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Owl Service (UK)
Owl Service (UK) | Alan Garner
Winner of both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, this is an book combines mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships.
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I really had to service this owl! (I crave forgiveness for the awful pun!) A 1000-piece Christmas jigsaw which, as the pieces are deceptively similar, I've only just finished. The art work is by Angela Harding 🦉

Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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GypsyKat
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Meant to post this days ago 🙈🙈🙈 I really enjoyed this one! Kind of a dark fairytale/folktale feel to it. A little mysterious, a little creepy, definitely worth the read if you‘re into this kind of thing.

Darklunarose I finally read this book earlier this year and loved it. 3mo
CarolynM 3mo
batsy Yes! It's so good 💜 3mo
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rockpools
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Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this, although I‘m not too sure what just happened. And ‘Cold Kippers‘ may be my new answer to anything I really don‘t want to face. And the audio was gorgeous.

Based on the Mabinogion legend of Blodeuwedd, this 1960s retelling weaves in issues of social class & Welsh language prejudice in rural Wales. Completely weird and quite creepy.

Not sure why this was never on my radar - thanks @Centique 🦉

LeahBergen I thought this was great, too! 4mo
Centique I‘m so glad you liked it! Yes, I had to go back and reread a couple of sections to try and figure out exactly what happened. Cold Kippers! 4mo
GypsyKat I just got this on Audible, can‘t wait to listen! 4mo
batsy One of my favourites! 4mo
squirrelbrain Sounds intriguing… if rather odd! 4mo
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Centique
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I loved this. It‘s a kids book, but also an enjoyable couple of hours as an adult read. Just the right amount of spooky for me so this could be a good Halloween read. The characters are the stars here, and their changes and interactions drive the narrative more than a propulsive plot. Events are less neatly explained than usual for a children‘s book which is part of its delight. Do we really know what is happening? ⬇️

Centique Gwyn is wonderful, his humor upending haunted house stereotypes and keeping things unpredictable. I‘d need to explain some of the jokes and tensions to my 11yo (eg the class differences) so it may be a book better read together with your kids. 4mo
Centique That‘s a native NZ owl, called a ruru. 🦉🦉🦉 4mo
Texreader What a great review and a darling owl! 4mo
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CarolynM I read this as a child (probably 10 or 11) and loved it. Even then it wasn't my usual sort of book (I've never been into spooky, and I left magic behind with the Faraway Tree) so I think that goes to show how good it is. 4mo
LeahBergen I first read this only a few years ago and thought it was wonderful! Great review. 🦉 4mo
rockpools This might have to be my nod to October spookiness. Thanks Paula 🦉 4mo
Centique @CarolynM it‘s so good. I liked Gwyn so much, I can easily see myself reading this many times, a bit like The Summer Book. 4mo
Centique @Texreader thank you! They are lovely owls and they are often called “morepork” as that‘s what their call sounds like they‘re saying! 4mo
Centique @LeahBergen thank you Leah 😘 4mo
Centique @rockpools oooh I hope you like it! 😘 4mo
Jeg I read this many many years ago and I remember I loved it. 4mo
batsy This is one of my favourites! So glad you enjoyed it 💜 It has a great unsettling atmosphere. 4mo
Centique @Jeg I‘m among a wonderful group of fans here😍 4mo
Centique @batsy it sure does! I do love a good creepy atmosphere 💀💀💀 4mo
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Whalien99
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Mehso-so

3 stars

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Darklunarose
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Being pagan I have heard the story of Blodeuwedd through story and song so many times, it was interesting to hear the story woven through this book. I enjoyed reading this children‘s book, it‘s been on my list for so very long.

CarolynM I remember loving this when I read it a long time ago🙂 (edited) 1y
Darklunarose @CarolynM sometimes kids books are some of the best. 1y
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Darklunarose
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New ebook to start tomorrow! I have wanted to read this one since I was a kid.

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emtobiasz
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This older (1960s) #ya retelling of a Welsh story from the Mabinogion didn‘t quite work for me. The writing style and unsettling story reminded me of Diana Wynne Jones‘s Fire and Hemlock, which I found similarly hard to appreciate as an adult reader. I‘m beginning to think I just don‘t respond well to too much ambiguity in my folk tale retellings 🤷‍♀️ oh well! #socialdistancereading book one down!

rubyslippersreads I‘ve had this on my TBR list for ages, but the fact that I loved Fire and Hemlock as an adult makes me hopeful. 😊 2y
batsy This is one of my favourites but it's told in a style that can be quite hard to warm to. Love the photo! 2y
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ImFeelingMoody
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Genre: Horror fiction, Young adult fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Occult Fiction

Book title: Wishtree

Author: Katherine Applegate

started: december 9, 2019

finished:

why i chose the book: I'm into horror and fantasy stuff. i also like owls. :P

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RamsFan1963
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1. 📖 Tagged. This book scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, so weird and eerie.
2. 🎥 The Owl and The Pussycat (1970)
3. 🎶 Night Owl - James Taylor

#manicmonday @joscho

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🖤🦉 3y
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Lindy
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My YA book club voted this one of their favourite novels out of the hundreds we‘ve read. The group actually read it before 2003, which is when I joined, and I‘ve only this year got around to reading it. Now, I understand their love and admiration for this haunting and compelling novel that brilliantly explores personal relationships and societal structure in the UK. Eerie touches of myth and magic in an atmospheric, realistic setting.

Lindy PS: my vote for favourite (we voted some years ago, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the book club) went to (edited) 3y
BethM That sounds good! 3y
Lindy @BethM I have to hold myself back from gushing about it. 😁 3y
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batsy Um, I love your review! 😁 I also tend to gush about this book and find it hard to articulate its hold on me. Eerie, haunting, compelling ... yes! 3y
batsy (I need to read Skellig!) 3y
Lindy @batsy I‘m glad you like my review, and yes, do check out Skellig. I think you will love it. 3y
LeahBergen I was so surprised at how ... hmm... mature?... it was when I read it. I‘m a fan! 3y
CarolynM I read it when I was a child, I loved it and I still think about it. @batsy you summed up my feelings. 3y
Lindy @LeahBergen Yes, it‘s a sophisticated novel. My friend Claire in Auckland did a buddy read with me. In Auckland and in Edmonton, the book is shelved in the children‘s collection of the library, so we talked about the ideal age for reading this. We settled on age 12 and up. @batsy @CarolynM 3y
CarolynM I can't remember exactly how old I was, but it would have been 13 at most (I was a very precocious reader🙂) (edited) 3y
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Lindy
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Gwyn: That‘s the all-year-round cultural pursuit in your family. Not Upsetting Mummy.
Alison: Don‘t talk like that.
Gwyn: You‘re not having much luck with it, though, are you? Mummy was upset yesterday, and Mummy was upset the day before, and I bet you anything Mummy will be upset today. I wonder what pleasures tomorrow will bring.
(Internet image)

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻♥️ 3y
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Lindy
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The actual plate that inspired Alan Garner to write The Owl Service is on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Can you see how the two parts of a stylized owl can be pieced together from the design?

rubyslippersreads Now that I‘ve seen this, I really need to read the book. 🦉 3y
AmyG That‘s so beautiful. And I DO see the owl. 3y
kspenmoll Such a beautiful plate. 3y
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readordierachel Yes! And it's lovely. 3y
ladym30 That is absolutely stunning. 3y
Lindy @kspenmoll @ladym30 I agree. 😊 3y
Lcsmcat Beautiful! 3y
Lindy @Lcsmcat I‘m glad there are so many fans of fine dinnerware on Litsy. 😊 3y
LeahBergen I loved this book. ❤️ 3y
Lindy @LeahBergen 😊👍 3y
batsy It's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. And yes @rubyslippersreads you must 🙂 3y
Lindy @batsy 😘🤗 3y
Tanisha_A Just so beautiful! 😍 3y
Tanisha_A Just so beautiful! 😍 3y
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Lindy
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Is it a children‘s book? Of course it is, and of course it‘s not only for children. Nowadays, I‘m very glad to say, children‘s literature is taken seriously by academe, and not dismissed as trivial. The Owl Service is one of the books that made that possible and necessary. 50 years after it was first published, we can see that it was always a classic.
(From the introduction by Philip Pullman, 2017)

erzascarletbookgasm Stacking! Thanks for highlighting. 3y
Lindy @erzascarletbookgasm You‘re welcome. It‘s spooky and sophisticated. I hope you enjoy it. 😊 3y
batsy Such a brilliant book. 3y
Lindy @batsy Indeed. I‘ve just read it as a buddy read and my friend Claire and I will discuss it over FaceTime later today. 3y
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LeahBergen
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Eek! This 1967 children‘s classic, based on Welsh mythology, is bizarrely creepy from the get-go and I‘m loving it.

🦉🦉🦉

JennyM That book looks beautiful, and the shelves behind 😍 Lovely pic (edited) 3y
Qpri So much to admire in this picture 😍😍😍 3y
merelybookish Gorgeous edition! This book is super weird! I felt like I needed a course in Welsh mythological afterwards! 3y
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merelybookish *Welsh mythology. 🤦 3y
LeahBergen @JennyM @Qpri Thank you! 😘 3y
LeahBergen @merelybookish I‘ve already been Googling The Mabinogion! 😳 3y
TrishB Beautiful 💕 3y
rubyslippersreads What a gorgeous edition! 😍 3y
merelybookish @LeahBergen I know. And his writing is so tight, a lot happens in the span of a few lines 3y
batsy The weirdness is so, I don't know, total. Weird from start to finish and the creeping dread... Ooh, I love it. Gorgeous edition 💕 3y
Flaneurette I‘ve never heard of this one! Stacked! 3y
LauraBeth *Me trying to decide which is the prettiest thing in this picture* (edited) 3y
LeahBergen @TrishB @rubyslippersreads It‘s a pretty edition, isn‘t it? 😍 3y
LeahBergen @merelybookish @batsy I finished it last night and I‘m still turning it all over in my mind. It‘s so lyrical and mature for a teen novel! I‘ve never read anything quite like it and heartily enjoyed it. 3y
LeahBergen @Flaneurette Give it a try ... it‘s bizarrely wonderful! 3y
RealLifeReading Gorgeous cover! 3y
BookBabe I love everything about this photo! 😍 3y
batsy Yay, I'm so glad to hear it! It's definitely one of the most unique, weird, and unsettling books I've read 💜 3y
Reviewsbylola It‘s beautiful. 😍 3y
Moray_Reads Lovely copy, have you seen the Folio edition? 3y
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imyril
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Garner doesn‘t believe in context or warning up his audience: The Owl Service is unnerving from the first page and outright terrifying in places - all atmosphere and spiky characters and brooding secrets. Its only flaw is its abrupt ending; like The Moon of Gomrath, it just stops, leaving me with questions and a mild dissatisfaction. It‘s still awfully good.

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kspenmoll
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#lastday #TampaVacation #LeMeridian #NationalHistoricSite #FederalCourtHouse1902 #LMBPC

Last breakfast in Tampa. Restaurant at hotel all dark wood so photo on dark side.This book makes me want to learn more about Welch myth,folklore, ancient culture.Somewhat ominous,at times sinister tone.Other times natural world takes over. Other world mystery.

merelybookish Agreed! I wasn't familiar with Welsh mythology at all going in. 4y
BookwormAHN Loved the folklore 😸 4y
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kspenmoll
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#LMBPC #groupG #Round2
Sorry to my group- life interfered with my reading much of spring. Catching up with this book in Tampa. Wonderful Wedding is over, staying another day in the city. @bookish_wookish Will be mailing your book Tuesday when I return. Again, apologias for the delay.

Grrlbrarian Love that book! 4y
bookish_wookish no worries! 4y
AJones I absolutely love the book jacket. 😍 4y
merelybookish No need to apologize! I haven't read any books yet this round. So we arent exactly on schedule. 4y
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Moray_Reads
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Alan Garner's coming-of-age story brilliantly interweaves with Celtic mythology to create a tense, atmospheric modern fairy tale
#4newfavsin4days #4newfavesin4days @cinfen

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Gina
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So this is on the cover of the book I just picked up from the library. I just love old books, circa 1968 💟💓💟💓

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Thndrstd
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Truth.

Soon-to-be 3-year-olds definitely do not leave enough of the time

C.Perone Neither do soon to be 23yr olds🙆‍♀️😄 4y
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RealLifeReading
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Isn‘t it interesting how some books can completely bypass you? I somehow never heard of this author or book (published in 1967) until recently, when I was browsing the Libby app and looking for library ebooks to read to my kids. I have to admit that the lovely cover did attract me to it, as did the foreword by Philip Pullman.
Reading it with a slice of homemade walnut-coconut bread, some Brie and Yorkshire Gold with milk.

Andrew65 Also recommend his Alderley Series which starts with 4y
kspenmoll Your bread sounds delicious! 4y
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RealLifeReading Thanks @Andrew65 - I also just realized that I had heard of him as his standalone novel Thursbitch is on the 1001 books list 4y
Andrew65 @RealLifeReading That‘s not one I‘ve read, I will have to check it out. 4y
batsy Love this, hope you enjoy. 4y
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BookwormAHN
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@merelybookish I received my package with our next #LMPBC book in it. The Owl Service looks interesting. Thank you for the chocolate and All The Birds in The Sky. I haven't read it yet but I have wanted to. I'm also looking forward to reading everyone's comments on The River At Night 😸
@kspenmoll @bookish_wookish

rubyslippersreads Lovely cover! ❤️🦉 4y
rubyslippersreads @Andrew65 That's another one I need to move up the TBR list. 4y
merelybookish Oh good! Glad you haven't read All The Birds! 4y
saradxxiii All the Birds in the Sky is AMAZING! 4y
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Tonton
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I read this years ago, and it stayed with me because it was surprising to me at the time: it was the same as an adult book in theme and style. (Read YA as well as sharing my Dad‘s library books.) Tragedy, tension, violence and regret of the eternal triangle doomed to loop repeatedly based on Welsh legend played out again with teenagers. Beautifully simple and evocative language.

batsy Lovely review! It's one of my favourites. 4y
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merelybookish
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This pretty came in the mail today. My pick for #letterO in #LitsyClassicsAtoZ. 🦉🦉
@Sarah83

Tanisha_A The cover reminds of Hedwig, the cutest owl! 4y
Sarah83 What a beautiful cover 😍 4y
LeahBergen Oooo! I need this one! 4y
batsy 😍😍 I still haven't gotten this edition for myself... I need to! 4y
merelybookish @Tanisha_A @Sarah83 @LeahBergen @batsy Yes, I love the cover. I'm really excited to read it, too. 4y
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Aliking1986
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Easily one of the strangest books I‘ve ever read. Being Welsh, I loved the links to the Mabinogion but felt there was a lot of confusion, particularly during scenes which included dialogue between the three main characters. The last two chapters were incredible, really intense. It‘s a well woven mystery, a little muddled in places but utterly enchanting.

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Moray_Reads
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A really subtle and sophisticated piece of YA. Inspired by the Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd it is told in beautifully jagged prose and has much to say about prejudice and adolescence, rivalry and cruelty. Garner refuses to spell everything out, crafting unease, uncertainty and frustration in his readers that places them right in the minds of his characters. I once wrote a Tolkien-esque verse version of this myth, it was interesting to revisit it

Tamra I want to read it! 4y
Moray_Reads @Tamra I loved a lot of Welsh-based and Welsh-inspired stories as a child, Jenny Nimmo, Diana Wynn Jones, Susan Cooper but the style of this is something else. Loved it. 4y
Andrew65 His Moon of Gomrath is also good. 4y
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Moray_Reads @Andrew65 This was my first but I'll definitely be reading more! 4y
vivastory I've heard fantastic things about 4y
HippieChickHomeschool Fantastic description! You've sold me! 4y
LeahBergen I've been itching to order the pretty 50th anniversary edition of this one (and finally read it). 4y
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batsy
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Just learned about the 50th anniversary edition of this strange, beautiful, haunting book. With a foreword by Philip Pullman! Want! NEED 😍

Tamra I've never heard of this, I'm intrigued! 4y
Cinfhen That cover!!! 4y
Grrlbrarian Ooh I loved this book. Must own! 4y
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LeahBergen I've wanted to read this for years - and this edition looks like just the excuse I need! 4y
TrishB Lovely 💜 4y
batsy @Tamra @LeahBergen It's a strange book indeed but it has a hold on me. I hope you like it if you do give it a try :) 4y
Ms_T That‘s what you call pretty! 4y
Andrew65 Loved this book and 4y
batsy I've heard good things about that one @Andrew65, can't wait to read the trilogy 4y
merelybookish I have been meaning to read this forever! 4y
Tamra @batsy is it fantasy or sci-fi? 4y
batsy @Tamra Fantasy; it's based on Welsh myth. 4y
Tamra @batsy when I first saw the title I immediately thought of HP. 😆 4y
batsy @Tamra Oh yeah! 😀 But I have to say in tone and content it's very different, much darker. 4y
Tamra @batsy I will check it out. 4y
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brendanmleonard
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I'm so glad I read this book. Haunted and sad, powerful, mystic, beautiful. Lovely language and a page turner of a plot. The present becoming the past, but existing in the same moment, all at once. If you like Neil Gaiman and Phillip Pullman, I hope you'll love this. A classic, and one I hope to reread soon.

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brendanmleonard
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Ready to unwind with a drink and hopefully finish this amazing YA read celebrating 50 years! I am about halfway through the book and it is bananapants.

BookishFeminist Excellent Friday night 👌🏼 5y
britt_brooke This Kentucky girl approves of your beverage selection. #cheers 5y
brendanmleonard @britt_brooke it's my first time trying it! 5y
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batsy I love this book! And I think it's bananapants quality requires a good drink, so you're all set 5y
HotMessJess My husband was sitting next to me and saw the drink and goes "some one has good taste" hahah 5y
brendanmleonard @HotMessJess Haha I have heard it is good! I usually drink Bullet and I am trying to branch out. 5y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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One day, I'll have the silver figure 8 finger splint of my dreams but for now I have a finger wetsuit... #isthisthereallife

Lindy Hope it heals soon. 🌻 5y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Thanks @Lindy it might, its good to stay positive (i really want to wear gloves tho and this is still much to thick... need to look into mittens) 5y
Lindy @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Mittens, yes! I prefer mittens over gloves always. If you have to drive with them, however, look for leather or sheepskin. 5y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Lindy, I have a gorgeous collection of woollen gloves that my Nana has knitted me over the years (including a gorgeous pair of fingerless gloves that I bought the wool for at a wool show last year) I'll have to see if I can convince her to knit me some mittens or fingerless mittens (is that a thing?) Melbourne is cold but no snow so I don't really need them for driving just generally being outside. 5y
Lindy Fingerless convertible mittens are a thing, yes, with a top that flips on and off over your fingers. But if you only need warmth, regular mittens will be better. Cosy. No fiddling. 😊 5y
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batsy
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One of my favourite books that uses the isolated, rural setting of Wales as its own character. Based on the myth of Blodeuwedd from the Mabinogion, this book conjures up the dark forces that can haunt a place and its people through generations. The characters are peculiar and unlikeable and driven to behave in odd ways because of this. This book always leaves me with the most delicious sense of unease. #ruralsetting #AprilBookShowers

Andrew65 A good book! 5y
arlenefinnigan Owls and Celtic mythology? Yes please. 5y
batsy @arlenefinnigan yes, that's right up my alley too! 5y
Tonton Read his trilogy when I was a kid; has stayed in mind ever since. Looking for everything else he has written! 5y
batsy @Tonton Ooh, haven't read that. The only other thing of his I've read is The Stone Book Quartet. So I'm happy that there's more of his stuff to discover! 5y
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MollyLooby
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The characters were bi-polar a lot of the time. One minute they'd be happy chatting to each other, and then they'd be arguing or fighting and hating each other. A lot of the time none of the characters liked each other at all. I could hardly keep up with their emotions they changed so fast. I also didn't feel like I got to know them very well. I wanted to know their fears and dreams, and I felt I only got a snippet of that.

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