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Onion Budgie

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    Books, budgerigars, Sherlock Holmes, and PC gaming.
    Student of the Tarot, collector of crystal skulls.

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  1. I finished Bloom last night. @Athena -- It was a lovely, sweet and fluffy read. The artwork is toned blue, and simply but beautifully done. (Lots of baking in it, too! There's even a recipe for sourdough rolls included at the back of the book.) I'd definitely recommend it. Now to continue with A Passage to India...
  2. I'm reading A Passage to India by E.M. Forster. Not very far in, but quite enjoying it so far. Later today I'll make a start on Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau. It's an LGBT+ graphic novel. The artwork is gorgeous.
  3. What's for Dinner?

    You would have been in with a chance. MAYBE.* *not remotely. That stuff was GOOD.
  4. What's for Dinner?

    I'm making a pot of green lentil & vegetable soup, with orzo pasta. Also, a few potato wedges, and a side of steamed veg tossed in soy sauce. Yum!
  5. I finally finished Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson. It took me an entire month to read, on and off. Only a short book, but it felt like an absolute slog by the end. Downbeat, with a few bright spots. The main character -- or at least, the character who recurs throughout most of the stories, George Willard -- irritated the HECK out of me. I would run a thousand miles from anywhere remotely like Winesburg, Ohio. Now on to The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide.
  6. I'm still reading (and enjoying) Winesburg, Ohio. Yesterday, I started Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, which is wonderful so far.
  7. What Are You Watching Now? - 2019

    Currently watching Season 6 of Elementary. Planning a binge-watch of it tonight, in fact.
  8. Christmas Holiday 2018

    Why can't you access the forum, Madeleine?
  9. Your Book Activity - December 2018

    I finished Jerusalem Inn. It wasn't so great in the end. The story meandered and turned dull. The author irritated me by yacking on too much about snooker, the rules of which she had only the barest grasp on. Goofs galore. Bah. 2/5 I'm just about to start Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson.
  10. I first discovered Truman Capote by reading Lawrence Grobel's Conversations with Capote in my late teens. I remember reading it at work, and trying my best to hide the book cover from curious eyes. A middle-aged Capote standing on a beach in a long, flowing white nightshirt is a dubious pleasure. Dracula by Bram Stoker. For maximum effect, read as a young teen on a winter's night, tucked up in bed with shadows all around you. A large illustrated book about The Beatles. I can't recall the exact title of it, alas. I would haul it around to my gran's on a weekly basis as a kid, and sit on her couch and read it, ignoring the TV and everyone else in the room. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs, in my mother's sunny conservatory at home. I left it there once by mistake, and my aforementioned grandmother found it, and started reading it out of curiosity. She was HORRIFIED. Oh, how we I laughed!
  11. BCF Book Awards 2018

    Favourite read? Orlando by Virginia Woolf. What a trip! The language was glorious. It was my first Woolf, and she has since become one of my favourite writers. Favourite author? Virginia Woolf. I'll be reading more of her work in 2019 for sure. Most read author? Agatha Christie. I read six of her mysteries this year. Favourite book cover? The Disappearance Boy by Neil Bartlett. Loved the book, too. The story of an illusionist's assistant, in a 1950s English seaside town. Book you abandoned (if there was more than one, the one you read least of)? N/A Book that most disappointed you?
 The Dead by James Joyce. Stifling, tedious drivel. Funniest book?
 Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett. Made me cackle aloud numerous times. What a talented writer he is! Favourite literary character? Hercule Poirot. (I'm looking forward to seeing how John Malkovich portrays him in the upcoming TV thingie on Boxing Day.) 
Favourite children's book?
 N/A Favourite classic?
 Orlando by Virginia Woolf. Favourite non-fiction book?
 Testimony of Light by Helen Greaves. A fascinating book about the afterlife. A game-changer, if you're inclined towards that sort of thing. Favourite biography?
 Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett. I also enjoyed his follow-up autobiography, Vanished Years. Favourite collection of short stories? N/A 
Favourite poetry collection?
 N/A Favourite illustrated book?
 The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry & P.J. Lynch. Favourite publisher?
 N/A Favourite audiobook? N/A Favourite re-read? N/A
  12. Your Book Activity - December 2018

    I have it on my shelf! I've only read one other Ngaio Marsh (Tied Up in Tinsel), and rather enjoyed it, so I'm glad this one is a goodun' too.
  13. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Mostly Christmas films at the moment. A few nights ago it was Elf. Last night, A Christmas Story. I'm saving The Polar Express for Christmas Eve.
  14. BCF Book Awards 2018

    I enjoy this thread every time it comes around, so I might as well be the one to kick things off for the 2018 vote! Favourite read? Favourite author? Most read author? Favourite book cover? Book you abandoned (if there was more than one, the one you read least of)? Book that most disappointed you?
 Funniest book?
 Favourite literary character? 
Favourite children's book?
 Favourite classic?
 Favourite non-fiction book?
 Favourite biography?
 Favourite collection of short stories? 
Favourite poetry collection?
 Favourite illustrated book?
 Favourite publisher?
 Favourite audiobook? Favourite re-read? I'll return in a day or two with my picks. Let's hear yours!