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  1. Your Book Activity - April 2019

    I finished The Hairdressers of St Tropez by Rupert Everett. It was (as predicted) absolutely bananas, wonderfully funny, but with a few unexpected and sad twists. Great stuff. I'll be diving into Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie for the Bank Holiday weekend (and beyond)!
  2. White rabbits! It's 1st March already, and nearly spring, thank goodness. What's everyone reading this month? I've just about finished with A Passage to India. I started off quite enjoying it, became bored halfway through, and now I'm actively disliking the second half. It took E.M. Forster 10 years to write this novel, so he must have been as cheesed off with it as I currently am reading it. Next up will be either: Hello Darling, Are You Working? by Rupert Everett, OR The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I'll decide when I get there.
  3. Samurai/Japan Teen book

    Could it be the Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford?
  4. What are you eating just now?

    Baked beans are delicious! They are usually made with haricot beans. I had some yesterday with a veggie burger-in-a-bun, chips, and steamed veg. I've just now had an amazing vegetable jambalaya, with brown rice, black beans, broccoli, tinned tomatoes, spices, and a heap of other veg all mixed in.
  5. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    "On the beach at Pampelonne. The sea is milk white, and barely distinguishable from the early morning sky." The Hairdressers of St Tropez by Rupert Everett
  6. Your Book Activity - April 2019

    Well, I've just finished The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, and ADORED it. It was bonkers, brain-twisting, engrossing, and so complex that I thought my brain might pop out of my cranium. My only minor quibble was with one aspect of the writing style. The author's similes were hackneyed and creaking -- creaking like an old door-hinge that needed oiling! I'll sell you that one, Turton! That'll be £2.50, please. Now I'm just about to start The Hairdressers of St Tropez by Rupert Everett, which I'm guessing will be another bonkers read, but in an entirely different way.
  7. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    I'm just over 100 pages into it, and it's already tying my brain up into knots! It's BRILLIANT. It must have been an absolute doozy for the author to plot out. I haven't been so excited about a novel in a long while.
  8. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    "I forget everything between footsteps." The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  9. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    I've almost finished Hello Darling, Are You Working?. It's been fun! Very silly and overblown, which sometimes you just need in a book, you know? Next up is The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, which I'm so excited for. I've only heard good things about it. I also caved in and read the rest of the web-comic series of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. I know, @Athena -- I did say I was going to wait for the paperback version of Volume 2 to come out in July, but..... I COULDN'T WAIT! I wanted to know what happened next! So now I'm all up to date, and it's DELICIOUS, and I'm still going to get the paperback, so all's good. (When it comes to books, I have little self-control.)
  10. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    The Locke and Key series is one of my favourites! I hope you enjoy Vol. 2.
  11. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    I'm halfway through Hello Darling, Are You Working by Rupert Everett, and am enjoying it. It has some funny one-liners, and the fact that it's surreptitiously autobiographical makes it even better. The author's bio paragraph at the back of the book says that "Any resemblance between his novel and his actual life is undoubtedly coincidental."
  12. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    That's how it came across to me too, Karen. It rubbed me up the wrong way. I also found the plot too predictable. I still gave it a 3/5 on GoodReads, because *some* of it hit the mark -- but right now, I can't remember what it was! I'm puzzled as to why so many people rave about it.
  13. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    "By the time he was eight he knew he would never be a Great Actress." Hello Darling, Are You Working? -- Rupert Everett
  14. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    I'm finished with it now -- THANK GOODNESS. Sheesh. I've decided on Rupert Everett next. He won't let me down. I predict belly laughs and guffaws.
  15. Oh, me too, as regards Volume 2! I can't wait. I'd also far prefer to wait for the physical book than read the webcomic. Volume 1 was such a joyous thing, wasn't it? I was smiling most of the way through reading it. I finished The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal. That was fun, too. Some stunning artwork.
  16. I'm zipping through more graphic novels. I've just finished Heartstopper (Vol. 1) by Alice Oseman (which was delightful), and have now started The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver. E.M. Forster is sitting on a wobbly stool in the corner of the room, scowling at me. Perhaps he wants a biscuit?
  17. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    "Except for the Marabar Caves -- and they are twenty miles off -- the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary." A Passage to India -- E.M. Forster
  18. I hope you enjoy it, Athena! I'm almost halfway through A Passage to India. It's beautifully written (of course -- it's Forster!), but man, it's DULL. Perhaps it'll pick up soon, as we're just about to enter the caves where the Big Thing happens. I'll keep on chugging through.
  19. Yay! I'll look forward to reading your thoughts on it. I've thoroughly enjoyed all the graphic novels I've read so far this year. I've just been in the mood for them.
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. What's for Dinner?

    You would have been in with a chance. MAYBE.* *not remotely. That stuff was GOOD.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.