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  1. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    Finished Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie - brilliant book, but very readable. Also read The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane which was an easy romance to follow such a serious previous read. I've now started The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild about the discovery and auction of a painting with the same title, and I'm really enjoying it.
  2. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    I liked Girl With A Pearl Earring, but Falling Angels is my favourite - I've got The Last Runaway on my TBR
  3. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    It was great, although you have to take the time it was written into account with the sexual politics. Will definitely be reading more though! Today, I've read At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier, which I loved, perhaps not as much as some of her others, but definitely one of the better ones.
  4. Claire's Book List 2017

    Current reading status Kindle: Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier (19%) Kindle: The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett (finished) Kindle: Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart (105/360 pages) Audiobook: Gilded Cage by Vic James (52 mins/11hrs 52mins) Really, really enjoying M,WYT? It's the first book I've read by this author but I'm sure it won't be the last.
  5. What's the weather like?

    Bright and sunny for the most part, although a bit blustery and the odd rain shower.
  6. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    I read The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett (aka Michele Gorman) yesterday. It was a decent enough escapist rom com. Today, I've started Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart and I'm loving it! I think @Madeleine and @Little Pixie have read some of her books already but I'm really enjoying it
  7. Claire's Book List 2017

    Current reading status Kindle: Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier (19%) Kindle: Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine (60%) Audiobook: Gilded Cage by Vic James (26 mins/11hrs 52mins) Really enjoying reading AaQ and can't wait to finish it. I think there are seven books planned in the series, so I know it's not the end of the story when I get to the end of the book, but I really like Rachel Caine's storytelling, so I don't mind having to wait for the next instalment. Also started listening to a new audiobook, and @Michelle has been recommending Vic James, so I decided to try GC.
  8. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    I'm about half way through Ash and Quill now, and enjoying it just as much as the first two in the series. I've been catching up on the Backlisted podcast as well as following them on twitter and have quite a few books added to my wishlist, which I might be tempted to buy and read rather than read books already on my TBR!
  9. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    I listened to this on audiobook. I quite liked the start, but found it got more and more predictable as it went on and thought it was a bit average by the end, but like you I loved Raymond too.
  10. Claire's Book List 2017

    Current reading status Kindle: Reader, I Married Him by Tracy Chevalier (19%) Kindle: Ash & Quill by Rachel Caine (5%) Paperback: Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud (finished) Finished L&C:TWS this afternoon. Genuinely creepy ghost hunter tale with a group of teenage agents uncovering the mystery of an unofficial grave.
  11. What's the weather like?

    It's rained steadily pretty much all day.
  12. Health and Fitness

    Managed to swim yesterday and today, and already seeing some improvement.
  13. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    Finished Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull today. The second book in the series and as good as the first. Definitely going to read the whole lot at some point - there are five full length novels plus a short story in total. Staying with a YA theme, I'm going carry on with Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine, which is the third book in her Great Library series.
  14. Newbie from Vegas

    Hello! Welcome to the forum
  15. The end of the era of personal car ownership

    Public transport would have to improve dramatically or my personal circumstances would have to change for me to be able to think about getting rid of my car. I live 15 miles from work and start at 7am, and work some Sundays too. If I wanted to get to work on the bus and get to work on time, I'd need to start the night before, as there are no buses that would get me to work on time. Even if there were, I'd still have to change buses twice to get to work, and would take approximately an hour and three quarters each way compared to twenty five minutes in the car. We don't have a local train station, and again, no bus to get to the nearest one before 9:30am. Sundays would be even worse. It would take over two hours each way, which is just impossible. Surely the problem with this model is that everyone wants the car at the same time, i.e. to get to work. While hours are becoming more flexible, there are still periods of peak car usage, and you'll never get a way from that. When we lived in the city about 25 years ago, I hardly ever used the car, and walked almost everywhere, but public transport was a viable alternative for anything further than walking distance. Nowadays, the bus system is good, but train fares are far too expensive for long journeys. Snap!
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