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Joined June 2019

Reader, writer, crafter.
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The Silk Fist Conspiracy | David Stedman
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Bailedbailed

Yeah, I bailed. The writing was too stilted. To be fair, I did start to get intrigued as to where he was going with it, but then I had to put it down to sleep, and then I‘ve realised I‘ve been subconsciously avoiding reading because I don‘t want to put myself through another 400 words of stilted dialogue, repetition, and plot holes, just to see where it was going.

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My shop‘s been busy over the weekend, so I should be able to make some real headway on my #borrowbox audiobooks while I work.

#audiobooking

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The Silk Fist Conspiracy | David Stedman
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Okay, I know I said I‘d give it another fifty pages, but my resolve is weakening with this dialogue. What editor let through a conversation where the two participants say each other‘s name every single tag?

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The Silk Fist Conspiracy | David Stedman
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I‘ve started on this one because I wasn‘t in the headspace for the drifting nature of The Starless Sea, but I have a feeling I might end up DNFing it. The dialogue is really stilted, and the author has a habit of repeating names instead of using pronouns, and a thriller shouldn‘t read like See Spot Run. I‘ll give it another fifty pages or so and see if things improve.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Next up! I feel like this might be very different to Catch and Kill.

#covercrush #jumpstart2020

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Yesterday‘s reading really bumped up my hour count for #jumpstart2020

My January #readingjournal spread is very, very pink. I‘m not sure what came over me, but I think I needed something cheerful in the bad weather.

#bulletjournal #bujo

BookwormAHN Lovely spread 🦄 6d
Clwojick Ohhhhh! I love this spread! 6d
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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It‘s 2:07 am and I‘ve just finished the book I started at 3 pm.

It‘s enthralling and enraging by turns, and very well written. Farrow sets everything out in neat order, telling both the tales of what went on, and of the attempts to kill the story.

Definitely one to read if you can.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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Getting started on this one. #weekendbooked

laurenslibrary This book is crazy! 7d
SupTeaReadBooks @laurenslibrary so I‘ve heard! 7d
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Empire of Booze | Henry Jeffreys
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Enjoyed this one. He bounces around a little because he‘s got a lot to say, but it‘s a cool view of history from an angle we don‘t often think about - and it has a drinks list!

I bought a copy for my dad for his birthday, so I await a telling off from my mum because he‘s been booze shopping 😂

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Empire of Booze | Henry Jeffreys
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This book is taking me a while not because it‘s difficult to read, but because of all the info.

#jumpstart2020

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#audiobooking this one while I work. Might get a good chunk done since I‘m also doing a post run and taking the train to my writing group later.

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Had a few things to do today, so I‘ve been listening to this. Greatly enjoyed it.

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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One of my resolutions for this year is to heavily restrict my book buying. I kinda went into a bit of a panic at 23:50 on New Year‘s Eve... these arrived today 😂 #haul #oops

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Just finished this #audiobook

Enjoyed it a lot, informative about both dinosaurs, and the process of discovery.

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#audiobooking while I tot up my #2019totals in my #readingjournal

Including audiobooks and graphic novels/comics my total is 75, which I‘m quite pleased with (I‘ve counted the entire run of Misty as a single entry, same with the 1-13 run of translated Besoboi).

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Just realised I didn‘t do #adventrecommends day 24! So here it is: there are a lot of good books about writing, and improving your writing, but I‘m reccing this one because I don‘t see it mentioned that often.

Scarlett Thomas has written several books I really love, and teaches creative writing at a university. This books is basically her uni course in book form, and I found it really helped me.

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I think I‘m going to join in with this, as the shop‘s usually quiet in January. My goal isn‘t in hard numbers though, just as much reading as I can fit in, and to read my new acquisitions first in case I want to unhaul them (I‘ll get a better price while they‘re recently out).

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Bit of a #haul Some books on my wishlist dropped in price so I hit up my Christmas vouchers. Conan Doyle for the Defence was only Qb!

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Empire of Booze | Henry Jeffreys
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Haven‘t updated recently, but I‘ve been reading this for the past few days. I bought it at the author‘s talk at the #crossingthetees literary fest.

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Winter Tide | Ruthanna Emrys
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#adventrecommends day 23! (Yay, all caught up).

Lovecraft, but subverted. This is from the POV of a survivor of the people of Innsmouth, who were shipped off to internment camps during the war. It‘s haunting, and I really suggest it if you like some of Lovecraft‘s themes (outsiders, cosmic horror), but can‘t get past others.

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Juha: Last of the Errant Knights | Mustafa (author) Kamal, Jack (translator) Briggs
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#adventrecommends day 22!

I recommend this because, IME, Juha isn‘t that well known in the west - his side-kick, The Thief of Baghdad, is better known. He‘s a trickster/Robin Hood character, and this is the tale of his last great hurrah after he decides he needs a break from retirement.

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#adventrecommends day 21!

I recommend this book if you‘re interested in planning, but haven‘t found a planner that suits you - especially if you‘re put off by all the ‘instagram bullet journals‘. This is the original system by the original creator, and it‘s a far cry from its deco-heavy descendants.

I homebrew plan, and while I didn‘t switch over to this I picked up plenty of useful things to incorporate into my own plans.

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#adventrecommends day 20!

This is absolutely fascinating, and at times hilarious. I can thoroughly recommend it - unless you really enjoy calamari.

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Hogfather (Discworld, #20) | Terry Pratchett
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#adventrecommends day 19! (I‘m playing catch-up thanks to visits).

If you‘ve never read Discworld before then I wouldn‘t recommend starting here (there are flowcharts online as to where would be best to start), but this is a favourite holiday read about Death filling in for a missing Father Christmas, and about the importance of belief.

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A cookbook for #adventrecommends day 18! (I‘m a bit behind thanks to visits).

A genuine budget cookbook from someone who‘s actually lived on the poverty line, unlike a lot of the ‘cheap eats‘ books out there (do not get me started). The recipes are great, the costs are even better; the banana bread is delicious.

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My sister‘s adorable rescue pupper. (He‘ll be allowed out as soon as he calms down, but he gets a bit too enthusiastic when people first come in).

Balibee146 Adorable pupper 😍😍😍 4w
SupTeaReadBooks @Balibee146 he‘s so cute! My little nephew was shy, so the pupper got all the fussing 😄 4w
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Quick stop in Whitby on my #epicjourney down to my parents‘ house. I wanted to tootle down here for the #draculabuddyread back in October, but time/pain-levels didn‘t allow.

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#adventrecommends day 17!

This is a great book about a fascinating guy - the moniker “the real Moriarty” hasn‘t just been applied for marketing purposes, it was according to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

ljuliel That cover is so neat ! 1mo
SupTeaReadBooks @ljuliel It‘s what caught my eye in the first place 😍 1mo
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Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
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#adventrecommends day 16!

This is one of those reads that leaves you wondering how the hell people get away with these things.

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Jane Doe: A Novel | Victoria Helen Stone
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#adventrecommends day 15!

This one is a fairly quick, lightish read. It‘s from the POV of a psychopath, so might not be everyone‘s cup of tea, but I found Jane‘s quest to bring down her quarry - the man who abused the only person she ever cared about - satisfying on a deeply visceral level.

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Dark Lord of Derkholm | Diana Wynne Jones
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#adventrecommends day 14!

Sort of a companion piece to the Tough Guide to Fantasyland I recommended yesterday. The book is set in a magical realm where ‘Pilgrim Parties‘ are held - those being made up of tourists from other worlds who want to do a stereotypical high fantasy quest. Wizard Derk is designated as the ‘Dark Lord‘ this year, much to everyone‘s horror as he‘s not at all suitable, and it all starts going wrong from there.

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The Tough Guide to Fantasyland | Diana Wynne Jones
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#adventrecommends day 13!

If you‘re into classic high fantasy you should read this book. It‘s parody, but you can tell it comes from a place of love - mostly because it‘s got that level of “it‘s funny ‘cos it‘s true!” that can only be achieved by someone who knows the tropes extremely well.

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Fox 8: A Story | George Saunders
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A short read, but I enjoyed it.

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#adventrecommends day 12!

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn. Bernie is a private eye, Chet is his partner (and dog), and the books are written from Chet‘s POV. This series is just fun, and Spencer Quinn does a good job of channeling ‘dogness‘ in a way that‘s believable, but not grating as long as you space out the books (I did four in a row and it was a bit much, but with other books in between it works out).

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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#adventrecommends day 11!

My favourite Neil Gaiman book! (Excluding Good Omens). I have the TV tie-in cover, having seen the TV series first - the book explained a lot that was lost in translation. Also I saw clips recently, and totally hadn‘t clicked that Peter Capaldi played the Angel Islington.

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Just finished this one. Excellent book, wish it had ended a little differently, but that‘s the thing about true stories - you don‘t always get the narrative satisfaction your brain wants.

Probably going to watch the film at some point in the next few days.

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The Prestige | Christopher Priest
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#adventrecommends day 10!

I read this because of the movie, and - I know this goes without saying - #thebookisbetter

Kimberlone How did I not know this was based on a book?! Love the movie 1mo
SupTeaReadBooks @Kimberlone such a good movie! I picked up the book because of it and wasn‘t disappointed. 1mo
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Respect the Spindle | Abby Franquemont
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#adventrecommends day 9!

This is one that I really recommend if you‘re interested in learning how to spin. So many other sources seem to consider the spindle to be a ‘learning tool‘, something you‘re just getting by with until you get a wheel, when in reality it was the main form of yarn production for millennia before the wheel came along. I love my spindles, and will quite often reach for them instead of sitting down at my wheel.

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#audiobooking while I try to get all my christmas orders out. Enjoying this one - eye-opening, and also funny. Holy hell did the author make a fool of David Duke et al.

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The Corfu Trilogy | Gerald Durrell
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#adventrecommends day 8!

I first read all of these in my teens and love all his books, but I‘m going to kick off with the first in the Corfu trilogy. I still haven‘t checked out the TV show; might be an idea for my off-time over xmas (I close up because dealing with last minute shoppers is not worth the cash).

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Blood Price | Tanya Huff
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#adventrecommends day 7 is Blood Price, and the rest of the series too.

My first exposure to urban fantasy, & eternal fave. Sometimes I wonder whether my annoyance at the omnipresent love-triangle trope is because my first heroine said ‘both or sod off‘.

I‘m still mad that the tv show turned the short, ginger romance novel writing vampire into a tall, cool, graphic novelist though. Not being tall, dark and brooding was part of Henry‘s charm.

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Rivers of London | Ben Aaronovitch
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#adventrecommends day 6!

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. I love this book; I love this series; I even love Peter twattering on about architecture, which I know some people kvetch about (can‘t defend the sex scenes, but it‘s not like they‘re anywhere near the level of Morrisey‘s barrel-rolling titties, so crack on Aaronovitch. If the reference is lost on you, google ‘Morrisey barrel roll‘. You‘re welcome 💕💕💕).

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I need to read this soon. And now Im on to Google 🤭🤔 1mo
writerlibrarian Love love this series. I'm rereading it and finding these little snippets Aaronovitch wrote and put out there and finally getting to the graphic novels. 1mo
LauraJ Supposedly, a movie is in the works! 1mo
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SupTeaReadBooks @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled prepare yourself! The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award has some doozies 😂 1mo
SupTeaReadBooks @writerlibrarian I really love it - I‘ve been gradually gathering things up too: the graphic novels; the audionovella; the Waterstones editions with the exclusive short stories... (Aaronovitch why you do this to us?) 1mo
SupTeaReadBooks @LauraJ I‘ve also heard murmurings about a TV show. If something does happen I hope it‘s good. 1mo
LauraJ @SupTeaReadBooks That would be even better! 1mo
SupTeaReadBooks @LauraJ it definitely has a lot of potential 😄 1mo
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Night Watch | Terry Pratchett
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Almost forgot #adventrecommends day 5

Sir PTerry will probably crop up a few times for me, but I‘m kicking off with Night Watch. Time travel! Serial killers! Revolution! Truth! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably Priced Love! And a Hard-Boiled Egg!

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Day 3 and day 4 of #adventrecommends is Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

I‘m late to the party, and only actually read this because a reviewer I follow and trust who was also late to the party was raving about it.

I love both. Wasn‘t expecting to like Kaz/Inej because I hate the ‘brooding asshole MC and his emotional support girlfriend‘ trope, but it turned out that they‘re not that and I‘m total Kanej trash. Bless their murderous cottons.

Linsy So pretty! ✨ 1mo
SupTeaReadBooks @Linsy the collector‘s editions are gorgeous! (Shame about the misprint in Crooked Kingdom, but it meant I got the copy for free so there‘s that). 1mo
Shley9225 What‘s the misprint? And omg I LOVE Kanej they are life 1mo
SupTeaReadBooks @Shley9225 an entire page is missing (either 142 or 141, I think; I made a post about it when I reviewed the book on here). 1mo
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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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I didn‘t really mesh with this one. If it hadn‘t been an audiobook I probably would have DNF‘d it, but I liked the narrator. Glad I got it on #borrowbox rather than #audible .

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Howls Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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Book 2 for #adventrecommends Howl‘s Moving Castle!

Longtime favourite. Husband has bought me the Folio Society edition for Christmas (there may have been some hinting...)

batsy Oh, how lovely 😍 2mo
SupTeaReadBooks @batsy I can‘t wait to get my hands on it (it‘s already wrapped). 2mo
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Book one of #adventrecommends (Throughout advent, share a book you recommend - could be 24 from the past year, or of all time).

It might seem like a bit of a grim start, but I recommend this book - prepare yourself going in though! I thought I‘d be fine (read a lot of true crime, and I worked with cadavers during a medical illustration elective for my degree), but some of the realities of cremation got to me.

Props to @emilyrose_x for the idea!

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Somehow I managed to pull it off! (I wrote 5930 words in four hours. And they‘re readable. IDK how. That‘s some Stephen King level bullshit right there).

Hope all my fellow Littens did well!

#nanowrimo #authorsoflitsy #litsywriters #bulletjournal #bujo #bujospread

Charityann Congrats!🎉 😊 2mo
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I haven‘t seen many people doing this, and it‘s got some attention at #nanowrimo meets, so I thought I‘d share. This is my set-up for writing while I‘m out and about - my laptop is too heavy to carry everywhere, and would cost a lot to replace if something happened to it. I use a kindle fire and a folding bluetooth keyboard. Lightweight, cost (e8 all told, and I can recharge using a battery bank instead of having to plug in. #litsyauthors #writing

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One of my favourite youtubers got his own BBC4 show, Canal Boat Diaries. It‘s a weird experience watching him on the big screen. #offtopic