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squirrelbrain

Joined June 2017

Speed-reader who's trying to slow down...
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This book is all about the priesthood, specifically child abuse in the Catholic Church.
#papadontpreach
#MOvember

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It‘s not a #revolver, but the closest thing I could find on my shelves....

#MOvember

Cinfhen This was meant to be a good read 1d
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read it yet @Cinfhen - it‘s from my husband‘s shelf! 1d
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Stories of Hawaii | Jack London
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Holly @Hooked_on_books - thank you so much for your card and the bookmark which arrived today. So lovely to get home from work ( in minus temperatures!) and get a card all the way from Hawaii.

Did you make the card yourself? It‘s very pretty! And so full of news too - your new flowery venture is certainly exciting and I hope you continue to enjoy it!

BarbaraBB Gorgeous! 2d
Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! I did make the card. I have various designs I‘ve been trying out to maybe try to sell eventually. Or just send to Littens. Glad you liked it! 1d
squirrelbrain You could definitely sell them @Hooked_on_books - you‘re so clever! 1d
Hooked_on_books Aw, thank you! ☺️ 1d
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Arts | Dennis J Sporre
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This book contains a #masterpiece or two!
#MOvember

Cinfhen Ohhh, must be gorgeous inside 2d
squirrelbrain It is @Cinfhen - it‘s my husbands, from when he was at art college.... 2d
Cinfhen My daughter saved her art history books from Uni too!! They were each over $100 and I told her that was an investment we had to hold unto 2d
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For all of the crime fans.... the Crimewriting Festival held in Harrogate.

Past chairs have included Lee Child and Val McDermid and it‘s supposed to be one of the friendliest literature festivals around, with authors and attendees all mixing together in the bar 😁.

Still haven‘t been myself - might try for tickets this year.....

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This is a beautifully written book about relationships, both human relationships and those with the land and the world around us.

Doig draws us into his hardscrabble life, growing up in #montana with his Father and Grandma and, even though you feel the hardship, his descriptive writing makes you want to experience that way of life.

#nfnov
#readingUSA2019 (Only one more state to go! 😁)

BarbaraBB Great review. Almost there!! 3d
JennyM Beautiful review. And cosy fire 🔥 (edited) 3d
Samplergal Which state is left for you? 3d
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squirrelbrain Just New Hampshire @samplergal, for which I‘m reading 3d
Hooked_on_books You‘re cranking these out! Nice job. I‘m stalled at 5 left. I have the books picked out and staring at me in my library but I keep finding reasons to read other stuff instead. 3d
squirrelbrain What can I say @Hooked_on_books - I like a list but more than that I love ticking things off a list! 5 is not far to go though - you‘ll easily do that before the end of the year... 3d
EliNeedsMoreShelves I really enjoy Ivan Doig's work. 3d
Librarybelle That‘s so amazing! One more left! 3d
Samplergal @squirrelbrain Loved that book! Great way to end it! 3d
NatalieR Great review! Congrats on your challenge!! 🎉 2d
rsteve388 6 pts 2d
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All the Stars in the Heavens | Adriana Trigiani
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#luckystar
#MOvember

Another one sitting on the TBR shelf....

Cinfhen People love this author ✨🌟 3d
Cinfhen Would work for #Booked2020 #Hollywood ❣️❣️❣️❣️ 3d
squirrelbrain Ooh yes it would, wouldn‘t it @Cinfhen ?! I wasn‘t entirely enamoured with my first choice for that prompt so yay! 3d
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Reviewsbylola I really wanted to love this one. It fell a bit short for me. 3d
squirrelbrain Oh no that‘s a shame @Reviewsbylola - maybe I‘ll stick with my original choice.... 🤷‍♀️ 3d
Reviewsbylola It may just be me! I think it‘s difficult with novels based on real people, it‘s a massive undertaking! 3d
Reviewsbylola And I‘m a sucker for Clark Gable to my expectations were very high. 3d
squirrelbrain I‘m ashamed to say I know nothing of his real life story @Reviewsbylola , so I may not have such high expectations! 😁 3d
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Has anyone else been watching the BBC documentary series ‘Novels that Shaped our World‘?

This list was produced to accompany the programme - rather interesting, and Im sure will cause a lot of debate!

I‘ve only read 34, plus parts of some of the series that they‘ve included on the list.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/494P41NCbVYHlY319VwGbxp/explore-the-li...

Tamra No, I‘ll look for it! More TBR explosion..... 4d
Birdsong28 I have it on record so I will eventually get round to watching it but I have looked at the list and I have only read a few 📚📖 4d
TrishB Not seen the series - will have to have a look. I‘ve read 44. 4d
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kspenmoll No thanks for info!!! 4d
Kaila-ann I have only read 9 😳 but there are quite a few of the on my TBR pile. 4d
Ruthiella I‘ve not seen the series but a couple of great booktubers (A Spinster‘s Library and Eric Karl Anderson) have done some great discussion videos about it. 😀 4d
squirrelbrain I‘ve only watched the first one so far but enjoyed it - lots of authors giving their opinions. @Tamra @Birdsong28 @kspenmoll 4d
squirrelbrain Go @trishb! I agree @Kaila-ann - lots on my TBR list too! 4d
squirrelbrain @Ruthiella - they sound really interesting, I shall look them up! 4d
Caroline2 I watched the first episode and loved it. Looking forward to watching the next one. 👍 3d
Caroline2 And thanks for the link! My tbr list is going to explode! 😆 but I might make that my challenge next year to read all the books on that list. (I‘ve read 31 so just 69 to go! 😮) 3d
squirrelbrain Just be careful though @Caroline2 - there‘s a lot of trilogies / series in there - you might end up with a lot more than 69 😬 3d
youneverarrived I‘ve not watched it yet but going to catch up on weds. 3d
squirrelbrain I watched the second one last night @youneverarrived (about empire) - I think I liked that one even better than the first.... 3d
Caroline2 Yes!! I watched the second episode today and loved it! I want to read all the books they mentioned!! 😆 I know what you mean about the trilogies but luckily I think I‘ve read most of them. 😅 3d
squirrelbrain I‘d read more books from this episode than from the first @Caroline2 but still want to read the rest! 3d
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#weeklyforecast

I‘m not going too overboard with my reading plans for this week, the two pictured here will finish #readingUSA2019 and I‘ve still got The Romanovs on the go on my Kindle....

Cinfhen Yay!!!! You‘re almost there!!!!! 4d
BarbaraBB So good you‘re almost there. What state is the left one for? 4d
squirrelbrain That‘s for #montana @BarbaraBB - and loving it so far! 4d
ONH John Irving is my favorite author and this may be his absolute best book. Enjoy!!! 4d
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Loving this book so far, for both #nfnov and for #montana #readingUSA2019....

This image made me smile - how cute is this?! Little kids trying to hide flat on the ground behind their lunchboxes...

BarbaraBB I‘m hoping to start Montana this week too. My choice is 4d
squirrelbrain Oooh that one sounds good @BarbaraBB ! 4d
BarbaraBB It will be heavy I think but I do like the author. 4d
BookNAround I love Ivan Doig. 4d
rsteve388 1 pt 3d
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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#trueblue
#MOvember

A gift from the lovely @RachelO and one of my favourites this year....

Cinfhen 💙💙💙have you gotten to book 2??? 4d
GatheringBooks i have heard so many positive things about this book! 4d
Cathythoughts It‘s this book really good ? Would I recommend for Book club ( its my turn) or maybe The Dutch House 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4d
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RachelO So glad you enjoyed it. She writes such shoutable-at characters - “No, Darren- you really don‘t want to... Oh. You did.” 4d
TrishB I recommend the follow up too 👍🏻 4d
squirrelbrain Not yet @Cinfhen - I‘ve heard only good things though.... 4d
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts - this would be good for a Book Club I think, a great story but also lots of ‘themes‘ to talk about. Do you agree @trishb @RachelO ? 4d
Cinfhen Ohhhh, possible bookclub suggestion!??? Awesome 4d
Scochrane26 I read this for my book club next week. Our librarian who leads the discussion chose it. 9h
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I didn‘t think I‘d like this and I was right - I didn‘t...

It was free on Libby and it‘s ticked off #nevada on #readingUSA2019, but other than that....nope.

ljuliel I‘ve not read anything by this author, but from what I‘ve heard, I think he‘s a bit of an “ acquired “ taste. I doubt I‘d like his books either. 5d
BarbaraBB I bailed on this one as well. Such a boring, predictable book. You should have read this one for Nevada 😉 5d
Librarybelle But hooray that you could tick off Nevada from the list! 5d
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squirrelbrain @ljuliel - it‘s just a long list of drugs taken and the obnoxious things that they did as a result... 5d
squirrelbrain I wish I‘d known about that one @BarbaraBB - the only other one I could think of was The Goldfinch and I‘d already read that... 😕 5d
BarbaraBB Never mind, you‘re almost there 👍🏼 5d
squirrelbrain Yes @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle - only 2 more to go.... At least I didn‘t leave Nevada to last, that would have been disappointing! 5d
BarbaraBB Just two more? Wow! Do you have a good one to finish it? 5d
Pamwurtzler Just two more? That‘s great!! 5d
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - I‘m going with a John Irving, either Owen Meany or Garp.... should be good, hopefully! 5d
BarbaraBB Both are great! 5d
Hooked_on_books That‘s a bummer. My Nevada book wasn‘t great, either. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4d
Billypar That was my reaction to The Rum Diary a few months ago. 4d
squirrelbrain We win some, we lose some @Hooked_on_books ! 4d
squirrelbrain i just looked at your review @Billypar - great ‘pan‘ and I think it‘s safe to say we won‘t be reading any more by this author! 😁👍 4d
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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*FINALLY* finished Ducks, Newburyport....!

Finished ‘In the Wilderness‘ and ‘Bastard out of Carolina‘, which were on my forecast. Read ‘My Name is Why‘ as an impulse pick from the library.

About 40% through The Romanovs now....

#bookreport

Cinfhen Woohoo🎉 party time 🥳 How did you like Ducks!??? Is it worth all those hours spent reading it???!?! 5d
Crazeedi I have Romanovs, have read a few chapters so far! 5d
Cathythoughts Well done on Ducks 🥳👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5d
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squirrelbrain @Cinfhen - it slumped a bit 3/4 of the way through but picked up again. I do wish it hadn‘t been *quite* so long though.... 🦆 😁 5d
squirrelbrain @Crazeedi - I found the first few chapters hardgoing but then it got better... 5d
Crazeedi @squirrelbrain that's why I put it down, i liked it but sort of dragged 5d
squirrelbrain @Crazeedi - the prologue definitely dragged for me. It gets better a few chapters in, when they start getting rather two-faced and backstabby! 5d
Cinfhen I‘m just not ready to commit all those hours 5d
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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This book features the US #borderline- I enjoyed reading it earlier this year, although it‘s not an easy one to read - it required a lot of concentration and also covers difficult subjects...

#MOvember

Cinfhen #GreatMinds 🧠and I said the same thing / not a light read ~ requires concentration but worth it 5d
Cathythoughts I have this one .... must get to it one of these days 5d
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Yes, it‘s traumatic and distressing in places with depictions of abuse (physical and sexual). However, this is a must-read, given that it is a semi-autobiographical novel as well as a #bannedbook- we owe it to the author to allow her message to be heard.

#readingUSA 2019
#southcarolina

@TrishB @Cinfhen @Balibee146 @BarbaraBB - do give it a go, it has an underlying positivity too, and it fits the #bannedbook prompt for #booked2020....

Librarybelle Good choice! 6d
Eggs Agree 6d
EH2018 Heartbreaking but well worth the read! 6d
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Cinfhen Thanks for letting me know!!! I‘ll keep it in mind for #BannedBooks #Booked2020 ❣️😘 6d
CBee Definitely worth reading! 6d
TrishB Thanks! It will give me a reason to get it off the tbr! 6d
BarbaraBB Great review. I‘ll stack! 6d
lele1432 I've had this on my TBR for years! 6d
Kdgordon88 I read this years ago. It is one of those books that stays with you long after you turned the last page. 6d
Hooked_on_books Hmmm…I may have to read this now! 6d
Samplergal I loved this book. So good, yet upsetting. 5d
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I just signed up for #readingeurope2020, hosted by the lovely Littens @Librarybelle and @BarbaraBB ! I‘ve had such fun taking part in #readingUSA2019 (nearly finished - 3 more to go!) thatI couldn‘t resist this challenge too....

Visit one of their pages to find out more and sign up....

BarbaraBB I need that map too. So great we're in this together again!
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Librarybelle Hooray! Thanks for joining us! 6d
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - it‘s the first one I came across on Google - I thought it was a pretty blue! 😁 6d
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Her Frozen Heart | Lulu Taylor
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Not yet read....from the TBR shelf

#frozen

#MOvember

Insightsintobooks I have a question.. what is MOvember? 6d
Booknerd222 Love the colors on the cover! 6d
squirrelbrain @Insightsintobooks - @cinfhen cohosts a music challenge each month (coming to an end soon though 😕). Each month a music- themed list is posted and you post a picture of a book related to the day‘s tune. #MOvember is Madonna and today‘s song is #frozen. If you click on the #MOvember hashtag you can see what everyone has posted throughout the month. (edited) 6d
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#thoughtfulthursday

Great idea @MoonWitch94 - thanks for the tag @Eggs !

1. I don‘t have to go to work tomorrow!
2. ‘I made a child full of hope as well as despair‘ from the semi-autobiographical ‘Bastard out of Carolina‘.
3. It‘s chilly and pouting with rain and all the trains are delayed 😡

TrishB Wish I had number one !! 7d
RvnclawWhovian Three day weekends are the best 7d
squirrelbrain @TrishB @RvnclawWhovian - I‘m supposed to have Fridays off but haven‘t done that for aaaages - decided it was about time to start cutting back on the hours a bit, for my own sake 😁 Not sure how long that will last! 7d
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing! Glad you off tomorrow. Enjoy! 7d
Eggs My pleasure ❣️❣️ 7d
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Humans of New York | Brandon Stanton
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Love these books picturing all aspects of #humannature.....
#MOvember

JennyM What a great choice 👌 1w
BarbaraBB What @JennyM says! 1w
Cathythoughts Great pic Helen 👍🏻❤️ 1w
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Crazeedi Sounds amazing! 1w
Cinfhen Great choice / I love coffee table books 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Great pick! 1w
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#likeaprayer
#MOvember

One of my favourite Madonna tracks....

TrishB And a fab read. 1w
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! Wish a thought of this book!! Love Owen 🥰 1w
Cathythoughts Sounds really good ! I havnt read .... 👍🏻❤️ 1w
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ljuliel I like this cover! 1w
JenReadsAlot Loved this one 1w
AmyG One of the best books I‘ve ever read. @Cathythoughts Read it! (edited) 1w
Cathythoughts @AmyG ok 👍🏻❤️stacked! 1w
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#readingUSA2019

I really enjoyed this #nfnov memoir of growing up in a logging community in #idaho and the author‘s battle to find her place as a teenager in an increasingly religious family.

#wil I learnt of some really interesting parallels with recently-read ‘My Name is Why‘, although entirely different countries, where both authors were abandoned suddenly by foster families for no reason, and their journeys questioning why.

Librarybelle Sounds interesting! 1w
Clwojick 9 pts. 1w
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My Name Is Why | Lemn Sissay
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Borrowed this from the library yesterday lunchtime and finished it on the train to work this morning.... I just couldn‘t put it down.

The poet Lemn tells of his childhood growing up in a foster home and care homes - #wil what I learned is that adults can be truly uncaring and that the care system in the UK is broken.

Despite his harsh upbringing, where he felt no love, Sissay still brings positivity to his story - a must-read.

#nfnov

arlenefinnigan I love this book so much. He's well worth following on Facebook/Twitter. 1w
squirrelbrain @arlenefinnigan - I would follow him if I did Facebook or Twitter... 😳 There‘s been a few press articles recently that have been fascinating.... 1w
Clwojick 9 pt. 1w
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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One of my favourite books so far this year....
#future
#MOvember

Cinfhen Definitely in my top 10 favorites of all time 1w
Megabooks My all time fav! Can‘t wait for her new one! 1w
Cathythoughts One of my faves this year too 👍🏻❤️ 1w
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LauraBeth I love this cover ❤️ 1w
TK421 I loved this one. 👍 1w
Caroline2 I loved this book too. 💖 1w
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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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Roux is the #beautifulstranger who arrives at Amy‘s door and befriends everyone.... but is she who she seems?!

I really enjoyed this one when I read it recently....
#MOvember

Cinfhen I haven‘t read a good thriller in awhile / maybe I‘ll try this one 😁 1w
MayJasper Sounds tantalising 👍 1w
TrishB Ooh have this on the tbr! 1w
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @MayJasper @TrishB - it gets a little bit far fetched towards the end but it‘s definitely a goodie! 1w
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The Romanovs: 1613-1918 | Simon Sebag Montefiore
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#weeklyforecast

2 books on the go currently; I‘ll finish In the Wilderness and continue with the tagged book, which is a bit of a chunkster at almost 800 pages.

I‘m getting the Carolina book from the library tomorrow and hope to start the Doig too.

All of these are for #nfnov so I might need some fiction too, but that depends on my mood....

Cinfhen Bastard out of Carolina is meant to be VERY HEAVY!!! FluffyFiction might be necessary ☺️ 2w
TrishB I have Carolina on the tbr - been there a while and can‘t bring myself to read! I‘ll await your review. 2w
Cathythoughts Carolina‘s title scares me .... (edited) 2w
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Balibee146 Same about Caroline... Been almost at the top for ages @Cinfhen @TrishB @Cathythoughts 2w
Birdsong28 Are you enjoying The Romanov's? 📚📖 2w
megnews I‘ve started Bastard out of Carolina twice and didn‘t get far. It wasn‘t the book. I think it wasn‘t time yet. But it‘s one I must get to. 2w
julesG Keep at least one fluffy read at hand. Maybe 2w
squirrelbrain Oh gosh, you‘ve put me off a bit @Cinfhen @TrishB @Balibee146 @megnews - I‘m not sure I‘m in the mood for heavy. The library also has some Pat Conroy books, which seem to be set in SC. I may look at those instead.... 2w
squirrelbrain @julesG 🤣🤣🤣 2w
squirrelbrain @Birdsong28 - enjoying it so far. It took a while to get into it but then picked up nicely.... 2w
BarbaraBB Oops! I didn‘t know that it was so heavy when mentioning 2w
Cinfhen Pat Conroy is probably a gentler choice 💕💕💕 2w
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Would Janesville become a #ghosttown when the GM plant closed down, or would it rise from the ashes of globalisation?

I found this book fascinating, depressing and, yes, inspiring in places. The author spent 5 years with everyday families in the aftermath of the closure so there‘s real insight into how people, and big business, react after such an event.

Hooked_on_books I have this one on deck for Wisconsin. Glad to see you liked it! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m slowly becoming fascinated by this genre of NF #stacked 2w
Sace That does sound interesting. 2w
JenReadsAlot I live right outside of Janesville- the book was really well written. 2w
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I finally did it!

This wavered towards a so-so about 3/4 of the way through....but picked itself up again for the last 150 pages, when all of the disparate threads came together.

I actually enjoyed the unusual approach (no sentences or paragraphs) and the ‘stream of consciousness‘ style, but it‘s definitely not a book you can read in one go - you need to read it in chunks. I just wish it had been a 700 page book rather than 1000 pages...

Sace No sentences or paragraphs? Wow. I'm not sure I could read that. 2w
BarbaraBB Well done. I‘m not sure I‘ll ever read it! 2w
Ruthiella Congratulations! That‘s an achievement!😀 2w
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Hooked_on_books Good on you! I know this one isn‘t for me, so I won‘t even try it, but it‘s great that you enjoyed it in the end. 2w
Kalalalatja I‘m so impressed by everyone reading this! Well done 👏👏 2w
Caroline2 Wheyyy! Well done. Yes, this looks like the sort of book that could have done with some editing. Sounds good tho. 👍 1w
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My choices for the first season of #booked2020 - I reserve the right to change my mind at least 17 times before then though....

Pleased that I managed to get them all off my current TBR shelves though! 😁👍

Number 6 might not be that actual book - I have around 90 ‘Penguin 60s‘ to read, but I‘m reading them alphabetically and that‘s the next one....

Cinfhen Ohhhh; nice selections!! I‘m also trying to use books I own 😊 2w
TrishB Good ones - I‘m quietly stalking people‘s choices for ideas! I definitely want to try and do from current tbr. I‘ve yet to read A Gentleman....and I have two copies!! (edited) 2w
squirrelbrain I‘d suggest doing a #buddyread @TrishB , but we know how those usually go... 🤣 2w
TrishB We do indeed! Maybe separately and compare notes!! 2w
BarbaraBB Love your system of reading the Penguins alphabetically! 2w
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#bookreport

Just started the tagged book, which was on my #weeklyforecast last week - this is for #nfnov and for #idaho on #readingtheUSA2019.

Still ploughing through Ducks, Newburyport, over 900 pages in now, so maybe won‘t have to include that on tomorrow‘s forecast! 😁

25% into The Romanovs for #nfnov #buddyread with @Caroline2 - sorry Caroline that I haven‘t posted much about it!

Also read Sandi Toksvig that wasn‘t on my list; a good week!

Tamra The tagged title sounds really good! Thank you for posting. I don‘t know how you juggle multiple reads, I‘m envious. 2w
Caroline2 No worries, I‘m only page 15! 😆 I‘m hoping to get some more done tomorrow. I‘ve got way too many books on the go at the mo. But I kinda like having different options depending on my mood. 😉 2w
Cinfhen Tagged book sounds really interesting. How many more states do u have left??? 2w
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squirrelbrain I usually only have two on the go @Tamra - one at home and one on the #commutingKindle, but occasionally it gets out of hand! 😁 2w
squirrelbrain @caroline2 - I found it a bit dry at first, particularly the prologue, but it picks up and is now very interesting.... 2w
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen - after Idaho, I have 4 more. Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. I think I might just do it! 😁🤞 2w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! 4 is really the finish line! Do you have all your books lined up??? Are you almost done @BarbaraBB ?? 2w
squirrelbrain I have one for Montana, and will probably read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as it‘s on Libby. The other two I‘m still not quite sure on - I have options but not loving any of them... @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 2w
squirrelbrain Although just looked up the New Hampshire # on here and realised I have this on my TBR shelf - yay! Thanks @Cinfhen for prompting me to do that! 🤣 2w
Cinfhen I was going to suggest Owen!!!! Not sure I have any ideas for South Carolina 🤔 2w
Hooked_on_books I actually haven‘t read it yet, but I think you could use Underground Railroad for SC. 2w
Hooked_on_books Also this one is good: 2w
squirrelbrain I‘ve read both of those already @Hooked_on_books but thanks for suggesting... SC is one state that seems to be lacking choice.... Loved 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I just started my Nevada read and then I have four more left (Montana, Missouri, Maryland and West-Virginia). I do have books for all of them now, so I think it‘s doable! 💪🏼Helen have you checked out 2w
Cinfhen Impressive @BarbaraBB & Helen!!! 2w
squirrelbrain Thanks @BarbaraBB - just checked that one out and they have it in the Leeds Library. I can go and get it tomorrow lunchtime! 😘 2w
BarbaraBB I have not read it but read good things about it when I was looking for a book set in SC! 2w
Caroline2 Oh good. I am enjoying it, it‘s just such a big bulky book that I can‘t really read it in the bath or at breakfast so I‘m tending to pick up other books as their easier (physically!!) to read. You‘re prob doing the better option by reading it on the kindle. 😉 👍 2w
Caroline2 I‘m on page 25 now which is apparently only 3% in!!! 🤦‍♀️ 2w
squirrelbrain Yes, I can see how it would be difficult to read in hard copy @Caroline2 - the issue with Kindle is that the family trees are difficult to see, but I think I‘m managing OK without them. 2w
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A WINTER IN MALLORCA | George Sand
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This was a charity shop purchase and has been on my TBR shelf for a year or so.... I *will* get round to reading it sometime....

#laislabonita
#Movember

Caroline2 Ohhhh this sounds interesting! 😯 2w
Cathythoughts Nice pick 👍🏻❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Have you been to Mallorca??? I‘d love to go 2w
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Sace I'll have to try and acqwa copy. Then get around to reading it and Tales of the Alhambra. 2w
squirrelbrain I have @cinfhen - been to a few of the ‘holiday resorts‘ but two years ago this week, in fact, we went on a city break to Palma - loved it! 2w
squirrelbrain That one sounds good too @Sace! 2w
Sace @squirrelbrain it's been on my TBR since 2006 or 2007. I have a copy translated into Spanish that I bought at the Alhambra 😁 2w
writerlibrarian Read this at uni. I had two classes on Sand. A piano, winter on an island equals disaster. But very well written. (edited) 2w
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Hopefully this book will help you to #expressyourself whilst in France! 🤣 🇫🇷

#MOvember

Cinfhen Brilliant 😊 2w
RachelO Perfect! (And I‘m enjoying trying to make out what‘s on the shelf below 😘) 2w
squirrelbrain That‘s my ‘childhood‘ shelf @RachelO ! You can see What Katy Did, the rest are mainly Chalet School with a few Anne of Green Gables.... 😁 2w
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julesG @RachelO Glad I'm not alone in deciphering half hidden books. 2w
squirrelbrain Ha! I‘d post a picture of the #shelfbelow @julesG @RachelO but then you‘d only want to know what was on the one below that! 2w
RachelO @squirrelbrain @julesg That‘s a very valid point 😂😂 2w
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The Strand | Ellen Santilli Vaughn
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#MOvember
#iconic

Need I say more?!

merelybookish Very nice! 2w
Cinfhen 🏆perfect 2w
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Nute No words required! 2w
youneverarrived 🙌🙌 2w
britt_brooke 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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I loved this autobiography! Sandi takes a journey from home to work on the no 12 bus and the sights she sees both on and off the bus bring back memories of her life.

It‘s funny, heartwarming and witty - highly recommended.

#nfnov
#wil I l gained a lovely new word - ‘absquatulate‘ , which means to leave somewhere in a hurry

Caroline2 Ahhh, I love Sandi! 😍 2w
squirrelbrain I think you‘d love this one @Caroline2 - it was definitely favoured reading over The Romanovs anyway! Actually, I‘m not getting on too bad with that one, how are you doing with it? 2w
Clwojick This sounds like it would be enjoyable in audiobook format 2w
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squirrelbrain Yes, I think it would @Clwojick, particularly if Sandi reads it herself... (edited) 2w
rsteve388 9 pts 2w
CarolynM I need this! 2w
squirrelbrain @CarolynM - it was on NetGalley a week or so ago, not sure if it still is.... 2w
CarolynM Thanks for that, I'll have a look🙂 2w
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The Leeds Library | Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (Library)
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Just returning from a New Members Evening at The Leeds Library.

This room is usually kept locked as it holds all of their very rare books, including a first edition of Darwin‘s Origin of the Species (where on one of the first pages there is a misprint of Speicies).

There‘s also an edition of Moby Dick, called The Whale, before Melville changed his mind after the first 500 books were printed.

Plus many more books right back to the 1500s- bliss!

Caroline2 Wowwwww!!! 😯 2w
BookNAround Very cool! 2w
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TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2w
Ms_T Amazing! 2w
eraderneely 😍 2w
Oryx So cool 2w
Daisey This would be amazing to see! 😍 2w
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#crave
#MOvember

This a ‘foodie‘ novel - the MC definitely had a #craving for more.... I had high hopes and liked it but didn‘t love it; it was a bit predictable.

Cinfhen Too bad it wasn‘t more delicious 😋 😛 2w
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This sounds like my kind of book - about an introvert who doesn‘t like going to events! 😁

I definitely wouldn‘t force myself to do so for a year, but might be fun to read about....
#sorry
#movember

Cinfhen This does sound like a fun read...but I‘m happy on my little couch 🛋 2w
Cathythoughts I can identify with that thought on the cloud 😉 2w
arlenefinnigan Great minds 😉 2w
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BarbaraBB Hi Helen, I received your packet!! I will wait until my birthday to unwrap it! Just want to let you know how I appreciate it! Thank you so much! You‘re too good 💕 2w
squirrelbrain Oh good news @BarbaraBB - glad it arrived safely! 😁👍❤️ 2w
jillrhudy The mere word “event” gives me hives; “team activity” ditto 2w
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Thanks for the lovely card with all your news @jhod - I‘ll write back soon with all the gossip!

I know what you mean about a shorter commute on the bus meaning less reading.... I currently have a 40 minute train commute so I can read to my heart‘s content. However, on two days last week, the trains were up the spout and I was on a bus for an hour and 3/4 each time and I *definitely* can‘t read on buses. 🤢Gggrrr......

TrishB I read on the bus everyday 😁 even with screaming school kids! 2w
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A gift from the lovely @kathedron - not read it yet but really looking forward to it!

This novel follows a 19 year old as she leaves the UK and treks through the North American wilderness .
#girlgonewild
#movember

Cinfhen Which I still haven‘t read/ it‘s in hibernation 🐻 2w
Caroline2 Oh I have this book on my #nfnov tbr pile. It sounds interesting. 👍 2w
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Caroline2 @Cinfhen ohhhh Wild is one of my all time favourite memoirs. Ignore the hype, it‘s very good. 😉 2w
squirrelbrain It‘s actually fiction @Caroline2 - I thought it was nf at first too.... 2w
Caroline2 NO WAY!!! I thought it was a true story!! Argh, I feel duped now! 😒 2w
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An American Childhood | Annie Dillard
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t love this book. It‘s a series of dreamlike vignettes that lend a more novelistic feel than non-fiction. Indeed, one of the reviews on the back described it as a ‘metaphysical memoir‘ - I prefer a more straightforward autobiographical style.

#wil I learned a lot about rocks, birds and the polio vaccine... and also a new word, sempiternal, meaning everlasting.

#nfnov
#readingtheUSA2019
#pennsylvania

Blaire I felt the same about this one. Had seen it recommended a lot and just didn‘t capture me the way it had others. 3w
Librarybelle Good review! 3w
rsteve388 9 pts I see you learned something. Finished this and made a post! Please use the hashtag so I know for sure next time. 2w
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squirrelbrain Apologies - Which hashtag did I miss @rsteve388 ? I used #nfnov and #wil - is there another one I should be using? 2w
squirrelbrain I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me @Blaire ! 2w
Caroline2 Oh that is a good word!! 😯 2w
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An American Childhood | Annie Dillard
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#weeklyforecast

You can see from the sticky-out bookmark that I‘m getting there with Ducks..... 700 pages in. Managed to renew it again at the library, which I didn‘t think I would be able to, but I still want to get through it soon.

Just started An American Childhood for #nfnov and #readingtheUSA2019, and the other two books also fit both prompts.

Will also try to start The Romanovs on Kindle for #nfnov and a #buddyread with @Caroline2

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 🦆🦆🦆🦆 3w
Cathythoughts Are you liking Ducks ??? Is it worth the time .... ? ( sorry for all the questions .... 3w
RachelO Wow! That‘s some chunkster! 3w
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youneverarrived Almost there! I was going to ask the same as @Cathythoughts 3w
squirrelbrain @RachelO - it‘s the one with no paragraphs and about 7 full stops.... 😬 3w
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @youneverarrived - I am enjoying it but I think it‘s getting a little bit samey now. It‘s also not one you could read in one go - I‘ve been reading it for a month now in between other books. It also depends if you relate to the MC - I think I do as she‘s rather anxious, has weird dreams and the whole book is her talking to herself, trying to convince herself everything is fine. I know some people have found her really irritating 😁 3w
Caroline2 It‘s exciting this #nfnov lark isn‘t it! I‘m loving it so far but I‘m already feeling the pressure to read all my non fiction books right now!!! 😆 I have 3 on the go at the mo and I‘m starting to feel like I have ADHD as I flit between them! 3w
youneverarrived Sounds like my type of MC actually.. thanks Helen I think I‘ll definitely give it a go now 👍 3w
squirrelbrain I know @Caroline2 - it‘s a great push to make us read books that have been languishing for a while... although I seem to be mainly going for the newer ones.... 🤔 3w
Caroline2 I know what you mean, I am desperately trying to read my older books but the new ones are soooo tempting!!! 😆 3w
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#rescueme
#MOvember

These guys certainly needed rescuing... one of my favourite books of last year.

Cinfhen I‘ve stacked from your previous post about this book!! Sounds excellent 3w
DGRachel @Cinfhen It is so well written and compelling. I had an ARC through NetGalley, but loved it so much that I bought a hard copy when it was released. 3w
Cinfhen That‘s definitely a sign of a great read!!!! 3w
squirrelbrain I agree @DGRachel - so compelling. Even though I‘d read a synopsis so had an idea of what happened, I felt like I was holding my breath throughout.... 3w
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Mehso-so

Such an annoying book - very woe-is-me and everyone else is to blame for their problems. The author and her husband owe the IRS a huge debt so they go to live in a shack in the mountains of #northcarolina and raise goats (there ends up being about 10 goats so goodness knows where the title comes from!)

#nfnov #wil #whatIlearned Possums do actually ‘play possum‘. Oh and don‘t be such a whinge-bag when you brought it on yourself!

#ReadingUSA2019

Librarybelle I‘ve heard this one isn‘t that great. Good for you for staying with it...another state down! 3w
Crazeedi I borrowed this but didnt read before I had to return, probably wont be in a hurry to get again. Thanks for review 3w
squirrelbrain I wouldn‘t bother @Crazeedi - very annoying! At least it was free on Libby and a quick read! @Librarybelle 3w
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TrishB 😂 great review 3w
Hooked_on_books Hmm…sounds more like a pan! In good goat news, did you know that the Reagan library used a team of hundreds of goats in the spring to eat back ground cover around the library and this probably saved the library from a recent wildfire? Hooray for goats! 3w
rsteve388 9 pts 3 for TIL, 5 because you finished it and 1 for the post it's self. 3w
squirrelbrain That‘s fab news @Hooked_on_books ! They certainly are good goats! 3w
Crazeedi @Hooked_on_books that is awesome, I've heard of places using goats to clear growth, this is fantastic 3w
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Thanks to @rachelm and @Librarybelle for recommending that I read the tagged book last week - I loved it!

I hadn‘t read any blurb about it, probably as it was on Kindle, so it was a huge, fantastic surprise. I also didn‘t get the reason why Evelyn had chosen Monique, much as I tried.

The rest of my #bookreport is also shown - a great week as both Evelyn and Period are vying to be in the #top19of2019.

Cinfhen That‘s awesome 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 3w
rachelm Yay! Glad you enjoyed it!! The other one by her recently is amazing too (especially on audio) 3w
Librarybelle Yay!!! 3w
squirrelbrain I read the one when it first came out @rachelm - loved it! ❤️ 3w
Andrew65 Evelyn Hugo was a great read, I also enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six by the same author. @rachelm (edited) 3w
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Look what has just arrived, Cindy! ❤️😘👍❤️😘👍

I love, love, love the little squirrel case. 🐿 🦔 🦉 It‘s perfect for the Penguin Moderns, as you demonstrated, 😁 but I‘ve checked already and my Kindle fits in it too! The bookmark is just too cute and, of course, both books look fabulous.

Thank you so much! 😘 @Cinfhen

Balibee146 Gorgeous ❤️❤️🐿️ 3w
Cathythoughts Ahhh so lovely 👍❤️ 3w
Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💙💙 3w
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TrishB Lovely ♥️ 3w
ljuliel Isn‘t that little carrying tote the cutest thing ? 3w
youneverarrived Lovely gifts 💕 3w
Cinfhen Hurray 🐿❤️🐿♥️🐿♥️it took forever but I‘m glad it all arrived 😘 3w
squirrelbrain It was worth waiting for @Cinfhen 😘 Ooh, and I‘m already planning a new set of stickers... 😁 3w
Cinfhen Yay!!!!! New stickers!!!!!!! 3w
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I love the covers on these Penguin 60s....

#music
#MOvember

youneverarrived Love Jean Rhys 🧡 have you read this? 3w
TrishB We do too 💜 3w
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read this yet @youneverarrived - I think this full set (of around 90) will be one of next year‘s challenges.... 3w
Cinfhen 🐧🧡 3w
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Period | Emma Barnett
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Day 1 of #nfnov and book 1 finished!

I *bloody* loved this book and couldn‘t put it down. I read half on the train to work this morning and told everyone about it at work. It‘s funny, heartbreaking, anger-inducing. You have to read this book - all the stars!

#TIL
It took Fitbit over a decade to introduce period tracking to its health app.... and then the system actually limited periods - ‘currently a period must be less than 11 days‘ 😧😡😬

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 currently hard cover cheaper than kindle 🤷‍♀️ 3w
squirrelbrain I nearly bought it for your birthday @trishb but I hadn‘t read it yet - didn‘t know how good it was! I got it from #netgalley only a couple of days ago so it might still be on there.... 3w
DGRachel That Fitbit note is irritating. I mean, I certainly wish I never had one that lasted more than 11 days, but just because an App doesn‘t think it should means my body listens! 🙄(Oh, and STACKED!) 3w
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squirrelbrain Isn‘t it just @DGRachel - and there‘s even more irritating things in the book, but I don‘t want to spoil it. I could seriously keep posting all night about it.... 3w
DGRachel It kind of makes me think of the migraine tracker app I have that sends me notices every few hours saying”you‘ve been having a migraine for 72 hours. Are you feeling better?” No. If I was feeling better I‘d have said so, stop rubbing it in” 😆 3w
rsteve388 There is a migraine tracker app?! What?! Also 4pts! 3w
TrishB I have some birthday (book!) money. I will be choosing carefully 😁 3w
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Now We Are Six | A. A. Milne
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It might be a bit battered (well-read!) but I still #cherish this book from my childhood....
#MOvember

julesG 😍 3w
Cinfhen Awwwwww, love that!!!!! Thanks for sharing 3w
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Chrissyreadit Ohhh! I still have my copy too! This is a beloved book 🧡🧡🧡🧡 3w
Chrissyreadit ❤️❤️❤️❤️it is one of my most beloved books too! 3w
BethM Pooh is the absolute best. 3w
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3w
Blaire @Chrissyreadit same!! Some of the first poems I memorized. 3w
youneverarrived Lovely 💕💕 3w
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Period | Emma Barnett
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My first #nfnov post....

So this made me laugh out loud on the train.... we‘d rather tell our bosses we have ‘the shits‘ rather than period pain.

On a more serious note the author goes on to talk about how, in many cultures, a woman with her period is still shunned.

The section on Orthodox Judaism was truly shocking - women can wipe themselves with a special cloth, then send it to a rabbi who will confirm that their period has finished.

#TIL

Kaila-ann Wow! 3w
Caroline2 Woah! Stacked!!!! 😉 3w
julesG Wow! That's interesting. Stacked! 3w
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Bookishthoughts It's so ture, men don't understand the pain we can feel so it's embarrassing to try and explain. Saying I have diarrhea is alot easier because that's the end of it. They understand and empathize, but you feel judged for something you should be use to. I completely understand why its easier to say you have the runs. 3w
Bookishthoughts This book sounds funny and interesting 3w
rsteve388 4 pts cause you learned a few things! 3w
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I just signed up for #nonfictionnovember #nfnov.....

The first three books are also #doubledipping for #ReadingUSA2019. I only picked 6 so far but I‘ve just been through my (physical) TBR shelf and there‘s at least another 20....

Looking forward to it! Visit @Clwojick or @rsteve388 if you want to join in too.....

RachelO Common Ground is SO good 🦊. 3w
squirrelbrain I know @RachelO - I‘ve been meaning to read it for sooooo long.... and it‘s set less than a mile from my house... 3w
RachelO Oh of course - I hadn‘t made that connection, but that‘s SO close - you‘ll bee off exploring at all hours! I loved it. 3w
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I read this a few years ago when I was studying Spanish - I sure couldn‘t manage it now!

#entryintothegreathall
#soaringscores

Cinfhen Impressive 3w
Cinfhen I couldn‘t read it in English...I bailed 😝 3w
RachelO Wow! There‘s a lot of words in that! 3w
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Sace Sí se puede! 3w
squirrelbrain It wasn‘t that bad @Cinfhen @RachelO ... I‘d already read it in English and all of the characters‘ names are the same. In many languages they change the names to be more meaningful in that language, but in Spanish they stay the same. What do they do in German @julesg? 3w
Kimberlone I have had this on my shelf for so long and still haven‘t gotten up the will to try and read it. I‘m pretty proficient in Spanish and can carry on conversations pretty well, but I‘ve never read more than a short story in Spanish so a whole book is intimidating. The good this is I know the HP story so well that at least I would be able keep the plot straight. 3w
squirrelbrain Give it a go @Kimberlone - it‘s really quite easy compared to many Spanish texts. I‘m sure you‘ll enjoy it! 3w
squirrelbrain @Sace 😁👍 3w
Kimberlone @squirrelbrain thanks for the encouragement! I have a vacation planned to South America and I might bring it with me 3w
Sace Another good creepy read is Aura. Pretty much all present tense and quite short. 3w
julesG Impressive! Yes, they've changed some names, ainly of minor characters, and some of the places. Also, a few of the spells are different. 3w
CrowCAH Nice foreign language copy! I have a couple German P&P editions courtesy of @Sarah83 ! 3w
Sarah83 😘😘😘 3w
inthegreensandblues Nice! I recently bought a French copy in Brussels because I want to relearn my college French one of these days and thought it would be fun practice! 3w
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