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ReadingRuby

Joined January 2018

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English Animals | Laura Kaye
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English Animals had some of the realest characters I think I‘ve ever met in a book. I felt like two of the main characters, Richard and Sophie especially were people I had met in real life before. It is a lovely slow read, with the relationships between the three characters developing, with an interesting backdrop of taxidermy and the English countryside

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Heft: A Novel | Liz Moore
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I love love loved this! My favourite book so far this year by a long way. It had so much feeling in it, and again... I loved it!!!

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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A great speedy read. I really felt for Marianne and Connel, despite sometimes wanting to shake some sense into them! I would definitely recommend 😊

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Bailedbailed

DNF! A friend at work recommended this to me, he‘s not a massive reader but this book really stuck with him. I was excited to learn more about neuro surgery and the interesting stories and scenarios a book like this would contain. However the narrator and also the author rubbed me up the wrong way from the start. The narrator was shouty, and the author so self important that I couldn‘t face spending another 7 hours with them both.

Megabooks Yikes! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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Heft: A Novel | Liz Moore
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Adoring this so far, I‘m about halfway through. It follows Arthur Opp, a 550 pound man who hasn‘t left his home for nearly 20 years, and Kel, the son of his ex student. Liz Moore‘s writing is so easy to sink into and it flows so well. I loved her other novel The Unseen World too which I read last year. I will definitely be reading more of her stuff!

MayJasper Sounds very interesting. #coversublime 6mo
sudi Loved this book 💖 6mo
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A great audiobook about an incredible woman‘s life. The narration was perfect, and I feel a real connection with both the author and Sandra. Though her life has been a million miles away from mine, in ways I felt like I could really relate to her

suvata On my TBR 6mo
ReadingRuby @suvata I highly recommend it! 6mo
RadicalReader I love audiobooks such a wonderful time having someone else read to you 6mo
ReadingRuby @RadicalReader I love audiobooks! Great company when I‘m driving or cleaning 6mo
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I have always been curious about Elanor of Aquitaine, but this is the first time I‘ve properly read about her. I really enjoyed this! It took me a little while to get into, especially with some of the cringe sex-scene descriptions. But her life is fascinating and I‘m so excited to continue the series. Sadly I‘ve lent the next one to my mum, hopefully she‘ll give it back soon! Thanks @jenniferw88 for giving me this in the swap last year!

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One chapter before bed 😴 my new bedtime routine starts tonight! Hopefully I can stick to it ⚡️

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I had a lovely afternoon this weekend driving through the North Yorkshire moors with The Trauma Cleaner for company. This book is fascinating, and my first book looking at the experience of a transgender person

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Mehso-so

Nevermoor was fun and easy reading, and I would recommend it.
However... for me it doesn‘t come anywhere even close to Harry Potter like a lot of people are comparing it to. It sometimes felt a bit silly and superficial, and all a bit too easy. Also the characters lacked a bit of depth. Morrigan‘s friends were all quite 2D and I was looking for deeper characters and friendships like Harry, Ron and Hermione‘s relationships and personalities

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Inspirational listening at work. Loving this so far! Currently at the very early stages of her relationship with Barack, it‘s very cute!

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Tucking into this tonight, it‘s making having the England match on much more bearable! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿⚽️📚☂️

With a blurry Teddy sneaking into the picture 😽

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this, but even from a few pages in there felt like something was missing. It explores and discusses some really important ideas about race, but it felt like the characters and the plot were all just there to display another observation about race which left the story feeling a bit limp and the characters uninteresting.

Kate.Braithwaite I‘d agree. I loved the two books set in Nigeria but didn‘t connect with the characters here half so well. 7mo
readingjedi I totally agree. This one didn't move me at all 😐 7mo
ReadingRuby @Kate.Braithwaite @readingjedi I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! I‘d only heard people who loved this and considered it one of their all time favourites 7mo
RadicalReader The title of this book is certainly a mouth full 6mo
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I couldn‘t resist!

Tanisha_A Nice to see you post after a while! ☺️ 7mo
ReadingRuby @Tanisha_A aw thank you! I‘ve not been so great with reading lately, trying to get back into the groove 7mo
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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It‘s been a lovely weekend, reading Americanah on a romantic weekend away just outside York for my birthday. The hot tub is not the best place to read though! Really enjoying Americanah so far, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is such an inspiring woman

Crazeedi Happy birthday! Hope your getaway was all you'd hoped it would be! 7mo
ReadingRuby @Crazeedi thank you, it was lovely 7mo
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Getting my Thomas Cromwell fix while I wait for the third instalment of Hilary Mantel‘s series on Henry VIII‘s chief minister. Im really enjoying this biography‘s deep dive into his life, although I would definitely be struggling if I didn‘t already have a good basic knowledge of the main events and pivotal characters that contributed to the huge political changes during that period. But I‘m loving it!

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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My next read, and it‘s so pretty! 💐

Tanisha_A It is! 😍 Enjoy! 8mo
Tanisha_A Aaaand, it's on my TBR! 😆 8mo
LauraBeth Love this cover! The book was great too! 😀 8mo
Smrloomis Oooh, I loved this book. Hope it‘s a good read for you too 🤞🏽 (edited) 8mo
ReadingRuby @Tanisha_A haha good, that‘s what I like to hear! Just finished the first chapter and I have a gooood feeling 8mo
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Fingersmith | Sarah Waters
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Ahh so good! I loved this, I could barely put it down. Very well written and the story is very clever and complex. I loved it so much I had to buy my own copy after I spotted it in a second hand bookshop halfway through reading a copy I had borrowed from my sister in law. I recommend this to everyone and I will definitely be reading more Sarah Waters soon

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I have a few of her books, I really need to read them! 8mo
ReadingRuby @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego you do! I‘m sure you won‘t regret it. I‘ve never heard a bad thing about her books 8mo
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A Death in the Family | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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I have very mixed feelings about this book. I did enjoy parts, especially towards the end. But it was a slog of detail to get there. I finished it a few weeks ago and only now just got round to taking a picture for litsy. But the further I‘ve got from it, the more negative my feelings have become. So I don‘t think I will have the resilience to continue with the series

Suet624 Yup. I know the feeling. 5mo
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The Outcasts of Time | Ian Mortimer
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This had the potential to be a really good and exciting story but it just fell a bit flat. As John moved through the time periods it began to feel more and more like a series of history lessons about the state of society, technology and culture in each age rather than an actual story. Just as things began to happen in one era you would move into the next and have to start all over again

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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I‘ve had a very successful lunchtime! I went to the local supermarket to buy a sandwich and as I was walking out I spotted this on the charity bookshelf where you can take a book for a small donation. It‘s usually filled with very old tattered books, so I did a double take when I spotted this brand new copy of Transcription and I had to take it home. Now to add it to the pile of books I‘m desperate to read!

RadicalReader Best time spent finding a book you didn‘t know you needed but can‘t live without 6mo
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I have had a reorganisation of my little bookcase so that I can see all the books I haven‘t read (as well as some favourites it would be a crime to hide away!)
I love it because it makes me excited to read them every single day, but I do really miss having a bookshelf big enough to proudly display all of my books

Tanisha_A Looks super pretty! 9mo
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A Death in the Family | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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I‘ve been finding this a bit heavy going. Only managing a few pages at a time, and finding my attention sliding away from the page as the minute descriptions of a Stockholm street (and everything else) fail to draw me in. But yesterday I finally had a breakthrough with about 100 pages read, including staying up late to carry on reading. I had planned on reading the whole series... but we shall see if I have the willpower!

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A very gripping twisty turny read with loads of twists I didn‘t see coming. It was at times a little confusing, especially that ending! But I‘ve heard there‘s a sequel coming so hopefully all will be revealed...

GripLitGrl Loved this book!👍 9mo
ReadingRuby @GripLitGrl yay good! 9mo
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Finally on to the Deathly Hallows after starting my second listen-through of the Harry Potter series in June. I absolutely love them and Stephen Fry‘s narration. I think I may start them all over again afterwards. Although my other audiobook listening is falling behind and my credits are piling up (but I‘m not complaining!)

Tanisha_A Harry Potter! ❤️👏 9mo
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A Death in the Family | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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Sunday night sorted 😻

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I waited an eternity for my hold to come through on Libby for this, and it was worth the wait! I loved the glamour and the gossipy side of this novel, but what really made it was the deeper more human side of the characters. My only criticism would be the scenes set in the present and the character of Monique as she was a bit annoying and the conversations with Evelyn seemed contrived and stilted. But the majority I loved

NatalieR I loved this book too! 😊 9mo
AnneFindsJoy Good to know! Just started it today and thought exactly that about the conversations with Monique and Evelyn. Will keep listening #anticipation 9mo
ReadingRuby @AnneFindsJoy Definitely don‘t judge it on the Monique scenes! I hope you enjoy it 😊 9mo
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A quiet first day back in the office has meant time to plan all the books I want to read this year. I really want to get to them all, although I only managed 32 books in 2018 and with 23 on this list that doesn‘t leave too much room for spontaneous buys and Libby reads. But I am determined to try and read more this year 🤞🎉

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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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Disappointing. I kept going waiting for something to happen, and even when things did eventually happen they were brushed past so quickly with such sparse details that I was left feeling frustrated

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Merry Christmas, Everyone! | Linda Lowery, Richard Keep
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Merry Christmas Everyone! 🎄🎉🎁❤️ I‘ve been very spoilt, and had a very successful Christmas book haul! I can‘t wait to read them all. But I am struggling to pick which to read first 😍😍

Itchyfeetreader Wow! What a haul 10mo
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas!🎄🎁 10mo
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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This book has a really interesting subject matter, a young boy who wants to be a girl. I found it thoughtful and thought provoking. However as I listened to the audiobook, I found the narrator a little too slow and softly spoken. And by about hallway through, the story also felt like it was dragging. After a few weeks I realised I hadn‘t listened to it in a while, and hadn‘t thought of it once. So best to let go rather than waste another 6 hours

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Birdcage Walk | Helen Dunmore
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I really enjoyed The Birdcage Walk. There wasn‘t a huge amount of plot, but there was a steadily gathering simmering tension present throughout that kept it very interesting. I would have liked more about the French Revolution but as this was set far away from it I can understand why there wasn‘t

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The Unseen World | Liz Moore
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Only good things to say about this book!

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1984 | George Orwell
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I really wanted to like this as it‘s often held up as an important book in our culture. But I really struggled the whole way through. It is very dry, with pages and pages of explaining the society and the politics without anything particularly interesting happening. Brief flashes caught my attention but not enough to make up for the rest. And I wouldn‘t say that it even said anything particularly important or groundbreaking as I had expected it to

SandyW You saved me. I've been thinking I should re-read some of those "important" books from high school that are highly acclaimed and I didn't care for back then. Thanks! ? 12mo
ReadingRuby @SandyW you‘re very welcome!! I wish I hadn‘t wasted my time so I‘m glad you‘re not going to 12mo
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Disobedience: A Novel | Naomi Alderman
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I was a little underwhelmed by this book. I expected strong characters taking a stand against the intolerance and hypocrisy of religion. But by the end it just seemed to fizzle out with no stand taken or change made. At first I enjoyed the descriptions of the religious practices and teachings but by the end they started to drag. All that said it did keep me interested all the way through, although maybe under incorrect expectations

UrsulaMonarch I felt pretty similarly! Not sure why it got so much hype?? 9mo
ReadingRuby @UrsulaMonarch I think the themes it has made it a book people want to believe is good and significant. But it just fell a bit flat for me! 9mo
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I got some very funny looks from my colleagues while listening to this book, because I kept snorting with laughter and at one point gasping in horror. I would really recommend this to anyone. It‘s funny, but also scary. I love the NHS and I‘m so grateful we have it in the UK and this book really shows why we all need to cherish it and protect it. And also be very grateful to the superhuman effort of our junior doctors

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Disobedience: A Novel | Naomi Alderman
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My new lunchtime read can be started tomorrow as my Libby hold has arrived! I‘ve wanted to read this for ages. I enjoyed Naomi Alderman‘s The Power but I think this will be quite different!

TrishB It‘s very different - I preferred this one! 13mo
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Wolf Hall is one of my favourite books of all time. The writing is beautiful and I find it so easy to just sink into. Once you get your head around ‘He‘ always being Cromwell it all just slips into place. This was my second time reading it, and I loved it just as much as the first time. I have been waiting years for the third instalment to be released, I really hope we don‘t have to wait much longer!

Lcsmcat Me too! 13mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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I started reading 1984 the other day and I just had to share the cute bag that it came in from The Whitby Bookshop. It is a lovely little shop on a little street in Whitby, which is seaside town in North Yorkshire.

Tanisha_A Pretty pretty! 13mo
Kat_H So cute! 13mo
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Thank you @jenniferw88 for the #myfavouritebookswap I love the bookmarks 😻 and I am very glad these books are both part of a series! I can‘t wait to get tucked in to one of them

jenniferw88 I am glad you like everything! There's no better place than to start than at the beginning of a series! 13mo
AmyG The cat page holders (whatever they are called) are adorable. 13mo
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My new Libby read. I have no idea what this is about but I loved Lionel Shriver‘s novella The Standing Chandelier and I enjoyed We Need To Talk About Kevin so hopefully this should be worth a read. It‘s quite exciting going into a book blind!

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I absolutely loved this memoir. I listened to the audiobook - the narration was great and I just couldn‘t stop listening. Her story is powerful and fascinating and I loved seeing Tara slowly transform throughout the book from a downtrodden little girl to a strong woman. And it gives a fascinating insight into the mindset of some super religious survivalist communities

mrozzz Totally agree. I also listened to the audio and I‘m glad I did. 14mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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I‘ve had a lovely weekend away in not so sunny Scarborough with a little day trip to Whitby while we were there. Our room had the most beautiful view of Scarborough‘s North Bay 🌊☔️ Of course I couldn‘t come home empty handed! The Scarlet Lion was from a charity shop, and I convinced my boyfriend to get two (trying to turn him into a reader!) and 1984 from a beautiful little bookshop in Whitby

Andrew65 Love the view of North Bay! (edited) 14mo
Tanisha_A That copy of 1984, 😍! 14mo
ReadingRuby @Tanisha_A I know it‘s gorgeous! 😍 the texture is so nice. They had matching versions of Animal Farm but I held back 14mo
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Tanisha_A Ooh I would love to own such a copy of Animal Farm! Do you get these online as well somewhere? 14mo
ReadingRuby @Tanisha_A This one was just from a shop but I‘m sure you can get them online too. It‘s published by Penguin and the cover design is by Shepard Fairey if you want to try and find it 14mo
ReadingRuby @Andrew65 me too! It was so lovely to wake up to 14mo
trioxin_sematary 1984🖤 14mo
Tanisha_A @ReadingRuby Thankee! Will check! 😀 14mo
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The Great Book Swap | Alan Mitchell
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Thank you @jenniferw88 your #mfbs package arrived safe and sound a few days ago. Teddy and Finn are almost as excited as me to open it!!
I posted yours today so it should hopefully arrive in time 🤞
#myfavouritebookswap

Lcsmcat Your kitties are so cute! 😻😻 14mo
jenniferw88 Yay! Glad it got there ok! 14mo
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The Night Brother | Rosie Garland
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Another bail from me! Life is too short to force yourself to carry on reading a book you‘re really not getting along with.
I managed to get almost halfway through The Night Brother, and I felt like it was just repeating the same scenes over and over again. Argue with Mum, Grandma trying and failing to explain, argue with Gnome - repeat. In the end I wasn‘t interested enough in the childish character‘s outcomes to continue.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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A nice quiet day in the office with my boss away on holiday, means the perfect opportunity to start a new audiobook! I‘ve been wanting to read Educated ever since it came out, and I had wanted to get and read a physical copy. But after getting my new credit through yesterday I decided to just go for it!

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I‘m so close to the end but I just can‘t force myself to listen to this anymore. I had heard lots about how hilarious this book is, but thinking back on my listening experience I don‘t remember laughing even once. I don‘t know if the narrators voice had something to do with it, as I sometimes found it a bit jarring. I also found the characters quite flat, and I just couldn‘t believe in the main characters relationship. They seemed like strangers

Book_devourer A few of my Asian friends said they liked it because it was so true (they all know some crazy rich Asians). But people being stupidly rich doesn‘t interest me. No thanks! 14mo
ReadingRuby @Book_devourer I‘m looking forward to the movie!! But after 12 hours I‘d had enough of the clothes and rich people 14mo
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The Night Brother | Rosie Garland
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Getting back into the Libby swing of things with The Night Brother. This is set in Victorian Manchester and follows Edie and her brother Gnome who comes to visit at night. I am trying to read more different kinds of fiction rather than sticking to my usual ‘safe‘ types and I‘m hoping this will be a good way to start

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The Party | Elizabeth Day
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The Party didn‘t turn out to be what I expected, but I still really enjoyed it. I would have liked a bit more glamour and a more Gatsby feel. The story was gripping and I really warmed to the main character Martin

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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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After what has been the worst and most stressful few months of my life I finally feel like I can get curled up in bed again with a good book and just relax. I have really been missing reading and I am so glad to be coming back to it. Especially as I was already halfway through my favourite book and I can re-immerse myself in it ❤️ and I‘ve missed Litsy!

CouronneDhiver Welcome back. Sorry to hear that things have been tough. 1y
Andrew65 Sending positive thoughts and can certainly relate! (edited) 1y
Lcsmcat I‘m sorry you‘ve had a tough time, and hope it‘s getting better. (edited) 1y
ReadingRuby @CouronneDhiver @Andrew65 @Lcsmcat Thank you guys. Feeling much better and sitting down to read again is a good sign 😊 1y
Andrew65 @ReadingRuby A very good sign! 😊 1y
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