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What is a Buddy Read?

This is an "Informal Buddy Read"
An “Informal Buddy Read” doesn’t have a discussion leader and participants are asked to consider some generic questions when making comments about the book. An example is here.

Book synopsis
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa — a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants — life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life — or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be


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Christine I'm glad this BR won't be starting until January! I'm hoping I will make my way through the library waiting list by then. Looking forward to it!


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Yesss, me too. If it doesn't, though, I have an option of Audio book. That will wholly depend on how good the audio reader is, of course! :)


message 6: by Cynthia (last edited Nov 10, 2014 11:02AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Cynthia (cynthiab) I'm 4th in line for the electronic version at my library, which they estimate is 1/30/15.

I'd prefer the e-book, but I can get the hardcover in early December. I may have to opt for that.

ETA: When I submitted my hold request, it popped up and said I'm 19/19 on the list. Wow. That's a lot for 6 copies. I may end up getting the electronic one first.


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Michelle (govmarley) | 3040 comments I just got this one from the library on audio. I am looking forward to chatting with you all about it.


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Goodness! You got in early, this one isn't til January :D


Cynthia (cynthiab) My e-book hold request came up in December, so I had to check it out or go to the bottom of the list. It's due 1/17, so I'll have to read a little before the start date.


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Michelle (govmarley) | 3040 comments I ended up turning in my audio to wait for the ebook (bad decision!) so I'm 6th on the wait list. I may check if the audio is available again.


message 11: by Cynthia (last edited Jan 10, 2015 12:55AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Cynthia (cynthiab) Yes, some of these books are so hot that the wait is insane. I was 39th for a book last year, with only 3 copies. I think a lot of people let it pass, because I got the book in only 6 months. I'm 13th in line for a book that won't be released for another month! Crazy!!!


Sarah | 3273 comments Got my copy in from Overdrive - the audio. I have to say I didn't much like The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - but I am gonna try Sarah Waters again, I mean we both are named Sarah after all:-)


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments I am first in line for a CD audiobook so I reckon I'll be listening to this before actually picking it up and reading. Hopefully only a couple of days more!


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Christine I'm on the waiting list to borrow the audiobook also. I'm currently #5 waiting on 2 copies. I hope my turn comes up soon!!


Cynthia (cynthiab) Sarah wrote: "Got my copy in from Overdrive - the audio. I have to say I didn't much like The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - but I am gonna try Sarah Waters again, I mean we both are named Sarah after all:-)"

I gave up on The Little Stranger. It was one of the most boring books I've ever tried to read. This book is nothing like it, and it makes me wonder if I gave up on The Little Stranger too soon. (Thought about it, and decided that I actually gave it too much time).

Through Chapter 5 (view spoiler)


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Joi | 663 comments I'm number 27 in line at the library for the audiobook.


Cynthia (cynthiab) Well, I had only planned to read half of it and read the rest closer to the 15th since I have to return it 1/17. But I can't stop reading it. I can see why there's such a wait for the book. It's very good.


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Glad to hear it, Cynthia! I haven't even so much as looked at what hte premise is, afraid to spoil ;)


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Sarah wrote: "Got my copy in from Overdrive - the audio. I have to say I didn't much like The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - but I am gonna try Sarah Waters again, I mean we both are named Sarah after all:-)"

I found it pretty disappointing too, but I did really enjoy Fingersmith. I've also heard good things about Tipping the Velvet.


Cynthia (cynthiab) If this book is more representative of Sarah Waters than The Little Strangers, then I'm sure I'll read more of her work.

I read last night until I couldn't hold my eyes open a moment longer. I only have 60 pages left. Of course, (view spoiler)


message 21: by Sarah (last edited Jan 10, 2015 08:17PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sarah | 3273 comments If I like this I will try some of her others - this book was nominated for a few awards last year.


Camilla | 1879 comments I have finished chapter 5 (I need to return the book to the library on the 15th, there's a waiting list, so I had to start early). I have really liked it so far, the careful building of the tension and the description of London (maybe because I just visited London, LOL!). Now I'm sort of hoping that the pace would pick up a bit.


Cynthia (cynthiab) I turned my copy in already, since the book is so popular. I'm not sure where Chapter 5 is event-wise. It definitely picks up the pace, though. Even reading my own spoiler doesn't help much!

I did say that (view spoiler)


Sarah | 3273 comments Well I am Starting this a little early, I am ready for my next audio and this is it. I have no time to waste.
Chapter 1 (view spoiler)


Cynthia (cynthiab) Sarah wrote: "Well I am Starting this a little early, I am ready for my next audio and this is it. I have no time to waste.
Chapter 1 ..."


(view spoiler)


Sarah | 3273 comments Through Cpapter 4 - (view spoiler)


Camilla | 1879 comments I have definitely been reading quicker now that the story has picked up some momentum. Finished chapter 12 yesterday.

(view spoiler)


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments I have just under 2 hours of Stephen Fry to listen to and then I'll be switching over to the Paying Guests. My god, it's a 20 hour read!!


Cynthia (cynthiab) The only time I miss commuting is when I want to listen to an audiobook. I can't justify spending 20 hours on a single book otherwise. I think it took me around 5 hours to read. Audiobooks are so slow!!!!


Sarah | 3273 comments Camilla wrote: "I have definitely been reading quicker now that the story has picked up some momentum. Finished chapter 12 yesterday.

Can't say I have been much surprised about anything that has happened so far. ..."


Glad the momentum picks up. Chapter six now and waiting for something to happen.


message 31: by Sarah (last edited Jan 14, 2015 06:05PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sarah | 3273 comments Well I never get much hanky panky in my books so maybe this is a treat - but not what I was expecting.


Cynthia (cynthiab) I would be more shocked to see straight hanky panky from Waters. I don't know if she writes that. Maybe if I had kept reading The Little Strangers I could say.


Camilla | 1879 comments Sarah wrote: "Well I never get much hanky panky in my books so maybe this is a treat - but not what I was expecting."

LOL, haven't you read Sarah Waters before? This is sort of her trademark.


Cynthia (cynthiab) I have a copy of Tipping the Velvet somewhere around the house. It was a gift years ago. I read the first 2 chapters I think, and liked it well enough. It's probably under a pile of nursing journals somewhere.

I really enjoyed The Paying Guests, and I feel torn between finishing Tipping (if I can find it) or The Little Stranger, or starting something new like Fingersmith. I really want to read Fingersmith.


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments There isn't hanky panky of any sort in The Little Stranger. I think that's the exception from her books ;)


Sarah | 3273 comments Camilla wrote: "Sarah wrote: "Well I never get much hanky panky in my books so maybe this is a treat - but not what I was expecting."

LOL, haven't you read Sarah Waters before? This is sort of her trademark."


I have read 1 of Water's books - The Little Stranger - no hanky panky. Well not so much. I didn't realize this was a trade mark. And I didn't like The Little Stranger all that much... boring. I like this one much better so far. Especially now it is getting intense - Chapter 10 (view spoiler)


Camilla | 1879 comments Sarah wrote: "I have read 1 of Water's books - The Little Stranger - no hanky panky. Well not so much. I didn't realize this was a trade mark. And I didn't like The Little Stranger all that much... boring. I like this one much better so far. Especially now it is getting intense - Chapter 10"

Well, that's true that The Little Stranger was different in that way. Yes, you're now at the point where the book's momentum starts to roll quicker and quicker.

I just finished. I really liked the book and ended up giving it 4 stars. I don't mind the slow start, enjoyed the dscriptive text of London in the 1920s.

(view spoiler)


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments I'm a couple of chapters in so far, and god I am glad for you lovely ladies preparing me for a slow start with this book. Means that I can do other things while listening to this in the background and know that it gets better ;)


message 39: by Sarah (last edited Jan 15, 2015 10:45PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Sarah | 3273 comments Chapter 10 - the tension is simply unbearable. I feel like I could have a panic attack. (view spoiler)


Rebecca (rebeccasg) | 3321 comments I'm excited to start this! It'll be my next book and should be able to start a little today.


Rebecca (rebeccasg) | 3321 comments I'm still in the early beginning but I'm just thinking about (view spoiler)


Sarah | 3273 comments Finished this book. (view spoiler) I definitely want to check out Fingersmith at some point.


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Just came up to chapter 6 and the infamous hanky panky. Looking forward to some of the consequences now.


Rebecca (rebeccasg) | 3321 comments OOH i'm so curious now! I need to get back to this tomorrow.


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Haha good idea Rebecca!


Rebecca (rebeccasg) | 3321 comments Man this book is slooooow. I can't even remember what chapter I'm on, but about 20% through and I'm just waiting for something more interesting.


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments So slow. You're right. I just have confidence in Sarah Waters. That's the reason I'm still reading at this point.


Sarah | 3273 comments It gets more interesting - for sure.


Rebecca (rebeccasg) | 3321 comments Okay I finally finished Part 1. (view spoiler)


Nicole Field (nicolefield) | 1778 comments Oh! Now you are ahead of me!


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