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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter | Theodora Goss
Based on some of literatures horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murdersand the bigger mystery of their own origins. Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents death, is curious about the secrets of her fathers mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her fathers former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capturea reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hydes daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein. When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.
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Kaarin
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Mehso-so

Loved the premise of literary characters being in the same world. Really didn‘t like where the plot eventually went, tho. But I loved the characters enough that I would definitely try something else by the author.

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Kaarin
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Such good Halloween night reading 🎃🎃🎃

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WriterAtHeart
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Pickpick

So much Gothic literature crammed into one book. Luckily, Goss does a pretty good job of weaving together the different stories. I enjoyed looking for all the references as I read and am interested in continuing to book 2.

Karisa Such a pretty cover too! 2mo
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Twainy
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🎧 Dr Jekyl & Mr Hyde‘s young “orphaned” girls meet & join forces with Holmes & Watson to investigate a murder.

The 2 girls are also interested in their mysterious father.

Other “classic” monsters make appearances so this all felt comfortably familiar. Lestrade is a vampire.

It turns out that Mr Hyde has been up to no good.

I‘m loving these Sherlock Holmes spin offs I‘ve been coming across lately!! Looking forward to book two!! ❤️

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

hannah-leeloo @CymbaX13 this sounds good 4mo
Scochrane26 I really love this trilogy. 4mo
Twainy @Scochrane26 this is good news because it was a great spin & I really would like to get the other two. 🤗 4mo
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suvata
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The game is afoot …

The daughters of Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde have engaged the services of Mr. Sherlock Homes, Dr. Watson and Inspector Lastrade to find who has been committing vicious murderers and stealing body parts in the streets of London. Now they are on the trail of the daughter of and the creations of the infamous Drs. Moreau and Frankenstein.

I like to call this book a “Monster Mash up“. 5-Stars for creativity, and engaging dialogue.

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Johanna414
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Pickpick

I'm on a roll finishing books today! This is book #3 for the #nutsinmay readathon!
This one wasn't anything amazing and groundbreaking, but it was fun. It didn't take itself too seriously, and I liked the idea of it. I won't buy the sequels, but I'll probably borrow them from the library when I'm in the mood for something like this again.

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Johanna414
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Sitting on my behind while my husband mows the lawn... thoroughly enjoyable!

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Johanna414
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Happy Mother's day!!! I made it all of 1 chapter into this book before deciding I was too tired to read... Toby was not pleased with me... #catsofLitsy

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Rachiiebookdragon
Pickpick

This was a great book, I may pick up the rest in the future. Read as part of the #HeyReaderathon challenge. 4/5

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AllisonM89
Mehso-so

I struggled with how to rate this one. The premise is really neat and the book is a lot of fun. That being said, it read like fanfic.....

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

It was ok. For me, the idea of the story was better than the execution, but that doesn‘t surprise me. I‘m not a fan of Sherlock Holmes (or any of the classic characters in this book), nor have I even found any spinoffs that I really like. But I was still hoping. I listened to the audio. I did enjoy the little “breakouts” where the women would chat amongst themselves as they wrote their story; however, I will not be continuing the series

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BookBelle84
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Pickpick

This was fantastic! It tells the stories of the creations/daughters of Jekyll, Hyde, Moreau, Frankenstein and Rappaccini as they work together to expose the men who created them while being joined by Holmes and Watson to solve the murders of women in Whitechapel. Absolute fun in every way and I can't wait to start the next one with the addition of Van Helsing. The telling of the story was also unique and added to the atmosphere.

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Mommamanzi
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Marlo Mae is helping me start off the year with book number 2!

Lmstraubie I LOVED this series so much!!! I almost cried when I finished it. Lol I reached out to the author on Twitter asking her to write another one! 11mo
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jenniferw88
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jenniferw88 Really not surprised that one of my favourite genres (gothic horror) & my favourite historical mystery series (the silver collar) got the two 5 stars! Also, 228pts for #teamreadnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious 11mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻congrats on completing #Fall #Booked2020 🍂🌪☔️📚This is your #OfficialFinalEntry 🎊🎊🎊 WELL DONE 👍🏽 11mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! So happy you enjoyed the prompts 💝looking forward to #Booked2021 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 11mo
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jenniferw88
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And with this book, #booked2020 is complete! Summary for Fall prompts to come next.

5 🌟 #gothichorror

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Book 32 #murder2020 @Tove_Reads

227pts #tbrbook #teamreadnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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jenniferw88
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#bookreport week 12/12/20 @Cinfhen

Finished Veronika & The Ashes of London
Started In These Times by Jenny & The Strange Case Of The Alchemist's Daughter
Continued The Disorderly Knights

142pts #teamreadnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious

TrishB Got your card today Jenny, thank you 😘 11mo
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rrkreads
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Such a fun and awesome read!!! The humour, the camaraderie between the ladies, the imagination & creativity of the author were all top class!

I am conflicted over my favorite character. I loved them all. But, if I have to choose I'll pick Mrs. Spool & Beatrice + Diana ( it's a tie b/w them 😊)

I'll definitely be picking the next book in the series soon. This book was so worth it!

#bookreviews #booksblr

ozma.of.oz This whole trilogy is absolutely delightful! I hope you enjoy the second one! ❤️ 12mo
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rrkreads
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Ooh the audiobook's such a pleasure to listen to... I already want to stay up the whole night listening to it...

#rrkreads #DecReading #2020

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LeticiaToraci
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Pickpick

This was really well written and entertaining. The Audiobook version was quite well done too and I couldn't stop hearing it. Though this wasn't really Horror but a Retelling with the daughters of very much known characters of Victorian Gothic stories. #Booked2020 #GothicHorror @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I love when a good narration elevates the reading experience 🥳 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like a fun choice for this prompt, considering it‘s horror. 😱 12mo
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wanderinglynn
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Mehso-so

A mash-up of monster stories. I‘m not normally a fan of retellings and using classic characters, but this one was interesting. But while there were things I liked about this story, there were just as many I didn‘t like. Hence the so-so rating.

I‘ve lost track of what number book this is for #screamathon & #scarathlon #teamharkness & all the various readathons I‘m currently in the middle of. 🤷🏼‍♀️😆☠️

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LeticiaToraci
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Awesome—how is it so far? 14mo
LeticiaToraci I haven't started this novel yet but I read a short story collection by the same author and it was awesome. 14mo
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bookishunicorn
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Good Morning, Litsy loves ☀️🍂

A little morning reading is good for the soul.....

AkashaVampie Is this ur picture???? Love the way the house looks. 1y
julesG Mind popping by and decorating my house? Looks amazing. 1y
bookishunicorn @AkashaVampie It is, and thank you! 😊 1y
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bookishunicorn @julesG Thank you! I'm terrified to decorate any one else's 🙈 1y
AkashaVampie @bookishunicorn is that how it looks yr round or is it just for fall??? I'd love to have a place like this.. @julesG is right. U could make some money in decorating. 1y
bookishunicorn @AkashaVampie Aww that's sweet! Minus the pumpkins, it pretty much looks like that year round. It's definitely my favorite spot in the house! 1y
AkashaVampie @bookishunicorn ur welcome. I would never wanna come out of there. Great job with it. 1y
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ozma.of.oz
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📕 The Strange Case of the Alchemist‘s Daughter
✒️ Noelle Stevenson
🎬 Stardust, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
📺 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, She-ra and the Princesses of Power
🎤The Score
🎶 She Used to be Mine from Waitress the musical

#manicmonday #letterS @JoScho

Megabooks DS9 is so underrated! 1y
Ruthiella DS9 is also my favorite! 1y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Pickpick

It all starts when Mary Jekyll, with the help of Sherlock Holmes, discovers she has a sister... whose last name is Hyde.

From there, Mary, the proper Victorian lady, stumbles on a conspiracy of mad scientists & the women they have created & abused.

To tell you all the literary figures that join the cast would spoil part of the fun, so let‘s just say that by the end we have a team of awesome women who all lovingly embrace the label “Monster”.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk This series starter was fantastic on audio. Also Catherine was my favorite monster. Oh, and Justine too! They were both my favorites. 1y
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StaceyKondla
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Pickpick

I‘ve had this on my TBR since it was first released in hardcover. Finally dove in and bounced back and forth between print and audio that I checked out from the library. It is a delightful feminist mash-up of Jekyll & Hyde, Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and Dracula. I will definitely read the next in the series.

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this one. A bit of historical fiction and crime in one. Mary Jeykll, Sherlock Holmes and Watson all help to solve the Whitechapel murders plus more strange happenings. It is the first in 3 books. #bookcovers

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emmaturi
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Mary Jekyll stared down at her mother's coffin.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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downtherabbithole
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I was skeptical, but it‘s got my attention #24in48

ozma.of.oz I adore this whole trilogy! 2y
downtherabbithole I‘m really happy I picked it up 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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reading_rainbow
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i can‘t wait to start this one, the entire premise of these books sound like everything i love. also what a beautiful cover 🖤✨

Mrs_B Love the cover! 2y
reading_rainbow @Mrs_B right!?✨🖤 it‘s a trilogy and each one is equally beautiful, i can‘t wait to own them all. i‘m such a sucker for a good cover 😩 2y
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jenniferajanes
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Pickpick

This book was so much fun! It tied Jekyll and Hyde, Rappaccini‘s Daughter, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and more classic horror/science fiction tales together into one mystery. I definitely want to read the next two books in the series. It would seem that Book 2 delves more deeply into Dracula. #Audible #audiobook #audioworking

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SW-T
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The secret to a well-balanced life is a drink in one hand and a book in the other. Jasmine tea today. Sometimes the simplest pleasures are the best ones. 🙂

#bookworm #bookandtea #readingtime

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Layover distraction

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benderbooks
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Pickpick

Overall a strong recommendation with a few caveats.

Strengths: a fun and inventive world, a mystery that‘s fun to follow, and a unique story telling structure that keeps you engaged and chuckling along.

Potential Negative: Goss went for a particular dialect that immerses you in the period but if late 19th century words aren‘t for you then it might be a turn off. The ending is rather extended and this was my only real negative in reading it.

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benderbooks
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All I can do is after. Pockets are amazing!

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benderbooks
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So this quote came after describing the main character with a pale face, dark circles, and pale hair ... which I feel like describes me on a bad day after little sleep ... so I guess I‘ve also seen a monster in the mirror 🙃

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benderbooks
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When I read this it made me smile, and I felt like “yeah we‘re young and monstrous and we‘re going to change this world!”
So far it‘s interesting to see how Goss compares and contrasts the idea of monster. While in this instance she uses it in a positive sense, she can also use it in the traditional sense that can catch your attention. I‘ll post that quote some time soon🤓

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benderbooks
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While roaming the bookshelves I came upon this book and got some “The Princess Bride” vibes from what appears to be narrators interrupting and man that book was a ride when I read it back in high school so I am excited to possibly find another fun kind of adventure! I‘ll be sure to let you know how it goes 🤓

ozma.of.oz I love this series! I hope you enjoy it! 2y
benderbooks @chaoticgoodhufflepuff thanks! So far I really like the world she‘s building in the book 2y
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Ekkross
Pickpick

Yessssssss! I loved this!

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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

Goss brings together the characters of several 19th-century gothic tales (and a couple of their authors and real-life characters) to have new adventures together. Interweaving these parallel stories is an interesting concept, and the feminist bent is kind of fun, but each character telling her own story overlayed with the commentary of the others becomes tedious.

@StayCurious @Clwojick @Bookworm54 #WinterGames #TeamNutcracker #TBRRead

Bookworm54 16 points :) 2y
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Ekkross
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I have this (only slightly) problematic habit of starting too many books at once, but I couldn‘t resist

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Heretherebedragons
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Oh my goodness! What a lovely, generous #jolabokaflod gift! @Jess thank you so much! I was so excited, I opened it first thing this morning. The reading socks are the coziest, and I can‘t wait to dig in to these lovely books and chocolates. You‘re right, this should totally be a tradition here in the U.S. TY for making this a Jolabokaflod to remember.

Jess Glad you liked everything! Have a great day and a happy holiday season. Happy jolabokaflod 2y
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ulrichyumiodd
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I loved the idea of writing a story about the daughters of mad scientists in literature (Jekyll/Hyde, Moreau, Frankenstein, Rappaccini). Each character has their own defined personality, and they mix well together. The comments in the narrative can seem distracting, but I was conquered by the touch of humor they provide.

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SmartSassery
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this story quite a bit. I'm seriously looking forward to the others in this series. This monster mash-up is perfect for me. The way it was written was quite cute and comical. I was giggling the entire way through. 🖤

#TBRRead
#WinterGames
#JingleBallers
@FantasyChick

FantasyChick I really liked this book. 16pts 🎄 2y
SmartSassery @FantasyChick same. I kept putting it off too. 2y
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Debdeb
Pickpick

This book is fabulous! I love how it brings together some many other books & characters in such a perfect way! Especially enjoy the style of writing where the characters add their notes and observations in the margins as it were!

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sherryvdh
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While listening to my audiobook and cooking supper, I look out the window to see this.

Nope. No thank you. Who do I speak to about returns or exchanges? #IWantFallBack
#audiocooking

Tamra Indeed! 2y
marleed That‘s just wrong! 2y
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majkia

Amusing, and well written. Perhaps better titled “ Revenge of the Daughters“

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thereadingowlvina
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This book is a WOWZA! Brilliant plot, impressive cast of literary characters & engaging writing. No complaints! I loved it and will be reading the next book in this series!

Rating: 4.75⭐

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2947815225

MandaMT YES! I started this series this summer. They‘re great! I think the3rd one is out now. I‘m excited to check it out! 2y
thereadingowlvina @MandaMT Oh I better start reading book 2 real soon! 😁 2y
MandaMT Good luck! That one is a brick. Took me two weeks with hours of daily reading to get through. Still fun though. 2y
thereadingowlvina @MandaMT Ha ok! I guess it'd be like reading a Stephen King novel! 😁 2y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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It's monsoon season in Bangkok which means... traffic jams. The perfect opportunity to keep reading this fun gothic fantasy full of monsters and Victorian sensitivities

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Lucy_Anywhere
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Woohoo! #BFCR4 begins today! Here are my goals for this challenge - 6 books in 6 weeks, gym four times a week, and (the hardest goal of all) NO SNACKING.
@wanderinglynn thanks for organising it again.
@4thhouseontheleft @LapReader @rsteve388 let's smash this!

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 2y
4thhouseontheleft You‘ve got this! 💪🏼 2y
Linsy Good luck!! I need to do something like this after I have my baby. It‘s been embarrassingly too long since I‘ve been to a gym! 2y
Lucy_Anywhere @Linsy thanks! And congratulations! I haven't Nicene to a gym for years until a couple of months ago, and I didn't even have pregnancy as an excuse 2y
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tjwill
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I sped through the audiobook, which features the daughters of several classic horror characters. I especially liked Mary Jekyll and Diana Hyde, and now I‘m starting the also referenced book, The Island of Doctor Moreau, because I had never read it. Oh, and it also contains Sherlock Holmes! Very fun mystery with monsters and science! #scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

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