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Rambo_Reads

Joined December 2018

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Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
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Current read - Been hearing a lot of good things about this one.

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Back on the beach - starting to get into The Bands of Mourning

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The Book of Lies | James Moloney
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A childhood favourite but I never managed to find the sequel...

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Shadows of Self | Brandon Sanderson
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Been a bit slow reading-wise over the last few weeks. I'm slowly working my way through Mistborn Era 2. It's never quite grabbed me the same way as the original trilogy but besides the last two of White Sand graphic novels they're the only cosmere novels I have left to read!

Deifio Have fun reading them! I enjoyed them and I'm wondering what era 3 will be like. Though I think we have to wait awhile foe those books 1w
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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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Went to the library on Wed to drop off 3 books and came back with more - the tbr pile is neverending 🙈

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Struggling with this. Conflict gone by page 50 and I have so many questions. Like:
1. Why would you make a point of changing all the royal family's names only to use other royal family members actual names? (Henry, Phillip, Beatrice...)
2. Why would you specifically mention that they went on This Morning and replace Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield with stern made up presenters?
3. Where the hell is he wild turkey hunting in the UK?!

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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Traditional whodunnit - keeps you guessing about both the victim and the murderer. (I was able to figure it out but not till pretty near the end and even then there were a few surprises) 👍

SilversReviews It was good.....love your photo. 4w
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Perfectly Preventable Deaths | Deirdre Sullivan
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Been off-grid for 4 days on a kayaking/camping trip and finished 2 books (The Hunting Party & Perfectly Preventable Deaths). Amazing how quickly I can read when there's no phone signal or wifi for a few days!

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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Don't you hate it when someone borrows your book and won't give it back 😛

marleed Yes! 1mo
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About a Boy | Nick Hornby
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Bit of a mixed bag but generally enjoyable 👍

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Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan
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Beach reads 🌞😎🏖

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 1mo
Deifio I'm reading the third book in the series at the moment. Hope you like the first book and continue on! I'm really enjoying the series 💖 4w
Rambo_Reads @Deifio yup really liked the first one - defo will continue with it 👍 4w
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Perfectly Preventable Deaths | Deirdre Sullivan
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My next read: mountains and magic 👍🏔🧙‍♀️

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Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan
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The book that's been fuelling my roadtrip! I've never really got the whole magic with guns thing before but there's so much more going on here.

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Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan
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Perfect opportunity to show off my new favourite tshirt 😁
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So many cool designs: https://www.thecabinsupplyco.com/

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Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan
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Roadtrip reading!

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The beach has to be the best place to read 🏖
This one was taken back in Ireland 😊

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The Forest Wife | Theresa Tomlinson
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Robin Hood retellings! I remember loving this trilogy as a preteen when I was obsessed with myths and legends ❤

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Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan
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My current library checkouts. Clearly it's all about fantasy at the moment.

#fantasy #yafantasy

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Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell | Kevin Hearne, Delilah S Dawson
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Starting a new readalong with my partner ❤

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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The sun has showed up again! I plan to spend the rest of my afternoon outside finishing off this 😎🌞

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The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
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Another book I read as a teenager that I remember having an impact.
I had a bit of a scroll on goodreads and it seems most people agree; I was surprised at the venom in some of the one star reviews though! I guess if you dislike something very popular you have to hate it extra hard? Ah well, I loved it so I guess I'm just one of the saps that agrees with the crowd on this one 🤷‍♀️

cherinium I hate seeing reviews like that. I guess they feel like they have to justify why they don't agree with the crowd. I thought this story was heartbreakingly beautiful. 2mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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The Testaments showed up in my library on Friday! I was glued to it all day yesterday. I was hesitant at the idea of a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale (in some ways I would still prefer its incompleteness) but this was a decent, page-turning sequel that gives some interesting insights. It is not as subtle as The Handmaid's Tale and was very different in tone. Some elements felt a bit rushed around the end but on the whole this was an enjoyable read.

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The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand | Barrie Heather, Hugh Robertson
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Just gonna show off my cute new bookmark ❤

DrawingSustenance I love it! 😍 2mo
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Spellslinger 5: Queenslayer | Sebastien de Castell
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Queenslayer and my favourite Lush bathbomb (butterball btw). So happy to be diving back into Kellen's world 👍 I'm off for a lazy Sunday evening.

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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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I finished A Winter's Promise yesterday. I have mixed feelings.
So I loved the magic and the mystery of the world breaking. The main character is a different sort of heroine - quietly strong. However it's a loooong read and at times I wasn't really sure what the point of certain scenes was. The ending is a bit cliffhangery. I think I'll probably get round to reading the sequel at sone point but I'm not in a huge rush.

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The Blade Itself | Joe Abercrombie
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One of my favourite fantasy series (though I don't think I've mentioned it on here before). When people are looking for grimdark, this is where I point them ⬆️👍

DrexEdit So so good! 😊 💜👍 2mo
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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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Had an awesome day visiting Tiritiri Mantangi Island yesterday - spent most of the time walking around and looking at beautiful birds but had a bit of time for reading at the end while waiting for the ferry home.

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Little, Big | John Crowley
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Happy Rugby World Cup day! I'm so excited for this to start - think I'm going to be a bit distracted from books for the next month! 🙊 🇮🇪
(I did manage to start Little Big today though)

VioletBramble I haven‘t seen that cover before. I‘m re-reading this- I‘m stretching it out for the whole year. It‘s one of my favorites, but definitely not for everyone. 3mo
Rambo_Reads @VioletBramble I've heard good things about it! 2mo
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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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Sun is shining! Love coming home from work and being able to read outside! ❤🌞☕

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If you're confused about the mess that is British politics at the moment I'd definitely recommend this book as a clear, neutral, non-judgemental way of clearing a few things up. (I'd also recommend reading it on a beach roughly 11000 miles away from said mess...) This was surprisingly easy reading - a fun, friendly tone that laid out a good range of the political spectrum and various "battlegrounds" of British politics.

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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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Just cleaned my whole damn house - think I deserve a glass of wine and a fresh book 🍷📖

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Summer is on its way! Looking forward to hours of reading outside - might even make my way through my stupidly tall TBR stack...

Trashcanman That's an awesome photo 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm What a great photo! Love it! 3mo
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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So are you excited for a Handmaid's Tale sequel or think it's unnecessary?
The Testaments came out today! Going to be a while before I actually getting around to reading this one - I'm currently 135th in the library queue! 🤣 (I'm trying so hard not to actually buy books atm)

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Finished my surf a bit early thanks to a sore neck (boo!) and ran up the cliff a little bit for a read (yay!)

I'll admit I actually got very littlecreading done thanks to crazy wind and being hypnotised by the waves crashing on the rocks 🌊

marleed Gorgeous! 3mo
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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After a few false starts I finally sat down and read this properly from the beginning. I didn't want to put it down. Pure poetry - it made me laugh and gasp, felt like living in an English town and was sometimes disturbing. If you like Green Man mythology try this! Also the layout of the text is crazy at times but its not just a gimmick, it works brilliantly. Magical ❤

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The rain holding off just long enough to eat my breakfast outside and finish the introduction of my latest pick-up from the library. I can already tell this is going to be a good read. (The author is one of the people behind Simple Politics (check them out on Facebook)- a pretty great source of impartial UK politics explanations.)

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Shades of A | Tab A. Kimpton
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Read this cute graphic novel today 😊

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Been really enjoying this one over the weekend

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Showing up 30mins early for dinner - at least I'm always prepared 😉

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Love a bit of funny fantasy

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The Spook's Apprentice | Joseph Delaney
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This series started off a little slow, then ended up being wonderful👍 But does anyone else get annoyed when they change the cover style half way through a series? 😡

scripturient-ink I read the first book years ago when I was a kid and loved it, but I didn't realise there were so many of them!! Maybe it's time to get back to them 🤔 3mo
Rambo_Reads @scripturient-ink yeah they're great kids books - I thought the story developed well. I think there's a spin-off series too but i haven't read those ones 3mo
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Transformation | Carol Berg
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Another fantasy trilogy - read it about 10 years ago but still remember it well. If you like demons this is for you 😈

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Sneaking in some reading during downtime at a bouldering competition today.
Started Black Leopard, Red Wolf this morning - has taken a few chapters to get used to the style but I'm hooked now.

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Noughts and Crosses | Malorie Blackman
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Apparently there's a new book to this series - will have to get my hands on a copy soon!

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Skyward | Brandon Sanderson
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New read! It's been a while since I read a new Brandon Sanderson book.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Tense is the main word that comes to mind for this one. I finished this last night and it's still lingering in my thoughts a day later. This is billed as YA but it felt more adult to me.
The format worked well (switching between Sadie's POV and crime podcast); each chapter left me wanting just a bit more. And the ending - I've seen a few complaints that it wasn't definitive enough but I found it very fitting

TrishB I thought the ending fitted, but would have liked it to be different if that makes sense! 4mo
Rambo_Reads Yeah I can agree with that! Left you wanting top know more 4mo
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To Best the Boys | Mary Weber
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So the title is cheesey-as-heck but this was an easy read in a world that was fun to be immersed in.
It's a shame more time wasn't spent in the labyrinth that seems to be the focus of the book. There's a few questionable decisions by characters but overall I think it concludes nicely as a standalone.
Longer review on goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2926902356

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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Reading on the beach today - hard to know whether to focus on that beautiful view or the craziness going on with the words on the page.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Is that a printing error, or is it supposed to be like that? 4mo
BookwormM I loved the crazy page layout works so well with the story 4mo
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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Disappeared at lunchtime to go to the library and then for a coffee. Picked up Max Porter's Lanny today 😊

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Finished All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung last night: a gently reflective memoir of a transracial adoptee - I thought she explained her emotions surrounding her adoption well and although there was no "high drama" I was compelled to keep reading

This was a particularly interesting read after enjoying Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere last year; it helped give a real world perspective of how the young adoptee might have felt later in life