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Sue | 1340 comments Just getting organised. This year I will not leave the 'difficult' letters til the end!! Will be looking at lots of lists for inspiration!


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Nikks | 547 comments Very organized of you ! I hate the x - by far the most difficult. I was trying to think of an alternative, maybe authors with x in their name ? It's just impossible to search for them.


message 4: by Sue (new)

Sue | 1340 comments R - Feet in Chains by Kate Roberts Read for my UK counties challenge. Recommended!


message 5: by Sue (last edited Jun 13, 2013 02:01PM) (new)

Sue | 1340 comments T.pereira maintains Read for World challenge - Portugal. Another supurb book. 2012 has got off to a really good start!


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Sue | 1340 comments P. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson Read for my Book Group. Quite hard going but beautiful descriptive language of both place (Norway) and emotions. Isn't it great that at the beginning each new 'read' is a different letter?


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Sue | 1340 comments Z. Journey Into the Past by Stefan Zweig I had never heard of Stefan Zweig but decided to try this novella. His short-story writing has been compared to Chekhov, Turgenev and Maupassant. Would be happy to read anything else written by him.


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Sue | 1340 comments M. Pictures at an Exhibition by Camilla Macpherson I had this on loan for ever from the library and read it because it was the last renewal allowed. It was brilliant. I love going to the National Gallery and there was a lot about some of the masterpieces in it also woven with a dual time story and some family history so I couldn't not like it really.


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Sue | 1340 comments S. The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark Can't believe this is the first of Muriel Spark's books I have read. This is a short story about the elections for a new abbess in a rather strange situation. Found it quite funny.


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Sue | 1340 comments H. The Last Coal Trip to Tenby by Rod Humphries . Enjoyable memoir of life before and during the beginning of WW2.


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Sue | 1340 comments J. Everything I Found on the Beach by Cynan Jones
Bleak, throught-provoking story set in West Wales.


message 12: by Sue (new)

Sue | 1340 comments F. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner Found this a difficult read and had to resort to 'notes' to fully understand it. Worthwhile though - just loved the ending!


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Sue | 1340 comments U. Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart Read for Round Canada challenge. The writing is absolutely beautiful and the setting on the shores of Lake Erie is brilliantly described. However the story of butterfly specialist Liz who returns to her family farmhouse unwinds very slowly.


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Sue | 1340 comments A. Jamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov Read for Around the World. This short love story is set in Kyrgyzstan and is so beautiful. The characters are so alive and descriptions of the country really add to the experience. Well worth a read.


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Sue | 1340 comments G. Admiring Silence by Abdulrazak Gurnah Another read for Around the World. Story set in London and Zanzibar.


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Sue | 1340 comments D. Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Elanor Dymott This one read for Oxfordshire. Overlong murder set in an Oxford college. Beautifully written and I did see it through to the end but it was a struggle at times.


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Sue | 1340 comments K. Snapper by Brian Kimberling Read for USA challenge. Coming of age and nature study in Indiana. Not very flattering to the state but enjoyable.


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Sue | 1340 comments L. Danny Laferriere - The Enigma of the Return. Dany Laferrire. Amazing book about the return of an exiled author to his native land.


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Sue | 1340 comments C. Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke My copy was called The Sea Sisters. Story of a sister who receives the news of the other's death in Bali. She decides to travel following her sister's travel journal and try and find out what happened to her. Loved it. Good holiday read.


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Sue | 1340 comments O A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki I absolutely loved this. The only problem was that the print was tiny and almost had to buy some stronger reading glasses. Tale of how a diary makes its way from Japan to British Columbia and its effect on a novelist there. Both the writer of the diary and the novelist are Japanese and there is a lot about the culture as well as that of remote Canada.


message 21: by Sue (new)

Sue | 1340 comments W Stoner by John Edward Williams Although very little dramatic happens the story of Stoner's life is narrated by himself and is always interesting. He is the son of a farmer who becomes an english lecturer at the local university. Unexpectedly enjoyable.


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Sue | 1340 comments V. Frangipani by Célestine Hitiura Vaite Easy read about life in Tahiti through the eyes of mum of three. Interesting.


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Sue | 1340 comments E. Under the Snow by Kerstin Ekman Found this scandi-crime novel quite a difficult read. Short but lots of characters. Beautiful description of Finland/ Sami life in the arctic circle.


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Sue | 1340 comments X Lovers in the Age of Indifference by Xiaolu Guo Found on FF under X! Bleak book with little happiness but lots of sense of place in modern day China and abroad.


message 25: by Sue (new)

Sue | 1340 comments I Quantum of Tweed The Man with the Nissan Micra by Conn Iggulden Cheated a bit as it was a 'quick read'. Enjoyable skit on the crime genre. So improbable it really made me smile.


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Sue | 1340 comments N. Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus Really enjoyable crime novel set in Germany. Only downside was the americanisms in the translation which jarred. Better than Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov which I started. 1 more to go.


message 27: by Sue (new)

Sue | 1340 comments Y. Kissing Alice by Jacqueline Yallop Well the characters in this book weren't very likeable. But at the centre was a book, stolen by the father pre WW1. The events are told by each of the main characters in chunks. But instead of the same events being told from different points of view, each one moves the story on chronologically. In all it was a study of a family's reaction to child sexual abuse.


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