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readingjedi

Joined September 2016

Symmetrical book stacking... just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947.
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XX Hb by Angela Chadwick
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One downside of reading on my Kindle is missing out on gorgeous physical editions like the beauty above ?????

Really enjoyed Cameron's story. Yeah, the pace is a little off but it's easy to overlook. Evocation of time & place is very good. The issues raised are done with sensitivity & sass and Cam is relatable & believable. The "pray away the gay" section is thought provoking and infuriating. Cont. in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi Cont. from above. Didn't like the 'dead parents' schtick - don't think the story needed it & I personally have a real problem with this trope. Also I disliked the ending - the resolution was not the one I'd been hankering after. Still a very good read with lots to unpack. 1d
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The Monsters We Deserve | Marcus Sedgwick
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Just about to start this one. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

Accompanied by, this Friday evening, Brewdog Punk I.P.A, salt and vinegar Kettle Chips and Alfresco Afternoon Yankee Candle. Nice!

Happy Weekend, my fellow book fiends. Read like your life depends on it!

Cosmos_Moon Ooo, cool! This is on my TBR list. 7d
xicanti Ooh, I like your accompaniments! 7d
she.epeolatry I love this cover. Makes me think of the Wendigo from 1) the folklore of the Native American Algonquian tribes and later in 2) Hannibal ( aka the best tv show EVER!) ☠️ (edited) 7d
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she.epeolatry @xicanti You can never go wrong with Salt & Vinegar chips ! Yum 7d
readingjedi @she.epeolatry Just googled the Wendigo - yes, you're right! Also had to Google Hannibal as I don't watch much TV - and, well, Mads Mikkelsen 😍 7d
she.epeolatry @readingjedi Yes! I had to stop myself from adding him to my original comment 🤭. I am MAD for Mads. 🤗🤗🤗. The show as a whole is more “moving art” ( versus TV— truly an experience ) and he definitely contributed to that. His take on Hannibal Lector is exceptional. This book sounds very interesting as well. I‘ve added it to my list! 7d
readingjedi @she.epeolatry His bone structure is divine. 7d
she.epeolatry @readingjedi 😍 He looks sculptured. 7d
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Broken Things | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

Things I liked about it 🙂🙂🙂

🙂 Punchy language
🙂 Story driven
🙂 Exploration of emerging same sex attraction
🙂 Intriguing if undemanding plot
🙂 Believable teenage angst themes

Things that let it down ☹☹☹

☹ Pace got sluggish at points
☹ The hetero relationship got a resolution, the lesbian one did not
☹ Characters seemed too knowing for 12 year olds
☹ Found the 'Lovelorn' aspect a little cheesy

An enjoyable So-So.

TheAromaofBooks I really like your review format! 1w
readingjedi @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! 😊 I thought I'd try something different for a change. 1w
TheAromaofBooks Way better than my normal incoherent rambling!! :-D 1w
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A Little Bird Told Me | Marianne Holmes
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Call me a grumpy old grouchbag but boy am I getting fed up of the dual timeline format! This one was particularly annoying as both strands were obfuscated rather than having one hook you with hints & clues while the other has the gradual juicy reveals. Just couldn't get a handle on what was going on til right at the end so felt little sympathy for the characters. The 2 MCs were unconvincing as well, their motivations vague & behaviour random.

Butterfinger I don't care for this format either. 1w
TheAromaofBooks I don't mind the dual timeline as long as I can see a connection between the two. When it feels like two completely separate, equally boring stories, it's kind of pointless! 1w
ravenlee I feel like it‘s been grossly overdone. 1w
Amie I'm tired of dual timelines, too. I love historical fiction, but its seems like almost every historical fiction book has to have a dual timeline now and it's kind of annoying. I've enjoyed some books with a dual timeline, but it's not always done well and it's not always necessary to the story. 1w
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You Let Me In | Lucy Clarke
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Despite this novel indulging in some of the cliches of the psyche thriller genre (structure, cover design), it is actually set apart from its peers by the quality of the writing. Lucy Clarke is very good indeed. Her dialogue is on point - rarely come across such natural spoken exchanges. Also she builds tension & suspense like a master - at one point every character was under my suspicion! Cont. in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi Cont. from above. And I did not predict the reveal nor see the twist coming! Furthermore, it has some really enjoyable riffing on the themes of self-belief, truth & lies, & fiction. AND there is a brief and dizzying moment of meta-ness that is delightful and unexpected. Recommended. 2w
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Cold Iron | Miles Cameron
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With the memory of Hobb's Farseer trilogy still fresh in my mind, this suffers terribly in comparison. Not really my thing at all. While no-one likes info-dumps, endless mentions of names, places, concepts, events etc without any explanation or context gets boring & alienating. The sword fights were all too numerous & mind-numbingly detailed - again, boring. The plot is confused & confusing. Reminds me of The Name of the Wind - hated that too.

jillrhudy What can you do? Books influence books if you never stop reading. I think “Lonesome Dove“ stole about a star and a half from the book I read immediately after it. 2w
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Friyay!: Blank Line Journal | Hunter Leilani Elliott
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
1. I love a good 'beer snack' - preferably something salty and/or vinegary.
2. Never have I ever listened to an audio book. Maybe one day but currently it's not on my radar.
3. Finally finishing my daughter's playroom. Former junk hole will actually have a use! And look nice!
4. Honestly - none. Don't have a sweet tooth. See No. 1, I'm all about the savoury!
5. BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK PINK BLACK 🖤🖤🖤🖤💗🖤

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The jigsaw puzzle: piecing together a history | Will Shortz, Anne Douglas Williams
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A particularly rubbish picture of a fabulous jigsaw I just completed. It's called The Bizarre Bookshop and it's by Colin Thompson. I absolutely love it. There's so much detail to discover. I also have this design as my Kindle skin and it's a mural in my daughter's school library. The jigsaw is by Ravensburger & I think their jigsaws are the best I've ever done (image range and quality wise).

Tamra Love it!! 3w
bookaholic1 Did you get it from Amazon?? 3w
readingjedi @bookaholic1 No, it was Hobbycraft. 3w
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Just_reading Awesome! 💞 3w
TheAromaofBooks Loooove Ravensburger puzzles! 3w
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Yay Me | Elisia Archer
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Totally UNhumble brag!!! I did 100 NetGalley reviews! And boy did it take some doing!

I've read some absolute stinkers, some so meh they floated by me barely noticed, some nuggets of pure gold - Beartown, The Overstory, Red Clocks, Sight, A Collar For Cerberus, Less, the Wayfarers trilogy. And loads more.

So thank you #Netgalley for all the books. Keep 'em coming, OK?!

Librarybelle Congratulations! 3w
DGRachel That's amazing! Congratulations!! 3w
jillrhudy I‘m new to Netgalley and totally addicted! 3w
Just_reading Awesome! I've recently started with netgalley as well. Love the free books...hate when I have to leave a negative review! 3w
sharread Congratulations I'm at 50 and wow, if felt like 500. 3w
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It was with no insignificant trepidation that I ventured forth to meet the adult Lyra. Pullman's writing, as previously, as always, is flawless, having that ineffable quality that draws you in & sweeps you away - his storytelling is just sublime. And it was an utterly delight to be back in that world, with those characters...even if seeing Lyra drinking in a pub with an ex she'd slept with was a little discombobulating! Cont. in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi But boy is it melancholy! It just left me with a deep sadness and not a good one re: the bench. And a key scene on a train didn't sit entirely comfortably with me. In fact, I had a few small niggles with structure & plot points but the sheer gorgeousness of the delivery compelled me to let them go. Relevant in its subject matter & enthralling in its telling, YA at its finest. 3w
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You Let Me In | Lucy Clarke
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Just starting this one. Hope this is what I think it is because if it is I'm just in the mood for it!

With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

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The Ghost Tree | Barbara Erskine
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Mehso-so

This is a lightweight, easy reading historical fiction with ghosts and a smidge of romance that requires a huge suspension of disbelief - I eyerolled more than once. It veers more towards the cheesy rather than the genuinely spooky but the historical storyline is absorbing and the present day story is mostly engaging as well. Ending was rubbish though - wanted those ends satisfyingly tied up & got nowt much which was disappointing.

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Lots of books on the moon landing around at the moment to coincide with the 50th anniversary. This one is especially good. A child of non-specified gender is left behind on the moon & gives the grey inhabitants of the greyest of grey worlds the gift of colour. There are so many excellent talking points - I love that the MC is brave and their wistful half smile in the last picture says so much about childhood. Lovely book to share.

readingjedi Litsy blurb describes this book as wordless. This edition definitely had words! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
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Well now I'm just gonna have to quietly sob for a few hours!

TrishB The book has a really sad vibe doesn‘t it ☹️ I‘ve just finished. 1mo
readingjedi @TrishB I'm about half way through (trying to make it last!) and Lyra & Pan's estrangement is just heartbreaking. 1mo
TrishB Yep 😢 1mo
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Land of the Living | Georgina Harding
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I didn't enjoy this book for several reasons but I'm going to pick on one. The lack of speech marks. Just ... why? What does it actually bring to the table? To me it's a pointless stylistic affectation that only serves to confuse and alienate the reader but it seems it's increasingly fashionable. All other punctuation is present & correct. In this book there was also no indication of who was speaking either. Grinds my gears!!!! 🤬🤬🤬🤬

IvoryLunatic That sounds terrible. I‘ve read a couple ARCs lately where the speech punctuation was off a bit and that was already irritating enough. 1mo
paulfrankspencer Don't read Cormac McCarthy. He's so good, but that'll drive you nuts. 1mo
readingjedi @paulfrankspencer I've read The Road and it didn't bother me in that as it was clear what was speech & who was speaking. And I got the point of the omission - immediacy, realism etc. But in lesser hands it's just confusing and, yes, it drives me nuts 🤣 1mo
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paulfrankspencer @readingjedi he is the master, though I found it confusing in some books sometimes, like his border series (which is soooooo good). Others should wade in warily. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm like you - the question is, what does omitting quotation marks actually accomplish?? I just don't get it. 1mo
AlaMich I completely agree! Stop being fancy for fancy‘s sake and just write a good book! *steps down off soapbox* 1mo
jillrhudy I absolutely HATE when they leave out the quotation marks. 3w
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How Many Legs? | Kes Gray
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Well, this one was a lot of fun & created exactly the sort of hilarity you DON'T want right at bedtime! It is a simple rhyme about legs (obviously) and you just have to count 'em all. Which wasn't as easy as it sounds! My five year old loved keeping tally though things did get heated over whether frogs have 4 legs or 2 arms & 2 legs and whether to count the table legs or not! Good stuff - and the answer is provided at the end!

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Invitation to a Bonfire | Adrienne Celt
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Mehso-so

Enjoyable but overwritten & in need of a pruning. The characters' voices were unconvincing & lacking authenticity. Story itself was fairly engaging if sparse but repeatedly got bogged down in the faux profundity and irrelevancy that was a weakness of the author's style. Some of it was beautifully written, some pseud nonsense. The themes got lost at times, hammered home at others. Not without promise but misfiring somewhat.

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Yes! My schedule is clear and I can now begin this one. Also I'm soooo excited about the upcoming adaptation starring the godlike Lin-Manuel Miranda (picture stolen shamelessly from his Twitter). As much as I'm looking forward to his Lee I am as ever obsessed by Marisa Coulter - such a layered & complex character. Meep!

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The state of our planet is downright terrifying but how to educate a sensitive 5 year old about their responsibilities to the environment without scaring them silly? This book hits just the right level. It pulls no punches but does it in a manner that is accessible, upbeat & imbued with hope & positivity.
🌍💚🌎💚🌏

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Meep! It's out! It arrived on my Kindle at 3 minutes past midnight and it was a huge effort not to drive straight in. Mainly because it was 3 minutes past midnight on a school night but also because I'd totally misjudged my reading schedule and I'm currently in the middle of a book I don't really want to abandon. So I'll have to wait a little while longer ... but just having it waiting is still exciting enough!

Scochrane26 I have a friend who‘s excited about this one, too. 1mo
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The Ghost Tree | Barbara Erskine
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Currently enjoying this one. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

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French Exit | Patrick DeWitt
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This was a twisted delight! Love DeWitt's brand of subtle but oh so dark humour in this "tragedy of manners. He can write characters so dislikeable & weird with a mastery that is a joy to behold. The acid tongued and horribly overbearing mother, Frances, is such an example - her behaviour & attitude are so awful yet this makes her fleeting moments of vulnerability & humanity all the more poignant. Trigger information in comments.

readingjedi There is a suicide scene that is graphic & unmitigated but is not sensationalized or gratuitous. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved this book - DeWitt is so subtley snarky. He‘s delightful! 2mo
Tanisha_A @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled He is delightful! Such a good book. 2mo
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It's getting closer! So excited to read this - i have it pre-ordered on Kindle so it should download just after midnight of release day. The original trilogy was a huge part of my life for a long time & I cannot wait to see what comes next.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Looking forward to seeing what other Littens think of this. I loved the trilogy but Book of Dust didn‘t rock my world. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
candyturbo What is the trilogy and what is it about? 2mo
Mynameisacolour I'm super excited for this one too!!!! 💜❤💜 2mo
readingjedi @candyturbo The first trilogy is called His Dark Materials and this second one is The Book of Dust. What's it about? Erm, hard to sum up in a few sentences. It's a young adult fantasy & it tackles a lot of complex issues in an intelligent manner. And it has armoured polar bears! 2mo
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The Fall of a Sparrow | Dan Scannell
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Mehso-so

This short book scraps a So-So but it is ultimately a pretty frustrating read. The frame story is just awful - too many info-dumps and highly unconvincing dialogue- and largely unnecessary. The obviously well researched historical section is more engaging but is just a single episode & doesn't really go anywhere. Disliked the scene where a rape victim describes her ordeal openly & graphically. Some jarring anachronisms also.

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Returning Souls | Ernestine B. Colombo
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On the meh side of So-So, this brief read had an intriguing premise but, for me, lacked somewhat in the execution. The quality of the writing is patchy, fairly decent when it's good but bog standard when it's not. Repetitive in places, especially in dialogue. The author does set a good scene and create an interesting character (Astara) but frustratingly the narrative is more concerned with the less interesting Evie.

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As much as I enjoyed this concluding volume of this trilogy boy was it a slog! It would benefit hugely from a severe editing as it got vague & flabby in places. Fitz finally gets out that damn keep though he's still as slow on the uptake as ever. Plot took a slightly disappointing turn into fantasy cliche (enter dragons) & the climax took a lot of getting to which diminished it ever so slightly. Did love the ending though... cont. in comments ⬇️⬇️

readingjedi Cont. from above. The explanation of the Red Ship Raiders motivations was seemingly low key but as I fully grasped it it was nothing short of heart stopping. I also loved the resolution of Molly & Burrich's story. Very enjoyable & immersive fantasy - did I enjoy it as much as Symphony of Ages? Not quite but very nearly. 2mo
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Invitation to a Bonfire | Adrienne Celt
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Starting this one tonight. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

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French Exit | Patrick DeWitt
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Starting this one today. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

BiblioLitten Quirky read. Some dialogues are really witty. 😃 2mo
Holliesplaining I really liked it. I enjoy his writing style. 2mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Germany, Netherlands, Canary Islands, Dominican Republic, Jersey, Greece - not sure Scotland & Wales count when you live in England! So 6.

2. Coastline! I live for the beach 🏖🏖🏖

3. Tie between Paris, Athens & New York. My flying phobia means Australia is highly unlikely 😭

4. London, Paris, New York, small town USA, Narnia, Middle Earth, the Land.

readingjedi 7 - been to Turkey as well! 2mo
Eggs Love #4!! 💗👏🏻🤗 2mo
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The Wonder | Faye Hanson
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This is a prime example of a book that I adore but wasn't really that well received by my 5 year old. The illustrations are fabulous. The pages showing the little boy's daydreams are gorgeous, so much detail, so imaginative, something new to be amused by on every viewing. But my daughter was markedly underwhelmed. It was like there was TOO much going on & she zoned out. Oh well, can't win 'em all!

readingjedi Photo shows one of the less 'busy' illustrations - the colours and detail are gorgeous. 2mo
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The Smeds and the Smoos | Julia Donaldson
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Another absolutely corker from the Donaldson/Scheffler dream team! Axel's illustrations are, as always, bright & zany, witty & warm. The divine Julia's verse is quirky & silky - just a delight to read out loud. Theirs really is a literary match made in heaven. With a gentle message of tolerance, love & acceptance and the now traditional cameo from the Gruffalo, this has gone straight to the top of the bedtime story charts!

hannah-leeloo I got this for my kids they loved it lol 2mo
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The middle book of a trilogy is, for me, the make or break instalment. This had a few wobbly moments but on the whole it basically made sure the hook of the first book was firmly embedded! It was a little slow to get up to speed, had a fair bit of recap & the action is pretty much confined to a single location but it was soon back to the familiar convoluted intrigues of the Farseer family. Love the Fool - such a fascinating character ... cont. ⬇️

readingjedi ...and I was absolutely delighted by the relationship between Fitz & Nighteyes. Love that it isn't just magic, elves, wizards and dragons type fantasy though of course there are elements of those traditional tropes. The Skill, the Wit & the inscrutable Red Ship Raiders are all well thought out, subtle & thought provoking. 2mo
readingjedi Love this slightly cheesy and not at all accurate cover art! 2mo
TrishB I love that cover ! 2mo
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Returning Souls | Ernestine B. Colombo
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Attempting to escape the book hangover caused by the Farseer trilogy with this one - so far, so good.

With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

humouress I have your background as a jigsaw puzzle. I‘m planning to start the second Realm of the Elderlings trilogy ... soon .... (edited) 2mo
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The Farseer Trilogy | Robin Hobb
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This summer I have been mostly reading Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy. Not exaggeration - I feel like it took the entire season to get through it!

But now I've finished it & I feel that, after being so immersed in & absorbed by the world of the Six Duchies, I've been unceremoniously dumped back in the real world and with an unpleasant void in my reading life to boot.

TrishB It‘s a great series. 2mo
DrawingSustenance Welcome back to Earth. 👏👏👏🎉🎈 2mo
Ruthiella That‘s pretty neat that you read the whole series more or less back to back! That is real momentum!🤩 2mo
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@howjessreads #friyayintro

1. Look, I just don't want to change AND THAT'S TOTALLY FINE THANKS!
2. I haven't watched TV for over 4 years now but I liked dark stuff like Peep Show.
3. Cereal & coffee most days. Pain au chocolate as a treat. I love a full English fry up but rarely have the time/energy.
4. British Summer Time. Ha! ☔🌧☔
5. Black Assassin. I'd totally listen to that band!!!

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My First Story Writing Book | Katie Daynes, Louie Stowell
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Another absolutely brilliant book from Usborne! This one is just the best ever and my 5 year old loves it. There are lots of character and plot prompts and lots of space for budding authors to write down their ideas. My daughter needed help with the reading but was enthusiastic in putting her ideas down on paper to read back. It kept her entertained for hours & she got some writing practice in the 6 weeks summer holiday. #weloveusbornebooks

Oana7 I love Usborne books and this one looks amazing.. Can you please send me some pictures from inside? 2mo
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There are some brilliant books for kids from publisher DK and the Look series is particularly awesome. This book saved my bacon on some days this summer holiday - there's nothing like messy play for banishing boredom. We made a red bubbling potion & a bucketful of pink soap fluff and there's loads more to do another time. This is the best kind of learning - so much fun you don't realise you are! My 5 year old approves!

ShelfRighteous DK publishes amazing books! 2mo
Anna40 Love it ! LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much for posting this. Great book for 3 or 4 to 7 year olds, I guess. My 5 year old definitely enjoyed the first activity. :) 2mo
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It took me a MONTH to read the first book of this trilogy (including 2 weeks of not reading it at all) and 2 weeks to read the second one. This one has 849 pages so not sure how long it will take me to get through it.....

....and then I remember my daughter goes back to school on Tuesday and I do a brief and very restrained happy dance.

Am I a bad mama for being overjoyed to get my reading time back?

MicrobeMom No! Enjoy! All us mom are ready for the kids to go back at the end of summer!! ♥️ 2mo
Tamra No! 👏🏾👏🏾 2mo
Owlizabeth OMG Tuesday canNOT get here soon enough!! I need quiet time!! 2mo
Brooke_H No! But I need your secrets! My kids are back in school, and I still don‘t have any free time! 😫 2mo
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Equinoxe Carmine Midi Journal | Hartley and Marks Pub
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Look at this gorgeous notebook I just treated myself to. It's nice & chunky to hold and the paper is thick, smooth and creamy - not sure I want to write in it!

Wildly_Bookish I'm the type to put it on a shelf and never defile it with my handwriting. 🤣🤣 3mo
ShyBookOwl I always overthink it and end up not writing in them at all 😂 3mo
Crazeedi Its beautiful. Use it! 3mo
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Ddzmini Beautiful 3mo
SherylRC It‘s absolutely gorgeous. 3mo
Zoes_Human I have the same journal in blue that is my learning/reading journal right now. 😍 3mo
brit91 WoW so beautiful😍 3mo
readingjedi @Zoes_Human I think I might just have to have a blue one too! 3mo
OnlyYoo I‘m the same way! I always have a hard time writing in beautiful notebooks 3mo
Andrea Ardito Magnificent! 3mo
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Since Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages series not a real lot has scratched my fantasy itch with anything even approaching true satisfaction. Happily the high hopes I had for this author were all met with aplomb. Top notch writing - simple, precise, thoroughly absorbing, so easy to read (& so hard to do!) Plot was a slow builder, a gradual immersion that was nonetheless very engaging. And then the final section of the book - cont. below ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi ...BOOM! Just like that I was utterly hooked. The action and intrigue ramped up and the characters were like old friends. No question that I will continue with the rest of the trilogy. Good stuff! 3mo
TrishB You have three trilogies to go 😁 best fantasy stuff ever! You have so much to look forward to. 3mo
readingjedi @TrishB Great! I was looking for something that I could really disappear into and it looks like I've found it 🙂 3mo
TrishB Have tissues ready!! 3mo
wanderinglynn Love Robin Hobb‘s books! 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
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Another day, another wonderful Usborne book! I bought this gorgeous shimmery volume for my 5 year old daughter but I think I got as much pleasure from reading it to her as she did from hearing it! It tells of early beliefs & discoveries about the moon, myths about the moon from different cultures and all about the moon landings - perfect for the recent anniversary. My moon obsessed girl loved it & I foresee many repeat reads! 🌛🌚🌜

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Back from Kos - where I read for approximately zero minutes as going on holiday with a 5 year old is hard work & not really at all relaxing. Gone are the days of reading 6 books a week while sat in a leafy taverna sipping ouzo. Cue 14 days of wrestling with a bottle of sunscreen & a recalcitrant child.

So am finally on to volume 2 of this trilogy. Which I'm enjoying & is helping to reduce my stress level.

SamanthaMarie Hahaha this is all too real. Just replace 5 year old with 4 year old 🤦🏼‍♀️ these kiddos 😅 3mo
saresmoore What an excellent synopsis of traveling with young children! 😆 3mo
Lucy_Anywhere Hahaha! I'm on holiday with a 15 month old - trying to stop him eating sand, changing nappies in all sorts of awkward places, and bribing him with sweet potato chips whenever we want to sit down with a pint 😂 3mo
Smrloomis 😂 hope you get a little ouzo and relaxation in there somewhere - but it‘s pretty tough. I don‘t know how people do it with - especially with three or more 🤔😱🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Have been away from Litsy for a week or so now - as you can see I've been somewhat distracted! Home soon to wet & windy England (sob!) and the unending battle with my TBR pile!

Happy Weekend to my fellow book fiends from sunny Kardamaina, Kos!

JacqMac That looks lovely! 3mo
Bklover Beautiful!! 3mo
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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1. 🌳💚🌳💚🌳💚🌳
2. Saw The Lion King today. It was (please forgive me) roar-some! 🦁🦁🦁
3. I love a nice fresh Greek salad with lots of tangy olives & salty feta.
4. At least 30. All on my mother's side. Don't even know them all ... biiig family.
5. I'll try 😉

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DaveGreen7777 “Roarsome”! BWAH-HA-HA! I ain‘t lion when I say that cracked me up! 😂🤣 4mo
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Instructions for a Heatwave | Maggie O'Farrell
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Gosh, it's a bit warm! Hope all my fellow UK Littens are managing to stay cool and hydrated. It's a great excuse to stay inside and read lots!

I actually love hot weather as long as I can find a bit of shade 🌞😎🌞😎🌞😎🌞

kathedron I went for a swim at 7 o'clock this morning: that's the only time I'm going to be a comfortable temperature all day. I do not like the heat: I melt! I burn! 4mo
TrishB Same @kathedron I‘m so out my comfort zone! 4mo
jenniferw88 Ditto @kathedron @TrishB although some of it can be blamed on my meds! 4mo
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TrishB @jenniferw88 I‘m blaming some of mine on my age!! 4mo
jenniferw88 @TrishB this will make you laugh. My heart hospital says i have to wear factor 50 all year round BUT i also take vitamin D tablets! 4mo
TrishB @jenniferw88 🤷‍♀️😁 I wear factor 50 as soon as it looks like the sun is around! 4mo
Andrew65 Much cooler in comparative terms in Northern Scotland overlooking the Orkneys, top temperature of 19 degrees. 4mo
Andrew65 Stay cool for those in hotter parts of the U.K. 4mo
krayoncolorz I‘m in the southern United States where it‘s usually blazing and woke up to high 50s it didn‘t even make it to 80F the last couple days. Stay cool friends! 4mo
rretzler @krayoncolorz I‘m in Ohio and I‘ve been amazed at how cool it‘s been the past few days. Today the high is only 79 F (26 C) and it‘s usually in the 90s F (32+C) at the end of July. I guess we‘ll enjoy it while we can! 4mo
krayoncolorz @rretzler yep! No complaints here at all. When we left for cross country practice this morning my daughter complained it was too cold 🤣 4mo
rretzler @krayoncolorz 🤣 🤣 I can't get my son up for morning lifting (for soccer) - so he's been going in the afternoon. I told him if he can't get up, he can't complain about it being too hot when he goes! 🤣 4mo
DPgirl I got slightly burnt yesterday because I was too engrossed in the book I was reading 😳 4mo
readingjedi @kathedron I'm weird and actually love that burny, melty feeling! 4mo
readingjedi @DPgirl I can't actually read in sunshine - four lines in and I'm 💤💤💤💤 4mo
readingjedi @rretzler The temperatures we've been having in the UK are unusual but due to climate change they will soon be our new normal. 4mo
readingjedi @Andrew65 A lovely part of the world, lucky you! 4mo
rretzler @readingjedi Unfortunately, it's likely, I was just remarking to someone that I could recall when I was young having to put on jeans and a long-sleeved shirt at our summer cabin on a lake (sometimes we even had a fire), and now when we visit my mother there, we wear shorts as it is so hot. The weather patterns certainly have changed here as well, which is why I've been surprised that our weather has been cooler than normal this past week. 4mo
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OMG! I brought this colouring book for my daughter to take on holiday. And I WANT IT! It's cool & quirky & funny with lots of weird & wonderful designs that are not too simple, not too detailed, just right for satisfying colouring.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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1. Still love Beartown. Still mad crushing on Benji...
2. Both. Never seen these in the UK but we have them when we're in Greece.
3. Sunset. I'm not a morning person. At all. In any way.
4. Books, obvs, perfume, stationery, CDs/DVDs, Tiffany jewellery, Hamilton tickets.
5. I loved my 3rd year of junior school. I was 10, pony mad & read voraciously. My teacher was Mrs Dales & she was awesome & I adored her.
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TrishB Tiffany jewellery 👍🏻 4mo
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Northern Lights | Philip Pullman
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Excitement level: CRITICAL!!!!

Just seen the His Dark Materials series trailer & I must say it looks very promising. It might just right some of the wrongs that horrible movie did.

Heck, it has the god-like Lin-Manuel Miranda in it! For that alone it triumphs! 😍😍😍

emz711 I know! So excited 🐀🐁🐼🐨🐻🐍🐱🐺🐒 4mo
Scochrane26 My friend is excited about the show, too. I listened to first book yrs ago & didn‘t really like it. 4mo
KathyWheeler I‘ve only read the first book and liked it. I need to get going on the others. 4mo
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The Winter's Child | Cassandra Parkin
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Wait, what?! What the hell did I just read? I was initially intrigued by the opening scene at Hull Fair but soon found this story worming it's way under my skin. And if it starts as one thing it ends up being - slowly, creepingly, inexorably - something else altogether. It is genuinely chilling & I could not have foreseen the twist - even as it was unravelling in front of my eyes I was incredulous. The writing of the MC is excellent ... cont. ⬇️⬇️

readingjedi ... the pacing is spot on. And the gobsmack of an ending left me reeling in an unshakeable state of WTF. I will be checking out this author's other work and not just because she a local gal. Recommended. 4mo
Macnjen Wow, that's an amazing review, can't wait to read it and I don't even know the story!
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readingjedi @Macnjen Thank you. It's one of those books that you think about long after you've finished it. As a mother it left me with so many conflicting emotions. And to me that's a sign of a really good book! 🙂 4mo
CharismaRaven13 never heard of the book but it‘s on my TBR list now! Thank you! 4mo
Kalalalatja I read h(and loved) er short story collection years ago, and I never knew she had other books out! Stacking immediately 📚 4mo
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More Than Bones | Craig David Singer
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Mehso-so

A strong so-so. Lightweight and largely ludicrous, this ridiculous romp is easy reading heaven and a lot of undemanding fun. It has a magical realism flavour to it & lots of largely positive gay representation (a few cliches & stereotypes sneaked in but are fairly innocuous). It is amusing and entertaining but sometimes surprises with some moments of depth in amongst all the campy shallowness. And everyone gets A Big Fat Happy Ending!

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