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message 1: by Flora (new)

Flora Smith (bookwormflo) Was just wondering what everybody was reading at the moment.

I'm about 100 pages into Helen of Troy and so far I really love this one.


message 2: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments I've just started "Dead to the World" by Charlaine Harris - a bit of fun!!


message 3: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
me just started one man and a narrowboat


message 4: by Chris (new)

Chris Stanley (christinelstanley) | 206 comments I started The Thirteenth Tale a few weeks ago then ignored it, but now I've gone back to it with relish!


message 5: by Flora (new)

Flora Smith (bookwormflo) Chris, I loved The Thirteenth Tale. And it ceratinly had an ending that I didn't expect. I hope to read it again someday.


message 6: by JackieB (last edited Jan 13, 2011 05:44AM) (new)

JackieB | 123 comments I've just started The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick. I'm doing an alphabet reading challenge this year and I decided she's "Q" (I'm not reading in alphabetical order in case you're wondering how I got to Q so quickly). It's an regency-type romance and I'm not sure whether it's going to be formulaic or not yet.
The thirteen tale might be my book for "S", I haven't decided yet, I'm choosing as I go.


message 7: by Chris (new)

Chris Stanley (christinelstanley) | 206 comments Angela wrote: "I've just started "Dead to the World" by Charlaine Harris - a bit of fun!!"

Hi Angela
I noticed Cutting for Stone on your TBR and I have discovered that I have two copies. If you don't have a copy yet, I would be happy to post you one.
Chris


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Chris Stanley (christinelstanley) | 206 comments Flora wrote: "Chris, I loved The Thirteenth Tale. And it ceratinly had an ending that I didn't expect. I hope to read it again someday."

So far, I really like it. I'll let you know how I get on with the rest of it.


message 9: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
well i decided finally to get a kindle and it arrived this morning and love it lol managed to download 20 classics from robinson crusoe to tale of 2 cities all for free from amazon's site also love the cover i got for it with a light lol


message 10: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
a book wanted to read for ages arrived today The Autobiography of a Supertramp (Edwardian Collection) by W.H. Davies
the band supertramp took their name from this book lol


message 11: by Chris (new)

Chris Stanley (christinelstanley) | 206 comments Was that a little treat to yourself or was it a gift?
I did the same thing and have 42 books loaded since xmas. It's great, I use it far more than I thought I would (a bit obsessive really but we'll not go into that).
I hope you enjoy yours.


message 12: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
well decided as a late xmas gift to myself and also got a cover for it too which has a light attached and got the wfi-fi 3g one as i dont have a wifi wireless connection here


message 13: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments Stephen wrote: "a book wanted to read for ages arrived today The Autobiography of a Supertramp (Edwardian Collection) by W.H. Davies
the band supertramp took their name from this book lol"


W.H.Davies is a distant relation of my husband. Not sure what the connection is, but my mother-in-law was very proud of the fact. Probably something like third cousin,twice removed! Still haven't read the book, though!


message 14: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
Angela wrote: "Stephen wrote: "a book wanted to read for ages arrived today The Autobiography of a Supertramp (Edwardian Collection) by W.H. Davies
the band supertramp took their name from this book lol"

W.H.Davies is a distant r..."

it came out in a new edition in late 2010 but couldn't get much of a discount off either amazon or waterstones so used my points to get it frm waterstones.com and wanted if i liked it for my new kindle but no ebook yet lol


message 15: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments Chris wrote: "Angela wrote: "I've just started "Dead to the World" by Charlaine Harris - a bit of fun!!"

Hi Angela
I noticed Cutting for Stone on your TBR and I have discovered that I have two copies. If you..."


Thank you very much for the offer, Chris, but that was one of my successful charity shop buys just before Christmas! Thanks for the thought!


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Lindsey (booksdingle) | 186 comments Have any of you tried audio books - I am thinking of giving them a go....so I can multi-task as reading really eating into my housework...once I get into a good book everything goes on hold! I am reading Awkward Situations for Men at the moment by Danny Wallace - it is made up of lots of short scenarios so easy to dip in and out of which is good for me knowing I should be doing something else BUT already feel its not upto his usual standard, not as funny and not his usual writing style. Also on subject of author relations used to have a running 'joke' with my grandad that we were related to Laurie Lee of Cider With Rosie fame - he was brought up in same village as my ancestors and Lee is a surname in our family tree, he also uses the surname Burdock for Rosie and we have that name too.....never have discovered if they really is a connection but we liked the sound of it -lol.


message 17: by Chris (new)

Chris Stanley (christinelstanley) | 206 comments Booksdingle wrote: "Have any of you tried audio books - I am thinking of giving them a go....so I can multi-task as reading really eating into my housework...once I get into a good book everything goes on hold! I am ..."

I like audiobooks, but it took me a while to get used to them, make sure you find one where the reader's voice is one you can listen to fore several hours. I have a copy of the lost garden by mary stanley on my ipod to start during the ironing tomorrow. I'll let you know I think of it!


message 18: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
you also have bbc iplayer from radio 4 and bbc7 which do books as well


message 19: by Chris (new)

Chris Stanley (christinelstanley) | 206 comments Stephen wrote: "you also have bbc iplayer from radio 4 and bbc7 which do books as well"

I didn't know that - thanks for the tip!


message 20: by Stephen (last edited Jan 15, 2011 01:23PM) (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
bbc7 is a digital radio station for spoken word like comedy shows and books, plays etc and radio 4 does bits of books during the day


message 21: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey (booksdingle) | 186 comments well I have started first audio book tonight as I have fair few pictures to do for my art course so I figured I could paint and read at same time - lol. Got 2 from library today (cost me £1) one is The Memory Keepers Daughter and other is 'The Difference a Day Makes' by Carole Matthews - there wasn't much choice I must say! I just finshed CD2 (of 10) of the Carole Matthews one, its OK, the readers voice is rather posh though so taking some getting used too and the story is....I think....going to be predictable - but easy listening and am enjoying multi tasking. Thanks for tip re iplayer and bbc7!


message 22: by JackieB (new)

JackieB | 123 comments I've just started reading The Winter Ghosts. I must admit, at the moment I wouldn't put money on me finishing it. So far, Kate Mosse seems to be trying too hard to make it deep and meaningful. However, I haven't got very far and it might settle down.


message 23: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey (booksdingle) | 186 comments I was reading Danny Wallaces 'Awkward Situations for Men' but have filed it 'bin' half way through - not anywhere near his usual standard, his other books have caused me to laugh out loud alot but with this one I hardly raised a smile


message 24: by Flora (new)

Flora Smith (bookwormflo) I finished Helen of Troy and absolutely loved it. I gave it a rare 5 stars. I was so sorry to see this one end. It is one for the re-read pile.

Am currently 1/3 of the way thru City of Bones. Am not thrilled with it so far, but its ok.


message 25: by JackieB (new)

JackieB | 123 comments Well, I did finish The Winter Ghosts, but I didn't think much of it. I thought it had some massive plot holes. Having the main character (who was the narrator) say "Looking back I can't believe I didn't realise X" did not fill them in. Particularly as she kept trying that trick.
Still, on the plus side, I have read Labyrinth, Sepulchre and The Winter Ghosts. I think I've given her a fair crack of the whip, and can concentrate on authors who are more my cup of tea in future.


message 26: by JackieB (new)

JackieB | 123 comments I forgot to say, I finished The Winter Ghosts last night and started on Jacqueline Winspear's Among the Mad this morning. She's a new author for me. Has anyone read any of her work?


message 27: by Flora (new)

Flora Smith (bookwormflo) I finished City of Bones and I must say that it was much better than expected. I will probably read the rest of this series after all.


message 28: by Flora (new)

Flora Smith (bookwormflo) Wow, didn't realize it had been so long since I have posted here. Since my last post I have read The Nature of Monsters which I really loved, altho I must say its not for everyone. It really had a TMI factor with all the references to body fluids.

I also finished The Aeneid which was ok, I think I would have been better off with a different translation.

I also read Saving Ceecee Honeycutt which was wonderful. And also, just last night, I finished City of Ashes. I actually thought it was much better than the first one.

Currently, am just getting started on The Scarlet Letter


message 29: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments At the moment, I'm reading Bleak House, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and dipping into an anthology of poetry, complied by Andrew Motion. Variety IS the spice of life! :-)


message 30: by cazdoll (new)

cazdoll going to start on The Body Farm today


message 31: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments Catherine wrote: "going to start on The Body Farm today"

That's another good one from Patricia Cornwell! Have you read any others?


message 32: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
me still reading the gallows curse by karen maitland and enjoying it so far :)


message 33: by Bridgette (new)

Bridgette | 3 comments well i have 3 books on the go at the moment
The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland which really good so far.
A faint cold fear by karen slaughter. very good so far.
And i am alos reading world without end by Ken Follett the sequal to pillars of the earth. it is really good and it is a monster read.


message 34: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments Just started Poison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder -good bit of fantasy!


message 35: by Chris (new)

Chris Stanley (christinelstanley) | 206 comments Angela wrote: "Just started Poison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder -good bit of fantasy!"

I'm enjoying this too, an easy read and quite compelling.


message 36: by Flora (new)

Flora Smith (bookwormflo) Am currently reading Lavinia which I really like even though I haven't gotten very far. And I am about half way through City of Glass which I like as much as the second book in this series but I could really do without the incest thats going on in it.


message 37: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey (booksdingle) | 186 comments i've got a few books on the go at the moment and can't seem to settle on any one and finish it...very annoying! I need to read something gripping, keep me interested


message 38: by Chris (new)

Chris Stanley (christinelstanley) | 206 comments Booksdingle wrote: "i've got a few books on the go at the moment and can't seem to settle on any one and finish it...very annoying! I need to read something gripping, keep me interested"

Have you tries the Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder? I'm surprised by how gripping it is, it's an easy read. I'm over half way through myself and I'd love to take a duvet day (not that I would) to read the rest of it!


message 39: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments I agree with Chris about Poison Study - this afternoon I told my hubbie that I was going to read for an hour - uninterrupted, thank you! - so had a lovely escape from a grey, wet day!


message 40: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey (booksdingle) | 186 comments wow! that sounds very different to anything I have ever read...which may be just what I need. Will search it out at the library. I was there today trying to get hold of Room by Emma Donaghue but all copies out on loan - has anyone read Room yet, is it worth the wait?


message 41: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey (booksdingle) | 186 comments I am also still trying to get to grips with my audio books so I can paint some pics at the same time as need to get Art portfolio finished - I tried 'the difference a day makes' it was OK, then 'Memory Keepers Daughter' which I hated, now onto 'Two Caravans', hoping a bit of humour and a change of subject may save the day!


message 42: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments Booksdingle wrote: "wow! that sounds very different to anything I have ever read...which may be just what I need. Will search it out at the library. I was there today trying to get hold of Room by Emma Donaghue but ..."

I thought Room was an amazing book. Took some getting used to the fact that the story is told by 5 year old Jack, but it was worth persevering with, I think.


message 43: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey (booksdingle) | 186 comments Thanks! I think it will be my kind of book - I like things that are a bit different - I absolutely loved 'The Strange Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' also told by a child - an older one albeit


message 45: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
i am reading parrot and olivier in america by peter carey really good so far :)


message 46: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments Stephen wrote: "i am reading parrot and olivier in america by peter carey really good so far :)"

My bookworm daughter has read that and really enjoyed it. It's another one nestled in one of my many book piles, waiting to be read!!!


message 47: by Chris (last edited Feb 17, 2011 09:16AM) (new)

Chris Stanley (christinelstanley) | 206 comments I like the look of lavinia, just ordered it from the library, but I'm in a queue of 11 !


message 48: by Stephen (new)

Stephen | 381 comments Mod
i ordered when it was cheap at new years for £3.99 and used my waterstones points to get it free :)


message 49: by Flora (new)

Flora Smith (bookwormflo) Chris wrote: "I like the look of lavinia, just ordered it from the library, but I'm in a queue of 11 !"

I really liked Lavinia. Ursula K. Le Guin really filled in alot of gaps in the Aeneid and brought Lavinia to life. And the ending was not really what I expected.


message 50: by Angela (new)

Angela (bookangel2) | 163 comments I've nearly finished Travels with My Aunt and am nearly half way through61 Hours. The Graham Greene is very good, but I'm not so keen on the Lee Child book. It's the first I've read by him - fast moving, large print, but a bit "take it or leave it" I think.


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