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~Andrea~

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  1. Stranger Things

    I will - eventually. I've only just seen the first two series so I'm a bit behind. Love it though!
  2. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    I'm sure I have a Susan Hill on my bookshelves somewhere - I've never read anything by her before, although I've seen The Woman in Black on stage and screen. I'm intrigued to see how cliched it is now, though the readability factor is encouraging.
  3. Don't forget there's an election coming up.They need a big budget for all the silly graphics they show before the votes start coming in.
  4. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Oh good. I hope you enjoy it Hayley. Yes it would have been a good holiday read actually. Not a book that stays with you but a decent bit of escapist fiction.
  5. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Previous logs: 2018 (14) 2017 (10) 2016 (9) 2015 (10) 2014 (19) 2013 (21) 2012 (19) 2011 (17) 2010 (19) 2009 (23) 2008 (26) 2007 (21) Completed: Secrets in the Dark - Frederich Buechner The Memory Game - Nicci French The Philosopher and the Gospels - Keith Ward Rachel's Holiday - Marian Keyes Introducing Psychology, a graphic guide - Nigel Benson High Hopes - Ronnie Corbett Introducing Psychotherapy a graphic guide - Nigel Benson, Borin Van Loon Gentleman Jim - Raymond Briggs Vortex Butterflies (a Dr Who graphic novel with David Tenant's doctor) Locke and Key, Head Games (book 2) - Joe Hill Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austin Cassandra Darke - Posy Simmonds Back when we were Grown-ups - Anne Tyler Renegade Magic - Robin Hobb Gemma Bovary - Posy Simmonds The Well - Catherine Chanter Frenchman's Creek - Daphne Du Maurier Currently reading: Christian Theology: An Introduction - Alistair McGrath The Fault in our Starts - John Greene
  6. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier From Amazon: To escape the shallowness of court life, Dona retreats to Navron, her husband's remote Cornish estate. There, she seeks peace in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. But she finds instead a daring pirate, hunted by all Cornwall, a Frenchman who, like Dona, would gamble his life for a moment's joy. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him. This was an enjoyable romantic adventure, with fine prose as one would expect from du Maurier, but quite a light read compared to some of her other work. The story moves along at a good pace and I read it quite quickly (for me). I liked the central characters (in spite of some dubious moral choices). Essentially it's a story to escape into rather than one which makes you think too deeply.
  7. I knew a lot of people don't like the Tom Cruise one, but I think it's really good. I can't really remember the family stuff at the end. I thought the little girl playing the daughter in it was very good. I agree about George standing around with his mouth open in the BBC version I haven't read the book either
  8. I didn't mind it. It didn't blow me away but I quite enjoyed it. I'll watch it next week. Not as good as the Tom Cruise version though.
  9. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Oh I really enjoyed Cassandra Darke. I'd definitely recommend that. And it's quite Christmassy so would be a good seasonal read!
  10. My very favourite book

    I can relate to that. In terms of the bible itself, there are bits of it I do love actually, Genesis for instance (in spite of its challenges) and there are some wonderful and really interesting things like Job and Ecclesiastes that I'm also drawn to, and some of the psalms. I could happily leave the law though. Leviticus. Ugh!
  11. Andrea's reading in 2019

    I'm afraid I haven't. Would you recommend it? Have you read any other Posy Simmonds?
  12. My very favourite book

    I'm a Christian too, although I must say the bible is not my favourite book. In fact I often struggle with it somewhat. I also don't really think of it as a 'book' as such but more as a collection of writings. I find it much less cohesive than an actual book, although clearly consistent threads and themes can be found running through it. I've been reading Alister McGrath's book, 'Christian Theology, an introduction' this year, and among other things it discusses the origins of the Christian canon and how it was put together. I've found that very interesting.
  13. This looks great! Good cast too. I'm looking forward to it!
  14. Graphic Novels by Jessie Jacobs

    This author sounds really interesting. Thanks for the recommendation.
  15. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Thanks Rybread. That looks interesting!
  16. Where do you read?

    Haha that sounds a little unusual. However, if it works it works. Wherever you can get some quiet I guess. I do 90% of my reading in bed. Occasionally I'll read in the garden or (rarely) in the living room.
  17. Hello - just joined

    Hi and welcome Munipenny I enjoyed Far from the Madding Crowd. Look forward to chatting with you in the forum.
  18. Poppy's Progress 2019

    I do. Not heard of Emma Bombeck but I'm already sold on Betty McDonald. That sounds good too! This thread is becoming a dangerous place
  19. Seasonal Reading

    I'm really fancying a bit of something spooky or a dark mystery this Autumn. I might dip into my Edgar Allen Poe short stories and I think I have a Susan Hill lying around somewhere.
  20. Poppy's Progress 2019

    I'd never heard of Betty McDonald but she sounds really interesting. I might have to read one of her books now!
  21. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    Yes FC is quite a light read actually, more of a romantic adventure story so far.
  22. Willoyd's Reading 2019

    Great review of Rebecca, Willoyd. I must must must read it soon, though from what you've said I'm assuming having seen the old black and white film will spoil it somewhat. I'm currently enjoying Du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek at the moment. I'd recommend My Cousin Rachel as another of hers you might enjoy: an intelligent and well written dark romantic drama with a touch of the thriller about it (without being overly thriller-ish).
  23. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Gemma Bovary by Posy Simmonds From Amazon: Gemma is your average girl-about-London. Dumped by her ambitious lover, she rebounds onto a safe bet, gentle furniture restorer Charles Bovery. But Charles comes with an ex-wife and children and Gemma baulks at being the unpaid baby-sitter. When money falls into her lap, Gemma flees London and drags Charles to Normandy, where she spices up her increasingly dull marital life with a bit on the side named Patrick Large. But then she dies, under mysterious circumstances. I read this when on a break from the previous read (The Well) while in post (minor) op recovery and it was the best medicine I could have asked for. I loved it. Great artwork, great writing, great characters, great plot and plenty of humour to boot. I think I'm rapidly becoming a Posy Simmonds megafan!
  24. Andrea's reading in 2019

    The Well by Catherine Chanter Set in the near future in an England plagued by drought and with new emergency laws to prevent the misuse of water, this book tells the story of Ruth, living under house arrest at The Well, the idyllic farm she bought with her husband Mark. Only the dream life they planned together became a nightmare in which she lost everything, including her precious grandson Lucien, whose tragic death at the Well is still a mystery she is desperate to solve. This was an unusual kind of story, a dystopian, mystery thriller I guess. From the outset I was intrigued, though it started a little slowly. It's beautifully written and I was interested in the story as it slowly unfolded from the patchwork of Ruth's memories. I had a bit of a dip in the middle where I kind of lost my mojo with it and had to take a break, (however this was when recuperating from some minor hospital treatment so it may just have been I wasn't in the mood because of that) but I found I got quite engrossed in the second half of the book. Overall I enjoyed it, but I did find it at times relentlessly literary. The prose is crafted almost like poetry and it gave it quite a samey feel. I felt it could perhaps have done with some variation of style throughout to make it feel more dramatic and pacy. I'd recommend it though.
  25. Your Book Activity - October 2019

    I've not long started Frenchman's Creek and I'm loving it so far. I've been meaning to read Rebecca for years but I think I'm going to get to it quite soon now.
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