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Apr 24, 2009 11:47PM

2051 Oprah is the kiss of death for me as well, it's okay if I've read them before hand but after being suckered into reading Toni Morrison's 'Paradise' as being the BEST book she (Oprah) had read at that time, NEVER AGAIN! and NEVER AGAIN Toni Morrison!
Apr 24, 2009 11:37PM

2051 Stephanie wrote: "I think To Kill a Mockingbird is just about the best book and movie pairing. I've read and seen both so many times that I can't remember which one I experienced first, but I love them both."

Totally agree
Apr 24, 2009 11:35PM

2051 For me it's got to be Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights
Apr 24, 2009 11:33PM

2051 It's just got to be for me, The Velveteen Rabbit in The Velveteen Rabbit
Apr 24, 2009 11:20PM

2051 Mrsku wrote: "I love to recommend books but I don't like to lend them to just anyone. I let my daughters read them (except my eldest who takes it away to University with her and never brings them back) and my b..."

I'm very similar, will recommend to those that I've seen that don't look after their own books, but will happily lend to like minded friends. Recently took a friend off my 'lend' list that not only returned the book like it had been run over with a lawn mower, but had actually written my name inside the front cover in biro, not even pencil (so at least I could rub it out). That's just basic vandalism as far as I'm concerned!
Apr 24, 2009 10:28PM

2051 I'm a new book buyer, everyone has a vise and this is definitely mine!(worst one anyway). My favourite online store is - - postage is free worldwide and I find that the books are usually cheaper than I can get them here in Australia on the shelf. All the great cheap sites in the U.S. cost a mint for postage to Australia and generally take a good 3 weeks+ to arrive. The Book Depository usually takes 3-5 business days delivered to your door.
Will occassionally borrow a book when forced, but don't like doing it and nearly had to be hospitalised when the last book someone lent me didn't just come in one piece, but seven (less is definitely more).
Apr 24, 2009 09:20AM

2051 Love the way you've set out your reviews Aprile and the rating system is a fantastic idea, gives a better individual indication of a particular book and you can separate by degrees. Might have to use your technique next time around. I'll stick with the lazy, or preferably titled, short and sweet method for now. Will watch your reads and aspire to be more organised in the future!
Apr 24, 2009 08:47AM

2051 Thanks Mary, thanks for having me!
Apr 23, 2009 09:45PM

2051 Aprile wrote: "You have some great picks and you are doing well! Night is one of my favourite books ever. Was Slumdog Millionaire any good? It's on my list :D"
I loved how Slumdog was structured, bit like Geraldine Brooks'- People Of The Book (just totally different subject matter). Been meaning to order another of his books called Six Suspects.
Thanks Aprile for the encouraging words

Apr 23, 2009 09:32PM

2051 22.A Passage to India By E.M. Forster
20th April 2009
The author used his experiences of two trips to India, one pre WW1 and one post to shape the story in every aspect, down to the finest detail. The novel centres on two visiting English women, an elderly woman whose son is a English government official in Chandrapore and a young woman she has the duty to chaperone as a potential fiance to her son, who has come to test the waters of the land that may be her future marital home. The two women want to see the Real India!
The result is not a pretty picture of India under British rule but I was convinced it was a fairly accurate one.
**** 4 Stars (would have given this 4 1/2 Stars)
Apr 23, 2009 09:32PM

2051 21. The Book of Love By Kathleen McGowan
18th April 2009
2nd book follow on from The Expected One. Once again with the dual story line. Current and past. Maureen is back but this book follows her story less than in the first. To truly benefit from this book the first book's reading is really essential, if you have an interest in Christianity and your fairly open, particularly in your interpretation of the bible this might appeal, but if your a little more on the strict side you'll probably think that this is aptly categorized as fiction. I loved the first one. I thought it was loaded with intrigue, especially in the dedication and the author's notes. Thought this one McGowan backed off a little, my interpretation is that she was pretty heavily criticized by Historians for the first and was not putting herself on the chopping block so recklessly this time! I still really really enjoyed it and hope that in the Third she goes back to being Captain courageous and walks out on the limb!
**** 4 Stars
Apr 23, 2009 09:30PM

2051 20. The Slap By Christos Tsoilkas
11 April 2009
Fantastic choice for reading groups, lots of controversy here if that's what your after!
A family BBQ goes awry when a child is slapped and the slapper is not the parent. Lots of delving deeper into the makeup of the blended and extended family, genetic v's environmental influences on child rearing, private v's public education, friend v's family and much much more. Word of warning, if your not partial to the C word (& I'm not talking 'camping') you'll have to get used to it real quick if you want to give this a go. I was really tuff on this when I rated it. One of the reasons was in fact the swearing, I thought it wasn't essential language everytime the female genitalia was mentioned nor did I think that female genitalia need be mentioned so much. There is a second reason, but I can't really go into it without giving away crucial elements. So I won't!
Floating somewhere between *** 3 Stars & ****4 Stars (officially only gave it *** 3 Stars)
Apr 23, 2009 09:29PM

2051 19. One Foot Wrong By Sofie Laguna
7th April 2009
Whilst this story is of the horrendous abuse that Hester suffered at the hand of her religious zealous reclusive parents. I found it to be a story of a champion that never painted herself a victim. She creates for herself literally the tools of her own survival, spoon, pencil, axe & tree. With their friendship, she provided for herself the love support & companionship she was never allowed or given otherwise. They acted as her own nurture network, they gave her affection, praise, and encouragement (not always in the way that would be socially acceptable to us) but to her and her life in context I think they were always the proverbial angel at her shoulder rather than the devil. It's hard to explain further without giving away crucial elements, so I'll finish by saying that certain sections of the book are extremely graphic and disturbing, but as a whole I found I loved the style in which Hesters narrative took & I loved Hester.
***** 5 Stars
Apr 23, 2009 09:28PM

2051 18. Stillwatch By Mary Higgins Clark
3rd April 2009
Classic Mary Higgins Clark whodunnit. Solid as always!
** 2 Stars
Apr 23, 2009 09:27PM

2051 17. Relics By Pip Vaughan-Hughes
30th March 2009
Although I only gave this three stars I did actually really enjoy many things about this book, the text was easy to read, the characters were both believable, likable and not so likable. It has many of the classic elements of historical fiction thrown in, a Monk ,a Knight, a Bishop, some pirates? a Holy Relic or two and even a Princess. Relic is the first book of a series (three books so far), a tale that begins in England 1235.
Brother Petroc, both young and nieve is set up for the murder of a Deacon by a rouge ex Templar Knight. The tale is of his search for answers, first to the motivation for such violence and then the reason for his own involvement. It would probably be best discribed as action/adventure/historical/fiction/fluff. It was a goodread not a greatread, it was solid but not packed with what you would call history. I would and will read the next installment when I'm looking for something easy & fun!
*** 3 Stars
Apr 23, 2009 09:25PM

2051 16. Look Me in the Eye My Life with Asperger's By John Elder Robinson
24th March 2009
Having a child that has an ASD, I can certainly relate to the general reactions in this book that were displayed by those around John. Both to his general behaviour and his reactions to social situations. I have been guilty myself of judging those behaviours in relation to what would be considered 'normal'. I particulary related to the bluntness of his social statements and how people often percieve this as being rude, or when he explained how people were often offended by the titles that he gave them (he was totally unaware how people might find them offensive), to him they were just an obvious title, or that his facial expression didn't match the emotion of the situation that was required or expected.
Personally I've lost count of the times I've been left mouth agape trying to explain to a lovely elderly lady that my son didn't mean anything by it when he's commented 'OH NO! look how wrinkly your hands are'. Then will look at them really sweetly with a huge smile on his face and finish his conversation off with a 'that means your going to die soon' and then will leave me in his wake and skip off somewhere, totally oblivious to the disaster zone he's left me with.

Other than the fact I could relate to many of the tales that were relayed particulary in his childhood account. I enjoyed reading his perspective of the same situations I am usually on the other side of.
***** 5 Stars

Apr 23, 2009 09:24PM

2051 15. Year of Wonders By Geraldine Brooks
15th March 2009
Year of Wonders is a story based around the true events surrounding the villiagers of Eyam, Derbyshire in 1666-1667 when they were visited upon by the plague. The village itself imposed a quarantine, thus losing 2/3's of it populace within the year.
The book's story follows the life of Anna Frith, Daughter, Wife, Mother & maid. By the end of the year she can add so much more to her array of titles, nurse, chemist, midwife, and many more though probably the most significant of all her titles would be simply friend. It is a story of monumental loss for both Anna and the village but it is also a tale of great kinship and community (good & bad).
**** 4 Stars
Apr 23, 2009 09:23PM

2051 14. Sandstorm By James Rollins
9th March 2009
The first in the Sigma Force series. Just your all round action adventure with a secret order and a sacred religious relic. Can't go wrong if that's what appeals!
**** 4 Stars
Apr 23, 2009 09:21PM

2051 13. Bird By Sophie Cunningham
7th March 2009
**** 4 Stars
Apr 23, 2009 09:20PM

2051 12. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close By Jonathan Safran Foer
1st March 2009
A young boy suffering from the loss of his Father in the September 11 attacks, finds a hidden key in his Fathers belongings and sets out to find the lock to which it opens. Very unusually written, found it quite difficult to follow at first, very glad I persisted.
1st March 2009
***** 5 Stars

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