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About Madeleine

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  • Birthday 06/05/1964

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  • Reading now?
    The Black Friar by S G MacLean & Little Women by Louise May Alcott
  • Location:
    SE England
  • Interests
    Reading, walking, visiting places of interest, getting out of London.

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  1. What's the weather like?

    Opposite here, pretty chilly but bright, and a very cold wind. Only a slight frost this morning though. Some people reported snow flurries but I haven't seen any yet.
  2. Tips for those who don't like reading.

    One per day! Where do they find the time, unless they don't work or do much else! I'm lucky to manage one a week. The tips are interesting but I think you're probably preaching to the converted here! But some good ideas, especially if someone gets into a reading slump.
  3. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    It's lovely seeing or hearing owls, we never get them where I am - too built up and not enough trees - but when we were in Cornwall last year we looked out onto a river and then fields and woods, and heard at least one owl pretty much every night, I'm assuming it was a tawny owl as it was the classic "woo woo" call, which you say is the tawny's call in your earlier post.
  4. I enjoyed it too, as well as the second book, I agree it's fairly formulaic stuff, but the relationship between Strike and Robin, his assistant, is probably the most interesting thing.
  5. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    I've decided to leave off "Little Women" for a while, as I'm finding it a bit twee, plus I know the story (I've just got to Amy's mishap on the ice), and instead am reading Ann Cleeves's "The Seagull", the latest in the Vera Stanhope series, as the TV version will be shown in a few weeks' time, and I want to read it first!
  6. If it's an author new to me, or not something I might normally read, then I do sometimes look at reviews and like you have sometimes been put off by them! However if the subject matter does still appeal then I might give the book a try anyway, but when reviews differ wildly from either good or bad, but nothing in the middle, then I tend to get either a bit wary of reviews. I do quite often look at reviews once I've read a book though, especially if I have a strong opinion about the book, and want to see what others thought.
  7. Everything Changes - Take That
  8. Everything I Do (I do it for you) - Bryan Adams
  9. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    The Insider by Mari Hannah - this is the second in the Stone and Oliver series set in Newcastle and Northumberland, and the new team that the detectives have inherited from some existing cases find they have a serial killer on their hands; and worse, it looks like one of the team is leaking confidential information to the Press. As well as inheriting a team who have to get used to a new boss, and are therefore unsure of their new leader's way of working, Stone has to contend with his partner Frankie's past bringing back bad memories, and we finally find out what demons are driving both Stone and Oliver, who have both suffered a tragedy in their respective pasts. Then the attacks take on a new dimension when it looks like one of the team may be responsible for the murders, as well as an attempt on the life of one of their own. It's a race against time to find the killer before he/she strikes again. This was another involving read, and the banter between the main detectives made it feel very real, however I didn't find it quite as gripping as the first book, but it's still an excellent series, with a great setting. 7.5/10
  10. What's Up in January? - 2019

    Decorations down, room looking bare even though I only have one small tree and a few small ornaments, and the first full week back at work coming up! I hate January!
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  12. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    Thanks Athena and Bobbly, happy new year to you too, and happy reading ! yes I've read Dark Matter, and it was in my top 10 of the relevant year, very creepy, more so than Thin Air i think, as in DM there was a real sense that he was truly on his own (apart from the dog), and the cold felt very real too!
  13. Round Robin Challenge 2018

    I will try to read some of mine, but yes i agree there wasn't that much enthusiasm though!