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Just started reading The Fault In Our Stars............ :'(

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I don't re-read fiction much either UJ.  I've never been one for holding on to books.  I got rid of all of my Anne Rice books a few years ago. I read all of them util she hit her religious phase.  I only collect books from one author now, Jack McDevitt.  He's a sci-fi writer. 

I'm still looking for a good new sci-fi book.  I've mostly been reading fan-fiction this year for lack of anything I can find worth actually paying for.  



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The only authors who I can re-read are George MacDonald Martin (the brilliant Flashman novels) and George R R Martin. Used to love Jane Austin, with Mansfield Park being my favourite, but now Pride & Prejudice is the only one I've held onto.

Recently finished The Corporation that Changed the World by Nick Robins. A look at the dangers of unregulated capitalism, the rise of the corporate state - it's a history of the East India Company. Brilliant, informative, strongly recommend it.

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I tend not to re-read books but i have made one or two exceptions and only because it was such a long time since i last read them that i've forgotten the storyline.

I'm currently reading 'One Summer America 1927' by Bill Bryson. I love his travelogues and his style of writing, i've often been crying with laughter at his storytelling (i almost met him a few years ago when my middle nephew graduated from University and he was the Chancellor, my nephew knew i loved his books, wanted to introduce us and let us have a picture taken together but he was on the way somewhere and didn't have time to stop)

But his latest book is engrossing, whimsically written in places and very interesting. As always.

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One of these days I will read Bill Bryson.

ruby, that's why I tend not to re-read fiction, I know what happen. I start it, and know how it ends, and I just can't be arsed. And yet I enjoy re-watching films and tv shows again and again. Odd that.



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I am reading two books at the moment! One is The Kingmaker's daughter which is the last book in the White Queen series (so far). The other is Th Cholesterol Con which I have on the Kindle. It is very interesting and funny! It is written by Dr Malcom Kendrick ans is about the controversy surrounding the prescribing of statins for everyone! 



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Oh I love Bill Bryson.  'I'm a Stranger Here Myself' is one of the funniest books I've ever read.   'In a Sunburned Country' was humorous and fascinating.  I do still have those two and will probably re-read them in the future. Mostly I keep them on hand to loan to friends. 

'A Walk in the Woods' was interesting too because it was written about hiking in my state.  I've read several of his books.  Thanks for reminding me, Ruby. I should check out his latest books.  



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I think 'I'm A Stranger Here Myself' is also known as 'Notes from a Small Island'? About travelling around the UK? because he also wrote one about travelling around small town America and another one i think called 'Notes from a Big Island' which was about US, i think quirks and habits because that one had me crying with laughter (or it could be the other way around) I'm still reading '1927', it's a big thick book so it'll take a bit of time but he also wrote one called 'Home' which i have in hardback (and just as thick as 1927), I have 'A Walk in the Woods' and 'The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid' too.

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'I'm a Stranger Here Myself' is the one about his experience moving back to the US after living in the UK for 20 years.  It was hysterical.  I cried from laughter through pretty much the entire book.

'In a Sunburned Country' is about his travels through Australia.  That might have an alternate title.  It was funny and also fascinating.

'The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America' is the one about exactly that.  That one was entertaining.

'Notes from a Small Island' was about his travels in the UK before moving back to the US.  I don't think I've read that one.  I should pick it up.  

I read 'At home: a short history of private life' and 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' too.  They were okay, but not as good as his travel narratives. 





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Just finished the debut novel by Kate Rhodes by the name of 'Cross Bones Yard' and the big reveal of 'whodunnit' had my jaw on the floor. I did not see it coming and didn't guess in a million years it would be that character. I read quite a few crime thrillers and i get a feel for potential culprits and usually, maybe eight times out of ten i'll be right, this time i wasn't, i was nowhere near and it was a shocking reveal, proper tingles down the spine. I picked the book up for £2 from my local supermarket after reading the back cover blurb....i've just ordered the second one!

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I've been enjoying the old gothic classic The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Thrilling and mysterious, it kept me on the edge of my seat.

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Pearl: After The Kingsmaker's Daughter, there is The White Princess and the final one of the Cousins series is out very soon and i can't remember the title, it does have the word 'curse' in it's title (The King's Curse?) and is about the Duke Of Clarence's daughter, Margaret De La Pole (i think that's her name)

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I thought that i'd resurrect this thread, it's been quiet for several months.

What are we currently reading then?

I've gone through a bit of a tear recently, I finally read 'The White Princess' by Philippa Gregory which i did enjoy and i have the one after that, 'The King's Curse' to read too.

I read 'The Kill' by Jane Casey over the weekend, another Maeve Kerrigan novel and adored it. Her next one is already out in hardback but i think i'll wait til it's out in paperback.

I've also discovered a new author, Tana French. She's written a few books but i'm addicted to her Murder Squad series, which are set in and around Dublin. The first one was 'In The Woods' and i have Damien in my head as DS Rob Ryan, if they ever make them into a series, he'd be perfect as him i think. The rest of the series have been a bit tough to get hold of but the second one arrived today (via Amazon Marketplace, for a penny with £2.80 p&p) which i'm trying to save for my holiday in ten days time, called 'The Likeness'...I don't think i'm going to last that long!!

I've also got the final book in the Boleyn Trilogy by Laura Andersen, i didn't have to wait as long for the third book as i did for the second, just six months (nearly a year between books one and two). It's called 'The Boleyn Reckoning', and it's a 'what if' tale, what if Anne Boleyn had given birth to a healthy son who became king. It's a very clever, plausible idea and i'm really enjoying it.

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I'm reading the Fables series. so good!! on Vol 16

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Recently I read my whole collection of classical Sherlock Holmes. Good old Sir Doyle!!
And I've started a series of Dexter books. I love me a blood stained psychopath! Hahah (:

About a year ago I read "A million little pieces." And that was quiet spectacular.

Anyone got any book suggestions? I'll read pretty much anything!

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