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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 1st Jan 17, 9:22 AM
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    The Bookworm's Thread 2017
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    • 1st Jan 17, 9:22 AM
    The Bookworm's Thread 2017 1st Jan 17 at 9:22 AM
    Welcome to 2017 friends and fellow lovers of literature, and year 2 of the MSE Bookworm's Thread.

    Same principals as the 2016 thread, which can be found here, rate it and recommend it if you can. All tastes and genres are welcome. The more we know about the book, the better! I shall again aim for a book a week, let's see if it happens this year

    Happy reading in 2017!

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    • Serendipitious
    • By Serendipitious 16th Mar 17, 5:09 PM
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    Serendipitious
    Being returned to the library alongside Miss Peregrine's HPC this week are:

    No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie

    Murder mystery set on the Thames around Henley, where one autumn afternoon an Olympic hopeful goes out to train and fails to return. Found this interesting as I knew nothing whatsoever about rowing/sculling beforehand.

    The Silent Ones by Ali Knight

    Serial killer refuses to divulge the whereabouts of her victims, so the brother of one of them gets a job in the psychiatric hospital, to try and get closure for his parents. Lots of twists and turns.


    The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

    When the transatlantic liner Empress Alexandra suffers an explosion in 1914, survivors soon fill the lifeboats to the point of serious overcrowding and this story follows the fortunes of one such boat as its occupants struggle to survive. Full of moral dilemmas.
    “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”

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    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 16th Mar 17, 5:52 PM
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    I saw this in a chazzer last week... it resisted. I'll P'in it if you recommend it, though?
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Re. How to be both by Ali Smith.

    My review - shockingly poor book. One of the worst I have ever encountered. Confusingly and with little punctuation. Don' t bother is my suggestion.
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 16th Mar 17, 6:00 PM
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    Currently reading a lot of non-fiction at the moment.

    My current read is Game of Spies by Paddy Ashdown about spies in France during the 2nd world war. A great read so far.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 16th Mar 17, 6:05 PM
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    Currently reading a lot of non-fiction at the moment.

    My current read is Game of Spies by Paddy Ashdown about spies in France during the 2nd world war. A great read so far.
    Originally posted by Spider In The Bath


    I've asked the library for that for book group. I thought it was fiction, though.
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    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 16th Mar 17, 7:45 PM
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    I've asked the library for that for book group. I thought it was fiction, though.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    Hi,

    It's nonfiction. Mine is also a library copy with the class number of 940 for non-fiction history.

    Don't let this put you off. It's a good and easy read. I am a history geek and read a lot of history books and this is at the lighter end of the scale. It is based around the personalities of the people involved and not an account of the war itself.
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 17th Mar 17, 12:51 AM
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    Despite what Spider in the Bath has said about "How to be Both", I'm enjoying it. I thought the (lack of)punctuation was odd when I started, but I'm finding it is adding to the atmosphere - the character is not quite there. I wish I had time to take a good run at the book as I want to know what happens/how things are resolved. So, I suppose that means the book has achieved it's purpose.
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    • Winchelsea
    • By Winchelsea 17th Mar 17, 4:00 PM
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    I finished The Temporary Genleman by Sebastian Barry - my P*undland book - a couple of days ago, and really enjoyed it. Quite poignant in places.

    Since then I've speed-read Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, fir my book group last night, but it wasn't really my sort of thing. I appreciated that it was well written, but it was just too dark for my liking.

    I'm now starting Some Luck by Jane Smiley. So far, so good!
    Keeping three cats, the car and myself on a small budget, and enjoying life while we're at it!
    • Winchelsea
    • By Winchelsea 17th Mar 17, 4:11 PM
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    https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Some-Luck-Last-Hundred-Years-Trilogy-Smiley/1447275608/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489766972&sr=1-1&keywords=some+luck+jane+smiley

    This is the one I have started.
    Keeping three cats, the car and myself on a small budget, and enjoying life while we're at it!
    • Syman
    • By Syman 18th Mar 17, 4:32 PM
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    Just finished "RAGDOLL by Daniel Cole. Not what i was expecting (from a crime procedural type novel) but ok. 3/5.

    another Simon Kernick next -

    then possibly this
    Though reviews are mixed.
    Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today!
    Cos if you do it today and like it...You can do it again tomorrow..


    Bookworm's Thread 2017 reading Challenge total :- 25/30
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 19th Mar 17, 10:06 AM
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    Poundland Books
    I buy all of my books from one of the local Poundland stores. I love reading and it feeds my soul. I love reading an eclectic mix of genres and although I get lots of light reading and Autobiographies, I also come across some real gems. In the cold light of day, it is better to pay a £1 for a hardback or paperback book than to pay anything up to £20. There is a high turn over of books in the Poundland stores, so there is always new books arriving on an almost daily basis. All of the books I have been reading for the last few years have mostly been Poundland purchases. All of the books I have read this year so far have been Poundland purchases.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 21st Mar 17, 9:59 AM
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    I buy all of my books from one of the local Poundland stores. I love reading and it feeds my soul. I love reading an eclectic mix of genres and although I get lots of light reading and Autobiographies, I also come across some real gems.
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125
    I agree completely about value for money, but don't expect to go into Poundland to find book gems - thats what chazzers are for! I'm not much into light / inconsequential reading but would like to hear of anything else you'd recommend that can be sourced from the Land of the Pound!

    Book 12:



    7/10. I didn't think much of this at first, but warmed to him when I realised he's the rarest of breeds - an American socialist! - so am glad I persevered with his essays as I quite enjoyed this book. He's not up there with Bill Bryson (in my estimation), but I'm now more inclined to listen to his stuff on R4.
    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!
    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 21st Mar 17, 9:23 PM
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    7/10. I didn't think much of this at first, but warmed to him when I realised he's the rarest of breeds - an American socialist! - so am glad I persevered with his essays as I quite enjoyed this book. He's not up there with Bill Bryson (in my estimation), but I'm now more inclined to listen to his stuff on R4.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I'd never heard of David Sedaris until recently when he was mentioned in a Guardian article (I think ...) about the best comedy writers. The article recommended his book 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' which is, among other things, about his struggle to learn French. I read it and it really was one the funniest books that I've read in a long time - at times I was genuinely laughing out loud. I'd really recommend him if you're a fan of writers like Bill Bryson.
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    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 21st Mar 17, 9:57 PM
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    I'd never heard of David Sedaris until recently when he was mentioned in a Guardian article (I think ...) about the best comedy writers. The article recommended his book 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' which is, among other things, about his struggle to learn French. I read it and it really was one the funniest books that I've read in a long time - at times I was genuinely laughing out loud. I'd really recommend him if you're a fan of writers like Bill Bryson.
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    Originally posted by Callie22
    Try and find his audio talks too. He has done a series on radio 4. Genuine laugh out loud funny and often poignant too.
    Last edited by Spider In The Bath; 22-03-2017 at 6:10 AM. Reason: I had written serious instead of series!
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 21st Mar 17, 10:01 PM
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    Just started reading Adam Rutherford's A brief history of everyone who ever lived (nonfiction).

    Really enjoying this. It is about human history and evolution as seen through DNA and genetics.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 22nd Mar 17, 8:22 AM
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    I love listening to David Sedaris on the radio, so I'll try to find his book, VfM.

    Re Bryson, I used to love his writing, but Mother Tongue, The Story of English, with his authoratative but wrong explanations of Welsh and Irish pronunciations and the superficiality of The Road to Little Dribbing have turned me off.

    With the latter, I thought I'd be the only one to dislike it: no, the whole book group did.

    I'm enjoying a complex Jeffrey Deaver at the moment, The Cold Moon. Picked up another Elly Griffiths and a Tess Gerristen at tai chi yesterday. I'm well stocked.
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    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 22nd Mar 17, 1:38 PM
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    Poundland Books 2
    I agree completely about value for money, but don't expect to go into Poundland to find book gems - thats what chazzers are for! I'm not much into light / inconsequential reading but would like to hear of anything else you'd recommend that can be sourced from the Land of the Pound!
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    I am not part of this thread to persuade anyone else to read any book that I have read, simply to share my opinion of my personal reading matter with others. I am fortunate enough to have a few Poundland shops in easy reach. There are not only D list autobiographies in Poundland shops unless you also consider Shelia Hancock and her deceased husband John Thaw as D list. The only Bill Bryson I have read was a Poundland buy and I have yet to read my copy of Kate Adie's autobiography, also a Poundland buy. I currently have just over one hundred books to read. All Poundland buys. Children's book buys in Poundland shops are another rich vein that I take advantage of.

    Thank goodness that we are all unique as book readers
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 22nd Mar 17, 2:41 PM
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    I am not part of this thread to persuade anyone else to read any book that I have read, simply to share my opinion of my personal reading matter with others. I am fortunate enough to have a few Poundland shops in easy reach. There are not only D list autobiographies in Poundland shops unless you also consider Shelia Hancock and her deceased husband John Thaw as D list. The only Bill Bryson I have read was a Poundland buy and I have yet to read my copy of Kate Adie's autobiography, also a Poundland buy. I currently have just over one hundred books to read. All Poundland buys. Children's book buys in Poundland shops are another rich vein that I take advantage of.

    Thank goodness that we are all unique as book readers
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125
    It is a while since I read it, but I really enjoyed Kate Adie's Kindness of Strangers if this is the one you have.
    • Art Deco
    • By Art Deco 23rd Mar 17, 2:29 PM
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    Finished GIRL UNKNOWN- KAREN PERRY, described as the most richly satisfying psychological thrillers of 2016, not for me it wasnt, expected something exciting but was a bit disappointed to be honest, there were times when i was shouting "why are you doing that , tell her to get lost, just say no, " etc etc,,anyway i moved on and read THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED --- JONAS JONASSON, the title says it all really, lots of adventures, bit of history, funny, maybe a touch overlong but still worth reading , and again made me feel a tad sad!! Back to a good old murder PETER JAMES---- LOVE YOU DEAD, " Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigating a black widow operating in the city, her philosophy on money is easy either earn it or marry it, marrying is easier but getting rid of the husband after is harder, that takes real skill, but practise makes perfect................"
    • Art Deco
    • By Art Deco 23rd Mar 17, 2:38 PM
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    I buy all of my books from one of the local Poundland stores. I love reading and it feeds my soul. I love reading an eclectic mix of genres and although I get lots of light reading and Autobiographies, I also come across some real gems. In the cold light of day, it is better to pay a £1 for a hardback or paperback book than to pay anything up to £20. There is a high turn over of books in the Poundland stores, so there is always new books arriving on an almost daily basis. All of the books I have been reading for the last few years have mostly been Poundland purchases. All of the books I have read this year so far have been Poundland purchases.
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125
    Have to say there has been some really good books and newly published in recently, i look for books anywhere and everywhere, mainly chazzers as im addicted, but got a few from the pound shops and there is £1 /£2 book shop just opened in town so if im after a special title and cant find it in the chazzer i might pop in there to try.
    • Ames
    • By Ames 24th Mar 17, 1:09 AM
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    I finished The Temporary Genleman by Sebastian Barry - my P*undland book - a couple of days ago, and really enjoyed it. Quite poignant in places.

    Since then I've speed-read Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, fir my book group last night, but it wasn't really my sort of thing. I appreciated that it was well written, but it was just too dark for my liking.

    I'm now starting Some Luck by Jane Smiley. So far, so good!
    Originally posted by Winchelsea
    I read Brighton Rock a few months ago, I didn't have a clue what it was about and was surprised - I didn't expext such an old book to be so dark and violent. I really liked it though.

    I am not part of this thread to persuade anyone else to read any book that I have read, simply to share my opinion of my personal reading matter with others. I am fortunate enough to have a few Poundland shops in easy reach. There are not only D list autobiographies in Poundland shops unless you also consider Shelia Hancock and her deceased husband John Thaw as D list. The only Bill Bryson I have read was a Poundland buy and I have yet to read my copy of Kate Adie's autobiography, also a Poundland buy. I currently have just over one hundred books to read. All Poundland buys. Children's book buys in Poundland shops are another rich vein that I take advantage of.

    Thank goodness that we are all unique as book readers
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125
    Oh good, I'm not the only one with a three figure TBR!

    Finished GIRL UNKNOWN- KAREN PERRY, described as the most richly satisfying psychological thrillers of 2016, not for me it wasnt, expected something exciting but was a bit disappointed to be honest, there were times when i was shouting "why are you doing that , tell her to get lost, just say no, " etc etc,,anyway i moved on and read THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED --- JONAS JONASSON, the title says it all really, lots of adventures, bit of history, funny, maybe a touch overlong but still worth reading , and again made me feel a tad sad!! Back to a good old murder PETER JAMES---- LOVE YOU DEAD, " Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigating a black widow operating in the city, her philosophy on money is easy either earn it or marry it, marrying is easier but getting rid of the husband after is harder, that takes real skill, but practise makes perfect................"
    Originally posted by Art Deco
    I wasn't impressed with The Hundred Year Old Man. It started out ok but it was just so implausible.
    Spoiler (highlight below to view):
    It was the 'elephant on a bus' that finally pushed me into disliking it. Followed by the 'wander over the himalayas'. Not sure why they were my lines in the sand!




    I finished 'One of Our Thursdays is Dead', which was a bit disappointing, the worst in the series so far. I'm now reading UnLunDun by China Mieville, another weird fantasy/steampunk about a couple of girls who have to save a 'hidden'/alternative dimension London. I'm enjoying it but I don't think it'll be a keeper and I doubt I'll be heading to ebay to buy everything else he's written. (Hmm, now the massive tbr starts to make sense...)

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