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  1. Hi. Is it worth reading? I'm looking for a good read but you never know whether something is worthwhile just because it's popular.
  2. Your favourite read of the year? The themes of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler will stick with me long term. Your favourite author of the year? Graeme Simsion - I loved both his books. Your most read author of the year? Laurell K Hamilton. I read quite a few of her Anita Blake series until it got completely ridiculous. Your favourite book cover of the year? Erm. I must admit I don't pay much attention. The book you abandoned (if there was more than one, the one you read least of)? I am halfway through The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man but I sort of intend to finish it - just read a few pages here and there. The book that most disappointed you? A tie between Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and I'm currently reading the new Marian Keyes book The Woman Who Stole My Life and it's dreadful The funniest book of the year? The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Your favourite literary character this year? Don Tillman from The Rosie Project. Your favourite children's book this year? Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Slinky Malinki Open the Door by Lynley Dodd. These are picture books I read my children. Oh Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack by Lynley Dodd is also amazing. It's not a chore reading bedtime stories with these awesome books. Your favourite classic of the year? Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. So atmospheric Your favourite non-fiction book this year? Peaceful Parent, Happy Child by Laura Markham. Your favourite biography this year? None read Your favourite collection of short stories this year? None read Your favourite poetry collection this year? None read Your favourite illustrated book of the year? Look! A Book by Bob Staake. Fabulous for children and adults. Your favourite publisher of the year? All of them Your favourite audiobook of the year? None read Your favourite re-read of the year? This may be the first year in my life I've not re-read anything.
  3. Well after seeing everyone's praise I've just found the kindle version of For Whom the Bell Tolls for 91c so I bought it. I enjoyed A Farewell to Arms and think that's the only Hemingway I've read previously. I'm reading very slowly right now but I've just finshed The Wine of Angels by Phil Rickman and I feel like I've found a great new author I can get into. I can't remember whether it was on Goodreads or Amazon but they had celebrity recommendations and Diana Gabaldon recommended one of Rickman's books. I've given up on Ms Gabaldon's books a few years ago but she is right about Phil Rickman - excellent.
  4. I think my love of Pride and Prejudice is unfairly assisted by Colin Firth
  5. I am in total agreement SunnyShadows. I kept reading in the hope of some amazing development later in the book which would bring it all together and blow my mind. Sadly it did not happen. I'm just not a fan. I particularly hated the middle story. I have not read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall but was not a particular fan of the other Bronte sisters work. I just finished The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion which I loved. Simple storyline but laugh out loud funny and I find the way he writes the character of Don Tillman makes me totally understand his unique point of view.
  6. I've finished The Goldfinch which took me ages so I got a little weary of it. It didn't really blow me away unfortunately but often award winning books don't. I sometimes wonder if there is something a bit wrong with me when I don't enjoy "famous" books. Maybe I'm not very smart. I'm looking for a light hearted read now.
  7. Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are the top 2 for me. For third I would pick Emma but a distant third.
  8. Hi I've only read two on your list - The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and Heart of Darkness. I've also read The Foutainhead but I'm not sure I really understood Ayn Rand's philosophy. I just thought the characters were odd people. I also only got partway through The Picture of Dorian Grey. I didn't think it was too bad but I had just read a play by Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest, and I think I overdosed a bit on Wilde and got bored of it. I've never read any Nietzche. I suspect that is for smart people and I don't qualify . Happy reading for the rest of the year.
  9. I'm about 25% of the way through The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I'm really enjoying it although I don't feel especially emotionally engaged with the main character.
  10. I used to re-read alot while I was a student. My brain did not want any more new information! Some books I read once a year. Now I very rarely re-read anything.
  11. I'm totalyl with you on your opinion of The Great Gatsby. It just felt like a somewhat forgettable book for me and I wondered if I was just missing knowledge of the cultural background of the time which might have made it more interesting. I also wondered if the story has been so well referenced in popular culture that it didn't feel new anymore.
  12. I have finished Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and sadly remained underwhelmed. I thought it was well written but the storylines didn't blow me away. I then read a bit of The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man but it's not really my cup of tea. I'm thinking I might read a few pages here and there to try and finish it. Have started The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
  13. Ours are merged but hubby is a nonreader so doesn't have many books. I've only got one bookshelf now as we're in a too small house with too many children.
  14. I've just bought The Goldfinch for my kindle but I'm finding it really hard to choose books right now. My tastes have changed.
  15. Muggle Not - I have read The Giver by Lois Lowry and loved it. I'm pretty sure I gave it 5/5 at the time. I've also read two of the sequels (I didn't realise there was a 4th until recently) which are almost as good. It is a young adult title so a fairly easy read but thought provoking. I hear The Giver has been made into a movie now - have not seen it. It was such a good book I'm not sure I want to watch the movie IYGWIM
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