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Caroline2

Joined July 2016

If I'm hiding books under the bed, does this mean I have a problem???
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The Wings of the Dove | Henry James
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#7day7covers #covercrush #foliosociety 💖 Day 1

(I loved the Helena Bonham-Carter film but I haven‘t read the book yet.)

Tamra Love the cover! 16h
jhod 🤩 16h
squirrelbrain That‘s gorgeous! 💚 16h
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batsy That is a beauty! 16h
Ruthiella Oh my. I have mixed feelings about Henry James but that is a beautiful cover!😍 15h
TrishB That‘s lovely ❤️ 15h
Nute I love the movie adaptation! Reading Henry James and his overburdened sentence structure...Urgh! This cover is gorgeous! 15h
LeahBergen So pretty! 12h
Blaire @Nute agree re James. I‘ve made it through a couple and the style is not for me. It is a beautiful cover! 6h
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This guy is fast becoming my favourite historical fiction writer. Another cracking read that completely immersed me in 15th century Rome with the Borgia clan. 👍

Birdsong28 Try the tagged book which is really good . 2d
nikkiamanda Take a look at Next Year in Havana, fantastic historical fiction about the Cuban uprising 2d
Caroline2 @Birdsong28 oh sounds fab, stacked! 😉 2d
Caroline2 @nikkiamanda yep, I‘ve got that one on my tbr list. 👍 2d
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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So I was just about to sit down with this beaut when I suddenly thought it was over 20yrs ago that I read The Handmaid‘s Tale! I‘ve seen the TV series since tho so I can remember the storylines but now I‘m wondering, should I have a quick reread first? What do you guys think? 🤔

MicrobeMom Excellent reason to reread! 4d
Lisaw13 Definitely reread - the book and tv show diverge 😊 4d
Hoopiefoot Another vote for a reread! 4d
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Tex2Flo I may be the one voice of dissent here. If the story doesn‘t hold up well enough for the sequel to stand alone and still relate, it wasn‘t strong enough in the first place. But. I never re-read. Too many un-read. 4d
Caroline2 @MicrobeMom @Lisaw13 @Hoopiefoot Thanks guys, yep I was wondering if what I remember was from the book or from the TV show. I‘m gonna have a reread! 👍 4d
Caroline2 @Tex2Flo ohhhh now that‘s a good point! Yeah see I never normally reread either. My Mount TBR is already overflowing and threatening to consume the house. 🙄 4d
IvoryLunatic I would totally reread first. 4d
Zoes_Human I always think The Handmaid's Tale is worth a reread—especially if it has been more than 20 years. We evolve so much as humans, well hopefully, that what one takes from a book at the opposite ends of two decades can be profound. 4d
Graciouswarriorprincess @caroline2 Where did you buy the hardcover of the Handmaid's Tale? 4d
youneverarrived The first season is pretty close to the book I think. 4d
4thhouseontheleft I would vote to reread it first, since it has been so long, so all of the characters and events are fresh in your memory. 4d
GingerAntics I haven‘t read all the way through Handmaid‘s Tale, so I need to read it still. 4d
Caroline2 @Graciouswarriorprincess it‘s a lovely edition isn‘t it. (c8 from wordery. ? 3d
Caroline2 @youneverarrived hmm this is what I‘m thinking too. 3d
Caroline2 Thanks guys, think I‘ll go for a reread but if it feels too familiar (after seeing the series recently) then I‘ll skip it and go to Testaments!! 😯 3d
mcctrish I bought the new graphic novel to do a refresh with and I‘m so glad I did because the illustrations were so wonderful 3d
Caroline2 @mcctrish ohhhhhh what a brilliant idea!!! 😯 3d
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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Look what arrived last night amidst my son‘s birthday party!! 😯 sadly, I was surrounded and out numbered by too many noisy 6yr olds to look at it properly. 😒 but I plan on sitting down with a cup of tea and giving it all my attention later! 👍🏻 (After The Great Clean-up of course! 🙄)

Freespirit Looking forward to reviews! 4d
Caroline2 @Freespirit Me too!!! Will we love it? Hate it? Be kinda meh about it?! 🤷‍♀️ I‘m also wondering if I need to read handmaids again first as I read it over 20yrs ago now!! Arghhh! So much to consider!!! 😆 4d
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One of the best history books I have ever read! Devastating but utterly compelling with astonishing research and great historical context and just the right amount of personality to stop it being dry. This is going to stay with me a long time, it‘s a haunting read! 😔

Powered_By_Plants This is on my TBR after watching the Series , did you see it? Very disturbing 😣 2w
squirrelbrain I‘ve heard so many good things about this book.... 2w
Caroline2 @Powered_By_Plants YES! I had to know more after watching the series which barely scratches the surface to be honest and it takes a lot of liberties. I can see now why people were upset with the series but I loved it!! 👍🏻 2w
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Caroline2 @squirrelbrain it‘s very good but a harrowing read. I had to read other stuff in between. 😟 2w
Powered_By_Plants @Caroline2 thank you that‘s great to know! I will seek to find this sooner 💕 2w
DrexEdit I don't know if you've heard of the tagged book. Thought I would recommend as it's the best thing I've read on the topic so far. It's a powerful collection of first person stories from Chernobyl. 3d
Caroline2 @DrexEdit yes I‘ve read voices as well. Absolutely heart breaking!! 😢 2d
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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What a heartbreakingly raw read. I can see how this isn‘t for everyone. Romy Hall is serving a life sentence and her story is told in chaotic flashbacks, which can make it an uncomfortable read; but for me it works. Her life is so messed up so the style fits; I was right there in the turmoil with her. This book consumed me; I feel a bit traumatised!!

Zelma This was quite good, though I didn‘t love the scenes toward the end. It just didn‘t quite work for me. 3w
Caroline2 @Zelma yeah, it seems to be a love it/hate it kinda book. 🤷‍♀️ 3w
jhod I loved this too xx 1w
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Another book from the TBR shelf! 😯 #downinthewoods #ayupaugust

erzascarletbookgasm Great cover 👍 3w
TrishB That looks interesting 👍🏻 3w
Caroline2 @TrishB sounds good doesn‘t it! 😀 3w
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Caroline2 @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m such a sucker for a great front cover! 😆 3w
Cinfhen This one sounds great 👍🏽 3w
Hoopiefoot Such a great read! 3w
squirrelbrain It does sound great - stacked! ❤️ 3w
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I‘ve had this on my TBR shelf for yearsssss and I‘ve still not read it yet! 🙄 #human #ayupaugust

Leftcoastzen I liked it a lot!It was really different, very humorous. 3w
Cinfhen It was meh for me but others seemed to really love it 3w
TrishB I really liked it 👍🏻 3w
squirrelbrain Good choice! ❤️👍😁 3w
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A little mediocre considering the epic awesomeness of the previous novels. #underneaththestars #ayupaugust

squirrelbrain I haven‘t read any of these.... great choice though! ❤️😁👍 4w
Cinfhen I love the Font✨🌟✨I haven‘t read the series either @squirrelbrain 4w
Caroline2 @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain it‘s a good little series. I was worried it was going to be too YA and it is a bit I guess but the writing is so good I just got sucked into the characters. They‘re books to get lost in. 😉 4w
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TrishB Look at that shelf 😁 4w
JazzFeathers What fantastic editions 😍 4w
Cathythoughts Reading Alice with my granddaughter at the moment. Brilliant 👍🏻♥️ 4w
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OriginalCyn620 Beautiful books! 😍 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful editions! 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💚💚💚 4w
Caroline2 @Cathythoughts oh how lovely. 😊 4w
Tanisha_A Gorgeous! 😍 4w
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Pickpick

It‘s not often I dish out 5 stars but this was brilliant! It‘s all I could think about, the setting consumed me and I lived and breathed with the characters. The mystery kept me guessing the whole time - what happened?!?!?! I thoroughly enjoyed this! What a cracking summer thriller! 👍🏻

Crazeedi Great book!! 4w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 4w
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! ❤️ 4w
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LauraBeth I still haven‘t read Jane Harper! 😱 4w
Caroline2 @LauraBeth this is a stand alone book so feel free to start with this one. It‘s a cracker!! 4w
LapReader Did you find the reference to Aaron Faulk? 4w
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I loved Wild. It‘s one of my favourites but I still need to read her next book. #pillowtalk #ayupaugust

squirrelbrain Love your colour-themed shelved! ❤️🧡💜 4w
Cinfhen Pretty shelf 💗 4w
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I‘ve got quite a few fantasy books that I need to catch up on but this one is top of the list. 👍🏻 #imagination #letstravelaugust

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊 4w
IvoryLunatic After HP, it‘s my absolute favorite in terms of character and world building. It‘s the first time since HP that I felt so immersed into the book that I forgot I was reading. 4w
Macker11 I am looking into that Louise Penny series! It‘s coming up soon for me. Did you enjoy it ? 4w
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Caroline2 @IvoryLunatic oh good to know!! I‘ll move it up the pile then. 😉 4w
Caroline2 @Macker11 they are nice, little easy reads. I just really like that they‘re set in this tiny town in Canada. 😁 4w
BethM Rothfuss is sooo good! 4w
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I‘ve got plenty of #redreading I need to catch up on. 👍🏻 #abcaugust

Mitch The Virgo in me loves the straightness of the books on your shelves 🤣👍🏼 4w
Eggs Lovely display! 4w
TrishB Pretty ❤️ 4w
Caroline2 @Mitch 😆 I get that!! 4w
Caroline2 @Eggs @TrishB Thanks! 😊 4w
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Why Mummy Drinks | Gill Sims
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These mega long summer holidays make me want to reach for the #tequila. 😆 I remember this being a fun, easy, little read. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series. #ayupaugust

squirrelbrain Love this! 💕🤪🍸 1mo
Cinfhen I can drink to that statement #Cheers 🍹🍸🍷🥂 1mo
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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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The first book that came to mind... #adventure #letstravelaugust

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻💗 1mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚 1mo
JazzFeathers 😍👏🏻👏🏻👌 1mo
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Horrid Henry | Francesca Simon
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Ok, it appears I don‘t have any books about music?!?! 😱 but I‘m currently reading this one with the boys and it‘s delightful!!! 🙄 #putyourrecordson #ayupaugust

Cathythoughts Oh stop !! Horrid Henry & perfect Peter .... my granddaughter & I love it 1mo
squirrelbrain Ah, bless! Little readers... and you‘re enjoying it too! 🎶❤️ 1mo
TrishB But when you want some music books.... 1mo
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Caroline2 @Cathythoughts argh, I‘m not impressed with this book at all! It‘s my first horrid Henry so maybe I got unlucky? 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain I hope that‘s sarcasm there, this book is horrid like its main character!!! 😆 1mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I am heartedly ashamed!! I have a few Beatles books on the top shelf but that‘s it!!! 😱 I need you to recommend some awesome rock biographies Trish! 😎 (edited) 1mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Horrid Henry was a big hit in our house too. And on road trips we'd listen to the wonderful Miranda Richardson reading them. @Caroline2 I think the first half dozen or so are probably better than the later ones like this one, but maybe the humour just isn't for you. 1mo
Caroline2 @CarolynM ok, I‘ll try an earlier book and see if that‘s better! Henry has one last chance! ☝️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Always with sarcasm @Caroline2 ! 🤪 1mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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I‘ve heard mixed reviews but I‘m looking forward to reading this one next. 👍🏻 #prison #letstravelaugust

OriginalCyn620 This was my choice too! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo!! 1mo
Caroline2 @OriginalCyn620 Great minds! 😉 1mo
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Kimberlone I ended up really liking this book even though it wasn‘t what I expected 1mo
Caroline2 @Kimberlone oh that‘s good to know! 👍🏻 1mo
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The 19th Wife | David Ebershoff
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Thanks Helen @squirrelbrain for the lovely card. I was going to ask you if my package has arrived then I realised I hadn‘t even posted it yet!! 🤦‍♂️ 😆 I‘ll get it out today. 👍🏻

squirrelbrain Ooh intriguing! 😘 1mo
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My next Louise Penny is about a missing boy, which is prob why I keep putting it off...😬 #missing #ayupaugust

Libby1 I understand! Missing children stories are so hard for me. I‘ve missed you, @Caroline2 ! I hope you‘re well. 1mo
Caroline2 @Libby1 yeah, I can‘t stand reading books about kids being hurt or killed. I just don‘t want to be in that head space ya know. 😒 I‘ve missed you too Libby! How are you? I hope you‘re having a nice summer. 😁 1mo
Crazeedi I ❤❤ this series!!! 1mo
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squirrelbrain I haven‘t read any of these - do you recommend? 1mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain they are nice little easy reads. Lovely writing, characters and setting (nearly all of them are set in this small town in Canada!) there a couple of naff books in the series too but the good ones make up for it. 😁 if that makes sense?! 😆 1mo
Cinfhen Do U need to read the series in order?? Or can the books be stand alones??? 1mo
Susanita @Cinfhen IMO you need to read them in order mostly due to developments involving some of the side characters. 1mo
Caroline2 @Cinfhen I think you need to read em in order really. 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Ok, got it @Susanita @Caroline2 NOT the answer I wanted 😘😘 1mo
Caroline2 @Cinfhen Altho I think the murder stone could be read as a stand alone as it‘s set at a lake house. I really enjoyed it too. 👍🏻 1mo
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I haven‘t read this one yet but it sounds good. 👍🏻 #lakeside #letstravelaugust

LeeRHarry That‘s on my shelf somewhere 😬it does sound good. 1mo
Crazeedi I'm adding, sounds like my kind of book 1mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚💙 1mo
Reviewsbylola This book may have the longest Litsy blurb I have ever seen. 😆 1mo
Caroline2 @Reviewsbylola wow, you‘re right that is a massive blurb!!!! 😲 1mo
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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I remember reading this for school and I thought Pip was so spoilt but now I think maybe it was just #toomuchtooyoung 🤷‍♀️ #ayupaugust

squirrelbrain Good choice! I have a copy of this on my shelf waiting for a reread.....👍😁 1mo
TrishB A lovely shelf 😁 1mo
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The Orphan's Tale | Pam Jenoff
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I couldn‘t resist picking this up when I saw it in the secondhand shop the other day! (Back on the book buying ban wagon now!) #train #letstravelaugust

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚💗🚂 1mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🚆 1mo
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This book is full of #loathsomeliars 🤬 #abcaugust. It‘s a brilliant book though and superbly researched.

Eggs Great choice 📚 1mo
Booktastic I have not read this book but I had the same reaction to the HBO series. No one telling the truth. 1mo
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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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Depressing, bleak and horrible. I feel like I need to rinse this out of my brain. Wish I‘d bailed now.

squirrelbrain I didn‘t much like it either.... 1mo
Caroline2 I tell ya Helen, I‘m going right off the Man Booker prize. They seem to choose confusing, depressing, avant garde books that I really don‘t like. 🙄 @squirrelbrain 1mo
TrishB I have this - but a previous set of reviews put me off and I‘ve never tried it! 1mo
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Caroline2 @TrishB it‘s a depressing read Trish. 😒 1mo
kathedron This book had serious problems! 1mo
Caroline2 @kathedron it‘s is all over the place. 🙄 1mo
Joreads I‘m reading this for book club and I‘m not loving it 1mo
Caroline2 Yep! It was not my cup of tea at all!!! 😒 1mo
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Ah I really loved this! Set in Cornwall, the main character leaves the city hustle and bustle for a simpler life. It‘s heart warming and enjoyable and not as predictable as it sounds. Can‘t wait to try all the yummy recipes at the back fo the book too. 👍🏻 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I couldn‘t think of any #avenuesandalleyways but I‘ve got a narrow road?! 🤷‍♀️ (I still haven‘t read this yet. 🤦🏻‍♀️) #ayupaugust

Hestapleton This book was emotionally difficult, but really good. 1mo
Cinfhen Well played ❤️love all the red spines together 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts I thought of this one too & I still havnt read it either 1mo
squirrelbrain I also have it on the TBR shelf .... another #buddyread candidate!? 1mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain we have so many candidates now! 😆 1mo
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Louise Penny‘s Three Pines series is my go-to comfort read! #creaturecomforts #augustabc

IvoryLunatic The Name of the Wind is one of my all time favorites and probably my most recommended book. 1mo
Crazeedi Love all the Three Pines books!! 1mo
Eggs Beautiful collection 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Caroline2 @IvoryLunatic oh good to know! I haven‘t read it yet so I‘ll move it up the pile. 👍🏻 1mo
TrishB Thanks for getting me into these 👍🏻 and The Name of the Wind is great! 1mo
Caroline2 @TrishB so glad you enjoy em Trish and it sounds like I really need to move The Name up my tbr pile! 😁 1mo
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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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Hilly is certainly a #mardybum when she finds out what Minny did! 😆 I loved this book so much. I never normally reread books but I could quite happily sit down and read this all over again. #ayupaugust

squirrelbrain Clever! And there sneaking into the picture is your copy of SPQR! 💛 (edited) 1mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain there it is in my yellow section! 😆 let me know when you‘re up for a loosey goosey buddy read! 😉 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘ll let you know! 😁 1mo
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Ok, so does anyone else have crippling self doubt when it comes to how to raise their kids and ends up ordering loads of self help books looking for the secret to parenting...anyone?? 😬🙋‍♀️ (just realised this doesn‘t include the pile upstairs!) #babies #ayupaugust

squirrelbrain I‘m like that about everything so I dread to think what I‘d be like if I had kids! 😬 1mo
Gina You've got this. I have teenagers now and my deep love and follow through seemed to work. But we are all different and no one strategy is the magic bullet. I did what I felt was right and turned down the sound on those around me who "knew better" 1mo
Gina This btw is my go to book I recommend for this topic 1mo
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Caroline2 @Gina oh thanks for the recommendation! Stacked! 👍🏻 1mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain I‘m such an over thinker!! 😆 and I seriously suffer from imposter syndrome. I still sometimes wonder if their real mum is gonna walk down the road and demand to know what the hell I think I‘m doing!! 🤪 1mo
squirrelbrain Awww you poor thing! You‘re such a lovely person I just know you‘re a fab mum! But I get you on the overthinking and the imposter syndrome.... My husband says he‘s going to get me a t shirt made that says ‘But, what if...?‘ I worry if I don‘t have anything to worry about 🤣 1mo
Centique I read “How to listen so kids will talk” and it was a real help over the last few years. I think reading books to get ideas about raising your kids is excellent. Having a strategy helps so much when you‘re feeling a bit lost. Just remember none of us are perfect - and it‘s ok. You‘re obviously thoughtful about parenting which is the best you can be I reckon 💕💕 1mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Thanks Hun! 😘 and YES I need that shirt too! 😂 1mo
Caroline2 @Centique Thank you! We all try our best, don‘t we. Good to know the book is good, I haven‘t got to that one yet so I‘ll move it up the pile. 👍🏻 1mo
TrishB I never read a single one!! But that‘s probably not a good recommendation either, maybe I should have 🤷‍♀️ I talked to my friends a lot - most had similar age kids and we muddled along. I think what I learned is that none of us were perfect or our kids. You‘re doing a fab job 😘 1mo
Caroline2 @TrishB Thanks Trish. Yeah I‘m prob over thinking it. We‘re all in the trenches together and doing the best we can with what we‘ve got!! 😉 1mo
fybawksheyk I definitely do this. I had a rough week or two with my 3 and 5 year olds, so I picked up “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen...” and No-Drama Discipline. “How to Talk...” was really beneficial, and No-Drama Discipline I‘m still working through. You got this! 1mo
Caroline2 @fybawksheyk oh good to know, I haven‘t read either of them yet. I‘m currently working through The Silent Guides and it is sooo good! It makes you think of things from their perspective based on their development for their age etc. I‘m finding it really useful. 👍🏻 1mo
fybawksheyk @Caroline2 consider that one added to my list! 😊 1mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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I was trying to get a photo of my blue bookshelf but of course Leo wanted in! 😆 #bluebooks #augustabc

Eggs Lovely 💙💙 1mo
marleed So sweet! 1mo
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Chelsea.Poole Oh my goodness, I have a Leo! He's 4 ☺️ 1mo
Caroline2 @Chelsea.Poole whey! My Leo is 5 (6 next month!) 👍🏻 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Caroline2 awe, sweet! Is he "Leo" or is it short for something? My guy is just Leo, not short for anything. 1mo
Caroline2 @Chelsea.Poole my husband always says it‘s short of Leonitus but he is just Leo as in Tolstoy! 😉 1mo
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Wow! This is one of those rare occasions where I bailed on a book (this time last year) but because it was a gift I kept it to try later (normally I get rid). So glad I did cause I loved it!! This is making me doubt my whole bailing belief system now!!! 😨

ShyBookOwl I just finished her other book, Everything I Never Told You. Also so good!!!!! This one is on my TBR 1mo
mom2bugnbee I loved this one. Sometimes, a book just isn't right for you, but then it is! ☺ 1mo
rretzler I never actually bail on a book. It may take me years to read it, but eventually I‘ll get through it. 🤣 There have been books for me that have redeemed themselves more than halfway through. I‘m currently reading Melmoth and it‘s going to take me awhile, sadly. 1mo
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Caroline2 @ShyBookOwl now I didn‘t like that one much, I finished but found it a bit depressing & predictable. I think that‘s what put me off this one and why I was quick to bail. 1mo
Caroline2 @mom2bugnbee yes!! I think timing is everything. 1mo
Caroline2 @rretzler hmm, it‘s a tough one though cause sometimes I‘ve struggled through books that have been rubbish and it‘s really annoys me that I‘ve wasted all the time on it when I could have been enjoying another book a lot more. 1mo
ShyBookOwl @Caroline2 ooh interesting! Funny how things work out 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1mo
TrishB I know which ones I can potentially go back to. 1mo
Caroline2 @TrishB how?? What‘s your criteria?? 🤔 1mo
TrishB I think if I just know I‘m not feeling it because of a particular mood/circumstance. I started one last year in hospital and then was I‘ll etc, didn‘t finish but it wasn‘t the book it was the circumstance and I know I‘ll finish once the hospital drama goes out of my head! 1mo
Caroline2 @TrishB hmmm, that makes sense! 👍🏻 1mo
Caroline2 @TrishB hmm, that makes sense! 👍🏻 1mo
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Thank you so much @Lizpixie for recommending this book! I am LOVING it!! I highly recommend it for anyone wanting more detail and background history after watching the mini series. 👍🏻

Lizpixie You‘re welcome! I also recommend this one, it has more of the science & political background of the disaster & reads just as easy. 1mo
Caroline2 @Lizpixie I‘ve added it to the tbr list! 😉 1mo
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Labyrinth | Kate Mosse
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My son Leo loves choosing books for me to read off my shelves. His expression kinda sums up how I‘m coping with the summer holidays!!! 😬#ayupaugust #crymeariver

RaimeyGallant Kate Mosse should pay you for advertising. He's so cute! 1mo
Tanisha_A Such a cutie! 1mo
mdm139 My boys love picking for me too. And I love picking for them so we have a deal in my house. For every book I pick for them they pick one for me. It makes them less resistant to trying books I enjoyed when I was young. 1mo
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squirrelbrain Bless him, he‘s so cute! ❤️ 1mo
TrishB Awww ❤️ and a great book. 1mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I think this is one you sent me Trish so he‘s right, it‘s about time I got to it already!! 😆 1mo
Caroline2 @RaimeyGallant @Tanisha_A @squirrelbrain Thanks guys, he is cute when he‘s a sleep!! 😂 1mo
Caroline2 @mdm139 that‘s a good idea as both my two are resistant to the awesome books I used to read that I‘m trying to introduce to them. 🙄 1mo
TrishB 😂😂 lol! 1mo
Cinfhen What a sweet boy💙 and he choose a #chunkster 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
Caroline2 @Cinfhen he loves a big book. 🙄 I find big books intimidating!! 😬 1mo
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This isn‘t what I expected at all. Beautiful writing and so important but It‘s very philosophical; with chapters entitled, “Monologue on a song without words” and “Monologue of a witness who had toothache when he saw Christ fall and cry out.” With the constant changing voices I found it hard to keep up. It‘s as heartbreaking & disturbing as you imagine so I read it in small chunks but I still feel extremely traumatised. 🥺

underground_bks I just read Secondhand Time a few weeks ago and fell in love with Alexievich. Can‘t wait to read more! 2mo
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The 19th Wife | David Ebershoff
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This was fascinating!! I loved learning about the early pioneer days in America from a woman‘s perspective and then the second storyline of a modern day polygamist wife was well written too. Really good historical fiction with expert research and complex female characters that I loved. At over 600 pages my only complaint was the ending (last 200pages) felt long winded. Highly recommend tho. (As for those stickers...🤬)

squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked! (I have some special sticker-removing stuff - courtesy of hubs of course!) 2mo
KathyWheeler I really liked this book too. 2mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one too ♥️👍🏻. As for those stickers 🤬I nearly went mental in the bookshop recently, but remained reasonably calm & returned a book I‘d just got because the sticker wouldn‘t come off properly... they gave me a new book ... but why do they do it 😡 2mo
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TrishB This is on my tbr! Will look forward to it. 2mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I can pass it on to you if you want Trish? Apologies in advance for the stickers tho. 🙄 2mo
Caroline2 @Cathythoughts why do they do it?! And why do it with such sticky stickers?!? Grrrrr!!! 😡 2mo
TrishB I already have - courtesy of @Cathythoughts 😘 thank you (both!). Just not got to yet. 2mo
Cathythoughts I know !!! And when I first tried to return my book , she said - if you use a bit of furniture polish, I find that helps “ .... I politely insisted on a new book 🙄 2mo
Caroline2 @Cathythoughts good for you!! 👍🏻 2mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Hey Helen! I can pass it on to you if you like?? And you can test your husbands secret medicine!! 😉 2mo
squirrelbrain That would be lovely @Caroline2 ! I can send it back to you destickered! The only thing it doesn‘t work on is if there‘s any foil - it rubs it off... 😬 2mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain no worries, you can keep it or pass it on...! 👍🏻 2mo
Macker11 I am in this currently!!! Only 100 pages left ! 2mo
Caroline2 @Macker11 ohhhh brill, what do you think of it? 2mo
Macker11 I had a hard time wrapping my head around the structure and characters in the beginning but that took about 100 pages! I love the multi stories in it that are intertwined 2mo
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After watching the phenomenal TV programme I wanted to know more about what happened at Chernobyl. But as this is based on personal testimonies it‘s going to be a gut wrenching read. 🥺 Think I might have to read this along with another book. 👍🏻

TrishB I read this fictional one a couple of years ago. A good read too. 2mo
Caroline2 @TrishB oh thanks Trish. Stacked! 👍🏻 2mo
allureofbeauty That looks good. 2mo
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j.rye That show was so amazing. #stackadd 2mo
Caroline2 @j.rye it was brilliant wasn‘t it. 2mo
Scash1114 @Caroline2 i read Midnight in Chernobyl, and it was very eye opening 😳 Crazy how much they covered up! 2mo
Caroline2 @Scash1114 so scary isn‘t it. 😳 2mo
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This was really informative. A must read for anyone interested in killer whales. It goes into a lot detail into the terrible lives of whales in captivity tho which is heartbreaking. 🥺

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I‘ve really enjoyed series 3 of A Handmaid‘s Tale so I couldn‘t resist preordering the new book! Ekkkk! 😬

BookishJess I just preordered last night too! I cannot wait for release day! 2mo
Birdsong28 Are you going to the cinema on release day to watch Margaret Atwood discussing this? 📚📖 2mo
Caroline2 @Birdsong28 oh I didn‘t know about that. 😯 but prob not as it‘s my son‘s bday that day. 🙄 very inconsiderate!!! 😆 2mo
Caroline2 @BookishJess so exciting!! 👏 2mo
Birdsong28 @caroline2 Yes so inconsiderate lol!!! 😂😂 2mo
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The beginning was good and the ending but there‘s a good 200 pages in the middle where nothing happens and the story reallllly drags. At nearly 600 pages there‘s a good book in there somewhere but boy did this need editing! 🙄 glad it‘s done. 👍🏻

Ncostell I was disappointed by this book too. I loved Major Pettigrew‘s Last Stand but felt like this one was all over the place. 2mo
Caroline2 @Ncostell yeah it just doesn‘t quite work does it. 2mo
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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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So the husband has gone away on another work trip abroad leaving me alone with the kids for the first few weeks of the summer holidays. (Something I am dreading and looking forward to in equal measure!! 😬) Rather than cheering myself with a new book I thought I‘d scour my shelves and put together a decent TBR pile. Has anyone read any of these?? 🤔

wanderinglynn I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! 👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Caroline2 @wanderinglynn I‘ve heard lots of good things and it‘s been on my tbr for years so it‘s about time I got to it already. 😁 2mo
AmberWB Beach Street Bakery is really good! 2mo
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SaturnDoo Salt to the Sea is an all time favorite and a book I always recommend. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an enjoyable read. 😊 2mo
Caroline2 @AmberWB excellent! I‘ve been saving that one for summer! 😉 2mo
Caroline2 @SaturnDoo good to know! I‘ve been looking forward to reading salt to the sea for ages now. 👍🏻 2mo
AnneCecilie I read this earlier this year and loved it 2mo
jb72 I have not read any of those. I attempted A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (audio) and didn‘t like it at the time. The Storyteller is on my shelf as a friend sent it to me for a buddy read. 2mo
plemmdog History of Wolves intrigued me. A nice coming-of-age tale. 2mo
Caroline2 @plemmdog 👍🏻 good to know. 2mo
Caroline2 @jb72 yeah I‘ve had the storyteller on my tbr shelf for yearssss now. I just never seem to be in the mood for it?! 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Caroline2 @AnneCecilie brill. 👍🏻 2mo
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Sorry about the language but my kids need to read this! 😆

Suet624 So true. 2mo
Booktastic I don't have kids but still, this is funny. 2mo
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jb72 So very true! 😂 2mo
youneverarrived 😂😂😂 2mo
JennyM So funny and so relatable! 😆😆😆 2mo
eraderneely Love this! 2mo
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Moby Dick: bl velryba | Melville Herman
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😂 This cracked me up!! 😆

sudi 😂😂😂 2mo
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julesG 😂😂😂😂 I'll steal this 2mo
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Life on the Golden Horn | Mary Wortley Montagu
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Oh I loved this!! Mary was wife to the British Ambassador and sent lots of letters home as she travelled across Europe in 1718. The letters reveal so much about the lives of women at the time, it‘s all very gossipy but fascinating! Thank you so much Helen @squirrelbrain for sending this to me! 😀 #jbuk

squirrelbrain I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! I found her view of ‘veiled‘ women fascinating - the polar opposite of many in society feel today I think? 2mo
Tamra Sounds interesting! 2mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain true but I‘d like to see what these ‘Turkish veils‘ looked like as she said it made women more beautiful. Which I took to mean you could still see the woman‘s face unlike the modern burka. It was a fascinating read!! 2mo
kspenmoll Sounds fascinating! 2mo
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Something Fresh | P G Wodehouse
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Meh! I cannot get into this at all...! 🙄 (bailing at page 56.)

squirrelbrain Oh no! Blah! 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m also not a fan of Wodehouse. I did find the audio easier to get along with tho. 2mo
Caroline2 @thegirlwiththelibrarybag yes, I was wondering if it might be better as an audio book. I‘ll give it a break for now tho. 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I‘ve always dreamt of moving out to the sticks and just living off the land so I was really looking forward to this book. The first half was brilliant; she took me to Alaska with characters I cared about...but then it slipped into melodrama tragedy porn. 😒 I would have liked less awfulness and more Alaska!! 🏔 🎣 🐻 🌲 but still a pick for me because I couldn‘t stop thinking about it...! 👍🏻

TrishB I bailed once it got to the melodrama bit... (edited) 2mo
Caroline2 @TrishB yeah it‘s such a shame. The first half was 5 stars for me, then it just all got a bit much! I found the same with The Nightingale tho, loved the first half then it went downhill... 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
kspenmoll Agree with your assessment of the book. It got way too unrealistic, melodramatic for me! 2mo
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Ohhhh these were totally worth breaking my book buying ban for! 👏 I can‘t wait to read them. 😯

monalyisha They're so pretty, too! 2mo
Caroline2 @monalyisha soooo prettttyyy!! 😍 2mo
TrishB I think I may look for this author tomorrow, going to town with C and I have (e8 of Waterstones vouchers ? 2mo
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Caroline2 @TrishB ohhhhh 😯 exciting!!! Is there anything better than having Waterstones vouchers to spend?? Enjoy! I really enjoyed The Last Queen. 👍🏻 2mo
Caroline2 @TrishB OHHH I just thought, I posted two books to you today so don‘t buy The Wife or Beyond Black!!! 😆 2mo
TrishB 😂❤️ thank you!! I really don‘t need to buy any.....but they‘re burning a hole in my purse!! 2mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I bet! I got some for Christmas..think I had them two days before I spent the lot!! 😂 2mo
Melissa_J @TrishB buy at least one of his books! The Last Queen is my favourite, followed by Mademoiselle Chanel, and The Queen‘s Vow. I don‘t recommend starting with his Tudor mystery series. 2mo
Melissa_J I haven‘t read either of these two yet, but I imagine they will be great. I just received The Romanov Empress in the mail today 😊 2mo
Caroline2 @Melissa_J ohhhh I‘m dying to read the Romanov one! Look forward to hearing what you think of it. 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB @Melissa_J I don‘t like Tudors or historical mysteries really so probably wouldn‘t look at those! I‘ve screenshot this page for guidance in bookshop! 2mo
MissMary These look very interesting 😍 2mo
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After You: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
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I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I loved ‘Me before You‘ and I thought it would be really hard to do a sequel. It‘s not as all consuming as the first book but it‘s a clever study on grief. Jojo is a gifted character writer so I cared about all the new characters and it was lovely to catch up with Louisa Clark. 👍🏻

Ycart85 I‘ve just started this 😊 I also have the 3rd book ready to go x 2mo
Caroline2 @Ycart85 yep I‘ve already got the third book and I‘m looking forward to seeing what happens next...! 👍🏻 2mo
Crazeedi Love that Penman series, I have to get back to it... 2mo
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Mishu94 @caroline2 @Ycart85 Guyssssss! I‘m so glad the both of you are starting on the third book! I have read the first and the second part and I don‘t know anyone around me who has read the last one as yet! So when the both of you get done with that, can you pleaseeee leave a review on it! 😬😬 2mo
Ycart85 @Mishu94 it may take me a while as it‘s the book I keep at work for my break time entertainment 😊 2mo
Mishu94 @Ycart85 That‘s completely fine! I have a lot of books to catch up on in the meantime! 😂 and I also read when I get a break at work aswell! 😂 2mo
Caroline2 @Mishu94 Yes of course! I love a good chat after I‘ve finished a book! I‘ll tag you when I‘m done. 👍🏻 ☕️ 2mo
Mishu94 @Caroline2 that sounds perfect! 😁 2mo
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I started out loving this book; I wanted to hear more about the bombing of Dresden....then I got so confused with the crazy writing style that I wanted to bail...then I fell into it‘s weirdness and now I‘m devastated! 😢 What a powerful book! Loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BkClubCare I devoured Vonnegut books in HS; I need to reread Cats Cradle someday 2mo
jchawkins I've never come across another author who loves humanity as much as Vonnegut, or who hates people as much as Vonnegut. He is something else. 2mo
Blaire @BkClubCare same! I went through a huge Vonnegut phase in high school and now haven‘t read one in prob 20 years. 2mo
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BkClubCare @Blaire - me, too. Tho I did recently reread Slaughterhouse because I couldn‘t remember it. I think I found a copy and felt compelled? I usually don‘t reread. 2mo
BkClubCare @jchawkins - great description 2mo
Caroline2 @BkClubCare @Blaire Vonnegut isn‘t really taught in UK high schools so I‘ve never read him before. But he is completely unique eh!!! 👍🏻 2mo
Caroline2 @jchawkins so true!! 😆 2mo
keepingupwiththepenguins I need to read some Vonnegut, thanks for the reminder!!! 🤓 ❤ 2mo
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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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My top six books so far this year...! All 5 star reads! 👍🏻

GloVerdino I think State of Wonder was the first book that made me cry, Easter broke my heart ❤️ 2mo
Caroline2 @GloVerdino Yeah it was so sad about Easter. But he was reunited with his real family, his poor mum and dad thought he was dead! Plus they took good care of that doctor so maybe the tribe wasn‘t that bad?? 2mo
chapter_fifty2017 Love " state of wonder " so underrated!! 2mo
Caroline2 @chapter_fifty2017 me too!! My fav book so far this year. 👍🏻 2mo
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