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#276 71Cath

Posted 16 April 2019 - 09:54 AM

The Joe O'Loughlin ones are my favourite.  I think they are making a tv series in Germany.

#277 foom

Posted 18 April 2019 - 12:02 PM

Can't remember what I've already posted so I'll start again with my list. PS is the Pop Sugar Challenge prompt.

(1) Carpe Juggulum. One of my favourite Terry Pratchett books. Someone else left it lying in the lounge room so I read it. 😁 PS mythology, legend or folklore

(2) Agatha Raison and the Witches Tree by M C Beaton. I picked this one up for the amateur detective prompt but I forgot Agatha had opened her own detective agency so not an AMATEUR! PS plant on the cover.

(3) Timmy Failure Mistakes Were Made (kid's book). Suggested by DS. PS debut novel.

(4) A Spy for the Redeemer. Candace Robb. Medieval murder mystery. Enjoyed it more than I expected. PS about a family.

(5) The Plague Maiden. Kate Ellis. A modern murder mystery with history interwoven. I prefer Candace Robb's writing. PS read during the season set in. 3 April

(6) Judoon Monsoon. Dr Who book. PS Choose your own adventure entry. 7 April

(7) The Chaperone. Laura Moriarty. Went on a bit long for me and has put me off seeing the movie. PS becoming a movie. 8 April

(8) Scratchman. Tom Baker. A Dr Who novel, written by one of the Doctors! PS published in 2019.

#278 Nasty Bunsen

Posted 21 April 2019 - 01:59 PM

#1 Nutshell by Ian McEwan
#2 Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch
#3 Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
#4 Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
#5 Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
#6 Becoming by Michelle Obama
#7 Stepney Doorstep Society by Kate Thompson


#8 An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

#279 Lunagirl

Posted 21 April 2019 - 02:20 PM

Did you like it, Nasty Bunsen?

#280 foom

Posted 21 April 2019 - 02:28 PM

(9) Whispers Underground. Ben Aaronovitch. Preferred this one to the previous one in the series. Have already put the next one on hold.
PS About Someone with a superpower.

#281 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!

#282 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!

#283 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.

#284 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!)

#285 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.

#286 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!)

#287 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.

#288 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.

#289 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.

#290 71Cath

Posted 24 April 2019 - 04:49 PM

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

#291 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.

#292 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.

#293 monet

Posted 27 April 2019 - 09:43 AM

#26 The Child - Fiona Barton

#294 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.

#295 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.

#296 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

#297 Threetwoone

Posted 29 April 2019 - 09:26 PM

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

#298 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).

#299 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.

#300 hills mum bec

Posted 02 May 2019 - 09:28 AM

#14/45 Circle of Flight - John Marsden




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