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#wonderouswednesday
1- 52 books and 20,000 pages! I try not to make it too much of a stretch so I don‘t shy away from slow reads.
2- By the last 50 pages of my current book I like to be planning my next read. I hate finishing a book and not knowing what comes next.
3- I‘ve learnt so much, walking in other people‘s shoes, helping me connect with a wider world. And of course - bookish friends!

Eggs Thanks for joining in!!! 18h
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The Safekeep | Yael van der Wouden
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Wow - how is this a debut! Fantastic story telling, amazing working and characters that will live with me for a long time. The best I‘ve ever read on intimacy, complexity of character and what it means to be a woman. Add to that trauma, historical legacies and the power of memory and place and you‘ve got a cracking novel.

LeahBergen Great review! I‘ve been looking forward to the release of this one. 23h
squirrelbrain Great review! I have the ARC of this but, of course, didn‘t get round to reading it before it was published. 22h
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Loved this biblio mystery. It took me into a world I knew little about, and reimagined that world so brilliantly I could smell the leather bindings, feel the creaks of the wooden floors amongst the shelves and imagine the thrill of the ‘chase‘. It was a great delve into obsession, greed and the ugliness of arrogance. I feel it should have had a content warning though for desecration of books - my heart didn‘t like it!!

Mitch I think you‘d like this one @LeahBergen I thought of you a lot as I was reading! 2mo
LeahBergen I have it sitting in an online shopping cart! Now I must click “order”. 😆😆 2mo
MaGoose This book is calling my name. I'll have to read it. I've heard of this case but haven't really read much about it. 3w
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The Saltmarsh Murders | Gladys Mitchell
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I‘m never usually lucky at the Goodwill - but today was my day! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

LeahBergen Ohhh, nice! 👏 2mo
AmyG Nice! Hope you are well, my friend. Been thinking of you. 😘 2mo
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Perfect combo!

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The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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Just discovered this website - it has a huge collection of replica books jackets heaps of golden age crime ones…. Might be tempted the get one and frame it for my little reading space.

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Loved having this read to me by Nigella whilst following along in print. Her enthusiasm for food is infectious & her passion for pleasure, adaptation & full flavour. Each chapter begins with rumination on a theme, then chat recipes, and then the recipes themselves. She swops things in and out with availability and seasons and sent me back into the kitchen excited to see what was in the fridge! Also appreciated her contentions to ‘solo supper‘.

Cupcake12 This looks lovely, what is it? 3mo
julesG 🙈🙈🙈🙈Stop posting your cooking/baking pictures and cook book reviews. I have no more shelf space for cookbooks. 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 3mo
Crazeedi Yum yum!! You are an amazing chef!! 3mo
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intothehallofbooks These are beautiful! 3mo
Mitch @julesG it‘s a never ending problem for us too! 3mo
AmyG Looks delicious! 3mo
EclecticBookLover That looks delicious! What is it? 3mo
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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Good start to my new book! 🤩

julesG Great map! 3mo
Crazeedi I adore maps in books 3mo
Mitch @Crazeedi me too! 3mo
AmyG Hope all is well, my friend. 😘 3mo
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Loving this so far. The ‘painter‘ Gainsborough was born and work a few towns over from where we live and I know his work well. It‘s really engaging to read the fictional story of how some his most famous pieces were painted - a real behind the scenes type tour!

tpixie I love those type of books about artists! I recently read about Mary Cassatt & Degas 3mo
Mitch @tpixie great recommendation- thank you 🙏 3mo
tpixie @Mitch yes! ☺️ 3mo
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Pride and Predujice. | Jane Austen
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One shirt (c8,000 ! Memories of the film - priceless!

Prairiegirl_reading I think the real value of the shirt is with Colin Firth in it. 10,000 pounds is insanity!! 4mo
julesG The jokester in me wants to know how they managed to keep the shirt wet all this time without it molding. 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Mitch @Prairiegirl_reading it actually doubled its reserve today and went for (d0,000! 4mo
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Mitch @julesG 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m with @Prairiegirl_reading —they‘d get a lot more if he was in it! 4mo
Sharpeipup @julesg that was my thought 🤣 4mo
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I loved the beginning of this - Miss Marple in the early 1960‘s with new housing reaching the village, a self service supermarket, and vacuum cleaners taking over from carpet sweepers! There‘s a really humorous take on what changes and what stays the same in a community over time. The mystery was very guessable - and I don‘t like that. I never even try to guess but this one just falls on your lap early on!

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Perfect bookmark pairing for this one!

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Very sympathetic biography of a pioneering Victorian plantswoman. Told with wit and generosity, this story of inheritance, love, friendship and daffodil bulbs is well researched and engaging. Each chapter begins with an archival object and that really brought to life the process of retelling this amazingly unconventional woman‘s life. I will never look at a daffodil the same way again. Loved it!

DGRachel Daffodils are the first flowers that bloom in my yard. I love them. 4mo
jlhammar Beautiful cover! Sounds wonderful. 4mo
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I‘m really enjoy this - I‘m listening to the audio and reading along. Never done this before with a cook book and it‘s a really a lovely experience. Highly recommend it.

LeahBergen That sounds fun! 4mo
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An enjoyable mystery superbly written. The characters are lively and well drawn - with many quirks and oddities! Put these characters into an equally complex setting where the smallest details create atmosphere and builds a strong, visual stage and it becomes a much more complex and engaging mystery than many. Written in 1932 it is evocative of its time.

LeahBergen I have this in one of my online shopping carts. 😆 4mo
Mitch @LeahBergen I think you‘ll love it 4mo
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Interconnected stories of the lives touched by a particular house in Delhi. The power of this slim book is in the detail brought to everyday activity - a range of characters doing small things against the evocative backdrop of the city. It‘s full of longing, sadness, class issues and politics - played out in everyday minute scenes. The food and heat bring a welcome warmth to the reading of this book. A fab debut.

CaitlinR Nice review— thanks for sharing it with us. 4mo
Mitch @CaitlinR you‘re most welcome 🙏 4mo
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The atmosphere of this novel, with its Victorian parlours complete with buffet tables laden with blancmange & walls bursting with taxidermy was fun! The characters were memorble & they gave a window into the spiritualism scene in early Victorian London. Especially liked seeing a ‘mature‘ female leading character. How a séance would have been conducted and how mediums create the atmosphere for these was fascinating. A fun read. Not too taxing!

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Love a book and bookmark set!

AmyG 🙌🏻 4mo
charl08 Nice! 4mo
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Love this list! I‘ve read two, loved them both and have a further 2 waiting on my shelf! Feel pretty chuffed with my reading choices! 👍🏼

ChaoticMissAdventures My favorite time of year!! I loved Doppelganger by Klein, it is the only one I have read, but I have been waiting months for How to Say Babylon from my library. Excited to dig into these. 4mo
AnneCecilie Which ones have you read? 4mo
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read any yet, although a fair few were on my radar already… 4mo
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TheKidUpstairs A very exciting list! Some were already on my radar/holds list, but a few new ones to add as well. Intervals, Thunderclap, and A Flat Place stand out as new to me titles I'm excited about! I don't think I'll make a concerted effort to read the whole Longlist, but it'll be a good guide for my non-fiction reading. 4mo
Hooked_on_books I liked the variety they chose. I love nonfiction but too often when people say nonfiction they just end up meaning/picking memoir, and that‘s just too narrow. Not sure I‘ll ever end up reading the 800 pager on the history of the subcontinent, though it does sound interesting. 4mo
Mitch @TheKidUpstairs Thunderclap is making its way up my TBR 4mo
Mitch @AnneCecilie Dictionary People & All That She Carried 4mo
Mitch @Hooked_on_books I felt the same - wonder what it‘s like on audio? 4mo
Hooked_on_books I actually couldn‘t find the existence of an audio edition. Maybe there is one, but I don‘t think so. I feel that‘s usually the best way to tackle such a book. 4mo
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Restore | Gizzi Erskine
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Cooking from this book this month - pleased to discover Carlin Peas - a U.K. native pea a bit like a nutty chick pea. Great to see heritage crops back on the shelves. 👍🏼

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BOOKSHOPS | Jorge Carrion
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This is the second new bookshop near to us that has opened in the last 6 months - so happy to see bookshops revived and breathing life back into the high street 🙏

tpixie Lovely 🥰 4mo
Megabooks Yay! 4mo
julesG Wow, love the building! 4mo
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Soubhiville That‘s wonderful. 4mo
Gissy Great!! 📚📚📚📚🙌 4mo
Pip2 So lucky to live in England… I love the US but the character is unmatched. Certain areas of New England have some of the flavor though. It reminds me of a Hardy novel. Jude picking up a book on the way to Oxford. Gorgeous. 4mo
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Black Drop | LEONORA. NATTRASS
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Really wanted a lie in this morning and a hour with my book - but I just couldn‘t concentrate with Woodford‘s eyes boring into me! Needless to say I did one chapter then we did a 10k forest hike! He won! 🤣

tpixie Wow! Great hike! Good job puppy 🐶 keeping your ‘ pet‘ in good health! 4mo
tpixie What kind of dog is Woodford? He‘s beautiful. (edited) 4mo
Mitch @tpixie ahh thank you! He‘s a Fox Red Labrador. 4mo
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tpixie @Mitch gorgeous!! I don‘t know if I‘ve ever seen one in the states. 🇺🇸🦊🦊🦊🐶 4mo
Cupcake12 He is gorgeous! 🐶🐾💕 4mo
Daisey Woodford is adorable! My beagle is giving me a similar look now as I‘m cleaning up a few more things before we take our walk. (edited) 4mo
squirrelbrain Aw, Woodford! Labrador eyes are soooo difficult to resist! 4mo
TheSpineView He does look so neglected?! Lol🤣 4mo
Graywacke Good boy! I would have given into those eyes too! 4mo
iread2much 😂😂😂 I have the same problem. Can‘t say no to those adorable faces 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐾🐶❤️ 4mo
Aimeesue Awww, puppa 🤎 4mo
Gissy 🐶 🤎 🤎🤎 4mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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Black Drop | LEONORA. NATTRASS
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There are advantages to a rainy Saturday afternoon!

Kenyazero A perfect rainy day! 4mo
Cuilin I love that cover 😍 4mo
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I was listening to a podcast this week that talked about Immersive Reading - Reading a physical book whilst simultaneously listening to the audio. I‘m going to give it a go. I picked this one because who doesn‘t like the idea of Nigella talking about food she loves!

julesG I love immersive reading. 4mo
Mitch @julesG I‘ve not tried it before. But I have fond memories of being read to as a child following along with the book. 4mo
Aimeesue I do this a lot since the Covid lockdowns wrecked my concentration. Didn‘t realize it had a name! 4mo
KAO I have done this a few times when I read German mysteries! It helps me with language practice as well. The only trouble is when the audio version skips a paragraph (or more), so I have to hit pause and read what was skipped. 4mo
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Nothing is Lost | Clo Mehdi
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Really moved by this story - it was a heartbreaking account of the effects of police brutality on a family and community. The pain and anger builds strength across generations and the effects of the injustice only intensifies as time passes. Deeply moving story, well told with a pace that draws you along. The only thing I didn‘t quite buy into was the character voice - some of the younger ones didn‘t sound their age.

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Thanks for the tag @Cuilin
1- Gotta love Miss Marple
2- Dr Will Raven & Sarah Fisher
3- Charlotte Holmes

#TLT

dabbe I bet you could list a ton! I've never heard of #2, so that's on my TBR. And I can't believe I haven't read a Charlotte Holmes one when Sherlock is my all-time fave. You gave me some detective food-for-thought! Thanks for playing! ❤️💜🩷 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement I really enjoyed the Charlotte Holmes series too. 4mo
Cuilin Love these and for fun there‘s also Enola Holmes @Dabbe (edited) 4mo
dabbe @Cuilin She's on the list, too! 🤩 4mo
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Linford takes units of time - seconds, minutes, hours, weeks etc and writes short entries on how that unit of time effects different food from the exact minutes to make a perfect cup of tea to the years to mature a port. She meets lots of amazingly talented and dedicated farmers, producers and shops who champion quality and heritage. Very engaging read, full of little snippets of knowledge and windows into other worlds. Loved it

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Two Magpies Bakery | Rebecca Bishop
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I promise myself every time I pick up this book to try something different. But I love these amaretti cookies - so back to the old favourite I go! 🤣

Gissy 🍪 😋👌 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence Picture perfect! 5mo
Pageturner1 sound yummy! they look a lot like the picture! 5mo
Aimeesue Well those look fabulous 🤎 5mo
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You can never have too much brownie right? Tried this new recipe from the tagged booked today - really gooey middle which is fabulous. It‘s going to be great with ice cream! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Soubhiville Yummy! 5mo
Gissy Brownie😱🤤😋 5mo
AmyG Omg ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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BookNAround I‘m feeling faint just looking at all this chocolatey goodness on my screen! 5mo
Pageturner1 CHOCOLATE!! love a good brownie 😋 5mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
Cupcake12 This looks lush ❤️ 5mo
batsy I could always do with brownies (and more brownies!) 5mo
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Thanks for the tag @Crazeedi
My 3 quirks!
1- I‘m a neat freak - everything has to be in its place !
2- I‘m wary of food that has an odd texture!
3- I can only read one book at a time!

#thelistthursday #TLT @dabbe

dabbe #1: I aspire to be a neat freak but can't seem to achieve it! 🤩
#2: #ditto
#3: Do you do audio, too? I can't. I have to read the words.
Thanks for playing! 💜
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Crazeedi #2 that's me 5mo
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Sorry I‘m a bit behind ! Thanks for the tag @Texreader ♥️
1- Give our neighbours as much support as we can - they‘re going through a tough time.
2- Tag An interesting take on time as an essential component in coming. I‘m reading all about ‘minutes‘ at the moment!
3- adventurous and thorough… maybe???

Cupcake12 Such a kind gesture for your neighbours. Thanks for joining in x 5mo
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Now January comes to a close - and my #audlangspine reads are in the bag - I‘m moving on to this years reading theme - books about food !

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Once you start making bread - it‘s hard to know when to stop! Sourdough, rye, focaccia and a sourdough baguette - bread for dinner tonight I think! The tagged book is fab it‘s a slim, down to earth volume that just tells you enough to get you started.

Mitch Oh - for good measure I had a few ciabatta as well! I might have a bread problem! 5mo
Gissy 🥖 🍞 😋 5mo
UwannaPublishme Yum! If you were around the corner, I‘d be there already for a few samples. 😁🥖🥖🥖 5mo
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LeahBergen Gorgeous! 😮 5mo
charl08 😍 Wow, looks amazing. 5mo
julesG Wow!!! Does it keep well? Do you freeze the bread? 5mo
catiewithac Theo would snatch those loaves off the board in a heartbeat!! 😁 5mo
SarahBookInterrupted Wow! I going to find this book. I‘m a decent baker, but haven‘t mastered bread. It always seemed daunting. Did you find this book as easy as the description? 5mo
quietlycuriouskate I have serious bread envy now! 😊 5mo
Cupcake12 I‘m picturing chunks of butter and some love lovely cheese 😋 5mo
Amiable That looks amazing! I‘m drooling. 😍 5mo
Soubhiville Wow! Time to do a pit of soup to go with it. Yum! 5mo
TheSpineView I love bread and that looks so yummy! 5mo
AmyG Wow! When does the bakery open? 🤣 5mo
Mitch @UwannaPublishme we have enough to go around! 😉 5mo
Mitch @julesG we‘re eating some, sharing some with neighbours and then freezing some. As long as you get all the air out of the bag it freezes well. 🙏 5mo
Mitch @AmyG I did get just a tad carried away!!! 😋 5mo
Mitch @SarahBookInterrupted super easy. 100%recommend it 5mo
Mitch @Cupcake12 our friends got us a monthly cheese subscription for Christmas! 5mo
julesG I love baking and eating bread, but even I wouldn't be able to get through this lot before it gets stale, which happens later with sourdough but isn't yummy. 😉 5mo
Deblovestoread Awesome! Bread is my next retirement goal. 5mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
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That a fabulous start to a new reading year. Thank you @monalyisha and @Singout for getting the year off to a cracking start
#auldlangspine2024

Soubhiville Nice! 5mo
monalyisha Congrats! Is this Storygraph? I used to use it and stopped and have been thinking about rekindling our affair. 5mo
Singout Well done! I‘m glad you enjoyed some of my suggestions! 5mo
Mitch @monalyisha yep - it‘s storygraph. I had Goodreads running alongside it for a while but now I‘ve ditched GR and love this instead! 5mo
Mitch @Singout All three were fabulous 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
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Of course - I live in a house with books everywhere! This little shelf is my plant department! Care to share something for #nationalshelfieday ?

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍😍😍 5mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
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Pleased to pick this up in my little local bookstore today. Humphrey‘s is very inspiring and encouraging of everyone to get outside and enjoy nature. As a response to climate issues and national honey pot sites being over visited his new ideas are about taking one map - where you live - and exploring it grid by grid.

Deifio Great idea! 5mo
Chrissyreadit is it specific to your area or more about strategies and encouragement or something else all together? 5mo
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The fiction, nature and city section of my shelves seem to be dangerously near capacity! What to do!

Deifio More shelves! Bigger house or build an add-on 😉 5mo
Mitch Ps - Happy #nationalshelfieday 5mo
Shemac77 Oh this is beautiful! 5mo
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dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚❤️📚 5mo
Gissy 📚📚📚📚😍 5mo
iread2much 💜📚 5mo
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This was really honest, thought provoking and full of good advice. Really loved the chapters on boundaries and changing perspectives and the themes running throughout which gives praise to being kind to yourself, managing expectations and finding a longer lasting, sustainable happy. One small niggle - so many of the examples and case studies were about motherhood and being a parent. Thought she should maybe have cast the net a little wider.

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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A heart wrenching account of the care system during the height of the opioid scandal. Likeable, complex, full of heart & shame Demon is an engaging character that carried the story in tense fever pitch mode for 500+ pgs. As a reworking of David Copperfield it is a genius novel of powerful themes, questions around social justice & fate, but even if you put that genius aside the story is brilliant & Lee County will stay with you for along time.

Mitch Wow - so glad you got me to pick this one up! @singout. Loved it! 5mo
Crazeedi I just borrowed this as an audio book, I'm excited to listen. Heard good things about it 5mo
Mitch This was my third #audlangspine2024 and another winner! 5mo
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Cupcake12 I‘ve just reserved this at the library. Hope you are all well xx 5mo
Lesliereadsalot Got this book as a gift. Now I‘m excited to read it! Thanks for your review. 5mo
JuniperWilde I loved this book for so many reasons. 5mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Starting my third #auldlangspine2024. Think this one is going to be a heart breaker! Thanks @Singout for getting me to this one!

AmyG This is a good one! 5mo
Brooke_H My fave read of 2023! 5mo
Mitch @AmyG Im bracing myself to be devastated! 5mo
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Mitch @Brooke_H I‘ve resisted for so long - but sooooo many people love it I‘m ready to join the party! 5mo
Lcsmcat Such a good book. And if you‘ve read David Copperfield, even better. 5mo
Singout If you “liked” On the Savage Side, you‘ll like this! 5mo
Sapphire The audio is really good 5mo
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I‘m a little late to the party with this one - but January seems to be a good month to bump it up the TBR! I‘m going in …..

Chrissyreadit 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 5mo
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The Man in the Brown Suit | Agatha Christie
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Celebrating its centenary this year - this book is perhaps better described as a youthful adventure with high jinks than a mystery. Anne was sweet and foolhardy and alongside her band of fellow adventurers this felt like a grown up Famous Five adventure! There are aristocrats, politicians, jewel thieves, ocean voyages, distant lands, all with an Empire feel. Harmless - but I‘m glad Christie experimented and then moved on!

Ruthiella Agreed! I love Christie but don‘t like the espionage thrillers as much as I like the proper whodunnits. 5mo
batsy I agree; not too fond of this one either. The darker psychological mysteries are her forte! 5mo
rwmg This one sticks in my mind because of the description of surfing, which led me to the unexpected discovery that Agatha Christie herself was a keen surfer herself. 5mo
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Wow - that was intense. Thank you so much @Singout for pushing me out of my reading comfort zone. In another life I want to be a researcher - to be able to build worlds, recreate lives and give voices to people and tell them they matter and they‘re loved. A amazing story that went wide and personal and taught me a lot. #auldlangspine

Singout Wasn‘t that fascinating? Thanks to @Riveted_Reader_Melissa for including it in the #SheSaid list last year. I would certainly have been a historian in another life, and enjoyed the snippets of museum work I got to do in my university years. So many stories need to be told that have been buried by the dominant culture. 5mo
Mitch @Singout it really was - I loved how she threaded so many layers to the storytelling. It was less about one dynastic story (which is what I had been expecting) and more about a whole untold history. I certainly wish I‘d chosen a history major! 5mo
Singout I should‘ve followed my heart and not my mother‘s advice, which was to pick French as my second teachable because it‘s (quite rightly) a more practical way to get a job. 5mo
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Agatha Christie's Poirot | Agatha Christie
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I‘ve loved doing this puzzle and spotting the 90+ clues to Christie‘s novels that it contains!

Gissy 😍👌 6mo
AnnR How fun and well done! 6mo
Mitch Seeing your puzzle posts inspired me @wanderinglynn 6mo
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jenniferw88 I've done this one, too! I got the Brontë one for Christmas. 6mo
wanderinglynn What an awesome puzzle! 🧩💚 6mo
Pageturner1 love the puzzle 6mo
CaliforniaCay 🤩 6mo
Cupcake12 Great puzzle design x 6mo
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I should really start my next IRL Bookclub book - but I enjoyed my first #auldlangspine book from @Singout so much that I‘m diving into the second pick from her list ( bookclub isn‘t for a few weeks - I‘ll speed read that one!🤣)

monalyisha A few weeks? You‘ve got this! 😜 6mo
Singout So glad to hear it! 6mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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So glad I discovered this author-the way she describes small interactions, her longings, domestic worries & social setting is just beautiful, historical & timeless. I loved Mildred. I loved how she was honest with herself about everything. I loved how she was perched on this cusp in life & was really trying to meet her own needs whilst negotiation loss for a passed life & lifestyle as well as coming to terms with a new post war vision for women.

Mitch #auldlangspine This is why I love you- only a few days into the year and a read that might well be on my end of year list already in the bag! Thank you @Singout (edited) 6mo
Mitch And thank you @monalyisha for being such an influential force in my reading life for the past few years. You‘re magic! 6mo
monalyisha Well, that‘s sweet! Thank you. 🥰 And I clearly need to bump this book back up on my list! I did shelve it on my “to read” cart, so it‘s still near the top, anyway. 😊 6mo
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LeahBergen Isn‘t it wonderful?? 6mo
Mitch @LeahBergen it really was - I lived here view of the men, how we see them through her eyes and how fiercely she maintains her independence. I bet this was an even more powerful read in 1951 6mo
Singout I‘m glad you liked it! My mom was a small town minister‘s wife, and some of those things still haven‘t changed! Who dominates the jumble sale is definitely a thing. And yes, I loved how Mildred navigated all those relationships and power struggles as well. 6mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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My reading buddy is only going to let me read whilst it rains! The minute that last drop falls he‘ll@be waiting at the door ! #auldlandspine

Soubhiville A day in the life of a good dog 🙂❤️ 6mo
Cupcake12 Happy new year! Oh Woodford, you are just too cute 🐾 6mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 6mo
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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A storm blowing through today has changed the days plans - I have an unexpected few hours to spend with my first #auldlangspine !

monalyisha Your copy is so much prettier than mine! 🤩 Enjoy! 6mo
AmyG This was a nice read. I loved the main character. 6mo
Mitch @AmyG she‘s so lovely. I think I‘d of like to have been her in 1950! 6mo
Mitch @monalyisha im a sucker for a pretty edition! 6mo
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The House Is on Fire | Rachel Beanland
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Thanks @AmyG for getting 2024 off to a cracking start. This is a real page turner. Amazing historical detail, characters who live off the page and a really compelling and compassionate story of survival, pain and hope. Loved it !

AmyG I am so happy you enjoyed it. Happy New Year! 😘 6mo
Hooked_on_books I loved this one, too! 6mo
Itchyfeetreader This looks like my kind of thing and love your tree 6mo
Mitch @Itchyfeetreader thank you. It‘s coming down tomorrow - il miss it! 6mo
Mitch @AmyG happy New Year 😘😘 6mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Thank you @Singout for such an interesting and varied list of special reads for #auldlangspine. I‘ve chosen three from your list - I‘ve tried to pick three very different things! Cant wait now to dive right in ! Happy New Year

rachaich Demon Copperhead was fantastic. I've started Excellent Women but got sidetracked by other books. It's reminded me to restart it:) 6mo
Singout Happy New Year to you too, Mitch! I‘m starting your list with On the Savage Side (the audiobook that‘s available right now Toronto!) It looks intriguing! 6mo
Singout Excellent Women was an Auld Lang Spine from @TheBookHippie : she very kindly sent me her used copy to give to my mother, who then sent it to my sister in England! (edited) 6mo
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Mitch @Singout it‘s a fab book - not the e most uplifting though! 😢 6mo
Mitch @Singout 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
Singout Sorry, they aren't all uplifting! The other two are! 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘ve read the bottom two in your stack and they are both wonderful reads. Enjoy! 6mo
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