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    Boris talks s....... ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚
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    the snow falls?
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    As soon as....
  6. Iโ€™ve been looking for a book about two male best friends with some romantic tension. Not a thing where they become boyfriends, just kind of this unspoken intimacy. Iโ€™ve read Dare Me, Dangerous Girls, the Best Lies, and Good Girls Lie which all have that dynamic but with girls. So PLEASE recommend me something!!
  7. Detective novels recommendation!

    The British Library has a huge selection of crime classics, most of which are contemporary with Agatha Christie, in paperback/on the Kindle.
  8. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    Bone China" by Laura Purcell - this book is set in Cornwall in the early 19th century, and Hester Why has fled London after a disastrous incident, not only that, she has changed her name and does not want to be found. She thinks she is safe in Cornwall at the remote Morvoren House, perched on a rocky clifftop, when she takes up the post as companion to the lady of the house, Louise Pinecroft, who is almost mute and partially immobile, following some sort of stroke. Louise spends most of her time in the China Room, with it's collection of Willow pattern china, which she seems to watch intently, and if she does manage to get to her own bedroom she is locked in. The other resident of the house is Rosewyn, a young woman who has what we would now call learning difficulties, and who is also kept locked in her room most of the time, and is looked after by the strange servant Creeda, a woman who seems to be obsessed with fairies, convinced that they are everywhere. Hester at first thinks this is nonsense, but as strange events start to happen she begins to wonder if there is something supernatural going on. Meanwhile her past seems to be threatening to catch up with her, but more danger seems to be in the present, as she realises that she must protect both her mistress and Rosewyn, but from what or whom she isn't entirely sure. We also get Louise's story and find out about her own past, as we learn of her father's bathe to find a cure for TB - he's a doctor who's been disgraced in London, and whose own wife and other children have all succumbed to the disease - so he too flees to Morvoren House, where he tries out a radical treatment, using convicts as guinea pigs. Louise helps, but trouble brews when she finds herself attracted to one of the younger men. I enjoyed this, it was well written and very atmospheric and vivid, nice and gothic too without being too creepy! I thought all the main characters - Louise, Rosewyn and of course Hester/Esther - were believable and sympathetic, although Hester is a bit unreliable as she spends a lot of time dosed up on either gin or laudanum! One minor point is that I thought the ending, although gripping, did feel a bit rushed. But a great gothic read for Halloween. Purcell is becoming one of my favourite authors. Her books are very descriptive and this one in particular has a slight other worldly feel to it. I won't look at the Willow pattern in the same way for a long time! 7.5/10
  9. I will like some detective novels recommendations! I like Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes.
  10. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  11. The Christmas Song ~ Nat King Cole
  12. Reading Habits

    I love reading books anytime. No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax. The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and theyโ€™ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary.
  13. Is there any heroic book character that always does the right thing no matter how bad it gets for him or around him?
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    I'll try one and review it here.
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    Try a John Steinbeck, any John Steinbeck
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    ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ™„Well hello... I'm feeling kinda lost here.. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good book to read? ๐Ÿ˜Š
  17. The Last Film You Saw - 2020

    West is West. Starring Om Puri as a Pakistani dad in Rochdale who takes his young son to Pakistan to meet other family. Excellent and comical at times. Looked up Mr Puri only to find yesterday would have been his 70th birthday. RIP.
  18. 20% listened to Whispers Underground (Rivers of London #3). Another great story and prefect narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Also reading The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, and this one is really good too.
  19. A Book Blog 2020 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Great review! I have both her books.
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