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  1. Hidden Books Game 2021

    Two of mine were just recognising things from book covers - the dog with the garden fork in the bottom right and the glove shop. Top left was actually a book I really liked and I recognised the name ‘Manderley’ on the signpost! I did get just two more today but I have absolutely no idea for most of them this year - the phone box just makes me think of Doctor Who but that’s not the answer!
  2. Ooooh, yes! It does sound so much better when you say it like that!
  3. Greetings.

    Hi Chris, welcome to the forum! I love a good detective novel, what are your favourites?
  4. I needed some good news today - just in time for my birthday in April too!
  5. 18th century literature

    There is an absolutely beautiful folio society edition of this one! I would second this one too. I started it expecting that it would not be my kind of book, but I ended up really enjoying it. It’s a good one for getting a sense of what society was like at the time.
  6. Hello

    I’ve never even heard of that one before, adding it to my ‘to-read’ list now! Really intrigued by this statement! Does reading horror make you very anxious?
  7. This is high on my wish list! Funnily enough, I remember not really liking the ending of 'The Corset' by Laura Purcell either, although I loved everything else about the book. In hindsight, the concept of the ending sounds good, but I definitely remember feeling that it was a bit of a let down in comparison to the rest of the story at the time.
  8. Hello

    Hi Cath, welcome to the forum . Which of his books have you liked? I also didn't think I'd like Stephen King, until I read The Green Mile and loved it, but I've ended up never finishing a couple of others I've tried.
  9. I'm sure my boyfriend was watching a video on this exact subject a few weeks ago. If you think the book is good I'll have to recommend it to him!
  10. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    Thank you! It's something I really wish I was better at. I know what you mean about associating it with a chore, but it does feel very different embroidering a picture than it does repairing things (not that I can do much more repairing than sewing up a hole! I even just use wonder web for hems).
  11. Victober

    This just reminded me of an interesting point I heard someone make once - that serialised fiction was the Victorian version of soaps! (although personally I love Victorian serialised fiction and have never been able to get into soaps...)
  12. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    In a direct update to my last post here I did buy the mini hoops and on an evening when I was feeling a bit stressed and couldn’t focus on my book I made this: It’s definitely not perfect (and I did regret deciding to use metallic thread because it’s so frustrating!) but I’m really quite happy with it. The hoops are different shapes and sizes, some are very small circles. If anybody has ideas for other (Christmas related) things I could try to embroider I’d love to hear them! Bear in mind that I’m new to this though
  13. Christmas planning and chat

    Aww that sounds lovely! Presents to yourself should definitely count towards Christmas organisation . I made a Christmas decoration last week. It’s not perfect, but I think it was a good start. I’ll post it in the crafting thread soon. I’d like to get ideas from other people on what to try for the next one!
  14. Quotes Collection

    Hoping we can build a thread of lovely quotes to come back to . I saw this one earlier and thought it was very appropriate, being the autumn equinox today: 'Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.' -George Eliot
  15. We've had some discussions about winter reading in the past but I don't think we've ever had a thread about the other seasons! So, do you have any books that you like to read in autumn? Maybe spooky themes for Halloween? I think I might finally get round to reading The Woman in Black in October, as well as The Book Collector by Alice Thompson, as I think they're really the only books I own that could be considered horror. I'm really tempted to look for some kind of gothic short story collection too. I definitely don't need more books but it's still tempting...
  16. Read-a-thons 2021

    Thank you Read-a-thon with a stack of new books is extra fun . I hope you enjoy them. I have an absolute week of chaos until Friday at about 8. After that I am 100% putting extra reading time aside for the read-a-thon! I want to finish Lady Audley’s Secret.
  17. Or do they... . I like the added element of mystery we get from the very different perspectives of Frey and McGray!
  18. Your review sums it up perfectly Madeleine and I agree with the above - as you've probably noticed I also love the Rivers of London series! I think Frey and McGray might appeal to those who prefer a more 'realistic' / less fantasy novel though, despite the fact that it does involve supernatural themes.
  19. 18th century literature

    I was going to recommend that after reading the first post! Such a weird story, but a good one.
  20. Victober

    The last day of October and I definitely won't be finishing everything on the challenge today! I am loving Lady Audley's Secret far more than I expected too, I just don't have enough time to read to the end today. I'm looking forward to jumping in to the thread on the book once I am done though!
  21. The Strings of Murder

    I'm so glad you liked it too! And don't have a fireplace . I love the relationship Frey and McGray have. It only gets better!
  22. There's an excellent audiobook of The Lord of the Rings, the one narrated by Rob Inglis. I don't usually listen to audiobooks but my boyfriend has the whole series and I love them. He just has the perfect voice for those books. Very appropriate for Halloween are you enjoying it? It's one of those books I've noticed many times but never actually picked up.
  23. Victober

    Porphyria always reminds me of the poem Porphyria’s Lover which is pretty freaky! Wow they really wanted to pack a lot into a short piece there didn’t they Thanks for pointing that one out, it was interesting! I hadn’t thought much about how vampires were presented during the Enlightenment. I wonder what Bram Stoker would have thought of our modern representations!?
  24. That's so nice though because you'll still have the excitement of exploring next time too! I hope all the books in your current borrowed stack are good .
  25. Aww! He knew the way to your heart was books . Yay! I hope you continue to enjoy it! That must have felt good! Had much changed since you were there last?