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The Book of Etta
The Book of Etta | Meg Elison
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Lareliw
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This entire series is incredible. I usually plan my library days every two weeks, but for this I actually put it on hold and made a special trip. I'm not transgender, but I feel very much that I relate to Etta. He feels forced to be not himself when he's around his community, and I think that's a difficult feeling. Highly recommend all three books.

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BookaholicNatty
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Soo sooo sooo good! I have been flying thru this series. Two books in 6 days is fast for me and a sign that these books are FABULOUS! Etta/Eddy is a strong character and I was routing for her the entire book! In a world where things are hard and cruel she goes above and beyond to do what‘s right. This book shows differences in all kinds of people that leaves you with an open mind. I‘m headed to get the third before I go away this weekend!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic!! 🧡🖤 2mo
riversong153 💜💜💜 If you pick it up before me let me know your thoughts!! 2mo
GypsyKat @Meltotheany takes pretty pictures for her blog. 🧡🧡🧡 2mo
BookaholicNatty @GypsyKat she really does!!!! I loved this one! 2mo
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riversong153
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Great follow up to The Book of the Unnamed Midwife. A tough read because of so many trigger warnings but definitely worth the read. I couldn‘t put it down. I‘m happy that the third installment is out now!

BookaholicNatty I‘m working on it. About 100 pages in! And I just picked it up this morning lol 2mo
riversong153 @BookaholicNatty Omg, it is sooo worth it. Let me know if what you think when you‘re done! 2mo
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BookaholicNatty
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This came in sooner than I thought it would and I‘m so stoked! I flew thru the first book in 3 days and can‘t wait to see what journey this book is going to lead me on! Unlike the first book where the main character was a midwife, Etta is a scavenger who tries to save the lives of women and children who have been taken by brutal slave traders after the great plague that wiped away the world of almost all women and children! Can‘t wait! #SeriesRead

riversong153 It‘s really good so far! 2mo
squirrelbrain Let me know how you both get on @BookaholicNatty and @riversong153 - I loved the first one but I‘d *heard* this one wasn‘t as good so haven‘t tried it.... 2mo
riversong153 @squirrelbrain the second one is definitely different but I think it stands up and is really good so far. I think people may think it‘s less good because going through the tragic events that happened to shift the world seems more interesting than already living in the new world that has been created as a result of what happened. 2mo
TheSpineView 🤩🤩 2mo
EmilyM Just stacked the first one! Looks good! 2mo
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AudreyMorris
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The sequel to The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, this book begins 100+ years after the first book. Elison has had to do post-apocalyptic world building for this, which I love. Etta lives in Nowhere, a town founded by the Unnamed Midwife, who is revered. Etta is a raider/scavenger—she must disguise herself as a man, since there is continued problems with pregnancy and birth, and surviving girls are unusual. A good read.

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Conservio
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Lovedddd it! I feel like this a great book club read and has a lot of discussion points.

#apocalypse

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Kelican17
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@FantasyChick Here is some comfort and understanding from my Etta May and myself 💚

Alfoster Awwww!😍👏👏👏 1y
LauraJ Etta May is the perfect name for her 😻 1y
Wife @LauraJ I call her Etta Mayhem 😈 1y
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LauraJ @Wife Hahahaha! Cecil is Cease & Desist 1y
Wife @lauraJ I like that!🌹 1y
FantasyChick Thank you so much for sharing! Etta May looks like her name suits her! 😘😘😘 1y
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Cinfhen
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#NuYear This is book two from The Book of the Unnamed MidWife series...it‘s set in the near future where women are a scarce “commodity.” Etta is a #warrior she roams the desolate land searching & rescuing relics of the past and braving the threat of brutal slave traders, who are capturing women and girls to sell and subjugate. This could be read as a stand alone, but I enjoyed book one more. Book three is in the works 🧝🏼‍♀️🧝🏼‍♀️🧝🏼‍♀️

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been wanting to read the first book. 2y
Redwritinghood Like many books, I have these two on my Kindle waiting to be read. I keep hearing good things about the series, though. 2y
TrishB Great book 👍🏻 2y
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TNbookworm I loved both of these books👍 Can't wait for the third one! 2y
Cinfhen Have you heard any word about when the third book will be published @TNbookworm ? I liked these books @Redwritinghood @Reviewsbylola Let me know your thoughts if u get to them 2y
TNbookworm @Cinfhen I haven't heard anything about when it will be out but it better be soon! I do know the name is The Book of Flora, saw that on Goodreads. 2y
Cinfhen At least there's a title... thanks @TNbookworm 🤗🤗🤗 2y
TNbookworm @cinfen welcome☺ 2y
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rachelm
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Reposting this interview from the @LitsyFeministBookClub page! We are reading BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE this month and Ellison agreed to answer a few questions for us on dystopia, feminism, and preparing for a disaster:

https://booksthatshookus.com/2017/12/19/elison-interview/

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🎧 I started this one 2 weeks ago and I‘ve been ghosting it since. Listening to it feels like a chore through no fault of the narrator. I just find the pace sluggish and the writing a bit turgid. It‘s time to move on to something more promising. Why did I get it in the first place when I thought ‘The Book of the Unnamed Midwife‘ was just “So-So?” #Blameitonaudiblesales

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🎧 Next up: Sequel to ‘The Book of the Unnamed Midwife‘, IIRC this story is set in a post-apocalyptic world devastated by “the Women‘s disease” which kills child-bearing women and their newborns. This is from the POV of a character readers meet in the first “Road to Nowhere” book and the audiobook is narrated by Adenrele Ojo.

TrishB A good read 👍 2y
MaureenMc And apparently it takes place in St. Louis? 2y
Dogearedcopy @MaureenMc Yes, though in this future world, place names have become derivative, so “Saint Louis” is now “STL.” Contextual clues like the arch help the reader recognize the locations. 2y
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kyraleseberg
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This book takes place 100 years after the first in a city called Nowhere which treats the diary of the midwife as their bible. Etta dresses like a man (Eddy) when she goes outside the city to raid as it is still dangerous to be a woman on the road with the threat of slavers. She meets people very different from herself, changing her perception of the way of life created since the collapse of the "old world".

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kyraleseberg
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I think it's time to read this sequel before I get pulled in to all my Halloween reads 👻

TrishB It's a good one 👍 2y
kyraleseberg @TrishB I loved the first and this one has grabbed my interest immediately also! 2y
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BookswithB
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Though I enjoyed the first book more, this was good, and I'm definitely looking forward to the last installment...curious how this is going to wrap up!

Review soon to come.
#thebookofetta #thebookoftheunnamedmidwife #audiobook

mrozzz My librarian just recommended this to me yesterday! It's not a standalone? 2y
BookswithB @mrozzz nope, this is book 2. 😉 2y
mrozzz Okay thanks! She didn't say that 2y
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BookswithB @mrozzz no prob! Did you ever check out the first one?? 😃 2y
mrozzz No they didn't have it! When I'm back home I'll check again. 2y
BookswithB @mrozzz Aw, I hope they have it at your home library! 2y
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lmcd
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Thought provoking in some interesting ways. Different than the first book, but compelling and well written.

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lmcd
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Enjoying this so far. Different than the first book, but good.

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Cinfhen
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As book number two of a trilogy it's a pick ~ as a stand alone, it's a so-so. I found this story less captivating than book one, and the writing was not on par. Etta's story was bleak and the story had some underlying messages, which felt forced. I'm curious if book three will wrap things up. Overall a pick and I'm looking forward to the final installment.

TrishB Agreed 😀 hoping it all comes together in the last one! 2y
Reviewsbylola I rarely ever continue on in series. I don't know why. So if I eventually get to Unnamed Midwife I may skip this one. 2y
Cinfhen Book one was really good and left me wanting more. Book two was a bit of a let down but now I'm fully invested...I would still read Unnamed @Reviewsbylola How are you liking 2y
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Cinfhen I know @TrishB hoping book 3 ends on a high note!!!! 2y
Reviewsbylola I'm liking it but don't feel like I'm fully immersed yet. I absolutely love the setting though and I remember you saying to stick with it in the beginning. 2y
Cinfhen Yes..I did say it's a slow start and somewhat confusing in the beginning...give it a bit of time. I also think it's hard to read any book when you have little kids at home...I admire how many books you read! I wasn't able to read much when my kids were little 😝 2y
minkyb Good review! 2y
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Cinfhen
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#RockinMay Day 30?My latest read is definitely a #WildWorld woman are rare, a valuable commodity...Men hunt and enslave them, keeping them as future "breeders". In Book two, our heroine is a slave raider...freeing woman and girls & slaying their captors. So far this book is dark and bleak. I'm riveted but not fully smitten like I was with book one ~ Book of the Unnamed Midwife. ?"But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware" ?

DebinHawaii It does sound like quite the wild world. I think I have the first book on my TBR list but you have me want to move it up. 👍 And of course I now can't stop singing Cat Stevens to myself & Max so thanks for that! 😬😬😬🙀😾😿 2y
Cinfhen Earworm all day!!! But it's such a classic song!!! #sorryNotSorry and I'm a fan of this series @DebinHawaii 2y
TrishB Good choice 😀 this one is definitely even darker than the first and has some different themes. 2y
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Cinfhen @TrishB I'm a bit disappointed with the writing in this book, it lacks polish and the buildup is a little slow going. I agree definitely a different tone & message so far (gender identity & feminism) 2y
TrishB Yes, agreed. Have to admit to being a bit confused at first - thought I'd forgotten a character! 2y
lauren.lerner Ooooh I loved this one! I can't wait for the Book of Flora to come out. I thought it handled some tough topics really well. I can see what you mean about disjointed but I thought it suited the story and Etta very well. 2y
kyraleseberg I just started book 1 and am enjoying it despite the generic (so far) plot. 2y
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Cinfhen
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Enjoying the beautiful weather and my new read! Book two of The Unnamed Midwife is off to a promising start.

Redwritinghood I have both books in this series and still need to read them. There's never enough time to read everything I want to read. 2y
Cinfhen I usually don't like post apocalyptic worlds but these books are really compelling @Redwritinghood 2y
minkyb I just bought both books for my kindle. Out of sight, out of mind! 😅 2y
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TNbookworm Loved Book of the Unnamed Midwife. This book is next on my list, can't wait to continue this story! 2y
TrishB I enjoyed these 😀 2y
Reviewsbylola Unnamed Midwife is still on my TBR. Didn't realize it was the first in a series. 2y
Cinfhen Apparently this is a trilogy @Reviewsbylola 😌definitely read it already @minkyb @TNbookworm 2y
minkyb @Cinfhen trilogy??? 2y
Cinfhen Yup...trilogy @minkyb but book 3 is not out yet! 2y
minkyb So @Cinfhen do we get to add all the pages together when it is a series in order to make it look like we read chunkers? @TrishB 2y
TrishB @minkyb @Cinfhen that's how to read them 'chunk' them down 😂 I will still be very intetested in number 3! 2y
Cinfhen I absolutely think so @minkyb 🤓😘 2y
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Cinfhen
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#FridayFlowers + #BookMail = JOY 😇Wishing Ya'll a wonderful weekend

KarenUK Lovely 💕 2y
CherylDeFranceschi 💕💕 2y
TrishB Enjoy the book and the weekend 💚 2y
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Sarah83 😍💐 2y
Cinfhen Thanks so much @KarenUK @CherylDeFranceschi @TrishB @Sarah83 I'm most definitely looking forward to this sequel 😁 2y
Simona Same to you❣️ 2y
DebinHawaii Gorgeous flowers! 💐Happy weekend! 😀👍 2y
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TrishB
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Just finished this, a great follow up and I'm looking forward to seeing how the trilogy ends.
Very deep themes in this one about gender roles, feminism etc.

Cinfhen I must get to this one since I loved 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen you'll love this one too 😀 darker again. 2y
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lauren.lerner
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"Maybe you just show up one day and everyone thinks you're part of a story that's already happening and what you really think doesn't matter." • Incredibly powerful and a worthy sequel to The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, dark and gripping. I won't say more for fear of spoilers, but if you like #dystopian fiction & don't mind it dark, you should absolutely check out this series. • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

TrishB I have it ready on the pile! Just read the first one last week! 2y
lauren.lerner @TrishB - it's a worthy successor to the first book, which is absolutely one of the best dark dystopian fiction novels I've ever read. 2y
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lauren.lerner
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Hoopiefoot Lol. Your hashtags are the story of every road trip Mr H and I take. Happy reading! 2y
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lauren.lerner
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Current situation. 👌🏻 • Finally got down to the swing for some creekside reading. No sign of the duck duo, but I did watch a blue jay take a bath in the creek. It's so peaceful here, I wish I could take it with me. • #areadwithaview #springbreakreads #roadtripreads

Lmstraubie Such a pretty view! 2y
leslieisreading So idyllic! Looks like you're having a lovely vacation! 2y
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Court7
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I wish we had gotten to see more of Etta's society and I am not sure I liked it as much as the first but overall still a great read.

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Smrloomis
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I stayed up way too late in order to finish this. It was so unbelievably dark that I'm surprised I was able to read it. If you can stand the dark subject matter then I highly recommend it. Now I have to wait for the third one! #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia

TrishB I have just purchased number 1 😀 2y
Smrloomis @TrishB YESSSS! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2y
TrishB @Smrloomis Hoping to get to it soon! 2y
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ReadingEnvy I started listening to it today! 2y
LindsayReads As a St. Louisan, I'd love to know if the city actually factors into the story. The cover says yes, but I can't tell from the description... 2y
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I really liked the first book of this series, so interested in this one. I have the audio.

Smrloomis Very interested to hear what you think! I'm really enjoying it (despite some tiny things that bug me). 2y
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Smrloomis
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"...I bet every little city has a man like the Lion, someone who climbed to the top using women as the stairs." I am having trouble articulating why I loved the first book in this series so much and how engrossed I am in the second now, but this quote may help a little.

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bookishkris
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This was, if possible, even darker than Book of the Unnamed Midwife, but just as excellent. I all but inhaled it, and it seems there's going to be a third book. One of the best dystopian series I've read.

RanaElizabeth Ugh. This book drives me nuts. I read primarily on my nook and this, and the first, aren't available that way. I really want to read them but not enough to actually buy them. I've checked the library too and they don't have a physical copy either. 2y
ReadingEnvy Ooh I really need to get to this one (edited) 2y
bookishkris @RanaElizabeth what nook are you using? If you have any of the tablets you can get the kindle app and read them that way. 2y
RanaElizabeth @bookishkris I read on a Samsung tablet so yeah, I could buy it from Amazon. It just burns my bun that none of the three libraries that I have access to have it in ebook format. 2y
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Clare_Riley
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How good was this!! Exciting, insightful, and stark. Gender issues also feature strongly in this, in different ways - not just the precarious existence of the women where they are by and large seen as commodities or brood mares. Not a book for the faint hearted as there is some quite unpleasant stuff in here, but even so, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Bring on the Book of Flora!!

TrishB I have just brought the first one in the series 😀👍 2y
Clare_Riley You won't regret it @TrishB !! 2y
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Cinfhen How is the book so far?!? 2y
Leo1733 @Cinfhen Very, very good. I'm less than a quarter through it I think. I'm trying to go very slowly because it will end too soon, I'm sure. 2y
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Clare_Riley
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This interview with Meg Elison was quite interesting (and there will be a third and final book in the series!): http://www.unboundworlds.com/2017/02/meg-elison-reveals-book-etta-came/?cdi=3060...

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Sabrina1
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The Book of Etta came in the mail today. Can't wait to start it! 📚

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Leo1733
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They arrived the same day, the much anticipated first grandchild and The Book of Etta! We will be sure to cultivate an early and deep love of reading in this little darling!

Needless to say, I haven't gotten to actually start reading it yet though!!

moranadatter Congrats! 🎈🎉 3y
cathysaid She's smiling as she holds a book! 💕👏 3y
sherryvdh So precious! 💕 3y
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SharonGoforth Congratulations!! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess She is beautiful!💕 3y
Redwritinghood Congratulations! 3y
Reviewsbylola Omg I die. ❤❤❤ 3y
CrowCAH Adorbs! Congrats! 👶🏼 3y
Bibliogeekery ❤️❤️ 3y
AlaMich And is she wearing a little tutu?! So much cute!! 3y
Ruri_kaichou Aw~~~ congrats! What an adorable photo!! 3y
Annl Congratulations! The journey I have shared with my grandchildren has been one of the best of my life! 3y
readinginthedark 😍📚❤️ 3y
Meredith3 How exciting!! 💞🎉 3y
Megabooks Woo hoo! So cute! 💖💖 3y
Leo1733 @AlaMich yes, it's a little tutu. There was a matching bow but it is bigger than her head! Thank you everyone! 3y
ScientistSam Congratulations!!💕 3y
OrangeMooseReads So beautiful! 3y
Mariposa_Bookworm Congratulations!!! 3y
jmtrivera Congrats! 3y
SoniaC Precious baby! 3y
Smangela 😍😍congratulations! 3y
Lmstraubie Congrats! 🍾🍾🍾 3y
StaceyKirsch My beautiful great niece ❤️💕 2y
StaceyKirsch Is the book you made be stop to get at your house before I was allowed to come to the hospital to see my niece? 2y
Leo1733 @StaceyKirsch yes, it's the book mail I had you pick up! Thanks 2y
Cinfhen Belated congrats on the new baby! She's precious 🌸💖🌸 2y
Gissy So beautiful! At this time, the little one has two months already! Lovely picture! ❤ 2y
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Clare_Riley
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It's not such a bad life when all you have to worry about is the fact that you're trying to squeeze in reading two novels and a graphic novel at the same time (eldest son had a good appointment with his orthopaedic Consultant yesterday, so we're all a bit giddy 😆)....

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Clare_Riley
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Anyone else think that books are like buses? You wait for ages for one, then they all seem to come along at the same time... it's a good job that it's the school holidays! Oh, wait a minute, I have children to entertain 😫

BookishMarginalia So true! 3y
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Smrloomis
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It's out! 🎉🎉🎉

Clare_Riley This has been delivered on to my kindle, and I'm wondering if I can read 3 books at the same time.... 3y
Smrloomis @Clare_Riley I say yes 😉👍🏽 3y
Suet624 😂😂😂 3y
Clare_Riley @Smrloomis The challenge is on! 😂 3y
Smrloomis @Clare_Riley super! Don't forget to report back 😉 3y
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bookishkris
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It's midnight somewhere, so look what arrived in my kindle app! Must. Not. Start. Reading. Tonight. I'm so exhausted from housework and work-work, but eeeeeeee! SO excited.

Clare_Riley This is where I'm grateful for my kindle. I can get to reading straight away!! 3y
Cinfhen Can't wait to hear your thoughts 💕 3y
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Leo1733
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This should be here Tuesday and I can not wait!!

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