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I enjoyed this - a lot more than I expected to!

Rose returns from Spain to her family home, in a small Devon seaside town, following the sudden death of her mother. Shock after shock follows, and secrets are uncovered, as she unexpectedly settles back in to village life.

I guess it‘s along the lines of Katie Fforde -

rockpools predictable romance, dogs, a crumbling old house - but I liked that neither the romance nor the ‘secret‘ were the be-all and end-all for Rosie. And the audio, narrated by Francesca Waite (no, Libby, not read by the author 🙄) was excellent. 15h
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1240 pages later… I actually finished my #ChunksterChallenge2021 during last week‘s #20in4 readathon. And was far too shocked by this turn of events to actually review it, so here we are!

It was epic. Obviously. And I really enjoyed it! I‘ve never read much kings‘n‘queens history, so to keep me on board was quite a feat- and my immediate reaction on finishing was to download a podcast about Richard III -so we may have started something here!

rockpools I loved just how complicated most of the characters were, their flaws and mistakes making them seem very human. And I loved that, in a book about Kings, the women are real, strong characters whose actions and opinions have an impact.

So yes, I was a fan. It took me just the 6 months to finish it, but I‘ve learned that that‘s OK - I actually enjoyed treating it
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rockpools like a soap opera rather than something to be finished, and being able to stop and start as and when. And yes, I may well read more Penman… one day! 15h
Andrew65 Brilliant. One of my favourite books, and Richard III is fascinating. 15h
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Andrew65 I recommend her welsh princes trilogy which starts with Here Be Dragons. 15h
Amiable Hooray! It‘s fine to take 6 months to finish a chunkster —you finished, which is the goal! And you liked it! Bonus points. Congratulations! 15h
rockpools @Amiable Thanks for the encouragement to give it a go! I‘m planning another chunkster for next year already… Out of interest, how many pages makes for a chunkster in your challenge? 15h
rockpools @Andrew65 Really fascinating. I had no idea! And I may well give the Welsh princes a go at some point. Not sure the tagged book‘s the one though!! Maybe this? 15h
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! This book is on my to get to list…someday. 🙂 14h
Amiable @rockpools I mean, my own personal annual chunkster challenge is something that‘s approximately 1,000 pages or more. For me, a “chunkster” is at least 800+pages. But my goal for the challenge is to encourage people to tackle whatever “giant” book intimidates them personally. So that could mean something different to each reader. I really just want people to find the courage to dive into the big books! (edited) 13h
LeahBergen If you‘re interested in a bit of more recent (nonfiction) about Richard III, check this one out. I found it fascinating! 9h
rockpools @CoverToCoverGirl 😂 That to get to list just keeps growing! now
rockpools @Amiable Thank you! (I go to quite extreme lengths to avoid chunky chunksters!!) If you run it again next year, I have 1Q84 and The Tale of Genji on my shelves- I found being part of the challenge really helpful in actually finishing! now
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Current audio, which I‘m enjoying MUCH more than I expected to. It‘s probably along the lines of Katie Fforde (described as heartwarming women‘s fiction, which generally would have me running for the hills!!)

Also, as author-read audio with Devon accents goes, this is surprisingly not annoying. A few repeated lines/editing errors, but generally well done.

Mostly, though, the colours of the cover just make me happy!

#adventathon

ozma.of.oz That‘s a lovely cover! 5d
rockpools @ozma.of.oz It‘s nice and cheerful, isn‘t it? 🌺🏡🌊 5d
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Race for Tomorrow | Simon Mundy
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It‘s #BookSpin day! 🎉🎉🎉

Here are the two books I‘ll be studiously ignoring this month, along with my bookclub book, my Read Around The World book, and everything else I have half-finished.

Happy December, all!

RaeLovesToRead Haha, I'm sure my Bookspin choice has been a Bookspin choice before 😅😅 6d
RaeLovesToRead *High five* for studiously ignoring our goals! 😁❤ 6d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6d
rockpools @RaeLovesToRead I seriously went back through my last 3 month‘s posts to see if Race for Tomorrow had been pulled before! I haven‘t finished a bookspin in MONTHS. So yes, I get that! High five to you too 😂😂 (but obviously we‘re going to nail it in December!!) 6d
RaeLovesToRead Yes!! We shall nail it this month! 😊😅 5d
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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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Thank you #Gladstonerds! Picked up this months book at work this afternoon, and came home to your very lovely postcard, with everyone‘s messages. I am SO sorry I didn‘t get there!

@squirrelbrain @TrishB @CGainor3 @jenniferw88 @julesG @Leniverse @scripturient @Oryx

squirrelbrain We missed you! I hope you like the book… I did! 7d
Cathythoughts Lovely card ❤️. I really enjoyed this book too 6d
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#WeeklyForecast is to finish as much as I can before December.

Only 100 pages left of Sunne 😊. But I‘ll be sad to leave them behind.

Secrets is my current audio. We‘ll see if it turns out to be as desperately predictable as it might! I hadn‘t even read the blurb when I picked this for my next audio, which is weird because it‘s a different genre but the same storyline as…

Weathering- Woman comes back to dilapidated family home in Devon after

rockpools death of mother. But maybe a bit gothic, a bit ghosty, I‘m sure the romance with an old schoolfriend/now farmer will appear in this one at some point too!

Chainsaw. I really want to finish this, but one out-of-comfort-zone read at a time!

No Friend gets harder to read the more news you listen to 😔

And Drama Queen. Very readable memoir.

Obviously I‘m not going to finish all six this week. Two would be good!

Have a fantastic week folks!!
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squirrelbrain Nearly there with Sunne! You can do it! 😁 1w
rockpools @squirrelbrain Should finish tomorrow. I‘ll be at a loss once I‘m done!! 1w
Cinfhen I‘m a fan of yours!! I love your #weeklyforecast(s) and #BookReport(s) 1w
rockpools @Cinfhen 😂 Right back at ya Cindy 😘 That‘s for putting up with my wittering! 1w
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Start of day 2 of the #20in4 readathon, and I‘m 14 chapters through my 24 chapter goal for this weekend. On track to actually finish a chunkster within 6 months (shock!)

In the last 24 hours, I‘ve learnt who the princes in the tower were and what consumption is (TB probably). We‘ve had tragedy after tragedy, but I think it might get proper sad from here on in. Also, very grateful for central heating and hot running water.

TrishB I‘ve read to the end twice and I know historically what happens obviously but I can‘t do it to myself again. I am the same with anything about Boudicca. I am glad you‘re enjoying though. 1w
rockpools @TrishB I appear to be a complete ignoramous where kings-and-queens history is concerned, so it‘s all new to me! (Apart from the spoilers I stumbled across on TV trash about Tenby the other week, obvs 😂). I haven‘t even gone there with Boudicca - give me 6 months to recover from this one, and I‘ll ask you for recommendations! Hope you have some fab books for your retreat. 1w
TrishB I had some great reads 😁 and a wonderful de-stressing weekend. 1w
Andrew65 A wonderful book, Does get tough to read in places with events. 1w
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Went on a little jaunt to the recycling centre in a neighbouring town. Their bookshop closed a couple of years ago, but no one had told me (or apparently Litsy) that a new one had opened. Not only was it very lovely/full of things I wanted to buy, it was also suitably Totnes. “Oh no, we‘ve run out of loyalty cards. Let‘s make some - here‘s card and a pen. Hello, lovely new customer- would you like one of our limited edition loyalty cards?” 😁👩‍🎨

rockpools Needless to say, money was spent! 2w
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I‘ll be joining @Andrew65 for the #20in4 #readathon this weekend.

I sometimes aim for 20 chapters. My goal this time is to get through the 24 remaining chapters in The Sunne in Splendour, and finish up my #ChunksterChallenge2021 before December. 🤞

Thanks for hosting Andrew 😊 - pleased to have a tiny bit more incentive to get this finished!

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. I loved (edited) 2w
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Good morning Litsy! An early #BookReport today.

Sunne has got page-turnery as we get nearer the end. I‘d love to get this finished before we hit December. 300 pages to go.

I enjoyed The Fisherman King for #Brunei -must review it sometime…

The Long Call was great - I just wasn‘t in the mood🤷🏻‍♀️

Drama Queen is very readable and engaging. You might want to avoid it if your kids are at a Steiner school though… Ongoing.

Enjoy your weekend, all!

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After much fiddling about, here‘s my December #bookspin #bookspinbingo list.

The plan is
*to finish the things I have in progress
* to read an ARC or two (ARCs? Remember them?😟)
* to read my #readaroundtheworld #Malta book (which I haven‘t yet chosen. Suggestions?)
* to read my bookclub book (hasn‘t gone well the past few months!)

Nothing much then! Let‘s see how this goes!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
sprainedbrain Ooooh you have some great books on that list! 👀 2w
rockpools @sprainedbrain There‘s a LOT of overdue NetGalley on there - and a LOT of overdue everything else! But I want to read all of them!! 2w
sprainedbrain I can relate to lots of overdue NetGalley 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
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#ChunksterChallenge2021 update! @Amiable

The bookmarks are edging their way further back in the book - I‘m on p788/1240. Still hopeful of finishing before the end of the year. Apparently it‘s only been 6 months (I‘m counting that as a win)!

And yes, I am still enjoying it - just slowly.

And what ARE they going to do about George?!

(Edited because it‘d help if I had the right hashtag!!)

Amiable Excellent l!! Slow and steady wins the race —and finishes the chunkster! 👍🏼 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Definitely one I need to read. 2w
rockpools @Amiable 😂😂 A little more slow than steady, but we‘re getting there! 2w
rockpools @CoverToCoverGirl Ooh, yes, do! It‘s a fab read - I just make a bit of a fuss about anything over 300 pages! 2w
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I do love cards. And mail. But I‘m also a little organisationally-challenged. So my December challenge to myself is to get my Christmas cards out early AND join in @LibrarianRyan ‘s #cardswap . Cards have been purchased ☺️

See Ryan‘s page for details or the signup form‘s below:

https://forms.gle/e8BmqhNspMnSis3G8

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A combined #BookReport #WeeklyForecast this week.

I read Odd Girl Out and started Drama Queen - two wildly different memoirs of British women who were diagnosed with autism as adults.

Reached Part 3 of Sunne, and we‘re married and back at Middleham. Only 500 pages to go. Still enjoying.

Long Call is my audio. It‘s good.. but I might have already met my crime novel limits for the month.

The Fisherman King. This is why I do #readaroundtheworld

rockpools -type challenges. Have spent the morning googling pictures of Brunei‘s Water Village. Will venture into folklore at some point. Really enjoying it!

I have a squillion books in progress, so my #weeklyforecast is to just keep going. And maybe finish an ARC. I have a couple of days off, so may even get more reading time next week 😊.

Have a fantastic week, folks!
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TrishB Have a great week Rachel 😘 2w
squirrelbrain Have a great few days off! 😘 2w
Cinfhen Enjoy your time off xx 2w
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A big old resounding pick for being the book I needed to read this week. I‘m trying to understand what a friend is going through/how to support her, as she goes for diagnostic tests. So far we‘ve established that her view & my view of what autism means are light years apart.

Laura James was 45, a successful journalist, wife and mother of 4 adult children, when she was diagnosed with autism. In this memoir, she looks at her diagnosis and the

rockpools readjustment that came after, as well as looking back on her childhood and younger years. She talks to doctors and researchers, bringing us along on the journey as she figures out what this means. She‘s also remarkably honest about her relationship with her husband Tim.

Well-told, interesting and very readable. I rattled through this in 3 days.
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squirrelbrain Glad you found a book that helped and hope it helps you to support your friend too. 3w
CarolynM For what it's worth, I don't think you should let a diagnosis of autism define you. It helps explain some things but it's only one part of a whole personality. It is not necessarily a disability. My son is on the spectrum & although I've not been diagnosed I score pretty high on the tests. I hope your friend finds the outcome of the process helpful to her however it goes. You are clearly a good friend & your ongoing acceptance will be invaluable. 3w
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Magpiegem This sounds interesting. My little boy is autistic, amongst other things, his needs are quite complex, I‘m a few years in now and realising just how helpful it is when friends and family are interested in his experience of the world through his eyes and how they can support him. It‘s always worth remembering though- when you‘ve met one autistic person... you‘ve met one autistic person. The word spectrum is right! 3w
rockpools @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen - I think I‘ll be making my way through a few on the lists you sent. 3w
rockpools @CarolynM Thanks Carolyn, that‘s helpful 😘 3w
rockpools @Magpiegem 😊 Thanks Gemma. And yes, I‘m straight onto my next read to get a range of experiences. 3w
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Evening Litsy! Can you help me out here?

I‘m looking for books by #actuallyautistic authors. Particularly (but not exclusively) books by women, by slightly older authors (over 40s), autobiographies…

Thanks in advance.

slategreyskies Here‘s one. I‘ll check my shelves for a few more. 3w
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slategreyskies And another. I‘m not sure how many I have on my shelf. Hope one or two of them help. 3w
slategreyskies I know I have a few more, but they‘re not on my autism shelf, so I‘m not sure where I put them. I‘ll let you know if I find them. :) 3w
squirrelbrain I recalled an interesting article in The Guardian a few months ago so went looking…here it is: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jun/27/we-dont-need-to-be-cured-or-fixe... 3w
sarahbellum Helen Hoang comes to mind 3w
rockpools @slategreyskies Thank you, thank you, thank you! I thought I‘d be lucky to find one that was what I‘m looking for, but these are all just the thing. Need to decide where to begin now. Thanks 😘 3w
rockpools @TrishB Fantastic- thanks Trish. I‘ve been eyeing Katherine May‘s Wintering for a good year now, but maybe I‘ll try ‘Electricity‘ first - these are really helpful 😊 3w
rockpools @merelybookish Thank you! I hadn‘t heard of her, but it looks like she‘s written loads. Much stacking going on here - thank you 😊 3w
rockpools @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen - these are spot on. I‘m going to be busy 😘 3w
rockpools @sarahbellum Ooh, thank you - I‘ve been meaning to read that for ages! 3w
mandarchy Look me in the eye by John Elder Robison is really good. He is the brother of Augusten Burroughs. He has three fascinating successful careers before learning about Asperger's. 3w
Larkken Corinne Duyvis and Ada Hoffmann are both on the spectrum and write science fiction with own-voices characters, and I thought Talia Hibbert‘s last novel (tagged, a romance) dealt with ableism and characters on the spectrum really well 3w
Libby1 Hi! I‘ve tagged a good middle grade/YA book for you. 😊 3w
Libby1 Anything by Temple Grandin is awesome. 3w
Libby1 The tagged book is about a group of neurodivergent young people trying to save a dystopian world. 3w
Libby1 I have so many more but I don‘t want to inundate you! You can ask if you‘re looking for something in particular. I‘ve also read a few bad books about autism in my time. I‘ve been inundating myself in this for years now! 3w
Libby1 I forgot to say that the Libby Scott book specifically deals with Pathological Demand Avoidance as well. 3w
Libby1 The tagged book is by a young autistic comedian. So funny. 3w
rockpools @mandarchy Thank you! 😊👍 3w
rockpools @Larkken Oh interesting! I‘ll investigate those - thanks! 3w
rockpools @Libby1 Thanks so much, Libby. How are you doing? I loved Young Naturalist, and it should be easy to find a copy of Sparkle Jar 😊 - will check out some of the others! 3w
squirrelbrain Wintering is on Kindle offer today for Q9.99. I was going to purchase it but apparently I already did…. Who knew?! 3w
slategreyskies Autism In Heels is on Kindle in the US today for $1.99 if anyone wants to pick up a copy. :) 2w
rockpools @slategreyskies Aaah, boo. But thank you. Still (cb.50 here - I absolutely intend to make my way through your suggestions, but have started with the easiest to get hold of! 2w
slategreyskies @rockpools Oh, I didn‘t know you were in the UK. I know what you mean about starting with the ones that are the easiest to get hold of. I had to order copies of most of them, since my library didn‘t have any of them. I wish you were closer. I‘d lend them to you! :) 2w
rockpools @slategreyskies Aw, thank you 😊, you‘ve been super-helpful. My library had a couple, but more for kids/parents - and I feel like I need to read really widely so don‘t want to splurge on just one! A friend‘s reluctantly getting assessed, and in all honesty neither of us know anything about autism- I‘m trying to broaden my own understanding to support her. So trying to read ALL the books… 2w
rockpools @slategreyskies A couple of days behind you - they‘ve just brought the price down here 😊 2w
slategreyskies @rockpools I still don‘t know as much about it as I‘d like, but I‘ve learned a lot from reading, and it‘s been really helpful. Something my husband says occasionally is to remember that, if you‘ve met one person with autism, you‘ve met one person with autism. His point is that, although there are sometimes similarities, everyone on the spectrum has an experience that‘s unique to them. I think that‘s good to remember too. More ⬇️ 2w
slategreyskies @rockpools I hope your friend gets what she needs out of being assessed. If she ends up getting a diagnosis, she‘s still the same person she always was. Nothing will have changed except that then she‘d have clues as to why certain things were different for her than they were for NT (neurotypical) people. I‘m glad the book finally went on sale there. Let me know if you ever want/need to talk. I‘ll be here. :) 2w
rockpools @slategreyskies Thank you so much -very much appreciated! And your comments on the ‘clues‘ are so helpful. Have a wonderful weekend 😊 2w
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Here‘s a jumble of a #WeeklyForecast, that may be totally ignored- we‘ll see!

Craving to get back to my #ChunksterChallenge read, Sunne, before I stumble over any more spoilers (It‘s only been 550 years!) Only 600 more pages to go…

Someone sent me AA Milne‘s short stories as light relief- quite fun so far, and good for dipping in and out.

No Friend is beautifully done. How can you write

rockpools something this poetic and insightful via text? However, requires full attention so isn‘t much happening rn.

Chainsaw, ditto. My head keeps coming back to Jade, but I‘m not sitting still and reading enough to get through it.

And picking up The Long Call as my main audiobook now. High hopes for this one.

Have a wonderful week, everyone 😘
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squirrelbrain Have a lovely week yourself, Rachel! 😘 3w
TrishB Have a great week 👍🏻 those 500 year spoilers are a killer! 3w
Cinfhen Hope you have a wonderful week…good luck with your reads 3w
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I finished a book! Yay!

I enjoyed this. Young reporter Tuva works for the local paper in a small Swedish town. A murder in the forest forces her to investigate (She‘s not a fan of forests. Or nature in general) and make links with a killing spree back in the 90s. It‘s very quiet, very detailed- we see every insect, every hearing-aid battery-change, every taste of food - and the tension builds.

But seriously Tuva, just go visit your mother!

rockpools …. and I think I may as well double up and use this as my #bookreport, cos I‘ve read NOTHING else this week! But still. I finished something. Happy weekend, folks. @Cinfhen 4w
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 4w
squirrelbrain I liked this one too! 🌲 4w
Soubhiville What a great cover! Glad you got to finish a book! 4w
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This masterpiece is my November #BookSpinBingo board. (I typed that as BookSinBingo 🧐)

I haven‘t actually finished a book in weeks, so I‘m cutting my #WeeklyForecast down to an absolute minimum, concentrating on:
Print: No Friend But The Mountains (amazing writer, amazing story)
Audio: Dark Pines (waiting for something to happen. Right now, everyone in the town is… odd!)
Ebook: Outlandish (fascinating but putdownable)

Enjoy your week folks.

Cinfhen I like that….”fascinating but putdownable” I‘ve had plenty of those types of reads lately. 1mo
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This week‘s #BookReport. The folks have gone home. I‘m very sad not to have my reading companion with me (tho she phoned as I was on my way out to return her stack of library books, & asked if I was going to the bookshelves ❤️)

Some reading‘s happened this week. I‘ve admitted that Lean Startup is an ordeal I don‘t need to put myself thro. And I started Chainsaw. Bizarrely, this is the one that has my FULL attention. We‘ll see how that continues…

rockpools Oh, and I‘ve rediscovered that is Usborne books are AMAZING and Hairy MacLarey and Slinky Malinkey are still cool after all these years 🐶 🐈‍⬛ (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain Aw, you‘ll miss your little reading friend! (Although be glad of some sleep I bet!) 1mo
Cinfhen Wow!! You‘re becoming like sweet @TrishB who finds books about serial killers “comfort” reads 😁 1mo
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Oryx Don't forget Schnitzel von Krum and Muffin McClay 1mo
rockpools @Oryx I‘ve never met Muffin McClay. Must fix that immediately! 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @rockpools the serial killers are much easier to read than worrying about the Wolves in my current one! 1mo
Reggie Lol, color me shocked that you‘re reading Chainsaw and enjoying it. So happy! 1mo
rockpools I hold you almost entirely responsible for this weird turn of events @Reggie! I don‘t think I‘d have even considered picking up a horror book back along. I‘ll let you know how I get on… 1mo
rockpools @TrishB Oh no! Poor wolves. Have you read Sarah Hall‘s The Wolf Border? It sounds like there are similarities. 1mo
rockpools @Cinfhen 🤣 We haven‘t reached that stage yet! Although after work this week, I may be starting to see the appeal! 1mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain Very definitely on both counts. She really loves browsing bookshelves though, which is so funny to see. Also appears to have a bit of a sixth sense as to which books might have cats in. 1mo
TrishB That book does seem very similar! 1mo
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Salar the Salmon | Michael Morpurgo, Henry Williamson, C. F. Tunnicliffe
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*Way* too much choice for #moon #gratefulharvest. So I didn‘t bother choosing!

Salar the Salmon is yet another local book I picked up from the library and proceeded not to read.
The Yogini was fab. But seriously way-out weird.
And that‘s the back cover of my copy of The Hobbit at the bottom. I do love that cover.

I haven‘t done a photo challenge in ages, and I‘m really enjoying this! Thanks @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Trashcanman How have you been? 1mo
rockpools @Trashcanman Hey George, good to see you. I‘m well thanks. Have had family (including a 2 yr old) staying for about 3 weeks, so have spent a lot of time being a cat 🐈?! How‘s it going with you? 1mo
Trashcanman @rockpools I hope having family over went well. I'm the same you know, waiting for the sun to shine. Being a cat sounds like fun. I'd like to be a hippo, i saw a video of a hippo eating a pumpkin and it looked happy. 1mo
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rockpools @Trashcanman I can‘t say I‘d ever considered being a hippo. But you did make me Google hippos eating pumpkins 🎃. I can see the appeal! Their pumpkin-eating is quite joyous! Yep, having family here was great. Stressful, but great. We hadn‘t seen them in over a year, so lots of catching up. Wishing you sunshine 🌞. 1mo
Trashcanman @rockpools Thank you so much 🤗🤗 1mo
Eggs Great covers🌜🌲🌛 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We are happy you are playing!! 📚❤️ 1mo
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The most #brown cover I could find. Now I‘ve dug the book out, I kind of want to read it again. That wasn‘t in the plan! #gratefulharvest

Eggs Great post 🤎👍🏼🤎 1mo
Cathythoughts Love the Mrs Fox story .. read it years ago & it‘s always stayed with me ❤️ 1mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts She‘s a fantastic writer! 😊 1mo
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Weathering | Lucy Wood
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This is my current bookclub read which I have absolutely no hope of finishing before Thursday. But I like what I‘ve read so far - very atmospheric, almost nostalgic for me, and a bit odd - and I love the #leaves on the cover. #gratefulharvest

merelybookish This has been on my #TBR for ages! Something about the name has always intrigued me. 1mo
Eggs 🌿💚🌿 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 🍂 1mo
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#gratefulharvest #apples

Couldn‘t resist joining in with today‘s prompt. This is one I *really* want to read - one day! It‘s about Eyam during the Great Plague of 1666. For some reason the last year hasn‘t really felt like the time.

squirrelbrain I read this *years* ago - I seem to remember it was good! 1mo
LeahBergen I really enjoyed this one. 1mo
rockpools @LeahBergen @squirrelbrain I really enjoyed 👇 so I have high hopes 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome! Thanks for playing ❤️📚 1mo
Eggs Beautiful 🧡🍎🙌🏻 1mo
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Not a #WeeklyForecast! I predict I might read *something* from at least one of these books.

Weathering is my bookclub read for last Thursday… postponed to this Thursday. Have read the opening sentence so far.
Lean Startup: should finish, may bail.
Race for Tomorrow: Arc published this week. Gazillion times more interesting than the cover suggests.
Chainsaw: Because I may never be in the frame of mind for a slasher horror novel ever again.

rockpools No friend: bookspin for last month. Incredible writing.
Dark Pines: audio. Good but slow! Or that may be me.

And happy to say my #bookreport matches last week‘s forecast almost exactly- I predicted I‘d read virtually nothing and that‘s what I read!
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Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 you‘re always guaranteed to make me smile 😃 thank you 😘😘 1mo
Cinfhen Here‘s another #Booked2022Hint save this one - it‘ll work for an upcoming prompt 😉 1mo
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TrishB Great post 😁 good luck! 1mo
rockpools @Cinfhen 😁. And ohhhh….. I‘m absolutely definitely categorically decisively not signing up for any challenges next year, to make life easier on myself. I‘ve also spent the past 2 days convinced it was 1st November already and checking the #Booked2022 hashtag to see if the prompts were out yet 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ 3 guesses how that‘s going to go!? 1mo
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish 😊 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 😘😘I‘m trying to limit my challenges too 1mo
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I‘ve hardly read a jot this month, but I‘m in for all-the-spins for November. Took a couple of months off from #bookspinbingo - and I missed it. In a bizarre turn of events, I also fancy giving a horror novel a go. What could possibly go wrong?

Cathythoughts Good luck 🤞🏻😳😃 1mo
Megabooks I enjoyed this by Jones. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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rockpools @Megabooks I read your and @sprainedbrain ‘s reviews and downloaded it. I am so not-a-horror-reader and have never watched a slasher-movie, so the chances of getting through it are pretty remote… Why on earth am I finding the blurb so appealing?! 1mo
rockpools @Cathythoughts 😂😂 Thank you! I may need it 🍀 1mo
sprainedbrain Oh I hope you make it through! It‘s a lot but so very good! 1mo
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Wild Goose | Laura Wall
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A very small #BookReport because reading isn‘t really happening for a couple of weeks.

Finished Anos Ku Ta Manda - poetry. Liked a lot.
Still going with Dark Pines. Enjoying this one.
Bailed on things that aren‘t worth bothering with.
Everything else is still in progress (ie sitting unlooked at on a shelf. Or under the bed. Or…)

HOWEVER, the really exciting bookish news was I got to take my niece on her first trip to the library. She

rockpools quite enjoyed herself. Couldn‘t actually sit and read anything because she needed to just check what was in the next crate. Quote of the day (repeated regularly) “More books about cats!” Blue cats are a particular favourite. (Also patchwork elephants!)

#WeeklyForecast - might as well get this in now. I‘m predicting reading absolutely nothing, except books about cats. And ducks. And elephants. And watching bagpuss.

Have a lovely week, folks
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Cathythoughts Have a good week Rachel! Not too much reading on my end .. but I‘m tipping away. Sounds like fun with your neice🥰 2mo
Cinfhen I LOVE the children‘s section at libraries 🥰What a joy to go with your niece!!! And I DO remember Elmer the patchwork elephant 🐘 2mo
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TrishB That sounds like fun though 😁 2mo
squirrelbrain Aw, what a lovely thing to do! And there‘s nothing wrong with watching Bagpuss either! 😁 2mo
Centique That sounds like someone with excellent taste in library books! I hope you really enjoy your time together 💕 1mo
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Weathering | Lucy Wood
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‘Arse over elbow and a mouthful of river‘

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

TrishB Love that ♥️ 2mo
rockpools @TrishB It quite sets the tone, doesn‘t it? 2mo
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Anos Ku Ta Manda | Yasmina Nuny
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This, on the other hand, I *really* liked. Thanks for highlighting it @Currey ! Poetry from a poet from #GuineaBissau, currently Midlands, UK, writing about being a woman, being black, love, language, colonialism and her home country.

This is her reading of A Black Woman Walks into a Church: https://azmagazine.co.uk/azbhmpoetry-when-they-dismiss-my-blackness-by-yasmina-n...

#readaroundtheworld

rockpools She also has a poem called Expletives as an answer to those who object to her use of them (video contains expletives!)

Also good to discover a poetry press worth exploring.
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BookwormM Woohoo good month for you 🎉🎉 2mo
Ruthiella @ReadingEnvy Might be interesting for you Jenny if you still need a book for Guinea-Bissau for your reading around the world...🤔 2mo
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Picked this up because having Overdrive on the Kobo is still a novelty and Stoicism is interesting. I lasted two chapters, then went to GoodReads to check if it‘s just me. It‘s not just me.

Sadly I never got to the practical/optimistic bit of the book. It started smug (everyone else is frazzled but I‘m fine), moved to judgey (REALLY bad things happened to these people. THEY coped) then got into idk-what (the blitz generation did just fine. You

rockpools know why? Cos no counselling available, no helicopter parents, no expectation of outside help, no 7 stages of grief…)

At which point I bailed. Onwards!
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squirrelbrain Oh dear 🙄 2mo
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Elmer's Birthday | David McKee
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#LibraryHaul! Happy weekend, all.

I may be slightly absent (*slightly more absent than usual) over the next couple of weeks. Niece is coming to stay. She‘ll be bringing her parents with her, and having a 2nd birthday while she‘s here 🥳. We haven‘t seen her since she was 10 months because stuff happened 🤔.

Did well on the 🦆 and 🐘s this morning, less well on the 🐱 🐈, which are her current love. Any 🐈‍⬛ recommendations gratefully received!

hannah-leeloo Some great picks hun! 2mo
Texreader Awww! Always hard to go wrong with Sandra Boynton books, too 2mo
youneverarrived Great choices 🥰 2mo
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rockpools @hannah-leeloo Thank you 😊. Couple of classic characters in there! 2mo
rockpools @Texreader Ooh yes - she loves Moo, Baa, La La laa - I should find some more! 2mo
rockpools @youneverarrived Thanks Katie - how‘s you little one doing? 😘 2mo
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Across the Empty Quarter | Wilfred Thesiger
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I thoroughly enjoyed that. As well as remembering why abridged books drive me nuts - you seriously CANNOT leave us there! I‘ll have to read Arabian Sands at some point now (this was an extract).

Thesiger travels across the Empty Quarter, the Arabian desert of #Oman and #SaudiArabia, with his Bedu companions, avoiding those who would have an issue with a Christian in their midst. I learnt SO MUCH about camels & desert travelling. Fascinating!

rockpools We‘re into shameless cheating now, but I think I‘ll use this for both countries for #readingasia2021. @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle 2mo
LeahBergen I really enjoyed this book of his 2mo
Librarybelle So glad you enjoyed this! 2mo
rockpools @LeahBergen Ooh, interesting! I‘ll give it a go… one day! 2mo
rockpools @Librarybelle Thanks Jess! 2mo
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I‘ve come to the startling realisation that I can load audiobooks onto my work phone and still have battery on my own phone for Litsy. #gamechanger

Also, I‘m really enjoying this. It‘s VERY quiet so far though.

BookwormM 🤣🤣you are killing it 2mo
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A late combined #weeklyforecast & #bookreport.

A few lighter reads this week 🎉
And I started 2nonfiction. No Friend… is quite something!

I‘m predicting not much reading will happen in the next week or so, but I am still in the market for something fab on audio.

Good night all!

Cinfhen I‘ve had No Friend on my shelf for a long time…maybe it‘s time to dust it off!!! 2mo
TrishB I love the quietly set aside category. 2mo
Cathythoughts Like @TrishB I like that quietly … category too 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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Working in a branch library earlier this week, v happy to find Rosie Jones‘s MG novel on the desk I was using (didn‘t know it existed). Then the rest of the week happened, so I bought a copy.

Edie‘s excited to be starting secondary school with best-friend Oscar - but they‘re not in the same class, & everything‘s changing… It‘s a lightly done story of new friends, learning what you CAN do, and starting to think about your disability (Edie has

rockpools cerebral palsy) /how other people react to you, and beginning to work out your sexuality. I wasn‘t mad-keen on the ‘everyone has a boyfriend but me‘ storyline (these kids are 11) though I get why she‘d used it. But overall fun and sweetly done. And Edie‘s a great character! 2mo
rockpools The author is a UK comedian with cerebral palsy. She was on Question Time this week and got the expected grief online from people who didn‘t think she should be on TV because they‘d have to slow down and listen to her. 2mo
TrishB I just don‘t know how to answer that stuff online. I don‘t know these people but they‘re horrible. 2mo
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CarolynM They're missing out if they don't take the time to listen to her, she's hilarious! 2mo
julesG Narrow-minded people can be nasty. They are missing out. 2mo
Cathythoughts I think times are changing , slowly but surely, thank god .. 🤞🏻❤️ (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts I see inclusiveness in my granddaughters class ( she‘s 8) so good to see .. 🤞🏻 2mo
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Maybe I‘ve just gone off cosy mysteries? Or maybe I just didn‘t warm to the characters and found the humour more silly than amusing. It was also on the snooty side, and tending to play to stereotypes. And cozies with a baker/cafe-owning woman in a romance with a police/ex-police guy would need something else to stand out. In short,I wasn‘t a fan.

But hey, it had #bakedgoodsoncover #booked2021. And it has a great rating on GoodReads, so…

TrishB That‘s a funny thing to write on the end of the blurb on here! I missed your book report, no pressure obvs 😁 2mo
rockpools @TrishB I hadn‘t seen that - there‘s a certain tone there 😬. And ha! I‘ll get on it (sometime today) - I have another review needs writing first 😁. Happy Sunday Trish! 2mo
Cinfhen It has the #bakedgoods so there‘s that!!! 2mo
rabbitprincess Yes, to help it stand out it at least needed a bad pun in the title and some delicious recipes at the end! ? (I always laugh when cosy mysteries promise « delicious » recipes—what if I wanted terrible recipes?!) 2mo
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The world would be a much better place with more Rosie Jones in it. So I bought her book.

Trashcanman But what happens when she's not around? 2mo
rockpools A very fair question! We really do need to hear more voices more often. Should I mention this story revolves around a school production of A Christmas Carol? 2mo
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Owl Service (UK) | Alan Garner
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Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this, although I‘m not too sure what just happened. And ‘Cold Kippers‘ may be my new answer to anything I really don‘t want to face. And the audio was gorgeous.

Based on the Mabinogion legend of Blodeuwedd, this 1960s retelling weaves in issues of social class & Welsh language prejudice in rural Wales. Completely weird and quite creepy.

Not sure why this was never on my radar - thanks @Centique 🦉

LeahBergen I thought this was great, too! 2mo
Centique I‘m so glad you liked it! Yes, I had to go back and reread a couple of sections to try and figure out exactly what happened. Cold Kippers! 2mo
GypsyKat I just got this on Audible, can‘t wait to listen! 2mo
batsy One of my favourites! 2mo
squirrelbrain Sounds intriguing… if rather odd! 2mo
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You see that patch of sun there? It‘s taunting me! I‘ve just been for a lovely walk, in which I found the limits of my coat. Downpour! Drenched through!

Anyhow, #weeklyforecast time. Keep on with Sunne (enjoying) & StartUp (first book ever to make me think Blinkist is a good idea 🙄), start Empty Quarter and No Friend for Reading Asia, & Hood Feminism for She Said. Finish The Owl Service on audio (it‘s fun!).

Happy reading all, have a good week.

squirrelbrain Never heard of Blinkist - had to look it up…. 😳 2mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain Google advertises it at me several times a day (I must have been looking at sthg dodgy!) and the boss (not a reader) thinks it‘s the best idea ever 😬 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I had to look it up too! 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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Despite the subtitle, this isn‘t about the author‘s escape from #NorthKorea; it‘s about his life there from 1960, when he was ‘repatriated‘ from Japan, until 1996, when he escaped. His story is just devastating - racism, extreme poverty, so much loss, famine, and no way out - & family was the only thing they had. I learnt much about the regime, & the horrific living conditions they were forced to endure. A sad & angry memoir.

#readingasia2021

Librarybelle This is on my to read list 2mo
BarbaraBB This sounds tough. 2mo
rockpools @BarbaraBB It‘s pretty relentless 😔 2mo
rockpools @Librarybelle It‘s a quick read, but harrowing. 2mo
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My #bookspin, which I am absolutely without-doubt definitely going to read this month, and my #doublespin which I‘m not even going to consider reading, not even going to look at. Let‘s see how this plays out, shall we?!

I‘m pretty sure both have been pulled before. And I *really* can‘t start NFBTM until I finish A River in Darkness. Seem to be on a horrifically sad and angry-making real-life-stories thing.

BookDadGirlDad Swallows and Amazons is really charming 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I read Swallows & Amazons a while back and loved it so much that I've been working my way through the whole series. I've completely fallen in love with them all!! 2mo
rockpools @BookDadGirlDad @TheAromaofBooks It‘s a childhood favourite that I‘ve been meaning to reread for *years*…. But I think I‘m scared it won‘t live up to my memories of it, so I keep putting it off. 2mo
squirrelbrain Aw, Swallows and Amazons… you‘re right, though, I‘m not sure if I could re-read it either; might spoil it! 😬 2mo
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Another #bookreport where I‘ve read virtually nothing, finished absolutely nothing and *STILL* managed to start two new books!

I‘ve shelved Great Circle for now (well, the library recalled the audio). I wasn‘t not enjoying it, but I still had no particular interest in picking it up when I wasn‘t reading it.

I am still reading The Sunne in Splendour. 🦥

Started The Owl Service because @Centique said so, and I‘m loving the audio so far 🦉

rockpools And attempting Hood Feminism for #SheSaid this month - still finding nf easier to read right now 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Centique Ooooh! I‘m so excited you‘re listening to it! Let me know how it goes, that‘s a great idea 😍 2mo
TrishB Some great choices there ♥️ have a good weekend. 2mo
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rockpools @Centique I‘ll keep you posted 😊. Loving the Welsh accents so far. 2mo
rockpools @TrishB You too, Trish - one day I‘ll finish something! 2mo
squirrelbrain Looks like some good picks there! 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s all looking good 😊 2mo
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Still tiptoeing through #readingasia2021.

This month I read
An Empire of the East for Indonesia & Timor L‘Este - he travelled there pre-independence, but the middle section of the book spends time in the region.
Planet of Clay for Syria (brilliant but harrowing/weird)
+ went back and read
Girl dancing in the sky for Kyrgyzstan (I‘d already counted Kgzn when I read Sovietistan)

More than I thought 😁

I also have a N Korea book on the go.

BarbaraBB You‘re doing great!! 2mo
squirrelbrain Yay, well done! 2mo
Cathythoughts Wooohooo 🥳 nice work 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Librarybelle Woohoo!! 2mo
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Across the Empty Quarter | Wilfred Thesiger
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Popped into Oxfam to buy hand soap because Superdrug didn‘t have any (?!), and came out with two pretty little travel books. As you do.

Suet624 Gorgeous 2mo
britt_brooke So pretty! 2mo
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squirrelbrain I have some of these too, also from a charity shop. I don‘t have the Thesiger though… 2mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain You do now! Well, now in a minute- I might read it first 😁. They look a lot older than they actually are- obviously designed to age gracefully and rapidly! 2mo
squirrelbrain You should try and find some more - get the full set of 20! (I have 10, I think) 2mo
LeahBergen What pretty editions! 2mo
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Completely forgot to post my #WeeklyForecast earlier.

Great Circle is due for bookclub on Thursday. Sorry guys - I should be about 50% through by then, so I‘ll block my ears for spoilery bits of the conversation!

A River in Darkness - this is finishable. Let‘s try and finish this one😁

A Freak of Freedom - not sure I‘ll get it done by the end of the month, but it might be possible

rockpools Outlandish - and this is one of those odd nature books that I‘m happy to pick up at random times. I‘d like to read the Polish desert section this week.

Have a great week, all. Happy October!
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Cinfhen How is it October ??? Happy reading, Rachel 🧡 2mo
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Getting in early with my #BookSpin list this month because… I wanted to make a BookSpin list! I missed it last month.

However, I‘m going old-school for October 🍁 🎃 🍂 . Just BookSpin (no Double Spin, no Bingo). And all books off my shelves that I REALLY WANT to read (rather than really should read) that I just never seem to get to.

Hope your holiday has been amazing @TheAromaofBooks

squirrelbrain Some good ones there! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! Looks great!!! 2mo
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Planet of Clay | Samar Yazbek
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This is like nothing else I‘ve read. A Syrian teen, who thinks differently, maybe through learning disabilities or neurodiverse, who just wants to walk and draw and take comfort in The Little Prince, but is tied and has no voice, in a world that makes no sense. It‘s a really tough, disorientating book. Pure horror.

One of the scenes that will stay with me were the disproportionate deaths of women after gas attacks-because it wouldn‘t have been

rockpools appropriate to remove their clothes, an act that could have saved them.

I was pleased to see this on the list for the National Book Award for Translated Literature. Hadn‘t realised when I started that Samar Yazbek was the author of The Crossing - a more journalistic nf about the Syrian war, but equally devastating.

This is my #ReadingAsia2021 read for #Syria. Thanks to #NetGalley and #WorldEditions for an advanced copy ebook for review.
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rockpools @Trashcanman Thanks George- this was a pretty brutal read, but v different. 2mo
BarbaraBB What a review. Sounds like a must-read. 2mo
TrishB Great review Rachel, sounds like a tough read. 2mo
Librarybelle Wonderful review! This sounds like a very tough read. 2mo
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I really appreciated this one. It‘s probably my first mid-pandemic-written read, and looks at the changes businesses are making and need to make - away from bottom-line profit, & towards values, people, environment & caring. I confess to never being a massive MP fan, so I was quite surprised at just how much this resonated. It‘s filled with references to other books, podcasts, TED talks (in a good ‘let‘s break the TBR‘ way, rather than an ‘aren‘t

rockpools I clever?‘way), and is full of real-life examples of businesses that are doing things different. She even talks to CEOs about their favourite poetry, I rattled through it in about 3 days (pretty much unheard of at the mo, never mind for a business book) and have come out of it feeling quite positive and inspired. Kind of niche, but maybe worth a read… 2mo
squirrelbrain Sounds right up my street…stacked. She‘s actually doing a talk in Leeds very soon but it‘s an in-person event so I‘m not keen…🤔 2mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain Cool 😎! I wasn‘t sure anyone would want to know about this one. If you have other recommendations from up this particular street, do let me know. And no, I‘m not up for in-person events yet - I spent yesterday sharing an office with a colleague. Haven‘t done that in about 6 years, and that was more than enough! 2mo
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squirrelbrain I‘ll let you know if I can think of any similar, interesting, ‘business‘ books Rachel! I saw this guy speak at an online conference last week so I‘m going to order his book - I‘ll let you know if it‘s any good… 2mo
squirrelbrain This just appeared on my Libby, Rachel. I‘ve put a hold on it and it‘s only 2 weeks; really looking forward to it! 1mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain oh cool! I hope you enjoy it. I found it really interesting - but have to admit to having forgotten a lot about it since 😕 1mo
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Not a huge amount of reading this week. You may also note how little my #bookreport resembles last week‘s forecast or my books in progress. However, I am enjoying these (enjoying might not be the right word for River(

I‘ve *finally* settled into GC, and Mariannne‘s learning to fly ✈️
Ishikawa has a fascinating viewpoint, having been repatriated to North Korea as a 13 year old. It‘s an incredibly angry read.

rockpools And the Portas is work reading, but it‘s hopeful & positive & I‘m getting a lot out of it.

Sure I‘ll get back to those other books I left lying around… one day!
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TrishB Have a good week 😁 2mo
Cinfhen This is a very slimmed down #BookReport 😜♥️ 2mo
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Cinfhen Glad you‘re enjoying your reads 🥰 2mo
rockpools @Cinfhen I‘ve hidden the rest of my Currently Reading 📚under the 🛌 and am pretending they don‘t exist 😁. Don‘t tell anyone! 2mo
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Today‘s train reading. I decided I should probably get up to speed with a little work reading, but goodness a lot of it‘s tiresome! This, on the other hand, I‘m loving.

It‘s a thoroughly up-to-date look at how business is changing, and how it needs to change in a post-pandemic, climate-crisis world - she calls for a focus on people, planet, profit (in that order, recognising “you can‘t build the cathedrals of tomorrow if you can‘t pay the

rockpools stonemasons of today”).

It‘s very firmly not a call to step away from capitalism (this *is* Mary Portas), but a call to change it by using our buying/selling power more consciously. As someone who has been kicking around the business information world for a year or several, this is kind of making sense of what I do and confirming some changes I‘ve wondered about. In short, I‘m liking it!
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