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Everything posted by Hayley

  1. The Asylum

    Even though I'm sitting next to my massive pile of unread books I am still really tempted to buy this. Nineteenth-century approaches to insanity is a subject I find really interesting. Have you read Alias Grace, Luna?
  2. Independent Bookshop Offers

    I'm a bit late with this, I think it will end at midnight tonight, but Fahrenheit (being a Glasgow-based company) are offering 21% off anything in their store this weekend to celebrate the Bloody Scotland crime festival. The code is BLOODY21
  3. What are you eating just now?

    I've actually never tried potato salad. I really like potatoes cold, but I've never really liked mayonnaise, so I've always just assumed I won't like it! That sounds amazing and extremely healthy! Rhubarb is something I would like to grow, my nan used to grow lovely rhubarb. I actually prefer it raw to cooked in a crumble though! I went to see my parents and had fish and chips tonight, which was lovely
  4. Reading Slump

    Definitely agree. Having a few possible methods to try when you're stuck can only help! Also, funnily enough, the book mentioned at the end of the article, Gingerbread, is one I've had my eye on for a while!
  5. Posting Links

    This is one of the issues we need to get the developers to fix. For some reason embedded links just won't work since the last update. The links work fine but, annoyingly, it doesn't look as nice! Sorry about that!
  6. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Orbit has a few books for 99p on kindle at the moment (no idea when it ends, it just says 'for a limited time'). There are two epic fantasies: The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks and Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J Parker as well as A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
  7. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    Did that level of difficulty make it more fun or just frustrating?? I definitely agree. I think it's really hard to get a combination that's colourful and vibrant but doesn't clash. Your blankets do that though! If they picked colours that don't go together, would you sneakily change it?
  8. Reading Slump

    That's very interesting, especially the Spring/Summer 2020 reading slump. It's funny, and yet perfectly understandable, to think that big world events impact reading in such a widespread way. On the other hand, I'm not sure they really is a failsafe cure for a reading slump. I think it's going to be different for everyone and every circumstance. For me, the "break glass in case of emergency" book the article talks about wouldn't work, because even if I've saved a new book by an author I absolutely love, I'd just feel like I wouldn't appreciate it properly if I wasn't truly in the mood for it. Sometimes, if I feel in a bit of a slump, I actually start reading something I'm not sure about at all, even something that I expect I might not finish.
  9. Victober

    Okay, as it has been a week now, I'd like to make a second suggestion! Challenge Suggestion 5: Read something from a Victorian periodical (non-fiction, short fiction, serialised novels and poems all count). Here's a link to all the periodicals edited by Dickens, in case anybody wants to have a browse before deciding: Welcome to DJO .
  10. Folio Society

    I know it would take a very long time, but it would also be interesting to see the differences in the text through different editions if you were to read the whole collection! You could just claim it was intentional and start a collection .
  11. This review really reminded me of a book I read a long time ago but I could not remember what it was and it's just popped into my head - the Faerie Wars Chronicles by Herbie Brennan. I like the idea that in Bones of Faerie there are more noticeable magical impacts on the human world though, I seem to remember Brennan's book mainly involving the main character being in the world of Faerie. I might have to look out for this one! I've also thought about reading this before and your review has made me want to again!
  12. Folio Society

    I’m really just guessing there too! I just thought it because they make a point of the art in the description of the book. Could be a marketing thing too though I suppose, by suggesting that it’s collectible art. I like the term ‘liveries’ for covers, it makes it sound as though the story is dressed in uniform . That is an interesting way to collect. I suppose you’d end up being able to see the history of that books publication and how it was styled differently over time, which would be good. What book does she collect?
  13. Folio Society

    It sounds to me like the Dante’s Inferno set is that much because of the art work. I also can’t imagine paying £700 for a book (imagine how many books you could buy with that much!), but I suppose there are people who spend that much and more on art. Again, like art I guess! Those really expensive ones always have a small limited number as well, to make them more collectible. I have a few folio society books but they’re all second hand. I think the most I’ve paid is £30 for a set of Bronte books. They were bound in silk but the sun has bleached the colour. I actually like them the way they are, but I assume that sun ‘damage’ is why they were that price. Most of the ones I have were cheaper than or the same price as a normal hardback. They all definitely are for reading, but it does also make me happy to look at them because they’re so pretty .
  14. PaulGM's Reading

    I'll try to emotionally prepare myself before reading then! That doesn't sound promising. I have to admit, it's not a book I'd have picked up at all from the description if I didn't already know the author.
  15. Victober

    You don’t need to follow the categories from the first post, we’re doing our own version, so throw any suggestion in there! Whatever you think people will enjoy most. We’ll all vote at the end to decide which challenges to go with
  16. PaulGM's Reading

    I bought this mainly because I loved The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger by Zusak, but I still haven't gotten around to reading it. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts! I liked the folkloric theme of Buried Giant, but I do know what you mean about it feeling like it was trying too hard. Also definitely agree with your 9 for Handmaid's Tale. I don't know this one, I'll have to look it up! Welcome to the forum by the way
  17. Hayley's Reading in 2021

    I love the thought of us all simultaneously head-tilting whenever someone posts a shelf picture on here . That sounds like my kind of book!
  18. Read-a-thons 2021

    If that's what you're enjoying right now then that's definitely what you should keep doing! Nothing unfortunate about it Thank you, to both . I do love the socks, they were a present from my sister, along with a pack of pencils that say things like 'I like big books' and 'I believe in tea and books' (which are both very true). Wow, yes that was a lot of reading done on Sunday! Well done! I like the title 'I Used to Have a Plan' (although I haven't heard of the book before!)
  19. Read-a-thons 2021

    So far I have finished Botanical Folk Tales, read three chapters of Silence and 100 pages of Queste (the Septimus Heap book mentioned above). Hoping to read some more of the latter later on but I'm happy with that already! Has anybody else been doing the read-a-thon this month?
  20. Victober

    Just to note, I've moved this thread over to Reading Challenges. It would have been weird to have a Victorian event without you! I haven't! Just to check, is your challenge suggestion to read Lady Audley's Secret or to read a Victorian sensation novel?
  21. What's the weather like?

    That is seriously unlucky. I suppose some animals do like the rain though. If we had a day where it rained loads my nan used to look out of the window and say 'it's nice weather for ducks!' I am very disappointed by the temperature tonight. I thought the stuffy nights were over but it's still 18 degrees here with 91% humidity
  22. I believe it means no one who doesn't know about the secret (I assume the secret here is that King Charles is being bought to London to be put to death). Some people are 'out of' the secret because they are not involved in it; they don't know that he's going to be killed, so they still see him as the king.
  23. Hayley's Reading in 2021

    You're welcome. I do the head tilt too!
  24. Your Book Activity - September 2021

    That was a good idea! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you will love the book, be totally drawn into it and have a massive reduction in anxiety . I actually forgot how little of Botanical Folk Tales I had left, so I'm back to update on the fact that I've finished that I'm starting the next Septimus Heap book, Queste.