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Diane's Reading List - 2017

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My Reading List 2017 :coffee1: 

 

Well, here we are another year and another pile of books to read.  Yet again I didn't reach my meagre 'to read' total of 30 .... but have done better with 20.  I shall endeavour yet again to reach it this year, famous last words I hear you say.  I'm hoping I can add a few more new authors along the reading trail too as I did last year. You are all very good at recommendations.  Must try to read more from the books already on my shelf though, than buying....but we all know how hard that is :yes: especially when you have a wishlist for birthdays, Mother's Day and Christmas..!

 

List from 2016

List from 2015

List from 2014

List from 2013

 

Click on link for 2013 for years prior to 2013

 

Reading at the moment

 

'.....

 

 

Read

 

January

'The Penguin Lessons' by Tom Michell (recommend)

'6 Ranier Drive' by Debbie Macomber

February

'The Black House' by Peter May

'Life After You' by Lucie Brownlee

'The Beachside Guest House' by Vanessa Greene

March

'Reflection' by Diane Chamberlain

April

'Rough Music' by Patrick Gale

'Harry the Poisonous Centipede' by Lynne Reid Banks

May

'Between Sisters' by Cathy Kelly (started in April)

'A Week in Paris' by Rachel Hore

June

'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams' by Jenny Colgan

July

'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah (started in June)(recommend)

August

'House Rules' by Jodi Picoult (started in July)

'The Forgotten Summer' by Carol Drinkwater

September

'Song of the Skylark' by Erica James

'Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure' by Lynne Reid Banks

October

'Secrets of the Lighthouse' by Santa Montefiore (started September)

'The Woman Who Painted Her Dreams' by Isla Dewar (did not finish)

November

'The Legacy' by Katherine Webb (started in October)

'Love Letters' by Debbie Macomber

December

'The Winter Ghosts' by Kate Mosse

'How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III'  by Cressida Cowell

'The Great Christmas Knit Off' by Alexandra Brown (second time of reading because it is Christmas...)

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Wishlist to Buy :readingtwo:

 

 

'Night Road' by Kristin Hannah

'Magic Hour' by Kristin Hannah

'Distant Shore' by Kristin Hannah

'Home Again' by Kristin Hannah

'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah (bought Jan '17....at last)

'Winter Garden' by Kristin Hannah

'The Cornish House' by Liz Fenwick

'A Cornish Stranger' by Liz Fenwick

'The Returning Tide' by Liz Fenwick

 'The Button Collector' by Elizabeth Jennings

'Leaving Time' by Jodi Picoult

'The House Between Tides' by Sarah Maine

'Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe' by Milly Johnson

'Another Night, Another Day' by Sarah Rayner

'The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto' by Mitch Albom

'Summer's Child' by Diane Chamberlain

 

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To Be Read List :readingtwo: 

 

I will be adding to this when I choose the books from my shelves that I really want to try and read this year.

 

'The Shadow Wife' by Diane Chamberlain (add to recommendation of reading challenge when read)

'The Courage Tree' by Diane Chamberlain (another one from lovely Chaliepud/Hayley)

'Reflection' by Diane Chamberlain (add to one word title of reading challenge when read)

'Keeper of the Light' by Diane Chamberlain (trilogy) (Kiss River & Her Mother's Shadow)

'A Week in Paris' by Rachel Hore (add to reading challenge for place in title) (read)

'The Secret Keeper' by Kate Morton

'Secrets of The Lighthouse by Sante Montefiore (Bookcrossing)(read)

'Daughter of the House' by Rosie Thomas

'Rough Music' by Patrick Gale (add to male author of reading challenge when read)

'The Beachside Guest House' by Vanessa Greene (read)

'The Beach Cafe' by Lucy Diamond

'6 Ranier Drive' Debbie Macomber (read)

'The Forgotten Summer' by Carol Drinkwater(add to season in title in reading challenge when read)

'The Penguin Lessons' by Tom Michell (read)

'Between Sisters' by Cathy Kelly (read)

'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah (add to animal/bird in title in reading challenge)(read)

'The Fire Child' by SK Tremayne

'The Two Week Wait' by Sarah Rayner

'The Little Pieces of You and Me' by Vanessa Greene (pressie from Chaliepud/Hayley)

'The Bees' by Laline Paull

'The Dandelion Years' by Erica James

'What Alice Forgot' by Liane Moriarty

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New Authors/Books Bought or Borrowed/Read :readingtwo: 

 

New Author = *

Books bought/borrowed/swapped = #

Read = @

 

'The Penguin Lessons' by Tom Michell * # @ (Christmas present)

'Life After You' by Lucie Brownlee * # @ (borrowed from my sister)

'The Fire Child' by SK Tremayne # (bought Feb '17)

'The Two Week Wait' by Sarah Rayner # (charity shop find £1, on wishlist so had to get... :giggle: )

'The Dandelion Years' by Erica James # (bdy book from my youngest, Aug '17)

'What Alice Forgot' by Liane Moriarty # (bdy book from my youngest, Aug '17)

'The Legacy' by Katherine Webb # (bought...lounging on my shelf for a good while)

'How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse' by Cressida Cowell (borrowed from son)

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Books Read/Authors :readingtwo: 

 

British

Tom Michell (new author for me)

Peter May (Scottish - new author for me)

Lucie Brownlee (new author for me)

Vanessa Greene

Patrick Gale

Cathy Kelly

Rachel Hore

Lynne Reid Banks (2)

Jenny Colgan

Carol Drinkwater

Erica James

Santa Montefiore (new author for me)

Katherine Webb (new author for me)

Kate Mosse

Cressida Cowell

Alexandra Brown

 

International

Debbie Macomber (USA) (2)

Diane Chamberlain (USA)

Kristin Hannah (USA)

Jodi Picoult (USA)

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Bookcrossing - Bookrings/rays/RABCK - or BCF Members

 

'The Woman Who Painted Her Dreams' by Isla Dewar.....starting July '17

'Secrets of the Lighthouse' by Santa Montefiore....Octover '17

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A book challenge pinched from Chaliepud/Hayley. I should be able to fill in a few of these hopefully.

 

  1. A book you read in school
  2. A book from your childhood
  3. A book published over 100 years ago
  4. A book published in the last year
  5. A non-fiction book - ('The Penguin Lessons' by Tom Michell...could be moved)
  6. A book written by a male author - 'Rough Music' by Patrick Gale
  7. A book written by a female author - 'Song of the Skylark' by Erica James
  8. A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson)
  9. A book that became/is becoming a film
  10. A book published in the 20th Century
  11. A book set in your hometown/region
  12. A book with someone’s name in the title 'Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure' by Lynn Reid Banks
  13. A book with a number in the title - '6 Rainier Drive' by Debbie Macomber
  14. A book with a character with your first name
  15. A book someone else recommended to you
  16. A book with over 500 pages
  17. A book you can finish in a day - 'Harry the Poisonous Centipede' by Lynne Reid Banks
  18. A previously banned book
  19. A book with a one-word title - 'Reflection' by Diane Chamberlain
  20. A book translated from another language
  21. A book that will improve a specific area of your life
  22. A memoir or journal - 'Life After You' by Lucie Brownlee
  23. A book written by someone younger than you
  24. A book somewhere visited/place name in title - 'A Week in Paris' by Rachel Hore
  25. An award-winning book
  26. A self-published book
  27. A book with a season in the title - 'The Forgotten Summer' by Carol Drinkwater
  28. A book with a colour in the title  - 'The Black House' by Peter May
  29. A book with a café/tearoom/restaurant theme
  30. A book with an animal/bird in the title or a character - 'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah
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** :readingtwo:  I'M NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN :readingtwo: **


:readingtwo: FOR 2017 READING :readingtwo: 


:readingtwo: WELCOME :readingtwo: 


TO MY BOOK-LOVING FRIENDS


HOPING WE CAN SHARE A YEAR


FILLED WITH GREAT


BOOKS AND REVIEWS


:readingtwo: * * * * * * * * * :readingtwo:  


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Let me be the first one to wish you very happy reading in 2017 :)!

 

Out of your TBR, I have read and liked The Shadow Wife (by Diane Chamberlain) and The Beach Café (by Lucy Diamond). The other Diane Chamberlain books you mention are still on my TBR.

 

I hope 2017 will be a great year for you :).

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Have a great reading year in 2017!. You can't go wrong with Diane Chamberlain - I have enjoyed all her books that I have read. :smile:

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Juan Salvadore, I love it.

My daughter brought this book to me, She did a book report on it, such fun and inspiration all in one.

great choice

 

 

 

My Reading List 2017 :coffee1: 

 

Well, here we are another year and another pile of books to read.  Yet again I didn't reach my meagre 'to read' total of 30 .... but have done better with 20.  I shall endeavour yet again to reach it this year, famous last words I hear you say.  I'm hoping I can add a few more new authors along the reading trail too as I did last year. You are all very good at recommendations.  Must try to read more from the books already on my shelf though, than buying....but we all know how hard that is :yes: especially when you have a wishlist for birthdays, Mother's Day and Christmas..!

 

List from 2016

List from 2015

List from 2014

List from 2013

 

Click on link for 2013 for years prior to 2013

 

Reading at the moment

 

'The Little Paris Bookshop'by Nina George  &  'The Penguin Lessons' by Tom Michell

 

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Happy Reading in 2107. :)

 

I`ve not got that particular Diane Chamberlain, but I have got The Silent Sister in my TBR ( as recomended by Gaia ). :D

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Awww I loved The Penguin Lessons .. hope you do too Diane :) Happy Reading in 2017  :hug:

 

Awh wasn't it the cutest? I was lucky enough to have it sent as an ARC and you may or may not know this but I am a HUGE FAN OF PENGUINS. Fab book. :yes:

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Juan Salvadore, I love it.

My daughter brought this book to me, She did a book report on it, such fun and inspiration all in one.

great choice

 

 

Awww I loved The Penguin Lessons .. hope you do too Diane :) Happy Reading in 2017  :hug:

 

 

Awh wasn't it the cutest? I was lucky enough to have it sent as an ARC and you may or may not know this but I am a HUGE FAN OF PENGUINS. Fab book. :yes:

I'm totally loving 'The Penguin Lessons' and finding myself smiling and even laughing at the conversation he is having with Juan...penguins are just my favourite animal

 

Thanks for all your replies...please keep popping in... :yes: 

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'The Penguin Lessons' by Tom Michell

 

What a great first read of the year. Tom Michell and his tale of him and Juan Salvador, the penguin he rescued from the beach after an oil slick. The smuggling him through the borders from Uruguay  to Argentina. Nursing him back to health and Juan living with him on the college campus. making friends with all the boys, becoming the rugby team mascot and finally getting to swim. I just loved it all. It was lovely written and it made me smile throughout.

 

5/5 (recommend....I just love penguins)

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So glad you enjoyed it Diane. Penguins are my favourite animal too, and this book was fabulous. :smile2:

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Bought today through many recommendations for this one (Hayley/Chaliepud).....'The Nightingale' by Kristin Hannah

Only complaint  I have and didn't realise is, why is the writing so small...? :wacko: 

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