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eraderneely

eraderneely

Joined April 2017

Leeds, UK // yoga enthusiast // travel lover
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My partner just called me from the indie bookshop in our neighborhood to ask if I needed the new Richard Osman book. He was chatting to the owner and was worried they‘d sell out before I got a copy. So sweet 🥰 but I‘m happily waiting on the audio from the library because the audio is sooo good.

Ruthiella What a great guy! 😃 3w
AmyG Oh boy! I didn‘t realize it was coming so soon! 3w
marleed I preordered a physical copy and I‘m 5th in line for the library audio. So I‘ll be reading in stereo! 3w
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eraderneely @Ruthiella yeah 🥰 3w
eraderneely @AmyG I‘m so excited! 3w
eraderneely @marleed that‘s the perfect way to read! 3w
Smrloomis That is SO thoughtful!!! I got a copy but haven‘t read that much yet 🤦🏻‍♀️ 20h
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The Appeal | JANICE. HALLETT
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Help fellow Littens! I‘m reading this for book club and I really need to know if Poppy dies. If so, I need to be forewarned.

MinnieTimperley No she doesn't. 2mo
eraderneely @MinnieTimperley thank you! When it comes to kids, I need to get my head in the right place. 2mo
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The benefits of waking up early to feed the baby

emz711 And if the baby goes back to sleep 😅😴 3mo
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My Dad and I are having an inadvertent book club at the beach. Every time we talk about what we‘ve read so far we say “me too!!!” It‘s delightful.

Chelsea.Poole Gorgeous photo! And how nice to have a dad who is a fellow reader ♥️ 3mo
squirrelbrain Lovely pic! ❤️ 3mo
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Mehso-so

It was OK. I flip-flopped between enjoying the ridiculous, exaggerated elements and being annoyed with them. I mostly found the story fun, but then I would get tired of her “sciencey” talk.
Ultimately, I didn‘t really care what happened next. *shrug*

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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In the US for the first time in years. I‘m loving the heat!

TrishB Enjoy 😁 4mo
TrishB But I‘m not sure what you mean- we have a heat wave 😂 4mo
julesG Enjoy! 4mo
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julesG @TrishB Maybe they left before the temperatures started climbing? 4mo
TrishB @julesG and it will be ‘normal‘ again before they come back! 4mo
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Enjoying this so far. I‘m learning more details of the British in India, which I‘m largely unfamiliar with. I‘m especially enjoying the chapter I‘m reading right now about how the empire has influenced both the number of immigrants to GB from the former empire, but also Britons‘ propensity for travel and living abroad themselves.

eraderneely This is also reinforcing how I feel about the terms “expat” and “immigrant”. I make an active effort to refer to myself as an immigrant, because that‘s what I am and I shouldn‘t have different status because of my race or the country I moved from. 4mo
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Nope! I‘m out!

I can‘t be reading about dying kids right now. I don‘t need to be crying into my breakfast cereal.

I‘ll try to catch #camplitsy later if any of my other holds come in on time.

Megabooks I get it. It‘s a very dark book and isn‘t right for everyone. I hope you join us for True Biz later this month! 4mo
squirrelbrain It‘s a tough one, Emily. I don‘t blame you for bailing. 4mo
julesG Thanks for the TW. 4mo
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eraderneely @julesG I knew the book was about a plague, but this story really focuses on the kids and their parents and it was too much 4mo
eraderneely @squirrelbrain I may get back my ability to read this sort of thing one day, but not while my kids are so tiny 4mo
eraderneely @Megabooks I don‘t know if my hold on True Biz will come in on time to join everyone, but I‘ll comment later if it doesn‘t 4mo
julesG I know what you mean. I'm going to approach with caution. 4mo
alisiakae I appreciate the content warning. I will definitely proceed with caution, I feel somewhat the same. 4mo
eraderneely @4thhouseontheleft glad I could help 4mo
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Starting this for #camplitsy !!!

I‘m terrible at scheduled reading, so we‘ll see how I get on. But if I do manage to read a few of the books this summer it will be great to have folks to discuss them with!

TrishB Enjoy 😁 4mo
BarbaraBB Lots to discuss Saturday I think! 4mo
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Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? | Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
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Both kids still asleep!

The tone of this is more fun than I was expecting. Exactly what I need after Sarah Moss.

rockpools Perfect! Enjoy 😊 4mo
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The Fell | SARAH. MOSS
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Soaking up the baby cuddles because one day soon he‘s not going to nap on me anymore.

Sarah Moss as always creates a sense of dread. I‘m enjoying this one and a lot of the commentary on different reactions to the pandemic/lockdowns, but it may be just a bit too soon. I‘m not sure if I might have enjoyed it more with a little more distance.

squirrelbrain Aw, cutie! ❤️ 5mo
TrishB Lovely pic ❤️ I enjoyed the read, but yes may be a bit too soon! 5mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜 4mo
marleed I love this pic! Enjoy this time - they really are 5-star days! 4mo
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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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Mehso-so

I liked but didn‘t love this book. I was interested as I read, but there wasn‘t really much of a point.

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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I loved the setting of this book and would love more books from this author in the publishing world.
For me, the global conspiracy bit didn‘t work. I would rather it had been just Nella competing with Hazel who is potentially malicious.
This is the second book this year that I think is trying to do too much, especially to be thriller-y. I don‘t know if that‘s just me, but I just want more of these characters living their lives not more “plot”.

squirrelbrain Great review! My thoughts exactly - the larger story was just a bit ‘off‘ for me. 5mo
SomedayAlmost I hear you. I went into it having heard it was a real thriller, so I actually expected more conspiracy or a murder earlier in the book (quicker pacing). It reminded me a little bit of The Stepford Wives-and I wondered if the book should have been marketed differently? 1mo
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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I really enjoyed that this was a story about women in their thirties with grownup problems, but a close friendship. I also loved learning more about Nigerian culture and food.
I think the manipulative Isobel angle was unnecessary and that believing her over their oldest friends was out of character. Would have much preferred a story about women making bad choices but their solid friendship getting them through.

squirrelbrain Great review - stacked! How are you doing? 😘 6mo
eraderneely @squirrelbrain thanks! Doing well but very busy. I am getting some more time to read while stuck under a baby though! 6mo
squirrelbrain That‘s good! And how is baby doing? 6mo
eraderneely @squirrelbrain he‘s enduring a lot of enthusiastic affection from big sister 😂 6mo
squirrelbrain Aw, poor little chap! I bet she‘s loving it though! 🤣 6mo
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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My partner invented Cafe Puzzles, where our dining table turns into a cafe on Saturday mornings and everyone reads. The toddler loves it. Genius!

julesG I'm going to steal the idea. Please thank N from me. 6mo
eraderneely @julesG will do! 6mo
youneverarrived Love this idea! 6mo
Linsy Sounds so fun! 5mo
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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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I‘m such a sucker for book suggestions from my local bookshop. I‘ve bought half a dozen books after seeing them on their Instagram in the last year. Looking forward to this one!

squirrelbrain I‘m intrigued about this one too…. 8mo
Aims42 Great looking book & latte, yum!! 😄☕️📖 8mo
eraderneely @squirrelbrain if I ever find the time to finish it, I‘ll let you know how it is 8mo
eraderneely @Aims42 thanks! 8mo
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The Guide: A novel | Peter Heller
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Really enjoyed this. Nice balance of literary description and thrilling plot. Read in 2 days, which is very rare for me.

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Thank you @squirrelbrain !
I‘m going to spend all day debating what to use the notebook for 😂

squirrelbrain Hope you‘re having a lovely day! Loving that you‘re covered in bows - did your daughter do that?! Is she old enough to understand this year? 😘 9mo
Cathythoughts Lovely! And gorgeous picture ❤️ 9mo
eraderneely @squirrelbrain she did do that. And made sure to add one for baby brother. She‘s loving Christmas this year, especially as her grandparents are here! 9mo
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squirrelbrain Oh a little boy, how lovely! And it must be so nice for her to have grandparents there too, and for you after all this time. 😘 9mo
julesG Congratulations! 🎊 8mo
eraderneely @julesG thanks! 8mo
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Celebrating Jolabokaflod. But my father-in-law doesn‘t really understand the silent component of family reading time. 🙄

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The Christmas Card | Dilly Court
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Finally on holiday! And I have a minute to get on Litsy!
Thank you for the lovely cards @jenniferw88 @kaysworld1 @youneverarrived @Cathythoughts @kathedron @squirrelbrain @TrishB
They brighten up the hall so much!

kaysworld1 Merry Christmas hun xxxx 9mo
squirrelbrain They look lovely all together! Happy Holidays! 🎄 9mo
youneverarrived Happy Holidays 😁 have a lovely Christmas 😘 9mo
Cathythoughts Happy Christmas 🎄❤️ 9mo
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Bit of family reading time this morning

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Christmas Card | Nuala MacCall
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Thank you for the lovely Christmas cards Emma @Oryx and Rachel @rockpools
First ones to our house and they‘ve really brightened up the hall!

rockpools Merry Christmas Emily - yours just arrived this morning 🎄 Thank you! 10mo
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ITS MY BIRTHDAY | Liesbet Slegers
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Thank you for the lovely gifts and cards @rockpools @Caroline2 @squirrelbrain and @kaysworld1 !
It‘s especially thoughtful considering how absent I have been from Litsy lately. It‘s wonderful to know that this lovely community is still thriving.
My husband was being sweet and opened all my Amazon stuff so he could hide anything birthday related. Unfortunately that means I have no idea who The Housekeeper is from! Come forward so I can thank you!

eraderneely Rachel, thank you especially for sending something I could read with my daughter. Let‘s be honest, that‘s the majority of the reading time I‘m going to get! 10mo
kaysworld1 Happy birthday 🎂 🥳 🎉 🎈 🎁 10mo
rockpools 🥰 Happy Birthday Emily! 📚🥳🎊🎂Housekeeper may have been me too - I loved Memory Police, but haven‘t read this one. And we all need more Julian and Nana in our lives! Hope you‘re all doing well x 10mo
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squirrelbrain Hope you have a lovely day! 😘🥳😘🥳 10mo
eraderneely @kaysworld1 thank you!! 10mo
eraderneely @rockpools thank you!!! Yes to all the Julian and Nana! 10mo
eraderneely I hope you all have a lovely time this weekend! 10mo
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 10mo
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday 🥳 10mo
Caroline2 Happy birthday 🥳 📚 🎂 10mo
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I‘m finding the “how to parent without exacerbating gender stereotypes” parts of this book good, but lots of the rest of it is crap. And it‘s not at all trans-inclusive.
I am very good at math! I love math. And spreadsheets. And engineering.
Let‘s bet Dr Spears Brown. I‘ll take all your money!

Oryx I loved maths in school - the satisfaction of solving a problem and knowing it was right - lovely! Although I've forgotten everything I ever knew about differentiating and cos and sins and tans... 12mo
eraderneely @Oryx yes! The knowing that it was right, the lack of ambiguity, is what I love. 12mo
TrishB My daughter is very proud to call herself a woman in STEM 😁 or a steminist! 12mo
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BookNAround Huh. I don‘t like math but entirely chalking it up to nurture rather than nature is pretty reductive and false, IMO. Also, my daughter (getting a Masters in Architecture) called the other day to tell me she got a 95 on her engineering midterm. So she not only likes math, she‘s damn good at it too. 12mo
Caroline2 @TrishB a steminist!!! I love that! 😀 11mo
TrishB @Caroline2 she has a badge with it on 😁 11mo
rockpools It‘s a good job she doesn‘t know us. Might lose a fair bit of money there! Hello Emily 😊 11mo
kaysworld1 @eraderneely Hi hun I was just checking you got your birthday card alright xx 10mo
eraderneely @kaysworld1 probably! My husband has been squirreling away all my cards and things and not letting me open anything yet. I‘ll be sure to post once I do though! 10mo
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What Could Be Saved: A Novel | Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
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I read this on my kindle during a lot of insomnia spells.

I generally liked this book, but it ran way too long for me. Between a pick and a so-so.

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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First physical book I‘ve bought myself all year. So excited to dive in!

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Play Time | Julia Donaldson
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Reading Den!!!
All my childhood dreams come true 😁

EadieB Very cute! 13mo
Traci1 That's awesome! 13mo
TrishB Aww lovely ♥️ 13mo
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squirrelbrain So cute! Can I play in your den too?! 13mo
marleed Ohhh cute! 13mo
rockpools Awwww! 13mo
eraderneely @squirrelbrain all are welcome! Although we may need one of those magical tents that are bigger on the inside than on the outside 13mo
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Really enjoying this so far. Especially at the beach!

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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A funny foodie cozy mystery.
I liked the characters and LOVED the food. I did, however, find the dialogue stilted and the characters‘ reactions to the murders a bit bizarre. I‘m hoping it‘s just the author finding her stride, because I plan to read the next one!

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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Probably my favorite book of the year so far.

TrishB Did you buy on kindle? I can only find a kindle unlimited version. 1y
eraderneely @TrishB I had it out from the library. Maybe it‘s not available in the UK yet? 1y
TrishB Doh, didn‘t think of that! I can get hardback for (d5 from BD but I think I will just wait ? 1y
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eraderneely @TrishB It will be a joy whenever you do get to read it 1y
rockpools I keep seeing such wonderful reviews for this one! 1y
squirrelbrain I don‘t think it‘s out properly in the UK yet @TrishB - I‘m desperate to read it so thought I‘d use an Audible credit, but it‘s not on there yet either…. 1y
TrishB @squirrelbrain thanks Helen ?? weird that you can get on kindle unlimited if you have! I will wait as I‘m not paying (d5! 1y
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I really enjoyed this as a slow burn romance between best friends (my favorite kind!) but then in the last 10% it did that stupid thing of creating drama just to have a grand romantic gesture afterward - I really could have done without that. Still lovely though ❤️

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Hilarious hijinks, but way too unbelievable!
It was fun, but not a favorite

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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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Went an unexpected direction, although you as the reader know this 50 pages before the main character.
I liked this and some parts were really fun, but I hated the ending.
I wouldn‘t put someone off reading this, but I‘m not sure I‘d recommend it. That said, I had fun.

Also, so sorry I‘ve been MIA. I haven‘t been reading or had a lot of energy for Litsy recently. I do miss you all.

squirrelbrain We miss you too - hope you‘re OK 😘 1y
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Outlawed | Anna North
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I enjoyed this. It was fun and fairly engaging. I think the premise and world building were really interesting, but it could have done a lot more with it and the characters. Good, not great. But a great book for my reading slump.

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Very excited that this book I supported on Unbound is finally in print and finally here. Now if only I could find the time to read it!

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Black Buck | Mateo Askaripour
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This went to places I didn‘t expect it to go. I was intrigued at the start, then flooded with anxiety waiting for things to go very very wrong, then it went to comic book villain level craziness, and came around to a solid ending.
The style was innovative without being gimmicky. Solid pick for me.

squirrelbrain Great review! 1y
Oryx I've just got this from a book subscription - glad to see you give it a good review. 😁 Looking forward to reading it. 1y
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April #bookreport

I really enjoyed Detransition Baby

The Lamplighters was really interesting for the lighthouse setting, but not as much the characters

Here‘s to more reading in May!

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I don‘t like short story collections, but I was seduced by this cover...

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Bee-Bim Bop! | Linda Sue Park
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We woke up an hour and a half early in our house 😭 but at least we had a reading party! 🎉

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Secret Book Club | Ann M Martin
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I‘m in charge of selecting my Book Club‘s next book and I need some suggestions! I‘m pretty down at the moment, so I don‘t want to read anything sad or upsetting. It doesn‘t have to be happy, just neutral.
We‘re an international group based in the UK. We read NF and Fiction. Must be less than 350 pages. Any ideas?!?!

Megabooks I think this would make for good discussion. It has a feminist bent and leans a bit towards funny while making a point. Many Littens have read it as far as reviews 2y
Megabooks Also, many littens have done this for their book clubs. Any book by this author would lean more lighthearted. 2y
Chrissyreadit I have an odd suggestion- I bought a copy for my best friend who suffers from severe bouts of depression- and this may seem counter intuitive because it begins with a suicide attempt but Matt Haig‘s 2y
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Chrissyreadit It was such a good book about infinite potentials and possibilities and I do not want to give anything away but it was ultimately so uplifting and satisfying about living life. 2y
rockpools I second @Erinreadsthebooks (not that I‘ve read it, but The Extraordinaries was just so cute!!) Otherwise, did you get to Piranesi in the end, Emily? Or non-fiction, how about something like 2y
eraderneely Excellent suggestions @Megabooks I loved Wordslut and would happily reread it. It would be a great fit for our group. 2y
eraderneely @Chrissyreadit interesting suggestion. I‘ll take a look! 2y
eraderneely @Erinreadsthebooks this was the last book I suggested for our group and it was universally beloved. I just wish I could read it again for the first time! 2y
eraderneely @rockpools I loved Piranesi! Vesper Flights sounds like it would be a really good book to discuss with a group. 2y
eraderneely Thanks all for your suggestions! This had really helped me build up my list! 2y
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The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
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February #bookreport

If you‘d asked me, I would have told you I didn‘t finish any books in February. But I guess I did! The reading slump is bad though!!!

JamieArc I‘m there with you. I literally did not finish a single book in February! I can‘t remember the last time that has happened. 2y
rockpools Even opening a book‘s quite an achievement with a toddly person about the place! How was Icebreaker? 2y
eraderneely @JamieArc ugh! Sorry you had such a slumpy February. I wish you some fabulous reads for March! 2y
eraderneely @rockpools yes! I guess I should give myself credit for all the times I read Bee Bim Bop this week! 2y
eraderneely @rockpools Icebreaker was really interesting from the “what do icebreakers actually do?” perspective, but I can‘t say I related to the author‘s “travel writing” style. Good not great. 2y
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Finally got a chance to read this book that @Oryx got me the birthday before last 😂
The pacing was a little uneven for me, but I loved learning about icebreakers and Finland! Very cool!
Never would have thought to pick this for myself and I‘m so glad I read it.

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
Oryx It can take me years to get to books too 😁 you just have to wait for the moment when it asks to be read. 2y
TrishB @Oryx exactly! 2y
eraderneely @Oryx yes! What a thoughtful way to put it. 2y
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The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
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This was delightful! And in the end basically a love letter to Yorkshire. Who wouldn‘t love that?

rockpools Well that sounds lovely! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading I loved it! Eileen was such a great character! 2y
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The Switch | BETH. O'LEARY
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I woke up before my family this morning so I could have an hour alone. It was really great. Maybe next time I‘ll do some yoga too.

squirrelbrain Lovely! I loved that book too.... perfect for some ‘me-time‘! 2y
TheKidUpstairs I love when I can do that. That hour of quiet is good for the soul. 2y
eraderneely @squirrelbrain yes it is. I bailed on my other library books because I just needed something like this. 2y
eraderneely @TheKidUpstairs I think I‘m going to make it a semi-regular routine! 2y
kaysworld1 @eraderneely I do the same in the morning, 15 mins in my makeshift gym, grab a shower then head off too school during the week it feels great. 1y
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January #bookreport
I started January in a reading slump like I normally do,
then Quiet Girl grabbed me and I got back into reading. I loved Who is Vera Kelly?, Winter Counts, and Addie LaRue ❤️❤️❤️ But I‘ve just finished Addie and I don‘t want to read anything else - slump is back!
The 2 on the right are what I have out from the library, but I don‘t think I want anything serious. I think I need another Fun Romp. Suggestions?

Caroline2 Hmm, I can‘t think of any fun romps...I‘ve been reading a lot of dark, sinister reads lately! 😆 2y
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Got to read a few pages at the park today and it was glorious

squirrelbrain I tried this on audio but got very confused by the beginning so I paused it. I should try again sometime.... 2y
eraderneely @squirrelbrain I‘m a big proponent of audio, but this is one that might be easier on paper. I always struggle with books that have date/location chapter headers when I can‘t see them. I‘m loving this - I think you should give it another go! 2y
squirrelbrain Maybe it‘s yet another hardback book I should try then! 😁😘 2y
Oryx I really enjoyed this one. Much fun. 2y
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“Bea insists that everyone who works in a bookstore wants to be a writer, but Henry‘s never fancied himself a novelist. “
“Henry would rather be a storykeeper than a storyteller. “
This is exactly how I feel on Litsy! So many bookish folks with writing ambitions, I‘m just really not one of them. Storykeeper here!!!

Smarkies 🙋 same here! 2y
eraderneely @Smarkies glad I‘m not the only one! 2y
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This is all of your fault - all of you.
I have MLK day off work, but still had the nanny come this afternoon, so I have 3 whole hours to read/do chores! I‘m diving into Addie LaRue because everyone seems to have read it and loved it and #Litsymademedoit

Mitch Perfect afternoon! 2y
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Who Is Vera Kelly? | Rosalie Knecht
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Well @squirrelbrain we certainly got snow this time.
How are things a bit further north?
I cannot wait to curl up by the fire and finish this lovely book!

Caroline2 Ohhh I‘m so jealous. It has been raining down here solidly for two days now. 🙄 boring, cold and grey. 2y
squirrelbrain We had a LOT of snow again. Maybe not quite as much as Friday but around 5 inches. I foolishly went to work as I had some face to face meetings, which no one else turned up for.... just came home now - it‘s chaos out there! 2y
eraderneely @squirrelbrain oh no! What a waste to go into work when you didn‘t have to! 2y
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