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84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
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Bought it this afternoon on a whim. Twenty pages in, and I'm in love already.
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Slade House by David Mitchell
Slade House
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I'm not sure if the fact that this 200-page novella took me two weeks to read is because of it, or me. On the one hand, I have picked up at least half a dozen books in the last month, and not got more than a third of the way through any of them, even ...more
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Black and Blue by Ian Rankin
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