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  1. Andrea's reading in 2018

    Welcome to my thread, which is now open So far so good 2018. Three books on the go, all very different, but enjoying each one. Happy reading in 2018 everyone!
  2. Frankie reads 2018

    Wow, your blog is so organized! Happy reading in 2018 Frankie!
  3. Andrea's Reads, 2017

    I finished the Steve Coogan which was OK. It was a straightforward autobiography and not particularly comic. I felt it jumped around a bit and the writing was a little lacklustre. SC says in the book that he always writes collaboratively so maybe this was written by just him. There were some interesting bits though, for example the stuff about the phone hacking scandal of which he was a victim, and I enjoyed reading about his family life and how he got into comedy. However, overall I was slightly disappointed.
  4. Andrea's reading in 2018

    The Wish List Ambrose, David - Superstition Alexander, Denis - creation or evolution: do we have to choose? Beah, Ishmael - Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Bradbury, Ray - Farenheit 451 Bradbury, Ray - Something Wicked this way comes Barker, Clive - Weaveworld Brother Lawrence - The Practice of the Presence of God Bugan, Carmen - Burying the Typewriter Challis, Sarah - Footprints in the sand Chamberlaine, Diane - The Midwife's confession recommended Conran, Shirley - Savages Coupland, Douglas - Microserfs/JPod Coben, Harlan - Six Years recommended Du Maurier, Daphne - Rebecca Du Maurier, Daphne - The House on the Strand Dunant, Sarah - Transgressions (recommended) Dick, Philip K - A Scanner Darkly Faber, Michael - The Crimson petal and the White recommended Foster, Richard - Celebration of Discipline Gaarder, Jostein - Sophie's World Green, John - Turtles All the Way Down recommended Greene, Grahame - Brighton Rock Greene, Grahame - The Third Man & The Fallen Idol Haugen, Gary (IJM) - Just Courage Highsmith, Patricia - The Talented Mr Ripley Hinton, Susan - Rumble Fish Hodgson, Burnett Frances - The Secret Garden Hodkin, Michelle -The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Humphries, Alistair - Microadventures recommended Jerome, Jerome K - My Life and Times Jefferson Farjeon, J - Mystery in White recommended Kasasian, M.R.C. - The Mangle Street Murders recommended (read by Emma Gregory) Krauss, Nicole - Man walks into a Room recommended Koontz, Dean - The Mask Koontz, Dean - From The Corner Of His Eye Koontz, Dean - False Memory Lennox, John - God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? Lennox, John - Seven Days that Divide the World. Lewis, C S - The Pilgrim's Regress, Lewis, C S - Till we have Faces London, Jack - White Fang Mandel, John - Station Eleven recommended Marion, Issac - Warm Bodies recommended McKinley, Robin - Sunshine Mercer, Jeremy - Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs Mitchell, Margaret - Gone With the Wind Moran, Caitlin - How to be a Woman recommended Moss, Sarah - Night Waking recommended Moyes, Jojo - The Last Letter From Your Lover recommended Neville, Adam - Apartment 16 Semple, Maria - Where'd you go Bernadette - recommended Phillips, Caryl - A Distant Shore (recommended) Penny, Stef - The Tenderness of Wolves recommended Rayner, Jay - The Oyster House Siege Sachar, Louis - There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom - recommended Taylor, Jodie - Just One Damned Thing After Another - recommended Tremayne, S.K - The Ice Twins recommended Trueman, Terry - Stuck in neutral Trigell, Jonathan - Boy A Wheatley, Dennis - The Haunting of Toby Jugg Winter, Tom - Lost and Found recommended Wyndham, John - The Kraken awakes Watson, S J - Before I go to sleep Ruiz Zafon, Carlos - The Shadow Of The Wind Ruiz Zafon, Carlos - The Angel's Game Ryan, Carrie - The Forest Of Hands & Teeth Wroblewski, David - The story of Edgar Sawtelle Zevin, Gabrielle - The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry recommended
  5. Andrea's reading in 2018

    Acquired pre 2018 Minnette Walters - The shape of snakes Logic - A very short introduction Wilkie Collins The Woman in White Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales (modern translation) The Essential tales of Chekhov A Winter's tale Othello The Merchant of Venice Julius Caesar Twelfth night Collected works of Tennyson The Four Loves - C S Lewis Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan The Trial - Franz Kafka (audio) Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings - Edited by David Chalmers Godric - Frederick Buechner Ian Rankin - Watchmen Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities JoJo Moyes - The Girl You Left Behind The Road Less Traveled The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold My Favourite Wife - Tony Parsons C J Sansom : Dark Fire Joanne Harris - Five quarters of the orange Val McDermid - Beneath the Bleeding Robert Goddard - Take No Farewell Sarah Millican - How to be Champion Ronnie Corbett - High Hopes Begin year size: 28 End year size: Books acquired 2017: End year size: Total Begin year size: 28 Max size: Min size: Current Size: End year size:
  6. Previous logs: 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Currently reading: The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold Secrets in the Dark - Frederich Buechner Sarah Millican - How to be Champion
  7. Andrea's Reads, 2017

    And now I've started Easily Distracted by Steve Coogan.
  8. Andrea's Reads, 2017

    Thanks both! I'm flitting a bit between the two now but favouring The Lovely Bones. I shall let you know how I get on
  9. Athena's Reading List 2017

    I really like the sound of Turtles all the Way Down. I'm going to add it to my wish list!
  10. Andrea's Reads, 2017

    I started The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold a couple of days ago, but I couldn't face it last night, so I started My Favourite Wife by Tony Parsons. However, I've since discovered a load of terrible reviews on amazon so I'm not too hopeful about that one. We'll see how I get on with these two!
  11. Andrea's Reads, 2017

    I finished The Gargoyle, which is about the recovery of a porn star who is horrifically burned in a car accident and his relationship with the ex-mental patient Marianne Engel who comes to visit him in hospital and claims to know him from a past life. I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual but gripping story which is half contemporary drama, half historical romantic adventure. It was very well-written, dark in places, humourous in others, and always had me turning the pages. It was Andrew Davidson's first novel, but I'd definitely look out for others by him. An excellent read.
  12. Raven's Reads

    What were they?
  13. Andrea's Reads, 2017

    I did enjoy 1984 although it struck me as incredibly over the top. It's not a pleasant read (though not a depressing as I'd expected, perhaps because I found it so OTT I couldn't take it that seriously). Still, I doubt I'll read it again. I'm now about half way through Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle and I have to say it's great! Very well written, thoroughly readable and pretty unusual too!
  14. Andrea's Reads, 2017

    I've given up on the A M Homes and I'm now reading 1984 by George Orwell. It's much better and I'm thoroughly hooked! Never read it before, or even seen the film. Obviously a lot of the ideas in it are familiar to me as they've seeped into popular culture, but I'm looking forward to getting stuck in and seeing how it all pans out.
  15. Andrea's Reads, 2017

    I finished The French Leuitenant's Woman. Wasn't sure what to make of it. A strange book in a way. I enjoyed reading it but I did think there was too much commentary, and found the narrator's voice very intrusive. (It's quite deliberate that the narrator has a strong presence in the book, but I didn't like it much.) I've not long started May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes and I'm not sure if I'm enjoying it or not. A lot of shocking and interesting things have happened so far, so the story is quite engaging, but the narration is quite mundane and every day, so much so that I'm finding it a little dreary.