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Welcome to the World | Steve Wilson
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Naomi Jean has arrived 💕

Caroline2 Oh wow!! Congratulations!!! 🎉 🥂 She‘s beautiful! ❤️ 2w
merelybookish She is precious! And what a beautiful name. Congratulations!! 2w
Mollyanna Congratulations! She‘s adorable ☺️ 🎉 2w
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CarolynM Congratulations 💖 Such a darling little one. 2w
rockpools Congratulations Katie and family! She‘s beautiful. Welcome, Naomi Jean 💖 2w
Librarybelle Congratulations! 2w
Suet624 Yippee!!! Congratulations! 2w
JackOBotts Congratulations! Welcome, little one! 💜 2w
Chelsea.Poole So sweet! ♥️ 2w
MicheleinPhilly Congratulations! Welcome, little one! You are adorable! 2w
Christyco125 Congratulations! 👶 2w
zezeki Congratulations!! 🥳🥳 2w
Cupcake12 Congratulations xxx 2w
BrittanyReads Beautiful baby! Soak in all those newborn snuggles 🧸💜 2w
batsy Welcome, little one! ❤️ Congratulations!! 2w
Jas16 Congratulations! 2w
AmyG What a sweet baby. Congrats! ❤️ 2w
andrew61 Congratulations Katie to you and your partner. She is beautiful. Hope all is well. 2w
MaureenMc Congratulations! 2w
sarahbarnes Beautiful! ❤️ 2w
JessClark78 Congratulations! 2w
vivastory What a great name! Congratulations 👏👏 2w
Kdgordon88 Congratulations 🎉 2w
squirrelbrain Oh, she‘s so beautiful! And such a gorgeous name too! ❤️ 2w
marleed Oh she‘s beautiful. Congratulations! 2w
LeahBergen Ohhhh, she‘s gorgeous! 💕💕💕 Congratulations! 2w
julesG Congratulations! 💞💞 2w
DaveGreen7777 Awww! Congratulations to you and your family (especially the newest member)! 😊 2w
Megabooks Congratulations!!! I love her name! And what a beauty! 😍💜 2w
sprainedbrain Congratulations! She‘s gorgeous 😍 2w
Ruthiella Congratulations ! 😃 2w
ladym30 Congratulations! She is beautiful!❤️ 2w
BiblioLitten Awwwiee congratulations to the family❤️ Hope you are keeping well. 💕 1w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thank you so much for the lovely card 😘 1w
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome Katie! 7d
BarbaraBB I only now read this but I am so happy for you! Such a beautiful girl an what a beautiful name! Enjoy the newborn bubble! 🤍🤍 6d
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youneverarrived
A Lover's Discourse | Xiaolu Guo
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Pickpick

The fact I read this in 3 days says a lot about the book. The writing is deceptively simple. It‘s about that feeling of being rootless/uprooted and finding/trying to find a sense of belonging. She portrays cultural differences really effectively and with humour. It felt like the male character was portrayed mostly through his dialogue which was brilliantly done & I loved the protagonist. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Lovely review, stacking 👍🏻♥️ 3w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy hope you like it if you get to it too ♥️ 3w
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Pickpick

I‘ve read quite a few parenting books (since becoming a Mam I really love learning about child psychology etc) and this is my favourite by far. A lot of it made sense to me & it‘s very accessible and insightful. One I will keep and return to. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks @squirrelbrain for sending me this a while back 😘

squirrelbrain You‘re welcome. I skimmed through a library copy a while ago as I bought it for another friend who had just had a baby and wanted to check it out first. It seems eminently readable, with a lot of sensible advice. Looking forward to hearing your news soon! 3w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain it‘s brilliant. Did your friend like it too? I was telling my Mam about it and she‘s reading and enjoying it now aswell 👍 3w
squirrelbrain Yes, he did! I like Philippa Perry - think she gives great, practical advice. 3w
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Pickpick

I feel similar to others in that the second part didn‘t grip me as much as the first - some of the stories felt a bit lacklustre & it pulled the rating down for me. Love the way the author came full circle from the beginning story to the last. I went into it expecting it not to really be my thing but I definitely got invested - the author knows how to write believable characters that you feel for/connect with. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #camplitsy

squirrelbrain Great review! I too had the feeling it wouldn‘t be my thing either, but ended up really liking it. 3w
Suet624 Yes to all of this. 2w
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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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Pickpick

There‘s quite a few ‘main‘ characters in this so it took a little while to settle into but once I did I flew through it. It‘s set against the backdrop of the ‘emancipation‘ bill against Native Americans in the 1950s but the main focus was on the characters & their lives. She packs a lot in and I think some sections it could have done without (the Vera parts mainly) but overall I really enjoyed it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

squirrelbrain Great review! I *will* get to this soon! 🤔 3w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain so many books! Hope you like it too if you do get to it. I‘ve got The Sentence on hold at the library so looking forward to reading that soon. 3w
vivastory The Sentence remains one of my favorites of the year, this one sounds great 3w
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Megabooks Interesting! I think I‘m going to stack it. 3w
Megabooks Thanks for the tag 💜 3w
youneverarrived @vivastory I‘ve heard such good things, looking forward to reading it 3w
youneverarrived @Megabooks no worries 😘 it wouldn‘t make my ‘best of‘ list or anything but it‘s an enjoyable read 3w
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Waterstones York | York, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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#bookhaul from yesterday. Usually I have a mental tbr list when I go book shopping but these were all just random choices, besides from Great Circle which was recommended to me by the people working in Waterstones 🤍

Ellohcin Let me know what you think of Karl! I really enjoy his writing and openness. I know many don‘t. 4w
squirrelbrain Great haul! Great Circle is the only one I‘ve read and I really liked it! 4w
Cinfhen I really enjoyed this one too!! The rest I haven‘t read but look forward to your reviews 4w
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TrishB Great haul 😁 4w
Tamra I love random book shopping! 4w
Cathythoughts Very good ! I‘d like to read Great Circle too👍🏻 3w
LeahBergen Nice! 👏👏 3w
youneverarrived @Ellohcin I read little snippets and thought his writing looked like what I enjoy 🤞 I‘m going to have to buy the first in the series though because I can‘t read out of order 😆 3w
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Waterstones York | York, United Kingdom (Bookstore)
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What more does a girl need on her birthday?! 😁 little book haul and coffee 💕

Amiable Happy birthday! 🎂🎉🎁 4w
KristiAhlers Yes! Happy Birthday! 4w
mcipher Happy birthday! 🎉 4w
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Cinfhen Happy Birthday 🎂🎈🎁🎊 4w
Tamra Happy Birthday & Bookday! 4w
Kdgordon88 Happy birthday! 🎈🎂🎈 4w
sarahbarnes Happy Birthday! 🎁 📚 4w
andrew61 Happy birthday, enjoy your day. 4w
BookNAround Happy you day! What a great tote. 4w
Smrloomis Happy birthday! 🥳 4w
batsy Excellent way to celebrate 😁 Enjoy 🥳 4w
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday! Enjoy! 4w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! 📚❤️📚❤️ 4w
squirrelbrain Yay! Do we get to see the book haul?! 4w
TrishB Lovely ♥️ 4w
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 4w
TheLibrarian Happy Birthday! 🎂🎈 4w
DGRachel Happy Birthday 🎉 4w
merelybookish And in a pretty bag! Happy birthday!! 4w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I‘ll post it now 💕 (edited) 4w
Hamlet Happy birthday! I hope you really treat yourself well. 3w
DivineDiana The best way to celebrate! Wishing you a year filled with fantastic books! 🎉📚🎂 3w
youneverarrived @DivineDiana it really is 💕 thank you! 3w
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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Thank you @squirrelbrain for the birthday card (love it ❤️) and book - it sounds fascinating and right up my street 😘

Thank you @kaysworld1 for the lovely card 😘

kaysworld1 I'm glad you got it. Happy birthday 🎂 🥳 🎉 🎈 4w
squirrelbrain You‘re welcome! Hope you‘re doing OK - when‘s your due date? 😘 4w
Cathythoughts Lovely book & cards. Happy Birthday Katie X looking forward to hearing your news soon ♥️ 4w
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youneverarrived @kaysworld1 thank you 💕 4w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I‘m booked in for a c-section next week so should have a baby very soon 🙊❤️ 4w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 💕 won‘t be long now x 4w
squirrelbrain Good luck and looking forward to hearing all about the new little one! 😘 4w
DaveGreen7777 I was offline yesterday so this is a very belated birthday wish! 😩 Hope you had a wonderful birthday! 🥳🎉🎈🎁🎂 4w
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thanks Helen 😁 4w
youneverarrived @DaveGreen7777 ahh thank you 🙏♥️ 4w
Suet624 I really liked this book. 2w
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youneverarrived
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This chapter/story broke my heart 🥺 #camplitsy

sarahbarnes Yes! 💔😞 1mo
squirrelbrain Definitely! 💔 1mo
batsy Yes 😟 1mo
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Suet624 Definitely. 1mo
nofutureparttwo s a m e. 1mo
Megabooks I‘m sure it‘s hard to read as a parent. It was sad for me too. 💜💜 1mo
batsy Happy birthday! 🎂🎉💕 4w
youneverarrived @batsy thank you 😘 4w
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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I‘m glad I took breaks in between the sections, really worked for me! Still found myself trying to figure out how & if they connected in any way (besides the repeated names). I enjoyed all the parts pretty equally. I love her writing. It didn‘t have the same emotional punch as ALL but glad I read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Megabooks Yay for finishing before the baby!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ❤️ 1mo
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BarbaraBB Finished in time 💛😘 1mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks @BarbaraBB I made it my goal 😂❤️ 1mo
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The Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
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How I‘m spending Alfie‘s nap time 😁

I started this last night so not too far into it but so far it‘s good!

squirrelbrain Ooh I‘m interested to know what you think. I have this one on kindle and really want to read it as I loved The Sentence so much. 2mo
Tamra I enjoyed this on audio! 2mo
Megabooks Same as Helen! Tag me if/when you review! 💜💜 2mo
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batsy Perfect! Snack and a book 💖 2mo
LeahBergen Perfect planning! 😊 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain @Megabooks I will let you both know 🤍 2mo
youneverarrived @Tamra it kept me reading past my bedtime last night which is always a good sign 😆 2mo
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Pickpick

I didn‘t really like the characters in this, they felt a bit juvenile for their age, although at the same time they were realistic. Loved the ending - that turned it from a so-so into a pick. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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I read other books in between the different parts so this didn‘t feel so daunting to read (plus I had a lot of library holds come in one after the other.) Think it‘s time for part three so I can finally finish it!

sarahbarnes Part 3 was my favorite. ❤️ 2mo
TrishB @sarahbarnes mine too 👍🏻 2mo
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Tagged book was my favourite of the month and The Crimson Petal and the White my favourite of the year so far! #readingbracket2022

vivastory I hope everything is going well with you, Katie. Hopefully you can squeeze in another book or two before your new release 😉 2mo
youneverarrived @vivastory 😂😂 I‘m reading every chance I get 2mo
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Pickpick

A beautiful book. Slow at times but so poetic and just lovely. I wouldn‘t have thought chapters from the perspective of a fig tree would be for me but it worked, they were some of my favourite chapters. Loved the atmosphere and the characters. A memorable read 💕 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

squirrelbrain I really liked this one too! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I have this one on my tbr this month. How are you doing? I forgot when you are due… 2mo
Megabooks So glad you loved this too! Great review 💜 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain @Megabooks it was a great read. Been recommending it to everyone 🤍 2mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it too! I‘m good thank you 😘 due next month so only a few weeks to go. 2mo
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Pickpick

I‘ve been reading a lot of recently published books lately so it was nice to read something older. I loved the humour, the writing (though she did repeat a lot of sentences within a paragraph - I‘m sure she did this for a reason 🤔) and the characters. Some memorable scenes and a great little novella; it could have been longer for me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Alfie‘s grandparents always have him on a Friday & I‘m now on maternity leave so this was the obvious choice of how to spend an hour or so ❤️

TrishB Looks fab ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Perfect! 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely! Enjoy your little break. 🥰 2mo
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andrew61 Perfect way to relax, enjoy the time. 2mo
CarolynM So lovely to have a little time to yourself. Enjoy! 2mo
DivineDiana That‘s a very nice arrangement for both of you! ❤️ 2mo
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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To write twelve distinct, diverse and interesting characters takes talent and ambition. I wouldn‘t be able to say who was who now I‘ve finished it but when reading it they all felt different. I liked the ways in which they connected, and differed. I bought this in 2019 at the Strand when I went to NY for the first time and it‘s one of those books that just holds a memory for me of when I bought it; glad to have finally read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

squirrelbrain Sigh….wish I could go to The Strand again! 😁 I enjoyed this book too. 2mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain imagine a few hours there just browsing 😌 2mo
batsy Great review! And it's lovely when a book brings back memories of being in a particular place 💜 2mo
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andrew61 Great review and great to have a memory attached. 2mo
Suet624 Yes to all of this! And I love the photo. 2mo
youneverarrived @batsy thank you! It really is 🤍 2mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 thank you 🙏 2mo
youneverarrived @Suet624 it‘s so nice to have some sun to sit in the garden and read 💕 2mo
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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Getting reading time in where I can. Holidays aren‘t quite as relaxing with a toddler 😂 but having lots of fun 🤍

rockpools Have a lovely holiday Katie! 3mo
RaeLovesToRead This book was fantastic! 3mo
Cathythoughts Hi Katie 👋 You and the bump are looking good 🥰 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Enjoy your holidays and the book 💕 3mo
BarbaraBB Love the belly! 3mo
Megabooks So happy for you! 💜💜 3mo
BiblioLitten Are you enjoying the book? I loved it 😊 3mo
youneverarrived @BiblioLitten I‘ve not read for a few days thanks to Covid 😩 but what I have read of it I‘ve really liked! Glad to hear you loved it 🤍 (edited) 3mo
vivastory I hope that everything is okay & that you recover from Covid quickly! 🤞 3mo
youneverarrived @vivastory thanks Scott appreciate that 🤍 I ended up having a drip for a few hours but felt so much better after it! It‘s just the tiredness at the minute but getting there 🙏 2mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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I was torn between Matrix and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo this month but went with Matrix. #readingbracket2022

TheNeverendingTBR I like this, it's a good idea and I'm looking forward to seeing what your favourite is going to be! 😁 3mo
Megabooks You know March and February are both in my top 10 from last year! 😀😀😀 (edited) 3mo
youneverarrived @TheNeverendingTBR you should join in too! 3mo
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youneverarrived @Megabooks chances are they will make my top 10 this year 😆 you‘re my go to for book recommendations 🤍 3mo
Megabooks 💜💜 (edited) 3mo
Megabooks Glad you enjoyed them so much too! And I‘m flattered! 3mo
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Mehso-so

Stroud has five children and this is mostly a memoir of a specific time in her life: having a newborn as well as parenting a teenager & her other kids. She writes honestly & openly about her feelings on being a parent, the highs, the lows & everything in between. I was really looking forward to reading it but I found it didn‘t live up to the blurb/reviews. I just didn‘t connect with it but I‘m sure it‘s relatable for some. ⭐️⭐️ #nonfiction2022

BookBabe I enthusiastically recommend this book about motherhood written by a mother of 10! 3mo
Cathythoughts Good to hear your review 👍👍 3mo
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I finished the second part of To Paradise (part 2 so bleak 😬) and thinking I might read these two books before I go on to start Part 3 🤔

I thought Spring was the perfect read for now, we‘re finally getting some sun ☀️ enjoying it so far! #weekendreading

julesG I started part 2 of To Paradise a few days ago and haven't picked up the book since. 3mo
squirrelbrain Part 2 is the weakest part Katie; Part 3 is so much better. @julesG 3mo
Cathythoughts Good luck with Paradise and have a lovely weekend ❤️ (edited) 3mo
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julesG @squirrelbrain Well, I might just skip it then. 😁 3mo
squirrelbrain You could easily skip it @julesG - they‘re kind of linked, but not really…. 🤔 3mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain your advice of taking a break between the parts worked for me for parts 1 & 2. It makes it feel less daunting. 3mo
youneverarrived @julesG It took me a while to get into part 2. 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 🤍 enjoy your weekend too 😘 3mo
Megabooks So interested in your thoughts on To Paradise! 3mo
Andrew65 Great choices. 3mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks I‘m intrigued by part 3 as I know that‘s the part most people like the best. I just love her writing! (edited) 3mo
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Alfie loves his books as much as us ♥️

batsy Awww ❤️ 4mo
Leftcoastzen So cute! He has a bunch to choose from.😀 4mo
vivastory He's grown so much! 4mo
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Liz_M Nice shirt, I approve! 4mo
squirrelbrain So cute! And look at all those books! ❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Oh my goodness! ❤️❤️ He‘s growing too fast! 😩😩 4mo
andrew61 Lovely photo. 4mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous ❤️ 4mo
youneverarrived @batsy @andrew61 @Cathythoughts ❤️ he sits there for a good 20 minutes just looking through them all. 4mo
youneverarrived @Leftcoastzen @squirrelbrain can never have too many 😁 he loves to choose a few to read every night. 4mo
youneverarrived @vivastory @LeahBergen I know! Can‘t believe he‘s 2 in a few weeks 🥺🥺 4mo
youneverarrived @Liz_M I had to buy it! 🤍 4mo
rockpools I can‘t believe he‘s so grown up! But that book heap looks fantastic- so many classics 😊 3mo
readordierachel ❤❤ 3mo
youneverarrived @rockpools it‘s gone so quick! You can‘t beat the children‘s classics. It‘s lovely seeing him love the books I read when I was little 🥰 3mo
BiblioLitten 😍😍 3mo
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The only perk to being tested for gestational diabetes is two hours reading time. Can‘t wait to have my morning coffee though 😆

Cathythoughts I hope all is well and you get that coffee soon X 4mo
Cathythoughts The book sounds good, I think I‘ll pick it up for my daughter 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
batsy Thank goodness for books and coffee 💜 4mo
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TrishB Hope all is ok 👍🏻 4mo
andrew61 Best wishes, hope all well with you and baby. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Take care, hope all will be well. 💕 4mo
BarbaraBB Hope all is well 🤍 4mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts @TrishB @andrew61 @erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB thank you! results came back fine so all good 🙏 4mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts It‘s good so far! Hope your daughter and grandbaby are doing well 💕 (edited) 4mo
youneverarrived @batsy the two best things 😁 4mo
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Pickpick

This took a while to really get into, I‘d pick it up and have to remind myself who was who and what was going on. Around halfway I settled into it and ended up enjoying it for the most part. I like the writing and the cast of characters although I think it would have been just as good written fully from the perspective of Briseis. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

squirrelbrain Great review - I felt the same about this book; I enjoyed it but the cast of characters was huge and it was difficult to remember who was who. 4mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I‘m glad I‘m not the only one that thought so. I rated Silence of the Girls 4 stars so I must have liked that better although I can‘t remember much about it 🤔 4mo
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The only book that‘s kept me up past 9 the past few weeks 😂 (pregnancy 😴). Couldn‘t stop reading it. It feels like an easygoing read but with depth to it. I‘m not sure if we‘re supposed to like Evelyn but even with all her flaws I did! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Booksarelifeaddict One of my favorite books! They need to make a movie of this book! 😊 4mo
youneverarrived @Booksarelifeaddict it would make a great film! 4mo
Cathythoughts I remember bailing on this … maybe I‘ll give it another go. I hope you are well Katie , are you due soon ? Happy ( if tired ) days 🥰 (edited) 4mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts I‘m due June 20th ♥️ 4mo
PaperbackPrincess19 I really hope that they make a film. This is the first book ever that gave me a bit of a reading slump after it as I just couldn‘t stop thinking about it. 4mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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I love an atmospheric book and this definitely is that. The writing is stunning, the sense of place is spot on and the main character Marie is brilliant; the way her perspective changes as she grows older and her relationships with the other women in the abbey. One I won‘t be forgetting any time soon. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory This was the first book that I read this year & I'm pretty sure it will end up on best of the yr. list. Just brilliant. 4mo
LeahBergen What a pretty photo! 4mo
sarahbarnes I wasn‘t going to read this one, but now I might have to try it! 4mo
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squirrelbrain Great review! ❤️ 4mo
AmyG I loved this book, too. 4mo
TrishB Loved it too ♥️ 4mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍❤️ 4mo
youneverarrived @vivastory what a book to start the year with. The more I think about it the more I like it. Think it‘ll stay with me. 4mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen it‘s one of my favourite places to go 🤍 4mo
youneverarrived @sarahbarnes I‘d definitely recommend it, especially if you like books with atmosphere! 4mo
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Getting some reading in before little man is home. Really enjoying this book. It‘s one of those you can‘t put down 💚

vivastory I've heard such great things about this one 4mo
Cupcake12 I‘ve just picked this up from the library 🤞 4mo
TrishB My son and daughter just buddy read this! My son loved it and my daughter hated it 😁 4mo
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andrew61 My 22yr old daughter loved this Katie, so I plan to read it soon and recommended she read Daisy Jones. 4mo
youneverarrived @vivastory I can see why it‘s had a lot of hype, it‘s very unputdownable 4mo
youneverarrived @Cupcake12 I thought I might struggle to get this back to the library for when it was due but I finished it in 3 days 😂 I hope you enjoy it too! 4mo
youneverarrived @TrishB got to love differing opinions! I‘m with your son, I loved it 🤍 4mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 I finished it yesterday and loved it too! Hope you enjoy it. Daisy Jones is on my list to read. 4mo
Christyco125 I did this an audiobook and couldn‘t wait for each chance I had to listen. 4mo
youneverarrived @Christyco125 it‘s just one of those books where you have to keep reading isn‘t it! I bet the audio was good. 4mo
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So glad I went with audio for this one (thanks for recommending @Megabooks ) Tarana tells her story powerfully and beautifully. I love that she shows her vulnerable moments and through trauma found a way to help others. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nonfiction2022 - survivor

Megabooks So glad you liked it! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one is on my to read list, I‘m thinking audiobook is the way to go now. (edited) 4mo
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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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It‘s not very often I read thrillers but the fact this was set during the pandemic & lockdown had me intrigued. It felt a bit surreal reading it at first but I thought it was done really well. The author states she hopes it was entertaining and that‘s exactly what it was. A few too many changes/twists near the end for me but I was hooked throughout. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Katalin Street | Magda Szabo
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A bleak and quiet sort of novel that speaks about the ways in which lives are changed during war and the aftermath of it. The sense of community and family was palpable. The ghost character of Henriette shows how much people, events and memories stay with us. It was beautifully told and I liked it a lot, although I didn‘t find it overly immersive. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nyrbbookclub

squirrelbrain Great review Katie. How are you doing? 😘 4mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thank you! ♥️ I‘m really good, maternity leave starts early April so looking forward to that! How are you? 4mo
squirrelbrain So your due date is some time in April then? Exciting! 4mo
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GatheringBooks Happy to see you liked it! Looking forward to our discussion in a few hours. Happy infanticipating!! 4mo
vivastory I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this one 4mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain it‘s not until 20th June but I‘m taking a few weeks holiday before I officially start maternity, just so I can get a few things organised before baby arrives 🤍 4mo
youneverarrived @GatheringBooks looking forward to it too! Thank you ♥️ 4mo
youneverarrived @vivastory I think it will be one made even better by discussing it 4mo
squirrelbrain That‘s a good idea Katie - it‘ll be even more work (and fun!) with two! 4mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain oh definitely 😆 I‘m getting in all the reading time while I can! 4mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Typical that two library holds I‘ve had for months are available at the same time, when I‘m in the middle of two long books. Which one to read first? 📚

vivastory I haven't read Seven Husbands, but I loved Matrix 4mo
Mitch Two very different books! Id go for Matrix along with @vivastory ! 4mo
jlhammar Matrix is great. Haven't read Seven Husbands yet. 4mo
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AmyG Both are wonderful! 4mo
Megabooks Matrix! 4mo
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26A | Diana Evans
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This follows a set of twins throughout childhood and into later years. We get to see how they diverge in personality and life experiences. Depression, and that feeling of not feeling like a part of the world; like someone that doesn‘t belong, is portrayed devastatingly but without cliche and not overly dramatically. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

rockpools Ooh, snow. Hope you‘re warm and dry there! 4mo
youneverarrived @rockpools it didn‘t last for too long. Just enough for us to go out and build a little snowman 😆 4mo
Cathythoughts Little snowman sounds like fun 💫 4mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts it was fun 🤍 Alfie‘s been asking to see the snowman all day today bless him. 4mo
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A refreshing read on what it means to be a parent; she argues (using a lot of research) that we need to let go of the idea of parenting with a vision of who we want our children to be - rather give them space & freedom to explore, play & be involved. The school system is all about outcomes & grades & I love that she writes about how education needs to make a shift to allow for play & to make room for different types of learning …

youneverarrived She writes about why we have a long childhood, evolutionary psychology, how grandparents can play an important part in how we raise children & more. I found it really accessible and interesting although slightly repetitive ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #nonfiction2022 - marvellous 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds good! 4mo
TheNeverendingTBR @youneverarrived I agree what you said about the educational system. 😏 4mo
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youneverarrived @TheNeverendingTBR it needs a massive overhaul! 4mo
BiblioLitten I just read and enjoyed this book even though it could get repetitive too. 4mo
youneverarrived @BiblioLitten I love reading books about being a parent. I find it so interesting how little minds develop and grow and how to foster that. A lot of them can be repetitive though! 4mo
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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Been putting this off because of the length but it‘s calling to me now 🤍

TrishB Enjoy 👍🏻 5mo
squirrelbrain It‘s 3 separate books, so you can always split it if you need to. Enjoy! 5mo
readordierachel Look forward to your thoughts on it! 5mo
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andrew61 Enjoy. 5mo
Megabooks It‘s fantastic! 5mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain I was thinking I might do that. Do the 3 books connect to each other? 5mo
youneverarrived @readordierachel I‘ve heard mostly good but still mixed reviews so I‘m intrigued. 5mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks I‘m loving the writing so far. Feel like it might be a slow build up? But I‘m enjoying it. (edited) 5mo
rockpools Enjoy it 😊 (I think you will!) 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Much love for this book on Litsy, I hope to read it. Enjoy! 5mo
Cathythoughts Enjoy! I‘m trying to decide on print or audio, but either way I hope to start it soon too 5mo
squirrelbrain It‘s difficult today if they‘re connected without spoiling things…. 😁 They are, but in very strange ways! 5mo
youneverarrived @rockpools thanks Rachel. So far I‘m enjoying it 🤍 (edited) 5mo
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm it is getting a lot of love. A Little Life was brilliant so hoping this will be too! 5mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts I‘ll look forward to seeing what you think 🤍 It usually takes me a lot longer to get through audiobooks so went with print. 5mo
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It feels harsh giving this 2 stars considering the trauma she went through & how warts and all she writes about herself but I found her relationship pretty dull to read about (& that seemed to be the focus of most of the book), obviously it‘s a memoir and that‘s what must feel important to her but I didn‘t connect with it or get anything from it. I did feel for her in the latter chapters and I think some might find comfort in her words. ⭐️⭐️

youneverarrived #nonfiction2022 - rule breaker (edited) 5mo
Suet624 I‘m with you on this book. (edited) 5mo
youneverarrived @Suet624 I‘m glad I‘m not the only one that feels this way about it 5mo
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Ponti | Sharlene Teo
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I really liked the friendship between Szu & Circe and how that played out, it felt relatable. I wasn‘t as invested in the chapters on Amisa and sometimes it felt like they were there as filler/a bridge between the past and present day. Overall an enjoyable read, glad to have read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reggie I really liked this book. I liked how Singapore was this huge presence that grew with the characters of the book. 5mo
youneverarrived @Reggie I liked the Singapore setting too. 5mo
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Still listening to Unbound on audio (got around 2 hours left so should get it finished this weekend/early next week). I‘m enjoying 26a and at 80% so should finish that tonight, then I‘ll be reading 56 days which I picked up from the library the other day 📚 #weekendreading

Andrew65 Look good choices, happy reading. 5mo
youneverarrived @Andrew65 thanks, hope you‘re having a good weekend 5mo
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In the Freud Archives | Janet Malcolm
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This has to be one of my favourite #nyrbbookclub reads. I found it compelling & fascinating; for a book about psychoanalysts they all seemed to get each other wrong, or were blinded by their own perception/needs (human nature I guess). I loved the way it felt like the author took herself out of the narrative as much as possible and just let the main people involved speak for themselves. Very well written, would love to read more by her. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory Wonderful review! Yes, I thought it was great that she let her subjects speak for themselves without forcing her viewpoint. The afterword adds a whole new dimension to the story. This was one of my favorite recent surprises for the group. Looking forward to tomorrow's discussion! 5mo
merelybookish Well said! And agree that part of the appeal is in how she writes and just lets these nutty men speak for themselves. Glad you enjoyed it! (I was nervous about this one...) 5mo
Leftcoastzen @merelybookish nutty men ! indeed!❤️😂 5mo
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Suet624 Well I‘ve seen enough. I had to go and purchase this one. It sounds fabulous. 5mo
youneverarrived @vivastory thank you! Definitely, it made me laugh how Masson tried to sue her for things she had proof of him saying though, he must have a massive ego 😬 it should be a good one! 5mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish 😂 it felt detached but in the best way. We all seem to have enjoyed it so far 🤍 5mo
youneverarrived @Suet624 I hope you enjoy it too 🤍 5mo
batsy Great review! The knack of not inserting herself is an art, almost, but she has a way of summing up a character or an argument that imparts the force of her thinking. It's so different from the "I" centric memoir/nonfiction writing. She has a way with language, for sure :) 5mo
youneverarrived @batsy that‘s exactly it. She has a way of saying what she‘s thinking in a quick sentence or paragraph but it‘s never forced and never feels like she‘s writing with any sort of agenda. 5mo
Megabooks I stacked this after Scott‘s review, and now I especially want to read it! 5mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks I found it to be one of those ‘have to keep reading‘ books. I hope you enjoy it if you get to it 🤍 5mo
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“The world had changed a great deal, but the little rules, contracts and customs had not, which meant the world hadn‘t actually changed at all.”

That is essentially what this book is about; misogyny still prevails in many parts of society. I loved the minimalistic, to the point style in which it was written and the final paragraph, although bleak, summed up the novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Wow, 5⭐️ 5mo
Reggie I liked this book a lot. Glad you did, too. 5mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB yeah I don‘t give five stars that easily but I really loved the way this was written 5mo
youneverarrived @Reggie I love how it says a lot but simply 5mo
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Still listening to Unbound (usually takes me a few weeks to get through audiobooks) and started The Rules Do Not Apply last night which I‘m really liking so far. I was hoping our January read for #nyrbbookclub would have arrived so I could start that but no luck! #weekendreading

Andrew65 Have a good reading weekend. 5mo
youneverarrived @Andrew65 thanks, you too! 5mo
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I have a feeling this is going to be one of those forgettable books for me. It had its moments but for the most part I wasn‘t invested. Maybe it was one too many books at the same time where women are treat like second class citizens and have little say in their own life. I liked the questions it provoked at the end - who was really the criminal, Firdaus that killed a man or all the men in her life that lead her to that point? ⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB I felt similar about this one! 5mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB it felt like it was lacking something.. 5mo
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Nightbitch | RACHEL. YODER
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I love that this is (I think) a metaphor for female rage, intuition & power. The commentary on motherhood isn‘t subtle - she depicts loneliness, the feeling of her work as a mother not being valued, giving up work etc but it‘s mixed in with some crazy, weird stuff which I loved. It got stranger as it went on and I gave up trying to analyse it 😂 I know a few that would relate to Nightbitch. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Great review and it must be fun to read this being a young mother too! 5mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB thank you! It was, although I didn‘t fully relate to how she felt (luckily I have a partner who helps a lot) we all have similar struggles as mothers I think! 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review and picture Katie 💫 5mo
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BarbaraBB I was so annoyed about her partner!! 5mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! 5mo
Megabooks And yes the husband was utter 💩 5mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy 😘 5mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB @Megabooks agree! His whole ‘I‘ve been to work all week so I don‘t have to take full responsibility for my child‘ attitude 😬 5mo
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Currently reading Ponti on kindle, Unbound on audible (will do a bit of audio colouring this weekend) and The Montessori Toddler 🤍 #weekendreading

Andrew65 Good choices. 5mo
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Alfie‘s with his grandparents and I‘ve got the day off work, obviously this is how I‘m spending my day 😁

Almost finished this one and I‘m really enjoying it!

IamIamIam Yay!!! Enjoy your day! 6mo
kathedron Well that solves the problem of which to pick next from my library stack (once I've finished Wolf Hall)! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nice! Happy reading 👍📚 6mo
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rockpools Obviously! Enjoy your time off 😊 6mo
readordierachel A lovely way to spend a day. Enjoy! 6mo
youneverarrived @kathedron it will be a quick read after Wolf Hall! 6mo
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Set against the background of The Troubles in Northern Ireland this novel spans nearly forty years in the life of the protagonist, Mary. It started off great and I liked the ending but there was a lot of repetition in between. I understood Mary‘s reticence to some extent (her upbringing, the life she thought she wanted) but it did get a bit tedious to read about. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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835 pages and I feel like I need a sequel 😩 I thought the ending was done well but I am left wanting to know what happened to them all! It‘s one of the most immersive novels I‘ve read; when I wasn‘t reading it I was thinking about it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#20in4 #newyearspecial

Andrew65 Have stacked this. 6mo
tokorowilliamwallace Ah, I own this and had been meaning to read it for years! I wish I had access to it now. 6mo
Kloves2read If you liked this book, you would like Slammerkin by Emma Donahue. I liked this book as well. It started out slow but once it picked up the story was enjoyable and the characters were well developed. 6mo
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BarbaraBB Stellar review! 6mo
BiblioLitten I have had this on my TBR since forever! 6mo
andrew61 Sounds great, I will definitely push it up my list for 2022. 6mo
LeahBergen I loved this book and you‘re so right: it‘s completely immersive. You might be interested in this small book of stories that features some of these same characters 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I want a sequel too! So good! 👍 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review ❤️ What a book ! I want e sequel too. 6mo
batsy Yes! That's how I felt reading it, too. Also onboard the "we need a sequel" train ? 6mo
readordierachel I've been meaning to read this for forever. After such a glowing review, I will have to do it soon! 6mo
youneverarrived @Andrew65 hope you like it if you get to it 👍 6mo
youneverarrived @tokorowilliamwallace it was one of those that had been on my shelves for years, too. 6mo
youneverarrived @Kloves2read ohh thanks for the rec. I‘ll add it to the tbr 😊 6mo
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB thanks, have you read it? 6mo
youneverarrived @BiblioLitten it was on my shelves for years too. 6mo
youneverarrived @andrew61 it felt like the perfect winter read. I hope you like it as much as me! 6mo
youneverarrived @LeahBergen ahh I didn‘t know about this book, thank you! I‘ve stacked it ♥️ 6mo
youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @batsy I would love to know how their lives all turned out! 6mo
youneverarrived @readordierachel the length always put me off but it just called to me this winter, so glad I read it. Hope you like it if you do get to it ♥️ 6mo
BarbaraBB Yes I read it but it wasn‘t as memorable to me as it is to you. I read it a long time ago so it might well have been me. I do love Michel Faber though, all of his books! 6mo
TheNeverendingTBR I'm glad you enjoyed it, it really was great. You should try Under the Skin, that's good also. 6mo
youneverarrived @TheNeverendingTBR ah brill thank you, definitely want to read more of his books. 6mo
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Maté is a firm believer that the mind and body are connected; that stress and unresolved childhood trauma and/or upbringing can cause illness. He writes about it from a professional perspective using research and individual experiences. An informative read. I personally got more from The Body Keeps the Score but glad I read this too. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#20in4 #newyearspecial

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 6mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good. I believe this too 6mo
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tokorowilliamwallace This would probably complement very well the book on Telomeres and cellular health/degeneration and Chatter, the science of our biosocially-developed ability to talk to ourselves with our mind's interior voice! Started this on my new Kindle Oasis over the weekend on a long family drive. 6mo
youneverarrived @tokorowilliamwallace that sounds interesting! I‘ll add it to the tbr. 6mo
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Reading Goals: Extended Readers for Basic Reading | Glenn McCracken, Charles Child Walcutt
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I kept my goal achievable in 2021 (30 books), happy I got to read more than expected. I‘ve focused mostly on reading books I own and I‘ll do the same in 2022! Baby no2 is due in June so I‘m going to read as much as I can before they arrive as after that any spare time for reading will be non existent for a few months 🙈🥰

vivastory Congrats on the upcoming baby! 🎉👏👏 6mo
squirrelbrain Oh, congrats on the new baby! ❤️ 6mo
andrew61 Congratulations Katie. 6mo
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merelybookish Oh how exciting! Congrats! 6mo
LeahBergen What wonderful news!! Congratulations! ❤️ 6mo
Cathythoughts Before they arrive ?? Twins ? 6mo
Reggie Congratulations on the new baby! 6mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts oh no, don‘t think I could cope with twins 😂 I‘m just not finding out the gender 6mo
Cathythoughts Oh very good 😁. My daughter didn‘t find out the gender either ..and her little girl was a lovely surprise. Alfie must be excited ❤️ happy days Katie 6mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts aw lovely, it makes it feel that bit more special not knowing until birth. I hope they‘re doing well 💕 ah yeah I can‘t wait to see what he‘s like as a big brother ♥️ 6mo
Suet624 A Month in the Country 😍 Congratulations on #2. 6mo
youneverarrived @Suet624 thank you 🤍 6mo
BiblioLitten Congratulations, Katie!! 🎊♥️ 6mo
Hamlet I‘ve just been scrolling back through your book evaluations: well done on meeting your book goals, and huge congratulations on your second child on the way! Wonderful news! 4mo
youneverarrived @BiblioLitten sorry I‘ve only just seen your comment, thanks so much 💕 4mo
youneverarrived @Hamlet thank you! 🤍 4mo
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Non-Fiction | Wendy Wren
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Happy New Year 🥂❤️

My only reading challenge last year was #nonfiction2021 and I read more than I thought I would! Quite a few of my favourite reads were non-fiction.

batsy Happy New Year! ❤️ 6mo
squirrelbrain Well done! 🎉 6mo
youneverarrived @batsy 🥂😘 6mo
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youneverarrived @squirrelbrain thanks Helen ❤️ 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job! I‘m so glad you found it worked for you and led you to some great books. 6mo
Nute Happy New Year, Katie!💜🥳💜 I have often been surprised, just like you, at how much I enjoy reading non-fiction. Maybe because a lot of it is very well-written and, quite often, truth is stranger than fiction so the intrigue, unbelievable and incredible telling pulls the reader along at a breakneck pace. Great reading accomplishment! 6mo
youneverarrived @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks for putting it together. Definitely inspired me to read more 🙌 6mo
youneverarrived @Nute 🥂♥️ oh definitely, I find a lot of non-fiction well written and so fascinating! I love that I always learn a lot from non-fiction too. 6mo
Simona Happy New Year 🍾🥂 6mo
youneverarrived @Simona all the best for 2022 ♥️ 6mo
Singout Congratulations! 6mo
youneverarrived @Singout thank you 🙏 6mo
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