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  1. Read-a-thon 2018

    I'd like to read this one too!
  2. Read-a-thon 2018

    Yes, I did enjoy 'The Alchemist'. It was like an old fable. Have you ever read it?
  3. Read-a-thon 2018

    I read the following: Friday: 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'- Khaled Hosseini 38 pages DNF 'On The Other Side'- Carrie Hope Fletcher 84 Pages Saturday: 'On The Other Side' Carrie Hope Fletcher- 121 pages Sunday: 'On The Other Side'- Carrie Hope Fletcher 197 Pages (Finished) 'The Alchemist'- Paulo Coelho 62 Pages Total Pages read: 502 Pages I also finished 'The Alchemist' today. I enjoyed reading this weekend. Although after initially enjoying 'On the Other Side' by Carrie Hope Fletcher, it really started to unravel and by the end, I was really disappointed with this book.
  4. Matt Haig

  5. I'm pretty similar to you. I can-t read more than one book at the time (that's why my book count isn't a large as some people). will possibly think about buddy reads, but as I'm a slow reader, it might not be for me. Thanks for Sharing your experiences though!
  6. Hi everyone! I haven't posted for ages, because I have been busy. Lately I've read 'Cujo' by Stephen King, which I enjoyed and now I'm about halfway through 'How To Stop Time' by Matt Haig and I like this too. Just a quick question....or maybe several. Has anyone ever done a Buddy Read before? Did it enhance or hinder your reading experience? Would anyone be up for doing a buddy read with me in the future? I've seen a lot of buddy reads being done on BookTube and it looks like fun. Although I'm not sure, if it's more trouble than it's worth and I should just stick to reading on my own. Would love to hear what you think about this.
  7. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    It's interesting that it stayed quite close to the book, as it's usual that the film is never as good as the book.
  8. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    I watched 'Before I Got To Sleep' today and thought it was a very good film. I haven't read the book this film is adapted from, so I can't say whether it is different from the book, but it was a totally gripping film.
  9. Matt Haig

    I'm about halfway through 'How To Stop Time' and I like it so far.
  10. Read-a-thon 2018

    I'll be joining! I don't know which books I want to read though.
  11. I've added 'Winter In Madrid' by C.J Sansom to my 'Did Not Finish' list. I managed to read about 200 pages of this and parts of this story were interesting, but the political element of this, really bogged me down. I know that it is important to discuss the oppression in Spain and the war in general, but I was gradually becoming more and more depressed by this book. Maybe this is a novel that you have to be in a particular mood to read, I guess I wasn't in the right mood to read this. Does anyone else have this?
  12. Read-a-thon 2018

    In total, I've read 106 pages of 'Winter In Madrid' by C.J Sansom and that is where I'm giving up this book. The premise of is it good, but it's too political for me and I just felt bogged down.
  13. I have never read anything by Susanna Kearsley, so I look forward to hearing what you think of 'The Shadowy Horses'.
  14. It has been a while since I did a ‘Weekly Update’. I’ve been quite busy in general and I have been suffering from, what I can only describe to you, as a book hangover. Since reading 'Three Things About Elsie' by Joanna Cannon, I’ve not been able to get into any other book. I have been participating in a ‘Read-a-thon’ this weekend, hoping to rekindle my enthusiasm for reading again and that incentive has helped a little. However, I’m still having problems getting into the book that I am reading, ‘Winter in Madrid’ by C. J Sansom, even though, it’s a good book. Hopefully this feeling will fade and I will be able to focus on forthcoming books. Has anyone else felt like this? Over the Easter break, I spent most of the time watching films. I’ve watched ‘Wonder Woman’, a major disappointment to my 4 year old self, ‘Coco’, the most unusual Disney film I’ve ever watched (I really liked it though) and ‘Rogue One’- a ‘Star Wars Story’, which I enjoyed, but it really reminded me of‘A New Hope’. Over the rest of the weekend, I hope to make more progress with ‘Winter In Madrid’, that’s if, I can get out of this reading funk! What have you been reading over the Easter Break?
  15. Review: 'Three Things About Elsie' by Joanna Cannon (with slight spoilers!) Publisher: The Borough Press What the ‘blurb’ says: There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first thing is that she’s my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make you feel better. And the third thing…might take a little bit more explaining. 84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home from the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago? My thoughts: Sorry for not having posted this review sooner. I wanted to have a break for Easter, before talking about his book. ‘Three Things About Elsie’ is a book which has been talked about a lot on BookTube and book blogs, over the last few weeks and months. So, I was a bit dubious as to whether this novel was all hype and not actually going to be as good as people claimed it was. The true is, this is a gem of a book. One of the things that is special about this book, is the writing. ‘Three Things about Elsie’ had likeable, believable characters and even the secondary characters were as equally well-formed, as the main ones. I loved Handy Simon and Miss Ambrose and was pleased to find that both young and old characters, were equal in the story. I also adored the brilliant, often profound observations of ageing, loneliness and life in general. This book pulled me into its story and even now, I still think about it. Joanna Cannon’s turn of phrase, even when writing about the simplest of things, had me laughing out loud at times. Her descriptions of the landscape in which the story is set, were very good and I could easily imagine what the characters were seeing. Another thing I really loved about the plot, was its success at building tension and intrigue throughout. This was a book which dealt with ageing, but it also had a gripping mystery, weaving its way throughout. At no point during this book, did I guess what was going to happen and that kept me reading. On face value, most people would think that a novel about a octogenarian, wouldn’t appeal to a wide range of readers. However, Joanna Cannon’s story of finding your place within the world, speaks to all ages . ‘Three Things About Elsie’ is a humorous, entertaining and wonderful read, which I absolutely loved. This is the best book I have read in a LONG time. It also has one of the best covers too! I strongly recommend this to everyone. My Rating *****
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