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#51 RealityBites

Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:26 PM

QUOTE (CancerianMoon @ 24/11/2012, 07:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just started the The Street Sweeper by Elliott Perlman. I'm in for an emotional read, I reckon.


Loved that book! I'm slowly reading The Colony be Grace Krskens, a history of early Sydney. I need some holiday reading tho ..

#52 Ianthe

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:05 PM

Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah.

Also making my way through Christmas novellas by Anne Perry.

#53 Molondy

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

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Oh I am dying to read that, but I just can't buy it until it's in the size that matches the first book in the series  

Last night I read Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, and it was brilliant. Haven't seen the film yet. Might now read The Remains of the Day by the same author.


Its terrific. Quite different from the first in themes - there is more of a thriller/mystery aspect to it (although it does have its fair share of gruesomeness).

I loved Never Let me Go but I haven't seen the film. The shorts put me off - they all had terrible mullets! I've not read Remains of the Day but HAVE seen the film - wonderful but by far one of the most infuriating movies I have ever seen....

#54 davidlance8100

Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:29 AM

"Harry Potter",
i currently reading...great book...love it!!!

#55 Interrobang

Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

QUOTE (Molondy @ 05/12/2012, 06:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've not read Remains of the Day but HAVE seen the film - wonderful but by far one of the most infuriating movies I have ever seen....



Infuriating you say? Quite the recommendation, lol! It's really not surprising though, the book always beats the movie/show (except, as I have said many times before, in the case of Dexter. WTF was that guy thinking?!)

Feeling a bit lost as to what to read at the moment, I know I have a few books coming for Christmas and I just can't find anything on my shelves that I really want to read right now. I need inspiration!


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Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah.


Lanthe, I have that on my list, please let us know how it goes.


#56 Ianthe

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:33 AM

Mud, Muck and Dead Things by Ann Granger.

Interrobang I enjoyed Kind of Cruel. I have enjoyed most of her books.

I also have Never Let Me Go out from the library.

#57 ubermum

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:45 AM

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.

I read The Wind-up bird chronicle by Murakami and wasn't a huge fan of it initially. However, it was one of those books I kept thinking about and it snuck in and got under my skin. He is a very talented writer.

mummyummy I have trouble finding the time to read. I was doing a full time degree last semester and had my third baby. Have you tried audiobooks? I love them, I can get 40 minutes of a book "read" while making dinner, and the few hours I spend in the car each week is much more enjoyable. I am a member of a large site where I buy audiobooks, but I also can borrow hundreds of titles through my local library and download them at home on my computer. I just reserved "Jack of Diamonds" by Bryce Courtney and get to download it in 11 days. I find I can't read in a conventional way because I fall asleep.

Edited by ubermum, 07 December 2012 - 08:52 AM.


#58 Molondy

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:15 PM

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Infuriating you say? Quite the recommendation, lol!
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No its a fantastic movie but, well, you will understand once you have read it.....

QUOTE
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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This was great. buggered if I know what it all meant but I enjoyed it!


#59 FiveAus

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

QUOTE (ubermum @ 07/12/2012, 09:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.

I read The Wind-up bird chronicle by Murakami and wasn't a huge fan of it initially. However, it was one of those books I kept thinking about and it snuck in and got under my skin. He is a very talented writer.

mummyummy I have trouble finding the time to read. I was doing a full time degree last semester and had my third baby. Have you tried audiobooks? I love them, I can get 40 minutes of a book "read" while making dinner, and the few hours I spend in the car each week is much more enjoyable. I am a member of a large site where I buy audiobooks, but I also can borrow hundreds of titles through my local library and download them at home on my computer. I just reserved "Jack of Diamonds" by Bryce Courtney and get to download it in 11 days. I find I can't read in a conventional way because I fall asleep.



I'm a huge audiobook fan, I discovered them when we moved out of town and I had a bit of a drive to work. Now I listen to them daily, and when I drive interstate for dog shows, I always have my iPhone stocked with a number of new ones. I get mine from Audible.
My favourites are the Bryce Courtenay ones, and the narrator, Humphrey Bower is just brilliant. Then I discovered he's recently narrated one of my all time favourite novels (Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey), and it's a match made in heaven.
I'm currently listening to A Harp in the South, and I have The Sound of One Hand Clapping waiting in the wings.
I'm getting to enjoy a lot of old favourites over again, as audio adds a whole new dimension to the story, it kind of brings it to life.

Do you have any recommendations?



#60 ubermum

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE (FiveAus @ 07/12/2012, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm a huge audiobook fan, I discovered them when we moved out of town and I had a bit of a drive to work. Now I listen to them daily, and when I drive interstate for dog shows, I always have my iPhone stocked with a number of new ones. I get mine from Audible.
My favourites are the Bryce Courtenay ones, and the narrator, Humphrey Bower is just brilliant. Then I discovered he's recently narrated one of my all time favourite novels (Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey), and it's a match made in heaven.
I'm currently listening to A Harp in the South, and I have The Sound of One Hand Clapping waiting in the wings.
I'm getting to enjoy a lot of old favourites over again, as audio adds a whole new dimension to the story, it kind of brings it to life.

Do you have any recommendations?


My local library lets you download Bolinda audiobooks for free. Awesome. I also have an Audible account and have just found my library has taken on another supplier called OneClick Digital.

I have Jack of Diamonds and Jasper Jones already reserved.

As for recommendations, I have really loved the Woody Creek series (First book Pearl in a Cage) by Joy Dettman. They are narrated by Deidre Rubenstein who has done a brilliant job. The first and fourth books are available from Audible, and the second and third from Bolinda who are setting up a download system on their site. All of Joy Dettmans books have been really enjoyable.

I have also enjoyed all the books written by Belinda Alexandra. Her books are just so well researched. Most are narrated by Caroline Lee and since I enjoy her performance so much, I have listened to others she has narrated, particularly those by Kimberley Freeman.

I also have a love of young adult novels. There is often so much depth to the characters and they are usually "nice" stories that tend to end well. I found John Marsdens "Tomorrow" series had me sitting in the garage when I got home to listen to just a bit more. I also quite enjoyed "The Hunger Games" trilogy.

Had it not been audio, I don't think I would have made it past the first few chapters of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", but being audio, I kept going and enjoyed the trilogy.

My first audiobook was Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, and I think I will have to listen to that again because it was great.

I could go on and on, I love audio books.

#61 FiveAus

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

QUOTE (ubermum @ 07/12/2012, 08:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My local library lets you download Bolinda audiobooks for free. Awesome. I also have an Audible account and have just found my library has taken on another supplier called OneClick Digital.

I have Jack of Diamonds and Jasper Jones already reserved.

As for recommendations, I have really loved the Woody Creek series (First book Pearl in a Cage) by Joy Dettman. They are narrated by Deidre Rubenstein who has done a brilliant job. The first and fourth books are available from Audible, and the second and third from Bolinda who are setting up a download system on their site. All of Joy Dettmans books have been really enjoyable.

I have also enjoyed all the books written by Belinda Alexandra. Her books are just so well researched. Most are narrated by Caroline Lee and since I enjoy her performance so much, I have listened to others she has narrated, particularly those by Kimberley Freeman.

I also have a love of young adult novels. There is often so much depth to the characters and they are usually "nice" stories that tend to end well. I found John Marsdens "Tomorrow" series had me sitting in the garage when I got home to listen to just a bit more. I also quite enjoyed "The Hunger Games" trilogy.

Had it not been audio, I don't think I would have made it past the first few chapters of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", but being audio, I kept going and enjoyed the trilogy.

My first audiobook was Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, and I think I will have to listen to that again because it was great.

I could go on and on, I love audio books.



Hahaha, so go on and on! I'll keep reading it. I loved the Hunger Games (which I listened to but hadn't read) but couldn't get past about the first third of the next one. It all got a bit teenage romancey for me. Loved the first one in the Tomorrow series, must go get the next one. I'm not a huge fan of YA novels, I couldn't get into The Passage, and only finished Divergent because I forced myself to.
However, I absolutely loved a book called Ready Player One, which both read and listened to.......love, love, LOVED it. Highly recommend it if you haven't already.


I really enjoyed the Ken Follett books, Pillars of the Earth, and World Without End. They are VERY long.....around 44 hours each but so worth it.

I really loved one called An Innocent Traitor, by Alison Weir. I got it for next to nothing in an Audible sale and it was very, very enjoyable It's about Lady Jane Greys brief period as queen of England.

I am off to check out some of your suggestions.

#62 RealityBites

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

Just finished Norwegian by Night. Meh. Currently reading Budapest Noir.

Both fairly light crime reads recommended by Readings (Melbourne).

#63 Velvetta

Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:59 PM

QUOTE (purplekitty @ 12/10/2012, 11:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm getting a little peeved by the price of new release books on Kindle.
The Twelve is $21.22 ,dollars dearer than the hardcover.


My bookshop is selling the hardcover for $32.99. I bought the e version for kobo for $20.

I'm reading a library book at the moment called Oscar's Books, which is a biography of sorts of Oscar Wilde through the books he read. Really good.

Looking forward to reading Anna Funder's  Stasiland and All That I Am, and a new linguistics one by David Crystal

Edited by Velvetta, 13 December 2012 - 04:03 PM.


#64 ~kerry~

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:33 PM

I just finished Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. Wow
Not sure what do read now...have heaps of ebooks on my Kindle.
Velvetta, I read All that I Am for bookclub a couple of months ago, then read Stasiland. Both are very good, Stasiland, well, I had no idea

#65 Ianthe

Posted 18 December 2012 - 05:58 PM

Lately I have read

Bertie Sings The Blues by Alexander McCall Smith
House with Blue Shutters by Lisa Hilton
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Not sure what I will read next. Have a lovely big pile from the library.

#66 prettypenny

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:14 PM

I'm like you Lanthe, books on hold galore at the library.

I've only just back into reading now my DD2 has settled into a routine.

I'm a bit late to the party with what I'm reading but have recently finished:

13 Reasons Why
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
A Walk Across the Sun
The Bronze Horseman

I have to learn to be more disciplined with my reading and limit it to night time only regardless of how good it is original.gif


#67 NunSoFeral

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:26 PM

QUOTE (RealityBites @ 12/12/2012, 06:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just finished Norwegian by Night. Meh. Currently reading Budapest Noir.

Both fairly light crime reads recommended by Readings (Melbourne).



Bummer - just purchased Nowegian by Night to put in my Xmas stocking.
Not that good, eh?

QUOTE (prettypenny @ 18/12/2012, 06:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have to learn to be more disciplined with my reading and limit it to night time only regardless of how good it is original.gif


Me too. Have to pick up the damn text books - but advanced statistical analysis is not rocking my boat.

Currently re-reading The Mortdecai Trilogy and The Feng -Shui Detective Series.
Am also thinking to re-read Life of Pi after seeing all the movie reviews out.
Love that book, but probably won't see the movie.



#68 chat

Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

Yesterday I  picked up book from my bookshelf 'The Australian FiancĂ©' by Simone Lazaroo. I have not been able to put it down (only a few pages to go!). I have no idea where the book even came from. Yes, admittedly I have total bookshelf porn here -  huge bookshelves across a wall with so many books I would love to read one of these days and I have a huge comfortable lounge for reading on, and no TV!

Has anyone read this book? I am quite taken by it.

#69 entourage

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

I have just finished

Shiver

& I am now reading

Atonement

#70 Tyfle Hour

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:14 PM

Just finished Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper.  I loved it!  Not my favourite of hers, but still fantastic.

#71 ubermum

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:28 PM

Just finishing Justin Cronin's  The Passage. It's a bit dissapointing. I don't love any of the characters. The story is ok, but a bit "meh". I have the sequel "The Twelve" ready for when I finish, but I'm just not that into it.

I also have Jasper Jones, Jack of Diamonds and The Secret Keeper waiting for me too.

#72 FiveAus

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

I am struggling with Jack of Diamonds. Ive been about "halfway" for weeks, and I'm just not interested or engaged enough to want to pick it and and keep going.
Think this one might be better as an audio book.

Not sure what to read next, I really want a book I can't put down.

#73 Ianthe

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

I am currently reading Under The Ivy which is a Kate Bush biography and Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver.

So far this year I have read:

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
The Map of Time by Felix de Palma
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
Miles Off Course by Sulari Gentill
Life, Death and Vanilla Slices by Jenny Eclair
Mr Chen's Emporium by Deborah O'Brien

I would recommend them all.

#74 pollyputthekettleon

Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

I just finished The Snow Child.

I found it slow and repetitive, until the obvious plot twist after which I found it gimmicky and totally lacking in the small amount of magic established in the first half.

#75 Nerileeway

Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

Really enjoying The Twelve, probably more then The Passage.

I have Secret Smile by Nicci French ready as I am reading The Twelve very fast and am on holidays.

eta:  forgot the 'The'

Edited by gina70, 13 January 2013 - 05:01 PM.





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