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  1. Help with a crime novels classification

    I don't know of any genre specific ones, but you could use a list like this and only make note of the crime novels? Best-Selling Books in the UK in 2020. Book Best Sellers in 2020 Are you challenging yourself to read the bestsellers?
  2. Help with a crime novels classification

    Hi. I think this would be a very difficult thing to work out (although interesting!). There's a lot of variables and there might not be accurate sales information for very old books. Could you maybe narrow the time frame down?
  3. New Moderator

    I am very pleased to tell you all that Raven has agreed to be a forum moderator! With the team we have now, alongside the server move which should work out any technical issues, we should be able to keep things running super smoothly over here, even while we're making planned changes . Thank you Raven!
  4. Foreign phrases in books

    I think the meaning is usually explained though, isn’t it? At least, I don’t remember ever having to look up some Latin while I was reading!
  5. No, not everyone can edit titles but I've fixed this one now
  6. Foreign phrases in books

    I can't actually think of any examples I've read other than French and Latin but I picture Latin phrases as mainly being at the beginning of a book and not within the actual story (or explained within the text, which I don't mind either). I'm not too bad with French words and phrases, but I've never been particularly good with languages. Although, thanks to the French teacher who wouldn't let us do anything if we didn't ask in French, I can always remember how to ask if I can take my jacket off .
  7. Can you remember what the book was about?
  8. A Book blog 2021 by Books do Furnish a Room

    I think it was your review that made me want to read it in the first place! I have started reading it and so far I have to agree with you about the language! I have to admit, I don't think I'd heard of it before this book! It's nice to know that it's as interesting in real life
  9. Novels That Shaped Our World

    I definitely think Dickens influenced society with his writing, very intentionally so. I think the divorce reform conversations happening in the 1850s are an interesting example. Dickens was publishing other people's articles on the subject, well as his own, in his periodical Household Words for a while. Then he wrote about the unfairness of divorce laws in Hard Times and just a couple of years later the Bill was finally passed. The conversation would have happened without Dickens, but he reached a lot of people with his publications and used them to generate empathy for working-class people trapped in unhealthy marriages because they couldn't afford to get divorced. I definitely think he would have changed a few minds on the subject
  10. I enjoyed the chapters that weren't about the technical aspects of whaling. If those parts could be edited out I think I'd have really liked it!
  11. I think I've read 25 (I can't remember if I read all of Heart of Darkness or not!). There's a couple I read a bit of but didn't finish. Funny (or, maybe more weird than funny) story: I was meant to read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood for university but, even though reading violent scenes doesn't usually effect me, I was nearly physically sick after reading the beginning. I had to put it down and go get some fresh air. I think it was a mixture of knowing that those things actually happened and the very brutal/blunt and descriptive way that Capote tells it. Knowing that Capote was sympathetic to the criminals also made me feel uncomfortable about the book and I just couldn't bring myself to read it all. There are a few books on there that I really do want to read though! Me either to be honest (I also agree with you about Moby Dick!).
  12. Poetic Wanderings

    I opened a book and in I strode. Now nobody can find me. I’ve left my chair, my house, my road, My town and my world behind me. I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring, I’ve swallowed the magic potion. I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king And dived in a bottomless ocean. I opened a book and made some friends. I shared their tears and laughter And followed their road with its bumps and bends To the happily ever after. I finished my book and out I came. The cloak can no longer hide me. My chair and my house are just the same, But I have a book inside me. I Opened a Book - Julia Donaldson [I hope it isn’t cheating to change a word from the plural because I really like this one ]
  13. Poetic Wanderings

    I love this game! (And Lewis Carroll!) … You say, O Sage, when weather-checked, "I have been favoured so With cloudless skies, I must expect This dash of rain or snow." "Since health has been my lot," you say, "So many months of late, I must not chafe that one short day Of sickness mars my state." You say, "Such bliss has been my share From Love's unbroken smile, It is but reason I should bear A cross therein awhile." And thus you do not count upon Continuance of joy; But, when at ease, expect anon A burden of annoy. But, Sage this Earth why not a place Where no reprisals reign, Where never a spell of pleasantness Makes reasonable a pain? -The Child and the Sage by Thomas Hardy
  14. The Strings of Murder

    It was way back in 2015 (and in a book blog ). It should show up in a search, although I see that it doesn't so thank you for noticing that! I'll bring it up with Invision. My review was: 'I think I mentioned earlier that I found this book in a charity shop. The blurb describes a section of the police force which deals with the paranormal and this instantly reminded me of the Peter Grant novels by Ben Aaronovitch, which I loved. I then realised it was set in the Victorian period so then I just had to get it . While there are obviously some similarities with the Peter Grant novels though I was surprised at how different they were. I don't want to give too much away but the supernatural theme is dealt with very differently. I liked the characters, although the narrator has some qualities which make him quite unlikable at times they fit with his background and don't become distracting. I also liked the setting, it felt real and not over exaggerated. In some novels set in a specific time period (like The Interpretation of Murder!) the author seems to feel the need to shove random historical facts at you that are irrelevant to the story but that is absolutely not the case here. There are references to contemporary issues but they're very subtle and well placed. I found out after I finished the book that it's the first in a series called 'Frey and McGray' (the two main detectives) and the next book, Fever of the Blood is set to release in February. I'm definitely planning to get it. I have a feeling that the series will only improve as the characters develop further.' I'm pleased to note that I was right about the series improving . For context, I had recently read The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld and thought it was terrible. I was clearly still feeling a bit disgruntled about it .
  15. The Strings of Murder

    I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I love this series and I actually think they get better as they go. The backstory of McGray that you mention gets really interesting.