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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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    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:

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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 1st Mar 18, 6:23 PM
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    The Guernsey Literary .... is excellent! I read years ago and then again with book group.

    The Ice Twins - I read a book by that name on holiday, however its plot was different.
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    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 1st Mar 18, 9:42 PM
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    Now reading ‘The Light Years’ by Elizabeth-Jane Howard. It’s the first in the Cazalet family chronicles so I may get hooked.
    Originally posted by Charly27
    I really enjoyed these, it's definitely worth sticking with them as they're such a good series. The newest paperback editions have such lovely covers too
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 2nd Mar 18, 7:27 PM
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    I was reading The Service of Clouds by Susan Hill but I finally gave up reading it, when I realised that I was reading newspapers every day instead of getting on with reading this book. It was just not my cup of tea

    I just finished a thriller called Somebody Else by Reggie Nadelson which I really enjoyed. I had a very late night of reading until the early hours, as I really wanted to find out who was the murderer. This book was a 9.5/10 for me
    Last edited by sugarbaby125; 03-03-2018 at 6:45 PM.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 10th Mar 18, 12:41 PM
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    I finished reading The Booby Trap & Other Bits and Bobs by various authors and it was edited by Dawn O’Porter. It is a humourous look at why well known creative people mostly female but some male feel about women's breasts. It is a book to raise funds for the 3 Breast Cancer charities. It was published a few years ago, but I bought my copy recently in a Poundland shop. A lighthearted book for 3 very worthy causes. I would give this book 9/10 as it made me laugh out loud a lot
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 10th Mar 18, 1:10 PM
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    Someone mentioned Elly Griffiths' books a while ago. Just read The Chalk Pit in the plane on the way over to the UsA.

    Good, gripping stuff. Dr. Ruth Galloway is an archaeologist who gets drawn into an unlikely number of police investigations, but I have read three now and they are good page turners.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 10th Mar 18, 1:34 PM
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    Someone mentioned Elly Griffiths' books a while ago. Just read The Chalk Pit in the plane on the way over to the UsA.

    Good, gripping stuff. Dr. Ruth Galloway is an archaeologist who gets drawn into an unlikely number of police investigations, but I have read three now and they are good page turners.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    I think that was me as I really like her books and I love the characters. There hasn't been a bad book in the series.
    2018: Simplify your life
    Books Read 24/60
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 10th Mar 18, 6:13 PM
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    I am well into a new Jeffrey Deaver - Burial Hour.

    Very unusually, Rhyme and co go to Naples.
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    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 10th Mar 18, 7:09 PM
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    I am well into a new Jeffrey Deaver - Burial Hour.

    Very unusually, Rhyme and co go to Naples.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    Loved that book! Mind, I have read every Jeffrey Deaver book and have been rarely disappointed.
    Normal people worry me.
    • Charly27
    • By Charly27 10th Mar 18, 8:19 PM
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    I really enjoyed these, it's definitely worth sticking with them as they're such a good series. The newest paperback editions have such lovely covers too
    Originally posted by Callie22
    Finished ‘the Light Years’ and reserved ‘Marking Time’ at the library. Hope I don’t have to wait too long as I’m still engaged with the characters. I agree about the covers so pretty.
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    • Charly27
    • By Charly27 10th Mar 18, 8:28 PM
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    Just finished ‘This House is Haunted’ by John Boyne . He wrote ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’. It was the first ghost story I’ve read in years and actually I loved it. Set in 1867 and in London and Norfolk I really liked the main character Eliza and wanted to keep turning the pages. I’d give this 9/10. Also finished “The Spring House” by Alison May on my Kindle app. I love Alison May’s books about the seasons- it’s her suggestions from The Winter House that I’ve just completed. I think I’ll wait until later in the year to read the titles I couldn’t easily get hold of.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 11th Mar 18, 9:55 AM
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    I'm going to be waiting in for some workmen today, hopefully! I am charging my kindle as I speak.

    I have about 19 books lined up on my kindle as I got a lot of free ones with Amazon Prime.

    Today I should read:

    Life Beyond Fibromyalgia - Elaine Merryfield, then

    Strange Magic
    - Syd Moore.

    I think the first one is quite short and I read quickly.

    I might sit in the garden as it looks quite nice and warm out there.

    Just finished ‘This House is Haunted’ by John Boyne .
    Originally posted by Charly27
    Oh, I remember that I loved that too. I love a good ghost story!
    2018: Simplify your life
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    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 11th Mar 18, 11:43 AM
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    I read 'Elinor Oliphant is completely fine' this week and really enjoyed it. It's not the easiest story to read but it was very good - there were moment when I genuinely laughed out loud (I'm never going to hear YMCA in the same way ...) and other parts were really moving, so it's a definite recommend from me.

    I also read 'My name is Lucy Barton' by Elizabeth Strout, which is about the relationship between a mother and daughter. It wasn't a bad book and from the quality of the writing I can see why it was a Booker nominee, but I didn't love it. It's one of those slightly wafty modern novels where there's a point rather than a story, and although it wasn't a long book it felt like it took a very long time to say anything and I was left feeling a bit 'meh'. I don't feel I wasted my time reading it but it's probably one for the Oxfam bag. In the same vein I also read 'Sag Harbor' by Colson Whitehead, which is about a young African-American boy spending the summer on Long Island. To be honest it left me a bit underwhelmed, but I've heard a lot of good things about his 'Underground Railroad' so I'll give that a go.

    I'm also reading 'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood, which is a collection of essays about science fiction and its influence on her writing. I think it's great, but I'm an Atwood fan who'd recommend almost everything she's ever written. Last night I also started 'Gather the Daughters' by Jennie Melamed, which is a dystopian novel about a small island community that is isolated from the world after some unspecified apocalyptic event. I'm only about 20% through that at the moment so I have no idea where it's heading, but it's an interesting read.
    Last edited by Callie22; 11-03-2018 at 12:31 PM.
    • Blackcatsreturns
    • By Blackcatsreturns 11th Mar 18, 5:52 PM
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    I've just finished Three Things About Elsie. I listen on audible and it was narrated by Paula Wilcox who was superb. It was a lovely, well written book. Poignant and funny. I wanted to finish it to find out what happens but didn't want it to end if you see what I mean. The ending made me cry which was a bit awkward as I was on a busy commuter train! 10/10
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 12th Mar 18, 8:56 AM
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    Strange Magic - Syd Moore.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    I actually quite enjoyed that book yesterday and I bought the second book in the series - Strange Sight: An Essex Witch Museum Mystery.


    I have read her other books The Drowning Pool and Witch Hunt. I like the way she mentions Essex a lot, haha. The Drowning Pool was set in Leigh-on-Sea, as I remember.
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    • CurlyTop
    • By CurlyTop 13th Mar 18, 4:58 PM
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    I've finished The Chilbury Ladies Choir and would thoroughly recommend it. Based around WW2, it tells the tale of a small village whereby when the men have gone to war, the vicar decides to cancel the local choir until the women decide to have a female only one. The story is told through a series of letters and journal entries (luckily not to too many people otherwise I would have been confused). I understand from the authors note that the reason for her writing this way was as part of the mass observation exercise run by the government in trying to capture people's lives through this difficult time.

    A really good read. You can see how the women drew their strength and then themselves, grew as people. Not slushy, but there is a little romance, there are plenty of other goings on to keep you engaged. It looks like there may be a follow up, which I look forward to reading.
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    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 14th Mar 18, 1:32 PM
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    I've just finished Three Things About Elsie. I listen on audible and it was narrated by Paula Wilcox who was superb. It was a lovely, well written book. Poignant and funny. I wanted to finish it to find out what happens but didn't want it to end if you see what I mean. The ending made me cry which was a bit awkward as I was on a busy commuter train! 10/10
    Originally posted by Blackcatsreturns
    I know I loved it as well.


    You may like Life, Death & Vanilla Slices by Jenny Éclair - I listened to a recording of this, narrated by Jenny Éclair and that again was very good.
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 14th Mar 18, 1:41 PM
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    Am getting serious withdrawal symptoms! Have been so tied up with stuff I haven't had time to sit down properly with any one book. I don't enjoy reading so much if its just a few pages at a time, the book loses momentum for me

    Had lots of minutes here and there to dip into MSE though. Thank goodness for 4G
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    • Blackcatsreturns
    • By Blackcatsreturns 14th Mar 18, 9:57 PM
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    Thank you for the recommendation "Getting-there". I've just bought it on audible. I read the summary and it sounds fab. So many of my recent choices have been recommended on this thread. Really grateful for the suggestions as they have helped me broaden my reading horizons.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 16th Mar 18, 1:53 PM
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    I loved Life, Death and Vanilla Slices, too!


    At the moment, I am lost in Wuthering Heights!

    It must be 15 years or so since I last read it when I taught it for A-level with a brilliant class. Soooo good!
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    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 16th Mar 18, 2:19 PM
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    At the moment, I am lost in Wuthering Heights!

    It must be 15 years or so since I last read it when I taught it for A-level with a brilliant class. Soooo good!
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    Wuthering Heights is one of my favourite books too, although it took at least fifteen years for me to pick it up again after my A-Levels. I had an awful teacher who hated the book and had a bit of a 'thing' against female writers, and he really ruined it for me for a long time. Having said that in the meantime I've read pretty much everything else the Bronte sisters wrote and really enjoyed it all. It's such a shame when you get a teacher who hates the books on the syllabus - in the same vein I'm not sure I'll ever be able to read Animal Farm or Gulliver's Travels again ...
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