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Which Came First?
The first task Martin addressed every morning was to take yesterday’s clothes out of the washing machine and put them into the tumble dryer. Then he stuffed his bedclothes into the washing machine, had a shower, brushed his teeth and...
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January 2020 reads
Tales from Outer Suburbia Written by: Shaun Tan Format: Graphic short stories, Hardback I just love Shaun Tan books. Here we have more beautifully illustrated short stories with a touch of the surreal and abstract. I loved the story about...
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My favourite books of 2019
2018 I got lazy last year and didn’t do an end of year post even though I read (or listened to) lots of amazing books, so here's a very quick overview: The Mindbody Prescription and The Great Pain Deception were...
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“A little more conversation, a little less action”
Two of the best movies I’ve seen this year were coincidentally “dramaheist" movies. But as these things tend to go, that may be more zeitgeist than coincidence. I loved American Animals earlier in the year; a student art-heist movie, which...
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The Glistening
My name is Cathy Grogan; not a typical vampire name but I try to blend in. Tryzkandelle ile Zlatok is the name I was born with. I’ve had many names since. But Cathy Grogan is the name I’ve chosen for...
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30 best Audiobooks out of 200
I recently listened to my 200th audiobook. I still read at every opportunity; I’ve read myself to sleep every night since I learned how to read. But when I am cleaning, tidying, ironing, gardening, walking etc, I listen to audiobooks....
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The Essex Serpent
Happy International  Woman's day - here's a great book featuring a strong independent woman. It's unfortunate that such women still need to be labelled so.  Strong independent men are just called: men. Like a lot of great novels, The Essex...
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Lisa McInerney – The Blood Miracles
This is my second time starting a Lisa McInerney novel with great excitement. I have to admit I had mixed feelings when I realised The Blood Miracles was a sequel. I'm not a big fan of series books, not sure...
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Ali Land – Good Me, Bad me
A lot of people have been talking about this book lately. It has a memorable cover, which keeps popping up in my various timelines. When I heard the basic premise: a young girl is taken into care after going to...
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Cecilia Ahern – Lyrebird
Popular Romantic Fiction really isn’t my thing. But this was one of the options in my online book club, and I thought I’d give Cecilia Ahern the benefit of the doubt. It can be refreshing to read a genre you wouldn’t normally...
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