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myers85

Joined October 2016

I have no fixed genre, just love to read (good books) instagram.com/myers85
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Very short but very good. Ideal for if you're starting a blog or a website, in how to create it, market it and what content to include. This book really inspired me to get out there on the web.

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I've not seen the film but I really enjoyed the book. The premise is very unique and leads to extremely tense scenes where there might be nothing going on or there might actually be extreme danger... You can't tell blind. I like how the characters have no actual idea what is going on rather than everything being spelt out. Keeps with the theme of the fear of the unknown. Also horribly violent at times but not in a cheap way.

rohit-sawant Loved this one! 2mo
myers85 @rohit-sawant yes fantastic novel. Think it's one that will stay on my mind for a while! 2mo
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Lord of the Rings | J R R Tolkein
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Watching LOTR trilogy for the first time since reading the books and now I can be the guy that says "That didn't happen in the books"!

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Picked this up at the library as the blurb compared the writing style to Steinbeck. The prose was very similar, with wonderful descriptions of the countryside and the simple lives lived in the South. I really enjoyed the plot and the characters... until the ending. Ruined the book for me sadly. Will read more of Rash's work despite how its conclusion left me feeling.

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Richard III | William Shakespeare
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Decided to read my first Shakespeare play since I was at uni. First time read and now I want to see this on the stage. I thought I'd struggle with the language but not too difficult. Richard is a classic chatacter and it built up so well to that final scene. With the whole of Shakespeare's work for free on Kindle it's a great opportunity to enjoy these plays.

TrishB This is great on stage 👍🏻 lucky enough to see at Stratford. 10mo
myers85 @TrishB I'm very jealous! I've been looking for any showings local but none at the moment sadly 10mo
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I found this extremely useful. Despite being written in the 30's I think the ideas still work - all the ideas are positive which is timeless really. A short book but full of great ideas of how to motivate people and also connect with them.

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Different Seasons | Stephen King
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4 novellas from Mr King. Shawshank is fantastic and led to possibly the greatest film of all time. Apt Pupil is a great study of evil and what horrors we're capable of. The Body (Stand by Me) was my personal fav - King really captures the feeling of youth and I saw possible influences for his later massive novel It. And The Breathing Method is a cool macabre story with a twisted twist! Great collection.

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Wil (Wesley Crusher) recaps the troubled 1st season of TNG with humourous episode narrations and frank views on the bad and good of working on the show. Its a story of how a great cast persevered with bad scripts to turn TNG into a classic. But we also see how tough this 15 YO had it as a child actor and playing a despised character. For a show that's about a better future some fans can be jerks. Even if you didn't like Wesley, you'll like Wil.

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@Litsy Can the character limit on posts be increased? I often have to trim my reviews and choose shorter words as my review has gone over 450 characters. An extra 100 characters would be beautiful! Please!

Quirkybookworm I‘m all for it! 12mo
Litsy Litsy was designed with the character limit at 451 as a bookish reference (Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451!). We're planning to keep it this way for the time being, but we hear you and will consider increasing the character limit further down the line. 12mo
myers85 Thanks @Litsy and that's a good reference, Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favourite novels. 12mo
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The Rats | James Herbert
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This was Herbert's 1st novel. Whether that's the reason but this felt amateurish. The characters were hollow & the plot quite silly (the MC, an art teacher, somehow knows better than all the experts and scientists and is given government secrets because he seems trustworthy). There's a lot of gory fun in here (the train chapter was intense) but the rats featured so much, after 100 pages it got a bit repetitive. Fun but too silly.

Aleida I have rats as pets and they‘re the sweetest! What is this book about? 12mo
myers85 @Aleida Giant rats that tear people apart and eat them... I don't think you'll like it! My picture isn't a very good reflection of the book! 12mo
Aleida Hahahaha! 🐀 12mo
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Daughter of Eden | Chris Beckett
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The final part of the trilogy. Beckett for me is the best sci-fi writer currently around. He's created this incredible world exploring how stories, civilisations and religions form and its full of drama. The first half I wasn't sure where the story was heading but then... wow! It was a fantastic ending to the trilogy. I won't forget the world of Eden.

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Lot of hate for this these days but it really helped me understand women better and I've avoided a number of arguments as a result. It taught me to really listen when my GF is upset rather than try to fix it. Not everyone will fit into the gender roles but that's like any self help book and the author does repeat himself a lot but as a man this has helped so much. Men and women are equal but we're different and there's nothing wrong with that.

Aleida That book is very sexist. I‘m glad it helped you, but remember above all women are human. Not some strange exotic mysterious species to be figured out. 12mo
myers85 @Aleida There were some cringeworthy stereotypes - women love shopping, men not asking for directions, women doing the majority of housework. Sometimes it felt like a bad 50's sitcom! But its a shame as there is some very helpful advice in there. And I agree, we're all human but there are big contrasts between men and women and I think the book helped me realise times I thought I was right I was really not seeing my GF's point of view. 12mo
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Last read this when I was a teenager. I've always loved the show and this first novel captures the feel perfectly. There's a few chapters around the middle where it jusy feels like they've slapped the scripts in which gives it a lazy feel. But most of the book either features original material or takes scenes from the show and builds on them. The novel gives more depth to Lister's feelings of loneliness and Rimmer's near insanity. Very funny.

TK-421 I ❤️ Red Dwarf!! I reread all the books last summer and we binge watch the entire series almost every year 😊 13mo
myers85 @TK-421 Glad to see another Dwarfer here! One of my all time favourite shows. Love quoting it to people whether they get it or not! I decided to reread all the books this year! 13mo
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Roger Moore truly was an English legend. His spin on Bond was very different but I loved the guy. His character shines through the book with his wit and his tendency to mock himself and praise others as he mostly focusses on the actors and directors he met over the years, rather than blowing his own trumpet. An easy read by a very much missed English gent.

Gezemice Roger Moore had a sense of humor and was not afraid of making fun of himself. He is cool in my book. 13mo
myers85 @Gezemice I agree, he was a very cool guy! 13mo
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Spiral | Koji Suzuki
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Torn on my opinion of the sequel to Ring. It picks up right from when Ring ended but with a new protagonist. Like Ring the book takes us on a journey of horror and almost detective work as Ando explores what is causing the deaths. However at times it focusses too much on the science which makes the supernatural elements then seem ridiculous. Spiral takes a very different route to the films at the end and provides a dramatic twist conclusion.

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Finished the trilogy. When I watched the films TBH I didn't get the hype. Now after reading the books I do! The last novel for me is the best. The battle is the first part of the book is incredible, my favourite part of the trilogy. The second half is also great. I worried that the book would take too long to wrap up but I really enjoyed it all. I worried I wouldn't finish the trilogy, now I'm sad its over.

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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Been meaning to read this for ages, saw the film is out so read it so I can watch it next week. Had a few issues with it - bit too much techno babble and would be really be that obsessed with the 80s who'd never witnessed it? Also I felt the peril could have been introduced earlier but once it was I really got into it. Enjoyed the nostalgia and its a great concept. The chat rooms reminded me of my younger internet days... so many hours wasted!

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The Two Towers | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I really enjoyed this and prefered it to the first. The first part is fantastic - lots of action and loved the Ents. Second half was enjoyable but things slowed down. However I loved the dialogue between Frodo, Sam and Gollum and the last two chapters were fantastic.

Libby1 This was my favourite of the trilogy. 1y
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The Two Towers | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Tolkien (well Sam) showing great wisdom.

Richryan52 @meyers85 Thank you very much! 1y
Richryan52 @myers85 Thank you very much! 1y
JazzFeathers One of my favourite quotes from the books 1y
myers85 @JazzFeathers my first time reading them and this quote really stood out! 1y
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Whilst most in Britain know the grim details sensationalised by the press this is a mature and balanced look at the murder of James Bulger and the trial and media treatment of the ten year old killers. Hard to read but gets the reader to consider if the young killers were simply freaks or if they were two young boys from difficult backgrounds who found themselves in a situation that escalated further than either could have imagined. Truly tragic.

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Finished this last week, you might have heard of it? I can see why its so loved. The characters live with you and its lovely fantasy. I did struggle with the Tom Bombadil bit but the rest was hugely enjoyable. I've gone against everyone's advice and I'm currenyly reading another book before reading the next part but I will return!

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Finally started LOTR for the first time this week. Gandalf really is a wise bloke.

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The Midnight Club | James Patterson
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Panpan

Awful. Stefanovitch is put in a wheelchair by a crimelord who then kills his wife. 2 years later he's still working as a cop. Patterson tells us he's struggling but he barely thinks about his ex, akways suceeds and is still able to win a shoot out against 2 guys and chase a 3rd down a street with 2 bullet wounds and kill him. Add to this a ludicrous twist with barely an explanation and you've got a farce of book with flat unbelievable characters.

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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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This was a struggle. At the heart of this novel is a classic story - Ahab and the whale. However amidst the adventure chapters are numerous chapters detailing whaling, whales and sailing. Some of these chapters are of interest but many slow the story down and are incredibly boring. I almost gave up a few times. Ahab is an incredible character and his obsession is one of literature's greatest tales. But the book itself is incredibly hard work.

No_One Hmm, I never read this. I did read “In The Heart of the Sea” (a nonfiction account of the event that inspired this novel) and it also gave detailed accounts of the whaling industry.... but that‘s what I was expecting to read. Too bad it didn‘t work in this novel! Onwards to the next book! ⚓️⛵️ 1y
myers85 @No_One If those chapters were removed it would be a five star book however I think a lot of literary scholars would be very offeded by that! 1y
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Love this window display! Using Trump's own words to sell this book he hates and also helping him sound, like, really dumb.

britt_brooke 😆👏🏻 1y
swishandflick Bahaha! 1y
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Got the full collection last week and really love these editions. I've only ever read The Hobbit so its a new adventure for me. My girlfriend said I should read them all continously but I think I'll take a break between books... she wasn't impressed with that suggestion!

TommieMarie74 They are pretty big (and intense) reads but they are better right in a row. I wanted so badly to know what happened next that I couldn‘t take a break in between. 1y
myers85 @TommieMarie74 At the moment I plan to read another book between each but that could change once I start reading them! 1y
Readingismyescape I agree with @TommieMarie74 . I couldn‘t take a break. I had to see what would happen next. 1y
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myers85 @Readingismyescape I'm pretty good at pacing myself with books but maybe LOTR will be different! 1y
rather_be_reading love it 😍 13mo
myers85 @rather_be_reading yes it's a beautiful collection! Looks great on my bookshelf! 13mo
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As a Bond fan, seeing this on offer for £4 I could no way say no to this bargain today. Moore was a true legend. Looking forward to reading this at some point.

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Ok I'm a bit late with this but this was the last book I read last year, finished on NYE. Not much I can say new about this that hasn't been said before. My first taste of Dickens, I will be reading more of his work. I never realised how accessible his work is. However for the first quarter of the book I couldn't help but visualise the streets full of Muppets!

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Finished this late last year. I bought it simply because I loved the cover and wanted to try some Japanese fiction having only ever read Ring. Some parts of it went over my head though. After reading about the author's fate I realised that he was a very deep man and I would like to read more of his work but whilst I did quite enjoy this I didn't love it - I'd have preferred to have witnessed the aftermath of the ending. Dark and philosophical.

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Finally getting round to reviewing the last few books I read last year. This was my first Agatha Christie book and I really enjoyed it. A classic old school mystery with a fantastic ending.

rather_be_reading the movie was so good 13mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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#7goodthings

1. East of Eden
2. Charles Dickens
3. East of Eden
4. I didn't read a full series but continued a few. Favourite being the Montalbano books.
5. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea.
6. The Stand
7. A Monster Calls

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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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My #firstbook for 2018 will be this. I know it's a classic but opinions on it seem to be mixed. Really hope I like it and it's not going to be a difficult read. But if Captain Picard likes it then it must be good!

Reviewsbylola You‘re starting off 2018 strong! 1y
Mdargusch Great edition! 1y
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I don't want to sound preachy but this is just something to keep in mind. If you are doing a reading challenge I wish you luck 😊 Happy reading for all next year 😊

Laura317 That‘s good advice. 👍🏼 At the same time, challenges open up genres or subjects that I wouldn‘t have otherwise read. Happy reading to you, too! 😀 1y
Rachel.Rencher I was just talking about this with my husband last night! Im doing a classics challenge and a TBR challenge, and I told him I was worried that I'm going to burn through my best sellers and not want to read the classics. We came up with a plan to mitigate that feeling. I felt the same way about challenges last year until I realized how much they'll help me control my spending on books. 😊 1y
CindyMyLifeIsLit Great advice! I love challenges, but just don‘t let them minimize your reading experiences! 1y
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myers85 @Laura317 @Rachel.Rencher @CindyMyLifeIsLit despite my criticism of challenges they can introduce you to books you'd have never read before. However since I've stopped aiming to read a set number of books a year I've noticed I read much longer books now! 1y
CarolynM Completely agree. One of the great things about reading is the way one book can lead you to another. It would be a shame to miss out on this journey because you already had a plan. 1y
myers85 @CarolynM exactly! Sometimes you have to be in the mood for a certain type of book so forcing yourself to read a thriller when you're in the mood for a sci-fi novel may mean you don't enjoy something that you would have enjoyed if you'd just waited till the right time. 1y
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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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All for £5... bargain!

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The train station in Marple has a great dedication to Miss Marple herself

Libby1 ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
CarolynM Love it! 1y
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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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I've not bailed on a novel in about 4 years but for some reason I just can't get into this and I thought I'd love it to. A novel about a dystopian future is normally right up my street. Maybe it's just me. I might try it again at some point but for now I'm calling it a day.

Lea I‘m on my second attempt... 2y
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The Stand | Stephen King
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It took seven weeks but I've finally finished this. No one tells a tale like King and with around 1300 pages to play with he tells a truly epic tale. A story of good vs evil, fate and religion but as always what makes it so good are his characters. If you can cope with the word count read it.

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Finished this the other day. Another hilarious Partridge book however not quite as good as We Need to Talk About Alan. It really captured how mentally unbalanced his character is, showing just how jealous and petty he can be. If he was a real person this would be tragic. It's just as good as the TV show and whilst it does mention events from the film and series, it doesn't rehash them but expands on them.

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The Stand | Stephen King
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Birthday present from my girlfriend. She knows me very well! Can't wait to start this. Going to be an epic journey.

TrishB It's brilliant! 2y
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Cujo | Stephen King
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Since finishing this the other day I've read about King's big regret over something that happens in this book but I loved it regardless. I wasn't sure how you could write a full novel about a rabid dog on a killing spree but it worked. Realistic, tense, brutal and tragic. I'm very glad I read it.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls | Ernest Hemingway
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Question for night readers! I've always read in bed before going to sleep but I've recently moved in with my girlfriend so I've just been reading on my Kindle Paperwhite so as not to keep her awake. However I've got a number of paperbacks I'd like to read. Does anyone know of any reading lights that are not too bright. I did try one bit we ended up doing shadow animals on the wall! I really want to read For Whom the Bell Tolls.

ValerieAndBooks I gave up on reading in bed years ago, so no recs from me but maybe this recent article will help. Good luck! https://bookriot.com/2017/09/19/best-book-light/ 2y
myers85 Thanks @ValerieAndBooks I'll check the article out 😊 2y
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Cujo | Stephen King
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Currently reading this and as with any Stephen King novel I'm really enjoying it. He builds his characters so well. And now Cujo looks like he's set to start causing a lot of trouble.

rohit-sawant Cujo was fantastic! 2y
myers85 @rohit-sawant I'm really enjoying it so far. Almost half way through and things are getting tense! 2y
RaimeyGallant In the memoir, he admits he was drunk most of the time while writing this one. :) 2y
myers85 @RaimeyGallant Haha well there's a good tip for writing - drink produces some crazy ideas! 2y
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#LitsyTips

Post about books! We're here to make friends and talk about books but sometimes I feel that the books are either forgotten or weakly used just to post about yourself. I hate Facebook but sometimes my newsfeed looks very similar. Let's talk about books! And to keep it books I've tagged a book I don't feel gets enough credit... check it out!

melrailey I read this book ages ago and loved it at the time. 2y
imabusybee I agree I want to see books please, Not what people are selling!! 2y
Richryan52 I have not read this yet but my son loves it. His favorite book! 2y
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I enjoyed this. The characters and story were both fun. But I'm not going to write a detailed review as enough have done that already. What I will do is ask what draws people to these books? Yes I liked it but not to the point where I can understand why people rate it amongst literature's best work. It read like a child's book, presumably because that's who it was originally written for, but do the other books feel more adult?

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I've finally gave in and decided to read Harry Potter. I've never really thought it was my cup of tea but I'm 2 chapters in and actually enjoying it. Also I visited John Rylands library in Manchester today which has a Harry Potter feel about it as you might be able to see from the picture.

LazyLibrary I never did either. I was 21 when I picked the first up (12 years ago) I thought they were for kids. I'm so happy I finally gave into a friend who insisted I read it. It really is a wonderful story. I felt like it changed my way of thinking! 2y
myers85 @LazyLibrary my friend always goes on about Potter and I've kind of avoided the novels just to be stubborn. But so far so good! Although I'm not telling my friend that... 2y
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The Snack Thief | Andrea Camilleri
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The third Montalbano book is another fantastic novel telling a fun tale seasoned with quirky individuals and Italian characteristics that make these books so unique. Loved it.

ValerieAndBooks I've seen Camilleri at the used bookstore. Your reviews make me intrigued! Should they be read in order?? 2y
myers85 @ValerieAndBooks I've read the first three in order but whilst they do have recurring characters and make light references to previous books you can pick them up at any point. Each novel is its own story so the narratives are continuous. I highly recommend! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Good to know, thanks! I have to admit I didn't pull them off for a closer look before because I had a jerk ex-boss with the same last name. Silly, I know! 2y
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The Snack Thief | Andrea Camilleri
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Camilleri uses some fantastic similies. I don't know if it's an Italian thing or just him, either way it makes the Montalbano novels very unique and fun!

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The Snack Thief | Andrea Camilleri
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I absolutely love the Montalbano novels. Started this one the other day and the detective's blunt remarks have made me laugh out loud several times already. Always a nice humorous escape to Italy.

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The Firm | John Grisham
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Really enjoyed this. A tense novel about a newly graduated lawyer who takes a job that seems to good to be true. The main character is finds himself in a very tricky situation, stuck between the mob and three FBI. Good read!

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The Snack Thief | Andrea Camilleri
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#itsallamystery #sizzlinsummerreads

This arrived in the post today. I love the Montalbano books. Fantastic mystery novels, filled with quirky characters whilst set in my favourite country. I always tend to eat extra Italian meals when reading these books!

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