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Joined June 2016

I have a problem. It's called books. Or shoes. Or books ...
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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
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True Grit: A Novel by Charles Portis
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The Circle by Dave Eggers
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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
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Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy
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The City & The City by China Miville
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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
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Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
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The Stand by Stephen King
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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
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Split Second by Alex Kava
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The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
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The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig
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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
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Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
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Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
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Smoke by Dan Vyleta
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Crisis by Frank Gardner
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The Sleeping Doll: A Novel by Jeffery Deaver
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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
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The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
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The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
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Prince of Fools | Mark Lawrence
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I have a feeling this may not need an alternative beginning for murders to occur. Just discovered this thing called the #grimdark genre - I know, behind the times. #andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

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The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Not sure it sounds like there is anyone left to murder?

#andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

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True Grit | Charlie Portis
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I forgot to do this for ages ...

'People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day.' And then the murders began.

#andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

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#andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

'Annie Holleran hears him before she sees him.' And then the murders begin.

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He Said / She Said | Erin Kelly
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My baby's been buying me books again!

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#andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

'"Follow my lead Miss Rook," Jackaby said, rapping on the ornately trimmed door to 1206 Campbell Street.' And then the murders began.

Well that makes this a very different story!

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The Flight of Gemma Hardy | Margot Livesey
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Ironically the first line of this chapter when I sat down to my lotsa-protein, lotsa-pepper bowl this morning was 'There was no bacon for breakfast this morning.' Getting my #janeeyre any way I can with this retelling.

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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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'It's Thursday the first time I see it.' And then the murders begin.

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Scary (interesting?) idea. Environment influencing genetics influencing environment. Does it explain aspects of our now?

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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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#andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

'My big brother reaches home in the dark hours before dawn, when even ghosts take their rest.' And then the murders begin.

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Ink and Bone | Lisa Unger
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Starting a new book so ... #andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

'Daddy was on the phone, talking soft and low, dropping behind them in the path.' And then the murders began.

JoeStalksBeck Shivers 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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#andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

'I looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls.' And then the murders began.

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A Murder in Time | Julie McElwain

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"He was in hell." And then the murders began.

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In the corner, a surfboard leaned against a fence, and a pair of wet suits, one bright blue the other bright red, hung from a clothesline. They looked like melted superheroes.

#ilovesimile

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Started this one this week too.

"My hand shakes as I brace myself against the brick wall." And then the murders begin.

#andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

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Who started this? My new favourite thing when I start a new book is making the second line : And then the murders began.

"She sits, this odd trophy of war, as neat as an obedient child, on a small stool on the corner of her cell." And then the murders begin.

Later: this phenomenal phenomenon was started by https://twitter.com/marc_laidlaw - awesome idea!

#andthenthemurdersbegan #alternativebeginnings

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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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There is some gorgeous quirky in this book. Loving it!

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Thirty-four on the books in my currently reading pile are part of challenges for 2016. I'm going to see if I can't finish them all by the end of the month. 34 to go/31 days.

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No-no Boy | John Okada
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Finding this a very topical read!

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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Half of October already happened without my knowledge! Here's what I managed to finish in September. Some awesome reads!

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Drood: A Novel | Dan Simmons
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The only plus side is an extra hour of reading a day!

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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#augustofpages Running behind - My book gang would be the Dregs.

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#augustofpages Green and Pink spines. My copy of Lord of the Rings is looking quite weathered - it was green once. Now it's the colour of sticky-tape and love. Same goes for my Kindle cover.

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Day 2 of #augustofpages (all in one day coz I just realised it's a thing) is 'romance'. This is probably the only thing I am reading (beside the adaptation, The Flight of Gemma Hardy) that fits the genre. Love. Love. Love it.

samthebookdragon I still need to read this! 3y
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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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It's a long, complicated story to tell but this is what I am working on to get a couple of challenges done by the end of August. #augustofpages

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Crow Hollow | Michael Wallace
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This was my July. #stats

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The Fold: A Novel | Peter Clines
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Latest buys slowly coming in - love that they arrive in ones and twos - many, many self-pressies. How cool are the colour-it-yourself bookmarks. Excitement!!!

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Allegiant | Veronica Roth
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I'm not alone at being disappointed, am I? I don't know what happened but it all got messy after Divergent and it's such a shame. Eh, moving on.

ReadingEnvy And it moved so agonizingly slow. I noticed that the characters would discuss what they planned to do in one chapter and in the next chapter it would happen. I would have preferred it to be one or the other. 3y
List_addict @ReadingEnvy it sure did! I wasn't a fan of the change to two perspectives either. Nothing against that trope at all but it seemed we also then had to see everything happen again from the other person's viewpoint. A real shame! 3y
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Crisis | Frank Gardner
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The holiday reading pile, also the pile that will be on hand for @24in48 - thank goodness I have my Kindle and Scibd here too.

MrBook Wow! 😊👍🏻 3y
Reagan Ready Player One is great, I couldn't put it down. 3y
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Let me just make this perfectly clear: a book challenge asked me to read a book whose cover I found unappealing. I went a little overboard with 'repugnant'. Only saving grace is the word 'ruin'. Mmmm, I am a little scared to start.

MrBook 😂👍🏻 You'll do fine. 3y
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Smoke | Dan Vyleta
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You know the problem: Don't want to start the book because you don't want to finish it. *sighs*

MrBook I know the feeling, lol. 3y
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Panpan

Wasted too much time already on this book - only finished it because it was a challenge book. Started okay, ended with me hating it! Obviously not a shared sense of humour. Done. *shudders*

BekahB I haven't read this one but I listened to his book Silver Screen Fiend on audio. I think audio helped me stay with it. It also focused on a specific topic, his obsession with movies. But I'm all for leaving a book when you're not into it. There are too many books in the world to read and enjoy! 3y
List_addict @BekahB You are spot on! 3y
MrBook Interesting title at least, lol. 3y
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Hush, Hush | Becca Fitzpatrick
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I was enjoying it but weirdly I came back after an interlude into another book-one that is turning out to be awful. When I got back this seemed a bit blah! too. Odd development. Details are exposed to quickly and too matter-of-factly to aid my suspension. I'll keep going but not enthusiastically ...

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A Good Killing: A Novel | Allison Leotta
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4th in the series. I enjoyed it but it reminds me of the eternal decision: Aiden or Big. This novel introduces the 'Aiden'. And truth be told, I was always Team Aiden.

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Adverbs | Daniel Handler
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Mehso-so

Part of me, nerd I am, wishes this was about adverbs. Or semi colons. I liked it moderately, not abundantly; it meandered strangely through linked lives, it acted weirdly and oddly which I would expect from the author but it just didn't grab me fully. A shame. I don't like the wobbly-wobbly hand.

Peddler410 I love this review! 2y
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Adverbs | Daniel Handler

@Nanabug3 "It's not the diamonds or the birds, the people or the potatoes; it's not any of the nouns. The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done. It is the way love gets done despite every catastrophe." Strange book. A part of me wishes it really was about adverbs. I love parts of speech.

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I'm never going to get through this book because I have to google every designer, pattern, design and colourway that gets mentioned. It also makes me want to knit. I wish I liked audio.

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Smoke | Dan Vyleta
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ie. Bookshelves? TBR? Story. Of. My. Life? Good to know there is a word for it. This book, by the kindness of Mr Earwig's heart, is the latest of my tsundokus. (From 9GAG on Pinteest)

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Next life I want to write wine blurbs. Love that someone thinks they're as funny as I do. The Aussie wine is hilarious: A binky wosgow of keezy plinkers, hoop-daddied for a ‘dillo‘s wink and flappled in a pongo. Hints of sweet bashie, roasted wopabaggle, and frum-dipped mollys. A right chickamoo!

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Pickpick

What do you get when you combine maths, anagramming, road trips, oral history, soul rendering sweetness, a straight guy and a funny guy? This book. I chose it because I too was road tripping out of Chicago. I love a pleasant surprise where no expectations existed. Five stars.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Two new books turned up on the pile while I was sleeping. I didn't even have to lose a tooth!

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