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Sue-Maree
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:57 am    Post subject: Winter reading Reply with quote

Well winter has definitely arrived here in Collie. The temperatures are on the wrong side of 0 in the mornings and it is definitely the weather to have the fire roaring, a rug on your lap and a good book in your hand.

I have actually read a couple of books lately thanks, mostly, to several specialist trips to Perth. We drive to Mandurah and catch the train so an hour each way + the inevitable wait in the waiting room has meant lots of great reading time.

I finished the Book Thief a few weeks ago. Once I got my head around the fact that it was written from Death's perspective I really loved it... such a unique way to write a novel.

I then read the Emily Rodda "Three Doors Trilogy". I love Emily Rodda books and, like the Deltora set, these started as me reading to the children at bed time. Unfortunately that didn't last as they wanted to take the books to school for silent reading etc... so I had to hijack them to read them because I had been enjoying them so much Wink

Over the past week I have been reading "the Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom. I find it weird that I have read two books about death almost one after the other but, again, this was such an unusual topic and a really light and interesting read. The opening pages see the main character, an 83 year old man, dying in an accident at an amusement park. The rest of the story is a mix of flashbacks and a version of life after death where, before you live your afterlife, you have your earth life explained to you by five people who had some, either close or distant, connection with you. I would recommend it. It is not at all heavy but is thought provoking enough to be interesting and you grow to like the rather taciturn main character more and more as you understand his journey.

Now to decide what to read next. My sister in law belongs to a book club of staff at the school so I have been getting the books that she has enjoyed... I have "The old man & the sea" (I am ashamed to say I haven't read that yet) and a book called "The Listener" I think... and 4 days off work Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Scrapdragon
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read the old man and the sea in high school Sue-Maree!!!

Haven't read the others though The Book Thief is one I want to.
I've recently finished Jodi Piccoult's The Storyteller... that was an interesting read.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only one of those you mentioned, Sue-Maree, that I've read, is The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It was recommended by friends and I also loved it, and shared it with others too.

Currently I'm reading an e-book I picked up from the library called, The Memory Thief, but I'm only just getting into it. The young fellow dies while mountain climbing and seems to get into the subconscious mind of a young bloke who has amnesia following a motorbike accident. So it's certainly something unusual......
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read "The Old Man and the Sea" at school too Toni.

I haven't read a book for while (unless you count professional reading stuff - ugh) - just don't have time for it although I know I should make time. Holidays are finally here so maybe I will get to read one or two now but I know the time will just fly by.
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Marion
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't had a lot of. Reading time recently. Hopefully I will finish the one I am reading on my Ipad. It is called The Lollipop Shoes and is part of le Chocolat series.
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mitch
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read The Old Man and the Sea at school too and enjoyed the movie starring Spencer Tracey as well. My next read is a book called Crossstitch which is waiting for me at the library. It is a novel but with quite accurate Scottish history In it, something I am interested in.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed yesterday that 'The Old Man and the Sea' will be on Gem at 12:30am tomorrow but I don't think I'll be staying up to watch it..... I can't remember if I read it at school or not.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have crossstitch on my iPad - it was recommended but I haven't read it yet.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Crossstitch is one I've thought about getting hold of. You'll have to let us know how you like it, Lola.
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