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Caro



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:33 am    Post subject: Reading resolutions for 2012  Reply with quote

I see Gareth's intentions for the year coming, and wonder what books other people intend to read.

Mine include my Christmas present (bought myself a couple of years ago, but not given to me by my husband till now) Lolita, also the book my son and dil read recently The Moonstone.  I am keen to read Great Expectations, especially now there is a new version of it - not that that means we will get it in NZ, and want to read Tom Jones for the first time since university.  

Also some NZ political and constitutional history, some Maori history and maybe a couple of serious biographies.  Also more of Alex. McCall Smith's Corduroy Mansion series, the next in CJSansom's Tudor series and some new and old crime writers.  

Quite interested in Finkler's Booker winner, can't remember its name now, and Wolf Hall.  That's all sounding a bit much serious reading for me though.  Might not get through it all.  

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't made any specific resolutions re books, but am determined this year (inspired in part by Apple!) to make some serious headway into my TBR shelves.  I must try to buy fewer books and read the ones I have!  I know I won't stick to a 'no new books' policy, so I am going to try to limit myself to a ratio of 3 TBR books to 1 new book - I'd like to do better than that, but even that sounds hard enough to stick to for me!


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Caro



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds impossible to me, Evie!  I buy books discarded from the library or elsewhere at a rate of several a month, and am lucky if I read half a dozen of my own books a year.  (Did manage two while away, as I don't like to take library books on holiday.)


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I intend to read "Our Mutual Friend". Have a big TBR pile and seemingly no spare time though!



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, Our Mutual Friend - probably my favourite Dickens novel, and one of the best by anyone.

Caro - yes, I'm sure it's impossible!  My weakness is Amazon - especially the marketplace for secondhand books - and their one-click facility is too easy!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I see Gareth's intentions for the year coming, and wonder what books other people intend to read.

Mine include my Christmas present (bought myself a couple of years ago, but not given to me by my husband till now) Lolita, also the book my son and dil read recently The Moonstone.  I am keen to read GreatExpectations, especially now there is a new version of it - not that that means we will get it in NZ, and want to read Tom Jones for the first time since university.  

Also some NZ political and constitutional history, some Maori history and maybe a couple of serious biographies.  Also more of Alex. McCall Smith's Corduroy Mansion series, the next in CJSansom's Tudor series and some new and old crime writers.  

Quite interested in Finkler's Booker winner, can't remember its name now, and Wolf Hall.  That's all sounding a bit much serious reading for me though.  Might not get through it all.  

Cheers, Caro.

I really enjoyed Wolf Hall, I didn't think I would as it seemed quite a slow paced book but it kept me interested and was really quite absorbing, I did find it a bit hard in places to follow who was actually speaking when there was dialogue, it just seemed a bit confusing at times as though the author knew who she was talking about and just expected everyone else to know who she was talking about and who was saying things, but that was probably just me being thick. †I like the way she gave substance and depth into the historial figures to make them complex characters, for example †the way she wrote Thomas Cromwell making him so warm and caring towards his "family", which was opposite to the world of Tudor politics which was quite brutal, and I think this created a world that is totally believable.


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No specific books for me either, but like others, I again intend to reduce my TBR pile by reading from the pile and passing on those I know I won't read again.  I also have a couple of books lent to me by friends/relatives (one I want to read, one I am less keen on) and I will read and return those.

I also intend to spend less on books for myself.  My Kindle has already helped with this as I have bought 3 books from their '12 days of Christmas' promotion for a grand total of £3.97.  There is no guilt factor attached to this, either, as they are not taking up space, and I know I will read them eventually.  Cool  (we need a 'smug' icon).



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really must get round to ANNA KARENINA this year. †Having read Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' and 'Resurrection' and many of his short stories, plus the play 'The Power of Darkness' AK is overdue.

And another Zola, having discovered him late in life.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I intend continuing with my reading of the King James Bible. This year, I want to get to know the Psalms properly. Other than that, I think it's a case of reading whatever takes my fancy at any given time!

And my other resolution ... Not to read any more science fiction, no matter how many friends keep telling me that if only I read such-and-such, I'll be converted. It has been established through exhaustive clinical tests that I am incapable of appreciating science fiction, and there's little I can do about it.

My first read of the year will be Our Mutual Friend, which is a group read on my blog. If anyone fancies joining in, please feel free.



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Marita



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to read Dickensís novels this year. Not sure that I can manage them all in one year but if not Iíll just Charleston on into the following year.

Marita



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