|Friday, December 19th, 2003|
Richard & Judy Book club
Richard & Judy are running a book club
which I'm going to take part in.
Anyone else interested in discussing the books here? The firts one is Toast by Nigel Slater & I'll see if the local library had a copy later today.
I caught a bit of it on the programme yesterday & I believe there are 10 books to be read over a 10 week period (I won't manage that I'm sure) & you can then vote for your favourite at the end of it. Current Mood: bouncy
|Tuesday, November 4th, 2003|
Hey bookish types! *waves*
Hmm... book-talk. Has anyone read The Last Samurai
by Helen De Witt? (not to be confused with martial arts film being made in NZ or somewhere). It was one of the most captivating books I've ever read, yet I don't know anyone else who has read it. It's about a prodigious child whose mother teaches him Latin, French, and Greek before the age of 5, and who spends his time trying to work out who his father is. In order to give him a male influence in his life, his mother is constantly watching 'The Seventh Samurai'.
It's a gorgeous book: quirky, well-developed characters, a real sense of location (mostly set in London)... I loved it.
But did anyone else? Current Mood: curious
|Tuesday, September 30th, 2003|
Good Afternoon :)
It's the last day of September & we haven't yet discussed WOLP.
We all seem to be busy, even if we do find time to read the designated book, we don't seem to have time to discuss it.
My suggestion is to have this community for the time being to just discuss books in general. We all like to read :) We can talk about what we're reading at present, what our favourite books are & why, anything at all really. We can post literary quizzes & memes & just talk about one of our loves, ie reading :)
What do you all think?
PS Has anyone read Monstrous Regiment yet? I think I'll be buying it next week from Asda. Current Mood: bouncy
|Wednesday, September 17th, 2003|
Well of Lost Plots
I finished WOLP this morning. How is everyone else getting on? Anyone else ready to discuss it?
|Wednesday, August 20th, 2003|
September's book is ...
Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde.
October's book will be Ella Minnow.
I'm going away on holiday tomorrow for a long weekend, so please do start discussing Miss Smilla without me.
I have been struggling with it & wasn't sure why, but now realise that it's because I only normally read in snatched minutes here & there around Kate, so when I start getting into a heavier book, I lose the plot continuoulsy, whereas with a light easy to read book, I can just dip in & pout so much better.
I need to take Miss Smilla into the bath I think & am taking it on holiday.
What books has everyone else read this month? I have been reading 30 something novels, just finished Mr Commitment by Mike Gayle (interesting to see from a male point of view for a change) & have nearly finished Miranda's Big Mistake by Jill Mansell. Forget what I read before, as I find these books slip from your mind once you've finished them & started another. Now I recall it was I Don't Know How She Does it, about a working mother, so I could identity with some of it.
All from the local charity shop for 50p each. Current Mood: cheerful
|Saturday, August 16th, 2003|
September & October's books
We have joint winners again of Well of Lost Plots & Ella Minnow.
Any comments on which to read first? I have neither, so it makes no difference to me.
I haven't read Miss Smiilla for a few days, as was sidetracked by a pink book from the charity shop. We should be starting to discuss it on Friday 23 August, so I need to read a bit more of it by then.
|Monday, August 11th, 2003|
BBC Big Read
Here are the Top 100 books we should all read this summer. I wish I had the time ...BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY
Helen FieldingCAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN
Louis de BernièresREBECCA
Daphne du MaurierTHE LORD OF THE RINGS
J R R TolkienDUNE
Frank HerbertTHE GODFATHER
Mario PuzoNINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
George OrwellGONE WITH THE WIND
Margaret MitchellHARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE
J K RowlingWATERSHIP DOWN
Richard AdamsARTEMIS FOWL
Eoin ColferBLEAK HOUSE
Charles DickensCRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Fyodor DostoyevskyTHE WOMAN IN WHITE
Wilkie CollinsHARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
J K RowlingTHE GREAT GATSBY
F Scott FitzgeraldTESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES
Thomas HardyGOOD OMENS
Terry PratchettTHE MAGUS
John FowlesTHE ALCHEMIST
Paulo CoelhoTHE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
Alexandre DumasGOODNIGHT MISTER TOM
Michelle MagorianTHE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Louis SacharTHE MAGIC FARAWAY TREE
Enid BlytonON THE ROAD
Jack KerouacTHE SECRET GARDEN
Frances Hodgson BurnettSWALLOWS AND AMAZONS
Arthur RansomeTREASURE ISLAND
Robert Louis StevensonALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
Lewis CarrollBRAVE NEW WORLD
Mervyn PeakeHARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
J K RowlingHIS DARK MATERIALS
Philip PullmanTHE LION,THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
C S LewisMEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
Arthur GoldenTHE COLOUR OF MAGIC
Terry PratchettGUARDS! GUARDS!
Raymond E FeistBIRDSONG
Sebastian FaulksCATCH 22
Joseph HellerTHE GOD OF SMALL THINGS
Arundhati RoyTHE GRAPES OF WRATH
John SteinbeckTHE THORN BIRDS
Colleen McCulloughA TALE OF TWO CITIES
Charles DickensWAR AND PEACE
Leo TolstoyA TOWN LIKE ALICE
Nevil ShuteNIGHT WATCH
Terry PratchettTHE STAND
Stephen KingANNA KARENINA
Leo TolstoyGIRLS IN LOVE
Jacqueline WilsonLOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA
Gabriel García MárquezPERSUASION
Jane AustenTHE PILLARS OF THE EARTH
Patrick SuskindWUTHERING HEIGHTS
Emily BrontëPRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Anya SetonBRIDESHEAD REVISITED
James JoyceCOLD COMFORT FARM
Stella GibbonsDAVID COPPERFIELD
Charles DickensONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE
Gabriel García MárquezA SUITABLE BOY
Vikram SethJANE EYRE
Charlotte BrontëTHE SHELL SEEKERS
Rosamunde PilcherTHE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER
Jacqueline WilsonTHE TWITS
Roald DahlTHE PRINCESS DIARIES
Meg CabotTHE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Kenneth GrahameTHE BFG
Roald Dahl BLACK BEAUTY
Anna SewellWINNIE THE POOH
A A MilneDOUBLE ACT
Jacqueline WilsonHARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
J K RowlingOF MICE AND MEN
John SteinbeckA PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY
John IrvingTHE SECRET HISTORY
Donna TarttVICKY ANGEL
Jacqueline WilsonANIMAL FARM
George OrwellA CHRISTMAS CAROL
Charles DickensGREAT EXPECTATIONS
Charles DickensKANE AND ABEL
Jeffrey ArcherLORD OF THE FLIES
George EliotNOUGHTS AND CROSSES
Malorie BlackmanTHE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS
Robert TressellTO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Harper LeeFAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Thomas HardyMIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN
Salman RushdieTHE CATCHER IN THE RYE
J D SalingerEMMA
Jane AustenTHE HOBBIT
J R R TolkienI CAPTURE THE CASTLE
Dodie SmithLITTLE WOMEN
Louisa May AlcottANNE OF GREEN GABLES
L M MontgomeryTHE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR
J M AuelCHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Roald Dahl
MATILDA Roald Dahl
Here's some questions from the website that can can have a quick chat about.
• See how many of the Top 100 you’ve read between you.
• Which are the books you have no interest in reading and which are the ones you’ve always meant to get round to?
• Which have you tried to read but never finished? Can anyone else in the group convince you it’s worth soldiering on?
• Where do you read – on the train or in bed?
• Do you dip into lots of different books or work your way steadily through one at a time?
• Do you judge a book by its cover?
• Do you skip bits or plough on?
• Do you picture exactly what the characters look like or just have a sense of them?
• Do you try to work out what’s going to happen or leave it to unfold?
• What voice do you hear in your head when you read?
• What do you imagine?
• And where does your mind wander?
• Do you love the feel of clean, new paperbacks or do you prefer hard covers?
Perhaps you like the reassuring scruffiness of the second-hand? Library books have
their own special qualities – like the date stamp which raises the question of who
were the other people in your district who chose to borrow this particular book.
Click here for link
You can join local reading groups, but when I clicked on the link, it said to check back later as they were still working on it, so I thought I'd generate some discussion in here. Current Mood: cheerful
|Sunday, August 10th, 2003|
|Saturday, August 9th, 2003|
I'll be posting the poll this evening for September's book.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know in here today.
Cheers & have a good weekend :)
|Thursday, August 7th, 2003|
How is everyone getting on with Miss Smilla? It's not the sort of book I'd normally read, but I'm enjoying it so far.
Any book suggestions for September?
I'm going to put forward Pride & Prejudice & Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde.
|Monday, August 4th, 2003|
Gosh! It's August! Where did July go?
Back from CCDE & it's time to start Miss Smilla, v good timing as I finished my Nicci French book this morning.
It's also time to vote for September's book, I'll do a poll on 9 August of your suggestions, a maximum of 2 per person. If there's a tie, we'll read one in September & one in October.
Please suggest books that are in print & easy to get a copy of.
|Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003|
I'm just back from holiday, so have finished Eyre Affair. How's everyone else doing? Any ideas for discussion?
Hi all, just to let you know I am going to be busy travelling for work and then moving so will be offline until next Tuesday most likely. Hopefully the two days spent on a plane will give me the chance to finish the book - I am about 3/4 of the way through at the moment!
|Friday, July 11th, 2003|
How is everyone getting on? We have a week of reading left. I'm not doing that well, but am enjoying my re-read. Am only up the bit when Thursday wakes up after being shot by Hades & finds the coat & note from Rochester. It's a wonderful idea to be able to go inside a book, which book would you choose? I'd go into Pride & Prejudice & have a fling with Darcy before he settles down with Lizzie *G*
|Sunday, July 6th, 2003|
Just to use my new icon :)
I found Miss Smilla's Feelings for snow in the litlte Chapeltown library yesterday, so will be renewing it to read in August :) Looks v interesting, just read the dust jacket.
|Saturday, July 5th, 2003|
How's the reading going?
I've started the Eyre Affair, but not really sure how to actively read it. What is everyone else doing? Taking notes?
On a separate note, I thought I'd see if the library had Miss Smilla's Feelings for Snow as I was in yesterday, but they didn't. I took out Borderliners instead, by Peter Hoeg, which looks fascinating, so cheers whoever voted for Peter Hoeg :) I would never have looked at his books otherwise.
|Monday, June 30th, 2003|
July's Book is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Please let us know in comments when you have a copy & as I said last night, we'll start reading by Saturday 5 July, if not before, as we are running a bit behind this month.
Here are some ideas taken from one of my earlier posts:What to discuss
We’ve found that taking down short notes on a postcard while reading the book helps enormously when it comes to later discussion. Points to discuss could include:
your emotional response to the book
most memorable parts (descriptions/dialogue)
strengths and weaknesses
Suggested timetable for July:
5 July Start reading
19 July Finish reading & start discussion in earnest
31 July Finish discussion
I don't see any problems in theory with starting a few ideas rolling before 19 July, so please feel free to post if something strikes you, amuses you, interests you etc. If we find this to be too distracting then we won't do it in August, but I think this month should be fairly relaxed to see how we all get on.This may help you :)And this.And finally this.And not forgetting this!
Enjoy the book :)