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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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    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 28th Nov 17, 9:06 AM
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    I loved 12 Years a Slave the book and the film. For once a film adaptation of an excellent book was true to the book
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 28th Nov 17, 10:22 AM
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    Book 51:



    5/10. I expected this to be a well-intended book, that did what it said in the tin. What I found was something quite different. I expected it to be dated - written mid-90s, around the time I graduated - but may as well have been published 20 years earlier. Firstly, I quickly realised that this is a book with an agenda: itís a case of pretend to seek to understand, in order to undermine, prosletyse and ultimately convert. It taught me a great deal about the arrogance that some Christians have, and suddenly became very clear just how the creation of the Empire was justified in the minds of the oppressors. So although I didnít like the content, I did learn from this book.
    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!
    • blackcatsx2
    • By blackcatsx2 28th Nov 17, 7:46 PM
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    I liked Brooklyn too but preferred Nora Webster also by Colm Toibin. I read it just after I was widowed and so the story resonated so much with me. It describes sensitively how Nora moves through her early grief to coping and then to starting to thrive again. By the way itís not morbid and you donít need to be bereaved to enjoy it!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 30th Nov 17, 11:12 AM
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    Book 52:



    6.5/10. Intrigued by the cover, I read this to see what all the fuss was about. I found the story to be a bit seedy and not really my thing, bit even translated into English I could appreciate that this is a very skilled writer. She thinks in dimensions that many don’t - it’s just very tacky subject matter that’s not actually worthy of any thought. People that aren’t put off by this genre would like it though.
    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 3rd Dec 17, 6:48 PM
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    Do you have an ISBN number for this book please? . Old Wives Tales. If yiu Googlw it there seem to be about 25 different books with this same title. Thanks .
    Originally posted by Primrose
    I’ve dug it out now: 5 052775 433106. Its printed in Singapore for Lakeland, Cumbria (www.lakeland.co.uk).

    Please don’t ask me again as I’ve packed it away again now
    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 3rd Dec 17, 6:55 PM
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    Book 53:



    7/10. The protagonist is not a skilled author, yet manages to effectively convey what a dreadful childhood he had. It particularly resonated as we’re the same age and yet my childhood was so different, and this is all down to the life chances your parents offer you This book made me so angry and sad, for obvious reasons. He admits he is a work in progress but also shows incredible resilience.
    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!
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 3rd Dec 17, 7:01 PM
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    Iíve dug it out now: 5 052775 433106. Its printed in Singapore for Lakeland, Cumbria (www.lakeland.co.uk).

    Please donít ask me again as Iíve packed it away again now
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Many thanks.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 9th Dec 17, 8:37 PM
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    I loved 12 Years a Slave the book and the film. For once a film adaptation of an excellent book was true to the book
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125


    Oh, I enjoyed the book far more, since it was realistic. In the film all is fine once the northern guys turn up to vouch for him. However, the reality was a difficult court case first.

    There was a later court case when our main character sued his captors.


    Just finished The Mountain Between Us, by Charles Martin. Excellent
    Last edited by pollypenny; 10-12-2017 at 8:46 AM.
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    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 11th Dec 17, 10:27 AM
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    I read a book called Break the Twitch the other day. Anthony Ongaro.

    I'm borrowing some books from a sibling this week so I will have lots of new books to read.
    "It doesn't cost any more to dream big."
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 11th Dec 17, 10:56 AM
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    Book 54:



    7/10 - simply written, and touching. It explores Floella’s journey to and early experiences of England and racism, and how she found her mojo.


    Book 55:



    6/10. This was a fun anthology of lists, nothing serious but I did discover a new (to me) word that applies to me: Tsundoku. It is the Japanese term for acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them . If only there were more hours on the day!
    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!
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 11th Dec 17, 8:28 PM
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    Just finished reading Sonia Purnell’s biography “First Lady, The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill.

    A fascinating insight into just how difficult a life she led trying to cater to the almost uncontrollable moods and whims of a supposedly “great man” who was, for much of the time, impossible to live with, and concerned only with his own needs rather than the emotional needs of his wife and family.

    This is one biographer’s point of view but Clementine Churchill comes across as a far more insightful and politically sensitive lady than many of her generation gave her credit for, and in many ways a more balanced personality than her husband. An enjoyable read.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 11th Dec 17, 9:40 PM
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    This is one biographerís point of view but Clementine Churchill comes across as a far more insightful and politically sensitive lady than many of her generation gave her credit for, and in many ways a more balanced personality than her husband. An enjoyable read.
    Originally posted by Primrose
    She was supposed to be the brains of the operation, Churchill himself was the grumpy mouthpiece. Píinned.
    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!
    • Slubberd
    • By Slubberd 11th Dec 17, 9:57 PM
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    The Book of Dust - Phillip Pullman.

    I hadn't read His Dark Materials for about 13 years so thought I should go back and read as this is a prequel - I didn't but it really didn't matter. It was like coming home.
    • Serendipitious
    • By Serendipitious 12th Dec 17, 5:58 PM
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    It isn't often that I give up early on, but I rejected this one about 10 pages in. I found it far too dense a read, and although the idea of a female Archbishop engaged me at first, the thought of 500 more pages of hard work made me shudder.

    ďAll shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.Ē

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