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Ottergirl

Joined January 2017

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COAL KILLER. | TREVOR. NEGUS
Mehso-so

I read this for my book group. We picked it because one of the group knows the author and he‘s coming to join the group when we discuss it.
I think you can tell the book is by a first time author and the second half is better than the first. The plot moves along at pace, and the characters are all different to each other. I don‘t think I‘d call it a mystery or a ‘who done it‘. I didn‘t like the way the story jumps about.

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We Are All Made of Glue | Marina Lewycka
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Our school librarian offered a ‘surprise‘ book for summer reading and this was what she chose for me.

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H E L P! I suggested this book for my book club a couple of months ago because I loved it! Now it‘s time to discuss it, and I can‘t remember what the twists are. 🙈 If you‘ve read it, please could you leave a brief comment about the story to help jog my memory 🤔🥰

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The Overlook | Michael Connelly
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A really quick read. Typical Bosch.

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Pigeon English | Stephen Kelman
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Read this book for a book club, and devoured it! I did enjoy the style and the characters, but the ending was just so shocking and sudden! Then I saw the references to Damilola Taylor and it made sense. I‘m so glad they didn‘t put those references in the cover as it would have ruined the story. I really want there to be a sequel told from his sister‘s perspective.

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Fear | Dirk Kurbjuweit

This story was over before it started. The opening lays out the entire plot and I was left with no suspense... there was no ‘chasing‘ or ‘wondering‘. I didn‘t like the narrator at all, maybe a cultural divide, and there is very little character development of any of the other characters at all. Overall I was very disappointed

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman

My team at work decided to start a book club and this was our first book. It‘s been a really interesting experience because although we‘ve all been reading it, and all enjoyed it, we didn‘t discuss the book at all until we met tonight in the pub to discuss.

tpixie Who knew I could enjoy a book about hockey!! ( it was so much more!) how did the discussion go? (edited) 5mo
Ottergirl It was easy flowing conversation, which was a relief! Most people were attending book club for the first time and some were a bit nervous I was going to give them a test 😂 5mo
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A God in Ruins | Kate Atkinson

This book was picked for my book club, and I have tried to read it a couple of times but just can‘t! Normally I finish books deliberately, but this is a book I just can‘t get into. I‘m not enjoying the writing style at all. Maybe I‘d enjoy it more if I‘d read the first book beforehand.

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Red Sparrow: A Novel | Jason Matthews

I‘m usually a big fan of spy thrillers, espionage etc in a novel but this was just too slow and painful for me. I just couldn‘t stomach more than the first half, so I bailed. Maybe I‘ll watch the film, if I‘ve got a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon ☔️

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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My department have work have decided that we should have a book club. This is the first book and we are meeting on 20th March to discuss. Can‘t wait!
Today I am reading at a lovely cottage away with family to celebrate Father in Laws 70th Birthday. The fire is roaring, the wine is warming and the curry is on its way. Pretty good times

tpixie Just finished this today! I bet you all will have a lot to discuss! Happy Bday Father in law!! Curry! Yum!!! 5mo
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Dead Man's Footsteps | Peter James
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I‘m sure there are many that will enjoy this storytelling, but it wasn‘t really for me. The plot was a bit slow, and most of the twists could be seen coming. I didn‘t really engage with any of the characters, and the relationships between them were a bit superficial. Who buys a puppy without telling their partner? There was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end but it‘s not going to drag me back for another visit.

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Lies | T. M. Logan
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I‘m glad I finished this book because the ending is the only redeeming feature. I didn‘t like the lead character and I‘m sure there are several holes in the plot, but I‘m possibly overthinking it. I‘d like to know if others have enjoyed this.

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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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At first I didn‘t enjoy this book. The writing style was a bit funny and I didn‘t really engage with the story very easily as it jumped around. I also didn‘t really enjoy Ellis in the beginning. And then when Dora died I had to put it down for a couple of days because it was was too hard after recently losing my own mother to cancer. When I picked it up again, I fell in love with Michael and his story. I am bereft now I am finished.

Reggie Ughh, this book, 2 summers ago and I still feel 😭😭😭when I think of Michael. 8mo
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The Accident on the A35 | Graeme Macrae Burnet

An enjoyable story, but I didn‘t think it was as good as The disappearance of Adele Bedeux. A pity, because I was hoping Gorsky would develop into a character I really liked.

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Dark Sacred Night | Michael Connelly
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Had a great evening a couple of weeks ago, listening to Michael Connelly talk about his writing. I forgot to post the picture when I got back 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Our House | Louise Candlish
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Brilliant book! Really clever story telling, a twisting plot and I was hooked! definitely recommend this to anyone

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The Disappearance of Adle Bedeau | Graeme Macrae Burnet
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A really well written slow paced ‘thriller‘. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot development. I was very surprised at the ending, but can‘t think of a different way to wrap it all up. I‘ll be hunting down ‘The Accident on the A35‘ like Gorskie hunting down a killer 😉

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I enjoyed this book... a lot. I preferred the first Aaron Falk novel, but I did enjoy the character development of Aaron and Carmen in this story. Looking forward to #3

emmaturi I also thought the first was better! 12mo
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Three Things About Elsie | Joanna Cannon
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Have been to see this author speak tonight. An excellent speaker and I‘m part way through the book now... looking forward to finishing it 😊

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The Child | Fiona Barton

I‘m almost done with this book. It‘s really frustrating how the author switches narrator part way through a chapter. There are also a few things that make me feel like the research hasn‘t been very thorough. I‘d be interested to hear what any other readers feel about it

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The Librarian | Mikhail Elizarov

Hi Littens,

The librarian at my school is retiring at the end of the school year and I‘d like to get her something to say thank you for all her excellent recommendations.

I‘d love to know what literary themed gifts you‘ve all received, and loved 🎁

Tianarose When I was kid and our librarian retired we made her homemade bookmarks and got them laminated. (edited) 1y
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I am really enjoying Catherine Morland. What a lovely book 😊

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A Whole Life | Robert Seethaler
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1.on a February morning in the year 1933 Andreas Egger lifted the dying goatherd Johannes Kalischka, known to all the valley dwellers as Horned Hanes, off his sodden and rather sour-smelling pallet to carry him down to the village along the three kilometre mountain path that lay buried beneath a thick layer of snow. (Phew!)
2. 149 3. Intuition 4. See the first sentence 5. Green 11. 2015

Kaye Wow, that is one long first sentence ! 1y
Ottergirl It‘s a whole paragraph! 1y
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A Whole Life | Robert Seethaler
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This is for the next meeting of my book club. Only a short read so should be nice and quick ⏰

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1. I prefer spring. Can‘t choose between summer and winter.
2. Fiction. But I also read non-fiction.
3. I‘m in a book club. It makes me read books I would t normally choose, and I don‘t always enjoy them. But the tagged book is the one for this month and I‘m loving it!
4. Audio all the way 🙈
@SilversReviews

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Absolutely love Eleanor. She‘s such good company 😊

Jess7 Love her too! 1y
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Easter | Gail Gibbons
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I‘ve been baking and cooking for family today. Something I don‘t get the chance to do very often. #fillsmycup

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Butterfly Garden | Dot Hutchison
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After reading several books I couldn‘t really care for, this has been a breath of fresh air.
Absolutely loving it! #ilovereading

JoScho I enjoyed this one too! 1y
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The Widow | Fiona Barton
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Kept me guessing til the end, really well structured mystery. The characters develop slowly, but I enjoyed the story.

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I Am Watching You | Teresa Driscoll
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Panpan

Yes a girl has ‘gone missing‘ but after only a year the case has gone and there doesn‘t seem to be very much ‘policing‘ going on at all! I can‘t believe Sarah didn‘t tell the police sooner about her dad. And surely Henry would have said about his fling? If Anna got on a bus, surely someone would have seen? CCTV? And why didn‘t those pair just come forward? Why the side story with Matthew and his new baby? So many holes 😠 wholly unsatisfied

Ottergirl And the audio narrator doesn‘t use a West Country accent at all! Almost all the characters are from Devon and Cornwall and she makes them sound like they‘re cockneys or from Surrey! 1y
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Have been to my book club tonight to discuss this book (still haven‘t finished).
One of the reasons I enjoy book club so much is that the people are very different to me with lots of different backgrounds. They help me see the ‘other side‘ of books.
I‘m definitely enjoying this book more than when I started and the rhythm of it is very soothing.
Two of the group had been to see the author talking, so it was interesting to hear their views.

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Reservoir 13 | Jon McGregor

Should I continue with this book? It‘s for a book club meeting on Tuesday evening and I didn‘t go to the last meeting.
I‘m enjoying the writing, and I get that the pace is slow but can someone who has read it tell me if there is any point continuing?

TrishB I reviewed a couple of weeks ago! It‘s slow, nothing particular happens, beautiful writing and I really liked it. 1y
andrew61 Yes I really liked it and id recommend the bbc podcast reservoir tapes which tells 15 more individual stories about 15 mins each. 1y
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#friyayintro
@jesshowbooks
1. Going to look after my nephews while my sister helps decorate at Dad‘s new place
2. I‘m 5‘ tall
3. 2 years
4. How to stop time, The Widow
5. See for yourself! Ready for the cold snap@next week?

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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1. Driving
2. Audible
3. Original pace
4. Robert Glenister or Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
5. Any of the Robert Galbraith or Peter Grant series
#audiobookenquiry

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Well it‘s certainly been a week to remember. A surprise trip to Iceland for my birthday later this month! So I‘ve not been around to open my valentines package until tonight. This is a great package @Oryx I love the books 📚 and such a cool selection of gifts too! The bookmarks, socks and sweets too 😍
Love the card! Haha @TricksyTails @JenlovesJT47 #mbvs

TricksyTails Ooh!! LOVE everything especially those socks!! 👏😍🖤 2y
JenlovesJT47 Awesome!! 🖤❤️🖤 2y
Oryx Glad you like it! And happy birthday for later this month! 2y
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TricksyTails Just sent you an email. If you could please check your inbox. Thank you! 😊🙏 2y
scripturient This looks great! And such a small world as Oryx was my match to send to. :) BTW, thanks so much for the tracking number. It‘s weird but the package seems to have been stuck since 10/2. Damn postal service! I‘m keeping you posted. :) 2y
Ottergirl @scripturient i feel so bad that you haven‘t received yours yet. Have you contacted the postal@service your end to see if they can help? 🤔😔 2y
scripturient @Ottergirl Don‘t feel bad, please! It‘s definitely not your fault! Big hug! DHL (which is our local carrier) can‘t really help. I was at the post office yesterday to send something else and asked. They said that only the sender can enquire about packages and only after like 20 working days. 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️ I‘ll let you know as soon as it gets here. If it shouldn‘t, we can then still put in a search request in two weeks or so. 😘 2y
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@TricksyTails @JenlovesJT47 #mybloodyvalentineswap on its way to my recipient
Enjoy your parcel

JenlovesJT47 Yay! ❤️🖤❤️ 2y
TricksyTails 👏😈🖤 Yay!! 2y
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Still Life | Joe Donnelly
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@TricksyTails I don‘t have any pets, or any cans, but I‘m going through some stuff too which is making me feel sad.

2. iPhone
3. Nuts 🥜
4. A Big Boy Did it and Ran Away
5. Don‘t play any.... but love watching Darts, and The Olympics.

TricksyTails My heart goes out to you. 😞 If you ever need to, please feel free to reach out. All the love and hugs to you. ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away | Christopher Brookmyre
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Really like this story about a Scottish English NQT who ends up as part of a terrorist plot. It‘s funny, observational and well written. In addition the narrator does an *excellent* job of the various Scottish accents and words. #topnotchstuff

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@JenlovesJT47 @TricksyTails #MyBloodyValentineSwap

-after a long and difficult month I am grateful to have this package to look forward to next week 💕🎁

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Pickpick

I think Ben writes this well, easy to follow for the non pharma person. Some of the stories are scary and it inspired me to ask questions and make informed choices.

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Kingmaker: Broken Faith | Toby Clements
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I skipped book one in this series (accidentally) but it doesn‘t really matter. The story is well told, moves at pace and I‘m really enjoying it. I‘m not sure if I‘ll read the rest of the series yet. Time will tell.

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Blood on the Altar | Tobias Jones

This is a book I was reading for a book club. It‘s an ok read, but when you pick it up you already know the ending. The people in the story are real, so there is little characterisation. The story is told, and that‘s about it. I didn‘t like the way the author jumps from the narrative to whole chapters about Italian politics, which I didn‘t find necessary for the plot.

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Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Absolutely loving this book, but wish I'd had the foresight to read the prequel first. Has anyone read it? How many are in the series?

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This book is absolutely fabulous. 10 year old Grace is so good at pulling apart all the difficulties and making it easy to see into the lives and secrets of the residents of The Avenue in 1976

elliemcc11 I thought it very good, especially as it was set in thr year of my birth 👍 mum is forever going on about the long hot summer of '76 🌞 2y
Ottergirl @elliemcc11 I wasn't born til 78 but it still feels very sentimental for me. Long summers out playing with my friends, and not seeing my parents all day 👭 2y
elliemcc11 @Ottergirl Yep totally agree! A lot of it I was going "that's what I did" or thinking "oh I remember that" ☺ 2y
Ottergirl Some parts made me laugh out loud too.. such a careful and clever writer 2y
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The Bookshop Book | Jen Campbell
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Stole from Facebook 😊😂

Reecaspieces 😂😂😂 2y
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Only the Innocent | Rachel Abbott
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I've read a couple of Rachel Abbotts now and find them a little too formulaic for my liking. I found the end ridiculous, and the way the story is told frustrating. I wish she would just pick one narrator and stick to that person' perspective instead of jumping around.

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The Notebook: The Proof ; The Third Lie : Three Novels | Alan Sheridan, Agota Kristof, David Watson, Marc Romano
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Love my new planner! So pretty! #newplannerday is one of my favourite days of the year!

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Number 11 | Jonathan Coe
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This has just arrived. For my book club meeting on 4th July. Best get reading 😊

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So I started this last night.... it has me hooked!

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins

I'm not sure why I'm not enjoying this very much. Perhaps it's because the style is very similar to the previous book by Paula Hawkins. Or the fact that as it is written from several different characters' point of view slows the story down considerably. Some of the passages written from the young girls perspective definitely use language that a 15 year old wouldn't use. Too many obvious 'hints' and twists. Maybe I'm just too well read! Haha

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are reading this for our #buddyread in July and there have been so many negative reviews 🤔☹️ I'm hoping I will like it despite disliking 2y
Ottergirl It is a good story, and I suppose it depends why you didn't like the girl on the train.... care to expand on that? 2y
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