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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 7th Jan 16, 5:36 PM
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    The Bookworm's Thread 2016
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    • 7th Jan 16, 5:36 PM
    The Bookworm's Thread 2016 7th Jan 16 at 5:36 PM
    Regulars on MSE will know that I love reading. Unfortunately I'm not the most disciplined, and often have several on the go, books are usually 3/4 read before I start a new one

    I think I did reasonably well in 2015, as I made good inroads into my bookshelf although it groans with additional chazzer finds every month! This year's aim is to read a book a week, and ideally this thread will keep me on track, even if it means I give up some of my MSE forum browsing time! I plan to list what I have read, give a mark out of 10 and provide a brief comment.

    Anyone is free to join me, although the danger is I shall just end up reading more we may be able to save each other time by identifying books we don't like, and why.

    Wk 1 (w/e 3rd Jan 16): Astray by Emma Donoghue.


    8/10, a very engaging book of short stories, introduced me to a lot of history that had passed me by. I made a false start with this as I found the first story upsetting, but then revisited and somehow it was less so.

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    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 2nd Oct 16, 5:07 PM
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    Hobsons Choice
    Thanks Syman, that book is on my shelf for the next read, once I finish the Jilly Cooper (which is a bit of a tome .. but a good "naughty romp")
    Normal people worry me.
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 15th Oct 16, 6:44 PM
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    I've just finished the girl on the train by Paula Hawkins well it was a bit of a disturbing read. I wanted to know what all the hype was all about regarding the latest film on the book. I would suggest that someone who has depression not read this as it is depressing. Didn't take me long to read, just under 6 days.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 15th Oct 16, 8:31 PM
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    I've just finished the girl on the train by Paula Hawkins well it was a bit of a disturbing read. I wanted to know what all the hype was all about regarding the latest film on the book. I would suggest that someone who has depression not read this as it is depressing. Didn't take me long to read, just under 6 days.
    Originally posted by Treasurequeen
    This is still one my shelf, unread along with Gone Girl. I will get round to reading it, but am in no hurry to do so as I heard the R4 adaptation earlier this year.

    The husband sounded like a nasty piece of work.
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    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • elsien
    • By elsien 15th Oct 16, 10:57 PM
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    I wouldn't recommend Gone Girl - too overhyped and not a great read. Interesting premise but the writing let it down, for me. That's what put me off reading " the girl on the train" as I thought that was potentially the same.

    I wouldn't recommend anything I'm reading at the moment - all mindless dross which is all my poor brain can cope with right now.
    Last edited by elsien; 15-10-2016 at 11:03 PM.
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th Oct 16, 7:46 AM
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    Am working my way through Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. Am loving the different writing styles and like how he has moved away from just writing horror.
    Back for the No Buying Toiletries challenge. I pledge to only buy when I run out of a product that is not already in my stash no matter what wonderful emails land in in my Inbox or threads I read on MSE re: glitches!

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    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 16th Oct 16, 10:48 AM
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    Valm: I'm not a fan of short stories, so left this one in the library yesterday - but I do like Stephen King so may give it a go.
    Just finished "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh. Thoroughly enjoyed it (but then, I enjoyed "Girl on a Train" and "Gone Girl") though I couldn't say I was astonished by the twist towards the end.
    Normal people worry me.
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 16th Oct 16, 12:16 PM
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    Valm: I'm not a fan of short stories, so left this one in the library yesterday - but I do like Stephen King so may give it a go.
    Just finished "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh. Thoroughly enjoyed it (but then, I enjoyed "Girl on a Train" and "Gone Girl") though I couldn't say I was astonished by the twist towards the end.
    Originally posted by Hobsons Choice
    I let you go is on my bookshelf to read, up next to read is The sinner by Tess gerritsen
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    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 16th Oct 16, 12:19 PM
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    I must say the girl on the train was very well written and a very clever plot, with plenty of twists and turns. I did enjoy reading it but im not sure I will bother seeing the film as the book is set in London but the film in America. I don't like it when they do that in the film I think it takes the character out of the original book.
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    • VALM
    • By VALM 16th Oct 16, 12:26 PM
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    Valm: I'm not a fan of short stories, so left this one in the library yesterday - but I do like Stephen King so may give it a go.
    Just finished "I Let You Go" by Clare Mackintosh. Thoroughly enjoyed it (but then, I enjoyed "Girl on a Train" and "Gone Girl") though I couldn't say I was astonished by the twist towards the end.
    Originally posted by Hobsons Choice
    I don't like short stories usually but TBH they are not very short. Well worth a read. Have you read the Mr Mercedes trilogy? I enjoyed that too.

    I enjoyed Gone Girl but not Girl on a Train.
    Back for the No Buying Toiletries challenge. I pledge to only buy when I run out of a product that is not already in my stash no matter what wonderful emails land in in my Inbox or threads I read on MSE re: glitches!

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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 16th Oct 16, 2:20 PM
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    I discovered Gone Girl ages before the film, on recommendation of DD. I'd say it was very well-written, with particularly clever characterisation.

    Even at the end it's difficult to assess the 'girl'.

    I've just finished a Graham Masterson thriller, Blood Sisters. Gruelling, but gripping.
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    • Syman
    • By Syman 16th Oct 16, 5:17 PM
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    i read girl on the train, found the writing style difficult to get into. But the did enjoy it, once i got into it.

    For those that have read "I let you go" check out her other book "I See You". Very good read.

    My next book is

    No Name Lane by Howard Linsky
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    • TarantulaLady
    • By TarantulaLady 16th Oct 16, 7:08 PM
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    Currently reading 'The Widow' by Fiona Barton. Pretty good so far.
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 16th Oct 16, 9:22 PM
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    Still reading and enjoying Louis de Bernieres' "Birds Without Wings". I'll be at it forever - can't seem to get a settled reading rhythm going just now.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 17th Oct 16, 8:47 AM
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    reading The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton and finding it surprisingly good and quite a page turner
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 17th Oct 16, 9:44 AM
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    i read girl on the train, found the writing style difficult to get into. But the did enjoy it, once i got into it.

    For those that have read "I let you go" check out her other book "I See You". Very good read.
    Originally posted by Syman

    Thanks. I've read I let you go, so I will put I see You on my Amazon wish list.
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    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 17th Oct 16, 11:08 AM
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    Thanks. I've read I let you go, so I will put I see You on my Amazon wish list.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Me too! Looked for in the library on Saturday and will look again next week. If a "no show" I'll order it from Amazon.
    Reading The Lie by C L Taylor atm. Only just started it but it's had good reviews.
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    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 17th Oct 16, 10:29 PM
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    Still reading and enjoying Louis de Bernieres' "Birds Without Wings". I'll be at it forever - can't seem to get a settled reading rhythm going just now.
    Originally posted by greentiger
    De-lurking to say this is one of my favourite books! Better than author's more famous bk, Captain Corelli's Madolin.

    Perhaps I should add a couple of books?!

    Cutting for Stone, by A Verghese. I loved this book. An emotional read set largely in a hospital in Ethiopia but following the main characters (medics) through life as love and life throws situations
    at them.

    The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Although the premise of the storyline is ludicrous (a bit of time travel back to the 1700's!), the adventures and the dialogue are great. Not something I would have chosen myself but the second in the series was given to me when I was quite poorly.
    I read that one then bought the others! They are well researched, there's always plenty of action and intrigue, and the characters are all well developed. They are big books, at least 800 pages, sometimes more so I enjoyed them as a holiday read that I could get stuck into.

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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 20th Oct 16, 12:37 PM
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    Finally finished one - it seems the only way I can do this is by disciplining myself and reading it in one sitting!



    7/10, I picked up a few interesting cultural tips about it and laughed at some of the observations but its one of those "factual" books with a lot of padding (the actual content into less than 100 pages). I felt like going through the lines with a biro, to cross out the superflous words.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 20th Oct 16, 4:41 PM
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    Still reading and enjoying Louis de Bernieres' "Birds Without Wings". I'll be at it forever - can't seem to get a settled reading rhythm going just now.
    Originally posted by greentiger


    It's one of my favourite books. Ivevread it three times and found something new each time.

    I'm reading Where My Heart Used to Beat, by Sebastian Faulks. It took a while to get into, past the framing device, but I am totally hooked!

    Shows much about a little-known part of WW2, that the army was literally and metaphorically bogged down after the Anzio landing.
    Last edited by pollypenny; 21-10-2016 at 9:01 AM. Reason: Typo
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 20th Oct 16, 4:43 PM
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    De-lurking to say this is one of my favourite books! Better than author's more famous bk, Captain Corelli's Madolin.

    Perhaps I should add a couple of books?!

    Cutting for Stone, by A Verghese. I loved this book. An emotional read set largely in a hospital in Ethiopia but following the main characters (medics) through life as love and life throws situations
    at them.
    M
    Originally posted by MMF007


    Agree about each of them!
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