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RobES

RobES

Joined July 2022

I like books and cats better than most people 😉
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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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My daughter is doing her second AQE this morning (in N Ireland it is the transfer test that kids do between primary school and secondary school- it is a cruel system). I am having a coffee and a read to try and distract myself .... 😭 x

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When He Was Wicked | Julia Quinn
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FINALLY finished listening to this.... my love for the Bridgerton series makes no sense....the writing frustrates me and I think Julia Quinn actually lets her characters down by making them fit into a societal box, regardless of their character's personality...and yet, I'm fully invested in the characters and their sagas 🤷‍♀️

StaceyKondla I binged the entire series on audiobook during my time off over the summer. Yes predictable and at times irritating and a bit dated but also funny and delightful and the perfect escapist brain candy I needed 💜 5d
RobES @StaceyKondla you are so right- she can be very funny- I thought the prologue to Benedict and Sophie"s story, that focused on Posey, was hilarious ?... She should really try more deliberate humour as she's v good at subtle humour ? whose story did you like best? X 5d
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Michael Rosen's Sad Book | Michael Rosen
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This is such a beautiful, heart wrenching book that explains sadness in such a visual and visceral way 💔

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Curled up with a hot water bottle and this absolute stunner ✨️ this is a reread as I am doing it with the Senior Book Club in school. It is so gorgeously crafted and has prompted some super discussions around the place of women in Greek mythology.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 💛💙 1w
RobES @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it's such a beautiful cover... this terrible pic doesn't do it justice lol 💛 1w
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Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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Mehso-so

It took me a long time to get through this... not sure if I wasn't in the mood for it or if it just left me a bit cold .... It has a good twist and is very cerebral; I liked the way it dealt with sensitive issues- fertility and mental health. I don't know... it just didn't leave me terribly satisfied 🤷‍♀️

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Reading this with the kids in the evenings- really super, creepy old stories 🎃 I did some with my Year 10 classes and they loved them too 👻

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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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This was so beautiful, but also searingly honest and it made me sob for so many reasons. 💔

jlhammar So good! 1mo
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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I've just started this book and I am in love ... it's set in 1985 Ireland ... I was 3 in N Ireland in 1985 and it is so reminiscent of my childhood but so vastly different at the same time ... that North/South divide is so much more than geography.

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Perfect October read- really atmospheric, with a truly chilling ending! However, one thing I didn't get- why did Hetta (the companion) look like Elsie? Has anyone else read this or have any thoughts???

AllDebooks Scared me silly. Didn't help I was reading in the dark and my door started to move. Stupid cat nearly got beheaded with my Kindle 😱🙄🙀 1mo
RobES @AllDebooks lol my cats do that too ...slide through doors and it looks like they open by themselves 😆 1mo
bthegood Read it a while ago, enjoyed it, but can't answer your question definitively - although often there are people coming into a house that look like previous owners in these types of stories - glad you enjoyed it 🎃 1mo
RobES @bthegood good point...maybe a convention of the gothic genre!? 🎃💛 1mo
bthegood @RobES 👍 1mo
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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Finally finished 'The Cuckoo's Calling'. It really won me over by the end and I will def be reading more Cormoran Strike novels! He and Robin were genuinely likeable characters! I'm getting stuck into 'The Silent Companion' by Laura Purcell. It's been on my tbr list for ages and it seems appropriately eerie for this month 👻🎃

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Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Determined to get this finished as Lily canters around this morning. Coffee, pastry and a decent book 👍💛🐎☕️

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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Autumn nights are my fave- fire lit, candle lit snuggled up with a good book 🧡🍁🍂

mcctrish Love it 2mo
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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Saturday morning riding lesson ... not me, my daughter... Saturday morning mummy time! Been meaning to read this for ages... just hope it's better than my last read 😉☕️🍫📚🐎

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Not for me! I don't like to be too critical....who am I to criticise an author... but this felt rushed, cliched and the relationships were unhealthy and toxic... just not my cuppa tea at all. Although apparently the rest of the Twisted series is better...?

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Shout: Selected Poems | Simon Armitage
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Floral Tribute - Simon Armitage's beautiful acrostic poem for Her Majesty 💛

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Waiting for my daughter as she is at her tutor and getting some reading in.... sadly, so far, the coffee is much better than the book... but I'll persevere.... apparently it gets better🤷‍♀️

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This was fantastic!!!! Honestly, I cannot recommend highly enough! ⭐️🌟🌟🌟🌟

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This weeks reading goal- listen to more of 'When He Was Wicked' by Juila Quinn on my drive to work and (possibly) finish 'Madhouse at the End of the World' by Julian Sancton 👍❤️🧭⚓️⛵️❄️

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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins would be an awesome movie ... edge of your seat type ....

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High-Rise | J. G. Ballard
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The wonderful thing about being an English teacher is that I am constantly surrounded by books! One of my faves by J G Ballard is on my windowsill/shelf and I recommend it to all my senior pupils!

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Saturday morning at my daughter's riding lesson is my fave time of the week- I get to read in peace with a coffee ...and this week I've even got Revels #winning 😉

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Thank-you 💛

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Currently reading non-fiction- 'Madhouse at the End of the Earth' ... bit different for me but enjoying it. Currently listening to 'When He was Wicked' by Julia Quinn (Francesca's story) on Audible .... good for the commute as not too taxing ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 3mo
RobES @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks love this ❤️ 3mo
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Neon Gods | Katee Robert
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Oh what a guilty pleasure this was!!! Loved it! Very hot and sexy and yet the relationship was also sweet and believable ❤️

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontë
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Because I'm an English Lit teacher there are an absurd amount of books I've reread an absurd amount of times, but purely for pleasure I've read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry multiple times. I've also read Wonder by RJ Palacio both in school and at home with my own kids 💛

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Neon Gods | Katee Robert
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My current guilty pleasure read!!! It's a rainy morning at my daughter's horse riding lesson and this book and a good coffee are entertaining me as she canters about.

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Greek Myths | Charlotte Higgins
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Beautifully told stories- I loved the structure and the subtle way the female characters were placed at the fore of stories that often saw them subjugated and exploited. This is definitely worthy of a spot in your library. Also, matching my nails to my read!!!

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Greek Myths | Charlotte Higgins
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Coffee and a book for another roadtrip read .... I'd forgotten how dark some of these myths truly are!

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Ok, I may seem a little obsessed with this (I am) but I would love to know others opinions on book/ TV adaptation. It's on Apple TV and I've just finished. I'm so divided ... would highly recommend though 💛👍

mcctrish I have read the book ( god I love the cover) and I keep forgetting there is a show. I did like the book a lot 3mo
lauraisntwilder I've only seen the first two episodes. I'll report back when I'm finished! 3mo
Cathythoughts I must have a look 👍🏻 3mo
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RobES @lauraisntwilder are you loving 'the imp' as much as I did.... I'm a massive Hiddleston fan and did not expect to fall in the love with Dr Garrett! 3mo
lauraisntwilder @RobES I liked Dr. Garrett in the book, because I felt sorry for him that he loved Cora so much without understanding her at all. He's much better looking in the show than I pictured him! 3mo
jlhammar I really liked the book, but haven't tried the adaptation yet. Definitely interested. 3mo
AllDebooks I adored the book but haven't seen the series yet, despite being a huge TH fan 2mo
RobES @AllDebooks it's def worth a watch... it made me look at Dr Garrett differently and I thought TH was a good Will Ransome ❤️ 2mo
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Greek Myths | Charlotte Higgins
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Only started and I'm already in love 🥰

Mrs_B I know I‘m a bit late with this but welcome to Litsy!!! 3mo
RobES Aww thanks Mrs_B 💛 3mo
bthegood Welcome!! 3mo
RobES @bthegood aww thank you 💛 3mo
RobES @Mrs_B aww thank you 💛 3mo
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I ended up really enjoying this; I was very unsure at the start, it is very surreal and I didn't really get it, but by the end I fully embraced it and loved it. In an odd way it portrays childhood as an adult looking back, not in a tangible way but in a misty memory way. It also isn't for kids, although I have passed it on to my 15 year old son as we are going to see the National Theatre production. I think it would be ok for a mature teen.

Nebklvr I still have questions about the ending 3mo
RobES @Nebklvr me too!!! Did Lettie ever 'return'? Did he ever go back to the farm again??? 3mo
Nebklvr Was it his funeral? 3mo
RobES @Nebklvr ohhhhhh! I did not get that! 🤯 3mo
Nebklvr Not sure i did either!! Just confused. 3mo
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Road trip read ... really not sure what to make of this one .... 😕

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A Touch of Darkness | Scarlett St Clair
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Not good! Well...not for me... I love a good feminist retelling of a Greek myth but this is not a Madeline Millar or Jennifer Saint! Some spice, but even that is bland (irony not lost on me). Maybe I'm too old for this... but I don't think even a younger audience would appreciate being portrayed as these characters are throughout the novel.

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The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Just finished two rereads and I can honestly say these are two of my favourite books. The language of 'The Scarlet Letter ' is so gorgeous and rich and the message of human frailty so beautifully told, it lingers with the reader long after you've finished it ❤️

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The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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I have so many new books, but I'm going for another reread- The Essex Serpent made me want to reread this- I just feel there are connections and parallels between these two novels.... plus they are both so gorgeously written ....

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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This was my second time reading this book and it was even better than the first- I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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I've decided to reread an absolute fave (before I watch the TV adaptation). I met Sarah Perry ... she said she liked my jumper!!!! Has anyone read this or seen the TV series?

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Honestly, I found this hard going ... by the end I had warmed to it a little but it was too cliche for me and although I like a slow burn, there were times this felt needlessly repetitive.

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson
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Perfect summer read- I loved it 💙 the author is the creator of the Moomins! This novella is based on her own family and the island they lived on. It is hilariously funny and simultaneously moving and sweet. Highly recommend!

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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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This is worth plowing through for the (literally) explosive ending! It feels like a lot of convoluted plotlines in one novel and (this may be an unpopular opinion) I don't love S.J Maas's writing.... However, I appreciate the worlds she builds and the characters that I feel invested in ... so def worth a read, especially if you like/love the ACOTAR series.

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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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Coffee break with Bryce and Hunt. I'm enjoying this but there is a lot to get through ... ❤️

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Shackleton | Ranulph Fiennes
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Summer TBR ☀️ I'm trying to incorporate some non fiction.... would love some good recs 👍💛

tokorowilliamwallace Regarding nonfiction, I just like to experiment and explore various miscellaneous subjects, pick up something that sounds fun and interesting that's available. Takes the fun out of it to pick up or look for something specific, usually. Unless I'm in the mood. 3mo
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Love and Other Words | Christina Lauren
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Perfect summer read- loved it! Really built the tension and culminated in the most satisfying ending!

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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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Hot!

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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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'And I never hated you, Cassian'.

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Slow to start, heavy on the politics and world building but worth it in the end.

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The Leviathan | Rosie Andrews
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Wonderful- atmospheric and beautiful...in an unsettling way. If you liked 'The Essex Serpent' you will most likely enjoy this. It satisfied my love of marshes, estuaries, sea salt and screaming gulls.