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  1. My mum's book club just finished The Moonstone. She read the physical book version and loved it. A few years ago I read the audiobook version. It's my second favourite book (behind the Count of Monte Cristo). We talked about The Moonstone and we raved about the same bits, the difference voices to each characters telling of their part of the story. The twists to the mystery, the confusion and how you learn everything as they do. I can't say that I missed anything from an audio reading.
  2. I love being read to. I think it's why I like audiobooks so much. I don't remember my parents reading to me although I'm sure they did but as an adult my ex husband used to read to me as I drove us long distances and I found it very peaceful.
  3. I love this series and also have them on audiobook where they are read by the brilliant Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, he works the cynicism and sarcasm very well.
  4. I love a good audiobook but I do every now and then hit one that doesn't work somehow. I love the fact if I don't like it I can return it to and get my credit back. I love them when I go for a run, they suck me in and all of a sudden my training run is over. I really enjoy listening to John Lee reading and actively look for his recordings - I especially enjoyed the Ken Follet books and The Count of Monte Cristo.
  5. I didn't think Serrailler starred in the book either. I thought it was ok but I finished feeling like it hadn't quite rounded everything off somehow. I can't put my finger on it but I know that I won't be rushing to read another one. That said if I see one in a charity shop whilst on holiday I may well purchase it.
  6. Ooh, 10 books. 1. Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet 2. The Book of Ebenezer Le Page - Gerald Basil Edwards 3. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander Dumas 4. These is my words: The diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 - Nancy Turner 5. Possession - A S Byatt 6. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins 7. The Ragged Trouser Philanthropists - Russell Tressell 8. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett 9. Moondial - Helen Cresswell 10. The Pickwick Papers. - Charles Dickens I wish I could justify these choices, but the most I can say is that they either opened the door on a new author/world or they reminded me how much I loved reading at a time when I wasn't sure I'd ever find a book to provide that magic again.
  7. I don't think the Bell Jar or Wuthering Heights are bad covers. I think the Princess Bride is hilarious though, so unlike the story. My issue with Charlie is that Violet is not the main focus of the story so it doesn't represent the story at all on face value. However it does represent the madness of the other children quite nicely and the much darker aspects of the book.
  8. I love seeing an old thread when I'm searching for something else. Reading this was interesting too. I've noticed I read less than I did a few years ago and I put it down to for things 1. I don't get the bus as much anymore so less reading time 2. I've gotten heavily into my cross stitch which I do while listen to dvds. 3. I've gotten into longer books (although any list is still peppered with detective fiction & Dick Francis) 4. I mess around on my phone more before sleeping I used to read around 100 to 130 books a year but that really did include Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett which I can read in an evening. Now I think around 70 but ultimately it's a lovely of a story that grips me that means I'm reading so the number is reflective of the passion instilled in me.
  9. I've just be reading or some of the early posts to my husband who is telling me that I can't buy new books at the moment until the tbr fits the shelf again. Since my tbr is approximately 40 books (& 3 audiobooks) I have read a couple of posts stating 200+ books in a tbr. This has mildly amused him. Then I hit the post about secretly buying books and that had me laughing as I buy books and hide them at work and slowly integrate them into the flat. I'm not sure my husband would actually be mad if I bought books as he's a book lover too is just I have less restraint than him. Anyway I'm working on clearing the piles which based on comments before are to be named snowdonia as they are small mountains more hills with effort.
  10. I'm utterly disgusted at this. What can I do to stop it or fight it? I don't know where to start but I want to do something...
  11. When a discussion on here throws up a book that piques my interest I just get straight on Abe and buy it. I've not been disappointed yet. This way I can't forget anything. It does keep the tbr shelf overflowing though.
  12. My old group which just fizzled out used the take it in turns to pick a book. I don't understand why someone would join a book club but not be willing to read outside their comfort zone. Party of the fun for me is trying authors or genres I don't usually read. Plus it meant that sometimes the group was hugely divided on the love/hate sides. I love the idea of a book of the rails of each read. I would do that if I started a group again. The other way I quite like is the book group in the potato peel pie book (I confess the full title currently escapes me). I liked the idea that at each meeting everyone just talks briefly on the book they've just read, maybe inspiring someone else to read it. I love recommending books so this way really really appeals to me. I guess my friends and I do it fairly ad hoc already as when we catch up we usually end up discussing good reads we've had recently.
  13. I've heard of a couple and even started Clarissa - which was fascinating but I stopped reading it because it was in a language that took me forever to read through just one letter. Sometimes I had to go back and start parts again.
  14. I once over read on detective novels (Christie and Dickinson Carr mostly) and started imagining crime and intrigue everywhere. Innocent milkmen became serial killers invisible to the everyday person.
  15. My husband has started a rule where he is now reading the books on his tbr in order that they arrive. So today we picked up some books each from charity shops. His 4 go at the end even though one is the next in a series he's reading so he won't read it for probably a year. I can't understand it. Firstly I can't do that because my tbr is so big that is a shelf and 4 piles so who knows when what arrived. But also let's say I've just read an absolute brick of a book that was emotionally draining and next on my shelf is another brick I'd probably not really enjoy it so I'd rather pick up pratchett or aherne to easy my brow. My husband also only gives up on a book one he's read 100 pages minimum and doesn't like it. I'll stop reading as soon as I decide is not working for me. Anyway it got me thinking does anyone else have any rules for reading or clearing their tbr?
  16. Why do I read? What else can you do before going to sleep that totally takes you away from the day you've had or the worries in your life? seriously though I read because I don't know anything else. I was taught to read and my parents read to me before bed and then I read to myself before lights out (and after lights out by torch under the duvet). I can't imagine not reading. How do I choose what to Read? This is a harder question the glib answer is I just feel like reading that book next. However I know I am more adventurous than my parents when it comes to reading as they like the same authors and don't really branch out. I can remember going to the library as a kid and asking my dad to recommend books to me (Jennings, Clive Cussler, Dick Francis). I know my love of the old school detective novel comes from my mum but she didn't give me a love of Dickinson Carr she stopped at Christie. A few years back I challenged myself to read 100 authors I'd never read before just by picking titles and asking for recommendations. This website gave me some cracking suggestions. I will always have favourite authors but I will always be looking for the next favorite to add to my list. As for my current tbr which is looking a little unwieldy at the moment I am working through the books that have been in residence longer than others at the moment but still trying to read based on my mood so light or short when I have little time or patience, classic or complex when I feel I can focus.
  17. That sounds like a quilt I would like. I think something like original Conan Doyle or Dickens where images were also used could male it extra special
  18. There added two ways of looking at this. In terms of storage I don't have any brilliantly original ideas in use at home but I do put them anywhere so we have a 6ft bookcase in the kitchen and I filled the suitcase with books and all the boxes under the bed are full. We also bought a storage ottoman for a coffee table so we could put other things from our shelves in it freeing up shelf space for books. I really hate doubling up shelves so I can't store books like that. I love the ideas online for making stairs into bookshelves or putting in a shelf just below ceiling height around each room but sadly I'm in a rented flat so no knocking into walls or stairs. The other discussion on this thread seems to be around how books are organised. Ours are mostly genre groupings but I have always dreamed of switching to a autobiographical type of system so books from my youth onwards. It would be roughly sorted at first as I can't be sure but after that I could add to the end as I read. I know this is highly unlikely to hapen as I think my husband would leave me if I tried to do it.
  19. My new record is 2 years to complete bleak house but that's not a true reflection as a ) I only read Dickens when it's winter and most of that is over Christmas as I can spend hours just reading which leads me to b ) we spent the middle Christmas in New Zealand where it was not winter I would have taken it for the plane but it is bulky and weighs a lot and I travelled with a lighter book I could abandon in nz and replace with something else. I still love Dickens and if we get snow I'll start on David Copperfield
  20. Some spy books get really bogged down in technical language as if they want to our do each other. It's like reading in code. I was trying to think if there are genes I avoid but I'm not sure there are. I try to avoid gruesome crime thrillers but only because of the far too vivid deaths the actual solving of the case I like. I've just thought that I've given up reading Anne Perry as her Victoria detective was getting a bit weird and sordid and it really put me off.
  21. I'm not even a good critic. I can talk a good talk on a book and often debate merits of one novel or another with friends but I can't eloquently put it on paper so to speak.
  22. I have come to the conclusion that I read because I am not a writer. I have no skill as a writer, I waffle, go off the point, get bogged down in description or write conversation that doesn't go anywhere (a reflection of real life maybe but dull in an author). Therefore I figure I was created to be a reader. I can give myself whole to a book, sucked into the emotions of the characters, clearly seeing the landscapes and becoming part of the story in my mind. I rarely guess who dunnit, sometimes I don't even try. My greatest success is to be the best reader I can. I read because someone took the time to write. I try new authors because I want to be taken somewhere else or made to think something new. I read my favourite authors because they are exceptional at making my mind and heart race. I read because I want to learn and authors can teach me in a way nothing else can. I am glad to be a reader and to be able to find pleasure from someone else's words.
  23. I think I like the idea of reading a book located in each Country but I don't think I'd make a real effort to do it somehow. I am sort of tempted to think about how many I have already done... I think I'd have to impose some rules. Would explorers diaries count or should it be straight fiction? I've covered more countries of I do include explorers but not that many more... I feel a list coming on!
  24. Oops. Yes I meant Price. That might explained why I kept humming I kissed a girl last night. I love Atwood but The Handmaids Tail is my least favorite. I really loved The Blind Assassin.
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