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#1 hepzibah

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:46 AM

One day on holiday I forgot to take my Kindle (I sometimes sit and read while DH and the girls do something together, on this occasion they were playing crazy golf!). So I went on a tour of the charity shops nearby ... and came out with an almost complete set of Josephine Tey and a bundle of Barbara Pym. I've read the Tey before (and the excellent series based on her life by Nicola Upson) but never the Pym ... it's only a coincidence that they are from a similar period, but they have been fascinating to read alongside each other. Such a wide range of vocabulary for one thing!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:58 AM

The hunger games. I now see why others say they'd like to discuss it!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:17 AM

I've just finished the first part of The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz. Incredible writing. Taking a break from it to read my summer book club choice of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Not really my sort of book but it's quite a light, easy read so far.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:29 AM

I've just finished Hinds' feet on high places and am starting Mountains of Spices by Hannah Hurnard.

Both books are allegories: Hinds' feet about how God draws us closer through tough times, and Spices about how we can develop Fruit of the Spirit. Hinds' feet is amazing - I could relate to the tales and I found the book so comforting and a blessing. It could easily be used by homeschooling mums, or church book group. I've recommended it to a few pals already :)

It's marketed as a Modern Christian Classic - have many of you read it?
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:54 AM

I have several on the go at once as usual, Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters By CS Lewis which Dh and I are discussing, a book on children who spent the war in Japanese POW camps, some messy church stuff, The Naughtiest Girl in the school with dd and Smashing Saxons with ds. I also borrowed some dvds from the library and we are watching Coast on TV.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:54 AM

Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure by Joanna Harris - Chocolat part 3. It's a fantastic book

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I was sad to have finished it, it's lovely, her best book yet IMO

I was wondering about her books the other day, what age would you say they are suitable for? DD is 13 with an advanced reading age (sorry) and really is capable of reading adult books now. At her age I was just reading whatever I wanted off the bookshelves at home. She's wanting to read Jodi Picoult and Joanne Harris.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 11:09 AM

I've just finished The house at Riverton and loved it! It's one of those books where you know the ending, but not the route to it, so it has you guessing. I'm also reading The Yummy Mummy Survival Guide which my sister found in a charity shop and sent to me - it's a mixture of realistic and completely out there. And for my final book I'm reading A Mom after God's own heart and doing the study guide - I had hoped to do the studies with some other mums but they don't seem that up for it so I'm just getting on and doing it myself!

Amii - not read either of those books, so will have to keep them in my mind for when I next allow myself to buy some books!

GWJ - I think sometimes it's the themes in books that are not suitable for children rather than the level of the text. I would suggest you only let her read stuff you've read and are happy with her reading; and if you've read it you can then discuss any topics that come up that she is unsure about. It's quite hard to give a blanket yes or no as each author writes differently in each book!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 11:12 AM

Yes, I have to have read it first. It is the themes rather than the text, she's capable of reading and understanding any book now.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 11:25 AM

The hunger games. I now see why others say they'd like to discuss it!


Would you be prepared to lead a Book Club thread on it? :) Pretty please :D

I've just finished Hinds' feet on high placesand am starting Mountains of Spicesby Hannah Hurnard.

Both books are allegories: Hinds' feet about how God draws us closer through tough times, and Spices about how we can develop Fruit of the Spirit. Hinds' feet is amazing - I could relate to the tales and I found the book so comforting and a blessing. It could easily be used by homeschooling mums, or church book group. I've recommended it to a few pals already :)

It's marketed as a Modern Christian Classic - have many of you read it?


I read Hinds Feet years ago - never did cope with allegory very well, but it was a lovely gentle book :)

I have several on the go at once as usual, Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters By CS Lewis which Dh and I are discussing, a book on children who spent the war in Japanese POW camps, some messy church stuff, The Naughtiest Girl in the school with dd and Smashing Saxons with ds.


How lovely to have someone to discuss CS Lewis with! Have you read them before?

Coast can be annoying - it skates over places so fast sometimes.

Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure by Joanna Harris - Chocolat part 3. It's a fantastic book

Kindle
Book

I was sad to have finished it, it's lovely, her best book yet IMO

I was wondering about her books the other day, what age would you say they are suitable for? DD is 13 with an advanced reading age (sorry) and really is capable of reading adult books now. At her age I was just reading whatever I wanted off the bookshelves at home. She's wanting to read Jodi Picoult and Joanne Harris.


Oooh, I didn't know about that one. Loved Chocolat, but I may have to read them both again before trying the new one.

If DD wants to read, let her read! I was 10 when I got bored with children's books. Mum lost her temper with me in the library because I was moaning so much, so she threw a book at me and said 'Read that, then!' ... it was Alistair McLean's Ice Station Zebra and I was hooked. Read my way through dozens of adventure books in the next year or so, but I soon worked out what I did and didn't like and avoided the adult themed stuff. It was important for me though so that I could recognise what I should and shouldn't read for myself. She'll soon know whether a writer like Harris or Picoult is worth the emotional energy of reading :)

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:00 PM

Would you be prepared to lead a Book Club thread on it? :) Pretty please :D



I read Hinds Feet years ago - never did cope with allegory very well, but it was a lovely gentle book :)



How lovely to have someone to discuss CS Lewis with! Have you read them before?

Coast can be annoying - it skates over places so fast sometimes.



Oooh, I didn't know about that one. Loved Chocolat, but I may have to read them both again before trying the new one.

If DD wants to read, let her read! I was 10 when I got bored with children's books. Mum lost her temper with me in the library because I was moaning so much, so she threw a book at me and said 'Read that, then!' ... it was Alistair McLean's Ice Station Zebra and I was hooked. Read my way through dozens of adventure books in the next year or so, but I soon worked out what I did and didn't like and avoided the adult themed stuff. It was important for me though so that I could recognise what I should and shouldn't read for myself. She'll soon know whether a writer like Harris or Picoult is worth the emotional energy of reading :)


You can read the new one without having read the others first unless you really want to, it works well as a standalone novel as well.
As for DD, she's read a Picoult at school from the library so I am inclined to let her just go for it. I enjoyed Ice Station Zebra when I was a teenager.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:27 PM

I'd forgotten about Josephine Tey, must re-read some of those.

I'm afraid I don't read very many 'improving' books at all, neither Christian nor other, mainly escapism!

Am reading a Harlen Coben at the moment, having just finished a Rebecca Shaw and have some Norah Roberts, Debbie Macomber and a Peter Robinson waiting.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:54 PM

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal and Good Omens with Neil Gaiman. I think I might go back to CS Lewis's space trilogy afterwards.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:23 PM

the memory of love atm my real life book club book, feeling a bit lost in it though lol

ds1 is reading the pratchett series at the moment tho i seem to have mislaid sourcery which is annoying.

Edited by Alips, 28 August 2012 - 03:24 PM.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:39 PM

catching up on the local paper mainly!

But I have started Malory Towers again...
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:19 PM

When ds1 was at that stage, of needing more grown up books, our librarian in Devon was superb. She steered him away from unsuitable stuff, but with discussion about why she thought things weren't ideal. It was invaluable cos she knew us well and her guidance taught him discernment, too. I was very grateful doe that.

Yes hep, I'll happily do.that. No idea how to run a book discussion, and I'll hold off til I've finished it ('next week perhaps) but it'll do me good!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:39 PM

Oh, I should of though of that, there is great librarian at the one in town....good looking too :-)
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:50 AM

I read to escape too - and read two or three of these last week. I read Second Time Around by Erin Kaye, Monday to Friday Man by Alice Peterson and The Saturday Supper Club by Amy Bratley.

I have to be able to read a book quickly else I lose interest (usually within 24-48 hours) lol.

(Oh, I am also wanting to read a specific book in the bible)

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:54 AM

A really fabulous book I read recently was Kisses from Katie by Beth Clark and Katie J Davis. About an American girl who felt called to Uganda and ended up adopting 11 girls and making a difference in a village there. Her website/blog is here.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:36 PM

I've just finished reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, set in Stalinist Russia. Very bleak but very good. I have ordered the sequel, The Secret Speech and wish it would hurry up and arrive!
I've also just ordered Stasi Hell Or Workers' Paradise? Socialism In The German Democratic Republic for some light bedtime reading ;)

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:18 PM

Wow - you do know how to relax, don't you, Autumn!! ;) Those sound much too clever for me!

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