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Gallows Court | Martin Edwards
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Fresh bedtime reading!

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Another holiday read. This is an atmospheric and unsettling book about the summer three girls went missing from a small Australian town and the lingering effects decades on. My only complaint with this was with the ending, but I think that means it probably did exactly what it was designed to to do!

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Roughing It with Ryan | Jill Shalvis
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Current romance read: a reissue of an early Jill Shalvis!

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An actual lady detective from the 1930s? This new non fiction book ticks so many of my reading boxes!

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Fumbled | Alexa Martin
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Current romance read, once again courtesy of the library. Who knew I could like sports romances so much.

emtobiasz Oh that is some excellent cover design 😍 4d
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Finally treating myself to one of the last Discworld books I haven‘t read. #gnuterrypratchett

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Loved this, although they‘re definitely getting more and more tied to the overarching plot. I think we‘re at a point now where they wouldn‘t make sense if you started here. I do love the nods to the graphic novels too.

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Current nonfiction read, courtesy of the library (because I don‘t buy hardbacks)

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I really like this series and this reminded me of some of the theatre-set Inspector Alleyn mysteries - and that‘s always nice. Amory and Milo‘s relarionship continues to be intriguing although I hope there‘ll be some progress/development in the next book in the series.

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Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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I‘m an outlier but I thought this was disappointing. There‘s probably a good cozy crime in here, with some serious editing. It‘s too long, too rambling, I had the solution figured early doors and the author is clearly still annoyed about all those complaints about lack of diversity in Harry Potter and is determined to make sure you know that she can do diversity.

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Hollow of Fear | Sherry Thomas
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I love this series so much. Charlotte is such an engaging heroine for all that she doesn‘t feel things like “normal” people, the mystery is good and the running plot is clever and intriguing. I broke all sorts of my own rules after I finished this and preordered the next one.

writerlibrarian The next book, coming out in October, is now available as an ARC at netgalley 5d
Verity Oooohh thank you @writerlibrarian 4d
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Loved this. This time the gang are searching for a super rare folk record and it‘s all a little bit KLF and weird and Wicker Man. Do I mean wicker man? Anyway, it‘s really good. And so clever.

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Vacationers | Emma Straub
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I am on holiday (or vacation as the Americans say!) and have been doing a lot of reading. Here comes a posting blitz...

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May have burned through all three of these in about as many days...

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Look which library hold just came in. I can‘t wait to read the book that has made so many (male) “ripperologists” get so angry...

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Sunday night reading: the latest Vinyl Detective book. Love this series so much.

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Revisiting an old friend in honour of Judith Kerr and to mark her passing.

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Knit One, Kill Two | Maggie Sefton
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Mehso-so

I liked the premise but not as much in the execution. Promising though so I‘ll try the next one.

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Look what arrived!

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So good. But surprisingly melancholic and with so much keeping the estranged couple apart that if it had been anything other than a romance I would not have expected it to have a happy ending. But it is and it does and it is very satisfying.

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An Unnatural Vice | KJ Charles
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Liked this, I just wish these wouldn‘t keep ending on cliffhangers/with things unresolved!

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Hollow of Fear | Sherry Thomas
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New bedtime book!

TaciturnWhenReading Sooo good!!! 1mo
Verity @TaciturnWhenReading I love this series so much. I save them up for times of need! 1mo
TaciturnWhenReading @Verity Haha! I get it - I do that myself. And this series is perfect comfort reading. It‘s so good. 1mo
Verity @TaciturnWhenReading someone proposed a theory about the risks of saving books too long the other day: ie that your tastes may change and you‘ve wasted something that you would have loved and that has given me permission to read things sooner in a way because that makes total sense to me. 1mo
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The Anniversary | Roisin Meaney
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I go away for less than an hour and I missed it!

Librarybelle Congratulations! 1mo
DaveGreen7777 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Jas16 🎉📚👏 1mo
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The Anniversary | Roisin Meaney
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So close to 20,000. I know there‘s many more with higher totals than me, but I still feel like I should be doing something to mark this!

Julsmarshall Well done! 1mo
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Loved this. The enemies to lovers fake relationship romance is brilliant and the representation of everything and everyone is just effortless and excellent. Who knew I could love a modern royalty romance series so much.

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An Unnatural Vice | KJ Charles
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Latest library book!

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A Gentleman's Honor | Stephanie Laurens
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Fresh bedtime reading. I‘m on such a romance jag at the moment!

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A Dangerous Collaboration | Deanna Raybourn
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Of course two of my long awaited library holds came in the same week as the bride test came out. Of course.

Bradleygirl It happens every time 🤦 1mo
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Why hello! Look what dropped on to my Kindle overnight! I‘ve been looking forward to this since I finished Hoang‘s first book!

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Current kindle screen. Recommend me more romances featuring LGTBQI+ characters and POC main characters (both is great but either or will do too!) pretty please!

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Have you read any Alisha Rai? She's got lots of POC characters, plus a bi main character in 1mo
Beachesnbooks Have you read this one yet? 1mo
Verity @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I am in an endless hold queue for her at the library. I‘ve heard such good things! 1mo
Verity @Beachesnbooks I really want to - but can‘t find it on the library catalogue yet, and I‘m not meant to be buying books atm because we‘re hoping to move house... 1mo
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Current bedtime book!

Weaponxgirl Loved this book! 1mo
Verity @Weaponxgirl I‘m enjoying it so far, although it‘s making me take a good hard look at myself in some areas. 1mo
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Bank holiday Monday afternoon (post run) treat!

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Daily Grind | Anna Zabo
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So I might have binged this whole series over the course of the last month or so. I had a few quibbles here and there (just talk to each other guys!) but in the main these are fun contemporary m/m romances with a lot of on page action. Not safe for work/public transport!

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Mehso-so

A bit meh. Not enough Campion really and I didn‘t love all the other stories either.

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Any week with new Alyssa Cole is a good week.

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The High Tide Club | Mary Kay Andrews
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Really disappointed with this. Didn‘t like any of the characters, thought the plot was both predictable and not very well executed. Sad because I‘ve heard great things about earlier Mary Kay Andrews books.

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I've seen this described as Cat Sebastian's first "traditional" historical, which I think does it a big disservice. Yes it's her first “traditional" m/f but to reduce this book to that is to underplay what Sebastian is trying to do. All I can hope is that that descriptor will tempt readers who haven't yet read Sebastian because they "don't do" lgtbqi+ romances to try Sebastian's work and see what they're missing. Because this is really great.

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Knit One, Kill Two | Maggie Sefton
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Friday was local election results here and I was working at our offices near the Houses of Parliament- which meant a lunch time trip to the Oxfam book shop, where I spotted this and the next two in the series. Why thank you. Don‘t mind if I do!

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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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Out in paperback here now (my sister sent me the picture coz she wanted to know if I‘ve read it) and this is a great vacation read if you like historical fiction with heart and a sense of humour.

WanderingBookaneer I loved this one! 1mo
WanderingBookaneer Ps. Congrats! Your Litfluence is now > 20,000. 1mo
Verity @WanderingBookaneer I thought everyone would be asleep! I wasn‘t gone long and I missed it! 1mo
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Honestly, this is the perfect series for binging. I just went from one to the next to the next. Thank you library and Libby!

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Forbidden | Beverly Jenkins
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But... but... but I don‘t like Westerns. Or historical westerns. Except when Miss Bev writes them it seems that I do.

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The Right Stuff | Tom Wolfe
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Loved this. Edge of your seat stuff if you don‘t know what happened, or even if you do know about the space race because I was clueless about the rocket plane test pilots. Very good. Read as a pair with the Astronaut Wives Club and then watch First Man.

And yes, I‘m super behind on here, so it‘s Sunday night, here I come with a batch of reviews!

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It‘s Easter week, so a bit of Christian inspirational seems apt for some of my week-off-work reading!

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My Sunday night treat last night: nearly three hours in the company of Sir Ian to celebrate his 80th. Shakespeare, Tolkien, Gerald Manley Hopkins and more; along with wonderful stories about his life. And he was shaking a bucket in the foyer afterwards so I got to say thank you to him! Marvellous.

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 we‘ve got tickets for next month! 2mo
Verity @TrishB oh you‘re going to love it. He was amazing. Like having a chat with a mate down the pub even though he was talking to to a packed theatre. 2mo
TrishB Looking forward to it 👍🏻 2mo
Blueberry 💜 2mo
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I‘ve shown prospective buyers our house, I‘ve been to the whole food shop, the butchers and the bakery. I‘ve run 5k. Now time for a bath and a book!

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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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Spotted in the bookshop today and I finished the other night. I really wanted to like this more. I really did. The blurb sounded amazing and thinking about it after reading, the structure and narrative conceit is clever. But it just didn‘t properly click for me. The first part is slow. The second is great, the thrust is frustrating. And that‘s the emotion i finished with - frustration.

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Loved this so much. So good. Lots of peril, lots of romance, on the right side of history and a happily ever after. What‘s not to enjoy?

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I see I‘m not the only person who couldn‘t find this in the database! A treat for myself and my coffee table.

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Takeover | Anna Zabo
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I really liked this. There‘s a lot of kink going on here (more than I usually read) but in contrast to similar books that I‘ve read the characters are actually 3D with traits beyond Dom and sub. And neither of them are psychopaths. Hurrah!

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Saturday night library book!

annahenke I‘ve been itching to pick this up today! 2mo
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