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  1. Chrissy's Reading

    It might be interesting to be her live-in partner.... Wow, I didn't even realize you could read it another way But no, I'm not going to compete!!
  2. Frankie reads 2017

    26. Columbine by Dave Cullen Blurb: On 20th April 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold made their bid to leave "a lasting impression on the world". They drove to school, planted two huge bombs in the dining area, then positioned themselves outside the main entrance to pick off the fleeing teachers and students. The bombs failed, but the ensuing massacre defined a new brand of school violence - one that has started to cross the Atlantic. In the tradition of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and almost ten years in the making, Columbine is the definitive account of those terrible events. Cullen lays bare the callous brutality of mastermind Eric Harris, and the timid, suicidal Dylan Klebold, who had been to the prom just three days earlier and wrote obsessively about love in his journal. A close-up study of violence, grief and a destructive media frenzy, Columbine is above all a compelling, tragic and utterly human portrait of two young killers. Thoughts: The first book I read on Columbine was A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold, Dylan mother. I really liked that book. Bobblybear's review on Columbine made me want to read this book, too. This one's a more detailed story, of course, as it's a general account of what happened before, during and afterwards. Klebold's book obviously concentrates on Dylan and their family. I don't think either of the books cancels the other one out, I think they make a complimentary read of it all. I found the book to be a compelling read, that's all I can say. I'm really tempted to read Brooks Brown's book, No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine, as Brooks was a friend of the boys. (One thing I found so odd in the book: why did the author feel the need to tell the reader how one of the detective's name was pronounced? Has everyone always gotten her name confused and she was tired of it and told the author she'd sue him if he didn't clarify? The detective (or whatever her title was, I can't remember) is named Battan, and it rhymes with Latin. Sadly, this underlined bit of detail might be the only thing I will remember as a real fact of this book. The most important detail!! The author also spelled out how the term 'psychopathy' is pronounced: si-COP-uh-thee. What is this? A book on phonetics?) For those you've read the book or know the details: 4/5
  3. Frankie reads 2017

    Update! Borrowed books 1. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 4/5 2. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella 4/5 3. Sopivasti sekaisin by Veera Vaahtera 3/5 4. Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham 4/5 5. Columbine by Dave Cullen 4/5 6. Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay - currently reading - Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanism, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh - Ajan kanssa: kesäni Marcel Proustin seurassa by Petteri Kantola - Irti sosiaalisesta jännittämisestä by a bunch of people - Furiously Happy: a Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson - The Dandelion Years by Erica James - The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews - The Real Liddy James by Anne-Marie Casey - The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet Reserved books - Tällä tavalla maailma loppuu by Philip Teir - Into the Water by Paula Hawkins - Tunne lukkosi: vapaudu tunteiden vallasta by Kimmo Takanen - The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change by Charles Duhigg - Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter - I've cancelled a few reservations, and added two: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change by Charles Duhigg and Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (this one after reading Chrissy's review).
  4. Frankie reads 2017

    It's very handy that my own natural reserve towards cats can help establish a mutual appreciation Oh no worries, I was just curious Now that you mention it, I do remember someone (maybe you?) telling me earlier that Chamberlain is kinda like Picoult but without the court drama. I liked the one Picoult book I've read, so I expected I would like the Chamberlain, too. And the book wasn't bad, it's just that I'd forgotten what Chamberlain was about. Or rather, the blurb was written in a way that made me expect a thriller. I blame the blurb, yes! I would recommend you watch the whole series first, and then read the book I don't think there were that many spoilers, to be fair, but there were some.
  5. Chrissy's Reading

    That's quite telling of the content. And the talent of Karin Slaughter! She's stepped things up a notch? Intrigue!! Despite my vow not to reserve any more books from the library in order to finally get to my TBR, I have now reserved a copy of this Slaughter is a tough act to follow.
  6. Bullet Journal

    Thanks Athena!
  7. Willoyd's Reading 2017

    I'm late to the party, but congratulations on your retirement, willoyd!! And to get four books that were on your wishlist, too, from your students!! How did they know?!
  8. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2017

    Great review! I've recently read Columbine by Dave Cullen, and this novel might be interesting to read now. I've had the book on my TBR for years but I've never got to it. I fear it might be a difficult read, because of the topic but also because of the way the narrative is set up. And now I'm scared of the long sentences, too
  9. Athena's Reading List 2017

    Wow! I loved looking at all the pictures! That was a lot of work but what fun getting to re-organize your books! I love it how you guys got the radiator going through one of the bookcases! Pure genius! It totally looks like you live in an antiquarian! Oh and I love the throw pillows!!
  10. Jogging Diary

    I started the Couch to 5k -program today and it was easier than I'd anticipated. I hope I stick with the program this time and actually finish it.
  11. Health and Fitness

    Well done, both of you!!
  12. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    It's definitely the book you read because your review prompted me to add it to my mental wishlist. We had a bit of a talk about it, you reading Columbine and me reading the book by Sue Klebold. I did enjoy the book, yes! I enjoyed both of the books. I'm really curious about the book by Brooks Brown. There are no copies at the library though. I've started reading Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay.
  13. How many books have you read this year?

    26. I've picked up some speed during the holiday
  14. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I've started reading Columbine by Dave Cullen.
  15. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I loved it! And yes, don't read it after you've finished the new episodes as well You're in for a treat!! I meant to write don't read it before you've finished the new eps DO read it AFTER!
  16. Frankie reads 2017

    25. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham Book jacket: In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, 'Did you, um, make it?' She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood ('Strangers were worried about me; that's how long I was single!'), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role and her experience being a judge on Project Runway ('It's like I had a fashion-induced blackout'). In 'What It Was Like, Part One', Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay 'What It Was Like, Part Two' reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her. Some more things you will learn about Lauren: she once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres; she's aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls ('If you're meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup and styling, you've already set the bar too high') and she's a card-carrying REI shopper ('My bungee cords now earn points!'). Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cosy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories and - of course - talking as fast as you can. Thoughts: A really great read for a fan of Gilmore Girls! I had a great time finding out about Lauren's life, what her childhood was like and what her career had been like before GG. And of course it was amazing to read all about the behind-the-scenes stuff of GG. I could've read on and on! There's so much I want to comment on the book but I don't want to spoil it for anyone! I don't even want to put the things in spoiler tags because some of you may not be able to resist the temptation. I started re-watching GG in the beginning of the year, and got to the last season and I only have 2 episodes left, but for some reason I've not been able to watch them. I think I just didn't and don't want it to end. But now I feel more prepared, oddly enough. I can then move on to re-watch the four new episodes. I hope A Year in the Life was not the last of it.... Edit: My new signature is from the book. 4/5
  17. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I've started reading Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham.
  18. Hello, who here can speak German?

    Hello and welcome to the forum! I studied German in highschool but it was years and years ago and I'm sad to say I've forgotten a lot of what I learned. I do love the language though, and have been thinking about possibly starting over again. I see you're reading A Man Called Ove, I hope you're enjoying it!
  19. Alexander's Literary Odyssey 2017

    Wow, that's amazing! I've never heard of such a thing. Your therapist sounds awesome, I'm so happy you have such a good connection Also, happy to hear Jeanne is home and doing well! Great review! I read the book some years ago. I found the topic very interesting, it's the first one I've read about Münchausen by proxy. I can't remember in detail what I wrote about it on here but I'm thinking I probably felt the same way about it as you.
  20. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    I've started watching New Girl. I don't know why. It annoys me at times, and at times it's really funny. But I can't help it.
  21. Bullet Journal

    I've started a new BuJo, I'm using a copper Leuchtturm1917. I love it! I was visiting my hometown this week and went to the local bookstore, and found Staedtler pens. I've heard about them, and I wanted to try one. I fell in love with it! I think it's better than the Pigma Microns I've been using. With Pigma Micron, you have to hold the pen in a rather upright position, you can't lean to the side, because then the pen won't write as well. The Staedtler doesn't care if I lean to the side while holding the pen, it writes so perfectly no matter what. It's so much better!! I had to go back and buy another one because I haven't seen any of those pens at the bookshops in Helsinki. I even showed the two pens to my friend who's into bujoing but who hasn't gone as far with it as I have, what with buying many pens and only settling for an LT. She could totally see the difference in the two pens. I bought her one, too I want to show you a picture of my current bujo, and the new pen of choice, and the pencil case I bought in Nurmes, for only 3€! I love it I love the color and I love it how it's got zippers all the way around: you don't have to find the one zipper in order to get to the pens, you just unzip the closest one
  22. Athena's Reading List 2017

    I can't recall a particular time or a particular book, but yes it's happened. It's annoying Sometimes it might be just better to put the book aside and give it another go later on. Depends on how far along you are in the novel. I think for us mood readers it's probably more common than for others. I'm sorry you had a bad day I hope you're feeling better today! I wish I could see it all happen Book organizing is so much fun! Looking forward to seeing some pictures!
  23. Athena's Reading List 2017

    I don't think it's a selfish thing at all. It's just a preference, just like wanting to have children is another type of preference. We each have our own preferences and anyone who tells us it's wrong or selfish can bugger off. I don't think I've read novels on the topic, but I'll keep my eyes open
  24. Frankie reads 2017

    24. The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain Blurb: Orphaned by the brutal murder of their parents, Maya and Rebecca Ward only had each other. But on the night they saw their parents killed, the teenage sisters buried secrets that should never see the light of day. Twenty years later, Rebecca is faced with the news that her sister is missing, feared dead. She is left to mourn and hope for a miracle. The only person she can lean on is Maya's husband. But, as the days pass and hope fades, Rebecca's grief brings to the surface feelings that she must bury. Deeper than the lies they once told... Thoughts: I think this book was well written in the sense that I didn't want to put it down, but maybe that's because I think I've gotten my reading mojo back. I didn't much like the book, I'm afraid. I didn't find the story very compelling, at all. I think that's mostly because I was expecting something completely different. I think I expected this to be more of a thriller type of thing. I'll write the things that I didn't like in the spoiler tag so as not to spoil the read for anyone else. 2/5 Edit: Hey, at least it was a TBR read A silver lining...