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#Roll100 @PuddleJumper

Well, my original #24 doesn't come out till February so switched it for #Gladstonerds book club pick for Jan instead.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads is #49.

PuddleJumper Not being published until Feb does make it a bit challenging 🤣 2w
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Because no month is quite complete without a pretty map, here‘s my year around the world in books.

I read 30 for #ReadingAsia2021, which isn‘t too shoddy, attempted a decent number of my #readaroundtheworld books, and finished my #chunksterchallenge2021. The rest of my challenges fell by the wayside a bit.

However, I did also manage to finish an acceptable number of #buddyreads (ie more than ever before!) & #gladstonerds bookclub reads.

rockpools For 2022, I‘m cutting right back on the challenges and going for a no-pressure reading year, aiming for 12 books from #readaroundtheworld, 10 books from #ReadingAfrica2022, #Gladstonerds and a looseygoosey approach to #bookspin!

My reading goals (in reverse order) are:
- track with StoryGraph
- No more than 3 books at any time
- No stress. Enjoy it!
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rockpools Happy New Year and Happy Reading! 📚🥂📚🎉📚 2w
Librarybelle Yay! The maps looks great, with lots of good reading in 2021! And, it sounds like you have a good plan for 2022 😁 2w
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rockpools @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB Thank you for running these challenges- they‘ve really pushed me to find books from the smaller countries, and I‘ve loved seeing what everyone else is reading. 2w
TrishB Happy new year- I love the no more than 3 books! 2w
rockpools @TrishB I feel you might find that easier than I do! 2w
BarbaraBB Well done and you are very welcome. On to Africa! 2w
squirrelbrain I like the no stress goal… I tried not to sign up to so many challenges this year but…. 🤷‍♀️ Actually so far I‘m only doing #newyearwhodis and #booked2022 so not so bad (yet!) 2w
Nute Wow! That‘s very impressive! I feel that the activity of reading needs to be non-stressful in order to be enjoyable. Here‘s to fun reading experiences in 2022! Happy New Year, Rachel!💜🥳💜 2w
Megabooks Great job Rachel! 2w
rockpools @Megabooks Thanks Meg - and happy new year! 2w
rockpools @Nute I got a bit tangled up in trying to get through stuff, rather than enjoying the ride this year, so… Happy New Year to you as well Kimberley, and I hope your reading is relaxing and inspiring. 2w
rockpools @squirrelbrain That sounds about right 🤷🏻‍♀️. What are we like?! There are so many AMAZING challenges- but only 24 hours in the day. My aim is to be in such a Zen space by November that I can sign up to NYWD again! 2w
rockpools @BarbaraBB Very excited for these. We‘ve been following a YouTuber on her travels around Southern Africa this year, so I have images of the landscapes in my head. Looking forward to words and people to go with them 😊 2w
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Dear #jbuk #gladstonerds folks. I‘ve been having a case of the Decembers, and not posting as I‘d like to, so sorry this is so delayed. Thank you for your cards (you‘ve found lovely cards this year!), the bookmark (I look forward to finding the least appropriate book possible to use it in Trish) and the gift (I can guess what it is, but I can‘t guess WHAT it is, Helen 🥰).

rockpools Thank you even more for your friendship, for keeping me laughing, and for being such an incredibly bad influence on my bookshelves this year! 1mo
Oryx Likewise ❤️❤️ (especially the bad influence part 😉) 1mo
rockpools @Oryx I deny everything 😘 1mo
squirrelbrain We‘re like one big happy family of book enablers! 1mo
TrishB Always happy to help 😁 1mo
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About time for a #bookreport /#weeklyforecast. I feel like my reading is all over the show the last couple of weeks. This probably bears that out!

Sassana Stone - My #Malta read. Historical action adventure. It‘s quite fun, but I may get bored by the end, despite the rave reviews on GR. Many chases and shootemupiness.

Sweetness of Water - #gladstonerds read. I‘m doing audio. So far… it‘s fine, but I haven‘t fallen in love with it yet.

rockpools Chainsaw. I have fallen in love with Jade. But yknow. Horror. Might take a while!

Race for Tomorrow. 😕 Fascinating, but not gripping 🤷🏻‍♀️

And at some point in the last few weeks I finished Sunne 🎉🎉🎉❤️ and secrets 💕🌊🏚

Next week: more of the same - I want to start 2022 with a clean slate 🤣🤣🤣

Have an AMAZING week. Happy reading 😊
TrishB Great post Rachel ♥️ have a great week. 1mo
Cathythoughts I loved Sweetness ❤️… I might have to try Chainsaw 👍🏻 Have a good week X 1mo
Caroline2 Oh I need to start Sweetness! 👍 1mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! You finished your chunkster!!!! 1mo
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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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Thank you #Gladstonerds! Picked up this months book at work this afternoon, and came home to your very lovely postcard, with everyone‘s messages. I am SO sorry I didn‘t get there!

@squirrelbrain @TrishB @CGainor3 @jenniferw88 @julesG @Leniverse @scripturient @Oryx

squirrelbrain We missed you! I hope you like the book… I did! 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely card ❤️. I really enjoyed this book too 2mo
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Leonard and Hungry Paul | Ronan Hession
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rockpools Huh. I like the sound of that one 😊. Are you safely back home now? 2mo
julesG @rockpools Yes, thank you. It was just Deutsche Bahn throwing a spanner. 😁 2mo
jhod Oooh I have this on my shelf! Good date!! X 2mo
squirrelbrain I really like the sound of this one too. 2mo
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Books I bought on holiday/#ReadingRetreat

A few will be Christmas presents. Two are for my "books I really really liked" shelf. A book from the travel section. And yes, there's a memoir. I know, @Cinfhen, I don't read memoirs. Or at least I didn't until this November.


squirrelbrain No wonder the plane and train were delayed - they were both too heavy! 2mo
julesG @squirrelbrain It might have been the 400 teabags. 😁 2mo
Caroline2 Oh good haul! 😯 2mo
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The Haunting Season: Nine Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights | Andrew Michael Hurley, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Laura Purcell, Jess Kidd, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins, Sara Collins
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Cold and windy winter nights call for the appropriate literary accompaniment. ❤️ #gladstonerds #readingretreat

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 2mo
squirrelbrain Are you up early again Steffi?! 😘 2mo
scripturient @squirrelbrain Yup, been up since five. 😂 But finished another book. 😊👍🏻 2mo
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squirrelbrain Yay for finishing another book! 2mo
julesG Early bird! 😉 2mo
jenniferw88 😊 I think my top that I'm wearing will go well with this book cover! 😂 2mo
Oryx Absolutely perfect picture. I love that book light - I saw those once and was very tempted. Now I'm regretting that I didn't get one! So pretty. 2mo
Caroline2 I really enjoyed that book. 👍 🕯 👻 2mo
ju.ca.no I‘m going to start this next🥰 2mo
DrexEdit Wonderful photo! I have that same book light. It's awesome! 😎 2mo
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We appear to have regressed back to school age here at Gladstone‘s library…. We‘re having a (not quite) midnight feast à la Mallory Towers or the Chalet School….. except ours involves alcohol!

Plus ginger cake, nuts and chocolates!

#readingretreat #gladstonerds

Chrissyreadit This has been so much fun to see! 2mo
JamieArc I agree with @Chrissyreadit ! I have loved seeing these posts! 2mo
Nute I have been having so much fun ‘with‘ you guys. Wonderful posts!🤗 2mo
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squirrelbrain Thanks for your lovely comments @Chrissyreadit @JamieArc @Nute - it‘s so nice that you‘ve enjoyed our weekend from a distance! 2mo
BethM So jealous! 2mo
LeahBergen Okay, you‘re killing me here. 😆😆 I so want to be hanging out with all of you! 2mo
batsy Aaah that looks like the best time ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s fab … so jealous ! Cheers 🥂 enjoy 😊 wine & cake & chocolate.. I can‘t cope ! (edited) 2mo
Chelsea.Poole 😍 2mo
tracey38 Sounds like a fun time! 2mo
CarolynM Delightful! What a lovely way to spend a weekend. 2mo
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Crazeedi Very interesting looking 2mo
julesG @Crazeedi Total cover buy. Walked past it on my way to a different section of the bookshop. My mind going: oh, interesting cover, you need to pick this up on the way back from the fantasy section. 2mo
julesG @Crazeedi have read the first two stories (moon landing, south pole expedition) and am really liking it 2mo
Crazeedi @julesG most times the impulse buy is the best one. My sister always said if you want it get it because then you don't later have the thought "oh I should have gotten. 2mo
Andrew65 Looks interesting, 2mo
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