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squirrelbrain

Joined June 2017

Speed-reader who's trying to slow down...
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Thanks to all who participated in the poll! We‘ve tallied the votes and our summer reads are all set!

We‘ll read and discuss half of a book each week, starting in June. At the end of the month Camp decides which of the two books we read in that month heads to the end-of-summer finale. There, you‘ll cast a final vote to decide which book will be our #camplitsy summer champion!

We‘ll get back to you with the schedule soon!

Megabooks So excited to read with all our campers! 🤩 5h
julesG Can I join in for individual books? 4h
squirrelbrain Of course you can @julesG - you can join in as much or as little as you like! 4h
TrishB I was about to ask that @julesG as I‘m very bad at reading along! 3h
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Feed Me, Please! | Blake Jordon
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At the National Trust second-hand bookshop, Henry found a book that he would like to read… or eat!

Gissy ☺️so cute 🐕 ❤️❤️❤️ 24h
BethM So cute! 24h
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 23h
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Leftcoastzen Aawww!👏🐶 23h
sarahbarnes 😍😂 23h
charl08 So gorgeous. 23h
TrishB 🐶❤️ 23h
BarbaraBB I think you can‘t refuse him anything with those eyes 😍 (edited) 22h
Hooked_on_books He‘s so cute! 💙🐶 21h
batsy Aww! Give him all the books to eat! 😂 (only Henry makes me say this... 😍) 9h
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The Girls Are All So Nice Here | Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
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This gets mixed reviews on here, but I really liked it. Yes, the characters are all awful, but that‘s the whole point. I could quite easily see how the need to ‘fit in‘ could lead to some of the actions of these girls.

I‘m using this for #darkacademia for #booked2022.

Side-eye from Henry as it‘s raining today, so a day in the campervan reading…. He doesn‘t mind though, as he sits with his face pressed up to the heater!

Cinfhen So nice you‘re on one of your getaways!!! Hope the weather improves 💚 1d
4thhouseontheleft That side eye is on point! 😂 1d
MicheleinPhilly Don‘t you know that you alone are responsible for the weather? 1d
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squirrelbrain After some (potential) thunderstorms tonight, it‘s supposed to be Ok for the rest of our stay @Cinfhen 1d
squirrelbrain Labradors have such expressive faces don‘t they?! @4thhouseontheleft 1d
squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly - he doesn‘t mind the rain at all. It‘s just me - could do without a soggy doggy in the van! 1d
MicheleinPhilly I wish. We can have the lightest of sprinkles and Pickles puts on her protester hat. She REFUSES to go out. 🙄 1d
Caroline2 Oh that face!!! 😆 bless him! 1d
LeahBergen Oh, Henry. 😆 1d
squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly - Bless Pickles - Henry used to skirt round puddles when he was a little pup! 1d
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Do you want to spend the summer discussing amazing books?! Join @Megabooks @BarbaraBB and @squirrelbrain for #camplitsy, a Camp ToB-style summer read along. More info in Google doc.

Everyone is welcome!

There‘s a longlist of books nominated last weekend: https://bit.ly/3w5SSIN

Once you‘ve chosen your top 6 from the longlist, vote here: https://forms.gle/ZTL8pH1rUWB9EvCG7

We look forward to seeing you there! Voting ends, Monday 16th May! 🏕📚

Megabooks Looking forward to reading awesome books this summer! 😁📚🏕 2d
youneverarrived Can‘t wait to see what books have been chosen 😁 2d
squirrelbrain It‘s exciting seeing the votes come in! @youneverarrived 2d
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First book of holiday finished! This is definitely more of a psychological thriller than a murder mystery, as the characters‘ slowly start to melt down. They were all very unlikeable, but that‘s what makes the book so good; that you still want to read about horrid people.

I had hoped to use this for #pop22 as well as #authoramonth but, as I suspected, only the very first part is on a train so back to the drawing board for that!

#aam

Liatrek This is one of my fav Hitchcock movies. I really need to read the book. 2d
RaeLovesToRead I love this book 😊 I reckon you could probably get away with it for the #pop22 prompt. The key scene in the book is set on a train! 2d
squirrelbrain Maybe I may just do that @RaeLovesToRead - feels a bit like cheating though! 🤣 2d
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Megabooks I wasn‘t a fan. I ended up bailing, but I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 2d
BarbaraBB Sounds very good. So does your camping trip! 2d
LeahBergen I must get to this one soon. 👍 2d
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Not only am I excited to be hosting #CampToB with @BarbaraBB and @Megabooks I‘m also packing for a real life camping trip of my own.

Well, I think that‘s all my packing done, shouldn‘t need anything else! 🤣

Hmmm, maybe hubby and puppy?!

rockpools Excellent packing! Can I come? 5d
squirrelbrain Of course Rachel! @rockpools You bring some books and I‘ll pack some more toffee vodka! 🤣 5d
vivastory Toffee vodka sounds incredible! As do your books! 5d
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sarahbarnes What else would you need to take?? 😂 5d
BarbaraBB Hoe lowbudget all of this! I hope you have a wonderful time! @Megabooks and I will guard your spreadsheet 😉😘 5d
squirrelbrain It is absolutely delicious! @vivastory (They do a Toffee Apple flavour too) 5d
squirrelbrain Guard it with your life @barbarabb ! 🤣 5d
vivastory @squirrelbrain I think I will go see what I can find at my local liquor store tomorrow! 5d
squirrelbrain This is made in the English Lake District, Scott; you won‘t find it in the US. 🤔 Maybe something similar though?! @vivastory 5d
Megabooks I‘ll put the spreadsheet in a vault while you‘re gone! 😉 wish molly could join Henry. Even though she‘s smaller, she loves the outdoors (I don‘t 😂) and would be a fun camping buddy for him! 5d
Megabooks I hope you enjoy Carol! Should be a fun camping read. 😁🏕 5d
squirrelbrain Molly would fit perfectly in our tiny campervan @Megabooks - I keep telling Henry I‘ll send him back if he keeps getting bigger! 🤣 Good job he doesn‘t believe me! 5d
LeeRHarry Have a lovely time! 😊 5d
erzascarletbookgasm 😂 Enjoy your holiday. I think Henry is looking forward to his 2nd camping trip 😉 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Btw Toffee Vokda sounds very interesting! 😁 5d
squirrelbrain It is very yummy @erzascarletbookgasm ! (Henry won‘t be allowed any though!) 🤣 5d
youneverarrived 😂 the essentials! 5d
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Hi friends, we are excited to announce #CampLitsy, a Camp ToB-style summer read along run by @BarbaraBB @Megabooks and @squirrelbrain

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Everyone is welcome to join!

We‘ve made a longlist from last weekend‘s nominees. Link to the list: https://bit.ly/3w5SSIN

Once you‘ve decided on your top 6, we‘ve opened up voting in this Google Doc:
https://forms.gle/ZTL8pH1rUWB9EvCG7

We hope you‘ll join, vote and share! Poll closes on Monday 16th May!

squirrelbrain Tagging a few friends who may not have done ToB before, so shout if you want to know more! 5d
julesG Shout! 5d
Megabooks So excited to see what our campers choose from the longlist! 🏕📚 5d
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squirrelbrain @julesG - the Tournament of Books is an annual (American) knockout competition for books. Barbara runs a Litsy version alongside to see how our votes compare. It was my first year joining in this year - good fun! There is also a mini CampToB each summer, with just 6 books. We decided to nominate our own, which we did last weekend, as well as voting for them. When we‘ve picked the 6 we‘ll read 2 a month and vote our winner. 5d
rockpools **Kind of a whispery shout** When you were putting the lists together last week there were SO MANY I fancied reading. I think I‘m in, and I think I understand. As long as you don‘t require us to sign up to the grown-up tob because 🤯 5d
rockpools P.S. Nice spreadsheet 😘 5d
julesG Okay. Got it. Thought it was more complicated. 😬 5d
squirrelbrain I know @rockpools -there are so many good books! We had to take a few out even due to the dates not fitting; there were over 70! Could you tell my job was to do the spreadsheet?! 🤣 5d
julesG Spreadsheet queen! 5d
squirrelbrain No, just voting for books and then reading the 6 we choose over the course of 3 months @julesG (and chatting on here about them then voting for your overall fave) 5d
Leniverse Wow. So many books to research! I've eyed the ToB in previous years, but it was just way too many books in addition to what I had already planned on reading. This mini version looks doable though. 5d
KristiAhlers Y‘all have some great titles on this list! I‘m totally in for this! 5d
TrishB I‘ll do my best to have a look and vote. You know how rubbish I am at reading along with others! 5d
rockpools Next up in ‘things I didn‘t know I didn‘t know‘ - website Litsy shows who has stacked a book! The hours I‘ve spent going back through posts to see who I‘d meant to send stuff on to… (Thanks for adding the links to the spreadsheet, Helen!) 5d
squirrelbrain Ooh, good spot Rachel! @rockpools 5d
squirrelbrain It would be fab if you could vote @TrishB ! 5d
squirrelbrain @Leniverse @KristiAhlers - there are so many fab books. I ended up only voting for 1 of my own 6 nominations, there are so many others I hadn‘t even heard of! 5d
jlhammar Count me in! Just voted. Looking forward to it. 5d
squirrelbrain Yay! Thanks for voting @jlhammar - there were so many great books to choose from! 5d
vivastory Thanks for organizing! I'm really excited 📚📚🏕️ 5d
BarbaraBB @julesG @rockpools @Leniverse @KristiAhlers @TrishB @jlhammar So glad you all are thinking of joining. It‘s really low key and relaxed. Just a chance to read 6 probably great books during summer! 5d
Caroline2 Oh this sounds mega fun but I don‘t think I have any of those books and I‘m reallllly trying to stick to mount tbr this year. 😬 5d
squirrelbrain You could still vote @Caroline2 and you never know, one or two might be on Kindle deal! 😁 (I know you won‘t resist a 99p deal, never mind what you say about #mountTBR!) 🤣 5d
Megabooks Thanks for sharing Helen! Your spreadsheets are 💯💯💯💯!! 💜 and “probably great” @BarbaraBB 😂😂 but part of the fun is finding out for sure! 5d
Emilymdxn I would love to join this sounds so perfect! 5d
BarbaraBB @Emilymdxn Please do! Just read the two documents and choose the 6 books you‘d like us to read this summer ! We would love you to join! 5d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks You never know of course, we‘ve had some weird ones in the real #CampToB 😉 5d
squirrelbrain We‘d love you to join in @Emilymdxn ! 5d
Daisey This is so tempting! I see a few books that have definitely caught my interest, but I also usually have very limited reading time in the summer. I‘ll keep watching and see what‘s picked. 5d
squirrelbrain Why not vote anyway @Daisey ?! We‘d love to know your favourites! 5d
Caroline2 Oh yeah! 😃 I do love a good kindle deal. 😊 voted! ✅ 5d
squirrelbrain Thanks for joining in! @caroline2 😁 4d
Leniverse So... I've narrowed my choices down to 17. 🤣 Where do I go from here? 😅 Do I remove the ones I'm going to read anyway, or do I vote for them because it would make it more likely that I get the ToB books read? 😬 4d
squirrelbrain I got mine down to 13 before I chose my final 6. Then I picked one or two that I own but haven‘t read, and the rest were ones I *really* wanted to read. You definitely need to vote though @leniverse as it‘s so tight at the top, with around 10 books fighting it out at the moment! No clues as to which though! 😝 4d
Leniverse I paired it down, somewhat randomly, by removing the ones I have and the once that aren't published until June, and then made sure they weren't all bleak doorstoppers. And then I judged by the cover. 😂 I've voted now, but I'd happily read half the books on the longlist. 4d
squirrelbrain I saw that you voted Leni - thank you! 😁 CampToB is having a serious effect on all of our TBR lists! 4d
Oryx Voted. Couple that I was going to read anyway, but lots that I haven't heard of, but sounded good. When will the list be decided? Might impact my shopping on Saturday... 😉 3d
squirrelbrain Voting closes on Monday @oryx so we‘ll know the books by Saturday. Good idea for shopping…. We may be buying the same books! 😁 3d
jhod Voted! 2d
squirrelbrain Thanks @jhod - not long until we know the outcome now! 2d
Leniverse I'm ridiculously excited to find out which books to add to my shopping list for Saturday. 😄 1d
squirrelbrain Not long now @Leniverse - we‘ll announce tomorrow or Wednesday….. 😁 1d
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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This was a fun listen, even though I could see the plot ‘twists‘ coming a mile off. (Actually there was one I didn‘t see)? It was light and fluffy, great for audio but I think it may have annoyed me a bit had I read the physical book.

I had to fast-forward the sex scenes though as they were just eeewwww!

#pop22
#characterontheacespectrum

Cinfhen This was fun but I‘m not interested in continuing with the series…. 5d
julesG Yes, the audiobook was good. @Cinfhen I cannot recommend the novellas, but I'm interested to see her next full novel. 5d
Cinfhen I‘ll wait & see what you think @julesG 😁 5d
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squirrelbrain I agree @Cinfhen - I‘m not sure I‘d read more, but I‘ll also await your views on the next novel @julesG 5d
Cortg She really likes to lay the sex scenes on thick! I just listened to a novella, ok, but I‘m probably done with this author. Not my go-to but it was nice to change things up a bit. 5d
Caroline2 😆 5d
RaeLovesToRead Sex scenes, you say? 😏😉 I've seen this one on Litsy so much that I think I might cave and get it .. 5d
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead I‘m gonna read this one too for that #pop22 prompt. It seems everyone on Litsy reads it, sex or no sex 🤣 5d
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB Reckon I'll pick it up next time I'm in Waterstones 😁 5d
4thhouseontheleft I think the reason I enjoyed it so much was finally having some demisexual rep, but I agree, there were some parts that annoyed me as well. 4d
KarenUK @squirrelbrain Sex scenes on audio always seem a bit off to me! 😂 4d
squirrelbrain Oh I definitely enjoyed it @4thhouseontheleft but I think the written word would have been annoying. I much prefer this kind of book on audio, almost as background if that isn‘t disrespectful to the author. Yes, apart from audio sex scenes! @KarenUK ☺️ 4d
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This book is Huma‘s story about working with Hillary Clinton for many years, throughout Bill‘s presidency and Hillary‘s presidential campaign. It‘s also about her life with her (ex) husband, Anthony Weiner, who was caught in many sexting scandals.

Huma writes engagingly and honestly and I found the political side just as interesting as her early family life - a fascinating book!

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The English Patient | Michael Ondaatje
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I wanted to read this as it‘s on the Big Jubilee Read list, and will also feature on the new series of Between The Covers on the BBC.

I didn‘t know the story, having never seen the film either. It was simultaneously quite a calming, soporific read, but also very dark and disturbing, if a book can be all of those things at once!

I‘m glad I read it but can‘t say it would ever make my personal ‘best of‘ lists.

charl08 Oh I loved this book (and the film). I've loved (most of) his other books too. 6d
squirrelbrain I have Anil‘s ghost on my physical TBR shelf @charl08 - I really should get to it soon! 6d
TheKidUpstairs I haven't read this one yet. His books tend to be hit or miss for me, but my favourite is 6d
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Centique I agree that it felt both beautifully calm and dark! Like @TheKidUpstairs my fave is In the Skin of a Lion 6d
BarbaraBB I saw the movie ages ago and read the book afterwards. I loved both. But I had a crush on Mickey Rourke back then 😉 6d
squirrelbrain I‘ll add that one to the TBR as well @TheKidUpstairs @Centique 6d
squirrelbrain Just watched the BBC prog where they reviewed it @BarbaraBB and they said that the film missed out a lot from the book. 6d
BarbaraBB That‘s true. So it was good to watch the film first! 6d
Mel @charl08 Same here! Especially this one and Anil‘s Ghost ❤️ 6d
vivastory The one that @thekidupstairs & @centique mention is a prequel to the English Patient 👍 5d
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I started to read this article but almost gave up when they said ‘keep your TBR pile somewhere you can see it, like your bedside table‘…

Bless them, they have no clue what a *real* TBR pile is, do they?! The naivety! 🤣

And then to suggest we stop buying books…. Well! 🤦‍♀️

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2020/october/How-to-tackle-your-to-be-read-pi...

JenReadsAlot 🤣 1w
Avanders 😂😅 that‘s were a small portion of my tbr exists. Shoot, if my tbr was only a stack on my bedside table, I wouldn‘t need an article telling me how to tackle it! 🤣 1w
vivastory We're going to need a bigger table 🤣 1w
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Soubhiville Ha! I‘d have my entire nightstand surface stacked to the ceiling! Many times over! (edited) 1w
Leftcoastzen I have a TBR dresser in the hall, 5 big stacks , not sure number of titles . 😄I do keep 2 on the nightstand, hoping I‘ll grab them first ! 1w
julesG 😂😂😂 I'm thinking of shelves around my bed. 1w
charl08 🤣🤣 1w
sprainedbrain This doesn‘t seem helpful in the least. 😂 1w
LeeRHarry Oh dear! Absolutely no idea! 😆 1w
Monica5 😂😂 They must not be avid readers😂😂 1w
TheSpineView Only TRUE bibliophiles understand that a TBR pile is really a mountain and can fill a room! A bedside pile is for whimps! 1w
Cathythoughts Oh dear Helen ! Dosnt sound like your style at all 😁 1w
Cathythoughts @TheSpineView 😂😂😂 ( mind you I‘m a wimp … still , I‘m in stitches (edited) 1w
MaureenMc @Avanders Exactly! This article sounds like a big bunch of nonsense. 😆 7d
mcctrish Bless their hearts!!! If my TBR stack was only 6 books high, I‘d be panic buying books 7d
Hooked_on_books 😂 I have 6 TBR bookcases. Pretty sure they‘d die of shock if they knew. 7d
Ruthiella Only six books on my TBR? 😂 More like six books I am desperately trying to finish so I can tackle my 600 book TBR! 7d
BkClubCare And don‘t even look at my goodreads tbr. It‘s approaching 4000. I love my list and stacks. (edited) 6d
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So…this is exciting! 😆

ravenlee Woohoo! 1w
DivineDiana It is! 👏🏻 1w
TrishB That‘s brilliant ♥️ can‘t wait to read it even more now! 1w
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eanderson Wow!!!! 1w
Librarybelle Awesome!! 1w
BarbaraBB So cool!! 1w
Andrew65 Wow! Brilliant. 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂 1w
Oryx Wooo 1w
Soubhiville That‘s exciting! 1w
BookwormM Well done you 1w
MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼 Channeling Will Ferrell in Elf: “Helen!!! I know her, I know her!” 1w
LeahBergen Awesome! 👏👏 1w
BookwormAHN Nice 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
Ruthiella How exciting! 👏👏👏 1w
LeeRHarry Woot woot!!! 👏👏👏 1w
CarolynM That‘s great! 1w
BarbaraBB Hi Helen! I will email you again tomorrow. I am at my parents‘ now and their internet connection is the worst 😳 1w
Caroline2 Exciting!!! 😃 👏 1w
squirrelbrain Oh no @BarbaraBB 🤷‍♀️ I‘ve just sent you the list, so look forward to hearing from you tomorrow! 1w
squirrelbrain LOL! 🤣@MicheleinPhilly Thanks all! The only issue is I don‘t *do* social media (other than Litsy) so you‘ll have to let me know if you see any quotes that might be mine! @ravenlee @DivineDiana @TrishB @eanderson @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @andrew65 @oryx @Soubhiville @BookwormM @LeahBergen @BookwormAHN @Ruthiella @LeeRHarry @CarolynM 1w
Birdsong28 So exciting!! 7d
BarbaraBB I agree with everything you say in your mail and LOVE the pdf. But isn‘t it way too much work??? You are quite busy at work too!! I‘ll respond properly tomorrow. Thank you so much 😊 7d
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Loved, loved, loved these short stories - thanks for sending it to me for Christmas @BarbaraBB ! ?

It‘s difficult to pick a favourite but I think I liked ‘Peach Cobbler‘.

It must be only just be being published or (re-published) in the UK as it was reviewed in The Times last weekend - they loved it too!

I ❤️ the original cover, but the new one is fun too - perhaps a bit suggestive / risqué?! ?

mcctrish One of my favourite short story collections of all time 1w
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked 👍🏻❤️ 1w
MicheleinPhilly I loved this book so so much! And agree with @mcctrish. 1w
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squirrelbrain Yes, I‘m not usually a huge fan of short stories, but these were fabulous! @mcctrish @MicheleinPhilly These would be right up your street @Cathythoughts ! 1w
BarbaraBB I‘m so happy you loved it. I did too. I am not a huge fan of short stories per se either but this definitely made it to my favorites, along with 1w
squirrelbrain Ooh, I‘ll stack that one too! @BarbaraBB 1w
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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I read this in advance of our #gladstonerds #bookclub read of Sea of Tranquility. It was a good pick, but nothing like as good as Station Eleven.

When it first came out I read reviews that said the Ponzi scheme storyline was rather impenetrable but I didn‘t find that at all. It was more the characters; they were all unlikeable, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but there was no real back story to make you care about them.

LeeRHarry I agree, Station Eleven still rules! 😊 Although I haven‘t read this author‘s latest. 1w
squirrelbrain I‘ll let you know @LeeRHarry ,once I‘ve read / listened to the next one…. 😁 1w
BarbaraBB I now am very curious what you‘ll think of Sea. I enjoyed The Glass Hotel more than Station Eleven 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
Caroline2 I still need to start this. Way behind we my reading this week. 🤦‍♀️ 1w
sarahbarnes I put a hold on this at the library while I wait for sea of tranquility. Thanks for the review - I loved Station Eleven so we‘ll see. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
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#camptob2022 #summercampsuggestions2022

So difficult to choose, as many of the ‘best of‘ lists only include well-known authors. Instead, I looked on #netgalley, which wasn‘t good for my TBRor my %!

I already have the Straub on #netgalley and the Kukafka has been on my radar for a while, and is also on Barbara‘s list. The others were all influenced by #covercrush and there is a bit of a theme of dysfunctional families…. Must be my thing! 🤣

Cinfhen Excited by all these possibilities 😄 1w
Chelsea.Poole I agree. These covers are 😍 I‘ve read Notes on an Execution and loved it! Curious about your other picks. 1w
merelybookish These look great! So many new-to-me! I am especially curious about Utopia. 1w
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thebluestocking I love the idea of heading to Netgalley. These look great! I struggled with finding books that wouldn‘t be up for the rooster anyway, so I went with nonfiction. I loved that camp year. 1w
vivastory Great suggestions! I have been meaning to read Straub 1w
batsy These look interesting and I'm keen to discover them. The Utopia cover is especially intriguing! 1w
Ruthiella I‘d gladly read all these! I really like the idea too of reading around a certain theme. 1w
BarbaraBB Such great choices l. Like @batsy I love the Utopia cover and I have a thing for dysfunctional families too 😉😘 1w
Megabooks Interesting list that I‘m mostly not familiar with. 💜 1w
sarahbarnes I love that you picked netgalleys because none of these are on my list yet! Thank you! 1w
squirrelbrain I‘ve applied for the ones that I didn‘t yet have @sarahbarnes - and got ‘I‘m Sorry You Feel that Way‘ on #netgalley today - yay! 1w
sarahbarnes Woohoo! That one and Utopia sound really interesting! 1w
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??????????

I think I need a Penguin bookshelf…!

But maybe not for 6c0.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/children/2022/apr/penguin-bookshelf-history-1...

EvieBee Cute! I think I need one too! 2w
TrishB Nice though 😁 2w
LeahBergen That‘s so cool! 2w
Hooked_on_books That‘s super cute! I bet there‘s a way to replicate it through IKEA. 2w
Lcsmcat Interesting! 2w
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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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I love the way that Lahiri explores the ‘everyday‘, the mundane, the minutiae of life.

We meet the protagonist, named Gogol almost by mistake, as he is born and follow him through to his married life, getting to know his friends, family and lovers along the way.

I think I liked this one more than Whereabouts so thank you for recommending it @JillR

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. I did love Whereabouts too however. 2w
JillR I really loved this one, was one of my top 10 the year I read it 🥰, glad you enjoyed it! I also read The Lowland years ago and can‘t remember much about it so am keeping my eye out for a second hand copy to reread 2w
squirrelbrain I loved Whereabouts too @BarbaraBB , but this one was a bit less sad / melancholy. 2w
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squirrelbrain @JillR - I‘ll keep an eye out for that one too. 2w
BarbaraBB Yes that‘s true! 2w
eraderneely I was just in town for the first time in a long time and saw the Leeds Library has a new mural on the front. Gorgeous! 2w
squirrelbrain Yes, they‘ve acquired the building next door @eraderneely so will be expanding very shortly! 2w
eraderneely I‘m going to have to join one of these days, once I have a bit more time 2w
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I listened to this on audio and at first I loved it; it was funny and sarcastic, and really quite clever. After a while, though, things started to grate on me; typical YA angst, but with added magic. So instead of who is friends with who, it was about who was in which magic enclave, repeated ad infinitum.

Still a pick though, but not sure I‘ll read any more by this author, even though she‘s the #aam later in the year.

#pop22 #abookaboutwitches

Megabooks I‘m looking for a witches one, but I so can‘t take that YA angst. Glad you enjoyed it! 2w
Laughterhp You should try her other books. Maybe just not in this series. I don‘t think they have as much YA angst. She also has a series about dragons. 2w
Cinfhen Excellent review! But does not seem like my cuppa 2w
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squirrelbrain Yeah, if you don‘t like angsty teens, it‘s not for you! @Megabooks 2w
squirrelbrain Hmmm @Laughterhp - not really sure about dragons either…! 🤔 2w
TracyReadsBooks I‘m a fan of Novik‘s work but I would not suggest starting with this one. I absolutely love Uprooted and Spinning silver is also really good—and, like her Temeraire series, they are geared towards adults. I highly recommend both if you are willing to give her another chance. 2w
Laughterhp It‘s talking dragons, if that help either way lol. But the one I tagged or this one are a stand-alone. 2w
Caroline2 Oh no, that‘s disappointing. 🙄 I do not have the patience for teenage angst. 2w
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Lovely article from today‘s Observer newspaper… full article here. ⬇️

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/may/01/shakespeares-tragic-twins-memori...

Kimberlone That was such a a good book! 2w
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#weeklyforecast

Suddenly things have got rather busy on the book front! I‘m already reading The Namesake and the Prince Philip book; both are great. Just started The Love Hypothesis on audio this morning, for #pop22.

My library has just changed from Libby to BorrowBox and has pushed both my Abedin and Guncle holds at me this morning; there doesn‘t appear to be a postpone option like on Libby?

The Glass Hotel is a #buddyread starting today.

julesG Oooh, I really really liked The Guncle. 2w
TrishB Have a great week 👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen Fabulous books!!! Enjoy 😊 2w
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Cathythoughts Have a good week Helen 👍🏻❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB I was thinking of using The Love Hypothesis too for #pop22. Let‘s see what you think! Enjoy 2w
squirrelbrain I‘ll let you know @BarbaraBB ! 2w
squirrelbrain I recall your review @julesG and I‘ve been trying to get hold of it ever since. I think I‘d rather have audio, but I can‘t so…. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
Lyssa131330 My library has been using BorrowBox for a while and I haven‘t found an option to push the reserve but on the plus side it normally lets me renew a book even if someone is waiting, which is really handy for those times you only have a few chapters left to finish it off 2w
squirrelbrain That‘s good to know @Lyssa131330 as I borrowed 4 books all at once and not sure if I‘ll get time to read them all! Also a niggle though, Libby used to allow 4 loans AND 4 holds - BorrowBox is a total of 4. 😠 2w
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Tiger | POLLY. CLARK
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This book is told in 4 parts, bringing together a tiger with three different humans. I felt that the first part was the strongest though, which was a little disappointing when it changed to a new perspective.

Still a fascinating, unusual read though, and much better than I expected from the blurb.

CW for animals in zoos and some hunting.

Cindy, would you like me to send this to you?

#pop22 #tigerinthetitle

Cinfhen You‘re so sweet but I think I‘m gonna pass. I forgot that I have this book from a long time ago 3w
squirrelbrain I was going to borrow that from the library @Cinfhen, until I realised I had this one. Happy to send it to anyone else who needs a tiger! 3w
Cortg I'm planning to read the tagged book for this prompt. I don't know much about it but it's newer and seems to be getting good reviews. Fingers crossed! 😀 3w
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squirrelbrain That one does sound good! @Cortg 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I liked that one a lot 3w
Cinfhen That‘s my back up choice @Cortg !! Fingers crossed 🤞🏽 @BarbaraBB 3w
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Idol | Louise O'Neill
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#netgalley #arc

Publication date 5/5 (UK)

I decided to start this last night, after you mentioned it, Emma @Oryx and I couldn‘t put it down, so finished it already!

This was my first book by this author so can‘t compare it to her others, but this was certainly compelling and suspenseful; I felt almost breathless at times.

Sam is a wellness guru who posts about a teenage relationship, that the other person remembers differently. ⬇️

squirrelbrain This feels very ‘now‘, being about cancel culture and is a slightly different spin on the unreliable narrator… whose memories are right, and do we have the right to challenge others‘ memories of events. The only thing I didn‘t much like was the ending… too sudden and no conclusion to some of the threads. 3w
Oryx Awesome - I feel like I need a 'can't put it down read' soon so glad I've pre-ordered it. 3w
squirrelbrain Definitely one for the holiday pile! @Oryx 3w
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Oryx @squirrelbrain PS thanks for the package! Am trying my hardest not to open it. 😃 3w
squirrelbrain Try to be good! @Oryx 🤣 3w
KarenUK Ooh I read one of hers, and found it really well done…. Stacked! 3w
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Oops - forgot to include this on my #bookreport. I only finished it last night so maybe that shows how memorable it was. 😬 Actually, I quite liked it. Never having read this author before I was unsure what to expect. It started off quite fluffy and then turned very dark, very quickly. (TW - child cruelty)

I don‘t do social media so no TikTok but the author‘s name appeared when I did a search so I‘m using this for #pop22 #abooktokrecommendation

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Tiktok does indeed have a Colleen Hoover obsession (an It Ends With Us obsession specifically, it‘s not often you see a book become an overnight sensation 5 or so years after it originally published) 3w
squirrelbrain I think I‘ll get away with it for the prompt then Sharni! @thegirlwiththelibrarybag 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm not on TikTok but I've seen it all over other social media so I say it's a justified pick. 3w
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KarenUK Definitely works for TikTok….. As a result, she is the biggest selling author at Barnes & Noble this year so far, by a mile! 3w
Megabooks I‘m not on booktok either and just followed @Cinfhen ‘s lead. 😂😂 I‘m old and out of touch! 3w
Cinfhen This was my BookTok choice for #pop22 but I did NOT like this book 🥺I found it really disappointing and slightly disturbing 3w
squirrelbrain I didn‘t realise you read this one too @Cinfhen - it was rather disturbing but I just treated it as a bit of a ‘trashy‘ read, if that‘s not rude to the author. 😬 3w
squirrelbrain Some of us are ‘down with the kids‘, hey @KarenUK 🤪and some of us are just not @Megabooks 🤣 (and I never have been!) 3w
TheLudicReader I am with you @Cinfhen Blech. 3w
Cinfhen Thanks @TheLudicReader BLECH is the perfect word choice ☺️ 3w
Cinfhen I get what you mean, Helen but I think erotic thrillers aren‘t my thing 😛 3w
squirrelbrain The ‘erotic‘ bits were rather cringe 😬 @Cinfhen ! 3w
squirrelbrain LOL @TheLudicReader but a great one-word description! 🤣 3w
TheLudicReader @squirrelbrain I think I am the only person on the planet that thinks CH is a terrible writer. Lol. 3w
KarenUK For work purposes, I really ought to read CH, but still haven‘t! 😂🤦‍♀️ (after seeing some of your reviews it put me off!) @Cinfhen @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 3w
squirrelbrain @TheLudicReader @KarenUK - that was my first CH and, whilst it was OK, I‘m not sure I‘d rush to read any more. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was dark, but I liked it! 🖤 3w
Caroline2 Hmm, I‘ve had this on my kindle a while. Wonder what I‘ll make of it after reading all the comments….! 😬 3w
squirrelbrain I think it was cheap / free on Kindle a while ago @Caroline2 - otherwise I‘m sure I wouldn‘t have bought it otherwise! 3w
Caroline2 Yeah I‘m think I got it on a 99p deal too. 👍 3w
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#bookreport

These are in order of enjoyment. Loved Dear Reader, and surprisingly enjoyed the Boyne after a slow start. Memorial Drive was though but a fascinating read, and Herland was OK.

The Novik is my only ongoing book at the moment,on audio.

TrishB A good week 👍🏻 this wasn‘t my fave Boyne. 3w
Megabooks Did I miss your review of the Boyne? Glad you liked it. (edited) 3w
Cinfhen Nice mix of books this week!! We read Memorial Drive for bookclub - sad story, gorgeous writing 3w
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Caroline2 Oh I just got the deadly Ed one on kindle. Be interesting to hear what you think. Think she‘s our author of the month for august maybe?? 3w
squirrelbrain Doh! @Caroline2 - forgot that Novik was an #aam later in the year….never mind! 3w
Caroline2 I‘ve got another of her books about dragons I think that I might do for august. It‘s been on my shelf for yearsss 3w
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One very tired puppy!

As for the book…I thought I might have to bail in the first 20% or so; just didn‘t want to pick it up. Then it suddenly grabbed me and I couldn‘t put it down! I‘m in awe that Boyne could come up with such an unusual structure.

I can see why some don‘t like it though, as it‘s definitely not the usual tear-jerking Boyne book.

Thanks for sending me this last year Katie! @youneverarrived

#authoramonth #aam

BarbaraBB I remember @Cinfhen writing a similar review. I didn‘t make it that far unfortunately. Maybe one day I‘ll give it another try. 4w
KatieB It‘s a difficult book to get into but once I realized what he was doing, I was mesmerized! I‘m glad you enjoyed it too 4w
Cinfhen Yesssss, I loved this book once I saw the connections and story Boyne was creating!! It‘s not Boyne like at all, but I admire what he did. Glad you enjoyed, Helen. Maybe you‘ll try again @BarbaraBB ❤️ 4w
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AmyG Yes, it takes a while to get into. I also loved it. 4w
LeahBergen A dog‘s life is exhausting 😆 4w
youneverarrived Aw look at him ❤️ I‘m glad it was worth sticking with and you enjoyed it! 4w
Soubhiville He looks very comfortable. 💜 4w
Cathythoughts Henry knows how to relax 🥰 3w
Megabooks Interesting. I think I‘m going to stack! 3w
squirrelbrain Yes, it‘s definitely worth a go Meg; I think you‘d appreciate the cleverness. @Megabooks 3w
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Herland: Easyread Comfort Edition | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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A soft pick for me. I find it amazing that this book was written over 100 years ago but, while some ideas are revolutionary, other themes are troubling; very much of their time.

I found it a little dry in places and the sudden ending was a let down but I‘m still glad I read it, hence the soft pick.

#pop22
#aboutorsetinanonpatriarchalsociety

BarbaraBB I loved another by her 4w
Cinfhen I knew the author sounded familiar @BarbaraBB !!! Nice pick, Helen 😁 4w
squirrelbrain I have to say @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen - The Yellow Wallpaper was a lot better than this one. 4w
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4thhouseontheleft I read this years ago in a Women's Lit class, and also felt she was quite ahead of her time in certain areas. 4w
jenniferw88 Have you done the #booked2022 prompt about a #nonpatriarchalsociety? This would work for that too! I'm doubling up my read for #pop22 and #booked2022 4w
squirrelbrain I already did that prompt @jenniferw88 🤦‍♀️ - I went down the eco-feminist route instead so I can‘t double-dip it! 4w
squirrelbrain Some parts could have been written now couldn‘t they? @4thhouseontheleft I also thought it was interesting she chose to write from a male POV. 4w
jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain ok, just thought I'd mention it if you hadn't! 😘 4w
KarenUK So glad you are in the #pop22 club! I didn‘t realize! I‘ll be tagging you too 😘 (edited) 4w
squirrelbrain I wasn‘t @KarenUK - trying not to do too many challenges this year. But then I realised I‘d read quite a lot of the prompts….so here I am! 3w
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Here are my picks for the #womensprize shortlist, in (approx) favourite order, from S&B to Salt Lick.

Whilst I loved Flamingo I‘m just not sure it‘s different / challenging enough to make the shortlist, so I‘m replacing that with the Kupersmith, which certainly was a challenge!

I was surprised how much I enjoyed all of the books (with the exception of Creatures of Passage, which was a bail) as initially I wasn‘t overly inspired by the list.

jlhammar Wow, I am in awe of you reading the entire longlist already! I'm hoping to squeeze in the Kupersmith and maybe Shafak before the shortlist announcement. All of your picks that I've read (S&B, Remote Sympathy and The Sentence) are ones I'm hoping to see make the shortlist. Fingers-crossed! 1mo
TrishB Well done reading them all 👍🏻 when is short list? 1mo
TrishB I couldn‘t finish the Kupersmith! (edited) 1mo
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squirrelbrain It‘s at the end of this month, 27th April, @TrishB 1mo
squirrelbrain @jlhammar - the Shafak was number 7 on my list, so just missed my shortlist. The Kupersmith was weird and not my kind of book at all, but I could even see it winning…. 1mo
jlhammar @squirrelbrain Good to know! 1mo
Cathythoughts I loved Sorrow and Bliss. Looking forward to Flamingo 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Oryx I'm excited to see how your list compares 1mo
Oryx I have The Sentence, and definitely going to get Flamingo and The Bread at some point. Think the Sentence will go in the holiday stack (which I'm planning already, several weeks away!) 1mo
squirrelbrain I too already have a holiday pile, Emma, for a mid-May camping trip…. I‘m sure it will change many times before then! @Oryx 1mo
charl08 You've got three there I've not got to, and that look tempting. Like @Oryx looking forward to hearing which way the judges go...🤔🤔🤔 4w
rockpools Ooh, interesting. Sorrow and Bliss hasn‘t even been on my radar - maybe I should fix that! And isn‘t it frustrating how the one you didn‘t like is very often the one you expect to win? 4w
squirrelbrain Which three have you not read yet @charl08 ? 4w
squirrelbrain I read Sorrow and Bliss last summer @rockpools so it‘s quite distant in my mind now; but it was one of my favourite reads of last year. 4w
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Soon we‘ll be celebrating all of these lovely Littens born in May!

If you‘d like to get some #birthdaylove and fairy dust from the #BirthdayFairies sprinkled over your special day, send your birthday and Litsy handle to litsybirthdays@gmail.com. Please remember you can only sign up for yourself.

🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️🥳❤️

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Remote Sympathy | Catherine Chidgey
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Another book from the #womensprize long list that I probably wouldn‘t have read otherwise, but I‘m glad I did as it turned out to be one of my favourites.

Greta‘s husband is a senior officer at Buchenwald in WWII so the family live just outside the camp. Greta becomes ill and one of the prisoners is called upon to treat her with an unusual machine he had invented.

Told from 4 different POV, this is an interesting and unusual perspective of WWII

TrishB I‘m just thinking of bailing on this 🤷‍♀️ I‘m guessing it gets better? I‘m at 150 pages and don‘t really like the writing style or any of the characters, I‘m guessing it‘s me because it‘s getting really good reviews. 1mo
squirrelbrain Hmmm, I think if you don‘t like it now @TrishB I‘d bail. It doesn‘t really change, and I liked it from the start, although none of the characters are likeable or sympathetic. 1mo
TrishB I think I‘ll take your advice! 1mo
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Oh, I just adored this book! The author is only a few months older than me, and grew up reading EXACTLY the same books as me. (Malory Towers, Chalet School, then onto Agatha Christie, Catherine Cookson and, of course, Riders! ☺️)

Like her, I don‘t recall learning to read; it was just always there. And like her I have the Yorkshire pronunciation of glass and bath. It‘s not spelt barth is it?!

⬇️

squirrelbrain I‘ve only ordered one book (tagged) so far as a result, which is quite restrained for me! Most of the others I‘ve already read though! I‘m quite intrigued by the Cazalet Chronicles though…. 🤔 1mo
TrishB It‘s definitely not barth…. 1mo
LeahBergen I loved this book, too. I especially liked her time working in the Harrod‘s book department. 😆 1mo
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LeeRHarry I second @TrishB also I really enjoyed The Cazalet Chronicles and who didn‘t read Jilly Cooper in their teens? 🤷🏼‍♀️😆 1mo
CarolynM Sounds like my reading life too😆 1mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t know any of the books mentioned. That‘s weird isn‘t it? A language thing probably! 1mo
squirrelbrain I wish I could work in Harrod‘s book department @LeahBergen although not sure I could be polite to all the posh people! 🤣 1mo
squirrelbrain It must be a language / UK thing @BarbaraBB 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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#weeklyforecast

Started the Novik on audio this morning while batch-cooking a spaghetti bolognaise. It‘s for the witches prompt for #pop22and isn‘t my usual thing but I‘m loving it so far.

The other three are all to start. The Boyne is for #aam, and Dance Prone is for another #pop22 prompt ( about a band). Dear Reader sounds like a good book to read in the sunshine this afternoon!

Hope everyone has a good week!

TrishB My daughter just brought the Novik this week and I said I‘d never heard of it! (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts Have a good week , Helen! 1mo
Megabooks Very interested to see what you think about 1mo
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squirrelbrain There‘s a lot of mixed reviews @Megabooks so I‘m not sure how I‘ll get on with it….. 1mo
squirrelbrain It seems a bit YA to start with @TrishB , but enjoyable nonetheless. I *think* I may be able to use it for the #darkacademia prompt for #booked2022 as well. 1mo
TrishB She won‘t mind the YA. 1mo
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#bookreport

Loved all my finished books this week, with the exception of Ariadne, which was just OK. 😬

Remote Sympathy is the only ongoing book at the moment (only reading one book?! - better remedy that ASAP!) and I‘m also loving that. I‘m sure it will make my shortlist for the #womensprize, unless anything drastically changes, as I‘ve nearly finished it.

Cinfhen I almost ordered Remote Sympathy from BD but it went up in price when I went to pay in my cart!!! So annoyed!! I‘m glad to hear it‘s good!! The synopsis sounded really good 1mo
squirrelbrain It was on my Scribd @Cinfhen , but then a physical copy came in at the library so I read that instead. Mind you, our Scribd catalogues never seem to tally do they?! 1mo
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This was a truly shocking book, and I‘m embarrassed at my naivety at the situation for women in Saudi Arabia. Sure, I knew that they were considered second class citizens, had to cover up, weren‘t allowed to go out unaccompanied etc etc but I had no idea it was this bad.

You may recall Rahaf‘s story from early 2019 when she was detained in Bangkok when trying to flee SA and her plight made headlines around the world.

This book made me angry,⬇️

squirrelbrain …and it made me cry. I‘ve just had to look up how Rahaf is doing now as I really became immersed in her story and wished for a happy ending for her. 1mo
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Wow, wow, wow! Just inhaled this book in about 2 hours. It‘s up there on a par with Dying Truth (Book 8) which has always been my favourite of the series.

In this book, Detective Kim Stone is called to a suspected murder-suicide, where a whole family has died. At the same time she faces a deathly threat from a terrifying figure from her past. (Me, trying desperately not to be all spoilery! )

Just read it! (Published 12th May)

#netgalley

TrishB I double checked I have on pre order! Can‘t wait 😁 1mo
Tove_Reads Yes! Finished it yesterday! 1mo
Andrew65 Just been approved for this one, looking forward to it. 1mo
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squirrelbrain As long as you didn‘t order two @TrishB ! 🤣 1mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain 😂😂 I read these on kindle so I‘m always grateful it doesn‘t let you do that! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘ve pre-ordered as well! 🤗 @squirrelbrain @TrishB 1mo
Itchyfeetreader Been looking to a new series of police procedural for a while.. is this it? 1mo
eanderson Oh my my my!!!! I have it preordered. Now I‘m so excited for it to come in! 1mo
eanderson @Itchyfeetreader yep! This will be a good one for you! I hope this is a series for you. 1mo
squirrelbrain @Itchyfeetreader - yes, this is it, it‘s fabulous! Often on Kindle for 99p too…. 1mo
Cathythoughts You loved it 👍🏻😁 1mo
TrishB Wow 😮 just finished on the train!!! Made my journey go fast. That was a good ‘un. 4d
squirrelbrain It was, wasn‘t it?! In the prologue I was all ‘no, that can‘t have happened‘, surely. Then near the end it was 😱 @TrishB 4d
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Went to Waterstones earlier to pick up my signed copy of Young Mungo, and Henry came too! He behaved himself very well…

I ordered the book a few weeks ago and it was only when I got 2 dispatch emails from Waterstones that I realised I had also ordered a copy way back in July last year, when it was first announced. 🤦‍♀️

TrishB Love that- Henry and ordering twice ❤️ 1mo
KarenUK Henry is so handsome! 💕 1mo
ravenlee Guess Henry gets his own copy! 1mo
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LeahBergen Good boy, Henry! 1mo
squirrelbrain @ravenlee - they let me return one copy, although I‘m sure Henry would have loved his own (to eat!) 1mo
Libby1 Hi, Henry! I work at a Waterstones in Northern Ireland and love when people bring their doggies in to see us! ❤️ 1mo
Megabooks Henry! 🤩 1mo
squirrelbrain @KarenUK @LeahBergen @Megabooks - he gets lots of attention whenever we go anywhere! 1mo
squirrelbrain Hi, @Libby1 ! 🐾 I wish I could come and see you at your bookshop but it‘s a long way! Henry x🐾 1mo
Leftcoastzen Awww! 1mo
Tamra I recognize that labby face! 😆🐶 1mo
Libby1 I wish you could come to my shop, too! ❤️ 1mo
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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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This is a soft pick for me; I liked it but it didn‘t wow me. Like you Caroline, I think there have been a few too many mythology retellings recently and this one does suffer from (my) comparisons with Madeline Miller and Pat Barker.

This one tells the women‘s perspective on the more famous stories of the Minotaur, Icarus (in passing) and Dionysus. It just felt a little bit simplistic and almost YA.

#booked2022 #mythologyretelling

jhod Oh when are we supposed to be discussing it?! 1mo
Oryx Agree Madeline Miller is leagues ahead in this game. 1mo
rockpools …but it‘s SUCH a pretty cover! 1mo
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Caroline2 Funny we finished at the same time. Yes, strong YA vibes which doesn‘t always bother me but I have to be in the mood and I‘m way too grumpy at the mo!! 😆 1mo
julesG @jhod Thursday next week. 1mo
Cathythoughts It is a lovely cover 💙 1mo
squirrelbrain It is pretty isn‘t it?! @rockpools @cathythoughts 1mo
squirrelbrain It doesn‘t sound like you‘re the only grumpy one though, with regard to this book! 🤣 @Caroline2 1mo
squirrelbrain Sorry @RaeLovesToRead - missed you off my tag list! 🙁😬 1mo
Tamra So-so for me. I had really looked forward to this novel. I can‘t even remember why it was so-so, guess that says something! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Don't worry! 😊 1mo
squirrelbrain It does say something doesn‘t it?! @Tamra I‘ve kind-of forgotten it already! 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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Took some books back to the library and *fully intended* to come away with nothing, due to groaning TBR shelves at home…. and all of these are #blameitonlitsy!

The Glass Hotel was discussed by @Megabooks and @Cinfhen , amongst other Littens, in reviews of the author‘s latest.

Thanks to @JillR for the Lahiri recommendation.

The Highsmith is for next month‘s #authoramonth @Soubhiville and Dear Reader is ‘just because‘!

squirrelbrain So now we can #buddyread The Glass Hotel @Caroline2 - no rush as it‘s a 3 month loan anyway, so we could either replace May‘s choice or wait until June… 1mo
Cinfhen Well done!!! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Strangers on a train is amazing! And I also have the glass hotel, so will be watching out for your reviews @squirrelbrain @Caroline2 1mo
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squirrelbrain Why not join in with our #buddyread? @RaeLovesToRead - we‘d love you to! We can pick a time that suits all of us. 1mo
Megabooks Great haul! The Namesake is fantastic too. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead I would definitely join in, but be warned, I'm a slow reader!!!! So you'll probably get my review a bit later on 😅😅 1mo
LeahBergen I really enjoyed Dear Reader. 🙂 1mo
squirrelbrain Don‘t worry @RaeLovesToRead - I usually read several books at once, so can stretch it out over a longer time. When suits both of you to start? @Caroline2 1mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed the Lahiri and The Glass Hotel! And I am curious to hear your thoughts on another Highsmith! Great library haul 👌🏽 1mo
Caroline2 Ohh I‘m looking forward to Glass hotel now after the article. Shall we replace May? 😃 👍 1mo
Caroline2 @RaeLovesToRead Yes! Join us! It normally takes me a week or two to read a book but it a very easy going buddy read, we tend to start/finish when we start/finish. No pressure or deadlines etc. 👍 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Caroline2 @squirrelbrain I can do whenever (except for next week!) 😊 1mo
squirrelbrain Shall we say we‘ll start on 1st May then? @Caroline2 @RaeLovesToRead Thats the Sunday before BH Monday too, so we might get to read more! 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Perfect! 😁👍 1mo
Caroline2 Perfect for me to. 👍 1mo
LeeRHarry I enjoyed both The Glass Hotel and The Namesake - happy reading! 😊 1mo
rmaclean4 The Namesake is wonderful. Hope you enjoy. 1mo
JillR I really hope you enjoy The Namesake! I also enjoyed The Glass Hotel. Happy Easter reading! 🐣 1mo
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What a weird, dark, unsettling, sinister novel but I liked it. this is Yanagihara‘s debut but you can already see the style, complexity and themes of her 2 later books.

There is an intricate structure; this time, the book is like a scientific article, with footnotes by someone else and there are the themes of power, sex and control.

I‘m going to say something scandalous… I think I liked this more than To Paradise! 😱

Very strong TW though ⬇️

squirrelbrain Trigger warnings for rape, sexual abuse and also animal cruelty. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘ve only read A Little Life Life … but the words you use ‘weird , dark , unsettling , and sinister ‘ do describe the vibes. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘ve only read her latest, but I‘m interested in reading more from her and you have me intrigued! Plus, your tulips are gorgeous! 😍 1mo
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BarbaraBB That you liked it more than To Paradise is quite a recommendation to me! I wasn‘t that impressed by it! So I will read this one soon! 1mo
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts - A Little Life is certainly all of those things. 😢 1mo
squirrelbrain @Hooked_on_books - A Little Life is one of my favourite books of all time, so that has to be number 1 of the author‘s, then this one, then the latest. (The tulips were from a friend - they are lovely aren‘t they?!) 1mo
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB - I think you will like it but take heed of my warnings, as it won‘t be for everyone… 1mo
Megabooks The real-life scientist this is based on sounds like a sinister guy, so it doesn‘t surprise me the book is dark. I‘m interested in this one but also have really low tolerance for a specific trigger I believe is in the book (based on the real person‘s story). But still, I am tempted… 1mo
squirrelbrain Is it animal cruelty? @Megabooks If so, there‘s one really bad part that you could probably skip, but then there‘s more ‘minor‘ instances throughout. 😞 1mo
Megabooks It is child sex abuse, which I‘m sure figures heavily in the story. 😢 1mo
squirrelbrain Yes, it‘s implied throughout and then there are some quite explicit sections too - you‘ll have to give this one a miss @Megabooks 1mo
Megabooks Thanks Helen 👍🏻 1mo
Oryx I'm about a third of the way through this one. I almost bailed at the lab animal bit near the start - but I'm enjoying it a bit more now we're on the island. 1mo
squirrelbrain Yes, that animal cruelty bit was grim wasn‘t it? @Oryx Not trying to put you off, but there‘s some more, far worse, stuff to come though. 😬 1mo
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Yay - I finally got an Angela Marsons on #netgalley! This must be the 4th or 5th I‘ve applied for, but no luck until now…

Thanks for the prompt @Tove_Reads - have you started it yet? Not that long for you to wait either! @TrishB

Tove_Reads It‘s my reward for getting throw this workweek! 1mo
Tove_Reads Asked Litsy to add it and they acted on it fast! 1mo
squirrelbrain Something to look forward to! @Tove_Reads 1mo
TrishB Oh fab! Can‘t wait for this one! 1mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Interesting interview with Emily St John Mandel in today‘s Guardian newspaper. I really need to read The Glass Hotel so that I can then read her latest when it comes out in the UK.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/apr/09/emily-st-john-mandel-readers-have-...

@Cinfhen @Megabooks @Oryx - thought you might like this!

Cinfhen Thanks for sharing 😊 1mo
AmyG Thanks for posting. I, too, need to read The Glass Hotel first. 1mo
TrishB Interesting 👍🏻 1mo
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Oryx Thanks! I really liked The Glass Hotel too, would recommend it. 1mo
Megabooks Thanks for tagging me! 💜 1mo
Caroline2 I loved Station Eleven and I‘ve got The Glass Hotel on my kindle. Let me know if ya fancy a buddy read! 😁 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘ll need to buy it first! @Caroline2 ? I can‘t remember what is next on our list anyway, after the Evelyn ‘débâcle‘! 1mo
Caroline2 Think we had this for May 🤔 1mo
Caroline2 But then we stopped so we need to arrange June onwards. Love our buddy read schedule! 😆 1mo
squirrelbrain Ah yes, looking forward to that one! We shall revisit our lists soon, and I may purchase Glass Hotel, we‘ll see! @Caroline2 1mo
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#bookreport

I finished 4 really good books this week. My favourite was probably The Bread the Devil Knead, even though it was a tough read.

The Yanagihara is really enjoyable so far (about a third), and only just started Ariadne last night. Hardly any time for #audiowalking this week so not much further on through Rebel, but I‘m learning some shocking things about the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia.

Cinfhen I LOVE this title - so fabulous- want to read the book for the clever title 1mo
Cinfhen I bailed on this one last week- SOO CONFUSING 1mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen - it had similar themes (and of course, a similar island setting) to this 1mo
Cinfhen I LOVED One Armed Sister so I‘m excited to try DEVIL 😈 1mo
TrishB Good week Helen! I bailed on Build Your House too!! @Cinfhen (edited) 1mo
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This was a wild read, and I didn‘t understand some of it (probably my fault for being a speed-reader) but I still enjoyed it for the most part.

It‘s a strange mix of mystery, fantasy and horror that jumps around in time, and to many different locations, including a zoo, the jungle, a language school and a nightclub. Whilst it‘s not one of my favourite reads from the #womensprize long list, I can see it making the shortlist.

Oryx It's so weird, isn't it? I definitely didn't get all of it, but I liked the atmosphere of it. 1mo
squirrelbrain Yes, that exactly it @Oryx - a very dark atmosphere that I wouldn‘t usually like, but I did here. 1mo
charl08 Kind of hoping this one wins... 1mo
JillR I just finished this and am not quite sure what I just read! Not my sort of read overall, but I did appreciate the cleverness of it. I do feel like you need to read it at least twice to fully understand it though! 4w
squirrelbrain It sounds like you felt just like me! @JillR 🤔 3w
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https://www.penguin.co.uk/series/litlcloth/little-clothbound-classics.html

Just spotted on Penguin‘s LinkedIn page - new ‘Little Clothbound Classics‘.

12 to be published this August, total collection will be 48 books…. 😋

julesG 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts These look lovely ❤️ 1mo
TrishB Well thank you Helen……says my bank balance!! 1mo
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BarbaraBB Very pretty. And great titles. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh it's like Penguin wants me to be broke! 😂 1mo
Tamra Lovely!! 1mo
batsy How fab! 😍 My heart and my debit card are at war 😂 1mo
squirrelbrain I know @TrishB @TheAromaofBooks @batsy - this is going to get expensive isn‘t it?! 1mo
julesG Wish I could get them all. 1mo
LeahBergen Ooo, stop!! 1mo
Megabooks Wow!! 🤩🤩 1mo
Caroline2 Nice!!! 😎 1mo
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Finished this book last week but knew I was visiting Harewood today with a friend so thought I‘d wait to get some pictures. The author, and owner, of Harewood House in Yorkshire had long had a fascination with Buddhism when, in 2004, he invited a group of Bhutanese monks to build a stupa in the grounds of the House.

Probably more fascinating for me as I worked at an office on the estate at the time and recall seeing the monks ⬇️

squirrelbrain …and when the stupa was finished I could just see the top of it from my office window. Henry had a good day out too, with his first bookshop visit! 1mo
DivineDiana @squirrelbrain Lucky you! ❤️ 1mo
Mitch Fabulous. And we‘ll done Henry for your bookshop induction! 1mo
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TrishB Great pics 👍🏻 1mo
LeahBergen So cool! And good boy, Henry. 😘😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely pics. Nice to see you and Henry out and about. 1mo
shawnmooney Oooh this sounds fascinating! Might I coax you on to Zoom to chat with me about it for 10 or 12 minutes for my Bite-sized Book Chats series on my BookTube channel? I think you might know the series but if not the playlist is here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf I would love to have you on as a guest! 1mo
squirrelbrain I love your series @shawnmooney and I‘m so honoured you asked me, but I‘m just not brave (or clever) enough to do something like that! I worry I‘d say something stupid and hate having my photo taken even, so being on video is 😱. Sorry 😞. 1mo
shawnmooney @squirrelbrain No problem! 😀 1mo
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Mermaid Singing | Charmian Clift
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A fascinating account of the author‘s time on a somewhat barren Greek Island in the 1950s. It‘s just the kind of memoir I like, with lots of detail about people, places and the seeming mundanities of daily life.

This first book doesn‘t include their life with Leonard Cohen et al, which is in Peel Me a Lotus. Nevertheless I‘m really looking forward to seeing how the novel A Theatre for Dreamers compares in our #buddyread @CarolynM

Cathythoughts Leonard ❤️ I must look up that book 👍🏻 1mo
AlaMich That cover is where I want to be right now!! 1mo
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Look at this lovely tea-towel I just received from #penguinrandomhouse and #waterstones for reviewing the tagged book.

The book is published today (in the UK - it‘s already a BOTM in the US) and is definitely worth a read…one of my favourites this year!

julesG Was just approved for the German audiobook. 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Oh wow!!! I want a promotional tee towel!!! 1mo
squirrelbrain Hope it‘s as good on audio @julesG 1mo
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Cathythoughts That‘s very nice 👍❤️ 1mo
Oryx Lucky duck! So fun. My book has been dispatched so hopefully will get it tomorrow 1mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks So cute! Mine arrives today, which is good because there‘s already a HUGE line at the library! 1mo
LeahBergen Ooo, I like it!! 1mo
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#weeklyforecast

I‘m listening to Rebel on audio, fascinating so far. I‘ve just started Build Your House ( from the #womensprize long list) and Mermaid Singing. (I decided to read this first before our #buddyread @CarolynM to get an idea of the background).

Haven‘t started the Yanagihara yet and thought it looked like a smaller book than her other two but the writing is *tiny*….!

Hope everyone has a good week!

TrishB Will await your reviews 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen I picked up this audio last week on Audible deal - can‘t wait to hear your thoughts 1mo
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Cathythoughts Interested to hear about Mermaid Singing. 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Caroline2 Oh think I‘ve got Build your house on my kindle. Be interesting to see what you think of it. 1mo
emmaturi I am reading Build Your House Around My Body just now and enjoying it. 1mo
CarolynM Good plan. I might need to do a quick memory refresh too, but I don't think I'll read the whole book. 1mo
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The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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In this #womensprize nominated book, Trinidadian Alethea is about to turn 40 and is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend.

The author doesn‘t flinch away from brutality (the book also includes rape and child abuse) but it is beautifully written and there is hope there too, but please heed the TWs before reading. 🙁

Written in Trinidadian dialect, I would have liked to listen to this but I couldn‘t find it on audio.

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#bookreport

Loved The Exhibitionist but Will is just an all-round disappointment, isn‘t he?!

Couldn‘t get into Creatures of Passage at all, so bailed.

All my ongoing books are great, but couldn‘t me more different! The Bread the Devil Knead is on the #womensprize long list, I saw a review of Rebel in the paper and the stupa is at Harewood House not far from me at all.

Cinfhen I‘m so disappointed by Will‘s actions - it does change my feelings towards the memoir. 1mo
TrishB What is it with the rich people @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m not really sure what was going through his head @TrishB not sure if it was wealth, celebrity, ego, defending Jada, proving his manhood / whatever it was, it was a TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT & probably career suicide. Incidentally, I watched King Richard on the plane and I thought he was brilliant in the role. It was a GREAT movie. 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen when you think what other people in the world are going through, none of that stacks up. And the man defending his woman thing drives me mad. I haven‘t seen the film, mainly because I‘m not really a film person! Seems he ruined what should have been his highest professional achievement. 1mo
squirrelbrain It just makes no sense at all, does it? @Cinfhen @TrishB It will be interesting to see what excuses / explanation he comes up with, if any. 1mo
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Totally stealing Cindy‘s layout idea for #pop22. And hi 👋, yes, I wasn‘t going to do it this year but here I am! When I looked I‘d already done 19 of the prompts (with a bit of jiggling around) so though I‘d join in.

I have ideas for most of the rest but struggling on some….there seems to be several SF and fantasy prompts, which aren‘t genres that I love.

Looking forward to the rest of the year though! 😁

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Welcome to our crew, Helen 😁🌻💕 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Yay! 💕 I am not going to graphically represent my progress yet because I've not managed to do many prompts so far...😅😬 every month I say I'm going to do better but I've just bought a load of Hobb's so may still be behind! 2mo
Cortg Nice 🙌🏼 What did you use The Lincoln Highway for? It‘s a book choice for my book club this summer! 2mo
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squirrelbrain @Cortg - I used it for ‘favourite prompt from a previous year‘ and chose ‘book with a map in it‘. I love a good map! 2mo
Cortg Perfect! I may “borrow” that ☺️ 2mo
Megabooks Glad to have you Helen! (I thought of you the other day when molly and I caught a squirrel stealing one of our bulbs. Cute but naughty! 😉🐿) 2mo
squirrelbrain Bad squirrel! @Megabooks Haven‘t seen many squirrels in our garden since Henry arrived! 🐿🤷‍♀️ 2mo
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome! @Cortg 😁 2mo
BarbaraBB Haha! Helen‘s back and the perfection immediately. I bet you have an excel-sheet already (me too 😉!). So happy that you decided to join!! 2mo
squirrelbrain I definitely have a spreadsheet! @BarbaraBB 🤣 1mo
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