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jhod

Joined January 2017

Lover of books, food, laughs and wine 🇬🇧🇪🇺
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Prima Facie | Suzie Miller
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WH Smith buy one get one half price airport fiction pics ✈️

squirrelbrain Both fabulous! Going on your hols? Have a great time! 1mo
julesG Enjoy your trip! 1mo
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Everybody Knows | Jordan Harper
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Awful book club choice. You can tell this is by a scriptwriter I think, cinematic short chapters but so shallow, repeated phrases that grate, little character development. @Hooked_on_books review nails it :-)

Hooked_on_books Aw, thanks! The book is also completely unmemorable. My review is from just two months ago and I had to read the publisher‘s description to have any idea what this was. And I found it because someone raved about it on a podcast! Can‘t trust their taste, I suppose. 2mo
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Caliban Shrieks | Jack Hilton
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Quite chuffed with my freebie from the Penguin Random House Bookmarks website, I haven't done very much apart from full out a few polls so well worth it!

TieDyeDude Sweet! 2mo
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The Only Suspect | Louise Candlish
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead !
#twofortuesday @TheSpineView thank you!

1. Yes I'll always have at least a glass of water with me :-)

2. Having a couple of nights off booze as nasty cough so recuperating, a camomile tea whilst reading a trashy thriller

Tag any of the #gladstonerds crew and anyone else!

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Brainwyrms | Alison Rumfitt
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Home from Toby's 50th bday ski hol - one holiday where I just can't fit in any reading at all 😭 - and am so excited to get going for 2024 especially with a read along with @RaeLovesToRead - I am reading a version courtesy of @squirrelbrain, many thanks!!

merelybookish Will be curious to see what you think! 4mo
BarbaraBB Can‘t wait for your thoughts 😱 4mo
RaeLovesToRead What have I let myself in for? 🤣 4mo
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squirrelbrain I had to get rid of it somehow! 🤣 4mo
Ruthiella Super curious to see what you think! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Good luck! 4mo
Reggie Good luck on this! This was tough for me. I thought it was great even though I didn‘t like it. 4mo
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Pet | Catherine Chidgey
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Thank you so much @BarbaraBB for my lovely #jolabokaflod treats, perfect Christmas Eve ahead 🤩

And thanks again to @MaleficentBookDragon for making so many Litsians across the globe happy tonight!

Merry Christmas!

BarbaraBB You‘re so welcome. Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 ❤️ 4mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, I loved Pet! ❤️ 4mo
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Surprises | Liza Charlesworth
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Thank you @BarbaraBB !! Safely delivered today ☺️🎄🎄🎁❤️🥳🤩

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

And thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organising the always amazing #jolabokaflod

Mine going out tomorrow!

BarbaraBB Glad and relieved it arrived! Have a very merry Christmas 🎄🎁 (edited) 4mo
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Rouge | Mona Awad
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Today's airport paperback new fiction choices... Suitable beach reads I hope

RaeLovesToRead I'm looking forward to reading Rouge. Bunny was crackers! 😄 6mo
sarahbarnes I loved Rouge! 6mo
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Birthday Book Haul! Thanks @Caroline2 and @squirrelbrain (and my brother for the politico!)

LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 7mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, I loved Flamingo! 🦩 7mo
Deblovestoread Happy birthday 🎈🎂📚🎈 7mo
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quietlycuriouskate Happy Birthday! 🎂🎁📚 7mo
Caroline2 I hope you had a lovely bday. 🎂 📚 7mo
TheBookgeekFrau Happy Birthday! 🥳 7mo
youneverarrived Happy Birthday 🤍 7mo
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Prophet Song | Paul Lynch
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Who's a lucky girl then?! Better get reading! #booker23

Many thanks to @julesG for helping me get the Litsy app back again when I mislaid it! 😘

julesG Yeah!!!! Glad to see it's working again! 8mo
CSeydel Wow! 8mo
TheKidUpstairs Wow! What a win! Enjoy the bounty!! 8mo
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Deblovestoread Congrats! That‘s exciting! 8mo
Ruthiella Wow! Awesome! 🤩 8mo
squirrelbrain Wow, Jess, that‘s amazing! So jealous…. (Mind you, I‘m reading the last 2 on the list already!) Also, I nearly bought you a Booker for your birthday so I‘m glad I didn‘t! Parcel is on its way as I‘m away next week. 7mo
jhod @squirrelbrain haha you're so fast!! Thank you! 😘 7mo
Chelsea.Poole Nice!! Congrats! 📚 7mo
Caroline2 Why Jess! You lucky duck you!! 😀 7mo
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Caroline's Bikini | Kirsty Gunn
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Late night bus reading complete with a load of rubbish on the floor 😢 Has no one on Litsy read this one...? It's odd but I'm loving it :-)

jhod The Litsy description is not really accurate ha! 8mo
julesG It has an intriguing cover. 8mo
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Things We Do to Our Friends | Heather Darwent
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The red wine is out...! Weather so depressing :-( but this book - a completely random choice from the library - is perking me up! Compared to the Secret History which it obviously isn't but it's a gripping read so far!

squirrelbrain Enjoy! 🍷 9mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Stacked. 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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And Eleanor! Loved her. Explained the book and its genesis so well, didn't realise the furore unleashed by the NZ PM on her a few years ago which led in some ways to the book, as well as screenwriting Emma and of course Macbeth.

squirrelbrain So jealous! ❤️ 11mo
Cathythoughts Exciting! I loved the book. 11mo
Caroline2 Ohhh I can‘t wait to read this book. 👍 11mo
batsy Oh, it must have been great to hear her thoughts! 11mo
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Shy: A Novel | Max Porter
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Heard the author read from his book at Hay today, incredibly powerful, such an interesting, emotionally intelligent person, made me less scared and more excited to read. He opened with the section shouting "Oi, dickhead" which surprised the interviewer somewhat whilst taking her drink of water!

TrishB Sounds fab 👍🏻enjoy 11mo
Soubhiville 😂 have a great time! 11mo
RaeLovesToRead 🤣 11mo
Aimeesue 🤣🤣🤣 11mo
squirrelbrain Funny! 🤣 11mo
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Shy: A Novel | Max Porter
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Heard the author read from his book at Hay today, incredibly powerful, such an interesting, emotionally intelligent person, made me less scared and more excited to read. He opened with the section shouting "Oi, dickhead" which surprised the interviewer somewhat whilst taking her drink of water!

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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#camplitsy bookmail! I reckon I'm going to have read the bandit queens section for the weekend and have already read Birnham Wood so am feeling pretty confident in my participation this year!

squirrelbrain Yay! I got that lovely Yellowface today too! 11mo
jhod @squirrelbrain 🤩 and obviously I already 11mo
jhod Have romantic comedy and the claire fuller! 11mo
Megabooks Yay! Gorgeous edition of Yellowface! 11mo
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Weyward: A Novel | Emilia Hart
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Really enjoyed this one, felt all three storylines worked and added to the overall book.

Cathythoughts Me too 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
squirrelbrain I really liked this one too. 12mo
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I had so much fun coming up with 6 (had a much longer longlist!), and am loving looking at everyone's picks! Looking forward to camp! Thank you for your organisation and counselling skills @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks #camplitsy2023 #camplitsy #camplitsy23

squirrelbrain Great choices - and how on earth did you manage to pick all 6 that no-one else had already nominated?! 12mo
jhod @squirrelbrain I tried hard! 12mo
Magpiegem Oh no now my TBR is going up too 🤦🏻‍♀️ so many good choices here! 12mo
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Caroline2 Yay! Glad you added writing retreat! I wanted to nominate that too. 👍 12mo
jhod @Caroline2 haha I've only just seen all the pans it's got on here! A blogger whose taste in books matches mine recommended it! 12mo
Caroline2 Argh no, that‘s disappointing 😒 12mo
Cuilin I loved 12mo
Megabooks Several of these weren‘t on my radar! Great choices!! 🤩🏕️ 12mo
BarbaraBB Wow, all new to me books! They sound super good. Thanks! 12mo
jlhammar Happy to see Shy and In Memoriam here - both high up on my TBR! 12mo
Ruthiella Great mix! Death of a Bookseller sounds fantastic! 12mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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Letty McHugh has been shortlisted for www.thebarbellionprize.com a prize dedicated to the furtherance of ill and disabled voices in writing. Book of Hours - self-published and on sale from Etsy!

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Thanks so much @monalyisha for organising and @Larkken for the reading list! I love this idea and will be continuing reading throughout the year! I'm currently reading the tagged book on kindle, and bought the top 4 this month :-) I didn't have a great reading month, so just ended up re-reading (and buying as my previous read of it was via audiobook) Bunny which I love! Thank you again #auldlangspine

Billypar I loved everything about Bunny 🐰 I have All's Well on my shelf - I'm looking forward to trying it. 1y
monalyisha What a great edition of Bunny! 1y
Larkken Bunny was sooo good. I hope you enjoy the rest! I had a slow Reading month myself - I had such hopes that I‘d get through a couple of yours instead of just one, but savoring is probably best anyway 😍 1y
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Christmas Cards and Tags | Meredith Corporation
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Just back from a few days away for New Year and return to such pretty cards - thank you friends, and for the bookmark Jenny! I think I'm going to ignore the 12th night rule so I can keep them up for longer :-)
@rockpools @RaeLovesToRead @jenniferw88 @eraderneely and Steffi - I have forgotten your username unbelievably as it's not the same as insta! 😘😘😘 hope you all had lovely breaks (and are illness recovered!)

jenniferw88 You're welcome - the bookmark was made by a family friend! 1y
rockpools Happy New Year Jess - and you‘re looking for @scripturient 1y
jhod Of course! Sorry Steffi - had a mind blank! And thanks Rachel! @rockpools @scripturient 1y
jhod @jenniferw88 its lovely Jenny - thank you! 1y
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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Joining in #bookspin this year to try and get my kindle unread books down...! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks !

1. The Change
2. I'm sorry you feel that way
3. Shrines of gaiety
4. Wrong place wrong time
5. Trespasses
6. Memphis
7. Insomnia
8. Yinka, where is your husband?
9. Fight Night
10. Notes on an execution
11. Elizabeth finch
12. Free love
13. Dog rose dirt
14. The matrix
15. An island
16. The sweetness of water
17 Should we stay or should we go

jhod 18. Still life
19. The plot
20. China room
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Cursed Bunny | Bora Chung
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Not a beach read! But still a great one, and a fitting end to a messed up year in the world. One of my faves was The Frozen Finger. Here's to 2023!

dabbe And what's in the glass? Looks YUMMY! 😋 1y
jhod @dabbe haha! The remnants of an aperol spritz! 😁 1y
dabbe @jhod My husband's going to the store as I type this. Looks like a new drink will be added to ring in the new year! Thanks! 🤗 (edited) 1y
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jhod @dabbe love it! Enjoy!!! 🍸🍸🍸 1y
EKonrad That was one of my faves too! Also loved The Embodiment and Reunion too. Such a creepy/wonderful book! 😊 1y
jhod @EKonrad agree! The only one I didn't like so much was the one about the building, I think it was because i wanted more oddness! 1y
Cathythoughts Happy New Year 🥳♥️ 1y
jhod @Cathythoughts and to you Cathy! 😘🎉🍸 1y
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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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Thanks so much Jo! @PuddleJumper beautiful gifts both wrapped and unwrapped! And thanks so much @MaleficentBookDragon Chelle for hosting! #jolabokaflod

PuddleJumper 😄😄 1y
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A perfect Christmas holiday read, light but meaningful and great characters. Time up north has come to an end, though will my train turn up tomorrow...?!

Tamra I love this one! I‘ve read this one too and keep meaning to see what else Cannon has written. 1y
jhod @Tamra I've read that one and enjoyed it too :-) 1y
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Another 5 ⭐️ for the year sneaks in, probably really a 4.5 as I found it quite hard to get into but once I did... Plus I've finally finished work so am feeing generous and festive! Not what I expected which is always a treat. Read on kindle so pic of my parents' tree.

squirrelbrain Lovely pic! I started this book on audio earlier in the week, but only 10 minutes or so…. 1y
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Somebody Loves You | Mona Arshi
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Loving this! And Ruby. Predict at least one more 5 🌟 of 2022!

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I agree with everyone else who has reviewed so far - love the characters, the humour, the gentleness, the satire. Definitely going to be in a fug working out what to read next. Ideas welcome!

And I know we aren't starting #auldlangspine yet (and I was reading this for a book club), but am very pleased it was on my match's @larkken list!

Larkken Yay! These books were such a fun find this year. I‘m glad you agree! 1y
monalyisha Oh, nice! ✨ 1y
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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What do we think of the Booker Prize judging panel? I liked Washington Black, I have seen Anjoa Andoh act at the National and she was amazing but no idea what books she will like, and I'm a bit wary of Robert Webb... I've definitely heard of James Shapiro, I haven't heard of Mary Jean Chan. It begins! #bookerprize2023

BarbaraBB I only recognize Edugyan… but I am looking forward to the International Booker again! 1y
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I'm Squirrely | Brenda Lochinger
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Thanks @squirrelbrain Helen for the card and fun little parcel :-) Have covid, feel Christmassy 😀

Can I also very belatedly say that I posted my #jolabokaflodswap last Monday the 5th, I haven't seen it arrive yet @maleficentbookdragon but hopefully it will soon! Thanks again for organising!

squirrelbrain Oh no! Hope you‘re not feeling too rough. 😞 1y
Cathythoughts I hope you‘re not feeling to poorly with covid ❤️ 1y
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Vita Nostra | Sergey Dyachenko, Marina Dyachenko
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Thanks @Larkken for my #auldlangspine list! Lovely to meet a new-to-me Litten and brilliant matching @monalyisha! Bunny I have read and loved, and the others are either exciting because I want to read them, or even more exciting because I've not heard of them! The tagged sounds brilliant - "Harry Potter if it was written by Kafka". Very happy, thank you!

monalyisha Hooray! 🙌✨ 1y
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Thank You | Amelia Riedler
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The tree is up and my beautifully wrapped #jolabokaflodswap has arrived, thank you mystery Santa and to @MaleficentBookDragon Chelle for organising! X

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Body Kintsugi | Senka Maric
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Toby buys me a new bookshelf to tidy up the living room, I fill it, living room bookshelves still piled double.... how does that happen?! Pleased with my #smallpressshelf though ☺

rockpools How pretty is that?! *click zoom* Is that a Charco shelf top left? 1y
jhod @rockpools yes I'm not very good at taking photos! Charco and Nordisk at the top, blue fitzcarraldo, then white fitzcarraldo and peirene at the bottom 🤩 1y
rockpools #lifegoals - I want a small press shelf now! didn‘t spot the white Fitzcarraldo, and I couldn‘t remember the name of Nordisk. It‘a a very good-looking shelf! 1y
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jhod @rockpools ah thank you 😊 1y
squirrelbrain Gorgeous! ❤️ 1y
Oryx That's lovely 1y
Ruthiella 😍 Looks beautiful! 1y
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We Run the Tides | Vendela Vida
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Thanks so much Emma! I think I must have stacked this as a result of your review and then promptly forgot all about it, so a brilliant surprise! @Oryx 😘

squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 2y
jhod @squirrelbrain 👏👏🤩 2y
Oryx I'm glad it finally got to you! 2y
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The Recovery of Rose Gold | Stephanie Wrobel
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Home from holiday to bday cards and gifts, thanks so much @kaysworld1 @squirrelbrain and (I'm guessing as couldn't see a name, ha!!?) @Caroline2
Makes the return far more cheery!

squirrelbrain You‘re welcome - hope you had a fab holiday! I really enjoyed Rose Gold (if enjoyed is the right word!) 😁 2y
Caroline2 Yay. Glad it arrived ok. There should have been a note with it but never mind. 2y
jhod @Caroline2 thank you 😘 2y
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Spiderweb: A Novel | Penelope Lively
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Thanks for all the litsy birthday wishes! I found this one on a leftover reads shelf in a hotel. I think it might be my first by the author and I will definitely read more. Great writing and characters. Perfect birthday - books, sun and sea :-)

Ruthiella I‘ve only read two Penelope Lively books but they were both fantastic: According to Mark and 2y
jhod @Ruthiella moon tiger is on my radar because of the booker win, but I will definitely seek her out more now! This one was a perfect character study of an independent retired woman, loved it 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll look out for her novels. Have only read this 2y
CarolynM I‘ve loved all 4 Penelope Lively‘s I‘ve read, I‘ll look out for this one. 2y
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My #lmpbc read is back from @jenniferw88 along with a lovely card and the tagged book from my TBR! Thank you! I loved reading your and Lucy's comments on An American Marriage and I will get yours in the post shortly @Mrs_B ! Hope you're both well 😘

Mrs_B Thank you! And glad you‘re happy with my scribblings. 😂 2y
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After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz
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Pleased with my postcards :-) #galleybeggarpress

BarbaraBB Wow! 2y
charl08 I love these! Were they a special for supporters? 2y
jhod @charl08 no, just if you order direct from them! 2y
charl08 @jhod ooh, what an incentive. If only I'd known! 2y
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June flew by sandwiched by #hay at the beginning, #glasto at the end. Restrained in my buying at Hay, two hugely anticipated reads and obvs some merch...!

squirrelbrain Sounds like a great month! 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds like fun 😁 2y
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Sugar: A Novel | Bernice L. McFadden
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Thanks @jenniferw88 for the next #lmpbc choice! I'm still working my way through your next one @Mrs_B (is a bit of a slog...!) But hope to finish in the next couple of days! This one looks great!

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Love Marriage | Monica Ali
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Love a whsmiths paperback airport exclusive...

rockpools Safe travels. Hope you‘re off somewhere exciting! 2y
TrishB Love that you‘re taking that whopping book on your travels! 2y
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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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@Mrs_B @jenniferw88

Any of these that you haven't read or that you fancy? Ward and Walker are essays/short stories. I probably have others on my shelf if none of these work :-)

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jenniferw88 Well, Alice Walker is mentioned in my intro to Their Eyes Were Watching God, so if we want to be really specific that would be a good one to choose 🤣! Out of the others, American Marriage or Purple Hibiscus for me. 2y
Mrs_B I second an American Marriage! 2y
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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen
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24 hours in Bath, amazing bookshops and lovely to be reading Austen whilst here!

LeahBergen Lucky you! 2y
BarbaraBB Wow! Did you visit the Persephone bookshop? #bucketlist (edited) 2y
jhod @BarbaraBB walked past it and gazed lovingly in last night 😍 2y
BarbaraBB So cool! Lucky you indeed! 2y
Cathythoughts Great pictures 💫 2y
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Going Postal | Terry Pratchett
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After quite a break I'd like to have another go at the brilliant #lmpbc run by @suvata if anyone in the UK wants to sign up!

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Victoria Park | Gemma Reeves
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My #jolabokaflodswap has finally arrived - delay nothing to do with Trish, all Royal Mail's fault!

Thanks so much @Trishb, all perfect and an extra special treat for a cold, dark January (how can it still be January 😫) day! 😘😘😘

TrishB Definitely thought this was lost 😁 enjoy. And yes, still January! 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely 💕 2y
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Based on a True Story | Delphine de Vigan
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Catching a few rays through the window. Loving this book...

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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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My #weekendreading and #weeklyforecast for the week
Continuing buddy read and a chapter each day of sense and sensibility, and a couple of library books. Tender I've started and I'm loving, intrigued by the blurb of the tagged book...
@Andrew65 @Cinfhen

Andrew65 Happy reading. 2y
Cinfhen Love the photo 😍great mug and sounds like lots of good books to keep you occupied 📚 2y
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The Twyford Code | Janice Hallett
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Two kindles, a book and a phone with me at the hairdressers. Reading tagged book with the pigeonhole, Sense and Sensibility with #pemberlittens buddy read and Checkout 19.

#weekendreading @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great reading opportunities. 2y
Graywacke Great picture. (I‘m always the only one with a book when waiting for a haircut.) (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts So lovely to get your hair done & read ! Enjoy ❤️📚 2y
squirrelbrain Happy hairdo! 2y
Flaneurette This cracks me up! I always have iPad,kindle and phone with me when in situations like this. On airplane even more backup with some New Yorkers and print book too 2y
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Body Tourists | Jane Rogers
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Loving this sci-fi with feelings book

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The Awkward Age | Francesca Segal
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My first evening at home in what seems like weeks! Enjoying this slow exploration of a new relationship, attempting to unite two families, children threatening the new-found happiness of their parents.

Cathythoughts This sounds good! And you look nice & cosy 💕 2y
Cathythoughts Stacking 👍😃 2y
jhod @Cathythoughts ha! Yes, it's not quite cold enough for full on hygge but I tried! Hope you're doing well! 2y
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