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  1. It's nice to be here.

    You may prefer to start your own introduction post, instead of using someone else's. If you can tell us a little more about your reading / favourite books etc in that thread, that can be helpful.
  2. *You* provided a list of links, and it's those which I removed.
  3. Michelle's Reading 2018

    I can't believe how bad I've been at keeping this updated.. I kept looking to see where the next page was, couldn't believe it stopped on one page, and in Feb! A quick update.. Anyway, I've read a few books, and have given up on quite a few too, especially audio books. I may well have forgotten one or two as well. Dogs of War was indeed a good read, and I keep debating whether to try his fantasy books.. has anyone read them? After Redshirts by John Scalzi, I did try Old Man's War, which was pretty good, but I lost interest in the sequel as it just seemed to stretch things too far. Planetfall by Emma Newman was an excellent read, I do love the idea of future colonies on other planets using massive 3D printers for everything they need, plus it explores living with anxiety. My only disappointment was with the ending, as it just kinda drifted. I've just started reading Before Mars, because I do like her style, and I also started her fantasy series with Between Two Thorns, but that's on hold as I wanted to read Before Mars. This Mortal Coil was a good read, thanks @chesilbeach - I'll be looking out for the sequel later in the year. Probably my favourite read of the year though was Scythe, and the sequel Thunderhead, by Neal Shusterman. This is set in a world where control has been given over to a sentient cloud (internet cloud, not the fluffy type!) - now named Thunderhead. There are also nanites in people which repair damage, alter chemical levels etc. Because of all this, people are pretty much immortal, so to prevent a population build up, there are a revered group, known as scythes, who have to kill people. They are like priests in a way, and it's interesting to see the turn around, that the almost worshipped people are actually the ones killing. It all sounds strange, but you have to believe me that world building is great, and it all just makes sense. Honest! :-D
  4. I'm sorry you're still not right. I won a copy of the sequel to Caraval on twitter, so assuming it does turn up when released, I can let you know what it's like. I agree about Caraval.. it's a nicely laid out book, and a colourful read.
  5. I'm sorry but we don't allow links on the forum to any of these types of sites. In my experience, the vast majority allow access to pirated books, which we can not condone, and as you've already pointed out, we do not know if they contain virus / how they use your details etc. I've left your original query, but not the links.
  6. That sounds very much like The Giver by Lois Lowry https://www.amazon.co.uk/Giver-Quartet-Lois-Lowry/dp/0544336267/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1522865884&sr=8-1
  7. The best crime book in 2017

    Can we ask you to type in English please, as there's no inbuilt translation available.
  8. Claire's Book List 2018

    I found it hard to pinpoint how I felt about Ink.. I did like it, but something stopped it being great. I agree the cover is amazing. I have my eye on This Mortal Coil, so I'm glad you liked it. As for The Hate U Give, something is holding me back, I think maybe because it's been on twitter constantly, and feels too hyped right now.
  9. A big hello

    Welcome to the forum Amy - we do specify in our rules that new members are not permitted to post links until they have 10 posts, nor are members allowed to simply point people to their own blog. We'd be happy to have you here, and I'm sure some have general blog writing tips for you, but a direct link is not permitted I'm afraid. If you become a regular member, you'r welcome to add your blog address in your signature.
  10. This is the second book I've read by this author, and she has a way of taking complex situations, and making them approachable for young people. In Tender, Eve looks at the important subject of young carers - Marty has been living with his mum's deteriorating mental health since the death of his father, whilst Daisy has a severely ill younger brother, and exhausted parents trying to cope in their own way. Both of these teenagers are trying to persuade everyone else that everything is fine, and Marty in particular is so adamant that he doesn't need help from anyone, even though we can see he's close to destroying himself. They meet at a young carers group, when Marty is forced there by social services. They form an acceptance of each other, and help each other to understand their situations. This does develop into a romance, which I personally felt wasn't needed.. their friendship would have been enough for me. Marty and Daisy so easily found their way into my heart, and so their experiences can be difficult to read about, but this is an important subject well handled, with an overlying message of support and hope.
  11. Muggle Not - 2018 Books Read

    I listened to a bit of this, and gave up - with your comments I might try again.. thanks.
  12. The first was a surprise hit with me, the second I pushed through a bit.. I read a tiny bit of the third, and didn't continue. I rather wish it had been kept as one book, or at the most a duology.
  13. What's Up in March? - 2018

    It's so stressful, isn't it? We had no water yesterday due to frozen pipe up in the loft. Took us ages to sort it out, and we had the same.. Glen was trying to get through to our service, and was getting no answer. I hope the plumber wasn't too expensive!
  14. I think Karen has simply put ' ' around each title, as in 'Title of Book'...?
  15. Emails

    There was a problem on the server which was affecting a few people, which they now say is sorted. @Marie H and @pontalba - apologies for the inconvenience.. do you want to set your notifications up again, and I can see if yours was affected by the server issue.