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  2. Read-a-thon 2018

    I`m happy to read-a-thon whenever`s good for everyone else, too.
  3. Good Luck with the Book Purge ! I `donated` around 25 books to a neighbour this year ( lots more to look through... )
  4. Read-a-thon 2018

    Thank you ! I did manage more reading than I thought ; I seem to have read the 5 books in Charlotte Macloed`s Grub-and-Stakers series, over 4 days. It`s a fun series, though not as good as her Peter Shandy or Sarah Kelling & Max Bittersohn series. Taking place in a small town in Canada, it`s enjoyably silly ( though, I did have a bit of trouble with a couple of the characters - one of them speaks in a Scotch dialect and another using Regency vocabulary - it was sometimes a bit awkward to read ). I might re-read the first Peter Shandy book this month ; a Xmas themed book called Rest You Merry.
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  6. I read "Dark Sacred Night" - it was fantastic and scary at the same time. I recommend this book to all my friends now.
  7. 13 Reasons Why

    I recently watched only the series. I think to read a book. I only saw the first season. But I do not like the main character. She herself is to blame for most of her problems!
  8. Do you memorize poems ?

    Nope ((I don’t remember. I have a very bad memory. I even tried to train it. But the results are zero (
  9. Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)

    I am only wont to read his work. Bit I don't have time... Where I can buy it? (website)
  10. Favorite Poet?

    Robert Frost and mayby J.London
  11. Read-a-thon 2018

    Thanks! Well technically one and a half books as I started' The House on Cold Hill' before the read-a-thon. However, I read more than I thought!
  12. Read-a-thon 2018

    What excellent progress !! You finished 2 books! Whoops, I accidentally wrote down the wrong dates. It should be Fri-Sat-Sun 4, 5 and 6 January. I've edited my post above. Thanks, that's very nice of you, Karen .
  13. Interesting thoughts on The Handmaid's Tale Ian. I too struggled a bit but overall really liked it. I found the subject a bit too extreme, but it was so beautifully written I could forgive it that. I was undeniably hooked as I read it, and found it to be the sort of book that stays with you afterwards, which is the best kind really.
  14. That sounds like a big job Kylie! Good luck with it and well done for what you've achieved so far.
  15. Read-a-thon 2018

    I don't mind when we have the next read-a-thon. I'll try and participate as much as possible. Here's what I read overall this weekend. 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens 116 pages Finished 'The House on Cold Hill' by Peter James 257 pages Finished 'Master and Commander' by Patrick O'Brian 13 Pages Total Pages Read (from Thursday to Sunday): 386 :
  16. It's a shame Artemis was not a great read for you. I've heard from some people I follow, that they didn't really like it much. Others though did enjoy the book. I really liked reading your review .I really loved The Martian, both the book and the film. I've been unsure about whether to purchase Artemis, its premise doesn't hugely appeal to me but I loved The Martian. I guess I'll be giving it a miss, with it having got several mediocre reviews from you and a couple of others.
  17. Read-a-thon 2018

    I'm glad you really enjoyed it ! Thank you ! Yesterday I finished The Witch Boy by Molly Knox O/stertag (middle-grade fantasy graphic novel). I also read The Bride Was a Boy by Chii (a manga memoir about a woman who grew up as a boy). Overall I didn't get through as many things as I'd wanted this read-a-thon, but I did have lots of fun reading . I'll be making a 'Read-a-thon 2019' topic in a few weeks (just before January). I don't know if I'll do the read-a-thon in January, because it's pretty soon after December ends, and there are things I want to do (ie. setting up a new thread, making end-of-the-year videos for my BookTube channel etc). The read-a-thon would be on Fri-Sat-Sun 4, 5 and 6 January. I would personally prefer to have it the week after (11-12-13), but I don't know how anyone else feels about that? I can also make the Read-a-thon 2019 thread and we can discuss there if that is preferred.
  18. The Gaming Box

    My boyfriend plays Fallout 76 sometimes, I think his biggest issue was that the stash and carrying limits are not very high. I don't think he has encountered many unfriendly players, yet. There were a few bugs, yesterday his character died because he was being attacked by invisible enemies. I've been playing Fallout Shelter, which I'm enjoying (making a bit of progress each day). And I've been playing Dragon Quest XI sometimes, which is also very enjoyable.
  19. Read-a-thon 2018

    XPD stand for expedient demise which is an order given when someone is to be killed by the security services in the book.
  20. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    I watch classic comedies all the time Dad's Army, Grace and Favour, You Rang M'lord, Ballykissangel and The Darling Buds of May are ones I've been watching lately.
  21. Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)

    Congratulations Kylie, and I'm sure it will be huge fun. Which one will it be?
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  23. Continue the Story game 4,

    of bona fide Havana cigars, a dozen cans of spray cheese and a gen-u-ine star spangled banner.' Mike picked up the cigars, 'Hey, thae say thar made in China!' and on checking the other items, discovered they were all from China. 'Thars nothing genuine aboot these!' and grabbing Bucky by the scruff of the neck, he frogmarched him out the back door, closely followed by ...
  24. Read-a-thon 2018

    Yes, I really enjoyed it! I've nearly finished 'The House on Cold Hill' too.
  25. A 2018 Book blog by Books do Furnish a Room

    Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss A brilliant little novella that can easily be read in one sitting. For a brief story with a simple plot, there is so much going on. It is set in Northumberland, in a hot summer in the early 1990s, in an Iron Age re-enactment camp. There is Professor Jim Slade and three of his students: Pete, Dan and Molly. Then there is the narrator, seventeen year old Sylvie (named after Sulevia the Northumbrian goddess of springs and pools) and her mother and father (Bill). Bill is a bus driver who is obsessed with history and spends all of his spare time researching the past, especially the Iron Age. He is also a violent bully and personifies the phrase coercive control. He beats his wife and daughter and feels that is entirely appropriate. History seems to show him that women should know their place. The title comes from the ghost walls built in the Iron Age; wooden with skulls on the top. Another central theme is a girl found in a bog who had been sacrificed by her community, hands and feet tied with a rope round her neck. There are numerous themes here. Domestic abuse is obviously one of them and this illustrates that abuse isn’t a modern phenomenon. Bill is also seeking an “England” which never existed, a people who were purely British and who were fighting off alien invaders: shades of Brexit of course, the ghost wall being symbolic of attitudes to and fear of outsiders. Ironic, that as the Berlin Wall has just fallen, there is a symbolic reconstruction here. There is a growing tension between Sylvie and her father, she is seventeen and will soon be out of his control and he doesn’t want this. The writing is excellent, especially in relation to the landscape and the heat and there are interesting descriptions of foraging and living off the land: “I saw a bog myrtle bush leaning over the water downstream, pewter leaved, and picked my way towards it, rubbed a leaf between my fingers and inhaled the scent of eucalyptus and sandalwood. I squatted for a little while on the bank and listened to the sounds of the night, no birds now but the stream hurrying over stones it had worn to roundness, small lives rustling somewhere within reach, a distant owl and a nearer response.” Of course the students soon discover the location of the local Spar shop. The naming of Sylvie assumes more importance and the plot builds towards a possibly brutal climax. Along the way Sylvie and Molly have built a bond which becomes significant. This is a perceptive and telling reflection on our current times (Moss started writing it just after the Brexit vote). It shows just what “us and them” divisions really lead to. 9 out of 10 Starting Weird Stories by Charlotte Riddell
  26. The Gaming Box

    I've been playing a bit of Fallout 76 but it doesn't grab me like the others in the series. I'll play maybe once a week, if that. The whole online aspect really puts me off, and you just hear about some players just setting out to ruin other players' experiences. Very annoying! Yes, the Animal Crossing game is Pocket Camp. I hardly ever play anymore as it's very repetitive. I might log on once every couple of weeks. I haven't played Stardew Valley in ages either! I just find myself preferring to read these days, than play a game.
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