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Cazxxx

Joined August 2020

🦇 Witch 🧙‍♀️/Crystal lover 🔮/Plant lover 🪴/Bookworm 📚/Rocker 🎸/Crafts 🧵/Spiritual 🧘🏼‍♀️/Lover of all things dark 🖤/nature 🌎 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
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The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
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2. Cold weather! I‘m Scottish I am not built for this relentless heat 😂 Plus October is my birthday month and I love everything about spooky season 🎃

TheSpineView Happy birthday month! Hope you get your cake and eat it too! 🎂 Thanks for playing! 19h
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Dolores Claiborne | Stephen King
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I set myself a challenge to read 10 King books this year and this was number 9 so I‘m more than happy with my progress. I‘m thinking of reading Christine or Bag of bones next, which would you recommend?

Jari-chan I vote for Christine 😄 24h
JessClark78 Christine 22h
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This was incredible! A dual timeline novel about The Ormen, a ship which has been abandoned with the crew missing and never found. So dark, gothic and claustrophobic while also being touching and sad with elements of folklore. The writing is sublime with the cold atmosphere of Iceland perfectly captured so you can feel the chills. One of the best books I‘ve read this year
5 ⭐️

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc

Deblovestoread Great review! Stacked 3d
Cazxxx @Deblovestoread Hope you love it too! 3d
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Enchanted Britain | Marc Alexander
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Thoroughly enjoyed this tour around the magical places in Britain and the history behind them

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I dnf lots of books now, I used to try to push through but I‘ve got thousands on my tbr so I won‘t spend time on books I‘m not enjoying. I give up as soon as I‘m not liking a book and I know what doesn‘t work for me
When do you give up on a book?

Ruthiella Still pretty rare for me. I did skim a thriller the other day-not exactly a DNF but I won‘t count it as read because I slipped huge parts of it. 1w
Cazxxx @Ruthiella I sometimes do that as well, especially with mystery/thrillers if they‘re not great but I want to know the ending! 1w
kelli7990 I DNF at 60% or after reading 100 pages. 1w
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Soubhiville I usually give a physical book at least 50 pages and an audiobook an hour or two before I bail. I try to recognize as soon as I don‘t want to go back to it and let it go. 7d
Cazxxx @kelli7990 I never get as far as that if I‘m bored or don‘t like the writing 7d
Cazxxx @Soubhiville I think it‘s a good idea to let books go, there‘s so many more that you might love 7d
LiteraryinLawrence I usually give it about 100 pages but if I know right away, I just stop! That‘s only happened a few times though (stopping after like 10 pages). 7d
kwmg40 I usually go by Nancy Pearl‘s Rule of 50, especially now that I‘m over 50 years old! 😁 4d
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Voyage of the Damned | Frances White
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‘A mind-blowing murder mystery on a ship full of magical passengers. If Agatha Christie wrote fantasy, this would be it!‘

Do you need to know anything else 🤷🏼‍♀️

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BookwormM Intrigued 1w
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Autumn | Ali Smith
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She likes to read, she reads all the time, and she prefers to be reading several things at once, she says it gives endless perspective and dimension.

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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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Happy birthday to Agatha Christie!

Do you have a favourite of her books?

AnnR So far I've only read one book by Christie, which is Murder on the Orient Express. I've also read a fictionalized biography (the title escapes me right now) but I still wonder what happened during the alleged 'disappearance.' Weird stuff. 2w
Cazxxx @AnnR I‘d love to know the truth about her disappearance as well! I always hope it was to teach her cheating husband a lesson but we will never know 2w
LiteraryinLawrence She‘s been one of my favorite authors for forever! 💗 2w
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jlhammar I loved the recent Agatha Christie biography by Lucy Worsley. I've been making my way through the Miss Marple mysteries this year, one each month, and it's been a delight! 2w
Cazxxx @jlhammar That is an excellent book 😊 2w
dabbe Hands down AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Loved teaching it to my freshmen back in the day. 😍 2w
Cazxxx @dabbe Such a brilliant book 😀 2w
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Such a beautiful book but so hard to read
4 ⭐️

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Fire Rush | Jacqueline Crooks
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I‘ve waited a while for my hold on this book, hoping for good things. Have you read this one?

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A Severed Head | Iris Murdoch
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A book I‘ve been meaning to read for years.
Tell me a book you‘ve been meaning to read for a long time?

The_Book_Ninja Lord of the Rings 2w
BarbaraBB I have this one on my TBR shelves as well. I hope it‘s good! 2w
Ruthiella I liked The Severed Head a lot. One book I‘ve been meaning to read for ages is (edited) 2w
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SamAnne East of Eden. 2w
Cazxxx @The_Book_Ninja I‘ve only read the first book and keep meaning to read the rest 2w
Cazxxx @BarbaraBB I‘m enjoying it but think it would‘ve been better as a physical or kindle book 2w
Cazxxx @Ruthiella This sounds interesting 🤔 2w
Cazxxx @SamAnne I liked that a lot 2w
BarbaraBB @SamAnne Don‘t wait too long, it is SO good! Same goes for you @Ruthiella 😄 2w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja 😱 Read it instantly! 🧐 (😄) 1w
Bookwomble I'll weigh in with 1984 to give JT an opportunity for a return swipe 😁 1w
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble I‘ve spent my whole life avoiding spoilers. Even harder since the films came out. Strangely enough I‘ve read the hobbit more times than I remember as well as to my kids growing up 1w
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble I started to read it in 1983 as a teenager thinking I should read it before ‘84 happened. I‘ll hold my hands up…I was so bored I bailed. I did enjoy Animal Farm though 1w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I think a thorough grounding in The Hobbit is a nice set up for LotR 😊 If you fancy a buddy read sometime, I'd be up for that, but fair warning that I'd be an insufferable Tolkien nerd, so you would not offend me if you decided to go solo! 🤓 1w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja I enjoyed Animal Farm, too, which I read only a couple of years ago. 1w
The_Book_Ninja @Bookwomble we‘ve hijacked this thread😂 I will deffo buddy read book one with you soon…I won‘t start until I let you know and you can decide if you are still up for it. I may read The Hobbit again as prep…I love that book so profoundly that any excuse will do. Also, It could be good to do such a thing with a Tolkien nerd 1w
Bookwomble @The_Book_Ninja Ok, let me know when you've girded your loins! And, yes, I was thinking the same thing about the thread. Apologies, @Cazxxx 🙇🏻‍♂️ Hopefully this tangent has held some interest for you 😁 1w
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It‘s too hot to do anything but sit at the fan and read today so I‘ll be finishing this dark thriller. What are you reading today?

AllDebooks I did the same yesterday, rinse and repeat today 🥵 3w
Cazxxx @AllDebooks yep it‘s too warm to even move. I‘m Scottish, I‘m definitely not built for this weather 😂 3w
Bookwomble The sun is shining hard on West Lancashire, but it's raining at the same time (wtf! 🤷🏻‍♂️) so the humidity is high, and it's so hard to get comfortable 🌦️ 🥵 Also, weather warning for thunderstorms later ⛈️. I'm reading the tagged, and it's as much as I want to do! 😌📖 3w
Cazxxx @Bookwomble We‘ve not had any rain here in Edinburgh but the humidity is ridiculous! It was at 98% earlier 🥵. I have two fans blowing at me and I‘m still boiling lol. It‘s not a day for doing anything other than reading or watching something but yeah it‘s impossible to get comfortable! I love folk tales, I‘ll need to put this on my tbr 📚 3w
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Lady MacBethad | Isabelle Schuler
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Been excited to read this one for a while! Always appreciate a Scottish narrator as well 😊

AllDebooks I'm excited for this one too. Just waiting on my library hold. 4w
Cazxxx @AllDebooks I‘m enjoying it a lot so far. Hope your hold is ready soon! 4w
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The Odyssey | Homer Homer
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Currently listening 🎧

pr.alm 👌🏼 4w
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An outstandingly good retelling of Medea with such good pacing and plotting that it was quite the page turner. I loved every minute of this and devoured it in two days!
5 ⭐️
#netgalley #arc

Cuilin This I have to stack. I went to a talk given by the amazing Fiona Shaw on Medea, and then saw Medea, The Opera, so amazing. (edited) 1mo
Cazxxx @Cuilin Oh wow, that sounds so amazing, I would love to see the Opera! 1mo
Cuilin @Cazxxx it was truly amazing. 1mo
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Bookwomble @Cuilin I watched a recording of Fiona Shaw in Medea: she was fantastic! How wonderful for you to have seen her talk about it 😊 1mo
Cuilin @Bookwomble I had one of those moments as I sat in a Met classroom in New York City pinching myself. (I got to talk to Fiona and as we‘re both girls from Cork. We talked about foot traffic in Cork city. Lol ) 1mo
Bookwomble @Cuilin Lovely to have that connection through shared experience 💖 1mo
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Todays audiobook 🎧

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🎧 currently reading 🎧

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Phew 😮‍💨 It‘s taken me many many weeks to get through this chunkster, at almost 900 pages it was very dense but so interesting and I felt like I learned a lot I didn‘t know about the British empire. The author made it easy to understand and broke it up nicely so the chapters weren‘t too long. A depressing read at times but I‘m glad I read about an important part of history which we don‘t get taught in school but should

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Mine is cosy mysteries, particularly if they have a magical or paranormal element. What‘s yours?

AllDebooks Gothic novels, always 1mo
Pigpen_Reads Small town romance! 1mo
dabbe Cozy mysteries set at Christmas-time. 😃 1mo
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Cazxxx @AllDebooks My favourite genre but not so much of a comfort read, I need something I don‘t have to pay much attention to 😂 1mo
Cazxxx @Pigpen_Reads I love books set in small towns! 1mo
Cazxxx @dabbe That‘s a good choice 👍🏻 1mo
AllDebooks @Cazxxx I love them and can easily get lost in them, forget everything else for a wee while 1mo
AnnR Children's classics, cozy mysteries or rereads. No big surprises or major disappointments with rereads. 🙂 1mo
kezzlou85 Ooh I love cosy mysteries too. It's them or Mills and Boon style romance as you're guaranteed a happy ending. 1mo
Cazxxx @Ann_Reads I totally agree 1mo
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The Square of Sevens | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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An absolutely wonderful and magical work of historical fiction, totally engrossing from start to finish

5 ⭐️

AllDebooks She is so good 😍 1mo
jenniferw88 Baldrick's daughter 😂 1mo
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Cazxxx @AllDebooks Very good! 1mo
julesG My review is similar! 1mo
Cazxxx @julesG Glad you loved it too! 1mo
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It's the fossil-fuel companies that have created this mess, funded climate denial and murdered activists on the front lines.
It's every government that has acted in the interests of these multi-billion dollar companies, rather than for the people. It's the super-rich; the billionaires; the one hundred companies. It's overconsumption, capitalism and white supremacy.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Yup. I‘m lucky bc my electric company allows me to choose wind power. I hope it makes a difference. Can I ask you a quick question? Are you Wiccan? I don‘t know much about it, but I‘m interested. Also, are most Wiccans Vegans? 1mo
Cazxxx @JanuarieTimewalker13 That is great I wish that my electric company would let me choose wind power. I‘m a witch not Wiccan which is more of a religion. I‘d imagine most witches are vegan because the love of all life is central to the practice 😊 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh I‘m loving that!! Thank you🌸 oooh, I never realized that. What should I read that will give me a better idea about being a witch? 1mo
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Cazxxx @JanuarieTimewalker13 Ooh there are so many good beginner books I‘d have to think about it cos there are a lot! The more reading and learning you do the better cos it does take time 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Any good fiction stories that approximate what it‘s like being a witch? I need a good story!! I‘ve already read A Discovery of Witches (that‘s where I got my screen name) but I‘d like another 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I just caught the part of your post where the fossil fuel companies funded climate denial….horrible!! I‘m stacking this one also 1mo
Cazxxx @JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘ve read hundreds, some of my favs are The manningtree witches, the age of witches, the once and future witches, the mercies, the witches of vardo, Weyward, now she is witch. Can‘t think of any which describe daily witch life in fiction. Better with non fiction for that 1mo
Cazxxx @JanuarieTimewalker13 It‘s good! 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you!! I already have Weyward on my TBR. I‘m going to look into the others!! 1mo
Cazxxx @JanuarieTimewalker13 Ooh Weyward is one of my favourite books this year, hope you enjoy! 1mo
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A short read based on a woman‘s lie that she is pregnant because she‘s sick of doing all the menial jobs at work that her male coworkers don‘t get asked to do. This was a buddy read with my son and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it

The_Book_Ninja That subterfuge can only last a maximum of 9 months tho😂 then you need plan B 1mo
Cazxxx @The_Book_Ninja That‘s very true 😂 1mo
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"consorting with spirits" was once the name of a crime. The assumption at that time was that spirits were fully formed and independent beings who existed in their own realms somewhat adjacent to ours.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I found this really disappointing!

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Medusa's Sisters | Lauren J. A. Bear
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I absolutely loved this mythology retelling which is based around Medusa and her lesser known sisters Stheno and Euryale. The prose was gorgeous while the story flowed so well that it was hard to put down
4⭐️

#netgalley #arc

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Kew - Plant Words: A book of 250 curious words for plant lovers | Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Emma Townshend, Joe Richomme
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🪴 A lovely book for any plant lovers 🪴

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🌱 2mo
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The Medusa Frequency | Russell Hoban
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“The head of Orpheus turned up as a half grapefruit and in a absent minded moment I ate it”

So brilliantly absurd, I had a great time with this one!
4 ⭐️

TheEllieMo That sounds utterly bizarre…. Stacked! 2mo
Cazxxx @TheEllieMo It‘s bonkers but so much fun 😃 2mo
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“In a time of huge controversy about the legacy of empire, racial justice and the future of museums, what does the future hold for the Bronzes?”

A fascinating look at the history of Britain and their taking of the Benin Bronzes. The audiobook and narration were excellent while the content was easy to understand by those with little knowledge of the subject. I thought this might be a bit dry but it was really interesting from start to finish

tpixie I think it‘s fascinating now about all the controversy regarding different museums and what they are in their collections that others believe they belong to them. This will probably take the decades to play out. 2mo
Cazxxx @tpixie It‘s really interesting and also awful. I agree it‘ll take many years to sort it all out 2mo
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Which door would you open and why?
I would have to go to Narnia to make my childhood dream come true 😁

5feet.of.fury TARDIS! 2mo
Cazxxx @5feet.of.fury Good choice. I loved dr who when I was young 😊 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Hmmm… I‘ll go with 221B Baker Street! 🕵🏻 2mo
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Cazxxx @DaveGreen7777 That‘s a great choice! 2mo
BookLove4Ever Narnia 100%. Less things trying to kill me. 😂 Plus it has a cozy feel that I love. 2mo
Cazxxx @BookLove4Ever And Turkish delight of course 😂 2mo
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I was so excited to get this NetGalley ARC as Natalie Haynes is such a fantastic author and speaker. As always she didn‘t let me down.
In this book she examines the roles of the goddesses in Greek myth with her usual brilliant storytelling and humour while making it really easy to understand for anyone
Highly recommended

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Hester: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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"I daresay the Scottish wish for enchantments too Mrs. Gamble. Isn't that why you weave magical creatures into your clothing and make little amulets to carry in your pockets?"

Loved this book so much! 4 ⭐️

AmyG This was the lovliest surprise. I had no clue about this one and wound up loving it, too. 2mo
Cazxxx @AmyG I did think it would be one I would enjoy but was surprised how much I loved it. Glad you liked it too 😊 2mo
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August brings a gentle energy of completion, as if encouraging us to savour the last few drops of summer sun and the abundance of colour before the leaves turn to gold, red and brown. There is a sweetness in taking time to savour and honour what has been given.

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💖 Welcome August 💖

IuliaC I like them all, but particularly red jasper 🤩 2mo
Cazxxx @IuliaC Red jasper is a beautiful stone 🥰 2mo
kaysworld1 I definitely need the Rhodonite 2mo
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The author has put his life at risk many times by going undercover around the world to get into far right groups so as to understand their mindset
I found this an interesting but difficult read as I will never be able to understand how so many people spend all their time filled with hate for anyone who isn‘t like them as well as pushing dangerous and false conspiracy theories
Frightening at times but well written and informative

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It‘s not surprising that a connection has been made between witchcraft and the fight for change and social justice, because witches have always been on the fringes and viewed as outsiders.

Darklunarose I have this on my TBR. It looks like a great book. 2mo
Cazxxx @Darklunarose I found it really good. Fun and quirky but also informative 😊 2mo
Darklunarose @Cazxxx I‘m going to have to give it a try soon. 2mo
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Cazxxx @Darklunarose Hope you enjoy it! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Should I read this one to learn more about witches? 1mo
Cazxxx @JanuarieTimewalker13 This is a really good one for beginners, to carve your own path and do things you want to do and feel drawn to rather than what you think you should do. Definitely recommend this one 1mo
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The Black Feathers | Rebecca Netley
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Annie marries widower Edward and moves into his home on the Yorkshire moors where his medium sister Iris still lives. Things get dark and mysterious very quickly when Annie goes to one of Iris‘ seances.
With nods to Rebecca this was beautiful, gothic, atmospheric and dark.

4 ⭐️

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julieclair This sounds excellent! Stacked. 2mo
Cazxxx @julieclair It was excellent. Hope you enjoy it too ☺️ 2mo
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It wasn't easy, in that moment, for me to think like a scholar again. To think at all, really. How was it that I suddenly had faerie kings, plural, demanding to marry me?

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time | Gillian McAllister
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Finished this one in a day as I couldn‘t stop listening! A woman goes back in time to stop her son committing a crime. This was such a clever thriller with fast pacing which will keep you turning the pages

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The Last Word: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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I can quite easily suspend my disbelief with thrillers but this was utterly ridiculous! I didn‘t like anything about this and ironically giving it 1 ⭐️

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I feel attacked 😂😂

tpixie 😂 2mo
julesG Why does this make me think of you, @jenniferw88? 🤣 2mo
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Written with humour, this takes you through a day in the life of a Victorian, from getting up to going to bed and everything in between.
Lots of fun as well as educational it was never boring or dry. I enjoyed this from start to finish
4 ⭐️

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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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We had fallen through a crack in the world. This is where we had come as children and wandered for a month. A place of the dead. What had happened to us here? Why had we stayed so long?

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The Kraken Wakes | John Wyndham
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Weekend reading 🎧

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Thistlefoot | GennaRose Nethercott
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If a story does its job, it doesn't ever end. Not really. But it can change. This is the nature of folktales. They shift to fit each teller. Take whatever form suits the bearer best. What begins as a story of sorrow can be acknowledged, held like a sweetheart to the chest, rocked and sung to. And then it can be set down to sleep. It can become an offering. A lantern. An ember to lead you through the dark.

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The Secret Lives of Colour | Kassia St Clair
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I wasn‘t sure how interesting this would be but it was fascinating to read about the history of colours and the stories behind each one. Recommended!

currentlyreadinginCO Just walked out of a bookstore where I passed on this and now I'm feeling regret! 2mo
Cazxxx @currentlyreadinginCO Oh no! I hate when that happens 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
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Kaikeyi: A Novel | Vaishnavi Patel
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I never tire of mythology retellings and this was one of the most beautiful and engrossing that I‘ve read
4 ⭐️

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🖤 Spending some time looking through this one today, one of the many I forgot about. Looks great so far 🖤

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