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KarenUK

KarenUK

Joined March 2016

British gal living in sunny FL 😎- Bookseller, Book Club lover, Bookaholic, Cookaholic, and proud #starslut !
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Turbulence by David Szalay
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Curtain by Agatha Christie
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The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger
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This looks worryingly like my nightstand! 😂

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I love the BBC podcast ‘Books and Authors -A good Read‘ ..... I just listened to this episode, and now this almost exclusively Fiction reading girl, can‘t wait to read these three Non fiction books! Books about homing pigeons, an Irish walk and the NHS! That‘s what passionate readers talking about books can do....😍📚Who‘d ave thunk it?

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-and-authors/id331296649?i=1000451930...

Samplergal Non fiction! Good on you! 6d
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Pre-order #bookmail ... don‘t you love it when a book you ordered months ago, arrives unexpectedly! I ordered this when I bought the spring-summer version earlier this year, and I guess being in South FL meant I forgot it was even fall! 🤦‍♀️
Nigel Slater is my favorite writer, and this one is a veggie packed treasure! 💕🥦🌽🌶🍆🥬🥕🥒🥑

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#breaktimebookhaul #covercrush
No idea what it‘s about, but I love the title and cover so much!
My store manager gave me a gift card for winning a team-coaching challenge, so it burnt a hole in my pocket! 😂📚💕

squirrelbrain Ooh I applied for this on NetGalley... sounds fab just by the title doesn‘t it?! 6d
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#septemberwrapup

A fun month of reading!
Easy favorite was the tagged non-fiction book.... A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read!
No bails, a couple of fantastic cookbooks, and a re-read of ‘Island of Sea Women‘ for a bookclub.
My favorite fiction was ‘Very Nice‘ though the last few pages let it down.

Texreader Nicely done! 2w
Lindy Lovely mix of reading! 2w
MrsMalaprop I just finished a book about psychotherapy too. Stacked this one 👍. 2w
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#OctoberTBR

- A recent #BOTM (The Gifted School)
- A re-read for bookclub (going to try Daisy on Audio this time)
- The tagged book & Brideshead Revisited are to tie up #Booked2019
- Curtain & The Little Prince are for #Pop19
- And the bottom 3 are calling to me from my night stand!

4thhouseontheleft I had a hard time getting into the physical copy of Daisy Jones, but am finding the audiobook fantastic! 2w
WhatWouldJaneDo I just listened to Daisy Jones on audio and it was incredible! The cast is great and you really feel for all the characters. 2w
marleed I loved this audiobook but had to own the print. TJR places such great lines in the mouths of her characters that I want the print reference. ... it was also fun to reread for nuances once I knew the ending. Dang - I wish I could type more about that. 2w
jillrhudy Daisy on audio was SO excellent. 2w
BiblioLitten I can see a few favourites! Especially the third vertical stack. 2w
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3.5 ⭐️ A fun read, with super likable characters with some really funny dialogue. A little bit forgettable of a story, nothing much happens, but these three women are so easy to cheer for, as they navigate romance and friendship.

JennyM I LOVE this pic! 2w
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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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Imagine if TV show ‘The Affair‘ and Delia Ephron‘s ‘Siracusa‘ had a baby, with more diverse characters (and no murder!) These characters are not ‘Very Nice‘, in fact they are mostly downright awful, but I enjoyed this sharp, satirical, biting novel. Each POV was so full of self-delusion, self-righteousness and self-soothing of their own ego, yet I couldn‘t stop reading. It felt super current, and it was really a lot of fun. Odd ending though.🤷‍♀️

Reggie Lol, thank you for the awesomely done visual equation! 2w
KarenUK @Reggie 😊💕! Wish I could do this for every review, but I‘m not that ingenious! 🤷‍♀️ 2w
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. The tagged book & Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky.... hoping to finish both by month end...
2. I absolutely LOVED ‘Maybe You Should Talk To Someone‘ by Lori Gottlieb 💕
3. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, and On Earth, We‘re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong 📚

gradcat Hi, Karen! Is today your last birthday post for the month of October? I just want to reiterate what a swell job you did!! ♥️ 😉 🥰 2w
KarenUK It was! And thank you so much! It was a lot of fun..... 💕 2w
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Super nerdy bookish trivia.... i.e. perfect for me! 🤓

From David Bowie‘s 100 most influential books, to the books Oscar Wilde had in his jail cell, to Bin Laden‘s bookshelf discovered by Navy Seals, to the most picked Desert Island Disc Books.... each list is accompanied by a description of its source. A really fun little nerd fest of a book...

keithmalek I've been wanting to read this, but without getting it online, I can't seem to find it (neither libraries or stores). 3w
KarenUK @Keithmalek I had to order it from my local store... (I also work there!) 3w
Nute I go for nerdy books like this too!💕 3w
AmyRebecca Neat! 2w
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I think this will be in my top 5 for this yr, which for someone who rarely reads Non-Fic, is saying something! I absolutely loved it. I laughed, I was fascinated, I was moved to tears. As Roger Ebert once said about movies, I feel the same about books, they are ‘empathy machines‘. This book was so full of empathy, human spirit, and was written with such warmth. I couldn‘t have loved it more. Can‘t wait to talk about it with my bookclub next year.

Megabooks Totally agree! 3w
Cinfhen I knew you would LOVE this one!!! Lori is amazing and some of her patient‘s stories were so emotional 😭😭 😭 3w
Kalalalatja Great review! 3w
JennyM I‘m fully with you. Loved this one ☝️ 3w
Avanders I agree -- it's a super duper pick for me! ❤ 3w
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Very exciting! My boss just came back from the yearly Store manager conference for B&N and came back with a little gift for me! #ARC s make the best presents! 🎁📚😊💕

LibrarianRyan Nice! 3w
GloVerdino So lucky! 3w
jmtrivera *gasps* 3w
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JennyM That‘s a lovely cover - lucky 🦆😘 3w
LauraBeth 😻😻😻😻 3w
irre 😍😍 3w
Reggie How nice!!! 3w
Cinfhen Ohhhhh!!! Lucky 🍀 3w
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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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Update for my #20booksby2020
5 read, 3 in progress....all great reads so far 😊📚💕

megnews Great job! I‘m halfway through Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and enjoying it as well. 4w
suzie.reads You're doing great! I really want to read three women. What did you think of it? 4w
KarenUK @suzie.reads I loved it! I was amazed by the honesty and intimacy of the three women‘s stories, and I liked the style of the writing... its very polarizing though, some people hated it! 4w
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suzie.reads @KarenUK well definitely be giving it a try 🙂 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @suzie.reads we are reading this one for our #BotmBuddyRead in January if you would like to join us! 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @KarenUK I totally agree!! 4w
suzie.reads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I will do that thanks 😊 4w
Tex2Flo I‘m always amazed when folks can predict what they will read. I have to peruse all my at-home titles for 20 minutes before I know what will be IT this time. 4w
Samplergal @Tex2Flo I can‘t do it very well, but I try to keep to these challenges. 4w
KarenUK @Tex2flo @samplergal these aren‘t the only books I‘ll read.... because I still like to read on a whim too ... this list is mostly book club books, books on my library hold list, and a few on my nightstand 😊📚 4w
Cinfhen You‘re just busting along 🙌🏻♥️I‘m almost done with On Earth and it‘s stunning!!!!!! You‘re gonna LOVE IT 4w
KarenUK @Cinfhen I think it‘ll be totally my jam 🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞 4w
Tex2Flo @KarenUK Well, thank goodness. I just couldn‘t imagine anyone being that organized. 3w
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I am loving this one sooooo much!
I literally left 15 minutes early for work, so I could listen for longer in the car! 😂

emilyhaldi My friend just told me about this!!! Definitely going to be my next audiobook 😃 4w
Kalalalatja My favourite book of the year! 4w
KarenUK @Kalalalatja I can see why! I loved it so much..... 💕 3w
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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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Another lunch break at work, another #bookhaul 😂🤦‍♀️!!
I move around, and unpack so many books every Tuesday, that I always end up with a little personal haul..... I‘ve had my eye on the tagged Man Booker long lister for a while, and couldn‘t resist a book about Friends...

Cinfhen #JobPerk 🥳 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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For me, The Handmaids tale is a masterpiece, yet expecting the same from its sequel would only disappoint. This is a very different book. It‘s a page-turning adventure from 3 POVs (2 young women and the familiar Aunt Lydia), replacing Offred‘s inner monologue. I couldn‘t put it down, but I‘m not sure the 2 teen girls were strong enough protagonists. Yet I found Aunt Lydia‘s account soooo compelling. A mixed bag of feelings, but still a good read.

Cinfhen Great review 1mo
britt_brooke Completely agree! 1mo
IndoorDame I felt the same way! 1mo
BookwormM Agreed would have preferred “unknown” narrators for everyone other than Aunt Lydia 1mo
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#RedRoseSeptember
Man, woman, synthetic human..... sounds like a pretty #bizarrelovetriangle to me!
Not read this yet, but hope to soon. I‘ve yet to be disappointed by McEwan, so I‘m #cautiouslyoptimistic 😊🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

Cinfhen It was a BIG bail for me 💁🏼‍♀️ 1mo
arlenefinnigan The cover of that really creeps me out. 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen Uh oh! 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
Cinfhen It may have been a timing thing😐hubs was in the hospital and my concentration level was smaller than a gnat 1mo
Mdargusch That cover! 1mo
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A bit of #audiobaking this morning before work....
Hubby had a craving for ginger biscuits to dunk in his tea! ☕️ He‘s had a really rough week with medical stuff, so I was happy to oblige!
Switching back and forth between the audio and print with the new Atwood, and LOVING the amazing voice cast, and the page-turning story. 🎧😊💕🍪

LeahBergen Those look tasty! 1mo
JennyM Hope the biscuits made Hubbie smile and were yummy 😋 1mo
KarenUK @Jennym They did! Whenever the Great British Bake Off is back on tv, he starts dropping massive hints for treats! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I don‘t know if this is the same but I love ginger snaps 😍. Hope things are relatively better with your hubby‘s health 💖 1mo
KarenUK @ValerieAndBooks yes, think they are the same.... they came out very spicy and delicious! It‘s a constant struggle with his CF, and at his age now, we are starting to face a possible transplant. It‘s not imminent but something that is the docs are starting to talk about which made for a scary, stressful week. But he‘s such a positive guy, he‘s already in up beat mode, and working harder than ever to fend of the inevitable.... 💕 1mo
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Book Cover Designs | Matthew Goodman
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#covercrush #7days7covers Days 1-7
This was such a fun challenge @jenniferw88 @Cinfhen 💕

Cinfhen Ohhhhh!!! I love your wrap up!!!!!! I might need to do that too ❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen And I DEFINITELY see a pattern with your choices ~ blues and pastels and images of sun & water 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen that might just be the Florida gal in me! 😎🌞🌴🌊💦 1mo
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The Lido | Libby Page
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day7 💕

I tag @Klou if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen Lovely 😊 and I adore your tagged person 💕💕💕 1mo
Klou Ooh! I didn't know about this! Thanks for the tag!!! 💕💕💕 I'll do my first one soon! 1mo
JennyM A peaceful looking cover ❤️ 1mo
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The Cement Garden | Ian McEwan
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day6 💕

I tag @ValerieAndBooks if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen Makes me want to read the blurb!!! 1mo
KarenUK I love these McEwan covers by Vintage.... they are all kind of intriguing... @cinfhen 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Very striking cover! Ok this should be fun to do 😊 1mo
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BarbaraBB A much better cover than mine for this book - although I am not sure what‘s the connection to the story?! 1mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB I think it pictures one of the dresses the eldest sister wears.....🤷‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Probably indeed. It looks more adult though than I imagine her. It‘a subjective, I know! 1mo
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I‘m going in!
Everything else gets dropped for this one.....
And it‘s our B&N pick for bookclub in October too!

Soubhiville I got mine today too! I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day5 💕

I tag @squirrelbrain if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen Ha!! Somebody else was feeling you today 😘😘 1mo
KarenUK So they are! But slightly different covers I think which is odd! Such a subtle change! @Barbarabb 1mo
Cinfhen Oh!! You‘re 💯correct!!! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @KarenUK Real subtle indeed! What a coincidence we thought of the the same cover on the same day! 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘d love to take part @KarenUK - maybe tomorrow or the next day to start though... on my way straight from work to the cinema (Margaret Atwood - yay!) so won‘t get chance to peruse the shelves until then! 😁😘 1mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain how exciting! 1mo
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At Swim, Two Boys | Jamie O'Neill
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day4 💕

I tag @JennyM if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen You are drawn to water and real life images / I‘m drawn to flowers and illustrations ~ so interesting! 1mo
Tanisha_A Loving that blue! 1mo
Kalalalatja It is a striking cover! 1mo
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Tex2Flo All your choices for this challenge have folks jumping into the water... psychologically, what does this tell us? It's hot outside? Or you're looking to dive into something new? 1mo
BarbaraBB Have you read the book? It‘s on my shelf but it has been there for years and years! 1mo
KarenUK @tex2flo nothing too deep! (No pun intended).... probably just that I love turquoise and swim most days! 🤷‍♀️😂 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen I actually hadn‘t noticed the pattern! Though I am definitely drawn to water.... I swim most days.... and would you believe tomorrow‘s pick is watery too! 💦#predictable 1mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB It‘s been languishing on my kindle for a while too! 1mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! I went “watery” today too and so did @BarbaraBB 1mo
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Very Nice | Marcy Dermansky
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#nextup A new library hold just became available...

Litsy is currently at a 0% rating 😳, and Roxanne Gay gave it a rare 5⭐️ on Goodreads! So I‘m interested to see where I fall....🤷‍♀️
It sounds totally my jam, so I‘m feeling optimistic! 😊

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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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I may be in the minority, but I found this a perfect, little end-of-summer read. Nothing groundbreaking, but charming and enjoyable. An 80‘s set, Cape Cod location, a young bookish protagonist trying to find her way as a writer, a summer fling with an older man.... culminating in a Labor Day party where guests dress as favorite literary characters! Fun and throwaway but just what I needed after the storm stress of the last couple of weeks! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Great cover too 😍 1mo
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Women in Sunlight | Frances Mayes
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day3 💕

I tag @Taichichick ifyou‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Maria514626 That cover is amazing! 1mo
Cinfhen Oh wow! Totally new to me book and cover 🤩fabulous 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen It‘s a nice summery read, to use one of your hashtags... it‘s a #borrownotbuy 😊💕 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Cinfhen Good choice!! I agree, something haunting about this one 1mo
TheLudicReader Great book. 1mo
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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Hope you don‘t mind if I play along! 😉 @Cinfhen @jenniferw88

#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day1 💕

I tag @Tex2Flo if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen I was going to tag you tomorrow 💋💋💋 1mo
Cinfhen Consider yourself officially tagged and now you need to tag someone 😉 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen my dad used to call me #ImpatientAnnie 😂🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Cinfhen I love that nickname 😁😂 1mo
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Searching for Grace Kelly | Michael Callahan
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
1. ⬆️ I hated how the author made simplistic moral judgements about his own (female) characters and appeared to punish them accordingly! 😡
2. Qi and Jonathan Creek (I love Alan Davies💕!)
3. Marmite on whole grain toast
4. Eastern (US)
5. Red Bird Bewildered! 🤟😂 (I have a patterned dress on!)

Cinfhen Love your band name ❣️ 1mo
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Dead Simple | Peter James
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#RedRoseSeptember
Growing up near Brighton, every Friday night we had a #Chippytea picked up by my dad on his way home from work, and eaten straight from the newspaper at the kitchen table, dowsed in lots of onion vinegar (the vinegar from the picked onion jar)😋🐟📰
So in honor of my dad, this is the first book in his favorite local detective series, still going strong at book #26! I‘ll read it #oneday, seeing as it‘s set where I‘m from.😊

Cathythoughts Brilliant post 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Ms_T Lots of nostalgia for you there! Great post 😃 1mo
Cinfhen Awwww, I‘m missing home for you❤️I‘d love to visit you in Brighton and hang with your dad 😁 1mo
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EadieB @Cinfhen I‘ve read that one and getting ready to read book 2. 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen ..... now that would be lovely! 💕 1mo
Cinfhen Wouldn‘t it !?!?!?! (edited) 1mo
gradcat @KarenUK & @Cinfhen Great Post! I‘ve read the first three of them, but then I guess I got sidetracked. I can‘t believe there are 26!! I had no idea! ♥️ (edited) 1mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen @gradcat @EadieB @Andrew65 @TrishB @KarenUK great post, and I haven't read this series! 1mo
TrishB Lovely post ❤️ I am up to date in this series @Cinfhen 🎉🎉 1mo
Andrew65 Love this book series, one of my favourites. Unfortunately as currently suffering with gall bladder issues cannot have fish and chips and I so love them, and especially by the sea! 1mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi @gradcat @EadieB @TrishB @KarenUK @Cinfhen Unfortunately I am totally up to date on this series. 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 so the problem is your gall bladder? 1mo
gradcat @Andrew65 Poor you! 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB It looks like that! Testing for biliary colic and gall stones! Which are both affecting the liver. Did second set of blood tests this week today, got another blood test next week. Waiting for ultra sound scan date and got endoscopy next Saturday so feeling a bit sorry for myself, not to mention the pain. 😔 1mo
Andrew65 @gradcat Thanks, but possibly feeling too sorry for myself! At least when at work kept busy and keeps my mind off it. 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 So sorry to hear that you have to go through all of those tests etc. Not fun! Hope they solve your problem and you are feeling better soon! 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes, fingers crossed, and thanks. Hope they can solve it quickly. Not the best thing on the first week of a school year! 1mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Definitely not! Good that you have your deputy to help you. But bad that she is so new and probably needs your direction. 1mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Thankfully so far just been missing for small bits of the day for tests. Just not as far on as I‘d like to be. Better now than last year. (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen Yum!! I‘m craving a chippy tea now! 1mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 oh man that is no fun, I had that and needed up have gall bladder removed. Hope you find some answers 1mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Thanks, definitely agree about being no fun! Just in waiting game for scan at moment. Apparently urgent only means likely to be some time in the next two weeks! 1mo
gradcat @Andrew65 I hope you get seen to sooner rather than later...isn‘t that painful? 😣 1mo
Andrew65 @gradcat Thanks. Yes! Although pain going up and down. Bigger problem is what can develop from it. 🤞 Eating a very bland diet which will hopefully be less painful. 1mo
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Thanks for the tag @Klou 💕
@Eggs #wondrouswednesday though now it‘s Thursday...

1. Winnie the Pooh & Wind in the Willows
2. ‘Born a Crime‘ on Audio, ‘The Rosie Project‘ in print
3. Gone Girl
4. Avocado toast (or pain au chocolat if I‘m indulging!)
5. Play along if you‘d like.... 💕

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗👏🏻🥳 1mo
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Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook | Matt Goulding, Jose Andres
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By odd coincidence, my pre-order of Jamie‘s newest book arrived from the UK, in the same week my library hold of Jose‘s book downloaded.
Love these guys! Their work in communities is so inspiring and both are full of infectious passion for people and food. These books feature great down-to-earth writing, and seasonal recipes that focus on produce at it‘s peak deliciousness. Most recipes are simple, just letting the beauty of each vegetable sing.

Aimeesue Saw Andrés at the National Book Festival last weekend. He's just …ebullient. I've never seen someone with so much energy! The cookbook is gorgeous. 1mo
KarenUK @Aimeesue oh how amazing! I‘m sure he was fabulous! 😊💕 1mo
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Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers | Houghton Mifflin Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval
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#redroseseptember #tubthumping
I‘m pretty sure this book will include ‘a whiskey drink, a vodka drink‘ 🎶🎵🎶and maybe even lager or cider?!🤷‍♀️🍸🍹🍻
I‘m not ashamed to say.... I am really loving this cover, and love the title, and will quite probably buy it when it comes out in December! 🤦‍♀️😂
#unashamedlyavanderpumprulesfangirl

Cinfhen Oh God!!!!!! YOU ♥️your Bravo TV 😘😘😘😘 1mo
arlenefinnigan Like it 😉 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen I don‘t have cable anymore (since January 1st)🤦‍♀️☹️so I only watch this and RHWNYC on Amazon! It‘s been good for my brain cells! 😂😂 1mo
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Cinfhen You can watch Bravo TV from Amazon??? Really!!!??!? 1mo
KarenUK Not for free! 🤦‍♀️that‘s why only 2 shows! 😂@cinfhen 1mo
Cinfhen Got it!!! 1mo
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Loving this epigraph.....

peaknit For sure! 1mo
Lindy 😆 1mo
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Keiko, has been working in the store for 18 yrs, even though her family and societal expectations deem she should be married or doing a ‘proper job‘ by now. She‘s a charming protagonist, and it‘s really heartbreaking as she repeatedly says how she is ‘not normal‘, a label that was obviously given to her often. What dulled my enjoyment of this, was the character of Shiraha. Usually I don‘t mind an unlikeable character, but he was beyond unpleasant.

britt_brooke I really liked this one! Great review! (edited) 1mo
Amor4Libros I loved this book! 1mo
Tamra This one sticks with you. 1mo
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BarbaraBB Great review. 1mo
KarenUK @britt_brooke @BarbaraBB @Tamra @Amor4libros Thank you! I did love Keiko so much. But irrationally hated Shiraha! 😂 1mo
Amor4Libros @KarenUK Well, he was awful! 1mo
britt_brooke @KarenUK I hated him, too. 1mo
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#Readinggoals #SelfimprovementSeptember

So this is my #SeptemberTBR as of now....
But mostly because all my holds at the library came in at once! 😂 Who knows if I‘ll get to them all before they have to go back....🤷‍♀️
And everything gets dropped for the new Atwood!

#Audiotbr - ‘Before we were yours‘ for a book club, and ‘Brideshead revisited‘ as my public domain pick for #booked2019

OriginalCyn620 I really want to read Nina Hill and the new Atwood!!! 😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Let me know about the Atwood!! 1mo
julesG Nina Hill is a fast read. 1mo
Erinreadsthebooks I just picked up The Swallows from the library. Hoping to start it today 1mo
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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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This slim little novel really packs a punch. A deceptively simple tale of #adayinthelife of a young couple, specifically their wedding night in 1962.
McEwan‘s writing is always gorgeous, but I wasn‘t expecting to be as gripped by the slow unraveling of the story.
Told through courtship memories, feelings not expressed, buried traumas and some truly cringeworthy scenes, I felt so much for Florence and Edward. So heartbreaking.
#redroseseptember

arlenefinnigan Nice 👍 1mo
Cinfhen Ugh!!! Still need to get to this book!!!! Thanks for the reminder 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Good pick! This book ❤️💔 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s so good! 😍💕 1mo
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#AugustWrapUp
Franny & Zooey and State of the Union were my favorites, and mostly enjoyed everything else....
9 total, 3 non fiction, 2 on audio.
The McEwan was a re-read for my book club this month, and led to a fantastic discussion....

Crazeedi Nice!!👏👏 2mo
Lcsmcat My book club read the McEwan a while back. It was a good discussion book for our group too. 1mo
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Franny and Zooey | J.D. Salinger
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#pop19 #abookyouseesomonereadingontvorinamovie
I just loved the Glass family and all their snippy banter. We meet ‘Franny‘, the youngest of these Manhattanites, visiting her pompous boyfriend at college, as she has an existential crisis over lunch and martinis. Then we meet brother, ‘Zooey‘. As his mother becomes an interloper to his peaceful bathtime, and begs him for his help with Franny‘s latest breakdown, their sniping made me laugh out loud!

ValerieAndBooks I‘ve been wanting to re-read this — it was many years ago so I don‘t remember much! 2mo
KarenUK It‘s delightful! 😍 @ValerieAndBooks 1mo
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Franny and Zooey | J.D. Salinger
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@megnews Here‘s an update
4/20 so far for my #20booksby2020 #tbr
Really enjoyed all of them! 😊👍📚

megnews Great progress! I loved Brown Girl Dreaming. I like everything by Woodson. I have Maybe You Should Talk to Someone on my list too. I‘m a couple chapters in and enjoying it so far. 2mo
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Hurricane Dorian preparations..... Impact windows, tinned food, candles, bottled water.... check, check,check,check.

But this is the important stuff! My bookshelves and my book light! I‘m set!
#realbooksdontneedpower
#readersnevergetbored
#hurricanepreparedness
😊📚😊📚😊📚😊📚💨💨💨💨💨💨💨💨
Stay safe Florida Littens!

julesG Stay safe 2mo
Stacypatrice Yessss girl!!! I have snacks, books, candles, and flashlights!!! #Dorian #hurricanelitens 2mo
AmyG Hope all is ok with the hurricaine. (edited) 2mo
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TheSpineView Glad you are prepared. Stay safe! 2mo
Ddzmini Stay safe 🙏 2mo
JacqMac I hope it isn‘t too bad. Stay safe. 🤞 2mo
Puredragonstar I have back up batteries, books, water and snacks! Stay safe my fellow Floridians! 2mo
Redwritinghood Hope things are ok. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2mo
KarenUK @Puredragonstar @Stacypatrice where are you guys located? I‘m in Fort Lauderdale.... 💨💨💨💨 2mo
Stacypatrice @KarenUK - I‘m near you - Coral Springs 🌊 2mo
RoxyWilde If you're riding out the storm, I guess it will be a good time to catch up on some reading. Stay safe! 2mo
KarenUK @Stacypatrice I‘m in Davie! Stay safe my lovely.... 💕 2mo
Stacypatrice I‘m probably going to be called in to work and have to bunker down there for a few days/nights. The building can withstand a category 5 hurricane so I‘ll be safer than at home. Let‘s all use our mighty breaths to blow it out of our path 🗣💨 2mo
Puredragonstar I‘m in Plantation!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Stacypatrice stay safe!! My daughter is in Florida now!! I‘m trying to call her! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stay safe everyone ❤️🙏🏻 2mo
Sarah83 Stay safe ✊✊ 2mo
Megabooks Take care, dear!! Stay safe! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
JennyM Stay safe lovely x 2mo
Stacypatrice @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - I‘m going to act like a wild banshee and cause chaos. 2mo
marleed Oh I hope you all ride this storm okay, and that in a year you don‘t remember her name! 2mo
KarenUK @julesg @amyg @thespineview @ddzmini @JacqMac @Redwritinghood @RoxyWilde @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @sarah83 @megabooks @jennym @marleed Thank you all so much.... it‘s moving soooo slowly, so we are watching and waiting, not so patiently! 😳 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Be safe !! 2mo
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Franny and Zooey | J.D. Salinger
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
1. ......and loving it! 💕
2. Working and preparing both work (B&N) and home for Hurricane Dorian. Very scary.😳💨
3. I know it‘s sounds boring, but just love a good homemade vanilla!
4. I can play the piano, and also used to play Classical guitar (though haven‘t since I was young). Was without a piano for over 20 yrs but hubby bought me a baby grand as a 40th gift, so I‘ve been brushing up the last few yrs. 🎹
5. 😊👍

MelissaSue81 I have never read this. I remember it being on my parents' bookshelf growing up and I always wanted to read it.
2mo
KarenUK @MelissaSue81 It‘s a #BlameitonBritt read for me.... and I‘m so glad. The dialogue is amazing and the Glass family are a hot mess in the best way! @britt_brooke 2mo
britt_brooke @KarenUK 💚💚💚 Some of the best dialogue I‘ve ever read. 2mo
TheSpineView Stay safe during the hurricane! 2mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
1. Machines like me by Ian McEwan
2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt -I‘ve probably read it 6 or 7 times!
3. According to Goodreads, 798! 😂📚📚📚
4. Three women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5. @Tex2Flo @Klou @Samplergal 💕

Eggs 798!!!! 💗🤗💗 2mo
TrishB I‘ve got the McEwan one ready too 👍🏻 2mo
Klou Thanks for the tag! 2mo
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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#AyUpAugust #ChasingRainbows
I‘m not usually much of a YA reader, but this one definitely got under my skin.... The writing is really lovely, and these 4 quotes have stayed with me.... Romantic in the best way... Sweet but not cloying!
I love that Eleanor doesn‘t have to change, she can just be herself, and Park finds her beautiful, whatever anyone else says..... and vice versa. Such a lovely book 💕🌈📚

squirrelbrain I haven‘t read this one yet.... 2mo
Cinfhen YOU MUST @squirrelbrain !!!!!! It‘s THE BEST LOVE STORY EVER without being cheesy & saccharine 2mo
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Another great podcast episode to share with my fellow Littens that love to listen.....💕🎧📚
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-and-authors/id331296649?i=1000447748...

BarbaraBB Thanks! I just got into podcasts and am HOOKED! 2mo
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The Pursuit of Love | Nancy Mitford
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#AyUpAugust
#IsThisLove ? Well, I sure am in love with these two gorgeous covers! 😍💕
Trying to decide which one to read for one of my remaining #pop19 prompts, #abookwithloveinthetitle
Anyone read either of these? 🤷‍♀️

squirrelbrain Can‘t help you with the choice, not read either! But I agree, they are both lovely covers ❤️ 2mo
CarolynM The Pursuit of Love is wonderful - one of my favourite books. 2mo
KarenUK @carolynM good to know! I think I‘m decided then.... 😊💕👍📚 2mo
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Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh
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Just three more prompts to go to complete all of #Booked2019 so I‘ve decided on these....

22# PoC MC Paranormal-Children of Bone (not my usual jam but I‘m hoping I like it..🤷‍♀️)

23# Public Domain - Brideshead Revisited (it‘s public domain in Canada so I‘m going with it! 😉)

24# Political Intrigue - The Testaments (Can‘t wait to get my hands on this one!)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Three more!! That‘s terrific. I‘m anxious for The Testaments also. 2mo
Cinfhen Excellent choices!! Excited to read your reviews 🥰#ChallengeSlayer ⚔️ 2mo
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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#Booked2019 #Summer is complete!

Just finished listening to the audiobook of the tagged book whilst #audiocooking - kale & feta crustless quiche, carrot and ginger soup & cauliflower hummus, all ready for the work week.

I really enjoyed this memoir in verse... 💕

And thank you again to Cindy, for gifting me Normal People, for prompt #17 ... 😘💕

BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay!! Great job. ♥️📚👊🏻 2mo
JennyM 👏🏼 yey 👏🏼 2mo
Cinfhen So glad you enjoyed Normal People 😍and congrats on completing all the summer prompts🥳 2mo
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The Children Act | Ian McEwan
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A pick, and though not my favorite McEwan, I‘m reading it for a bookclub, and I think it‘s perfect for that. Lots of ‘what would you do?‘ questions to ask.
I always see so many reviews of McEwan saying his writing is ‘cold‘ and that he must ‘hate people‘, yet I never get that from his writing. I find that he cuts quickly to the heart of the matter, honest and without judgement, and the way he shows his characters worst traits, creates complexity.

LauraBeth I‘ve never read McEwan, but I like directness and I‘ve never heard of his writing described this way - so now I‘m intrigued! 2mo
KarenUK @laurabeth I love him.... I recommend Atonement or On Chesil Beach to see if he does it for you... 🤷‍♀️💕 2mo
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