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  1. Alias Grace

    As recommended by Hayley and I am so very glad I read it because otherwise I would not have and what a miss that would have been! I have read Atwood before and so it was easy to take the recomendation because I knew it would be good, but that's all I knew. The title is a great one and I did not realise that it referred to the lead character, Grace Marks. The book is fiction but Grace Marks is a real person and the furore that surrounded her is also real insofaras she was jailed for murder. The other main characters were also real and James McDermott was hanged for his part in the murders. Set in the 1800's in Canada and America this is the imaginary life story of Grace Marks and the shocking (at the time) murder of her last employer and his housekeeper. How much did Grace know? How much was she involved? Why did she run? Why is she wearing the dead woman's clothes? I won't giveaway the ending but the book is superb and well worth the reading. It felt good to read a 500+ page book again and this one is exceptional. Recommended.
  2. Your Book Activity - January 2022

    I'll let you know.
  3. Your Book Activity - January 2022

    Currently reading P'ere Goriot by Honoré de Balzac, A. J. Krailsheimer (Translator)
  4. Reading Slowly, Carefully and Deliberately

    I thought this was interesting when it popped up on my Facebook page. https://medium.com/bigger-picture/in-defense-of-reading-literature-slowly-carefully-deliberately-bb60ffa8da7e Any thoughts?
  5. Reading Slowly, Carefully and Deliberately

    I think they were Personal taste is everything, I think. Mostly always in the mood for reading, like different styles of writing - I must have variety in what I read. I don't like reading on Kindle either, not sure why though, I think that the screen is too small so yeah, I probably thought that I was missing something. That and the fact that it took 3 hours to charge it and only lasted a week (the way I read). I cannot read a book that I'm not enjoying. My life is too short. That doesn't mean that I give up easily and I do enjoy struggling with something I think is worthwhile but if I just don't like it, it's gone
  6. The year is rapidly drawing to a close so I wondered if anybody had any plans for their reading in the new year. Mine is, as always, to read more than the year before. But it's not hard and fast and it won't stop me reading the longer books I bought this year!
  7. Read-a-thons 2022

    Me. I read more than my fair share to day just because I could. It was great!
  8. Newbie’s advice request

    Someone else I know reads a Kobo in the bath. Hers is waterproof and you can buy a waterproof Kindle, should you desire. I'd second that. You could also read after you go to bed and all the distracting equipment is switched off.
  9. Newbie’s advice request

    Hello CapitalD and welcome to the board. I may have read this the wrong way but I'd advise that you read only one book at a time, which would simplyfy matters. As for the rest, as Brian says, read in short bursts at a time and the skill will surely come. Everybody has their own way of reading and it's a case of trial and error to find yours.
  10. Storygraph

    I'm not on it but it looks impressive. Not sure that I want to be tracked by AI, though.
  11. luna's Book Blog 2022

    1 Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood - completed (paperback)
  12. luna's Book Blog 2022

    Booked in case I need it.
  13. Seasonal Poems

    Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast In a field I looked into going past, And the ground almost covered smooth in snow, But a few weeds and stubble showing last. The woods around it have it - it is theirs. All animals are smothered in their lairs. I am too absent-spirited to count; The loneliness includes me unawares. And lonely as it is, that loneliness Will be more lonely ere it will be less - A blanker whiteness of benighted snow WIth no expression, nothing to express. They cannot scare me with their empty spaces Between stars - on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. Robert Frost Desert Places
  14. Westerns

    I hope that you enjoy it
  15. Your Book Activity - January 2022

    Currently reading Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
  16. Your Book Activity - January 2022

    I did read that chapter and thought that his character was getting more and more awful, not that there's anything wrong with that. Yes, he is similar to Erwin Sommer in The Drinker but there was just something about this that just didn't gel with me. I started the chapter after his marriage and affair, think it's about business, and felt that I could not carry on. It was more about me not being suited to the book as opposed to anything wrong with the book, I just didn't get involved. ETA I now know what my problem is. Last year I read The Drinker, Hunger, The Sundays of Jean Desert, Les Chants de Maldoror, The Blind Owl and War and War, all with similar characters. Clearly I've read enough of them to do me for just now.
  17. Your Book Activity - January 2022

    Just abandoned Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo. I just could not abide Zeno's constant whining.
  18. How clever are book authors?

    I don't think that an ultra high IQ is required to be a good writer either. It's a skill that can be acquired and the more you practice the better it gets. I've read Stephen Hawking and Nietzsche and neither of them wrote novels - as far as I'm aware - and both were super intelligent. Not read any of the ones you mentioned but good time-management will help a person achieve writing and a full time job at the same time, some people do that naturally and others learn how to do it as they go along and there are also courses on managing time nowadays. Was Shakespeare highly intelligent?
  19. Keeping your TBR under control

    Booky wall paper in the living room. As you can see we live in a very large house (not!)
  20. Keeping your TBR under control

    I read quickly anyway. Obviously it depends on the book and I do get caught in the perennial reader's dilemma of being desperate to find out what happens next and savouring the book but I do tend to run through a book (except Zeno's Conscience, current read. That's taking as long as it takes). I've been choosing my own reading material since I was 4 so I can no more slow down (and I deliberately did that with last year's Faulkner to no apparent avail) than fly in the air. I have also had to get myself out of the habit of reading more than one book at a time - I was in Aberdeen when that manifested itself out of desperation really, there was nothing else to do there, I'd seen all the films, they only have one theatre and I don't drink.
  21. Keeping your TBR under control

    Each to their own, which I think Willoyd - if I may say - and certainly I was making the point of. The Great Gatsby is a work of fiction and I wasn't impressed by it I'm afraid but all of my books are in my bedroom, all of my father's books are in his bedroom and all of my brother's books are in his bedroom. If you came for a visit you wouldn't know that anybody in this house read anything at all, except for the wall paper in the living room which consists of books, that might give you hint. Does read a little judgemental as Willoyd pointed out. Just putting my point of view across.
  22. Keeping your TBR under control

    I agree entirely. Studies have shown that having a large unread library is very beneficial to good mental health. Mine is modest compared to Willoyd's but I won't be without my books, read or unread. This article also mentions not having a large TBR : https://bigthink.com/neuropsych/do-i-own-too-many-books/
  23. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    Thank you
  24. Willoyd's Reading 2022

    I think it's great and it strikes me as essential. My books are not in any order on my shelves but I like it that way because I get pleasure looking through them to find one and there are not too many to do that (yet). That said I do have an app where they are all catalogued so that I can check that I have the book I'm looking for and it does keep statistics. I also keep lists of authors work. ETA Just had a look at your Librarything. Wow! That is impressive and yes, you'd need some sort of organisation for that.
  25. luna's Book Blog 2022

    Booked in case I need it.