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  1. Not current reading, I read 'I'm not Scared' 6 months ago. I found it a very strange book. It is a plot with possibilities, but is disappointing in the way it is handled. Because of the simple linear style, with little character development, examination of back-story, or sub-plots it read like a children's book. However, the story is dark, and the end far too troubling for a child to contemplate. Apparantly it has been made into a film, and I can see it could be a good one...in fact, it reads more like 'the book of the film' than a fully developed novel in its own right.
  2. Do you have a line of poem that niggles, lost and alone at the back of your mind? Or maybe a remnant left over from childhood, the rest long forgotten? Maybe, if you post it on here someone may recognise it, and provide you with a title/author/or just a couple more lines. I have a line, mentioned to me by a man whose mother lives in the care home where I work. It is the start of a poem she used to recite, and he thought that if I could find it we could spark some recognition in her befuddled memory. "The river weeza*, deep and wide, washes the bank on the farther side.... (* phonetic spelling, and maybe not an accurate remembrance of the rest). I have tried on the net, with various spelling variations, to no avail.
  3. How to Be a Hero to Your Kids by Josh McDowell & Dick Day
  4. There is nothing to stop a Bookcrossing member 'releasing' their books into Charity shops after registering them and inscribing them with Bookcrossing details. In fact, that is probably the best method, as they are more likely to be picked up by someone who wants a book, and you will be helping the charity. Indeed, someone might buy the book just because they are intrigued by the reference to Bookcrossing. Must try that myself, I've got a few books ready to go.
  5. As a long time hater of 'the greengrocers' apostrophe', I loved this book, it made me laugh out loud. I bought a copy for myself, and a copy for each of my sons, then my husband was given a copy for Christmas! Sadly, I have yet to come to terms with the other grammatical errors that Lynne Truss objects to. So I do liberally scatter ... and - throughout my writing, and get confused about the correct use of : & ; Also, as someone fairly new to emailing, and with minimal keyboard skills a fair number of misplaced punctuation marks are a regular feature of my posts! Oh, and I like these!!!, too.
  6. I find your comments very interesting. It is less than a year since i read it, but I don't recall having similar reactions...I certainly didn't cry. I actually enjoyed the book, particularly the fragmenting and re-forming of relationships between Susie's family and friends. Maybe the reason it didn't affect me emotionally was because I was puzzled by one of the several weak points of the book from quite early on. The question "Where did he put all that soil?" bothered me all the way through!. And I had forgotten the 'out of body sex' bit, probably because I couldn't suspend disbelief sufficiently to accept it! I hadn't realized until now that A.C. had been raped herself. Don't know if that makes any difference to my opinion of the book.
  7. I belong to two, one of which I run. Wouldn't be able to cope with another, but if anyone else wants to start one I am happy to give advice/hints. It's great for people who live in isolated locations, or are unable to get out of the house easily.
  8. The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian
  9. The way postal bookgroups work is like this: Each group consists of 12 members, located all round the UK, and into Europe. At the start of the group's year each member chooses a book from her* own collection, which she posts on to the next person on the group's mailing list. She receives a book from the person behind her on the list. Each book is accompanied by a small notebook in which each reader writes their comments. At the end of the month she posts the book she received on to the next person. In this way each member receives 11 books, and gets her own book back, with comments, at the end of the year. No restrictions are imposed on the choice of book, and in that way members are introduced to books/authors they might not otherwise have considered reading, * I use she/her, because the groups I know of are either part of NWR (and you need to be an NWR member), or have been started by ex-NWR members. There may be others I have belonged to postal bookgroups for about 15 years, and have 'discovered' lots of good writers I would never have come across had I stuck to the things I knew I would like
  10. I joined 'Bookcrossing' (under a different name) last March, very excited at the idea of all these books being 'released into the wild'. I'm afraid it has not lived up to my expectations. Of nearly 70 books 'released' only 5 have been 'found'. Admittedly one went from here in Essex over to the USA, which was exciting, but since then has, like most of the books I have parted with in this way, disappeared from view. The most successful site for releasing books (with 2 having been found there) has been the physiotherapy department waiting room at the local hospital. An internet cafe has drawn a complete blank!
  11. I used to be unable to pass one of these, but daren't go in one anymore, and try desperately to deflect my husband's attention if I see that we are approaching one. We can't come away with just one book, and many more visits will mean we'll have to look for a bigger house!.
  12. As far as I understand it, from interviews I've heard, Mark Haddon wrote the book for adults, but his publishers decided that it should be published as a children's book too. Also, he claims never to have worked with, or studied anyone with Aspergers...which seems amazing to me, Of about half-a-dozen people I've known with an ASD, only one was a savant.
  13. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  14. The Box of Delights by John Masefield
  15. I'm sure your comments would be very wecome to contributors on the Channel 4 website for the show...it gets quite sparky at times!
  16. At one time I read nothing but 'whodunnits', as I had trouble finding anything else I enjoyed, Since then there seems to have been a great burgeoning of writing talent, and being a member of 3 bookgroups I rarely get to choose my own reading. When I do, I usually pick a detective (private, as opposed to police) story. I think I have all of Agatha Christie's books, but don't read them any more, apart from checking the plot of TV adaptations. Loved Ruth Rendell's books and her Barbara Vine novels. Most other authors I have read just odd ones and twos of, as I pick them up in second-hand or charity shops . Have read one Walter Mosely, some years ago. White Butterfly? I remember that I enjoyed it, but my taste is towards stories set in the UK...Although I am enjoying the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. There is a Sue Grafton waiting to be read, but I think i ought to start a bit nearer the beginning of her alphabet! How modern is modern day?. I have mentioned Aggie, but she is hardly modern, although she is more up to date than Conan Doyle. is there a cut off date I have missed?
  17. Small Island was chosen three months ago as one of three books to discuss at my bookgroup tonight. Having other reading committments I didn't start it until Saturday, expecting only to identify the main characters and so follow the discussion. I have found it very readable, and am nearly halfway already. It is uncomfortable reading, but so far it is the behaviour of the American GIs that has shocked me. I am sure that as I reach the post war period of the story I am going to be ashamed of the treatment that is meted out to Gilbert and Hortense by the 'ordinary' people of the UK. Particularly as I was a child of that period and shared the ignorant attitudes prevelant in working class Britain in years following the arrival of ''The Empire Windrush. I expect this book to rise rapidly up the top 50 list
  18. The Magic Porridge Pot retold by Vera Southgate
  19. Love Without Fear by Dr Eustace Chesser
  20. I belong to a bookgroup that started off as an offshoot of an NWR group in1980. We meet quarterly, and have three books to discuss. Although the membership has changed over the years the number that turn up each time has remained fairly constant, usually about 6, which fits comfortably in most people's sitting rooms. Although we have three months in which to read the books, it is rare to have all the books read by all members. We are given a precis of each book by a member chosen at the previous meeting, and her comments (We are an all female group, because of our NWR roots), and then have a free-for-all discussion. Having dealt with all three books we have tea/coffee/wine and biccies, then choose the books for the next meeting. Usually some of the members have brought along books they have read or would like to read, or reviews from papers or magazines, and we choose from them. We then allocate the chosen books to three members who will 'present' them at the next meeting. All that remains then is to set the date and venue of the next meeting. Having been going for so long we are a bit 'like minded', so our dicussions are not always very lively. It has always been more fun when we have had members with opposing tastes! I am also a member of two postal reading groups, which provide a wider variety of books, and provide a reading forum for people living in more isolated situations.
  21. I've bought the book, but have yet to read it, just flicked through and seen it is mostly pictures. Anybody recommend actually reading what text there is?
  22. Listening to the radio with half an ear this morning I heard part of an interview with a senior member of the nursing profession (Mavis something?) who has recently received an MBE. It seems that she was moved to come to the UK from the West Indies by a desire to see the churchyard of Gray's 'Elegy", and to see daffodils 'Tossing their heads in sprightly dance'. It caused me to wonder what influence a particular poem might have exerted on any of us in our choices, big or small. (e.g. Anyone out there wearing purple yet?)
  23. I have just finished East of The Mountain by David Guterson, which has to be sent of to the next person in my postal reading group on Monday, and am about to start Small island by Andrea Levy. This is one of the books my local bookgroup will be discussing on Monday evening. Guess my contribution will be minimal! I have only once managed 5 books in a week .I was on holiday in the depths of rural Wales with a book-loving friend, no TV and inclement weather. How do those of you who read several books at a time remember what you have read, and keep the plots separate in your minds? I struggle to remember more than the vaguest 'feel' of a book once I am well into the next, and for the past 10 years have had to keep a diary of the books I have read. Anyone else having to resort to similar memory - joggers?
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