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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.

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  1. Shakespeare

    Well, it's coming up to June already(!) and I'm feeling my seasonal urge to read Midsummer Nights Dream, and if I can find my elderly DVD, watch that too. This is one play I'd like to see on stage, maybe semi ballet, it could be beautiful. Romeo and Juliet too is a summer read for me. At the other end of the scale, what but MacBeth and Antony and Cleopatra for deepest darkest winter? Seems silly, but habits form and to read these plays at other times just feels wrong to me now, so I dabble about in the others and various poetry, when I feel like a bit of musical expression throughout the year. Modern language can be so boring, can't it? I may tarry no longer - Happy All
  2. Charles Dickens

    Pickwick Papers for me. I love the way they form their own individual stories, but are connected. Just the right length for a " read". Of the other novels, Oliver Twist is an old favourite - if that's a suitable word to app!y. The happy ending for Oliver helps of course (sorry for the spoiler!) but I remember being stunned as a youngster on first reading of the harsh lives of the poor\parentless young of that time, and the system which abused them. Not only an enjoyable author and talented wordsmith, but these novels give us an insight into the actual kind of daily lives lived by those of equal status all those years ago. They're fascinating history lessons too. Just enjoy whichever you choose. Happy to All.
  3. The Bronte sisters

    Wandering slightly off subject - has anyone read the novel about the Bronte sisters "The Vanished Bride" by Bella Ellis? In this, the Bronte sisters themselves turn detective on the trail of the mentioned bride! I've just got it on kindle. I'd have loved to get the hardback but my shelf space quaked at the thought of another tenant! It's waiting my attentions, beckoning, beckoning, as they do! This is the first of a series which is great news. Of course, much will be of the imagination of Ms. Ellis herself, but there may be a few facts thrown in too. Sounds interesting, and current!y for 99p. how can I lose? Has anyone else read this novel of the Bronte detective trio? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Happy Christmas or 25th December, everyone. Enjoy whatever you are
  4. Philippa Gregory - The Virgin's Lover

    I've read this book before, but I can't seem to resist the lure of Ms. Gregorys historical fiction. Despite the fact that I've got a tottering TBR pile already, this sneaked in to take prior place. With the variety of historical authors about these days it's easy to miss the good ones, especially when they don't "sex up" (horrible expression!) their novels for the sake of adding interest. The Plantagenet and Tudor novels of this author can stand on their own feet as great "reads" without that added false boost. So if anyone is interested in the history of the periods, or about to study them these are an ideal relaxing read. For the rest of us, just good novels, all the range, which I'm slowly re-reading - (In fact, I think I may be addicted but I suppose there could be worse habits!) - in between other books. So - back I go, to tragic Amy, lovestruck, ambitious Robert, and Elizabeth I who sacrificed everything for her country. We haven't had many Queen monarchs throughout history, but by heck those we have had certainly gave everything to their position. Have a great Christmas or a pleasant 25th December, everyone. Happy !
  5. Those who don't like horror...

    I was a "stay clear of horror" person till my late twenties, when I opened "Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice. My quick scan turned into me reading the book from cover to cover, glued to the story despite occasional protests from my scary cat side!😀 That led to more Anne Rice books, all of them enticing me into the stories of characters who just happened to be un dead at the time. Strangely, for the most part I found none of them frightening, but chilling certainly, and that was worse, they stayed with me longer. What a gifted author. I'm still cautious about trying new authors in the "scary" sections, not many have the Rice deft touch. Reluctant too, about trying anything about seemingly normal folks turning out to be gruesome murderers, or other scary types. On the other hand, give me the homely ta!e of a shapeshifter, vampire, werewolf or like, and I can cope much more easily with any of their doings. So - if anyone has any suggestions on those lines I'd be glad of knowing them. Aren't we human beings so strange?! I denied this part of myself for years. Now, I've e found it can almost be fun😀 Happy to All.
  6. Charles Dickens

    Oh, refresh yourself with a re-read Chrissy. ☺A familiar story will help get you back into the mood, again. What about Oliver Twist? The story of a lad, but still an eye opening tale of how it really was back then. For Oliver it ended well. He was just one of millions of children left to live or die by their own efforts, though. Times to remember so we never repeat them. Always a favourite of mine, David Copperfield too - great characters there!😀 (Oh crikey - allright, I'll add them on again ) Happy All
  7. Maeve Binchy

    I've got it - the Glass Lake. ☺ That took a bit of sniffing out! Sounds just right, perfect for relaxing into, with a hint of mystery. It's next up, though I'll probably sneak a page or two while I finish my current read. (By the way, I've just noticed your "Book Wyrm" Poppy. I've just finished "Nevernight" by Jay Kristoff (just a little fantasy thing about teenage assassins in training) There's a library, there's bookworms. The books are very safe. The bookworms are monstrous creatures prowling the endless aisles eating unwary humans who cross their paths! You wouldn't go for a mooch around those shelves unless you were bristling with weapons!😁!) Happy All
  8. Charles Dickens

    Yes, I have to say it's one that I found very - with apologies - boring! Whether it was the change of country, the characters, the subject, the executions themselves not a topic for Dickens usual irreverent humour. I couldn't bond with it at all. Even the message of "making a sacrifice for love" had an edge - the most unkind one! Still, there are bound to be one or two out of the choice available which we will dislike. That leaves plenty of Dickens novels to love! Happy All.
  9. Maeve Binchy

    Thanks Athena. The tribulations we bookworms go through dithering over that next choice. I know I'm just marking time, till I zoom in on it Happy All
  10. Maeve Binchy

    Well, how weird, I've searched and can't find anything.?? So I'll ask here. What's your favourite Maeve Binchy novel? Don't tramp!e me in the stampede!! I've read and loved Whitethorn Woods and the Copper Beech, meaning to read further but you know how it is, loadsa books out there. Now it's time to choose from the ranks again. I feel so at peace reading these novels, as if they're part of me. I'm just dithering about which to carry on with! So Help please! ☺ Happy All.
  11. I've done it again - I've re-bought Brent Weeks Night Angel trilogy! (3rd time now?) I really must keep it this time. I just don't know why I'm so fascinated with the story of this assassin. Should I worry about this trend?? I'm currently reading the Maria Snyder "Poison Study" and already have the rest of the series to follow, snapped up as a Charity shop bargain. Another assassin, female this time. I think my friends are getting a little alarmed, they don't browse among my bookcase as much as they did! ☺ Well, it makes a change from historical novels dunnit? Happy All (and stay alert!)
  12. A Game of Thrones

    There's a lot to handle reading your way through the whole series of "Thrones" so very well done Plot (I hope you don't mind the liberty?) I struggled myself a bit occasionally, and I love history - real or fantasy. In this case the tv series is great, and the actors seem to fit the characters well, but as you say, there are great chunks of story left out, and that's a shame for the reader, and the author who has put years of his life into the series. , I well know it's difficult to let go of old school memories, they haunt us all, but try to keep in mind you're reading voluntarily now, and for entertainment. You won't get detention for putting the book down for a few days. Maybe now you've watched the series you could take a stroll back through the books sometime, feeling on more familiar ground? Read other things in between, and you'll start each one fresh again for the drama! Reading for pleasure is just that - if it isn't relaxing and entertaining, I'd pack it up and move on to the next. Happy All.
  13. Charles Dickens

    Actually, you're not too late finishing "Carol" this week Raven. We had 12th Night on Sunday 6th (Epiphany) and it's the Baptism of the Lord day on the 13th, so actually you were still within the traditional Christmas period.😀 It's only in what we call "real life" that everything disappears with new year. 😕 Yes, give C.C. another read a bit earlier maybe, next year. I read it, or watch at least one of the films every year. Scrooge may be a miser but he's courageous too, and honest enough to acknowledge the worst in himself, and actually do something about it when the Spirits shake him out of his rut. Dickens dropped a hint to his readers through the story for us to care more for each other in life. Like back then, it seems to work mostly in spasms nowadays, too. Happy New Year everyone!
  14. Best vampire stories

    I suppose it's the same with many authors, an initial "rush" then readers get used to the style. It helps to leave a year or two and then have another go, I've often found my interest in certain authors reborn Hence my habit of hoarding books while waiting for the "flow" to return. 😊 Happy All
  15. Best vampire stories

    Ahem!! Who has forgotten Anne Rice then?. Take a hundred lines the whole bunch of you! Have recently had the urge to buy a few of her Vampire books, heaven knows when I'll get to read them, though. Happy Christmas All.