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  1. Just been out for a meal with friends and we enjoyed nice wine, followed by coffee and liqueurs, so wondered what you were drinking just now Am having a 'night cap' as they call it......an Amaretto over ice...cheers.
  2. Val McDermid

    Although I've never read any of her books, hubby and I had the opportunity to go and hear her at our local cinema. She was great to listen to, very humorous and spoke about how her career all started and where she got her taste for writing crime novels etc. What made it more interesting is she is from my home town Kirkcaldy, Fife, and she was talking about when she was wee going to the central library in the town and it made me smile knowing exactly where it was.... Anyone like her books? We have one on our shelves that hubby has read so I must get around to reading it.
  3. This reading challenge will be on going and I may add or change the list as I think of others to add or take away. I feel this won't be completed in the year hence the on going part... I look forward to trying to find books related to the list.
  4. My Reading List 2017 Well, here we are another year and another pile of books to read. Yet again I didn't reach my meagre 'to read' total of 30 .... but have done better with 20. I shall endeavour yet again to reach it this year, famous last words I hear you say. I'm hoping I can add a few more new authors along the reading trail too as I did last year. You are all very good at recommendations. Must try to read more from the books already on my shelf though, than buying....but we all know how hard that is especially when you have a wishlist for birthdays, Mother's Day and Christmas..! List from 2016 List from 2015 List from 2014 List from 2013 Click on link for 2013 for years prior to 2013 Reading at the moment '..... Read January 'The Penguin Lessons' by Tom Michell (recommend) '6 Ranier Drive' by Debbie Macomber February 'The Black House' by Peter May 'Life After You' by Lucie Brownlee 'The Beachside Guest House' by Vanessa Greene March 'Reflection' by Diane Chamberlain April 'Rough Music' by Patrick Gale 'Harry the Poisonous Centipede' by Lynne Reid Banks May 'Between Sisters' by Cathy Kelly (started in April) 'A Week in Paris' by Rachel Hore June 'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams' by Jenny Colgan July 'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah (started in June)(recommend) August 'House Rules' by Jodi Picoult (started in July) 'The Forgotten Summer' by Carol Drinkwater September 'Song of the Skylark' by Erica James 'Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure' by Lynne Reid Banks October 'Secrets of the Lighthouse' by Santa Montefiore (started September) 'The Woman Who Painted Her Dreams' by Isla Dewar (did not finish) November 'The Legacy' by Katherine Webb (started in October) 'Love Letters' by Debbie Macomber December 'The Winter Ghosts' by Kate Mosse 'How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III' by Cressida Cowell 'The Great Christmas Knit Off' by Alexandra Brown (second time of reading because it is Christmas...)
  5. Diane's Reading List - 2017

    @chaliepud ......So....the postie man left me a wee bookie shaped parcel through the letter box today. I know I hadn't ordered/swapped a book with anyone. I have the most generous bookie friends. Thanking you Hayley again for the nice surprise and I can say I haven't read this one but I have read all her others and enjoyed them. 'The Little Pieces for You and Me' by Vanessa Greene.
  6. Diane's Reading List - 2017

    @Athena.....it was an ok read, but I'm finding here reads a bit samey now. Maybe I have just tired myself of her books. I've read other people feeling the same too. so not just me.
  7. Your Book Activity - August 2017

    Finished...at last...my reading is slow at the moment..... 'House Rules' by Jodi Picoult.....bit predictable writing. Continuing reading... 'The Woman Who Painted Her Dreams' by Isla Dewar
  8. This challenge won't be completed this year...definitely an 'ongoing' one.
  9. Diane's Reading List - 2017

    'House Rules' by Jodi Picoult A while since I've read a Jodi Picoult again, so gave this one a go. Asperger's being the main topic this time. The usually scenario of mother trying to good by her children, whether guilty or not. A situation occurs that points the finger of guilt at her son Jacob, but did he do it? Although obviously well researched regarding the Asperger's syndrome I did find this book very repetitive and could well have been shorter and the conclusion reached sooner. I so wanted the accused to just tell them what happened by the end and then I wasn't quite sure about the ending! In my mind I knew what the outcome would be but found the ending a bit untidy. 2/5
  10. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    Hubby and I went to see 'Dunkirk' at the weekend. I thought it was very good, hubby did too but thought it was a bit disjointed. He knows his planes, war facts etc. so the odd little thing niggled. Was pleasantly surprised how well Harry Styles did in the film too.
  11. Managed to add another to title to fill in a gap...slowly slowly.
  12. What's for Dinner?

    I have a feeling I'll be sending hubby out to collect an Indian take away...come the weekend I like to have a night off from having to cook...nobody else offers and this is the usual opt out.
  13. Diane's Reading List - 2017

    Oh I do hope you enjoy it when you do. I took too long to read it after al the recommendations for it.
  14. Diane's Reading List - 2017

    'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah Wow! I don't know why I haven't read this wonderful book sooner....recommended so many times by bookie friends. A totally riveting but heart wrenching read....sisters Isabelle and Vianne, two different characters who have to come through the atrocities of war and a France occupied by Nazi in WWII. A well researched and quite harrowing read in parts. I was near to tears on a few occasions. Where people reached for the strength to survive in these times of war is beyond me, but they did. A time of loss and pain for both sisters. Separated and not knowing what is happening to the other. Isabelle a headstrong, independent woman who wants to help France and Vianne, surviving at home with her child but also dealing with Nazi billeting in her home. Will they both survive? Kristin's writing had a way of making you feel almost exactly how the characters were feeling. Towards the end I was feeling a bit uncomfortable about how humans can treat each other so horribly, but that unfortunately that is the way of war. Totally recommend this book ( @chaliepud....sorry it took so long to get to this book, but thank you for recommending it) 5/5
  15. The meaning behind your forum names

    Scrolling through this and thought I would have answered this one. 'Inver' was chosen a simple one I chose for a bookie site name originally. We had a caravan at site called 'Inver Mill' so just shortened it.
  16. Diane's Reading List - 2017

    'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams' by Jenny Colgan. Enjoyed the 'sweetie references' at the beginning of each chapter, but other than that a very ordinary, non taxing read. Sweetie shop, aged Aunt Lilian, Angie the daughter, asks, Rosie the great niece to go and look after her after illness. Shop potentially needs put up for sale. Rosie settles in, spruces up the shop, reopens, gets to know the locals etc. Didn't find the love interest very engaging. Not without its ups and downs but a bit predictable how it was going to end and a bit too 'sweet' for me. 2/5
  17. @dragonmyst...I altered the title slightly and put /or a place name in the title.
  18. Athena's Reading List 2017

    Just seen a good review for another Diane Chamberlain on bookie group on Facebook....Summer's Child'....goes off to add to wishlist...
  19. Athena's Reading List 2017

    Oh good...I have all 3 on my TBR pile. I must get around to starting this trilogy. Glad you enjoyed them. I must be due a Diane Chamberlain read this year...
  20. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    Heavens....watching The Handmaids Tale.....it's a bit gruesome. Not read the book so had no idea what it was about. Not sure I'll be watching all them I've started watching (again...started but never followed it all the way through) 'The Good Wife', we have Netflix so starting again from the beginning.
  21. Chaliepud's 2017 Reading Log

    Regarding my bookie challenge, I've only read 10 books but have managed to add 9 to the challenge. I've been changing the actual categories around a bit though, some I don't think I would do. Check out my list on my book blog to see what I've put in the categories. I've doubled up on two but think 'The Nightingale' will replace one I have in 'animal' in the title.
  22. Your Book Activity - May 2017

    Finished 'A Week in Paris' by Rachel Hore Starting 'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah & 'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams' by Jenny Colgan 'The Nightingale' has been recommended so many times by @chaliepud and others I feel bad that I haven't gotten to this read before now, but I only got a copy of it not that long ago.
  23. Diane's Reading List - 2017

    ' A Week in Paris' by Rachel Hore The title ' A Week in Paris' sounds like a read that would draw you in completely for the title, but I have to say it was a little disappointing and I felt a little too long. Two characters, Kitty, who enrols in the Conservatoire, 1937 to hopefully become a concert pianist. War breaks out and she finds herself torn whether to stay with her husband or take her and her child back home to England. She stays. Fay, 25 years later, doesn't have many memories of her childhood and now playing in a orchestra herself, is performing in Paris. Ideal opportunity to find out more of what happened when she was living there with her mother. Circumstances from home push her to find out more with some secrets uncovered that her mother has never told her about....why? She manages to trace the past and discovers truths. There was a lot of historical references to what went on in Paris during this time which I found quite interesting, but at times the story was a little flat and I felt I wanted more, but not quite sure what. 3/5
  24. Diane's Reading List - 2017

    @chesilbeach....lovely... @Janet....lovely...
  25. My heart goes out to all those affected by the events in Manchester...xx