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readeatretreat

readeatretreat

Joined June 2016

Publicity at Hodder and Hodderscape 📚🧙🏼‍♂️
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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
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The Familiars by Stacey Halls
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What a cliffhanger 😱

A really strong sequel to #RedRising!

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Current audiobook 🌘✨

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How I miss my reading buddy. Tiger Lily passed on the morning of 17th December, unexpectedly, just a few days before I was to come home for Christmas.

Home will never quite be the same without her.

RaimeyGallant I'm so sorry for your loss. 11mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m so sorry. She was a beauty. ❤️❤️ 11mo
Dolly So sorry to hear that. 💔 11mo
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Feeling very lucky to be working on this incredible book! It‘s almost too gorgeous to read. Almost.

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Such a lovely gift to start off my exciting new job in publishing! I am not a confident speaker at all, so this is going to be so useful ☺️

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How I loved this book! A time travel narrative with a romance at its heart. So moving.

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Young Jane Young | Gabrielle Zevin
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Couldn‘t help but pick this one up at the library! Such an easy read but brings up some serious questions about how we treat people at the centre of scandals, and when/if we allow them to move on with their lives.

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So very excited to read this.

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The Romanovs: 1613-1918 | Simon Sebag Montefiore
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My #12daysofbookstagram #flatlay featuring a book that has been on my TBR for a while. It‘s beautiful and I‘m excited to read it, but a little intimidated!

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My #bookstack for #12daysofbookstagram! A bit of a mixed bag 😁

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How am I just discovering Laini Taylor now? So far I am loving this, and really dying to go back to Prague now! For anyone doing #12daysofbookstagram over on Insta, this is my Day 1 #currentread.

raelaschoenherr I see her books all over and feel like I really need to finally read her! (P.S. I‘m an editor by day too ☺️) 2y
GypsyKat I just finished this and loved it! It‘s my first time reading anything by her too. 😊 2y
readeatretreat @raelaschoenherr ooh what do you edit? I‘m in the wonderful world of court transcripts and AGMs 🙄 2y
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readeatretreat @GypsyKat I really liked it too! I have the next one sitting waiting for me 😁 2y
GypsyKat @readeatretreat I‘m really liking the series! I just started the third and last one today. 👍 2y
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"The land she tilled and worked had been Indian land. She knew the white men bragged about the efficiency of the massacres, where they killed women and babies, and strangled their futures in the crib.

Stolen bodies working stolen land. It was an engine that did not stop, its hungry boiler fed with blood."

#weneeddiversebooksclub #ownvoices

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This Or That?: Quiz Book | Emma MacLaren Henke
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#litsythisorthat: Tea (but I don't really drink either) 📚 Dogs 📚 Binge read 📚 Salty 📚 Marvel 📚 Beer 📚 Listen 📚 Cold 📚 Treat!

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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One advantage of being laid up: lots of time to read! I had my second foot surgery this morning and it seems to have gone well, but will be using crutches for about six weeks. Now here's hoping there will be no more! I have a week off work ahead, so I'm losing myself in the Grisha Trilogy to start ☺

JoeStalksBeck Oh no! Feel better! 3y
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This would be a lovely book to read at any time, but was especially fitting before my trip to Rome last week. We stayed near to where Doerr and his family lived during their time in the city and explored many of the same places. So fun to combine my reading with 'real life'! Here's the view from the Ponte Sisto at sunset. And if anyone wants a great B&B near the Basilica, A Casa di Nannali is AMAZING 🙌🏼

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Euphoria | Lily King
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I buy way too many books, so I've joined the library! Here are this month's picks. Also discovered inter-library loan so I was able to get my hands on Beyond the Sky and the Earth 😁

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Willing to bet I know what this Blind Date with a Book is! #litsyfeature

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12 Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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This month I'm enjoying (not the right word, but you know what I mean) a #slowread courtesy of the very cool #serialreader. #ReadJanuary

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Who would have guessed longitude could be so interesting?! Okay, some of the math and science stuff is going over my head a little, but the story is fascinating. My one criticism is that the author relates apocryphal things as being true events, so at times I've gone 'Wow, I want to know more about that' only to discover that the event in question is widely thought to be made up. Still, with a pinch of salt, this is well written and a great read.

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Five Go Gluten-Free | Bruno Vincent
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Time for a humorous interlude in my #24in48 after finishing My Name is Leon!

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My Name Is Leon | Kit de Waal
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Really enjoying my #Audible pick this month, read by the very charming Lenny Henry ☺

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The Foxes Come at Night | Cees Nooteboom
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My first #BookVoyage arrived! This month it's The Netherlands ☺ I'm looking forward to tucking in to this one and am also going to try the tea... ☕️🇳🇱 #LitsyFeature

AAmuses Wow, you even have Haagsche Hopjes! 3y
readeatretreat @AAmuses Yes, every box includes a brew and a treat from the country too! It's really cute ☺ 3y
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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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Just got my first book in the #savetheculture book exchange! I don't know who sent this, but I love The Count of Monte Cristo and it's been many years since I read it!

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The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
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"I've always liked rote. The formulaic repetitiveness of filing and stuffing envelopes appeals to me in some fundamental life-affirming way. I would've made a good factory worker, supply-room clerk, or Hollywood scriptwriter." Man, this guy is witty.

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Goodreads #YearinBooks! So glad I finally tackled War and Peace! It took nearly three months 😬

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Second half of my #2016TopTenBooks! Featuring my favourites, All the Light We Cannot See and The Secret Life of Bees. Both utterly beautiful. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden was unlike anything I usually enjoy, but was so funny and clever. The Color Purple and The Handmaid's Tale are classics I think every woman should read. #HappyNewYear folks! #TopReadsof2016

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Asking For It | Louise O'Neill
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The first half of my #2016TopTenBooks. No particular order or genre here. Asking for It was devastating but truthful. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes oddly life-affirming and delightfully morbid. Fried Green Tomatoes and From Sand and Ash made me happy in very different ways. Kitty Genovese deeply sad but fascinating. #TopReadsof2016

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This book has changed my life - or, more appropriately, my death. Besides being a fascinating (and funny!) memoir of working in a crematorium, this exposes the culture of 'death denial' that fuels the funeral industry, playing on our fear of dying and decomposing. I have a whole new perspective on death and funeral arrangements and no dread about the finality of it all anymore! Seriously good and important read. #litsyfeature

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Into the Darkest Corner | Elizabeth Haynes
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For #AllHallowsRead I gave Into the Darkest Corner to my 'work wife' because our Friday was HARD and she was super stressed out. This book is awesome and terrifying because the horror is so real; domestic violence is happening every day and Elizabeth Haynes does a disturbingly good job of portraying the isolation and fear that abusers create. The scariest thought is that the worst monsters are among us.

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The Hundred and One Dalmatians | Dodie Smith, David Roberts
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This #nationalcatday Tiger Lily is not impressed with the wig for my Cruella De Vil costume!

BookishMarginalia Well, cats are tough customers and even tougher critics! 3y
MrBook What @BookishMarginalia said ☝🏻️! 😻😻😻 3y
readeatretreat @BookishMarginalia @MrBook They are! Now I just have to stop her nesting in it 😂 3y
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Of course I had to go with LOTR for #mapsinbooks #somethingforsept!

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This is my favourite of the Pottermore Presents collections, mostly because it includes insight and backstory for two of my favourite characters - McGonagall and Lupin. Much more satisfying dip back into the world than the Cursed Child for me. And the cover art is *so* beautiful. #harrypotter

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Here are just some of my unread Kindle books! Not including author collections, folk and fairytale compilations or paper books 😩 I need to stop buying for a while!

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I love Greek mythology, and so far this book is a really fun collection of some of the best tales!

Pictured: Heracles/Hercules

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This one is tough going. My faith in humanity and our innate goodness is being eroded page by page. Any recommendations for books to restore it? 😞

Pic: The Book Castle

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Happy #NationalBookLoversDay! I read into the wee hours this morning to finish The Handmaid's Tale. I loved it as much as *everyone* said I would, but I didn't sleep well after closing the book. This story chilled me and will play on my mind for days, months even. It's brilliant. Its messages are still so relevant. There are a few loose ends but that didn't bother me (for once). It seemed fitting to the world and the story. 5/5

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Happy #NationalBookLoversDay! I read into the wee hours this morning to finish The Handmaid's Tale. I loved it as much as *everyone* said I would, but I didn't sleep well after closing the book. This story chilled me and will play on my mind for days, months even. It's brilliant. Its messages are still so relevant. There are a few loose ends but that didn't bother me (for once). It seemed fitting to the world and the story. 5/5

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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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"Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through.
When I'm dead and gone,
That's what I want from you.
The streets of heaven are gold and sunny,
But I'll stick with my plot and a pot of honey.
Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through".

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Looks like I have a reading buddy for this one! 🐱

MrBook 😻 3y
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The Lanvin Murders | Angela M. Sanders
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The Lanvin Murders was never going to set the world on fire, but sometimes a light, easy read is just what you need! In the author's own words it's 'good, smart trashy reading' with likeable characters and a cosy, compelling mystery at its heart. It's a treat for those of us who love vintage too!

melbeautyandbooks This was a fun read! 3y
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin | Louis de Bernieres
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Surreptitious worktime reading... The writing is so tiny for tired eyes! One thing I love about the kindle is being able to adjust the size and brightness. I also just pressed a word I didn't know expecting the book to define it for me 😂

RealLifeReading Haha! E-reading has spoiled me too. I was reading a pretty large print book recently (600+ pages) and was like dang it's so hard to lie down and read this! 3y
readeatretreat @RealLifeReading Reading with one hand and not having to turn pages is a MAJOR plus! 3y
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier, Dame
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I kind of want to buy Rebecca again so I can own this beautiful cover. One of my all-time faves.

BookishFeminist Do it! It's beautiful, and Rebecca is amazing. 👍🏼 3y
RealLifeReading That is a beauty! 3y
readeatretreat I think I will, I'm such a sucker for a pretty cover 😁 3y
BrittanyArcand5 So glad this is nominated as the August book!! Can't wait to read it! 3y
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The Romanovs: 1613-1918 | Simon Sebag Montefiore
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Who else has to look at all the pictures before reading a history book? 😁 I'm so looking forward to this. Anything Romanov sucks me in and I have a lot of faith in Simon Sebag Montefiore.

kammartinez Have you read any of Montefiore's other books? This is the first of his that I've read and while I'm really liking it thus far, I'd like to know if this quality carries over to his other books :). 3y
readeatretreat @kammartinez Yes! I've read Titans of History, which was okay, and his novel One Night in Winter, which I absolutely loved! I think he has a very good grasp on Russian history, while ToH was something of a who's who. Wonderful way with words always though. 3y
kammartinez Oh cool! Nice to know that Montefiore's way with words is consistent across his works :D. Will look into One Night in Winter then! Thanks for mentioning that :D. 3y
readeatretreat @kammartinez Oh definitely do! It's a great story. I really want to read his non-fiction books on Stalin too, and the one on Jerusalem looks good. 3y
kammartinez Ooh, the Jerusalem book looks intriguing, I agree. I tried to get a copy for my grandmother, before she set off on a trip to the Holy Land two years ago, but I wasn't able to find a copy at the time :(. 3y
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Ghostwritten | David Mitchell
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Blind date with a book... I love this idea! Turns out I've already read this one but it's nice to have a copy 😉

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin | Louis de Bernieres
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This seems to be a favourite for a lot of people, so I'm looking forward to reading this next. Also loving the colour your own bookmarks from Book Depository!

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Picked this up in Massolit, Kraków. Full of quirky and wonderful old traditions and stories (my favourite things). Massolit is well worth a visit if you're in this beautiful city.