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About Booknutt

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  • Reading now?
    Beneath a Burning Sky Jenny Ashcroft and Sapphire Widow Dinah Jefferies
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    Cheshire, U.K.
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    Reading(!) - anything not too scary, and mostly fiction/historical/sci-fi. Also into Spiritual healing for people, creatures, and our world through the White Eagle Lodge, and likewise subjects in books. Handcrafts - cross stitch, embroidery or tapestry, mostly.

    Currently enjoying "Beneath a Burning Sky" by Jenny Ashcroft. Yes, it's got slow burning romance of Olivia, (unfortunately married to utter bleeper Alistair) who bonds with Captain Edward Bertram a lodger in their Alexandrian home. It's the early 1890s so the pair are awfully British and decent about it. Halfway through the book and nothing more than a few conversations and horse riding lessons have taken place. Which is fine, real!y, because there is also a mystery and a kidnapping to be solved, and it's an interesting read, altogether. Yet this kind of book is referred to as "chick lit" in a derogatory fashion. Also in the charity shop where I get a lot of my books not rated highly, as the "men's type" books are on the shelves, while such authors as this are in revolving stands placed at a distance from them, but priced at a pound less for faster sales to the gals!! At least in that we win! Anyway, I've got a few more gathered in - Dinah Jefferies and Julia Grayson to name two, so here's hoping there's a bit of smoulder in them among a good story! Still hoping for suggestions though folks - whack 'em on here, please. A bit of romance helps the world go round. Happy reading to All!
  2. I think I'd like to give the novels a try again before I'd watch a TV series. They usually tend to change or lose a lot of the original story, don't they? Probably won't be much of a problem for me either, as I only get Freeview TV, so it'll probably be about 5 years till I get to actually see it. Bound to have finished the trilogy by then!
  3. I have to admit I'm a bit of a dither about this series, I dived into "A Discovery of W" and if it had stuck with just witches and vampires may have sailed on through with no problems. Then daemons were added, romance came along, a hidden world was revealed - we were asked to accept a lot in the first book. Maybe that was the problem? I know I love the "Twilight" saga so the fantasy angle isn't the issue. The books are long, and while the author deserves credit for the full value she delivers in each, maybe a series of 4 may have helped in the "digestion" process for overwhelmed readers such as myself? As it is I've passed the book on to a pal, but maybe if I spot a copy in a charity shop sometime I'll grab it, and give Diana and Matthew and their adventures another try. Happy All
  4. Read-a-thon 2018

    Jane Eyre again - I think Jane's loveless and bullied childhood, coupled with her own independent nature resulted in her emotional isolation among the people she came to know after she left Gateshead - do we think? Her friendship with Helen on!y happened because Helen was kind to Jane, the first person, apart from Bessie the servant, who ever had been. That kindness prised open the chink Bessie had made in Jane's protective shell, and she knew a short spell of friendship before Helen died and was grieved for. Then we hear of no other friendships. The shell had closed up again (?) and she didn't allow herself another connection. This is borne out with Jane's feelings for the motherly Mrs Fairfax and the "cute" Adele. Experiencing more concern and companionship by one than a governess could usually expect, and admitting the charms of Adele, Jane is still distant in her assessment of her attachment to either. To borrow from a song "Love Hurts" so maybe she's wary of getting too close again? Coming closer to meeting with Rochester - I admired the way Jane set off to walk a couple of hours to Hay to post a letter as dusk was coming on, on a frosty day! Completely contrary to the first sentences of the book. Wouldn't have fancied a country walk at night by starlight myself, but her "restlessness" demanded such measures... and look what happened then!
  5. Read-a-thon 2018

    Moving on with Jane Eyre a bit. I felt she was remarkably ungrateful in landing such a cushy job as Thornfield appeared to be in the first instance. A pleasant senior in Mrs Fairfax, only one manageable pupil, her own comfortable room, 3 square meals a day, plenty of free time, the run of the house ... not bad at all for a first job! Yet she admitted she was restless. Almost as if she was so used to struggling for survival she found the quiet life boring? In her place it wouldn't have bothered me - I'd have dived into Rochester's library and not come up for air till those hoofbeats thundered towards me ...!
  6. Read-a-thon 2018

    Oh let's give the kid a break, she was only 10 after all, and had been driven to revolt through fear and desperation over the bullying of her cousin John. Poor little thing!
  7. Read-a-thon 2018

    Back to Jane Eyre again. What do we think of the "hero" children in this book? Helen, friend of Jane, with her patience and acceptance of suffering, is quite a contrast to Jane herself whose spirited nature helped her survive her awful Aunt and cousins, and will help her through her years at Lowood. On the whole, children were little adults back then. Only the kids of the rich had the luxury of a few years to play, and to enjoy being young. All the others worked in some fashion as soon as they were able! The pupils of the charity school may be seen as "fortunate" to receive an education at all, but life isn't easy for them there. For a child like Jane being submissive, meek and obedient is the challenge. Helen is just the opposite. Which one would survive best out in the world back then though?
  8. Read-a-thon 2018

    I'm happy with Jane Eyre for the Group read. Have done a little already, and it's been ages since I last read it, so it'll be great to discuss it with other members. The lead into the story is always my "unfavourite" bit, as it deals with Jane's unhappy childhood experience in her Aunts house, and that nasty cousin John and his sisters. She was only there because her uncle took her in, and then he died, and left her at the mercy of his wife and family. What a fate! When her Aunt decides she will go to school, Jane is so happy planning all the things she'll do there. Poor little mite - she's got no idea ...
  9. Your public Library - grumbles or bouquets!

    My fellow readers I do feel for you all. Brian, I agree your situation is disgraceful. Libraries after all were established for the not-wealthy in the first place. It's the better off and those who don't care about reading who vote them reduced or closed. Unfair, but true. Virginia and Litwitlou lovely to hear of your warm relationship with your own libraries, both large and small. Non readers really don't know what they're missing, do they? Share your own stories here folks ... We're and listening too.
  10. Barbara Erskine

    Have just spotted another novel entitled "The Ghost Tree" by Sara Gain. Frankly, it sounds like something much too scary for little me. The mystery may be solved though, as it appeared that the Ghost Tree in that novel was a defense against a poltergeist. So the next "Erskine" seems likely to be a real hide-under-the-covers one. Ooh heck , just remember to take a torch, or buy an e-reader version!
  11. Read-a-thon 2018

    Yes, my vote for the group read idea, Athena. Nothing too "heavy" though. I'd be looking for reading for relaxation, not actual study. For suggestions - a Poldark novel or two? Or likewise Outlander?. Or in lighter classics the Bronte novels, maybe? There's so much to choose from! Happy New years reading to All.
  12. Barbara Erskine

    I've recently learned that Barbara's next book is to be called "The Ghost Tree". (Unfortunately not due till late June 2018 ) I do wonder if this is a tree where ghosts will meet, as the only other option is that the tree is deceased and the "ghost" itself? We do get in ridiculous conversations about the english language and its meanings, don't we? Either way it'll be another good 'un from our favourite wordsmith. Looking forward to sitting down with it! Happy New reading year to All.
  13. Reading big difficult books

    Reading a subject like philosophy in a foreign language is two challenges at once filosofitar - which is one too many! So either learn the language fluently enough to read 'em as they are, or see if you can find economical copies of the books in English! Either way, your local public library may be able to help for a fraction of the cost. Where do we get the idea you love a challenge?! Have a great rest-of-Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  14. I usually try to think positive, but I'm starting this topic with a heartfelt Grumble - so bear with me gentlefolk. My home city - a city, mark you - has lost it's main Public Library. As I'm not making a political statement or running for Council, I'll be discreet and call us Libraryless City for these purposes. The facility has had its stock reduced by about half and moved into the nooks and corners of the local cinema and theatre building. I do mean nooks and corners too, we trek around the building to get to different sections, a large selection being located in the public cafe! It's cramped, and a nightmare for anyone using the computers - readers constantly passing behind and anyone free to read your business. No privacy for study or personal business. Perhaps worst of all there is no security to protect the stock we do have. If anyone in the cafe for instance decided to finish the book they've plucked from the shelves at home, there's nothing to stop them drifting out with it, and no way to trace it. There is also no way to secure the stock when the traditional main hours are over, and the library staff gone. While the building itself is open, access to the stock is free for all. Because, of course, this is a cinema and theatre, purpose-renovated, not a library building at all. I think it's a massive shame for Libraryless City to be left with this shambles, plus a couple of small branch facilities on the outskirts ... but hey! the Children's Section is popular ( I do agree that's a big plus) so the adults can just cope. Yeah? Not yeah! Big No! Many local people have been members since childhood, or depend on a library to provide inexpensive educational or recreational books etc, It's a big blow for adults on a low income, or students, or the elderly, or people in-the-middle like me. In short, the kind of people Public Libraries were established for, in the first place. Of course this reduction of such facilities (and their expenses) is widespread in the U.K. lately. Libraryless City is not alone, and indeed better off, some may say, than smaller communities. In all cases, it's still a kick in the teeth for the adults for whom a visit to their Library was inexpensive "me" time in their lives. A place of peace, pleasure, education and gathering with like-minded people ... Gone. Thanks for bearing with my views on this, friends. On this occasion "progress" is a bitch!
  15. She Who Remembers by Linda Lay Shuler

    OK I admit it, I've had "She who remembers" on my Kindle for ages - unread! It just seems to be one of those books I intend to read "after this one" but keep getting sidetracked! So far Frankie you're the only of us to follow through but I'm determined to read at least the first one ... As soon as I've finished my current book.