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  2. Haruki Murakami

    It's actually intimidating and quite daunting to read a Murakami novel but its really pays off when you see the story unfold. I can connect with his character's ennui and idea of love.
  3. First Line of the Book You're Reading

    So you're all set for money, then?" the boy named Crow asks in his typical sluggish voice. The kind of voice like when you've just woken up and your mouth still feels heavy and dull. But he's just pretending. He's totally awake. As always. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami.
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  5. Bookstagram

    Hi, I’m afraid you can’t promote the account here, so your link has been removed, but you can certainly use this thread to talk about bookstagram and how it works in general.
  6. Bookstagram

    Does anyone else do it that can offer tips**
  7. Bookstagram

    Not sure if this is ok but yous can let me know , my partner has recently set up a bookstagram , Dora anyone else here to it or have any tips on going forward with it
  8. Vivian vande Velde - 23 Minuten (23 Minutes) This is a YA thriller about a teenage girl who can turn back time for 23 minutes, she has 10 attempts to change the outcome of a bank robbery (which turns into a shooting), to prevent victims from dying. It was a short book, 208 pages, and I read it in an afternoon. It was a nice read. The Dutch cover though, does not match the story. I feel like the cover designer did not read the book, as the girl on the cover has blonde hair whereas in the book it is clearly stated, several times, that the main character died her hair blue. Merlien Welzijn - Slim Koken This is a budget cook book (ish) that I was gifted. It has recipes but also some more general tips. I skipped reading the recipes fully that I was not interested in (ie. because the dish involves a big ingredient that I don't like or that I'm allergic to). I enjoyed the general tips and some of the recipes seem interesting. It was a nice read.
  9. Audiobooks

    I think it's the catalogue of audiobooks.
  10. EReader or Tablet? Better Reading Tool?

    I would always choose a dedicated e-reader. I tried using a tablet for reading for a year and I honestly could say that I'm very distracted. For example, I would read a few pages then I would see myself browsing social media or watching Youtube videos. Unlike for an e-reader l can completely focus on reading because the screen also helps with my mood.
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  12. 2020 - Muggle Not's Reading

    You pretty much put it in words for me. Dickens writing was good except the storyline left me wanting as I found it hard to get interested in much of the book.
  13. The Last Film You Saw - 2020

    Blade Runner 2049 Second watch of this, having been given a copy at Christmas. Bloody awesome! A really good story that doesn't widdle all over the original, with fantastic visuals and an excellent score. Possibly one of the best sequels ever made. Why did I avoid it for so long?!
  14. 2020 - Muggle Not's Reading

    It's certainly the weakest that I've read so far. Rated it 3/6, whereas most Dickens I've read has had at least a 5 (Bleak House, David Copperfield full out sixes). I enjoyed the thread that followed Kit, Quilp was a pretty good villain, and there were some enjoyably Dickensian characters, but I found Little Nell and Grandfather such hard work. Dickens is just hopeless with young women - over-sentimental slush - and to have her at the heart of the book put all the problems at the centre of the novel.
  15. A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Oooh, sound good. I've never read Comyns before, but you obviously rate her. I have a hardback copy of Mr Lear - as trade books go, it's a gorgeous production. Looking forward to reading it too.
  16. What's the weather like?

    Well it's finally stopped raining after about 24 hours of it, not so windy but very wet.
  17. no, I don't go to many concerts these days. My Way - Frank Sinatra
  18. 2020 - Muggle Not's Reading

    You are correct, I haven't had a really, really good book this year so far.
  19. Not sure. Depends on the opinion he holds about sugar. What do you think?
  20. A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room

    I enjoyed it Willoyd, got my eye on her biography of Edward Lear as well. Who was Changed and Who was Dead by Barbara Comyns This is set in an English village in the early 1900s, written in 1954. It has the wit and sharpness of Cold Comfort Farm with added corpses. Central to it all is the Willoweed family. A tyrannical grandmother, a son, Ebin who appears to do very little apart from try to avoid his mother and sporadically teach his two younger children, three children Emma, Hattie and Dennis, two maids (Norah and Eunice) and the gardener and handyman Ives who is determined to outlive Mrs Willoweed senior. Hattie is dual heritage, but this does not seem to be an issue and is hardly noted, apart from Ebin wondering where his late wife managed to find a black lover in the middle of rural Warwickshire. The novel opens with a flood: “The ducks swam through the drawing-room windows. The weight of water had forced the windows open; so the ducks swam in. Round the room they sailed quacking their approval; then they sailed out again to explore the wonderful new world that had come in the night. Old Ives stood on the veranda steps beating his red bucket with a stick while he called to them, but today they ignored him and floated away white and shinning towards the tennis court….. Strange objects of pitiful aspect floated past: the bloated image of a drowned sheep, the wool withering about in the water, a white bee-hive with the perplexed bees still around; a new-born pig all pink and dead; and the mournful bodies of the peacocks. It seemed so stark to see such sorrowful things under the blazing sun and blue sky – a mist of rain would have been more fitting.” The characters are overdrawn and larger than life and some of the action rather surreal. Comyns draws her little community and then throws in something incendiary. The baker introduces a new line of bread made from rye and people in the village become unwell, some have hallucinations, some commit suicide and there are a whole range of other symptoms and quite a number die. Ergot, a fungus which grows on rye, turns out to be the culprit, but everything is changed by the time the source is identified: hence the title. There is a sort of fairy tale feel to this, albeit refracted via a cracked mirror. The descriptions are vivid: “As the day went on the hens, locked in their black shed, became depressed and hungry and one by one they fell from their perches and committed suicide in the dank water below, leaving only the cocks alive. The sorrowful sitting hens, all broody, were in another dark, evil-smelling shed and they died too. They sat on their eggs in a black broody dream until they were covered in water. The squawked a little; but that was all. For a few moments just their red combs were visible above the water, and then they disappeared. “ The river running through the village is at the centre of it all and a certain amount of the action takes place on it, especially as grandmother Willoweed insists on travelling on it. There is a figure who is blamed and sacrificed, a sort of Christ figure, but Comyns often does this in her novels It is not as shocking today as reviewers found it at the time, although some of the laugh out loud moments really shouldn’t be. I was slightly irritated by the ending and I don’t think it’s as good as The Vet’s Daughter, but it is Comyns and is a good read. 8 out of 10 Starting But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens
  21. Natsuki Takaya - Fruits Basket CE 10 (19-20): Volume 10 I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the earlier ones. There were some really good parts but also some parts that confused me or bored me a bit. It was still okay but I hope the last two CE editions (11 and 12, or 21-22 and 23-24) will be more enjoyable. Tomohito Oda - Komi Can't Communicate 2: Volume 2 I really enjoyed this next volume. I laughed out loud a few times. The kidnapping plot was a bit weird and a one-step-too-far thing for me though. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata - Deathnote 2: Volume 2 Another enjoyable Deathnote volume. I recognised the story from the anime and really enjoyed reading the original manga volume. Erin Stewart - Scars Like Wings YA contemporary fiction novel about a teenage girl who is a burn survivor. She was in a fire, she survived but her parents and cousin passed away. A year after that, her aunt and uncle (parents of the cousin who passed away), say she has to go to high school again. Because of how she looks (burned), she's afraid she will be bullied. Stuart Turton - The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle This is a mystery novel. I read it together with a couple of friends, we read about 50 pages most days. It's a bit difficult to explain the plot of this one, basically our main character is trying to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle. At times this book was slow-paced, but that's okay with me when I'm in the mood for it (and I was). Between all the busy-ness of the past while (with having my own house and preparing it), it was nice to escape into this mystery every day for the past week / week and a half. The ending was a bit weird and silly, but mostly I enjoyed this mystery a lot.
  22. 2020 - Muggle Not's Reading

    I hope you get some nicer reads soon, there's a lot of 3's and 3.5's in your post! Which isn't bad.. but some more 4's and 5's would be even more enjoyable .
  23. Read-a-thon 2020

    I'm glad!
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