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I can't quite manage 50 books in a year but would like to aim for 12.

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Beechview Tue 31-Dec-13 12:03:52

Would anyone else like to join this challenge?

AphraBehn Tue 25-Feb-14 18:37:21

I've read Life after Life by Kate Atkinson this month. I enjoyed it but got a bit lost in the middle. This is where I prefer real books to kindle, I wanted to flip back and forth to see the connections between the different strands.

isleangel Tue 25-Feb-14 17:39:01

I've just finished Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld as my 2nd. Readable but thoroughly depressing if I'm honest. Just about a girl moaning her way through boarding school. It was advertised as the next Secret History, but I don't know what the reviewers were reading.

Next up is Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway - really looking forward to this one. Feckawwf let us have a review of Divergent when you finish as it looks quite good too and I might be tempted to add to the list I want to read.

feckawwf Mon 17-Feb-14 23:27:23

Book 3 started-Divergent by Veronica Roth....similar theme to hunger games, it's due to become a film soon so thought I'd start the trilogy now before I watch it. Didnt rate Game at all, that was also a trilogy I won't be bothering with the other two!

Beechview Wed 12-Feb-14 10:00:13

I've just finished my first book! It was quite a thick one.
It was this one ;

I really enjoyed it but I'm not sure what I'm in the mood for next....

Corriewatcher Tue 28-Jan-14 18:43:11

Just finished "The Luminaries" as my first book of the New Year, just in time for my book club meeting. Think it will be a bit of a marmite book. A couple of friends have already said they gave up towards the beginning of the book. I didn't enjoy the beginning either, but part of the way through, I "got it" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Over 800 pages long, though!

Now reading the 4th book in the Game of Thrones series in readiness for when the next series starts.

isleangel Tue 28-Jan-14 14:44:18

I have just finished 'The Night Circus' as my 1st book, and I loved every word of it! I am now going onto Prep by Curtis Sittenfield.

AphraBehn Wed 22-Jan-14 00:14:03

I'm doing OU and a maths course this year but want to find time to read rather than mindless internet browsing. Have already read Longbourn this year, the servants' story from Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed it, it didn't take too many liberties with the established P&P characters and I liked the way some of Austen's minor details were woven into the plot.

Would like to read Rebecca next.

iwantavuvezela Tue 14-Jan-14 16:32:43

Finished Prodigal summer, a lovely read, and a good way to get started. Will browse tonight for my next read. I like to give a day or two between books so I can think/reflect on the story!

craftynclothy Tue 14-Jan-14 16:28:14

I'll be slowing down now, my next OU module started today! And in typical fashion, Dd2 has come down with a vomiting bug <sigh>

I've bought The Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright for my next read. I just keep browsing Amazon and seeing what other people have bought that have bought the books I've enjoyed and buying something that's reasonably priced.

Word of warning about The Last Runaway, there's a fair bit of quilting padding out the main story. I enjoyed that because I'm into quilting but I expect some people might find it a bit annoying.

feckawwf Tue 14-Jan-14 16:08:15

Wow Crafty that was quick reading! Think you're on the wrong thread you need the 50 books a year thread wink I'll add that to my list!

I've just started book 2, I was browsing the sale at Asda and picked up Game by Anders de la motte.Was
a bargain! I'm not sure what to make of it although only about 60 pages in, would make a fab film. A guy finds a phone, which flashes up with a text saying "would you like to play a game" long story short he gets paid for carrying out various tasks, which become more sinister and dangerous as the story goes on. It's actually a trilogy so hopefully I'll start getting into it soon.

craftynclothy Tue 14-Jan-14 09:50:49

And here I am to eat my words. I have now finished The Last Runaway because I couldn't put it down. Started it at 4pm and finished it at 10pm. Absolutely loved the ending.

However I am now without a book!

craftynclothy Mon 13-Jan-14 15:13:17

I really liked The Husband's Secret (just realised I said Promise earlier) but then I tend to like 'lighter' reading as I'm studying so anything too in depth I tend to lose interest in atm.

I've finished Eternally North. It was um...ok. Totally and utterly unbelievable but a bit funny and therefore enjoyable. That and Frisky Business make it 2 down, 10 to go. Next on my list is The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. It was recommended to me by a friend for the quilting references. I'm not convinced it'll be my sort of thing so recommendations for some nice easy going books to have alongside it would be good!

hobnobsaremyfave Thu 09-Jan-14 22:17:19

I'm a bit undecided about The Husbands secret. I read it in two days ( off work poorly sad ) and I did enjoy it but I was not wowed by it. But yes it is my style of book.
I have downloaded Gone Girl but yet to start.
Thanks for the ideas smile

feckawwf Thu 09-Jan-14 18:22:51

hobnob-I really enjoyed the Husbands secret, is that the kind of book you normally go for? If so then you'd probably enjoy the one I just mentioned Reconstructing Amelia. Have you read Gone girl?

AnneWentworth Thu 09-Jan-14 18:07:59

You can still join the thread. I am going for 25 and lots did less last year. There aren't really any rules the name just stuck.

hobnobsaremyfave Thu 09-Jan-14 17:06:15

Ok have just finished " The husbands secret".
New kindle in our house smile so keen to aim for at least 12 books this year.
Any suggestions what next?

iwantavuvezela Thu 09-Jan-14 15:29:43

I've made good headway into book one - Barbara Kingsolvers Prodigal summer which i am enjoying. I think I will follow this up (feb ) with Americanah by Chinamanda as I loved her Hlaf of the Yellow Sun ......

Corriewatcher Wed 08-Jan-14 21:31:48

I'd love to join too please! I'm in a book club so that takes care of about 6-8 books per year, and I often struggle to find time to read anything else around those but I would love to. Our current book is The Luminaries which is over 800 pages long!

But I've also been partaking in the Kindle sale and have a backlog to get through,including Wolf Hall, The Cuckoo's Calling, the latest Bridget Jones, The Kingsmaker's Daughter (have read the other two in the trilogy), a JoJo Moyes book, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn plus the remaining books in the Game of Thrones series that I haven't read yet. So I really need to read a bit more. Hopefully this will give me the push I need.

feckawwf Wed 08-Jan-14 16:19:09

Ooh I'll look some of those up, the other Gillian Flynn ones are next on my list I think as loved Gone girl. Tbh I feel a bit of a fraud reading Reconstructing Amelia so quickly, a lot of the pages only have a few words on as are extracts from Facebook, emails, texts etc so works out a fairly short book blush

Beechview Wed 08-Jan-14 14:31:36

Good going feckawwf.
I'm reading a Dean Koontz book. I'm loving it but its a big book so I'm giving myself til the end of the month to finish it.
I think I'll read Gone Girl after that.

On my kindle I have;

Sharp Objects and Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Human Remains - Elizabeth Haynes
Road to Rouen - Ben Hatch
The Perfect Husband - Lisa Gardner
Cursed - Stephen Leather

I've also got about 8 books on my bookshelf that I want to read.

feckawwf Wed 08-Jan-14 13:20:29

Well I've read my first, Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but really enjoyed it. Pretty similar to Gone girl so would recommend it if you loved flits from present tense to past and between characters which kept me gripped. Now to decide what to read next....

notnowbernard Tue 07-Jan-14 13:19:57

I'm up for reading 1 a month, too (no way could I do 50! shock)

I tend to read quite a diverse range...

Eg currently reading Piers Morgan's diaries smile
Before that read The Stand by Stephen King
Before that To Kill A Mocking Bird

Always up for recommendations! grin

iwantavuvezela Tue 07-Jan-14 13:18:32

Can I join in, I would like to have 12 on my list ......

craftynclothy Tue 07-Jan-14 13:14:28

Well I finished Frisky Business on New Year's Day so that's one down! It was ok. I enjoyed reading it but it was quite predictable.

Now reading Eternally North. Another fairly easy going one I think as the next book I'm planning I expect to be harder going.

RunningKatie Mon 06-Jan-14 14:28:14

can i join too?

the only books i currently read are thomas the tank engine ones.

We moved house and i would like to find a new book club to motivate me.

In the meantime I am starting off with ToddlerCalm! Then i will try the White Princess. smile (hopefully with a calm toddler)

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