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    Lady of the Ravens Joanna Hickson
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    Cheshire, U.K.
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    Reading(!) - anything not too scary, and mostly fiction/historical/sci-fi. Also into Spiritual healing for people, creatures, and our world through the White Eagle Lodge, and likewise subjects in books. Handcrafts - cross stitch, embroidery or tapestry, mostly.

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  1. Charles Dickens

    Lovely books, Hayley. That's useful information too Brian. With the lockdown over we can mooch the bookstores of all kinds fairly safely now, then! Of course books are handled by loads of people who are curious about them, so new or pre read, a little wipe would do no harm even so. The older ones without covers may lose a little dye,but it's a small sacrifice. I love scooping a great bargain like Hayleys books. They look so good on the shelf, too. Happy All
  2. Charles Dickens

    Nice one itsmeagain! That's a proper book! I'm sure your patience will be rewarded, Raven. Try the second hand bookshops. If you feel a bit nervous of using any bought book in current circumstances, dampen a piece of kitchen roll or a tissue in white vinegar, squeeze out well, and rub over the outer cover of the book to disinfect it. Let it dry - the whiff will disappear in a while, and you have a clean book. I usually use water on any pre-owned books I buy, but currently white vinegar is a great cleanser. Happy All
  3. Charles Dickens

    Did you ever find that "real" copy of Pickwick Papers Raven? Sadly copies of the older classics are becoming more difficult to find in paperback or hardback. Somehow it feels wrong to read them on kindle etc., though I expect their authors would be fascinated! Summer is usually my time for some fantasy or folklore type reading but I've been feeling a pull to stretch my brain a little lately (must be all the old repeats I've watched during lockdown!) so now that my local Library is soon to re-open I'll soon be able to mull over a full over the range. Meanwhile, finishing off my dual time Avalon novel ... Happy All!
  4. Reading big difficult books

    Reading a subject like philosophy in a foreign language is two challenges at once filosofitar - which is one too many! So either learn the language fluently enough to read 'em as they are, or see if you can find economical copies of the books in English! Either way, your local public library may be able to help for a fraction of the cost. Where do we get the idea you love a challenge?! Have a great rest-of-Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  5. Barbara Erskine

    Anyone else read Sleepers Castle yet? Don't want to give too much away but there's quite a scary villain in this Erskine - really adds to the enjoyment! Gather in your books my friends, as the Starks of Winterfell say "winter is coming!"
  6. Reviving

    Hello hello? I know I'm a little late (What's a few years between between bookpals?☺)but I've been feeling the call of my J.A. books recently. So, if numbers are still gathering, I'd like to read along too.
  7. Things in books that annoy you

    When the author repeatedly uses a certain phrase. Barbara Erskine is a favourite author of mine, but it drives me nuts how her characters will say "I gather"( i.e. I understand) again and again and ...!!
  8. Getting into the Spirit of things!

    Have just bought Conversations with God Book 4. (Neale Donald Walsch) It's been quite a while since I've read any of this series, but glancing through it feels like reconnecting with an old pal again. I've been away too long. Anyone else out there reading spiritual stuff?
  9. Manda Scott

    Oh, come on - surely there are more readers than Chrissy and self to have enjoyed this series? Hard to believe our posts were so long ago. This series has recently surfaced again from my favoured personal library. I've a feeling I'm headed back to ancient Britain soon. Time travelling again.
  10. Philippa Gregory

    Sorry about the gaff, folks. Anyone else out there read this latest P.G. work?
  11. Barbara Erskine

    "Sleepers Castle" anyone? Really enjoyed this latest Erskine where we're led a bit further into spiritual type stuff, and fascinating it is too. Silly to think that I'd never before considered that as we can look back to meet past life people in spirit, so they can look forward to see us too! Imagine living in a long term family home where your great grandparents are still capable of keeping an eye on the younger generations! A bit spooky, but also comforting, too. Love to hear from others who liked the novel, too - ?
  12. Ceri Norman

    Body of Water is Ceri's first detective novel, and I really got right into it. Her usual wicked sense of humour is firmly present too, lifting the murder case being investigated. Let's hope it's only the first of many more from this gifted lady ... I'm getting into crime at last!
  13. Philippa Gregory

    Three Sisters, three Queens - What did we think then? It took a bit of time for me to realise I was actually enjoying the read. At first Margaret (sister of Henry the eighth) seemed a bit of a whinger to me. Gradually though I realised she was just being a "sister" to the other two Queens (Mary and Katherine of Aragon) in alternating sentiment with jealousy regarding her kinship. Especially in the midst of a crises, Margaret would pause to let off steam at one or both of the other two! Of course as the sister of only a brother I couldn't be expected to "get" it immediately - could I? Over to y'all ...
  14. Buys for Christmas - from us and for us!

    Your mom sounds like a very interesting lady, Anna. Makes me feel a bit guilty though, I really should read more books with some valuable "grit" in them more often! She'll love them even if she grumbles.
  15. Buys for Christmas - from us and for us!

    Do you ask the givers to add an inscription in their buy, Kylie? I think it's a lovely touch for a treasured gift. Special memories of family or friends as the years pass.