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  1. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Thanks, I thought it was your review I'd read but I wasn't sure Mine doesn't have 'banned' on the front but it still has a pretty twisty pattern around the edges in gold, with keys and locks and feathers twined into it, which I love! Thank you I have a load of work to get done this week so not nearly enough reading time but hopefully I'll be able to get round to them soon! Good, I hope you enjoy them! Yes!
  2. Vodkafan's 2016 Reading Adventure

    Well Victoriana is a subject I'm always happy to talk about Are there any (Victorian) topics you're particularly interested in? Have you seen 'Victorian Things', 'Victorian Cities' and 'Victorian People' by Asa Briggs? I've only read the first one so far but that's really good. It's literally packed with information which does make it quite dense, I probably wouldn't recommend just reading it in one sitting, but a great reference book. You can also get the three in a really, really pretty folio set for £20. I've actually just realised (by going to check if you already had Briggs on there) that you have a section in your 'to read' list specifically for books set in the Victorian period so I'm going to go and steal some of those ideas now
  3. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    I didn't realise how many forum members did love it so much! I'm still reading The Heroes but I've just come back for a small reading update. I was tidying some books away today and realised I had missed a book from my 'Owned Books to Read' list - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame - because it's little and was on a different shelf (only some books will fit on the little shelf - I don't actually organise my books by size!) So I've edited the list and added it in. Second book related confession, I may have bought 2 books even though I've only crossed 2 off the list of books already on my shelf... I now have Breverton's Phantasmagoria: A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends by Terry Breverton and Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge In my defence, Fly By Night was only £1 and it was for Marie Curie. It's also pretty and I remembered reading a really good review of it on here. And Breverton's Phantasmagoria was on sale, is a pretty little hardback book and I was ordering a book for someone else at the same time, so I saved on postage! I always liked mythical creatures and I also just like the word phantasmagoria I'm going to be reading Breverton's Phantasmagoria alongside my other books since it's in small sections, like a dictionary, rather than one long text. I think I need a purse that shouts at me when I try to buy more books... or maybe a howler from Harry Potter that screams "YOU MUST NOT BUY MORE BOOKS" when I enter a bookshop. Probably still wouldn't work
  4. Vodkafan's 2016 Reading Adventure

    I nearly bought The Yard last week, I'm glad I didn't now! I don't think I would have noticed the specific inaccuracies in the police department because I don't know enough about it but the dialogue mistakes would have bothered me. I know this is a bit late as well but if you're interested in Victorian paintings there's a good book called Victorian Fairy Painting edited by Jane Martineau. It has seven essays which are all really interesting and then a catalogue of some of the most notable paintings at the back with little explanatory notes next to them. The essays look at the subject of fairies in Victorian literature, music and theatre too, as well as in book illustration. It's quite a large hardback (although not that thick) and very pretty, I got mine really cheaply on ebay, it shouldn't be hard to get hold of, I'd definitely recommend it.
  5. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Thank you yes it was! I think it's definitely worth reading for anyone who is really interested in books, particularly Jane Eyre, just because it's so fun. It's not so off the wall that it will leave you scratching your head and wondering what just happened, it's actually very light-hearted. Yay! I do hope this Secret Club is represented by the symbol of a dodo I changed my mind about my next book as well, I've started reading The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie instead
  6. Noll's 2016 Books and Cross-Stitch

    I've been debating whether to read Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children for a while, it does seem to be one of those books that some people think is amazing and others hate. Based on your review though I think I should give it a try!
  7. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - Brilliantly Fun Literary Madness This book is insane and I love it There are so many crazy features I loved but I don't want to ruin the experience for new readers so I won't go into detail. It's as though Fforde has absolutely no regard for rules and just threw ideas straight from his imagination onto the page and that makes it feel very unique. It is very much a book for the bookish, often making you feel as though you're sharing a sort of 'in joke' with the author which is a lot of fun. The overall plot, which gives us a more familiar detective versus 'bad guy' theme is also very well done, both gripping and unpredictable. I really liked the main character too so I'm definitely looking forward to reading more in the series! I'm not really sure what to read next. I had a chaotic week last week which means I have a lot of work to catch up on now, so I'm thinking something easy to read. I had planned to read Neverwhere but I think I'd rather save that for when I can relax and enjoy it more. I might read The Shakespeare Secret, since it's meant to be one of those 'can't put down' books, someone at university recommended it to me about 2 years ago and I still haven't got round to reading it
  8. Pets - 2016

    Thank you chaliepud and Kylie, I successfully got her in the box today and I even think she's forgiven me for it! Frankie I'm really sorry to hear that but you aren't allergic to all dogs are you? My sister is allergic to some animals (I think it's short haired animals) and that affects her breathing, I know that's horrible for her, she loves animals too.
  9. Hello everyone

    I thought that was an unusual term to use when I read it! but anyway I read a lot of different genres too, though mostly fiction. Do you have any favourite books or authors?
  10. Noll's 2016 Books and Cross-Stitch

    Great reviews I like the sound of Ancestor, I've never heard of Sigler but I'll definitely have a look now
  11. Pets - 2016

    I hope Mario feels better soon too, poor thing! I actually wondered if anyone could give me some cat-related advice. I've never had a cat but this week I've been helping my friend with their cat, who had a bad tooth (she couldn't close her mouth properly on Sunday and was sitting with her tongue out all day!) It's been a really hectic week getting vet checks, trying to get the money together for treatment and then she had to go and get put under anaesthetic to have the tooth removed (she's 12, so I think everyone was a bit worried she wouldn't deal well with it) but she's had it done now, she's home with antibiotics and seems back to her normal self! But now there's another problem. She has to go back for two check ups and she has become terrified of going in the travel box since the tooth removal. I've had to put her in it twice this week, once to find the problem, once for the operation (my friend was so upset she didn't even want to be in the house when I took her to the vet either time- she's really close to the cat and was convinced she would end up being put down - which is how I ended up saying I would sort everything out). I was meant to take her again this morning but when I came in the room with the travel box she looked petrified and ran before I was anywhere near her. In the end I called the vet and asked if it was really necessary to have another trip so close to the treatment, as she was so distressed. They said I could bring her on Monday afternoon instead. I'm actually dreading having to get her in the box again on Monday. The last time I draped a towel over her and scooped her up inside the towel before placing her into the box (because the first time she put her legs either side of the box so I couldn't get her in!) but I don't know if that will work again, not if she keeps running away from me now (the thought that she is now scared of me also makes me feel terrible!) If anyone has any tips at all I'd be really grateful. I've tried leaving the box in the room with her to see if she'll get used to it but she just acted very anxious and wouldn't stay still at all while it was there.
  12. The Gaming Box

    I know, and my boyfriend said pretty much the same thing when I ranted to him about too but I'm still sad! I just want Lionhead to make single player Fable games with beautiful artwork and demon doors and chicken-kicking forever. I would also really like to see more encouragement for the UK games industry too, which makes losing that studio sad as well. I know we have Rare making a great comeback recently and that's brilliant, but the closure of Lionhead is still a big loss to employment in the industry here. On a more positive note I've just discovered there's a new Deponia game! I thought 'Goodbye Deponia' was going to be the last one, but now we have Deponia Doomsday (which I had no idea was coming out!) so I'm happy about that
  13. Hayley's Book Bundle Challenge

    Yeah, of course, I'm always happy to talk about books, on any thread
  14. The Gaming Box

    So sad to hear about the closure of Lionhead studios. Fable was one of the first games I played on xbox and I loved all of them, they were always so pretty and unique. There is a petition to keep them open, which I'll link in case anyone wants to sign, but I don't have much hope it will change Microsoft's minds. https://www.change.org/p/microsoft-studios-don-t-close-lionhead-studios
  15. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Hi Lauren The Mysterious Island is available through Project Gutenberg ( http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1268) which is always good. A Winter Amid the Ice sounds really interesting too, I'll have to try it! If you haven't seen it already you should go and say hi on the 'Introductions' section of the forum (under 'The Lounge' on the main page) because more people will see it there
  16. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    There's quite a few then! I really have high hopes for this series, The Eyre Affair arrived a few days ago and I've been sneakily reading the first few pages Farundell, on the other hand, I think will have to be a 'did not finish.' I'm on page 89 (of 399) and just can't get into it. The actual subject matter interesting but, considering the (much stronger than I expected) supernatural themes, it doesn't feel magical to me. The setting and the characters feel like they have great potential but somehow end up just coming across as quite dull. I realised that it was starting to kill my reading motivation so decided it was probably best to just move on. So it's on to The Eyre Affair
  17. Poppyshake's Reading Year 2016

    I love The BFG! I thought the trailer for the new film looked brilliant. It seems as though it will be more like the book than the old animated film. Good luck with your challenge!
  18. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Thanks everyone Oh! I thought it was weird that I hadn't seen it on your thread I hadn't thought about it before but are there more Thursday Next books to come then? Good Omens was the first time I heard about Neil Gaiman, I bought the book because it was co-written by Terry Pratchett, I'd never heard of Gaiman before! The Ocean at the End of the Lane is very different but definitely worth reading It is worth a read. Personally I don't think the blurb really represents the book that well. It's a pretty quick read too because it's so packed with shocking twists. It gets a little crazy really but it's one of those things that you need to see because it's just not like anything else! Hopefully you will like it Same here, all I knew of the plot was from the back of the book and even that really just hints, quite cryptically, at the content. I liked the surprise so I thought I better not give anything away I'm thinking of giving Farundell a try next. I picked it up in a rush one day from a library sale. The blurb mentioned magic and mystery and a grand old house so I thought it would be worth trying for 20p! I probably shouldn't have but I looked at some reviews out of curiosity when I got it home and they seem very mixed. Some people seem to love it while others think it's poorly written. It put me off a bit and it's been on my shelf for quite a long time now so I think it might be time to give it a chance!
  19. Unlimited editing?

    I just wanted to check whether you can edit a post an unlimited amount of times? I want to cross off books from a list as I read them, but this will require multiple uses of 'edit' and I've never actually tried to edit a post more than once! I'm sorry if this seems like a stupid question! I know there are other, similar, lists on the forum but I really can't remember if other members mark them as read one at a time or in groups. And I have a feeling when I started using the forum I read something about the amount you can edit, but now I can't find anything about it
  20. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Thank you I had to order The Eyre Affair but it should be here in the next couple of days and I'm looking forward to it! I didn't notice you were trying Fforde too in your thread, are you starting with The Eyre Affair too? And I'm happy to say I can cross a book off my list already! I started reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane last night and finished it this afternoon... The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - Childhood Magic This was one of those books that I didn't want to end but I still couldn't help reading so fast. I think when I reviewed Trigger Warning I mentioned how much I love Gaiman's ability to create a very immersive, dreamlike, fantasy world and this book was the same. The fantastical is merged into reality with such seamlessness. It's also a really beautiful portrayal of childhood with all it's fears and hopes and of the aspects of childhood we keep inside us as adults. I don't want to say much more, although there were so many things I loved, because I think it's best to read this book without knowing too much about it beforehand. I would definitely recommend anyone (well, unless they really hate fantasy!) to read this beautifully written book!
  21. Unlimited editing?

    Oh good, thank you The rule I'm remembering probably was the 10 posts before you can edit
  22. Willoyd's Reading 2016

    Connie Willis sounds interesting, definitely adding some of her books to my 'to read' list
  23. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Now on to the other thing I wanted to do! I had this idea while trying to think of which book I should read next. I've still not finished my 'book bundle challenge' but I also have a lot of books (taking up a lot of space!) that have been sitting around for while which I just haven't got round to reading yet. SO I thought I'd try to get organised by making a list of the books I have on my shelves but haven't read yet and also moving my 'book bundle challenge' reviews here. Books I have read are in red Book Bundle Challenge: Best Selling Fiction: Hilary Mantel - Fludd M.L. Stedman - The Light Between Oceans Ian Banks - The Bridge Paul Murray - Skippy Dies Jess Walter - Beautiful Ruins John Green - Paper Towns Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London Joanne Harris - Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé Stephen King - The Shining Corban Addison - A Walk Across the Sun Sci-Fi and Fantasy: Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Four Stephen Jones - Zombie Apocalypse (TRIED BUT DID NOT FINISH) Joe Abercrombie - The Blade Itself Jim Butcher - Storm Front James Herbert - The Fog Ian M. Banks - Look to Windward Stephen King - Cell Classics: Kurt Vonnegut- Cat's Cradle John Le Carre - The Spy Who Came In From The Cold Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird Robert Lewis Stevenson - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Horror Owned Books To Read Abercrombie, Joe – The Heroes Alcott, Louisa May – Little Women Butcher, Jim – Turn coat Byatt, A.S. – The Children’s Book Caldwell, Ian and Dustin Thomason – The Rule of Four Carrell, J.L. – The Shakespeare Secret Collins, Wilkie – The Woman in White Dickens, Charles – A Tale of Two Cities Dickens, Charles – Bleak House Dickens, Charles – The Old Curiosity Shop Dickens, Charles – The Pickwick Papers Eco, Umberto – The Name of the Rose Fasman, Jon – The Geographer’s Library Faulks, Sebastian – Birdsong Fredericks, L.R. – Farundell (did not finish) Gaiman, Neil - Neverwhere Gaiman, Neil – The Ocean at the End of the Lane Galbraith, Robert – The Silkworm Gaylin, Alison – Into the Dark Gibbins, David – The Tiger Warrior Graham, Kenneth - The Wind in the Willows Hardie, Titania – The Rose Labyrinth Hawthorne, Nathaniel – Tanglewood Tales King, Stephen – Duma Key Le Carré, John – A Most Wanted Man Marston, Edward – The Frost Fair Morton, Kate – The Distant Hours Mosse, Kate – Citadel Mosse, Kate - Sepulchre Patterson, James – Witch & Wizard Perry, Karen – Only We Know Riordan, Kate – The Girl in the Photograph Roy, Arundhati – The God of Small Things Verne, Jules – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Wells, H.G. – The First Men in the Moon Wells, H.G. – The Invisible Man Wells, H.G. – The Island of Doctor Moreau Wells, H.G. – The Time Machine Wells, H.G. – The War of the Worlds The list looks a lot less intimidating than the actual stack of books so hopefully I can start crossing some off now
  24. Hayley's 2016 Reading

    Ok I've now finished both Fever of the Blood and The Mysterious Island so... Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel - All the themes I love! For anyone who read my review of The Strings of Murder last year, I loved all the same things about this book. I love the time period and the way de Muriel writes about it in a way that is accurate, honest and never clichéd. I also love the theme of the supernatural versus the rational which fits within the Victorian time period so well. Like the last book it kept me gripped the whole way through, I felt like I needed to know what would happen at the end, it's a great mystery. Aside from all the positives maintained from the previous book though this also had some positive new surprises. The characters from the previous book are developed very nicely and some, who had no particularly important part before, start to reveal interesting histories of their own. The sense of unravelling these individual stories to see the bigger picture is part of what keeps this book so tense and interesting. It felt as though this book progressed into darker and more dangerous territory than the last as well, leaving an impression of a building danger that makes me really, really want the next book! The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne - A very factual adventure! One of the main features of this book, one which I think could make a reader love it or hate it, is the incredible amount of detail. It is not (like Robinson Crusoe) that Verne goes into minute detail about one aspect of the stranded men's lives, but that he details everything. The types of animals and plants, their uses, the geographical information and exact coordinates of the island (and, of course, the processes required to find all this information). The survivors become woodworkers, metalworkers, doctors, chemists, builders and everything they do to improve their lives on the island is fully explained. Most of the time I thought this was actually quite interesting and clever but, as you can imagine, it sometimes made it feel as though the actual story was progressing very slowly. In a way, I found it to be a very relaxing read. Because of the amount of detail you really feel like you are fully exploring the island, which is mostly wonderful (although, perhaps, not always possible.) The mystery of the island was enough to keep me intrigued though and I genuinely had no idea what it would turn out to be. Two points which annoyed me slightly, although it wasn't the fault of the story - I had an edition with notes in the back (wordsworth classics) which I usually like and I though would be particularly useful for this book - there are barely notes for the length of the book and most of them are just to say 'this can't really happen', 'this is wrong' etc. So I wouldn't recommend that edition if you want explanatory notes. The other thing was that I had heard this book is related slightly to 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' (which I also have on my to-read list) but this book actually tells you something about a character which gives away the ending of 'Twenty Thousand Leagues.' So if you want the ending to be a surprise, don't read this book first!
  25. Hayley's Book Bundle Challenge

    I really can't believe how long it has been since I updated this thread! I could have sworn I had reviewed The Blade Itself! I think I might have accidentally put it in my normal reading thread last year I actually just came to say that since I'm doing this challenge alongside my other reading and this thread doesn't get updated very often (REALLY not very often apparently!) I'm going to move future progress updates to my 2016 reading thread. I'm assuming this thread doesn't need to be closed because I'm not actually merging the two threads, but if I'm wrong and a friendly mod happens to be passing, please feel free to move it!