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  1. What's the weather like?

    My poor plants are drowned now, can't win!
  2. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    An Amazon pre-order arrived today: Ciara's Diary 1999-2002: Sense and Shiftability. Ciara's Diary is a segment on a radio show I love (Chris and Ciara) and is made up of said Ciara reading entries from her teenage self, just before, and while attending, college. It's hilarious. Very relatable to Irish people from the same generation. Now she's published the whole set in this book, which I cannot wait to read!
  3. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    I'm afraid my two favourite bromances are not from books - Miguel and Tulio in The Road To El Dorado and Merlin and Arthur in BBC's Merlin!
  4. Frankie reads 2017

    Hey, nothing wrong with everything being perfect, Frankie! Everyone deserves to luck out with things from time to time. Shame about the smoke smell, though, hope you get rid of it!
  5. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    Finished Eleanor Oliphant. My opinion remains the same - quirky oddballs as a source of amusement to readers doesn't sit well with me. But yay, Raymond. Lovely, lovely Raymond. Also read The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes, which I had never read before despite my absolute love of the film based on it. My OH whipped out the book during a chat about the movie, which he also loves! It's.... very different, and very odd, but I liked it. Also nearly finished Silent Scream by Angela Marsons. I dislike the main character, but I'm developing sympathy which is making her tolerable. Also, the 'whodunnit' element is very obvious. Otherwise, a very enjoyable book.
  6. What's the weather like?

    15C so cool enough and fresh. Totally overcast, it may well rain. We had weather warnings for rain over the weekend in 14 counties, heavy rain and flooding.
  7. John Green books

    The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a web series
  8. Read-a-thon - 2017

    Ah sugar, I would have taken part. Didn't even think of it. Well, I finished Eleanor Oliphant, think I read maybe a third of it since Friday, I read The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and I'm 80% of the way through Silent Scream by Angela Marsons. So I'm doing pretty well.
  9. Noll's Reading Log 2017

    I've read another 6 books since my last update, not sure if I'll review them all but I'll definitely write something for a few of them. Also, I've read another Irish Counties Challenge book, which is the first this year, I think. Must read more, but happy I've done one. I'm not sure if the author is from Down or Louth, as different sources say he's from Newry but was born in Dundalk. So I'm guessing he grew up in Newry, and am counting him as Dundalk (Louth) because he was born there (and my options for Louth are slim!). It was a really good book too, one I'll definitely be writing a review for.
  10. Your Book Activity - August 2017

    I finished The Escape by C. L. Taylor. It wasn't as good as The Missing, but I still enjoyed it. Also read How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst. Really enjoyed this one, more than the other one I've read by her (Before I Let You In). I've started Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, and am about 70 pages in. It made me realize how many British thrillers I read, because this one being set in America seems really weird to me now! I do prefer my British thrillers (or Irish ones!), they seem a bit more 'real' to me, as I am more familiar with my neighboring countries and the cultures I suppose. I am enjoying Pretty Girls, though.
  11. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    Watched Project Almanac yesterday on Netflix. It kind of got slated when it came out, but I enjoyed it. There were one or two elements I didn't really like, but overall it was like a cross between Chronicle and Primer geared towards teenagers.
  12. Read-a-thon - 2017

    I didn't do my totals on Sunday, so here they are. I included Thursday simply because I read almost an entire (187 page) short book that day and wanted to count it! Thursday: Nothing on Earth - Conor O'Callaghan 161 pages (finished) Friday: The Escape - C. L. Taylor 280 pages Saturday: The Escape C. L. Taylor 153 pages (finished) The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas 177 pages (finished) How I Lost You - Jenny Blackhurst 140 pages Sunday: How I Lost You - Jenny Blackhurst 212 pages (finished) Pretty Girls - Karin Slaughter 40 pages Total: 1163 pages across five books. Definitely the most reading I've done in ages and the best read-a-thon since sometime last year. Very happy with that
  13. Read-a-thon - 2017

    I very badly haven't actually been online to update my progress, but here's what I've done since Thursday: Thursday: Nothing on Earth - Conor O'Callaghan 161 pages (finished) Friday: The Escape - C. L. Taylor 280 pages Saturday: The Escape C. L. Taylor 153 pages (finished) The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas 177 pages (finished) How I Lost You - Jenny Blackhurst 140 pages So my aim is to finish How I Lost You today. Very happy with my progress, as I'm now one book ahead of schedule and should be two ahead by the end of the day!
  14. Your Book Activity - August 2017

    Yesterday I read a short book called Nothing on Earth by Conor O'Callaghan. It was very odd. I loved it, but it was very very odd. It wasn't written like a supernatural mystery or horror, but it has elements of that in an otherwise fairly 'ordinary' book. I use the term 'ordinary' loosely as it follows a slightly odd family living in a show house in a ghost estate. It's very difficult to say anything about it, other than that it completely drew me in. I'm also nearly finished The Slap. Still enjoying it, but not as much. My next read will likely be The Escape by C. L. Taylor. I've read a book by Taylor before, and while it wasn't amazing, it was the kind of easy to read thriller I like tearing through every now and then, so I'm looking forward to The Escape.
  15. How many books have you read this year?

    43 as of last night, and 50 pages from the end of 44. Hoping to read another book over the weekend and bring it up to 45.