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Onion Budgie

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    Books, budgerigars, Sherlock Holmes, and PC gaming.

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  1. Hi Filip, welcome to the forum. I'd highly recommend The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Its plot is one of the twistiest and most intriguing (and exciting!) that I've ever read. I guarantee that your friend won't guess how it ends!
  2. I finished Dorian by Will Self, and rather enjoyed it. Bleak, grimy, wordy, and fruity. *sings* These are a few of my favourite things... I'm craving another whodunnit, so have picked up A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh.
  3. Shelving books

    I'd be in Hayley's 'chaotic' tribe! I try to organise by author, although not alphabetically, and roughly by order of publication date, but not always. My Agatha Christies are all together, but they're hopelessly out of order; ditto my William S. Burroughs shelf. (They're the two authors I own the most books by.) Most of my books are upright, but there are sections where they're on their sides due to height restrictions. My non-fiction books are shelved more or less by genre, but they're scattered in different areas. Colour organisation is for lunatics.
  4. British Library Crime Classics

    I've read just a couple, both Christmas themed: Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon, and The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay. Both were solid mysteries, but I did slightly prefer the latter for pacing. I'm tempted to read more. It's an enticing series, I think partly because of the glorious cover art.
  5. I finished Birthday by Meredith Russo, which was a very good and fast read. Next up, I've picked out Dorian by Will Self, which is a reimagining of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  6. The Gaming Box

    I've had my puzzle-head on. Over the Christmas holidays I've replayed all three of The Room games (on PC), which are such fun. A couple of days ago I downloaded the Azada puzzle series from Steam, and have been playing through those -- and they are wonderful too. The first Azada is quite simple with puzzles only and no exploration, but the sequels are more adventurous. Thoroughly enjoying them!
  7. How many books have you read this year?

    I read 36 in 2019. That's pretty good for me.
  8. I've just finished Mrs McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie. There were a lot of characters in this one; it got a little confusing at times. But I correctly guessed whodunnit! I'm about to start Birthday by Meredith Russo.
  9. Christmas Music

    And Martin Crane.
  10. What Are You Watching Now? - 2019

    Season 7 -- the final series -- of Elementary. I'll miss it when it's over, but it's had a good run.
  11. Christmas Reads/Books

    Who else was given books for Christmas? Nobody bought me any! So I treated myself to Hercule Poirot's collected short stories by Agatha Christie. It's MASSIVE. A proper door-stop. I think it'll be a book I keep alongside whatever else I'm currently reading, and dip in and out of. I don't have any shelf space left either! Being a bookworm is problematical.
  12. BCF Book Awards for 2019

    It's an incredible series; the best thing I've seen in ages.
  13. Christmas planning and chat

    everyone! Have a wonderful holiday.
  14. BCF Book Awards for 2019

    I gave Winesburgh, Ohio just 3 stars on Goodreads, but as it was the only story collection I read this year, I felt I should include it on my list! It was enjoyable enough. I did feel that Dracula dragged slightly whenever Van Helsing was in the room, because boy, that man could talk, but the glorious nostalgia of re-reading carried me over those bumps.
  15. Wanderer returns!

    I spent a long, long time with no reading mojo either. It took joining Goodreads, and this forum, to kick back into gear. These days I'm reading more than ever! Welcome back! Hope to see more of your posts around here.