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My car had to get MOT'd so I found myself in WHSmith for the first time in a very long time! I'd forgotten how much fun it is to browse physical books. :D

 

I ended up buying:

 

The Outsider - Stephen King

Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari

How To Stop Time - Matt Haig

 

I also popped into our local bookshop to buy a couple of books on the history and walks of our new area. 

 

I'm still reading Altered Carbon (might start watching the series after I finish) and then I will start The Outsider

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How fun you bought some books :D! I hope you like all three of them :).

 

I'm currently reading Jen Wilde - The Brightsiders. So far I like it.

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Finished Islander, an excellent read, 5/6, put The Radetzky March on brief hold, and barged my way through The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, as I needed to read it for my book group.  A decent enough read, but didn't grab me particularly strongly, even skimming a couple of chapters, although the premise (story told through the eyes of the main human protagonist's dog) was an unusual and intriguing one, if not unique. 3/6.

 

Brief reviews of both Islander and The Art of Racing in the Rain, posted on my blog thread.  In the meantime, back to The Radetzky March.

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On 11.6.2018 at 11:06 AM, willoyd said:

Just over a hundred pages in, and have come to a halt with The Paying Guests.  Nothing particularly wrong with the book, it just seems all a bit tedious and obvious.  Having said that, I am starting to think it may be more my mndset than the books, as that's the fourth in the past six that I've not finished, more than I usually fail to finish in a year, so setting some sort of not particularly welcome record.

 

On 12.6.2018 at 12:51 AM, Janet said:

If you can face trying another, I think you'd enjoy Fingersmith.  It has a similar feel to The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, which I think you liked (?) about it.  :)

 

 

I'm a bit late to this, but I've read The Paying Guests and I found it tedious as well! It was a very particular kind of a shame because I enjoyed Fingersmith, which Jänet has mentioned by the same author, so much more! In case you want to read more by the author, do try Fingersmith :)  I've read The Crimson Petal and the White and even though I agree in that they have the same kind of atmospheric kind of thing, I personally far more liked Fingersmith :)

 

I'm currently reading The Beach House by Jane Green. It suits my scattered brain at the moment quite well! 
 

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On 21/06/2018 at 11:16 PM, frankie said:

 

 

 

I'm a bit late to this, but I've read The Paying Guests and I found it tedious as well! It was a very particular kind of a shame because I enjoyed Fingersmith, which Jänet has mentioned by the same author, so much more! In case you want to read more by the author, do try Fingersmith :)  I've read The Crimson Petal and the White and even though I agree in that they have the same kind of atmospheric kind of thing, I personally far more liked Fingersmith :)

 

 

Thanks for that Frankie - a relief to know I wasn't the only one on The Paying Guests; maybe it wasn't my mood set (I've had a couple more positive experiences since!).  I will give Fingersmith a go sometime.  I loved The Crimson Petal and the White, as Janet correctly recalls, and I equally loved the film The Handmaid's Tal' which I gather is based on Fingersmith, so the omens are good! 

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Last month I finished How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb & read The Unmumsy Mum diary by Sarah Turner. This month I read Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery (a round robin book) and started Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, which I've nearly finished.  I also noticed that Danny Wallace's new book F*** You Very Much was 99p on Kindle, so I downloaded that onto my phone on Friday at Stratford tube station to read just before I went 'underground'.   

 

I'm still kinda stuck in the same place in The Dark Tower. :lol: 

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I'm reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, I'm liking it a lot so far. It's been a while since I read one of her books. I did just realise there was a short e-book story that precedes the book and gives a bit of backstory to one of the characters. I bought it when I also got the paperback of the book, but I had forgot about the story until today. So I'll be reading Shine by Jodi Picoult first (on my Kindle) before I continue on with Small Great Things.

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I have just finished War Horse. Superb! Just started We Have Always Lived In The CastleI have a little idea of what this book is about. I have read The Lottery by the same author and thinking about that now really creeps me out. So if this one does the same I do think I will like it. 

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I finished Into the Water which was nowhere near as good as Girl on a Train, but still fairly compelling. I've now started Dummy by Matt Coyne, which is another 'real-life parenting social media blogger' book spin off. It's hilarious. I've properly guffawed whilst reading it, so I've nearly finished it. :lol: 

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On 24.6.2018 at 8:49 PM, willoyd said:

 

Thanks for that Frankie - a relief to know I wasn't the only one on The Paying Guests; maybe it wasn't my mood set (I've had a couple more positive experiences since!).  I will give Fingersmith a go sometime.  I loved The Crimson Petal and the White, as Janet correctly recalls, and I equally loved the film The Handmaid's Tal' which I gather is based on Fingersmith, so the omens are good! 

 

You certainly aren't the only one! :) I hope you will like Fingersmith when you get to it! :smile2:The Handmaid's Tale is based on a novel by Margaret Atwood, bearing the same name, though. Unless there's another THT movie I don't know about! 

 

Since my last post, I've finished Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella, and read The Beach House by Jane Green and a Finnish novel, Kaikki anteeksi by Laura Manninen. It's been a good reading month for me! :D 

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4 hours ago, frankie said:

 

You certainly aren't the only one! :) I hope you will like Fingersmith when you get to it! :smile2:The Handmaid's Tale is based on a novel by Margaret Atwood, bearing the same name, though. Unless there's another THT movie I don't know about! 

 

 

Quite right, my mistake!  The film was called The Handmaiden, not The Handmaid's Tale!  It came out last year - I saw it at the Leeds International Film Festival last autumn.  Superb film, thoroughly recommended.

 

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On 7/1/2018 at 1:30 AM, willoyd said:

 

Quite right, my mistake!  The film was called The Handmaiden, not The Handmaid's Tale!  It came out last year - I saw it at the Leeds International Film Festival last autumn.  Superb film, thoroughly recommended.

 

 

Well that's an easily made mistake, innit! :) (I mean, I can see how you made it!) 

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