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You know things are bad when I start posting emotional song lyrics over unrelated background images (this one's a laser garden.)

Really struggling this week - several bad things happening at once - so not managing to read much (although I have started Fool's errand.)

Send hugs and strength and cups of tea please 💔

Bookwormjillk 🤗 hang in there 12h
TheKidUpstairs Sending great big virtual hugs (and gigantic virtual cups of tea) 💝 11h
rockpools 🤗 🫖 🤗 🫖 🤗 11h
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Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 10h
Clare-Dragonfly Sending you a virtual cup of the Sleepytime Echinacea I just made for myself! 9h
Branwen Sending you so much love! 💕 7h
Ruthiella 🫖☕️🤗 Take care! ❤️ 4h
LeticiaToraci Take care ♥️🤗☕ 3h
batsy Hug! Take care ❤️ 3m
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
Thanks for the tag @JenReadsAlot 😊💕

1) Miss Marple. She's smart, unassuming, and she takes no prisoners!

2) Joyce (The Thursday Murder Club). For her positive mental attitude and hilarious commentary.

3) Brienne of Tarth. For her general bad ass-ery and for almost making Jamie Lannister a redeemable character.

You're all tagged!

IndoorDame Love Miss Marple!!! 2d
CBee LOVE #2 and #3!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2d
Dragon Miss Marple and Joyce would be best friends 👍💚🐉 1d
peanutnine Love Joyce! 1d
Eggs Nicely done 🙌🏻❤️👍🏼 1d
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Absolutely loved this!

This is basically an episode of Midsomer Murders wrapped in an episode of Poirot. MY TWO FAVOURITE MURDER THINGS!!!!!

It's a clever and entertaining love letter to detective fiction. Very meta. Some great moments.

I just wish we could read the whole Atticus Pünd series 💕💕


BiblioLitten One of my fav books from last year! I was actually thinking about it two days back (thinking that I wanted to read something similar) ❤️ 3d
RaeLovesToRead @BiblioLitten I need the next one - Moonflower Murders! 😁 3d
Branwen I need to read this! 2d
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen If you're a fan of British murder mysteries on TV, this is a gem! 😊 2d
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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I think any lover of murder mysteries will agree with this page 💕

The whodunnit is a uniquely satisfying format.

KristiAhlers I love that author. Totally enjoyed the book you're reading 4d
dabbe @KristiAhlers Ditto! ❣️ 4d
RaeLovesToRead @KristiAhlers @dabbe This was my first Horowitz and I LOVED it. Added straight to my "best murders" shelf ? 3d
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dabbe @RaeLovesToRead My favorite of his is MORIARTY, a Sherlock pastiche, sort of. He keeps ya reading! 😊 3d
Ruthiella After House of Leaves, you‘re gonna fly to through this book! 3d
RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella Ahhh, the relaxation of being able to read a book without footnotes and upside down bits 😊 3d
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BiblioLitten 🤣🤣 5d
Branwen I see nothing wrong in that picture! 🤔📚📚📚💕 5d
wordslinger42 😂😂😂 5d
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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House of Leaves, or When Houses Attack!

Thank God that's over.

The Pan relates to my reading experience. I do have respect for this book's originality, complexity, and creepiness, but boy did the whole thing give me a headache.

I hated most of this, and yet it is something of a creation.

Esoteric, unconventional, genre-defying, masturbatory, sanity-draining - this is a book that will truly divide opinion.


TrishB Can‘t believe you didn‘t bail! 6d
RaeLovesToRead @TrishB Neither can I, Trish. Neither can I. 6d
julesG Love the review. It's a #MarmiteBook, I suppose. And, I should pick it up again. Shelved it and ignored it. 🤣🤣 6d
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RaeLovesToRead @julesG Don't say I haven't warned you! 😉 6d
SamAnne 😂😂😂😂. This is one I‘ve been contemplating….hmmmm 6d
RaeLovesToRead @SamAnne If you fancy a creepy, esoteric, maddening, multi-layered onion of a book, give it a go! I know lots of people who savoured every bite. For me, it was a bit like eating the whole raw onion bit by bit, but its got an incredible cult following! 😊 6d
DaveGreen7777 After reading this review, I feel “sanity draining” should now be an official sub genre of books! 😁 5d
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 I should start a new shelf 😅 What else would you put on there? Infinite Ground, definitely! (From 2 months ago).. perhaps some Jeff Vandermeer... 5d
Branwen I really respect you for getting through the whole thing! 😵‍💫 I definitely wouldn't have made it! 5d
BonjourYall 😬 completely understand. Definitely was somewhat of a struggle to get through 5d
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen @BonjourYall I can't quite bring myself to get rid of the book now I've finished it... 🙈 Maybe because it cost me so much 😅 c'mon Rae, are you honestly going to read it again?? 🤔 4d
BonjourYall Same 😆 4d
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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So, after 3 years of fortunately avoiding COVID, I've finally been infected 😭 Feeling very sorry for myself.

I can't do anything useful, so it's reading time.

Considered starting something new to cheer myself up, but no... back to my old nemesis 😵

batsy Oh no! Take care and I hope it's very mild 💜 1w
Deblovestoread Hope it is mild and you are on the mend soon. 1w
Bklover Feel better soon!! 1w
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Ruthiella Hope it‘s a mild case and you have a speedy recovery! 🤒❤️ 1w
eeclayton Feel better soon! ❤️ 1w
MicheleinPhilly It‘s the revenge of the desserts! 😉 Rest up and stay hydrated! 1w
dabbe Hope you're soon on the road to recovery. ❣️ 1w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy @Deblovestoread @Bklover @Ruthiella @eeclayton @MicheleinPhilly @dabbe Thank you all for your well wishes! 😊💕 I'm feeling very sorry for myself. Also, I'm starting to think HoL may not have been the most prudent choice of reading material... 😅 1w
RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly Also, yes, I should write this up as a Case Study: the first ever case of dessert-induced COVID 😨 1w
fredamans Wishing you a speedy recovery! 1w
Bklover Yes, you might want to lighten up the reading choice a bit. I‘d feel sorry for myself too. Hang in there!💐 1w
lauraisntwilder Oh no! I hope you feel better soon (and that you read something fun, too)! 1w
rabbitprincess Hope you‘re feeling better soon! Paging Dr Pickles ❤️ 1w
Branwen 😭😭😭 I hope you're on the mend soon! Sending love! 💕 1w
DaveGreen7777 Oh, no, I‘m so sorry! 😭 Hope you make a speedy and full recovery! 🙏 7d
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen @DaveGreen7777 Thank you, friends! ❤ 7d
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I ADORED priory, so it gets an automatic 5 stars from me.

Much less gritty than the worlds of Robin Hobb & GRRM, we are nonetheless plunged into a fully formed, colourful fantasy world.

There's a fair bit of infodumping at the start & several political obstacles work themselves out a bit too conveniently, but I'm rating this one with my heart.

Fierce, feminist, bad-ass, diverse, vivid characters... this is a fantasy must-read 💕


Ruthiella Sounds great! There‘s also no rule, requiring fantasy novels to be gritty! In fact, it‘s a bit of relief. 😅 1w
Megabooks Signed edition 🤩🤩 1w
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squirrelbrain Great review! I have this on Kindle but just never got round to it (yet). 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella The mood I've been in this Winter, I totally agree! (Although I do love my gritty, brutal epics à la Hobb too.) 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks 💃💃💃💃💃💃 (makes up a little bit for me not getting the Illumicrate editions 😵😵😵 (sold out)) 1w
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain Thanks! I'd definitely read it, it was fab. Tag me in your review when you do! 😊 1w
Cinfhen I‘ve seen mad love for this book!!! Are you ready for book two??? 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen I have 2 copies of it because I forgot to bring my copy to the signing and had to buy another!! 🙈 Yes, I'm so excited for the prequel 😊💕 1w
Branwen Yes, yes, YES! 🎉🎉🎉 I'm so glad you loved it! 1w
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
Thanks for the tag @JenReadsAlot 💕

1) Indifferent

2) MAPS!!
Sprayed edges
Shiny gold on the cover
Good quality paper
Anything gothic, art deco, art nouveau

3) Can't get better than Gladstone's Library #gladstonerds

Tagging my queue buddy from Samantha Shannon yesterday @graciemay_says_hey 😄

She is new to Litsy so give her a welcome!

JessClark78 Welcome to Litsy! @graciemay_says_hey 🙂📚 1w
Susanita I saw sprayed edges and knew it was you. 😀 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Susanita Yeaahhhh, I'm starting to get a bit predictable aren't I? 1w
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Eggs @graciemay_says_hey Welcome to Litsy 🥳🥳 1w
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🥳 1w
DaveGreen7777 Welcome to Litsy @graciemay_says_hey 😀📚 @RaeLovesToRead is a celebrity here… and so is Pickles! 😁😸 7d
RaeLovesToRead @graciemay_says_hey @DaveGreen7777 Awww 💕 Not me, but Pickles certainly... 😅 7d
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Five Leaves | Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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I'm not going on a book binge I'm SUPPORTING LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES!!! 😊🥳💃

CBee Ooooo The Trees 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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@MicheleinPhilly I can explain!

I was visiting a couple of friends in Manchester, & it was suggested that we go to Cocoa Cabana.


I'd already bent the No Sweet Stuff rule at breakfast the day before (pancakes with maple syrup... dessert or brunch?) & with dodgily-named cocktails at this hidden BDSM-themed bar (not my idea!)

So it wasn't really a surprise I went rogue.

Biscoff rocky road & Kinder bueno white hot choc 💕

RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly Since my body is not yet a temple, I'm going to be reinstating the dessert ban as soon as I can be arsed to do so! (Basically, I've managed to sneak in a tiffin and a creme egg flavour latte before I have to go back to the sugar-free wasteland 😒) 1w
Cinfhen You go girl!!! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen It was an amazing few days and I regret nothing! 😁💕💕 1w
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Cinfhen That‘s the way to live life 💕💕💕💕 1w
MicheleinPhilly This is my favorite Litsy post ever. Thank you. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 1w
Branwen So delicious looking! 😋 1w
Smrloomis That hot chocolate sounds amazing! (edited) 1w
RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly I'm glad my weekend of sugar-related debauchery amuses you 🤣🤣 I'll get back on track soon. (Probably) Seriously though... this place... I didn't stand a chance 😵 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen @Smrloomis It was so awesome! 😇 1w
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Wild and Wicked Things | Francesca May
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And this is me with Francesca May.

1920s. Gothic. Sapphic. Witches. Sold and SOLD!!!

slategreyskies Okay, sold! As a bonus, it‘s on sale today on Amazon US for $4.99. Thanks for posting about this, because I hadn‘t heard of this book yet, and I just purchased a copy. 🖤✨ 1w
slategreyskies ^^^the Kindle version, that is. :) 1w
RaeLovesToRead @slategreyskies Aww! Awesome! Hope you enjoy it... she was absolutely lovely! 😊 1w
Branwen Oh wow! How awesome is this?!?! 🥰📚💕 1w
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Day of Fallen Night | Samantha Shannon
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Today I went to see Samantha Shannon in conversation with Francesca May and it was AMAZING!!!!!

This is a truly unflattering picture of me, but I'm posting it anyway 😄

She was so interesting and smart and funny and it was great to hear about her inspirations for Roots of Chaos! Can't wait to finish Priory and read the prequel! 💕💕

MicheleinPhilly I think you look adorable. 1w
RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly Nyaaawww 🥰🥰 thanks! 1w
jdiehr You look cute! Love the sweater 😍 1w
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RaeLovesToRead @jdiehr Awww, thank you! 😊❤ 1w
Meshell1313 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 sooo amazing!!!!!! 1w
Branwen OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU WERE THAT CLOSE TO HER! 😍💕📚 How incredible! What was she like!? 1w
Branwen Also, you look SUPER cute in that picture, my friend! 💕 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Meshell1313 It was great!!! 😁💕 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen 🥰🥰🥰 She was amazing - she spoke so much about her historical inspiration for her novels and about feminism and her characters. I'm so glad I got to go ❤ 1w
TheLudicReader Nothing unflattering about that pic. You‘re radiating joy. 1w
RaeLovesToRead @TheLudicReader Aww, thanks. I was completely fangirling and unable to form words! 😅 1w
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Didn't quite manage to get to the end of Priory (p678) before the event tonight, but I can squeeze in a few more pages while waiting for my Dad.

With a creme egg deluxe tea latte at the Bird and Blend 😁🫖

CBee Crème egg, as in Cadbury?? Oooooo ? 1w
marleed Ooh I just googled Bird and Blend Tea and now I know what to gift a sister on her birthday. So thank you! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Yes! Do you guys get Cadbury in the US now? Creme eggs are my weakness. (Well... one of many weaknesses 😅) 1w
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RaeLovesToRead @marleed Awesome! I hope your sister likes it! ❤ 1w
CBee @RaeLovesToRead oh YES, and they are some of my favorites too! We‘ve had the Crème Eggs since I was a kid ? 1w
MicheleinPhilly Is the fast finally done??? 1w
RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly OK, so... there were... "complications" this weekend... let me explain in a post... 1w
batsy Did you enjoy it? I'm not a big fantasy fan but dragons are fun and I've always been curious about this one. 1w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy 100% 😁 I do love fantasy though... especially epic, character-driven fantasy! It's probably a good entry point for the genre because it's colourful and not too grim and there's lots going on. (Just beware, there is quite a bit of infodumping at the start... but once you're into it... amazing!) 1w
batsy @RaeLovesToRead Thank you! I appreciate that it's likely to be a good entry point. Now I just have to make time for it 😆 1w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy It's lighter than Robin Hobb (who I adore, but who is pretty serious). Tag me when you read it! 1w
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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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Ruthiella I‘ve already read four of those in the past . I picked up this on a whim at the library 1w
Cinfhen I‘ve read and really liked 1w
Cortg Oooh, thanks for putting this together! The one in the middle, Bunny, is super weird but I oddly enjoyed it. I‘m thinking about reading Cursed Bunny or the tagged book 🐇🐰🐇 1w
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sarahbarnes What @Cinfhen said - I really liked Rabbits for Food. 1w
BarbaraBB I‘ve read three of these. I enjoyed Rabbit Run and Cursed Bunnies! 1w
rabbitprincess Someday I will read Wow, No Thank You because of that cover 😂 1w
RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella @Cinfhen @Cortg @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB @rabbitprincess These are all on my TBR 😊 and yes, the bunneh on Wow, No Thank You is craaaazy cute! 🥰🐰 1w
CBee My contribution (not that you asked but 🤷‍♀️😂) would be 1w
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Awesome! I feel like I need to start a new shelf on GR, entitled Bunnehhhs 🐰🐰🐰 1w
CBee @RaeLovesToRead you should! Because bunnies 🐰 💚 1w
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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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It's official.

I've overdone it on the books!

I came home from Manchester with bags of them and these beauties were waiting for me when I got home too 😇

I now need to re-establish order and control in my life 🧘🏼‍♀️

LeeRHarry Love that copy of a Weyward 💕 1w
JamieArc I‘ve been meaning to ask how #SpendLess2023 was going for you 😂😂 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Where did you get the copy of Weyward? It‘s beautiful 😻 1w
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BiblioLitten Oh beautiful books😍 1w
julesG 😍🤣🤣 1w
RaeLovesToRead @LeeRHarry @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It's the Waterstones exclusive edition! Think it's still available online 💕 1w
RaeLovesToRead @JamieArc OK, so there may have been a teeny, tiny hiccup 😬😬😅 I need an intervention!!!! I think I made it 6 weeks without the scent of new books in my nostrils... and then I went on a Godzilla-style bookstore rampage 😶‍🌫️😶‍🌫️ I need to come up with an action plan because I don't actually have a regular job at the moment 😵 1w
RaeLovesToRead @BiblioLitten @julesG and they're MIIIIINE, all miiiine 😁💕💕💕 1w
JamieArc @RaeLovesToRead Well, I built into my plan the allowance for a couple of buying binges. Perhaps you can say that as well 😁. I had to tighten up my budget saving for vacation, but once I get back I might be in a little trouble, suffering from book-buying withdrawal! 1w
RaeLovesToRead @JamieArc I think a monthly "book budget" may be a good tactic. The last few weeks I borked things PHENOMENALLY!!!!! If I give myself an allowance (and allow it to roll over), that means I can get the exclusive editions before they sell out, but I won't go completely off piste (like this month haha) ? 1w
Branwen These are so beautiful I can't even handle it! 😱 1w
julesG 🐉🐲 1w
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Ship of Theseus | Doug Dorst, V. M. Straka, Jeffrey Jacob Abrams
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So the two mystery books were Ship of Theseus, and The Pisces 😊

Well done @Soubhiville for guessing The Pisces!

These were ordered to my table with a cup of tea and a ginger beer. Literally all cafés should have books to order...

Thanks for guessing @Meshell1313 @DaveGreen7777 @Ruthiella

Ruthiella Mystery solved! 😀 2w
Liz_M Ooooh, The Ship of Theseus is a fun, odd book! The typography is right up there with H(A)PPY and The House of Leaves! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Liz_M I'm not exactly enjoying House of Leaves 🤣🤣 I must be a glutton for punishment. Will have a look at h(a)ppy too... not heard of that one... 2w
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Chapter One Books | Manchester, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Chilling at Chapter One! Bookshop café 💕 I need to come back to Manchester more often.

Now, let's see what I did with my enigmatic book parcels...

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ACTUALLY... does anyone want to play Guess-what-book-lies-in-these-mysterious-parcels??

I'll give you clues...

- A story within a story, and rather a chunkster!

- An astrological-sounding debut novel, with sea creatures

Answer in the comments and I'll let you know later if you're right 😉

No prizes, but you have my permission to be smug 😘

Soubhiville The Starless Sea and Pisces? 2w
Meshell1313 ? Love this though! So fun! 2w
DaveGreen7777 Hmmm… I‘ll go with “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield and “The Son of Neptune” by Rick Riordan 🤔 2w
Ruthiella Chunkster story within a story could be SO MANY books! 😂 The Shadow of the Wind by C. Ruiz Zafon. For the other, I‘ve not read it, but maybe 🤔 2w
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Don't you all wish you were this cosy?? 😊
Snuggly Bramble 💕

Bookwormjillk Love those eyes! 2w
Soubhiville So pretty. 2w
Leftcoastzen What a cutie!😻 2w
dabbe Blissful Bramble! ❣️🐾❣️ 2w
Branwen I love her face! 😻♥️ 2w
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Chapter One Books | Manchester, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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Another excellent day for literature 💕

Will post my adventures tomorrow when I'm back home, but for now here are two enigmatically wrapped books I got from Chapter One in Manchester.

There's something immensely satisfying about paying for books and a cup of tea in a single transaction!

Branwen Ooooh! They're so beautifully wrapped! 😍 Books and tea in one place?!?! Heaven! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen I want to go back and stay there all day! 2w
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And finally (sorry for all the spam!) here is my friend Kirsty's book haul 😁

You can definitely see the Rae influence here 😅💕

dabbe A book haul could NEVER be SPAM on Litsy! ❣️🤣❣️ 2w
DaveGreen7777 Hee hee, you are clearly a good influence on her! 😁📚 2w
RaeLovesToRead @dabbe Haha... soooo many bookish things happened today! (Plus some pancakes thrown in for good measure 😁) 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 I like to think so 😇 2w
Branwen PRIORY! 😱🥰 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen So good!!! 🥰 2w
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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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Today's book haul. OK... book hauls.

New book buying ban to be implemented soon 😬


Mandoul Thats some haul 👌 To:ky:oo looks really good. 2w
dabbe I can smell the paper from here.❣️ 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Mandoul I ADORE Liam Wong's photography. He does the kind of cyberpunk-esque nightscapes that speak to my soul 😄 If you get a chance to have a look at his work, do it!! 😁 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @dabbe Three bookshops (two independent) and I am SO excited about the results! 😊🙃 2w
Soubhiville I ❤️ Samantha Irby! Just preordered her new book. 2w
TheSpineView Score!💙📘📚📚📚 2w
Branwen WHAT A FANTASTIC HAUL! 💕📚💕 Which one are you most excited for? 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen ALL OF THEM!!! Probably the Liam Wong, the Irby and the new Hanna Jameson (because I loved The Last so much) 2w
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Just a little teaser for you all... 💕

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When you're out having sushi and your friend pulls out a book 🤣🤣

AmyG Ha! 2w
Clare-Dragonfly *double-checks avatar* Are YOU the friend who pulled out a book? 😂 (edited) 2w
dabbe 🤣🤣🤣 2w
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RaeLovesToRead @Clare-Dragonfly Hehe, nope, I'm on the left. Although, yes this could easily have been the other way round 🤣🤣 2w
Branwen I do this to people all the time! 😂 Everyone is just used to my bookish behavior by now! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Book vs Rae round 1. Book 1 Rae 0 🤣🤣 2w
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Pancakes, sushi & cocktails with very cheeky names 😉💕

Branwen Mmmmm! 😋 2w
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House of books and friends, Manchester 💕

Leftcoastzen So cool! 2w
Branwen It looks so delightful! 2w
batsy That looks like heaven! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Leftcoastzen @Branwen @batsy This place is amazing and made me wish I still lived in Manchester! 2w
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And this is Bramble who gets 10 out of 10 automatically for being adorable! #catsoflitsy

dabbe Beautiful Bramble sure does get a 10/10! Dat face! Da orange paws! ❣️🐾❣️ 2w
Johanna414 She is stunning!! 2w
Leftcoastzen Oh my goodness! So beautiful!😻 2w
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Susanita Does she have Tortitude? 2w
thegreensofa 😻😻😻 2w
thereadingreference Looks like my tortie girl! ❤️ Love them 2w
Branwen I already love Bramble! 😻 2w
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Staying with a friend. This is her bookshelf... how many out of 10 shall we give her? 🤔😄

vivastory Beyond Black is one of my fave books of all time. Automatic 10 out of 10
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vivastory Bonus points for The Blind Assassin 2w
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LeeRHarry I see Small Pleasures - top marks! 2w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory @MicheleinPhilly @LeeRHarry Aww, she will be very pleased, I'm sure! 😄😊 2w
Soubhiville Some great books there! 2w
Ruthiella Nice mix of titles,genres, etc. Very orderly. Not afraid of a chunkster. Judges say: a 10 out of 10! 👍 2w
Branwen Oooooh The Eighth Life is so so good! 😍 2w
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The World We Make | N. K. Jemisin
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I found a sprayed edges version of The City We Became on ebay to replace the one I lost / gave away. Balance restored 🧘🏼‍♀️

marleed I literally have a shelf in my ‘reading room‘. that is my give-away shelf (mostly to FLLs on my walks). My success at just lending books seems to be 0%. When I host bookclub I quickly point out this shelf available for the taking and also sing the praises of our easily accessible wonderful public lending library as well as prolific thrift stores! I love to give away / cull a book but only when I‘m ready! 2w
Branwen Gorgeous! 💕📚 2w
RaeLovesToRead @marleed I am forever caught in a cycle of trying to pass books on and clear space... then thinking ooh... maybe I would like to read that again 🤔 I tend to only keep my faves 1w
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Picklefloof 🥰

#catsoflitsy #picklescat

dabbe This is a come-love-me face if I ever saw one! Precious Pickles!❣️🐾❣️ 2w
julesG Hey Pickles! 2w
Liz_M Hi pretty Pickles! 2w
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Susanita I want to boop that nose. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @dabbe Always got love for my Pickles 😊💕💕💕 2w
RaeLovesToRead @Susanita She likes being booped! 😄 2w
Clare-Dragonfly 😻😻😻 2w
MissHel Pickles?! I love her! 2w
Gissy Hi Pickels!👋😻♥️♥️♥️ 2w
Bette 🐱❤️ 2w
batsy What a cutie! 2w
Cathythoughts Pickles loves the camera 🥰 2w
Branwen Hi Pickles! 😻 2w
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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Four more exclusive hardback editions arrived today! Two of which have beautiful edges too 🥰🥰🥰

MicheleinPhilly I see that book buying diet is going well. 😜 3w
RaeLovesToRead @MicheleinPhilly 🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫🤫 (it's the exclusive editions 😶 they sell out!.... I'm only mortal... 🙃) 3w
BarbaraBB That Birnam Wood edition looks fantastic 3w
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AnneCecilie They look stunning 😍 3w
Cathythoughts Wow 💫 3w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie @Cathythoughts I'm so obsessed with pretty new hardbacks 🥰 2w
batsy Oooh, lovely. I've got the Frankopan on my TBR and that edition is beautiful. I've also got a previous book of his still TBR 🙈 2w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy I got the Silk Roads last week and I plan on reading it before this one. The edges though... I couldn't resist!! 😁😁😁 2w
AnneCecilie I remember when e-books were first introduced and the talk about why people should buy physical copies. All this beautiful editions make it obvious that a book is not just a book. 2w
RaeLovesToRead @AnneCecilie I do read ebooks sometimes, but nothing beats the arrival of beautiful new books 🥰🥰🥰 2w
rockpools Soooo pretty. The Earth Transformed looks amazing. I‘m not a big book-buyer (sacrilege, I know) but these make me think maybe I should be 📚😍 2w
RaeLovesToRead @rockpools Don't end up like me - unable to walk across the room due to the sheer number of tomes in the way 🤣🤣 I've joined waiting lists for Illumicrate and Goldboro Sci Fi & Fantasy now too 🙃😇 2w
rockpools @RaeLovesToRead Let‘s see how long I resist googling illumicrate - purely for informational purposes…. 2w
Branwen THE PAGE EDGES! 🥹💕 2w
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The Lord of the Rings | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Me: I need to be really careful with money until I'm sure I've got some work lined up... this is going to mean that I can only make purchases that are absolutely necessary...


Me: oh crap...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa So pretty…and yes, they are so mean. They just bought a design for a Nightmare Before Christmas one that looks great too (edited) 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Do you think we could start a GoFundMe to buy Legos 🤔 3w
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Meshell1313 😮NEED! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Hahaha, YES!!!! Good idea!!! There's an incredible castle out at the moment too 😭😭😭 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Meshell1313 It's so beautiful!!!!! Do I have anywhere to put it? That's not the point! 😄😅 3w
CBee OH MY 😍😍😍 3w
RaeLovesToRead @CBee I can file this under 'Household Essentials' right? 3w
CBee @RaeLovesToRead absolutely 💯😂 3w
PathfinderNicole I HAVE to have this!! 3w
Soubhiville 😲😲😲 3w
Enchanted_Bibliophile 😍😍😍😍 3w
BookwormAHN I want this so much 😻 3w
RaeLovesToRead @PathfinderNicole @Soubhiville @Enchanted_Bibliophile @BookwormAHN It must be mine... but how 🤔Dress up as LEGO elf as a disguise and then stage a LEGO store heist??? 🤔 3w
BookwormAHN We'll use the Ring 😸 3w
Branwen This is absolutely a necessary purchase! 😍😍😍 2w
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I think one of the best things about reading fantasy fiction is that it gives you new worlds to dream in.

I do, however, have beef with Shannon about something that happened on page 236 😠

TrishB I can‘t remember page 236 exactly and I‘m too lazy to run upstairs! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @TrishB It might be one of those things where you think it's gone a certain way, so you're all Oh Noooooooo, but then everything turns out OK in the end, yes? Right? RIGHT?!?!?! 3w
TrishB 😁 I will have to check later…. 3w
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Non-fiction additions to my library!

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#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks 💕

Here's my Bookspin card for March. My TBRtarot pick was already on the list so I substituted Legends & Lattes.

Looks good to me! 🥰

LiteraryinLawrence I definitely recommend fitting in True Biz! My whole family read it over the summer so we could discuss it and it was thumbs up from everyone. 💗 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @LiteraryinLawrence I'll be reading it in the next few months even if I don't squeeze it in this month 😊 Glad you all liked it! I'm using it for #pop23 - a book featuring two different languages 3w
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This book was grim, but also brilliant.

It's an excruciating portrait of a lonely, unattractive (we are told), middle aged woman who bores her only "friends" to death each Sunday. She's not got any money, but at least she has her faith, right?.... right?

Well-written, believable characters, vivid, tragic, poignant. This is a highly effective piece of storytelling; just be prepared for 250 pages of joyless misery!


RaeLovesToRead @Liz_M I'm going to have to read some books about single ladies having an EXCELLENT time in their 40s to cheer myself up! 3w
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RaeLovesToRead @Liz_M Added to stack! Looks like fun 😊 3w
batsy I loved this book so much! One of the highlights of the #nyrbbookclub and yes @Liz_M top tier #spinsterlit 😁 3w
vivastory Boosting the comments by my #NYRBBookClub comrades @batsy & @Liz_M Fantastic (if grim) novel 3w
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory @batsy @Liz_M Sounds like a great book club 😊 I'm definitely going to read something cheerful next though! 3w
vivastory Lol understandable! The final segment of the book I think was one of the most harrowing of any of our selections 3w
LeahBergen What @batsy said! This is a real favourite of mine. 3w
Bookwomble "250 pages of joyless misery" sounds like my sweet spot! ? 3w
RaeLovesToRead @LeahBergen It's a truly excellent character study 😊 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Bookwomble Hehe, if that's what you're into, you're in for a treat! 😄 3w
Bookwomble @RaeLovesToRead I find Marvin the Paranoid Android a bit too annoyingly chirpy 🤖😄 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Bookwomble In that case, get some Radiohead on in the background, light some candles and read some Judith Hearne. If that's still too cheerful, then might I suggest A Little Life, or perhaps Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. 3w
Bookwomble @RaeLovesToRead Radiohead? Cheerful! 🎉 (Maybe I'm not as miserable as I make out 😄) 3w
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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#TBRtarot @CBee

If I'm going for the bookshelf nearest to me, I guess I'll be reading The Love Hypothesis.

This also works for #pop23 - a book that started out as fan fiction, I believe.

I don't usually read romance because I'm a cranky curmudgeon (or maybe because my own love life is so perpetually depressing 🤣😶‍🌫️) Let's see if you can melt my Scroogy heart, Hazelwood.

CBee I don‘t usually read romance either, BUT I have this one and actually kind of look forward to it 🤭 3w
AmyG Not a romance book fan either but every once in a while I find one I enjoy. Hope this is it for you. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @CBee @AmyG We shall see! 😄 3w
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Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck
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How many Steinbecks do you reckon this counts as for #AuthorAMonth ??

1 or 6?? 😁😁

It has nice Deluxe rumply edges 💕

Amiable I'd say it counts as 6. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Amiable Woo! 🥳🥳 3w
dabbe A novel is a novel is a novel. Definitely a 6. 😊 3w
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Megabooks 6! 3w
Daisey I say 6, especially since I bought the Kindle version but doubt I will actually read all of them this month. Starting with Cannery Row. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @dabbe @Megabooks @Daisey Litsy has spoken! 😁 Although, I doubt I'll get through them quickly - I have so many reads on the go! 3w
AvidReader25 Cannery Row is one of my favorites! 3w
Bklover Six! 2w
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Thursday Night Widows | Claudia Pieiro
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Two more new arrivals. I saw that @Branwen was enjoying I have some questions for you, and the Jennifer Egan quote had me intrigued.

I bought Thursday Night Widows after reading (and liking) Elena Knows, and finding out that the author was known for writing crime. This will be my first Argentinian murder mystery!

sarahbarnes I‘ve also wanted to read that book by Piñeiro after loving Elena Knows! Will be interested to hear what you think of it! (edited) 3w
rockpools Exactly what @sarahbarnes said. Let us know? 3w
RaeLovesToRead @sarahbarnes @rockpools I will try to remember to tag you both when I read it! 😊 3w
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BarbaraBB Another Piñeiro! I had no idea! 3w
Branwen *gasps* 😍😍😍 I am so excited for you! I really really hope you love the Makkai book! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB Yeah, apparently she's the third most translated Argentinian author! (Yes, I did just read that off the Elena Knows bookjacket to make myself look smart 🤣🤣) 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen NEW BOOKS! *happy dance* 3w
sarahbarnes Ah, thank you!! 😊 3w
BarbaraBB 😂 3w
batsy Pls tag me, too! I'd love to read more Pineiro 😊 @BarbaraBB Think there's a few of the crime novels available in English! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @batsy I will try to remember 😊 I love crime novels in translation! 3w
BarbaraBB Really @batsy ? I must find out about that! 3w
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Is this book any good? No idea!
Has it got good reviews? *shrug* Not sure.
Has anyone you know read it? Didn't check.

Did you buy it because of the edges, Rae? 😏😶‍🌫️

BeaG Where did you purchase? 3w
RaeLovesToRead @BeaG This is the Waterstones exclusive edition 😊 3w
AnneCecilie I can completely understand that. Those edges is stunning 😍 3w
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5feet.of.fury It is gorgeous! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @AnneCecilie @5feet.of.fury Let's hope the book is good too 😅 3w
Johanna414 If nothing else, it's going to look sooooo pretty on display! 😍 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Johanna414 I need to make a gorgeous edges shelf. Display them all edges out 🥰 3w
MissHel That‘s gorgeous and the summary looks great! 3w
RaeLovesToRead @MissHel I'll probably read Song of Achilles first, but I've got a few Greek retellings to read now 😊 3w
Reggie Fun fact because of her I‘m pretty sure that‘s where the word menstruation comes from. 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Reggie Is that so?? 😮 3w
Reggie @RaeLovesToRead maybe not. I just looked it up and no, but I could have sworn in Mrs.Gunderson‘s 9th grade Greek mythology she mentioned that. And she even made a joke about it because in this story she kills her husband. My bad. 3w
Branwen Hahahaha! I do the SAME thing! I am 100% more likely to buy a book if it has sprayed page edges! If the book happens to be good - that's a bonus! 🤣 2w
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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Thanks for the tag @JenReadsAlot 💕
#wondrouswednesdsy @Eggs

1) Expands my mind - knowledge, imagination, empathy. Sometimes I even enjoy it 😋

2) I'm looking forward to reading my current reads:- The Priory of the Orange Tree & Magpie Murders.

3) Stuart Turton (mystery with a difference), and even more recently, I've been impressed by Tom Hindle, David Olusoga, Kiley Reid, Masako Togawa, Dave Eggers, and Emily St John Mandel.

Eggs Thanks for the thoughtful responses 🧁 3w
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The Atlas Six | Olivie Blake
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As yet unread sprayed edge beauties 💕💕

I thought I had more than this in my collection 🤔🤔

AmyG One is nicer than the next. 3w
Sparklemn They are breathtaking! Please tell me that the one with the periodic table is Lessons in Chemistry! 3w
reading.rainb0w Gorgeous 😍 3w
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RaeLovesToRead @Sparklemn Yep, it is! 😊 3w
RaeLovesToRead @AmyG @reading.rainb0w My collection grows! 💕💕💕 3w
Megabooks Gorgeous!!! 🤩🤩 you‘ve got to get to 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks I think it'll be that or The Night Circus for my next book club meet 😊 Is Lessons in Chemistry a cheerful read overall?? 3w
Megabooks I didn‘t see it as dark, but it is about sexism. I thought the way she took it on was practical, funny, and feminist, though. And six-thirty is the best canine character of all time!! (edited) 3w
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks So, annoying perhaps, but not hideously depressing? Sounds good 👍🏻 3w
Megabooks Exactly! 3w
Branwen I'm obsessed with how gorgeous these all are! 2w
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The Cloisters | Katy Hays
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Mum let me have my books early 💕 I am so addicted to Waterstones Exclusive Editions!!! Aren't they beautiful? 🥰


Meshell1313 Oh so pretty! 4w
PathfinderNicole That one for The Cloisters is so freaking amazing 4w
Clare-Dragonfly Gorgeous!!! 4w
Branwen OH. MY. GOD! 😱 They're all absolutely gorgeous! 🥰💕😵‍💫 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Pickles wants to know where everybody went?! Now it's just me, she's wholly unimpressed with the Customer Service experience.

Also, it's cold outside, so naturally that is also my fault 😅😅

#picklescat #catsoflitsy

Bklover Aww scritches to Pickles!❤️❤️ 4w
Ruthiella Human! Entertain me! 😹😹😹😻 4w
Leftcoastzen 😂😻👏 4w
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JenReadsAlot Omg so cute 😻 4w
ElizaMarie Pickles!!! 4w
dabbe Priceless Pickles! ❣️🐾❣️ 4w
Gissy 😻❤️❤️❤️ 4w
Branwen Why does she make the BEST faces!? 😹😻 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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OK, so I'm organising a Murder Mystery Evening. Let's have two teams:

Team One (Detectives): Poirot, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Myron Bolitar

Team Two (Quick-witted): Tyrion, Elizabeth Bennett, Gandalf, Hermione Granger

I predict Team Two will be victorious after Sherlock & Poirot waste time fighting over who is the greatest detective of all time.

Also, there will be vol-au-vents & a roller disco. Maybe.

vivastory 🤣🤣 It's a valid question 🕵️‍♂️ 4w
Bette Love your teams! ❤️ 4w
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Leniverse I think maybe your team two will be too busy snarking to actually do any sleuthing. Meanwhile Miss Marple will quietly observe all the bickering and then announce she's solved it all. 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Bette Thanks! 😄 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Leniverse I'm imagining Miss Marple and Gandalf peeling off with their cocktails, giving up on all the "young folks" and solving it together. OH MY GOSH!!! The Marple & Gandalf Mysteries... I am HERE. FOR. THIS! 4w
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead @Leniverse "It is difficult to know quite where to begin this story, but I have fixed my choice on a certain Wednesday at luncheon at the vicarage. Having already had second breakfast and elevenses, I was preparing for luncheon when I was rudely interrupted..." 4w
Leniverse @vivastory @RaeLovesToRead Tolking/Christie crossover fanfic ftw 4w
Branwen Okay this is AMAZING! 🥰💕 Now I desperately want you to write this out scene by scene! 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Can you imagine if I came to a publisher with this? 🤣🤣🤣 4w
Deblovestoread Thanks for the tag! 💜 you have very clever pairing and I‘d want to be the fly in the wall 😂 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Deblovestoread Aww, thanks! (Although if you've been following the comments, it's all about the Gandalf/Marple spin-off 🤣🤣🤣) 4w
Susanita How can I improve on a Gandalf & Miss Marple crossover? 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Susanita If my murder mystery doesn't work out, I'm totally going to write this! 😆 4w
Catsandbooks This and the comments are awesome!! 😂 thanks for the tag! 4w
julesG You should totally write this. 🤣🤣🤣 I'm happy to alpha and beta-read. 4w
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Just the two of us this weekend 💕 (you could at least pretend to be happy about it, Pickles!)

#picklescat #catsoflitsy

julesG I think Pickles is very happy about it sleeping off the stress. 4w
RaeLovesToRead @julesG Yeah, a couple of days of peace and quiet ? Although you should have seen the look she gave me when I let her in this morning. It was all, "ten o clock? What time do you call this, hooman? I was ready for breakfast 2 hours ago!" She's not impressed with the service ? 4w
julesG Breakfast at 8??? That would allow me to sleep in. HRH #ShadowCat starts annoying me (by doing gravity experiments) at 5.33am every damn day. Always the same precise time. 4w
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Leftcoastzen Pickles may already shopping for better staff!😁 4w
Yuki_Onna Pickles! 😽 4w
RaeLovesToRead @julesG Fortunately Pickles goes out at night, so I just get an accusing stare first thing 😅 I've been getting up at midday recently, so 10am is an early start 😁 Just gone back through all your Shadow cat pictures. So fricking cute 🥰 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Leftcoastzen 🤣🤣🤣🤣 haha, true 4w
Branwen Hi sweet Pickles! 😽💕 4w
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Way to evade actually creating anything #13: buy books on creativity 😉

BarbaraBB Oohh, there‘ll be a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers in that book I guess! I want to read it too - for that reason 4w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB I don't ever wanna feeeeeel, like I did that day, take me to the place I looooove, take me all the way 4w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB I think that's supposed to be a CD on the cover, but all I can see is a boob 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ 4w
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BarbaraBB It‘s your dirty mind 😉 I saw the CD immediately 😂 4w
BarbaraBB Under the bridge downtown is where I drew some blood under the bridge downtown I could not get enough 4w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB 🤣🤣🤣 if I had a dirty mind, surely I could have chosen some spicier chilis lyrics 😉 hahaha 4w
BarbaraBB That is so true 😂😂😂 4w
vivastory I'd read this for beastie boys anecdotes 4w
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#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Here is my March list. A couple of book club books. An author I'm going to see speak. Some cheerful mysteries. A couple of graphic novels. #tbrtarot (whatever that may be!) My #roll100 picks. Some popsugaring. The DeVallance completionist back catalogue (😉 @The_Penniless_Author ) aaaaaaand the shortest book about art that I own.

It's going to be a good month! 🤞🏻🤞🏻

ElizaMarie I just love your handwriting! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
The_Penniless_Author You can't complete what you never start, Watts 🤨😂 4w
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BarbaraBB The tagged book is fantaatic 4w
RaeLovesToRead @ElizaMarie Awww thanks! 😊 4w
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Yes I can! Watch me! 4w
RaeLovesToRead @BarbaraBB Awesome! It's a rec from @The_Penniless_Author and we've chosen it for book club 😊 4w
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What I love most about this book is how Shon Faye sets her own terms. Explosive, uncompromising, and very, very timely, this is a sharp and comprehensive manifesto for trans equality.

Some of Faye's rhetoric relied too heavily on the reader agreeing with principles such as anti-capitalism. Human rights should be championed regardless of where one sits on the political spectrum.

Still, essential reading! Very important and well argued.


Texreader Excellent review 1mo
RaeLovesToRead @Texreader Aw, thanks! 😊💕 1mo
Branwen Ooooh this looks incredible! 😱 I'll have to try it! 4w
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Lots of food for thought! 4w
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