Laura's Staff Picks

Created on October 23, 2021, 11:07 am

Last Updated May 12, 2022, 4:02 pm

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Exactly what I wanted a book by Stanley Tucci to be like - witty, erudite, kind and fascinating. A quick and very enjoyable read, with several delicious-sounding recipes. My favourite part takes place during the press tour for Julie & Julia, in France, and involves Stanley, Meryl Streep and an innocuously-named but very distinctiv-tasting sausage called "andouillette"
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Not a single page has gone by that I haven't laughed outloud at - this book is witty and silly and goofy and just full of joy and delight. It's Pride & Prejudice meets The Princess Bride with a healthy smattering of Monty Python. The book's cover blurb says it's "delightful bonkers" and I wholeheartedly agree. It is absolutely delightful. I just don't want this book to end (but thankfully, there's a sequel!)
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compulsively readable! I can't put it down!
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I'll admit, the first 1/4 of this book was a lot of backstory and I wasn't sure I'd get through it -- the last 3/4 of this book absolutely flew by -- I could not put it down. Absolutely satisfying and fun to read!
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Exactly what I needed to read right now - an epic space opera full of hope and an excellent mystery! I highly highly recommend this book!
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Such a wonderful book! I enjoyed every page -- fantastic plot, amazing world-building and very well-written. I'm so excited to read the sequel and to find out what happens next in this brand-new series!
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This book made me smile, made me laugh, made me feel delight and I just loved it!! A beautiful journey with an extraordinary writer-musher and her dogs we've come to know and adore on Twitter -- I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs!
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Yes! It IS by that Chris Hadfield, the astronaut. This is a rip-roaring adventure, full of amazing amounts of fascinating detail from someone who knows what being in space actually feels like! Twists and turns in the plot, and just a great deal of fun - I highly recommend it!
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I finished this book in record time - I just could not put it down. Definitely one of the best books I've read in years. I did not see a single plot twist arrive, and wow, there are some really ingenious ones in this. Highly highly recommend this to any fan of mysteries!
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this might be my favourite book of all-time. The writing is gorgeous, the characters are wonderful, the story is fantastic. I adore this book!
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Once again, Richard Osman has delivered a quirky and funny cozy mystery with our beloved Thursday Murder Club cast of delightful characters. I want to go join them for a nice cuppa!
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OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS A GOOD BOOK!! I just can't put it down!
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have just started this one - and so far, I'm really enjoying it! As someone who reads very quickly, I am THRILLED to find a good book that is also 830 pages long!
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one of the best books I have read in many years - I started it at the start of the pandemic lockdown, and it absolutely soothed my soul. I re-read it when I just need a bit of calm and peace. Dreamy, magical, transporting - I always feel better after I read it.
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Simon Snow volume 1
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The first in the Simon Snow series - an absolutely fun and enjoyable LGBTQ+ romp into a Harry Potter-like magical universe. I adore it, and the second one (Wayward Son) and I'm so excited for Any Way The Wind Blows, the third installment to arrive in July 2021!
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One of the most inventive and enjoyable series I've ever read! This is the first in the series.
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I laughed out loud so many times while reading this! An absolute delight of a book! Highly recommended!
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Ohhhhhh, how I love this series! I have read and re-read them countless times over the years, and somehow, they get better with each re-read! (this is the first book in the series)
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The very best of quirky British cozy mystery TV shows!
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