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Hmm this journal seems to have kind of fallen by the wayside..I'm reading so many more books than I was last year, and I'm a lot busier at work at the moment than I usually am, so I don't have that much time to write in here...well I do, but I'd rather be reading my books, haha. I feel I should still keep writing my reviews, but I might write a few lines for each thing rather than a couple of paragraphs. I do like writing in here, but I just haven't been in the mood for lots of reviews. I will try and write in here more though. For now I'm just going to list the books, with a couple of lines for each.

47. Howards End by E M Forster - bit boring, another story with weak women in it!

48. Falling Angels by Tracy Chevallier - set in early 1900s, about two friends who meet as children, going on to be about suffragettes, really good but silly twist at the end!

49. Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson - I loved this, crime story about missing children in the 1970s, with some bits set in modern times, it was great.

50. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell - this was wonderful, with lovely characters, really recognisable from watching the TV series. A great writing style too.

51. The Island by Victoria Hislop - This was a re-read for my book club. A good book, on a topic I'd never really read before.

52. The Help by Kathryn Stockett - This was excellent. About the lives of black maids and nannies in a town in America. Couldn't believe it was set in the 1960s!

53. Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre - Boring! Didn't care about the characters, even though it tried to be about something deep and meaningful.

54. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett - This is a huge epic of a book, set in five different countries, across 12 years from 1911 to 1923. Fantastic fictional history of the beginning of the First World War. and its the first book in a trilogy! woo! :D

55. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer - Don't know where I got this book, but I'd like to give it back as it was rubbish! Another weak woman!

56. One Day by David Nicolls - I felt so strongly about this book that I not only didn't give it a rating (as I couldn't decide on it), but I wrote a note about what I thought about it: "depressing, about two people who wasted their lives without each other, then didn't get the chance to enjoy it when it all went right". I really found this book incredibly depressing!

57. Girl, Interrupted by Susannah Kaysen - This was good, an interesting memoir about a girl's stay in an asylum in the mid 20th century. Some interesting observations.

58. Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg - This is excellent, especially for sci-fi geeks! Simon Pegg writes in a really interesting style. And in one of the pictures one of his friends is wearing a Sisters of Mercy tshirt, woo! haha.

59. Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - This wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it was nothing particularly impressive. A moderately good thriller, but not worth the hype.

60. Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden - This is a great children's book, about a group of teenagers struggling to survive after their country has been taken over by an army. A good book!

61. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote - Not quite how I expected, I wanted it to be longer, but it was ok.

I'm currently reading Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, which I'm enjoying.

I've got a horrible cough at the moment, so bad its giving me a headache! I've had an ok week though - after my slightly depressing last entry I had an excellent birthday weekend, with some surprisingly pleasant effects...haha. It may cause some uncertainty in time, but its quite nice at the moment! Though I kind of feel like Katie or someone told them (both...) to be nice to me because I was sad the previous weekend...but ah well, haha.

Next weekend its the Resistanz Festival at the Corporation in Sheffield, which should be excellent! Covenant, And One, Faderhead AND Uberbyte, (and more, but they're my favourites!) all in the same weekend! Woo! Corporation is a bit of a tatty venue, but I suppose its just comparable to Slimelight in that respect. It should be a great weekend though. Oh, and its the "Classix" night in Camel on the friday, which we're also going to, which should be great - Katie is friends with the dj so hopefully he'll play lots of goth and 80s! :)

I hope everyone on my friends list is well and good and happy! :)

Date: 2011-03-26 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kandielei.livejournal.com
Covenant!! ZOMG SO GOOD LIVE. I just got the new album and I love it so much so I'm super excited about them right now lol. I wish they'd come back here soon.

Date: 2011-03-26 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spooky-miss.livejournal.com
Yeah I got my sister their album for her birthday and its really great! :D I've already seem them twice, but they're probably my favourite band of that genre (whatever people want to call it, haha) so I'm so happy to be seeing them again :D I just love seeing the singer on stage - he always looks so happy! (and so like he's on some kind of illegal substance, haha)

Date: 2011-03-26 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kandielei.livejournal.com
Haha I know, he's awesome! When I saw them we were in the front row and he looks into the audience a lot so he looked at me a bunch of times. That sounds so lame when you think about it but it was cool lol. I love his voice, especially compared to most of the others singers of the genre and related genres (industrial/electronic?? some people call it synth pop I think)

Date: 2011-03-26 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spooky-miss.livejournal.com
no that sounds cool :D Its great when they look at you, when they connect to the audience, its great :)

Yeah he has a really great voice, it has loads of feeling in it I think :)

I'm looking forward to seeing them even more now, hehe :D

Date: 2011-03-26 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kandielei.livejournal.com
Yay! If they sing The Beauty & The Grace then... I don't know, get super excited for me ;) It's my favourite at the moment.

Hope it's freaking awesome!

Date: 2011-03-28 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robot-mel.livejournal.com
You have been reading lots!!!

Elizabeth Gaskell is one of my all time favourite authors. I started with the cranford stories too and just loved them.

Date: 2011-03-28 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spooky-miss.livejournal.com
haha, its probably not that much really, it was over a few weeks, hehe.

I've got North and South from the library so I hope thats as good as Cranford :) She's just got a lovely way of writing :)

Date: 2011-03-29 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robot-mel.livejournal.com
I really liked North and south but then with the exception of a few short stories I love everything by her. If you've seen the BBC version of cranford it's probably also worth finding a copy of my lady Ludlow another very sweet and tragic story with more depth to her character than you see on the show.

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