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geekyjojo

geekyjojo

Joined March 2016

Bookworm, tea lover & beagle mum
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White Teeth by Zadie Smith
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Belinda by Maria Edgeworth
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Went to see Anthony Adeane at his book event at the Wigtown (Scotland‘s National Book Town) Book Festival and boy oh boy this book sounds fascinating! Hope to read soon! He also made a documentary about it for the BBC which is now on Netflix.

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White Teeth | Zadie Smith
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Started reading, first ever Zadie Smith read!

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Belinda | Maria Edgeworth
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My weekend read for my #readingwomenchallenge choice for a classic written by a woman 🙌🏻

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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It‘s indeed a unique idea and one I was excited to read. And I did enjoy it but just not quite as much as I was expecting and it was more to do with how I felt about some of the characters and how each of their stories were told - something which might not bother other readers as much. I just wanted to find out more about the other siblings and their relationships with each other (or lack of) during each of their individual stories.

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Dr Chaterjee‘s pillars of EAT, SLEEP, RELAX and MOVE is an amazing way to focus on the things you need to prioritise in life to feel and be healthier physically and mentally.
He‘s a U.K. based practicing GP and he‘s not selling a product, he‘s not selling anything other than free, easy tips to try for a healthier way of life. I‘m not often a re-reader but I‘ll be re-reading this and I‘ve already subscribed to his podcast. HIGHLY recommend.

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The Dinner | Herman Koch
Mehso-so

Interesting idea - the moral dilemma and debate of what you would do when your child commits a crime! So that made it intriguing. It took a while to get going but the second half of the book redeems itself a little but not enough to warrant more than 3⭐️
Pretty much all the characters are detestable but I think that might be the point, but not any less irksome. Worth a read for a bit of discussion after it.

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The Dinner | Herman Koch
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Started this at the weekend 📖

CouronneDhiver It‘s a fun one 👍🏽 1y
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Our current read ☕️📖🐶

Kayla.Adriena What's your dog's name? 😍 1y
geekyjojo Sorry for the late reply!!! It‘s Lucy 🐶 1y
gimmeabook I loved this book! 1y
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I read this mainly because it was the Jimmy Fallon summer read along choice and boy I‘m glad I did. Despite not being my usual “go to” genre this was a brilliant read. Fantastically written, with great characters and very poignant story lines (that quite intelligently reflects today‘s society). What a brilliant story teller Adeyemi is! And I can‘t wait until she writes the next book 🙌🏻

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Engrossed in this right now, not my usual choice but picked it up because of the Jimmy Fallon summer read along and glad I did!

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Blooming brilliant thriller, great holiday read. Gripping, post apocalyptic page turner. Highly recommend if you‘re looking for a good thriller. I think this book deserves to be a movie.

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When a book makes me snort giggle out loud at things that you kinda know you shouldn‘t be laughing at but Lawson can‘t help but make you AND when you force your other half to listen to excerpts as you repeat what you‘ve just read you know this is a 5⭐️ read.

Lawson‘s humour and honesty about her life is brilliant, weird and funny. She declares herself crazy, she lives with mental illness, but as she says “sometimes crazy is just right.”

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We the Animals | Justin Torres
Mehso-so

A fantastically written book, but it's the darkness and uncomfortable reading experience which has meant I've given this a "so-so" rating. Making it difficult to recommend as it was hard to read all 128 pages, but that in itself says a lot about the writer.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved this book and Fredrik Backman is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I took my time with this book as I didn't want it to end and enjoyed every time I spent with main character, Ove, and all the others to be honest. This grumpy old man made me giggle and cry. Backman has a talent for writing fabulous character, I miss them already now I've finished the book.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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My next read 📖

Tanzy13 🐶 3y
JoeStalksBeck Such an amazing book! 3y
tammysue Great read! 2y
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Mehso-so

I was excited to finally get round to reading this (it was our book group read) but I have to say I overall felt a little disappointed and a bit underwhelmed.

There were many times when I was a little bored and not gripped by the stories while at other times gripped by McMurphy and Nurse Ratched's relationship and power struggles.

This is one of the few instances where I think the film is better than the book.

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This weekend's read (my book group read for this month 👍🏻)

cathysaid 🐶😂🐶😂🐶 3y
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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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EVERYONE should own and read this pocket book by Adichie, EVERYONE! And we should ALL be feminists. That is all!

Megabooks Agreed! 3y
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Guantanamo Diary | Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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This is an essential, harrowing, jaw dropping, tragic read. Mohamedou Ould Slahi's diary of interrogations and imprisonment in Guantanamo is shocking to say the least. To know that we treat other human beings like that, irrespective of guilt, is horrific. Oh and by the way Mohamedou spent 14yrs without charge, because there was and is no evidence of him ever being a terrorist or involved in terrorism, being grossly interrogated by the US. 😔

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Guantanamo Diary | Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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Just started this today, already I'm like WOW!

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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher
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3-4⭐️ read outta 5. An absolutely fascinating concept and some amazingly well written main characters, this is an impressive debut novel. I rattled through this book, eager to know "why", but it's probably my age (40) that leans this towards a 3⭐️ as opposed to 4, albeit I read a lot of YA but this read did feel a bit further out of my reach. In saying that I would recommend and I still now want to indulge in true Netflix adaptation.

Erinreadsthebooks That's my plan as well--Read the book. Watch the show. See if the hype is worth it. I hope it is! 3y
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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher
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Just started reading and engrossed already 📖👍🏻

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First released 20yrs ago this year, so I decided it was time for a re-read! Only the 2nd time reading it and it won't be my last. I'm not sure what to say about this book other than it's a purely magical read (for everyone). Rowling' writing is both clever, entertaining and beautiful.
"This boy will be famous. There won't be a child in our world that won't know his name. There will be books about him, he will be a legend." Professor McGonagall

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Adding this to my TBR after it came as part of my monthly Book 📖and a Brew ☕️ subscription

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I didn't know the band or Laura Jane Grace but You don't need to, to enjoy this book. A fantastic, heart felt and honest story. Following her struggles of growing up as a boy, delinquency, drug use while trying to become a successful punk band (against the back lash of militant punks that considered them sellouts) whilst fundamentally dealing with a lifetime of gender dysphoria. A remarkable story!

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It'll be 20years this year so it's time for a re-read of Harry P ⚡️

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Death of a Gossip | M.C. Beaton
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I'm genuinely gutted that I didn't enjoy this book I was so looking forward to starting the Hamish Macbeth series but I found the plot lame and the characters a little ridiculous 🙄

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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And so I finally read Jane Eyre and I really really enjoyed it, what stunning writing and wonderful characters. At times I was genuinely blown away with Bronte's writing, it was beautiful.

Surprisingly I've managed to avoid knowing the story for the last 40years so that made the reading of this even more enjoyable and jaw dropping at points.

Megabooks You make me want to read it. I've missed out on so many classics! 3y
geekyjojo @Ebooksandcooks highly recommend it on audible, narrated by Thandie Newton 3y
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Three-Martini Lunch | Suzanne Rindell
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5⭐️ read!Wow! I loved this book. Set in 1950s it follows the story of 3 amazing characters who are trying to make a success in the publishing industry whilst struggling with issues of race, gender, sexuality and betrayal. I absolutely loved following these characters even when at times you might not always like them. I spent a week lost in the hipster era of NY's village in the late 50s with conflicted characters that I won't forget very quickly.

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Three-Martini Lunch | Suzanne Rindell
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Spending my weekend in NY with these amazing characters - I'm loving this so far 👍🏻

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A charming little doggy-tastic read about how much dogs (in this case Boston Terriers) bring into your life. Julie goes from owning her first dog Otto to volunteering to rescue and foster Boston terriers and it's through all her anecdotes that she shows how doggy companionship offers something unique to any other relationships. A nice read for dog lovers ❤🐶

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This weekend's read 🐶📖

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Despite being gripped by the first third I just found the structure a bit all over the place & was struggling to follow the stories of certain individuals. I wouldn't call it a psychological suspense (as it does in its blurb) but it's certainly an interesting insight into the horrible childhood and life her mother had before her (that she never shared while alive). Given the subject it was disappointing as I think it could have been much better.

Megabooks Great review! 3y
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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First time read for me and enjoying already, especially the audible narration by Thandie Newton 🎧📖

tpixie Just finished reading! 3y
geekyjojo @tpixie did you enjoy? 3y
tpixie Yes- I also listened to Anne's Agnes Grey & Tenant of Wildfell Hall- before I read a book about the ' Brontë's heir ' it helped me understand it better 3y
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Cosy reading time with Agatha Raisin ☕️😊

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Yasss! Love AR! 3y
geekyjojo Me too @thegirlwiththelibrarybag only got introduced to her last year! 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @geekyjojo, you've probably got lots of adventures with her to look forward to then... 3y
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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One word: WOW!
Anyone who knows me knows I'm not a crier, I'm like the Cameron Diaz character in The Holiday who can't cry, but this book had me sobbing like a baby AND it's a children's book!
Outstandingly beautiful storytelling which is so poignant and heart warming that I defy anyone to feel emotional when reading this exceptional book.
I would love to see the movie adaptation of this but might need to wait until I can watch at home!

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Wishful Drinking | Carrie Fisher
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Wonderfully witty insight into the life of the fabulous Carrie Fisher, which I enjoyed being read to me by her as the narrator for this edition on audible. Despite the trials she faced in life with addiction and mental health she is a first rate comic when reciting it while delivering a very poignant awareness raising message about mental health issues. Fabulous, yet a sad read at this time!

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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First read of 2017 📖👍🏻

rachelm I've heard awesome things about this one 3y
geekyjojo @rachelm it was a fabulous read, definitely recommend! 3y
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Enjoyed this as my last read of 2016, making my grand total 105 books (5 over my target) I'm very proud of this as only 3 years ago I manage 35 books and so I've well and truly picked up my reading bug again.... now to decide on my Goodreads challenge for 2017 😬

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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A fast paced psychological thriller that gets a "so-so" review from me because of the ending and most of the characters. An easy read and one to pick up if you're looking for a quick page turner but not amazing.

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Just starting this today, has anyone read?

Megabooks Read it twice! A lot of Roxane Gay love on Litsy. Great book! 3y
enferauparadis One of my faves too 😊😊 3y
Julsmarshall Loved it! She is amazing on Twitter too so if you like it you should follow her 😄 3y
geekyjojo Oooh! Thanks guys 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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Just started reading my second Agatha Raisin cosy mystery, they are a cracking read in this genre 👍🏻

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh! What a lovely reading companion you have! Agatha Is brilliant :) (I'm also quite fond of Charles - but he might not have appeared yet) 3y
geekyjojo I'm reading a later one so Charles has made an appearance but I think it's post romance ☺️ 3y
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Just started this sweet little book

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Merde in Europe | Stephen Clarke
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Literally just starting my first Stephen Clarke book - at pertinent read for this time in politics!

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Not Working | Lisa Owens
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A quirky and amusing read. Weirdly saw a little of myself in the ramblings of the main character Claire, I'm sure my other half would agree! 3⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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Really wish I could give this 3.5⭐️ it's certainly more that than a three! A fantastically written page turner of a thriller that's very character focussed, in a good way, and I can honestly say kept me wanting to know "what happened?"! I hadn't realised when I picked this up that I'd also read his other novel The Good Father which I similarly enjoyed.

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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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100 pages in and really enjoying it!

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3.5⭐️ read. An enjoyable, page turning thriller, slept me guessing but id say it's the ending for me that dropped it a 4⭐️ it was a little disappointing. Nonetheless I would recommend as a fast holiday read.

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70 pages to go, really enjoying this thriller, all the better with hot chocolate ☕️📖❤️

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Jonathan Unleashed | Meg Rosoff
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My dog Lucy helped me pick my next read

kdwinchester Book dogs are so great. They especially love to be in pictures with their favorite books. 🐶😅 4y
geekyjojo They certainly do @Kdwinchester 🐶📖❤️ 4y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I just finished this! Snort laughed rather a lot 😂 4y
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