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Red Fox

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    NW England
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    Fellwalking, knitting
  1. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    I got the Kindle edition of Game of Thrones yesterday for 99p to reread. I'm quite liking this as an e-book because I can read a character's chapters together if I want to. I won't do this with the books in the series I haven't read yet. Also downloaded Venus Im Pelz (auf Deutsch) for free
  2. Currently Reading

    I'm reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. And the Bible. This is a long-term project - I read the New Testament first and then started on the Old, currently mid Genesis with Joseph and his technicolour dream coat (having to do the songs in my head.) I am also re-reading A Game of Thrones and listening to the audio book of A Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England. Oh, and we're reading Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink in my German lessons, this is another long-term project.
  3. I just bought/borrowed/received...

    I had a good haul in Oxfam last week and got David Copperfield, Gulliver's Travels, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Pillars of the Earth. That's a lot of words for a fiver! I nearly bought Venus In Furs too, but I was too embarrassed to take it to the counter.
  4. Introduce Yourself

    I made up my list from the BBC Big Read and some of those Books You Should Read Before You Die lists. Of the actual BBC Big Read top 100, I had already read 45 but those were mostly the children's books, Harry Potters and Terry Pratchetts. I've since read 19 more, but don't intend to read all of the Jacqueline Wilsons, I decided to just read the first Tracy Beaker and forget about the rest. My personal list started out with 74 books on it, but this has expanded over time. I have read 35 of them in the last two and a half years, and have 51 (and two halves!) left to go. I was doing quite well up until last Autumn when I ground to a halt and didn't read anything off the list for months. My list has, as a single entry, the Complete Works of Shakespeare and I guess this is causing me the most concern. I did Macbeth and Othello at school and I recently read the Sonnets, which were lovely, but that it a lot of Shakespeare. I bought David Copperfield from Oxfam last week for £2, and looks pretty daunting too but I do like Dickens. Are you enjoying it? I am currently reading The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck and loving it. I know many readers object to the idea of a set list but I am glad that I have it, because I never would have chosen to read this otherwise.
  5. Introduce Yourself

    Hi Midas! I too am working my way (slowly!) through the BBC Big Read 100 - more or less, I took out most of the Jaqueline Wilsons and added some other acclaimed books as well. I started a couple of years ago as a new year resolution, I created a spreadsheet and sorted the list by the number of pages and started with the shortest, which was A Christmas Carol. I'd be interested in seeing your list
  6. what is everyone doing?

    Lately I have been seriously thinking about getting my guitar out of its box in the wardrobe and restringing it. It was last played in 1995. I had a clear out of old stuff recently and it was touch and go whether the guitar got sold or kept, I decided to keep it but now I feel that I have to justify that decision.
  7. How Many Books Can Be Read In A Year?

    Indeed - I can read a trashy novel in few hours and The Count of Monte Cristo took months - definitely a case of quality rather than quantity.
  8. Love in the Time of Cholera was the last book I finished. I was disappointed because I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I loved the writing and the whole atmosphere of the book, the settings and descriptions were wonderful and there was some really very funny bits. However, I found Florentino increasingly repellent, his actions I've read books (such as Lolita) where the characters are obviously not likable and I don't think this makes the book unlikable but it did make be decide that this book is not about an endless love. Not cholera, but possibly a nasty case of food poisoning. I have One Hundred Years of Solitude on my TBR list and am very much looking forward to it.
  9. How Many Books Can Be Read In A Year?

    Thank you, David. Maybe I should change my username to Bad Penny...
  10. How Many Books Can Be Read In A Year?

    The long list for the Booker prize was announced yesterday and they said that the judges had to read 151 books. I'm not sure how many months they have to read them in, but it must be within a year.
  11. Tell me about Jodi Picoult

    Thanks! I might even try and think of something more positive to say about a book next
  12. Tell me about Jodi Picoult

    That is exactly how I felt - it was such a cop out.
  13. I thought that was Cathy's review!
  14. What Writers/Books Will You Just Not Read!

    Actually, the supermarket in question (it doesn't need my advertising!) has a section of 'quality' books next to the chart titles, which has included works by Sylvia Plath recently.
  15. What Writers/Books Will You Just Not Read!

    Hence my ?! I know his first book was an autobiography, but the next one was about, I have no idea and no desire to find out.