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Interestingly, there were many (many!) copies of the Da Vinci Code for sale.
I don't think that's such a huge surprise. ;)
Just finished The Five People You Meet In Heaven; interesting but, by the end, it began to feel a lot like 'A Christmas Carol' (I won't explain that in case I divulge the plot to people who haven't read it. Hopefully people who have read it will know what I mean.)
Yes, I know exactly what you mean. However, I still quite liked it.

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It was my birthday last week, and my wonderful OH bought the following for me

 

At Knits End - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

World of Knitted Toys - Cath Dalmeny

Victorian Lace Today - Jane Sowerby

Folk Socks - Nancy Bush

Yarn Harlot - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

The Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb

Assassin's Quest - Robin Hobb

Stunner - Kirsty Stonell Walker

A Clash of Kings - George RR Martin

The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte

 

For my birthday we went to the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth and had a nose around the house and church yard. Fascinating stuff. I got myself a book mark and a wonderful Jane Eyre Penguin Book edition style mug that I love. :)

 

I also got a book of chocolate recipes from my best friend, who happens to be the author of Stunner in the list above :D

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It was such a lovely afternoon yesterday that I popped along to Bookends in Hay-on-Wye, where every book is £1, and came out with 11!! :banana:

 

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It was such a lovely afternoon yesterday that I popped along to Bookends in Hay-on-Wye, where every book is £1, and came out with 11!! :banana:

 

Very nice! I'll be there in a few weeks and hope to do as well as you did. I love Bookends! :D

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It's a booklovers paradise :) I was getting a few odd looks from other customers as I wandered around with my armful of books, but I just couldn't have come out of that shop with any fewer. Have fun when you visit!

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I wandered into Bookworld and got in the 3 for £10:

This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson - a BGO recommendation!

Memoirs of a Geisha, which I've never read

All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye by Christopher Brookmyre - apparently not one of his best, but it will give me a few giggles as it's partly set very close to here.

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I had a teeny splurge yesterday and was in Hodges Figgis (Irish bookshop owned by same group who own Waterstones). I bought:

 

This Thing of Darkness - Harry Thompson

I'll Take You There - Joyce Carol Oates

Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak

 

I had itchy book-buying fingers and was lucky to get away with only those three, though I did buy The Woman in White the other day in Waterstones. The Thompson and Oates werre on sale at least so didn't make a huge hole in my purse.

 

Was in the library today as well and borrowed Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons.

 

Other recent borrowings include:

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres

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While visiting my father in Leipzig, I found a bookshop that sold English books. So, I bought a few new ones:

Silas Marner - George Eliot

Blue Shoes and Happiness - Alexander McCall Smith

Such a Long Journey - Rohinton Mistry

No shitting in the toilet - Peter Moore

A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul

:D

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BGO was down when I did my last monthly Amazon shop, so here belatedly, is what I bought -

 

Joseph Knight, James Robertson *

The Untouchable, John Banville *

The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney

The Fanatic, James Robertson

From Hell [Paperback] by Moore, Alan; Campbell, Eddie

Screen Burn [Paperback] by Brooker, Charlie

 

* - enthusiastic reviews from BGO, so thank you to the people who posted on these!

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Amazon has a lot to answer for. :grumble:

 

Yesterday I ordered:

The Children's War

Jane Austen - biog by Carol Shields

Catharine and Other Works - Austen

Lesley Castle - Austen again

 

I'm really intrigues by TCW, since so many of you enjoyed it.

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I'm really intrigues by TCW, since so many of you enjoyed it.

 

I don't think there was any one of us who didn't love it! You will quickly order the sequel A Change of Regime, as soon as you finish TCW. I really hope you enjoy it as much we all did - it certainly is the BGO Champion book.

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While visiting my father in Leipzig, I found a bookshop that sold English books. So, I bought

A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul

:D

One of my all-times faves, Momo, though the man himself is a prickly and difficult individual....

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I don't think there was any one of us who didn't love it! You will quickly order the sequel A Change of Regime, as soon as you finish TCW. I really hope you enjoy it as much we all did - it certainly is the BGO Champion book.

Thanks Hazel, really looking forward to reading it now. There's so much I have to get through first though!

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One of my all-times faves, Momo, though the man himself is a prickly and difficult individual....
Oh, I know, I have read quite a few of his books but not this one. So far, I haven't found a single book by this author that I didn't like.

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Something strange happened to me today.

 

1. I got away from work early, I decided to go to the bank, which I never usually get to do because of my work hours.

 

2. My bank is near WH Smith, I don't usually shop for books at Smith's, it's too... processed.

 

3. I had £10 of completely disposable money in my wallet (this never happens!)

 

4. I don't know if it was the strangeness of the situation that disorientated me or I've just work too hard this week but I caved and bought - The Crimson Petal and the White - without thinking. I was outside the shop before I came back to myself.

 

It must have been something deep in my subconscious because after reading the reviews on amazon and some of the comments here it looks like I chose well, I might have to shop on instinct more often.

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... I might have to shop on instinct more often.
Believe me, if you carry on posting (and reading) here, you will do that anyway. :D

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I had £10 of completely disposable money in my wallet

I like this concept but I'm not sure I quite understand it. Anyway, you disposed of it wisely, I haven't been joining in the recent book group celebration of TCPATW but loved it when I read it a few years back.

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I popped in our newly refurbished library and managed to pick up 3 books:

 

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry

In the Skin of a Lion, Michael Ondaatje

Lolly Willows, Sylvia Townsend Warner

 

I'm fearing that the library is doing away with staff, when i returned my books I just had to place them on a pad which read which books they were, gave me a receipt then i just had to post them in a box. Taking them out was pretty much the same accept you had to press the right button, scan your card then place them on this pad and take a receipt. There were no instructions and whilst trying to balance the books and find my library card i managed to retyrn the books I was trying to take out (doh!) the lady who was supposed to be helping got really stropy with me. I think I prefered lining up and waiting for a person.

 

But the place was busier than I've ever seen it, I was disappointed to see that the fiction and childrens sections have shrunk and more space was given to audio books and selling gift cards.

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Thanks, I've got 3 books to read before I get to it so it may have to wait a couple of weeks.

Just arriving through the post today were 3 books I had to buy to fulfil the requirement of one of those book magazines. I got:

 

The Peacock Throne: An Epic Tale of Modern India, Sujit Safaf (I loved the gorgeous front cover)

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Xiaolu Guo (title sounds strange but description interseting)

The Mathematics of Love, Emma Darwin

 

I haven't seen these reviewed on her so I will start a thread when I get to read them.

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The Peacock Throne: An Epic Tale of Modern India, Sujit Safaf

I read a review of this in the paper at the weekend and it went straight on to my wishlist. Sounds like the sort of thing I love, and I know there are many fans of the Indian Epic on here, so do let us know your thoughts.

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Just read the synopsis for The Mathematics of Love and it wasn't at all what I expected. I thought the title was interesting but didn't think the story would be about a Waterloo veteran.

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Browsing through amazon last night, while youngest was puking in my bed, a fortunate instance of serendipity made me stumble on this -

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0740748475/026-6742235-9543618

 

I snapped it up immediately. Thank god hubby got a pay rise.

 

I loved Calvin & Hobbes when I was younger and used to roar with laughter every time I picked one up. I still have all the old collections but they are pretty much falling apart -so being mystically led to this was a miracle. Anyone else who has fond memories of this deadly duo - you must snap this collection up before it disappears into the mists of time. I even emailed my sister and demanded that she buy it.

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