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lucylovestoread

lucylovestoread

Joined January 2018

Rediscovering my love of literature after motherhood took over. History, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and self-help junkie.
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The City & The City by China Miville
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Soleri by Michael Johnston
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Feeling virtuous after folding the washing BEFORE starting my #persuasionbuddyread chapters for today!

Moray_Reads Impressive 👏👏 I hate laundry 1y
lucylovestoread @Moray_Reads against my better judgement! 1y
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I adored this mystery set in 1920's India and really hope there are sequels soon. Perveen is an engaging a main character as I've ever seen and I was fascinated by the vivid immersive setting. As the only female solicitor in Bombay, Perveen is able to speak in person with three widows who live apart from men when she fears that the household steward is taking financial advantage of them.

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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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Starting my impulse buy from the Edinburgh book festival. Inspired by the what should i read next podcast and the enormous number of sequels available!

Pamwurtzler Love that cover! 1y
lucylovestoread @Pamwurtzler definitely stands out! 1y
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Sick on my birthday 👎
Tune to finish this impulse buy 👍
Great fun with a host of larger than life characters in a spectacular setting. Can't wait for the film and a return visit to Singapore.

emtobiasz Happy birthday! 1y
lucylovestoread @emtobiasz Thanks! Not quite how I planned it but 🤷😀 1y
batsy Happy birthday! And hope you feel better soon :) 1y
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lucylovestoread @batsy Thank you to both! 😀 1y
Jas16 Happy Birthday! I hope you feel better soon and can truly celebrate. 💐 1y
lucylovestoread @Jas16 Thanks!! A do-over birthday sounds like a good idea! 1y
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What an enjoyable caper this was! A fun historical setting (1930's Glasgow), well drawn characters and a juicy plot to try and work through. I'll be looking for more from this series.

#cozymystery

emmaturi Like the cover! 1y
lucylovestoread @emmaturi I think the whole series have similar covers with different props, a clever idea! 1y
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The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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So excited. I pre-ordered this in December 😁

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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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Loved my afternoon at the Edinburgh book festival yesterday. The children's bookshop tent was particularly exciting, as was the grown up tent! With a friend I went to a really interesting talk about Gnomon by Nick Harkaway and We See Everything by William Sutcliffe. Both are obviously intelligent, well read and thoughtful on the subject of surveillance, in both their own writing and the wider world. A lovely bookish day out!

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Gnomon: A novel | Nick Harkaway
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A detective in an surveillance society tries to uncover what really happened to a woman who died in the custody of "the system".

I was on a deadline to read this as I'm attending an author event at the Edinburgh book festival. As such I probably read it at a faster pace than I normally would, which may or may not have helped with my comprehension. Chin scratching and confusing but intense, immersive, satisfying and an eerie look at what could be.

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The Scottish Enlightenment and Literary Culture | Ronnie Young, Ralph McLean, Kenneth Simpson
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A fairytale playground with a library at the centre of it for my little reader! ♥️📕

Ericalambbrown Is this in your yard? THIS IS GLORIOUS!!!!! 1y
lucylovestoread @Ericalambbrown I wish! It's the playground of a stately home near us. One of the lords was involved in the Scottish Enlightenment and had a pretty sweet library so they themed the playground around that. Such a good idea! 1y
Ericalambbrown @lucyinedinburgh It‘s still amazing! So cool! 1y
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I found something to get me out of my "I want to be reading my last book again because it was so good" grump!

Ericalambbrown That‘s a good one! 1y
lucylovestoread @Ericalambbrown Yes and completely different to a normal novel so giving me the palate cleanser I need! 1y
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I loved this book so much. I am grumpy that I've finished it and that nothing else will be good enough to follow it. These are some not real problems.

Immersive and beautifully detailed with a rich plot that jumps around timelines. This book grabbed me and wouldn't let me go.

KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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Not a bad moment in time ♥️
Not pictured: my 10 month old brunch companion who makes reading more complicated!

vkois88 I feel you! Every time I pick up a book is when my 9 month old wants snuggles and she's so big, I can't juggle her AND a book lol... your brunch looks yummy though! Enjoy ❤ 😊 1y
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Another fun read in the richly detailed world of Peter Grant, London police constable and investigator of the supernatural. Aaronovitch has a wonderful sense of humour and his narrator is self-deprecating and funny while giving us a full picture of everything he encounters. The whole series, and wonderfully narrated audibooks, are highly recommended! Start with Rivers of London to understand everything!

PickwickPlockPlock I love the audiobooks, they make the books even better! 2y
lucylovestoread @PickwickPlockPlock Yes they are brilliant aren't they?! Kobna is a very talented voice artist. I read this one in book form but thinking about going back and listening to the first ones just to hear him ♥️ 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @lucyinedinburgh The audiobooks are worth it 💚 2y
Bronte_Chintz Nice to meet a fellow uk Litten! 1y
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Soleri | Michael Johnston
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A moment of calm during ballet class. A book, an ice cream and a beautiful view of the harbour. It's so sunny I have no idea if the picture is any good or not! 😁☀️🏖️⛵📑

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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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2. True crime - too scary!
3. Sightsee. I love a landmark, especially a historical one
4. Sandstone so a light brown
5. Pride and prejudice, it's a classic for a reason

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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) | Dennis E. Taylor
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I started reading this along with the Sword and Laser book club podcast. It's not a book I would have picked myself but I loved it! It made me chuckle a lot and I loved the sentient spaceship narration. Bonus points for sensible space exploration (I'm talking about you Star Trek, even though I love you!)

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Cotillion | Georgette Heyer
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"I saw Georgette Heyer was on your wishlist so thought you'd like these!" Thanks Grandma!
#tbr #grandmalibrary

batsy Oooh! 😍 2y
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Guards! Guards! | Terry Pratchett
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Another Pratchett re-read with more beautifully written truths about the world!

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A re-read for me from my favourite self help author. Full of practical suggestions, citations and research studies weaved together with a personal narrative about habits and how to create them. I love Gretchen Rubin's writing style and attitude to life. If anyone is looking to start reading her work I'd recommend beginning with The Happiness Project.

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Wool | Hugh Howey
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I'm really struggling with how to review this. I enjoyed reading it but it was not always enjoyable. I felt claustrophobic reading it a lot of the time and could not see a way through. And then the ending felt so miraculous and good that I was left with a great feeling about the book. But I didn't have that feeling while reading it. I am CONFUSED!

lucylovestoread Just looked back at my feed and I really enjoyed the first two hours of reading this so I am even more confused by what I thought of this book 🤷 2y
PictureandBook Yes! Yes! Exactly. 2y
lucylovestoread @PictureandBook Phew! I'm so glad I'm not the only one! I suppose it's pretty normal to feel claustrophobic about such a claustrophobic story? 2y
PictureandBook @lucyinedinburgh yes! I was glad to see someone say she same bc everyone seemed to like it. 2y
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Wyrd Sisters (Revised) | Terry Pratchett
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Re-reading this gem of a book with an old school friend who has, much to my surprise, found her own way to Pratchett and Dungeons and Dragons. 15 year old me can hardly believe my luck!

Craftylikefox I had just ordered this one, this morning! 2y
lucylovestoread @Craftylikefox 😀 I hope you enjoy it. It is so funny and clever! 2y
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Wool | Hugh Howey
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I read this really enjoyable book for two blissful uninterrupted hours while having my hair done. I've found the holy grail of a great hairdresser who says "no you just read, don't worry about talking to me" ♥️♥️♥️

Jas16 That is the holy grail of hair dressers!! 2y
C.Perone Soooo lucky! I hardly go for haircuts because I hate the small talk 2y
lucylovestoread @Jas16 I will never leave her because of it 😁 2y
lucylovestoread @C.Perone Me too! And all while staring at my reflection in all that bright light, eeek 🙈 2y
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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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As is often the case with Agatha Christie novels, as soon as I started I realised I'd read this before. But Agatha bears up to re-reading so I carried on and still didn't guess who the murderer was 😁

This cover, while beautiful, doesn't really make sense. One character gets dressed up once but everyone else is wearing tweed and jerseys and talking about gardening!

Also, oh boy, there's some crazy racism and ethnic stereotypes in this book 🙄

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The Makioka Sisters | Jun?ichir? Tanizaki, Edward Seidensticker
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My library haul from today! Both Wool and The Makioka Sisters were based at our local high school library - good job school librarians! Where to start; any suggestions Littens?

Centique I haven‘t read any of these yet but I hear great things about Brene Brown 💕 2y
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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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This was exactly what I needed. An easy, fun, romantic and sexy read with characters who spoke to each other realistically. I tore through this in a day and I'm so happy I did ♥️

Centique Nothing like a good happy romance with great dialogue! Always happy to get #romantsy recommendations. 😍 You can follow @Chachic if you want some romance reccs too! 2y
lucylovestoread @Centique Thanks for the recommendations! I picked it up in part because the author was on a podcast and the host said she felt like the female characters spoke to each other realistically. Sad that this is worthy of mentioning but definitely a rarity 2y
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Ballet Shoes | Noel Streatfeild
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Day 5 of the #snowpocalypse and between keeping my increasingly fractious children busy I have managed to reread this childhood favourite. I'd forgotten about the message from my aunt so that was a nice surprise ♥️

batsy That's lovely! 💕 2y
lucylovestoread @batsy It's so sweet! I must start writing messages to people ♥️ 2y
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A snow day pre-kids used to mean plenty of time for reading. Not with two kids underfoot but I did get to finish this. I loved this book. I felt like I really knew Alma and every detail of her life was open to me. Beautifully written, descriptive and thorough. Slowly paced so not for everyone but I found it so refreshing and honest.

Amabear A happy read? Or no? 2y
lucylovestoread @Amabear Yes, overall I would say so! 2y
Centique I loved this book so much but I didn‘t love the ending. Still one of my faves even so! 2y
lucylovestoread @Centique I quite enjoyed how slow it was and loved the addition of an evolution plotline and a big Dutch family for Alma. But I can see how it might not be for everyone 2y
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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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I really loved this book! I enjoyed the world building, the vividness of each character and was completely enthralled in the plot. Great read, especially recommended for hunger games fans.

#litsymademedoit and I'm so glad! Thanks so much to @DeborahSmall and everyone here who recommended it!

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"On the whole of things, Alma. I still see more wonder in the world than suffering."

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Loving the naked cover of this book as discovered by my toddler. Also featured my Nutella heavy #breakfastwithabook - I was meant to be going out for breakfast but left my keys in the changing bag that my husband has taken out with the kids - doh!

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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My first #litsymademedoit - there's so much love for this book on here that I couldn't help myself! 😀 Who is a fan?

DeborahSmall I came home to Glasgow to see him a few weeks ago. He was in Edinburgh too, great guy great novels xx 2y
lucylovestoread @DeborahSmall I think your posts were one of the driving forces for me so thank you! Enjoying it so far! 2y
DeborahSmall Great ❤️ 2y
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1. Hopefully some alone time for me with a book! My husband has been away for work all week so I'm ready to be free of my kids for an hour or so.
2. 5ft3
3. We moved into the country around 2 years ago and I just love it!
4. The signature of all things. I'm enjoying it but it's a big heavy hardback so need to find an ebook to read on the go or while feeding the baby.

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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Ballet Shoes | Noel Streatfeild
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Took my mini to her first dance lesson today and my thoughts turned to this classic book. I loved the tale of the three Fossil sisters ("he collected us instead of them") and their adventures trying to raise money on the stage. Can't wait to read it to my proto ballerina in a few years.

What books do you love to share with children in your life?

DeborahSmall The Roald Dahl classics for sure. I think the secret seven was dated for all of them.... 2y
lucylovestoread @DeborahSmall I remember wishing I could travel around the countryside with my cousins in an old school horse drawn caravan just like the famous five 😂😂 2y
Christine11 I did so much ballet in my childhood and I loved this book 💕 2y
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lucylovestoread @Christine11 Did you see the version with Emma Watson? I can't decide if I should watch it or not 😬 I also loved Apple Bough by Noel Streatfield ♥️ 2y
Christine11 @lucyinedinburgh I haven‘t seen it no - I‘m the same, I always worry that an adaptation will taint the book for me ! I‘ll have to look up Apple Bough - I haven‘t read it ! 😊 2y
DeborahSmall They were definitely my favourite series for years 2y
batsy I love this book 💜 One of my favourites. 2y
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The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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1. The Great Gatsby - for me it really captured the spirit of the book, from the excitement of the parties to the selfishness.
2. Back to the Future - I could, and have, watched this again and again.
3. Bride and Prejudice - it's delightful!
4. Candy - chocolates preferably. A bag of minstrels or malteasers 🍫😀

#manicmonday @JoScho

CarolynM My book club had a night where we watched and compared pivotal scenes from several adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. It was fun and really interesting and we all loved the Bride and Prejudice scenes 2y
lucylovestoread @CarolynM that sounds like such a fun evening! I am a sucker for musicals, modern retellings and P&P so it hits all those itches for me! 2y
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New Pompeii | Daniel Godfrey
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I've raced through this time travel/thriller/sci-fi sequel to the tagged book. Set in the near future when NovusPart has the ability to move people forward in time, including the town of Pompeii. Head scratching, fast paced and deeply enjoyable!

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A book and a glittery blue bath 💙💙💙
(Not pictured chocolate and raspberry strings)

Enjoying the setup chapters of this so far. Weirdly my second reference in 2018 to Captain Cook and the Tahitian he brought back to England with him, Omai. This journey also came up in How to Stop Time by Matt Haig.

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Corpus | Rory Clements
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A thriller set at Cambridge University in 1936 with the turmoil of Nazi Germany, Communist Russia and the abdication crisis as its backdrop. I really enjoyed this. Gripping, confusing and slowly becoming clearer as the plot progressed. The writing mirrored the confusion of the time and made for a really enjoyable read. I loved the drip feeding of information as you uncovered one part of the mystery but still weren't sure about the whole.

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 2y
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Corpus | Rory Clements
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Giving myself a snow day. Hopefully I can finish this, I am hooked!

emily_m_tubb So jealous of the snow! ❄❄❄ 2y
lucylovestoread @emily_m_tubb Hoping we can get the sled out later for my 3 year old (and me!) to have a go! 2y
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Corpus | Rory Clements
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New read - excited to get started! Passed to me by my grandmother who also indulged my love of the Mitford sisters and Agatha Christie so fingers crossed...
#booksontrains

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My #9to5 - also evenings and an overnight shift 😁

#fiercefeb

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saresmoore With no breaks or vacations...hardest job in the world! 💪🙌 2y
CarolynM Good luck!😀🌼💕 2y
batsy What @saresmoore said 🙌💕 (that title! :) 2y
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Cinfhen I agree!!! Hardest job in the world but most rewarding!!!!! 2y
Serotonin Omgosh. Let me know how that book goes. I might need it for 3.5 year old boy 2y
lucylovestoread @Serotonin I found it really useful! The author is a bit of an old school Australian doctor but comes across as knowledgeable and funny. If nothing else it's a good reminder to be as patient as you can, even when you really can't. It's not the listed book as couldn't find it in the database, I hope you can find it! 2y
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One of the favourite Christmas presents my #moderngirl received this year! Teaching her about the history of women and the options in her future 💪🔬⚛️🌺🐞🌋🏗️🏥🚀

#fiercefeb
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Cinfhen Awesome!! 2y
batsy Oh, this looks brilliant! Love the cover. 2y
lucylovestoread @batsy It is beautifully illustrated! Such a great message ♥️ 2y
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#shelfie for #riotgrams by @bookriot - complete with my slightly balding reading companion 😁👶📚

Christine11 So cute !!😊 2y
lucylovestoread @Christine11 thanks! He's nearly 6 months so fingers crossed he shows more interest in books soon. Other than trying to gnaw on them of course... 2y
Christine11 @lucyinedinburgh I‘m sure he will love books as he gets older ! Plus - you‘ll get to read loads of children‘s books with him ! 😊😊 2y
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lucylovestoread @Christine11 Fingers crossed! I also have a 3 year old who's very keen on books so let's hope he takes after her. 2y
Cinfhen Cute!!! 2y
Christine11 @lucyinedinburgh That‘s so lovely - I‘m sure he will take after her 😊 (edited) 2y
lucylovestoread @Cinfhen Thanks! He's helping me out by looking for a #moderngirl book! 😉 2y
Cinfhen Perfect!!! 😂😂😂 2y
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Three Sisters, Three Queens | Philippa Gregory
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1. Henry VIII's older sister Margaret is sent to marry the King of Scotland but can't stop comparing her life to those of her sister in law Katherine of Aragon and younger sister Mary.
2. I couldn't stop eating gummy bears when I was pregnant! I was buying huge bags!
3. I think I'm both a gen X-er and a millennial depending on which years you go by
4. Kleenex tissues
5. A child free boozy lunch with a dear friend
#humpday @MinDea

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Wayfarer | Alexandra Bracken
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An enjoyable read but sadly not as good as the first book for me. Parts of the plot seemed to be added on in a rush and the final climactic scenes were so confusing that I lost track of some characters. Definitely worth reading if you've read and enjoyed Passengers though and want to finish the story.

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The Lion Inside | Rachel Bright
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I've lost track of how many times I've read this book to my three year old. And yet every single time I find something that makes me think about how to live my life.

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Wayfarer | Alexandra Bracken
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Mint tea, a book and some blissful childfree time!

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Three Sisters, Three Queens | Philippa Gregory

I'm struggling with this book at the moment. As Mum to a 5 month old baby some of the events concerning young children are triggering my anxieties. I've never been so glad to hear my baby cry out in the night! 👶😬

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So much fun. Such gripping nonsense!

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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An enjoyable read with just enough exciting nods to historical figures without so many as to make you roll your eyes 👍
If you enjoyed this you should also try The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August