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I'm sure I remember watching this as a TV series when I was a child if I remember rightly Greensleeves was the theme tune :)

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Great review Janet :)

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I've just read Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood.

 

Moving on to Montacute House by Lucy Jago (a children's novel).

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Montacute House was great! Something non-fiction next, methinks.

 

I'm woefully behind with my reviews! :blush:

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I'm woefully behind with my reviews! :blush:

You and me both but the longer the list gets the more I shrink from tackling it.

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I've caught up with some today but still have 11 to do! :giggle2: Do you know how many you're behind on? I think you read more than me, so maybe it's even higher.

 

I get behind, then catch up, then resolve not to let it get so far behind again (like my ironing pile, really! :giggle2: ) but it never lasts...

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Strangely .. I have eleven too :D and I do exactly what you do, catch up only to fall behind again. It's so difficult then because the book's not fresh in your mind. I'm pretty sure there was a book I read last year that I never got around to reviewing .. it got a score but apart from that nothing ... not even a good/bad or indifferent! At this rate there'll be more than one book going unreviewed by the end of this year.

Perhaps if there was a reward like cake or something .. I could buck my ideas up :)

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I find that if it's a book I've simply loved, I quite often write about it in here... in a designated thread... on another (non-book forum)... on Facebook - and then I can go back and cobble the various postings together to make some sort of review - it's the ones that were average I don't remember! I also find the older I get, the less a book 'sticks' unless I discuss it at length. So I can remember (for example) The Kite Runner pretty clearly, because it was a Book Club read (and I loved it), even though I read it in 2006 or 2007 but I can look at the title of a book I read a few months ago and find I've already virtually forgotten what it was about! :doh:

 

Mmm yes, a reward system! Something savoury in my case! :giggle2:

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Today I finished Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill. I had it from my parents for Christmas 2009 and I've no idea why it took me so long to read! I thought it was really good.

 

I've just looked on Amazon, and a lot of reviewers hated it for her 'name dropping' but she apologises for that in the first few pages, and actually I didn't mind it. It's given me a lot of new ideas for books to try. It's one of those books that I think I need to read again.

 

In the back she lists her 'Final Forty' books. In my copy, it's a 'Final Thirty-Nine' as one of the books appears twice! :giggle2: Apparently that's because there was an error in her original list that was published in the first print run as neither Susan nor her editor picked up on it!

 

I wonder if I should try Howards End now? I shudder to after struggling through A Room with a View, which I thought was dull as ditch-water!!

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Today I finished Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill. I had it from my parents for Christmas 2009 and I've no idea why it took me so long to read! I thought it was really good.

 

I've just looked on Amazon, and a lot of reviewers hated it for her 'name dropping' but she apologises for that in the first few pages, and actually I didn't mind it. It's given me a lot of new ideas for books to try. It's one of those books that I think I need to read again.

 

In the back she lists her 'Final Forty' books. In my copy, it's a 'Final Thirty-Nine' as one of the books appears twice! :giggle2: Apparently that's because there was an error in her original list that was published in the first print run as neither Susan nor her editor picked up on it!

 

I wonder if I should try Howards End now? I shudder to after struggling through A Room with a View, which I thought was dull as ditch-water!!

 

I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the book, Kylie sent me a copy of this just a month ago or so and I've been dying to read it! :smile2:

 

I read A Room with a View maybe 3 years ago and absolutely loathed it, it was so incredibly boring. I swore I'd never read another Forster again. However, I picked up Howards End because of a reading challenge or two, and was surprised to learn it wasn't nearly as dull as ARwaV. So I dare suggest you give it a go someday, there's no harm done :)

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Yesterday I finished The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndam and today I've read about half of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie!

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I finished The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie this morning. :D

 

Hope you enjoyed the twist. I never saw it coming, and regard it as one of the best I've come across.

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Hope you enjoyed the twist. I never saw it coming, and regard it as one of the best I've come across.

Heehee .. I never saw it coming either though something crossed my mind a few chapters in .. but I thought it unlikely and dismissed it.

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Yesterday I finished The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndam and today I've read about half of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie!

 

I said it already on facebook, I'm so pleased you enjoyed 'The Midwich Cuckoos' so much, I did too, I also like the film, the original one with George Sanders. :)

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Hope you enjoyed the twist. I never saw it coming, and regard it as one of the best I've come across.

Heehee .. I never saw it coming either though something crossed my mind a few chapters in .. but I thought it unlikely and dismissed it.

I don't want to say too much before the thread for discussion opens in the Reading Circle section, but let's just say I really enjoyed it. :)

 

I said it already on facebook, I'm so pleased you enjoyed 'The Midwich Cuckoos' so much, I did too, I also like the film, the original one with George Sanders. :)

I've never seen a film version. I haven't seen Village of the Damned (or whatever it's called) but I didn't even realise it was based on this until I finished the book and looked at it on Amazon!

 

I'm trying to get as many as I can with the Peter Lord covers - I've got four of them - two I've read (this and ...Triffids) and then The Kraken Wakes and The Chrysalids.

 

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I'm keeping my eyes peeled in charity shops! They seem to come up quite often on Ebay too. :)

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I don't want to say too much before the thread for discussion opens in the Reading Circle section, but let's just say I really enjoyed it. :)

 

 

I've never seen a film version. I haven't seen Village of the Damned (or whatever it's called) but I didn't even realise it was based on this until I finished the book and looked at it on Amazon!

 

I'm trying to get as many as I can with the Peter Lord covers - I've got four of them - two I've read (this and ...Triffids) and then The Kraken Wakes and The Chrysalids.

 

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I'm keeping my eyes peeled in charity shops! They seem to come up quite often on Ebay too. :)

 

I like those covers! :) I will keep an eye out for you too :)

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Aww, thanks, Paula. :hug:

 

These are the other two I have...

 

TheChrysalids.jpgTheKrakenWakes-1.jpg

 

It all started when I found ...Triffids in a charity shop with the same cover I'd had when I read it circa 1981. :)

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I bought home a large bag of books and two bookcases today.

 

It's a bit of a bitter-sweet haul. My mother-in-law died a year ago and her house is going to be rented out so we're in the process of clearing it out. I'd known my mother-in-law my entire life (Peter and I grew up in the same village - I've known him all my life too) and I'd rather have my mother-in-law and father-in-law than their belongings, but as that's not possible, and she wanted me to have first dibs on her books, I've bought some back that I think I might enjoy.

 

It's a rather random selection (I'll try to list them tomorrow). I think I might use the smaller of the two bookcases for my now increased 'to read' pile. I've been making such an effort to get the pile down too! Ah well.

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Oh that's sad Janet :friends0: but how nice that your mother-in-law wanted you to take your pick of the books, she knew you'd appreciate them :friends0:

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Thanks, Poppy. :):hug: I also brought home her chair which will make a lovely reading chair. :)

 

I hope you are okay Janet, I agree with Poppy, what a lovely thought from your mother~in~law, she knew you would cherish them. :)

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Thanks, Poppy. :):hug: I also brought home her chair which will make a lovely reading chair. :)

Aww how lovely, may you have many hours of delicious reading in it Janet :friends0:

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