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bedandabook

Joined May 2016

A good book and some peppermint tea are amongst the best things life has to offer.
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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An absolute joy to read! In turns uplifting, joyous, utterly heartbreaking, shocking and deeply thought-provoking, this is one worthy Booker winner. With thanks to NetGalley for a copy for review.

readordierachel Agree on all counts! 2y
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You Are Not Alone | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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A great fun read, which was only marred by a totally implausible last quarter of the book. A night of insomnia was all I needed to pretty much finish half of this in one sitting. It raced along, pulling me in with a mystery that deepens. An intriguing and compelling story with ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ from me. With thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

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When You See Me | Lisa Gardner
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When human remains are discovered in Georgia, they are thought to be the work of dead serial killer Jacob Ness. However, as more bones are uncovered the small town of Niche comes under the spotlight and more recent crimes come to light. Flora Dane - survivor of Ness - D.D. Warren and Kimberley Quincy unite to uncover the murderous secrets the town holds amid suspicions of another killer. An excellent, page-turning crime thriller.
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I‘ve been absent from Litsy for quite a while for lots of reasons, so this little Christmas card package with origami and herbal teas brought a huge smile to my face when I opened it yesterday. Thank you thoughtful Julia!

kspenmoll Good to see you! 3y
BarbaraBB Hope things are better now and we‘ll see you back here! 🍀 3y
ju.ca.no I‘m glad it has arrived already and made you smile🤗 I hope your new year will start off great and that things will be better 😘🤗🤗 3y
LauraJ Welcome back! 3y
Tamra 👋🏾👋🏾 3y
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Mr. Nobody | Catherine Steadman
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Catherine Steadman does it again. A man wakes up washed up on a Norfolk beach, nothing in his pockets no memory of who he is just the memory that he‘d been told by someone he trusted to find a woman. The tension of the mystery is expertly sustained throughout and I really found it unputdownable. My only niggle was the finale‘s implausibility, but it really was a grippingly and superbly told thriller.
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LiteraryinLawrence This sounds awesome! Stacking! 3y
bedandabook Great news, @LiteraryinLititz! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 😊 3y
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Platform Seven | Louise Doughty
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After an hour and a half delay to my train (not on platform 7!) I‘m finally on board and settling down to this much talked about release. Can‘t wait!

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...because what was love if it wasn‘t nursing someone else‘s pain as if it were your own.

Cathythoughts Beautiful quote ! I have it stacked already 👍🏻♥️ 3y
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Staying at my mum‘s for a few days which means one thing amongst others: extra reading time! Thoroughly enjoying this enthralling tale of slavery, freedom and friendship.

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Six Stories | Matt Wesolowski
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Ah, bliss! An uninterrupted train journey with a good book. Thirteen per cent into this one and finding it intriguing. It‘s written as a podcast which investigates the unexplained death of a teenager some years earlier.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Couldn‘t resist this one in the bookshop today! It‘s been getting a lot of mentions in the U.K. lately and the blurb sounds great. Anyone read it? #bookhaul

squirrelbrain No, but I‘ve got my eye on it as well! Let me know how it goes.... 3y
tholmz Just finished it and absolutely LOVED. 3y
bedandabook Great to hear, @tholmz! I‘m looking forward to it. 3y
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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A wonderful family saga which swept me up and gripped me from the very first page. When Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, two rookie cops in New York, first meet little could they imagine the paths theirs and their children‘s lives would, intertwined, take. Heartbreaking, sweeping in scale and ultimately redemptive this novel and its characters will stay with you long after you finish the final page. #netgalley #askagainyes

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻I have it in my possession.. looking forward to it 3y
bedandabook Thanks, @Cathythoughts! Really hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 3y
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Set amidst the deeply atmospheric scorching heat of the Australian outback, The Lost Man is a twisty thriller which will keep you guessing. Cameron, a family cattle farmer, is found dead next to a landmark which is surrounded by legend. His family tries to fathom his death. Did he deliberately walk away from his car, which was well stocked with food and water into the lethal heat or is there more to his mysterious death than meets the eye?

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Happiness | Aminatta Forna
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This is a novel which will haunt you and stay with you, examining beautifully the interconnected nature of our lives and how we interact with the natural world around us. A gem of a book, to be treasured.

Suet624 💕💕💕 3y
bedandabook Isn‘t it lovely, @Suet624? A wonderful book! 3y
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And another one! Sorry, I can‘t help it... 😂

Cathythoughts It‘s a good one 👍🏻♥️ 3y
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Quotes as wonderful as this one litter this book. It really is superb.

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Oh, this book... 💗

Leftcoastzen Heartbreaking and beautiful! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful writing 3y
Cathythoughts Beautiful.... ♥️ 3y
bedandabook @Leftcoastzen @erzascarletbookgasm and @Cathythoughts I guess that‘s what happens when a poet writes a novel 💔 3y
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Happiness | Aminatta Forna
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Just came across this translation of the French for a train station concourse and thought it absolutely beautiful.

Suet624 Beautiful. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I love train travel and this is so accurate and lovely. 3y
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😂😂 Thank goodness times have changed a bit! #readingenvyreadalong

Amiable Yikes! 3y
DivineDiana 😲 3y
Avanders 😳😟 3y
AlaMich “She was 25 and looked it.” 😆😆😆 3y
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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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Five solid stars for this superb, touching coming-of-age story about Eli, a boy born to drug dealer parents. His best friend is a notorious pensioner ex-con, he has an older brother who never speaks and he gets told off for swearing and littering. It should be a recipe for a depressing tale but this was a glorious and moving depiction of a remarkable child surviving despite his circumstances. #netgalley #boyswallowsuniverse

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The Doll Factory: A Novel | Elizabeth Macneal
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Really enjoyed this audiowalk with borrowed pooch Annie, and am loving this book despite not being a fan of historical novels. It‘s wonderfully creepy and compelling.

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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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It‘s raining cats and dogs out there and it‘s set to last all day, so I‘ve declared this a reading day. I‘m curled up all cosy with this touching coming of age story about a teenaged boy living with drug-dealing parents. Heart-warming and moving. #netgalley #boyswallowsuniverse

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And into Part Three I go! I love the way Scarlett‘s character is maturing as the book progresses and the way it shows both good and bad sides of her character. It‘s an honest portrayal of a young woman, and I do believe I‘m growing to love her. I‘m certainly in love with this book. #readingenvyreadalong

Cathythoughts I never read .. but the movie is very good. Scarlett won my heart , despite everything 3y
bedandabook I have caught snippets of the film, but have never sat all the way through it @Cathythoughts , so the story is quite fresh to me which is lovely. Scarlett‘s winning me over, too! 3y
Cathythoughts She‘s strong ♥️💔 3y
marleed I would be so much classier if I drank my tea from a China teacup rather than a paper Starbucks cup! 3y
bedandabook 😂 I have a thing about teacups @marleed and collect them! If I‘m out and about then I drink out of a Starbucks cup too. 3y
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That‘s me now, curled up for a rainy afternoon, thoroughly enjoying Gone with the Wind. I can‘t say I ‘like‘ Scarlett much but then I don‘t think we‘re supposed to. Very behind on this readalong: I‘m only on Part II! #readingenvyreadalong

MrBook Beautiful pic! 3y
bedandabook Thank you, @MrBook! Very kind of you. 3y
CafeMom I loved this book when I read it. Hope you enjoyed your rainy reading day. 3y
bedandabook Thank you 😊 I‘m really enjoying it, @CafeMom, although I‘m finding the slavery hard to read about. The writing is superb though. 3y
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The writing was gorgeous, but the story jumped about so much with different points of view I found it impossible to connect with this one. In the end I simply felt frustrated. It‘s rare I pan a book, but gave this just two stars after finally reaching the end!

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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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This is the wonderful and uplifting memoir of a couple in their fifties who, days after becoming homeless and one of them receiving a terminal diagnosis, make the awe-inspiring decision to walk the South West Coast Path from Somerset to Dorset via Devon and Cornwall - some 630 miles. It is a glorious tale which, despite its gloomy premise, manages to uplift and educate. A very enjoyable read indeed.

jhod Really keen to read this one! 3y
bedandabook It‘s been on my radar for ages @jhod but a review by @ReadingEnvy on Goodreads bumped it to the top! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (edited) 3y
Severnmeadows I think it was my best book of 2018. 3y
bedandabook It certainly was very memorable, @Severnmeadows. I enjoyed it enormously. Such an inspiring tale. 3y
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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I listened to this dark and mysterious short novel on Audible and absolutely loved it. Entrancing, with mounting suspense, it tells the story of Lanny, a young boy who lives in a small village just outside London. It‘s written partly from the point of view of Dead Papa Toothwort, a figure of local lore who hears the voices of the people living in this modern day village. This adds to the magic and I found it a stunning 5 star read.

Theaelizabet I loved Grief is the Thing with Feathers and look forward to this one. 3y
bedandabook @Theaelizabet I haven‘t read that one yet, but have bumped it up my TBR after reading this! 3y
Cathythoughts Thankyou ! I had an audible credit & have just got this ♥️👍🏻 3y
bedandabook Really hope you enjoy it as much as I did, @Cathythoughts! 😘 3y
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Now, 95% of the way through the book, the author drops in a detailed description of one of the main characters. I‘ve enjoyed the writing, but gosh this book has driven me up the wall! #botmbuddyread

TheBookHippie 🙄🙄🙄🙄same 3y
bedandabook @TheBookHippie Can‘t wait to move on to next month‘s book. This one just jumped about too much for me. So relieved to finish it, and glad it wasn‘t just me!! 3y
TheBookHippie @bedandabook I‘m at a cross of wanting to burn the thing or just throw it. So frustrating. 🤣🤣 3y
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Gone with the Wind | Margareth Mitchell
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I‘m a little late to the party, but I‘m going in! Playing catch-up with the #readingenvyreadalong

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Ordinary People | Diana Evans
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Borrowed this young Yorkie for a park audiowalk in the sunshine today, and I am absolutely loving this book. It‘s a heartbreakingly true portrayal of the breakdown of an ordinary relationship. Sad, poignant but devastatingly accurate.

Tanisha_A Your baby is so adorable! 3y
Tanisha_A *borrowed 3y
JillR I just bought this despite having seen no reviews so far, so thank you, glad it‘s a good one! 😊 3y
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bedandabook @Tanisha_A Thank you! she‘s a rescue from a puppy farm, such an amazingly sweet temperament. 3y
bedandabook It really is good, @JillR, although a quite depressing read. Very true to life. Hope you enjoy it 😊 3y
Tamra Ohhh, can you adopt? 3y
bedandabook I wish I could @Tamra, but she actually belongs to my elderly neighbour. We‘d love a dog but we have a 21 year old cat, and it wouldn‘t be fair on him. He deserves a peaceful old age! 3y
Tamra @bedandabook I get it! 3y
Megabooks Very cute! 3y
bedandabook Thank you, @Megabooks! She has no idea of her cuteness 😉 3y
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I‘m enjoying the writing, and quotes like this one are a delight, but am getting slightly frustrated with the constant switching of points of view. Is it just me? #botmbuddyread

kspenmoll No I feel the same way; makes it hard to keep track of characters. I actually made a list!!! 3y
Karisa Agreed with both of you... When Ada came on board, I almost gave up on this book.... Just settle in already! Preferably on Eloide. I feel like the story would be so much enjoyable with her as the only POV. 3y
Cathythoughts Great quote 👍🏻 3y
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Birdsong28 Yes it is a bit jarring to the story 📚📖 3y
bedandabook @kspenmoll a list‘s a great idea! I‘m just vaguely winging it 😂 3y
bedandabook I agree, @Karisa. Elodie is my favourite narrator too. 3y
bedandabook Glad I‘m not the only one, @Birdsong28! 3y
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Gorgeous reading view today at Kew Gardens. Really enjoying this book, with its mythical elements woven through the magical storytelling. I even brought some peppermint tea with me!

Bklover Enjoy! Looks beautiful ❤️ 3y
Cathythoughts Looks gorgeous there. I have this one stacked already ♥️👍🏻 3y
bedandabook Thank you, @Bklover. It was a very peaceful reading spot! 3y
bedandabook I hope you enjoy it as much as I am, @Cathythoughts ! Has your holiday begun yet? 3y
Cathythoughts Not yet. A week from tomorrow 👍🏻. Can‘t wait 3y
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The Destroyers | CHRISTOPHER. BOLLEN
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A superb, simmering literary thriller. I avidly turned every page, whilst savouring every word. Just brilliant!

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Disclaimer: A Novel | Rene Knight
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First day back to school and the house to myself mean one thing: the sofa with a good book and lots of peppermint tea. This one had me hooked from the start. What if you read a book and recognised it as being all about you?...

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Judas | Amos Oz
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Initially, I wasn‘t sure about this novel - was it trying to do too many things at once- but I soon settled into its thoughtful and evocatively written rhythm. It is a contemplative and complexly woven coming-of-age story that, above all other things, makes you stop to think about politics, love, and religion. And a book that makes you do that is never a bad thing.

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#BookishQuestions
Thanks for the tag @julesG !

1. Contemporary literary fiction, crime fiction and thrillers.

2. Classics. I went through a stage in my 20s of reading loads, but now there‘s too many shiny new releases!

3. Historical fiction, biographies.

4. Only like adaptations because they make me read the books first.

5. The Trauma Cleaner.

6. The Water Cure.

7. Anyone who hasn‘t done it!

@Clwojick

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The Destroyers | CHRISTOPHER. BOLLEN
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Two lovely friends gave me a wonderful birthday present a while ago: A reading subscription from my favourite bookshop, Mr B‘s Emporium in Bath. The first book chosen especially to suit me, the one tagged, arrived beautifully wrapped and I‘m about to dive in. Can‘t wait!

squirrelbrain What amazing friends! ❤️ 3y
bedandabook They are wonderful, @squirrelbrain. The perfect gift for such a bookworm! 3y
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This book was first published in 1962, but these true words could have been written for today‘s frightening world without changing a letter.

alisonrose 😳😳😳 3y
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Making a valiant return to The Golden Notebook after falling by the wayside in the last #readingenvyreadalong. Determined to finish it this time, but oh Doris Lessing don‘t you believe in paragraphs?!

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Spring | Ali Smith
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Picking up this this morning has cheered me up! Can‘t wait to read it. I‘m on a book buying ban but bought this using vouchers so it doesn‘t count, right? 😉

readinginthedark Nope, doesn't count! 👍💗 3y
bedandabook @readinginthedark That‘s what I like to hear! 😀 3y
Theaelizabet I‘m reading Winter right now and loving it. Here‘s to Spring! 3y
bedandabook @Theaelizabet I read Winter a few weeks ago and loved it too. Wished I‘d read it in the depths of snowy, Christmassy winter though! It would have felt so much more fitting. Looking forward to this one. 3y
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Been in a lot of pain today, so this was my way to unwind this evening. Just starting this one which so many people have loved, so high expectations. As soon as we met Evelyn, I was hooked!

Texreader I‘m so sorry. I hope you can feel better. 3y
bedandabook Thanks @Texreader! I get good days and bad ones. Here‘s hoping tomorrow‘s better. 3y
robinb Hope your pain leaves you soon! 🙏 3y
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Hollie A hot bath and a good book is my go-to cure all method. I hope it helped! 3y
DivineDiana Feel better! ❤️ 3y
Tamra This looks like an ideal reprieve. 3y
bedandabook Thanks @robinb! Today is a little better, which is good news 😀 3y
bedandabook Mine too, @Hollie! I do feel a bit better today thanks, so it looks like it did. 3y
bedandabook Thank you @DivineDiana! A bit better today, so curled up reading now which is enjoyable 😀 3y
bedandabook It was, Tamra, thank you 🙏 3y
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I‘m coming to the end of this book, and it‘s breaking my heart 💔

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A stunningly beautiful and heartbreaking tale of love and murder, this one‘s lyricism had me from the outset. I listened to it on audio and never wanted it to end. A stunning coming of age story.

Cathythoughts Brilliant story ✨✨✨ 3y
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A gut-punching novel, that will shock and absorb you at the same time. I laughed out loud and felt bereft to have finished it. A unique and urgent voice in modern literature. Easily five ⭐️ from me.

Cathythoughts Loved it too 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Theaelizabet Had exactly the same reaction. Avoided this book for months due to the synopsis, but finally gave in after it appeared on so many “best of” lists. Glad I did. 3y
bedandabook I avoided it because of the synopsis too, @Theaelizabet. I‘ve now hastily put Eileen at the top of my TBR, having owned it for years. Have you read that? 3y
Theaelizabet @bedandbook Not yet, but it‘s on my TBR (I hear it‘s a tough read) and I‘m really looking forward to her next book. 3y
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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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There were loads of things I should have been doing on this wintry, rainy day but I gave in to temptation and declared it a sofa reading day! I always love Ali Smith, so this book is a real treat. #currentlyreading

rockpools I think this was a good decision! 3y
bedandabook Best decision I could have made, @RachelO. The cat‘s just joined me! 3y
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Heaven! I‘m spending the evening with a cat on my lap, reading the last of The Neapolitan Novels. This book is a suitably gripping, and beautifully written, finale to a stunning series and I shall be sad to reach the end.

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And breathe... Uninterrupted train reading time! 😀 Enjoying this one; an unusual real life tale of a transgender trauma cleaner in Australia, cleaning up after deaths or hoarders. An interesting and very different read.

Cinfhen This book tore my heart open 3y
bedandabook It is heartbreaking, isn‘t it @Cinfhen? But inspirational too. 3y
Cinfhen Yes, Sandra is incredible 3y
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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Thoroughly immersed myself in this superb audiobook, read by Juliet Stevenson, during a spot of #audiocooking this afternoon. Engrossing and intriguing story which I don‘t want to end.

robinb Yummmm♥️ 4y
bedandabook Thank you @robinb. It was! 4y
Hollie That looks delicious 😋 4y
bedandabook Thank you @Hollie. It was quite yummy 😋 4y
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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And exhale... Filled with aches and pains today, so treated myself to a hot, lavender infused bath with A Ladder to the Sky. Am really enjoying it, but don‘t yet feel as invested in it as I did with The Heart‘s Invisible Furies. Time will tell.

Jess This sounds wonderful. Hope you feel better. 4y
bedandabook Thanks @Jess. I‘m sure I‘ll feel much better tomorrow. Never mind the hot bath; the reading will help! 4y
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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😂 This strikes me as an eminently sensible idea.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Haha. It might help! 4y
bedandabook It might need to be a bit longer, if my TBR is to be tackled, @BarbaraTheBibliophage . I‘ve been trying to stay away from Litsy for a while to avoid all the temptation... 4y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻😂😂 4y
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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Well that was a weird journey. Dystopian, cultish tale of a group of sisters. There were moments when I thought the author was capturing me, but it never quite happened. Very, very strange, eerie and odd. Not in a good way, I‘m afraid.

TrishB Same. 4y
bedandabook Glad I wasn‘t the only one, @TrishB. I never pan books, but... 4y
TrishB Very rare for me too. Best thing about it was the cover! 4y
bedandabook @TrishB I agree! 4y
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