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  1. Christmas planning and chat

    I'm trying to shop ahead this year. Last year was a last minute rush. I wasn't used to working full-time and ran out of time. But, I'm a terrible shopper so I'm not getting far yet.
  2. I finished Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein and started Tennison by Linda La Plante.
  3. Finished The Year of the Runaways by Sanjeev Sahota. 4 .1/2 out of 5. My best read so far this year.
  4. What's the weather like?

    Awful. We've had extremely heavy rain and thunderstorms all week, mostly at night, so no sleep. There's also been heavy, early snow and more on the way. We're too low where I live for the snow, but it's definitely been cold enough.
  5. Imagining books in your head

    I've noticed recently that some books I tend to 'hear' in my head with an accent. Sometimes the accent is of the country the books set in, sometimes it's not. And it's not all the time.
  6. Ian's reading list 2018

    Good review Ian. I'm a big Ian Rankin fan. Have you read any of the ones originally written under the Jack Harvey pseudonym. I've got them all (all 3) but only read one recently. Quite different to Rebus, but still got Rankin's excellent writing. I agree about the Fox books. I reread those recently, too, and really enjoyed them. It's a shame Rankin hasn't written more of them. Will you be getting the next Rebus when it comes out later this year? I've been dropping hints to my kids since it was announced last year.
  7. Your Book Activity - April 2018

    Finished The Black Path by Asa Larsson. Started Bleeding Hearts by Ian Rankin.
  8. Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
  9. Why God? (From Miss Saigon)
  10. I finished Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier this week. Really enjoyed it, although Jamaica Inn is still my favourite of hers. I'm also making my way through the Logan and Steel series by Stuart MacBride. I'm up to the fourth one, Flesh House, and enjoying these books.
  11. I think your definition sounds good Gaia. I go by what my library classes them as, since that's where I get most of my books from. I often don't agree with their genres though. The fiction books are organised by genre, not by author, so I look in both thrillers and crime (what they library classes as these genres). I seem to prefer mostly European thrillers/detectives, a lot of British, and getting into Scandinavian writers now. I used to watch a lot of American crime shows on TV, so for me it's not linked to that. There don't seem to be as many on TV here now. As for local writers, there aren't very many that I've seen in NZ, at least not at my library. I have read a few books in other genres from NZ authors, some I liked and some I didn't.
  12. What cheered you up today?

    Congratulations Frankie. That's a big achievement.
  13. What's the weather like?

    Looks like you got it worst down there.. Glad to hear you're ok.
  14. What's the weather like?

    Where are you Poppy? We got a lot rain and very strong winds, some power out in places, but not too bad. I've seen it's really bad further south. Nearly washed away State Highway 1 north of Wellington.
  15. New Crime/Thriller Authors

    Thanks for that Talisman. I'll definitely be adding those to my list. Tomorrow's library day, so I'll see which one's my locals got,.