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Caroline2

Caroline2

Joined July 2016

If I'm hiding books under the bed, does this mean I have a problem???
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Pickpick

This is just what I needed! A cracking good read and the best thriller I‘ve read in ages. Six posh friends in Oxford, the night before getting their ‘A‘ level results, do something terrible that haunts them for years. This kept me guessing right to the end and how refreshing that it wasn‘t the husband all along!!!

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Pickpick

Loved this! Historical fiction at its best. Full of atmosphere and interesting characters and adventure on the high seas! 👍 #authoramonth

AmyG Ha...how many books has this man written? I haven‘t heard of this one. 3w
Caroline2 @AmyG 😆 He is prolific! I hadn‘t heard of this one either, I just spotted it in a secondhand shop one day. 👍 3w
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Ariadne | Daniel Agnew
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Mehso-so

Meh! I don‘t think Greek Myths are my thing. I just found myself rolling my eyes when Dionysus said he was born too early so his dad sewed him into his thigh! I hate all the sexism (which I know this author addresses really well but it just wound me up!). So sad and tragic. Yeah, I‘m done with the Greek Myths now I think.

squirrelbrain I just finished it last night… I‘ll post my review in a bit! 1mo
TrishB Not got to yet! Warming it up well 😁 (edited) 1mo
Oryx Just posted my review. 👎 And I normally enjoy the Greek myths (by overlooking the sexism and misogyny). 1mo
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rockpools 😂😂 Oh dear! It‘s another resounding success, isn‘t it? 1mo
mrsmarch I haven‘t read this, but it‘s on my to-read, and speaking as a Classics major in college, just to be fair to Dionysus, you should _always_ roll your eyes at whatever he says, because he is as dumb as a fruit bat. And that‘s speaking poorly of fruit bats, for which I apologize to the fruit-bat kingdom. (edited) 1mo
Caroline2 @mrsmarch 😆 he is such a bimbo isn‘t he!! 😂 1mo
mrsmarch @Caroline2 That is par for Dionysus! No surprise here! 1mo
perfectsinner Awww I really liked it 1mo
Susanita Liked it but didn‘t love it. 1mo
Oryx Thanks so much for the amazon package- managed to get the note out to see who it was from without looking at the book! Trying to be good and open on Saturday. 😘 3w
Caroline2 @Oryx you‘re welcome and glad it arrived in time. 👍 (feel free to look if ya like, I won‘t tell! 😆) 3w
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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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Pickpick

Between a pick and a so-so. One of those rare occasions were the Netflix series was better than the book! 😆 It was a nice, easy read but I was disappointed by the lack of atmosphere or setting (I love all the lush scenery in the show). I‘ll still give the next book a try though. 👍

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This lives up to the hype! I loved the 1950s Hollywood setting, Evelyn is a fascinating character and it was a joy to read. Absolutely loved it! Thank you @Oryx for getting this for me!

RaeLovesToRead Wow! That was quick!!! You managed to finish it before I started 😅😅 Will tag you when I've read it. So glad you enjoyed it!! 1mo
squirrelbrain That was quick! Glad you liked it though! 1mo
Caroline2 @RaeLovesToRead Yeah, the husband went out for the night so I went to bed early with my book and I could not stop!!! I stayed up as late as him! 😆 It‘s so good. You‘ll rattle through it too. 👍 1mo
youneverarrived Agree it lives up to the hype. I couldn‘t put it down. 1mo
Oryx So glad you like it - it's definitely addictive! 1mo
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Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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This will prob change but for now this is my April TBR. #authoramonth

Caroline2 @squirrelbrain fancy starting Evelyn this weekend..? 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Evelyn 💚 1mo
Caroline2 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read it!! 😁 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead Ooh, if you're buddy reading, I might join! 😄 1mo
CoffeeNBooks Evelyn was a great book! 1mo
TrishB I‘m going to read that Boyne too (we‘ll I‘m planning too at the moment!). 1mo
squirrelbrain How funny, I nearly checked with you that we had the right Evelyn book! I‘ve read this one; the one on my TBR shelf is this one…. 🤣 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘d buddy read it anyway, with @RaeLovesToRead - it‘s *such* a good book. I do have this one on my TBR though as well so you just never know! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Caroline2 I will start it soon if you want to buddy read 😊 and @squirrelbrain The 7 deaths of Evelyn hardcastle is a book I have so much love for... it's my aesthetic to a T!!! 1mo
Caroline2 @RaeLovesToRead Yay 😃 defo up for a buddy read! 👍 I‘m starting tonight if you‘re ready? 1mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain how funny!! 😆 I really didn‘t like the seven deaths one. I bailed I think. 🤔 defo up for a crimson petal buddy read when you‘re ready. 👍 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Caroline2 Yes, let's do it! 😁 I can see why someone might not like 7 deaths - it is very convoluted! I adored it though. 1mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I won‘t say buddy read as I don‘t want to jinx it. 😆 but it sounds like a good story and I loved the Mel Gibson film. 😉 1mo
TrishB It would definitely jinx it! 1mo
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Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir | Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
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Why would you write a memoir in the second person?!! All the you, youing is just doing my head in! 🙄

squirrelbrain Sounds a bit weird! 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
TrishB They doesn‘t sound like fun! 2mo
jewright Ugh...I hate second person. 2mo
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Pickpick

This was the right book at the right time. Like Little Fires Everywhere, I got totally sucked into this story with crackling dialogue and interesting characters. I really enjoyed it. 👍

Karons1 One of my favourite 🤩 books of last year and ever it‘s fantastic isn‘t it ? Hoping they do a tv 📺 adaptation. 😀 2mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one too 2mo
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Ohh 😯 I‘ve been wanting to read this for a while now. 👍 #kindledeal

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Yep 😬

Coleen 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
TiminCalifornia Indeed! 2mo
Fr3NcHtOaSt This! 2mo
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Leftcoastzen 👏😂 2mo
Suet624 Yes indeed. 2mo
MicrobeMom 😂😂 2mo
SW-T 😂😂😂 2mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 2mo
TrishB 😂😂 2mo
Tera66 😆🤣 2mo
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The Underwriting | Michelle Miller
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Pickpick

This was fun! For fans of ‘Billions‘ and ‘Industry‘, this is just as action packed and intriguing. Full of electric characters, egos and dodgy deals. Set in Wall Street and Silicon Valley, it‘s a fascinating insight into how millions can be made and lost! Loved it!!

tokorowilliamwallace Thanks for the complementary rec! I'm not very far in it yet, but I am a fan of Billions. 2mo
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The Murmur of Bees | Sofa Segovia
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This is my March TBR stack.
(Subject to change depending on my mood, how I feel, the weather, what side of bed I get out of, what I‘m wearing and many other factors. 😬 ) #authoramonth #buddyread

rockpools That looks like a lovely heap. I look forward to co-ordinating outfits 😁 2mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to our #buddyread! 2mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, the Lisa See is a potential that I bookmarked on Scribd, if you fancy buddy reading that? I‘m reading a NF of hers anyway but wanted to do one fiction at least… so this may be it! 2mo
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Caroline2 @squirrelbrain oh yay!! Two buddy reads! Well up for it! 😜 👍 2mo
Caroline2 @rockpools Ha! Watch this space!! 😆 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace I dabble in multiple different books, genres, and subjects each day, since my moods are ever-shifting and I'm a terribly slow reader. 2mo
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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A soft pick. This is a weird one. I‘ve seen it advertised as a Victorian Gothic. It‘s not, it‘s set in the 1780s! It‘s dark at times, like Laura Purcell. Hard to describe without giving it away. Parts I loved, parts were predictable. Fantastic writing tho.

Caroline2 Thank you soo much @jhod for getting this for me. It‘s was certainly different!! 3mo
jhod 😀 At least it wasn't a dnf! 3mo
Caroline2 @jhod No! I had to find out how it ended!! 👍 3mo
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julesG I'm catching up. 3mo
Mitch I love the idea of a 'soft pick' - it's a phrase i've needs many times! 3mo
squirrelbrain I may persevere then….! 3mo
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Woo hoo! I‘ve finally reached the halfway mark! 💪🏼 #chunksterchallenge

squirrelbrain Yay! Well done you! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
La_Cori Yay!!! 🙌🏻🥳 3mo
Amiable Yay! I should reach the 50% mark of my chunkster later today, too! Just keep chugging along. :)
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MaureenMc 👏👏👏 3mo
rockpools 🎉🎉🎉 Keep going! 3mo
TrishB I‘m very impressed! 3mo
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Miss Austen | Gill Hornby
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This was a cosy read. I was really fascinated to find out more about Jane, her sister Cassandra and her best friend Eliza and their lives but I would have liked a bit more depth. Too many other characters. The past storyline was defo more interesting than the “present” too. But overall a comforting and interesting read. 😉

Caroline2 Thank you so much @TrishB for gifting this to me! 😃 👍 It was an enjoyable read. 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review… I‘m not even halfway through yet! No time to read this weekend…. 3mo
TrishB Glad you enjoyed 😁 3mo
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Wow! This is a shocking but fascinating story. How Holmes thought she could get away with it? Blind optimism? Too much faith in her ideas? Did she set out to deceive everyone? Be interesting to see what sentence she gets. Thank you for putting this on my radar @shadowspeak17 #newyearwhodis #nywd

janeycanuck I highly recommend listening to The Dropout podcast - the first season covers what you‘ve read in Bad Blood but the second covers the trial. 4mo
PathfinderNicole I read yesterday that one of the streaming services (Hulu I think?) is making a show about this based off The Dropout podcast! 4mo
Beachesnbooks i'm obsessed with this story--the Dropout and Bad Blood podcasts are also worth a listen!! 4mo
shadowspeak17 I‘m glad you liked it! It really is such a fascinating story. 4mo
BiblioLitten Oh my husband would love this one! 3mo
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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I really liked the beginning of this book; the characters, crumbling house, dual time line and I found myself nodding along to all the discussions. Then it felt repetitive and like I was being lectured. Good ending tho. 😆 (and of course, good ole Barb sure can write!!) #authoramonth

squirrelbrain I haven‘t noticed the repetitiveness yet…but I‘m only halfway through… Yes, you actually finished a buddy read before me! 🤣 (Got distracted by To Paradise…) 4mo
kathedron She does tend to get a bit didactic, but the writing's such a joy I'm not as irritated as I'd otherwise be. 🙂 4mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Irs been a stressful week so maybe I‘m just being very impatient and easily irritated. 😆 🤦‍♀️ 4mo
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Caroline2 @kathedron Yes! I love her writing too. I‘m looking forward to reading Flight Behaviour and The Bean Trees next. I have both waiting patiently on my tbr shelf. 😉 👍 4mo
kathedron I loved Flight Behaviour! (Have yet to read The Bean Trees.) 4mo
Caroline2 @kathedron yeah I‘ve heard good things about that one. 👍 4mo
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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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What a cracking start to the year! With Talented Mr Ripley vibes, a jaded creative writing teacher steals a plot from a dead pupil…! I guessed one of the twists early on but there‘s are so many twists and turns in this, it didn‘t matter and what an ending!! Best thriller I have read in a long time! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

rockpools That sounds fun! 4mo
batsy This sounds good 👍🏽 4mo
Kappadeemom I loved this one! 4mo
Oryx I really enjoyed this one too 4mo
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Doctor January | Rhoda Baxter
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My ambitious TBR pile to get me through January. Including my #authoramonth and #newyearwhodis picks.
Also my chunkster challenge for 2022. It‘s going to take me months to get through as I‘m going to read in between other books but that‘s ok, I‘m going to take my time as I get lost in Penman‘s beautiful writing. 😉

TrishB You have treats in store 😁 4mo
squirrelbrain Bad Blood is so good! I have Unsheltered on my TBR pile for this month too… 😁 4mo
Tamra I‘m stacking the Ritter memoir - not usually my genre but I do like nature related books. 4mo
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Caroline2 @squirrelbrain ohhhh…. You know what that means…… BUDDY READ!!!! 😁 🎉 4mo
Caroline2 @Tamra I like nature books too. 😉 4mo
Caroline2 @TrishB Just looking at this pile cheers me up! 😆 I hate January. 😒 4mo
monalyisha January is THE WORST. And I say that as a Capircorn/January baby. 🧁🕯 Totally irredeemable. 🙈 But books help! 4mo
squirrelbrain Of course, Caroline, BUDDY READ is a given! I‘m halfway through Flight Behaviour at the mo, so can start in a week or so, to suit you….just let me know! 4mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Yep, a week or two is good for me. 👍 4mo
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The Land Beyond the Sea | Sharon Kay Penman
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A fantastic Kindle deal today! Sharon Penman is one of my fav writers. Highly recommend for fans of medieval fiction or historical fiction or fans of books!! 😆 Her stories are great to get lost in. 👍

TrishB Great deal 👍🏻 4mo
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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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99p on kindle! 😃 👍

charl08 Nice one! 5mo
Cortg Oooh, this was my one and only gifted book for Christmas this year. I‘ve never read Louise Penny, though I did hear her talk at the Nat‘l book festival several years ago. 5mo
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Thank you @TrishB @scripturient @jhod for my lovely cards and bookmark! 😃 🎄 #jbuk

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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Pickpick

Well this was fun! A classic murder mystery in an isolated location in the Scottish Highlands. Great characters to hate, fast paced writing and a plot that kept me guessing till the end. Just the sorta fluff my harangued brain needed right now. 😆 👍

RaeLovesToRead I loved this and I've bought her next book... I remember reading the descriptions on the back though ("the beautiful one... the golden couple...") and even after reading the whole book I still wasn't sure which description fit which character?? 5mo
squirrelbrain I liked this one too! 5mo
Caroline2 @RaeLovesToRead That‘s true!! 😆 5mo
Crazeedi Might have to add this!! 5mo
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The Winter Garden | Heidi Swain
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I normally love reading these cheesy books at Christmas but this year…. Meh. My frazzled brain just doesn‘t have the patience! 🤷‍♀️ 🤦‍♀️

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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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I don‘t normally like these small, quiet novels but this is superb. Set in a small Irish town in the 1980s in the days leading up to Christmas with the Magdalen Laundries just up the road…. This book has haunted me.

ShelleyBooksie Thank you for sharing - this sounds great. 5mo
squirrelbrain This just arrived for me on Libby and I‘ve just put it on my weekly forecast! 5mo
Tamra I‘m anxious to read this one! 5mo
Kdgordon88 My brother just brought me a copy this week and will definitely be reading it this week. 5mo
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I loved this book! It has the perfect tagline: For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent, Vasya will choose a third way: magic…! After a stressful week at work and my Dad being really ill with covid, this book was the perfect escape that, frankly kept me sane! 😬

GatheringBooks One of my fave fantasy series of all time! Hope your dad feels better soon. 5mo
ShelleyBooksie Sending your day speedy healing wishes! 5mo
Jas16 Hope your dad is feeling better soon. 5mo
Caroline2 @GatheringBooks @Shelleybeanz73 @Jas16 Thank you, he seems to be on the mend now thank god! You just don‘t know how these things will go, do you! 😬 5mo
Susanita I think this was my favorite of the series. 5mo
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Thank you Helen for my Christmas goodies! 😃 The little book sounds really interesting and the notebook is the perfect size for me to take to work. Thank you. 😘 ❤️ #jbuk

squirrelbrain You‘re welcome! Your tree looks wonderful! 5mo
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Thank you to Litsy pals for my lovely cards! 😘 ❄️ 🎄
#jbuk

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Here, on Litsy, we all know and appreciate the power of reading. It‘s food for the mind and soul. This book backs all that up with science and studies galore. I highly recommend this to anyone pregnant or with young children. Thank you so much for gifting this to me @squirrelbrain 😘

squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it! 😘 5mo
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The People Awards | Lily Murray
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Is anyone else super excited for the Goodreads awards tomorrow?! 😃 I don‘t really buy or read the winners but I always enjoy looking!! 😆

julesG I'm looking. I'm frowning sometimes at the nominees, some are pretty recent publications. Still, it's always interesting to see what gets voted. 5mo
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Mehso-so

I think the hype monster might have ruined this for me. It‘s not a fantasy book but a sentimental, Hallmark style Rom-com. Which is fine but not what I expected!! 😬

Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Thank you so much for getting this for my birthday! I‘m sorry I didn‘t love it but it was a nice, easy read which is just what my brain needed right now! ☺️ 5mo
TrishB I thought it was going to be sentimental so enjoyed as that. Sometimes hype and expectation do spoil it! 5mo
Caroline2 @TrishB Defo! I went in expecting some Harry Potter style book so it was a bit jarring!!! 😆 🤦‍♀️ 5mo
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squirrelbrain Hmmm… I had this down for one of the prompts for #booked2022 so I might change my mind now…. 5mo
Litsi What a surprise. Hmm. Now I don‘t know. 5mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain you might like it?! It seems to be a marmite book? 🤷‍♀️ or maybe I‘m just grumpy and not in the mood for soppiness!!! 😆 5mo
julesG @squirrelbrain The audiobook was good. The narrator did an excellent job with the different voices. 5mo
squirrelbrain I may give that a go then @julesG 5mo
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Just for Christmas | Scarlett Bailey
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If anyone is looking for a feel good Christmasy read that‘s not too cheesy this is really good and only 99p on Kindle. 😉 👍

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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Thank you so much @jhod for gifting this to me! 😃 Such a beautiful cover and it sounds really intriguing! I can‘t wait to read it! 😊 ☕️ 📖 👍

ju.ca.no It looks so pretty! Ad the title is intriguing! 5mo
jhod Happy belated birthday!! Xx 5mo
BookBelle84 I loved this one! 5mo
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This book reminded me why I love thrillers! It‘s set in the remote, snowy Scottish highlands and is full of 90s thriller vibes (think Fatal Attraction, Sleeping with the enemy etc). The ending is bonkers but this is the most enjoyable thriller I‘ve read in a long time!

TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 5mo
squirrelbrain I can‘t remember if I bought this on Kindle offer or not! 🤔 5mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain I got it on a 99p deal too. I think it‘s still 99p on kindle 🤔 5mo
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squirrelbrain Yeah, just went to buy it, and I already bought it 6 weeks ago! 😜 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I went to buy something yesterday and I had already bought it in December. Of 2017. 😬🤦🏻‍♀️ 5mo
squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly 🤣 🤦‍♀️ 5mo
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Himself: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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Ohhh 😯 thank you so much for sending this to me @kathedron It‘s described as dark, atmospheric Irish fiction about strange kindnesses, casual violence and buried secrets! This sound right up my street!! 😀 ☕️ 📖 I can‘t wait to read it. 👍

kathedron You're very welcome, Caroline! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂 5mo
Caroline2 @kathedron It sounds really good. 👍 5mo
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Thank you very much to the thoughtful Litten who sent me this book. I couldn‘t find a note so I‘m not sure who it‘s from?? 🤔 #jbuk

Crazeedi Happy birthday!!🎂🎁📚💕 5mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday Caroline! 5mo
squirrelbrain I *think* it might be from Emma @Oryx 😉 5mo
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Caroline2 @squirrelbrain ahhhh! 😉 Thank you so much Emma! This sounds really good and different. I can‘t wait to read it! 😀 @Oryx 5mo
Caroline2 @Crazeedi @MicheleinPhilly Thanks ladies! 😃 5mo
Oryx Yes, was from me! They must have forgot to include the happy birthday note 🎁. I saw it on your tbr and it's one I really liked, so hope you do too! 5mo
Caroline2 @Oryx Thank you! I love books set in space so I‘m sure I will! 😉 5mo
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Thank you so much @squirrelbrain for my fab presents. They‘ve really cheered me up. I‘ve started Cerulean already and loving it so far. 😃 👍

erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! 🥳📚 5mo
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome! I haven‘t read that one yet so looking forward to what you think. 😘 5mo
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AmyG Happy Birthday 🎈🎁🎂 5mo
youneverarrived Happy Birthday! 😘 5mo
IuliaC Happy birthday! 🥳 5mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Thank you so much @rockpools These both sound so good and it‘s always so lovely receiving book post! 😃 👍

squirrelbrain I loved Convenience Store Woman 😁👍 5mo
Crazeedi I want the oliver book! On my tbr! 5mo
rockpools Hope you‘re having a lovely day (even with work!) 5mo
Caroline2 @rockpools I have thank you! 😁 5mo
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A Woman in the Polar Night | Christiane Ritter
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Thank you so much @TrishB for my fab birthday presents!! 😃 Both of these sound so good, I can‘t wait to read them. 👍

TrishB You‘re welcome ♥️♥️ have a fab day tomorrow. 5mo
squirrelbrain Ooh I got Miss Austen in the Gladstone‘s book swap! (Is that where you got the idea from @TrishB ?! ) It sounds so good - I have it on my #booked2022 list if you fancy a #buddyread next year. 5mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain yes 😁 Caroline stacked so I thought perfect! 5mo
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Nute Happy Birthday!🎂🎁🎉 🎈 5mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Yes! I am well up for a buddy read. 😃 I‘m ready whenever is good for you. 👍 it sounds soooo good! 5mo
Caroline2 @Nute Thanks! 😘 5mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 5mo
Suet624 Happy birthday! 5mo
Caroline2 @LeahBergen @Suet624 Thanks ladies. 🎉 5mo
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A Woman in the Polar Night | Christiane Ritter
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Thank you so much @TrishB for my fab birthday presents!! 😃 Both of these sound so good, I can‘t wait to read them. 👍

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The Gladstones: A Novel | Frank Trollope
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Thank you so much to the Gladstone ladies for my lovely postcard. I‘m genuinely touched you thought me. 🥲 I‘ve still got my deposit booked with them so I really hope I can make it next year. (It‘s in the diary!!)

TrishB There will be an Amazon parcel arriving this afternoon for tomorrow‘s birthday 😁 up to you when you open! 5mo
Caroline2 @TrishB wooooo weird timing Trish as it JUST this minute arrived!! 😃 Thank you so much, I‘ll open it now as I need cheering up!! (And when it comes to waiting to open presents I‘m 3yrs old and struggle to wait!!! 😆) 5mo
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome - we missed you! 😘 5mo
Oryx We missed you! Fingers crossed for next year 5mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain @Oryx Thanks guys! ☺️ I‘ve got my fingers crossed for next year!! 😉 👍 5mo
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The Dragon Republic | R. F. Kuang
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A soft pick. The beginning and ending were great but there‘s a good 200 pages in the middle that, because of a stupid plot point, really dragged and we‘re frankly boring and annoying. It‘s very hard to root for Rin in this book and I loved her in the first book. Hmm.

Caroline2 Did anyone else find it really annoying when Rin lost her powers?! For me, the story lost all interest then and just became a bog standard war trauma retelling?! 5mo
Vansa Given that Rin is supposed to be Mao Zedong in a fantasy setting, she's definitely not meant to be sympathetic! 5mo
Caroline2 @Vansa Ahhhhhh, ok that makes more sense! 👍 5mo
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Glass Houses | Louise Penny
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It‘s probably just bad timing as I‘ve had a couple of really stressful days but I could not get into this at all! I was hoping for the usual cozy, murder mystery in Three Pines but I couldn‘t get into the drug cartel storyline or the jumping back and forth and the court room drama! Nah! 😑

TrishB Maybe come back to it at a less stressful time ♥️ It‘s good when you get into it. 6mo
Caroline2 @TrishB Yeah, it‘s prob timing! I‘ve read that this one is a bit of a stand alone? Will I miss much if I skip it??? 🤔 6mo
squirrelbrain Sometimes it‘s right book, wrong time. Maybe try again sometime in the future? 😘 6mo
Tamra I prefer the Three Pines setting too. 6mo
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These books are so comforting and easy to read. I always enjoy getting lost in them and they‘re such a welcome break from demanding literature. This one (book4) could have done with some editing tho! It‘s a massive book but I loved the Australian history and it just whizzed by. 👍

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Ohhh what an interesting list of books @shadowspeak17 I‘ve already read a couple but I think I‘ll start with these three! 😁 📚 👍 #newyearwhodis #nywd2021

LeeRHarry Bad blood is excellent 😊 6mo
squirrelbrain I loved Bad Blood too… you can see why we got matched up @LeeRHarry 😁 6mo
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monalyisha I‘m *very* interested in this one! I‘d never heard of it before running down @shadowspeak17‘s list & it seems so strange & unique. 6mo
LeeRHarry @squirrelbrain definitely! 😀 6mo
shadowspeak17 Yay, excellent choices! 😄 I hope you like them! Project Hail Mary was universally loved by my book club, which was a first. 😂 Battle Royale is probably the most engrossing book I‘ve read this year. Bad Blood was fascinating. Apparently the author has a podcast covering the trial too. I haven‘t listened to it yet, but another Litten told me about it recently. So if you end up liking the book, it might be worth checking out. 😊 6mo
shadowspeak17 @monalyisha it definitely was strange and unique. I‘d highly recommend it. I‘ve only given out two five-star ratings so far this year, and The Hole got one of them. 6mo
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The Snow Song | Sally Gardner
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This sounds like a good wintery read for 99p 😃 👍

TrishB May just go and have a look 😁 6mo
squirrelbrain It would fit for the weather prompt for #booked2022 as well! @TrishB 6mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain well….. 6mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I‘ve bought about 7 99p books today! it‘s been one of those days. Retail therapy to the rescue!!! 😆 6mo
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The Morbids | Ewa Ramsey
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Look what just arrived! 🤩 Thank you so much for sending this to me @Kalalalatja And for the fab stickers! I can‘t wait to read it! 😀 👍 #travellingbook

squirrelbrain Yay, the travelling book! ❤️ 6mo
BarbaraBB And it‘s so good! 6mo
Kalalalatja Glad it found its way to you quickly, since I have been so slow to send it 😅 enjoy! 6mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Yayyyyy! The next series of Between the Covers is out! 😃 👍 📚

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Mehso-so

The Netflix series of this is very different and actually much better. I was v poor growing up, my parents both worked two jobs. Some of this is really poignant but other parts she comes across as whiney (esp as she‘s nearly 30) and she makes some bad decisions, like she can‘t afford food but then spends $200 on a diamond ring to prove to herself she‘s worth it?! A lot of this didn‘t sit well with me….

Readswithcoffee I agree about the whining and poor decision making. It made me CRAZY. Also, I felt it lacked introspection as to what led her to be in the situation to begin with, which I find to be a common problem of memoirs in general. 6mo
GingerAntics I‘ll be avoiding this book, then. It drives me crazy when people make really stupid decisions like this, since then people make assumptions about all poor people making bad decisions that “make them poor” like it‘s a choice. I wish someone would pay an average poor person who does everything they‘re “supposed to” and is still poor to write a memoir, just once. 6mo
KatieB I felt the same way about this book. I definitely wanted more introspection! 6mo
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Caroline2 @Readswithcoffee Yes!! I completely agree. 6mo
Caroline2 @GingerAntics I totally agree!! She defo fulfils the stereotype. 🙄 6mo
Caroline2 @KatieB Yes, there was lots of jealousy of couples and families but no introspection as to why she made her choices. 6mo
GingerAntics @Caroline2 🤦🏼‍♀️ 6mo
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Super excited about my November TBR pile. 😀 Hoping I can get more reading time this month. #novembertbr

squirrelbrain A couple of chunksters there! 😜 6mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain yep!! 😬 (I‘ve just replied to your email, sorry it‘s taken so long! 🤦‍♀️) 6mo
squirrelbrain 😜👍 6mo
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