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18 for 2018

This year I have been enjoying the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast as well as Happier in Hollywood. Gretchen and Liz (her TV writer sister) are creating 18 for 2018 lists and since I have been missing my birthday lists, I thought I'd jump on board. I have made most of them finite things I can do… Continue reading 18 for 2018

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Favourite Reads of 2017

It has been such a long time since I have written book reviews for the books I am reading - I used to review every single book. I stopped because (amongst other things) I didn't really enjoy writing about a book straight after reading it. Either the books I read were powerful, in which case… Continue reading Favourite Reads of 2017

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2017 Reading Challenge

Despite a valiant last push at the end of 2016, I (YET AGAIN!) did not manage to reach my goal of 50 books in a year. I did manage to equal my personal best of 41 books so I'm pretty pleased about that because despite what some people might think, reading on maternity leave is… Continue reading 2017 Reading Challenge

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Lately…

Watching: The Black List and Elementary Eating: Paul Newman Tex-Mex dressing - divine! Drinking: Nice coffee Listening to: Mumford and Sons, Into the Wild Soundtrack, Eddie Vedder's Ukulele Songs and any song played on Friday Night Lights Reading: Trying to decide what to read next after finishing Gone Girl last night. Perhaps Divergent by Veronica… Continue reading Lately…

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Book Club: Perks of Being a Wallflower

I loved this book very much and probably exactly equal to the amount I loved the film. I rooted for the protagonist Charlie throughout the book and the reveal about what had happened to him might not have had the same impact as the corresponding moment in the film but was crushing nonetheless.
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On Wednesday night, we gathered at Berylune for our book club chat. Overall, the group enjoyed the book although some more than others. A coming of age story of a troubled teen in 1990s America, the book takes you through a year in the life of Charlie.

I had seen the film (written by the book’s author Chbosky) and had loved that and the book didn’t disappoint. Other comments from our members:

‘I’m wondering if I will feel more for the characters after I’ve seen the film.’

‘I really enjoyed this book. It took me back to the 90s and reminded me of My So-Called Life.’

‘I really liked the references to other books. Having read lots of them, it added a new dimension to reading the story and understanding the characters.’

Our next book club meeting will be online only. Our next book is Celia Rees’s This is Not…

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