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Just One Damned Thing After Another
Just One Damned Thing After Another | Jodi Taylor
History is just one damned thing after another - Arnold Toynbee A madcap new slant on history that seems to be everyone's cup of tea... Behind the seemingly innocuous faade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document - to try and find the answers to many of History's unanswered questions...and not to die in the process. But one wrong move and History will fight back - to the death. And, as they soon discover - it's not just History they're fighting. Follow the catastrophe curve from eleventh-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake ...
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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-9-19: My 91st finished book of 2019! #justonedamnedthingafteranother #joditaylor 👍🏼📖#️⃣9️⃣1️⃣

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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-8-19: My Friday hour of alone time. #justonedamnedthingafteranother ☕️🍽🥨📖

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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-6-19: New delivery from the library! #justonedamnedthingafteranother will be my first one up! 👍🏼📖👏🏼

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monalyisha
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Pickpick

If you‘re looking for a fun (but not mindless) series to delve into, this should be it!

It‘s speculative/historical fiction about a group of eccentric academics (is there any other kind?) who travel through time to discover the “truth” of history. The books — & Madeleine Maxwell, their protagonist — are funny, smart, sexy, & profane. In the first book, we visit the Cretaceous Period.🦖 (I wish Roanoke was in my future, but they‘re SUPER British.)

monalyisha Some of the mechanics were questionable (how can the characters work as nurses in battle — literally with life & death! — & not affect history?)...but the story was so satisfying that I‘m wholly willing to tell any doubts I have to shush. 🤫 3mo
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monalyisha
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I am LOVING this story about eccentric, young academics preparing to travel back in time to discern the “truth” of history!

I have to be honest, though. My listening comprehension skills aren‘t up to snuff. The narrator is very quick & British and I am very slow & American. Especially at 8am. I‘ll probably read the next one in-print.

Here is my car. It is dusty. I have cookies.

DivineDiana Yes! I have the same problem when I am watching a British film! 4mo
QuietlyLaura The cookies will help! 😊🍪 4mo
lilistar I loved the first book! I've read the first three such a good series! Enjoy :) 4mo
Lucy_Anywhere I really enjoyed this as well! 4mo
rather_be_reading cookies! 4mo
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NEgardener

So far I‘m loving this adventure!

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NEgardener

‘Hold on,‘ said Chief Farrell. ‘I‘m duty officer this week and I want to see if the fire alarms go off.‘

They didn‘t.

‘That‘s good, isn‘t it?‘ I said.

He sighed. ‘No, it just means they‘ve taken the batteries out again.‘

This really was my sort of place.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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I'm a quarter of the way through #TBRbingo I love the summer holidays... lots of books and all the time in the world.

Except for packing up and leaving Spain. And then moving to Thailand. ARGHHHH...

mcipher That sounds like such an adventure! But probably not as fun in real life, huh?! 😊 5mo
Lucy_Anywhere @mcipher You would not believe the paperwork! I am excited, though 😀 5mo
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Pickpick

I enjoyed JUST ONE DAMNED THING AFTER ANOTHER a lot. It was fun and full of snark, and reading about the eccentric time-travelling historians of St Mary's was exactly what I needed after the interminable slog that was 2312. A quick, easy read that fit my mood perfectly. ⭐⭐⭐

Squidapus Just picked this up so good to hear Squidapus will enjoy it! 5mo
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CatAndKindle
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He was calm and soothing and had a reasonable explanation for everything. No woman should have to put up with that.

Lillie Fun book! 5mo
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BookishShelly
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Pickpick

An entertaining and fast reading time travel adventure novel. 4⭐️

LiteratiCafe I liked this series it was fun 5mo
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CatAndKindle
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You put dinosaurs and people together, you always get screaming.

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CatAndKindle
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historians are easily distracted. Attention span of a–what was I saying?

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CatAndKindle
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I‘d like to think we‘d do the right thing but I suppose you never know until it actually happens to you.

Laura317 I love this series!! 6mo
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CatAndKindle
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I‘m shallow. I can only do one emotion at a time

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CatAndKindle
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The reason I can‘t deal with sympathy is because I never bloody get any.

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CatAndKindle
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Health and Safety is something that happens to other people and there was no time to stand and stare.

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CatAndKindle
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‘It was nearly an emotional moment, but we took it like men.‘

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CatAndKindle
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it's not just any old panic. It's highly trained panic. It's taken years of hard work and practice.

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WeeWeegieBookworm
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Pickpick

I don't know if it's because I've gotten to know the characters better since I first read this, but I enjoyed the audio drama much better than the book 🙈🙈

annahenke I loved the audios. 6mo
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CatAndKindle
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‘I‘m fine,‘ I said, because that's what you always say, even if your head's just fallen off

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CatAndKindle
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I was an historian and cautious and sensible were things that happened to other people.

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CatAndKindle
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I never thought I‘d say this, but nothing you learn at school is ever wasted! Years of bunking off had finally paid off.

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CatAndKindle
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People see what they expect to see.

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DGRachel
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My book is back home after a nearly 3 year journey around the globe. Fun to see the comments from my fellow #24HRR members. 😊 @Smarkies Thank you for the bookmark! I love it! And thanks to @andreadmw and @GirlMeetsBook for coordinating this whole thing!

Smarkies I am glad you like it! 😁 6mo
DGRachel @Smarkies It‘s perfect and I will treasure it! 😍 6mo
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Smrloomis
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Hmm... thinking of starting this series. Anyone else read the series and have strong feelings either way?

annahenke It's super fun and light. Love it on audio! 6mo
Dogearedcopy I ❤️ this series! I think of it as “Magic Treehouse for Adults!” Definitely in the light and fun side 🙂 6mo
Smrloomis @annahenke @Dogearedcopy Thanks! That‘s very helpful and sounds good 🤔👍🏽 6mo
Redwritinghood It‘s fun, but not too much depth. I‘ve done a few on audio, but I‘m in no rush to finish the series. 6mo
Smrloomis @Redwritinghood fun sounds good but I‘ll have to give one a go and see 🤞🏽 6mo
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CatAndKindle
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Don‘t expect any gratitude from the rest of the human race.

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CatAndKindle
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Nothing good ever happened on a Friday morning.

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CatAndKindle
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‘Show me a cup of tea and I‘ll show you at least two historians attached to it.‘

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CatAndKindle
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‘Please take a minute to think very carefully before proceeding.‘
Thinking carefully is something that happens to other people.

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CatAndKindle
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Silence holds no fears for me. I never feel the urge to fill it as so many other people do.

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CatAndKindle
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‘Go straight up the drive and through the front door. You can‘t miss it.‘
A bit over-optimistic there, I thought. I once got lost on a staircase.

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CatAndKindle
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you cannot let your home circumstances define your entire life. You are intelligent–you have abilities of which you are not even aware.

DGRachel I love this book. 😍 6mo
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RachelO
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Mehso-so

Time to catch up on my holiday reviews.

I‘d been looking forward to reading this for ages (slightly nonsensical time travelling historians - yes please!), but honestly was a little disappointed. Yes, there were 🦕 🦖 & war zones & the library of Alexandria, but there was so much else going on, you barely got to spend any time in the past. Chaotic fun, but not quite what I was expecting- I may try another in the series, one day! (Old grouch!)

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RachelO
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Back in Devon, dreaming of Greece!

My weekly #bfc check-in:
✅ Fitness goal: Over 60000 steps (85000ish) across Greece, Turkey & the UK.
✅Book goal: Read ‘Just one Damn Thing After Another‘ & ‘Strange Weather in Tokyo‘ (AND finished Gone with the Wind - started way before #bfc, but it needs celebrating!) 2/6
😬 Will be able to do more cheering this week, now I‘m on actual wifi! But steps and books will both be competing with work, so more tricky..

wanderinglynn Way to go! Excellent first week. 🙌🏻 7mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 7mo
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wanderinglynn Also, the tagged sounds like an interesting book. Stacked! 👍🏻 7mo
TrishB And I‘m dreaming of Devon!! 7mo
britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 7mo
LauraBeth Way to go! 7mo
nu-bibliophile Pretty! 7mo
squirrelbrain That‘s a LOT of steps! Glad you had a fab time.... 7mo
kspenmoll Great work!!! 7mo
Bookwormjillk Great job 👏I‘ve been wanting to read 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! 👏 7mo
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Jhullie
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I have finally succumbed and bought a Kindle. My overjoyed sister gifted me a book through her amazon account which she has had for years, long before Australia had their own Amazon. Unfortunately, I am with Amazon Australia and the book she gave me is not available here, they offered me a gift certificate instead but it also is not available on Amazon AUS so I would have to temporarily migrate my account to the US, to retrieve it. Nope. Refund!

Lizpixie I know! Gives me the shits that our Amazon is so useless. I‘ve been having to send books to a friend in the US & having her send them to me. And I have Prime! 7mo
rretzler So frustrating...I can‘t help but wonder why amazon would not have the offerings in Australia? Perhaps it is a publishing rights issue? 7mo
Kaye I don‘t know much about it, but I do think they say that it depends on the publisher . Some books available in the UK might not be available here for several months or longer. The books from AU are always a lot more expensive here. Even Kindle versions. Not sure why. They don‘t have to mail them to me. 7mo
Dragon Enjoy your Kindle! 📖 7mo
Tamra Enjoy! Pretty soon your Kindle TBR will be on the same scale as your paper TBR! 😊 Does your library offer Kindle friendly ebooks? (edited) 7mo
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mkittysabibliokitty
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Pickpick

Just finished this and it was so hilarious! Needed a cozy mystery and an alternate history book for my #readharder2019

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WeeWeegieBookworm
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Mehso-so

Though I did overall enjoy this book, it took me sometime to really get into it. I love the concept and the character and I'm curious to see what twists and turns the series will take. Despite all this though, I didn't get emotional invested which is why I'd only give it 3/5. I will continue the series at some point however and I'm looking forward to trying to audio drama version 😊

Leniverse I loved the first book and then was disappointed with book two and three (and there I stopped). Too much angsty drama and even formulaic angsty drama at that! Very disappointing. But I've got the audio of the first book in a new series by her, a paranormal thriller, and I have my fingers crossed. 8mo
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rwmg
Mehso-so

Not as good as I'd been led to believe but good enough to keep me reading

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rwmg
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thea-block
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Pickpick

A fun time-travel, sci-fi, historical romp to get through the last of this winter weather! Not the most well-written book I‘ve read, but still readable, and quite fascinating! It‘s not light, in that many characters die and tough things occur, and it‘s not reverent, but it‘s a lot of fun! There are some dark parts, so this will be a series I read in the daytime. If you like Doctor Who, this one is for you!

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Purrsistently
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Listening to the audiobook and this meme complements the mood 😹

Eggbeater 😂 9mo
KatieDid927 YEP 9mo
Weaponxgirl 😂 9mo
Darklunarose Yep! This sums it up perfectly! 8mo
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ChristyM
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Pickpick

I‘d like to give this a Pick Minus, or maybe a So-So Plus. I love a good time travel book and the concept of this series is appealing - a cabal of adventurers skip through time, solving historical puzzles and getting into trouble. The science is slight and the characters kind of wooden. I could do with more historical details too. Some day I‘ll give book 2 a try.

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Bookworm-Bobbie
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this. It was funny, had adventure, sad bits, happy bits. A quick fun read (although I listened to it on audiobook). Maxwell is recruited to St Mary‘s, and there her life truly begins. Just don‘t think too hard about the plot line.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#musicalnewyear #timewarp
I read this first book of a zany time-travel-through-history series for a book club. I know many people enjoyed it, not my jam, though.

Cinfhen I‘m not big on time travel either 🙄 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Funny - I loved this! Ready to start #3 11mo
vivastory That's too bad. it sounds like a fun one! 11mo
Zelma Wasn‘t my thing either. I like time travel books but this one didn‘t work for me and I bailed. 11mo
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“Thinking carefully is something that happens to other people.”

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toric
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Pickpick

I read this book purely because i see it everywhere. I didnt even know what genre it was. I think i lucked out cos it was lots of fun. Its about time travelling historians

There was some annoying tropey bits that ruined my immersion and the main character was an idiot to her boyfriend but these all seemed minor when the book was so fun overall

Photoed with tissues as I have a horrid cold 😔

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toric
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I struggled to start this book due to a book hangover from my last read and because I found a new tv show but I'm jolly glad I have started it! I'm loving it. Great characters so far and a really interesting plot idea

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esurient
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Bailedbailed

I was shocked by the high praise this series has gathered. The heroine was entirely TSTL, and I bailed at the midway point, about the time the romance kicked in. The world-building was an interesting premise, but everything else was horribly cliche.

#unpopularopinion

esurient What I liked: A secret society of time-traveling historians! 13mo
esurient What I hated: Every. single. character interaction. 13mo
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Amandajoy
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Found a cute little tea shop. Luckily I have a book to keep me company while I wait for the tea to brew. 📚🍵

Sace What a lovely picture! 14mo
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