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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 1st Jan 18, 11:00 AM
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    The Bookworm’s Thread 2018
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    • 1st Jan 18, 11:00 AM
    The Bookworm’s Thread 2018 1st Jan 18 at 11:00 AM
    Welcome to 2018 friends and fellow lovers of literature, and year 3 of the MSE Bookworm's Thread.

    Same principals as the 2016 and 2017 threads, 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! Last year 55 of the 60 books I read fully for pleasure were over 300 pages long, 5 were what I would describe as lightweight, perhaps 35% fiction and the rest factual. Many books I started remain unfinished, and I have some cracking fiction on my shelf which deserves my attention this year!

    Recently, I!!!8217;ve found myself having to justify my likeness for books and my ever-expanding collection (people seem to think that shifting over 1,000 of them might have put me off the literary cause somewhat). In simple terms, if you need to remind others of what reading brings, here!!!8217;s a neat explanation: This is How Reading Benefits Your Health.

    Happy reading in 2018, and remember:

    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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    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 1st Jan 18, 12:31 PM
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    • 1st Jan 18, 12:31 PM
    thanks for this years thread VfM4meplse I have just finished a Christmas novel, the cosy Christmas teashop by Caroline Roberts. an ok read its not as good as her first novel but an ok read. I give it 6/10. happy reading
    The Ł1000 emergency fund challenge #223
    Pay for birthdays and Christmas 2018 with surveys #17
    2018 Frugal Living Challenge #44
    Sealed Pot Challenge 2018~ 11 #40
    Ł2 saver club
    • Syman
    • By Syman 1st Jan 18, 1:10 PM
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    thanks for the new Thread Vfm4me.

    the goodreads challenge is on again this year
    Clicky

    I have gone for a conservative 48 books this year.
    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 2018 reading Challenge total :- 22/48
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 1st Jan 18, 3:59 PM
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    I've just finished 'All The Missing Girls' by Megan Miranda, it's very cleverly written in a reverse-order timeline and a good plot twist at the end.
    Accept your past without regret, handle your present with confidence and face your future without fear
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 1st Jan 18, 5:29 PM
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    The four books I want to read in January are:

    Watching the English - Kate Fox

    The Well-Tuned body - Penny Ingham (Alexander technique book)

    A Stranger in the house - Shari Lapena

    Mastermind - Maria Konnikova, I have read the first chapter of this one.
    Last edited by Wednesday2000; 03-01-2018 at 2:31 PM.
    2018: Simplify your life
    Books Read 24/60
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 1st Jan 18, 7:19 PM
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    The four books I want to read in January are:

    Watching the English - Kate Fox
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Recommended
    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!
    • Serendipitious
    • By Serendipitious 1st Jan 18, 10:42 PM
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    Happy New Year, happy new thread

    Just finished this one:




    Elijah, seven years old, has a history of disruptive behaviour. His adoptive mother Nikki believes that she and her husband Obi are strong enough to accept his difficulties !!!8211; and that her being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son.

    Very easy to read, ie written in disarmingly simple prose, which makes its difficult content almost unbearable as it confronts you head-on.

    9/10
    as I wish it had ended differently.
    “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”




    • Bookaholic
    • By Bookaholic 2nd Jan 18, 2:34 PM
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    Hello 2018 thread :-)

    I!!!8217;m starting the year with a goal of 40 books (not including picture books which I read for work!) and I!!!8217;m beginning with The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    Money saved for Christmas 2018 Ł6/Ł500
    No more Buying Books challenge - read 2 books 2017-18
    January NSDs - 3/15
    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 2nd Jan 18, 5:51 PM
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    Just finished Penny Vincenzi's new book "A Question of Trust".
    All the characters are a bit "OK Yah" as is usual in her books, but the storyline is good and it's a real page turner. Enjoyed enormously and will probably read it again in the future. 9.5 out of 10.
    Normal people worry me.
    • blackcatsx2
    • By blackcatsx2 2nd Jan 18, 7:14 PM
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    I’ve nearly finished A Question of Trust too. Really enjoying it. I would agree with 9.5/10
    • Syman
    • By Syman 2nd Jan 18, 7:32 PM
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    Syman
    Book1 for 2018


    A good second of the series. A well thought out plot, good characters and the main character is flawed but ultimately likable.

    Next is:

    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 2018 reading Challenge total :- 22/48
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 3rd Jan 18, 2:52 PM
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    The four books I want to read in January are:
    Watching the English - Kate Fox
    The Well-Tuned body - Penny Ingham (Alexander technique book)
    A Stranger in the house - Shari Lapena
    Mastermind - Maria Konnikova
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I decided not to read the Alexander Technique book as I had to do exercises alongside reading the book so thought I would leave that for a couple of months.

    My new list for January:

    1. Watching the English - Kate Fox

    A charity shop buy. Witty and funny so far. It's a very accurate description of how English people behave. I will give this to a friend afterwards.

    2. Mastermind - Maria Konnikova

    How to think like Sherlock Holmes. This book is really dull! I bought it at full price so I will persevere with this one. This will definitely be donated to a charity shop afterwards.

    3. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free - E J.Zelinski

    My aim is to be retired from work at age 50 so the subject is super interesting to me. I started this one at the end of 2017 so I will include it for January too. Bought full price, but I will hold onto this book after I read it.

    4. The Happiness Trap - Russ Harris

    I borrowed this from a friend. Self-help book based on ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I read a couple of chapters of this one and it seems very familiar so I'm not sure if I have read it before or I have just read about the ACT therapy before. I might not bother reading all of this book and just give it back.

    5. A Stranger in the house - Shari Lapena

    Fiction thriller - I haven't started this one yet. If it's really good I usually try to read a book like this in one go so I will keep this for a weekend read.
    2018: Simplify your life
    Books Read 24/60
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 3rd Jan 18, 11:00 PM
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    Hello everyone, I finished reading my 1st book of 2018 yesterday.Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. It is a psychological thriller, fast paced and gripping with well thought out characters. There is more than one twist in this book. 9.5/10
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 3rd Jan 18, 11:35 PM
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    1. Watching the English - Kate Fox

    A charity shop buy. Witty and funny so far. It's a very accurate description of how English people behave. I will give this to a friend afterwards.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    A good read and made me behave distinctly more !!!8220;English!!!8221; afterwards. Must get round to dipping into the book that sits alongside it in my home, !!!8220;Very British Problems!!!8221;.

    2. Mastermind - Maria Konnikova

    How to think like Sherlock Holmes. This book is really dull! I bought it at full price so I will persevere with this one. This will definitely be donated to a charity shop afterwards.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I P!!!8217;Inned this after a recommendation from the previous thread, was looking forward to finding it.

    3. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free - E J.Zelinski

    My aim is to be retired from work at age 50 so the subject is super interesting to me. I started this one at the end of 2017 so I will include it for January too. Bought full price, but I will hold onto this book after I read it.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I!!!8217;d love to read this book so have P!!!8217;Inned it.

    4. The Happiness Trap - Russ Harris

    I borrowed this from a friend. Self-help book based on ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I read a couple of chapters of this one and it seems very familiar so I'm not sure if I have read it before or I have just read about the ACT therapy before. I might not bother reading all of this book and just give it back.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Got this, was ok but not overly impressed.

    5. A Stranger in the house - Shari Lapena

    Fiction thriller - I haven't started this one yet. If it's really good I usually try to read a book like this in one go so I will keep this for a weekend read.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Its on my shelf - let us know how you get on with it, please?

    It!!!8217;s day 3 of the New Year and my total thus far is zero
    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!
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 4th Jan 18, 9:07 AM
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    VfM4meplse - Feel free to PM me if you want me to send you Mastermind. I'm not a weirdo or anything. I tried a bit of it again this morning and it really isn't my cup of tea.
    2018: Simplify your life
    Books Read 24/60
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 5th Jan 18, 8:06 PM
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    I finished The Glovemaker's Daughter last night. 10/10!

    Anyone interested in The the first settlers in America, religion, realionships would love it. Over Christmas I haven!!!8217;t had the same time for reading, so took longer than I would have done, but I loved it.
    Member #14 of SKI-ers club

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

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 6th Jan 18, 1:53 PM
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    I read The Book of You by Claire Kendal and it was such a taut, tense, terrifying thriller that I could not put it down. It is a fantastic read. I would give it 9.5/10
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 7th Jan 18, 1:47 PM
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    I just finished Theodore Boone The Accused by John Grisham. Almost from the 1st page I wondered if this book was for young adults and soon became aware that it was. It was a Poundland buy and as I love John Grisham, who is an excellent author I could not wait to read this book. I had not realised he had written books for young adults, but this book is still well written. I would give it 8.5/10.
    • Syman
    • By Syman 7th Jan 18, 2:43 PM
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    Next is:

    Originally posted by Syman
    As a long time fan of Iron Maiden this book was a very enjoyable read. Written in a style that balanced new information and well publicised events of Bruce's life(s) as a singer and airline captain, but not bogged down with too much personal information.

    this next:-




    PS. VfM4mepls - i really enjoyed Shari Lapena - Stranger in the house.
    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 2018 reading Challenge total :- 22/48
    • RicardaRacoon
    • By RicardaRacoon 7th Jan 18, 5:57 PM
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    Hello fellow book-worms!

    I hope I can stick to reading and to this tread this year, I really need to read more again, last year was a bit better than 2016 but still I haven't read as much as I hoped. So I now set myself a goal of 30 pages a day, which should be managable on my commute and sometimes during lunchbreak.

    Currently reading The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick. Eleanor of Aquitaine is probably my favourite historical person, so I really enjoy reading about her and it is quite an entertaining read so far (about 3/4 in)

    Resolution for 2018"Live better on less" - Less stuff, less waste, less silly spends but more make do and mend and more fun
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