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Michellesibs

Joined June 2016

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Rage | Zygmunt Miloszewski
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This was my first polish translation and I did take me a good few chapters to get into the style of the writing, once I was in although I didnt find it unputdownable, I did kind of like it. It's an intriguing plot line thats for sure.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2908829202

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Riley Sager is my best discovery of recent years, I LOVED LOVED LOVED Final Girls, i LOVED LOVED LOVED The Last Time I Lied, therefore I went into this book with massively high expectations. Plus this is my 1000 book since I started logging my reads so the pressure on this book was enormous!
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2588005149

TheQuietQuill I‘m reading this now and am hooked! 3w
Michellesibs I can't wait to hear what you think of it @TheQuietQuill 3w
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'Amazement is an emotional response, astonishment an intellectual one'.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2862497028

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Stop at Nothing | Tammy Cohen
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Isnt it weird when you finish a book having disliked every single character but still found it enjoyable? This is how I feel about this book.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2790460168

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Book six in the Odd Thomas series and after having a bit of a moan about the last few books I'm happy to report that I enjoyed this one much more.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2862496989

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You, Me and the Movies | Fiona Collins
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Bizarrely I saw a review for this book, 'imagine One Day with movies', One Day is my favourite book and that review made me need this book in my life. When will I learn, these beautiful plain cover books can smash your heart, make you ugly cry and leave you broken.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2861139938

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I had such conflicting feelings reading this and it's so hard to review this type of book. It's a memoir tied up in fiction and it feels like reviewing someone's life.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2193224531

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The Girl at the Window | Rowan Coleman
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'I've been the only living soul in this house for a very long time' Ma says, turning her hollow gaze to meet mine. 'But not the only soul'
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2809871321

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Odd Apocalypse | Dean Koontz
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Mehso-so

I have such mixed feelings about this.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2862496952

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This book is basically the notes, essays, letters etc etc that James Baldwin had planned to pull together for his book 'Remember this House' which remained unfinished at the time of his death.
See my full review gere:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2877565514?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

Graywacke Have you seem the movie? 1mo
Michellesibs @Graywacke No but this week I will watch it to put the book more into context 1mo
Graywacke @Michellesibs haven‘t read the book ... didn‘t know there was one. But I saw the movie earlier this year. Baldwin was striking in person. 1mo
Michellesibs @Graywacke And bizarrely I didn't realise there was a film until I opened the book 😂 what a pair 😂 But you have it the right way round, without seeing the film the book has little to offer unfortunately 1mo
MyNamesParadise I watched the movie as well and absolutely loved it. James Baldwin was one of a kind. 1mo
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Colombiano | Rusty Young
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"Its strange to think that a quick decision taken in the heat of a single moment could change the course of a boys life".
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2832145147?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli
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So it seems there has been a bit of a mix up.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2639163491?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

LibrarianJen I had to read this in high school and then again in college. It has its place in history and philosophy but if you aren‘t reading it in that context then I can see how you wouldn‘t enjoy it. 2mo
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His Banana | Penelope Bloom
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I stumbled across this on Amazon free books and I'm not sure what grabbed my attention first, the cover, the title or the blurb but regardless it was a must click if there ever was one.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2863829544?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Of Mice and Men | Steinbeck
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The best laid plans of men and mice often go awry.
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https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2862486727?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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The Missing Wife | Sam Carrington
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Finding Mrs. Ford: A Novel | Deborah Goodrich Royce
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There were two things that attracted me to this book.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2718365304?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Andrew Lang has written this book from the point of view of Helen and it's almost in a poem format which was interesting for me as usually I storm away from poetry.
Find my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2639178983?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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It's taken seven week but finally I'm done.
See my full review of this beast of a book here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2300984210?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Ahhh Odd, I do love this character, just a nice regular fry cook with a sixth sense. I'm glad I've now got myself back into this series.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2853921130?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

BlameJennyJane I love Odd too. He‘s just a cool normal dude. 2mo
Michellesibs @BlameJennyJane I'm determined to finish this series this month as like you say, he's just a normal cool dude, utterly loveable 1mo
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I'm so annoyed with myself for abandoning this series for so long as I was enjoying it and its been tough to get back into the swing of things.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2850195114?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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The Mark | Heather Burnside
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Martina Cole is generally my go too author for this genre but I thought I'd open myself up to a change, and I'm glad I did. While Martina still holds the crown for me, Burnside is pretty good.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2731533237?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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They Called Me Wyatt | Natasha Tynes
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So this was a bit of a controversial book choice.
Find my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2667138353?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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End of Watch | Stephen King
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Bill Hodges, we've done over a thousand pages together and I've enjoyed every sentence with you.
Find my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2841703193?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Book two in a trilogy is always a risky business, I loved Mr Mercedes, I went into Finders Keepers a little hesitant.
Find my full review here (And feel free to add me as I love recommendations)
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2820477927?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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My Life as a Rat: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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Joyce Carol Oats is a name that is always popping up so I thought it was about time I gave her a whirl.
Find my full review here and feel free to add me (I love recommendations)
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2639147135?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

TrishB I‘ve had my eye on this one 👍🏻 3mo
Michellesibs @TrishB I don't imagine it will blow anyone away but it's definitely worth a read 🙂 3mo
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"The day after my father's funeral I caught my husband in bed with the neighbour"
I knew from the first line that this book was exactly what I was looking for.
Read my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2731532018?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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The Seduction Expert | Saya Lopez Ortega
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What is this book? The most highly anticipated romance book of 2019 they said! I couldn't wait to read this, the release date has been pushed back so many times, my anticipation has grown and grown and my verdict, I'm flatter than a pancake.
Read my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2756910861?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

jasmineperaira Its Really beautifully written Romance with strong characterization. 2mo
ReadersNY @jasmineperaira 👍 Kudos! 2mo
Michellesibs We all read books differently boys and girl 😂 2mo
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A few firsts for me with this book, first Japanese Author, first locked room murder and I'm left with mixed feelings.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2731532460?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

rretzler I read The 8 Mansion Murders (also a shin honkaku) earlier this year and it had an introduction by Shimada. By the description of the book and Shimada‘s intro, I thought the book would be perfect for me. I had mixed feelings about it as well. Shimada made it sound as though it would be really funny, and I suppose it would have been if one were into the Three Stooges. I was thinking I would look for other shin honkaku but now I‘m not so sure. ☹️ 3mo
cathysaid A few of my favorites...Hiromi Kawakami, Keigo Higashino, and Kazuo Ishiguro. And of course, Murakami. But it seems Murakami is not for everyone. Higashino has several crime novels I liked. And I liked the following by Kawakami 3mo
Michellesibs @cathysaid so many people have mentioned murakami to me so he is on my list to try 🙂 3mo
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Michellesibs @rretzler it's hard isn't it because you don't know if the author or the translator is not for you. I will try more Japanese authors though at some stage 3mo
rretzler I‘ve read and liked several Japanese authors, but I think the locked room mysteries may not be for me - which is disappointing because I love British locked room mysteries. You may want to also try Banana Yoshimoto. I enjoyed her book Kitchen. Ishiguro is one of my favorite authors. I‘m not a huge Murakami fan, but I‘ve only read 1Q84 and found it to be very repetitive, which since it is a long book (1,332 pages) turned me off in the end. 3mo
rretzler For The 8 Mansion Murders, I would definitely say it was the author because it was the slap-stick nature of the humor that did not appeal to me. The actual mystery and solution were well-plotted and if the author would have stuck with that instead of trying to add humor, I think I would have enjoyed it more! I get what you mean about simplistic writing - it has a way of turning me off as well, and that could definitely be a translation issue. 3mo
Michellesibs @rretzler is there any British locked room mysteries you'd recommend? I'd never heard of this genre until very recently and while this book has let me down I'd definitely try a British one 3mo
rretzler John Dickson Carr is known as the master of the locked room mystery. He was an American author who lived in England and was a member of the Detection Club. The Hollow Man is probably his best though he wrote many others. GK Chesterton wrote the Father Brown mysteries - some of those short stories are locked room. Gaston Leroux‘s Mystery of the Yellow Room is very good as is Jacques Futrelle‘s The Problem of Cell 13. Freeman Wills Croft is another 3mo
rretzler FWC from last post is another author who wrote locked room mysteries. Many of the locked room mysteries were written in the 1920s and 1930s or prior. However one of my favorite modern mystery authors, Peter Lovesey, has a locked room mystery - Bloodhounds, which is also good. I‘ve read many more but that‘s all I could come up with off the top of my head. Goodreads has a list - https://bit.ly/2Wia0tD - but not all are locked room IMO 3mo
Michellesibs @rretzler you are amazing! I will be adding these to my list and again thank you for the goodreads list. I am on goodreads, the link is in my bio, I'd love to have you on there as it seems you know your books so please feel free to add me and recommend 🙂 3mo
rretzler @Michellesibs Thanks so much! That‘s very flattering. I‘m headed to GR now to friend you! 3mo
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Somehow two years have passed since I started this series and here we are now at the conclusion.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2801589056?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Madame Tussauds is one of my favourite attractions in London but I'd never really given much thought to the person behind the brand, the other locations in the world, so I jumped on this book.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2740400540?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

Birdsong28 Both are fiction 😘📚📖 4mo
Crazeedi I have a book on my shelf about her too, cant remember the name 4mo
Michellesibs @Birdsong28 oh wow thank you, adding them now to my Amazon list! That's awesome thank you 😍 4mo
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Last of the Magpies | Mark Edwards
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The final installment of the Magpies trilogy and to be honest I wish I has stopped at the end of book one.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2790460336?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Love and Decay, Volume Seven | Rachel Higginson
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Volume seven of the Love & Decay series and there are things I really liked about this volume and things that I totally hated.
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2519870233?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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A Murder of Magpies | Mark Edwards
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I read The Magpies back in 2016 and I really enjoyed it, I was gripped and really bonded with the characters. When I heard recently that this was now a trilogy I was excited.
But my excitement didnt last.
Read my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2797118095?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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This book takes you back to the forming of the KKK back in the eighteenth century until modern day and it seems there are some differences between way back then and now.
Read my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2639166631?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Why I abandoned this series I have no idea as when I'm hanging out with Reagan and Haley I'm actually having a really good time.
Find my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2519869922?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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And your name is?
Madonna
And your last name?
Do I look like someone that needs a last name?
And somehow it make no sense and perfect sense at the same time.
Find my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2773419387?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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No Title | None
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Feel free to add me on goodreads, I adore recommendations
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BridgetteM Sent you a friend request! 4mo
hjreviews Sending you a friend request now 😊 4mo
Michellesibs @BridgetteM We have so many books in common! I'll be spending the morning stalking your shelves for inspiration 🙂 4mo
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Michellesibs @hjreviews with 55 books in common it seems we have very similar tastes, I'm going to love seeing what your reading! 4mo
Ronda Sent a request 😊 4mo
Michellesibs @Ronda accepted! it seems when it comes to 5 star books we totally agree on them! 4mo
Ronda @Michellesibs I'll have to check our stars out 😁😁 4mo
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I am well aware that during the course of a year I will write at least 30 reviews that say this is my favourite book of the year. And yes, THIS is my favourite book of the year so far!
See my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2673152162?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

my.books.in.squares It is so good! 4mo
QueenJen I have that exact same problem! 😉📚 4mo
Michellesibs @QueenJen I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets over excited over most books I read 😂 4mo
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Michellesibs @my.books.in.squares it is isn't it! I loved it! 4mo
RadicalReader @Michellesibs how did you get a hold of this book? You listen or read it on Libby? 4mo
Michellesibs @RadicalReader I got it from Netgalley and read it. I've never done audible to be honest. I should try it I guess. 4mo
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Breaking the Silence | Diane Chamberlain
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Whenever I want to immerse myself into a character driven book, Diane Chamberlain is my go to girl and once again she didnt disappoint.
Find my full review here and if your a goodreads user please feel free to add me, I adore a recommendation:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/889248402?book_show_action=false&from_revi...

Pricel101 Hi! Goodreads friend request sent 👋 4mo
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Call Me Evie | JP Pomare
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'Its important to see the world the way it is, you cant do anything about it if your not aware'
And Evie is not aware, or is she?
Read my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2676017291?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Give the girl the right shoes and she will conquer the world. Oh Marilyn Munroe, probably the most repeated quotes of all time are from this woman.

This is a really short summary of her life, at 46 pages it's a real quick read focussing on her mother, her childhood, her marriages, the movies, the depression.

As a brief insight into this ironic woman it has certainly left me wanting more.

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If I Had Two Lives | Abbigail Rosewood
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This is possibly the first book I've read and not known anyones name which feels weird. It's also one of the few books where I've disliked every single character, which I have a feeling was the intention.
My full review can be found here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2663747415?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Further Chronicles of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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This is a continuation of the Chronicles of Avonlea, another 15 chapters devoted to 15 sets of people in Avonlea around the same time that Anne came to Green Gables.

In all honestly I found this a absolute bore but then short stories just arent my thing.

I have however now finished the full Anne of Green Gables series and all books in which she makes a cameo appearance so for that I'm happy.

Another series to scrub off the list.

Daisey I love the Anne and Emily books and thoroughly enjoyed most of Montgomery‘s other novels, but I was never impressed by her short story collections. 4mo
Michellesibs @Daisey I'm reassured knowing it wasn't just me! 4mo
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Chronicles of Avonlea | L M Montgomery
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The Chronicles of Avonlea centres around all the people who were in Avonlea during the time when Anne came to Green Gables.

There are twelve chapters and each chapter is a short story about one, or a group of people. Anne does make a cameo appearance in a few of the chapters.

I'm not a fan of short stories and I did struggle to stay interested however with just one book to go I'm determined to read every book Anne has featured in.

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Wow, I really didnt realise how interesting the WW2 / Audrey Hepburn combo would be when I first picked up this book. I'm pretty shocked at some of the things I have read.
My full review can be found here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2740178817?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

Birdsong28 Did you get this from #Netgalley ? I have 📚📖 5mo
Michellesibs I did indeed @Birdsong28 😀 5mo
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The Rosie Result | Graeme Simsion
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The last book in the Rosie series and I feel like this book has wrapped it up perfectly.
You can find my full review here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2718364990?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Two Brothers | Ben Elton
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I'm really not sure what i think about this book so I'm going bang splat in the middle with 3 stars.
To start with I'm a huge fan of Ben Elton, I adore a lot of his books, this is however the first 'serious' book I've read of his.
My full review can be found here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2757956848?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Ooh! What a Lovely Pair: Our Story | Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly
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I want to say that as a big fan of Ant and Dec I couldnt wait to read this however its sat in my kindle for years and the autobiography is now a good few years old and obviously doesn't included the latest goings on. Shame on me as I enjoyed every page of it.
Full review can be found here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/489746705?book_show_action=false&from_revi...

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Run Away | Harlan Coben
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This is my seventeenth Harlan Coben novel so I should know the drill by now, it's not that he keep me on the edge of my seat, it's more that I'm in the awkward position where I'm not sitting, or standing, I'm crouching, I'm tense and I'm going to need a massage by the epilogue.
Full review can be found here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2718364727?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Rilla of Ingleside | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Book eight in the Anne of Green Gables series and the last few books I haven't enjoyed so much but this one turned it around for me.
My full review can be found here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2623815104?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

bookishkris My favorite after Anne of the Island. 5mo
DarcysMom I am reading this right now for the #192019challenge. I am really enjoying it. 5mo
Michellesibs @bookishkris I'd agree that this is my second favourite too, although Green Gables was my absolute favourite 5mo
Michellesibs @DarcysMom that's a real coincidence as this isn't such a popular book, happy reading! 5mo
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