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Your Book Activity - January 2021

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Wow... it's the 1rst of January here, 2021. A Happy New Year to everyone!!

 

:hny:

 

Time wise my brain is still kind of stuck in early December, even though it is most definitely January 2021 now, at least, in most of the world (just under an hour left for West Coast USA and West Canada, and a little under 2 hours for Alaska).

 

What are you currently reading? Or, if you're not reading any book, what will your next read be?

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Happy new year! I am very determined to read more this year so I’m planning to finish my current book (Jasper Fforde - One of Our Thursdays is Missing) in the next few days :) 

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Happy New Year, everyone :)

 

I have read Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz which I loved and because I am planning on reading all of Jacqueline Wilson books I have just read Lizzie Zipmouth. Not one of my favourites from her. 

 

I am currently reading Inside Stranger's Houses by Elizabeth Mundy. I don't really have much thought to this so far. Not much has happened so I am hoping it will pick up soon. 

 

Hope everyone has a great reading month of January! 

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I have just finished my first book of the year (well, half of it was read today!): a reading group choice - Wake by Anna Hope. I have to admit, I took this one up reluctantly, but in one of those hoped for classic reading group twists, found that my misgivings were completely unfounded, and that this proved an excellent read. 4/5 stars out of 6.

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I finished my last Heroes of Olympus (Greek & Roman gods and myths) book yesterday, the carry on series from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series (Greek gods & myths). An enjoyable romp. 

 

Will be starting Jodi Taylor's annual Christmas Day short story from her Chronicles of St Mary's series. Thereafter I plan on sallying forth with Rick Riordan again, this time with his Magnus Chase Norse mythology series. Looking forward to keeping my spirits and reading mojo up and running with Riordan's enjoyable characters and pacey stories. 

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Happy New Year for 2021 everyone! 


Currently reading The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevie Cogman. 43%. 

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Happy new year everyone! I'm currently reading 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Dickens. I'm not sure I've ever completed anything by him before. Hoping to start the year by rectifying that.

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I'm struggling a little with getting into anything at the moment, and because of that I have 4 books on the go currently.

 

  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
  • Affluenza by Oliver James
  • Across an Angry Sea by Cedric Delves
  • The Arabian Nights by Anonymous

 

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It's funny how reading mojo works. Since my last post I have finished 3 of the books I mentioned with only Arabian Nights still on-going. I have started a new audiobook, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, and I will probably pick up something else a bit easier to read as well.

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On 02/01/2021 at 1:31 PM, ~Andrea~ said:

Happy new year everyone! I'm currently reading 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Dickens. I'm not sure I've ever completed anything by him before. Hoping to start the year by rectifying that.

Are you enjoying it so far? 
 

8 hours ago, Brian. said:

It's funny how reading mojo works. Since my last post I have finished 3 of the books I mentioned with only Arabian Nights still on-going. I have started a new audiobook, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, and I will probably pick up something else a bit easier to read as well.

Wow that was good going! 

 

I’ve finished 3 books but two of them I’d started in 2020. I’m about to start reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.

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On 02/01/2021 at 2:31 PM, ~Andrea~ said:

Happy new year everyone! I'm currently reading 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Dickens. I'm not sure I've ever completed anything by him before. Hoping to start the year by rectifying that.

 

I hope you enjoy A Tale of Two Cities :).

 

 

23 hours ago, Brian. said:

It's funny how reading mojo works. Since my last post I have finished 3 of the books I mentioned with only Arabian Nights still on-going. I have started a new audiobook, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, and I will probably pick up something else a bit easier to read as well.

 

I have Shantaram on my TBR, I hope you like it :).

 

15 hours ago, Hayley said:

I’ve finished 3 books but two of them I’d started in 2020. I’m about to start reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.

 

Well done! I hope you like Hollow City :).

 

I'm currently re-reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, I'm liking it a lot. I'm not that far into it yet (page 130 out of 622).

 

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17 hours ago, Hayley said:

Are you enjoying it so far? 

On the whole yes, although it's rather wordy in places with long sentences and gigantic paragraphs. Sometimes I have to reread a sentence several times because I've forgotten what it initially started saying by the time I get to the end of it! So it's taking some effort, but there are good, pacier bits as well. I'm about a quarter way in and I'm determined not to give up!

 

1 hour ago, Athena said:

 

I hope you enjoy A Tale of Two Cities :).

 

Thank you :)

 

Edited by ~Andrea~

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Happy Reading for 2021 one and all!

 

I have really enjoyed my romp with Magnus Chase through his Norse quests in the Rick Riordan trilogy. Nothing like a life threatening quest through myths and legends to keep my mojo happy as we enter a new year. :) 

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Finished two book group reads in the past couple of days: distinctly unimpressed with both of them. First off was Man at the Helm by Nina Stibber.  'Comedy Gold' supposedly.  Dull, repetitive and all too obvious in my view. Feeling generous...2/6.  Then Body Surfing by Anita Shreve. What on earth do people see in her, if this is anything like a representative example of her writing? Trite, predictable, bland, repetitive, unengaging, and no I'm not interested in the minutiae of the colour of people's clothing, furniture or hair. 1/6.

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Finished Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies' Paradise) by Emile Zola tonight.  What a contrast to the last 2 books: powerful, vivid, highly topical. Absolutely loved it.  An initial 5/6. 

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My Best Friend's Girl by Dorothy Koomson - Kamryn has just turned 32 and is ready to paint the town red.  Amongst the excitement of opening her birthday cards she receives a note from her best friend telling her she is in hopsital and is dying and needs to see her.  She reluctantly goes and we get to know that she hasn't spoken to Adele for almost 2 years due to a huge betrayal on Adele's part. This is where Adele asks Kamryn for a favour involving her child which will change Kamryn's life in the most unexpected way. I was ready to give this book 5 stars. Loved the characters and the plot line. However, i felt a little like the author was going of course a little too much with the main characters love life.  Overall enjoyed the story. It is extremely sad at times and does include some very upsetting scenes. A trigger warning which I'll put in spoilers 

Spoiler

includes historical and present day child abuse (sometimes quite graphic) 

overall a 4 star read and looking forward to reading more by the author. 

 

Shopaholic To The Stars by Sophie Kinsella - I liked this story following Becky however, again I felt it a little too long. Think it could've been wrapped up some time before it did. I still enjoyed reading it on the whole. Just probably not my favourite of the series. 3 stars.

 

WerePuppy by Jacqueline Wilson - I am going through reading all of her books. Came across this one (never heard of it before) this follows Micky and his 4 sisters. 3 older 1 younger. One night they watch a scary film about werewolves. Micky becomes frightened of them and dogs in general so his mum buys him one to "get over his fear" just no! The story itself was just okay but the characters were awful. His little sister bullied him and allowed her friends to too. His father was a complete dick and made him feel like a failure at any given moment. The rest were okay but not really much to write home about. There is a follow up to this which I may read just because it is very short. 1 star. 

 

A Girl Called Thursday by Lilian Harry - having this book for years and always saying to myslef I'll read it and never doing so i finally got round to it. Thursday has just turned 21 and Britain is at war! She signs up to become A VAD. Really liked this but it took a some time to get into it. I would say if you like historical fiction and stories around WWII then give it a try. 3 stars.

 

Currently reading My sister's Keeper by Jodi Pilcoult and The Dry  By Jane Harper. 

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