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Post  saxonsiren on Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:11 pm

I have read Wolf Hall & Bring up the bodies!!!! Thoroughly enjoyed Hilary Mantel's books and expecting a third!! Also got to read

The Dinner
The Unlikely Pilgramge of Harold Fry
Death Comes To Pemberley

Now reading The White Queen & also Back Story!!!

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Post  saxonsiren on Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:32 pm

My challenge this year is to read 24 books! So far read 21 books! Pretty pleased!Book Club local area going strong! We have read Dan Brown's Inferno for Auguest! Thinking of a classic maybe for September! I have as a nightmare challenge read A Midsummers Night Shakespere not my preference but I did it! Now reading The Humans & One Day!!!
I may have to up my books total

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Post  allsewnonbyhand on Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:15 pm

Hello everyone, I may be able to rejoin the book club now after a very frantic year, so do let me know any choices coming up. I did enjoy the challenge of reading something different from my usual choices:) 
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Post  saxonsiren on Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:33 pm

Hello Alls!!!

Ive just finished a very challenging book! Water for Elephants! This is from my second book club (Local Library one). Im reading for my local book club A Tale O Two Cities! I really wanted to try a classic read! I even have just finished A Midsummers Night Dream! by Shakespere & no I didn't get or enjoy it! Jingle Im sure would also love to read a joint book choice!
Have you any in mind? Smile

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Post  jingle on Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:38 pm

Gosh Sax, you're getting all highbrow on us...Shakespeare and Dickens!! Don't think my brain could cope with either of those at the moment. I've just embarked on a 2 year Open University postgrad course, and am beginning to regret it already. The words just aren't making sense - I have to read and re-read every paragraph Crying or Very sad   Not looking forward to the first assignment one bit....

Hello Allsewn - hope you had a good summer. Would be great if the book club started back again. Something not too difficult would be good! I haven't read a novel for ages, happy to go with any choice.
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Post  saxonsiren on Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:50 pm

Hi Jingle!

Wow an Open University course! Ive always wanted to do one just cannot find tbe right History course! Im sure once your first assignment is done you will feel a little better.I found even hard coursework from work challenging my grey matter! I think its just getting used to lessons again! Im happy to read a book & review! On Goodreads Im the featured member of the month & various themes are available to read! This year Ive read 27 books!!

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Post  B4p on Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:59 pm

jingle wrote: I've just embarked on a 2 year Open University postgrad course, and am beginning to regret it already. The words just aren't making sense - I have to read and re-read every paragraph Sad  
Not looking forward to the first assignment one bit....
What course are you doing Jingle? Is there an online cafe where your course mates can give you some extra support?

I did a basic creative writing course with the OU and loved it. I'd like to do some more at some point. Like sax, I've also looked at the history modules. Some I'd love but not sure I need any extra stress just now.

I'm reading a few autobiographies at the moment and am halfway through another medieval 'who dun nit"
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Post  allsewnonbyhand on Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:25 pm

Wow everyone is doing great stuff Smile
I don't know if anyone would be interested in this as a lighter read to review but I've pre ordered the latest Cecilia Ahern

http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Fall-Love-Cecelia-Ahern/dp/000735049X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380057705&sr=1-3&keywords=cecelia+ahern

However would totally understand if people don't want to fork out that much for a new book. Looks good though - if not everyone wants to do it I'll just do a mini review! Smile 
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Post  saxonsiren on Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:38 pm

Hi Alls! Sounds a good book! I have popped it in my amazon basket! B4p I would love a History OPU course on say Medieval Ages or Saxon times.I always see political History or the Industrial Revolution. Neither I am interested in.Like you I have lots of juggling & a parent with dementia Sad oops off topic sorry.

I have read a few books re Dementia & some helped & just some plain worried me! Which Historical whodunit are you reading? Im trying to read Heresy by S J Paris unsuccessfully C J Sansom its not!

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Post  B4p on Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:55 pm

Hi sax
I saw a few modules on medieval history on one of the history degree options.  I might do another creative writing course at some point. I used to like making up stories. The family say I never stop (don't know what they mean!)

One of my current books is called The Assassin's Prayer by Ariana Franklin (showbiz name if ever I heard one Laughing 

It's set in the times of Henry11 and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Ten year old Princess Joanna is travelling abroad to marry the King of Sicily accompanied by a motley crew of characters including a female physician,  a few spys, and at least one assassin. dum dum dumdumdum (Eastender type drum roll).

It's easy reading. The plot's a bit thin so far, but I like her general speed and flow and I like her style with dialogue.  I'm not keen on how the villain talks of himself in 3rd person present tense, which is out of synch with the other character's veiwpoint.  Maybe that was the idea, to try to make things more interesting.  I just find it annoying. I keep expecting the baddie to start saying 'precious' like that short thing in Lord of the Rings.
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Post  saxonsiren on Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:51 pm

I shall have a delve into the blurb on the book!Are you a member of Goodreads B4p? The site has lots of genres/forums/quizzes & recommendations of books to read! It also reviews unpublished Authors works too! Thou that "Small Thing!" does feature on one precious forum!
I must admit I would have loved to have been a Lady In Waiting at Court to one of the Queens! Mind you if it had been Henry's Court he had a reputation of marrying a Lady In Waiting & then lopping off their head!

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Re: Strictly Books

Post  David Tee on Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:24 am

I'm in the middle of "A Most Remarkable Fella" - the biography of Frank Loesser written by his daughter. Loesser was one of the best of the Broadway musical writers - Guys and Dolls being his biggest hit. Anyway, I came across this lovely little para today which I thought I'd share...

"My father escorted me to my first dance - a fancy affair sponsored by my fancy school, at which we shared a table with Fred Astaire and his daughter. Toward the end of the evening when our fathers graciously asked us for a dance, we little girls exchanged long suffering looks and she said "stuck again".

I'm a huge fan of Loesser, an amazing man who started off writing lyrics for over 20 years for some of the best (Hoagy Carmichael, Alfred Newman etc.), leant over the piano watching and learning what they were doing and then one day finally listened to his wife when she told him that his music was at least as good as theirs.
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Post  saxonsiren on Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:39 am

Hi David I do enjoy Autobiographies & I enjoyed your "Paragraph clip" Ive added this book on my to read list Smile
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Post  David Tee on Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:17 pm

Hi Sax, I liked autobiographies too, particularly from those who were a couple of generations before my own. Modern ones tend to be either too deferential or too provocative. Just my opinion, obviously.

I got into the music side of things by reading "Thou swell, thou witty: The life and lyrics of Lorenz Hart" by Dorothy Hart which I loved - Hart's life is ripe for a movie - and from there I've been progressing through loads of them. Essentially following the history of the Broadway musical.
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Post  saxonsiren on Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:09 pm

I make a point of only reading Autobiographies by people at least over 60! All these ones from Wayne Rooney or boy band members they are too young! I really enjoyed David Attenborough's Life On Air autobiography also Norman Wisdoms & Lord Tebbits!
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Post  B4p on Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:23 pm

saxonsiren wrote:I make a point of only reading Autobiographies by people at least over 60! All these ones from Wayne Rooney or boy band members they are too young! I really enjoyed David Attenborough's Life On Air autobiography also Norman Wisdoms & Lord Tebbits!
I'm reading some biographies at the moment: Marilyn Monroe, Sean Connery, and Goldie Hawn. One I particularly enjoyed was Tony Curtis. You can really hear his voice as you read. He was describing the tenement buildings he lived in as a child and said something like 'the sun arrived between 1-2pm'. This struck a huge cord with me, as I grew up in a terraced house, and always lived in hope that the sun would be over my garden and not the next door neighbours when I'd had lunch and was ready to go out to play.
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Post  saxonsiren on Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:39 pm

Tony Curtis I loved him in Some Like it hot & Spartacus! He had a lovely velvet voice too. I was advised to read Churchill's autobiography as a good read. Marilyn Monroe's how are you finding this?
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Post  B4p on Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:05 pm

Hi sax

The Marilyn book is called Marilyn Monroe, Unseen Archives by Marie Clayton. It's packed full of photo's. I've only flicked through it so far as it's next on my reading list. The bit's I've glimpsed, give me an almost overwhelming sense of sadness, like she was desperate to be happy but the party was always just around another corner and that people put her on a wobbly pedestal and took advantage. The book makes a comment that Marilyn didn't fight her battles in the press which would be unheard of with today's Divas.

When I was in Jersey a few years ago, I visited the museum which had been loaned (from someone's private collection) some of Marilyn's dresses, shoes and other personal bits and pieces. One comment on one of the boards was from Liz Hurley who said something like, she'd rather die than be the same size as Marilyn. Looking at her clothes, Marilyn was short and curvy but only a size 10 or 12.  Compared to Lauren Bacall who's still beautiful, savvy and ballsy, Marilyn seemed fragile, candy coated, destined to crack.  

Goldie Hawn's "A Lotus Grows in the Mud" is about her private life, upbringing, relationships, family life, and belief systems with a little look into her early film career. She's candid in her writing, thoughtful and funny. She's a strange mix of shrewd business woman, hidden behind an actress who portrays ditsy fragile characters. Her spiritual beliefs have a simple innocence and are woven through the book without an ounce of preachiness.  It's a nice gentle read.
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Post  saxonsiren on Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:09 pm

Marilyn I felt was a fragile vulnerable person.I wonder if Hollywood made her like this or her doomed JFK relationship? I must admit the Kennedy family all could have interesting autobiographies to read! Goldie Hawn I agree behind the ditzy manner is a shrewd business woman!
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Post  B4p on Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:23 pm

Nearly one in three Americans haven't read a book in the past year, according to a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, whereas 25 percent of individuals in a 1964-1984 literacy poll said that they had read a book in the past day.
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Post  Sofajudge on Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:53 pm

I can't imagine life without a book somewhere in the background. I've recently finished Wolf Hall and Shogun. Enjoyed both hugely.
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Post  saxonsiren on Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:38 am

I loved Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies! Im currently reading Twelve Tribes Of Hattie & enjoying it.I cannot imagine a world without books.We learn so much & leave valuable information for generations.A pc can break or lose power a book stays throughout a power cut.
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Post  Sid on Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:51 pm

Oh I gave up on Wolf Hall, couldn't get into the style of it at all. It does seem to polarise opinion.

I've just finished Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty - utterly riveting. Highly recommend it.
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Post  saxonsiren on Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:19 pm

I haven't read The Apple Tree Ill check it out! For my book club secret santa we picked a name out hat & we recomend a book for them to read.A book we wanted to share with them! So its hard to figure out a book especially one if its controversial!
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Post  Sid on Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:46 pm

That's a nice idea sax Smile
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