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readingjedi

Joined September 2016

Symmetrical book stacking... just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947.
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The House Guest | Charlotte Northedge
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A weak Pick. Slow start, nearly DNF-ed, but change of pace & a turn of plot mid way kept me going. Plot reminded me of defunct 90s US soap opera Sunset Beach - kinda unbelievable but ridiculously entertaining. Or perhaps entertainingly ridiculous. Della is the manipulative baddy, Kate likes making appalling choices, stolen babies, long lost sisters, all that good stuff. Saw final twist coming from start, ending felt like the bad guys won.

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Widdershins | Helen Steadman
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Starting this one today. Spooky season officially starts on October 1st in this house (we have decorations up for the full month 🎃💀🧙‍♀️) so I'm just getting in the mood!

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Bailedbailed

I read about 20% then skim read the rest. It's all great advice but nothing I didn't already know and I found it a bit repetitive. It's very accessible and well explained, but it's the sort of thing that I find so tedious to read in anything more than meme sized chunks! My bad!

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Sorry I Missed You | Suzy Krause
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Started this convinced it was "not my thing" & ended up really enjoying it. It's quirky, hilarious, poignant, surprisingly deep and it has ghosts. And 3 fabulous MCs that on their own are great - well drawn, distinct, convincing back stories, satisfying journeys. But together they are just wonderful - they spring to life with all their flaws & hurt & hopes. The dialogue between them is done so well. And as for "the ghosts" .... ????

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Starting this one. Not entirely sure why I requested this one from NetGalley as I really don't like/enjoy self-help books and the parenting guides I've read in the past just gave me The Rage so I'm understandably weary.

Leniverse Good luck 😕😬 Parenting guides tend to enrage me too. 6d
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The House Guest | Charlotte Northedge
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Just finished my last book so starting this one at 11.03p.m. Why oh why do I never finish a book at a reasonable time of day? If I could only finish at, say 4 in the afternoon, I'd be able to start the next one at a time when my eyelids don't feel like lead! But can I resist starting the new one, even if I should really be going to sleep?

No, I can't. Mount ToBeRead isn't going to climb itself!

Suet624 😂😂😂 2w
Ruthiella That‘s the spirit! 😂 2w
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A very readable & accessible book, full of useful, 'real-world' advice. Author is warm, down to earth & seems to be genuinely rooting for would-be writers. The bite-sized info is easy to digest & the comprehensive sections make it easy to return to specific advice when you require it. Harris is honest, knowledgeable & endlessly encouraging - even if you have no writing ambitions I'd still recommend as it's an enjoyable insight & totally feel good!

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Ooh, that's a howler 😱

Texreader Yikes! 2w
AlaMich Speptember baby here! 😂 2w
HeyT Lol I think from now on when ever anyone asks when my birthday is I'm gonna say it's in Speptember because that makes me feel less bad about being ancient on the internet. 2w
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Fellow Littens! Can you tell me which two books you think are currently the 'buzziest' on Litsy? The ones that everyone and their dog/cat/significant other seem to have read/be raving about? No right or wrong answer, I'm just intrigued....

CarolynM Sometimes I‘d have an immediate answer for you, but right now I‘m not sure that anything is really dominating. 3w
readingjedi @CarolynM Yes, that's exactly how I feel! Usually there are 1 or 2 books that seem to be everywhere. But it seems kinda quiet at the moment. 2w
ShelleyBooksie Carrie Soto 2w
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TrishB Probably new Stephen King too? 2w
readingjedi @ShelleyBooksie Yes, that's a good call. 2w
readingjedi @TrishB I've not read any King (not really sure why!) Is it a good one to start with? 2w
JamieArc I would say the tagged book. Had never heard of the series until a bunch of Littens posted about it 2w
ravenlee I‘ve been seeing a lot about Haven, Carrie Soto, and the new Stephen King. But you‘re right, it‘s not as clearly defined as it often is. The buzz about #scarathlon is everywhere, though. 2w
vivastory I haven't read it but I've noticed a lot of people still posting about 2w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @vivastory Agreed, lots of posts about that one. 2w
Susanita On the desktop version, you can hit the Profile button on the top right. Then scroll down to trending books. I'm not sure where that feature is on the phone app, if anywhere. 2w
readingjedi @Susanita My digital life is entirely phone based which is a shame as that's exactly the feature I need right now! 2w
ShelleyBooksie I had no idea there was a trending books function!!! Must be because I am phone based as well. 2w
TrishB Not sure where to say start with SK. Do you prefer horror, fantasy or slightly supernatural? 2w
Kimberlone This one was a big release recently 2w
readingjedi @TrishB Fantasy is my preferred genre in general. 2w
MatchlessMarie @Susanita I keep forgetting about the wonders of the Desktop site. I really enjoy using it that way for browsing at least. 2w
MatchlessMarie I think the buzziest books tend to be BOTM picks or buddy reads. I‘ve seen a fair bit about Love on the Brain and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. 2w
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Sorry I Missed You | Suzy Krause
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Starting this one tonight. Although my eyes are so sore from studying on a screen today, they feel like they've been pickled and I really should let them rest.

But to misquote Bon Jovi, I'll read while I'm alive and sleep when I'm dead 😉

DLQBOOKNERD I know we don't know each other but anyone who quotes Bon Jovi is my soul sister ❤️🎤🎶🎸 3w
Ladygodiva7 @readingjedi @DLQBOOKNERD you‘re both my soul sistas!! 🎶💙 (edited) 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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So this happened today. (I had been waiting for this number rather than 100,000 because this one is, to my mind, more aesthetically pleasing!) Litsy is still my favourite place on the Internet - just wholesome bookish-ness without the drama & dumpster fires of other social media platforms. Thank you, fellow Littens, for being here too 🥰

julesG Congratulations! 3w
BarkingMadRun 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3w
Librariana The symmetry of palindromic numbers is quite aesthetically pleasing! 😊 Congrats on your Litsy milestone!! 🥳✨️🎊✨️🎉💜 3w
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Meshell1313 🙌 3w
ShelleyBooksie Congratulations!! 3w
marleed Congratulations! I agree that Litsy is awesome! 3w
AnneCecilie Congratulations 🥳🥳📚 3w
fredamans 👏 👏 👏 3w
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When your bookcase is full & you can't buy anymore books because there's nowhere to put them so you decide to rearrange your shelves & somehow you manage to eek out another 6 inches of space so now you CAN buy more books - that, fellow Littens, is the definition of joy! 😊😊😊🤣🤣🤣

ravenlee Hooray! Now to buy 8 inches of books and try to shoehorn them in… 3w
Zoes_Human WHERE did you get that little dragon? I have a cousin who NEEDS it. 3w
readingjedi @Zoes_Human It's a Pocket Dragon figurine and sadly they are no longer made. You might be able to pick one up second hand as a lot of collectors are selling at the moment. 3w
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Zoes_Human @readingjedi Oh man. I‘ll see what I can find. Thank you! 3w
readingjedi @Zoes_Human He's called 'Good News' and is from 1996! 3w
Zoes_Human @readingjedi Thanks 😊 3w
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The Silver Road | Stina Jackson
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First two-thirds - dark, kinda creepy, a oppressive atmosphere of gloom, misery & crawling claustrophobia, the father's grief is palpable, the whining mosquitoes visceral. A growing, uncomfortable tension.
Last third - above emotions tumbled headlong into a more action driven conclusion. 2 stories inevitably merging, a cracking ending, the hope of healing, done without sentiment but with some gut-wrenching emotions nonetheless.

Great read.

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A Mirror for Monkeys | John Spurling
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Mehso-so

This is a fictionalised account of the life of the poet/playwright William Congreve. It's a bit dry for my liking, perhaps not fictionalised enough - the device of the framing narrator is not enough to make it a less an account & more of a story. I would've binned it but the writing is very pleasantly soothing. It's obviously meticulously researched & does have a few interesting sections but on the whole it dragged more than a little.

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Bit late with this month's Amazon Prime First Reads choice. A bit of a left-field choice for me, but I'm feeling particularly contrary at the moment.

readingjedi Just noticed the tagged book is not correct🤦🏼‍♀️ 4w
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Filofax Facts | Ian Robertson Sinclair
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My Filofax obsession is not abating. This is my new Finsbury mini! It's so cute, only has 5 rings. It is also my first ever real leather one so it smells divine and is immensely tactile as well 😍

Smarkies Love the colour! 4w
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The Silver Road | Stina Jackson
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Today's read. It's started well, think I'm going to like it ....

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This is a fun & totally engaging read - in fact, it's probably the only feelgood book about murder I'm ever likely to read! The author explains how she first got hooked on murder & explores why she loves it so much. It's warm & witty & her insights are touching & real. The sections on Zodiac & Ted Bundy are great. She also details how true crime as a genre has developed from books to TV docs/series to podcasts. So informative as well as fun!

allureofbeauty Oh I just recently read that. I enjoyed it. 4w
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The LEGO Ideas Book | Daniel Lipkowitz
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Impressive Lego library!

wanderinglynn Super cute! 1mo
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This was a rapidly devoured little snack of a book! Without exception, the writing is excellent (clue IS in the title!) - evocative, engaging, enthralling. But also soothing, relaxing, indulgent. A fascinating mix of locations, adventures & stories that brings you as close to the experience of travel, with all its emotional/spiritual/intellectual gifts, as you can get without leaving your house. Every piece ended too soon - so good I wanted more!

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Was expecting a generic WW2 romance, got something rather more substantial. This is a well-written & engaging novel about a young woman's experiences of being recruited by an enigmatic man for a spy mission in Yugoslavia. I enjoyed the revealing of her story, the various little twists, the moral complexity of the characters, the grittiness. Loved that the happy ending managed to be neither cheesy nor twee. A solid page turner.

shanaqui Huh, sounds intriguing! 1mo
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My last post mentioned how I'm on a bit of a jag for books about books/reading. I'm also heavily into books about writing. This one was purchased mainly because of the subject matter but also because it's dimensions are aesthetically pleasing and it has a ribbon bookmark 😍

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I am currently strongly drawn to books about books and/or reading. This beauty was a recent purchase. Love this cover 😍

KathyWheeler She also wrote another one about books that I liked: 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Stacking for that cover alone. 1mo
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Freckles | Cecelia Ahern
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I tried. I read the whole thing. Hated it. One of the many reasons being NO SPEECH MARKS! Why?!! Spent so much time & effort working out who was speaking or if it was speech or internal monologue and just why?!

paulfrankspencer Don't read Cormac McCarthy. 2mo
readingjedi @paulfrankspencer It's funny you should say that because The Road is the only time I've encountered the zero punctuation trend and it actually seemed integral to the reading experience. This genre ... not so much 🤔 2mo
shanaqui Arrghhh. I get that some people experiment with grammar and it works and is important, but mostly it doesn't work and doesn't fit, and I find it so frustrating! 2mo
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The Guilty One | Lisa Ballantyne
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Weak Pick as I did enjoy this one but I felt it was only nearly really good - not really sure how or why it missed the mark, but something was lacking. Both timelines were equally intriguing, characters were interesting & well drawn but, gosh I don't know, it just lacked the final punch. The twist was predictable but it wasn't that. The fact that I didn't come away gobsmacked was disappointing as I'd been fully expecting to. So it was me then 🤣

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Is 6 minutes to midnight too late to start a new book? 🤔

Yes, it is. But I'm starting it anyway! 😜

With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

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Less Is Lost | Andrew Sean Greer
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Ooh, I was thinking about Less a few days ago and how much I enjoyed it and how I'd love to read more of this character and then today I see that there IS a sequel coming! How exciting!

SkeletonKey Yay! 2mo
CarolynM Fantastic! Thanks for the heads up🙂 2mo
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Went into Waterstones with the sole intention of having a bite to eat in the cafe and somebody had left this book on a display near my table. Obviously I had to have a quick glance through. Inevitably I had to buy it! Absolutely incorrigible.

Maria514626 That looks fun (or whatever the equivalent of fun when it comes to murder 😁) 2mo
jlhammar I loved this one. Enjoy! 2mo
humouress Mmm, sure. We believe you 😘 2mo
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Which is worse, fellow Littens, a book that is bad from the get-go or one that starts off strong but then deteriorates? I've read a lot of the latter just recently - I'm always left feeling slightly conned! This one is starting strong so I'm hoping it's the one one to buck this unpleasant trend!

Bookwomble Yeah, I think if rather hate it from the outset and bail than get interested and have it fizzle out after investing time. 2mo
Ruthiella Agree with @Bookwomble ! I‘d rather be disappointed sooner than later. 2mo
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Big Chicas Don't Cry | Annette Chavez Macias
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My choice of the Prime First Reads for August. Shamelessly picked for the rather lovely cover alone!

DivineDiana Thanks for the reminder to go see the Prime Reads offers! 2mo
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More gentle musings and philosophical meanderings with Dex and Mosscap in this all-too brief conclusion to BC's solarpunk duology. I'm gonna miss these guys - I loved their soul-searching & their growing bond. I loved that Dex swore and I loved how Mosscap was simultaneously naive yet also able to instantly see to the heart of the matter. Most of all, I loved BC's sublime writing lulling me into a state of restful & meditative joy. I am soothed.

Andrew65 This sounds very intriguing and your review has pulled me in. 2mo
Sapphire Somehow I thought there was a third book planned ( or maybe a sequel to these two books that should have been one). 2mo
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Paperblanks: Embossed Leather, Unlined | Paperblanks Book Company
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Look at this beauty! My first Ultra sized Paperblanks notebook. Photo doesn't do it justice - it's so sparkly! Also double locking clips! Now I have no excuses whatsoever - time to put pen to paper!

Hang on though, I might also "need" a gorgeous new pen.... ??

Sapphire That‘s beautiful 2mo
Sapphire I recommend baron fig squire pen 2mo
Cazxxx That is beautiful 😻 2mo
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tracey38 Gorgeous 2mo
violettemeier 🥰🥰🥰🥰 2mo
readingjedi @Sapphire Wow, just checked those out & they really are very aesthetically pleasing. They are quite a lot thicker than my go-to daily pen, a Cross Classic Century, but I'd like to try one! 2mo
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The Witches | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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My daughter's pick from yesterday's Waterstones visit. She picked this one because of the cool green page edges - she's learning!!! 🤣🤣🤣

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Today's purchases. The bookmark is a Bodleian Library one and is illustrated on both sides - woo!

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Freckles | Cecelia Ahern
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Well, I endured the heatwave, a reading slump & a week long bout of the morbs and now I'm back on top form! And it's the start of the summer holidays for me and my girl - no school/work for 6 weeks!!!

Next on my list is this one - not sure why I even have this as it's really Not My Thing. But I sometimes like to try stuff I initially reject on that fairly tenuous basis - even if it's just to confirm that, yes, this really is Not My Thing!

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I have properly got the morbs today. Just can't shake off this gloomy mood! Can I get some recommendations for some lighthearted, humorous easy reading that doesn't require much in the way of concentration? I'm going to try & read myself out of this funk....

AmyG I read Mary Kay Andrews when I am in a funk…chick lit. Hope it passes soon. 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. 3mo
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Zuhkeeyah Emma Hart‘s books are fun light reads. 3mo
tpixie Both 👆 are fun, light reads. Interestingly, they both are British!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 3mo
ravenlee It‘s a MG scifi GN and I love it 3mo
MoonWitch94 Hope you find something to brighten your spirits. I totally get it. 🫶🏻 3mo
Chelsea.Poole I totally feel you! I loved this one 🌻 3mo
EvieBee This one is really good! 3mo
Dragon I enjoyed this one 3mo
marleed I hope you fell better soon! 3mo
Cazxxx My go to is always The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich when I want something easy and fun 😊 3mo
DaveGreen7777 When I was feeling similarly, I read the urban fantasy “Mind Games”, and the laugh out loud lead heroine cheered me up. Hope you feel better soon! 3mo
sherrisilvera Definitely anything Calvin & Hobbes. Feel better! 2mo
braddsibbersen Liked this post in part because I want the term "the morbs" to make a comeback. 2mo
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Paris Echo | Sebastian Faulks
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I'm giving this So-So because I'm genuinely unsure how I feel about. Was it good or bad? Boring or intriguing? Hmm, I really don't know! It had its moments but was mainly left wondering what it had all been about. There's LOTS of Parisian street names that's for sure! I did enjoy the sections about the women during WW2 but I have a vague suspicion it might be really nicely written mumbo-jumbo! And the ending was pure cheese 🧀

rosalita I find myself feeling that way about a lot of Sebastian Faulks. Beautifully written, but hollow somehow. 3mo
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Bailedbailed

Er, no. Wine is a personality trait?! I'm too old for such nonsense.

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If you've ever wanted to learn calligraphy I can recommend this book as an ideal introduction. One day, my friends, I WILL have the penmanship of a Charles Dickens character!

TheAromaofBooks Oooo I just put this one on reserve at the library. I've been thinking about getting back into studying penmanship. In high school, I took a Spencerian course and some of it has stuck with me in my everyday writing, but most of it has faded away. 3mo
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I was feeling a little flat this morning. Then this arrived on my Kindle - had totally forgotten it was out today so it was a nice surprise. And if Becky Chambers & her gorgeous writing can't unflatten me today nobody can!

Also I love the cover art for this series!

Ruthiella Thanks for the reminder! I need to pick up a copy! 3mo
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Starting this #NetGalley book tonight. Not really sure what possessed me to request this one as the title suggests it's the type of thing I normally avoid. But I'm gonna give it a try .... I'll let you know how it goes 😏

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Les Miserables | Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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This is how I spent my Saturday afternoon. It was absolutely stunning.

BethM I adore Les Mis! 3mo
marleed My favorite musical. I read the book (abridged) following my first time seeing the musical. In the book the characters are a bit less altruistic, and I can‘t tell you the amount of time I‘ve spent thinking about that. 3mo
readingjedi @marleed I have been thinking a lot about Valjean's acts of mercy in contrast to Javert's devotion to justice. 2 very complex & fascinating characters. Haven't tackled the book yet bit but it's on my list! 3mo
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So I found this book hiding on my daughter's bookshelf and I just don't know how it got there! There's absolutely no chance it caught my eye on my morning supermarket run. There's no way I just couldn't resist and slipped it in my basket. I totally did not buy it despite being on a book buying ban. No, it was not me.

Honest 😈

Kar2b 🤣 3mo
Maria514626 Oh that looks fun! There must be someone sneaking around and putting random things in shoppers‘ baskets. Did you talk to the store about that? 😆 3mo
mdm139 This book keeps popping up in all my book related social media. Definitely trending. I have never heard of brown sauce. 3mo
AlaMich Are beans on toast in there? That is a dish I will never understand. 3mo
shanaqui Ketchup aaaaall the way! 3mo
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Saga #60 | Brian K. Vaughan
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It's Saga Day again folks! I have really been enjoying Fiona Staples' art since Saga's return & this issue is no exception.

AnneCecilie I‘m waiting for the volumes to come out again. 3mo
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Annoyingly affected and cliche laden writing style. Hated the chapter intros with their semi-spoilers & deliberate vagueness, meant to tease & intrigue but just irritated. Plot was decent but full of gaping holes. Not keen on the tortured romance or the totally unnecessary death of the female MC. All a bit grim. Not the worst thing I've ever read by a long shot but a bit melodramatic for me. 14 year old emo me would've responded more favorably!

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Paris Echo | Sebastian Faulks
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Starting this one today. Not sure I'm in the right frame of mind for it really, was fancying something light and funny. But this is next on The List and The List MUST BE OBEYED!!!! 🤣🤣🤣😳

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The Draw of the Sea | Wyl Menmuir
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This is a soothing and soul-restoring read, featuring various intriguing personalities & detailing their intimate relationships with the sea. The descriptions of the sea & the activities that take place on & next to it are vivid & evocative, gently poetic & strangely calming & comforting - the author makes writing this well seem so easy! Loved the chapters about 'wrecking', collecting cowrie shells and free diving. Interesting & thought provoking.

readingjedi SPOT THE DOT! That's me in my most beloved patch of sea! 🇬🇷❤️🇬🇷 3mo
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The Story of Afro Hair | K. N. Chimbiri
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My daughter got this gorgeous little book from the children's literature festival we went to at the weekend. She got it signed by the author and listened to a talk she gave about afro hair.

DimeryRene Hi! What‘s the reading level for this? Love the cover. 💚💚 3mo
readingjedi @DimeryRene It's not specifically aimed at children. A strong middle grade/young adult would be fine with it. I plan to read it to my 8 year old as one of our 'shared' bedtime books. 3mo
DimeryRene @readingjedi thanks! I have a friend with a 3 year old and I‘m on the lookout for gifts. 3mo
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Not a huge fan of the clunky title but otherwise I love this cover! Another treat from The Big Malarkey literaturefestival, run by Hull Libraries.

Can I get some recommendations on books about writing/for the would-be writer? I fell off that particular horse a while ago and have lost the confidence to get back on. (Still love a good metaphor though! 🐴🖋🤣)

batsy I liked Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. The latter can be a bit hippy-dippy in parts but in terms of getting one to write it seems to work 🙂 3mo
JessClark78 I liked Stephen King‘s On Writing. I found it helpful. I usually give it a reread if I haven‘t written in a while. 3mo
paulfrankspencer Bird by Bird and On Writing would have been my suggestions. 3mo
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readingjedi @batsy Thanks, I'll check those out 👍 3mo
readingjedi @JessClark78 Thanks for the recommendation 😀 3mo
readingjedi @paulfrankspencer Thanks for the recommendations 👍 3mo
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Picked up this delightful little volume at a children's art and literature festival we attended at the weekend.

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