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Yet another list of books for me to see how many I've read...bold is I've read them, italics I want to read them, crossed out I disliked it, the " ü", which was a tick when I did it in word, means I loved it. 

 1    To Kill a Mockingbird    Harper Lee  
2    Pride and Prejudice    Jane Austen  
3    The Book Thief    Markus Zusak  
4    Jane Eyre    Charlotte Bronte  ü
5    The Time Traveler's Wife    Audrey Niffenegger  

6    The Lord of the Rings    J. R. R. Tolkien
7    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy    Douglas Adams  
8    Wuthering Heights    Emily Bronte   

9    Rebecca    Daphne Du Maurier  
10    The Kite Runner    Khaled Hosseini  
11    American Gods    Neil Gaiman  
12    A Thousand Splendid Suns    Khaled Hosseini  
13    Harry Potter Adult Hardback Boxed Set    J. K. Rowling
14    The Shadow of the Wind    Carlos Ruiz Zafon  
15    The Hobbit    J. R. R. Tolkien  
16    One Day    David Nicholls   
17    Birdsong    Sebastian Faulks   
18    The Help    Kathryn Stockett   
19    Nineteen Eighty-Four    George Orwell  ü

20    Good Omens    Terry Pratchett   
21    The Notebook    Nicholas Sparks  
22    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo    Stieg Larsson 
23    The Handmaid's Tale    Margaret Atwood  ü
24    The Great Gatsby    F. Scott Fitzgerald   
25    Little Women    Louisa M. Alcott   ü
26    Memoirs of a Geisha    Arthur Golden   
27    The Lovely Bones    Alice Sebold   
28    Atonement    Ian McEwan   
29    Room    Emma Donoghue  ü
30    Catch-22    Joseph Heller 
31    We Need to Talk About Kevin    Lionel Shriver  
32    His Dark Materials    Philip Pullman  
33    Captain Corelli's Mandolin    Louis De Bernieres 
34    The Island    Victoria Hislop 
35    Neverwhere    Neil Gaiman 
36    The Poisonwood Bible    Barbara Kingsolver   
37    The Catcher in the Rye    J. D. Salinger 
38    Chocolat    Joanne Harris  
39    Never Let Me Go    Kazuo Ishiguro  
40    The Five People You Meet in Heaven    Mitch Albom   
41    One Hundred Years of Solitude    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
42    Animal Farm    George Orwell  
43    The Pillars of the Earth    Ken Follett  ü

44    The Eyre Affair    Jasper Fforde   
45    Tess of the D'Urbervilles    Thomas Hardy 
46    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory    Roald Dahl   
47    I Capture the Castle    Dodie Smith   
48    The Wasp Factory    Iain Banks   
49    Life of Pi    Yann Martel  
50    The Road    Cormac McCarthy   ü

51    Great Expectations    Charles Dickens  
52    Dracula    Bram Stoker   
53    The Secret History    Donna Tartt  ü
54    Small Island    Andrea Levy   
55    The Secret Garden    Frances Hodgson Burnett  ü
56    Lord of the Flies    William Golding
57    Persuasion    Jane Austen  
58    A Prayer for Owen Meany    John Irving   
59    Notes from a Small Island    Bill Bryson  
60    Watership Down    Richard Adams   

61    Night Watch    Terry Pratchett  
62    Brave New World    Aldous Huxley   ü
63    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time    Mark Haddon   
64    Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell    Susanna Clarke
65    The Color Purple    Alice Walker   
66    My Sister's Keeper    Jodi Picoult 
67    The Stand    Stephen King  
68    Cloud Atlas    David Mitchell 
69    The Master and Margarita    Mikhail Bulgakov   
70    Anna Karenina    Leo Tolstoy  
71    Cold Comfort Farm    Stella Gibbons  
72    Frankenstein    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley   
73    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society    Mary Ann Shaffer   
74    The Picture of Dorian Gray    Oscar Wilde 
75    Gone with the Wind    Margaret Mitchell  
76    The Graveyard Book    Neil Gaiman   
77    The Woman in White    Wilkie Collins   
78    The Princess Bride    William Goldman  
79    A Suitable Boy    Vikram Seth
80    Perfume    Patrick Suskind 
81    The Count of Monte Cristo    Alexandre Dumas   
82    The God of Small Things    Arundhati Roy  
83    Middlemarch    George Eliot   
84    Dune    Frank Herbert   
85    Wolf Hall    Hilary Mantel   
86    Stardust    Neil Gaiman   
87    Lolita    Vladimir Nabokov   
88    Midnight's Children    Salman Rushdie   
89    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone    J. K. Rowling   
90    Shantaram    Gregory David Roberts  
91    The Remains of the Day    Kazuo Ishiguro   
92    Possession: A Romance    A. S. Byatt   
93    Tales of the City    Armistead Maupin   
94    Kafka on the Shore    Haruki Murakami   
95    The Magus    John Fowles   
96    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas    John Boyne   ü

97    A Fine Balance    Rohinton Mistry  
98    Alias Grace    Margaret Atwood 
99    Norwegian Wood    Haruki Murakami   
100    The Wind-up Bird Chronicle    Haruki Murakami

I can never remember if I've read Alias Grace, so I'll say I haven't...Cloud Atlas was so awful that I only read half of it, I couldn't get very far in Dune but I want to keep trying. I've started Midnight's Children and couldn't get into it, but I'm definitely going to try that one again. I'm confused as to why the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and My Sister's Keeper are in the list - they're just mediocre, in both their genres, and Jodi Picoult has better books than that one.
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Lots and lots of books for sale, and a few dvds. Books £3 each (unless stated), with discounts if you want more than one, dvds £2. I accept paypal. I will be posting on Saturday. If you'd like a picture let me know and I will take one (although it will be later today as I'm at work at the moment!) :)

All books are in good condition, some only read once, some are ex-library and some a bit aged (the pages are yellowed a bit, but are in otherwise good condition).

Some classics, crime, books like the Female Eunuch etc. Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Will trade for Chalet School books, an Opeth tshirt (large) or a maglite torch :)

Cross posted to some other places.

The Books! )

I also have many other books, lots of "classics", popular fiction and historical fiction mainly, so if you're looking for anything let me know and I will see if I have it :)

DVDs )
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Books from 8th July to 21st July )

I’m currently just about to start the second volume of Michael Palin’s diaries “Halfway to Hollywood: 1980 – 1988”, which should be quite good! My goals in my reading seem to have changed a bit now – I haven’t read any books from the 1001 list for a while (apart from 1001 nights, I think that’s probably on it) and have been mainly reading books which I have bought this year, I think my goal will be to read all the books I buy or receive this year, then there should be time left after that to read some more “great novels”, haha. So far this year I’ve bought or received 53 books (mainly from charity shops, and including 10 that I got for Christmas), and have read 26 of them (among other books of course), so I should probably be able to get that done. I must stop going into the Pound shop and buying books though, as they’re usually not that great, even though they are only £1!

Got a bit of an interesting / scary thing coming up tomorrow...will know the outcome in a couple of weeks, so that will be interesting / scary!! The outcome will hopefully be all good though!! :)
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I've posted this on whatwasthisbook, but that always takes a while to post, so I thought I'd ask here in the meantime! :)

I keep thinking of lots of picture books I read in my childhood that I'd like to read again! I think this one was illustrated, and maybe also written, by Posy Symmonds, but I couldn't be sure. It was probably out mid 80s to mid 90s kind of time. Its kind of softly illustrated, not blurry but with soft pencil strokes. Its about a little girl, who I think is at a wedding and eats too much cake, or pudding or something, and then somehow ends up flying through the sky - like through the milky way, but all over the sky was chocolate buttons and marshmallows and things like that. I'm not sure what she was flying on - something flat like a flying carpet maybe! But I think she does have a friend with her, but I'm not sure if this was another child or a teddy or something. And I can't remember what else happens in the book!

Does that ring any bells with anyone? :)

Also, My mum remembers a book from when she was young (no later than late 60s, probably early to mid 60s) which involved a koala bear, who had come from Australia - she remembers a picture of him walking down a gangplank - and who at one point ate the soap and spoke in bubbles! I *think* the illustration was similar to Sherwood walks home: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_JR5iLzMobys/S9pGVQPQqTI/AAAAAAAACYc/jzeGn_CkdoA/s1600/Sherwood_chain.jpg but I couldn't be certain on that. If anyone knows what this is and it leads to me buying the book for my mum I will be eternally grateful :D
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Books from 9th June to 7th July 2011 )

I haven’t really read that many great books recently, apart from the Chalet School ones, which is a shame. Everything has been a bit disappointing really! But at least I have them out of the way, and my pile of books for the car boot sale is growing! I’m currently reading a book which I have seen to be quite badly reviewed previously, but its ok so far…and next I’m going to try Midnight’s Children, which I’m looking forward to. Just in time for my parents to come back from India with all their photos as well! I haven’t done too well with reading books from the 1001 books to read before you die recently, so that will be a start again. I think I might just concentrate more on reading the books I have that I haven’t read, and then go back to the library to get more books in September.

As for general life things…I’ve started the next OU course I’ve signed up for, its just psychology this time, and its been interesting so far. Just waiting for the mark from my first essay now! The next one isn’t due until September, although I want to get it done before Bloodstock in August really. And talking of Bloodstock I’ve met a few more metallers recently, so I’m getting increasingly excited about that, (Bloodstock I mean, not the metallers, though they are cool, haha!) even though I keep forgetting what bands are playing! I know when I go I’ll find loads to go and see though. It’ll be great :D I don’t have any more gigs to go to until September apart from that, which is a bit of a shame!

I hope everyone reading this has been well and been doing fun things! :)
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Books from 31st May to 8th June )

I’m now planning to read “I’ll go to bed at noon”, which is a book by a Booker Prize nominated author (so may or may not be good!) and I’ve had it on my shelf for a long time so I’m glad to get rid of it!

In other news – I think I might be doing this job search thing wrong somehow, as I now know two people who have got jobs straight away after their interviews! (Well done Rob! :D ) I haven’t even got any interviews yet! But I will keep on trying, I’ve applied for some interesting jobs this week, so hopefully I’ll get something soon. I keep going between *really* wanting to move up north, and really not wanting to...but I need to have a change in my life, and unless I win the lottery I can’t change my life down here, so I need to move. Katie has a lovely house in Huddersfield so hopefully I’ll be able to get one of those!

Friends are still being slightly rubbish…well some more than slightly. But there are still bright spots, despite the people who I most like to talk to being far away, its always nice to text them. Oh and I saw the March Violets the other night and they were brilliant, as normal! So that was fun. And gives me another reason to want to move up north – so many goth nights!! :)
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The longest book I've ever read is probably A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. I've also read Pillars of the Earth and Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, both of which are very long. I've also got 1/3 of the way through War and Peace, which I am quite pleased about...but then the "war" bits just got too boring so I stopped! I am definitely going to try again though, hopefully this year.

As for the shortest - I really don't know. I suppose it would be a children's picture book, well that would be the book with the least words anyway! In which case I will say either the Hungry Catepillar (colouring in version!!), or a book about a slug trying to find a shell...can't remember what that was called though!
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I've been meaning to complete these questions for a while actually after seeing them in [livejournal.com profile] robot_mel 's journal...expect to see them filled in over the next few days / weeks / months!!

30 Book Questions )
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Book 92 - In Their Footsteps by Tess Gerritsen - an extremely average crime thriller - I was surprised it wasn't better, as her medical crime books are really excellent. Not recommended.

Books etc.

May. 27th, 2011 03:42 pm
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Books from 9th May to 26th May 2011 )

Wow. Well it does look like that I’ve read 91 books this year – but not 91 “proper” adult books! I’ve read 91 books in total, but “proper” adult novels is a lot less, as a lot of them were childrens or poetry, which aren’t any less good than adult novels of course, but they do take me a lot less time to read. I’m pleased I’m getting through so many books though, as I now can actually tell that I’m getting through the piles of books I have to read in my bedroom, which is good!

In terms of other “media”, I still haven’t got round to writing reviews of all the films I’ve seen so far, but the last one I saw was Pirates of the Caribbean 4, in the cinema, which was actually great! I really enjoyed the first three and the new one is just as good. There haven’t been many films which have come out recently which I have wanted to see, so I’m glad it was good. Plus I’ve also just discovered the series “Are You Being Served”, and it is so great!! So funny, I love it! :D Can’t believe I’ve never got into it before. I think its because the characters are so well drawn and have such distinct, erm, characters, its really good. I’m really into “characters” at the moment, as I’ve read some books with some really good characters in as well.

In terms of general life things, generally happy at the moment…going to Slimelight for a friend’s birthday tomorrow, which should be great! Also another friend who has only recently got into EBM / industrial music is coming along with their friends, which should also be great, I haven’t seen them for a while. Oh and I’ve just started my next OU course, its one which is just psychology, and from what I’ve read so far is really interesting! I’m really looking forward to working through it. The last essay for the previous course was incredibly boring, so I’m really glad I’ve got that all done now!
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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! :)
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Book Forty Four - Danny the Champion of the World / James and the Giant Peach / The Twits - Roald Dahl )

Book Forty Five - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick )

Book Forty Six - Now We Are Sixty by Christopher Matthew )

Had a bit of a nightmare evening last night – my computer got a huge virus!! And it ended up only letting me go onto the internet, and if I tried to open anything else it said there was an error. My dad at first didn’t seem to believe it was a virus, which was really frustrating, as to me it was obvious! In the language of all the “alerts”, the colours, even the font of the programmes which were coming up. I took it into the computer shop this morning, and hopefully it will be fixed by tomorrow – when I told the man in the shop what it was he said that they are fixing about 10 of them each day, so I’m glad its not just me. I’m definitely going to get an external harddrive this weekend, just to put all my pictures, documents and music onto. I’m still a bit scared that it won’t be fixed…or I’ll have other problems with it or something! But hopefully not.
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Book Thirty Three - The Mersey Sound – compilation of poetry by Adrian Henri, Brian Patten and Roger McGough )

Book Thirty Four - The Plague by Albert Camus )

Book Thirty Five - The Demon Headmaster / The Prime Minister’s Brain by Gillian Cross )

Books Thirty Six to Thirty Nine - Mennyms in the Wilderness / Mennyms Under Siege / Mennyms Alone and Mennyms Alive )

Book Forty - The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling )

Book Forty One - Enchanted Places by Christopher Milne )

Book Forty Two - The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins )

Book Forty Three - Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse )

I have also read a few more books, bringing my total up to 47 this year so far! - Howards End by EM Forster, Danny The Champion of the World / James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick, and Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier, but I have just discovered the Project Gutenburg website (why have I never looked at it before!) so am just off to download some books!! :)


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