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About Helen1983

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  1. I picked up a Sony Reader today, having read about them on this forum and doing a bit of reading up about them online. It was a bit of a gamble, to be honest, because I wasn't sure if I would enjoy not opening up a 'real' book and flipping through the pages (I love the smell of a new book!). However, I haven't put it down since I got home, having dipped into The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross, an author I probably wouldn't have considered reading had it not come preloaded into the reader. The reader is surprisingly light and slim, and the faux leather case feels good quality. The screen is easy to read, and I like the option of making the text bigger (it means I don't need my glasses!). I will find the reader to be most valuable when I go on holiday during the summer, and the 12 hour plane journey I'll have to endure - it means I won't have to cram my hand luggage and suitcase with books. My husband already thinks it's worth its weight in gold if it means he doesn't have to carry a suitcase of books about! So far I have found WHSmith and Waterstones both sell ebooks, and you can easily find free ebooks if you search around, although they tend to be either classics or Mills and Boons! Helen.
  2. Chuntzy, I've just read the synopsis on Amazon and it sounds interesting. I'm going to put it on my list of books I want to read when I've finished the pile gathering dust in the corner of my bedroom!! Helen.
  3. I can't really pinpoint how I came to prefer uncreased spines. There's just something about picking up a book that looks as new and shiny as it did the day it was bought. I have boxes of books from my childhood that look as new as they did when I first read them. My mum found it funny when I was a teenager and would sit reading a book that was barely open because I didn't want to crease it! She's the type of reader that bends the front cover back when she's reading. I also can't stand folded pages - that's what bookmarks are for!! Helen.
  4. You would be surprised by the quality of some books. I managed to get the first four Patricia Cornwell books from my local Children's Society charity for just 99p each and in perfect condition! I don't think they've ever been opened. It's worth looking because you never know. Although I must admit that my copy of 'The Interpretation of Murder' is pre-loved, it isn't in too bad a condition - just a few wrinkles! Helen.
  5. Thanks for the welcome - I have just written a bit about me in the introduction post Tagesmann, at least I'm not the only exception to the rule! I completely agree that they are so different, it is like two totally different series. I can't wait for Reichs' next novel to come out - August 25th, I think. Helen.
  6. Hi, Just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Helen and I live in England. I work as a teaching assistant at a secondary school, spending the majority of my time working with pupils with learning disabilities. I absolutely love books - have done since I first began to read. I love the excitement of picking up a new book in the shop that hasn't been read and doesn't have hideous creases down the spine. I love that 'new book' smell, too! Recently I've begun trawling charity shops for books - you can get more books for your money. I enjoy reading crime and mystery novels, and I have read everything by Kathy Reichs and Kathryn Fox, and almost everything by Mary Higgins Clark. When I have the time I like to read books that make you think a bit more and are a bit more taxing on the brain! (I don't want to offend anybody!) I am currently reading 'The Interpretation of Murder', and would be interested in hearing other people's opinions when I have finished. Helen.
  7. I finished reading this book a couple of month ago. At first I was a little confused as to whether this book was aimed at teenagers or adults. I did consider giving up (although I was enjoying it!) on this basis but decided that since I had paid for it I might as well finish it. And I'm so pleased I did! 'Twilight' is a basic love story (I found myself finding comparisons to 'Romeo and Juliet'...don't shout! I think is actually brought up in the text). It is not a new concept: girl loves boy, boy loves girl, both families are against their relationship, etc. The vampire aspect adds a bit of adventure, I thought, and I found it enjoyable having been a fan of the 'Buffy' novels in my teen years. I found myself struggling to put it down at the end of the day, anxious to see what would happen next. It's a nice novel to escape into if you've had a bad day! Interestingly, I have read the second novel in the series and didn't find it as captivating as the first. It took me much longer to get through - I had to stop reading it for a time as I had no interest in it at all. Needless to say, I haven't hurried to read the third, but I will do to see how the series pans out (plus I've already bought it and the fourth novel as they were on special offer at the supermarket!). Helen.
  8. I finished reading this book about a month ago and found it enjoyable enough, although it took me a while to get into it. Like other readers, I found it difficult to accept as fact. Had it been written from the author's point of view, with her thoughts and feelings, it would have felt more like the book she intended it to be. Instead, it came across as a piece of fiction. Rather than inform the reader of Afghan life, I felt the book gave us only a small snapshot through the eyes of a family who, by and large, lived by traditional beliefs and values. I found the sections written about the young lady who wanted to escape the hold of her over-bearing family (sorry, I don't have the book to hand to familiarise myself with the characters names) to be a much more interesting aspect of the book, and would have liked to have seen this expanded on. Afghanistan has had so much press over the past 10 years or so, both good and bad, that it would have been nice to see how society as a whole is adapting to the changes that have taken place there, particularly the changing role of Afghan women. Overall, the book tempted me with a subject matter that I had not looked at before, and I would be interested in reading other non-fiction books set in Afghanistan/Iraq/Iran. Helen.
  9. Hi, I'm new to the Book Group and just had to post, as I am both a fan of Kathy Reichs and a fan of 'Bones'! I consider them to be two different series, as the Temperence Brennan we know in the books is not the Temperence Brennan we see on screen (for example, there is no Agent Booth in the books, just as Tempe doesn't have a daughter and an ex-husband in the tv series). I'll admit that I began reading Kathy Reichs' novels after watching the first season of 'Bones', but I enjoy them as much as I do the show. However, I think that I enjoy Kathy Reichs' novels more for her writing style, as I have read the novel by Max Allen Collins, which is based on the 'Bones' tv series, and can't say I enjoyed it much at all. Helen.
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