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  1. Finished Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie - brilliant book, but very readable. Also read The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane which was an easy romance to follow such a serious previous read. I've now started The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild about the discovery and auction of a painting with the same title, and I'm really enjoying it.
  2. Finished Look At Me by Anita Brookner yesterday and it's been my favourite of her books so far. Today, I started Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, which although longlisted, didn't make the shortlist for the Man Booker this year. I'm enjoying it immensely, especially compared to Lincoln in the Bardo which was shortlisted and I found a chore.
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    I don't think it matters too much if they're hidden or deleted, only the author of the post and staff would see the hidden ones, but I've deleted them anyway. :)
  4. Claire's Book List 2017

    Yes, I've heard the same, that it's a good book, but people don't think it will win. I have to say, having seen her talk twice, I can't imagine that she's bothered about prizes in general. She's got an infectious enthusiasm about both writing and reading (and when she reads excerpts from her books, she brings them to life more than any other author I've heard talk), but I don't think she worries about literary criticism or being famous as such. She also doesn't do any sort of social media or court attention from any other type of media, and has a set pattern to her time for writing, publishing and promoting and also taking time off from work. To me, she comes across as an ordinary person who writes extraordinary books, and her feet are planted firmly on the ground. :D
  5. Claire's Book List 2017

    I know what you mean about the Man Booker - I rarely take much notice of it. I know I talk about Backlisted a lot, but they talked about Lincoln in the Bardo and it was on offer on Kindle for 99p, so I thought I'd give it a go. I've got Autumn by Ali Smith (also shortlisted) and Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (long listed but didn't make the shortlist) to read too, but that's because the first is Ali Smith and she's my favourite and the second because she's doing a talk with Ali Smith locally in November and I'm going along, so I thought it was only polite to have read the books they're talking about before I go! :lol:
  6. Music to read to

    I've merged your post with the existing topic of music to read to, as it's the same subject. As a new member, your links to external sites won't work until you have posted more on the forum, so they have been removed from the post. Perhaps you'd like to list the music in some of the playlists instead? I don't have a Spotify account myself, so I don't think I'd be able to see the playlists anyway, but would be interested to see what your music choices are.
  7. Your most recommended books -list

    I've merged this thread with the existing one as they are both on the same topic of favourite books.
  8. As this topic was created to promote an external website, it does not meet our forum guidelines, so I'm closing the thread.
  9. Discussion Groups/Book Clubs

    I don't know of anywhere that specifically discuss new releases, but we are a book club forum here and we do have a discussion on our favourite cosy mysteries in this thread, so feel free to join in that discussion, or perhaps browse the Crime/Mystery/Thriller section of the forum and join in existing discussions on specific books, or start your own thread(s) on some of your favourites that you'd like to discuss. If you visit regularly, you could also ask if anyone wants to join in a group reading of a particular book, and start a thread on that too. :)
  10. Claire's Book List 2017

    Current reading status Kindle: Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier (19%) Paperback: Look At Me by Anita Brookner (page 21/192) Audiobook: Gilded Cage by Vic James (3hrs 9mins/11hrs 52mins) Away for the week last week, and I managed to read eight books in total: Madam, Will You Talk by Mary Stewart (new author to me writing mystery/thriller books - will definitely read more) At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier (Good, but not as good as her best for me) The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett (aka Michele Gorman, fun romcom) The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester (Unexpected, but very good. Kept me captivated to the very end) Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize this week. Personally, I found it tiresome, and not my cup of tea at all) Summer at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson (bought in Kindle sale - good romcom, loved that it was set in Dorset on my beloved Chesil Beach!) Christmas at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson (follow up to above book, again, Dorset setting, yay!) Bought and started LAM today, as it's the next Anita Brookner on the list of all her books in order that I want to read, and also being discussed on my favourite book podcast (Backlisted) on Monday, and wanted to read before I listen to the discussion. :)
  11. What's the weather like?

    Had a light rain shower this morning, and it's definitely colder and feels autumnal, but it's currently bright and sunny. :)
  12. Bought myself a couple of books today - Look At Me by Anita Brookner and, unusually for me, a book of poetry called You Took The Last Bus Home by Brian Bilston. I've started reading Look At Me as it's the book being discussed on Backlisted podcast next week, and I'd like to finish it before I hear the discussion.
  13. How many books have you read this year?

    Had a fantastic week of reading on holiday, finishing eight books in the week, so I'm now upto 116.
  14. First line of current book - 2017

    Once a thing is known it can never be unknown. Look At Me by Anita Brookner
  15. What's Up in September 2017?

    Came back home yesterday after a week away on the Isle of Wight. On the whole, had a lovely week with some smashing walks on quiet, beautiful beaches, read loads of books and generally relaxed. Spoiled on Wednesday when we had an email from the ferry company changing our crossing home from 9:30am to 8:00am!! As there is no other way off the island in a car, had to phone and find out more - they'd had to take one of their ships out of service and had no contingency for replacing it, other than just shoving people on other ferries where there were spaces, and gave me the choice of 8:00am or 3:30pm - both of which were ridiculous for a 10am check out of the cottage we were staying in. After a discussion managed to get on a slightly better 8:50am crossing, but on the other side of the island, so meant packing up the car and leaving the cottage by 7am. We then had the issue of the keys for the cottage having to be taken back to an office in a different village to where we were staying and a bit out of the way. Called the office to explain the issue with the ferry and ask if we could just post the keys back through the letterbox, but were adamant we couldn't. Phoned head office and explained situation again, and was then put back though to local office who agreed we could do this, although obviously irritated as she'd already said I couldn't. Ruined the last couple of days of the holiday, and has put us off going back again, despite the lovely beaches! On top of that, I didn't find a single place to get a decent cup of coffee until the very last day of the holiday. In one cafe at one of the beaches, they had all the usual coffee suspects on the menu, but when I asked for a latte, I actually got some coffee poured out of a filter machine topped up with hot water and then a bit of milk that had been slightly whisked to make it foamy, poured on top. In typical British fashion, I said nothing, tasted a mouthful and threw the rest away. Bleurgh. Anyway, back home now, and have been out for an hour this morning and got some shopping done. Lots to catch up on at home this weekend, but will make sure to set aside some time for reading!