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Shelley C’s last login was Monday, March 18, 2013.
I've never read a book about it but I've visited a couple of times which I can highly recommend if you ever get to the UK. The crown jewels are stunning, they look lovely in photos but when seen for real they're breathtaking, photos just can't reproduce the sparkle, and the guides really know their stuff. I still haven't read the Guernsey Lit book. I'm trying very hard not to buy new books but it's proving impossible *sigh*
Just spent a week in Cornwall based in a village with no nightlife (not even minimal, just nothing) so in the evenings and while in the car on the way to places read The Necromancer (again), The Warlock (ooh good ending), The Birds and other short stories (love anytthing by du Maurier), Reckless (not bad but also not outstanding) and then, since getting back, The Help which I loved.
Did you see that the second Kane Chronicles book is out (The Throne of Fire)? It arrived the other day but has had to go on my To-Read pile because I haven't got around to the first one yet, lol. I've also pre-ordered the next Heroes of Olympus book. Early retirement might be a solution here (and is becoming more and more likely - woo hoo!)
Hmm, let's see, I've done a lot of re-reading lately, mostly books I know you've read - either that or reading books that I didn't really like but read for the book club. I love the Thomas Lynley series by Elizabeth George (they're very good whodunnits), and have just read "What Came Before He Shot Her", I'm behind with that and still have the last two books to read. You'd need to start at the beginning with "A Great Deliverance" if you read them though because the books follow Thomas Lynley's life,in a way they're about his life and that of his assistant, Barbara Havers, they just happen to be police officers who investigate murder. I also read the third book in John Twelve Hawks' trilogy, (The Traveller, The Dark River and The Golden City) excellent story, loved them. Eoin Colfer's books are good, I recently read The Airman and The Supernaturalist, they're stand-alone books so no particular order, good stories. I loved The Twelve Days of Christmas, which I read over Christmas, lol, and A Weekend With Mr Darcy, lovely feelgood stories. I haven't her books recently but Daphne du Maurier's books are among my favourites - especially Rebecca, The House on the Strand and Rule Britannia. You can't just ask for three, lol, you know I can't stop at three. I'll stop now or this will go on forever or until I run out of text space!
How about perfecting Accio Bookshelves? I've decided I need to bite the bullet and find some books that I've read and can live without so that I can make space for all those that I haven't read yet. The crunch came when I tried to find The Book Thief for our next reading group, which starts on 1 January and I have yet to write some discussion starters for, but can't find it. I've asked the only two people I would have loaned it to but they don't have it and I'm sure it's in the house somewhere so I've taken it as a clear indication that I need to streamline. *sigh*
Oooh I'm so glad you liked A Christmas Carol, I love it but gave it to a friend a couple of weeks ago and she really doesn't like it, I was sure she'd love it too. I thought you'd already read The Count of Monte Christo. I have to admit that the length of the book puts me off when I've got so many on my To Read pile already. Maybe one day I'll get round to it.
I've copied and pasted to our skype chat for her. MSN doesn't seem to keep the chat once you've left it, and quite often on skype (as I've just done with Kelly) we've had conversations that take place at intervals whenever we're next on to reply, so it wouldn't work, we could only chat when we were all there. :(
Hmm, I think that maybe I didn't read the description properly. It's not a Percy Jackson book but it is from his world with three new demigods, seems Riordan wasn't ready to leave Olympus yet http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0141384921/ref=oss_product It's due for publication on 12 October and I've got it on pre-order.
I've also ordered "Nine Coaches Waiting" lol, but that's not coming until November because I also ordered the Christmas Carol dvd which isn't released until then and they're coming together.
I'm finishing "Frankenstein" just because I hate to leave a book unfinished and I'm nearly at the end but it's really not the best read in the world.
That's why I need this site, I don't even remember having 'Nine Coaches Waiting', lol. I've finished Dracula and really enjoyed it, a bit ewww here and there but a good read. I'm now onto Frankenstein which so far is pretty boring, I'm hoping that it perks up sometime soon. I hate to not finish a book (what if it improve just after I left it?) and then read the last two Artemis Fowl books and fit in a few more before the end of the year. I've still got The Red Pyramid, The Golden City and about three Elizabeth George books that I want to get to soon and I've got some new releases on their way soon (the new Percy Jackson book for one). Why does work have to rear it's ugly head so often?
That's exactly what it felt like to me too, that she was in a rush to get it finished with and so made leaps and bounds, like just making Katniss's trial and kind of side comment, almost missable. I know it was all from Katniss's pov but there should have been a way that we knew she didn't just kill Coin and walk away from it. I didn't really know whether I wanted her to finish up with Gale or Peeta but I was disappointed in the way Gale just disappeared, I wanted more detail on what happened to him. Maybe we've been spoiled by JKR's attention to detail.
I miss you too, I sent you a PM with a suggestion for getting a chat together but Kelly and I tried it out and I don't think it would work very well - using a group there would need to be at least two of us online to use it and even using just the ordinary chat there's no way of backreading :( - so I'm looking at other ways.
So what did you think? Overall I enjoyed it but I thought the ending was weak, too rushed and there were things I wanted to know about that weren't covered, such as the history of Haymitch's involvement in the rebellion, why the Avox and the boy who died had felt the need to run from the Capitol. Come and discuss, it's going well.
I've just finished Mockingjay and managed to avoid spoilers by skipping ahead and refusing to read any comments with the word 'Mockingjay' in them on Skype, Facebook and in certain logs. Amazon weren't going to deliver until today, so I cancelled my order and went shopping, glad I did now, not sure I could have held out long enough. I'm just about to start Dracula and watched the Gary Oldman film the other day (tough job but someone had to do it) to get some images for my new sig :).
No, not yet. I've got it but need to finish re-reading The Hunger Games (currently just over half way through Book 1) before the next one comes out and before the Nook starts in September, then I've Dracula to read before October and then finish the Artemis Fowl books before November (only two of those left though). After that I have about six 'must read asap' books plus another Percy Jackson due out (October I think). Also, Michael Scott has a new one about Joan of Arc out next week as an online-only book. Phew! Busy, busy, busy, I need to retire, lol.