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2016 reading blog - 112 books

2015 reading blog - 171 books

2014 reading blog - 151 books

2013 reading blog - 183 books

2012 reading blog - 145 books

2011 reading blog - 141 books

2010 reading blog - 130 books

2009 reading blog - 143 books

2008 reading list - 63 books

2007 reading list - 97 books

2006 reading list - 82 books

 

Current TBR: 43

 

2017 BOOKS READ

January

1. Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh's Curse by Laura Wood

2. Through The Mirror Door by Sarah Baker

3. The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson (narrated by Lucy Scott)

4. The Snow Merchant by Sam Gayton

5. The Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington

6. Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

7. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope (narrated by Timothy West)

8. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

9. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

10. My Name is Markham by Jodi Taylor

11. The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

12. Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

February

13. Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

14. Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx by Laura Wood

15. Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans

16. The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

17. Time Travelling With A Hamster by Ross Welford

18. The Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine

19. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

20. Beetle Queen by M. G. Leonard

March

21. The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

22. The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

23. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

24. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

25. Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton

26. The Montana Stories by Katherine Mansfield

27. The Misses Mallett by E. H. Young

28. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

April

29. A Start in Life by Anita Brookner

30. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore (narrated by Jonathan Keeble)

31. Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood

32. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (narrated by Stephen Fry)

33. An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge

34. And The Rest Is History by Jodi Taylor

35. Romancing The Inventor by Gail Carriger

36. A Very Distant Shore by Jenny Colgan

37. The Well of Loneliness by Radcliffe Hall (narrated by Laura Kirman)

38. Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

39. Venetia by Georgette Heyer

May

40. Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant

41. Death Before Wicket by Kerry Greenwood

42. Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters

43. The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

44. Away With The Fairies by Kerry Greenwood

45. Love In A Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford (narrated by Patricia Hodge)

46. The Blessing by Nancy Mitford

47. On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin

48. Imprudence by Gail Carriger (narrated by Moira Quirk)

49. Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan

50. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

51. Set In Stone by Robert Goddard

52. Another World by Pat Barker

June

53. Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood

54. Wild Kingdom by Stephen Moss

55. The Castlemaine Murders by Kerry Greenwood

56. Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones

57. The Glitter and the Gold by M. C. Beaton

58. The Running Hare by John Lewis-Stempel

59. Miss Fiona's Fancy by M. C. Beaton

60. Anthem for Doomed Youth by Carola Dunn

61. Providence by Anita Brookner

62. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (dramatisation)

63. The January Man by Christopher Somerville

64. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (narrated by Cathleen McCarron)

65. The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

66. Love Madness Fishing by Dexter Petley

67. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

July

68. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (narrated by Morena Baccarat)

69. Class by Jenny Colgan

70. The Otters’ Tale by Simon Cooper

71. A Sky Full of Birds by Matt Merritt

72. The Nature of Autumn by Jim Crumbly

73. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (narrated by Thandie Newton)

74. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (narrated by Emilia Fox)

75. Sally by M. C. Beaton

76. Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis-Stempel

77. Maggie by M. C. Beaton

78. Minerva by M. C. Beaton (narrated by Claire Morgan)

79. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

80. Love of Country by Madeleine Bunting

81. Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl

82. Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

83. Dancing in the Wind by M. C. Beaton

84. The Wild Other by Clover Stroud

85. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (narrated by Rachel Atkins)

86. Simply the Quest by Max Evans

87. Mystery and Mayham by Katherine Woodfine and others

88. The Taming of Annabelle by M. C. Beaton (narrated by Claire Morgan)

August

89. Poppy Pym and the Smuggler's Secret by Laura Wood

90. Deirdre and Desire by M. C. Beaton (narrated by Claire Morgan)

91. Daphne by M. C. Beaton (narrated by Claire Morgan)

92. The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

93. Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

94. Diana The Huntress by M. C. Beaton (narrated by Claire Morgan)

95. Frederica in Fashion by M. C. Beaton (narrated by Claire Morgan)

96. The Girl Savage by Katherine Rundell

97. Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield

98. Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly

99. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (narrated by Richard Armitage)

100. The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

101. Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski

102. The Persephone Book of Short Stories

103. Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

104. The Long and Short of It by Jodi Taylor 

105. The Second Chance Café at Carlton Square by Lily Bartlett

106. Summer at Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond (narrated by Juanita McMahon)

September

107. Landskipping by Anna Pavord

108. Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

109. Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

110. The Big Dreams Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

111. Madam, Will You Talk by Mary Stewart

112. At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

113. The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett

114. The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester

115. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

116. Summer at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson

117. Christmas at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson

118. Look At Me by Anita Brookner

119. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

120. The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

121. The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

122. The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla 

123. Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

October

November

December

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TO BE READ - HARDBACK AND PAPERBACKS

 

Fiction

1. Autumn by Ali Smith

2. Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

3. Freshers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

4. Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

5. Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence

6. My Evil Twin is a Supervillain by David Solomons

7. The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig

8. The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

10. The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver

11. The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine

12. Weathering by Lucy Woods

 

Non-fiction

1. Engel's England by Matthew Engle

2. The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

 

Poetry

1. You Took The Last Bus Home by Brian Bilston  

 

Total: 15

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TO BE READ - KINDLE

 

Fiction

1. Match Me If You Can! by Michele Gorman

2. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

3. Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier

4. The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

5. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

7. The Golem and the Djinni by Helen Wecker

8. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

9. The Love Detective by Alexandra Potter

10. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

11. The Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

12. The Sweet Scent of Blood by Suzanne McLeod

13. The Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel

14. The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond

15. This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

 

Georgette Heyer

1. A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer

2. Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer

3. Charity Gril by Georgette Heyer

4. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

5. Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer

6. Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer

7. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer

8. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer

9. The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer

10. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

 

Non-fiction

1. A Slice of Britain by Caroline Taggart

2. Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison

3. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

Total: 28

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E. H. YOUNG

 

Key:

Books I own in Italics

Books I have read in Bold

 

BOOK LIST:

 

1. A Corn of Wheat

2. Yonder

3. Moor Fires

4. The Misses Mallett

5. William

6. The Vicar's Daughter

7. Miss Mole

8. Jenny Wren

9. The Curate's Wife

10. Celia

11. Chatterton Square

 

Status: 3/11 books read = 27% complete

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THE ENGLISH COUNTIES

For more details, visit the English Counties Challenge board: http://www.bookclubforum.co.uk/community/index.php?/forum/74-english-counties-challenge/

 

Key:

Books I own in Italics

Books I have read in Bold

 

BOOK LIST:

BEDFORDSHIRE: My Uncle Silas by H. E. Bates

BERKSHIRE: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

BRISTOL: The Misses Mallett by E. H. Young

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE: The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers

CHESHIRE: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

CITY OF LONDON: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

CORNWALL: Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier

CUMBRIA: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

DERBYSHIRE: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

DEVON: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

DORSET: Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

COUNTY DURHAM: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE: South Riding by Winifred Holtby

EAST SUSSEX: Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne

ESSEX: The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James

GLOUCESTERSHIRE: Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee

GREATER LONDON*: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

GREATER MANCHESTER: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

HAMPSHIRE: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

HEREFORDSHIRE: On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin

HERTFORDSHIRE: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

ISLE OF WIGHT: England, England by Julian Barnes

KENT: The Darling Buds of May by H. E. Bates

LANCASHIRE: Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

LEICESTERSHIRE: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend

LINCOLNSHIRE: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

MERSEYSIDE: An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge

NORFOLK: The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

NORTH YORKSHIRE: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot/Dracula by Bram Stoker

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

NORTHUMBERLAND: The Stars Look Down by A. J. Cronin

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence

OXFORDSHIRE: The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

RUTLAND: Set In Stone by Robert Goddard

SHROPSHIRE: Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse

SOMERSET: Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore

SOUTH YORKSHIRE: A Kestral For A Knave by Barry Hines

STAFFORDSHIRE: The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett

SUFFOLK: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

SURREY: Emma by Jane Austen

TYNE AND WEAR: Another World by Pat Barker

WARWICKSHIRE: Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes

WEST MIDLANDS: Middlemarch by George Eliot

WEST SUSSEX: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

WEST YORKSHIRE: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

WILTSHIRE: Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

WORCESTERSHIRE: The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

 

Status: 48/48 books read = 100% complete

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PERSEPHONE BOOKS

 

Key:

Books I own in Italics

Books I have read in Bold

 

BOOK LIST:

1. William - an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton

2. Mariana by Monica Dickens

3. Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple

4. Fidelity by Susan Glaspell

5. An Interrupted Life: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941-43 by Etty Hillesum

6. The Victorian Chaise-longue by Marghanita Laski

7. The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

8. Good Evening, Mrs Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes by Mollie Panter-Downes

9. Few Eggs and No Oranges by Vere Hodgson

10. Good Things in England by Florence White

11. Julian Grenfell by Nicholas Mosley

12. It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty by Judith Viorst

13. Consequences by E. M. Delafield

14. Farewell Leicester Square by Betty Miller

15. Tell It to a Stranger by Elizabeth Berridge

16. Saplings by Noel Streatfeild

17. Marjory Fleming by Oriel Malet

18. Every Eye by Isobel English

19. They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple

20. A Woman's Place: 1910-75 by Ruth Adam

21. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

22. Consider the Years by Virginia Graham

23. Reuben Sachs by Amy Levy

24. Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton

25. The Montana Stories by Katherine Mansfield

26. Brook Evans by Susan Glaspell

27. The Children who lived in a Barn by Eleanor Graham

28. Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

29. The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett

30. Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll

31. A House in the Country by Jocelyn Playfair

32. The Carlyles at Home by Thea Holme

33. The Far Cry by Emma Smith

34. Minnie's Room: The Peacetime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes by Mollie Panter-Downes

35. Greenery Street by Denis Mackail

36. Lettice Delmer by Susan Miles

37. The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart

38. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey

39. Manja by Anna Gmeyner

40. The Priory by Dorothy Whipple

41. Hostages to Fortune by Elizabeth Cambridge

42. The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

43. The Wise Virgins by Leonard Woolf

44. Tea with Mr Rochester by Frances Towers

45. Good Food On The Aga by Ambrose Heath

46. Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd

47. The New House by Lettice Cooper

48. The Casino by Margaret Bonham

49. Bricks and Mortar by Helen Ashton

50. The World that was Ours by Hilda Bernstein

51. Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper

52. The Village by Marghanita Laski

53. Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary by Ruferguson

54. They Can't Ration These by Vicomte De Mauduit

55. Flush by Virginia Woolf

56. They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple

57. The Hopkins Manuscript by Rc Sherriff

58. Hetty Dorval by Ethel Wilson

59. There Were No Windows by Norah Hoult

60. Doreen by Barbara Noble

61. A London Child of the 1870s by Molly Hughes

62. How To Run Your Home Without Help by Kay Smallshaw

63. Princes in the Land by Joanna Cannan

64. A Woman Novelist and Other Stories by Diana Gardner

65. Alas, Poor Lady by Rachel Ferguson

66. Gardener’s Nightcap by Muriel Stuart

67. The Fortnight in September by Rc Sherriff

68. The Expendable Man by Dorothy B Hughes

69. Journal by Katherine Mansfield

70. Plats du Jour by Patience Gray and Primrose Boyd

71. The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett

72. House-Bound by Winifred Peck

73. The Young Pretenders by Edith Henrietta

74. The Closed Door and Other Stories by Dorothy Whipple

75. On the Other Side: Letters to my Children from Germany 1940-46 by Mathilde Wolff-Mönckeberg

76. The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby

77. Daddy's Gone A-Hunting by Penelope Mortimer

78. A Very Great Profession by Nicola Beauman

79. Round about a Pound a Week by Maud Pember Reeves

80. The Country Housewife's Book by Lucy H Yates

81. Miss Buncle's Book by De Stevenson

82. Amours de Voyage by Arthur Hugh Clough

83. Making Conversation by Christine Longford

84. A New System of Domestic Cookery by Mrs Rundell

85. High Wages by Dorothy Whipple

86. To Bed with Grand Music by Marghanita Laski

87. Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky

88. Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon

89. The Mystery of Mrs Blencarrow by Mrs Oliphant

90. The Winds of Heaven by Monica Dickens

91. Miss Buncle Married by D. E. Stevenson

92. Midsummer Night in the Workhouse by Diana Athill

93. The Sack of Bath by Adam Fergusson

94. No Surrender by Constance Maud

95. Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple

96. Dinners for Beginners by Rachel and Margaret Ryan

97. Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins

98. A Writer's Diary by Virginia Woolf

99. Patience by John Coates

100. The Persephone Book of Short Stories

101. Heat Lightning by Helen Hull

102. The Exiles Return by Elisabeth De Waal

103. The Squire by Enid Bagnold

104. The Two Mrs Abbotts by De Stevenson

105. Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield

106. Into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

107. Wilfred and Eileen by Jonathan Smith

108. The Happy Tree by Rosalind Murray

109. The Country Life Cookery Book by Ambrose Heath

110. Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple

111. London War Notes by Mollie Panter-Downes

112. Vain Shadow by Jane Hervey

113. Greengates by R. C. Sheriff

114. Gardener's Choice by Evelyn Dunbar and Charles Mahoney

115. Maman, What Are We Called Now? by Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar

116. A Lady and Her Husband by Amber Reeves

117. The Godwits Fly by Robin Hyde

118. Every Good Deed and Other Stories by Dorothy Whipple

119. Long Live Great Bradfield by Tirzah Harwood

120. Madame Solario by Gladys Huntingdon

121. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane

122. Earth and High Heaven by Gwethalyn Graham

 

Status: 17/122 books read = 14% complete

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I'm really hoping that 2017 will have a better start than the end of 2016 with regards to my reading. I would love to finish the English Counties challenge this year and make some good progress on the Persephone book list, but other than that, no real plans. I'll be looking out for the Wainwright Prize longlist again this year and see whether I'd like to try and read them all again this time, but I'm not going to commit to it yet!

I wish you all a happy and productive new reading year in 2017. :)

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Good luck with your challenges and have a very happy new year! :) Your totals are stunning!

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Happy 2017, Claire. I'm looking forward to comparing English Counties books with you! I have read 30 of them, but also have a loose plan to get it finished this year. We'll see!

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I wish you a great reading year in 2017, Claire! You have read so many books over the last few years! :thud:

 

I have Middlesex on my TBR list... I've heard so many positive things about it lately that I may need to bump it up towards the top.

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Thanks everyone :smile2:

 

I finished my first book of the year today, a middle grade mystery called Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh's Curse by Laura Wood.  As an adult, I can see the threads being laid down for future books in the series, but nevertheless, it was a great kids story of Poppy, abandoned at the circus as a child, and after a childhood learning circus skills and devouring books, she's now been sent off to boarding school.  In her first term, a rare collection of Egyptian artefacts are being exhibited at the school, including a ruby said the be cursed.  As bad things start happening, Poppy and her friends investigate and a comic caper ensues.  Good fun and enough to keep me reading after a few months in a book drought. :D

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Hi Claire, just thought I'd swing by and wish you a happy 2017 - both with your reading and otherwise. Will be a bit more active on the forums this year so have 'followed' your book blog and hope to check by often. :D

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Just stopping by to see your well organised post...lol...good luck with the reading in 2017 Claire. :readingtwo: 

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Happy reading in 2017 Claire, and good luck with progressing in your challenges! :D

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Happy Reading in 2017 Claire and good luck with all your challenges  :hug:  I'm always so impressed with how much you read. 112 books is an amazing total for last year .. well done  :clapping: I will look to you for inspiration as always  :smile:  

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Thank you all! :smile2:
 
I'm afraid I don't think my reviews will be very inspiring at the moment ... I'm still struggling to settle into my reading.  It's getting a bit better, but I'm sticking to the children's book I was given for Christmas for now :blush:

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I hope you have an excellent 2017, Claire, in reading and otherwise!  :friends3:

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I hope you have a fabulous reading year in 2017, Claire! :smile2: And I really hope you'll enjoy Middlesex when you get to it :)   

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Happy Reading in 2017. :)

 

Hurray, a Jodi Taylor book in your TBR. :D  I have Middlesex too ; I`ve read his other books and really enjoyed them. :)

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Happy Reading in 2017. :)

 

Thank you! :)

 

Hurray, a Jodi Taylor book in your TBR. :D  I have Middlesex too ; I`ve read his other books and really enjoyed them. :)

Although it's great having the latest Jodi Taylor book to read, it's the annual Christmas short story so it's only 51 pages :weeping: but it'll just have to keep me going until the 18th July when book 8 (And The Rest Is History) is published!  :jump:

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Thank you! :)

 

 

Although it's great having the latest Jodi Taylor book to read, it's the annual Christmas short story so it's only 51 pages :weeping: but it'll just have to keep me going until the 18th July when book 8 (And The Rest Is History) is published!  :jump:

 

I`m happily awaiting getting all the short stories in tree book form this year. Yay !  :018:

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