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This one is a #freebiefriday.
When it comes to photography I must admit to falling prey to having "all of the gear, none of the idea". Over the years I've acquired numerous (mostly unused) cameras and spent hours casually falling behind the group when out walking, hoping to catch an artful shot of them wandering off into the distance. I'm also drawn to decorative bricks,  random animals loitering about, or indeed  those National Trust buildings that they don't know they need for the magazine yet (but clearly do). So in aid of tutoring myself to use something other than my phone (always a safe go-to) today I've picked up a camera magazine which boasts that it will show you how to become thay master of your camera craft. It comes with this little volume full of interviews with photographers, helpful tips and some interesting articles, and if nothing else, should make for an interesting morning read. 
#photography #freebies #bookstagram #bookreview #books #readordie #bookhaul #review #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #bookworm #instabooks #bibliophile

This one is a #freebiefriday.
When it comes to photography I must admit to falling prey to having "all of the gear, none of the idea". Over the years I've acquired numerous (mostly unused) cameras and spent hours casually falling behind the group when out walking, hoping to catch an artful shot of them wandering off into the distance. I'm also drawn to decorative bricks, random animals loitering about, or indeed those National Trust buildings that they don't know they need for the magazine yet (but clearly do). So in aid of tutoring myself to use something other than my phone (always a safe go-to) today I've picked up a camera magazine which boasts that it will show you how to become thay master of your camera craft. It comes with this little volume full of interviews with photographers, helpful tips and some interesting articles, and if nothing else, should make for an interesting morning read.
#photography #freebies #bookstagram #bookreview #books #readordie #bookhaul #review #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #bookworm #instabooks #bibliophile

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The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet & A Close and Common Orbit - Becky Chambers.

Considering this book is set completely in another space and time, it somehow manages to be an absolute comfort read. Especially poignant at the moment perhaps, what more could you ask for than a group of species diverse beings combating adversity by generally being lovely to one and other no matter what occurs. 
The sequel delves a little deeper into the social consciousness and focuses on identity and understanding ones self through a wonderfully detailed sci-fi lens. 
Both of these books succeed in raising questions that are undeniably prevalent through a story that is far beyond the scope of our little world. πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› #bookstagram #bookreview #books #reviewers #readordie #bookhaul #review #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #reviewersofinstagram #bookworm #curiouscaterpillars #instabooks #bibliophile #scifi #space #sciencefiction #beckychambers #smallangryplanet #geekreads #closeandcommonorbit #mustread #ifyoulikefirefly

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet & A Close and Common Orbit - Becky Chambers.

Considering this book is set completely in another space and time, it somehow manages to be an absolute comfort read. Especially poignant at the moment perhaps, what more could you ask for than a group of species diverse beings combating adversity by generally being lovely to one and other no matter what occurs.
The sequel delves a little deeper into the social consciousness and focuses on identity and understanding ones self through a wonderfully detailed sci-fi lens.
Both of these books succeed in raising questions that are undeniably prevalent through a story that is far beyond the scope of our little world. πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› #bookstagram #bookreview #books #reviewers #readordie #bookhaul #review #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #reviewersofinstagram #bookworm #curiouscaterpillars #instabooks #bibliophile #scifi #space #sciencefiction #beckychambers #smallangryplanet #geekreads #closeandcommonorbit #mustread #ifyoulikefirefly

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A good book and a log fire, what could be nicer? One from our weekend in a yurt between Brecon and Hay-on-wye in May.
Slade House by David Mitchell was a deliciously creepy read tracing unexplained disappearances and a house which doesn't exist...With passages so vivid and bizarre that one begins to question ones own sanity. πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› #bookstagram #bookreview #books #reviewers #readordie #bookhaul #review #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #reviewersofinstagram #bookworm #curiouscaterpillars #instabooks #bibliophile#sladehouse

A good book and a log fire, what could be nicer? One from our weekend in a yurt between Brecon and Hay-on-wye in May.
Slade House by David Mitchell was a deliciously creepy read tracing unexplained disappearances and a house which doesn't exist...With passages so vivid and bizarre that one begins to question ones own sanity. πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› #bookstagram #bookreview #books #reviewers #readordie #bookhaul #review #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #reviewersofinstagram #bookworm #curiouscaterpillars #instabooks #bibliophile#sladehouse

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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley - I've become a bit obsessed with this recently. I was originally drawn in by the artful cover but I stayed for the beautifully visual and intelligently written plot, and am now desperately in love with the characters and their relationships with each other. I'd definitely recommend this book to everyone (if only for the little clockwork octopus!) and give it a well deserved πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
βœ’:@curiousmonthofmay πŸ“·:@r_h_pendlebury  #watchmaker #thewatchmakeroffiligreestreet #natashapulley #steampunk #katsu #lgbtq#bookstagram #bookreview #books #reviewers #readordie #bookhaul #review #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #reviewersofinstagram #bookworm #curiouscaterpillars #instabooks #bibliophile

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley - I've become a bit obsessed with this recently. I was originally drawn in by the artful cover but I stayed for the beautifully visual and intelligently written plot, and am now desperately in love with the characters and their relationships with each other. I'd definitely recommend this book to everyone (if only for the little clockwork octopus!) and give it a well deserved πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
βœ’:@curiousmonthofmay πŸ“·:@r_h_pendlebury #watchmaker #thewatchmakeroffiligreestreet #natashapulley #steampunk #katsu #lgbtq#bookstagram #bookreview #books #reviewers #readordie #bookhaul #review #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #reviewersofinstagram #bookworm #curiouscaterpillars #instabooks #bibliophile

2Clarendon

"Suspenseful, gripping and atmospheric" Looking forward to getting stuck into this one. I must admit that this wasn't one of those picked up from a quaint little bookshop where the gentle waft of old paper lures you on in the hopes stumbling upon some hidden gem. More, it was it was stashed on the shelves of a supermarket with a marked down sticker, but then I'm not all that fussy. πŸ“·&βœ’: @r_h_pendlebury  #bookstagram #books #readordie #bookhaul #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #bookworm #curiouscaterpillars #instabooks #bibliophile

"Suspenseful, gripping and atmospheric" Looking forward to getting stuck into this one. I must admit that this wasn't one of those picked up from a quaint little bookshop where the gentle waft of old paper lures you on in the hopes stumbling upon some hidden gem. More, it was it was stashed on the shelves of a supermarket with a marked down sticker, but then I'm not all that fussy. πŸ“·&βœ’: @r_h_pendlebury #bookstagram #books #readordie #bookhaul #bookaholic #bookish #bookphotography #readersofinstagram #bookworm #curiouscaterpillars #instabooks #bibliophile

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It's Friday! Hurrah and huzzah! This is our first #fridayswithfriends where we pester our dear chums to send us a quick review and photo of something  they're reading or have recently read. This week's comes from the delightful @heatherwilson150686.
The Tobacconist – Robert Seethaller 
A coming of age story, this book sees our young protagonist Franz Huchel’s ordinary life transformed by one of histories biggest conflicts.
To me, this is a book about unlikely friendships, first loves and how the inconvenience’s of war can not stand in their way. It handles difficult subjects with humour, tenderness and a whole lot of spirit.
As a reader you understand that at the time this story is set, the whole world is changing but you can’t help but want to spend your time in a little Tobacconist’s, in Vienna’s ninth district β€œcrammed to the ceiling with newspapers, magazines, notebooks, books…”, just getting to know each character, and their story, more.
πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›β€“ starts slow and ends with a bang. 
#bookstagram #review #readordie #thetobacconist #bookreview #friendshipgoals #reading #reviewer #thetobacconist #robertseethaler #fridaybookfeels #comingofage #friyay

It's Friday! Hurrah and huzzah! This is our first #fridayswithfriends where we pester our dear chums to send us a quick review and photo of something they're reading or have recently read. This week's comes from the delightful @heatherwilson150686.
The Tobacconist – Robert Seethaller
A coming of age story, this book sees our young protagonist Franz Huchel’s ordinary life transformed by one of histories biggest conflicts.
To me, this is a book about unlikely friendships, first loves and how the inconvenience’s of war can not stand in their way. It handles difficult subjects with humour, tenderness and a whole lot of spirit.
As a reader you understand that at the time this story is set, the whole world is changing but you can’t help but want to spend your time in a little Tobacconist’s, in Vienna’s ninth district β€œcrammed to the ceiling with newspapers, magazines, notebooks, books…”, just getting to know each character, and their story, more.
πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›β€“ starts slow and ends with a bang.
#bookstagram #review #readordie #thetobacconist #bookreview #friendshipgoals #reading #reviewer #thetobacconist #robertseethaler #fridaybookfeels #comingofage #friyay

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What a read this turned out to be. I picked it up almost at random while sorting through our bookcases (yes, we have a couple) and gave it a go not really knowing what to expect. It turned out to be a stunning insight into the lives of Jewish refugees from throughout Europe during the countdown to war, and also into the mentality of the photojournalist treading the line between bravery and recklessness in the quest to get the best shots. βœ’@r_h_pendlebury πŸ“·@r_h_pendlebury
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#robertcapa #photography #photograpicjournalism #book #bookstagram #bookreview #review #readordie #mustread #minibookreview

What a read this turned out to be. I picked it up almost at random while sorting through our bookcases (yes, we have a couple) and gave it a go not really knowing what to expect. It turned out to be a stunning insight into the lives of Jewish refugees from throughout Europe during the countdown to war, and also into the mentality of the photojournalist treading the line between bravery and recklessness in the quest to get the best shots. βœ’@r_h_pendlebury πŸ“·@r_h_pendlebury
πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
#robertcapa #photography #photograpicjournalism #book #bookstagram #bookreview #review #readordie #mustread #minibookreview

0Ludwig

"Charles Bradwell Brockley was travelling alone and without a ticket on the 14.42 from London Bridge to Brighton. The Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin in which he was travelling teetered precariously on the edge of the seat" - What a deliciously unusual opening line. The Keeper of Lost Things is a beautifully written story that intertwines the lives of two characters in the most unexpected ways. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, it manages to instill meaning into  the most innocuous of forgotten objects and encourages you to find stories in whatever you see. A definite must read, I'd give it 4 curious caterpillars πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› #minibookreview #book #mustread #review #thekeeperoflostthings #bookstagram #readordie @ruthmariehogan πŸ“·: @r_h_pendlebury βœ’: @curiousmonthofmay

"Charles Bradwell Brockley was travelling alone and without a ticket on the 14.42 from London Bridge to Brighton. The Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin in which he was travelling teetered precariously on the edge of the seat" - What a deliciously unusual opening line. The Keeper of Lost Things is a beautifully written story that intertwines the lives of two characters in the most unexpected ways. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, it manages to instill meaning into the most innocuous of forgotten objects and encourages you to find stories in whatever you see. A definite must read, I'd give it 4 curious caterpillars πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› #minibookreview #book #mustread #review #thekeeperoflostthings #bookstagram #readordie @ruthmariehogan πŸ“·: @r_h_pendlebury βœ’: @curiousmonthofmay

2Gingham

"This Sunday I finished Nigel, slouching on the couch wrapped in a blanket with drooping eyelids. I realised quite early on that it's a book that requires no urgency or effort and consequently it's seen me through a stressful week at work, one half hour lunch break of soothing garden chatter at a time."
For the full review head to 
https://curiousmonthofmay.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/1072/
πŸ“Έ@r_h_pendlebury and βœ’οΈ@curiousmay #books #book #bookstagram #bookreview #review #montydon #nigel #readordie

"This Sunday I finished Nigel, slouching on the couch wrapped in a blanket with drooping eyelids. I realised quite early on that it's a book that requires no urgency or effort and consequently it's seen me through a stressful week at work, one half hour lunch break of soothing garden chatter at a time."
For the full review head to
https://curiousmonthofmay.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/1072/
πŸ“Έ@r_h_pendlebury and βœ’οΈ@curiousmay #books #book #bookstagram #bookreview #review #montydon #nigel #readordie

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