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karen.d

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  1. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    It's a shame because the first one was brilliant, and the second one was ok. You would think that the third one would be the best but so far, it's just a bit muddled.
  2. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    Hi! I'm about 60-70% into 'The Amber Spyglass' by Phillip Pullman. I'm debating whether to put this down and start a new book, but I'm so far into it, that it seems a shame not to finish the trilogy!
  3. The Last Film You Saw - 2016

    I saw 'The Danish Girl' this afternoon. It's a really interesting film and superbly acted.
  4. Read-a-thon - 2016

    Here's how my read-a-thon went: Friday- 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone' by J.K Rowling - 89 pages (Finished) 'Wintersmith' by Terry Pratchett- 13 pages Saturday- 'Wintersmith' by Terry Pratchett- 62 pages Sunday- 'Wintersmith' by Terry Pratchett- 216 pages Total number of pages read- 380 I did quite well I think. Sunday was the best day though. Looking forward to the next read-a-thon!
  5. Karen.d's Reads 2016

    Happy New Year everyone! I was pretty rubbish at updating my book log last year, so one of my reading resolutions for 2016 is to keep on top of updating this year's one. I'm also aiming to read 30 books this year. It will be a little difficult, but I'm confident that it can be done. I hope that 2016 is a great reading year for us all :-)
  6. Karen.d's Reads 2016

    Happy World Book Day! How are you all celebrating? There are no events going on in my town (boo!), but I have decided to re-read 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. I am still reading '102 Minutes- The untold Story of the fight to survive the Twin Towers', but as I'm finding this book really heavy going, I've decided to read something light along side it. I almost never read two book in one go!
  7. Read-a-thon - 2016

    I might be busy some of Staurday, but I'm planning to take part this month! Hope you feel better soon
  8. The Last Film You Saw - 2016

    Well hopefully Episode 1 is the worst in the series and it can only get better from there
  9. The Last Film You Saw - 2016

    It wasn't THAT bad!
  10. The Last Film You Saw - 2016

    I'm working up to 'The Force Awakens'. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
  11. Karen.d's Reads 2016

    'The Truth' By Terry Pratchett Before reading this novel I had only read one of the ‘Discworld’ novels, so wasn’t entirely sure whether 1. I was going to enjoy this 2. Having jumped out of the sequence of ‘Discworld’ novels (‘The Truth’ is 25th in the series), whether I was going to understand anything. I was pleased to find that this novel can be read as a stand-alone book and I really enjoyed it. The world where these books are based is concise and well rounded, and the characters are believable; considering the fact that there are vampires, wolves and talking chairs in this! The plot was engaging, although did get a little too silly towards the end. The main attraction for me, was the writing style in itself. It’s so deliciously quirky, that I chuckled through a lot of the book. The play on words and satire of the media industry, made for a refreshing change. This doesn’t take itself too seriously and is so much fun to read. If you don’t have a silly sense of humour, don’t read this book. If you want to read something fun, read ‘The Truth’. I’m looking forward to reading more ‘Discworld’ novels in future. My Rating ****
  12. The Last Film You Saw - 2016

    Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. I've been going through the 'Star Wars' films over the last few weeks and enjoyed this more than I remembered. Jar Jar Binks is still annoying though!
  13. Little Pixie`s Bookshelf 2016

    Wow you have a long TBR list. Good luck with it! It's also interesting that you're including how much you spent on books this year. I'd hate to think how much I spend on books
  14. Karen.d's Reads 2016

    'We need to talk about Kevin' by Lionel Shriver Firstly, forgive me if this review is a bit all over the place. It has been about a week since I finished reading this novel and I still haven't been able to exactly pinpoint my thoughts on this! Warning though, this review has spoilers. The story is told through the letters of Eva Khatchadourian, a woman whose son Kevin is in prison after murdering several of his class members, a teacher and a janitor in the school gym. The story plot from the point where Eva meets her husband, through to motherhood and finally the present day. The reasons why I can't pinpoint whether I enjoyed this novel, are varied. Firstly, I wasn't too keen on the writing style. At times the writing seemed forced and too formal. Considering the fact that the book was supposed to be constructed in an informal letter style, in my opinion each chapter would start almost in letter form and then jump into regular prose. However, I felt like the writing improved during the novel. Secondly I didn't really like the main character Eva. She was cold, selfish and in some ways, just as bad as her son...I think. For example, At times, this felt wrong to even be reading this book, both main characters were twisted and the subject matter, dark. However, some of the psychology highlighted in this novel was fascinating. As I said at the beginning of this review, my thoughts on this are messy. 'We need to talk about Kevin' isn't exactly the most enjoyable book I've read this year, but it's the most interesting and thought provoking. I would love to know if anyone else felt as conflicted when they read this book.
  15. Karen.d's Reads 2016

    Thanks!
  16. The Last Film You Saw - 2016

    I saw this film on Saturday and really enjoyed it. It wasn't what I was expecting to be honest and some of the film was a little far fetched, but it overall I thought it was an enjoyable film.
  17. Karen.d's Reads 2016

    Whilst I haven't posted my thoughts on any of the books I have read this year (my bad!), I feel compelled to say something about 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'. Whilst I don't like the writing style of this novel, I still find this compelling. I just don't know what to make of Kevin or his mum! What does everything think of this ? (No spoilers just yet please, I haven't quite finished!)
  18. I'm now in my mid-thirties. Where did time go!?

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    2. frankie
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      karen.d

      Hey, sorry I haven't replied to this, been really busy and haven't been able to go on the forum! I think it doesn't matter how old you are age is a number! However 35 still scares me, even after a few weeks of my birthday!

    4. pontalba

      pontalba

      James is right. The older you are, the faster it goes! Just wait 30 years. lol

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  19. Read-a-thon - 2016

    Here's how I did in the first read-a-thon of 2016: Friday: 'The Truth' by Terry Pratchett- 168 pages Saturday: 'The Truth' by Terry Pratchett- 14 pages (Finished) 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn- 107 pages Sunday: 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn- 190 pages Total number of pages read: 479 I'm pleased with how much reading I got done. In fact, I think that's the most I've read in any read-a-thon! I think this is because I've had enough time to sit down and read and also I can't seem to put 'Gone Girl' down, it's such a good book! Looking forward to the next read-a-thon
  20. Karen.d's Reads 2016

    Thanks!
  21. Karen.d's Reads 2016

    I've finsihed my first read of 2016! Well, technically I started 'The Truth' by Terry Pratchett in 2015 but it still counts, right? Will put up a review on it soon.
  22. Karen.d's Reads 2016

    I still think that 30 books a bit of a challenge (I failed my Goodreads challenge of reading 25 books last year ), but it's a do-able task. Thanks Frankie I hope you have a great reading year too. Thanks! You too! Thanks Athena!
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