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Joined January 2018

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Cape May: A Novel | Chip Cheek
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A newlywed couple go on honeymoon and meet up with an old friend of the bride who gets them involved in a decadent summer party lifestyle and leads them astray. An idea #summerread, this draws comparisons with the Great Gatsby. It's poignant at times, but a great read.

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An anthology of titbits about the past and people who are not always recognised. I would have been more impressed if I hadn't checked the endnotes and found them full of wiki pages he'd cribbed from. It's written as if it's addressing the reader in quite a jokey style and to be honest I prefer my history better researched with more depth.

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Bone China | Laura Purcell
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Got my grubby mits on an arc! I ❤️ Laura Purcell so much. Historical fiction with a gothic and paranormal spin. It skillfully weaves a few mysteries together. Hester Why, who has left her last job under bad circumstances takes up a job in a creepy house looking after Miss Pinecroft. The servants are obsessed with fairies and pixies. Forty years earlier Miss Pinecroft helps her father in his attempts to cure consumptive prisoners. Out September.

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The Furies | Katie Lowe
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After a tragic accident, Violet is sent to an exclusive girls school where she attracts the attention of a teacher who invites her to join an elite club. The school is located at the site where witch trials took place and the four girls dabble in witchcraft and rituals, believing that it gives them power. An excellent portrayal of adolence and a gripping thriller, altho slightly over the top at times.

allureofbeauty Pretty sure this is on my tbr. 1w
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Tiger | POLLY. CLARK
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Polly Clark should be much better known, this book is brilliant. Partially told through the eyes of a tiger, it tells the stories of Frieda, a bonobo expert who has to leave her job after being attacked and goes to work in a zoo and Tomas, who lives an unhappy life in a Siberian nature reserve. Beautifully poetic and original.

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Fake Like Me | Barbara Bourland
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#buddyread starting on #twitter on Monday hosted by the publisher. Love the book so far, an aspiring artist longs to be a part of an elite art group named Pine City. Detailed, very vivid descriptions of art, art theory and a gripping storyline. The book is out now if anyone wants to join in. I did the Night Tiger buddy read and it was brilliant.

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The Earl in Black Armor | Nancy E. Blanton
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Well researched historical fiction based on real events, this is set in Ireland during the reign of Charles I. I didn't realise that this was a bridging novel between two books, but it wasn't that tricky to pick up. Some good characters, particularly Faolan who goes to work in Dublin Castle to spy on the Earl of Wentworth, this is an exciting romp of a novel.

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The Hourglass | Liz Heron
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Set in Venice, based on an opera about a woman who lives for 300 years, this book blends a present day story about Paul meeting a mysterious older woman and the story of Esme, the opera singer he's researching. Beautiful descriptions of historical Venice and the opera, Esme lives a fascinating life. The magic realism is done subtely and this is a little reminiscent of Orlando.

Crazeedi This I might be interested in, hmmmm 2mo
Bindrosbookshelf Ohh this sounds good! 4w
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Tiger | POLLY. CLARK
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I love Polly Clark's writing ❤️ Just started this from #NetGalley

Texreader This is a gorgeous description 2mo
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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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I listened to this #audiobook at work and had to switch it off at times as I was getting too worked up! Imagines a #dystopian world where women are prevented from speaking more than 100 words a day, having a job or money and reading and writing. Very well written and imagined. If you liked The Handmaid's Tale you would probably enjoy this.
https://booksihaveneverread.com/2019/05/vox-by-christina-dalcher.html

CoffeeCatsBooks I‘m also listening to the audio of this and have about an hour left. I particularly liked the beginning of the novel. 2mo
KathyWheeler I was reading it and got so angry that I had to stop. I want to pick it back up but don't know if I can. 2mo
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A fascinating #audiobook about the lives of tge women in Trump's life. I thought it was really well researched and portrayed the women with dignity and humanity. I particularly liked the account if Ivana's life. Here's my full review.

https://booksihaveneverread.com/2019/05/golden-handcuffs-by-nina-burleigh.html

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Lomita For Ever | Trevor Eve
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Machine gun full of peas 🤔
The author fires off ideas, writing techniques and words which adds a sense of urgency, but can feel like an assualt to the senses to someone who enjoys more sedate writing!

Clare-Dragonfly Yes—that‘s a great description! I feel a bit overwhelmed. 2mo
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Lomita For Ever | Trevor Eve
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Trev just followed me on insta 😂
Just started his book, I'll give it a fair go but so far his prose reads like a machine gun full of peas 😁

Heideschrampf Haha i'm not sure if this is a compliment? 2mo
ladyonequestion @Heideschrampf depends on whether you enjoy being hit by peas 😂 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh dear 😂 I kind of want to read the book to decipher your description! 2mo
ladyonequestion @Clare-Dragonfly I will try and post an example! 2mo
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Pickle's Progress | Marcia Butler
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A bit of a genre buster. I think it was supposed to be satirical but I wasn't quite sure. Stan & Karen, two drunk yuppies, almost run over a woman whom they decide to take in. Stan's identical twin Pickle deveops a thing for her. The characters are really well written but the plot meanders around a bit witb Karen and Pickle musing about the past and the ending drove me nuts!

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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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I think I would have preferred this when I was younger. A retelling of the Romanov story from the point of view of Anastasia with magic realism and romance. I found the world building a little bit of an issue and the pacing alternated between really slow and then everything happening at once! Not for me, but you may love it if you are into ya and it did have some charming little elements.

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This is probably going to be one of my top picks this year. Beautifully narrated by a fantastic cast, this tells the story of a family reeling from the aftermath of one of the sisters and her husband being jailed and publically humiliated. The characters are really warmly and realistically drawn and you feel like you know them and will miss them when the book is finished.

SW-T I‘m reading it now and loving it so far! 3mo
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Debunking the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of the Romanovs, this is thoroughly researched and filled with illustrations. However, I thought it read a little dry with Cook mainly describing what had happened rather than analysing it. Weird lack of proper footnotes/endnotes too. I think there are probably better books about this out there.

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Interesting alternative history novel set in 1980s Britain which is occupied by the Nazis. The story follows Stephen, who works for the Nazi party as a spy, and Thomas who is a resistance fighter. The men developed an illegal relationship. Great world building, you very much get a sense of the world Krender has created and the characters are well written. Not a book to read if you are looking for sexy times though.

Itchyfeetreader Oh I love alternate histories - stacking this! 3mo
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Two short hot novels. Twisted is about Shawn who begins an affair with his chilly professor in exchange for money, then realises that he is attracted to him and why he is being so cold. Obsessed is about Alexander, who is forced by his dick of a girlfriend to join in a threesome with Shawn's hot bi friend, and slowly realises that he's more into the hot bi than the gf. I enjoyed both of them as the characters were well written.

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The Dollmaker | NINA. ALLAN
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This book is so wonderful. A story about a diminutive doll maker going to meet a woman he has never met who lives in a mysterious house on Bodmin Moor. Told in narrative, letters and most uniquely in the stories Andrew reads by the mysterious Ewa Chaplin. Full of magic realism, reoccurring themes and characters who are little people, disabled or disfigured in transgressive love stories. But at the heart is Andrew and Bramber's love story.

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The Passing Tribute | Simon Marshall
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A beautifully lyrical historical novel about two brothers in seperate countries set in Vienna and England between the wars. The author has tried to move away from 'the tyranny of plot' in order to make the story more naturalistic, which really suits the setting. It's not necessarily an easy read, but ultimately rewarding. Read on #Pigeonhole

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Really entertaining futuristic thriller where someone hijacks eight completely autonomous cars and a jury have to decide who lives and who dies 😮
Full of twists and turns, some great characters and it makes you think about how we judge people without necessarily knowing the facts. It would make a great holiday read and a great tv series!

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A beautifully written novel from the point of view of the servant, I won't call this a re-telling as it is so much more than that. Nelly is a fully realised character who has relationships Mr Earnshaw, Hindley and Hareton. The story is heartbreaking at times, but relived by her friend, Bodkin. Although it is a spin off, I think that it would stand alone as a fantastic novel about life below stairs.

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Meticulously researched biographies of the women murdered. Hallie shows how easy it was to slip into a life of drink, workhouses, doss houses and tramping the streets, dispelling the myth that these were all prostitutes. If you are looking for speculation about who he was or details of the murders, this book is not it, rather it is the life of women who are usually forgotten and judged for their lifestyles.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Looks like it's on sale on Kindle

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Untitled | Unknown

Excited I got auto approved on #NetGalley by Unbound 😁

thereadingowlvina Cool! 👍😁 4mo
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The President Is Missing | James Patterson, Bill Clinton
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Somebody needs to tell these two goons they don't need to use italics to show someone else is speaking. President Mary Sue who is war hero (and eveything else hero) with health problems has to disappear in order to stop a computer virus that will potentially destroy the Internet and life as we know it. Maybe I would have preferred it as a holiday read.

GripLitGrl Wasn't a huge fan of this one either 4mo
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A gothic Victorian mystery about a woman with a tragic past who lives with a man who is researching whether you can judge a person by their appearances. The book uses multiple timelines and journal entries to tell Cora's story and the story of her mother from when Cora was a child. The plot is extremely skillful and Cora makes a good central character as she starts off mentally quite violent and grows as a character.

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This is probably a candidate for the best book I will read this year. A beautifully written magic realist historical tale set in 1930s Malay. The characters are perfectly written and it's full of Chinese folklore and lush depictions of the setting. Quercus hosted a readalong on Twitter and I have to say I love the author too, she's just been so wonderfully excited about people discussing and enjoying it!

ladyonequestion If anyone's interested, Quercus are hosting a q&a with the author on Twitter at 8pm (gmt) on Monday. 4mo
Samplergal I‘m almost finished. Loving it. 4mo
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A sweet little romantic novel with a rather passive heroine. I found that the depiction of the relationship between Ryder and Lily was rather one sided. He falls in love with her at first sight, paints a million pictures of her in a relationship with him and when they meet, he doesn't really try to get to know her properly. If you are a fan of romance that wouldn't make Grandma blush, this might be for you.

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So...you discover someone has spent years painting flattering images of you in his arms after he met you once by chance. He knows nothing about you. Are you flattered or creeped out?

BibliOphelia Totally creeped!! 4mo
Monica5 I think I would be creeped out! 4mo
Megabooks 💯% creeped 4mo
JamieArc Intrigued... 4mo
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Fantastic description of a date, really captures the character.

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The Burning House | Neil Spring
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I didn't realise until the end that Boleskin is a real house with a pretty similar history. This is a fantastic read. A creepy house, mind control, Alestair Crowley, weird cults, children with supernatural powers...the plot is very skillfully weaved and the characters are spot on. Clara is particularly well drawn as a survivor of domestic violence who is blackmailed by the sinister Oswald Catternach.

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The Burning House | Neil Spring
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I love a bit of Neil Spring, The Ghost Hunters was really good. This new one is brilliant so far. A paranormal psychological thriller about a woman who accidentally kills a man, not realising that there was a witness. It's set in a really creepy house near Loch Ness. Very atmospheric and the plot is excellent.

andrew61 That sounds good, i really liked ghost hunters. 4mo
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The President Is Missing | James Patterson, Bill Clinton
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Hmm, I get the feeling Mr Clinton wrote the 1st person president stuff. This president can do no wrong. He's about to meet a terrorist but first he has to buy a homeless vet a meal and almost stop a man being arrested.

MelissaSue81 🤣🤣🤣. This is a great review. 5mo
Ruthiella That made me laugh out loud! 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
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The House of Secrets | Terry Lynn Thomas
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A cool new cover for The Weeping Woman and the second in the Sarah Bennett series. I found this one more satisfying and a little less bonkers! Sarah developed as a character and there was a little more time spent on the characters. The setting of the private sanitarium with the Dr into the occult worked well and so did Sarah's paranormal problem of overhearing a dead woman weeping. Glad I stucl with the series.

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The Spirit of Grace | Terry Lynn Thomas
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Utterly bonkers gothic historical mystery set in America during WWII. The plot is insane and romps along at a cracking pace. The heroine sees ghosts. It's all you can do as a reader to keep up! It's to the detriment of charactersation tho, and the romance in particular is not exactly dwelt on - they are in love on day two and you don't really get a sense of who Zeke is. Nevertheless, this is a fun read on unlimited.

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Four Ever | Sloane Kennedy
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Four men and about a million animals including an abused toucan! Inevitably it gets a bit complicated during sexy times, and I occasionally had to remind myself which man was narrating. Also, Noah was a bit wet (and mute). Otherwise, the sexy times were pretty hot!

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Lonely Planet - Wales | Lonely Planet
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#CymruAmByth 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

julesG Is that today? I thought it was tomorrow. 5mo
Chelsea.Poole ♥️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿♥️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿♥️ 5mo
TheSpineView I did not know it! My husband's name is David. I ha e to let him know. 🤣 5mo
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Currently listening to this little beauty at work. The characters are brilliantly written, you really feel as if you know them and the narration is spot on. #audiobook

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LIFE, DEATH AND CELLOS. | ISABEL. ROGERS
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#NetGalley

Well I finished it, and it got three stars on my reviews. The author is obviously passionate and very knowledgable about music, but the focus on the music facts and generalisations got rather in the way of the plot and character development.

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LIFE, DEATH AND CELLOS. | ISABEL. ROGERS
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Would like to be enjoying this but:
1. I hate the cover. When you feel like you could knock up something more accomplished on canva that is not good.
2. This is NOT a mystery. It's a lighthearted book about an orchestra.
3. If I have to read one more in depth analysis of a piece of music or generalisation about a musician I may throw my kindle across the room.
4. The plot is both non existent and glacial.
5. There is no character development.

Lcsmcat If you want to read a mystery with musicians that IS a mystery, try 5mo
ladyonequestion @Lcsmcat Thanks for the recommendation! I like Score! by Jilly Cooper 😁 5mo
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In at the Deep End | Kate Davies
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Maybe a little too frank for me at the beginning, l found the descriptions of bad straight sex and getting high in the toliets a bit depressing rather than funny (altho fellow pigeons thought they were hilarious). However, it did improve and I thought the fpn about coming out and entering into a polyamorous relationship with a controlling lesbian was really convincing. It got funnier, and the side plots were goid too.

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Surreal Estate | Jesi Lea Ryan
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Cute slash romance between a house flipper and a homeless psychic. Sasha can see visions of what happened previously in houses and 'talk' to them. Good characters, a plot that kept me reading and a few nicely written sex scenes, although this is more of a romance than erotic fiction. The psychic elements were fun. Would read more about the characters and more from the author.

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Taking part in a #twitter #buddyread about this book led by the publishing company with the author this time, the idea is 10 chapters per week (doable), it takes place on a Monday at 8pm (Uk time). It's also on instagram. Great idea, the hashtag is #nighttigertogether

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"We were a chocolate-box family, I thought . Brightly wrapped on the outside and oozing sticky darkness within."

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So far, this book is amazing

starlight97 Wow, nice quote! 5mo
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Traitor's Codex | Jeri Westerson
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First go at this series, and it wasn't too difficult to pick up without reading the rest. It reminded me a little of the Shardlake series, but it was set during the reign of Richard II. Some intriguing mysteries, including the discovery of the gospel of Judas. Good characters too, I am intending to read some more on Scribd.

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Viral | Mike Jeavons
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Wow, what an ending! Pretty unexpected yet totally appropriate, this book was funny and made me think. If you are looking for something out of your comfort zone for a reading challenge then I highly recommend it. Or if you're just looking for something gripping and completely bonkers! 😂

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A tale of three women, two in the present, one in the past, all surviving different issues. The lady from the past's story is told through diary entries, which I really enjoyed. Some light romance (the kind that wouldn't make Grandma blush), but primarily this is a book about sistahs making lives for themselves with the help of God. Good interweaving of the stories and a lovely fluffy end!

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Viral | Mike Jeavons
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Can't wait for the next Stave! Somehow, the release of a viral video showing a complete douche having 'some alone time' has invaded the internet and caused the creation of a million robots. This is a gripping story with some really dislikable characters!

Reggie This is just weird sounding enough to stack. Thanks, lol. 5mo
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