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  2. Word Association

    government
  3. Well done on finishing IT!! I look forward to reading your review . I've not heard of The Crow Trap but I did read the novella Too Good to Be True by the same author, which I liked. I hope you enjoy your buddy read .
  4. I'm about 250 pages into an Alan Bradley/Flavia de Luce book. Perhaps another 150 to go? It'll probably take me through the end of the month to finish, I think. I'd read it before, but didn't really remember the details. I got it at this lovely used bookstore in town.
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  6. New name, new me.

    Hi! Thanks! It looks good. Sad to see familiar names drop away, but I'm sure many wonderful new ones are here, too. Itsmeagain, it's good to see you're still here!
  7. Hello! Just a quick reading update. I've finished 'It' by Stephen King It took me 3 weeks to complete this huge book, but I enjoyed more this time, than the last time. It's not perfect (I will go into that more when I write a review), but really enjoyable. Now onto a buddy read that my friend has been waiting to do. I'm about to read 'The Crow Trap' by Ann Cleeves. It's the first in the 'Vera' series, Has anyone read it?
  8. I got 'The Girl In Between' free too, not even knowing that it features a disabled character. I'd be interesting in hearing what your TBR list, if you end up doing the disability read-a-thon!
  9. What's the weather like?

    Windy and sunny
  10. Word Association

    politicians
  11. Book Title scramble

    A red herring without mustard. Not baby h, ranger.
  12. New name, new me.

    Hi Quinn. I recall dtrpath. So sorry to hear about your injury. Welcome back. You don't see Pontalba Chesilbeach Chaliepud now, rarely see Nollaig. Still a good forum and the people are really nice.
  13. Introverts & Extraverts

    You are ok Bron.😆😁 Not aimed at you; the scenario is the stranger sidling up in a pub or a train, especially if drunk. Expert on everything, knows nothing.. and you are about to listen.😊☺️🤩
  14. What's the weather like?

    It poured this morning, now sunny and/or cloudy, quite warm in the sun. Still windy as well.
  15. New name, new me.

    Hi Quinn, sorry to hear about your injury. I don't remember you from before so welcome back!
  16. What's the weather like?

    I moved this summer. I'm living in the United States in Southern California. I think I moved several times since being here. I used to be in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  17. New name, new me.

    Hi!!! Thank you for the welcome! I remember both of you, too! I see some familiar names are still here. I joined the Facebook group as well just to see what's new. Some things have changed, some see the same. It's good to be back!
  18. Just finished The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald. As ever, find it difficult to work out quite what I think about her books, but they are curiously addictive, and grow on my after I've finished (as this is already doing). Muriel Spark and Elizabeth Taylor tend to have the same effect on me! 5 stars out of 6. (Later edit) And later on in the day: Felicie by Georges Simenon, the next in the series of Maigret novels I'm reading (in publication order). As good as ever. 4 stars.
  19. A Book blog, 2019 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Thanks Hayley. Yes Madeleine, I think a TV adaptation would be effective as well. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie The novel is split into five sections with each looking at the point of view of a particular character. It has been nominated for a few prizes and won one of them. The themes are difficult ones, involving a Muslim family and the attraction of Isil, linking in to the nature of family, love and being British. Shamsie based the whole on Antigone, the Greek tragedy; this indicates that things really aren’t going to go well for those involved! Isma, Aneeka and Parvaiz are three siblings (Aneeka and Parvaiz being twins). Their father had been a jihadist in the 1990s and early 2000s and had died in American custody. This is set at the time when the attraction of going to Raqqa was there for some Muslim youth and the family are being watched because of their father. The other two primary characters are Eamon (Ayman) Lone and his father Kamarat. Kamarat Lone is the Home Secretary, brought up a Muslim he has been very critical of British Muslims, saying they are not British enough. Shamsie characterises his views when he gives a speech: ‘You are, we are, British. Britain accepts this. So do most of you. But for those of you who are in some doubt about it, let me say this: don’t set yourselves apart in the way you dress, the way you think, the outdated codes of behaviour you cling to, the ideologies to which you attach your loyalties. Because if you do, you will be treated differently – not because of racism, though that does still exist, but because you insist on your difference from everyone else in this multi-ethnic, multitudinous United Kingdom of ours. And look at all you miss out on because of it.’ His son Eamon meets Isma when she is studying in the US and later he meets Aneeka in the UK. Parvaiz seems like an ordinary youngster, into tech and helping out at his local library. However he meets a couple of people who talk to him about the Caliphate and about his father and he ends up going to Raqqa in Syria. He doesn’t like what he finds and wants to return home. Shamsie makes an interesting point in an interview when she says that Parvaiz was groomed rather than radicalised, given that he was only eighteen/nineteen. The ending is shocking and credibility is a little stretched, but the whole is powerful and an interesting exploration of identity, loyalty and family. I felt the novel would have been better at twice the length as this would have given more time for character development, which was necessarily a little limited. Apart from that it is well written and the tension builds well. There are no solutions as to how society gets out of these cycles of hatred and violence, but Shamsie poses the question well. 7 out of 10 Starting All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes by Maya Angelou
  20. New name, new me.

    Hi, I definitely remember you as dtrpath! I’m so sorry to hear about your injury but am really glad you’re recovering and finding your love of reading again. Welcome back
  21. Travel Plans

    Wow, that sounds like a lovely adventure! Quite a bit of travel in your future . That sounds nice. I haven't traveled much this year yet (not that I do a lot of travelling anyway).
  22. What's the weather like?

    I can't remember where you live . 23 °C sounds like a lovely temperature. It's currently cloudy and rainy here, 21 °C (70 °F) the maximum (16 °C / 60 °F atm).
  23. New name, new me.

    Hey Quinn! I remember you ! It's good to 'see' you again . I'm so sorry about your traumatic brain injury . I'm glad you're doing a bit better since then. The forum has changed owners and some people have left. I too am happy it is still here. I hope to see you around the forum, xx Gaia
  24. Book Title scramble

    Tropic of Cancer A DRE GRINRHE TTUHOIW RUMSDAT
  25. Haha. This was fun! I've never played this before. 9/10.
  26. Reading political books in public

    I would think that if people are making negative assumptions about a stranger based on the books they are reading, then the problem lies with them, not with your choice of reading material.
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