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Scarlette

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  1. Halloween Reading?

    I usually don't because I hardly ever seem to find anything scary/creepy and if I do, it usually doesn't really hold my interest for long. But this year, I think I'll try John Advije Lindqvist's Little Star. Just the book cover already creeps me out, so I'm hoping to be scared out of my wits and forced to sleep with the lights on. Andrea, The Historian is an awesome novel, definitely one of my all time favourites - hope you're enjoying it!
  2. Best book/books of 2012 so far?

    I've had a few fantastic ones this year: Earlier this year The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins simply blew my mind - really well done social commentary. And more recently: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (best plot ever). The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. Wool by Hugh Howey (very good book, really gets one thinking).
  3. Have you ever stolen a book?

    I've read quite a few books in which characters steal books from libraries/stores/other characters. This is an interesting thread. In high school I neglected to return a prescribed book at the end of the year. I think I still have it somewhere. Not sure if it counts as stealing, but I've been feeling guilty about it for years.
  4. What do you avoid?

    I generally avoid chick-lit and romance - too mushy, sentimental and predicable. Horror, sci-fi and fantasy used to be on the list, too, but I've found that there are quite a few books I've enjoyed that fit squarely into those genres.
  5. I'm very much looking forward to Anne Rice's new novel, The Wolf Gift, which is due out on Valentine's Day if memory serves, and John Irving's In One Person.
  6. Your book activity in 2012

    I'm reading Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy - can't imagine why I never showed any interest until now, they're fantastic - as well as The Gathering by Anne Enright.
  7. Your book activity in 2012

    I started The Absolutist by John Boyne - been looking forward to reading it for ages since I read so many good reviews of it. It started out excellently, really had me hooked, then... It turned into an overly sentimental mess - not my thing at all! Think I'll rather read a bit of John Irving, instead.
  8. Your book activity in 2012

    I finished Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson, today - loved it! I haven't read a good thriller in a while, so this was brilliant. This year I want to read more, but buy less (does that make sense? ) and vanquish Mt. TBR. Just have to convince myself that nothing bad will happen if I don't have ten books on the bedside table waiting to be read. Nothing bad at all... Right...?
  9. Red Leaves by Thomas H Cook

    I read a review for this just now. It reminded me a tiny little bit of The Lovely Bones as far as focussing on the family more so than the crime. I think I'll try to get a hold of this book; it sounds very interesting.
  10. Before I Go To Sleep - S J Watson

    I was a little hesitant about this book at first, but I'm reading it, now, and I really love it so far. The idea is very original and well executed and I like how easily (and quickly) it reads. I love the tension and wondering about what will she/won't she remember.
  11. Your Book Activity Today ~ Thread 16

    Red Leaves sounds like something I should be looking into... Finished House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz on Monday - such a fun novel and it was great to read an "unpublished" Sherlock Holmes adventure! Now I'm reading Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson. Have to admit, I had my doubts about this book, I paged through it in the bookstore a while back and it didn't really catch my interest, but I'm about 100 pages in now and can't get enough.
  12. Your Book Activity Today ~ Thread 16

    Finished Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves about a week ago. Brilliant read and genuinely scary at times - it's one of those books that linger in the back of your mind and crawl out to bite when you turn the lights off at night. It reminded me of what books are meant to be - a discovery, exploration. I still keep it close by just to page through and ponder about. At the moment I'm very much enjoying the new Sherlock Holmes adventure, House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz as well as Carrie by, of course, Stephen King (who would have thought I'm really a closet King fan?!).
  13. Your Book Activity Today ~ Thread 16

    Almost done with Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves. Started Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, today - this is my second try with this book, the first time I found it a little boring and gave up, but then I read a few good reviews of it recently and decided to give it another try.
  14. After a fourth attempt at reading it, I'm a little more than midway through Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves - and loving it. Read a few more chapters today, currently scared out of my wits.
  15. I've added Lionel Shriver's We Need To Talk About Kevin to my "reading five books at once because I can't get into any one" pile... Ugh, mojo, where have you gone...?
  16. Would just like to indroduce myself

    Hello, Alison, welcome to the forum.
  17. Continuing with Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, today. I started reading it a while ago, then abandoned it, but now I'm in the mood for creepy literature again.
  18. I'm halfway through Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. It didn't really hold my attention at first, but I gave it another try and it really is turning into one of the best books I've read in a long while.
  19. That special moment

    I've had a few... Donna Tartt's Secret History - everything was falling apart and I simply couldn't abandon those characters, had to stick around - and more recently, Elizabeth Kostova's The Swan Thieves - two chapters in, I was hooked and decided to stay up and finish it, afteral, who needs sleep when you have a good book.
  20. Chick-lit vs Lad-lit

    Welcome to the site, Steve. Glancing at my bookshelf, I think I tend to read more "masculine" books. I enjoy reading from a male character's perspective, so I almost always choose books with male leads. It takes a really interesting and/or unusual female character to hold my interest and I've not come across many.
  21. A year ago I would have said that I hate being told what to do, let alone what to read and the first statement is still true... However, I've discovered that sometimes being obliged to read something you don't necessarily want to, for example for college as I've had to many a time the past year, can be a very interesting experience and I've discovered all sorts of books and genres I never would have thought of reading if it weren't for being forced into it. And yes, I did end up enjoying many of those forced into books, simply because they were new and fresh and unlike what I would have chosen for myself. Having said that, though, I still don't see myself joining a bookclub...
  22. I'm spending the day with George Orwell's 1984. I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would. Also, feeling in the mood for a bit of Stephen King, surprisingly, so I might put in an order for Salem's Lot at the ol' bookstore - a good vampiric tale would be brilliant right now.
  23. Harry Potter Books by J. K. Rowling

    I never thought I'd post in this thread! I've always been a Harry Potter movie fan, but never had any desire to pick up the books until recently. Now, three books in, I can honestly say I'm utterly bewitched.
  24. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

    This looks like a good read. I've been in the mood for a ghost/mystery novel for a while now, so I'll have a look at it next time I visit the bookstore .
  25. I bought The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling for no apparent reason when it was first published and its been sitting on my shelf eversince. I think I've paged through it once or twice, but never actually read it. I did receive a Harry Potter encyclopaedia type book with it, though, which I did read briefly and found more interesting than the novels themselves.
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