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readingjedi

Joined September 2016

Symmetrical book stacking... just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947.
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The Riddle of the Sphinx | Alexandre Montagu
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Panpan

I really dislike slating someone's hard work ... oh, who am I trying to kid ? I LOVE a good Panning!

This was incredibly dire. I hated it intensely and wish I'd not wasted my time. Definitely in my Top Ten of Worst Books Ever.

It's based on Buddhist principles, apparently. I wanted the actual Sphinx and a bit of Indiana Jones-esque action! I most definitely had the wrong book.

The author has certain words that are his obvious favourites 🙄

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Mehso-so

A lacklustre memoir. Didn't like the writing, found it annoyingly fanciful. Didn't believe some of the things the city-dweller author claims she didn't know about the countryside. No sense of place, just the author having lots of oh-so-profound epiphanies about Life. A bit boring.

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The Children of Men | P. D. James
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Mehso-so

A weird one, this. Premise is intriguing, but it didn't achieve its full potential. In fact, I'm not too sure what it was doing and why. Something profound is going down, that's for sure, it just seems to be passing me by! Writing is obviously that of an accomplished author, but I found it staid & stilted. The ending went off on a preachy religious tangent. Mildly engaging with moments of both "meh" and "eh?" and a touch of depressing dystopia.

The_Book_Ninja The film is superb 2w
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Pickpick

Here's a rare thing - a Fredrik Backman I didn't absolutely adore. I enjoyed it, I just wasn't as enraptured as I usually am. It has FB's familiar ultra-readable flow, but I failed to fully connect with it emotionally. It was, for me, perhaps a little too whimsy-mimsy - the imaginary land device got a tad tedious/repetitive & all the personal connections were a bit contrived. And the MC is just out-there unrealistic/unconvincing. But still a Pick!

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Starting this one tonight. Lovely cover 😍

With thanks to #NetGalley for this title.

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The Children of Men | P. D. James
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Today's date. It's weird to read a book set in the future when that future is actually in the past!

LiteraryinLawrence Oh, how weird! 1mo
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The Porpoise | Mark Haddon
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Expected to not really like this one, ended up loving it! Yes, it is a bit weird (Shakespeare's appearance put me in mind of Lincoln in the Bardo - no bad thing!) and it features an incestuous relationship (handled in a way that doesn't give you The Ick) but it is just so well written & features (in the Greek myth section) 2 fantastic female characters that I was absolutely hooked. A must for fans of Greek retellings.

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Cherry: A novel | Nico Walker
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Well, I read this & might as well've not for all the good it did me - it neither enlightened nor entertained. Having now read several first person junkie novels, I have come to the conclusion that I really dislike the incoherent ramblings that supposedly convey the chaos of drug addiction. The descriptions of finding the next fix seem so unoriginal & tedious. There is also no plot.

Ruthiella Sounds awful. I remember this was on the ToB longlist a while back. 1mo
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My Christmas sales books - 2/2

I love a bit of Greek myth, me.

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Normal Women | Philippa Gregory
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My Christmas sales books - 1/2

This is a chonk and a half! Will keep me busy for a while....

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My Christmas books - 3/3

Another book about books/reading. I have filled 2 shelves of my Billy with this subject and I'm not stopping soon! 🤣

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My Christmas books - 2/3

I am currently OBSESSED with books about books. It's like distilled reading!

Bookishlie Same!!! That and RV travelogues for me. Lol 2mo
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My Christmas books - 1/3

This book brings together reading ❤️ AND stationery ❤️ thus ticking all my favourite boxes & I can't wait to start it!

shanaqui Ooh, this looks right up my street! I hope it's as good as it sounds. 2mo
batsy Oh, this sounds wonderful! 2mo
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Turn of Midnight (Original) | Minette Walters
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Mehso-so

This narrowly avoids an outright Pan. First part was disappointing, but I ploughed on, hopeless optimist that I am, thinking the excitement might just ramp up in the next chapter ... it didn't. Infuriatingly, it had the same tedious middle section as the last one! The characters got increasingly one dimensional & nowt much happens. The ending has a few moments of satisfying resolution, but overall, I wish I'd not bothered! Disappointing ☹️

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The Porpoise | Mark Haddon
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Starting this one ... but I'm not really sure how well it's going to go. Haven't much enjoyed any of Haddon's other works & the reviews on this one are mixed. Have had a really depressing run of unsatisfying/disappointing/downright rubbish reads going on for several months now, so this one gets to 25% to turn things around ... or it's a big fat DNF from me!

Suet624 Bummer about your recent run of books. 3mo
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The Last Hours | Minette Walters
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Mehso-so

Had high hopes for this one ... was a bit disappointed. Premise is juicy, characters are intriguing, writing is quality ... bit in the middle is (Black) deathly boring!!! I was nicely engaged then all this non-exciting stuff starts going on and it's all described in so much intricate and tedious detail that it ruins the flow of the book! Picks up a bit at the end but the damage was done! And it's only the first part ... can I endure book 2?!

Ruthiella That‘s disappointing! 3mo
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Where There Was Fire | John Manuel Arias
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Mehso-so

Barely avoiding a disappointed Pan, this missed the mark for me. A few glorious turns of phrase cannot save this from being a sprawling mess. The plot is confused - heck, it's having a full-on identity crisis! The magical realism is clunky, the metaphors aren't as profound as they think they are & the characters are unlikeable (not in a good way!) Ending is depressing, very little resolution ... of anything really. Worst of all - it bored me!!!

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Pickpick

Interesting rather than fascinating, I enjoyed this rather than adored it as I expected to.The author explores ancient Greek archaeological sites in search of the remnants of the gods - he looks for metaphorical & literal Hope (in light of the climate crisis). The writing is impressive, intelligent & at times downright hilarious. Peter's musings are thought-provoking rather than truly illuminating but it's a great blend of myth & current affairs.

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The Last Hours | Minette Walters
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Starting this one tonight - my first read of this author. It's wet and wild outside in the UK tonight, so I'm very happy to be tucked up in bed!

intothehallofbooks This is one of my favorite series! I hope you enjoy! 4mo
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Tomorrow | Chris Beckett
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Mehso-so

I can't claim to have enjoyed this. It's dull in places, a little pretentious maybe, the nonlinear narrative gets old very quickly, and the plot ... is there a plot?! But the twist in the last line knocked me sideways. It's simple & kinda obvious really, but I really did NOT see it coming. And I'm left questioning, not so much the text, but MYSELF! Why DID I believe a certain thing to be true? What does it say about me? I'm honestly disturbed!

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Had this one on my shelf for a mere year and 3 months, and I'm about to read it already! Poor thing has barely had chance to acclimatise!

Anyway, Greece and Greek myths are major passions for me, so I think I'm going to enjoy this one.

Totally NOT in tune with the season, but never mind!

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Mehso-so

Bland & fluffy, this was a gentle & undemanding workout for my eyes & brain. Not exactly outstanding literature, but not entirely unpleasant either. Mildly entertaining rather than edifying. Middle of the road & more or less instantly forgettable. Overwhelmingly OK with a touch of meh. Not bad, not great. Interesting enough, but cheesy & predictable in places.

Not sure how many more ways I can say it - So-So.

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Tomorrow | Chris Beckett
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Ooh, this long-time NetGalley lurker sounds really intriguing! It's next on my list - I'm going to start after work.

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This is lovely. I love the writer's style, which echoes the ebb & flow of her thoughts & emotions. I love how she views her experiences of her bipolar illness & the death of her father through the lens of Japanese folklore. I love the language - poetic, tentative, wistful, melancholy - entirely conveying Jami's state of mind. I love how she engages with the concept of 'storytelling'. I love how she loves her family & their history. I just love it!

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Mehso-so

Disappointingly, it turns out this book, and the occult in general, is nowhere near as exciting - or even interesting! - as I thought it was going to be. In fact, I found the 'astral' part of this book vaguely ridiculous and the 'geographic' part (the main reason I requested it) was a little flat as well - due perhaps to the slightly lacklustre writing. I didn't get a sense of place from it at all. Maybe a little esoteric for the general reader.

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Starting this one today. Pretty cover.

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Stone Mothers | Erin Kelly
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Pickpick

Great read, this one. The plot is going along really nicely - interesting stuff about a mental institution, 2 well-drawn MCs & a 'love to hate' almost psychopathic villain - when a change of POV causes an electrifying shift in perspective! My sympathies switched so quickly that I felt dizzy! And it becomes obvious who the real stone mothers are. Intriguing, sad, shocking, and cleverly written with a satisfying ending.

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The Blue Iris | Rachel Stone
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Slating this one feels kinda like kicking a puppy as it's just so earnestly twee, but I'm gonna do it anyway! The writing is so cringe (as "the young people" say) and the plot so cheesy that I did literally cringe most of the time I was reading this. The dialogue is borderline gibberish & some of the more, ahem, flowery similes were unintentionally hilarious. Confirmed yet again that I HATE (in block capitals, darn it!) romance.

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The Snakes | Sadie Jones
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I really hated this. Firstly, because it fooled me into thinking it had an interesting storyline with, maybe, I don't know, a point. And secondly, because it inflicted upon me against my will the most senseless, unsatisfying and gruesomely gratuitous ending that left me feeling dirty and depressed.

So cross I didn't DNF.

Cuilin I feel your pain. Felt this way with Migrations. Stylistically manipulative!! 6mo
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Pickpick

This really hit home for me. I could totally relate to the author's situation/feelings re: the mother retiring to bed & just not bothering to parent. And the grandmother was an absolute horror as well! Generational trauma at its "finest"!!! But I loved all the bee stuff - interesting in itself but also a lovely metaphor for the author's growth & resilience, the order & cooperation juxtaposing nicely with the dysfunction of her human family.

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The Blue Iris | Rachel Stone
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Starting this one. My last read was so disappointing and I hated the ending so much that I really need something gentle and lovely to soothe my (book) rage!!!

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The Frank Business | OLIVIA. GLAZEBROOK
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A low Pick. Featuring an affair between 2 of the most vile characters I've read in a good while, and scenes of domestic abuse & animal cruelty that I felt were a little too hard-hitting for a book described as "smart and witty." It has an intriguing premise that runs out of steam in the last quarter, and, as much as I enjoyed the explanatory flashbacks, the main narrative doesn't have much resolution. Also, the vile mother needed her comeuppance!

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Almost Love | Louise O'Neill
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A weak Pick as my feelings about it are thoroughly mixed. The MC is unlikeable and makes very poor decisions & it's not really obsessive love so much as delusional obsession. Half way through, I realised who this character is, a woman damaged by the death of her mother during childhood, and what she is doing, systematic "cry-for-help/recognition" self-destruction. I'm frustrated this aspect wasn't really explored & the end lacked true resolution.

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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Mehso-so

The set-up of the plot is electrifying - so horribly plausible - but for me, a reader way older than the target demographic, the YA-ness of the writing defuses the power of the narrative. It's just too stylistically matter-of-fact. And teen romance just fails to move me on most days. However, the issues it addresses are significant & this book lays them out for discussion in a way genuine young adults will find disturbing but ultimately empowering

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Starting this one today. Like this cover.

Tamra Great cover! 7mo
CatMS It is a great cover 7mo
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The Frank Business | OLIVIA. GLAZEBROOK
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This weekend's read. And I'd much rather be reading it than traipsing round IKEA looking at wardrobes....

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The End Note | Andrew Rimas
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The relatively brief novel is very nicely written, kinda weird, and utterly not what I was expecting! And it's also kinda fabulous & has grown on me even since I finished it & I'm still thinking about it! It features the fictional poet Nicholas Crooke, who is hilarious and hideous, and has an ending that is full of fatalistic hope that I was slightly, and pleasantly stunned. Really didn't think I was going to like this & ended up loving it!

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Internment | Samira Ahmed
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Starting this one this evening. That is if I manage to stay awake past 10p.m.

#rollonendofterm

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The Bookseller's Tale | Martin Latham
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I absolutely adored this book & can't think of a single reason why any self-respecting bibliophile wouldn't love it too. The reviews on the back say it all, really. It is just so elegantly written & absolutely jam-packed with fascinating stuff to do with books! My favourite section was that on 'comfort books' - the things the author had to say resonated deeply. It has a wry wit & simply vibrates with the joy & love of books. Highly recommended ❤️

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This book nicely combines 2 of my recent favourite non-fic genres - travel & food! And I absolutely loved it! Felicity Cloake is just so fun & unpretentious & her writing is quirky & amusing that I was entertained & educated in the most delightful manner. Her love of food is a joy, though probably more accurately described as a love of eating, which is just so refreshing. Fascinating from start to finish, it even has recipes!

#teambrownsauce

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The End Note | Andrew Rimas
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Today's selection is this one. Randomly selected, I'm not sure it's really what I need right now. It's like craving The Little House on the Prairie and getting The Road! But I will give it a go....

BTW - happy Friday, fellow Littens!

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The Bookseller's Tale | Martin Latham
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Starting this one today. My new bookmark is adorable!

BekaReid Love the cover! 8mo
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The Blackstone Conspiracy | Sylvain Pavlowski
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This wasn't very good at all. There is a metal band from the Philippines that also goes by the moniker The Blackstone Conspiracy. I'd rather listen to them for 24 straight hours than read this book again.

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My daughter got this one for her recent 9th birthday and we've been enjoying it together. The puzzles are rated from Easy to Very Difficult and are solved using either logic or imagination. You can solve them as a team or as a family or just on your own. The answers are under a little flap on each page. Fun and educational!

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Started this one last night, think I'm going to like it.

Oh, and I'm brown sauce for bacon or fried egg butties, red sauce for fish & chips and burgers.

MrT Both on the same plate 😋 8mo
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There is no doubt that giving birth is an awesome experience & that being a midwife is an immense privilege and responsibility. In that respect, I enjoyed this memoir of a midwife working for the NHS. But at the same time, I also found it unexpectedly triggering as my experience with midwives/giving birth was ... not entirely positive.

youneverarrived I know midwives are under a lot of pressure but I had bad experiences with the majority of them with my first 😬 9mo
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The Nowhere Child | Christian White
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Don't think I've ever been so deeply and inexorably hooked into a book in so few sentences! And I stayed that way from first page to the last! The fate of Sammy Went is revealed via flashbacks and MC Kim's experiences visiting her original family. It's pacy, gripping and utterly engrossing, featuring some great characters (Travis Eckles giving major Benji Ovich vibes!) Loved the revelations at the end! Cracking read, thoroughly enjoyed it!

Itchyfeetreader Great review 9mo
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The Blackstone Conspiracy | Sylvain Pavlowski
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I'm starting this one today - another 'lucky dip' from my NetGalley backlog. Having read the synopsis, I'm not really sure why I requested this one, but I'm willing to give it a go!

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Starting this one today.

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The Nanny | Gilly Macmillan
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A decent rather than stellar pick. Enjoyable & easy read. The suspense grows nicely & while it never quite reaches fever pitch, it is engrossing enough to keep the pages turning quickly. I enjoyed the slow reveal, the mounting sense of menace, the dawning sense that nothing is as it seems. Couldn't decided if I liked the characters or hated them...but then decided I quite liked it like that! Deeply satisfying ending.