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Finally ready to finish this series.

Cathythoughts Loved this series ♥️ 3h
JillR I have done so far too :) 2h
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Birdcage Walk | Helen Dunmore
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Set in late 1700s Bristol against the background of the French Revolution, and with the presence of main character Lizzie‘s husband who is always watching her, always there when she turns around, there is an undercurrent of menace that gradually builds throughout this book. It is beautifully written and enjoyable for the well drawn characters and sense of place, albeit overall it is slower and quieter than perhaps it needed to be.

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Birdcage Walk | Helen Dunmore
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Loving this sunshine cover ☀️

Robothugs Ooo! How pretty. 5d
Cathythoughts Its a brilliant cover ✨ 5d
Libby1 It‘s in my TBR! 5d
Caroline2 Pretty! 😍 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Just yesterday, a friend on fb was saying she‘s loving her current read, A Spell Of Winter by the same author. Now I‘m seeing her name again! 5d
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I enjoyed this - it was very well written; told without drama but having moments of great tension. I spent most of it either anxious about what was going to happen or with a lump in my throat trying not to cry. The alternating narrators are at times unsympathetic and unreliable but those complexities felt real and I couldn‘t shake this one off when I wasn‘t reading it, which is always the sign of a good one I think.

collegecatlady Love that cover! 6d
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Next up!

GatheringBooks reading this one too! 1w
JillR I‘m enjoying so far @GatheringBooks :) 1w
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Macbeth | Jo Nesbo
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After a slow start when I nearly gave up this suddenly grabbed me hard. I love Jo Nesbo and this didn‘t disappoint; it reads like a speeded up, crazy Harry Hole story. I admit I haven‘t read Macbeth so I came at it purely as a Jo Nesbo fan. I can‘t say whether it worked as a modern retelling of Shakespeare but I can say it worked as the brutal, nasty, gritty crime thriller with so many of the flawed characters that Jo Nesbo does best. A great read

Emilymdxn I felt the same about the slow start and picking up as it got madder later on! Interestingly I‘m a big Shakespeare fan but know almost nothing about Jo Nesbo - read one or two books years ago but don‘t remember much and not a big fan. Cool to see this worked well for Shakespeare and Jo Nesbo fans both! I‘m loving how much these retellings appeal to loads of people across genres 1w
jenniferw88 Having studied Shakespeare's original 3 years in a row I really enjoyed this retelling as I could easily see the similarities and differences between the two! 1w
JillR @Emilymdxn it was your review that persuaded me to keep going, thank you! 1w
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JillR @jenniferw88 that‘s so good to hear, as I was reading it I wondered how it read to those that know the original well. I‘m now inspired to try some of the other retellings... 1w
jenniferw88 @JillR I wasn't overkeen on Atwood's interpretation of The Tempest, as the characters weren't as clear cut as they were in Nesbø's! 1w
JillR @jenniferw88 I have Hag-seed in my stack! I was nervous about starting it but this has inspired me to give it a try. Saying that having only ever read Twelfth Night I will continue to have no idea how true to the original the retellings are 😆 (edited) 1w
batsy I didn't like the one Nesbo book I read but reviews by you and @Emilymdxn have persuaded me to give this a try! I love Macbeth and am always in search of good Shakespeare retellings :) 1w
JillR @batsy I didn‘t love Jo Nesbo‘s stand alone books but do love his Harry Hole series. Look forward to seeing what you think of this one :) 1w
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I really enjoyed this coming of age story of Greer who feels her path is set out ahead of her but then meets powerful feminist Faith Frank at which point her life takes a different route. Spanning several decades the book mainly follows Greer but also her best friend, her boyfriend and Faith Frank herself. I was fully absorbed in each character and the exploration of feminism and power but mainly this was just a very readable, well written story.

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This was a strange one; it was compulsively readable, so much so I read it In nearly one sitting, but I felt I was missing something. I realise now that much of the central love story may be an allegory, but it was so lightly done that I didn‘t feel the main character‘s change of heart about America was fully explained or explored. I wanted more from this than it gave and was left feeling unsettled and unsatisfied.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3w
JillR Thanks @TrishB :) 3w
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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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I admit I bought this book based entirely on the cover. I‘m not a huge fan of psychological thrillers and the unreliable female narrator theme, but this was lifted above the routine for me in that the atmosphere of Tangier in the late 1950‘s was as much a character as the fragile Alice and her sinister, mysterious roommate Lucy. In fact, I think it‘s the setting that makes this book. Not fantastic, but a good, quick holiday read.

LeeRHarry Just started reading this one and already I can sense that Tangier is going to be the main character here. Nice review 😊 3w
JillR Thanks @LeeRHarry , will be interested to see what you think... :) 3w
Cathythoughts I definitely enjoyed it 👍🏻♥️ 3w
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Jane Harper is so good; I enjoyed The Dry, loved Force of Nature and this was unputdownable; I read it in 24 hours. She writes such gripping page turners with a real sense of place. Despite typical wet/cold UK Bank Holiday weather, I could have been in the relentless heat of the Australian outback, her writing is so good. She got me with this one too; I genuinely didn‘t see the twist that was coming.

Freespirit This one was my favourite of hers so far. Hope the weather warms up for you😄 1mo
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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I was brave and tackled #authorswhoscareme and #booksthatwinprizes (or are nominated...) with this and I‘m glad I did; I enjoyed the writing and to an extent the story. I liked the flashbacks, and how the events that led to the dystopian future we find Snowman in are explored, but I‘m not sure this stands out over other dystopian fiction I‘ve read. That said it was just getting going when it ended. So am I invested enough to read the next two?!

Heatherfeather What's interesting about this book is how long ago it was published. I feel like a lot of dystopian literature since then was influenced by it. 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ♥️👍🏻Well done 1mo
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m totally scared of Margaret Atwood but I‘m being very brave and giving this a go...

Cathythoughts Good luck ! Look forward to seeing you you get on ♥️👍🏻 1mo
Caroline2 I enjoyed this one but it is hard work at times. 1mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘m hoping that‘s not like a Wolf Hall “good luck”! 😆🙈 1mo
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JillR @caroline2 oh no I don‘t like hard work 🙈🙈 1mo
Cathythoughts 😂😂😂absolutely not. The Wolf Hall “ good luck” is a completely different ballgame 😳 1mo
JillR @cathythoughts both scarred for life 🐺 1mo
readordierachel I love this trilogy. 1mo
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Thank you Littens you were not wrong in recommending this! I really enjoyed it, but I‘ll admit I didn‘t expect to as I didn‘t think fantasy writing was my thing. I love a book where the writing is so good there‘s nothing that niggles at you, or annoys you or makes you question what‘s being said. I just enjoyed being thoroughly immersed in the story, despite it starting very slowly. I‘ll definitely read the rest of the trilogy 💛

TrishB Yay 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Hobb‘s writing transcends genre, she is a wordsmith! You‘re on the journey now, there will be joy and tears 💜 1mo
TrishB There are three trilogies 😁 1mo
JillR @trishb I think you might be right! Yes I‘d realised there were three, it took me ages to figure out which to start with! :) 1mo
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Cathythoughts So glad you found such a good one 🎉 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m going to try & see how I go 🤞🏻🤞🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain I shall have to give Robin Hobb a go sometime, all Littens seem to love her! 1mo
Kalalalatja Yay, so glad you liked it! 1mo
Melissa_J So glad to see this 😊 1mo
JillR @squirrelbrain that‘s why I gave it a go, glad I did 😊 1mo
JillR @cathythoughts look forward to hearing what you think 😊 1mo
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Book haul with the gift card that‘s been burning a hole in my pocket since January! It was so nice to spend an hour or so in Waterstones, on my own, to buy whatever I fancied, a real treat 💕

cathysaid I really enjoyed A Female Persuasion 👍 1mo
teainthelibrary Beautiful stack! 😍 1mo
JillR @cathythoughts that‘s good to hear, I‘ve nearly bought this a couple of times but wasn‘t sure for some reason... 1mo
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Cathythoughts @JillR 👋🏻hi how are you !♥️. I think you meant @cathysaid 😘 1mo
JillR Haha @cathythoughts I did 🙈😳! (I‘m fine apart from slightly losing my mind, hope you‘re well!) @cathysaid 🙈😳 1mo
Cathythoughts I am well ! Thankyou Jill X 1mo
cathysaid 🤣🤣🤣 All good. Enjoy those 📚 1mo
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I‘ve not read Robin Hobb before; this is a complete #thankstolitsy pick...

Kalalalatja I love Robin Hobb, and hope ypu will too 🤞 1mo
TrishB Hope you like it 👍🏻 this is a slow build up start to the series. 1mo
JillR I‘m enjoying it so far @Trishb @Kalalalatja 😊 1mo
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Melissa_J Such a great series! Hobb is fabulous. I hope you enjoy the book 😊 1mo
Soubhiville Yay! Welcome to Robin Hobb! She‘s great! 1mo
toofondofbooks One of my faves! Enjoy! 1mo
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Little Women | Louisa M. Alcott
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I found this difficult to read as I often do with classics and I can‘t say I particularly enjoyed it but I read it with Bella and she enjoyed it very much - she‘s a sucker for a fiesty girl and a love story it would seem, no matter how it‘s packaged! I‘m proud of her for getting to the end of this one as the language and style was much trickier than The Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables which we‘ve read and loved #raisingreaders

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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I really enjoyed the first half of this book, it was intriguing, infuriating and terrifying. Running through the story is the message that not engaging or participating in what is going on around us, and in our politics, can have devastating results. But then after such an interesting start it lost me as I felt it turned into a thriller, and a bit of a daft one at that. Still a page turner, but this didn‘t live up to it‘s initial promise for me.

minkyb Exactly! 1mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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I‘ve seen mixed reviews of this one and I must admit I‘ve been avoiding it for some reason... Anyway I recently read a good review so am giving it a go...

Cathythoughts Look forward to your review. I‘m the same , seen mixed reviews- avoiding. ♥️👍🏻 2mo
Rachel.Rencher I loved 90% of it. Just remember that it's basically a dystopic satire...the ending was meh for me, though. I'm excited to see what you think. 2mo
Birdsong28 Don't avoid @Cathythoughts 😁📚📖 2mo
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Caroline2 Oh I saw this in the shop the other day and nearly bought it. Be interesting to hear what you think it about it. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great pic! 2mo
JillR @cathythoughts @rachel.rencher @birdsong @caroline2 @barbarabb glad I picked it up so far... 2mo
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A Hundred Summers | Beatriz Williams
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This was a good, quick read; I‘d recommend it as a holiday read. I didn‘t love it though and found some parts irritating and a little contrived. Not sure I‘ll read more Beatriz Williams.

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A Hundred Summers | Beatriz Williams
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I‘ve seen lots of #litsylove for Beatriz Williams so I‘m giving this one a go...

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Loved this one - listened to the audio and the narrator was great! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!!! Love her and this is one of my favorites!! 💚💚💚 2mo
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Whilst I felt I never fully understood Coco Chanel or some of her motives, I thoroughly enjoyed what is a moving story of childhood poverty, sheer determination and, of course, real style. I loved the part Paris played in the story along with a whole host of other glamorous friends and elegant locations. I was also intrigued by her entanglement with the Nazis during WWII which I knew little about. Overall a great, intriguing read.

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My sister is in Paris and I‘m incredibly jealous, so I‘m going to read about it instead 🤷‍♀️

Melissa_J This is a great book! 2mo
Cathythoughts Good idea ♥️ 2mo
JennyM It is a good book - enjoy and think of Paris ♥️ (edited) 2mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I enjoy Kate Atkinson‘s writing and this was no exception. The story follows Juliet, a transcriptionist recruited as a spy in WWII. The cast of characters is great and albeit after a slow start, it nearly reached “unputdownable.” I love Kate Atkinson‘s very British drollness and witticism. It‘s deceptively lighthearted - getting to the end and reading the author‘s note made me want to reread it as I suspect there was a lot I missed entirely!

rretzler I‘m glad it was good - I plan to read it sometime soon. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! The second good review in a couple of days !! I have it , must pick it up soon. I love the “unputdownable “ word ♥️👍🏻 2mo
readordierachel I loved Life After Life. Really looking forward to this one! 2mo
JillR Hope you enjoy it @readordierachel @cathythoughts @rretzler! I think I enjoyed it more than Life After Life... 2mo
JillR @cathythoughts “unputdownable” - it‘s the scientific process I apply to decide whether a book deserves 5 ⭐️ 😆 2mo
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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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We‘re only on holiday for three days yet I brought about six books #wishfulthinking. I love Kate Atkinson so I‘m starting with this...

Cathythoughts I have this ... look forward to your thoughts 2mo
Birdsong28 I'm halfway through and loving it. 2mo
BarbaraBB Me too, three days from home, six books 😂 2mo
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JillR @barbarabb I‘ll be lucky if I read one 👫! 2mo
JillR @birdsong28 good to hear 😊. I‘ve not read a Kate Atkinson I‘ve not enjoyed yet... 2mo
BarbaraBB Yes but what if you don‘t like it or you have a sleepless night. You NEED a back-up 😉 2mo
JillR Exactly @BarbaraBB! 2mo
xxjenadanxx I keep meaning to read this one and then I start something else lol 2mo
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An interesting and accessible look at the life of a junior barrister at the coal face of our UK criminal justice system, with all its flaws and failings. It left me furious at the spin by governments looking for votes and cost cutting and a press who wilfully misinterpret the intricacies of many of the cases on which they report. As the author says, our justice system is a reflection of our society and this left me feeling anything but hopeful.

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A bit of a busman‘s holiday reading this at the end of a long, exhausting week as I am a lawyer too, although I do not practice criminal law. That said my current work is taking me closer to criminal law than it has done before and I‘m finding myself questioning my thoughts on many aspects of our legal and penal system in the UK. I‘m hoping this may help my understanding of some issues in an accessible way, plus it has great reviews.

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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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Reading slump averted! 😅 Stephen King rarely lets me down - I loved this. Page turningly good storytelling and enough on-the-edge-of-your-seat drama to nearly make me miss my stop on the way to work this morning. Now to decide whether to carry on or choose something different...

WhatWouldJaneDo This was a great trilogy! Mr. Mercedes was my favorite, my mom read them out of order and she liked Finders Keepers best. 2mo
Cinfhen Great!!! 2mo
rohit-sawant Glad to hear you enjoyed this! The trilogy is fantastic! 2mo
Ashley_Nicoletto My BF is reading this currently. He just finished book 2 and he‘s forcefully pushing it into my hands. 2mo
JillR Thanks @rohit-sawant @cinfhen ! @Ashley_Nicoletto @WhatWouldJaneDo my husband recommended these books to me as he enjoyed them so much, Finders Keepers was his fave... 2mo
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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Feel a reading slump coming on, trying to avert it with Stephen King 🤞

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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Mixed thoughts. Impressed by the author‘s credentials, I wanted to learn more about the war crimes committed in Bosnia. Parts of this story were harrowing and important, but it felt inconsistent. I wasn‘t sure about incorporating this story of war crimes into a story about two Canadian detectives. There was so much commentary on what everyone looked like which I found jarring. I know I‘m in the minority as this book has had great reviews...

Caroline2 I felt the same! I wasnt overly impressed with this one either! 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
JillR @caroline2 I always feel bad giving a so-so review, glad it wasn‘t just me 😅 3mo
Cathythoughts Interesting... oh dear ! I have it got for #booked2019 ... I‘ll give it a whirl.. & I‘m a good bailer - I‘ll let ye know ... @Caroline2 (edited) 3mo
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JillR @cathythoughts 😆. It wasn‘t bail-bad by any means, just not quite right for me, could also be my work-frazzled mood I accept! Look forward to seeing what you think... 3mo
Cinfhen First so-so rating I‘ve seen for this book....which I TOTALLY appreciate 🙌🏻haven‘t read the book, but like to see other people‘s perspectives 3mo
JillR @cinfhen I‘d read so many good reviews for this book that I thought long and hard about how I felt about it and whether to post my review - I don‘t really like giving so-so reviews... 3mo
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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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I thought I was in the mood for this, but I think it‘s going to get very intense very quickly and I‘m not sure my brain can take it - I‘m already frazzled just from Monday! I‘ll give it a few chapters and see...

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Curry Easy | Madhur Jaffrey
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Yes I love books and yes I love food! Mother‘s Day gifts 🧡

erzascarletbookgasm Happy Mother‘s Day! 3mo
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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This starts slowly and somewhat repetitively but overall I enjoyed it. I liked that the main character, Lib, was unlikeable, that she was often pulled up by the people she was so dismissive of. I enjoyed seeing how the story turned into something she wasn‘t expecting. Overall this is a study of faith, religion, communities, superstitions, and the era when nursing was not recognised as a profession or skill. Interesting and worth the read.

JennyM Such a lovely photo...and perfect for the book 📚 3mo
JillR Thank you @JennyM - it‘s nice to see some sun and have light to take pics in! 3mo
Cathythoughts Interesting review! Beautiful cover ♥️ 3mo
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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I kept avoiding this for some reason, but I‘m enjoying it so far...

RadicalReader Beautiful book cover. Really enjoyed her precious novel 3mo
Cathythoughts It is a beautiful cover ! Look forward to your thoughts 3mo
JillR @RadicalReader I loved Room but was then a bit meh about 3mo
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Greatest Hits | Laura Barnett
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Having seen the posts for #anglophileapril and lots of love for Daisy Jones & The Six I‘m on a mission to recommend the tagged book - I loved it so much. A fictional memoir of a British singer songwriter, with an accompanying album, please check it out, I‘d love to see it get some #litsylove 🎸❤️

JennyM #stacked 😘 3mo
JillR @JennyM yippee! Hope you enjoy it 😊 3mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This is a story about love, addiction and fame. I was completely immersed in the story and the time; I couldn‘t stop thinking about the characters. The interview-style writing could have been off putting, but it absolutely suited this book. I genuinely forgot I wasn‘t reading about a real band, real people. Whether you might prefer to read a biography of your actual favourite band I can‘t say, but this was a great read.

Cathythoughts Great review.. I don‘t think it‘s for me ... so glad you enjoyed it 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
JillR @cathythoughts have you read the tagged book? Even better than this, and normal writing style, in my top five reads last year... (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts I havnt been inclined to read tagged book. But I will stack 3mo
JillR 👍 it hasn‘t had much Litsy love yet @cathythoughts so I‘m trying to spread the word as I loved it! 3mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Hoping I enjoy this as much as everyone else!

RadicalReader Absolutely beautiful book cover 3mo
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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There was so much to this story; a post-apocalyptic world, the illustrator who spends the years before the end of the world creating a graphic novel, the Hollywood star and his string of failed marriages, Shakespeare, and a Travelling Symphony... That all sounds complex, and weird, but it really isn‘t. I thought this book was beautiful and unusual and I‘m astounded at how all those strands were so carefully and subtly drawn together. I loved it.

TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 3mo
Abailliekaras I loved this. 💕 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review ♥️👍🏻I‘m looking forward to reading this one ! On TBR 👍🏻 3mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo This is such a gorgeous book! Glad you liked it! 3mo
CouronneDhiver She‘s a very talented author... I‘ve enjoyed her other books too 3mo
JillR I nearly let this one pass me by @trishb @Abailliekaras @cathythoughts @WhatWouldJaneDo @CouronneDhiver , so glad I didn‘t! 3mo
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The Elephant Thief | Jane Kerr
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Seth and I just finished this, a fun story with lots of drama and mystery following the journey of Maharajah the elephant who walks with his keeper from Edinburgh to Manchester in 1872. Maharajah did indeed do this walk and became very famous, but much of the story is fictionalised. His skeleton is on display in Manchester Museum - we‘ve visited and seen it many times but had no knowledge of Maharajah‘s story until now 🐘 #raisingreaders

JillR Thank you for the recommendation @JulietBoydAuthor ! 😊 3mo
JulietBoydAuthor @JillR Glad you enjoyed it. 😁 🐘 3mo
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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I‘ve had this on my stack for a while but kept picking it up and putting it back down again. I don‘t know why; I started it last night and enjoying it so far. Good Litsy reviews too...

Cathythoughts Yes ! Lots of Litsy love ... on my TBR & looking forward to it 👍🏻 3mo
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On a Cold Dark Sea | Elizabeth Blackwell
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At times I felt this was a little dull, but now I‘ve finished I realised I quite enjoyed it. Three women board The Titanic, and we first hear some of their story as to what brought each of them there. The focus however is the launching of the lifeboats and the decisions that were made; decisions that in many cases lasted a lifetime. Overall I found it a quiet story, well told, about a part of the disaster I didn‘t know much about.

Erofan Beautiful picture 😍 3mo
JillR Thank you @Erofan :) 3mo
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On a Cold Dark Sea | Elizabeth Blackwell
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Just starting this which was a gift for my mum - she passed it back to me when she‘d finished, bonus!

Cathythoughts Beautiful pic ! Looks good 👍🏻💙 3mo
TrishB Lovely pic 💕 3mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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It‘s been a tough couple of weeks so I got a little book haul to cheer me up! Work is done for the week now, happy Friday everyone 🍻

RachelO Happy Weekend! 3mo
JillR You too @RachelO ! 3mo
Reviewsbylola That Daisy Jones spine is gorgeous! 3mo
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Soubhiville Oooo, got some good ones there! Enjoy! 3mo
Dragon TGIF 🎉 3mo
JillR @soubhiville all #thankstolitsy choices of course! 😊 3mo
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This was like reading a giant, complicated game of Cluedo! It felt too long at times; but I enjoyed the unusual concept and there was enough mystery and intrigue that I had to find out WHO DID IT...(and who on earth is Anna..?!). I particularly liked how the author explored how the different personalities of each host affected the decisions made by our main character. Interesting, confusing, very well written but at times overwhelmingly baffling!

Cathythoughts Great review! Well done reading this one ... 3mo
JillR Thank you @cathythoughts, it was a tough one at times... (not Wolf Hall tough tho hahahaha) 3mo
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Next up!

akckitty So interesting... My cover says 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn hardcastle. 😂 I tried googling it but it appears to all be the same! 4mo
Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts! I‘m afraid of the number of characters 4mo
RadicalReader Beautiful book cover 4mo
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JillR @akckitty that‘s so weird - Amazon etc has it as per my picture, Litsy and Goodreads add the 1/2! I‘m UK - is it a difference between UK and US versions maybe? 4mo
akckitty @JillR I'm thinking that might be it!! Mystery solved. If we solved this then you will easily be able to get through the book lol ;) it's a good one!! 4mo
gradcat I really must get to this book soon! Very interesting (and somewhat strange) about the difference between title/cover 😯 4mo
akckitty @gradcat I devoured this book in a day. It was a book though that required a lot of thought and active reading to not miss out on details. However it was all worth it to me, I hope you enjoy it! 4mo
akckitty @gradcat and I agree.... Still wasn't able to find anything on the internet about the differences. 🤷I think @JillR might be right about US/UK making it different. 4mo
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This is an intense look at relationships and friendships. It feels artsy and intellectual. I can‘t say I entirely enjoyed it - I warmed to main character Frances - but everyone was so self absorbed and seemed to be just faffing around; in Frances‘ case not working but being puzzled why she had no money. I did enjoy the writing; it pulled me in, lack of speech marks and all. Overall I‘m not sure what I made of this but I *think* I kind of liked it.

Freespirit I have heard mixed reviews about this one 4mo
JillR @freespirit I‘ve just read the Goodreads reviews and you‘re right they‘re very mixed. I‘m going to try her next one though, as I enjoyed the writing... (edited) 4mo
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No speech marks. Never sure how I feel about that...

TrishB Dislike from me! 4mo
BarbaraBB Never mind. It‘s so good, even without them! 4mo
JillR @Barbarabb glad to hear that! @trishb I think for me it depends on the book - I notice it more if I‘m not enjoying the book... 4mo
JillR @barbarabb just read your review, I‘m more excited to get stuck into this now 👍 4mo
BarbaraBB 🤞 4mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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This book is full of devilish, devious drama and I thought it was brilliant, almost perfect. Maurice Swift is possibly the worst villain I‘ve ever come across. Every character was fascinating and every twist got me, every time. Each section starts slowly but you can feel the doom building. It‘s desperately sad and awfully tragic whilst somehow still keeping a humour and lightness to the writing. John Boyne is fast becoming a favourite author.

Crazeedi This one has been waiting for me to pick up.... 4mo
JillR Do @crazeedi it‘s so good! 4mo
Crazeedi @JillR I've got to!! 4mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Cannot. Put. It. Down.

Cathythoughts I‘ve still never read him , ! So glad you can‘t put it down - you are in a good reading place ! The best reading place 4mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘ve enjoyed everything of his I‘ve read so far 👍 4mo
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The Dolls' House | Rumer Godden
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I read this when I was little and had always remembered vague parts of the story; it was so lovely to read it again with Bella. We loved gentle and wise Tottie, fragile Mr Plantagenet, whimsical Birdie, and also loved to hate Marchpane! We‘ve also enjoyed Miss Happiness and Miss Flower and Little Plum by the same author, and Bella then plays with her doll‘s house for days afterwards. Perfect for age 6+ #raisingreaders

Centique I loved this too! Definitely one of my top 5 favourite kids books. You‘re making me want to read it again 😍 4mo
JillR Read it again @Centique it‘s just as good! Although it is so short. I must have been quite young when I read it as I remember thinking it was very, very long! 4mo
readordierachel That cover! 4mo
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As I think everyone else has said this is dark, disturbing, twisted, unsettling, nasty, but...also incredibly compelling. And awful. Couldn‘t put it down. Despite the difficult subject, it was bizarrely not a difficult read. Although having said that I think I‘m ready for a break from books about incredibly dysfunctional families!

minkyb Great review! 4mo
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