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Diane's Reading List - 2017

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17 minutes ago, Inver said:

Actually out of the 3 I have read that was the one I liked....:)

Horses for courses then!! :)

 

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'Harry the Poisonous Centipede' by Lynne Reid Banks

 

Not a grown up book but I was recommending it to someone on Facebook re books for ~7/8yr old grandson and this one came to mine and Kenny still has his copy, so I decided to read it...took me back to when we read stories to our boys.

 

Harry is a centipede and lives with his mother Belinda in the tunnels underground. He isn't very brave and his friend George is always tempting him in to being more adventurous, but sometimes this gets them in to bother. They know the shouldn't do naughty things they have been warned about by Belinda....like not to go Up the Up Pipe...and beware of and keep away from Hoo-Mins. It is a lovley wee read and I enjoyed it in a fun way, full of 'squirmy' fun. Was nice to go back to a childhood favourite of my boys when growing up.

 

4/5

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'Between Sisters' by Cathy Kelly

 

I can't remember if I have read any Cathy Kelly before. My sister gave me the book. I mostly enjoyed this easy read about Cassie and Coco. Being brought up by their grandmother, Pearl, after there mother leaves them when they were very young. Cassie remembers her mother but Coco (hated this name) was just a baby. But eventually we find out why she left. Cassie is married with a husband and two daughters and Coco is single and runs a vintage clothes shop0. The book deals with everyday life, families, break ups, romance and second chances, friendships, alcoholism. Lots of characters to remember and at times I found it a little to long and drawn out with not much happening. Of the two sisters I liked Coco (despite the name). It had a good enough end if a tad predictable.

 

3/5

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I've read The Perfect Holiday by Cathy Kelly, a novella, which I liked. I've been meaning to read something else by her (a novel) but haven't done so yet. I own a couple of her books but I don't think I own Between Sisters. I'm glad you enjoyed it :).

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I've said it elsewhere, Diane, but thanks so much for the gorgeous postcard.  What a lovely surprise when I got home from work.  :friends3:

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You are welcome @Janet....seems I've made a few folk happy... :boogie:

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Thank you from me too! I'm using it as a bookmark now :smile2:

 

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6 hours ago, chesilbeach said:

I'm using it as a bookmark now :smile2:

Me too!  :yes: 

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On ‎16‎/‎05‎/‎2017 at 2:03 PM, chesilbeach said:

Thank you from me too! I'm using it as a bookmark now :smile2:

 

@chesilbeach....lovely...

On ‎16‎/‎05‎/‎2017 at 8:20 PM, Janet said:

Me too!  :yes: 

@Janet....lovely...

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' A Week in Paris' by Rachel Hore

 

The title ' A Week in Paris' sounds like a read that would draw you in completely for the title, but I have to say it was a little disappointing and I felt a little too long. Two characters, Kitty, who enrols in the Conservatoire, 1937 to hopefully become a concert pianist. War breaks out and she finds herself torn whether to stay with her husband or take her and her child back home to England. She stays. Fay, 25 years later, doesn't have many memories of her childhood and now playing in a orchestra herself, is performing in Paris. Ideal opportunity to find out more of what happened when she was living there with her mother. Circumstances from home push her to find out more with some secrets uncovered that her mother has never told her about....why? She manages to trace the past and discovers truths.

There was a lot of historical references to what went on in Paris during this time which I found quite interesting, but at times the story was a little flat and I felt I wanted more, but not quite sure what.

 

3/5

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'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams' by Jenny Colgan.

 

Enjoyed the 'sweetie references' at the beginning of each chapter, but other than that a very ordinary, non taxing read. Sweetie shop, aged Aunt Lilian, Angie the daughter, asks, Rosie the great niece to go and look after her after illness. Shop potentially needs put up for sale. Rosie settles in, spruces up the shop, reopens, gets to know the locals etc. Didn't find the love interest very engaging. Not without its ups and downs but a bit predictable how it was going to end and a bit too 'sweet' for me.

 

2/5

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Oh, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it so much, Diane.  I think I probably over egg my enthusiasm for Jenny Colgan at times, but I do find them great escapism and the romance is usually a side order to the main dish of women finding a better life style for themselves. :)

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Shame you didn't enjoy this one overly much, Diane :(. I haven't read it yet but I do plan to do so some day.

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'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah

 

Wow! I don't know why I haven't read this wonderful book sooner....recommended so many times by bookie friends. A totally riveting but heart wrenching read....sisters Isabelle and Vianne, two different characters who have to come through the atrocities of war and a France occupied by Nazi in WWII. A well researched and quite harrowing read in parts. I was near to tears on a few occasions. Where people reached for the strength to survive in these times of war is beyond me, but they did. A time of loss and pain for both sisters. Separated and not knowing what is happening to the other. Isabelle a headstrong, independent woman who wants to help France and Vianne, surviving at home with her child but also dealing with Nazi billeting in her home. Will they both survive?

 

Kristin's writing had a way of making you feel almost exactly how the characters were feeling. Towards the end I was feeling a bit uncomfortable about how humans can treat each other so horribly, but that unfortunately that is the way of war.

 

Totally recommend this book ( @chaliepud....sorry it took so long to get to this book, but thank you for recommending it)

 

5/5

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Great to see another positive review for The Nightingale, I plan to read the book some day (when I'm in the right mood). I'm glad you liked the book :).

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Oh I do hope you enjoy it when you do. I took too long to read it after al the recommendations for it.

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Thanks Diane, I have good hopes for it :).

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On 14 July 2017 at 4:36 PM, Inver said:

'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah

 

Wow! I don't know why I haven't read this wonderful book sooner....recommended so many times by bookie friends. A totally riveting but heart wrenching read....sisters Isabelle and Vianne, two different characters who have to come through the atrocities of war and a France occupied by Nazi in WWII. A well researched and quite harrowing read in parts. I was near to tears on a few occasions. Where people reached for the strength to survive in these times of war is beyond me, but they did. A time of loss and pain for both sisters. Separated and not knowing what is happening to the other. Isabelle a headstrong, independent woman who wants to help France and Vianne, surviving at home with her child but also dealing with Nazi billeting in her home. Will they both survive?

 

Kristin's writing had a way of making you feel almost exactly how the characters were feeling. Towards the end I was feeling a bit uncomfortable about how humans can treat each other so horribly, but that unfortunately that is the way of war.

 

Totally recommend this book ( @chaliepud....sorry it took so long to get to this book, but thank you for recommending it)

 

5/5

You're very welcome, Diane, how lucky that we enjoy similar books! :) 

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