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RobES

RobES

Joined July 2022

I like books and cats more than I like most people 😉
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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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Morning, I hope everyone is having a lovely summer (it hasn't stopped raining in NI). However, I'm reading lots of good books and getting lots of snuggles from my kids and kittens. I hope you are too... wherever you are 💕

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Pickpick

Another brilliant Thursday Murder Club installment 👍❤️🦊

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Super book, really beautifully written - made me smile and cry! Perfect for 10-12 years. I think I will do it with my Year 8 class in September 👍🥰

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Pickpick

Everybody needs to read this book! It is inspiring, informative and beautifully written. The best thing I've read this year 💚💚💚

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Pickpick

Apparently cowboy daddies are my thing 😜 I love Theo as much as I love Cade ❤️‍🔥😍🤤🤠

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
PaperbackPirate Hi Kitty! 😻 1w
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Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
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I found this hard going, but I'm glad I got through it, as in typical SJM fashion, the last 200ish pages were good and some revelations were made that will be needed for the overarching story!

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Pickpick

Love this series!! It kept me guessing and I just love the characters. 💖🦊 This would be a great series to take on holiday.

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This was super, very much in the same vein as 'Madhouse at the End of the World' (although not quite as good as it, in my opinion).

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The Beast | Katee Robert
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Apparently I've hit my smut threshold because this was too much for me... Just too much ... But if you're looking for a seriously spicy series, then look no further 😮‍💨🫣🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

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Firmly in my cowboy era! Loving this series! I've just finished 'Powerless' and it was great; this series would make great beach reads this summer. They do suffer from the overused cliche phrases that a lot of these books use- it's like book bingo - how many times does the FMC roll her lips or how many times does the MMC's jaw pop and they all hum .... Yep, hum!!!! However, they are such feel good reads that I can overlook this....most of the time

Caroline2 Book bingo!! 😂 how about how many times she releases the breath she didn‘t realise she was holding! 🙄 😂 2mo
RobES @Caroline2 or bites her bottom lip 😏 2mo
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I just love Sarah Perry's writing... It probably doesn't matter what she writes, it's just the way she writes... I loved this and I loved the connection with 'The Essex Serpent'. She writes so sensitively about religion and faith- her characters are so human and real. I heartily recommend everything she has ever written 🐍🐍💚💫✨🌘🌌🌠

batsy Nice review! I've got this on my list 👍🏾 I loved Essex Serpent and have Melmoth on the shelves. 2mo
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Antarctica | Claire Keegan
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I loved this, but I didn't enjoy it!!! Oxymoron!? Yes, but hear me out - Keegan's writing is amazing, it brings back the very smell of my granny's kitchen! However, most of these short stories were super unsettling and uncomfortable to read ... So I loved it, but I didn't like it 🤷

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
Ruthiella I know what you mean! 2mo
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Medusa | Jessie Burton
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This is a great feminist retelling for a young adult audience - beautiful, thoughtful and super empowering; loved seeing Medusa reclaim her story 💚🐍🐍🐍

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The Yawnicorn | Emily Hamilton
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This is Norah's current fave- it is such a sweet bedtime book. It would make a lovely baby gift 🦄💗😴✨💫

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A Walk in the Woods | Bill Bryson
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I'm really enjoying this... It's making me want to go hiking through America's national parks! My mum made me this beautiful quilt for my birthday 💗

Deblovestoread Loved the book and the quilt is beautiful 💜 3mo
Ruthiella That quilt is amazing! 😍 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
mabell One of my favorites! (Due for a reread!) and what a wonderful gift! 3mo
bthegood it is a beautiful quilt 💗 3mo
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Flawless | Elsie Silver
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My new obsession - cowboys 🤠

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Happy Saturday! I'm only half way through this book, but it is definitely a pick from me- it has me cackling with laughter!!!

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Spring Cleaning | Jeff Campbell
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Happy Monday 💞

slategreyskies Love this! 🙌 💕 3mo
Ruthiella Backatcha! Love the sentiment! 3mo
dabbe 🤩😂🤩 3mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Happy Sunday! Storm Kathleen is still battering at my door here in N Ireland, but I'm snuggled up with books and coffee ☕☕☕ I just finished The Thursday Murder Club and it was fantastic!!! I picked it out of the book box in the village where I live ages ago and put off reading it as I thought it would be too 'cosy' crime for- but I loved it! It was so funny and sad and bittersweet and it has me guessing until the end! Loved it!💗

bthegood Loved that series - and stay safe 🙂 3mo
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Girl, Goddess, Queen | Bea Fitzgerald
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This was a super YA feminist retelling of the HadesXPersephone myth- one of the better ones I have read. I love how it dealt with how young boys and men are negatively impacted by toxic masculinity and a patriarchal society- a really refreshing portrayal of Hades! 💀💗💐🪷Also, the stunning cover inspired my nails 😍

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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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Happy Easter everyone 🐇💝
I was a little disappointed with 'Bride' but it's not really the book...I just don't think I'm a werewolf/vampire person .... I never went through the 'Twilight' phase. It was well written and quite funny at times... Just not for me 🤷 I'm off to eat this chocolate bunny, drink tea and read! Have a fabulous Easter Sunday 💖

Ruthiella Happy Easter to you! 🐰🐣🌷 4mo
bthegood Hope you had a good easter day! 4mo
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This was so good 💚🐍🐦‍⬛ I loved The Hunger Games trilogy and was worried that I wouldn't like this and it would ruin it for me, but it actually enhanced the story so much that I need to go back and read the trilogy again! Seeing Coriolanus Snow become President Snow was so clever and this book really deepened his character. I'll be thinking about this book for awhile!

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Happy St Patrick's Day from N Ireland 💚🍀☘️

AmyG Happy St Patrick‘s Day! ☘️ 4mo
TheBookHippie ☘️💚☘️ 4mo
dabbe 💚☘️💚 4mo
Gissy 🍀 🇮🇪 💚 💚💚 4mo
bthegood 🍀 🍀 4mo
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A Worthy Opponent | Katee Robert
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I love Katee Robert's writing- she writes truly hot spice in a beautiful way! I love the worlds and characters she creates 💘

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Orbiting Jupiter | Gary D. Schmidt
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Both these books were 5 🌟 they were very different, but both made me cry. I now get the obsession with the Throne of Glass series!!! Lorcan and Elide ❤️

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Happy World Book Day 🎈💖📚🐈‍⬛☕

Ruthiella To you too! ❤️📚🥳 4mo
JessClark78 🖤 4mo
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Midnight Ruin | Katee Robert
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I have such a soft spot for Katee Robert 💖 This was spicy 🔥, although a little more focused on the politics of the overarching plot, than the main relationships, but it was actually good to see how the story is moving on.... Can't wait for the next one ❤️

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I mean.... I'm not sure what to say.... For most of it I was feeling my usual SJM frustrations.... Please stop 'huffing laughter' and 'baring' teeth at each other!!! Also, come on Bloomsbury, I found 3 spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes!!! However, as always, the last 200 pages were epic... It was all worth it in the end and I will be dreaming about these characters for the foreseeable 🔥❤️🤩✨🌟🕳️☄️🌠🌌🪐

Ruthiella I love it when I love a book (or series) despite the annoying aspects of it! What strange magic is this? 5mo
RobES @Ruthiella I know, despite all my complaints, SJM has created characters that I am fully emotionally invested in! 5mo
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One Day | David Nicholls
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Happy Valentine's Day!! Valentine's book, nails, coffee 🌹☕ who needs real love when there are romance novels on the world 😉💖

ElizaMarie Oooo Love this manicure! 5mo
Ruthiella Happy Valentine‘s Day 💘 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Valentine‘s Day 🩷 5mo
RaeLovesToRead This is one of my favourite books of all time 🥰 5mo
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Eeeeeek!!!!!!!!

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This was excellent! The style was light and facetious at times and I felt like I understood a tiny bit more by the end ... It definitely made me want to read his poetry again.

batsy Rundell has a light touch that still conveys depth and complexity. A great skill for a biographer of a poet, imo 🙂 6mo
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Impossible Creatures | Katherine Rundell
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Massive day of strikes here in N Ireland! It was great to see people uniting to support one another, and it was also great to have a little time to curl up with this fantastic book! I highly recommend it; probably best for ages 10- 14. However, really anyone could enjoy it. It's still super snowy and icy here, so wrapping up with hot choco and good books for the foreseeable future 💕

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It is seriously cold and snowy here today... But not quite bad enough for a snow day....so stuck in school looking out at the ice ❄️ The Running Grave was super- I found some parts of it hard to read, in terms of the tension and subject matter, but it is worth it for that ending .... Iykyk 💯

AnneCecilie Now you got me curious. I‘m reading this now and is almost halfway. 6mo
TNbookworm Just finished and think it's one of the best of the series! 6mo
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Happy new year 🎊 Here's to lots of good reads and 5 star picks in 2024 🥰

erzascarletbookgasm Happy new year! 7mo
bthegood Happy New Year 🥳 7mo
Ruthiella Happy New Year to you! 🥳 7mo
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Christmas trees down, house clean and I'm starting a new book! I don't have a book of the year, but I do have a series of the year- this Cormoran Strike series has been my fave this year and I can't wait to get stuck into this one. Happy New Year everyone!

Tamra It‘s like a breath of breath of fresh air! 😄 7mo
RobES @Tamra completely agree! I love going into the new year decluttered. Happy new year xx 7mo
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A Merry Little Meet Cute | Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
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Christmas nails inspired by Christmas books 💚💛🎄❄️🎅

Tamra Love it! 💚 7mo
Gissy 💅🏻Beautiful 💚💚💚🎄 7mo
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A Merry Little Meet Cute | Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
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Twinkly lights, Bailey's coffee and Christmas smut ❤️🎅🎄❤️‍🔥❄️🥵 Merry Christmas everyone....I hope you get lots of good books from Santa xx

Graciouswarriorprincess That mug is so pretty!! 7mo
bookandbedandtea Merry Christmas! 🎄 I love your mug. 7mo
mabell Merry Christmas!🎄 7mo
bthegood Merry Christmas ☃️ 7mo
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Some soft, cozy, smutty seasonal reading this week 🥰 This is actually quite funny and although some of the 'banter' is cringy, it's Christmas, so I can let it go 🎄❤️

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Two of the most beautiful Christmas books for children. I love buying books as presents... and I always manage to sneak a few in for myself ❄️🎅☃️🎄

Tamra Beauties! 😍 7mo
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Icebreaker | Hannah Grace
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Reading smut in the hairdressers 😘

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The Ink Black Heart | Robert Galbraith
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Happy Saturday!!! Lily is horse riding (I don't actually need to stay....it's just so peaceful!) and I'm reading (a really good book) and drinking (a really good coffee) 🥰

Karisa I‘m spending my reading time with Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott today too. Love that world! 8mo
bookaholic1 Love the series, myself 8mo
RobES @Karisa @bookaholic1 I just finished it!!! Brilliant- just love Strike and Robin ❤️ can't wait to see how they adapt this one for the series! 8mo
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Storm Debi is giving us a real battering today ... so hot chocolate is needed in my classroom! 🌧📚☕️🍫

KateReadsYA I love the mug 8mo
RobES @KateReadsYA 🥰 love The BFG 8mo
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Woohoo! Completed my Good Reads Challenge!!!! The Haunted Hotel was pretty meh ... disappointing as I loved The Woman in White!

Gissy Congratulations 📚📚📚📚👏👏👏 8mo
BookmarkTavern Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 8mo
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Monica5 Congratulations. It always feels good when you complete your reading goal, at least to me. 8mo
RobES @gissy @BookmarkTavern @Jas16 @Monica5 awww thanks- I'm a super slow reader, so I wasn't sure I'd make that challenge .... might try 45/50 next year 🤔 xx 8mo
Gissy @RobES You read more books than most of the people out there📚📚📚💪What is important is to enjoy that time we spend in those stories❤️ 🤗 8mo
RobES @Gissy 👍👍🧡🧡🧡 8mo
PaperbackPirate Congratulations on getting to 40! 👏📚📚📚📚👏 8mo
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Happy Halloween folks 🎃🍂🧡🕸🕷🧛‍♂️🧚‍♀️🦹‍♀️👻

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Learn My Lesson | Katee Robert
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This was super spicy 🌶🌶🌶 I love the worlds that Robert's creates... this one feels like it crosses into the world of Dark Olympus. However, the editing on this one wasn't great- there were so many typos and grammatical errors! However, the spicy smut kind of made up for it 😉

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AUTUMN CHILLS | Agatha Christie
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Another cosy autumn read! Some of these short stories were great, with sharp twists that I didn't see coming and atmospheric settings.

peanutnine Love that book cover! 😍🍁 9mo
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Pickpick

Super! Fantastic read for ages 10 - 14 years. An important read in today's world ... raising compassionate young adults 🧡

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Mehso-so

Cute and cosy 🧡🍂🎃🧡 but the spelling and punctuation errors were wick and the overuse of certain phrases set my teeth on edge 😒🙄

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I absolutely did not buy this book for Autumn photos 😉🧡🎃🍂

marleed But if you had, it would‘ve been an understandable decision! 9mo
AnnR 🎃🙃👍 9mo
mom_of_4 Just put this on hold at my library 9mo
RobES @marleed 🧡🎃😉 9mo
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Stone Heart | Katee Robert
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I don't usually use a kindle, but I borrowed my husband's to access this Dark Olympus novella. It was short and sweet (although a number of editing errors kind of soured it for me a bit). 🐍🐍🐍