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Apple



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:16 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

This Christmas I will be mostly reading...

I don't have the bloody foggiest!

I have my photography books which my husband has bought me for christmas even though they have been in the house for a few weeks now I can't have them till christmas which I think is a bit harsh really!

Apart from that, I'm not sure as I have said on another thread I have cleared my TBR pile this year and don't have anything left, at the moment I am reading the Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens, which I picked up from the charity shop last week, I'm not sure why though but I have just found out  it doesn't have the story Himadri mentioned in his post amongst them, there are 3 stories A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth


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Gul Darr



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And it's Dickens for me too; not one of his Christmas works but rather the Mystery of Edwin Drood. I'd like to read it before the BBC adaptation is screened in the New Year. Other than that, I'm not sure. I do have an Orhan Pamuk novel on my bedside shelf, "The Museum of Innocence", so that may well be next.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EDWIN DROOD is a great read, but inevitably frustrating.  I read it in an edition completed by Leon Garfield.  Excellent.
I saw rather a good musical version with Ernie Wise a few years ago. It asked the audience to vote on who they thought 'did it' and then performed it.  
Musicalised Dickens crop up from time to time. Apart from the ubiquitous OLIVER I've seen a musical of HARD TIMES, PICKWICK (with Harry Secombe) and an opera of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. There are probably more...........


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think 'The Old Curiosity Shop' will take me up to Christmas and beyond. By the time I have finished that, I shall have received my Kindle, so the next 'book' may well be one of the many things I plan to load onto my gadget! There will be a few recent publications that I have in mind, but also lots of George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, Henry James and many others that appear in the free download list. Almost like visiting a really good charity shop (or library, even) where one is spoilt for choice.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This week, I'll be trying to finish Russell Hoban's fascinating Riddley Walker (hopefully by the end of Thursday), then on Friday I'm going to London to see One Man, Two Guvnors (James Corden's finest hour, I believe, which may not be saying much, but everyone claims it's the funniest play they've seen in years) and hoping not to take a bag, so I will need something small enough to fit in my coat pocket. Perhaps back to the Maupin (I have Tales of the City 4 and 5 out of the library). I am also going to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's on Christmas Eve (again - six years in a row, I think that makes it - which may make me the envy of many), for which you need to arrive in plenty of time, so I may be reading more of the same while I wait for the carols to start. And then over Christmas, not much, I expect. So I won't make it to the 100 books I managed last year (or was it the year before?) but I think I'm somewhere in the 80s. Not that it's a race.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am planning to go to IKEA tomorrow, so will definitely take a book to read in the queue - might be the longest reading stint I have over Christmas!  Hope the play is good, Chibiabos.  I have ordered an omnibus edition of TOFC 4, 5 and 6 from the library.


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just started my next Reading Group book, The Help, so shall probably be reading that, but if I finish it I may treat myself to something from my Kindle wish list.  As it is not possible to "gift" for the Kindle, I am hoping for an Amazon voucher at Christmas so I can choose something from the list.  

Nine Lessons and Carols is lovely, Chibiabos - we often go to one at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, but didn't make it this year.  It is usually held during the second week of December which starts off Christmas for me.



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Vita



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I started reading The Book of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric yesterday I am pretty sure that will be my over- Christmas read. Of course I haven't ruled out receiving books as presents or vouchers for my Kindle. Himself commented that my choice at the library didn't look a very jolly read for Christmas - I had gone in to stock up on 'dip into' books on gardening, photography, etc. - and my reply was 'It is Michelle Lovric - I will read it!' I have already blown a surprise gift he had lined up for me - a copy of Georgette Heyer's These old Shades which I first read 50 years ( oh help!) ago and was my first GH regency read. Shopping at the same online store at this time of the year is a problem. Very Happy



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping/aiming to give The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters another go. Was it last winter of the one before that I read it by the fire with snow outside? I heard her speak last year and it made me want to reread it with my eyes/ears wider open to Dr Faraday's deliberate moves...

I thought I would see if I still have a volume of M R James stories about the house, and then there were one or two books on my Xmas list, including the latest Kate Atkinson and some art books.

I am getting a Kindle but I am convinced that my darling OH has not the wit or skill to actually pre-download any books for me. Finding out how it works will be like building the Lego castle on Christmas day, and Boxing Day and the day after, when the kids were small!


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Ann



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm borrowing The Hare with the Amber Eyes over Christmas and very much looking forward to reading it



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