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Congratulations on more books, I hope you enjoy them :). I have The Good Soldier on my TBR.

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Congratulations on more books, I hope you enjoy them :). I have The Good Soldier on my TBR.

 

I have it in the `free for Kindle` version, so it`s in my virtual reality TBR. :smile:

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I have it in the `free for Kindle` version, so it`s in my virtual reality TBR. :smile:

For some reason my virtual reality TBR doesn't bother me as much as my paperbooks TBR. Though they both do add to my TBR numbers.

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For some reason my virtual reality TBR doesn't bother me as much as my paperbooks TBR. Though they both do add to my TBR numbers.

 

Same here ; I`m only aware of my Kindle TBR when I use the Kindle, otherwise, it`s like it doesn`t really exist.

 

I don`t count the books on it though, perhaps I should ( though I think I`d keep the book numbers separate from my `real` TBR ). :smile:

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I don't count eBooks either.  :)

 

Strange, isn`t it ; they`ve got the same wordies in `em, but they`re still not real. :giggle2:

 

I find I`m using my Kindle a lot as a sort of excerpts` library, for books which I`m thinking of getting at some point.

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I don't count free ebook on my TBR, but any ebooks I've paid for definitely count. :D

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My ebooks TBR is 333 (both free and bought ebooks), my bought ebooks TBR is 72 (and free 261, some of which I regretted downloading but then again they were free so it didn't cost me anything).

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Congratulations on more books, I hope you enjoy them :). I have The Good Soldier on my TBR.

Thanks Athena, i haven't read anything by him before but i did watch Parades End on the TV awhile back with the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch & really enjoyed it  :smile:

 

I have it in the `free for Kindle` version, so it`s in my virtual reality TBR. :smile:

 

Goodness knows how big my TBR mountain would become if i had a kindle  :o

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Went for a coffee with OH this afternoon & popped into the charity shops & bought some great books

 

I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing  Maya Angelou - i've read it before but long enough ago to have forgotten most it  :smile: 

The Kitchen House  Kathleen Grissom - review on the back says " Forget Gone With The Wind....A story that grabs the reader & demands to be devoured.Wow"

Burial Rites Hannah Kent - this was in the half price box.... great find!!!

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Congrats on the new books, I hope you enjoy them all :)!

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Wild Swans  Jung Chang

 

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The story of three generations of women from one chinese family , Wild Swans begins at the end of the 1800's with concubines & footbindings & goes on to cover among other things the Boxer Rebellion, Cultural Revolution & the death of Mao. 

 

What i liked about the book was that i learnt an awful lot about what life was for most people under communism something i knew very little about. I did however find this quite a difficult read because it was so harrowing . Communism while sounding wonderful in theory when put into practise caused such devastation & hardship & Mao's increasingly bizarre demands of his people, tearing up grass because it was bourgeios & spontaneous loyalty dances round statues of Mao waving the little red book would be laughable if they hadn't caused such suffering. So did i enjoy the book, yes & no, i thought it was definitely a worthwhile read as i learnt so much about life in China under Mao's rule but i did find it unrelentingly depressing .

 

4/6

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After Flodden  Rosemary Goring

 

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Set in 1513 in Scotland after the battle of Flodden , Louise Brenier searches for her brother Benoit lost in action. She seeks help from Patrick Paniter James IV advisor who was also at Flodden & is now a broken man & is accompanied on her quest by the dashing Gilbert Torrance. Her journey brings her into contact with the rough & ready clans of the borderlands when she is taken captive by them.

 

This is in essence a romance story in a historical setting. I would have preferred a bit more history & a lot less romance as  you could tell how it was going to pan out right from the beginning, so no real surprises there . But it was an easy & quite enjoyable read a good holiday book & i did enjoy the ending where you find out why Paniter is such a tormented soul.

 

3/6

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Wild Swans  Jung Chang

 

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The story of three generations of women from one chinese family , Wild Swans begins at the end of the 1800's with concubines & footbindings & goes on to cover among other things the Boxer Rebellion, Cultural Revolution & the death of Mao. 

 

What i liked about the book was that i learnt an awful lot about what life was for most people under communism something i knew very little about. I did however find this quite a difficult read because it was so harrowing . Communism while sounding wonderful in theory when put into practise caused such devastation & hardship & Mao's increasingly bizarre demands of his people, tearing up grass because it was bourgeios & spontaneous loyalty dances round statues of Mao waving the little red book would be laughable if they hadn't caused such suffering. So did i enjoy the book, yes & no, i thought it was definitely a worthwhile read as i learnt so much about life in China under Mao's rule but i did find it unrelentingly depressing .

 

4/6

Aw!  I didn't think it depressing, mostly because everyone got out.   BUT I do agree with all the Communism comments- I've read about Mao and that period before, but never have I come across such detail of that lifestyle.  Did you know she also wrote a biography on Mao?  I want to read it, it's only 800 pages :P

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 Did you know she also wrote a biography on Mao?  I want to read it, it's only 800 pages :P

 

I didn't know that..... 800 pages ...... i guess she had plenty to say about him :giggle2: I would be interested in reading about Mrs Mao, she was some piece of work :o ....... i'd love to know what made her tick :hide:

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Back in 2012 I read The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bachs Goldberg Variations by Zhu Xiao-Mei. Very....harsh.

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I didn't know that..... 800 pages ...... i guess she had plenty to say about him :giggle2: I would be interested in reading about Mrs Mao, she was some piece of work :o ....... i'd love to know what made her tick :hide:

I did some reading on Personality Cults a few years ago and was studying that part of Mao when I ran across "The Gang of Four", consisting of Mao's wife.  So here is some more about her:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiang_Qing

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I read Wild Swans a while back ; it`s one of those books where you feel you need to read it, whilst secretly wanting to pretend that everything`s okay in the world, if that makes sense. :smile:

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I really want to read Wild Swans, although I'm sure it was a harrowing read.

 

When I was much younger I read Chinese Cinderella which is supposed to be aimed at younger readers but it is an emotional one - the effects of communism plus the horrendous treatment for a young girl at the hands of her family. Just awful.

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