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Current nonfiction read. I‘m working on a bit of personal development...

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Any Old Diamonds | KJ Charles
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Latest historical read.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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Really, really good. Terrifying but incredibly readable - like a thriller but real iykwim. And I like Farrow‘s wry style about himself and his life. Not sure I could cope with him reading the audiobook for long periods but I‘m very tempted to try it.

MelissaSue81 I just finished the audiobook. He is a good reader, but he uses voices and accents to indicate when he is using direct quotes, which I get the need to differentiate.. but they‘re not great.. 8h
Verity @MelissaSue81 I‘ve heard the clips of him doing Jonathan... but yeah - I‘m not sure I can cope with long periods of him! 2h
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Really quite good. I liked the mystery, I liked the characters, I liked the Christmas setting - very seasonal!

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Latest library hold to come in!

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Current mystery read...

emtobiasz Oh, I like this series! I know many readers prefer Griffiths‘ other books, but give me a historical setting any day 🕵🏻‍♂️ 1d
Verity @emtobiasz I haven‘t read any of her modern-set books - I‘m more of a historical crime reader - I need the distance or I get scared/paranoid/miserable no matter how much I like the puzzle. 9h
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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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After the disappointment of Royal Holiday, I‘m hoping this will be the romance novel I need this week! And yes, I‘m catching up on my posts tonight - sorry if it feels like your feed is full of me!

Kimberlone I don‘t read a lot in the Romance genre, but I really liked this one! 2d
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The The Last of August | Brittany Cavallaro
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Mehso-so

I really like this updated take on Holmes and Watson although I‘m not 100% sure where it‘s going. This isn‘t as good as the first and felt much more like a stepping stone in a series. It‘s still fun though.

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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What‘s not to love about a magical road trip across America? Well the fact that it ends on a tease/cliff hanger for book three but I can forgive it that. So. Much. Fun.

sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 2d
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The Christmas Invitation | Trisha Ashley
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Mehso-so

Disappointing. I‘m a big Trisha Ashley fan but this is a (bad) mashup of plots and characters that have worked for her before and it‘s in need of a through edit. A real shame because this was the Christmas book I was looking forward to the most.

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Charming. Just lovely. A modern take on the kids saving the neighbourhood that just sweeps you up and along and fills you with happiness.

Tamra I‘m so glad you liked it! It takes us forever to get thru chapters books since we only get 1 chapter read a night, and some nights get bumped. 😖 But with these stories we are always eager to get back. 2d
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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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Mehso-so

Readable but in a hate read-y sort of way. And there‘s no need for it to be this long.

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Loved it. Perfect Halloween reading for me: low stakes, no horror, plenty of humour. Brilliant.

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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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I know it‘s fiction and artistic licence but there is just too much wrong with this. I can forgive a lot but all the British dialogue was dreadful, Sandringham is not in the north and England/English are not interchangeable with Britain/British.

And it‘s a shame because I‘ve rated Guillory‘s books before.

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The Christmas Invitation | Trisha Ashley
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Spent yesterday at my cousin‘s wedding, so today has been very chilled out and the most energetic I have been is turning the pages of a book

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Latest historical fiction read!

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The Christmas Sisters | Sarah Morgan
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Mehso-so

I think I like Morgan best when she‘s doing out and out romance. I was slow to get into this, and didn‘t really like any of the characters much, but it did grow on me a bit.

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Having now read this, I think that maybe an article was the ideal length. The more I read - about Rachel as well as Anna - the more they both annoyed me in their various ways. Hey ho.

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I have gone straight on to book two.

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Mehso-so

Really starting to think that Shupe is just not for me, even if a bunch of authors I like blurb her. Never mind. I‘m also getting really sick of one of the current sex scene tropes in historical, but that might be too pg-13 and up for here!

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Vanderbeekers of 141st Street | Karina Yan Glaser
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So good. A modern take on the kids-save-the-family trope, which has always been one of my favourites of the non-school story middle grade tropes. Just lovely.

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Really liked this. It made me laugh and is remarkably self aware, which is good because it could have been unbearable. Fun but quirky.

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Vanderbeekers of 141st Street | Karina Yan Glaser
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Current middle-grade read.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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My hold came in. Hold on to your hats, here we go!

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Tuesday afternoon reading

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“I do not have a sweet tooth, I have an alcohol molar.”

Oh this book is making me laugh!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 3w
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Bollywood Affair | Sonali Dev
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This was just too melodramatic for me. But then that‘s probably the aim a because it‘s Bollywood themed and Bollywood movies can be super melodramatic. Fun, just not my sort of fun.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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I totally got there at just the right moment to beat the queue!

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The Christmas Sisters | Sarah Morgan
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First Christmas book of the season. If it can be called the season yet...

Eggs I‘m ready!!! 4w
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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I am in the queue...

LauraBeth My Libby says I‘m 17 weeks out from my hold on this! So hopefully, around Valentine‘s Day! 😂 4w
Verity @LauraBeth I think I must have got lucky and hit the app just after it went live! I was expecting a longer wait... 4w
LauraBeth @Verity I may just have to read it vicariously through you! 4w
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The Art of Theft | Sherry Thomas
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In had to do a bit of virtual shouting at Amazon, but my preorder of the new Sherry Thomas has arrived, only a day late and definitely much sooner than the era they gave me last week of November. I rebelled yesterday when it was showing on the site as buy now and it‘ll arrive tomorrow...

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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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Remember yesterday when I said I sort of hate this series but I‘ll keep reading them? Well I‘ve already started the next one...

ladym30 Love this series!❤️ 4w
britt_brooke 😆 4w
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The history of possibly the most famous hotel in Hollywood, which means it‘s also full of bite sized chunks of the stories of Hollywood legends. I really liked it.

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Black, Listed | Jeffrey Boakye
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October is black history month here in the UK and I‘m trying to add a few things into my reading list accordingly.

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Bollywood Affair | Sonali Dev
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Latest contemporary romance read.

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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I think this might be my new hate read. I‘m perplexed as to why these do so well - even with the famous name behind them.

britt_brooke I liked these books but they needn‘t have been so long. A good editing down would‘ve made them better. 4w
Verity @britt_brooke oh totally. They should be cozy crime length, no longer. Nearly 500 pages is way too long for a single strand murder mystery. And they need more show and less tell. Also I counted seven “said” on one page at one point. And yet I kept going and I‘ll probably read the next one... 4w
britt_brooke @Verity For what it‘s worth, the first one was my least favorite. 😬 I wouldn‘t have continued, but I liked the characters. 4w
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The Order of the Day | ric Vuillard
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Clever but slightly terrifying in the way it draws parallels with the modern world. I‘m not quite well versed enough to know how many liberties have been taken with the timeline but I thought it worked really rather well.

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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Current crime fiction read!

Verity Also Tom Burke is a hottie. Loved him in Musketeers and saw him in a play in London earlier his year too. 1mo
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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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I‘m about to be a total outlier on this one but...
I liked the characters and I liked the idea of the set up. I liked the dialogue and I loved the younger sister.
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There is no way that these two should have been carrying on a relationship while she was involved in their legal situation - and that wasn't even addressed. There was a way to write this where it wasn‘t so ethically murky but the more i think about this, the more annoyed I get!

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Latest nonfiction library hold to come in!

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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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Current romance read from the library.

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I‘m never going to f finish this before my library loan runs out - and there‘s a queue behind me. I‘m totally going to up buying a copy aren‘t I?!

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The Age of Light: A Novel | Whitney Scharer
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Distinctly mixed on this. I didn‘t like any of the characters really - but that‘s not a necessity. What is a necessity is feeling like there has been some resolution or outcome at the end of it all. And I didn‘t get that. I felt like a spent a lot of time in the presence of someone very damaged, but I didn‘t feel like I came away understanding her any better than at the start. Or at least not on any deeper level. Disappointing but not terrible

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Last of August | Brittany Cavallaro
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Friday night reading!

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Absolutely fascinating. Another book I‘ve had on my want to read list done the author appeared on the daily show. And it was well worth it. A look at the personal histories of some of the people who built the atom bomb without knowing

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Next romance read from the library - and I have a mixed record with Shute, so we‘ll see...

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A Christmas to Remember: An Anthology | Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Vivienne Lorret, Megan Frampton
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Starting to get some Christmas holds coming in from the library now. I am at least attempting to read some festive stuff nice and early so I can blog in a timely manner!

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Skip the line loans now showing up as options in available books at my library - although I couldn‘t actually persuade it to end me any of them...

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I really, really enjoyed this. There‘s something about Helen Ellis‘s writing style that really speaks to me. This is funny and a little sly and although it‘s essays, it still keeps you guessing a little about the line between fact and fiction. Right in my wheelhouse.

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Latest nonfiction library hold to come in...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa She‘s great on Twitter! 1mo
Verity @JulietBooks I read Come as You are the other Month and it was a bit too... woo woo for me. I‘m hoping this is more grounded. 1mo
Verity @Riveted_Reader_Melissa she really is. Her Twitter game is excellent, particularly when dealing with mansplainers. 1mo
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