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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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First finished book of #20in4

I have mixed feelings about this one - it switches to screenplay at random intervals; there‘s purple prose and tortured metaphors galore; there are strange breaks to the 4th wall, for example two lines being left blank followed by “After a pause lasting two lines...”; many run on sentences, including one that lasted for two pages... and yet I didn‘t struggle to finish it. 🤨

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I‘ve rearranged my day so I can start reading at midnight! #20in4

@Andrew65

Andrew65 That is commitment! Good luck 😊👍 1y
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The Sentence Is Death | Anthony Horowitz
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Just finished this for the #tbrdeckofcards challenge (an audiobook). It was pretty good, but spoiled for me by the 2D villain of the piece, a bent cop. It didn‘t help that the narrator was holding the idiot ball on how to deal with it (my dude, you a. Have a phone you can record her threats on, and b. Are a famous kids author, with a good chance that one of her superiors‘ kids is a fan. It‘s not rocket science).

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Currently on Bright Young Dead for both the #decadeschallenge (set in 1920s) and the #tbrdeckofcards (foiled cover). It‘s not really meshing but I‘m almost halfway through.

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Mehso-so

A quick read. The character voices were a bit ‘off‘ for me, but that‘s a common problem with pastiche. It filled 30 mins of #20in4 though.

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Poison City | Paul Crilley
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Pretty good, I liked that there was actually some variety in the supernatural world (something I‘ve worked on a lot in my own stories), and I enjoyed seeing so much drawn from African folklore. It was a nice change to see urban fantasy set outside its usual geographic locations.
Back to a familiar problem with the beasties being hyped up as super-powerful, and then easily dispatched though.
Fills the six of clubs for my #tbrdeckofcards
#20in4

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The Thirty-Nine Steps | John Buchan
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Mehso-so

I can kinda see why it‘s a classic, but I just didn‘t connect with it. Still, it filled prompts in for the #decadeschallenge (set in 1910‘s), and 8 of diamonds for #tbrdeckofcards (number in the title). #20in4

@Clwojick

Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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Just finished this and enjoyed it. Bit of an overview, but that was what it said on the tin so I‘m not complaining. I‘m glad he mentioned contributions that have been glossed over in other books (usually bc women or poc did the actual thing). This covers the six of hearts, ‘A Book About Medicine‘, for my #tbrdeckofcards challenge.

@Clwojick #20in4

Clwojick Way to go! ❤️ 1y
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Lena_writes
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The first line is literally just “Vampire.”
😂😂

@ShyBookOwl #firstlinefridays

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@ErinSueMreads this is my #readingjournal #tbr page for January. I‘m doing a Mucha theme this year. 2/2

ErinSueMreads I love it so much! I've never gotten the hang of that style of Journaling with the tape and pictures, which irritates the heck of me cause I totally love it! 1y
Lena_writes @ErinSueMreads ah, thank you! (Late reply is late). It helps that I have matching stickers and washi, so I don‘t have to worry about coordination too much 😂 1y
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@ErinSueMreads my bujo page, as requested, although it‘s hardly original. Reading journal page to follow. 1/2

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Blood & Sugar | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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Going to try to be better about posting this year 😅 First book of 2021 🎇🎇🎇

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Before We Was We: Madness by Madness | Lee Thompson, Mike Barson, Mark Bedford, Chris Foreman, Graham McPherson, Cathal Smyth, Dan Woodgate
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Wow, haven‘t posted in so long. I‘m a short ways into this one and enjoying it so far.

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#magicalreadathon2020 Finished all 12 of my #owls2020 with 35 minutes to spare 😂 #owlsreadathon

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Blanket: check.
Lunch: check.
Book: check.
Afternoon: sorted.

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Finished my read for ‘Care of Magical Creatures‘, which means only two books left to hit my goal of Alchemist in the #magicalreadathon #owlsreadathon #magicalreadathon2020

Really enjoyed this one.

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Starting this one for my ‘Care of Magical Creatures‘ prompt in the #magicalreadathon2020. I started it last month, but stopped after a few pages when I realised it covered a prompt, lol.

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#magicalreadathon2020

Finished this one for ‘charms‘ in the #owlsreadathon #owls2020 I‘m past the halfway mark, at the point where one more column makes a big difference, so it‘s completed the OWLs for: Auror; Graphic Designer; Healer; Hogwarts Professor; Ministry Worker, and Trader in Magical Tomes. Not bad for a night‘s work 😂

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Not in the database, but I‘ve just finished this for the #magicalreadathon Ancient Runes prompt - A heart on the cover. #owls2020 #owlsreadathon

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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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Really enjoyed this one and looking forwards to reading more in the future. It fills the Defence Against Dark Arts prompt in the #magicalreadathon2020 which means I‘ve completed the necessary #owls2020 for Quidditch Referee! Now onto the next of my potential professions 😂

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Mudlarking | Lara Maiklem
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Finished this one for the Herbology prompt of the #magicalreadathon #owlsreadathon #magicalreadathon2020 #owlsreadathon2020 #owls2020

Highly enjoyable.

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Iron & Velvet | Alexis Hall
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Just finished the enjoyable Iron & Velvet, by Alexis Hall, filling in the ‘Transfiguration‘ prompt for the #magicalreadathon #owlsreadathon #owls2020

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Making Money | Terry Pratchett
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A small #haul. It‘s been rough waiting 24 hours to open the package 😅. I got a full refund on Making Money because the spine is damaged and they have no stock to send a replacement, so that‘s a bonus.

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Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks
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I regarded my #mysterybook from Moley & Mustard with much trepidation after seeing the wrapping, as I‘m not a big reader of romance, but it contained the tagged book, Birdsong, so I‘m quite happy as it‘s a book I‘ve been meaning to read. (Got cool stickers and a bookmark too).

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Accidental Creatures | Anne Harris
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Finished the Astronomy prompt for #magicalreadathon #owlsreadathon #owls2020 (Read majority of the book while it‘s dark outside)

I needed a dystopian novel for a different readathon, and I‘m not in the mood (oddly enough) so I did a reread. This didn‘t fit any particular OWLs prompt, so I read I went with Astronomy and read it at night.

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Two books on the go at the moment for #magicalreadathon2020 I like to read a workbook through before I start, so I have Writing Crime Fiction for Charms (white cover). I need to read a dystopian novel for another readathon, but I‘m so not in the headspace for dystopia right now, so I‘m rereading Accidental Creatures. It doesn‘t really fit any prompts, so I‘m reading it for Astronomy (read book while it‘s dark outside).
#owlsreadathon2020 #owls2020

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My #magicalreadathon2020 spread in my #readingbujo

I just like to have everything laid out and organised... aaaaand be able to see at a glance that Charms maximises my wizardly career prospects. #ravenclaw 😂

#bulletjournal #bujo #readinglog #owls2020 #owlsreadathon2020

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My trailing rosemary, just doing its thing. #plantsbeplanting #garden

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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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Kicking off the #magicalreadathon2020 with The Long Call (Defense Against Dark Arts: Book Set at the Sea/Coast). #owlsreadathon2020

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I did much better in terms of my #24b4Monday this month (24 hours instead of 1 1/2 😂), and in terms of books read too. Time to see if I can get another finished before #magicalreadathon kicks off. #readinglog #bujo #bulletjournal

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Broken Monsters | Lauren Beukes
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I started Edgar Allen Poe and the London Monster last night, but then realised it would work for a prompt for a readathon I‘m doing next month, so I picked up Broken Monsters instead #24b4Monday

Andrew65 Enjoy! 2y
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Lena_writes
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Rambles about a bit (the author even alludes to this in text), but well worth a read.

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Gorgeous prose, some weird bits, but overall a pick.

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Oh, god, I knew that Sid James died on stage at Sunderland Empire (with its notoriously hard-to-please crowd) but never thought of this. 😅 #24b4monday

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I started a couple of books last night, after finishing Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, but I think I‘m going to try to get through this one today. #24b4monday

Andrew65 Looks interesting. 2y
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I started a couple of books last night, after finishing Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, but I think I‘m going to try to get through this one today.

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Listening to this while I sort out my bulletjournal. Doing fairly well on #24b4monday but I need to do some totting up.

Andrew65 Sounds great. 2y
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I started listening to this one today, but I think I‘m going to have to return it unfinished - it‘s a ‘me‘ problem, so I‘m not classing it as a DNF. I may pick it up again in the future.

I think I need lighter, fluffier books during quarantine.

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I really enjoyed this one. Doughty‘s usual brand of humour mixes really well with the kinds of questions she gets asked by children. It is aimed at kids (middle-grade), but I enjoyed it as an adult, and it does seem like it would be a good read for curious youngsters too - Doughty manages to be both matter-of-fact and gentle as she explains.

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I‘m loving the illustrations in this book.

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One of my reading challenges has “read a picture book or middle-grade book” as the prompt for March, so I‘m taking a slight pause from Zami to read this.

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I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump, but thanks to self-isolation I might get out of it - for one thing I‘ve got to read these library books asap.

So, let‘s see how far I get.

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#offtopic I‘m such a cliche. I had to call the cops earlier because I passed a fight and one party was wielding a knife. The dispatcher asked if I could describe them, and I‘m just like “.... I can describe their dogs?”

It took him a minute or two to grasp that I wasn‘t joking. Terrible with humans, detailed at dogs.

(Fight was ended with no serious injury).

Geenie 😬😂 2y
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Catching some reading time while on the train.

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I‘ve been listening to a lot of podcasts recently, so I‘m changing it up and #audiobooking this one while I work. #borrowbox

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The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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The twelve men congregated in the smoking room of the Crown Hotel gave the impression of a party accidentally met. #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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I really need to get stuck into this one more if I want to finish it by the 12th...

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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Just finished this one. Beautifully written and evocative, with some difficult subject matter at times. Would recommend.

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Just realised I forgot to share my February #tbr #bulletjournal spread. I didn‘t want to go all out on hearts this month (especially after all the pink of January), so I‘ve stuck with a more muted palette.

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The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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Can‘t seem to settle to anything at the moment, so I‘m starting this brick.