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  2. Travel Plans

    Well, it was sort of out of necessity due to life changes, but it really turned out better than I could've hoped for! The trip to the Redwoods will be fun, and Mexico is just a short drive from here.
  3. New name, new me.

    Thank you both! I'm just plodding along. If I head in the wrong direction on here, just turn me around and point me the correct way!
  4. Yesterday
  5. Hello Fellow Readers!

    I like Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories too. I don’t think we have a thread for short story recommendations, maybe we should make one!
  6. Hello Fellow Readers!

    Welcome to this happy and friendly forum.
  7. New name, new me.

    Welcome back, Quinn. I hope you will continue to improve slowly but surely until you can be your old self again and enjoy reading once again.
  8. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    No it's not that common a setting , but after visiting the area last year it's nice to read books set round there, plus it's a little bit different to the usual locations!
  9. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    A Summer Reunion by Fanny Blake - Amy Green is approaching her 60th birthday, but instead of feeling like celebrating, she feels more like crying, as her husband has not only run off with her colleague and close friend, but has stolen £200K from the design business which they had set up together and run for decades. Feeling betrayed, she also starts to mull over incidents from her school days, when she was expelled for supposedly stealing a teacher's watch, after she'd accused him of improper conduct. She's always suspected that the watch was planted, and she's convinced that one of her group of friends was really responsible. Now, as all four women approach the same milestone birthday, she decides to find out what really happened over 40 years ago, and to that end invites them all to spend a long weekend at her house in Majorca. Much to her amazement, they all accept and they are also at a crossroads - Linda, a librarian who's never married but had a long, now defunct, affair with a married male colleague, is facing redundancy and an uncertain future; Kate is a happily married farmer's wife with 4 children, but is feeling taken for granted, especially when she sees what her husband has bought her for her birthday; and then there's Jane, a highly respected cancer doctor who is now facing a tribunal, and who was always the ringleader in their little group. Have they changed? Will Amy finally find out who really caused her to be expelled from school, and thus miss out on her own dream of becoming a doctor? Old secrets come tumbling out, and a chance (and highly coincidental) encounter on the island results in many revelations, and old schools being settled. This was an amiable enough read, with a beautiful setting and it was nice to see some more mature women taking the lead for a change! Although some of the outcomes are a little unlikely, the story at least doesn't always take the usual, expected turn, and the main characters were generally believable, although I wouldn't like to have been friends with Jane! Not a bad holiday read. 6.5/10
  10. Ah yes probably going too quickly, getting my dragons mixed up!
  11. Never Ending Book Titles

    Time's Legacy - Barbara Erskine
  12. I'm so glad you enjoyed it ! I'm taking a bit of a break from reading books for a little while. I finished Crooked Kingdom (or Kraai & Koninkrijk as the Dutch title is) a few days ago and haven't felt like reading since. I did flick through some free magazines this morning. But I think taking a break for a few days, will make me feel more like reading in a while. I am doing a buddy read with a friend, we're reading All Out, a queer YA historical fiction anthology, so will be reading bits of that.
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  14. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  15. lol Madeleine ... I think you've mixed up your games ... unless George has taken up song writing now. Could explain why he's taking so long to finish his next book !!! Dance Me to the End of Love ~ Leonard Cohen
  16. A Dance with Dragons - George RR Martin
  17. Never Ending Book Titles

    The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
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  19. I've just finished This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. It was an absolute page-turner! If the book has a fault, then it's the tendency to sidle too far into the sentimental and unbelievable where family dynamics are concerned. Also, I felt the dialogue at times to be wholly unrealistic. But still, and overall, I enjoyed it very much, and wholeheartedly support books in this particular genre. I have a craving to get back to Hercule Poirot! Quelle surprise! I'm about to make a start on Cards on the Table. I'm not sure what I'll do when I finally run out of Poirots. Thank goodness AC was prolific.
  20. Liesbeth Smit - Ik moet nog even kijken of ik kan A Dutch book about introverts. I'm not 100% satisfied with the above book review, but I wasn't sure how to improve it. I liked the book and it made me think, and I liked feeling the recognition. The tips were good but I didn't really need them as because of my autism and ADD I severely have to limit my input signals intake, which I've been doing for some time now. The book was a nice read.
  21. The Shadow Wife by Diane Chamberlain
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