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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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    "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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    • loocyloo
    • By loocyloo 4th Jul 17, 9:35 PM
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    Somewhere back in the thread, someone recommended 'behind closed doors' by B A PARIS.


    I saw it on the shelf at the library on Saturday and remembered it ... I started reading it yesterday evening ( I didn't go to bed till VERY late and have had to sit down for an hour this evening and finish it! ) I didn't sleep well and I probably won't tonight as my brain ponders it all.


    good book but disturbing and heart pounding! I want to know more about some of the minor characters in the book, as I am sure there is more to them than we know.


    I've got to go and find a couple of 'light and fluffy' books now, to restore my equilibrium!
    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 5th Jul 17, 8:40 PM
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    For anyone who likes thrillers/murder mysteries/adventure books, I have been finding some new (to me) authors and can thoroughly recommend :
    Anything written by Sabine Durrant, Jenny Blackhurst "Before I Let you In" and any books by Susie Steiner. All excellent reads
    Normal people worry me.
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 6th Jul 17, 2:12 AM
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    Finished "Hame" by Annaleena McAfee. I loved it. I didn't see the end coming. The way it finished too ... I could see a sequel.

    I then had a quick read:

    1 by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr
    This is a book about relationships, maybe a bit neatly packaged but enjoyable nevertheless.

    Now I'm reading a book my husband bought about 10 years ago. Fingers crossed that I'll like it too.
    half by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 6th Jul 17, 9:18 AM
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    I gave up on Half of a Yellow Sun. That's doesn't happen very often.

    I began to feel that it was a duty read, of all things, as I remember the Biafran war.
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    • Syman
    • By Syman 7th Jul 17, 11:24 AM
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    Somewhere back in the thread, someone recommended 'behind closed doors' by B A PARIS.


    I saw it on the shelf at the library on Saturday and remembered it ... I started reading it yesterday evening ( I didn't go to bed till VERY late and have had to sit down for an hour this evening and finish it! ) I didn't sleep well and I probably won't tonight as my brain ponders it all.


    good book but disturbing and heart pounding! I want to know more about some of the minor characters in the book, as I am sure there is more to them than we know.


    I've got to go and find a couple of 'light and fluffy' books now, to restore my equilibrium!
    Originally posted by loocyloo
    Apologies, that might have been me.


    I have read a few rather lacklustre books recently, and a few non fiction about trains and Samuel Pepys.

    Have just started the first book of he "Repairman Jack" series. Bit unusual, but will persevere.
    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 :- 36/30
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 7th Jul 17, 2:55 PM
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    pollypenny, I remember the Biafran war too I've had this book (with a different cover) in my stash for far too long - since 2007 when it came out in fact, so what does that say? No idea why I bought it, but I am determined to give it a go, at least. It's not gripping me yet, but I am nothing if not stubborn!
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    • loocyloo
    • By loocyloo 10th Jul 17, 3:01 PM
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    Apologies, that might have been me.


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    Originally posted by Syman
    no need to apologise - it was a good book and I enjoyed it, but even now, a week on, I'm still pondering over it!


    I've started and put down several books this past few weeks - if they don't 'grab' me within the first few chapters, then I don't carry on! I read lots, but my reading time is precious, and I'm not wasting it on books I don't enjoy!


    I've just read a couple of Kerry Greenwood books with a female 'sleuth' called Phryne Fisher. Set in the 20's/30's in Melbourne Australia. really enjoyed them as a light read.
    • Gintotmelinda
    • By Gintotmelinda 10th Jul 17, 3:55 PM
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    just delurking to say I have all the Phryne Fisher books and love them. Not like the TV series at all.......
    "It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world"
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 10th Jul 17, 4:10 PM
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    Now I'm reading a book my husband bought about 10 years ago. Fingers crossed that I'll like it too.
    half by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr
    Originally posted by greentiger
    Th author is an absolute hero of mine, she is utterly wonderful, so eloquent and graceful yet powerful at the same time, without being overpowering. I love seeing her comment on social matters (she usually pops up on US rather than UK media).

    I gave up on Half of a Yellow Sun. That's doesn't happen very often.

    I began to feel that it was a duty read
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    Thats a shame. But it's horses for courses: I was listening to The Arts Hour and one of the subjects referred to a book that transformed his thinking. I was eager to hear what it was: it turned out to be "God of Small Things" by Anudhati Roy. I just cannot see the brilliance in this book and am starting to think I should re-read it.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    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!
    • loocyloo
    • By loocyloo 10th Jul 17, 10:00 PM
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    just delurking to say I have all the Phryne Fisher books and love them. Not like the TV series at all.......
    Originally posted by Gintotmelinda


    oooo, I didn't know they had been on tv ... I may have to investigate, although I don't usually like the tv versions of anything! they never get anyone quite right (although I think they were close with Inspector Linley! )
    • Green hopeful
    • By Green hopeful 10th Jul 17, 10:23 PM
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    Not read this thread before. So excuse me for butting in. Half of a yellow sun is one of my favourite books. I don't remember the war but I think the writing is moving without being miserable.

    I don't read any more, I think because it's all a bit similar, but perhaps I will in the future. I will see what others are reading and see what interests me.
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 10th Jul 17, 11:12 PM
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    It's been great to see the comments about "Half of a Yellow Sun". I don't have time to get a run a my reading at the moment as I have my grandchildren staying this week, so that's not helping me get into it.

    I'm another Phryne Fisher fan, but I haven't read one of the books for ages. I've made do with the TV series, which I actually did enjoy.
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 13th Jul 17, 9:13 AM
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    I've only just started this month's book group choice - I couldn't see the print on the first copy!

    Luckily they had another in the library. It's Wild, by Cheryl Strayer. Excellent. I couldn't put it down and am half way through. I'm off to the USA tomorrow so will have to leave it here. I can't risk leaving it at DS' place.
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    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 13th Jul 17, 11:01 AM
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    I have just finished Nashborough by Elsie Burch Donald. I enjoyed reading this book as a 'light' read. The characters in the book were a bit too cliched at times for my liking. Nevertheless, I did care about the characters and wanted to find out what happened to them. It is set in America and starts from the late 1920's and spans a few decades of 2 powerful families in the American South. I would give it 7/10
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 13th Jul 17, 12:15 PM
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    Just finished "Once we were Brothers" by Ronald H Balson. It's about two young men who spent their childhood in Poland before it was overrun by Germany in the war and subsequently and ended up on opposite sides of the Holocaust They both survive and the novel starts with them both in the latter stages of their life. A gritty read but found once I'd started it I was reluctant to put it down.
    • loocyloo
    • By loocyloo 16th Jul 17, 7:56 PM
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    I've just read





    really good, and not the outcome I predicted :0)


    I've not come across this author before, and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, 'persons unknown' and a 'stand alone' called 'Homecoming'.


    I seem to be stalling on crime/similar type fiction at the moment. I keep picking up other books from the library but can't get into anything!
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 16th Jul 17, 11:37 PM
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    i have just finished Things I couldn't tell my Mother by the actress Sue Johnston. I really got drawn into her life story and I loved the fact that even though her relationship was far from perfect with her Mother, writing the book made her unearth really positive aspects of her relationship with her Mother. I found her life fascinating. I would give this book 9/10
    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 17th Jul 17, 2:15 PM
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    I've just read





    really good, and not the outcome I predicted :0)


    I've not come across this author before, and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, 'persons unknown' and a 'stand alone' called 'Homecoming'.


    I seem to be stalling on crime/similar type fiction at the moment. I keep picking up other books from the library but can't get into anything!
    Originally posted by loocyloo
    I also loved "Missing Presumed" Loocyloo, and then went on to read "Homecoming". I enjoyed it, but be aware that it's not a Crime/Adventure novel. Try Sabine Durrant if that's the genre you like - brilliant writer!
    Normal people worry me.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 18th Jul 17, 8:19 AM
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    New £10 note launched today
    Let's take a moment to celebrate our poster-girl



    Spot the wisdom within the note
    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!
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 18th Jul 17, 10:23 AM
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    I heartily agree VfM4 There is nothing that compares to opening a book from the library and diving into a different world .In between my library books and book club book I am trying to read and declutter some of my books on my shelves as well I normally have two books on the go at once one in my bag and one by my bed
    see my signature below which roughly translates as too many books not enough time
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
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