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Apple



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:22 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Reading has been a bit hit and miss for me this year but at the beginning of the year I undertook a reading challenge and roped in Luna who used to post on this site many years ago and who I have kept in touch with over the years.

Anyway the criteria was as follows:

BOOK CAN FINISH IN A DAY
BOOK AREADY READ
BANNED BOOK
BOOK RECOMMENDED BY CHILD
BOOK OWNED BUT NEVER READ
BOOK PREVIOUSLY ABANDONED
BOOK WHICH INTIMIDATES
BOOKS SHOULD HAVE READ IN SCHOOL
BOOK WRITTEN BEFORE YOU WERE BORN
BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR
BOOK RECOMMENDED BY A BOOKSHOP

Now I did cheat somewhat to fulfil all the criteria (and I still managed to fail to complete the challenge but I did pretty good I think

BOOK CAN FINISH IN A DAY - A Christmas Carol
BOOK AREADY READ - Fatherland
BANNED BOOK - Lady Chatterleys Lover
BOOK RECOMMENDED BY CHILD - Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, recommended by my daughter
OWN BUT NEVER READ -
ABANDONED -
BOOK WHICH INTIMIDATES - War & Peace, this was a huge undertaking I still had the notes which Himadri gave me years ago and there was the TV adaptation during the summer which I watched which helped somewhat, but I have to say it was a chore to read and I wasn't sorry when it was done.
BOOKS SHOULD HAVE READ IN SCHOOL - well that covers pretty much everything considering how poor it was so I went for one which Becca read as part of her GCSE and I'm pretty sure the copy I bought her is around the house somewhere - Of Mice and Men
BOOK PUBLISHED BEFORE I WAS BORN - Wuthering Heights
BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR - The Good Liar

So that was my list of books for 2016



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chris-l



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How lovely to hear from you Apple. I think your appearances on the board are even rarer than mine, but I suspect you have more genuine reasons for your absence than do I. I can't claim to have read all of your books, but the one one I have never heard of is The Good Liar. Can you tell us something about it? The year is not over yet, so perhaps you can manage to tick another box. I don't suppose you will have much to do in the next week!😀

Interesting that the two categories you have not completed are the two which you may be said to have recommended to yourself - and have decided, perhaps for good reasons, either to abandon, or not even start!

I am glad you found some interesting reading challenges in 2016. I hope 2017 will prove just as fruitful!


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Apple



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know me, the proverbial bad penny! I do pop in from time to time, but I tend to lurk more and more and I very rarely have anything worth posting, as sitting and reading is quite a rarity, the majority of the books on that challenge were ones I have read before so it was hardly a challenge at all when you come to think of it!

The abandoned book is blank as I don't abandon books, even if it total crap I will force myself to get to the end of it. Own but never read is also a hard one as I cleared my TBR pile back when I set myself the 40 books in a year challenge when I turned 40 a few years ago, and another has never materialised as I only tend to buy books which I really want to read now. I did conquer an old nemesis which could vaguely be tied to those categories Jane Eyre I have been reading that damn book for years, but I have never ever been able to get into it but through stubbornness I have never given up and abandoned it - I did manage to finally finish it and I felt like burning the damn thing! †But I sent it to the charity shop instead!

I've written a review of The Good Liar in the sub forum book reviews



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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see you around these parts, Apple. Merry Christmas to you.

My goodness, that was a stiff challenge you set for yourself. You did better than I would have. I've abandoned many books, and never returned to one of them. It's good to tackle a book that intimidates once in a while, isn't it? I find I'm often surprised by how un-intimidating it turns out to be. An exception was Ulysses, by James Joyce. That thing almost finished me off, but I'm glad I stuck with it. However, I am not event tempted to try Finnegan's Wake.


I have a Walter Isaacson biography of Benjamin Franklin waiting on my pile, and a book Caro recommended - The Conductor - on its way. That should get me through the next couple of weeks.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, Apple. †Merry Christmas from me as well. †It's good to see you back on this board.

I've been ploughing on with Michael Palin's Python Diaries. †I did wonder at the beginning if I would be able to get through this volume; I was daunted by the length (600 pages). †Also, some of the domestic details with his family, although they show what a doting Dad he is, are a bit dull. †It's bad enough having to attend a PTA (Parent/Teachers' Association) meeting when it's your own child, but reading about someone else's experiences takes tedium to a new depth.

However, I found his descriptions of his father's declining health with Parkinson's and dementia moving. †I also enjoyed the accounts of the filming of the various Python movies and the personality conflicts within the Python groups and with other comedians. †Apparently, Graham Chapman couldn't stand Bill Oddie, of The Goodies. † †(BTW when my father had a Chelsea FC season ticket, Bill Oddie and Eric Idle (of the Pythons) were in the row in front, so they obviously got on OK)

There seems to have been copious amounts of eating and drinking and I found myself googling some of the London restaurants described to see if they are still around.

I'm now two-thirds of the way through and I intend to finish but I see that there are two further volumes of diaries covering the 80s and 90s. †Hmm. †Not sure that they will be top of my TBR list in 2017.




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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am two thirds through Ribbons of Grace by Maxine Alterio.  She is a New Zealander, I donít know of what extraction, her name sound perhaps Italian, but she is an academic and apparently writes novels with a New Zealand historical base.  

This one, her first, is set in the goldfields of Arrowtown about 3 hours from where I live.  It concerns a Chinese girl who escapes her life in China to come with her brother to New Zealand but he is killed at the beginning of the trip by pirates and she disguises herself as a man and gets to the goldfields.  Her sex is discovered by a Scottish goldminer when her protector, a Chinese man (at this stage we havenít been told if he realised she was a woman or not) is away, and they begin a love affair.  

It is seen in three different points of view, first Ming Yuet the girl, second Conran her Orcadian lover, and thirdly Ida an English woman who is supportive of the Chinese and any outsiders, it seems.  I am just about to start on her finish of the story.  The three parts donít seem to show it from their different perspectives, though there is, of course, some of that, but generally they each take the story and plot along.  So Ming Yuet gives the beginning of her journey and her time in Arrowtown, the Conran takes over and you see the events from his pov, where they become lovers, and now Ida is going to end the story which unfortunately on the front page is described as a ďtender yet tragic love storyĒ.  I donít feel that can be referring to the already tragic events that have taken place in the background.



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