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Started Early, Took My Dog
Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
Tracy Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective-a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge. Meanwhile, Jackson Brodie, the beloved detective of novels such as Case Histories, is embarking on a different sort of rescue-that of an abused dog. Dog in tow, Jackson is about to learn, along with Tracy, that no good deed goes unpunished.
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Finished my first book of #24in48! I had under 100 pages left so was easy to get this one done. Atkinson continues to be maybe my favorite writer ever and I absolutely loved this fourth installment of the Jackson Brodie books. Can‘t wait to read Big Sky, and I need to figure out how to watch the tv adaptation. 5 hours, 7 minutes done and going strong!

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Well, I enjoyed the fourth installment of the Jackson Brodie series- though this one left a lot more unanswered questions than the others that makes me very thankful that I didn‘t wait almost nine years before getting to start the next book!! This one is a bit darker and not quite as funny, but is still an engaging and hard to put down read! #DogsOfLitsy

AmyG You have a handsome dog model. 💙 4w
GypsyKat 😍 4w
TorieStorieS @AmyG Thanks- he loves to have his picture taken, luckily!! 🤣 4w
TorieStorieS @GypsyKat Thanks we love him too!!!❤️ 4w
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It‘s been a whirlwind of a weekend. My husband has been in Florida for 3 days and my panic disorder has been in full swing. I‘m finally calm enough to enjoy reading, so I‘m taking full advantage of this quiet morning and reminding myself that, through it all, I‘m still a good mom, even when I have to push past the panic to love on my kiddos.

Happy reading to all on holiday, today! I hope it will be peaceful and enriching.

Notafraidofwords Sending you lots of hugs. 2mo
saresmoore @Notafraidofwords Thank you, sweet friend! ♥️ 2mo
DivineDiana Yes, you are! ❤️ 2mo
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saresmoore Thank you, Diana! 🥰 @DivineDiana 2mo
ShyBookOwl I know the feeling. So glad you got at least a little peace in. 💛 2mo
saresmoore @ShyBookOwl Thank you. It‘s tough to live with, though much better than it used to be. Have you found anything that helps when you‘re beginning to spiral? 2mo
batsy ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
TrishB I concur - you‘re a great Mum. You‘re a person too, sometimes it‘s hard being both ❤️ take care. Sending hugs. 2mo
Kalalalatja You are doing the best you can everyday, and that‘s enough. Take care ❤️ 2mo
MicheleinPhilly You are a superhero. When I am in the throes of panic I can‘t even take care of myself. Your kiddos are lucky to have you. ❤️ 2mo
saresmoore @TrishB Too true! I think, now that my kids are halfway to adulthood, they appreciate getting to see my human side. I just have to remember that it‘s a good thing. Thank you. ♥️ 2mo
saresmoore @Kalalalatja Yes! We all are. Even the perfectionists who don‘t believe it (me). 😄 Thank you, friend. 2mo
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly I‘ve no doubt you are capable of rising to any occasion. Teeth chattering nausea + certainty of imminent death is just brutal, whether in the company of minors or alone! ♥️ Lucy was appalled when she offered me chocolate and I politely declined. “Not even chocolate helps?!” #harshtruths 2mo
AmyG Feel better. I have this mediation tape that i listen to when I panic...sometimes makes me feel better. Hope all has passed. And yes, it‘s important to let your children see you are a human being...not perfect as none of us are. It‘s truth and It allows them to feel and be human themselves. 2mo
Mtroiano ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a great reminder to yourself. ❤️Hugs. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @saresmoore just recognizing that I'm creating the spiral and telling myself I'll get through it as I have before is a big help. It doesn't stop it, but it keeps me somewhat grounded throughout. Unfortunately, I still have a ways to go before I can feel in control of it. Only beginning to seek help recently. How about you? 2mo
Tamra It‘s good to know we aren‘t alone! 💚 2mo
saresmoore @AmyG Thank you for that truth, Amy. I‘ve been recognizing my need for more meditative practices—your reminder is helpful! 2mo
saresmoore @ShyBookOwl That is so good! I‘ve been practicing a lot of cognitive behavioral therapy techniques for a long time. The complications of many phobias cloud my awareness sometimes. I‘ve managed & coped for over 15 years, but am recognizing that it‘s time to find a good therapist and banish this shit forever! Ha! Best wishes for your journey to health. ♥️ 2mo
saresmoore @Tamra Isn‘t it? My mom also has it and reminds me that it‘s no different than a physical ailment, nothing to be ashamed of, and a perfectly acceptable reason to take a break or back out of commitments, if needed. Just remembering that I‘m not a solitary freak of nature is a huge help! 🙃♥️ 2mo
Tamra @saresmoore definitely not! We all carry our challenges with us. Isn‘t it funny how in clear moments I can unequivocally say my fear or anxiety is irrational or overblown, but in the moment that is lost or not entirely helpful. The mind is a weird thing, like it highjacks itself. 🤨 Being a parent brings out the worst for worries on many levels. But it is something of a comfort knowing it‘s very typical! 2mo
ShyBookOwl @saresmoore I couldn't agree more! I'm curious about CBT too. I'll have to look more into it. All the best on your journey, as well! 2mo
Merethebookgal *hugs* 💗💗💗 2mo
saresmoore @ShyBookOwl All books surely have their flaws, but I‘ve found Brené Brown‘s The Gifts of Imperfection (I‘m a total perfectionist) and the tagged book to be helpful. 2mo
ShyBookOwl @saresmoore thank you! My therapist actually asked me to watch her Netflix special! I better get on that 😳. I'll stack her book as well! 2mo
Sarah83 *hugs* 😘 2mo
ShyBookOwl @saresmoore I just started doing the what-if exercise in this book with a bunch of my fears and I learned A LOT about myself. This is really eye-opening. Thank u for the rec! 2mo
saresmoore @ShyBookOwl Awesome! ♥️ 2mo
bookishdawg Thank you for sharing! You are not alone... anxiety took me on a wild ride yesterday and I can finally settle down to read too. Take care 💕 2mo
LeahBergen Ugh! Sending love to you, my friend! 😘😘 2mo
saresmoore @bookishdawg Wishing you a rejuvenating day! ♥️ 2mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Thank you, friend! 🥰 2mo
Branwen So sorry to hear about the panicky feelings, friend! *hugs* I am sending lots of love and peaceful thoughts your way! 💕 2mo
Branwen Also, you're not alone! We're all here for you! 💕 2mo
BarbaraBB Sending love and strength dear Sara 💜 2mo
readordierachel 💕💕💕 2mo
emilyhaldi ❤️ 2mo
Suet624 Awww, sweet one. I‘m sorry this continues to dog you. Much love to you. 2mo
Lindy 🌻🧡🌻🧡🌻 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Hugs 💖💖💖 2mo
BooksForEmpathy ❤️. 2mo
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“Tracy wondered if her own parents would have been willing to sacrifice themselves to save her. Her mother had lingered on after Tracy‘s father died and in her final days gave the impression that she wasn‘t going unless she could take Tracy down with her. Her mother had the DNA of a scorpion, built to outlast a nuclear winter. The cancer got her in the end, though... The diamonds and cockroaches were free to inherit the earth now she was gone.“

DivineDiana Oh my! 😕 2mo
Izai.Amorim What exactly made her doubt? 😂 2mo
Lindy I adore the Jackson Brodie books. 😊 2mo
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After finishing a disappointing read, settling back in with Kate Atkinson‘s clever & lively storytelling is a delight!

This one (as the title hints) is teeming with Emily Dickinson references. Every little allusion and connection in her books is like a chocolate Easter egg, waiting to be discovered.

TrishB She‘s awesome ❤️ 2mo
saresmoore @TrishB Reading her books is comforting, satisfying, and inspiring all at once. I love how her characters are tragically, yet wonderfully imperfect and you get to be inside each of their heads. 2mo
Dragon Loved this series 💕🐉 2mo
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saresmoore @Dragon I‘m very much looking forward to the fifth one in June! (edited) 2mo
Dragon I‘m excited to hear there‘s a new one coming!!! 😀👍🐉 2mo
Theaelizabet Kate Atkinson provides my comfort reads. 2mo
saresmoore @Theaelizabet Same for me. She writes about hard things, but it still comforts me. 2mo
Theaelizabet @saresmoore Exactly. I think I trust the intellect at the helm. 2mo
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There is about to be an epic and elaborate Harry Potter themed, magical-egg-gathering treasure hunt ‘round here...but first, coffee and a bit of Kate Atkinson.

Happy Easter, friends!

4thhouseontheleft Sounds magical and delightful! 3mo
Dragon Jackson 💚🐉. Happy Easter 🐣 3mo
Cathythoughts Happy Easter 🐣 to you !! 3mo
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TrishB Have a good day 😘 3mo
batsy Have a good one! 3mo
Kalalalatja Sounds lovely! 3mo
BiblioLitten Happy Easter! 🐣😊 3mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh, how exciting!! Have fun! 😘😘 3mo
Centique That sounds wonderful. Enjoy! 3mo
Suet624 A little late, but Happy Easter! 3mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Thank you, Sue and the same to you! ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
AlaMich Don‘t you love those double-walled mugs?! They keep your beverage hot much longer than ceramic! They break easily though. I speak from a lot of experience. 🙁 3mo
saresmoore @AlaMich They‘re the best! But yes, definitely fragile. These small ones have been good because they‘re easier to handle for my tiny, clumsy hands. 😆 3mo
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#startedfromthebottom #timbittunes
First one that came to mind. Love Jackson Brodie and can‘t wait for the new one!

Cinfhen I love the title and book blurb sounds really good! 6mo
Cinfhen I see now, it‘s part of a series 😬 6mo
LeahBergen I can‘t wait! 👍🏻 6mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen it is👍🏻 it‘s nothing like Life After Life!! 6mo
TrishB @LeahBergen me neither 😁 6mo
CarolynM So looking forward to the new one! 6mo
TrishB @CarolynM I can‘t wait 😁 6mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm late to the party and just read my first Atkinson this year. Which is the first in the Jackson Brodie series? 6mo
Avidreader25 I didn‘t know there was a new one coming out?!?! 6mo
TrishB This one 👍🏻 6mo
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This was just okay- it didn‘t really hold my attention & there were some unsatisfying loose ends left. #MountTBRChallenge #33

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Starting this while chilling at the pool. #MountTBRChallenge #kindleswimsuit

CarolynM I loved this one 13mo
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I live in quite a small place between some towns and cities in Yorkshire. Best entry I can provide for #SetInYourHomeTown is this book by Kate Atkinson which is set in the nearby (25 Miles) city of Leeds, or could look at the DI Joe Plantagenet books by Kate Ellis set in Eborby (fictional version of York - 39 Miles). Two excellent female authors. #ReadingWomenMonth

EadieB @Andrew65 Own this but haven‘t read it yet! 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I‘ve read the first one in the series which I really enjoyed but not read this one yet. Do want to. 13mo
EadieB @andrew65 Case Histories - Haven‘t read that yet. 13mo
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Vacation reading. 🌊🌊🌊

MicheleinPhilly 😍 So jealous! Enjoy! 1y
DivineDiana Now that‘s a view! 1y
Trashcanman Super sweet. 1y
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I made it to Pike's Peak! 12 TBR books down ... Hopefully 88 to go 😮📚

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I'm disappointed in this series. I loved the first one, Case Histories, so much that I got the other 3 to read all at once. But while reading One Good Turn, I couldn't remember what I liked about it. When Will There Be Good News? redeemed it; I was thrilled again. But this last one... I actually fell asleep during it - twice!😧. If there is more Jackson Brodie to come, I won't be along for the ride.

PS - Jasperkitty is not impressed, either 😏

DGRachel Bummer! I've only read Case Histories which I enjoyed but had so much other stuff to read, I never got to the 2nd one. Guess I don't have to worry about it. 😕 2y
Sweettartlaura It's up to you, of course, @DGRachel , but if you start #2 and don't like it very much, I'd say bail - it's uneven from there on out. 2y
Avidreader25 Completely agree! First and third were fantastic but second and fourth were so forgettable. 14mo
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#page24ofyourcurrentread #readjanuary

"Twinkle" vs "vagina" ... Talk amongst yourselves ?

DragonSadhana Well, "grab her by the twinkle" sounds hilarious. ?? 2y
Sweettartlaura @DragonSadhana It does 😂😂😂 2y
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Started this book and it seems like I was missing something; by page 17 I discovered it was the 4th book in a series. My question, continue or pause and begin at the beginning? Thanks in advance.

DGRachel I advise going back to the beginning. I really enjoyed Case Histories and Jackson Brodie. 3y
Avidreader25 Case Histories is the first in the series and the best! I would definitely start there. 14mo
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The fourth and final (so far) Jackson Brodie mystery, which kind of gives the poor guy a back seat to the main character of Tracy Waterhouse, who makes some surprising choices that leave the reader questioning what the ethics of certain situations really are.

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I hadn't realized this was part of a series but worked as a stand alone. This kept both me and my teenager entertained on a long car trip. Great characters and enough twists to keep us guessing until the end.

LeahBergen I love this series. 3y
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I wasn't paying attention to the series sequence and this is book 4 where I'd only read book 1. Still a winner though and now I can go fill in the gaps with glee.

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The $5 book sale of English books at the Tokyo book store is almost over!

I am LOVING Life After Life so far, and want to read more by her!

coffeenebula This series is SO good! 3y
Bibliogeekery This whole series of hers is so good. It is a funny series in that it isn't explicit that it is a series or that there is an order but they feature the same few characters and are chronological. It's worth looking up the order and trying to follow it. 3y
Lindy I agree with @bibliogeekery - best to start with Case Histories, although not strictly necessary. Love the Jackson Brodie series! 3y
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Love Kate Atkinson and her Jackson Brodie books never disappoint

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My least favourite book in the Brodie series and least favourite by Kate Atkinson. I felt like it jumped around and I didn't really care about the characters or the plot. I was disappointed.

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