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julesG

Joined September 2016

LibraryThing member JulesGDSide

https://www.goodreads.com/JulesG313 Book hoarder, avid reader of nearly any genre. 🇩🇪 The Blog: https://scepticalreading.com/
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I'm so glad I got the #audiobook! Will Watts was great narrating this accent heavy book with a Scouse MC and 90% secondary characters from Sheffield.

Solid, Alexis Hall M/M #Romance/#RomCom.

Sam is the branch manager of a bed&bathroom store in Sheffield. He has to come to the Croydon branch to meet with the boss. Sam has an accident in the shower stall department and has to stay with his boss Jonathan because of concussion and maybe amnesia. ⬇️

julesG Set at Christmas. Grump-Sunshine/Enemies-to-Lovers romance. There's also an 'adorable' rescue cat. 1d
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1+2) Yes and no. The 'decoration-gene' passed me by. I'm not very skilled and keep the decorations down to fairy lights, a few pine cones here and there, a mini metal tree (cats!) and candles that are either battery operated or in jars/lanterns. I guess it's more Hygge than 🎄

3) can't think of one. Guess I'm more of a Grinch. 😬

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Are the rumours about David Hasselhoff‘s popularity in Germany true? Because he has a Christmas album 😜 (Mum told me in passing once that Nana thought he was fit during his Baywatch years so I just had to get her the CD for Christmas. She wasn‘t impressed, but as far as gag gifts go - it was a winner) 3d
Eggs Hygge is great 👍🏼 🤗👌🏼 3d
julesG @thegirlwiththelibrarybag He used to be big in the 90s, his music was everywhere. I think his 'Looking for Freedom" was one of the songs playing around the time of the Berlin Wall falling, became sort of an anthem. He also has family ties to Germany. And before you think I'm a fan, nope. I had a student (adult education, English as a 2nd language), about 20 years ago, who was a fan and used every opportunity to tell the class about him. 3d
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, I think he played it on the wall? I remember him popping up in Dodgeball as the German coach 🤣 aww, I love a passionate fan who will take every opportunity to info dump - I had a friend in high school who adored the boy group Blue (they had a couple of big songs before fading away into obscurity) - same vibes as your student! 3d
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First Christmas themed book of the season. Wasn't aware it's a 🎄 book.

I only wanted to listen to it while shopping, but I can't put it down. I loooooooove the Northern accents. My ears are soooo happy right now.

Read4life I loved this on audio! So good 🤓 4d
willaful I want to listen to everything this narrator has done! 4d
willaful I want to listen to everything this narrator has done! 4d
Robinsonbrandon129 Hello Jule, How are you doing? 2d
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Look how the orange background fits the cover of Defiant!

Relight My Fire - ARC
Defiant - Audio

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#NovelNovember #readathon

Ruthiella Nice! 🤩 7d
Andrew65 Perfect colour matching 🤣 Hope you‘re having a great weekend. 7d
Texreader Perfect match 7d
TheSpineView 🧡🧡🧡 7d
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

1) Author's Note: "It has been brought to my attention that authors should probably start including a note at the beginning of their books indicating whether Artificial Intelligence was used in its writing."

2) Prologue: "And with a gasp, she was awake."

3) 1: "The thing about life is that it is fundamentally impossible."

All three "first lines" are good.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#NovelNovember

julesG #NetGalley #MountARC #ARC - expected publication 25 January 2024 1w
rabbitprincess Nice! I have the third one on my shelf now 😄 1w
julesG @rabbitprincess Then you've got two months to catch up. 😁 1w
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Agent to the Stars | John Scalzi
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Www.humblebundle.com has a John Scalzi bundle going.

Unfortunately, Starter Villain is not among the books, but Kaiju Preservation Society is.

#LitsySciFiBookClub #ClassicLSFBC
#SeriesLove2023

@TheSpineView @RamsFan1963

Soubhiville 😱 thanks for sharing! I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read by him, I think I‘ll grab this deal. 📚😁 1w
TheSpineView Great sale. I have all of these and read them all! 1w
julesG @TheSpineView I bought the bundle since I was still missing a few books in my collection. 1w
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Panpan

The novella was slightly better than the first book.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#NovelNovember #readathon

julesG The cover should have been a huge giveaway - name of author larger than title of book. 🙈🙈🙈 #petpeeve 1w
TheSpineView Disappointing. Hope the next one is better 1w
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Panpan

This was #MoreMehThanYeah - 600+ pages of bland characters and a plot that didn't make a lot of sense, and talking cats. It was a chore to get through.

Read this #ARC because I liked Butcher's Dresden Files and because the second book in the series was published on 7th November (my next #NetGalley #ARC).

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#NovelNovember #readathon

TheSpineView Bummer! 1w
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Blood & Sugar | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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#ihavequestions @RaeLovesToRead

Tricky questions.

1) one of my favourites is: Blood&Sugar

2) the next Veronica Speedwell

3) I don't really have a favourite trope. Locked Room is good. I also like when there's a "team" of "detectives" where each member brings a unique POV and set of skills.

RaeLovesToRead I just got Blood & Sugar from the local charity bookshop! 🥰 Need to finish Square of Sevens! 1w
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Business or Pleasure | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Finished this cowl while listening to the tagged #audiobook.

It reminded me a lot of two three other #RomCom books I've read this year. So what stood out where the inconsistencies of the MC's character and the cringe-worthy "sex ed" lessons.

I liked the author's other two books, but this one was more: "oh, I've read that in XYZ before" & "Lady, if you're not hung up on it, why do you think about it all day?"

willaful Not my fav by her either. 1w
Catsandbooks That's too bad, but your cowl is beautiful! ❤️ 1w
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Business or Pleasure | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Just started this. The MC is a ghostwriter. Not your typical genre, but thought I should tell you anyway, @Leniverse.

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Picture shows her feline highness, #GhostCat, sitting on the blanket I had just folded and momentarily put on top of the book cart. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Ruthiella Of course! 😹 Any new surface belongs to the cat! 1w
RaeLovesToRead I thought there were 2x ghost cats for a minute there! 1w
julesG @RaeLovesToRead I wouldn't get anything done had I two of her. She'd staple herself to me if I let her. 1w
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RaeLovesToRead Snuggle her from me! 1w
LeahBergen She looks comfy. 😆 1w
julesG @LeahBergen Unfortunately. This blanket was supposed to be just for me, no torn or snagged threads. Well, it was nice for three days. 😐 1w
rubyslippersreads You must know by now that everything in the house belongs to the cat. 😹 1w
dabbe @RaeLovesToRead So did I! 🤣🤣🤣 1w
dabbe Hello there, Gorgeous #Ghostcat! 🖤🐾🖤 1w
Leniverse Ghostwritten books aren't my typical genre either, so I can see myself leaving that prompt for last 😅 1w
TNbookworm 😻 1w
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Mehso-so

Fourth secret project.

It's a bit Mad Max meets the Cosmere. I fear I should have read some Stormlight books before reading this, at times it felt like I was missing background information.

Not my favourite of the secret projects.

2/5 Stars

#NovelNovember #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1w
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The Paleontologist | Luke Dumas
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Mehso-so

This was a bit like Night at the Museum, but with scary supernatural elements. It's set during the height of Covid.

Simon took the position as curator of paleontology at a museum in his hometown. The museum where his sister was abducted from decades ago. He hopes to find out more about what happened to her.

Meanwhile he has to put together a dinosaur skeleton and that leads him to the notebooks of ⬇️

2.5/5 Stars

julesG the notebooks of his potentially loony predecessor, who might or might not have had something to do with his sister's abduction. 2w
julesG There are the ghosts of the exhibits haunting the museum.

The big reveal of what happened to the sister was definitely disturbing (and I had guessed the who and partially why). I thought it far fetched, loony and rushed. Like: whoops got to wrap this up somehow.
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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2w
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London, the late 1920s.

Agnes has rooms to let and three possible lodgers to choose from. How will life at No 23 change when she decides to give the rooms to her niece Clara? Or to the banker Mr Thompson? Or the young widow Mrs Mayweather?

Each possibility is explored. Each unveils some of the secrets of the new lodger as well as the secrets of the people already living in the house. Which timeline might have the best outcome for all? ⬇️

julesG Soft pick, because it dragged on a bit in the middle. Also, some of the repetitive use of possibly contemporary language got on my nerves ("old girl" or "darling") and some characters just weren't my cup of tea. 2w
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 2w
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#Two4Tuesday

Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

1) we don't celebrate Thanksgiving. It's going to be just another Thursday in November. 😉

2) tagged - I'm sure it's not really embodying the spirit of Thanksgiving, but it's probably as close as I think a US Thanksgiving might look like 😜

Would you like to play, @The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead @toric?

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 2w
The_Penniless_Author Thanks for the tag! 2w
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RushAThon | Readathon
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#NovelNovember #readathon @Andrew65

The plan, as usual, erode #MountARC. I'll definitely read the 4th instalment of the Stranger Times series (ARC).

I might bail on The Sunlit Man - I'm willing to give it another chapter.

Shall we read The Confidence Men before #NonFictionNovember is out, @Caroline2?

Andrew65 Best of luck 😁 2w
Caroline2 Oh so sorry Jules! I‘ll just seen your tag! Yes I‘m up for it if you are?? 1w
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The Terraformers | Annalee Newitz
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#LitsySciFiBookClub @TheSpineView

Wow, Newitz has quite the imagination! So many great ideas. And also ideas that I found mildly disturbing.

The thing I didn't like about the book, the three timelines. The timelines were connected, but I wanted to spend more time in each of them and felt ripped out of the story when the next part started.

Really looking forward to our discussion.

Soft pick for me.
3/5 ✨

Tamra That is an amazing cover 2w
TheSpineView Great job!❤️🚀 2w
psalva I think I agree with you. I read it a couple months ago and, reflecting on it since then, I kind of wondered if it could have been a trilogy. It was an interesting choice to write it in this episodic way. Still, it was a pick for me too. 2w
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The Stars My Destination | Alfred Bester
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Bailedbailed

Maybe it's me, but this didn't age well.

I managed about 40%. Just didn't like any of the characters.

I liked Gaiman's introduction. 😜

Bookwomble It does actually come together at the end and transforms the seemingly b-movie revenge plot into something more, but another 60% is a lot to read if you're not enjoying it 🙂 2w
julesG @Bookwomble Thanks. I might give it another try - on audio, possibly on 2x speed. 2w
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RamsFan1963 Hopefully you'll find December's selection, More Than Human, more enjoyable. 2w
Ruthiella I did listen to some on audio, but ended up preferring the print version. Now, maybe if Neil Gaiman had read it aloud …😅 2w
julesG @Ruthiella 🤔 well, if Gaiman had read it,... 🤔 2w
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Bloody Rose | Nicholas Eames
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Second book in The Band series. It can be read as a standalone, though.

Bloody Rose and her band are travelling north to fulfil a contract, instead of fighting The Hoard which is threatening the kingdoms again. The band, Fable, has a new bard who cannot decide whether she wants to be a bard or a merc.

It was interesting being back in the realms of this series, but I liked Kings of the Wyld a bit more.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

TheSpineView Well done! 2w
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author.

1) this is tough, there are so many 😂😂😂 I guess my weird sense of humour - being able to see the funny side even if things are tough. (my kids would say this is one of my most annoying quirks, just like being nerdy and geeky)

2) Is it okay to say a neurodiverse character is quirky? If so, then the Cassandra is quirky.
Otherwise, a Pratchett book 😉

Tag, you're it! 😁

TheSpineView So with you on Pratchett! Thanks for playing! 3w
The_Penniless_Author All it took was my daughter aging a couple of years for me to go from being the funniest person on the planet to the most annoying person on the planet. 🤣 3w
julesG @The_Penniless_Author Everyone's a critic 😂😂 3w
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Finished earlier this week.

It was just as good as the first book in the War Arts Series.

Spoiler free content summary: The young heroes keep on bumbling about on their way to glory, while the old masters fart about and definitely know better.

Like in a Chinese martial arts film, the fight scenes are epic and beautifully choreographed.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

TheSpineView Great job!💙📖📚 3w
Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 3w
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Bookshops & Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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Did you think I'd just put this in a drawer and not read it first?

Well, partly right. I put the signed edition into a drawer, it's a 🎁 after all, and read the eBook. 😁

Read in less than 24 hours. Do I need to say any more?

Okay, it's the prequel story to Legends&Latte. It's about how Viv got her great-sword and found out that a quieter life might suit her.
The epilogue is 'chef's kiss'.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

TheSpineView Well done!🤩📖📚 3w
Julsmarshall What a gorgeous edition! 3w
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 3w
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Bookshops & Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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Fresh in.

#BookMail

Going to be a 🎄🎁 for my son.

Lizpixie Can‘t wait for my copy!🦴 3w
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh! Love the edges 😍 3w
Soubhiville 🥹 it‘s lovely! 🥰 3w
ShyBookOwl What a cover!! 3w
Megabooks 😍😍😍 3w
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The Time-travelling Caveman | Terry Pratchett
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#OokBOokClub

Just a friendly reminder that next month we'll be reading #TheTimeTravellingCaveman! Dig out your books, put in your library holds, or place your orders! The next Discworld adventure continues on December 8th! Woohoo!

If anyone wants to be tagged/untagged for future posts please let me know! Happy to oblige!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyread

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Perfect timing for this book, don't you think?

#OokBOokClub-ers, our Discworld adventure continues TODAY with #FatherChristmasFakeBeard!

Looking forward to our discussion next month!

Happy reading!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyread

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The Discworld Atlas | Terry Pratchett, The Discworld Emporium
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#OokBOokClub-ers the lovely @jenniferw88 sent me this picture moments ago.

Not sure about you, but I'm definitely guilty. 😁

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyread

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Hello friends! Open discussion is in the FOLLOWING POST marked as spoiler. Find the #TheWitchsVacuumCleaner post & tap "show me" on the spoiler tag to join in the discussion. Join in whenever you can! Today. Tomorrow. Next month! The post will always be up so just tag each other & we'll jump in to discuss with you. Feel free to chat about anything!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyread

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Welcome to the #OokBOokClub open discussion for #TheWitchsVacuumCleaner feel free to discuss anything! Don't forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyread

BookmarkTavern So I wasn‘t sure, but Rincemangle reminded me really strongly of a story in one of the previous collections. Is there another one about the gnomes? Also, I really love his time travel short stories. Which may be somewhat related to Night Watch being one of my favorite Discworld books. 😅 I also really loved the fire opal story. It felt perfect for the audiobook. 3w
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Mehso-so

Another #NetGalley #ARC off the #MountARC backlog.

A Christmas-y romance novel that is set mostly in Miami and Columbia. A collaboration for a song brings Cara and Javi together. Both have baggage, of course, which leads to some drama and an eventual HEA.

I didn't care much for either MC. What was interesting though was the insights into the music industry and how Christmas is celebrated in Latin American countries.

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Ten Years | Pernille Hughes
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Working on my #NetGalley #MountARC - this was published in 2022

This was a #MoreMehThanYeah read for me. I thought the main characters were too much like teenagers who held a grudge against each other for no apparent reason. That's what made the book dreg on for me. The eventual HEA felt weird.

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Weekend plans!!!

Thank you, @TrishB! 😘😘😘😘

Waterstones Exclusive Edition

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks like it will be a great weekend. 1mo
TrishB Enjoy 😘 I may read number 1 soon! 1mo
TheSpineView That book is too beautiful to read from. 4w
julesG @TrishB Yeah!!! 4w
julesG @TheSpineView You're right. It feels like despoiling, especially since the pages still stick together in some places. 4w
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Bailedbailed

Grump-Sunshine or even Enemies-to-Lovers sounded good, but this book missed the mark by legions.

Poppy, a matchmaker for a very exclusive agency has to try and find a wife for Tristan, who needs to be married within the next month. So far it sounded plausible. ⬇️

#NetGalley #ARC #MountARC

julesG Tristan is an investment banker and doesn't really need the inheritance to keep up his minimalist workaholic lifestyle . Why does he insist on finding a wife then? And Poppy, a trained psychologist, has nothing better to do than trying to match her latest client with a woman who isn't satisfied with her current husband's bedroom performance? ⬇️ 1mo
julesG The two main characters don't have enough depth for me and some of there backstory just doesn't make sense to me; how can an investment banker who works up to seventy hours a week take off for three days without any kind of thought at how this impacts his work performance? Furthermore, there is no chemistry between Tristan and Poppy - at least there wasn't any up to 42% when I bailed on the book. ⬇️ 1mo
julesG It's hard to believe that the two of them hit it off in the second half of the book. The idea behind the book is good, but the execution left me baffled. ⬇️ 1mo
julesG Based on the ARC: That sexually frustrated wife mentioned above is Italian, but uses 'Google translate' Italian phrases to spice up her speech. It's a no-go for me. If the author doesn't speak the foreign language, they should get a native speaker to make it sound authentic. Which I hope was rectified before the book went to press.⏹️ 1mo
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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Inspired by #LittensLoveRomance I pulled out my copy of the tagged book. @StayCurious - unfortunately I didn't get tagged for this book.

It was good. I liked the MC and her family. I wouldn't mind diving back into this universe to read the stories of the secondary characters.

Strangely it has the same bare bones as a 120k story I wrote about a decade ago on a dare (see comments if you're interested).

julesG A good decade ago, I caved and read the 50 Shades trilogy and then the Twilight series. My friends had worn me down. I didn't particularly like either series and might have boasted that I could do better. So my friends asked me to prove it. We agreed on a short story, but my word-vomiting created a 120.000 words document within three weeks. I sent it off to my friends.... 1mo
julesG My friends are casual readers and the feedback I got was positive, but not exactly productive. Yes, I had proofed that I could write a contemporary romance story that had some magical/fantastical elements and spicy scenes, but my friends' "unprofessional" feedback made me put my draft on ice before I had finished my first edit of it. ... 1mo
julesG When I eventually picked the draft back up, put it onto my new laptop and took it on a holiday to London with me, my laptop was stolen on my third day of my writing holiday. I saw it as further proof that the story wasn't supposed to see the light of day. Since then it's been slumbering on two different hard drives and one cloud and I haven't had the courage to open it up again. 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag This book keeps popping up - I think that means the universe is telling me to read it! 1mo
kyraleseberg I just finished this one yesterday and I adored it!!! 1mo
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Thanks for the tag, @kspenmoll

Since I can't list Litsy etc...

Not exactly favourites, but most used/visited.
📱: Gmail, WhatsApp and my Calendar App 😬
💻: Alles-für-Selbermacher (craft supplies, fabric mainly), NetGalley, Google

@dabbe
#TLT

dabbe The craft store looks interesting! I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing! 💜🖤🧡 1mo
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Dr Frederick Albert Cook, son of German immigrants (family name used to be Koch).

" 'Dr. Cook, [...] has a lucky gift of being able to make good and useful things out of strange materials.' "

As a German citizen, born and bred in East Germany, I am reminded of the phrase that someone from East Germany can turn ? into ??. Meaning, the people are resourceful and handy.

Extended #20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

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Wanted to write #ARC reviews on #NetGalley to erode #MountARC, but #GhostCat has other ideas. Guess I have to browse NetGalley and request more ARCs. ?

Good thing the laptop can play an #audiobook. Listening to the tagged "Graphic Audio" - was just released.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65
#20in4 #readathon

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 1mo
sarahbarnes At least your arm is warm. 😁 1mo
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TheSpineView Cuteness!❤️🐾 1mo
dabbe Oh, you sweet, fluffy kitty! 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
Andrew65 I am so behind on my reviews! Must get to them next month. 1mo
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Read while having a nice cup of tea.

Enjoyed the artwork of Snider's "Reflections on Mindfulness..."

#GraphicNovel

#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks good. Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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Bloody Rose | Nicholas Eames
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

I'm pretty sure I'm not going to read all 138 #ARCs on my #NetGalley #MountARC, but I'm hoping to get through a few at least.

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Third of the Sanderson secret projects.

A romance, Sanderson/Cosmere style. Not my cup of tea.

#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Oh no 😝 1mo
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Hex and the City | Kate Johnson
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Mehso-so

I thought this was going to be a witchy #Romance. It was more spicy chick-lit, though. With a dash of time travel (to the Great Fire of London) and witch politics.

The FMC, Poppy, was supposed to be quirky but felt random to me.

The man-bun wearing MMC, Alex, seemed to pile on backstory the further we got into this.

The saving grace, in my opinion, was Iris, Poppy's landlady, who managed to bury several husbands.

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#NetGalley #ARC #MountARC

julesG The saving grace, in my opinion, was Iris, Poppy's landlady, who managed to bury several husbands.

I finished the #ARC but I'm not keen on picking up another book by the author - unless it's the well-edited story of Iris and her husbands.
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peanutnine A shame you didn't enjoy this one. I just finished this author's other witchy book and thought it was well done but completely different characters 1mo
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Love You Now | Julia Kent
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Another #AudioSorbet / #PalateCleanser

Dennis meets his soulmate in a dark alley while she's trying to rescue a kitten from a dumpster.
Ana needs a rebound, but Dennis turns out to be Mr Right. Shame she feels she needs to ghost him when she finds out she's pregnant only three days after their perfect night.

Bonus: a sugar glider named Magic

Book 4 in the series. The day called for it.

#RomCom

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

TheSpineView Well done! 1mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 1mo
SarahDWriter Most intense romances end up in a pregnancy. I'm so happy I'm trying to walk a path of faith, which has me looking away from the guys, and waiting for The One. Umm, it keeps the Joy where its supposed to be. 1mo
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Found my copy, @Caroline2!!! It was not where I thought I'd left it. Double stacking books can be a curse sometimes. 🙄🙄🙄 It's in a prime position now.

We could make it a part of #NonFictionNovember.

Matteogeorge I double stack quantum mechanic books 1mo
julesG @Matteogeorge I double stack most books. I don't think I have any on quantum mechanics, but I have a shelf with (physical) chemistry books. 1mo
Caroline2 Whey!!! 😁 👏 let‘s hope it‘s good…!! 1mo
Caroline2 Yes! Non-fiction November works for me! 👍 1mo
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Pickpick

A palate cleanser #RomCom.

Third book in the series. Very slow burn romance, the two MCs knew each other from childhood, but it took them 19 years and a nearly fatal accident to finally find each other. But still it's not easy for the two of them to be together. There's a curse on each of them. There's a teenager who doesn't want another step-parent. There are younger brothers with an opinion. 🙄

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

julesG Do we have the #PalateCleanser already? Or #AudioSorbet? We should use them. Would make finding a "palate cleanser" easier. 1mo
TheSpineView Sounds good! ❤️📖 1mo
bthegood @julesG love the term “audio sorbet“ 🙂 1mo
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Amazing Grace Adams | Fran Littlewood
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Pickpick

It dragged a bit in the middle, but I really liked Grace's pilgrimage through London and her memories.

youneverarrived Currently reading this! Not too far into but enjoying it so far. 1mo
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Bailedbailed

And I'm out. I wanted to like it, despite the rather basic style of writing (reads like a script was turned into prose), but I cannot deal with the historical inaccuracies.

I've checked twice, the book is set in 1579+ with flashbacks to 1560s (childhood and early slave years of the protagonist), it reads like set in the late 18th century.

Caroline2 Argh! I hate that! 😒 some writers just really struggle to correctly capture an era don‘t they. 1mo
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

I should be reading the already published #ARCs
📚 Hex and the City
📚 Saevus Corax Deals with the Dead

I'm also listening to
🎧 The African Samurai

To borrow from @CSeydel - But what I'm actually doing right now is watching the 13th series of Doctor Who and knitting.

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Veiled | Benedict Jacka
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Pickpick

I love the cover. I liked the book. Would have liked to see more of Luna, but it was an 'Alex needs to work on his character arch and chess pieces need to be moved in position' story. So, Alex joins the Keepers as an auxiliary trying to outsmart Richard's behind the scenes moves.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
tpixie Great 👍🏻 cover 📚 1mo
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#RaisingReaders

He pledged his allegiance two hours ago, now he's reading the tagged short story. I'm proud of the man I've raised.

dabbe 🧡🖤🧡 1mo
bthegood 💖 1mo
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Pickpick

Just a few pages, but great.

Murderbot before All Systems Red. Murderbot hates planets, hates interacting with humans, just wants to watch Media. Unfortunately the humans around Murderbot might start killing each other any minute now.

#SeriesLove2023 @TheSpineView @Andrew65

TheSpineView Love this series!💜📖📚 1mo
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The Lost Bookshop | Evie Woods
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Mehso-so

#ARC #MountARC #NetGalley

This book about a lost bookshop in Dublin that magically appears and disappears seemingly at its own will has three different points of view and two different timelines. There's Opaline, who found the shop in the 1920s, and there are Martha and Henry, who found the shop about a hundred years later. Slowly their stories unfold and those are not exactly picture perfect stories.

I liked it, but some of the ⬇️

julesG magical realism elements felt a bit too random to me. I even flipped back a few times to see whether I had missed some information. 1mo
TrishB This is on my pile too. 1mo
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