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About Hayley

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    Mega Bibliophile
  • Birthday 04/25/1992

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    The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
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    Birmingham (UK)
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    Apart from reading, I like playing the guitar and writing sometimes :)

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  1. Thank you! I only realised the Culture books didn't need to be read in order when I looked up what order they were actually supposed to be in. I didn't know a lot about the series, a friend was given the whole set and didn't want them so I ended up taking them home! I'm glad you mentioned that they're worth reading in publication order though because I was wondering where to start! I am very much looking forward to the Gormenghast Trilogy too. I'm expecting them to potentially be quite complex, challenging reads so I've been trying to wait for a time I can give them my full attention. Thanks Athena, it really is a fantastic book and I think it's great that you also have that sentimental attachment to it. I feel the same way about 'The Wee Free Men,' which was my first Discworld book. The moment Tiffany matter-of-factly smacked a monster in the face with a frying pan, I was hooked .
  2. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett 5/5 - I loved it I'm so glad I decided to reread these books! Not only is it full of brilliantly funny satire, it introduces an incredibly detailed fantasy world (in fact, not even just a world, fantasy universe) and a huge cast of instantly memorable characters. I always loved Rincewind, the somewhat inept, lovably pessimistic wizard and the luggage, which technically shouldn't be a character and yet it is. The thing I've always found with Discworld is, if somebody asks you 'so, what's the story about?' the answer just inevitably sounds completely crazy and never seems to do it justice. Maybe if anybody else wrote it, it would just be crazy, but Terry Pratchett was a genius and instead we have a book with great pace, great characters, amazing settings and the ability to leave a smile on your face when you eventually put it down. Lyra's Oxford by Phillip Pullman 4/5 - I really liked it This book actually consists of a short story ('Lyra and the Birds'), some bits and pieces such as postcards and pamphlets relating to the Dark Materials world and a preview of 'Once Upon a Time in the North.' I mostly wanted it for the short story, which is very good and also really interesting with the context of the new books. Set two years after third Dark Materials book, 'Lyra and the Birds' falls between the end of that trilogy and the second 'Book of Dust.' 'Lyra and the Birds' itself reads like the beginning of a story and it would definitely make an interesting one. That being said, the reason I didn't give the book five stars is for that reason, because the story is more of a teaser of a bigger plot. The other items, like the pamphlets included, I think I would have understood a lot better if I'd read the original trilogy more recently, I felt like I was missing something with most of them. The extract of 'Once Upon a Time in the North' was interesting too and I'd definitely buy it in the future. Overall it was nice little way to revisit the world but it really is very short.
  3. US classics

    I loved The Scarlet Letter, I hope you enjoy it! Of the American classics I have read I'd definitely recommend The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. I also want to say Edgar Allan Poe (I read a really good collection of his short stories last year, published by Heron Books) but I don't think that really fits with your criteria of moments in history.
  4. I think we've found it! There's a trilogy, 'The Tudor Witch Trilogy' and the witch in question works for Mary's sister. The middle book, 'Witchfall' talks about Mary in the blurb so we think that must have been it. To be honest none of the covers look familiar, but still this seems too similar in plot to not be the right one. Thank you so much for the help, it was following your ideas on goodreads that led us to find it!
  5. Sadly it's neither of those! But, again, they both sound like books she'd love so thank you
  6. @Janet I think you'll like it if you liked Around the World in Eighty Days and thank you! Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman 3/5 - I liked it Smoke and Mirrors is the third collection of short stories I've read by Neil Gaiman (the others being Trigger Warning and Fragile Things) and I had very high hopes for it based on those books and on the fact that 'smoke and mirrors' sounded like it would be a treasure trove of Gaiman's unique magical realism. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. A few of the stories in this book are not in Gaiman's style at all but mimic other authors (he explains who in the introduction) and there were far fewer of his unique magical worlds in this than the other two books. Rather than the magical, theatrical themes I expected there seemed to be a theme of sex throughout the book, more than once in a pretty disturbing way. Gaiman is an amazing writer and his short stories are brilliantly crafted to make the reader think, and sometimes I suppose that involves making the reader feel uncomfortable, which some of these certainly did (some being really gory and others with suggested paedophilia.) It's a well written book and I enjoyed finding out what each story would bring (my favourite story, I think, was 'The Case of the Departure of Miss Finch' - which did have elements of the magical and theatrical) but it wasn't exactly what I'd hoped for and I would have to say it was my least favourite of the three short story collections. So, on the positive side, I have crossed my first book off my list! On the other hand, I also added two books to my 'acquired 2018' list... I had no intention to buy books today but while shopping with my sister she wanted to look in waterstones ... then I spotted these two, right at the front of the shop, in the 'buy one get one half price' section. I've wanted both of them since they came out so I couldn't resist! I've started reading The Colour of Magic, the first book in my Discworld re-read and I'm actually really excited to be reading it again!
  7. @poppy It wasn't but I will tell her about that, it sounds like something she'd like, thank you
  8. I read a book last year that you might like actually, Jamrach's Menagerie. It's set in the Victorian period and very well written. I'd be happy to send you my copy if you'd like to try it?
  9. Noll's 2018 Reads

    Hope you have a great reading year Noll Your journal sounds like a great idea, looking forward to seeing it! I was watching a video of one of the Ys games yesterday but I'm not sure which it was now. I know there's quite a few, have you played any others? It's good to know there's a decent story!
  10. The worst part is I only have a small room to keep them all in... They're literally everywhere! I'm really glad you think Diary of a Nobody is good. I got it at one of the library discard sales because it looked interesting but I've been a bit reluctant to start it because I wasn't sure what to expect! Thanks Janet Of the three Jules Verne books I've read so far Journey to the Centre of the Earth is my favourite, closely followed by Around the World in Eighty Days. I'm hoping the others will live up to them!
  11. My sister saw a book a few weeks back, she thinks on the waterstones website, about a girl who can do magic (or has something to do with magic) and she works for Mary queen of Scots. She showed me the book at the time but now neither of can remember what it was called or who wrote it, it's so annoying! Really hoping someone will know what it was!
  12. You have some brilliant books on your list and some I really want to read this year too. Hope you have a great reading year!
  13. Chrissy's Reading

    Happy new year Chrissy! Hope you have a great reading year
  14. I love your Waterstones quest, what a great idea! Which has been your favourite so far? Hope you have a great reading year too
  15. Thank you both! I definitely do have lots to choose from @Inver! I'm going to try very hard to get my shelf list down and not add too many new books this year. I'm running out of space