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A Readaholic, & regular host of Readathons on Litsy. ‘A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone‘ Tyrion Lannister
Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Really pleased with how #AwesomeApril went, especially as I went into it without setting any goals for once, and just attempted to read as much as I could.

I finished 9 books over the 10 days, and almost finished a tenth book. I managed over the 10 days to read 3739 pages. This was helped as I was without Internet connection for a few days. There‘s a lesson here 😂

Thanks to everyone who played along and some great reading totals out there!

BookmarkTavern Wow! 🤩 1w
kspenmoll Congratulations are definitely due!!!!🎉🎉🎉 1w
Bookwormjillk Great job! I completely failed to keep track, but it was fun to see everyone else‘s books. Thanks @Andrew65 1w
KadaGul @Andrew65 Respect 🫡 ✊ 1w
Rome753 Pretty good. Congrats. 1w
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April | Gabrielle Lord
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Well that‘s April done, a much better reading month.

26 books read, 7 physical books, 8 ebooks, 11 audiobooks. Close to 10,000 pages read and 328 pages on average a day.

Water and Earth by John Boyne
No Sweet Sorrow by Denzil Meyrick
None of this is True by Lisa Jewell
Devil You Know by Neil Lancaster
Murder on the Clyde by Daniel Sellers
A Stranger in the Family by Jane Casey
Stop Them Dead by Peter James

I got up to date on 5 series.

Andrew65 My favourite Audiobook was The Dutch House by Ann Patchett read by Tom Hanks

20 of the the 26 books were series books. #SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
TheSpineView You did outstanding! I do really good in the winter and not so much when the weather is better. 2w
TheSpineView @Andrew65 I didn't know Tom Hanks was a narrator. I behind the times. 2w
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BookishMadHatter Awesome. And Your layout is 👌 2w
kspenmoll Wonderful!!!! 2w
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Other than his own books, I‘m not aware of any other books he has narrated but he should. 2w
Andrew65 @BookishMadHatter That comes for the Bookly app and its monthly report. 2w
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Thanks 😊 2w
bthegood @Andrew65 @TheSpineView just started Dutch House audio (with Tom Hanks) - and his narration really is very good for this book and MC - first Patchett and loving it!🙂 (edited) 2w
Andrew65 @bthegood Likewise it was my first Patchett, he did an excellent job with the narration. 2w
bthegood @Andrew65 👍 🙂 2w
DieAReader 🔥🔥🔥Brilliant!!! 2w
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 🥰 2w
Andrew65 @bthegood Thanks 😍 2w
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The Douglas Bastard | J R Tomlin
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Finished my fourth book for #AwesomeApril.

This is the first book in the Archibald the Grim Series by J R Tomlin. Quite a short but very readable book covering the early part of the life of The Black Douglas‘s illegitimate son. The Black Douglas (Sir James Douglas) was a staunch ally of Robert the Bruce. It‘s set between 1338 and 1346 as the young King David and his allies attempt to get back control of Scotland from the English.

Andrew65 I look forward to continuing this series, as it is a period of British history I do not know enough about.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView
TheSpineView Way to go! 🤩❤️📖 2w
DieAReader 🥳Awesome! 2w
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The Summer Tree | Guy Gavriel Kay
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3rd book finished for #AwesomeApril, thanks to this great audiobook recommendation by @kwmg40. An excellent audiobook read by one of my favourite narrators, Simon Vance.

This book does a good job of launching this fantasy series and I look forward to moving onto book 2 in the series. Even better it is available as a free download if you are a member of Audible.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Awesome! 3w
AlaMich I liked his Sarantine Mosaic books too. Unfortunately, the two other books of Kay‘s that I started just weren‘t for me. 3w
Andrew65 @AlaMich I will check that out, thanks 😊 3w
BarbaraJean I LOVED this trilogy! Had it recommended to me by my medieval lit professor in college, during a class on Arthurian myths and legends. It's one of those many books I want to re-read but haven't gotten to! 3w
DieAReader 🥳Awesome!! 2w
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Just finished my second book for #AwesomeApril

The latest book in the excellent Maeve Kerrigan Series. Quite a complex murder mystery with plenty of angst and taking forward of the Josh and Maeve story. Was feeling quite upbeat then the epilogue. Now reeling with that ending! 😳😱😫🫣😢🤯😭 I need the next book now. What has Jane Casey done!

Totally recommend this series.

TheSpineView Great job!🤩📖📚 3w
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Thanks 😍 3w
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DieAReader 🥳Fantastic!! 😢Hate cliffhangers!! 2w
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks. A year is a long time to wait! 2w
DieAReader @Andrew65 😢That is a long time! 2w
Andrew65 @DieAReader Too long 😖 2w
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My first book finished for #AwesomeApril Readathon

This is the latest book in the excellent DCI Daley Series by Denzil Meyrick. As always these are great reads, as much for the main characters and their interplay, as well as the crime investigation. I throughly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys high quality crime fiction and / or books set in remote areas of Scotland. One of my favourite series. #SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

Andrew65 Another series up to date.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
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TheSpineView Well done!👍🤩📖 3w
DieAReader 🥳❤️‍🔥Fantastic!! 3w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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It‘s time for the monthly 9 day choose your own goals Readathon, #AwesomeApril. Although as this one coincides with a bank/national holiday for many, I‘ve extended this to 10 days and incorporated the Monday.

A very relaxed and informal Readathon where you can choose your own goals, whatever they may be. No formal sign up just reply below or do a post sharing your goals, and/or the books you hope to read.

Best of luck and have fun with this 😊

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TheBookHippie 🙂🙃🙂 3w
TheSpineView I'm in! Thanks for the tag 3w
julesG I'm in, of course! Thank you for the tag! Do 3w
julesG Ugh, big fingers, new phone. Wanted to write "Don't have any idea what I'm going to read yet, but guess I'll find something." ?? 3w
DieAReader 😏📚🤓Game on!!! 3w
Lizpixie I‘m still in my #ReadersBlockFromHell but I‘ll do the best I can! How you & the wife doin Andrew?♥️ 3w
Bookwormjillk Yay! Hoping to finish April and start May strong! 3w
wanderinglynn Yay! 📚📚📚 I already have a stack ready to go! 3w
kezzlou85 Sounds like fun. I'm on a reading rush at the moment. 3w
kwmg40 I‘m in! 3w
Andrew65 @Lizpixie Thanks for asking, we are both doing as well as we can. Still issues with my IBD and continuous pain but unfortunately that is life. Constant issues with bowels and stomach. How are you and your family doing? If you‘ve not read it I recommend The Dutch House Audiobook read by Tom Hanks. See if his voice will help you out of your reading funk. (edited) 3w
Andrew65 @julesG If it‘s not the size of the keys it‘s the stupid auto-correct. 3w
Andrew65 @wanderinglynn Brilliant. 3w
Lizpixie @Andrew65 I will def give your recce a go, got 4 aud credits lying around rn! I totally sympathise with the stomach & chronic pain issues, two of my biggest probs as well. My SFPN causes paralysed stomach which flows into(or not, literally!)into chronic constipation from intestines too lazy to do their job. Fun times. Causes knock on effects which get worse over time. Then there‘s the constant nerve, muscle & bone pain just from being alive.🥳 3w
Lizpixie @Andrew65 We still here though! Giving Chronic illness the big middle finger🖕🖕🏻🖕🏽 3w
Ruthiella Thanks for the tag! I‘m in. 😃 3w
Librarybelle Thanks for the tag! I have to think of my goals. I hope you are doing okay! 3w
DuckOfDoom I hope to go book shopping one day, and I'll try to make a list of books I want to finish - short ones, probably 3w
Andrew65 @Lizpixie Can relate to a lot of that including the constipation, currently taking a lot of Ispahagula Husk which I got from Amazon to ease that. The constant pain it is which brings you down and gives cause for concern. I need to spend the rest of my Audible credits over next 3 days. 3w
Andrew65 @Lizpixie Yes to giving chronic illness the big middle finger. 3w
Andrew65 @Librarybelle Thanks, doing as well as we can here. 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks for the tag! I'm what seems to be a rare breed - someone who uses vacations to explore. Maybe because my everyday life is rather sedentary. I'm vacationing in Arizona for most of the time, but I'll certainly read when I can. Looking to finish a couple of books and start on the new #sundaybuddyread for May. 3w
MaGoose I'll be finishing up a few books and starting at least one new one. 3w
CoffeeNBooks Yay! I'm in! Hoping to finish some of my April books. 📚 3w
Allylu Great! I'm reading the final books on my #BookSpin list! This year has been very good to me readingwise. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! 3w
OriginalCyn620 I‘m in, but I need to think of my goals 🤔 3w
Crewgurl Hello old friends! Finally back on! I got locked out of my account forever because of some FB issue. Excited to be back ❤️ 1w
Andrew65 @Crewgurl Yay! Great to have you back with us. 😊 1w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Thanks to @Marleed ‘s excellent suggestion of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett as an audiobook (read by Tom Hanks), I have just spent a couple wonderful nights listening to this audiobook.

A wonderful story read so brilliantly by Tom Hanks, I hope he narrates more audiobooks. This story had all the emotions going along with a few big surprises. One of my favourite books this year, and possibly my favourite audiobook of the year.

marleed I‘m so happy you liked it. No one can capture his younger self quite like Tom Hanks! …Ann Patchett sure can pull in famous voices to narrate her stories to perfection! 4w
squirrelbrain He reads his own book - long and meandering but I really liked it. 4w
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Andrew65 @squirrelbrain Thanks 😊 4w
Andrew65 @marleed She, and he, certainly did a good job here. 4w
DieAReader 🥳Fantastic!! 4w
jlhammar Loved this audiobook! So glad you enjoyed. 4w
kspenmoll Since I have not read this, audiobook it will be. Thanks! 3w
TheBookHippie I still have to read this! 3w
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie It would make for an interesting book discussion. 3w
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Definitely the way to go. 3w
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 good to know! 3w
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I‘ve got some audiobook credits to use up before the end of the month.

I‘m looking for help to decide what audiobooks to use the credits on. What are your favourite audiobooks?


Karisimo This one has a full cast! 1mo
Mrs_B I love this one 1mo
Andrew65 @Karisimo Thanks, she does write great books. 1mo
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Andrew65 @Mrs_B Thanks, I love his books, but this is one I haven‘t read. 1mo
Mrs_B I have the BBC full cast dramatisation - Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as “the Angel Islington”. (Also love all the word plays on London Underground stations) 1mo
marleed Full cast of Daisy Jones and the Six, Tom Hanks reading The Dutch House, Meryl Streep reading Tom Lake - or Julia whelan narrating her own romance novel Thank you for Listening and doing both the male and female parts so well I forgot it was a single voice! 1mo
Andrew65 @Mrs_B Definitely adding this one to my buy list, sounds excellent. Thanks 😊 1mo
Andrew65 @marleed These are excellent suggestions, off to explore them 😊 1mo
AlaMich I enthusiastically second what @Mrs_B said about Neverwhere!! 1mo
AlaMich Also this one…a very original thriller in the truest sense. 1mo
Andrew65 @AlaMich Thanks for this 😊 1mo
Deblovestoread I enjoyed both Unlikely Animals and Starter Villian on audio but my favorite to recommend is 1mo
IMASLOWREADER verity, four winds, kitchen confidencial, taste, the apartment 1mo
CoffeeNBooks Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. 1mo
ImperfectCJ Marin Ireland is awesome in this one. 1mo
Aimeesue Echoing @CoffeeNBooks with the Gamache books, anything Stephen Fry narrates (the complete Sherlock Holmes is excellent) and I loved 1mo
Larkken I love the narrators Lorelei King or Dominic Hoffman! And the full cast audiobooks like @Mrs_B says are always worth it # 1mo
Read4life I know you enjoy Jessica Redland & she has a few newer books out that I enjoyed on audio. Books narrated by Imogen Church (Ruth Ware & Lucy Foley books are some), for something lighter & inspiring I enjoy the Eternity Springs series by Emily March. 1mo
CarolynM Georgette Heyer‘s mystery novels read by Matt Addis are wonderful. Try 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks Annie Jones from From the Front Porch podcast just did an episode on her audiobook recommendations. 1mo
kwmg40 Anything narrated by Simon Vance, especially Guy Gavriel Kay's books. 4w
TieDyeDude @aimeesue stole my recommendation (Amina al-Sirafi). Also, David Grohl's book was excellent on audio. 4w
Andrew65 @Deblovestoread Thanks this one looks interesting 😊 4w
Andrew65 @IMASLOWREADER Thanks for these 😊 4w
Andrew65 @CoffeeNBooks That‘s a good idea, this is an excellent series and only read the first few. 😊 4w
Andrew65 @ImperfectCJ Looks a good suggestion. Thanks 😊 4w
Andrew65 @Aimeesue This is one author‘s books I want to try, and Stephen Fry is an excellent narrator. Thanks 😊 4w
Andrew65 @Larkken Not aware of Dominic Hoffman as a narrator, I will explore these. I love Lorelei King as a narrator. Thanks 😊 4w
Andrew65 @Read4life Yes, Jessica Redland books are excellent as audiobooks. I‘ve also enjoyed Ruth Ware‘s boons. I will definitely explore the Lucy Fokey books, only read one so far. I also do need to get back to the Emily March books. Thanks 😊 4w
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Thanks I do want to get to more Barbara Kingsolver books 😊 4w
Andrew65 @CarolynM I‘ve only read one of these, so they are an excellent suggestion. Thanks 😊 4w
Andrew65 @Erinreadsthebooks Thanks, I will check the podcast out 😊 4w
Andrew65 @kwmg40 I love Simon Vance as a narrator but not heard of Guy Gabriel Kay‘s books so I will explore these. Thanks 😊 4w
Andrew65 @TieDyeDude Excellent suggestions, thanks 😊 4w
kwmg40 @Andrew65 It‘s actually Guy Gavriel Kay. The misspelling is common. I just didn‘t want you to have trouble finding the books! His most well known book is 4w
Aimeesue @TieDyeDude Everyone should listen to Amina! So well done! 💙 4w
kspenmoll I have enjoyed the Karen Pirie series 3w
Andrew65 @kspenmoll I love that series and the Tony Hill / Carol Jordan Series by Val McDermid. 3w
Andrew65 @kwmg40 Thanks, my autocorrect strikes again 😆 3w
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Love in Provence | Jo Thomas
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Book 2 Finished for #SpringBreakReadathon. @ShananigansReads

I always enjoy Jo Thomas‘s books, and unlike her others this follows on from an earlier book, Escape To The French Farmhouse, but can easily be read as a a standalone. Del is now settled in France, but then a death and other events lead to things going awry. Can she recover things or will she be returning to England. Felt the romance element wasn‘t as strong in this one as in some.

DieAReader 🥳Fantastic! Doing great❤️‍🔥🤓📚 1mo
ShananigansReads 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 1mo
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Tove_Reads Up for a buddy read? Really been missing them. Not been my best reading year 🫣🙁 1mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads What are you wanting to read, always happy to do a buddy read if I can get the book. 1mo
Tove_Reads Don‘t know… could read a “read now” from NG unless we come up with a new series we‘d like to try 1mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Apologies, I missed your reply. I think choosing a Read Now book in Net Galley is a good idea. If you see one you‘d like to read let me know. (edited) 4w
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads These are a few options:
The Fells Cath Staincliffe
The Stolen Girls Jez Pinfold
The Chalk Man Adam Lyndon
The Alliance Matt Brolly
A Grave in the Woods Martin Walker

Also if read the rest in the series:
The Canal Murders JR Ellis
Tove_Reads Starting to read The stolen girls today 🙂 4w
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Still waiting to hear about Dead in the Water. I will check out the others. 4w
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#AuthorAMonth #JaneHarper @Soubhiville

This is the second book in the series. An excellent read about a woman who goes missing during a work adventure break in Australia. This book dues a good job of building tension as the book goes along, rather like peeling layers off an onion. Some good twists along the way.

#ReadAway2035 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#SpringBreakReadathon @ShananigansReads

ShananigansReads 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 2mo
Andrew65 @ShananigansReads Thanks 😊 2mo
DieAReader 🥳Great!! 2mo
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Ruthiella This is my favorite of the four Harper mysteries I‘ve read so far. I think it was the twisty plot I liked so much. 2mo
Andrew65 @Ruthiella Can definitely see why. 1mo
Bluebird I just finished this one and enjoyed it too. I loved the slow, steady build up to an exciting conclusion. 1mo
inthegreensandblues I just saw that a movie adaptation is coming out this spring. Looking forward to it since I thought the first one was done pretty well. 1mo
Andrew65 @inthegreensandblues Should be good, will need to keep an eye out for that. 1mo
Andrew65 @Bluebird Did a really good job of building up tension and pace. 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Time to focus on #SpringBreakReadathon.

This is my reading stack. I‘d like to read 2000 pages and finish 6 books in that time.

Thanks to @ShananigansReads for hosting this, and helping us to get the month off to a good start.

RushAThon | Readathon
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Really pleased with my outcome for #MarvellousMarch

Finished 8 books (my target was 6), although there were a lot of short and audiobooks in there.

Read 2360 pages, having targeted 1750.

Hoping this will help a strong start to April‘s reading.

Thanks to everyone that played along, hope you all had a good Readathon. 🥰

PaperbackPirate Nice job beating your goal! I hope it happens for you again this month! 📚 3w
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March was not my most productive reading month, for a variety of reasons, but I do manage to finish 20 books - l though quite a few short books in there.

Favourites for the month:
Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb
The Death of Remembrance -Denzil Meyrick
The Other Gwyn Girl - Nicola Cornick
DS Nathan Cody Series by David Jackson

How was your month, and what were your favourites?

Andrew65 For some reason the Bookly report doesn‘t include the book I finished on 31st. The Pike by J J Richards 2mo
AlaMich I wish I could read the Liveship books for the first time again! 2mo
monkeygirlsmama I'd say 20 is a far cry from a number to scoff at! 👍👍 2mo
Andrew65 @monkeygirlsmama Thanks 😍 2mo
Andrew65 @AlaMich They are great books, now just waiting for the library hold for book 2. 2mo
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3rd book finished for #MarvellousMarch.

2nd book in the DI Greco series, and this one left the series and especially DI Greco in a personal crisis. I‘m quite enjoying this series, and they are quite pacy detective stories and Greco is referred to in some of her other series.

If you are a member of Audible this series is all available as free downloads.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

Andrew65 #MarvellousMarch Update
3 / 6 books read
898/ 1750 Pages Read

Given my reading recently and how busy I am with my work with schools I am really pleased with this. I will have much more time for reading on Friday, Saturday and `Sunday
TheSpineView Good to know it is free with Audible! Thanks 2mo
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DieAReader 🥳Looking great!!❤️‍🔥📚 2mo
Read4life Thanks, Andrew. I‘ve added them to my Audible free listen list. 🤓 2mo
Andrew65 @Read4life Just found out first 3 are downloadable free, but 4th and last one no audible book for. Grrrrrrrr…. So will need to get to it when a but Kindle rights for one month. But first three all available. @TheSpineView 2mo
TheSpineView @Andrew65 I hate when that happens. If I start a series on audio then I want to finish that way. Fortunately I have KU sub. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView It gets me why 3 would have audiobooks but not the fourth, it was written in 2018. 2mo
Read4life I saw that. I‘ve downloaded the first three. Looks good for April reading. 2mo
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My 2nd book finished for #MarvellousMarch

An enjoyable romp of a crisis situation when a deadly virus/bacterial strain is released in Yellowstone Park that quickly kills people, & is found to be a preliminary attack prior to a bigger more devastating plan. If only the Covid situation could be solved in the way this book was. A very enjoyable book but not sure how the science really stood up. I look forward to continuing this fast moving series,

DieAReader 🥳Fantastic!! 2mo
Tove_Reads Yeah, same feelings here. Probably not all facts correct, but fast and enjoyable read. 2mo
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My first book finished for #MarvellousMarch.

Another excellent read in the Takes from Turnham Malpas series. After recent events Caroline and Peter have taken the family to Africa for a year. His temporary replacement is causing a few tongues to wag with her actions whilst also upsetting some of the residents. I missed Caroline and Peter but still really enjoyed this. @Tove_Reads

#MarvellousMarch #ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

TheBookHippie 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳You‘re off to a great start!! 2mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader @TheBookHippie Thanks, a nice easy read. 2mo
Tove_Reads Oh yay! Been meaning to visit the village again 🙂 I think I‘m one book behind you. 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Not been able to get to anywhere near as much reading as usual recently. Hoping #MarvellousMarch will help get me back on track. Limited reading time first half but hope to catch up in second half.

Setting my self a target of 1750 pages and finishing 6 books. Be really elated if I achieve this.

This is my proposed reading stack.

Bookwormjillk Looks like a fun stack 2mo
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Hopefully some fun reads to get me going again. 2mo
DieAReader Great looking stack!😏📚🤓 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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This Saturday sees the start of the #MarvellousMarch 9 day Choose Your Own Goals Readathon.

Life been stressful and intensely busy recently, hence not finding time to be on Litsy much. Hoping this will help me find some reading time and get the reading habit back.

A great way to have a good end to the month‘s reading, you know you want to join us! Just comment below, share your goals (anything goes) or books you want to read.

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LiseWorks Yes! 2mo
TheSpineView I'm in! 2mo
Traci1 Can't wait! ❤️ 2mo
TheBookHippie I‘ll be SNOWED in it seems so plenty reading time 🤣❄️☃️ 2mo
Allylu I know I will want to join. I'm heading to reading all 25 books on my #BookSpin this month - hope I didn't just jinx it. LOL
OriginalCyn620 I‘m in! 😊 2mo
Bookwormjillk Yay! I‘m in. 2mo
Monica5 I'm in😊 2mo
Librarybelle Hooray! I‘ll have to think of my goals! 2mo
Ruthiella Awesome! Thanks for the tag! 😃 2mo
DieAReader 🎉🥳Wonderful @Andrew65 A boost to help us finish the month off! Goals TBD🙄😏📚 2mo
Susanita Yay! It‘s been a weird month. I could use a readathon. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm in! I hope to finish a couple of my current reads. 📚 2mo
julieclair Yay! I‘ll be on vacation for the duration of this Readathon, so I‘ll either achieve all my goals, or none of them, lol! 2mo
julesG Good to hear from you. I've missed your posts, Andrew. That's a lovely picture you chose, full of spring vibes. My goal, as usual, erode #MountARC. 🙈🙈 I would like to have read at least 3 ARCs by the end of the month. 2mo
Crazeedi Been missing you Andrew, I thought you might still be struggling. I hope the warmer weather to come helps you feel better! I'm in , will try to get my #readyourkindle books done! 2mo
Read4life It‘s good to hear from you, Andrew. You know I love this monthly Readathon. My goal is to blackout my #BookSpinBingo board. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Hope things calm down for you soon, Andrew!! 2mo
Mollyanna Woohoo! I‘m in. Hope this helps you get back to reading Andrew. 2mo
eanderson Yay!!! Hopefully I can get some reading in! 2mo
kezzlou85 Yay I'm in. I hope it gets you back into reading @Andrew65 2mo
CrystalE02 I'm in!!! Hopefully I can work on my yearly goal. I am 21 books behind. I know I won't read 21 books in a week, but I would like to get that number down a little. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I've had one heck of a month. Things are looking better for next week, so I'm hoping to catch a small pocket of time each day to read a bit. I hope life takes a chill pill so you can get back to reading. 💛 2mo
Rissa1 I am in. My goal is to finish at least 2 of 5 I have going. 2mo
LibrarianRyan Sorry I missed this. 1mo
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This book by #AuthorAMonth author for June is currently 99p in the U.K. for Kindle and Apple Books.

Seen great reviews for this book and looking forward to getting to it in June.


Julsmarshall It is soooo good! 2mo
Andrew65 @Julsmarshall One of the most recommended books during #12Booksof2023 Really looking forward to this one. 2mo
Bookwormjillk One of the best books I‘ve read this year 2mo
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Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk That says a lot! 2mo
CatLass007 Thanks for sharing. It‘s an excellent book and I plan to continue reading this author. 2mo
KadaGul @Andrew65 Awesome 🤩 Sauce #Greatdeal 2mo
TheSpineView Thanks 2mo
jhod Thanks @Soubhiville 😊 2mo
Caroline2 Thanks. I‘m looking forward to reading this one in June. 👍 2mo
Amiable Great book! 2mo
Yenya1954 I‘m looking forward to reading this book 2mo
tpixie Thanks 😊 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one is so good!! 1mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m looking forward to June and getting to this. If you love it I‘m certain I will. 1mo
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The Other Gwyn Girl | Nicola Cornick
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Thoroughly enjoyed this twin timeline historical fiction book by Nicola Cornick. It tells the story of Nell Gwyn‘s older sister & involves the book opening with Rose in Marshalsea Prison connected to a famous theft. She & Jess (current timeline) undergo quite a journey!
Always enjoyed the books of Nicola Cornick. This is no exception. I definitely recommend it, my only complaint was I didn‘t want it to end & wanted more of Rose‘s colourful life.

TheBookHippie This looks good! 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie It was a very enjoyable read, not particularly that long. 2mo
DieAReader 🥳Awesome! 2mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 😍 2mo
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The Therapist | B A Paris
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This one was a soft pick for me. Usual psychological Fayre from BA Paris.
Her books are always worth a read. Sureprising;y given the title a therapist wasn‘t referenced until the last quarter of the book. It was enjoyable as the story was laid out.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader 😬😡I hate that. 2mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too, and I think this is the best one since that book. 1mo
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This was a good read, set in a Liverpool, England.

First book in the DS Nathan Cody Series, where he is investigating the murders of fellow police officers. Nathan himself is struggling to cope with events from a previous case. I look forward to continuing this series.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

BookishMadHatter I'm intrigued. Consider my tbr at least one book longer 2mo
DieAReader 🥳Great! 2mo
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The Other Gwyn Girl | Nicola Cornick
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Started the latest book by Nicola Cornick, a dual time line historical fiction book telling the story of Nell Gwyn‘s lesser known sister, Rose Gwyn.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader Doing great!😏📚 2mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 🥰 2mo
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Robin Hobb creates a magical world, this has to be different to any book I‘ve read before with Liveships, Pirates, sea serpents, etc. These take a while to get into and despite being fantasy has great linkages to the real world and the down trodden way women have been treated throughout history.

A BIG read but some interesting plot lines and interested to see where this is taken in book 2.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView #ChunkstersOfLitsy

Andrew65 #MapsOfLitsy. I cannot lie, I love a book with a map! 2mo
DieAReader 🥳Wonderful!! 2mo
TheSpineView Fantastic!💜📖📚 2mo
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1. I‘m in Bingtown and on a Liveship travelling the Cursed Shores in Robin Hobb‘s world with the tagged book.

2. I always love books set in Scotland, and especially in the remote parts of Scotland, and we regularly visit these areas on holiday so the books remind me of our holidays. So much great crime fiction set in these areas.

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

I tag @CarolynM @LizPixie @Cinfhen @AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks @TheBookHippie @LeahBergen

Eggs Oh Scotland is a place I‘d love to visit 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 , also Ireland 🇮🇪, also Norway 🇳🇴 and Denmark 🇩🇰 2mo
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Good to see this series by Denzil Meyrick keeps up the very high standard. Another excellent book, & in this one we find out a lot more about D.S. Brian Scott‘s past, but he is also on dicey ground. The community is still reeling from events in bk 9. Strongly recommend the series.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#BacklistRedathon @TheAromaofBooks @clwojick

Crazeedi This is a new series to me, it's good? 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 2mo
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Cuilin I see these are set in Scotland, are they also set in the 1980‘s? 2mo
DieAReader 🥳Famtastic!! 2mo
Andrew65 @Cuilin No mostly set currently but this one referenced things from the 80s and 90s in the early career of one of the detectives. 2mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Strongly recommend it, one of my favourite series. Just such a pleasure to read. 2mo
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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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Started March by a mixture of reading and listening to the first book in The Liveship Traders Series by RobinHobb. At 896 pages this Chunkster may take a while.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView This is on my TBR list. Enjoy 3mo
RaeLovesToRead I LOVE this series!!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 3mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView They are a big commitment. (edited) 3mo
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Andrew65 @RaeLovesToRead That‘s good to hear 😍 3mo
AlaMich The Liveship trilogy is my favorite of the trilogies in the series. I love the setting. 3mo
Andrew65 @AlaMich Great to hear more positives about this trilogy. 😍 (edited) 3mo
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February | June Makle
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A difficult month for many reasons, but did manage to somehow finish 20 books. A much higher proportion than normal of audiobooks, 11 of the 20.

My favourite book was The Women by Kristin Hannah. What was your favourite read in February?

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

AmyG The Women has been liked by many…I look forward to reading it. My favorite for the month was 3mo
Suet624 You had a great reading month. My favorite was 3mo
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julieclair So glad you at least had a good reading month. And it‘s interesting about the audiobooks. I think that sometimes they are just easier when life is giving you lemons. You don‘t even have to keep your eyes open! My favorite read this month was my #BookedInTime book, 3mo
TheSpineView Still a good showing . Hope ypu are feeling better! 3mo
Julsmarshall You‘ve got some great books read this month! My faves were Just for the Summer and (edited) 3mo
willaful My month was really rough too. Wishing us both an easier March. 3mo
dabbe We've missed your presence around here! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Reggie You did great! 3mo
youneverarrived Brilliant 🤩 3mo
Bookzombie That‘s awesome! 3mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Finished off The Women and Tell it to the Skies on Day 2 of #FabulousFebruary #20in4 Readthon. I also started listening to Normal People by Sally Rooney.

Read 401 pages (so 101 pages ahead of my target for the day ) and 7 hrs 41 mins.

Altogether finished 2/4 books :
Tell it to the Skies
The Women

Read 11 hrs 33 mins, and 607 / 1400 pages.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader 🥳🔥Fantastic progress! 3mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader An excellent weekend of reading. 3mo
kspenmoll Nice reading! 3mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Thanks, slowed down a lot since the weekend. 3mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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3rd book finished for #FabulousFebruary #20in4

I can see why this book has good reviews. Overall an enjoyable book, covering the relationship between 2 people over a period of time. Both are normal people with issues of own to deal with along with the relationship. You end up caring for both of them, but also question some of their actions, even become frustrated by them. I‘d like a follow-up book 5 years on to find out what happens to them.

Bookwormjillk You‘re on a roll! 3mo
DieAReader 🥳Great! 3mo
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Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Thanks, a busy week ahead so will be slowing down. 😍 3mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 🥰 3mo
Reggie Do you think he takes off to NYC without her? 3mo
Andrew65 @Reggie I‘d got the impression he‘d already made the decision to go, as otherwise why not tell her about it before. I think he‘d regret the decision to go. What did you think? 3mo
Reggie Yeah, it breaks my heart but I think she lets him go and everything she dreamed of for him comes to pass. 3mo
Andrew65 @Reggie Yes😢 This is why I need another book to know what‘s going on in their lives in five years time. 3mo
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Tell It To The Skies | Erica James
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First book finished this week! 🤷‍♂️ First book finished fir #FabulousFebruary #20in4

Quite a big book at 544 pages, but really enjoyed this story and it galloped along. Retells the story of Lydia‘s childhood and key events that happened to her. A big surprise at the end of the book when Lydia finds out what really happened all those years ago. I do enjoy this authors books.

#ReadAway2024 @DieaReader @Ghabi4Roses

Ruthiella Great job! 👏👏👏 3mo
Andrew65 @Ruthiella Thanks 😁 3mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Read some more from both The Women and Tell it to the Skies on Day 1 of #FabulousFebruary #20in4 Readthon.

Read 206 pages (so 6 pages ahead of my target of 1400 pages, and 3 hrs 52 mins. No books finished.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader A wonderful start!❤️‍🔥🥳 3mo
jitteryjane724 You are relentlessly consistent and this is so inspiring! 3mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Andrew65 @jitteryjane724 Thanks bit a bit less consistent over the past coup,e of days, life has got very busy. 3mo
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RushAThon | Readathon
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These are the books I hope to read from during #FabulousFebruary #20in4.

Still trying to get my reading momentum going again. Two books , The Women and Tell It To The Skies, I am already on the second half of.

Hard to set targets but would like to finish off at least 4 of these, and possibly read to 1400 pages. Quite conservative goals for me.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

DieAReader I‘ve no doubt you‘ll meet (& likely exceed) all your goals❤️‍🔥🤓📚 3mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Aiming for 300 pages each day at the weekend and 200 pages each of the other days. 3mo
DieAReader @Andrew65 ❤️‍🔥I look forward to cheering you on!💃🏻 3mo
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Andrew65 @DieAReader You make a great cheerleader 🥰 3mo
AnneCecilie I love Normal People and see some other good ones too. Enjoy your reading 3mo
tpixie Hope you feel completely better soon 💙🩵💙 3mo
Andrew65 @AnneCecilie Currently listening to Normal People and enjoying it. 3mo
Andrew65 @tpixie Thanks, flare seemed to have eased slightly. 😍 (edited) 3mo
tpixie @Andrew65 ❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹 3mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Been a tough month illness wise for me so missed setting the readathons. So this month merging a six day Choose Your Own Goals Readathon #FabulousFebruary with an extended 6 day #20in4

Feel free to join and use this six day readathon however you want to whether you choose to do 20 hours or chapters over the 6 days, or want to choose your own goals. A good way to boost your February reading, I know I need to! Well off course.

Andrew65 To join just post your intentions, goals or books you want to read. 3mo
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Bookwormjillk Yay! Hope you‘re feeling better! 3mo
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Slowly improving. 3mo
OutsmartYourShelf I might actually make my 20 hours goal with 6 days instead of 4 😄. Hope you are feeling better now @Andrew65 3mo
Andrew65 @OutsmartYourShelf Thanks, 2 more days does help! (edited) 3mo
TheBookHippie Ugh. So much sickness everywhere!!! Schools are full of viruses currently! I hope you‘re tip top soon. This month FLEW by…. So I‘ve catching up to do! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 I am in! And I hope you‘re feeling better soon! ❤️ 3mo
DieAReader 💯% ready for this @Andrew65 🤓📚 Sending🫂 for speedy recovery❤️‍🔥 3mo
TheBookgeekFrau Hope you're a 100% soon! 3mo
Andrew65 @OriginalCyn620 Thanks, on the up slope for now, flare of Crohn‘s Disease hopefully easing off. 3mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Aren‘t they just, Covid has changed everything. My Crohn‘s Disease is a present given by Covid 2 1/2 years ago. 3mo
Andrew65 @TheBookgeekFrau Thanks 😁 3mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks, much needed 🥰 3mo
Roary47 I hope you are feeling better. I‘m excited to try to catch up some reading this time. 3mo
CocoReads I‘m sorry you‘ve been ill. I haven‘t been ill but I have/had a pinched nerve and rotator cuff issues so I haven‘t been participating much. Things are much better pain wise, but still having some issues, so some days it‘s all I can do to make it through work. So far I‘m not a fan of this getting older stuff. Anywho, feel better soon Andrew! 3mo
Read4life Sorry this month has been so rough. I hope you get to feeling better soon. 3mo
AmyG I‘m sorry to read that you have been ill. Hoping things ease with your Crohns and you are feeling good soon. I‘m in for this as my husband is away…so I hopefully have some reading time. (edited) 3mo
CoffeeNBooks I hope you're feeling better soon!! I'm definitely in for this readathon! Thanks for hosting! 📚 3mo
Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon! 3mo
Monica5 Hope you feel better soon 3mo
Itchyfeetreader Sorry to hear you have been unwell - i‘m@also fighting a nasty bug so going to give this a pass this time 3mo
rabbitprincess Hope you‘re on the mend! Looking forward to the readathon ❤️ 3mo
marleed I hope you feel better soon! 3mo
5feet.of.fury Yay Andrew‘s back! Wishing you better health for the rest of 2024! 3mo
Ruthiella Always good to see you here in whatever capacity. Hope you‘re feeling better. ❤️ 3mo
AnnCrystal 💤☕🎶🙏. May you be all better soon 📚. 3mo
CarolynM Hope you‘re feeling better💕 3mo
julesG Hope you're feeling 'your old self' soon! 3mo
youneverarrived Hope you feel lots better soon 3mo
Yuki_Onna Oh no. I was wondering what was the matter as I missed your posts. Hope you'll feel well again soon! 3mo
TheEllieMo Good to see you back, Andrew, and hope you are feeling better xx 3mo
bthegood thank you and hope you feel better soon - 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Sorry you haven't been well. Hopefully you are on the mend now... days are getting longer and (theoretically) warmer, so that always helps a bit. ❤ 3mo
Mollyanna Good to see you again Andrew! Hope you are feeling better. 💕 3mo
Elizabeth2 Hope you‘re feeling better! 💕 (edited) 3mo
JacqMac Hope you‘re feeling better. It has been a rough month. 3mo
Crazeedi I've missed you Andrew, I just knew you were still suffering. My prayers have been said daily for your return to health. Don't you worry about a thing. You are the most important right now. Hugs and thanks for the readathon 3mo
Laughterhp Hope you‘re feeling better 💚 3mo
Eggs Sorry to hear that you‘ve been ill😔 I know that‘s hard. Praying that you are healing and that you‘ll soon feel much better 🙏🏻 3mo
AllDebooks Sorry, you've had a tough month and hope you're feeling better now. Make sure you're resting up and taking good care of yourself. X 3mo
kwmg40 I'm in for the readathon! I hope you are recovering and feeling better these days. 3mo
julieclair I‘m so happy to see this post, Andrew, because I‘m assuming it means you‘re feeling a bit better. 🙏💙 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you are feeling better Andrew! ❤️‍🩹 3mo
Traci1 I hope you're feeling better. ❤ 3mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope things turn around and your health is improving. I am starting to get my 5th head cold in as many months. Work is normally quiet in the winter, but not this year. I'm hoping for a good reading push the next few days to finish the month strong. 3mo
Alora Sorry to hear! Hope you're feeling better soon. Thank you for always organizing these readathons and tagging me. I always look forward to them even if I may not get alot of reading in. It really encourages me to read more. 3mo
Kenyazero Hope you‘re doing better! 3mo
Velvetfur Sorry I've got here late! But thank you for the tag and I hope you're starting to feel better by now xxx 3mo
LibrarianRyan Sorry I missed this. Life has been crazy. 2mo
Andrew65 @LibrarianRyan Hasn‘t it just! 2mo
Andrew65 @Velvetfur Thanks, better than I was but Crohn‘s Disease is still flaring for a few days at a time. Hope you are well. 2mo
Velvetfur @Andrew65 sending hugs x 2mo
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Started reading this book, and I suddenly find myself in a terrifying field hospital in Vietnam. Got me hooked already.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

Bookwormjillk Can‘t wait for this one 3mo
MamaGina I‘m looking forward to this one SO much! 3mo
Andrew65 @MamaGina @Bookwormjillk 80 pages in (which I read in one sitting) and really enjoying it. Not sure where it‘s heading. 3mo
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Librariana So glad you're enjoying it, @Andrew65 😊 Our library system purchased 30 copies and we've got 139 customers on the holds queue at present 😳 3mo
Andrew65 @Librariana That‘s a lot, reminds me of a book I‘m on the hold list for and likely to get in 2025 🤣 3mo
Suet624 This one sounds really good. 3mo
DieAReader 🤓Enjoy! 3mo
Andrew65 @Suet624 It is, approaching halfway and one of those books you want to take your time over. 3mo
Bluebird Excellent! Was just notified my library hold is ready for pick up! Will be starting this soon 😀 3mo
Andrew65 @Bluebird 60% through and loving it, but quite the rollercoaster of emotions. 3mo
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Finally got the first book finished for #ReadingOceania2024 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB This one has been on my shelf for years and covers #Australia, following a family who are transported to Australia for theft and covers their early years there. Overall enjoyable but at times found it a chore to read.

#ReadAway2024 @DieaReader @Ghabi4Roses

Librarybelle Hooray!!! 3mo
BarbaraBB One down 🇦🇺 😀 3mo
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Number two lined up, for New Zealand, and also been on my shelf for years. 3mo
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Andrew65 @Librarybelle T hanks, good to be off and running with it (finally) 3mo
BarbaraBB That‘s one I still want to read too. I am looking forward to your review 3mo
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Hoping to get to it soon. 3mo
DieAReader 🥳Great 3mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 🥰 3mo
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Trying to get back into reading by starting this book in one of my favourite series. Been a busy and difficult few weeks, with at times pains making it difficult to concentrate on the reading. Hope this pacy read will help me build up focus again.
#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView
A great red coat so should be good. @Tove_Reads

Read4life I hope you feel better and get back into a reading rhythm 💙 3mo
Andrew65 @Read4life Thanks ❤️ Been a challenging few weeks. Hope you are well. 3mo
Read4life I‘m doing well. I‘m sorry you‘ve had a rough time lately. Hopefully it will make a turn for the better soon. I‘ve never read any books in this series but I‘m going to check them out. 🤓 3mo
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AnnCrystal ☕💤🥺🙏. 3mo
Susanita You were missed. Hope things get better for you. 🫂 3mo
TheSpineView Hope you are on the road to recovery. 3mo
Andrew65 @Read4life That‘s good to hear. Thanks, these things are sent to try us, and the problem with having a chronic illness. Hopefully entering a better phase. I very strongly recommend this series. (edited) 3mo
Andrew65 @AnnCrystal Thanks, hope you are well. 3mo
Andrew65 @Susanita Thanks, still in some discomfort and pain from my Crohn's Disease but not as bad as it was. 3mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Hopefully, slow but sure but you never can tell with the Crohn‘s Disease. At least I‘m able to read a bit more. 3mo
Bookwormjillk Hope it does the trick for you Andrew. Hang in there. 3mo
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Thanks. Have been able to focus on it better today. Hot water bottle seems to help some of the discomfort. (edited) 3mo
Suet624 I‘m so sorry to hear about your Crohn‘s. That‘s so tough. 3mo
LiseWorks Glad to see you back 3mo
Cuilin Sorry to hear you haven‘t been well, hope the healing is fast and firm. 3mo
kspenmoll Glad to see you back, but so sorry you have been struggling with Crohn‘s. I hope it settles down soon. 3mo
eri.reads Today is my first day back since October I think! I have been struggling too for a few months with RA so I totally understand. I hope you start to get some relief and rest very soon. 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Hope you're feeling better soon!! 3mo
Crazeedi I've been thinking of you Andrew, love and prayers across the miles 3mo
janeycanuck I‘m sorry to hear you‘ve been having a tough time. I hope the worst is behind you! 3mo
Andrew65 @Suet624 Thanks, unfortunately this happens from time to time, hopefully I‘m on the start of an up cycle. 3mo
Andrew65 @LiseWorks Thanks, good to get some reading done yesterday and to be able to concentrate on it. 3mo
Andrew65 @Cuilin Thanks, sound and gradual at the moment but least improving. 3mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Thanks, unfortunately this happens with the Crohn‘s, don‘t think it likes Winter! 3mo
Andrew65 @eri.reads Sorry to hear about the RA, another awful chronic condition. Hoping you do get that relief as know what it‘s like with that constant pain. Take things slowly and carefully. Good to see you back. 3mo
Andrew65 @CoffeeNBooks Thanks, it‘s taking each day hour by hour, and then the pain and discomfort getting worse at times especially after each for the next few hours. That has made it difficult to concentrate. But some relief compared to what it was.Hope you are well. 3mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Thanks Diane, very much appreciated. Awful when your own body is the thing that fights itself and causes the problem. However we all have our own crosses to bear. Hope everything is good with you. 3mo
Andrew65 @janeycanuck Thanks, fingers crossed the worst is behind me on this occasion. More blood tests in a couple of weeks. 3mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 we're all growing older with bodies that say it to us. But a life well lived is the goal, and books help us realize that. And this community keeps our spirits vital and alive! Many blessings Andrew. I've struggled with so much too, but I still get to wake up every morning! Hugs 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hope you‘re feeling better, Andrew!! I‘ve been wanting a hot water bottle for ages!! Especially because my cats monopolize the heating pad!! Hope all goes well with blood tests. @Crazeedi is right….once, years ago, I saw an older woman with a T-shirt on which said “growing old ain‘t for sissies”….at the time I was in my 20s and I thought she was being ungrateful because I knew so many young people who had passed. Now I understand…. 3mo
Bookwomble I hope you're continuing to feel better, Andrew 💖 3mo
Andrew65 @Bookwomble Thanks, a bit up and down, but better than I was ❤️ 3mo
Tove_Reads Hope you‘re feeling better now! This series is definitely one of the best! 3mo
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Untilted | Autechre
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Apologies for being missing in action, & not having responded to posts. Had to take a few weeks away whilst I had a big flare up of my Crohn‘s Disease & the associated pains that made it difficult to focus on sitting & responding to things. Also been dealing with one or two other things. Hopefully back now. Thanks for your understanding and going missing in the middle of a Readathon.
Thanks to those that have sent messages 😍 Litsy is the best

IndoorDame I hope you continue to feel better ❤️‍🩹 3mo
Velvetfur Oh noooo, I hope you recover soon from your flare up - we'll all be thinking of you and wishing you well xxx 3mo
dabbe Glad to see you back, and I hope you continue to heal. 🩷💜❤️ 3mo
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JenReadsAlot Sending good vibes your way! 3mo
SamAnne Hoping you are on the mend! 3mo
CBee Sending you lots of healing thoughts and love! ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
Gissy Glad that you are feeling better!❤️Heath is a priority and we are here to support you🙌❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Aims42 Hope you‘re feeling better!! Those flare-ups are the worst when they strike ❤️ 3mo
Bookwormjillk ❤️ 3mo
Deblovestoread Sorry to hear about your flare-up, but glad you are on the mend. Take care. 💜 3mo
TheSpineView Sorry you have been under the weather. So glad you are filling better!💞 3mo
AnnR Glad to see you posting again and I'm hopeful your flare passes soon. 🙏 Take care. 3mo
AnnCrystal How terrible 🙏 Feel better ☕🎶💤🙏. 3mo
Librarybelle I hope you feel better soon! 3mo
Ruthiella Glad to hear you‘re back! Hope you are 100% soon. ❤️ 3mo
Itchyfeetreader Sorry to hear that Andrew - hope you are on the mend. Look after yourself and take things easy ! 3mo
willaful I'm glad you're doing better. 3mo
JessClark78 ❤️ 3mo
ChasingOm Oh no - those flares are rough! Hope you‘re getting some rest. 3mo
Cupcake12 Hope you start feeling better soon 📚 (edited) 3mo
Bluebird Sorry to hear you‘ve been having a rough time. Glad you are feeling better! ❤️ 3mo
Crazeedi Andrew, I just looked at your feed yesterday and was wondering if you were OK! I totally understand, you never need to apologize, (I went MIA for most of a year), we are here for you 3mo
CarolynM Glad to see you back. Hope you‘re feeling a lot better.💕 3mo
youneverarrived That sounds tough - glad to see you back 🤍 3mo
Yuki_Onna Oh no, how 😢😬😰... I missed you. Hope you'll heal and feel better now 🙏❣️ 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, dear! I hope you‘re feeling better now. ❤️❤️ 3mo
batsy Hope you're feeling much better! 3mo
kwmg40 Glad to hear from you, and I'm sending good wishes your way! 3mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 3mo
Caryl Thinking of you and sending healing vibes your way! 3mo
kezzlou85 Hope you're feeling better now. 3mo
Andrew65 @kezzlou85 Thanks better than I was but still getting bouts of pain that make it difficult to concentrate on my reading. 3mo
julieclair Just checked your feed because I was worried why you had gone dark. So sorry to hear your Crohn‘s was flaring up. Ugh. Hope you are back on an even keel soon. Sending healing thoughts your way. 💙 3mo
Andrew65 @julieclair Thanks, improved from what it was but still giving me issues. Hope you are well. 3mo
julieclair I‘m doing well, thank you. Hoping you can say the same soon. 3mo
Andrew65 @julieclair Good to hear, thanks 😊 3mo
PaperbackPirate Glad you‘re back! I hope you feel better soon! 💙 3mo
Andrew65 @PaperbackPirate Thanks 🥰 3mo
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Usually I am not a lover of novellas but as I know this series well (in fact it is one of my favourite series) I really enjoyed the novella and it is interesting to see MIT in its early days and at a time when Matilda‘s husband is still alive.

Caitlin has just reported a rape, which happened some months before, when she is suddenly murdered in her house.

Andrew65 Matilda and her team have to investigate to see if the two incidents are related before the murderer and / or the rapist strike again.

This was overall a very good short story taking about an hour and a quarter to read. As well as the early days of her team it also covers some of the background to her relationship with DI Ben Hales, which forms an important element of the series.
Andrew65 I really can‘t recommend this serious strongly enough, and whilst I wait impatiently for the next book in the series this was a good read to spend some more time with Matilda, dealing with my withdrawal symptoms.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView Up to date in my fourth series this year.
#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
DieAReader 🥳🤓Brilliant! 4mo
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TheSpineView Great job! I really need to get started on this series. 4mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Thanks, and you do. 4mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 😍 4mo
kspenmoll Hope you are ok & just taking a break. 4mo
Bookwormjillk Was just thinking about you. Hope you‘re okay. 4mo
CarolynM Just thinking of you. Hope all is well. 3mo
Librarybelle Just checking in - hope you are okay! 3mo
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The Tudor Deception | Scott Mariani
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1st book finished for #JoyousJanuary.
This book had everything you want, a great avenging hero, a group of baddies, emotional angst, a historical backdrop (Twins in the tower) and a revenge mission. This is one of my favourite series and this didn‘t disappoint, even at book 28 in the series. I thoroughly recommend the series.
This is a strange one however, as it takes Ben back to earlier in his life and doesn‘t follow the chronological timeline.

Andrew65 13th book finished for #JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView Third series finished or up to date on in 2024. That‘s what I call winning!
Ruthiella Nice job! 🏆 4mo
AnnR 👏📚👍 4mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig I've never heard of this series but now I'm intrigued. 4mo
DieAReader 🥳Cool! 4mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 4mo
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It‘s gone midnight so kicking off the #JoyousJanuary Readathon by getting stuck into this book. Book 28 in the excellent Ben Hope Series. This will get me back up to date I‘m the series. #SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

Recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this hero series such as Gabriel Allon, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp etc.

#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader Awesome! Enjoy❤️‍🔥 4mo
Andrew65 Whoops tagged this with the wrong book, teach me to post at 1 am 🤦‍♂️

It should be The Tudor Deception by Scott Mariani!
DieAReader @Andrew65 🤣It happens😉 4mo
TheSpineView You are on fire! Great job! 4mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView A good start to the year, but slowed down over the past few days with other commitments. 4mo
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The Poet | Michael Connelly
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Started my second book for #ChunksterChallenge2024. This one is only in the almost a chunkster category at 515 pages. That said it‘s quite small print and a lot of words on each page so feels much bigger than a 500+ page book. @Amiable

This is the first Jack McEvoy book, and the fifth book in the #BoschUniverseSeries. #SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

It‘s also off my bookshelves.

#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

AnnCrystal Is that something new?? My newest read has tiny print too...terribly small (edited) 4mo
DieAReader @Andrew65 Where does this fit in the Bosch series overall? I haven‘t started it yet but definitely want to at some point in 2024 4mo
TheSpineView Well done!🤩 4mo
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Amiable Do you have a mass market paperback? You can use the hardcover edition page total to count towards the challenge. I usually default to the hardcover page count no matter what format I‘m reading because it is the “original” (in my head, that is. 😀) 4mo
Andrew65 @AnnCrystal I thought most new books were getting bigger print, but this is an older book. I often read up to sixty pages an hour but on this one I am barely managing 40 pages an hour. 4mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader In the Universe Series it comes between book 4 and 5 in the original Bosch Series. I am reading all the books in Universe Series order.
AnnCrystal @Andrew65 Wow, that's excellent even at 40 pages an hour.

True. It takes me longer to get through a page with small print. I will have to pay attention when purchasing, and I hope there are not many of these already in my Library.

I do hope new books keep to the larger print.
Andrew65 @AnnCrystal I spoke to soon, now under 40 pages an hour 🤣 Definitely need larger fonts for the eyes too! 4mo
AnnCrystal @Andrew65 ☺️ that's still way more than I can manage 👍. I'm going to get out my craft magnifier !! 🧐☺️. (edited) 4mo
DieAReader @Andrew65 Fantastic! Thanks hun🤗❤️‍🔥 4mo
Andrew65 @AnnCrystal Sounds a good plan. My wife is a much slower reader than me. When we did an exercise at school with staff looking at the speed we all read at, it is amazing the different speeds people read at. Quite the range. I know @Tove_Reads is a much faster reader than me from a previous conversation we had. (edited) 4mo
AnnCrystal @Andrew65 now that's interesting. I've always been a sluggish reader... oddly, unless the story completely captures me and demands otherwise 😂. When I was a teenager, I use to gobble up Amelia Atwater-Rhodes new books in 24 hours. Then again, to compare, around the same time, it took me about a week or two to read a new installment of the Sweep Series... (edited) 4mo
AnnCrystal P.S. Is your wife a Litten? If she is, I will follow her here on Litsy. 4mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Believe it or not we are already rapidly approaching the mid month 9 day Pick Your Own Goals Readathon, #JoyousJanuary

Any one can join, just choose your own goals whatever they may be, and post your goals and / or the books you hope to read. All very flexible and very informal.

Please use the tag #JoyousJanuary and tag me in any posts.

Have fun with it, this is really the only rule.

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Crazeedi Thanks!, I'm working on doing more audiobooks, so I hope to get another one or 2 ! 4mo
TheSpineView I'm in! 4mo
Bookwormjillk Yay! Going to try for 4 books. (One is a chunkster.) 4mo
julieclair I have sooo many books I still want to read this month. This will help me prioritize. 👍 4mo
OriginalCyn620 I‘m in! I can‘t believe how fast this month is going by! 4mo
DieAReader Looking forward to it! Thanks, as always, for hosting this @Andrew65 ❤️‍🔥🤓📚 4mo
Librarybelle Hooray!! 4mo
Ruthiella Awesome! Thanks for the tag! 4mo
Eggs You can count on me! Thanks 🙏🏻 4mo
kspenmoll Yay! 4mo
Deblovestoread I‘m in! 4mo
AnnR I'm in and I've posted my goals. ❄😉📘 4mo
PaperbackPirate Sounds great! 💙📚 4mo
slategreyskies I‘m in! My reading is off to a slow start this year, but I‘ve got this weekend off, so I‘ll be able to make time for it. Thanks for hosting! :) 4mo
AllDebooks I'm in and have set my goals 4mo
Mollyanna I‘m in! Thanks Andrew. 😊 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I can't believe it's time for the first 2024 monthly readathon already!!!!!! 4mo
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks I know, how did that happen! 4mo
Andrew65 @OriginalCyn620 Unbelievably fast! 🥵 4mo
Allylu I‘m in, as always. 4mo
JacqMac Yay!! I‘m in! 4mo
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This is a relatively short book, but despite that it does pack quite the punch! I had to read late into the night to finish this book as I needed to know what happened, & there was one or two shocks along the way that I just did not see coming. In fact I lay awake for the next couple of hours thinking over the book and was left with an overwhelming feeling of sadness for the main character. Not always that a book has quite as much an effect on me.

Andrew65 The premise of the book is quite simple, girl meets boy, they develop a relationship and she declares that she will absolutely and forever love him. However life doesn‘t quite happen the way they, or at least she, perceived it would and the book tells her story. 4mo
Andrew65 I found this book to be totally engaging throughout, and have had to give it a day or two before I could give it a final rating. The characters are so well-written and you end up caring significantly for the main character. Her parents are shall we say ‘interesting‘ and I liked the way they were written back into the story towards the end, and the impact this had on Marianne. 4mo
Andrew65 This whole book centres around the theme of relationships and how important the right relationships are to us.

Having thought on it I strongly recommend this book but can see why one or two people wouldn‘t enjoy the book. I have yet to have read a book by Rose Tremain I haven‘t enjoyed, but this book has made me want to get to more of her other books I haven‘t read.
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Andrew65 I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. 4mo
Deblovestoread This is one author I still need to try. Great review! 4mo
DieAReader 🥳Awesome! Sounds like it packed quite a punch🤓📚 4mo
Andrew65 @Deblovestoread This one is a short quick read, but i from reviews sone weren‘t happy with the abrupt ending. 4mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks, for me it did. I was left feeling unbearably sad for a few hours after finishing it. 4mo
DieAReader @Andrew65 🫂❤️‍🔥 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻stacked. 4mo
Andrew65 @Cathythoughts Thanks, hope you enjoy it. It‘s a short read, I know one or two reviews moan about the abrupt ending. But I just feel the author had written the story she wanted to write and it wasn‘t about her whole life. 4mo
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Finished my first #AuthorAMonth book for 2024 @Soubhiville

Not having read Jane Austen before I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book. Overall I quite enjoyed it but definitely a very different style of book about a very different time and culture. Based on this I would be happy to read other books by her.

#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳Awesome! 4mo
Soubhiville It‘s my first reading experience with her as well. Glad you liked it! 4mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 😍 4mo
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Andrew65 @Soubhiville I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but would quickly become bored I think if I read many of these. 4mo
jenniferw88 I was thinking about you and Northanger last night and wondering how you were getting on! If you want to try another, Sense and Sensibility might be a good fit (it's my second fave after Northanger Abbey, and as we have similar reading tastes, it might be a good for you). I would avoid EMMA & PERSUASION if I were you. 4mo
Andrew65 Thanks @Jenniferw88 fir the initial recommendation and this recommendation. I will go for Sense and Sensibility should I get time for a second one, as I trust your recommendations, as you say we have similar reading tastes. 4mo
Soubhiville @Andrew65 my post office tracking number says your AAM prize package should have been delivered on Jan 16… did you get it? 3mo
Andrew65 @Soubhiville Hi @soubhiville sorry for not replying sooner, but been missing in action the last few weeks due to a major flare up of my Crohn‘s Disease, and other things I‘ve been dealing with. I‘m only just starting to get back into operation. Thank you so much for the package, which is way way beyond generous. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ This cheered me up amongst a difficult period.

Thank you for all you do, 😍
Soubhiville I saw that you hadn‘t been on In a while and wondered. I‘m sorry you‘ve been feeling badly. I hope you‘re on the mend now. Glad to see you back. 💞 3mo
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The first book in a new series by Melinda Woodhall, using a character from her other series. Following a marriage breakdown Frankie Dawson is a Private Investigator who goes home for the first time in 15 years after finding his close school friend, who he fell out with 15 years ago, is dying from cancer and has asked to see him.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

Andrew65 This quickly develops into a hunt for a serial killer who has been operating in the area for a number of years and appears to have connections with Frankie‘s past. Frankie is a good honest character who you can feel yourself rooting for. At times you are not sure who he can really trust in the local police department that seems riddled with corruption. 4mo
Andrew65 A lot in this is revealed about Frankie‘s past which is good to know. The action moves along at a good pace and there are a few surprises along the way, the biggest of all at the end of the book. A good few characters are developed in this book and things. have been set up well for future books in this series. 4mo
Andrew65 I really enjoyed this fast moving book, as I have other books written by this author. I look forward to catching up on more of her past books and the next book in this series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good mysteries and / or good crime fiction.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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AnnR Great Review, Andrew. 4mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳Fantastic! 4mo
Andrew65 @AnnR Thanks 😁 4mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 😁 4mo
TheSpineView Your review makes me want to read this book. Great job!📖👍📖 4mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView It‘s done it‘s job then 😂 I have enjoyed her books and started off her first series, the Mercy Harbour Series where Frankie first appears as someone who has been sent to prison for a crime he didn‘t commit. 4mo
TheSpineView @Andrew65 I'll add this series to my list. Maybe I will get to all of them in my next life... or the one after that! 🤣 4mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView 😂😂😂 4mo
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This novella is a prequel to the excellent Matilda Darke Series, and takes place shortly after the MIT Team has been formed and shortly after Matilda‘s promotion to the DCI. It also takes place before Matilda‘s husband‘s death, which occurs before the first book, and it is interesting to see that relationship prior to his death.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView
#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

Andrew65 A coach driver, and former soap star, is found dead at his flat, following a break in, however Matilda and her team aren‘t sure about the break in as nothing has been taken. Matilda is convinced the murder relates to his past so the team set off to investigate.

I enjoyed this book much more than I usually do with novellas, but that is because I already knew the key characters so was invested in the series from the beginning.
Andrew65 I feel this is aided by Michael Wood‘s excellent writing and slow build up of the case as we get to know more about the victim; it‘s rather like the layer‘s of an onion slowly being peeled off.

Overall this was a very enjoyable read and it‘s good to see the key characters in their early days.
Andrew65 As with the rest of the series this is very well-plotted and there are the usual surprises and twists throw in, as well as some lead in to themes that will appear in the main series. I throughly recommend this novella, especially if you have read any of the Matilda Darke Series. I feel you will get more out of it if you have already read some of the series. 4mo
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Andrew65 If you haven‘t read the series I very strongly recommend it as it is one of my favourite crime series but be ready for a real rollercoaster ride as Michael isn‘t always kind to his characters. (edited) 4mo
TheSpineView I need to read this series! Sooner rather than later. 4mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView You most definitely do! It‘s excellent. Set in Sheffield England, which is only about 20 or so miles from us. 4mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳Awesome! 4mo
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The Armour of Light | Ken Follett
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Ken Follett does it again with this book! It‘s great to return to Kingsbridge in this book set in the late 18th and early 19th Century. As always with Ken Follett he creates great characters, both good and bad, and he does an excellent job of making you have to read on to find out what is going to happen next.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpneView Series up to date.

Andrew65 As you can imagine from the time this was set, amongst the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, this isn‘t all hearts and roses. The authorities are clamping down on the ‘workers‘ as they are running scared following the French Revolution and fear the same will happen in England. There are some tragic stories and cases within this book which leave you crestfallen and both upset and angry. 4mo
Andrew65 Ken Follett really does an excellent job bringing this period to life, and showing the impact on everyday lives.

Towards the end of the book it also covers the Battle of Waterloo, and Napoleon‘s last stand. This is well-written, but feels a bit out of place compared to the rest of the book. It is however important for the book in what happens to our characters following the battle.
Andrew65 I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and despite being over 1000 pages, it passes all too quickly. If anything it makes me want to go back and restart the whole of this series. I do hope he will continue this series.

Put quite simply, five stars and a favourite!
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Amiable Great job! And within the tight timeframe, too! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
RebelReader Kingsbridge is one of my all time favorite series. I‘m waiting for my sister to finish the last one so I can read it. 4mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳Fantastic! 4mo
Andrew65 @Amiable Thanks, a day to spare in the end! 🥵 4mo
Andrew65 @RebelReader Totally agree. 4mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 🎊🎉🎊 4mo
TheSpineView Love Follett!📚📚📚 4mo
GinaKButler You finished in time! Impressive! Love this series! 4mo
AnnR Wow, that's great you were able to finish it before the due date. Plus, a 5* read! Another series I keep overlooking but mean to try sometime. 4mo
Andrew65 @AnnR That 5 star, made it easier to finish in the time I had. It is an excellent series. 4mo
Andrew65 @GinaKButler Was determined to do so as I knew others were waiting for the book and didn‘t want a gap in my reading. It‘s a wonderful series. 4mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Especially love all his historical fiction. 4mo
GinaKButler Are you following Ken Follett on IG? He posted some AI generated pictures of the characters of this book and Pillars. Hoping he also does the other books! 4mo
Andrew65 @GinaKButler No I‘m not on Instagram but may have to check it out. Thanks for the information. 😍 4mo
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This was an excellent introduction to a new series, and straightaway you buy into Beth and what she is doing, even if it isn‘t by the book! This book moves along at pace and you just do not want to put it down. I can‘t wait for the opportunity to continue with this series. This was my first book by this author but based on the excellent plotting, characters and the storyline it certainly won‘t be my last.

Andrew65 You shouldn‘t like what Beth is doing but she quickly has you on side and you are supporting her all the way. I also felt the narration in this one was very strong, with a good narrator and for me this only added to the book.

I am happy to recommend this book to others, especially if they enjoy high quality crime fiction.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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