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  2. Muggle Not's Reading List - 2019

    24. A Rule Against Murder - Louise Penny - 3/5 - enjoyable read but not one of her best books. I have gone 3 to 4 weeks now without reading a book. Probably the longest in many a year. Waiting on the Golden Compass at the library. I am #9 and they have 5 copies so it should be available soon.
  3. Hello Fellow Readers!

    Hello again and thank you for all the welcomes. Of course I do. I must say I really like almost all thing by Edgar Allan Poe. I also like short stories almost as much as books.
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    Frustration
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    Unemployed
  6. Introverts & Extraverts

    Oh, that's great! Some of my dearest friends are INFJ. 😊
  7. Just finished reading NOONE by David Wilde It’s an autobiography by a writer I haven’t heard of, but it tells the story of his adoption into an abusive family and his journey through childhood and torment, coming out the other end as a particularly bright teenager. I’d love to think that others out there have read it and would be interested to see their views as it’s the first book in a long time that I have felt moved enough to comment on. I was recommended this book by a friend who stumbled across it. It's only available on Amazon UK at the moment as far as I know, and when it arrived, I sat down to read it with some reticence, as it isn’t the kind of subject matter I tend to read. I was concerned it was going to be an energy zapping account of systematic abuse and the failure of the system, which would leave me mentally drained. There is no shying away from the fact that it is an account of heart-breaking abuse; right through from childhood to adolescence. Rather than labouring on gruesome details of the physical, sexual and mental abuse from his adoptive father, the author alludes to it in a sensitive vein, which makes me think that they have tried to block it out; but I may be wrong. It tells of a great deal of mental abuse from the system, his peers and indeed his teachers, and I am thankful that the latter at least have changed their methods today. The account is balanced by the uncovering of what turns out to be a brilliant mind that was nurtured by key people he meets in life; without whom things would have been very different indeed, he had survived at all. Surprisingly there was much to smile and laugh at, as well as the inevitable tears and all in all it was an uplifting story of a small boy’s battle into manhood against unbelievable pain and suffering. The author left me invigorated by his determination and mental fortitude; I felt humbled by the way he felt the need to help others in a similar situation; taking them under his wing and trying to them along the way.
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    employers
  9. Introverts & Extraverts

    Absolutely Bron. That said, even though I thus have a great chance of avoiding violence, it doesn't always armour me against it; but then I do work in mental health.😅
  10. Louisa's love-life was a complete fabrication, and it seemed rather out-of-character compared to how she was portrayed in the books. She was nearly 50 when the family moved to Corfu, I felt Keely Hawes was rather young for the part. The earlier TV series with Hannah Gordan as Mrs Durrell in one and Imelda Staunton in the other seemed more believable. But I still found the latest series enjoyable ... I just suspended disbelief for a while
  11. I'd completely forgotten about this quiz! Just got 9/10 too but it was a complete fluke, a lot of them were guesses, I'm not very up on movies and actors.
  12. I vaguely remember reading the first book at school. I watched the TV series but felt the later series focussed too much on Louisa's love life, and also the scams of his brother, maybe they really did get up to those antics, but they got a bit boring after a while and felt like "padding".
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    It poured yesterday morning, then was windy and sunny for most of the afternoon, then we had another downpour around 8.00. Meant to get a bit warmer but there was a definite chill when I left this morning.
  14. New name, new me.

    Welcome back Quinn! So sorry to hear about your brain injury, they can be absolutely debilitating. Good to hear things are gradually improving for you and hope you continue to make good progress.
  15. Love the Flavia de Luce books. There are several fans on the BCF. Alan Bradley writes wonderful characters, Flavia and Dogger being my favourites. Have you seen any of the TV series made about the books, Marie? I felt the two earlier ones were truer to the books than the latest one, but all delightfully escapist.
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    interference
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    And being too polite to tell them to *&^% off I happened to do MBTI the other day as my son had just done it and wondered if we were the same (we aren't ) I'm equally INFP/INFJ, Quinn.
  18. Well I'm not much of a crime reader, but since doing buddy reads with my friend this has opened me up to the world of crime novels! I haven't got that far into 'The Crow Trap' yet, but I think it's going to be good.
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    government
  20. 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 .
  21. 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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  23. 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!
  24. 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?
  25. 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!
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    Windy and sunny
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