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  1. Oldie returning!

    Oh this is such sad news. Please pass on my condolences. x
  2. Reading with Kat 2016

    Martina Cole The Good Life THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE NEVER FREE. Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he had ever wanted anyone or anything before in his life. But loving Jenny Riley was the easy part; it was telling his wife he wanted a divorce that was going to be the killer... Jenny is not just any girl. She cares nothing for Cain's hard-man reputation - she just wants to be with him. But Cain is not a free man. And he's about to find out that when his wife Caroline said 'til death us do part, she meant it. When Cain is sentenced to life in prison it seems that Caroline might have got her wish. All Cain and Jenny know is that if their love can survive such separation, then one day they will have a chance at the Good Life together again. But there are greater trials ahead than either can foresee. They're about to learn the hardest lesson of all: LIVE THE GOOD LIFE. PAY THE PRICE. Started: 20/01/16 Finished: 28/01/16 Rated: 3/5 Comments:
  3. Reading with Kat 2016

    Glad to know there are more out there who love Philippa too! Although I'm pretty sure she is incredibly popular anyway. So far I'm loving the Cousins War Series and I don't think I've read one I didn't enjoy. Looking forward to continuing where I left off last year with these ones. Unfortunately Frankie, I must confess that there is a stray box still in the attic. It would have been down and rummaged through pretty quickly if I wasn't so terrified of the massive spiders I know are hiding up there. I just have to wait for the right time to send the brave other half up there for me and try to direct him to the lost treasure. Pygmalion I read in school, and although I pretty much hate all the other books I was forced to read for educational purposes (Lord of the Flies still makes me shudder) this one I really loved and I can't wait to pick it up again and give it a re-read. Thanks Kylie! Enjoying it a lot so far. Stephen King is one of my favourite authors and one that is always surprising me as well. I would always recommend The Shining, as it's my favourite but you really can't go wrong with The Stand either. Hope you give it a go soon.
  4. Reading with Kat 2016

    Thank you all! Hope you have a fab reading year as well. I'm hoping to make a dent in that massive list above
  5. Reading with Kat 2016

    Stephen King Revival A spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music and what might exist on the other side of life. In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Charles Jacobs. Soon they forge a deep bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity. Decades later, Jamie is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Now an addict, he sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling 'portraits in lightning' - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It's a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Started: 01/01/16 Finished:19/01/16 Rated: 4/5 Comments: I haven't read any Stephen King for a while and admit that when I do, I usually fall back on his older stuff for a reread. I've loved reading something completely new and in true King style, it was pretty awesome reading. Nobody builds up suspense better, in my opinion. This story seems pretty straight forward for the most part, just someone recalling their connection with a minister from his childhood. You're always aware of something almost sinister on the periphery but it's never really acknowledged. That is until all the suspense builds up and leads to a pretty fast paced and explosive ending. So good, and such an easy going read. Recommended for those of you that aren't too keen on outright horror and in your face monsters.
  6. Reading with Kat 2016

    Previous Book Logs Reading with Kat 2015 (20) Reading with Kat 2014 (15) Reading with Kat 2013 (19) Climbing Mount to be Read with Kat 2012 (26) Kat's 2011 Reading (25) What Kat Read Next 2010 (34) Kat's Reading in 2009 (42) Kat's Reading 2008 (44) Kat's Reading 2007 (43) Kat's Reading 2006 (126)
  7. Reading with Kat 2016

    To be read (from the bookshelf) 48 Catherynne M Valente ~ Deathless (review) Trudi Canavan ~ Magicians Apprentice Trudi Canavan ~ The Rogue Trudi Canavan ~ The Ambassadors Mission Philippa Gregory ~ The Red Queen (Cousins War Series book 2) Philippa Gregory ~ The Lady of the Rivers (Cousins War Series book 3) Charlaine Harris ~ Dead and Gone (book 9) Charlaine Harris ~ Death's Excellent Vacation Gregory Maguire ~ Out of Oz Christopher Paolini - Inheritance (book 4) PD James ~ Death Comes to Pemberley George Bernard Shaw ~ Pygmalian Susan Hill ~ Dolly Christopher Fowler ~ Spanky (RISI) Jostein Gaarder ~ Sophie's World J M Warwick ~ A Season of Eden (possibly Mum's copy?) Stephen Foster ~ Walking Ollie Gail Carriger ~ Soulless Pen Farthing ~ One Dog at a Time Holly Black ~ Tithe Holly Black ~ Ironside Alison Weir ~ The Lady Elizabeth Trudi Canavan ~ The Priestess of the White Trudi Canavan ~ Last of The Wilds Trudi Canavan ~ Voice of The Gods Kelley Armstrong ~ Waking The Witch (Otherworld book 11) Kelley Armstrong ~ The Summoning (Darkest Powers Book 1) Kelley Armstrong ~ The Awakening (Darkest Powers Book 2) Kelley Armstrong ~ The Reckoning (Darkest Powers Book 3) Kelley Armstrong ~ Men of the Otherworld Kelley Armstrong ~ Tales of the Otherworld Kelley Armstrong ~ Made to be Broken (Nadia Stafford Book 2) Kelley Armstrong ~ Exit Strategy (Nadia Stafford Book 1) Raven Hart ~ The Vampire's Seduction Raven Hart ~ The Vampire's Kiss Michele Bardsley ~ Because Your Vampire Said So! (book 3) Jeanne Kalogridis ~ Burning Times Sue Townsend ~ The Queen & I Jean Plaidy ~ Uneasy Lies The Head (Tudors bk1) Donald McCaig ~ Rhett Butler's People MaryJanice Davidson ~ Dead and Loving It Susan Hill ~ Mrs DeWinter Karen Chance ~ Touch The Dark Freda Warrington ~ A Taste of Blood Wine Torey Hayden ~ Beautiful Child Margaret Atwood ~ The Handmaids Tale Stieg Larsson ~ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Somewhere in the attic (still) Mitch Albom ~ For One More Day Michele Bardsley ~ Come hell or high water (book 6) Christie Dickason ~ The Principessa Tess Gerritsen ~ In Their Footsteps Tess Gerritsen ~ Stolen Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen ~ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Vicky Halls ~ Cat Counsellor Mandasue Heller ~ The Pact Karen Moline ~ Belladonna Kate Morton ~ The Forgotten Garden Jean Plaidy ~ Castille For Isabella (Isabelle & Ferdinand Trilogy bk1) Terry Pratchett ~ The Light Fantastic Justine Picardie ~ Daphne Eva Stachniak ~ Dancing With Kings Alison Weir ~ Innocent Traitor
  8. Reading with Kat 2016

    Currently Reading Jessie Burton ~ The Miniaturist M.R. Carey ~ The Girl With All The Gifts Read so far * 1. Stephen King ~ Revival * 2. Martina Cole ~ The Good Life * 3. Martina Cole ~ Get Even
  9. Reading with Kat 2015

    Tom Cox Under The Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man For years, Tom Cox might have seemed like a regular, hard-living sort of bloke -- a lover of late nights, rock music and beer -- but he had a dark furry secret. Tom was a cat lover. Always had been, in fact. For a while, he kept his passion in check, but there was only so long he could postpone his true dream, especially after he met Dee, his moggy-loving soulmate. In 2001, Tom left London and his job as a rock critic behind, and he and Dee, replete with Dee's cat Janet and three new kittens, moved to a remote part of Norfolk, a county where they knew not one living human soul. They thought it would be easy. They thought their cat madness had reached its limit. They were very wrong on both counts. In UNDER THE PAW, Tom records the chaos of owning seven of the most charismatic, idiotic and duplicitous cats in the country. How exactly does a person go from living a fancy-free young metropolitan life to suddenly thinking it is normal to be on 24-hour call for multiple sets of whiskers? What are the essential rules of disposing of a dead pheasant? How do you learn to love your wife's ex's favourite pet? Tom addresses all these issues and much more, encountering death, depression, flying fur and the first human sentence spoken by a feline along the way. Running through all the maelstrom is the heartbreaking story of his long and chequered relationship with The Bear, his oldest cat: a "painfully sensitive" survivor moggy who may or may not be an evil genius. Started: 05/11/15 Finished: 02/12/15 Rated:5/5 Comments: Loved this book! Tom Cox is amazing and it's so reassuring to hear others have the same odd conversations and relationships with their cats. I've followed him on Twitter for a while now and really enjoyed his easy going, bio about life as a cat man. Thoroughly enjoyable and relatable.
  10. Reading with Kat 2015

    Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity. Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic. Started: 15/10/15 Finished: 04/11/15 Rated: 5/5 Comments: I had started reading this earlier in the year, but found it difficult to follow as I was only snatching 10 or 15 minutes here and there so I decided to hold off until I could put some real time aside. I finally managed to make a start again and I'm so glad I did. Esther is such an easy character to relate to, she has many of the same every day problems as you or I, and whilst I knew this book was based around mental illness, it was such a subtle process that I almost didn't notice it until I thought about it. At times, I found myself hoping that not everything about Esther was to do with her illness as I could relate to her struggles on many levels. Before you know it, Esther's problems have gone much further than everyday issues and she finds herself in the midst of a madness.
  11. What's Up in October? - 2015

    This year is continuing to whiz by at an alarming rate. We've been busy recently finishing off decorating the living room. Everything feels fresh again which always makes me feel better. I took a chance at work and applied for a promotion. I knew I didn't have quite the level of experience they required but I wanted them to know I was looking to push forward in the future. I did manage to get an interview, which was absolutely terrifying, as are all interviews and although I didn't get the position, it has brought me to the attention of those higher up in the organisation. I got great feedback from my managers and I'm hoping this will open up new possibilities for me in the future. Fingers crossed
  12. Halloween is coming!

    We both love Halloween in our house. (I also love it because I know I can start looking forward to Xmas when it's over!!) I have a box of decorations which I will be going through this week and getting ready to put them out. Lots of candles and lights and "bloody" hand prints for the windows. The best bit has to be the pumpkin though. It's all messy and fun and spooky We usually have a horror film night with popcorn and treats but this year I will be on my own as OH has to work. Not sure I'm brave enough to do the horror films on my own so I think we'll have to nominate another night to do it instead. I'm not sure if we will get any trick or treat-ers. We didn't last year, but it was raining quite hard. I do have treats in, just in case, but there aren't that many kids where we live. I'm hoping for one or two though, especially if they have made an effort with the costumes!
  13. Reading with Kat 2015

    Zak Baggans I Am Haunted Zak Bagans has been all over the world embracing the mysteries that others shun because he has always felt the need to run toward the scary parts of life instead of away from them. He has been inducted into the Sabertooth Vampire Clan in Paris, journeyed on an epic quest to find the real Dracula that ended in a Romanian forest and bought a demon house that frightens him to the bone. But sometimes it's the encounters with people that affect him the most - from crackheads in Reno to gangbangers in St Louis and crazed fans in West Virginia. During his travels he has learned more about this world and the one that awaits all of us far more than anyone should. He has been given a spiritual key that unlocks unknown doorways and what he experiences when he opens them seems to be letting him know that he shouldn't. Come along for the ride. Started: 21/09/15 Finished: 10/10/15 Rated:3/5 Comments: An interesting peak into the life and background of Zak Baggans, of Ghost Adventures fame. I had hoped he would have gone a but further into the history of the programme but there was still some interesting anecdotes. It's a bit repetitive in places as most of the book was dictated into his phone on the road and you can almost hear him reading the pages to you.
  14. Reading with Kat 2015

    Karen Rose Closer Than You Think Deacon Novak has returned home. The experienced FBI Agent knows that his move to Cincinnati's Major Crime Enforcement Squad will be challenging, but the greater challenge will be saving his younger brother before he becomes the kind of criminal Deacon is chasing.Faith Corcoran has escaped her identity. Being a therapist to victims of sex crimes was rewarding, but her work with their offenders has jeopardized her life. Her move represents a chance to build a new life in the empty old house her grandmother has left her.What Faith doesn't know is that a killer has made the house his playground, taking girls into the basement and murdering them. And now Faith is about disturb his fun.With a murderer focused on her, Faith is going to have to put her trust in Deacon if she's going to survive. Because this killer is always closer than she thinks.... Started: 30/08/15 Finished: 20/12/15 Rated: 1/5 Comments: Incredibly let down by this book. I usually love Karen Rose's easy to read, almost formulaic stories but this one failed to keep my attention form the very start. I can't even put my finger on what exactly it was that put me off, I just felt like I struggled every time I picked it up. By far my largest complaint was the over the top attraction between the two main characters. Faith had just run her car off the road, into a tree, climbed up an embankment barefoot to find a naked, collapsed woman in the road, that she had swerved to miss. She calls the police and waits with the woman but when the police arrive, her first thought is "Woah! He's hot!" I mean, really? OK, I'm just going to let this one go now and pretend it didn't happen. Ms Rose, you will have a lot of work on your hands to win me back.
  15. This is an amazing collection and it's gathered speed so quickly. It's surprising what people can do with a little bit of encouragement.