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About Hayley

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  • 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. Seasonal Reading

    I’m starting to feel like I’m missing out with The Pale Horse now! The Corset is really good.
  2. Seasonal Reading

    Wow, I just looked up those books and they all sound brilliant! I feel like crime is a good genre for autumn too, there's something about the darker and more rainy days that makes a good atmosphere for them I think!
  3. Hayley's Reading 2019

    First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde 4.5/5 I just love all of these books and I loved this for the same reason as the others. Fforde has a ridiculously fantastic imagination, combined with a brilliantly sharp and witty writing style. Throw in the fact that this series is written for book lovers and what is there not to love? I knocked off half a star purely because this wasn't my favourite book in the series. For the first time we jump forward in time a lot (by fourteen years, if I remember correctly) and that felt a little bit weird when I started reading, because the main character has developed a lot without us seeing it. The time gap was necessary to the plot though and in the end I felt like it was quite nice to see how Thursdays life is going over a decade later. Now I'm only a couple of reviews behind! I've read 22 books so far this year, so I have a long way to go if I'm finally going to meet my 50 target for the year, but you never know!
  4. Ah well, I suppose it's not that much longer. It could have been worse!
  5. Hi Alena, I'm guessing there was meant to be a picture here but we can't see it. Have you tried looking up the publisher? Sometimes there are small changes in a publishing company name over time and that lets you narrow down the dates. I love finding interesting old books in charity shops and David Copperfield is one my favourites, I hope you manage to find out more about it .
  6. We've had some discussions about winter reading in the past but I don't think we've ever had a thread about the other seasons! So, do you have any books that you like to read in autumn? Maybe spooky themes for Halloween? I think I might finally get round to reading The Woman in Black in October, as well as The Book Collector by Alice Thompson, as I think they're really the only books I own that could be considered horror. I'm really tempted to look for some kind of gothic short story collection too. I definitely don't need more books but it's still tempting...
  7. Oh no! I wonder what happened. It seems quite close to the planned release to change the date.
  8. Giveaways - Have Your Say

    I thought I'd just use this thread to let you all know that the very first seasonal giveaway will be happening on the second week of October. It's spooky and exciting and I can't wait to show you what it is
  9. Sometimes having to wait ages for a book makes it more exciting to read, at least
  10. Ah, that makes sense! I was wondering if it was someone's nickname
  11. I do like the Thursday Next books better than 'Early Riser', but Fforde does just have a brilliant imagination doesn't he? I hope the library get 'This Tender Land' in for you soon!
  12. Books in the rest of 2019

    It is pretty isn't it? I noticed that Waterstones has a mysterious clothbound version available too. It still says 'final cover to be revealed.' I've just realised that Laura Purcell's new book Bone China is out in a couple of days and that looks really good.
  13. I'm glad your last read was a bit of an improvement on the previous three . It has an intriguing title too!
  14. Have I introduced myself yet?

    Well it's nice that you came back to talk about books with us, even if it wasn't your main intention originally. I can change your name to LoneSoul if you want me to?
  15. Thanks for the replies! Reading through them, I've realised something - I actually feel differently about collections of short stories by the same author. I've never questioned, for example, if I should review all of the short stories from a Neil Gaiman collection separately. Like @Madeleine said, I'd just comment on which ones were my favourite. But when it's a mix of stories by different authors, it feels a bit more like you're reviewing the editor, and whether they made a good selection, not the writing quality... which is what I think felt a bit weird. I don't think it helps that some of the stories in my Penguin collection are quite substantial. Some, like The Heart of Darkness, could probably be considered novellas. So that makes it seem more odd not to talk about the individual story. It is tricky isn't it! I think I would have reviewed the first four Earthsea books together if I'd read them all at once.