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Everything posted by bookmonkey

  1. Brian's Book Log - Ongoing

    You're not missing much if you don't read any more of this series. It became very formulaic.
  2. Finished A Pound of Flesh by Alex Gray this morning. Halfway through a re-read of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I think it's even better second time round.
  3. Those are great Muggle not.
  4. Headaches when reading?

    The last time I got new glasses I had problems with them. The optician said they were the correct prescription. I insisted they recheck and when they did they found the optician and written two numbers on the prescription backwards. I've had glasses since I was 3, so I knew the problems I had weren't just adjusting to a new prescription. It might be worth getting the prescription checked. Good lighting when reading as shirley mentioned really helps too.
  5. Has anyone read Poldark before the TV series. I read it years ago (I'm talking late 1980s). I only stopped reading the series because my library didn't have them anymore. Since the TV series they've now got the books back, with TV series covers. I decided to read them again, but I'm wondering if the books they've got are based on the series and aren't the originals. I'm sure when I started reading them the first time the first book started with Demelza walking the Cornwall cliffs and meeting up with Ross. It was a long time ago, so maybe I'm remembering wrong. Does anyone know?
  6. Athena's Reading List 2017

    I love organising my books. You make me want to redo mine, even though I only moved a few months ago, so they definitely don't need it.
  7. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

    I'm always on the lookout for new crime series'. I'm adding this to my list.
  8. Michelle's Reading Adventures 2017

    Noll, I'm a medical secretary, just started in March. I mainly do transcribing, but also fill in for admins when needed. I work in the mental health area of our hospital. I love it. I meet lots of interesting people and it's quite varied, so you don't have a chance to get bored.
  9. Athena's Reading List 2017

    I had a friend in high school who was adamant she didn't want kids. A lot of people told her she'd change her mind or regret it later. In her mid 20s she fell pregnant accidentally (was married to a guy who also didn't want kids). People started tell her she'd see how much she did really want kids when the baby was born. I saw her when her daughter was about 8 and she told me having a child hadn't changed her mind. She loves her daughter, but still wishes she'd never had kids, and knows for certain that's what she would have preferred.
  10. Tried once, never again?

    Tripe - Tried it at a friends when I was a teen. Disgusting stuff.
  11. I'm another who didn't like Gone Girl. I only finished because I thought there had to be a great twist somewhere. No book could be that predictable. Harry Potter, started the first one with my son. we both quickly agreed we didn't like it. Dan Brown anything. The first I finished. The second was just the first rewritten it seemed. Gave up on it about halfway through.
  12. Janet's Log - Stardate 2017

    I had something like this a couple of weeks ago, but I was on the other side. I was working away at my desk and one of our clinicians was doing some paperwork on the other side of my desk. They often do this, so that's no problem. But he kept looking up towards me, and I thought he was looking at me. It wasn't till I got up to do something after about half an hour that I found out why he'd been looking in my direction so much. He'd been looking at a calendar on the wall behind me. I've only been in this job a few months and didn't know there was a calendar there. I've never worked in a job with cubicles, so I don't know what that's like, but I think I'd be uncomfortable too.
  13. Computer Help Thread

    I have that happen sometimes, but for me it only happens on a local news site stuff.co.nz. Like you, if I open it again in a new window it fixes, but it is really annoying. Sorry I don't know what it is though. Edit: I'm on a laptop not tablet.
  14. Frankie reads 2017

    Camilla Lackberg and Asa Larssen to name two. I know there's others I've read too.
  15. Frankie reads 2017

    I'll watch for your review of The Hypnotist. I've been reading a lot of Scandinavian mystery/detective books lately.
  16. Poldark

    I thought it was probably me remembering wrongly. I'm probably mixing them up with something else. The books are really good, and I enjoyed the series. I'm going to check if my library has the whole series or not, as they're good at not having complete series.
  17. Things in books that annoy you

    Unnecessary romance, especially in crime novels. It seems to be really common in US crime that the main character falls for the woman very quickly. It's the main reason I stopped reading the Dan Brown books after the second one; Robert Langdon didn't seem to be able to do anything without falling for a woman within the first few pages.
  18. Rest in Peace

    His books were my introduction to crime writing. I've read all the Inspector Morse books, and love the TV series too. RIP
  19. I don't really notice it in books but there is one thing that bugs me about US spellings. When I was at school it was drummed into us that NZ spelling is organisation etc. If we put 'Z' we usually had to write the word a hundred times at lunch of something like that. We were always told that was the US way of spelling it, and that in NZ we use 's'. Nowadays it seems either is acceptable, but usually the 'z' spelling is more used.
  20. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    I'd love to be a librarian in an old fashioned library like they were when I was a kid. Before everything was computers.
  21. Would You Rather..? Tag

    Would you rather... 1. Read only trilogies or stand alones? I seem to read more series, so probably trilogies 2. Read only female or male authors? Not sure. I don't notice the gender of the authors I read 3. Shop at a book shop or online? Definitely bookshop. 4. All books become movies or tv shows? I don't watch movies much, so probably TV shows. 5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week? I read more than 5 pages per day usually, but I couldn't read 5 books per week, so I think I'll go with the first one. 6. Be a professional reviewer or author? Author, I've always wanted to write and I'm terrible at writing book reviews. 7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven't read before? New ones. I rarely reread. 8. Be a librarian or book seller? Considering librarian is what I've wanted to do since I was 4, this is a no-brainer. 9. Only read your favorite genre, or every genre except your favorite? Favourite genre. I couldn't go without reading crime books. And some other genres I don't like at all. 10. Only read physical books or eBooks? Physical. I don't like ebooks.
  22. India in Fiction

    This book is incredible. I read it a few years and it has still stuck with me. I highly recommend it.
  23. Rest in Peace

    My daughter loved the Miffy books when she was a toddler. RIP
  24. Local History

    I love looking at old photos of my town. As far as actually reading about it, my town isn't all that old. I think it's the 150th anniversary this year or next, so there isn't a lot. I am a history buff, and I'm really interested in my countries history. We never learned about it in school history classes, we did mostly America and a little UK.
  25. Bullet Journal

    I get paid every two weeks, so have to shop then. I get bread and milk in between times though.