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Andrew65

Joined January 2017

A Readaholic, & regular host of Readathons on Litsy. ‘A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone‘ Tyrion Lannister
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Tell It To The Skies | Erica James
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First book finished this week! 🤷‍♂️ First book finished fir #FabulousFebruary #20in4

Quite a big book at 544 pages, but really enjoyed this story and it galloped along. Retells the story of Lydia‘s childhood and key events that happened to her. A big surprise at the end of the book when Lydia finds out what really happened all those years ago. I do enjoy this authors books.

#ReadAway2024 @DieaReader @Ghabi4Roses

Ruthiella Great job! 👏👏👏 16h
Andrew65 @Ruthiella Thanks 😁 12h
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Read some more from both The Women and Tell it to the Skies on Day 1 of #FabulousFebruary #20in4 Readthon.

Read 206 pages (so 6 pages ahead of my target of 1400 pages, and 3 hrs 52 mins. No books finished.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader A wonderful start!❤️‍🔥🥳 1d
jitteryjane724 You are relentlessly consistent and this is so inspiring! 6h
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RushAThon | Readathon
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These are the books I hope to read from during #FabulousFebruary #20in4.

Still trying to get my reading momentum going again. Two books , The Women and Tell It To The Skies, I am already on the second half of.

Hard to set targets but would like to finish off at least 4 of these, and possibly read to 1400 pages. Quite conservative goals for me.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

DieAReader I‘ve no doubt you‘ll meet (& likely exceed) all your goals❤️‍🔥🤓📚 1d
Andrew65 @DieAReader Aiming for 300 pages each day at the weekend and 200 pages each of the other days. 1d
DieAReader @Andrew65 ❤️‍🔥I look forward to cheering you on!💃🏻 1d
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Andrew65 @DieAReader You make a great cheerleader 🥰 22h
AnneCecilie I love Normal People and see some other good ones too. Enjoy your reading 19h
tpixie Hope you feel completely better soon 💙🩵💙 10h
Andrew65 @AnneCecilie Currently listening to Normal People and enjoying it. 10h
Andrew65 @tpixie Thanks, flare seemed to have eased slightly. 😍 (edited) 10h
tpixie @Andrew65 ❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹❤️‍🩹 10h
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Been a tough month illness wise for me so missed setting the readathons. So this month merging a six day Choose Your Own Goals Readathon #FabulousFebruary with an extended 6 day #20in4

Feel free to join and use this six day readathon however you want to whether you choose to do 20 hours or chapters over the 6 days, or want to choose your own goals. A good way to boost your February reading, I know I need to! Well off course.

Andrew65 To join just post your intentions, goals or books you want to read. 2d
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Bookwormjillk Yay! Hope you‘re feeling better! 2d
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Slowly improving. 2d
OutsmartYourShelf I might actually make my 20 hours goal with 6 days instead of 4 😄. Hope you are feeling better now @Andrew65 2d
Andrew65 @OutsmartYourShelf Thanks, 2 more days does help! (edited) 2d
TheBookHippie Ugh. So much sickness everywhere!!! Schools are full of viruses currently! I hope you‘re tip top soon. This month FLEW by…. So I‘ve catching up to do! 2d
OriginalCyn620 I am in! And I hope you‘re feeling better soon! ❤️ 2d
DieAReader 💯% ready for this @Andrew65 🤓📚 Sending🫂 for speedy recovery❤️‍🔥 2d
TheBookgeekFrau Hope you're a 100% soon! 2d
Andrew65 @OriginalCyn620 Thanks, on the up slope for now, flare of Crohn‘s Disease hopefully easing off. 2d
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Aren‘t they just, Covid has changed everything. My Crohn‘s Disease is a present given by Covid 2 1/2 years ago. 2d
Andrew65 @TheBookgeekFrau Thanks 😁 2d
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks, much needed 🥰 2d
Roary47 I hope you are feeling better. I‘m excited to try to catch up some reading this time. 2d
CocoReads I‘m sorry you‘ve been ill. I haven‘t been ill but I have/had a pinched nerve and rotator cuff issues so I haven‘t been participating much. Things are much better pain wise, but still having some issues, so some days it‘s all I can do to make it through work. So far I‘m not a fan of this getting older stuff. Anywho, feel better soon Andrew! 2d
Read4life Sorry this month has been so rough. I hope you get to feeling better soon. 2d
AmyG I‘m sorry to read that you have been ill. Hoping things ease with your Crohns and you are feeling good soon. I‘m in for this as my husband is away…so I hopefully have some reading time. (edited) 2d
CoffeeNBooks I hope you're feeling better soon!! I'm definitely in for this readathon! Thanks for hosting! 📚 2d
Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon! 2d
Monica5 Hope you feel better soon 2d
Itchyfeetreader Sorry to hear you have been unwell - i‘m@also fighting a nasty bug so going to give this a pass this time 2d
rabbitprincess Hope you‘re on the mend! Looking forward to the readathon ❤️ 2d
marleed I hope you feel better soon! 2d
5feet.of.fury Yay Andrew‘s back! Wishing you better health for the rest of 2024! 2d
Ruthiella Always good to see you here in whatever capacity. Hope you‘re feeling better. ❤️ 2d
AnnCrystal 💤☕🎶🙏. May you be all better soon 📚. 2d
CarolynM Hope you‘re feeling better💕 2d
julesG Hope you're feeling 'your old self' soon! 2d
youneverarrived Hope you feel lots better soon 2d
Yuki_Onna Oh no. I was wondering what was the matter as I missed your posts. Hope you'll feel well again soon! 2d
TheEllieMo Good to see you back, Andrew, and hope you are feeling better xx 2d
bthegood thank you and hope you feel better soon - 2d
TheAromaofBooks Sorry you haven't been well. Hopefully you are on the mend now... days are getting longer and (theoretically) warmer, so that always helps a bit. ❤ 2d
Mollyanna Good to see you again Andrew! Hope you are feeling better. 💕 2d
Elizabeth2 Hope you‘re feeling better! 💕 (edited) 2d
JacqMac Hope you‘re feeling better. It has been a rough month. 2d
Crazeedi I've missed you Andrew, I just knew you were still suffering. My prayers have been said daily for your return to health. Don't you worry about a thing. You are the most important right now. Hugs and thanks for the readathon 2d
Laughterhp Hope you‘re feeling better 💚 2d
Eggs Sorry to hear that you‘ve been ill😔 I know that‘s hard. Praying that you are healing and that you‘ll soon feel much better 🙏🏻 2d
AllDebooks Sorry, you've had a tough month and hope you're feeling better now. Make sure you're resting up and taking good care of yourself. X 2d
kwmg40 I'm in for the readathon! I hope you are recovering and feeling better these days. 2d
julieclair I‘m so happy to see this post, Andrew, because I‘m assuming it means you‘re feeling a bit better. 🙏💙 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you are feeling better Andrew! ❤️‍🩹 2d
Traci1 I hope you're feeling better. ❤ 2d
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope things turn around and your health is improving. I am starting to get my 5th head cold in as many months. Work is normally quiet in the winter, but not this year. I'm hoping for a good reading push the next few days to finish the month strong. 2d
Alora Sorry to hear! Hope you're feeling better soon. Thank you for always organizing these readathons and tagging me. I always look forward to them even if I may not get alot of reading in. It really encourages me to read more. 1d
Kenyazero Hope you‘re doing better! 1d
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Started reading this book, and I suddenly find myself in a terrifying field hospital in Vietnam. Got me hooked already.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

Bookwormjillk Can‘t wait for this one 5d
MamaGina I‘m looking forward to this one SO much! 5d
Andrew65 @MamaGina @Bookwormjillk 80 pages in (which I read in one sitting) and really enjoying it. Not sure where it‘s heading. 5d
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Librariana So glad you're enjoying it, @Andrew65 😊 Our library system purchased 30 copies and we've got 139 customers on the holds queue at present 😳 5d
Andrew65 @Librariana That‘s a lot, reminds me of a book I‘m on the hold list for and likely to get in 2025 🤣 5d
Suet624 This one sounds really good. 5d
DieAReader 🤓Enjoy! 5d
Andrew65 @Suet624 It is, approaching halfway and one of those books you want to take your time over. 4d
Bluebird Excellent! Was just notified my library hold is ready for pick up! Will be starting this soon 😀 3d
Andrew65 @Bluebird 60% through and loving it, but quite the rollercoaster of emotions. 2d
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Finally got the first book finished for #ReadingOceania2024 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB This one has been on my shelf for years and covers #Australia, following a family who are transported to Australia for theft and covers their early years there. Overall enjoyable but at times found it a chore to read.

#ReadAway2024 @DieaReader @Ghabi4Roses

Librarybelle Hooray!!! 2w
BarbaraBB One down 🇦🇺 😀 2w
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Number two lined up, for New Zealand, and also been on my shelf for years. 2w
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Andrew65 @Librarybelle T hanks, good to be off and running with it (finally) 2w
BarbaraBB That‘s one I still want to read too. I am looking forward to your review 2w
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB Hoping to get to it soon. 2w
DieAReader 🥳Great 2w
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 🥰 2w
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Trying to get back into reading by starting this book in one of my favourite series. Been a busy and difficult few weeks, with at times pains making it difficult to concentrate on the reading. Hope this pacy read will help me build up focus again.
#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView
A great red coat so should be good. @Tove_Reads

Read4life I hope you feel better and get back into a reading rhythm 💙 2w
Andrew65 @Read4life Thanks ❤️ Been a challenging few weeks. Hope you are well. 2w
Read4life I‘m doing well. I‘m sorry you‘ve had a rough time lately. Hopefully it will make a turn for the better soon. I‘ve never read any books in this series but I‘m going to check them out. 🤓 2w
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AnnCrystal ☕💤🥺🙏. 2w
Susanita You were missed. Hope things get better for you. 🫂 2w
TheSpineView Hope you are on the road to recovery. 2w
Andrew65 @Read4life That‘s good to hear. Thanks, these things are sent to try us, and the problem with having a chronic illness. Hopefully entering a better phase. I very strongly recommend this series. (edited) 2w
Andrew65 @AnnCrystal Thanks, hope you are well. 2w
Andrew65 @Susanita Thanks, still in some discomfort and pain from my Crohn's Disease but not as bad as it was. 2w
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Hopefully, slow but sure but you never can tell with the Crohn‘s Disease. At least I‘m able to read a bit more. 2w
Bookwormjillk Hope it does the trick for you Andrew. Hang in there. 2w
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Thanks. Have been able to focus on it better today. Hot water bottle seems to help some of the discomfort. (edited) 2w
Suet624 I‘m so sorry to hear about your Crohn‘s. That‘s so tough. 2w
LiseWorks Glad to see you back 2w
Cuilin Sorry to hear you haven‘t been well, hope the healing is fast and firm. 2w
kspenmoll Glad to see you back, but so sorry you have been struggling with Crohn‘s. I hope it settles down soon. 2w
eri.reads Today is my first day back since October I think! I have been struggling too for a few months with RA so I totally understand. I hope you start to get some relief and rest very soon. 2w
CoffeeNBooks Hope you're feeling better soon!! 2w
Crazeedi I've been thinking of you Andrew, love and prayers across the miles 2w
janeycanuck I‘m sorry to hear you‘ve been having a tough time. I hope the worst is behind you! 2w
Andrew65 @Suet624 Thanks, unfortunately this happens from time to time, hopefully I‘m on the start of an up cycle. 2w
Andrew65 @LiseWorks Thanks, good to get some reading done yesterday and to be able to concentrate on it. 2w
Andrew65 @Cuilin Thanks, sound and gradual at the moment but least improving. 2w
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Thanks, unfortunately this happens with the Crohn‘s, don‘t think it likes Winter! 2w
Andrew65 @eri.reads Sorry to hear about the RA, another awful chronic condition. Hoping you do get that relief as know what it‘s like with that constant pain. Take things slowly and carefully. Good to see you back. 2w
Andrew65 @CoffeeNBooks Thanks, it‘s taking each day hour by hour, and then the pain and discomfort getting worse at times especially after each for the next few hours. That has made it difficult to concentrate. But some relief compared to what it was.Hope you are well. 2w
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Thanks Diane, very much appreciated. Awful when your own body is the thing that fights itself and causes the problem. However we all have our own crosses to bear. Hope everything is good with you. 2w
Andrew65 @janeycanuck Thanks, fingers crossed the worst is behind me on this occasion. More blood tests in a couple of weeks. 2w
Crazeedi @Andrew65 we're all growing older with bodies that say it to us. But a life well lived is the goal, and books help us realize that. And this community keeps our spirits vital and alive! Many blessings Andrew. I've struggled with so much too, but I still get to wake up every morning! Hugs 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hope you‘re feeling better, Andrew!! I‘ve been wanting a hot water bottle for ages!! Especially because my cats monopolize the heating pad!! Hope all goes well with blood tests. @Crazeedi is right….once, years ago, I saw an older woman with a T-shirt on which said “growing old ain‘t for sissies”….at the time I was in my 20s and I thought she was being ungrateful because I knew so many young people who had passed. Now I understand…. 2w
Bookwomble I hope you're continuing to feel better, Andrew 💖 6d
Andrew65 @Bookwomble Thanks, a bit up and down, but better than I was ❤️ 6d
Tove_Reads Hope you‘re feeling better now! This series is definitely one of the best! 2d
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Untilted | Autechre
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Apologies for being missing in action, & not having responded to posts. Had to take a few weeks away whilst I had a big flare up of my Crohn‘s Disease & the associated pains that made it difficult to focus on sitting & responding to things. Also been dealing with one or two other things. Hopefully back now. Thanks for your understanding and going missing in the middle of a Readathon.
Thanks to those that have sent messages 😍 Litsy is the best

IndoorDame I hope you continue to feel better ❤️‍🩹 3w
Velvetfur Oh noooo, I hope you recover soon from your flare up - we'll all be thinking of you and wishing you well xxx 3w
dabbe Glad to see you back, and I hope you continue to heal. 🩷💜❤️ 3w
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JenReadsAlot Sending good vibes your way! 3w
SamAnne Hoping you are on the mend! 3w
CBee Sending you lots of healing thoughts and love! ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
Gissy Glad that you are feeling better!❤️Heath is a priority and we are here to support you🙌❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Aims42 Hope you‘re feeling better!! Those flare-ups are the worst when they strike ❤️ 3w
Bookwormjillk ❤️ 3w
Deblovestoread Sorry to hear about your flare-up, but glad you are on the mend. Take care. 💜 3w
TheSpineView Sorry you have been under the weather. So glad you are filling better!💞 3w
AnnR Glad to see you posting again and I'm hopeful your flare passes soon. 🙏 Take care. 3w
AnnCrystal How terrible 🙏 Feel better ☕🎶💤🙏. 3w
Librarybelle I hope you feel better soon! 3w
Ruthiella Glad to hear you‘re back! Hope you are 100% soon. ❤️ 3w
Itchyfeetreader Sorry to hear that Andrew - hope you are on the mend. Look after yourself and take things easy ! 3w
willaful I'm glad you're doing better. 3w
JessClark78 ❤️ 3w
ChasingOm Oh no - those flares are rough! Hope you‘re getting some rest. 3w
Cupcake12 Hope you start feeling better soon 📚 (edited) 3w
Bluebird Sorry to hear you‘ve been having a rough time. Glad you are feeling better! ❤️ 3w
Crazeedi Andrew, I just looked at your feed yesterday and was wondering if you were OK! I totally understand, you never need to apologize, (I went MIA for most of a year), we are here for you 3w
CarolynM Glad to see you back. Hope you‘re feeling a lot better.💕 3w
youneverarrived That sounds tough - glad to see you back 🤍 3w
Yuki_Onna Oh no, how 😢😬😰... I missed you. Hope you'll heal and feel better now 🙏❣️ 3w
LeahBergen Oh, dear! I hope you‘re feeling better now. ❤️❤️ 3w
batsy Hope you're feeling much better! 3w
kwmg40 Glad to hear from you, and I'm sending good wishes your way! 3w
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 3w
Caryl Thinking of you and sending healing vibes your way! 2w
kezzlou85 Hope you're feeling better now. 2w
Andrew65 @kezzlou85 Thanks better than I was but still getting bouts of pain that make it difficult to concentrate on my reading. 2w
julieclair Just checked your feed because I was worried why you had gone dark. So sorry to hear your Crohn‘s was flaring up. Ugh. Hope you are back on an even keel soon. Sending healing thoughts your way. 💙 7d
Andrew65 @julieclair Thanks, improved from what it was but still giving me issues. Hope you are well. 7d
julieclair I‘m doing well, thank you. Hoping you can say the same soon. 6d
Andrew65 @julieclair Good to hear, thanks 😊 6d
PaperbackPirate Glad you‘re back! I hope you feel better soon! 💙 3d
Andrew65 @PaperbackPirate Thanks 🥰 2d
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Usually I am not a lover of novellas but as I know this series well (in fact it is one of my favourite series) I really enjoyed the novella and it is interesting to see MIT in its early days and at a time when Matilda‘s husband is still alive.

Caitlin has just reported a rape, which happened some months before, when she is suddenly murdered in her house.

Andrew65 Matilda and her team have to investigate to see if the two incidents are related before the murderer and / or the rapist strike again.

This was overall a very good short story taking about an hour and a quarter to read. As well as the early days of her team it also covers some of the background to her relationship with DI Ben Hales, which forms an important element of the series.
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Andrew65 I really can‘t recommend this serious strongly enough, and whilst I wait impatiently for the next book in the series this was a good read to spend some more time with Matilda, dealing with my withdrawal symptoms.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView Up to date in my fourth series this year.
#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
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DieAReader 🥳🤓Brilliant! 1mo
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TheSpineView Great job! I really need to get started on this series. 1mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Thanks, and you do. 1mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 😍 1mo
kspenmoll Hope you are ok & just taking a break. 3w
Bookwormjillk Was just thinking about you. Hope you‘re okay. 3w
CarolynM Just thinking of you. Hope all is well. 3w
Librarybelle Just checking in - hope you are okay! 3w
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The Tudor Deception | Scott Mariani
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1st book finished for #JoyousJanuary.
This book had everything you want, a great avenging hero, a group of baddies, emotional angst, a historical backdrop (Twins in the tower) and a revenge mission. This is one of my favourite series and this didn‘t disappoint, even at book 28 in the series. I thoroughly recommend the series.
This is a strange one however, as it takes Ben back to earlier in his life and doesn‘t follow the chronological timeline.

Andrew65 13th book finished for #JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView Third series finished or up to date on in 2024. That‘s what I call winning!
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Ruthiella Nice job! 🏆 1mo
AnnR 👏📚👍 1mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig I've never heard of this series but now I'm intrigued. 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Cool! 1mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 1mo
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It‘s gone midnight so kicking off the #JoyousJanuary Readathon by getting stuck into this book. Book 28 in the excellent Ben Hope Series. This will get me back up to date I‘m the series. #SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

Recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this hero series such as Gabriel Allon, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp etc.

#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader Awesome! Enjoy❤️‍🔥 1mo
Andrew65 Whoops tagged this with the wrong book, teach me to post at 1 am 🤦‍♂️

It should be The Tudor Deception by Scott Mariani!
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DieAReader @Andrew65 🤣It happens😉 1mo
TheSpineView You are on fire! Great job! 1mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView A good start to the year, but slowed down over the past few days with other commitments. 1mo
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The Poet | Michael Connelly
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Started my second book for #ChunksterChallenge2024. This one is only in the almost a chunkster category at 515 pages. That said it‘s quite small print and a lot of words on each page so feels much bigger than a 500+ page book. @Amiable

This is the first Jack McEvoy book, and the fifth book in the #BoschUniverseSeries. #SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

It‘s also off my bookshelves.

#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

AnnCrystal Is that something new?? My newest read has tiny print too...terribly small (edited) 1mo
DieAReader @Andrew65 Where does this fit in the Bosch series overall? I haven‘t started it yet but definitely want to at some point in 2024 1mo
TheSpineView Well done!🤩 1mo
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Amiable Do you have a mass market paperback? You can use the hardcover edition page total to count towards the challenge. I usually default to the hardcover page count no matter what format I‘m reading because it is the “original” (in my head, that is. 😀) 1mo
Andrew65 @AnnCrystal I thought most new books were getting bigger print, but this is an older book. I often read up to sixty pages an hour but on this one I am barely managing 40 pages an hour. 1mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader In the Universe Series it comes between book 4 and 5 in the original Bosch Series. I am reading all the books in Universe Series order.
https://www.goodreads.com/series/212785-harry-bosch-universe
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AnnCrystal @Andrew65 Wow, that's excellent even at 40 pages an hour.

True. It takes me longer to get through a page with small print. I will have to pay attention when purchasing, and I hope there are not many of these already in my Library.

I do hope new books keep to the larger print.
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Andrew65 @AnnCrystal I spoke to soon, now under 40 pages an hour 🤣 Definitely need larger fonts for the eyes too! 1mo
AnnCrystal @Andrew65 ☺️ that's still way more than I can manage 👍. I'm going to get out my craft magnifier !! 🧐☺️. (edited) 1mo
DieAReader @Andrew65 Fantastic! Thanks hun🤗❤️‍🔥 1mo
Andrew65 @AnnCrystal Sounds a good plan. My wife is a much slower reader than me. When we did an exercise at school with staff looking at the speed we all read at, it is amazing the different speeds people read at. Quite the range. I know @Tove_Reads is a much faster reader than me from a previous conversation we had. (edited) 1mo
AnnCrystal @Andrew65 now that's interesting. I've always been a sluggish reader... oddly, unless the story completely captures me and demands otherwise 😂. When I was a teenager, I use to gobble up Amelia Atwater-Rhodes new books in 24 hours. Then again, to compare, around the same time, it took me about a week or two to read a new installment of the Sweep Series... (edited) 1mo
AnnCrystal P.S. Is your wife a Litten? If she is, I will follow her here on Litsy. 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Believe it or not we are already rapidly approaching the mid month 9 day Pick Your Own Goals Readathon, #JoyousJanuary

Any one can join, just choose your own goals whatever they may be, and post your goals and / or the books you hope to read. All very flexible and very informal.

Please use the tag #JoyousJanuary and tag me in any posts.

Have fun with it, this is really the only rule.

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Crazeedi Thanks!, I'm working on doing more audiobooks, so I hope to get another one or 2 ! 1mo
TheSpineView I'm in! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Yay! Going to try for 4 books. (One is a chunkster.) 1mo
julieclair I have sooo many books I still want to read this month. This will help me prioritize. 👍 1mo
OriginalCyn620 I‘m in! I can‘t believe how fast this month is going by! 1mo
DieAReader Looking forward to it! Thanks, as always, for hosting this @Andrew65 ❤️‍🔥🤓📚 1mo
Librarybelle Hooray!! 1mo
Ruthiella Awesome! Thanks for the tag! 1mo
Eggs You can count on me! Thanks 🙏🏻 1mo
kspenmoll Yay! 1mo
Deblovestoread I‘m in! 1mo
AnnR I'm in and I've posted my goals. ❄😉📘 1mo
PaperbackPirate Sounds great! 💙📚 1mo
slategreyskies I‘m in! My reading is off to a slow start this year, but I‘ve got this weekend off, so I‘ll be able to make time for it. Thanks for hosting! :) 1mo
AllDebooks I'm in and have set my goals 1mo
Mollyanna I‘m in! Thanks Andrew. 😊 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I can't believe it's time for the first 2024 monthly readathon already!!!!!! 1mo
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks I know, how did that happen! 1mo
Andrew65 @OriginalCyn620 Unbelievably fast! 🥵 1mo
Allylu I‘m in, as always. 1mo
JacqMac Yay!! I‘m in! 1mo
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This is a relatively short book, but despite that it does pack quite the punch! I had to read late into the night to finish this book as I needed to know what happened, & there was one or two shocks along the way that I just did not see coming. In fact I lay awake for the next couple of hours thinking over the book and was left with an overwhelming feeling of sadness for the main character. Not always that a book has quite as much an effect on me.

Andrew65 The premise of the book is quite simple, girl meets boy, they develop a relationship and she declares that she will absolutely and forever love him. However life doesn‘t quite happen the way they, or at least she, perceived it would and the book tells her story. 2mo
Andrew65 I found this book to be totally engaging throughout, and have had to give it a day or two before I could give it a final rating. The characters are so well-written and you end up caring significantly for the main character. Her parents are shall we say ‘interesting‘ and I liked the way they were written back into the story towards the end, and the impact this had on Marianne. 2mo
Andrew65 This whole book centres around the theme of relationships and how important the right relationships are to us.

Having thought on it I strongly recommend this book but can see why one or two people wouldn‘t enjoy the book. I have yet to have read a book by Rose Tremain I haven‘t enjoyed, but this book has made me want to get to more of her other books I haven‘t read.
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Andrew65 I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. 2mo
Deblovestoread This is one author I still need to try. Great review! 2mo
DieAReader 🥳Awesome! Sounds like it packed quite a punch🤓📚 2mo
Andrew65 @Deblovestoread This one is a short quick read, but i from reviews sone weren‘t happy with the abrupt ending. 1mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks, for me it did. I was left feeling unbearably sad for a few hours after finishing it. 1mo
DieAReader @Andrew65 🫂❤️‍🔥 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻stacked. 1mo
Andrew65 @Cathythoughts Thanks, hope you enjoy it. It‘s a short read, I know one or two reviews moan about the abrupt ending. But I just feel the author had written the story she wanted to write and it wasn‘t about her whole life. 1mo
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Finished my first #AuthorAMonth book for 2024 @Soubhiville

Not having read Jane Austen before I wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book. Overall I quite enjoyed it but definitely a very different style of book about a very different time and culture. Based on this I would be happy to read other books by her.

#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳Awesome! 2mo
Soubhiville It‘s my first reading experience with her as well. Glad you liked it! 2mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 😍 1mo
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Andrew65 @Soubhiville I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but would quickly become bored I think if I read many of these. 1mo
jenniferw88 I was thinking about you and Northanger last night and wondering how you were getting on! If you want to try another, Sense and Sensibility might be a good fit (it's my second fave after Northanger Abbey, and as we have similar reading tastes, it might be a good for you). I would avoid EMMA & PERSUASION if I were you. 1mo
Andrew65 Thanks @Jenniferw88 fir the initial recommendation and this recommendation. I will go for Sense and Sensibility should I get time for a second one, as I trust your recommendations, as you say we have similar reading tastes. 1mo
Soubhiville @Andrew65 my post office tracking number says your AAM prize package should have been delivered on Jan 16… did you get it? 3w
Andrew65 @Soubhiville Hi @soubhiville sorry for not replying sooner, but been missing in action the last few weeks due to a major flare up of my Crohn‘s Disease, and other things I‘ve been dealing with. I‘m only just starting to get back into operation. Thank you so much for the package, which is way way beyond generous. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ This cheered me up amongst a difficult period.

Thank you for all you do, 😍
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Soubhiville I saw that you hadn‘t been on In a while and wondered. I‘m sorry you‘ve been feeling badly. I hope you‘re on the mend now. Glad to see you back. 💞 3w
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The first book in a new series by Melinda Woodhall, using a character from her other series. Following a marriage breakdown Frankie Dawson is a Private Investigator who goes home for the first time in 15 years after finding his close school friend, who he fell out with 15 years ago, is dying from cancer and has asked to see him.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

Andrew65 This quickly develops into a hunt for a serial killer who has been operating in the area for a number of years and appears to have connections with Frankie‘s past. Frankie is a good honest character who you can feel yourself rooting for. At times you are not sure who he can really trust in the local police department that seems riddled with corruption. 2mo
Andrew65 A lot in this is revealed about Frankie‘s past which is good to know. The action moves along at a good pace and there are a few surprises along the way, the biggest of all at the end of the book. A good few characters are developed in this book and things. have been set up well for future books in this series. 2mo
Andrew65 I really enjoyed this fast moving book, as I have other books written by this author. I look forward to catching up on more of her past books and the next book in this series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good mysteries and / or good crime fiction.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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AnnR Great Review, Andrew. 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳Fantastic! 2mo
Andrew65 @AnnR Thanks 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 😁 2mo
TheSpineView Your review makes me want to read this book. Great job!📖👍📖 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView It‘s done it‘s job then 😂 I have enjoyed her books and started off her first series, the Mercy Harbour Series where Frankie first appears as someone who has been sent to prison for a crime he didn‘t commit. 2mo
TheSpineView @Andrew65 I'll add this series to my list. Maybe I will get to all of them in my next life... or the one after that! 🤣 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView 😂😂😂 2mo
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This novella is a prequel to the excellent Matilda Darke Series, and takes place shortly after the MIT Team has been formed and shortly after Matilda‘s promotion to the DCI. It also takes place before Matilda‘s husband‘s death, which occurs before the first book, and it is interesting to see that relationship prior to his death.

#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView
#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

Andrew65 A coach driver, and former soap star, is found dead at his flat, following a break in, however Matilda and her team aren‘t sure about the break in as nothing has been taken. Matilda is convinced the murder relates to his past so the team set off to investigate.

I enjoyed this book much more than I usually do with novellas, but that is because I already knew the key characters so was invested in the series from the beginning.
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Andrew65 I feel this is aided by Michael Wood‘s excellent writing and slow build up of the case as we get to know more about the victim; it‘s rather like the layer‘s of an onion slowly being peeled off.

Overall this was a very enjoyable read and it‘s good to see the key characters in their early days.
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Andrew65 As with the rest of the series this is very well-plotted and there are the usual surprises and twists throw in, as well as some lead in to themes that will appear in the main series. I throughly recommend this novella, especially if you have read any of the Matilda Darke Series. I feel you will get more out of it if you have already read some of the series. 2mo
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Andrew65 If you haven‘t read the series I very strongly recommend it as it is one of my favourite crime series but be ready for a real rollercoaster ride as Michael isn‘t always kind to his characters. (edited) 2mo
TheSpineView I need to read this series! Sooner rather than later. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView You most definitely do! It‘s excellent. Set in Sheffield England, which is only about 20 or so miles from us. 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳Awesome! 2mo
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The Armour of Light | Ken Follett
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Ken Follett does it again with this book! It‘s great to return to Kingsbridge in this book set in the late 18th and early 19th Century. As always with Ken Follett he creates great characters, both good and bad, and he does an excellent job of making you have to read on to find out what is going to happen next.

#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie
#SeriesLove2024 @TheSpneView Series up to date.

Andrew65 As you can imagine from the time this was set, amongst the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, this isn‘t all hearts and roses. The authorities are clamping down on the ‘workers‘ as they are running scared following the French Revolution and fear the same will happen in England. There are some tragic stories and cases within this book which leave you crestfallen and both upset and angry. 2mo
Andrew65 Ken Follett really does an excellent job bringing this period to life, and showing the impact on everyday lives.

Towards the end of the book it also covers the Battle of Waterloo, and Napoleon‘s last stand. This is well-written, but feels a bit out of place compared to the rest of the book. It is however important for the book in what happens to our characters following the battle.
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Andrew65 I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and despite being over 1000 pages, it passes all too quickly. If anything it makes me want to go back and restart the whole of this series. I do hope he will continue this series.

Put quite simply, five stars and a favourite!
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Amiable Great job! And within the tight timeframe, too! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
RebelReader Kingsbridge is one of my all time favorite series. I‘m waiting for my sister to finish the last one so I can read it. 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳Fantastic! 2mo
Andrew65 @Amiable Thanks, a day to spare in the end! 🥵 2mo
Andrew65 @RebelReader Totally agree. 2mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Thanks 🎊🎉🎊 2mo
TheSpineView Love Follett!📚📚📚 2mo
GinaKButler You finished in time! Impressive! Love this series! 2mo
AnnR Wow, that's great you were able to finish it before the due date. Plus, a 5* read! Another series I keep overlooking but mean to try sometime. 2mo
Andrew65 @AnnR That 5 star, made it easier to finish in the time I had. It is an excellent series. 2mo
Andrew65 @GinaKButler Was determined to do so as I knew others were waiting for the book and didn‘t want a gap in my reading. It‘s a wonderful series. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Especially love all his historical fiction. 2mo
GinaKButler Are you following Ken Follett on IG? He posted some AI generated pictures of the characters of this book and Pillars. Hoping he also does the other books! 2mo
Andrew65 @GinaKButler No I‘m not on Instagram but may have to check it out. Thanks for the information. 😍 2mo
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This was an excellent introduction to a new series, and straightaway you buy into Beth and what she is doing, even if it isn‘t by the book! This book moves along at pace and you just do not want to put it down. I can‘t wait for the opportunity to continue with this series. This was my first book by this author but based on the excellent plotting, characters and the storyline it certainly won‘t be my last.

Andrew65 You shouldn‘t like what Beth is doing but she quickly has you on side and you are supporting her all the way. I also felt the narration in this one was very strong, with a good narrator and for me this only added to the book.

I am happy to recommend this book to others, especially if they enjoy high quality crime fiction.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Points in the second half of #WinterGames 115,630 points, giving a total tally of 180,250 points

Most of these points came from the word searches, where read virtually all Winter / Christmas themed books, and read 38 books over the games.

@Deblovestoread @Blerdgal_fenix @mcipher @candc320 @Peanutnine @TheAromaofbooks @Andrew65 @5280reader @Kay.the.bibliophile
#SantasBookshELVES

Thanks for being a great Team Leader @peanutnine 👏👏👏🙌🎊

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 2mo
peanutnine Woohoo!! Amazing job! 🎉❄️💖 2mo
Deblovestoread 🎉🎉🎉 Great job! 2mo
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candc320 You are amazing!!! Great job! 2mo
AnnR Well done and congrats! 🎄🎉👋👍 2mo
Andrew65 @AnnR @candc320 @Deblovestoread @Peanutnine @TheAromaofBooks Thanks, was totally focussed on the winter themed / Christmas books for those Wordsearch points. 2mo
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RushAThon | Readathon
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In case anyone hasn‘t seen it I am tagging some of the usual readathoners in to the year long #ReadAway2024 Readathon that I‘m cohosting with @DieAReader and @Ghabi4Roses.

Use this Readathon in any way you want to during 2024 to boost your reading and feel free to set your own goals or not. We are flexible and easy going about how people use this Readathon.

Most important thing is to have fun with your reading with others. 🥰

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Itchyfeetreader I spotted this and am@going to use to manage down books or kindle books I already own which is a reading goal for this year 2mo
thereadingpal So we can choose our own goals and it goes all year long? Asking for confirmation as I'm just now getting back into reading! 2mo
TheEllieMo Ooh, can I jump in on this with my personal 5-books-a-month goal? (edited) 2mo
Deblovestoread Thanks for the tag! 2mo
Ruthiella Thanks for the tag! I‘ll have to think about how I can work this into my plans for 2024. 😊 2mo
Andrew65 @TheEllieMo Most definitely! 2mo
Andrew65 @thereadingpal Yep, choose whatever goals you want to shoot for and it will be running all year. Best of luck with getting back into reading 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @Itchyfeetreader Best of luck, I am wanting to do the same. 2mo
AmyG Thanks…I have been meaning to post this. 2mo
DieAReader 🤗Great to have everyone joining us! Good luck & enjoy📚🤓 2mo
IamIamIam Whoo hoo!!!! 👏👏👏 2mo
Bookwormjillk Thanks! I am trying to read books from my TBR instead of adding to it! 2mo
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Seems to be what a lot of us are targeting. 2mo
Librarybelle Thanks! 2mo
TheBookHippie Reading what I own 😵‍💫😅😂🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie A very popular theme with those taking part, me included! 2mo
AllDebooks Thanks for hosting. 😊 I'll be focusing on my shelf and kindle tbr. No more book buying 2mo
Andrew65 @AllDebooks Yep, a very common theme. 2mo
OutsmartYourShelf @AllDebooks I say that every year but it never seems to work out that way 😄 2mo
Andrew65 @OutsmartYourShelf I can relate to that! 2mo
MaGoose I'm in. Maybe this time, I'll open a book that keeps my attention. I haven't commented on the last few #readathons because I started books that went nowhere, and I closed them almost as quickly as I opened them up 😅 I just started a book that I think I'll be able to read past the first chapter. 😅 I don I've read a book 2mo
MaGoose OOPS. I only completed one book in the past six weeks 2mo
Andrew65 @MaGoose It sometimes happens, hope your reading improves. 😁 2mo
Monica5 I'm in. I think I will focus on my shelf books both physical and kindle. 2mo
Andrew65 @Monica5 That‘s what many are doing. 2mo
Read4life Thanks, @Andrew65 I‘m looking forward to it. I‘ll mainly be using this on challenge reads and books from my audio, digital and physical shelves. 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I‘m in! But I will need to think about my goals 🤔 2mo
Andrew65 @Read4life Best of luck 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @OriginalCyn620 That‘s the hard part 😂 but can always add to those as the year progresses. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 2mo
Eggs Thanks - I‘m in 😍🥰🥳 2mo
Crazeedi Thanks Andrew! 2mo
Velvetfur Thanks for the tag Andrew! I'm in, and like everyone else I'll be focusing on 'clearing'! 😁 2mo
CocoReads I‘m in! I‘ve joined far too many challenges but I‘m trying to read down my tbr so this should fit perfectly. 2mo
Andrew65 @CocoReads Brilliant 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @Velvetfur Definitely the way to go by the look of it. Good luck 😁 2mo
Airykah13 I like that idea @Read4life! I think I‘ll use this readathon for books I read for challenges too. 2mo
Read4life @Airykah13 glad you like the idea. I think it‘s a nice manageable goal. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This is great! I'm hoping to read more from my shelves this year, both physical and digital. 2mo
BeeCurious I'm in. Trying to whittle down #MountTBR. 🙂📚 Thanks for hosting. 1w
Andrew65 @BeeCurious This is perfect for that, good luck 😁 1w
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This was my favourite book read in #November for #12Booksof2023. This was an excellent read set initially during the Spanish Civil War, but most of the book takes in the lives of two people following their lives in Chile as a refugee. This book really will stay with me for a long time and is a strong candidate for my favourite book of the year.

Notable mentions also for Family for Beginners by Sarah Morgan (always love her books) and 👇

Andrew65 The Queen of the Valley by Lorena Hughes and set in Colombia. 2mo
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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Difficult to choose just one book for #October for #12Booksof2023 but eventually went for The Book of Cold Cases, but took me 24 hours to decide on one! This is another excellent story from Simone St James which has a bit of a ghost element to it. This really was an excellent read, and possibly my favourite by her.

Notable almost mentions for Past Lying by Val McDermid, the new book in the excellent Karen Pirie series set during the Lockdown 👇

Andrew65 Also The Dead of Night, the excellent second book in the Berlin Wartime Thriller Series by Simon Scarrow. This is superbly written. 2mo
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Christmas at the Cat Caf | Jessica Redland
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Having discovered Jessica Redland last Christmas and enjoyed her books since, I was keen to jump into this book about Tabby setting up a Cat Cafe, which seems a novel concept. Unfortunately just before opening her partner deserts her and if that isn‘t enough she also is suffering from the debilitating condition of fibromyalgia. There also seem to be people around her that want to stop the cafe opening.

Andrew65 I loved this book as much as her previous books and do enjoy the writing style of her books, and the romance style of them. I do feel it‘s good that people write about people suffering with medical conditions, and I learned a lot about fibromyalgia in this book which will make me understand it better, but I can see how this might put some people off who read books for escapism. 2mo
Andrew65 However I have to say I felt this was written very well into the book, and only added to the reading experience and the story for me.

I felt the story was very well written, and in particular the slow burn of the developing relationship in Tabby‘s life, and found myself rooting for them. I loved the main characters and was very glad to spend some of the Christmas season with them.
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Andrew65 I‘m not particularly a cat person, but despite that I did love the story and the unique cat part of it, although I‘m sure I wouldn‘t spend the extra money to go to a cat cafe. Just a word of warning if anyone is a cat lover there is one part of the story that could be upsetting. However, even that I feel was very well written in the story.

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Andrew65 Overall if you enjoy these romance style of books I would definitely recommend this book, and gave it five stars. There isn‘t one book by Jessica Redland that I haven‘t enjoyed very much, and look forward to reading more books by her.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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The Armour of Light | Ken Follett
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I‘m going in… I may be some time 😂

Starting off the #ChunksterChallenge2024 with this super Chunkster at 1024 pages. No pressure but the book will be recalled by the library at 11.10pm on 7th January 🤣 But it is part of a great Chunkster Series @Amiable

#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie

This will also be the first of my targeted books for #SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView

MittenGirlPeach No pressure indeed! 😉 2mo
Cuilin They‘re usually page turners. You got this. 💪 2mo
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Andrew65 @Cuilin They are, so hopefully all should be well. 🤞 2mo
Bluebird Jan 7! Good luck!! ? I‘m reading the series this year. I‘d previously only read books 1 and 2–more than 10 years ago. I‘m ½ way through the prequel now and loving it. Pillars of Earth is one of my alltime favorite books! 2mo
Andrew65 @Bluebird I‘m thinking, I need to re-read the others as a lot of years since I read the early ones and enjoying this one so far. Got to page 85 so far and already enjoying it and such an easy reading style. 2mo
Amiable I mean, that's a quick read even for Evelyn Wood! 😃 2mo
Andrew65 @Amiable 😂😂😂 2mo
Bluebird @Andrew65 same for me. Once I finish the prequel, I‘ll decide if I‘ll re-read books 1-2, or jump straight to 3! I‘m more likely to re-read—despite having a massive TBR list. I‘m reading the audiobook, it moves quickly. Agree about Follett‘s writing. 2mo
Andrew65 @Bluebird I love John Lee‘s narration of his audiobooks, although I am physically reading this one. I can almost hear me reading it with his tone. 😂 2mo
Bluebird 😂 2mo
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The Guest | B.A. Paris
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It‘s a while since I read a B A Paris book, but this book shows she still has the talent to write a good psychological thriller.

At first this book was hard to get a handle on, especially in audiobook form, as there were three different couples introduced in quick time and it took a while to get them all right in my head.

Andrew65 Once I did I enjoyed the interplay between the characters and the element of suspense that was thrown in, following a potential marriage split up, and a French wife having left her husband landing herself on Gabriel and Iris. They themselves were having their own marriage difficulties, following the trauma Gabriel had gone through.

The surprises keep coming in this book, along with the possible theories as who was guilty of what.
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Andrew65 Overall I‘d give this book 4 stars as a good book, but not the best in its genre. I felt the audiobook narration did help with the story once I‘d got the characters right, and I did enjoy the narrator. So overall I feel able to recommend this book to those that enjoy a good psychological thriller.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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julieclair This one sounds intriguing. Stacked. 2mo
Andrew65 @julieclair It was an enjoyable read and I think published next month. 2mo
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In August I had difficulty choosing a stand out book as I had a lot of five star reads. In September I had a different issue, not the five star books and no book overall that stood out above the others. In the end I‘ve gone with the tagged book which was a very good read and came in at 4 1/2 Stars. However could have chosen one of many. #12Booksof2023

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This was the first book I have read in this series, but it held up well given this.

A couple of brothers take over the local pub in a small community approaching Christmas, which causes a few ripples in the local community, especially for the co-owner of the local bakery who had previously had a no-commitments brief holiday relationship.

#20in4 #OutWithTheOldInWithTheNew #JumpStart2024

Andrew65 Compared to many romance books this is quite a slow burner, especially as both people are dealing with some baggage. This book is more about the community and events going on, and this as much a character in the books as any person.

This is an enjoyable book and I would be happy to read the other books in the series.
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Andrew65 This is the first book finished for #SeiesLove2024 although it is not one of my targeted series, but will be tagging any series books read in the year with #SeriesLove2024 @TheSpineView 2mo
TheSpineView @Andrew65 I always plan out what series I want to concentrate on. Then before January the plan has gone out the window. 😜 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Only 2nd January 😂 But I know I will read books from other series. Is grass Green? 🤣 2mo
TheSpineView @Andrew65 😂😂😂 2mo
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A great start to the new year, I‘ve been auto-approved to review the ARC of Michael Wood‘s new book and new series that comes out on 28th March. Thanks to #HarperCollins, #NetGalley and #MichaelWood #TheMindOfAMurderer

Can‘t wait to get to this as he is one of the best talents in Crime Fiction! Love his books.

@EadieB @Tove_Reads

AnnR Cool!!! We will look forward to your review. 🙂 2mo
EadieB @Andrew65 It‘s not available to me. 2mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Mine was through an email from the publishers following previous reviews. It doesn‘t seem available on the site. 2mo
Andrew65 @AnnR Will make sure I tag you on Ann. I‘m sure it will be a good read. 2mo
EadieB @Andrew65 ok right! 2mo
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The Grave Tattoo | Val McDermid
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Difficult to choose my favourite book in #August for #12Booksof2023 as I read the next books in a lot of my favourite series that all got five stars, but going for The Grave Tattoo (a non-series read). This book has everything mystery, intrigue, compassion and a theory for what happened to Fletcher Christian of Mutiny on the Bounty fame. Loved both the past and modern time line and strongly recommend this, which I couldn‘t put down.

Andrew65 Think August was my best reading month of the year, and also notable mentions for An Evil Mind and Hunting Evil by Chris Carter, Lustrum by Robert Harris (book 2 in the Cicero trilogy), The Whisper of Sorrows and The Big Man Upstairs by JD Kirk, and The Wrexham Killings by Simon McCleave.

Also Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel.

All highly recommended.
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Bluebird Congratulations! What a great month! 2mo
Andrew65 @Bluebird Definitely my best month of the year. 2mo
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These are the 20 series I have targeted for #SeriesLove2024, and the post shows the next book up in the series for me. I‘ve chosen a range of series to hopefully suit every mood.

2 of the series I‘ve only got one book to go, and 7 of the series are new to me but been on my radar a long time.

I‘m sure I‘ll add to the list but these will be my main focus.Some are a carry over from #SeriesLove2023.

Good luck to everyone taking part.

@TheSpineView

Andrew65 Mystery / Crime / Thriller

DCI Logan Seris by JD Kirk - book 11
DCI Evan Warlow by Rhys Dylan - book 4
Rebus Series by Ian Rankin - book 16
Maisie Dobbs Series by Jacqueline Winspear - book 13
Nicholas Bracewell Series by Edward Marston - book 1 (but read a few from later in the series)
Penn Cage Series by Greg Iles - book 4
Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva - book 13
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Andrew65 Historical Fiction

Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell - book 8
Templar Trilogy by Jack Whyte - book 1
William Marshall Series by Elizabeth Chadwick - book 3
Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris - book 3
Kingsbridge Series by Ken Follett - book 4
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Andrew65 Romance / Light Reads

Tales from Turnham Malpas Series by Rebecca Shaw - book 11
Hedgehog Hollow Series by Jessica Redland - book 2
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Andrew65 Fantasy

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness - book 1
Daevebad Trilogy by S A Chakraborty - book 1
Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb - book 3 ( but restarting from book 1as too long since read the others)
Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb - book 1
Soldier Son Trilogy by Robin Hobb - book 1
Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb - book 1
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Andrew65 @DrSabrinaMoldenReads

Crime - DCI Logan Series by JD Kirk
Historical Fiction - Kingsbridge Series by Ken Follett
Romance / Light Reads - Tales from Turnham Malpas

Fantasy books are mainly new but loved the world Robin Hobb created in the Fraser Trilogy.
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AnnR Wow, Andrew! Very ambitious. Good luck to you! 👍📚 2mo
Andrew65 @AnnR Always ambitious but sometimes my eyes are bigger than my belly 🤣 Thanks 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @DrSabrinaMoldenReads Anytime, I love talking books. 2mo
Andrew65 Also once I‘ve caught up with her I‘m going to read the Tempe Brennan Series by Kathy Reichs with @DieAReader. My next book is book 12. 2mo
BarkingMadRead Love this!! I picked a series for each month of 2024, let‘s see how many I knock off 🤣 2mo
Andrew65 @BarkingMadRead Yep! That‘s the harder bit as other things get in the way. 🫣 Best of luck. (edited) 2mo
TheSpineView I need to get back to Robin Hobb. Looks good! Good luck 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Thanks, yes years since I read these! 2mo
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Set my reading goal for 2024, this is almost 100 books less than this yet but I want to get to some of my bigger books this year.

Aiming for 20 a month and with it being a leap year we do have an extra day in the year this year. 🤣

LiseWorks Wow! It's still a lot lol 2mo
Andrew65 @LiseWorks I always aim big, keeps me motivated 🤣 2mo
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First book finished of 2024.
A soft pick for me about a woman who goes to Paris to meet the family of the woman who gave Keeley her kidney following a kidney transplant. Keeley is struggling to cope with life after losing her sister in an accident which led to a kidney transplant saving her life. I just didn‘t feel it with the characters, but that could also have been down to the narrator.

#JumpStart2024 @LizPixie #WinterGames #20in4

Andrew65 It also didn‘t ring true that Keeley went to Paris, leaving a friend she had made in a hospice who was dying. I just don‘t feel this is something she would have done. The scenes with this friend at the hospice, and on the phone, were very touchingly written and beyond sad 😢😭 2mo
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Along the Coast Road | D. G. Craig
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A bit late today, but this is my top book for #12BooksOf2023 for #July

A little known book that I have had to add to the database to even post it here. Published in April a moving story set in rural 1970‘s Ireland. Gerry has to take on the family farm following his father‘s death and his brother going to America. I really loved the simplicity but developments for Gerry in this story. Quite emotive.

It needs more publicity.

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Untitled | Adib Khorram
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Finished my last book for the year. Was aiming for 300 books for the year and with four months to go was well behind. In the end with a concerted effort I exceeded my goal by 28 books!

Most books I‘ve read in a year but only 3rd highest page count, must have read shorter books this year.

GinaKButler Holy moly…that‘s impressive! 2mo
Andrew65 @GinaKButler Thanks, I do read a lot 🫣🤣 (edited) 2mo
Gissy 📚What????🤩Amazing!!! 🥳🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏👏👏👏 2mo
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TheSpineView Fabulous!📚📚📚 2mo
Mollyanna Woohoo! Nicely done e Andrew. 🥳 2mo
Andrew65 Thanks @TheSpineView @Mollyanna @Gissy Been a good reading year. 😁 2mo
TieDyeDude 💪🎉 2mo
Ruthiella AMAZING 🤩!!! 2mo
Cuilin 🎉🥳🎉 2mo
Reggie You‘re a rockstar! Happy New Year! 2mo
AnnR Well done, Andrew! 🎉🥳📚 2mo
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Monday sees the start of #SeriesLove2024.

@TheSpineView and @Andrew65 love hosting this and seeing everyone‘s progress in the many series you love.

Please let us know if you are taking part. Also let us know what series you are looking at targeting, or are you more freestyle and just read books from different series as the year progresses.

Bring on the series!

Andrew65 Also let us know if you‘d like to be tagged in future posts through the year. 2mo
BookishMadHatter How does this work exactly? 2mo
Andrew65 @BookishMadHatter Some people choose some series they want to read books from in the year, others just read books from series during the year and tag them with #SeriesLove2024. Basically you can use it in any way you want to. Just tag any books you read with #SeriesLove2024 and tag in @TheSpineView and @Andrew65

It‘s a very fun and informal challenge that you can shape to use however you want to. I hope you‘ll join us.
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Bookzombie You can tag me! I‘m already looking at next year‘s possible targets. 🙂 2mo
CatLass007 @Andrew65 Please tag me. I‘m always reading series! 2mo
Andrew65 @CatLass007 @Bookzombie Will add you both to the tag list 😁 2mo
CatLass007 Thank you! 2mo
AllDebooks Please tag me. I'm hoping to get to more series next year. 2mo
BookishMadHatter @Andrew65 please tag me. I'm currently in the midst of a bunch of series with a list of new ones I want to start that's as long as my arm lol 2mo
GirlNamedJesse Please tag me! This is the year that I am going to finally catch up in my series reading (I hope)! 😊 2mo
JessClark78 I‘ll be joining in. I have plenty of series and trilogies to read. 2mo
DieAReader Definitely in! Hoping to keep plugging through the many open series‘ I have on the go, might even manage to finish a few🤣🤓📚 2mo
AnnR Thanks for hosting, @Andrew and @ TheSpineView 🙂 I'll be continuing on with The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series and also adding in Sherlock Holmes. I'm just reading the 1st book in the Veronica Speedwell mystery series but am unsure if I'll keep going with it or seek out a completely different cozy series. (edited) 2mo
Cuilin Yes, please count me in and tag me. I have started so many series I‘ve lost track. Hoping this helps. 2mo
peanutnine Thanks for hosting again! I love reading series but this year I'm hoping to finish up a few instead of just starting more 🙈🤣 2mo
BarkingMadRead I‘m in! I‘m picking a different series each month to try and make some progress! 2mo
kelli7990 I have a lot of Netgalley ARCs to read next year but I will be participating whenever I can. I haven‘t decided what series I want to finish yet. 2mo
Deblovestoread I‘m so glad this is back! I made some great progress. I‘ll post which series I‘ll be focusing on soon. Thank you, Andrew and Lisa! @TheSpineView 2mo
Bluebird Please tag me! I made some progress in 2023 but plan to focus more on my series reading in 2024. 2mo
LiseWorks Absolutely taking part as I am a series junkie 😃 2mo
Meshell1313 I‘m absolutely in again! I too am a series lover! Thank you both for hosting! 2mo
aCleverDuck I‘ll join! Got three series I‘ve started this year. 2mo
Balibee146 I'll join in. I plan to continue the Mark Lawrence Librray series with a short story that's out, then the second book coming in April. Also planning to tackle the first three books in the Mistborn series and my first ever Sandersons reads. 2mo
Bookworm54 I will join! :) mostly going to mood read but hoping to catch up with the following series: Mercy Thompson, Alpha and Omega, The Hollows, Witcher, and Shadowhunters (and probably some I have forgotten!) 2mo
GinaKButler I‘d like to join! I‘d like to work on: Tess Gerritson‘s Rizzoli & Isles series, Robert Galbraith‘s Cormoran Strike series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and possibly finish Follett‘s Kingsbridge, Bachman‘s Beartown, and Mantel‘s Wolf Hall series. Thank you for hosting! It‘s ambitious! 2mo
TrishB Me please! Too many series to list. But this will remind me to tag. 2mo
Jess861 I'd love to be tagged as I really do have a goal to read more series this year! I'm re-reading books here and there from the Redwall series and I'd also like to finish the Mistborn series (the original trilogy portion). 2mo
majkia Count me in! 2mo
julieclair I‘m definitely in! I bounce around among different series, but I like to track where I am in each one. Thanks for continuing this challenge! 2mo
bthegood I'm in this year - starting the series A Court of Thorns and Roses - 🥳 2mo
kspenmoll Count me in! 2mo
Andrew65 @AllDebooks Have added you to the list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @GirlNamedJesse Have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @JessClark78 Great, have added you to the tag list. 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @DieAReader Great, have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @AnnR We love hosting. Good series to read. I have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @Cuilin I can empathise with this! Have added you to the tag list, good luck. 2mo
Andrew65 @peanutnine Best of luck and have added you to the tag list. 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @BarkingMadRead Great, have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @kelli7990 I know that feeling, I‘ve got a lot of ARCs to read and review too. Best of luck, and I have added you to the tag list. 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @Deblovestoread Great to have you with us again, I have added you to the tag list. 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @Bluebird Great, and I‘ve added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @LiseWorks Me too! I‘ve added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @Meshell1313 Great to have you with us again, I have added you to the tag list. 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @aCleverDuck Great to have you with us and I have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @Balibee146 Best of luck, and I have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @Bookworm54 Great to have you with us and I have added you to the tag list. 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @GinaKButler I really must get back to the Rizzoli and Isles Series! Great to have you with us. Best of luck, and I have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @TrishB Great to have you with us Trish, and good luck. I have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @Jess861 Great to have you with us, and good luck. I have added you to the tag list. 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @majkia Great, I have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @bthegood I have that book and need to read it! 🫣 Great to have you with us, and I have added you to the tag list 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Great, and I have added you to the tag list. 😁 2mo
Andrew65 @julieclair Great, always a pleasure to host this. Good luck, and I have added you to the tag list. 😁 2mo
Catsandbooks I would like to join in please! I have so many series I've started that I haven't finished and this will hopefully be great motivation to finish them! Will be working on a list this week 😊 2mo
Airykah13 Yes! I want to participate! I‘m in the middle of so many different series right now 😆 2mo
BookwormAHN I'm in. I got half of the Pendergast series read last year and hope to finish this year 😺 2mo
mom_of_4 Is it to late to join. I am just now seeing this. And i have never done this before and would love to do this. 2mo
Andrew65 @mom_of_4 No definitely not, you are free to join anytime. We‘d love to have you join us. 😁 2mo
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I first discovered Josie Silver through the #SundayBuddyRead and loved her ever since. Her latest book, A Winter In New York was my favourite book for #June for #12Booksof2023, absolutely loved the story and the characters in this one. A must read.

Also loved A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear, which was my other 5 star book during June.

kspenmoll Love the Maisie Dobbs series! 2mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll It is one of my favourite series. 2mo
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The Bishop's Pawn | Steve Berry
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My #May book for #12BooksFor2023 is The Bishop‘s Pawn. An excellent Cotton Malone thriller centred around what happened in Martin Luther King‘s final days. Always love Cotton Malone books but this is one of the very best and learned a lot about Martin Luther King in this book. This reads exceptionally well as a standalone even though it is a book in a series.

kspenmoll Stacked! Sounds great! 2mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Definitely a very enjoyable read. 2mo
Mollyanna Cotton is my book boyfriend. I love these books, can‘t wait to get to this one! 2mo
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Andrew65 @Mollyanna He is a wonderful character. If you‘ve not read them you might also be interested in the Ben Hope series by Scott Mariani. If I was in trouble I‘d want Cotton and Ben on my side. 2mo
Mollyanna @Andrew65 I‘ll have to check it out. Looks like Hoopla has the first one…. ‘Cuz I need another series, but if Ben is like Cotton I‘m in. 2mo
Andrew65 @Mollyanna 😂 One of my favourite series. Will be interested to hear what you think if you read it. 2mo
Bluebird This was my May pick too. It‘s also my favorite of the series! 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Andrew65 @Bluebird It was excellent! 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Friday sees the start of the special Year End #20in4, which runs for five days to help- give a boost to your end of the year reading and / or your reading for 2024!

Aim to either read 20 hours over the five days, 20 chapters, 20 pages, or any other goal you want to set. Very easy going and very informal- let‘s just end the year reading together.

Just post to say you are taking part giving your goal and / or what you hope to read.

kezzlou85 I'm in. This month has gone well for reading but hoping for a last minute rush to finish a few books. 2mo
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IamIamIam Wishing everyone a new year full of love, laughs, peace, prosperity, health, reading, and joy!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Librarybelle Yay!! 2mo
TheSpineView I'm in! Need to look at what I want to do to finish the year strong. 2mo
Bookwormjillk Yay! My goal will be to finish 5 books. Thanks! 2mo
julesG I'm in!!! Goals?? Finish what I started, including the books on the hibernating shelf. 2mo
kspenmoll Yay! 2mo
MaGoose I'm in. I've been in a serious reading slump this year, especially the last few months 2mo
AnnR Thanks for hosting Andrew. I'll be keeping my reading expectations low but hope to finish up the year with a few really enjoyable books. 2mo
Ruthiella Fantastic! I am off both the Friday and Monday and hope to get some serious reading done! 👍 2mo
CocoReads I‘m in although regrettably it‘s my weekend and holiday to work so we‘ll see how much reading I get done. 2mo
Laughterhp Oh I‘m in for this! I need to buckle down on my reading (playing too many video games). With my husband recovering from surgery, I should have plenty of reading time! 2mo
LiseWorks I'm sooo in for this as it's the last hurrah for #WonterGames 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm in!! 📚 2mo
Eggs I‘m in! Trying to reach 800 book goal for ‘23, so I have a few to go. 2mo
AllDebooks End of 2023 🤯 I'm in 2mo
rabbitprincess Heck yes! Count me in! 2mo
willaful It's going to be a busy few days but I'm going to be ambitious and aim for 20 hours anyway. I've got a lot to clear out! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! I‘m in! 😊 2mo
Soubhiville I can participate this time! It‘s been a while since I‘ve joined in. I‘ll shoot for 20 hours 🙂. Thanks for hosting! 2mo
Andrew65 @Soubhiville Wonderful to have you with us 😁 2mo
julieclair Yay! I'm in! Trying for 20 hours of reading/listening time. 2mo
Yuki_Onna I'm in! On sick leave again 😳, so I hope for a bit of reading time... 2mo
Andrew65 @Yuki_Onna Hole you‘re feeling better soon. 2mo
Allylu I‘m in and I‘m just going to read as much as I can. 😊📚🎄 2mo
Amandakay I‘m in! I‘d like to finish fourth wing! 2mo
Mimi28 Hello, it‘s been years since I attempted a read-a-thon but I will try to finish a short book (Starter Villian- talking cats!!) within 4 days. Thanks!! 😊 2mo
kwmg40 I‘m in! I‘ll try to get as close to 20 hours as I can! 2mo
slategreyskies I‘m in! I‘m finishing up Holiday Romance and starting something new as well. 🌲✨ 2mo
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Boxing Day | Christopher Jaymes
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1. Always a difficult choice but think I might go for The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger by Susan Fortin.

2. Josh and Gemma the Second Time Around by Sarah Ready

3. No most probably watch the fireworks on TV.

4. Another quiet day after Christmas Day by the fire reading.

5. Been a very Grey Christmas, loves of cloud, rain and winds. Far too warm for snow - one of the warmest Christmas Day‘s I can ever remember.

TheAromaofBooks Your NYE plans sound very similar to mine 😂 Husband and I like to look at each other around 10:00 and say, Well, it's the New Year somewhere! and go on to bed LOL 2mo
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks 😂😂😂 We always stay up for the fireworks from London but that‘s about it. 2mo
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Love Jo Thomas‘ books and this was my favourite read for #April. #12Booksof2023 A perfect Beach read! A new start back in the place she lived in as a a child, a business start up and romance. What more could you want.

Also very notable recommendation for Unnatural Creatures by Kris Waldherr, about the women in Frankenstein‘s life. Loved this, and very atmospheric.

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
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This isn‘t what you‘d expect from the title, it isn‘t a cosy Christmas love story. Romance does figure in a subliminal way but it is quite a hard hitting story set at Christmas about a group of former college friends snowed in for Christmas. I wouldn‘t say the characters are the most lovable characters you could wish to meet but the story does work and both the story and characters grow on you the more you read.

#WinterGames

Andrew65 As the story progresses there are quite a few sad and hard hitting moments, with incidents relayed that affect people‘s lives significantly. I felt overall this was a good story and whilst not what was expected the story did really hold up well. Amongst all the relationship information, told in the twin timelines of the current time and their time at college, there is an element of mystery that comes to an head towards the end of the book. 2mo
Andrew65 Overall this is a story I‘d recommend, and an author I‘d recommend, but do not go into it think this is the normal cutesy Christmas Fayre.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

(Trigger Warning : This story does involve a sexual assault, or at least the ramifications of it)
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AnnR Sounds good! If I just based my decision on the title and cover, I might pass up this book as it sounds too romancey for my reading tastes. 2mo
Andrew65 @AnnR There‘s definitely a relationship / romance element to it, but it has far more depth than that. It feels more about friends and their relationship than that. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Catsandbooks 🍭❄️❤️ 2mo
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My March choice for #12Booksof2023 is The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger. This is an excellent read about Arthur‘s exploits in the war seen from the perspective of a man in his last years with Alzheimer‘s and a family who are trying to help him through those days. Some great moments in this book, and some tears 😢😭😢. Rated highly by Goodreads at 4.49. This book should be better known, and is available on Kindle Unlimited.

Andrew65 Notable mention for books from two of my favourite series too. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva and Silent Victim by Michael Wood - both 5 star books. 2mo
Mollyanna Sounds wonderful and heartbreaking at this same time. 2mo
Andrew65 @Mollyanna That sums it up perfectly. 2mo
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The Defector | Daniel Silva
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February was my Daniel Silva month due to #BacklistReadathon @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks.

So for #12Booksof2023 my February choice is the Defector, book 9 in the excellent Gabriel Allon series. I also have to mention Book 8, Moscow Rules, which I also read in February. Both excellent reads and The Defector continues the story of book 8.

intothehallofbooks I really want to read this series!! I should make time to start it in 2024. 2mo
Andrew65 @intothehallofbooks Definitely a great series to read. Each book is excellent. 2mo
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Difficult to choose a favourite book for #January for #12Booksof2023, too many good ones to choose from.

Gone for this book in one of my favourite current crime series, which took DCI Logan and Tyler to a remote Scottish island and sone hilarious moments between them.

Notable mentions to Carrie Soto is Back, Blood and Treachery also in the DCI Logan series and Shaken in the Jack Daniels series by J A Konrath.

TheSpineView Love this series! 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Might not be the only month it‘s picked ❤️ 2mo
TheSpineView @Andrew65 You can't go wrong with it. BTW, if you sign up for Kirk's newsletter you get bonus material. He just started a Hoon comic strip that is only available in his newsletter. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Thanks, will check that out. 2mo
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Merry Christmas to all my wonderful Litsy Friends. Hope you all have a wonderful day, but if on your own there is no need to feel alone. Plenty of us around to keep you company today. #HolidayFriends

Use the #holidayfriends tag and we can keep each other company.

@TheBookHippie @AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks

Velvetfur Aaww that's such a lovely post Andrew! And that's a lovely Christmas tree, very apt! I love the idea of #HolidayFriends ❤️ 2mo
Andrew65 @Velvetfur Can be a difficult and lonely time for people so always good to be here for each other. Have a great day ❤️ 2mo
julesG Merry Christmas, Andrew! 🎄💖 2mo
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AnnR Merry Christmas. ❄️🌲🎅🏻 2mo
Andrew65 @julesG Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
Gissy Feliz Navidad! Yo you and your family too! Have a splendid day 🎄💚❤️💚 2mo
Andrew65 @AnnR Merry Christmas Ann 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
AnneCecilie Merry Christmas, Andrew 🎄🎄 2mo
Andrew65 @Gissy Merry Christmas Gissy 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
Andrew65 @AnneCecilie Merry Christmas Anne 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
BethM I was just trying to remember what that hashtag was! Merry Christmas! 2mo
Andrew65 @BethM Perfect timing. Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
Mollyanna Merry Christmas, Andrew! 🎄🎅🤶🌲 2mo
Andrew65 @Mollyanna Merry Christmas Mollyanna. 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
TheBookgeekFrau Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
TheBookHippie Happy Christmas to you!! 🧑🏻‍🎄🎄🧑🏻‍🎄 2mo
JenReadsAlot Merry Christmas 🎄🎅 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookgeekFrau Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
quietlycuriouskate Happy Christmas! 🎄🎁📚 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Merry Christmas, hope you have a lovely day 🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼 2mo
Andrew65 @JenReadsAlot Merry Christmas Jen 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
Andrew65 @quietlycuriouskate Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
kspenmoll Merry Christmas. I hope you have a lovely day. 2mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Thanks, Merry Christmas to you too, and hope you are having a lovely day as well. 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
Ruthiella Merry Christmas!🎄 2mo
Cupcake12 Merry Christmas ❤️ 2mo
Andrew65 @Ruthiella Merry Christmas @Ruthiella 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
Andrew65 @Cupcake12 Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
dabbe MC! 💙❄️💙 2mo
Andrew65 @dabbe Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
LeahBergen Merry Christmas, Andrew! 🎄❤️🎄❤️ 2mo
DebinHawaii Merry Christmas!! 💚🎄❤️ Thank you for all you do to make Litsy so great! 2mo
PaperbackPirate Merry Christmas! 🎄📚 2mo
Andrew65 @PaperbackPirate Merry Christmas, hope you have had a good Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄. (edited) 2mo
Andrew65 @LeahBergen Merry Christmas Leah, hope you have had a good Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
Andrew65 @DebinHawaii Thanks, I love seeing everyone sharing what they are reading and the community feel of Litsy. Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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A quick read to see me into Christmas Morning, a re-read.
Always surprises me how short this book is.
I think it makes a better film than a book.

#DashingDecember
#WinterGames

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I absolutely loved this book from the very first page to the very last. This felt like the ultimate feel good book and it had me with a natural smile on my face throughout the book. I had not read the other books in the series but that didn‘t spoil my enjoyment of the book at all - however I will now be wanting to read all the other books in the series.

13th book finished for #DashingDecember
#WinterGames

Andrew65 This was the ultimate love story of two people who had been through the mill with a previous relationship breaking down that led to them withdrawing from life. It was good to seem them slowly come out of that situation and to see their rebirth and awakening. Throughout I was totally invested in the characters. I also like the way their story was wrapped in a wider story that again was excellently written. 2mo
Andrew65 I loved also how the setting was almost a character in itself and that is what will make me want to read the other books in the series.

If you want a good romance set against a Winter and Christmas backdrop I cannot recommend this book enough. A must read.
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peanutnine Sounds lovely! Stacked! 💖🎄☺️ 2mo
Andrew65 @peanutnine Also scores a LOT of wordsearch points. 2mo
Catsandbooks 🍭❄️❤️ 2mo
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25th December sees the start of the 12 days of Christmas and the annual Litsy #12Booksof2023

Each day starting on Christmas Day choose your favourite book read during each month of 2023. January on 25th, February on 26th etc.

Time for us to share our favourite books of the year and to add to those reading lists for 2024 😂

Merry Christmas Everyone. 🎄🎅🏼🎁🎅🏼🎄

Picture courtesy of http://singingthesonginmyheart.com/12-days-of-christmas/

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Bookwormjillk Yay! I look forward to this every year! 2mo
Librarybelle I love this tradition! I have to plan what to post!!! 2mo
MaGoose I've been in kind of a reading slump this year, so I might not have a favorite book for each month. 🙄 But, I'll join in anyway. I'd like to see what others have been reading 📚 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Yay! This is a fun way to look back on your favorites of the year! 😊 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Cupcake12 Count me in 2mo
kezzlou85 Oh this sounds like it could be fun. 2mo
AllDebooks Merry Christmas 🎅 2mo
Laughterhp Oh yes! I‘ll try to do this! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I always love this! It's been such a slow reading year for me that I didn't think I'd even finished 12 books, but I just looked back and it was nice to see the books I'd read and the stories that really stuck with me this year. Thanks for doing this again this year! Merry Christmas to you and yours! 2mo
Read4life I love this tradition. Merry Christmas 🎄 2mo
PaperbackPirate I had fun doing this last year! Thank you for hosting again! 💙📚 2mo
Daisey I‘ve enjoyed doing this in the past. I need to see if I can make a list for this year! 2mo
Eggs I‘ll be there🥰 Thanks Andrew! 2mo
Deblovestoread Love this! Thanks for bringing it back! 🎄 2mo
dabbe Yay! 💙❄️💙 2mo
willaful What a great idea! 2mo
AnnR Sounds good! 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
julieclair Yay! I love this tradition! 2mo
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Deblovestoread You had one job, Joseph! 🤣 2mo
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