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Hayley

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  1. I like the sound of humorously clever detective tales - added to wish list . I can’t remember the last time I went to Waterstones. Definitely over a year ago, before the first lockdown. It will feel weird going again. I actually dreamed that I went to a bookshop last night. It was great. I bought The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex and Himself by Jess Kidd. I was quite disappointed when I woke up and didn’t actually have new books but, on the plus side, I didn’t spend any real money either... I’m currently reading the second book in the Septimus Heap series, Flyte. It hasn’t been an easy week so far and I’ve barely read anything, so planning to set aside at least an hour (hopefully two!) this evening just for reading.
  2. I usually start my reading thread with a list of books on my shelf but, to be honest, I usually forget to cross them off anyway, so let's do things a bit differently this year. Every year I set my reading goal on goodreads to 50. I'm yet to actually make it to 50 but I do like a challenge. So 50 it is for 2021! Total Number of Books read in 2021: 0 I also usually do a 'books acquired' list (and I've only just realised that 'acquired' makes it sound like I might be stealing the books... I actually just meant books that I've received as presents as well as ones I bought for myself!). I started doing that to try to make sure I was getting through the books already on my shelves faster than (or at least at the same time that) I was buying new ones. But 2020 hasn't really left me in the mood for being sensible about books. Honestly I'm planning to buy as many books as I can afford in 2021. And I'm going to make sure I give myself more time to read. I know this year is going to have many of the same challenges as 2020. Things aren't going to be easy. But I do also know that giving myself time to relax has a huge impact on how productive I am when I'm working. So reading more is a win/win decision . Here's to a year where we get to read more, relax more and look forward to better things
  3. Sadly, no. Very likely to create it though.
  4. Would you like to borrow one? They talk a LOT, you'd pick it up in no time . I do seriously think he did a good job of it though. Most of the time it was perfect. Just occasionally didn't feel quite natural to me.
  5. Kindle and ebooks deals

    It’s wasn’t one of the five (the other two were American Gods and Anansi Boys) but I agree with the recommendation, I loved The Graveyard Book!
  6. Kindle and ebooks deals

    I just came here to say this! I would hugely recommend Neverwhere, Stardust and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
  7. I have no idea how old you are but I doubt that you are really old. I would quite like my age to be measured by reading time though, it sounds so much nicer. I definitely think it should be in there, to make the voice identifiably Abigail, like you say. I think it is generally really accurate too. I have a teenage niece and a nephew who's the same age Abigail is meant to be and they definitely do use most of the same slang. There's just very occasional moments (and I actually think there's a lot less in this one than the other short story from Abigail) when it distracts me slightly and I think '... are you sure that's how that word would be used?' or 'does this sound more like what an adult thinks a teen should sound like, than what an actual teen sounds like?'. There was one in particular that really stood out for me as weird context for a word but I can't remember what it was now. It's not a huge problem though, it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. It's just a little niggling thing that stops me getting totally engrossed in the story like I can with Peter Grant as narrator (although I also totally agree that Tobias sounded so much like Peter you could probably have interchanged them).
  8. Is this one I don't know or is it a combination of The Colour of Magic and Making Money?? You have had a few years extra Pratchett reading time than me, but I had the excitement of discovering just how many books already existed in the Discworld series after I loved The Wee Free Men! I actually have a couple of reviews to update my thread with this time : Magyk by Angie Sage 4.5/5 - I really, really enjoyed it! I heard of this series from Chrissy's thread and I have to agree totally with her praise of it. I believe it's aimed at older children, possibly young teenagers, so there's an element of simplicity to the writing, but it's very nicely done. The world and the characters remain vivid and interesting. There's humour running through the book that reminded me of Terry Pratchett, in the sense that it's quite silly in itself but fits with the magical world (like the marsh serpent who gets stuck around an island and thereafter always swims a little to the right). It's just a good magical adventure, well-written and easy to read. With the world being so stressful at the moment it was nice to get lost in this kind of classic adventure story. I've started the second one already! What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch 4.5/5 - Again, really, really enjoyed it! I'm going to get the one negative out of the way first and say that, if there's one thing I don't love about reading Abigail's perspective, it's that I sometimes find the use of slang a bit jarring. When she's actually talking to somebody I agree that it makes sense but occasionally, when it's just in the text, I sometimes feel like it's a bit much, even a bit cringey? But, anyway, that doesn't change the fact that this was a very good book. I love that we're getting to know more about the foxes and it felt like Abigail was really developed as an important character to the series as a whole. I'm really intrigued by where the story is going with her and what role she's going to have later in the series. I also thought [BIG spoiler so don't open unless you've read all the other books]
  9. Books and makeup (Urgent response)

    We don't allow promotional posts on the forum, I would suggest that you contact the original poster privately if you want them to provide you with a link.
  10. June's Around the World Book Challenge

    It was the next best thing!
  11. The Drinker

    This does sound interesting! I’ve never heard of it before.
  12. June's Around the World Book Challenge

    If we had a like button I would be liking this repeatedly . A huge part of the importance of reading, beautifully summarised.
  13. I started thinking about this (thanks to Raven and Classic fm) and now I can't stop. What do you think is the best film score/ soundtrack?? I'm going to start with a potentially controversial one but the first thing that came to my mind was the Jurassic Park theme. I just always loved it and it really sounds like discovery and adventure to me. I also always loved the theme from The Secret Garden, but I don't think it's technically as good: The Secret Garden Piano Theme Music - YouTube
  14. A Book blog 2021 by Books do Furnish a Room

    I hope this one breaks the trend for you! I generally really like epistolary novels so I was intrigued by this review but I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy it now!
  15. The Best Film Soundtrack?

    Maybe disturbing was the wrong word, it has negative connotations that I didn't actually mean. The film looks really intriguing. Haunting was probably closer to what I meant. It is beautiful but it has a surreal quality and it feels quite emotionally complicated, if that makes sense.
  16. The Best Film Soundtrack?

    Madeleine's films are the only ones so far that I've actually seen but I'm discovering a lot of lovely new music from this thread! I know it's the point, so cleverly done, but this is really intense and kind of disturbing!
  17. The Best Film Soundtrack?

    Hey! What is this, the Daily Mail? 😂 I actually want to add a third option to mine, which I can’t believe I forgot to post. I love absolutely love ‘Concerning Hobbits’: https://youtu.be/SRgBI0WqWp4
  18. Read-a-thons 2021

    Magazines definitely do count! I accidentally skipped a bit already. I blame the fact that it's organised by presenter. I thought I had the beginning but he just said it's number 259 and I definitely haven't had it on for that long!
  19. A Book blog 2021 by Books do Furnish a Room

    Wow that is horrific! Scorcher seriously just ignored all of that!? That seems odd in itself. I usually like a bit of weird magical realism/ folklore/ gothic but this description totally puts me off!
  20. Read-a-thons 2021

    I did both . You read the forum though, which we all know is the main thing. I didn't know this was a thing but now I want to know what people voted for so I'm finding it on catch up.
  21. Read-a-thons 2021

    Wow that was good! I saw the book pop up on goodreads and I can imagine it wasn’t easy to read, although, as you say, fascinating. I haven’t read yet today but I’m hoping to finish What Abigail Did That Summer tonight. I think I only have about 40 pages left. That will be two books finished for the read-a-thon and I’m very happy with that .
  22. Read-a-thons 2021

    So... did you? Thank you! It was so delicious I had a second one . You read loads! I hope you enjoyed it
  23. Hux Book Blog

    I considered buying this when it first came out but had heard that it didn’t quite work in parts. Interesting that you think it’s worth reading despite that. Maybe this year I’ll give it a try
  24. Read-a-thons 2021

    Thank you Well it is very impressive! I stayed in my pyjamas until lunch time and finished Magyk today . Going to toast a hot cross bun and start What Abigail Did That Summer soon. It’s a good read-a-thon day!
  25. Very much so This got me thinking about which books came later and now I have the urge to re-read them again! I definitely have preferences that are based on when I read the books, not how technically good they are. The Wee Free Men will always be my favourite because it's the first Terry Pratchett book I read. I was about 12 or 13 and I wanted to be Tiffany Aching .
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