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bookworm_1978

Joined April 2016

Reader, blogger & reviewer, Teaching Assistant, Feminist, Mum, crazy cat-lady, sun-worshipper, chocaholic, book geek.
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I‘ve just finished this. Really well written, eye-opening and inspiring in equal measure. Thoroughly recommended.

It‘s the story of Tara Westover - one of seven children born to survivalist Mormons at the base of a mountain in Idaho. Her birth was never registered, she never set foot in a classroom and she never saw a doctor - her father believed them (and just about everyone rise) part of a government conspiracy.

Notafraidofwords It‘s such a crazy story. So sad too. 2y
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After The Heart‘s Invisible Furies blew me away, I‘m this man‘s new number one fan.

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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So this has just blown my mind. It's the first poetry I've read since school and I'd like to carry on. Where should I go next?

Soubhiville This was good too: 2y
bookworm_1978 Thank you so much! 2y
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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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Layer after layer of secrets and deception, this one just kept me guessing until right near the end!

LiteraryinLititz I remember feeling the same way when I read it! 2y
RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 2y
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Now on to this which I'm hearing about EVERYWHERE!

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An utterly delightful story and one I raced through. Got to love a dual narrative story line that ties itself up beautifully in a big bow at the end. Reminded me of The Storied Life of A J Fickry in a way - both genuinely lovely stories with tons of humour thrown in.

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I'm only halfway through but I've already added her second book to my wishlist and it's not out yet! A delight of a book and if you're in the U.K. it's only 99p on kindle at the mo...

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By the mother of one of the 1999 Columbine High School shooters. Not an easy read by any means but a fantastically written book and one that I think will stay with me for a very long time.

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Really enjoyed this, with the one caveat that it could have been a tad shorter. Really liked the interview snippets from other characters at the end of each chapter - really clever and equal parts infuriating and hilarious. This was on a 'Top Books with Twists' list that I came across and there is more than one to keep you guessing...

Bakingbookworm I quite enjoyed this book. The Husband's Secret? Not nearly as much. 3y
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Killing Kate | Alex Lake
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Not bad. An easy, well paced read that kept me interested with a pretty good 'wow' moment. Trigger warning for domestic violence...

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Daisy in Chains | Sharon Bolton
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Loved my first Sharon Bolton experience. It's written from a different perspective to most thrillers in that the killer is already behind bars at the start of the novel and Maggie Rose, reclusive and eccentric lawyer, is approached to re-examine the evidence to try and get him released. Innocence is not the issue as far as she is concerned - she simply needs to ensure that the case was built on a solid foundation. Recommended.

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Check out that cover. How can I resist?

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Ok, ok, ok. Catching up on August's All The Books episodes and now I have to pause my book to read this IMMEDIATELY. It's all @Liberty and @rebeccaschinsky fault.

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I'm going in...

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Continuing my theme of bookshop-books. I'm going in...

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A Very Special Year | Thomas Montasser
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What an absolute gem of a bookshop-book! Sssshhhh... don't tell anyone, but I enjoyed this more than 84 Charing Cross Road. Utterly charming.

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A Very Special Year | Thomas Montasser
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What an absolute gem of a bookshop-book! Sssshhhh... don't tell anyone, but I enjoyed this more than 84 Charing Cross Road. Utterly charming.

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A Very Special Year | Thomas Montasser
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And on to this...

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Missing, Presumed | Susie Steiner
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Couldn't wait to get stuck into this. Anything pitched at 'fans of Tana French' is guaranteed to hook me. Some great writing but found the ending flat. Not enough to put me off reading the next one though.

Megabooks I thought the middle was flat and the end was good lol! I will read the next one, too. 👍🏻 3y
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Book Soul | Rachel Mann
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Book mail is the best mail! And it's a book about books!

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Beloved Poison | E S Thomson
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Been after this for a while. Thank you NetGalley! Anyone read it?

LeahBergen Cool cover! 3y
bookworm_1978 I thought so too! 3y
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A Place Called Winter | Patrick Gale
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Wow. Why did I wait so long to read Patrick Gale? Totally blown away by the beautiful language and imagery - 'hot breakfast rolls as soft and pale as infancy' - I mean ❤️. I became immersed in this world despite it being a million miles away from my own experience in every possible way. Stunning.

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Having spent the weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon doing all things Shakespeare, I'm reading this. Did you know all these phrases came from him originally?

liz_fenwick I loved this book...entertained and educated! 3y
bookworm_1978 Agree completely @liz_fenwick! 3y
LiteraryinLititz I spent time there last summer! Hope you loved it! 3y
bookworm_1978 Absolutely loved it @LiteraryinLititz! 3y
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If you like a decent thriller you should definitely check out Sarah Hilary's DI Marnie Rome series. I've enjoyed the first two loads. "Two little boys, trapped in an underground bunker and wondering why they've been trapped there..."

MyBookLife Adding the first book. Thanks! 3y
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We are All Made of Stars | Rowan Coleman
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I loved Rowan Coleman's The Memory Book so was really looking forward to reading this. It certainly didn't disappoint. Snippets of letters written by people nearing the end of their life are woven in amongst the story and it worked beautifully. Pass the tissues...

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This novel rang all of my bells. A big old house, an air of mystery and lots and lots of secrets just waiting to be revealed. I absolutely loved this and spent a whole weekend immersed with the ethereal Libby and her family. This was my first Melanie Dobson but certainly won't be the last.

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On to Weir number three... Having loved Elizabeth's story, it's time for that of her mother.

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I am now a total Alison Weir addict. This is the second of her historical novels and tells the story of Elizabeth I's early life and her battle to secure the crown. I have been totally immersed in Tudor England for the last two books. Absolutely brilliant. On to another...

shawnmooney I read and loved Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' this year. You might enjoy it too. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I love the Tudor series by Philippa Gregory, but struggled with Mantel's Wolf Hall. Adding Weir to my list! 3y
bookworm_1978 I have Wolf Hall waiting for me... 3y
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This looks amazing. Just contacted Hachette Children's as would love to read this in my school reading group. Fingers crossed 🌟

Lea Sweet cover art! 3y
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Fireman | Joe Hill
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Oh yes NetGalley you rock! Another @Liberty recommendation.

Notafraidofwords Not going to lie. I'm jealous! 3y
KariAnderson Oh yay! I keep seeing this everywhere. Didn't realize it was on NetGalley. Requested!! 3y
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Ok, new addiction. Can't get enough of Weir's Tudor fiction. I think I could happily read her entire backlist back to back right now.

bookworm_1978 @DivineDiana this is the second one. Can't get enough! 3y
DivineDiana @bookworm_1978 Thank you! Looking forward to reading them! 3y
Eastbriar I haven't read any of her fiction yet, but have been into her non fiction. I love the way she writes. I've been really into Tudor history lately, it's fascinating! 3y
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Scithighs I love her work! I've read all her Henry the eighth stuff. I need a weir fix soon. 3y
bookworm_1978 @Eastbriar @Scithighs Is her non fiction easy to read too? 3y
Scithighs Her non fiction reads like fiction. Sometimes better than fiction! 3y
bookworm_1978 Ok sold! Off to look at her backlist... 3y
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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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A quiet, contemplative novel to finish in one sitting. So atmospheric that I can still smell the sea and hear the waves crashing. Beautiful. Thank you to @Annkingman for helping bump it up the TBR.

anwade88 This sounds lovely! 3y
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Wow. I devoured this account of the life of Lady Jane Grey written as historical fiction rather than non-fiction. Such a rich and immersive but devastating story. Well worth the 99p it is on kindle today. ❤️

BarbaraTheBibliophage I love Tudor-era historical fiction. I sure wish it was on sale today in the U.S. also. 3y
Eastbriar I have this on my list to read soon! I just finished her Henry VIII biography and Lady In The Tower and they were amazing. I may have to take advantage of that deal! 3y
bookworm_1978 I'm about to start her second novel - The Lady Elizabeth. Can't get enough! I'll check out her non-fiction too then if you think they're amazing! 3y
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The Fountain Overflows | Rebecca West
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This month's book club pick. Anyone read it?

DitrieMarieBowie Not yet but I like the cover. 3y
DivineDiana Sounds interesting! 3y
bookworm_1978 Struggling a bit... 3y
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MAJOR Agatha Christie fan here. I've read nearly everything she has written and Poirot remains my favourite. This is the first in the Poirot series and one of my favourites. Reduced on kindle in the UK today too ❤️

ReadingOver50 I love mysteries. One of the classics. 4y
bookworm_1978 Me too. Lovely, cosy, easy reads. 4y
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The Devil in the Marshalsea | Antonia Hodgson
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I absolutely loved this! If you fancy journeying back to the famous debtors prison in London 1727, pick this up. It's a grimy story, full of corruption and I couldn't get through it fast enough. Also, it's only 99p on kindle in the UK today which is a total bargain.

ReadingOver50 Sounds like a fascinating book! 4y
bookworm_1978 I really loved it 😀 3y
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Time to enjoy the last of the sun 👍

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Have read and loved this whole series so now listening to them on audio. Just love them. Susan Hill is a master plotter 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

MyBookLife Do you know what the first book is called? I have to read books in the right order 😁😆 4y
bookworm_1978 Sure! Me too! The Various Haunts of Men is the first one. They're all awesome. 4y
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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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Oh my. I didn't think anything could match up to The Nightingale in terms of snot and tears but this comes pretty damn close. Feeling bereft but so intensely glad I've read this story.

Jellybeanbon Loved the nightingale will definitely add this one to the TBR pile. 4y
bookworm_1978 Do @Jellybeanbon. I found it 'slower' than The Nightingale but oh my, can she do endings or what?! 4y
LornaDH Have you read her Night Road? It's staring at me. 😀 3y
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Silent Scream | Angela Marsons
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Absolutely fantastic thriller - first in a series of 3 with the 4th coming out next Friday in the UK. The whole series are amongst the best thrillers I've read - and I've read a lot! Kim Stone is one kickass DI. These are 'book the day off to read them' reads 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

MyBookLife Never read her, don't even think I've heard of her. So thank you, because they sound fantastic!! 4y
bookworm_1978 Enjoy! They are awesome. Let me know what you think. 4y
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The Worst Witch | Jill Murphy
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Absolutely loved these stories as a child. I've got the first two in paperback but couldn't resist this hardcover edition from the charity shop. Time to introduce the 8yo and the 6yo to Mildred Hubble... 👏

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Bill's New Frock | Anne Fine
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Reading homework, as chosen by my Year 5 reading group.

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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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I've been meaning to read this for ages. @Annkingman has convinced me to move it up the pile...

GuiltyFeat You'll get through it in an afternoon. It's terrific. 4y
bookworm_1978 Maybe that's this afternoon sorted then 😀 4y
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Nothing on Earth | Conor O'Callaghan
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The best mail is book mail 📚❤️

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Love books with a medical slant. A fascinating journey from head to toe that combines the most up to date science with ancient history, tradition and philosophy. I learnt so much and laughed lots too. Great job Mr Francis. More please 😀

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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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One of those children's books that everyone should read no matter what their age. An incredibly honest, raw and moving tale of prejudice, acceptance and inclusion. Read it in one sitting then pass it to a friend ❤️

ToriSS I have been hearing great stuff about this book. I must get around to reading it. 4y
bookworm_1978 It's a pretty quick read, but a powerful one. 4y
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Absolutely loved these stories as a child. Just started reading them to my 6yo ❤️

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Almost Famous Women: Stories | Megan Mayhew Bergman
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What an incredible, unique, fascinating premise for a short story collection. Megan Mayhew Bergman takes a whole host of real, mostly unknown women from history and strips them bare before re-creating them, raising them up and bringing them into the spotlight. Awesome. Blew me away.

Notafraidofwords I read this a while ago when it first got published and I loved it. The conjoined twins story left me in awe. 4y
Ange44 I really enjoyed this one, too. Such an interesting concept. 4y
bookwrm526 I loved this one, and have recommend it to multiple friends!! 4y
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Yep. It's where you're thinking... 😳

Megabooks Lololol!! 😂😂😳 4y
ReadingOver50 😮😮😮 4y
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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Oh yes, we really should. Adapted from her TED talk, Ngozi Adichie asks what feminism means today and discusses it in the most accessible, observant, humorous way. Should absolutely be required reading for students internationally.

MyBookLife Here in Sweden they gave that book to every student in 'årskurs 2 på gymnasiet' (they are 17-18 years old). 4y
MyBookLife They gave it in school :) 4y
bookworm_1978 Brilliant! They don't here in the UK as far as I know. But they should! I have family in Stockholm so should have known about that @MyBookLife 😉 4y
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MyBookLife @bookworm_1978 You do? Are you from here? 4y
amyrabbitt Love!! 4y
bookworm_1978 @MyBookLife - no. I'm in the UK but my Uncle married a Swede and has been over there for 40 ish years. I love Stockholm ❤️ 4y
MyBookLife It is nice! I live in Jönköping, but my sister lives in Stockholm. Where do you live? 4y
bookworm_1978 I'm in England. 4y
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