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  2. Am soon to start this for a book group read. I'm a Dickens fan, but have never read this. My most recent was The Old Curiosity Shop, and have to say that that's been the weakest I've read so far (mainly the thread that follows Little Nell, the rest was very enjoyable). Will be interesting how this pans out now!
  3. I'm finding it's having the opposite effect, and am reading rather more than normal; I suppose we all deal with this sort of thing in our own different ways. My reading has been a bit scattered because I've been preparing to do some Skype tutoring with my nieces in Ireland, so have been reading sections of textbooks on trigonometry and the Napoleonic wars, but have still been doing a fair bit, even if doesn't get reported on as 'reading'. In between, I finished Michelle Obama's Becoming last night, and Jean-Paul Didierlaurent's The Reader on the 6.27 this morning. The former was a book group read that I wouldn't have normally chosen, but am glad to have read (5/6 stars), the latter a light bit of French whimsy that grew on me (3.5/6 stars) - after a string of fairly heavy books/texts, something light was definitely needed! I've got a stack of some 18 library books to tackle, mostly non-fiction, but might continue the lighter thread with the next book or two. Whatever, one of my slowest starts to the year looks like it's accelerating. Just hope that we all stay well enough to be able deal with the situation in our own individual ways.
  4. Best Autobiographies Out there

    Apart from the political biographies I read, the only other one I've read is Lucky Man by Michael J Fox, which I really enjoyed.
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  6. Kindle and ebooks deals

    New book from Lois Lowry - On The Horizon. The UK Kindle version is £12.97, but for some reason the Audible version priced at £3.97. So I went for the Audible!
  7. What Are You Watching Now? - 2020

    Episode 4 of The Mandolorian. Another cracking story, and The Child/Baby Yoda wins many hearts again, especially during sipping broth, and when he waddles around.
  8. yes this is absolutely true. Thank you for showing solidarity many good wishes to you and yours
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  10. You are not alone in this, I think many of us are struggling to concentrate on reading with everything going on in the world.
  11. Read-a-thon 2020

    I managed a bit of reading but not as much as I’d hoped. In the end I think I read about 300 pages.
  12. Read-a-thon 2020

    Ohh sounds interesting!
  13. Your Book Activity - April 2020

    I'm past the halfway mark with my re-read of Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall. I'm liking it a little better this time around, but it's still STRANGE, and the main character is just so passive that it's infuriating. He absorbs situations and people like a sponge, and doesn't possess any character or backbone of his own. It's the sort of book that leaves you with an uncomfortable tickle in the back of your throat.
  14. Publication Date of Verne Novel

    I recently acquired a copy of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and I can't find a publication date anywhere in my copy. It has a red cover with long stemmed black and green flowers and a black cameo in the center of the front cover surrounded by a black and green circle. The outside binding also has a long stemmed black and green flower. The only information I can get is that it was published in Chicago by the W.B. Conkey Company. In the back, there's an advertisement for Ella Wheeler Wilcox's books, "The Poetical and Prose Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox" and that they're advertised for $1.00-$2.00. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  15. Best Autobiographies Out there

    Autobiographies are really very subjective. I know that if I'm not interested in a particular person, then no recommendation, however rapturous, will get me to read their autobiography! Having said that, I thoroughly loved both of Rupert Everett's memoirs: Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, and Vanished Years. Well written, gossipy, scandalous, hilarious. The writer Helene Hanff's memoir, Underfoot in Show Business, was charming, warm, and nostalgic. (She wrote 84 Charing Cross Road.) It might be easier if you tell us the people you most admire, and then we can tell you if there is a decent auto/bio out there!
  16. Read-a-thon 2020

    I don't want to give anything away, because I thought it was a standalone at first too, but it is connected to the story from the first book and it will all make sense eventually, even the weird abstract bits!
  17. Wow, I don't think I will get around to anything like this amount. I am trying to get back into reading in light of the current situation with the world and Covid 19...I might pick one from the lists given to add to my list I already have
  18. I read a book many moons ago. An old book called 'Violeta'. I do not remember who wrote it, only that it was an old book. It was set in France or Italy if I remember and was a charming story, I remember the lead main male character rode a mope head bike...a lovely story that I would like to read again but can not locate...any one know of it?
  19. Best Autobiographies Out there

    Hey! You're not the only one! Richard Branson has some brilliant books out. I enjoyed Russel Brand's books, I actually didn't like him until I read them. Michele Obama was good, but the end isn't s great If I think of anymore I'll message you!
  20. Best Autobiographies Out there

    Hi I really love reading Autobiographies and Biographies. At the moment on my list to read are Tyson Fury and Larry Hagman. Can anyone recommend a good read here?
  21. It has been a difficult time lately. I have been finding it difficult to concentrate on my book plan that i had made for the months. Since the shelter in home began, i have been dealing with my own fear and grief, as i assume many of us would be. Therefore, i have made peace with the fact that I will have to play it by the ear courtesy pandemic. I am finding refuge and familiarity in Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie, it is like a warm soup to the soul. I am also reading this new March set anthology of poetry by a Kashmiri gentleman called Agha Shahid Ali and finishing up a revision for school of Concepts of Biology for school. I am also somehow reading some writing on Konmari method to focus my anxiety-motivated cleaning sprees. Hope ya'll keeping well, too!
  22. Your Top 10 books!

    i really love this list absolutely!
  23. Read-a-thon 2020

    It doesn't really seem a continuation of the last book. Apart from having two characters from the first book (so far!), it could be a stand alone. It's definitely has some very abstract bits in it. I am enjoying this though. I managed to read 142 pages over the weekend. It's not as many pages as I would have liked to have read, but it's helping me get my reading mojo back.
  24. Read-a-thon 2020

    I love that beginning too !! I am, thanks ! I'm glad it's good so far! My progress for yesterday: 42 pages of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 15 pages of The Void Trilogy 3: The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton (re-read) 11 pages of Wegens familieomstandigheden gesloten by Sigrid Landman 20 pages of What If? by Randall Munroe I hope everyone had a good time during this read-a-thon . The next read-a-thon is scheduled for the 1rst, 2nd and 3rd of May (Fri-Sat-Sun).
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  27. 🙄😅Oh Cousin It? I felt you meant Cousin Zit? You know, face spot specialist??😁😊😿
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