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  1. New user from Spain

    Hola ratpenat. Nice to have you here.
  2. 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 Currently reading: Back when we were Grown-ups - Anne Tyler Christian Theology: An Introduction - Alistair McGrath
  3. Hey!

    Hi and welcome! Your English is great by the way. What other languages do you speak?
  4. New User

    Hello - a bit of a late reply from me! But welcome anyway
  5. Hallo

    Hi and welcome!
  6. Andrea's reading in 2019

    I'll be on the hunt now for more graphic novels with female appeal. Thank you. The cover is great isn't it? I think it sums up the content pretty well actually. A grumpy old woman more used to a quiet life suddenly mixed up in a violent crime. That's interesting! I'd never heard of Lady Susan. I shall hunt it out, thanks Willoyd. And, S&S and Emma are both now on my hit list. I think A Level English has that effect for a lot of books. I don't think I could ever read a George Eliot for pleasure. Thanks Lau_Lau. I look forward to reading Lady Susan.
  7. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Cassandra Darke Millionaire art dealer Cassandra Darke is a crabby old recluse who doesn’t like people much. She’s been a bit naughty too and has a conviction for fraud, which she doesn’t think is that bad really, surely not worth all the trouble it resulted in. But when she finds some rather shocking items in her basement, left there by her lodger Nicki, she finds herself embroiled in a much darker and more serious criminal world. As you can see I’ve got the graphic novel bug. I don’t know why but lately I just fancied reading something in that format: drawings of people with speech bubbles. Perhaps I’m hankering after my youth, where I used to devour comics like Mandy and Nikki, or just looking for some lighter quicker reads! Anyway, I searched the library where most of them seemed to be in the genre of horror, fantasy or sci-fi. I tried a few, including a star wars and Dr Who one, but they didn’t really hit the spot. This probably sounds silly but the graphic novel section at the library felt overloaded with ‘boys comics’ where I wanted something with a bit more female appeal. So I had a brainwave and got hold of some Posy Simmonds! I really enjoyed this. It was exactly what I was looking for, an adventure with good strong female characters, just like the comics of my childhood! And the drawings are great too. I found the characters (excuse the pun) well drawn and interesting, and the writing witty and sharp. I shall be reading some more by this author. I just wish there were more graphic novels out there like this.
  8. Vodkafan's 2019 reading blog

    Hi VF! Good luck with the move. Hopefully you're moving somewhere less eventful!
  9. Daphne Du Maurier short stories were favourites of mine. Strange and often with a hint of the supernatural or other-worldly.
  10. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Thanks Madeleine. I was thinking of tryng another one so I will give Sense and Sensibility a go.
  11. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Well this book surely needs no introduction, however... Mrs Bennett, the mother of five daughters (and no sons) is obsessed with finding a husband for each of them. You can't blame her really since the family estate is entailed on Mr Bennett's cousin, and as such she fears destitution for herself and her daughters in the event of her husband's demise. The story focuses on witty young Elizabeth Bennett and her potential suitor, the aloof Mr Darcy. We follow the family and the wider society of rural Hertfordshire through the ups and downs of nineteenth century love, courtship, money and manners, with a generous dose of Austen's witty social commentary thrown in. I didn't intend to read this! I was arranging some books on my bookshelf and I just happened to pick it up and have a peek at its famous opening line. Well, I got so drawn in that this became my unintentional read for April! I've never actually read this all the way through before. I think I got about half way through when I was about 17 and needed to read it for A Level. While I remember enjoying it, I think I had so much reading and other work to do that I ended up just relying on the notes for the second half! And since then I've never been bowled over by Austen. I've read Persuasion (in the last few years) and I think half of Emma (when I was a lot younger - but after my first attempt at P&P). I found Persuasion to be a pleasant read but it didn't blow me away. However this read of P & P was an absolute joy. I think it says something that I didn't even intend to read it, but the writing, the dialogue and the characters were all just so intantly engaging that I was hooked as soon as I glanced at the first page! I've read quite a few classics, and often find them to be a bit longwinded. They might be good overall but there are always those few pages (or chapters) where you just wish they'd had a good editor (cough Victor Hugo, cough)! However, this in some ways felt like a much more modern novel in that the writing was tight and lean, with no extraneous waffle, or description. Every word was there for a reason. I felt the characters sparkling from the page, and the story is constantly moving with plenty of little twist and turns to keep you on your toes. Of course the story was very familiar to me having seen so many adaptations (particularly the one with Colin Firth and Alison Steadman - which is surely the Queen of all P&P adaptations) so there were no surprises, but even so it was utterly absorbing and gripping. I came away understanding why this famous novel is so esteemed, it's an absolute masterpiece! I think it may actually gone to my number one spot. It was such a treat! I liked it by the way. Can you tell?
  12. Hello!

    Hello Kevin and welcome to the forum I see you've been busy posting about the place so I'm sure our paths will cross sooner or later. Nice to meet you and I hope you enjoy it here.
  13. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Thanks Gaia! What a shame you can't get Locke & Key from your library!
  14. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Locke and Key: Head Games by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez From Amazon: Following a shocking death that dredges up memories of their father's murder, Kinsey and Tyler Locke are thrown into choppy emotional waters, and turn to their new friend, Zack Wells, for support, little suspecting Zack's dark secret. Meanwhile, six-year-old Bode Locke tries to puzzle out the secret of the head key, and Uncle Duncan is jarred into the past by a disturbingly familiar face. Open your mind — the head games are just getting started! This is the second book in this series and I enjoyed it much more than the first. It wasn't so graphically violent and there was some humour. The plot is developing more and I'm becoming intrigued by the various characters and the secrets from the past that have led to the strange situations that engulf the people of Lovecraft. Looking forward to reading the third one now.
  15. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Gentleman Jim by Raymond Briggs Jim is a toilet attendant, dissatisfied with his lot in life. He escapes into a world of fantasy and dreams of becoming so much more. I've been fancying some graphic novels lately but have no idea really what kind I would like so I picked this up from the library because I enjoyed Fungus the Bogeyman as a child and I've enjoyed some of his animations. This was typical Ray Briggs really, gentle and domestic and with a touch of humour and a hint of sadness. I thought it was OK. The story wasn't that complicated - and in terms of plot it felt more like a children's story but for adults in an odd kind of way. Vortex Butterflies by Nick Abadziz and Giorgia Sposito I got this Dr Who graphic novel from the library at the same time. While I found the story more interesting, it was also more forgettable and I don't think I'd bother with any more of these Dr Who ones. It was OK but I'm not really a die hard Whovian, even though I enjoy watching the TV show now and again so I guess they're just not my cuppa.
  16. Andrea's reading in 2019

    These are the first books I've read on the subject. They're just very quick starter guides. I've bought another, more in depth book on psychology (by the same author) but haven't started it yet. Have you read on the subject?
  17. New Bookworm.

    Hi Jaymer. Welcome to the forum. I need to start Game of Thrones. I have the first one on my shelf!
  18. Andrea's reading in 2019

    Introducing Psychology by Nigel Benson Introducing Psychotherapy by Nigel Benson and Borin Van Lon This year I've read a couple of novels with psychotherapy in them which I found a really interesting addition to the story. One was Nicci French's The Memory Game and the other was Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes. It got me thinking about psychology and therapy so I decided to read up on the subjects. I found both books really interesting, and the graphic format, with little illustrations and cartoons made them very accessible and enjoyable. The only thing I wasn't keen on was some of the cartoon figures in the psychotherapy guide where it was talking about anorexia were super thin and I thought insensitively drawn, which was a surprise in an otherwise helpful book on the subject. I get that the book and its illustrations are meant to be lighthearted but it just jarred a bit. Otherwise I enjoyed both books and skipped through them nicely.
  19. What are you listening to?

    The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit.
  20. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    Thank you! I started it last night and so far so good!
  21. Flowers for Algernon is a wonderful book, very poignant and as you say, beautifully told. I loved it.
  22. Your Book Activity - March 2019

    I've been fancying reading some graphic novels lately (though I'm never sure which ones to go for as I don't know that much about them) so I picked up a few from the library. Whether I finish them all before they need to go back is another matter. I got: Gentleman Jim - Raymond Briggs Vortex Butterflies (a Dr Who one with David Tenant's doctor) Locke and Key book 2 - Joe Hill (I read the first one last year) And a Star Wars Clone wars collection of 6 stories.
  23. Andrea's reading in 2019

    High Hopes by Ronnie Corbett I've always been a big fan of Ronnie Corbett. I loved him in the Two Ronnies (especially the chair monologues) and in Sorry! He's always made me laugh and struck me as a nice chap so I was looking forward to reading this. The reviews on Amazon were a bit mixed though so I wasn't sure what to expect. Having read it I can understand some of the criticism. There are a LOT of anecdotes and name-dropping and I sometimes felt that he was talking more about other people than he was himself. The first half of the book focuses a lot on his early career in cabaret and vaudeville and there were so many people and anecdotes and incidents that I found my head spinning a bit. I think I'd have preferred a gentler, more flowing and personal narrative with some self-refection. I mean there is some of that but not as much as I would expect in an autobiography. Perhaps he is just not a particularly open person and prefers not to wear his heart on his sleeve. I enjoyed it more as it went on however and found the second half where he talks about The Two Ronnies and Sorry better somehow (whether it was that I'd settled into the book's style by then, or that he'd found his flow as an author, I can't say). He has a quite incredible memory for detail though and has led an interesting life in the theatre and he seemed very much to fit in with that show-business lifestyle. I enjoyed it overall, it made me chuckle in places and I found it a pleasant read.
  24. Frankie reads 2019

    Ooh fantastic! Nice to see your mojo is back in town. I too am doing a lot better this year than last year!
  25. Frank Michael's Reads 2019

    Hello and welcome to the forum