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I've just had a bit of a rummage and can't find a thread discussing what you've just added to your respective "to read" piles plus if you had any particular reason for choosing that book (like author/recommended on BGO/persuaded by cover blurb/succumbed to a "3 for 2"), although I'm sure I've contributed to a thread along these lines :confused: . Anyhoo....

 

I ambled past the 2nd hand stalls outside the National Film Theatre and bought:

 

"Cape Fear" by John D. McDonald - the book filmed with Gregory Peck/Bob De Niro. I believe McDonald had a distinguished reputation as a crime writer in the US but he's virtually unknown on this side of the pond. I've never read any of his before but as an aficionado of vintage US crime this sounds right up my street.

 

"Diary of a Nobody" by George & Weedon Grossmith - have heard its a classic in the "Three Men in a Boat" mould. I read the latter last year and thought it was very good.

 

"The Burning Girl" by Mark Billingham - read the first of the DI Thorne series, "Sleepyhead", earlier this year and liked it a lot. They are police procedurals set in parts of north London I know well.

 

"Spies" by Michael Frayn - am currently reading "Headlong" by the same author and was inspired to buy more.

 

My to read pile is large enough that I don't expect to actually read any of these books for the next couple of years.

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We could compare this thread to the "Currently Reading" thread and give prizes for the longest and shortest time gaps between acquiring something and actually getting round to reading it :P

 

Diary of a Nobody is fab! I seem to remember it was the very first book I ever posted about on BGO - the one that lured me into signing up.

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The postman woke me up at half seven this morning with a delivery from Amazon containing Simon Winchester's The Meaning of Everything. This has been on my wishlist for a little while, so I treated myself and I think I originally heard about it on a Bookcrossing thread.

 

I am building up a bit of a collection of Jane Austen related books, so now and again I check ebay for something new and on Monday I came across a novel based on Pride and Prejudice called Presumption by Julia Barrett and a non-fiction book called Jane and her Gentlemen by Audrey Hawkridge which I am hoping to win today.

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This morning, 3 books dropped onto my doormat from Amazon.

 

They are:

 

Dragonolgy - A Practical Course in Dragons

Wizardology

Wolves - Emily Gravett

 

The first two are part of my current collection craze - I was recommended "Dragonolgy", and now I want them all - the spin-offs and the originals (Egyptology next!). They are all beautifully produced with gorgeous illustrations - classic coffee table books, but with readability, humour and a real air of believability too!

 

Wolves is on our Greenaway longlist at the mo, and I couldn't resist - it has a library and a rabbit, what more could I want!!!

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It's neither bought nor borrowed, although it has been lent!

 

This morning the postman delivered the next book for my postal bookgroup. It goes straight to the top of my TBR pile, as I have to read it, write a comment on it, and post it off to the next member by the end of the month.

 

It's not a long book, so it shouldn't take long. However, it is a Graham Greene (The Power and the Glory), and he's not exactly my favourite author, so it might take me the entire month of procrastination to get round to finishing it!

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Ooh, I borrowed The Power and The Glory from the library last week, and it's the next book I'm going to read. I look forward to comparing notes later.

 

I read it once before, when I was about 15 and had just done and enjoyed Brighton Rock at school, but the whole thing went straight over the top of my head. I'm hoping it will make more sense this time round!

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"Cape Fear" by John D. McDonald - the book filmed with Gregory Peck/Bob De Niro. I believe McDonald had a distinguished reputation as a crime writer in the US but he's virtually unknown on this side of the pond. I've never read any of his before but as an aficionado of vintage US crime this sounds right up my street.

 

My dad was a big fan of this guy's work - in particular the Travis McGee mysteries. I read one yonks ago called 'The Dreadful Lemon Sky' (most of his titles seem to have colour references therein), but it didn't really 'do it' for me...

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I love Diary of a Nobody - the forerunner of Adrian Mole and Bridget Jones, which I also love.

 

I love Adrian Mole, and enjoyed Bridget Jones too - so have just added Diary of a Nobody to my shopping basket on Amazon, it's only £1.50 and I can't grumble at that :)

 

To keep my post on topic, I've just bought several of Pratchett's Discworld books and am working my way through them. I also have the Eragon/Eldest books on my TBR pile but they look daunting - very long, so I keep putting them off for shorter novels.

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I've been lent by a friend "Falling Angels" by Tracy Chevalier, who wrote the very wonderful, "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

 

I've also just borrowed 2 from the library, "White Teeth" and "Brideshead Revisited" - both books that I know virtually nothing at all about, except that their titles are very well known. I have a vague feeling that Brideshead is set in Oxford a good few years back, but that's it.

 

I'm now unable to start reading any of them, because I just can't make my mind up :rolleyes:

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I've been lent by a friend "Falling Angels" by Tracy Chevalier, who wrote the very wonderful, "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

 

I've also just borrowed 2 from the library, "White Teeth" and "Brideshead Revisited" -

I've read all of these, so I look forward to reading your opinions when you have finished them

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I've also just borrowed 2 from the library, "White Teeth" and "Brideshead Revisited" - both books that I know virtually nothing at all about, except that their titles are very well known. I have a vague feeling that Brideshead is set in Oxford a good few years back, but that's it.

 

I'm now unable to start reading any of them, because I just can't make my mind up :rolleyes:

 

I'd recommend reading Brideshead first. Don't be put off by the first few pages - from the beginning of the flashbacks, it really takes off.

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Thanks for the recommendation, Bill.

 

I ended up resorting to reading the first page of each and to see which grabbed me the most, so I'm reading "Falling Angels" first - but Brideshead is next.

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I've been lent Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Big Over Easy, Jasper Fforde has to be first for some light relief after so much God and Shipwreck in Robinson Crusoe and Life of Pi.

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Wednesday is the last working party meeting - so over the last couple of weeks, I have borrowed a huge pile of adult books to read. The list includes:

Under the Duvet - Marian Keyes

Fast Women: the drivers who changed the face of motorsport - John Bullock

Rattlebag: An anthology of poetry - ed Seamus Heaney

Bloodstream - Tess Gerritsen

Driving Over Lemons - Chris Steware

Bugatti Queen: in search of a motor-racing legend - Miranda Seymour

 

I'm also going to bump "The Lady Soldier" back to the top of my TBR pile and post about it, and also going to read "God of Small Things" that came free not too long ago with one of the papers at work (still trying to read those last books off the Big Read list!!!).

 

*now, where can I get some time.....*

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Rattlebag: An anthology of poetry - ed Seamus Heaney

Yaaay! Great choice, Flingo!

I hope you also enjoy The God of Small Things, which is one of my favourite books of recent years - utterly brilliant.

 

I wouldn't have had you down as a motorsport enthusiast, though. Doesn't seem to follow on from 'Children's Librarian', somehow!

;)

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Yaaay! Great choice, Flingo!

 

That one was thanks to your suggestions on the Poetry forum!

 

I'm motor-sport mad (see my posts on F1 in ABB). I had an assessment for "Formula Woman" a few weeks ago (http://www.formulawoman.com/) but sadly was not good enough for the final 100 :(

 

I also bought Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult in Asda last night (£3.73) and that will be the book I start when I get into bed tonight I think!

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I've just finished reading 'Salem Falls' - I'm a huge fan of Jodi Picoult's and grabbed this one quickly.

 

I've just borrowed 'The Virgin's Lover' by Philippa Gregory from a friend - I'd nearly finished reading my copy when I discovered that the publishers had mucked up the pages and I had the first 40-ish pages repeated at the end..grr!

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I had the happiest time in ages on Friday!

 

The kids' school had a Christmas Fayre, and by repeatedly pestering people over the last few weeks, I managed to wangle the position on manning the Book Stall :D

 

I had such a happy time chatting to browsers, finding out what they liked reading, and seeing if I could match them up with something they would enjoy.

 

One chap was delighted to go away with both Educating Peter and Some Place Else, (both donated to the stall by me, of course) A very sweet 10 year old boy went away with The Lady Soldier as a present for his mum!

 

My family donated about 35 books to the stall - mostly mine but a few from the kids too. We came back with about 17. The big perk of being on the bookstall was being the first to rummage through all the donations!!

 

So I have just bought, among other things:

 

A new Jack Reacher novel,

A Widow for a Year by John Irving, which I think has been mentionned here.

A George Macdonald children's book, also thanks to a discussion here.

Atonement by Ian McEwan - ditto.]

The Wee Free Men - a Terry Pratchett I haven't read

 

......and quite a few others, including two of Ted Hughes' children's books - The Iron Man, and How The Whale Became - and some Aesop's Fables.

 

I left the stall for 10 minutes to take the kids to see Santa, and someone donated a beautiful proper translation (ie, not a pre-digested kiddies version) of the Brothers Grimm, with lovely illustrations - and then my husband sold it to someone before I got back - that was the only down side of the evening.

 

The whole thing was great fun all the same though. :)

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Just before the BGO Blackout our local arts centre has a fundraising sale of second hand books with all paperbacks at 50p. So, all in support of a good cause, I've come home with:

 

* Brick Lane

* Life of Pi

* The Time Travellers Wife (when I say I've come home with the Time Traveller Wife, I do, of course, mean the book!)

* The True History of the Kelly Gang

* Cloud Atlas

* The Five People You Meet in Heaven

 

Interestingly, there were many (many!) copies of the Da Vinci Code for sale. Just finished The Five People You Meet In Heaven; interesting but, by the end, it began to feel a lot like 'A Christmas Carol' (I won't explain that in case I divulge the plot to people who haven't read it. Hopefully people who have read it will know what I mean.)

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I've done a little mad buying on Amazon (second-hand) over the past week or so. I've bought:

 

Cullum by E. Arnot Robertson, E.Arnot

Circles of Deceit by Nina Bawden

Mrs Miniver by Jan Strother

The Bread and Butter Stories by Mary Norton

For Love Alone by Christina Stead

Letty Fox: Her Luck by Christina Stead

The Way Things Are by E.M. Delafield

The Casino by Margaret Bonham

The Village by Marghanita Laski

 

So much for that post-Christmas restraint I meant to exercise! :rolleyes:

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I'm not managing to restrain the book buying either. I wanted 2 of the Richard and Judy reads and ended up with four:

 

The Girls, Lori Lansens

This Book Will Save Your Life, A.M Homes

The Testament of Gideon Mack, James Robertson

The Interpretation of Murder, Jed Rubenfeld

 

I blame my mother for this spree!

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I made the mistake of starting one of my mum's library books when I was at her house this weekend. She lives (according to dh's new sat nav) 97 miles away from me so it isn't really practical for me to take it and finish it at home. So I have just bought it for 1p on Amazon and am waiting for it's arrival so I can find out what happened! The book is Continental Drift by Libby Purves. I have a soft spot for her as I love Radio4 and also, one of my old health visitors in the dim and distant past, was allegedly her sister in law...

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