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  1. You nearly had it, almost eight months without a post.
  2. Gosh, there might actually be a winner for this some day soon...
  3. I was all for Kylie winning, to be fair.
  4. Cold. Snow, rain, wind.. the usual. Has been like this for weeks. *sigh*
  5. You'll have good fun with Cannery Row too. Aye, well even if Frankie does Birdsong - I'm not sure what she's had recommended already - I'll do Human Traces. I didn't start out with the intention of doing all my suggestions as well, but as there's only a couple I've read, I think I'll do them. Also, I notice people have already read some of their Round Robin challenge books - are we going to post/talk about our reads here? Or are people just intending to use their main reading threads? (I only ask because I haven't bothered to make one this year - at least not yet.)
  6. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Woops, sorry Claire, was clearly still going off your 2017 TBR list. Not to worry, as you can imagine I had more than one choice for most people. So, I'll go with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Not usually my cup of tea, YA, but the pretty much universal acclaim for this has made me pay attention to it. Hope it's as good as the ratings suggest.
  7. Right, sorry for the delay folks, here are my challenges as follows. Enjoy! @willoyd: I'm going to go for La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman. I thought I remembered you saying you enjoyed the His Dark Materials books, so checked your ratings and I see you're a fan of Northern Lights. I thought this was a really enjoyable addition to the series - prequels, 'equals', whatever he wants to call them - and am looking forward to seeing what he has to offer with the rest of The Book of Dust novels. @Madeleine: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Has been on my list for, well, ages, and it seems like one that's easy to bypass when it comes to the old TBR lists. I'm hoping that this may prompt me to get to it as well during 2018. @chesilbeach: Hi Claire, was going for The Essex Serpent until I saw that Alexi had made that terrific choice. I reckon you'll love it. As for my choice, I'll go with Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner simply because I've been meaning to read it to, and this might tempt me into action. @karen.d: I was going to pick Ulysses but I don't think I have it in me. So, I'll go with Bram Stoker's Dracula. Enjoy. (Great list by the way, can't go far wrong with a lot of those choices...) @Alexi: The Beach by Alex Garland. I've heard good things about this and will read myself now I'm making you. @chaliepud: Right you, time to read some Steinbeck. I'm going with East of Eden because it's a masterpiece... but I deliberated for a long time and you have a lot of great books on that TBR of yours, not just by Steinbeck. @Little Pixie: Don't see your list of challenges in the main thread, so I hope nobody has suggested this already... but, The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier. Mainly because Rebecca is an all-time favourite of mine and I still haven't read anything else by her. (Unforgivable!) I will read this as well. If you need a different suggestion, drop me a message. @frankie: I'm going to go with Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong but if it has already been suggested, Human Traces. (I'll read too, in that case.) @More reading time required: So glad Frankie has suggested East of Eden, can't wait to see how you get on. I'll go with Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd and again I'll join you with it. -- If anyone needs different suggestions for any reason, let me know! Happy reading, all.
  8. Thanks, Hayley! Great choice - have heard nothing but great things for this. Oooh, good one, and you're dead right, I've already been passing it over quite a bit since I added it to the list. Fingers crossed it's good for us both. Thanks, Karen. Nice! I've only ever read Wide Sargasso Sea but have been meaning to get to this for a while. Thanks, Claire. Thank you! Hobb has been on my list for years and years and I've just never got around to any of her work. Thanks for making me do so. On another note, I'll get everyone's challenges to them by the end of the week. Sorry for the delay, has been a busy few days.
  9. Benji's Challenge Lists Challenges to me 1. Willoyd: SPQR by Mary Beard 2. Madeleine: Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres 3. Claire: Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys 4. Karen: Watership Down by Richard Adams 5. Alexi: The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig 6. Chaliepud: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 7: LP: 8. Frankie: 9. MRTR: Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb Challenges from me: 1. Willoyd: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman 2. Madeleine: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 3. Claire: 4. Karen: Dracula by Bram Stoker 5. Alexi: The Beach by Alex Garland 6. Chaliepud: East of Eden by John Steinbeck 7: LP: The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier 8. Frankie: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks 9. MRTR: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  10. That's great. Is my Goodreads 'want to read' list okay? It's not an exact TBR but I own, or am able to get hold of, the vast majority of the list. If that suffices, it can be found here. Very much looking forward to being involved. Shall check out everyone's lists shortly and get my challenges to you all.
  11. Is it too late to join this? Seems like a lovely way of reading something from your TBR that you might not have ordinarily picked out. The year is well under way and I see you already have a healthy number of people partaking, so I'd understand if I'm a bit too late to the party...
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    Hi Brian, noticed that you rated The Rookie highly on Goodreads and I'd be interested in reading it myself - sounds right up my street. I notice your wishlist is empty at the moment, though...
  13. It's not Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown, is it? Remembered a publishing friend on Twitter going on about it upon release. Had a quick look and it sounds similar to what you're after...
  14. So, I don't really know this best place to put this, but I'm probably not going to be around much for the foreseeable. Been hit for six by something I didn't see coming and it's going to take me a long time to recover - if I ever do. I might keep the first bit of the thread updated with books I've read, but I don't know. Just thought I'd mention it.
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