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MrT

MrT

Joined July 2018

Phil T...Born to read, forced to work to buy the books I'm born to read. SE Londoner in Penarth, Wales, UK. SK fan.🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
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The Drift | C. J. Tudor
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TD - bleak pandemic but very readable thriller. 3 POVs that seemly don't connect. I figured out the big twists 3rd of way thru.

ATDT twisty crime drama. Was good but, not a patch on her debut novel

TLM - really enjoyed this and the time period it was set in. Look forward to the next book, however wary of how long books 2,3&4 are.

TDOW black humour crime novel set in a 'prison' town. Very quickly read this.

A good start to 2024 reading.

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Mehso-so

Final 2023 Reads

ARCFT - So many Christmas Clichés! Was average at best

TCK - Fairly decent debut novel, did figure out the killer way too early though.

AMLMC - Christmas soft Porn 🤭
Did laugh quite a bit and did really like the LGBTQ+ and body positive aspects of this. Will read the next one next Christmas.

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End of Year Report | New Jersey. Workforce New Jersey
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Hemlock Island: A Novel | Kelley Armstrong
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Mehso-so

2023 Reads Continued...

MRIAV - fun nonsense rom com which deserves to have a follow up

MITF - Clever different format for a crime novel which kept me reading

HI - I really didn't like the writing style and I think because of this I found it rather dull for a 'horror' novel. Struggled to finish it.

MOTCE - another puzzle from this author. Quick read but nothing special.

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😃That's my lottery win spent! 10 years of bidding and losing on EBay, I finally have a reasonably priced like new first edition slip cased copy of SKs rare SoD vol 2

Only My Pretty Pony left to find and I'm SK Complete.

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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
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2023 Reads Continued.....☀️ Holiday in Greece

ROW - Great conclusion to the Duology. Seemed to set it up for the next in Grishaverse novels

TDATDW - was a tad dull tbh. 500+ pages for very little pay off. Disappointed as Evelyn was so good.

TSBCGTSV - I liked the 90s setting and the housewives trying to keep up appearances vibes.
Was quite creepy in places.

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2023 Reads continued

TFTOP - a welcome return to the Londons and characters old and new. Was all I hoped for and more. How long do I have to wait for book 2?

TOOL - Just how many twists can one get in a book? Suspended belief and just enjoyed the ride. Rolled my eyes but in a good way. IMO Sagers best since HBD.

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Arrived way earlier than expected. I start tonight!

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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2023 Reads continued

My last read by Emily Henry. Just as non rom com as the previous
two novels . The humour (was it even that?!?) just didn't do it for me.

Silverneurotic I don‘t think Emily Henry can be considered rom-com. Her last few books have been too serious. 5mo
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Super chuffed that I bid and actually won this on Ebay. Super Rare ARC of The Secretary of Dreams Vol 1 #55 by Stephen King. I only need Vol2 and My Pretty Pony and my collection is finally complete after collecting his works for 44 years

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Carrie | Stephen King
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The Constant Reader 50th Anniversary Edition. I managed to bag this as a pre order. Now completely sold out and going for ridiculous prices on Ebay.

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The Celebrants | Steven Rowley
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2023 Reads continued...

KOS - I never get tired of returning to The Grishaverse

TC - The power of friendships. Whilst not as good as The Guncle, still a lot to love about this.

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Just Haven't Met You Yet | Sophie Cousens
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Lanzarote Holiday 2023 Reading

RBT - Quite a brutal crime thriller with an LGBTQ+ themed storyline.

JHMYY - Surprised how much fun
this was. Made my laugh a lot. Quick summer holiday read

TCATEOTW - Interesting premise with a decide for yourself ending.

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Husband Material | Alexis Hall
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Mehso-so

2023 Reads continued...

HM : Still loved the banter between Luc and Oliver, not sure on that ending though. I await book 3: Father Material

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2023 Reads Continued....

I'm an aging cynical homosexual who teared up way too many times at this wonderfully written found family story.

LF : I was a little disappointed how the finale wrapped it all up but also a little sad to say goodbye to the Roci Crew.

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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2023 Reads continued

TSHOEH - my favourite TJR so far.

TW - putting all the pieces in place for the Finale

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This book nerd just got majorly excited. YES! 3rd Oct! 📚🥳😍

The sequel to one of the best fantasy trilogies I have ever read.

I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!

Lesanne Omg omg omg!!! 😃😃😃 12mo
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Costa Teguise, Lanzarote holiday reads 2023

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No Less The Devil | Stuart MacBride
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Mehso-so

2023 Reads....

Finally caught up with my Stuart MacBride novels.

Love his damaged police officers, brutal crimes, dark humour but that twist threw me unexpectedly. Enjoyed but still not sure if it worked?

Preferred Coffinmaker.

Getting ready now to finish The Expanse with Auberon

RamsFan1963 Have you started All The Marvels yet? I'll be interested to hear what you thought of it. I enjoyed it, but it must have been a daunting project for the author. 12mo
MrT @RamsFan1963 I had mixed feelings. Brought up certain aspects and characters that haven't really had much 'airtime'. Thought it was a bit boring in places when it should have been a more lighthearted read. Was more about the artists and writers.Would liked to have seen a synopsis of every superhero/character to ever appear in the comics and how they all connected to each other but only really highlighted major issue/events/crossovers. 12mo
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Malice House | Megan Shepherd
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2022/2023 Reads

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The Jigsaw Puzzle King | Gina McMurchy-Barber
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I recommend this jigsaw Mayhem in the Library by Big Potato Games. There are 101 book titles hidden in there. I think I got half of them.

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Happy New Year! | Greg Roza
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2022...
...42 Books Read

Still to reach 52. 2023?!?

Favs this year: Empire of the Vampire, The Plot, A Flicker in the Dark.

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Frankenstien | Mary Shelley
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Early Christmas 🎁 The companion puzzle to last year's The World of Dracula. Would now like to see a Werewolf or Invisible Man 🧩🧩

Bookwomble I really enjoyed this puzzle, and the Dracula one, too. I'm saving The World of Sherlock Holmes puzzle for nearer to Christmas! 😊 1y
MrT The artist Adam Simpson is marvellous! 1y
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2022 Reads Continued

TGAT:S I've vowed to finish this mammoth trilogy in four parts by mid 2023. Started the series in 2016.

THATL- that Bonkers Twist was not good. Think it's my least favourite of Sagers

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Clown in a Cornfield | Adam Cesare
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2022 Reads Continued

CIAC - That was a blast! Established the characters real quick then got on with the gory bloody fun. A homage to all those 80s Slacker flicks. 🤡🌽🏹🩸

CIAC2FL is in order.

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Last Time I Lied | Riley Sager
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2022 Reads continued......

LTIL - better than LED, as usual with his novels the last 3rd is better, I can usually guess who the culprit is from about a 3rd in, and then the final twist throws you.I still think HBD is his best work to date. Will read THATL when its a cheap £1.99. Riley Sager is always a great holiday quick read.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I thought it would be sold out everywhere but thank you to my local bookshop Griffin Books Penarth for the last copy.

I will probably get the Trade Paperwork in the Airport on the way to Cyprus to actually read.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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SK Day has finally arrived! 😁

Branwen That cover! 😍 1y
KristiAhlers I LOVE those covers! For some reason UK covers are always so much better! 1y
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Untitled | Unknown
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📚 To escape the everyday life, the lifelong anxiety. I can travel the world and beyond in a book.
📚Probably both my parents. Dad was a lover of thrillers and Mum loved a trashy blockbuster popular summer read. I mostly read crime, suspense, horror and fantasy.
📚I read every day, usually before bedtime. If I'm anxious and the thoughts wake me up I read to help with that. If I have a day off and nothing planned I love an afternoon of reading.

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Marvellous Light | Freya Marske
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Am I the only one on here who just didn't get on with this. Someone compared this with RW&RB Edwardian style? WHAT? NOPE!

Was slow, the writing style made the reading of it feel even slower, the main characters weren't very likeable or endearing, the sex scenes made my think they were written for another book, seemed awkward.

I did like the premise and the period setting but not enough to want to read A Restless Truth.

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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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Mehso-so

2022 Reads continued

HP...Hmmmm did it live up to the Hype....was it horror? Was it psychological thriller? A chiller? None of them really. Was well written but..Meh. The big twist/reveal was just lukewarm

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End of Watch | Stephen King
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Cyprus 2022 Holiday Reads

I got a little tired of the 'movie in my mind' repetition, the last third was more enjoyable than the beginning, I figured out the twists and THE END. An enjoyable sunbathing read but not as cracking as Sagers HBD.

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The Devil Makes Three | Tori Bovalino
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More 2022 reads

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Celtic Empire | Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
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More 2022 Reads

Stronger than recent previous DP adventures and the last 'true Dirk Pitt'. Clives son has now taken full rein...time will tell.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I gave my original p/back copy away. Found this beauty on Etsy

The world demands a sequel NOW!

Thank you ShellBeeBooks 😊

#iloveanlgbt+romcom

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Finally..

A book trolley, for half of my TBR.

TheSpineView 💜💜💜 2y
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Memory's Legion | James S A Corey
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My Expanse is complete

I have the final two novels to read, plus the last two novellas

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Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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2022 Reads #2

Surprised how much I liked the Sanatorium for a debut novel, however loved The Plot more.

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2022 Reads #1

EOTV went from a So-So to a Pick with Reservations. My first experience of this author. Loved the narration by Gabriel, the plot, the action, and plenty more kept back for the next novels.....but BOY! it was soooooooo long. Took me 3 weeks to get through it. A great winter read if you have the time!

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EMPIRE OF THE VAMPIRE. | JAY. KRISTOFF
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Bought the US signed First Edition. Not quite sure what to make of this. Only 100 pages in. Seems to be a lot of words just for the sake of it , could be 200 pages shorter just because of that. Loving that the Vamps are just evil though and quite liking Gabriel as the narrator of his life. I'm giving it an above so-so so far.

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The Expanse: Origins | James S.A. Corey
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YES!!!!! The Beginning and The End.

Sci-Fi Equivalent to GOT? Much Bettah! ❤I think it's probably the most enjoyable sci-fi I have ever read.

Let's see how TVs Season 6 wraps it all up.

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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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2021 Reads continued....

Thought this would just be a rip off of RW&RB, but was quite different. Really liked the sarcasm and banter between Luc & Oliver. Look forward to Husband Material.

CarolynM Alexis Hall❤ 2y
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So I ended up passing on my paperback copies ( a mistake I regret), however consoled myself with finding these on eBay. AGOS & ACOL are both numbered and signed. Happy days! 😊

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2021 Reads continued....

YAMOV (or PWMOV 🇺🇸 title)...vast improvement from the debut novel.

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Sword and Pen | Rachel Caine
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Thoroughly enjoyed this underrated series. Great plots, action and memorable characters. I recommend to readers who loves books about books

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Home Before Dark | Riley Sager
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2021 Greek Holiday Reads...

A cracking fun read...Mash up of Amityville, American Horror Story and every other classic haunted house cliche. Almost figured it out then.......!?!
Thought it was great!

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The Castaways | Lucy Clarke
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I'm hardly marooned on a desert island after a plane crash but I am enjoying this easy read. Still haven't figured out the ending/twist but enjoying that too.

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Cut Off: Quick Reads | Mark Billingham
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2021 Reads continued.