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  2. James Patterson: THE COLDEST CASE is a fantastic series! I can't put my phone down! I love when I'm drawn in right off the back! CLICK THE LINK The Coldest Case https://amzn.to/3zBmwEu . SEE FOR YOURSELF!
  3. James Patterson: THE COLDEST CASE is a fantastic series! I can't put my phone down! I love when I'm drawn in right off the back! CLICK THE LINK The Coldest Case https://amzn.to/3zBmwEu . SEE FOR YOURSELF!
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  6. Reading Habits

    I don't remember a time when I couldn't read and have been choosing my own material since I was four. I read every day and always have a book on the go. I cannot imagine life without it. I have had reading slumps in my life but fortunately not too many. I've become faster at reading in the last several years - an online friend of mine asked me to take part in a reading challenge, 12 books in a year in certain categories. I completed it in 5 months and haven't looked back. I won't waste my time with a book I'm not enjoying but I don't shy away from 'difficult' books either. I like to choose a very wide variety of material and always love to discover an author I've never heard of. I positively get the jitters (the yips) if I don't read enough in the day and I have to positively restrict my buying habit. I normally buy online but do like to browse a bookshop from time to time. I love being part of a forum like this so that I can find out what other people are reading and discuss books.
  7. Booktubers

    I would be interested to hear people's thoughts on booktubers. Are you aware of the group and do you follow any booktubers on youtube? For the uninitiated, booktubers are people who upload videos on Youtube about books they read, authors they are interested in, books they plan to buy/have bought as well as sharing their thoughts on upcoming books, book shops in their area, their bookshelves, and really anything bookish! There are specific types of videos that booktubers post including readathons, tours of their bookshelves, book-shopping/touring bookshops, TBR videos and interviews with authors. There are a wide range of booktubers out there from all over the world covering a wide range of genres. I think it's a lovely way of sharing your love of books being part of a community through such a visual and aesthetic experience. The booktubers that I currently follow include: Emma Angeline https://www.youtube.com/c/SarcasticFish A British booktuber, she covers a lot of books from her previous Comparative Literature degree and I've come across a lot of interesting books from her videos. Christy Anne Jones https://www.youtube.com/c/aileaux Based in Australia, she reads a variety of genres and also works in the book world. She is also interested in writing and her videos have a lovely aesthetic. A Frolic through Fiction https://www.youtube.com/c/AFrolicThroughFiction Another British booktuber, she tends to read a lot of Fantasy. Ruby Granger https://www.youtube.com/c/RubyGranger8 Perhaps more of a studytuber, she is currently studying English Literature at University and covers books she is reading and a lot of videos of book-shopping/aesthetics. She is also interested in creative writing. Read a Day Club https://www.youtube.com/c/ReadADayClub I've only recently subscribed to this channel, but seems to cover a lot of classics and more in-depth review of the literature. Saumya's Bookstation https://www.youtube.com/c/SaumyasBookstation Another recent addition to my list. She is a booktuber based in India and offers more non-Western ideas of books to look into and consider. Emmie https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMFSTAyvpl_yBXmq6JPfhBQ Another ?American booktuber studying English Lit and Classical Studies. Book Browsing Blog https://www.youtube.com/c/bookbrowsingblog/videos British booktuber covering mostly Fantasy & YA books. https://www.youtube.com/user/ReadingBukowski British booktuber and ? English Lit Graduate, later completing a MA in 18th & 19th Century Literature. Currently works in book publishing and a lot of her videos are based on book-shops in London and the classics. Jack Edwards/Jack in the Books https://www.youtube.com/c/thejackexperience/about https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0dx1Fa4nt3FRWWG5IcdOEQ British English Lit grad and previous studytuber. Lots of 'fun' videos offering reviews on popular books/books that celebs recommend. Quite relaxed and funny videos. Sabine's Book Nook https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKQlDbmwTKLHT88dWfxkGaw Another new booktuber I have just come across. Looking forward to hearing everyones views and potential recommendations!
  8. What's the weather like?

    Enjoyable warm and sunny spells today. Those the south east is being pummelled with thunder & rain - I noticed in the BBC news app that London is having flash flooding and The Environment Agency issued two warnings on Sunday, for areas near Beverley Brook in Worcester Park and West Barnes. Yo Bev, what are you doing this time? 😁 (for fans of Rivers of London) Though everyone else will blame Peter Grant for the flash floods! 😉
  9. New Books Out in 2021

    Looking forward to Richard Osman’s The Man Who Died Twice (The Thursday Murder Club Book 2) in September 🙂
  10. Please am searching for a novel on soul travel. I read part of the novel some years ago. The book was about a wealthy man whose agents discovered a tome on soul travel. The man studied the tome and used it to travel. His soul travelled to another world where he met a sick boy that was on the point of dealth. His soul entered the boy.
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  12. New Books Out in 2021

    I am looking forward to : Rainbow in the Dark: The Autobiography by Ronnie James Dio, Mick Wall (Editor), Wendy Dio (Foreword) on 27 July. A personal hero of mine
  13. Your Book Activity - July 2021

    I'll be sure and tell you. I really like these!
  14. Your Book Activity - July 2021

    Really can't wait to hear your thoughts on this, there are some very interesting developments! I'm about 3/4 of the way through The Essex Serpent now and still enjoying it. I find it relaxing to read, which is nice. It's not very dramatic but it is very well written, so you feel drawn in to that world. I'm also re-reading The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, because I'm tutoring on it soon and need to refresh my memory!
  15. Your Book Activity - July 2021

    New book time for me, this time Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.
  16. The author works in publishing so that probably helped getting it along the process a bit quicker.
  17. What's the weather like?

    We are still at searing hot but can now sit in our living room since having the bricks behind our gas fire sealed. They let in a draught when it's cold and also the searing heat when it's hot. It's still hot but better contained behind the curtains. Phew!
  18. What's the weather like?

    Cooler but quite muggy, rained a lot overnight.
  19. Brian's Book Log - Ongoing

    I was disappointed by Pine as well, a good idea which seemed to run out of steam after a while, and ultimately went nowhere. It feels like a first book, ie there is definite promise, and I wouldn't dismiss it totally, but it needed a better editor. Sometimes I wonder if editors even exist any more, as any old tripe seems to get published now!
  20. Your Book Activity - July 2021

    Currently reading Unnamable by Samuel Beckett and struggling a little so as a companion I'm reading Loch of the Dead - Frey and McGrey 4 - by Oscar de Muriel.
  21. The Limerick Game

    He nudged a beehive...
  22. I had a good day reading yesterday and finished Pine. Pine by Francine Toon (2/5) I'll put my hands up and admit that I bought this book mainly because I loved the cover and the spynopsis on the back sounded intriguing. I hadn't yet read any kind of horror book and this book spans a couple of genres including horror so that sealed the deal for me. The basic synopsis is that Niall, a single father, lives with his daughter Lauren in the highlands of Scotland. One night a woman stumbles out of the pine forest and Niall drives her to his house. In the morning she is gone and Niall acts like nothing has happened. We don't know who the woman is or what has happened to her. There is definitely something not right and some of the residents are clearly aware of this but keeping it under wraps. I found this book really difficult to get into but I suspect that could be more because of my recent lack of mojo rather than the quality of the writing. It took me a good 100 pages to settle into it and feel like it was worthwhile to carry on. There isn't a huge amount of character development and I really didn't like 90% of them. It is very atmospheric in a way that few books are. It almost felt oppressive and times and the only other book I have read that managed this for me is Snow by Orhan Pamuk. Now for the negatives. The pacing is uneven. The beginning is very slow going, the middle has jumps in pace and then the end comes so quickly that it feels far too rushed. I wasn't sure how to rate this but in the end i've gone for 2/5 because I could have easily put this on the DNF pile in the early stages. I don't think it's a bad book but I just never really got on with it in the way I hoped I would.
  23. Your Book Activity - July 2021

    Finished The Feast by Margaret Kennedy. Very cleverly written book, handling some heavy stuff with a very light touch. We know at the start that a number of people staying a Cornish hotel have been killed in a landslide, but after that is introduced in the prologue, we go back a week to explore what happens to staff and guests during that week, and, eventually, who survives and who doesn't. All including an examination of the 7 Deadly Sins! Pretty unputdownable. 5/6.
  24. Things in books that annoy you

    Very possibly - but it was an English author with an English publisher.
  25. Glad to see you getting back into the reading habit in June - I really struggled with reading in the first half of this year as well. How's July been for you? Any exciting purchases or TBR plans?
  26. Best stream-of-consciousness novels

    A short book is definitely a good place to start, I shall have a look at Orlando, thanks very much! I might leave Ulysses on my TBR for now..
  27. What Are You Watching Now? - 2021

    Indoor time, during the heatwave, so far watched The Golden Girls (the pilot episode) - Loved this before, and it very nostalgic now Lokl - 1st episode - Good, though I have never seen any of the Marvin series, so I haven’t a clue any other non human characters, and their party tricks. Moominvalley, Season 1 #1 - Lovely, lovely Moomins!
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