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About chaliepud

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    Leafy Surrey
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    Dogs, dog agility, reading, walking, meals out, heathy eating, dogs, reading....Oh, and my family of course! :D

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  1. Round Robin Year-long Challenge

    I wouldn't mind having a go, it may also encourage me to participate more in the forum, I haven't been around as much as I'd like this year.
  2. Ah, you are very welcome Diane, enjoy xx
  3. Health and Fitness

    With Vitamin D you need to make sure you take a good quality supplement, many of them are synthetic and just create expensive urine! I take a natural D3 supplement and my Vit D levels are excellent now.
  4. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Dark Matter by Michelle Paver was set in the Arctic..I was terrified. I bought her new book today, Thin Air, this one is set up a mountain, hopefully it won't be as scary!
  5. Pets - 2017

    So sorry to hear your news, Madeleine, rest in peace little one x
  6. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    Went to see Dunkirk at the cinema last week with my 16 and 12 year olds, a very powerful film, very little dialogue which you would expect from men who are physically and emotionally exhausted. Very deserving of the excellent reviews it has had so far. Yeaterday we saw Valerian, a bit young for me, perfect for my 16 year old daughter and a bit too lovey dovey for my 12 year old son!
  7. I suppose there's only one way to find out? I won't be trying any more though as I have no more on my TBR shelves. I am a third of the way through The Little Pieces of You and Me by Vanessa Greene, an easy read but good so far.
  8. I just kept thinking it would eventually pick up, but it didn't, there wasn't one character I liked, or that I thought was realistic for the time and situation. Never mind, just a blip in my reading year! Well, different books suit different people, at different times, so don't let my experience put you off! I've only read 2 Picoult books, this one and The Storyteller and in my opinion the ending has let them both down. I'm not averse to a surprising ending but for me there has to be some realism. I didn't get past the first chapter, in fact probably only the first few pages, the language was too offensive too soon and it just wasn't for me.
  9. Chaliepud's 2017 Reading Log

    Another update: A book you read in school A book from your childhood A book published over 100 years ago A book published in the last year - It Ends With Us - Colleen Hoover A non-fiction book A book written by a male author - Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave A book written by a female author - The Italian Girl - Lucinda Riley A book by someone who isn’t a writer - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi A book that became/is becoming a film - The Boy on the Bridge by M.R.Carey (assuming!) A book published in the 20th Century - Outlander - Diana Gabaldon A book set in your hometown/region A book with someone’s name in the title A book with a number in the title A book with a character with your first name - The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (thanks @Janet) A book someone else recommended to you A book with over 500 pages - Our Song by Dani Atkins A book you can finish in a day A previously banned book A book with a one-word title - Mischling by Affinity Konar A book translated from another language A book that will improve a specific area of your life - Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms by Datis Kharrazian A memoir or journal A book written by someone younger than you A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year - The Little Pieces of You and Me - Vanessa Greene An award-winning book A self-published book
  10. I've just given up on Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, I was finding it so dull! Such a shame as I had so looked forward to it, but I just couldn't get past 200 pages.
  11. What's Up in July 2017?

    I have 11 days off work as kids have broken up for the summer so determined to try and catch up here and do some reading - but no buying! I only work three days a week but I constantly seem to be chasing my tail and not getting everything done, let alone much for pleasure. Still, I mustn't complain, I've only been back from Amsterdam for a couple of weeks and in 4 weeks we are off to Croatia. Unfortunately I am still suffering with my knee, the MRI showed that I have ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament, along with a torn meniscus and sprained collateral ligament and a tiny compression fracture to my tibia, not good, but my doctor is hoping that it can be sorted by physiotherapy but he isn't too confident. Still, I can still walk the dogs, if just a bit slower so it could be much, much worse! I hope everyone else is well and having a good summer, or winter if you're on the other side of the world.
  12. What's for Dinner?

    My youngest broke up for the summer today (the other two finished last month after exams) so family tradition dictates that we go out for dinner, Byron's Burgers for us this evening, I love their courgette polenta fries! Yum!
  13. Chaliepud's 2017 Reading Log

    I've started watching Outlander, I'm thoroughly enjoying it, though it is very loyal to the book so I always know exactly what is going to happen! I can't decide now whether to read the second book or wait for second season...
  14. You're very welcome, Diane, how lucky that we enjoy similar books!
  15. What's for Dinner?

    Grill paws?! Obi and Jojo are not impressed!