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About Leanne

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    Legal secretary (yawn) and 2nd year of undergraduate study, of.. wait for it! Literature.
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    The Sticks, Midlands, UK
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    Reading, dance, music, and I'm a film/DVD geek.
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    It was raved about on another forum I contribute to.
  1. The best book I've read this year is definitely The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. However I bet alot of people on BGO have already read that one.
  2. 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.
  3. I was surprised myself, David! They had about four hardbacks and a couple of paperbacks. It's quite a large library too. They have shelves and shelves of Stephen King and chicklit but not much Pratchett at all.
  4. I've made lots of progress - I'm an official Pratchett fan now! I read Witches Abroad first as my library had a pretty sparse collection of his books. I really enjoyed it and felt confident enough to buy several paperbacks, so I could pick and choose which ones to read. I've now read Going Postal and am just getting to the end of Mort. Of all three, I'd say I enjoyed Witches Abroad the most; it was really funny and just an enjoyable and light-hearted read. I enjoyed Going Postal (particularly liked Mr Pump and chain-smoking Spike) though it did seem very long in comparison to WA. Mort I've really enjoyed so far and I have Reaper Man and Guards! Guards! to read next.
  5. Ha ha Sorry Hilary but this made me laugh, because it's just like me; the odd occasion I've had to think twice/thrice on whether I've read a book.
  6. I agree that childrens' book covers are usually more eye-catching than the adult ones. I buy books both ways - I'll get something based on recommendations/reviews yet also often browse and pick up books based on their cover only. Joseph Delaney's "Spook" trilogy is one that I got based on its cover and blurb; it looks like a dusty old book that you'd find in an attic somewhere. I know, doesn't sound too appealing! But it was different to those surrounding it and therefore caught my eye. I also got Christopher Paolini's Eragon and Eldest books because of their covers (I'm a sucker for dragons... that's quite worrying actually ). Anything pink and/or glittery I steer clear of; I used to enjoy chick lit but for some reason am no longer satisfied by it. The same with crime, I can't quite explain what a typical crime novel cover looks like but I know it when I see it!
  7. I have three (!) on the go right now, for depending which mood I'm in - Northern Lights by Philip Pullman The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend I've just finished Portrait of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, which I loved.
  8. Like others have mentioned on this thread, I can remember every small plot twist and detail for a short time after finishing a novel, then those details will float away leaving me with an overall impression. I too keep a 'diary' of what I've read (really just the author, title and a very brief analysis) and that usually jogs my memory of it when needed. Even some of my very favourite books that I've re-read so many times I have difficulties with - someone will ask me a pertinent question and I'll be flummoxed, despite having read the book in question a dozen times! Quite annoying really, makes me wonder if I'm going senile Or on the other hand, it could just be that those parts people ask me questions on, aren't the parts that made an impression on me - after all everyone interprets books in their own way and is left with their own favourite passages/characters etc. Films are a little easier for me to recall, I remember images much more vividly and that brings the plot and characters to mind easier.
  9. I can't remember precisely how old I was, but I know I could read before starting at Primary School (age 4). I've always been a little bookworm I can't remember a specific first book but my first memories are of Ladybird fairytale books, then progressing on to Roald Dahl, C S Lewis, Judy Blume et al. I used to get angry that I wasn't allowed to take more than three books out of the library when really young, now my limit is twelve at a time.. even with me being a fairly fast reader that's a bit much to read in the three week limit!
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    I'm happy to help too if any more volunteers are needed.
  11. Sorry, Megustaleer, think I've just repeated your views in a less succinct way!
  12. But analysing a novel isn't about justifying its existance - when novels are so rich in detail and make you *think*, and really *think*, (like Wuthering Heights does) it's so satisfying to share with other people your take on it. There are much worse things than being passionate about your personal take on a novel... Plus that's the purpose of BGO isn't it, to share our views? If we all logged on and said 'wow, that was great, loved it' or 'that was terrible' and not much else, there'd be not much to gain from sharing, as we wouldn't know other people's reasons for liking/disliking. I'd love to join in the discussion on Wuthering Heights but it's been at least ten years since I last read it... Amanda's posts have inspired me to re-read (another great thing about analysis!)
  13. Hardbacks are expensive, but they look so much nicer on a bookshelf than paperbacks! Therefore they're an investment, kind of like ornaments! Well, that's what I tell myself anyway
  14. It's great to see people so enthusiastic about his writing - I can't wait to get started now!
  15. I'm sure I'll love Discworld, too - I've obviously heard of Pratchett for a long time but it's only recently, since really getting involved in the whole fantasy genre, that I've considered reading them. To be honest because there's so many, it seemed a little daunting! But now I've had help here I now know where to start. I also know what you mean regarding atmosphere - some novels can seem a little 'flat' and devoid of any real emotion or feelings of connection to the characters; even though the plot and structure ticks all the right boxes, so to speak. This does come down to the skill of the writer, like you mention. I'm sure I'll enjoy Pratchett's writing, it will open up a whole new world of reading for me!
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