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  1. What's Up in July 2017?

    Sounds like you all had lovely weekends. Talisman, what did you think of the GoT premiere? I met with my friends over the weekend so we could finalize all of our trip plans. All airline tickets, 10 hotels, and 2 car rentals are now booked. We just have a few extra things to get like tickets for Chatsworth, Eilean Donan castle, and exhibit tickets at the Dublin Natl Gallery of Art. We're very excited that there will be a ver Meer show going on while we're there :).
  2. Game of Thrones

    Was anyone able to catch the season premiere of GoT last night? I mostly loved it, and the opening scene was the best they've done yet, IMO.
  3. Willoyd's Reading 2017

    Congrats on your retirement, Willoyd! Consider me extremely jealous! Lovely reviews, and I was especially glad to see that you enjoyed The Lady and the Unicorn. This is one of my most favorite books and one of the genres that I'm drawn to constantly. Creating tapestries really is an art!
  4. Little Pixie`s Bookshelf 2017

    Gorgeous kitty! She looks very content Loopholes and book-buying go hand in hand! And absolutely acceptable
  5. Peace's Reads 2017

    Hello everyone! I'm finally getting around to starting a book blog/thread for the new year, so here we go! I've been busy, as usual, but tbh I've also been a bit apprehensive to start a thread because I know it will pale to everyone else's here! Hopefully I'll still have visitors Books Read in 2016 Blood Hollow William Kent Krueger The Diviners Libba Bray In the Unlikely Event Judy Blume Crimson Shore Doug Preston and Lincoln Child Arcadia: A Novel by Iain Pears The Asylum John Harwood Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel A Place of Execution Val McDermid Edge of the Orchard Tracy Chevalier Lament Maggie Steifvater The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Armada Ernest Cline Personal Demon Kelley Armstrong Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (first half) Alan Bradley See? Isn't that sad? 13.5 books! In truth, I don't have a lot of shelf space and I'm the type that buys a book and reads it right then, instead of accumulating them and picking what to read, you know? At most I'll have one shelf dedicated to TBR books, but you never know, that may change in the near future. Also, for the past 3 months, I've been living out of boxes and my suitcase so I haven't done a whole lot of book shopping/accumulating. I love to read, and have loved it since making weekly library trips at a very young age. My trouble is I love LOTS of things, hence the 1-ish book a month reading habit I have. Maybe this thread can be mostly about books but also include a wee bit of my other minor obsessions, hmmm...
  6. Peace's Reads 2017

    Hey, guys! Happy Monday I'm on the home stretch of The Well of Lost Plots and am also listening to The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. That was is a re-"read" but I love it so much and I find that listening to books that I've already read works better for me while I'm working, since I have an idea what the story is. I went to a library book sale over the weekend and found Copper River by William Kent Krueger, Saints and Strangers by George F. Willison and a book I've been tempted to buy many times over, Bring Warm Clothes, which is a collection of letters and journal entries describing Minnesota's history since before statehood and after. Saints and Strangers is about the Pilgrims and their history in England before coming to the US and then once they land on Plymouth Rock :D. My trip planning is almost complete! I have booked our car hires for the UK and Ireland, and have booked B&Bs in Southampton, Derby, and York. Not to mention our stay at Melville Castle in Edinburgh! We'll be spending 2 nights in Southampton so we can explore all of the Dorset coast, and then in Derby so we can visit Chatsworth House (yay, Pemberly!). We also want to see the York Minster and the Major Oak in the Sherwood Forest. We have added the Island of Skye to our itinerary and will also be in Dublin for 2 nights right in the middle of the city. Lastly, before we fly back to LHR, we'll be in the counties of Clare, Cork and Kerry in Ireland. Those hotels/B&Bs are all booked so all that's left is the rest of our Scottish itinerary. It's all just too exciting!
  7. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Hmm, my top 5 would probably be... 1. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder 2. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 3. Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 4. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume 5. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
  8. What's Up in July 2017?

    Wow, Talisman, that IS an excellent deal for an apt! I would love to visit Croatia one day and am looking forward to hearing how your trip went. We are going to be in England, Scotland and Ireland for a little over 2 weeks. Last night we managed to book our car hire in Ireland for 3 days, our ferry tickets from Holyhead to Dublin, and our airline tickets from Cork to Heathrow, which is the day before we come home. We are pretty much doing a big clockwise circle of travel. We still have most of the hotels to book, but have so far booked B&Bs in Derby and Southampton. Oh, and we booked rooms in Melville Castle in Edinburgh for a night! We're very excited! Have fun organizing your books, Athena, and you as well with the rubbish, Chesil! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
  9. Noll's Reading Log 2017

    Beautiful cross stitch, Noll, I love all the colors! I'm so sorry about not getting the study course you wanted. May I ask why you have to be unemployed to take it? Also, if you end up going the online/evening class route, do they have student loans in Ireland that you can take out? We have those here and don't have to pay them back until after we are graduated. Just curious!
  10. Your Book Activity - July 2017

    I'm interested to hear what you think about this one, Lau-Lou. A few of my family members are crazy about DD and might like a fun read I was about to read quite a bit of The Well of Lost Plots this weekend, so am about halfway. I also started to listening to the audio book of Shades of Grey (also Jasper Fforde) while working. Enjoying both immensely~
  11. What's Up in July 2017?

    Morning, all, and happy halfway-to-the-weekend. It's very warm and humid here as well, and is currently thundering and lightning outside but not raining, curiously enough. I was at the cabin this weekend and came home yesterday in time for my town's firework display. I enjoy celebrating the Independence Day holiday, mostly because it's a personal thanks to my ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary, Civil, and World Wars, because without them I might not be here posting on BCF I'm off to the cities tomorrow for an appt and then a trip planning session with my friends. We are finalizing all of our B&B bookings and car rental, so that's exciting. I can't believe the trip is less than 2 months away! We've been planning on this the last year or so. Hope you all have a great rest of your week and that it cools off!
  12. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Have you ever read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Noll? I listened to the audio book recently and it was about a girl who wrote fan fic for books similar to Harry Potter. Shipping was the name of the game with that book!
  13. Sophie Kinsella

    I haven't read Sophie Kinsella since Shopaholic and Sister but this thread reminds me that I need to get back to her. Between my 'heavy' books I like this type of read. Thanks also, Chesil, for posting the Jenny Colgan books. I will definitely have to take a look at those as well!
  14. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    The term 'ship' is popular in the world of fan fiction, too. There are also some people out there who may or may not me have boards on Pinterest dedicated to some ships...
  15. Coffee or Tea?

    I have offended myself this morning to see that I apparently never posted in this thread! Appalling, really I'm a coffee person all the way, although I'll have tea quite often in the summer because when my sister comes to visit she makes it constantly and is always offering to bring me a cup. I'm pretty basic, just PG Tipps, milk and a bit of honey. As for coffee, I'll drink any brand as long as it has cream and sugar in it. Nothing flavored though, unless it's chocolate . I have a coffee shop near my new house and the other day I had a blended iced coffee with espresso and dark chocolate in it, oh my!
  16. Peace's Reads 2017

    If you have HBO, Muggle Not, you should be able to watch them on HBO Go or On Demand with your cable? Thanks for the Longmire suggestion! I shall add it to my watch list I finished Lost in a Good Book over the weekend and am now into The Well of Lost Plots. I also listened to Ready Player One and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane on Audible. Both of them re-'reads' of mine but I loved both so I could do that multiple times :). I have firmed up my trip itinerary and now am busy trying to book B&B/Inn stays. We will be in Dorset, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and Cork, with many stops in between I'm sure. We also plan on taking day trips because my 2 friends and I have decided we're going to drive . Watch out, people!
  17. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    Perhaps they mean a relationship between two characters that the reader hates but can't stop reading about? Kind of like a train wreck/toxic romance that you just can't look away from?! I don't know, that's what first came to my mind. With that being said, now I need to go and have a think if I know any book couples like this, LOL.
  18. Your Book Activity - June 2017

    I finished Lost in a Good Book over the weekend and last night got a few pages into The Well of Lost Plots. Love me some Fforde!
  19. What's the weather like?

    Thanks for the tips, you guys! That reminded me that I need to find a good rain jacket before I go, and I love packing layers - more choices of outfits I'm meeting my friends/traveling companions tonight for dinner and a planning session so I'll relay the info. It's cooler here today as well, and the sun is out. Currently it's just 60 degrees.
  20. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    Finally saw La La Land last week. Best part for me was all the excellent jazz, otherwise I enjoyed the movie but not as much as others did.
  21. What's the weather like?

    It's been perfect here so far this week, sunny and in the 70's. My favorite! My boss lives out west though and right now they are at 100+ (45c). No thank you! I'll be in the UK/Ireland the first 2 weeks of September, you guys. What kind of weather should I pack for? I figured light layers, but normally I'm warm so I think I need to bring plenty of light stuff.
  22. Health and Fitness

    There are different forms of fasting, and that's exactly right, Shirley, every individual is different and has things that work for them. I usually do the 16/8 method of 'intermittent fasting,' and eat strictly between the hours of 10a-6p every day. I don't really concentrate on calories, but rather on ratios of protein, fat and veggies at each meal. I'm trying to lose a good amount of weight before my trip at the end of August so I'm being very strict with myself and do not eat carbs. I've been off them for 2 weeks and I feel great so I just want to keep going.
  23. Peace's Reads 2017

    Thanks, you guys! My friend's dad was way too young, just a couple years older than my dad when he passed away. But then again there's never a good age to lose a parent The HBO series was very good, Athena, although not better than the book. It was set in Monterrey, California and I thought they did a very nice adaptation to the story. I'm glad I read the book first!
  24. What's the weather like?

    Tornado sirens are somewhat common here during the summer months, but they are always disconcerting! Whenever we have a run of especially hot and humid weather, you can put money on the fact that it will end with severe storms. Methinks I've lived here too long... Today is just plain old hot. But the sun is out and I have AC so no complaints!
  25. What's the weather like?

    Warm and unstable in my neck of the woods! Saturday it was in the 90's here and yesterday morning we woke to a tornado siren and had to spend about an hour in the basement until the storm passed. Because of it we lost electricity, which came and went the entire day. Today, however, so far so good, and it's cooled off quite a bit.