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Everything posted by Hayley

  1. This thread was inspired by Athena's thread on the subject a couple of years ago . What books are coming out this year that you're excited about!? I saw this in an email from Waterstones today and I definitely want to get it: The Haunting Season: Tales for Long Winter Nights, The Haunting Season by Bridget Collins, Natasha Pulley | Waterstones. The selection of authors sounds great and just look at the sprayed edges on the exclusive edition!
  2. Your Book Activity - July 2021

    Really can't wait to hear your thoughts on this, there are some very interesting developments! I'm about 3/4 of the way through The Essex Serpent now and still enjoying it. I find it relaxing to read, which is nice. It's not very dramatic but it is very well written, so you feel drawn in to that world. I'm also re-reading The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, because I'm tutoring on it soon and need to refresh my memory!
  3. Do You Mark Your Books?

    Oooh they really are lovely! I do this to everything I want to make a note on. I have a lot of post it notes. Lengthier notes get a whole square one, so I can write on it properly, while points that I just want to remember or go back to get a little arrow note. Really interesting books end up like spiky post-it hedgehogs .
  4. That's good to hear because I loved the first 3 I second this! That turned out to be quite a good accident then, and you still have the other Mask of Shadows to enjoy
  5. The Limerick Game

    (I think it's probably trying to 'restore content'; remembering something you quoted but didn't post. If you click on the box that says Poppy and press backspace it should go ) There once was a sailor named Barnie Whose mother was called Edith Garny He purchased a boat
  6. What's the weather like?

    That would be a nice positive from it! Mine are just green at the moment too, but I was just assuming they weren't meant to be red yet! I think the humidity is actually worse. I was lulled into a false sense of security by how cool it was this morning! You don't happen to have an excellent trick for this to share do you? My bedroom is boiling!
  7. Well, without saying exactly what happens...
  8. This sounds good! I'd like to go to the Scilly Isles. I suppose reading a book set there would be the next best thing
  9. What's the weather like?

    It is 30 degrees and I am melting.
  10. A Mask of Shadows

    Oooh I didn’t know you could see the dress on display! I’d love to go and see that in the future! I thought the use of real people was nicely done in A Mask of Shadows. It didn’t seem jarring or clichéd like it can in some books. I can’t wait to see what you think of the next book Luna!
  11. That sounds very frustrating. It's funny to think how much our perception of books changes depending on how we feel at the time. Hopefully the last half of July will bring better things, including better books
  12. Greeting

    Hi, welcome to the forum! I love a good crime novel, and fantasy. I've been trying to explore science fiction more in recent years too, so I'd love to hear what your favourites are!
  13. Oh dear, you aren't having that much luck with your recent books are you!? I think I'd have been tempted to throw the book away at this point! For her to claim that she's suffering from the housing crisis in Cornwall seems deeply unfair to the people who are working long hours in tough jobs in the same area and still struggling to find housing they can afford. You can't just not try because you don't like work and then claim to be in the same position. You wouldn't be able to afford a house anywhere if you just didn't work! It sounds like three stars was generous to be honest I've just read the introduction and am feeling a bit traumatised by the Everest story!
  14. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    Ah, true. I'm only used to them nibbling plants but I suppose if it's just a little shoot they probably would destroy the whole thing. Somebody told me recently that I should put stones around the plants I want to keep slugs away from - does anybody know if that actually works? Would they not just climb over the stones?
  15. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    Update on the plants: I'm pretty sure the tomatoes are doing well. I had to find a bigger stick for them because they were getting so much taller. The peppers are growing but some seem to have black patches (looking it up online tells me they're either meant to be that colour until they ripen, or they have a disease, so hoping for the former!). The cucumbers though are mysteriously disappearing every time I get a new shoot. Do birds eat cucumber shoots?? One of the other things about the new garden I didn't mention before is it has two little apple trees. They're both basically growing sideways because they'd been pushed out by other overgrown things behind them, but one of them is actually doing really well. I'm hoping we might be able to get them standing upright again at the end of the year when they're dormant, without killing them! There's also a smaller tree behind them which I think is a crab apple. That was totally enveloped by a clematis though, so it's a funny shape and just has a couple of small, pale fruits on it. Again, hoping it might revive next year!
  16. Candide

    Definitely adding this to my to-read list. I imagined Candide to be a slow, didactic sort of story. The outrageous disasters make it sound a lot more intriguing
  17. Help with a topic

    Hi, as you can see in megustaleer's link, we don't allow promotional posts on this forum, so you wouldn't be able to advertise the books here. Thanks for checking
  18. The Limerick Game

    Itsmeagain, you start the new one! The internet in my area is acting up today, so my earlier post hadn't loaded in until after yours. I've deleted mine to avoid confusion. Sorry about that!
  19. Has anyone read The Murders in the Rue Morgue?

    Wow, incredibly strange (and sad) to warn young people off texts that are considered to be so influential, just because of the genre! At least there was one! Yeah it is (or at least the first modern one) and I think possibly also the first locked-room mystery? It definitely doesn't deserve to be dismissed as 'pulp'!
  20. Pubs in books

    The Admiral Benbow Inn in Penzance (from Treasure Island) is brilliant in real life. It's really quirky inside, with loads of antique maritime artefacts (the table I ate at was at a ships wheel!) and the food was lovely (and, perhaps surprisingly, very reasonably priced!). I'd love to go back.
  21. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    I’m a bit late with this update, as this actually happened about a week ago, but I have a tomato plant, a pepper plant and cucumber seeds all in! I hope I’ve chosen the right places for them. There’s not really a specific sunny spot in this garden. The right hand side gets the sun in the morning, then the left gets it through the second half of the day. I went for the morning sun side because there was more space. They’re also a bit closer together than I originally intended because I was trying to avoid big old roots, hopefully they don’t mind! I also planted a couple of fox gloves, which have attracted loads of bees so I’m happy with that!
  22. Grading books in Goodreads

    I think one of the issues with the Goodreads stars system is that people view the value of them differently. I've noticed through discussions on Twitter that some people think anything less than five stars is at least a little insulting to the book, while others would say four stars is brilliant. Personally, if I give anything three stars or more then I enjoyed it and it was worth reading. The difference is that some books are just good while others are absolutely amazing. I don't think I've ever given one star though because, like others have said, I wouldn't have finished reading it if I disliked it that much. As Luna said, life is too short and too filled with great books!
  23. France's reading 2021

    I like weird, I like alternate realities, but I'm not sure I'd like not having a clue what's going on! Unless it's all cleverly resolved by the end?
  24. V for vendetta graphic novel

    You know, after I posted I thought I remembered someone saying the film was based on a comic, most likely on here!
  25. Things in books that annoy you

    I've only read one but I'd definitely read more! There's something comforting, intentionally I think, in that type of classic detective story. They're compelling because there's a mystery but they're also relaxing, even though they're about murder . I have to say, I've never actually noticed that in a book. You'd think it would be picked up by editors!