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Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
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Moving straight onto the third Giordano Bruno novella, all found in the book The Dead of Winter.

In the U.K. the book The Dead of Winter is currently available for 99p.

#WintefGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs

The Secret Dead | S. J. Parris
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A great introduction to Giordano Bruno, and tells you so much about his core values even as a young man. Don‘t usually enjoy short stories or novellas but really enjoying these. Making me want to read the main series books.

All 3 novels can be found in the book The Dead of Winter

Book 3 finished for #WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs

Clwojick Love this cover 😍 14m
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The Secret Dead | S. J. Parris
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Reading another if the Giordano Bruno Novellas, and starting right at the beginning of the story.


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This was a decent enough story, but wished I‘d read it instead of using the audiobook. One or two of the voices used by the narrator really grated on me.

Book 2 for #WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs

Bookjunkie57 I hate it when the narrator ruins the story. 😔 16h
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StayCurious Great choice! 18h
Clwojick 💙🤍 17h
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StayCurious Omg I was totally thinking of doing this same thing…great minds and all 18h
Andrew65 @StayCurious 🤣🤣🤣 18h
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StayCurious Haha excellent! 18h
Andrew65 @StayCurious Took a lot of research! 18h
Clwojick Awesome! ❤️💚 17h
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I usually don‘t enjoy novellas but really enjoyed this one. A young Bruno is called to Rome for a meeting with the Pope at Christmas, but fears a trap is lined up for him. Watch Bruno‘s exploits in Rome. This one has really encouraged me to get back to the series. Very well written and kept my interest throughout.

Book 1 finished for #WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover ❤️ 🔑 🖤 2d
Clwojick Way to go! 💚 2d
kspenmoll Sounds intriguing! 2d
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Anyone wanting a Christmas themed book to read for the Christmas season, or for #WinterGames2021, this book is currently free, well at least in U.K., and worth checking elsewhere.

Free across all e-book platforms by the look of it.

Ahw06 Free in the US too ☺️. Thanks for the rec! 2d
Andrew65 @Ahw06 Yay! 😊 2d
Clwojick Woop woop! 2d
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StayCurious Thanks for the recommendation! 2d
CogsOfEncouragement Thanks! Free in the U.S. too. I appreciate the tip. 2d
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Starting reading this novella in the Giordano Bruno Series.

In this one Giordano has been called to met the Pope.

#WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs

The Christmas Escape | Sarah Morgan
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Loved this one. Very refreshing. Great characters. Great storyline and good character development. Recommended.

Workday be a great read for #WinterGames

4th book finished for #20in4

LibraryCin Sure miss you on librarything... 3d
Andrew65 @LibraryCin Hopijg to get back to that over Christmas. 😍 3d
StayCurious Stacked! 3d
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Can only really give this a so so. Preferred both the first two in the series. This one had a different feel, and lost of the key central themes of the book, possibly even two. Coumadin have been much shorted and on the mark.

Book 3 finished for #20in4.

EadieB That's not good! Hope the next one is better! 3d
Andrew65 @EadieB They are not unenjoyable, just wish a bit more pace and tension in them. 3d
EadieB @Andrew65 Maybe we should give up on this series. 3d
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Andrew65 @EadieB Might give the next one a go and decide from there. 3d
EadieB @Andrew65 They do get good reviews on Amazon. 3d
Andrew65 @EadieB Can‘t say I love them but can‘t say I don‘t enjoy them. 3d
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End of Day 5 (and final day) of #20in4 4 hrs 31 of reading, and 254 pages read, with no books finished.

Overall totals

✅ 4/ 3 books finished

✅ 1532 / 1400 pages read

✅ 25 hrs 23 mins / 20 hrs

Really pleased with this outcome. Hope every one enjoyed the Readathon

TheSpineView Great job! 3d
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Thanks 😍 3d
kwmg40 Thank you for hosting! I always enjoy these readathons. 2d
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Kicking off #WinterGames with A Christmas Cracker. Really enjoyed A Winter‘s Tale by her which I read last year.

Clwojick ❤️💚❤️ 3d
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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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This is my proposed stack for #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs

Plenty of fun reading ahead.

Let the fun begin.

Clwojick So many fun titles! 4d
Crazeedi Nice!! 4d
Allydanielle88 Those look like a lot of fun books to read. I am definitely adding a few of them to my tbr. Happy reading. 😁 4d
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keys_on_fire Great stack! 4d
PageShifter Have fun! We are not in the same team, but nevertheless I am here with you ^_^ 3d
Andrew65 @PageShifter Thanks, best of luck to you 😍 3d
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End of Day 4 of #20in4 4 hrs 29 of reading, and 295 pages read, with no books finished.

Overall totals

2 / 3 books finished

1278 / 1400 pages read

20 hrs 52 mins / 20 hrs

Gissy Great! 📚📚👏👏👏 3d
Andrew65 @Gissy Thanks 😍 3d
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The Christmas Escape | Sarah Morgan
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For anyone doing #WinterGames next month or wanting a Christmas book, I thoroughly recommend the tagged book, which was published at the end of last month. I am only halfway through the book, but loving it. The audiobook is also excellent.

In the U.K. it is a Black Friday Deal and is available for 99p, might be worth checking elsewhere.


TheAromaofBooks Oooo I've really enjoyed the Sarah Morgan books I've read - I'll have to check for this one!! 5d
JenReadsAlot I'll add to my list! 5d
Clwojick Such a fun cover! I‘ll be on the lookout. ❤️💚 5d
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Andrew65 @Clwojick It‘s a fun book. 5d
PageShifter I maybe have to check this one 4d
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks What an adorable cover! Thanks for the recommendation! 4d
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End of Day 3 of #20in4 8 hrs 55 of reading, and 529 pages read, with one book finished.

Overall totals

2 / 3 books finished

983 / 1400 pages read

16 hrs 13 mins / 20 hrs

Ruthiella Nice work! 😀 6d
Andrew65 @Ruthiella Thanks 😍 5d
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Untitled | Ernest Cline
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Something we all need to hear, especially in such tough times and news of new variants. Easy to be sucked into negativity.#ThinkPositiveBePositive

Everyone on Litsy considered themselves tagged.

DGRachel You are amazing, too. 🥰 6d
Velvetfur Aaww you tagged me! Thank you so much, you are amazing too 💜 6d
TheBookHippie Last week we were the only school district open 😅. Will see what tomorrow brings….. thinking of you as you navigate changes ♥️ 6d
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Librarybelle Thank you…you are amazing as well! 🥰 6d
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie All school areas have been open here all year. No sign that is likely to change despite regularly 40,000 - 50,000 known cases in U.K. every day. We are seeing 1000 deaths a week on average. Still 4 months in school for me. A lot to do in that time. Sending positive thoughts, stay safe 🥰🥰🥰 (edited) 6d
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 🥰 You are amazing too!💚 6d
Eggbeater Thank you! You are amazing, too! 💕🤗 6d
CarolynM Thanks for the tag💕 So many amazing people on Litsy, none more so than you. Have a great day. 6d
Nute Thanks for the tag!💕 I‘m only trying to mimic what I see exemplified by so many amazing folks (starting with you, Andrew) here on Litsy! 6d
tracey38 Many positive and loving thoughts to all. I am also focusing as much as possible on warm and fuzzy things right now during this holiday season, trying to find the joy in life where I can. Watching warm, fuzzy movies, reading good books, staring at my Christmas tree, talking to my exuberant and funny nieces, taking my scaredy-cat dog for short walks. 🙂💛 6d
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 You as well!!! 🤍 6d
Lizpixie Thanks sweetie!😘 I can‘t stop thinking about how this new variant has just shown up in NSW, it‘s freaking me out. I‘ve only just got vaccinated coz of health complications now they‘re saying they‘re not sure it‘ll work on this one. I can see another harsh lockdown coming after Xmas🙅🏻 But tis the season to be jolly & merry with goodwill towards all people. Unless they‘re not wearing a mask 😷 (edited) 6d
Eggs Thank you Andrew💙👍🏼🥰 @Andrew65 6d
LeahBergen Thanks and right back at ya! 😘😘 5d
Cinfhen Thanks for thinking of me, you lead by example 💙🙌🏻 5d
Kimzey Thanks, @Andrew65 ! 5d
Cathythoughts Thankyou Andrew 👍🏻❤️ 5d
Andrew65 @Lizpixie Here they are saying the vaccines should still help the variant have milder symptoms and from a doctor I saw from South Africa saying the variant is leading to mild symptoms, so fingers crossed. 5d
Clwojick Thank you! 💚❤️ 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you!! You are amazing 💙 5d
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Aaw, thank you! 🤗 You're pretty amazing yourself, Andrew! 💛 4d
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The Centurions | Damion Hunter
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An enjoyable first book in The Centurions Series bY Damion Hunter (pen name of Amanda Cockrell). This tells the story of two half brothers, one legitimate and one illegitimate. Definitely a good read if you enjoy books of the type.

Second book finished for the #20in4 Readathon

PageShifter Sounds interesting!! And well done ^_^ 6d
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The Christmas Escape | Sarah Morgan
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Started getting in the Christmas mode by starting The Christmas Escape.


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End of Day 2 of #20in4 5 hrs 57 of reading yesterday, and 391 pages read, with one book finished.

Overall totals

1 / 3 books finished

454 / 1400 pages read

7 hrs 18 mins / 20 hrs

Bklover You are amazing!! 6d
Andrew65 @Bklover Been so cold and stormy and snowy this weekend only thing to do is read. 6d
PageShifter Doing great! 6d
Andrew65 @PageShifter Thanks 😊 6d
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Starting book three in the Carson Ryder Series.

A bit behind on the #CarsonRyderSeriesRead

Reading as part of the #20in4 Readathon

EadieB I‘m still reading the first book 6d
Andrew65 @EadieB I‘m only 1 book through the Montanari series. 6d
EadieB @Andrew65 Me too! Behind in the Ragan series too! (edited) 6d
PageShifter Again so intriguing cover! Happy reading! 6d
Andrew65 @PageShifter Thanks, approaching half way. (edited) 6d
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The Prisoner of Heaven | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I enjoyed this part of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series but do want to move on to the next book as it left sone questions for me. Love the style and feel of these books.

1st Book Finished for #20in4

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Untitled | Ernest Cline
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I‘m pulling together my stack for #WinterGames. What are your favourite Winter themed or Christmas themed books?

Looking to find good books to get stuck into during December.

Clwojick Most of the holiday books I read last year were romance, so I‘m not sure if that‘s your genre. I‘ll take a peek and see if there were any mysteries that I gave 4/5 stars. 7d
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Avanders If you‘re in for a chunkster, one of my favorite winter books is 7d
curiouserandcurioser @Andrew65 my personal favorites are A Boy Called Christmas and Holly Claus:) 7d
BethM Bonus the bear abs nightingale is a buddy read in dec! 7d
wordslinger42 I re-read this every year! 7d
wordslinger42 This is also a good one 7d
wordslinger42 @curiouserandcurioser I didn't see your comment until I posted mine, Mom! Looks like we recommended the same book (surprise, surprise 😂) 7d
curiouserandcurioser @wordslinger42 yes, it is shocking, isnt it?? Hahahaha 7d
ShelleyBooksie The Christmas Train by David Baldacci 7d
MadelineMcCrae The Nutcracker (and it‘s various retellings like Enchanted Sonata) and The Dollmaker of Krakow 7d
StayCurious This is a snowy one with romantic suspense 6d
Andrew65 @ShelleyBooksie Loved this one and might be time for a really-read. 6d
Andrew65 @Jemgirl2014 Have added this one to my list and just downloaded it. 6d
Andrew65 @curiouserandcurioser Loved A Boy Called Christmas and looking forward to the film. 6d
Andrew65 @Avanders Have added this to my list. @BethM (edited) 6d
Andrew65 Some good recommendations, thanks @Clwojick 6d
Andrew65 @StayCurious Thanks, will check this one out. 6d
Andrew65 @Clwojick Christmas seems to be my season for reading romances 🤣 I like the odd one bit tend to read a fair few in December. 6d
Clwojick In that case any of the holiday ones in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis were great! I read them all last year and loved them! 6d
Andrew65 @Clwojick Thanks 😍 6d
Jemgirl2014 @Andrew65 It's so cute! Enjoy! 🤗 6d
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Prisoner of Heaven | Carlos Ruiz Zafaon
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Starting off #20in4 Readathon by beginning this third book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series. #AuthorAMonth

PageShifter I love this cover ❣ I wish you happy reading 🥳 1w
Soubhiville Yay! Enjoy it. 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Christmas holidays are rapidly approaching. Any one interested in doing some standalone Buddy reads over the Christmas holidays? Now is the ideal time to set them up so we have time to get hold of them.

If you are interested in this let us know by posting below & suggest a book or two you would like to Buddy read. Have tagged a few people but please share this and tag others. All welcome to join us. #ChristmasBuddyReads #Standalones #BookBuddies

Tove_Reads You know I‘m in! Just need to figure out books we can get. 1w
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yes trying to think of books. Always remember the Christmas Buddy read @eadieb did a few years ago of (edited) 1w
Tove_Reads Loved it! Will read the nightingale now, but I know most of you have read it. 1w
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Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Still one I haven‘t read. 1w
Tove_Reads Any Coben‘s you haven‘t read? 1w
Tove_Reads Death by the Thames by Greta Mulrooney is read now on NG 1w
Tove_Reads Nicci French? 1w
Tove_Reads Been meaning to read The Snowdonia killings, but it‘s not a standalone 1w
PageShifter I am always down for BRs! I actually read everything so I am eager to read whatever others want to read. But best would be something wintery now 😏 1w
EadieB @Andrew65 How about this one which is .99 for Kindle on Amazon:
Andrew65 C L Taylor has written a lot of standalones but not ready any. 1w
EadieB @Andrew65 I've read this one by C. L. Taylor: 1w
Andrew65 @EadieB Did you enjoy it? 1w
EadieB @Andrew65 I've read Don't Let Go by Coben. 1w
EadieB @Andrew65 The Snowdonia Killings does look good. @Tove_Reads (edited) 1w
Andrew65 How about some Mo Hayder? 1w
EadieB @Andrew65 Yes gave Before I Wake 4 stars. 1w
EadieB @Andrew65 I're read this one which I think is the same book as Tokyo:
EadieB @Andrew65 I've read this one too:
Andrew65 @EadieB It as the same as Tokyo, why do they give different books the same titles! What about Pig Island then, if you can get it. (edited) 1w
Andrew65 The Snowdonia Killings looks like one goer. 1w
Andrew65 @EadieB I really need to read more by her. 1w
EadieB @Andrew65 I've read 9 of her books. They are all pretty good. 1w
Andrew65 @EadieB Only the one we read together for me. 1w
Tove_Reads So, Snowdonia is a go then? @EadieB @Andrew65 1w
Tove_Reads Did we ever end up reading 1w
Tove_Reads Or how about historical fiction? Any suggestions? 1w
Tove_Reads Haven‘t read The Christmas Killer @EadieB @Andrew65 1w
Tove_Reads Works for me 1w
EadieB @Tove_Reads I just found some books by Mick Finlay 1w
Andrew65 Many years ago read the first book in the Matthew Hawkwood series which really enjoyed. Happy to read it again as want to continue series and forgotten it. Set in early day of Bow Street Runners. 1w
Gissy Yes! Let‘s what are the recommendations!🤗 1w
Crazeedi @EadieB @Andrew65 all Hannah's books are worth reading. Her early ones might even be better than her later ones 1w
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Thanks fir the recommendation 😊 1w
Crazeedi @Andrew65 if you come up with what you're doing let me know I might be able to join, not sure but hopefully 1w
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Will do. 1w
Clwojick I might be interested, depending on what book is chosen! 7d
EadieB @Andrew65 I have a copy of 7d
EadieB @Crazeedi @Andrew65 The Hannah books that I own that I haven‘t read are: Summer Island, Distant Shores, True Colors, Home Again and On Mystic Lake. 7d
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Are you able to get hold of Pig Island and do you have any of Hannah book‘s in @EadieB ‘s post above. Other options at the moment seem Stay Close by Harlan Coben and either The Snowdonia Klingon and The Christmas Killer. 7d
Crazeedi @EadieB @Andrew65 I'll have to look at my goodreads to see what hannah books over read 7d
Tove_Reads Happy to read all four of them. I will most definitely read Stay Close and Snowdonia in any case. I can get hold of all Hannah books. In fact, I could read the four + one Hannah book, so just tell me which will be buddy reads 🙂 6d
Andrew65 @eadieb @Clwojick @Tove_Reads @Crazeedi @Gissy @PageShifter So the book choices are :

1. Stay Close by Harlan Coben
2. The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine
3. The Snowdonia Killings by Simon McCleave
4. Pig Island by Mo Hayder
5. A Kristin Hannah Book
Andrew65 Let me know who would be interested in what book and we can set those ones up. 6d
EadieB @Andrew65 I would like to read 6d
Andrew65 @EadieB Works for me. 6d
EadieB @Andrew65 Ok great! 6d
Crazeedi @Andrew65 @EadieB from reading the blurb I dont remember reading that one 6d
Crazeedi @Andrew65 so I'm good for it!! 6d
EadieB @Crazeedi I checked on Goodreads and you didn‘t have it marked as read. 6d
Crazeedi @EadieB you're way ahead of me!! Lol 6d
PageShifter I want to read at least The Christmas Killer & The Snowdonia Killings. But I have those three others on hold now as well in case I can't resist 5d
Tove_Reads I‘ll read all five, but mostly interested in Stay Close and Snowdonia. 5d
eanderson @Tove_Reads I‘m definitely interested! I‘ve had the Snowdonia Killings on my kindle for a long time! 5d
Clwojick I‘m going to try to get my hands on a copy of The Christmas Killer. Hopefully my library will get it in. 5d
Andrew65 @eanderson Be great to have you with us. 5d
Andrew65 @PageShifter Great, you know you want to join us for all of them 🤣 5d
PageShifter @Andrew65 Hahaha :D 5d
Gissy From the list, I only own Great Alone by Kristin Hannah 5d
Tove_Reads Did we pick them already? 3d
Andrew65 I‘m going to set them up this weekend with dates so people can join in with whichever ones they want to. 3d
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Late with publicising the Readathon this month as been a very tumultuous week that left me reeling in many ways as I announced to my school staff, families and governors that I would be leaving at Easter. 🎢

So you can either do the Readathon from 26th - 29th as it would usually be, or from 27th - 30th, or if you really want you can use all five days - I will be.

Join us, have fun reading together, with whatever goal you want.

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Bookwormjillk I‘m in! Hope it‘s calming down for you. That must have been emotional. 1w
IndoorDame Good luck with whatever comes next for you! 1w
Trashcanman Wishing you the absolute best in your next endeavors 1w
MaGoose I'm in for all the days, I guess. Have a kinda fat book I need to read and do a review on my website blog. I'll be reading Finding Napoleon by Margaret Rodenberg. A romance more than a mystery, so a little bit out of my normal reading groove. About 30 pages into it and like it very much so far. 😍 1w
MaGoose Hope things calm down and go well for you @Andrew65 1w
PageShifter I have waited for this! 26th is almost over here but I have couple hours left. 1w
Johanna414 💙💙💙💙 1w
Elizabeth2 Sorry your week has been tough! You‘re doing what you need to - keep your mind focused on that and the reasons you made the decision you did. Everything will fall into place. ❤️ Thanks for the tag! I haven‘t picked up my nook yet today, and reading will be limited for me tomorrow. I‘ll have to come up with some light goals for this one! ❤️📚 1w
DieAReader I‘m in for the max time😝 Now, what to read?🧐😏🤓📚 1w
bookishkai Ooh, I‘m in! It‘s been so so long since I did one of these. 1w
TheSpineView I'm in! I have only had time to read about an hour this morning. Not much missed and I can just tack that hour on at the end. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m sorry you had a rough week 😔 1w
andrew61 Good luck in your future plans Andrew. I'm aware how difficult the last 18 months have been. I'm sure your school will be sad to lose you. 1w
Ruthiella I‘m in! Now that you have made the announcement, I hope things will start looking up as you transition to a new phase in your life. ❤️ 1w
Mollyanna Good luck in your next phase! Of course, I‘m in for the readathon. 1w
ravenlee Good luck! I‘m in for the long readathon, trying to close out some #bookspin reads. 1w
kwmg40 Thank you for hosting, and good luck with the next phase! 1w
wanderinglynn I hope your week gets better. And best wishes on your transition. 💜 1w
Gissy I‘m in as always. Wishing the best to you in your decisions and near future🎄💚❤️💙 1w
CocoReads I‘ll be using the 5 days. I might even remember to post! I suspect the bulk of my reading will be today thru Sunday as I‘m off this weekend. I did work today, came home and took a big fat nap so I‘ll probably be up late tonight. 1w
Eggs I‘m in! No change comes without some grief and mixed emotions and I wish you the best 🥰 1w
slategreyskies I‘m in! Sending you all the best with your upcoming changes. 1w
JacqMac Oh, I need this. Things have been crazy for me and I haven‘t had any time to read or visit Litsy. I‘m going to try to start tonight and go to the 30th. Thanks for hosting. It sounds like things are a little crazy for you, too. Good luck with those big changes. (edited) 1w
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the tag!! Leaving your job is a big life change, but hopefully now that the decision is behind you, you can start making plans for the future. Best wishes!! ❤ 1w
Crazeedi I have 2 books I need to finish, so that's what I'll be doing for this one. Andrew, you must feel happy, sad, excited and many other emotions on your big decision. I know the next chapter of your life will bring you much joy. My prayers for health and happiness on your new journey!! 1w
Cinfhen Wow!!! That is BIG news!! How did your staff react???? I‘m excited for you to start the next chapter of your life. Your choice of emoji was perfect 😍 1w
Andrew65 @Cinfhen Two of my senior leaders cried on me, and a third had a night of crying. All been with me fir 15 years and started as new teachers, more like daughters than anything else. One of their daughters who is at the school cried when she found out. A lot of crying around school after the meeting where I told them. That‘s the guilt I feel leaving people but every journey comes to an end sometime. (edited) 1w
Allylu I was looking for this! Thanks for the tag. Are you retiring or just moving on? So nice to know they love you so much. Good luck! 💕😊🎶🎉 1w
Andrew65 @Allylu Leaving headship but not retiring. No plans as yet - not sure whether I will do something in education or something personal. Planning to do some touring for six months first. 1w
MatchlessMarie Seems like you left a big impact! Good luck with your future endeavors 😁 1w
Allylu @Andrew65 That sounds wonderful! 1w
kimmypete1 I‘m sure it was tough to do that, but your happiness comes first. Hope all the best for your future plans! 7d
Cinfhen Everyone crying - then you‘ve been doing it right all these years!!!! 7d
CBee @Andrew65 I can‘t imagine how difficult that decision was to make. I applaud you and admire you for it. Wishing you the absolute best with what comes next ♥️ 7d
RainyDayReading I‘ll see if I can jump in on the next one, I‘ve got so much I need to finish but I‘m definitely not going to have the time to read anything until maybe next month 😅 Good luck on this next month phase of your journey! 7d
rubyslippersreads @MaGoose This is on my TBR list. 7d
MaGoose @rubyslippersreads I am loving Finding Napoleon. It's quite a chunkster at 392 pages. I haven't had much chance to read it over the past few days, so I'm only on page 50. 😁 But I'll plod on and get it done sooner or later. 7d
Andrew65 @MaGoose Sounds great! 7d
Areader2 I am reading but on vacation so won‘t be able to participate in this one, Enjoy 5d
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It was a busy holiday weekend but I finished The Midnight Palace, read The Dead Girls, and am already 20% into The Age of Light. Hopefully I'll get some more done tomorrow. 4d
MoonWitch94 A new adventure is always hard at first, but always worth it! Congratulations 🎊 4d
Andrew65 @MoonWitch94 Thanks 😍 4d
Andrew65 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Brilliant, well done 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂 4d
Andrew65 @Areader2 We look forward to seeing you next month, have a great vacation. 4d
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Can‘t beat Snoopy and Charlie Brown!

#Pumpkin #GratefulHarvest

Crazeedi One of my faves 2w
Eggs Completely agree❣️ @Andrew65 @Crazeedi 2w
Gissy Hi! I hope you had a great day yesterday! Are we going to do this weekend #24in4 Readathon ? It is like a tradition, habit for me☺️🍁🍂🧡🤎 1w
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Andrew65 @Gissy Yes but been a difficult week and so not been able to post. Will be posting shortly. Great to know it‘s a tradition for you. 1w
Tove_Reads Can we do some buddy reads at the end of the year? So many are on a break then. I bet we have lots of standalones we could read during some readathons? 1w
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Sounds a great plan. Will do a post. 1w
Tove_Reads 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 Any book ideas? There are so many… maybe an NG book, and a book that has been on many of ours‘ TBR lists forever? 1w
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Big day as I told my chair of governors I would be leaving the position of head teacher at my Primary school at Easter after 19 years as head teacher and 15 at this school.

No definite plans but not retiring. Who knows what is next for me on life‘s journey, but excited by this prospect at the same time, however nervous about telling staff and the children. That‘s Thursday but tell my two deputies tomorrow. 😬


Eggbeater I want to say congratulations. It's so courageous to make these major life changes, but another door opens and a new adventure begins. I'm sure the students and staff will miss you but want you to do what is right for you. 💜 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so happy for you Andrew!! I know you will be sorely missed! I wish you all the happiness on your new journey 💙💙💙 2w
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggbeater Thanks ❤️ Hopefully will have some more time for reading and Litsy as being a head teacher takes over your whole life, as consumes you, even moreso during a pandemic! Even when on holiday regularly checking emails. Will have to retrain myself how to live a life at 56 and after 32 years in education, not including the 4 training years. 2w
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CocoReads Congrats Andrew! I wish you well on you next journey! 2w
Librarybelle Congratulations! I‘m so happy for you and wish you the best on your new journey! ❤️ 2w
Andrew65 @CocoReads Thanks ❤️❤️❤️, hoping things are a bit better for you today. 😍 2w
Andrew65 @Librarybelle Thanks, will be interesting times 😍 ❤️ (edited) 2w
TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2w
Mollyanna Congratulations! I hope the next part of your journey is everything you wish for it to be. 👏🏻❤️👏🏻 2w
robinb Congratulations!! I know they will miss you (and you them), but full speed ahead and best wishes for your future endeavors! ☀️☀️☀️ 2w
Clwojick Congratulations Andrew! It‘s a big change, but I‘m sure you‘ll enjoy the retired life! Can‘t wait to hear about your future travel plans 🤩 2w
Eggbeater I used to work in education as an admin assistant. Teachers and administrators have my utmost respect and admiration for their hard work and dedication. I have never worked with a better, kinder group of people. And I've never known people more deserving of a break. The work is all consuming. 2w
kezzlou85 Congratulations and I'm sure you'll find something to fill your time. You did an amazing job especially over the last couple of years. 2w
Nute I am happy for you, Andrew! What an amazing achievement…36 years in education. Thank you! Now it‘s time for a new venture. You are so deserving of this brand new journey. Best wishes and many good prayers as you start on your way!💕 2w
Eggs Congratulations dear!!! When one door closes, a window opens somewhere else…How exciting for you! Thanks for sharing your good news with us 🙌🏻🥳 2w
BookwormM Exciting times 2w
Bookwormjillk Congratulations Andrew. This is exciting. 2w
OriginalCyn620 Congrats, Andrew! 2w
DrexEdit Congrats! 🥳 2w
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎉🎊 All the best in your next chapter. They will see that you are doing what is best for you and should be happy with your decision. ☺️📚📖 2w
TrishB Wow Andrew ♥️ such a brave decision. Wishing you all the best and think of all those opportunities waiting for you. 2w
MicheleinPhilly Good for you! Excited to see what your next chapter will bring! 2w
NikkiM5 So exciting! Congratulations 🎊 2w
Velvetfur Oohh big step! I can imagine it was a very hard decision and you'll be feeling sad after so many years in the same job, but there's also the bright side of a whole new kind of life to look forward to, interesting new times ahead 😊 Thank you for tagging me so I could hear/read your news! x 2w
MaureenMc Congratulations! Good luck starting your next chapter! 2w
LeahBergen All the best to you!! ❤️❤️ 2w
TheLudicReader How exciting! Bittersweet, I‘m sure, but exciting, too. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Wow, wishing you all the best in your new chapter or new venture. 👏🤍 1w
CarolynM Sounds like you're comfortable with your decision and that's what counts. I'm sure everyone will be sad to lose you. I look forward to hearing about your new directoon🙂 1w
Cathythoughts That‘s big news , Andrew ! Wishing you all the best & look forward to hearing what you do next X 1w
EadieB Glad to hear you finally made that decision as I know you will not regret it! 1w
Susanita Congratulations for this big step! 1w
Tove_Reads Wow! 1w
Tove_Reads Next PM? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 1w
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Couldn‘t do a worse job! 1w
Tove_Reads True! Although he is apparently going to ban the import of hunting trophies, and that I am utterly thankful for! So, how did they take your news? 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Congratulations on the decision. I'm sure the school will miss you (and you it) but I'm excited to see what you do next! 1w
kwmg40 Congratulations, and best wishes for your future plans!! 1w
DieAReader I‘m so excited for you @Andrew65 🤗🥳This is a brand new adventure & I can‘t wait to hear all about it! 🥰♥️ 1w
tracey38 This sounds like an exciting and still bittersweet decision. I know it has been a tough road these past almost 2 years with Covid. I know you'll find something and I hope it brings you joy until full retirement. 💛 6d
Andrew65 @tracey38 Thanks 😍 6d
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks, will keep you updated 😍 6d
Andrew65 @kwmg40 Thanks 😍 6d
Andrew65 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks, I do wonder myself what the future will look like. 6d
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My thoughts on everyone at Litsy that are always there for each other, even if at times may be struggling themselves.


CocoReads Thank you, I really needed to hear that today 2w
Andrew65 @CocoReads Hope everything is okay. 2w
TheBookHippie ♥️needed this. One of our former teen moms where I volunteer has a rare cancer and is in her last moments of life. We are all just sad. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-sarah-fight-aggressive-cancer 2w
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kimmypete1 ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you! These were much needed words today. 2w
CocoReads @Andrew65 I‘m ok. I‘ve just been dealing with a lot of loss these last couple weeks (not even due to the vid) and work is a nightmare. @TheBookHippie I‘m sorry to hear about your friend. 2w
TheBookHippie @CocoReads ♥️work stuff is awful. So sorry it seems to be a season of loss. When they‘re so young it just seems so much more .. sigh. Sending love. 2w
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie So sorry to hear this. So much negative news and doom and gloom around at the moment. Sending all my love and best wishes. Be kind to yourself. Always here if you want to chat. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Andrew65 @CocoReads Yes everything is so tough at the moment. Send love and best wishes and sorry to hear of your loss ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Andrew65 @kimmypete1 Pleased they helped. ❤️ 2w
Crazeedi A beautiful sentiment from a very kind soul. You are special Andrew. Glad we are friends. So many need hope and encouragement 2w
Gissy So beautiful!🙌Thank you! You are included in that message❤️❤️❤️ 2w
robinb I absolutely love this and it was much needed for me today as well. Had to go for some tests today but hoping all is better soon. 😊 2w
Nute Andrew, you are a gift, along with many folks here on Litsy. The words in your post put it so perfectly. Thank you!💕 2w
Nute @CocoReads I hope that your days get better soon, Ms. Colleen…that stressed is relieved and replaced with carefree thoughts! And that you are comforted in your time is loss.💕 2w
CocoReads @Nute thank you. I‘ve been meaning to do a non-book related post because I‘m sure people think I fell off the face of the earth but I just haven‘t been able to get the words out. 2w
Nute @TheBookHippie It is hard and feels like a greater loss when people die young. I am so sorry at the sadness of this, Christine. Praying for that young mother and her family. Praying for you and your co-workers. 2w
TheBookHippie @CocoReads we are all here. Take the time and space you need. 2w
Nute @CocoReads No words are needed. We‘ve got you! Life happens and not always in an easy way. Your Litsy family is always here. Here to listen. Here to talk. {{{HUGS}}} Let me know how I can help. 2w
TheBookHippie @Nute thank you ♥️ 2w
Eggbeater ❤️🤗 Thank you for always being so encouraging. It helps. 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 💜💛💙 Thank you Andrew for the kind words. Sending some hugs and love to those of you who need it. 2w
Eggs Thank you Andrew🧡❤️‍🩹💔💗 2w
PageShifter Thank you @Andrew65 for being so positive and kind. And I wish strength and hope to us all. 2w
Cinfhen Wow, thank you for including me 💜I‘m touched. And I can‘t think of a more gentler soul than you, Andrew. I‘ve seen your daily check-in posts, they are wonderful. Peace, love, light 🤍🤍🤍 2w
TrishB Thank you Andrew 😁 friends are life savers here. Kind thoughts and words. 2w
Elizabeth2 What a beautiful sentiment. Thanks Andrew! ❤️ 2w
Velvetfur This is soooo sweet, thank you Andrew! I do need reminding sometimes that I'm not a monster 😊 Sending love to you and your wife after the awful time you've been through xxx 2w
Andrew65 @robinb sending positive thoughts Robin, you have my email address if you ever need to talk 😍 2w
robinb @Andrew65 Thanks so much, my friend! 👍🤗 2w
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Final report on the #NovelNovember Readathon. Finished two books on Sunday and read 361.

This brings my final totals to :

✅ 7 / 5 Books Read

✅ 2522 / 2400 Pages Read

Overall a great success!

wanderinglynn 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Andrew65 @wanderinglynn Thanks 😍 2w
Kenyazero Nice work blowing your goals away! 2w
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Andrew65 @Kenyazero Thanks 😍 2w
Crazeedi Way to go Andrew!👏👏 2w
PaperbackPirate That‘s awesome! 👏📚 2w
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Harvest | Tess Gerritsen
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚🖤 2w
Eggs 🖤😳👍🏼 2w
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The Centurions | Damion Hunter
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Finishing off the #NovelNovember Readathon by starting The Centurions.

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This will be the stack I will be focusing on reading this week. Only just read two chapters of Q Space, otherwise the others aren‘t started.

The Centurions and The Unheard are audiobooks.

#WeeklyForecast @Cinfhen #AuthoraWeek @Soubhiville

Megabooks Q is one of the best Star Trek characters! 2w
Andrew65 @Megabooks Most definitely. 2w
Cinfhen It‘s l👀king good 😊 2w
Andrew65 @Cinfhen Thanks 😊 2w
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This one started off well but as it progressed found my concentration was drifting. Felt it needed more pace and direction in the story. May be better if read than audiobook but wasn‘t able to get a copy of the book #SundayBuddyRead

7th and last book finished for #NovelNovember

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#Scarf always brings to mind Tom Baker as Doctor Who. One of my two favourite Doctor Who‘s along with David Tennant


Eggs ❤️ Tom Baker 2w
Aims42 The Fourth Doctor is my favorite because Douglas Adams‘ wrote for him 🤩🧣❤️ 2w
slategreyskies Ah, I haven‘t watched all of the Doctor Who episodes yet, but my favorite doctor is Matt Smith so far. But I think that, once I get to the later episodes, Peter Capaldi will win out. I really like him. 2w
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Andrew65 @Aims42 What could be better! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧣📚 👨‍⚕️ 2w
persephone1408 My favorite Dr is Matt Smith🖤🖤 after him no other Dr has compared🤷🏻 2w
BookwormM Sylvester McCoy for me 2w
Andrew65 @Eggs @Aims42 @slategreyskies @persephone1408 @BookwormM Strange how we all have a different favourite. 2w
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The Lost | Simon Beckett
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6th book finished for #NovelNovember

Still thinking on this one so will write the review later. Overall very enjoyable but still pondering on one or two things.

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robinb So very true...thanks for the tag! 😊 2w
Eggs 🥰🌹🥰 2w
TheBookHippie 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 you‘re one of the main reasons I‘ve found positivity in the pandemic ♥️ 2w
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LeahBergen It sure does! 😊 2w
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie What a lovely thing to say, glad I can help. 😍💕🥰 2w
tracey38 Love this. Thank you @Andrew65 💛 2w
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A bit behind on my posting but this is the end of day 8 post of #NovelNovember Readathon

0 books finished, and 277 pages read. A disappointing total for a Saturday but very tired after a busy work week.


✅ 5/ 5 Books Read, extending target to 7 Books Read

2161 / 2400 Pages Read

PageShifter You're doing great. We just have to think that work means money to buy books, haha 2w
Andrew65 @PageShifter That‘s true 🤣🤣🤣 Thanks 😊 2w
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No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | Alexander McCall Smith
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One of my favourite #cozy series.

Mma Ramotswe has to be one of the greatest characters out there.


Jerdencon Great series! 2w
AlaMich I love that boxed set! The bright colors are just the thing for that series. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚👍🏻💛 2w
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Eggs I like Alexander McCall Smith ❣️ 2w
Andrew65 @Eggs He writes great,but very different, books. 2w
Andrew65 @AlaMich They are 😊 2w
Andrew65 @Jerdencon Totally agree. 2w
PageShifter I have read 16 of them xD 2w
Andrew65 @PageShifter I thought I‘d read them all then noticed three have been published during the pandemic so some to catch up on. 2w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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End of day 7 of #NovelNovember Readathon

1 book finished, and 305 pages read.


✅ 5/ 5 Books Read, extending target to 7 Books Read

1984 / 2400 Pages Read

Read4life Great job 👏🏻 2w
Andrew65 @Read4life Thanks 😊 2w
Kenyazero Nice! 2w
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Hot to Trot | M. C. Beaton, Rod Greene
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This is the first book in the series to be written by a new author, who worked with MC Beaton before she died. You can see some great similarities with the earlier books and overall has some of the same feel, but there are subtle differences to the characters and for example being called Aggie by a number of characters, she only ever allowed this from one. But overall it was still an enjoyable read and will give the new author time.

Andrew65 Book 5 finished for #NovelNovember, and have met me target. Now upping this target to 7 books before the end of the weekend. (edited) 2w
DieAReader @Andrew65 Fantastic!!💪🎉🥰 2w
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The Lost | Simon Beckett
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Starting The Lost by Simon Beckett. The first book in a new series which is published next week.

Love his Dr David Hunter Series, so hope this is as good.

What are you reading this weekend?

@EadieB #NovelNovember

EadieB @Andrew65 Reading this weekend; The Boy From The Woods by Coben and The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen 2w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m reading Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. It‘s a hefty one, and we have my nieces birthday party today, so it‘s unlikely I‘ll finish it and read anything else. 😅 2w
Andrew65 @EadieB I‘m trying to think whether I‘ve read The Boy from the Woods. 2w
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Andrew65 @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Definitely a meaty read. 2w
EadieB @Andrew65 It‘s a new series 2020 with a new character, Wilde, who lived in the Woods . 2w
Andrew65 @EadieB Think I remember hi. Talking about it in a radio interview during the first lockdown. 2w
EadieB @Andrew65 The Lost looks really good! Hard to get a copy in the US. Got to buy my own but have to wait until price comes down! (edited) 2w
Andrew65 @EadieB Simon Beckett was always more popular in England, and bizarrely Germany. Two chapters in and an engaging start. 2w
EadieB @Andrew65 He is a great writer and I always enjoy his books! 2w
Andrew65 End of Chapter 6 and got me totally gripped. @EadieB 2w
EadieB @Andrew65 I can imagine as I remember our group reads and our response to his writing! 2w
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By sun and candlelight | Susan Sallis
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Some candlelight sitting on my bookcase that I really need to get to.

#Candlelight #GratefulHarvest

PageShifter It clearly is calling your name :D 2w
Eggs Perfect 🤩 2w
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Fancied something a bit different, so started reading the first book in this Start Trek : The Next Generation Trilogy. Time for some Q!


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Hot to Trot | M. C. Beaton, Rod Greene
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Starting the first Agatha Raisin book since M C Beaton‘s death. Will be interesting to see how it holds up to a new writer.

Reading as part of #NovelNovember

PageShifter I hope you enjoy. Cover looks nice at least :D 2w
Laughterhp I don‘t know why the title of this book makes me so uncomfortable 🤣 2w
Andrew65 @Laughterhp 🤣🤣🤣🙈 2w
Andrew65 @PageShifter Always nice covers. 2w
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End of day 6 of #NovelNovember Readathon

1 book finished, and 169 pages read.


4 / 5 Books Read

1679 / 2400 Pages Read

Ruthiella 4 out of 5! Doing good! 👏👏👏 2w
Andrew65 Thanks 😊 2w
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1979 | Val McDermid
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This was a good start to a series. Wouldn‘t say I loved it but it was very enjoyable and I look forward to continuing the series.

Book 4 finished for #NovelNovember

PageShifter This looks intriguing. And well done :) 2w
Andrew65 @PageShifter Thanks I do enjoy Val‘s books. Her Tony Hill / Carol Jordan series would make my top ten. 2w
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End of day 5 of #NovelNovember Readathon

0 books finished, but 230 pages read, which is good for a work day.


3 / 5 Books Read

1510 / 2400 Pages Read

Also now read 61% of 1979 by Val McDermid

PageShifter Doing great ^_^ 2w
Andrew65 Pleased, especially with a busy work week. Thanks @PageShifter 2w
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