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KarenUK

KarenUK

Joined March 2016

British gal living in sunny FL 😎- Bookseller, Book Club lover, Bookaholic, Cookaholic, and proud #starslut !
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
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#LilithJuly
One from my #TBR mountain range today! This one sounds full of #foolishgames and silly fun! Feeling like some lighter reads in a stressful time right now, so may get to it soon 😊💕👍📚🏔🏔🏔

Hestapleton I loved this one! 17h
Purrfectpages Loved it! 17h
JennyM Hope you are doing ok and this book eases some of those stresses 😘 11h
KarenUK @JennyM thank you 💕 9h
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Soooo late to the party on this one.... been waiting on my kindle library hold.....forever!
Think this is going to a must buy! She‘s such a great writer... and I love the illustrations. Now maybe I can finally watch the Netflix show!!

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#LilithJuly

#Foundations is definitely a song about a relationship going sour, heading for a break-up...
It made me think of this super clever, unique way to tell a story of a relationship from beginning to end, through dictionary entries. (See examples ⬆️)
Told non-sequentially, it goes from heartbreaking to really funny and back again, with such beautiful use of each chosen word.
An all time favorite this one.... 💕💕💕

Cinfhen Clever choice!! I received this book in my first #CupidGoesPostal swap from the amazing @WanderingBookaneer 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕 21h
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#LilithJuly #LoveFool
This is a novel about the nature of obsession and unrequited love.
After Ester and Hugh meet, we quickly see Ester lose herself to an obsessive love, as she spirals into self-deception, and her ‘hope becomes a parasite‘. It‘s unsettling to see her self-respect unravelling at her own hands. I kept wanting to yell “He‘s just not that into you!” at her, willing her to regain her grounding in reality and escape her own undoing.

Cinfhen Sounds like a #LoveFool to me 😉 3d
DebinHawaii #stacked 📚🤗 2d
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#LilithJuly #myfavoritemistake
This prompt made me think of grammatical mistakes, and this book & Oxford comma joke.... maybe because I make so many! 😂🤦‍♀️
This book is really fun.... 💕

Cinfhen Ha!!! I need this book, big time!!!! My grammar and spelling is atrocious 😜 4d
CarolynM I loved this book, it's so funny as well as instructive. 4d
Tex2Flo I live for the Oxford comma! (My colleagues hate me, but I‘m obsessed.) 3d
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The History of Love | Nicole Krauss
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#LilithJuly #possession
“At the end, all that's left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that's why I've never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that's why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.”
― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

Leo Gursky is one of my favorite characters.... he just breaks my heart...💔💔

megnews Me too! 5d
gradcat This quote makes perfect sense to me...not sure what that means about me, tho...hoarder? Dunno 🤷🏽‍♀️ 5d
Cinfhen Oh, Leo!!! {{swoon}} love him!!He reminds me of my Grandpa Al❣️❣️❣️ 4d
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Pride & Prejudice | Jane Austen
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#LilithJuly #SweetJane
The sweetest of all Jane Austen‘s heroines has to be her namesake, Lizzy Bennet‘s older sister, Jane.
Not only is Jane Bennet beautiful, she is incorruptibly good-natured. She always looks for the best in people, even if there is very little to be found.....
Says Lizzy to Jane....“To take the good of everybody‘s character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad... belongs to you alone.”

Cinfhen Awwwww!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 6d
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#LilithJuly #DontDreamItsOver
I‘m not usually much of a Personal Growth/Self-Help reader, but as a total ‘Greys Anatomy‘ fan girl, I picked this one up by Shonda and really enjoyed it...
This little nugget of practical advice has stuck with me.... (oh, and if you‘re feeling crappy, Dance it out! 💃🏿🎶💕)

Cinfhen Sometimes you need to dance it out💃🕺🏻💃🕺🏻💃🕺🏻💃 7d
Cathythoughts I‘m all for dancing it out too 👍🏻♥️💃🏾 7d
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#LilithJuly
My first thought today was of this cover.... #thehat stand with the hats of the Major and Jasmina... the widow and widower at the heart of this funny, sweet and charming story. I‘ve enjoyed Helen Simonson‘s two novels that are set in the part of England where I‘m from... they give a lovely cosy feeling of home for me... 💕

Libby1 Wonderful book. 1w
Cinfhen This is such a memorable book cover ♥️great choice 1w
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Secret Squirrel | Secret Squirrel
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Got home today to the loveliest #Litsymail ...
Thank you so much @squirrelbrain for the wonderful card, and these amazing stickers! 💕💕💕💕😊
The perfect end to a not so perfect day! 😂

squirrelbrain Oh dear, sorry to hear you had a rubbish day ☹️ Hope the mail helped a tiny bit.... 😘 1w
KarenUK It really did! What a lovely surprise! 💕 @squirrelbrain (edited) 1w
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The Girl On The Page | John Purcell
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I love this! At the end of this novel (about publishing and writers)... there are reading lists from each of the fictional characters! Really fun and a first for me..... 💕📚📚📚😊

Crazeedi Cool!!❤ 1w
LiteraryinLititz What a clever idea! 1w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I‘m going in! I‘m expecting great things......
May or may not be reading this for work...... 😏💕

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The Girl On The Page | John Purcell
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An odd one, but definitely a pick for me. Tonally its a bit all over the place. It‘s a dark comedy about London publishing, there are some truly great characters (an aging married couple of genius writers), some sharp commentary on art vs commerce, and then a main character who resembles a Jackie Collins heroine (ie. she‘s brilliant, gorgeous and has tons of sex!)
But I couldn‘t put it down.
So thank you @JennyM for putting this in my hands 💕😘

rather_be_reading stacked! 1w
JennyM So glad you enjoyed it! It‘s very popular over here. 1w
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#LilithJuly #windowseat
My favorite one-sitting read. An odd, quirky and surprisingly romantic little book.
Tom's friends really ARE all super heroes. His wife (The Perfectionist) is hypnotized by an ex-boyfriend (Hypno) into believing Tom has gone and left her. She cannot see or hear him.
Tom has the duration of a flight to convince his heart-broken wife that he hasn't abandoned her, before she uses her power to erase all memories of him forever.

Bookish.SAM One of my favourite books! It‘s not very well known so this makes me so happy to see someone else praising it 🤗 1w
KarenUK @Bookish.SAM 😊💕👍 1w
Cinfhen This sounds really STRANGE!! Not sure if it‘s too out there for me 😜 1w
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gradcat And yet again, I agree with @Cinfhen ... it does sound rather strange, but maybe good strange? 🤷🏽‍♀️ 1w
KarenUK @Cinfhen @gradcat It IS quirky for sure, and has a small fan base, but lots of love from them! 😊💕 1w
Tex2Flo LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! 1w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Maybe I need to try this book @Tex2Flo @Bookish.SAM @KarenUK #stacked 1w
Cinfhen I caved @gradcat ☝️ 1w
Bookish.SAM @Cinfhen @gradcat ... i swear, it‘s really not that strange, quirky yes. I pull it out and re-read every once in a while (it‘s just little). It‘s the sweetest book ever. 1w
Cinfhen Good to know @Bookish.SAM thanks 🤓 1w
gradcat @Cinfhen You go, woman! Now, once you‘ve read it, let me know if I should read it! 😂😂😂 1w
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#terriblephoto #butreallyfunnight
Went to see the lovely Hugh Jackman last night. I wasn‘t sure what to expect but he was fabulous!
I‘m such a broadway lover, and he sang music from the songbooks of Les Mis, The Boy from Oz, The Greatest Showman, Dead Evan Hanson and so much more!
He sang, he danced, he tapped (brilliantly) and also included some amazing Aborigine musicians and singers💕
The best way to describe the evening was utterly joyous! 💕

Tanisha_A Wow! 1w
Christine Oh wow, lucky you!! Love him. 1w
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#LilithJuly #acaseofyou

Going with a wine theme today with four books from my shelf....
🍷I loved ‘Cork Dork‘. It‘s such a fun ‘learn to do something new‘ memoir...
🍷 ‘Seasons in the wine country‘ is a lovely cook book I bought on a trip to CA..
🍷‘Wine with Food‘ is a great beginners guide to food & wine matching
🍷The tagged book is a novel from my #TBR mountain that sounds just my jam!

Cinfhen Love this photo 🥂💕 1w
Book_ish I loved Eight Hundred Grapes! Actually I love everything Laura Dave writes! 1w
KarenUK @Book_ish Thank you.. good to know! 1w
LeslieO I have a shelf of wine books, too! 1w
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#LilithJuly #NotReadyToMakeNice
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This is where my trashy brain went first! 📺
Dorinda was ready to make nice, but the other ‘ladies‘ (and I use that term loosely!) were definitely not! 😂

Cinfhen Hahahahaha!!! And this is why we bonded instantaneously 😘😘😘😘 2w
KarenUK @cinfhen ☺️💕😘 2w
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#LilithJuly @Cinfhen
“All of these lines across my face
Tell you #thestory of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am”🎶

I love these fabulous Brandi Carlisle lyrics. They made me think of the words of poet Tyler Knott Gregson (and the wisdom of the gorgeous DVF)

That‘s what I‘m calling all my wrinkles from now on. #scarsofhappiness

https://open.spotify.com/track/44IeABaLLsnFVb7rjzNTzS?si=rDFS53IESiWJIZDY4puD_A

Texreader Love this! 2w
Cinfhen Fabulous 💜💜💜 love this, Karen 2w
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Orkney | Amy Sackville
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#LilithJuly #thecoast

These four novels, their settings spanning the whole length of the UK, really capture the gorgeous wind-swept, rugged coastline that I love so much...
Each story features a crumbling home, a woman, drawn to the isolation and beauty of the coastline, seeking solace or escape, or finding a connection with the sea...💕🌊

Today‘s song choice 🎧🎶
https://open.spotify.com/track/3SDBgGdsrFT0QtxqOQNwew?si=vH3UKW8IR5u0aJWeKuPrLw

Cathythoughts Looking forward to reading Marvellous Ways soon for #lpmbc 2w
Suet624 Love this post. 2w
JennyM Read and enjoyed the top 3 - not read Orkney. Maybe I should! 2w
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KarenUK @Cathythoughts Sarah Winman is my absolute favorite! Hope you love it 🤞💕 2w
KarenUK @Suet624 🙏💕😊🌊 2w
KarenUK @jennyM I loved it..... So atmospheric 💕... it was one of my top reads in the year I read it... (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Lovely 😍 2w
TrishB Great choices ❤️ 2w
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Wednesday's Child | Shane Dunphy
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#Thanks so much for the tag @Klou ! 😘💕
1. Listening right now! https://open.spotify.com/track/1It1TxBK3xIQAB4xJkPevn?si=aRTQdkbVTOK7kuUWgHTBng
2. Have the beach and the ocean to myself, with a stack of books....
3. Not a house, but a home, for sure.... whatever it means to you....💕
4. @Tex2Flo @Jillylovesbooks Tag you‘re it! 😊
#wondrouswednesday

Klou You're welcome! And I like your taste in music. Jorja Smith 👌❤🎶 2w
Eggs Love your responses 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Squeeeeeeeee! 😍

Cinfhen What!?!?!?!?!?! Jelly!!!!!! ☘️☘️☘️🍀 2w
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Mary Poppins | P. L. Travers
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#LilithJuly #Umbrella @Cinfhen
Today‘s prompt of course made me think of my beloved Mary! ☂️
This is a pic from the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony from the bit that celebrated beloved children‘s books. 💕

The inset pic is of the lanyard for my work name tag.
I carry a little bit of Mary with me every day!😊☂️

Here‘s a link to today‘s (cover version)song🎶
https://open.spotify.com/track/0mPrdIq5BxRqwAa16Ya1c1?si=D48sHl2dRNiQs6JYZ-3v4g

Sarah83 Look @ju.ca.no 🙃 2w
Cinfhen So cute!!!! Love the homage to your homeland 💋 2w
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A mini one book #bookhaul today that I‘m starting to regret.....
I‘ve heard such amazing things about this posthumously published memoir. Mallory Smith suffered from CF, the same condition as my husband has... which is why I bought it. But I just read the back blurbs, and the inside flap, and not sure if I‘m up to it......

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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It was soooooo hard to narrow it down, @Cinfhen but here are my favorite #Top6Reads at the halfway mark.....
Would never have thought I‘d have had 2 by the same author! Rooney Fan-girl right here! 🙋🏻‍♀️

Cinfhen You know I‘m super excited to read the book you gifted me..... and I wasn‘t really blown away by the Sally Rooney novels but I did really like White Oleander ❤️Thanks for posting 2w
Cathythoughts Loved Normal People & the Maggie OFarrell ...👍🏻 2w
BarbaraBB Great choices!!! 😍 2w
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KarenUK @cinfhen The funny thing is, I‘ve already started thinking about my #19in2019 ! 😂 2w
Reviewsbylola I want to read Conversations, although I‘m nervous as I didn‘t care for Normal People. 2w
KarenUK @reviewsbylola I think you might like it better..... 2w
Chelsea.Poole I loved both the Rooneys too 🙌🏻 2w
HOTPock3tt White Oleander is a masterpiece. Just saying! ♥️🤗🙌🏽 2w
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#LilithJuly
Couldn‘t think of #BasketCase and not have my brain go immediately to the ‘labels‘ from The Breakfast Club! #Oncean80sgirlalwaysan80sgirl !
This non-fic book has been on my #TBR for ages, but it sounds really fun!

And I ❤️ today‘s (breakup) song so much! .... link below ⬇️
https://open.spotify.com/track/7AXUdQmZMA5u221iv6gB0m?si=7zsQRBOgSR-cjJDFcXwu7Q

CoffeeNBooks I have this book on my bookshelf, but I haven't read it yet. 2w
Cinfhen Book looks really good!! And ANYTHING Breakfast Club is gonna be a pick from me❤️🙌🏻 2w
DebinHawaii Great pick! I thought this book was such fun! 🤗 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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#GetOutTheMap #LilithJuly
I‘ve always loved maps, and have loved to be the navigator on road trips since I was little.... and still do!

So I‘ve been coveting this lovely bookish map for a while...Loosely based on an old London street map, it includes locations that are book titles, and fictional streets, places and houses from literature.... 😍😍😍
Link to see full thing... ⬇️
https://www.wearedorothy.com/products/book-map-original-open-edition

4thhouseontheleft Drooling! That looks incredible! 2w
squirrelbrain 😋 Can I have one too?! ❤️ 2w
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Cinfhen Awesomeness 😍 2w
IndoorDame 😍😍😍 2w
Jess861 Wow - this is amazing! What an incredible creation! 2w
vivastory I have this map. It's pretty amazing. I also have their Colour of Books poster. 2w
KarenUK @vivastory Jealous! 😍💕 2w
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#JuneWrapup
A really fun month of reading....
Had a couple of rereads for bookclubs I run (Florida & the tagged book) and really enjoyed everything I read.... 💕

Lindy I'm looking forward to Flat Share. We overlapped this month: 2w
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Lilith Fair - A Celebration of Women in Music | Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
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Reposting for anyone who missed it...

I‘m so excited to be co-hosting July‘s playlist photo challenge with my lovely friend and DJ @Cinfhen 🎶
For July we‘ll be hosting a throwback to the 90‘s/00‘s music festival Lilith Fair, that celebrated female singers and raised nearly $10 million for charity. There‘s a Spotify playlist attached in the comments. Enjoy the tunes!
Please play along, use the hashtag #LilithJuly and tag me @KarenUK & @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 can‘t wait 😊 2w
EadieB @gradcat Here‘s the link to Spotify for #LilithJuly 2w
gradcat @EadieB & @KarenUK Thanks very much for the info update, ladies...I‘m going to be listening in. 😍 2w
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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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Super excited about my two #Botm picks this month.... 💕

Megabooks I ended up pre-ordering The Gifted School on audio. It sounded really good. 3w
Reviewsbylola Got the same books! 3w
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Giant Days Vol. 10 | John Allison
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Still the only Graphic novel series I keep up with..... I just love these three and their college escapades... 💕

Megabooks I haven‘t read 9 and 10. I need to!! 3w
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The Girl On The Page | John Purcell
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#nextup This one, that the lovely @JennyM sent me..... I just love this cover! Getting started on the way home from a weekend away.... #carreading 🤓

JennyM I can‘t wait to hear what you think!!! Hope you had a good break x 😘 3w
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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#WanderingJune #SummerNightCity
I loved this book.... 💕“Survival is Insufficient”

“No more diving into pools of chlorinated water lit green from below. No more ball games played out under floodlights. No more porch lights with moths fluttering on summer nights. No more trains running under the surface of cities on the dazzling power of the electric third rail. No more cities.”

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 3w
REPollock I love that book 2, it absolutely blew me away. 3w
BarbaraBB Great, great quote. I really enjoyed that book too. 3w
Cinfhen Top 10 all time favorite books 3w
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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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Just spotted this in the back of the Ian McEwan I just finished..... These Vintage editions are just gorgeous! 😍😍😍😍 So simple and striking.....

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Cement Garden | Ian McEwan
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This book is SO dark and twisted! It‘s a car-crash, in that it‘s horrifying and unsettling yet I couldn‘t stop reading!
Narrated uncomfortably by Jack, a callow teen loner, he and his 3 siblings hide the death of their mum to avoid going into care. The eldest, Julie is so manipulative, and she leads the unsupervised clan further into disturbing dysfunction.
TW for incest and simple F‘d-up-ness! But wow am I always captivated by McEwan‘s writing!

MrsMalaprop Have had this on my #tbr shelf for years. Need to get to it when I‘m in the mood for a twisted read 😆. 3w
LeahBergen Well, now. I better read this! 😆 3w
KarenUK @LeahBergen You have been warned! 😂 3w
LeahBergen 😆😆 Have you read his The Comfort of Strangers? That is SUCH a weird one, too. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Will get this further up the pile now 😁 3w
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Lilith Fair - A Celebration of Women in Music | Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
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I‘m super excited to be co-hosting July‘s playlist photo challenge with my lovely friend and DJ @Cinfhen 🎧🎶
For July we will be hosting a throwback to the 90‘s/00‘s music festival Lilith Fair, that celebrated female singers and raised nearly $10 million for charity. There is a Spotify playlist attached in the comments. Enjoy the tunes!
Please play along, using the hashtag #LilithJuly and tag me @KarenUK and @Cinfhen & please share the post! 💕

squirrelbrain Ooh exciting! ❤️ 3w
LeahBergen Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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Librarybelle This may be what I need to get back into the photo challenges...love this! 3w
Melissa_J This one will be fun 😊 3w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Let‘s do this 🎶💗💪🏼💄 3w
Cinfhen Can you please repost @LitsyHappenings 💋 3w
BarbaraBB Oh I missed this one! Great prompts!! 💕 3w
KarenUK @BarbaraBB I have a tough act to follow! 💕 3w
BarbaraBB You did succeed 😀😀 3w
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#WanderingJune #Dontcryformeargentina
Like many today, I realized I haven‘t read any Argentina-set books!
So #notbookrelated , I cannot wait to see this documentary, but I have to wait until September to see it here in the US.
Asif Kapadia is such a fantastic documentary film maker. I loved both ‘Senna‘ and ‘Amy‘ so much, & Maradona should be a fascinating subject.
Asif was interviewed on my favorite movie podcast this week (link in the comments)

BarbaraBB There‘s a good story in this one I‘m sure! 3w
Cinfhen This does sound fascinating. @TrishB @arlenefinnigan are u familiar with this player??!!? 3w
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TrishB @Cinfhen oh yes indeed!!! Look up Hand of God linked with his name 😁😁 3w
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen 25 years ago this week that he scored a great goal at the World Cup while clearly high on cocaine https://youtu.be/xfwFg7n92Ck 3w
Cinfhen Ha @arlenefinnigan I love the announcer!!!! Now to check out @TrishB link 3w
KarenUK @cinfhen You‘ll definitely see why he‘s well known to us Brits! 😂🖐🏼⚽️ (edited) 3w
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The Cement Garden | Ian McEwan
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#nextup this one... I usually ❤️McEwan and I‘ve heard this is possibly his best novel... Excited! 🤞
Started our day with a couples massage, a float around the lazy river... now chilling in a beautiful shady oasis.... I could get a bit too used to this! 💕

youneverarrived Sounds idyllic 💚 4w
batsy I thought this was very good... But so very hard (subject-wise) to read 💔 4w
Daisey Sounds like a lovely day! Also, this book is in my Kindle list, so good to hear it's considered one of McEwan's best. 4w
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Kalalalatja Sounds perfect! 4w
LeahBergen Enjoy your day! 4w
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to your thoughts. It wasn‘t my favorite McEwan! 3w
TheLudicReader I liked this one, but Atonement is my fave. 3w
KarenUK Thanks all! It‘s been such a treat to be away! 😎💕 @youneverarrived @LeahBergen @Daisey @Kalalalatja 3w
KarenUK @BarbaraBB @batsy @Daisey @TheLudicReader Just finished it! Wow was it uncomfortable and disturbing... 😳...but McEwan gets me every time with his writing.... 3w
TheLudicReader I remember seeing this movie a long, long time ago. I think McEwan could write anything. 3w
BarbaraBB Glad you liked it! 3w
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Just lovely!
Jansson of ‘The Moomins‘ fame, wrote this beautiful, gentle meditation on aging and nature, of a summer spent on a remote Finnish island. Cantankerous and feisty Grandma and her inquisitive 6yr old granddaughter Sophia, have adventures and share life lessons in their wild surroundings. Inspired by her mother and niece and the island home she built with her brother, these are characters to truly fall in love with. A warm hug of a book.

RachelO That‘s exactly it! Isn‘t it gorgeous? 🤗 4w
LeahBergen Great review. ❤️ This is such a lovely read. 4w
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Just arrived at our weekend destination, and finishing up this lovely, charming book poolside...
#AndRelax ..... #SelfCareWeekend

Crazeedi Looks so relaxing! 4w
Kalalalatja Looks great! 4w
Leftcoastzen Ahhhhhhh! Perfect! 4w
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TheSpineView Looks lovely! Enjoy! 4w
tammy_sue It all looks so perfect! Enjoy yourself! 4w
kezzlou85 Looks lovely, enjoy it. 4w
JennyM Enjoy😘😘😘 4w
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Welcome to Fairy World! | Mary Tillworth
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#FairyMail 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️
Thank you soooooo much @robinb for the warmest of welcomes to your Birthday fairy clan!
Such a lovely surprise and sweet words.... 😘😘😘

Jennick2004 Love the bookmark 💜 4w
KarenUK @Jennick2004 It‘s so cute! 💕 4w
robinb You‘re most welcome! Our birthday clan is fortunate to have you! 💕💕🤗 4w
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Waiting for Tom Hanks | Kerry Winfrey
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So apparently 3 books for my mini luxury 3 day vacay was not enough....
On my last day at work (at B&N) I decided a really fluffy fun beach read was needed.... 🧠🍭
P.S. I seriously have a book buying problem! I may as well just work for books! 😂

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Sleepless Night | Margriet de Moor
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#Mountains #WanderingJune
Does a #TBRmountain on your nightstand count?!?!😂📚📚📚📚

Tex2Flo Intrigued by Animals Strike Unusual Poses. 4w
KarenUK @Tex2flo heard about it on a British podcast.... sounds fascinating, odd and wonderful! 💕 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/books-and-authors/id331296649?i=1000433525... (edited) 4w
BarbaraBB I would have sleepness nights just by having that stack beside me, calling out to me 🤩. Two Elaine Dundy! 4w
Cinfhen I‘m loving that mountain of wonderfulness!!!!!! 4w
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#WanderingJune #WalklikeanEgyptian
Such a nostalgic pick for me today. This is my (well-loved) copy, that was my Great Grandmothers, and was the first ‘grown-up‘ book I read when I was about 8. And I‘ve loved Dame Agatha ever since.💕
I also used to watch the 1978 movie over and over as a kid. That cast! Maggie Smith, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Angela Landsbury, Jane Birkin, David Niven, Peter Ustinov! 🤩Can‘t wait to see what Sir Ken does with it!

Cinfhen Great back story and what a lovely edition/ keepsake 🥰🥰🥰 4w
Bradleygirl Aw this was my Agatha Christie induction book too! Unforgettable 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Love the Fontana editions! 4w
BarbaraBB Great story. I started reading Agatha Christie too because of my grandparents, who had a collection. 4w
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The Wife: A Novel | Meg Wolitzer
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#WanderingJune #FlyAway
"The moment I decided to leave him, the moment I thought enough, we were thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean, hurtling forward but giving the illusion of stillness and tranquility. Just like our marriage.”
The 1st line of the book sets up the story of Joan, self-proclaimed King-maker and Wife to her narcissistic novelist husband. I think this is Wolitzer‘s best novel, with sharp writing full of bitterness and regret.

suzisteffen I need to read the book because her character in the movie made me so angry. 1mo
suzisteffen I mean he‘s an ass and of course he was infuriating! But what the HELLLLLLL was she doing the entire movie?!?!!! Her entire life? Ugh! 1mo
Cinfhen I thought the movie was good but I‘m definitely NOT a fan of Wolitzer 1mo
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Cinfhen Great pick!!! 1mo
BarbaraBB I have this one stacked and I think the first sentence is great! 1mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB Isn‘t it! Her POV has that same edge all the way through.... Our book club loved it and had a great discussion too... 1mo
KarenUK @suzisteffen I liked the movie but I liked the book way better. I think as reader it‘s easier to see why Joan led the life she did, how different both marriage and the publishing world would have been for a young woman like her in the 50‘s.... 1mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen I‘ve only read three by her.... the others were just OK, but I thought this one was great.... (edited) 1mo
suzisteffen @KarenUK thank you! 1mo
RaimeyGallant Great quote! 1mo
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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We‘ve (finally) been watching this HULU show.... just ‘endured‘ Season 2, Episode 1..... I think the first ten minutes, are the most harrowing minutes of TV I‘ve ever seen..
It‘s such great television but WOW is it tough to sit through..... 💔

Lovesbooks87 Yes!!! When I watched it I was like OMG!!! Such an amazing show. It scares the crap out of me!!! 1mo
annahenke I read the book and am too terrified to watch the show. 1mo
KarenUK @Lovesbooks87 Me too! So scary but I can‘t stop! 1mo
Lovesbooks87 @KarenUK agree! It was a very intense season! 1mo
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The Girl On The Page | John Purcell
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My hubby has had a rough few months with his health, so we are taking a few days away this weekend to a fancy hotel for a break and relax...
Deciding on what books to take is obviously the most important part of packing! Think I‘ve decided on these 3, plus a loaded kindle of course!

AlaMich I hope you both have a lovely weekend! 1mo
DivineDiana Wishing you both a restorative getaway! 💗❤️ 1mo
saresmoore Best wishes for a rejuvenating trip! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you both have a relaxing weekend. 1mo
KarenUK @AlaMich @DivineDiana @saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks so much! I‘m so looking forward to it.... 💕 1mo
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Clash's London Calling | Tommy Tompkins
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#WanderingJune #LondonCalling

London is always calling me..... I lived there from aged 18 to 31.... it‘s one of the places I call home.
And to me, traveling/wandering always involves book shopping. (Or maybe that‘s every day!😂)
Here are my hauls from my Spring trip home... (from top left clockwise) Books for Cooks, Daunts of Marylebone, WHSmiths Books at the airport & Waterstones.... 9 books plus some magazines in a 5 day trip! 🤦‍♀️📚💕🇬🇧✈️

Cinfhen You know I needed a screenshot so I could see EVERY BOOK up close 😍 1mo
KarenUK @cinfhen 🤓😉💕👍 1mo
BarbaraBB What a great haul!! And why, if I may ask, did you leave London (and the UK)? (edited) 1mo
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KarenUK @Barbarabb For my man... he has Cystic Fibrosis, and the climate in South Florida suits him so well... he‘s still going at almost 50 yrs old, which is way past average life expectancy! So completely worth the move, but miss London so much 😊💕 1mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know. Completely worth it though indeed. Wishing you lots of good sunny years together in Florida 💕☀️🌴🍀 1mo
Reviewsbylola Great hauls! 1mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB Thank you my lovely... we‘ve actually grown to love it here, despite its flaws! 😉💕 1mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB Thank you my lovely... we‘ve actually grown to love it here, despite its flaws! 😉💕 1mo
KarenUK @Reviewsbylola I was pretty chuffed with everything 👍💕😊 1mo
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On Chesil Beach | Ian McEwan
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#WanderingJune
Sadly this marriage is on a #roadtonowhere !
A simple tale of a young married couple, on their wedding night in 1962...this story covers only 2 hours, yet is soooo emotionally complex.
It‘s McEwan, so of course the writing is gorgeous!
Told through memories of their courtship, feelings unable to be expressed, buried traumas and some truly cringeworthy scenes, I felt so much for Florence and Edward... just so heartbreaking.💔

Lcsmcat Stacked. 1mo
BarbaraBB This was a good one indeed! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Sounds desperately sad. 1mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve always meant to read this book!!! I thought I‘ve stacked but I see I haven‘t 1mo
Centique I loved it too! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book ❤️💔 1mo
LeahBergen It‘s so good (and so sad). 1mo
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#WanderingJune #dreadlockholiday
“I don‘t like cricket....No no.....I love it” 🎵🎵
This perfectly describes my dad, so I just sent him this book for Father‘s day!

“Part memoir of a West Indian boyhood, part passionate celebration and defence of cricket as an art form, part indictment of colonialism, ‘Beyond a Boundary‘ addresses not just a sport but a whole culture and asks the question, 'What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?”

CarolynM We're on the same wavelength🙂 1mo
Cinfhen Such a great gift!! Score🥳 1mo
BarbaraBB Lots of cricket today! I love it 🎶 1mo
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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Freespirit This is a lovely gentle novel😍 1mo
LeahBergen This is a delight. ❤️ 1mo
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