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Joined September 2016

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Shadows on the Tundra by Dalia Grinkevičiūtė
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Spring by Ali Smith
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A detailed and wide-ranging text for understanding the complexities of gender. Holleb is thorough and balanced and never claims to have the "answers" on a subject so dependent on the individual. He explains LGBT+/Queer issues and debates clearly and concisely and with authority. There's some necessary repetition but the message is clear, accept and respect everyone's right to self-determination and fight for those rights where they're challenged.

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KatieDid927 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 23h
HardcoverHearts Absolutely!! 23h
Weaponxgirl Yes! 10h
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Shadows on the Tundra | Dalia Grinkevičiūtė
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1. A-Z of Gender and Sexuality and Shadows on the Tundra
2. Winter of the Witch
3. War & Peace
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Growing Up | Angela Thirkell
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1. Independence
2. Ironing
3. Sometimes it's nice for someone else to make the decisions!
4. Archivist in a very slipshod business archive
5. Value the little things. It's not selfish to sometimes put yourself first. Be strong enough to let the people who hurt you go
#hellothursday #adultingedition

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💛 3d
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Mom & Me & Mom | Maya Angelou
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I'm ashamed to say I've never read Maya Angelou before, though she's been on my list for a while. What a very interesting and varied life she led! That much is obvious even from this book which focuses on her relationship with her mother. The story of these two remarkable women is wonderful and their deep and fierce love for one another, despite a rocky beginning, is an inspiration.

squirrelbrain I‘ve just got this one out of the library a couple of hours ago... 3d
Weaponxgirl This was amazing as a audiobook, only problem was she has such a soothing voice I kept falling asleep whilst trying to listen to it. 3d
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Himself: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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1. There's a fairly intense murder scene at the very start (not usually my thing) but the thing I remember is how funny much of the book was. It's brilliant.
2. Bit of a tough week so I'm glad it's Friday!
3. Japanese
4. 12
5. Watch me go!
#Friyayintro

saresmoore 12 first cousins! I only have ten and thought it was quite a lot! 3d
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I got a new one just before Christmas so the number keeps going up! That's nothing though, my friend has about 35 first cousins... 3d
saresmoore Good grief! 😱 3d
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Has anyone seen Google's new poetry AI poetry generator? This is by far the best I managed (using the word “grey“). I don't think the poets of the world have anything to fear just yet... https://artsexperiments.withgoogle.com/poemportraits

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Spring | Ali Smith
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charl08 Such a powerful read. I like to think there really is a refugee resistance movement hidden in Scotland. 1w
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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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I experienced a similar development of feeling with Sourdough as with Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookshop. At first I found the quirkiness charming and the interplay of tradition (books or baking) and high technology intriguing, but as the story went on it failed to add depth and once the initial novelty had worn off it became ephemeral and irritating like a vague itch.

LeahBergen What a great way of describing the moment when tepid interest turns to irritation. 👏🏻 2w
saresmoore I felt much the same about this book. The annoying fizzle is both one of my pet peeves as a reader and one of my greatest fears as a writer. 2w
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@jenniferw88 thanks so much for the Kindle book, I definitely wanted to read more about Marie Tussaud after Little. Looking forward to this one!

jenniferw88 😊 I really enjoyed both. I sent Little back to you last week - has it arrived yet? 3mo
Moray_Reads @jenniferw88 it arrived on Friday, thanks, I'm looking forward to seeing the other comments! 3mo
LeahBergen I miss you! 😩 1mo
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BarbaraBB Hi Moray, just checking in since I‘ve been missing you on Litsy. Hope all is well 💕 1mo
TrishB Hope all is well 💕 1mo
vivastory I'm going to echo the other comments. I miss your brilliant reviews & wonderful posts. I hope you are absent because of good things happening in your life. 1mo
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @TrishB @vivastory Hello friends! I just wanted to let you know that I am alive and happy. I'm in my first relationship for a very long time and rather swept me of my feet. I've only read 56 books this year! I love you all and miss you and I'll be getting Litsy back into my routine soon xx 3w
vivastory I'm incredibly happy for you! I can't wait to hear about this person, I know it would have to be someone very special to interfere with reading time. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well. 3w
TrishB How lovely ❤️💕 3w
LeahBergen I‘m so happy for you!! 😍😍😍😍 3w
BarbaraBB So happy for you! The best excuse not to read is love, although 56 books is still an awful lot! ❤️😘 2w
Moray_Reads @vivastory @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @TrishB Thanks everyone. He's very special and it's been a bit of a whirlwind but he works in our manuscripts department, is a Russian literature devotee and our birthdays are a day apart so it seems meant to be 😂 2w
batsy I just scrolled down and saw this about your absence. Lovely news and I'm happy for you 😍❤️ 2w
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Friday's Child | Georgette Heyer
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1. Sadly not
2. It's supposed to be unseasonably warm (14°C) so going to the seaside and then the cinema
3. I pick up honoured for a while but always end up dropping them again
4. The Highlands, the Islands, Coventry (I'd really like to see the cathedral)
5. Have and 2019 reads made it into your all-time-favourite list yet?
#friyayintro @howjessreads

ItsAngel I am not sure I‘d say an all time favorite, but I really enjoyed Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend! 3mo
saresmoore Your weekend sounds lovely! I‘m thinking Shirley might make my favorites list and possibly 3mo
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When I was young children affected by the Chernobyl disaster would could come to my rural home town in the summer to get away from the radiation at home. I've read books about the catastrophe before but Alexievich gives voices back to those who were there. It's horrifying, the confusion, the fear, the misinformation, the relegation of safety below political motives. But there's good too and a vital humanisation that makes people more than victims

Weaponxgirl She does the same in this book if you haven‘t read it yet. 3mo
Moray_Reads @Weaponxgirl I haven't read it but I do own it, it's jumping up my tbr after this one 3mo
Weaponxgirl I started the one you‘ve just finished and could see the same touches in the writing but the one before left me emotionally fragile so I had to stop it at the time. Your review reminded me I need to get back to it. 3mo
Moray_Reads @Weaponxgirl they're not ready subjects but this one is definitely worth it if you can pick it back up 3mo
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Magnificent. McBee's second memoir is even better than the first (not that “better“ is the right word). In it he explores his own relationship to masculinity before and particularly after his transition began. It's both hugely personal and a brilliant contribution to discussions about masculinity, toxic and otherwise. Profound, lucid, honest and powerful.

Aimeesue This book was featured in a BBC Books Good Reads podcast I listened to recently. Sounded like a great read. 3mo
Moray_Reads @Aimeesue it's definitely an important book and very well written 3mo
Cathythoughts Hi Moray, I never did receive @Lel2403 Lmpbc book. There is no rush in the wide world, I‘m only wondering if it has gone out yet .... so I can look out for it. Thanks, Cathy x 3mo
Moray_Reads @Cathythoughts hi Cathy, so sorry life has been super hectic since Christmas and the book is still sitting on my desk. I'll do my best to get it sent out to you today! 3mo
Cathythoughts There‘s no panic at all ... I was just afraid it had been lost 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
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Tor gets us...

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Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks
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1. Birdsong is one of the worst books I've ever read. I've tried the times and have never managed to finish. Faulks days nothing about WWI that isn't done better 1000x better in other books.
2. Salty!
3. Neil and Jean
4. The Princess Bride
5. Lucerne
@howjessreads #friyayintro

TrishB I‘m planning on getting to Birdsong this year! Interesting 👍🏻 4mo
squirrelbrain @TrishB - I don‘t love it, but it‘s not as bad as ‘A Week in December‘...🤣 4mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain that‘s a high/low benchmark 😁 4mo
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Moray_Reads @TrishB So many people love it! 4mo
Melissa_J Now I‘m curious to know which WWI fiction books you like best. It‘s one of my favourite time periods to read about so I‘m always up for recommendations. 4mo
Moray_Reads @Melissa_J off the top of my head I'd say the Middle Parts of Fortune for the eye witness account (that's slightly less well know than All Quiet on the Western Front!), Parade's End and the Regeneration Trilogy. You've probably already them if it's a favourite period but I think they're all vastly superior 4mo
Melissa_J You know, I actually haven‘t read any of those! I did try the first book in the Regeneration Trilogy, but could not get into it. I‘ll probably try again one day. I have Parade‘s End on one of my shelves, so I‘ll make an effort to try it soon. 4mo
Moray_Reads @Melissa_J I really enjoyed Regeneration but the other two in the trilogy are better. 4mo
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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Oh, I just love Jess Kidd's writing...

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Waterstones | Barry Ghabaei
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Excellent tweet from Waterstones Inverness today. What text abbreviations mean to book-lovers. STFU of my personal favourite.

JeanAudrey I like Orwell too 4mo
BarbaraBB 😂 4mo
Kalalalatja This is awesome! 😂😂😂 4mo
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Good Omens (Revised) | Terry Pratchett, Terence David John Pratchett
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This book is funnier each time I read it. #ookbookclub

MayJasper It is one of my very favourite books. 4mo
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There are some interesting parallels in the Pakistan-set rewrite and it was a nice enough read but Alys's (Lizzie's) sudden change of heart never seems to translate well out of its original era. Worth a read for the experience of women in early 2000s Pakistan. And I read it (accidentally) on the anniversary of P&P's publication so that's a bonus

saresmoore Happy little accident! 4mo
saresmoore (Just like my firstborn.) 4mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore 😂😂 My mother would say the same of me 4mo
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Flags of the World | Hammond Incorporated
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1. 🇬🇧 (No Scottish flag available)
2. 🇬🇧
3. 🇷🇺
4. 🇸🇮 (Had a work meeting in Ljubljana last week, a beautiful city!)
#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🌏 4mo
CouronneDhiver I must have missed this one... almost played along but then I remembered it wasn‘t Thursday. Hahah! @wanderinglynn 4mo
wanderinglynn @CouronneDhiver It‘s never too late to play along! 😀 4mo
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Reading and Writing Literary Genres | Kathleen Buss, Lee Karnowski
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This wasn't as painful as I was expecting! I'd be fairly happy with just these three.

Libby1 My first two choices would be the same but then I‘d select Historical Nonfiction. 4mo
Moray_Reads @Libby1 coding between historical nonfiction and science was the hardest. Even though my current read is historical! 4mo
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Artful | Ali Smith
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I could quote from every page ❤️ (but I won't!)

saresmoore Oh, but I wish you would! 4mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore you can only get the full wonder from Ali herself. It's such a beautiful book ❤️ 4mo
vivastory @saresmoore I agree with Moray. This is a fantastic book. 4mo
saresmoore @vivastory I already added it to my to-buy list! After tax refund, that is. 4mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @vivastory I don't want to pressure you or anything but she's my favourite living writer so I'd recommend her entire back catalogue. Except the Accidental, that one didn't work for me for some reason 4mo
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Artful | Ali Smith
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Except it doesn't. Chater frames his argument as a fundamental attack on traditional ideas of consciousness and perception, except I've never seen people argue for the positions he's attacking except in qualified ways or discredited fields. He appears to build straw men so that he can demolish them with interesting but hardly iconoclastic rejoinders ⬇️

Moray_Reads The idea of self-creation, gaps in perception and humans as constantly-evolving products of their own experience isn't really that groundbreaking. The writing is also maddeningly repetitive so that it seems Chater is trying to convince himself as much as the reader by constantly reinterating his basic premise. His insistence that his approach is wildly divergent just highlights the inconsistencies and weaknesses. 4mo
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So much wisdom, sanity, warmth and empathy. Matt Haig makes some beautiful, important points on living in the modern world.

Suet624 Love Haig so much. 4mo
Moray_Reads @Suet624 I love his nonfiction and his children's books but for some reason I don't get on with his adult novels 🤔 4mo
Suet624 @Moray_Reads Yes, I agree. His nonfiction is what I enjoy the most. Especially 4mo
Moray_Reads @Suet624 Yes! I think Reasons to Stay Alive must resonate with everyone, even those who haven't experienced mental illness. 4mo
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Carpe Jugulum (Revised) | Terry Pratchett
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I adore Gavin Francis's work. I love medical history, of which there is much in his books, but it's his profound sensitivity, his deep thought on cultural and social resonance and his ability to write beautifully and to find beauty in medical practice and the human body that makes this such a moving, enlightening read. Please, Dr Francis, keep writing forever. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Freespirit Great review! 4mo
Freespirit Thanks @Moray_Reads I will look out for both of these. 😊 4mo
Suet624 Wow! This isn‘t one I would think to read but you‘ve convinced me. 4mo
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In an Absent Dream | Seanan McGuire
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LazyDays Aww🖤 4mo
Suet624 Amen! 4mo
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I've always been happy as a fairly solitary person, there are lots of aspects of being alone and it doesn't have to be negative. I've been meaning to read this one for ages #onmyown #musicalnewyear @Cinfhen @vivastory

Cinfhen I understand that completely, as I‘m sure MANY people on here do, too☺️ 4mo
AmyG Me, too. I always say...there is no company I prefer more..than my own. ;) (edited) 4mo
DivineDiana I loved this book! It taught me a great deal about contemporary art. Also choosing to be alone and being lonely are not the same. 4mo
vivastory I was in a relationship & then married for 10 years & I am significantly happier #onmyown A lot more time to read! 4mo
youneverarrived I love this book! 4mo
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A #ringofkeys is essential to the plot of Bluebeard and Angela Carter's Bloody Chamber is a sensual, fierce, feminist fairy tale. #musicalnewyear @Cinfhen @vivastory

vivastory Such a great choice. I really need to read more Carter. 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Oooo, interesting! Thanks for the tag @Cinfhen 😁 Great quote @Moray_Reads ! (edited) 4mo
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readingjedi Oh, that's good 🤣 4mo
LauraBeth 😂🦊 4mo
MCYmermaid Nice! 4mo
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HufflepuffGirl90 Love it!! 💛🦊 4mo
CoffeeNBooks 🦊😂🤣🤣🦊 4mo
BethM That's great! 4mo
readordierachel Haha! 4mo
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The Panopticon | Jenni Fagan
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Jenni Fagan's excellent novel is set in a young offenders' institution based on an 18th century idea of the perfect prison
#CellBlockTango #MusicalNewYear @Cinfhen @vivastory

batsy Excellent pick. I loved this book. 4mo
vivastory What @batsy said. I really need to read 4mo
Cinfhen Ohhh; I‘m intrigued!!! #stacked cool illustration. I did read and enjoyed but didn‘t love Sunlight Pilgrims @vivastory 4mo
Moray_Reads @Cinfhen I liked the sunlight pilgrims too but I thought this one was better! 4mo
Moray_Reads @vivastory I enjoyed the Sunlight Pilgrims too 4mo
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Essays in Love | Alain de Botton
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Hmm, this is a tough one to rate. There were brilliant, insightful sensitive observations on love but there were also some that I found problematic. There's a conflation of love with desire is too direct for me and I baulk at the idea that "few things are more antithetical to sex as thought", all manner of problems stem from such thoughts. An interesting and honest read nonetheless.

CSeydel Excellent review! 4mo
saresmoore Ew. I think that would make me crazy! 4mo
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Cranford | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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Is there a more perfectly poignant book than Cranford? In my current mood, happy to be back in Edinburgh but a little sad to leave my family after a lovely Christmas, the warmth, tenderness and gentle humour was perfect. It also has the dubious honour of being the only book that has made me cry in each of the first several chapters. Don't let that put you off, it's wonderful. And how could I resist this cover?

KatieCarpenter That cover 😍 5mo
Moray_Reads @KatieCarpenter isn't it gorgeous? I just ordered myself a copy 😍 5mo
LeahBergen This is my year to read Cranford. That cover is killing me! 5mo
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Moray_Reads @LeahBergen you must read it. It's a delight. It vies with Wives and Daughters as my favourite Gaskell 5mo
Tamra I believe I‘ve watched the series adaptation on PBS and enjoyed it, but haven‘t read it. Sounds like I need to! 5mo
Moray_Reads @Tamra I've been meaning to watch the BBC adaptation for years but still haven't. Sounds like we should both do these things soon! 5mo
Lcsmcat What a beautiful edition! 4mo
readordierachel I don't know what it says about me that the fact that it made you cry makes me want to read it more 😆 4mo
DGRachel I‘ve only read North and South by Gaskell, but I loved it. It sounds like I really need to read all her stuff! 4mo
batsy I love this book! I think it's your jam, @LeahBergen 😊 This edition is just stunning. 4mo
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My favourite 18 in 2018. It's changed a dozen times but I genuinely loved all of these.
Favourite fiction: The Tsar of Love and Techno
Favourite non-fiction: Shapeshifters

jhod Some great ones here, my TBR will be growing! 5mo
Kalalalatja I really need to read Folk! 5mo
saresmoore So many excellent choices! 5mo
Becker I love Anthony Marra‘s writing. 5mo
BarbaraBB This means I must read The Tsar of Love and Techno! 5mo
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Happy New Year, Littens! Here's to another year of bookish fun and bookish friends. I hope 2019 is wonderful for you all.
PS I just managed to hit a nice round number on my GR challenge, I'm happy with that!

KatieCarpenter Holy wow. 5mo
JessNevertheless That's an amazing amount of books!! Congrats and happy new year! 5mo
Samplergal Wow! That‘s a ton of reading. Promise us you eat.... 😂 5mo
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saresmoore Brilliant! Happy new year! 🎉 5mo
Kalalalatja Happy New Year! 🎉🎉 5mo
batsy Yet another amazing year! 🙌🏽 Happy New Year! 🥂📚 5mo
Simona Happy New Year to you too❣️🍾🥂 5mo
LeahBergen Happy New Year!! 📚📚📚📚 5mo
andrew61 Happy new year - great reading stats especially that you read a book no one else had, i think my lowest was 80 odd which surprised me. 5mo
Moray_Reads @andrew61 it was a pretty niche volume about Scottish dictionaries that I read for a work blog. I think it threw up more than one that nobody else has read! 😂 Happy New Year! 5mo
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Thank You, Santa | Margaret Wild
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@thewallflower0707 Thank you so much for my #blinddatebookswap box! I'm looking forward to all these books and I LOVE the snacks and tea. The cozy socks will get much use x

Moray_Reads @gradcat I've been meaning to read it for ages 5mo
thewallflower0707 I‘m glad it all arrived safe and that you enjoy the presents 🎁! Have fun with the niederegger sweets, the local Greifswald products and most of all, happy reading 💜! 5mo
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Cathythoughts Hi Moray, hope all I well. Did you ever receive my birthday present ? I fear it‘s been lost in the post ... 5mo
Moray_Reads @Cathythoughts my flatmate did say that a parcel had arrived after I left for my parents' house, it's probably that. Ok let you know when I get back home on Thursday, and thank you! 5mo
Cathythoughts Oh good I hope that‘s it. Happy New Year to you ♥️👍🏻 5mo
Moray_Reads @Cathythoughts the next #lmpbc book is on its way to you, sorry it's a little late! 5mo
saresmoore Just thinking of you and wanted to wish you a Happy New Year! I hope your holiday has been a delight. 5mo
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The Dark Is Rising | Susan Cooper
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It's the Longest Night and I'm travelling home for Christmas and as ever this means it's time for this wonderful, classic story. Happy Solstice, everyone.

Moray_Reads Have your girls read this series @saresmoore? 5mo
saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ Safe travels and Happy almost-Christmas to you and your family! 5mo
saresmoore Not yet, but I was just thinking now would be a perfect time for me to read it! 5mo
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Moray_Reads @saresmoore I highly recommend, especially this one. It's a series but this volume can be read as a stand alone. And you can't get more typical than solstice night! 5mo
saresmoore Perfect! 5mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore And best Christmas wishes to your family too. I love these last few days of preparation 🎄❤️ 5mo
batsy I second the recommendation with all the heart-eyes for this book, @saresmoore ! 😍 5mo
Moray_Reads @batsy it wouldn't be (nearly) Christmas without it. This, Lord of the Rings and A Christmas Carol are my festive reading every year 5mo
Becker I just love this book. The audio version is fantastic. I listen to it every year. 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ve never read this series. One day! 5mo
Dragon Love 💕 this one ( and the series) 5mo
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Only Child | Rhiannon Navin
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In all the excitement yesterday I forgot to thank you for your gift @squirrelbrain! I may not read it over Christmas, as you say it's not really a festive choice! But I look forward to reading it in the new year x

squirrelbrain You‘re welcome! And yes, it‘s not an easy read so save it until after Christmas! 5mo
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It's my birthday and 22 years to the day since I first read LotR. So here I am re-entering Bag End through the famous party gate and ready for the adventure once again ❤️

Librarybelle Happy Birthday! 5mo
jenniferw88 Happy birthday! 5mo
LauraBeth Happy Birthday! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 5mo
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BooksAndTea97 Happy Birthday! 🎉 5mo
kspenmoll Happy birthday! Enjoy! 🎉🎉🎈🎈 5mo
CaliforniaCay What a perfect way to celebrate. Happy birthday to ya! 🤗 5mo
Soubhiville Yay, happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate! 5mo
saresmoore Hippo birdies two ewes, Moray! Wishing you a year that‘s as comforting as tea at Bag End, as rejuvenating as a nap in Rivendell, and as enlightening as a long walk with Gandalf. ♥️ 5mo
JazzFeathers Ooooh! Jealous! The #YearOfTolkien gals and l are planning g to read LotR after finishing the History of Middle-Earth. It will take still some time. Will you join us when we start on the books regarding The creation of LotR? I think it will be sometimes at the beginning of spring. 5mo
JazzFeathers And happy birthday! 😀🎂🎁📖📚📚 5mo
batsy What a lovely way to celebrate 🎂❤️ 5mo
AlaMich Happiest of birthdays! 🎂🍾 5mo
Kalalalatja Happy, happy birthday Moray! Hope you have a lovely day 🎉❤️ 5mo
ravenlee Happy birthday! 5mo
llwheeler Happy birthday! 5mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎁🎈 5mo
kathedron Happy birthday! 🎂📚 5mo
Sarah83 Happy birthday 🎂 5mo
youneverarrived Happy Birthday ♥️ 5mo
vivastory Happy Birthday, friend! I recently (finally) read The Two Towers & Return of the King & immediately concluded that LoTR is one of the wisest books I've ever read. Hope your day is as magical as it deserves to be! 5mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, friend!! Enjoy your day! 😘📚😘📚 5mo
andrew61 Happy birthday moray, and wishing you many more enjoyable reading hours. 5mo
Elma Happy Birthday! 5mo
tjwill Happy belated birthday! 🎉 5mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Just brilliant. I loved the narrative style. The claustrophobic atmosphere of the Troubles, with violence at once tense and mundane, is brilliantly evoked by the choppy, non-linearity of the writing. It's full of dark humour, razor-sharp observation and an understated but potent fury. I loved Robin Robertson's The Long Take but Milkman deserved the Booker.

mklong I‘m so glad you liked this one! It‘s been my favorite of the year. 5mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved The Long Take too so I am eager (finally) to get to this one. 5mo
LeahBergen Okay. You‘ve convinced me. 😄 5mo
Moray_Reads It's great @LeahBergen. A really accomplished piece of writing that's totally immersive 5mo
Suet624 This book was my Christmas present to myself. 🙂 can‘t wait. 5mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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batsy Ha! 5mo
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Sweet Surprises | Shirlee McCoy
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@squirrelbrain thank you so much for my surprise birthday present! Look how beautifully it matches my bedclothes 😍 I'll be very good and wait until tomorrow to open it, I promise! x

Mitch Happy Birthday for tomorrow 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
AmyG Happy Birthday! 🎉🎁🎂 5mo
Bklover Is your birthday tomorrow? So is mine! Happy Birthday, birthday twin!!🎁🎂 5mo
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Moray_Reads @Bklover and I was just saying earlier if never met someone with my birthday, not even online! Happy birthday for tomorrow! 5mo
squirrelbrain Hope you have a fab day tomorrow! And Happy Birthday Missy too! @Bklover 5mo
Bklover Thanks @squirrelbrain ! 💛💛 5mo
readordierachel Pretty paper! And happy early birthday! 5mo
Texreader That‘s lovely! Happy birthday! 🎉🎈🎁🎂🎊 5mo
batsy Happy birthday!! 🎂🎊💕 5mo
Cathythoughts Hi Moray , belated Happy Birthday! Did you receive my gift yet ? I hope it got to you 🤞🏻 5mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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merelybookish I just read that line. I am loving this book!! 5mo
BarbaraBB Good to know you‘re loving it. I have been dreading reading it but now that it‘s shortlisted for the #ToB I guess I can‘t avoid it much longer 😉 @merelybookish (edited) 5mo
Moray_Reads @BarbaraBB @merelybookish it's absolutely brilliant. Easily one of the best of the year 5mo
merelybookish @Moray_Reads @BarbaraBB Yes brilliant! Not everyone's cuppa for sure, but I think it's an absolute tour de force! 5mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
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Withnail and I | Bruce Robinson
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1. War and Peace/Wives and Daughters
2. Virginia Woolf
3. Withnail & I
4. Wontons
#manicmonday #letterw @joscho

thereadingowlvina Won tons 😋👍 5mo
JoScho Wontons great choice! 5mo
jmofo Withnail: Have you got soup? Why don't I get any soup?
Marwood: Coffee.
Withnail: Why don't you use a cup like any other human being?
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umbrellagirl Get in the back of the van! 5mo
Moray_Reads @jmofo we are multi-millionaires! 5mo
umbrellagirl @Moray_Reads we‘ve gone on holiday by mistake! 5mo
Moray_Reads @umbrellagirl 😂😂 I really need to watch it now! 5mo
jmofo @Moray_Reads @umbrellagirl 🍻🖤 (edited) 5mo
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I felt it flagged a little in the second half but enjoyed Brandreth's lively style, his evocation of the period and his multitude of literary references. Oscar and Doyle echo Holmes and Watson but with characters of their own too. A good pick @jenniferw88!
@Cathythoughts I'll try to send this tomorrow. Hopefully it will make its way through the Christmas/New Year backlog on time! #groupv #lmpbc

Cathythoughts Thanks Moray ! Sounds good. Don‘t worry about getting it out if you are busy .... I‘ll be happy to receive it when I do ... I‘ve started Little , it‘s very good ! It‘s different from most books I‘ve read ... ♥️👍🏻 5mo
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Guards! Guards! | Terry Pratchett
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Lovely. From Matt Haig and Waterstones Chesterfield

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Suet624 People don‘t quote Matt Haig enough. 💕 5mo
Moray_Reads @Suet624 he's a very wise man 5mo
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Advent Calendar | Shena Mackay, Shena McKay
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Wow, the humour is black as tar in this one. Shena MacKay creates a brilliantly textured story of people struggling to make ends meet and paints a grubby but affectionate picture of north London. There's not much Christmas cheer but there are plenty of dark chuckles

LeahBergen I just read the blurb ... it sounds fantastic! 😆 5mo
batsy Yes, what a blurb! 5mo
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Guards! Guards! | Terry Pratchett
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L-space is one of my very favourite Pratchett concepts. Sadly I haven't yet been able to penetrate it at the National Library of Scotland. #OokBookClub

saresmoore Emphasis on the yet! 5mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore one day. I'm not quite up to the standard of the great mentor, the Librarian. Ook! 5mo
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