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wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
Kate Atkinson is a wonderful writer, and she just won the Booker with this novel. It kicks off in England, in 1910.

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago | 4 replies
It's always a long wait for a new Donna Tartt novel. I loved The Secret History (1993) and The Little Friend (2002), and just started her new book, The Goldfinch, with eager expectation. About 100 pages in, I'm not in th…

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
Also Prodigal Summer. Some others sit on Mt TBR...


wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
Wishing you a full and speedy recovery!

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
I never thought of this as a problem. I can easily read vertical titles, facing left or right, without moving my head. Reading upside down is marginally more difficult for me, though my wife can read upside down as easil…

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago | 5 replies
I've just reached this milestone, the same one badgerjim passed a couple of weeks ago. Maybe this will encourage me to stop buying books. The house is heaving with them! But I remember saying that when I passed the 2,000…

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
I hope to see you all still here in another 10 years! :)

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago | 3 replies
Just finished reading Wonder, by R J Palacio. Thanks again, discoverylover, for recommending such a delightful novel! Wonder is the story of August Pullman, a young boy with hideous facial deformity due to genetic acc…

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago | 1 replies
I'm glad you are too! Are you very busy? I don't see you much on the blogs (not that I've been busy there myself!)

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
Congrats, starbytes! You must be one of BC's real old-timers! :)

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago | 25 replies
My 10th BC anniversary was on 22 August, the first time this year at which I found myself in a wifi-free zone. So the glad tidings went untrumpeted. Anyway, I'm glad to have made it, have loved being part of BC and look …

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
My 10th anniversary is 4 days away. I'm about 8 books short of the 3,000. This number is far from being among the highest recorded on BC, but at least I can say the books are/were mine, not just temporary visitors for th…

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
I'm also coming up 10 years soon - may there be many more! :)

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
That's true. My 10th anniversary is less than 3 weeks away... :)

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
An utterly engrossing biography! It's one of those books I buy from time to time as a surefire gift for a friend.

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago | 5 replies
Just finished reading Dr Jan Garavaglia's How Not to Die: Surprising lessons on living longer, safer, healthier. The author is the Dr G of the excellent medical examiner/pathologist documentary series. She's a woman o…

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
I hope the book doesn't shake too much in your hands. Stay safe! :)

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
The role of our Royal Mail has altered enormously in the past two decades. Thanks to the internet, there has been huge shrinkage in the volume of letter post. The only letters I get these days are bills and spam advertiz…

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago | 1 replies
Last year on our Latin American cruise I met the author and playwright Carol Bunyan on board Fred Olsen's ship MS Balmoral. Carol was running drama workshops and making an impressive job of herding amateurs, indeed begin…

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
I haven't seen the play, but like you have seen the enormously impressive warhorse puppet! :)

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
Sounds like another one to add to Mt TBR! :)

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago | 2 replies
I think you'd have to be a little strange to undertake what she did! But her characterization of this kind of obsession as fairly normal among biology geeks was convincing. I did wonder sometimes when she got a life away…

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago | 11 replies
Last night I finished reading Wesley: The Story of a Remarkable Owl, by Stacey O'Brien. Quite brilliant! Published in 2008, it's already sure to become a classic of nature writing. SO'B (if I may abbreviate her thus) …

wingmiketrollwing 8 yrs ago
1984 is a well crafted, if not great novel. People often forget, or are not aware of the context in which Orwell wrote it in the late 1940s. He was condemning Stalin's tyranny in the USSR: this is what Russia is like NOW…

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