radio! 🥰 2w
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AUTUMN VIBES 😁🍁🍂

Branwen Pickles looks excited for autumn! 😻🍂🍁 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen She's all snoodly and affectionate at the moment 🥰🥰 2w
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Pickpick

This collection of writings - mostly short stories - was beautiful and quietly devastating and spectacular.

I laughed out loud. I cried in public.

I don't even usually like the medium of the short story, but these tweaked my heartstrings every which way.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

All the stars 😭

merelybookish This collection is fantastic! 2w
Yuki_Onna That title alone pulls all the heartstrings... 😭 I suppose that book would be too much to handle at the moment, though. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @merelybookish I loved it 😊 Now need to get Netflix again so I can watch the rest of Bojack 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Yes and no. I had similar reservations, but although there was a lot of melancholy, there was also quite a lot of joy. It was bittersweet and disillusioned and very human. I loved it 🥰 It wasn't a fluffy read, though. 2w
Librariana That dedication alone! 🥰🥰 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Librariana So cute!!! 💕💕 2w
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Cappuccino and Ishiguro!

@The_Penniless_Author

Readergrrl I really enjoyed this novel. I still ponder it occasionally and I‘m not entirely sure I understood all of it, but I really liked it! 3w
Yuki_Onna You always take the yummiest and cosiest pictures, Rae! 😊 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Readergrrl I genuinely don't know how to feel about it so far. It's... puzzling. At first I thought, oh no this is going to be a snooze, but I'm getting drawn in... 3w
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna You should see the amaretto cake and hot chocolate that followed 😉😋💕 3w
Yuki_Onna Uuuuhhh!!! 😋 I see I must visit you asap for a tour de cafés around England... 🤣😋
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Definitely! 😊 And if you like sushi, I know a great place in Nottingham!! 😁 3w
Branwen Delightful! 💕📚☕ 3w
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Snuggles with my Pickles 💕

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

Yuki_Onna Ooohhh... Such cute pics of you two! 🤩🥰 3w
Leftcoastzen Yay! 😻Kitty snuggles are so good! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna @Leftcoastzen She is my smol furry buddy 🥰🥰🥰 3w
Branwen Such a sweetheart! 😻 Love you, Pickles! 💕💕💕 3w
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView
Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author 😀 💕

1) Generally post-apocalyptic, although I like both when done well.

2) There are lots - The Walking Dead springs to mind as one of the first comics I read (although I still need to go back and finish it). I'm gonna go Triffids though!

I still maintain that the best of this genre is to be found in videogame format - The Last of Us and Fallout, for example 🥰🙃

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 3w
TheRiehlDeal Yes!!! 🙌 The Last of Us and Fallout! ❤️❤️ I played a little of Fallout 3, but never finished it. But I do remember really enjoying it. I can‘t wait for the TV adaptation of The Last of Us on HBO Max to premiere. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @TheRiehlDeal Woo! #gamersoflitsy 😁 I adored The Last of Us and Fallout 4 (I played 3 briefly, but didn't get into it as much as 4 - despite hearing great things). I'm not sure we get HBO Max in the UK. Will have to look into how I can watch it. Still haven't played the sequel yet, mind. 3w
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DaveGreen7777 What about an RPG based on “The Stand” where Randall Flagg is the final boss?! 😱 Gaming companies, make this happen! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Dave! Nooooo! I haven't read The Stand... now I feel like I may need to read The Stand 😳 And I already have Kings left to complete (there are like... 3 of them within touching distance of my bed. Well... if I stretch 😄) Although, maybe if it comes in gaming format, it'll save me a 1400 page read.. 🤔 3w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 I was going to make a disparaging IT-based comment, but I can't remember if you've read it... 3w
DaveGreen7777 @RaeLovesToRead BWAH-HA-HA!!! Well, I did read IT and mostly liked it… but I felt the end was so anti-climatic and the final battle with IT bordered on silly! 🤦🏻‍♂️ So, a good game that totally falls apart at the end… I guess an IT game would be like playing Mass Effect 3! 😂🤡🎈 3w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 I have the mass effect trilogy on my to play list (TBP?) Last time I got stuck on the citadel because I'd only scanned 23 out of 24 of those spidery crab robot things...😩 3w
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A Madness of Sunshine | Nalini Singh
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Mehso-so

This was a competent thriller set in an atmospheric cove. I was in the mood for a thriller and it was good to get back into the genre.

I did find that there were fair chunks where very little happened and that the characterisation was a bit 2-D.

I was wavering between 3 and 4 stars, and what swung it was that the ending I had come up with in my head was more twisty and exciting than the actual ending! 😅

⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars, not bad

Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘m still only starting. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Cathythoughts Thanks! 😊 It's the first time I've finished on time for book club! (Although I think I was supposed to be choosing next month's book and I've not picked one yet 😬) 3w
Cathythoughts The pressure of “ the pick “ 😁 you‘ll be fine. It‘s always a chance 😘 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Cathythoughts I feel I should apologise to everyone in advance 🙈😅 3w
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5 Centimeters Per Second | Makoto Shinkai
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#manicmonday #letterF @CBee
@The_Penniless_Author 🤗💕

📖 5cm per second (Manga adaptation)
✒ Ken Follett
🎞 500 days of summer
📺 Flight of the conchords
🎤 The Fratellis
🎶 Fingertips (Camel)

The_Penniless_Author Ah, Flight of the Conchords!! How did I forget that one? 3w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag The Fratellis ❤️ 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author You know, every time anyone hurts my feelings, I play the Hurt Feelings song and it instantly improves the situation... ("Get me a small men's wetsuit please!") 3w
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CBee 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 hey, I can‘t find the song on Spotify! Want to send me a link? (edited) 3w
jlhammar Love Flight of the Conchords! 3w
CBee @RaeLovesToRead so this is weird and I‘m not sure why - I can‘t add the song 🤔 Did a little digging and it looks like the album is listed but not playable? It‘s odd. (edited) 3w
RaeLovesToRead @jlhammar They are awesome! 😁🥰 3w
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Ah well, never mind! I'll try to pick something less obscure for G 😄 3w
CBee @RaeLovesToRead Spotify is usually pretty good with the obscure stuff but oh well 🤦‍♀️ 3w
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What I liked most about this short essay collection was the author's willingness to engage with multiple viewpoints and facets of discussion. This was a philosophical examination of the issues prominent in modern feminism.

It made me miserable and it made my head hurt.

I didn't agree with Srinivasan on everything, but this was still a sound discussion that gave me lots of food for thought and intellectual nourishment.

TrishB And a fabulous teapot ❤️ 3w
RaeLovesToRead @TrishB I have a feeling that my teapot will be in the background of lots more photos to come.. 🤣 I love it 💕 3w
TrishB And for good reason 😁 3w
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batsy Nice review! This is on my TBR. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy Are we Goodreads friends? I wrote a more detailed review on there 😊 It was an interesting exploration of the issues. I didn't feel she offered many solutions or conclusions (at least not feasible ones!) 3w
batsy @RaeLovesToRead I'm not sure but I'd love to 🙂 I don't know how on earth to share my GR profile off the app (I'm using an Android). 3w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy That's my profile ^^^ (apologies if we are already friends! 🙈) 3w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy That's my profile ^^^ (apologies if we are already friends! 🙈) 3w
batsy Thank you! I've just sent a friend request 🙂 3w
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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If you can read my scruffiest handwriting, these were my favourite quotes from Station Eleven. I'm planning a re-read soon.

"A trapdoor waiting under every word"

"If you are the light, if your enemies are darkness, then there's nothing that you cannot justify."

DaveGreen7777 I must say, your handwriting is much better than most doctor‘s are! 😁 ✍️ 4w
Pogue I have a quote journal! I have kept one for years. I love looking back on what I have read and what meant something to me. 4w
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Normally my handwriting is much nicer than this 😳😅 See any of my bookspin bingo lists / squares for a sample... 😉🤣 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Pogue I love my quotes journal. I was going to start another one because I'm running out of space, but since I've started using Litsy, I'm tending to type them out on here, then screenshot, instead. 4w
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I've just added another couple of entries to my ongoing "Bad Descriptions of Clouds" competition. It's at the back of my quotes book along with "funny stuff Poirot said" and "fart jokes in The Shadow of the Wind".

Anyone have a fave?

(Incidentally, all of these authors are awesome in their own ways, even if I am amused by their cloud describing ?)

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Thanks for the tag @Yuki_Onna 😀
I have done this one before, but I am reading new books now so here they are in emoji format...

🛶⚓🐉🌊🏝

🤵🏼💕👰🏾‍♂️🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐🪓🩸

☀️ = 🤪

(I am also reading The Right to Sex, but all the emoji combos I came up with were very poor taste... 😅)

Also, I can think of more shoddy sequels that I'd like to re-do / get rid of, than standalones that need sequels 😄

PageShifter 🤣 4w
Yuki_Onna Thanks for doing a second round of this one! New emojis! 😄
Oh what emojis could you possibly mean with The Right to Sex? 😂😇
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna 😳😇😅 4w
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView
Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author 😁💕

1) This question is making me so wistful... I want to visit all the islands please... does anyone want to Rae-nap me and take me somewhere beautiful with cocktails???

The Maldives? Mauritius? A Hawaiian or Thai Island? Honshu, Japan?

2) If I was going to Japan, I'd bring some Murakami... or a locked island murder mystery for a tropical island... know any good ones??

Susanita This is about a group of Japanese students who visit an island in homage to And Then There Were None. What could possibly go wrong? 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Susanita I think I have that on my trolley 😄 Sounds incredible!!! 4w
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The_Penniless_Author Ooh, I forgot all about Japan. I might have to give Ireland the heave ho and pick a Japanese island instead. 4w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Yeah, I don't mind you choosing Japan over coming and visiting me 😉 4w
TheSpineView I would love to visit all the islands! Thanks for playing 4w
The_Penniless_Author If you're going to be in Japan anyway, why would I go to England? 😄 4w
RaeLovesToRead @TheSpineView I feel I need to save up and travel more... so many places to see! 😄 4w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author OK fine 🙄 Meet you there... We can pretend we are in a Persona game and eat all the ramen 4w
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Elizabeth Is Missing | Emma Healey
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#manicmonday #letterE @CBee
@The_Penniless_Author

📖 Elizabeth is Missing
✒ Bernadine Evaristo
🎞 Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
🎤 Empire of the Sun
🎶 Empty Rooms (Gary Moore)

Elizabeth is Missing is an excellent book and gives a realistic portrayal of dementia.

Empty Rooms is one of my favourite songs of all time 💙

Update: Oh noooo, I forgot Eleanor Oliphant...

CBee Thanks for playing! 😊😊😊 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Get Gary Moore on the Manic Monday playlist 😄😉 1mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead already added! I‘ve been working on it the past few days - super eclectic list!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead @CBee Ooh, exciting! Is it on Spotify?? Can't wait 😋 1mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead yep! I‘ll share the link later today when I get more E‘s 😊😊 1mo
vivastory I *almost* included Eternal Sunshine, but I ran out of room 😂 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory You do have a lot of E's 😁😁 1mo
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead Just wait until we get to the F's 😅 (edited) 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory I've been planning ahead in a notebook 🙈🙈 There are many F contenders! 1mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead @vivastory you guys! I‘m so excited that you‘re planning ahead cause it means I‘m not the only one 😂😂😂 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Don't want to miss out any favourites... that's why (muppet) Christmas Carol was for C.... because Midsomer Murders... 🙈 haha 4w
CBee @RaeLovesToRead ha! It‘s hard to choose… 4w
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Mehso-so

This was a disjointed Picasso picture of a novel, exploring issues of culture and caste through a multi generational family history.

I found it equal parts devastating and frustrating.

The plot jumps around all over the place, the language is flowery and repetitive and it takes a while for anything to happen.

It's also haunting and moving, with believable characters and cleverly unfolding spirals of plot.

I'm on the fence.

⭐⭐⭐

rockpools Fantastic review though! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @rockpools Thank you! 😊😁 1mo
Ruthiella I also didn‘t love this. 300 pages of heavy foreshadowing and flowery, repetitive writing. It makes me want to steer clear of her more recent, much longer novel 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella A lady in a coffee shop I was reading this in (who LOVED❤ TGOST) suggested I steer clear of her newer book if I was underwhelmed by TGOST. I thought it was good, but there were things about it that I really disliked. I may still try TMOUH though... 1mo
Kitta Interesting you‘re on the fence because I loved this! I love flowery writing though 😂 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Kitta Glad you enjoyed it. There were certainly things I admired about it, but I had gripes too! 🙃 4w
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Replay | Ken Grimwood
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Also got a Groundhog Day style novel from the 1980s (favourite book of a friend of mine) and the book club choice finally came through! 😁💕

Caroline2 Sounds awesome, stacked. And I love your tea set. 😍 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Caroline2 Thank you! 😊😀 I have 4 different teacups for it and just want to drink from them all at once... going to order matching milk jug, sugar bowl and teaspoons 💕💕💕 1mo
julesG 😍 1mo
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Woke this morning to BookMail!

Why do I have a feeling this one is going to break me?

IndoorDame Beautiful tea set! 🤩🫖❤️ 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @IndoorDame Thank you! 😊😁 1mo
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The Master Key | Masako Togawa
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Look what came up as this month's Bookspin pick...

The Universe wants us to do this buddy read, Randy and Sam! @The_Penniless_Author @Yuki_Onna

Dare you argue with the Universe?

The_Penniless_Author I agree with the universe on very little 😅 I might try to keep up with you on this, although I still have a hundred pages or so of Ship of Magic to finish. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author When I say buddy read, I just mean tag me in your review and I'll do the same 😉🙃 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author And when you say 100 pages of Ship of Magic... you mean another like 1800 pages of the trilogy 😁 1mo
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Yuki_Onna You're not being serious? 😊😚
-Plus, I had a quite an extraordinary evening tonight and have made a new aquaintance who is - as well as our taxi driver home - living in the same street as me? The taxi driver is my direct neighbour even...
And now: The Master Key. 🔑
What's up with the Universe, Rae? 🤔
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Oh wow! That's awesome! 😄 I will tag you in my review when I've finished The Master Key... I'm looking forward to it 😊 1mo
Yuki_Onna Yes, please, do so!🤗 I will try to order The Master Key in time for September reading now - as that's clearly the wish of the Universe! ☝️😁 It seems it will take up to three weeks to arrive when I order it - it's not a well-known book here - but then: It's the Universe's will the three of us read it sometime in the remainder of this year.
Who am I to defy the Universe's plans? 🤷‍♀️
@RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Woo! 🥳🥳🥳 I should probably mention I'm the worst buddy reader ever... I always start out with good intentions, but I'm very distractible! I do love Japanese mystery fiction though, so hopefully that will keep me focused 😊 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna I've never been a buddy reader before, but I'm pretty confident I can take that "worst-ever" title from you ? 1mo
Yuki_Onna @RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Oh, me too.... *eyeroll* I'm a quite slow reader, life gets in the way frequently. The three of us can battle for the title 💪🤣
Heck, I don't even know when I'm gonna get to the book - and when the book's gonna get to me in the first place...
I'm pretty content with your way of buddy reading, Rae. Confident even that even I can do this - read the book sometime this year and tag you two with the review. 😅😉
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RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author @Yuki_Onna Awesome! 😊😁 Let's keep it super casual ❤ We can all be terrible at buddy reading together! 1mo
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After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz
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Bookspin for September 🙃 Will this be the month that I get a Bingo? Looking at it now I'm thinking I should be able to get TWO or THREE Bingos 😆💕

Ah, the optimism of a new month..

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Good luck!! 1mo
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So far this book is verrrrrry exposition-ey. There is no immediacy to the story, it is all background and description... I am hoping it gets better.

(Also, check out my new teapot 🥰🥰🥰 )

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Your teapot is GORGEOUS! ❤️😱❤️ 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thank you! 😊💕 It's Sara Miller (Chelsea collection) if you want one! 😁 1mo
ravenlee I love your teapot and your cup! 1mo
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wanderinglynn Love your tea pot! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I LOVE your teapot 🫖 1mo
Bookwomble Nice teapot 🫖👌 1mo
BarbaraBB Love the teapot and the book too! 1mo
Vansa This is one of my favourite books,and captures India and the caste system extremely well. It needs to give all that background-its obvious to people living in India( and even not so much to everyone) but she has to set the tone and place .Also it's meant to be a book about Indian attitudes towards women,labour,privilege and how those contribute to causing the events in the book!Apologies for booksplaining if it comes across as that! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa No problem, I'm glad you love it! It's starting to pick up now, but I'm still conflicted... I don't really click with the way it's written, but there are things I admire about it too. Will reserve judgement until I review it 😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I wish I loved tea 🫖 1mo
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView
Thanks for the tag @Yuki_Onna 😀💕

1) The Mad Ship by an absolute mile 😊

2) Well yes, all of the above! The characters, plot, setting... 🤣🤣 Robin Hobb's world is brought to life in such detail and it absorbs me in a way that few other fictional worlds can 😊

Tag! @The_Penniless_Author @Branwen @CBee

TheSpineView Love Hobb's books! Thanks for playing! 1mo
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"What do you mean I'm getting my floofs on your sunlounger? Sunlounger is better with floofs..."

#picklescat #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen Lots of fur , no extra charge!😸 1mo
MicheleinPhilly It is truth universally acknowledged that all pets named Pickles shed uncontrollably. ☺️ 1mo
Addison_Reads Any piece of furniture without pet fur just hasn't been loved enough. 😁 1mo
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#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

This is my second attempt at a Bookspin list for September. I initially had a load of the same titles as Aug on it, but decided I wanted to shake things up.

Slumping big time, so thought I'd bring in some new titles!

Yuki_Onna The Master Key by Masako Togawa? Oohhh, that one's on my wishlist. Would be happy to hear what you think about it! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Yup, that's the one! @The_Penniless_Author has just purchased this one too... three person buddy read for September?? 😁 1mo
BiblioLitten I have been slumping hard too😬 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @BiblioLitten Sending September Solidarity to beat the slump! 💪🏻💕 1mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Pickpick

First of all, wow.. Lockwood is a master of the poetry craft. She can sculpt her sentences incisively to cut through the gristle & straight to the core of what she's trying to say. And she's witty to boot.

Part 1 is a blistering critique of the Internet age that still acknowledges that things were shittier 100 years ago. Part 2 is a short story about love and grief.

The two parts don't belong together. A stunning but ultimately incohesive work.

RaeLovesToRead Also, I HATE the cover. Sorry to sound like a pretentious ass, but it's so pedestrian! 1mo
The_Penniless_Author It is a godawful cover 😕 1mo
ravenlee That cover looks like one of those “motivational” quote posters. 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author @ravenlee I knowww 😭😭😭 The author is actually quite edgy... it doesn't match at all 😠 1mo
Yuki_Onna @ravenlee @RaeLovesToRead yes, exactly! 😖 yikes! why on earth did they choose such an off-putting one? (edited) 1mo
Yuki_Onna however - big yay to the coffee and cake! 😋 looks yummm... 🤩 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Toffee blondie and a large mocha 😉☕ 1mo
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#manicmonday #letterd @CBee @The_Penniless_Author

📖 Dissolution (CJ Sansom)
✒ G.W. Dahlquist
🎞 Death at a Funeral (original UK version)
🎤 David Bowie / Depeche Mode
🎶 Do you love me? (The Contours)

Hon mentions: Dune (Frank Herbert), The Draw (Bastille song), Dracula: Dead & Loving it

The_Penniless_Author Hey, we picked the exact same singer/band combo! 🤘 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Adore both of them ??? "It's no good" was my favourite song for most of my childhood and I would've sold both my siblings to dance with Jareth the Goblin King in his bubble ballroom ?? (just kidding). 1mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead I love love love Labyrinth ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee "I move the stars for no one..." ? 1mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead I try to quote it to the hubby sometimes then remember he hasn‘t seen it (the NERVE 😂). 1mo
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After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz
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I've had a super-dreadful week, so have bought a big stack of books to cheer myself up 😀🥰

Four from Five Leaves 💕
Two from Page 45 💕
Two from Waterstones 💕

And I don't feel bad because I'm supporting independent bookstores and keeping myself in reading material 🙃😀

Hope you're all having a fab weekend!

Soubhiville Hope your upcoming week is an improvement. Enjoy your new stack! 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry you‘ve had a tough week. Hopefully things will improve - helped of course by your wonderful stack of books! 1mo
TrishB Hope you have a better week! I love Five Leaves- used to visit when daughter was at uni. 1mo
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Bookwomble I hope you get the Bank Holiday off, and that it gives you some respite from the bad stuff 💖 1mo
AnneCecilie Lanny is amazing. I wish I could read it for the first time. 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope the coming week is a much better one for you, Dr. Rae! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Soubhiville @squirrelbrain @TrishB @Bookwomble @AnneCecilie @DaveGreen7777 Thank you, my friends 💙 I feel like I've mentioned quite a lot of bad weeks this year - usually along the theme of one heartbreak or another... time to focus on myself and escape into some good books! Onwards and upwards 🤗🙃 1mo
BiblioLitten I hope you have better weeks ahead 💕 1mo
Branwen Uggggh, so sorry about the dreadful week, my friend! *hugs* Books are always the best way to cheer yourself up! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @BiblioLitten @Branwen Thank you both 💕 Hopefully the naff weeks will start getting further apart soon 😅 1mo
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Five Leaves | Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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FOUND A NEW BOOKSHOP!!!!!

And apparently they have a book club too... it was only polite to support local business by making a few purchases 😁

wanderinglynn Love it! 🙌🏻📚❤️ 1mo
TheBookHippie I mean.. one must support books. It‘s the right thing to do. 1mo
TrishB Loved it ♥️ 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @wanderinglynn @TheBookHippie @TrishB I'd honestly never seen this place before... it's so tucked away! Got a good haul! 😄 1mo
Branwen Oh my goodness! So beautiful! 1mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Next up!

You reckon this counts as "a social horror"? ?

So far this is reading like clever prose poetry.

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What the actual Dickens did I just read?

This is a short book about a woman in a yellow cardigan & her obsessive interest in the titular woman in the purple skirt. Through her eyes, I found myself becoming drawn in & fascinated by the mundane minutiae of her life.

I'm not sure there was a wider point... commentary on how women are treated & treat each other? Commentary on menial labour?

No idea. It was weird. I think I liked it? Maybe?

⭐⭐⭐

Soubhiville Thanks for your review, I‘ve been wondering how this was. 🙂 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Soubhiville I've read the book and I'm STILL wondering how this is 😅😅 Weird, but kind of compelling. Can understand why someone would love it, but can also understand why someone might be completely bemused by it 🤣 1mo
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