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As it's #BookLoversDay today I'll be sharing a few books that I love.

'De gustibus non disputandum est...'
The Usborne Pocketbook Haunted Houses: Ghosts & Spectres (1979). Genuinely terrifying stories for over-curious children! #BookLoversDay
The Stainless Steel Rat, by Harry Harrison. Sphere Science Fiction, 1978. Cover by Peter Elson. A genuine pleasure to read. #BookLoversDay
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler. Penguin Books, 1966. The sweet spot between hardboiled and noir detective fiction. #BookLoversDay
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Bantam Books, 1975. Cover by Pauline Ellison. A genuinely beautiful book. #BookLoversDay
Don't Bite The Sun, by Tanith Lee. DAW, 1976. Art by Brian Froud. She is much missed. #BookLoversDay
The Citadel Of Chaos, by Steve Jackson. Puffin Books, 1983. Hours and hours of adventure... #BookLoversDay
#DoctorWho and the Brain of Morbius, by Terrance Ducks. Target Books, 1977. This was the first book I took out of a library... #BookLoversDay
The Great Sophy, by Georgette Heyer. Pan Giant, 1962. Rollicking is the word! #BookLoversDay
Night Of The Letter, by Dorothy Eden. Ace Gothic, 1967. Excellent escapism! #BookLoversDay
The War of the Worlds, by HG Wells. Looking Glass Library, 1960. I love the journalistic prose style used in this one. #BookLoversDay
Whatever you read on #BookLoversDay, enjoy it!
(Full disclosure: I was up until 2am this morning reading, so this thread is full of spelling mistakes!)
Death At The Bar, by Ngaio Marsh. Fontana, 1956. Is it wrong that I lo e her more than Agatha Christie? #BookLoversDay
The World Of The Unknown: UFO's (Usborne, 1977). Another cracking Usborne book, though my teacher disapproved of the apostrophe use! #BookLoversDay
The Sailor On The Seas Of Fate, by Michael Moorcock. Quartet Books, 1976. Cover by Bob Haberfield. Elric at his moody best... #BookLoversDay
Flash Gordon, by Arthur Byron Cover. New English Library, 1980. Unadulterated filth from start to finish! #BookLoversDay
Secret File No 3: Funeral In #Berlin, by Len Deighton. Cape, 1964. Cover by Raymond Hawkey. Still my favourite holiday book. #BookLoversDay
The Body Book, by Clare Rayner. Piccolo Books, 1979. Oh how earnest they were in the 1970s... #BookLoversDay
W*I*T*C*H: We Intend To Create Havoc, by Jane Harman (aka Terry Harknett). New English Library, 1971. I have read so much of Terry's stuff, especially his westerns. #BookLoversDay
Machine Code for Beginners (Usborne, 1982). It feels like @Usborne Books have guided most of my life so far! At least I know hexidecimal though... #BookLoversDay
OK, those are some books I loved. But if you had a childhood book you loved and gave away, make a promise to buy a copy of it tomorrow... #BookLoversDay

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