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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!

    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!
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 5th Apr 17, 8:03 PM
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    Book 17:



    8/10. I'm a big fan of this author, but usually find it quite hard to get into short stories. I'm glad I persisted and read the stories in order.

    I also expanded my vocabulary through this book...am just wondering how to drop succubus into polite conversation
    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!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 7th Apr 17, 8:26 AM
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    Book 18:



    8.5/10 - the exact opposite of Brilliant Life Coach in terms of helpfulness! I used it as a means of reflection, it made me see things so clearly!

    I note a 3rd edition has just been published
    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 7th Apr 17, 9:33 AM
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    Ive just read The Third Woman, by Jonathan Freedland. Good thriller, set in California where the Chinese have taken over the coastal cities.

    He has written under the pseudonym Sam Bourne previously. Those books have a Jewish twist. No idea for him reverting to real name.
    Member #14 of SKI-ers club

    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • Syman
    • By Syman 10th Apr 17, 7:07 AM
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    Finished "The Trouble With Goats And Sheep" not a book i would highly recommend. plot all over the place, and an unsatisfying end.

    After all the posts about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, that is my next read.

    In my 50 years on the planet, i feel i have not read enough classics!!
    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 :- 18/30
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 10th Apr 17, 9:36 AM
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    I forgot to mention that I read The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics, a book about Brexit. It was much more interesting than it sounds.

    Next up is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain.

    ETA - actually I have just "bought" Frankenstein too! I remember I studied it at uni with other Gothic novels, but I think I will read it again. It was free on Amazon.
    Last edited by Wednesday2000; 10-04-2017 at 9:39 AM.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • Syman
    • By Syman 10th Apr 17, 2:57 PM
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    ETA - actually I have just "bought" Frankenstein too! I remember I studied it at uni with other Gothic novels, but I think I will read it again. It was free on Amazon.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    we can compare notes later!!
    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 :- 18/30
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 10th Apr 17, 8:18 PM
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    Book 19:



    7/10. I'd started this weeks ago, got up to p150 and left it. This evening I made a conscious effort to read it and finished off the last 200 pages. I liked it, and found the hospice chorus humorous but overall it did not leave me feeling positive. It just made me think how the most brilliant people can opt out of life in one way or another.

    I could imagine it being brought to the screen though, with Olivia Colman as the young Queenie. Maybe ITV should combine both books into one mini-series!
    Last edited by VfM4meplse; 10-04-2017 at 8:21 PM.
    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!
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 10th Apr 17, 8:49 PM
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    The library van visited today so I got a few new books to read.

    I am sat in the armchair, wrapped in a blanket, with a hot water bottle and a big mug of tea. Fighting off a bad cold so going to spend the evening reading Suffocation by James Walkman - a book I have wanted to read for ages. Hope it is a good read.
    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 11th Apr 17, 7:44 PM
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    Hobsons Choice
    The library van visited today so I got a few new books to read.

    I am sat in the armchair, wrapped in a blanket, with a hot water bottle and a big mug of tea. Fighting off a bad cold so going to spend the evening reading Suffocation by James Walkman - a book I have wanted to read for ages. Hope it is a good read.
    Originally posted by Spider In The Bath
    Sounds like just the book to read when you've got a bunged-up nose!
    Let us know how you get on with it - and I hope you get well soon.
    I've been reading "The Corpse Bridge" by Stephen Booth. Booorring..
    I gave up 100 pages to the end which is unusual for me, but I reckon life's too short ......
    Normal people worry me.
    • Syman
    • By Syman 16th Apr 17, 1:38 PM
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    Given up on frankenstein...life is too short..it just rambles on and on and i was not enjoying it at all.

    this was in my recommendations on goodreads



    so will give it a go.
    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 :- 18/30
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 16th Apr 17, 8:42 PM
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    Book 20:



    7/10. Dsiturbing (although thankfully not graphic), and worth reading.



    Finished "The Trouble With Goats And Sheep" not a book i would highly recommend. plot all over the place, and an unsatisfying end.
    Originally posted by Syman
    I snapped this up when I saw this on a chazzer shelf recently, knowing it had been mentioned on this thread...maybe I didn't read the post properly?

    Will reserve judgement until I get round to reading it!
    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!
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 17th Apr 17, 8:27 AM
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    I've been reading rubbish for the last few months but got 'The Draughtsman' from the library by Robert Lautner.

    Quite a difficult subject (chap works for a company making the ovens for the concentration camps) but well written and very thought provoking.
    • jintyb
    • By jintyb 17th Apr 17, 8:42 AM
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    Been quiet here but have been taking note of recommendations!
    Books I have finished in the last few weeks are:
    The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
    The Husband's Secret -Liane Moriarty
    Both excellent reads!

    Currently reading The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
    I am a fan of all his writing so pick up the new books in the series when they are published.
    Happy reading everyone x


    you will always be rich enough to be generous.
    • CurlyTop
    • By CurlyTop 17th Apr 17, 9:00 AM
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    Hi

    Been reading post daily but not posting as I want to try and get back to reading. I've been off kilter with my reading for a couple of years. I'very last my mono and I'm tryin to get kit back.

    I've signed myself for Goodreads reading challenge and have set myself the target of 40 books this year (reduced down from 50 as I thought I was being a bit ambitious!).

    I've just read Ali McNamara's Letters from Lighthouse Cottage - a light romantic story where an old typewriter leaves messages for its owner as to the path she should take. First time I've read one of hers and will give her others ago.

    Little Shop of happy ever after by Jenny Colgan was another I've just read which was thoroughly enjoyable. All about books! Main character is made redundant from her local library when it becomes a media centre (sounds familiar) and she moves to Scotland to sell secondhand books from her van. Again, a light romantic read and recommended.

    I'm currently reading The boy made out of bricks. I understand it may have been a Richard and Judy book club recommendation. It's about the relationship between a father and his and autistic son. Only a few pages in but it's an easy read. I'm hoping to use my bank holiday day reading it.

    The other book I'very got on the go is The library at the edge of the world by Felicity Hayes-McCoy. Again it's about books and what happens to the main character who takes on a job driving a mobile library.

    Good to see other reading material from other posters. Some good choices that I'very got on my kindle. Keep me coming!

    Enjoy your Easter Monday. May you all get to turn some pages!
    I got there - I'm debt free and intend to stay that way. If I haven't got the cash, it doesn't get bought. It's as simple as that.
    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 17th Apr 17, 9:37 AM
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    8/10. I'm a big fan of this author
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Read this book on a trip to India a few years ago and although a good read the only thing that really stayed with me was the total and utter unrelenting misery of it. Not sure if I'd want to read another one of his books for that reason.

    Have you read "A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth? a very good read.
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 17th Apr 17, 12:38 PM
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    The library van visited today so I got a few new books to read.

    I am sat in the armchair, wrapped in a blanket, with a hot water bottle and a big mug of tea. Fighting off a bad cold so going to spend the evening reading Suffocation by James Walkman - a book I have wanted to read for ages. Hope it is a good read.
    Originally posted by Spider In The Bath
    Sounds like just the book to read when you've got a bunged-up nose!
    Let us know how you get on with it - and I hope you get well soon.
    I've been reading "The Corpse Bridge" by Stephen Booth. Booorring..
    I gave up 100 pages to the end which is unusual for me, but I reckon life's too short ......
    Originally posted by Hobsons Choice

    Thanks for the wishes - still not feeling great

    Suffocation ( the book not my nose) was OK.

    It had an American feel to it, although lots of UK examples are given. It was a bit too psycho-babble for me, but if you are into Minimalism then it is worth a read and it is easy to read too.
    • Spider In The Bath
    • By Spider In The Bath 17th Apr 17, 12:39 PM
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    Been quiet here but have been taking note of recommendations!
    Books I have finished in the last few weeks are:
    The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
    The Husband's Secret -Liane Moriarty
    Both excellent reads!

    Currently reading The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
    I am a fan of all his writing so pick up the new books in the series when they are published.
    Happy reading everyone x
    Originally posted by jintyb
    How was the Underground Railroad? It is one I have been thinking of reading myself.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 17th Apr 17, 8:54 PM
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    Read this book on a trip to India a few years ago and although a good read the only thing that really stayed with me was the total and utter unrelenting misery of it. Not sure if I'd want to read another one of his books for that reason.
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton
    "A Fine Balance" is my all time favourite read. But it is wonderful and horrible in equal measures
    Have you read "A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth? a very good read.
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton
    Yes, many years ago. I gave my copy away and incidentally picked up another copy in a chazzer this afternoon...for the princely sum of 34p. Now that's what I call good value
    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!
    • thegirlinthegreenscarf
    • By thegirlinthegreenscarf 18th Apr 17, 2:08 PM
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    Hi


    Can I join? I love reading, but aiming to spend less money (the reason I was on here in the first place) so any suggestions for cheap or free books? I have an iphone with the kindle app, and I am am amazon prime customer, but as far as I know I can't "borrow" books on amazon unless I have a kindle, not the app? Am I right?
    • Serendipitious
    • By Serendipitious 20th Apr 17, 8:03 AM
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    Recent reads :

    Revival Stephen King 8/10

    This follows five decades in the life of a rhythm guitarist as his path crosses time and again with the Reverend, a man obsessed with mastering 'secret electricity' - the energy that powers the universe.


    Indelible ink Fiona McGregor 8/10

    The story of an older lady, late 50s, and her family of adult children, as she rebels against expectations following her divorce.



    Blood Harvest S.J. Bolton 8/10

    Family moves next door to a church in a remote village with strange customs.


    The Sudden Appearance of Hope Claire North 6/10

    It took me a while to get my head round the logistics of this book, which is that Hope, whose story it is, became at age 16 instantly forgettable by everyone she meets, making normal life, education, job, family, relationships etc, totally impossible.
    “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”


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