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Hi Vanesa,
My challenge for you is cranford - I have a folio book copy so it might encourage me to pick this up this year too.

Hope you enjoy,
How does 'Jack Maggs' by Peter Carey sound for your challenge?
Happy New Year!
My challenge is Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
Hi Vanessa, Happy new year :) My choice for challenge is Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green. Hope that is ok, love Shona xx
Thanks Vanessa. Glad to know it's not an issue at my end. I'll have to be patient!

Happy New Year!

Hi Vanessa. Thanks for your challenge. My challenge to you is The Gypsy Madonna by Santa Montefiore. Beth x
Thanks Vanessa, I'll look forward to this one.

Hi Vanessa, I would like to challenge you to read The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.
love Helen
Hi Vanessa

My challenge to you is Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. I love this series, they're fun reads so I hope you enjoy it.

Goody, goody! Thanks Vanessa - I've had it on my TBR list for some time too, and need a bit of a kick to get started.

Cheers, Will
Hi Vanessa

My challenge to you for 2014 is Blood and Beauty - Sarah Dunant. It's on my to read list too, especially after seeing her at the Ilkley Lit Festival where shew as on sparkling form. I've just finished Sacred Hearts too, which I loved, so hope we both enjoy this too.

Hi Vanessa, thank you for your challenge. My challenge to you is The House of Lost Souls by F.G. Cottam. Helen x
Thank you for the challenge
Mine to you is The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman because it was much better than I thought it would be!
Hi Vanessa, thanks for your challenge. My challenge to you is The Shoemaker's Wife, by Adriana Trigiani. It's on my tbr as well, so I'm also going to try and read it. Ruth x
Hi Vanessa, thanks for the challenge. I challenge you to read Russka by Edward Rutherfurd. Beth x
Hi Vanessa

Thanks for your challenge. Mine to you is 'Liars and Saints' by Maile Melloy. Happy reading. :)

Hi Vanessa

My challenge to you this year is Edith Wharton's 'Age of Innocence'. It's been on my TBR pile for a while, so hope to read it too.

Cheers, Will.
Thanks for the challenge Vanessa can I challenge you to read The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff - I loved it and hope you enjoy it, Shona xx
PS I nearly went for Blue Diary ;)
Thanks Vanessa, I love a bit of Gothic! Just bought this one so it's at the top of the tbr pile which helps.

HI Vanessa

For the Library Thing 2013 Challenge, I'd like to challenge you to read "Sleep, Pale Sister" by Joanne Harris.

I really liked it, hope you will too.

Hi Vanessa

I finished this earlier today. Overall I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a well-written psychological thriller, although I guessed the ending! The TV adaptation should be interesting.

Thanks for the challenge. Her next book looks quite good too.

I think we have a lot of books in common too. I have a ton more to add when I get some time, so keep checking. Thanks for answering me!
I agree The Sick Rose isn't a very attractive title! I think my local one has only recently started getting relatively high-profile people - they had Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London) a few weeks ago; and also - gulp - Katie Price, say no more! Martina Cole usually does signings too as she grew up in the area. They stick the poor author right at the front of the store so they must feel a bit like they're on display with people wandering in to see who they are!
Hi Vanessa

Erin Kelly was doing a signing at my local Waterstone's last Saturday - she's very pretty and vivacious looking.

I'm looking forward to reading this one, and getting her new book too.

Hi Vanessa - yes that one is fine. Thank you xx
Hi Vanessa,
I'm really sorry to be a pain. I think you must have looked at my libarary before I realised it wasn't quite up to date. The book you chose unfortunately got left in Turkey so I don't have it anyore - can you pick something else for me. Sorry.

Cheryl xx
Hi Vanessa,#
My challenge to you is The Widow of the South - it really interested me. Hope you enjoy it too.

Cheryl xx
Hi Vanessa, my challenge to you is 'The Floating Book' by Michelle Lovric. :)
Hi Vanessa

My challenge to you is The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh.

Beth x
Hi Vanessa.

My challenge to you is Donna Leon's "Death at La Fenice". Leon is one of my favourite crime novellists, and this is the first in her excellent serial about Inspector Brunnetti. Hope you enjoy it. If you do, there's plenty of others to enjoy too.
Hi Vanessa

I'd like to challenge you to read The Outlander by Gil Adamson - I read it a while ago and would be interested to see what you think.

Thanks Vanessa!
Thank you sorry to be a pain!
Thank you for the challenge Vanessa, slight problem, I read it this year and must have forgotten to add it. Sorry!
Please could I challenge you to read The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton because I loved it!
Louise xx
Hello Vanessa, I would like to challenge you to read Reading in Bed by Sue Gee
Excellent I have usually enjoyed Tracy Chevalier's books so I will look forward to that one :) Shona x
Hi Vanessa, My challenge to you is something light and frothy - Frederica by Georgette Heyer, I hope you enjoy it, love Shona x
Yup, it'll be the Lovedays next! Some serious time-wasting I think.

Nice to "see" you.

Hi Vanessa,

My challenge to you is 'The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse' by Robert Rankin. Hope you enjoy it.

Hi Vanessa,
My challenge to you is The House of Stairs - Barbara Vine. Thank you for my challenge i looking forward to reading this along with all my other challenges.
Nicola x
Hi Vanessa

My challenge to you is The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell. I've got this on my tbr pile as well and looking forward to reading it. I wil be interested to see what you think of it.
Hi Vanessa, my challenge to you is 'Brother and Sister' by Joanna Trollope. Sam x
Hi Vanessa, thanks for the challenge. I challenge you to read Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInernay.

Hey Vanessa !
Yes, I've read "The Shadow of the Wind" by Zafon, and I devoured it! He's got another one, I don't know if it has been published in English yet, it's called "The Angel's game" and I think you might also enjoy the plotline...
Thanks for your advice... I will definitely take "Gone with the Wind" soon, but I'll start it at Christmas time when I'll have some days off and I'll have more time to read !
I've put the other tittles in my TBR pile... their time will come! ;P

Thanks again !

Thanks Vanessa !
Already signed in... I'm waiting for the administrator validation to start chatting with you !

Need inspiration about what to read now ! Feel free to have a look at my TBR pile, I think you've read some of the books there... I'd love to have your recommendation, you seem to know a lot about books! ;P

Thanks, as always !

Here I am again !
Just finishing the Book Thief, I'm loving it, such a sensitive way to explain things, I think it's brilliant.
Hey, I've been checking your library, you've got some gems to read there ! I've also noticed you challenge each other to pick what to read next. Do you do it through a group or is it just with your friends? I'd love to be able to participate with more people... How can I do it?
A last question: The secret scripture, I think you've read it, did you like it? Would it be a good choice after The Book Thief? I'm a bit lost about what to start reading next...
Thanks, as always !

Hi Vanessa, thank you for my challenge. I have looked at reviews for The Secret Scripture on Amazon, and I reckon I will either love it or hate it!
I would like to challenge you to read Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik. I can't remember if you bought it for me or someone else did, but I know I started reading Lorna Landvik on your recommendation, so I hope we will BOTH enjoy it!
love Helen
Thanks, Vanessa. I really like Lori Lansens and hope it lives up to her other novels.
Hi Vanessa

Thank you for choosing Barbara Erskine's book for me. It's one I always want to read but never get around to so I'm looking forward to this.

The book I'm choosing for you is Tribute by Nora Roberts, I read this last year and really enjoyed it so I hope you do to.

I haven't got many of my books listed on here yet, namely the one's I've read 2006 - 2010 but when I've loaded them onto here I think we'll have quite a few in common!!

Ceri x
Hi Vanessa. I would like to challenge you to read The Ingenious Edgar Jones by Elizabeth Garner. It will be interesting to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for my challenge, mine to you is Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd, one of my favourite ever!
Hi Vanessa,
Thanks for the challenge. I enjoyed the book we read by her for the BOTM so I'm looking forward to this one too.

I am challenging you to read English passengers by Matthew kneale. I didn't expect to enjoy it but I did and we normally like similiar books so I hope you like it too.

Hi Vanessa.

A lot to choose from, but when I saw it, the choice was made instantly: my challenge to you is Harry Thompson's "This Thing of Darkness". I just so wish he'd survived to write more, because I reckon this one is a masterpiece. I hope you enjoy it too.


Hi Vanessa, I'd like to challenge you to read The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick and I'll try to read it too!
love Shona x
Thanks for the challenge Vanessa - I've heard lots of good things about this book, and I'm sure I shall enjoy it!

Hi Vanessa, I was spoilt for choice but in the end I've decided to challenge you to Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo by Julia Stuart, because I loved it!

Nicola x
Hi Vanessa,

You and I share a lot of books, and there were so many which I want to read as well! Anyhow, I've picked The Kissing Gates by Mackenzie Ford for the 2011 challenge (getting in early - I'm organised this time)!! It's on my tbr, so I'm also going to try and read it.

Hope you enjoy it!

Ruth xx
Hey Vanessa !
I've read A Quiet belive in angels, and I enjoyed it very much!
If you liked that book you should try "Fall on your knees" or "The way the crow flies" by Ann-Marie Macdonald. These are haunting stories, with characters that will stick longer after you finished the books. Again, don't be put off by the lenght of the books, they are more than worth it !

Read a bit yesterday night, I'm into the story of The Book Thief by now. Max, the joung jew has appeared and made his present for Liesel. I find this story so touching and sad... I'm enjoying it more than I expected ! It's going to be difficult to choose what to read next... any suggestions?

Good Halloween !
Sooo glad you found "The wishing game" on amazon, and at that price !! Hope you enjoy it, I was really hooked from the first page! I remember reading in my car waiting for a green light, I was that hooked!!
Tell me when you start reading !!

Hey ! A thousand thanks for your advice regarding web pages where I can buy books, I just knew of Amazon and I see there are other good options !

I haven't heard about the novels you tell me... I'll have to explore a bit more about ghosts stories, apart from "The turn of the screw" of H. James I haven't plunged into many books with this subject. I think I tried Susan Carroll's Bride finder but I didn't enjoy it one bit and it's actually more like a romance than a ghost story...

About thrillers, have you tried Patrick Redmond? I read "The wishing game" some time ago and I think it's the most scary book I've ever read, even more than Dracula... if you like psychological thrillers you'll enjoy this one !

Hey, I love this talk about books, I'm not very used to this, I can't discuss my readings with my friends because the books I usually read are not translated into Spanish !! So I'm having such a great time! ;P
Thanks again !!
Hi Vanessa !
Never heard about The Book Depository before and it's a good discovery, I've been checking some tittles and they've got quite a good catalogue. Are all the books they sell new? Because I buy the used books in amazon and they only cost 0,01$, so I just have to pay the delivery fee which is around 2,5 pounds per book.

About the Book Thief, Liesel has robbed the second book, the story is starting to get speed, I found myself reading further and further to know what might happen...
By the way, what are you reading at the moment?

Another good suggestion, as you liked Elizabeth Chadwick, you might also enjoy this one:

* The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis.
Thanks for your answer Vanessa ! I've already ordered "Outlander" on Amazon.UK (that's were I buy my books, it's very difficult to find interesting English books in Spain, not much more than Dan Brawn and some romance paperbacks here...)
About the narrator in the Book Thief...he's "Death" right? What bothers me is that he seems interested in Liesel and at the same time he kind of regrets having crossed her three times (that's what he tells us on the first chapter), and I'm afraid to think that he might get attached to her and that he has to take away her soul finally...BUT I don't want to think that, it would be too sad !!
Then I love the way he explains things, going further and backwards in time, and always in a fairytailish kind of way, but there's a sense of foreboding even from the first, so I think the author made a great job with the way he unfolds the story...
Okay, I'm going to plunge into it right now! Be speaking soon !

By the way, another good good book:
Jessica by Bryce Courtenay.
The power of one by the same author is also a very good one!
Nighty nighty !
Yess ! I'm really enjoying that book, I've just started.
I particularly love the foster father, he is so nice and caring with Liesel. And I find the way it's written really original, but I guess it will be a very sad story which might be even tougher because of the way it's told, so innocent like and tenderly... the shock is going to be greater !!
But don't tell me anything ! I hate knowing things before I reach there myself !! :-)
Vanessa !
THAT was a fast reply !! You are the first to comment in my profile, I'm excited ! ;P
All suggestions duly noted. In fact, I was aware of the Outlander Series thanks to joining LT, I have them in my wishlist. Could you tell me what is the title of the first book? I might jump in and buy it straight !

And well, you've got a lot of books catalogued, so I guess you must have heard about them, but here go my recommentadions:
* The outcast by Sadie Jones --> that book was a really good surprise for me, didn't expect much and it turned out to be the best reading of the summer...
* I know this much is true by Wally Lamb --> don't be put off by its lenght, it's worth it. Moving, tender and complex.
* The tenderness of wolves by Stef Penney --> Her first book, partly thriller, partly historical fiction, partly a love story. I was completely hooked !

Hope to be hearing from you ! Be sure you'll know about me !! ;P
And thanks for your praise about my English, so full of myself now !
I've just checked and I've read 4 of Alice Hoffman's books and enjoyed them all. I have another couple on my TBR pile. Sounds as if you're in for a good read. :-)
Nessa, I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Hodd and The Story Sisters. They both looked like great reads when we were book browsing in York.
Hi Vanessa,
I book i have chosen for you to read in the 2010 challenge is The Winter Rose - Jennifer Donnelly. Hope this is ok??
Well, it looks as if we do like the same things. I have read and enjoyed most of your recommendations.I have yet to read The Kate Morton or the Elle Newmark, but am quite happy to bump them to the top of my Mt Toberead. I attempted The Historian a few years ago and gave up on it, but have always intended to try again, and I must admit to feeling daunted by the sheer size of JOnathan Strange, altthough I do intend to read it, quite a few people have told me that it is wonderful. I think that my favourite read from last year was The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. If you haven't read this yet, I would definitely recommend adding it to the pile. !
Thank you for accepting me as a friend - I think Librarything is fantastic as an opportunity to get to know like-minded book lovers. We share a lot of books so I'd love it if you could recommend something you've really enjoyed.
Thanks Vanessa, that'll keep me going for a bit...! I am looking forward to it though. I'm challenging you with No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay. I haven't read it but a work colleague was saying how good it was this week, which has whetted my appetite.

Hi Vanessa, thanks for a great choice, I'm really looking forward to this one. For your challenge I would like you to read 'A Quiet Belief in Angels' by R.J. Ellory. I thought this was fantastic when I read it in 2008. Hope you enjoy it.

Vanessa, That's really funny. I was going through my library to make sure it was in order and I thought that you might challenge me to read Barbara Erskine. She only appears there because you rate her so highly and so it is a very appropriate choice.

ailie x
Hi Vanessa,

For your 2010 challenge from me, I would like you to read The Road Home by Rose Tremain. I might try to read it along with you too.

ailie x
Hi Vanessa
I'd like to challenge you to read A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson as I've got it on tbr and it looks pretty good. Thanks for the challenge, read Shadow last month and really looking forward to this one now, liz x
HiVanessa. Thanks for your challenge I love Mary Wesley as an author, so Iknow reading this will bge a pleasure. I'm going to challenge you to read Queen of Silks by Vanora Bennett. I'm pretty sure I've got this so will try and read it as well. Val x
Lovely challenge, mine to you is Cora Harrison My Lady Judge, which I found fascinating!
Louise x
Thanks for the challenge Vanessa. I would like to challenge you to The Palace of Strange Girls by Sallie Day.
Hi Vanessa,
Thanks for the challenge. I've chosen Shantaram for you because I really want to read this too.

Hi Vanessa, thank you for your challenge.

I have chosen Falling Angels, by Tracy Chevalier for you to read. I really enjoyed this one, and I hope you do too!

Hi Vanessa. Lovely choice - thank you. The one I've chosen for you is London Belongs to Me by Norman Collins. This was easily in my favourite's list this year, having followed up Malteser's recommendation. I noticed your post on the book's thread, and thought it perhaps deserved being got round to a bit quicker than some other books!
I'd like to challenge you to read 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, Vanessa. A great book.

Caroline x
Hi Vanessa, Thanks that was on my 'to read soon' pile as I am going to pass it on to Helen - this makes sure she will get it sooner rather than later! love Shona
Hi Vanessa, I would like to challenge you to read 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' by Garth Stein and I will try to read it as well, love Shona
Hi Vanessa, I would like to challenge you to read The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. It is a book I am sure you will enjoy, and one that I feel I should read (but need a bit of extra encouragement to do so!).

Love Helen
Thanks Vanessa.
Hi Vanessa, for the 2010 reading challenge would you read 'The Church of Dead Girls' by Stephen Dobyns. Sam :)
Vanessa, we have loads of the same books! For the 2010 reading challenge, I've chosen The Memory Garden by Rachel Hore for you to read. I really liked it and I think you will too - it's a dual time narrative.

Noticed you liked Mudbound, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also southern (and also a bit dark). I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more before you commit:


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