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Caro



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:19 pm    Post subject: Your Christmas reads  Reply with quote

Your Christmas holidays are much shorter than ours (though I am working three full days next week at the information centre) but maybe you have specific reading ideas for it.

I have been reading about the formation of the Royal Society, which is very interesting but I think for Christmas I will have a lighter read.  I am thinking of Flashman at the Charge, which I got out the library yesterday - but it is another period of history which might confuse me.  The alternative is Henning Mankell's Italian Shoes or a light crime thing by Amy Patricia Meade - not someone I have read before.  Maybe Christmas Day I could have that one, and read Flashman round it or after it.

What about your plans for Christmas reading?  

Cheers, Caro.


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Marita



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iím reading Gothic Short Stories at the moment. Itís a collection of stories from well known and totally unknown authors. Iíve enjoyed some and found others not so interesting.   I might continue with some ghost stories or go for Dickensí Christmas books. Or perhaps Santa has brought something interesting from the North Pole.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Susan Hill's The Man in the Portrait from the library - don't know it at all, but it's apparently a ghost story - I picked it up when I was looking for more novellas, having enjoyed Chibiabos' novella challenge.

I also brought home Ian McEwan's Solar from the library, which I have been wanting to read for ages, and Dona Nicanora's Hat Shop by Kirstan Hawkins, recommended by KlaraZ, so those three will be my reading over the holiday period.  Maybe Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson will creep in too...I do like something Nordic at Christmas!


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Ann



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading Alexandria by Lindsay Davies, one of the Falco series. I like her books very much as they are a Roman inspired detective with strong nods to Philip Marlowe! The relationship between Falco and Helena Justina, his upper class wife is both funny and tender. Nothing very Christmassy about it, though.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping to finish The Brothers Karamazov and then maybe start The Sweet Shop Owner by Graham Swift.
I'll be interested to hear what you think to Solar, Evie. Another one on my TBR.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I expect to be doing next to no reading over Christmas. I've been reading nonstop for all of 2010, it seems, and I will be busy playfully insulting my brothers. But normal service will be resumed in January.


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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished The Brothers Karamazov on Christmas Day. (Well, I thought it would be an hour better spent than watching the stuff that was passing for festiove cheer on the television!) Mainly I was reading ghost stories. I had packed with me the Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories - about as fine an antholology as there is - and I had a whale of a time reading through them.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just resurrecting this thread from last year.  I haven't yet decided what my Christmas reads will be - though no reading on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, sadly!  But Boxing Day will be a different story (no pun intended!).

Anyone got a particular read in mind?  I am quite excited, because for once I will be getting a book for Christmas - I am part of the secret Santa thing at work, and we all wrote lists of what we would like - all mine were books, so even though I won't know which one I'm getting (nice surprise element) I know it will be a book, so that's wonderful!

I have recently received Marghanita Laski's The Victorian Chaise-Longue from Persephone in the post, and that is short and mysterious, I believe - very scary, apparently - so a good one for a dark winter's day.  I expect that will be my Boxing Day treat, with a box of chocolates and something nice to drink!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be reading The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories and The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories ("modern" referring essentially to the 20th century) both edited by Peter Haining.



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
I'll be reading The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories and The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories ("modern" referring essentially to the 20th century) both edited by Peter Haining.


Interesting.  The problem I find is, that having read a few ghost story anthologies, the same stories tend to crop up time and time again.

I'm reading "The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories"by Gertrude Atherton, which Mike Harvey mentioned on this board a little while ago.  She was a friend of Henry James but so far I'm finding her stories a pale reflection of Henry James'.



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