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  1. So this has been the first ‘proper’ week of 2018 in which I mean, that everything has gone back to normal after the Christmas holidays. It has been nice to get back to normal and here are the things that have happened: Reads I’m currently on page 79 of ‘Jane Eyre’ and I am not progressing with it as quickly as I would have liked. The reason for this, is partly because I’m not sure about how I feel about the characters. However, I’m slowly getting into this novel. As I’m taking part in the 'Round Robin Year Long Challenge' , this year I want to focus on reading the books I already have, rather than buying new books. However, as I was given ‘How to Stop Time’by Matt Haig as a late Christmas present, so I don’t consider it to be cheating. I read his book ‘The Radleys’ a year or two ago and really enjoyed it. So I’m looking forward to reading ‘How to Stop Time’. Film This week, I went to the cinema to watch ‘The Greatest Showman’ and I absolutely loved it. Programme I have yet to watch the second episode of ‘Hard Sun’ which aired last night, but I like the premise of this programme. It’s a detective series, with a science fiction twist. It basically plays around with the scenario of what people would do, if the existence of the human race, was under threat. At times this is quite gory and a bit violent, but I enjoyed watching the first episode. I’m looking forward to watching the second episode, later. Life I’ve joined Instagram! Actually, I had forgotten that I had already hadan Instagram account but I abandoned it, because I had no idea how to use it. However, I would like to figure it out a bit and have challenged myself to take a photo everyday, for the entire year. This isn’t for anyone but myself, I think it would be good to look back on the different photos I have taken, at the end of the year. I’m not sure whether I will make my Instagram account private, or open it up for people to follow me. For now, I’ll focus on trying to figure out how to use it! What have you been up to this week?
  2. Thanks! Yes, i loved it.
  3. The Last Film You Saw - 2018

    Last night I went to the cinema to watch 'The Greatest Showman' and I LOVED it!
  4. Congratulations! Here's to many more posts on the board!
  5. Review: 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern This is my first read in 2018 (I'm not counting 'The Wolves of the Calla' by Stephen King as my first read of the year, as I began this in 2017) and it was a great way to start off the new reading year. Erin Morgenstein's writing got my attention, from the very first paragraph: 'The Circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.' This sense of mystery and intrigue is the thing I liked the most about 'The Night Circus', along with the vivid and beautiful descriptions throughout the book. I'm not usually the type of reader who enjoys a lot of descriptive prose, but the way in which Morgenstein describes the circus and its inhabitants was sensual, magical and totally swept me away with the story. I'm also not a fan of romance in novels. Most of the romantic writing I have ever read, has either been slushy, boarding on nauseating, or devoid of any chemistry whatsoever. However, the romantic elements within this novel were passionate and believeable. The characters within this novel were believable too, even though most of them were rather quirky. The atmosphere within this novel reminds me of those mysterious classics such as 'Around the World in 80 days' or 'The Invisible Man', not so much in the way of plot, but in essence. There is a old fashioned quality to 'The Night Circus' which I thought was endearing and also, a refreshing change from more modern stories. The only observation I could make about this novel, is that I felt that the conclusion to the novel was slightly rushed. Although, maybe I felt this because I didn't want to 'The Night Circus' to end. If you enjoy a story with magic, beautiful description and a plot which unfolds slowly, then this is the novel for you. I already can't wait to re-read 'The Night Circus'. My Rating: *****
  6. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Thank you! It will be interesting to read this before continuing with the 'Dark Tower' series.
  7. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Hi Ben I challenge you to read Watership Down
  8. Thank you! You too
  9. I did! I couldn't put it down.....I will have to learn not too push it too much next time!
  10. Read-a-thon 2018

    I didn't do too badly I think this read-a-thon. Friday: 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern 212 pages Saturday: 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern 29 Pages (Finished) 'Jane Eyre' Charlotte Bronte (Audiobook) The equivalent of 49 pages Sunday 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte equivalent of 13 pages Total Page read: 303 Pages I had to revert to listening to the audiobook of 'Jane Eyre' as I did my back in. I hope that's not considered cheating!
  11. Thanks! It was my own fault, because I was enjoying 'The Night Circus' so much, that I overdid the reading and put my neck/back out
  12. So, were at the end of the first week of 2018 already! This week I’ve had more time to read, before everything goes back to normal again tomorrow. That being said, I want to make more time for reading during 2018, so this is a good start. Firstly, I finished ‘The Wolves of Calla’ by Stephen King, which I mostly enjoyed but I prefer some of the previous novels in ‘The Dark Tower’series. I will be reviewing this series, after I have read all seven novels. After that, I read ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern and I absolutely adored it. I will write a review of this shortly. Unfortunately after that, my reading has taken a slight halt due to back problems. So I reverted to listening to the audio book of ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte and I’m currently about 6 chapters in. I read ‘Jane Eyre’ many years ago at school and on my second visit to this novel, I started off thinking that it’s a little dull, but as I progress with this novel I’m beginning to enjoy it. I said that I wouldn’t be setting myself a Good Reads reading challenge, but I gave in and have set myself the challenge of reading 10 books this year. The low amount may seem a bit of a cop out, but firstly I feel like reading 10 books is a goal that I can easily achieve and also it will help me to focus more on reading for enjoyment, rather than on the amount I read this year. Also, I’m taking part in the ‘Round Robin Year Long Challenge’ on this forum. I felt drawn to this challenge for two reasons. Firstly, all of the titles picked for me, would all be books that I was interested in reading anyway and secondly, it would encourage me to stop buying new books and get through the large pile of unread novels that have been sitting on my shelves for ages. So I think that the challenges I have set myself in 2018 are manageable and more importantly, enjoyable. My final book resolution for 2018 is review more books on the blog. I want to share my thoughts on books I have read and look forward to hearing your opinions on them too. All of the things I want to achieve reading wise, make me excited for the year ahead!
  13. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    Hi I challenge you to read Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women. I love this book, I hope you enjoy it
  14. Read-a-thon 2018

    I'm just about to start 'Jane Eyre' and I will also be flitting between this and 'The Night Circus' during the read-a-thon.