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  1. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    I am here, mainly just lurking and editing my reading list. I've been a bit busy and had various internet/laptop problems. I liked The Man Who was Thursday. I read it very quickly because it was gripping although the ending threw me a bit and I had to re-read it.
  2. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    I've just finished book 63. I've not been updating as I've been having internet problems and it's been crashing loads (but it's sorted now). I'll do some reviews in the next couple of days hopefully. 53. The Man Who Was Thursday - G.K. Chesterton 54. The Devotion Of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino 55. Into The Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes 56. Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater 57. Wizard And Glass - Stephen King 58. Forbidden Fruit - From The Letters Of Abelard And Heloise 59. Half Of The Human Race - Anthony Quinn 60. Pure - Andrew Miller 61. The Eaten Heart: Unlikely Tales Of Love - Giovanni Boccaccio 62. Of Mistresses, Tigresses And Other Conquests - Giacomo Casanova 63. The Road - Cormac McCarthy I really enjoyed The Road. I had only the vaguest idea of what it would be about (I haven't seen the film and the book didn't have a blurb, just reviews) but I was hooked on the plot and wanting to know what would become of The Man and The Boy. I was so worried for them and their struggle. The ending was unexpected.
  3. Going to London today :D

    1. Chrissy


      Hope you had / are having fun. : )

  4. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    52. Doomed Love - Virgil Doomed Love, Penguin Great Loves book no. 1, is the first 4 books of Virgil's Aeneid. It tells the story of the fall of Troy from Aeneas and of the tragedy of Dido. I really enjoyed it and hope to one day read the Aeneid.
  5. How Many in your TBR Pile

    Currently I have about 60-70 books. Hopefully I'll cut that down soon.
  6. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    I started it earlier today and so far, I'm loving it. The riddle battle is such a good idea. I've been trying to work out the answer before reading on to what Blaine answers I also started Doomed Love by Virgil this afternoon, which is the first 4 chapters of the Aeneid. It's part of the Great Loves Collection by Penguin; there are 20 books which are short novels, short story collections, parts of essays or selected bits of an author's work all relating to different types of love. It's RRP is £90 but I managed to find the entire set (brand new) for £9.99 so I am very pleased!
  7. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    50. The Waste Lands - Stephen King Oh this book was brilliant. Definitely my favourite of the Dark Tower series so far. I've been on the edge of my seat for most of the book and now I'm itching to start reading Wizard and Glass because The Waste Lands finishes with such a nail-biting cliffhanger. 5/5 51. The Hound Of Death - Agatha Christie This was a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Nearly all of them ended in a way I did not expect and were all delightful. I'm fast becoming a massive Christie fan. My only problem is that a couple of them felt a tiny bit rushed towards the end or the ending was very abrupt. 4/5
  8. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    I've not read Still Missing. I really wanted to like Never Knowing because it was an interesting idea for a plot but in my opinion, it would have been better without her daughter in it. She is so rude and spoilt and it got to the point that everytime she was there, she was just throwing tantrums and the main character thinking "I wonder if being a serial killer is genetic. My daughter has bad behaviour so she could be a serial killer?" The other characters aren't great but I could live with their flaws. It was written as sessions from a psychiatrist's office who the main character is seeing so all you know about the other characters is what she tells the psychiatrist.
  9. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    48. Never Knowing - Chevy Stevens (abandoned) I could not bear to finish this book. I got 2/3rds of the way in and had to give up. All the characters are so pathetic, boring and obnoxious and ruined what might have been an interesting plot (adoptive woman descovers her mother is the only victim of a serial killer to get away. Her father is the serial killer). The main character's daughter is the main reason for giving up though. She is 6 years old and is the most obnoxious, rude and downright unpleasant child I have ever come across (in literature, tv, films and real life). All the scenes with her in them play out like this: Daughter gets really really angry because she cannot have waffles for dinner or has to pick one present to buy some kid for their birthday. Daughter throws a MASSIVE tantrum. Daughter then kicks things or throws books at dogs. Mother cries and vaguely tells daughter off then gives into her every desire. But I suppose if the author had given the mother the ability to say "No" and to discipline her child, she wouldn't have been able to write umpteen pages on serial killer's genetics. 0/5
  10. The Matilda Wormwood Challenge

    Oooo this sounds really interesting!! I've read: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
  11. Your book activity in 2012

    I love Anne of Green Gables. That and Heidi were two of the most read books of my childhood. I've started The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Waste Lands by Stephen King.
  12. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    I finished 2 books this afternoon: 44. The Drawing Of Three - Stephen King This is the second book in The Dark Tower book and continues in Roland's quest to The Dark Tower. In this book he was to draw 3 people who will help him on his quest. To do so, he has to enter through doorways into America (Roland lives in another world but not too disimiliar to our own). I really enjoyed reading it; it was a page turner and I cannot wait to start the next book. 4/5 45. I Know This Much Is True - Wally Lamb This book is about identitcal twin boys. One of whom has paranoid schizophrenia and the other who is just trying to fight for the brother he loves but also find himself. At times I felt that there was too much repetition and long-winded dialogue. I can see why the author did this but at over 900 pages long, I just felt it would have been just as powerful if parts of it were condensed slightly. 4/5
  13. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    I haven't yet seen the film! Last time I saw it was on TV it was on really late at night and I just couldn't stay awake late enough. Hehehe yes. Hopefully I'll manage to last a while before I buy anything else!
  14. Your book activity in 2012

    I'm working my way through This Much I Know Is True. I'm about 1/3 of the way through. I'm about 2/3 of the way through Dark Tower number 2, The Drawing Of Three.
  15. Abcinthia's Reading List (2012)

    I've only ever read The Boys From Brazil but I've wanted to read The Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby for ages. And thanks everyone! I was pretty impressed that I got them all so cheap. I'm not going to buy any new books for a while though!!!!