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Ok, I admit I am dragging my feet on The Death Cure because the end is near and I don't want it to end.  I also do most of my reading outside and I am so cold, I am wearing a scarf inside the house.  I might try and finish Matt Haig's The Humans today, but I am going to that Hunger Games movie marathon at the cinema today, so I won't have that much time...  I should get started!

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I just bough John Grisham's A Time to Kill, Ken Follett's Fall of Giants and Stephen King's Under the Dome for $2.99 each!  :jump:

 

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Nice catch! :)

 

I've started Shadow of the Shadow by Paco Ignacio Taibo II.  The reviewer quoted on the front of the book says:

 

"A blending of the roman noir with magic realism, a cross between Raymond Chandler and Gabriel Garcia Marquez."  (Roger Simon, Los Angeles Times Book Review)

 

We'll see.  heh.

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Finished Moonfleet, and now on to The Innocence of Father Brown. Ploughing through it, but not quite sure why as it's very disappointing - really dull, all the short stories pretty much the same plot: somebody gets killed, something odd happens/goes with it, everybody guesses wrong, Father Brown sees it and immediately solves the problem with a solution that would be highly unlikely (and sometimes nigh on impossible) in real life.

Pretty much stayed like that: not great, and won't bother with the rest. Moved on to The Rabbit Back Literature Society a rather odd novel with some very surreal scenes. Not sure what I think of it as a book: interesting enough, but not even close to getting me excited.

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Finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall yesterday, so now I've started on The Tenderness of Wolves. I'm liking it so far.

 

I'm glad to hear you're liking it! :) 

 

 

Is The Storied Life of AJ Fikry a young adult book as well?

 

No it's not and get a move on, you want to read the book! :giggle2: No, seriously. It's a great book! 

 

I've started reading Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes (based on the recommendations on here!); I accidentally found a copy of it at the library. I didn't know they had copies! I was very excited when I came home with the book and started it as soon as I'd finished my then current read. I'm liking it, although it's not what I'd expected. 

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I bought a couple of books in WH Smiths yesterday - The Abduction by Jonathan Holt and The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson. Started the latter in the bath earlier and I've been really impressed so far - love the author's style and can't wait to get going with it.

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I bought a couple of books in WH Smiths yesterday - The Abduction by Jonathan Holt and The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson. Started the latter in the bath earlier and I've been really impressed so far - love the author's style and can't wait to get going with it.

I hope you enjoy both of your new books :)!

 

I finished Trudi Canavan - The Traitor Spy Trilogy 1: The Ambassador's Mission, it was really good (review will be posted tomorrow)! I've started the second book, The Rogue, but have only read a few pages so far. I plan to read more maybe later today but definitely tomorrow.

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I finished Cat Out Of Hell yesterday, and loved it - a mixture of humour and horror! 

 

I'm getting in the mood for Christmas, so I picked up a Michele Gorman novella, Christmas Carol which is a seasonal romcom.  It's good so far, and I'm enjoying the festive mood of it. :D

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I'm getting in the mood for Christmas, so I picked up a Michele Gorman novella, Christmas Carol which is a seasonal romcom.  It's good so far, and I'm enjoying the festive mood of it. :D

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Let me know what you think of this one, I plan to read some Christmas and wintery themed books next month, if you want :).

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After finishing my last book I picked up Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard and I'm already 50 pages into it. I can see this one being a really quick read for me and another one ticked off of the "1001 Books" list (I think it's on there).

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I have just finished Revival. It was an ok read, but the storyline never pulled me all the way in.

 

I think I will read The Maze Runner next.

Awww, it's a shame Revival wasn't as good as you'd hoped :(. I hope you will enjoy The Maze Runner, do let us know what you think :).

 

I started Trudi Canavan - The Traitor Spy Trilogy 2: The Rogue and am on page 63 out of 485. So far I'm really enjoying it.

 

I also bought some books today, I will post them in my thread at a later time.

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I'm not caring much for the book I've started, The Shadow of the Shadow...it's short but is taking a lot of time to get to the so called meat of the story, too much messing about with characters I cannot care about.  I'll probably put it to the side and start something else.

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I'm currently reaching the hlaf way point of 'IT' by Stephen King (it has taken me about 5-6 weeks so far to reach this point!) and although I very nearly put this down, I'm so glad that I perceived with this, as it's awesome!

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I bought a couple of books in WH Smiths yesterday - The Abduction by Jonathan Holt and The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson. Started the latter in the bath earlier and I've been really impressed so far - love the author's style and can't wait to get going with it.

This is one of the Waterstones Book Club choices at the moment, and I came very close to buying it last weekend as part of a 'coffee, cake and book' deal for £10. I didn't, but promised myself to go back and revisit - my reaction was similar to yours.

 

I was, however, intrigued by another selection - Pasi Jaaskelainen's The Rabbit Back Literature Society - which I've just finished in the past hour or so. Odd! Strangely compulsive too. I can't say it rates as one of the great reads of my life,  but it was one I was eventually glad to have seen out to the end, with a twist that caught me out a bit - not the one I thought it was going to be.

 

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I have just finished Revival. It was an ok read, but the storyline never pulled me all the way in.

 

I think I will read The Maze Runner next.

That is too bad, it gives me pause now (which really is a good thing, I have a short list of books I want to read before the year is over and I can kick that one off the "immediate" list).  I hope you like The Maze Runner, please stop by our thread and let us know your progress, what you think.  Keep in mind, the sequel is great too! ;)

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I'm not caring much for the book I've started, The Shadow of the Shadow...it's short but is taking a lot of time to get to the so called meat of the story, too much messing about with characters I cannot care about.  I'll probably put it to the side and start something else.

 

I hope the next read you start, will be more enjoyable :).

 

I'm currently reaching the hlaf way point of 'IT' by Stephen King (it has taken me about 5-6 weeks so far to reach this point!) and although I very nearly put this down, I'm so glad that I perceived with this, as it's awesome!

I'm glad to hear you're liking IT, I hope you will like the second half as much :). It's a big, long book, it took me a while too to get through it.

 

I've been busy this afternoon / evening so I haven't yet read more than a few pages in the book I'm reading, compared with earlier this afternoon. I hope to do some more reading tomorrow.

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That is too bad, it gives me pause now (which really is a good thing, I have a short list of books I want to read before the year is over and I can kick that one off the "immediate" list).  I hope you like The Maze Runner, please stop by our thread and let us know your progress, what you think.  Keep in mind, the sequel is great too! ;)

 

You may enjoy it, so I wouldn't necessarily rely on my opinion. :smile: It was well-written and easy enough to read, but the plot just didn't excite me like I'd hoped it would.

 

I will definitely pop by The Maze Runner thread once I'm a bit more of the way into it (started reading it, but got distracted by Inner Space on TV which I haven't seen since I was a kid :giggle: ).

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I will definitely pop by The Maze Runner thread once I'm a bit more of the way into it (started reading it, but got distracted by Inner Space on TV which I haven't seen since I was a kid :giggle: ).

*Nods* I a bit distracted with my reading today as well.  But knowing you, you'll have Maze Runner finished in a day or two ;)  :smile: I will pick up Revival, but at least now I don't have to get it RIGHT NOW, ya know...

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I finished a strange little essay/ article piece that is 140 pages on Stalin and life in the Soviet Union.  It was an interesting bit of reading, I reviewed it in my thread, as it was so different from other pieces I have read on life during that period and also life in Siberia's Kolyma. 

 

I am not sure what is next, but I just started the introduction to A Time to Kill, I've never read a John Grisham book, so this will be the first.  I hope it isn't too heavy on the courtroom aspect, if it is I will be disappointed.  I still have Maze Runner's The Death Cure and Matt Haig's The Humans on hold, at about 75% each.  I've just been so wiped out yesterday and today, to get into them.

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