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humouress

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I read mainly fantasy, YA, a touch of SF. Also some golden age mysteries. On LibraryThing as humouress. My profile pic: Jasper, our golden retriever
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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
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Jamie's 30-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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Just starting this as the protagonist saves a puppy‘s life only to find that he‘s destined for the dinner table. Threw me for a 6, especially as I‘d spent the afternoon protecting Jasper from a thunderstorm.

(I seem to be 5th in the hierarchy in his mind and that is my role: Protectoress from the Thunder. My other one is general Dogsbody/ Massager 🤷‍♀️)

humouress This book is a lot of fun (except for the collateral damage to animals and small children) and the touch of YA romance doesn‘t hurt. 21h
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Rani‘s merchant family paid her way into the glasswrights‘ guild thus making the 13 yo a guild member, raising her caste and earning her a 3 syllable name (Ranita). But then the heir to the crown is murdered, the glasswright guild is blamed and destroyed.
Published in 2000. Fun but too many adjectives, some used repetitively, which pulls me out of the narrative.

humouress Halfway through. The adjectives aren‘t bothering me quite as much. Probably a combination of I‘m getting use to it/ the writing is settling in/ the action is picking up 2w
humouress This story is very much about the caste system in the capital City of Morenia as Rani is thrown from one to the other and her name changes to suit. This makes the action feel a bit disjointed and together with the overly descriptive language makes for a slow read. It looks like this was Klasky‘s 1st book; but the story is interesting enough - continuing on (edited) 2w
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik

Borrowed this from the library (first time in years I've borrowed a physical book) and am enjoying it. Narrated in 1st person from the POVs of 3 (so far) different young women. Though the POV keeps changing, they don't get mixed up. Their lives are interlinked and they're all strong in their own ways, changing their lives for the better (at least Miryem and Wanda; I've only just met Irina). Still near the beginning but enjoying it.

humouress Not yet halfway through. Miryem's actions have changed the lives of all 3 girls (all around 17-18 yo), initially for the better. About 1/3 in, those actions crystallise to change their lives again, but now they all face danger. A new POV is introduced at that point, in the form of Wanda's youngest brother Stepon.
Getting even more interesting.
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Sorceress of Darshiva | David Eddings
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I prefer Geoff Taylor‘s covers for The Belgariad (UK Corgi editions) but I still like the ones he did for The Malloreon, too. I like the way each cover references the ones from the previous books.
The prologue is another extract from an academic work from the University of Melcene which gives us ‘a brief history of the Eastern Empire‘ though it scoffs at the idea of Gods being physically present in that world.

humouress The first chapter has Queen Porenn informing the western monarchs about Belgarth‘s group‘s progress and preparing for war:King Fulrach rubbed at his beard. ‘Why does it seem that we‘ve done this before?‘ he asked. ‘It‘s the same as last time. We have to create a diversion to help our friends get through. Any ideas?‘ And we also glimpse what the eastern kings we‘ve met in this series are currently doing, after Garion‘s group left them. 2mo
humouress I love the way Eddings addresses all the perceived ‘flaws‘ in this series, like why the most powerful sorcerers in the world can‘t just use sorcery to overcome obstacles or why our hero (and sometimes we) can‘t know a thing too early. He makes use of the fact that Garion is still a farmboy at heart and we even have a sword in the stone … er … Stone in the sword. 2mo
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I do love the beginnings in this series.

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Something Wilder | Christina Lauren
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Billed as a romance but there‘s a lot of action-adventure which had me on the edge of my seat - or would have done if I hadn‘t been reading in bed.
Though I am wondering how people keep sneaking up on them in wide open country

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The Phoenix in Flight | Sherwood Smith, Dave Trowbridge

Took me a while to get into this, mainly because I was distracted by the World Cup and didn‘t pay attention to the second chapter but now I can‘t put it down. Epic space battles! - but I wish I had a bit more sense of the distances between planets.
20 years ago the Dol‘jhar were foiled in an attack on the Thousand Suns, the systems ruled by the Panarchy and now Eusabian, Avatar of Dol and Lord of the Kingdom of Vengeance, is mounting his revenge

humouress We get lots of viewpoints, including from incidental characters, but the main POV is Brandon's - the Panarch's 3rd son (and those around him). 10 years ago his eldest brother engineered his disgrace and dismissal from the Naval Academy and has controlled his life since. Now, on the eve of the ceremony as one of the Panarch's heirs, he decides to walk away. But this coincides with Eusabian's attack. 2mo
humouress There is some 3 Stooges-type slapstick but it‘s easy enough to ignore it 2mo
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Soulless | Gail Carriger

Written in the type of over the top English that US authors tend to use when writing about English high society especially when writing about the Regency/ Victorian periods but still amusing on it‘s own merits. Still on Ch 1
(ETA: Ch 3. I‘m starting to feel it may be intentional)
Not sure when Canterbury became a port city but, hey, if HM QV can have a shadow parliament filled with vampires, werewolves and ghosts instead of Opposition, why not?

humouress 'Alexia raised both eyebrows and sipped her tea in uncharacteristic silence. She winced at the flavour, looked with narrowed eyes at her cup, and then reached for the creamer.'
An anachronism; they wouldn't have had powdered milk substitute in those (Regency? Victorian?) days.
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humouress Still trying to work out what BUR stands for; some kind of organisation for supernatural beings, it looks like. 2mo
humouress I've decided the best approach is to suspend disbelief and jus enjoy the story. Which I was doing, anyway. 2mo
humouress Entirely too much face slapping (starting with the first instance) 2mo
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Demon Lord of Karanda | David Eddings
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Cthol Murgos is on the east side of the western continent - but now we learn of another continent across the Sea of the East

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Demon Lord of Karanda | David Eddings
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Starting ‘Demon Lord of Karanda‘, the third book of the ‘Malloreon‘. This time the prologue is presented as an academic article on the kingdoms of the east rather than the usual extract from a book of legends

humouress Garion and co are now making their way through the kingdoms of the east, much as they went through those of the west in ‘The Belgariad‘, and meeting the royal families/ heads of state (mainly by virtue of being arrested, but still) 3mo
humouress In the Malloreon they run into the kings of the eastern continent, though they‘d rather avoid them, due to their positions and powers whereas in the Belgariad it was because they needed to prepare the western rulers for the coming war. It‘s interesting, getting to spend time with the‘opposition‘. And I‘d forgotten about the plague - covid strikes again! 3mo
humouress This series is criticised for being a copy of the first (Belgariad). I can‘t deny that the basic formula is the same but I find it intriguing because they‘re journeying through lands that are unknown to most of them - and not so familiar to even Silk and Belgarath - and learning about alien cultures. Some are very different but they find that people behave the same. And it‘s nice traveling with the same beloved characters. 2mo
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The Keeper of the Mist | Rachel Neumeier
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While I like the illustrations for the chapter headings (what are they called agin? For a book it‘s something like ‘frontispiece‘), to me the defined edges are more like smoke than mist. Enjoying this story.

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The Keeper of the Mist | Rachel Neumeier
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Ch 2. Liking this so far. It's YA but with a flavour of Patricia McKillip

humouress Keri, a teenager and unacknowledged by her father, suddenly accedes as Lady of Nimmira when he dies. She not only has to defend her country from hostile outside forces when the mists that traditionally hide Nimmira suddenly fail but also has to contend with finding her way with the Household staff she has inherited from her father 3mo
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King of the Murgos | David Eddings
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Zith the snake also has her own personality - as long as you don‘t annoy her

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I like the odd glimpses of the D of E (who died soon after the book was written but before publication) and his relationship with Her Majesty.
‘Philip had started a picture … she sensed she was distracting him.

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I can so empathise with the Queen 🤗

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Settling down to the second in kHer Majesty the Queen Investigates‘. The prologue takes place in October 2016 with a murder and chapter 1 starts 3 months before, with the Queen recognising one of her paintings - but it‘s not where it‘s supposed to be.

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Henry Evans would say nothing... This conversation was absolutely private.

Rozie wondered ... why it had been so easy for Mr Evans ... But she reflected that for her it was more complicated. Evans simply owed his ultimate loyalty to the Queen and that was that. The man Rozie had to hide this conversation from was the Queen‘s own right-hand man. It wasn‘t that the Queen didn‘t trust Sir Simon. She had seen the warm, long-standing relationship ...

humouress ‘Look ...,‘ Aileen said, ‘and I did the job for over a decade. There‘s nothing that‘s happened ... that I don‘t know about. ... And I know about the other stuff, too. The things she doesn‘t tell Simon. She‘s on a case, isn‘t she?‘
‘She . . . what?‘
Aileen grinned. 'You came to me because she‘s asked you to do a bit of digging about, hasn‘t she? You kind of know you‘re not supposed to tell anyone, but it feels horribly wrong?‘
Rozie nodded again
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humouress ‘The Queen solves mysteries. She solved the first one when she was twelve or thirteen, so the story goes. On her own. She sees things other people don‘t see – often because they‘re all looking at her. She knows so much about so many things. She‘s got an eagle eye, a nose for bullshit and a fabulous memory. Her staff should trust her more. People like Sir Simon, I mean.‘
‘But he trusts her totally!‘
‘No, he doesn‘t. He thinks he does ...
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humouress ...But they don‘t. She‘s one of the most powerful women in the world but she spends her whole bloody time having to listen to them and they don‘t listen back. It drives her bonkers. I mean, she grew up with it. She was a girl in the thirties – male domination was normal. She‘s had to work out for herself how good she is, what she can do. And what she can do is notice things. She‘s a bit of a genius at it, actually. But she needs help.‘ 4mo
humouress Ooh, one more (about Humphreys, not Sir Simon):

He was grey of hair, suit and mind. He was also convinced that, at eighty-nine, one had no possible means of understanding the complexities of the modern world. He didn‘t seem to grasp that she had lived through all the decades that had created it, and she had perhaps a more nuanced understanding of it than he did.

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Halfway through. It‘s a quiet, meandering story about a village where the bookshop owner has just died and how the people whose lives he was part of, including his daughter, carry on. He made time to make their lives richer and believed there a book for everybody. Told with some flashbacks.

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Reading this for my RL bookclub. This falls somewhere between historical novel/ romance/ political commentary etc but, at 300+ pages in the e-book, doesn't have the heft to do any one of them justice, I feel. It's rather light on details, or maybe I'm not invested in the book. For instance, (1/2 way through) the maharaja has just died and only now is the significance of the religions of his wives emphasised.

humouress A lot of Indian words are used as though we should know the meanings of them and characters are introduced and disposed of as though we've met them before and should know who they are. This has the bones of a decent book but the details haven't been filled in.
Am rushing through it, anyway, since I have to finish it in the next couple of days for our book club.
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humouress Told in present tense, 1st person POV by Maharani Jindan Kaur.

Jindan is very bitter about the British and Divakaruni's writing reflects this bias. Given the subject matter it is understandable but it does not make for a balanced accounting. Plus it's often pointed out that Jindan is intelligent and understood Ranjit Singh's strategies but her actions - especially as queen regent - don't bear that out.
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King of the Murgos | David Eddings
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This series was written near the end of the Cold War and though there is very much an East vs West vibe we start to see that people are the same all over the world. And there is a slightly darker shading to things though the banter and lightheartedness continues.

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Guardians of the West | David Eddings
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A new company for a new prophecy. Ancient Belgarath, his most revered daughter, the Bearer of the Orb, Garion, Ce‘Nedra, the Guide, the Man with Two Lives, the Huntress, the Man Who is No Man, the Empty One, the Woman Who Watches and one other.

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King of the Murgos | David Eddings
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‘Why is it that all of this seems to have happened before?‘
‘All of what?‘
‘Everything. There are Angaraks in Arendia trying to stir up trouble… There are intrigues and assassinations in Tolnedra… We ran into a monster… It seems almost as if we were repeating everything that happened… We‘ve even been running into the same people …‘

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King of the Murgos | David Eddings
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I hadn‘t noticed before but this is ‘from the ‘Lives of Belgrion the Great‘‘ (plural)
🤔 I don‘t bother about it too much because it‘s beyond the scope of the story but Belgarion is a sorcerer, who could potentially live for thousands of years, but his wife is not.

humouress Ce‘Nedra is a bit hormonal, which is understandable under the circumstances but, given the light treatment, comes across as a bit temperamental 5mo
HeyT I'm pretty sure that Ce'Nedra is long lived as well since she's a dryad. 5mo
humouress @HeyT Ah - good point. 5mo
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King of the Murgos | David Eddings
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Starting ‘King of the Murgos‘ for our group (of 2) read on LibraryThing.

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I admit I'm not au fait with what a wedding planner/ event manager does but Poppy doesn't seem to have to do anything; there's a property manager to take care of Daisy Hill farm and the bride & groom seem to have booked everything else themselves

humouress Confusingly, it‘s narrated in the first person, present tense but as though the narrator is talking directly to the reader about the events that … happened? … are happening now? 5mo
humouress She has the hots for this guy but she's in denial about it; he's grumpy but it's hard to tell anything else about his feelings since it's told in 1st person from her POV. From one sentence to the next, literally in the same breath, he propositions her and she says yes. 😵 At least, thankfully, there wasn't (yet) a heavy bedroom scene 5mo
humouress The hero is actually a really nice, kind hearted guy but we see him through the narrator‘s eyes and she‘s convinced herself she‘s not interested in another relationship after catching her ex of 7 years cheating, on Facebook. So he doesn‘t shine as much as he should and it could have been the sweet romance I was looking for. Nice enough story, just not that exciting 5mo
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Still enjoying this. I don't know much about Windsor Castle & its environs, much less the workings of HM's mind but Bennett has portrayed it very plausibly. It gels with what I know of QE II; whatever I think of the rest of the Establishment, I've always admired her and her work ethic.

One now wishes to continue reading this rather good book.

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I imagined the Queen as depicted in the Minions film, remembering the story of how she and Margaret slipped out of the palace to celebrate the end of WWII. But this is set 7 years ago when she was 89, the DofE was still alive (but doesn't (yet) make an appearance) and Obama was US president. Enjoying it so far. Though it seems this isn't HM's 1st case.

humouress Purdey and Patsy the golden retrievers 🐺 - a Joanna Lumley tribute?
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See You Yesterday | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Barett Bloom realises that she keeps repeating her first day of university and then discovers that Miles from her physics class is, too but he‘s been trapped for a couple of months already. They team up to find their way out of the time loop and along the way develop feelings for each other.

humouress There were a couple of characters mentioned in passing that I‘d have liked to have known more about - it sounded like they might have more information on the time travel issue. Though the physics of it wasn‘t really the focus (and anyway, relativity and I… well. Not really) As someone from the UK living in Asia I‘ve discovered from the book that ‘Asian‘ seems to be code for pale skinned Asian while ‘South Asian‘ looks like dark skinned Asian 🤔 (edited) 5mo
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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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I‘m in love 🐉

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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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I‘ve always enjoyed country dancing (though I haven‘t done it in years) and listening to this description had me smiling.

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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda

The dragon riders (since all the old guard were killed inthe revolution) are all teenagers. Annie (Antigone) and Lee (aka Leo) ~15 &16, grew up together as orphans. She lost her family to dragonfire and he lost his to the revolution and both bear the scars of the past. Both want to be First Rider. They are kids on the cusp of adulthood but the dragoriders are all asked to bear a lot of responsibility for the new regime.

humouress The author shows both the pros and cons of the meritocracy; it has improved the lot of most people but some people lose out, families who were wealthy previously don‘t seem to have changed status and when famine threatens, the ‘old methods‘ are used to ensure all the food is collected ‘for the greater good‘ 5mo
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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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I really liked ‘Fireborne‘ when I read it but I didn‘t review it so now I‘m listening to it for a second go.
I like Julia; she wanted to be part of a male-only profession and not only did she go out and break barriers to achieve that, she rose to the very top.

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The Stranger Times | C.K.McDonnell
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This book makes me giggle. (To put the quote in context, ‘The Stranger Times‘ is a newspaper which reports weird and wacky stories.)

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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings
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Have I mentioned that I love 💗 the original Belgariad Corgi UK covers by Geoff Taylor?

readingjedi They are fabulous. These are the editions I read many years ago. 6mo
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Guardians of the West | David Eddings
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A slow start as it catches us up on what the characters from the 'Belgariad' are up to in the five or so years since the end of that series and sets the scene for the new adventure.

- New? I thought all the prophecies were fulfilled? -

So did we all, including the characters. They're a bit nonplussed, too. 😊

Don't worry, Things do start to happen, about halfway through, and there's plenty of action after that.

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Guardians of the West | David Eddings
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Garion gets a lesson in climate change and man‘s causal effect.

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Under One Roof | Ali Hazelwood

Mara has inherited half a house but her first meeting with Liam, who owns the other half, was antagonistic - but they secretly have the hots for each other. She has a doctorate in environmental engineering and he‘s a high flying lawyer but they‘re bonding over ‘The Bachelorette‘. The prologue is set in the present, then the chapters start at 6 months ago but are narrated in the present tense, in first person

humouress So-so; a bit lite 6mo
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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings
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Love it. The blushing Orb makes me laugh.

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The Clergyman's Wife | Molly Greeley

When Elizabeth rejected Mr Collins in Pride & Prejudice he turned to her best friend Charlotte. We do get a glimpse of her married life in P&P but this is her (supposed) story. It‘s possible to read this without reading P&P; the few relevant details are filled in. I always start Austen continuations with a healthy dose of scepticism but apart from questioning Mr Collins‘s height and first name, which I don‘t remember from P&P, it‘s good.

humouress I‘m a third of the way through but I‘m finding it addictive 6mo
humouress ... although I think that has a lot to do with being back in Jane Austen's world. The author does a good job of evoking it. 6mo
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The Green Ajah, with more than one Warder each, remind me of the green dragons of Pern nd their riders, who … are known for having several partners, shall we say.

humouress The predicament Egwene found herself in always frustrated me. This time, knowing how it goes, it still had me gripped and resenting any interruptions to my reading. 7mo
humouress The first book ended momentously and, despite a slowish start, this second book did too. I suppose the planned trilogy that turned into 14 books was still on track at that point. 7mo
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‘I don‘t know how humans do it, but among Ogier … If a girl sees a boy she likes, she goes to her mother ___ and the next thing the boy knows, his marriage is all arranged.‘
___ Mat gave a guffaw ___ ‘Among us, men do the choosing, and no wife can stop a man ___.‘
Rand frowned ___ ‘I think we do it the same way ___ Do you remember your father ever doing anything your mother really didn‘t want him to?‘
Mat opened his mouth ___ and closed it again.

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humouress ‘Life is very unsettling with ta‘veren for friends‘ 7mo
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I spent yesterday afternoon volunteering with the horses of Riding for the Disabled. I know that in a cast of thousands the animals aren‘t even bit players but it hurts when Jordan treats them so callously. Red has served Rand faithfully for a long time; I thought, since he‘s been given a name in this series, he‘d get more respect.

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I love Loial 😊

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Ch 6: I keep confusing Pete (a woman) with the (anti) hero, Gus especially in the current scene where he's the only male in a roomful of women.

humouress Ch 19 and I've only just twigged that they're both named for months (January & August) 🤦‍♀️ 7mo
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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings
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I say!

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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings

Starting part II and the ladies are in charge. I love Queen Layla‘s tactics - I suspect I may have used them myself. Hmm - and I first read this series in my formative years …

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston

2 chapters in. Could use less casual swearing 🤗 The royal family, as portrayed here, seems a lot more, shall we say, woke. Fun mix of fiction with actual history; the First Family are successors to the Obamas etc. The first US female president is a Democrat from Texas 🤔

humouress Alex suddenly discovers he's gay and immediately launches into a hot, heavy, indiscreet affair. There's no will they/ won't they about this one. 7mo
humouress About 1/3 way through; finding Henry a bit 2-D. Liking Alex's family, though (edited) 7mo
humouress Not sure how the US president's 2 kids, the VP's granddaughter, the youngest 2 kids of the heir to the British throne and their millionaire best friend get to part-ay with only 1 bodyguard.
1/2 way through: not really au fait with all the political campaigning ins and outs. Or, TBH, all the different names of Mexican food. Maybe because I'm reading an e-book and the spacing is out but finding the occasional sudden changes in subject jarring
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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings
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Just starting ‘Enchanter‘s End Game‘. Garion is not in a good mood

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Just a Heartbeat Away | Cara Bastone

“I wanted some of your water.” Matty‘s sleepy words were mostly just hot kid-breath into Seb‘s face, and he couldn‘t help but chuckle. Matty always insisted that whatever water Seb was drinking tasted better than any other water. So, for Matty‘s entire life, Seb had been drinking water with kid backwash in it.

humouress My husband knows that one well. My older son and I have banned my younger son from drinking from our glasses. 9mo
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Just a Heartbeat Away | Cara Bastone

His kid was growing up. Losing those chubby cheeks. Seb knew that Daddy was on its last legs. He was only ever Dad when Matty was around friends. It plucked a bittersweet chord in his heart. Of course he wanted his kid to grow up. And of course he wanted his kid to stay a baby forever.

humouress I know that feeling; I‘m holdin‘ on real hard. I‘ve had to loosen the apron strings on my 18yo and my 13yo is trying to kick over the traces but I‘m not letting go yet 9mo
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