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Connster

Joined January 2017

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Had to retreat out of the sun as my Kindle got too hot to touch! Never had that happen before! ☀️ ☀️ ☀️

annamatopoetry Amazing photo though 1d
Connster @annamatopoetry Mexico! Always awesome here! 😊 1d
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I‘m quite intrigued by this so far. I wasn‘t sure what to expect; a true story from Chernobyl or fiction set in Pripyat. It‘s the latter. In other news, I‘m quite enjoying the tropical rain here. Getting some reading in now as it‘s almost time to get ready to go out for tea.

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I‘m getting into this a bit more now as later in the book there‘s testimony from a range of people that‘s quite different, whereas the start was rather ‘samey‘. I‘m enjoying the spot I‘m currently reading in a lot!

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I really want to like this book as it‘s highly recommended, but I‘m finding it quite an odd read so far. That‘s probably because it‘s not what I expected though, rather than it being a bad book. I really liked the perspective of Lyudmilla Ignatenko at the beginning. Hers is probably one of the most heartbreaking.

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“Because how can we expect countries like India or Nigeria to care about the climate crisis if we, who already have everything, don‘t care even a second about it or our actual commitments to the Paris Agreement?”

Wow, this says it all.

Greta Thunberg has more class, intelligence and integrity than Arron Banks could ever imagine. What a vile man.

Lucy_Anywhere Well said 👏 5d
Connster @Lucy_Anywhere 😁😁😁Such an awful thing of him to say! 5d
MicheleinPhilly What a dick. 5d
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Megabooks Total a-hole! 5d
Connster @MicheleinPhilly Well put! He is! 5d
Connster @Megabooks I agree! Idiot!! 5d
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Blindsight | Robin Cook
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And another one, which I like because you can see my holiday nails and some of my tattoos (which are only visible for a couple of weeks a year when I‘m on holiday!) ✈️🏖🇲🇽☀️📚💀

Jari-chan I adore your tattoos! 😍 5d
Connster @Jari-chan Ahh, thank you! 😁 5d
Connster @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you so much! 😊 5d
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Blindsight | Robin Cook
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Typical holiday picture of book and hotdog legs! 😂 I love Robin Cook‘s books. They‘re often quite similar, but the recurring characters are interesting and familiar. They always remind me of being on holiday whenever I read about them at home. ✈️🏖🇲🇽📚🌅☀️

IamIamIam Hot dog legs! 😂🌭 5d
Connster @IamIamIam 😂😂😂Got to be done! 5d
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Blindsight | Robin Cook
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We went down to the beach for sunrise, which was awesome. I‘m now back in bed and reading, ahhhh! 🏖☀️🌅✈️

Megabooks Nice! 6d
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I haven‘t had much time for reading today, but I did get a new cool mug! I can‘t wait fo read this book, but as I‘m off on holiday tomorrow it‘ll have to wait. Kindle books all the way! 💀 📚 🚀 🌛🏖✈️ 🇲🇽

mreads ❤💀 mug 7d
Connster @mreads 😁💀 6d
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Blindsight | Robin Cook
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I haven‘t read a Robin Cook since this time last year, which is sad as I love his work! Pic is Robin‘s Cat, Primo, and is taken from his FB page.

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This was an interesting mix of the history of the Chernobyl disaster, the author‘s visit to the abandoned site and prior/previous nuclear disasters. A good read that shows the author‘s passion for the subject and some great information, particularly as it was written without the intention of publication.

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I like the author‘s approach so far. It‘s a retelling of the events of Chernobyl interspersed with his recollections of visiting the abandoned site on a ‘dark tourism‘ style trip. This approach is interesting; I feel like I identify with his writing as I felt a similar thing when I visited Auschwitz. When you‘ve read so much about a place, the magnitude of everything you‘ve seen/read/heard/watched happening ‘here‘ is challenging to comprehend.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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📚100 BOOKS
📚223 DAYS
📚NEW TARGET: 150 books before the end of 2019

I never thought I‘d make it! 💥BOOM!💥

TheSpineView Awesome! 👏👏👏 1w
Dawnrod1970 That‘s great 😃 1w
Connster @TheSpineView @Dawnrod1970 Yay, thank you both! 😁😁😁 1w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 👊🏻📚♥️ 1w
keepingupwiththepenguins That's amazing!! Well done!! 1w
Connster @BarbaraTheBibliophage 😁 Thank you! 1w
Connster @keepingupwiththepenguins Aah thank you! 😁 1w
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊🎉📚📖 1w
Connster @Birdsong28 😁😁😁 Thank you! 1w
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I love Che Guevara.

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I knew a bit about Malcolm X, in that he‘d converted to Islam and fought for equality, but that was about it. Such an interesting life! Great little book, as are the rest in the series. Would definitely recommend!

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This arrived this afternoon, which is very exciting as it‘s been on my Amazon wish list for a long time! I might start it tonight, depending on how far I get with my ‘Hourly Histories‘

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I‘m making the most of my KindleUnlimited and Prime Reading today with these short biographies, starting with the book tagged. I‘m hoping to hit my reading challenge for the year today...I might either go for 150% or even 200%, as we have nearly half a year left and I‘m off work for three more weeks, BOOM!

Ruthiella Three weeks off! Heaven! But I‘ll bet you add new titles to your TBR as fast as you tick them off. The struggle is real!😀 1w
Connster @Ruthiella I‘m a teacher, so I‘m half way through the summer break of six weeks...not wanting to rub it or anything! ☺️ So true - I‘ve definitely added more to my TBR than I‘ve actually read! The list grows exponentially, haha! 1w
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I‘m finding myself getting along with this way better now I‘m further into it. It‘s full of strange observations, colourful characters, humorous self-deprecation and hilariously snarky comments about Bill Bryson. I‘m particularly enjoying the latter.

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I‘m not sure how much I‘m getting along with this one so far. The humour is great, but not a lot has happened. Hopefully it‘ll warm up as I get further into it.

Picture is Lush‘s Sushi bath bomb, which I‘m relaxing in this evening. It‘s not too exciting to look at, but the orange Fun in the middle smells amazing! 🍣 🛁 🍊 📚 🇬🇧

Hufflepuffle I love a Lush bath bomb! 2w
Connster @Hufflepuffle Yesss! So do I! I‘m yet to decide on a favourite as it changes every time I try a new one!! Which is your favourite? 2w
Hufflepuffle I am the same as you, I can‘t decide! I like to try and mix it up and try out new ones when available. I did love the Goddess bath bomb which I tried recently, it smelled so good 💜 2w
Connster @Hufflepuffle I‘ve had my eye on that one for a while! I might have to try one! 😁 2w
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Wow, this was a long one! Robert Galbraith is one of the only authors whose plot I struggle to figure out. So many twists and turns that ANYONE could be the perpetrator! I‘m so glad I‘ve read this, but also sad as it‘ll be ages until the next Strike book is released. I really hope they make it into the next part of the miniseries as the previous ones were very well done.

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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I‘ve been thinking about this plot line on and off all afternoon as I was out and about. It isn‘t too often that this happens, but this is partly because I read so fast that I don‘t usually take long to steam through!

The mug is a gift from one of my students. She knows I love tea! I don‘t actually drink green tea, so it actually contained creme brûlée white hot chocolate this time, which is possibly the nicest thing I‘ve ever tasted ☕️ ? ?

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I‘ve been to see the Apollo 11 film today and it was awesome! It was great to see so much footage that I hadn‘t seen before and the documentary told the whole story really nicely. I went by myself as my husband already had plans and it was quite nice to be the mysterious solo visitor!

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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I‘m not sure if it‘s a coincidence (although probably not with JK Rowling) but there‘s a lot of mentions of colour in this one, mainly in description of the characters‘ clothing. I think this is more apparent than other books in the series. It got me thinking about the colour theory in Breaking Bad and if there‘s any kind of similar thing going on, particularly knowing how JK Rowling likes to use foreshadowing. Also, a possible link to the title?

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I had a quick flick through these two when they arrived yesterday and they‘re both hilarious! ‘The Story of Brexit‘ is the funnier of the two though - some pages made me snort in a totally undignified way 😂

Emilymdxn At this point we just have to laugh right 😭 2w
Lucy_Anywhere Have you read Five Go to Brexit Island? Hilarious 😂 2w
Connster @Lucy_Anywhere I have - so funny! 😂 2w
Connster @Emilymdxn What else can we do?! It‘s absolutely ridiculous! 😬 2w
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My plans for the next hour or so, after which I have to take Alan (my cat) and his cousin Boris (my Nan‘s cat) to the vet for their boosters. 😿😿

Lucy_Anywhere Great names! 2w
Connster @Lucy_Anywhere Haha! The vet laughed a lot when I told her! 2w
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I‘m loving this little book so far! I think I‘ll get it for our library at school as it explains so much in such a nice and teen-friendly way. 🏳️‍🌈 🌈

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“Pirates, not so surprisingly, loved the booty.”

Hilarious 😂😂😂

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This book got me thinking about where I am on the political spectrum in more detail than just ‘lefty‘ so I found this tool online to find out.

I‘m more than happy to be in the same section as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn.

Link to the tool is here if anyone wants to try: https://www.politicalcompass.org/test

#politics #brexit #mandela #gandhi #corbyn #sanders

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Churchill: History in an Hour | Andrew Mulholland
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I‘m really enjoying these ‘History in an Hour‘ books at the moment. There‘s no great depth to them, but they outline the main facts about each topic very well - well enough for someone who has little knowledge anyhow. I‘ve found that they‘re pretty easy to listen to as audiobooks whilst doing other things, which has meant I can read and sew at the same time- winner! ✂️ 📖 📚 🎧

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“The legal system of England, Northern Ireland and Wales is based on common law, while the EU‘s legal system is based on civil law. What this means in practice is that in Britain, a citizen can do whatever they want unless it is expressly forbidden, but in Europe, a citizen can only do something if the law expressly permits it.”

This makes a lot of sense. I‘m glad that I powered through this one - it‘s made many things clearer. 🇬🇧😢🤯

Connster Picture is Banksy‘s mural in Dover. I found it in this article https://www.designboom.com/art/banksy-dover-eu-mural-brexit-england-05-08-2017/ I‘d never noticed the cracks emanating from the metalworker‘s chipping before! 2w
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This sounds about right! Brexit‘s contributing factors are like curving lines of dominoes, spiralling around and into each other to topple what we thought the U.K. was made of. So many things, over 30+ years, combined and contributed to the situation we find ourselves in. I just can‘t see a solution that will right this dreadful mess.

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The Raven | Edgar Allan Poe
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I just found this website called ‘Litographs‘ where they sell blankets printed with the entire text of books. How awesome?! This combines some of my favourite things: reading, being warm and lying down! The website is here: https://www.litographs.com/collections/blankets/products/raven-blanket

I really want this one!

wanderinglynn My mom got me a scarf with Pride & Prejudice one year for my birthday. And I have a shirt with Pat Rothfuss‘s Slow Regard go Silent Things. It‘s so awesome! 2w
Connster @wanderinglynn So cool!! 😁 2w
annamatopoetry There's also Spineless Classics, BooksOnTheWall and a number of others... none of which have a version of Les Miserables that I like :/ 2w
Connster @annamatopoetry Wow, that‘s awesome! I didn‘t know about these! I‘m off to buy all the things! 😁 2w
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Books on Kindle don‘t photograph quite as well as hard copies, so here‘s a picture of Alan helping me to finish the tagged book.

This one is quite an interesting read so far. It goes into the history of the EU and Britain‘s role in it in great depth, which is both helpful and tedious in equal measure; I was expecting more about how both sides campaigned for the 2016 referendum. I‘m ploughing on though as I‘m learning a great deal. #catsoflitsy

AmyG Alan is quite handsome. 2w
Connster @AmyG 😺😸😽 2w
llawela He's very intrigued by that book :) 2w
Connster @llawela I was also eating cereal, which he loves, so it was probably that he was looking at! 😺 2w
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The whole Brexit thing makes me mad. People did not know what they were voting for. The entire campaign was built on lies. It‘s enabled hateful attitudes to rise to the surface. It‘s allowed the rise of the Alt-Right. We now have a complete clown as PM. The U.K. is divided. It‘s not a nice place to be.

Samplergal We in the US feel your pain. 3w
Connster @Samplergal We feel yours too 😢 3w
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I‘ve always noticed the upside down ‘B‘ on the Auschwitz sign and wondered if it was a mistake or if that‘s just the way things were done in the past. This book, in a short passage, explains that it was done as an act of resistance by the prisoner tasked with creating the metalwork. The Nazis never noticed. This is the spirit in which this account is written; the Jews were not passive victims and neither was Murray. His story is awe-inspiring.

SqueakyChu I‘ve been reading quite a few books about resistance and will look for this book. Sadly, my maternal grandparents were murdered in the crematoria of Auschwitz. Another book about resistance to the Nazis that I‘d recommend is (edited) 2w
Connster @SqueakyChu I‘m so sorry to hear this. I‘m a teacher and passionate about Holocaust education as I really believe it needs to be passed on to generation after generation. Not just the horrors, but acts of resistance and pre-war lives of the communities targeted. I‘ll definitely check out the book you tagged, thank you. (edited) 2w
SqueakyChu Hans Fallada‘s book is about his remarkable act of courage during the darkest of times. I hope it impresses you as much as it did me. 2w
SqueakyChu Thank you for making Holocaust education a priority. It means a lot to me personally and most likely to the descendants of victims as well. 2w
Connster @SqueakyChu Thank you. I hope so. 💙 2w
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This is an excellent account of the story of the Apollo missions. It focuses mainly on Apollo 11, but gives a good amount of background on the rest of the programme prior to and after this mission. It also explains the Mercury and Gemini missions in decent detail - enough to give you a picture of how the space programme progressed. I read this really quickly and would definitely read more from this author in future.

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Continuing with the space theme I‘ve been really into recently, here‘s my mini book haul from yesterday. I really liked the Haynes Manual about the Moon, so I‘m looking forward to reading these two also. From a quick browse, the tagged book looks awesome and so interesting!

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AN AMAZING READ! So good, I‘ve sat and ploughed through it in an afternoon and evening. It‘s both awesome and frightening in equal measure how Google search data can be used to predict and alter behaviour. I‘ve already recommended this to several people who I think will really enjoy it. I think most people with an interest in why people behave as they do would enjoy it too.

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Areas that supported Trump in the largest numbers were those that made the most Google searches for “n*****.”

Wow. This says a lot. It makes me sad.

AmyG Wtf? 😪 3w
Connster @AmyG I know 😢 It‘s bad. 3w
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On Obama‘s first election night, when most of the commentary focused on praise of Obama and acknowledgement of the historic nature of his election, roughly one in every hundred Google searches that included the word “Obama” also included “kkk” or “n******.”

I‘ve only read 3% of this book, but what I‘ve read so far is mind-blowing. Absolutely chilling.

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Moon Manual | David M Harland
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An excellent read so far! Fantastic detail and great pictures 🌘🌗🌖🌕🌔🌓🌒🌑

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Moon Manual | David M Harland
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I‘ve been reading a lot about the Moon Landings recently; it‘s a topic I find really interesting. I decided to visit my local museum this afternoon and was overjoyed to see that there was a temp exhibit on them! It was a complete coincidence as I didn‘t know it was on until I got there. Absolutely brilliant though! The models, pictures and artefacts were just excellent. A great afternoon and now I‘m going to delve further into tagged book 🌛🌝🌜

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Moon Manual | David M Harland
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I went for a wander around the shops this morning and ended up buying new books (my poor shelves are groaning under the weight of all of my TBRs already!) and tea. Spending the next hour or so flicking through the tagged book while drinking Assam ☕️ 📖 📚

julesG Books and tea is something you can't have enough of. How's the Assam? That's one I haven't tried yet. 4w
Connster @julesG I agree! Assam is awesome! It‘s a bit like English Breakfast but a tad sweeter. I like it steeped for a bit longer as it makes the taste stronger. I also prefer the loose over tea bags, as it makes a nicer flavour somehow. 😁 4w
julesG I'll give it a try, next time I come across it. 4w
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So true! Economics is a subject I thought I knew pretty much nothing about. However, it‘s showing me just how a lot of things are linked. As well as a lot of economic theories, his little book refers to several philosophers and even the impact of the Moon landings on the state of money around the world.

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This is an excellent read so far! I saw Jess Philips a couple of weeks ago on stage with Caitlin Moran and both were absolutely hilarious. I wish I‘d known of her sooner!

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The Moon landing of 1969 seems like so long ago, but I‘ve just realised it was only 13 years before I was born! I‘m learning a huge amount about what the Apollo missions entailed from this book; it explains how they could do what was seemingly impossible. The technology must have seemed so far ahead of its time to people watching in 1969. An amazing feat of engineering and special kind of people who could make it happen.

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An awesome telling of the later Apollo missions! It‘s really relevant at the moment as it‘s 50 years this week since the Moon landing. I‘m currently reading this and watching a documentary about Apollo 13 at the same time. So interesting!

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I‘m challenging myself to read this in the next hour. I‘m about to set a timer too, to spur me on to finish! I‘ve researched so much about the Holocaust and didn‘t know about the story of Lidice until about a year ago. It‘s a story with massive local links, so I‘m excited to learn more about it.

I also have a new cup and saucer...the saucer is in the style of a record and the cup has the lyrics of ‘All You Need is Love‘ on the back - love it!

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Wtf | Robert Peston
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Well, Peston called it: Boris is PM. A vile racist imbecile now has the most powerful position in the UK, allowing him to go hand in hand with his vile racist imbecile twin bro in the USA. We‘re all screwed. WTF indeed.

Susanita There‘s one in Brazil too. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Connster @Susanita Wow, bad times ☹️ 1mo
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Doll's House | Henrik Ibsen
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I‘ve just re-read this, having read and seen it at the theatre around 20 years ago when I was at college. I definitely appreciate more of the themes and concepts now that I‘m older (and wiser?!🧐) I wish I could remember more of the analysis we did in lessons, but 20 years is quite a while!

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