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Friday, December 19th, 2003
9:21 am
[tiggsybabes]
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
6:18 pm
[myf]
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
7:35 pm
[tachs]
3:16 pm
[tiggsybabes]
A suggestion
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
9:29 pm
[tiggsybabes]
Well of Lost Plots
I finished WOLP this morning. How is everyone else getting on? Anyone else ready to discuss it?

Cheers :)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2003
11:58 am
[tiggsybabes]
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
11:33 am
[tiggsybabes]
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
6:00 pm
[tiggsybabes]
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 Fielding
CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN Louis de Bernières
REBECCA Daphne du Maurier
THE LORD OF THE RINGS J R R Tolkien
DUNE Frank Herbert
THE GODFATHER Mario Puzo
NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR George Orwell
GONE WITH THE WIND Margaret Mitchell
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE J K Rowling
WATERSHIP DOWN Richard Adams
ARTEMIS FOWL Eoin Colfer
BLEAK HOUSE Charles Dickens
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Fyodor Dostoyevsky
THE WOMAN IN WHITE Wilkie Collins
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE J K Rowling
THE GREAT GATSBY F Scott Fitzgerald
TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES Thomas Hardy
GOOD OMENS Terry Pratchett
MORT Terry Pratchett
THE MAGUS John Fowles
THE ALCHEMIST Paulo Coelho
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Alexandre Dumas
GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM Michelle Magorian
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY Douglas Adams
HOLES Louis Sachar
THE MAGIC FARAWAY TREE Enid Blyton
ON THE ROAD Jack Kerouac
THE SECRET GARDEN Frances Hodgson Burnett
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS Arthur Ransome
TREASURE ISLAND Robert Louis Stevenson
ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Lewis Carroll
BRAVE NEW WORLD Aldous Huxley
GORMENGHAST Mervyn Peake
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS J K Rowling
HIS DARK MATERIALS Philip Pullman
THE LION,THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE C S Lewis
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA Arthur Golden
THE COLOUR OF MAGIC Terry Pratchett
GUARDS! GUARDS! Terry Pratchett
MAGICIAN Raymond E Feist
BIRDSONG Sebastian Faulks
CATCH 22 Joseph Heller
THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS Arundhati Roy
THE GRAPES OF WRATH John Steinbeck
THE THORN BIRDS Colleen McCullough
A TALE OF TWO CITIES Charles Dickens
WAR AND PEACE Leo Tolstoy
A TOWN LIKE ALICE Nevil Shute
NIGHT WATCH Terry Pratchett
THE STAND Stephen King
ANNA KARENINA Leo Tolstoy
GIRLS IN LOVE Jacqueline Wilson
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA Gabriel García Márquez
PERSUASION Jane Austen
THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH Ken Follett
PERFUME Patrick Suskind
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Emily Brontë
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Jane Austen
KATHERINE Anya Seton
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED Evelyn Waugh
ULYSSES James Joyce
COLD COMFORT FARM Stella Gibbons
DAVID COPPERFIELD Charles Dickens
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE Gabriel García Márquez
A SUITABLE BOY Vikram Seth
JANE EYRE Charlotte Brontë
THE SHELL SEEKERS Rosamunde Pilcher
THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER Jacqueline Wilson
THE TWITS Roald Dahl
THE PRINCESS DIARIES Meg Cabot
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Kenneth Grahame
THE BFG Roald Dahl
BLACK BEAUTY Anna Sewell
WINNIE THE POOH A A Milne
DOUBLE ACT Jacqueline Wilson
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN J K Rowling
OF MICE AND MEN John Steinbeck
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY John Irving
THE SECRET HISTORY Donna Tartt
VICKY ANGEL Jacqueline Wilson
ANIMAL FARM George Orwell
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Charles Dickens
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Charles Dickens
KANE AND ABEL Jeffrey Archer
LORD OF THE FLIES William Golding
MIDDLEMARCH George Eliot
NOUGHTS AND CROSSES Malorie Blackman
THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS Robert Tressell
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Harper Lee
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD Thomas Hardy
MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN Salman Rushdie
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE J D Salinger
EMMA Jane Austen
THE HOBBIT J R R Tolkien
I CAPTURE THE CASTLE Dodie Smith
LITTLE WOMEN Louisa May Alcott
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES L M Montgomery
THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR J M Auel
CHARLIE 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
8:11 am
[tiggsybabes]
Please vote by 16 August 2003
Poll #166715 September's Book

Which book will we read in September?

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
0(0.0%)
Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
2(33.3%)
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
2(33.3%)
4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
0(0.0%)
War & Peace
0(0.0%)
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
1(16.7%)


Amazon Guide to Pride & Prejudice
Amazon Guide to Well of Lost Plots
Amazon Guide to Nicholas Nickelby
Amazon guide to 4.50
Amazon Guide to War & Peace
Amazon guide to Ella Minnow Pea
Book group guide to Ella Minnow Pea
Saturday, August 9th, 2003
12:34 pm
[tiggsybabes]
September book
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
5:19 pm
[tiggsybabes]
August
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
9:08 pm
[tiggsybabes]
August book
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.

Cheers :)
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003
4:53 pm
[tiggsybabes]
Finished?
I'm just back from holiday, so have finished Eyre Affair. How's everyone else doing? Any ideas for discussion?
10:42 am
[astrogeek]
away
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
9:43 am
[tiggsybabes]
Eyre Affair
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
8:20 am
[tiggsybabes]
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
9:43 am
[tiggsybabes]
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
1:18 pm
[tiggsybabes]
9:51 am
[tiggsybabes]
August's book is Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg
Proposed August timetable:

1 August Start reading
1 August Suggestions for September's Book
9 August Poll for September
16 August September's choice decided on
23 August Start discussing August's book
9:32 am
[tiggsybabes]
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


characterisation


themes


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 :)
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