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Onion Budgie

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About Onion Budgie

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    Super Bookworm

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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've just finished This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. It was an absolute page-turner! If the book has a fault, then it's the tendency to sidle too far into the sentimental and unbelievable where family dynamics are concerned. Also, I felt the dialogue at times to be wholly unrealistic. But still, and overall, I enjoyed it very much, and wholeheartedly support books in this particular genre. I have a craving to get back to Hercule Poirot! Quelle surprise! I'm about to make a start on Cards on the Table. I'm not sure what I'll do when I finally run out of Poirots. Thank goodness AC was prolific.
  2. How many books have you read this year?

    22 so far this year.
  3. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    "But first, Roo was born." This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.
  4. A couple of chapters in, and so far so good! It's a chunker -- almost 500 pages.
  5. Just finished Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie. Enjoyable, but not one of my favourites. I'm now about to start This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel, about a little five-year-old boy who realises that he wants to be a girl, and how his family deal with all that entails. It's had a lot of good reviews, so I'm looking forward to it.
  6. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    I finished Good Omens. It didn't make me laugh out loud, but it was still fun, and I wanted to know what happened next, so got through it fairly quickly. Now I'm going to watch the TV series! My next read will be Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie.
  7. Perhaps you could find a sturdy satchel-type bag with a large enough pocket that could hold a book, and keep it separate from keys, water bottles, etc., that might be likely to damage it?
  8. Your Wish Lists

    Same as you, I use Goodreads and Amazon. The two combined work very well for me, but I'll watch this thread with interest in case anyone comes up with a better idea!
  9. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    I finished A Lovely View of Sea. It wasn't great, and all those spelling errors and typos did my head in. Why do publishers let themselves down in this way? I'm now about to start Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.
  10. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    I've not heard of The Reader. (I'm very bad at keeping up with films!) I'm past the halfway point with A Lovely View of Sea. There's not much of a plot so far; just a precocious 12-yr-old kid wandering around New Brighton, talking to people. And there are hundreds of spelling errors and typos. It evidently wasn't proofread before publishing. A bit sloppy. I spent a couple of hours this evening reading Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman, and it was lovely, fluffy, and wondrous.
  11. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    Hi Luis, and welcome. No, I've never seen any film adaptation of the book. I'll be sure to watch it the next time it comes up on TV! I hope you're enjoying the book as much as the film?
  12. Your Book Activity - July 2019

    I'm just about to start A Lovely View of Sea by Michael Carson -- it arrived in the post this morning. If it hadn't arrived, I would have begun reading Good Omens instead. So that one will be next. (The excitement about the new TV adaptation of that is infectious!)
  13. Writers' Biographies and Autobiographies

    To be honest, I'd recommend anything by Helene Hanff. All of her six books are autobiographical in one way or another, and they're all fab. (I wish she'd written more than six!)
  14. The Books That Shaped Your Personality

    Yes! I've worked with them on the last three Sherlock Holmes games, writing/editing dialogue and text. I'm so glad that you like them!
  15. Writers' Biographies and Autobiographies

    Ted Morgan wrote a wonderful, massively detailed and insightful biography of William S. Burroughs. I loved Joe Orton's diaries, which were published after his death. What a fascinating, complicated, hilarious character he was. John Lahr's biography of him was also very good. Helene Hanff's autobiography, Underfoot in Show Business, is warm, witty, and marvellous. I keep meaning to read George Plimpton's biography of Truman Capote, but there it still sits on my shelf, unread. Capote is one of my favourite authors, so I must read it soon. I've read Conversations with Capote by Lawrence Grobel, which is captivating.