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  1. Read-a-thon 2020

    Thanks Gaia, you too! Fablehaven is such a lovely name for a book, I'm going to look it up now Is it good?? I've only heard of it but it sounds very intense! Oh no! On the hottest possible day too! I hope you can get a new one delivered quickly! It's good that you still managed to get a couple of hours of reading in, hopefully that was a bit relaxing after your dramatic morning. I read most of The House Without Windows today, I think I have about 50 pages left so I should finish that tomorrow. Or possibly tonight if it's too hot to sleep anyway!
  2. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bill-Coo-Mazo-Roche-ebook/dp/B07R7G26XQ/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?dchild=1&keywords=bill+and+coo+mazzo+de+la+roche&qid=1596831120&sr=8-1-fkmr0 This one Chrissy? (I know we're getting an error message when you paste a link at the moment but they do actually seem to be working regardless!)
  3. I actually thought we already had a thread of this but I can't find it so maybe I imagined it! I see the question on twitter sometimes and always find it interesting to read the answers, so what's the first line (sentence) of the book you're currently reading? Mine's: 'My sainted mother taught me the seven acts of corporeal mercy: to feed the hungry; refresh the thirsty; clothe the naked; shelter the traveller; comfort the sick; visit those imprisoned; and bury the dead.' (The Corset by Laura Purcell) (which I think might win the prize for most semicolon's in a first sentence )
  4. This Monday we're going to be talking to Kirk Slater about his new book, The Girl Who Wasn't There, a Victorian ghost story. Kirk is a graphic designer who previously launched some very successful Kickstarter projects for custom playing cards. Now he's using that platform to publish his novella, which was inspired by a stage production of The Woman in Black. He'll be telling us a bit more about the book and also his decision to publish in this less traditional way. It's been really interesting talking to him and I think you'll all find this this one interesting too!
  5. I don't feel like I want to read them as urgently as I always want to read the novels either, for the same reason. Which is lucky because I have no idea where I put the charger for my kindle...
  6. Kindle and ebooks deals

    The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is 99p on kindle
  7. Oooh I need to charge my kindle! Have you read any yet?
  8. Well we are in the joke corner Speaking of which, I saw a book one today that made me laugh... Why are books afraid of their sequels?
  9. Thanks for the warning! I won’t read this if I need to relax! Are you still enjoying it though?
  10. Oooh I saw them! I can only see them if I stare at one of the vertical black lines. To be fair, I think it would have been quite funny if you'd just made us all stare at the box for ages and there weren't ever any circles
  11. I can’t see any! This isn’t a trick is it?
  12. I decided to pick up Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski, really got into it and finished it in two days. Thinking of going for a classic next. Possibly Agnes Grey.
  13. Kindle and ebooks deals

    Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell is 99p on kindle at the moment.
  14. Beet Salad Recipe

    Oh! If you google root greens it gives you everything from sweet potato to radish! I probably should have worked out you meant the green of the root in the recipe, I thought root greens might be an American term for something! Thanks, I hope you have a good day too
  15. Beet Salad Recipe

    This sounds good! I know this probably sounds like a stupid question but what are root greens? I tried google but it didn’t help! (the edit button is at the bottom of your post, next to ‘quote’ and ‘options’, but you might not have enough posts to edit yet).
  16. Yeah I liked that part! I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for! Something fairly quick to read again I think, but not short stories. I’m thinking maybe Bone China by Laura Purcell or The House Without Windows by Barbara Newhall Follett. Possibly The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans. Or A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie. I should probably stop hoarding books and then it would be easier to choose...
  17. Charles Dickens

    Oooh that is a nice one itsmeagain! I got mine in a second hand bookshop ages ago. They're only really inexpensive 80's editions by Guild publishing but I love them:
  18. I am very tempted by Hamnet, I've only seen good things about it (well, aside from the fact that it seems to make a lot of people cry). I was interested in The Penelopiad too but I've seen quite a few reviews that suggested it fell a bit flat and wasn't the same quality as Atwood's other books. I finished it yesterday. It's definitely the kind of book that stays with you! Now I'm back to not knowing what I feel like reading...
  19. Danny's Introduction

    Hi Danny, welcome to the forum!
  20. I have Half a King on my shelf, my sister gave it to me. Glad it seems good so far! I can’t wait to see what you think! I loved it so much I’m actually sad I don’t have any more to read! I decided to read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and that’s brilliant so far too.
  21. Original Manuscript Dimemma

    Hi, what a lovely and special thing for your friend to leave you! I think, if it was me, I’d contact a specialist book seller. Somewhere like Sotherans or Hay on Wye Booksellers. I assume you don’t want to sell it though so probably worth making that clear, but that’s the easiest way I can think of to contact an expert!
  22. Always been a bit tempted by the Infernal Devices Trilogy because of the Victorian setting. Also love the term 'bubblegum reading'! I finished Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (while I was waiting for the hosts to email me about our disaster restore!) and it was so good. Now I can't decide what I want to read!
  23. Hi everyone! I'm so happy the forum is back online and I'm so sorry we've been down for so long. I tried to keep in touch with everyone while the issues were ongoing but I know some of you probably won't have seen any of the updates. I won't go into too much detail about the issues we had because it's quite a long story and I'm sure you don't want me to bore you with it but, basically, the update we tried to implement last Tuesday (partly in the hope it would fix some of the loading issues we were having) caused a series of errors that took the site down entirely. Then our backup, the thing that is supposed to protect us from errors like that, failed. I am aware that there may be some existing issues but I'm pretty happy with all the checks I've done so far. If anybody notices anything odd though (missing posts for example, or messages) please let me know straight away. There is one database we use to run this forum which has caused many problems, basically because it is huge. It needs to be separated into smaller databases but that is something I can't do myself. Over the next few days I'll be trying to find someone who can help us with it but until then there may still be times when the forum is a little slow. I think that's all I need to tell you right now! I'm so happy and so tired, so now I'm going to have a nice long sleep and I'll speak to you tomorrow!
  24. Welcome Back! An Update

    It was pretty stressful but we’re back so it was worth it . Thanks for pointing that out, I hadn’t noticed until you said it. It looks like our actual profiles are fine so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem, I’ll look into it!
  25. Hayley's Reading in 2017

    I always feel excited starting a new book blog I have a good feeling about my reading this year, with some great looking books on my shelf to start me off (but more on that in the next post...) I've set a Goodreads goal of 50 books this year (again) because eventually I will actually reach it On My Shelf: Abercrombie, Joe. Best Served Cold Abercrombie, Joe. Half a King Abercrombie, Joe. Half the World Abercrombie, Joe. Red Country Adams, Douglas. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Adams, Douglas. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Adams, Douglas. Life, The Universe and Everything Adams, Douglas. So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish Ballantyne, R.M. The Coral Island Banks, Iain. The Bridge Banks, Iain M. The Algebraist Banks, Iain M. Consider Phlebas Banks Iain M. Excession Banks Iain M. Feersum Endjinn Banks Iain M. Inversions Banks, Iain M. Look to Windward Banks Iain M. Matter Banks Iain M. The Player of Games Banks Iain M. Use of Weapons Beckett, Simon. Written in the Bone Breverton, Terry. Breverton's Phantasmagoria: A Compendium of Monsters, Myths and Legends British Myths and Legends vol. 1: Marvels and Magic. ed. Richard Barber British Myths and Legends vol. 2: Heroes and Saints. " British Myths and Legends vol 3. History and Romance. " Butcher, Jim. Summer Knight Byatt, A.S. The Children's Book Carrell, J.L. The Shakespeare Curse Christie, Agatha. Murder on the Orient Express Dickens, Charles. Bleak House Dickens, Charles. Nicholas Nickleby Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop Dickens, Charles. The Pickwick Papers Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Sign of Four Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Return of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Valley of Fear Doyle, Arthur Conan. His Last Bow Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose Fasman, Jon. The Geographer's Library Faulks, Sebastian. Birdsong Galbraith, Robert. The Silkworm Gaylin, Alison. Into the Dark Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows Grossmith, George and Weedon. The Diary of a Nobody Hardie, Titania. The Rose Labyrinth Hardy, Thomas. Under the Greenwood Tree Harkness, Deborah. A Discovery of Witches Irish Ghost Stories ed. David Stuart Davies le Carre, John. A Most Wanted Man Marston, Edward. The Excursion Train Marston, Edward. The Frost Fair Marston, Edward. The Iron Horse Marston, Edward. Murder on the Brighton Express Marston, Edward. The Railway Detective Marston, Edward. The Railway Viaduct More, Thomas. Utopia Morton, Kate. The Distant Hours Mosse, Kate. Citadel Owen, Lauren. The Quick Peake, Mervyn. Titus Groan Peake, Mervyn. Gormenghast Peake, Mervyn. Titus Alone Paterson, James. Witch and Wizard The Penguin Book of English Short Stories Ed. Christopher Dolley Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov ed. Robert Chandler Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men Tolkien, J.R.R. Tree and Leaf, Smith of Wooton Major, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Verne, Jules. Five Weeks in a Balloon Verne, Jules. From the Earth to the Moon Verne, Jules. Round the Moon Verne, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Wells, H.G. The Time Machine Wells, H.G. The Island of Dr. Moreau Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds Wells, H.G. The First Men in the Moon Wells, H.G. The Invisible Man Acquired 2017: Aaronovitch, Ben. The Furthest Station Aaronovitch, Ben. The Hanging Tree Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace Birch, Carol. Jamrach's Menagerie Brontë, Anne. Agnes Grey Brontë, Anne. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Brontë, Charlotte. The Professor Brontë, Charlotte. Shirley Brontë, Charlotte. Villette Butcher, Jim. Blood Rites Butcher, Jim. Dead Beat Butcher, Jim. Death Masks Butcher, Jim. Proven Guilty Caine, Rachel, Ink and Bone Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell De Muriel, Oscar. Mask of Shadows Fforde, Jasper. The Big Over Easy Fforde, Jasper. Lost in a Good Book Fforde, Jasper. The Well of Lost Plots Gaiman, Neil. Fragile Things Gaiman, Neil. Smoke and Mirrors Hardinge, Francis. The Lie Tree Hodgson, Antonia. The Devil in the Marshalsea Ishiguro, Kazuo, The Buried Giant Macrae Burnet, Graeme. His Bloody Project Miéville, China. Kraken Miéville, China. The Scar Perry, Anne. Bedford Square Pulley, Natasha. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street Pratchett, Terry. I Shall Wear Midnight Pullman, Phillip. Lyra's Oxford Ruickbie, Leo. The Impossible Zoo: An Encyclopedia of Fabulous Beasts and Mythical Monsters Taylor, Jodi. A Trail Through Time Taylor, Jodie. A Second Chance Taylor, Jodie. A Symphony of Echoes