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I have just read Breathe and thought it was really poor. 2 stars from me - not up to the usual Abbi Glines standard!


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments I've just finished Where Angels Fear to Tread. Liked it but not that much. better books to be foud. I have to say though that i've never lover Forster much, so I may be a bit "prejudiced"!!!


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Shirley | 4176 comments I've just finished The Almond Tree. Wow! What a powerful book! I won it in a goodreads giveaway, but I wasn't expecting to be so blown away by it!


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments Shirley wrote: "I've just finished The Almond Tree. Wow! What a powerful book! I won it in a goodreads giveaway, but I wasn't expecting to be so blown away by it!"

I've put it down on my TBR shelf.
I've just finished Il profumo delle foglie di limone: didn't like it so much ... I'm sorry about that, it was the present for my birthday of my daughter!!!


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Leslie | 15153 comments LauraT wrote: "I've just finished Where Angels Fear to Tread. Liked it but not that much. better books to be foud. I have to say though that i've never lover Forster much, so I may be a bit "prejudiced"!!!"

I plan on reading his A Room with a View this month (it is one off the Guardian's list). Given your comment, I guess that I won't love it...


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments I loved the Ivory film of A Room with a View, but never read the book. I could give Forster a secon chance, but if you waitn for me: going to the seaside this coming friday, I won't start it before first week in September


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Leslie | 15153 comments LauraT wrote: "I loved the Ivory film of A Room with a View, but never read the book. I could give Forster a secon chance, but if you waitn for me: going to the seaside this coming friday, I won't start it befor..."

Sure I can wait. Too many books, not enough time :)


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments Ok then: we have our first readalong: from sept 15 Laura and Leslie are reading A Room with a View: we'll have to post it in the right discussion; I see if I can manage!


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Gemma (gemmagem20) | 453 comments I have just read, Rebecca. It was a wonderful read. It's interesting, because there isn't a lot of action but you become really engrossed in the story. I would highly recommend it. Has anyone read any other Daphne DuMaurier they would recommend?


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments Rebecca is a must!!!!


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Shirley | 4176 comments Gemma wrote: "I have just read, Rebecca. It was a wonderful read. It's interesting, because there isn't a lot of action but you become really engrossed in the story. I would highly recommend it. Has anyone read ..."

I've read Jamaica Inn and Frenchman's Creek. Both are good - would like to read more though...


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Gemma (gemmagem20) | 453 comments Maybe one of her books could be a group read one month??


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Tracey (traceypb) | 1189 comments Just read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald I got involved with this 'story' straight away and anyone who loves all things Gatsby/Fitzgerald will love it. told from F Scott Fitzgeralds wifes POV and done in a remarkably realistic way could be a biography and certainly an eye opener. Loved it.


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Shirley | 4176 comments Tracey wrote: "Just read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald I got involved with this 'story' straight away and anyone who loves all things Gatsby/Fitzgerald will love it. told from F Scott Fitzgeralds wifes POV and d..."

Sounds good; I have just added this to my to-read list.


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments Gemma wrote: "Maybe one of her books could be a group read one month??"

Why not!!!!


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Shirley | 4176 comments Shirley wrote: "Tracey wrote: "Just read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald I got involved with this 'story' straight away and anyone who loves all things Gatsby/Fitzgerald will love it. told from F Scott Fitzgeralds ..."

Yes, let's bear this in mind when we have the poll for the October fiction read!


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Jo (new_romantic) | 34 comments I've just finished The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs and it was okay. There were some great ideas but they just weren't very well executed. I love vampire novels but I just wish that they weren't so predictable. I want a book where the female character is a strong female character one who revels in her independence and doesn't wait to be rescued. The other book I've just read is As Time Goes By by Lyn Andrews. Lyn Andrews is my guilty pleasure after reading most of her books they can get predictable but it's a nice predictable.


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Leslie | 15153 comments Gemma wrote: "Maybe one of her books could be a group read one month??"

I would love to have My Cousin Rachel or The Parasites by du Maurier as a monthly read!


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments Leslie wrote: "Gemma wrote: "Maybe one of her books could be a group read one month??"

I would love to have My Cousin Rachel or The Parasites by du Maurier as a monthly read!"


I was thinking about My Cousin Rachel


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Gemma (gemmagem20) | 453 comments I'd like to read My Cousin Rachel.


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Bionic Jean (bionicjean) | 6152 comments Yes I'd like to reread "My Cousin Rachel" too. Or "The Scapegoat" - or how about "The House on the Strand" - that's really unusual for Daphne du Maurier as it's SF and a very good read.


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Elaine (lanybum) Jean wrote: "Yes I'd like to reread "My Cousin Rachel" too. Or "The Scapegoat" - or how about "The House on the Strand" - that's really unusual for Daphne du Maurier as it's SF and a very good read."

Oh Du Maurier as a monthly read sounds good. It might spur me on. My Cousin Rachel, The Scapegoat or House on the Strand, would be my choices too.


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Katie (youneverarrived) | 168 comments Tracey wrote: "Just read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald I got involved with this 'story' straight away and anyone who loves all things Gatsby/Fitzgerald will love it. told from F Scott Fitzgeralds wifes POV and d..."

I've had this out from the library for months now. Other books have been getting in the way of reading it. Definitely my next read though! Have you read any biographies on The Fitzgeralds? They're an interesting couple!


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Tracey (traceypb) | 1189 comments Katie wrote: "Tracey wrote: "Just read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald I got involved with this 'story' straight away and anyone who loves all things Gatsby/Fitzgerald will love it. told from F Scott Fitzgeralds ..."

I haven't Katie but all things Fitzgerald are right up my street at the moment so may have a look at one. I hope you enjoy 'Z' would be interested to know your thoughts.


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Maggie | 537 comments Currently reading And The Mountains Echoed - and I wholeheartedly recommend it.


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Gill | 5720 comments Maggie wrote: "Currently reading And The Mountains Echoed - and I wholeheartedly recommend it."

I've got this on my kindle, but have a logjam of books to read, so not sure when I'll get round to it.


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments Maggie wrote: "Currently reading And The Mountains Echoed - and I wholeheartedly recommend it."

It's on my TBR shelf!!! It was one book we were thinking for this monthly read, but we were afraid it was not ouot in paperback yet!


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Joy Stephenson (joyfrankie) | 243 comments LauraT wrote: "Ok then: we have our first readalong: from sept 15 Laura and Leslie are reading A Room with a View: we'll have to post it in the right discussion; I see if I can manage!"

I do hope you enjoy A Room with a View as it's one of my favourites. It's much more optimistic than Where Angels Fear to Tread. One of EM Forster's other great novels is A Passage to India- one I can read again and again - so don't be put off Forster if you didn't like Where Angels Fear to Tread.


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Maggie | 537 comments Just finished And The Mountains Echoed (Khaled Hosseini) - what a fantastic book, absolutely brilliant!


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Book Ninja | 213 comments Maggie wrote: "Just finished And The Mountains Echoed (Khaled Hosseini) - what a fantastic book, absolutely brilliant!"

I am so excited to read this book! I am just waiting for my friend to get back to Karachi with my signed copy!


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Maggie | 537 comments Wow - a signed copy. He is such a fantastic story teller.


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Claire (cjeskriett) | 14 comments I've just read Going Out by Scarlett Thomas. I've read all her others and liked most of them. I think I liked this one the best as it is set where I'm from, Essex, and that really resonated with me. I'd recommend it, although the synopsis on the cover is accurate, it's deeper than it sounds while still being an easy read.


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Leslie | 15153 comments Joy wrote: "LauraT wrote: "Ok then: we have our first readalong: from sept 15 Laura and Leslie are reading A Room with a View..."

I do hope you enjoy A Room with a View as it's one of my favourites. It's much more optimistic than Where Angels Fear to Tread. One of EM Forster's other great novels is A Passage to India- one I can read again and again - so don't be put off Forster if you didn't like Where Angels Fear to Tread. ..."


Oh good! I liked A Passage to India when I read it in school ages ago.


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments Just finished A Glove Shop in Vienna and Other Stories: I really loved it! To be recomanded!


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Rowena | 364 comments I just finished reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. Very graphic and heartwrenching but highly recommended.


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LauraT (laurata) | 11953 comments Rowena wrote: "I just finished reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. Very graphic and heartwrenching but highly recommended."

I loved it when I read it, now some years ago!


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Maggie | 537 comments I do agree re Beloved - excellent book.


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Leslie | 15153 comments I just finished A Coffin for Dimitrios by Eric Ambler - 4 1/2 stars. This is a classic thriller (written in 1939) but not big on action (although the ending is quite suspenseful) so it won't be to everyone's taste. I found the view of spies and drug-runners in the 1920s from Istanbul to Greece, Switzerland, Bulgaria, ending up in France quite fascinating.


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Elaine (drasticali) | 17 comments I've just read Pawn of Prophecy which was a disappointment. Too unorigional and not written as well as other and better fantasy. It wasn't helped by the fact that I'd just read The City and the City which was fantastic !


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Joy Stephenson (joyfrankie) | 243 comments I've just read The Unconsoled and I found it baffling.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 9569 comments I read Everneath not long ago, if you are into myth retellings you might like this one.


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Rowena | 364 comments Maggie wrote: "I do agree re Beloved - excellent book."


Yes, it's brilliant :)


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Abi (abi_b) | 46 comments I've just finished Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, which I started and finished on a train journey from Eastborne to Birmingham - so I think that shows how much I liked it!

I'm not overly sure how to describe it, it's one of those books where not an awful lot happens in terms of plot, but it really got under the skin of all the characters, presenting them as real people with real flaws. It was so well written I just had to keep reading, so am definitely going to have to check out some more of the authors work soon.


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Leslie | 15153 comments Alannah wrote: "I read Everneath not long ago, if you are into myth retellings you might like this one."

The blurb sounds a bit like the old TV show "Charmed"... is it a retelling of the Persephone myth?


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I just finished Casual Lies-A Triple Crown Adventure by Shelley Lee Riley. Being a horse racing fan, I enjoyed it. It's about the horse who finished 2nd in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, written by his trainer. An interesting behind the scenes look at a horse and his connections through the Triple Crown.


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Petra | 3154 comments I just finished Jan Wong's China: Reports From A Not-So-Foreign Correspondent and enjoyed it. Jan writes with humour and insight. She seems to understand the Chinese people.
In this book, she tells a little bit about China during Mao's Cultural Revolution (from the people's point of view and their thoughts) and the changes that China went through during the 1990s, after Mao's death, as it opened up to the West and values started to change. It's all told from the people's points of views and in a chatty way. Some issues are humorous; some are rather dark.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 9569 comments Leslie wrote: "Alannah wrote: "I read Everneath not long ago, if you are into myth retellings you might like this one."

The blurb sounds a bit like the old TV show "Charmed"... is it a retelling of the Persephon..."


That's what I thought too, it is the Persephone myth. I'd like to try more to see how different authors handle the myth and how they contrast to each other.


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Shirley | 4176 comments Elaine wrote: "I've just read Pawn of Prophecy which was a disappointment. Too unorigional and not written as well as other and better fantasy. It wasn't helped by the fact that I'd just read The City and the Cit..."

Elaine, I read those David Eddings books years ago, I do remember that they became rather formulaic (everyone seemed to raise a quizzical eyebrow) but they were also fun to read...


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Akylina I finished Sharp Objects yesterday. It might as well be my favourite Gillian Flynn novel, even though I was quite unsure of whether I was going to like it or not at first.


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Maggie | 537 comments Akylina wrote: "I finished Sharp Objects yesterday. It might as well be my favourite Gillian Flynn novel, even though I was quite unsure of whether I was going to like it or not at first."

Excellent book - have you read Gone Girl yet? I still have Dark Places -maybe next read.


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