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readingjedi

Joined September 2016

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Cold Iron by Miles Cameron
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The Ghost Tree | Barbara Erskine
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Mehso-so

This is a lightweight, easy reading historical fiction with ghosts and a smidge of romance that requires a huge suspension of disbelief - I eyerolled more than once. It veers more towards the cheesy rather than the genuinely spooky but the historical storyline is absorbing and the present day story is mostly engaging as well. Ending was rubbish though - wanted those ends satisfyingly tied up & got nowt much which was disappointing.

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Lots of books on the moon landing around at the moment to coincide with the 50th anniversary. This one is especially good. A child of non-specified gender is left behind on the moon & gives the grey inhabitants of the greyest of grey worlds the gift of colour. There are so many excellent talking points - I love that the MC is brave and their wistful half smile in the last picture says so much about childhood. Lovely book to share.

readingjedi Litsy blurb describes this book as wordless. This edition definitely had words! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4d
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Well now I'm just gonna have to quietly sob for a few hours!

TrishB The book has a really sad vibe doesn‘t it ☹️ I‘ve just finished. 4d
readingjedi @TrishB I'm about half way through (trying to make it last!) and Lyra & Pan's estrangement is just heartbreaking. 4d
TrishB Yep 😢 4d
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Land of the Living | Georgina Harding
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I didn't enjoy this book for several reasons but I'm going to pick on one. The lack of speech marks. Just ... why? What does it actually bring to the table? To me it's a pointless stylistic affectation that only serves to confuse and alienate the reader but it seems it's increasingly fashionable. All other punctuation is present & correct. In this book there was also no indication of who was speaking either. Grinds my gears!!!! 🤬🤬🤬🤬

IvoryLunatic That sounds terrible. I‘ve read a couple ARCs lately where the speech punctuation was off a bit and that was already irritating enough. 7d
paulfrankspencer Don't read Cormac McCarthy. He's so good, but that'll drive you nuts. 7d
readingjedi @paulfrankspencer I've read The Road and it didn't bother me in that as it was clear what was speech & who was speaking. And I got the point of the omission - immediacy, realism etc. But in lesser hands it's just confusing and, yes, it drives me nuts 🤣 7d
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paulfrankspencer @readingjedi he is the master, though I found it confusing in some books sometimes, like his border series (which is soooooo good). Others should wade in warily. 7d
TheAromaofBooks I'm like you - the question is, what does omitting quotation marks actually accomplish?? I just don't get it. 7d
AlaMich I completely agree! Stop being fancy for fancy‘s sake and just write a good book! *steps down off soapbox* 7d
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How Many Legs? | Kes Gray
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Well, this one was a lot of fun & created exactly the sort of hilarity you DON'T want right at bedtime! It is a simple rhyme about legs (obviously) and you just have to count 'em all. Which wasn't as easy as it sounds! My five year old loved keeping tally though things did get heated over whether frogs have 4 legs or 2 arms & 2 legs and whether to count the table legs or not! Good stuff - and the answer is provided at the end!

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Invitation to a Bonfire | Adrienne Celt
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Mehso-so

Enjoyable but overwritten & in need of a pruning. The characters' voices were unconvincing & lacking authenticity. Story itself was fairly engaging if sparse but repeatedly got bogged down in the faux profundity and irrelevancy that was a weakness of the author's style. Some of it was beautifully written, some pseud nonsense. The themes got lost at times, hammered home at others. Not without promise but misfiring somewhat.

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Yes! My schedule is clear and I can now begin this one. Also I'm soooo excited about the upcoming adaptation starring the godlike Lin-Manuel Miranda (picture stolen shamelessly from his Twitter). As much as I'm looking forward to his Lee I am as ever obsessed by Marisa Coulter - such a layered & complex character. Meep!

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The state of our planet is downright terrifying but how to educate a sensitive 5 year old about their responsibilities to the environment without scaring them silly? This book hits just the right level. It pulls no punches but does it in a manner that is accessible, upbeat & imbued with hope & positivity.
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Meep! It's out! It arrived on my Kindle at 3 minutes past midnight and it was a huge effort not to drive straight in. Mainly because it was 3 minutes past midnight on a school night but also because I'd totally misjudged my reading schedule and I'm currently in the middle of a book I don't really want to abandon. So I'll have to wait a little while longer ... but just having it waiting is still exciting enough!

Scochrane26 I have a friend who‘s excited about this one, too. 2w
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The Ghost Tree | Barbara Erskine
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Currently enjoying this one. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

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French Exit | Patrick DeWitt
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This was a twisted delight! Love DeWitt's brand of subtle but oh so dark humour in this "tragedy of manners. He can write characters so dislikeable & weird with a mastery that is a joy to behold. The acid tongued and horribly overbearing mother, Frances, is such an example - her behaviour & attitude are so awful yet this makes her fleeting moments of vulnerability & humanity all the more poignant. Trigger information in comments.

readingjedi There is a suicide scene that is graphic & unmitigated but is not sensationalized or gratuitous. 3w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved this book - DeWitt is so subtley snarky. He‘s delightful! 3w
Tanisha_A @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled He is delightful! Such a good book. 3w
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It's getting closer! So excited to read this - i have it pre-ordered on Kindle so it should download just after midnight of release day. The original trilogy was a huge part of my life for a long time & I cannot wait to see what comes next.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Looking forward to seeing what other Littens think of this. I loved the trilogy but Book of Dust didn‘t rock my world. 🤷‍♀️ 3w
candyturbo What is the trilogy and what is it about? 3w
Mynameisacolour I'm super excited for this one too!!!! 💜❤💜 3w
readingjedi @candyturbo The first trilogy is called His Dark Materials and this second one is The Book of Dust. What's it about? Erm, hard to sum up in a few sentences. It's a young adult fantasy & it tackles a lot of complex issues in an intelligent manner. And it has armoured polar bears! 3w
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The Fall of a Sparrow | Dan Scannell
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Mehso-so

This short book scraps a So-So but it is ultimately a pretty frustrating read. The frame story is just awful - too many info-dumps and highly unconvincing dialogue- and largely unnecessary. The obviously well researched historical section is more engaging but is just a single episode & doesn't really go anywhere. Disliked the scene where a rape victim describes her ordeal openly & graphically. Some jarring anachronisms also.

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Returning Souls | Ernestine B. Colombo
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On the meh side of So-So, this brief read had an intriguing premise but, for me, lacked somewhat in the execution. The quality of the writing is patchy, fairly decent when it's good but bog standard when it's not. Repetitive in places, especially in dialogue. The author does set a good scene and create an interesting character (Astara) but frustratingly the narrative is more concerned with the less interesting Evie.

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As much as I enjoyed this concluding volume of this trilogy boy was it a slog! It would benefit hugely from a severe editing as it got vague & flabby in places. Fitz finally gets out that damn keep though he's still as slow on the uptake as ever. Plot took a slightly disappointing turn into fantasy cliche (enter dragons) & the climax took a lot of getting to which diminished it ever so slightly. Did love the ending though... cont. in comments ⬇️⬇️

readingjedi Cont. from above. The explanation of the Red Ship Raiders motivations was seemingly low key but as I fully grasped it it was nothing short of heart stopping. I also loved the resolution of Molly & Burrich's story. Very enjoyable & immersive fantasy - did I enjoy it as much as Symphony of Ages? Not quite but very nearly. 3w
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Invitation to a Bonfire | Adrienne Celt
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Starting this one tonight. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

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French Exit | Patrick DeWitt
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Starting this one today. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

BiblioLitten Quirky read. Some dialogues are really witty. 😃 4w
Holliesplaining I really liked it. I enjoy his writing style. 4w
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Germany, Netherlands, Canary Islands, Dominican Republic, Jersey, Greece - not sure Scotland & Wales count when you live in England! So 6.

2. Coastline! I live for the beach 🏖🏖🏖

3. Tie between Paris, Athens & New York. My flying phobia means Australia is highly unlikely 😭

4. London, Paris, New York, small town USA, Narnia, Middle Earth, the Land.

readingjedi 7 - been to Turkey as well! 4w
Eggs Love #4!! 💗👏🏻🤗 4w
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The Wonder | Faye Hanson
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This is a prime example of a book that I adore but wasn't really that well received by my 5 year old. The illustrations are fabulous. The pages showing the little boy's daydreams are gorgeous, so much detail, so imaginative, something new to be amused by on every viewing. But my daughter was markedly underwhelmed. It was like there was TOO much going on & she zoned out. Oh well, can't win 'em all!

readingjedi Photo shows one of the less 'busy' illustrations - the colours and detail are gorgeous. 4w
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The Smeds and the Smoos | Julia Donaldson
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Another absolutely corker from the Donaldson/Scheffler dream team! Axel's illustrations are, as always, bright & zany, witty & warm. The divine Julia's verse is quirky & silky - just a delight to read out loud. Theirs really is a literary match made in heaven. With a gentle message of tolerance, love & acceptance and the now traditional cameo from the Gruffalo, this has gone straight to the top of the bedtime story charts!

hannah-leeloo I got this for my kids they loved it lol 1mo
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The middle book of a trilogy is, for me, the make or break instalment. This had a few wobbly moments but on the whole it basically made sure the hook of the first book was firmly embedded! It was a little slow to get up to speed, had a fair bit of recap & the action is pretty much confined to a single location but it was soon back to the familiar convoluted intrigues of the Farseer family. Love the Fool - such a fascinating character ... cont. ⬇️

readingjedi ...and I was absolutely delighted by the relationship between Fitz & Nighteyes. Love that it isn't just magic, elves, wizards and dragons type fantasy though of course there are elements of those traditional tropes. The Skill, the Wit & the inscrutable Red Ship Raiders are all well thought out, subtle & thought provoking. 1mo
readingjedi Love this slightly cheesy and not at all accurate cover art! 1mo
TrishB I love that cover ! 1mo
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Returning Souls | Ernestine B. Colombo
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Attempting to escape the book hangover caused by the Farseer trilogy with this one - so far, so good.

With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

humouress I have your background as a jigsaw puzzle. I‘m planning to start the second Realm of the Elderlings trilogy ... soon .... (edited) 4w
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The Farseer Trilogy | Robin Hobb
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This summer I have been mostly reading Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy. Not exaggeration - I feel like it took the entire season to get through it!

But now I've finished it & I feel that, after being so immersed in & absorbed by the world of the Six Duchies, I've been unceremoniously dumped back in the real world and with an unpleasant void in my reading life to boot.

TrishB It‘s a great series. 1mo
JulietBooks Welcome back to Earth. 👏👏👏🎉🎈 1mo
Ruthiella That‘s pretty neat that you read the whole series more or less back to back! That is real momentum!🤩 1mo
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@howjessreads #friyayintro

1. Look, I just don't want to change AND THAT'S TOTALLY FINE THANKS!
2. I haven't watched TV for over 4 years now but I liked dark stuff like Peep Show.
3. Cereal & coffee most days. Pain au chocolate as a treat. I love a full English fry up but rarely have the time/energy.
4. British Summer Time. Ha! ☔🌧☔
5. Black Assassin. I'd totally listen to that band!!!

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My First Story Writing Book | Katie Daynes, Louie Stowell
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Another absolutely brilliant book from Usborne! This one is just the best ever and my 5 year old loves it. There are lots of character and plot prompts and lots of space for budding authors to write down their ideas. My daughter needed help with the reading but was enthusiastic in putting her ideas down on paper to read back. It kept her entertained for hours & she got some writing practice in the 6 weeks summer holiday. #weloveusbornebooks

Oana7 I love Usborne books and this one looks amazing.. Can you please send me some pictures from inside? 1mo
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There are some brilliant books for kids from publisher DK and the Look series is particularly awesome. This book saved my bacon on some days this summer holiday - there's nothing like messy play for banishing boredom. We made a red bubbling potion & a bucketful of pink soap fluff and there's loads more to do another time. This is the best kind of learning - so much fun you don't realise you are! My 5 year old approves!

ShelfRighteous DK publishes amazing books! 1mo
Anna40 Love it ! LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much for posting this. Great book for 3 or 4 to 7 year olds, I guess. My 5 year old definitely enjoyed the first activity. :) 1mo
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It took me a MONTH to read the first book of this trilogy (including 2 weeks of not reading it at all) and 2 weeks to read the second one. This one has 849 pages so not sure how long it will take me to get through it.....

....and then I remember my daughter goes back to school on Tuesday and I do a brief and very restrained happy dance.

Am I a bad mama for being overjoyed to get my reading time back?

MicrobeMom No! Enjoy! All us mom are ready for the kids to go back at the end of summer!! ♥️ 1mo
Tamra No! 👏🏾👏🏾 1mo
Owlizabeth OMG Tuesday canNOT get here soon enough!! I need quiet time!! 1mo
Brooke_H No! But I need your secrets! My kids are back in school, and I still don‘t have any free time! 😫 1mo
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Equinoxe Carmine Midi Journal | Hartley and Marks Pub
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Look at this gorgeous notebook I just treated myself to. It's nice & chunky to hold and the paper is thick, smooth and creamy - not sure I want to write in it!

Wildly_Bookish I'm the type to put it on a shelf and never defile it with my handwriting. 🤣🤣 2mo
ShyBookOwl I always overthink it and end up not writing in them at all 😂 2mo
Crazeedi Its beautiful. Use it! 2mo
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Ddzmini Beautiful 2mo
SherylRC It‘s absolutely gorgeous. 2mo
Zoes_Human I have the same journal in blue that is my learning/reading journal right now. 😍 2mo
brit91 WoW so beautiful😍 2mo
readingjedi @Zoes_Human I think I might just have to have a blue one too! 2mo
OnlyYoo I‘m the same way! I always have a hard time writing in beautiful notebooks 2mo
Andrea Ardito Magnificent! 1mo
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Since Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages series not a real lot has scratched my fantasy itch with anything even approaching true satisfaction. Happily the high hopes I had for this author were all met with aplomb. Top notch writing - simple, precise, thoroughly absorbing, so easy to read (& so hard to do!) Plot was a slow builder, a gradual immersion that was nonetheless very engaging. And then the final section of the book - cont. below ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi ...BOOM! Just like that I was utterly hooked. The action and intrigue ramped up and the characters were like old friends. No question that I will continue with the rest of the trilogy. Good stuff! 2mo
TrishB You have three trilogies to go 😁 best fantasy stuff ever! You have so much to look forward to. 2mo
readingjedi @TrishB Great! I was looking for something that I could really disappear into and it looks like I've found it 🙂 2mo
TrishB Have tissues ready!! 2mo
wanderinglynn Love Robin Hobb‘s books! 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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Another day, another wonderful Usborne book! I bought this gorgeous shimmery volume for my 5 year old daughter but I think I got as much pleasure from reading it to her as she did from hearing it! It tells of early beliefs & discoveries about the moon, myths about the moon from different cultures and all about the moon landings - perfect for the recent anniversary. My moon obsessed girl loved it & I foresee many repeat reads! 🌛🌚🌜

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Back from Kos - where I read for approximately zero minutes as going on holiday with a 5 year old is hard work & not really at all relaxing. Gone are the days of reading 6 books a week while sat in a leafy taverna sipping ouzo. Cue 14 days of wrestling with a bottle of sunscreen & a recalcitrant child.

So am finally on to volume 2 of this trilogy. Which I'm enjoying & is helping to reduce my stress level.

SamanthaMarie Hahaha this is all too real. Just replace 5 year old with 4 year old 🤦🏼‍♀️ these kiddos 😅 2mo
saresmoore What an excellent synopsis of traveling with young children! 😆 2mo
Lucy_Anywhere Hahaha! I'm on holiday with a 15 month old - trying to stop him eating sand, changing nappies in all sorts of awkward places, and bribing him with sweet potato chips whenever we want to sit down with a pint 😂 2mo
Smrloomis 😂 hope you get a little ouzo and relaxation in there somewhere - but it‘s pretty tough. I don‘t know how people do it with - especially with three or more 🤔😱🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Have been away from Litsy for a week or so now - as you can see I've been somewhat distracted! Home soon to wet & windy England (sob!) and the unending battle with my TBR pile!

Happy Weekend to my fellow book fiends from sunny Kardamaina, Kos!

JacqMac That looks lovely! 2mo
Bklover Beautiful!! 2mo
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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1. 🌳💚🌳💚🌳💚🌳
2. Saw The Lion King today. It was (please forgive me) roar-some! 🦁🦁🦁
3. I love a nice fresh Greek salad with lots of tangy olives & salty feta.
4. At least 30. All on my mother's side. Don't even know them all ... biiig family.
5. I'll try 😉

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Susanita ❤️❤️ 3mo
DaveGreen7777 “Roarsome”! BWAH-HA-HA! I ain‘t lion when I say that cracked me up! 😂🤣 3mo
Bookzombie #3 🤤 3mo
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Instructions for a Heatwave | Maggie O'Farrell
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Gosh, it's a bit warm! Hope all my fellow UK Littens are managing to stay cool and hydrated. It's a great excuse to stay inside and read lots!

I actually love hot weather as long as I can find a bit of shade 🌞😎🌞😎🌞😎🌞

kathedron I went for a swim at 7 o'clock this morning: that's the only time I'm going to be a comfortable temperature all day. I do not like the heat: I melt! I burn! 3mo
TrishB Same @kathedron I‘m so out my comfort zone! 3mo
jenniferw88 Ditto @kathedron @TrishB although some of it can be blamed on my meds! 3mo
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TrishB @jenniferw88 I‘m blaming some of mine on my age!! 3mo
jenniferw88 @TrishB this will make you laugh. My heart hospital says i have to wear factor 50 all year round BUT i also take vitamin D tablets! 3mo
TrishB @jenniferw88 🤷‍♀️😁 I wear factor 50 as soon as it looks like the sun is around! 3mo
Andrew65 Much cooler in comparative terms in Northern Scotland overlooking the Orkneys, top temperature of 19 degrees. 3mo
Andrew65 Stay cool for those in hotter parts of the U.K. 3mo
krayoncolorz I‘m in the southern United States where it‘s usually blazing and woke up to high 50s it didn‘t even make it to 80F the last couple days. Stay cool friends! 3mo
rretzler @krayoncolorz I‘m in Ohio and I‘ve been amazed at how cool it‘s been the past few days. Today the high is only 79 F (26 C) and it‘s usually in the 90s F (32+C) at the end of July. I guess we‘ll enjoy it while we can! 3mo
krayoncolorz @rretzler yep! No complaints here at all. When we left for cross country practice this morning my daughter complained it was too cold 🤣 3mo
rretzler @krayoncolorz 🤣 🤣 I can't get my son up for morning lifting (for soccer) - so he's been going in the afternoon. I told him if he can't get up, he can't complain about it being too hot when he goes! 🤣 3mo
DPgirl I got slightly burnt yesterday because I was too engrossed in the book I was reading 😳 3mo
readingjedi @kathedron I'm weird and actually love that burny, melty feeling! 3mo
readingjedi @DPgirl I can't actually read in sunshine - four lines in and I'm 💤💤💤💤 3mo
readingjedi @rretzler The temperatures we've been having in the UK are unusual but due to climate change they will soon be our new normal. 3mo
readingjedi @Andrew65 A lovely part of the world, lucky you! 3mo
rretzler @readingjedi Unfortunately, it's likely, I was just remarking to someone that I could recall when I was young having to put on jeans and a long-sleeved shirt at our summer cabin on a lake (sometimes we even had a fire), and now when we visit my mother there, we wear shorts as it is so hot. The weather patterns certainly have changed here as well, which is why I've been surprised that our weather has been cooler than normal this past week. 3mo
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OMG! I brought this colouring book for my daughter to take on holiday. And I WANT IT! It's cool & quirky & funny with lots of weird & wonderful designs that are not too simple, not too detailed, just right for satisfying colouring.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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1. Still love Beartown. Still mad crushing on Benji...
2. Both. Never seen these in the UK but we have them when we're in Greece.
3. Sunset. I'm not a morning person. At all. In any way.
4. Books, obvs, perfume, stationery, CDs/DVDs, Tiffany jewellery, Hamilton tickets.
5. I loved my 3rd year of junior school. I was 10, pony mad & read voraciously. My teacher was Mrs Dales & she was awesome & I adored her.
#friyayintro @howjessreads

TrishB Tiffany jewellery 👍🏻 3mo
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Northern Lights | Philip Pullman
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Excitement level: CRITICAL!!!!

Just seen the His Dark Materials series trailer & I must say it looks very promising. It might just right some of the wrongs that horrible movie did.

Heck, it has the god-like Lin-Manuel Miranda in it! For that alone it triumphs! 😍😍😍

emz711 I know! So excited 🐀🐁🐼🐨🐻🐍🐱🐺🐒 3mo
Scochrane26 My friend is excited about the show, too. I listened to first book yrs ago & didn‘t really like it. 3mo
KathyWheeler I‘ve only read the first book and liked it. I need to get going on the others. 3mo
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The Winter's Child | Cassandra Parkin
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Wait, what?! What the hell did I just read? I was initially intrigued by the opening scene at Hull Fair but soon found this story worming it's way under my skin. And if it starts as one thing it ends up being - slowly, creepingly, inexorably - something else altogether. It is genuinely chilling & I could not have foreseen the twist - even as it was unravelling in front of my eyes I was incredulous. The writing of the MC is excellent ... cont. ⬇️⬇️

readingjedi ... the pacing is spot on. And the gobsmack of an ending left me reeling in an unshakeable state of WTF. I will be checking out this author's other work and not just because she a local gal. Recommended. 3mo
Macnjen Wow, that's an amazing review, can't wait to read it and I don't even know the story!
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readingjedi @Macnjen Thank you. It's one of those books that you think about long after you've finished it. As a mother it left me with so many conflicting emotions. And to me that's a sign of a really good book! 🙂 3mo
CharismaRaven13 never heard of the book but it‘s on my TBR list now! Thank you! 3mo
Kalalalatja I read h(and loved) er short story collection years ago, and I never knew she had other books out! Stacking immediately 📚 3mo
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More Than Bones | Craig David Singer
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A strong so-so. Lightweight and largely ludicrous, this ridiculous romp is easy reading heaven and a lot of undemanding fun. It has a magical realism flavour to it & lots of largely positive gay representation (a few cliches & stereotypes sneaked in but are fairly innocuous). It is amusing and entertaining but sometimes surprises with some moments of depth in amongst all the campy shallowness. And everyone gets A Big Fat Happy Ending!

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I have been meaning to read Robin Hobb for an age but somehow never got round to it. Right now I really feel like I need to disappear into an all-absorbing fantasy realm.

wanderinglynn I ❤️ Robin Hobbs‘s books! Enjoy! 3mo
Centique I just read this for the first time and loved it. Hope you do too! 3mo
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The Winter's Child | Cassandra Parkin
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Really enjoying this book so far and I am especially loving moments like this - I've eaten at both these restaurants! The references to Hull just make it seem so real. David Mark is the only other author I've read who has set their novels in Hull ... I think, I'm sure there's probably more if I thought about it.

The cannelloni at Da Gianni was To Die For. So garlicky! Sadly closed now ... as I believe Lucca is too. Grrr, made myself hungry!

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temporoparietal | Kris Ellis
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Whoever wrote the Litsy blurb for this book really big upped it - unfortunately it's nowhere near as good as that makes it sound. Despite bandying about names such as Kerouac, Holden Caulfield & Socrates it's basically about the relationship/sex life problems of a privileged white boy with PTSD interspersed with vignettes of his trip across the USA. Some parts are genuinely absorbing, some are downright cringe. ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi Cont. from above. Some passages are vaguely problematic, some show an occasional brilliance. Not really sure where the whole thing goes or why. It sometimes reads like YA for Lads (with a big L) and that's probably why, as a 44 year old woman, I had trouble relating. But the writing is engaging and I did enjoy it as something different from my norm. 3mo
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The Winter's Child | Cassandra Parkin
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Started this one today. Another #Netgalley book that I can't remember anything about or what made me request it....

So I was quite delighted & excited to discover the author comes from, and still lives in, my neck of the woods! Being Hull/East Yorkshire. And the book opens with a scene set at the famous Hull Fair! Really hope the local flavour continues!

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More Than Bones | Craig David Singer
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Today's read. It's sounds intriguing, perhaps not my usual thing but here goes! With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

cookreadsleep Is that a skin on your tablet? 3mo
readingjedi @cookreadsleep Yes! It's from Decalgirl and it's a Colin Thompson design. 3mo
cookreadsleep @readingjedi That's so cool. Time to go shopping! lol 3mo
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Everything Under | Daisy Johnson
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Technically this is an amazing book. Beautifully written, intelligent use of myth, on point queering of the narrative, wonderfully evoked locations & histories, well developed & nuanced characters. All that stuff. But - rather unsurprisingly - I just didn't like it. Nor did I really enjoy the reading experience. Not sure why, it just left me a little cold .... and bored. It is also unrelentingly grim & I was properly miserable by the end.

TheAromaofBooks Unrelenting grimness is one thing I just really can't handle in a book. While I don't need butterflies and rainbows on every page, I do need some sense of hope/purpose by the end! 3mo
Henrik_Madsen Sometimes the right ingredients is just not enough to make a good dish! 3mo
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I thought this was going to be more "literary" than it was - though, having read a fair few lukewarm reviews, I'm not sure why. I found it to be considerably less than the sum of its parts ... a lot of promise that goes largely & disappointingly unrealized. The writing is superficial, the characters shallow, the plot manages to be both over-long & insubstantial, the narrative repetitive. For me, the historical period... cont. in comments

readingjedi ...which is what attracted me to this novel, isn't authentically evoked. Some of the dialogue seems anachronistic and the historical details seem a little off. I felt no emotional connection to the sisters of the title & never fully understood their motivations. It is not without entertainment value but just slightly disappointing/uninspiring. 3mo
Crazeedi You have stated everything I felt about this book too! It was so disappointing, I actually did not finish 3mo
Itchyfeetreader This is an excellent review .. 3mo
batsy I was tempted by this and thought it would be fun light read but now I'll pass 🙂 3mo
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temporoparietal | Kris Ellis
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Today's read. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

Areader2 I love your kindle cover or is it a stick on? Is that a paper white? 3mo
readingjedi @Areader2 Thanks 🙂 It's an Oasis with a Decalgirl skin. 3mo
Areader2 Oh thanks I have an oasis didn‘t realize they made decals for it ! 3mo
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Secrets of the Sea House | Elisabeth Gifford
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This is Harris, Outer Hebrides, where this book is set - who knew it looked like the Caribbean? (Not my image.) It's a really well written & solidly entertaining read with interlinking stories that are both equally engaging. I include the above photo as the location is so vividly rendered by author that I was obliged to research it. The use of the myths of mermaids & selkies is nicely done and adds to the authentic feel of the story.

Lucy_Anywhere Having lived in Northeast Scotland, I can tell you that the beaches are that gorgeous... but the water is freezing! 3mo
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Everything Under | Daisy Johnson
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Starting this one just now - heard good things about it so I'm looking forward to it. With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

BookwormM I loved it 3mo
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1. Very difficult question. Lord of the rings and His Dark Materials are very significant to me but there are so many I love I wouldn't know where to start.
2. Mustard. It's evil condimentified.
3. Flying. I have had specialist phobia treatment & the therapist told me it's so deep seated in my psyche it's just easier to take the drugs!!!
4. One older sister. 10 year gap.
5. I can chat no problemo 😁

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Karisa Oh! I love His Dark Materials series too. So wish that the movie had lived up to the books. Amazing world! 4mo
readingjedi @Karisa I wrote my M.A. dissertation on it so it was a big part of my life for a while. But yes the film wasn't good ... hopefully the latest adaptation will live up to the books. 4mo
TheSpineView I am surprised at how many people can't fly. I love flying... not the commercial type... but small private aircraft. I learned to fly in my early 39s. 4mo
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readingjedi @TheSpineView Oh, I DO fly. I just really hate it. I made up my mind a long time ago that my fear wouldn't stop me doing what I want ... which in a nutshell is visiting my beloved Kos as often as possible! 4mo
TheSpineView @readingjedi Good for you! 4mo
howjessreads Evil condimentified. 😂😂😂 4mo
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