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    Watching Home and Away<br />Listening to Music<br />Writing<br /><br />H&A Ships: Jack & Martha / Matilda and Ric / Brad and Sally / Leah and Dan / Jesse and Josie / Sally and Flynn.

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  1. I had this book on my bookshelves for a couple of years and never read it, so a few months back, I donated it to a Charity Shop. Ever since then I've heard nothing but praise for it and I'm so annoyed at myself for giving it away. I might have to repurchase it at some point, To see what the hype is about. My reading has finally picked up again, so I read a couple of Diane Chamberlain's book. The first I read was The Midwives Confession, which was really good. It was a tad confusing, keeping track of so many characters (one of my bookish pet peeves is loads of characters), but it was a really good read. Then I read (and finished earlier today) The Silent Sister. Oh. My. God. What a great book! I haven't felt that invested in a book in ages. It was so, so good. There were points throughout it where I got actual goosebumps. It was so good and wonderfully written. Honestly could not recommed it more.
  2. I remember reading a Sweet Valley book. I can't remember what it was, but I think it was sort of a thriller. Something about a film set maybe? My minds blank! I finished Gayle Forman's If I Stay yesterday. I have to say I was slightly disappoined by it. I watched the movie adaption a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, so I expected the book to be even better (because the book always is, right?) but I just didnt really feel anything when I was reading the book. I was kind of glad to finish it, to be honest. I have the sequal (Where She Went) to read next, which apparently a lot of people think is better than If I Stay, so I'm intrigued to read it.
  3. I started The Girl on the Train on Monday (I think it was Monday anyway!) and I finished it about 10 minutes ago. I thought it was ok, but that's as excited as I can get. It didn't grip me as much as I was expecting it to, and I found myself not really liking any of the characters, nor particularly caring what would happen to them by the end of the book. I liked the book. It was quite well written, but I didn't find it particularly exciting either. I guess for me it's more of a "I'm glad I can at least say I've read it" type of book, rather than a "I'm SO glad I read it" book.
  4. My parents have been trying to convince me to get a Kindle for ages, so I tried my Mum's a few weeks ago to see if I liked it, and I just couldn't read on it at all. I felt really distracted and very aware of everything going on around me in the room, something that I don't get with the physical book. I bought 2 more books yesterday too (I keep trying to put myself on a book buying ban until I've read my current tbr's, but it's too difficult when I walk passed so many beautiful books. I have no willpower). I bought Where She Went by Gayle Forman (The sequel to If I Stay, which I haven't yet read because I wanted to get Where She Went first so I can read it straight after) and I also bought The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer. I haven't heard too much about this book in general, but it's got good reviews on goodreads, so I'm quite looking forward to it. The cover of The Shock Of The Fall is gorgeous too: http://i1013.photobucket.com/albums/af251/1_of_us/others/tsotf_zpsjjxde4wt.jpg My current read is still Behind Closed Doors by Susan Lewis. It's good, but it's also suffering from one of my least favourite things in books: TOO MANY CHARACTERS. I get that these people all have a part to play in the story, but I get so frustrated trying to keep up with so many characters. Anyone else have this problem?
  5. Well despite my earlier post I've instead started a different book entirely - 'Follow You Home' by Mark Edwards, it came up in the Thriller bestsellers and caught my eye. I'm constantly changing the book I'm planning to read next to a different one. It's so easy to get distracted by something else once it catches my eye. I bought two new ones today too. Fire and Rain by Diane Chamberlain (one of her very earliest releases and with possibly the ugliest dust jacket on my bookshelf. If I judged books by covers, I wouldn't have bought it in amillion years.) and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN!! Basically, there's a customer at the charity shop where I volunteer and shes given me quite a few books (mostly Diane Chamberlain ones) and today she brought a few more in, including those 2. She also said that she didn't really enjoy TGOTT as much as she was hoping, given the hype. I'm trying not to be too worried because I know people see things differently and I may love it. We shall see. (I paid £1 for it, so I can't complain anyway. Haha) That's taken my "to be read on my bookshelves" count to 5 books, so I'm going to try and read at least 3 of those before I buy any more now. We'll see how I go with that! (I may end up having to avoid all stores that sell books for a while - help me! )
  6. The first Diane Chamberlain book I read (The Lost Daughter) was originally recommended (on BTTB, I think!) to me "as a fan of Jodi Picoult"...... Whilst I appreciate they're both great writers, and both write about hard-hitting subjects, I personally feel that's where the similarities end. I don't know why (and I'm not suggesting Diane Chamberlain isn't as good a writer as JP) but when I read a DC book, I'm always very aware its fictional. Whereas when I read Jodi's, it's like I'm living them. I guess it's just very much down to personal opinions though. (And I will say that The Lost Daughter is one of my favourite books!) Speaking of both Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain, I'd also recommend Susan Lewis books to fans of the other two. In a way, I think Susan Lewis is kind of combination of both JP and DC. I've read 5 Susan Lewis books in the last 5 or so months (started the 6th today) and have loved them all. She's also an incredible writer (the flaw I will say with Susan Lewis is that some of her books are slow burners and take a while before anything happens, but when it does, things get SO good!) So yes, I started Behind Closed Doors by Susan Lewis today. I'm only 36 pages in, so I can't really give an opinion on it yet, although the action / main storyline kicked off pretty much within the first 2 chapters. We'll see how it goes! I also finished All The Bright Places yesterday, and I would 100% recommend it. Absolutely loved it, despite not expecting to and going into it with low expectations. I gave it 4*/5 on goodreads (the missing star was because I didn't feel quite as connected to the characters as I would have liked to, given the subject matter, which is all I'm going to say so as not to spoil it for anyone else.)
  7. That's what I'm trying to do too. It was only really about February-ish this year that I really got back into reading after a good year or so of just not doing much of it. By the time I started reading again, I had 5 (only 5, but still) fairly large books on my shelves still to be read. I started with one of those and just really focused on getting through that to read pile before getting any new ones. Once I started them, I pretty much didn't stop (the situation wasn't - or maybe was, depending on the way you look at it - helped by the fact I was going through a really hard time in my personal life, so I used reading the unread books as a distraction, or maybe just a way to pass the day on, I don't know really). Since then though, I've read 7 which, in the space of 5 months, is REALLY good for me. Now I just can't seem to stop. As for actively searching for books, I've kind of given up with that. I have so many I really want to read, so whenever I'm near a bookstore (or any place that sells books within it) I go in and look and then when I don't find the books I want, I end up just buying other ones anyway. I really suck at sticking to reading the books I most want to read. Yes, BookTube really does that. It's partly why my "want to read" pile is SO HUGE. It's actually kind of annoying, especially when you think you're finally smashing your TBR pile, but then you just add to it. I'm still reading All The Bright Places anyway. It's SO SO good. I honestly was not expecting it to be this good. I only bought it because I wanted another one and they were on one of those "2 for...." offers at Waterstones and I couldn't find anything else. I'd heard such a hype about it that I just thought I'd plunge that one and see what the fuss is about...... boy can I see it!
  8. Just totally freaked out because I couldn't find the "what book?" topic Liking the title change though Dan! and so glad for it. I've been on a major readig craze of late and I don't really know many others that read that I can discuss with, so I'm really glad wr have this topic. I'm still reading All The Bright Places. I'm just over half way through now, and it's so, so good. I went into it with fairly low expectations, because I knew it was a YA book, and I don't read much YA any more, but I'm so pleasently surprised. Provided real life doesn't get in the way, I'll hopefully have it finished by weekend. Whilst we are transitioning this to a general book chat topic as well, I'm quite intrigued to find out how people decide what book to read next. I've seen from a lot of BookTube videos that many people have "to be read" piles that they tend to work through, usually in a specific way. I've never found that works for me though. Whilst I generally try to read series/sequels in order (mainly the reason why I dont tend to read them in the first place), I find that I hate feeling like I HAVE to read a certain book next. I much prefer the carefree way of reading stand alones in any order I please.
  9. 3 books: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven If I Stay by Gayle Forman Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (I've never read a "classic" book. The closest I have ever come to classics is when we studied Shakespeare in school, but I really want to read more, especially Jane Austen)
  10. I'm so torn over whether I want to read that or not. I've heard so much about it, and it sounds quite good, but I've also heard a lot of mixed reviews, and now I'm not sure. Are you enjoying it? I'm currently reading Don't Let Me Go by Susan Lewis. It's the sequel to No Child Of Mine which I read before it and loved. It's on my 'To Read' list too, along with countless others on the Kindle, would be interesting to hear what others think without spoiling. Discussion in here seems very rare nowadays, more just people listing books (sometimes suspiciously quickly ) Sorry only seeing this now. I absolutely loved it! It was so gripping! And not what I expected at all! I would definitely recommend it! I'll have to pick it up! I went in Waterstones the other day too, and I did buy two books, but that wasn't one of them! I probably wont get it for a while because I currently have 4 still to read, but once I've cut that pile down, I may go onto that. I'm currently reading All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I admit this is one of those books where I gave in to the hype (It's always talked about in the Booktube world!). I'm only 56 pages in, because I haven't had much chance to read this week, so hopefully I'll knuckle down to finish it over the next couple of days. It's OK so far. The chapters (at least the first few) are relatively short, which I really like. (Am I the only person that cannot leave a book mid-chapter? I have to be at the end of one chapter and ready for the next before I put it down) Dan, I know what you mean about discussion. I know I'm one of those posters that tends to list more than discuss, but I do think it's a shame. I think part of the reason though is that the topic title only asks what book, rather than for chatter about books. I've seen a few posts from people in other topics discussing things (on topic) and have had other members reply with "You didn't say what you were wearing/eating/listening to etc" and if we did that in every post (just for the sake of staying "on topic") our book would be the same book for a while. Maybe we could change the topic title to "What book / book talk" or something similar, just to encourage more discussion, rather than people worrying they can't discuss a book without being picked out for not listing what they're reading in every post. Just a suggestion, anyway.
  11. The Truth About Ruby Valentine by Alison Bond. It's a re-read, since I've had this book for a long time, but I really love it.
  12. ​I'm so torn over whether I want to read that or not. I've heard so much about it, and it sounds quite good, but I've also heard a lot of mixed reviews, and now I'm not sure. Are you enjoying it? I'm currently reading Don't Let Me Go by Susan Lewis. It's the sequel to No Child Of Mine which I read before it and loved.
  13. Wow, has it really been over a year since my last update?! Time flies. Thank you for the comments left previously. I really do appreciate them so much, even if I don't always say it. Anyway, I haven't actually watched H&A in a long time, but I've been in an icon making mood of late, and H&A is probably the easiest thing to make icons of, so I just made this little Maddie (Maddy?) batch. I don't know if I'll update this thread much more, it depends on my creative mood, but I hope you guys like this little update anyway
  14. Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop by Jenny Colgan. It's not my normal type of book. It's not very dramatic and there's no deep story to it (so far), but I'm hoping it'll help kick the festive spirit in.
  15. Boney M - Mary's Boy Child. It makes me happy that it's finally an acceptable time of the year to listen to Christmas Songs.
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