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Emilymdxn

Emilymdxn

Joined March 2018

Let‘s read a lot and believe in a better world 💛💖💜💙 insta @emilymdxn goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/30587927-emily
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Morning friends. I got some hard news this weekend - yesterday my grandfather passed away. It was pretty sudden and unexpected and I feel a bit in shock. Christmas this year is going to be very odd without him, not at all what unexpected when I started wrapping presents and decorating early.

Going to try and do some gentle reading and go on a walk today. Maybe after this I‘ll try and read one of my light festive reads from my winter games list.

Bookwormjillk I‘m sorry to hear that. Take care. 5h
merelybookish I'm so sorry Emily! What a shock! Be gentle with yourself and lots of love and peace to you and your family! 5h
kspenmoll I am so so sorry. Be gentle with yourself. Sending love to you & your family.💕💕 5h
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Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 4h
fredthemoose So sorry to hear that! 4h
ju.ca.no So sorry for your loss😔😔 sending love and hugs! 4h
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔 4h
Soubhiville I‘m so sorry. 4h
TheSpineView So sorry for your loss. 😥 4h
Zuhkeeyah So sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family ♥️ 4h
Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry. 4h
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m very sorry for your loss. 3h
erzascarletbookgasm My condolences to you & your family. 3h
SamanthaMarie I'm very sorry for your loss. Loss at the holidays seems extra hard. ♡♡♡ 3h
batsy I'm so sorry ❤️ 3h
xicanti I‘m so sorry. 3h
ChasingOm I‘m so sorry for your loss, friend. ❤️ 3h
Laughterhp So sorry 💚 3h
TheAromaofBooks Oh no, Emily!! I'm so sorry to hear this. Hopefully you are able to spend some time sharing memories & stories with your family. ❤ 3h
Jas16 I am so sorry for your loss. 3h
AmyK1 I‘m so sorry Emily 😞❤️ 2h
Billypar I'm very sorry to hear this! 💙 2h
Simona I‘m so sorry 💔 2h
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 1h
Nute My condolences, Emily, to you and your family. Many prayers for comfort and peace.♥️ 1h
Ruthiella You have my condolences. ❤️ 51m
MaureenMc Very sorry for your loss. 💗 35m
ozma.of.oz May his memory be a blessing. ❤️❤️ (edited) 16m
DrexEdit So sorry for your loss. Peace and love to you and your family. 💜💜 14m
MicheleinPhilly I‘m very sorry Emily. I wish you and your family peace. ❤️ 7m
andrew61 Take care Emily and my thoughts are with you and your family. now
rabbitprincess Oh no! I‘m so sorry. Take care of yourself ♥️ now
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I‘m not a big cosy mystery reader but the Christmas spirit won me over. I couldn‘t resist reading this one early for #wintergames - it‘s free on the audible plus catalogue if you have access to that 🥰

Nicely written, delightfully sweet and small-town-charming, this felt like it could really be a Netflix series which I would absolutely watch

Booksnchill Thanks for the post- been looking for a Christmas fun mystery 2d
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I don‘t normally like books of the genre I call ‘down and out kinda guy isn‘t up to much‘ but this one, despite fitting into that genre perfectly, did win me over. Vernon is unemployed and spends time in different acquaintances‘ flats in Paris after being evicted. It‘s not very me on paper but the prose and the translation were top notch. That long final paragraph really hit me in the stomach.

Adventures-of-a-French-Reader It's a book on my shelf ;) I'm looking forward to diving in. 2d
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Hard to review when I loved the book but hated the audio narration enough that it was hard to get through. I recommend this beautiful, sprawling, very human book about how we relate to objects & memories and fit into the world highly but do NOT get this audio. The narrator seemed to hate the mother and be determined to make her a pathetic airhead valley girl despite being… a serious and poignant main character? It was so hard to get past.

Lindy Well, that‘s a shame about the narrator. Who was it in the edition you listened to? My library has the audio read by Kerry Shale and the author. The 5-minute sample I heard (Shale) sounded upbeat and appealing. 4d
Megabooks Doesn‘t she narrate her own books? I always find it odd and usually don‘t like it when the author makes that decision for a fiction book. 4d
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The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum | Temple Grandin, Richard Panek
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A really rare and valuable example of a science professor who knows what they‘re talking about when surveying neurology studies who is also an autistic person themselves able to talk about her lived experience. One of my favourite books on autism I‘ve read. Maybe the top one I‘d recommend to someone who struggles with the question ‘what is going on inside that persons head?‘ Super well written and informative

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@TheSpineView #twofortuesday

1. The uk doesn‘t do thanksgiving so it‘s pretty much a random Thursday for me! I‘m meeting a friend for a pint after work and I‘ll probably watch some TikToks of some peoples lovely food and decorations, does that count as a plan?

2. The one time I ate thanksgiving dinner I had turkey, biscuits, mac and cheese and brown gravy and it was incredible! I can‘t be doing with the odd casseroles tho. That‘s my limit.

TheSpineView That is a plan! Thanks for playing and enjoy you day. 4d
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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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Got my audible credit today and used it on the #mistletoemaniacs team read for #wintergames2021! I think this is my stack fully assembled now and I can‘t wait to get started 🎄🥳🎄

@Clwojick

Read4life Nice! I‘ve got my books lined up, too. #mistletoemaniacs 1w
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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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Thank you so much @monalyisha for sending my #newyearwhodis list! And thank you @LapReader for your list which I found SO interesting

Unfortunately Nothing But My Body doesn‘t seem to be available anywhere in the UK so I don‘t think that one will be possible right now, but I do have access to these four. The evening and the morning looked like I‘d understand it better if I‘d read Pillars of the Earth so I thought I‘d start there and move on to it

Liz_M Oooh, thanks for posting you've received your list -- it prompted me to go fish mine out of the spam folder! 1w
monalyisha I thought @LapReader‘s list was so interesting, too! Bummer about that one title. But the others (especially Ghosts!) look so, so good! I hope you enjoy! 💓 1w
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Exquisite Corpse | Poppy Z. Brite
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A horrible thing to read but the writing was so eerily beautiful it made this a bizarre, disturbing pick. Less ‘horror‘ and more tragic, still, melancholy, grotesque. The prose here was incredible even though the things being described are things I probably never need to see on paper again.

So, so many triggers present here so please look them up if you‘re taking this as a recommendation!

5feet.of.fury Wait, you got a festive cup! 🎄🥳 1w
TrishB Her writing at this time was absolutely spot on. 1w
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Exquisite Corpse | Poppy Z. Brite
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Spending my lunch break in a coffee shop on my way to visit an art school for work - quite a nice work day! I‘ve discovered that Pret only gives you the Christmas cups if you get a Christmas drink though and that will be my villain origin story. Where are the festive cups for the plain black coffee drinkers??

Adventures-of-a-French-Reader I loved this book! Especially how she set the background scene. 1w
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Hello all! I‘ve decided to give hosting a readathon a try as part of the #wintergames2021 this year and I‘d love for you to join me for the #blackwellsbookshelfreadathon

Blackwells, one of the UK‘s biggest bookshops based in Oxford, published its ‘five foot shelf‘ lists of ideal ways to fill a bookshelf for different occasions and they‘ve just released their Christmas list of children‘s and adults‘ festive classics.

Emilymdxn It‘ll run through the month of December. Here‘s a link to their page and a Google doc of all the books. I hope we all enjoy some Christmas classics and get some points for the winter games! #teammistletoemaniacs #teamgamesleighers @Clwojick @StayCurious (edited) 2w
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tpixie What fun ideas- a readathon & filling bookshelves! 📕🎄 ❄️ 📕 2w
Crazeedi Sharing!! 2w
Clwojick Awesome! I‘ll add it to the Readathon list tonight. 2w
Jadams1776 Sounds fun!! 2w
mklong Oh this sounds so fun! Count me in. 2w
Charityann Sounds fun! I‘m excited for this year‘s #wintergames 😄 2w
SamanthaMarie Ooo yes please!! I'm game!! 1w
tdrosebud Sounds like fun! I'm in! 1w
Ash.on.the.line Oh sounds fun! 1w
Allylu Sounds wonderful. Are there more details? 1w
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I‘ve spent the whole week laid up with a sinus infection so I haven‘t photographed much! I did put some of my Christmas tinsel and candles up to make it feel wintry and cosy while I was stuck on the sofa so that‘s nice.

2. Not loads for me but my parents are away abroad for the first time since covid so yay for them!

3. Finally having some breathing room in my sinuses ugh

Emilymdxn Pictured: the festive bookshelf and whisky mantelpiece 🎄 2w
Eggs Great post and I hope you feel better soon 🔜 🥰 2w
Crazeedi Get well soon 💗 2w
Q84 Feel better soon 2w
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Alice Munro is such a master of the short story - I completely see why she won the Nobel Prize (which I don‘t always think with the winners…). These short stories were perfectly deep, they felt just the right length, they contained just the right amount of detail and character, and they were wonderful to read while sick with coffee on a winter night.

kwmg40 I too love Alice Munro's stories. The Beggar Maid is one of my favourite collections. 2w
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One Day in December | Josie Silver
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This felt slightly silly in the beginning but did grow on me. The love at first sight was VERY intense and sudden and then I was never completely sure why these two loved each other or wanted to be together. I did like how long the timeframe of the book was and how we saw them grow and change over about a decade. It made the ending feel emotional when we got to it

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Guess who‘s off work with a sinus infection 😰 I‘m so busy at the moment and I love this time of year, but it seems like my body would rather have me lie in a heap instead.

I‘m trying to make progress on Dune but I‘m finding the writing style very difficult. It‘s not so much that it‘s complicated, it‘s just so repetitive and I feel like I‘m getting told every single thing three or four times. Maybe I‘ll take a break and read a romance instead

Amiable I gave up on “Dune” about 100 pages in. Just couldn‘t do it. 2w
Emilymdxn @Amiable I really like the worldbuilding and the plot I just wish he could be less repetitive 😬 im now reading this tagged Christmas romance book which is certainly easier when your sinuses hate you! 2w
HollyBolly I saw the new movie last night and it inspired me to try the book. Sometimes I think it's easier to follow a book if I see the movie first. Especially a clunker like Dune. 2w
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DaveGreen7777 Hope you feel better soon! 2w
Bookwomble I hope you're feeling more comfortable soon, Emily 💗 2w
TheNeverendingTBR It's a very complex and difficult read. I hope you're feeling better! 🤞 2w
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I can imagine this dividing opinions based on how people feel about true crime, but as someone who‘s had a lot of conversations about whether I‘m incurable bizarre for listening to My Favourite Murder I really appreciated it. I liked this humorous deep dive into the psychology behind being obsessed with true crime.

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Here‘s some of my winter games tbr collection on my kindle for #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs! I‘m so excited to get started

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Clwojick As the event gets closer, it gets harder to keep myself from reading them now. 🤣 2w
KristiAhlers Oh I can‘t wait to see how you feel about some of these! I love getting ideas for new books off of reviews here! 2w
Bookgoil I need to get to Almost Midnight! It‘s one of the few Rowell I haven‘t read! 2w
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Texreader Whoohoo!! Go #mistletoemaniacs!! 🎄 🎅 ⛄️ 2w
MidnightBookGirl Ooh, Almost Midnight! I'll have to see if I can snag a copy! 2w
OriginalCyn620 I have so many holiday books on my Kindle too! Nice list! 2w
Jerdencon Nice list! 🎄🎅🏻 2w
AmyK1 Those look good! 2w
Bookwormjillk Looks like you have a good selection! 1w
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I sent in my form for this the first minute I could and I am so excited! One of my all time fave Litsy events, bring on the new year and I can‘t wait to see who I‘m matched with 🥰

Thank you so much as always for your hard work putting this together @monalyisha

#nywd22 #newyearwhodis

monalyisha Thank you! 🥰 You were definitely fast! I was 8th to sign up for my own event. 😂😂😂 2w
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Dozens and dozens of places, but off the top of my head, the forest of Arden from as you like it and any of Neil Gaiman‘s worlds from his books, but particularly Sandman and stardust.

2. The opportunity to go to the theatre with my mum! We went so much when I was younger, and tonight was our first post-pandemic trip. It‘s one of my favourite things that I do with her, and it‘s wonderful to bring the tradition back.

Eggs Gaiman: yes please❣️ 3w
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Just home from seeing this adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel in the west end. The acting was amazing but the real star here was the design - the twisted up psychic fantasy world and an incredibly talented ensemble doing breathtaking puppetry wirh an eerie stranger things synth soundtrack.

I really recommend if you get the chance to go! Also Neil Gaiman is my king and I will love him forever.

wanderinglynn I would love to see it! 💜 3w
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So I‘m loving the text of this book but wondering if anyone else had big issues with the audible narrator? One of my biggest pet peeves is when a performer insists on doing it as a one man show rather than a reading of a text and injects all sorts of very noticeable creative decisions into how they pronounce things, pause and drag words out. It makes it feel a million miles from reading the book on paper

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Emilymdxn The male narrator gives the only female character the most ridiculously shrill high voice I‘ve ever heard? It sounds like someone doing a comedy impression of a mouse but I don‘t think this character is meant to be funny? She‘s a woman struggling with very difficult circumstances and facing unemployment after the death of her husband with a sick son, and he‘s making her sound like a pantomime character? Why??? 3w
Singout Ouch! I love Ozeki, haven‘t read this, and almost exclusively listen to audiobooks. I am so disappointed! 3w
Suet624 I‘ll be picking up the print version very soon. Can‘t wait. 3w
5feet.of.fury I had one recently where a man was doing women‘s voices and they were victims of a crime and it sounded very mocking. It really took me out of the moment. The narrator can definitely wreck the book 😒 3w
Graywacke It‘s not easy to narrate, but this sounds terrible. Oddly one of my worst audio experiences was when Ozeki read her own book. 2w
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A #wintercosy readathon is exactly what I needed this Christmas. Thanks so much @PuddleJumper for hosting!

I‘ll keep my goals chill and just say I want to read as much as I can and enjoy as many gorgeous cosy reading sessions this winter as I can

Bookwormjillk Love this!! 3w
JamieArc Ooh! I can‘t say no to anything cozy! 3w
PuddleJumper Sounds perfect! 3w
kspenmoll Love this! 3w
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Hello friends!

Looking back on 2021 I‘ve had a hard time motivating myself to read this year. Partly pandemic related, partly being busy, partly just some meh feelings overall. But I‘ve found I‘ve felt most motivated and got the most reading done when I‘m taking part in challenges so I‘d love to do more next year! I‘m already hyped for #booked2021 and I‘d love to learn about any other year long challenges that are running!

DGRachel @BarbaraBB and @Librarybelle are hosting #readingafrica2022. I‘m almost done with #readingasia2021 and it has been so great that I‘m totally doing Africa next year. 3w
Soubhiville I‘ll be joining on reading Africa and always #AuthorAMonth. 3w
sebrittainclark #LitsyAtoZ and #BookspinBingo are my favorite litsy challenges 3w
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ChaoticMissAdventures This year I did #BookspinBingo and found it to be lots of fun! 3w
mdm139 #foodandlit is a favorite of mine 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft and I just launched our #Booked2022 prompts the other day 3w
DrexEdit #BookSpin and the related spins are what got me out of a pandemic reading slump. 3w
Kenyazero I'm planning on making another year-long LGBTQ+ book bingo, and I've also been having SO much fun doing reading challenges on Storygraph. 3w
Catsandbooks @Butterfinger @Texreader and I are doing another year of #FoodandLit The countries for 2022 will be posted soon! 3w
Singout Love @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ‘s annual nonfiction Bingo challenge, and trying #NewYearWhoDis this year. 3w
Butterfinger These are my challenges - #MGBuddyRead (middle grade books), #YABuddyRead (young adults) both with @megnews , #OverbookedClub with Megan and @sblbooks #ReadingAfrica2022 , #AuthorAMonth, #FoodandLit of course 😘 PopSugar, ReadHarder #Booked2022, #ChildrensClassicChallenge with @TheBookHippie #BBRC with @LibrarianRyan #EpicNewberyChallenge I know it is a lot, but my favorite thing about challenges is when you research and the book fits multiple prompts. Best feeling. 3w
bthegood I have joined in on a couple of the book clubs - which motivates me to finish by a “due“ date - Classic Books is #ThatsClassic hosted by @Annie1215 Agatha Christie book club is #AgathaChristieClubR2 hosted by @ferskner and Stephen King book club #LosersClub hosted by @mynameisacolour - there are more book clubs (these are just the ones I've participated in) - 😊 3w
sblbooks #Overbookedclub is a monthly buddy read. We mostly read historical fiction with some others mixed in. You're more than welcome to join us any time. They're going to have #NewYearwhoDis again. Where you swap reading list with a partner. Run by @monalyisha 3w
TheBookHippie I do #childrensclassicread then add the year so watch for #childrensclassicread2022 and I also do #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD ♥️ 3w
Liz_M @Butterfinger What is BBRC? There are too many posts to scroll back to find the original 😊 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I will post a new #nonfiction2022 reading bingo card very soon. And I read with #SheSaid every month, which are all books written by women and mostly nonfiction, with a few fiction thrown in once in awhile. I also read with #StarWarsBuddyRead which is reading the new cannon Star Wars books, and with #PratchettPosse which is reading Terry Pratchett‘s books in publication order, and #ShakespeareReadAlong which is working it‘s way through the plays 3w
Butterfinger @Liz_M Babies and Beyond Reading Challenge. You read picture books (titles start A to Z), leveled readers, middle grade prompts, young adult prompts, adult prompts, and prompts for a mixture of all ages. It runs from July to June. @LibrarianRyan is the organizer. 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'll be doing #booked2022 #foodandlit some #authoramonth #sundaybuddyread #thatsclassic and I'm looking forward to two others that aren't rooted in Litsy but have some participants here, The 52 Book Club & Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, whose prompts haven't been announced yet. 3w
Singout #nonfiction2022 that @Riveted_Reader_Melissa organizes is excellent! 3w
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On Connection | Kae Tempest
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I think I‘m just gonna give up on Kae Tempest. I think this was the opposite of their intention, but this felt like a collection of overgeneralised platitudes about ‘art is this‘ and ‘creativity is that‘ and I felt judged for doing any errands or activities that aren‘t building symbolic creative fires in the wilderness, and that having a soul is incompatible with having Spotify and all media is bourgeois and hollow. Just exhausting to read.

Smrloomis Ugh, I‘m sorry that sounds terrible! 3w
fredthemoose That sounds tedious, but great review! 3w
kathedron Oh dear! "... building symbolic creative fires in the wilderness..." ? Well, someone's got to do the dishes, the laundry, the drudge. I also have Spotify (frankly, it's a sanity-saver) and am fairly certain that I have a soul, too. 3w
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DieAReader @kathedron 🙋🏻‍♀️I second on Spotify being a sanity saver 💯%. I‘m also pretty sure that I have a soul😁🎧📚 3w
TrishB I gave up after one too, I can‘t remember which one it was. It made me feel very old. 3w
Emilymdxn Haha @TrishB I just looked it up and found I‘m ten years younger than Kae but they still make me feel old! 3w
Bookwomble I loved this book, and also do ironing and have Spotify 😁 @TrishB If you feel tempted to try something else by them, I'd recommend the tagged poem, assuming it wasn't the one you gave up on! 3w
batsy That's too bad this didn't work for you, but your review gave me a chuckle 😆 3w
TrishB Phew….not just me then. 3w
TrishB @Bookwomble it was their novel I tried. I may go back for a try at some poetry! 3w
Bookwomble @TrishB I've not tried their novels or plays, but do love their poetry (other than Running Upon the Wires, which I wasn't keen on, but should probably read again to give it a chance). 3w
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Thank you so much for the tag @AmyK1 🥰

1. Reading tagged book on kindle and listening to the book of form and emptiness on audio - finishing the chunksters before the beginning of #wintergames2021

2. GR pretty much, I always tell myself I‘ll learn to do bullet journals and it never happens

3. Nigel Slater‘s new book I think? I really want it but it‘s so expensive 😥

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Consider yourself tagged @moll

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I enjoyed the parts that celebrated and romanticised Christmas and winter. Beth Kempton is great at describing simple things in beautiful ways.

I less liked the ‘self help‘ parts which came across quite privileged and ‘just be less stressed‘. As a person with chronic pain, being told that enjoying Christmas will be easier for me if I journal and do yoga every morning doesn‘t help a lot when my condition makes those specific things very painful.

Emilymdxn The story of the man whose house and possessions burned to the ground and that helped him appreciate family and non material things also rubbed me the wrong way. Like what proportion of people are in a position to be 100% financially okay and grateful for their relationships after losing their home and all their possessions?? I‘d be completely ruined and I probably wouldn‘t be thinking about the magic of Christmas? 3w
bthegood Thank you for the honest review - sometimes I think like you do - the self help part is easy if you are in a position to do those things - I read the book Lean In years ago and realized the only women who could “lean in“ like that at work and take charge would be women already in positions of power and/or privilege - 😊 3w
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Social Mobility and Its Enemies | Lee Elliot Major, Stephen Machin
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A very well written, detailed but easy to read book about social mobility in Britain and particularly how it relates to the education system. A lot of data is covered in a readable way with a lot of academic citations to follow the data. Strongly recommend if you‘re interested in issues in the British education system (which is admittedly my job but others might also be interested!)

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I seriously need the rest of London to catch up with me and my #almostchristmas spirit. Just discovered M&S isn‘t doing my favourite cranberry sausage roll this year and I don‘t know how I‘ll cope with this at all.

The good news though! If you have access to the audible plus catalogue I found this edition of A Christmas Carol read by Hugh Grant that‘s included for free. I‘m so excited to ring in December listening to this

#wintergames2021

tracymcbee I read this every year. I think I‘ll give my eyes a break and listen to Hugh. 3w
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Christmastime | Alison Jay
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I‘m always that person who starts Christmas far earlier than everyone and I think ppl irl is bored already!

For #wintergames2021 prep I thought I‘d start sharing things others might be interested and start a hashtag #almostchristmas for collecting recommendations and sharing tips and ideas - starting with this gorgeous, calming podcast.

If anyone else wants to use the hashtag and share recs I‘d love that!

@Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick Woohoo! Awesome idea! 3w
Emilymdxn @mklong I just downloaded the book on kindle and it is so good so far! 3w
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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A really heartwarming romance with some surprisingly hard hitting moments. It all came together to make me NEED this couple together in my bones. One of the healthiest relationships I think I‘ve read in a novel which made me a little teary at times - 2 people in difficult situations helping, respecting and entertaining each other in whatever circumstances. My favourite part which is actually making me cry rn in the comments with a spoiler warning

Emilymdxn My respectful king Leon understanding Tiffy‘s trauma around being interrogated and put on the spot by her abusive ex so he asks her to marry him in a letter telling her to take as long as she wants to think about it and find him whenever, including speaking to her friends who support her to get their blessing. Actually crying 4w
Moll This looks so good!! 4w
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1. I got this book for Christmas as a kid and have the fondest memories of reading it curled up in the cold, very happy memories

2. I like to read in a cosy cafe where I can see the weather outside, but any weather will do. Rain, storms, sunshine with any temperature, it‘s all good

3. I‘ve started my Christmas planning and I love it so much. The run up to Christmas makes me very happy

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Agree # 3🧡❤️🧡 Love these responses 4w
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I waited until November 1 to start rewatching dash and lily because I‘m an incurable Christmas goblin. I wish I was a delightfully pretentious New York teen spending Christmas in strand books writing riddles and I cannot wait til December to start being this type of incurable aesthetic romantic again

LA_Mead Yesss! Not gonna lie—I watched a scary movie that freaked me out…so I watched a Christmas movie on Halloween… 😬 4w
wanderinglynn Love Dash & Lily! ❤️💚 4w
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So excited to sign up for #jolabokaflodswap this year! This is the one swap I‘m letting myself pay for this year, and I love how small scale and accessible it is. It‘s one of the things I look forward to most about the run up to Christmas and as always very grateful to @MaleficentBookDragon for organising!

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Thank you so much @Jadams1776 for tagging me in #averymerrybingo for this year! I‘ve spent part of the evening plugging some of my holiday reads into the bingo board to try and get some of my #wintergames2021 reading planned out. I don‘t think I‘ll be able to resist starting my Christmas books til December, I‘m so excited 🧑‍🎄🎄

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Here‘s my final total for #teamslaughter and #scarathlon2021! 24,559 spooky spooky points, many of which are just me relistening to most of My Favourite Murder. I had such a blast thank you so much to the hosts! Already deep in planning for the #wintergames2021

@Clwojick

Clwojick You did great this month! Thank you for joining us 🖤 4w
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When I‘m done being a Halloween goblin I will of course become a Christmas elf. I couldn‘t be more excited for the #wintergames2021 - my bf is a total grinch so I‘ll be sharing all my winter rom com enthusiasm with you lot.

Speaking of which, does anyone wanna drop any holiday romance recs for me??? I‘m getting my books together early this year!

@Clwojick @StayCurious

BethM Winter rom coms for the win! 1mo
mklong I read this one last year and it was cute, cozy fun 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Keeping in mind that these are romcoms & thus have a certain level of ridiculousness 😂 But my favorites last year were Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm (Jamie Admans), The Twelve Dates of Christmas (Jenny Bayliss), Mutts and Mistletoe (Natalie Cox), and The Christmas Sisters (Sarah Morgan - this one is more novel-y than romcom-y but still good). I also think The Hundred and One Dalmatians is Christmasy and read it every year haha 1mo
Clwojick The heartbreaker bay series by Jill Shalvis was super cute! I read most of them last year, since the majority of the m take place around Xmas. Here‘s one featuring a grumpy cat! Lol 1mo
Clwojick If your looking for thriller, I‘ve heard good things about this one, but haven‘t read it yet. 1mo
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Sensor | Junji Ito
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Not my favourite by Junji Ito but I could never dislike anything by him. I loved the cosmic horror and the strangeness, and I felt like it was less gross than some of his other ones. Quite a short, straightforward story.

#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

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Very excited to round out october and #scarathlon2021 with another #20in4 readathon! I‘m going to aim for 20 hours between 28 and 31 Oct - doubt I‘ll manage it but we‘ll see!

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Thanks for sharing 😍 For anyone interested it runs from Thursday - Sunday or Friday - Monday depending on your choice. Alternatively use all 5 days. Flexible this month for those doing #Scarathlon during October. (edited) 1mo
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This was a really lovely cosy romance. I don‘t read a lot of romance but have been getting into it recently. I liked the setting and I liked seeing a career minded heroine who didn‘t have to change or become less ambitious to have character growth and fall in love. I now want to move to an Icelandic lodge where a gorgeous man will cook for me and help me catch escaped sheep.

#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

Emilymdxn I saw a previous review saying there were a lot of text errors in a galley copy but please don‘t be put off by that if you see this on kindle unlimited - no issues with stuff like that at all in the copy I got 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Tagged book on audio, the northern lights lodge (such a cute romance!) on kindle and a very dense book about food security issues for work.

2. My boyfriend and I were both busy on our anniversary so we‘ve rescheduled it to Saturday and will be celebrating seven years together! Then spooky D&D on Sunday

3. Someone is finally fixing my bathroom door so I‘ll actually be able to close it for the first time in a month!

Eggs #3 - Great 👍🏼 🚪 🖤 1mo
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This was a sweet, good natured crime novel with enough turns in the plot to keep me interested. The Cornish setting was lovely and the attitude to mental health was compassionate. Not breaking the mould but not bad either. I could have done without the narrators appalling Irish accent though

#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +16

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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@TheSpineView #twofortuesday

1. I reread Pumpkinheads after reading it for the first time last year and I loved it so much, I see myself rereading it a lot more years!

2. I‘ve never lived somewhere where trick or treaters came before but it‘d be cute if they did now I‘ve moved! I‘ll probably buy some chocolate and then feed it to my friends if no one comes by. A lot of kids seem to live on my street and there‘s a nursery school so maybe?

Emilymdxn I think trick or treating happens less in london than maybe in America so I haven‘t encountered it and didn‘t do it when I was a kid but I‘m all for it if someone comes to the door 1mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Halloween 🎃🎃🎃 1mo
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Hi pals! I‘ve never really been into romance before, but recently I‘ve found they appeal to me and I have no idea what to read so I thought I‘d appeal for recommendations!

I‘m looking for sweet cosy things, good prose, with some humour and maybe interesting settings, and I‘m not offended by sex scenes at all but I‘m also not really looking for a lot of spice. Don‘t mind what genders or sexualities anyone is. Any authors I should check out??

chasjjlee All of Jodi Ellen Malpas' books are AMAZING, she writes New Adult with some spice. Carry on by Rainbow Rowell and the Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee are two really good LGBT young adult books that are my favorite little love stories. Happy reading 😊! 1mo
wanderinglynn For contemporary romance, I love Lyssa Kay Adams‘s Bromance Book Club series (currently 4 books), Abby Jimenez‘s The Friend Zone (3 books), Jasmine Guillory‘s The Wedding Date series, Anchored Hearts by Priscilla Oliveras, & Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley. For regency romance, Lisa Kleypas‘s The Ravenels series, Tessa Dare‘s Girl Meets Duke series, & Julia Quinn‘s The Bridgerton series. 1mo
xicanti I highly recommend Rachel Reid. Her books are funny and sweet and often pretty deep. Talia Hibbert‘s also great, as are KJ Charles, Alexis Hall, and Alyssa Cole. (NB: I wasn‘t wild about Cole‘s first Reluctant Royals book, but I‘ve loved all the others.) 1mo
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TheReadingRaccoon I loved: Dear Emmie Blue, The Girl He Used to Know, The Flatshare, The Hating Game and Evvie Drake Starts Over 1mo
shortsarahrose For cozy with interesting setting, I‘ve found the Sweet Magnolias series to a pleasant diversion. This is the first one 1mo
shortsarahrose Also, there is a Netflix series adaptation, which I haven‘t watched but heard is enjoyable 1mo
audraelizabeth Id recommend robyn carr and the chesapeake shores series. Not super sexy but also great building of characters. 1mo
CarolynM I love Alexis Hall, KJ Charles and Sarina Bowen who all write a few different kinds of romances. Rachel Reid is great, but they're all M/M hockey romances so far. Going back a bit, I've enjoyed LaVyrle Spencer, Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell, Rosamunde Pilcher and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. 1mo
batsy I finished the first two of this trilogy by KJ Charles and as someone who is kinda averse to the some of the trad cishet tropes that I've mostly come across in romance, these books hit the spot! Mix of intrigue, spy adventure things, just the right amount of spice and slow burn romance. I'm looking forward to the third 1mo
HeartOfBabel You should check out the book: Clown Girl by Monica Drake, it is definitely not a romance novel in the traditional sense, but carries subtle wisps within an intriguingly imagine stage. (edited) 1mo
Author_Natasha I‘d like to recommend the Reflections Series. It‘s a suspenseful romance thriller collection. Reflections by Natasha Hughes Smith and also The prequel Wealth of Lies. 1mo
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Anyone else catch the new Halloween movie? It was… not what I expected?? Some very nice bits, and Judy Greer and Jamie Lee Curtis are my queens forever, but I found the violence overblown and gross which Halloween is normally better than. It also felt a lot like it was trying to make a lot of points then I was never sure what the points were?

#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

vivastory I've heard a lot of not great things about it. 1mo
Emilymdxn @vivastory I still liked it and am glad I went but then I‘m pretty much a big horror devotee, I don‘t know that I‘d recommend anyone else spend money on it but it‘s maybe worth catching on a streaming service depending on how you feel about graphic violence. It was way gorier than previous instalments which doesn‘t bother me but also doesn‘t appeal to me 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
vivastory I feel the same way about the violence TBH. I don't know if you've seen Midnight Mass yet, but one aspect that really impressed me was how much a lot of the violence at the end was more implied & occurred off camera.Yet it still felt very violent. Halloween is streaming here, but I would have to sign up for a certain service for it. Will probably go that route as there are so many movies I want to see in the theater 1mo
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This was very long winded, and while there could be an interesting book about this murder case I don‘t think this was that book. It went into detail about aspects I didn‘t care about (including, literally, where the jury members got their lunch on different days) and very little on what the reasons behind any of this were. Very well researched and clearly working hard to give justice to the victim and be accurate but not rewarding to read.

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Two not-very-scarathlon books I‘ve been ploughing through for work recently - a new project involved having detailed opinions about the content of graduate courses in global & planetary health and ecology which is… a long way from my degree. These were readable and helpful and I feel like I‘ve learned a tiny bit of what I need to know. What would I do without very short introductions?

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mirnass I've found those introductions very useful! 1mo
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Do you ever have those days where everything just feels very on top of you? Work is very packed with new things I‘m not very trained yet on how to do and I haven‘t had time for my own projects in ages between that and moving flats. I can‘t even remember the last time I exercised which isn‘t ideal :/ Managed to slip out to Starbucks for a few mins at lunchtime for a muffin and some reading.

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Aims42 Yes, I totally understand that feeling! I hope everything quiets down soon 💖 Glad you were able to recharge at Starbucks for a bit!! 1mo
HeartOfBabel I wholly understand the struggle, however I have been fortunate enough to take a sabbatical of sorts to help realign and restore some of the overcrowding and insignificant distractions of life. Affording me the means to rekindle desire, meaning and purpose. Hope you can recapture the value of your time! 1mo
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Do you ever have those days where everything just feels very on top of you? Work is very packed with new things I‘m not very trained yet on how to do and I haven‘t had time for my own projects in ages between that and moving flats. I can‘t even remember the last time I exercised which isn‘t ideal :/ Managed to slip out to Starbucks for a few mins at lunchtime for a muffin and some reading.

#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +1

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A slightly slower week for #scarathlon2021 for me but a couple hundred more points for #teamslaughter! I can‘t believe we‘re heading into the final week 😨 where did all that time go??

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Clwojick I know! It went by so quickly! 😳 but that just means that the WinterGames is just around the corner! 😜 1mo
Emilymdxn @Clwojick so excited! I‘ve already started buying Christmas books 😳 1mo
Clwojick I have so many physical xmas books that it's embarrassing! lol. I hardly even read physical books anymore. lol. I mostly only have time for audiobooks while I'm multitasking. 1mo
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Snobs | Julian Fellowes
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A rare reread for me, I remembered reading this as a preteen and loving it and suddenly felt I needed to read it again. This was just as good as I remembered, so acidic and funny, and Julian Fellowes makes the aristocracy come across just the right amount of relatable and bizarre.

#scarathlon2021 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6