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#276 Nasty Bunsen

Posted 21 April 2019 - 09:43 PM

View PostLunagirl, on 21 April 2019 - 02:20 PM, said:

Did you like it, Nasty Bunsen?

I did, good balance of techy stuff and his personal experience. I’d love to hear his wife’s side of the story too, all those international moves while raising kids and keeping her career going, she must be an interesting character too!

#277 Sancti-claws

Posted 21 April 2019 - 09:51 PM

#16/36 - Pictures of You - Caroline Leavitt

What I thought was going to be light and easy from an op shop yesterday - actually quite enjoyed and it wasn't a traditional happily ever after but a realistic one.

A few worthies were started and discarded between this one and the last - and two others started and paused beside the bed!

#278 Riotproof

Posted 21 April 2019 - 09:54 PM

I’m so glad it’s not just me who does that, sancticlaws.

I’m currently reading Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth. It is a rapunzel retell. So glad I found her, she has a really interesting take on it.

#279 Sancti-claws

Posted 21 April 2019 - 09:57 PM

never heard of her but what a collection of books, RP - have put that one on reserve at the library.

That is what I love about threads like this - you get ideas for things to read (or discard!)

#280 Riotproof

Posted 21 April 2019 - 10:02 PM

It’s a really big book, my library is currently doing long loans because of a refurb, which I’m grateful for. Though I won’t need all the time. It’s really difficult to explain, but I really like the way she builds her characters.. it’s very different to anything I’ve read before.

#281 cardamom

Posted 21 April 2019 - 10:51 PM

Can't remember what number I'm up to but I've just finished Adele by Leila Slimani. Started out okay but I ended up quite disliking it.

I'm so disappointed because I really enjoyed her other book Lullaby (well, not enjoyed because it was terribly bleak, but you know what I mean!)

#282 Lunagirl

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:05 PM

View PostNasty Bunsen, on 21 April 2019 - 09:43 PM, said:



I did, good balance of techy stuff and his personal experience. I’d love to hear his wife’s side of the story too, all those international moves while raising kids and keeping her career going, she must be an interesting character too!

I've read and liked it too. And good point about his wife! It would be interesting to hear from the kids, too.

#283 Lunagirl

Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:19 PM

View PostRiotproof, on 21 April 2019 - 09:54 PM, said:

I’m so glad it’s not just me who does that, sancticlaws.

I’m currently reading Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth. It is a rapunzel retell. So glad I found her, she has a really interesting take on it.

I'm reading that one too! It is very good (and long!). I've also read 'The Wild Girl' by her, which is about the Brothers Grimm.

#284 monet

Posted 24 April 2019 - 07:26 AM

#25 Into The Night - Sarah Bailey

I felt the same about Adele Cardamon, it was disappointing after Lullaby.

#285 71Cath

Posted 24 April 2019 - 04:49 PM

#30 The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn. Pretty good.

#286 Lunagirl

Posted 24 April 2019 - 04:59 PM

#18 Bitter Greens - Kate Forsyth

Really good. It’s a retelling of Rapunzel and also includes the story of the woman who wrote the most popular version of Rapunzel, a French noblewoman banished from court to a convent. Forsyth used language and description so well, I felt like I was there.

#287 Sancti-claws

Posted 25 April 2019 - 06:34 AM

Obviously book of the month!!

#17/36 - Stealing Stacey - Lynn Reid Banks

Another op shop find, and as I loved The L Shaped Room I considered it $2 well spent.

Junior fiction but made me laugh out loud in a lot of places and cringe (where I was meant to cringe) so a lovely literary escape.

#288 monet

Posted 27 April 2019 - 09:43 AM

#26 The Child - Fiona Barton

#289 Lunagirl

Posted 27 April 2019 - 12:57 PM

#19 American Gods - Neil Gaiman

What happens to a god when people forget them? This book explores that idea and I found it really engaging with great characters. It also delves into the psyche of America and the conflict between old and new.

#290 hills mum bec

Posted 29 April 2019 - 01:49 PM

#12/45 - The Reckoning - John Grisham

Wasn't a fan of this one, it was a bit predictable and a whole section of the book really didn't have much to do with the main storyline.

#13/45 - The Lost Man - Jane Harper

Started off slow but couldn't put it down towards the end.

Still one book behind schedule.

#291 seayork2002

Posted 29 April 2019 - 02:01 PM

View Posthills mum bec, on 29 April 2019 - 01:49 PM, said:

#12/45 - The Reckoning - John Grisham

Wasn't a fan of this one, it was a bit predictable and a whole section of the book really didn't have much to do with the main storyline.


#13/45 - The Lost Man - Jane Harper

Started off slow but couldn't put it down towards the end.

Still one book behind schedule.

I think I stopped before the section you are talking about (I know about it though) - I think about going to back to finish it but don't think i will really - not his best

#292 Threetwoone

Posted 29 April 2019 - 09:26 PM

#8 Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children. It was really good. I enjoyed it.

#293 Lou-bags

Posted 29 April 2019 - 09:35 PM

#9 My Grandmother sends her regards, and apologizes. Fredrik Backman (read by Joan Walker)

I absolutely adored this. So very good. Read because it sounded interesting and was recommended somewhere I can’t quite recall- using it for popsugar prompt a book about someone with a superpower (which is a stretch, as no one actually *has* a superpower in the traditional sense of the term).

#294 Sancti-claws

Posted 30 April 2019 - 08:05 PM

#18/36 - Me and You - Claudia Carroll

What I thought would be a light romp but actually a (little) bit more than that - I enjoyed it.

#295 hills mum bec

Posted 02 May 2019 - 09:28 AM

#14/45 Circle of Flight - John Marsden

#296 foom

Posted 05 May 2019 - 12:41 PM

(10) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. J K Rowling. PopSugar > 1 million ratings

(11) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J K Rowling PopSugar ghost story

(12)  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabarn J K Rowling PopSugar Extinct or imaginary creature.

(13) The Service of the Dead. Candace Robb. PopSugar Amateur Detective.

(14) Broken Homes. Ben Aaronovitch PopSugar Two word title.

#297 cardamom

Posted 05 May 2019 - 09:33 PM

I'm so behind on updating, I've probably missed a couple. I've been in a reading rut lately but starting to get back in to it.

#10 - Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg.

Didn't actually get a chance to finish this one before the library loan expired but I had found parts of it quite helpful so I'm planning to buy it.

#11 - Adele, Leila Slimani. Already mentioned this one, wasn't a fan at all.

#12 - Bridget Jones' Diary - not sure I should count this one as it was a re-read for the millionth time!

#13 - The Katharina Code, Jorn Lier Horst. Enjoyed it.

I did start Amy Schumer's memoir but didn't persist with it - I don't mind her comedy and I'm certainly no prude but it was too crass for me; just didn't appeal for some reason.

I've just started Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and am really liking it.

#298 Sancti-claws

Posted 05 May 2019 - 10:06 PM

#19/36 - Seven Steps to Happiness - Stella Newman

As much froth as it seems from the title - unfortunately it means that the trove of lightweight non-literary is gone from beside the bed and only worthy books remain...

#299 monet

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:40 AM

#27 The Pearl Thief - Fiona McIntosh

#300 71Cath

Posted 06 May 2019 - 09:55 AM

#31 The First Casualty by Peter Greste.  Very interesting.




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