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RaeLovesToRead

RaeLovesToRead

Joined September 2019

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XOXO by Axie Oh
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Faebound: A Novel by Saara El-Arifi
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The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich
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Faebound: A Novel | Saara El-Arifi
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Where on Earth am I going to store these beauties?? 😵😵😵

Leftcoastzen Wow! 5h
Soubhiville Your collection is gorgeous! 5h
BkClubCare Whoa. Yes to the pretty 5h
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BekaReid Now these are the times I can see facing the spines in so you can see the beautiful decorative edges! 4h
Bookwormjillk 🤩🤩🤩 2h
Librariana I agree with @BekaReid - I think facing them out would let you appreciate their beauty! 🥰 I face my books out once I'm done reading them 😁 2h
Texreader Gorgeous!!! now
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Just a lovely book about a woman who befriends an octopus, and the friends surrounding them.

Sweet and moving, with a real sense of place, and characters I cared about, Remarkably Bright Creatures is feel-good fiction at its finest.

I loved Marcellus so so much. He made the book shine.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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One Day | David Nicholls
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView 😊💕
Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author 😁

1) Nearly 3 years ago I packed up my life in York and moved back in with my parents. 3 years?!?! What am I still doing here?

2) The tagged is one of my favourite books of all time. Apparently another adaptation has come out recently. I need to watch it because the film was cack.

Yuki_Onna Is it three years already?!?(I remember you posted about your moving back with them on here...)🫢 1d
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna It'll be 3 years in Spring. Wow. I need to get a move on and earn some money. My beloved sofa is still in storage!!!! Only problem is I keep spending all of my money on books and vintage Polly Pockets 🤔 1d
Yuki_Onna 🤣👏🫶 That's well spent, girl! (- Isn't it just creepy how time flies?🫢) 1d
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TheSpineView Time does move do fast. Thanks for playing! 1d
Santie I moved in Jan. Collecting books is so much fun until you have to move them 19h
RaeLovesToRead @Santie Haha, this is true! Managed to sneak most of mine into my parents' house, but my collection has grown since then... 7h
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Nandos! 💕💕💕

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@Bookish_Viking @KatieRose23

What's this?

Another challenge for 2024?

*YOINK*

Don't mind if I do 😋😁

Only question is... what do I do about books that start with The? Are they T's or do they count for other letters... 🤔

#2024ABCChallenge

Bookish_Viking I tend to disregard the 3 Article words (“the”, “a”, and “an” only) using the first letter of the next word. 2d
Texreader Same challenge as my #litsyatoz!! Enjoy!! And I ignore articles unless I‘m desperate for a title that starts with i. 2d
Ruthiella Disregard! That‘s how you do it when shelving fiction, do it makes sense to keep it for a challenge. 2d
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The_Penniless_Author Never count articles for alphabetizing purposes (#NCAFAP)! 🤓 2d
RaeLovesToRead @Bookish_Viking I've just realised that the book in question has "Golden" in the title for the colour box though, so problem solved! ???? 1d
RaeLovesToRead @Texreader Ooh, nice! I shall use your hashtag too! 😊 1d
RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella @The_Penniless_Author Thanks! 😄 I'm such a stickler when it comes to... well... anything 😅😅 1d
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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February is muddy and dingy, and virusy.

So I thought I'd share a picture of this colourful spread from earlier on.

Enjoying the book, but boy is Cameron annoying 🤣

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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"Tova wonders sometimes if it's better that way, to have one's tragedies clustered together, to make good use of the existing rawness. Get it over with in one shot. Tova knew there was a bottom to those depths of despair. Once your soul was soaked through with grief, any more simply ran off, overflowed, the way maple syrup on Saturday-morning pancakes always cascaded onto the table whenever Erik was allowed to pour it himself."

IuliaC I've just finished this one. I loved it! 1w
IuliaC Great quote! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC It's cute so far. Cameron is so irritating though 😅 2d
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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This was like nothing I've read before. A family saga spiced with horror. History and fiction blended seamlessly. Multi-faceted characters that jump off the page.

It was by no means perfect. There were pacing issues galore and the ending could have used a bit more drama. Still, I'd struggle to name a comparable novel.

I have a feeling this novel will haunt me for years to come.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

@Reggie @Oryx

Oryx Yes, I'm still thinking about it. It's one I might even buy in hard copy as well just to have it. 1w
julesG I know where you took the picture 😉 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx Me too. Which is annoying, because it's one of the few books I've read on my Kindle 😅😅😅 1w
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RaeLovesToRead @julesG Yup this was back in September... I was outside all of 10 minutes. It was cold, haha 1w
julesG I remember sitting outside with @Oryx during our first time. It was March and sunny and the chocolate I had brought outside started melting. 1w
julesG Also, I'm getting the book. 😁 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx Will @julesG like it, do you reckon?? It's not exactly epic, but it is a slow burn... 1w
julesG @TrishB recommended it to me. I asked when @Oryx wrote her review. I'm probably going to use an Audible credit (currently sitting in my basket), it's 27+ hours and I'm more likely to finish it when listening. 1w
TrishB @julesG I hope you love it 🤞🏻 1w
Oryx @julesG I remember that well!! ❤️ 1w
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Pickles in a rare not-clawing-me moment.

#picklescat #catsoflitsy

Yuki_Onna She looks adorable in her pure innocence 😉🤩 2w
Jari-chan Those eyes! 😻 2w
IndoorDame I‘m always nervous when mine looks extra innocent like that 😂 but as usual Pickles is super cute 🥰 2w
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Velvetfur Aaww what a gorgeous baby! 🥰 2w
Ruthiella She looks like butter would not melt in her mouth…😹😹😹 2w
Gissy So cute😻❤️❤️❤️ 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna @Jari-chan @IndoorDame @Velvetfur @dabbe @Ruthiella @Gissy DON'T FALL FOR IT!!!!! 😅😅😅😸😸😸 2w
Leftcoastzen Adorable!😸😻 2w
kspenmoll Sweetie! 😻 2w
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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A rare eyelid-free moment of tenderness.

I don't think I've read anything like this book before.

@Oryx @Reggie

Oryx It has love, friendship, complicated families, eyelids. Everything you could want from a book. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx And houses that are bigger on the inside 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Reggie The Adela and the haunted house in the coming of age part of this book is my absolute favorite part! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Reggie I think my fave bit so far was how the first Ceremonial was so unexpected. One minute they're on a roadtrip and the next BLAM! golden-claws-darkness-ripping-bits-off-people-bloodfest! 2w
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Transcendent, radical, and kind, The Body is Not an Apology deconstructs the damage that our shared delusion of body hierarchies does to our communities.

Taylor gives us a chance of a different way of being, with a hope that it will spread to create a more loving and equitable future.

If I could persuade just a few of you to buy this book, read it and pass it on, I'd be chuffed to bits.

BarbaraBB Thanks for bringing this book up. Radical self love. That would bring us a lot of happiness 🤍 3w
reading.rainb0w I bought a copy of this book after the first time I read it because I knew I would want to read it again and again. Love it 🥰 3w
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Hooked_on_books I love this book. I read it years ago and kept my copy, which I rarely do after reading a book. But this one is worth hanging onto. Her message is one so many of us, especially women, need to hear and really take in. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB @reading.rainb0w @Hooked_on_books It was a really emotional read for me. Horrible how we persecute ourselves and others. But a positive and unapologetic message beneath that is full of hope. 2w
reading.rainb0w 💚💙🩵 2w
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The Story of Art | E. H. Gombrich
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@TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

And here's my Bookspin board for Feb.

Feb always flies past so I'm not expecting a Bingo (I was only one off last month!) Still, there are a few lining up nicely...

The_Penniless_Author You better roll a 19! (Or "spin" a 19, or however it works. ?) 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic!! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author LOL... can't believe anyone actually looks at these 🤣🤣 That is certainly a Randy rec 3w
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The_Penniless_Author How am I going to judge you if I don't pay attention to the details? 🤣 Pickles can't do it all by herself! 3w
The_Penniless_Author True Grit alone gets you an A. 😁 3w
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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@CBee #readyourkindle

Here are 20 books from my kindle that I totally want to read.
I have so many physical books that I forget I have these. Some are perfect for #pop24

CBee 2 and 5 were both 2023 faves for me 😀 3w
RaeLovesToRead @CBee It's a good job I checked my Kindle. Hello Beautiful was in my Waterstones basket haha 3w
CBee @RaeLovesToRead ha! Been there 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 3w
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CATS AGAINST BODY SHAME! 💕💕💕

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

ElizaMarie Oooo this sounds great! How do you like this book! Also, yay for Pickles! Good job not body shaming!
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Jari-chan Cats don't body shame - be smart, be a cat 😸 3w
Meshell1313 😻😻😻 3w
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Deblovestoread 👋🏼 Pickles! 3w
CBee HEY PICKLES 😘😘😘 3w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
AmyG Sweet Pickles. ❤️ 3w
Catsandbooks Love this book and the author!! Also hi Pickles! 🩵 3w
willaful That is the most approving looking cat I think I've ever seen! You can just tell he loves you warts and all. 😁 3w
Soubhiville Awe, Pickles. Of course she supports the good causes! 3w
batsy Pickles always fighting the good fight 😻 3w
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Please take a moment to read this page about our learned responses of body shame.

"It may not be a memory you can access at all, but just knowing that there was a point in your history when you once loved your body can be a reminder that body shame is a fantastically crappy inheritance.

We didn't give it to ourselves, and we are not obligated to keep it."

Cuilin Oh I love that!!! 🩷 3w
Jari-chan Yes!! 3w
Ruthiella 👍👍👍 3w
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dabbe 🤩 3w
Branwen I absolutely LOVE this! 🥰 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen The book is amazing! 💕 2w
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Mehso-so

This was an entertaining, but wholly predictable kind-of mystery in a Bake Off setting.

It was good fun, but I don't think I was truly surprised even once, and it took about 300 pages before we get a proper victim showing up.

#pop24 >3 x POV @Megabooks @jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @MissHel @AshleyHoss820 @Ruthiella @OriginalCyn620 @BookBelle84 @graciouswarriorprincess @WJCintron @Branwen @BarkingMadRead

⭐️⭐️⭐️

julesG I bailed, boring!! 3w
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https://youtu.be/0VrVbLuu3Tw?feature=shared

Another month, another unboxing video. This one brought to you (not quite) live from Gladstone's library in Wales!

CBee I mean, could you be any cuter? You are adorable! 😊 4w
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Nyawww thanks 😊🥰 4w
ShelleyBooksie Love your voice! Great video. 4w
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RaeLovesToRead @ShelleyBooksie Awww! Thanks for watching! 💕 3w
Branwen YAY! 🥳🎉 3w
The_Penniless_Author Hey, remember the time you made that terrible Battenberg cake? 😁 (Incidentally, after your video ended it transitioned straight into Philomena Cunk, so I guess YouTube has determined you possess a certain cunkish quality.) 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I hope you love your box 💕 I won't give you any spoilers haha 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Haha... I am not sure whether to be hugely flattered or greatly insulted by this comparison hahaha 3w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Also, if I find the Splattenburg cake pics, I will send you them. 3w
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead I can't wait for mine to arrive! 📚 3w
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks 😊💕

Wasn't too far off a Bingo this month, but time is flying! Got my #roll100 picks in there as usual (18-20)

Hoping I'll have a more productive February 🙏🏻

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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Reading at the Broadway cinema yesterday. Went to see The Holdovers (which was incredible) and Priscilla (beautifully shot, but not a happy film).

Also saw Poor Things here the week before, which was incredible too. I want to read the book now, but I doubt it will come close to the film, which was bonkers.

julesG Is double-caffeine the upgrade version of double- and triple-carbs? 4w
RaeLovesToRead @julesG This probably explains the massive jitteriness yesterday eve haha. 4w
Bookwomble I find myself intrigued by the couple at the table in the background. I feel there's a story to be told! 4w
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vivastory I was looking through the book Poor Things & it looks like it has a very innovative format, plays around a lot with typography etc 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Bookwomble Alas! My people watching skills haven't furnished me with any more information! We shall always wonder... 😄 4w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Honestly, after seeing the film I suspect it will be a disappointment, because the film is so expansive and colourful and bizarre! 4w
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Loved The Holdovers, from the deliberately old filming style to Paul Giamatti doing a lazy eye! 4w
RaeLovesToRead @SaunteringVaguelyDownwards It was beautiful wasn't it? I loved Sideways too. 4w
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The First Bright Thing | J. R. Dawson
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Got some pretty books from The Broken Binding.

I'm still like 10 billionth on their subscription waiting list and the two I'm most looking forward to have not yet been dispatched, but these are beauties!

Have you read any of them??

Hooked_on_books I‘m a big fan of the sprayed edges trend. I hope it spreads to even more books and genres. It‘s so pretty! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Hooked_on_books Me too! I'm obsessed 🥰🥰🥰 The trouble is, once I have a book that has been spredged, I have to keep it forever... 😅 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, so pretty! I‘d love that copy of the Celehar books! They are so good. 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Clare-Dragonfly I can start with these right? I don't have to read Goblin Emperor first, right?? 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Yes, you absolutely can. Celehar is a pretty minor character in Goblin Emperor. Reading them first would barely even be spoilery, certainly not confusing. Don‘t sleep on Goblin Emperor, though! It‘s so good! 1mo
5feet.of.fury You always find such goodies! 1mo
vivastory I really want to read the Alan Moore (& the Catriona Ward) 1mo
IndianBookworm They look so pretty😍 4w
Yuki_Onna With edges sprayed any more elaborately than unicolor, I'll need to keep them forever, too 😊Or find them a loving new home 🖤 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Clare-Dragonfly Now I'm even more excited!!! 😁 4w
RaeLovesToRead @5feet.of.fury I keep finding new bookshops! It's like an online treasure hunt 😊💕 4w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Illuminations was only £5 too! Got it on sale 😉 It may be a while before I get round to it, mind 4w
RaeLovesToRead @IndianBookworm Thanks! I love them! 😊💕 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna It can be a problem when it comes to space... haha 4w
Yuki_Onna @RaeLovesToRead - Oh yeah! Even without sprayed edges I keep enough books. I only let go of those I know I have no interest in reading again, and that's ... not many. I live in a tiny flat and have more than 1500 books. And still I keep buying more like there's no tomorrow 😁 Muhahaha! 4w
Liz_M @Yuki_Onna I live in a studio with 1300+ books, solidarity! 4w
Yuki_Onna @Liz_M 👏🫶 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna @Liz_M I actually have no idea how many books I have... they seem to be breeding though 4w
Yuki_Onna Oh Rae, that's priceless!🤣 4w
Yuki_Onna I'm very fond of all of my books, the only problem is that I can only afford this small flat with my hubby atm. I aim for a private library sometime, though... 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna I've just got a bedroom at my parents' house... I've managed to brick myself in with books! Haha 4w
Branwen Such gorgeous books! 😍 4w
Branwen @Yuki_Onna @Liz_M @RaeLovesToRead SOLIDARITY! 📚📚📚 I also live in an apt with hubby and have well over 1500 books! 🤭👍🏻💕 We should start a club! 😂 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I still have 2 more to come as well!!!!!!! 😁💕💕 One day I shall maybe count my books.... I suspect I would have to keep the number secret... 4w
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView ?
Thanks for the tag @JenReadsAlot ?

Meant to do this yesterday!

1) Yesterday I was googling "Castles for sale in UK" ?

2) All sorts of books capture my imagination. Especially art and photography books, also travel magazines!

TheSpineView Let me know when you buy that castle and I'll come for a visit!🤣🤣🤣 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @TheSpineView It turns out that castle ownership requires a couple million more pounds than I have... ah well. I can daydream. Imagine opening a readers and writers retreat in my own secluded castle........ 1mo
TheSpineView @RaeLovesToRead I can image that cost. Think about the cost to maintain!?! Still makes for a great daydream! 1mo
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LiteraryinLawrence I would totally come to a reading retreat at your castle! 1mo
TheBookHippie 1. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4w
RaeLovesToRead @TheSpineView @LiteraryinLawrence @TheBookHippie You'd all be invited! It'd be like The Traitors castle, except we'd be chilling and reading instead of trying to backstab each other! 😁 4w
vivastory 1) Now I'm imagining a castle for Littens 👏 👏 4w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory If only I had several million in start up funds. It's a wonderful dream.... 🏰📚🌈🌠 4w
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Im a Fan | Sheena Patel
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I'm a fan was interesting.

The MC is infatuated with an (awful) man who openly admits he isn't interested in a relationship with her, & she becomes obsessed with changing his mind.

Alongside this tale of poisonous obsession, opinion pieces in poetic essay form are scattered throughout.

The insightful social commentary doesn't always sit right coming from the (intentionally) unhinged MC's narrative voice, but is still fascinating.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Great review. Agree with your “verdict” 😀 1mo
The_Book_Ninja Well done for getting through this. I found it harrowing. Interestingly, I didn‘t see her as unhinged but traumatised. White privilege pervades through her social and creative life and is destructive. Probably the most thought proving book I read last year 4w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Book_Ninja I've found it really interesting reading interviews with the author. They're definitely worth looking up. It sounds like she found writing the character cathartic, but deliberately made her controversial. 4w
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When your hooman didn't provide you with the weather that you requested...

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

Texreader I feel that 1mo
AmyG So cute! 1mo
Crazeedi Look at that face!!! Awww!!!🐱❤️ 1mo
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Bookwomble Silly hooman! 😾😄 1mo
julesG Shadow says 'Hello' - he's also unsatisfied with the current weather. His way of showing his dissatisfaction is snoozing on my bed 1mo
Leftcoastzen That expression! Priceless!😸 1mo
Branwen She looks so grumpy! 😹 1mo
dabbe #photocontestwinner #Pickles (she should have her own hashtag) 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
batsy Haha! "Fix it, hooman" 1mo
Caroline2 That face!!! 😂 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs 😊
Thanks for the tag @Yuki_Onna 💕

1) Tricky. So many to choose from. I love a golden age crime novel, but also Victoriana, gothic novels, Tudor settings, and medieval fantasy!

2) The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

3) I'd guess War & Peace

Yuki_Onna You've really read War and Peace? 🤯 In its entirety?!? Wow - Kudos!!!👏 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Yup. Took me about 18 months I think... Although looking through the hashtag it seems everyone else has read it too 😋 1mo
Yuki_Onna Wooof... Wow - that you managed THAT... I find most Russian authors really tough to read and intimidating. 1mo
Eggs Impressive Reading👏🏻👏🏻 Thanks for playing 🥰🙏🏻🥳 1mo
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Brainwyrms | Alison Rumfitt
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julesG Your face speaks volumes. 1mo
Branwen 😂🤣👍🏻 1mo
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Im a Fan | Sheena Patel
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This chapter title... ?

*Sigh* I'm only a few chapters in and already I'm wanting to bop the MC on the nose with a copy of "he's just not that into you".

I'm getting "by Grand Central station I sat down and wept" vibes, but with more social media stalking.

I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of pining for an unavailable, unsuitable, and totally unworthy love interest... RUN AWAY, unnamed protagonist! Run away!!!

vivastory I'm watching your video on Brainwyrms & the blurb from Joe Hill is top tier “Alison is like the twisted daughter of Clive Barker & Shirley Jackson“ SOLD 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Oh cool, thanks for watching! Hope you enjoy it. I'm probably going to order her first novel, which I've heard is good if a little ambitious. That reminds me... should make a post to say I've uploaded it... 1mo
batsy That chapter heading 😆 1mo
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The_Book_Ninja If I read the book right, the guy is a representation of white supremacy. He only has photos taken with her when it suits his image. Otherwise, she is excluded from his world. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @batsy Good isn't it? 😄 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Book_Ninja Very interesting. I'm not very far into the book yet. If there are layers of allegory and social commentary then that's brilliant. Whether he's a metaphor or not, the guy is already making me angry!! 1mo
The_Book_Ninja @RaeLovesToRead well we all read books differently. I‘ll look forward to your review 1mo
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I got a new vintage Polly Pocket @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 💕🌹🌺

Birdsong28 I bought the Friends one. It's so cute 😍 it's a purple coffee cup and the bottom is Central Perk and the top is the two flats . 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Birdsong28 Oh my goodness! This exists???!!!! 🤯🤯🤯 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Birdsong28 OMG IT DOES AND I NOW NEED THIS!!!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 1mo
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kezzlou85 That's so cool. 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag 🤩😍 it looks amazing! (As does the friends one you linked! As your assigned Polly Pocket enabler - I think you should probably go ahead and buy it) 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Birdsong28 I am so adding to basket.... when I get paid that is 😅 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @kezzlou85 Thank you! 🥰🥰 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I've also ordered a little palace-like one 😅 and I got some Keepsake Collection gems for Xmas 🙃 I love them so much 💕💕 1mo
Ang203l Wow that takes me back! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Ang203l 🥰🥰🥰 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @RaeLovesToRead, love it! Happy collecting! 1mo
LiseWorks OMG I remember getting those for my daughter 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @LiseWorks They're lovely! Like whole miniature worlds in diorama form! 😊💕 1mo
Branwen Oh WOW! It's absolutely gorgeous! 🥰 1mo
Roary47 I remember playing with them at my babysitters. 🥰 1mo
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Brainwyrms | Alison Rumfitt
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Mehso-so

Brainwyrms is an experimental novel that explores escalating transphobia in a plague of worminess.

Rumfitt has a compelling style of storytelling that felt like I was watching performance art, but the final 3rd was a bit of a mess, despite an intriguing start.

The body horror was nowhere near as extreme as I was expecting, but there was some really grotty sex. Also, I found the satire a bit cartoonish & unsubtle.

Interesting though, for sure.

RaeLovesToRead @jhod initial thoughts... 1mo
jenniferw88 One for me to avoid then! 1mo
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Ruthiella I‘m skipping this unless there‘s some other compelling reason for me to try it. Thanks for taking one for the team! 1mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
Suet624 I decided to skip this one. 1mo
Megabooks Nope. Great review though. 1mo
Deblovestoread Grateful for your review…hard pass. 1mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for reading and reviewing it! 1mo
batsy Interesting review! Now I feel like reading it 😆 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @jenniferw88 Quite probably! 😅 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @dabbe She's never far from my side haha 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella @Suet624 @Megabooks @Deblovestoread @BarbaraBB It was certainly an interesting foray out of my comfort zone 😅😅 Gonna finish my video in the next couple of days hopefully. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @batsy It is one of a kind, I'll say that 🤣 1mo
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Portnoy's Complaint | Philip Roth
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Pickpick

The title is apt. Portnoy doesn't half complain a lot.

This book is a misogynistic monologue whereby Alexander Portnoy blames his parents for his excessive masturbation and lack of romantic satisfaction. It's clever and amusing.

I don't think we are supposed to feel particularly sorry for Portnoy. He's a pompous, whiny, woman-hating arse. Still, as a character piece this book is believable and reminiscent of The Catcher in the Rye.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Leniverse I got so fed up with Portnoy I stopped finding him funny halfway through. 🤪 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Leniverse I didn't really feel I was laughing with him at any point. He's a dreadful creature. 1mo
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Waterstones | London, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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In Nottingham and heading here next...

Anything I should pick up while in Rome?

Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 1mo
Yuki_Onna 🤣👏 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous ❤️ 1mo
LeeRHarry Haven‘t been to Nottingham for years but have fond memories - particularly of going to see Forest play. 😊 great building! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @LeeRHarry I only went to see Forest once (when I was at school)... I think they got absolutely trounced by Bolton Wanderers 😅😅 1mo
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Brainwyrms | Alison Rumfitt
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Diving back in. This book is very readable. The sex is... niche. Worm talk is still at a minimum 90 pages in.

Coping, so far.

@jhod

vivastory I hadn't seen this cover until your post 1mo
Liz_M Thank you for being the canary in the coal mine for this read. 1mo
BarbaraBB “Coping” 😂 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Trust me, Scott, if I had the version with the American cover, I would not be reading it, hahaha. Can't even look at it 😅 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Liz_M You're welcome......... I think! 🤣🤣 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB Haha... thus far 😅 1mo
vivastory Gummy worms. Or is that gummy wyrms... 😂 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Whatever they are, yeeeuuuuch! They make me shudder. This was a blind date with a book (you may have seen my unwrapping video a few months ago)... oh my days, imagine if I'd unwrapped the US version 🤣🤦🏼‍♀️ 1mo
vivastory I didn't know you had a YT channel but I'm watching it now. 😂 I'm still watching & I just paused it as you're reading the description of the third book bc I am going to guess that it is Mishima's “Beautiful Star“ (I stumbled across it on the Penguin site a couple of weeks ago & thought it sounded fascinating).... 1mo
vivastory I have now finished the video & am mentally patting myself on the back (lol) The wrapping paper for that bookshop looked really cool. That was a fun video, Rae! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Aww thanks! It's the first one I did. Well done on getting it right 😁 I fell in love with all the bookshops in Edinburgh. My friend asked for a follow up video on the blind dates, so that is a work in progress. 1mo
vivastory “I Read Brainwyrms in 24 hrs & Now My Life is Ruined Vlog“ I'd def watch that! Seriously though, you got some fun & interesting selections. I've always been reluctant to try the blind date w/ a book because I feel like I would end up with a book I already own. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Hahaha. It's not actually that bad so far. There's some pretty fetishy sex, but it's the body horror I'm not looking forward to... 1mo
Branwen Your expression is everything! 😂 1mo
Reggie This is 2 days late but just wait……. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Haha, thanks! 😅😅 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Reggie The worminess has increased by about 200% since this post... 🤭 1mo
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView 🥰
Thanks for the tag @JenReadsAlot 💕

1) Beverages? Moi?

2) With the books I've been reading this month, I think I should be drinking something stiffer. Brainwyrms buddy read with @jhod , Our Share of Night has its fair share of horror... and listening to Portnoy complain... someone pour me an Amaretto and coke...

Tag @jhod @The_Penniless_Author @Branwen @DaveGreen7777

mabell 😂😂 1mo
vivastory 😂 😂 1mo
JenReadsAlot I love this so much!! 1mo
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julesG 🤣🤣🥃 1mo
TheSpineView Love it! Thanks for playing ❤️☕️❤️🫖❤️ 1mo
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Rubenhold tells the stories of the women killed by Jack the Ripper, giving them back something of a voice in a world that has so frequently reduced them to a gory historical footnote.

Empathic and heartbreaking, the poverty, inequality, lack of social mobility and opportunity for the poor in Victorian Britain are brought devastatingly to life.

Humanising and moving.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView 😊
Thanks for the tag @The_Penniless_Author 🤗

1) I just set my Goodreads goal to 100 books... bit ambitious? 😬
I'm doing PopSugar as usual
Plus, I'm hoping to make more videos for my YouTube channel

2) I'll be doing #bookspinbingo #roll100 and #TBRtarot as usual, with dips into #authoramonth if I can 😊

TheSpineView Good luck and happy Tuesday! 2mo
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#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks 🥰

Thanks so much for hosting!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looking great!! 2mo
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Happy New Year, Litsy family! 🥰

Here is my #roll100 for 2024 @PuddleJumper

PuddleJumper 🙌 🙌 2mo
Reggie Happy New Year! 2mo
AnneCecilie Happy new year 🎆 2mo
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This post is for anyone struggling this season.

The wasteland between Xmas & New Year can be one of the lowest times of the year. And for those with seasonal affective disorder (or any form of mental illness worsened by Winter) the prospect of Jan-March is nothing to look forward to.

You're not alone. Let's hibernate in books.

Pictures from my beautiful friend, Jue, who loves this artist 💕

Hugs and solidarity for all who need them 🫂🫂🫂

Lreads Hugs 🫂 2mo
IndoorDame ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
CBee Hugs back ♥️♥️ 2mo
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dabbe 💙🖤💙 2mo
Yuki_Onna Hugs to you, Rae! 🤗💗 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @Lreads @IndoorDame @CBee @dabbe @Yuki_Onna 🫂🫂🫂🫂🫂 and have some books too... 📚 📚📚📚📚 Winter survival kit 🧣🧣🧣🧣🧣 2mo
Yuki_Onna Exactly!👏 You got this! 🤗
(I'm ashamed to admit under these circumstances that I actually quite like winter - an excuse to get all cosy on the couch and read... ❄️🧣 But I agree the darkness is harsh sometimes - especially when dealing with mental health issues... *blush* Bsbsbsbssss... *mumble* 😅
Hang in there, sweet Rae!
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Thank you 🤗🫂 2mo
Branwen Hang in there, my friend! ❤️❤️❤️ *hugs* No matter what, we'll always have wonderful, new books to lose ourselves in! 💕📚 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Thank you, Becky 🫂📚💕 2mo
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I get by with a little help from my friends.

These beautiful humans are Lyddi and Danni. We met yesterday for coffee and Vietnamese food. They also agreed to "meet in a Waterstones" which is always a dangerous suggestion.

All I bought was the Poetry Review and The Gender Games by Juno Dawson. Restrained for me ?

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I think we can all agree that my new bauble adds a pinch of class to an otherwise rather naff tree... really elevates the look 😇

Yes, the one with the shiny, Christmas thong.

BarbaraBB 😂😂😂 2mo
ShelleyBooksie This is amazing. 2mo
Elizabeth2 🤣🎄 2mo
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willaful I have a book rec for you: Handmade Holidays by 'Nathan Burgoine. Many classy ornaments are featured. 😁 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB @ShelleyBooksie @Elizabeth2 Glad you enjoy it too 😁😆 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @willaful I will bear it in mind for next year. I think I'm all Christmassed out this year 🤣🤣 2mo
Branwen OMG! 🤣😂 2mo
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Square of Sevens | Laura Shepherd-Robinson
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This year I joined these two gorgeous bookclubs from Goldsboro books in London. GSFF stands for Goldsboro science fiction and fantasy. I believe they've changed the name of Prem1er, but both are continuing into 2024.

Highly recommend both 💕

@Branwen introduced me to #gsff so they do international delivery!

Branwen YASSSSSS! Goldsboro does SUCH a fantastic job with their special editions! 🥰 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I've actually only read like one book from each club this year... but they are such tasty editions! 🥰🥰 2mo
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Christmas cuddles from Pickles 🤗🫂💕

#picklescat #catsoflitsy

Hope you all had a lovely day 🎄🎁

JenReadsAlot Merry Christmas to you and Pickles! 2mo
CatLass007 Aww. Pickles cuddles. Sweet. There‘s nothing like cuddles from a kitty to help you wind down. Merry Christmas!! 2mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 2mo
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Gissy 😻💚❤️💚 2mo
BookmarkTavern Hello Pickles! 💖 2mo
Branwen Happy Christmas, Pickles! 💕📚 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Anyone else all about the snowballs at Christmas? 😄
Not the most aesthetically instagrammable drink, but very festive! 🎄🎁

ShelleyBooksie What's in a snowball? 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @ShelleyBooksie Advocaat & Lemonade! Apparently they were popular in the 70s... 2mo
willaful I had never heard of them til I read Meet Me Under the Mistletoe the other day! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @willaful Give one a try! I can't promise you'll like it though, lol 2mo
Branwen Looks yummy! 😋 2mo
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And this is my top 8 of 2023... these are all the books I've given 5 stars to this year so far 🥰

I'd love to see all your #top23of23 or even top 5 or 10 picks!

KristiAhlers Oh I LOVED Priory! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @KristiAhlers So good! I still need to read the prequel! 😊 2mo
CBee I bought Eight Detectives because of you 😊 2mo
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RaeLovesToRead @CBee Ooh, I really hope you like it!! Does this mean I'm a Bookfluencer?? 😋 2mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead you are indeed 👏🏻👏🏻😘😘 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee If you like meta mysteries, Magpie Murders was awesome too 😁 2mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead I keep meaning to read that! It‘s on my Kindle 😊 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @jenniferw88 💕

This is my #top23of23

jenniferw88 Priory, 🐰 and Yellowface for the win! 😍😍😍 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @jenniferw88 Such good books! 🥰 2mo
Megabooks Lovely handwriting!! 📸 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks Nyawww, thank you! 😁 2mo
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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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Just finished the first section (24%)...

Yikes...

That got dark...

The contrast of the mundane and the horrific in this book makes it really effective.

Also pictured: Amaretto cake is back! 🥰🥰

5feet.of.fury Ooooh I‘ve been meaning to read this one 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @5feet.of.fury It's getting good but also 😱😱😱 2mo
Reggie This is my absolute favorite book of the year. Enriquez is wonderful! 2mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Reggie It's good so far! At first I was like... Where's the horror... but then I was like OH THERE IT IS 🤣🤣 2mo
Oryx Very strange, I just got to 24% on this book, and decided to check Litsy because it just got pretty disturbing. And here's your post, also at 24%. Witchcraft probably. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx Oh wow!! 😄 Also does this mean we're doing an accidental buddy read?? 1mo
Oryx @RaeLovesToRead I guess so 😃. Did you finish already? 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx I'm about halfway through. It's really good. Goes from casual to horrific very quickly 😅 Where abouts are you? 1mo
Oryx @RaeLovesToRead 33% - just past the box of eyelids. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Oryx Oh my days, that was the WORST! 😱😱😱😱 1mo
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Your chair? What do you mean YOUR chair? I don't see your name on it, hooman.

#picklescat #catsoflitsy

julesG "Aufgestanden, Platz vergangen." - you got up, ergo you forfeited your seat to her highness. 2mo
IndoorDame Cats own all the chairs. And all the laps. I definitely plan to be reincarnated as a cat. A fat, spoiled housecat preferably. 😁 2mo
julesG @IndoorDame Same! I keep saying that I am going to have a privileged cat life next. 2mo
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Gissy 😸 2mo
Susanita All the beds, all the clothes heaps, all the random spots on the floor… 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
ElizaMarie Pickles! I mean.. of course it's their chair! EVERYTHING is theirs! Who could deny that adorable face? 2mo
Ruthiella All surfaces belong to the cat! 😹 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @IndoorDame @julesG but then you'd have to eat cat food... 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @Susanita @ElizaMarie @Ruthiella She has currently decided that I am her surface 😅 2mo
IndoorDame @RaeLovesToRead yeah, I‘m banking on the idea that cat food will smell considerably better in my next life 😬. My kitties always seem SUPER excited about it… 2mo
julesG But I'd be a cat and wouldn't mind. 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @IndoorDame @julesG That stuff smells so bad though 😅😅 Also, you have to walk around showing everyone the butthole. That's kind of essential as a cat. I think my OG plan of becoming a wasp, flying around the garden all summer drunk on nectar is a better shout.. 2mo
IndoorDame @RaeLovesToRead drunk on nectar does sound nice, but wasps seem awfully high energy for me… guess we‘ll each have to stick with our plans and their flaws 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @IndoorDame I'd be one of those wasps that got stuck in a honey trap and basically passed out in a mountain of sugary bliss! 😄 2mo
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Queer Lit | Manchester, England, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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My lovely haul from Queer Lit came this morning!! Want to read them all immediately 🥰🥰🥰🥰

quietlycuriouskate Just took a screenshot, for my daughter. 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @quietlycuriouskate They do so much cool stuff! 😊 Worth checking out their website 💕 2mo
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView 😊💕

1) *nervous laughter*
Ba hahahahahahhahahahahaahaffnfnnrrhhrjgh
Have I started, more to the point.
Organisation is not my strong point.

2) I'm gonna give a shout out to one of the WORST novels ever written here... in between stabbings and messy sex, our protagonist finds plenty of time to tell us about all the handbags she's bought along the way.

Thrilling stuff. Except it isn't.

Tag @The_Penniless_Author 😁

TheBookHippie 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 2mo
The_Penniless_Author Thanks. Consider me tagged! 😀 2mo
TheSpineView Happy Holidays!🎄🎁🎅 2mo
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True North | Randall DeVallance
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Latest book delivery! @The_Penniless_Author I ordered your book from Amazon. Waterstones still haven't sent it 😢

Some gorgeous covers here 💕

I'm going to read Long Walk to Freedom for #pop24 (book by a person who has been incarcerated)
@Megabooks @jenniferw88 @Cinfhen @alisiakae @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Laughterhp @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @MissHel @AshleyHoss820 @Ruthiella @OriginalCyn620 @BookBelle84 @graciouswarriorprincess @WJCintron

Graciouswarriorprincess Interesting choices and added some to read for my TBR list. 2mo
Ruthiella Good suggestion for Pop24! I will take note. 👍 2mo
BarbaraBB Great haul. That‘s a difficult prompt indeed 2mo
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LeeRHarry I loved Fault Lines - hope you do too! 😊 2mo
The_Penniless_Author I never trusted those Waterstones bums! 😤 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @Graciouswarriorprincess @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry Thanks everyone!!!! I'm looking forward to #pop24 💕 2mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author That's fighting talk, Randy! Waterstones is bae 🥰 2mo
The_Penniless_Author I don't know, sounds like you're in a relationship with a neglectful partner. 🙂 2mo
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In case you wanted even more Pickles in your day... she's all snuggled up next to me looking cute! 💕

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

JenReadsAlot Oh sweet Pickles 😻 2mo
IndoorDame Cuteness 😻😻😻 2mo
TheBookHippie Awe. 2mo
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dabbe Precious Pickles! 💙❄️💙 2mo
ElizaMarie We always want more Pickles! 2mo
CatLass007 There can never be too many kitty pictures!!😻😻😻 2mo
rabbitprincess Precious Pickles 😻😻😻 2mo
Susanita Never enough Pickles! 2mo
Yuki_Onna Awwwww... 😍❣️ 2mo
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