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charl08

charl08

Joined October 2016

"Then practice losing farther, losing faster..." Lost without a book.
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Platform Seven | Louise Doughty

Foreknowledge of what awaited me on Peterborough railway station would have had me packing a bag and going to the bus depot, hitchhiking even or getting a taxi to another town. I could have gone to East Midlands or Norwich Airport or even down south to Stansted or Luton. I could have got an Easyjet flight - hell, if I'd known I was fleeing for my life, I might have even risked Ryanair.

Heh!

BookwormM Love it 🤣🤣 5h
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The King Who Banned the Dark | Emily Haworth-Booth
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Loved this!

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Sudden Traveller | Sarah Hall
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Darkness moves like an ocean above the roofs and streetlights.

I really love Sarah Hall.

readordierachel I am reading The Wolf Border now and loving it. 1d
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Platform Seven | Louise Doughty
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Ha!

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Moonlighter | Sarina Bowen
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I'm on an ice hockey romance jag*, but this one starts a new "billionaire" type series (with a crossover linking characters from the previous NY team series by the same author). I don't know why, but the billionaire theme is not my thing (but maybe it works for you?)

*Despite knowing less than nothing about the sport.

CarolynM I've got a thing for hockey romances too and I particularly like Sarina Bowen's take on the genre🙂 2d
charl08 @Carolynm any other favourites to recommend? 2d
CarolynM Elle Kennedy, Rachel Gibson, Deirdre Martin, if you like M/M Rachel Reid, Avon Gale, Samantha Wayland and Winging It by Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James. 1d
charl08 @CarolynM thank you! 57m
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...there wasn't any sex in the Soviet Union...

!!

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Although lots of this book was bleak, I loved this bit about Hampstead ponds.

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On the bunkers built under communism in Albania - we have one left over from WW2 down the road.

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This book comes with a side order of seasonal cold!

4thhouseontheleft Same! Sooo many tissues this weekend. 🤧 4d
robinb So sorry! Feel better! 4d
Reviewsbylola Feel better! 4d
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Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 4d
charl08 @4thhouseontheleft it's grim, isn't it? Feel better soon. 4d
charl08 @robinb @reviewsbylola @jas16 thank you, I'm hoping it blows over quickly. 4d
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This book was so bleak! Young woman leaves an unsatisfying life on Earth, but it turns out there are disadvantages to life on a new colony too...

(Picture: view from Southport pier)

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Homesickness on planet Nyx...

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This book is pretty close to the bone re mental health and "passing for normal".

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Spotted at local library.

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Long (but when's the final book out?)

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...she felt their flickering attention like the touch of a snake's tongue...

What does a snake's tongue feel like?

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A Puff of Smoke | Sarah Lippett
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Impressive graphic memoir that tells the author's story of an undiagnosed childhood illness.

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Love these chapter headings...

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Loved it. Perfect antidote to dystopian overkill.

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...my love of reading and study stood alone, untainted by any personality traits that could conceivably make it pay off. Getting along in the groves of academe required a gift of manipulating people, a willingness to attend meetings, a tolerance for male hens, humility in the presence of important alumni...

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Every plot was constructed on a solid foundation of free-floating female guilt.

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With everything that was happening in the world, all Sal could do was obsess about a stupid man. ‘Forget him,‘ I said. I wish she had. Or I wish I had taken her more seriously. But I took over organising the airport protest, and I was so busy co-ordinating that, and helping set up the Recycle Fashion shows, I didn‘t even stop to think. It‘s one of the things I regret most in my whole life.

This isn't going to end well, then, is it...

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Went to visit a much loved bookshop in Edinburgh to find the owners had sold up and the shop had a new name (but fortunately, the stock was as great as ever!)

Balibee146 Nice. Not been across to Edinburgh is so long... Which shop was/is it? 👍 2w
charl08 It was called Wordpower - now Lighthouse books (near the uni). 2w
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had driven her into a bizarre form of heresy: Christianity reminded her of places like Georgia.

LauraBeth 😂😂 2w
charl08 @LauraBeth this is a very funny book! 2w
LauraBeth @charl08 well since I‘m a product of Georgia - I‘m going to need to read this! 2w
charl08 @LauraBeth I'd be keen to hear what you make of it. 2w
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We think out hearts break only from endings...

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Bookworm pills - you can take any two....

#decisions

catiewithac Can I take them all? 2w
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jenniferw88 Difficult, but love and life. 2w
4thhouseontheleft Travel and sacrifice - I would bring back Sirius. 2w
Jerdencon Definitely travel pill! Not sure where to go! 2w
charl08 @julesG me too! 2w
charl08 @catiewithac nope! (Although where and who and when...) 2w
charl08 @jenniferw88 but which books?! 2w
charl08 @4thhouseontheleft and go to Hogwarts? 2w
charl08 @Jerdencon so many choices... 2w
jenniferw88 @charl08 game of thrones & baelish! 2w
charl08 @jenniferw88 I'm thinking Thursday Next - that way I get to go into other books too... 2w
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Really excited to read this one, as read the original trilogy many years ago now!

batsy It's been too long for me! I want to reread the original trilogy before I start the new books and watch the show... #solittletime 2w
charl08 @batsy I'm not patient enough to reread those first! 2w
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...we would often see teenage girls taking their head scarves out of their backpacks and covering their hair as they approached our apartment complex. My dad would blurt out a mocking statement that had become common among older people from the mosque—it translated to “Cover up, our people are coming.” I would smile to myself, relishing the private kinship I felt with those girls.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Beautiful crochet 2w
charl08 Yes, spotted on trip to Saltaire. Inspired by Iranian tiles. 2w
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'You passed the information on,' Ruby said. 'You've committed treason. Aren't you worried about being executed?'
'Me?' Her eyes were wide. 'I died of a brain haemorrhage this morning, remember? Nobody's going to execute me.'

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New editions of Faber poetry, all very tempting, to celebrate 70 years...

batsy Love those covers 😍 2w
charl08 @batsy so tempting! 2w
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David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring | David Hockney, Annely Juda Fine Art Staff
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Gorgeous book displays at Salt's Mill, Saltaire.

BarbaraBB Tempting 😍 3w
charl08 @BarbaraBB Very much so! 2w
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Amid all the mayhem, I marvelled at how my mother had managed to find a cake when all the shops were either closed or vandalized. I was even more shocked that she had made it home safe, unaffected by the tear gas or the rioters who were setting fire to everything in sight, the thick fumes permeating our house through the roofless courtyard where everyone had gathered. To a seven-year-old, it seemed the world was coming to an end.

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The House of Stone | Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
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One of these is a gift...(couldn't resist the others).

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...for some of us, books are as important as anything else on earth.

This book on writing is every bit as good as everyone on LT said it was (I meant to pick it up sooner).

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Us | Zaffar Kunial
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I'm wondering how many #cricket AND #poetry fans there are out there...

SamAnne I live in a mid-sized city in the Inland NW of the U.S. and the park across the street from my house has the only cricket pitch in the City! We love watching the games and teams come from WA, ID and MT to play there. Although it took me a long time to begin to understand the game. 3w
charl08 @SamAnne I live in one of the biggest cricketing counties, used to grow veg next to a cricket club. Still have no clue on the rules. 3w
CarolynM One here✋ Here's an old cricket poem for you (edited) 3w
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The Forward Book of Poetry 2020 | Various Poets, Faber & Faber, Incorporated
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Gorgeous bookshop in The Piece Hall, Halifax. So many books, so little £ to buy books... (I bought a Xmas gift)

Tanisha_A 😍 3w
charl08 @Tanisha_A I could have stayed all day. 3w
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Halifax Central Library | Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (Library)
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It's very wet here, but still, gorgeous location for a library!

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Death in the East | Abir Mukherjee

This made me laugh - ironic note.

Her tone was amiable, or maybe that was just wishful thinking on my part, because she was a fine-looking woman, and i always tended to think the best of attractive women, which, when you thought about it, was rather an Achilles heel for a detective. ‘What brings you into town?‘

Cathythoughts Good quote 😂. Sounds like a good series too. I looked it up & will get 3w
charl08 @Cathythoughts it's a really good series, hope you enjoy it. 3w
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Rain | Bryan and Mary Talbot
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This GN didn't quite grab me: lots of strands linked to climate crisis that were left unresolved and unfinished.
But perhaps that's the point?

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Nuts | Alice Clayton
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Making me laugh this morning... #romantsy

Caroline2 😆 3w
julesG 😂😂😂 Does she really need an explanation? 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @MrBook for your next display... 3w
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charl08 @julesG I have no clue! 3w
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Eleanor Marx: A Life | Rachel Holmes
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As you can probably tell, I need to think about new shelves and/or having a clear out. Trying to catalogue things first on LT and rediscovering some of my uncatalogued books!

Sace I have tried to catalog my books so many times and I just quit because it's too overwhelming. Maybe I should just suck it up and do it next summer. 3w
Suet624 I thought you‘d taken a photo of my shelves! 3w
arubabookwoman Your shelves are perfect!! 3w
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charl08 @Sace Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good? A book at a time. @Suet624 Ha! @arubabookwoman not shown, the pile next to the shelves! 3w
Sace Personally I think your shelves are gorgeous 😊 3w
charl08 @Sace I love all bookshelves but would like mine to be a bit better organised so that I can find stuff! 3w
Sace Oh but the joy of disorganization is finding surprises 😂 3w
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Outside he could hear the brass band of the despertà passing through the nearby streets as dawn rose over the city. Sleep was all but forbidden during Fallas, and each neighbourhood made sure that none should offend even unwittingly by sending a musical band out to play as loudly as possible during the first hours of daylight.

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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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...the idea that directly experienced violence is endemic....

Aimeesue This is SUCH a great book! 3w
charl08 @Aimeesue I'm impressed he's made it so readable given the heavy topic. 3w
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Red thread!

BookNAround That‘s attention to detail! 4w
charl08 @BookNAround it's a gorgeous edition (but heavy!) 4w
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The Okay Witch | Emma Steinkellner
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Lots of fun. #BlameitonLitsy

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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The tiny details were a wonder...

Photo via History.com

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The Dish | Stella Newman
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Mysterious annotations: what does the arrow mean?
(Library copy)

AnneCecilie Maybe it‘s where a previous reader stopped reading? To know where to continue from next. 4w
charl08 @AnneCecilie could well be. I don't approve (especially in a library book!) 4w
AnneCecilie Me neither. Recently I read a library book where every other word was underlined, at least it felt like it. It drove me crazy 😜 4w
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The Dish | Stella Newman
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Do I need to be told, at my age, that Santa doesn't exist?

Libby1 Lovely! Where is this mural? 4w
charl08 Near Cutty Sark on the Thames Southbank. 4w
charl08 Nope, I'm wrong, it's another ship, the Golden Hinde (near The Globe). @Libby1 4w
Libby1 Excellent. It‘s lovely. I was last in London last spring but I used to live in Croydon. I love it there. 4w
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Some writers have observed that exile is like an amputation...

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Not to be able to get married in your own country...

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How much do you trade to defeat lonesomeness?