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  1. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    1. Chronicles of Narnia series - C S Lewis 2. My Friend Flicka series - Mary O'Hara 3. The Chalet School series - Elinor Brent-Dyer 4. Nancy Drew series - various writers using the pseudonym Carolyn Keene 5. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
  2. Hi, everyone!

    Hello, @WormBoy, welcome to the Forum! I hope you enjoy having a look around, and look forward to seeing you in some of the discussions. Ooshie
  3. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    Just finished A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, and just started Fraud by Anita Brookner :-)
  4. Britain's all time top five authors

    I would definitely have Hilary Mantel in my top five; although I have only read a few of her books, they are all among my favourites. A quote from an article in The Guardian mentions that "each of her novels is a new world, freshly imagined in a special language, but in every one the twists of human desire and fear are exactly charted", and I would say that is a very good description. Her books stay with me long after I have finished reading them, in all sorts of different ways. For me, she does qualify as a 'great' writer rather than just an 'entertaining' one.
  5. Online Study & Learning

    FutureLearn (owned by The Open University) are starting a free course which looks interesting on Monday 24th July. It is with The University of Edinburgh, some details below: How to Read A Novel We will be looking at four of the main building blocks in fiction: plot, characterisation, dialogue, and setting. We’ll show you how each of these elements work, exploring different examples from modern and classic texts, and showing you what to look out for when reading novels for yourself. This course will teach you how to be a more incisive reader, giving you skills to apply in all your future reading. We’ll also be looking at examples from some of the very best in contemporary fiction, exploring what makes them work so successfully, and what effect they have on us, the reader. We look forward to you joining us in July on this fascinating journey into the world of fiction. I do love my reading, but don't usually spend much time analysing the books I read, so hope it might give me a deeper understanding and add to my enjoyment in that way!
  6. First line of current book - 2017

    That my first encounter with Mitko B. ended in a betrayal, even a minor one, should have given me greater warning at the time, which should in turn have made my desire for him less, if not done away with it completely. What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell (which I have just finished) From the doorway I can already smell the scent of old books, a perfume of crumbling pages and time-worn leather. Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen (which I have just started)
  7. LGBT literature

    I have just finished What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell; I found the writing very similar to that of Alan Hollinghurst, so anyone who has enjoyed AH's books might enjoy it. I found the ending of the book very moving. A couple more for the list are The Spell and The Stranger's Child. I found them both good reads, but didn't enjoy them quite as much as The Line of Beauty.
  8. Frankie reads 2017

    I'm so glad you found it so quickly, @frankie, I really hope you enjoy it - hopefully you will as chaliepud liked it so much too! Thanks for the extra suggestions; the title of The Bookshop on the Corner is ringing a bell with me, although the storyline isn't. I have had a good search and can't find it on any of my TBR piles, though. I wonder whether I have seen it at my Mum's house? I will need to look next time I am there! I haven't heard of the other two so they can go straight on my wish list
  9. Claire's Book List 2017

    Good to know I still have a quite a lot to go! Those I have read so far are marked in green:# A Start in Life (1981) Providence (1982) Look At Me (1983) Hotel Du Lac (1984) Family and Friends (1985) A Misalliance (1986) A Friend From England (1987) Latecomers (1988) Lewis Percy (1989) Brief Lives (1990) A Closed Eye (1991) Fraud (1992) A Family Romance (1993) A Private View (1994) Incidents in the Rue Laugier (1995) Altered States (1996) Visitors (1997) Falling Slowly (1998) Undue Influence (1999) The Bay of Angels (2001) The Next Big Thing (2002) The Rules of Engagement (2003) Leaving Home (2005) Strangers (2009) and I still have The Next Big Thing on my TBR pile. I agree with you about the quality of the paper and the typeface, though I have checked the older editions I have (with the coloured covers) and they don't seem to be of better quality; hopefully you will manage to track down some nicer ones. Like you, I do prefer the covers of the reissues but, much as I would like to, I don't think I will replace those I have with the coloured covers unless the price drops very significantly!
  10. Claire's Book List 2017

    Looks like your reading is going really well this year! I had read a few Brookner novels in years gone by and enjoyed them, so when they started to be reissued (after her death?) I began to read them in order, too. I think I have missed a couple, though, as they weren't available when I was ready to buy a couple more, so I will need to check whether I can get hold of those yet. I have fourteen of them altogether, with one still to read; I really like to have one or two waiting now, so I can start right away if I am in the mood for her writing. I remember getting through The Go-Between fairly quickly, but I think that was because I left it in the office as my 'lunch hour' book, so there was nothing else to distract me from it!
  11. Ian's reading 2017

    Your reviews of the 'Dark Tower' books are really useful, @ian. I have read most of Stephen King's other fiction (and have just finished 'End of Watch') but for some reason have never picked up the DT series - it was good to be reminded they are there waiting for me! I'm glad you enjoyed the Desmond Bagley; I read all his books in the 70s/early 80s, and liked them a lot.
  12. Frankie reads 2017

    I think I had read another two books by her quite a few years ago and enjoyed those two, so as well as the bookshop/books/library theme appealing to me very much I did think I should enjoy it. It was nice to be proved right!
  13. Frankie reads 2017

    Hi Frankie, just a heads-up about another book you might enjoy - The Dandelion Years by Erica James. The main character restores antique books, her father runs a second-hand bookshop, and there are quite a few mentions of a large house with a big library... my mother passed it on to me just the other day, and it is quite a light, easy read for when you are in the mood for that. The blurb on the back is: 'Someone had made a perfect job of creating a place in which to hide a notebook... there was no address, only a date: September 1932...' Ashcombe was the most beautiful house Saskia had ever seen as a little girl. A rambling cottage on the edge of a Suffolk village, it provided a perfect sanctuary to hide from the tragedy which shattered her childhood. Now an adult, Saskia is still living at Ashcombe and as a book restorer devotes her days to tending to broken and battered books, daydreaming about the people who had once turned their pages. When she discovers a hidden notebook and realises someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to hide a story of their own - Saskia finds herself drawn into a heart-rending tale of wartime love.
  14. How many books do you read at once?

    I am currently only reading one book, but if I am reading a hardback then I will often start a paperback too so I have something lighter and more portable on the go as well.
  15. 21 so far - I would like to read a minimum of 52 in the year, so am just about on track :-)
  16. I have already stated that the reading of Lolita doesn't bother me, and the front cover you have posted doesn't alter my feelings on that. It wouldn't bother me at all seeing someone reading it near a school or where lots of children are about. I do think I have entirely understood the points you have been trying to make in all your previous posts. It is purely that I don't have the reactions you mention, and have never encountered anyone in any part of the country I have lived in having an openly negative reaction to anything being read by someone else either. It seems that no-one who has posted on this thread has encountered such a reaction. I'm just somewhat puzzled by why you keep pushing your hypothesis. Everyone who has posted seems to understand it perfectly well; it's just that no-one has had any experiences which support it.
  17. I have never lived in an area where anyone would dream of openly reacting to the reading matter of another with even a very British 'tut'! And if they are not openly reacting, what does it matter if they are thinking negatively or positively about the work in question? Really - I would happily read a book about the Moors Murderers in public. I wouldn't think twice about it, and wouldn't give a second thought to seeing anyone else read a similar book. Thank you for the discussion though - it is amusing me greatly!
  18. Goodness, you must live in a very judgemental area. Probably good then that you have such a developed sensitivity to what might be considered 'normal', it will no doubt save you from a lot of difficulties.
  19. Frankie reads 2017

    Thanks, frankie, that's my next two purchases sorted!
  20. Frankie reads 2017

    I love books where the story is set in a bookshop! Sounds like a nice, gentle read - ideal when too stressed or tired to tackle anything requiring lots of thinking; I love to keep a few books like that on my TBR pile.
  21. Is what you are saying that you have those responses to seeing people reading books of those types, @David James? If so, all well and good, but I have literally never known anyone else (either online or in real life) who has indicated to me that they do so. I would never assume that someone reading a book which espouses a particular viewpoint shares that view. Even if I did, each to their own - everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I'm not going to feel negative about someone having an opinion which differs from mine. And as to your example of Lolita, well, as both a parent and someone who was groomed and abused as a child, I have both read the book and seen the 1962 film several times. Neither the film nor the book displeased me or made me uncomfortable. If I were to see someone reading the book, all I would be likely to think would be to wonder whether they are enjoying it as much as I did, whether they are enjoying the style of the writing, Humbert as 'unreliable narrator' etc. As I said in my post above, I am always just delighted to see anyone reading, and interested in what they have chosen.
  22. Personally, I wouldn't - I would assume that they were reading it for interest or from intellectual curiosity. But that's probably just because it would be my own motivation for reading works like that. I do think people make judgements about others based on what they see them reading. I haven't ever been aware of choosing to read a particular book in public because I thought it would give people a more favourable impression of me, but there are books I have chosen not to read in public because I was slightly embarrassed about them (they were a more 'romance/chick lit' type of book than I usually read, passed on to me by my mother). But now, I am slightly embarrassed about having been slightly embarrassed by them! I wouldn't think negatively of anyone I saw reading them, so it wasn't logical for me to think others would think negatively about me. I am always just delighted to see anyone reading, and interested in what they have chosen. (By the way, what you choose to read can have unexpected effects - many years ago, while working as a receptionist in a lawyers' office, a friend visiting one of the younger lawyers asked me if I ever read at my desk when things were quiet and, if so, what. I told him I did, usually the The Economist magazine, which he was visibly impressed by. Reader, I married him. )
  23. Ooshie's Book List 2016

    Books Read in 2016 - 52 A Game for All The Family Sophie Hannah A God in Ruins Kate Atkinson A Start In Life Anita Brookner Beyond Black Hilary Mantel Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote Career of Evil Robert Galbraith Cold Kill P J Tracy Dead Simple Peter James Doctor Fischer of Geneva Graham Greene Family and Friends Anita Brookner Finders Keepers Stephen King Friday on my Mind Nicci French Gray Mountain John Grisham High-Rise J G Ballard Hotel du Lac Anita Brookner I Am Pilgrim Terry Hayes I Let You Go Clare Mackintosh Lewis Percy Anita Brookner Liar’s Chair Rebecca Whitney Life after Life Kate Atkinson Little Boy Blue M J Aldridge Look at Me Anita Brookner Looking Good Dead Peter James Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck Only We Know Karen Perry Providence Anita Brookner Second Life S J Watson Speaking in Bones Kathy Reichs Still Alice Lisa Genova Stoner John Williams Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky The Call of the Wild Jack London The Chosen Dead M R Hall The Cozy Life Pia Edberg The Darkest Day Tom Wood The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins The Hit David Baldacci The Ice Twins S K Tremayne The Little Book of Hygge Meik Wiking The Loney Andrew Michael Hurley The Perfume Collector Katherine Tessaro The Revenant Michael Punke The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Edward FitzGerald The Slaughter Man Tony Parsons The Spell Alan Hollinghurst The Swedish Girl Alex Gray The Weight of Silence Heather Gudenkauf The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aiken The Yellow Admiral Patrick O’Brian Waiting for Wednesday Nicci French Whatever You Love Louise Doughty X Sue Grafton
  24. Ooshie's Book List 2016

    Maybe I should read it again and see if this time I notice the story more than the descriptions! :-)
  25. Ooshie's Book List 2016

    I had been really looking forward to I Am Pilgrim, so was very surprised to find that I didn't enjoy it. I think it just had too many descriptions in it for me! I remember thinking at the time it read as though it was aimed at being a film, and when I noticed afterwards that the author was also a screenwriter that made sense to me. I'm glad you agree about I Let You Go! I really did enjoy it a lot.