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  1. I actually really loved the war parts. So much detail I could almost see and smell it all. I read the war parts in their full chunks till my bottom went numb. Exciting stuff. What I didn't like was the endless repetative philosophising. Especially the last 60 pages. He just makes the same points over and over.
  2. But if you look to the side there is a one year later update.
  3. Well I re-read the bible a lot. My comfort read there is Ephesians. Followed by Romans and Hebrews. Does that count? lol. I don't think it's comfort, but I lovingly re-read "The color purple" every few years. The characters are old friends of mine now. There are others I like to re read but this one seems to be linked to me sentimentally. When I was younger I read "The farthest away mountain" by Lynne Reid banks every saturday morning all the way through before I got out of bed. I only started reading adult books when I was 23 after a break from 14. So I still have an awful lot to get through first time round.
  4. Mine is an Iphone app so I am not sure it is exactly the same as the program on kindle. The progress bar is hidden when reading but all it takes is a tap of the screen to bring it back.
  5. I have the app on my ipod touch (mostly just for all the free classics.) and yes I look at the blasted bar.
  6. I only have the first one so maybe I will hold off on the others until I know whether I am liking it. Thankyou.
  7. I'm doing two courses at the same time between Feb and June and then still studying till September so... my goal is to read at least 5 fiction books this year. Just an aim to prompt me to make at least some time for leasure reading. I'm currently reading the Count of monte cristo which is a biggun so that will take a while-but I am seriousely enjoying every single tiny second of it so I don't care if it takes a while. I've not been so excited by a book for a while. I have a feeling that my reading list will be brief and shakespeare packed this year. And yeah I probably need to stop looking at what page number I am on and working out how much is left. I don't know where that habit came from....probably reading drivel for past courses. Anyway I'm not on a mission to fill my list so I should try not to do that.
  8. I do love libraries but they were originally needed because books were so expensive and hard to source they were a wonderful thing Even the poorest people can source books for next to nothing or for nothing these days. Car boot sales etc. Online swap sites. Freecycle, swapshops etc I have picked up many free books. If there is a specific title you want you can swap it online. You can even leave your details and title requests with some charity shops. I don't think Libraries are essential anymore. Not in their original function. I barely use mine for myself because they never have what I want and I have to pay a fee and wait. The fee is about equal with the cost of a charity shop book in my town and I could even have the book for 2.75 on Amazon marketplace in just a few days. Most libraries seem to be glorified cyber cafe's now anyhow. The books are sent to the edges and the computers occupy much of the space. They aren't even quiet. I think the library died a long time ago. My local library is really user heavy so I doubt it will go anywhere anytime soon. If it did I could see an independent one arise. We manage to sustain an rrp independent bookshop here though too.
  9. I typed in Geraldine Brooks. I didn't recognise any of the names that came up. Lol But on the side of the screen it said Jane Eyre? is that also an authoress? Anyhow when you click Jane Eyre it tells you Loisa may Alcott and Jim Morrison. hmmm I might rely on advice at BGO rather than that map.
  10. I read Jurassic Park after the film and I loved it. I read Pride and Prejudice after the BBC version. I read Larkrise to Candleford after the BBC I would like to read Slumdog millionaire in future. I have watched all of the Twilight films and now want to read Twilight to see what the film obviousely couldn't do. I usually read before I watch.
  11. The three Muketeers Tesse of the D'urbervilles Wuthering heights I know and love these and yet I have never read them.
  12. I have a little pink book. I keep a tbr list in it and cross off what I have read. I re write the list every couple of years as it gets added to and crossed off. I started a fresh one before 2011's read list. After the tbr list I write down everything I read by title and author. Sometimes I make a comment about it but usually very brief. Something to jog my memory not anyone elses. Usually the title is jog enough. At the very back I keep a wishlist which I cross off as I buy or borrow. It's not really a journal as such but just a way of keeping track of what I have and what I have read and what I would like to read. I can't see any personal value in evaluating and writing detailed reviews on everything I read.
  13. I don't set out to achieve. I just found that looking back over the year there were things that I had done that pleased me. Of course it's about reading for fun but it's also good for some of us to see how we change and grow as readers. I like to see where I have improved or changed in many areas of my life not just reading. If you don't feel the need to look at what you read and how that has changed, that's fine. And if people do like to set reading challenges as a way of motivating themselves to read? well that's fine too.
  14. 5) No and me by Delphine de Vigan**** 4) The Bible Jesus read by Phillip Yancey...current 3) A midsummer night's dream by Shakespeare 2) The NO S Diet by Reinhard Engels 1) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas... 20/12/10-2/2/11.***** R= re-read I also read the bible and books with my children.
  15. For me a breakthrough came this year in the form of reading more modern books. I finally broke out of my classics and high literature rut. I still love those but I have come to appreciate reading a more up to date or less challenging book for sheer entertainment. I also finally broke my fear of large books completely and stopped trying to up my book count. I read War and peace at the start of the year and loved it. I am now reading The Count of Monte cristo and it's gripping stuff. I also finally allowed myself to read a Tolkein book. The Hobbit. I reluctantly have to admit that I really really enjoyed it (I'm a realist 19c book lover usually lol.) I loved it so much that I even dremed about it. A good year for me reading wise. I have changed as a reader and have begun to know my own tastes and habits much better. This year I am studying two courses at the same time and so my goal for the whole year is just to find a little time a week to read for fun even if it's just half an hour.
  16. I bought twilight in a charity shop today. I swore I would never read That's me done now...no more books this year.
  17. I'm managing to reduce my pile by about 10 a year too. problem is that when I buy a new book I want to read it straight away. I think when the mount is down it probably won't grow too rapidly again. I bought two today but it's not new year yet. But I will try not to buy any but can't help it if people put books in my hands.
  18. I just bought... Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk and No and me by Delphine de Vigan in WH Smith and Power Pups by David de la harpe for the children because he was signing copies in waterstones.
  19. I can't get on with reding on screens. I have the kindle app on my ipod touch and have other reading apps. I really only use it for a few spiritual reference apps because it means I can take alot of texts with me. For general reading I read short stories on it but would not want to sit for prolonged times. I find I skim read more on screens and miss things. I haven't tried a proper reader yet though. My mum is getting a kindle for christmas so I will have a play with it. It's sad that so many of you are losing shops. I am really fortunate that I have several huge second hand book sections in the charity shops. Our town has an independent book shop and I live a 30 min bus ride from Oxford where book shops are plentiful and awesome....I think their Borders closed too though. Waterstones now has a paperchase shop in it so maybe even there the books are slowly dwindling. But maybe much of the reason for shops slowly falling could be internet? I buy a lot of books from Amazon, they are cheaper and I can sit with a cup of tea taking my time to read lists online then look the books up on amazon. I can read the blurb and maybe look inside and then read the reviews to see if I am going to waste my money. Or choose to buy it cheaper in the marketplace. Nothing beats the delivery of a book of books. I think kindle and sony reader will have their place (especially for people like my mum who can't hold a book open.) but I think books will still be available for a long time to come. Even if they become printed to order. Which is probably no bad thing.
  20. ennui

    Mount TBR

    Woohoo from 52 to 42. Lol I obviousely read alot that's not on the mountain. I have just worked out tbr for 2011 and it's 31. I read about 33 a year but nearly all of the books left on tbr are the biggies....Monte cristo, quixote,clarissa,udolpho and so on. So choosing the next book is not easy. I'm going to be drawing numbers from a hat or something. I have a wishlist but until tbr is right down I will get those from the library if I simply have to read them.
  21. Neverwhere-Neil Gaiman My cousin rachel-Daphne Du maurier Armadale-Wilkie Collins Life of Galileo-Betholt brecht (Play) Those were my 5 stars this year and deservedly so, I loved every minute of those. I've not done an awful lot of reading since the summer. But a pretty average year for me. I start another degree course in Feb so I doubt I will get an awful lot read next year. (except silly amounts of Shakespeare. )
  22. I was actually thinking that modern books seem so much shorter. Perhaps to do with larger font sizes and thicker pages. They look big but read much quicker than my classics. Not trying to be contrary. Perhaps I am not reading as widely as you.
  23. anytime for me is the red button while on the menu. Next to planner. I have plus hd if that makes a difference.
  24. I was admiring Jonny vegas' acting but the end of the story had me in stitches.
  25. Sunday nights at 9pm. Checkhov's comedy shorts with all star cast. The first one is on sky anytime at the moment. I really liked the first episode. Adapted short stories of checkhov. Just in case you are interested.
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