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Ais

Joined May 2016

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Pandemonium | Daryl Gregory
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I absolutely loved everything about this book. So different to anything I've ever read before, and there is a distinct heartwarming thread prevalent all the way throughout. Cannot recommend this enough❤️❤️

TobeyTheScavengerMonk This has been on my shelf for probably over a decade and I still haven't read it. Thanks for reminding me I need to. 3y
Ais @TobeyTheScavengerMonk it really is wonderful! 3y
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A 1935 bestseller that tells the tale of a vain, outlandish, anti-immigrant, fear-mongering demagogue who runs for president. And wins. Who promises to make America proud and prosperous once more. 👀

Nat_Reads 😬😬😬 3y
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Perdido Street Station | China Miville
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If ever there was a time to call a book containing 867 pages, too short, this was it. I couldn't get enough of Isaac,Lin, Derkhan and Yag. Mievilles world gbuilding is flawless and his characters so unique. I can't wait to get Book 2 in the Bas-Lag series

Owlizabeth Oooh, maybe this will be my next #YearofRereads pick... 3y
CherylDeFranceschi So so good! And you know, 😢 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk In my opinion (not everyone's, mind you) The Scar is even better. And that is coming from someone who loves Perdido Street Station with his whole heart. 3y
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Gezemice This is on my soon to read list! Glad to hear you loved it! 3y
Ais I can't put in words how much I loved it@Owlizabeth and @gezemice! @CherylDeFranceschi, I know-devastating. @TobeyTheScavengerMonk, I had heard that, that the Scar is definitely his masterpiece. I can't wait to get stuck in. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @TobeyTheScavengerMonk @Ais And I am going to see him today! 3y
Ais @CherylDeFranceschi no way?!! How did it go?? 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @Ais It was incredible! And he was so very nice. Besides which he ripped my brain open. Gah- he is so brilliant! 3y
Ais @CherylDeFranceschi that sounds fantastic! 3y
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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Wtfending indeed, but not in a good way. I saw someone else describe themselves as being duped, and it's the perfect word for it-I got to the end of this and I was genuinely so annoyed! I can't write much without giving anything away which I'm loathe to do. The only character who was in any way intriguing get was Adele, and I would have liked to have seen more about what made her tick. A definite pan for me.

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Life in a Fishbowl | Len Vlahos
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A Litsy recommendation😊

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2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas | Marie-Helene Bertino
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I should know by now that Sunday afternoon naps (while are so, so glorious), lead to difficulty sleeping on Sunday nights! It just means however that I can start this, rather than lugging two books with me on the bus tomorrow!

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The Stupidest Angel | Christopher Moore
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The best opening to any book I have EVER read😂

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | Jean-Dominique Bauby
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No words needed😍

Eastbriar Read this last year, it was amazing. 3y
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Cosmos | Carl Sagan
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My very patient housemate is starting to get a bit browned off about having to answer the door every morning to the postman. Whilst in her dressing gown😂 (I'm normally long gone to work!). These are just a snippet of what's arrived over the last week 😇

JoeStalksBeck I adore Sagan!! 3y
Ais I am really looking forward to that particular one! 3y
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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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SO EXCITED!!!! Work don't need me operational and pleasant tomorrow, I'm SURE of it!

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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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I can't believe I forgot to share this AMAZING secret Santa gift! Ridiculously generous and has made me a v happy girl! Thank you secret benefactor #secretsantagoespostal 😊😊😊

ReadingEnvy Those book covers together are so cool! 3y
Ais They are, aren't they! I'm dying to get stuck in! Such a generous gift 😊 3y
MoniqueReads305 I forgot to include my handle on the pecking packaging info. I hope you enjoy. Happy New Year 3y
Ais @MoniqueReads305 thank you so so much they're fab! So generous😊😊😊 happy new year! 3y
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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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I've been hearing so much about this in the last while, that I'm really excited to start this! Strangely enough however, I don't have the first idea on what it's actually about & I love that I don't! 😊

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Something Rotten | Jasper Fforde
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I just ADORE this series! This was my favourite one by far. More book puns, more Hamlet and an amazing game of croquet❤️❤️❤️

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Yeeeesss! That croquet game! 3y
Ais Just amazing! 3y
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Holding | Graham Norton
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I am ashamed to say that this was much better than I was expecting! While it didn't blow me away, it was still a strong plot, strong character developments and some genuinely lovely and poignant moments. He depicts small Irish rural areas with spot on accuracy! 3star read, without a doubt!

Ais Or should I say DELIGHTED that it was much better than I was expecting and ashamed to say that I underestimated it! (blame New Years drinking last night😂) 3y
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Phoebe and Her Unicorn | Dana Simpson
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A little New Year's Day treat😊

Twocougs ❤Phoebe and her Uni❤ 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon 🦄✨🦄✨🦄✨🦄✨ 3y
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Something Rotten | Jasper Fforde
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Time to throw this bad boy into the mix😊 any chance of extending the Christmas break🙈

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Holding | Graham Norton
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I need to start my book club book - I totally forgot😊 I really hate those stickers though😖

RanaElizabeth If it really is a sticker, a hair dryer is your new best friend. The hot air will loosen the glue enough that you can peel it off cleanly! Seriously, it's magic. 3y
Ais Great idea! Thank you @RanaElizabeth 😊 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RanaElizabeth Brilliant! Now I have another book task to do. 😀 3y
LauraBrook I just got this on audio, hoping to start it in January! Love Graham Norton! 3y
Ais It's starting off incredibly strong:) he's a good Corkonian like myself😁 3y
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The Unquiet | John Connolly
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Another shaky bus trip - this bus is hauling my sick ass back to Dublin from a few days down home in Cork. Looking forward to some quiet time before getting back into work in a few days time!

BookishMarginalia Feel better soon! 3y
LauraBrook I hope you get home safely and start feeling better soon! 3y
Ais @LauraBrook all tucked up in bed with my book and Litsy, what more could you want!! :-) 3y
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Another jolly good tale about the precocious 11year old Flavia. I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series develops-do we see a little glimmer of humanity in Feely and Daffy?? Dogger is without a doubt my favourite character😊

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About to start book#3 in the Flavia de Luce series. It may be time for a midnight snack first though:)

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This one took a little longer to get going than the others in the Charlie Parker series, but still a solid pick from me! Time to dive into the Christmas stash now!

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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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Mam felt sorry for my miserable face, so she gave me my Christmas present early😊❤️

Reviewsbylola Jane Steele!!! 3y
KimSG Love Jasper Fforde!! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Jane Steele! Jasper Fforde! What a great stack! 3y
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Ais I'm pretty excited to get stuck in! 3y
RanaElizabeth This is basically the stack that dreams are made of. 3y
kspenmoll Great stack, great Mam! (edited) 3y
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I've been so ill (winter vomiting bug) and I missed all the secret Santa fun:( big thank you to my secret Santa! I will be opening the books when I get back to my house after this bout of illness ❤️ #secretsantagoespostal

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Shaky bus picture! My skills just keep getting better😁 I ❤️❤️❤️❤️ John Connolly and his Charlie Parker detective series😊

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I've had a hangover or two like this in my time! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🤕😷

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The Cider House Rules | John Irving
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I love this feature on Goodreads! ❤️ a bit of stats!!

That-Bookish-Hiker Is this on the app or do you have to sign in on a computer? 3y
Ais @That-Bookish-Hiker I signed into the desktop version, I can't seem to get it on the app. I love seeing the most popular and least popular! 3y
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I love the synopsis for this book 'the romance novel that turns up to dinner drunk!😁

Joanne1 Love the cover too. 3y
Ais It's really pretty! I have high hopes for the contents as well:) 3y
UnderTheRadarBooks I can't wait to read that one as well. It sounds brilliant 👍🏼 3y
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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While not terrible, it was also not amazing. I found towards the end I was doing a bit of skimming. I have to say, it was a bit of a slog to get through that. I can see the appeal however and some parts of it are beautifully written

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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I've just realised I need to seriously up my photography skills. No effort put in whatsoever-99.9% of my shots are taken from me lying on my side on my bed, in the very bright light of my bookmark lamp!

Onioons But when the cover is that gorgeous, it just works 😊 3y
Ais @Onioons the books do the work for me😊 3y
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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That was creepy as all hell! I was burning a candle in my room just as I was finishing the book, and the wick sputtered or spat or made some sort of a noise, I nearly choked from fear!! If that's not the sign of an excellent gothic horror, I don't know what is. Amazing. And also, with the finishing of that book, it heralded the finishing of my Goodreads reading challenge😊 (that doesn't mean I'm finished reading for the year though😂) ❤️

Reviewsbylola 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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So much excitement. Not enough hours in the day 😍

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The House at Midnight | Lucie Whitehouse
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Lazy, lazy, lazy. I think someone was trying to follow a prescribed recipe in how to write a Donna Tartt-esque novel, and instead of adding their own bit of flair...and a plot...a stale cookie cutter shadow was produced. I actually can't formulate a proper review with how annoyed this has made me. Pan pan pan.

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The House at Midnight | Lucie Whitehouse
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This intriguing little beauty has been compared to Donna Tartt. Bellwether Revivals faltered at that comparison, here's hoping this one fares a lot better!

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All We Shall Know | Donal Ryan
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This man writes like no other. It is a beautiful and heart warming and at times horrifying tale of a young woman who has fallen pregnant toa young traveller who she is teaching to read. Once again Ryan encapsulates, perfectly, smalltown/rural Ireland. Where the scandal of something would knock ya sideways and the aul wans are only chomping at the bit to spread it! Fabulous. ❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️

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All We Shall Know | Donal Ryan
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Diving into this one! Donal Ryan is one of the most skilful storytellers I have ever had the pleasure of reading!

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I went into this with high hopes, expecting the same witty biting novel that 'Where'd you go Bernadette' delivered in spades. Unfortunately though it was not to be, a very quick read and enjoyable in parts, but the last 50 or so pages jarred, and there was something off with them. Not a pick for me I'm afraid.

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Very mixed reviews on this one...only one way to find out how I'll take to it😊😇🤓🤓

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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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This was read with equal measures of 'GAH, no! Too scary...I can't read on! And '3am? F**k it, I need to read on - Work Aisling can just suffer on through the meetings while mainling all of the coffee. Reading Aisling is having far too much fun'. Loved the characters and the way the story wound its way through some interesting states. ❤️ Mr. Hill

MoniqueReads305 Joe Hill became an instant buy for me after I read this book. I loved it. 3y
Ais @MoniqueReads305 he is wonderful! Totally absorbing as well! 3y
MoniqueReads305 I only read it because he is Stephen King's son but I'm glad I did. It was a great book 3y
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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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Hoping to continue my current streak of amazing books! And technically it's still a good time of the year to get a little bit of a scare in!

PrezBookster This was goood 3y
TrishB Loved this, horror with humour 😀 3y
UnderTheRadarBooks I need to get to this one! Been on my TBR forever 3y
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Sister Mine | Nalo Hopkinson
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I cannot put into words how much I bloody LOVED this. Nalo Hopkinson is amazing, I was totally engrossed in this, so much so that I went a good 6stops past my bus stop this evening. Worth it.

Soubhiville 😝 haha, oopsie! 3y
UnderTheRadarBooks So glad you loved this! I have a high hopes for it 😍 3y
Ais It was fab! I need to immediately read everything else she has written!! 3y
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Sister Mine | Nalo Hopkinson
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Time for an eagerly anticipated lurker in my TBR pile😍

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Utterly wonderful! A play within a play, within a play, within a play, within a play...oh dear I've lost track😇 and that is sort of how you feel when reading this, you're swept up and along in this madcap re-imagining, enjoying every last word! It is bittersweet, poignant and full of revenge all at the same time, with lovely sweet shining moments from the prisoners! Love love love❤️

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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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This one is up next, signed by the lady herself! I thought I had a relatively ok working knowledge about Shakespeare, but I can barely spell his name in comparison to the eloquence and wit that is Margaret Atwood!

Moray_Reads So, so good! Probably one of my favourites of this year 3y
Ais I'm about half way through now and it's fab! 3y
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A Whole Life | Robert Seethaler

That was absolutely beautiful. A very quick and short read, and not one word is wasted, but there is plenty of emotion contained in the simple prose. Absolutely stunning

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A Whole Life | Robert Seethaler
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Reading this one for my book club. We're a year old this month:)

Books_Wine_Repeat Congrats! 🎉 3y
Ais Thanks:) plenty of book chats, wine & fab people..there's worse ways to be spending time! 3y
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Martin John | Anakana Schofield
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Wow. This is a disturbing, but amazing read. It's written in such a way that you feel like you are living the addled, crazed descent of Martin Johns mind. This is not for the faint hearted as there are many many triggers in here - there's a particularly harrowing scene in a dentists office, but this is a truly spectacular piece of work

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Martin John | Anakana Schofield
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A Chernobyl-fucking-cloud of a mistake

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Martin John | Anakana Schofield
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This book has been on my radar for quite some time now - when I don't have work in the morning I welcome insomnia (current time 5:20am!)

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We Are Called to Rise | Laura McBride
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A solid 3 out of 5 stars from me! It was well written and there was some absolutely gorgeous phrases (and obviously the title being taken from an Emily Dickinson poem means instant kudos from me), but unfortunately I'm a bit of a cynic, so I was a bit sceptical about some parts!

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We Are Called to Rise | Laura McBride
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I started this book today, and let's face it - we are all going to be called to rise also, called to show love and compassion and to stand together to prevent racist, homophobic, misogynistic, bigoted attitudes from gaining any more prevalence. To rise and stand together in the face of deeply uncertain and frightening times.❤️❤️

Bibliogeekery 💓💔💓 3y
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