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Apple



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:38 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

This year I don't have any spare time to read, the amount of overtime has as always dramatically increased in the last haul to christmas and then as soon as christmas is over its the run up to new year and the parties and stuff for that, so I'm guessing reading will be the last thing on my list of things to do for the next few weeks and if you will excuse me I am now off to work!



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county_lady



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually have less time to read at Christmas and haven't read much at all in 2012. I will have to sort out a little something to tempt me.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm making a resolution to add something to this thread within the next three weeks. I have a feeling there will be books under the tree this year and I can hardly wait! (Pardon the enthusiasm.)


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My list of short stories, Joe, includes Olive Kitteridge the one you mentioned. I feel fortunate to have received it from the library waiting list so soon obviously the American writer Elizabeth Strout is popular around here. Then there is a collection by Stan Barstow, based in and about a fictitious West Riding town, called The Desperadoes plus the NZ love stories. As for novels, there is Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald about working at the BBC in 1940, The Damned United by David Peace about the football manager Brian Clough which was made into a film with the same name. Finally I have one from my own shelves The Good Companions, a famous best seller, by J B Priestley, a long novel of the adventures of a theatrical group in 1920s England.


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've certainly set yourself up nicely for a few weeks of reading there, C-Boy. I have nothing on my list. Perhaps I'll visit the library before it closes for the holidays. Being caught bookless would not be a good idea.


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've managed to get out the library some rather heavy reading - a biography of Matthew Flinders, who was the first person to circumnavigate Australia, and a book called Indonesia, Exploring the Improbable Nation. I know next to nothing about Indonesia, but it really quite close to NZ, and important to its future in some ways at least.  I might start this today, but for actual relaxing Christmas reading I think it will be a crime novel, perhaps another library book - Bricks and Mortality by Ann Granger "A Cold-Blodded Killer Stalks a Cotswold Village".  She's written a lot of books and I thought I read her before but none of the titles or series rings a bell.

It would be nice to start 2015 with a classic of some sort - Great Expectations is still waiting, but my son has not long finished The Luminaries, so it would be good to be able to discuss this with him.  We'll see.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the way into the library this morning, I met a friend coming out; she said she's reading The Luminaries and finding it hard going, but thinks it will be worth it. Had I not spoken with her, would I have come out of there a few minutes later holding copies of East of Eden and Martin Chuzzlewit? I have no idea, but it's more than possible that chance encounter sparked a slight change in the way I was thinking.
Anyway, I think those two, judging by their thickness alone, should be enough to tide me through the holidays.

By the way, I found those titles in the 'Classics' section, something I hadn't known existed. One of the books in that fairly small selection was called Android Karenina. Makes me wonder about the definition of 'classic'.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Christmas, I'll mainly be readng...

...ghost stories!




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